Taste of the Wild Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Your dog craves the wild… give it to him or her with every meal thanks to Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.

Featuring real, high quality ingredients, every unique flavor of Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is specially formulated to mimic a specific region where your dog’s ancestors thrived. Starting with real roasted and smoked meat, poultry, and fish, these diets are high in the protein your dog loves. Each formula is then supplemented with nutrient dense fruits & veggies to deliver the antioxidants and other vitamins & minerals to support your dog’s healthy lifestyle.

Every Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is grain-free, gluten-free, and features no corn or soy. The all natural formulas support healthy digestion with chelated minerals and sweet potatoes and support a healthy coat with their unique omega fatty acid blend. Not to mention the roasted and smoked meats feature an unparalleled palatability.

Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

  • Grain-free and gluten-free
  • Made with quality roasted and smoked meat, poultry & fish
  • Regionally specific, ancestrally accurate diets
  • Supplemented with fruits & veggies
  • Complete with digestive support system & omega fatty acid blend

Available in 15 lb and 30 lb bags (14 lb and 28 lb for Southwest Canyon) in 5 unique formulas.

Click here to purchase Taste of the Wild Grain Free Dry Dog Food at Only Natural Pet >>

Testimonials (All dog pics are the real dogs!)… 4.8 out of 5 Overall Rating based on 54 Reviews

Great food, less cost!

Lots of gold stars for TOTW. We’re on our second bag since switching from Purina and my Pointer mix is looking healthier and has a shinier coat.

~ Richard A. from Austin, TX


No More Food Allergies…

I had my Shiba Inu, Kobyashi tested for allergies. The results showed he is allergic to Rice, Flax, and Peas… seriously Peas? If you check out most brands of dog food, they contain one or more of these ingredients. I was baffled and could not find a food that suited Koby’s needs. Until I found Taste of the Wild. And the icing on the doggy biscuit is that he absolutely enjoys the food. Thanks for creating this product.

~ Queen of Shibas from Wisconsin (Verified Buyer)

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My sweet husky just loves this food!!!

My husky eats Taste of the Wild every day since she was a pup. Her health, weight, coat and eyes are perfect… I couldn’t ask for a better food for her. Plus, she loves the taste…

~ Husky Mom from Berkshire County, MA


Best of the Best!

This is hands down the best dog food out there! My Malchi was a picky eater until I bought TOTW which was recommended by a family friend. She absolutely LOVES it and I love that I’m feeding her something natural and nutritious. Those who complain that it’s expensive, try going to your local feed store. I picked up a 30lb bag for [$]! That’s a bargain, cheaper than most mid-grade dog food full of grains and fillers that you’d pick up at a chain pet store. Plus without the fillers, she eats a lot less (we leave food out all day for her- and yes, she’s a very healthy weight). Try TOTW. You won’t be disappointed. They come in 5lb bags also 🙂

~ Conscientious Dog Mommy from Central Valley, California


Food For Life…

Amazing food. Was feeding another kind of grain free food to my Blue Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix puppy before and once I made the switch I noticed a big improvement in his skin and coat and his stool consistency. This seems to be a healthier food that has really made a difference in my puppies life. He LOVES the High Prairie formula too. This is a fantastic food that doesnt break the bank like other grain free foods do. I will be feeding Taste Of The Wild for life.

~ Dan The Man from Oklahoma (Verified Buyer)


Great for Moms and Puppies!

TOTW was recommended to me for the pregnant rescue pit mix I am fostering. When I got the mamma she was thin and sickly. After a month on the High Prairie Puppy her weight was good, coat was shiny and thick, and she delivered a litter of 12 pups, one still born. The mother produced ample milk to feed this huge litter and the remaining 11 are now eating TOTW too and all thriving, even the three tiny ones. They are smart, active, gaining weight consistently, and have beautiful coats!

~ Helping Orphaned Hounds from Coolidge, AZ

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My Dogs Will Live Longer!

We thought we were going to lose our old Rottie and my older standard poodle had a hard time getting around. Both had trouble digesting the grocery store stuff. We switched to Taste of the Wild — any flavor — and they are like new dogs! They are much more active, they run, have better coats and do not throw up. I am convinced this TOTW is prolonging the lives of our dogs, my best friends!

~ Barbara and Don from Pahrump, NV


Best dog I’ve found so far!

I have a 9 month old German Shepherd/Husky puppy and I was feeding her a natural, but “grainy” food. She was throwing up once a day and I couldn’t figure out the reason. I decided it may be because of an allergy and after doing research online I found out that dogs really don’t need grains at all. I switched to a grain free food to see if there was a difference and it’s the best choice I’ve ever made for my dog. She hasn’t thrown up once since eating this food and her coat is so shiny now. I will continue to buy this food at long as they make it.

~ KNM from the Bahamas (Verified Buyer)

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Click here to purchase Taste of the Wild Grain Free Dry Dog Food at Only Natural Pet >>

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SPARK Daily Nutritional Supplement for Dogs and Cats by Pet Wellbeing

Put one serving per day on top of your pet’s food for:

  • Healthy bones, teeth and coat
  • Good digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Joint and muscle health
  • Immune system and normal recovery
  • Healthy hormone levels
  • Free radical damage (anti-oxidant)
  • As a source of vitamins & minerals for growth, aging and normal cell repair

This supplement is designed to supercharge your pet’s diet and health

  • 1 jar = 3 month supply for 12-25lb pet.
  • 90 day money-back guarantee

What is SPARK?

SPARK is a comprehensive supplement designed to supply more nutrition that canines and felines can’t get from their diet. A leading naturopathic veterinarian developed SPARK to be a complete, all in one delivery system of 43 natural ingredients, all researched and synergistically combined for their ability to maintain excellent health.

Click here to learn more about SPARK Nutritional Supplement >>

Main components of SPARK:

Non-synthetic sources of vitamins and minerals Probiotics & prebiotics + enzymes for healthy digestion
Fiber Vitamin D
Fruit & vegetable “superfoods” Sea Vegetables
Antioxidants Amino Acids

Many of the ingredients are termed “superfoods” because they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These ingredients are easy to absorb and assimilate and they maintain good health right down to the cellular level.

Unfortunately, many pet foods are highly processed and lack the vital nutrients that pets need to thrive. There is a big difference between surviving and thriving. SPARK was developed to give pets the best possible nutrition, so you never have to wonder if they are getting everything they need. Simply sprinkle it on their food. Most pets not only love the taste, they crave it. Take the 60 day challenge and see how your pet enjoys SPARK.

SPARK is gluten free.

What is SPARK used for?

Our pets rely on us to provide them with what they need. We love our pets but we can’t always tell how they are feeling. Our dog or cat may be lacking in energy, their bones or joints may hurt or they could have a bellyache due to poor digestion. They aren’t able to tell us what they are feeling  or if their bodies are lacking the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

  • Use SPARK for pets of all life stages
  • SPARK can be added to the diet of any feline or canine

The 60 day challenge……The challenge is on!

  1. Feed SPARK to your pet for 60 days
  2. See how your pet enjoys it
  3. Notice any healthy benefits after 60 days or less
  4. Notice how good it feels to provide your pet with optimal nutrition

You have nothing to lose! SPARK comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee.

Click here to learn more about SPARK Nutritional Supplement >>

A note from our Veterinarian…

If you are going to give your pet one supplement, this should be it. I have seen remarkable results in both healthy pets and those in compromised states. I recommend it for the majority of canines and felines of all ages (once they are weaned), and breeds. Cats that are hyperthyroid or dogs and cats with kidney disease should not take this supplement.

Some pet owners want to know when they will see a difference and of course, every pet is unique. Some common testimonials I hear about are:  More energy, good joint mobility, improvement of a health condition, better breath, normal shedding, good recovery times and numerous others.

SPARK give you the assurance that your pet is getting everything he or she needs. Have you ever witnessed your dog or cat munching grass outside? Though they cannot digest common grasses very well, there is something in the grass that they crave. Most pet foods on the market include a minimum daily requirement of synthetic vitamins and minerals, rather than a full spectrum of nutrients. As a veterinarian, I am dismayed at the ingredients that go into some pet foods, even some of the “good” brands. Even though I recommend a more holistic diet, I encourage feeding SPARK with every type of diet.

The key is: SPARK provides all the building blocks and the foundation for optimal health.

Click here to learn more about SPARK Nutritional Supplement >>

Does it come with a guarantee?

Yes! SPARK comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee.

Who makes SPARK?

SPARK is made by Pet Wellbeing, founded in 2001. Our goal? To bring the wisdom and experience of our caring holistic veterinarians to your pet. When your pet is healthy; you’re happy. Manufactured in the USA.

Why choose SPARK for your canine or feline?

Good Manufacturing Practices. All of our products are manufactured in a facility that is certified GMP.

FDA-Registered Facility. Our manufacturing facility is FDA-registered. Strict quality control procedures are meticulously monitored.

It’s guaranteed. In addition to the superior quality of our products, you are also protected by our 90 day money-back guarantee.

Reviews and Testimonials… 

Spark is THE Best…

We LOVE Spark…more importantly, our dogs love Spark. It works beautifully. Hubby and I own a pack of Yorkies who have health problems from vaccines they got from their breeders (ugh…got to get this stopped, but that’s another story). Two of them suffer gastrointestinal problems. Using Spark daily with their raw meat and bones diet, their GI problems are gone. They have lots of energy; bright, clear eyes; and feel great. Our oldest pair is almost 12 years old, but you’d never know it. They look the same as our 3-4 year old dogs and they play daily with our two youngest 11 month old pups. We’re so grateful to have found this and recommend it to everyone with dogs/cats. Try it, you will NOT be disappointed.

Thank you, Spark! You get 4 paws up from our clan.

~ Yorkie Lovers from Southern, CA


Excellent Product!

I think this is an awesome product. I feed our five cats a raw diet and even though their food turns green when adding the Spark, they absolutely love the flavour. One of our cats has Hypothyroid and cannot have Spark because of the Iodine in Bladderwrack so she gets the Nu Pet Feline Granular and Ark Naturals Gentle Digest plus the Thyroid Gold. All of Pet Wellbeing products are excellent. I’m so happy I found this website. As a practising Herbalist, I have always treated our pets naturally and these additional supplements are just what they need to continue good health.

~ Carole from Fonthill, Ontario

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Amazing!

February of 2014, my 15 year old cat was diagnosed with bladder infection and possible kidney failure. Vet suggested that she start on a restricted diet sold by the vet and blood check every 6 months. I could not afford the kidney blood test and decided to go alternative and take a chance. I found your website and your suggestion to give her SPARK. I also give her cranberry support and pet probiotic. Initially, I had to squirt the mixture into her mouth with a syringe but now, I mix it into her can food. She has regained her weight and is back to being the boss.

My son adopted a puppy from a rescue group, whom 2 weeks later came down with parvo. Thanks to fast diagnose, 3 days in the hospital and feeding him pedialyte, home made brown rice, chicken, vegetables, probiotic and SPARK… he is now a handsome trouble maker.

Two amazing success stories that I had to share.

~ Healthavore from Naples, Florida

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Wow, amazing stuff…

We started our 14 year old lab cross Ella on this product and the results have been nothing short of phenomenal. An old dog with failing eyesight, hearing loss, creaky bones, and a lack of energy has, after about a month of twice daily doses with her regular food, become a much more energentic and happy old dog! Results have included: her cloudy, milky eyes have cleared up; she is more responsive and generally happier; she has much more energy and takes interest in going for walks again.

I would highly recommend this product for anyone interested in bringing a “spark” back to an older dog. Thank you.

~ Doug the fisherman from Vancouver, BC

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Spark-Daily Nutritonal Supplement

I had to take a moment to write a review about this incredible product. I currently give my dog The Heart Health drops to help with his heart murmur… He has stayed steady at a level 3. I would like to credit the drops, but am not positive. I will continue the drops, as they seem to be working. The people at Pet Well Being were kind enough to send me a new product that I absolutely LOVE!!!! I don’t normally sit, and write a review unless I am totally blown away by a product… So my dog wasn’t eating well, and had dropped some weight. (I understand this can be a normal side effect of the heart murmur.) The photo nutrients, probiotics, etc. are all proving to be doing their job, and quickly!!! A big reason is that my dog likes the taste. One tsp. mixed with his bowl of food, and he consumes the whole bowl, where he used to pick at it! His coat is shiny, he has put some weight back on giving him more energy. It’s a wonderful thing seeing a 12 1/2 yr old lab with new vigor!!! Thanks so much …. I am reordering now!!!!

~ Lisa & Luc from New Orleans, Louisiana

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Wysong Optimal Adult Natural Premium Dog Food

Wysong Optimum Adult Dry Dog Food

Optimal Adult™ Premium Dog Food

For the past 35 years the Wysong goal and commitment has been to reconcile modern food forms and processing with the natural canine/feline diet. Wysong Optimal Diets™ represent new advanced technology that moves companion animal nutrition closer than ever to archetypal genetic expectation.

Optimal Adult™ natural premium dog food contains very low levels of carbohydrate, low glycemic index, multiple organic ingredients, unsurpassed levels of enzymes and probiotics, natural omega-3 : omega-6 fatty acid ratios, a superb spectrum of micronutrients, including life stage specific nutraceuticals, and more.

Please review the product label below for a full breakdown of Optimal Adult™ premium dog food. For an explanation and rationale for each ingredient and the functional characteristics of this food, visitm.wysong.net/oa.

Find more details on the science and functionality of these new Wysong advances on our pet/dog/cat food diet features page and elsewhere on the Wysong website.

Find out more about FREE SHIPPING with any order of $75 or more >>

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Holistic, Healthy Pet Foods & Supplements

A message from the folks at Wysong.net…

Established in 1979, Wysong Corporation is one of the true pioneers of natural healthy pet foods and holistic pet health care & nutrition. Conceived and led by Dr. Wysong, we are a family company that puts principle ahead of market.

We view pet nutrition as a serious health matter, not a mere opportunity for profit. Thus our natural dog foodcat food, and other pet products are developed by in-house pet health doctorate professionals and produced in our own manufacturing facilities. We are not the typical pet food company consisting of marketers that outsource manufacturing and expertise.

Wysong develops state of the art, nutraceutically enhanced healthy dog foodnatural cat foodferret foodhorse feed and pet supplements with a view to long term prevention and staving off the long-latency diseases pets often fall victim to. Wysong also offers a variety of gourmet raw cat and dog food, as well health supplements designed to help your pet live a healthy life.

Wysong pet products have been fed to tens of thousands of pets through multiple generations for thirty years with remarkable health benefits. Whether your pet is healthy or ailing, young or old, arthritic, allergy plagued, diseased, malnourished… under all health conditions, adherence to our Wysong Optimal Health Program™ and using natural Wysong foods will yield increased pet health and vitality. Our healthy dog and cat food products have helped thousands of pet owners provide the healthy food their dogs, cats or other pets need.

We maintain two preeminent goals:

#1 To arm pet owners with the knowledge needed to make sound nutritional and health decisions for their pets — pet health and nutrition information is our best product and it is free to you.

#2 To provide natural and holistic pet foods and cat & dog supplements scientifically formulated and painstakingly manufactured and packaged for health optimization.

Our vast collection of customer testimonials has one common overriding theme – Wysong Works! We wish you and your companion animals the very best of health.

The Wysong Team

Click here to start your puppy on a truly healthy diet with Wysong’s Optimal Adult Canine Formula >>

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Sojos Original Raw Dog Food Mix by Sojourner Farms

Eric and Kate here with DogPerDay. Watch this video below to learn more about Sojourner Farms brand raw dog and cat food, and find out how you can start your beloved pet on a truly healthy diet that will lead to a longer and happier life… and be sure to read some of the Testimonials that I’ve included below the video…

Combine with your own source of meat and veggies to create your own fresh, homemade pet food. When mixed with meat and water, 1 lb. makes approximately 4.8 lbs. of fresh, raw dog food.

Click here or on the image below to learn more about Sojos Original Dog Food Mix >>

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Testimonials from Sojos!

“My little Chi-Pom named Joey was a mature-dog rescue when he was ten years old. Over the next two years, Joey seemed to get weaker and more problems developed such as recurrent stomach issues and losing the ability to climb stairs. I thought it might be age since I was feeding him cooked ground turkey, peas and brown rice (very healthy diet, I thought). When he started to not eat much, I decided to try raw food on the advice of a friend. Within a few weeks, Joey was eating all his food (the Turkey Complete Mix), climbing stairs, and had no more stomach issues at all… it was amazing! Joey is now twelve and looks and acts like a puppy… I will never go back to cooked dog food. Thank you, Sojos!”

~ Tony, Walnut Creek, CA


“My husband and I have spent the last 2 years trying to fix our English Bulldog’s itchy skin… We have tried every allergy friendly food on the market, took out our grass and carpet, had him on regular allergy medication and nothing worked. We have had him on a Sojo’s diet for the past week and I am so pleased to say that he is finally sleeping through the night without itches and his pink face is now normal! He finally looks comfortable. Thanks for helping our pup.”

~ Amanda, Mission Viejo, CA


Sojos Raw Pet Food Facts

“Cocoa had been overweight since I got her in 2006. Despite exercise and various ‘diet’ foods, she still wasn’t really trimming down and she was listless, didn’t play much. I decided to try Sojo’s Complete Turkey Recipe and she is now at her ideal weight and maintaining. She hops around, plays like a puppy (she’s 13 years old) and even the Vet remarks on how good she looks. Additionally, she doesn’t have that ‘dog smell’ that some other dogs have, and I suspect such odor has something to do with what the dog is being fed. She loves Sojo’s, and so do I!”

~ Suzy, Fargo, ND


“My lil yorkie Lily Bella started her life with a sensitive stomach. I tried many different foods but they never agreed with her. My vet told me she would probably have to be on prescription food for the rest of her life. That was not going to be a option for me since she was so young. I researched ‘all natural’ foods and tried Sojos and OMG the transformation was amazing! No more upset tummy for my little bean! Lily is absolutely crazy in love with Sojos! When I’m mixing her food she bounces around the kitchen dancing on her hind legs, barking, telling me to hurry up with her Sojos! Now there is never a health issue with her, no ear infections or upset tummies and her coat is shinny and beautiful and she has a sparkle in her eyes! Lily loves the grain free veggie mix. Thank you Sojos! You saved my Lily from a life of eating prescription dog food! p.s. She also loves your Good Dog dog treats!”

~ Judy, Greendale, WI


Why Sojos?

“Mason my Dachshund has had many health issues in his life. After having colitis twice a couple of years ago, I started feeding him Sojos and he has not had it since. He has also lost weight and had started growing some of his hair back! I have fed him every high end dog food including raw and Sojo’s is the best!”

~ Michelle, Scottsdale, AZ


“Hobie was a rescue and while he is a young dude, he spends most of his time sleeping in between his 4 daily walks. After trying a so-called ‘high end’ dog food, we noticed something different: he was gaining weight like crazy!! At his highest he was up to 64 lbs.! 15 lbs. up from his weight when he was rescued! Not only that, but he developed some kind of allergy where hot spots would pop up and his poor coat looked terrible! I talked to my local dog shop who recommended a different dry food and Sojos as a complement. Six weeks later, Hobie was down to a healthy 52 lbs. and has been there for over two years! He no longer has allergies and his coat is even and soft. He’s a happy boy and I’m happy he is healthy and doing well. Thank you Sojos!”

~ Alison, Torrance, CA


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Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Dog Car Harness from Kurgo.com

Crash-Tested Dog Car Harness

This crash-tested dog car harness keeps you and your pup safe while driving. It has been designed as a dog safety harness, not a converted walking harness. The all-steel Nesting Buckle System is based on the engineering for harnesses used by rock climbers and linesmen ensuring strength and safety.

With five adjustments points, it’s easy to get a near custom fit for any dog, regardless of size and proportions. The chest pad reduces stress on the trachea and sternum while dispersing kinetic energy across the chest of the dog. This is important during those rare, but dangerous impact crashes.

Because it’s designed with comfort in mind, our Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Harness can also be used as a no-pull walking harness. There’s a halt ring on the front chest plate. If your pup tries to pull, it will just turn him around effectively training him that pulling will get him nowhere!

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For maximum crash protection and to limit excursion, you should use the included carabiner to attach the harness to you car seatbelt system. If your dog cannot tolerate this level of restraint, you can also use the included 10-inch dog seat belt tether to provide a bit more range of movement.

  • Protects dogs, drivers and passengers on the road
  • Broad, padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort
  • Compatible with any vehicle seat belt system
  • Includes a carabiner and 10-inch dog seat belt loop
  • Functions as an auto or walking harness
  • Five adjustment points for a perfect fit on all shapes and sizes
  • All-metal hardware
  • Crash-tested
  • Machine washable. Line dry.
  • Size Chart

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Measure chest and neck to determine harness size. The fit should be snug but not restrictive.

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Crash Testing Information

This harness has been tested at a University of Michigan lab, an accredited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration facility, using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for child restraint systems. It has been tested for dogs up to 75 pounds.

Click here to see Crash Test Report >>

5 out of 5-Star Testimonials…

Best harness I have ever used!! My 90lb 18 month Pitbull has destroyed or broken every collar and harness he has had. Some have also caused him unnecessary discomfort. This harness is on him all the time and he seems to be perfectly content with it. It holds him well, it allows him to move freely and its incredibly strong. Combined with the seat belt harness its a great way to keep the dog from jumping around in the car and hopping from the front to back constantly. I also recommend Kurgo due to their excellent customer service. I had an issue with a different order and they prompty and fairly took care of my needs. Excellent work Kurgo!!  ~ WileyOompa, Raleigh, NC

Safety First We love this harness. This is the fourth one we have purchased. We have one for each of our dogs. They are all standard poodles and range in size from 40 pounds to 80 pounds. Our dogs go everywhere with us and they know when they get in the car they wear their harness and are buckled in. We wouldn’t dream of riding in the car without our seatbelts, and we won’t let our dogs either. Safety first. We have purchased extra seat belt tethers so that both of our cars are equipped with them. The tethers make buckling the dogs in so easy. ~ Kimberly, California

Fantastic safety harness! I bought this to keep me and my dog safe on road trips and the occasional trip into the city. The construction is rock solid with double stitching and heavy duty metal buckles. The harness is easy to slip on and off. My dog seems to be very comfortable with the harness on. The breast plate is large enough that it spreads any force all along my dogs chest rather than a single point. It fits perfectly after adjusting it. So well in fact that I can grab the top strap and lift my 80 pound dog up without him showing any discomfort at all. I got the red harness to go on my black dog and it looks great on him which is an added bonus. I recommend the “Direct to Seat Belt Tether” to go with this harness if you intend to use it as a safety device in your car. ~ sleeper692, Portland, OR

We’ve bought THREE! (for one dog) When we bought the first two, we got one with plastic connections and one with metal. Not thinking about the metal being stronger, we used the metal on our golf cart and the plastic in the car. Since we live four blocks from the beach, the metal rusted, so the harness needed to be replaced. After reading the crash test results, I realized that the one in the car needed to be metal, so I bought him one with metal to use in the car and we’re using the plastic on the golf cart (he LOVES to go bye-bye on the golf cart!!) Strongly recommend these harnesses… they are easy to hook up and are easily adjustable to fit him perfectly. ~ Cooper’s Mom, Port Aransas, TX

Click here to get the Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness from Kurgo.com >>

Recommended Accessories

Direct to Seat Belt Tether: This dog seat belt attaches to your dog’s harness with a carabiner and clicks directly into the female slot of any car’s seat belt, making it quick and easy to restrain your pup to avoid distracted driving.

Swivel Tether: Our strongest tether system, featuring a carabiner used by arborists. Its swivel action also makes it harder for those escape artist pups to get free from their restraint or twist their seat belt tether.

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High Protein, High Meat Air Dried Diet for Your Dog

Eric and Kate here with DogPerDay.com. We love being able to support Only Natural Pet on our Dog Blog. I wanted to share this new video that they just produced for their air-dried line of dog food. Aside from the enormous benefits of buying non-mainstream food for your dog, you may even be able to save money by buying your pet food online in bulk, not to mention the convenience of having it delivered straight to your door. If you are interested in feeding your dog (or cat) a truly healthy diet, then watch this short (and cute) video below. And then if you want to learn more, click here or on the image below the video to go to the Only Natural Pet online store. (Please note: as of this blog post Only Natural Pet has the Beef variety backordered, with estimated time of arrival being tomorrow (November 26th, 2015), but the Chicken and Lamb & Cod varieties are in stock.)

Click here or on the image below to start your dog on a truly healthy diet with “MaxMeat” Air Dried Grain Free Dog Food by Only Natural Pet >>

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Top 10 Myths About Pet Food and Nutrition

By Dr. Jean Hofve, Holistic Veterinarian, contributor for Only Natural Pet

Whether it’s weeding through the “prescription” diets offered or just understanding the difference between raw food and dry food, separating the fact from the fiction will go a long way in letting your pet enjoy a happy, healthy life. Here are the top 10 food myths that we hear and the truth behind them:

1. The best foods are those endorsed by veterinarians

While large brands sold in veterinarian’s offices may be marketed as premium, top of the line foods, one look at the ingredients tells a different story. These formulas, made by large conglmorate food manufacturers, derive far more protein from grains or grain by-product sources such as corn gluten meal, brewer’s rice, and wheat, than from healthy meat sources.

These brands, and so many like them found in grocery stores, also contain poultry by-product, which consists of the leftovers unfit for human consumption, like feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs, and intestines; everything BUT clean meat. It’s a cheap, low quality source of protein that is far less digestible than clean chicken meal. These ingredients are a tell-tale sign of poor quality food and are no different than discount brands at the grocery store. Although the formulas may contain a few specialized ingredients to position them as a special diet for health conditions such as joint support, urinary tract health, etc., a better way to treat these conditions is with a truly healthy food and one or more daily supplements.

When looking for the best food, meat and a named meat meal, like chicken meal or lamb meal, should be listed before any grains. Our dogs and cats are designed by nature to eat protein from meat sources, not grains. The high grain content of many pet foods is a primary contributor to the growing obesity and allergy problems in pets (this does not mean that all grains are bad for dogs and cats; see myth #7). For more information on selecting a truly premium food for your companion, see our articles, “Quick Guide to Natural Pet Foods,” and “What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food.”

2. Dry food cleans your dog’s and cat’s teeth

This one is very common, even among some veterinarians, but it is most definitely not true. Dogs and cats have very pointed teeth; even their molars are sharp edged, not flat. These teeth are designed to bite, tear, and chew raw meat, so when a dog or cat eats kibble, they either swallow it whole or shatter it. Kibble does not scrape down onto the lower parts of the teeth or near the gums, which is where dental problems start. In fact, kibble can contribute to dental problems when the shattered bits lodge between the teeth, promoting bacterial growth. Just like with your diet, carbohydrate food debris breaks down into sugar, which dental bacteria feeds upon.

“Dental care for dogs and cats is vitally important because poor dental health can lead to chronic disease conditions.”

However, kibble isn’t going to help. Healthy teeth start with a natural diet, healthy chews, and regular brushing. Please see our article, “Dental Healthcare for Your Companion,” for detailed information on caring for your four-legged friend’s teeth.

3. Pets need life stage appropriate diets, like puppy, kitten, and senior formulas

Life stage diets were created as a marketing tool! The more formulas manufacturers develop, the more shelf space they command. While it is true that puppies and kittens need more food for their size than adults, they don’t need a specially formulated puppy or kitten diet. A high-quality, varied diet is the best option for your young pets. For puppies this can include dry food, canned, freeze-dried, dehydrated, and raw food.

For kittens, kibble is not recommended to be a large portion of the diet as it can contribute to dehydration, urinary tract issues and less than optimal health over time. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they eat mostly meat and very little carbohydrates. High meat, grain-free foods are a good option if you’re supplementing with kibble, but canned, freeze-dried, dehydrated and raw are the best choices.

Feeding younger animals more frequent meals, like 3 times per day, is helpful while they are in their biggest growth phase. After three or four months of age, two meals per day is sufficient for most animals. Puppies and kittens should be kept slim, just like adult animals; keep an eye on your little companion’s waistline and don’t let them get round.

Senior animals tend to slow down as they age, so while their calorie requirements may shrink, their need for the healthiest food you can provide is never greater. As animals age, they require excellent nutrition to keep their immune system as strong as possible and their joints in good working order. Continuing to feed a high quality, varied diet is the best thing you can do, just feed a little less of it; older dogs and cats are the most susceptible to the many health issues that obesity can contribute to, including diabetes, arthritis, and urinary tract problems.

4. Table scraps and other “people foods” are bad for your dog and cat

Most holistically trained veterinarians encourage the practice of feeding “people food” to our pets. Healthy leftovers are an excellent supplement to your companion’s regular fare.”There are only two rules with people food for pets:

  1. It must be healthy for them: meat, steamed and finely chopped veggies & fruits, baked sweet potato, rice, oatmeal; no junk food; and
  2. If you give them some of what you are eating, remember to feed less of their own food so that they don’t put on extra pounds.”

It’s important to note that not all healthy foods for us are healthy for our pets: onions, grapes and raisins can all be toxic to dogs and cats. If you’re not positive it’s safe, don’t feed it.

“Even beyond leftovers, home-cooking is becoming popular among dog and cat lovers. Homemade food has never been easier to create.”

There are a number of homemade pre-mixes available to which all you need to add is meat and an appropriate oil for healthy fat content. Pre-mixes contain vegetables, vitamins and minerals, and sometimes grains to make the meal complete. Sojos has varieties with and without grains. Honest Kitchen offers Honest Kitchen Preference, a grain-free blend. Dr. Harvey’s makes pre-mixes for home cooked food that contains organic grains with an amazing blend of herbs, and also a grain-free pre-mix. You don’t have to cook every meal for your companion to benefit from fresher food: even the occasional homemade dinner is a wonderful healthy treat!

5. Your dog and cat should only eat food labeled as “complete and balanced”

Pet food companies have a pretty big interest in perpetuating this myth. Is every meal you eat complete and balanced? Even the most health-conscious among us don’t worry about meeting the proper balance of nutrients at every meal. We know that over the course of the day or week our diet will be fairly complete, so we don’t have to worry about eating exactly what the food pyramid recommends on a daily basis. Many of us take vitamins and supplements to fill in any gaps because even eating a very healthy diet of whole foods may not provide all the vitamins and minerals our body needs to stay healthy.

Variety is the key to a healthy diet for dogs and cats as well. If you’re feeding at least 50-60% commercially prepared foods that are designed to be “complete,” then you are well on your way to providing a majority of the balance of nutrients. Adding canned, raw or cooked meats, people food, fresh vegetables or other non-formulated foods to your companion’s meals will boost the overall nutrition of the diet as long as it is not overdone. Providing a daily multi-vitamin adds extra insurance. One caveat here: meat is higher in phosphorus and lower in calcium, so when adding more than 15 – 20% extra meat to your companion’s diet on a regular basis, keep the calcium and phosphorus ratio balanced over time by including raw bones or adding a calcium supplement.

6. Feeding raw food is dangerous due to the risk of Salmonella and E. Coli

The digestive tracts of dogs and cats are very different than those of humans. The human digestive tract is approximately 25 to 28 feet long with a stomach acidity between 1.5 and 2.5, whereas dogs and cats have a much shorter digestive system at an average of 10 to 13 feet for dogs (shorter for cats) with an acidity of less than 1. This means that raw food moves through your pet’s system in less than half the time it would through a human’s system, and the high acidity kills most bacteria. Even if the food was contaminated, it is likely that the microbes would not enter the animal’s bloodstream. Commercially prepared raw food manufacturers take measures to control against the presence of unwanted organisms such as salmonella and e. coli, so if you’re concerned about contamination, frozen raw diets are a good option.

If you eat meat, then you are aware of the precautions to take when handling raw meat. The same precautions apply to raw pet food: wash bowls, utensils and your hands after feeding and handling the meat. Keep the meat frozen until two to four days before feeding, and thaw in the refrigerator. Don’t leave the food down for your pet for more than 30-40 minutes, and throw any leftovers away after this time. If you use common sense, feeding raw food is no more difficult or dangerous than any other pet food, and the health benefits are unparalleled. For more information see “All About Raw Food” in our article archives.

7. High protein diets are hard on your pet’s kidneys, especially as they age

This myth is a result of poor quality food manufacturers. The truth is that high plant protein diets are hard on your pet’s organs; high animal protein diets aren’t only healthy for your aging pets, but essential. Poor quality, mass produced pet foods are packed with protein from soy and corn. Unfortunately, your dog and cat are unable to properly digest and assimilate these sources of protein. It lets the food manufacturer boost the protein content of the food without actually offering your pet any substantial protein they can use. High plant protein diets can put added strain on your pets because their bodies aren’t designed to process those ingredients. As they try to assimilate protein from these sources, their organs need to start working overtime.

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“Animal protein is hugely important to our pets throughout their entire lives. High quality protein from actual meat sources contains important amino acids that your pets need to thrive.”

When choosing a healthy, high protein diet for your pet, avoid any bags that feature corn or soy as a prominent ingredient (or better yet, avoid them altogether). You want named meat meals (like chicken meal or lamb meal) or quality meat as the primary protein source. This is a sureproof way to make sure your pets are eating the diet nature intended.

8. Ash Content is an important guideline in choosing your cat’s food

Concern about ash content in pet foods came about as veterinarians and cat guardians were looking for the cause of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD – formerly known as FUS). In the 70”s & 80’s, veterinarians thought ash was a factor in causing crystals in urine. There are, however, a variety of causes and ash is no longer considered a factor in causing FLUTD. The main problem was the formulation of commercial pet foods: most pet foods were creating a more alkaline urine (higher pH) which leads to an increase in struvite crystals. Most dry kibble diets are formulated with a high vegetable and grain content which creates a more alkaline urine. An all meat diet such as a cat would eat in nature creates a more acidic urine.

A high protein diet is the best way to maintain a low urinary pH naturally. Cats eating canned diets have fewer problems with FLUTD than those eating primarily dry kibble diets. This is due both to the higher meat content of canned diets as well as the higher moisture content; increased hydration also prevents crystal formation. A frozen raw food diet is ideal for maintaining a lower urinary pH and providing proper hydration. Focusing on low-ash foods will not solve FLUTD problems, but a healthier diet and proper hydration will.

A more effective means of preventing FLUTD than stressing about the amount of ash in your companion’s food is focusing on stress reduction for your pet and you. Stress is an often overlooked contributing factor to FLUTD, along with lack of exercise. When our companions are stressed, their immune system are compromised. Furthermore, when you are stressed, your companion is far more likely to be stressed. Flower Essences are an excellent stress reduction and emotional support tool; cats are especially responsive to flower essences and can benefit greatly from their use. There are flower essences designed for every emotional state, so look through the large selection and choose the one or two remedies that best match your companion’s issues. Dosing is as simple as adding a few drops to the water or massaging them onto your pet’s ears or paws.

If you would like to learn more about handling your cat’s FLUTD, please read our other articles: “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease,” “Ash, Magnesium and FLUTD,” “Flower Essences and How They Work,” and “Treating Mild Anxiety.

9. Changing formulas or brands of pet foods is hard on your dog’s or cat’s digestion

A healthy dog or cat can eat a different food at each meal without issue as long as they are high-quality foods. Holistically minded guardians and veterinarians know that variety is important for several reasons, the most important being to avoid the development of sensitivities to any particular food or protein type. When the same food is fed for many months or years at a time, animals can develop allergies or sensitivities to specific ingredients in the food. Plus, many holistic veterinarians believe that feeding the same food for many years is a contributing factor to inflammatory bowel disease.

Variety provides a wider range of nutrition for your companion as well. Even though a food may be formulated to meet AAFCO standards, that does not mean it meets the standards of every dog or cat. As a matter of fact, many foods that meet AAFCO standards cannot be tolerated by our pets due to the heavy use of grains and grain by-products. A diverse diet will meet the nutritional needs of your companion over time, and, besides that, would you want to eat the same meal everyday? Remember, every meal doesn’t need to be perfectly balanced as long as the diet is balanced over the course of a week.

Whenever feeding any diet, it’s important to remember to include supplements. Digestive enzymes are hugely important and will help your companion transition from one type of food to another with ease. They help animals maintain a healthy digestive tract and get the most nutrition from their food. Essential fatty acids, especially from fish oil, provide the omega 3 fatty acids missing from most processed pet foods that nourish the skin, coat and digestive tract. Probiotics are important for animals on medication or those experiencing digestive upsets. For animals in need of increased support due to chronic digestive issues, Only Natural Pet GI Support provides herbs and nutrients to soothe and heal the lining of the digestive tract.

10. It’s fine for dogs and cats to eat each other’s food

While there are a few canned formulas available that meet the needs of both species, most foods are designed specifically for cats or dogs. Cats require a higher percentage of protein and fat than most dogs and they have specific requirements for additional taurine. Dogs that eat too much cat food are at risk of weight gain and even pancreatitis. Cats that eat dog food are at risk of weight gain when the food is high in carbohydrates, as well as more likely to develop deficiencies in important amino acids like Taurine.

(Reprinted on DogPerDay.com with permission from Only Natural Pet. The articles and information in the Only Natural Pet Holistic Healthcare Library are presented for informational purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of any product. The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian. Instead, the content offers the reader information and opinions written by our staff, guest authors, and/or veterinarians concerning animal health issues and animal care products.)

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Alleviating Your Pet’s Itchy Skin

By Dr. Larry Siegler

Scritch, scratch, scritch, scratch… it may be the first thing you hear every morning or even wake you up at night – your companion’s itching and scratching. The most common questions from visitors to Only Natural Pet Store are about itching, licking, scratching and skin problems. In this article we will discuss some of the possible causes, and a basic protocol for addressing the most common cause – allergies.

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Step One: History

Evaluating the history of your companion’s problem is very important in helping your veterinarian determine the cause. Though allergies are the most common cause of itching and licking, there are some diseases that need to be ruled out before embarking on the path of allergy treatment.

The following are important details that will help your veterinarian diagnose the problem:

1. Where is the animal the itchiest? Face, base of tail, above the hips, neck, belly, feet…. Watch your companion closely and determine his or her worst areas. Flea Allergies typically cause itching above the hips, the base of the tail, groin and thighs on dogs. Cats usually itch around the neck with flea allergies. Airborne and food allergies commonly cause itching around the face, ears, belly and feet. Scabies (Sarcoptic Mange/mites) typically cause lesions and itching around the ears, elbow, belly and hocks. Demodectic Mange generally initially appears in young dogs on the face or forelegs. Cheyletiella (mites) characteristically present on the back or sides.

2. When did it start? How old was the animal? Mange is more common in younger animals. Puppies and kittens are also more susceptible to flea allergies as they have weaker, less developed immune systems. Older or ill animals are also more susceptible due to a weakened immune system.

3. Is the problem seasonal or year round? Seasonal itching is more indicative of flea or inhalant allergies or insect bite. In many cases, an animal will initially show signs of seasonal allergies that progress to year round problems.

4. Which came first – the itching or hairless patches/skin lesions? If the itchiness appeared before any skin lesions, then allergies or scabies are more likely to be the culprit. If the skin lesions were seen prior to the itchiness, then demodectic mange, ringworm, or bacterial infection caused by a hormonal imbalance might be the problem. (Most bacterial infections of the skin, however, are secondary to the allergy or other issue causing itchiness.)

5. Have you tried any medications or treatments that helped? Certain causes of itchy skin will respond to steroid treatment better than others. Flea allergies and airborne allergies seem to be more responsive than other causes.

6. Has it been contagious to any other animals or humans in the household? Sarcoptic mange, Cheyletiella and ringworm can be passed on to other animals or humans.

Once the cause of the itchy skin is determined, treatment can begin. Any secondary bacterial or yeast infections must be treated, however, before much progress can be seen in remediation of the underlying cause of the itchy skin. Hot spots occur from self-inflicted trauma that results when the pet attempts to relieve a pain or itch by excessive scratching, biting and rubbing. These must be controlled with topical treatments while the animal’s immune system is recovering.

A majority of itchy skin is caused by allergies, so that is what we will address here. In addition to itchy skin, other allergy symptoms may be present such as chronic ear infections or respiratory symptoms such as coughing or nasal congestion, and eye discharge. Food allergies may also cause symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea that can ultimately progress to inflammatory bowel disease. Some holistic veterinarians also believe that seizures, arthritis, asthma and chronic urinary tract infections can be caused or complicated by food allergies.

Itchy skin and allergy symptoms such as paw chewing have also been linked to over-vaccination in a large number of cases. Frequently the symptoms will begin within days or weeks of vaccinations. Please educate yourself about vaccinations and the risks involved. A good start would be to read the article titled What You Need to Know About Vaccinations.

“The first thing to address in treating the underlying cause of allergies is the animal’s diet.”

Treating Itchy Skin Caused by Allergies

One of the most common causes of itchy skin is fleas and flea allergies. If you suspect fleas, please read The Natural Approach to Flea Control. Flea control is an essential step in the treatment plan for any animal with allergies. Any dog or cat with a compromised immune system is more susceptible to fleas and parasites, so plan to treat the home environment a month BEFORE flea season begins. The last thing your dog or cat needs when already battling allergies is a flea infestation to make things worse!

Topical Treatments

If your dog or cat has been itching for awhile, they may have created bare, red patches in places that can become infected, so you need to address these areas right away. Here are some products offered at Only Natural Pet Store that can help:

For Dogs and Cats:
Only Natural Pet Herbal Skin Ointment
Fido Derm Herbal Spray
Doc Ackerman’s Instant Hot Spot Relief Spray

An additional option for Dogs is Only Natural Pet Hot Spot Skin Relief Oil (essential oils)

Oatmeal Baths followed by conditioner to seal in moisture can relieve the itch.
Doc Ackerman’s Herbal Colloidal Oatmeal Shampoo
Head to Tail Aloe Oatmeal Shampoo

If more potent topical treatment is necessary, your veterinarian can prescribe topical treatments and/or shampoo to help curb the itchiness.

Diet – The Essential Remedy

The first thing to address in treating the underlying cause of allergies is the animal’s diet. Many animals see a dramatic improvement with a change in diet alone. With the addition of one or two basic supplements, this can be all that is needed. Allergies are cumulative in the animal’s system – meaning that even if your dog or cat tends to have seasonal allergies, his or her food may be adding to the overall “load” on the system. Transitioning to a more appropriate diet (preferably raw or at least home-prepared food) can make a big difference even for those pets with seasonal allergies by improving their immune system strength and overall health. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food to learn more about improving your companion’s diet. Foods that do not contain the most common allergens such as wheat, soy, corn, beef, and chicken are the best choice. See Allergy Formula Foods

Essential Fatty Acids

The first dietary supplement to consider for an animal with itchy skin is essential fatty acids (EFAs). Fish oil is considered the best source for cats and dogs, since the fatty acid chains are readily usable by the animal’s system without any conversion process, which is necessary for the utilization of plant-sourced essential fatty acids such as flaxseed.

EFAs help reduce inflammation and nourish the skin and coat. They can also be beneficial in assisting the healing process of the digestive system. For older animals, EFAs can help alleviate arthritis symptoms as well. See Essential Fatty Acids for more details.

Immune Modulation

Allergies are essentially the immune system gone awry. The body starts to “attack” itself in response to what it perceives as foreign invaders. Supplements to help modulate the immune system are very helpful in treating allergies. Only Natural Pet offers an excellent variety of immune support supplements to help deal with allergies.

Detoxification/Elimination Support and Healing the Gastrointestinal System

The gastrointestinal system is the first line of defense in an animal’s immune system. When a dog or cat has allergies, the gastrointestinal system is often irritated and inflamed. “Leaky gut syndrome” is the result of this chronic irritation, allowing particles that are too large for the system to manage to pass into the bloodstream – this triggers the immune response that manifests as allergies. Antibiotics contribute to the problem by killing the healthy bacteria that aid digestion and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system. Healing the gut is crucial to the success of allergy treatment.

At a minimum, digestive enzymes and probiotics should be added to each meal to aid in the breakdown of food particles, support the restoration of beneficial gut flora and assist the healing of the digestive tract. Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes & Probiotics is a good digestive enzyme product without additional ingredients that may aggravate allergies. For an animal that has been on prescription medications, additional probiotics are important to help the GI tract regain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria.

L-Glutamine is an amino acid essential to the proper function of the gastrointestinal tract. Supplementing with L-Glutamine supports the healing process of the gut and the restoration of healthy gut flora.

An excellent choice for supporting the gastrointestinal system is Only Natural Pet GI Support, which is specifically designed as a comprehensive intestinal support supplement for dogs and cats. It combines L-Glutamine with amino acids, probiotics, vitamins and herbs to speed the healing of the lining of the GI tract and support healthy digestive function.

For animals showing signs of weight loss, diarrhea and additional symptoms of malabsorption/leaky gut, Seacure by Proper Nutrition provides essential nutrients for the healing process of gastrointestinal and bowel function.

Supporting the animal’s organs that filter and eliminate waste is another important step when addressing allergies. The liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal system and lymphatic systems are working hard to eliminate the waste produces by the inflammatory process present in allergic reactions, as well as any toxins from medications, the environment and foods. Using natural cleaners around the house and eliminating pesticide and chemical fertilizer use in the yard can go a long way in helping reduce the load on the animal’s system. A high quality diet, preferably organic, will also reduce the burden of toxin elimination.

Detoxification is essential for any animal that has been treated with multiple courses of medications such as steroids, antibiotics or antihistamines. Steroids, especially, are taxing on the animal’s liver.

Chinese herbs like Quercenol by Seven Forests, are excellent herbal and nutraceutical complexes for animals with allergy symptoms, particularly those that have been on steroids and other medications. Quercenol has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties to help the allergies, as well as herbs to help cleanse and support the liver and build the immune system.

Detoxifying formulas like Only Natural Pet Blood & System Herbal Formula or Animals’ Apawthecary Detox Blend are very useful in detoxifying a taxed elimination system. These are easier to give to cats than the Quercenol since they are liquids.

The length of time these supplements may be necessary will vary with the severity of the problem and the response of the individual animal. Natural supplements, herbs and remedies are not like prescription medications – they may vary in effectiveness from one animal to the next, and in many instances take time to reach full effectiveness, up to several weeks or more.

Relieving the Itch

Herbs and supplements designed to relieve the itchy skin and support skin health are another step in the treatment program for chronic allergies. This can help relieve the stress caused by the discomfort, which is supportive of immune function and healing. In addition, reducing the itch helps in the reduction of secondary infections and allows the skin to heal.

Skin Balance by Health Concerns is an excellent herbal complex for the treatment of itchy skin in dogs (the tablets are too large for cats to swallow, and would need to be crushed for use). In Traditional Chinese Medical terms, an animal with an allergic reaction manifesting as itchy skin is suffering from wind (itching), heat (redness), damp (oozing) and blood deficiency (dryness, poor coat) problems. The herbs in Skin Balance reduce inflammation and itching as well as boost skin health and assist in the cleansing of the blood.

Certain Chinese herbs like Nature’s Herbs for Pets Itch Relief, are ideal for cats and small dogs. They are a great choice for itch relief and clearing the skin of inflammation and hot spots.

Integrative Therapeutics Inflamzyme is an enzyme combination that provides natural antihistamine activity and reduces inflammation. Inflamzyme is an excellent choice if inhalant allergies are suspected and symptoms include respiratory issues such as stuffy sinuses, sneezing or coughing. It is best given between meals.

HomeoPet Skin and Itch Relief and Newton Homeopathics Skin Care are homeopathic remedies that may be helpful for some animals. These will be more effective once any residual steroids or medications have been cleared from the system. HomeoPet Hot Spots is similar to the Skin and Itch Relief formula, but contains additional remedies to address the red, inflamed or oozing hot spot areas.

Time, Patience and Persistence

Natural treatments do take more time and effort than a course of steroid treatment. The long-term health and well-being of your companion, however, will be far better served by treating the animal’s whole system and the underlying cause of the itch, not just the symptoms. Some cats and dogs become quite distressed by the itching and can benefit from the addition of stress-relieving herbs, supplements, flower essences or homeopathic remedies.

Persistence in treating the itchiness topically while you are addressing the underlying causes through diet and supplements will greatly benefit your pet’s ability to heal and reduce his or her stress as well. Secondary infections caused by relentless scratching, licking or biting complicate and slow the healing process, and topical treatment can help prevent this.

Please Note:

The information provided here is intended to help you support your companion with mild to moderate allergy-related itching. Bear in mind that the treatment of more severe allergies and itching require veterinary assistance. For help locating a holistic veterinarian in your area try the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association referral directory. If you cannot find a holistic veterinarian close to you, many of them are available for phone consultations, so it can be helpful to broaden your search to include nearby states in your region.

(Article reprinted with permission from OnlyNaturalPet.com)