Natural Treatment and Prevention of Liver Disease in Dogs ©

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 »

Natural Treatment for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) ©

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 »

World Mycotoxin Threat Report Released (Infographic)

Biomin has released their 2014 World Mycotoxin Report and it isn’t pretty. Read more »

Naturally Add Green Color to St. Patrick’s Pet Treats ©

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 dyesnatural food dye pets 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 »

Top 12 Natural Supplements for Senior Dogs (Infographic)

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 »

Heart Health for Natural Pets (with Recipe) ©

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 »

How Many Fish can I put in my Aquarium?

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 »

The Natural Care of African Serval Cats ©

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 »

Our Most Popular Holiday Season Posts

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 »

Spark Natural Nutritional Dog Supplement (Unsolicited) Review ©

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 »

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