It's still cold here in mid-coast Maine!
More 'plow-able' snow is on the way tomorrow. This is NOT good news for our little guy - Tango.
After walking on the beach yesterday Tango goes for a ride in his pouch and the big yawn is because he just walked almost a mile and he's tired!
The wind was coming right at us and it was COOOOLD! Check out Tango in his Pouch...
Our dog shampoo is designed for all dogs but PERFECT for the reluctant bather.
You can easily wash your dog with one hand and just one conditioning bar.
Our Dog Shampoo bar starts with a tea of rose hips (from Maine) and hand-harvested Maine seaweeds.
What are the benefits of Seaweed?
Seaweeds nourish and heal itchy spots. Rich in nutritious oils including Neem and pet-friendly but insect repelling essential oils.
Rub a little into the fur - lather and rinse well. The beauty of our soap is that you can apply it just where you want and still have a free hand to hold and comfort your dog. Makes a bath fun!
Try a bar today!
This basic diet recipe for dogs uses our Essential3 Supplements (GreenPower, Flax Oil and Seaweed Calcium for dogs)
Poultry Meat and Oatmeal Diet for dogs
1/3 pound poultry* meat (raw weight) cooked
2 cups cooked thick-cut rolled oats
2 medium carrots grated (raw
1 Scoop GreenPower!
1 teaspoon Flax Oil
1 teaspoon Seaweed Calcium
Substitutions: You may substitute beef, lamb, fish or eggs for the poultry meat. Use 2 hard boiled eggs.
For finicky eaters - add 2 tablespoon of sardines (canned) in tomato sauce
Provides 879 kilocalories, 43.1 grams protein, 37.3 grams fat. Supports the caloric needs of a 29-32 pound dog.
Directions: Cook the oatmeal. You can make a larger batch and keep in the fridge for a few days. Measure out the amount you need to the day. Add the meat, grated carrot and supplements. Server at room temperature.
This recipe is for a day's feeding. Divide into 2 meals.
When you first introduce new food - do it GRADUALLY. Add a small amount of this new food to the existing food and let your dog get used to the flavors. After 3-4 days the old food will be eliminated.
Purchase our Essential3 Supplements for this recipe
The ability to maintain and restore optimal health is within each dog. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the dog's natural resources (energy) to ‘self-heal’. Conventional drugs merely suppress symptoms. More and more vets and dog owners are turning to homeopathic medicines as their primary choice of treatment. Homeopathy for dogs has established itself as a medical modality that is particularly safe and effective, as evidenced by it worldwide popularity and its therapeutic results. When using homeopathic medicines for your dog, you are contributing to a more ecological, more economical and a more effective approach to animal health care: an approach that respects and trusts your dog’s ability to heal itself.
What can be treated with Homeopathic remedies?
For your dog, homeopathic remedies are used to treat many conditions such as: allergies, skin rashes, digestive upsets, arthritis, cough, fatigue, minor injuries, over work, stress, nervousness, anxiety, hot spots, nose problems, eye irritations, and many others. Under a veterinary homeopath, many more chronic conditions may be treated.
Are homeopathic medicines regulated in the US?
The Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS) has been approving since 1897 strict standards of quality and purity under which each homeopathic remedy must be manufactured. In addition, the conditions under which homeopathic medicines are manufactured and marketed are regulated in the U.S. by the FDA.
What makes homeopathic medicines safe for dogs?
Homeopathic medicines will relieve your dog’s symptoms without causing side effects when used as directed. This non-toxicity comes from the very small doses used in the remedies.
Can I give my dog homeopathic medicines with other drugs?
Since the doses used in homeopathy are very small, they do not interact with other drugs your dog is taking such as antibiotics, steroids, etc.
What do the different potencies mean? (6c, 12X, 30X, 30c)
Let's take Arnica 12c for an example. Arnica is the Latin name for the original substance: the Mountain Daisy. “12C” is the dilution of Arnica montana. “12” indicates how many times the substance has been diluted. “C” (Latin for 100) indicates that Arnica has been diluted using a centesimal dilution scale. So Arnica montana 12c means Arnica has been diluted 12 times by 1/100.
Let’s take 1 drop of Arnica and put it in 100 drops of water. Now we take 1 drop of that mixture and put it into another 100 drops of water - we continue to dilute 12 times to get 12c! The mixture is vigorously shaken at each dilution to ‘energize’ the remedy. The more the remedy is diluted the more ‘potent’ it becomes. This is curious because there is also LESS of the original substance - for example 200c is many more times potent than 12c. At this level, the original substance can no longer be detected by any means- yet it is more potent.
Where do the homeopathic active ingredients come from?
Active ingredients are derived from many substances in the natural world including plants and minerals.
How do I give the remedies to my dog?
Homeopathic remedies come in several forms - tablets, pellets and liquids. All are given orally (into the mouth) according to the directions provided. Homeopathy is NOT age or weight dependent so all animals get the same dose. This is because the remedies are so safe and they work ‘energetically’ to help stimulate your dogs natural healing ability.
For dogs the 'nose' is the main sensory organ but eyes do play a very important role in how a dog interacts with the world around them.
Our beloved Max used to be able to spot a tiny pinpoint satellite in the night sky way before I every saw it. One of Max's nightly routines was to 'check for aliens' before we could all go to bed for the night! It was really something to watch him scan the night sky.
Dogs of all ages can experience eye problems - the common ones are infections (from injuries), dry eyes and cataracts.
One of our premier herbal products is our Natural Canine Eyebright Vision for dogs which is designed to support healthy eye function in dogs.
Studies confirm the use of to support canine eye health and night sight. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the potent , and are used for the same purpose. These berries support the dog's eyes. has long been used to maintain and support normal visual function. formula and are classic Chinese remedies used to support the to better support the dog's eye function.
Indications: Dog vision health and eye function, dog cataracts, watery or dry eyes in dogs. This is the best herbal formula for your dog's eye health. May be used for extended periods.
Ingredients: Rehmannia root, dioscorea rhizome, alisma rhizome, cornus fruit, moutan root, bupleurum root, poria sclerotium (hoelen), dong quai root, lycii fruit, chrysanthemum flower, eyebright herb, bilberry leaf and fruit, nettles herb, schisandra fruit, ginkgo leaf.
How to use: The herbal powder is simply added to the dog's food. Mix in and serve.
Tip: When you begin using Herbal Eyebright for dogs, start with a tiny amount in the food to acclimate your dog to the taste. After a few days you will be at the full dose.
Based on Lycium Fruit, Chrysanthemum & Rehmannia, Lycium, Chrysanthemum & Rehmannia.
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Before we talk about Flax Oil for eye health for dogs - here is why Marlene & I love Barlean's Flax Oil
Barlean's flaxseeds and flax oils are 100% certified organic and have always been sourced from non-genetically modified crops.
According to Barlean's Owner, Bruce Barlean,"Flaxseeds should be unrefined, unfiltered and unadulterated. Science can't predict with 100% certainty what cause and effect genetically altering foods will do to our health long-term. Why then wouldn't we keep this naturally nutrient-rich, raw food just the way nature intended?"
Flax Oil and Eye health in dogs
Omega-3 fatty acids can help treat dry eyes in dogs. Omega-3's are essential fatty acids that the dog's body cannot produce and must be obtained from their diet. Dogs do not eat enough salmon or other cold water fish which have been shown to be one of the best sources of omega-3. Flax seed oil have been shown to have a multitude of health benefits for dogs.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be helpful via three mechanisms:
1. Reduces inflammation in dogs. It has been shown in several studies that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids decreases inflammation.
2. Augmentation of the oily layer produced by the meibomian glands in dogs.
3. Stimulation of the watery portion of tear secretions. The level of omega-3s acts on certain receptors to activate adenylate cyclase which has been shown to stimulate tear production.
By decreasing inflammation and augmenting the oily and watery layers of the tear film, Flax Oil supplementation helps to provide the foundation for the treatment of dry eye and eye health in dogs.
What is Collapsed Trachea?
The dog's trachea is the tube that carries air from the dog's nose through the throat and into the lungs. A Collapsed Trachea is a narrowing of this tube during breathing. In dogs this condition usually affects the part of the trachea in the neck, or the lower part of the trachea in the chest.
We assume that you have seen your vet and received a proper diagnosis for this condition.
How does our Natural Canine Collapsed Trachea Support Kit for Dogs work?
Our support kit contains 3 homeopathic remedies which may help to address the 'symptoms' of collapsed trachea in dogs. This condition is a physical abnormality and these remedies will NOT cure the condition. However, the remedies are well chosen to address the common symptoms of collapsed trachea in dogs - coughing and wheezing.
Let's look at the 2 remedies:
Calc Flourica for dogs - This mineral, and thus its cell salt, aids in elasticity in veins, muscles, skin and other tissues. Its forté involves helping the body ease symptoms of inflexibility or laxness in tissues. It also assists in clearing head colds with yellow-green mucus and croupy barking coughs.
Homeopet Cough for dogs - Liquid homoeopathic remedy for dogs - a 'compound remedy' is ideal for any type of dog cough. This Homeopathic remedy provides relief from kennel cough, bronchitis and other types of persistent coughs.
We provide a detailed instruction sheet on how to give the remedies. We have had a lot of positive feedback on our Natural Canine Collapsed Trachea Support Kit for Dogs.
Tips for dogs with Collapsed Trachea
1. Avoid stressful situations
2. Gentle exercise only! Avoid heavy exercise
3. Control your dog's weight - this is very important
Many people ask us why we do not sell vitamins as one of our supplements for dogs.
In fact we do! However we do not sell ANY synthetic vitamin. Our 'vitamin' is product called Natural Canine 100% Organic concentrated GreenPower for dogs.
GreenPower for dogs is made from organic and concentrated greens and vegetables from the land and sea. Each ingredient is packed with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and trace minerals for your dog.
ORGANIC ALFALFA GREENS: The father of all foods, alfalfa has roots that reach up to 60 feet into the soil to absorb trace minerals. Its lightweight proteins stimulate the rebuilding of tissues and strengthen hair skin and nails.
Alfalfa leaf contains essential vitamins including the entire spectrum of B-vitamins, A, D, E and K. Alfalfa Leaf is a source of iron, niacin, biotin, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Alfalfa is a source of chlorophyll. Compared to other plants, alfalfa leaf is very high in protein and amino acids.
ORGANIC WHEAT GRASS: Well known super star among cereal grasses. Wheatgrass is rich in choline and chlorophyll. It has good amount of Vitamin A, C and E with small amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6 and B12. Wheatgrass is rich in potassiumand phosphorus. It has good amount of calcium, sodium and magnesium with small amounts of iron, folic acid, selenium and zinc.
ORGANIC BARLEY GRASS: Over a dozen studies in several university show the extract of young barley leaves to be a useful and powerful therapeutic agent. Rich in SOD, calcium, iron and trace minerals, barleyhas been reported to relieve arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic fatigue, constipation, poor circulation, psoriasis, acne and body odor.
ORGANIC SPIRULINA: Is an amazing of complete, highly digestible vegetarian protein that is rich in the B vitamins, particularly B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-6. More importantly, spirulina is the richest source of vitamin B-12 found in nature! Spirulina has also shown promise in the treatment of impaired immunity, protein deficiencies and eating disorders.
ORGANIC CHLORELLA: Chlorella is a super food as well, providing you with a rich variety of amino acid(protein), enzymes, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. In fact, chlorella is thought to contain every nutrient required by dogs.
ORGANIC SEA KELP, SEA DULSE, Known to contain over 96 different minerals and trace minerals. These foods are represent the most potent mineral rich whole foods. The little known red kelp called dulse has been reported to restore kidney function, while the iodine in green kelpis helpful for people with thyroid problems. ORGANIC PARSLEY: An excellent deodorizer, antacid and anti-ulcer remedy.
ORGANIC DANDELION GREENS: An excellent digestive aid and diuretic.Excellent for the kidneys, heart and bladder. These greens also contain and B6, , , ,iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure), and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include , , phosphorus, and copper.
ORGANIC BEET ROOT: Beet Root Powder (Beta Vulgaris) contains high levels of important vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Rich in iron,potassium, magnesium, A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, copper, phosphorous, sodium, iodine, boron, soluble and insoluble fiber. Beet Root is a rich source of carbohydrates and protein.
ORGANIC SPINACH: Although Spinach is usually thought of as a food product, it can also be used medicinally and for its nutritional properties. It is excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, builds red blood cells, boosts the immune system, provides energy, and contains chlorophyll.
ORGANIC GINKGO: This ancient herb acts to enhance oxygen utilization and thus improves memory, concentration, and other mental faculties. The herbal extract has also been shown to significantly improve long-distance vision and may reverse damage to the retina of the eye.
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Over the years our Natural Canine 100% Organic concentrated greens and vegetables from the land and sea (called GreenPower for dogs) has been the 'go-to' supplement for thousands of dogs, just like yours!
Why? Take a look at the product name, there are some clues:
Here are the ingredients
Barley grass, Wheat grass, Spirulina, Spinach, Alfalfa leaf, Kelp, Dulse, Orange peel, Barley grass juice, Beet root, Dandelion leaf, Lemon peel, Ginkgo leaf, Wheat grass juice.
Each ingredient is packed with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and trace minerals. Recent studies have shown 'synthetic' vitamins can actually cause harm to your dog. This is why we don't sell vitamins!
What are the benefits of GreenPower for dogs?
GreenPower for dogs is a broad-spectrum organic herbal supplement. Broad-spectrum means GreenPower for dogs benefits and addresses every major organ system - heart, kidneys, liver, bladder, and digestion.
provides the nourishment that most dogs lack in their commercially processed diets.
Green foods are important to your dog's diet because of the beneficial enzymes they provide. Chlorophyll is a powerful detoxifier and tonic, cleansing the blood and building red blood cells.
"A dog's diet determines its health and life expectancy more than any other care" - Donald Strombeck, DVM, PhD
These words changed our life in respect to how we care and feed for our dogs. Thirty years ago Marlene and I began our personal journey into eating wholesome, fresh prepared meals using organic and natural ingredients. It did not occur to us at the time that the same principals could be followed for our dog. Growing up in the era for the big dog food companies we were led to believe that if we so much as fed our dog a carrot he would keel over dead.
For some reason only dog food companies with men in white lab coats held the secret to dog nutrition. I had watched my dog drink from a dirty puddle and eat unmentionable dead things off the ground and nothing bad happened. So what was the big nutritional secret? Did I just need a lab coat?
You have to remember that 30 years ago there was no Internet. Finding information was difficult and took time. Eventually we began to wrap our heads around the fact that the modern pet food industry was very young and that people had for tens of thousands of years been feeding dogs 'table scraps' - which by the way was NOT junk food but pieces of meat, vegetables, and grains.
What our research revealed is that dogs can have a very varied diet. They are opportunistic and they do not need every vitamin and mineral every day at every meal. They do have basic nutritional requirements but those are EASY to meet with wholesome food.
One thing that always bothered us was how a bag of dog food that supposedly contained meat and fat could be kept at room temperature for months and NOT go bad? The answer is because commercial kibble is so highly processed and preserved and heated until every living element is destroyed. The little brown nuggets are not longer food. Synthetic Vitamins are sprayed on at the end of extrusion to give it any value at all. It is dead and lifeless material. (I can't call it food). This is not good, my friends.
We began feeding our dog foods that we were eating - whole grains, meat, and vegetables. We knew we were getting all kinds of vitamins from the food - why not our dog?
Within weeks we began to see some amazing changes. Higher energy levels, he lost the puffy fat on his body and it turned to muscle, healthy skin and coat, healthy eyes, no more doggy odor, better breath, no more flaky skin, his incontinence cleared up!
From that point on we set out to help other dog owners realize the benefits of home prepared diets. Check out our other blog articles for recipe ideas and discover our Essential 3 diet supplements.
Marlene and Michael Forte have been feeding our dogs home prepared diets and using herbs and homeopathy for over 30 years! Natural, organic and gentle really WORKS!