As we move toward the end of this year, we want to once again thank you for your business and your support. We’d love it if you could attend our second annual “Customer Appreciation” night so we can properly wish health and happiness to you and your four-legged companion in 2013!
Pass those Cranberries!
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without cranberries. Not only are these colorful little fruits full of flavor, but they’re also good for you and your animal companion.
Cranberries have a long history, going all the way back to Roman times. In 1578, herbalist Henry Lyte documented the use of cranberries to treat a variety of ailments, from rheumatoid disorders, scurvy and fever, to skin wounds and eczema. Native Americans living along the Eastern seaboard regularly used cranberries as a blood tonic because of their iron content, but it wasn’t until the 1840s that German scientists began exploring the positive impact of cranberries on urinary tract health. Clinical research began in the 1930s, and has gained momentum ever since.
Cranberries also provide health benefits to dogs and cats. When it comes to preventing and treating struvite crystals and bladder stones in our companion animals, cranberries are a great food and supplement to have on hand. In fact, the American Animal Hospital Association has suggested that people add one to two ounces of cranberry juice to their animals’ food every day.
What makes cranberries so healthy?
Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including antioxidant proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
Anthocyanins are the pigments that give cranberries their rich red color. Out of 150 flavonoids tested, they were found to have the strongest antioxidant power – even moreso than vitamin E. Anthocyanins also have an anti-inflammatory action, and can help lessen allergic reactions. A 100 gram serving of cranberries contains 50 to 80 mg of this powerful antioxidant.
Proanthocyanidins belong to the bioflavonoid family and help strengthen blood vessels and improve the delivery of oxygen to cell membranes. Ellagic acid has also been getting lots of attention lately because it has been found in the lab to cause apoptosis or “cell death” in cancer cells.
Cranberries also contain dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin K, and are rich in vitamin C and tannins, which help keep bacteria like E. coli, the most common cause of UTIs, from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.
Don’t be surprised if you soon start finding cranberry seed flour and cranberry seed oil on the shelf of your favorite health food store, as an alternative source of omega 3 fatty acids. Cranberries are gaining even more recognition as a way to help prevent bad breath, plaque, and gum disease.
When seeking out cranberry supplements for your animals, look for standardized products and companies that use no harmful solvents in their extraction process, or binders like stearic acid, dextrose or maltose. Always check with a holistic veterinarian or nutritionist before adding any new supplement to your dog or cat’s diet. Cranberries are a real crowd pleaser. As well as adding some holiday pizzazz to you and your companion’s meals, they’re a true powerhouse of healthful activity and can be used throughout the year to give his wellness (and yours) a boost.
Cranimals is a certified organic powder made in British Columbia. Its Raining Cats and Dogs carries three varieties: Cranimals Original (cranberry powder); Very Berry (blueberries, cranberries and red raspberries); and VIBE (cranberry powder, dried seaweed meal powder and spirulina powder).
Recipes for the festive season – and all year round!
Pup-kin cranberry muffins
½ cup oil of your choice, e.g. safflower, sunflower, olive, canola
1 cup pure pumpkin pureé
1½ cups whole grain flour, e.g., oat or spelt; combinations of whole grain flours can also be used
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground carob
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon iodized sea salt (optional)
1 cup finely chopped fresh cranberries or ½ cup dried cranberries
Try to use organic ingredients wherever possible. Preheat oven to 375°F degrees. Combine eggs, oil, and pumpkin pureé in a food processor or blender. Add dry ingredients and whirl together until smooth. Fold in finely chopped cranberries. Lightly grease mini muffin tins or line with paper cups, and fill each with muffin batter. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove muffins from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container or Ziplock bag. This recipe can easily be doubled, and the muffins freeze beautifully.
For an extra special touch during the holiday season, the muffins can be dipped in low-fat cream cheese and then decorated with cranberries and sprigs of fresh mint.
For your human family members, add ½ cup of unpasteurized honey to the ingredient list.
This recipe makes 34 mini muffins.
from Animal Wellness Website
Kudos to Petcurean!
Petcurean, the British Columbia family-owned manufacturer of Go! and Now Fresh! cat and dog food, have donated more than 42,000 pounds of dry food to 25 rescue organizations across Canada. Manufacturers like Petcurean deserve to be singled out because they are small operations and produce an excellent quality kibble not usually available to shelter or rescue animals.
These are a few our favourite things!
Pets 4 Life Smoked Lamb Tripe Treats – those lucky customers who received
Gefilte Fish – OY VEY! gurgle, gurgle
Welly Jelly Bones – make your own nutritious jolly jelly dog bones!
Holiday Laser Pet Toy – emits a laser Santa icon!
We were very excited to read about the new Orijen freeze-dried foods which will be arriving in the next month. Once again, this new product places the manufacturer, Champion Pet Foods, on the cutting edge of pet nutrition. The freeze-drying process involves flash-freezing ingredients using extremely low temperatures (-50C) in special pressurized chambers for 18 hours. During this time, the frozen water in the ingredients converts into vapor without creating any liquid. At the end of the processing, while the water in the food is removed, all of the nutrients in the ingredients remain.
Your child’s health has gone to the dogs…
According to a study of 397 children published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, children living with dogs were healthier than children with no dog contacts. Children having dog contacts at home seem to have fewer infectious symptoms and diseases during the first year of life, less frequent otitis and tended to need fewer courses of antibiotics than children without such contacts.
Looking for a distinctive name for your pet?
Veterinary Pet Insurance Company of California has compiled a list of the top 50 most unusual dog and cat names from a database of about 485,000 insured pets. The top 10 are:
Will this never end?
Our coupon campaign ends on December 15th. We want to thank you again for your business this 10th anniversary year!
Wishing you & yours peace, happiness
and good health in 2013!
from Brenda, Jamie, Sadie & Stan, Joanne, Tammy, Evelyn & Ashley
Facts about pet foodVariety is the most important nutritional gift for your pet.If fed an exclusive dry food diet, rotate the dry foods at least 3 to 4 times per year so your pet has access to different formulas and different levels of vitamins and minerals.Ingredients such as grain and corn are NOT healthy for cats.The vitamins and minerals listed on dry and canned pet foods are synthetic and added to the food after the heat processing to try to make that food complete.Canned pet food tends to have more meat including organ meats in their ingredients.Dry pet food does not clean teeth.Wet food diets for cats are much healthier than dry food diets.All dogs share virtually the same DNA and because of that, all breeds and sizes first and foremost require healthy food not specialized food.Grain has no nutritional value for dogs.Whole ingredient supplements or whole food vitamins, low-fat yogurt, fish oil, eggs, sardines can enhance your pet’s nutrition.All ingredients in pet foods are important and are listed in descending order by weight.Real food, and in particular, raw food diets are the least heat processed pet food, followed by dehydrated foods, then canned food and finally, dry foods.There is no perfect singular food for every dog – what may work well for one dog may not benefit another.Real food – especially muscle & organ meats and ground bone – is a perfectly natural diet for pets.
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