Posted by Melody McKinnon on December 2nd, 2013
This holiday dog treat recipe nurtures the bladder and urinary tract, improves digestion, supports the immune system, balances alkalinity, and offers a complete mineral boost.
Holistic, Healing and Nutritional Benefits of this dog treat recipe: Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on November 26th, 2013
As the holidays approach, we welcome the scents of the season into our home. There’s no reason why your best friend can’t contribute with the help of an easy, natural glycerin dog soap, scented with pure essential oils.
Many glycerine “melt and pour” soap bases are filled with chemicals and are known to be harsh and drying to skin. Thankfully, there are more natural alternatives available. For example, one of our favorites is organic Goats Milk Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base, made with goat milk and coconut oil extract.
Once you’ve selected your soap base, all you have to do is add an appropriate amount of pure essential oils. Essential oils and other ingredients can provide healing properties to your soap in addition to aroma. The holiday-scented soap recipes for dogs (or humans) that we’ve formulated for you will heal, nurture, and gently cleanse skin. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on November 17th, 2013
One of the most common diseases in cats, especially seniors, is feline kidney disease. Medically known as chronic renal failure (CRF), there is no cure for cats suffering from this disease. However, cats can survive for several years if the disease is caught and treated early. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on November 7th, 2013
Ringworm (Microsporum canis) is a contagious, parasitic fungal infection of the skin and hair follicles. It may infect a number of species, including dogs, cats, horses, cattle and humans. While any animal can become infected, it’s an opportunistic infection that often ravages an already diseased pet or those that are immuno-compromised.
Microsporum canis usually presents itself as a hairless circle which expands and spreads as it grows. The area often appears irritated. However, cats often show few signs of being a carrier and dogs may also carry the organism without outward signs of infection. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on October 27th, 2013
We have a skittish SPCA cat who doesn’t like strangers, but for some reason on Halloween night she was constantly coming downstairs after children had visited. It took us some time to figure out that she was responding to ‘trick or TREAT‘. Imagine her confusion when she realized they’d left without giving her any!
We don’t dress her up because she doesn’t like it and it’s tough to keep track of her at all times. The same goes for all cats and for that reason, we discourage people from using cat Halloween costumes. If you want to add a spooky touch to kitty, you can often find safe Halloween collars.
It may not be the most natural thing, but be it the preference of the dog or the pet parent… or both, many dogs will be dressing up in pet costumes for Halloween. Even those who don’t normally dress their dog in pet clothing, may be tempted to do so on Halloween night. According the the National Retail Federation, 13.8% of those celebrating Halloween will look for the perfect pet costume and will spend approximately $330 million! Why? Well, because it’s fun, that’s why. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on October 23rd, 2013
Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus) is a medicinal herb often used to boost the immune system to fight infections, or treat chronic illnesses in dogs, cats, fish, and horses. It is uniquely capable of stimulating some immune functions while depressing others. It has antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Astragalus also improves kidney circulation, normalizes heart function, stimulates T-cell activity, strengthens digestion, increases metabolic activity, and enhances DNA synthesis in the liver of pets. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on October 14th, 2013
Welcome to the $750 Fall Into Cash Giveaway! Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on October 1st, 2013
Making your own natural pet food and treats is worth the effort, but I’m always looking for ways to make the process easier. A time-consuming aspect of the homemade pet diet is measuring out individual supplements. While some require precise doses, most of the food-based supplements do not. This makes them perfect for mixing up in a shaker. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on September 19th, 2013
We received an email from an equestrian participant, Reija, who inspired this post.
“…I remember my Grandfather digging in clayish spots on the seashore. He brought several buckets back to the farm where he’d spread it around the pens where the animals walked. He kept a bucket on hand and would paint the cows’ feet with it if they had a problem. I saw him do it to an old sow once too. When I heard about clay being used for horse hoof problems I decided to order it for my mare that is prone to stall rot. Her hooves were improving in 48 hours flat and they’re just about perfect now. Thanks to you & grandpa for this simple idea!” Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on September 8th, 2013
Fish dive into garlic-fortified, natural Bottom Bites fish food.
Garlic (Allium sativum), is loaded with medicinal properties, including antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasite properties. Garlic as been used in aquariums for quite some time for the treatment and prevention of fish parasites. Several studies have supported its use for this purpose, claiming the ability to kill parasites and offering immune support to control and prevent them. This study adds another parasite to the list of those vulnerable to the effects of garlic, skin flukes (Neobenedenia sp). Read more »