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Which Fish Oil Is Right for My Pet's Needs?
If you have been considering using fish oil for your pet, you may have had difficulty in deciding which one is right for their needs, since different types of fish oils carry unique benefits. So where should you begin?
Firstly, it is important to understand why fish oil is such a great supplement for pets. Fish oil provides Omega-3 fatty acids to your pet’s diet. Your pet should have a good balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, but many traditional pet foods have very high levels of Omega-6, and not enough Omega-3. Too much Omega-6 can reverse the benefits of a healthy amount of Omega-3.
So what are the benefits of fish oil? Let’s look at the three most common types of fish oils: pollock, salmon, and krill.
Pollock oil contains a very high content of the Omega-3 fatty acid known as EPA, which supports the healthy function of your pet’s skin and coat.
In addition to EPA, salmon oil contains another Omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA, supports your pet’s nerve-based functions, such as cognition, vision, fertility, and immune system. It also contains both Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.
While krill oil contains a smaller amount of Omega-3 than pollock and salmon oil, it contains a high number of antioxidants, which help your pet kill what are known as “free radicals,” molecules that disrupt the digestive system. In addition, krill oil supports liver health and ocular, respiratory, cardiovascular, and vascular functions.
Just a couple of pumps of fish oil onto your dog’s or cat’s food every day makes supplementing their diet a very easy and effective solution to a lot of common ailments. Check out these different types of fish oils that Petwell Supply carries both in store and online!
- Vanessa Rances
Product Review – Flower Essences: They Really Work!
In mid-August, my girlfriend, Julia, and I were getting ready to move with our 4-year-old cat, Princess Buttercup. During the commotion of moving things, packing boxes, breaking down furniture, and with the constant influx of people in and out of the apartment, it was very evident that Princess was getting stressed. While people always have speculated that most cats hate change, we didn’t think that Princess would be greatly affected by the move, as she is normally a very relaxed and stress-free cat. She’s not your typical indoor lap cat, but often has very cuddly moods, loves to be picked up, and even loves car rides and going for walks. Occasionally, she has the crazies; you know the kind: when your cat does zoomies around the house, jumps on the kitchen counter, and scratches any piece of fabric they can find. But because we had to spend so many hours packing throughout the day, Princess’ activity level was more elevated than normal: she ran and hid underneath and behind furniture, started scratching things around the house more often than usual, couldn’t stay asleep during her naps, and had a difficult time winding down to go to sleep with us for the night. She was even triggered by the noise that the packing tape would make, and would run around the house every time she heard it.
Thankfully, working at Petwell Supply has introduced me to a variety of remedies that I have never even heard of for many pet ailments that I had never even considered. One of those remedies is flower essences. If you aren’t familiar with flower essences, here is a quick overview:
“Flower essences are specially prepared extracts of the flowering parts of certain plants. They work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside. (Unlike traditional medicine,) flower essences heal underlying negative emotional states by ‘flooding’ the patient with the opposite, positive quality…Of course, there may also be underlying physical causes for these diseases, but acute flare-ups are very often due to emotional stress. Essences restore the animal’s energy balance and can often help with these physical problems.”
Petwell Supply carries many varieties of flower essences for different behavioral and physical ailments. I used Green Hope Farm’s “New Beginnings” essence. As described by Green Hope Farm, New Beginnings is designed to “help everyone to adjust to new roles, new circumstances and new pack dynamics,” which is exactly what Princess needed.
To be honest, I was very skeptical to try a flower essence, because it just sounded like something that wouldn’t work, but to my surprise, we saw a very dramatic change in Princess’ behavior just a few days after we started giving it to her. She was back to her normal behavior while we were packing and even slept soundly through a lot of the commotion.
And to ensure that she would adjust well to her new surroundings, we continued giving her the flower essence through the first week or so at our new place, and saw a very positive reaction; she made herself right at home and had no issue with eating, using the litter box, or sticking to her normal routine.
I would highly recommend flower essences to any pet parent who has never used or is skeptical about all-natural remedies for their pet’s ailments, as there is no risk in using them. According to onlynaturalpet.com, “since essences act energetically, not physically, they are completely safe and non-toxic. They cannot be overused or misused, and they are compatible with all other treatments, including drugs, surgery, and holistic treatments like herbs and homeopathy. Even if you give the wrong remedy, it will not have any negative effects, but simply no effect.” And using a flower essence is simple: once a day put two to three drops in your pet’s water or food (this works especially well with wet food).
Visit Petwell Supply to check out our selection of flower essences, all of which are sourced from Green Hope Farm. Visit Green Hope Farm at www.greenhopeessences.com for more information on flower essences!
- Vanessa Rances
Petwell Supply's Founder, Emily Lagasse Interview with Babson WIN Lab!
Ever wonder what it's like to open your own business?
Check out Emily’s interview with Babson’s WIN lab for their Independent Retailer’s Week series where she provides tips and strategies for opening up a new business!
- Vanessa Rances
What Are the Culprits of Your Pet's Skin Issues?
Your pet’s skin can become sensitive and irritated for various reasons. Here is a list of some common culprits that irritate your pet’s skin and coat as well as some everyday tips and products that will help you protect your pet from them.
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are one of the most common culprits of your pet’s skin issues. While fleas and ticks live all-year round, they are especially prevalent during warmer months. Make it a habit of conducting proper flea and tick checks on your pet, but also keep an eye out for any signs that your pet exhibits, including continuous scratching and biting particular areas. There are a number of oral and topical flea and tick medications for extra preventative measures, but your pet may also be sensitive to these if they have naturally sensitive skin. If so, there are also plenty of at-home remedies which are made from essential oils and other all-natural ingredients that you can use to combat and prevent fleas and ticks.
Pollen, Grass, and Weeds
Some pets are extra sensitive to these common allergens and may get itchy or irritated skin when in contact with them. If you suspect that your pet is sensitive to these common allergens, keep an eye out for excessive scratching, redness, bumps, and even hot spots on their skin. Try to limit your time spent in grassy areas and areas with a lot of flowers if possible. And if you have a lawn that your pet frequents, maintain weeds as often as possible and keep it short!
If you often take out your pet for activities like swimming and hiking, or if you just love keeping them extra clean, you may feel the need to wash them frequently; however, overbathing your pet can certainly lead to skin and coat issues, which include itching, a dry or oily coat, and dandruff. If they do get dirty, you can always simply rinse them with water in-between baths or use cleansing wipes or dry shampoo. And don’t forget that brushing and combing daily or a few times a week (depending on how much they shed) is an essential part of keeping your pet’s skin and coat healthy! But if you just can’t stand the dirtiness, there are plenty of grooming products that contain all-natural ingredients, which are great for the maintenance of a healthy skin and coats.
A commonly over-looked cause of our pets’ skin and coat issues is their diet. Just like humans, our pets can be allergic to numerous types of foods, especially the meats and grains that are commonly found in pet foods. Keep an eye out for itching, bumps, and very dry or oily and smelly coats, as this is a sign that your pet may be sensitive to some of the ingredients in their current diet. Grain-free diets are always a great place to start when it comes to deciding which diet is best for your pet, but if this is not possible or if it doesn’t seem to be helping, there are many other ingredients to look out for, including certain vegetables, meats, and preservatives and fillers. Before changing your pet’s diet, though, you should consult your vet to learn more about the alternatives and how to properly introduce them to new foods.
- Vanessa Rances