No matter how proactive we try to be about it, there's no avoiding the pesticides that are lurking everywhere, in our air, our water, our lawns and our trees. Laboratory studies show that pesticides can cause health problems, including birth defects, nerve damage, cancer and others. Some pesticides also have unique neurotoxic health effects on growing puppies and children.
Whose dog doesn't love to squat by a tree, roll around in the grass or drink water out of a spigot at a dog park? The solution obviously isn't leaving your dog inside all day or barring him or her from dog parks, so what is the solution? Since we at Snoutly like to do things Mother Nature's way, enter milk thistle.
Milk thistle is an herbal remedy that has been around for 2000 years in the treatment of various health issues, including liver damage. The Latin name for milk thistle is Silybum marianum. The active ingredient of milk thistle is a flavinoid called silymarin that is found in the seeds.
Science tells us that milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants protect us from chemicals in our bodies called free radicals. Exposure to environmental toxins can increase free radicals in the body, which can do a lot of damage to our cells. This is called oxidation and can eventually lead to cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Milk thistle protects the liver against harmful oxidation.
Secondly, many over the counter drugs and prescription medications can hurt the liver if taken in large enough doses or for long periods of time. Researchers have found that milk thistle can actually prevent or reduce medication induced liver damage. If you have been giving your pet flea and tick medication, heart worm medication or others, and are concerned about the aftermath of chemicals residing in the body, milk thistle can help flush those out.
Liver disease is more common in pets than you might expect. Certain breeds of dogs (such as Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians and Great Danes) are more susceptible to liver disease due to a genetic difficulty excreting copper. Some signs of liver damage or disease include a loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice, dark urine, pale gums or a sudden unexplained weight loss.
Milk thistle is an herb and does not require a prescription. Ask your vet about the health and detoxification benefits of milk thistle for your pets.
- Contributing Editor M.G.
Watch this adorable dog video on Vimeo at the link below, in honor of National Dog Day!
Great feedback re: Poochie Powder continues to pour in...here's a recent customer email - this actually happened! "If I didn't see it, I would not have believed it.... I just recently started giving my dog Snoutly's Poochie Powder. Yesterday when it was feeding time I put his food in his bowl and walked away. Seconds later, my dog, Meshy, started barking incessantly. I didn't know what his deal was. I noticed his water bowl was slightly low so I filled that up. But he continued to bark. He would look at me then look at his bowl and back at me again. I looked in his bowl and realized I had forgotten the poochie powder. 'Is this what you want?' I asked as I walked over to the pantry. Meshy was jumping up and barking as I brought the mix down from the shelf. I put some in his bowl and sure enough he stopped barking and inhaled his food! Needless to say, we are sold!! I can't think of any other product that is packed with as much nutritional value as this and dogs love it." H.M.
Turns out, math is not uniquely human. In fact, much of what is so important in our human lives--memories, emotions, relationships, the daily experience of making plans and solving problems--is not uncommon with chimpanzees, dolphins, crows and even songbirds, fish and insects. But MATH? Yup. Monkeys display an impressive knack for split-second addition tasks and chimpanzees have performed better than some college students on certain basic tests, including remembering the order of numbers that flashed briefly on a screen. Many animals, including honeybees and chickens, can count to about four and researchers studying fish have suggested that all vertebrates share a common nonverbal numerical system.
Math aside, studies are now showing that animals have a sense of morality and empathy. One of our favorite companion animals, the domestic dog, have an innate sense of fairness, hinting, perhaps that dogs and other animals are feeling, sentient creatures with a sense of right and wrong.
Regardless of what science says, what we do know for certain is that our pets possess an unconditional love and loyalty for their owners and it comes down to us to provide them with the quality of life they deserve!
- Contributing Editor MG 🐾
There's a direct correlation between your dog's diet and their health 🤔. Watching this is worth a few minutes of your time! ❤️🐶🐾