Canine and feline cancer rates are at an all-time high, better described as an epidemic. Please, take a moment and watch this enlightening (free) 5-Part Mini-Series produced by Ty Bollinger and Rodney Habib. Episodes 1 and 2 are now available. Just click on the link below:
Bone broth can help your dog's inflammatory diseases, detox liver and assist with after surgery recovery.
AN AWESOME BONE BROTH RECIPE FOR YOUR DOG!
Did you know that "dog supplements for joints" is one of the top Googled terms on the internet and on Amazon as far as pet products go? It's no wonder, when stats show 1 in 5 dogs suffer from arthritis.
At Snoutly (whether we have a product for it yet or not), we like to provide our customers with nature driven remedies for common dog ailments and problems.
You may or may not know that bone broth is a veritable elixir for dogs (and for humans too 😉). Bone broth is loaded with naturally occurring glycosaminoglycans and if you've ever had a dog with arthritis or other issues, you might be familiar with one of them: glucosamine. Not only does bone broth contain large amounts of glucosamine, it’s also packed with other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Bone broth can also help detox the liver, promote a healthy gut and can help nurse a sick dog back to health!
Here's an simple bone recipe that can be cooked up in no time:
1. Get 1/2-1 pound of grass fed, organic femur bones from your local butcher, Whole Foods, pet shop or grocery store. NOTE: This recipe works with any kind of bones, chicken feet, necks, backs, etc.
2. Dump them in a pot and fully immerse them in filtered water (1/2-1 gallon).
3. Add 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar helps draw the nutrients out of the bones.
4. Let soak for 30 minutes. Then bring to a boil.
5. Simmer (not boil) in a crock pot or on stove for 24 hours (use discretion and don't leave an open flame on stove unattended).
6. Filter the broth from the bones and fat. Refrigerate broth and skim excess fat off the top once cooled.
7. Mix a few tablespoons (or more) of bone broth in with dry or wet food at every meal.
- Contributing Editor M.G.
Diffusing essentials oils in your home, is a safe and effective way to relieve anxiety stricken pets. Cedar oil is not only great for relieving stress but is also a natural flea repellent. Lavender essential oil is a well known calming agent for both humans and pets and peppermint oil is a natural mosquito repellent. ALL of the above essential oils have the added benefit of making your home smell amazing!
Contributing Editor M.G.
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! ❤️🐶🐾
Sadly, the health statistics of our canine companions isn't pretty. Just in the last 5 years, diabetes is up 900% in the United Kingdom, with obesity up 60% in America. Studies now show 1 in 2 dogs will succumb to cancer and out of all mammals on the planet, the dog has the highest rate of this disease. So what's the good news...?? Studies also show that while 10% of all cancers are genetic, 90% are the result of lifestyle and environmental influences. A study conducted by Purdue University found that feeding your dog leafy green vegetables a minimum of 3X per week, reduced the risk of cancer by 90%. Be proactive, don't wait until there's a problem. For more helpful info on this subject, check out this TED talk, it's mind boggling!
by Contributing Editor MG 🐾
Dogs are omnivores, which means they can fully digest plants and animal proteins alike. Just like humans, dogs can benefit tremendously from the phytonutrients, digestive enzymes and antioxidants found in raw, green vegetables. Leafy greens are usually fibrous and can help prevent constipation, gas and other digestive issues. While human studies have demonstrated that leafy green vegetables can help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, similarly an animal study from 2005 found that dogs eating leafy green vegetables at least 3 times per week, reduced their risk of developing cancer by 90%!
Raw foods contain the highest concentration of live enzymes, essential to proper digestion. Green leafy vegetables are a great source of proteolytic enzymes, possessing anti-inflammatory properties which can help ease the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The chlorophyll in these vegetables can also help purify the blood, contributing to the general health and vitality of your pet.
In the wild, wolves, the close relative of our companion canines, get the important minerals and nutrients found in vegetables from the stomachs and digestive tracks of their prey. Domesticated dogs however, rely on the food we feed them for their nutrition and unfortunately, the processed vegetables and ingredients found in conventional dog foods, have been cooked at high temperatures, rendering most kibbles and mainstream dog foods nutritionally worthless.
So keep in mind that the next time your pet begs for a piece of your broccoli or is seen eating grass in the yard, he or she may be nutritionally deficient in essential plant-based vitamins and minerals!
by Contributing Editor MG 🐾