Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's never too early to think about flea and tick prevention

Fleas? Ticks?'s still winter!
Looking out the window, it seems premature to be discussing flea and tick prevention.
Fleas are not cute...Not even this one.

One of the few good things about this winter is that the deep cold killed off a lot of pests and parasites. But they will rebound when it warms up and you need to think ahead for effective prevention.

Last summer we switched our dogs from topical flea and tick prevention to the all natural alternatives. We wanted to see how effective they were before recommending them to our customers. We used the Healthy Dogma Flee Flea Flee oral and the Ark Naturals Flea Flicker, Tick Kicker spray. Despite all the reports of heavy flea and tick populations from the wet spring last year, I am happy to say we never had a flea or tick. The spray also repels mosquitoes, I'm sure your remember how those were last year! In fact I used the spray for myself when I was out with the dogs, and it was much more pleasant and every bit as effective as the sprays made for people!

If you read the warning labels on the topical flea preventatives it's pretty scary. Do you really want to put that on your dog or cat? Not to mention having it rub off your pet onto your kids, furniture or yourself? There are safe alternatives, humans have been fighting fleas and ticks for centuries. Before chemicals there were plants that worked. Herbs and flowers that repel pests. Without all the neuro toxic effects of the chemical alternatives. These are things you can feel good about using, instead of watching your dog or cat for the long list of side effects listed on the chemical preventatives.

Come and talk to us, we are happy to help you plan an all natural prevention program this year.  We also have products you can read more about on our website:
Grateful Dog Bakery's Flea and Tick Prevention Products 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Bone Broth is new in store!

Bone Broth has been around for centuries.

People would simmer bones for days, making a thick, jelly like broth that tasted great. This broth was used for arthritis, digestive problems and dry skin and rashes. I am not sure how people figured it out back then, but science backs up the claims for joint and digestive health as well as healthy skin and hair. Bone broth is not just for people, your dog or cat can also benefit. Here is how it works.

Healthy joints depend on healthy collagen in ligaments, tendons and bone ends. Collagens are a large family of bio molecules including the glucosaminoglycans, one of which is glucosamine. Most people are familiar with joint supplements containing glucosamine, chondroiten and hyaluronic acid. Bone Broth is a "whole food" source of these compounds, which results in better absorption and utilization. Why is "whole food" important? It's the difference between taking a Vitamin C tablet and eating an orange. You get the Vitamin C either way, but your body gets nutrition from the orange as well.

We live in a toxic world, with chemicals in the air and water that have to be detoxified by the liver. The liver's ability to detoxify is dependent on the supply of the amino acid glycine. Bone broth is loaded with glycine, enabling your pet's liver to deal with the toxins that are part of daily life.

The immune and digestive system are dependent on a healthy gut. In a normal intestine, millions of tiny holes allow the passage of digested nutrients. Stress, poor diet or an overgrowth of bacteria can cause these openings to get larger. This allows the passage of undigested food, toxins and yeast. This stimulates the immune system to treat these substances as foreign invaders. This is how allergies and food sensitivities develop. Bone Broth contains large amounts of gelatin that help plug these holes, promoting an intact intestinal lining.

Bone Broth is great for a sick dog or cat, too. 
Anytime your vet suggests a boiled chicken and rice
diet, Bone Broth would be a great addition. It tastes good, tempting your pet to eat more. It has a high moisture content, helping hydrate your dog or cat. It is a great source of minerals, and the gelatin can help reduce the body's need for protein from meat sources. Bone Broth is also a great source of glycine, this aides digestion by helping regulate the synthesis of bile salts and the secretion of gastric acid.

I have been making Bone Broth in small batches for the Baker dogs for years, and I think that's why our senior dogs have very few problems with arthritis. I am proud to announce I am now making Bone Broth for the Bakery. Our Good to the Bone Broth is available in beef, chicken and turkey; in half pint and pint jars. 

We are using green packaging, glass jars that are returned for deposit, sterilized and reused. Please come in and talk to us, we are happy to talk to you about how your dog or cat can benefit from Bone Broth.