Can Essential Oils help your dog?

IMG_5623Hi it’s Finn again and today I want to talk about how aromatherapy can be an effective safe treatment for motion sickness, arthritis, infections, cuts, and the bugs that affect all dogs.  One of the big complaints I receive is from dogs who are sprayed with heavy scented chemicals for relief of these issues.  These chemicals can do more harm than good plus they stink.

What are Essential Oils?  Oils from plants that are “the essence” of that plant and give the plant its unique scent.  These plant oils have been used for hundreds of years because they promote healthy immune system functions.  Oils can penetrate the skin and reach the part of our brain that helps us handle stress and other emotion.  Essential oils can also help support a healthy digestive system.

What care do I need to take in using essential oils for my dog?

  1. Always purchase 100% therapeutic grade essential oils.  You will be certain to receive pure oils which have not been diluted with synthetic fragrances or chemicals.
  2. Always dilute with a carrier oil or water.
  3. Do not use close to the eyes or in anal and genital areas.
  4. Do not use on seizure prone dogs.
  5. Use less on small dogs, puppies, and seniors.
  6. These oils should not be used on cats.
  7. The same oils that work for dogs also work for you humans.

Can you give me two real examples of proof that these oils work?

Because we dogs have no fear we sometimes get into areas we should not and just like kids we may get cuts or bruises to our body.  Glenda had a bad cut to her ear and Rocket is always getting chunks taken out of his side by just being a puppy and playing too hard.  Mum used essential oils to treat these wounds.  Ask Mum at the store or call her at 330-952-0900 for the correct oils to use and for the dilution.

We Deerhounds love to attend coursing and racing events which of course are held outside in very large fields.  Fields have all kinds of bugs and of course the bugs love our scent and simply bug the heck out of us.  Your owner may see the same thing when you take a simple walk, bugs go along for the walk.   Mum came up with a mix of essential oils that she tested on all of us as well as other dogs at a coursing event and magically all the bugs were not a problem because the oils mask our scent.  The oils do not kill the bugs, the oils mask our scent and repel the bugs.  The secret is to apply often.  She sells this at the store and of course the bottle has my picture on it.  Mum is into saving you money so after you buy the first bottle just bring it in for refilling and save over 20%.   Ask Mum for Finn’s Bug Buster.

Thanks for listening, hope you try essential oils, they really work.

 

Is peanut butter safe for your dog?

IMG_7114Hi, it’s Fergus again and today I’d like to talk about a subject which is especially important to me and all dogs, healthy dog treats. If you are a regular Customer of One Lucky Dog Bakery you already know that we have six dog treats that have peanut butter. These are Peanut Butter, Monkey Bones, Finn’s Chocolate Dream, Garbage, Bark Bone, and Riggs. In recent years Peanut Butter suppliers have eliminated sugar and added a sweetener called xylitol because of its dental benefits for people as well as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. The good news is xylitol is perfectly safe for you humans but it is extremely dangerous for us dogs. A little bit ( 0.007 teaspoon) can cause a big drop in a dog’s blood sugar and we can appear disoriented, stagger, collapse, and even get a seizure. Double that to 0.014 teaspoon and a dog’s liver can fail. Today peanut butter manufactures do not have to tell you that they use xylitol.

The good news is at One Lucky Dog Bakery we use natural peanut butter with no sugar, salt, or xylitol. We want all dogs to live a long and healthy life which is why we are very careful regarding all the ingredients of our dog treats.

I’m sorry but I have to leave you now because as usual I’m at the bakery and some Monkey Bones (Peanut Butter and Banana) are coming out of the oven and I must do my duty and make sure they are up to our high standards. Monkey Bones is our most popular treat and all the Deerhounds at the Bakery agree, they are the best.

Please check the labels on your peanut butter jars or call the manufacturer  before you give your dog a taste of your favorite peanut butter you put on your toast in the morning.

Thanks for listening.

Fergus

Natural solutions for pet issues

IMG_7114Hi, it’s Fergus again and today I want to talk about those health issues that we pets have occasionally and some all natural solutions that Mum has at One Lucky Dog Bakery. Mum wants all pets to have a healthy long life and she believes the solutions to most issues are simple natural products rather than chemical drugs. Here is my reference list and if you have any questions or concerns please stop at the store to talk with Mum, she’ll be glad to help. Bring your dog.

  1. Digestive Issues
    a.  Goats Milk – Just put on top of your normal food and it will help digestion and increase your immunity to diseases.
    b.  Micro Flora Plus – This is an herbal blend of probiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes that will support digestion and improve bowel health.
  2. Joint Issues for older dogs and certain breeds
    a,  Myristin – This is our number one product to help dogs with joint issues.
    b.  Comfort Aches – This blend of herbs relieves aches and discomfort and can be used as needed or or everyday.
    c.  Ark Naturals Joint Rescue – Improves flexibility and mobility. Comes in beef, chicken, lamb, and venison flavors.
  3. Nervous Pets – Happens because of trips to the Vet, storms, fireworks, or just being away from you.
    a.  Rescue Remedy – A liquid flower remedy that can be put on top of food, directly into the mouth, or in your pets water.
    b.  Calm Shen – The natural herbs in this product will help your pet maintain calmness and balance behavior. This product is a pill.
    c.  Calming Essential Oils – We have many different essential oils for multiple issues. Mum will be glad to help.
  4. Skin Issues – Talk to Mum about the specific issue because it simply may be the food your dog is eating.
    a.  Kelp – This product in rich in minerals that solve many skin issues as well as supporting the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands.
  5. Bladder Infections
    a.  Bladder Care – This product is a combination of bladder care herbs and cranberry extract. It will solve urinary tract infections, urinary stone formation, and crystals in the urine that is a common occurrence for some cats and dogs.

How to help your dog live longer, part 2

IMG_7114Hi, it is Fergus again and today I think it is time for me to talk about dog health and how to help your dog live longer. Two keys to long life are healthy liver and digestive systems and since we at One Lucky Dog Bakery are “All about the Dogs”, here are our tips.

  1. Digestive Health – Probiotics can benefit all dogs by aiding digestion and supporting the immune system. Probiotics simply inhibit the growth and activity of harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Clostridium Perfringens. Probiotics are effective in treating diarrhea, preventing urinary tract infections, and even reducing allergy reactions. Ask for Micro Flora Plus at the store, one bottle will last 2 months for most dogs. Natural probiotics can help most digestive issues and that is why Micro Flora Plus simply works.
  2. Liver Health – People who eat a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants have healthy livers. Most commercial pet food has a minimum amount of antioxidants and this is why we need to supplement our pets diet. Milk Thistle is a natural herb that has been used for over 2000 years. The active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, which is a powerful antioxidant that removes toxins from the liver and also regenerates liver cells. 1/2 teaspoon twice a day on top of our food does the trick for most of us. Please ask for Milk Thistle at the store.

We have a lot of natural supplements at the store to resolve health issues so please stop in to talk with “Mum”. She would love to hear about your dog and suggest a possible natural solution to a health issue.

How to help your dog live longer

IMG_5623When looking for a dog it is a good idea to check the average lifespan of the breed you have chosen and then look at the things you can do to help extend the life of someone who will become your best friend. Scottish Deerhound males have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years and since I made it past 10 years, hopefully you will think my keys for caring for your dog have some merit.

  1. Eat good food. You might think that any dog food that is a national brand and advertised heavily on TV and in pet magazines has to be good. It really isn’t that simple, your owner needs to read the labels and if any flags are raised do not buy that dog food. If you are not experienced in reading labels check out my Dog Food Blog for more information. “Mum” carries Fromm, Orijen, Primal, and Vital Essentials at One Lucky Dog Bakery and I know she has made sure the labels on those dog foods have no ingredients which are a problem.
  2. Exercise Daily. This is not only good for you it is also good for your owner.
  3. As you age add natural supplements to your diet to boost your immune system. We have some excellent choices at One Lucky Dog Bakery. I can tell you from experience that Kelp, Myristin, and Herb Smith products really do work. Ask “Mum” about them the next time you are in the store. She’ll explain the benefits of them.
  4. Play often with your human and your favorite toy. We have some great toys at One Lucky Dog Bakery. If you have more than one dog at your house you may have trouble getting the toys away from the other dogs. Tegan loves her Topple and Fegus loves his Katie’s Bumpers toy and they both do not like to share. I’m too old to play with toys.
  5. Get baths and groomed often. This will help to release toxins from your body and you will also feel great.
  6. Get lots of stroking and scratching and hugs from your human. This love will actually help you both.

This list isn’t long but do these things and I know they will work. I also know that eating a healthy dog treat every day also works. I am lucky in that my treats are aways free, if you live in the USA, we ship free to most states.

Does your dog have joint issues?

IMG_7114Hi, it’s Fergus again and my topic today is dog health. Every dog Mum out there wants their dog or dogs to live a long, healthy, and active life. That is our main objective at One Lucky Dog Bakery which is why we carry so many products that will maintain or improve the health of your very important dog.

How will you know if your dog has joint issues?

Certain breeds like Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Newfoundland are known to have hip sockets which are not formed correctly and develop arthritis from that poor fit. All Dog breeds are like humans in that as we age the wear and tear on joints causes osteoarthritis and this affects our quality of life. Trouble getting up or down, slow or stiff movements that are not normal, difficulty climbing stairs, joint swelling, excessive panting, holding a leg off the ground, and favoring one leg are all signs that we need help.

What are the solutions?

  1. Control your dog’s weight – Excessive weight will make the joint issues worse so research the the target weight for your breed and do everything you can to keep your dog at that weight.
  2. Find a USA made natural product that has been proven to work. – As you probably know Mum likes to prove that the products she carries at One Lucky Dog Bakery actually work and her dogs become the test subjects after she completes all her research and feels the product has great possibilities. Myristin is the product she decided was the best one to stock. Finn had joint issues and the difference in him was amazing. After three weeks he was running and playing with us again and could even get up and down on the couch with ease. The same difference has now been evident in Knight and Mum is so convinced that Myristin is the best that she now started Tegan, Glenda, and me on it as a preventative.
  3. Surgery – You need to talk with your Vet if the first two solutions do not work.

What is Myristin?

Myristin is a natural nutritional supplement that contains Cetyl Myristoleate, Glucosamine Sulfate, and a coated MSM that work together with other joint nutrients to create optimum joint health. The product was tested by Vets and has a long list of satisfied Customers. There is even a Myristin for horses and our Customers in the Medina area are using the horse and dog versions. We also have some Customers on the people version.

If you have a dog or horse with some of the issues listed above please ask us about Myristin on your next trip to One Lucky Dog Bakery and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions. We are sure you will be another satisfied Customer. There is only one caution. If you have a pet that is allergic to bacon this is not the product for you. Myristin is flavored with bacon.

Thanks for your time.

Fergus

Recipe for dogs with problems

IMG_7114Hi, my name is Fergus and as you can see I am a Scottish Deerhound. If you have been reading this blog you know that Finn likes to give tips on how to improve the health of your dog and I am going to try to carry on that practice with some tips of my own. I learned these from Mum, Finn, and by sticking my nose in a lot of areas. I am really good at that last item, sometimes it works out and sometimes I get in trouble. Here is my latest tip for those dogs that are picky eaters or who are getting old, or who might have kidney or bladder stones. This is a very healthy way to hydrate your dog.

Bone Broth Recipe

Protein Source – Use a whole chicken or turkey with bones, or beef bones. Whichever your dog likes. Bones are important because of the health benefits of bone marrow.
Turmeric – 1 to 2 teaspoons.
Parsley – Quantities of veggies are up to you, more=more vitamins.
Carrots – Peel and cut in half.
Celery – Cleaned and cut in half.
Garlic – 1 teaspoon. This is optional.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Splash.
Kale – Rough Chop.
Add all to a stock pot, add water, cover, and simmer on low heat for 12 to 24 hours. Strain. If your dog is on a low fat diet, put stock in refrigerator until the fat forms on top and then remove the fat. Add the protein (remove all the bones) and veggies back into the broth and freeze in containers to use as needed.

This is a vitamin rich broth and it is a great way to get Turmeric or Apple Cider Vinegar in your dog’s diet. Turmeric and ACV are really good for your dog but they need to be disguised. I love Bone Broth!

Does your dog have dry skin?

IMG_7114Since we can’t speak dogs have a lot of ways to tell us that something is wrong. I thought I would talk a little today about how we tell you we have an issue with our skin or coat. If you see us scratching, licking, or chewing we probably have a skin issue. Here are some of the things that can cause us problems.

  1. Food Allergies – As we have talked about in other blogs there are a lot of bad things in some dog foods. Things like wheat, corn, yeast, food coloring, and fillers can cause some dogs some real problems. If you haven’t seen my blog on comparing your dog food, please click compare.
  2. Seasons – Now that we are in winter our skin may simply be dry due to the house low humidity. When we are outside in other seasons we could have allergies to pollen, weeds, dust, grasses, and mold. Most of the time a simple bath will eliminate the issues caused by the seasons.
  3. Food – Adding olive oil, coconut oil, or peanut oil to your dog’s food bowl helps with some dogs. Try one to three tablespoons depending on the size of your dog.
  4. Shampoos – If you are using shampoos that are not made for dogs you will actually increase the skin problems of your dog. These shampoos will dry the skin and remove the oil from your dog’s coat. Mom researched the market and found some great dog care products that are all natural, will not dry the skin, and provide natural essential oils for the coat. Check out the Lavender & Eucalyptus conditioning shampoo at this link or ask Mom about it when you stop at the store.
  5. Fleas – Some flea collars can cause more problems than they solve.  If you do not want to add chemicals to kill fleas and want an all natural product you need to select a product that is proven to stop fleas from landing on your dog while not irritating the skin. Ask Mom about the products she found that are excellent solutions.
  6. Dog Treats – Of course I know you are only eating the dog treats from One Lucky Dog Bakery since these do not have wheat, corn, soy, or preservatives. Just in case you didn’t see my dog treat compare blog click here.

I hope this helps, if not talk to Mom when you are in the store.

Thanks.

Fergus

Does your dog have food allergies?

IMG_7114If your dog is itching excessively and shaking his head all the time there is a very good chance that the dog is allergic to something. If you have been reading this blog you know I’m a dog and not a Vet but at the risk of getting a lot of Vets mad at me I’m going to try to give you a few of Fergus’s tips on allergies, specifically food allergies.

The signs of a food allergy are, an ear infection that simply will not go away, chronic diarrhea, chronic gas, itchy feet or an itchy rear end. Food allergies are the biggest cause of allergy problems in dogs. The biggest causes of food allergies in dogs are wheat, corn, and soy. If you stop in at our bakery in Medina Ohio and talk with my Mum the first thing she will tell you is allergies are why she only makes dog treats that have zero wheat, corn, and soy and why she carries dog food that also does not have these ingredients. She also stocks frozen and freezed dried raw dog food that is a great supplement to your dog’s diet. There is also a chance that your dog is allergic to chicken, beef, or dairy and the only way to find this out is by eliminating items during a test period.

Retrievers, Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Cocker Spaniels are the breeds that have the most allergy problems but food allergies can occur in any breed.

I am going to do a little counter surfing since the Peanut Butter dog treats just came out of the oven. I know these contain no wheat, corn, soy, or preservatives that will cause me any allergy problems plus they smell and taste good. See you at the store.

Fergus

Dog Constipation and what to do about it

IMG_5623Even dogs don’t like to talk about some subjects and constipation is one of them but at the risk of upsetting a few of my dear friends and my grandfather I thought I should give you a few of Finn’s tips about this very delicate subject.

In my opinion the major causes of constipation in dogs are:

  • Lack of exercise – We dogs need lots of exercise to keep all our internal parts in great working order. The good news is we love it when you walk/run/play with us and all this exercise is keeping all our internal parts in great working order. We love it when we are healthy but we love it even more when our human friends/owners are healthy and felling great and if we exercise together we both win.
  • Lack of proper diet – Please have your owner check the label on the dog food you are eating. It should contain plenty of fiber and the first four items should be good sources of protein and vegetables not grains and fillers.
  • No matter how much we beg please do not feed us people food from your table, it probably contains sugar, salts, and bones and these are things we should not have.
  • We dogs also need lots of water so please have a handy bowl for us at home and when you travel grab a travel cup so we can get some water when we are out walking or playing at the park. we have great travel cups at One Lucky Dog Bakery that your owner can clip to a belt.
  • Fur/Hair – We dogs do a lot of licking and many times that means some of our fur is getting inside our bodies. The fur can get tangled with the feces and this may prevent a bowel movement. Mum has some great brushes and combs, just ask her.
  • Foreign Objects – We love to destroy those soft toys you buy for us but just like fur these bits and pieces from the toys can cause an obstruction.
  • Change in our routine – We do not like change and sometimes this can cause problems with our bowels.

Here are Finn’s tips on fixing constipation in your dog.

  • Fiber – If your dog food does not have enough fiber you may have to supplement with some form of bran. You can even use Metamucil but please keep in mind that we dogs are not as large as you humans so a little additional bran or metamucil will be enough.
  • Raw Goats Milk – Most easily digested food for dogs. Helps to entice picky eaters to eat. Contains over 60 different enzymes to ease digestion. Of course we carry raw goats milk at One Lucky dog Bakery.  Many of our Customers are using this as a normal addition to the dog bowl.
  • Grooming – To stop us from injesting all that hair a regular brushing will really cut down on the amount we can intake.
  • Pumpkin – A small amount of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) will really help to keep us regular.
  • Mineral Oil -This is not digested but simply moves through our systems and combines with the feces and helps loosen them. Try this if you see us really having trouble with our bowel movements.

If you are doing all the right things and your dog still cannot go, we have lost our appetite, or we have blood in our stool please get us to the Vet.

One of the reasons I love the dog treats that Mum makes is she finds a way to get a little extra health benefit in every treat. I understand it is not a lot but every little bit helps. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the treats smell and taste so good. Time for a little counter surfing.

Thanks for your time.

Finn