Category Archives: pets and humans

Heal, Nuture, Bond with Canine Massage

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  Dog massage includes a variety of techniques — some centuries old and others quite new.  It has been used to calm show dogs, to relieve pain in working dogs, and to increase energy and focus in agility dogs.  Now it is available to improve the quality of your pet’s life.
    Massage is part of a complete wellness program for your dog.  A massage will relax muscles, invigorate circulation, and stimulate key acupressure points.  Massage does not substitute for veterinary care, but complements it.  Regular massage can often bring important changes in your pet’s condition to your attention so that medical advice can be sought before the problem becomes advanced.

Dogs of All Ages Can Benefit From Massage

Puppies & Young Dogs
  • Helps them accept handling by vets, groomers, etc.
  • Improves socialization
  • Increases trust of humans
  • Eases tension of new growth stages
Adult Dogs
  • Maintains optimum wellness
  • Slows developing problems of old age
  • Detects early changes that may signal injury or disease
Elderly Dogs
  • Helps maintain mobility
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces pain

Why do dogs need massage?

  
   Dogs today live in much better conditions, but they are often bored and underexercised. Massage can relax tension while also stimulating both mind and body.  It is especially helpful as our animals’ life spans lengthen.  Our world has changed — and our pets’ needs have changed with it.

Some benefits of dog massage:

  • Comforts tired muscles & relieves pain
  • Increases circulation
  • Strengthens body by stimulating muscles
  • Maintains & restores flexibility
  • Increases dog’s self-esteem & lessens behavioral issues
  • Enhances body awareness
  • Gains acceptance of touch, especially to paws
  • Increases caretaker’s awareness of changes in animal
  • Empowers owners to work with & help their pets
  • Enhances bonding & relationship with humans
  • Gives back to dogs something they can’t do for themselves
  • Increased circulation, which can improve a dog’s health.
  • Earlier awareness of lumps and unusual growths.
  • Deeper attachment between dog and owner, allowing them to bond further.
  • Extended praise for the dog.
  • Increased acceptance of handling by the dog.
  • Stress and heart rate reduction for the owner.
  • Reduced stress by lowering the dog’s heart rate and providing a quiet, relaxing experience.

Parts of this article taken from:

Ann Tarvin learned her dog massage skills from canine massage pioneer Jonathan Rudinger at the PetMassage Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio.  She holds Practitioner and Instructor Level Certificates in Dog Massage and also a Certificate in WaterWork for dogs. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork.

 

Consult your dog’s veterinarian before beginning a massage program.If working with a fragile dog or one with limited mobility due to a joint problem, an injury, or surgery, knowledge of canine anatomy and biomechanics is essential, says Carla Campbell, a Seeing Eye graduate and canine masseuse in Menlo Park, Calif. In those situations, it really does pay to call in a pro, she advises.
 
Just as pleasant scents and relaxing music contribute a positive effect during human massage, so is the same for your dog.

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ACHOO…Dogs Have Them Too!

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Pet Alive Sinu-Rite

What are the sinuses? The sinuses are bony cavities in the skull that meet up with the nasal cavities. Inside the sinuses, we find tiny hair-like projections called cilia, which help to move mucus produced by the sinus towards a tiny hole (called the ostium) through which mucus drainage occurs, helping to keep the sinuses clear. The natural way .

The immune system plays a large part in promoting health in all parts of the body, including the sinuses. Using a more holistic approach, natural remedies can help to safely support sinus health and can also play an important role in maintaining immune system health and functioning. Due to the high safety profile of the ingredients, our natural remedies are also free of side effects.

Sinu-Rite Benefits:
Relieves sinusitis symptoms
Alleviates nasal congestion and inflammation
Improves long-term sinus health and balance
Maintains fluid balance in the body
Supports long-term immune system and respiratory health
Easy to administer granules for rapid absorption
Safe for cats, dogs and small pets

How has Sinu-Rite helped others? “My 9-year old beagle has been suffering for quite a long time with congestion. After a few days of using Sinu-Rite, her congestion has improved. She is not snoring as bad, or having the middle of the night breathing problems, and the discharge from her nose is no longer a thick white “rubber-cement type” mucous. She even seems to have more energy and a better appetite. At this point, I definitely recommend this product, and will check back in a few weeks with another update of this testimonial.” —Janet, MO, USA “We’ve had Indy, a mixed beagle, for a little over a year. We noticed early on that he had dripping and sneezing on a daily basis. He was miserable. We brought him to 2 different vets, spent over a thousand dollars. After numerous [procedures], each time they worked for a while, but it would come back. Finally they recommended more costly tests such as MRIs.. I could not afford the procedures and feared the real possibility of putting him down. Desperate, I finally went on the internet and found PetAlive’s Sinu-Rite. It’s a miracle; Indy is back to his old energetic self and has stayed that way for almost a month now. Thanks to your product we have our Indy back.” —Gerard L, CA, USA “My Rat Terrier started wheezing, his nose was stuffy and he was snorting and kept me up all night. I was so worried he was going to stop breathing so I could not sleep. I starting giving him [medication for children] and that worked very little and dried him up terribly. So I went online looking for Holistic Medication and came across PetAlive. Placed an order for a few items and one was the Sinu-Rite. Well by the second tablet, my Rat Terrier was energetic and could breath and stopped wheezing. This product is so awesome, I was flabbergasted at how fast and effective it worked. Thank You, Native Remedies.” —Rose M., FL, USA

USA Disclaimer: Testimonials have been edited to comply with FDA regulations. While positive results are likely, the testimonials used are general results and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results – individual results may vary.

Sinu-Rite contains the following homeopathic ingredients: All PetAlive by Native Remedies homeopathic products and biochemic tissue salts are manufactured in an FDA and GMP registered pharmaceutical facility under the supervision of qualified homeopaths and responsible pharmacists. Individual ingredients are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). All products are free of gluten, artificial flavors, colorants and preservatives, and are suitable for use by lacto vegetarians. In accordance with our Do No Harm policy, no animal testing is carried out whatsoever.

Nat mur (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt that helps to maintain the body’s fluid balance and is an essential component of all living cells. This tissue salt has excellent effects in supporting respiratory health and keeping sinuses, noses, and chests clear and healthy, thus supporting the health and integrity of all the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract. Wind flower (30C) is a natural remedy useful for keeping sinuses clear and healthy. Kali bich (30C) is a natural remedy that is recommended to soothe the throat and respiratory tract and support sinus health. Glycorrhiza (3X) is a widely used homeopathic remedy that helps to open up the respiratory system, including the nasal passages. It has even been studied for its supportive effect on the liver (Arase Y, Ikeda K, Murashima N, et al. “The long term efficacy of glycyrrhizin in chronic hepatitis C patients.” Cancer 1997;79(8):1494-1500.) Sambucus nig (3X) is a homeopathic remedy known to help facilitate the loosening of nasal matter, thereby helping to open the nasal passages and have a positive effect on the sinuses and the respiratory system. Lactose (inactive ingredient) Sinu-Rite is a homeopathic remedy registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dogs Deserve The Best we Can give Them

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There are those that question , are some of us humanizing dogs too much?

Expensive outfits, designer Collars, organic treats and feed, human grade vegan grooming products…

When this is in reference to cute , frilly outfits,having for the most part owned Doberman’s, German Shepherds and other large breed dogs, cute, frilly or matching outfits are not my accessory of choice, but an occasional collar charm, a decorative bandana are not out of the question, and if the dogs decked out in pinks and frills enjoy oohs, aahs and extra attention because of it …why not?

When it comes to health care, I do have a strong opinion and that is I feel dogs deserve the best health benefits and treatments that pet owners and science can provide them. Every day their presence in our lives is scientifically proven to provide us with numerous life enhancing and medical benefits. Why would we not want to provide them with the same?

 

As science begins to recognize not only the long known and accepted emotional advantage of pets interaction with their people, but also the documented evidence of how the companionship of our pets lower blood pressure which in turn helps to prevent heart disease ,the health and wellness factor of pets is leading to even more in-depth benefits to human healthcare.

According to an article by the editor of Your Dog, American Association of Pet Product Manufactures, Pet interaction can even ultimately lower health care costs. Since stress has now been identified as one of the leading causes behind many diseases and scientific research has proven that pets lower stress levels.

Service dogs that can sense oncoming potentially life threatening medical conditions can alert their human in time to prevent a potentially more costly health crisis. Other studies our showing that autistic children are benefitting from close interaction with specially trained dogs.

So when I hear someone say, human grade ingredients , natural and organic treats and skin care products may be good for people , but are we going to far by integrating them into our dogs lifestyle, I have to reply , where would our lifestyle be without the enrichment of dogs in it?

When It’s time to say Farewell my Friend

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Karen Litzinger, Licensed Professional Counselor, was inspired to create this CD following the deaths of her two dogs within four months. It takes you on a healing journey with words of wisdom, comforting affirmations, an inspirational reading, a guided meditation, and soothing harp music. The CD is 49 minutes with an accompanying 20-page booklet insert that provides insight, healing strategies and practical resources. The gentle, grounded words in this CD

Heal Your Heart Pet Loss CD

are like a dear friend comforting you during your time of grief.  For you in your time of need or as a caring gift for a friend.

 
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Karen, Pepper and Zep

 

Just as I found comfort in listening to a special music CD as I grieved for Pepper, I hope that some part of this CD will help in the healing process for you or the person to whom you give the CD.  I was further motivated on my journey to create this CD when my 13 year old dog, Zep, died just four months after Pepper.  The loss of my dogs is what inspired me to dedicate this CD to my beloved dog children, Pepper and Zep.
Karen Litzinger’s Journey with Animals: My inspiration for the Healing Hearts pet loss CD came while driving home from the veterinarian with the cremains of my 15 year old dog, Pepper, who I had since a puppy from a local rescue league.  Originally I wanted to create something that a vet could give grieving clients right after the euthanasia procedure to supplement the personal support and follow-up sympathy card.  I created a pet loss booklet for veterinarians, but the CD is what I hope will serve those experience pet loss grief in a more profound way. 

We’re Going To The Humans!

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This is what I’m Barkin’ About!
Remember my former growls about my Skin Mom scarfing my Aroma Paws Pad Cream for her feet, then sharing myAll Natural Repellent Spray?
“Products tested on people aka (human grade ingredients); The only problem with that is I have to keep an eye on Mom ever since I caught her using my Aroma Paws paw cream on her feet and Aroma Paws Natural Bug Repellant…what’s next my Wild Salmon Food Toppers for a little protein boost?”
Well here’s the latest…

Three of the Utopian Dog Bowls we carry at
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are going on a voyage to be used as non-slip, anti-bacterial feed dishes…for Humans!
Now don’t bark me wrong , Mom thinks it’s awesome that these bowls were chose from us to be part of such an awesome adventure!
as for me …I bark better the bowls go than me!!
BOL
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