Tag: dog

Qld Itch Natural Alternatives

7 February, 2020

This condition is due to hypersensitivity to insect bites, causing extreme itching. It is usually worse during the humid summer months, but may affect some horses or dogs all year long. Itching is usually intense and can cause the animal to scratch constantly causing mild to severe hair loss and open sores. The skin eventually may become thickened and wrinkled. The following is a list of the many alternative treatments that will help to control the dreaded “itch”. Qld Itch Support Prescription Pack for Horses External Products for dogs and horses – Native Magic cream may be applied to affected…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…