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March 2010

Evangers Dog & Cat Food Owners Accused Of Stealing $2M In Electric & Gas

The owners of Evangers Dog and Cat Food Company are in the news again but this time it's not about a pet food recall. I shake my head when I keep seeing these "repeat offenders" and wonder how anyone can trust a company that continues to do shady things.

This article reprint is from:

A Lincolnwood couple has been charged with money laundering and theft for illegally diverting about $2 million worth of natural gas and electricity over the past several years to their Wheeling pet food company, prosecutors say.

Joel Sher, 54, and his wife Holly, 52, own Evanger's Dog & Cat Food company, a high-end pet food company which has been featured on the Rachel Ray television show and other TV outlets, including CLTV. For the last several years, investigators have been looking into whether the couple had been stealing from Commonwealth Edison and Nicor, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

The couple not only tampered with a Nicor meter but built "a separate pipe to divert the flow of gas prior to reaching the meter," prosecutors said. "A two-way valve was inserted so that the gas flow could be redirected to the meter when inspections occurred by Nicor."

The Shers diverted electricity by tapping into main power lines. "Wires and fuses were attached to the high-voltage wires and then connected to the electric supply," prosecutors said.

Nicor said it was alerted by a former worker for the pet food company in December of 2008 that gas was being diverted to the property. In September of 2009, a company worker told ComEd how the couple was tapping into electricity, prosecutors said.

State's attorney spokesman Andy Conklin said the couple stole from the utilities simply because they could.  

Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Web site describes the company as the "finest natural dog food company in the United States."

Bail was set at $250,000 for Joel Sher and $200,000 for in a hearing midday today.

If Holly Sher is released on bail, she will be allowed to travel to Orlando, Florida, for a trade show, and to Los Angeles for a Seder celebration for cats and dogs, according to the conditions of bail.

Article by Carolyn Rusin, Matthew Walberg

Treatment & Prevention of Kidney Disease In Cats & Dogs

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease is one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats, and a common cat ailment. The kidneys work to filter toxins of the body into the urine, so that they can be passed. When the kidney doesn't function properly, poisons can accumulate and can cause very dangerous conditions, from kidney stones to death.

What Causes Kidney Disease?

There can be different causes. In general, a dry food diet and low water intake can cause kidney troubles - since dehydration can result in less urination. Chronic urinary tract and bladder infections can also contribute to the disease.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms can range from none, to ones that are mostly unmistakable:

Frequent urination
Frequent urinary tract infections
Blood in the urine
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite and weight
Weight loss
If your pet is showing signs of kidney disease, make sure to see your vet right away!


Your vet can determine if your pet has kidney disease through various tests, including blood and urine tests and x-rays (for kidney stones). Once they have determined the disease, treatment will begin. Treatment for kidney disease will vary, depending on the severity of the case. Sometimes, kidney stones are left to pass on their own or removed with surgery. Other times, intravenous fluid treatment, dialysis (artificial blood filtering), various drugs, and even kidney transplants are necessary.

Natural Treatment And Prevention

Of course, preventing stones is the best possible treatment. Making sure that the urine is PH balanced properly and that pet remains hydrated is key! Most often, this means taking care of pet's diet:

Gluten-free foods: grains are high-glycemic, meaning they create a lot of sugar in the body. Plus, they're really hard for your pet to digest! Choose a food low in proteins and incorporating veggies, with limited grains.
Plenty of fresh water: dehydration can contribute to kidney stones, and urinary tract infections! Help your pet keep their urinary tract clean by encouraging them to drink plenty of clean water.
Supplements: Try a natural remedy to help fortify the kidney, and improve urinary flow. Keep those toxins at bay!

Keep your pet's kidneys functioning optimally, with preventative care!

Recommended products:
Tripsy for Dog Kidney Disease

Tripsy for Cat Kidney Disease

Lawsuit Raises Safety Issues Related to Competing Brands of Fish Oil Supplements

On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, a lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco Superior Court, which alleged that several popular brands of fish oil supplements have illegally undisclosed and unnecessarily high levels of contamination from toxic PCB compounds. Widely regarded as cancer-causing agents, PCB’s were outlawed from manufacture in 1979. The lawsuit names eight manufacturers and retailers of fish and fish liver oils (as well as shark and shark liver oils) which tested positive for PCB contamination that exceeded the limits approved for human consumption under California’s Proposition 65. The initial defendants named are CVS Pharmacy, Inc.; General Nutrition Corp. (GNC); Now Health Group, Inc.; Omega Protein, Inc.; Pharmavite LLC (Nature Made brand); Rite Aid Corp.; Solgar, Inc.; and TwinLab Corp.

These allegations should give consumers cause for grave concern. Although many currently marketed fish oil supplements feature claims of being “treated” to remove or reduce levels of PCB’s and other toxins, many fail to accurately state the residual levels of PCB’s remaining after “treatment”. This lack of disclosure leaves consumers completely in the dark, not knowing whether or not they are ingesting high levels of PCB’s when taking their omega-3 supplement. The allegations are deeply disturbing, as many consumers regularly take their supplements every day.

Sealogix’s Safety is Guaranteed by Independent Third Party Testing

At Life's Abundance, we impose exacting standards upon all of our products, including our line of fish oil supplements. We supply our customers with truly superior quality fish oil supplements that are subjected to rigorous third-party testing for concentration and purity. In fact, we were among the first to implement independent testing and to make readily available the results of those tests to our customers.

To guarantee the outstanding quality of every bottle of Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil, we follow a strict and methodical formula for production. First, the omega-3's in Sealogix are sourced from fish located in some of the purest waters in the world, from fisheries that are renewable and fully-sustainable. Next, our fish oil undergoes several processes (including molecular distillation and winterization) to concentrate and purify the oil.

In addition to making certain that Sealogix fish oils are well below the safety level established by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) for PCB's, the purification process ensures that they are free from mercury and heavy metal contamination (including lead, arsenic and cadmium). Furthermore, our refinement process helps to ensure that Sealogix is a fresh and stable product. Fish oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are prone to oxidation, thus risking the reduction of the shelf-life of the fish oil. Our premium fish oils are naturally processed to greatly reduce oxidative elements like peroxide and acids, resulting in stabilization that impedes further oxidation and prolongs the shelf-life of Sealogix products.

Each batch is then tested by International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS), a non-affiliated, third party laboratory that is considered the world’s premier fish oil testing agency. IFOS uses multiple scientific tests and analyses on every batch of Sealogix. In fact, IFOS imposes more stringent requirements for contaminants and oxidation than the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). These tests ensure that our Sealogix customers are receiving a safe and effective fish oil supplement that they can feel confident providing to their families, and for themselves. Finally, we post the IFOS test results for each batch of Sealogix online, so our customers will know exactly what is contained in Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil. We are proud to say that all Sealogix supplements have achieved IFOS’s highest possible rating for concentration and purity – five out of five stars. Go To Our IFOS Page.

Due to the superior quality, purity and concentration of these nutrients, Sealogix represents an exceptional value compared to other market brands. Click here to learn more about how Sealogix beats competing omega-3 brands and maintains exacting standards for safety.


Here’s a sneak peek at the molecular distillation equipment. This purification equipment utilizes high-vacuum distillation, ensuring minimal contact with oxygen for superior purification and concentration of nutrients.


In one of the many “clean room laboratories” at the plant, workers monitor the encapsulation process of our pharmaceutical-grade fish oil supplements.


Does Your Dog Have Dry Cracked Paws?

When your favorite part of the day is going for a walk to explore the neighborhood, it’s no fun when you’ve got sore cracked paws!


Cold winter weather is hard on your dog’s footpads, because they are constantly in contact with cold sidewalks and snowy grass. The result is painful fissures in his pads which may bleed and become infected.


There are steps you can take to treat splits in your dog’s footpds, and prevent them recurring.


Cure those Cracked Pads


  • It’s important that you look closely at your dog’s pads often. That way you find any splits early, and can start treatment straight away.


  •  If the cracks look at all infected, take your dog to your vet for a checkup. Infection can delay healing, and he may need antibiotics to clear it up. He may also need a bandage to protect his foot as he recovers.
  • If your dog’s pads are only mildly cracked,  you can take care of them yourself at home. Clean his pad gently with a mild antiseptic such as iodine scrub, and dry his foot thoroughly. Apply bowWOW Butter Balm to his pads to help heal and condition his skin. It not only contains shea butter and other natural oils to moisturize his skin,but also coconut oil and tea tree oil which can help to control infection. Marshmallow extract and calendula will soothe the irritation in his skin, and have him feeling comfortable very quickly.


  • Providing your dog isn’t limping, you can continue to take him for walks as normal. Just be careful; sometimes salt is sprinkled on icy footpaths to make it melt, and this salt will be very painful if it gets into the crack in his footpad.


Prevention is Better Than Cure


It’s worth while taking a few minutes after your walk to care for your dog’s pads; by doing that you can prevent painful fissures from developing.


When you return from your outing, bathe his feet with warm water to clean away any salt that has stuck to his paws. This will also remove any chemical ice melting products that may have been used on the roads. These aren’t good for your dog, and you don’t want him to lick them off his paws. It will also allow you to have a good look at his feet for any injuries that need more attention.


Massage bowWOW Butter Balm well into each paw as a preventative, to help stop his pads from splitting.


You can purchase booties for your dog, and these may be useful if you plan on walking over rough ground or going for longer outings in the snow. He may take a little while to feel comfortable in them, and may try and kick them off or walk with a funny gait. Booties are very handy, not only to protect his feet and stop him developing splits in his pads, but to protect any existing cracks as they heal. There are so many styles of booties available, you’re sure to find a pair that suits your dog’s personality.


Cracks in the footpads are your dog’s least favorite part of winter. Fortunately, they usually heal quickly, and it won’t be long before you’re again sharing winter adventures.

bowWOW Butter Balm

Does Your Dog Suffer From The "Poopy Butt" Syndrome

Great article from Happytails Spa

Owning a long haired dog is a pleasure - there’s the softness of his fur as you hug him, the beauty as he runs with the wind blowing through his coat, and the compliments from passers by as you go walking together.


There is one part of living with a long haired dog that is less than pleasant, and that is “poopy butt”. This occurs when your dog’s poop gets caught in his hair and doesn’t fall to the ground properly when he defecates. The result is that you have a daily clean up job that you’d definitely rather do without.


How can you manage poopy butt?


The most important part of preventing poop sticking to your dog’s hair is to keep the hair around his bottom trimmed short. Poop is much less likely to get caught in short hair. You can use scissors to do this; alternatively invest in an inexpensive pair of clippers to cut away the long hair.


It may take your dog a little while to get used to the sound and feel of the clippers. Take your time, use lots of rewards and make it a positive experience (for both you and your dog. Treat yourself to a glass of wine after. The operative word being AFTER. Trimming and drinking don’t mix) You’ll need to clip his hair on a regular basis, so make sure he’s not stressed by the experience.


You can also take steps to make sure his poops are firm. Soft feces are much more likely to get caught up in the hair around his bottom.


If his feces are a bit loose, add some fiber to his diet and that may help firm them up. Alternatively, feed him a highly digestible, low residue diet, and that usually results in smaller, firmer poops. There are several commercial kibbles that will help reduce the amount of feces he will produce.


Make sure you keep up to date with his worming medication, as intestinal worms can also contribute to soft feces.


If you do have to deal with the dreaded poopy butt, don’t despair. Keep a packet of pre-moistened pads handy, and your clean up job is much easier. These  pads will remove any discoloration on your dog’s hair, while its all natural herbal extracts and colloidal silver help prevent the growth of bacteria on his coat. For the best results, rub the pad well into his fur, both with and against his hair.


Life is busy, and there isn’t always the time to bathe your dog to clean up a poopy butt. Dry Dog Instant Clean is the solution to this problem. This all natural waterless shampoo cleans without water, and will remove poop that is stuck to your dog’s coat.


The other advantage of Dry Dog Instant Clean is that it doesn’t just mask odors, it eradicates them completely. It contains Ordenone, a water soluble material which actually traps odor molecules. So, you won’t have to put up with eau de poop fragrance, but instead you’ll enjoy Dry Dog Instant Clean’s fresh kiwifruit melon fragrance.


You already spend a lot of time grooming your long haired dog to prevent knots and tangles and keep his coat looking good. It doesn’t take much longer to trim the hair around his bottom, and then you won’t have to deal with any more poopy butt.



Fish Oil Shown To Reduce Osteoarthritis Symptoms In Dogs

Recently 3 studies were done by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that have indicated that diets rich in fatty acids may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs and improved mobility and showed less pain. This is excellent news because we finally have the clinical proof that fish oil is beneficial to our dogs diets.

One paper titled, "A multicenter study of the effect of dietary supplementation with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids on carprofen dosage in dogs with osteoarthritis", studied whether dogs with supplementation ended up receiving less of the anti-inflammatory drug carprofen. The dosage of carpofen was decided based on investigators' assessments of 5 clinical signs and owner assessments of 15 signs of osteoarthritis. In dogs with supplemented diets, the dosage of carprofen they received decreased significantly faster over the 12-week study period that in the control group. The teams conclusion was that where dogs are receiving carprofen to reduce pain, a diet with increased omega-3 fatty acids will decrease the carprofen dosage required for alleviation of symptoms.

A second paper, titled "Multicenter veterinary practice assessment of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on osteoarthritis in dogs" had researchers investigating the effect of food containing high concentrations of fish oil omega-3 fatty acids and a low omega-6–omega-3 fatty acid ratio on the clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs. According to the owners of dogs on a supplemented diet, their dogs had a significantly improved ability to rise from a resting position and play at 6 weeks and improved ability to walk at 12 and 24 weeks after starting feeding.

The last paper, titled "Evaluation of the effects of dietary supplementation with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids on weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis", investigated the effects of a food supplemented with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids on weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. The team concluded that dogs eating the supplemented food had improved weight bearing.

These studies did not state the type or grade of fish oil they used. However, most experts recommend supplement your pet's diet with a pure pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Inferior fish oils can be contaminated with mercury and other toxins so it's best to research the fish oil supplement you will be using.

On a personal note, we have used SeaLogix Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil with our dogs for over 6 years. We started using it, combined with a supplement called Agility, with our dog Storm who had severe hip and elbow dysplasia. Storm had both surgeries but we needed to keep him pain free. By the time he was 8 years old (he had both surgeries before the age of 1) he cried when he stood up or sat down. I believe, due to these two supplements, that Storm lived a pain free life for his last 3 1/2 years. He no longer cried and actually ran around our 5 acre property with the younger dogs. Many people have asked "why not just feed a food with fish oil in it or glucosamine or msm already in it?" My answer to this is that the food supplement with these items is great, however what happens when your dog needs more because he or she is still in pain? Do you just increase the amount of food? When you use supplements you can add extra (example in those harsh cold winter months) if your dog is hurting or decrease the amounts if your dog is feeling fine. If you increase the amount of food you'll only end up with an overweight dog which in turn will cause more problems.

Learn more about SeaLogix Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil and how to compare your fish oil to Sealogix

Nature's Variety Expands It's Recall - Ugh!

This is from Nature's Variety's website - it's their "Important Food Safety Update"

Important Food Safety Update

Nature's Variety News - March 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

Today Nature’s Variety is announcing that out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily recalling all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula products with a “Best If Used By” date on or before 2/5/11.

Nature’s Variety has received new test results from an outside facility that indicate that Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 10/29/10 and Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 11/9/10 may be contaminated with Salmonella. Therefore, we are voluntarily recalling these date codes of product from the marketplace. Also, out of an abundance of caution, we are expanding our voluntary recall to include all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats with any "Best If Used By" date on or before 2/5/11. We believe taking this action is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce your confidence and trust.

No other Raw Frozen Diets are involved in this expansion other than chicken, and no other Nature’s Variety products are involved.

The products included in this expanded recall are any Chicken Formula or Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with a "Best If Used By" date on or before 2/5/11, including:

  • UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties
  • UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs
  • UPC#7 69949 50121 3 – Chicken Formula 12 lb retail display case of chubs
  • UPC#7 69949 60137 1 – Organic Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60127 2 – Organic Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

The "Best If Used By" date is located on the back of the package above the safe handling instructions.

If you have purchased one of the affected products, please return the unopened product to your local retail store to receive a complete refund, or to exchange it for another variety. If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle. Then, bring your receipt (or the empty package in a sealed bag) to your local retailer for a complete refund or replacement.

As you may know, Nature’s Variety now uses High Pressure Pasteurization on our Raw Frozen Diets as a unique process to kill pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. Having incorporated this state-of-the-art technology on our Freeze Dried Raw products in late 2009, we were able to confidently implement the process universally on all Raw Frozen Diets after the February 11, 2010 recall in order to further enhance food safety. Nature’s Variety also utilizes a test and hold protocol to ensure that all High Pressure Pasteurized Raw Frozen Diets test negative for harmful bacteria before being released for sale.

We believe replacing all raw frozen chicken products on the market with new raw frozen chicken products that use High Pressure Pasteurization is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce your confidence and trust.  By recalling all raw frozen chicken products with "Best If Used By" dates on or before 2/5/11, we can provide our pet parents with new raw frozen chicken products that have been processed through High Pressure Pasteurization. Adopting High Pressure Pasteurization is an important step to ensure that our products meet the strictest quality and food safety standards."

Our commitment to you and your pets in the future is the same as it’s been in the past – to offer Raw Frozen Diets made from the highest quality ingredients, made in our own plant in the Midwest, by people who care deeply about pet nutrition, health, and happiness.

For more information about the expanded recall, please read our FAQ document.

We also offer the following resources if you're interested in learning more about High Pressure Pasteurization and our Food Safety Protocols:

If you have additional questions, please call our dedicated Customer Care line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-374-3142. For additional information about High Pressure Pasteurization or other Nature’s Variety food safety protocols, please read the Q&A below or visit

Thank you for your loyalty and trust.


Reed Howlett
CEO, Nature's Variety

Natural Shampoo For Fleas, Ticks, Lice And Mange

If you are looking for the best shampoo for your pet, you can call off the search now with Defendex™.

Gentle on even the most sensitive skin, Defendex™ is formulated to provide a powerful clean lather and condition for your pet’s smooth, shiny coat.

Recommended for all pets and animals, Defendex™ uses a proprietary blend of active enzymes to effectively cleanse the fur/hair and skin without harsh chemicals.

In addition to its cleansing power, Defendex™ is packed with rejuvenating natural ingredients, including aloe vera and peppermint oil, to help soothe skin irritation and promote optimal skin and coat condition.

Just one ten-minute Defendex™ application is enough to make your pet cuddly clean and soft. Choose a better shampoo for your pet with Defendex™ today!

“We were having a severe problem with our two shelties. Defendex made their fur the softest it has ever been. We’re very pleased with the results.”

- Arnie, California

“We bathe all of the dogs including Faith in the Vetionx product shampoo called Defendex! It’s important to note that Faith is bathed every time we take her onto a show, or the day before we take her to a school or hospital. The all-natural product Defendex is great for a lot of reasons. One, I’m satisfied with the results from the standpoint that she is clean. She smells great too! Defendex has a light peppermint scent and I know Faith enjoys it as I’ve caught her sniffing her fur from time to time and just smiling about it — almost as to say she feels pretty!”

- Jude Stringfellow, Faith’s owner 10/05/09

Q: How should I apply Defendex™ to my pet?
A: It’s very easy to apply Defendex™ to your pet, and detailed instructions will arrive with your Defendex™ shipment. Just one ten minute application in a warm bath will help your pet enjoy clean, calm skin and a shiny, healthy coat.

Q: How safe is Defendex™?
A: Defendex™ is made with 100% natural ingredients and is guaranteed* to be completely safe with no negative side effects.

Q: How long does one bottle of Defendex™ last?
A: A single bottle of Defendex™ has 4 fl. oz of concentrated liquid that will provide approximately eight applications. If your pet has very long fur, or is very large, take advantage of our multi-bottle discount options to maximize your Defendex™ value.

The all-natural ingredients in Defendex™ are the key to your success. We have specifically chosen the ingredients in Defendex™ to provide a naturally deep clean and condition for pet skin and hair.


Defendex™ contains the enzymes bromelain and papain.

Bromelain is an enzyme extract from pineapple juice that removes dead proteins from the skin, such as dead cells.

Papain is a proteolytic enzyme derived from ripened papaya. It works as an exfoliant as well, dissolving dead skin cells. Papain is also used to help decrease itching and irritation.

Peppermint Oil(Mentha Piperita)

Mentha piperita is an essential oil with purifying properties. It creates a cooling and healing effect on the skin, reducing inflammation and reliving itch. Peppermint oil is one of the main ingredients in Defendex™, not only for its skin healing and conditioning properties, but because it also lends a refreshing peppermint scent to the shampoo.

Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Concentrate

Aloe vera is historically known for its use in skin care and treatment of burns

The all-natural ingredients in Defendex™ are the key to your success. We have specifically chosen the ingredients in Defendex™ to provide a naturally deep clean and condition for pet skin and hair.

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Can Your Emotions Affect Your Pets Health?

We’re all familiar with the phrase “man’s best friend”, which typically applies to canine owners, but can also be appreciated by cat lovers who view their cats as just as close companions. However, research from the UK’s University of Lincoln suggests that the relationship with our pets may be tighter than we realized, with studies showing that dogs may actually be capable of recognizing human emotions.

How Our Pets May Read Emotions in Us

The research was based around the premise of the "left gaze bias", a common reaction displayed by humans in that when they look at another face, their eyes are drawn left - therefore with their focus directed on the right hand side of the face (which has been shown to accurately express emotion).
In the studies, the dogs consistently revealed a strong inclination towards this "left gaze bias" when shown human faces, following suit with the reactions of the human participants. In addition, the dogs only displayed this intuitive behavior when looking at human faces, not inanimate objects or other animal faces - which suggests they are in fact trying to "read" whether we are happy, sad, pleased or angry.

How Emotional Well-being Affects Overall Health in Pets

Fido or Fluffy may mirror your emotions, as both cats and dogs can pick up on your happy vibes and tend to express their mood' through body language, according to veterinarian Debbye Turner.

For improved emotional well-being and calm for the entire nervous system, try PetCalm

Cats are likely to be happy if you see him or her lying stretched out (displaying security), upright and alert (interested in exploring), or while cleaning themselves (again displaying comfort and security). Dogs will likely be open to making eye contact with you (we all know how a dog bows his head with his tail between his legs if he’s been “bad”!), with ears perked and a relaxed mouth. Both cats and dogs are also generally playful when happy.

Conversely, this means our pets are very keen to pick up on our not so pleasant emotions, which can negatively affect their health. While it's unrealistic to be happy in front of our pets all the time, it is important to be mindful of our influence. If you begin noticing changes in your pet's behavior, such as acting more aggressive, territorial, or distant, an underlying problem may need to be addressed.
For relief of separation anxiety in pets, plus depression caused by emotional distress, loneliness or sadness, try Grief and Pining Formula

In order to help your pet cope with the common stressors of every day life and the ebbs and flows of our own emotions, it is important to ensure the health of the nervous system, which is best achieved by helping your pet achieve a holistic lifestyle.

A healthy diet, regular exercise and a secure home environment, combined with added support from natural remedies, can be of great benefit in supporting nervous system health safely and effectively.

Signs of Depression in Pets

Changes in eating habits
Seem withdrawn or have low energy
Sleeping more than usual
Always eating or refusing to eat
Hiding away and acting aloof

Fish Oil Part of Regimen to Protect Against Heart Disease

In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers from the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan investigated the health effects of daily Omega-3 supplements in combination with a drug commonly prescribed for those at-risk for heart attacks, angina and other coronary events.

Patients were all identified as having higher than average levels of cholesterol. They were divided into two groups: a main group that included nearly 15,000 participants with no prior history of coronary artery disease, and a secondary group with over 3,600 subjects with a prior history of coronary artery disease. Some of each group were given highly-purified fish oil supplements in addition to statins (enzyme blockers that lower cholesterol levels in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver), while others were given only the prescription drug.

Over the course of the nearly five-year study, there was a significant difference between those receiving the fish oil supplements and those who did not. While both therapies proved effective in reducing levels of cholesterol, participants taking the fish oil supplements and statins had a 19% reduction in risk for heart illness. The research also noted that a similar, preventative benefit from daily fish oil supplementation that may convey to those not currently deemed at-risk for heart problems.

“Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on cardiovascular events in Japanese patients with hypercholesterolemia: rationale, design, and baseline characteristics of the Japan EPA Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS).” American Heart Journal. 2003 Oct;146(4):613-20.

Learn more about the benefits of Fish Oil

5 Quick Things You Can Do To Ease Your Dog's Itchy Skin

When your dog is itchy, it’s distressing and annoying for both of you. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could do to give him instant relief? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that there is.

Here are five quick steps to easing your dog’s itchy skin, and making his life a whole lot more comfortable.

1. Bathe him. Use a colloidal oatmeal shampoo such as Comfy Dog Shampoo to reduce his skin inflammation and itch. Its colloidal oatmeal has been approved by the FDA to ease itchy skin. Wash your dog, then follow up with Fur Butter. It too contains colloidal oatmeal, as well as aloe and shea butter and will have your best friend feeling more comfortable in no time.

2. FLEA the Scene! - Treat your dog to remove any fleas. Even if you can’t see fleas, they may still be causing your dog grief. The lower back and base of the tail are typical spots for itching to develop due to fleas. Dogs who are allergic to fleas can scratch for several weeks after one flea bite. Fleas hate all-natural Flea The Scene ! They don’t like its peppermint oil, lemon oil, or Eucalyptus oil. Not only does it repel fleas and mosquitos, but the aloe, comfrey and vitamin E will soothe his skin. It’s completely safe so you can use it as often as you need to.

3. Spot On! If your dog has a particular part of his body he’s really scratching or chewing at, consider using Itchin’ For Relief . This is a convenient, easy to use spray with a unique nozzle to direct the spray to where it’s really needed. That way you’re not wetting the whole coat, and wasting the product on areas of the body where it’s not needed. Its all natural ingredients quickly soothe the itch of hot spots. You’ll notice your dog stop scratching straight away.

4. Cover it up! If your dog is scratching the same spot over and over, cover it up with a doggie Tshirt or doggie booties. By placing a barrier between your dog’s claws and the abrasion you allow the irritation to heal and hopefully your dog will start thinking about something else! Check out the hip T’s from

5. CHILLAX! If your dog is licking and scratching all night long keeping the both of your up, give him a few drops of Sleepytime Tonic . Your dog may be working himself into a frenzy and the scratching becomes a nervous habit. Sleepytime Tonic won’t cure the itchy skin, but it WILL relax and calm the both of you so you can both get some much needed sleep! Of course, if the quick tips above don’t work, a trip to the vet may be necessary.

Antihistamines such as Benadryl may help stop your dog’s itch. This medication actually blocks the release of histamine in cells, which causes the reddening and itching of the skin in response to an insect bite or allergy. Antihistamines are very safe drugs, but not all dogs show improvement when they’re treated with them. In fact, only about 30% of dogs are more comfortable when they’re given antihistamines. If you’d like to try this medication, speak to your vet about an appropriate dose and frequency for your dog.

Anti-itch medication usually contains corticosteroids. These drugs also block the inflammatory response, but do so much more effectively, so virtually all dogs will respond to treatment. An injection of corticosteroid by your vet will ease the itch very quickly. She may suggest that you follow that with corticosteroid tablets or creams, to extend the effect. Keep in mind that there are potential side effects if you use these drugs, and it’s important that you use as low a dose as possible to reduce the risk. Combining corticosteroid medication with Comfy Dog Shampoo and Itchin’ For Relief will mean you don’t need as much medication to stop your dog scratching. This is much better for his health.

Constant itching and scratching can lead to a secondary infection, and worsening of your dog’s skin problem. It’s good to have some effective tools in your arsenal to nip that scratching in the bud. That way, you’ll both get some rest and relaxation.