Holistic Pet Blog - Debbie Reynolds, DVM
Dogs put a lot of wear and tear on their paw pads. They have little discretion about where they walk and what they get into. They are very stoic creatures and rarely indicate pain until it is severe. Have you ever looked, really looked, at your dog's paw pads. If they aren't black and shiny and smooth, your dog has a problem. Some will thicken and proliferate, or crack, or peel. It is so important to protect your dog's paw pads from the elements -whether it be heat, cold, rough surfaces or overuse.
Paw Butter is TLC for your puppies' paw pads. It provides layers of moisturizing support for your dog's rough, dry paw pads.
Sure, your dog’s paw pads are strong and tough, but they still need paw-pampering! Going outside even just to potty on snow and ice or in freezing temperatures will brutalize your dog’s paws. In the winter, the salt and chemicals used to remove ice from sidewalks are harsh on your dog’s paws.
Dogs living the country and hunters deal with brambles, stickers, thorns and all else that is out there! Even the hardest working ranch dog needs paw support.
Paw Butter uses all organic and natural good stuff: shea butter, beeswax, castor oil, avocado oil, almond oil, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, plus a rich oil infusion of St. John’s Wort Oil, Calendula Oil, Comfrey Oil, essential oils (cedar wood, cypress and lavender). It comes in a tin and is so easy to apply and use.
Nose Butter and Elbow butter are available for those thickened, crusty noses and calloused elbows. You simply will not believe the difference after you start using these butters to heal your dog's rough spots.
Have you though about feeding a raw diet to your pet?
I have to admit, I was convinced your pet would most certainly die if you did this when I graduated from veterinary school. I would have NEVER recommended this even 4 years ago.
A few of my clients have fed raw to their dogs while I cringed in fear waiting for the call that they gut had perforated from a bone or they had some parasite associated with meat or they had pancreatitis. But those calls never came. In fact, their pets were among my healthiest clients. Then, I was taught about this type of nutrition at a veterinary conference and began to meet other veterinarians who advocated this type of feeding. I was able to meet many of the makers of the food and discuss all my fears and concerns with them. I walked away excited to feed raw diets. In fact, this is the entire reason I opened a pet store to carry these pet foods which I could not find anywhere else. I knew it would be a new concept to many of my clients and I wanted to have this readily available for them to purchase.
Raw diets are now affordable and EASY to feed. You don't have to figure it out or make sure your dog is getting a complete diet on your own. And ... let's be honest ... who can really afford completely raw foods?
Before I tell you how EASY this is, let me tell you the benefits of feeding raw diets. Feeding raw food is what your pet is made to eat. They are supposed to use the food God has provided to achieve a natural state of health (just like us humans). No processing, just pure food. We all instinctively know that dogs and cats need meat. The plant- based foods have incredible health benefits and help heal diseases as well as prevent them. When you offer raw foods, you are providing to them a diet that most closely mimics their natural eating habits as they were in the wild. Through the use of 100% digestible food products, you can offer the nutrients they need in a way that is easy for their body to use. Pets achieve higher energy levels, healthy body weight, improved immune system function, improved skin and coat health, better digestion and more.
The two brands we carry make feeding raw EASY. Primal brand food comes in a dehydrated nugget form which you crumble up, add water and feed. The Honest Kitchen is a powder form in which you add water, let set for 3 minutes and feed. Both brands pathogen test their meat sources and whole foods to make sure that it is safe for feeding.
In addition they have added certified organic fruits and vegetables providing essential food-based vitamins and minerals. The addition of certified organic unrefined supplements in these foods gives your pet the benefit of a complete and balanced diet without the addition of synthetic vitamins. These foods are all human grade whole foods and we would love for your pet to try this and experience the health benefits they have to offer.
If you live locally, stop by and pick up a sample. These diets are always available inside our store on 106 Strand Street in Martin, Tennessee. We do sell Primal products online as well. I urge you to give it a try so your pet can live a long, healthy life!