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Anal Gland Problems in Dogs

19 February, 2019

Anal Gland Problems in Dogs can affect all ages and breeds leading to blocked or infected anal glands.  These two small glands are located on either side of the anus, and are scent glands used for marking territory and recognition. They would normally empty naturally when the dog has a bowel movement, but when stools are too thin or soft, then they may not express fully and can become impacted, which may lead to an infection if left untreated. Blocked or impacted anal glands may be caused by – Constipation from lack of fibre or roughage in the diet. Infrequent…

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…

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…

Dog Diet – Feeding Naturally

8 September, 2015

Providing dogs with a natural diet consisting of raw, natural food is recommended for optimum health and longevity.  Dog Diet – Feeding Naturally without Processed, canned or dry foods which we do not recommend for optimum health. RAW MEAT & BONES should make up approximately 60 – 70% of the DAILY RATION: Free-range chicken, rabbit, mutton, duck, roo, lamb, turkey and beef.  All should be fed with the bones and some of the fat left on. Raw meaty bones are safe to feed to dogs.  (In the wild, dogs ate bones of small and large animals with no problems.) Cooked…

Easter Warning for Dogs

24 March, 2016

Easter is upon us again? It’s that time of year when it’s critically important to ensure chocolate stays off the menu for your dog… Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs? The culprit is a compound called theobromine, which is absorbed in the bloodstream and causes cardiac, kidney and neurological dysfunction in dogs. Chocolate consumption symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and hyperactivity will reveal themselves between 4 and 24 hours. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning Increased heart rate (which can cause arrhythmia) Muscle twitching Increased urination and excessive panting (which may lead to hyperthermia) Muscle tremors/seizures Coma and potentially, death DID YOU…

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…

Is Your Dog Gluten Intolerant?

20 October, 2015

These days, gluten intolerance is a well-recognized condition in humans and there are shelves full of products designed to help sufferers manage the condition and avoid unpleasant symptoms, but did you know some dogs suffer gluten intolerance as well? What causes gluten intolerance? In general the canine digestive system has no issues digesting grains such as wheat, rye, barley and oats but, as with humans, some dogs can’t tolerate gluten. If a dog is gluten intolerant/sensitive their small intestine becomes inflamed when they consume gluten as a result of abnormal protein reactions in the small intestine. This allergic reaction to…

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…

Mange – How to Manage Naturally

8 September, 2015

Mange mites are tiny parasites that can turn a once healthy looking dog into a sad and sorry sight indeed. Mange is caused from a mite that burrows under the skin causing discomfort or itching, infection and unsightly hair loss. There are different types of mange mites the most common being sarcoptic mange and demodectic. Mange will generally only affect animals with depressed immune function. It is necessary to visit your veterinarian for correct diagnosis of mange, where he or she will do a skin scraping to determine the presence of mites, which are not visible to the naked eye….

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 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,…

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…

Rejuvenate your Dog with Hemp oil Elixir!

9 April, 2019

What is Hemp Oil Elixir? Canine Hemp Oil Elixir is a rejuvenation formula made of pure and unrefined hemp seed oil. This elixir is a thicker, more concentrated oil that contains a higher Omega-3 content, more fatty acids and a higher protein concentration than Canine Hemp Oil. Providing a natural nutrient boost, this product is perfect for giving your dog the extra edge they need to get through their day. What is Hemp Oil Elixir used for?Just about everything! This formula is designed for dogs that need a little extra loving in their daily life. JOINT PAINS Does your elderly…

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…

The Link Between Behaviour and Nutrition

20 October, 2015

The links between nutrition and animal behaviour have been poorly researched, and still to this day, are quite unclear. It is quite apparent in the human population that what we feed ourselves and particularly our children, will have quite a dramatic impact on behaviour – modern food colourings, preservatives, and flavourings have all been demonstrated to have close links to certain behavioural syndromes like ADD (attention deficit disorder). I personally have seen many dogs respond in an extremely favourable way to the removal of processed dog food from their diet. Whether this is due to the removal of chemical colourings…

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…

Vegan / Vegetarian Diet for Dogs

6 August, 2019

Dogs can survive on quite a varied diet as long as they get all the essential nutrients they require. Cats, however are strict carnivores and cannot survive on a vegan diet without risk of health issues long term. They have difficulty absorbing some essential nutrients from plant sources. It is not only harmful to their health, but I believe it is cruel to deprive them of their natural food source. To raise dogs on a vegan diet does take a bit more time and effort but it can be done as long as you ensure they are getting their nutritional…

Why do dogs eat grass?

4 April, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered…. Why do dogs eat grass? Well, there are a few reasons and we have outlined some of the common reasons below: 1.. Dogs may eat grass to purge their system Dogs will occasionally eat large amounts of grass to make themselves throw up. If they seek out any type of grass or weeds frantically then this is most often due to – ·         Gastrointestinal upset ·         Nausea ·         Gas or bloating ·         They have eaten something they shouldn’t have ·         A virus or bacteria After they consume a large amount of grass, they will vomit. It’s…

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…