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It’s THAT time of year

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Laura Amiton

Have any of you experienced fleas or ticks after taking your dog out this spring? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, many pet owners are talking about this after walking through the neighborhood or visiting our parks. The parks are not immune to these little critters, and neither are our own yards.

 

Fleas pose an issue all year long but become worse in Spring and Summer. Ticks are seasonal, showing up in Spring and Fall.

 

If you have ever had fleas in your home or on your pet, you may understand the gamut of issues that may result. Itchy, bumpy skin, hot spots from your pet chewing and tapeworms are not fun.

 

How do you know if your pet has fleas? One way is to use a flea comb. The fine-toothed comb, when brushed through the body, will pick up any fleas as well as what is generally called “flea dirt”. Flea dirt is dried blood and when added to a drop of water, it turns red. If one or both are present, you have fleas.

 

Without treatment, flea infestations happen quickly. In fact, every female flea lays on average 30 eggs per day. For every adult flea seen, 95 percent of the fleas are invisible to us, waiting to hatch. It’s known that to successfully treat them, we cannot ignore treating the environment. Traditionally, many of us have used “flea bombs” to fumigate our homes. Although somewhat effective, those are chemicals so there are downsides.

 

What to do if you have fleas? Natural flea control in the home & yard

Daily thorough cleaning, washing and vacuuming.

 

Bathe your pets. Completely lather the neck first to “trap” the fleas on the body. Use a flea comb to pluck off any fleas on the face and ears.

 

Pick up beneficial nematodes from local stores such as Al’s Garden Center, Backyard Bird Shop or Roots Garden Supply to name a few. These microscopic organisms feed off insect larvae. This only takes a few hours and your yard will be flea (and aphid) free in no time.

 

Natural preventatives that won’t hurt your pet or the environment

Flea comb daily. Dunk fleas in a bowl of soapy water.

 

Apply a natural, effective flea repellent to your pets. Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker! by Ark Naturals and Herbal Insect Repellent Spray by Mad About Organics are safe to use on both dogs and cats and can be found at many local pet supply stores.

Easy Ways To Improve Your Pet’s Health in 2018

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Laura Amiton

 

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of 2017! It was quite the year in weather, with our record-breaking cold, snowy winter and our long, hot, dry summer. Wildfires near and far and hurricanes that pounded our country have topped the news for months now. With all of the devastation, I find myself turning down the news and paying most of my attention to all of the good that happens around me in my daily life.

I find the close of each year to be rejuvenating to my soul. Reflecting on the ups and downs, the accomplishments and change, is invigorating. I welcome what’s coming next, knowing that I’m in control of most, but not all, of what’s to come in the next 12 months.

Due to the nature of my work, owning two small pet supply stores, finding good everyday is easy. In fact, at least one customer each day remarks on how fun my job seems to be. And, they are right! Helping people and their pets is beyond rewarding. Knowing that happy, healthy animals makes us happy and healthy too, I have made it my daily work and life’s mission to do all that I can to promote health and wellness in as many pet’s lives as possible.

The beginning of the new year marks an opportunity to invite positive habits into our lives and the lives of our pets. It gives us an opportunity to self-reflect and set goals for the new year. For many of us, our goals revolve around improving our health. So, why not extend that on to your pets as well?

Here are a few ways that you can improve your pet’s health and wellness in 2018:

Overall body detox: Twice a year, we all should be helping our body rid itself of toxins that can build. There are many ways we can do this ourselves, but what about our pets? By doing a detox, it helps clear your pet’s filtering organs, liver and kidneys, and help move out unwanted toxins out through the skin. Everyone should be doing this, but particularly those on medications, medicinal flea control or who show signs of itchy skin. Internal Gold Detox Kit by Amber Technology and Detox Blend by Animal Essentials are two products available that are easy to use and affordable.
Add some immune system boosters to your pet’s diet. There are many natural ways you can help your cat or dog’s system to stay strong and defend against toxins in the environments. We love Cod Liver Oil by Nordic Naturals. Cod liver oil is very high in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a strong antioxidant and we are most susceptible to being too low in this vitamin in the winter months. Other immune boosters include Green Juju, a blend of organic vegetables combined with ginger, lemon juice and bison bone broth. Bone broths in general are an excellent source of enzymes and probiotics, all which help the digestive system stay strong. Caru, Plato, The Honest Kitchen and Answers Pet Food are excellent sources of bone broths that are formulated for dogs and cats.
Add more walking to the daily or weekly routine. Not only is is great for you, dog’s love all of the stimulation that they receive from being outside. Diversify the walks, finding new places to explore. This allows your dog to experience new sights and smells outside of the neighborhood which you live, thus helping physically and emotionally.
For cat owners, look for interactive toys for you both, such as laser pointers or wand toys. Playing with your cat increases your bond and helps them burn some extra calories while helping their cardiovascular system.
Remove foods with fillers and replace with foods that only contain animal proteins. Does your pet’s food contain corn, wheat, sorghum, soy or the like? Look for a food that lists the type of protein, such as beef, lamb, chicken, turkey or fish. Stay away from foods that are vague and list “animal meal”. These are not natural or healthy and add to weight gain and more.
Add more moisture to your pet’s diet. If you are feeding a dry food, add water to the kibble. Or better yet, add some high-quality canned or raw food. This will help with dry, itchy skin, weight loss, kidney and liver function and more!

Looking Forward To 2017

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 by Laura Amiton

As I write this on the first day of 2017, I find myself excited for the year in front of TFS. I wish you could hear how motivated my team is to help our customers each and every day. The conversations and drive they have is very motivating to me. I find myself lucky. Because this isn’t just my dream, it’s our dream, to help people and their pets. We’ve gotten to know you and consider you family. So here’s to 2017-another opportunity to serve you, to get to know new people, and for us to find new ways to be creative and impress.happycat

 

Feed The Love, Laura Amiton, Owner

Hug Your Babies

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Laura Amiton

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Anyone who has loved a pet knows what joy it is to have them in our lives. They bring boundless joy and love and we find ourselves naturally wanting to reciprocate all the joy and love back to them. And when we lose them, young or old, the hurt is real and the pain is intense. It never seems to ever go away entirely.

 

I learned last night that we lost one in my circle. Bailey, just six years old, ingested part of a toy that required intestinal surgery. Unfortunately, it was just too late for Bailey. Bailey and my dog were siblings so the loss cuts deep to me. We were family. Gone are the days of watching Bailey running playfully with my dog. Gone are the days of seeing his sweet smile upon being greeted at the door.

 

Hug your fur babies now and everyday as if it were your last together, for you never know.

 

In loving memory of Bailey Jarone 9/17/2010-10/9/2016

In loving memory of Bailey Jarone 9/17/2010-10/9/2016

Allergy Season

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Amiton

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My dog Willa is now 5 years old. When she was about 7 months old, around this time of year, her eyes became red and runny and she seemed to itch constantly. Then, later as it turned to summer, she became so symptomatic that her muzzle began to swell. This, of course, scared me half to death!

 

I took her to emergency where she was diagnosed with a severe allergic reaction, perhaps from a bug bite or bee sting. This happened two more times over the next two years and I was quickly realizing that it was more likely environmental because it would happen only during spring and summer.

 

My vet and I decided to test her for environmental allergens-that’s when I learned that she was allergic to several plants that bloom in spring and summer. Three kinds of molds, pine needles and one type of grass ranked highest on her allergy test, in addition to many other common plants growing in our area.

 

First, we began a regime to help calm Willa’s immune system-naturally.

 

My vet created a serum specific for her that contained small amounts of the allergens she tested highest for. These were injected weekly and much like a vaccine, the tiny dose was to get her body to respond to the foreign invader, but on a smaller, safer scale. Even my vet told me that at best, this would lessen her symptoms about 80%.

 

Knowing that this was going to be just one of many approaches, I started using some products to help boost her immune system. My favorite product because I saw the best result was the Green Honey Allergy Support made locally by Snook’s Pet Products. Willa loved it and her symptoms by her 4th year were almost gone.

 

What I love about this product is that it makes sense. Local, raw honey contains pollens in tiny amounts, naturally. By feeding small amounts it forces the body to respond to the local pollens in a less aggressive way. It just works.

 

Here we are, beginning of April, and Willa’s doing quite well. But last night, noticed her eyes are a bit red and swollen once again, which tells me, that it’s time to bring out the Green Honey and get her through another allergy season, naturally.

 

Holiday Celebration

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015 by Laura Amiton

We had our first holiday celebration last weekend and it super-exceeded any expectations I had. We had quite the crowd for Santa photos-in fact, it rivaled all the Santa photos events ever done at my other shop on Alberta Street over the past decade! Next year, I promise, we’ll do this more than once and with plenty of planning time. I heard from many the days following that they wished they could have made it. Next year, next year, next year!! Here’s to 2016!

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