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Anxiety and Stress – Natural Solutions

10 February, 2017

Solutions for Anxiety and Stress Your animal’s behaviour is the best indicator if they are suffering from anxiety or stress. They tell us a lot by their actions, their physiological responses, and sometimes by the “evidence” they’ve left while you’ve been at work. Some dogs howl all day long when left home alone. Dogs or cats that feel threatened may show aggressive behaviour towards other animals as a way of protecting themselves. Loud noises from fireworks, storms and thunder may cause some pets to become totally panic stricken. Some animals will destroy furniture, scratch up the place or relieve themselves…

Arthritis – Natural Alternatives

8 September, 2015

It’s not just the elderly that suffer from the pain and discomfort of arthritis, it can also disable our beloved pets and dogs, cats and horses are no exception to this terrible affliction.  For our human customers, mobicosa is a NZ green lipped mussel supplement that helps to soothe and maintain mobility in joints naturally. Available in convenient capsule form, this excellent supplement is highly recommended. Available now – click here to order Mobicosa. Arthritis and hip dysplasia is more common in larger breeds of dog, but small dog breeds and cats, can also suffer from arthritic conditions. Hip dysplasia…

BioCompatibility Testing For Animals

9 September, 2015

BioCompatibility Testing For Animals is a great tool to help with many health issues. Does your animal suffer from any of the following – Diarrhoea Digestive problems Eye and ear conditions Skin rashes Itchy skin Lung conditions Sinus infections Eczema or hair loss Arthritis Hot spots Find out which foods are making him/her unwell Many animals suffer from allergies and this can be the result of eating bio-incompatible foods over a period of time. Allergic reactions are accumulative and a visible reaction may not take place for up to four days. Often animals will crave the very foods they are…

Cat Diet – Feeding Naturally

3 September, 2020

Cats are strict carnivores and have a high protein requirement. Their diet should be totally raw, and should not contain any canned or dry foods. They can not survive on a vegetarian or vegan diet. 90% DAILY RATION Chicken, rabbit, turkey, including bones and fat. Never feed cooked bones. Raw bones are safe as long as they still have some meat on them and are served at room temperature. Mutton, lamb and beef chopped into large pieces to encourage chewing. Mince is not recommended as it usually contains preservatives. Fresh or lightly steamed fish with bones removed. Small fish like…

Detoxification Benefits: Fasting For Health & Longevity!

8 September, 2015

There is an old saying ‘that a clean blood supply ensures a healthy body’ which is very true for both people and animals. The body is continuously eliminating waste products, but if these wastes are being consumed or absorbed faster than the body can eliminate them, they will start to accumulate in the liver, kidneys, fatty tissues and throughout the entire system. This is when disease develops and when detoxification is most needed. Toxins come from consuming poor quality food such as dried, canned and processed rolls, preservatives, colourings and artificial additives, all drugs and medications, pesticides, herbicides, chemical and industrial…

Diatomaceous Earth Uses

22 November, 2019

What is it? There are two different grades of Diatomaceous earth (DE); Food grade and Pool grade. Food grade diatomaceous earth is safe to use for the home, yards, and animals. Pool grade diatomaceous earth is altered by high heat and is only safe to use in pools. This should never be given to animals.   DE is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from remains of tiny  fossilized water plants called diatoms.  These plants have been part of the earth’s ecology since prehistoric times. 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite. The diatoms…

Flea Control – Natural Options

8 September, 2015

Flea Control – Natural Options are available so you don’t need to poison your animals with chemicals or drugs. Did you know? An adult flea is capable of consuming 15 times its body weight in blood per day and can lay up to 50 eggs daily. The eggs fall into the animals environment and after 2-12 days hatch into larvae. For the next 8-21 days the larvae feeds on flea feaces and go through 3 more stages of development, ending with the pupa stage. The pupa can lay dormant for 200 days where the eggs first dropped (carpet, car, backyard)…

Flower Essences For All Animals

8 September, 2015

Physical health conditions often manifest from deeper emotional imbalances. For example: a dog may develop skin problems after the arrival of a new baby or when a new pet enters the household. Anxiety, jealousy, anger, lonliness, resentment and other stresses can affect pets just as they affect people, causing a number of health related conditions. In cases such as this, it is necessary to work on the pet’s emotional well being, rather than just treating the physical symptoms of the skin disorder. Behavioural problems such as biting and aggression may also benefit from flower essences. it should be combined with…

Healthy Fast Food For Your Pets

8 September, 2015

You can provide Healthy Fast Food For Your Pets with little fuss to ensure they stay healthy and happy. We all know the old saying ‘you are what you eat’, and if this is the case, then it is no wonder that our loyal companions are suffering from such a variety of acute and chronic health complaints. Can you imagine living on take away food your whole life? Some animals have never eaten any fresh food, living on processed foods totally. It is certainly possible to do, but you could not expect to be feeling fantastic all the time on this…

Help with ‘puddle problems’ Urinary Incontinence

21 March, 2018

Does your dog or cat need help with ‘puddle problems’ Urinary incontinence ? A damp and smelly pet, or a pet who doesn’t quite make it to the litter box or garden can become a frustration, and the constant washing and deodorising can become a burden for the household dealing with the issue. What Is Urinary Incontinence? This “leaky” problem is basically the loss of bladder control in your pet. The severity can range from occasional light leakage and dampness, to the point where they can’t hold on to alleviate themselves in the right spot – outside for dogs or…

Herbal Medicine For Animals

20 December, 2019

Most animals are natural herbalists, often seeking out particular herbs when needed, if they have access to a wide variety of species. Dogs and cats will occasionally be seen chewing on lemon grass, comfrey, couch grass and other plants. Horses, cows, sheep and goats have been seen to eat some herbs only at particular times of the year, or if they have a specific need for them. Most pets today, do not have access to the range of herbs, grasses and trees they would have in the wild. So by growing a few common herbs around your garden or along…

Hyperactive Pets: A Natural Approach

8 September, 2015

Do you share your life with a neurotic cat or a hyperactive dog? Then maybe you need to look further than simply behavioral training. Whether this is in the form of excessive barking, aggression, excitability, obsessive personality, irritability, extreme nervousness or erratic behavior, then this may not necessarily be due to inadequate training.  These animals are often trying to tell you something or simply cannot help themselves or the way they feel due to outside influences. In these cases, any form of training seems to be totally ineffective. It can often be extremely beneficial to speak with an animal communicator…

Itchy Skin: What can you do?

7 February, 2020

Itchy Skin: What can you do? One of the most common questions we get asked is – My dog or cat has itchy skin and its not fleas: What can you do to help? OR My horse is scratching on everything until he or she is bleeding and causing injury. Is there anything that can help? Well, the answer is YES, natural therapies can greatly assist dogs, cats and horses with itchy skin conditions. Skin problems and allergies are becoming increasingly prevalent among domestic animals today and using drugs to relieve the itch is not the answer for long term relief from…

Minerals For Healthy Animals

8 September, 2015

Minerals are essential for optimum health for all living species. Requirements differ from one species to the next, but they all need adequate amounts of each mineral for healthy bodily functions. Mineral deficiencies can lead to disease and so can mineral excesses. So getting the correct amount in the right ratios is the key to optimum health. Most natural diets will provide these minerals in appropriate balances, but with commercially prepared diets, this can cause imbalances. Dogs and cats fed on commercial food often suffer from severe imbalances; because it is impossible to provide all the nutrients required in a…

Natural Approach for Digestive Upsets in Cats

23 July, 2018

Do you find your cat often regurgitates her dinner shortly after feeding? Or perhaps she sometimes suffers from a sudden bout of diarrhoea, that you just can’t quite get to the bottom of (if you’ll excuse the pun!)? Or maybe she loses her appetite occasionally, no matter how much you tempt her with her favourite food? Below is a Natural Approach for Digestive Upsets in Cats… If you have experienced any of the above issues with your cat, you’re not alone. Just like us humans, dogs, cats, rabbits and even our avian friends can suffer from many different types of…

Natural Stress Relief For Animals

5 March, 2019

While most of us know the impact of high stress levels on our own health, many people never stop and think about whether our animals are also suffering from similar stresses. With a busy lifestyle you may get stressed out over traffic, work pressures, finances, world events or family problems and although animal’s lives are much more simplified, they can also be filled with everyday stress. Many people still believe that animals do not have the same feelings and emotions as we do, because they don’t talk or cry, but this doesn’t mean they don’t suffer in silence. To try…

Naturopathy For Animals

8 September, 2015

Animal Naturopathy is an alternative form of healing using only natural, non-invasive, drug-free methods, to prevent and treat illness in animals. Different modalities such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, flower essences, mineral therapy, massage, nutrition, or any combination of these may be used in the treatment, depending on the particular animal & the condition being treated. Some of the many conditions that can benefit from naturopathic treatment are: Skin disorders such as eczema, flea allergies, mange, warts and ringworm. Ear problems, mites and infections, eye discharge, arthritis, allergies, fleas and ticks, kidney, heart and liver problems, chronic infections, digestive problems, abscesses,…

Pottenger Cat Study

15 April, 2016

The Pottenger cat study came about like many great discoveries, Dr Francis M Pottenger accidentally found that his laboratory cats were noticeably healthier when fed on a diet of raw meats rather than cooked meats. Dr Pottenger, a human doctor, was involved in using cats to assess the potency of adrenal extracts for use in human medicine. Pottenger’s cats were fed on table scraps from the local restaurant. When the restaurant closed during the off season, he was forced to source his meat scraps directly from the local abbatoir (which came raw). During the time he was feeding the raw…

Raw Feeding for Dogs & Cats – A Vet’s Perspective

28 July, 2016

Feeding Raw for Dogs & Cats – A Vet’s perspective by Dr Bruce Syme BVSc(Hons) Gastric Acidity, Digesting Bones, Gut Transit Time and Salmonella There has been much debate about the “potential” dangers of feeding bones to dogs, and also of the potential risks of food poisoning and salmonella infection that the feeding of raw meat to dogs and cats may carry. So it may be of interest to note that much of this information, or mis-information, relates back to the very nature of the gastric environment of the dog and cat, which in turn, is directly related to diet. The…

Skin Allergies – Natural Alternatives

8 September, 2015

Skin complaints are extremely common in dogs and cats today, and it’s not just fleas that are causing the problem. It is becoming increasingly common for domestic pets to have skin allergies or sensitivities.  They may react to anything from fleas, grasses, weeds, shampoos, household chemicals, chlorinated water, preservatives or certain foods. Skin problems can show up as excessive itching, dry and flaky skin, hot spots, eczema, dull or greasy coat, dandruff, excessive licking, chewing at paws, fur loss or smelly coat. External parasites can also be a major cause such as mange (mites), lice, ticks, fleas or fungal conditions…

Stress Relief for Animals

8 September, 2015

While most of us know the impact of high stress levels on our own health, many people never stop and think about whether our animals are also suffering from similar stresses. With a busy lifestyle you may get stressed out over traffic, work pressures, finances, world events or family problems and although animal’s lives are much more simplified, they can also be filled with everyday stress. Many people still believe that animals do not have the same feelings and emotions as we do, because they don’t talk or cry, but this doesn’t mean they don’t suffer in silence. To try…

Struvite Crystals Natural Options

10 March, 2016

Generally speaking, struvite stones / crystals will form when the animal’s urine pH becomes neutral or alkaline (pH 7 or greater) and urine is concentrated. Carnivores (dogs and cats) that eat a fresh red meat based diet  naturally produce acidic urine which prevents this crystal formation.  The food itself has a natural water content of 60-70%, which assists in preventing dehydration and excessive concentration of urine (especially in cats). Diets that are too high in cereal and vegetable levels will result in a more alkaline urine, which is typical of many dry foods and tinned foods.  Commercial pet foods commonly…

Tips on Giving Herbal Remedies to Your Dog or Cat

15 March, 2018

We have listed some of our tips on giving herbal remedies to your dog or cat. The easiest way to give herbs or supplements to your pets is by mixing them into your dog or cats food. However, some cats or fussy dogs can smell anything added to their food and will refuse to eat it. So if you need to administer remedies regularly, this can become very distressing for both the animal and yourself. Once they see you with the bottle, they run a mile and hide! If your animal is unwell or super fussy, then it’s best not…

Travel Anxiety – How to avoid the stress.. and the mess!

6 June, 2018

Travel Anxiety – How to avoid the stress.. and the mess! It’s a warm, sunny day so you and your dog have hopped in the car and are heading to the park. Suddenly, Fido doesn’t look so good and before you have time to pull in, his breakfast has been decanted unceremoniously all over your back seat. Pet motion sickness and travel anxiety is an all too familiar story and in extreme cases it can severely limit the experiences that we can enjoy with our dogs. No more hiking weekends away with your four legged friend. No more trips to…

Turmeric for Health

21 October, 2019

Most people are familiar with the turmeric spice used in Indian and Asian cooking. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, a native to middle eastern and southeast Asian countries. It has been used in cooking for thousands of years and has been widely used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for its many health benefits. The active ingredient is curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory and is therefore a great food additive for pets as well as people. Curcumin may also help to stimulate bile production which can help the liver to process fats and remove waste from…

Vaccination Alternatives

8 September, 2015

This is a very controversial topic and there have been many arguments from both sides as to the safety and effectiveness. There is a growing number of Veterinarians and Doctors that are speaking out, about the hidden dangers of vaccination and much of this evidence is hidden from the general public. We have never vaccinated any of our animals or our children, choosing instead to keep their immune systems strong and healthy by following natural health principles. Vaccination is not 100% effective in preventing the specific disease, and the risk of side effects is high. Many people have noticed side-effects…

Worm & Parasite Control

8 September, 2015

Intestinal worms can be found in all animals, including humans. They ultimately feed off toxic waste products and most of our pets will have them at certain times during their life. It is important to keep worms under control so that they do not cause problems to the host. Although we can live with small numbers of these parasites, it is mostly when numbers become too high that problems or symptoms start to appear. Some animals may have heavy worm burdens and show no symptoms, while others will appear quite unwell. Symptoms vary, but often may show as – digestive…