Saturday, June 20, 2009

Natural Pet Dental Care for Cats and Dogs

PetAlive Natural Remedies for Pets

Dental health in pets:
Maintaining your pet’s dental health is a very important part of caring for your pet. Calculus is the brown build-up of plaque found extending downwards on the tooth from the gum line. Calculus is a haven for bacteria which can have serious consequences for your pet’s general health.
These bacteria can not only cause abscesses and tooth loss but can have further effects - even resulting in organ damage as the bacteria are carried from the mouth through the bloodstream.
Dogs and cats make much fuller use of their teeth than humans do - using them in ways we usually use our hands. It stands to reason, therefore, that maintaining canine and feline dental health is essential to their well-being (and of course pets can’t wear dentures!).
Therefore, the best thing you can do for your dog or cat’s dental health is to embark on a prevention program and look out for your pet’s teeth and gums before it’s too late.

The natural way:
Bad breath is usually the first indication that your pet’s teeth and gums need attention. Bacteria in the mouth and the development of calculus produce foul-smelling breath in pets. Regular inspection of the teeth is also a good idea to establish your pet’s level of dental health.
Normal teeth in pets are shiny white all the way to the line of the gum. Any deposits or build up of a dark yellow or brown substance on the teeth, especially near the gum line, indicates a problem with calculus.
Chewing on hard food generally cleanses the teeth of calculus, especially the tips of the teeth. However, be aware that the gum line is slightly indented and can harbor the calculus-causing bacteria for months on end without being affected by your pet’s eating.
The gums should appear a healthy pink color and there should be a clear delineation between gums and teeth.

What is Gumz-n-Teeth?
Gumz-n-Teeth is a 100% safe proprietary blend of natural and herbal ingredients in an internal formula for supporting general dental health in pets. This formula also has a positive effect of systemic functioning as a whole.

How has Gumz-n-Teeth helped others?
“Over the years I have had many pets, and dental care is one thing I must admit I never really took much notice of. This all changed when I took my Poodle to the vet in our new hometown. This vet pointed out to me the accumulation of plaque that was already on Emma’s relatively young teeth. Since then, I’ve embarked on a regular brushing program, which Emma got used to very quickly, and also ordered your Gumz-n-Teeth remedy as suggested by the vet. After just a few weeks, I must say that I am thrilled with the results. Apart from the benefits I know Emma is getting from this program, I never realized how fresh a dog’s breath can smell!”
“We’ve been giving Gumz-n-Teeth to our dogs and cats for nearly two months now and are very impressed. All of their teeth and gums look healthy, clean and smell better. We have also noticed an improvement in their coats and general health. A great product - thank you!”
—Lucy S.

What are the Ingredients?

Gumz-n-Teeth contains the following ingredients:

  • Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina) is a single celled micro-organism found in the sea and known to be an excellent source of chlorophyll. Widely used for its nutritive properties, Spirulina contains protein, vitamins (including B12 and folic acid) and carotenoids. Spirulina also makes vitamin A available for use in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes, teeth and immune functioning. This sea algae has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a tonic to boost energy, support liver and immune system functioning, and general systemic health. Human studies have shown Spirulina to promote oral health in particular (Mathew, B., Sankaranarayanan, R., Nair, P. P., Varghese, C., Somanathan, T., Amma, B. P., Amma, N. S., and Nair, M. K. “Evaluation of chemoprevention of oral cancer with Spirulina fusiformis.” Nutr Cancer 1995;24(2):197-202.)
  • Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) has been widely used in Western and Chinese herbalism for many centuries. This therapeutic herb helps to support healthy body tissue due to its high silica content. Silica is essential in the maintenance of healthy and strong teeth, skin, bones, claws and fur and is the main component in all connective body tissues including the myelin sheaths around nerve cells and the membranes of the brain and spinal cord. It also contains health promoting compounds called sterols (D'Agostino, M., Dini, A., Pizza, C., Senatore, F., and Aquino, R. “Sterols from Equisetum arvense.” Boll.Soc Ital.Biol Sper. 12-30-1984;60(12):2241-2245.)
  • Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) is known to contain bitter principles which have a beneficial effect on saliva production in the mouth. (Kuusi T, Pyylaso H, and Autio K. “The bitterness properties of dandelion. II. Chemical investigations.” Lebensm-Wiss Technol 1985;18:347-349. ) It is also a source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. These vitamins and minerals are all essential for the health of the digestive system, bones, teeth and gums.
  • Silica (6c) is a biochemic tissue salt which has a unique ability to cleanse the cells of toxins and purify the body. Silica is naturally occurring in the body, especially in hair, nails, skin, nerve sheaths and all mucous membranes, including the mouth and digestive tract. This biochemic tissue salt is also frequently prescribed for gum health. Silica acts as a natural cleanser and purifier and will also eliminate all foreign matter in the body. For this reason Silica should not be used for pets with any type of prosthesis, metal plates, pins or artificial tubes in the body.
  • Calc. fluoride (6C) is a biochemic tissue salt which is important for healthy teeth, skin and bones. Calc. fluoride is also useful for teething pets. It is found in the enamel of teeth and bone surfaces and is excellent for maintaining the health and integrity of teeth.
  • Calc. phos. (6C) is a biochemic tissue salt useful for healthy teeth and gums and is particularly important in times of growth and development. This salt is found in the bones, connective tissue, teeth etc. and is necessary for supporting the strength/solidity of these tissues. Calc phos. is excellent for supporting healthy circulation, bones and teeth.
  • Lactose (inactive ingredient)

How do I use Gumz-n-Teeth?


Capsules may be swallowed whole or opened and mixed with a little food.

  • Cats: 1/2 capsule twice daily
  • Dogs under 20 lbs: 1/2 capsule twice daily
  • Dogs 20-50 lbs: 1 capsule twice daily
  • Dogs over 50 lbs: 1-2 capsules twice daily

Get optimum results with regular use:

While conventional medicine works by often treating just the symptoms, natural medicine strives to create holistic balance in the body to support systemic health, relieve ailments, and help prevent future disease. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, the natural ingredients in our remedies support overall health and functioning (rather than just suppressing symptoms).
People respond to natural medicine in different ways, some of our satisfied customers experience immediate results while many others have reported optimal benefits taking effect within 3-6 weeks. To ensure you receive optimum results it is important to take natural remedies as directed and remain consistent. You may also find that a smaller maintenance dose is beneficial for ongoing support, many customers report taking a regular maintenance dose as part of a preventative program for continued health and well-being.

Safety during pregnancy and nursing not yet established.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ear Infection Treatment

Signs and symptoms of ear problems in pets
Ear infections are very common amongst cats and dogs and can cause severe irritation and discomfort in your beloved pet. Some animals (i.e. dogs of the 'hound' family) are more susceptible to ear infections than others due to the particular structure of their outer ears.

Common signs of ear infection are:
Shaking of the head and ears Scratching or rubbing the ears and face Discharge or even bleeding from the ears Foul smell coming from the ears Sensitivity to touching in the ear area General irritability There are a number of causes of ear infection and common culprits include bacteria, yeasts and mites. Less commonly, allergies may have a role to play in inflammation and subsequent infection of the ears.

What are ear mites?
Ear mites, or Otodectes cynotis, are small, parasitic creatures that usually live in the ears of your pets causing severe itching and inflammation. These mites can also live on the head or body of dogs and cats - with the same effects. They are often large enough to see with the naked eye, can live off a pet’s skin for some time and are very mobile - allowing easy movement between host animals. These mites are highly contagious and will spread between pets in the same household very easily. They may affect both cats and dogs and even humans may pick up these little critters.

Secondary infections in pets with ear mites are common and generally involve bacteria or yeasts.

What is the conventional treatment?
Usual treatment of ear infections in pets involves antibiotics and, in the case of mites, medications and products also used for flea control. In severe infestations and multiple pet households, insecticides are sometimes used for treating the house or living environment.

How can herbal remedies help?
As ear infections are so often treated with antibiotics, chronic and recurrent ear infections are a growing problem and usually occur with decreased immune functioning - a frequent side-effect of antibiotic drugs.

Natural remedies can treat and prevent infections of the ear without any of the side-effects and adverse effects on immune functioning that antibiotics do.

What is PetAlive Ear Dr.?
PetAlive Ear Dr. contains a blend of natural, herbal ingredients in a medicinal olive oil base, all specially selected to treat and prevent ear infections and ear mites without the side effects of prescription drugs or the health and environmental risks associated with commercial synthetic pesticides.

Ear Dr. can provide safe yet effective relief from your pet's ear problems and helps to prevent the spread of mites from one pet to another.What are the ingredients of Ear Dr.?

PetAlive Ear Dr. Drops contain the following 100% natural ingredients extracted in a medicinal olive oil base:

Melaleuca alternifolia is also known as Tea Tree Oil and is widely used for external inflammation and to treat various skin conditions. This oil has outstanding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healing properties. Tea Tree Oil will soothe and reduce inflammation in the ear as well as treat any bacterial, fungal or mite infection that is present.

Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary) is well-known as a topical pain reliever and antiseptic/disinfectant herb. Several of the compounds in rosemary have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Calendula officinalis (Marigold) is an herbal ingredient used to treat skin problems and promote healing of wounds. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory and prevents infection with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Marigold has been shown to assist the regeneration of damaged skin tissue.

Verbascum thapsus is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic herb. Verbascum thapsus is also good for healing of skin when applied topically and has a long history of use for ear conditions and in ear drops.

(PetAlive Ear Dr. contain no gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How do I use Ear Dr.?

The ingredients of PetAlive Ear Dr. are presented in a soothing olive oil base.
Hold your pet's head gently to one side and allow the drops to fall into the ear canal. Massage gently to spread the oil into the ear canal. Repeat 2 - 3 times daily for at least 7 - 10 days. Re-apply at the very first signs of re-infection. In the case of chronic ear problems, apply once or twice weekly as a preventative.

Cats and small dogs: 2-3 drops in the affected ear.
Medium-large dogs: 3-5 drops in the affected ear.
Note: For external use only. Please consult your veterinarian should symptoms persist. May be used together with PetAlive Immunity & Liver Support for natural antibiotic effect.

How long until I see results?

Improvement in discomfort, itchiness and pain should begin almost immediately after applying the drops and will continue to improve over 1-3 weeks of regular use.

How long does one bottle last?

One 30 ml bottle of Ear Dr. will last for 20-40 days, depending on the size and needs of your pet.
A 60-120 day supply of 3 bottles is offered at a discount see the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE special below.
PetAlive Ear Dr. is manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. Individual ingredients are well-researched, natural, safe and effective.

PetAlive Ear Dr. is backed by our One Year Money-Back Guarantee so your pet can experience relief risk-free.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Canine UTI Symptoms

Wetting is one thing that all pet owners know how to manage but when it comes to wetting in the house and spoiling floors and carpets, it becomes an entirely different ball game. If you see your dog dribbling or making puddles on the floor, or has wet fur around the rear end, it is time for you to raise the alarm and check out if these are signs of urinary tract infection. Sudden appearance of incontinence is one of the first signs of Urinary Tract Infection in Cats and Dogs.

Out of the numerous urinary tract infections, cystitis, urinary incontinence and Urolithiasis account for nearly 80% of all cases. Urinary Tract Infection in Cats and Dogs can be of the lower or upper urinary tract or both at the same time. Cats, however, are less susceptible to UTI.
The incidence of UTI in dogs is roughly 3% with females being more vulnerable to the disease than males. Females have a shorter and wider urethra that is the main cause for the higher incidence. Non-neutered, older, and spayed dogs are more prone to be affected by UTI but its cause is yet to be established.

Dogs develop urinary tract infection due to strains of E. coli similar to those that infect humans. The first indication of any UTI related problem in your dog is when you see him whining to go out more often.

The most common symptoms of canine urinary tract infection are revealed by the amount and frequency of the urinary output of your pet. An UTI infected dog tends to pass out small amounts of urine frequently that can later lead to complete cessation. This in turn can cause dehydration, acidosis, and uremic poisoning leading to death.

Some of the other symptoms of canine UTI are:
  • pain and difficulty in urination
  • blood accompanying urine
  • foul smell of urine
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • tender bladder

It is, however, imperative that you rule out the presence of urinary stones and obstructions as these conditions too are indicated by the same symptoms. A qualified veterinary can help you in arriving at the correct diagnosis. Most veterinarians treat canine UTI with the help of antibiotics but some out of them take a holistic approach and use Homeopathic Bladder Infection Treatment for Canines and other natural products to treat canine UTI.

Urinary Tract Infection in Cats and Dogs can lead to serious repercussions if they are not treated in time. The infectious bacteria can travel up the urinary tract to reach the kidneys causing serious damage. Your vigilance in regard to the change in the behavior of your dog can help you identify whether it has UTI or not. In the event of presence of UTI, you have enough options for treatment including that of Homeopathic Bladder Infection Treatment for Canines.

By Tess Thompson

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