Herbal Remedies for Dogs & Cats

#1 Veterinarian Recommended To Help Support Urinary Bladder Health And Maintain Joint Health And Mobility In Cats


CosequinforcatsCosequin For Cats - #1 Veterinarian recommended. Helps support urinary bladder health and maintain joint health and mobility.

Nutramax offers a thorough line of pet supplements that will work to maintain the health and beauty of your best friend for years to come. Cats age at a faster rate than humans and it is our job to provide them with the nutrition necessary for them to strive long term.

Cosequin For Cats was created to help maintain joint health and mobility for your feline friend. This natural supplement safely and effectively provides joint cartilage support while maintaining your cats comfort level. Some veterinarians also recommend Cosequin to help support urinary bladder health.

Cosequin for Cats contains natural chicken and tuna flavored capsules specially formulated for cats.


Glucosamine Hydrochloride minimum 125mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate minimum 100mg

Manganese minimum 1mg

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Precious Extra Time With Sheldon After Canine Kidney Disease

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Loving parents of a beloved dog, wheaten terrier, share the following touching story of Sheldon overcoming canine kidney disease and spending two more quality years together; incase you need some encouragement when the Vet only gives your four-legged friends only a few weeks to live…

“Sheldon came into our lives on August 17, 2003. Everyone knew Sheldon. He was such a loving little boy and was just happy to be loved by our whole family. Sheldon always had a sensitive stomach and was on a strict diet of prescription dog food and dog treats.

Sheldon became very sick in July 2013 and was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. Even with all the new medications that were prescribed and the fluids he was receiving every single day, the doctors only gave him two weeks to live. Our family was beyond devastation…

My husband searched the internet and found Pet Wellbeing and the Kidney Support Gold Medicine. We had nothing to lose and would try anything at this point to help our Sheldon.

We started giving Sheldon Kidney Support Gold twice a day as instructed and started to see improvement almost immediately.

Of course we continued with the daily injection of fluids at the vet, and our baby boy never even cried. He was just always so happy to see the staff and he made their day too. I wrote a couple of reviews during this period so other pet parents would learn of this miracle drug. Our baby boy lost his battle on February 7, 2016, two weeks short of his 12 1/2 birthday.  

We got an extra 2 1/2 years more than expected, but this was not nearly enough. We miss him so much and everything reminds us of him. Our Sheldon was one in a million.  Thank you for everything.” 

Kidney support for dogs

Kidney Support Gold

Natural support for dog kidney disease
 
Helps maintain:
  • Energy levels
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

Order Kidney Support Gold today and help your dog maintain a normal quality of life with healthier kidneys!

  • 90 Day money-back guarantee
  • 1 bottle is a 1 month supply for most dogs

Exercise With Your Dogs For Disease Prevention

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Summer makes us think about getting outdoors with our pets and this is a good thing for both human and animals. For most of us our pets live indoors. Many are cooped up inside with bathroom privileges only for most of the day. For many active dogs, this is the equivalent to prison.

It is no wonder we have so many dogs with anxiety and boredom problems like destructive chewing and constant barking. Most of these problems could be solved simply by increasing exercise!

Exercise is a mental stress reliever for dogs and a way that they find out about the world. As anyone who has ever walked a dog knows, the nose is constantly to the ground finding out who has been there and when.

The important thing to realize is that although most dogs can handle a 30 minute walk, you need to first determine your dog’s fitness level and how much exercise your dog can handle. (read below to learn more)


There are a number of goods reasons to exercise with your dog. Here are a few:

1. Exercise promotes weight control and digestive health. Although weight loss is only 20 %

exercise and 80 % nutrition, that 20 % is important to keep your dog fit and trim.

2. Exercise works to prevent destructive behavior and hyperactivity. Pups that have jobs or 

are active are far less bored than the wall flowers that sit at home chewing on your couch.

3. Exercise prevents or delays the onset of arthritis and helps prevent cognitive dysfunction.

4. Exercise encourages socialization with other dogs and people and improve your bond with

your pet.

5. Exercise is good for owner health as well. Dogs can be great training partners. Walking the dog is the most basic form of exercise—which is physical and mental work for the dog.

The important thing to realize is that although most dogs can handle a 30 minute walk, you need to first determine your dog’s fitness level and how much exercise your dog can handle:  

Toy dogs may only be able to handle 5 to 10 minutes of exercise at a time. Dogs with pushed in faces like Pugs can not handle a lot of exercise in the heat. Long haired dogs and Arctic breeds may also have problems in the heat and may either need to be clipped or only exercised when it is cooler. For some dogs, swimming may need to replace walking in warm weather. Check with your veterinarian before you start any major exercise program with your dog.

  • Safety issues with walking need to be taken into consideration. Depending on the terrain where you walk, your dog may need booties. Inspect your dog’s pads for injuries after walking. In hot weather, avoid asphalt as it will cause blistering of the foot pads. Leash your dog—if you are running use a leash that attaches to your body. Retractable leashes may seem convenient but can injury you or your dog so do not use those!
  • Take plenty of water for you and your pet. If you are going to be exercising strenuously for 30 minutes or more your dog will need a snack, so take that along as well. Use some form of flea/tick and heartworm preventive, mosquito repellent and sunscreen and don’t forget to pick up after your dog.
  • If you’re not a runner and your dog needs to run, consider a treadmill. Your hound can increase her muscle definition, tone up and increase her life span by making a regular date with her own treadmill. There are several types available for different sizes of dogs. Other alternatives are dog sports—try agility, skijoring, swimming, dock diving, biking , hiking and doga (doggie yoga).Don’t let the fun of exercising with your pet pass you by this summer, and remember inviting your four-legged friend into your own wellness routine can be a vital step towards a common pet ailment prevention!
  • Challenge your entire family to involve your pets into fun activities, here’s an idea – this girl is training golden labrador retriever puppy in the swimming pool – jump and dive underwater to retrieve shell. Active games with family pets and popular dog breeds like companion.

Little child playing with fun and training golden labrador retriever puppy in swimming pool - jump and dive underwater to retrieve shell. Active games with family pets and popular dog breeds like companion.

Does your pet need an energy boost? If you wish your four-legged companion was more enthusiastic about being active, he may need a little help with his or her nutrition! 

Find out why our Veterinarians recommends SPARK – The Ultimate Nutritional Supplement


Obie The Cats Amazing Recovery With SPARK Nutritional Supplement

I believe Spark, Pet Wellbeing’s nutritional supplement has truly made a new cat out of Obie, and I recommend it to everyone. Testimonial from Obie's mom

I found Obie, when I visited a rescuer to adopt a special needs kitty I had seen online, and she had many other cats looking for homes. A smelly, older-looking black cat was very affectionate when I visited, so I decided to take him home along with the other one.  I figured I would feed him a high-quality diet, and the smell might disappear. The vet said he was probably not very old, but the stench was from his horribly inflamed teeth and gums, and that all would need to be removed.  After the dental surgery, all he had left was his four fangs! The smell eventually almost disappeared, and he continued to thrive.

I lost my husband to cancer last March, and five months to the day after he passed, I came home to find Obie curled up against the curb, apparently dead, having been hit by a car.  It was dark out, with no sign of anyone nearby.  I went to pick up his lifeless body,  and he moved. I drove immediately to the emergency hospital, about 10 minutes away.

He had a fractured wrist and pelvis, broken jaw and road rash, and was in shock.  Fortunately there was no internal bleeding.  He was stabilized, but his jaw would need to be wired together elsewhere. I was told that if I wanted to try to save him by keeping him immobile, it was possible that his pelvic fractures would heal on their own.  There was a chance that he would be incontinent if he did not regain muscle tone in his tail.  I refused to give up on him and “pull the plug,” especially after losing my husband so recently. My kids were away at camp and could not be there.  

At great personal expense, Obie spent several days in the emergency hospital, fed through an NG tube, and drugged for his severe pain. I then transferred him to his regular vet who wired his jaw, but was concerned that he would not eat, despite trying many things, including syringe feeding.

I took him home and kept him in a cage, feeding as well as I could.  Once he resumed eating on his own, I started him on Spark, in addition to higher calorie food, then  regular quality grain-free canned cat food.  He was able to control his bladder.  

The difference has been nothing short of amazing! Obie made a full recovery. He doesn’t smell, his wounds have totally healed, and he can run and jump and eliminate like any healthy cat. There isn’t even a limp!  

I made it a point to take him back to the emergency hospital to show the vet who had cared for him initially there. I told her that when he recovered I would do that, and she was so thrilled to see how well he was doing.

Aside from great veterinary care, my love, and patience, I believe Spark has truly made a new cat out of Obie, and I recommend it to everyone.

One serving per day provides support for:

  • Healthy bones, teeth and coat
  • Good digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Joint and muscle health
  • Immune system and normal recovery
  • Healthy hormone levels
  • Fighting free radical damage (anti-oxidant)
  • Important vitamins & minerals for growth, aging and normal cell repair
  • 1 canister lasts ~ 40 days for a cat
  • 1 canister lasts ~ 14 days for a dog

Order SPARK and give your dog or cat a lifetime of excellent health.

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Sassy Overcomes Cat Kidney Disease

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A heart-warming customer story, especially if your pet is also going through urinary tract infection and cat kidney disease.

“Our Sassy was one of five kittens born in our bedroom over 16 years ago, an unexpected and delightful addition to our family.  All but Sassy and her brother Tiger were placed with other willing “parents” and when Tiger met an untimely death due to a raccoon that took him down, it was just our Sassy that kept her place in our home and hearts for the years to come.  

It was in November 2014 that we began to notice a decline in Sassy’s otherwise healthy demeanour, and when she came down with a urinary tract infection, it seemed like her time was limited in terms of her health and well-being.

After numerous and expensive tests we were told that her kidney disease condition would require special prescription food for the rest of her life.  

Before long Sassy refused to eat and was literally wasting away.  Believing that her condition was irreversible, we simply accepted the fact that her life was coming to an end.

It was at that point that I went on the internet and found Pet WellBeing. I can still remember the incredible relief that I felt the day that I called and spoke with one of their counsellors.

After describing her condition I was encouraged to put her on several supplements that would support her kidneys and bladder, as well as taking her off the prescription cat food and replacing that with an all-organic formula. I was even given a special recipe for cat food that I could make from natural ingredients.  At last I felt that there was some hope!

Within just a few weeks the difference in her health and well-being was amazing!  Sassy was eating again and gaining back some of the weight that she had lost.  

Fast forward to March of 2016.  Never would I have thought almost two years ago that our girl would be as “Sassy,” as her name implies, and acting just like she did when she was a kitten so many years ago.  It’s true, we have needed to add “Old Friend” to her health plan, because like all of us as years go by, our joints need extra help in keeping us spry!  

We are so thankful to Pet WellBeing for the amazing service and solutions that they provide in helping us keep our beloved pet happy and healthy!  

We have since referred many of our friends to Pet WellBeing, and will continue to do so, since we know from experience that they will always lead you in the best direction when it comes to your pet’s health!”  

Pet Wellbeing Recommendations:

Kidney Support Gold – Cat Kidney Disease Support 

Supports normal and stable kidney function and helps maintain:

  • Energy levels
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

View Kidney Support Gold product page

Kidney Support Gold - Cat Kidney Disease Support

Supports normal and stable kidney function

Helps maintain:

  • Energy levels 
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

Guaranteed to help your cat's kidney function

  • 1 bottle = 2oz (59ml) a 4 month supply for most cats

10 Year Old Happy, The Cat, Overcomes Feline Cancer With Life Gold

 

 

Cancer is the #1 Disease-Related Killer of Cats

If you’ve received this devastating news, read on for the thoughts of our resident vet.

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Let’s not underestimate the power of timely natural support to help with feline cancer! Here’s a customer story:

Almost three years ago, we got a phone call from our vet. Happy had a maximum of two weeks left to live, with stomach and intestine cancer.  Happy, is our oldest 10-year-old cat. Luckily, I know Pet Wellbeing, which is a great, reliable company so I’ve ordered LIFE GOLD.

After just three days, Happy stopped vomiting, and his diarrhea was under control. He started gaining weight. Before he had lost two pounds in one month.

In October 2015, when we took him to the vet, he said that Happy needed two molar teeth to be removed. After having us wait for an hour, the vet came out and told he got two blood tests. I came home with Happy.

The next day, the vet phoned and told us the news: “Happy is cancer-free. OMG!”

The vet can’t believe his eyes! I called Pet WellBeing that day and I wrote excellent reviews!

Now my Happy has developed arthritis in the last six weeks, and I will be treating him with Agile Joints. We are very thankful for the staff and the great supplements. 

Pet Wellbeing Recommendations

Natural support for cats with cancer:

Helps manage the symptoms of feline cancer
  • Support for the immune system
  • Supports vital systems of detoxification
  • Helps to reduce oxidative stress
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Supports antioxidant function
  • Promotes long-term health

Guaranteed to improve your cat’s life.

Also recommended:

Cancer Support Kit – Cats

Two products: Life Gold and Nu-Pet Feline Antioxidant
  • Support for the immune system
  • Supports vital systems of detoxification
  • Helps to reduce oxidative stress
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Supports antioxidant function
  • Promotes long-term health

Kit contains a 3 month supply for most cats:

1 bottle of Life Gold = 2oz (59ml)
1 jar of Feline Granular Greens = 150gm/5.29oz

To order and learn more, visit Product Page for Cancer Support Kit

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If your cat has cancer, your vet’s prognosis probably won’t leave you with many options.

Well here’s another: Don’t accept the prognosis. See for yourself how the right treatments from Pet Wellbeing can improve and prolong your best friend’s life—and even reverse the symptoms. (That’s right, I said reverse.)

And how do these natural treatments combat the debilitating effects of cancer? By boosting your cat’s immune system, protecting against the “free radicals” that cause cellular damage and supplementing your cat’s diet to keep it strong and fighting the disease.

Sounds far-fetched? How about if I told you that 25% of modern drugs are actually derived from plants? Yet many Vets continue to ignore them, when study after study—and thousands of pet owners—confirm their deadly effect on cancer.

So don’t make the same mistake—give your little guy the chance he or she deserves today.

Renowned Vet Dr. Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CTCVMP has been in veterinary practice for 28 years and has founded two veterinary clinics. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. In January 2015 she became a Diplomate of the Amercan College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Miracle Molly - The Dog Battling Cancer And Liver Problems

This story is from Patty who is Miracle Molly's mom.

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This is our Miracle Molly, aka Princess Molly. Two years ago, at age four, she became extremely ill, not eating and bleeding out of her little bottom. Ultrasound indicated a stomach tumor and she was taken in for an emergency surgery called stomach resection and was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the operation.
 
Once the vet had her open, he discovered it wasn't her stomach, but her liver was enlarged. They biopsied her liver and lymph nodes. The results came back as T-cell Lymphosarcoma, a deadly aggressive cancer. Being that it was in the liver and lymph nodes put it at stage 4.
 
Chemo was $4,000 and the vet said it would only extend her life 4-6 months. I felt she had been thru enough with the surgery and that the side effects of chemo were not something I wanted to put her through. Then a friend told me about milk thistle and he looked it up online and found it at Pet Wellbeing. We immediately ordered it along with the cancer support drops too. The vet also put her on Prednisone and a low dose antibiotic. We basically were told she had 10-12 weeks to live. So we made her Princess Molly and let her do whatever she wanted.
 
She immediately responded to the milk thistle and cancer support drops. She did so well that I took her off the RX drugs, feeling that if the cancer didn’t kill her the drugs would. It’s been two years and she shows no sign of illness. She is now six years old and wakes up every day happy to be alive.
 
We believe in our hearts that it was the milk thistle that healed her liver and the cancer support drops that protected her from the prednisone. Some believed it was a misdiagnosis, but I know how sick she was and I saw the ultrasound and biopsy results.So she is our little miracle. She has since hiked up to 7 miles and learned to surf too. She is our reminder of how precious life is. We feel blessed beyond words!
 
Patty

Natural Supplement For Diabetes In Dogs

Natural Supplement for Diabetes in Dogs
  • Supports normal serum insulin levels
  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy triglycerides
  • Helps maintain eye and liver health

Order Blood Sugar Gold today and help support your dogs blood sugar levels.

  • 90 day money-back guarantee
  • 1 bottle = 2oz (59ml)
  • 1 bottle is a 1 month supply for most dogs

 

 
 
 

Uno is approaching 13 years. He has jogged with me for at lest ten of those years, but going downhill rapidly. Drinking water by the gallons and obviously diabetic. I was contemplating putting him down for he just wasn't a happy dog. I fortunately stumbled across this product...it's like a miracle. Within a couple of days, he returned to his old self...he jogs with me...his intake of water has returned to normal...he's eating like he used to...and is a very happy dog.
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What is Canine Diabetes mellitus?

Diabetes results when a dog's pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. Sugars build up in the bloodstream rather than enter the body’s tissues where they would otherwise provide energy. (This is why diabetic dogs are often lethargic.)

Excess sugar in a dog's bloodstream can lead to several other conditions, including heart, liver and kidney disease, increased infections, slow healing, cataracts, blindness, etc.

Risk factors for dog diabetes include:

  • Obesity
  • Poor diet (high carbohydrate kibble)
  • Steroid treatments
  • Diestrus (several cycles in one breeding season)
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic predisposition

Diabetes is more common in:

  • Female dogs
  • Pets fed a strictly dry kibble diet
  • Overweight dogs
  • Middle-aged and older canines

Common symptoms of dog diabetes mellitus include:

  • Increased thirst, frequent urination
  • Weakness, lethargy
  • Signs of pain in the abdomen
  • Cataracts (eyes cloudy rather than clear)
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle wasting

Diagnosing and Treating Dog Diabetes

If you think your dog might have diabetes, you should take him to a vet. A veterinarian can diagnose canine diabetes mellitus by examining sugar levels in the dog's blood and urine.

A recommended lifestyle change usually includes a healthy species appropriate diet. If your dog is overweight, you should help him lose weight gradually through diet and increased exercise but keep in mind that strenuous exercise can increase insulin levels so ensure exercise is consistent and moderate. Conventional treatment may also include regular injections of insulin. Your dog's feeding regime will be determined when a glucose curve is done by a veterinarian. This will indicate the best time to give insulin and when to feed your dog.

What is Blood Sugar Gold?

Our unique formula has been developed by our holistic veterinarians to support stable blood sugar levels in dogs. Using effective herbs for blood sugar maintenance, it also contains herbs to support liver and eye health. Used consistently over time, Blood Sugar Gold may assist your dog's body to maintain healthier blood sugar levels.

What is Blood Sugar Gold used for?

Blood Sugar Gold may be used alone or in tandem with other protocols for maintaining healthy canine blood sugar levels. It is imperative to monitor blood sugar levels closely when using natural products that have an affect on blood sugar. Natural products can be surprisingly effective. How quickly your canine responds will be unique, and it is extremely important that blood sugar levels stay within a healthy range. 

High blood sugar, as a primary health problem, causes a number of secondary problems to occur, as previously discussed. These include weight gain, thirst and hunger, among others. Once the primary issue begins to stabilize, the secondary issues may also begin to improve.

Before you begin administering Blood Sugar Gold to your dog, please read and follow the cautions .

Can my dog take Blood Sugar Gold with medications?

Blood Sugar Gold may heighten the effect of blood-sugar-lowering drugs. Monitor blood sugar levels closely if administering the product with blood-sugar-lowering drugs. A veterinarian can help to ensure optimal blood sugar levels are maintained. 
An examination from a veterinarian is recommended prior to taking this product.

Does it come with a guarantee?

Yes! Blood Sugar Gold comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee.

Why choose Blood Sugar Gold for your canine friend?

  • Certified organic and ethically wild-harvested:  Our formulas are entirely prepared from organically grown and wild-harvested herbs.
  • Good Manufacturing Practices:  All of our formulas are manufactured in a facility that adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Full Sprectrum Extract:  The full biochemical spectrum of the herbs is preserved  to ensure the potency of the extract.  All raw materials are tested for identification and purity.
  • Every batch tested:  Every batch of our Blood Sugar Gold is tested to ensure the highest quality and potency.  Every single batch.
  • FDA-Registered Facility:  Our manufacturing facility is FDA-registered.  Strict quality control procedures are meticulously monitored.
  • FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Guidelines:  PetWellbeing.com complies with the provisions of the CVM's good guidance practices for pet dietary supplements.  All ingredients and caution statements adhere to these national guidelines.
  • It's Guaranteed:  In addition to the superior quality of our products, you are also protected by our 90-day money-back guarantee.

Who makes Blood Sugar Gold?

Blood Sugar Gold is made by PetWellbeing.com, founded in 2001.  Our goal? To bring the wisdom and experience of our caring holistic veterinarians to your pet.  When your pet is healthy; you're happy.

To fulfill our vision, our on-staff, holistic veterinarians have developed formulas using time-honored, traditional uses of herbs, and integrated the latest scientific research.  It is our aim to produce the best products for your pet that we can.

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The Hairball Remedy For Cats - Natural & Easy

As a cat owner, you’ve probably picked up a hairball or two.Prevention of hairballs is the best way to deal with this problem. Regular brushing, especially for long haired cats and a good quality diet will help. One of the best natural remedies include adding a small quantity of sardines, fish oil or olive oil to the diet, finely chopped wheat or oat grass, ground flaxseed-1/4 tsp daily, aloe vera juice with chlorophyll, psyllium husks-1/8 tsp with water once daily before meals or homeopathic nux vomica. For those that would like a ready-made formula, there’s Hairball Gold.

   
 
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Supports normal & comfortable hairball management

  • All natural lubricating ingredients
  • For acute episodes and regular maintenance
  • Helps hairballs pass through the digestive tract
  • Petroleum-free formula. No mineral oil.

Order Hairball Gold today and help your cat to safely and naturally deal with hairy situations!

90 day money-back guarantee 1 bottle = 59ml/2oz

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Thyroid Help For Cats

Hyperthyroidism is very common with middle-aged and older cats; in fact, it has become one of the most common ailments that vets see. It results when the thyroid gland (located near the cat's windpipe) produces too much thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroid pets often lose weight, have increased or decreased appetites, and become nervous, irritable and vocal. For several days, they may be hyperactive and have a rapid heart beat, then lethargic, apathetic and uninterested in food, play or grooming. Unfortunately thyroid imbalances are extremely common in cats, the biggest one being hyperthyroidism.

Symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor coat quality
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased water intake
  • Increased urine output
  • Occasional vomiting or diarrhea
  • Hyperactivity, irritability, increased yowling

Our holistic veterinarian created the ideal balance of complementary botanical ingredients to maintain long-term, normal function of the thyroid gland. Introducing Thyroid Support Gold.

Thyroid Support Gold - Cat Hyperthyroidism Support

Thyroid Support Gold

Effective natural support for feline hyperthyroidism:
  • Metabolic support for normal weight, appetite and thirst
  • Addresses underlying healthy function of the thyroid gland 
  • Supports a regular, smooth coat
  • Supports heart function
  • Supports normal sleep patterns
A natural approach to help your cat's thyroid function
 

Keeping Your Dog And Cat Kidney Disease Patients Eating

I am frequently asked about diet recommendations for cats and dogs with kidney disease. Usually this is because these pets are not eating their regular diet. It is very important to keep these animals eating and until we address why they don't eat, just switching the diet may not help.

Here are the top reasons why dogs and cats with kidney disease do not eat.

1. Dehydration Kidney patients can not conserve water, so they drink a lot ,lose a lot of water and become dehydrated. My clients are frequently puzzled that a pet who drinks a lot is still dehydrated but this is part of the disease. They can not drink enough to maintain their hydration. Chronic dehydration makes them feel sick and so they do not want to eat.
 
2. Uremia Elevated levels of urea and creatinine (ammonia toxins) build up in the pet and this makes the pet feel ill and leads to gastric ulcers.
 
3. Gastric ulcers These can cause vomiting, nausea and pain and are a result of elevated ammonia levels. Animals with ulcers do not want to eat.
 
4. Low number of red blood cells ( anemia) This can cause the pet to feel weak and suppresses appetite.
 
5. Elevated blood pressure We know in humans this causes headaches and dizziness. If your pet feels this way, he or she may not want to eat.
 
6. Side effects of medication Some of the medications that are given for kidney problems may cause your pet to anorexic.
 
7. Infections Sometimes pets with kidney disease also have infections and this can suppress the appetite.
 
8. Food aversion This can occur from offering too many different foods.

If your pet has kidney disease be sure you are on top of these possible problems. Your veterinarian can help you to know if your pet is dehydrated and how to correct it with subcutaneous fluids. Medication can correct or prevent uremia and gastric ulcers. Anemia can also be helped with medication and vitamins. Elevated blood pressures and infections also need to be treated. Kidney support herbal formulae that contain Rehmannia are useful for some cases of kidney disease.
Pet Wellbeing's Kidney Support Gold is one such product. Appetite stimulants such as Mirtazipine ( a pharmaceutical) or Four Gentlemen (a Chinese Herb) can be life savers for anorexic pets. B vitamins given by injection or orally are helpful to stimulate appetite. Phosphate binders, and meds that decrease uremia (such as Azodyl, Epatikin and Renal Advanced powder) are great for these pets. Acupuncture also works well with these pets.

If your pet is not eating because of kidney disease, be sure to check the things on this list and check with your veterinarian.

Learn more about Pet Wellbeing's Kidney Support Gold

 

The trusted source for your family pet's natural health care.


Joint Supplements For Your Dog Or Cat - Yes or No?

Is your dog or cat suffering from joint problems? Did you know that supplements are the best way to help? When you buy food that has "joint healing ingredients" there is no way to properly dispense the correct amount.

For example, say Fido gets 1 cup of food each day that is fortified with Glucosamine, MSM, sea mussels and hyaluronic acid. How do you know that 1 cup of food equals the correct amount Fido should be getting? Also, what happens if Fido needs a little more because it's cold and rainy or wet....do you just feed Fido more food and hope for the best? Eating more food can cause obesity and therefore hurt Fido's joints more.

We have the solution! Agility for Dogs and Cats. We personally have been using this product for the past 10 years. We started with Storm, our 8 year old rottie who had hip and elbow dysplasia surgeries before he was a year old. By 8 he was having a very tough time sitting or standing. We started him on Agility and in about 8 weeks he no longer was having those issues and no longer would whine when he stood or laid down. About a month later he started to run with our younger dogs around our 5 acres. It was truly a beautiful thing to enjoy. Storm passed away at 11 1/2 of natural causes and not because of his hips. Had he not been on Agility I don't know if we would have had him much past 8 1/2.

We currently have 3 large senior dogs and all get Agility and everyone is doing wonderful! To learn more about Agility and to place your order visit http://www.lifesabundance.com/Pets/Supplements/Agility.aspx?realname=10075847

Spark: The All in One Supplement for your Pet's Needs

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Spark is a comprehensive supplement designed to supply more nutrition that dogs and cats can get from their diet. A leading naturopathic veterinarian developed Spark to be a complete, all in one delivery system of 43 natural ingredients, all researched and synergistically combined for their ability to maintain excellent health.

Spark's Amazing Eight Benefits

Enzymes - Destroyed in the high heat manufacturing process of traditional pet food. Enzymes drive nearly every chemical and metabolic pathway in the body. Supports the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin D - Important for bone mineralization and integrity. Regulates blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Helps support the immune system and joint health.

Synbiotics - Probiotics & prebiotics “good bacteria” supports the living microbiome, the garden of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Supports proper digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.

Aquatic SuperFoods - Algae provide the body with vitamins B, C, E, beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, trace miner - als and protein. Supports normal immunity, intestinal health and helps maintain strong bones & muscles.

Fruit & Vegetable SuperFoods - Blueberries, spinach and broccoli work as powerful antioxidants. Supports the body to fight free radicals.

Amino Acids - The body’s building blocks, approximately 20% cannot be produced by the body and must come from food. Critical to maintaining good health right down to the cellular level, while supporting healthy protein levels.

Sea Vegetables - Provide trace minerals like calcium, iron, and iodine. Maintains strong bones and supports healthy thyroid and hormone levels.

Juvenile Greens - Contains Vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, iron & potassium as well as protein and carotenoids. Helps maintain a healthy immune system and supports normal shedding.


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The Holistic Approach to Dealing with Dog Diabetes

 

dog-drinking-waterDiabetes is one of the most common endocrine diseases seen today in dogs and cats. Of the 3 forms of diabetes, dogs will get Type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes.Type 1 Diabetes is caused by immune disease, genetics and other poorly defined environmental factors. Type 1 Diabetes is treated with insulin.

Symptoms of diabetes are increased drinking, increased urination and usually increased appetite. Urinary tract infections are also common in diabetics. Diabetic dogs frequently develop cataracts. These cataracts progress very quickly. Diabetic dogs with cataracts should be examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist as they may need special eye drops. Unless surgery is done, however, the blindness is usually permanent.

Conventional treatments for diabetes include insulin and dietary therapy. Most conventional veterinarians will put their patients on a diabetic maintenance diet --a commercial, usually dry diet that is higher in fiber and lower in fat than most diets. This diet is also available in canned food.

Natural treatments for diabetes may be added along with conventional insulin. These include natural, raw, or cooked homemade diets that are high in fiber but low in carbs, herbal supplements, and minerals such as chromium. It is important that the diet be tailored to the dog's body weight as most diabetic diets assume the pet is obese and are in fact weight loss diets. If your dog is underweight when he or she is diagnosed with diabetes, you may need a diet with higher calories.

Most homemade diets for pets with diabetes need to have increased levels of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers are things like inulin and guar gum which are tasteless and can be added to the diet. These fibers help slow the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract. Insoluble fibers such as those found in pumpkin and squash have similar effects. Diets high in fiber should not be fed to diabetic animals who are already thin. They require a maintenance food until they are a normal weight

Natural supplements that are helpful to stabilize blood sugar are chromium, vanadium and herbal supplements containing fenugreek, gymnema and bilberry. One such supplement is Blood Sugar Gold from Pet Wellbeing. These supplements can be used along with insulin but blood sugar needs to be monitored. Sometimes these work so well that conventional therapy is not needed, but it is important that your veterinarian knows what you are giving your pet and that he or she approves it.


Related Products: Blood Sugar Gold - Dog Diabetes Support


New "First Aid" Herbal Formula for Pets

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Pet Wellbeing has come out with a new formula to help with your pet’s immunity. Immune Sure is a “first aid” herbal formula that has several herbs with anti-microbial properties. It can be used along with antibiotics for infections and has affects against viruses. It is an herbal antibiotic but unlike regular antibiotics, it does not affect the gastrointestinal tract’s natural flora or natural “good” bacteria.

Immune Sure is a multi-purpose formula designed to support the immune system against many of the microorganisms that can cause infections. Immune Sure can help enhance the body’s immune system and help the pet’s body to fight off bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites and cancers.

Immune Sure can be a primary formula that would be used to prevent and treat viral infections. In some cases, it is a secondary or helper formula. For example , if your pet has a bladder infection, the primary formula would be Urinary Gold. The secondary or supportive formula would be Immune Sure. This would support the work of the primary formula. It can be used whenever the immune system needs an extra boost.

Immune Sure can be used with acute or chronic infections. It can also be used as a preventive in the case of a community outbreak. It is not meant for continuous use and should be used with caution in cases of kidney disease, heart disease and in any pet that is on steroid medication.

Immune Sure can help improve your pet’s immunity, but be sure to let your veterinarian know that you are using it with your pet.


Related Product: Immune SURE for Feline Immune System and Canine Immune System Support


Asthma in Cats

 

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Just like their human companions, cats can suffer from asthma. It is thought that currently about 1 % of all cats suffer from this condition but that number is increasing with increased environment pollution. Feline asthma, or feline bronchial disease (allergic airway disease or allergic bronchitis) is caused by a spasm of the small airways in the lungs, the bronchii. This spasm is... usually caused by an allergic reaction to something inhaled and causes inflammation and swelling. This restricts the airflow and causes life threatening respiratory distress within a matter of minutes. The lungs also secrete excess mucus when this occurs and the cat's breathing space become clogged. Your cat needs immediate attention or he will die! Asthma attacks can also cause permanent scarring of the lungs.

Asthma is generally triggered by an allergen in the cat's environment. Common allergens are molds and mildew, smoke, house dust, cat litter, and household cleaners. Food allergy, vaccines, exercise and cold dry air can be triggers for some cats.

Asthma attacks can be mild or severe. The cat may cough and stand or sit with his neck extended, or breathe quickly with his mouth open. Open mouth breathing is never normal in cats! You may hear wheezing or gagging, see bluish lips or gums or notice things like lethargy and soft coughing. Mild attacks may not even be noticed by the owner. Some cats will have more mucus secretions from their eyes.

If your cat has these symptoms, he needs to get to the veterinarian immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis of asthma can be difficult as the symptoms may look like many other things including cancer, heartworm, respiratory infections, heart disease, or lungworms. Your veterinarian will want to do blood work and radiographs and may wish to do a broncho-alveolar lavage ( a tiny sample of mucus is taken from the bronchioles).

If your cat is in distress, the first course of treatment will be oxygen and likely intravenous fluids and steroids. If radiographs show confirm asthma then a puffer may be used on the cat as well as other medication to open the airways. Continuing treatment for these cats may be prednisone orally and the use of an AeroKat Inhaler with steroids or bronchodilators.

Acupuncture can be used along with conventional medication to reduce the severity of the attacks and the amount of steroid that is used. It helps to reduce bronchospasm and rebalance the immune system.

Herbal remedies such as Lung Gold can be used to help with lung immunity and relieve spasms.It is frequently used with Nettle-Eyebright to help with allergic reactions.

Other supplements can include Omega 3 fatty acids for inflammation, Vitamin C and E, Co enzyme Q 10, Vitamin B and L-Lysine.

Asthma can be a life threatening condition. If your cat has this condition you need talk to your veterinarian and have an emergency plan incase of an attack. It just might save your cat's life.

Related Products: Lung Gold for Cat Lung Infections and Nettle-Eyebright Gold for Cats With Allergies 


Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

Congestive heart failure ( CHF)is common in dogs. Small breed dogs such as poodles, Yorkshire terriers and ShihTzu tend to suffer from chronic valvular disease and this leads to congestive heart failure. In large breed dogs, the problem is generally with the heart muscle and is actually called cardiomyopathy. With congestive heart failure the heart is not able to... pump efficiently so the rest of the body suffers because of the heart’s weakness.

Many times the first indication that there is something wrong with the heart is a murmur that is picked up by a veterinarian at a regular check up.Early signs of CHF can include a intermittent coughing that is worse at night, tiring easily especially after exercise, and decreased activity. As the disease progresses, the dog may have weight loss, lack of appetite, constant coughing, a swollen abdomen and rapid breathing.

Because the heart is not pumping the blood forward there is a back up of the blood in the vessels. If the left side of the heart is involved then the fluid back up leaks into the lungs and pulmonary edema results in coughing. If the right side of the heart is involved , then the fluid back up is in the liver and the abdomen swells. This is called ascites. Sometimes the legs swell too. Pleural effusion --which is fluid between the lungs and the chest wall can also occur.

Dogs suffering from severe CHF have laboured breathing, a rapid thready pulse, bluish mucous membranes, weakness, and sometime fainting. They tend to lay or sit with their heads extended and their mouths open. If you feel the chest wall you can feel the heart buzzing.

CHF is diagnosed with radiographs, cardiac ultrasound, electrocardiograms and other tests. Many times a referral to a veterinary cardiologist ( a dog heart specialist ) is required.

Treatments consist of restricting exercise, restricting dietary salt and using medications, drugs or herbs to help the heart work better.There are some holistic supplements that can be given to strengthen and support the heart . Some that I commonly recommend are Coenzyme Q 10, Omega 3 fatty acids, L-Carnitine and Taurine. These supplements are all very safe. Acupuncture can also help the heart to increase the strength of contraction and can be used for any heart condition. Chinese and western herbs should be used with caution as these may interfere with conventional medication. Only an integrative veterinarian who understands conventional medication and herbals should prescribe both together. One herbal that has been used as a single herb for heart problems is Hawthorne ( berry and leaf). It works best for congestive problems and not cardiomyopathy. On its own, it is not strong enough to treat severe congestive heart issues, but it can support a failing heart. PetWellbeing.com carries a combination herbal called Young at Heart. It should not be used along with conventional medication unless okayed by your veterinarian but can be used for support for a dog with a heart murmur, or undergoing heartworm treatment.


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A Great Remedy for Pets with Anxiety

Stress Gold Works Great!

This time of year with all the thunderstorms, parties and fireworks our pets can get very stressed and anxious. Pet Wellbeing's Stress Gold works very well in these high stress situations. It is easy to give and has a great bacon flavour.   

Here is a review from one of our Facebook fans, Suzi from New York:

"I am sooo pleased with the results!!! I have a ten yr old shih tzu with anxiety problems and after trying prozac and other harmful drugs [some with gastric side effects] came upon a "better mouse trap" so to speak.Our little "Bubba" does not take pills very readily and the ease of putting a few drops in his food as well as the very obvious positive results makes this product a "keeper"..I have spoken to my groomer and others about it and plan to continue using it indefinitely.Thank you for making such a beneficial and safe product!"

Suzi's Shih Tzu

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Degenerative Joint Disease in Cats

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) is a progressive, long term degeneration of the cartilage of the joints. DJD is common in older cats although many show no symptoms of lameness. Instead, cats frequently will have difficulty grooming, jumping up or using the litter box. Some cats appear stiff when they walk, become very grouchy or do not wish to be touched.

Cat-outdoorsDJD can occur secondary to obesity, trauma, abnormal wear on the joints,or congenital joint diseases like hip dysplasia. In many cases, aged cats have simply worn out their joints from years of jumping, chasing and stalking prey!

Diagnosis of DJD in cats may be suspected based on clinical symptoms but needs to be confirmed by a veterinarian. Radiographs may reveal arthritis and a manual examination of the joints may show decreased range of motion, swelling or pain in the joints.

Medical therapy treats the symptoms of DJD but does not cure it. Sometimes surgery is necessary if the cat is in extreme pain from the arthritic joint. Physical therapy can also be helpful for these cats. Exercise therapy, massage, chiropractic, hot or cold packs and even swimming can greatly improve the quality of life for these cats.

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as Meloxicam can be used in cats but they need to be used with caution. Many cats are susceptible to drugs in this class so they are best avoided if possible. Natural therapies such as glucosamine/chondroitin supplements and herbs have proven effective. Devil's claw, Yucca, and turmeric are useful herbs for this condition, but generally work better in combination. Herbal formulae such as Agile Joints work very well in these patients. Diets containing omega 3 fatty acids and digestive enzymes are also good for these kitties.

Acupuncture, if tolerated by the cat,works well for this condition. Most of my feline patients do tolerate acupuncture quite well and have excellent results from this treatment. Since excess weight puts a lot of stress on the joints and accelerates DJD, it is important to try to prevent obesity in the cat. With exercise, a healthy diet and the right herbs and supplements, your older cat can live a long, pain free life even if he does suffer from osteoarthritis.

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Cushing's Disease And It's Treatment For Dogs

Coupon-dec-2012-sendPet Wellbeing is happy to make available a new herbal formulation to treat Cushing’s Disease in Dogs. The new formulation called, Adrenal Harmony  is an improvement on the old Supraglan formula. This new herbal combination was formulated by herbalists and naturopathic veterinarians to take advantages of the advances made in herbal medicine over the last 10 years.

Cushing's Disease is common in older dogs and also in dogs who have been given too much corticosteroids ( like prednisone). In older dogs, the most common cause of Cushing’s disease is a small benign tumor in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain or in one of the adrenal glands. In a normal dog, the adrenal glands produce some cortisone and the adrenalin. These hormones keep the body in balance and allow the body to respond to stress. When things go wrong with the adrenal glands or the pituitary part of the brain that controls them, the result is increased levels of cortisone. The cortisone then gives the signs that we associate with Cushing’s disease.

Diagnosis is made by a series of blood and urine tests. Often the testing process is long and complicated. Sometimes an ultrasound test is needed to diagnose this condition. Treatment depends on the type of Cushing's disease, as well as on the overall health of the canine patient. As many dogs with Cushing's are elderly and may have concurrent health problems, treatment can be complicated. The comfort of the patient should be the ultimate goal.

Conventional treatments are pharmaceuticals such as Lysodren ( an old medication) and Trilostane ( a newer medication). Both of these drugs can have significant side effects.

The new Adrenal Harmony is an alternative to these drugs. It is a combination of 9 herbs that work well together to normalize the adrenal gland, soothe the liver and decrease inflammation. It is extremely effective for all the symptoms of Cushing’s Disease with very few side effects. However, like with most herbal supplements, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, start with a lower dose and work up to the recommended dose.


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What Is Kennel Cough?

Many dogs suffer from kennel cough. This canine respiratory ailment is a highly contagious condition which – as its name implies – is common among dogs that spend a lot of time in close quarters: in kennels, dog shows, grooming salons, etc. Beyond causing respiratory problems, kennel cough can weaken your dog's immune system and make him more prone to catching other canine diseases.

You can help your dog avoid catching kennel cough (or other canine respiratory diseases) by not letting him share toys, food or water with other, unknown dogs. But if he does catch kennel cough, Throat Gold will help ease the symptoms and help him find relief.

Dealing with coughs and respiratory problems in dogs

Does your dog cough persistently, or have trouble breathing? It's likely he's suffering from kennel cough or a similar respiratory ailment.

A dog's cough is never an illness in itself. Rather, it's a symptom of some other problem, like:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Dog collar too tight / leash strain
  • Irritants like cigarette smoke
  • Infectious disease (usually kennel cough)

Whatever the cause of your dog's cough or breathing problems, Throat Gold can help.

What is Throat Gold?

Throat Gold has been developed using herbal ingredients to holistically support the tissues of the throat and entire upper respiratory tract of dogs. Our veterinarians have selected herbs that address healthy respiration, immunity of the body but specifically immunity of the throats surface. Some of the herbs in Throat Gold are termed "demulcents". Demulcents are a type of plant constituent that are high in mucilage content and act to soothe and calm throat irritation, inflammation and cough.

What is Throat Gold used for?

Continuous coughing can be strenuous not only for a pet but for a pet owner as well. Throat Gold can help support your dogs immune system response to infection normally. Throat Gold effectively works to maintain healthy tissues in the throat and respiratory tract and eases discomfort. Animals who have stayed in areas with poor ventilation, feel stressed out (such as travel) or are exposed to cigarette smoke may have less ability to fight infections. Kennels are often places where a pet can pick up an airborne infection.

Throat Gold can also be used for hoarseness of the throat, including leash strain. The ingredients of this formula are highly effective for supporting and maintaining health and comfort of the upper respiratory tract.


Treatment of Feline Heart Disease

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There are essentially three types of heart diseases that cats get and these have different treatments.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of feline heart disease. It occurs when the heart muscle wall becomes thickened and the inside of the heart becomes smaller. Less blood can be pumped with every beat and the heart has to work harder.

A murmur can develop as the valves also become involved. As the cat ages the heart becomes thicker and less and less blood can be pumped. Fluid will accumulate in the lungs. This type of heart disease is seen in young to middle aged cats and is more common in purebreds such as Ragdolls and Persians. HCM can lead to blood clots or thromboembolisms as they are called. HCM may be treated with a number of drugs. There currently is no evidence that any drug alters the natural history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats until they are in heart failure. Diltiazem, atenolol, ACE inhibitors and, possibly, spironolactone are commonly administered by veterinarians to cats with mild to severe HCM that are not in heart failure on an empirical basis in the hope that they will slow the progression of the disease. Once the cat is in heart failure, other medications may be given including drugs such as plavix to reduce risk of embolism. Treatment is rather frustrating and may be disappointing.

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is less common in cats now. DCM occurs when the heart muscle thins out and the chamber enlarges. The heart is not able to pump the blood forward because the muscle is weak. Fluid accumulates in the lungs and abdomen and causes congestive heart failure. DCM is associated with low taurine levels. Taurine is supplemented in all commercial foods now so DCM is relatively uncommon. However if your cat is on a homemade diet you need to supplement taurine to prevent this problem.

Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is the third type of heart disease in cats. It is not common and is difficult to diagnose. Prognosis for this type of heart disease is poor.

From a natural stand point, there are many ways to treat these feline heart problems. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with herbs and acupuncture can be helpful. Chinese herbs such as Dan Shen and Gingko may be used but this requires a diagnosis by a practitioner as each case is different. Homeopathy and homotoxicology has been helpful along with conventional medication for those kitties in heart failure. Omega 3 fatty acids ( fish oil) is always a good and safe choice. Pet Wellbeing has a new herbal medication called Young At Heart. This herbal combination has Hawthorne in it which has been proven to help people and animals with heart disease. I have used it in my patients when other conventional medications have failed and had good results. Be sure to discuss any herbal product that you give to your pet with your primary veterinarian.

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Natural Treatment For Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism in dogs is a very common problem. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland, a small gland in the neck adjacent to the windpipe, does not produce enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is considered a master gland . It is responsible for producing thyroid hormones which have an effect on many parts of the body, including the skin and hair coat, metabolism, behaviour, attitude and even bone marrow function. In dogs, immune mediated disease and atrophy of the gland account for almost all cases.

Hypothyroidism generally develops in middle aged or elderly dogs and can occur in any breed although there are breeds that have a genetic tendency towards this problem. Breeds with definite predisposition to develop hypothyroidism include: the Doberman pinscher, the Golden retriever and Labrador Retriever, the Irish Setter, the Great Dane, the Dachshund, the Boxer, the Beagle and the Maltese.

Clinical signs of Hypothyroidism are many and varied. Common signs include poor haircoat or loss of hair particularly along the sides, recurrent infections especially with yeast, thickened skin, obesity, lethargy, anemia, a slow heart rate and elevated blood cholesterol. Neurological signs such as weakness, aggression and muscle atrophy can also be seen. Megaesophagus ( an enlarged esophagus) and laryngeal paralysis ( a cause of roaring in dogs) as well as infertility have also been linked with hypothyroidism. Dogs who rupture their cranial cruciate ligaments are also frequently hypothyroid.

Hypothyroidism is best diagnosed with a series of blood tests that measure T4, T3, free T3 and free T4 and thyroid autoantibodies. The conventional treatment of this condition is replacement of the hormone with a synthetic hormone and this usually works quite well. There is a natural canine thyroid glandular from Standard Process which may or may not be effective. There is also a natural thyroid supplement that is used for humans but it is considerably more expensive than the synthetic hormone. Chinese herbs and homeopathy can also help. Most of the thyroid supplements should have Kelp in some form, Ashwaganda and Eleutherococus Senticosus. These are contained in the herbal supplement Thyroid Support Silver and it can help if the thyroid has not been totally destroyed. However if the thyroid has been totally destroyed, supplement with the hormone L-thyroxine has proved the most effective treatment.


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Natural Treatments To Help Prevent Bladders From Leaking In Cats And Dogs With Urinary Incontinence

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence is unchecked leakage or dribbling of urine from the bladder. It is fairly common in spayed bitches and is also seen in neutered male dogs.

What are the symptoms of Urinary Incontinence?

If your pet is suffering from urinary incontinence, puddles of urine will appear without your pet assuming the normal position for urination. Urine may also leak out when your pet jumps or gets up from lying down, or might even dribble out while your pet is lying down.

Often the hair around the vulva or prepuce will be wet or you might just notice a strong smell of urine when your pet is close to you. Your pet will be unaware of this inability to retain urine and will appear otherwise healthy if the underlying cause for the incontinence is not due to injury or disease.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is most often due to inadequate closure of the urethral sphincter: a circle of muscles that normally contract and stop urine flowing out of the bladder. It is most common in large breed, spayed female dogs with up to 20% of dogs falling into this category developing urinary
incontinence.

Incontinence may also be seen in intact females, male dogs and cats. Incontinence may develop following spinal injury due to damage to the nerve supply of the bladder. Cystitis, bladder stones, tumors of the bladder and submissive behavior can also be characterized by episodes of incontinence.

After being spayed, surgery in which the uterus and the ovaries are removed (ovariohysterectomy), the levels of oestradiol decrease in your dog’s body. This decrease in oestradiol causes the tissues of the urogenital system shrink and therefore the urethral sphincter does not close as tightly as
it would and leakage of urine occurs. Pets with urinary incontinence are sometimes described as having "weak bladders".

Help for Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence due to low levels of oestradiol is treated either with hormone supplements such as diethylstilboestrol (DES) or with drugs that act on the muscles of the urethral sphincter to improve tone and maximize urethral closure pressure. Both of these treatments are not without side effects
with DES causing marked suppression of the bone marrow and the other drugs affecting the heart or causing hypertension, restlessness and anorexia.

Natural remedies

Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used for centuries to treat a number of conditions. Ingredients such as Arctostaphylos uva ursi, Berberis vulgaris, Cantharis C6 and Staphysagris C6 can be used to support and promote bladder health – and the good news is, they can do this without
the side effects and potential health complications that conventional medicines sometimes have.

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Can Your Pet's Get Sick?

It’s cold, wet and dreary outside as you thaw in the heat of a crackling fire warming your home. At your feet, your pets are curled up tightly, sleeping and content. Just like humans, pets feel the colder climate, and the fact remains that our animals need immune protection as much as we do – whatever the weather!

The truth is that the immune system of a dog or a cat is as complex as the immune system of a human. Your pet’s immune system has one goal: to keep the body safe and healthy from infection and disease. When an animal’s immune system is rundown, he or she is open to disease.

What causes the immune system to become rundown?

Factors such as poor nutrition (inadequate minerals and vitamins and/or too many additives from food), neglect/abuse or stress, environmental pollutants as well as infection and bacteria are the main culprits.

Remember that our pets rely on us completely – we control what they eat! For example, you may try giving Miniature Schnauzers more vitamin A foods (carrots and spinach) to guard against bladder or kidney stones, as they have particularly acidic systems. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is often prevalent in Giant Schnauzers, so choose foods rich in this vitamin (liver, lentils, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage are good sources). Other minerals that play an important role include zinc, selenium and vitamin E, vitamin B-6 and linoleic acid.

If you intend to give your pet supplementation with vitamins and minerals, consult a professional nutritionist or speak to your vet. Please note that this is NOT a substitute for premium quality dog foods.

Can dogs and cats get colds, and how are they treated?

Yes… although not the type of colds that we as humans contract! In cats, the most common “cold” is viral (calcivirus), while the most common “cold” that dogs are prone to is kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection. Signs in cats may include sneezing in rapid succession (sometimes called snuffles), whereas a dog may develop a cough.

Conventional antibiotics are used for more severe viral infections, with natural medicine providing additional support. Natural remedies have been shown to be beneficial in providing symptomatic relief, boosting the immune system and supporting the overall health of your pet. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are safe and gentle to use for dogs or cats, without unwanted side effects.

Following good nutrition and hygiene are also very important during the recovery process. In addition, your pet should also get plenty of exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. Be sure to limit your pet’s contact with strays, as they may be carriers of germs and disease.

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Liver Disease in Dogs

Liver disease is fairly common in older dogs. There are many different causes of liver disease because the liver is an organ which is involved in many different physiological processes. The liver is one of the main detoxifying organs of the body. It processes and eliminates toxins from the blood, it is involved in making plasma proteins and it stores glycogen ( a form of sugar) for later use by the body. It is involved in the digestive process, immune system, and affects appetite and growth. In Chinese medicine, the liver is so important. it is referred to as “The General”, because the liver is in charge of many functions.

Liver disease can be primary or secondary. Primary liver disease is something that starts with the liver. Secondary liver disease starts elsewhere but does involve the liver.

Cause of primary liver disease can be drugs and toxins, trauma, infections ( either bacterial or viral), liver tumor or a congenital problem that the dog is born with. Secondary liver problems result from another disease that also effects the liver. Examples of this would include heart disease or heartworm disease, pancreatitis, diabetes, cancers ( spread from somewhere else in the body), or blood problems.

Symptoms of liver disease include increased drinking and urination, decreased appetite, depression and lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea ( stools may be white or orange), jaundice (a yellow colouring to skin and whites of the eye), and dark coloured urine.The abdomen may be swollen and the liver enlarged. In late stage liver disease, there may be seizures or the dog may shown severe confusion and appear drunk. If your dog has any of these symptoms you should consult your veterinarian immediately.

Diagnosis of liver diseases is by physical examination, blood test, x-rays and ultrasound. Sometimes a biopsy of the liver is needed to make a diagnosis.

Treatment of liver disease depends on its cause. If the cause is a bacterial infection such as Leptospirosis then an antibiotic will be needed. If the problem is a congenital shunt, then surgery is needed. If the liver was damaged by trauma, then hospitalization and rest may be required.

Regardless of the cause there are some dietary measures and supplements that are always helpful to support the liver while it recovers. S- Adenosyl or SAMe as it is called is a natural supplement frequently prescribed for liver disease. Herbs such as Burdock and Milk Thistle are frequently used. Milk Thistle is a great herb which helps detoxify the liver and stimulates the production of new liver cells. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant. Pet Wellbeing has a liquid form of Milk Thistle.  Vitamin E and Vitamin K are also helpful in the treatment of liver disease. Dietary therapy is also extremely important and a homemade balanced diet (raw or cooked) is often key to recovery.


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All Natural Flea Control For Dogs

bullet Contains no pesticides or poisons
bullet Completely safe even if ingested
bullet Full spectrum of effective, all natural ingredients
bullet Protects your best friend gently but completely
bullet Has a fresh, clean scent

Flea the Scene is a 3-in-1 spray that will take the sting out of summer. It is the ideal product for a trip to the dog park or a long walk on the beach with your best friend. It contains NO pesticides or poisons so It’s gentle on your dog’s delicate skin. However the proprietary blend of all natural ingredients is effective at keeping unwanted pests at a safe distance.

A quick spritz before you leave the house will ensure that your best friend is armed against all outdoor enemies.

A wonderful complement

Flea the scene is not intended to replace Frontline or Advantix but is an excellent complement to over the counter flea and tick products. In fact Flea the Scene is perfectly safe even if your dog licks it off. (of course we recommend that you discourage your dog from doing that) The formula is slightly waterproof but we recommend that you reapply after swimming or bathing.

Flea the Scene all-natural protection for those sunny days.

Testimonials -

Charlies Angel

I use Flea the Scene on my Doberman Charley every time we go hiking, I've noticed that anything that flies and bites leaves him alone. After a few times in the woods I tried it on myself and what a difference it made. Chiggers, mozzies and flies all kept a safe distance and if they did decide to land they flew off just as quickly.

Thanks for such a great, pesticide free product from both Charley and me

Jim Halloran
    Lubbock TX

I highly recommend the product!

      I own a bug magnet.  No not the type that might be found on a refrigerator door holding this week's grocery list.  My bug magnet is a 62 pound black greyhound.  We live in Florida which is notorious for bugs that fly, crawl, jump, run or just leisurely stroll across the kitchen floor.  My BM seems to attract them all, but especially mosquitos and fleas.  I own the BM's sister and while walking through our subdivision when the mosquitos are bad, the BM will be swarmed by mosquitos while her sister, who is walking right beside her, will have only a few mosquitos bothering her.

I don't like to use chemical repellents, especially for a greyhound, so I began searching for an alternative.  I tried several before finding Flea The Scene.  What a godsend!  The formula is light, no greasy feeling, it smells good, there is no buildup of product and it works!  I highly recommend the product!

      Linda V.
    Merritt Island, FL

She actually likes the spray!

I live in Texas where there are plenty of critters to irrate a poor dog's skin.  Our dog, Coqueta, loves to play with her tennis ball for hours in our big backyard.   Unfortunately, the bugs also like our backyard, especially mosquitoes.  I tried many products with her and usually I would have to corner her and hold her down while I applied the lotion or spray.  If she saw me coming, she would run away.  I always felt bad because they were often smelly or sticky and I knew she didn't like them.  Worst of all, I didn't really like the non-organic ingredients.

      That all changed when I bought flea-the-scene.  Now, I simply walk outside and show her the bottle and call her.  She comes romping up to me and let's me spray her back and belly.  This is not a trick where I fed her treats to train her.  She actually likes the spray!  Well, she is very intelligent, so I suspect she knows it is good for her, too.  The natural ingredients smell nice and do not leave her feeling sticky.  Best of all, it really does keep her free of fleas and mosquitos between baths.

      I also use HT's oatmeal shampoo.  It's terrific.

      Thank you, Happytails!

      Linda, Antonio & Coqueta
    Boerne, Tx

 

 


Dog-Friendly Travel: Road Trip Checklist

Dog-Friendly-Travel-Road-TripIt’s almost summer, and what better time than now to hit the open road with one of your favorite companions? However, preparing your 4-legged friend for a 4-wheel adventure is a must to ensure that his health and well-being stay intact along the way.

1.      Make sure your dog is comfortable in the car. For safety, many experts recommend purchasing a dog harness/seat belt or carrier. Several weeks before your departure, take your dog on a few short, local rides and get him accustomed to riding. This will also give you a chance to see if he has any tendencies to get anxious or carsick.

2.      Practice bathroom breaks. Some dogs are only able to have bowel movements in familiar territory. Consider if the areas you’ll be stopping at will have adequate grassy areas, and if you need to help train your dog to go to the bathroom in different environments. While still at home, give your pet a few weeks to get adapted to a potty cue phrase, and offer a reward afterwards for reinforcement.

3.      Plan your lodging itinerary. Not all hotels are dog-friendly, so make sure you check and confirm by phone before you book.

4.      Keep your pet to a schedule. As much as possible, keep your pet on the same bathroom and feeding schedule as he would have at home to minimize the chance for any accidents or digestive upset.

5.      Exercise your pet. In addition to potty breaks, give your pet ample time to go for a long walk, run around and relax.  Packing along a favorite toy can help keep him entertained while he’s cooped up in the car until you reach your next break spot.

6.      Keep your dog’s head in the car. While most dogs love the feel of the breeze on their face, this can not only be dangerous, but can also be harmful to the eyes. Excessive wind can lead to dry eyes and road debris can lead to scratches and irritation.

7.      Watch out for wooded/grassy areas. While your pet may be excited to roam, be aware of possible ticks, snakes and other dangers. Keep your pet on a tight leash and check him thoroughly after a hike. Make sure vaccinations are current.

8.      Pack the essentials. Before your trip, make sure you have all your pet’s medicines and natural remedies on hand. Check your pet’s collar and tag to be sure it’s secure and up-to-date. Pack an extra leash, plenty of bottled water, feeding bowls, food and bags for waste pickup.

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10 Food You Should Never Feed Your Pet

Food-to-Never-Feed-Your-Pet-150x150Almost everyone with a pet has been guilty one time or another of feeding their pet table scraps. When you’re eating dinner and your beloved pet gives you ‘the eyes’, it can be nearly impossible to resist. Unfortunately, an occasional table scrap may be more harmful than you think. Giving in may instill bad behaviors, such as begging and whining – which I know from firsthand experience, can get very annoying. The odd piece of meat shouldn’t harm your dog, but there are many foods out there that can be very harmful if ingested by your pet.

Below are some foods you should never feed your pet:

  • Chocolate, Coffee & Anything with Caffeine – Chocolate is an obvious one; most people know it can be very harmful if eaten by an animal – but coffee and caffeinated foods? All these foods contain methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heavy breathing, muscle tremors, seizures and even death. So, it is highly advisable to avoid giving your pet any of these substances.
  • Avocado – this fruit contains persin, a chemical present in avocado leaves, bark and the fruit itself. In pets, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and breathing troubles. There have even been a few reported death after ingestion.
  • Grapes & Raisins – Grapes and raisins are known to cause kidney troubles in pets. Avoid these fruits, especially if your pet already has kidney problems.
  • Dairy Products – Pets cannot digest milk very well; it can cause stomach upset and other allergic reactions, often resulting in skin irritation.
  • Salt – Too much salt can cause your pet to experience excessive thirst and urination, so keep those salty treats to yourself.
  • Yeast Dough – It is ok to feed your dog a little bread, as long as it’s baked. Raw dough can expand in your pet’s stomach, causing intense pain and discomfort.
  • Raw Meats and Eggs – Just like humans, animals can get sick from uncooked meat and raw eggs. If uncooked, these foods can harbor bacteria, which can lead to food poisoning.
  • Macadamia Nuts – These nuts are commonly used in many treats; however, they are harmful to pets.  Symptoms generally show around 12-48 hours after ingestion and can include vomiting, muscle spasms, increased heart rate and a rise in body temperature.

 

These are just some of the foods that can be harmful to your pet, so make sure to consult your vet before feeding your pet table scraps and contact your vet immediately if your animal consumes any of these foods.

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Does Your Dog Or Cat Have Asthma?

Asthma is characterized by chronic problems with the respiratory system, and just like humans, cats and dogs are susceptible to asthma. It generally affects cats more frequently than dogs. Similarly to humans, asthma in pets can be triggered by environmental factors such as a change in season. It can be challenging to determine the exact cause of the asthma, but the most frequent culprits are grass, dust, pollen and smoke.

It can also be difficult to tell if your pet is actually suffering from asthma, as it is often misdiagnosed. For instance in cats, the coughing up of hairballs are often mistaken for asthma.While it may be difficult to find the triggers of the asthma, it will be well worth it. For cats, many times the dust from their litter can be the cause, or even the chemicals you use around the house. If you can reduce the amount of exposure your pet has to the allergen you can greatly increase the well-being of your pet.

Symptoms of asthma in pets can include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Excessive panting (for dogs)
  • Blue coloration of gums or tongue
  • Weight loss

Pet asthma can be very troublesome for both you and your pet. But rest assured there are solutions, with a little time and effort you can have your pet feeling better in no time. If you think your pet may be suffering from asthma, make sure to visit your vet as soon as possible.

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Natural Hyperthyroidism Treatments For Cats

Cat-outdoorsHyperthyroidism occurs more commonly in cats than in dogs; and more specifically, it occurs in cats that are in the middle to senior years.

This endocrine disease creates an overproduction of the thyroxin hormone, which in turn, wreaks havoc on a cat's body. Hyperthyroidism is simply the thyroid not working at its optimal level and it can lead to a multitude of various health problems as it can affect nearly every organ and cell within a cat's body. With all of these different health problems, there are also many different symptoms too. This can make it hard for the veterinarian to diagnosis a case of Hyperthyroidism accurately. However, there are a few telltale signs and symptoms that are most commonly seen in Feline Hyperthyroidism. 

Signs To Watch Out For:
Experiencing diarrhea
Experiencing vomiting
Loss of weight
Being continually thirsty
Hyperactivity
Lethargy (often cats will experience lethargy right after being hyperactive)
Displaying anxiety and/or nervousness
Being irritable
Displaying Restlessness (Your cat may appear to be pacing around the room and may just not be able to settle down for any extended period of time)
Having a heart rate that is elevated (Your cat may have a heart rate that is faster than normal, and the beats may also be stronger than normal too)
Rapid breathing
Undergoing a change in the color and texture of the fur and coat (Some unlucky cats will develop an coat that continually looks disheveled and dull) 
Nails that are thicker than normal

If any of the above signs and symptoms are displayed in your cat, you will need to make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible. Only a qualified veterinarian can accurately diagnose whether your cat's thyroid is creating too much thyroxin, leading to Hyperthyroidism. 

Causes of Hyperthyroidism in Cats 

We've already discussed that Hyperthyroidism is created by a cat's thyroid gland producing way more thyroxin hormone than it naturally needs. Although this overproduction is usually caused through a cat's natural aging process, in some cats a growth can appear on their thyroid glands that can be the main culprit in over-producing thyroxin, leading to Hyperthyroidism.  

Even though your cat will not die from Hyperthyroidism directly, being that it is an endocrine disease, it will diminish your cat's overall quality of life. Your cat's heart, kidneys and liver can all be affected by Hyperthyroidism. In addition, it can also cause a drastic weight loss and hypertension.

 There are a few scientific studies that conclude that cats that are given a diet consisting mostly of liver, giblet and fish flavored wet or canned cat food, are at a considerably higher risk for Hyperthyroidism.

There are only two distinct breeds of cats that are less inclined to developing Hyperthyroidism:  Himalayan cats and Siamese cats.  

Natural Treatment Choices 

After your vet has confirmed that your cat does indeed have Hyperthyroidism, he or she will create a treatment plan with your cat's specific needs in mind. Usually such a plan may include surgery, medication and possibly even radioactive iodine therapy. Be cautioned: such treatment can be quite costly! Plus, some of the medication that is prescribed these days can have adverse side effects in some cats, so you will need to monitor your cat's daily activities more closely than usual.

 In addition to your vet's treatment plan, you can also include more holistic and natural treatment options. These options are more inclined to help increase your cat's quality of life so that they can be happy, active and free of discomfort. An added plus, is that nearly every natural treatment solution does not contain any harmful side effects.  

Herbal remedies are the perfect holistic treatment alternative as they can give your cat a reprieve from the many different types of symptoms that Hyperthyroidism causes. In spite of this, you should always carefully read the labels of any homeopathic remedy intended to treat a cat's Hyperthyroidism prior to purchasing it. The perfect herbal remedy should include the following proven ingredients:

Gotu Kola - To naturally strengthen and boost your cat's immune system.

Bladderwack - A type of Sea Kelp that is excellent for managing your cat's overactive thyroid. Plus, since it is a seaweed, Bladderwack is a wonderful source of natural iodine.

Bugleweed -To help control your cat's thyroid-stimulating hormones, although it can also be used to help reduce your cat's irritability, restlessness and anxiety.

Hawthorn - To protecting your cat's cardiovascular functions by being a heart and vascular heart tonic.

Your cat can continue to live a happy and comfortable life, even with a Hyperthyroidism diagnosis, with the addition of holistic homeopathic treatments, a proper nutritional diet and good exercise.       


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Three Toothsome Tips for Canine Dental Health

Everyone knows “doggie breath” can be quite unpleasant. But few realize its presence can indicate an actual disease … sadly, it’s one that affects the vast majority of dogs over the age of three. While it may prove offensive to you, it might actually be painful for your pup, and could lead to other more dangerous health issues, too. Fortunately, there is something you can do to help your furry companion! In her latest veterinary-health post, Dr. Jane provides pet parents a brief, three-point review of doggie dental health.

You may be groaning inwardly at another post on canine periodontal disease, but the doggone truth is, many of us pet parents could stand to freshen up on the topic. That’s not a guess, it’s a fact: 17 out of 20 dogs over the age of three have some level of periodontal disease that needs treatment. One of the most common canine diseases, it’s also one of the most easily prevented. Dental disease not only “stinks” at the source, it’s also known to negatively impact the health of the whole body. It’s not a stretch to say that to have true wellness, your dog’s teeth and gums need to be as healthy as possible. I know all of you are busy, so I’ll briefly cover the three most salient points to remember when it comes to canine dental care. You might want to take notes, or simply print this out for reference, as there will be an oral exam. At least, I certainly hope so!

1. Dental Disease Can Be Painful, Even Deadly
I’m sure all of you know that dental disease causes “doggie breath”, but you may not be aware that chronic inflammation can cause pain, lead to infections, and serves as a precursor to much more serious issues. For instance, severe periodontal disease is significantly correlated with increased risk of heart disease, such as infected heart valves (Glickman et al., 2009). Chronically inflamed and infected gums also increase the risk for kidney disease, limiting the amount of toxins they can purify from the blood (Glickman et al., 2011). I’d ask that you keep in mind that inflamed and infected gums are just as painful for dogs as they are for humans, potentially lowering your companion animal’s quality of life. The bottom line is, a healthier mouth makes for a happier dog!

2. For Dental Disease, There is No Magic Bullet
Even though periodontal disease is all-too-common, many veterinary researchers are still baffled by its causes, and therefore, the best method for prevention. We do know that plaque-forming bacteria play a role. A recent study (Riggio et al., 2011) showed a wide diversity of canine oral flora, both in health and disease states, including previously undiscovered species of bacteria!

Not knowing exactly what’s going on makes it especially difficult to find a cure, but that hasn’t stopped big companies from trying. In 2006, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer introduced a vaccine for periodontal disease, aimed at targeting three specific bacteria associated with periodontitis (including Porphyromonas denticanis, P. gulae, and P. salivosa). Following the release of the vaccine, Pfizer Animal Health conducted a 4-year review to determine the true effectiveness of the vaccine. Not surprising to me, there was no demonstrable reduction in the progression of periodontal disease, and the company discontinued this product in April of 2011. As a holistic veterinarian, I don’t usually put much faith in vaccines, other than core vaccinations.

Simply put, when it comes to periodontal disease, there are no magic bullets.

3. An Ounce of Prevention is Your Best Bet
Recent studies indicate that treatment of canine periodontal disease may not resolve the attendant inflammation, which means negative repercusions may continue for some time (Rawlinson et al., 2011). The only dependable method is to try and prevent onset of the disease in the first place. I can’t stress this enough … for the most part, periodontal disease is preventable! I strongly encourage you to make canine dental care a top priority at an early age. Your efforts will be rewarded, as proper dental can improve your dog’s chances of long-term health.

The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. Don’t worry if you don’t know how – simply watch this Dr. Sarah video to learn the proper technique. In addition to routine brushing, a sound, wholesome diet provides a great foundation for health, and feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats will provide additional nutrients to help support healthy teeth and bones. Our Dental Treats also feature a variety of whole grains, added calcium, extra phosphorous and even a dash of parsley to help freshen breath.

If your pup already has tartar build-up and evidence of gum disease, do not despair! Make an appointment today to have her teeth cleaned and any infections treated. Soon, she’ll be back on the road to wellness.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks Dr. Jane Bicks

References
Riggio MP, Lennon A, Taylor DJ, Bennett D. Molecular identification of bacteria associated with canine periodontal disease. Vet Microbiol. 2011 Jun 2;150(3-4):394-400. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

Rawlinson JE, Goldstein RE, Reiter AM, Attwater DZ, Harvey CE. Association of periodontal disease with systemic health indices in dogs and the systemic response to treatment of periodontal disease. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2011 Mar 1;238(5):601-9.

Glickman LT, Glickman NW, Moore GE, Lund EM, Lantz GC, Pressler BM. Association between chronic azotemic kidney disease and the severity of periodontal disease in dogs. Prev Vet Med. 2011 May 1;99(2-4):193-200. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Glickman LT, Glickman NW, Moore GE, Goldstein GS, Lewis HB. Evaluation of the risk of endocarditis and other cardiovascular events on the basis of the severity of periodontal disease in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2009 Feb 15;234(4):486-94.

Beard G, Emily P, Milligan & Williams C: American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Dentistry, Course I, 1989.


Talking About Ticks

Dr. Sarah’s back with a brand new episode of Pet Talk to discuss one of nature’s nasty little creatures, ticks, revealing how you and your companion animals can deal with these blood-sucking menaces. Unfortunately, tick populations have blossomed in recent years, a bane to almost anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. And, with tick season about to begin, you need to know how to protect – and defend – against these disease-carrying critters. Dr. Sarah shares her best tips and dispels common myths about how to handle one of nature’s nuisances. Watch this video now


Green Herbs for Health: Milk Thistle

March 17, is celebrated around the world at St. Patrick's Day - a day filled with greenery! Everyone dons their favorite outfits in varying shades of green and lets their Irish side come out to play! Most often, adults will flock to their local bar for a 'green beer' to celebrate this Irish holiday. Sadly, some people will drink a wee bit too much and may cause damage to their liver.

But liver damage can also be found in cats and dogs too! Although cats and dogs do not (and should NEVER) drink alcohol, their liver can become diseased by one or more of the following factors:

Hepatitis, which is inflammation of your pet's liver.
Hepatic Lipidosis
Diabetes
Cushing's Disease
Hyperthyroidism
Heartworms can lead to liver failure by blocking the flow of blood to your pet's liver.
Anemia
Infections
Cancer
Toxins
Trauma
Bile

Drugs - Some veterinary prescribed medications prescribed to treat other ailments may also lead to liver disease in pets that are sensitive; and in those that have been exposed to the drugs for long periods of time. For example, Labrador Retrievers are often prescribed Rimadyl for their arthritis; other common medications that can lead to liver disease include Ketaconazole which is an anti-fungal medication, heartworm treatments, de-worming medications, glucocorticoids, Phenobarbital, and even Tylenol. If your cat or dog has been prescribed any of these medicines, then you should request your vet to conduct timely routine tests to watch out for liver disease.
Milk Thistle Aid

Milk Thistle is a plant that comes from the Daisy family and is so named because of the sap that lies inside its leaves. However, it is actually the seeds of this green plant that is helpful for the liver. An extract is then made using the seeds and is safe for both humans and animals to consume.

This extract can help to repair damaged cells, while simultaneously preventing and protecting healthy cells from being damaged. This makes Milk Thistle great for cats that do have healthy livers by protecting their livers from any future damage from other medicines, like aspirin, which can be very bad for a cat's liver.

However, Milk Thistle supplements that are manufactured for human consumption are not necessarily safe for pets to consume. If you want to give your dog or cat Milk Thistle then you should purchase one that is created especially for pets.

Milk Thistle can be found in tincture form that is very easy to administer to your cat or dog. Milk Thistle works extremely well because it comprises an assortment of active ingredients that are actually referred to simply as Silymarin. These unique elements work in partnership to help maintain the overall wellbeing of your cat or dog's liver. This is done by hunting for all of the destructive free radicals and then eliminating them before they even have had a chance to wreak havoc on your pet's liver. Milk Thistle maintains the strength of your pet's liver's membranes, while also protecting their liver from harmful toxins.

Symptoms of Liver Disease

Some of the more common symptoms of liver disease in dogs and cats are:
Weight Loss
Decreased Appetite
Increased Water Consumption
Increased Urination
Diarrhea
Constipation
Vomitting
Pain in their Stomach
Swollen Stomach
Swollen Liver
Fatigue
Changes In Behavior
Light Colored Stool

If your cat or dog is showing any of these symptoms, you should immediately bring him or her to the vet. Likewise, your pet should receive a regular checkup every 6 months to a year, to check for liver disease, even if they are not showing any symptoms.


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Time to Get Your Pet Screened for Cancer

So you and your pet have survived the first few weeks of the new year. Congratulations...and here's hoping that the rest of the year brings more happiness and prosperity to you and yours!

One way to make sure that your pet has a wonderful life this year is to take them into your vet's office to be screened for cancer. While you're at it, you should consider having yourself screened as well. Cancer has been increasingly on the raise over the last few years and the only true cure is early detection. So even if you and your pet feel and act fine, have yourselves screened anyway, just in case there's something hiding that you are not aware of.

If your pet is still a puppy or kitten under the age of 2 years, then having a veterinary checkup once a year will usually suffice. But if your pet is over the age of 2, then it is suggested that you take him or her to visit the vet at least twice per year. During these checkups your vet should conduct a chemistry panel, complete blood work, and a urinalysis. If not, you should request them to be done. You should also request that an X-ray be taken of your pet's thoracic region - this is the area between their neck and their diaphragm.

Between these vet visits, you should spend some time every month checking over your pet's body. This is easily done during a grooming or petting session. This will give you an opportunity to run your hands along your pet's spine, stomach, and legs to feel for any abnormalities or unusual formations. If you should find any, immediately report it to your veterinarian. This simple once-over only takes a few minutes and could save your pet's life in the long run.

Signs That Your Pet May Have Cancer

Cancer causes the death of more than 50% of cats and dogs older than ten years. Therefore, it is essential to know the signs of cancer so that your pet can get the treatment they deserve.
Bumps and lumps that you can see or feel through your pet's skin
Sores that seem to get worse and do not heal properly
A rash or other type of skin irritation that seems to also get worse and refuses to heal
Any bleeding or discharge anywhere on your pet's body
Loss of appetite for more than one day
Loss of weight even though your pet is eating normally and has not had a change in their appetite
Discomfort or pain whenever your pet swallows or chews their food
Lethargy
Foul odor emitting from your pet

Treating Your Pet's Cancer At Home

Should your pet ever receive a veterinary diagnosis of cancer, your vet will immediately create a treatment plan. This plan could involve chemotherapy or radiation therapy sessions, medication and/or surgery. However, there are also alternative treatments options that you can do for your pet at home, such as acupuncture and homeopathy.

Homeopathy works on treating the underlying symptoms of cancer; whereas veterinary medicine usually only treats the effects of cancer in pets. Homeopathy is the administration of herbs, flowers, roots, spices and essential oils that have been chosen for their own unique and specific healing properties. Such remedies are usually given in the form of either a tincture, tablet, tea or cream. Utilizing certain types of herbs and essential oils can have a wonderfully positive effect on both the health and the overall disposition of your cat or dog.

Before choosing a homeopathic treatment, you should first understand which herbs work best to treat the symptoms of cancer. A few good ones to know are:

Burdock. This herb will quickly help to heal your pet's wounds. It also helps in maintaining a healthy liver.

Chinese Rhubarb. This herb will help by cleaning out your pet's overworked digestive system, thereby alleviating any indigestion and soothing any vomiting episodes that can sometimes occur after a chemotherapy or radiation therapy session.

Sheep's Sorrel. This herb will help to heal and prevent any internal bleeding.

Slippery Elm. This herb will reduce inflammation in your pet's digestive system and mouth by coating it. This will then make swallowing, chewing and digesting food much easier on your cat or dog.

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Symptoms Your Dog Or Cat May Have Diabetes

Is too much couch time to blame for the upswing in the number of pets diagnosed with diabetes? According to a study in the Veterinary Journal, in cats, the disease is in fact linked to obesity, but in canines, the connection is not well-established.

Similar to humans, animals have difficulty regulating their own blood sugar due to insufficient insulin production, the hormone responsible for lowering blood glucose.  Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health conditions such as blindness, muscle weakness, malnutrition and dehydration and can even lead to coma and death.

Luckily, just like in humans, early detection and proper monitoring has decreased the number of pet fatalities for both cats and dogs.

Symptoms of diabetes

  • Excessive thirst and increased water consumption
  • Increased urination
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Marked increase or decrease in appetite
  • Weakness of the rear legs
  • General lethargy
  • Poor condition of the skin and coat
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Increased susceptibility to bacterial infection
  • Decrease in vision
  • Liver disease

Natural help for diabetes

A healthy diet is an essential part of managing your pet’s diabetes. Dogs are often best suited with a low-fat, moderate-carb, and high-fiber diet, while cats are best with a low-carbohydrate diet, which reduces the amount of insulin needed to keep blood-sugar levels stable. Regular exercise is also very important for your diabetic pet.

Take your diabetic pet for regular check-ups and monitor his or her blood sugar closely, as changes in the condition means that treatment may need to be altered.

Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used either alone or combined with conventional treatments to help manage your pet’s diabetes. Chromium picolinate, Goat’s rue, Trigonella foenum have been shown to be highly successful in helping maintain blood-sugar levels while minimizing the risks of insulin resistance.

Bilberry, which promotes eye health, and Astragalus, which boosts vitality and promotes a healthy immune system, both can help counter the symptoms of diabetes.

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Keep Your Meds Away From Pets!

Most people know that chocolate and grapes are dangerous for pets to eat, but over-the-counter and prescription human medications actually top the list of top toxins for pets, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Last year, pills that were dropped or left unattended on countertops and tables caused more illnesses in pets in United States than any other toxin, with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, antidepressants and ADHD medicine topping the list.

Symptoms to watch for

When an animal ingests human medication, the most common signs may include:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Seizures
  • Refusing food

If you notice any of the above symptoms, call your vet or emergency animal clinic immediately.

Preventative measures

The next time you take any medicine, be sure to properly close the container and store it securely in a top cupboard or locked shelf away from curious pets. Be sure to warn others in your household about the dangers of medications and pets and have them follow the same precautions.

In addition, take special safeguards whenever handling insecticides, rodenticides, people food (particularly chocolate), veterinary meds, household toxins (such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergent), plants, herbicides as well as outdoor toxins (such as antifreeze and fertilizers), all which are also included in the ASPCA’s list. 

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Does Your Dog Or Cat Have Hot Spots? Here Is How To Relieve Hot Spots Naturally

What are Hot Spots?

Hot spots (also refered to as acute moist dermatitis) are a common skin condition found in dogs and cats with long hair or thick, dense undercoats. Hot spots are characterized by moist, raw, circular-shaped lesions which are inflamed. They are painful and usually found on the head, along the chest and over the hip area.

Your pet will bite, lick and scratch the lesion causing further inflammation and irritation of the skin. The lesions usually appear suddenly and increase dramatically in size. Dog breeds such as St. Bernards, Golden retrievers and younger dogs are predisposed to acute moist dermatitis.

The common symptoms and signs include:
  • Itchiness
  • Scratching
  • Biting
  • Redness
  • Scabs or lesions
  • Licking the affected area


 

What Causes Hot Spots?

Dog and cat hot spots are often caused by allergies, flea bites, mosquito bites, ear infections, poor grooming, injury, cut or wound as well as degenerative joint and anal gland disease. Sometimes, boredom, loneliness, stress and anxiety may also cause animals to scratch and bite themselves resulting in hot spots. If left untreated these lesions can become infected and spread to other areas of the skin.

Diagnosing Hot Spots

Diagnosing Hot Spots

The diagnosis of hot spots is based on the symptoms presented, thorough physical examination and a review of your pet’s medical history. Certain diagnostic tests such as a microscopic examination of deep skin scrapings will be taken to rule out other disorders and confirm the diagnosis.

Help for Hot Spots

Treatment involves treating the underlying cause and drying the area of the hot spot. Your vet will clip the hair around the lesion to allow air to flow through and then clean the affected area with a non-irritating solution followed with an application of cream or ointment to promote healing.

Depending on your pet’s levels of sensitivity, this procedure may have to be done under sedation. More severe episodes of hot spots will be treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or painkillers. To prevent your pet from scratching the affected area an Elizabethan collar may be placed around his neck or socks put on the hind feet.

Natural Remedies

Natural and holistic remedies are beneficial for both humans and animals. They are a gentle and safe alternative for breeds of all ages, and also support overall health and wellbeing. Homeopathic ingredients including Arum triph, Viola tri, Comocladia, Chamomilla and Cina provide symptomatic relief for itchiness, scratching, redness and burning and restores the skin and coat back to health.

Tips to prevent hot spots

There are a number of ways to prevent episodes of hot spots on dogs and cats and these include:

  • Feed your pet an all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colorants
  • Keep your pet well groomed by ensuring that his hair is clipped or shaved short, especially during summer
  • Brush dogs with thick coats daily
  • Bathe your pet regularly with a medicated shampoo
  • Apply a flea repellent regularly on your pet to ward off fleas and ticks
  • Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, smoke, household detergents, fertilizer or pesticides
  • Clean your home thoroughly by vacuuming carpets and dusting furniture to ease both you and your pet’s respiratory allergies
  • Keep your pet’s living clean by disinfecting regularly
  • If your pet is prone to hot spots around the ears, clean the ears regularly and if near the anal glands , express anal glands
  • Always provide fresh, clean water to cleanse the body’s system and avoid dehydration
  • Detox your pet regularly to get rid of unwanted toxins


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How To Ease Your Pet's Stress During Thunderstorms

Pets can be just as affected by thunder and lightning storms as humans can be. While pet owners whose animals remain strangely detached throughout such an episode might feel very blessed, those sensitive pets that become frightened, scared or paralyzed with fear, usually turn to their owners for support when they themselves cannot cope or understand the distress.

Fear of thunderstorms (as well as other loud noises such as fireworks and gunshots), is called noise phobia. Learning to recognize the signs of noise phobia in your pet will help your pet feel less traumatized. Some of the first signs of distress to look out for may be whining/barking, panting and/or restlessness. You may find that you pet is locked against your frame or trying to bolt for protection somewhere else (scrabbling at doors or cupboards is common).

It is important to remember that every pet is different and it is about learning what works for him/her. The first thing to do is limit the noise – thus limiting the phobia. Close curtains to limit the flashes of bright light. Turn on the television or radio loudly to mask the claps of thunder. Try to act normally and not to fuss too much. Reassurance is important, however, it is calm reassurance that is key. Pets can feel when we are nervous or frightened and this will only reinforce their own anxieties. This includes giving soothing noises or stroking as a way of reassuring our pet. However, this will only positively reinforce that there is indeed something to be scared about. By ignoring the storm and carrying on with normal activities, your pet will begin to understand that the storm is no big deal.

Massaging or brushing your pet in long and even strokes can also be very calming for them. If your pet has a favorite game or treat try to involve him or her with this during a storm. Practicing this during future storms will eventually help them to view storms in a more positive way.

You may also want to try crating your dog or cat. If you normally crate your dog when you’re home this may be an effective way in keeping him/her calm during the storm. A blanket draped over the crate will also help to muffle the terrifying noise. However, if you don’t normally crate your pet, then this method could make things worse. To practice crating him/her, try doing this when you’re home for nap times.

Prevention of stress and support during a storm

Desensitizing your pet to noises can also prove effective. By slowly exposing your pet to different loud noises, and making sure that something good always follows, can help to reduce your pet’s noise sensitivity. There are storm audio tapes available that are very effective in introducing your pet to the noise. By starting at very low volume, you can work your way louder while teaching your dog to ignore the sound at the same time.

For more severe pet reactions, an animal behaviorist may need to get involved. Natural remedies are also wonderfully effective yet perfectly safe in helping to calm pets during a storm.

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Is It Safe to Feed My Pet Food From the Table?

How many times have you given into your pet’s longing eyes, drooling mouth, or persistent paw tapping your leg the last time you were enjoying your dinner? While it’s hard to resist a begging pet, you should think twice before giving table scraps to your dog or cat – some foods can lead to digestive upset or even be toxic!

According to the ASPCA, some very common foods can be harmful to your pet:

  • Chocolate—You should never share this treat with your pets, as cocoa beans contain the chemical theobromine, which is toxic to dogs.
  • Grapes—This yummy fruit has been linked to cases of acute kidney failure in pets.
  • Fatty foods—Fats are tough for a dog to digest and can overtax the pancreas, increasing the risk of potentially fatal pancreatitis.
  • Nuts—Nuts contain high levels of phosphorus, which has been linked to the formation of bladder stones. Macadamia nuts are especially harmful.
  • Onions—Studies have shown that onions as well as onion powder can lead to hemolytic anemia in dogs.
  • Artificial sweeteners—Within just 30 minutes of consuming large amounts of these synthetic sugars, signs of toxicity can become apparent and immediate veterinary treatment is necessary.
  • Turkey skin—The consumption of turkey skin has been linked to acute pancreatic.

While not deadly, there are also some foods you should avoid feeding your pet to minimize unpleasant side effects like diarrhea and excess gas.

Avoid feeding your pet cauliflower or eggs, which are both notorious for causing flatulence in pets. Also, avoid giving your kitten or cat milk. While cats can tolerate small quantities of milk, the sugars in it will likely cause stomach troubles such as cramps, gas, and diarrhea, as most adult cats are actually likely to be lactose-intolerant, as production of the enzyme needed to digest milk slows with age.

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Tips For Settling Stomachs & Supporting Digestion For Dogs & Cats

While your pet may initiate certain behaviors regarding eating habits and exercise, through the evolution of domestication, many of these normal processes fall under the influence of our hands. Therefore, making just a few tweaks in routine may greatly benefit your pet’s overall health and well-being. 

  • Do not change diet suddenly, but slowly introduce fresh, raw and unprocessed food into your pet's daily diet, while reducing commercial foods and foods with little nutritious value.

  • Keep diet varied and interesting, but watch out for foods that your pet may be allergic to.

  • Regular exercise helps to build up a healthy appetite and gets all organs in the body functioning well. It also helps to relieve stress and contributes to a healthy, happy pet!

  • Animals need time outdoors where they can naturally seek out herbs that will help them maintain the health of their digestive system. All carnivorous animals, including dogs and cats, will naturally induce vomiting from time to time as a cleansing process to get rid of excess bile, mucus and other impurities. They do this by eating plants which will induce purging. This is healthy and animals should not be reprimanded for it!

  • Add green sprouts to your pet's food every day. This is an easy way to improve digestion and supply much-needed vitamins, amino acids, and trace elements.

  • Consult a holistic veterinarian for advice about the health problems associated with routine vaccination and regular antibiotic use.

  • For animals that suffer from constipation, ensure adequate roughage in the diet.

 


 

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Natural Treatment For Demodectic Mange In Dogs

Demodectic mange also known as demodex, demodicosis, or red mange is caused by an over population of demodectic mites. There are a number of different species of this type of parasitic mite, and they usually live in the hair follicles of our pets.

These mites are almost always transmitted from mother to young in the first few weeks of life, and generally live in harmony on your pet without causing any problems. However, when something such as malnutrition, a weakened immune system, or intense stress disrupts this natural balance, these mites can reproduce rapidly and become out of control.

Because the mites that cause demodectic mange live in the hair follicles of dogs, hair loss is usually the first noticed symptom. Hair loss typically begins on the head area, often starting around the eyes and muzzle. Other symptoms include crusty, red skin that may look moist in appearance, and in some cases, the affected areas can become sensitive and itchy and may even crack and ooze.

Demodectic mange ranges from mild, to very serious and if left untreated, it can actually be fatal. In serious cases hair loss can spread over vast areas of the body, lymph nodes can become swollen, the skin can become inflamed and painful and secondary infections can quickly develop. Some dogs become very ill and may develop symptoms such as a fever, lethargy and lose of appetite.

What Causes Demodectic Mange?

One of the things that need to be stressed is that demodectic mange is not caused by unhygienic living conditions or environmental contamination. It is also not contagious as most pets already have demodectic mites.

Demodectic mange is caused by poor immune system functioning and is most common in canine puppies with under-developed immune systems or older pets with suppressed immune systems. Corticosteroids or other immune-suppressing drugs have also been implicated as a possible cause for demodectic mange as well as other types of mange caused by demodex mites.

Diagnosing Demodectic Mange

If you suspect that your pet may have demodectic mange then a veterinary examination is necessary. As the mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye, a skin scraping or biopsy is often done before an accurate diagnosis can be made.

The cause for the weakened immune system may also be explored, especially in older pets where mange is often a sign that an immune-compromising condition is at hand. Your vet may test for illnesses such as Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, cancer, and heartworm disease in dogs, or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in cats.

Help for Demodectic Mange

In many cases, the underlying cause of the immune suppression or deficiency must be treated in conjunction with the treatment for mange. Conventional treatments of mange usually take the form of chemical based lotions, dips and shampoos.

Many of these treatments contain chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide, amitraz and ivermectin, however, it must be noted that these chemicals can be very harsh and cause a number of unwanted side-effects. In cases where demodectic mange is severe or generalized over large areas of the body, antibiotics are often prescribed to guard against serious infection. Antibiotics should not be used unless necessary as they tend to weaken the immune system.

Natural Remedies

Many pet owners are turning to natural and safer products to treat their pets, and it is good to know that there are natural alternatives available. There are a number of natural herbal and homeopathic ingredients which can help to treat demodectic mange without the risk of side-effects.

One popular herbal ingredient used with great success is Garlic which acts as a natural deterrent for fleas, mites and other parasites. It also contains natural antibiotic properties which can help guard against infections after a mite infestation. Wormwood is also very beneficial when treating pets for mites and has been used for centuries as a natural pesticide and insect repellant.

Herbs such as Neem and Lemongrass have also shown excellent natural repellant properties, and both have the ability to treat skin irritations and support healthy skin. Lastly, Niaoli has become a sought after herb for its antiseptic, clearing and cleansing properties. This powerful herb also acts as a tissue stimulant and is often used to clean wounds, skin irritations and promote healing.

There are also a number of herbal ingredients to boost the immune system and encourage healthy immune functioning. One such example is Echinacea purpurea which is well known for its excellent immune functioning properties and for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Milk Thistle is also beneficial for boosting the immune system as well as helping to restore optimal liver functioning.

Tips for demodectic mange
  • Demodectic mange cannot survive without a host and therefore can only survive on your pet. It is therefore not necessary to treat bedding or kennel area of infected dogs.
  • Keep your dog in good health. A balanced diet, adequate exercise, vaccinations and regular visits to the vet will help keep your pet in good health and may go a long way in preventing immune-related conditions.
  • Feed your pet a high quality balanced diet that contains all the necessary nutrients for a strong, healthy immune system.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids can be given as a supplement to help boost the immune system as and encourage skin health.
  • Do not let any skin conditions get out of control. Conditions such as mange can spread quickly and can become serious if not treated swiftly.
  • Avoid giving your dog harsh pharmaceutical drugs whenever you can. Drugs such as Cortisone and frequent use of antibiotics suppress the immune system and can contribute to conditions such as demodectic mange.

 

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Natural Arthritis Support for Your Pet

Arthritis is a common health complaint in older pets. While many prescription arthritis medications are available, many people prefer to use less invasive methods to help their pets.

Some of these include making changes in the home to improve access for the sick animal; others involve natural supplements and diet changes. Some people even advocate massage therapy and acupuncture to help ease suffering of afflicted animals.

Making Life Easier for Your Arthritic Pet

Arthritis makes it difficult for your pet to move around. To make life easier, keep everything it needs on the main floor, so your pet won’t have to climb any stairs. Try to eliminate slick or slippery surfaces. Make sure your pet has a comfortable bed that will support joints.

Cold temperatures and drafts can worsen arthritis. Keep your pet and your home warm. Reduce drafts by keeping windows and doors closed and by changing out your insulation.

Exercise and Diet for Arthritis

Exercise is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Any extra weight will only add pressure to the joints, so weight management is key for pets with arthritis.

Regular exercise is a good way to keep your pet at a healthy weight. Exercise also strengthens the muscles, making them better able to support aching joints. Frequent activity keeps the joints from becoming too stiff and can help keep your pet limber. However, be careful not to do too much. Exercise that is too strenuous can do more harm than good by causing more damage to the joints.

Feeding your pet a good diet is also essential. While it helps with issues of weight control, a balanced diet will also give your pet’s body what it needs to heal naturally and keep energy levels up.

Supplements for Pet Arthritis

Some veterinarians also recommend nutritional supplements for pets with arthritis. Glucosamine and chondroitin are especially popular for treating osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine is one of the main components of cartilage. The theory holds that extra glucosamine makes it easier for the chondrocytes (cartilage-forming cells in the joint) to make more cartilage. Chondroitin augments this process, as well as inhibiting certain enzymes believed to be involved in the destruction of cartilage.

Some researchers believe that giving your pet a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin can not only halt the progression of osteoarthritis, but actually reverse the damage that has already been done. In order to keep the condition from returning, a life-long regimen of these supplements is required. Fortunately, they have very few side effects, but still, you should always consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet any supplements.

Arthritis and Complementary Healing Methods

Massage therapy can be very beneficial to arthritic pets. However, it must be performed correctly so as not to cause pain or permanent damage. Ask your veterinarian about proper techniques, or take your pet to a licensed animal massage therapist.

Some evidence indicates that acupuncture may be beneficial to arthritic pets. If you decide to explore this option, make sure the acupuncturist has experience working with animals.

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Natural Remedy For Dog Diabetes

Dia-IonX™ is a liquid-based, proprietary homeopathic/oligotherapeutic complex that you simply add to your pet’s daily water dish. Dia-IonX™ is invisible in water and fast-acting in your pet’s body, so your pet can effortlessly enjoy support for normal blood sugar and vitality.

  • Relieve diabetes symptoms including dry mouth, fatigue, indigestion, and increased thirst, appetite, urination & constipation
  • Help support normal blood sugar balance in your pet
  • Promote your pet’s healthy blood circulation, eyes, kidneys & nerves
  • Enhance your pet’s quality of life during diabetes management
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    • Homeopathic ingredients are accepted by the FDA to safely and immediately provide temporary relief of diabetes symptoms, including dry mouth, increased thirst or appetite, fatigue, indigestion, increased urination and constipation
    • Organic oligotherapeutic base provides non-alcohol, non-irritating medicine delivery directly to your dog’s cells for superior diabetes symptom relief and blood sugar balance support
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    All of these benefits add up to one thing: the wellness your dog deserves! By adding Dia-IonX™ to your dog’s daily water dish, you can rest assured that your dog is receiving optimal support for diabetes symptom relief, normal blood sugar, and a healthy lifestyle.

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    Just like humans, dogs can develop diabetes. In fact, diabetes is becoming so common, it is now believed that one of every ten dogs in the world suffers from diabetes. There are two types of diabetes that affect dogs: diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus.

    Diabetes insipidus is caused by a lack of the hormone that controls water resorption by the kidneys. Diabetes mellitus, the more common of the two types, is caused by a resistance to and lack of insulin similar to the human form of type II diabetes. Both types of diabetes are the result of defects in the hormone production in the body, though diabetes mellitus can be the result of an underactive lifestyle.

    Dogs typically get diabetes when they are older, usually between the ages of seven to nine years old. The reproductive hormones place un-spayed female dogs at a higher risk than their male counterparts. Diabetes in dogs is often hereditary; if a dog’s parents had diabetes, it is more likely that their offspring will also develop diabetes. There are some dog breeds that are more susceptible to developing diabetes, such as Golden Retrievers, standard Poodles, miniature Pinschers and many more.

    Causes of Diabetes in Dogs

    In addition to predispositions to diabetes, dogs may also develop diabetes caused by different diseases. Certain diseases, especially diseases affecting the pancreas, may trigger abnormal production of the hormone insulin in your dog’s body.

    Once your dog’s normal insulin process is disrupted, it will be much harder for your dog’s body to manage glucose and blood sugar levels, and your dog’s cells will have to work harder to receive the energy (glucose).

    This is the point at which diabetes occurs in the dog and they may suffer from increased urination, excessive thirst, constipation, fatigue, indigestion, and dry mouth. Over time, the symptoms and degeneration of the body caused by diabetes can be life-threatening to dogs.

    The use of steroids in your dog may also be a contributing factor to developing diabetes. Steroids are known to affect the normal functions of the pancreas and can lead to under production of insulin. Dogs that are given steroid shots on a regular basis can eventually develop diabetes.

    Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Dog with Diabetes

    Because obesity in dogs can lead to diabetes just as it can in people, dogs with diabetes need food and exercise that meets their optimal nutrition and activity needs.

    Dog food should be chosen based on your dog’s age and physical condition. A ready-made option should be low-fat and low-carb, while providing a high protein and vitamin content. Check that the fiber content is high enough for your diabetic dog. You should avoid dog foods that are mostly carbohydrates and semi-moist dog foods that are usually high in sugar.

    When you can, prepare your dog’s meals at home. This can save you money and possibly prevent future vet visits. The main components of a fresh prepared meal for your diabetic dog are:

    • Skinless and cooked lean meats
    • Par-boiled brown rice
    • Mixed vegetables
    • Eggs
    • Diabetic dog biscuits.

    The ideal feeding schedule should be in sync with any medical treatments for the dog. Be careful not to overfeed.

    Exercise is a sure fire way to reduce the obesity and diabetes symptoms in dogs; plus it is good for the owner to get exercise too!

    Start off easy if your dog hasn’t been exercising much; go for short walks, preferably several times a day. Make sure your dog is properly hydrated before and after the walk, and wait to feed until after the walk, once they your dog has had some water and has stopped panting.

    These simple lifestyle changes will greatly improve your diabetes management program and quality of life for your dog. Still, you may find your dog needs daily blood sugar support, as well as relief of irritating diabetes symptoms such as dry mouth, increased thirst or appetite, fatigue, indigestion, increased urination and constipation.

    Dia-IonX™ is a homeopathic/oligatherapeutic complex that works with the body to naturally promote healing over time, and can provide fast relief of diabetes symptoms. Dia-IonX™ is a bio-available liquid formula that is easy to administer to your dog without causing stress, and is quickly and effectively absorbed into the body for fast, safe relief.

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    Help Your Dog Beat The Summer Heat

    You probably already know that dog's don't sweat in the same way humans do, the main way they regulate their temperature is by panting and this system works quite effectively until the thermometer starts to climb into the 90s.

    After walking on hot concrete your dogs paws can get cracked

    bowWOW Butter Balm | 1.7oz
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    bulletHot spots, inflammation and redness
    bulletRaw spots where your dog has been scratching
    bulletAll natural and perfectly safe even if your dog licks it off
    bulletShea butter based formula not petroleum based

    Whether it’s the salt covered streets of the frozen north or the arid tarmac of the southwest, dry cracked noses and paws are a fact of life for dogs around the country. This blissful balm will alleviate the discomfort with creamy Shea Butter and soothing aloe. The smooth balm also provides fast relief for eczema, hot spots and insect bites with good stuff like marshmallow, Indian frankincense, tea tree oil, burdock and comfrey.

    Don’t worry, if your dog licks it off it’s perfectly safe to ingest. (It's also great for your own dry cuticles, elbows & dry patches!)

    An ounce of prevention

    Apply bowWow Butter Balm at the firt sign of redness and distress and the all natural formula will not only lubricate and moisturize but will also provide a water proof barrier to prevent further dryness.

    When high temperatures are combined with high humidity it can be doubly dangerous as this reduces evaporation and that's what keeps your dog cool. The combination of heat and humidity is referred to as the heat index; a temperature of 90 degrees coupled with 70 percent humidity creates a heat index of 105 degrees, a very uncomfortable situation for both you and your dog.

    Bathing your dog is a great summertime cool off

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    Quick Relief for Dog's with Dry, Itchy Skin and Allergies
     

    Helps RelievebulletDry itchy or irritated skin
    bulletItching due to allergies
    bulletFlaking and dander
    bulletIncessant scratching
    bulletHot spots and irritation

    You already know that oatmeal is the go-to ingredient for dry skin, however Comfy Dog sets the standard by using only human grade colloidal oatmeal (oat solids in suspension) rather than the inferior oat extract that some products use. This means faster results and long lasting relief

    Approved by the FDAColloidal oatmeal is one of the few all natural ingredients that has been approved by the FDA for use in helping dry skin, insect bites and itching caused by allergies. It's used extensivly in human products because of it's power and effectiveness.

    A complete spectrum of healing

    The formula also contains botanical extracts of peppermint (an antiseptic agents that also acts as a natural insect repellent) burdock (an anti inflammatory), Indian frankincense (which is is perfect for dogs with sensitive skin) and calendula (used for centuries to heal and soothe irritation).

    For easy rinsing, the shampoo does not overly lather so it rinses out quickly and easily (soap residue is a common cause of canine itching)

    Your dog's body temperature is higher than yours (usually between 100 and 102.5 degrees) but when body temperature climbs above 106 the normal cooling mechanisms become overwhelmed. Like humans, dogs can suffer from heat stroke, heat exhaustion and cramps all of which can be life threatening if not treated immediately.

    High risk groups
    • Puppies
    • Older dogs (7 years and older for large breeds 14 years and older for smaller breeds)
    • Overweight dogs
    • Brachycephalic (flat faced) dogs such as bulldogs or pugs
    • Large double-coated breeds like the chow chow
    • Dogs bred for cold climates such as malamutes, huskies, American Eskimos and Newfoundlands

    Sunburn
    Most people think that because their dog is covered in fur sunburn is not an issue, this is not true, Dogs do not burn as easily as humans do which is a good thing however this means that if your dog does have a sunburn it is no small thing and you should take him to the vet immediately. You will know when your dog is starting to burn by the redness of the skin however the burn does not always appear red and may in fact turn the skin lighter. You can prevent sunburn by limiting your dog’s exposure to the sun, especially during the heat of the day but an even better way is by spraying with Flea the Scene an all natural insect spray which contains a natural sunscreen.


    Washing Your Dog May Prevent Illness


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    Can you believe that about a third of the body’s cells are dying at any given time and each cell has to eventually be replaced? And there are so many chemicals and toxins in the world today, that our bodies have to work even harder.

    Accumulated toxins as well as normal dirt and debris encourage germs and parasites to flourish. They can also lower energy levels by overburdening normal bodily functions. This toxin buildup may not cause any one particular disease but can make a dog more susceptible to infectious diseases and inflammation.

    Luckily there are ways we can help our pets. The first is exercise, the second is a day of fasting and the third is regular grooming, which is what we are going to focus on here.

    You may wonder why we have to wash our dogs at all. Wolves in the wildlife never get bathed and they seem to do just fine without all of that pampering. The main reason we have to wash our pets is because they were bred to have abnormally long, curly or fine hair which gets really dirty and matted. Certainly dogs will try to self groom with their tongues and paws but with their long coats, they usually can’t do the job alone. Nor should they. Dirt and debris left in the coat is dangerous for two reasons...

    1. Your dog will try to clean their fur by licking it. So they will ingest things like lint, flakes of paint, debris from automobiles and even asbestos fibers all of which can cause many internal problems.

    2. These same toxins in the fur can cause skin irritations which leads to itchy skin.

    Here are a few of solutions:

    1. Wash your dog with an all natural shampoo every week or every month depending on the type of dog you have and your lifestyle.

    2. Brush your dog daily. Unlike humans who absorb most environmental allergens through their noses and mouths, dogs tend to absorb allergens through the skin. Weekly bathing can prevent itchiness , washing allergens away before they get a chance to penetrate the skin. Also, frequent brushing stimulates skin health by bringing secretions from oil glands onto the skin. It also helps to remove mattes from building up.

    3. Give your dog a detoxifier to help eliminate toxins more quickly. Healthy Skin Shiny Coat is an herbal tonic that you give to your dog by mouth. It helps to reroute the toxins to the kidneys and bowels so the skin will be healthier.

    So contrary to popular belief washing your dog every week to every month IS good for your dog and the reasons are more than just skin deep


    Is Your Dog Always In The Pool, Lake Or Ocean And Has That Wet Dog Smell?


    Dry Dog Instant Clean

    If your dog is always in the pool, lake or ocean use Dry Dog Instant Clean to get rid of the wet dog smell. It will also help to clean and sanitize!

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    Dry Dog Instant Clean is the BEST product that I have ever used on my dog. It IS the one product that I will not leave home without.

    My dog goes with me everywhere and I don’t always have the time to bathe or groom her. When my back is hurting and Cookie needs a bath I bring out Dry Dog. Not only does it clean but it has the most delicious scent that lasts for days! No more wet dog smell.

    It not only cleanses and deodorizes but it is also safe for her to lick. I couldn’t think of anything better for my dog than a product that is actually safe, smells heavenly, cleans AND you can take it with you.

    Thank you so much Happytails, you have made me a happy woman and my dog a happy dog because she hates bathing. I LOVE Dry Dog!

    Linda Jimenez,
    Simi Valley, CA

    She smelled like a new dog

    I just got your newsletter, which highlighted the Dry Dog Instant Clean. I wanted to shoot you a quick email to let you know how much I love that product! It has been raining here in Central CA constantly, and the dogs have to be outside when I am at work. When I come home they stink. I told Picker that she smells like a stagnant puddle! However, after just a few spritzes of Dry Dog Instant Clean she smelled like a new dog. I have been using it on all of them, and it has saved my sanity this last week. As a plus, it doesn't make my dogs sneeze like products from other companies have in the past. Thank you for making such a great product!

    Tara Flaming Wilson

    K-9 Action Dog Training and Boarding

    Two weeks and counting

    I work for Pete and Mac's and we've just recently started carrying the Happytails line. I just had to write and rave about how much I love the Dry Dog Instant Clean! It really does get rid of the odors instead of covering them up (like the bottle of deodorizer I bought from Petsmart)...my dog has gone 2 weeks without a bath and that's with being in daycare every day and going to the dog park on top of that.

    The Dog Smog Remedy is also a life saver since my dog has developed an affinity for cat food...can't say that he enjoys getting it as much as the rest of us appreciate the results, but oh well.

    Stephanie Owen
    Pete and Mac's Lenexa, KS

    I think I'm addicted

    As you know, I love the Dry Dog so much, I put it into a Dailycandy round-up of favorite things for puppies. It smells amazing. Period. I don't even think that's a subjective opinion. I think it's fact. I make people smell it all the time. Either in the bottle, or, which is even better, on my dog Rosie P. It's funny, because I don't like kiwis as a general rule--I pick them out of fruit salads. But, in this situation, they rock. I get compliments all the time on how good my dog smells. It's as though they're shocked that dogs could smell this lovely. Also good, my year-old puppy, Rosie P, doesn't seem to mind being sprayed with it at all. She sits patiently and waits 'til she has been spritzed.

    I think I'm addicted. I spray her every day when I brush her coat. It's so easy, and it does wonders--basically, you're a few sprays away from having a deliciously odored dog instead of a smelly one. Seems crazy that you wouldn't use it.

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    New York, NY

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    As The Weather Heats Up Your House Turns Into A Hairball - How To Deal With Seasonal Shedding

    Hairball Animals shed to replace old dead hair and remove the winter coats they‘ve accumulated for cold-weather adaptation. Just like humans, animals overheat and sweat in warmer weather, so keeping their fur year-round is unreasonable.

    An unhealthy coat can have negative effects on pet owners - often in the form of allergies. Although most people think pet hair is the culprit of allergies in humans, it is actually the dander, or skin flakes. Keeping your pet’s coat and skin in optimum health is important to prevent future skin conditions, infections- and allergies for both you and your pet.

    Health Issues

    Depending on their breed, pets shed differently. For instance, a poodle sheds less than a pug and long-haired cats and dogs but shed more than short-haired breeds.

    Some owners feel as if they are constantly vacuuming the floors, while others rarely have to. For cats and dogs alike, not only is shedding an annoyance, it can also be detrimental to their health.

    Animals can develop an unhealthy coat and skin from poor grooming techniques. Shedding in cats can cause hairballs, which can lead into digestive issues, coughing and vomiting. While dogs do not develop hairballs, they can develop matted hair on their bodies, making their coat a sanctuary for fleas and ticks and causing skin rashes from flea bites.

    To reduce hairballs and matted hair, brush your pet daily, the more frequently you brush your animal and remove dead and loose hair, the less hair and skin is left in your home.

    To help avoid furballs in cats by maintaining healthy digestion try: Furball Dr. ™ To soothe discomfort from flea bites try: FleaDerm

    Environmental Factors

    Changes in the skin and coat primarily occur due to fluctuations in the amount of daylight and temperature. The length of daylight hours is believed to have a greater impact on the shedding cycle than temperature, which is why all pets shed during particular times of the year. Pets can shed due to their environment,depending on whether you keep your pet indoors or outdoors.

    An outdoor pet will keep their fur all year round until the summer and then you will start to see some shedding. It is important to know that even artificial lighting can affect your pet’s shedding, especially if your pet stays primarily indoors. If you own an indoor pet, they can shed daily. This is sometimes determined by the lighting in your home as well as air conditioning levels. Be aware that when your indoor pet goes outside for a walk this spring, they are use to indoor temperatures- so having a thicker coat due to the air conditioning may not be conducive for extended outdoor periods.

    To encourage healthy, clear skin and coats in cats try: Clean-Cat Shampoo with Chamomile™ To promote healthy skin in dogs try: Manage Mites Shampoo

    Good Nutrition

    Your pet’s diet is another key element when it comes to healthy skin and glossy coat. Pets need an assortment of nutrients, including omega fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and protein. Feeding your animal a high quality food can make all the difference. You may even want to add vegetables to your pet’s food like, carrots, celery and broccoli.

    Proper hydration is also necessary while your animal is shedding. A dehydrated animal is prone to dry skin, which causes itching, flaking and excessive shedding. You may also wish to give your pet extra oils for their skin such as adding a capful of olive oil to their food dish; this will help promote moisturized skin and possibly reduce shedding.

    To promote healthy skin, glossy coat and maintain strength of the hair shaft and follicle try: Skin and Coat Tonic

    Your pet’s overall health is important, and their skin and coat is no exception. If your pet seems to be shedding more than expected, seek advice from your veterinarian.


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    Is Your Pet Scratching, Sneezing or Wheezing? Get Chemical-Free Solutions!

    Main_pet Does the thought of having a sneezing, scratching pet around the house make you cringe? Luckily, there are ways to naturally combat allergy symptoms!

    Some of the most common causes of allergies for pets are pollen, dust, plants, and mold. In addition, there are two different types of allergens that occur most often in the spring, contact and inhalant.

    What are Contact Allergens?

    As winter leaves and blooming plants and lush green grass start to appear, your pet may suffer from a contact allergy, which can develop into a skin rash or sores. Plants such as poison ivy and poison oak can easily cause an allergic reaction on your pet’s skin. When your pet scratches, the fur may start to thin, and if not treated, may create a bald spot.

    To relieve skin allergies and itch, try Allergy Itch Ease™ for dogs, cats and small pets

    Watch for red bumps, inflamed skin, and swelling in pets that may have been exposed to poisonous plants.

    Further, make sure to avoid these plants when taking your four-legged friend outdoors, and keep your pet inside when mowing your lawn.

    Signs of allergies in your pet may include:

    Scratching incessantly
    Licking constantly
    Sneezing
    Coughing
    Wheezing
    Watery eyes
    Thinning coat or balding
    Rash, sores, or bumps
    Inflamed skin

    To promote healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats try Skin and Coat Tonic

    Be Free of Fleas!

    Another common skin irritation in cats and dogs are caused by fleas, whose itchy bites cause inflamed skin, swelling and red bumps. which can lead to scratching and balding patches in your pets’ fur.

    Fleas are a common parasite, and while they can live on your pet year round, they usually start to multiply in the spring due to the warmer weather. Your pet also likely spends more time outdoors after being cooped up in the winter, thereby attracting these pesky fleas. Again, you will need to watch out for thinning fur and balding.

    You can use natural flea repellents for your pets, like adding a small amount of garlic to your pet’s food dish to make Fluffy or Fido taste bitter to unwelcomed guests. Also consider using a safe, non-medicated pet shampoo free of parabens, sodium laurel sulphate or harmful petrochemicals to help deter pests.

    For a natural cleansing dog shampoo to help deter fleas, try BeFree Flea Shampoo

    For a herbal skin support cream for cats and dogs to soothe the discomfort from flea bites, visit FleaDerm

    What are Inhalant Allergens?

    Inhalant allergens are a little different in the way that they present themselves. An inhalant allergy includes symptoms like sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and watery eyes. Seasonal allergens such as mold, dust, and pollen are the number one causes for such symptoms. When your pet goes outside for a walk, plays in the yard or even bathes in the sun, you may begin to see signs of a seasonal allergy.

    Springtime breezes may feel nice, but they can wreak havoc on your pets’ allergies. Grass consists of many slender, long leaves and acts as a “pollen trap”, allowing the wind that carries pollen from the trees and onto your lawn, creating an allergy haven. Cut your grass regularly and rake cut grass instead of using a blower to help cut down on spreading pollen. Check your local pollen forecast and try to limit your pet's exposure to known triggers during high alerts.

    To relieve sinusitis and nasal congestion for optimal respiratory functioning, try Sinu-Rite