Pet Health

All Natural Paw Wax for Dogs and Cats

We were out yesterday hiking with our pack on our hiking adventures and covered about four miles. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. The ground is in that awkward phase where it's cold, but not frozen, so any moisture is also turning into mud, which also means muddy paws. And, today it rained, so things are extra muddy. Welcome to our Washington, DC weather! 

The idea of using a paw moisturizer and a paw wax has been catching on - especially in snowy environments or when the salt is put down to limit ice. These elements can be very rough on a pet's paw pads. However, we have also seen great success to use a paw wax year round as it helps to keep paws healthy and protected. 

If you are looking for a solution to make at home, see below for one of our favorite recipes. 

Paw Wax Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. (approximately 2 tbsp.) sweet almond oil
  • 2 oz. (approximately 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
  • 1 oz. (approximately 1 tbsp.) shea butter
  • 4 tsp. beeswax

Paw Wax Instructions:

  • In a small pot or a double boiler over low heat, melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Be sure to stir the mixture continuously until everything is melted and well blended.
  • Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil for extra moisture (usually around 10 to 12 drops) and mix well.
  • Consider adding a few drops (usually around 8 to 10 drops) of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. We like lavender and lemon, however, remember to check the essential oils you use are therapeutic grade as well as the essential oil is safe for dogs and cats. Not all essential oils are safe for pets! Additionally, be sure you are using therapeutic organic grade as the essential oil is then safe for ingesting.
  • Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or tins.
  • Let them cool on the counter until hard.
  • Cap and label.
 

Looking for a good brand to purchase online? Check out one of our favorites here by All Natural Dog Company!

#elevatethecare

j.

 
 

Follow The Money Trail

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Upon my return to the office today after being out helping support our team on our Hiking Adventures, I received a newsletter from the organization we currently use to certify our team as well as utilizing their continuing educational courses. The email was your typical newsletter email and as I quickly scrolled down, the following title jumped out to me. I took a deep breath and my heart sank as I realized that the very organization we have used for our certification has put a line in the sand and is taking a side that will perpetuate false information, fake news, as well as use inflammatory titles designed to further spread fear. 

Here was the title in the email: "The anti-vaxxers have a new target in their sights - pets"

I clicked on the link and the author of the article is clearly ignorant, very misinformed, and obviously did no research instead choosing to make multiple inflammatory statements with zero substantiating evidence or proof to validate the statements. Additionally, he is lumping anyone who states to not over-vaccinate as an anti-vaxxer. Grrrrr. This makes me incredibly frustrated.

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Rodney Habib was also under attack today and posted the following statement on his Facebook page, which I thought was absolutely perfect. "Anti-vaxxer🚫: no vaccines, in spite of risk🐶 Over-vaxxer💉: refuse to stop vaccinating, in spite of risk🐱 Parallel: Fear🙈"

Further, those of us who are encouraging pets to be titered are not saying to not use vaccines. We are saying to titer and then use the appropriate dosage to supplement where needed to boost the antibodies. There is no reason to keep bombarding a pet's immune system if the pet already possesses the appropriate level of antibodies. This would also be considered common sense medicine. 

If this particular author had done even the slightest amount of research, he could easily have come across the following research article by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

On over-vaccinating: "One of the results of veterinary pharmacovigilance has been the recognition of the development of sarcomas at the injection site in cats following routine vaccination and occasionally, following administration of pharmaceutical products [18–29]. These tumors are usually fibrosarcomas."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3658838/

But wait... there must be a reason to keep injecting - right?! Yes, it would be called money!!! Mars Corporation (yes, the candy brand Mars you know) is betting BIG on the pet industry. They are systematically purchasing veterinary offices, labs, food supply, etc. Read more here to get a glimpse as to how much ownership of the market they now possess. How much do you trust an organization which has perpetuated sugar, hydrogenated oils, diabetes, and now wants to dictate the standards and control the messaging for pets and pet health? 

#elevatethecare

j.