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PetAlive.com - July 2008 Newsletter - 1-877-289-1235

Seeing Eye-to-Eye With Our Pets… Pet Behaviors Explained

Preparing Your Pet for the “Lazy Days of Summer”

In This Issue:

Michele’s Message

Many of us are accustomed to certain feeding rituals and habits with our pets. However, sometimes those choices are not actually in the best interest of our pet’s health.

Check out our stories on how milk actually can be harmful to your cat, why dogs eat grass, and other tips on what you can do to help support pet digestion and wellness!

Happy health to you and your pet,

FROM THE EDITOR

The Milk, Meat & Plants They Eat!

As domestication has brought once wild dogs and cats into the household, their eating habits have thus been significantly altered as humans became caretakers. Combined with the health hazards of modern living such as pollution, poor nutrition, stress and unhealthy lifestyles, it is important to recognize how these changes impact their overall health—and to pay particular attention to proper nutrition and diet—which is one factor we greatly control.

The notion to feed cats milk has become ingrained in the minds of many pet owners, thanks to the media and pop culture featuring healthy cats lapping up bowls of dairy. However, the truth of matter is that cats actually do not receive any notable health benefits from milk… rather, they may develop adverse effects from it.

Read more about how milk may actually harm your cat

While it may be alarming to see Fido or Fluffy nibbling on the front lawn or a houseplant, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern unless the grass or plant was recently treated with pesticide, fertilizer, or another poisonous chemical. Both dogs and cats from time to time may take an interest in grass or similar substances, each for different purposes that can actually benefit their bodies.  

Learn more about why pets eat plants… and when to worry

Don’t forget that you play a large role in your pet’s nutritional and digestive health, and there are many little things you can do to support optimum wellness... some of which have nothing to do with actually feeding your pet!

Read tips on supporting digestion

Remember, we want your feedback, so send us an email at editor@nativeremedies.com and tell us what you think.

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Paulette Gough, Editor
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Why Do Dogs & Cats Eat Grass?

Theories to explain this unusual behavior

While it may be alarming to see Fido or Fluffy nibbling on the front lawn or a houseplant, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern unless the grass or plant was recently treated with pesticide, fertilizer, or another poisonous chemical. Both dogs and cats from time to time may take an interest in grass or similar substances, each for different purposes that can actually benefit their bodies.   

Dogs tend to self-medicate their bodies and regulate behavior through occasional ingestion of plants, as the diets they often receive in captivity are vastly different than what they would eat in the wild. Dogs are not simply carnivorous, and can be often seen hunting for roots and fruits. Since dogs evolved from wolves, in the wild, wolves and dogs may eat an herbivore prey that they have killed, and often first go for the stomach area of the carcass where they will find roots, leaves and berries.

Learn MORE ABOUT WHY PETS EAT PLANTS >


Can Milk be Harmful to Your Cat?

How sustenance is just as important as safety

The notion to feed cats milk has become ingrained in the minds of many pet owners, thanks to the media and pop culture featuring healthy cats lapping up bowls of dairy. However, the truth of matter is that cats actually do not receive any notable health benefits from milk… rather, they may develop adverse effects from it!

Just as holistic health is important for sustainable health in cats, so is proper nutrition. Cats benefit most from a well-balanced diet with foods specially designed for their needs and digestive systems. Kittens’ bodies have the necessary enzymes to digest their mother’s milk. However, with age, this enzyme production slows, leading to most adult cats being considered lactose-intolerant. While cats can tolerate small quantities of milk, the sugars in it will likely cause digestive upset in their delicate systems, leading to stomach troubles such as cramps, gas, and diarrhea. 

find out why MILK MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOUR CAT >


Tips for Settling Stomachs & Supporting Digestion

While your pet may initiate certain behaviors regarding eating habits and exercise, through the evolution of domestication, many of these normal processes fall under the influence of our hands. Therefore, making just a few tweaks in routine may greatly benefit your pet’s overall health and well-being. 

GET TIPS ON SUPPORTING DIGESTION >


The Results are In and….

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After tallying the votes, PetAlive is proud to announce the winner of the Funniest Pet Photo contest based on your votes! Oriana will receive $50 worth of PetAlive products based on your great responses! Thanks for voting!

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RESOURCES

Ask Our Experts

When you have a question, you can always Ask Our Experts on our website. We have experts from many fields available to review your questions and provide professional advice, including our Clinical Psychologist, Michele Carelse.

QUESTION

"My King Charles Cavalier Spaniel won't eat dog food from his bowl-- he likes to be hand-fed ham and other foods that aren't meant for dogs. He won't eat if we don't feed him-- what do I do?"
- Kevin

ANSWER

Hi Kevin,

Thank you for your query.  You are to be commended for researching the use of natural alternatives. The best diet for a dog is a diet of fresh raw ingredients, but not human food that is processed and refined. It would be best to consult your holistic vet about a balanced diet of fresh ingredients, if this is what he prefers.

We also recommend Immunity & Liver Support, which contains a combination of selected herbs known for their ability to support healthy immune functioning, maintain liver health and functioning, aid in systemic cleansing, and act as a tonic for the lymphatic system.

For more info, go to: Immunity & Liver Support

Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Warm regards,

The PetAlive team

 

QUESTION2

"I have a Chow that is 7 years old. Lately, he has been having a hard time having a bowel movement. I have tried mineral oil, but he seems to be having trouble. What can I do to make this easier on him? Please help; I am worried!"
-Sheree

ANSWER

Hi Sheree,

Thank you for your query. You are to be commended for researching the use of natural alternatives.

We would highly recommend that your pet try our PetAlive Natural Moves for Pets™. This remedy contains a blend of herbal remedies and biochemic tissue salts especially selected to maintain healthy bowel and digestive functioning. 

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