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Cat’s Are Vegetarians! Just Kidding.

Cats may not be vegetarians, but everyone knows they love catnip, along with many other herb plants as well. Expert opinions are mixed when it comes to deciding the benefit of plants for cats. Some say there are no benefits whatsoever and that they chew on it because they are bored or like the way it feels. While others say it is a great source of fiber, can help improve digestion and remove any indigestible materials such as fur from grooming or feathers. Whatever your cats desire, there may be many benefits to having an indoor garden for your feline companion.

In a lather over choosing the right horse shampoo? Knowing a little something about the ingredients will help you in selecting the right product. There are many shampoos on the market today have the same cosmetic and health benefits that shampoos formulated for dogs and people do. There are all natural, coat enhancing and hypoallergenic shampoos as well as some that heal skin problems, incorporate insecticides and liniments. So how do you choose from such a diverse selection?

Horses have sensitive skin and like us some are more susceptible to irritation than others. If your horse has ever broken out in hives, you’ll want to be particularly careful when choosing their shampoo. A hypoallergenic, olive oil or aloe-based product is a good choice and less likely to irritate the skin. Olive oil and aloe have natural anti-inflammatory properties and not likely to cause an allergic reaction. 

Discover the benefits of these supplements.

Fish Oil has DHA (omega-3 fatty acid) and EPA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) that helps regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, supports the brain and nervous system, and contributes to skin, coat, heart, kidney and joint health such as arthritis.

Like many fat supplements, most dogs and cats can benefit from fish oil. It eases inflammation due to allergies and reduces itchy skin and dandruff, which can some times be an effective way to decrease hot spots on your pet. It promotes a shiny healthy coat and reduces shedding. For cats, this may also mean fewer hairballs, since your cat won’t pick up as many loose hairs while grooming.

If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably never heard of this danger. But those west of the river, especially on the west coast and in the southwest are quite aware of the word FOXTAILS.

Foxtail barley, Hordeum jubatum, is a perennial grass found west of the Mississippi river. From early spring to early summer, this beautiful dark green grass produces a seed head that looks like a bushy foxtail. However, come late summer, they begin to dry out and become foes of our pets. Once dry, the seeds detach easily from the main plant and their barbed awns attach to most anything, especially fur. The awn has a very sharp point with side barbs that help propel it forward and stop it from backing or falling out.

We’ve all seen and heard of the terms organic, natural and holistic on many of the products we purchase for our pets, but what does it all mean and what is the difference between them? If you find yourself sometimes confused when navigating the different terms, you are not alone. Everything from food and treats, to shampoos to flea treatments can carry these labels. Whether or not these labels accurately define the product depends on the regulations.

Dental care is an important part of your pet’s well-being. Regular at home examinations could help keep your pet pain free and catch any signs of dental disease before they become a problem. An at home dental exam should only take a few minutes and should be done at least once a month.

First, make sure your pet is comfortable with you handling his or her face and with placing your fingers around their mouth. For some pets, this may not be comfortable for them and may take a little patience. Start slowly, by working with them a little bit everyday so that they begin to get use to you having your hands around their head and mouth.

Keeping Your Pets Safe and Happy During the Holidays!

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. Family and friends gather to visit and everyone takes part in a healthy feast. Our pets are an important part of most families and quite often we want them to share in the same joy and festivities as the rest of us by sharing some of our holiday dishes.

However, many of the foods that we eat during the holidays can actually cause a great deal of harm to your pet’s bodies. Lets keep our pets safe this holiday season and learn about foods you should not feed them. 




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