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If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new and dangerous bug called the Heartbleed bug that is being called the most dangerous internet security threat ever seen on the internet, AND it affects YOU, the pet parents…and I’ll get to this in a moment! This isn’t a traditional virus, trojan or worm that infects our computers that our computer anti-virus programs will catch, but worse!  In simple terms, it infects the web host itself, such as Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Yahoo and others.  This bug is already there (at these sites) just waiting for you to log in.   It already has your information and passwords, and it is just confirming what it already knows to get even more info from you.  Once they have your passwords, they are sold ASAP.  This is a nightmare and the site remains compromised until they fix this security issue.  If you use any popular internet service such as Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Yahoo, GoDaddy and several others, and you haven’t changed your passwords for these accounts in a while, you need to change them ASAP!  But BEFORE you do, check to see if any of the services you use on a regular basis are on the current Heartbleed Hit List, which will also give you more detailed information on what, exactly, the Heartbleed bug really is. If sites you visit frequently that require you to login are not on the Heartbleed Hit List and you want to be sure they’re safe BEFORE you login, you can check them individually at the Heartbleed test site! Now to pet parents…it is a known fact that most pet parents will simply use their pet’s name as their password, across multiply sites too (including financial sites)!  Why?…because it’s so easy to remember!  Why is this so dangerous?…because these types of passwords are just too easy for hackers to crack, which can lead to fraud and even identity theft!  Tips & Tricks for Painlessly Changing Your Passwords For maximum security, passwords should be a minimum of 7 characters, a mix of upper and lower case, a few symbols, and a sense of humor.  Also, do not use the same password across multiply sites, especially really important and sensitive sites (like you don’t want to use the same password you use for Facebook to be used for your bank).  So are you ready to jump out the window yet at the thought of having to change all your passwords?  Don’t!!!  Here’s a great tip to secure your passwords, and you can even still use your pet’s name!  

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 14, 2014, 3:24 pm
Stop Horrific Dog Meat Trade

Chinese activists recently stood up to dog meat traders and rescued 900 dogs bound for slaughter for human consumption. Many of the dogs were clearly stolen family pets, even wearing tags and collars: Huskies, German Shepherds, Poodles and the like, many extremely ill and dying from the slave ship like conditions of the truck and cages. One woman found her lost Golden Retriever on the truck, but was told she could not take him home unless she paid off the trader. The activists were beaten and after a 50 hour standoff finally rescued all of the dogs. However, by that time some dogs had died and the activists were forced to bury them at the scene. For the entire story including updates, please see://www.dogheirs.com/lucybrucey/posts/2886-animal-rights-activisits-in-china-are-fighting-for-the-lives-of-927-dogs And see also video: Chinese ARA’S rescued 900 dogs,many were clearly stolen family pets! The world has watched these pictures and videos in astonishment that in this day and age people could be so fiendish and barbaric. Everyday dogs and cats are dying in the smashed cages on the trucks, denied food and water for days, then skinned alive in front of the other dogs to increase terror and suffering. Some of the dogs give birth while in the cages and many pups die because of crushing, filthy conditions or simply falling out of the cages. Workers throw the cages to the ground when unloading the trucks, breaking the bones of the dogs. A recent undercover operation showed the skinned animals actually able to still lift their heads after being thrown into a pile of other dogs. The fact that China has absolutely no laws for the care and humane treatment of animals is outrageous. We ask you, President Xi Jinping, to put animal cruelty laws in place now and to ban all aspects of the dog meat and dog and cat fur trades. The world is watching. We stand with the brave activists who saved the 900 dogs in Anwen town. (Text is sourced from the petition below) Please SIGN THE PETITION to support the Chinese activists without fail at: https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-horrific-dog-meat-trade-demand-china-make-animal-cruelty-laws Multiply your impact into dozens more by sharing this petition (use Sharing links below) and recruiting people you know to sign.  Thank you!

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 12, 2014, 3:32 pm
Dog Straining to Urinate

Holistic Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections in Pets© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC Urinary tract infections (UTI) in pets, like humans, are not uncommon, but they are uncomfortable. A UTI occurs when bacteria makes it way into the bladder or urethra, causing symptoms like painful urination. If a urinary tract infection is not caught early, it can spread to the kidneys and lead to dangerous complications for your pet. Holistic and non-Holistic veterinarians will both treat a UTI with antibiotics, but holistic vets take it a step further. They use various natural remedies to not only cure the infection, but to strengthen the immune system and correct any bacterial imbalances to prevent further sickness or reoccurring urinary tract infections. Knowing the warning signs of a potential UTI will help you to get your dog or cat medical care right away! So what are the signs to look for? 1. Blood in urine2. Dog or cat may cry or strain during urination3. Urine has a abnormal odor4. Your dog expresses the need to go outside to do his business, but has frequent accidents inside How can you help your pet? You can safely, naturally and effectively treat both the causes and symptoms of a UTI or bladder infection with UTI-Free, a herbal and homeopathic remedy. UTI-Free keeps your pet free of urinary tract infections without the use of antibiotics. You can also reduce irritation in your pet with herbs and herbal tinctures like Goldenrod Horsetail Compound to sooth a disturbed urinary system. Dogs less than 15lbs should have ½ dropper-full of the tincture twice a day until they are well. Bigger dogs can have 1-2 droppers-full per day. Simply mix the tincture into their food. Alcohol tinctures are not recommended for cats, so herbal tea is the best choice for our feline friends. Look for herbal combinations that include goldenrod, parsley, marsh mallow root, horsetail and elderberry (Urinary Tea Blend). One teaspoon of cooled tea three times a day is sufficient for cats. Cantharis works to relieve pain in your pet and will ease discomfort when urinating. Two or three 30C pellets at the first sight of infection and repetition of the treatment once every hour for three hours. Your pet does not need to swallow the pellets, just put it in his/her mouth so it can be absorbed. If no change within 12 hours, call your vet. Humans often use cranberry to treat UTIs, and it works well for pets, too. Cranberry stops bacteria and it acidifies urine, which stops bacteria from thriving. Giving your pet one capsule of Cranberry for every 20 pounds they way works well, as does Uva Ursi. Another way to treat and prevent urinary tract infections is to boost your pet’s immune system with Transfer Factor XF, Cordyvant and ThymuPro. This blend of proprietary ingredients is a powerful supplement that activates and enhances the immune system’s ability to react to pathogens. Vitamin C is a natural anti-inflammatory that is good for the bladder. Pets under 15 lbs should be given 250mg Vitamin C 2x a day. Pets 15-50 pounds should have 50mg twice a day, and bigger dogs may have up to 1000mg twice a day. Vitamin C may cause diarrhea in your pet, so use a buffered form like Ester C. While antibiotics kill infection, they also kill beneficial bacteria. Giving your pet a probiotic that contains Lactobacillus Bifidus will help to restore the natural balance of bacteria. Pets under 20 pounds can have 1/8 tsp. twice a day. Larger pets may have ¼ tsp. twice a day. Yogurt works well, too. Switching to a natural food like Life’s Abundance and ridding your pet of chemical-filled commercial pet food will help to make them healthier overall as natural pet food does not contain additives and preservatives. Making sure that your pet always has clean filtered/spring water is important as chlorine is not good for your pet and may turn them off to water. If your pet struggles with drinking a lot of water, moisten their food with water or chicken broth.   If your dog or cat is recovering from a UTI, make sure that they get plenty of pee breaks! You should encourage them to urinate as much as possible to avoid build-up in the bladder. Be sure they always have access to a clean litter box or are able to go outside. Females that are spayed early on can develop loose tissue where urine can build up around the urethra. In female cats, the urethra is short and bacteria can quickly go to the bladder. By wiping your cat’s bottom with a baby wipe or wet paper towel after urination, you can remove some bacteria before it moves upstream. When to call your Vet Urinary tract infections typically clear up quickly with antibiotics, but they can get worse very quickly. If you’ve tried some of the remedies above, and a day or two later your pet is still sick, make an appointment with your vet right away. Pets can develop a stone that stops them from urinating, and it requires emergency treatment. This type of urethra blockage is not uncommon in male cats.

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 11, 2014, 7:12 pm
KNBC Joel Grover Investigation

For most pet owners, their pet is a beloved family member.  But are you aware that you are accidentally poisoning your pet with one-spot flea & tick treatment and outdoor fertilizers? Read the following links and forward them to your family, friends and neighbors to provide them information the Chemical Pet Industry doesn’t want you or them to know about. Not only are you poisoning your pets but these toxic anti-parasite products have devastating effects on your children’s health too. Watch this video from KNBC Joel Grover Investigation How do YOU feel after watching this video? How much do YOU care? What are YOU going to do to help pets stop being treated with toxic chemical products?  Safer products are available – products that will effectively protect pets from parasites, without negative consequences to their health. Click here to learn more about a 100 % toxic–free product for safe and effective protection of your pet from fleas and ticks.  

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 9, 2014, 6:29 pm
Mars Petcare

Mars has agreed to buy Procter & Gamble‘s Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands in major markets for $2.9 billion in cash, the companies announced in a joint press release. From a press release posted on PetAge.com:     Mars has agreed to buy Procter & Gamble‘s Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands in major markets for $2.9 billion in cash, the companies announced in a joint press release.     The strategic move for Mars Petcare will expand its already large portfolio of pet brands, and signals Proctor & Gamble’s move to reduce its pet segment.     “Exiting Pet Care is an important step in our strategy to focus P&G’s portfolio on the core businesses where we can create the most value for consumers and shareowners,” A.G. Lafley, P&G’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, said. “The transaction creates value for P&G shareowners, and we are confident that the business will thrive at Mars, a leading company in pet care.”     The geographic regions included in the acquisition, which account for approximately 80 percent of P&G Pet Care’s global sales, include North America, Latin America and other selected countries. The agreement includes an option for Mars to acquire the business in several additional countries.  Markets not included in the transaction are primarily European Union countries.     P&G said it is developing alternate plans to sell its Pet Care business in these markets.     “This acquisition is a perfect fit with our Mars Petcare vision of making A Better World For Pets,”  Todd Lachman, Mars Petcare global president, said. “The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science, attracts world class talent and grows our world leading portfolio.”     The companies expect to complete the transaction in the second-half of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals. From P&G website: MCLEAN, Va. & CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MCLEAN, Va. & CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mars, Incorporated and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today announce that Mars has agreed to buy the IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands in major markets for US$2.9 Billion in cash. This is a significant strategic move for Mars Petcare to complement its large and growing global Petcare business. The companies expect to complete the transaction in the second-half of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals. Mars Petcare is one of the world’s leading pet food and veterinary care providers and employs more than 35,000 Associates across 50 countries. Upon completion of the transaction, IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands will join Mars Petcare’s billion dollar stable mates PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD®, and ROYAL CANIN®. Mars Petcare Global President, Todd Lachman, said: “We view the addition of the IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands as exceptionally strategic. This acquisition is a perfect fit with our Mars Petcare vision of making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science, attracts world class talent and grows our world leading portfolio. “Paul Iams, an animal nutritionist, founded the Iams Company in 1946. His philosophies created very strong foundations for these remarkable brands which will now complement our existing Mars Petcare portfolio.” P&G’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, A.G. Lafley, said: “Exiting Pet Care is an important step in our strategy to focus P&G’s portfolio on the core businesses where we can create the most value for consumers and shareowners. The transaction creates value for P&G shareowners, and we are confident that the business will thrive at Mars, a leading company in pet care.” The geographic regions included in the acquisition, which account for approximately 80% of P&G Pet Care’s global sales, include North America, Latin America and other selected countries. The agreement includes an option for Mars to acquire the business in several additional countries. Markets not included in the transaction are primarily European Union countries. P&G said it is developing alternate plans to sell its Pet Care business in these markets. P&G Financial Impacts: P&G said that it will begin reporting results of the global Pet Care business as discontinued operations as of the April-June 2014 quarter. As a result, P&G expects to restate earnings of approximately $0.03 and $0.04 per share from core earnings to discontinued operations for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, respectively, leaving its fiscal year 2014 core earnings per share growth rate guidance unchanged. The company added that the one-time earnings impact from the divestiture and ongoing earnings per share dilution are not expected to have a material impact on fiscal year 2015 results. P&G said that net cash proceeds from the transaction would be used for general corporate purposes. About Mars, Incorporated In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance. Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and CESAR®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food –UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA ® Coffee Roasterscoffee, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® tea,DOVE®/GALAXY® Hot Chocolate, and FLAVIA® brewer; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 9, 2014, 2:52 pm
Azalea – Rhododendron Species

Five Toxic Plants That Can Seriously Injure Your Dog If you’re a dog lover, thoughts of summertime conjure memories of long evening strolls and outdoor recreation with your dog. In fact, you may have already started this summer to create new fond memories. Given that, the last thing you want on one of your nature walks is for your canine companion to be sidelined by an injury. Unfortunately, many pet parents don’t realize until it’s too late that there are menacing toxins lurking in the plants of both cultivated and wild landscapes. Plants that you are used to seeing in public parks, your neighborhood and perhaps even in your own backyard can lead to devastating effects. In what follows, Dr. Jane will review five of these dangerous plants so that you will be able to identify and avoid them when you’re with your dog. First up are four plants commonly used in landscaping that are actually toxic to canines … continue reading »

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 7, 2014, 11:56 am
Dog TV

Of all the TV and Cable channels we have to choose from, I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a brand new channel just for dogs has arrived. Yes, you read correctly, a television channel just for fluffy! Imagine this, no matter what hours you work or you’re away from home, Dog TV will keep your pup entertained for hours on end with their 24/7 line-up…maybe with a little puppy nap in between! Their schedule is backed up by scientific research to include shows to help relax your pet, stimulate them into playfulness and even provide them exposure to to life’s day-to-day sounds and activities from a dog’s viewpoint to help them cope with the real world…all while you’re not home! Of course, I can already see us animal lovers hogging the remote control from our family members or better yet, this channel would be perfect for pet lovers who, for whatever reason cannot have a pet, want to bring the dog world into their homes. Who says we can’t watch too? You’ve gotta watch this to believe it and let us know your thoughts! We’d love to hear them! Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Want to know more? Then check it out for yourself at Dog TV. So what do you think about Dog TV? Tell us your thoughts and whether you’d subscribe to this channel for your spoiled pup!  

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 5, 2014, 6:07 pm
Diamond Pet Foods

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – April 3, 2014 – A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging Diamond Pet Foods manufactured and distributed certain pet food products that allegedly led to illness and death in some animals that consumed them. The lawsuit was first filed in 2012 by New York resident Barbara Marciano, who claimed the dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods caused her one of her dogs, Benji, to become ill and die, and another one of her dogs, Pepsi, to experience lethargy. There are three subclasses of class members. Subclass I includes consumers who purchased certain pet food products in 2011 and 2012. The defendants will create a settlement fund limited to a maximum of $750,000 to pay claims from those who purchased the pet food. Members of this subclass who submit a valid claim form will receive either payment up to a maximum value of two bags of pet food per pet; or a pro rata share of the net proceeds of the settlement fund for this subclass not to exceed the actual or estimated purchase price of up to two bags of the pet food per pet if the settlement fund is exhausted, if the total amount claimed by the eligible Subclass I members exceeds the funds available. If applicable, Subclass I members can request reimbursement of the cost of veterinary care and/or the fair market value of the pet as set forth in Subclass II, according to the settlement order. The defendants will create a settlement fund limited to a total maximum of $1.25 million to pay claims from Subclass II. Members of this subclass who submit a valid claim form will receive a full reimbursement of the actual cost of veterinarian testing, care and/or treatment. The defendants will not be required to reimburse for any portion of the veterinary bill that is unrelated to suspected or actual salmonella illness. Subclass II members will only reimbursed for those veterinary or related charges deemed reasonable, necessary and typical within the class member’s community, according to the settlement order. If the settlement fund is exhausted, Subclass II members will receive a pro rata share of the net proceeds of the settlement fund. If death of a pet or animal is claimed, a class member submitting a valid claim shall receive the fair market value of the pet, or, if the settlement fund is exhausted, a pro rata share of the market value of the pet; and, if applicable, relief for veterinary care of the pet. The defendants will provide relief in the form of coupons to pay claims for Subclass III. Class members who submit valid claim forms shall receive one or more coupons with a face value of $2. A maximum of 50,000 coupons will be distributed. Class members must submit a valid claim form by July 11. A final hearing will be held on Sept. 15. Attorneys have until 28 days before the settlement hearing to file applications for award of attorneys’ fees and expenses. The defendants deny any wrongdoing but have agreed to a settlement to avoid the expense and uncertainty of trial. Marciano claims prior to the recall, Diamond never warned her or any other member of the class that the recalled pet food would cause their pets to have health problems and possibly die. In April 2012, the Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and other state and local officials, investigated a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections. The FDA’s investigation was prompted by Department of Agriculture officials from various states who reported they discovered Salmonella in unopened or sealed packages of Diamond brands. The FDA’s investigation revealed that a total of 14 people from nine states were infected by the outbreak and subsequently, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine detected a strain of Salmonella virus at Diamond’s manufacturing plant in Gaston, S.C., according to the suit. Starting on April 6, 2012, Diamond initiated several recalls of its pet food due to Salmonella and in all, it recalled nine brands of pet food, including Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, Apex, Kirkland Signature and Canidae. The plaintiffs were represented by Samuel H. Rudman, Mario Alba Jr., Mark S. Reich and William H. Geddish of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. The case is assigned to District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York case number: 2:12-cv-02708 Source:  Legal Newsline

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 3, 2014, 6:04 pm
Natural Remedies for Fleas

Natural Remedies for Fleas – Home Treatments for Your Home and Pets Fleas on your Pet 1. Give your dog 1/2 clove of crushed garlic, mixed in with your dog’s food, once a day. Good bye, fleas. To keep your dog flea free, continue giving garlic everyday. Garlic is safe and promotes good digestive health.  Remember though that garlic is NOT safe for puppies, kittens and nursing mommas.   2. Brewer’s yeast added to the diet has been touted as a sure cure for fleas, but recently information has come to light suggesting that the large amount of brewer’s yeast necessary to eliminate fleas might cause health problems. Instead of adding brewer’s yeast to your dog’s diet, try sprinkling it on your pet. Thoroughly rub it into the coat to make sure it reaches the skin. It is best to do this outside, because the fleas cannot stand the smell of yeast and will jump off of your pet. Note: you can use brewer’s yeast in conjunction with garlic. 3. Mix a few drops of the herb pennyroyal or eucalyptus oil into your pet’s shampoo. Note: Undiluted pennyroyal oil can be toxic and should never be used at full strength. 4. Use a flea spray on your dog. Sprays containing D-limonene or pyrethrins are effective and less toxic than some sprays.  The best natural insect spray we have found and use daily is Nature’s Way. Fleas in the Environment 1. For fleas in the house you can sprinkle table salt on carpets, floors, furniture, and in cracks and crevices around baseboards where fleas hide. Wait one or two hours and vacuum.  Boric Acid Treatment is also safe, and lasts up to one year.  You might also consider Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, which can be taken internally as well, for many health benefits! 2. Vacuuming is an extremely effective, nontoxic way to keep the flea population down. Be sure to change the vacuum bag frequently when you have a flea problem, after each vacuuming is best. Or you can take the bag outside after each use and put it in direct sun which will kill the fleas inside. Then you can reuse the bag. If you have a big freezer you can also put the bag in the freezer to kill the fleas inside it. 3. Wash your pet’s bedding at least once week. 4. Plug in a night light and put a wide pan partially filled with water underneath. Some will leap toward the light, fall in the pan and drown in the water. 5. You can sprinkle diatoms (diatomaceous earth) on carpeting and upholstered furniture. 6. For yard infestations use nematodes-microscopic worms. These are available at pet and garden stores.  Garl-Or3 Yard and Garden Spray is a natural and all purpose garlic-based spray that greatly reduces insects. 7. For an uncontrollable, out-of-control flea infestation in your home, organic cedar oil is the #1 recommended solution.  Works as an instant kill solution for flea infestations, it is effective at ridding your home and pets of pests, but it is safe enough to use on your children! Hint: You can drown any fleas you find in alcohol. We recommend Flea Free, a natural line of flea and tick prevention products.  If you are already suffering a flea infestation in your home and on your pets, we highly recommend Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth and/or Cedar Oil, depending on your needs! Once you’ve completely eliminated all fleas and larvae, it’s time to arm your pet with a PetZone Flea & Tick Protector disk, which will ward off fleas and ticks naturally, safely and effectively!  PetZone Flea & Tick Protector is safe and effective for ALL animals of ALL ages, including humans!    Learn more about PetZone Flea & Tick Protector here.

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Author: Bree
Posted: April 1, 2014, 8:48 am
Cat with Ringworm

Ringworm in Animals and Pets © by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC Ringworm occurs occasionally in pets and it is not actually caused by a worm, but a fungus, and the lesion is not always shaped like a ring. Fungus is everywhere, and so it isn’t easy to figure which pets will develop Ringworm. Some dogs and cats are carriers of Ringworm and they can transmit the disease to other animals and people. Ringworm is more common in young animals and those with weakened immune systems (for example-FeLV).  Ringworm can be transmitted to people, but just because a pet has Ringworm does not mean they will automatically transfer it to a human. Fungi of Significance in Ringworm Microsporum canis - Source is typically cats, most often long-hair cats.  Microsporum gypseum - This type of Ringworm typically is from dogs and cats that dig into contaminated soil.  Trichophyton mentagrophytes – Infects dogs and cats that are exposed to rodents or borrows where rodents live. Which of these 3 types of Ringworm occur depends on the animal and their geographic location. Symptoms of Ringworm Skin lesions that show up when Ringworm is present do not always look like a ring. Hair loss in small patches occurs, and these patches will disappear and reappear on different parts of the body. It is important to know that the diagnosis of Ringworm cannot be made simply from the lesion. These symptoms may be due to other diseases or allergies. Diagnosis All Ringworm diagnosis requires testing. If a human has been diagnosed with Ringworm, it is possible they contracted it from their pet, even if the pet is without symptoms. This is especially true for multiple cat households.  One way Ringworm is diagnosed is with a Woods lamp aka a black light. Species will fluoresce if present. Hair is then cultured and sent to a lab to determine if the fungus is present or not. Treatment for Ringworm A special shampoo is used to treat ringworms, and it isn’t uncommon for pet’s hair to be clipped. Anti fungal creams are also used, especially in areas where there is little hair growth. Some of these medications include Clotrimazole, Miconazole, Chlorhexidene and Ketoconazole. Oral anti-fungal medications are also used at times, but it is important to know the potential side effects when giving the animal chemical based medications. If you’re looking for a natural treatment that is both safe and effective, Nature’s Defender with 100% natural cedar oil  treats ringworm, infections, would, lacerations, lesions, rain rot and more. This product can also be used as a dipping solution to eliminate fleas, mites and help other skin problems. Natur’s Defender replaces toxic chemicals and does not have negative side effects. In some animals, Ringworm will resolve itself on its own, but it should be treated at the first sign of infection.  “A four month old kitten had a severe skin condition that was diagnosed as ringworm.  After four months of conventional therapy, the resistant ringworm infection was not resolved.  We put the kitten on Transfer Factor and within 5 days there were no apparent ringworm lesions remaining.  Within a few weeks all the hair had grown back – and the now 9 month old cat has a beautiful, glossy coat.  The ringworm lesions have not returned.”?  Sam Jones, DVM If you happen to have Goldenseal Tincture at home, you could try this easy recipe as well. Recommended Product: Transfer Factor Preventing Ringworm It is nearly impossible to prevent exposure to Ringworm. Routine hygiene such as frequent hand washing and keeping your pets clean will help to combat the problems. Keeping your pet healthy will enable them to have a strong immune system, which in turn will enable them to fight disease more effectively.    

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 31, 2014, 3:33 pm
Natural Heartworm Prevention Program

Natural Heartworm Prevention and Protection© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC The beginning of Spring is when veterinarians inspect dogs & cats for heartworm organisms and put pets on heartworm prevention medicines. Most vets suggest giving your pet a monthly or day-to-day pill for heartworm prevention, but this can be dangerous as the drug for heartworm is a chemical. The ingredients in this medicine include a chemical pesticide, which can cause illness when administered via heartworm pill every day or month. The side effects of treatment are dangerous and can cause harm to your pet. Some of these side effects are seizure, diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue. In addition, chemical heartworm medication makes the kidneys and liver work harder as they need to eliminate toxins from the body. This causes the body’s immune system to weaken, which makes your pet more susceptible to disease. The good news is that holistic and alternative veterinarians recommend natural and effective methods that are safe, free of harmful side effects and don’t contribute to illness like arthritis, liver/kidney disease, allergies and others. Heartworm Explained and Causes Heartworm is a parasite that mostly infects dogs, but cats can be infected as well. Heartworm is extremely dangerous to your pet and an infestation can kill if left untreated. Heartworm is transmitted to animals by infected mosquitos, (not all mosquitos carry the disease) and when the mosquito bites the animal, their larvae move throughout your pet’s body to the heart and lungs. From there, adult worms grow and cause serious & potentially life threatening damage. How do I know if my Pet is Infected? Symptoms of heartworm disease: • Changes in weight/loss• Fatigue• Breathing problems• Coughing It is important to note that during the beginning stages of the disease, there may not be any symptoms. Heartworm is diagnosed through a blood test. How do you treat Heartworm? Conventional Heartworm treatment includes medication that is both preventative and medication that rids worms from the heart & lungs if the disease is advanced. While this medication is effective, it is acknowledged by vet professionals that there are a number of health risks that come along with this treatment because the medication contains pesticides that accumulate in the body over a period of time. Heartworm is also dangerous because dead heartworms may become dislodged and block blood vessels, causing immediate death. Surgery is sometimes needed to remove these worms. Deciding on a prevention and treatment route, whether it is conventional, homeopathic or a combination of both is a decision you should make with your veterinarian. There are many homeopathic and holistic methods to treat heartworm without the use of chemicals and many vets across North America integrate more holistic methods into treatment in order to maintain and promote the health of animals. Alternative Heartworm Prevention & Treatment There are a few steps you must take as a pet owner to protect your pet against heartworm, as there isn’t a magic pill. Be sure to follow the steps and tips below in conjunction with your vet’s supervision. Healthy Diet Holistic vets around the world agree that commercial, processed pet foods are detrimental to pet health. Raw food like fruits, vegetables, meat, bones and water are the best foods you can give your pet. Cats are meat eaters, so raw meat, bones and chicken giblets are good for your cat. You should avoid giving your pet milk and foods with sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives. Life’s Abundance is a great natural alternative to commercial pet food. Immune System Health Animals with a healthy immune system are less likely to be bitten by mosquitos. If your pet has a healthy immune system and is bit, their natural defense system will work better to kill off larvae. Some of the contributing factors to a weakened immune system include frequent antibiotics/vaccinations, low quality pet foods, improper diet, stress and synthetic medications. A healthy liver is imperative to the health of your pet. It prevents illness, removes waste and toxins, so it must work properly. Immunity and Liver Support ensures that your pet’s liver stays healthy and strong, along with a robust immune system. Look for our Buy 2, Get 1 Free Special! Heart Health and Circulation Like humans, heart health and proper circulation is vital to your pet’s ability to fight off disease. Good circulation allows white blood cells to fight disease and red blood cells to carry oxygen. Proper diet and adequate exercise are important parts of a healthy heart and circulation system. Heart & Circulation Tonic benefits your pet in the war against heartworms and other illnesses. Look for our Buy 2, Get 1 FREE Special! De-Worming If you live in an area with a high risk for heartworm, prevention is key. Consulting with a holistic veterinarian on your options for a homeopathic heartworm prevention and treatment plan will help to fight off heartworm before it occurs. We recommend the use of PetAlive Parasite Dr.  to prevent infestations and improve overall health. Parasite Dr. contains “bitter” ingredients that make the animal unattractive to ticks, fleas and mosquitos. Parasite Dr. also contains natural anti-parasitic properties that kill and rid the body of worms. Consult with your vet before beginning at home treatment if your pet appears to be ill. Benefits of PetAlive Parasite Dr: • Rid and protect your pet against parasites like heartworm, roundworm and tapeworm• Balance digestive health, soothe digestive system• Cleanse the digestive system to improve function• Reduce yeast and protect against bacterial infection• Reduce nausea, bloating and flatulence in your pet• Improve energy levels Look for our Buy 2 & Get 1 Free Special Lastly, keep mosquitos away from pets! Everyday use of Flea Free will keep fleas, ticks, mosquitos and other pests away from pets in a natural and chemical-free manner. An all-natural formula, Flea Free is so safe that it is effective for human consumption!   The Natural Heartworm Prevention Program (NSP) is also effective and consists of three products. These products include Artemisia Combination (Monthly De-Wormer), HSII (Heart Health),...

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 30, 2014, 9:06 am
Parvo Home Treatment

© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC So you’re back at your vet’s office for your dog’s yearly spring health checkup. Your vet mentions it’s time for shots again, including the Parvovirus vaccination (also known as Parvo Virus). Now you’re probably wondering, but is this vaccine really necessary? What exactly are we trying to prevent? Actually, Parvo virus is a highly contagious virus affecting mainly dogs that is contracted from feces, direct or even indirect contact with other dogs who are infected. If not treated, the virus can cause death. Unfortunately, during this most beautiful time of the year, Parvo is on the rise, and it’s important that all of us become a little more educated on this deadly disease. Dr. Sarah, Life’s Abundance staff veterinarian, is joined by Alma, her very special co-star, and she shares her expert knowledge on exactly what the Parvo Virus is, how it’s contracted, signs of Parvo we should all be on the lookout for, and what we need to do should we suspect our dog may have been infected with Parvo. Even if your dog has already been vaccinated against Parvo Virus, this video is a great refresher. YOU just might be the person to save the life of a friend or family member’s dog just with this knowledge alone. Better yet, considering sharing this information with all your pet friends using one of the sharing links below the video.    

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 28, 2014, 9:24 am
Dog Bow

The Secret of the Dog Bow by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM Your dog’s stretching routine is more complicated than you think. Is this behavior simply a way to flex the muscles or does your pup want your attention? If you’re unfamiliar with the latest in doggie conversation, you should definitely continue reading as Dr. Jane explores one of the cornerstones of canine communication – the dog bow. Pet parents often ask me, “Why does my dog bow?” The answer is more complicated than you might think, as it often is with our wonderfully complex canine companions. Dog bows serve as building blocks of dog communication and also have a physiological function in the stretching referred to as pandiculation. The reason behind each bow depends on when the dog engages in the behavior. Let’s talk about this unique form of stretching first. Pandiculation is a brain-reflex-action pattern in which many animals engage. The word originates from the Latin ‘pandere’, which means “to spread out” or “stretch oneself”. Next time your dog gets up from rest, watch what he does. Most often, he’ll put his front paws out and lengthen his back as he relaxes his belly. Then he may pandiculate in reverse, by contracting the anterior muscles into a flexed posture. This “wakes up” the muscular system, particularly the rear extensor muscles responsible for running. In a very real sense, this motion activates the connection between the brain and the muscles. Stretching and yawning upon awakening is one healthy habit that we could relearn from our companion animals. As children, we instinctively do this, but many of us lose the habit. Remember when you used to stretch? You’d wake up, gently tighten your arms and legs, feel a yawn coming on. Then, you’d reach your arms above your head, then reach down to one leg and then the other. You would first contract your muscles, then lengthen them, followed by complete relaxation. Try it some morning … you might be surprised at how good it’ll make you feel! Dog bowing is most commonly expressed with what we refer to as the ‘play bow’. This common posture serves as a cornerstone of dog communication. Most often, it functions as an expression of ‘let’s play!” Or, it can signal an apologetic tone, such as, “Oops, I didn’t mean to bite so hard. I wasn’t trying to hurt you. Let’s keep playing!” With a play bow, social hierarchy is not a factor. Dominant dogs can offer play bows to lower-ranked dogs and vice versa. When two dogs meet for the first time, they may initiate interaction with play bows as a way of making friends. Sometimes as part of the mating ritual, canines will initially assume the play-bow position to communicate amorous intent. Even if you don’t know exactly what your dog is attempting to communicate, the context of the behavior can help clue you in. Want to try something fun? Try doing your own version of the play bow to your dog, and watch your pup go from serious to goofball in a heartbeat. Use a silly voice, plop down and invite your dog to play – you will likely be delighted at your dog’s response! If dogs are not properly socialized, they may not know how to respond to another dog’s play-bow invitation. Rather than responding in-kind, they may feel threatened and growl fearfully. If you witness any fearful or aggressive reactions, I recommend working with a professional dog trainer. If your dog invites you to play with a bow, accept the invitation! Chances are that you’ll boost her well-being, as well as yours, by simply engaging in purposeful play for only five minutes. It’s a great way to take a break from the day and begin a game of tug of war, tag or fetch. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 27, 2014, 5:41 pm
Promaxol - Natural Relief Medicine for Pet Pain Symptoms

Discover the Natural Pet Medicine Formulated to Safely Relieve Pet Pain We know you love your pet, and when they’re sidelined with pain, you’d do almost anything to bring them relief – but think twice before giving your pet aspirin or other pain medications meant for humans. They can be toxic to your pet, and make a bad situation even worse. Promaxol for fast, safe pain relief for pets.When your pet is in pain, turn to natural Promaxol for fast, safe pain relief. Promaxol is powerfully formulated to relieve all pet pains, including aches, soreness, stiffness and swelling due to crisis, injury, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and muscle and joint sprains and strains. Promaxol is here to safely and quickly start relieving your pet’s pain, and to help supplement their diet with the organic ionic minerals they may be missing as a result of modern lifestyles. Promaxol is a liquid-based, proprietary homeopathic medicine. This unique blend utilizes a multi-directional process to quickly start providing relief from a variety of pain-related symptoms, safely and naturally. Safely and quickly start relieving pet pain caused by injury, infection, & arthritis Provide safe, non-steroidal pain relief for your pet Work safely & naturally, without the negative side effects commonly associated with other pet pain relief medications Promaxol is an OTC Homeopathic Pet Medicine that may be used with other prescription or OTC medications Promaxol is Recommended by Veterinarians for Dog and Cat Pain Relief & Recovery Promaxol is a superior pet care product for your dog and cat because it is safe, starts working quickly, and is available now. Discover why veterinarian Dr. Char Wilson chooses Promaxol to relieve pain in dogs and cats. Homeopathic ingredients are officially recognized and indicated to safely and quickly start relieving dog pain, inflammation, aches and soreness caused by a variety of everyday events Oligotherapeutic base provides non-alcohol, non-irritating medicine delivery directly to your dog’s cells for superior, fast-acting pain relief Bio-available liquid form is easy to administer to any dog, for quick and effective absorption in the body Multi-potency formula provides fast-acting and long-lasting pain relief for your dog Natural formula provides quick relief without the negative side effects common to popular dog pain medications! All of these benefits add up to one thing: the wellness your dog and cat deserves! By adding Promaxol to your dog or cat’s daily water dish, you can rest assured that your pet is receiving optimal pain relief without the risks associated with most pain killers. The Promaxol Guarantee We know that Promaxol works. Every day we receive phone calls, e-mails, and letters from customers who are ecstatic about their results. In fact, we’re so sure that Promaxol will work for your pet, that we offer a 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Click to learn more about Promaxol, Ingredients, How to Use, Success Stories, FAQ’s and the company behind Promaxol.

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 25, 2014, 6:12 pm
Banana Honey Dog Treats Recipe

So many pet parents have asked me over the years whether bananas are healthy for their dogs, and I’ve always answered YES, but don’t give them too much or they’ll be spinning around the house with endless energy!   Are they nutritional?  Absolutely!  Bananas are loaded with amino acids, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins B6 and C, potassium, fiber and manganese.  Veterinarians also treat certain gastrointestinal disorders with bananas as they are also rich in the dietary fiber pectin, which can promote smooth bowel movements.   So if you’re looking to add a little good fiber to your dog’s diet and help their energy a little too, here’s a great recipe…for both of you…even for your entire family!!!  Ingredients…2 cups water2 bananas, mashed2 tablespoons honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 egg4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour1 teaspoon baking powder Directions…1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.2. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.3. Combine water, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl.4. Stir in whole-wheat flour and baking powder.5. Beat dough with an electric mixer on medium speed until ingredients are thoroughly combined, 1 to 2 minutes.6. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until no longer sticky, 5 to 8 minutes.7. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into mini shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.8. Place dough shapes on prepared baking sheets.9. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, about 20 minutes.10.Turn off the oven and leave cookies until thoroughly dry and crisp, 30 to 40 more minutes.11.Remove baking sheets from oven and allow cookies to cool on pans for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to fully cool. This recipe makes approximately 7 dozen dog treats! REMEMBER to either refrigerate or freeze all natural treats to avoid spoilage and insect infestation.

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 23, 2014, 7:55 pm
Spay Neuter Ribbon

Spring brings other hazards for unsuspecting pets. Not only do the birds and bees “turn to thoughts of love,” but so do dogs and cats. Normally well-behaved companion animals will suddenly become escape artists as instinct triumphs over training. Male dogs will climb over or tunnel under secure fences and roam for blocks on the scent of a female “in season,” dodging traffic at busy intersections and finding themselves lost in new territory with no idea how to get home again. Females, who are content to remain in the house and close to their people any other time, will dash past feet in an attempt to race out whenever a door is opened. If statistics of unwanted offspring can’t convince you to spay or neuter, won’t you do it for the safety of your own pet? If you’ve been putting off spaying or neutering your pet because of the high cost your vet charges, we recommend you look at the Friends of Animals website, where you can purchase much-discounted spay/neuter certificates that can even be used at your vet’s office!  I’ve been using them for many, many years and fortunately, my own vet participates in their program!  So check them out and get your reduced-priced certificate today!

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 19, 2014, 2:26 pm
Tick Key

Want to win a 2-Pack of Tick Keys, one for you and one for a friend?  Then head on over to our Facebook page and follow the steps!   You’ll find the details of the contest pinned to the top!  Contest ends next week Sunday, March 23, 2014! Let’s hope you never have to use it, but if you do, just know that the Tick Key is the only tick removal device to remove the entire tick.  99.9% effective on all sizes and types of ticks.  It’s not just for pets, but is just as effective on us humans!  :)  Just watch the video to your right to see it in action! With tick-borne diseases on the rise across the country, the Tick Key is essential in your arsenal for prevention of Lyme disease, prevention of ehrlichiosis, prevention of babesiosis, prevention of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, prevention of Southern tick-associated rash illness (STAR), as well as any other tick-borne illness. Learn more about Tick Key here  >>

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 17, 2014, 5:00 pm
Dog Digs in Yard

Does Your Dog Dig? By Larry Combs I assume you love your dog, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. But, looking at your “battle-field” of a yard filled with holes sometimes makes it tough to love your dog like you want to. You look out the window, and there he is digging like crazy, for no apparent reason. As if there is something buried there that he HAS to have right now! My Border Collie used to drive me nuts! So, I started checking around. Calling every dog expert I could find trying find someone who knew the answers. Then, Bingo! I found a trainer in who actually had some ideas. He said most dogs don’t dig for no reason. They smell something that intrigues them and compels them to dig. It could be many things. From moles to mold. In my case it was mold from an old decaying tree stump just under the surface. “Buster” had dug a virtual “foxhole” around the area. Here’s what I discovered. First, there are some commercial products you can by like “Keep Off” and “Repell” and I had some success with them. But, they soon loose their effect. Either they simply wear off, or get washed away by rain, etc. But the attraction to dig remains. Here’s what I did that actually broke Buster forever! The trainer who finally helped told me to put Busters stool in the holes. I said “will that really work?” And he said “Well, unless your dog likes digging in s—.” I grabbed my shovel and every time I cleaned up after Buster’s “business” I put the stool in the hole. It worked almost immediately. Every time Buster dug a new hole, I started filling it with poop. Within a week Buster gave up and quit digging. So, since you need to clean your yard anyway, you might give it try. Get a couple bags of top soil, put in the poop, fill with the soil and plant some grass seed. Soon you’ll have your yard looking like a yard again.

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 15, 2014, 4:50 pm
Colbie Wearing Flea & Tick Protector

Take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING offer, 3 Days ONLY, on our popular PetZone Flea & Tick Protector!  Special ends Monday at midnight EST, March 17, 2014.  Use coupon code “petzonefreeshipping” (without the quotation marks) during checkout!  Coupon valid for U.S. shipping addresses only and cannot be combined with any other special offer! The PetZone Flea & Tick Protector is the best protection against fleas and ticks. It is non-chemical, and therefore doesn’t threaten your pet or household. It doesn’t pollute the environment and is completely harmless. It’s easy to use and guarantees the best protection against flea &  tick diseases for one full year.  All you have to do is attach the patch (self-adhesive) on your pet’s ID tag on his/her collar and relax. There’s no other product that can compare to the Flea & Tick Protector’s safety and long-term effectiveness. Quantities are limited, so hurry! Shop Now  >>

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 14, 2014, 8:25 pm
Lyme Disease Borrelia Spirochete

Lyme Disease in Dogs© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC Lyme Disease, not to be confused with Lyme’s Disease, is caused by bacterium (spirochete) named Borrelia. This bacterium is transmitted to dogs via tick bite. Once it enters the blood stream, it is carried throughout the body, localizing in areas like the joints.  Many different species of ticks carry the bacteria. Can Lyme Disease affect people? Yes, but humans do not get the disease from dogs. People get infected from the same ticks that give the bacteria to dogs. It is important to know the dangers of ticks, and prevent as much exposure to ticks as possible. How does it affect dogs? People that develop Lyme Disease develop a rash where they were bitten within 3-30 days. Because of this rash, the disease can be detected early in people, but it is difficult to detect in animals. Dogs and cats do not develop the characteristic human-type rash, so it is hard to recognize as its symptoms can mimic other illnesses. Most dog owners take their dog to their vet when their dog is in pain or has stopped eating, prompting them to seek medical attention. Dogs with Lyme Disease have been described as “walking on eggshells” with high fevers. Dogs may also become disabled and not able to walk properly. This lameness is painful and can shift around different legs. Some pets with Lyme Disease can be affected for over a year before they show symptoms. Diagnosing Lyme Disease in Dogs Dogs that have trouble walking, fever and swollen joints are typically suspected of the presence of Lyme Disease, but other diseases mimic these symptoms. Veterinarians use an antibody test to detect if antibodies are present as well as a DNA type test to determine if the bacterium is present in the blood. To prevent false negatives, samples are typically taken from affected joints. What is the treatment for Lyme Disease? Treatment for Lyme Disease includes a long course of antibiotics in order to completely rid the dog of the organism. Often times, different antibiotics are needed, as some drugs are not effective. It’s important to know that the infection can recur or the dog can become infected again if bitten by another tick. Protecting your dog against Lyme Disease The best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to limit the exposure to ticks, which can be found in grassy, woody & sandy areas. Ticks have sensors that enable them to detect when an animal is present, and they then crawl or drop onto the animal. When outdoors, keep your pet away from thick underbrush and on trails when walking. Prevention is key; Flea Free is a food supplement for tick & flea prevention, and PetZone Flea & Tick Protector (patch that attaches to your pet’s ID tag on the collar).  PetZone Flea and Tick Protector is the safest, most effective and affordable preventative against the many diseases caused by fleas and ticks full one full year, including Lyme Disease.  It is safe for all animals, all ages, including humans and horses.  We use and HIGHLY recommend! If you see a tick on your dog, remove the tick right away and put it in rubbing alcohol or smash it between two hard surfaces. You can also freeze the tick if you think Lyme Disease testing will be needed. If you remove the tick quickly, you can prevent infection as it is only transmitted if the tick has fed for 12 hours. You should be very careful when removing ticks as the disease can pass to you via cuts or wounds. There is currently a vaccine protecting canines from Lyme Disease, and it is given 2x at two-week intervals. Your dog will need to be vaccinated every year in order to stay immune. If you’re interested in a more homeopathic method, TF-Defense is a safe, FDA registered remedy that contains safe ingredients to improve red blood cells, immune system and liver functions.

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 11, 2014, 3:02 pm
Dog with Separation Anxiety

If your dog uses his time alone in the house to bark endlessly, pee on the carpet, or tear up the sofa—and those behaviors are accompanied by depression or stress—your pooch may be suffering from separation anxiety, a very common doggy behavior problem. Overcoming disorders like separation anxiety takes time, patience and consistency, but it can be done! Just take the following steps, and you’re already on your way. Make sure the problem is separation anxiety. The first step in tackling behavior issues is to rule out any underlying medical problems that might be causing your pet’s misbehavior. Next, rule out other behavior problems. For example, consider whether your dog’s inappropriate elimination is due to incomplete housetraining. Take action. So you’re sure the problem is separation anxiety? Try these strategies to address the issue: Keep all greetings relaxed. When leaving, give your dog a pat on the head, say goodbye and leave. Similarly, when arriving home, say hello to your dog and then don’t pay any more attention to him until he’s calm and relaxed. Give your dog a workout. Giving your dog lots of mental and physical stimulation goes a long way toward quelling behavior problems—especially those involving anxiety. Exercise can enrich your dog’s life, decrease stress and provide appropriate outlets for normal behavior. And once she’s all tuckered out, your pal won’t have much energy left to get into trouble. Reward your pooch! Teach your dog to associate your departure with a reward, like a delicious stuffed Kong or other food-dispensing toy. This positive association can help resolve the problem, as well as distract your dog for the first few minutes you’re gone! Source:  ASPCA For those of you whose pets may need a little extra help, and you refuse to put your beloved baby on medications, great success has been reported by many pet parents who use PetZone Calm, a drug-free alternative to medications.  Calm is a small patch that adheres to a pet’s ID tag or collar for 24/7 emotional balancing.  If you have a nervous pet, please don’t let them suffer another moment and get them on Calm right away! Petzone Calm Bio App for pets is a drug-free alternative to combat: Travel Anxiety; Thunderstorm, Fireworks and other Loud Noise Anxiety; Separation Anxiety; Eating Disorders; Emotional Disorders; Fears and Phobias; Re-homing; and more Proudly Made in the U.S.A. Learn more about PetZone Calm  >>

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 8, 2014, 11:47 am
Daylight Savings Spring Forward This Weekend

Yup, it’s that time of the year again when most of us in the U.S. “spring forward” out of daylight savings and lose that extra precious hour of sleep!  Even our pets can be affected, especially around meal time.  You can make their mealtime  transition a little easier for them by feeding them 15 minutes later today, then another 15 minutes later tomorrow and then another 15 minutes later on Sunday…so that come Monday, they should be back on their old meal time hour!  Then you can spend the rest of the week working on getting your own biological clock to adjust, which is not easy for many of us!  lol But look at the bright side, once we’ve finally adjusted, we’ll have plenty of daylight at the end of the day to begin enjoying longer walks with our pets and even romping in the yard as the warmth of Spring gets closer and closer with each passing day!  Please let us know in the comments below what methods you’ve used over the years to ease this transition for yourself and your pets…I’m sure others could use a little extra help!!!  PS – Great time to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well.

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 6, 2014, 7:06 pm
Sitting Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy, ushers in a wave of joy and excitement in the old and young alike. The innocent eyes and cute antics of this new member of the family immediately starts attracting a lot of love and affection from all quarters. You harbor great hopes for this little creature and eagerly wait for the day when she can make you proud by doing your bidding. Even her chewing up some of your favorite things is ignored in the hope that she will eventually grow out of it. But, hold on, even before you dream of making your puppy as obedient as a circus dog, there are things to teach and they require effort. Housebreaking your puppy Remember, neither the pedigree nor the age of your puppy will make her housebroken and trained on her own. Your puppy is not a human being and has no idea of what emotional value you attach to your kitchen, garden, your carpet or your husband’s favorite sneakers. All these things can be objects of play for your canine friend. Likewise, she also doesn’t know that sitting patiently will get her that morsel sooner, than snatching it out of your hands. It is therefore important that in addition to puppy proofing your house, you teach that overactive canine soul to respect your sentiments about things material by learning to obey your commands. Every pup, without exception, needs to be socialized and trained. And socialization and training begins from day one, rather the moment the puppy enters your home cradled in your arms. Never forget to establish the initial socialization norms for her and then adhere to them religiously. Such norms inculcate good manners in them, so that the puppy doesn’t grow to become an embarrassment to us, and a nuisance for others. Teaching early home routines, from the first day itself, sets the tone for her future behavior and habits. However, her proficiency in learning will directly depend upon your interest and commitment in training her. Teaching your puppy the norms of ‘community living’ and to obey commands should go hand in hand. You generally know what all commands to teach her, but mostly remain clueless on how to go about it. Therefore, it is important that before you unleash your homegrown ideas on your puppy, you acquire the correct method of training. You will be much better off by starting her training as early as possible. And remember that you need to be patient and understanding while teaching your pup. She is your loving companion who is trying her level best to understand, learn and respond to you. So keep your temper firmly in check at all times. ‘Sit’ – the first basic command The first step in instilling some discipline in your puppy is to make her sit on command. The verbal command ‘sit’ is very simple and can be taught to a pup of any breed within four to six weeks. Of course, much depends upon your persistence and patience. Why ‘sit’ command is one of the easiest commands to teach is because of the natural construction of a dog’s neck and spine that makes it physically impossible for them to look upwards. In order for a dog to look up at something high it must assume the sitting position. This fact is made use of while training a puppy to sit. Training your puppy to sit Let us follow the simple steps in training a puppy to respond to the ‘sit’ command: Stand in front of your puppy, holding a treat above her nose but beyond her reach. This is important. If you hold it too high, she will tend to jump and reach for it and if you hold it too low, well, you’ll find yourself without a treat! Now, move the treat from above her nose towards her head and continue to trace this path towards her tail. All this while, keep calling your puppy’s name followed by ‘sit’ in a clear and firm tone. For example, “Rover, sit!” Use hand signals too, like moving your hand down for sitting. This helps the puppy in understanding the command better. Most often than not, you will find that your puppy, in trying to maintain eye contact with the treat, is forced to sit down on her own. In case she keeps backing up, train her near a wall, which will prevent her from going in reverse indefinitely. When she ultimately sits, pat her and praise her by calling out ‘good’ or ‘good puppy’, even animals enjoy being praised! Offer her a treat but never let her grab it out of your hand. If she does, say a firm ‘no’. In case your puppy just refuses to give in and does everything but sit, hold the treat at the nose level and apply a slight pressure on her rear portion, pushing her gently down into sitting position. At the same time, give a slight pull at her collar. This will help her get the message of getting into a sitting position. In all these attempts, if your puppy manages to acquire a posture that even vaguely resembles a sitting position, praise her abundantly and give her a treat. This will motivate her to do better the next time. Don’t let your puppy remain sitting forever. Without your release command she will not know when to get up. And in the absence of such a command, she may get confused. So, give her a command like ‘release’ or ‘okay’ or ‘thank you’, to let her know that it is time to get up. Gradually, increase the duration of ‘sit’ commands and reduce the frequency of treats. Once your puppy begins to sit on your command for fifteen to thirty minutes, at a stretch, without a treat, she has mastered the ‘sit’ command. Training your dog to obey commands requires patience, motivation and encouragement, not to mention a ready supply of treats! The training sessions should be short but...

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Author: Bree
Posted: March 2, 2014, 4:04 pm
Wheat-Free Apple Chicken Dog Treats

With so many dogs sensitive and allergic to wheat, here’s a real yummy wheat-free treat you can make right in your own kitchen with some really simple ingredients and lots of love!  I got this recipe from the fabulous people at Doggy Dessert Chef.Com. If you haven’t visited their site, it’s a must do! They are the best. Ingredients. . . 1 C grated Swiss Cheese1/4 C sugar-free apple sauce1 cup shredded chicken1 egg1 1/2 cup white rice flour Directions. . .1. Preheat oven to 325, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients – adding one at a time and kneading well after each addition.3. Work dough into ball and roll onto a rice-floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie or biscuit cutter. (try the dog treat cutters!  CUTE!) 4. Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.   Makes 7 to 8 dozen small-ish circles or cookie cutter shapes REMEMBER to either refrigerate or freeze all natural treats to avoid spoilage and insect infestation.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 28, 2014, 4:04 pm
Pet Sitter Wanted

© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC So often, we are asked by concerned pet parents how to go about finding someone they can trust, to come into their homes while they go on vacation, to care for their precious pets. I’ve recently been asked, “We are going on vacation in mid-August and are apprehensive about leaving our two dogs, one cat, two gold fish and our old parakeet. Can you help us decide what to do?” My response? “I can see how traveling with this small menagerie would be difficult.” If you’re not fortunate enough to know of someone personally, a friend or colleague, then you’re faced with the daunting task of trying to find the best suitable individual that won’t allow your pets to turn your house upside down while you’re away. Naturally, this person must also stick to your rules when it comes to feeding, exercising, and even the most important, TLC. First, you can call the two pet sitting associations NAPPS and PSI for a list of their members near you. These professionals are trained to care for pets in the home and know what to do in the event of an emergency. They will even water the plants and take in the mail. They are bonded and insured and have references available. Boarding is also an option. Actually, there are very nice boarding facilities available. Make sure the facility is a member of the American Boarding Kennel Association and ask if you can peruse the establishment at any time other than the morning clean up. Some have rooms for special guests like your senior bird. Gold fish may be a new type of boarder for them but chances are they can take care of them as well. You can also ask them for references, including veterinarians in the area. Last, boarding at your family veterinarian is a good option. Ask the office staff to show you their facilities and go from there. Have a happy vacation. © by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC  

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 25, 2014, 7:05 pm
Bad Breath May Signal Poor Dental Health

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs develop gum disease by the age of three years. Common signs of poor oral health include bad breath, excessive drooling, loss of appetite due to oral discomfort, and teeth discolored by tarter build-up. Bad breath is often the most obvious sign, and products with natural breath-freshening ingredients, such as anise and chlorophyll, can improve that condition. However pet parents can help their beloved companions enjoy optimal dental health by focusing on the cause of Fido’s offensive smells, in addition to relieving the more noticeable symptoms. Keeping your dog’s teeth clean from plaque build-up plays an important role optimal dental health. Chewing is a natural form of tooth cleaning and most dental health products available for dogs are based solely on the abrasive action of chewing something. Having dogs chew a product that holds together well enough to clean the entire tooth can help prevent dental problems. Newer, chewier formats are beginning to emerge to do this, as well as allow active ingredients to adhere to the teeth and go to work. In addition to chewing, more complete dental products add active ingredients to go to work on what causes poor oral health in dogs. One such natural ingredient is green tea. Research from the past decade has demonstrated that a number of substances in green tea can support tarter reduction in multiple ways. Green tea has been shown to kill the bacteria that cause dental caries, inhibit the activity of the bacteria that live below the gumline, and block the attachment of germs to the teeth. Polyphenols in green tea have anti-inflammatory properties, so they reduce gum disease, also known as gingivitis. Finally, green tea helps fight off the erosion of tooth enamel. Keeping your dog’s breath fresher starts on the inside. Poor digestion can often be a factor leading to bad breath. A natural ingredient pet parents will find in more complete dental products is the digestive aid FOS (fructooligosaccharide). FOS is a prebiotic that feeds the naturally-occurring bacteria of the dog’s digestive tract, helping to relieve bad breath. FOS is found in some digestive aids for pets. Pet parents have a number of tools to help their companions maintain good oral health as he or she ages. Breath freshening, chewing, tarter-control, and digestive support will all contribute to healthier teeth and gums. In addition, kisses from your pet will smell much better! Article Courtesy of Only Natural Pet Store,  Rebecca Rose, president of In Clover, Inc. For other natural and holistic dental health tips and products for your dog, click here!  Also be sure to watch the video to your top right on How to Brush your Dog’s Teeth!

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 20, 2014, 6:56 pm
Meeting Strange Dogs on Walks

A Proper Introduction For Dogs Out For A Walk By Doggy Dan, Expert dog trainer and canine behaviorist from Auckland, New Zealand. So often, greeting another dog on a lead becomes a total disaster, with both owners apologizing for their dog’s behaviour and neither dog enjoying the experience. Neither owner is sure what the correct meet and greet procedure is, or the what the right thing to say is, and we become too involved in what should be a purely dog affair. So I have put this simply post and video together so that you have a few key pointers up your sleeve for next time.  The video to your right is a ‘must watch’ – “How to introduce dogs on a walk correctly.”  In the video you’ll see everything I discuss below, in action. Meet and Greet Tips Here are my 5 tips when meeting another dog on a leash, helping everyone (including the dogs) to stay safe and ensure a relaxed and natural encounter. 1. Play safe Every situation is different so it’s worth firstly checking out the dog coming towards you. No matter how many dogs your dog has met there are always some that you should stay clear of. Sometimes the simple question “Is your dog friendly?” before you introduce them can save you a lot of hassle. Other times you can make your own decision from a distance. Usually we are wise to go off our gut instinct and intuition. If you feel unsure or uneasy simply take a small detour around the person and their dog and carry on your way. 2. Loose leash Once you decide to let your dog sniff the other dog, make sure that their leash is loose. If you are unsure about doing so then maybe you should not be letting the dogs meet. Clearly if your dog gets over excited and you need to pull them away or restrain them, then the leash will not be loose. However if they are behaving nicely give them the respect they deserve and a nice loose leash. Imagine trying to meet somebody for the first time with somebody tugging you back by your neck! If your dog is pulling so hard you can’t loosen the lead, then you more than likely have an issue with your dog believing they’re in control of the walk. And this stems from their built-in pack mentality. A dog is either a leader or a follower, and if you’re not the Pack Leader, then your dog will naturally assume the role. This leads to 95% of the dog behavioral problems I work with everyday – from pulling on the lead, jumping up and barking to biting and separation anxiety. So make sure you are the Pack Leader. 3. Give space Once your dogs are sniffing each other give them a little space. You don’t have to walk a long way away, but simply giving them a yard of space will allow them to breathe easier and give them the feeling that you are not concerned. Standing over them and crowding them because you are getting ready to pounce gives off all the wrong messages. 4. Two’s company, three’s a crowd When you are really trying to understand what somebody you have just met is trying to say and a third person starts talking over the top of you, it really doesn’t help. It’s the same for your dog. When they’re getting to know each other and sniffing, stay out of it and give them the time they deserve. The best way to do this is to avoid any pats, words of encouragement or affection. Of course you can talk to the other person, especially if you keep the conversation light and jolly, but allow the dogs to check each other out in peace. 5. Change the energy Sometimes if things look like they’re a bit stuck or frozen you can get it all moving again by simply walking away. In the video I walk 2 yards away with Jezebel when things look a little strained and she immediately relaxes. Sometimes that is all that is needed to break the ice. Doggy Dan is an expert dog trainer and canine behaviorist from Auckland, New Zealand. His online dog training course has helped hundreds of dogs and their owners resolve behavior issues and improve the bond between dog and owner. To try Doggy Dan’s online training course for only $1, go to www.barfworld.com/doggydan.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 18, 2014, 3:47 pm
Smiling Dog Teeth

It’s February, which means it’s once again National Pet Dental Health Month. Current estimates show that approximately 75% of cats and dogs over the age of three suffer from poor dental health. Oral disease represents the most commonly diagnosed health problem for companion animals. While considered an inconvenience by many pet parents, proper dental care is a necessary component for overall health, as oral disease can lead to internal organ damage. Pet parents need to be on the lookout for several dental disease warning signs, including … * Tartar build up * Receding, bleeding or swollen gums * Discolored or fractured teeth * Foul breath * Changes in eating habits * Excessive drooling * Sores on the lips or gums If you note any of these symptoms, it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment with your vet to discuss possible courses of action. The best way to prevent onset of oral disease and infection is through brushing teeth with a pet-approved toothpaste. Don’t, under any circumstances, use human toothpaste, as dogs and cats swallow toothpaste, and they cannot process the chemicals in our over-the-counter brands. While committing to brushing your companion’s teeth regularly will go a long way to prevent dental disease, you should also … * Encourage play with toys that will help to abrade debris from teeth and gums * Provide dental chews to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar * Schedule regular dental exams with your veterinarian * Feed food that promotes a healthy digestive system Did you know that certain breeds of dogs and cats are genetically predisposed to dental illnesses? According to recent data, the Maltese ranks highest among purebred dogs with persistent tooth and gum problems. In the cat world, the Siamese and the Abyssinian, charming as they are, both have serious tooth problems and often teeth pulled during their youth. The quality of your pet’s food can also contribute to the onset of periodontal disease. Low quality foods can cause gastrointestinal problems, which can lead to bad breath. Easily digestible foods like Life’s Abundance not only provide high-quality nourishment, but also work to promote intestinal health. At Life’s Abundance, we take dental health seriously. As pet parents ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to establish a consistent oral care routine. That’s why we’ve developed several products to address these critical issues, before they become major problems.   With Life’s Abundance Dental Wipes and Foam Breath Freshener, you can maintain a healthy routine without your companion animals even noticing! These formulas are the ultimate breath enhancer and dental health promoter, perfect for dogs.  And you can have peace of mind using them because they’re completely free from harsh ingredients like parabens and polysorbates, as well as artificial colors and flavors. As veterinarians will tell you, almost as important as brushing is friction from chewing something tough but malleable (actual bones are not generally recommended). The majority of chewable “bones” for dogs on the market today are made from rawhide, which is difficult to digest and can cause severe intestinal problems. But there are healthier options!  Porky Puffs and Buffalo Bully Sticks are excellent alternatives to rawhide as they are nutritious and highly digestible. Every now and again, we like to reward our beloved pups with a special indulgence. But you may have noticed that many of the popular treats on the market are laden with refined sugars, chemical preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors. Once again, Life’s Abundance has got your pet dental needs covered! Our Gourmet Dental Treats are made with a special blend of harvest grains, creamy peanut butter and natural honey. This unique recipe includes hefty helpings of calcium and phosphorus to support healthy teeth and bones. We’ve also added parsley to sweeten the breath. With Gourmet Dental Treats, you’ll be helping to support dental health and treating your dog to scrumptious oven-baked goodness! As you can see, just by taking a few simple steps, you can help your companion animal enjoy a lifetime of dental health.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 15, 2014, 1:35 pm
Canine Bloat Twisted Stomach

Prevent Deadly Canine Bloat in your Dog© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC When humans become gassy or bloated from eating too much, it can be annoying, but it isn’t a serious issue. However, in dogs, bloat (AKA gastric dilation) is quite serious and can cause death. Bloat happens when gasses build up in the abdomen, making it very swollen. Some gassiness will dissipate by itself, but when bloat hits all of a sudden, the stomach can swell dramatically, twisting the stomach cavity, which can lead to a possible cutting off of blood supply. Cats rarely experience bloat; it occurs most often in big, deep-chested dogs such as German Shepherds, Labradors, Rottweiler, Akitas, Bloodhounds, Boxers and others. Bloat occurs in all large breeds. Newfoundlands, Dobermans, Weimaraners, Gordon Setter, Borzoi, Mastiffs and Bullmastiffs are especially sensitive and susceptible to developing Gastric Dilation.  What exactly is Bloat/ Gastric Dilation and what are the Signs? Canine Bloat can be fatal and can come on quite quickly. It causes coma, shock and even death can occur within hours. Your vet can diagnose Canine Bloat with an x-ray. The diagnosis is given when stomach enlargement due to excessive gas and/or dilation is present. Following dilation, volvulus (torsion) may occur. This is especially dangerous as it closes the esophagus and pylorus, which prevents the dog from getting rid of gas by belching. It also stops food from advancing into the intestines and stops the dog from vomiting. Torsion also stops a major vein that carries blood to the heart, which can lead to a shock and/or death. Signs: •    Swollen Abdomen•    Heavy drooling•    White or grey colored gums•    Stomach makes gurgling noises•    Dog tries to vomit and nothing comes up•    Refusal to eat with one of the listed signs above Bloat is very serious, but bloat prevention is quite simple to achieve. Here are some veterinarian recommendations: Feed Yogurt Yogurt is as good for dogs as it is for humans! Dog’s digestive tracts contain good bacteria that help them to digest food properly. When your dog is lacking these good bacteria, gas and air accumulates and leads to bloat. To improve your dog’s digestion and prevent gas from accumulating, give him plain yogurt (no artificial sweeteners). Give dogs over 15 pounds 1 teaspoon of yogurt a day and one-quarter to one-half teaspoon for small dogs. Digestive Enzymes Another way to improve digestion is to give him or her digestive enzymes on a daily basis. MSE Daily Boost works wonderfully, and MSE Microbial Paste should also be included in your doggie arsenal, especially if you have a large breed! You can read more about the importance of digestive enzymes/probiotics here. Split up Meals Some dogs scarf down their food quite quickly, while others take their time. Dogs that eat very quickly are more likely to develop bloat. Try feeding your dog smaller meals throughout the day. Space Give your dog his own space to eat without being disturbed by other animals. This will help him to eat slower and decrease the chances of developing gas, which can lead to bloat. Switch to All Natural Food Holistic Vets recommend dogs be fed all natural food that does not contain fillers, and for good reason. These foods do not contain ingredients that cause the stomach to well and cause bloat.  We recommend Life’s Abundance, which is an all-natural, high quality pet food created by holistic vet, Dr. Jane Bicks. Life’s Abundance does not contain toxic preservatives, wheat, corn, dairy or fillers. It is safe for all dogs, puppies to seniors. Cook at Home Yes, cooking for your dog is acceptable. Some research states that dogs given homemade food are not as likely to develop canine bloat. You can find information on the Web to learn more about homemade diets. Give your Dog Chamomile   Used in humans with digestive problems, chamomile will also calm your dog’s tummy. Prepare chamomile tea like normal, and let it cool until it reaches room temperature. Give dogs less than fifteen pounds one half teaspoon a day, and larger dogs 1 tablespoon per day. Mix the tea in with their food or administer with a syringe before meals. Soothe your dog with Slippery Elm Incessant intestinal issues can be helped with Digestive Support. This helps to keep the digestive system moving smoothly and helps dogs that refuse to eat. Digestive Support soothes gastric systems, maintains healthy energy levels, improves absorption of nutrients and improves overall wellness. Exercise Food can ferment in slow intestinal tracts, which can cause gas to accumulate. Walking your dog before he eats may help to get his digestive system moving. Be sure you wait 2 hours after eating for a brisk walk, as strenuous exercise after eating can cause bloat. Nux Nux is a homeopathic remedy that helps reverse gas build up right away. Follow instructions to give the proper amount of pellets to your dog.  You should always have some Nux on hand as it reverses gas immediately! When should I call the Vet? Since bloat can happen very fast, it is important that you know the signs and act quickly. Dogs that develop sudden bloat will have a firm, bulgy tummy and they will also arch their backs in an uncomfortable position, lick their lips, drool or try swallowing. If these symptoms occur, your dog needs to go to the vet or emergency clinic right away. What happens next? If your dog develops any symptoms of bloat, you need to take him for emergency services immediately. Surgery will be performed if gastric dilation (torsion) occurs, along with treatments to stabilize your dog and relieve gas pressure. Surgery will prevent bloating from happening in the future. Unfortunately, 29%-33% of dogs with bloat die. Being aware of the symptoms of bloat is imperative to the health of your dog. Practicing good eating habits, proper exercise, giving your dog probiotics and feeding them an all-natural diet will decrease the chance of him developing canine bloat. Bloat is ALWAYS an emergency, however, so...

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 13, 2014, 10:28 am
Keeping Pets Safe in Wintry Weather

Here are some tips from Lake County Health Department to help keep your pets safe in wintry weather. Not only can winter weather be a time of illness and injury if people fail to take appropriate health and safety precautions, but harsh conditions can be tough on pets as well. Following are some tips from the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center on how to help keep your pet safe and healthy this winter. * Do not leave dogs outdoors when it becomes uncomfortably cold. Most dogs and cats are safer indoors except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, short-haired, very young or old dogs, and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. If your pet is shivering, it’s time to bring it inside. * No matter what the temperature, wind chill can threaten a pet’s life. If your dog is an outdoor dog, he or she should be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his or her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof covering or heavy plastic. * Pets that spend a lot of time outside during the winter need more food because keeping warm depletes energy. Make sure to routinely check your pet’s water dish to make sure water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls because when the temperature is low, the pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to the metal. * Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe the feet with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his or her mouth. * Antifreeze is a deadly poison that has a sweet taste, which may attract animals. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach. If possible, use antifreeze coolant made with propylene glycol. If this is swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets. * Do not allow your dog to run freely on open ice. It can be difficult to judge the safety of the ice, and your dog could be at risk of falling through. * During the winter, it is best to keep your pets inside with the family. The happiest dogs are those that are taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but are kept inside the rest of the time. For more information on pet safety, please call your Health Department’s Animal Care and Control facility. Information provided by Lake County Government.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 10, 2014, 1:54 pm
Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care, by Randy Kidd

Successful Cancer Treatments for Dogs and Cats Adapted from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care, by Randy Kidd (Storey Books, 2000). With incidences of pet cancers on the rise, many of us are dealing with this frightening illness in our own beloved pets. Simple Solution: These five simple steps, as part of a program of holistic health, can be helpful in your pet’s recovery from cancer. 1. Develop a positive belief system. Create and maintain a positive attitude. Prayer, whatever your religious affiliation, has been proved to help in the healing process. Don’t underestimate the power of this step. 2. Eliminate potential causes of cancer. Go through your pet’s entire environment. Modify it so that she or he avoids contact with pesticides, herbicides, airborne pollutants, and toxic household chemicals found in the carpets, in the furniture, under the sink, and in the garage. Give your pet filtered water, and serve water and food in non-plastic (ceramic or glass) dishes.  Eliminate ALL grains and carbohydrates from your pet’s diet too! 3. Add nutritional and supplemental support. Perhaps the most effective component of good health or healing is to put your pet on a good diet. Home-cooked organic foods are best. There are other health foods commercially available that do not contain preservatives, and they are made from mostly organic (or hormone, antibiotic, pesticide, and herbicide-free) high-quality foods. Supplements are an excellent addition to a quality diet. Use therapeutic levels of antioxidants–vitamins A and C and the culinary herbs–and add extra levels of zinc, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil). (Check with your vet to determine the proper dosages of any supplement, based on your pet’s weight.) 4. Use classical homeopathy. I have not found any medicine as powerful as classical homeopathy. . .when it works. With classical homeopathy you need to find the one remedy that best connects with the patient’s totality of symptoms, and finding this one remedy can be a challenge. Consult a holistic vet for the proper treatments.  Homeopathic kits available here. 5. Incorporate herbs to enhance organ function. When the organ systems are balanced, the body is better able to fight cancer. The major herbs I use are those that enhance organ-system function, aiding the organs that are under attack by the cancer cells. Consult a holistic vet for recommendations, or see the suggestions in Dr. Kidd‘s book.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 8, 2014, 1:47 pm
Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods

Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination Source:  FDA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2014 – Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two day period, on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination. Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.   Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number 40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878 40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878 18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873 40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875 15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721 40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713 40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713 20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103 40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104 40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104   These products were distributed through select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall. Customers should immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition. For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 5, 2014, 6:44 pm
Adrenal Gland in Dogs

Cushing’s disease is the common name for a disease called hyperadrenocorticism that most commonly affects dogs. It’s caused by a hyperactive adrenal gland that pumps too many steroids and other hormones into the bloodstream. It can also be caused by a growth (tumor) in the adrenal gland or the pituitary gland. Most dogs with Cushing’s disease are at least six years old, but the disease can also occur in younger dogs. Symptoms The adrenal gland produces a wide range of hormones and Cushing’s disease can cause the overproduction of any one or more of them. Because of this, the symptoms of the disease can vary widely, and they can be extremely subtle. In dogs, Cushing’s disease will often cause the overproduction of hormones called glucocorticoids, which are steroids. This will cause some of a dog’s muscle to break down, giving him a thin-legged, potbellied look. It can also hurt a dog’s ability to concentrate urine, making him drink and urinate a lot. The steroids can suppress the immune system, as well, so dogs can sometimes get secondary infections. And the pancreas can be affected, causing vomiting and often diarrhea. Other symptoms include hair loss, calcified lumps under the skin, increased appetite, panting and high blood pressure. Diagnosis Unfortunately, Cushing’s disease is difficult to diagnose. There is no one test to identify it. Veterinarians will generally perform several blood and urine tests and compare the results to normal levels. Follow-up x-rays and/or ultrasonography can help reveal the presence or absence of a tumor. Treatment Cushing’s can be treated both medically and surgically, depending on how severe the symptoms are and the general health of the animal. Two options are removing the growth that stimulates the hormone and prescribing medications that slow down production in the adrenal gland. The majority of dogs are treated medically. Surgical treatment of Cushing’s carries significant risks and should be reserved for cases where medical treatment has proved ineffective. Cushex Drops for Pet Adrenal Health SupportWe invite you to learn more about Cushex Drops for your dog or cat! Cushex Drops Support pet adrenal health and treat symptoms of Cushing’s Disease naturally Learn more about Cushex Drops, Ingredients, Dosage, Testimonials and Current Specials Prognosis Cushing’s disease in itself is rarely life threatening. By weakening the immune system, it can make animals more vulnerable to other diseases, and it can cause fatigue and exercise intolerance. Sometimes it doesn’t cause any symptoms at all. The main issue with the disease is whether it’s damaging your pet’s quality of life. If so, then consult with your veterinarian about the best way to help your pet return to a healthy, comfortable life. NOTE:  Read and learn how Transfer Factor has been used by Dr. Steven Slagle, DVM and by equine owners successfully in many areas of supporting animal health (from allergic skin reactions, bacterial diseases, cushing’s syndrome to stress situations, surgery, tumors, viral diseases and soft tissue wounds), with several case histories.  Click here to learn more. Article Courtesy of American Animal Hospital Association

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 4, 2014, 12:21 am
How to Introduce Your Pet to Natural Foods Properly

How to Introduce Your Pet to Natural Foods Properly© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC All Natural and Holistic Pet Foods such as Life’s Abundance, Flint River Ranch and other high quality pet foods are not only incredibly nutritious and appealing to your dog or cat, they are highly concentrated, promote better digestion and feeding will decrease 20-40%. Your pet’s breath will improve, you’ll have less waste to clean up and litter box odors will decrease. Life’s Abundance is the leading Natural and Holistic Pet Food and after four to six weeks, your pet will have a sleeker coat, sparkling eyes, fresher breath and increased energy. As Life’s Abundance pet food is different from your typical market food, knowing how to introduce it to your dog or cat is important. You should introduce it to your pet slowly, this is especially important for cats. Directions for Introducing Life’s Abundance or Flint River Ranch to your Dog or Cat: 1. Over a 7-10 day period add a small amount of Life’s Abundance or Flint River Ranch to your pet’s regular food. 2. Each day, increase the amount of Life’s Abundance or Flint River Ranch and decrease the amount of other food until you’ve totally switched.3. Be sure to start with less Life’s Abundance than your regular food so that your pet can get used to the change and develop bowel tolerance (firm stools begin to loosen). Your pet may experience loose or runny stools upon the switch to Life’s Abundance or Flint River Ranch.  This is completely normal and you should not be alarmed. Since Life’s Abundance and Flint River Ranch is highly concentrated and highly digestible, you should be feeding your pet less. In addition, one or two tablespoons of canned (pure) pumpkin administered to your pet will loosen hard stools and harden loose stools. After you’ve made the switch and bowel tolerance is back to normal, give your pet fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats as snacks between meals. Life’s Abundance foods are formulated to help your pet’s body heal itself, it starts to self cleanse.  Vitamins, chelated materials and nutrients and digested first in then stomach, and then absorbed into the blood through intestinal walls. This is one of the main reasons that the food should be introduced slowly into your pet’s diet because the cleansing process should take place slowly and this will help to prevent an upset stomach or diarrhea in your pet. Lastly, be sure to add digestive enzymes/probiotics to your pet’s diet during the diet transition. Probiotics and enzymes provide your pet with good bacteria that promotes proper digestion and overall wellness. At Precious Pets, we recommend Natur’s Way MSE Pet Probiotics. Probiotics should part of your pet’s daily routine, regardless of a diet change.

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Author: Bree
Posted: February 1, 2014, 3:55 pm
Ear Infections in Pets

Treatments to Help Relieve Chronic Ear Infections in Cats and DogsArticle Courtesy of PetAlive What are Ear Infections? Dogs and cats are often prone to ear infections. We all know that dogs and cats have an amazing sense of hearing, and when they have an ear infection extreme discomfort and pain is experienced. Because the ears are shaped intricately, earwax, debris and parasites can easily become trapped and as a result lead to an ear infection. The most common ear infections that are seen in pets include otitis externa (infection of the external ear canal) and otitis media (infection of the middle ear). Ear infections tend to affect certain dog breeds more than others. Dog breeds such as Basset hounds, Cocker spaniels, Schnauzers and Miniature poodles develop ear infections frequently while in cats, Persian breeds are also more susceptible to these infections. Infections in the ear can lead to more serious problems such as loss of hearing and neurological difficulties. However, with the proper diagnosis and prompt treatment, ear infections can be treated successfully. The common symptoms and signs of an ear infection include: Shaking the head or holding it one side Scratching or pawing at the ears Pain in the ear Rubbing ears against furniture or carpet Yellow, brown or black discharge in the ears Ears are red, inflamed or tender Foul odor from the ears In addition, if a middle ear infection develops, symptoms of facial paralysis may occur. Your pet’s eyelids may droop with facial muscles and third eyelid moving up and covering the eye, difficulty swallowing as well as loss of balance. What Causes Ear Infections? Most ear infections are caused by bacterial or yeast infections. Other factors that may also contribute to ear infections include the accumulation of wax, debris, thick, matted hair trapped in the ear canal or other foreign bodies. Allergies, ear mites, ulceration, tumors, improper cleaning of the ear or impaired drainage of the ear can also cause ear infection. Diagnosing Ear Infections The diagnosis of a middle or inner ear infection is based on the symptoms as well as a thorough examination of the ear. Your veterinarian will perform an otoscopic exam to view the ear canal and determine whether the eardrum is intact. If the eardrum is ruptured or filled with fluid, this is usually a sign of a middle and inner ear infection. Anesthesia or sedation may also be used if the pet finds the otoscopy too painful. X-rays as well as a sample of the material in the ear canal is taken and examined under a microscope to determine the cause of the infection. Help for Ear Infections The treatment for ear infections depends on the underlying cause and severity of the infection. Very often underlying conditions such as allergies, tumors or polyps may bring about ear infections, but if treated immediately can greatly reduce the infection. Medications to treat the symptoms of ear infection include antibiotics or antifungal drugs. Cleaning your pet’s ears daily for the next week will also be recommended, and your vet will demonstrate how to do this properly without hurting your furry friend. In more severe cases, surgical procedures which involve an incision of the eardrum, the removal of the ear canal or bony covering of the ear may be required. Natural remedies Natural remedies such as herbal remedies are also beneficial for maintaining ear health in dogs and cats. Containing natural ingredients, these herbal remedies are safe and gentle enough to use on your pet without any harmful side effects. Herbs such as Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil), Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary), Calendula officinalis (Marigold) and Verbascum thapsus keep ear canals clear and free of blockages, soothe itching and maintain the normal balance of flora in the ears. More Information on Natural Prevention and Treatment of Ear Infections

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 30, 2014, 7:04 pm
Dog Laying by Dog Food Bowl

Refusal to Eat – Helping the Finicky Eater “My dog loves his food one day and refuses to eat it the next day.” “My cat gives new meaning to the term ‘finicky eaters.’” The food refusal these pet owners are describing is usually the result of feeding habits owners have helped their pets establish. If you have a problem eater in your house, chances are you might be the cause of the problem.  Remember one thing, a healthy dog will not go hungry.  Cats, on the other hand, need to eat as health issues can quickly arise if they don’t. Before discussing how problem eaters are created, a word of caution. Sometimes refusal to eat is a sign of illness. If your pet is normally not picky about his/her food, and if you have avoided creating “problem eater” habits, a trip to your veterinarian may be in order. Know your pet. Know what is normal for it in terms of eating habits, behavior and appearance. Any deviation from its normal habits may be a sign of illness. Perhaps one of the most common reasons pets refuse to eat results from the misconception that pets need as much variety in their diets as humans do. Some pet owners forget that humans require a variety of foods to ensure the consumption of nutritionally balanced meals. A quality pet food has the proper balance of all the nutrients a pet requires together with a high level of palatability. Offering variety in pet foods encourages a pet to become a “holdout” to see what it will be offered next. When you find a nutritionally complete and balanced diet your pet enjoys, stay with it. An indulgent family member rather than the pet may be the problem. By feeding human treats and food from the table, your pet’s hunger is satisfied with all this “good stuff” and it either refuses to eat or nibbles only a few bites of the food it should be eating. Free-feeding, meaning the pet’s food is left out all day and/or all night, is one of the most common ways a picky eater (and even over-weight) is created. The pet owner has turned over the control of feeding right over to their pet. By doing so causes several problems. First, the pet has just shown it’s owner that he/she is in charge, NOT the owner. Second, if a pet has access to food all day long, how can one expect the pet to be hungry at any given time? Third, leaving food out all day, especially all natural food, is an invitation for insects and spoilage…NOT good for the health of the pet! The basic guideline is to put your pet’s food down for him/her. What is not eaten in 10 to 15 minutes should be taken away until the next scheduled meal. A healthy pet will NOT starve. A healthy pet WILL eat when hungry! Some dogs are eager to eat a particular pet food for several days. Suddenly this eagerness vanishes and they eat reluctantly or refuse to eat for a few days. This refusal can be the dog’s own attempt to control calorie intake When a dog learns that eating pleases its owner, it soon eats to please. Sometimes words of praise and affection when the food is offered will reinforce this eat-to-please behavior. Overeating can cause a dog, like a human, to experience an uncomfortable feeling. It attempts to relieve its discomfort by not eating or eating very little of its food. Many pet owners comment that their dogs eat less during hot weather. This is not unusual. Studies show that, as a general rule, dogs need about 7.5 percent fewer calories with each 10 degree rise in temperature. A cat’s eating habits should not be confused with food refusal. Most cats tend to be occasional eaters. They nibble at their food, walk away and return periodically for more nibbles. Seldom do they eat voraciously. Their occasional eating is sometimes interpreted as not liking a certain diet. Some pets indulge in what the veterinary community describes as “dietary indiscretion.” Regardless of how well-fed these pets are, they raid garbage cans. If the raids are successful, they lose interest in their regular diet. The habit of eating garbage may also be a dangerous practice which may result in vomiting or diarrhea or the pet’s consuming contaminated food or toxic chemicals. To prevent this indiscretion, be sure your pet doesn’t have easy access to garbage in the house, basement or garage. Check out the garbage cans in your yard. Be certain they have tight-fitting lids. For their own protection, and in order to be a good pet neighbor, pets should not be allowed to roam in neighbors’ yards. If, for health or other reasons, you must change your pet’s diet, do it gradually over a seven to ten day period. Add a small amount of the new diet to the food currently being fed. Each day increase the quantity of the new diet and decrease the amount of the old. This gradual diet change helps avoid digestive upsets. The following page describes in detail, the hows and whys behind changing a pet’s diet, gradually.  Read How to Properly Introduce Your Pet to New Food.

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 28, 2014, 5:21 pm
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats

Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease in your Dog or Cat - Also Known as IBD or IBS© by Bree Weasner, PreciousPets.org LLC Your dog or cat has probably eaten something that they shouldn’t have on more than one occasion, which is why it is pretty commonplace for pets to vomit or have diarrhea. But pet owner beware, if your dog or cat is vomiting or has diarrhea for weeks or months at a time, they could have inflammatory bowel disease, a serious digestive problem that requires immediate attention. The root cause of inflammatory bowel disease (sometimes referred to as IBD) in pets isn’t exactly known, but veterinarians believe it occurs when the immune system erroneously attacks tissues in the digestive tract. Problems with the pancreas, food allergies and even hairballs may contribute to IBD. Traditional treatments for inflammatory bowel disease in pets includes medication like steroids and antibiotics, which can do more harm than good both in the short and long term. Holistic veterinarians choose to take a more natural approach; treating the disease by strengthening the immune system and the body’s digestive and regulatory organs such as the liver and pancreas.   What are the signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease? • Your cat is vomiting a great deal, more than “normal”• Chronic diarrhea• Blood in your pet’s stools• Pet has weight loss and any of the other symptoms above What can you do? It is believed that IBD occurs because the pancreas is working harder than it should, so giving your dog or cat a supplement or probiotic such as MSE Natural Defense is a great way to help your pet’s pancreas work more smoothly and efficiently. What is MSE Natural Defense? MSE Natural Defense is a digestive enzyme aid (probiotic) that is given to pets that experience stress on a daily basis, as well as to control litter box odors like ammonia. MSE Natural defense is purified and formulated to be palatable to your pet, can be mixed into food and given to animals with allergies. It works to control diarrhea and loose stools, which can be a symptom of EPI (Exocrine Pandreatic Insufficiency) or IBS. In addition to helping digestive issues, MSE Natural Defense controls symptoms of upper respiratory diseases, controlling the illness and preventing it from traveling to healthy pets in the home. Change of Diet Many pets are sensitive to the low quality ingredients in commercial pet food, and so the best thing to do is to switch to a high-quality, natural food. Foods like Life’s Abundance work wonderfully to improve your pets IBD symptoms and overall wellness. Yogurt- Yes, Yogurt! Controlling bacteria with yogurt is an easy and inexpensive way to restore acidic balance in the digestive system. Give your dog or cat 1-3 teaspoons of live-culture yogurt once a day to replenish the body with good bacteria. In addition to giving yogurt, you can give your pet Lactobacillus Acidophilus, a supplement that contains the same organisms as yogurt. For pets less than 20 pounds, use ¼ of the human dosage, pets 21-50 pounds, use ½ the human dose, pets over 50 pounds, use the full, recommended human dose. Live-culture yogurt is beneficial to your pet, but should be used in addition to probiotics to receive the full benefits. Water Tap water contains chlorine, which kills beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Giving your pet filtered spring water will help to combat intestinal issues. Milk Thistle The liver is an important part of digestive regulation as it produces large amount of metabolic enzymes. Help your pet’s liver work better by giving him/her milk thistle once a day, as it may help the liver to generate new, healthy cells. Glutamine Supplements Supplements containing glutamine help to regenerate the intestinal wall, which can become damaged due to inflammatory bowel disease. 500 milligrams of L-Glutamine twice a day will help the symptoms of IBD. Toxin Absorption You may be able to help your pet stop vomiting and experiencing diarrhea by giving them absorption clay like betonite. Betonite can absorb up to 2000 times their weight in toxins! Scour-aid also works to control diarrhea in pets regardless if it is viral, bacterial or protozoan. It should be used with MSE Natural Defense for best results, as this will address the root of the problem, which often is stress-based. Homeopathy Homeopathy works, and remedies like Nux Vomica and Arsenicum work to stop diarrhea and vomiting. Using spring water, follow the instruction on the package to treat your pet. If you notice that your pet is still having issues, see your vet. Herb-Boosting Remedies Herbs like Echinacea strengthen the immune system, and goldenseal (a natural antibiotic) controls harmful bacteria in the gut. We recommend TF Pets and Transfer Factor Plus Tri-Factor for best results. Slippery Elm Digestive Support Products like Slippery Elm work to help long-term intestinal problems. These benefits include healthy digestive functioning, soothing gastric membranes, improved energy levels, and overall wellness along with healthy routine absorption of nutrition. Look for our Buy 2, Get 1 Free Special.

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 26, 2014, 4:11 pm
Heart Health for Humans and Pets

by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM Heart Health Awareness Month is right around the corner, beginning February 1st. While technically concerned with human heart health, I think it’s vital that we expand the scope of the conversation to address canine and feline heart health, too. Most people have a basic understanding of the risks of heart disease in humans, but when it comes to the heart health of our pet kids, that area remains a mystery to many. In the following seven frequently-asked questions, we’ll consider the parallels between all three species (humans, canines and felines), to better understand heart disease. How Widespread is Heart Disease? Humans: In America, heart disease is the #1 cause of death. Annually, about 600,000 people die of heart disease, one in every four deaths. Dogs and Cats: Although reliable statistics are not readily available for adult felines or canines, heart disease is not the pressing problem that it is for humans. That being said, heart problems are still common, with one in ten dogs developing valvular heart disease. As with many health issues, the risk for heart disease increases with age, especially for dogs over the age of nine (the age varies from breed to breed). When it comes to cats, tracking heart disease proves extremely challenging, as felines present virtually no physical symptoms from this condition. What’s the Most Common Form of Heart Disease? Humans: In adults, coronary artery disease is the most prevalent kind of heart disease. The main type involves plaque build-up in the arteries, which affects their ability to deliver blood to the heart. As the layers of plaque thicken and harden, blood flow to the heart is further restricted. Dogs and Cats: The biggest difference here is that pet kids are not at-risk for coronary artery disease. While that’s good news, there are other medical conditions that dogs and cats face. Dogs can suffer from mitral valve disease or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Mitral valve disease describes a condition where a valve on the left side of the heart fails to close properly. The problem with this is that blood pools into the left atrium, rather than exiting the left ventricle. Older, small-breed dogs are more likely to develop mitral valve disease, and the condition is only worsened by periodontal disease. DCM weakens the heart muscle so that it pumps less vigorously and regularly, a condition more common in large breeds. Cats, on the other hand, are prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Here, the walls of the heart thicken and the muscle becomes less flexible. The unfortunate result is that the heart pumps less blood. HCM is a genetic disease that is found in both pure and mixed breed cats. What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease? Humans: Symptoms vary depending on the disease, but patients with coronary artery disease often have chest pain, arm pain and shallow breathing. And, of course, there’s the big wake-up call of a heart attack. Dogs and Cats: Dogs typically exhibit signs such as low energy, trouble getting comfortable, labored breathing and a low-pitched, chronic cough. On occasion, they might actually collapse or faint. Cats may also become lethargic, as well as sleeping or hiding more than is typical. Often, cats will also lose their appetite. If a blood clot is swept from the heart and travels down through the aorta, felines can suffer a painful, sudden paralysis in their hind legs. Important note: If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately. And, if your companion animal experiences any of these symptoms, seek veterinary assistance immediately. How Do You Test for Heart Disease? Humans: Doctors can choose from a variety of diagnostic testing, including blood exams, treadmill tests, electrocardiograms and imaging analyses. Dogs and Cats: For veterinarians, a stethoscope is the most effective way to identify heart disease. That being said, it is difficult to detect an issue absent a murmur. Sometimes an x-ray, ECG or echocardiogram may shed light on an undiagnosed problem. What Medications are used for Treatment? Humans: If you were to be diagnosed with heart disease, doctors might prescribe a blood-pressure medication, a blood thinner or a cholesterol-lowering drug (among other things). Patients often use medications to make the heart beat more slowly and to relax blood vessels. Dogs and Cats: Many of the drugs we use are also used by dogs and cats. Treatments vary according to the animal and kind of heart disease. The important thing to note is that there are treatments available, and new research is presenting new avenues for improvement. Can Diet Help to Prevent Heart Disease? Humans: Diet has a big influence on heart health. Eating foods heavy with saturated and trans-fats can raise cholesterol levels and contribute to plaque build-up in the arteries. Conversely, a diet rich in omega fatty acids, whole grains and fiber can help to lower bad cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease. Dogs and Cats: A healthy diet has not been proven to significantly alter the rates of canine and feline heart disease … however much more research has been done on humans in this regard. It’s hard to overstate the importance of quality food and your companion animal’s quality of life. What About Exercise? Humans: Yes, definitely! Exercise lowers the risk of heart attack and reduces stress, another risk factor for heart disease. Dogs and Cats: The kinds of heart disease commonly found in cats and dogs can’t be avoided through exercise. But, as with people, regular exercise will improve overall health and help prevent obesity in pets. And don’t forget what researchers, healing experts and therapy animals have been demonstrating for decades … that by taking care of a dog or a cat, you’ll also be taking care of your heart. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 23, 2014, 4:05 pm
Pup in Snow

by Dr. Sarah, DVW, Life’s Abundance Staff Veterinarian It’s not just a typical winter when ‘polar vortex’ is the most popular weather phrase of the year. Even as we publish this post, the nation is on the brink of another bitter cold snap. While the thought of trekking around outside in frigid temps might instill a sense of dread for most people, your pup will likely be even more eager to explore the wintery landscape. Sleet. Snow. Ice. These things make most folks want to huddle indoors cozied up by the fire. But dogs are not most people. Often, the chill in the air sparks their anticipation for fun romps through the wintery mix. But, there are dangers lurking under that blanket of white. Thankfully, Dr. Sarah is ready to reveal handy tips in the latest episode of Pet Talk, to keep your pet kids fully protected during outdoor playtime. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah offers several useful tips to ensure that ‘outdoor fun time’ remains safe throughout the harsh winter season. A bit of precaution and planning makes all the difference, so break out the hot cocoa and watch the latest webisode of Pet Talk now. SPOILER ALERT: WINTERY FUN AHEAD!

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 21, 2014, 1:07 am
Nervous System

YOUR BODY CALLS THEM MEMORIES (The battle with breaking habits.) by Tiffany Rowan Do some of you find yourself off your New Year’s resolutions and back to your old ways and old habits? Did some of you find it a real battle to quit your bad habits? Did you give up, calling yourself weak, and just decide that it was easier to keep the bad habit even though you knew it is bad for you? Well, let me assure you that you are not weak. There is a scientific explanation of why you find it a real battle to quit a bad habit. There really is a battle taking place within you on a cellular level. Once you understand how your body works on a cellular level, you can take this knowledge and apply it literally to everything you will ever do. Your nervous system creates a memory of everything you do. The recall of this memory is called a neurosignature. Today we will isolate the bad habit of soda drinking to demonstrate this. A neurosignature for the bad habit of drinking sodas is created by the nerves in your fingers, hand, arm, mouth, amygdala (emotion center of your brain), throat, stomach, pancreas and other body parts that you use when you drink a can of soda. Every nerve in your fingers and hand required to lift the can, bottle, or glass of soda creates a memory of the cylinder it lifts, the feel of the condensation on the can, the weight of its contents, and the direction it takes to get the can to your mouth. Every nerve in your arm records a memory of how to support the hand muscles so they can clasp around the can, and the angle needed to lift the soda to your mouth. Every nerve in your mouth records a memory of your lips closing around the can, the temperature of the soda on your tongue, and the “ahhh” feeling you get when the fizz hits your throat. Every nerve in your throat records which muscles are used for swallowing. Every nerve in your stomach remembers the awful sting of this acidic drink upsetting its membranes. The nerves in your pancreas remember to pump more insulin to save your blood from the excess sugar you have injested at a rate the body can’t keep up with. Your amygdala remembers the false sense of satisfaction you get when the cortisol levels rise in your body . If your nerves didn’t recall these neurosignature memories, your eyes wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a can of Dr. Pepper or a can of Coca Cola. Your fingers, hands and arms wouldn’t remember how to lift that can of soda to your lips. Your lips wouldn’t remember how to close around the can so that you don’t pour soda on your chin and down your chest. Your tongue wouldn’t remember how to press into the roof of your mouth for each swallow. Your throat wouldn’t remember to flex certain muscles and relax others for you to swallow. And your pancreas would just sit back and let you die from all the sugar and carbon dioxide you poison your cells with if it didn’t remember to secrete insulin. We would all be 20, 30, 40, 50, 60+ old babies lying on the floor flopping our limbs around if our nerves didn’t recall a neurosignature for literally everything we do. As babies we reached for what interested us. Let’s use our mother’s face as an example. Each time we flopped our arm toward her face, our nerves recorded a memory for every step that took place. They not only recorded what body parts we used, but also interpreted this information and communicated it to other cells. Our nerves actually created more dentrite endings to record how that flop did not reach her face. With every lift of our arm, our cells recorded what was wanted and what was still needed to reach her face. Our cells are nothing but pure intelligence. With more practice, we were able to control the specific muscles, bones, and nerves needed to finally touch her face as she nuzzled us close and looked deep into our eyes. For your body to act as proficiently as it does, it has to recall the memories recorded in each body part in order to perform that task flawlessly again. For your arm to reach forward and grab a can of soda without dropping it, it has to call upon the nerve cells to bring up their files on “can lifting” so that you actually aim correctly for the can, clasp it, rotate your wrist at the correct angle, and close your hand and fingers around the can. This is intelligence! With every soda you drink, with every cigarette you smoke, with every cup of coffee you injest, with every snack you indulge in, with every pill you take to keep you awake and give you energy, your nerve cells create more dentrite endings to make that memory stronger and interpret the information so that you will get more proficient at the task you wish your body to perform. Not only that, but when your nerve cells split, they give these neurosignature memories to their daughter cells. As long as you keep requiring your body to use its parts for your bad habit, your nerve cells will continue to grow dentrites to remember how to efficiently do so. WOW! This is why psychologists tell you that you can’t just quit a habit, you have to replace it. You can’t just quit drinking soda or coffee; you can’t just quit smoking; you can’t just quit the energy pills, and so on. You have to replace your bad habit with a good one. Let me explain how it is impossible to quit a bad habit otherwise. Your body actually records that you like to start your day with a soda or coffee at such-and-such time. Your cells...

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 16, 2014, 3:28 pm
Pup with Extra Baggage

We all packed on those extra pounds during the holidays and now it’s time to shed that extra baggage the way German Shepherds shed their coats in the summertime. We all know that America is suffering from an obesity epidemic. Somehow this epidemic—along with all of its accompanying health risks—is affecting our pet population as well. In the mid 90′s, studies showed that 15% of pets were overweight. Now it’s a whopping 40%! This does not bode well. As we know from television, radio, newspapers and magazines, those extra pounds are not ideal … not for us and not for our pets. Our pets’ growing waistlines can contribute to numerous health issues. Let’s face it, a trim pet is more likely to live a longer, healthier and happier life !!! So let’s explore this. Does this increase in pet obesity have to do with some spiritual connection between pets and humanity? Or is it something more tangible? This much is true: animals are awesome copy cats (excuse the pun!). According to a study published in Journal of Nutrition, dogs of overweight owners are nearly three times more likely to be overweight themselves. The same is probably true for cats as well. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out. Simply place your hands on your pet’s rib cage with your palms facing down. If the ribs are easily felt, your pet is considered to be normal weight. If you can feel more than approximately one inch of skin and fat between the ribs or if the ribs are difficult to feel, your pet is certainly overweight. If you cannot feel the ribs at all, then your pet is probably obese. Dr. Jane recommends that you do this little test monthly since, like us, pets’ metabolisms change. Life’s Abundance Weight Loss Formula for Adult Dogs to the Rescue Thankfully for our chubby dogs, Life’s Abundance has just a solution! Life’s Abundance Weight Loss Formula for Adult Dogs has 28% less fat and 31% fewer calories per cup than Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Dogs. There are higher protein levels and L-Carnitine to support your pet’s metabolism and healthy weight management. And what’s a Dr. Jane’s product without omega fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a luxurious coat as well as an all around healthy body? Life’s Abundance Weight Loss Formula for Adult Dogs is made with whole foods such as premium chicken meal, catfish meal, eggs, whole ground flax seed, oatmeal, stabilized rice bran containing more than 72 antioxidants, B vitamins, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, fresh veggies loaded with phytonutrients and bioflavonoids and much more. These dynamic ingredients support strong muscles, a healthy heart, healthy organs, an active immune system, a healthy digestive system and overall wellness. According to our tests, Life’s Abundance Weight Loss Formula for Adult Dogs resulted in successful weight loss, increased vitality, less hunger and healthy skin and shiny coat. This exceptional food has also been said to put that sparkle back into pets’ eyes. After a dog loses weight on the Weight Loss Formula, there’s no need to change back to regular food. Life’s Abundance Weight Loss Formula is a great food for dogs and breeds that have a tendency to gain weight such as labs, goldens and Cocker Spaniels. You can always count on Life’s Abundance to never use any chemical preservatives. We never have and never will. Instead, we use a blend of antioxidants to help our formulas stay fresh, also supporting your dog’s healthy immune system. Unlike many other companies, we don’t use any flavor enhancers or coloring to replace what is lost during high-temp cooking. We cook at low temperatures and for less than 15 seconds to lock the nutrients inside the food. You can’t beat that! The flavor and the wholesome goodness comes from the inside out. Every bite is nutritious and delicious. If your dog’s weight is becoming a growing concern, you may want to toss those other foods you bought at the supermarket and invest in your dog’s health. Baggage Claim: How Guilty are You? So you’ve just confirmed with your vet that your pet is in fact obese. Time to fess up. As owners, we are more responsible for our pets’ weight problems than we think. Take a look at our fat checklist and take note of the statements that apply to you and your pet. It’s time for us to claim our pets’ baggage! * Your cat or dog is an indoor pet that eats, sleeps and snacks all day. * You take your dog out on super quick walks for potty and rush him back into the house. You seldom take him around the block for a good workout or to the park for a hearty game of Frisbee. * You give your dog treats whenever those irresistible eyes look your way— without considering the ingredients or the amount of calories. * Your pet is spayed or altered (slows down metabolism). * You feed your pet liberally, refilling the dish after it is emptied, never thinking about the amount you’re feeding. You pour, he eats! * You have a multi-cat household and some cats end up eating more than others. * You live in a small apartment that doesn’t have much room for your cat or dog to run about. * You feed your cats and dogs food just because, even when they’re not necessarily hungry. * You never play with your cat and she has no other kitties in the household to play with, so she just plays freeze tag alone—right on the windowsill! * You give your pets plenty of treats out of guilt to compensate for all those long hours at the job. If your cat is on the pudgy side of life, then it’s time for you to act now. Up to 40% of this nation’s cats are overweight. Obesity is the number one nutritional disorder in cats and leads to many...

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 14, 2014, 6:57 pm
FeLV Feline Leukemia

Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Feline Leukemia (FeLV), a retrovirus, is the most important infectious disease agent producing fatal illness in domestic cats today. The feline leukemia virus is excreted in saliva and tears and possibly the urine and feces of infected cats. Prolonged, extensive cat-to-cat contact is required for efficient spread, because the virus is rapidly inactivated by warmth and drying. A cat with FeLV disease may live for several weeks to several months, depending on how advanced the disease is at the time of diagnosis. However, it is impossible to tell how long any particular cat will survive. A significant percentage of adult cats that are exposed to the virus develop immunity and do not become persistently viremic (i.e., will not carry the virus indefinitely in the blood and bone marrow). Usually those cats live out a normal life span. However, in some the virus may remain sequestered for a variable period of time somewhere in the body. It is thus conceivable that FeLV might break out and cause disease at a later date, after the cats have been stressed, or perhaps medicated with drugs that suppress the immune system. Although the possibility that FeLV can be transmitted to human beings and cause disease cannot be ruled out completely, there certainly is no evidence to date that transmission does occur, despite decades of extensive research. Also, there is no known association of FeLV with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in human beings. It is true that FeLV can be grown in human cells in culture; the same is true of other infectious disease agents that nevertheless do not produce disease in human beings. Similarly there is no evidence that FeLV is carried by, or causes any illness, in dogs. Common clinical signs produced by FeLV include anemia, jaundice, depression, weight loss, decreased appetite, diarrhea or constipation, blood in the stool, enlarged lymph nodes, respiratory distress, decreased stamina, excessive drinking and urination, fetal resorption, abortion, infertility, birth of “fading” kittens, and a syndrome resembling panleukopenia (“cat distemper”). FeLV also interferes with the cat’s natural ability to ward off infectious disease agents, so that almost any severe, chronic illness may lead your veterinarian to suspect FeLV. Cancer occurs in some FeLV-infected cats. In those cats the tumor masses may cause such problems as respiratory distress; intestinal inflammation with diarrhea, vomiting or constipation; liver or kidney disease; cloudy eyes; and neurologic abnormalities. Even if two or more successive tests reveal your cat to be truly positive, it will not necessarily die. An FeLV-positive healthy cat may live for months or years; the life expectancy is impossible to predict. Your cat is probably shedding virus that could infect other cats, however, and you should take precautions to reduce the chance of spreading the disease. In addition, the body’s reaction to the virus may protect it from the primary FeLV disease problems but not from the immune-system suppression that the virus also can cause. Your cat thus may be much more susceptible to other infectious diseases and will require careful monitoring and immediate treatment should illness become apparent. To date there is no cure for FeLV infection or disease. A variety of chemotherapeutic regimens have been developed, and in certain cases those regimens can produce a temporary remission, depending on the physical condition of the cat and the type of disease that is present. Those drug therapies may allow the cat to continue in a reasonably healthy state for a period of several weeks to several months. However, it must be understood that those are only remissions and not permanent cures. Chemotherapeutic drugs are very potent, and their effects must be monitored carefully, to avoid overdosing the patient. Various antiviral compounds including interferon may also be used to treat cats with FeLV infection. Those compounds, while still experimental, are generally safer to use than chemotherapeutic agents, and may reduce the amount of virus present in the blood of the cat, and may extend the period of remission of clinical disease. As yet, antiviral compounds do not produce permanent cures for FeLV infection or disease. Hopefully, additional research will produce effective antiviral therapies that will cure FeLV disease. There is no scientific documentation that vitamin C cures cats of leukemia. Controlled studies of feline viral rhinotracheitis, canine distemper, and human respiratory infections have failed to show effectiveness of high doses of vitamin C. Of course, a multivitamin and mineral supplement may be helpful to any sick animal that is not eating properly; however, there is little evidence to support claims that such a supplement can cure any of those conditions. Other than providing general support to the animal’s health, vitamin and mineral supplements, in our estimation, are not effective in preventing the spread of FeLV within a cattery and certainly will not cure an individual cat of its infection. Therapy with a steroid (such as prednisolone) acts to decrease the numbers of some circulating white blood cells (lymphocytes). A cat with leukemia may have an increased number of abnormal (cancerous) lymphocytes circulating in its bloodstream; therefore steroid treatment may help to destroy them. Prednisolone may also act directly against the cells of some solid tumors (such as lymphosarcoma) that are caused by FeLV. Steroids also inhibit the cells that are normally responsible for destroying senescent red blood cells; that effect may help to combat the anemia and excessive red blood cell destruction that often accompany FeLV. It is important to remember that because steroids and FeLV both suppress the immune system, an FeLV-positive cat undergoing steroid therapy is especially vulnerable to other infections. Several vaccines are now available to aid in the protection of your cat against FeLV infection. The vaccines are produced by various methods, and either contain the inactivated (“killed”) whole virus, or a subunit protein of the virus. The principle of protection is the same for each of these vaccines. The FeLV vaccines are as safe as other commonly used feline vaccines. As with any vaccine in animals or humans, some reaction...

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 13, 2014, 2:08 pm
Itching and Scratching the Winter Away

Itching and Scratching the Winter Away Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM It’s that time when pets and humans are more vulnerable to each other than ever. Since this is the chilliest month of the year, animals are more likely to be cooped up in the house — and us with them! All of the windows and doors are closed to the world and the heat is blasting around the clock. These kinds of conditions can make our winter homes playgrounds for various allergens. Our pets are vulnerable to the dust in the carpet, the mold inside the walls of your old house and other pets. On the other hand, warm moist times of the year or times when the seasons are shifting are also high allergy times. Our pets are hardly ever safe from them. Allergies are the most common conditions affecting cats and according to Kansas State University, fifteen percent of dogs suffer from common allergies like pollen, mold and house dust. However, common allergies aren’t the only ones that affect our pets. Just like humans, pets can be allergic to anything from eggs to oak trees. Allergies are conditions that pets and humans share with equal intensity, so we must use our powers of empathy to make them as comfortable in their skin as possible. This month, the Life’s Abundance News will focus on pet allergies: what they are, what to look for and the different methods of GIVING RELIEF. So What Are Allergies Anyway? Essentially, an allergic reaction is the work of an overactive immune system. It’s when an animal responds abnormally to a seemingly everyday substance like grass or common food ingredients. Substances can cause an allergic reaction upon exposure by ingestion, inhalation or skin contact. Allergic animals possess antibodies that react badly to specific allergens to produce what we know as allergic reactions. Watery eyes and constant scratching are common manifestations of the immune system in overdrive, overcompensating to expel the allergen from the body. The Different Types of Allergies Contact Allergy Of the various types of allergies, contact allergies are the least common in both cats and dogs. Examples of contact allergens are flea collars, plants, grass and certain types of bedding such as wool. Because contact allergies result in a local reaction to the skin, symptoms include skin irritation and itching at the points of contact. Inhalant Allergy This is the most common allergy for cats and it is prevalent in dogs, as well. This type of allergy is caused by the hypersensitivity of the immune system to common environmental substances. Some of these allergens are with us seasonally (ragweed and grass pollens) and others, such as mold and mildew, are with us all the time. This type of allergy usually manifests in the form of severe, generalized itching. The itching may be most severe on the feet, flanks, groin and armpits. Inhalant allergies and food allergies are often the reasons for chronic ear infections in dogs.  Recent studies have shown that it can also affect the cat’s urinary tract resulting in crystal formation in the urine. Flea Allergy This is the most common form of canine allergy and it’s relatively common in cats, as well. The normal dog and cat experiences only minor irritation in lieu of a flea bite with minimal itching, if any. The flea-allergic dog or cat; however, suffers from severe itching when the flea’s saliva is integrated into the skin. It’s not the flea itself, but its saliva that is the culprit. Just one single bite can make a pet itch to the point of self-mutilation: chewing itself and removing large amounts of hair. Pets tend to chew mostly on and around the tail. The constant chewing makes them more vulnerable to bacterial infections, a complication which causes even more itching. This is a vicious cycle, indeed. This particular skin problem is fondly known in veterinary circles and among other pet professionals as flea bite dermatitis or FAD. A skin allergy test can be performed by a vet to determine if a dog is allergic to flea saliva. Food Allergy This is one of the hardest allergies to detect and probably even harder to treat. Pets, for the most part, aren’t born with food allergies. More often than not they, like humans, can and do develop a hypersensitivity to food they have been eating for years, which causes us to overlook the possibility of a food allergy. Cats tend to become allergic to their most common protein like tuna, while dogs can be allergic to proteins such as chicken, beef and the proteins in corn and wheat. Food allergies manifest in a myriad of ways: itchy skin, licking of the feet (especially in dogs), shaking of the head, rubbing face on carpeting, coughing and rare digestive problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. They can also result in chronic ear infections in both dogs and cats. In list form, below is an overview of the many allergic symptoms, some already discussed. Common symptoms include: excessive licking under the tail chronic ear infections irritated skin with some hair loss licking front paws sores around the muzzle and face rubbing head shaking Rare symptoms include: asthma like symptoms behavioral change seizures Allergy Sleuths:  Detecting the Problem If you detect any of the above symptoms in your pet’s behavior, make an appointment with your vet. Though itching, for instance, can be caused by a variety of different things, your vet can perform diagnostic tests to differentiate between causes of itching. For more severe and complicated cases, your vet can refer you to a board certified dermatologist. The first step in allergy treatment is pinpointing not only the type of allergy, but what your pet is allergic to. This is done several ways. Skin test: To perform a skin test, the vet shaves some parts of the animal’s body and injects specific allergens into the skin to see if the skin welts. Blood test: Just like in humans, the vet takes blood and...

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 11, 2014, 4:48 pm
Dog with Band Aid

by Monica Reyes, a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. Many people seeking a natural and even raw dog food diet for their dogs do so because their pet has a pre-existing condition that they want to cure. Conditions like allergies, digestive issues and diabetes are some of the reasons that many people turn to a raw food diet for their pets. Unfortunately, some pet owners have the incorrect idea that a raw diet will provide their ailing pet with a quick fix and will expect immediate, “miracle”-type results. Results Don’t Happen Overnight Although switching your pet over to raw food is definitely recommended for long-term health and nutrition, it is important to remember that severe medical conditions won’t resolve themselves overnight.  Even though a raw meat diet is the best thing that you can give your dog or cat, it takes time for a nutritional improvement to show its effects.  Remember: the diseased condition, which has taken years to develop, will take time to reverse itself and for the health of the animal to improve.  Most of our greatest pet health success stories have occurred after the animal has been on the BARF diet for 60 days or more.  It’s true that there are some great benefits to be seen within the first four weeks of switching a dog or cat to the BARF Diet – such as a noticeable difference in skin and coat, an increase in activity level due to better nutrition and even a much appreciated reduction in stool volume and odor – but for more serious problems, like fur loss, dry, itchy skin, and hot spots, it will take more time for those symptoms to clear up. User error can also greatly impact the success of switching a pet to raw food. Table scraps, junk treats, and an inconsistent dietary routine can all affect the results that a pet parent will see in their raw fed animal. Therefore, it is important to get a personalized feeding plan done by a certified raw pet food specialist to make sure that you and your pet are on the right track.  BARF World is the only raw pet food company that provides this custom-tailored service.  Their raw pet food specialists go through an extensive three-month training which allows them to identify various dietary and environmental aspects to address in order to maximize results.  This also provides pet parents, that may be new to feeding raw, the help and support that they need to improve the overall health of their pet. The 90-Day Raw Pet Food Plan™ Allowing the diet to work in your pet and sticking to a personalized feeding plan is one of the main reasons why the co-formulator of the BARF Diet®, Robert Mueller created the 90-day Raw Pet Food Plan™.  The purpose of the 90-day feeding plan is to instill in the pet owner that the BARF Diet is not a “quick fix” but the first step into creating a stronger, healthier, more vibrant pet.  As Mueller often tells his clients, “If you can commit to following the feeding plan to the letter for 90-days, you will have yourself a brand new pet.” Don’t Make This Common Mistake One of the biggest mistakes that pet parents will often times make once they’ve seen that their dog or cat has improved on a raw diet, is to go back to old habits and back to feeding their pet‘s former diet – whether out of convenience, or to save a few dollars.  Yet, as many of these pet parents later learn, putting a temporary Band-Aid over a condition that could come back later or develop into something even worse down the road, is not worth the risk. The BARF raw food diet for dogs is a long-term lifestyle change and a wise investment in the health and vitality of your pet.

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 8, 2014, 9:53 pm
Life’s Abundance Stainless Steel Odor Bar for Pets

Want to win a Life’s Abundance Stainless Steel Odor Remover Bar for pets and people?  Then head on over to our Facebook page and follow the steps!  Giveaway ends next week, January 15, 2014! One of the interesting properties of stainless steel is its ability to bind to pungent odors. We’ve taken this unique science a step further by adding contoured nubs. Now, you can provide your pet kid with a relaxing massage that instantly neutralizes stubborn smells. This portable bar is dishwasher safe and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Great for removing the smell of onions, garlic and fish from hands, too. Click here for further details!

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 6, 2014, 6:35 pm
Dog Wearing Yellow Ribbon

You are out in the park with your family, playing, running, maybe even having a picnic. Perhaps your dog is with you; however, off in the distance you see adorable dog approaching with their handler and your children immediately begin to run towards this adorable dog. As the dog is getting closer, you see a yellow ribbon tied on the dog’s collar. What goes through your mind? A yellow ribbon around a dog’s collar is to help children identify that you need to proceed with caution. The dog may not be child friendly, may have fear or anxiety issues, or may be overly excited. Either way, caution should be applied when approaching. The Yellow Dog Project is a nonprofit organization that is a global effort to help raise awareness and education around dogs that require a little extra distance upon approaching. Does this mean that the dog is aggressive or mean? No, there are numerous reasons why a dog may have a yellow ribbon. It may mean the dog is new with the handler, is under medical care, or in foster care for instance. The purpose of this project is to assist with the proper techniques to approach a dog. Children have a lot of energy and often to run up and pet a dog. Not all dogs understand this and can become fearful. With proper education, all parties are put in a less stressful environment, which in turn reduces opportunities for an unforeseen accident. For more information about this wonderful cause, please visit: The Yellow Dog Facebook page. Learn how to educate family, friends, colleagues, and yourself. When there is knowledge, there is understanding. Have you ever seen a dog wearing a yellow ribbon? Did you know what it meant prior to this article? Do you have a dog that may need to wear a yellow ribbon?

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 4, 2014, 2:19 pm
Bring Your Pets Inside Please

With winter gripping most of the country with snow, winds and bitter cold temperatures outdoors while we snuggle in our warm homes in front of the fireplace sipping on hot chocolate or hot toddies, let’s please not forget all the companion animals who depend on us to keep them comfy and safe too!  Just like our human children depend on us to keep them safe, our fur children depend on us for the same type of compassionate care!  PLEASE, bring your pets inside, PLEASE!  If it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your pets, as well.  If you notice a neighbor’s pet outside in the cold, give them a quick call if you have their number or a gentle knock on the door.  If you don’t get anywhere by being kind, call your local police department.  Leaving a pet outside, unprotected, in “dead-of-winter” weather is animal cruelty and neglect, and certainly punishable in most municipalities!  Of course, do check on the pet’s owner as well, as there may be a medical or other serious reason why their beloved pet has been left outside unintentionally! Please share this important information by clicking on the ‘Share This +” below! 

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Author: Bree
Posted: January 3, 2014, 2:21 pm
Happy New Year 2014

A special thank you to all our loyal customers who have been with us for years, as well as all our customers new to PreciousPets.org this year!  Since our inception in 2001, we have always strived to bring you the highest quality products and holistic pet information for your beloved babies so that they may live the longest, healthiest and happiest lives with you, their beloved pack leaders whom they love unconditionally! We hope that 2014 brings you and your precious pets all the warmth, love, health, compassion and good fortune you all deserve!  We’re looking forward to another exciting and successful year, and it is our mission to continue to provide all of you the personal and top-notch support you’ve all been accustomed to! Happy New Year to ALL of you, from ALL of us at PreciousPets.org

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Author: Bree
Posted: December 31, 2013, 1:15 pm
Poison

In an effort to make our homes as safe as possible for our companion animals, you should be aware of common household items that can spell big trouble for our beloved dogs. Recently, the ASPCA – Animal Poison Control Center released the top 10 poisons that can be toxic to dogs. In all of the following cases, it is highly advisable to contact a vet immediately after consumption … • Chocolate – Can cause excitability, elevated heart rate and possibly seizures. • Rat Poisons – Most rodenticides contain anticoagulants to cause fatal bleeding. These substances can have the same effect on dogs, as well as possible paralysis, seizures and kidney failure. • Ant & Roach Baits – Most of these products do not contain enough toxic substances to cause severe effects, but the plastic in which they are housed can be dangerous. • Acetaminophen – Can cause liver failure, swelling of the face and paws, and interfere with oxygen transport in the blood. • Ibuprofen – Can cause stomach and kidney problems, and possibly seizures. • Cold Medications with Pseudoephedrine – Can cause excessive panting due to increased body temperature, excitability and elevated heart rate. • Thyroid Hormones – Can cause elevated heart rate and excitability. • Bleach – In surface contact, can cause eye and skin irritation, and if inhaled can cause chemical pneumonitis. • Fertilizers & Plant Foods – Can cause vomiting and diarrhea. • Paints, Polishes & Fuel Oils – In surface contact, can cause skin irritation, and if inhaled can cause excitability, depression, pneumonia, liver and kidney damage. Exposure to any of these substances can have serious health consequences, and should be treated accordingly. When it comes to protecting your companion animals, remember to safely store away all medications or other potentially harmful items. And, just because an item does not appear on this list does not mean it can’t be harmful, so exercise not only caution, but common sense.

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Author: Bree
Posted: December 29, 2013, 2:20 pm
Using a Blacklight To Find Cat & Dog Urine Odor Spots

The best time to use a blacklight to find the cat urine odor spots in your home is when the room is relatively dark. This can be before sunrise, after sunset, or on a dark, cloudy day. Finding multiple cat urine odor spots throughout your home? Mark each spot with a coin, a small piece of paper, or some other type of marker. Then, you can collect your cleaning supplies and clean up each spot. NOTE: These same principles and the U.V. Urine Detector can be used for puppy/dog urine stains too! Cat urine odor control is tough under the best of circumstances. Half the time, you don’t know where to find it, but your sniffer is saying, “It’s around here somewhere…” There’s an easier way to detect cat urine stains, other than with your nose. It’s the U.V. blacklight. Yes, that purple light that is associated with growing certain herbs that makes you forget about your cares…the blacklight. Cat urine is composed of really interesting ingredients, and a black light is the perfect tool to help you with cat urine odor control! Cat urine odor control is more difficult because kitty can often get into the darndest places, do her business, and waltz away. Sometimes it can take you days to find the source. You see, cat urine glows brightly under a blacklight. A black light detects cat urine spots anywhere in your home that cannot easily be seen by your eyes alone, so it finds the spots that you can’t see, but can smell! They’re easy to use – just flick one on, and look for bright fluorescent spots on your floor, walls, baseboards, or furniture. This black light is perfect for cat urine odor control, because it’s small, and stores easily away when not in use – just put it in a drawer for the next time. Here’s how a black light urine detector worked for my neighbor… The guy down the street borrowed my blacklight to pinpoint the source of his cat urine odor. He’d been searching for a week. He knew the general area, but he couldn’t see a stain or spot. In five minutes he found the spot with the blacklight detector. Turns out kitty was backing up to a crack in the drywall, and was letting loose! He had to replace the wall section. If he hadn’t borrowed the blacklight, who knows if he would have ever found the source… You can smell it…you know it’s there somewhere, but WHERE? I used to get down on my hands and knees, crawling around, feeling and looking for the telltale spots. If it was still wet, no problem, I see you. Or I’d put my hand into it. On the other hand…let that stuff dry, and you swear you’re imagining the smell, because you’ve had to deal with it for so long! You feel here, you feel there…sometimes you get really lucky, and spot the irregular pattern on your floor. Cat urine odor control is easy if you use the black light and find urine spots quickly. You’ll decrease the damage to your floors, carpeting, bedding, and furniture. Eliminate professional carpet and rug cleaning costs because you found the spot in time to clean with an enzyme cleaner. We recommend Life’s Abundance’s BioDeodorizer, which actually digests the sources of household and pet odors. BioDeodorizer does NOT mask odors…it contains microbes which eliminate odors! I’ve successfully house trained many Boxer pups over the years in a much shorter time with this BioDeodorizer…I wouldn’t want to be without it! We also recommend the Simple Solution Spotter – U.V. Urine Detector and see how you can start cat urine odor control in your home now. These same principles and the U.V. Urine Detector can be used for puppy/dog urine stains too! Cat urine odor control tips: You’ll have no problem finding cat urine if it’s at night– click the black light on, turn the room lights off, and happy hunting!!! If you’re an insomniac, this can keep you occupied. The cat urine will show up as a bright fluorescent greenish color. Soon, you’ll be cleaning cat urine in spots you would otherwise have missed! During the day…draw the curtains, the blinds, pray for a dark, nasty thundercloud, or wait until it gets dark! You can still see the stains, faintly, but you’re going to have to get down real close to see it. This is an essential tool for cat urine odor control. If your home has been bombarded by kitty deposits for awhile, here’s a nifty little procedure to find all the spots: Arm yourself with your blacklight. Have your favorite odor eliminator for cleaning cat urine waiting nearby, with towels and rags. Enter the darkened room, and turn the blacklight on. Walk through the entire room, concentrating on the lower half of the walls, baseboards and corners. However, do sweep across the width and length of the room, because I have found spots smack dab in the middle. Inspect furniture – the legs, the lower portions, and sides. Check out the bottom row of bookcases, and the books. And so on… If you find multiple spots, there are a number of ways you can mark them. One, clean as you go. Find a spot, clean it…find a spot, clean it. Or, you could take any really small object – coins, marbles, golf ball markers – and put them on the spot. Once you’ve thoroughly canvassed the room, haul in your cleaning supplies, and start cleaning cat urine. Repeat for each room you know (or suspect) kitty has blessed. Want to know a foolproof way to find those spots? Got another cat? Or a dog? Enlist their help for cat urine control! Just pay attention to her, as she wanders around the house. When she stops and really investigates a spot, get out your blacklight. Chances are you’ve hit the jackpot. Give kitty/doggy a treat for detecting the spot! You didn’t know cat urine odor control...

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Author: Bree
Posted: December 27, 2013, 5:50 pm

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