The scent of a dog…

A few weeks ago I stepped into the world of pet ownership for the very first time. Our son has a friend who got a puppy that he couldn’t keep and we ended up adopting him. The puppy is a chocolate lab mix and we named him Jackson.

Being the researcher-type, Jackson has provided a ton of new search criteria for me. Canine behavior, obedience training, dog food, best dog toys, etc. It’s amazing how big the pet paraphernalia world is!

I have several clients with pets who swear by the PetHealth™ product brand, so I ordered some for Jackson. Jackson is only 12 weeks old so he has no joint pain or age related problems which many dogs take the PetHealth™ OPC antioxidant for. However, Jackson was having some eye secretions which were kind-of yucky so I started giving him a quarter teaspoon of PetHealth™ OPC in each of his meals. His eyes cleared up in a couple days.

Another aspect of doggy ownership that surprised me was shampoo scents. What is up with all the fruit scented shampoos? Green apple, papaya, mango, strawberry-vanilla? It just seemed weird for a dog to smell like fruit. So I tried a few different “herbal” scents. One of them left Jackson still smelling “doggy”. Another cut the dog smell but left Jackson smelling very medicinal – too much like tea tree oil.

After contacting a couple of my clients I got the PetHealth™ Hypoallergenic Shampoo and used it on Jackson after he came in smelling nasty from digging in the dirt. Wow! What an improvement! The scent is hard to describe, kind-of a clean woodsy-lavender. Very nice, not overpowering and definitely not fruity to too floral and his coat was soft and shiny. I even put some PetHealth Paw Balm on him just to complete his salon experience.

Now if only I could find a no-peeing-in-the-house tonic….

Unique Vitamins and Antioxidants for Your Pets

After experiencing the benefits of potent antioxidants like Isotonix OPC-3® and Glucosatrin®, people petitioned for the similar products for their dogs and cats.  In response to those requests, a line of products called PetHealth™ was created.

dogPetHealth™ has unique vitamins, antioxidants and safe and effective grooming products that your dog or cat will thrive on.  In particular, the PetHealth™ OPC with Glucosamine also contains Pycnogenol® and is an amazing anti-inflammatory for animals that are experiencing joint pain and/or age related issues.

A friend of mine has a dog that had been suffering from chronic ear infections for over 6 months.  The vet had tried a variety of medications including several rounds of prednisone which only worked temporarily.  At her wits end she called me and asked about the PetHealth™ OPC.  I told her that steroids work by suppressing normal immune response which inhibits swelling and inflammation.  Unfortunately that suppression is accomplished through a massive free radical release.  So basically, the steroids temporarily reduce inflammation, but long term they create more cellular damage.

Apparently her dog had scratched his ears until they were bleeding, so my friend decided to try the PetHealth™ OPC rather than another round of steroids.  After giving her dog double doses, twice a day, she noticed improvement in less than a week.  After two and a half weeks her dog had healthy ears again and he was bounding up stairs that he hadn’t been able to climb since he was a much younger dog!

If you don’t really like the overpowering floral scent in a lot of dog shampoos, try the PetHealth™ Hypoallergenic or Medicated Shampoo.  These shampoos are sulfate-free, phosphate-free, alcohol-free, preservative-free and paraben-free leaving the dog with a silky coat and a subtle woodsy lavender scent.

Link between Nutrition & Vaccine Effectiveness in Animals

“An ounce of nutritional prevention is better than a pound of antibiotic cure”.ounce-of-prevention1

That is the closing statement in a study titled “If Immunity Fails Don’t Blame Your Drug Salesman — It May Be Nutritional” by Cheryl F. Nockles from Colorado University.

The study discusses the role that proper nutrition plays in increasing the effectiveness of vaccinations.

Ms. Nockles points out that vaccinations by themselves do not provide protection from pathogens.  Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies that then provide protection to cells.  Rapid proliferation of antibodies is necessary for adequate protection.  The creation of these antibodies requires a large amount of cellular energy which is offered by antioxidants, proteins and minerals.  If the animal is lacking in a nutritional foundation to support this cellular demand, the vaccination is unable to be fully assimilated.

PetHealth™ has unique natural vitamins and antioxidants that will really help your dog or cat thrive .

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