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How to Get Rid Of Tear Stains

We thought we would share a natural remedy we found for getting rid of tear stains permanently!

Reddish coloured tear stains can be found on some dogs and it is most obvious in light fur coated dogs. The most common cause for reddish tear stains is eye irritation from:

Ingrown eye lash

Eye Infection

Poor diet

Plastic food bowls (believe or not)

Inverted eye lid

Glaucoma

Stress

What can you do to reduce or prevent this from staining your dog's fur? 

We do not encourage you to use products such as Angel Eyes as they contain antibiotics and you should never allow your dog to be on long term antibiotics.

A more holistic and natural approach will be to use Raw Organic Coconut Oil and Pure Corn Flour to apply on the areas where tear stains are prone.

In the attached picture below, the top pic is a bulldog with bad rusty colours tear stains. Duke was like this before we found this very effective and natural remedy. We tried all ways through food and water but nothing helped much. The bottom pic is Duke 4 weeks after using the natural treatment.

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Here's what we did. After every bath, we will apply organic coconut oil onto his folds and then using fingers, we dab with pure corn flour. Everyday for 2 weeks, we would dab with corn flour and only apply coconut oil after his weekly bath. After the 2 weeks, the stain had lessen by so much that we only did maintenance of weekly applications of coconut oil and corn flour after his bath.

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Why would this combination work?

Organic coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties

Corn Flour is a great inhibitor of moisture 

Combined, the 2 products are highly effective to get rid of any fungal or bacterial growth in the moist region where the stains are. The corn flour helps to absorb the excess moisture to prevent more bacteria and fungus from growing. 

It is the perfect 2-pronged approach and it worked beautifully on Duke!

We hope you get the same results of this tried and tested recipe!

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How to Pick The Right Probiotics for Your Fur Baby

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Most of us know why our dogs and cats need probiotics. They help our pets fight off potential bacterial infection in their GI tracts by populating it with good bacteria. It also helps to boost the immunity by helping your pet make important B vitamins, prevents diseases and helps sick animals recover faster. Antibiotics, steroids and stress also diminish good bacteria in the gut, making your pets fall ill more easily, hence, probiotics help to replace these friendly bacteria.

Do you know how to choose a good probiotic for your pet?
Do you know which strains of probiotics is appropriate out of the 58 different strains?

A good probiotic should contain at least 10 strains as each strain has its own function and not 1 strain can do the job of all. Also CFU counts in billions is much better than millions.

For example :
L. plantarum fights viral infections, cancer;
L. salivarius fights fungal infections such as candida; helps the digestive system break down undigested protein and detoxifies the GI tract, may prevent colon cancer;
Lactic Streptococci protects against colitis and IBD (irritated bowl disease);
Lactobacillus caucasicus fights diarrhea;
Lactobacillus GG (L. rhamnosus), protects against respiratory illnesses, treats candida, colitis and diarrhea, reduces stress and anxiety.

Live cultures are sensitive to heat. Give probiotics directly to your pet as cooking or making treats with them will destroy all the benefits.

Choose your probiotics carefully for yourself and your fur pal. Not all are created equal.

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How Dogs Benefit From Eating Oats

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Some people consider grains bad for dogs. But not all grains are bad. In fact, there are so many health benefits related to oatmeal that we feel it should not be left out of a dog's diet. Most dogs are not allergic to Oatmeal and we include this beneficial grain in our original Mutt Love recipes.
Before you say "No" to Oats, read what a vet has to say:

"Adding oats to a pet's diet is a simple way to impart many nutritional benefits. Besides nutritional benefits, many other benefits, from nervine to disease treatment, can be realized, too. First, let's take a closer look at some of the many health benefits associated with oats when they are simply added to a pet's diet.

Nutritive - Simply put, oats are nutritious, being naturally high in "good" nutrients and low in "bad" ones.

Oats are high in:

Protein (interestingly, wild oats contain from 27-37% protein while cultivated varieties average about 17%). According to the World Health Organization, oat protein is equivalent in quality to soy protein. So, equal to meat, milk and egg protein.
Soluble fiber (the fiber that helps keep cholesterol levels low)
Levels of iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, B5, and folate, B9)

Oats are low in:
Gluten (some is present, but not nearly as much as in wheat)
Genetically Modified Organisms (so far, oats are not grown using GMO)

Nervine - Oats are considered a nervine, an herbal compound that acts as a general nerve tonic, calming the nerves when necessary, stimulating their activity when needed. Oats are used for treating a variety of nervous disorders.

Herbal - Oats benefit several body organs and systems, including: skin, nervous system, stomach, spleen, lungs, and the urinary and reproductive systems. Herbal qualities of oats include:

Antispasmodic
Cardiac
Diuretic
Emollient
Nervine
Stimulant
Antitumor - Oats contains the antitumor compound b-sitosterol.

Digestive - Acting as a digestive aid to calm the intestinal tract.

Hormonal - Used to achieve hormonal balance. Also used as a uterine tonic.

Oats are also cholesterol lowering and reportedly good for treating a wide variety of diseases in humans and animals, including: inflammatory conditions, mental or physical exhaustion, depression, dyspepsia, insomnia, fevers, sexual dysfunctions and as a tonic during menopause or after parturition.

Oats can also be beneficial when applied externally (topically). Remember that an animal's skin is its largest organ, and there is an active absorption of many substances, thus adding whole-body benefits from external applications of oats. These unique health benefits can include:

Anti-inflammatory and Calming - soothes itchiness and eczema, thus helping calm the animal while he heals.
Healing - High levels of minerals and vitamins in the seeds may help with skin healing."

Randy Kidd, DVM, PHD

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