Friday, September 12, 2014

Holistic Pet Essentials

Happy Friday! 

This week we wanted to give out our all natural pet favorites. I apologize for those of you who do not have pets, as this may be redundant. There are a lot of other posts on our website such all sorts of paleo, gluten free, vegan, and raw recipes on our blog that you can look through in the meantime. My husband Ben and I don't have any kids, and with him in the Army I knew I wanted to get a puppy. I hadn't always considered myself a dog person until one of those first weeks in our marriage when we were asked to dog sit for some friends of ours. We dog sat for a weekend and when the dogs left after the weekend to go back home I cried for days. I had gotten so attached to them and I really learned what it would be like to have a dog around. The next weekend Ben and I went and looked at dogs and I found Lucy. As soon as I saw her I just knew I had to have her. There's only been 3 things in my life that I felt I knew I had to have and Lucy is one of them. I just knew! She has been such a cute little blessing to us and has made us so happy. We bring her everywhere we can and some people even know us as "Lucy's Mom & Dad!" It's so funny. I never thought I would be this kind of dog person. I always used to think it was funny that people treated their dogs like their babies, and now I'm one of those people doing that! Lucy is so sweet though that she has my whole entire family won over! 

We love Lucy a lot and the thought of something happening to her just makes me have a panic attack in my head basically. We really try to only feed her and give her products that we trust. It's hard for us as humans to be able to eat products that are trustworthy and not secretive about where their ingredients are from, but for pets it's even that much harder! It's really crazy. There is so much out there that really damages pets and causes them to get sick. I've found a few resources that have really helped Ben and I along the way. Ben is just as involved in Lucy's health and wellness as I am, if not more! I will often find him researching various foods and products for her. It's cute to me that he cares that much about her to do that. He has even mixed up some flea sprays for her and even a tick removal solution.

Holistic Pet Essentials: 

-Essential Oils: Essential oils are a great tool to use for either your cat or dog and can really become your best friend if you have a furry baby. You can use them for any ailment from upset stomach to sensitive skin issues. You have to dilute the oil more with cats as they are very sensitive. With dogs there are only a few oils to stay away from. The smaller the dog, the smaller the dosage you should use. (Be sure to do your research and figure out which ones you shouldn't use on your pets!) One of the safest ways to use oils for any pet is to diffuse it in the air. Lavender works great to calm dogs down. Lavender is really the best essential oil all around for any pet. So if you're struggling to decide what to use, lavender is always a safe option! Ben and I have also made a flea spray of essential oils for dogs that I will have to post the recipe for at some point. Like I said above, we also use essential oils to remove ticks, and it's one of the  most helpful tricks I've ever come across! It's definitely a lifesaver! Make sure to use a therapeutic grade oil as I've talked about before! 
P.S. Frankencense on the feet of chicken works great if they are sick or on death's door! 

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-Pet Colostrum: One of my favorite pet products is this Canine and Feline Colostrum. I know the people (through Dr. Shumway) and they are amazing. They got their rescue dog Bella and use her as a trained support dog . You can read more about their story on their website. I started giving Lucy this Colostrum, and I can't tell you how well it did for her! This would especially be great for dogs with any sicknesses or newly rescued dogs with ticks or hair loss. Lucy is a very healthy dog, but even we saw improvements with her by giving her this. Her hair became shinier and even her eyes became shinier and brighter too! I like to give Lucy this product as sort of an "insurance" for anything that may go wrong in her body. Even though she is healthy, I want to keep her healthy. You can read other's testimonies about what this product did for them. I usually don't put too much stock into "testimonies" but these I know to be true. 

-Dr. Mercola for Pets: One of our go to websites for all things natural pets is Dr. Mercola's website for pets. Their website is really helpful in educating me on what to stay away from with any pet products and what is safe. They talk about everything related to cats and dogs from why retractable leashes are not the safest to what their bowel movements should and shouldn't look like. I subscribe to this website and it's been really helpful for us. 

-Homemade Chicken Broth: I almost forgot to include this one, but it's one that I rely on heavily. I start out by roasting the chicken (always pasture raised and hormone free chickens!) and we eat off of that for dinner and lunch. Then I use the carcass (bones) of the bird to make a chicken stock for soups and such. When I make the stock, I strain the liquid out and separate it from the bones... obviously! No one would want bones in their broth for soup! Ha. However, the bones cook down so much that they are almost mush, and they are very good for dogs to eat. Now, I cook my stock for 12-24 hours. I wouldn't try this otherwise, and still consult your vet. There are so many rich nutrients and minerals in the bones for Lucy to eat. It could not be full of natural vitamins, and I feel so good feeding her something that will build her little immune system and that is so good for her. Not to mention, I would otherwise be throwing away those bones but instead I get to be economical and utilize those as well. Lucy can usually eat off of it for a few days (mixed in with her food) and we take the bones and leftover vegetables and use them as bribery and treats as well. It saves money on treats as well. It's a win all around! 

-Whole Foods: Whole Foods has a lot of holistic pet foods and treats. We were hanging out outside of one of their stores in New Orleans one day and we met a lady who does chiropractic massages for dogs. She saw us and Lucy and came to talk to us. I love meeting people at Whole Foods and the farmer's markets! They're usually so fun to talk to and really smart about all things natural health. Anyway, this particular lady had worked with a lot of dogs that were malnourished at one point and who had various illnesses. She said she would get them on the Whole Foods dog food (I can't remember if it's actual Whole Foods brand, or just the most common brand they carry) and the dogs would just respond so well to it. Their hair would grow back. Their ailments would lessen. And it was even amazing for dogs with skin allergies or skin issues. I think if I remember correctly the bag was $34.00. The next time I go, I will look at the exact name to be certain and report back here to you! Whole Foods also carries various organic, USA made treats for dogs as well and we always stock up on those! We don't buy rawhides and treats from Petsmart anymore, as a lot of those are from various countries and have made Lucy sick. It's best to stick with what you know will be good for your pet. 

Happy Weekend! Cheers to enjoying lots of relaxing time with your fur babies! 

Disclaimer: PRTLIVING (and all of those feature and interviewed) is limited to providing self-help education in natural health matters and advocating of a healthy lifestyle for the sole purpose of sharing personal experiences and historical information about the traditional use of God-given herbs and natural remedies. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease. No medical claims are made. If you have a medical problem, please seek the advice of your medical doctor. or veterinarian
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