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Keeping Your Pets Eyes and Ears Healthy Naturally
It is very common for dogs and cats to develop some sort of ear or eye infection at some point during their life, and thankfully these are usually easy to treat. In some cases, however, dogs and cats may have reoccurring infections and other complications, and some may even develop more serious issues that require more rigorous care, including surgery. The easiest way to help prevent your pet from getting eye and ear issues is to ensure that they have the proper vitamins and minerals for overall support. And if your pet does develop an eye or ear issue, there are plenty of remedies that will help heal and support those as well.
Common Eye Issues in Dogs and Cats:
Cataracts: visible clouding of the eye that may eventually severely impair vision
Glaucoma: high pressure of fluid in eye, which can lead to blindness if untreated
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): the shrinking or degeneration of the retina, which often leads to complete blindness
Conjunctivitis: inflammation of the eye, often in combination with redness and discharge
Feline Herpes Virus (FHV): a very common viral infection among cats that can not only affect the eyes, but the nose and upper respiratory tract. If left untreated, it can lead to ulcers and even loss of the eye
To help prevent infections and irritations like conjunctivitis and FHV, you should regularly clean your pets’ eyes. You can do this with a topical remedy like Earth Animal Clean Eyes Wash, which can help remove any dirt, discharge, and tear stains around your pet’s eyes.
For regular maintenance with common eye problems like itching, redness, and watering, Newton Homeopathic Eye Care and Earth Animal Vital Eye are great oral remedies that you can use every day or as-needed.
Our top recommended supplement for overall eye health is Herbsmith Spector. This herbal blend contains tons of essential vitamins and all-natural ingredients for optimal eye health. It helps eliminate free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, and maintain the integrity and structure of the eye, which can help prevent long-term complications like cataracts, glaucoma, and PRA.
Common Ear Issues in Dogs and Cats:
The most common ear issues seen in dogs and cats include strong odor, infections, yeast, and ear mites. Most of these problems are very easy to treat and not usually severe, but if left untreated, they can lead to more serious long-term problems. While most ear problems are commonly associated with seasonal allergies or diet, your pet could develop an ear problem by other means.
The best way to prevent ear problems is to keep your pet’s ears as clean as possible. Wondercide All-Ears Natural Ear Wash is a safe and gentle ear wash that removes dirt and wax and cleans and deodorizes, making it great for regular maintenance. If your does pet contract an ear infection, ear mites, yeast, or bacteria Wondercide All-Ears Natural Treatment works quickly to wipe out anything causing your pet discomfort. If your pet is prone to ear infections or yeast problems, this can also make a great every-day treatment.
Pet Wellbeing Ear Care GOLD and Newton Homeopathic Ear Care are also great remedies that reduce and soothe any ear discomfort including, redness, swelling, itching, and odor due to infection, yeast, or mites.
Made specifically for yeast and fungal problems like infections, ringworm, or Candida overgrowth, Azmira Yeast & Fungal D’tox drops will help remove any harmful toxins that are causing unwanted yeast or fungus in your pet’s ears, skin, or elsewhere.
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Tennis Ball Rope Toy
If your dog needs a new toy, try out this easy DIY rope toy that you can make with their tennis balls.
What You'll Need:
- Tennis ball
- 3/8" Jute or manilla rope
- Case cutter or sharp knife
- Cut small X shape into opposite ends of the tennis ball
- Feed rope through both sides of ball
- Tie knots on both sides of the ball
- Use rope slack to tie knots all the way down
- Tighten and trim any excess rope
- Vanessa Rances
How to Detox Your Dog or Cat Naturally
Detoxification can be very beneficial to your pet dog’s or cat’s overall health. It is especially helpful in healing your pet when they are injured or sick, but can also be used as an every-day remedy for maintenance of your pet’s major organs to help prevent sickness and serious complications.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of eliminating any harmful toxins from your pet’s bloodstream before they reach vital organs like the kidney, liver, and skin. Toxins can enter your pet’s body through food, water, prescription medications, or certain aspects of their environment, like the cleaning products in your household, for example (view our all-natural green cleaning products). When too many of these toxins enter your pet’s body, they will eventually overwhelm their major organs, disallowing them to properly function in eliminating harmful waste from your pet’s body. Your pet may experience GI upset, skin and coat issues, immune system issues, and in more serious cases, kidney and liver damage.
While you do not have to use detoxification remedies for your pet every day, it is not necessarily harmful to do so if your pet is in otherwise good health. Detoxes are great for pets with long-term illnesses and naturally weak immune systems. They’re even great to have around in case your pet accidentally ingests something that they shouldn’t. These are our favorite detoxification products:
Wondercide Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is a naturally occurring clay that has strong absorptive properties, making this remedy especially great for pets with GI and skin issues. It can be used both orally and topically either for everyday use or as-needed.
Azmira Blood & Lymph D’tox: This all natural, herbal extract strengthens your pet’s immune response associated with catabolic waste that may lead to cancer, tumors, abnormal lymph nodes, or severe skin problems.
Herbsmith Milk Thistle: This simple, all-natural ingredient is mainly a protectant and detoxifier for the liver. But its powerful detox properties may also provide extra support for allergies, skin health, the kidneys, pancreas, and gallbladder.
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Doggy Shirt & Tie
Will your pet be attending a special event like a party or wedding? Or maybe he just needs a new classy outfit! This DIY shirt and tie will have him looking as dapper as ever!
What You'll Need:
- Collared shirt
- Cut the collar off of the shirt
- Adhere velcro to both ends of the collar and close it
- Tie your necktie looped around the collar, and pull taught
- Fold collar back over
- Cut off excess length
- Vanessa Rances