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Aromatherapy For Your Dog

Essential Oils May be Beneficial to your Pet

Essential Oils May be Beneficial to your Pet

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Author,  Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Essential oils should not be considered a trend, phase or a fad.  Essential oils are actually used to treat many health and behavior problems in your pet. Arthritis, skin allergies, anxiety, and wound care, are only a few of the many conditions that can be treated through the use of essential oils or aromatherapy.

Here are just a few examples of popular essential oils and their amazing healing properties:

  • Carrot Seed: promotes scar healing, soothes dry, flaky skin, acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Chamomile: soothes the central nervous system, relieves muscle cramps
  • Geranium: repels ticks, relieves skin irritations and fungal ear infections
  • Majoram: muscle relaxant, wound care, insect repellant
  • Peppermint: treats motion sickness and nausea, relieves arthritis, strains and sprains

Are essential oils safe?  Many pet parents worried about the potency of essential oils but most essential oils are safe when used properly.   Due to the high concentration, it is imperative that you dilute all essential oils in carrier oil such as almond oil or olive oil.  However, some oils are toxic to your pet so you must exercise caution and always do your research before you use anything (and ask a holistic veterinarian, to be on the safe side).  

You MUST avoid the following oils:

  • Anise
  • Camphor
  • Hissop
  • Juniper
  • White thyme
  • Yarrow
  • Birch
  • Wintergreen
  • Cassia
  • Clove leaf bud
  • Horseradish
  • Mustard
  • Tansy
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Wormwood

How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways.  The most common use of essential oils is through topical application.  Oils are absorbed through the capillaries in the skin.  The oils can be massaged or spritzed on the skin or added to a lotion, shampoo or salve. Some oils may be ingested however, please only use this method under the direction of a holistic vet.  Experimenting on your own could cost your dog his life.  You may also use a diffuser, which will enable your dog to inhale, or breathe in the oils as they evaporate in the air. Simply turn on the diffuser two times a day for about 30 minutes and you should see results by the seventh day.

Now that you know a little bit about aromatherapy and your dog, we hope you’ll do further research to explore the healing, soothing powers of these oils.  Just remember to always use 100% pure oil and it must be of therapeutic grade.  This is one cost you do not want to skimp on, folks.

For even more great information, Please check out the article – 7 Best Natural Products for You, Your Pets and Your home.  Written by my wonderful colleague, Nancee Laetitia Marin, who owns An Artful Dogger in California !!

 

 

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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My Pet Has Bad Breath, What Can I do?

Whatcha Doing?

Whatcha Doing?

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My Pet Has

Bad Breath,  

Why and

What Can I do?

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  Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Many pet parents are under the false impression that their pet’s bad breath is completely normal.  In fact, if your pet has particularly horrid breath for more than a day or two, there could be cause for concern.  Your pet’s bad breath might be signaling something is wrong health wise. This can be true for both dogs and cats.

If your pet has bad breath it could be a sign of the following diseases:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Digestion Issues
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease

The first thing you should ask yourself is “Am I feeding my pet a high quality diet?”  If you’re simply not sure, your vet is a great resource.  Many pet owners have noticed a huge difference after they changed their pet’s diet to a higher quality diet or to a raw or organic diet.  We recently posted an article about feeding your pet a raw diet.  Check out our article and do your own independent research on what you are feeding your pet.  Find out what you should be feeding your pet and how to read pet food labels if you are feeding commercial pet food. Also, keep in mind that not all vets are schooled in animal nutrition and may not be proponents of a fully raw or organic diet.  If you find that you are feeding your pet a high quality diet and their breath is still awful, talk to your vet about teeth cleaning and/or screening your pet for the above mentioned diseases. 

Once you’ve consulted with your vet, you are feeding a high quality diet and your pet is not displaying symptoms for the above mentioned diseases, then you might want to consider brushing your pet’s teeth.  You can also try a few natural remedies to help eliminate bad breath.  Dill, parsley and ginger, calendula, goldenseal and myrrh are all natural herbs that may be used to help eliminate bad breath (check with your veterinarian before giving anything to your pet, just to be safe, also some herbs may be safe for dogs and not for cats and vice versa). 

Add a few drops of dill to your pet’s water to help reduce bacterial growth in your pet’s mouth.  Parsley may be chopped up and placed over your pet’s food or even baked in an all natural home-made biscuit.  Parsley serves as an antimicrobial but it’s nutritious, too!  If an upset tummy is the root of your pet’s bad breath then a cup of ginger tea may do the trick.  Soak a slice of ginger in hot water to steep, remove the ginger and allow your pet a teaspoon or two of the ginger tea.  Additionally, digestive enzymes and dental treats can be used to help eliminate bad breath in your dog.

So, as you can see bad breath is not normal and may signal a very serious disease in your pet.  Always consult your vet before it’s too late.  An ounce of prevention goes a long way! Does your pet have bad breath?  How do you handle it?

For more information, here is a great article by another Pet Sitter friend of mine – 

How to Cure Bad Breathe in Your Cat

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Why Do Dogs Have a Strong Sense of Smell

The Nose Knows - a dog's strong sense of smell

The Nose Knows – a dog’s strong sense of smell

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  Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Ever wonder why Fido can sniff out that treat lost under the couch?  Dogs have a sense of smell stronger than a human by at least 100,000 times.  They are miracle workers when it comes to “sniffing” out things.  It is truly amazing.  For example, a Bloodhound, one of the most noteworthy sniffing dogs there is, has over 300 million smell receptors!  We humans have a measly 5 million so that should put it into perspective.  Dogs can also smell a human fingerprint that is one week old!  

A large contributing factor to a dog’s strong sense of smell is that their nose is made up of a moist, leathery surface which determines the direction of the air currents.  When they sniff, they are capturing the air directly into their nostrils and the moist surfaces within their noses capture the scent so the dogs’ receptors can decipher them.  It is a rather complex process that is broken down with ease inside of your dog.  Some research shows that the breeds that have long ears, again, Bloodhounds, are added by the length of the ears which whip around the scents making is easier to move toward the nose.

With such a super power it only makes sense to enlist the support of a dog with a variety of tasks.  Some dogs can be trained to detect certain odors such as drugs, mold, humans and even cancer. For example, it has been found that dogs can smell the breath of a human to locate or determine lung and breast cancer.  They have also been known to detect bladder and prostate cancer by simply smelling the urine of a human.  They were found to be accurate 99% of the time with lung cancer, 88% of the time with breast cancer.  Studies show this percentage to be within the same range many of the high tech gadgets used by the medical fields have come up with.

So, remember – your dog really is “the nose for news”, so to speak.  Don’t bother trying to hide his treats are toys, he’ll sniff them out anyway.  This leaves us kind of wondering, are there any toys, treats – human or otherwise that you have to go to great lengths to keep your dog away from due to his fantastic sense of smell?  Let us know.

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is a Raw Diet Right for Your Pet

Is a Raw Pet Food Diet Right for Your Pet

Is a Raw Pet Food Diet Right for Your Pet.

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a Raw Diet?

Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As the New Year rolled around, you might have made some health and wellness resolutions for yourself as well as the two-legged members of your family.  Diet and exercise is a top concern for many people this time of year but what about the four-legged members of your family – particularly, your dog or cat?  Have you set some resolutions for your pet companions?  If not, you just might want to consider taking a close look at what you are feeding your pet.  The Raw Pet Food diet is becoming increasingly more popular, especially as we humans learn more and more about the health benefits.  Read on to learn more. 

Always research everything thoroughly and speak with your veterinarian to make sure this would be a good alternative for your pet.  Pets with food allergies have done very well on raw diets, as well as other health related problems.  Felines need specific ingredients to keep them healthy, more so that your canine. 

What’s in a raw food diet, anyway? It may consist of –

  • Fruit
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Muscle meat
  • Whole or ground bones
  • Organ meat
  • Supplements

Why should I consider feeding a raw diet?

First and foremost, a raw diet allows you, as your pet’s protector and advocate, to have complete control. What do I mean?  Well, with a raw food diet, you will know exactly what you are putting in your pet’s bowl.  With commercial foods, there are so many different ingredients and additives that it’s not uncommon to become completely confused as to what you really feeding your pet.  If your pet becomes ill or has a reaction of some sort, it can be very hard to really pin-point the problem because you don’t’ really know what you are feeding. 

Second of all, some commercial foods may not be the healthiest option.  Why?  Well, some of these products have cheap fillers like rice by-products, corn, and animal by products.  Not to mention the salt.  These cheap fillers and additives can lead to major health problems! Heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, tartar build up…you get the idea?

Finally, a raw diet can promote health and general well-being. Just like their human counterparts, all pets need to eat a well-balance diet.  Think – food groups.  A raw diet leads to a nice shiny coat, strong bones, and lean muscle.  These are all things you would want for yourself, right?  Your pet should be no different. 

Whether you choose a raw diet for your pet or not, you should always be educated about the product you are feeding.  A good diet will lead to a long, healthy lifestyle, which we all want for our pets.  The added bonus will be less money out of pocket to your vet. 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

Pet Sitting NH , Pet Sitting Nashua NH , Pet Care NH, Petsitternh, Petsittersnh, Professional pet sitter, pet sitters, professional pet sitting, pet sitting, pet sitter, professional pet services, professional pet sitters, pro pet sitting, pet sit, pet, puppy sitting

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