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Keeping pets calm during fireworks
The 4th of July weekend is upon us, and the night sky will soon be booming with fireworks. Although it’s a lot of fun for us, it can be a stressful time for your pet. Here are some tips for keeping them calm during the festivities. My first and most important recommendation is to keep your pet safely indoors. The ideal situation is to securely contain them in a bedroom or bathroom, with a radio playing soft, soothing music. This helps your pet feel safe, like they’re inside their own private den. Keeping them in a separate room ... Read More
Healthy Benefits of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
If your pet has arthritis, fleas, yeasty ears or general health issues, you may be able to help them without turning to pharmaceuticals. Nature provides several great all-purpose tonics, and one of them is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). In 400 BC, Hippocrates described ACV as “a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria,” and it’s also mentioned in the Bible as an antiseptic and a healing agent. ACV is created when apple juice is fermented into cider and then fermented again to make vinegar. I use, and recommend, raw organic ... Read More
Turn down the heat
It is crucial to protect our pets on hot summer days. Dogs and cats don’t sweat the way people do, and they are very sensitive to heat. So it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of discomfort or stress when your pet is in a hot environment. For instance, an animal can quickly overheat in the car. It can take only minutes for a dog to die in a hot car.  If you are driving around town, consider leaving your dog at home, especially if you have to leave them in your vehicle while you run ... Read More
Natural Flea and Tick Prevention
Warm weather combined with rain is, unfortunately, the perfect environment for fleas and ticks. These pests can irritate, harm and sicken your pet, but there are natural ways to prevent them. Topical liquid medications purchased from vets or in stores might seem like the easiest solution, but I stopped using these products years ago after I realized they can be harmful to pets. The product packaging says to avoid getting any of the poisonous liquid on your skin during the application, which involved carefully parting my dog’s coat from... Read More
Chocolate for your pets?
With Easter right around the corner, I am sure a lot of you will be receiving beautiful Easter Baskets filled with your favorite chocolate confections.  Although they are tasty goodness for you they are not so good for your pet. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains Theobromine, or what was formerly known as xantheose.  It is the bitter part of the cacao plant.  There are usually higher amounts of Theobromine in dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate or lighter chocolates.  Theobromine is a potent cardiovascular and central nervous system stimulant. ... Read More
Diarrhea (cha cha cha)
Pet diarrhea may not be a very pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s a necessary one. It’s the second most common pet problem I’m asked about, after allergies. Pets get diarrhea because their digestive tract has to deal with a huge amount of toxins and bacteria every day, which can stress the gastrointestinal mucosa. Even with its protective barrier, the mucosa can become aggravated from bile, bacteria, undigested food and/or chemicals such as food additives and drugs. The constant state of toxins and bacteria in the gut creates a constantly flu... Read More
Allergies
Spring is a prime time for seasonal allergies to affect pets – even indoor pets! If you notice paw licking, face rubbing, yeasty ears and/or hot spots, your pet is probably experiencing seasonal allergies. Hot spots are skin infections that start when a pet chews at itchy skin. Continually chewing at these spots causes hair loss, and will eventually create painful red sores. Another sign of hot spots is itchy, irritating red bumps on the pet’s stomach and genital region. Although seasonal allergies may look like food allergies, you can recognize it a... Read More
Cancer
If your pet suffers from cancer, it’s vital to keep them as healthy as possible with an excellent nutrition program. It’s a critical time to really read your pet food labels and feed only holistic and organic ingredients.  One of the best ways to keep your pet’s diet healthy is to avoid high-carbohydrate foods, sugar or processed commercial ingredients. Amino acids are an essential dietary component for dogs and cats, but cancer cells often feed on amino acids first and leave your pet with a nutritional deficit. You can offset this by feeding your pet plenty ... Read More
Pancreatitis in Pets
If your pet starts getting fat, it can be more than just a cosmetic problem. Overweight and over-nourished animals are more likely to develop pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that, for dogs, can cause vomiting, complete loss of appetite, reluctance to walk and severe abdominal pain. Other symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal distention. Cats can be harder to diagnose, as abdominal pain may be harder to detect. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes, which break down fats and absorb nutr... Read More
Cats are Obligatory Carnivores
When I owned an all natural pet supply store, and even now, I’ve had people ask me my opinion about what to feed their cats.  I am certified in canine nutrition, but have taken courses in feline nutrition over the years as well.  There are lots of “good” holistic and organic kibble for cats.  I even sold them in my store.  Some people just really feel comfortable feeding kibble, thinking that the dry crunchies are keeping their cats teeth clean.  It really does not.  If you think about it, try eating dry cereal for all your meals and don ... Read More
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