Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dog Dragging Butt on Carpet

Q:  My labrador retriever is constantly dragging his butt and scooting.   It's really gross and leaves nasty marks on the carpet.  I read that it could be parasites but I brought in a sample and he doesn't have them.  What is causing this scooting and dragging of his butt?  Elizabeth, Kentucky

A.  Dear Elizabeth:
So glad you asked as this is a common problem that is often not addressed properly.  Most likely, the scooting and dragging that your labrador is doing is because of full anal sacs.  It does not necessarily mean they are impacted or abscessed but rather it's a way to try to empty them.  What are anal sacs? They are scent glands that fill up with a smelly fluid that is intended to be emptied each time a dog has a bowel movement enabling your labrador to mark his territory.  Each dog has his own individual scent---but anyone who has smelled it, can find it to be a disgusting odor. Fortunately veterinary-approved products such as Power Probiotic can stop the scooting and dragging of the rear-end.

What we have found is that dogs that have anal sac problems can frequently have an allergy to food and also need digestive support.  Many times dogs that are scooting and dragging their butt also are itching, getting ear infections, and may have bouts of loose stool and gas.  Once you address the dietary issue and add the natural supplements, the problem usually goes away.

1.  The first step is add the Power Probiotic to your dog's regimen.  This will repopulate good flora in your dog's intestines, boosting immune function and reducing odors overall.   Power Probiotic is a veterinary-approved probiotic that is 3rd party tested for potency and is easy to give both cats and dogs--just open the capsule and sprinkle on food.  Even if you have tried other probiotics, this one will greatly help to improve the dragging and scooting and digestive problems.

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2.   Use a grain-free food.  Dogs that have anal sac issues are often eating dry kibble that contains grains such as wheat, oats, barley, etc.  Many dogs are allergic to these gluten ingredients.  Try Instinct or Ziwi Peak which are premium grain-free brands.  Try to use canned or raw.  

3.  Use allergy products such as AllerEaze which helps to reduce itching and allergic response.  K9 Yeast Defense would also help as many times dogs are licking and chewing on their butt and groin due to allergies.  Many dogs that have ear infections and are licking at their genitals have an overgrowth of yeast.  The K9 Yeast Defense can give your dog relief in a few days. 

Changing your labrador's diet and adding the supplements should help your labrador stop scooting and dragging quickly.
Saturday, December 29, 2012

Interstitial Cystitis in Dogs and Cats

Chronic UTIs can lead to Interstitial Cystitis.  Interstitial Cystitis is a condition in which the bladder wall becomes inflamed and may even hemorrhage. No sooner do you finish a round of antibiotics, your pet starts showing the common “signs” of discomfort which can include frequent urination, straining to urinate, waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, arching the back, urinating outside the litter box and/or blood in the urine. Some pets that are normally house-trained may have accidents or urinate right in front of you because they can’t hold their urine. Some may develop urinary incontinence on a regular basis. With interstitial cystitis, there may be an infection or the “start of infection” and sometimes there may be no infection at all. With chronic UTIs and interstitial cystitis, there may be bleeding in the urine which can be caused by a variety of factors such as bladder stones, crystal plugs, kidney disease, stress and/or a congenital defect. Regardless, your pet’s bladder and urinary system may have a great deal of inflammation and quite possibly infection which can become very hard to treat and very uncomfortable for your pet.

Conventional veterinary treatments for interstitial cystitis and chronic urinary tract infections involve the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Depending upon the other factors that may be involved, your veterinarian may also recommend that your pet be on a special diet that controls the pH of your pet’s urine. Stones, crystals and infections tend to develop depending upon the urinary pH. For example, if your pet’s urine is highly alkaline (pH is 8 or more), there is a possibility that struvite crystals form or that your pet may have urinary tract infection. Having a high urinary pH does not necessarily mean that your pet has an infection. Urinary pH can vary throughout the day as your pet eats, exercises, etc. A normal urinary neutral pH is between 6.5 and 7.0. Consistently high or low urinary pH could be a problem and it is recommended, if possible, that you learn to check your pet’s urine at home using pH testing paper. This will provide valuable information for your veterinarian.

Can holistic care help with interstitial cystitis and chronic urinary tract infections? Absolutely. Holistic care should not be a replacement for conventional veterinary care but rather an extension of it. Holistic care offers you more choices and treatment options to help your pet but it is important to work with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s progress using laboratory tests and even in-home periodic pH urinary test strips that you do yourself.

Supplements for interstitial cystitis include Notatum, Pet UTI Prevention Formula and Power Probiotic as well as Renelix and AkuturClick here to learn more about how to treat interstitial cystitis naturally using holistic pet care

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Both cats and dogs are at risk of developing heart disease. However, it is often harder to detect heart problems in cats than in dogs because the symptoms may not be as noticeable until the cat’s heart disease has progressed significantly. That is why it is especially important to have your pet checked routinely and if your cat displays symptoms such as weakness, inappetance, or respiratory difficulties, bring your cat to the veterinarian promptly. 
Symptoms of heart disease in dogs and cats can include:
  • Coughing
  • Easily tiring after exercise—loss of stamina
  • Bluish discoloration of the tongue
  • Accumulation of fluid in the lungs, leg or abdomen
  • Difficult or heavy breathing
3 Steps To Treat Your Cat or Dog's Heart Disease using Holistic and Conventional Veterinary Care

1) Consult your veterinarian immediately if your pet displays any of the above symptoms of heart diesase as heart disease in dogs and cats can be a “silent killer”. If your pet has been previously diagnosed with any type of heart condition (e.g. heart murmur), be sure to get regular check-ups and ask your veterinarian for recommendations regarding your pet’s exercise regimen.
2) Feed your pet a high fiber diet, rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Ensure the amount of food you are feeding is appropriate and that your pet is at a healthy weight. If your pet needs to lose weight, use a high protein diet and less food overall. “Diet” pet foods are not recommended as they typically contain fillers such as beet pulp and are high in carbohydrates which can make a pet feel hungry all the time. Comprehensive, pet health consultations are available to provide your pet with a custom nutrition plan.
3) Use natural supplements for heart disease in dogs and cats.  Be sure they are veterinary-approved. You should see improvement if your dog or cats is displaying any of the symptoms of heart disease such as easily tiring. Natural holistic supplements can be used effectively along with prescription medications. Amazing Omegas  are made from anchovies and sardines, purified for heavy metals and pesticides and essential for any cat or dog with heart disease.   Purrfect Pet CoQ10 and Vitality Now provide vital nutrients for cardiovascular support.  For example, Vitality Now contains two forms of carnitine which can give your dog or cat  energy and relieve the symptom of easily tiring dramatically.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dog Dandruff and Flaking Skin: Fish Oil and Diet Changes Will Help

Dog dandruff is often accompanied by itching and skin dryness.  Some dogs can have red bumps and an odor as well.  Sometimes when you touch a dog with dog dandruff, a white film is on your hands afterwards.  If your dog has dandruff, a good first step would be to take your dog to the veterinarian to rule out parasites, skin disease, hypothyroidism and other potential health conditions.  Your veterinarian may need to do a skin scraping to determine what is wrong.

Many times, dogs who have flakey skin and dandruff have food and environmental allergies.  While topical rinses may help somewhat, you need to help your dog from the inside out.  The first step is to give your dog a highly therapeutic fish oil.  Fish oil contains essential fatty acids called Omega 3s.  There are MANY fish oil products for pets available but unfortunately most do not contain bioavailable Omega 3s and so pet owners may use them without success.  So many caring pet owners will tell us how they tried a store bought fish oil with no results.  The important word here is "bioavailable"---what that means is that it is a fish oil that is naturally processed, free of heavy metals and contaminants and most importantly, in a form that your dog's body can use.  If it is not bioavailable, the oil literally goes in one end and out the other.  To conquer dog dandruff and flaking skin, you have to use a fish oil that contains a high level of omega 3 fatty acids that your dog can absorb and utilize.

Recommended By Veterinarians,  Sold in Veterinary Hospitals

Amazing Omegas is a premium fish oil that will help dog dandruff, dry dog skin, dog flaking skin and allergies quickly.  You should start to see results within a few days.  Amazing Omegas is recommended by veterinarians because it really works.   Click here to learn more about Amazing Omegas. Adding Power Probiotic for Pets and AllerEaze for Pets to the program will also help relieve itching and scratching associated with allergies.

Grains and poultry can be big allergens for dogs.  Many pet owners with dogs that are scratching and itching have found tremendous relief when changing their diet along with the Amazing Omegas. Ask Ariel will provide a free diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.  Please be sure to include your pet’s diet on the order form at checkout.

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Dog Dandruff: Use fish oil to stop your dog's flaking skin

Dog dandruff is never cute, especially when the dry, flakey skin is getting all over your house and clothes. A dog's skin is a reflection of what is going on the inside, and many times when a dog's skin is flaking (dog dandruff), pet owners think the dog needs topical lotions or creams. While  a topical cream rinse might temporarily  reduce the dog dandruff, most likely more will flake off by the next day.  Topical treatments and cream rinses are not the answer for dog dandruff!

Dog dandruff needs to be resolved internally. Many times, the dog has dandruff due to allergies, constant scratching and itching. The dog's coat is dry because the diet does not contain enough essential fatty acids e.g. Omega 3 fatty acids. Perhaps you have heard them referred to as Omega 3s. There are different types of Omega 3s available for pets and you need to be very careful.  It's essential for any pet with dog dandruff or flaking skin to use Amazing Omegas to get the problem under control.  This oil is recommended by veterinarians,  sold at veterinary hospitals and is backed by scientific research.  Many times pet owners think they are buying the "best" but getting very little for their money. Fish oil, especially in pet products can be heavily diluted with water when it is manufactured or it can be altered significantly in the manufacturing process. In addition, fish oil  can contain a lot of contaminants, PCBs, toxins such as mercury.

 There are a few criteria to know if the Omega 3s or Fish Oil you are using are really as good as it claims to be:

  1. First, if the oil makes  your pet belch or act sick after eating, chances are it is the contaminants in the product. A purified fish oil should not give you that continual, nasty aftertaste. It should go down and stay down!

  2. Second, you should notice a very quick improvement in your pet's coat, skin and fur. Amazing Omegas is an exceptional product that works very quickly. In just a few days the pet's dry skin and coat will start to improve, eliminating the dog dandruff problem. Amazing Omegas contains the purest, most potent fish oil available. Because it is so pure, it is highly bioavailable to your dog and cat. Bioavailabe means that your pet's body is easily able to absorb it. Sometimes pet owners will complain that they are using fish oil but their pet continues to have a dull coat or flaky skin. This is most likely due to the fact that the oil is not a high enough quality. Buyer beware--there is huge variation in fish oils.

Finally, dog skin flaking (dog dandruff) can also be due to a number of other factors such as endocrine diseases (e.g. hypothyroidism), yeast overgrowth, allergies and parasites.  It's important to see your veterinarian to determine all of the reasons why your pet might have dandruff.  Typically, if the pet has allergies using Power Probiotic and AllerEaze along with the Amazing Omegas can relieve the scratching, itching and allergy symptoms associated with dog dandruff.   Using a grain-free hypoallergenic, grain-free diet along with Amazing Omegas will also help dog dandruff.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yorkshire Terrier Vomits and Has Yellow Bile. Natural Alternative to Pepcid?

Q:   We have a 4 year old Yorkshire Terrier and every morning, she has a small amount of vomit which looks like yellow bile.  We have brought her to the vet and he suggested giving her a snack at bedtime which helps.  He also recommended that we use Pepcid.  I would prefer to use something natural.  Is there a natural alternative to using Pepcid?

A.  Some supplements might help.  Try Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic.    These products really seem to help dogs and cats with acid stomach.  Sometimes pets can vomit bile simply from not eating for a long period of time.  Also, ApoStom is a gentle homeopathic remedy for acid stomach which can help as well.   Be sure to avoid giving your dog too much protein as some Yorkshire terriers can be very sensitive.   Regularly check your yorkie's liver enzymes as well. 

Cat Has Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Q:   My domestic short hair cat is getting one urinary tract infection after another.  I bring her to the veterinarian and then he gives her antibiotics.  A few weeks later it comes back.  I really don't understand why she keeps getting the UTIs.  I feed her Friskies dry food which I leave out when I go to work.  I don't want to keep putting my cat on antibiotics over and over again.  What can I do to help my cat stop getting these chronic urinary tract infections?

A.  So sorry your cat is getting chronic urinary tract infections.  There is a lot you can do to help.  Holistic treatments using both diet and supplements can often resolve the problem and if you continue with the natural supplements, it can prevent the infections from coming back.  We have had excellent results using the Pet UTI Prevention Formula  
In addition, it would be a good idea to use a high moisture, hypoallergenic diet.  Friskies contains ingredients such as corn, food dyes, by-products and chemicals which are not healthful for any cat, but especially not one prone to urinary tract infections.  It is important to look for ingredients such as meat and omega 3 fish oils on the label and if there are ingredients you haven't heard of, you might want to look for another brand. Dry food can also contribute to urinary tract infections in cats. 

For more indepth information about how you can use holistic care to help treat your cat's chronic urinary tract infections, read this article on urinary tract infections in cats and dogs.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Is Your Pet's Coat Dry? Does Your Pet Have Dandruff?

Is Your Pet's Coat Dry? Dandruff? White Flakes?

Your pet may be deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids--a critical nutrient that is essential for a shiny, lustrous coat in cats and dogs.                  

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Ensuring your pet has a shiny, lustrous coat can be a challenge. Even some of the most pampered pets may have dull, lifeless coats with red spots on the skin and patches of fur missing. Pet owners will seek out hair and coat conditioners,  but a beautiful coat comes from the inside.

Tips for a beautiful, lustrous coat:

1) Give your cat or dog omega 3 fatty acids.

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Amazing Omegas are loaded with highly bioavailable omega 3 fatty acids. In addition to enhancing the coat and skin, Omega 3s are helpful for allergies, joint support, brain function and so much more. In addition to Amazing Omegas, you can use a combination of  flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and coconut oil.  Be sure to buy therapeutic level, purified oils such as the unmatched quality found in Amazing Omegas so you can be sure contaminants such as PCBs and heavy metals have been removed. (Pet owners of cats or dogs having pancreatitis should consult a veterinarian before using any type of oil.)

2) If you have an older dog with a dull coat, please take your dog to the veterinarian for a blood panel to have the thyroid function checked. Many older dogs can have a reduced level of thyroid function which can greatly affect coat quality and also contribute to weight gain. Natural supplements containing ingredients such as kelp can help support thyroid health. Sometimes a pet may have “borderline low” thyroid results so ask your veterinarian if BioThyro, a natural thyroid supplement can be used first before using thyroid replacement medication.  Many clients use BioThyro along with thyroid medication to help support their dog's hypothyroid condition.

3) Use a hypoallergenic diet if your cat or dog is scratching, itching and tearing his fur out. Many pets lose fur near the hind legs, abdomen and tail due to food allergies. Pets with food allergies can react daily to common commercial food ingredients such as grains (oats, wheat, corn, etc), peanut butter or poultry. Seek out the advice of a pet nutritionist or veterinarian to help determine the best diet for your pet.  Using Power Probiotic will help promote good digestive help and reduce symptoms related to food allergies.

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4) Be sure your cat or dog does not have fleas or other parasites. It is always a good idea to have your veterinarian check for parasites (both internally and externally) at least once a year. Many times pets can have hidden parasites that you may not be aware of. This can greatly affect coat quality.

5) Keep a close eye on your pet’s digestive health. Many cats and dogs have digestive problems that can contribute to poor coat quality. Pets that have loose stool, vomiting, gas and tummy rumbling may not be digesting their food properly. As a result, critical nutrients needed to ensure good health and a lustrous coat, are not being absorbed.   Digestive enzymes such as Soothing Digestive Relief or K9 Digestive Enzymes can help firm up your pet's stool, improve nutrient absorption and coat quality.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Symptoms of Viruses in Cats (FIV, FeLV, Aids, Herpes)

Symptoms of Feline Viruses (FIV, FeLV, Aids, Herpes)

Symptoms vary depending upon the type of virus but contact your veterinarian if your cat displays any of the following symptoms
  •  Vomiting Weakness, fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing, runny nose and eyes
  • Loss of appetite
Medical treatments for viruses can be discouraging.  However, holistic pet care can help.  Cats that are given better nutrition and use natural supplements for viruses show promising improvement.

“Rocky, our 16 year old kitty, is doing quite well. At 15, he developed an allergy and we tried everything. However, after our consultation with Susan Davis and a process of elimination of different foods, we found that he was allergic to chicken. He does Notatum and Proaller  every night mixed in a very small amount of his high quality canned food. When he has an occasional flare-up of the Herpes virus, we alternate Notatum and Quentans anti-viral drops at night -- still with the Proaller. He is doing so well. People can't believe he is 16... one happy camper in Eastern, NC"
Deborah L. Albritton MPA 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012

Is Curcumin (tumeric) Safe To Give Dogs? What are the benefits of giving Curcumin to Dogs?

Curcumin Complex For Pets
Q:  My 7 year old german shepherd is slowing down.  I  give him glucosamine but had read about curcumin and was wondering if it was safe to give my dog and also would like to know the benefits.  Can you explain why to use curcumin and how it might help my german shepherd?

A:  Curcumin is an excellent product for pet joint support, cancer and inflammation.  This product is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is backed by extensive research.  We have seen excellent results with older dogs that are stiff and uncomfortable in helping to improve mobility and reduced pain.  Curcumin (aka as turmeric) is also helpful for cats.  It is easy to administer and economical.

Benefits of Curcumin for Dogs and Cats:
1)  Curcumin stimulates bile production.Helps to cleanse the blood of toxins and impurities by improving liver function.  
2)  Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.  In some studies, it has been shown to work nearly as well as anti-inflammatory drugs.
3) Very helpful for hip dysplasia, arthritis and pets that are slowing down because of it's anti-inflammatory properties
4) Benefits the circulatory system because it is a blood thinner and helps to prevent clots and excess cholesterol accumulation.
5) Powerful antioxidant which can lessen free radical damage
6) Some evidence on turmeric and cancer indicate that curcumin may help control cancer growth

Curcumin would be an excellent addition to any senior pet and especially any dog or cat that shows signs of fatigue, difficulty getting up and down stairs, limping or having trouble moving around.  Older big dogs such as german shepherds would especially benefit from using curcumin.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Best Probiotic for Cats and Dogs

The Best Probiotic for Cats and Dogs---Power Probiotic

Indicated for: bad dog breath, diarrhea, digestive problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), allergies, pets that have been on antibiotics or steroids,  chronic urinary infections, yeast, stomach upset, eye stains, poor digestion, immune support, stomatitis, pets eating a raw food diet
The Best Probiotic For Pets!  Try Power Probiotic with your pets and you will know you have found the very best.  Power Probiotic is guaranteed potency, easy to use and pets love it.  Easy to administer--even for picky pets.  Just open capsules and sprinkle on food! Guaranteed potency and purity

The difference is in the manufacturing process---All probiotics are not alike!  This is not the type of product you could find in the health food or pet store---Power Probiotic is very carefully manufactured, guaranteed to survive your pet's stomach acid so that it can help the intestinal tract. This product will really work for conditions such as diarrhea, gas, gastrointestinal issues, immune weakness, candida, bad dog breath and more. If you or your pet have taken antibiotics or prednisone in the past, this product is critical for restoring the good bacteria and balance of flora. Power Probiotic for Pets is a formulation of a carefully mixed selection of microorganisms helpful for the GI tract. The organisms in this product will help stabilize and maintain a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem. TzymeTM is the trademark of a proprietary blend of highly active, functional enzymes. These enzymes are pH balanced and GI tract stable. This blend is formulated to enhance the digestive process and impart systemic benefits.  Probiotics are essential for your pet's good health because they support digestion, help fight infection and enhance overall immunity.  Pets that have ever been on antibiotics or have had prednisone or even occasionally drink chlorinated water (not found only in the pool!) may have a depletion of these important beneficial bacteria.  Thus, it is critical to supplement your dog or cat with probiotics, particularly when there are symptoms of digestive disturbances, yeast overgrowth or urinary tract infections.

Not all probiotic supplements are alike.  In fact, many lose their potency before you ever open the bottle.  And... many probiotics that are manufactured for pets are of inferior quality. They are easily killed by heat, air and moisture.  The Power Probiotic for cats and dogs has been tested extensively and has shown to be 95% effective EVEN after exposure to 100 degree heat for over a week.  We have tried many pet and human probiotics on the market and have found this blend to be highly effective but also an excellent value for the quality.

Please note that it is very important to use the Power Probiotic if you are feeding your pet a raw food diet.  The Power Probiotic helps to balance out the intestinal flora and promotes optimal health and immune function.  This product can be safely used for very young pets and should be considered a part of a pet's "diet" rather than a supplement, especially if using a raw food diet.

Remembering Heroes At Sandy Hook Elementary In Connecticut

Remembering all of the Connecticut shooting victims and the brave principal Dawn Hochsprung who made the ultimate sacrifice and lunged toward the gunman in an attempt to overtake him to protect the innocent children. So many heroic staff and teachers in this terrible tragedy.
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Natural Supplements For Cat's Kidney Disease

Q:  I took my 13 year old senior kitty to the vet for an annual checkup and found out that she had lost 2 pounds.  We did a blood test and I was told she has early kidney insufficiency.  Her kidney creatinine is 2.1  and her BUN is 48.  I am using the prescription kidney diet from my veterinarian but was wondering if there are any natural supplements for kidney disease that I can give my cat and if you think they will help?   JL in San Francisco
A:  So sorry to hear that your cat was diagnosed with kidney disease.  Cats can live with renal insufficiency for many years if they are given a reduced phosphorous diet and kept hydrated using fluid therapy.  Natural supplements can help cats live longer and improve their overall wellbeing.  Many cats don't like to have pills adminstered to them, so it is important to keep the stress down.  You may need to pick and choose to find the very best supplements that will minimize the amount of time you need to administer medication to your cat and keep from having your cat running away from you every time she sees you reach for the bottle.  We have had excellent success using the No-Pill Kidney Kit for Cats because it contains therapeutic ingredients that can be gently administered without having to give a pill.  The Kidney Package includes a topical antioxidant cream that includes CoQ10, a tasteless enzyme formula that helps break down protein in your cat's food and Kidney Terrain drops that can be easily applied to your cat's paws if not in the mouth. 
 At a minimum, cat owners should also try to use a multi-strain probiotic.  A Probiotic can help your cat's digestion, support kidney and immune function and improve appetite.  Many times cats aren't eating because they have acid stomach.  Using Power Probiotic or mixing with water and syringing into your kitty's mouth can relieve a great deal of discomfort from acid stomach.   
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats

Amazing Omegas is the best fish oil for pets, according to our clients. 

“I had tried several other brands of fish oil for my 3 year old Yorkie, Tango. His coat continued to look dry while using the other brands. I started using Amazing Omegas and seriously within a few DAYS noticed a new sheen and luster on his coat. I believe that the difference is the uncompromising quality of this product. The first time I opened the bottle, I immediately noticed the fresh smell of this oil. Tango’s groomer, who is an expert on canine coats, comments regularly about the health and beauty of his coat. We love this product and would highly recommend it.” 
Barber Family, Newport Beach, CA

Amazing Omegas Benefits: 

  • Dog and Cat Skin Problems, especially dry, itchy coats
  • Dandruff and flaky skin
  • Dog and Cat Kidney Disease
  • Dog and Cat Heart Disease
  • Dog and Cat Cancer
  • Dog and Cat Liver Disease
Monday, December 10, 2012

Holistic Supplements For Puppy With Demodectic Mange (Demodex)

Q:  My puppy has demodectic mange.  What holistic supplements would be helpful for me to use along with the vet's treatment?

A:  Generally, when puppies have demodectic mange, they tend to have a weakened immune system and can have flareups for the rest of their life.  It is very important to give puppies with demodectic mange a high protein, grain-free diet.  Use fresh vegetables and plenty of omega oils to help their coat and skin.  Avoid grains and fillers.

Holistic supplements that will help boost your puppy's immune system and fight the demodectic mange include the following:

Amazing Omegas---delivers therapeutic levels of fish oil which will improve coat quality and reduce inflammation.
Colostrum for Pets + Power Probiotic---provides immune support and assists in the recovery of demodectic mange.   Especially helpful if your puppy has had worms or giardia.

Immunitone Plus--- 
Blend of essential nutrients for immune support including arabinogalactans, green tea, beta glucan and a variety of medicinal mushrooms

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Female Dog Licking Genitals Due to Yeast or Allergies

Q:  My girl dog licks her vaginal area and I have brought her to the vet and he said to just wipe with baby there anything else I can do? She scratches and itches a lot and I am using a good brand of dog food--Nutromax. Anne in Ohio

A:  Female dogs can be licking their vaginal area frequently due to pain, itching or discomfort.  This could be due to a yeast overgrowth, allergies or urinary tract infection.  Be sure that you get a urine analysis done to rule out a urinary tract infection.  Try switching dog food and using a high moisture, grain-free, hypoallergenic diet such as Instinct raw and canned rabbit.  Nutromax contains grains, beef and poultry and overall, dry food is not nearly as nutritious as canned, raw or homemade dog food.

Here is a list of ingredients for the Nutro Mini Chunks Chicken and Rice Formula:

Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour, Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Carnitine, Potassium Iodide, Copper Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid

There are quite a few ingredients that can contribute to yeast overgrowth and allergic response in your dog.  The grains:  wheat, rice and corn are definite culprits.  The poultry could also be a problem if your dog has allergies.  Diets that are high in carbohydrates also contribute to yeast overgrowth.  Instead look for brands that are higher in protein and don't contain grains.

Finally, using a few supplements would definitely help relieve your dog's symptoms.

K9 Yeast Defense Package   This package relieves symptoms of yeast overgrowth and also enhances your pet's immunity.  Very helpful for pets with ear infections, scratching and itching and genital licking.

Power Probiotic--superior manufacturing ensures that the friendly bacteria will survive the stomach acid and are third party tested to ensure that the product contains the ingredients promised.  This product is widely used by thousands of cats and dogs with excellent results.  Useful for overall health,digestive support--especially in puppies and kittens as well as for fighting yeast and infections.  Anytime a pet has taken antibiotics or steroids, it is important to replenish the good bacteria using this probiotic.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holistic Care for Dog Seizures

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Dog Seizure Support Kit: Brain Vitale + NeuroFlam + B Complex #12

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Includes 3 key products proven to be helpful for dogs with seizures: Brain Vitale, NeuroFlam, B Complex #12. For best results, we highly recommend using the Dog Seizure Support Kit in conjunction with Amazing Omegas.

Brain Vitale 60 capsules

For Canine Brain Tumor, Epilepsy and Neurological Support in Pets. Works great to minimize and/or prevent seizures.  If your pet has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, brain cancer, epilepsy and/or neurological issues, this product is extremely helpful.

It provides important nutrients for the brain and the ingredients have been third party tested for potency.  This is one of the most important supplements you can give your pet with any type of brain condition.

NeuroFlam 90 capsules

For canine seizures, canine epilepsy, canine brain disorders, neurological inflammation and nerve-pain, canine brain tumors, muscular nerve pain. Neuroflam provides key nutritional ingredients that have demonstrated benefits during neuroinflammation and microglia activation that typically accompanies neurodegenerative conditions, peripheral neuropathic condtions and brain or nerve injury.  It also provides a rich source of antioxidants for brain tissue health.

If your dog is suffering from seizures, canine epilepsy, neurological pain (in the limbs for example) or other neurological health concerns, holistic care can help.  It is terribly upsetting to watch your dog have a seizure or suffer from neurological problems.  We have experience with these brain disorders and have seen improved results.

B Complex #12 60 capsules

For Cats and Dogs -- Anemia Support

Especially Indicated for:
*Cats and Dogs with anemia
*Cats and Dogs with kidney disease
*Cats and Dogs with liver problems
*Cats with CRF-related inappetance
*Senior Cats and Dogs 
*Pets with seizures
*Pets with neurological problems 

This simple formula is excellent for cats and dogs.  It is highly bioavailable making it more effective than general synthetic b-vitamins.  B-Complex #12 contains an optimal balance of essential B vitamins with extra vitamin B12 and folate. Vitamin B12 and folate are necessary for normal red blood cell formation, tissue and cellular repair, homocysteine metabolism, and DNA synthesis. 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dog Ear Infections and Yeast

Dog ear infections can become a chronic problem. Owners can often tell when their pets have an ear infection because of the odor and debris in the ear. Dogs may also display head shaking or excessive scratching of the ear. The normal ear should be free of debris and odor. What most dog owners don't realize is that ear infections, hot spots, hair loss, scratching, itching and digestive issues---all may seem to be unrelated but are usually due to the same issue---allergies (both food and environmental) as well as poor digestion. 

The first step in healing a dog with chronic ear infections is to put the pet on a healthy, hypoallergenic diet that is low in carbohydrates. Common food allergens such as corn, milk products, peanut butter, etc. can greatly contribute to food allergies which result in poor digestion and an opportunity for an overgrowth of yeast and bacterial infections to set in.

In addition to changing your dog’s diet, some supplements can really help your dog fight off ear yeast infections from the inside out. If your dog has taken antibiotics or prednisone, it is critical that you restore the balance of flora to prevent the ear infection from coming back. Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria (as well as the bad) and unfortunately if you haven’t made the changes to support a healthy digestive tract, the bad bacteria will grow back faster than the good bacteria. That is why it is so essential to supplement with probiotics (and antifungals if there is a tendency to get yeast) following a course of antibiotics and/or steroid medications.

Holistic Supplements for Dog Ear Infections and Yeast

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Are you giving your cat or dog non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Rimadyl or Deramaxx? Is your pet showing signs of arthritis or joint pain such as slowing down, difficulty getting up or stiffness? Arthritis and joint pain in cats and dogs can be kept to a minimum using supplements, an anti-inflammatory diet and using holistic treatment such as acupuncture and chiropractic care. If your pet shows any of the symptoms of arthritis or joint pain, it is important to bring your pet to the veterinarian for a diagnoses. Your veterinarian will manipulate the limbs and assess your pet’s neurological response, joint mobility and areas of pain. XRAYS (and additional testing such as an ultrasound) may be necessary to determine the cause for your pet’s discomfort.

Nutritional supplements support the bones and joints, helping them withstand physical wear and tear due to aging. Regular use can help reduce pain as well as the need for pain medications. Waiting until your pet is already showing symptoms of discomfort can lead to disappointing results, as an early start helps ensure your pet develops healthy bones, joints and ligaments. Active big dogs especially, should be taking joint support from an early age.

Holistic Supplements for Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

 Pet Arthritis Package
 Amazing ArthroSoothe for Pets
Monday, December 3, 2012

Holistic Liver Supplements for Cats

The No-Pill Liver Support Kit contains 3 easy-to-use products proven to help pets needing liver support:

Oxicell, Liver Terrain Drops, Power Probiotic

(Please see individual product descriptions for details about each product's ingredients).

Here is how the three products work together to provide effective liver support without having to administer pills.

Power Probiotic (60 capsules):

This fabulous product has so many benefits for the liver:
*Supports digestion and overall good health
*Promotes the growth of "good bacteria"
*Helps maintain a healthy intestinal barrier that protects from the body from pathogens, reducing the workload on the liver
*Reduces intestinal inflammation

Easy to administer--even for picky pets.  Just open capsules and sprinkle on food!  Guaranteed potency and purity.
Recommended for pets with elevated liver enzymes; senior pets; pets with liver disease; pets taking medications such as prednisone and NSAIDs

Liver Terrain drops are easy to use and provide gentle support for pets.
Just a few drops on your pet's tongue or lips gives them valuable nutrients to support their liver. If your pet has been diagnosed with liver disease, you need to make important dietary changes and use supportive products that can help heal and nourish the liver.  Liver Terrain is a state-of-the-art sublingual formula designed to provide herbs, nutrients, essential ionized co-enzymes and co-factors for building and fulfilling the terrain of the liver.  

Oxicell (lotion pump applied topically):
* Powerhouse of essential antioxidants
* Reduces inflammation
* Helps reduce elevated liver enzymes
* Energizing, especially for senior pets and people
* Easy to use--No-Pills!