An issue that pops up this time of year is fleas! YUCK! Many pet parents have chosen to feed raw because we don't want to add to the environmental stresses that today's domestic pets are exposed to. Most of us would rather avoid using chemicals to get rid of fleas if we can. Healthy skin is a major factor in keeping fleas at bay. A correctly fed raw diet is a great start to flea prevention along with nutritional supplementation and a natural flea spray that contains essential oils that deter pests. If your pet does have fleas, you will need to treat your pet and your house too. If the flea infestation is bad enough, you may have to go the chemical route but working towards prevention is key! A natural solution for your house other than chemical flea powders is to use diatomaceous earth in all corners, furniture and on any carpet you may have. Ask your natural pet food store if they carry this product. There are also effective aromatherapy sprays that can also be used to help deter fleas on a daily basis when your pet goes outside where they could pick up a flea. These options might not always solve a flea issue but they are a great way to prevent flea problems from arising. A great natural option can be found online from Equus Soap Co. If you're worried about a more serious problem like a flea infestation, it's time to talk to your veterinarian.
Good luck fighting those little fleas this spring!
The AAC BC/Yukon Region Agility Championships are coming up June 5-7, 2015 at Thunderbird Showpark in Langley, BC. We will be set up at our booth watching all the most talented agility dogs on the West Coast! We will have a locally made natural K9 flea spray for sale there from Equus Soap Co. Come and meet some of our great team, learn about raw diet and sign up for a chance to win $100.00 worth of raw food from 3P! We hope to see you there!
Did you know that Kai is a Desi dog? That means he is from the streets of India and travelled thousands of miles on a plane to come to Canada and live with 3P co-owners Debbie and Paul Benson. What a lucky boy! Here is his story from the rescue agency that brought him to Canada:
Kai was born on Dec 3rd, 2012. The litter had 6 boys and 2 girls. They were born in a park in a residential area . For the first 3 weeks, they lived safely in a little puppy pen made for them. When they started to move about at 3-4 weeks, there were many complaints as they were running all over the park and getting in the way of walkers and joggers. I had to relocate them to the corner of a road, and create an enclosure so that they would not run out onto the road. In a couple of weeks they outgrew this enclosure, and had to be moved out into a small room, where they were fed and cared for but had a sorry life as they did not have much space. Only after a foster home was found for them did they start to enjoy life.
I have heard from cat owners who say they believe their cat’s chronic vomiting is a normal occurrence. It definitely is not! If your cat experiencing nausea on a regular basis, it is time to look at the diet and your cat’s overall health. There are several reasons why this scenario occurs:
1. Enzyme deficiency. Often, these cats are looking for any way to add a digestive aid to their diet. They may be excessive grass eaters. They may even try to eat inedible objects. These behaviours are not something to ignore. If an animal has no access to dietary enzymes, the whole organism is compromised and this can lead to disease of the internal organs. If your cat eats only a dry or cooked diet, there are no live enzymes in the food.
Jerry is a jack russel/chihuahua mix. He was surrendered to a shelter in San Bernadino, California at the age of 8 months. He was then neutered and sent to Canada at the end of October 2014 at 9 months, very sick, timid and thin. He was extremely picky about food. His foster mom, Diane tried many different varieties of food with not much luck until one day, Jerry started to steal her dog's food. He finally started to eat without being hand fed. Jerry then began to eat everything and wait for his chewy treats afterwards. 3P co-owners Debbie & Paul Benson adopted him at the age of 1 year old. He eats everything now including wood! The rest is pretty much history and he loves his new home and his new raw diet. He is thriving now! Jerry has been an amazing addition to the family and we can't thank L.E.A.S.H. enough for bringing us together.