Best Supplements for Dogs

8 Best Supplements for Your Senior Pup

Recently, my dog’s age has been coming to my mind. A LOT. Can she REALLLLLLLY be 10 years old? All of a sudden? Is she walking slow? Nah…?! C’mon Mollie?!…

thinking to myself ::poor girl::

She is getting old.

My best friend is a senior. A 70 year old furry lady at that.

Adjusting well into my 30’s and adult life, I have started to eat better and exercise more. I walk my dogs on average about 2 miles a day.

Here are the stats:

Me: eating healthy (check) , exercising (check), taking supplements (check)

My dogs: exercising (check), eating healthy (check), taking supplements (uncheckkkkk 😳)

YIKKKKESS.

No worries though, I have done a lot of digging.

With some time and research, I truly found 8 great supplements to give your old(er) best friend:


Milk Thistle 

Milk Thistle is used to cleanse the liver, it is not meant to be given as a supplement “preventative”

  • helps treat and prevent liver damage
  • If your pup has experienced kidney disease, this will help aid back to recovery
  • If your pup has pancreatitis, this will help calm the symptoms
  • supposedly if you have to give your pup insulin, milk thistle makes it so that you do not have to administer as much

Info from dogsnaturallymagazine.com


Turmeric

*The spice in curries and mustards*

  • an anti-inflammatory
  • can help treat and prevent cancer
  • relieves arthritis pain
  • help aid gastrointestinal diseases
  • can replace steroids
  • most beneficial if eaten throughout the day because it leaves the body quickly

I got a lot of knowledge and benefits from http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/turmeric-dogs/

Create this paste and start with 1/4 teaspoon 2-3 times a day – gradually start

Thank you to http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-for-dogs/how-to-feed-turmeric-for-dogs/ for the info!


Olive Oil

  • helps their brain and memory function
  • 1-2 teaspoons daily in food
  • adds shine to coat
  • prevents skin from itching and flaking

Coconut Oil

Shocked!!! I found this info graph on pinterest and then started digging around.

This is definitely something our family is starting. Look at all the amazing benefits.

Thank you www.sitstay.com for the image 🙂

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

  • great for pets that suffer from Hip Dyplasia and arthritis
  • reduces joint swelling
  • reduces pain
  • The dosage for the dogs will differ; the dog’s weight should be considered. A dog that has 70 pounds may get between 1000 and 1500 mg of glucosamine per day, but a smaller dog will require a reduced dose.

Thanks www.vetinfo.com for the “info”


Vitamin C

  • immune booster
  • enhances white blood cell function
  • increases antibodies
  • increases blood levels and interferon

Raw Local honey

  • LOCAL- is the keyword
  • contains small amounts of local pollen strengthening your pups immune system
  • Wildflower local honey is the best to get
  • great for kennel cough situations
  • boosts energy level
  • 1 Tbsp for large dogs 🙂

Info from yourolddog.com

Are you going to try any? I may be buying some Glucosamine and Tumeric. I already have coconut oil, local honey, and olive oil!

 

 

 

Entertaining Your Pets with Music & TV!

I’m sure that you or someone you know will turn on the radio or the TV when they are leaving a pet alone in the house.  I bet you’ve also wondered if this is really effective, or if we, as humans, do it because it gives us a little peace of mind.

But are our pets really entertained?

Image from Huffington Post

Research shows that it CAN be effective!

Music, depending on the genre, can help relieve stress and anxiety in pets.  Different types of music can garner different types of reactions.  Classical music, for example, can calm and relax your pet, whereas rock music may cause hyper or even aggressive behavior.  Playing some soft, calm music can help your pet rest, relax, and go to sleep.  Researchers also say that it’s best not to play music around the clock, just at strategic times during the day, like meal time, bed time, or when you know you will be leaving the house.  It becomes less effective if played 24/7. There are many apps you can download, for cats and dogs, that offer different types of music for different situations.

Image from National Geographic
Pets LOVE watching TV!

Having the TV on helps alleviate separation anxiety, improving your pet’s state of mind when they are home alone.  TV seems to be more effective with dogs than cats.  According to the Alpha Dog Blog, dogs prefer watching other dogs on TV.  They also respond positively to sounds of praise, happy human voices, and squeaking toys.  There is now a TV channel with 24/7 programming called DogTV!  And for our feline friends, there are interactive videos and DVDs for cats called “Meowvies” that can be found all over the internet!

Pet shelters have been using music and video to help calm and relieve anxiety in their furry residents.

The ASPCA has said in their blog recently that it has helped tremendously. The shelters play music for a couple of hours, and not every day.  And by doing that, and avoiding overexposure, they feel it has made the biggest impact.

Please keep in mind that while music and TV are great to use to help us take care of our pets, they should not be used as substitutes for other important activities, such as play time or cuddle time.

TV and music can be a wonderful addition to your pet’s healthy, well-balanced life!

Share with us!!

Have you tried this with your pet? Do you have a specific radio station or CD you play?  Does your pet react to a specific TV channel? Do they not react at all?  Have you had any negative experiences with music or video in regards to your pet?  Let us know, we want to hear from you!

References:
The Alpha Dog Blog, NY Times Blog, Huffington Post,
thebark.com, petspyjamas.com, aspcapro.org

The Raw Truth: Raw Food Diets for Pets

 

We love our fur children. We want the best for them as pet parents and the healthiest lifestyle we can provide. We emphasize giving them plenty of exercise, socialization with other humans and animals, vitamins and supplements, and, of course, the best nutrition and food diet(s) as possible. Throughout the years, numerous “trends” have evolved for our pets that, as their parents, we jump on to ensure our beloved babies have the healthiest life we can give to them.

Recently, a newer and popular trend is switching our pets to a raw food diet. But, what exactly is a raw food diet? Is it the best option for my pet(s)? Is it safe? Is it time consuming to prepare? Is it expensive? When should I make the switch? How should I switch them? And, the questions keep going…until now. Here is the low down and what you need to know.

 

A good diet can contribute to a long and healthy life and even psychological well-being for our pets.

 

Most of us give our pets the traditional dry and/or canned food as their meal. When the organic versions of these foods released, you may have started giving your pet this “healthier” option. Lately, there has been a newer option available- Raw Food. A raw diet is a more “natural” diet for our pets. There are two major types of raw diets: commercial and home-prepared. Commercial raw diets, which may be fresh or frozen, supply all of the dog’s requirements and are typically in a meat patty form.

 

Home-prepared raw diets usually consist of raw meat and bones, with veggies, fruits, supplements, and added grains. These diets may not be balanced each day but, if designed properly, should meet the dog’s requirements over the long term.

 

A raw food diet for our pets is controversial, however, the popularity is rising amongst pet owners. Raw food diets consists of raw meat, bones, fruits & vegetables. There are positive benefits like shinier coats, healthier skin, cleaner teeth, smaller stools and higher energy levels.

 

A raw food diet typically consists of muscle meat (often still on the bone), organ meats such as livers and kidneys, bones (whole or ground), raw eggs, vegetables like broccoli, spinach & celery, apples and other fruits, and some dairy such as yogurt and cottage cheese.

 

Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of pet food recalls. When preparing your dog’s food at home, you have total control of what you include in your dog’s food and where those ingredients are from.

 

Raw diets (especially home-made diets) allow you to meet your dog’s specific needs. Raw diets can be prepared to avoid foods that your dog is allergic to and can be made to meet your dog’s specific nutrient requirements. The high water content present in raw food may allow you to feed more while still keeping the calories low for your pet.

Processed foods often have added preservatives that enhance product shelf life. Food that has been freshly prepared and has not been processed or had preservatives added is commonly considered a healthier choice. Commercial raw diets are usually frozen, which means they don’t require added preservatives.

 

The bones that are part of the raw diet are anecdotally considered to be good for dental hygiene, which can be good for overall health.

Feeding a raw diet may provide your dog with a natural outlet for their chewing tendencies; this may help to improve her overall behavior.

 

Some pet owners prefer to purchase these items and make their own meals for their pets. Whereas, others may prefer to purchase commercially processed raw food diets that are frozen or freeze-dried and/or combination diets that use blends of grains, vegetables, and vitamins that are mixed with raw meat purchased by the owner at the grocery store. For most pets, it is more beneficial than processed foods.

 

Feeding raw food is expensive and time consuming. The cost of a raw dog food diet varies with the ingredients used and how it is prepared. For a 30-pound dog, a one-day supply of one variety of a frozen, commercially available raw chicken diet costs about $2.50; others may range up to $5 a day. A super-premium, commercial dry dog food costs about $1.

 

The preparation of balanced meals for your dog every day can be a challenge to fit into a busy lifestyle. As a rule of thumb, if you are eating out more than three meals a week, you are likely too busy to properly prepare meals for your dog, so a homemade raw diet may not be the best choice for your life schedule.

 

However, there are some risk factors associated with feeding a raw diet to your pet.  

Raw diets have been found to contain Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Clostridium botulinium, and Staphylococcus aureus, all of which are known human and canine pathogens. These bacteria are shed in dog stools and may be transferred to carpets and furniture as the dog moves around the house. These pathogens usually only pose a serious human risk to the immuno-compromised, the elderly, and young children; however, this is a very important consideration if you are feeding a raw diet and have people in these risk groups living in your home.

 

In addition, there is a potential risk to dogs from certain pathogens found in raw foods, such as Neospora caninum, found in raw beef, Nanophyetus salmincola, found in raw salmon, and Trichinella spiralis, which  is found in raw pork and wild game such as deer, elk, and moose. All of these pathogens can make your dog sick and are potentially fatal.

 

Feeding bones can cause choking, intestinal blockage or perforations, and chipped or broken teeth.

Because it can be difficult and time consuming to adequately balance a raw diet, nutritional deficiencies, especially in vitamins and minerals, are a significant possibility. To complicate the matter even further, some nutritional deficiencies take many months to show up and you may not see the problems with feeding a particular diet until the animal has been eating it for months or years.

 

Raw vegetables are often poorly digested by dogs. Most of the nutrients in raw vegetables are rendered more available when they are lightly cooked and then ground.

 

Much of the existing research on raw diets surrounds the microbial risks of raw meats and is very important to take into consideration. Also, a raw diet is not beneficial with puppies or kittens and more for the “older” pet. If you don’t get the calcium and phosphorous ratio right, you can have bone deformities and growth issues.

 

Needless to say, if you are on the fence about switching your pet(s) to a raw food diet, or you know you are ready to do so, it is best to discuss with your veterinarian FIRST before taking the plunge. Your vet knows your pet’s health the best and will be able to advise if the switch would be beneficial and safe for them. They will also give instruction on how to safely make the switch for your pets and will educate you on this type of diet geared for your fur baby.

 

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/raw-dog-food-dietary-concerns-benefits-and-risks

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/95490454576181637/

     

Your Comments are Crucial to our Company!

One of the many things that Little Friends Pet Sitting has benefited from are the reviews we get from our clients.  The rave reviews about how wonderful their sitter is are always nice.  But, we also like to get feedback on what we can do to improve service are helpful as well.  Truth is essential, in business and in life.  Our goal is to have our client rely on us completely, and to receive the service they expect and deserve.

I know the saying goes, “No news is good news,” but we feel the exact opposite.  We want to hear from you!  What did you enjoy most about your visit?  How was your experience with your sitter?  How did your pet respond to your sitter?  How was our communication with you?  Do you feel like all of your needs were met?  If not, what could we do differently next time?

With the growth of social media, and online presence, here are some ways you can let us know what you think to help us improve our business and services:

Click on links below to check us out on different social media outlets, and feel free to leave your review, as well as see what others are saying about us!

 

 

                     

 

 

We value your opinions!  Let us know how we’re doing!

Calming Oil for your Pets!

 

Do your pets suffer from general anxiety, travel anxiety, thunderstorm anxiety, firework anxiety, or any anxiety at all?  Pets that suffer from anxiety in today’s world, usually are given some kind of medicine from the vet that includes prescription medication…I know our  vet prescribed one of our anxious pups to Xanax.  Not only does it not work for us, but I do not like giving my pup this type of medicine to “calm him.”  I have been searching for some kind of all natural spray or oil for years, something that is safe and effective for my fur baby.

Recently we were contacted by a lovely couple who are in business together, their business is called Hush Puppy.  They sell “Hush Puppy Oil”, which is an all natural oil used to calm pets during anxious situations or those with an anxious demeanor/nervous disposition.  They have a sample size special just for Little Friends Pet Sitting referrals.  Buy the sample set for $10.00 and get a coupon for $5.00 on your next purchase of any Hush Puppy Dog Calming Formula product.  (This is for anyone who is referred from Little Friends).

You must try this all natural calming oil and or spray, if you are in the same situation as myself!  They are affordable and work.  Check out all of Pamela and Robert’s products & to learn more information, please go to https://hushpuppyoil.com/

Formulas available are Hush Puppy Calming Oil, Hush Puppy Bedding and Blanket Spray, Hush Puppy “Hot Spot Soother”, & Hush Puppy Dog Calming Formula Essential Oil Blend.  HUSH PUPPY NATURAL DOG CALMING FORMULAS ARE BASED UPON THE PROVEN EFFECTS OF AROMATHERAPY. HUSH PUPPY DOG CALMING FORMULAS WORK FAST WITHOUT THE USE OF PHEROMONES, STEROIDS, PILLS OR INJECTIONS.

“Effective with nervous dispositions, anxiety issues, separation desperation, fireworks, thunderstorms, travel, new environments.”

 

Thank you for voting us Best of the City, 3 years in a row!

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR US THIS YEAR!  We are honored to have won Best of the City, “Walk the Dog” three years in a row now.  We would not be here without each and every one of you!

Thank you to Elevate Lifestyle for nominating us each year as well.  We strive to give the best to all of our clients (human + fur), to go above and beyond of what is asked of us and to be the company you can always count on!

Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive Going on now!

With  Spring in full swing, we are trying to make a difference, one pet at a time..especially for those who are in need of furever homes:)

Little Friends always gives back to our community and we need your help!  We are currently accepting food donations for the Humane Society of York County now.  We appreciate any pet food donations you can provide, although  Purina Dog, Cat &/or Kitten Chow would be perfect!  If you would like to participate, please bring your donation to our office at 621 McNinch Street Charlotte, NC 28208.  If the office is closed, please attach a note indicating it is for the Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive -all donations will go to HSYC at the end of the drive of course!

For more information on the Humane Society of York County, please visit http://humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org/


Vision: Help York County to become a Non-Kill community.

Mission: “We are finding loving fur-ever homes for dogs and cats”

To make sure York County SC cats and dogs are treated in a humane manner, rescued, placed in loving and forever homes by:

  • Increasing dogs and cats adoptions and rescues;
  • Empowering the environment so pet owners are responsible and accountable for their actions;
  • Supporting spay and neuter programs for community dogs and cats;
  • Providing a Helping Hands Program to assist with critical treatment for dogs and cats in need;
  • Championing community collaboration across rescues.

If you are looking to adopt a furever pet, ADOPTION HOURS ARE:

Monday 1:00 pm – 4:00 PM

Tuesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday & Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Friday  1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


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How to prepare for the Howlidays with your Pet Sitter!

We want you to stay safe this Holiday season, so we have compiled a list of tips for you and your fur family!  Have a wonderful and safe Holiday and we look forward to servicing you and your fur family:)

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-Make sure you have two keys on file with us

-Make sure all alarms are set correctly and codes/passwords are known with office & your pet sitter

-Make sure there are two emergency contacts listed on your client profile (one must be local)

-Make sure all phone numbers are up to date on your profile

-Before leaving the country, make sure your pet sitter knows the correct way to contact you

-Go over safety precautions with your sitter, ie. small crime deterrent activities you would like such as rotating blinds, TV, turning on/off lights, inside and out of your home, etc. 

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Happy Howlidays from LFPS!

Wow, this year has flown by!  It is almost 2017…where has the time gone?  Here at Little Friends we are getting ready for the Howlidays, one walk at a time…Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas/New Years are quickly approaching!  Hope that all of you are enjoying your year so far..and if you are reading this you are most likely a client of ours:)  Please make sure that you have your pet sitter scheduled for your upcoming Holiday needs.  Keep in mind, around these times our sitters do fill up quick!  If you book 4 days or less prior to a Holiday (ie. Starting on 11/21/16 there is a late booking fee added to your appointment of 25 dollars).  We want to make sure everyone gets their fur babies taken care of!

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Now for the fun stuff, what are your plans for the Holidays?  We have a lot of fun things going on here at the office…currently we have a Community Holiday Pet Drive benefiting the Humane Society of Charlotte until December 31st!  We are accepting new/unopened toys at our new office location for all of the residents at The Humane Society of Charlotte. Please help us make all of the four legged furry residents Howliday at HSC a memorable one!

Happy Hollidays and we hope that everyone enjoys their time with their families!  

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LFPS thanks those who have served our Country!

This weekend, you may be wondering..whats going on?  Well there are a lot of fun things to do in the Queen City, especially this weekend as we give thanks to all of those who are active duty in the Military or have served in the Military!

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1. Looking for a fun night out, while also giving back to a non-Profit?

 There is live Music w/ CJ Brother Max & The Outbacks at Lenny Boy Brewery, Friday, November 11 @ 8:00 pm-11:00 pm

2.  Looking for meal deals?

 
-All 138 McDonald’s restaurants in the Charlotte area will honor current and retired service men and women with a free breakfast sandwich from the “All Day Breakfast” menu.

Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Charlotte-area are offering military personnel and veterans a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit or Chicken Sandwich on Friday.-Hickory Tavern is offering all veterans and active duty military 50% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as a 20% off coupon to use for their next meal.

IHOP restaurants are serving up patriotic breakfast pancakes to active and retired military, for free! The buttermilk pancakes will be dressed with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping – red, white and blue.

JJ’s Red Hots. JJ’s is serving military members with UNLIMITED food and drinks Friday. The meal includes unlimited hot dogs, sausages, sides and non-alcoholic drinks all day.

Brazwell’s in Ballantyne is offering 50% off to all veterans and emergency service members in and around the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area Friday.

Olive Garden is offering a free entrée from a special menu

Chipotle will provide a buy one get one free discount for a small burrito, bowl, or salad on Veterans Day from 3 p.m. to close. Offer is extended to all veterans, military and military spouses with proof of service.

(For full list go here:

http://www.wbtv.com/story/33679491/restaurants-offering-veterans-day-deals-and-freebies-in-charlotte-area )

3. Miscellaneous Local Deals…

-Alfred Angelo – Military brides will be treated to 30% off bridal gowns.

-Army Corps of Engineers – This Veterans Day, veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families enjoy free admission to USACE-operated recreation areas. This includes access to lakes and river projects, as well as swimming beach and boat launch fees.

-Brides Across America – During the month of November, Brides Across America is partnering with bridal salons across the nation to give away free wedding dresses to qualified military brides. All military brides must pre-register online.

-Home Depot – This year, Home Depot is honoring Veterans Day with two specials:

-Baskin-Robbins – For every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day, the brand will make an $.11 donation to the U.S.O..

-Great Clips – Veterans can get a free haircut card. All customers who purchase a salon service may take home a haircut card to give to a veteran.

-Lowe’s – On November 11, all veterans and their family can receive 10% off purchases.

-Rack Room Shoes – In honor of Veterans Day, shoppers with valid military I.D. can take 10% off their purchase.

 

ENJOY the weekend & thank you to everyone who has helped serve our awesome country!