Allergies and sensitivities can affect pets just as easily as humans. From itchy skin, hot spots to red, irritated paws, and loose stools; it can be frustrating for pet owners to determine the cause of the allergy. Allergies can come from food, shampoos, detergents, cleaning products, dust mites, grass, etc. We sometimes cannot remove the allergen so we have to support the pet’s immune system and do what we can to help minimize the pet’s symptoms. It is sometimes difficult to determine the cause of your pet’s allergy, but with some patience and diligence, many pets can find relief naturally. The following are some recommendations for pets with allergies.

Raw Goats Milk contains probiotics and enzymes needed for a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that raw milk acts as a natural antihistamine.

​Bathe your pet with a shampoo that is free of parabens, alcohol, and sodium laurel sulfates. These ingredients can cause skin irritations.

Wash your animal’s bedding and clothing regularly using a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

Vacuum often and remove dust mites naturally by spraying pillows, bedding, carpets and upholstery using 1 cup of vodka and 20-30 drops of eucalyptus oil.

Fish oil is very effective in allergy relief. Most dogs love it added to their food.

Coconut oil is another option for dogs that may not like fish oil.

Supplements, Chinese herbs and homeopathic options are available to assist in allergy relief. – These are 20% of this month!!

Raw pet food has been used successfully in relieving allergy symptoms because it is minimally processed. Answers Pet Food is 20% off this month!

Topical products are available to assist in the healing of hot spots and general skin irritations.

Digestive enzymes and probiotics are very beneficial in creating a healthy gut.

​We suggest that you use natural products to clean your house. Refrain from synthetic powdered carpet refreshers and synthetic odor eliminating products.

Do not over vaccinate your pet.

SMILE Animal Lovers!!

We are celebrating Pet Dental Month this month with great savings on select dental products and our most popular raw bones…Tucker’s!

We’d like to thank everyone who came out for our nail clipping event last month. Through your generous donations we raised $ 400.21 for Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock, IL. You all ROCK!!

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Dog Training Tip by Jennalee – Scarry Noises & Fearful Dogs

Summer brings some nasty storms. Nasty storms can mean scared dogs. As the thunder booms and lightening crackles your dog may be showing some extensive stress signs: panting, drooling, pacing, etc. If you are having trouble with nasty storms, fireworks, or gunshots you are can work to desensitize your dog to those sounds.

Start by getting yourself a CD that has thunderstorms and fireworks on it and turn it on the quietest setting. As the CD plays and your dog is calm, start feeding some yummy treats. As the dog gets comfortable with the very low noises, turn up the volume a bit at the next session. Every session start to increase the volume and continue feeding treats, until the dog is comfortable at the highest volume. By doing this you are teaching the dog that loud noises bring yummy treats, a positive experience, versus just scary noises and fear. You can also incorporate a calming spray. Use the spray on yourself prior to the CD playing so the dog associates the smell and you as calming. You can rub some of the spray on the dog prior to playing the CD.

If you would like help in building confidence in your dog taking one of our Canine Essentials Classes that focus on building the confidence in your dog and increasing the trust in your relationship.