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The perks of a pet – Great infographic

Perks of having a pet. If you’re a pet owner, chances are your Fluffy or Fido is one of your best friends in the world. Pets can definitely make your life a little bit sweeter, but what you may not realize is that they can also make your life a little bit healthier. If your health is important to you—and it probably is—then you might think about picking up a new furry best friend. Depending on your health needs, either a dog or a cat can prove equally beneficial in many ways. Need a little more exercise in your life? Dog owners walk, on average, nearly twice as far as non-dog owners do in a given week. Or if it’s a cat you crave, your feline friend can drastically reduce your stress levels. People who have owned pets in their lifetime actually tend to live longer than those who haven’t. If you’re pursuing a degree in healthcare, chances are that when you enter the field, you’ll be able to tell a difference between the states of health of people with pets and those without. The following infographic takes a look at just how having a furry friend makes life happier, healthier, and a whole lot better.

This graphic is provided by MastersInHealthcare.com

Perks of Pets Infographic

If you like this article, you may like our post about Dog’s improve your health.

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Spaying and Neutering

The Fix is In.

Forgive me if I get a little passionate about this… but at what point will people realize that spaying and neutering may be one of the kindest things they can do for their dogs, for all dogs, and possibly for our planet?

Around our neighborhood and at the dog park, I see a lot of “intact” dogs. Male, non-neutered ones, anyway; I have no sixth sense about the non-spayed females running around. I can only assume that neither are in short supply. It takes just one look at any animal shelter (I would say any “overcrowded” animal shelter but when was the last time you saw one that wasn’t overcrowded?) to see that pet overpopulation is a serious problem.

The sad fact is this: there is no real need to bring more dogs into the world. There is a need to find homes for all the dogs we’ve already got. There is also a need to educate people as to why spaying and neutering are humane ways to welcome these loving animals into our domesticated way of life. After all, if we wanted our dogs to live as they do in the wild, why would we adopt them into our lives in the first place?

First, let’s cross-examine some of those doggone MYTHS about spaying and neutering that keep people from taking this important step in pet ownership:

It’s unnatural to take away a dog’s ability to reproduce. To that I ask, “Piling up unwanted dogs in shelters, only to have approximately half of them wait for their inevitable death by euthanasia… is that so natural?”

It’ll harm a dog’s true personality. If anything, it will curb a dog’s more aggressive and roaming tendencies.

It’ll make a dog fat. No. Overfeeding and lack of exercise make a dog fat. So walk your dog, lazybones.

And GUYS… I’m begging you. As a fellow “guy” I assure you that neutering your male dog in no way affects his masculinity, or yours. Because there’s a lot of that insecurity going around (I once heard a guy at a dog park say he wanted his obviously non-neutered dog to stay a “real man”). Get off your testosterone-heavy high horse and think about the most generous gift you can give to the animals you say you care about, the right to find homes and warmth and caring.

Some excellent, life-affirming ADVANTAGES with spaying and neutering include:

Higher chances of longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering are the most preventative methods of combating uterine infections and breast and testicular cancer.

Better behavior. Neutered pets are much more trainable, obedient and considerate of their owners and families. Territory aggression, marking, all of that bull-in-a-china-shop behavior is significantly lessened with spaying and neutering.

Fewer homeless dogs in the world! That would be so wonderful… if every animal found a rightful and loving home.

There are a lot of resources you can take advantage of when you are taking this step in pet ownership or if you need to point someone else in this direction. Shelters will have information, your local community will feature information online, and details about low-cost spay/neuter programs figure prominently on the ASPCA website.

Whether you or someone else is making this inquiry, remember that each spayed/neutered animal not only benefits from the procedure but also prevents countless of unwanted lives being born into sad, unhealthy, futile conditions on streets and in shelters.

Love your dog; care for all of them. No dog should suffer from neglect. That’s up to us.

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The Magic of Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs

Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs and cats. What are omega fatty acids?

– Fatty acids are specific types of polyunsaturated fats. Two main classes that are of particular importance to our dogs are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are found in fish and certain plants.  Fish oil, such as salmon oil, cod liver oil, and sardine oil, is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, and soybean oil are rich in Omega-3 too.

Omega-3 fatty acids include:
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

Fatty acids affect a number of body systems and conditions including allergies and autoimmune conditions, arthritis, inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory stomach disease, dull and dry hair coats, yeast infections, atopy and eye disorders.

What are the benefits of Omega fatty acids!
– Fatty acids are necessary for the normal function of many systems of the dog body and not all fatty acids have the same function. We’re highlighting Omega 3 acids, which can not be produced by the dogs body.
  • cardiovascular health
  • reduces inflammation
  • lowers the risk for cancer
  • almost no side effects
  • lessens allergies and autoimmune condition
  • Omega 3 oil is very effective in controlling allergies and skin disease
  • helpful in reducing arthritis
  • helps with dull and dry hair coats
  • good for joints and improves limb strength

Since they cannot be produced in the body, they must be ingested in the form of foods or natural supplements.

I’m feeding Dermapet Eicosaderm to Samson since 6 month and it’s amazing how he improved his walking and he even started to run a little on our morning walks. We believe that the fish oil we’re adding to his food is helping him with his joints, because we didn’t change anything else. I have written a post about Samson’s disease called Cauda Equina. We got fish oil for Lilly at the vet, because she is licking her paws obsessively and started to add to Samson’s as well. It has no side effects. Lilly’s coat is shiny and her skin got much better, but she is still licking. We’ll give homeopathy remedies a try.

Dermapet Eicosaderm liquid is available at entirelypets.com. I always buy it here because it is much cheaper then the vet. Order your fish oil HERE!