Pet Health Blog

People foods cats CAN and CAN'T eat - What YOU need to know!

Sometimes we're unsure of what we can and can't feed our cats! Is this tuna okay? Will she eat these veggies? Shall I give her a side of milk? Read here and learn what's good to give and not-so-good to give!

Facts about Fleas, Ticks & Itchy Skin in Dogs & Cats: Here’s what YOU need to know!

Fleas and ticks are the nasty little buggers that like to sponge off animals and humans, causing itchy skin rashes and other health problems in pets. Here's what you need to know about these bothersome bugs and how YOU you can prevent them from harming you and your pets!

How to help an aggressive dog!

Find out if your dog acts aggressively and reduce his frustration with THESE tips and tricks of the trade!

The Perks of Training your Dog PLUS HOW TO TRAIN your dog to shake hands!

There are MANY benefits of training your dog, from Table Manners to Social Skills to Great Obedience. Read more to find out! PLUS a FREE QUICK & EASY step by step guide on training your dog to shake hands!

What’s REALLY in your pets’ dry food? Debunking the Healthy Pellet Myth.

Just as humans need to eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals in order to stay healthy, so do our pets! What is really in pet food and is it fulfiling our pets need for a nutritional and healthy diet?

Put a Spring in their step with our TOP TEN natural Spring products for pets!

Put a Spring in their step with our TOP TEN natural Spring products for pets!

Put a Spring in their step with our TOP TEN natural Spring products for pets!

Spring has sprung and it’s that time of the year where flowers are blooming and snouts are sneezing! The Feelgood Pets team knows that our fur parents only want the best for their pets, that is why we have decided to give you our TOP TEN must-have natural products for Spring. 

Just like humans, pets are prone to seasonal allergies, worms, skin conditions…and much more! It is important that you have the best natural remedies for them when they need it so as to limit their discomfort and to keep their health in tip top shape (especially your older fur companions!).

Feelgood Pets comes to the rescue with our list of the top selling natural products to keep your fur babies safe and healthy this Spring. In line with our nature-friendly policies, they are good for your pets and good for Mother Earth too!:

  1. AllergiClear Pets is a natural remedy that reduces and prevents the symptoms of allergic dermatitis, flea bite dermatitis or inhaled allergens such as grass or pollen as well as decreases or eliminates dependence on and side effects of cortisone and antihistamine drugs
  2. Allergy Itch Ease is a safe and effective homeopathic remedy that relieves itchy skin in dogs and cats, soothes acute skin allergies and helps to protect against inflamed, infected skin and hot spots
  3. Skin & Coat Tonic is an all-natural herbal skin tonic that accelerates healing of skin lesions, hot spots and fungal infections of the skin. Skin & Coat Tonic also improves and conditions dry scaly skin, eczema and relieves itching, helping fur to grow back and restore a glossy coat
  4. Vondi’s Khakibos Tick & Flea Pet Shampoo is an all-natural shampoo for pets (without any harmful chemicals!) that is gentle on the skin and helps to keep ticks and fleas away. Use together with Vondi’s Khakibos Flea Spray or Vondi’s Khakibos Flea Powder for dogs and cats as part of a total flea control program!
  5. Respo-K is a natural and effective homeopathic remedy that relieves the symptoms of colds and respiratory infections in pets and helps to prevent secondary infections of the respiratory system
  6. Worm Dr Pets is an all-natural herbal formula that expels internal parasites (such as roundworm or tapeworm) and restores digestive health after parasitic infection.
  7. Immunity & Liver Support is an excellent all-round tonic to improve health and functioning, boosting the immune system and resistance against disease and infection
  8. Colloidal Silver Gel has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic properties and helps to soothe and heal the skin including cuts, scrapes, stings, insect bites, hotspots and minor burns
  9. AllisOne Nat Mur Tissue Salt no. 9 supports water balance in cells and systemic vitality, reducing oedema (swelling) and assisting with water retention and bloating that often accompanies hot weather and dehydration
  10. PetCalm is a safe and effective homeopathic remedy that quickly calms anxious, stressed and highly-strung pets or those with nervous dispositions

As the days get warmer (and longer!), you will find that your fur friend will be wanting to spend more time outdoors and playing around in the garden. To avoid them getting bored and digging up your plants (oh dear!), make sure that they have enough toys to play with to keep them occupied! Feelgood Pets offers a wide range of toys for dogs and cats that will keep them happy and active all season!

We hope that your pets stay comfortable and healthy as the weather starts warming up. Feel free to contact us by sending an email to help@feelgoodhealth.co.za or calling us on 0217970193 if you have any health concerns regarding your fur friend (or yourself!).

Happy Spring everyone! :)

The benefits of Pet Massage PLUS top techniques that you can do at home!

The benefits of Pet Massage PLUS top techniques that you can do at home!

The benefits of Pet Massage PLUS top techniques that you can do at home! 

Pet parents are always looking for ways to bond with their fur friends and spend as much time with them as possible, especially when we find ourselves consumed by the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. 

Massage definition: "The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain."

Massaging your pet (cat or dog), not only helps you to bond with them, but also has health benefits and promotes a sense of calmness and well-being in stressed or anxious pets. Feelgood Pets takes a look at how pet massage can help heal your fur baby (in more than one way!) as well as a tutorial video on TOP techniques to massage them at home! 

Here is why you should be massaging your pet (if you aren't already!): 

  1. Reduces emotional problems
  2. Manages pain 
  3. Increases motion in stiff joints and improves muscle tone 
  4. Aids relaxation 
  5. Eases effects of ageing 
  6. Accelerates healing after injury or surgery 

Get your fur friend's tail wagging and eye's squinting from shear pleasure by following the pet massage techniques shown in the video below! 

So when you're sitting in the lounge tonight and enjoying some quiet time with your dog or cat, give him a pet massage and see how much he loves it! 

How to use Coconut Oil to keep YOUR dog's mouth and teeth fresh, clean & healthy! PLUS a FREE Coconut Oil oral health recipe for YOUR dog!

How to use Coconut Oil to keep YOUR dog's mouth and teeth fresh, clean & healthy! PLUS a FREE Coconut Oil oral health recipe & great Subscriber Only Discounts!

How to use Coconut Oil to keep YOUR dog's mouth and teeth fresh, clean & healthy! PLUS a FREE Coconut Oil oral health recipe for YOUR dog! 

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get from pet owners is, "Do i really need to brush my dog's teeth?" and our answer is, "Yes, yes and definitely yes!". Taking care of your dog's teeth is the key to unlocking a happy, long and healthy life and fur parents know that time spent with a fur friend is never long enough! 

Poor dental health in dogs can also pose some serious health risks for them and start affecting their organs, such as the heart. Studies show that 80% of dogs over the age of three years old have developed some form of dental disease. Gingivitis is an early stage of Periodontal Disease which causes tooth and bone loss - left untreated, it is irreversible (scary stuff!). 

Looking after your pooches mouth will not only save YOU money from all the visits to the vet but also prevent them from suffering from unnecessary health conditions in the long run (not to mention sweeter smelling breath for those extra kisses)!  

Gum disease in pets can increase the risks of the following serious health problems: 

Let's take a look at the symptoms of dental disease (just in case you were starting to wonder!): 

The key to managing dental disease is prevention! Dogs tend to be a little bit more cooperative when it comes to cleaning their teeth than cats. You can imagine the fuss that a cat must put up if you had to come anywhere near their mouths with a toothbrush! We recommend that you invest in a toy for your kitty, such as Pestages Fresh Breath Mint Stick, which they LOVE to chew on and will (unbeknown to them!) help to remove plaque and tartar build up as well as freshen their breath!

Below we have provided you with an effective natural FREE Coconut Oil oral health recipe for your dog PLUS a tutorial video on how to brush your dog's teeth at home! 

Ingredients: 

100ml organic Coconut Oil 

5ml Diatomacious Earth 

2 drops Spearmint essential oil 

Method: 

Melt 100ml of organic Coconut Oil on a very low heat, which will quickly turn to liquid. Once the coconut oil has melted, add 5ml of Diatomacious Earth as well as 2 drops of Spearmint essential oil and mix well. Take the mixture off of the heat and allow to solidify. 

Note: 

When brushing your dog's teeth, simply add a few sprinkles of Diatomacious Earth on top of the coconut oil toothpaste and start brushing! 

Below we have provided you with a tutorial video to give you some guidance on how to go about getting those canines and fangs clean and sparkly! Enjoy! 

Happy Brushing! 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolutely PAW-FECT! How to protect YOUR pet's paws from Winter cracking!

How to protect your pet's paws from Winter cracking!

Absolutely PAW-FECT! How to protect YOUR pet's paws from Winter cracking! 

Winter can be brutal on your dog or cat’s paw pads! Dealing with cracked paws can be frustrating for both you and your fur friends as their paws hold most of their weight, causing them discomfort and pain while walking.

You can tell if your fur friend is struggling with a foot problem if he/she does the following:

  • Avoids walking
  • Favours a specific foot
  • Whines
  • Limps
  • Constantly licks or chews paws

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So, what causes dry or cracked paws?

  1. Winter’s cold, dry air and icy rain, frost, hail or snow can lead to paw and nose cracking and pain. While we do not have much snow in South Africa, the ground can become very cold and even frosty in winter. Constantly going from the freezing cold and wet conditions outside to warm and dry conditions inside can lead to paw problems. We recommend that you ensure that your fur baby is towel dried before coming inside, remembering to pay special attention to in between those toes!
  2. Allergies in dogs and cats can also cause their skin to become itchy and irritating the paws, ears and skin, causing them to scratch as well as bite their paws (this will only exasperate their discomfort)! For dogs and cats suffering from allergies or itchy skin, we recommend AllergiClear and Allergy Itch Ease from the Feelgood Pets range – 100% safe, effective and natural!
  3. Zinc Deficiencies are common in certain breeds, especially Huskies, German Shepherds, Poodles, Great Danes (among others) and are linked to skin problems like cracked paws! Make sure that your dog takes a good quality daily multivitamin and mineral supplement to prevent or assist in the treatment of skin or paw conditions.(Try Vondi’s Multivitamin Food Supplement. It comes in powder form and can be sprinkled over food, so it is really easy to use!) If your fur friend needs natural support for his/her skin or coat, we recommend Skin & Coat Tonic from Feelgood Pets – as the paws are a part of the skin.
  4. Extreme wear and tear can be caused by dogs running or walking on hot, rough or icy or frosty surfaces and can cause dry or cracked paws (ouch)! Make sure that you’re using a 100% natural paw balm as a preventative as well as to support those pads if already cracked! We love Snout & Paw Balm from Natura Pets for lots of reasons. Firstly, it works really well to moisturize and protect paws and noses that are exposed to harsh weather conditions. Secondly it is 100% natural, containing organic ingredients that will not harm your pet OR the environment! The ingredients are literally good enough to eat – which means that if YOUR furry friend licks his paws, no harm will be caused. We like that!

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Here are some useful tips to care for your fur friend’s paws!

  • Trim your dog’s hair in between the pads so that it doesn’t come into contact with the ground
  • Trim those nails! This will help the paws from splaying out and getting icy water or crystals to seep or get stuck in between the toes
  • Dog booties will help to keep your pet’s paws snug and safe from harsh conditions that could lead to painful cracking. (Make sure that you praise them for putting the boots on as they often don’t like them at first)!
  • Use Natura Pets Snout & Paw Balm to keep paws and noses smooth and healthy and to protect against harsh Winter or Summer conditions!

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How to use paw and nose balm

Scoop a small amount and rub into paw pads or nose. Paws will be slick directly after application so it is advised to allow time for it to dry. Apply before going outdoors and also before bedtime, as this is when your dog is at rest and the body goes into regeneration mode. Apply daily for 2-3 days until paws/nose improve. It’s just that simple!

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How to keep your Pet snug, safe and warm this Winter!

How to keep your Pet snug, safe and warm this Winter!

How to keep your Pet snug, safe and warm this Winter! 

Are your pets ready for Winter? Make sure that you’re prepared – here are our TOP WINTER TIPS to prepare your fur friends for the cold months ahead, the time when they need a little extra care!

1. Immunity is STRENGTH!

Believe it or not, our fur babies get the common flu and cold just as we do! Winter means wet fur, a decreased body temperature and susceptibility to all types of health issues. A healthy immune system helps to ensure overall systemic health and protection! And the first line of defense in any fight is to maintain structural integrity – which means taking steps to ensure a supported, healthy immune system.

We all know that prevention is better than cure! Immunity & Liver Support is a natural product formulated especially for dogs and cats. It boosts the immune system and resistance against disease and infection, including viral and bacterial infection. Immunity & Liver Support also acts as a natural antibiotic (without the negative effects!) and can be used to speed up healing when your pet’s health is poorly. Immunity & Liver Support is definitely a must have for the pet medicine chest!

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 2. Protect those joints (yes, cat's too)!

In the cold weather, joints stiffen up and are less prone to movement. Although there is no cure for arthritis, certain things can be done to alleviate the pain. Here are some things pet parents can do:

  • Protect your pets from slipping on wet surfaces
  • Make sure they stay active – daily walks for dogs, and playtime for cats will help to keep their joints moving and supple (and yours too!)
  • Keep them warm! An extra blanket in the kennel, a rug to lie on inside and a cat or dog bed will all help to stop the chill getting into your pet’s bones. Remember that cold will increase discomfort, especially for pets that already have joint problems.
  • Take extra care when exercising your pets in winter. Let them warm up gently with a slow walk before going on that run.
  • Be informed about the unwanted side effects of prescription anti-inflammatories and cortisone - so readily prescribed to ease joint pain! Natural alternatives can make all the difference without the health risks! Try MobiLive Pets in the Feelgood Pets range as well as a daily supplement of Vondi’s Diatomaceous Earth added to your dog or cat’s food.

 3. Watch the coats!

As Winter brings that extra wetness, make sure that you regularly groom your pet’s coat to avoid knots and matted hair. Too cold for a bath? Definitely not! Get your fur friend an all-natural shampoo for bath times as well as a conditioner to brush out any excess clumps of fur and get rid of any unwanted tangles! If you keep your pet’s coat in good shape during winter, spring moulting will be that much easier to cope with! Feelgood Pets Skin & Coat Tonic is a natural herbal supplement to keep your dog and cat’s skin and fur in tip top condition!

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4. Banish the sneezing & sniffing!

Upper respiratory infections are common in Winter. Watch out for a slight cough, wetter noses, fatigue or lethargy. Treat your pet to warm meals on those cold winter nights to get them ready for a snuggly night’s sleep (not too warm)!

Some pet respiratory infections to look out for in winter are Kennel Cough, various strains of Cat ‘Flu and asthma (common in the cold winter air). Protect against infection with Feelgood Pets' Immunity & Liver Support (remember what we said about prevention being better than cure?) and if your dog or cat becomes ill, look for natural help in the form of specially formulated remedies like KC-Defense (Kennel Cough), FeliSafe (Cat ‘Flu), and Respo-K (for dogs and cats with asthma and other respiratory problems causing difficult breathing).

5. Indoors or outdoors? 

It is healthy for your pet to get exposed to fresh air as often as possible. However, in Winter, this can be risky if they are left unsupervised outside for too long in icy weather. We recommend that your pet’s activities are monitored as much as possible and that you combine healthy outside time with the appropriate caution. if they have been outside in the rain, it is important that they are dried off properly. For pets with heart problems, keep their blood pumping by taking them on supervised slow walks to strengthen their heart muscles and use a natural remedy like Feelgood Pets' Heart & Circulation Tonic – a homeopathic pet heart tonic.

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6. To shave or not to shave? 

Longer coats provide more warmth so we advise that you do not shave your pet down to the skin, especially in Winter. If your fur friend has long hair, simply trim the ends to keep the fur from becoming matted! If you are worried about any skin conditions or if the fur seems to be falling out, with bald patches, we recommend that you give your dog or cat a course of Feelgood Pets' Skin & Coat Tonic – which supports dog and cat skin health and shiny coats!

7. Keep bathing to a minimum!

Try and bath your pet as little as possible during the Winter Season - however remember that your fur friend still needs to be kept clean, especially as they can get quite smelly with all the damp fur! When bathing your pet make sure that it’s during the daytime and inside if possible. Avoid all the nasty chemicals found in commercial pet shampoos and try Natura Pet Shampoos and conditioners for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

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8. Take care of those snouts and paws!

Don’t be fooled! The ice and cold can actually cut your dog’s snout as well as their paws (poor things!) as they are highly sensitive parts of their little fur bodies. If your dog’s nose or paws are crusty, cracked or dry, apply an eco-friendly snout and paw balm and let the healing begin! We love Natura Pets all natural eco-friendly Snout and Paw Balm to heal and condition your dog and cat’s paws and noses.

9. Hydration is a must! 

Always remember to keep your fur friend hydrated by providing plenty of fresh water - as they are just as susceptible to dehydration in winter as they are in summer!

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10. Last but not least!

The best part of winter is that it provides lots of opportunities for cozy snuggles in front of fires and heaters. Love and snuggles are always important, but make sure you do not leave your dog or cat unattended in front of fires and unprotected heaters. Cats, especially, can get too close to fires and singe their fur and skin badly while they doze off in the heat!

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