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DIGESTION IN OUR PETS Posted on 18 October 2015

Digestion & Enzymes

Does your pet show signs of less-than-optimal digestive health, such as occasional abdominal discomfort and gas, occasional bad breath, fussy eaters or vomiting?

Or do they eat grass frequently?
How about less-than-optimal joint health?
Minor food sensitivities?
Lack energy and overall less-than-ideal health?

You probably wouldn't suspect these issues to be connected with poor digestion, would you?

Many holistic veterinarians have discovered a solution that may help with all of these complaints and much more.

In fact, this may be one of your greatest allies in helping to maintain your pet's total health.
What is this solution?

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FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION Posted on 18 October 2015

Summer is approaching and we all know what that means Flea and Tick season. But before you start having nightmares about massive flea infestations or blood-bloated ticks all over your dog -- which could easily prompt you to run out and buy every chemical pest agent you can find – take a deep breath.

I strongly discourage pet owners from automatically applying harsh chemical agents to repel or kill pests. Animals every day suffer from the side effects of toxic chemicals and drugs they are exposed to for any number of reasons, including pest control.

And to make matters worse, many of these pets still get fleas and ticks even with the use of toxic chemical agents.

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HEARTWORM PREVENTIONS Posted on 15 September 2015

Heartworm in dogs is a condition caused by a certain type of parasite. These parasites are transmitted to your pet through mosquitoes. If you live an area where there are mosquitoes it is important that you seriously consider heartworm prevention for your dog.

The moment heartworm-transmitting mosquitoes bite your dog, larvae will be transferred into its bloodstream.

Heartworm in dogs is a type of disease that can easily be prevented.

This disease is called Heartworm because the parasites tend to invade the heart of dogs. The eggs are deposited into the bloodstream and are transported into the rest of the body until they reach the heart. Once the parasites find their way in the right ventricle, they will duplicate in number. Too many of them can cause extreme hazards to the dog’s vital organs. As you very well know, failure of the heart may mean failure of the whole system.

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Kibble - NEVER A GOOD OPTION Posted on 8 September 2015

With the advent of the industrial revolution and the rapid depletion of small family farms, our ancestral food chain has seen significant changes within the last 100 years, and not altogether for the better. The mass migration of people into cities and away from small farms has influenced our food industry to move to overly cooked, heavily processed, low quality, convenience foods.

Unfortunately, these same foods have made their way into the bowls of our companion animals and they are experiencing many of the same human health repercussions as a result.

Historically, cooked foods have never been a part of the canine and feline diet, rather they have subsisted and thrived off live prey, fermented carrion, and they foraged for any scraps they could obtain. They have only been introduced to cooked and processed foods within the last 80 years.

Looking back at the historical diets of dogs and their wolf ancestors, it is clearly evident that they are carnivores. Their teeth, gut and digestive physiology strongly support this. Dogs have hinged, powerful

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WORMING OUT PETS Posted on 30 August 2015

When deworming pets, a large portion of people immediately turn to chemicals, under the assumption that something toxic is needed to kill parasites. Unfortunately, the chemicals are also somewhat toxic to the pets themselves, and should be avoided.

Chemical wormers, even the so called safe ones can cause vomiting and intestinal upset while totally disrupting the natural flora balance in the gut (largest part of the immune system). Chemical wormers kill the parasites, key word here is kill. The host (your pet) of these parasites will not escape the toxicity of the chemicals in totality. Actually your dog's liver has to work overtime to try to eliminate these toxins from the body.

Listed below are some of the side effects from typical chemical wormers normally dispensed.

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Separation anxiety is a common but serious problem for many dogs and their owners.

A dog that at first seems just a bit overeager to see you or is excessively affectionate can develop separation anxiety under the right circumstances.

Common behaviours in a dog with separation anxiety include:
  • A need to be in the same room you're in, within a few feet of you
  • Frenzied greetings, whether you've been out of his sight five minutes or five hours
  • A noticeable mood change when he senses you're preparing to leave the house
  • Doing things while you're gone he doesn't do in your presence
  • Many dog parents confuse some of the milder symptoms of separation anxiety with gestures of doggie devotion.

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FOOD ALLERGIES IN OUR PETS Posted on 1 August 2015

The food allergy is one of the itchiest conditions known to cats and dogs. Animals eat a variety of processed food proteins, fillers and colourings that are further processed inside their bodies, then the Proteins may be combined or changed into substances recognized by the immune system as foreign invaders to be attacked.

The resulting inflammation may target the gastrointestinal tract or other organ systems, but in dogs and cats it is the skin that most often suffers from this immunologic activity.

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