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Pot for Pets?

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One of the things you’re going to be hearing a lot about in the pet industry is “pot for pets”.

Now, before we get too far into this, I want to tell you that you can’t run out, get your marijuana medical card, and start dosing your animals. To do so would result in major complications and you could even kill your pets.

Animals react quite differently to this natural remedy and it’s important to understand the pros and cons, as well as how to source and what parts of the plant are valuable. 

That said, let's take a look at a few of the benefits of the hemp plant and it's very important Cannabinoid (CBD). 

Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants in existence. It has been around for thousands of years and for many good reasons.

Here are a few facts you probably didn't know about hemp: 

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Keeping Dogs and Cats Calm Naturally

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The fourth of July weekend is nearly upon us and if you live in America, you know what that means: fireworks and full shelters.

It doesn’t need to be that way - but if you want to avoid the dreaded fear responses that go along with fireworks, you need to prepare early. Today, we’re talking about calmants, but we want you to understand that your first priority should be microchips and fencing.

We've all been there - dreading the inevitable whining, panting, and usually destructive behavior. Many turn to Acepromazine for dogs or Valium for cats. However, not only do animals tend to not respond to this type of approach, it can actually make the fear even worse. Natural calmants are not only effective, they are very gentle and can help relax your pets.

These are a few of the most effective natural calmants that we’ve found for dogs and cats. We have personally tested each of them and are listing them in order of preference.

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Understanding Toxicity Levels of Natural Cures

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When it comes to our pets, we want natural treatments that work. Dogs and cats are notoriously difficult to treat with Western medicine as there is the potential for so many side effects. Oftentimes, when treating one condition, we find ourselves ultimately treating a myriad of conditions. And so, we seek out natural treatments.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation occurring in the field of natural pet care.

The most important message we want to get across to you is that many natural cures can easily become natural toxins when used incorrectly.

Natural remedies, such as essential oils and supplements, are incredibly powerful and a misuse could result in your pets experiencing tremors, organ damage, or death. We support you in seeking out natural cures for your pets, but we also want you to be educated while doing so.

Oftentimes, well-meaning pet parents take it too far. Today, we’re looking at a few terms you should be familiar with and why it’s so important to understand toxicity levels.

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Herbal Supplements for Pets: Rosemary

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Recently, we’ve seen many pet foods and pet products that include the classic herb, rosemary in their pet food formulations and skin care remedies.

Not only does it smell divine, but it’s been used throughout history for everything from general healing to improving memory.

There is a very good reason for this, as rosemary has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years. It’s official name comes from ros (latin for “dew”) and marinus (greek for “sea”). Literally translated, the name means “Dew of the sea.”

Rosemary contains many biologically active compounds, and today we're going to look at the safety and efficacy of a few of them:

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Eww, that Smell! How to De-Skunk Your Pets Safely and Naturally

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There are few things more definitive in nature than the smell of a skunk. And once a dog gets into a skunk, you can rest assured they will continue to do so. Growing up, we had one solution: Tomato sauce. Thankfully, we are part of a rapidly growing industry and we have progressed in our ability to humanely and effectively eliminate odor from those pets who insist on finding skunky friends.

First, a little about skunks and the "thiols" that make their spray so unbearable...

There are many types of skunks in the world. In fact, four different species of skunk reside in Arizona, a hostile environment even in the winter.  This means that chances are good - no matter where you live - you or your pet have had at least one run-in with these cute characters.

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