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A Smelly Situation

Anal gland issues can be a smelly and unpleasant situation for everyone. In fact 12% of dogs will experience anal gland issues. If your dog's anal glands aren't working correctly, they can cause discomfort, pain and even infection.Dogs have 2 anal glands (sacs). Both are near their anal openings (four o'clock and eight o'clock positions). The fluid stored in these sacs acts like the dog's "calling card". The smell is unique to that dog and is released when your dog poops or when they are stress...

April 12, 2021

Leaky Gut In Dogs

Did you know that nearly 90% of your dog's immune system is in their gut? Leaky gut is an increasingly widespread condition seen in both animals and humans. Leaky gut occurs when the good bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract is out-numbered by the bad bacteria. This leads to inflammation of the intestinal lining in the gut. This causes the gut to become permeable allowing toxins, allergens, bacteria and yeast to leak through into the blood stream and lymphatics. The body starts to perceive fo...

April 6, 2021

I wanted to give up many many times.

Taking on a foster animal or adopting an animal from a shelter can be a really daunting process. Not only are you bringing a new family member into the pack but you are also potentially bringing in an animal that has suffered from trauma; mentally and/or physically. Libi was my first adopted dog. I was Libi's fourth home in less than two years. Libi's behaviour was so excessive people in the sled dog racing community had running bets on how long it would take before I would re-homed her. It too...

February 17, 2021

The Tip of the Iceberg.

Itching.  Every pet owner can relate to this as it is pretty hard to ignore the constant itching. Watching our pets consistently scratch themselves is really painful to watch. It's frustrating and disheartening for both the owner and the pet especially when there doesn't seem to be any reason for it! So let's break it down, why is your pet itching? I'll apologize to you all now, the list is endless: Food allergiesGrass allergiesEnvironmental allergiesStress/anxiousnessFleasMitesEczemaHot sp...

January 20, 2021

Belladonna - The "Wild" Side

I find this remedy fascinating. Belladonna is so rich in folklore, witch-craft and history I could get lost for hours reading about it! Historically Belladonna means "beautiful lady" in Italian. Women used to apply Belladonna to their cheeks to give them a dusky/rose appearance. They also went one step further and used to put drops of Belladonna in their eyes. This enlarged their pupils and back then the effect was considered to be sultry and attractive. Boy have we come a long way since then i...

November 30, 2020

Dog's First Mantra

Paw care is an imperative part of caring for sled dogs. If there is an injury to their pads or nails or they are generally in poor condition they can't run in the team. In fact one of the traits we look for in a good sled dog is great feet! One of the first things you learn in sled dog care is that dogs come first. Now, this is a bit left field compared to what we are usually told. But with racing the dogs always came first. The dogs slept first, ate first and the care they received was second ...

November 17, 2020

Grass Seeds and Dogs

I love the warmer months as it means spending time at the lake, nice long walks in the forest and lazy afternoons. Unfortunately for our pets, especially our dogs, summer does come with some challenges. We are heading into the grass seed season which is a very common problem for dogs in the summer months. Speaking from experience grass seeds can be very nasty and can also do a lot of damage. The seeds have pointy ends which enables them to burrow into the skin and travel their way around the do...

November 5, 2020

The Big Bang!

With fireworks just around the corner it's time to start thinking about how we can support our pets through this stressful and fearful time. I love fireworks and when I got Koda my first pup, he used to sit on the deck and watch the fireworks with me. Then for some reason it all changed. It was so terrifying for him that he would harm himself trying to get away from the noise. What turned into fun watching the sky light up turned into nights of pure torture. Homeopathy can help support your pe...

October 25, 2020

Homeopathic Remedies for Boarding Kennels and Catteries

With the long weekend fast approaching many of our pets will be going into the kennels or cattery for a little R and R! For some of our pets they love their time away. They get to see familiar staff and other pets and they easily slot into the holiday routine. For others; going into the kennels or cattery, especially for the first time, can be quite traumatic and upsetting. Their whole life has just been turned upside down and they have been thrust into an unknown world. There are new sights and...

October 19, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Dog Separation Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common behavioural challenges that dog owners face. Anxiety can be triggered by various factors however the most common form we see in our dogs today is separation anxiety. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to separation anxiety than others. A lack of socialisation during the pups first few months can also contribute to separation anxiety. Some of the symptoms you may see if your dog is suffering from separation anxiety is: Constant barking and howlingPacing and re...

October 14, 2020

Transitioning To Raw Food

A gradual transition to raw food is recommended especially for older pets. To start the transition it is a good idea to make their food 75% current food to 25% new raw food. A sign that your pet is ready to move on to the next stage is that their stools will be solid. Once their stools have been consistent for a few days, increase the % of raw food again by another 25% and so on. Some pets can transition very easily and quickly on to raw food, others; especially older pets can take a bit more ti...

September 30, 2020

Back to Grass Roots - Our Pet's Diet

Choosing what to feed our dogs and cats has become quite the challenge. There are many books and hundreds of ideas out there about what we should be feeding our pets. So how do you know what is right and what isn't right for your pet? Everyone has their own beliefs about their pet’s diet but one key point that seems to be missing from a lot of the literature is INDIVIDUALITY. Your pet is an individual. What one pet likes another one will not like. Willow hates carrots, my other dogs loved them...

September 21, 2020

Top 3 Homeopathic Remedies for Teething!

This time can be quite stressful for both the owner and the animal. I can recall going through the teething stage with Willow. In fact I am still traumatised by it as it seemed to go on forever! Depending on the breed teething can take place as early as 5-6 weeks until about 8-9 weeks of age. As chewing can ease the discomfort that is associated with teething, nothing is off limits. People, furniture and pretty much any object that is within reach can be at risk of those sharp little teeth. Out...

September 16, 2020

Mouth Hygiene - Food for Thought

A lot of animals have terrible mouth hygiene....... but why? Animals move, hunt, and then rest. They are designed to work for their food. They go on a walk or "hunt" before they are fed. This is something that I have always implemented with my dogs, they must earn their food. If the body is not moving, it is not cleansing nor utilising the food's energy. When we constantly feed our animals we are over-feeding a system that is not moving enough. This leads to an overabundance of food which sits ...

September 7, 2020

Ignatia - Ignited By Love

I immediately think of Romeo and Juliet with this remedy. Those who have loved and lost. Although there are many remedies that can help restore a sense of calmness and well being, Ignatia is considered to be the "grief" remedy. Ignatia is very useful in situations where the animal is suffering from the ill effects of grief, anger, worry or fright. It is also one of the first remedies that I think of in cases of homesickness or when a pet has lost a loved one such as their owner, a litter mate ...

September 2, 2020

Motion Sickness in Pets

For some animals a ride in the car is the best experience. There is nothing like feeling the wind on your face and blowing through your fur.  Smelling all of those new and marvellous smells and seeing all of those wonderful new sights... it's pure heaven. Unfortunately not all animals experience this joy.  For some it is a nightmare. The motion of the car can cause them to become sick and even the sound of the car can make them anxious and fearful. In dogs, you may ...

August 26, 2020

How Do I Administer Homeopathic Remedies to My Pet?

I remember the battles I used to have when I had to administer medication or worming treatments to my dogs. I still cringe.  The battle of wills had begun and on more than one occasion I was the loser.More often than not I would get the medication or worm treatment spat back out at me, followed by a dirty look.  It was a stressful and unpleasant experience not only for me but for my dogs as well. Thanks to homeopathy, the stress, anxiety and battles are over! One of the ...

August 26, 2020

Homeopathy and Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis is a condition seen in dogs that causes joint pain and one that will affect most dogs as they age. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of arthritis in dogs:Stiffness, lameness, limpingDifficulty getting up from a sitting or lying down positionLethargyReluctance to run, jump, or playIrritability or behavioural changesPain when petted or touchedLicking or chewing sore areasAlthough arthritis is a painful and incurable condition, it can be managed.  This can be achieved thr...

August 26, 2020

My little Pulsatilla

The universe gives you the dog that you NEED not the dog that you want.  Libi was 2 years old when she came to live with Koda and I.  In that short space of time we were her fourth home. She was a sled-dog. Born to run and born to be free.  Her whole face would light up when she was in full flight.  She wasn't a natural leader but she was the cheer-leader and motivator of the team. As Libi got older she became prone to ear infections and the heat aggravated this. &n...

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