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July 2009

Uncovering the Cause of Pet Allergies

Blonddogandcat In the summer of one of the most turbulent economic periods in a lifetime, Americans are rediscovering simplicity and frugality.  These days, it’s not uncommon to see a small group playing an impromptu game of Frisbee, or a couple enjoying a nature hike through a local park, or an extended family spending an afternoon in the backyard barbecuing. 

The summer months provide ample opportunities for outdoor fun, whether your idea of open-air enjoyment is a power-walk with your dog or watching an afternoon storm roll in from the safety of a back porch with your cat.  These activities help us brush away the winter cobwebs, shedding new light on our daily life.  But sometimes, we make discoveries that are not altogether pleasant.  Too often, the thinner, summer coats of our pets can reveal what winter coats have hidden from plain view – reddened skin irritations, possibly the sign of a seasonal or chronic allergy.

That’s right … just like humans, pets suffer from allergies.  Allergens can come from any number of sources, including grasses, trees, molds, dust mites and flea bites.  Even their food may contain allergens.  With all of these possible culprits, how can a pet parent learn what’s causing their pet’s allergy?

The first step for many of us is to hop online.  We know that information is plentiful on the internet, even if not all of it is trustworthy. That inclination, to try and uncover the reasons ourselves, especially when that impulse is coupled with hard economic times, can lead to a scenario where many pet parents will try to diagnose Fido’s or Fluffy’s allergies on their own, without veterinary assistance.  But the cause of allergies is notoriously difficult to pin down because it so hard to isolate one possible cause from another.

If you want to determine whether or not your four-footer is truly suffering from an environmental or food-related allergy, you should have your vet do an evaluation.  They will use either a blood test or a skin test, or perhaps both, to assess what allergens are producing the symptoms.

When animals experience allergic reactions, their bodies alter normal hormone production.  Some of the resultant chemical reactions can lead to cellular inflammation, the process bodies use to remove the allergens.  To understand this process, consider the following example:  the common flea bite. Commonly, after a flea bite, there may be swelling and possible irritation (usually itchiness).  But if your dog or cat has a flea allergy, the reaction is a much larger rash with severe itching. This is the body attempting to eliminate the allergen; in this case, flea saliva.

So, what’s the best way to nip allergies in the bud? Leading holistic practitioners and natural-care veterinarians have long endorsed foods and supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids, especially those coming from fish oil, which help inhibit the body’s inflammatory response.  And the amazing properties of omega-3’s don’t end there.  When coupled with omega-6’s derived from a source like flaxseed, a balanced blend of these fatty acids are known to provide much-needed support by helping to strengthen the body’s natural response to allergens.  They do this by enhancing the functions of the immune system and by fortifying the walls of individual cells in the body.  At the same time, omega-3’s also help to protect neurological and blood systems.  If you encounter information disparaging the inclusion of fatty acids in the diets of companion animals – either from online sources, friends or even veterinarians – it may be based upon outdated beliefs about these nutrients.

If you are not already feeding your companion a diet rich in omega-3’s like Life’s Abundance, you might consider incorporating into your pet’s diet a supplemental source of omega-3’s, either in chewable tablet form (like Skin & Coat Formula) or in capsule form (many of our customers provide Sealogix for their pets).  Dr. Jane advises against feeding omega-3 supplements in the half-hour immediately before and after a meal, as the precise balance of fats can be thrown off, resulting in diminished absorption of those beneficial nutrients.  Under no circumstances should you add liquid fish oil to dry food.

If you believe that your favored feline or precious pup suffers from allergies, please schedule time with your trusted veterinarian to determine the appropriate treatment, and consider incorporating essential fatty acids in your pet’s diet.  By taking a proactive stance now, your pet might be able to avoid allergic reactions in the future.

SeaLogix Fish Oil Now With Sesamin - Improved Formula For Better Health

Sealogix As you may know, the Sealogix 120-capsule formula with sesamin was enhanced this April.  Naturally found in sesame seeds as lignans, sesamin comes from the 1% solid portion of the kernel's oil.  We made this change because sesame and the lignans derived from it are associated with many health benefits including improved heart and circulatory health.* 

Since the science backing the health-promoting benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil is undeniable, we truly believe that the addition of sesamin represents a huge improvement in the health-promotion potential of this superior formula.

That's why we are happy to announce that the 240-capsule bottles of Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil  with Sesamin is now on sale!

The Sealogix Competitive Advantage 

The addition of sesamin to Sealogix gives you a competitive advantage over the majority of other fish oil supplements on the market today.

While most consumers are well aware of the health-promoting properties of fish oil, the addition of sesamin takes this supplement to a new level.  It represents a new generation of fish oil supplements, which raises the value of the Sealogix products you offer to prospects and customers.

Antioxidants and Sesamin

Most fish oil supplements contain vitamin E, which is used to help stabilize the oil.  The antioxidant properties in sesamin work with the vitamin E in Sealogix to further suppress the natural oxidation process of the oil, which actually enhances the fish oil’s health-promoting benefits.

Based upon our research, we fully expect that you will experience even greater health benefits from this improved formula!

Sealogix Means Value

Due to its superior quality and concentration of nutrients, Sealogix represents an exceptional value compared to other brands.

Many fish oil supplements vary in purity, quality, concentration, size and price, which can make it difficult for consumers to determine whether or not they are getting good value for their money. To create a meaningful, apples-to-apples comparison for you and your customers, we looked at the two most prevalent nutrients in omega-3’s – EPA and DHA. We compared the cost of 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA in other brands against Sealogix, and the results are highly revealing.

1,000 mg of EPA and DHA in Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil with Sesamin (240 capsules) costs only $0.54, much less than many of the popular supplements on the market. In fact, 15 out of the 17 competing brands in our comparison cost anywhere from $0.60 to a whopping $3.33 per 1,000 mg!

Maintaining optimal health, especially in this economy, is more vital than ever before.  Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil Supplements with Sesamin will give you a competitive advantage and help your customers achieve a greater level of wellness.

Buy SeaLogix with Sesamin Now!

Plague Ratsie - The Ultimate Cat Toy! Catnip & Valerian Root

What Peezle & Jopie anxiously awaited their new Plague Rat toy or as affectionately known by cats on Twitter as Plague Ratsie. They had heard about it and all the cats were raving about them and then, one day in the mail their wonderful Plague Rat toy arrived!

What is a Plague Ratsie? A treat for your cat! Our Plague Rats are handmade by Sally Pointer from natural linen, wool and leather. Stuffed with her tried and tested blend of top quality catnip herb and coarsely chopped valerian root, your cat will be delighted to 'protect' you from this fearsome beastie.

These cat toys represent exceptional value, most cat owners find that their cat will still be interested in this toy up to a year or more after first playing with it. The secret is the chunks of valerian root which withstand repeated attention even from the most intrepid hunter. Ratwar

Be warned though, we have had reports of cats opening the parcels containing these rats on the doormat before you get to them! Our own cat tries to steal them even whilst we are making them. Colour of rattie eyes and tail may vary.

Order Your Cat A Plague Rat Today!