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For Anxious Pets:


  I would like to offer a few products that I personally have found to be helpful in caring for my own dogs’ anxieties through the years. My goal at home was always to take advantage of natural sensory experiences to help my furry ones find a zen place of calm. With that in mind I tried to be ever-mindful to incorporate soothing smells, sounds, touch, sights and tastes…..


Dog Appeasing Pheromone (D.A.P.)

     Pheromones are natural chemicals within animals that affect animal behavior. Female dogs naturally produce a calming and tranquilizing pheromone 3 to 5 days after they give birth to their puppies. This dog appeasing pheromone is responsible for giving the newborn puppies the message of constant security, safety, and reassurance. To use dog appeasing pheromone therapeutically, synthetic pheromones by a dog via a spray or diffuser to produce a calming effect on one part of the brain that is connected to the dog’s emotion and memory (the limbic system). This, in turn, helps shift behavior. This natural mild tranquilizer for dogs is helpful in times of anxiety and stress. Through mimicking this scent, we help give our dogs the feeling of care and reassurance passed by a mother to her puppies.


DAP For Dogs

 (cat version)



Pet Essential Oils

     Essential oils are to a plant as blood is to a person. They are its life force It is imperative that every living organism have a way to take in nourishment and clean out built up toxins in order to maintain balance, also known as homeostasis. A “pure” oil still contains this quantum energy, or chi, by way of careful harvesting, distilling, and packaging. Oils magnify the energy of your intention. Thoughts have energy and each step further (as with using essential oils) shifts the frequency further – from want, to hope, to belief, to knowing, to living. Smell (olfactory) affects the brain’s limbic system which is the seat of emotion and memory. The sense of smell is even more developed in animals than people. Essential oils can be used in different ways - such as inhalation, ingestion and topically. Depending on the oil and the animal, some are used “neat” (straight oil) and sometimes used with a carrier oil (such as vegetable, almond, coconut, olive, jojoba, etc). It is important to look on the oil’s bottle to go by each’s specific directions. With essential oils, a little goes a long way. If you are ever uncertain, dilute and start with the lowest effective amount. (See education on essential oils for mixing ratios and safety.) Also, when first using any new oil, watch your animal’s reactions to see which they like best.


Learn about Essential Oils

Purchase Essential Oils



Music: Through A Dog’s Ear

     The music of Through a Dog’s Ear is based on the psycho-acoustic research (study of the effect of sound and music on the nervous system) of Dr. Alfred Tomatis who discovered that sound acts as a “nutrient for the nervous system”. These recordings are designed to support a dog’s compromised immune or nervous system function. When these systems are stressed, a common response is to limit the amount of auditory or visual stimulation we allow into our system. However, these “nutrients” of sound are needed most when life energy is at a low level. The intricacies of conventional music can be overstimulating for a dog’s depleted system to take. Fortunately, the psychoacoustic theory behind Through a Dog’s Ear music is intentionally selected, arranged and recorded to provide easeful auditory assimilation of simple sounds to facilitate relaxation


Dog's Ear

    (Cat's Ear)



Rescue Remedy for Pets

     RESCUE Remedy® Pet is an alcohol free variation of the original stress relieving formula. It can be used to create a calming effect in a stressful situation, or when your pet needs help overcoming emotional or behavioral problems. It contains a blend of 5 of the 38 Bach® Original Flower Remedies, developed by Dr. Edward Bach, that help your pet cope with different emotional aspects of stressful situations:

- Rock Rose for terror and panic
- Impatiens for irritation and impatience
- Clematis for inattentiveness and lack of interest
- Star of Bethlehem for shock or trauma
- Cherry Plum for a lack of self-control

It can be easily administered by placing 4 drops in your pet’s food, water bowl or on a treat. Common uses include separation anxiety, fear of loud noises, travel anxiety, visits to the groomer or vet, and adapting to new surroundings.


Rescue Remedy for Pets



Anxiety Pressure Wraps

     A safe, drug-free way of helping with generalized anxiety, situationally specific fear, and over-excitement by applying gentle constant pressure to the animal’s body. These can be acquired exaggerated responses to stimuli due to past experiences. First studied by Dr. Temple Grandin, “controlled pressure” therapy helps alleviate anxiety through calming sensory receptors, which then helps decrease heartrate, allowing relaxation. When the animal receives this new information, its awareness and focus can change, resulting in the animal "letting go" of the old responses and allowing them to relax. The constant gentle pressure of being wrapped gives the dog a feeling of safety and comfort. Autism researcher Temple Grandin, who herself was an autistic child, was inspired by how cattle calmed down while being gently squeezed in a chute when receiving shots. Building on this idea, she developed what she called a “hug machine”. As stated by Temple Grandin "When I saw how calm the cattle got from the pressure on their bodies, I built my own squeeze machine, and it calmed my anxiety the same way." The hug machine helped maintain constant pressure and proved to be effective in soothing the anxiety of autistic people. In this same way, a pressure wrap is a way to give the maintained pressure and contact that the dog craves for in times of anxiety.

Pet Pressure Wraps



Slow-Feeding Pet Bowls

     When dogs are nervous or agitated it can impact the way they eat – sometimes avoiding food and sometimes gulping it much too quickly. Since fast gulping of food or water can result in negative health issues (regurgitation, bloat), it’s important to find ways to slow down their rate of intake. These differently shaped bowls encourage that slower rate of intake for our gulpers, and can offer the distraction of a different, more positive form of brain stimulation.


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Zukes Skinny Bakes

     Desensitization training is part of helping to minimize a dog’s anxieties. Positive rewards are an important piece to that training. However, we also keep mindful how much we feed our dogs so that they maintain an optimal weight. I found these to be fantastic because my dogs loved the taste and crunch, yet I knew each only had 2-5 calories so I could use them to reward without worry.


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Nutritional Supplements:

     Just like us, our pets benefit from maximizing nutrition though high quality foods. For those who need an extra boost for various health issues, nutritional supplements can be helpful. Check with your veterinarian first to see if these might be recommended for your pet.

 
Composure by VetriScience:
Contains Vitamin B1, L-Theanine and colostrum working synergistically to help calm anxious pets.

For Dogs

    For Cats
 

Nordic Natural Pet:
Contains Omgega-3 Essential Fatty Acids protective nutrients to help skin, coat, joints, brain, and immune system:

small dog/cats:

med/large dog:

( I recommend using a Syringe with bottle adaptor for liquid supplements that don't include a dropper. )
 

Dasuquin:
Contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Avocado/Soybean and MSM as chondro-protective nutrients for joint health:

For Dogs

For Cats




 
 

For Dogs with Special Needs:


Orthopedic Beds

     For dogs who need extra support for their joints due to aging or injury.


Beds with Extra Support



Pet Stairs

     To ease strain on joints getting up & down from beds and couches.


Steps to reduce jumping



Pet Slings

     This sling is a helpful lifting aid for situations when your pet needs extra assist in movement.


Walk-a-Belly



Support Harnesses

     Sometimes, due to injury or age, your pet may need assistance getting up, walking, or navigating stairs. It’s safest for both of you to use a support harness to do this. You can find harnesses that support just their back end, just their front end, or both. This allows them to still utilize the muscles in their strong areas, will allowing assistance for their weak or sore areas.


Walk-A-Bout Harness

Help-Em-Up Harness



Booties

     Helps dogs with limb weakness who need help not slipping on floors or injuring their paws if they drag outside on the ground.


Walk-a-Boots



Braces

     If an animal has an injured joint, such as a torn ACL (knee/stifle injury) they will need to reduce weight bearing on that area. Depending on the advice of your vet, if some weight bearing is allowed, a joint brace can be helpful to give a little extra support and stability. Hero is a Midwestern company founded by a veterinarian, orthoptist/prosthetist and amputee who have managed to adapt the design of human joint braces to pets. Your own veterinarian should be involved as well.
     (For chronic joint instability that just need a little extra support from time to time, you can try a compression wrap.)


Professionally Fitted
"Hero" Braces

Compression Wraps



Mobility Carts

     For more severe, chronic injury resulting in paralysis (or amputation), a mobility cart can be helpful. Just as a person in that situation benefits from the use of a wheelchair to maintain functional mobility, so too can a dog with front or back leg paralysis (or amputation). These carts will be custom-made for your pet so that the size fits them perfectly and allows them to regain their own functional mobility. Even if you live far away, they can work with you to get measurements and ship it right to you. Eddie was an engineer who began developing these amazing mobility carts for their own dogs who needed this assistance. He and his wife Leslie are extremely helpful and can help answer any questions you may have about it, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you are considering it.


Eddie's Wheels





 
 

Pet Loss: Support & Rememberance:


Pet Loss Support Articles



White Rose Pet Memorial Services




Pet Memorial Jewelry:

     None of us ever want to think about losing our pets, even though we know in our hearts their souls stay connected to us forever.   Memorial jewelry and keepsake urns are concrete ways to keep their ashes close to us throughout the rest of our lives.    Block Jewelry is a locally owned and operated jewelry store in Agawam, Massachusetts.    Gary Block is also soon coming out with his own line of pet memorial jewelry which will offer breed specific pendants, in addition to the paw, bone and heart pendants they currently carry.

Pet Memorial Pendants










*It should be noted that this is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or prognose. These are suggestions of products that I have personally found to be helpful with my own dogs. It is always important to first see your primary veterinarian for any acute changes in your animal – physical or emotional - and to ensure nothing you give them will interfere with their current treatment of your animal.






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