Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Common Signs of Mineral Deficiency



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Don’t take this the wrong way, but chances are that you’re deficient … in minerals. That’s because nearly half of the U.S. population receives less than the daily recommended levels of one or more minerals. Despite awareness campaigns to highlight the critical role minerals play in optimal body function, confusion persists about how to avoid a mineral deficiency and know if you’re affected.
Inadequate mineral intake has become problematic because our food supply simply does not provide the same amounts or variety of minerals that diets did 100 years ago. This is largely because our food is grown in increasingly demineralized soils. Plus, the more that we rely on processed food (even if it’s fortified), the fewer minerals we ultimately consume.
Other factors affecting mineral levels include pregnancy, dehydration-causing illnesses like those involving vomiting or diarrhea, and more serious medical conditions such as kidney disease. Certain medications and alcohol consumption are also common causes of reduced mineral absorption. For these reasons, in the U.S. nearly a quarter of all of dietary supplements are purchased based on a physician’s recommendation.

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That covers a lot of territory. So, how do you know which column you’re in ~ adequate or deficient? To help you make a determination, here are the top five most common signs of mineral deficiency and their underlying culprits:
1. Low energy or fatigue: If you’ve been waking up tired, relying on an extra cup of coffee, or generally wondering where the pep in your step has gone, it may be a sign that you are low in magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, sodium, selenium, copper or chromium.
2. Aches and pains: If your limbs feel a bit wobbly after walking a flight of stairs, you are experiencing leg cramps or have unexplained joint or bone pain, you may have low levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium or manganese.
3. Emotional or Cognitive symptoms: Inadequate magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc or chromium contribute to irritability, confusion, brain fog, mood swings and even anxiety. Be aware that women’s mineral stores are regularly depleted. Experimenting with supplementation during ovulation can be a means to help with menstrual symptoms of an upcoming cycle.
4. Tummy trouble: We commonly associate bloating, gas, nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhea with food sensitivity, but low levels of potassium, sodium, zinc, and magnesium can also lead to these same gastric issues.
5. Visible changes in your appearance: Calcium, iron, sulfur, zinc, and copper all support the integumentary system which is the protective grouping that involves hair, skin, and nails. The development of brittle, course or thinning hair, pale skin or brittle, yellow or spotted nails can all point to a long-running deficiency in one or more of these minerals.

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For precise information and advice on your mineral levels, talk to your doctor about adding these tests as part of your annual physical. If the results indicate a deficiency, be aware that even with supplementation and diet improvements, it may take up to a year to fully reverse depletions such that a blood test can confirm. That being said, your efforts will surely be rewarded!
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Keep Your Pets Safe & Cool This Summer





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As summer approaches, we’re going through our closets pulling out our t-shirts and shorts in preparation for fun in the sun. But what about our four-legged friends stuck in a permanent fur coat? Are they as affected by the midday heat as we are? (Spoiler alert: yes.) And is there anything we can do about it? (Also, yes.) Here’s the good news: beating the heat is as easy as ABC!

A. Always Plan Ahead
Remember, our companion animals are at our mercy when it comes to being out in the sun. While we can choose whether or not to take a midday hike or sit out in the backyard for hours, they have to go along with the decisions we make, even if it is uncomfortable or potentially dangerous for them. Heat stroke illnesses and deaths spike in the summer, stemming from three main categories:
Prolonged exercise in full heat is dangerous. People who take their pet out to walk or run during the hottest time of the day and don’t realize their pet is overheating. Limit your exercise times to morning and evening during hot months.
Leaving pets in cars. It’s a myth that cracking the windows makes the car cooler ... it doesn’t! Another common misconception is that the outside temperature needs to be high for pets to suffer. On a sunny 70 degree day, the interior can reach 90 degrees in 30 minutes. In 85 degree weather, the temperature can reach 120 in the same period of time! If you can’t bring your dog or cat inside with you on your errands, let them stay home. It simply isn’t worth the risk.
Too much activity and not enough water. I’ve seen pets get heat stroke just from playing in the yard on a warm afternoon. If you’re planning on staying outside with your dog, make sure he or she has plenty of water to drink, a shady place to retreat to, and maybe even a sprinkler or wading pool to cool down in.


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B. Beware the Signs of Heat Stroke
Heat stroke symptoms can begin once the body temperature exceeds 103 degrees F. While most of us don’t carry a pet thermometer around, watch for these specific warning signs:
  • heavy panting
  • excessive drooling leading to a very dry mouth
  • extra-red tongue or gums
  • weakness or collapse
Brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs and pugs are especially prone to overheating, as are dark-haired breeds. Dogs and cats can and do die every summer from heat exposure, so if you suspect your companion animal is suffering heat exhaustion or heat stroke, go to the veterinary ER as soon as possible! 

C. Clipping: What About a Summer ‘Do?
Many people like to give their dog or cat a summer clip to help stay cool. If this is something you are considering, talk to your groomer to ensure it’s appropriate for your pet’s breed. Dogs whose fur grows continuously - such as poodles and Lhasas - do well with clips, while double-coated breeds such as Akitas and Chows do not. In some cases, a pet’s coat may actually help keep him or her cool, rendering a clip counterproductive. If you do opt for a trim, make sure there is at least one inch of fur remaining so your beloved pup or kitty doesn’t get a sunburn.
Although heat-related illnesses are scary and serious, the great news is that they are also entirely preventable. With just a little foresight and planning, our furry friends can enjoy the summer just as much as we do!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tips for Calming Stressed Cats


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It’s a common belief that cats are highly susceptible to stress. How many memes have you seen referencing “neurotic kitty”? But the truth is, a cat’s normal state shouldn’t be stressed, she should be happy and relaxed! If our kitties are constantly showing signs of stress and anxiety, we owe it to them to identify solutions to help them feel better.
So how do you know if your cat is stressed versus just being naturally feisty? Well, the signs are subtle. Oftentimes, it’s a subtle change in behavior that doesn’t even seem to be related to anxiety. Some of the more common changes include . . . . 

  • Urinating or defecating outside the litter box
  • Isolating themselves from others in the household
  • Excessive grooming
  • Prolonged periods of sleep
  • Excessive vocalization beyond what is typical (remember, some kitties are naturally more talkative than others)
  • Increased scratching
  • Aggression

Over time, stress hormones can contribute to physical symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, changes in appetite or even the painful condition known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). Be aware that these signs are symptomatic of other medical conditions, so don’t be too quick to assume you’re dealing with feline anxiety before discussing the symptoms with your veterinarian. One of the best ways to minimize the likelihood of chronic medical conditions is to feed your cat a high-quality, appropriate diet. Since you’re reading the Life’s Abundance blog, I’m probably preaching to the choir on that topic!

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Let’s say your cat is exhibiting one or more of these signs of anxiety. You’ve brought her in for a check-up and medically, everything checks out. What next?
First, try to pinpoint the source of the stress and eliminate it, if possible. We tend to view these issues through our human lens, so it’s important to remember that unexpected things can be at the root of your cat’s stress. Some of the more obvious reasons include changes in living conditions ~ from divorce, moves, a new companion animal in the house, or new babies ~ to the most obvious physical cause, which is pain. But little changes can also provoke anxiety: new furniture, a neighbor’s dog barking, a dirty litter box, being denied access to their favorite location, a neighborhood tomcat taunting them from the yard, even music they don’t like! As you can see, it’s a long list.
Environmental modifications can make a big difference. For indoor cats, boredom can be a near-constant stressor, so provide lots of vertical space for exploration (they love being elevated). Home-built or store-bought cat trees are a great solution. Puzzle feeders can be a good source of environmental enrichment, as they appeal to their hunting instinct. Pheromone diffusers or sprays can also have a calming effect for some.

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And lastly, make sure your kitty is getting daily interaction and enrichment with you. It’ll build their confidence and form deeper connections with their caregivers. Believe it or not, many behaviorists recommend clicker training as a great way to bond with your cat. This gives her a sense of control over her environment and also offers the promise of a yummy incentive like Gourmet Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat. Cats can learn amazing tricks with clicker training and treats, but it’s also a great way to reward good behavior generally.
Try to set aside some one-on-one time for your cat in the space where she is most relaxed. Optimally, this is something you’ll do every day at the same time because cats are true creatures of habit. No distractions, which means leave your phone in another room and turn off the TV. Brush, pet, sing . . . . do whatever pleases your cat the most. It’ll be good for both of you!
A happy cat means a happy you! If you think your cat is suffering from stress or anxiety, try some of these suggestions to help them live the “purr-fect” life.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vitamin E for Stressed Pets by Dr. Jane Bicks


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As a holistic veterinarian, I feel it is incredibly important to take the whole animal into consideration when it comes to nutrition. And, whenever practical, my preference is to provide nutrients, minerals, and vitamins in their natural forms. In this post, I’d like to talk to you specifically about vitamin E, to review both the strengths and weaknesses of natural and synthetic forms.
Vitamin E is an incredibly complex and important nutrient that, among other things, functions as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are naturally occurring nutrients that promote health by slowing the destructive aging process of cells (a breakdown called “peroxidation”). In peroxidation, damaged molecules known as free radicals steal pieces from other cells, like fat, protein or DNA. The damage can spread, damaging and killing entire groups of cells. While peroxidation can be useful to destroy old cells or germs and parasites, when left unchecked, free radicals produced by peroxidation also damages healthy cells. Antioxidants can help to stem the tide of peroxidation, thus stabilizing free radicals.
Antioxidants like vitamin E are crucial to the health of companion animals of any age. They can improve the quality of the immune response and the effectiveness of vaccines in young pets, and help maintain a vital immune system in seniors.
Vitamin E occurs in one of two forms, either natural or synthetic. Natural vitamin E is a collection of eight chemically unique compounds that are derived from plants, including four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. More commonly used and less expensive, synthetic vitamin E is one compound ~ alpha-tocopherol.
For me, the choice of using natural or synthetic vitamin E in my formulas couldn’t be clearer, and neither could the evidence. The synthetic form of vitamin E is not as active or easily absorbed as the natural form of vitamin E. The molecular structure of vitamin E determines how well the body can utilize it. In human trials, researchers found that proteins in the liver specifically select the natural form of vitamin E and largely ignore the synthetic form.
In a Japanese study, scientists found that it took three times the amount of synthetic vitamin E to equal the blood levels of natural vitamin E. In the U.S., researchers found that body tissues and blood retained far higher levels of natural vitamin E versus synthetic. In addition, synthetic alpha-tocopherol vitamin E has only half the vitamin activity of the natural alpha-tocopherol vitamin E.
Why is there such a difference between synthetic and natural forms of vitamin E? The key to understanding how the body absorbs these two types differently lies on the molecular level.

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The cellular structure of mammals more easily recognizes natural forms of vitamins. And cellular proteins and blood plasma bind to natural forms more readily than their synthetic counterparts. Unfortunately, synthetic vitamins are cheaper and, therefore, are more prevalent in many products on the market today.
So, how can you determine if the products you are using contain the synthetic or natural form of vitamin E? Simply check out the ingredient labels! Natural vitamin E is listed as a-tocopherol acetate, d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate. Alternately, synthetic forms of vitamin E are labeled with a “dl-“ prefix.
Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place for companion animals!




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Burton GW, et al. Human plasma and tissue alpha-tocopherol concentrations in response to supplementation with deuterated natural and synthetic vitamin E Am J Clin Nutr 1998; 67: 669-84
Traber MG, et al. Synthetic as compared with natural vitamin E is preferentially excreted as a-CEHC in human urine: studies using deuterated a-tocopheryl acetate FEBS Letters 1998 (Oct 16); 437: 145-8
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Effects of Aging on Canine Cognition

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Dr. Jessica Vogelsang takes an in-depth look at how canine cognition changes as dogs age and provides tips to help keep them healthy for many years to come!


I can’t tell you how often I ask pet parents about their senior dog and the response is “okay, but … I guess he’s just getting old.” I love this conversation opener because it tells me two things. One, the pet parent is paying enough attention to know something has changed, even if they don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about. Two, there’s probably something I can do to help!
All living things grow old. The aging process is complicated and messy, encompassing a variety of genetic and environmental factors. Some we can control, others we can slow down, and the remainder we just manage the best we can. The good news is, there’s almost always something we can do to make a companion animal feel better.
When we think about what it means to be old, most of us jump to the most obvious complaint of age … aches and pains. The body stiffens, the joints dry out, the discs in our spines shrivel up, and we end up shuffling around like Carl from the movie Up. Almost all senior dogs develop symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is one of the reasons I recommend joint supplements for seniors. If a pet parent says, “He won’t climb the stairs anymore,” or, “He doesn’t want to go for long walks,” then I know we’re likely dealing with pain.
But what about cognitive dysfunction, the age-related decline in neurologic function? Referred to as “canine cognitive dysfunction” in veterinary medicine, some laypeople call it “doggie Alzheimer’s”. While the symptoms can be similar to what humans experience, it’s not exactly the same thing.

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Unfortunately, cognitive decline is quite common in senior dogs. More than half of all dogs over the age of 11 show at least one clinical sign. Since we don’t know for certain all the biological changes that occur in an aging brain, we describe canine cognitive dysfunction as a collection of symptoms:
  • Disorientation
  • Changes in activity level
  • Changes in sleep/wake cycle (e.g., wandering around in the middle of the night)
  • House-soiling
  • Anxiety
  • No longer adhering to an established routine

For many years, we simply accepted this condition as a price for living a long life. However, we’re learning that there are ways we can actually decelerate cognitive decline in dogs.
One way veterinarians manage cognitive dysfunction in dogs is through medications. Certain drugs that increase the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine may improve brain function. In fact, the same drug used by dogs can also be used to treat Parkinson’s!

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The other way we manage cognitive decline is through the nutrition and personal attention we provide our dogs. New and exciting research is showing that certain types of antioxidants and dietary ingredients can positively impact the brain function of senior pets! I love this because these are safe, easy changes we can use to improve the aging process for all our senior friends:
1. Feed a diet rich in antioxidants. Free radicals in the body accelerate the aging process. Antioxidants, such as those found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, can be added to a dog’s diet to limit the free-radical damage. Several studies have shown that seniors who eat a diet rich in antioxidants exhibit clinical improvement in cognitive function within just a few weeks.
2. Exercise the brain. Keep your pet’s neurons working through lots of daily playtime, walks, and puzzles. We joke that the brain is a muscle; it’s not, of course, but like a muscle, it does benefit from regular workouts!
3. Fatty acids. We all know essential fatty acids are good for the skin and coat, but there’s also increasing evidence that a subset of fatty acids called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) serve as a preferred energy source for the brain and can actually improve mental sharpness.
If your dog is getting a little gray around the muzzle, don’t accept “he’s just getting old” as a fact of life. Yes, we all age, but we can do it better by taking steps to preserve health and quality of life.
All the best to you and your lovable, aging dogs!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mercury Retrograde ~ April 2017 ~ Hold On Tight!!


The planet Mercury rules all types of communication, and things are about to go haywire. The first full Mercury Retrograde of 2017 started April 9 and will last until May 3. As if things aren't already tough enough these days, the cosmos decided to make life even more difficult for you. While many planets have retrograde cycles (Jupiter is retrograde until June 9, for example), Mercury is likely the one you've heard the most about. This is because Mercury Retrograde has the ability to wreak havoc on everyone, no matter their astrological sign.
"This phenomenon is one of the few that affects everyone in a fairly uniform way, and its effects are always obvious," according to Susan Miller at Astrology Zone. "Once you begin to pay attention to how events in your life change during these phases, you will soon see how important it is to take note of them."
Some of the fun things you can look forward to during Mercury Retrograde include misunderstandings, mistakes, and disruptions related to listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, buying, travel, shipping, and anything related to computers and phones.
"When this planet retrogrades, these areas tend to get scrambled or spin out of control," says Miller.
There is also a slight overlap between Venus and Mercury's retrograde periods. Venus Retrograde, which ends April 15, can cause you to be overly impulsive and trigger heightened feelings of love and desire that aren't necessarily real. During the six-day overlap, your impulses could be thwarted by communication meltdowns, which could be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it.
If you impulsively send a text to an ex-lover and it doesn't go through, that could be a good thing. But it also means you're at risk of sending that steamy Venus-Retrograde-induced text to the wrong person, like your boss. I'm exhausted just thinking about this.
Mercury Retrograde begins in stubborn Earth sign Taurus, which means life can become slower and more frustrating than usual. The astrology website Find Your Fate advises, "Be very practical about finding a solution and strictly adhere to limits of time or budget. Money often plays a big part of both the problem and the answer when Mercury is retrograde in earthy signs like Taurus."
Luckily, things will ease up when Mercury moves into Aries on April 20.
In 2017, Mercury retrogrades four times, beginning a new nine-year cycle, according to Find Your Fate. During this time, expect new people and new situations to enter your circle who can determine the direction of your life for the next nine-year period. While that might feel like a lot of pressure, because nine years seems like a long time, Mercury can bring about transformations in your life that you might not have envisioned, which can be a good thing.
For your best chance of having a smooth Mercury Retrograde, don’t make any important moves, sign any contracts, or launch any new endeavors. It's also not a good time to have any type of elective surgery because doctors are affected by the retrograde too.
It’s not that the people you are dealing with are necessarily duplicitous, it’s just that nobody can fully predict what conditions will be like later. If you start a new job, it won’t necessarily be the position you thought it was when you accepted it. If you are a manager, you will have difficulty choosing the right candidate for the job, so, if you can, hold off hiring anyone. If you buy a house, problems could crop up later that were completely unanticipated.
So what's the good news? Since Mercury Retrograde affects everyone, we're all in this crazy thing together and, thankfully, we don't have to go through it again until August!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Open Letter to Essential Oils Newbies!



Dear New or Future Member:

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to join us! We know that this will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Why? Because Young Living essential oils have the power to elevate, motivate, and inspire. In this letter, we’ve put together a list of five ways they can transform your life.

You Will Smell Amazing!

“You have to tell me what perfume you’re wearing!” You’re going to hear this a lot.
You’ll chuckle to yourself because it’s not really perfume at all. It’s the pure scent of Mother Nature herself ~ Young Living Essential Oils.
People are going to want to know how you smell just like a blossoming orange grove or field of brilliant purple lavender, and you’ll tell them that it’s because that’s exactly where the aroma came from! It’s the smell of 100 percent pure essential oils, derived directly from fresh oranges or lavender.

You Will Inspire Greater Physical Wellness!

Peppermint Essential OilYou’re home after a long day at work, and your gym bag is casting an accusing look your way. At the same time, that carton of triple-chocolate-chunk ice cream is serenading you from the freezer. You feel yourself take a step toward creamy indulgence when you see a bottle of Peppermint staring serenely back at you from the corner of the kitchen. You walk over, remove the cap, and inhale deeply ~ your nose tingles, your senses awaken. You apply a few drops to your neck and temples and immediately feel a cool, tingling sensation on your skin. You feel awake, alive, and suddenly ready to tackle what you know you need to do.
You change directions, walking right past the freezer, grabbing that gym bag, and heading confidently out the door. Young Living essential oils strike again!
A gym bag just isn’t complete without your army of oils. A few drops of invigorating Peppermint can be just the thing you need to do that extra pull-up or run that extra mile. A few drops of Grapefruit Vitality™ can be the difference between drinking a couple sips of water or the entire bottle. Keep them handy for those moments when a little motivation could mean the difference between going the distance or giving up.

They Will Help Make Your House A Home!

Tangerine Essential OilEssential oils have a way of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. With just a few drops of Cinnamon BarkOrange, and Clove, a dark, cold winter night can turn into a festive, cozy evening. With natural home fragrances like this, you’ll find it easier to enjoy each day for the gift it is and spend more time cuddling and conversing than daydreaming of tropical beaches.
Essential oils can enhance even the most basic of daily rituals. Your little ones will love falling asleep to dreamy aromas like gentle Tangerine and enchanting Lavender. So when they bring home that crazy boyfriend or crash the car as teens, you can smell these oils and remember simpler days of story time, jammies, and butterfly kisses.
Make sure Young Living essential oils are a part of your family milestones and everyday activities, so with just a quick whiff, you can transport yourself back to your happiest, most magical memories.

They Will Spark Your Creativity!

With essential oils, the usage possibilities are virtually endless. There are always more applications to try out! You might start by adding a couple drops to your moisturizer, laundry, or household cleaner. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in a sort of essential oil Nirvana, covered in coconut oil and candelilla (vegan beeswax), vigorously shaking bottles of Peppermint and Lavender over a mixing bowl ~ and you won’t be able to stop there! You’ll start making DIY essential oil body buttersmakeup setting spraydry shampoo, even Christmas ornaments! Not to mention all the ways you’ll use YL Vitality oils in the kitchen.
You’ll need to embrace the fact that essential oils will become a key part of your everyday life, and the more you use them, the more you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.

You Will Find A Greater Connection With Nature!

Geranium Essential OilYoung Living essential oils are samples of the best that Mother Nature has to offer. In an increasingly fake and artificial world, they serve as a reminder of the pure and simple. As you use them in your life, your bond with nature will grow, along with your appreciation for the bounteous gifts it offers you.
Every time you reach for a bottle of Geranium over a synthetic perfume or use Orange Vitality instead of artificial orange flavoring, you’re supporting a world where man and nature live together in harmony, the way it was meant to be.
An old proverb says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You’ve just taken the first step toward a life filled with greater wellness, purpose, and abundance. Every person’s Young Living journey will look a little different, but there’s no doubt it will enhance your life. We are excited to see where this journey will take you!

Warmest regards,

Raven @ Holistic Pets & Peeps! 

(Independent YL Executive Leader ~ #1797711)


  


Essential Oils for Dog Allergies








Dogs are wonderful companions, and an important part of our families, which is why we only want the best for them when it comes to their good health.  Yet, there are times when a health condition arises where many of us prefer using a more natural, yet effective solution for our precious fur kids.  That being said, if traditional vet care is in their best interest, we would never recommend abandoning common sense just for the sake of taking the natural path.  There are excellent holistic vets who offer traditional AND holistic medicine combined, some of which even incorporating remedies such as essential oils.  

Our primary purpose at Holistic Pets & Peeps! is to educate you as to when certain essential oils may be used for specific issues your pet may be experiencing.  Therapeutic grade essential oils are incredibly powerful healing (and preventative) tools that are effective for the majority of dogs (and other animals), however, they may not work for every animal, and the information presented here is not meant as a "magic pill" or cure-all.  Not all essential oils are created equal, which is why we only recommend Young Living Essential Oils. Therefore, when we refer to any oil, we are referring to therapeutic grade essential oils by Young Living that are trusted and proven for over 20 years.

Now, on to the very complicated subject of dog allergies.  Many pet parents tend to just assume that whatever they are feeding their dog is causing him or her to have allergies. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.  We will concur that there are far too many substandard pet products on the market today with questionable ingredients, so we do recommend that pet parents educate themselves as to what they are feeding their pets.  Pet food, treats, supplements and pet care products is a subject that requires an entire article unto itself, however, we are happy to offer our recommendations upon request.





Just like people, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we are addressing essential oils and dosing guidelines right away.  Please consider these approximate sizes of dogs when determining the use of essential oils, and remember, when in doubt, start slowly (less is better when introducing EOs) and gradually increase the dosage once you have determined that your dog (or other animal) is responding well to treatment with essential oils.


Small Dogs ~ 1 - 20 Pounds (0 - 9 kg)
Medium Dogs ~ 20 - 50 Pounds (9 - 22 kg)
Large Dogs ~ 50 - 100 Pounds (23-45 kg)
X-Large Dogs ~ 100+ Pounds (45+ kg)


Dog allergies often require a full holistic health consultation, as well as expensive in-depth blood work to fully evaluate the underlying cause (or causes) of the allergies themselves. And yes, diet can be one of the culprits, depending on what you are feeding your dog. (For a great selection of premium holistic pet food & products, please CLICK HERE!)

Another huge culprit is household cleaners, air fresheners, sprays and other toxic items that are in your pet's face (and under their feet) every single day!  If you want to see the world from their vantage point, we encourage you to get down on your hands and knees and imagine being bombarded with these things at their eye and smell level day after day. Whatever you clean with, freshen with, spray around the house is absorbed by your pets through their eyes, nose, skin, mouth and paw pads.

Changing household cleaners, first-aid, and other personal care products to Young Living products not only eliminates harmful chemicals but provides more exposure to beneficial therapeutic essential oils on a daily basis . . . . for your pets and for your entire family!








Treatment recommendations for battling allergies (other than switching to a natural / holistic diet) are as follows:

~ Diffuse:  Clove, Thieves, or Lavender.
~ Antihistamine Oils to be Applied Orally, Topically, and / or Diffused:  Melissa, Ocotea,  Basil, Lavender
~ Anti-Inflammatory (steroid alternative):  Raindrop Technique
~ Nutritional Supplements:  Allerzyme, NingXia Red, Omega Blue, Sulfurzyme, Life 5
~ Other:  Animal Scents Shampoo, Thieves Household Cleaner (Cleaning & Bathing)


Secondary Recommendations:  

~ Polyzyme, Mightyzyme, Detoxzyme, Digest + Cleanse, Inner Defense


Additional Recommendations:

~ Give an Allerzyme digestive enzyme with every meal.  For Large Dogs ~ 2 or more capsules may be necessary.

~ Give NingXia Red with 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil added.  This may be given straight or mixed in with food.


Should you wish to get started with your own oils and products, we recommend that you enroll as a wholesale member in Young Living by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you the Everyday Oils, a bonus oil called Stress Away, a Home Diffuser, as well as samples to try or share. This is an excellent investment in your health, as well as the health of your animals. 

You also have the option of joining as a Retail Member, as opposed to a Wholesale Member, so it is completely up to you. There are also options for monthly Essential Rewards orders, which earn you points that you can spend on additional products, as well as promotional items every month that you can earn for free, just by shopping for what you already need. 

Please ask us for additional information, or you may learn more by logging on to:

www.HolisticOilsForPetsAndPeeps.com  (then click on the Contact Me page for more info)

Thank you for joining us on this wonderfully holistic journey. We are truly grateful to have you here with us and look forward to helping you any way we can! ♥