Petwell Supply Blog
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
Hot Weather Tips for You and Your Pets
Warm weather! While that means we can enjoy more time with our pets outdoors, it also means we must take extra precautions while we’re spending time with them both outdoors and indoors! Just like us humans, pets can quickly suffer in the heat if they aren’t properly prepared, so here are some helpful tips for keeping them cool and comfortable on our hottest days:
While this one may seem obvious, it is even more vital to keep your pet’s water bowl filled with fresh, cold water during the hotter days! Always bring water on a walk or put out a bowl in your yard. And if you just came inside from a walk or playtime, or if you are planning on leaving your pet at home, drop a couple of ice cubes in the bowl to cool it down faster and for longer.
Plan Your Time Spent Outside
We can easily lose track of how much time we are spending outside, so it never hurts to plan when and how long to be out. Since getting exercise outside is still important for our four-legged friends, keeping things to a maximum of 15-30 minutes, or even just a quick potty break every few hours will help ensure that your pet is still getting enough time outside and not too much time in the heat.
Know When and Where to Walk
Another way to better plan your time outside is by checking the weather forecast to find out when the coolest parts of day will be, or (if you’re an early riser!) just taking your pet out for longer before sunrise or after sunset.
In addition, stick to walking and playing in shady areas and grassy/unpaved areas, as pavement and asphalt can heat up your pet’s paws very quickly. One of the places that dogs and cats sweat from is their paws, so keeping them as cool as possible will prevent them from getting too hot too quickly!
Keep Your Pet Wet
Water is not just for drinking; keeping your pet wet will surely help them stay cool! There are plenty of cooling vests and collars on the market, but if you’re on a budget, you can simply soak a bandana or a t-shirt in cold water for your pet to wear, or even just have a cloth or water bottle that you can use to periodically wet down your pet’s coat.
Keep Your House Cool
Keep your AC running as often as possible while your pet is inside, especially if you aren’t going to be home for a while. If you don’t have an AC, fans are a must! With that, also keep blinds and shades closed to leave out as much light as possible, since that can very quickly heat up a room. Also, don’t be alarmed if your pet has taken to sleeping on the floor or hiding under some furniture, rather than their nice, comfy bed. These areas tend to stay cooler than anywhere else in the room!
- Vanessa Rances