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Cockatiel Birds – Some Interesting Facts

April 26, 2018 in Articles

Cockatiel Birds

Happy together

 

Also known as quarrions or weiros, the cockatiel birds are the smallest and most popular member of the cockatoo family (which also has the Corella, White Cockatoo, and Galah).  Cockatiel birds are generally kept as household pets or companion pets, and because of their attractiveness, gentle nature, easy maintenance and breeding, they are widely available at most pet bird stores and are one of the most popular pet birds in the world.

In the wild, cockatiel birds are generally grey in color with white, yellow and orange accents. Due to captivity which led to inbreeding, cockatiel birds now come in twenty-two different types of colors, ranging from grey, brown cinnamon, emerald/olive, to brilliant lutino.

Cockatiel birds have an average lifespan of 25 years and they can grow from between 11-14 inches long from head to tail. They are a native of the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bushlands.

 

Cockatiel Birds: Behavior and Interaction

Love birds

The position of a cockatiel’s distinctive crest determines its mood or emotional state. A straight-up, vertical crest means the cockatiel is excited, startled or curious; a slightly-slanted crest signifies a neutral or relaxed state.  And, when the bird is agitated or defensive, the crest is usually flattened close its head accompanied by a loud, hissing
sound.

Cockatiels are very intelligent, social, and active birds. They easily get attached to their owner and are able to mate for life. Because of this, they require a lot of attention and social interaction to stay healthy and happy.

Caged cockatiel birds need to be actively engaged so as to prevent boredom which triggers health issues and severe behavioral problems.  Toys which can be easily destroyed with their small beaks and, foraging toys to
sharpen their avian instincts, are great for cockatiels.

Male cockatiels are known to be more social and active than their female counterparts. They are capable of both whistling and speaking. Although learning how to talk takes a lot of training and constant repetition of words by the owner. Some of the male cockatiels are more inclined to whistling since it’s a more natural behavior than talking, and so, they might even end up not learning how to speak at all.

The females are more gentle, solitary and overprotective of their personal spaces. The majority of them hardly whistle or speak — or even show interest in learning it — but they do have the ability.

 

Cockatiel Birds:  Housing

The bigger the cage, the better, and the more convenient for the bird. Although cockatiels are not exactly large birds, they still need a spacious cage that can accommodate toys, food and water bowls, multiple perches, their head crest and a long tail.

The shape of the cage is also important — either a square or round cage with large door front will be appropriate. The cage should have horizontal bars for climbing and exercise, and a couple of perches — evenly spaced at different levels. The perches can be of different sizes and materials such as rope, wooden dowels, bonded sand/concrete (for manicuring and should not be kept in sleeping area), natural stem wood and manzanita.

Suggested size of a cockatiel’s cage:

Length:  24 inches

Width:    18 inches

Height:    24 inches

Bar Spacing:  1/2 – 5/8 inches

If it’s a busy household, the birdcage should be kept in a quiet room off the floor to help it sleep at night, but if it’s a quiet household, covering the bird’s cage is advised. Having multiple bird cages can be convenient — a play cage and a cage for sleeping.

Proper care should be taken when choosing a place for the cage; the placement area should be at room temperature, hot or cold areas can affect the bird’s health.

Cage Suitable for Cockatiels – CLICK IMAGE

 

Here is one that I would choose because of the non-toxic and lead-free powder-coated paint, its sturdy frame, and 4 casters so that you can easily transfer your cockatiel from one room to another.

This is a sturdy cage for your Cockatiel.  It has 4 noise-free, swivel casters.  To get all the details, click the image below.

Cage Suitable for Cockatiels – CLICK IMAGE

 

 

Diet of a Cockatiel

CLICK IMAGE – No Artificial Colors or Preservatives

Cockatiels’ diet consists mainly of seeds, millets, insects, nectar, fruits, and pellets. To maintain a balanced diet, the bird’s feeds should include a variety of food and not exclusive to pellets or formulated foods which can cause health and behavioral problems. 

This Cockatiel food (image to the right) has NO preservatives, NO artificial colors and is enriched with DHA, contains Omega Fatty Acids and also Digestive Probiotics for good health.

The cockatiel should be given a regular supply of clean and fresh water.

Fruits and vegetables such as carrots, mango, broccoli, squash, dandelion leaves, apple, cooked sweet potatoes, and berries should be added to the cockatiel’s diet.

To ensure a healthy bird, their food and water bowls have to be changed regularly.

The cockatiels can also be fed human’s food like cooked whole grains, unsugared cereals or multigrain bread in small in quantity.

 

FOODS to AVOID:

The following foods are very TOXIC to your Cockatiel, so be sure to avoid giving these at all costs:

1.  Honey

2.  Avocados

3.  Mushrooms

4.  Garlic and Onions

5.  Chocolate

6.  Alcohol

7.  Foods High in Sugar/Salt/Fat

8.  Dried Beans

9.  Seeds from any fruits

10. Cabbage

11. Iceberg Lettuce

12. Parsley

13. Carbonated Drinks

 

Habitat Maintenance

The cockatiel birds’ cage and perches should be regularly washed with warm water and soap and disinfected weekly with a diluted chlorine solution. The cage should be carefully rinsed and deodorized after disinfestation, to remove the chlorine smell.

Worn out or damaged toys, perches, and dishes should be replaced, so as not to cause damage to the cockatiel. Ensure to rotate new toys to the habitat once it becomes disinterested, or on a weekly basis.

Materials or toys made of lead or zinc should be kept out the bird’s cage to prevent the cockatiel from ingesting them.

Mirrors should be kept out of cockatiels’ reach and sight to prevent them from bonding with their reflection.

 

Health:  What to Look For

Signs of a Healthy Cockatiel Bird

  •    Sociable, curious and active
  •    Does not skip meals and drinks regularly
  •    Clean and dry vents
  •    Well groomed feathers
  •    Dry nostrils and dry-bright eyes.
  •    Normal appearance of the beak, legs, and feet.

Red flags

  •    Runny or discolored discharge
  •    Loss of appetite
  •    Wheezing or coughing
  •    Inactivity and unsocial
  •    Eye or nasal discharge
  •    Abnormal behaviors such as favoring one foot when not asleep
  •    Fluffed, soiled or plucked feathers

According to cockatielcottage.net, lots of fruits intake may be a cause of runny discharge as cockatiel birds are not tolerant to citric acid. The intake of fruits should be limited to once per day. If it persists after two days,  then the condition has become chronic and you need to take the cockatiel to the vet.

But if your bird does not eat any fruits at all, then it should be taken to a vet, as this can become a problem.

Changing cockatiel birds’ diet all of a sudden can also affect their health. When modifying their diet, the new feed should be introduced gradually, so it can get used to it over time.  This may take anywhere from days to months to modify their diet.  Be sure to never take away all the seeds before you are certain that he or she is eating the pellets, in addition to some veggie and fruits.

Since birds are stubborn, by nature, this may be stressful for you and your pet.  But do not despair because cockatiels can be trained.

What a beauty!

Conclusion

Cockatiel birds have a gentle and affectionate demeanor and their small size allows them to fit nicely into small rooms without occupying up a lot of space in your home.  Your house does not have to be huge in order to have a cockatiel as a pet. They are very active, and their ability to speak makes them entertaining creatures. Due to their amenable behavior and qualities, they are quite popular as pets and you can easily get one at most any pet store that sells birds.

 

 

 

How to Stop a Cat From Scratching Furniture

April 21, 2018 in Articles

Many cat lovers wish to know out how to stop a cat from scratching furniture.  It is my intention to provide you with information as to why cats scratch furniture and make you aware of safe solutions for this issue. 

Some cat owners have opted to use methods that are not safe for their feline family member because they are unaware of alternate choices.  I wish to furnish you with these alternatives with the hope of resolving the cat-scratching problem in your home.  

Cats just want to have fun!

 

Why You Should Choose NOT to De-Claw Your Cat

An ever-increasing number of individuals are finding out that declawing is unsafeinhumane, and absolutely unnecessary.  Some opt to declaw because they are unaware of alternate methods that can be utilized in the prevention of cat scratching in the home. When seeking solutions on how to stop a cat from scratching furniture, please explore the safe options that are available and which we will discuss later.

Important:  Declawing, as easy as it first sounds, isn’t at all a decent decision. It is ethically disputable, and unlawful in many nations. As a cat lover, I have opted Not to declaw any of my four house cats.

It is important to understand that declawing a cat is NOT just the removal of the cat’s claws, but involves the amputation (or removal) of the digits, right up to where the first joint is. Complications can arise during and after surgery, and it is also painful.  Once the claws are removed, your cat will not have balance as he or she did prior to this surgery.  Declawing produces pain while healing and when walking, too.

Pretty blue nail caps for me — no declawing!

 

Clays Mill Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, made a declaration that it would never again offer to declaw. “After careful thought and much searching, we have chosen to stop declawing cats,” the clinic wrote. “We realize that even under the best of conditions, a declaw is a noteworthy and painful surgery … It is a removal of the end of the cat’s ‘finger,’ not only the removal of the claw itself. What’s more, notwithstanding when done perfectly, can have long-lasting complications.”

On account of this realization, urban areas and various states have been passing laws against declawing a previous couple of years. As the world turns out to be more claw-accommodating, individuals are becoming keen on alternate methods for sparing their furniture, carpeting, woodwork, etc., from their cats’ destructive scratching. 

Before we investigate how to stop your cat from scratching your furniture or carpeting, we should look at the reasons as to why your cat scratches things.  

 

Why Do Cats Like to Scratch?

  • Claw Maintenance

The vast majority realize that their cats sharpen their claws while scratching. This is valid.  However, in the event that it was the main reason, you could (without a doubt) tuck the post away and just take it out, let’s say, once every week for nail care. In any case, there are more vital reasons associated with scratching.

  • Exercise

Cats get exercise while they scratch since they stretch their muscles and tendons from the shoulders to toes.And, from my experience, if your cat’s “gym” is too far away, she will simply pick a closer match to scratch … like your couch.

  • Territory marking

Scratching leaves visual imprints and a fragrance from the cat’s paw pads. As your cat would see it, these imprints cannot be left just anywhere. Each location where they are distributed is vital to your cat. This implies cats need to scratch in specific locations. What’s more, they usually choose several locations in the home.

  • Stress Relief   

Lastly, it just feels good for your cat to scratch because it relieves stress for them.  It makes them feel relaxed and content after a “scratching session”.

 

Where to Place Cat-Scratching Posts

Cat’s Scratching Post

 

Once you understand that your cat needs to scratch in different locations all throughout the house, it will make sense to get more than one scratching post. Place the scratching posts in various places in your home. (Your cat would not have access to a storage room, so do not place them there, of course.)  Be sure to strategically put them in places that are accessible to your precious kitty.

Here are Good Locations:

  • Places where your cat scratches already  

By scratching in those “special” areas, your cat is already revealing to you where he needs the post to be. You don’t have to understand cat language or know why your cat scratches in a specific location. What difference does it make?

  • Near your cat’s activity spots

That is, put at least one post in each room where your cat spends a lot of time. Multiple posts are preferable, particularly in central family-gathering rooms.  In the event that your cat takes a nap on the couch, position a post nearby for when she awakens. On the off chance that a cat watches winged animals through a window, it’s conceivable he will require a scratching post or pad close by.

  • Near Pathways

Wildcats will leave scratch marks along their typical regular paths and particularly in places where they converge with the paths of other cats. In a house, however, places like door frames, household items, and corners along the route from a resting location to the feeding station and, afterward to the litter box, are commonly marked so put a scratching post (or a few) along the route. Wall pads work incredibly well for this.

  • Next to the home entrance

Not all, but many, cats mark along the edge of their domain. In a home situation, this border is regularly restricted to the front door of the house. It might be a smart thought to put a scratching post close to the passageway. In this way, your cat will have the ability to leave scratch marks for guests to see and hop on a hoisted napping location to safely watch whoever comes in.

These four focuses should give you a clue of where to put scratching posts the way your cat wants them. In the event that you have a few uncertainties, it’s a good idea to present the greatest number of scratching posts that you can and put them all through the entire house, just to play it safe.

 

Varieties of Cat Scratching Posts You Should Choose

Scratching posts, generally, should not be too big and take up the greater part of your living quarters. Obviously, you could have a substantial cat tree (see image below) in the busiest parts of your home, however, different spots can be filled with smaller posts and pads.

CLICK IMAGE – Cat Tree

 

Contingent upon your cat’s choices, the best cat scratching posts are covered with sisal rope, regular rope, or even bare wood.  

 

Concerning form and type, you have 3 options:

 

CLICK IMAGE Scratching Post

1.   POST ON A BASE 

These begin from a single post with a toy attached to its top and end with an extensive post that has rope-covered pillars. It’s sensible to have a couple of bigger ones in some central spots of your home and smaller ones all throughout the house.

 

 

 

 

CLICK IMAGE

 2.  SCRATCH PADS ATTACHED TO THE WALL

This gives a vertical scratching area.  However, unlike a scratching post, it doesn’t consume space on your floor. Typically, these can be deliberately placed in specific locations through the house, and along the pathways used by your cat, placed at various heights. 

 

CLICK IMAGE – Floor Scratching Post

 

 

3.  SCRATCHING PADS PLACED ON THE GROUND

There are cats who very much want horizontal scratching, and most cats like it at least to some degree. Horizontal posts give an alternate scratching experience and are incredible if, for instance, your cat claws the carpet. In such a case, you can basically put the pad close or even over the scratched location.

NOTE: The essential attributes of a scratching post or pad are their size and soundness. Greater posts ought to give your cat the space to complete an entire body stretch. Stability is critical, on the grounds that cats are probably not going to scratch unbalanced surfaces. They are awkward and futile for stretching purposes. The same goes for hopping on cat trees; in the event that they are too flimsy, a cat won’t feel secure on them and will not want to make use of them. 

 

How to Train a Cat to Use a Scratching Post

Getting suitable, good quality scratching posts and putting them in vital locations is one thing. Yet, getting your cat to utilize them is not ensured.

Ways to prompt your cat to utilize a scratching post:

  • Perfect Location

Nothing is as productive as using the right scratching post in the ideal place. Which object to scratch isn’t as vital for your cat as where to scratch. In the event that you think about where this “where” is, you are probably going to get away with no training.

  • Use An Interactive Toy

Begin by playing with your cat and giving him a chance to catch the toy while it sits on a scratchable surface. He won’t just get his hooks into the toy, but into the post as well. Due to the cat’s instinctual behavior, he will get the rest.

  • Scratch The Post With Your Own Fingers

The noise created by your finger scratching her post should cause your cat to become curious about the post.

  • Catnip The Post

Not all cats react to catnip, but rather, the ones who do are probably going to rub, chew, and scratch objects that possess a scent reminiscent of catnip. On the off chance that your cat gets her paws into the cat tree as a result of catnip, she is probably going to comprehend the advantages of the scratchable surface. Simply take a little pinch and rub it onto the scratching post surface. (Seal whatever remains of the catnip in an air-tight container.)

Try not to put your cat’s paws on the post’s surface by force. This won’t work, it will make your cat confounded and focused, and he will probably stay away from the negative experience in the future by not approaching the post… or you.

 

Below are Some Ways to Stop a Cat from Scratching your furniture

The fact that you figured out how to get your cat to use the scratching post does not ensure that he won’t utilize old spots, for example, your couch, carpets, or walls. What is necessary here is to make those spots physically out of reach or undesirable for scratching.

  • Use Double-Sided Sticky Tape

You can place some tape on top of the scratched surface; this way, your cat will lose enthusiasm for it because (as opposed to sharpening claws), the surface will now adhere to her claws.

Place a post in front of — or over — the scratched surface, and it’s quite possible that your cat will pick the scratching post rather than the great old couch.

  • Cover The Location With A Plastic Sheet

These are, by and large, utilized as table covers and can be found in many sizes and shapes. Simply put one on top or at the front of the scratched area, or attach it to the wall with tape, covering the scratched region. The hard and elusive surface is totally inappropriate to scratch and will be uninteresting to your cat.

  • Rearrange Furniture

Put undesired spots out of convenient reach of your cat. For instance, if your cat leans towards a specific area of the wall, you can temporarily put a seat in front of it.

  • Apply A Repellent Spray

CLICK IMAGE

I recommend this all-natural spray to keep your cats away from your furniture and to apply it on the scratched surfaces; your cat should abstain from approaching it.

Be that as it may, the spray must be reapplied every now and again to your couches or other places that were scratched. This is an ALL-NATURAL Spray that is safe to use.  

 

NOTE: If you restrict your cat from utilizing one location for scratching, normally, he will search for another spot in a close-by region. However, this is great, since this new location could be the scratching post which you have just placed right beside the undesired location.

 

Trim Your Cat’s Claws To Lessen The Damage 

The tips above are certain to stop your cat from scratching the furniture; however, nothing can guarantee that your cat will never, ever dig his claws into things other than a scratching post. In any case, you can lessen the severity of this problem by trimming your cat’s claws, which must be done, roughly, every 2 weeks to a month.

One thing that keeps cat owners from making progress with this is fear. You may be wondering, “How might I trim my cat’s claws without getting scratched?”  In any case, it isn’t as awful as it sounds. It is ideal to work at this gradually and familiarize your cat with being on your lap while you touch its claws and, bit by bit, working towards trimming them.

If you drive your finger in the middle of your cat’s claw pad, his claws will project outwards. You will see that your cat’s claw is, in part, transparent, and there is a vein inside it. Utilize high-quality cat claw clippers and trim the claw without trimming inside the vessel.  Do this carefully.  If you feel you cannot accomplish this on your own, then the answer would be to have your veterinarian’s office do this.

 

 

Utilize Vinyl Caps 

Colorful Claw Caps

 

In the event that you truly need your cat’s claws to remain out of trouble, endeavor to utilize vinyl caps. They can be placed right over your cat’s claws;  the caps should be reapplied about once every month.  If you wait too long and your cat’s claws have grown a bit, the caps will pop off.  (I know this, as it happens with my cats.)  These are the ones I’ve been using for my cats: Soft Pet Cat Nail Caps 100 PCS + Adhesive Glue .  They have worked out well for my cats, with no issues.  There are many colors to choose from in this package, and your cat can be the most fashionable feline in the neighborhood. 

Claw caps can be conveniently applied at home. They are easy to apply, just as long as your kitty sits still for the time being.  I get my cat to become relaxed while sitting on my lap or on our couch and then I apply one at a time. It may take more than one or two tries to get both front paws capped.  It really depends on the demeanor of your cat.  

These new claw caps look very glamorous!

 

Conclusion

Now, would you say you are ready to stop your cat from scratching your furniture? We bet you are!  Have fun and experiment with the different scratching posts and other suggestions mentioned to avoid damage to your furniture and other things in your home.

By implementing the above practices, your cat can certainly learn how to use (and have fun with) her or his scratching posts. I believe you will be happier, knowing that you took the above-mentioned measures for the well-being of your precious pet!  

Natural Supplements for Equine Health

April 10, 2018 in Articles

Here are two beautiful horses!

 

There are still debates on the use of natural supplements for equine health treatment, but more horse owners are opting for natural supplements (over the generally-accepted pharmaceutical medication) as a cheaper and healthier regimen for their horses. 

Natural or herbal supplements are dietary supplements that contain herbs or any part of a plant used for its flavor or therapeutic properties. These plants’ parts may include flowers, leaves, fruits, seeds, stems, and roots. Supplements are substances added to something else in order to enhance, augment or complete an incomplete diet. In the efforts on improving equine health by horse owners, the integration of conventional medicine and alternate medication may be the best approach.  

Herbs

Some horse owners overuse the conventional pharmaceutical medications for an equine illness which can sometimes be better treated using herbal medications. Over application of conventional medications can be toxic to horses, to the environment when the horses defecate, and eventually, to us. In addition, overuse of this kind of treatment can actually lead to other issues in a horse’s system while dealing with issues in another part of the body.

Pharmaceutical drugs

 

There are five (5) areas of major concern to horse owners when it comes to equine general well-being:

  • Digestion
  • Energy
  • Immune System
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Respiration

Based on these, we’ll be examining the importance of natural supplements such as essential oils, herbs, and probiotics relating to equine health.

 

Essential Oils 

Examples of Essential Oils

These are volatile liquids (they tend to evaporate) derived from different plant’s parts including seeds and flowers. They are “essential” due to the fact that they contain the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which they are derived.  Essential oils have numerous health and medicinal applications due to their antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming abilities.

Essential oils work very well in synergy with other oils (in terms of aroma and functions), making it possible to prepare different aromatic essential-oil combinations.

 

There are two applications of essential oils for the treatment of horses:

  • Aromatherapy
    – this involves direct inhalation of the aromatic essential oils
  • Topical application
    this involves applying essential oils directly on the skin, mouth, hair
    or any part of the horse’s body. They are easily absorbed by the skin and
    will spread throughout the horse’s body.

A few examples of essential oils are basil essential oil, bergamot essential oil, bitter almond essential oil and black pepper essential oil.

Before applying an essential oil on your horse, do ensure to consult with a certified aromatherapist so as to know which oil works best or is safe for your horse — these are diluted with carrier oils.  Do not attempt to apply the essential oils on your own without or without prior knowledge or experience.

 

Cannabidiol Oil (CBD)

Example of CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is extracted from cannabis or hemp plants. Hemp plants naturally contain low concentrations of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid which causes the “high” sensation; but high concentrations of CBD, which unlike THC, are non-psychoactive and will not cause your horse to become stoned.

CBD has vast applications such as a pain relief, reduction in anxiety and depression, and reducing inflammation. For ages, it has been used in equine’s treatment, especially aging and performance horses.

Benefits of CBD in equine health include:

  • Colon and Digestive health: Horses suffer from indigestion, heartburn, colic, and ulcers which are caused by poor cannabinoid production in the digestive tract. CBD oil helps to maintain proper cannabinoid production to ensure optimal performance of the colon and digestive tract.
  • Anxiety: CBD helps in bringing over-stressed horses to a normal, calmer state, restoring playfulness, improving appetite which, in turn, creates a happy and healthy physical and psychological state.
  • Inflammation and Pain reduction: due to their sizes, horses suffer from injuries and fractures. Also, laminitis is a potentially dangerous disease and if a horse is affected, it can be fatal. CBD is very effective in dealing with aches, pains, and arthritis. It also very useful in combating (and preventing) leg and hoof issues.  (The Calendula/Comfrey Salve mentioned later in this article can help with dry hooves and more.)

 

Herbal Supplements for Equine Health 

Ex. of Herbal Supplements

 

In general use, herbs are plants with savory or aromatic properties are used for flavoring food, in medicine, or as fragrances. In medicine, any part of a plant can be considered an herb, including the leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, root bark and inner bark. As natural herbivores, it is normal for horses to go search for and eat herbs, such as garlic, dandelion, and nettle, which have healing abilities. There are many benefits and applications of herbs when treating a horse and this can eventually lead to a reduction in the amounts of pharmaceutical drugs used on your horse.  Here are some benefits of using herbs:

  • Prevention of chronic illness such as in the colon.
  • Maintaining optimal immune health and energy in a healthy animal undergoing stress.
  • Fast recovery from a major health stress such as injuries, surgery, or illness.
  • Helps in combating non-life-threatening conditions, such as Cushing’s disease, ligament
    injuries, gastric ulcers, immune deficiencies, allergies, fatigue, reproduction and so on.

Examples of beneficial herbs to horses include Stinging nettle, Comfrey, Dandelion, Garlic, Valerian, and Meadowsweet.

 

Probiotics for Equine Health Improvement 

Probiotics

These are also known as “direct-fed” microbes. They are the live microorganisms in feeds or supplement products which are assumed to provide health benefits when consumed.

The inside of a horse’s gut is home to colonies of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, which helps it digest a bulk of its feed. The main component of forages would be grass and hay.  Fiber is degraded by these microorganisms to produce nutrients that are absorbed by the horse’s colon. The nutrients obtained from this process account for 70% of a horse’s energy requirements.

CLICK IMAGE – Probiotics for Digestive Health & Strong Immunity

An imbalance in the population of these micro-organisms, that is when the bad ones outnumber the good ones can lead to several complications and illnesses. These imbalances can be due to several reasons, some of which are a change in feeds, stress, and undigested starch from concentrated feeds reaches the hindgut.

The importance of probiotics in maintaining this balance in horses’ digestive system cannot be overemphasized. These include:

  • To aid fast recovery from illness or infection in horses received oral antibiotics treatment.  Medications that kill harmful bacteria are sometimes also harmful to the beneficial organisms.
  • Probiotics help to stabilize the right microorganisms’ population in horses’ gut thereby reducing digestive upset in horses easily affected by diarrhea or mild colic. They can also be used as preventive measures for horses that have suffered serious colic.
  • Probiotics help to reduce stress due to dietary changes, travel or competitions on horses.
  • Probiotics help in nutrient absorption and efficient digestive system in aged and unfit horses.
  • It helps fasten the population growth rate of microbes in young foals.

 

Organic Salve for Dry Hooves, Hot Spots, Wounds, Etc.

Here is an Organic Salve created for horses. It has 79% organic ingredients.  It contains Calendula and Comfrey.  The herbs that were chosen for this salve have healing properties.  It has emollient qualities that help to heal dry, cracked skin patches, wounds, rashes, hot spots, saddle sores, dry hooves and more.  I have chosen this one because it contains: NO parabens, NO synthetic fragrances, NO GMO’s, NO petroleum, and NO harsh ingredients or preservatives. I would not give or put anything on my pets that can cause harm, and I want to assure you are getting products that are safe, effective, and are made with quality ingredients for your horse.  This particular Calendula/Comfrey salve is made with the highest quality oils and herbs. Using a product that contains chemicals or synthetic, harmful ingredients can compromise the health of your horse; this salve does Not contain any of those things.  Click the image below to get more info. 

 

CLICK Image for this ORGANIC HERBAL SALVE for Horses

Healthy Diet for Horses

In creating a healthy diet for horses, the following should be ensured:

  • A Horse’s feed should be high in forage. 
  • Access to an abundance of fresh, clean water throughout the day.
  • Horses should be allowed to graze as much as possible in order not to develop gut disorders and ulcers.
  • Reduce their level of stress.
  • Removal of harmful plants, shrubs, and trees from horses’ environments to prevent ingestion of the toxic substance.
  • Their feed should be of good quality, free of mold and dust.

In conclusion, the importance of using natural supplements for equine health should not be overlooked. It also should not be intended as an alternative to conventional medicine (which may be necessary in some cases), but supplemental to improve equine general well-being and reduce the cost of conventional medications.  (Always consult with a veterinarian (holistic or mainstream), or another licensed professional (aromatherapist, etc.) before beginning any new program or attempting to give a new product to your horse.)

 

 

 

 

Dog Diarrhea

April 7, 2018 in Articles

We love our pets dearly and never want to see them sick.  Dog diarrhea is something we should pay close attention to, in the event that our dog falls prey to this condition which has a negative impact on the bowels.  This condition can cause your dog to become dehydrated which can be a very serious thing!  We want to avoid this at all costs.

Dogs are precious creatures, and most dog parents have chosen to give much affection and take superb care of their pets.  This explains why you feel disturbed, concerned and perturbed whenever your pet contracts a disease and falls ill.  Dogs are, however, prone to diarrhea, as their livelihood, training, and environment play a significant role.  By taking precautionary steps, we can help prevent our dog from contracting diarrhea.  This is what we will take a careful look at.

Feeling ill

 What exactly is diarrhea?

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, diarrhea is an illness that causes you to pass waste from your body very frequently and in liquid rather than solid form. It’s a health condition that makes a dog or person’s stool exit the body uncontrollably, and unceasingly.

 

What Are the Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs?

Dog diarrhea is caused by a disturbance of the gastrointestinal tract. The microorganisms responsible for this can be viruses, bacteria, and parasitic organisms. A list of the various ways dogs can be infected with diarrhea includes:

  • Scavenging. Dogs that eat garbage are highly prone to be infected because microorganisms breed in the dirt. When contaminated garbage is eaten, it can result in diarrhea.
  • Sudden changes in your dog’s diet can cause diarrhea because this often disrupts the structural pattern the dog’s digestive system is acclimatized to.  The dog might also be allergic to the different foods he is given.
  • Viruses, bacteria and parasitic infections which may be airborne can lead to your dog being infected with diarrhea. Examples of parasites causing diarrhea include Giardia, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.
  • Metabolic disorders can cause diarrhea in dogs. Chronic Diarrhea may be commonly caused by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable bowels syndrome, liver disease, kidney failure, or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.  All these metabolic diseases can be indicative of chronic diarrhea in dogs.
  • Intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms can all cause diarrhea in dogs. 

    Roundworms

  • Dietary Indiscretion is often referred to as “garbage gut”. Essentially, if you feed your dog a lot of table scraps or things its digestive system cannot break down.  This can be the cause of acute diarrhea in dogs. Additionally, some dogs may have food intolerances, that is, allergies to certain ingredients like chicken or grains, this too can result in diarrhea.
  • Viral infections. Parvovirus, Distemper, and Coronavirus are dog diseases that can cause diarrhea in dogs.  However, these can easily be prevented if your dog is vaccinated.   
  • Intestinal obstruction. Diarrhea can also be caused by a foreign body obstructing your dog’s intestinal tract.
  • Some types of cancer.
  • Diseases outside of the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., liver failure or heart disease).

 

What Are the Symptoms of Dog Diarrhea?

Whenever your dog is infected with diarrhea, experts have mentioned that you will start seeing the following symptoms in your dog: loose stools are the first noticeable symptom of diarrhea; also included are vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, and lethargy.

Lethargic dog

 

Treatment of Diarrhea

Whenever your dog is afflicted with diarrhea, it is advisable to follow the below-listed steps. 

1. The dog must be provided with clean spring (preferred) or filtered water, at all times, to avoid dehydration. The dog needs to be prompted to drink good amounts of water. To make the water inviting to drink, add diluted chicken or beef broth to the water.  Do not give too much of the broth since it is normally very salty.  

Always have clean drinking water accessible

2. Give the dog a small meal of boiled chicken (white meat), with No bones or skin, and boiled white rice. This can be the dog’s diet until the stool consistency returns to normal. And, this will ensure the dog has strength, providing it with nutrients found in these foods.  

Boiled Chicken (White Meat)

3. If diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, or your dog’s condition worsens at any time, call your vet and make an immediate trip to his or her office.

For dogs with diarrhea who have vomited ONLY once or twice:

1.  Do not feed the dog anything for a 12-hour period.

2.  To compensate for the loss of fluids, give your dog a small quantity of water from time to time during the day. To make the water inviting to drink, you can add chicken or beef broth and dilute it. Do not go too heavy on the broth because it usually has a high-sodium content unless otherwise noted on the label as “low” or “reduced sodium.”

3. If the dog doesn’t vomit for at least six hours, offer a small amount of boiled white meat chicken (with NO bones or skin), and add some boiled white rice. This will supply the dog with necessary nutrients and help him or her not to become weak.  If the dog doesn’t throw up for another two hours, offer an additional small quantity of boiled chicken and white rice.  

Boiled White Rice

4. Continue with this regimen by giving small portions of the above-mentioned food until you observe that the vomiting has stopped and his or her stools return to their normal consistency.

5. However, if diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, or your dog’s condition worsens at any time, immediately call your vet.

 

Using Probiotic Supplements

This is good for me!

There is some evidence to suggest that the use of probiotics can be beneficial when it comes to improving dog diarrhea. Probiotics are “beneficial bacteria.” Probiotics populate the gut in order to improve your dogs’ colonic health. They help to destroy the bad bacteria and add beneficial bacteria (good flora) to fight infection and restore the condition of the dog.

Probiotics also help strengthen the immune system which will help keep your dog in good health.  I make sure my dogs take probiotics daily to sustain good health and avoid ills.  This is a high-quality Probiotic made in the U.S.A.  It contains both probiotics and prebiotics, plus enzymes for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.

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Choosing a high-quality probiotic is essential to ensure that your dog gets the full benefits.  I recommend buying a brand that is made in the U.S.A.  The list of ingredients should identify the specific bacterial species and also indicate the strain, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. The manufacturer’s details should also include that the probiotics are for treating diarrhea.

The probiotic bottle’s label should guarantee the number of CFU in millions or billions per gram. Colony-forming units (CFU) is an estimate of viable beneficial bacterial or fungal numbers that the manufacturer guarantees the product contains at the time of manufacture.  This is what wards off infections.

 

Ways to Prevent Diarrhea in Dogs

There are several ways to reduce the occurrence of diarrhea in dogs:

  • Do not suddenly change a dog’s diet to prevent dietary allergies.  Instead, wean off the current food gradually but decreasing the current feed each day while adding a little of the new food, increasing the amount each day for a period of about 4 or so days.
  • Do not let the dog play with small objects that could be swallowed and possibly cause an obstruction.
  • Do not feed your dog table scraps that have been left without refrigeration for more than 2 hours, and not more than one hour during the summer months when it is hot.  The reason being, the food can contain bacteria or parasitic organisms.
  • Do not allow your dog to scavenge, it’s just too dangerous.  Allowing your dog to search for junk in waste bins, or dirt can might be risky.  It’s best to be safe than sorry.
  • Always keep your dog up-to-date with deworming and vaccinations.

 

Conclusion

Diarrhea is a common occurrence in dogs.  Most of the time, it will be cleared up quickly on its own.  However, if it lasts for more than 24 hours, be sure to take your dog to her vet because you do not want to risk severe dehydration which can endanger the life of your dog.

It is a good practice to give your dog a Probiotic, such as acidophilus, made for dogs, to keep their immune system healthy and also providing their intestinal tract with the necessary beneficial bacteria that help him stay healthy and strong.

Ensuring their healthy living is our responsibility as pet parents, and we should never be negligent when it comes to taking the best care of our pets!  Offer high-quality food to ensure proper nutrition.  You should be proactive, pay close attention to things that may be an indication of a potential health hazard.

Having fun with a toy

And keeping a close watch on the toys your dog plays with is also vital.  Never leave your dog unattended when playing with toys (choose ones that are safe; research and learn which ones are and which are not safe).

 

 

Foods Dogs Should Not Eat

April 2, 2018 in Articles

In this article, I will help you to discover which foods dogs should not eat and even ones that can be fatal.  When our dogs give us that look, with those sad “puppy eyes” begging to eat our food, or bark uncontrollably because they just have to have some, we can sometimes give in and let them have a taste or two, or three, of our food.  However, this can be a very wrong move and a poor choice to make for our dog.

That was tasty!

There are some foods that humans eat but dogs absolutely should not because they can become quite ill (or even die) if they eat these “forbidden” foods.  I’ve been guilty of this myself (in the past), but I no longer give them table food, unless I am eating raw carrots or apples, for example.  Be sure to check if you are not sure about what you’re giving your dog because it might be a food that is off limits for him or her and can cause harm.  (My dogs live off of an organic raw-food diet.)

There are foods we enjoy on a daily basis but these are not always the best choices for your fur babies. Did you know that some of the foods we consume, such as fruits and vegetables, can be life-threatening for your precious dog? 

So, educating yourself on which foods dogs should not eat is extremely important.  Learn about which human foods are safe for your dog.  It is very important to teach young children about what foods are unsafe for the family pet or pets, and for them to be careful when eating around our furry family members. In the event of an emergency, you will want to know what to do.

I love this puppy!

 

10 Foods Dogs Should Not Eat Which Can Be Dangerous To Their Health

Below, I will provide you with a list of 10 foods your dog should NEVER eat and the steps you need to take if your dog does ingest these foods.  

1.       Chocolate 

Chocolate contains caffeine, so it acts as a stimulant.  This can cause your dog to experience a rapid heartbeat or an irregular beat.  This can lead to seizures or sometimes, cardiac arrest. To make things even worse, chocolate acts as a diuretic, causing the dog to urinate frequently, vomit, and/or have diarrhea.  If you even suspect your dog has consumed chocolate, make sure you bring her or him to the animal hospital immediately.

2.       Onion

Since onions cause the breakdown of a dog’s red blood cells, his cells become deprived of the much-needed oxygen.  If you are in the habit of feeding your dog table scraps, you need to make sure the meal was not prepared with onions.  These negative effects can be cumulative over a period of time. Symptoms can vary greatly, ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to fever, exhaustion, and/or loss of appetite.

3.       Raisins and Grapes

These two fruits, raisins and grapes, create havoc for your dog’s kidneys and also the digestive tract.  What’s worse is that the number of grapes needed to cause problems can vary greatly from dog to dog.  Symptoms include frequent vomiting, urination, and diarrhea.

4.       Bread Dough

Bread dough is soft, so dogs will often swallow it without chewing. When the dough reaches your dog’s stomach, the heat from his body causes the dough to rise inside the stomach and this, in turn, can cause discomfort from bloating, or it may cause vomiting.

5.       Alcoholic Beverages 

A dog’s physiology is not equipped to handle the consumption of alcohol.  Because of this, dogs are extremely susceptible to alcohol poisoning and even small amounts can lead to digestive problems or even death in some cases.

6.       Macadamia Nuts 

Even a small amount of macadamia nuts can cause irregular heartbeat, fever, mild paralysis, or fever. It is still unknown about the exact chemical compound that causes these issues, but I would not risk it.

7.       Caffeinated Drinks

As we know. caffeine is a stimulant and it can negatively impact your dog’s heart rate, causing seizures or heart attacks.  It is very similar to the effects that chocolate causes because chocolate contains caffeine.

8.       Avocados

Avocados are toxic to many animals, dogs included.  The offensive chemical damages the lungs, heart, and other essential tissues in the dog’s body. Be aware, since guacamole’s main ingredient is avocado.  Be certain that you keep any dips, such as avocado dip, well out of your dog’s reach.

9.       Pitted Fruits

Pears, Peaches, Pears, Apricots, and Cherries.  The pits of these fruits contain small doses of cyanide. and this can be fatal to smaller dogs. Also, if the pit is swallowed whole, it may become lodged in the intestinal tract of the dog, causing a blockage and, in that case, it will have to be surgically removed.

10.       Raw Fish

Raw fish, especially salmon, may contain parasites, usually trematode larvae.  If your dog consumes the fish and the larvae hatch in your dog’s digestive tract, they can burrow in the intestinal walls. Symptoms can take up to a week to be noticeable and these symptoms usually mimic other canine diseases, such as parvovirus or distemper.  The hazard here is a misdiagnosis by the veterinarian, which leads to an ineffective or improper or treatment for your dog.  If you choose to feed your dog fish, be sure to cook the fish thoroughly to kill any bad critters that could be lurking inside.

 

What Should You Do If Your Dog Ingests Any of these Foods?

If your dog has ingested any of these foods and becomes ill, make sure that you do not give any more of these foods to the dog and keep them out of sight so your children or other family members will not have the opportunity to give them, just in case they are unaware of the dangers.  Take your pet to the nearest veterinary hospital for treatment.  Call ahead if you can and tell the vet’s office that it is an emergency and you are on your way.  This way, they will expect you and take your dog right away when you arrive. It is a good idea to scoop up some of the vomit, if possible, so that the vet can test it when you arrive at the office.  If you are completely unsure of what to do, you can call a pet-poison hotline for help and explain what transpired.

Veterinarian examining the dog

 

Prevention

Keep all foods, as well as medications and household cleaning products, locked up or put them where the dog cannot reach them.  When you are preparing foods for your meals (which are the dangerous ones for your dog), keep him in another room or outside so he cannot be tempted to eat that food or any of it that may have accidentally dropped to the floor.  If you are unsure whether you should give your dog a certain food or not,  research it or — better yet — do not give it to them to prevent sickness or allergies from occurring.

 

How to Extend Your Dog’s Life

Here are 3 steps that you can take to extend the life of your dog:

1.    Learn how to read the labels on their dog food;

2.   Stop using commercial dog food with chemicals and additives as the main source of food; and

3.   Introduce some healthy, home-made food recipes (that are balanced) into your dog’s diet.

Become knowledgeable about what is best to feed your dog and choose the highest-quality food for her or him.  This can certainly increase her lifespan and save you money and heartache, in the process.

Click Image – All Natural, Organic Dog Food

If you choose a raw-food diet, which is optimal, buy ONLY organic beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, deer, or bison.    

If you have decided to give your dog canned food, it is best to give Organic dog food that contains organic meat as the first ingredient, and one that does NOT contain GMO’s, processed meat, additives, preservatives, fillers, chemicals, processed meats, and No artificial colors or flavors.  This is an all-natural, organic wet (canned) dog food with organic fruits, vegetables, and brown rice. No artificial ingredients, No chemicals or preservatives.  It is a good choice.

 

Conclusion

There are other foods that can be harmful to dogs, such tomato leaves, and rhubarb. Sugary foods not only cause obesity but these food items can also cause dental problems and possibly diabetes mellitus. Avoid raw fish and raw eggs.  A lot of salt can lead to canine health problems.

Since our pets rely on us to take care of them, it is vital for us to know which foods are safe and which can cause harm to our dogs.  A little education can go a long way towards preserving their health and well-being.  When our pets are happy and healthy, it just means so much to us who love our dogs dearly.  So, just as we take time to make sure our children are properly nourished, we also need to understand our dog’s nutritional needs and what not to give them.  It is best to put them off to a good start from when they are puppies, so they can live long lives, in vibrant health!

My mom gives me the best food and keeps me safe!

 

 

 

CBD Oil for Dogs — Things You Should Know

March 30, 2018 in Articles

CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant.  It promotes balance and wellness for your pets. Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. CBD oil is made from the hemp plant. This oil is non-psychoactive. There is a very slight amount of THC in CBD oil, so that is the reason your dog will not get high.  I would like to explain further.

CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats

The Cannabis plant contains unique compounds.  These compounds are called cannabinoids. Just recently, research has found over 60 different cannabinoids, but THC is the one that is most well known, and it is what causes the “marijuana high.”  Marijuana plants do contain high levels of THC; however, hemp has very small amounts of this psychoactive chemical.  This is what differentiates hemp from marijuana.  Countries like Canada, for example, allow a 0.3% THC content of hemp.  Anything higher than that would be considered marijuana.  To compare the two, medical marijuana has an average of between 5 – 20% THC. 

Hemp Leaf

Both hemp and marijuana contain another important cannabinoid: that would be CBD.  The hemp plants produce more CBD than THC.  Marijuana produces more THC than CBD. And research has found that CBD actually reduces the psychoactive effects of the THC.  So, this is what truly separates hemp from marijuana even further.  

Just like humans, dogs have an endocannabinoid system that interacts with cannabinoids like CBD.  These cannabinoids can assist the body in getting rid of different diseases.  They interact with the dog’s endocannabinoid system through the cannabinoid receptors which are located throughout the central nervous system, peripheral nervous systems, and the immune system.

By interacting with cannabinoid receptors, CBD supports a dog’s endocannabinoid system and helps to maintain balancing functions within their bodies, such as general health, nausea, and more. These balancing properties mainly support healthy joints, promote cardiovascular function, and neurological and behavioral health in your dog.

It also helps in maintaining many bodily functions, some of which include appetite, sleep, immune response, metabolism and many more. CBD hemp oil is measured as an excellent source of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, which are vital in ensuring that the body can function properly and make sure your dog remains safe and secure. Even if dogs are healthy, CBD oil can support health and wellness. The combination of CBD with the dietary content of hemp oil ensures your pet is given what it needs to achieve wellness and optimal performance.

 

Benefits of Using CBD Oil For Dogs

Research and subjective evidence continue to discover more about the benefits and side effects of providing dogs with daily CBD oil supplements. Recent research shows that the use of CBD is likely to become greater in the future due to its benefits. For better health, many dog owners add CBD to their dog’s meal as a daily supplement. It is highly suggested for pet owners to use CBD oil for their dogs. This oil supplement allows the body to benefit from cannabinoids without any euphoric or adverse side effects. Using CBD as a daily supplement for dogs can help them in treating, protecting, and preventing many kinds of diseases that are incurable by other drugs. The following are the benefits one can derive from using CBD oil:

CBD Oil for Dogs

  • Reduces Anxiety.
  • Fights Cancer.
  • Treat Seizures and Epilepsy.
  • Helps With progressive Bowel Disease.
  • Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease.
  • Protects the Nervous System and Helps with Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Increases Appetite and Helps with Nausea.
  • It Relives pain.
  • Promotes Cardiovascular Health.

 

Dogs often suffer anxiety, especially when they are in a new environment, or when there is excessive noise in the home, thunder, or fireworks. This is a condition that causes the dog to bark for prolonged periods of time and showing signs of fear, such as tucking its tail under the body.  CBD has the receptors that help the brain to release the cooling or soothing effect, and this makes anxiety cease.  So if your dog is suffering from anxiety and noise phobias, then CBD can literally help you.

The endocannabinoid system is a system that keeps all mammals, including dogs, in balance. It is crucial that the system functions properly in order to maintain health and well being.

Anxious Dog

The substances that are found in hemp and cannabis have been scientifically researched and found to have an anti-tumor effect in it. It can kill cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy. It also can cause cancer cell death (apoptosis), by activating immune systems killer cells.

It’s estimated that up to only 5% of dogs suffer from seizures and epilepsy. Most dogs with seizures and epilepsy are put on drugs such as potassium bromide and Phenobarbital. These drugs are extremely harmful to a dog’s liver and other parts of its body. CBD can easily treat cancer and epilepsy. Therefore, it has been described as the first alternative to the diseases and most used by the holistic veterinarians.  It is pretty awesome that when a dog is given CBD for epilepsy, it treats it within five months after it has been first administered to the dog.

If your dog has a decrease in appetite but is not sick,  and even forcing your dog doesn’t work, then CBD could help in increasing the appetite in dogs and make it more healthy and fit. Further, if it is vomiting, this could be because of nausea, another illness which dogs sometimes have, they can also be treated using CBD.

CBD oil also has antibiotic properties which prevent colitis and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease. It also decreases the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities, and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.

This is a high-quality, organic Hemp Oil for Dogs. Click on the image to get all the details.

By using CBD, it is possible to fight pain in the pets. Therefore, chronic pain can be easily diminished when a dog consumes this supplement. Neuropathy and nerve-related pain have been effectively handled using curative CBD oil.  In dogs with inflammation, it is handled well if CBD is administered to the dogs regularly and properly.  Try different ways to administer it; if the way you tried does not work, try another technique.  

 

What Are The Side Effects of Using CBD Oil For Dogs? 

CBD has few side effects and is considered a safe substance to take. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, it has minor side effects on the pets. It contains very small amounts of THC. Except for CBD, drugs prescribed by the vet may very well have an adverse effect on your pet’s liver and other internal parts of its body. Recent scientific research announced some of the possible side effects caused by CBD oil. These are the known side effects:

  • Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism/decreased activities of p-glycoprotein and other drug transporters.·    
  • Dry mouth.      
  • Increased tremor in some Parkinson’s sufferers.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Drowsiness.

Big yawn!

The inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism and decreased activity of p-glycoprotein is considered as a side effect caused by CBD. Another side effect of CBD administration in dogs is an unpleasant dry sensation in the mouth. These receptors alter the salivary production, leading to mouth dryness. Dry mouth will pretty much just make your pet thirsty.

CBD oil, taken in high doses, may worsen tremor and muscle movement in Parkinson’s-disease sufferers. If increasing the dose causes this to occur, then reducing the dose will bring it normal state of being. Parkinson’s disease sufferers should consult the doctor before taking CBD.  Begin any schedule by taking smaller doses and then increasing the amount, little by little.  Taking high doses of CBD oil can cause a small drop in blood pressure, typically within a few minutes.

Ways to Administer It To Your Dog

You must be thinking whether there is an easy way to feed your dog CBD oil? Yes, there are several of them but I will mention a few of them here. One of the easiest methods for giving CBD oil to your dog is to simply drop it straight into their mouths using a dropper. Just fill the dropper with the desired amount and gently squirt it between their gums, towards the back of the mouth. In the event that you get your hands oily from this, all you need to do is wash them with soap and water. When they open their mouth, you can drop it straight in. This works especially well with large dogs that need most of the dropper for a dosage because you can simply squeeze the dropper. 

A Dropper Can be Used

 

A Spoon Can Be Used

You can also give the CBD oil from a spoon and offer it up to your dog to lick off. If your dog hates the flavor of oil, try placing the CBD oil into their favorite food, or treat. Depending on the size and weight of your dog, squeeze 1-3 drops onto the treat and turn it upside down. Rather than smelling the oil, your dog will focus on the treat and gobble it up before they even know what’s in there. This is an exceptional way to get them used to the taste, as well, so giving CBD in the future will be easier.

Another unique option is to add the CBD supplement into a non-toxic chew toy.  Any hemp products are usually toxic-free as they are naturally made.

The recommended daily CBD serving size should be based on your dog’s size and weight. When giving your dog CBD always begin with a smaller serving and gradually work your way up to more if needed. By starting low and increasing the serving size over time, you’ll be able to monitor your dog and better dial in on the right dosage easily and perfectly.

These are some of the easiest and quickest ways of administrating CBD oil to your dog. You can try any one of the above-mentioned ways to administer this supplement.

Is It Safe To Give CBD Oil To Dogs?

You may be wondering whether CBD oil is safe for your dog or not. The answer is, “Yes,” it is safe because these oil products are made from hemp. CBD is safe for dogs as it doesn’t cause any major side effects. Due to also having an endocannabinoid system, just like humans, dogs also respond to CBD and cannabis products. Through the interaction with the endocannabinoid system hemp’s benefits affects the body naturally.  

To give these hemp dog treats a try, click on the image to the right and get the details.  

The endocannabinoid system is mainly responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the body. It also includes regulating the body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism and much more. However, there is one important warning: there is a greater concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the brain of a dog than there are in other animals or humans. 

Many people believe that CBD is safe as their dogs do well, day by day. This oil is natural so it doesn’t contain any kind of toxic chemicals. Research on this gift from nature is ongoing to see if CBD oil will cause any risk in the future.

Two Beauties!

Conclusion

CBD oil is the best-researched oil that can help dogs get rid of several diseases. The benefits of using CBD oil are numerous:  it helps in relieving pain, reduces anxiety, can fight cancer, treats seizures and Epilepsy, helping with Inflammation and autoimmune diseases, protects the nervous system and helps with neurodegenerative diseases and many more. More and more people are turning to natural remedies because they are so much safer than pharmaceutical drugs.

It is safe to use, and there are several ways of administrating it to your dog. If you want your dog to be healthy and free from diseases, then CBD oil can help. Many people nowadays recognize the benefits of CBD oil, and that is why they have chosen to give it to their dog/s. 

It is available in the USA and other 40 countries worldwide because of its natural benefits. Many illnesses have been treated using this natural, toxic-free oil.  Research is ongoing.  You can use hemp oil even when your dog is not suffering from any diseases.

So, next time, if your dog is suffering from any illness, then you may want to seriously consider CBD oil as an option. Make an informed decision about this wonderful gift from nature!  CBD Oil can be safely used for cats and horses as well.  It is always best to consult with your veterinarian before starting any new supplement, herb, or product from nature.  Although, your best bet would be to consult with a holistic vet as opposed to a mainstream one.

Happy Dog!

How To Teach Your Dog Tricks

March 25, 2018 in Articles

How Can I Teach My Dog Tricks?

You may be thinking that it is just too difficult on how to teach your dog tricks, but actually, it can be a quite gratifying experience.  It will require a bit of work on your part.  The most effective way to genuinely interact and build a strong bond with your canine friend is through training your pup how to perform different tricks.  In doing so, your dog will expend a good amount of energy (which is great for his health) and, in turn, create a happy and confident dog.

Beautiful Dog Giving His Paw

 

Overly energetic dogs can benefit greatly from trick training because it can help in calming them. Your dog’s energy will be channeled to something both constructive and exciting. There are steps to ensure that you teach your dog tricks the proper way, and we’ll discuss some of them now.

One thing that you need to be aware of is that you must be understanding and patient.  Dogs – whether old or young – are capable of learning commands like “sit”, “heel” or “jump”. What should always be put into consideration is the fact that all dogs are different. Some have the energy and sharpness to learn tricks and actions faster, while others need more time to do so. Research has shown that a dog can sometimes take up to four weeks to completely learn a command.  A regular training schedule is advisable and your dog should also be given ample time to learn.

As for older dogs, before teaching them more advanced tricks, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian. This is because older dogs are more prone to injury.  It is important to discover what’s best for your dog so that training sessions can be rewarding for both parties.

 

Be Ready and Well Prepared

Before you start teaching your dog tricks, you have to make sure that you are well prepared and equipped for the task. The success of this task will hugely depend on you having treats, your time, and patience. Using treats to motivate your dog (reward-based training method) is very popular and effective.  Be certain to use only treats that are high quality and very tasty.  It is important that the treats are ones good that will grab your dog’s attention. If it is a treat that they turn their nose up to, then this will not work out very well with the training session.

My Rewards are Yummy!

 

Also, proper motivation is highly important.  If you lack patience and are not willing to take the time that is required for your dog to learn the new tricks, even the tasty treats will not be enough to motivate her to learn.  Training your dog is a commitment – you just cannot force or expect your dog to do (and know) what you want right from the start.

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Use Positive Reinforcement When Teaching Your Dog

It is known from Behavioral Science that when behaviors are rewarded, they will continue.  Positive reinforcement means the use of rewards to help your dog master a certain trick or behavior. Treats, praise toys and play can be used as motivators to help teach your dog new behaviors. Instead of a punishment-based training when your dog does something wrong with this training, give them treats when they do something right.  Use a tone of voice that will show your dog that you are happy with what he or she has done; they do understand this.

Dogs particularly like this attention and they will repeat the behavior so that they can receive the treat or praise again. This strategy has been very effective in the training of older and stray dogs who had unknown histories.

Reward-based training remains the best way to teach your dog new tricks because of its simplicity and effectiveness. On the other hand, a punishment-based training will make dogs do the tasks out of fear or retreat and become introverted, which is not what you want to happen.  This might lead to problems like anxiety or a bad relationship with your dog.

USE A CLICKER

Training with a Clicker

 

Another effective technique in marking good behavior of a dog is by using a clicker, which was developed by trainers of marine mammals. This small device is used as a bridge and can be very effective when your dog is learning a new action (i.e., sitting or jumping). Dog trainers have been using this popular technique for some time with very good results. It can be used on any and all kinds of domestic animals and it has even found to be effective for wild animals. I recommend this Training Clicker Package.  Click the “Amazon” image below to get all the details.

Your dog is already used to your voice, which means that he or she might not associate it with the action you are teaching him or her. When a clicker is used only in training sessions, your dog will be better informed on what to do.  The clicker lets the dog know that whatever he or she is doing when hearing the “clicking” sound, that what they’ve done is correct, and their reward (doggie treat) is to follow!

But before using a clicker, you have to train your dog to know that the sound of the clicker signifies that a reward is coming.  To do this, all you have to do is use the clicker at the same time you give your dog a food reward. When this is done a number of times, your dog will begin to associate the clicking sound with the arrival of a treat. 

Your dog needs to be made aware that when the clicker is used, that signifies time for her treat.  In order to make this work, use the clicker simultaneously while giving the treat to your pup.  In this way, the dog will associate the clicking sound with the forthcoming treat. This keeps your dog motivated to learn more and more tricks!  Clicker training is a very effective technique.

The exact time you give your dog a reward is very important because it will help him or her to know what behavior you’re rewarding. That is why you have to reward your dog at the same time he/she has performed the desired behavior.

I’m ready for my reward!

 

As soon as your dog has mastered a command, you can make the rewards a little unpredictable.  This will keep him or her motivated. This can be done by rewarding every third or fourth time your dog performs the desired action – instead of every single time.

 

Short But Effective Training Sessions

It doesn’t matter how young or agile your dog is or if he or she has a long attention span. This is because shorter training sessions are always better than longer ones. Older dogs will get quickly tired if the training session is too long. As for younger dogs, they might become bored and disinterested if they repeat the same trick for a long time.

Now, this is fun!

It would be better if you can train them within ten minutes at different intervals of the day. It is also important to look for signs of exhaustion, loss of concentration, yawning or droopy ears. If you notice things like this, then it’s time for a break.

Also, teaching a lot of tricks in a limited period of time will overwhelm and ultimately confuse your dog. To avoid frustration on your part, teach your dog the basics at first.  When your dog has made a lot of progress on the first trick, you can then add another. It is also preferable to do training sessions at a place – devoid of distractions – that your dog is familiar with. Playing soft music might be helpful, but be sure not to up the volume — just keep it low.  When you feel your dog is ready, you can then add some minor distractions which should not interfere.

 

Conclusion

When new tricks are being taught to dogs, the process should be very simple so that they can be able to follow.  Subsequent tricks can be more difficult as they have begun to master the easier ones. The tricks can then become more polished and complete. I hope that you now have a good idea on how to teach your dog tricks.  Consistency, positive reinforcement, repetition, and timely feedback are essential in training your dog or dogs.  It should be known that intimidation, excessive force or punishment are absolutely needless and counterproductive in the training of a dog.  Make this a fun experience for you and your loving dog!  There is nothing better than spending time and bonding with your precious pup!  I know how true this is for me.

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The Friendliest Cat Breeds — Can you Guess?

March 23, 2018 in Articles

In this article, I will be sharing with you some of the friendliest cats breeds known.  All cats are wonderful in their own way!  Cats truly have their personalities, distinct from each other. But akin to dogs, cats which come from the very same cat breed tend to share or, perhaps, have at least some of the same characteristics or traits. For example, some of these breeds I’ll be mentioning behave similar to dogs, believe it or not!       

Pretty Kitty!

 

Some of these feline breeds truly enjoy playing while others may enjoy swimming.  Some may even come to you when you call their name. (Two of my four cats come running to me when I call out their names, which is quite pleasing to me!  I was pretty amazed when I saw them doing this for the first time.)  If you want a cat that is kind, playful and affectionate, there are some breeds that can be your pre-selected ones. In this article, I will provide you with interesting and fun facts on some of these amazing creatures!

  

Seven of the Friendliest Cat Breeds

 

1.  Balinese

Balinese Cat

 

These gorgeous kitties are closely related to Siamese cats. If perhaps, you want a sociable as well as one of the friendliest cat breeds, you might want to seriously consider the stunning Balinese. The Balinese are ranked as one of the most intelligent cats, among other character traits. They are known for having a good nature, a high level of energy, their loyalty, and good humor. However, if they’re not given enough attention, they may become destructive. Balinese sport a long, silky, sophisticated coat. This cat loves to interact with and speak to humans.

They frequently enjoy activities, for example, learning tricks — things a lot of people would only associate with dogs. Sleeping in soft places and sharpening their claws are some other things they like to do, so investing in a scratching post would be a good idea!

These cats may suffer from respiratory infections when they are young.  Balinese cats are also known to be at a higher risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy than other cat breeds.  Although many factors (like diet, exercise, environment)determine how long the cat may live, the usual life expectancy for the Balinese is between 10 – 15 years of age.

 

2.  Burmese

This great cat truly loves to be the very center of attention.  This breed has also earned a reputation for dog-like behavior. Experts characterize this breed as quietly affectionate, loving people, and also other animals. The Burmese love adventure, but also like to spend quiet time with their humans.   They bond easily with their owners and other pets that you may have in your home.  Burmese are known for their delightful, cheerful personalities. They are quite playful even when fully grown.  The females tend to rule the roost.

Burmese Cat

 

Their ancestors are the Siamese breed so these cats are a lot more vocal than many other domestic breeds.  However, they seem to have more quiet voices than their Siamese ancestors and have a softer, pleasant-sounding meow.  This cat is very intelligent and extremely affectionate breed.  Burmese love to cuddle and snuggle with their pet parents.

Some health concerns for this breed may include cardiovascular conditions, which are more common in males.  It is rare that they develop skin or musculoskeletal conditions.  And, if they do, it is usually not serious.  They occasionally suffer from eye conditions. The Burmese have a higher incidence of developing bladder stones than some of the other breeds. This breed is prone to developing congenital respiratory conditions (present at birth) when there is an abnormal development of the nostrils.  Burmese normally live anywhere from 14 -16 years of age.

 

3.  Bombay

You can say that this breed of cat resembles a panther.  Most people tend to only like the Bombay cat because of the elegant black coat and gorgeous jewel-like eyes of this breed. But did you know that Bombay is one of the most affectionate and friendly cats? The Bombay cat entertains itself and also enjoys playing with you. This breed enjoys being in warm, cozy spots as well.  This stunning cat is bred from both the Burmese and American Shorthair, so you will be getting a cat that has the traits of both: an intelligent and social cat.

Bombay Cat

 

Bombay cats are always black, and gorgeous!  It’s dark, glossy coat is compliments by their alluring sparkling green eyes or coppery eyes.  They are a great addition to any family due to their sociable personality. This breed does not like to be alone for extended periods of time and bonds well with humans.  It can easily become a lap cat and would love to be your companion.  The deep purr of the Bombay truly makes it stands out from the rest.

It is a relatively healthy cat breed.  Diabetes is a condition to be aware of if you parent this beauty.  Bombay cats may be predisposed to eye conditions, such as glaucoma, through genetic inheritance.  Their life expectancy is normally between 13 to 16 years of age.

 

4.  Chartreux

The Chartreux is yet another breed of cats which has earned a reputation as affectionate, intelligent, as well as playful. These French beauties are known for their beautiful coats which are water resistant with a bluish tinge.  Their paws are big and their eyes are an attractive gold or copper color. They have good personalities. Chartreux are known for their sweet, adorable chirrups. Chartreux are known for their learning abilities on how to do tricks. This is something people normally associate a dog being able to perform rather than our feline friends.  As they are natural hunters, they’re more interested in chasing and killing a small animal rather than playing.

Chartreux Cat

 

Chartreux readily accept children and pets in the home, without any problem.  They easily adapt.  These cats are very affectionate.  If you find that this cat is pulling your leg, that is an indication that he or she wants to sit on your lap.  There is no problem with this breed bonding and you may notice that if a family member is sick, they will comfort them.  You will note that they follow you from room to room; it’s like having a second shadow.  If you train this cat, it will actually fetch things just as a dog does!  They respond well to praise and would easily become upset if you scold this cat.  You must be patient with the Chartreux because they are slow learners.  This sturdy breed can be considered lazy, but watch out if they see their prey!  It is said that these cats may have helped monks keep vermin away centuries ago (16th Century).

This breed will make an excellent pet and bond well with every member in the household. If you want to adopt an affectionate, friendly, cat, then Chartreux is a great choice.  This breed’s average life expectancy is 14 – 16 years of age.

 

5.  Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is a perfect addition to homes with children, dogs, and other cats. This cat will play happily with dexterity and joy. If maybe you are searching for a cat with unlimited affection and a sense of eternal adventure, the Cornish Rex is for you. This cat has a tightly-curled coat, giving its fur a wavy appearance.  Their eyes can be green, blue, or gold and their coats can be black, blue, orange, white, chocolate, among a variety of other colors.

Cornish Rex Cat

 

These cats also love to snuggle with their humans to keep warm. She will love to give a kiss, sit on your lap and follow you around. The breed of cats loves to be held and snuggled.  Although she is gentle and affectionate, this cat will not keep quiet and will carry on a conversation when voicing her opinion.They become hot or cold easily — they only have an undercoat.  This makes them much more temperature-sensitive than other felines.

This cat breed gives a refined appearance but then you will see that her highly intelligent cat has a great sense of humor and wants to be the center of attention as she strolls onto the stage and performs tricks or plays the piano.  Since the Cornish Rex has long toes, he is able to open doors and cabinets without any problem.  So make sure you secure your belongings and don’t let him see where you’re putting them!  He will retrieve toys if you throw them, just like a dog, at the speed of a sighthound.  The Cornish Rex behaves as a kitten does even well into old age because her desire to interact with people is never lost.  This cat loves to be around people and will do well in a home that can give her much attention.

Cornish Rex is generally healthy but these diseases have been seen with this breed:  hereditary baldness, and umbilical hernias (although the last case noted was in 1997).  Be sure to keep his litter box spotless because they are very fussy if their potty place is not clean.  The average lifespan for the Cornish Rex is between 10 to 15 years.

 

6.  Devon Rex

Would you like a kitty that is mischievous but also playful?  The Devon Rex is known to be both playful and mischievous, as well as agile.  You can say that this cat has an unusual appearance. Their eyes are large and their ears are very large, set low on the head.  These distinct facial features give this breed a look like that of an elf or perhaps a pixie. Devon Rex has some bald spots; their coat is fragile so never brush this cat.  Even their whiskers are fragile and break easily.

Devon Rex Cat

 

These cats are energetic and quite active.  They delight their owners by giving playful performances and expect praise and pets by their pet parents.  Devon Rex love attention and return their affection by purring. They love jumping so it is a good idea to buy a cat tree for your home so she can play and keep busy in this way.   Devon Rex love to keep warm but be mindful that they can become too warm as well.

Devon Rex makes an excellent therapy cat.  This adorable breed of cats is exceedingly intelligent, active, and you can say they are extroverted.  It is recommended that this cat breed live with families who have older children, other pets or perhaps frequent visitors.  You will love how truly social this cat is!  The average lifespan for Devon Rex is between 9 -13 years of age.

 

7.  Sphinx

Nearly all of the awareness the beautiful Sphinx cat receives focuses on Sphinx exceptional, hairless look. (Not all Sphinx are totally hairless, though.)  Most have a little bit of short hair on their nose, tail, ears, and even their toes.  Their ears grow in an upright (somewhat diagonal) position and are quite large, around 2″ – 3″.  Their eyes are kind of large and some have referred to them as looking like friendly aliens.  But in reality, there is much more to this unique breed. They have wonderful personalities and are highly intelligent!  We recommend that you consider this breed if you want a friendly and affectionate cat. These breeds are sweet, sociable and energetic.

Sphinx Cat

 

Sphinx cats love their humans, but they also get along well with dogs and other cats.  You may consider having another pet (such as a dog) or a cat to keep this very loving breed company.  They love to be touched and have an affectionate nature that can be compared to a dog’s.  Sphinx make the perfect family cat and get along with children and other pets, too.

They are not hypoallergenic, although many believe this because of their hairless coats.  If are intend to parent one of these beauties, spend some time with them (if you are allergic) to see if you are affected.  Majority of Sphynx cats are healthy; however, with this breed, there is a significant risk of heart-related problems.  Their skin does require bathing and it also needs to be protected from direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time and kept from cold temperatures during the winter months.  The average lifespan of this breed is from 12 – 16+ years.

How Do Cats Show Their Affection?

Whether or not your cat is affectionate will depend on a variety of things: his personality, his breed, and the way you train your cat. Even though some can seem distant, others cannot wait to show their affection. When a cat chooses to express his affection, it is very likely to show it, so you will have to learn feline body language, how they interact with other cats (or dogs) as well as with humans.  Some will jump up on your lap, and that is their way of showing their love for you.

When cats meet strangers or other cats, they usually receive them with a look without batting an eye. Slow blinks are often called cat kisses because they are a sign of contentment and affection. You can make a slow flicker game back to your cat and see how long the exchange can last.

Can Cats Truly Get Along with Dogs?

Best Buddies

The short answer is “Yes” but sometimes it is not as simple as we had hoped.  Surely we have seen on the Internet a lot of videos of puppies and kittens that are great friends. If we have a cat and a dog and want them to get along, we must take into account several factors on which their relationship will depend. For instance, their ages when they meet for the first time (are they both babies, is one full grown and the other a baby or both are full grown), the temperament of each one, the way in which they have been presented to one another, and the organization of the space.

It is ideal if you get your cat and dog when they are both babies.  But, it doesn’t always work out that way.  I had an adult Black Lab mix (full-grown) who got along fine with the cats who were here before she arrived and also with the new kittens we adopted.  She was just a very intelligent and loving dog who was great with pets and people!  It is absolutely possible for cats and dogs to live together in harmony in the same home.

If you are planning to bring a new cat into your home (and already have a dog who is an adult), be sure to let them have a gradual, supervised introduction so that they can sniff and learn each other’s scent and eventually become acquainted.  If the dog becomes too excited or aggressive, then try this again tomorrow.  Or, if the cat shows signs that he will scratch your dog’s eyes out, you’ll want to try this at another time as well.

If you’re planning to take a new cat home, choose one that is mild-mannered so that her temperament is not agitating to the dog.  You really will not know how they will get along until they meet each other.  If you do not see them getting along well, make sure that you block the dog/s with gates so that they cannot get to the cat and hurt it (or worse).  The safest solution when you are away from home would be to have them in crates or just separate them by placing them in different rooms where they cannot get at each other.

Ideally, they should:

•    Know each other from when they are very young and have positive contact with individuals of the other species during the stages of 3 to 12 weeks for dogs and from 2 to 9 weeks for cats.

•    If the above is not possible, introduce them to each other gradually, and take time to do this.  It may take just a few days or maybe a few weeks, or longer.  Be patient — it will eventually work if you do not give up.  Have them live in a space with routes of escape for the cat and places for each one to rest quietly.

•    They need to have the right temperament. It is ideal if the cat has a calm temperament and the dog does not show aggressive behavior toward the cat or cats; they have to be gentle when playing and see that they do not get too excited.

Help Your Feline Stay Healthy

Feeding your cat a balanced diet is of the utmost importance.  A natural diet, free of chemical-laden commercially-processed cat food, is the best choice to make for your pet.  Be diligent in making sure your pet always has clean water to keep her well hydrated; drinking ample amounts of water can help to avoid kidney crystals or stones from developing.  Exercise is another important factor in maintaining good health.  While most cats are active, some are not.  Buy toys that they can chase after so they keep a healthy body weight.

Playing Around

 

Keep your cat away from your houseplants.  Some of the plants in your home may be poisonous and cause the cat to become severely ill.

Diarrhea is a common ailment in domestic pets, and cats are no exception.  In fact, diarrhea is often a clinical sign of a lot of different underlying problems for pets. There are steps to take to help your cat steer clear of getting diarrhea in the first place. One thing you can do to avoid this from happening is to be sure that your cat cannot get into the waste bin. If you have noticed that he developed a case of the runs, you must remember to keep trash bin covered so that he cannot get into it again.

Conclusion

All cats are beautiful in their own way!  Each cat has its personality, which can sometimes differ from what is known about that particular breed. But if you are looking for an extra friendly and loving cat, take another look at the above list of the friendliest cat breeds, and you will never go wrong in choosing any one of them.

Shower your cat with a good amount of attention, taking time to play with him or her, and be sure to give tons of love and affection  — they will always love you back unconditionally!  Snuggle with your kitty.  They are precious beings that deserve the best from us!  Knowing your pet is happy and healthy is one of the best feelings that a cat parent can ever experience!

Feline Kidney Stones – Know What to Look For

March 18, 2018 in Articles

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Why would a cat develop a problem with its kidneys? The most common cause of feline kidney stones is the dietary supplementation of isolated and synthetic nutrients, in particular, calcium and vitamin C. 

All living beings, including cats, were created to derive their nutrients from food.  Vitamins and minerals cannot be isolated, as they are co-dependent on many others for full and efficient absorption by the body.  Kidney stones, in fact, any problems related to the kidneys, are common in cats.

At best, these synthetic nutrients are excreted.  At worst, they cause internal problems, such as kidney stones.  All processed cat food will be supplemented by the manufacturer with additional nutrients, and most are very poor quality. The cheapest nutrients are the synthetic ones.  By feeding your cat a processed cat food, you are not only starving her of vital nutrients but may also be contributing to kidney stones and other kidney problems. Apart from the poor quality and the synthetic nutrients, the majority of processed cat foods contain harmful preservatives and additives despite the claims on the label.  So your cat is also probably experiencing a toxic overload, to add to her existing burden.

What Causes Feline Kidney Stones to Occur?

Feline kidney or urinary stones are formed when the urine becomes overly saturated with certain types of minerals. There are a number of different factors that can cause the oversaturation to occur. For example, your cat may experience changes in his pH level and certain minerals may become more concentrated in the urine, or certain stimulators and inhibitors may become present in the urine.

Some things that can cause these factors to develop include:

  • Genetics
  • Changes in diet
  • Changes in water intake
  • Certain metabolic diseases
  • Congenital problems
  • Bacterial infections

 

Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Symptoms of kidney stones in cats include frequent urination, often in small amounts, and often in unusual places. Your cat may begin to urinate outside of the litter box. Other symptoms include dribbling urine, and blood in the urine. Other symptoms include weakness, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, your cat may not be able to eat at all. If your cat has kidney stones symptoms, you need to take your feline to the vet.  Kidney stones in cats is a serious medical condition that requires prompt medical treatment.

Diagnosis

If feline kidney stones are suspected, your vet will take x-rays. The stones will be white on the x-ray. Some stones don’t show up on x-rays and can only be seen by ultrasound. Your vet will look for stones elsewhere in the urinary tract as well. Your veterinarian will also examine your cat’s urine to determine if there is cystitis. Cystitis is a very common condition in pets with kidney stones.

My Personal Story:

About 10 years ago, one of my cats had developed kidney stones but I was not aware until the symptoms surfaced.  I did notice that he was very lethargic (at the time), had a loss of appetite, his ears were cold, and he would also cry, on and off. This went on for 2 days. Sylvester did not seem his usual self. So, I kept a close watch the entire day. (I was able to do this since I worked from home.)

When the second day passed and he still would not eat, I knew I had to get him checked right away. I also took note that he would go in and out of the litter box, often, but I saw that no urine was coming out, or maybe just a few drops.

When we arrived at our veterinarian’s office, he took an x-ray of our cat. It was confirmed that our cat had kidney stones. Sylvester stayed at the vet’s office for three (3) days, with an intravenous drip (24/7) and, thank God, his stones had passed when he urinated.  This was a huge expense, but we love our pets!  And, at the time, I was not aware of natural remedies that could have helped.

My cat needed that continuous IV fluid going through his body in order for his stones to pass. Sometimes, it is not as simple as this and they do not pass through the urinary tract.  Had I not brought my cat, Sylvester, to the vet, he would have died within a few days because he could not urinate due to the stones causing a blockage, as we were advised by the vet. This was causing a toxic overload in his body.

When we took him home, we put Sylvester on a special raw-food diet (organic meats only), made sure he always had fresh water available and kept an eye on him … just to make sure everything was okay. He lived a full life of 18 years and did not experience this problem again because I decided that I would never give my cat commercially-made cat food ever.

Preventing This Problem From Occurring 

Cats are such resilient pets that they do not always show tell-tale signs when they experience internal pain. For this reason, it is important to prevent your cat from facing the potential dangers and pain from kidney stones.

Have Clean Water Readily Available At All Times

      • Give your cat plenty of clean drinking water daily.

The cats should drink about 30 ml of water per kilo of body weight per day to maintain good hydration. Giving your cat plenty of clean water, daily, to drink is one of the most important preventive measures against the formation of feline kidney stones.

      • Feed your cat with a healthy diet.

It is important to know what to look for in food for your precious cat if you choose not to give a raw-food diet.  For example, cat food labeled “for urinary tract health” can be misleading, as this type of food is developed to make the urine of a cat more acidic which, in turn, increases the formation of kidney stones and places them at a high risk to develop this problem.

Sometimes it is Imperative to Visit the Vet

      • Always watch your feline closely

Watch your kitten when he or she goes to the litter box. After they exit the littler box, check his urine for signs of kidney stones. If you see blood or if you notice that your cat is trying to urinate but nothing comes out and they repeatedly go into the littler box, this is a sign and it may be due to his kidney stones blocking his urinary tract. This can be very serious! In this case, you should get your feline to the vet as soon as possible.

      • Go to the Vet for Advice

Follow your veterinarian’s advice for kidney-stone-prevention or treatment, if your cat already has stones. In most cases, you should make sure that your kitten receives monthly x-rays until his kidneys are found to be free of stones.

 

What Should You Do If Your Cat Has Kidney Stones?

The first thing to do is make a change in your cat’s diet. Give your cat a diet of raw food (organic is the safest and best!)  This is urgent, given the nature of the problem, but no easy task with cats being addicted to their “fast food” equivalent. Perseverance on your part will eventually convince her. 

Some homeopathic remedies can be useful to dissolve the salts that produce kidney stones. It is also helpful in relieving the toxin overload in the cat’s system.  It has been shown that cats are very responsive to homeopathy which is known to be a very gentle healing modality. These remedies are extremely diluted substances.  They are derived from the animal, plant or mineral kingdoms. 

If you wish, you can locate a veterinary homeopath through the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (theavh.org).  Homeopathic formulas treat the entire cat (physical, mental and emotional symptoms), not just masking the symptoms as with allopathic medications.  If their immune system has been suppressed with drugs such as cortisone, this simply adds to your cat’s already-overloaded toxic burden.

There are herbal remedies as well, which work very well in ridding your cat of these stones or crystals and there are really no side effects.  I have done an extensive search and found this natural, herbal product that helps your cat’s urine to flow freely, relieves pain from kidney stones, support for a healthy bladder and it’s a remedy for NO more stones or crystals.  Click this link to get all the information on this effective product.  Bladder Stones/Crystals: Urinary Free the Flow: Basic Formula – Herbal Liquid Herbs for Cats – 2 fl oz (59 ml)

You can also look for a natural supplement in liquid or granule form that contains cranberry. Cranberry has been proven to work wonders.  The way this works is that cranberry makes the cat’s urine more acidic, which then stops stones from ever developing. In addition to improving health relating to stones, cranberry also works great for the prevention of urinary tract infections, another common feline (and canine) problem.

More and more, cat owners are turning to herbal remedies to sustain health because they are effective.  Supplements to include barberry and uva ursi are ideal choices that work as a preventative measure. You can talk to a homeopathic veterinarian about such supplements.  Again, make sure the product you are purchasing is 100% natural. Making these changes will stop the kidney stones so he or she feels great and you will be able to enjoy spending quality time with your loving pet! 

Conclusion

The best way to prevent feline kidney stones from forming is to feed them correctly —  it’s the best kind of love! This is why it is important to stop these stones from starting in the first place. Don’t give them any food (processed, with lots of chemicals) just because they like it as it may cause compromise the health of your cat and cause problems down the road.  Try herbal remedies that are specifically made for the prevention of — or — removal of their stones or crystals. 

Give all medications and return for a follow-up visit, as directed by your veterinarian. The expected course and prognosis is highly variable, depending on the type, location, and size of the stone, and the presence of possible secondary complications.  If your pet is being treated for nephrolithiasis and she suddenly appears ill, be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

I’m One Happy Kitty!

How To Clean A Dog’s Teeth – Make It a Routine!

March 8, 2018 in Articles

Want to Learn How to Clean A Dog’s Teeth?

If you were asked “how to clean a dog’s teeth” and found this to be strange, then now is a great time for you to read this article to find out why it is a very wise practice to initiate.  To begin, it is very important for you to realize that your dog’s teeth are as important as your own. You must pay attention to the gums and the teeth of your dog.  And, the sooner you do this, the better!

This brush is way too big!

Cleaning a dog’s teeth requires a special toothpaste and a finger brush (which is recommended), or for larger dogs, a special toothbrush.  Never use human toothpaste or brushes since they are NOT designed for dogs, are not suitable and, ultimately, can hurt. Human-grade toothpaste can poison your dog.

A natural resource to clean a dog’s teeth would be to have him or her chew bones regularly.  It is absolutely okay and very good to give apples, carrots, some bone substitutes (like dried piggy-ears) or natural, hard cookies (wheat and gluten free), without added preservatives or added sugar. 

If you feel fine with this, then give your dog those in between the brushing of your dog’s teeth.  These products will help to keep his teeth clean. However, it is best for you to clean your dog’s teeth about 2 – 3 times, or at least once a week with dog toothpaste and a brush.  There is no way around this. 

Here is a DOG Toothbrush Kit that can get you started with brushing your dog’s teeth.  Click the image below for more details.  

Happy puppy!

Knowing how to clean a dog’s teeth with a special brush and the pet toothpaste has to be learned, and it is imperative for you to train your dog for this ritual.  The best time for you to start with this exercise is when he or she is still a puppy.  However, even if your dog is full-grown and you’ve never brushed his teeth before, do not feel that it’s too late to start–  it will still make a positive difference for your pet!  

It is a learning process for your dog which starts with putting your fingers into your dog’s mouth.  After she gets used to this, the next step is to do the same with a finger toothbrush which is provided in the kit (above) that I have recommended.  Once this is mastered, put some of the special pet toothpaste on the toothbrush and let her lick it to get used to the taste.  Then, you can move on to the toothbrush and toothpaste, and begin brushing.  If all works out fine, you can start to brush his teeth with gentle, smooth, slow movements. 

Never make this procedure a stressful experience for your dog, or he will never allow you to do this cleaning.  Go forward, step-by-step, until you achieve the result you are seeking.

In between your cleaning regimen, it is a very good thing to offer these yak bones that are all natural, NO preservatives.  I have 2 dogs who just love chewing on these.  The reason I especially like giving these bones to my dogs is that they are natural and provide hours of chewing pleasure for them!  This is a 3-pack, so you’ll have 2 more to offer once your dog finishes her or his first one!  Click on the image below to read about these bones.  

In case you have never ever brushed his teeth and find that the tartar and plaque on your dog’s teeth are too difficult to remove (it is brown and smells bad), you should see a veterinarian as soon as possible.  The vet will professionally remove tartar and plaque. Depending on your dog’s diet and general chewing behavior, this should be done at least once a year. 

Smaller dogs need more dental care as their teeth are tighter and food particles do stick more easily, and in between teeth as well.  Smaller dogs have more difficulty chewing on something hard, like bones.  Larger dogs’ teeth are easier to control. But the problem itself is bigger than you might think. If you don’t know take the time to brush your dog’s teeth (and don’t take care of the problem), your dog can get a gum infection from the bacteria that remains on his teeth.  This, in turn, will eventually affect his vital organs.  It can affect his organs and your pet may even develop heart disease as a result.  It is proven that deficient dental care can cost your dog up to 5 years of his life.

Never Use a Human’s Toothbrush or Toothpaste

Benefits of Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth  

Just as humans do, dogs may suffer bad breath, gum disease, pain, and tooth loss if they have poor oral hygiene. The effects of canine oral disease are not only limited to the mouth; it may also contribute to kidney, heart, and liver diseases. Both you and your dog may be saved from a lot of suffering and pain in the later stages of your dog’s life if you make it a point to brush your dog’s teeth regularly. The following are the necessary benefits you can get from regularly cleaning your dog’s teeth:

•        Prevent your dog from having bad breath

Poor dental hygiene is always the cause for a dog to have bad breath.  Cleaning your dog’s teeth regularly prevents odor, while removing food debris from your dog’s teeth and gums.

•         Prevent periodontal disease

Periodontitis is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs. Brushing your dog’s teeth stimulates the gums and cleans the teeth in the same way as when you brush your teeth. Regular brushing is the best way to ensure that your dog has a mouth full of healthy teeth, from young all the way through adulthood.

•         Remove tartar and plaque

Regular brushing of the dog’s teeth eliminates tartar and plaque. Although tartar starts in the mouth, if it is not removed, it can be transplanted to other parts of the body where it can accumulate and cause blockages affecting other organs and joints. Regular brushing can also prevent arthritis, heart disease, and many other complications.

•        Reduce damage to your dog’s internal organs

Toxins from periodontal disease and other oral diseases are absorbed into your dog’s bloodstream and can damage the heart, kidneys, and liver that filter the blood.  For this reason, regular brushing is essential to prevent bacteria in your dog’s mouth from infecting and damaging internal organs.

Learning and knowing how to clean a dog’s teeth is imperative for a dog and it should be a daily event for you as a dog owner. It is not a big chore, so it should not be something that you dread doing, especially since you are helping, not only your dog’s teeth to be healthy, but his entire system.  Soon after you begin this practice, you will notice a major difference in your dog’s teeth.  And, you will be pleased knowing that this is making a positive difference for your loving fur baby!

What Happens If You Do Not Clean Your Dog’s Teeth?

Waiting to have my teeth brushed

When dogs do not have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis, their teeth can accumulate years worth of tartar plus dental disease which results in bone loss, roots becoming exposed, and teeth so loose that they will eventually fall out, even if chewing on their dog food!

•         Bleeding gums: 

Brushing your dog’s teeth stimulates blood flow to the gums, which is an important part of oral health. If the teeth aren’t brushed, then you can be setting your dog up for inflamed, bleeding gums.

•         Loose teeth: 

Failing to clean your dog’s teeth can eventually lead to periodontitis, which, if not treated, can damage the bone in your dog’s jaw and open up spaces between the gums and your dog’s teeth, which can lead to teeth becoming loose.

•         Coronary artery disease: 

The toxins and bacteria in your dog’s mouth can get into their bloodstream and can cause them to have a potential blockage of the coronary arteries, which could lead to a heart attack.

The following are some other things that can happen to your dog if you don’t clean his teeth regularly:

•        Just like with us, old food that gets stuck in the teeth (and is not removed) turns into tartar.

•        The tartar builds up along the gums and below the gum line—which cannot be seen.

•         The tartar collects bacteria, which gets released into the gums and blood supply — and can potentially poison the dog over time.  The bacteria build up in the dog’s body can spread to the heart, the kidneys and throughout.  Eventually, it can overwhelm the dog’s system.

How Decayed Teeth Affect A Dog’s Health

Pet owners often neglect their pet’s teeth to the extent that 80% of all dogs, by the age of three, have developed dental disease. What people do not realize is that the severity of dog tooth decay can be extremely detrimental to the health of dog’s, ranging from tooth loss to possible death caused by related infections.  When their teeth are affected in this way, the dog’s health can be drastically compromised, not being able to eat in a normal manner because of problematic teeth.  So brushing, along with having the vet check your dog’s teeth, will keep them in good shape.

Dog letting out a howl

•         Decayed Teeth Cause Severe Pain in Dogs

If left unattended, dental cavities can lead to a serious toothache.  The pain can be acute and poignant for your pet.  When the tooth disintegrates, there may also be pain and sensitivity triggered by food, treats or even drinking water. This can lead to bleeding gums.  In addition to the pain in a dog’s mouth, rotten teeth can also cause pain in the jaw and ears of the dog.

•        Aesthetics

Decayed teeth in dogs look bad.  Decayed teeth in dogs often have holes and can turn black.  If left unattended for too long, the infection can set in, causing pus around the gums. When a dog’s tooth breaks, some parts of the tooth may fall and leave only a partial tooth.  Decaying teeth in dogs can also cause bad breath and the dogs may even experience having a bad taste in their mouth.  Eventually, the entire decayed tooth may fall out, leaving a gaping hole where the tooth used to be.  In general, leaving rotten teeth unattended in dogs may affect their looks.

Other health issues caused by dog’s decayed teeth:

•         Poor Appetite

Bad teeth can be incredibly painful and lead to a decrease in appetite.  Dogs are at a significant risk for additional weight loss and deterioration, which can lead to organ failure.

•         Sepsis

Mouth bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause sepsis (a systemic infection that goes everywhere that the blood does–outside of the blood-brain barrier).  Septic pets can survive if treated on time — but it is a fight — and they will die if they are not aggressively treated by a veterinarian.

•        Liver abscess

It is the job of the liver to filter out things. When bacteria are swallowed, the infection can develop quite easily and get into the liver. The treatment is long and tedious. It is also expensive and involves long-term treatment.  It can also be deadly.

Note:

Besides the above issues, there are complications that can arise from neglected and decaying teeth in dogs.  Proper chewing and jaw alignment can be affected when dogs avoid chewing on the decayed teeth because of the pain that rotten teeth can sometimes cause.  The dog’s facial structure may also be affected, especially if more than one tooth has disintegrated.  Teeth will shift in the mouth and affect the dog’s facial structure.  An infection is also common if the teeth have become rotten.  The infection, if left untreated, can spread throughout the body and cause serious health problems, even death of the dog.

Conclusion

In this article, it has been explained how to clean a dog’s teeth and the conditions that may arise (which will have a negative impact on your dog’s health) if you do not make this a regular practice for your dog.  Please note that, when cleaning dogs’ teeth, you need to clean every tooth thoroughly, including those at the extreme end.  It is important for you to clean around the gums as well.  Your dog probably is not going to like this at first but, after awhile, he or she will become accustomed to it and not put up a fuss.  Be consistent.  You may be able to do just two or three teeth at first, but if you make it a habit to clean your dog’s teeth on a regular basis, your dog will see cleaning as just another routine in the house.  In this way, it will be a lot easier and hassle-free for both you and your pet!  Here’s to your dog’s vibrant health!

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Treating A Dog’s Ear Infection — Get the Tips

March 3, 2018 in Articles

Treating Your Dog’s Ear Infection

Canine Ear Infections are one of the most common health occurrences today.  There are several ways for treating a dog’s ear infection.  Canine ear infections may also be referred to as otitis externa.  It is quite frustrating for the pet parent as much as it is the dog if this condition is present.  The problem is that this condition seems to come back, over and over again, for some.  This is not fun for your dog, nor is it fun for you, knowing that your pet is in discomfort.  Plus, it can become quite expensive when making repeated visits to the veterinarian’s office.

Vet Examining Dog’s Ear

One way to treat a canine ear infection is the use of antibiotics which will be prescribed by your vet.  This will usually will clear up the infection.  However, the use of antibiotics is just to treat and help short-term since they cause more imbalance in your dog which, in turn, sets the dog up for future ear infections, unfortunately.

Your veterinarian can usually diagnose if your dog has an ear infection by examining the eardrum and ear canal with a device called a magnifying ear cone.  In the event that it is too painful for your vet to examine the dog’s ear, the dog may have to be sedated.  Most likely, the veterinarian will perform a professional cleaning of your dog’s ears and then prescribe either an oral and/or topical antibiotic.  If the case is not complicated, the ear infection will normally clear up within 10 days to a month.  Sometimes, it up can take months before clearing up, and some cases are chronic.

If you decide to go the natural route, before making a trip to the vet, you can try this product that I have used for my dogs and had success with.  This is a natural product for cleaning your dog’s ears should an infection be present.

Click the following link to get the full details: Dog Ear Cleaner Infection Formula

 

Are There Ways To Detect If Your Dog Has An Ear Infection?

So, you’re thinking, how will I actually know if my dog has an ear infection?  There are several symptoms that will reveal that your dog may very well have an ear infection.  Here are some:  1)  If you look inside the ear and notice scabs or crust;  2) You notice swelling;  3) Redness at the site;  4) An odd odor emitted from the ear;  5) Brown or pinkish discharge;  6) Hearing loss.  Another tell-tale sign is if your dog keeps on shaking his or her head or is continuously scratching his ear.  (A common cause for puppies to develop an ear infection would be ear mites and for adult dogs, most of the time it is caused by yeast or a bacteria.)

Your veterinarian can confirm the presence of an ear infection by performing an examination of the dog’s ears.  But, if you notice any or some of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is more than likely that your furry buddy has this condition.  Your vet may also take a sample from the ear that is affected and look at the sample under a microscope.  In this way, the sample will help the vet to determine just what micro-organisms are present.  It is important that an accurate diagnosis is made by your vet since there are multiple contributing factors and causes as to why ear infections develop.

It is best to treat this condition as soon as possible so that it does not worsen nor cause your pet to experience discomfort.  Unfortunately, this is a painful condition for your dog and most dogs experience an ear infection at some point in their lives.

I’m Just Fine

 

What Are Some Reasons That My Dog Might Develop This?

By now, you may be wondering, “So, what might be causing my dog to get an ear infection?”   Usually, this condition is secondary to some underlying condition.  This underlying condition brings about an unhealthy environment for your pet’s ears.  For the very reason that dogs’ ear canals are mostly vertical, it is easy for dirt, debris, and moisture to be retained in the ear canals.

There are several reasons for your pet to develop an ear infection.  Certain diseases or disorders may be the main reason for ear infections to occur in the first place.  These can include dogs who have allergies (which is the number one cause of ear inflammation), bacterial or yeast overgrowth, ear mites, skin disorders (such as seborrhea), polyps or tumors in the ear, thyroid disease, and exposure to lake water.  If your dog lives in a humid climate, the occurrence of otitis is approximately 50%.  Otitis is inflammation or infection of the dog’s ear.  About 80% of dogs who have allergies will develop ear infections.  Sometimes, just a change in your dog’s diet can make a positive difference for improved health!  If you are too tired or just do not have time to wash and cut up raw meats and veggies and fruits for your dog, here is a product that I recommend.  It is freeze-dried raw dog food with Organic fruits and vegetables.  Click the link below to get all the info on this freeze-dried raw dog food:   Instinct Freeze Dried Raw Market Nuggets Grain Free Lamb Recipe Natural Dog Food by Nature’s Variety, 14 oz. Bag

Example of a Raw-Food Diet

If ear infections recur and are left untreated, this can lead to permanent narrowing of the dog’s ear canal (which will make it difficult to treat), and scar tissue will develop.  Sometimes external ear infections can lead to progression into the middle ear and inner ear, which causes additional problems for your dog, and pain as well.

Genetics can influence the thickness of hair growth in the dog’s ear canal.  Dogs with a thick amount of hair in their ear canal are the ones who are most prone to developing this condition since they have the poorest air flow.  There are some breeds that are more likely to develop ear infections because of their thick ear hair.  These include:  Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus.  In addition, dogs who have long, floppy-type ears or dogs who have tiny ear canals are very prone to developing an ear infection.

Sometimes an ear infection will cause the eardrum to rupture.  Normally, a ruptured eardrum can heal within three (3) to four (4) weeks when treated properly.

How Can I Prevent A Recurrence?

Keeping the inside of your dog’s ears clean is important.  Be sure to be diligent about cleaning the dog’s ears once the infections have cleared up.  If moisture is the contributing factor, make sure that you dry your dog’s ears thoroughly (cotton balls are very helpful for this) after he or she takes a swim or after you bathe your pet.

Use can use a cotton-tipped swab (such as a Q-tip) to clean the folds in your dog’s ear flap.  Makes sure you do not stick the cotton-tipped swabs into the ear canal.  This can push excess debris deeper into their ear canal and pack it in which will cause a problem and would then require the care of your vet.  However, if the underlying issues (such as skin disorders, like hot spots, and allergies) have not been addressed and resolved, recurrences of this infection can keep happening all too often.

Changing your dog’s commercial dog-food diet to a raw-food diet can dramatically improve your dog’s immune system and, therefore, have a lesser chance of getting sick, which includes an ear infection.

You may prevent an occurrence by using organic, virgin COCONUT OIL to clean your dog’s ears, in addition to adding a 1/2 teaspoon or so a day (depending on the dog’s weight) for added health benefits!  Coconut oil is antifungal and also antibacterial.

To apply the coconut oil (as an ear cleaner), you can heat this oil in a saucepan and once it is in liquid form (be sure to let it cool a bit!), dip a cotton ball into the liquefied coconut oil and then gently wipe and clean your dog’s ears.  Do this twice, daily, for 6 – 7 days.  When the infection has cleared up, you can do this just one time a week to prevent future occurrences. Make sure you don’t put the cotton ball deep inside the ears, however.

The following link is for an Organic, Virgin, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil that can be used to clean your dog’s ear (as described above).  But there are many more uses for this product, such as using it for cooking, as a skin moisturizer for humans, adding it to your pet’s food as an antibacterial/antifungal product (to prevent parasites), or for enhanced oral hygiene in humans, as well.  There are tons of great uses coconut oil offers, and I always go with an Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil, preferably in a glass jar.  Click on this link to get more info: Organic Coconut Oil 33.81 Oz Extra Virgin Cold-pressed for Hair, Skin, Beauty and Cooking

Coconut Oil

Conclusion

Some pet owners may feel that an ear infection is no big deal.  In reality, it truly is!  If the infection is not treated, it can lead to more problems for your loving dog, plus having ear infections causes pain that no loving pet owner wants for their dog.

Be in-tuned with your dog and observe if he or she is displaying any of the above behaviors, such as scratching of the ear, non-stop shaking of the head, redness in the ear, a bad odor coming from the ear, or any of the above-mentioned symptoms.  It is advised to take your dog to her or his veterinarian for their normal check-ups and, especially if you suspect that your pet has an ear infection.

Keep your dog’s ears clean by wiping them with the cotton-tipped swab or coconut-oil dipped cotton ball  (as explained above), and not exposing your dog to lake water, and also avoiding getting water into the dog’s ears if moisture seems to be the culprit.

So, if you believe your dog has this condition, it would be best to visit the vet who can diagnose, begin treating your dog’s ear infection and help you to understand what measures to take.

Prevention is always best!  Your precious pet will thank you for the loving care you give her or him!

Boy and His Dog Happy Together

Natural Ways to Treat and Prevent Feline Cancer

February 28, 2018 in Articles

Learning Natural Ways to Treat and Prevent Feline Cancer

One of the worst things is for a pet parent to find out that their beloved kitty has cancer.  That awful, God-forsaken word!  It is something we never want to hear about our loved ones, and our cats are our loved ones!  As a lover of cats myself, I can certainly resonate with this.  There are several ways to help treat feline cancer, in the event that he or she is stricken with this terrible disease.  There is hope, so do not despair.  Alternative natural remedies can treat feline cancer and also prevent it!  It is my intention to explain this as we move forward with this article.  I know how much I love my cats and dogs, and I’m sure you feel the same or else you probably would not be reading this article.

Isn’t He Absolutely Gorgeous!

 

What Does it Mean When a Cat Develops Cancer?

When a cat develops cancer, his or her immune system is compromised.  This means that the strong immune system they once had is no longer strong.  A healthy immune system fights off the bad guys, as it destroys abnormal or cancerous cells and protects the body against pathogens (foreign invaders).  These pathogens include viruses, bacteria, and parasites.  Most mainstream veterinarians will immediately point you in the direction of chemo, radiation, or both if it is determined that your cat has cancer.  This can be established through an examination (if a lump is visible), bloodwork and/or a biopsy.

And, conventional vets will put fear into you, telling you that your pet will not live unless they get these conventional treatments … and that they must begin treatment right away.  (For the most part, is has been shown that radiation and chemotherapy do not actually prolong the pet’s life, so I personally would not follow that route for my pet.)  I remember how I awful I felt when one of my sweet, loving cats developed this disease and was given nothing but gloom from our vet.  Instead of me jumping at this prompting from my cat’s vet to begin radiation, I decided to go home and do a lot of research on the topic.  I read for hours upon hours, in hopes that I would be able to afford my cat some more years of life — and a healthy one, at that!

This is a natural nutritional supplement that can help boost the immune system.  To read about this product, in detail, please Click on the following link:   SPARK – Daily Nutritional Supplement by Pet Wellbeing

 

Natural Ways to Combat Feline Cancer

It is sad that our pets are developing cancer as rapidly as human beings are.  Approximately 4 million new cases of cancer in cats arise each year in America.  That is terrible news!  And now I will let you know about the good news!  Here are some natural remedies and ways that have been found to help our loving feline-family members improve their chances of survival and live a longer life.  This regime can also prolong the life of a healthy cat!

Add 10% Veggies to Diet

Example of a Raw-Food Diet – 90% Meat

 

It is known that diet plays a big role in whether we will live a vibrant, healthy, long life or develop degenerative diseases later on down the road. (This applies to both humans and our feline and canine buddies!)  Since a poor diet is a major determining factor in the development of cancer, it would make great sense to feed your cat a diet that consists of wholesome, natural foods that do not consist of artificial ingredients, preservatives or synthetic ingredients.

Feeding your cat an Organic raw-food diet of meats, organs and adding about 10% veggies would be the best route for prolonged health.  In the event that you have decided against giving your cat the diet that I suggest, please be sure to read the labels carefully of your cat’s dry and/or canned (wet) food.  Avoid foods that contain Carrageenan, a known carcinogen, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, pea protein, and meat by-products.  There are some ingredients that may seem harmless, when, in fact, they are not.  Research each ingredient to be sure that all of them are natural and free from all the aforementioned unnatural and synthetic ingredients.  Beware of “natural.”  That doesn’t mean organic, which is the very best you can offer your pet.  Organic means that the product does not contain added hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients, by-products, and GMOs, which you want to avoid at all costs.

Just by adding a little powdered Tumeric (Organic) to your cat’s food can combat or prevent cancer.  Tumeric is known to have anti-viral and anti-tumoral properties, both essential in combating cancer.  Astragalus has anti-viral properties and is an immune-system booster.  Milk Thistle is great for cleansing the liver and helps with things like hepatitis, etc.  Cleansing the liver is vital and is a good idea in order to maintain optimal health.  Essiac is an herbal tea that has helped many people fight cancer for years.  It can also be given to cats.  (It’s good practice to check with a holistic doctor before giving any new products to your pet.  Or, you can check with the company you purchase the herbs or alternative products if you have any questions about how to administer the correct dosage or what benefits can be derived from taking a specific product.)

These natural products have been found to help many cats.  To read about the benefits of these products, just click the following link: Cancer Support Kit-Cats by Pet Wellbeing

 

I’m a Handsome, Healthy Boy!

Why Might My Cat Develop This Disease?

The major determining factor would be the cat’s diet.  If you are giving your cat commercially-canned cat food (wet or dry), that can be the culprit for the risk of your pet developing this disease.  Since store-bought cat food contains a myriad of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, animal by-products, carrageenan, and synthetic ingredients, it is wise to steer clear of giving this type of diet to your cat.

These types of foods are not what your cat’s body is designed to eat, so therefore, optimal health cannot be achieved if they are consumed.  Toxins will form and a buildup of toxins will, eventually, produce inflammation.  When inflammation is not put in check, it can lead to cancer and other ills.

Many of these canned or dry foods contain GMO’s (genetically-modified organisms).  These can include gluten or corn, which are hard on your cat’s digestive system, so it’s best to avoid!  Other degenerative diseases (such as arthritis, diabetes, heart problems, kidney disease and more) may manifest because of these unnatural ingredients.  Why risk your cat getting any of these awful diseases when he or she can live a full, vibrant, happy life!

Give Her the Best Start in Life!

 

Be Your Pet’s Best Advocate!

In concluding, by providing your loving kitty with an organic, raw-food diet consisting of 90% meat and about 10% vegetables, ensuring that he or she has clean, spring water readily available at all times, making sure your cat gets daily exercise, adding a superfood supplement to your cat’s diet, and giving lots of tender-loving care, can make all the difference and result in your cat enjoying a long, healthy, happy life!  You are the one who must take these positive steps for your furry buddy so that you can enjoy each other’s company for many years ahead.

Cats Make Life Better!

Introducing A New Dog To Your Home — Make it Stress-Free!

February 17, 2018 in Articles

How Sweet!

Contemplating Introducing A New Dog To Your Home?

Are you thinking of introducing a new dog to your home? Or maybe a new cat? The answer may be “Yes” but you are somewhat concerned about how your original pet or pets may react to the new addition. This is a concern that many pet owners battle with and wonder if it would be wise to add another pet to their home. This very thought crossed my mind in the past.

In August of 2017, I lost my very best friend and still cry today when I think about her. My precious, smart, beautiful, loving and kind dog of 15 years left us, and we were all heartbroken, especially me! This dog was the most special dog I have ever had the pleasure of spending my years with! I had a special bond with this dog. Do not get me wrong: I loved (and do love) ALL of my pets VERY much! So after some time, I thought (long and hard) whether or not we should bring a new pet into our home. Six months later, we are the proud pet parents of 2 pups! There were times when I had just 1 dog, 2 dogs, or even 4 dogs.  Most of the time, we had both dogs and cats living together in harmony!  I believe that following the advice I’ll be sharing with you in this article will work.  It has worked well for me and so many others!

Finding Your Dog A New Best Friend Forever

Okay, so you have decided that you want to go ahead and introduce a new dog to your home. You really want to find your loving pup a new BFF — it is something that you believe will make your dog happy which, in turn, will cause you to be happy. (This principle can also apply to introducing a new cat!) Since animals survive by protecting themselves and their resources (food) in the wild, it’s just natural for them to feel threatened when another pet enters the home. Do not dismay — it is possible for this to work.  Just follow the tips offered here.

Best Buddies

Provide A Safe Meeting Place

A very good (and safe) way to introduce your old (your current dog) and the new dog is to have them meet in an open space (such as your backyard or a park).  Be sure that both of the dogs are leashed and slowly have them sniff each other and meet.  It is much safer this way, rather than having your new dog meet your current dog in his or her favorite room in the house!

New cats can be brought home in their carrier or crate and have them stay there for a few days, with their own water, food, litter box, and toys. In this way, the new cat will become accustomed to the scents in your home, and the older pets will begin to adjust to the sounds the new cat makes and also their scents. 

Just so that you feel more confident and relaxed about this, you may want to try this all natural product before the introduction of your dogs or cat and dog which helps the pets to become calm and not anxious.  Just click this link to learn about this product.  Calming Care for Dog Anxiety and Stress by Pet Wellbeing

Show Some Extra TLC And Avoid Food Fights

Since you do not want your original fur baby to feel left out and no longer loved, you will want to now spend some extra time giving more TLC than you normally do.  This should include playing with your current dog for a longer time than usual and giving more hugs (you can never give too many hugs or kisses)! In this way, your dog will realize that he or she is still very important to you and will not be as jealous when the new dog is introduced to your home. Remember that you can also give a treat as a reward, but do not overdo it with the treats because too many will put on those extra pounds, which you do not want.

You will want to avoid food fights between your dogs or your dogs and cats. A good way to do this would be to have your kitties eat their food in a separate room from your dogs (where the dogs cannot gain access).  Even putting the cats’ bowls in an elevated place, like on top of the washing machine so that Fido cannot devour it before your cat even gets a chance to start nibbling.  I know that my former, precious, fur baby used to listen to everything I asked — except with sneaking down the cat food, which was not healthy for her! For the dogs, you will want to keep them in different places in the house when they eat, at least until they learn that “this is your bowl of food, and this is her or his bowl of food.”  The same idea goes for the cats … eventually, they learn which is theirs.  It helps when you have a plate for each pet so each one will eat from their respective one.

Go For It … If You Want Another Dog (or Cat)

I know that you may still be contemplating whether you should introduce another dog into your home. As a huge lover of dogs and cats alike, I am confident that, if you give this some time, it will work! Just follow the tips I’ve provided to you in this article; go ahead and bring another precious fur baby into your life and the life of your current dog. Sometimes things may seem a bit too complicated and we get flustered giving it too much thought. When we sit down and rationalize that there are actually ways to overcome the obstacles that may (or do) occur, then it makes things a lot more simple! It also can make your wishes come true; in this case, adding a new dog to home so that your current dog has a buddy to play for many years to come.  So, do not dismay and do not dismiss this idea if you really want another pet in your household. It can surely be done, safely, and with just a little effort on your part! It is my wish that you enjoy many, many happy years with your pets and have them live harmoniously with one another!

Puppy and Kitten Getting Acquainted

Prolong Your Dog’s Life

February 11, 2018 in Articles

Meet My 2 Fur Babies — “Gina and George.”

Would You Like To Prolong Your Dog’s Life?

This may seem like a silly question for some.  Anyone who has not experienced the sheer joy and love that a dog will bring is truly missing out!  But for anyone who is a lover of dogs, you can certainly relate to wanting your dog live a very long, healthy and happy life. 

I can most certainly relate to this since I am a dog lover and have been since 11 years of age. I have been the proud pet parent of 9 dogs so far.  I’m pretty certain you would answer this question: “Would you Like to Prolong Your Dog’s Life?” with a definitive ‘Yes!’  No matter what our mood is like, at any particular time, our dog or dogs, most definitely, can put us into a much better state of being!  It is known that dogs have actually lowered people’s blood pressure, just from the calming effects these very special animals (made from the Creator) bring about.

Begin With A Healthy Diet

Some dog owners are unaware that the food their dogs consume make a huge difference in the quality of their lives. Commercial dog food consists of many harmful ingredients that can (and do) cause harm to the dog — sometimes, years down the road. Veterinarians (except if they are practicing holistic doctors) will not recommend a raw food diet, nor will they suggest your dog eat raw veggies and fruits. Some are just unaware, while others are all too anxious to sell their commercially “healthy” dog food that is sitting on their shelves.

As I was not aware that commercial dog food (which is cooked, has preservatives, artificial color and flavors) was detrimental to my pet’s health, I, too, had fed them this diet.  However, I learned, through the years, that this type of diet can cause a variety of health issues and shorten the dog’s life.  Four of my dogs who ate a “dog food” diet of canned and dry food (even though some claimed to be “natural”) were still stricken by cancer and kidney failure and did not live past the age of 8 years.  No pet lover wants to see their beloved dog succumb to these awful diseases! It was truly heartbreaking for me. Then, I decided to follow the diet I had read about and which many, many people (some that I knew personally) fed their dogs. I saw that in doing so, the dogs’ health improved dramatically and their lifespan was increased greatly! Having gone that route worked out well, as I had hoped. 

It is good practice to add a natural dietary supplement to your dog’s diet, as well, for enhanced health. This is the natural supplement that I highly recommend.  Click the following link to get all the info on this product.  SPARK – Daily Nutritional Supplement by Pet Wellbeing

 

What Would Be The Best Food For My Dog?

Example of Raw-Food Diet

So, you are probably wondering what would be the best food to prolong your dog’s life. If you have guessed commercially canned food, the answer would be “No.” The best diet for your dog (starting from when your dog is a pup) would be a raw food diet. Some people will think this sounds (or is) disgusting, but actually, it is not. Dogs were created to live on a raw food diet. The benefits are many! Dogs will properly digest uncooked foods, whereas cooked food is not easily digested or assimilated. There are live enzymes in raw food and a myriad of nutrients; when food is cooked, the vital nutrients are destroyed and so are the enzymes … which are of utmost importance to both pets and humans alike! Without enzymes, we cannot survive — well, not for long, that is. The body will become sick and diseased and eventually, organs begin to fail and then the outcome, ultimately, is death.

Prevent cancer and other diseases by feeding your dog a raw food diet. The raw food (beef, chicken, lamb, buffalo, etc.) should be Organic ONLY, not even commercial beef or chicken since animals raised for food that do not eat organic foods and have hormones added to them (and antibiotics) are not going to prolong your dog’s life. The meats you purchase must be organic, raw meats and vegetables such as carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, and green apples are great additions to their food. Never feed your dog avocados, grapes, chocolate, to name a few.  You can “Google” ‘What foods to avoid giving my dog’ to get an entire list.

Exercise And Avoidance of Toxins

Of course, exercise is a must for dogs! It is best for your dog to get a daily walk of about a half hour a day or playing out in your backyard. Having your dog fetch a ball or other toy is a great way for them to keep active and healthy! Excess body weight will lead to health problems and ultimately, a shortened lifespan.  Another way to prolong the life of your dog is to avoid using toxins in the home, such as aerosol sprays (i.e., air fresheners, floor cleaners, etc. When cleaning your floor, it is best to use products that are labeled as “Non-Toxic” and “Natural.”  There are many cleansers on the market nowadays that are good for both humans and pets, and will not cause cancer or other illnesses.

My precious “Cookie” who lived to 15 years of age.  She ate a raw-food diet. 

Conclusion

As a loving pet owner, it is wise to take action and feed your dog the best diet possible so that you can help prolong your dog’s life and to have your dog live well beyond its life expectancy.  

So, to recap:  1) Feeding a diet which consists of raw, organic meats and raw, organic vegetables is the ultimate diet;  2) Adding a Natural dietary supplement, 3) Ensuring your dog gets an ample amount of exercise, daily, is another factor to extend your dog’s life.  Overweight dogs normally will face declined health and, normally not live a very long life.  have; 4) Use household products that are labeled “Non-Toxic” and “Natural” and do not contain harmful carcinogenic chemicals.  Avoiding the use of any and all household cleaners, sprays, floor waxes, and the likes can prevent dreaded illnesses and afford your beautiful, loving pet with many happy, long years ahead!  5) And lastly, showing your dog just how much you love him or her is truly important.  They understand even though they cannot speak our language.  These precious creatures bring us so much happiness and love us unconditionally!  Here’s to you and your dogs — with many blessings ahead!

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January 13, 2018 in Articles

 

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