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Best Herbal Remedies for Feline Hyperthyroidism
All mammals have a tiny glandular organ in their throats called a thyroid, and when it stops working properly all sorts of problems can ensue. Hyperthyroidism (when the thyroid is overactive) in cats can be a very dangerous disorder if not treated. According to researchers at Cornell University, 1 out of every 10 cats will develop hyperthyroidism, mostly affecting middle-aged to elderly cats, making it one of the most common feline diseases. Luckily, there are many ways to support hyperthyroidism naturally so your kitty can get back to their best self.
A healthy and functioning thyroid constantly produces hormones that regulate everything from body temperature to muscle mass. If your cat’s thyroid is starting to over-produce, you might notice symptoms that start out subtle but become more severe as their thyroid health keeps declining. The most common symptoms are weight loss, ferocious appetite, heightened thirst and urination, vomiting and diarrhea, hyperactivity, and changes in their fur. Your little buddy could go from calm, steady, and sleek to wired, frail, and unkempt, so what’s to do?
If you notice these symptoms in your feline friend, always consult a veterinarian first. At more advanced stages of the disorder, your vet might recommend extreme medical intervention such as radiation or surgery. But if you’re vigilant about your cat’s health and catch their hyperthyroidism early, their condition can be managed through a healthy diet specific to them, often in addition to anti-thyroid medication prescribed by your vet.
At Petwell Supply, we are here to support you navigate this tricky disease and have plenty of natural remedies to supplement (or circumvent!) medications and other treatments. We carry two best-selling herbal supplements that pet parents all over the country are raving about. Pet Wellbeing’s Thyroid Support Gold is a widely renowned supplement formulated with bupleurum root and motherwort to bring thyroid hormone levels back into balance (made with bacon flavor to entice even the pickiest cats). One of our most popular cat remedies is Primalix ThyroPaws food drops made from bugleweed, lemon balm, and rehmannia root for excellent thyroid-modulating effects. Both blends are based in age-old herbalist wisdom from many of the same plants used on humans use for our best health as well! With these remedies and the guidance of your veterinarian, your feline friend can live a full, happy, and healthy life while managing hyperthyroidism.
Not sure here to start and want to talk with someone for further help? Stop by the store or schedule a free phone consultation for more information about supporting your cat’s best thyroid health.
- Dayne Samuels
Best Natural Dental Care for Dogs
Dogs might not have to brush their teeth twice a day to keep their mouths healthy like humans, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore their dental health all together! As a loving pet parent, you’re doing everything you can to keep your pooch happy and healthy from feeding them the most nutritious food, staying on top of any illness or condition they might develop, make sure they’re getting exercise, and keep their skin and coats in tip top shape. Are you paying enough attention to their oral care, too?
Healthy dog mouths, like human mouths, come with daily attention to plaque and tartar (hard, scaly or sticky buildup at the base or on the face of the tooth), gum well-being, and also the tongue. It’s a good idea to get familiar with the way your dog’s mouth normally looks. Your dog’s teeth should be free of any kind of buildup or significant staining, and all of the teeth should be intact. Gums and tongues in most cases should be a salmon color, with the exception of normal pink and/or black colorations found in some breeds. Always be on the lookout for sores, bumps or cuts. If you have any concerns, always contact your vet for a checkup.
At Petwell Supply, we have all the tools to keep your pooch’s pearly whites clean and support overall oral health. Many vets recommend starting off with Dental Chews for daily dental hygiene support as they are easy to administer, and a generally pleasant experience for all dogs. Our treat baker uses a special vegetarian dental chew recipe with all natural ingredients that dogs love. These treats are specifically formulated to help remove plaque and tartar buildup and freshen breath.
In addition to dental chews, brushing your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush specifically designed for the nooks and crannies of canine mouths along with a dog tooth paste or gel is a great way to ensure your dog’s mouth is really getting the care it needs. We also recommend adding a healthy sprinkle of Wondercide Neem Bark Powder to the dental gel or even your dog’s food. Neem bark is an ancient ayurvedic medicine from India and is used across the globe by both humans and their furry companions for healthy digestion and immune support on top of the amazing tooth whitening and gum health benefits.
If brushing your dog's teeth is new to both you and your pup, it’s important to take baby steps. Begin with associating touching their muzzle with treats to make sure they know this kind of touch safe. Slowly work your hands around and inside the lips, eventually running your fingers over each tooth. At this point you can start to introduce the toothbrush, toothpaste, and neem bark powder. Some dogs take to it quickly and others might take a couple sessions over a few days or weeks to warm up to teeth cleaning, and that’s okay. Keep working at it and your dog will be much happier with their clean and fresh mouth!
- Dayne Samuels
Combating Dog Cataracts Naturally
Just like in humans, dogs (and cats!) can develop bluish-grey or milky patches in the lenses of their eyes called cataracts. Whether due to old age, injury, sickness, or genetics, cataracts can be a normal part of development for many of our four-legged friends. It might not physically hurt them, but cataracts do obscure animals’ field of vision, meaning over time they will become more and more blind to their surroundings.
If you notice your dog or cat’s eyes starting to look a little cloudy, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian and make sure there isn’t an underlying illness causing the cataracts, such as diabetes. Sometimes treating the basal issue can help alleviate the cataracts and keep them from getting worse. But if your vet gives your furry friend a clean bill of health otherwise, it’s likely they’re just going through the motions of aging or they’re genetically predisposed to cataracts. While most cats and dogs can get around great with limited or no sight due to their extraordinary senses of smell and hearing, you may still want to treat the cataracts. Fortunately, there are lots of different natural remedies that may help cataracts in dogs and cats.
One 2010 Taiwanese study found that introducing antioxidant-rich foods into animals’ diets can significantly combat cataracts. Cranberries, blueberries, kale, broccoli, and most dark-hued fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. Herbsmith’s Spector Eye & Vision Support for Dogs combines herbal extracts and vitamins with these antioxidant superfoods in supplemental chews. Another option for adding a boost of antioxidants is Wholistic Pet Organics' Ester-C, which increases eye tissue healing and also boosts overall immunity with vitamin C. As far as cats, you may consider incorporating an antioxidant-dense food such as Open Farm wet foods, which have ingredients such as cranberries and spinach at the top of the list.
One of the most popular products we carry is Primalix Cataractin Food Drops which uses wheatgrass, ginkgo biloba, and bilberry fruit extracts to fight free radicals along with N-Acetyl L-Carnosine, a compound widely used by both humans and their pets to support lipids in the eyes and encourage healthy eye tissue function. By blending these nutrients as supplements to your pet’s diet, you can treat cataracts from within.
Not sure where to start? Feel free to stop by the store to chat with one of our team members about which cataracts solution is right for you and your pet. You can also schedule a free phone consultation from the comfort of your home!
- Dayne Samuels
Top Cabin Fever Busters for Dogs
Is your canine companion bouncing off the walls this winter? Cabin fever doesn’t stop with people, and your pooch might be feeling the itch to get outside, too. Winter can be a really tough time and it might seem like your dog has forgotten all of their training: suddenly racing around the house, chewing on inappropriate things instead of toys, tearing up furniture, or even starting to show signs of aggression towards guests in the home.
Staying stimulated indoors is crucial during these cold months. Luckily, Petwell Supply has a whole host of solutions to those winter blues! Making simple changes to your dog’s daily or weekly routine is a great and easy way to start addressing restlessness.
One trick is to switch up your dog’s food by adding pumpkin or bone broth (available frozen in-store only) to their normal kibble a few times a week. Another option is to occasionally substitute their ordinary food for something entirely different! We’ve got a wide range of dry food formulated with real meat first, available in smaller 4.5-5lb sizes for easy sampling! You can also try a wet food from our selection to really shake it up!
Another solution is to tire their brain using treat puzzles! Treats are a great way to motivate your pup to move their attention towards using their sense to problem-solve. Hiding the treats (or even a whole serving of dry food) in a maze ball, snuffle mat, or puzzle toy can keep your dog occupied for upwards of a few hours while they try to figure it out. Wondering which level is best for your furry friend? Stop by the shop and test out three of our most popular Nina Ottosson puzzles -- they’re always stocked full of treats from our treat bar!
If your dog is still tearing the house apart and can’t be distracted from the fact they can’t go outside, don’t hesitate to reach out to us about a free in-home dog walking consultation! Let our skilled dog walkers lend you a helping hand by taking your buddy out for an extra walk or two!
- Dayne Samuels