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What are the benefits of giving supplements to your pet?

supplements for your pet

Have you been considering giving your pet natural pet supplements and wondering if it is right for your pet?  Just like human supplements, there is no shortage of options available to pets.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what they are intended for?  So we are going to take a look at the benefits of giving supplements to your pet.

If You Aren’t Sure, Ask.

While most of the pet supplements on the market are perfectly safe, some can cause harm if not used properly.  Giving your animal to much of something such as calcium can cause more harm than good.  By giving them too much calcium, it can actually cause them skeletal problems. If you give them too much vitamin D it can lead to loss of appetite and muscle atrophy.

A Healthy Diet is Important

Don’t look at natural supplements as a way to meet your dog or cat’s health and nutritional needs.  A healthy balanced diet should always be first. Supplements should be used to fill in gaps or help with specific issues.  If their current food isn’t fulfilling their dietary requirements, you should find something new. Natural Pet Suppliments

Issues and Ailments

There are some typical issues and ailments that natural pet supplements can be beneficial for.  They can help with inflammation, pain, and digestive problems.  Other issues they can be helpful for are immune system deficiencies, skeletal isues, joint pain and inflammation, mouth and gum disease, hair loss and arthritis.

Making Homemade Dog Food

It’s so good to see pet owners today focusing more on the health and nutritional needs of their pet.  Some owners are even making their own pet food.  This gives them the opportunity to add various supplements to ensure their pets needs are met and they know exactly what is going into their pets food.  A simple search on the internet will give you all kinds of ideas and recipes for home-0made food.  It’s then up to you to decide what vitamins to include. homemade dog food

Pet Supplements Common today

With the large amount of supplements available to pets these days, it won’t be long until we see health food stores specifically for animal needs.  There are a few common supplements that you will see time and time again.  These are helpful and versatile and most pets will can benefit from them at some point during their lives.

Chondroitin: Typically, you will see Chondroitin mixed with Glucosamine.  Both animals and people can benefit from these supplements to decrease pain and inflammation that is commonly associated with osteoarthritis. Which is common for pets when the age.Natural pet supplements for older dogs

Fish Oil: This can be extremely beneficial for pets that suffer from arthritis or skin allergies. Studies have shown that dogs who are taking steroids for allergies have actually been able to decrease the dosage when taking fish oil.  Using steroids over a long period of time can cause issues.  It’s safer and healthier to find an alternative solution.

Glucosamine:  Similarly with Chondroitin, glucosamine is used to help reduce inflammation and pain that affects mobility.  It helps to rebuild damaged cartilage and can actually slow down the progress of arthritis.  Make sure to check with your vet for dosage amounts for maximum benefits.

Probiotics:  Probiotics aren’t just good for people; they are also important for pets.  They are the friendly bacteria that you find in the gastrointestinal system and play a very important role in digesting food.  They help build up your pet’s immune system and help them fight off pathogens.  If your animal is suffering from diarrhea or upset stomach they may be missing probiotics.  It’s best to see your vet to rule out anything serious before giving them probiotics.Natural Pet Stress Relief

  • Pet Max Immune Forte™ was selected for its specific immune maintenance characteristics.  When combined, these components contribute to comprehensive pet natural immune support for all dog and cat breeds.
  • Pet Stress Relief™ is nearly the perfect supplement for tuning up your pet’s health, immune function and providing ongoing support against illness and disease.
  • Pet Natural Anal Gland Relief™: supports healthy evacuation with organic oat bran flour coupled with immediate immune support while probiotics help relieve cat and dog anal gland inflammation and itching.  It can help prevent your pet from butt scooting.

There are many benefits to giving supplements to your pet. Just make sure to give them the correct dosage and the right supplement to help them with specific problems they may be experiencing. If you are uncertain about anything, ask your vet.

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Caring for Your Senior Pet’s Health Naturally

Caring for Your Senior Pet’s Health Naturally

Caring for your senior pet's health

We are all getting older, including our pets. And just like humans, dogs and cats are prone to a number of medical problems as they get older. With diet, supplements, and extra care, many conditions can be prevented, delayed, or managed, for the best possible quality of life for your pet throughout the senior years. Here are a few of the health issues you may run into as your pet ages, and some things you can do treat them naturally:

Arthritis

Many older pets eventually develop arthritis. You might see your pet “slowing down,” or “a little stiff,” and some even have sleep disturbances because they just can’t get comfortable.  This may be a sign of joint disease. If your pet has extra weight, it can make arthritis worse, so a good weight loss program is needed. A high protein diet helps protect lean muscle mass while shedding fat. Proper weight and moderate exercise are the keys to comfort.

There are joint protectors and anti-inflammatories that can help, and they include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane); all of which can be added to wet food. Other herbs and minerals may also be helpful. Antioxidants provide good anti-inflammatory action and pain relief. It may take 3-5 weeks for improvement to be noticeable.

Slower Digestive System

As pets get older they experience a decreased ability to digest and metabolize protein and fat that occurs with age. Older pets need better quality protein. Wet foods are ideal for older cats and dogs such as food in cans or pouches, as well as frozen raw diets. These foods are easier to digest, and much more palatable. By adding digestive enzymes and probiotics will help your pet get the most nutrition from food.

Kidney Disease

Our pet’s kidneys have a lot of responsibility, and they work hard 24/7. Over time, the cells die and get replaced by scar tissue. When 75% of kidney function is irreversibly lost, signs of kidney disease occur.

You may hear from friends and even from vets that protein is bad for the kidneys. But dietary protein has nothing to do with the development of kidney disease in dogs or cats. In fact, it is recommended that older pets without pre-existing kidney disease, should eat canned food or other high protein, high moisture diets.

Antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil or cod liver oil) are proven to be highly beneficial for pets with kidney disease. There is new evidence that probiotics can also be helpful. There are also specific kidney support products available.

Dental Disease

Proper teeth care in senior pets Australian shepherd with toothbrush

Dental Disease is one of the most common problems that vets see in dogs and cats. It often begins by the tender age of 3 – and just gets worse from there! Many dogs and cats are quiet or stoic about pain, and problems such as abscessed teeth or oral tumors can be missed. It is recommended to take your older pet in for a thorough checkup twice a year instead of just once. Try to brush your pet’s teeth at home, or use one of the products that help minimize plaque.

Cancer

Half of dogs over age 10 will develop cancer, the most frightening disease of all. At its most basic, cancer is the result of immune system failure which is the result of poor diet, over-vaccination, genetics, and environmental factors. Keeping your pet’s immune system in peak condition is fundamental to good health overall, but given the role it may play in so many degenerative diseases, including cancer, is just good sense. Besides exercise, fresh air, and great nutrition, there are supplements especially designed for immune support.

Our pets are getting older, but with diet, supplements, and extra care, many conditions can be prevented, delayed, or managed, for the best possible quality of life for your pet.

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Pets Are People Too!

pets are people too

We love them, in fact many of us can’t live without them.  They’re cute, cuddly and trusted companions…not to mention beloved members of the family.  Pets are people too!

Yet, as hard as all of us try to protect our dogs, cats and other pets from germs and many other potential threats to their health, we cannot always do so.  After all, pets have a way of sticking their noses into everything.  And many times they can ingest foreign materials that can be hazardous to their bodies.

Our product called Max Immune Forte is the result of our working with veterinarians to formulate a special supplement….made specifically for pets…that provides natural immediate immune support, improved intestinal balance and supports long-term pet health.

Max Immune Forte contains a specially formulated blend of Del-Immune V, probiotic formulation, colostrum, Beta Glucan Powder and whey protein powder that brings the same immune support to your pet as it does to you!  First-milking colostrum, the immune supporting magic found in mother’s milk, modulates and improves the immune system.  What’s more, whey protein powder is a readily digestible protein supplement that has many immune boosting properties.Max Immune Forte

 

Pets are people too not to mention beloved members of the family! Choose our natural pet health care products for fast acting natural immune support.

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Improving Your Pet’s Health Naturally

Owning a Pet Improves Your Health, Why Not Return the Favor?

By owning a pet, it can decrease depression, anxiety and stress, it can lower your blood pressure, improve your immunity and even decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. One study from Loyola University found that people who use pet therapy when recovering from surgery may need significantly less pain meds than people who did not have pet therapy. People that have pets are less harried, and there is more laughter in their life.

Since pets are beloved family members and living a healthy lifestyle is something your pets will benefit from too, enjoy these all natural pet remedies to help your pets live healthier happier lives.

  1. Cats are naturally prone to bladder and urethra issues. If yours is so, unsweetened cranberry juice to the rescue. Cranberry increases urine acidity resulting in a reduced chance of blockages or infections. You can add cranberry powder to food, or cranberry juice to the water, or give your cat a cranberry capsule. Ask your vet about proper dosages.    Cats are naturally prone to bladder and urethra issues.
  2. Use Epsom Salt for Sprains and Strains – If your dog is limping, they may have strained or sprained something playing too hard. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and let your dog soak for five minutes. You can also soak a washcloth in warm water mixed with Epsom Salt and apply to affected area.                                                                                      Use Epsom Salt for Dog Sprains and Strains
  3. If your dog is suffering from hot spots or irritation on the face it could be due to their food or water bowl. Plastic can harbor bacteria and be irritating to the skin.  Also make sure to wash their bowls thoroughly once a week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dog face
  4. Keep the flea population down in your yard with nematode worms which are available at garden shops and pet stores. They like to eat flea larva.  By keeping them in the garden it can help keep flea populations controlled.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keep the flea population down in your yard
  5. If your pet’s skin is itching, try using baby oatmeal or fine grind your own and add a little water to make a paste. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. If your pet’s skin is itching, try using baby oatmeal
  6. Pet stress can be caused by many things, such as being separated from owners, a change in diet, coping with other animals (or humans), or changes in routines. Poor nutrition and infections also contribute. Stress can be tough on non-complaining pets. Just like humans, our pets experience immune issues caused by stress in their lives. While human reactions to stress may be obvious, immune system problems for our pets are much subtler. But according to Dr. Steven Sanderlin, DMV, when a pet is under stress, immune support is one of the FIRST areas of their health to be affected. Pet Stress Relief™ is an excellent supplement for tuning up your pet’s health, immune function and providing ongoing support against illness and disease.   Pet Stress pet stress relief
  7. Protect your dog’s health from unnatural chemicals by making your own dog shampoo. When you make your own, you know what’s in it, that it’s made with love not to mention cost effective.  Some of the basic ingredients in dog shampoo are castile soap, lavender essential oil to combat fleas, coconut oil and rosemary for moisture and distilled white vinegar to remove smells.  WARNING: avoid penny-royal and tea tree oils as they can be harmful to dogs.                                                                                                                                                making your own dog shampoo
  8. Calming your cat. Catnip may sound a little crazy since it’s known to rile up Mad Max but after he hangs from the ceiling and races around the room at mock speed he will be worn out and calm. Valerian is an herb that mimics catnip except that after the hyper kitty calms down, he may also fall asleep.  This herb has also been used for humans as a remedy for insomnia.  Dried Chamomile acts on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as anti-anxiety drugs do. It promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Dried form of herbs is safest for kitty use. To prevent her from eating the leaves and flowers, put them inside of a tube collar or make a tiny toy “pillow” with the herbs inside. Kitty will still benefit from the relaxing qualities and be kept safe from ingesting them. Please remember that teas are best left to humans whose systems are more tolerant of steeped herbs and essential oils should never be used on cats due to their liver functioning, which makes it difficult (if not impossible) to break down the compounds and can lead to serious illness or death. Calming your cat with Catnip
  9. Just like people, pets on antibiotics may have stomach problems as the medication wipes out beneficial bacteria as well as the sinister ones. Pets need wholesome intestinal flora to thrive and maintain a healthy digestive and immune system. A well-balanced intestinal tract can optimize an animal’s vigor at any stage of life. Supporting a pet’s bowel health is a significant way to protect him or her from numerous health issues related to imbalances of normal intestinal flora. Try Pet Max Immune Forte, a Five-Way Natural Immune Support for Improved Intestinal Balance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       max immune forte