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 »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on December 4th, 2014
Trying to find all of the hidden holiday gems within a blog can be maddening. The holidays drive us crazy enough, so we’re going to spare you further grief by sharing our most popular posts from past holiday seasons. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on November 19th, 2014
Spark Daily Nutritional Supplement caught my eye when I was searching the Internet for aquarium fish supplements. I quickly decided it wasn’t suitable for fish, but I was impressed by the exceptional quality and their choice of natural ingredients included in it.
Being educated in natural pet care, I’ve spotted many companies trying to take advantage of pet parents who are looking for natural supplements and remedies. The resulting products range from virtually useless for the targeted pet species, to alarmingly dangerous. By contrast, Spark has obviously done some serious research and seem determined to manufacture an excellent product. I decided to purchase a supply for testing. This review is not sponsored by the manufacturer. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on November 10th, 2014
There are several large breeds of domestic cats, including the Maine Coon, American Bobtail, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, Savanah, Chausie, Siberian Cat, Norwegian Forest Cat, Chausie, Pixie Bob and the Ocicat. There are also very large domestic mixes that may not have a breed name attached to them, but are every bit as large. It stands to reason that the large stature of these friendly giants necessitates a tailored diet that supports a strong skeletal structure and muscular structure.
Large breed cats come with other special dietary considerations as well. They may be prone to joint issues, like Hip Dysplasia, making it important to provide nutritional support for their joints. Pregnant large breed cats need special consideration as they are growing extra large kittens. Large cats seem especially prone to weight issues as well, which may be due to being able to carry a lot of weight before becoming noticeably obese. Their appetite reflects their size and it’s up to their caregivers to ensure they receive high quality nutrition. It’s important to provide food that is low in carbohydrates and saturated fat. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on October 24th, 2014
The fancy fins of domestic fish strains get more elaborate all the time. Bettas, Guppies (and other fancy Livebearers like Hifin & Sailfin Swordtails, Hifin Platies and Sailfin Mollies), fancy Goldfish, Hifin Corydoras, Long-fin Cichlids, Long-fin Plecos, and more fancy fin fish strains can all benefit from extra nutrition focused on fin development and support. Some nutrients, like Carotenoides, also support fin regeneration and healing. There are natural fish food ingredients (or foods that can be fed individually) that offer nutrients to support strong, healthy, and large fins. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on October 14th, 2014
Oh we know costumes are cute on pets, but they aren’t natural and with anything unnatural comes the potential to be dangerous. We suggest avoiding costumes entirely for cats because they’re just too tough to supervise. Try a nice Halloween-theme collar instead. If you decide to buy a Halloween costume for your dog, please read the following safety tips. Read more »