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Aunt Lyn’s K9 Wellness Update
Written by” Aunt Lyn” Morales
In This Issue of Aunt Lyn’s K9 Wellness Update:

- Intro to Prescription Drug Side Effect
- List of Common Prescription Drugs and their Side Effects
- Time Sensitive Discount Code
- Cute Pup Of the Week
The subject of  prescribed pharmaceuticals, causing secondary issues, happens more often than you would think. 
At Aunt Lyn’s we have the ability to see the connection more clearly than a pet parent, because we are  recording the medications of  our daycare members.
Whether short term like antibiotics, or after surgical care, or long term.
In this issue we will focus on long term medications and the side effects but please understand ALL medicines have side effect.
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We Strongly  Recommend you become familiar  with all side effects of long term medications– Post on the Fridge- and Journal anything unusual you see, even if it is not a common side effect.
After all, the  side effects listed are only derived from small studies of either humans or dogs- before the drug goes to market.
With canines – rarely is your vet or anyone’s vet- going to call up a Pharmaceutical company and say Fido got hair loss, rash, bleeding ulcer….from  his arthritis pain reliever.  
More often than  not – the medication is not perceived  as the reason.
After all he/she has been taking it for months or years, right?

Yes - but it can take months or years for the damage to the kidney - liver to
show in blood work.

If  months later or years, the canine becomes itchy- scratches, later develops a rash- no one attributes to the medicine .

If a dog on  inflammation medicine for arthritis, begins to lose vision or develope eye issues, people will attribute to age- not the side effects of the medicines.
It's easier to see side effects with Antibiotics , which  tend to be  prescribed short term .  We learn  to connect the after antibiotic UTI, or Yeasty ears ... as due to the antibiotic killing off good bacteria.
Sometimes it's  a weakening  of the eye tissue- in older dogs with certain antibiotics and eye ulcers can occur. 

It is harder to see the connection from medication to a  side effect - when the med is given long term and the issue begins much  later .

So whether  a simple pain pill, the vet likens to a human aspirin….to antibiotics, to Nsaid to Opiods ….

YOU are your pets Best Advocate - they CANT TALK but they can signal.
Know the Side Effects -Watch  -Journal

Here's  is a list of common pain meds and what to watch for:

1-Gabapentin :

Is now a commonly prescribed pain reliever for canines.
With regards to people this is why it was developed;

What Is Gabapentin?
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the prescriptions written for a medication called gabapentin. Available as capsules, an oral solution, and tablets, the primary use of gabapentin is to reduce or control epileptic seizures. There are additional uses for gabapentin to be prescribed.

It’s recommended to treat pain related to a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, occurring after a shingles outbreak. There’s an extended-release version of gabapentin used to treat symptoms of restless leg syndrome. On occasion, gabapentin is used to treat pain stemming from diabetic neuropathy, which is numbness or tingling from diabetic nerve damage. This medication is classified as an anticonvulsant, and it’s believed to calm certain impulses that occur in the central nervous system.

Gabapentin may alter how neurotransmitters communicate with one another by increasing the amount of GABA produced. GABA is known as a calming neurotransmitter.

There is also some research showing gabapentin can slow the production of glutamate, which causes nerve excitement. Doctors believe glutamate is a specific neurotransmitter that plays a role in epileptic seizures.
More severe gabapentin side effects can include seizures, problems breathing, and allergic reactions. People who begin used gabapentin are warned to watch for changes in their mood or emotional state.

Common Side Effects of Gabapentin
  • Drowsiness.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vision problems.
  • Anxiety.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
 *Gabapentin doesn't generally interact with other medications, but antacid medications, such as Maalox, can affect the way your body absorbs gabapentin.

2-PROIN- Urinary Incontinence – Leakage…

Proin is another overly prescribed pharmaceutical  and in some cases prescribed when an underlying health issue is  really the cause.

Don’t  we always say JOURNAL JOURNAL JOURNAL?
Because we have  seen  times when Vets  were not given enough clues as to what could be causing the issue.
  • Yes could be ordinary puppy excitement which clears up when they mature – somewhere around a year.
  • Yes it could be with Females or even Males that the spay or Neuter procedure, caused some weakening of nerves.
  • It could be a UTI! And even after antibiotics are prescribed – the UTI may  not be fully eradicated. RECHECK
  • It could be Diabetes, Kidney, or Several Medical Issues.
  • It could be a side effect from another medication
So covering  up the symptoms with a pill is not just wrong – it's DANGEROUS.
Lastly – dogs like people age.
Often a pill may seem to solve “cure” a natural occurrence of aging but the reality is …its can silently be causing  WAY MORE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES.


The active ingredient in Proin is phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride, which is an adrenergic agent that assists in the tightening of the muscles of the bladder sphincter, effectively controlling bladder leakage and other symptoms of urinary incontinence.
High levels of phenylpropanolamine in a dog’s bloodstream have been associated with undesirable side-effects including:
  • high blood pressure
  • hyperexcitability
  • increased heart rate, and
  • decreased appetite

Proin Side Effect and Dangers:
 Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include:

  • hives
  • swelling of the face, tongue, or the lips, and/or
  • breathing difficulties.

If you notice any of these side-effects in your dog after administering Proin, do not give any further doses and contact your veterinarian immediately.
-PROIN may cause increased thirst; therefore, provide ample fresh water.
-Overdose has been associated with dogs chewing through closed bottles of PROIN and consuming multiple tablets.
-Use in dogs with incontinence due to a urinary tract infection will mask symptoms.
PROIN is not effective in dogs with incontinence due to neurologic disease or malformations.
PROIN may cause hypertension; therefore, use with caution in dogs with pre-existing heart disease, hypertension, liver disease, kidney insufficiency, diabetes, glaucoma, and conditions with a predilection for hypertension.
Use with caution in dogs administered halogenated gaseous anesthetics as this may increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias.
A laboratory study on human blood revealed that PPA used in conjunction with aspirin may potentiate decreased platelet aggregation.

Pretty Serious Stuff….When the initial issue is urine accidents and leaks! And there’s more……
More serious side-effects of Proin can include:
  • tremors or seizures
  • kidney failure
  • urine retention
  • blood in urine
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • weakness
  • change in skin color, and/or
  • abnormal gait.
If your dog shows signs of any of these side-effects, do not give any further doses of Proin and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

3-Carprofen (Generic to Rimadyl, Novox, Vetprofen) Caplets for Dogs

A word about  NSAIDS -non steroid anti Inflammatory drugs. They tend to relieve pain too. Used short term after surgery – or an injury – they are great !

However- let’s think about some of the Long Term issues they are prescribed for: 
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Chronic Disc Injuries
  • A canine like a person with Chronic Injury or Illness- to the bone joins ligaments- should not be jumping, running, twisting.
 No one wants there Dog in Pain- but a little ache can be a warning to slow down.    

Right? Common Sense.
What happens when the dog with Arthritis or Osteoporosis other ligament and Joint Issues- cannot feel pain?

 Without this warning sign- a dog can go from mild arthritic to bone on bone severe osteoporosis, suffer breaks, and become lame.

What's the difference between an ache and stiffness and PAIN

How can you tell if your canine is in pain?
Sometimes it's Hard.

But look for these signs one or more.
If your Dog is :
  • * Panting.
  •    Circling.
  • Not able to rest for more than a few minutes without getting up and moving position…..
  • If when you touch the area - he or she  twitches or pulls away
  • if you see your dog licking at a joint , knee, hip....
* NOTE: Many Medications can cause panting, restlessness and anxiety-  So be a Sherlock and journal both on and off the meds!   

A slight favoring or slow to get up, needing help to rise- especially with senior dogs – is part of life.
A limp after exertion can be a good thing !

Simply a warning to REST.
Try giving your fur baby  Aunt Lyn’s Maximum Strength Calming Cologne – to relax and calm them both mentally and physically.
This along with a natural Supplement like- NUJOINT DS – can ease inflammation and pain allowing your dog be active and yet NOT mask dangerous activity.
Still allowing your canines built in SLOW IT DOWN Mechanism to signal when he or she should stop.
A little watchfulness, journaling and Holistic natural products – can get your canine off the pain meds to chronic pain that can cause other WORSE medical issues.
Read the Side Effects below and decide for yourself – if the pain med is really worth the risk.
Carprofen -All NSAIDs (not just the Rimadyl) can cause the same sinister side effects in dogs as in humans: gastrointestinal bleeding and liver disease (not liver cancer).
When Signs of minor digestive upset occurs – Vets usually reduce the dose and prescribe a different pharmaceutical like the addition of other drugs such as the opiate, tramadol. 

It the cycle of more and more meds.
As we stated in the opening of this K9 Wellness Update, try natural Holistic methods that do not carry these dangerous side effect, like;

NSAIDS like Rymidal CARPROFEN Side Effects and DANGERS 

Tell your veterinarian about:

  • Experienced side effects from Carprofen or other NSAIDs, such as aspirin
  • Digestive upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea)
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • A bleeding disorder (e.g. von Willebrand's disease)
  • Any other medical problems or allergies that your dog has now or has had
  • All medicines that you are giving your dog or plan to give your dog, including those you can get without a prescription
  • If your dog is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your dog
Carprofen, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs, including Carprofen.

Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death.
  • Carprofen should not be given with other NSAIDs (e.g. aspirin, deracoxib, etodolac, firocoxib, meloxicam, tepoxalin) or steroids (e.g. cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone, triamcinolone), as well as phenytoin, valproic acid, oral anticoagulants, salicylates, sulfonamides, sulfonylurea anti-diabetic agents, probenicid, methotrexate, furosemide and digoxin.
The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach (such as bleeding ulcers), and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with Carprofen or may have another medical problem:
  • Decrease or increase in appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
  • Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure or aggression)
  • Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed)
  • Change in urination habits (frequency, color or smell)
  • Change in skin (redness, scabs or scratching)


The facts: tramadol is a centrally-acting, oral analgesic (pain drug) that contains an opioid (narcotic).

These are the dangers with Adult Humans. 

Stop and think what the dangerous  long term effects on canines can be.

The medical industry is wary of giving to children and elderly and yet- canines are now prescribed these drugs for long term use.

Other opioids include drugs you may be more familiar with, like oxycodone or codeine.

Opioids have made headlines over the past few years due to the tremendous problem of opioid addiction in the U.S.

Tramadol is approved for the treatment of pain in adults that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which other treatments do not work or are not tolerated.

In addition to acting at the opioid pain receptor, tramadol also inhibits uptake of two neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and serotonin, which may add to its pain-relief effects, although the exact mechanism isn't exactly known.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) has reported that over 50,000 emergency department visits were related to tramadol and half were serious side effects.

Common OPIOID side effects may include:

•    headache
•    itching
•    nausea
•    vomiting
•    constipation 
•    diarrhea
•    heartburn
•    dizziness
•    sleepiness
•    nervousness, anxiety, agitation
•    tiredness
•    stomach pain

More Serious OPIOID side effects, may include:

  • Depressed breathing (respiratory depression), which may be life-threatening or fatal
  • Ultra-rapid metabolism (break down of the drug in the body for elimination) of tramadol and other risk factors for life-threatening respiratory depression in children (some cases occurred after tonsillectomy or removal of adenoids).
  • Effects due to drug interactions with benzodiazepines or other sedative-type (CNS depressant) drugs
  •  Serotonin syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Severe hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Gastrointestinal adverse reactions
  • Androgen deficiency
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Severe hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions

Additionally Canine’s May Experience:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Tremors
  • Sleepiness
  • Seizure
  • Excessive drooling
  • Sedation
  • Agitation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Ataxia (uncontrollable movement)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
If you notice any of these symptoms, stop giving tramadol and call your veterinarian immediately.
Breathing changes like slowed or stopped breathing can occur at any time with tramadol, but the risk is greatest when treatment is first started (within the first 24 to 72 hours) or when there is a change in your dose.

You should not use tramadol if have severe asthma or breathing or lung problems, a bowel blockage or narrowing, or an allergy to tramadol.

Seizures have occurred in patients taking recommended doses but are more likely at high doses associated with abuse of tramadol.

Do not abruptly stop taking tramadol as withdrawal symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, or tremors may occur.

Why play Russian Roulette?

When you can use our recommended Trifecta of

  1. NU JOINT DS has natural glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate the carrier needed for your dog to absorb Vit C plus MSM for reducing inflammation and pain ….without the risk.
  2.  Along with  Natural Product with no Harmful Side Effects like AUNT LYN”S CALMING COLOGN MAX – can ease the discomfort and Help your Dog rest  more comfortably 
  3. And do not forget to serve up a Healthy Collagen packed Broth -Our Recipe Here

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil in its raw form is one of the healthiest fats to consume. It aids in weight loss, increases energy, speeds up metabolism, and boosts the immune system. It also benefits the digestive system and helps memory and cognitive function.

Topically it aids in dry skin and scalp issues. Also promotes healthy looking skin. Coconut has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Many people use coconut oil for medicinal purposes.

In dogs, the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) in coconut oil balances the thyroid which helps overweight dogs lose weight and sedentary dogs feel energetic. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion and reduces allergic reactions. -Dogs Naturally Magazine. Aunt Lyn's Wellness products use the smallest amounts necessary in order to derive the maximum benefits.

If you are interested in reading more about the uses and benefits of coconut oil for dogs, here is a link : http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

Olive Oil

Olive oil is made from the fruit of the olive tree and is naturally high in healthy fatty acids. Some of the benefits include, promoting a healthy heart, fighting certain types of cancer, and supporting brain health. Olive oil can be used to treat or help prevent diabetes, and it helps balance hormones.

The oils used in Aunt Lyn's Wellness products, whether essential oils or carrier oils like olive oil, are given to the pet in small but effective quantities. use olive oil in small amounts as a carrier for EO's we also feel good knowing that the benefits of our Carrier Oils go far beyond what you purchase our products for.

Here is some further information on using olive oil to optimize your furry friends health: "Rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50% of dogs over the age of 10".

Link to “8 Reasons to Add Olive Oil to Your Dog's Diet: http://www.dogster.com

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil has various positive effects on skin, hair, and health. Mineral Oil can also eliminate ear mites which in turn helps reduce excessive scratching of the ears.

At Aunt Lyn's we use just the right amounts mineral oil to get the maximum benefit from the essential oils. And remember, there are health benefits in the both the essential and carrier oils.

Mineral oil is also well know to treat constipation in both people and pets. While we do not have a blend to treat constipation in dogs, if you are interested in reading further on this subject here is the link that will help: https://www.cuteness.com/article/administer-mineral-oil-dogs#close

Thieves Oil

Thieves Oil is made up of five essential oils, clove, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus and cinnamon bark. It is known to reduce stress, neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens, improve digestion, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation. It is also well known for lowering fever, healing skin conditions, aiding in weight loss and strengthening the respiratory system.

In this case a picture is worth 1000 words .

The many uses of Thieves Oil :

Oregano Oil

Known primarily for its ability to add flavor to many foods, Oregano Oil is also used to treat a number of physical ailments. The herb boasts strong antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It is often used as a digested and respiratory aid (lessening mucus), and has been used for centuries to help get rid of intestinal parasites. Oregano is known to have powerful antioxidant and anticancer activity.

“In a study at Georgetown University, essential oil of oregano inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria in the test tube as effectively as antibiotics did.” - Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

In nature, dogs would eat herbs and grasses that were naturally and readily available to them, in order to help keep their gut balanced and parasites in check. In today's world - many urban dwellings have no yards and even in suburban areas the landscape is not filled with the raw wild herbs that are needed. This is one reason why more and more people are turning to essential oils - essential oils for both themselves and their beloved pets.

“In one study, 77 percent of patients treated for enteric parasites were parasite free after taking oil of oregano in tablet form for six weeks. At this writing, it has inhibited the growth of at least ten different microbes, including Candida albicans (yeast).”

To read more on this subject click here: http://www.naturalnews.com/027333_oregano_parasites.html#

Clove Bud Oil

Clove oil, derived from the clove leaf is widely known as a herb, but clove oil has many uses in daily life, especially for ailments that typically strike. Some of the many benefits are, relieving tooth and gum irritations, moisturizers dry skin and treats other skin issues, improves blood circulation. It can also be used as an insect repellent.

At Aunt Lyn’s, we use clove oil for all the therapeutic reasons listed above. If not treated, dogs may lick and gnaw on their wounds, hot spots, itchy feet and ears. This does not aid healing. It can actually delay healing and cause infections. Clove in tiny amounts will deter the dog from licking and aid the healing process.

Be careful with using clove oil – and any essential oil – as it must be diluted properly. If you are interested In learning more begin here http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/clove-bud-oil.


Yarrow is a plant that flowers similar to chamomile and chrysanthemum. It contains flavonoids, plant based chemicals that increase saliva and stomach acid which helps improve digestion. Traditionally, it is used in three ways:

Yarrow is a powerhouse with regard to your dog’s medicinal needs. In our opinion, it is one of the best staples to have in your first aid kit and we use it often when blending remedies.

Here are a few of its benefits; antiseptic, anti-Inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, expectorant, insect repellant, and worm expeller.


Ginger comes in two primary forms, fresh and ground. Whatever ginger you choose, you can count on it doing great things for your health. The root is full of vitamins, minerals, and compounds that help your body grow and repair itself, and your brain to stay in tip top shape. The root is also packed with phenolic compounds that improve your digestive system. It is also able to reduce nausea and bolster your immune system. Additionally, it helps relieve muscle discomfort, reduce inflammation in joints, improves cognitive function, and reduce levels of bad cholesterol.

We love ginger for ourselves and our furry friends can benefit too. It can relieve arthritis, bloat, and studies have shown success using Ginger as a preventive in both cancer and heartworm. It is a terrific anti inflammatory and even can relieve nausea.


The essential oil of lavender when applied externally treats joint pain, muscle aches, and a variety of skin conditions including insect stings, acne, eczema, and burns. Lavender essential oil when inhaled can relieve headaches, anxiety and stress. A tincture of lavender taken by mouth can relieve joint pain, depression, migraines, indigestion, and anxiety.

Our canine friends can benefit from lavender in a huge way. Of course, it is one of the more pleasing essential oil scents that also repels certain pesky bugs. Lavender from different parts of the world and different varieties can help calm agitated high anxiety or stress canines.

“Traditional treatments for travel-induced excitement in dogs may be time-consuming, expensive or associated with adverse effects. Aromatherapy in the form of diffused lavender odor may offer a practical alternative treatment …” (Wells, D.L. 2006. Aromatherapy for travel-induced excitement in dogs, JAVMA 229(6): 964–67.)


The Rosemary leaf and twigs of the rosemary plant are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is used as a spice when cooking and also used for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. Rosemary is often used in aromatherapy to increase concentration and memory, and to relieve stress.

Rosemary is one of many herbs that when blended properly can repel both fleas and tick. It is also a great spice to add to your dogs homemade food because it can boost his or her immune system.


Turmeric is a spice with a peppery flavor and mild smell. It is extremely popular as a seasoning, as well as a healthy and great remedy for many illnesses. It can help fight against obesity and it is used as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce joint and muscle pain caused by several diseases. It also treats bowel diseases, helps relieves cystic fibrosis, prevents some cancers, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and protects your heart and liver.

Turmeric is a staple in Aunt Lyn's home, for herself and her dog friends. Turmeric has been thought to prevent cancer, to aid digestive issues, and to help clean teeth by keeping plaque away and bacteria that causes bad breath in our canine companions.


Basil is from a native plant originally from India. It is one of the most popular culinary herbs. While known for its many varieties, it is popular for its distinct aromas that come from their essential oils contained in its leaves. Medicinally, it has been known to help treat common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Basil can be also used as an aromatic nerve tonic. It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity.

Basil is another herb we sprinkle on our homemade dog food and treats. It helps our canines with inflammation, digestion, and fresh breathe!

So add this herb into your precious pet’s food.


Parsley is a surprisingly healthy food for a number of reasons. Having been used for centuries, it is more than just a garnish. It is an incredibly healthy herb that contains a wide range of helpful vitamins.

It is full of vitamin C, which is best known for giving your immune system a boost. Parsley contains ample amounts of folic acid. Foods high in folic acid can help the body regulate blood pressure and produce and maintain cells.

Vitamin K is also found in parsley and is incredibly important nutrient in helping the body respond to injuries. Why?

Because it helps in the clotting process, giving the body a chance to stop the damage and begin the healing process.

Vitamin K has also been shown to help reduce the risk of bone damage and build bone durability. Parsley is known to aid in digestion, can reduce inflammation around the joints to reduce pain and could possibly act as a diuretic.

Using parsley for our dogs enables us to share many of the same health benefits listed above for people.

At Aunt Lyn's we always make sure to sprinkle parsley in our homemade dog food for an immune boost and for fresh, clean breath.


There are surprising uses for eggshells. They are known to be packed with protein. They also contain nutrients that promotes healthy joints, like collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid. The calcium rich shells can act as a natural supplement for certain animals. The gently abrasive shells can be used externally as an exfoliant. As a household cleaner, the abrasive particles will safely buff away stains and grease. The calcium in the shells can also help your plants grow faster and healthier, and take the bitterness out of your ground coffee.

Regarding our canine’s health, many people make the mistake of feeding their four legged companions either cooked or raw eggs (if the dog is on a raw diet) and then throwing out the eggshell. The eggshell contains not only beneficial vitamins but also helps balance the nutrients in the egg yolk and whites. Not including the eggshell reduces the beneficial effects of the egg and could potentially result in a depletion of the calcium reserve.

Another super benefit our dogs and pups can get from eggshells is the ability to naturally express their anal sacs. Having this occur naturally is always much better then doing manually expressing our dogs anal sacs, ourselves or having our veterinarians do it. Either way it is an unpleasant experience for us and our dog!

So add those eggshells!

Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal powder is an amazing substance and with many benefits. It adsorbs more poisons than any other substance known to mankind. As the absorption ability is one of the major benefits of activated charcoal, this substance is routinely used in hospitals and by physicians. It can do various things because of its ability to attract other substances to the surface and hold them there. This is called “adsorption” (not absorption). The powder is used for many uses such as cleansing the mouth and the digestive tract. Charcoal is used as a remedy when many different types of poisons have been swallowed. Physicians recognize activated charcoal’s benefits and use the substance for several purposes. To treat insect bites, poisoning, diarrhea, foot and mouth disease, disinfect and deodorize wounds, filter toxins from the blood in liver and kidney diseases. Additional uses are for treating acne and skin issues, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bowel diseases, and high blood pressure.

With our favorite furry canine pet partners, activated charcoal can be used to take the “sting” out of bee stings, fire ants, and other bug bites. It draws out the toxins that can cause a histamine reaction.


Cinnamon has been a major component of alternative medicine for thousands of years. It is rich in nutrients making it a well-rounded food that will ensure your body has what it needs to be healthy. The bark contains a number of oils that provide the body with many benefits. Some of the benefits are that it controls blood pressure, boosts brain function, improves essential colon function, protects against heart disease, improves blood circulation, treats respiratory infections, helps prevent some cancers, reduces bad cholesterol, treats neurodegeneration diseases and alleviates arthritis pain.

Cinnamon is a “hot” oil and you need to be very careful when using on your dog. While all essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil, it is even more important that cinnamon oil be diluted and not used at full strength.

With the proper essential oil blend, cinnamon can do wonders in keeping fleas and ticks away, and it also help boost the effectiveness in other natural blends in helping with respiratory and or allergy issues.


Two distinct plants, German and Roman chamomile, are both known as chamomile and are often used interchangeably. They both look like miniature daisies and are traditionally thought to possess similar medicinal benefits.

The modern use of chamomile dates back to 1921 when a German firm introduced a topical form. This cream became a popular treatment for a wide variety of skin disorders, including eczema, bedsores, skin inflammation caused by radiation therapy, and dermatitis.

Chamomile in the form of tea is said to reduce mild tension, stress, and aid in indigestion.

A medicinal use of chamomile in pet health is to reduce vomiting, especially pups who vomit when excited. It can also be used in many essential oil blends to calm anxious dogs.


The eucalyptus tree originated in Australia and Tasmania. There are many different varieties of eucalyptus, with somewhat different constituents. The most common type used medicinally is eucalyptus globules. Eucalyptus oil has a long history of use as a topical antiseptic. It has also been used as a lozenge, and with inhalation therapy for asthma, coughs, sore throats, and other respiratory conditions. Other combination therapies containing eucalyptus oil can be found in aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus leaves include tannins which are used for treatment of inflammation. The oil derived from the leaves and branch tips contain cineole, which is a natural antiseptic.

Some additional benefits are the relief of nasal congestion, headache, and overall malaise.

With regard to our dogs, eucalyptus can be used in blends to keep away dangerous fleas, ticks, and even those annoying horse flies


Castile soap contains vegetable-based ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, hemp oil, and jojoba oil along with water, and other essential oils. As they are based on vegetable oils rather than animal fat, pure castile soaps are suitable for vegans.

Castile soap is gentle on the environment as it is free of artificial foaming agents, fragrances, chemicals detergents, petrochemicals, and toxic antibacterial agents.

Aside from its super natural formulation, one of the biggest reasons to use castile soap is its versatility such as a nourishing body wash and healthy dog shampoo.

At Aunt Lyn's, we use environmentally and pet safe castile soap as the base in our exclusive Holistic Shampoo. Together with castile and our proprietary essential oil blend, our shampoo becomes not only a great smelling wash but an antibacterial, antiviral, and bug repealing powerhouse.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from the peel of the citrus lemon plant, lemon essential oil is said to offer a number of health benefits.

Lemon essential oil is typically used to ease stress, fight fatigue, insomnia, and address conditions such as acne, athlete's foot, depression, warts, and varicose veins. In addition, lemon essential oil is said to stimulate the immune system, alleviate pain, and promote weight loss.

Some key benefits noted from available studies; lemon essential oil reduced anxiety, was effective in improving mood, and promoted the breakdown of body fat. When diluted with a carrier oil, a drop or two of lemon essential oil can be applied to the skin and added to your bath.

At Aunt Lyn's, lemon is used to ward off viral and bacterial maladies and as a general disinfectant when combined in our essential oil blends.


Dandelion is a Powerhouse Nutritional Source for your Canine:

This nearly perfect whole food source of vitamins and minerals is easily absorbed by the body and is a great supplement to any dog’s daily diet.

Whether you are using to boost the immune or as a preventive or to help a pet with an existing condition like  with Crones, Kidney Stones, Arthritis, Gall Bladder or Heart issues, Dandelion will help eliminate irritants and toxicity.  Have you notice gas, dandruff, skin issues ?

Aunt Lyn ‘s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend can help - it contains Dandelion and a blend of nutritional support that can help these issues and many more.

Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

Another Powerhouse nutritional supplement that helps canines in  a multitude of ways. Beside providing necessary vitamin and minerals Nettle is also antibacterial, and has antihistamine properties.

Nettle provides nutrients to the whole body without adding excess stress to the liver, kidneys and digestive system. Because of its high iron content, it is especially beneficial to dogs with anemia.

It is also an energy booster for dogs who are weak and lethargic due to chronic fatigue. The herb nourishes the body and balances the liver, glands, and nervous system.

The completely dried herb can safely be used long term as a tonic - just sprinkle it onto your dog's food.

Try Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Herb Blend which contains organic Nettle among other nutritional herbs beneficial to maintaining  your dogs  health.

Milk Thistle

Traditionally used herb that is widely accepted by conventional science to have significant medicinal value. It has been called “milk thistle” because of a feature of the leaves, which are prominently splashed with white spots.


Milk Thistle  contains naturally occuring holistic chemicals:

The mixture of these three substances is called silymarin.


Silymarin has recently been advocated for use in pets because the benefits that have been examined in humans have also been approved as beneficial for pets. It can be used in dogs, cats, horses, goats, ferrets, and rodents to aid in liver or kidney damage, hepatitis, jaundice, leptospirosis, and parvovirus recovery.


Milk Thistle is also is a powerful preventive and restorative

First, milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants protect us from chemicals in our bodies called free radicals. 

Additionally researchers have found that milk thistle can actually prevent or reduce medication induced liver damage. If you have been giving your pet medication and are concerned about the aftermath of chemicals residing in the body, milk thistle will help flush those out.


What about Allergies?

If the liver has been weakened due to a bevy of reasons, it is unable to break down toxins. In order to combat allergens, the body produces histamine. The liver plays a role in this process; it removes the histamine from the body. If the liver is weakened and congested with toxins, the liver struggles and histamine builds up in the body, leading to more allergic reactions.

Milk Thistle is also used to prevent and as a curative aid for Pancreatitis Kidney Disease and decrease the effects of Cancer.

This is way Milk Thistle is included in Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend, along with the other nutrients contained in these proprietary blend Aunt Lyn’s cover the bases on Allergies, Liver, Kidney, Gastrointestinal issues, as well as a powerhouse Immune Booster.



Ginger – Helps Nausea, Bloat, Arthritis, to name a few. Its Inflammation reducing properties are well documented. Studies have also shown it to be used as a preventive for certain Cancers, as well as Heartworm Prevention.

Aunt Lyn’s  K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend includes  Ginger for all its beneficial properties. 

Oregano is a great Herb for your dog and tasty! Oregano is high in antioxidants, flavonoids and research has shown it to have  antimicrobial and antifungal properties. This herb has been used to help with digestive problems both as prevention and a curative for, stomach upset, diarrhea,  gas, heartburn, bloating. Studies have also shown success with preventing or as a curative for some UTI’s .


Yes we know it freshens your dog’s breath but did you know it’s healthy for them?

It is! Mint is a fantastic nutritional supplement because:


Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend Contains the finest Organic Mint along with a powerhouse of additional Herbs to keep your canines system in optimum Health. Additionally, our Herb Blend can be used as a curative for a host of maladies . Click the link and read how it can help.


Green Teas

You may not know it but all Green Teas are not the same. Some have medicinal properties, whether preventive or curative, that address specific health issues and other green teas address other issues.


Aunt Lyn’s uses several kind of Green Teas, all organically decaffeinated  and each with a specific preventive and/or curative property.


Green tea’s provide anti-oxidants, and can aid with digestive health. Others promote fresher breath or help  with digestion. Other Green tea’s can also help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Our Green tea blend  contained in Aunt Lyn’s K9 Essential Dry Herb Blend, targets all of the above but with special properties to address Allergy issue and reduce histamine.

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