Spring 2013

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11th Anniversary Sale at It's Raining Cats and Dogs!
Come help us celebrate 11 years of providing you and your pet with healthy natural options.
May 30th to June 6th, 2013


Mark this week in your calendar. Up to 70% off selected items!
Details of sale items will be posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/itsrainingcatsanddogs

Is there a takeaway here?

After two years as a stray, Daisy was adopted by a British family who is committed to feeding her what they eat.  Daisy's family attributes her longevity to her long walks in the countryside – and her refusal to eat dog food. Daisy has never had a tin of dog food in her life!

The anniversary of her adoption day became Daisy’s birthday and on February 21st, Daisy turned 22. Daisy’s favourite meal is roast chicken and mashed potatoes but she’ll happily eat anything. Her family told Susan Thixton (Truth about Pet Food) that she’s partial to a takeaway Chinese and loves homemade chili as long as it’s not too spicy. Daisy is believed to be the oldest dog alive in England at this time. 

 

Pet First Aid Kit

 

Canine Friendly’s Pet First Aid Kit has arrived just in time for summer!  The kit contains a useful Pet First Aid Manual giving you basic instructions on bleeding, CPR, shock or poisoning among others.  The kit also includes exam gloves, first aid tape, antiseptic wipes, saline solution, gauze and bandages.

A must-have for any pet owner in the summer and your $35.00 will buy some peace of mind.

 

  


I kid you not!


Klooff, an iPhone app for pet lovers, surveyed 1000 men and women between the ages of 18 and 33 (some with dogs, some not) on how they would rank potential dates by the dogs the date has. Here are the top five breeds for both sexes:

Breeds that made women more attractive:

  1. Beagle
  2. Poodle
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Labrador retriever
  5. Golden retriever 

Breeds that made men more attractive:

  1. French bulldog
  2. Siberian husky
  3. Labrador retriever
  4. Golden retriever
  5. German shepherd

     

Did you know?

 Cat’s ears have 32 muscles.  They act like miniature radar dishes and swivel independently of each other, rotate 180 degrees, and move up and down.  Because of this, ear placement is an excellent mood evaluator – an alert and contented kitty’s ears are up and forward, or swiveling around listening to sounds but watch for flat ears.  A fearful, agitated or aggressive cat’s ears start tight at first, then turn sideways and flatten right before a paw swipe.

 

Food from our oceans
 

With holistic pet nutrition, two banner supplements are usually referenced as enhancements to a healthy pet’s diet.  In a previous newsletter, we looked at the importance of omegas through fish oil supplementation.  Now let’s take a look at another standard – the algae, our oceans’ plants.
 
Seaweed and kelp provide an amazing array of trace minerals and vitamins, probably the largest assortment in the plant world.  Unlike land plants, this green ocean food absorbs minerals directly through the plant tissue.  Seaweed and kelp are often cited as if they are the only sea plants but in fact, there are over 300 species of kelps and seaweeds found in the world’s oceans. 

There are variables in the value of any ocean plant.  For example, trace mineral and vitamin levels vary significantly, depending on the species, growing conditions, water temperature and exposure to air.  As well, since they do absorb content from the ocean, the location where the kelp is harvested also plays a significant role.  Kelp harvested from more polluted waters will have a tendency to have higher levels of contaminants such as heavy metals.  Nova Scotia, Iceland and New Zealand are known for quality kelp since they are areas with unpolluted cold ocean water. 
 
Kelp, as a marine plant that is always submerged in seawater, registers a higher trace mineral content.  Seaweeds on the other hand are exposed to air during low tides and because of that usually have a lower mineral content.  Seaweeds are more accessible and are therefore used more often in food ingredients.
 
Because kelps are submerged in mineral-rich seawater, they tend to have higher levels of iodine then the partially submerged seaweed species.  Generally speaking, it depends on which part of the kelps that are harvested to determine the level of iodine.  Too much iodine, like too little, can suppress thyroid functions.  Mary Strauss (dogaware.com) suggests no more than ¼ teaspoon to large dogs and proportionately less to smaller dogs.  Adding small amounts of kelp can be good for the thyroid because of the iodine it does contain.

If the kelp is dried at ambient temperatures and finely ground, your pet can absorb the spectrum of vitamins and minerals this food from the sea can provide.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 Researchers from Tufts and the University of Guelph randomly tested various bully sticks and found that they contained from nine to 22 calories per inch, or 88 calories in the average 6 inch stick.  Eighty-eight calories is equal to 9% of the daily calorie requirement for a 50 pound dog and 30% for a 10 pound dog.


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