Extend the Life of Your Pet

Pet products may be hazardous to your pets

There are few events more distressing than the injury or death of a pet. Psychologists have likened it to the death of a family member.

After the recent pet food contamination that killed some pets and made many others sick, worldwide attention focused on making sure pet products are SAFE. Can you honestly trust most manufactures to do that for you?

Products we normally use on our pets – shampoos, odor eliminators, etc. – may create health concerns for our pets just as they can impact our health. Toxic synthetic chemicals used in personal care products are also used in pet care formulas. When scientific studies show these ingredients cause cancer, heart disease, hormone disruption and other aging diseases in humans, the tests on animals generally have the same results.

We need to be aware that chemical ingredients cost pennies and profits are huge, so incentives to inform consumers may be missing. Our pets’ lives are more important than that. I, for one, am willing to spend more to protect my pets and extend the quality of their lives.

Living on a ranch presents a host of unique problems every day. Our horses, dogs and cats are exposed to more things that require greater care than you can imagine. So, I have had the opportunity to identify a variety of solutions for these four-legged loved ones. That includes protecting them from various problems in the environment, small critters and the irresponsible actions of two-legged creatures as well.

Here is what I have learned:

Shampooing is a major effort that can be very messy. Putting your dog in the bathtub or shower isn’t exactly fun for them or you. I recommend using a safe, ToxicFree® pet shampoo. Remember, you are applying it all over their body and most of the time it is not all rinsed out of their hair. So you’ll want one without harmful ingredients or drying agents that will irritate their skin. Find a natural, organic shampoo without synthetic chemicals that can affect your pet’s overall health. It may cost a few pennies more per application, but the safety of our pets is worth it.

Can you imagine having your pet sprayed by a skunk? It’s the worst smell and it lingers for days! Our dogs have greeted us with this unpleasant odor and it nearly drives us out of the house. We use an oxygen-based odor eliminator to neutralize the worst pet odors safely. I recommend you look for products with NO artificial fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is toxic for pets and humans. These petroleum-based ingredients settle and hover about 12″ off the floor where pets and babies (if you have any) spend a lot of time – walking and crawling through non-biodegradable toxins!

As an informed consumer, you can make effective, healthy choices -for yourself AND your pets. I recommend you avoid the following at all cost:

· Sodium laureth sulfate: ethoxylated cleanser found in most shampoos – may contain dioxane, which is banned by the California Safe Cosmetic Act.

· DEA (diethanolamine): carcinogenic foaming agent; significant risk to children (National Toxicology Program; FDA Office of Cosmetic Fact Sheets)

· Propylene glycol: can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

· Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl): xeno-estrogens which may contribute to sterility and hormone imbalances (Brunel University)

· Fragrance (usually contain phthalates): highly toxic; can affect central nervous system (Environmental Health Network; FDA Office of cosmetics Fact Sheet).

I sincerely hope this information is helpful. We all love our pets. Now you can protect your little friends and feel confident you are making the very best choices for them. Extend your pet’s life…now.

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Pet Grooming Tips For Beginners

Many pet owners find it very convenient and cost efficient to groom their pets at home instead of engaging professional pet grooming services. For those of you who are interested in grooming your pet yourself at home but are not too sure how to go about doing it, you can check out these few tips below to help you embark more easily on pet grooming your pet yourself.

First of all, make sure you have the right tools, accessories and supplies for grooming your pet. This is especially important if you have many different types of pets at home. For example if you have a dog and cat at home, do not use the brush used for brushing your cat on your dog. This is very unhygienic as well as inappropriate way to misuse your grooming brush. Make sure you use different grooming brush for your cat and dog. Essential tools includes grooming brush, grooming shampoo, grooming comb, grooming scissors, hair dryer and last but not least a nail clippers.

Next, choose the right brush for your pet’s coat type. For example, if you have a pet with a fluffy coat, it is essential to get a paddle brush to keep that fluffiness. Likewise, if you have a pet with a finer coat, get a brush that is for more sensitive use. Remember, do not misuse the brush as in tip above, thinking you can save a few bucks by fully utilizing the grooming brush.

Selecting the right shampoo for your pet is also another important point that you should take note of. Many pet owners thinks that pet grooming is as simple as just shampooing and washing their pet using normal shampoo but nothing can be further from the truth. Animals are sensitive to shampoo made for humans. To prevent skin and coat irritation to your pet, make sure you choose a pet shampoo that is suitable for the kind of skin that your pet has.

Another point to take note for the inexperienced pet groomer is to find a proper place to groom your pet. The obvious choice is to go for the toilet. However, if you are not able to do so, find an enclosed area that can be easily clean up after each pet grooming session. Failure to lock in or enclose your pet will result in a wet per running all over your house and messing up your home.

However, if you are going to groom a big dog which cannot be fit inside a small bathtub, try taking it out to the backyard for the grooming session. This can only be done during the warmer months. Do not try it cold weather or it can seriously affect the health of your dog.

Last but not least, you need to have patience when grooming your pet. This is especially so for first timers new to grooming your own pets. You may not know how to handle your pet initially but with patience, your pet and you will learn to bond better and enjoy the grooming sessions together.

A Pet Shampoo That Stops Scratching

Does your pet feel so irritable that he or she cannot stop scratching? You can see that your pet is scratching with all his might using their hind legs or biting their own skin just to take away whatever is irritating them. It is a pitiful site especially when your dog gives that look that he is in terrible need of help. Perhaps, your dog has a problem other than the tiny fleas, it may seborrhea.

You are probably already aware of this skin problem among humans but you never thought that it could also affect animals like cats, dogs and horses. The symptoms of seborrhea include flaky and dry skin or oily skin, severe itchiness and infection caused by open wounds due to nonstop scratching are also apparent. One of the most recommended ways to treat this ailment is by using Malaseb dog shampoo. Malaseb is formulated to treat the secondary type of seborrhea which is very common among pets. The primary type of seborrhea is caused by a genetic condition that is passed on to specific lines of cats and dogs while the secondary type is caused by contraction of yeast, bacteria or fungus by any four legged, furry animal. As a result, the skin becomes itchy which makes the pet scratch wildly. The cleanliness of your home does not matter because your pet can contract the disease easily wherever they are. As a matter of fact, the strain of yeast is usually found around the mouth and ears of most pets.

Malaseb contains anti-fungal and, at the same time, anti-bacterial agents that can help your pet get rid of the infestation of pathogens so that your pet’s infection can be cured. An additional benefit of this medicated shampoo is that, because it has no scent or artificial dye contents, he or she does not have to suffer any allergy from those chemicals. Also, it helps in restoring and maintaining the natural oils of your pet’s coat. Your pet does not only get cured from seborrhea but he is able to have a very nice, shiny and clean coat.

Malaseb dog shampoo can also be used to treat psoriasis which is another type of skin ailment that is common among humans and dogs. Like other medicated shampoos, you must first get your doctor’s approval and carefully follow instructions when using the shampoo. It is important that the shampoo does not contaminate the eyes, mouth and ears. Also, the open wounds of your pet must be healed before applying the product. Your vet can give you more detailed instructions so make sure to bring your pet soon to the doctor and help your dog from the itching.