7 Natural Health Tips For The Pets You Love

Give them all natural pet health care.  They love you unconditionally, play with you, console you, protect you, keep you company, rarely complain and they never talk back to you. 

You love them back and welcome them as members of your family.

So just as you have begun to take a more pro-active and holistic approach to your health, many pet owners are now discovering the benefits for their pets too.

A diet that reflects enhanced nutrition through attention to what you eat, and what your pet eats on a daily basis is important.  Adding natural herbal supplements help to strengthen not only your health, but your pet’s too! Herbs also fight illness!

Your pet relies on you to see to their needs including attention, quality foods, fresh clean water, exercise and their general health.  As an integral part of your family, you want your pet to enjoy great long-term health and this month I want to share a few easy tips for prevention, for every day, and for limited periods of time for certain conditions or symptoms.

  • Healthy pets generally do not incur expensive veterinary care costs
  • Healthy pets have more energy and live longer
  • Healthy pets enjoy a better quality of life long into old age

“So what can I do to help my pet? “Can I really use herbs for pets?”

Your pet will respond very well to the correct selection of quality herbs because our herbs are natural plant based products that your pet's body system will recognize as food. (Your system benefits for the very same reasons)

Pets are like us, and they benefit tremendously from adding a few herbal supplements to insure optimal health and vitality. 

Herbs can be used in liquid or capsules format, just open and mix with their foods.  Tablets can be crushed and mixed with foods.  Chewable, they usually love them as treats.


Dosage is according to weight.  Usually 1 capsule a day/25 lb.  Note that liquid extracts can be applied directly to paws and the belly too).

Tip 1 - Provide Quality Pet Food

Just as we humans are discovering that the highly refined foods are hazardous to our health, our pets are experiencing similar reactions from the general processed foods widely available at most supermarkets. 

In the wake of the massive pet food recall, attention to pet food ingredients is essential.  It's "fun" to share our table foods with the pets but when you do, you're introducing foods your pet has a very hard time digesting. 

I do not represent nor distribute pet food products but I do recommend you consider natural products based on natural wholesome ingredients.  The cost is a bit higher, but your pet will be much healthier and medical costs much lower.

This applies to humans and pets alike: avoid any product that contains by-products, chemical preservatives artificial flavours or artificial colours.  I feed our 10-year old Beagle (Stanley) www. Performatrinultra com available in Canada and the USA.  If not available in your town, they make a good reference guide.

Tip 2 - Provide Fresh, Clean Water

Always ensure you pet has fresh clean drinking water available.  I like to add a few drops of Liquid Chlorophyll to their drinking water.  They like it too!  The spearmint flavour helps reduce “doggy” breath

  • Gives daily nutrients and minerals
  • Very mild cleansing
  • Improves digestion and colon, cleans and builds the blood
  • restore alkaline balance and it's great to avoid burning the lawn

Tip 3 - Everyday Nutritional Support

A well-rounded herb which you can think of as general multi-vitamin & mineral is Morinda (aka Noni), my top pick for pets of all ages and specifically for puppies up to 3 years and elderly animals because it supports the immune, nervous, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems. 

  • Help for those pets who are excitable
  • Provides bone support for growing puppies
  • Supports for elderly pets who need help climbing the stairs, or sofa, or simply to breathe better

A great everyday powerhouse of health building herbs is Zambroza for its remarkable ability to strengthen and build the immune system. With over 138 anti-inflammatory properties, it's the best choice for anti-oxidant features that combat the effects of stress and fatigue plus its anti-viral, anti fungus and anti-bacterial properties. 

Tip 4 - Natural Heartworm Care

Spring through fall is the season for heartworm and the combination of using both our High Potency Garlic and Black Walnut Extract will work wonders.  I do this for 6 months, from ground’s thaw to first frost.

Our High Potency Garlic is odour controlled, not odourless.  It is essential to have the odour which is caused by one of the active ingredient called allicin for maximum therapeutic benefits.  In order to control the garlic smell, the garlic is coated with chlorophyll. 

This way, you get the full allicin potential and the therapeutic benefits.  (I grind this with a mortar & pestle and mix with food and my dogs never have ‘garlic’ breath)  The Black Walnut Extract is liquid and a few drops mixed in the food is all it takes.

  • Oxygenates the blood
  • Controls parasites, ringworm, worms and toxins
  • restore s tooth enamel
  • Antiseptic and healing properties
  • Supports the thyroid

CAUTION: NEVER GIVE BLACK WALNUT TO A HORSE – IT'S TOXIC!

Tip 5 - Addressing Digestive Flatulence (Gas)

It works for people and it's great for the pets.  For digestion/flatulence (gas) Garden Essence and/or Stomach Comfort are great choices that provide instant relief for you and your pet.   Even when eating good quality food, some pets are gassy so by simply adding Garden Essence (open and sprinkle to their food), it really helps them digest their food better, therefore eliminating gas.  

Our dog Stanley loves the Chewable Stomach Comfort, we use them as a treat, and he will do his “tricks” to get one.  They also help with gas and digestion.  On the other hand, Elmo does better with Marshmallow and Pepsin while Isaiah has great success with Garden Essence. 

Just as in people, there is no one right answer so you may have to experiment to discover which works best for yours.  Remember, these are plant based herbs and your pets body will ingest them safely because they are real foods.

Tip 6 - Little Wet Accidents

It happens and when it does, there are steps you can take to help your pet overcome the problem.  For younger animals, if they need to urinate frequently and it is not because of an infection, the Chinese combination KB-C helps to internally strengthen the urinary system.  It can also be rubbed in circular motion on puppy’s belly.

For older animals with a leaky bladder Cornsilk strengthens their bladder and removes inflammation.   If your pet is suffering from an infection, Cranberry and Buccu  plus Echinacea & Golden Seal will clear the infection and help prevent further reoccurrences.

  • Strengthens the urinary system in young pets
  • Strengthens the bladder in older pets
  • Clears infection and helps prevent further reoccurrences

Tip 7 - Natural Clean Ups Around The House Just Got Easier

No matter how hard we try to care for our pets, accidents happen at some point and for cleaning up naturally, there is no better product than Nature’s Fresh Spray.   In fact, this product is great for a wide variety of typical cleaning needs at home and in the car.

  • Address pet odors plus those created by foods, smoke, urine, feces, vomit and mildew
  • Eliminates stains caused by food, juices, blood, pets, urine and other organic substances  
  • Safe for all fabrics and not harmed by water  
  • Unscented, non-irritating, hypoallergenic
  • Environmentally safe

“I wanted to mention how great Nature’s Fresh Spray has worked on his (the new puppy) messes!  We’ve even used it on carpet, bedding, bathroom floor…anywhere!  And it’s gotten out all the stains and the smells!  I’m really quite impressed by the product!” E.A. Mississauga

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As one of Canada's top Holistic Natural Health Practitioners (a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Master Herbalist & Clinically Certified Iridologist), Diane and her team of practitioners have helped thousands of people successfully address a wide range of problems naturally from her wellness centres in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).

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