Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 9th, 2015
Most pet fish can handle temperature spikes just like they would in the wild. Even cold water fish (like Goldfish) can cope with elevated temperatures temporarily. Other fish are more sensitive to change and require temperature stability, such as many marine fish and some fresh water Goodeid species.
Any fish will be stressed to some point by significant increases in fish tank temperature, be it from the lower dissolved oxygen, increased rate of waste decomposition, or metabolic changes. The more healthy your fish is to begin with, the better they will cope with any stressful situation, including temperature fluctuations. Keeping the environment clean and feeding a natural diet (live, freeze-dried, frozen and Bottom Bites dehydrated fish food) is the basis of a strong, healthy fish.
Following are 8 tips for keeping your aquarium cool as the temperatures rise this Summer: Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 5th, 2015
Antioxidants have proven to be effective for both prevention and treatment of many feline diseases, including those involving the eyes, skin, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system. Diseases like cancer, diabetes, immune disorders and allergies have also been prevented and treated naturally using antioxidants for cats. Additionally, the cells are nurtured with antioxidants, protecting them from the effects of aging, toxins and more.
The main obstacle interfering with the benefits of antioxidants is the simple fact that cats are carnivores. They don’t want to eat blueberries or leafy greens and even if they did, they’re not equipped to digest them properly. If they can’t digest them, they won’t enjoy the benefits of eating them. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on May 7th, 2015
Most people know that a dog’s liver is responsible for removing toxins, but it also assists in blood clotting, storage of iron and fat-soluble vitamins, hormone breakdown, blood sugar stabilization, energy storage and processing, bacteria filtration and proper digestion. “Liver Disease” can actually describe a number of conditions in dogs, all of which affect the liver. Dogs have either acute or chronic liver disease. Some dog breeds may be prone to liver diseases like chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver, including American Cocker Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Dobermans, West Highland White Terriers, and Bedlington Terriers. The wonderful news is it can usually be prevented or managed with natural “remedies” for liver disease. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on April 19th, 2015
Systematic infection of Feline Corona Virus is the actual cause of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Some attribute it to suppression of the immune system (such as vaccines), which facilitates infection from a previously dormant virus. It’s most common in kittens (less than one year old). There is no natural remedy or cure, but you can use natural treatments to improve the cat’s symptoms in some cases, as well as to prevent viral infections and avoid it entirely. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on March 31st, 2015
Biomin has released their 2014 World Mycotoxin Report and it isn’t pretty. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on March 14th, 2015
Pet parents often make their own pet food & pet treats because they want to control the ingredients. Eliminating chemicals like dyes is a priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create naturally colorful treats for your pet. What’s more, you can seriously boost the nutritional content of your treats while you’re at it!
You can purchase natural food dyes derived from plant sources quite easily these days. Processing limits the nutritional value of natural food coloring, however, so you may want to try using whole foods instead.
Add Natural Green Coloring to your Favorite Pet Treat Recipe Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on March 2nd, 2015
As dogs age, their body becomes less able to deal with basic functions. Their organs and systems can become sluggish and inefficient overall. Helping senior dogs age gracefully, while also treating and preventing conditions often associated with old age, will extend their lifespan and increase their quality of life.
The most helpful supplements for senior dogs will support the immune system, digestive system, liver and kidney function, bones and joints, and the circulatory system. They are added in therapeutic doses unless there is a condition present that requires treatment, like arthritis. Our top choices include those that are most beneficial to more than one age-related concern. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on February 9th, 2015
All minds turn to hearts as we approach Valentine’s Day. That makes it the perfect month to celebrate heart health in humans and pets too! There is so much we can do to prevent and treat heart conditions, going well beyond exercise. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on January 20th, 2015
Providing a natural habitat for your fish starts with a suitable aquarium. The suitability of your aquarium relies on several factors related to the size and dimensions, both of the fish tank and the fish itself. Many fish-keepers figure that out and attempt to research the topic, only to find conflicting advice and myths.
5 common myths about aquarium size and stocking: Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on January 2nd, 2015
This post was inspired by Samson, a domestically-bred African Serval that was killed by a truck after roaming freely on Vancouver Island, Canada. While I don’t know the circumstances behind his escape, it is apparent that some education of pet parents about exotic cats is in order. For starters, they must be harnessed or in a secure enclosure whenever they’re outside, and they’re not legal to have in all locations.
The dietary requirements of exotic cats like the African Serval is also cause for concern. Read more »