Pets Get Sick Too

Sally Doing Stick em Up

Sally Doing Stick em Up

Top 10 Medical Conditions that Prompt a Visit to the Vet

At WebVitamins, we all love our dogs and cats. At work, we not only follow the lives of each other but we follow the lives of each other’s pets. Pets are such an important part of all our lives.

The above article discusses the conditions that people bring their dogs and cat to the vet. Some of the most common conditions people bring dogs in for are skin conditions. I think some of the cause of skin conditions in dogs has to do with food. I have found before that switching to a lamb and rice has worked in the past. Other people at work have found the raw diet to work with their animal. I have also found adding fish oil to the diet can be very helpful in reducing skin problems. The final thing that has worked well in the past is adding digestive enzymes to the dog’s food.

I have had good results with dogs using fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin in the treatment of arthritis.

I have owned many cats yet I always find them the most difficult to treat. All my cats seem to be fussy and getting them to take supplements has been nearly impossible. However, I always use prescription food to help prevent urinary tract infections and have not had any problems since my very first cat first suffered from them.

Unfortunately, my current cat has not looked well since the 2007 pet food recalls where they had melamine contamination. The contamination affected many of the different foods and poor Simba has not looked the same sense. However, recently the cat has been looking much better. Giving the cat any pills is nearly impossible. What seemed to help him was giving him goat’s milk every day. His coat is looking so much better since he has been consuming goat’s milk on a daily basis.


The picture above is my dog Sally. Sally is now nearly 18 years old. In fact, about three years ago at this time of year Sally was diagnosed with heart failure and Cushing’s disease and given three months to live. We use veterinary’s beta-blocker and Lasix at first to try to get Sally healthy. We added our own vitamins including coenzyme Q 10. After a few months, we were able to wean Sally off the beta-blocker and eventually the Lasix. Today she shows no more hint of heart failure.

However, during that time, Sally suffered a stroke in her spinal cord that made her unable to walk. Upping her vitamins and nutrients, she is doing remarkably well and is back to climbing stairs again. Some people have called her are miracle dog and she truly is. She lives a remarkably happy life today and I believe if it were not for her treatment with natural products, wound not be here today.


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Is Your Dog Overweight? You May be Also

Overweight Owners Lead Pets to Obesity

Richard French, DVM, MS, PhD, Dean of Animal Studies and Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College believes that the pet owner’s health and well being could also reflect on that of their pets.

He urges pet owners to lead a healthy lifestyle for the sake of their beloved pets. French refers particularly to dangerous health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure. It was said that overweight owners are more likely to have fat pets as well.

Find out more about this interesting information item/overweight-owners-lead-pets-obesity

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Pet Mussel Power

Green Lipped Mussel


Perna Canaliculus, the Green Lipped Mussel, is produced commercially in pristine waters off the New Zealand coast. It is a nutritional whole food the possesses an exceptional degree of biological activity. This edible bivalve has been a valuable food source for the native people of New Zealand for centuries. It contains the ocean’s natural mineral balance, similar to that found in the human body.


Perna Canaliculus contains complex proteins, polypeptides, naturally chelated minerals; long chain unsaturated fatty acids, enzymes, glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), vitamins, nucleic acids, Chondroitin sulfates, glycoproteins and polysaccharides.


Green Lip Mussel offers unmatched anti-inflammatory benefits for your dog or cat. GLM is a natural source of Chondroitin, glucosamine and ETA’s (omega 3). GLM has been successful in managing degenerative joint disease and arthritis in both human and veterinary fields: GLM contains natural anti-inflammatory agents and many essential building blocks needed to rebuild the necessary components in joints. It is reported to reduce pain; swelling and inflammation associated with arthritis and improve joint mobility. Besides the obvious benefits for dogs, cats and horses, preliminary studies have shown Perna to help increase sperm count and motility in breeding stock.

Our Process:

Jump Your Bones Pet Treats process of manufacturing is dehydration. Our process is a first for Australia, and enables a wide range of products such as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables to be produced without the use of artificial colorings, preservatives or additives. Technology used in the process ensures product color and flavor is maintained making them the most nutritional treat available. Our processing plant conforms to the highest quality control standards.

Dosage Rates:

Feed as a treat. For the first two weeks suggested dosage 2 mussels (average size) a day (45kg and up). Maintenance one mussel a day.


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West Paw Design, Environmentally Friendly Green Pet Products

West Paw – Pamper Your Dog with Eco-Friendly Products

West Paw Design not only makes eco-friendly product but their products are also made in the United States in Bozeman, MT.

We love the Nature Nap pet beds that incorporate recycled and recyclable materials. Not only do we love them but our pets seem to find them comfortable and cozy. The Beds use IntelliLoft filling which is made of 61% recycled material. The fabric is a poly knit that is strong enough to reduce shredding while still being soft for your pet.

West Paw Design also has the Zogoflex dog toys.  Zogoflex is 100% recyclable and it floats. It is also dishwasher safe. The Zogoflex material is non-toxic to animals as well. The Zogoflex toys are guaranteed with either a one-time refund or replacement.

We hope you’ll try West Paw Design and we are offering 15% off till the end of September on any West Paw Design bed, toy or any other west paw product.

To Get the Discount Use Coupon Code WESTPAW till Sept 30th 2011

This offer is for online orders only.

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What is the Number 1 Vet Brand for Joint Health?

Cosequin is the Number 1 Veterinarian Recommended Brand.

Glucosamine is as important to your pet’s health as it is to your health. However getting your pet to take their pills can be a big struggle. Cosequin the #1 veterinarian brand is now available in soft chews which make it easy for your dog to take their daily glucosamine as a treat.


  • 10-29 lbs.             1
  • 30-59                     2
  • 60-89                     3
  • 90-120                   4

Initial dosage is one higher than above for 30-120 lbs.

The product is tasty and maximum strength and works for dogs of all sizes.

You can save today using the coupon code SOFTCHEW in your cart and save 10% off Cosequin soft chews.

Offer Ends Sept 29 2011

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Sally and Her Recovery from Heart Failure

Sally Doing Stick em Up

Sally is our oldest dog. Someone drove to a mall, put Sally inside and drove away. Sally was given her name at the veterinarian’s office she was taken to after the incident where they called her Sally Shopper.

One day my wife Carrie went to the vet with our dog Charlie for a standard visit. We had just lost Sara our German Shepard about one month earlier. Sally ran up to Carrie and Charlie to say hi. Carrie asked the receptionist at the vet’s office who the dog belong to thinking it was one of the helps dogs. The vet’s wife said, “That is Sally and she’s your dog.” They knew we would be a good home and that is how we ended up with Sally.

Sally appreciates her second chance at life and seems to be grateful and happy every moment of her life. We’ve been blessed to have her as a companion. We’ve had her for nearly 13 years.

In 2010 Sally started to cough frequently and we took her to the vet to see what was wrong with her. We learned Sally had multiple health problems. She was about 14 (Not sure of her exact age due to being abandoned) at the time and they diagnosed her with heart failure, collapsed trachea, and Cushing’s disease. She was put on medication for her heart problems and we were told not to expect her to live much past the end of summer.

We started Sally not only on her medications at the time but also on a vitamin protocol consisting of herbal pet heart formulas, CoQ10, carnitine, and PQQ. After a couple of weeks we cut her prescription medications down to half and then eliminated one of the three that didn’t seem to agree with her. Here it is the end of the summer a year later in 2011 and Sally is still with us.

However, the other day Sally didn’t want to eat in the morning. For Sally that is serious because she loves food more than anything. We made sure to get her into the vet later that day. He examined Sally and told us that there was no change in her heart enlargement. He did diagnose her with a gut infection and put her on antibiotics. They did a blood test and the next day we were given the results and our vet said, “Her blood tests are remarkably normal for a dog her age.” He didn’t say anything else but I think he was very surprised.

One day of antibiotics and Sally’s appetite was back to normal and she was back to her old self. It was a quick recovery for a dog of about 15 years of age.

How many humans could be helped if we were to embrace more alternative options for treatment? I know an alternative doctor who had a family member put their loved one on CoQ10 while he was in hospice for heart failure. In a couple of weeks he was able to go home feeling much better.

Keep in mind that there are alternatives that can complement medical care; however you are going to be largely on your own in your care as most doctors are not going to help and many are going to be downright hostile in the use of alternative care.




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Earth Friendly and Dog Friendly?

On one of my too frequent trips to the pet store, some great pet products caught my attention. In my search for a pet bed that was easily washable, I came across a West Paw Design Nature Nap Pet Bed that boasted the use of recycled materials for construction. The bed looked very well made and was simple and attractive. I figured hey, why not be earth friendly and dog friendly at the same time? Since then I have bought several of the Nature Nap beds and my dog clearly appreciates my efforts. It is really easy to throw in the wash and is quite durable. It doesn’t have an overabundance of stuffing in it, as some other pet beds do,  making them impossible to save if an accident were to occur.

During my trip I also noticed some eye catching toys,  also by West Paw Design. They are all incredibly bright, which comes in handy since so many toys are so easily buried in my grassy back yard. Also, they are made of a soft pliable material that is fully recyclable. They also came with a satisfaction guarantee and a free 1 time replacement. Actually, The Bumi dog toy caught my attention first since my dog loves to tug and I try to avoid giving her tug toys made of materials that can be abrasive to the teeth. This toy is A LOT of fun! Dogs seem to enjoy frolicking with it while flipping it around their face making it entertaining to both dogs and humans. My dog would play tug with it all day if she could and she loves to play fetch with it whenever I am able to get it away from her. I do however have to warn that when throwing it near tall trees it is best to be very leery of chucking it into the branches. I once had several Bumi’s stuck in my tree for a couple weeks. They have the propensity to grab onto tree branches given their “Z” like shape, and hang onto the branches for dear life once up there.

Dog lovers should definitely check out the West Paw Design brand and try out some of their toys and beds. Let us know if you love them as much as I do!

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