How To Heal Your Pets With Homeopathy and Natural Remedies

I am extremely grateful and thankful for Veterinarians to care for our pets, however I find almost all visits to the are the same. Pet is ill, we take our pets to the vet, our pet gets examined and then a diagnosis is given of what may be wrong with our precious pet. That’s wonderful but what comes next doesn’t seem so wonderful. Did you guess what comes next? If you guessed medication or pharmaceutical drugs for pets then you guessed correctly! I feel now a days most Doctors weather for people or animals feel the number one solution is automatically meds and it doesn’t matter what the illness is either. Does you pet have bloodshot eyes? Meds! Earache? Meds! Rash? Meds! No matter what is going on with our pets it seems meds are always pushed! Medication for our pets can be extremely toxic and invasive to their systems, not to mention vaccinations which are extremely toxic and harmful. Think about this for a moment. How many dogs die each year from vaccinations? According to the CBV *Center for Veterinary Biologics over 99% of vaccine reactions go unreported in both dogs and cats. We are pet owners must educate ourselves about pet meds and vaccines as we are the decision makers and voice for our pets. They don’t get to make their own decisions so we must be extra cautious when we decide to give our pets pills, meds and vaccines. Many dogs are extremely ill because of the meds the doctor says they need, and many pets are ill because of the food they are being fed, others are ill because of vaccines and last but not least many pets are ill because of the horrible combination of meds, terrible processed food and vaccines. I don’t think most pet owners realize just how harmful these meds and vaccines are for our pets. Flea and tick meds are so toxic and cancer causing. Think about how much poison they must put in these flea and tick remedies in order to kill these fleas and ticks on our pets? Those toxins in the flea and tick tubes go on your dogs skin and into their bloodstream. No wonder so many of our pets are so sick! I urge you all to consider homeopathic and natural herbal remedies for your pets when they are ill. I highly recommend a company called Hampl. They are from Australia and their products work phenomenally.  Their products have cured one of my pets from pancreatitis as well as many other issues like corneal ulcers, upset stomach, rashes, kidney issue, sluggish liver and much more. Another thing I recommend is nutrients and vitamin supplements for our pets. I recommend a company called Halo! Check them out! dog fruit 1

Nature has created so many benefits to help cure and heal illnesses. This goes for people as well as animals. Did you know if your pet has an earache or ear issues raw apple cider vinegar drops in the ear can cure that? I have a tremendous amount of knowledge in homeopathic medicine for animals and went to school for it. If you are tired of having your pets vaccinated and want to stop giving them medication please set up a consultation with me. I am the owner of Where’s My Walk Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Charlotte, NC. Check us out at www.wheresmywalk.com or give us a call at 704-995-0626.

 

 

Why Is Dog Training SO Imperative For Your Dog?

aussie-shepardDogs are a separate species from people and as such have their own special needs and natural instincts. They communicate differently than we humans do, and many of their normal behaviors are counter to our own. When we bring a dog or puppy into our homes and our lives we are asking them to change much of what is natural about their existence. We not only need to teach them how to fit in but also teach ourselves about their needs so that we can learn to accommodate them and adjust our expectations to make the best possible situation for both species; dog and human. If we do not take the time to train our dogs and educate ourselves we will both be frustrated and not nearly as happy as we could be.

The best time to start training a dog is when they are a young puppy, which is why we start dogs in our Puppy Manners class when they are between 9 and 16 weeks of age. It is never too late to start training, but the earlier you start the easier training will be because neither you nor your dog will have acquired bad habits which will require “untraining.”

Clicker training is a positive, motivational training method based on the scientific principles of learning theory and operant conditioning. The basic principle of clicker training is that behaviors, which are rewarded, are made stronger and occur more frequently. A small mechanical clicker is used to mark the precise instant your dog is performing a behavior as requested and then is followed by a reward, usually a tasty treat. Clicker training makes our dogs active partners in the training process. By having to think about what we want, dogs generally learn quicker, retain lessons better and have more fun doing so. Once a dog has learned a behavior such as “down” we will associate it with both a hand signal and a word cue and start to phase out the use of the clicker.

There is nothing magical about the clicker. It is just utilized to make a sound which is used as an event marker to indicate to the dog the precise instant it has done exactly what we wanted. The trainers at Sea World use a whistle as an alternative to the clicker, and I know trainers that have used a flashlight to train deaf dogs and even goldfish. What makes these event markers work so well is that they mark the animal’s behavior precisely and with no emotional baggage. The animal learns that the flash of light or click means they have done a good job and will be rewarded.

 

 

 

How to Rid Dogs Of Fleas Naturally

dogs itchingSummer is almost over but is your dog STILL scratching like crazy? Fleas and ticks are still running around ramped outdoors, but how do you protect your beloved furry friend without giving them harmful chemical toxic sprays and harmful pills?

 

 

 

 

Here are a few natural suggestions to help your pup ditch their itch:

Use Pennyroyal

Make a citrus spray. Slice a lemon thinly, add it to a pint of water and heat to a boiling point

Make a vinegar spray. In a spray bottle, add: 1/4 distilled white vinegar to 3/4 water

Use basic table salt

Soak your dog in Dawn dish detergent for 10-15 minutes making sure he/she is fully immersed in the water and the suds have covered the coat.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic powder made up of fossilized organisms called diatoms that break apart flea eggs and dry them out before they can grow into adult fleas.

Spread diatomaceous earth outside in your yard wherever your dog spends most of her time.

If you have carpets in your house spread the powder all over and vacuum after 48 hours. Do this once a month during flea season.

You can purchase DE at most holistic dog supply stores, health stores and garden centers. Make sure you’re buying food grade DE which is safe for humans and animals. Don’t buy pool grade DE which is heat treated and turns the silicon dioxide that’s in DE into crystalline silica, which can be toxic to humans and animals. Pool grade DE should only ever be used for filtration purposes.

Fleas don’t like garlic, so it’s a natural flea repellent that’s safe to use in the yard and with your pets.

Here’s a recipe you can make to spray in your yard when flea populations are reaching epic proportions.

Garlic Water For Your Yard

What you need:
8 heads of chopped garlic (there’s no need to peel it for this recipe)
1 gallon of almost boiling water

How to make it:
• Place the garlic in an extra large soup pan and pour the water over the top
• Cover and let the mixture steep for 12 hours
• Pour through a strainer into a garden sprayer
• Lightly spray your lawn and garden area

How To Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

watermelon dogIt has been so hot here in Charlotte, NC since the beginning of June. All of July has been extremely hot with a lot of bad storms, I know most of us are waiting for August to pass by so we can move into fall! Since it has been so hot I recommend getting a small put pool from Target, Wal-Mart, Pet smart or Pet Supply Stores and fill the pool with ice. If you have a bigger dog with a lot of fur they will most likely be thrilled and won’t be able to wait to jump into this fun new doggy pool you created.

Many people keep their pets fur groomed very short in the summer months to help keep them cool, however remember pets sweat through their paws and tongue so make sure their paws don’t overheat and check them for cracks. The sidewalks and pavements are so hot many pets paws become red, cracked and inflamed. If your dog has cracked, red or swollen paws here is a product to help with that.

Musher’s Secret Paw Protection Natural Dog Wax provides the ultimate paw protection in any season without the need for uncomfortable dog boots. Your pup will be able to walk without hurting his paws on icy or hot sidewalks, sandy beaches, hard pavement or snow-filled walkways. Musher’s Secret forms a breathable, dense barrier to protect your dog’s paws from the elements in even the most extreme weather conditions. That means no more irritating sand, ice or snow between the paws or stuck to the furry paw pads. This moisturizing formula is a blend of 100% pure natural waxes, including white and yellow beeswax and vitamin E that not only protects but also soothes cracked pads and paws.

Another tip is to make some natural frozen treats for your dog. Here is one recipe I recommend, it has all natural ingredients that your pup will love!

 

How about some frozen watermelon treats?

2 cups of frozen watermelon seedless

1 cup of coconut water

1 teaspoon of Halo Vit A Go Ester C for dogs * Add for an added health benefit to your dogs over all health

 

Getting A New Puppy?

Getting A New Puppy? Read This First!baby pup

 

Puppies are so cute, cuddly and sweet aren’t they? When you love animals you will absolutely love puppies but sometimes we don’t think about what a huge responsibility they are. Having a puppy is similar to having a baby because they need to have constant care, they need to be fed more frequently when they are puppies and will absolutely need to go to the bathroom every two to four hours.

Since you will probably be working during the day you will need a dog walker to care for your sweet puppy while you’re at work, meetings, away on vacation or enjoying a glamorous lunch or dinner with your favorite people, co workers and or loved ones. We want you to be able to enjoy your day and not worry about getting stuck in traffic and missing your entire lunch break trying to race home and care for your puppy. Where’s My Walk of Charlotte, NC is here to take your puppy on a walk, offer fresh water, food, treats, playtime and make sure they are safe.

It is very important to read up on puppy safety and puppy proof your home before getting a puppy as they love to chew, nip and get into almost everything they shouldn’t. Brand new shoes? Careful your puppy may think that is a new chew toy for him or her. Cell phone charger cords and plugs? Puppies also love to chew on those! If you have small children in the home be careful to pick up their toys as small puppies will find even the tiniest toy or thumbtack, nail, paperclip, or rubber band and could choke on it.

Never crate a puppy with their collar on as they could get it caught on a part of the crate and choke and or suffocate themselves. Puppies like to test us and see how much they can get away with. They need to be taught at a young age what they can play with and what they can not play with. Instead of putting a ton of toys in their crate or play area put a few puppy safe toys for them to play with and rotate their toys so they keep interested. Kong’s are highly recommended as they can keep entertained with those for a long time. Puppies need to be entertained otherwise they find things to chew and destroy. Please do not give them any bones or things to chew on that they can choke on. If you are going to give them peanut butter make sure it is free of sugar, partially hydrogenated oils and other chemicals that are toxic and harmful for your new puppy as their stomachs and whole systems are very sensitive.

Teach your puppy as early as possible the meaning of the word “no”, “off”, “leave it” “good girl and or good boy” as they need a lot of praise as well. Enjoy your puppy they grow up so fast!

Wellness Consultations for Dogs and Cats in Charlotte, NC

Have you noticed your cat or dog is ill and they are not getting better? They have been in and out of the vets office many times but they still aren’t well and their issues are still present? Do you feel uncomfortable giving your pets medications and pharmaceuticals to treat illness’s? If so you are in luck, keep reading! Did you know we offer Wellness Consultations for your dogs and cats?

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We will do an evaluation of your pet, and give natural recommendations of how to help your pet(s) heal naturally without any pharmaceutical meds or harmful topical ointments. We believe in homeopathic medicine for cats and dogs, as well as herbs and a natural diet.

We specialize in offering your pet the healthiest lifestyle possible. We will educate you on options for your pet and it is your option what you would like to do from there. The choice is yours, and it’s simple. Call 704-995-0626 today to schedule a wellness consultation now! Isn’t $50 worth a second opinion? You will be glad you called, we are waiting to hear from you, we are just a phone call away!

What Ingredients Are Really Used To Make Most Dog Foods?

pets foodFrom the very young age of eight years old I have believed in natural herbs, organic living, holistic health, homeopathy, acupuncture, Chiropractic and natural remedies. I always felt these natural remedies were much better for us than prescription drugs and over the counter medications that have side effects. All of us want to feel better when we are sick or experiencing some discomfort from perhaps an itchy rash or upset stomach. When our pets become ill we take them to the vet because they are trained to care for our pets however our pets are in the midst of an epidemic.  It’s not an epidemic of viral disease, but of chronic ill health. Most people feed their dogs and cats dry or wet dog food yet they have no idea how processed this food actually is. Curious what is really in some of your dogs food you are buying for them? I strongly suggest you read all the ingredients in your dogs pet food but also please realize wet or dry dog food is not naturally occurring in the wild and very depleted of vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy. So just what could be in your dogs food? Take a look below.

 

Here’s a short list of some of the unsavory raw materials. And although each of the following ingredients are appalling, each can be lawfully used to make dog food:

  • Slaughterhouse waste (organs, heads, hooves, beaks, feet)
  • Bread and cereal rejects (cobs, stalks, mill sweepings)
  • Dying, diseased and disabled farm animals
  • Road kill (deer, skunks, and raccoons)
  • Contaminated grain middlings
  • Distiller fermentation waste
  • Spoiled supermarket food
  • Euthanized cats and dogs
  • Restaurant grease
  • Dead zoo animals
  • the ingredients most likely to be made in this same way tend to have vague names that fail to clearly identify the source animal.For example:
    • Animal by-product meal
    • Meat by-product meal
    • Animal fat
    • Dead pets collected from shelters are frequently thrown into the grinder with their flea collars still attached. Insecticide-laced patches found on the skin of slaughtered cattle are also carelessly added to the mix.Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals follow livestock directly into the soup. And drugs given to euthanize animals have been regularly found in the rendered product.Unwanted metal contaminants can be traced to a variety of sources including pet collars, ID tags, surgical pins and needles.

      Even plastics can sometimes end up in the process. SCARY ISN’T IT? I thought so. This is why I have taken my dogs completely off all dog food and put them on freeze dried raw food. I recommend Primal and Bravo.

The Real Cost of Friends and Family Pet Care. Why Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter is Better!

professionalEvery year, around this time, we get a lot of calls from people seeking pet care over Easter and Mother’s Day.  Sometimes, a friend or family member has been lined up to stay with the pets and the plans fall through. This sounds like a great idea. The person is someone you trust and the price is right…cheap or free. Sometimes, this option is great and works with no problems.

As a professional pet sitting business owner, I have been the safety net when friends or family cannot fulfill their commitment. Yes, we may be viewed as expensive when compared to friends and family. I will list reasons why a professional pet sitter is worth the money:

  1. Back-up pet sitters: Let’s face it, people are human! They get sick, have family drama, or other life issues that take them away from work commitments. When that happens with one of our sitters, we have other sitters to jump in and do the job. You can go on with your vacation and have the peace of mind that your pets are being cared for by one of our great sitters. If your friend or family member has to leave the job, is there a back-up person available to fill in?
  2. Save Money: What happens if you buy plane tickets, reserve car and hotel, and your friend or family member bails on you? Spend the money on a professional pet sitter and this is something you don’t have to worry about!
  3. Friends/Family bring their own pet along. What happens if a fight ensues, or pet soils carpet or furniture? This could cause hard feelings for years or broken friendships. This happened to my dental hygienist. Their friend was watching their dog and the friend’s dog attacked their dog. Friend did not have money to pay the $2,000 vet bill, so they had to pay it. That would not happen if one of our pet sitters was on the job. They do not bring pets and their focus is on your pets.
  4. We are fully insured ($1,000,000 – yes, that is $1 Million!) Everyone that works for us have all been background checked and provide quality pet care.
  5. We text you after each visit, sending videos, photos and updates. Will your friend or family member do that? Even if they can provide you with updates about your pets are they professionally skilled to handle anything that may happen while your pet and home is in their care? We are skilled and trained for pet emergencies! The safety of your pet and security of your home is very important to us!

Convinced? Call today at 704-995-0626 to set up an appointment to meet a pet sitter or dog walker perfectly matched for your situation! If you feel more comfortable you may fill out the contact form and we will contact you.

Let Your Dog Go For A Walk, Change His Life

dog walking services charlotte ncIs your dog walked daily by you or a dog walker?  Have you thought about the benefits? Well, even if you have a big back yard with plenty of room for Fido or Fifi to run in, that is simply not enough.  Your dog should be walked daily, here’s why. Daily dog walks provide many health benefits for your dog. It also results in improved behavior and strengthens the bond between you and your faithful furry friend.  Read on to learn more.

One benefit to walking your dog every day is that exercise keeps him physically healthy.  Let me explain.  Just like you, your dog needs daily exercise to build strong bones and muscles. Strong bones and muscles aid in mobility and reduce your dog’s risk of osteoarthritis as he ages.  Weak bones make your dog more susceptible to falls and fractures.    Exercise also keeps your dog healthy by keeping his weight under control.  An overweight dog is more likely to develop other medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.  So, the daily dog walks result in better health and longevity.  Who doesn’t want their beloved companion around as long as possible?
Another benefit to walking your dog every day is that it reduces destructive and irritable behavior.  Let’s face it, dogs instinctively scavenge, hunt, and explore.  If they’re allowed to receive the physical and mental exercise from a good walk that allows them to explore the sights and sounds as nature intended, it releases pent up energy resulting a calm, better behaved dog.  The reduction of excess energy will make your pooch less likely to chew on your favorite shoes, or chair when you’re not at home.  Dogs that exercise spend less time demanding human attention in inappropriate ways such as incessant barking and whining, jumping on people and restlessness at bedtime when you need your beauty sleep.  A calm dog results in a well-trained dog which in turn makes him a more lovable and enjoyable companion.
An Additional benefit to walking your dog every day is that it aids in the socialization process.  All dogs must be socialized, not just puppies.  One of the best ways to accomplish this is on a walk where he can be exposed to the sights and sounds of the world.  Neglecting to socialize your dog will result in a fearful dog that responds to people and noise as a threat.  This will produce other undesirable, territorial behaviors such as constant barking and possibly attempts at biting other people and animals. Dogs are social creatures and naturally crave interaction.  If you help him out by taking him for walks, he will develop the confidence and trust to interact in the world around him.  Just like humans, dogs need to be socialized starting at a young age.
In conclusion, daily dog walks make for a happier, healthier canine companion.  Provide your dog with daily dog walks, and he’ll give you many years of love and devotion in return.  That is a small price to pay, don’t you agree? For more information or help with dog walks or pet sitting while you’re at work or on vacation, contact Where’s My Walk, Charlotte, NC.