Posts Tagged ‘pet health’

Spotlight- Liquid Glucosamine For Animals

In reviewing options to treat my aging Rottweiler I now administer a daily liquid glucosamine supplement. In researching, I came across two liquid supplements that address arthritic and joint care needs that are very similar in composition- ArthriMAXX and JointMAX .  I opted for Joint MAX Liquid but have used ArthriMAXX Soft Chews in the past. Price points and taste factor for my pet were my deciding factors

 Pet Health Solutions, the makers of Joint MAX® Liquid incorporates Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Vitamin C in liquid form. It contains Aloe Vera, MSM and Manganese for added joint support. Joint MAX Liquid is an excellent option for pets suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other conditions affecting the joints.

Also comes in a Triple Strength Chew.  Joint MAX  produces a liquid version For Cats, Joint MAX® Sprinkle Caps for Cat as well as a horse version, Joint MAX®TS EQ.

  • Can be given alone or along with other meds like Rimadyl, Deramaxx .
  • Contains Chondroitin, Glucosamine, Manganese and Zinc.

For information on JointMAX visit their website: http://www.jointmax.com/faq.html

Animal Nutritional Products is the maker of ArthriMAXX for dogs & cats.  Their liquid formula is easy to use; just measure and pour over your pets food.
The liquid formula ensures both higher absorption and easier assimilation for full potency. Indications for
• Musculoskeletal disorders
• Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia
• Stifle disorders
• Osteoarthritis
• Post-op orthopedic surgery
• Lameness
• Breed related musculoskeletal    disorders

They also produce a soft chew version. For information on ArthriMAXXs products visit their website: http://www.arthrimaxx.com/products.html , http://www.arthrimaxx.com/content/Dog_Brochure.pdf

Pet Summer Safety & Wellness

Summer Travel Season …. pet health and safety tips.

The ASPCA Store has put together a selection of pet safety items to help keep your pet happy and healthy at home, in the car and on water this summer. If you plan to do a lot of driving with your pet this summer check out some of the must have safety items:

Dog Car Safety Thermometer -don’t overlook the possible health hazards of leaving pets too long in a vehicle or enclosed area when it is it hot. Overheating and heat stroke  are serious health matters.

Car Seat Belt Harness

Pet Auto Barrier– Keep pets safely contained in back seat with this pet car seat barrier.

All net proceeds of your purchases on the ASPCA Store help support life-saving programs all over the country. For more info, visit the ASPCA Online Store

If you are an avid boater, be sure to have a life jacket for your dog as well.  A Dog Life Vest is an important summer accessory for :

  • Canoeing, Recreational paddling
  • Lake and Ocean swimming
  • Sailing and Boating
  • Dogs who are new to the water

If you are thinking about a personal flotation device-PFD  for your dog, talk to other boater/pet owners.  While size guidelines come with the jackets, based on Boat US experience they recommend that you take your dog in for “a  vest fitting if possible”  Pet shops and marine supply stores should allow you to bring your dog in and try the vests. Tips: Look at where the straps or other attachments contact the dog’s body. In the wrong spot, these can make the dog miserable and they may try to chew them off.  *BoatUS has a PDF on Canine Water Safety Vests –

http://www.boatus.com/foundation/findings/findingsdog.htm

*BoatU.S. Foundation is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating.

In addition to the links below from Only Natural Pet Store you can also search sites such as REI, Marine Sites for animal life jackets – floatation devices.


Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat Canine Life Jacket Small Orange for Dogs (SS)
Ideal for recreational use, great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water.

Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat Canine Life Jacket Small Green for Dogs (SS)
Ideal for recreational use, great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water.

Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat Canine Life Jacket Medium Orange for Dogs (SS)
Ideal for recreational use, great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water.

Not all dogs are not natural swimmers. Its best to introduce your dog to water very early, as a puppy if possible, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A life jacket is one of the best safety investments you can make for your pets well being, if you plan to spend alot of time on the water with them.

Natures Variety Grain Free Instinct Dog Food

Natures Variety  Instinct Grain-Free Nutrition for Dogs

Site description: Grain-free and gluten-free, perfect for satisfying your dog’s carnivorous cravings and nutritional needs. Instinct is also highly digestible and nutritionally dense.

 Instinct Dry Kibble

70% pure animal- 30% vegetable and fruit source and 0% grain/gluten /potato. The product line indicates a grain free diet may :

    • Provide relief from most food allergy symptoms
    • Helps your dog reach and maintain an ideal weight
    • Exclusive freeze dried raw coating for great taste and nutrition
    • Specially formulated for rotation feeding ( see below)
    • Complete and balanced for all life stages and all breeds

            I recently offered Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit Meal Formula to my test dog who always eats dry kibble- standard commercial brands- with grain.  I chose rabbit to add a little flavor variety. I incorporated some of the higher protein- grain free Natures Variety kibble in to his regular food.  Top ingredients in the Rabbit Meal dry kibble:  Rabbit Meal, Salmon Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat, Tomato Pomace,Pumpkinseeds, and more…

http://www.naturesvariety.com/Instinct/dog/kibble/rabbit

My Results- the kibble was well received by my test pooch and he enjoy it very much. Later that day his poop texture was different but I was expecting this.  Nature Variety’s website  indicates their foods are formulated to make rotating easy.  Rotation diet is based on the premise that variety will provide better overall health. This is accomplished thru rotating both protein sources and food types ( kibble, canned, raw or a combo).

If you are interested in incorporating a grain free product or more protein sources their website has a resource and video that explains the benefits of a Rotation Diet http://www.naturesvariety.com/learning/rotation

Those looking for a grain free regime may want to look into the product line..

ABOUT Nature’s Variety – a small, independent pet food company that believe the best nutrition comes from healthy, natural ingredients. Their foods are 100% free of corn, wheat, soy, chemicals, and artificial colors & preservatives.  Each diet is rich in meat, poultry or fish proteins. Brands: Instinct Raw Frozen Diets, Instinct Grain-free kibble ,  Instinct Grain –free Cans, Prairie kibble and cans.

This blog  is not an endorsement of any specifc product or company but provides informational reviews on a variety of natural pet  products available in the marketplace.

Natural Tick Prevention for Dogs

Two years ago my dog  Thor came down with Lyme Disease. The symptoms came on fast and it was very scary to see him become lame and unable to eat.  The vet helped but it took two rounds of antibiotics over many weeks.  I have learned to be more diligent with him, our home and being on the defense every day. That includes monthly topical, natural preventatives, visual inspections and stepped up grooming for the spring-fall months.

WHAT IS LYME DISEASE IN DOGS?

Lyme disease is an infectious tick-borne disease. It is caused by a type of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The most common initial symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs include fever, joint swelling, limping, lameness and lethargy. Infection typically occurs after the Borrelia-carrying tick has been attached to the dog for at least 18 hours.

WHAT TO DO TO TREAT YOUR DOG TO PREVENT FLEA & TICKS

Have a discussion with your vet – especially if you live in a high prone state.

TREAT Monthly topical tick treatments such as K9Advantix, Sentry, and others. Very effective but some owners worry about harsh side effects. There are natural treatments  you can do alone or ideally in conjunction with vet approved preventative measurements

GROOMING:  Spring is a good time to revaluate grooming. Just as humans switch over regimes for winter and summer you should treat your dogs coat as it relates to the season.  NATURAL FLEA AND TICK SHAMPOOS there are many all natural, gentle formulations on the market to choose from. UP THE BRUSHING- you may need to switch to daily brushing if your dog is very active outdoors. GET A FLEA COMB. Use this comb only after you have thoroughly combed your pet’s coat with a regular grooming comb.

INSPECT  Pets should also be inspected for ticks after walks, especially this time of year, if you live in a densely brush area or lyme disease zone such as NY/CT. ALERT: Learn how to properly remove a tick from the skin to avoid infection


Doc Ackerman’s Botanical Citronella Pet Spray for Dogs and Cats

Price: 12.49
Designed to provide a highly effective, all natural alternative to chemical laden products.

Doc Ackerman’s Botanical Citronella Shampoo for Dogs and Cats

Price: 11.99
With Green Tea extract and aloe vera, this herbal shampoo is designed to help your pet with flea and tick problems.

GO NATURAL INGREDIENTS such as citronella like in Doc Ackerman’s line to repel.  Sentry Natural Defense Natural Flea & Tick Spray contains natural ingredients such as peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil and thyme oil. Herbal Flea Collars  from Natural Research People has active essential oils blended into the plastic are another natural defensive tool.

HOME PROTECT Sentry Natural Defense Natural Flea & Tick Household Spray kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Using botanical active ingredients made from tree and plant oils it reaches fleas and other pests hidden in carpets, drapes, upholstery, pet bedding, and floor cracks. Protects your home from reinfestation and flea buildup.


Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats

Price: 12.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs up to 15 lbs

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Household Spray 12 oz

Price: 16.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Spray Cat 8 oz

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Spray Dog 8 oz

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Dental Care Kit for Dogs

Price: 7.49

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs 15 – 40 lbs.

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs 40 lbs. +

Price: 13.99

To read customer reviews on any of these natural tick and flea products you can shop online at Only Natural Pet Store

Informative Sites Pet Weight and Nutrition

What is Your Pets Ideal Weight?

Is your pet packing on the pounds, or just slowing down? Overweight people may nurture overweight pets. Lack of exercise, indoor living, eating calorie dense human food, out of control serving size or adding empty nutrient -calorie filled foods can all be causes.

Animal Cancers, Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia are just a few down sides of excess pet weight

Check out this handy reference list of ideal weight ranges for dogs and cats on the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention website

 http://www.petobesityprevention.com/ideal-weight-ranges/

Another interesting resource for nutritional information on petfood is GoodGuide.com. Their mission is to help consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their preferences and values. They provide green product reviews and information. Good Guide has produced a video: How To Choose Healthy, Green Pet Food: GoodGuide’s Pet Food Ratings or visit their website under Best Pet Food Ratings

Avoiding Accidental Pet Poisoning Outdoors

Spring has Sprung and it’s the time of year when people start their gardening and letting their pet outdoors.

While you get ready to do your seasonal planting- consider how green lifestyle changes can impact your pets health.  Specifically, the use of pesticides outdoors and the risk of  accidental poisoning of  your pet. ZooToo.com published a great article “Creating a Pet-Friendly Garden” that is very informative. You can read it on their site…

Love Your Pet, Love the Earth…..

 

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Coming Soon:  a Local -National Green Pet Directory 

A green directory of pet services and product reviews. We plan to offer a national guide but will also highlight LOCAL  pet services in major cities as well.

 The online shop will be dedicated to healthy eco- pet products. From organic food, all natural pet food , pet treats, chew toys, animal shampoos, personal care products and bedding that are all natural, healthy, organic and geared towards a healthy pet lifestyle.

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If you are a pet product manufacturer and would like to introduce your green pet product -please tell me about your company. Send me a press release or company bio .  If it is appropriate, I am  happy to feature your product in an upcoming blog.