Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

Please follow these important precautions to ensure that you and your your pets have a safe and happy holiday!

1) Keep candy (chocolate is toxic) away from pesky paws! Many of our pets display amazing dexterity to reach those delicious sweet treats. Gum and diet candies are also toxic if they contain Xylitol. Xylitol can have fast, fatal consequences because it can cause a precipitous drop in blood sugar (acute hypoglycemia) and/or liver failure. It is easy to leave a pack of gum sitting out on the counter or on the car seat. Doublecheck before bedtime to make sure that the candy and gum has been stored in a secure cabinet in all rooms!

2) Watch out for Jack O'Lanterns and burning candles. Pets can easily knock them over, starting a fire. Electrical cords can be fun for a puppy to chew on. Be extra vigilant about keeping an eye out for your pet's location and activities.

3) Keep all cats (particularly black cats) and shy, nervous dogs safely inside a room away from the noise. Doorbells and excited trick-or-treaters can be very scary to them.

4) If your dog is happy greeting guests (and may even like to dress up!), then be sure to hold your dog firmly on a leash when you open the door. Masks and costumes can be very confusing to pets. Even a very calm dog might snap if a scary figure in a dark costume rapidly approaches them and the dog feels threatened.

5) Be sure all pets are fed and walked before trick-or-treaters arrive.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Momma and Baby Bears Hibernating in Winter

Ever wonder what hibernating bears do in their den? This is a wonderful video (humorous too!) with a full view of baby bears nursing with Momma bear in the den in Canada. Fabulous footage of baby bears and wide awake Momma inside the den!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CoQ10 Recommended for Cats and Dogs with Kidney and Heart Disease

Purrfect Pet CoQ10


The Very Best CoQ10 For Pets!

Especially helpful for:

*All pets 5 years+
*Pets with kidney disease
*Pets with cancer
*Senior pets--gives them energy
*Pets with heart conditions
*Pets with gum bleeding and stomatitis
*Cardioprotective support during chemotherapy or radiation

Get great quality at an affordable price--a little goes a long way! Purity and potency guaranteed. Third Party Tested. CoQ10 varies greatly in quality and effectiveness depending on where and how it is manufactured. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. Other CoQ10 products might look the same, but could contain cheap materials and artificial ingredients that can be harmful to your pet!!! Be sure to use a gelcap, with CoQ10 from Japan, third party tested to ensure it is safe and healthy for your pet.

Easy to Administer to Cats and Dogs--Gelcaps can be squeezed on food for small pets or put into a broth and syringed in if pet is extra finicky! The CoQ10 is in an oil base that most pets will eat or give as a whole capsule to larger pets.

Critical antioxidant---essential for feline kidney disease and canine kidney disease, cancer, heart disease and overall good health. CoEnzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that is found in every cell of the body. It is critical for the production of energy and facilitates the activities of enzymes (the catalysts for all chemical reactions, e.g. energy production). As we age, our body's supply of CoQ10 diminishes, especially if taking cholesterol lowering drugs such as Lipitor. Numerous research studies on this vital nutrient have found it to be especially beneficial for diseases such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, gum problems, diabetes and more.

Buyer beware---CoQ10 is not the same---depending upon where and how it is manufactured, this vital nutrient may or may not be "bioavailable" and/or usable by the body. Purity and potency are extremely important when selecting a manufacturer of CoQ10. Purrfect Pet Coenzyme Q10 softgels use an advanced technology that provides an efficient and natural method of nutrient delivery, offering enhanced absorption and assimilation versus ordinary capsules and tablets containing Coenzyme Q10. This soluble, pre-emulsified form of CoQ10 is a great choice when you want to ensure better absorption of this powerful nutrient. Also, it is free of PEG, polysorbate 80 and Titanium Dioxide, which are often found in other CoQ10 softgel products.

This formula gives pets energy!!!! Watch them perk up especially when used together with the Resveratrol Synery.

The formula was just recently enhanced and is now backed by a clinical trial that yielded impressive results. Study results show peak absorption of Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is 8 times greater than dry powder and two times greater than its toughest human-grade competition when compared to dry powder, liposomal, nanoparticle, and partial dissolved in oil formulations. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 underwent other clinical trials as well, including a 36-hour peak absorption study to determine the total amount of CoQ10 absorbed and a 28-day steady state study to determine the amount of CoQ10 in the blood plasma available for use by the body cells. In these studies, Purrfect Pet CoQ10 was compared to a standard dry powder CoQ10 product. The results of the 36-hour absorption study showed that Purrfect Pet CoQ10 had a total absorption of 11.65% compared to dry powder having an absorption of 1.32%, which makes Purrfect Pet CoQ10 783% more absorbable than dry powder. The results of the 28-day steady state study showed that at the end of 28 days there were 8989 ug/ml of Purrfect Pet CoQ10 available for use by the cells, compared to 1623 ug/ml of dry powder CoQ10. This makes Purrfect Pet CoQ10 441% more bioavailable than dry powder CoQ10.

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is designed for optimal absorption, stability and cost-efficiency. Oral supplementation with CoQ10 is often desired to improve immune function, mitochondrial metabolism and energy production in the support of fatigue-related disorders, the enhancement of athletic performance, periodontal problems and the support of cardiomyopathy and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s. CoQ10 has also been demonstrated to be an effective antioxidant, reducing lipid peroxidation. It is extremely helpful for pets with kidney and liver disease as well.

If your pet has kidney disease, cancer, a heart condition, periodontal disease or liver issues--this product should be an important part of the treatment regimen.

If your pet has kidney or heart disease or arthritis, we highly recommend using this product with Renelix. Renelix is a kidney detoxification formula that helps with kidneys support, urinary tract infections, heart disease and overall support for seniors. Many clients report that their senior dogs' arthritis greatly improves as it helps to relieve pain deferred by the kidneys and rear leg weakness. We sell the Purrfect Pet CoQ10 along with Renelix at a special discounted package price for your convenience.

Renelix + Purrfect Pet CoQ10 at a discounted SALE package price of $71.95

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 60 mg SALE price $31.95

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Need Your Feedback About Ingredients In Pet Food

I am excited to be speaking on at the Pet Food Industry Advisory Conference in Las Vegas. We will be speaking about what ingredients should be included in pet foods and what manufacturers need to do to keep pets healthy and happy. We have a list of ingredients that should and should not be included in pet food. Will also be covering how social media is influencing consumers and educating pet owners about what is best for their pets

If you have any comments, please post them here. We would love to hear from you!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Holistic Care For Dog with Seizures Offers Hope For All

Legend's Big Day--Just wanted to take a moment and share my joy that Legend, my husky rescue dog just celebrated 6 months without having a seizure. He is not taking any medication--we have achieved these results purely with holistic care. Prior to having him, Legend was exposed to many toxins. He is such a sweet, gentle dog and gets along with everybody.

Anyhow, my wonderful boy started getting the most awful grand mal seizures. It is hard to explain to anyone who has not witnessed the suffering---the pet loses complete control of bodily functions, stares at you with blank eyes and paddles uncontrollably on the ground. It is heartbreaking. We put Legend on a completely hypoallergenic diet and use a combination of omega oils and supplements such as Liver Rescue, Brain Vitale, Neuroflam, Oxicell, Biothyro, etc. I feed him 3x a day because I noticed the seizures always happened after several hours of not eating. The time between seizures spread out--initially it was 13 days and then 2 months, etc and now we are so blessed to be at this point. I just want to share hope with all of you so that you know that even when it seems that there is no possibility of success, trying a natural approach can (sometimes requires some trial and error) have a positive outcome.
Monday, October 17, 2011

Immune Support For Feline Herpesvirus 1

Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian
VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
Lake Forest, CA

What is Feline Herpesvirus 1?

Cats are exposed as young kittens to a variety of viruses. Among the most common is Feline Herpesvirus 1. Feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1 or feline rhinotracheitis virus) causes acute respiratory and occular illness known as rhinotracheitis. The virus affects domestic and wild cats worldwide.

Rhinotracheitis is characterized by respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, nasal discharge, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid). It also affects the reproductive tract and can cause complications during pregnancy.

Which Cats Are Affected?
80% of all kittens are exposed to FHV-1. Cats of all ages and breeds are susceptible, although it is more common in the following:

Kittens, especially those born to infected mothers

Multicat households, catteries, and pet adoption shelters, especially those with:
--Physical (e.g., temperature) or psychological (e.g., introduction of a new cat) stressors
--Poor nutrition
--Poor sanitation
--Poor ventilation

Pregnant cats that are lactating

Sick cats (especially sickness associated with a weakened immune system or other respiratory infection)

Unvaccinated cats

How is Feline HerpesVirus 1 Transmitted?
FHV-1 is shed through the discharge from an infected cat’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Contact with these secretions is a potential mode of transmission. The most common mode of transmission appears to be contact with contaminated objects that an infected cat has touched or sneezed on including cages, food and water bowls, litter trays, pet owner's clothing, and the pet owner's hands.

The same pathogenesis occurs with the feline herpesvirus as with the human herpesvirus. Once an individual is exposed and the infection is overcome, the virus remains in the body in a quiet or latent form. During the course of the cat's lifetime, the herpesvirus can become active again during times of stress, other disease, or times when the pet's immune response is compromised, and the herpesvirus will again cause the same upper respiratory signs as it did when the cat was younger.

View recommended supplements for feline herpesvirus and other pet viruses
Friday, October 14, 2011

5 Easy Tips To Give Pets Pills

Think of giving your pet a pill as a STRATEGY GAME (such as chess)---not a chore. If you approach it this way, you’ll be sure to win every time!

1) Try hiding the entire capsule in something special:

--unique flavor/brand of canned food (only given with the pill)
--small meatball
--mashed potato or yams
--plain yogurt or hummus
--baby food
--canned pumpkin or butternut squash
--coconut oil (please do NOT use peanut butter---many pets are allergic!)

2) If your pet manages to lick off the special treat and drop the pill, try:

--opening the capsule and mixing into food; start with a small amount—just a dash and then steadily increase as your pet gets used to the new taste

3) If your pet won’t eat the food, then find a special “topper” such as canned salmon or a small piece of meat or crumbled freeze dried food

---open the capsule (supplements ONLY--not medications), sprinkle in a small spot and put the special topper right above the powder from the supplement capsules

4) If unsuccessful, try showing your pet the special treat, then opening your pet’s mouth, inserting the pill gently into the back of the throat, massaging it down and then:

--reward your pet for taking the pill and give them the special treat so that you are assured the pill has been swallowed

5) Finally, for some pets, using a syringe may be the quickest and most foolproof way to administer pills

--open all the capsules and/or crush the tablets, mix the powder together with some broth and squirt into your pet's mouth (not for medications--just supplements)

The first time is always the hardest but then once you have your routine, the "pill administering" game is easy and you'll both win because your pet will feel better!
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Feeding Pets Twice A Day Helps Their Digestion and Blood Sugar Regulation

For optimal health, it’s best to feed pets at least twice a day in portioned meals. This helps to regulate their blood sugar, improve digestion and overall health. If you free-feed, especially in a multiple pet household, there is a possibility that one pet may eat more than another which can lead to obesity. With a little time and patience, pets will get accustomed to a regular feeding schedule. Leaving out a few snacks or a small amount of dry food during the day while you are gone is ok, but save the larger portion of food for regular feeding schedules.

If your cat or dog has diabetes, it is important to feed them a high protein diet. Using Lypozyme and Power Probiotic will help improve digestion and metabolism. The Power Probiotic is very important because pets with diabetes are especially prone to urinary infections.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Raw Frozen Diets Can Help Pets With Diarrhea

Did you know that raw frozen food can be a great choice for cats and dogs with diarrhea? Many pet owners may be afraid to try raw food if their pet has a sensitive tummy but raw food is highly digestible and can often be the answer you are looking for when a pet has soft stool. Raw food can reduce your pet’s stool size so there is less to pick up too!

We have had great results using the Natures Variety Instinct brand. In particular, we especially like the venison and rabbit flavors for pets that have allergies. Introduce the new diet slowly a little bit at a time. For smaller pets, it’s best to start with 1/2 of a 1 oz medallion and even for larger pets, start with 1 medallion per meal. Give your pet a chance to adjust to the new diet and then slowly increase with more raw food each day, using less of your old food.

There is a misnomer that you can't mix raw food with other forms of food, but this isn't the case. The raw food is especially helpful for most pets in firming up stool, but you can also try a little bit of canned or freeze-dried too. Pets with chronic diarrhea can also benefit from using the Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief Formula. The Power Probiotic restores the proper balance of flora and enhances immune health. The Soothing Digestive Relief Formula helps relieve gas, abdominal pain and indigestion. It helps pets better digest nutrients which is very important for pets with diarrhea and malabsorption.
Monday, October 10, 2011

Labratory Tests (Blood and Urine) Are Essential to Pet Health

Have you brought your pet into the veterinarian for an annual check-up? Plan ahead before the holiday rush and bring your pet in for annual blood and laboratory tests as well as a complete health and dental exam. A visit to the vet is not just for vaccinations. Also, be sure to request a fecal exam too. Many pets can have worms, parasites and giardia without symptoms. These are highly contagious to other pets.

Before the holidays come upon us, be sure to have your pet completely checked out. Disease sets in long before you see the symptoms. For example, kidney disease doesn't even show up as abnormal on your pet's blood test (values are Creatitine, BUN and phosphorous) until your pet has lost 75% kidney function. Discovering problems at their initial stages is the key to keeping your pets happy and healthy. Be proactive about your pet's good health. Early detection of common health problems such as elevated liver enzymes, kidney disease, and diabetes will help ensure you will have lots of extra time to spend with your beloved pet.
Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dolphin Tale--A Wonderful Movie for Animal Lovers!

If you love animals, you will fall in love with "Winter" the beautiful dolphin who stars in Dolphin Tale. Her remarkable story of recovery gives hope to so many people and children, especially those with disabilities. A Dolphin Tale is based on the true story of a dolphin that washes up on a beach entangled in a crab trap and the relationship she develops with a young lonely boy and the fabulous rescuers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Also it brings to the forefront the hardships faced by many of our veterans who lose limbs defending our country. Winter's spirit and the dedication of those who help her is inspiring. This movie is uplifting and great for people of all ages!!!
Friday, October 7, 2011

SAVE a LIFE!!! Rescue Dogs Available For Adoption Saturday October 8, 2011

Come meet Holly, Chloe and Gracie at PETsMART in Aliso Viejo located at 27961 Aliso Creek Road. On Saturday they will be out in front of PETsMART from noon - 4pm. Stop by and say "hello"!

"Holly" 5 year old Cairn terrier mix with an excellent temperament--she is very affectionate. Holly has a new 'do. Doesn't she look cute?

"Chloe" 3 year old Boxer mix -- she is just gorgeous! Chloe is very sweet and is very good on the leash. She would love for you to take her for a walk!

"Gracie" 3 year old Boxer / Great Dane mix -- she is just gorgeous! Gracie is very athletic and would love to be your running partner. She is very good with other dogs and would make a great companion for your dog.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Warning Signs: When To Take Your Cat or Dog To the Veterinarian

Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian
VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
Lake Forest, CA

Many times a phone call to the veterinarian is all that is needed. However, these warning signs warrant an immediate visit. If your cat or dog shows any of the following, please take your pet to the veterinarian right away.

· Any eye trauma

· Blood in urine or stool

· Vomiting or diarrhea--more than 1 instance

· Pet is lethargic, listless

· Insect bites (a small bite can cause a severe reaction)

· Limping

· Swollen stomach

· Punctures and abrasions (fur can hide a much deeper wound)

· Snake bites

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Puppy with Demodex Mange Gets New "Leash" on Life

Annie was in big trouble. She was at the Orange County Anmimal Care Cernter, which is a high-kill shelter in Orange, California. Annie was being kept in isolation because she had tested positive for Demodectic Mange. All dogs have demodectic mange, but their healthy immune systems keep it under control.

Annie's immune system was compromised because of the stress of having to survive on the streets. She was four months old when she was brought to the shelter. The shelter had her listed as a male, and they had named her "Comet". She was not up for adoption to the general public. She had fur loss on her face and on her front legs.

Ariel Rescue saw that she needed our help! An Ariel Rescue volunteer was allowed to visit with "him". The kennel attendant had been told not to touch the dog and only to let the Ariel Rescue volunteer go into the kennel to visit with "him". The volunteer saw that "Comet" was just a sweet puppy, so the volunteer went to adopt "him". The volunteer was told that "Comet" could not stay at the shelter to be neutered; "he" had to be removed from the shelter immediately.

The volunteer took "Comet" to the vet to be examined. Imagine the volunteer's surprise when they found out that "Comet" was a female! New name -- "Annie". The vet said that they should wait a few weeks before Annie could be spayed, to give Annie's immune system a chance to improve.

Meanwhile Annie was being fostered by an Ariel Rescue volunteer. Annie was given very healthy food to eat. Susan Davis, the nutritionist of, recommended that Annie be given the supplements Amazing Omegas, Immunitone Plus and Notatum capsules, to help boost her immune system and get her skin and coat back into good condition.

What a difference a month makes! Annie's skin and coat have improved dramatically. Annie was able to be spayed and she bounced back nicely from the surgery. Annie, now named Lexi, got to go to her "forever home"! Instead of her life being in danger at the high-kill shelter, she is now safe, completely healthly and most of all, well-loved, living with her new "brother", and her new mom. Lexi is now the happy little puppy that she deserves to be!

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Eating Grass & Vomiting--Is this Normal?

Eating Grass & Vomiting--Is this Normal?

It is quite common for cats and dogs to eat grass. Eating grass in and of itself is not a sign of anything as many pets like the taste and enjoy a little vegetation to munch on. Both healthy pets and sick pets will eat grass. It is the behaviors that go along with grass eating that, as a pet owner, you need to watch out for, as it can be a sign of an acid stomach and digestive problem

1) Is your pet "drawn" to the grass, showing signs of needing to get to the grass such as whining or pulling toward it?

2) Does your pet vomit hairballs or bile afterwards? Is your pet vomiting frequently?

3) Is your pet eating large amounts of grass?

Some grazing on grass is natural but when pets are specifically looking for it as if they really need it, this can be a sign of acid stomach or poor digestion. Many times pets reach for the grass as a way to make themselves vomit too. If you notice your pet is eating a lot of grass, then it's important to watch for other signs of digestive discomfort. If you notice your pet is having rumbling noises after eating, loose stool, gas, vomiting, bad breath or other signs of digestive discomfort, it is important to bring this to the attention of your veterinarian. Getting basic laboratory tests (e.g. blood panel and urine analysis) will provide valuable information, as acid stomach can be a symptom of a more serious health condition such as kidney or liver disease or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Diet changes for acid stomach are often necessary depending upon your veterinarian's diagnoses. Your pet could be getting too much protein, too much fat or be allergic to the food. Make sure the pet food and treats you use do not contain grains, byproducts, chemicals and other food allergens. These can all result in poor digestion, acid stomach and other health problems. In addition to dietary changes, a few supplements can give your pet fast relief!

Supplements For Acid Stomach

Give your Pet Fast Relief

Power Probiotic--Power Probiotic is a multi-strain probiotic, backed by research and proven to help your pet's digestive symptoms. It is easy to administer--this tasteless powder can be opened and mixed into food. Safe for puppies and kittens and is especially important to use if your pet has been on antibiotics, steroids or treated for parasites/worms. Power Probiotic has many benefits ranging from improved immune function, enhanced digestion, elimination of tear stains, better stool formation and so much more.

Gastro ULC Acid Relief Formula--This fabulous stomach acid reducer helps to relieve stomach acid pain quickly. Is your pet reluctant to eat? Is your pet smacking the lips and nauseated? Does your pet have an ulcer? Gastro ULC is all natural herbal formula for cats and dogs that can help heal the lining of the stomach while providing a gentle, soothing coating relieving pain and discomfort.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!

October is Adopt a Rescue Dog Month. There are so many ways you can help. If you are thinking about getting a new dog, consider the many homeless wonderful dogs available for adoption. Numerous animal rescue websites feature dogs available through rescue groups, at local shelters or available through private parties. is a great place to start looking and you can select by breed, age, size and more. If you can’t adopt another dog but would still like to help, consider fostering a pet, volunteering your time or donating to a local rescue or animal charity.

Follow our happy tails about homeless pets getting a new leash on life!