Friday, May 3, 2019

You Could Be Killing Hummingbirds: Here’s How to Save Them






Hummingbirds are beautiful, delightful little creatures to have around your garden. Not only are they great pollinators, but they also bring fun and frivolity into your yard. Many homeowners and gardeners put feeders up to keep these precious summer personalities around.
If you don’t take the necessary steps to provide healthy nectar and clean feeders, your favorite pollinators could catch deadly infections.
Hummingbird feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus, or your tiny friend could develop a serious and deadly fungus infection. This infection causes the tongue to swell, making it impossible for the birds to feed. Losing the ability to consume nectar, these sweet little birds face starvation.
A mother hummingbird can pass a fungal infection to her babies who, in turn, could also face the possibility of dying from starvation due to swelling tongues.
Not changing out the nectar enough could create fermentation within the nectar. Fermented nectar can cause liver damage, which usually will lead to death.

The Basics of Hummingbird Care

When looking to purchase a feeder, find one that is easy to clean.

To clean your feeder, flush it with hot tap water and use a bottle brush to scrub the sides of the glass jar. DO NOT use soap because it will leave residue behind. If you do use soap, use a vinegar and water solution to rinse and remove soap residue.
Inspect the feeder carefully for black mold. If you see any mold growth, soak the feeder in a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one-gallon water for one hour.



To make the nectar, mix one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water. Do not use store-bought mixtures, honey, or any other kind of sugar ~ just ordinary white cane sugar will work. Bring the solution to a boil, stir to dissolve the sugar, then allow the mixture to come to room temperature before filling the feeder.
Boiling the water will help slow the fermentation process of the nectar, but as soon as a hummingbird beak dips and drinks, healthy microorganisms carried on the beak will be transferred into the nectar.
If the nectar becomes cloudy, it has gone bad and needs to be replaced. A sugar solution can spoil in as little as two days. If your feeder is hanging in the sun or outside where the temperatures are high, the nectar may start to ferment in only one day.
To avoid wasting nectar, only put out enough for the birds to consume in two or three days. If you mix up a large batch, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.



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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her online specialty pet boutiques (www.TheGiftedPet.com & www.PamperedPetEssentials.com), and premium pet food business (www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)

She is an enthusiastic advocate for animal rights, including wildlife & nature and likes to dabble in creative projects such as photography, digital art, custom greeting cards and more!

For more information, please use the Contact Me! page on this blog or visit her Facebook page to PM her www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps




Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Four Common Skin Problems in Dogs



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Skin problems are some of the most common complaints in veterinary medicine, right up there in the top three. Surprised? It shouldn’t be too shocking when you consider that the skin is the body’s largest organ, one subjected daily to the elements. And for dogs, skin is one of the organs most frequently affected by allergies. With well over 100 different causes of canine skin problems, it can be hard to sort out why your dog is red or itchy. So, how do you even begin to understand why your pup is scratching? Easy … you start with the basics. Today, we’ll take a look at the most common skin problems veterinarians see at the clinic.
In order to understand skin disease in dogs, we need to know the difference between symptoms and causes. The cause of skin disease is the underlying condition that predisposes a canine to the problem, such as a surface infection or something more serious, like endocrine disease. The symptoms are the outward physical manifestation of those causes. Common symptoms include itchiness, hot spots, hair loss, and scaly skin. Pet parents often feel frustrated when they very carefully and completely describe a set of symptoms but their vet can’t definitively determine the source of the problem. That’s because for every itchy dog, there are many experiencing multiple causes! Getting to the root cause of a symptom is the only way your vet can provide complete diagnosis, and hopefully provide your pooch with some relief.

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The most common causes of skin disease fall into four distinct categories: infection, parasites, endocrine and allergic disease. While this is not an exhaustive list, these categories account for the vast majority of problems.

1. Infections: Multiple organisms can take root and cause disease in the skin. Vets see bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus, yeast such as Malassezia, and fungus such as Dermatophytosis (which causes ringworm). These infections can cause a variety of symptoms such as hair loss, itchiness or redness. In order to determine the cause, your veterinarian often needs to look at a sample of skin cells under the microscope or send hair to culture. It is very important to know which organism is causing the infection to minimize time to resolution and make the patient comfortable as quickly as possible. Guesswork just doesn’t cut it very well! The right treatment makes all the difference.

2. Parasites: You only signed up for one dog, not the hundreds of bonus fleas or mites they can sometimes bring in. In addition to being gross, parasites can transmit infection to our companion animals (and sometimes to us), possibly leading to irritation and secondary infections when the itchiness becomes unbearable and dogs start chewing away at their skin. Some of the most common skin parasites are mange mites, fleas, and ticks. The good news is, once your vet identifies the parasite, treatment options are pretty straightforward and will eliminate the problem.

3. Allergies: Lick, lick, lick, chew, chew, chew. If you’ve ever been woken up at 2 a.m. by the incessant sounds of a dog attacking his own skin, you know just how affected pets can be by the intense itching of allergies. In dogs, allergies fall into three major categories: flea, food, and atopy (environmental allergies). Those three distinct causes all look very similar from the outside so it can take some solid detective work and diagnostics to definitively name the culprit. While time-consuming, it’s obviously well worth it! Because allergic disease is a chronic condition, it’s one that we must manage rather than cure. The more specific is in their knowledge of the cause, the better they can manage the problem over the long term.

4. Endocrine: Disorders of the endocrine system can manifest in the skin in a variety of ways. Hypothyroid dogs may have thickened, greasy skin, while canines suffering from Cushings may have a distinctive pattern of hair loss on the trunk. While these skin symptoms are secondary to the main disease process, they offer important clues as to what’s really going on.

So, what can we as pet parents do to avoid doggie skin problems? Causes such as parasites are fully preventable with the right medicines, but allergies can be very difficult to prevent. You can, however, work on maintaining the health of the skin by giving your pet proper nutrition, and by adding essential fatty acids through skin-and-coat supplements. Perhaps the best first line of defense is by using dog-appropriate shampoos and conditioners that don’t strip the oils from the skin with harsh chemicals.

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Life’s Abundance takes canine skin and coat health seriously. The first time you use Revitalizing Shampoo, you may already notice a change in your dog’s appearance after the first bath. Thanks to its unique formula, coats will be shinier and fuller, with less dander and no more “doggie smell”. With moisture-activated odor neutralizers, our shampoo features antioxidants and organic herbal extracts that penetrate into the hair shaft and promote coat health. Also included are kiwi and mango essences, selected because they too enhance the health of the skin, as well as leaving your dog’s coat smelling clean and fresh. 
Unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian, you should not bathe your dog more than once every 2-3 weeks. If your dog’s coat could do with some freshening in between baths, use Bath Fresh Mist to neutralize odors and condition the skin and coat. And it’s so easy to use … simply spray and brush into in the coat. You will love the aroma and your dog will enjoy being pampered!

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Nothing is lovelier than petting a dog with a beautiful, soft coat and healthy skin. With vigilance, premium nutrition, and regular veterinary care, your dog can have the skin of a movie star! And, perhaps best of all, your pooch will enjoy the sweet, sweet relief of life free from itching.


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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Chase Sunshine with YL's April PV Promo!




With sunnier days and warm-weather plans, we’re ready for all things light and bright! Qualify for April PV promo and you’ll get the products that deliver just that. Place your qualifying order and you’ll get Goldenrod for open-window, light-filled evenings and Dream Catcher™ to tackle any milestone when you wake up! You’ll also receive Lemon and Tangerine for bursts of citrus goodness around the house, in your car, or at the office.


5 ml Goldenrod

* Relive springtime adventures with Goldenrod! Add a few drops of this grassy, sweet- smelling oil to your diffuser at night and you’ll slip into soothing dreams of simpler times.
* Radiant look? Yes, please! Mix this spring-scented oil with your face wash and your skin will look fresher and firmer in no time!


5 ml Dream Catcher

* Chase creativity with Dream Catcher™! Plug in your diffuser and add this blend for surprising citrus scents and decadent floral notes that will inspire you the way a gorgeous garden does.
* Whether you’re climbing an actual mountain or a metaphorical one, breathe in the aroma of this light and bright blend for a quick burst of motivation as you run after your hopes and dreams.


4-pack Lavender Calming Bath Bombs

* Seek renewal this spring! Feed two birds with one scone by relaxing in a Lavender-scented bath that also treats your skin to ultra-hydrating ingredients.
* Now that the sun is up almost all day, you’re enjoying more adventures! Soothe and soften the wear and tear on your skin with a soak in a bath that’s as fresh as it is floral.


15 ml Tangerine

* Let’s roll down the windows! Soak cotton balls with this tangy scent and stash them in your car vents so the smell of tangerines will forever recall bliss-filled road trips.
* Find daily gratitude with Tangerine! Rub this zesty-smelling oil, mixed with V-6™, on your temples each night as you give thanks for the sun, the moon, and all the stars.


15 ml Lemon

* Your house can smell like it’s nestled in a lemon grove! Diffuse this oil for a crisp, luscious aroma that beats back odors that have no place in the home.
* Spring cleaning that actually smells like spring? We’ve got you covered. Add Lemon to your plant-based cleaning products for a living space that smells as good as it looks!


5 ml Vetiver

* Summer’s just around the corner! Use the exotic aroma of Vetiver to wrap up finals, big projects, and major deadlines so you can head on vacation worry free!
* While you’re jumping in and out of pools, lakes, and oceans, you’ll want to go makeup free! Put your best face forward and use Vetiver as a part of your skincare routine.


Bonus Essential Rewards: 5 ml Clary Sage

* Get stunning hair that even mermaids will envy! Add Clary Sage to your shampoo for hair that looks as healthy as the sun is bright.
* Combine this herbaceous and slightly honey-scented oil with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and massage into your shoulders after a stressful day.


Bonus Essential Rewards: 10 Essential Rewards points

Use these 10 Essential Rewards points to get sunny-weather favorites like Lavender Lip Balm and Lemon Vitality™ essential oil.


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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki, and her premium pet food business (www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)
For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps), or email her at HolisticPetsAndPeeps@gmail.com.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Why Your Pet’s Food Bowl Could Be Making Your Pets (and You!) Sick





Picture the germiest place in your house. Most people will automatically assume it’s their bathroom. Others may think of kitchen countertops or entryways that rightfully deserve the name 'mudroom,' not to mention these 9 other places germs hide around your home. But for all you pet owners, you’re probably overlooking one of the biggest germ culprits in your home: pet food bowls.

A study done by NSF International examined 30 everyday items from 22 different households, and pet food dishes ranked 4th in the final list of germ hot spots. The top three were kitchen sponge/dishrag, kitchen sink, and toothbrush holder.

Pet owners will likely be alarmed by these results ~ and rightfully so. Food bowls can serve as ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, and yeast. But this concerning information might also raise some confusion. It makes sense to wash a bowl of wet dog or cat food, but surely refilling dishes with dry food isn’t that big of a deal, right?

Actually, that misconception is what keeps many pet owners from washing food dishes regularly. Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Vogelsang told iheartdogs.com that dry foods do leave residue, and that can result in bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella living in food bowls. As if that’s not bad enough, these germs can cause illnesses in both animals and humans. That’s why it’s important to watch out for these signs your “healthy” dog or cat is actually sick.

To prevent any potential sickness spreading around your home, NSF recommends washing food and water bowls daily, either in a dishwasher or with soap and hot water. You should also sanitize the dishes weekly by soaking them in a gallon of water with a half-teaspoon of non-toxic household cleaner (such as Thieves Household Cleaner) for ten minutes. You may also consider investing in stainless steel or ceramic bowls; plastic ones can crack easily, giving germs an easy place to hide. 



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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her online specialty pet boutiques (www.TheGiftedPet.com & www.PamperedPetEssentials.com), and premium pet food business (www.PremiumPetFoodStore.com)


For more information, please use the Contact Me! page on this blog or visit her Facebook page to PM her www.facebook.com/HolisticPetsNPeeps

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Young Living Thieves Products ~ The Power of Thieves for Every Room of Your Home!


Young Living’s proprietary Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. French authorities recognized that there was such value in this mixture that upon the thieves’ capture, they received a more merciful punishment on condition that they divulge the ingredients in their secret formula.
Crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves essential oil blend can be found in all our Thieves products. Featuring the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, Thieves imparts a spicy, welcoming aroma everywhere it’s used.
With the benefits of Thieves oil, including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent, Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste. Possibly our most versatile and beloved blend, Thieves products replace harsh chemicals with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients.


Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Featuring all the benefits of our powerful, proprietary Thieves blend ~ including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent ~ Young Living offers Thieves on its own as a topical/aromatic essential oil blend and as a dietary supplement as part of our Vitality™ essential oil line. This blend is also an important ingredient in our full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste.

Thieves® essential oil blend
Thieves is Young Living’s timeless blend of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.
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Thieves® Vitality™
When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves Vitality is a powerful essential oil blend that may help support healthy immune function and contribute to wellness.*
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Thieves Cleaning Products

Keeping a clean house doesn’t have to mean using toxic chemicals. Trust our aromatic, Thieves-infused household products for a naturally derived, effective alternative to traditional cleaning products.

Thieves® Automatic Dishwasher Powder
Combining Thieves, Lemongrass, and Orange essential oils, this ultra-concentrated dishwasher powder is powerful enough to tackle even your dirtiest dishes!
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Thieves® Dish Soap
Thieves, Jade Lemon™, and Bergamot essential oils work with other plant-based ingredients to makes this essential oil soap powerful enough to leave your dishes sparkling clean.

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Thieves® Fruit & Veggie Soak
Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak is a concentrated formula crafted with Thieves, DiGize™, and Purification® essential oil blends.

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Thieves® Fruit & Veggie Spray
With just a few spritzes, you can quickly and efficiently clean fruits and vegetables no matter where you are.

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Thieves® Household Cleaner
Combining naturally derived, plant-based ingredients, Thieves Cleaner provides exceptional home cleaning and purifying power.

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Thieves® Laundry Soap
Natural enzymes boost this powerful essential oil laundry soap to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent.

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Thieves® Spray
Thieves Spray is a portable cleaning spray ideal for purifying small surfaces. Thieves Spray can be used on doorknobs, handles, toilet seats, and more.



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Thieves® Wipes
Thieves essential oil wipes are infused with the powerful properties of the Thieves blend for quick, on-the-go surface cleaning.




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Thieves® Household Cleaner Single-Use Packets
Your favorite Thieves® Household Cleaner now comes in convenient single-use packets! This new packaging makes it easy to share this beloved cleaner and the benefits of Thieves oil blend with your friends and family and to take it with you while you travel, camp, or do any cleaning on the go.
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Thieves Dental Care Products

Healthy teeth and gums start with products that clean and protect without harsh chemicals. Discover naturally derived solutions for oral health with our essential oil-infused oral care products.

Thieves® AromaBright™ Toothpaste
Free from fluoride, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, this essential oil toothpaste boasts a minty-fresh flavor for long-lasting fresh breath.

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Thieves® Dentarome Ultra™ Toothpaste
Made from naturally derived ingredients, Thieves Dentarome Ultra is great for removing stains to reveal a brighter, fresher, more radiant smile!

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Thieves® Dentarome Plus Toothpaste
Thieves Dentarome Plus Toothpaste combines Thieves, Peppermint, and Wintergreen essential oils with gentle, odor-absorbing baking soda for fresher breath and increased cleaning power.
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Thieves® Dental Floss
Made with strong fibers that resist fraying, Thieves Dental Floss is saturated twice with Thieves blend and Peppermint essential oil for twice the freshening power.

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Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus™ Mouthwash
Formulated with naturally derived ingredients, Thieves mouthwash is effective without using alcohol, synthetic dyes, or artificial flavors.

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Thieves Personal Care Products

Pairing personal care products with Thieves is a natural fi, since Thieves is the perfect combination of effective and gentle! Be sure to stash a few Thieves personal care products in your purse or backpack to have handy wherever life may take you.

Thieves® Cleansing Soap
Containing the legendary Thieves oil blend, this bar soap is ideal for purifying the skin with the power of pure essential oils.


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Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap
Blending Thieves, Lemon, and Orange essential oils with other natural ingredients, the gentle formula of Thieves Foaming Hand Soap is an effective alternative to soaps that contain harsh and synthetic chemicals.
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Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier
Convenient, portable, and long-lasting, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier is enhanced with natural Peppermint essential oil to cleanse and purify hands.

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Thieves Taste on the Go

Take the freshness of Thieves with you wherever you go! With many ways to enjoy our popular Thieves blend, simply stash a few in your pocket, purse, or backpack to enjoy its signature spicy flavor and benefits anywhere life takes you. Be sure to try our natural cough drops, lozenges, and mints.

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Thieves® Cough Drops
Young Living’s Thieves Cough Drops are formulated to help soothe sore throats, relieve coughs, and cool nasal passages. Discover natural relief with no prescription needed!

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Thieves® Hard Lozenges
Infused with Lemon and Peppermint essential oils, Thieves Lozenges provide lasting results and freshness that you can feel.


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