The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

July 6, 2017
by Lynn Merton

3 Herbs that Could Fight Cancer in Your Pet

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Cancer is one word that all pet owners dread hearing from their vets. If you don’t want to use modern medicine to combat cancer because of their side effects, you can always opt for alternative medications such as herbs. Herbs have been in use since ancient times to fight various diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and diabetes to name a few. Here are three herbs that could fight cancer in your pet.

  1. Astragalus 

    Astragalus is one herb that is extremely beneficial for your pet. The main medical applications of Astragalus are to reduce thyroid functioning, lower blood pressure, clean blood, and as an anti-inflammatory. It is used to increases immunity because of its antioxidant properties. Besides all these benefits, pets can also have astragalus to combat cancer. Before you start giving your pet astragalus, consult the vet to see if your pet will have any allergic reactions.The Chinese have been using Astragalus in their traditional medicine since ancient times. For Astragalus to be effective, the plant has to be at least three years old. You can purchase Astragalus tablets from a store and see the recommended dosage you have to give your pet.

  2. Hemp seed oilAlthough hemp comes from Cannabis sativa, people mainly use for making oils and clothes. Hemp seeds have high amounts of cannabinoids and extremely little THC, which differentiates it from cannabis. It also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which aids the immune system and decreases chronic inflammation. Hemp seed oil has also shown to reduce the growth of cancer and metastasis in lung, breast, and brain cancer. It also has loads of vital minerals such as zinc and manganese, making it a healthy addition to your pet’s diet.If you want to give your pet hemp seed oil, you need to buy fresh seeds and grind it. You can also directly buy the oil from a store. Once you have the oil, you can directly add a teaspoon of it to your pet’s food.
  3. TurmericThere has been a lot of studies about Turmeric’s role in cancer prevention and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin is effective in reducing the size of tumors and destroying cancer cells. Curcumin prevents mammary cancer cells from growing and spreading; controls inflammation and prevents mast cells from activating; in osteosarcoma, the cancer cells die.It is also effective in reducing pain in pets. If you want your pet to consume turmeric, you need ½ cup of turmeric, 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of coconut oil and 1 ½ teaspoons of freshly ground pepper. Mix these ingredients in a pan and low/medium heat it for 5 – 10 minutes, until it becomes a paste. You can start adding a teaspoon of this mixture to your pet’s meal every day.

Use these three herbs to fight cancer in your pet. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.

July 5, 2017
by Lynn Merton

5 Ideas for Improving Your Dog’s Kibble

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The vast majority of pet owners feed their canines kibble because it is convenient. Although it has the necessary nutrients, you can boost the nutritional content to make the meal wholesome and healthy. Here are five ideas you can use to improve your dog’s kibble

  1. Eggs

    Eggs are one of the most nutritious ingredients you can add to your canine’s kibble. It contains fatty acids that are beneficial for your canine’s coat and skin. It is also a great source of selenium, phosphorous, vitamin B and protein. It also has amino acids that may not be present in kibble. Mix whole eggs in your canine’s kibble to increase the nutritional value of every meal. However, you should only feed eggs a few times a week to avoid biotin deficiency.

  2. Fruits and vegetables

    Adding moderate amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables will be beneficial for your canine. They are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. To make fruits and vegetables easier to digest, you can either steam, puree or blend them. Leafy vegetables such as broccoli, parsley, spinach, and kale are beneficial to your canine. You can also add apples, bananas, berries, carrots, zucchini, and beans. However, avoid adding grapes or onions to your canine.

  3. Fish oil or oily fish

    One of the best things you can add to your canine’s kibble is fish oil or oily fish. They contain omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely beneficial for the joints, skin, coat, and heart. You can give your canine fish that are low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids such as anchovies, sardines, and mackerel. For fish oil, you can use herring, sardine or salmon oil. Don’t use cod liver oil as it can cause health issues in large amounts. Also, make sure the canine’s meal has vitamin E because omega-3 fatty acids increase the need for antioxidants.

  4. Prebiotic enzymes

    Unlike human beings, the length of the intestine is much shorter in canines, which can make digestion tricky. If your canine is having digestion issues or you want to prevent it, you can use prebiotic enzymes. It gives the flora in your canine’s gut an important boost, improving overall digestion. You can purchase plant-based prebiotics that is specifically for canines. You can add small amounts of prebiotic enzymes to your canine’s meal. Over time, you will observe a significant improvement in its digestive health.

  5. Raw meat

    The best way to provide your canine with high-quality protein is to feed it fresh raw meat. During the production of kibble, the high heat in processing will damage the amino acids, which will prevent your canine from completely utilizing them. When you add raw meat to your canine’s kibble, it will get high-quality protein, which will improve its overall health. Also, make sure you add 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ.

By using these five simple ideas, you will improve your dog’s kibble significantly. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.

July 4, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Raw Foods That Can Make Your Dog Healthier

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Raw food diets are gaining popularity these days due to various health benefits associated with them. As dogs are naturally carnivorous, it makes sense to mimic their natural and ancestral menu. On top of that, there are a lot of ingredients in processed dog foods that aren’t beneficial for canines. Raw foods can improve digestion, make the coat and skin healthier, reduce allergy symptoms and makes it easier to manage weight. If you want your canine to reap all these benefits, here are five types of raw food you can include in the diet.

  1. BonesAs dogs love chewing on bones, it is an easy way to add calcium to their diet. Canines should get about 10% of their diet from bones. Also, give your canines raw meaty bones such as lamb necks, pork necks, chicken wings, beef ribs, ox tails or any other similar animal bones.
  2. EggsRaw eggs with shells is a great way to give your canine a balanced ratio of phosphorous and calcium. To ensure your canine doesn’t suffer from deficiencies you should make sure it eats the yolk. Egg yolks are excellent sources of calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A, B6, and E.
  3. Fruits and vegetables 

    Fruits and vegetables have a lot of nutrients that are beneficial to your canine. Use a food processor if you want your canine to get the complete nutrition value of fruits and vegetables. You can give your canine broccoli, celery spinach, apples, and bananas as a part of its diet.

  4. Green tripe 

    You should give your canine raw green tripe for at least two or more meals every week. Although it smells a lot, it is extremely nutritious as it has a perfect balance of phosphorous, calcium, vitamin B, and fatty acids. It is rich in Lactobacillus Acidophilus and digestive enzymes. It also has the proper ratio of linoleic and linolenic, which is beneficial to your canine. Try getting tripe of animals that mainly eat grass, such as cows, buffalos, goats, and sheep.

  5. Organ meat 

    Organ meat such as liver, kidneys, and gizzards contain essential nutrients that are required by your canine’s body. However, not all canines will be able to tolerate organ meat so make sure you divide the portions and feed small amounts every day. Also, organ meat should make up only 10 – 15 % of your canine’s diet.

When you are feeding your canine raw food, you should make sure that it is clean and free of chemicals. Once your canine eats raw food on a regular basis, you will notice significant improvements in its overall health. If you have any queries regarding raw food, please leave a comment below.

July 3, 2017
by Lynn Merton

8 Steps to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth Properly

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If there is one part of canine grooming that often gets overlooked, it is their teeth. The vast majority of dog owners only remember to brush their canines coat until it looks shiny and clips nails so that the canines can walk without making any noise.
Just like it is for humans, brushing is an important activity for canines because it cleans plaque, which leads to problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Luckily, you don’t have to visit the vet to clean your dog’s teeth properly. By following these eight steps, you will be able to do it from the comfort of your home.

  1. Buy a toothbrush and toothpaste
    Visit nearby pet stores or online pet supply websites to purchase a toothbrush for your canine. The toothbrush should have a long and curved handle so that you can reach all the teeth. You can also buy flavored toothpaste that is dog-friendly. Never use your toothpaste in your canine’s mouth because it isn’t suitable.
  2. Select a time for brushing
    Once you have bought the equipment for brushing the teeth of your canine, you need to pick a time where your canine is relaxed and calm. You can brush your canine’s teeth after you have taken it for a walk because it won’t have the energy to make your life difficult.
  3. Choose a location 

    You need to pick a location in your house that has enough space and lighting so that your canine is comfortable. If you have enough space in your bathroom, you can choose to brush your canine’s teeth over there. Otherwise, you can always do it in your backyard.

  4. Make your canine comfortable 

    You need to ensure your canine is comfortable with getting its teeth brushed. First, you need to sit or kneel beside your canine so that it doesn’t feel threatened. Then, you need to touch the teeth and gums of your canine with your fingers till it feels comfortable.

  5. Taste test 

    Give your canine a sample of the toothpaste so that it gets used to the texture and taste. You can also see which flavor of toothpaste your canine likes. Also, you can give toothpaste as a reward for good behavior.

  6. Brush the front part of the teeth 

    First, you need to focus on brushing the front part of your canine’s teeth. The bristles should reach the gums when you are brushing its teeth. Brush each tooth for at least two to three seconds before moving on to the next one.

  7. Brush back part of the teeth 

    If your canine doesn’t have any problem with brushing, you can brush the inside part of its teeth. At first, it will be challenging as it is harder to brush the inside part. Make sure your canine is comfortable and calm when you are doing this.

  8. Treats and praise 

    Once you have finished brushing your canine’s teeth, give it a couple of treats. You can also praise your canine for being a good dog during the entire procedure. When you do this, your canine will look forward to more brushing sessions.

By following these eight simple steps, you will be able to clean your dog’s teeth properly. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.

June 30, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Tips for Choosing a Pet Insurance Provider for Your Cat

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Due to significant development in veterinary care and nutritional products, felines have a longer lifespan. However, as a result of this, the cost of owning a feline increased drastically. You have to spend large sums of money to ensure your feline gets quality veterinary care, food, accessories, and toys.
On the bright side, for a small sum, you can get pet insurance for your cat which will cover for routine care and unexpected injuries and illnesses. But when it comes to selecting a pet insurance provider, there are tons of options. Here are four tips that will help you choose the best pet insurance provider for your feline.

  1. Look for what gets covered and what can affect coverage
    Before you pick an insurance plan for your feline, you need to know what the provider will cover and exclude from the plan. For example, providers may exclude pre-existing medical conditions or problems related to breeding or congenital issues. Find out factors that can affect your feline’s pet insurance plan. Also, see if the provider differentiates between incurable and curable pre-existing medical condition so that you will get coverage for curable conditions in the future.
  2. Check out the track record of the pet insurance provider
    If you really want to know how good a pet insurance provider is, take a look at its track record. Ask your vet and other pet owners if they know how good a particular insurance provider is. A good pet insurance provider will have good customer reviews and be in business for a long time. If you can’t get any reviews from your vet or pet owners, go online to see if you can find anything about the pet insurance provider.
  3. Find out how much you will receive per claim
    You have to know that pet insurance may not cover the total cost of medical care for your feline. First of all, to claim pet insurance, you may have to pay a sum to the provider. Also, pet insurance providers may cover only a percentage of the total cost of medical care. By having a proper idea of how much you will receive, you will be able to budget your expenses accordingly
  4. Compare the policies and prices of different pet insurance providers
    If you want to settle down the best pet insurance provider for your feline, you need to compare the insurance policies of different providers. A simple side-by-side comparison will give you deeper insight into the overall cost, premiums, co-pays, deductibles, exclusions, and reimbursements.

By following these simple tips, you will be able to pick the best pet insurance provider for your cat. If you have any queries, please leave a comment below.