What to think about when it comes to keeping your dog as healthy as can be - and keeping them healthy for the Long Term.
Sure, maybe your dog doesn't have itchy red paws.
Yeasty corn chip smelly ears .
Maybe your beloved pup isn't gnawing and scratching at spots on his or her body.
Could be your BFF doesn't have reoccurring ear infections or sporadic hair loss or Hot Spots ...
Yes, we all know those symptoms 'can be' signs of food or environmental allergies.
CAUTION NO SPIN ALERT : 'THERE ARE POSITIVELY SIGNS' of Food and/or Environmental Allergens, that are hurting your dog .
However, does this mean that if your dog does not exhibit any of these signs he/she is OK?
Well -Not so fast.
At Aunt Lyn's we call the dogs who DO EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS the Lucky ones, because at least their Paw Parents can see that there is a problem !
In the cases of dogs who don't show signs, many times nutrition and/or the environment both in the home and out in the yard, are silently causing issues.
Bad Issues, Deadly Issues... that are not seen until after years of constant exposure.
Then sadly, when illnesses do present, they're dismissed as older age or genetics, when in fact it can be environmental; water, lawn care products ( which are pesticides ), common household cleaning supplies( yes they all have warnings about skin, eye, ingestion and lung exposure), laundry detergents and air fresheners .
Sad fact is dog after dog in many households succumb to many of the same illnesses and its never attributed to the environment .
We met a woman this week- who had her Bulldog and then her Labrador die of brain tumors. It is not uncommon for a single family to have several dogs succumb to the same type of cancer.
We never stop and think that a dogs naked body comes in constant contact with what we clean our floors and carpets with and what we pt on our lawns.
Or that what we spray in the air to " freshen" settles down onto the floor and furniture. Not to mention is inhaled by our dogs.
We never stop and think how, let's say dryer sheets, work. How are they making clothes soft and taking away static? What are the chemicals and how are these things that are coating our dogs blankets and bedding, effecting them?
When we suggest to people whose dogs exhibit chronic allergies- to STOP the AIR FRESHENER and DRYER SHEETS, just those 2 items can cut the dogs irritation symptoms in half!
Sure we know full well that bowl cleaners like Tidy Bowl should not be ingest by anyone including our dogs.... but doesn't walking on a floor cleaned with harsh chemical product hurt our dogs?
Sure it does and they lick their paws to get it OFF, thereby ingesting the contaminants.
How about our Lawn care products? What to you think repetitive walking and laying on the grass treated with pesticides do when in contact with your dogs paw pads?
Yes! They get absorbed and or licked off by your dog - ingested.
( Think weed and feed , crab grass and broad leaf killer, grub ex...)
You will notice that there often is a pattern in households when it comes to pets. By households we don't mean the same house - we mean lifestyle and family.
Often all dogs a family has had through out their lives - all have the same life issues, allergies, skin issues, gastro, bone issues, cancers, obesity ...
Ever Think Why?
People tend to use the same products - same routine.
Ever notice how people with over weight dogs, tend always get overweight dogs ? See what we are saying?
There are reasons and its not just Happenstance or Fate.
Anyway back to point...
People are becoming more and more aware of toxins in everyday products.
We are more schooled to look for cause and effect, and make the connections.
Most people with newborns today, are well aware of the product dangers mentioned above. They look for products that are holistic natural yet that get the job done in a way that does no harm.
The same though needs to be given to our dogs and the reality is - by thinking about our dogs, we are helping ourselves live a longer healthier life, by cleaning out the toxins in our environment .
There are many non- chemical laden substitutes on the market now for cleaning the home, clothes, and caring for the yard and lawn.
And while you are devising a plan of action and investigating natural alternatives, check out Aunt Lyn's Holistic Defense Shampoo and Quick Wipe, it will help remove allergens from your dog's paws and coat, as well as protect from bacteria and virus, boost your Flea and Tick Defense and it nourishes the skin and coat all the while Smelling GREAT. Best of all its 100% Natural ! ;-)
So Lets make sure we help our dogs, both those exhibiting symptoms and those who aren't...yet, by taking stock of healthy natural alternatives. This way our best buddies can not only Live Long Lives but Healthy Active Lives!
About Aunt Lyn:
Aunt Lyn has been in dog care service for over two decades.