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9/10/12 10:32 AM

My cat, Buddie will literally beg for his daily coconut oil snack. His coat is soft and shiny and at 12 years of age he acts very much like a kitten. In the 4 years he has been with me, I have taken him to the vet just once to evaluate his blood work to make sure he is doing OK. I attribute his great health to his natural diet which includes his ‘cold-pressed unrefined virgin coconut oil’.

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Natural Flea Control

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Jere H.

5/21/12 1:33 PM

First of all it’s important to note that fleas prefer weaker, less healthy animals and very young puppies and kittens with undeveloped immune systems. Knowing this, we can arm our pets for flea resistance by boosting their health and immunity. If you have a flea problem, this is the first place to start.

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12/15/11 9:26 AM

I just rescued a young female German Shepherd, Sienna and wanted to make sure that she and my cat Buddie would get to know each other safely. I also wanted to make sure that the potential ill-effects of vaccines, worming medicines and flea baths wouldn’t cause her any long term issues.

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10/4/11 11:57 AM

There are several homeopathic pet remedies that can possibly help relieve a variety of issues that your furry friend may be experiencing with their eyes or ears.

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7/25/11 11:36 AM

There are probably hundreds of possibilities causing your furry friend to have an allergic reaction.  Is it their diet, pollen, molds or flea bites?  Whatever the cause, our pets end up with itchy skin, rashes, hot spots and possibly even some discharge from their eyes and nose.  Homeopathic pet remedies can possibly help relieve the symptoms and in some cases resolve the underlying issue causing the allergy. 

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7/11/11 10:16 AM

Here are some basic guidelines for choosing the correct potency and the best way to administer homeopathic remedies to your pet. 

 

Generally speaking, the lower and medium potencies act better on acute symptoms of illness, such as the ones listed in the blog titled “Homeopathy for Pets: Introduction”.  The dilution range for the remedies is typically from 6X to 30C for these conditions.  The higher potencies act on more profound illnesses and long term ailments and should only be given under the supervision of a veterinarian or professional specializing in homeopathy. 

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7/5/11 1:56 PM

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses natural substances in micro-doses to relieve symptoms.  Homeopathic medicines can be used to treat many health conditions that our furry friends may have such as:

 

1.) Allergies - both food or airborne

2.) Arthritis pain or joint stiffness

3.) Bone injuries or fractures

4.) Muscle strains or sprains

5.) Constipation, diarrhea or digestive upsets

6.) Shock, fear and anxiety

7.) Open wounds, punctures, infections or burns

8.) Cataracts, eye irritations or conjunctivitis

9.) Ear infections, congestion or nasal discharge

10.) Speedy recovery from surgeries or side-effects from vaccines

 

The natural substances used to make these remedies come from botanical, mineral and biological sources.  The medicine is obtained from a precise and controlled process of successive homeopathic dilutions.  With each dilution the medicine is de-concentrated and then vigorously shaken.  This process transforms the original solution into a therapeutically active medicine.

 

Homeopathic remedies have been used for over 200 years internationally and have been proven to be effective and safe.  Homeopathy will not mask any medical emergencies and will facilitate the body’s physiological reaction to heal itself. 

 

As far as what remedy to use for the above listed conditions and the appropriate dosage, I will post new entries over the next few weeks to fill you in on all of the specifics.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to submit a comment with this post.

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6/24/11 11:35 AM

Fireworks on the Fourth of July are enjoyed by people, but can be an extreme source of fear, anxiety and stress for many of our pets as you all know.  There are several natural remedies that may help to keep them calm and to reduce their stress levels:

 

Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets (dogs/cats):  is a combination of 5 flower essences that can provide an immediate calming effect in any stressful situation including fireworks and thunderstorms and has been recommended by veterinarians worldwide. The original Rescue Remedy works just as well, but if you are concerned about the alcohol, just mix the drops with a small amount of hot water to release the alcohol. 

 

 

Catnip (cats): Is a great herb to help not only distract your cat if they are anxious or stressed, but can also have a playful yet calming effect on their behaviors. Check out this link for additional calming techniques for cats.  

 

 

Healthy Calm for Pets by Renew Life (dogs): provides natural relief for your dog’s anxiety by utilizing an exclusive flower essence blend with calming herbs, which helps dogs manage everyday stress, relieve anxiety and promote calmness. Additional information regarding this product & other calming ideas click here.

 

 

Happy Traveler by Ark Naturals (dogs): is formulated with quality botanicals and was designed by a holistic veterinarian and PhD herbal scientist to ease anxiety and motion sickness. It’s also useful during thunderstorms, fireworks and other stressful situations.

 

 

Anxiety Free for Travel and Separation by ActiPet (dogs):  contains a calming herb blend and may also help to assist dogs reactive to or fearful of thunderstorms, fireworks, or other loud circumstances.

 

If you choose to give Rx medications to calm your furry friends, then adding a product like Flora's Udo's Choice Pet Essentials for Dogs/Cats may help them recover from any side effects of such drugs.  In any case, this product is a great supplement to add to your pet’s diet every day because in addition to the great phytonutrients it also supplies EFA’s, fiber and enzymes from natural sources.  Be sure to always follow the directions on any of the products you choose for the appropriate dose and frequency of use.

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