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“You can control your dog’s gutbacteria populations and,by proxy, his immune system.”

There are many types of Probiotics out there and we are increasing our inventory to help match the best one for your pet’s needs. What Are The Best Probiotics For Dogs?
First, make sure you do not see any of the following in your probiotic supplement:

  • Sucrose
  • Yeast extract
  • Milk
  • Starches
  • Maltodextrin

These are all highly processed additives that can cause allergies in some dogs … and maltodextrin also spikes blood sugar and can stop the growth of friendly bacteria. Watch for these additives … the last thing you want is for your dog to have an allergic reaction to his probiotics.
What you do want to see are these two bacteria families:LactobacillusBifidobacteriumAnd you want to see as many species or strains as possible … you’ll want at least ten bacteria strains if you’re serious about rebuilding your dog’s gut and immune health.
Both Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus are friendly bacteria that can regulate the immune system and anti-inflammatory immune cells. That’s what you want if you want to protect your dog from chronic disease or help him heal from it.
You also want to see as many bacteria packed into the product as possible. This is measured as CFUs, or colony forming units. This basically means the number of little bugs in the product. A lot of pet probiotics only have 1 to 5 billion CFUs. That might seem like a lot, but there are trillions of bacteria in your dog’s gut, so if you want to really move the needle on his health, look for a product with at least 10 to 20 billion CFUs.
We currently carry Probiotics by Healthline and Animal Essentials. We just brought in Love Bugs.
Animal Essentials: Contain both Probiotics and Enzymes. This is great for all diets especially if you cook, used canned or kibble. 

  • Assists in the digestion and absorption of nutrients which are necessary to maintain your pet’s good health
  • Adding just a sprinkle a day will help the digestive system by breaking down fats, carbohydrates, cellulose and protein
  • Contains a blend of plant and microbial produced enzyme, none from animal source

Healthline Probiotics: They separate their probiotics from their enzymes. You can not give them at the same time. Good if you only want to feed one or the other or if you want to give an therapeutic amount of each specific one.

  • 5 billion CFU’s per gram per serving
  • L Acidophilus 2 Billion CFU
  • L Salivarius 1.5 Billion
  • L Plantarum 1.5 Billion CFU

Love Bugs: Just in. This is a prebiotic and a Probiotic. This provides food for the probiotics. If the probiotics are not fed, it will cause them to eat the lining of the intestinal wall. 
More about Love bugs: you need to know about Love Bugs, It contains 14 strains of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus bacteria.It doesn’t contain maltodextrin or any other ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. This is important because a lot of probiotics are cultured from milk and can cause allergies in dogs.
It also contains 30 billion CFUs, as well as a prebiotic. Prebiotics are a special food that probiotics like to eat – usually a fiber of some sort.
Love Bugs contains Larch arabinogalactin, which is pretty cool because it has some serious anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
The prebiotic is safe to feed with dogs that have yeast infections as this prebiotic does not feed the yeast as some types do.
If your dog is doing well and on a fresh food diet, Love Bugs is a great addition and I’d consider putting it into a regular rotation. If cost is an issue, just don’t give it daily. Maybe go with only a few times a week to make your dollar go farther. Remember: some probiotics in the diet is better than no probiotics.Watch for our next product we will be getting in, Healthy Gut. This is like Love Bugs, but with enzymes included.  

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The weather is warming up and it’s that time of year to start being proactive to eliminate a flea Infestation. Once you have a flea infestation, it can take weeks or months to control. But by being proactive, you can prevent them from starting in the first place.
Start by keeping them out. Keep your grass mowed and brush cut back as it gives them less places to hide. Discourage any feral or wildlife from coming in your yard as they drop eggs. Don’t invite these critters by leaving bowls of dog or cat food outside.
Invest in a 99¢ flea comb. This is a very inexpensive tool you can use to check your pet for fleas or flea dirt. It is also an easy way to remove fleas from your pet.
At Beastie Boutique, if you do not have a flea infestation, we recommend that you be proactive in one of many natural flea control products that we carry. This will help reduce the chances that your pet will pick up fleas in the first place and/or will kill fleas before they get out of control.
If you have a flea infestation, we recommend you see your vet. We recommend Comfortis (Not trifexis). Then once fleas are under control, go back to the natural flea control products to keep them at bay.
We carry a variety of products depending on the type of application you want to use.
Spot-On Essential Oils –Sentry Natural Defense
Shampoos and sprays –
Food Additives.  Earth Animal
Come in to see us today to see what is the best solution for you and your pets.
10% off flea treatments
As always, stop in and see us for any help we can be for your nutritional needs.

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Unfortunately, in our store we see a lot of pets that are overweight. Pet parents naturally want to put their pets on a diet. I do not suggest putting your pets on a pet food that is designed for weight loss. The problem is that most of these foods take out specific nutrients they need and add additional fiber. With the thought, fiber will make your pet fill full. Unfortunately, too high fiber and too low fat diets can be an unhealthy diet for your pet.
Here is an article about pet obesity and pet foods that are “designed” for weight loss.
STORY AT A GLANCE:
  • In response to the epidemic of pet obesity, pet food companies are focused on “weight loss” formulas loaded with fiber, with the goal of making dogs and cats feel full.
  • One very popular fiber used in “weight loss” pet foods is powdered cellulose (sawdust); too much of it and other types of unsuitable fiber can interfere with your pet’s ability to digest and assimilate important nutrients.
  • Chronic deprivation of nutrients to the cells can result in feelings of constant hunger, an indication your pet isn’t getting enough of the right kind of protein to adequately sustain his biology.
  • Dogs and cats do best on small amounts of suitable fiber as part of a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet.
The key to keeping your dog or cat at an ideal weight and nutritionally fit at the cellular level is a high-animal protein, moisture-rich diet fed in controlled portions, and augmented with plenty of physical activity.
By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker
As U.S. pet obesity rates skyrocket (as of 2016, 54 percent of dogs and 59 percent of cats were overweight or obese), processed pet food manufacturers are increasing their focus on “weight loss” formulas. These formulas have always contained loads of fiber, which as we know is biologically inappropriate nutrition for dogs (scavenging carnivores) and cats (obligate carnivores).
Here’s a snapshot of how Big Pet Food views the solution to the epidemic of fat pets:
“I think the main take-home message … is that a diet based on high fiber and high protein seems to have the best effect in limiting voluntary food intake in dogs and cats,” says pet food researcher Alex Wilson, Ph.D., of the University of Liverpool.
“It is common for obese dogs and cats to become hungry during a weight loss regime, and this typically leads to increased ‘food-seeking’ behav­ior. This can be problematic for owners because they find it difficult to avoid giving extra treats and table scraps, and this can then derail the whole process.”1
The Goal: Fool Pets Into Thinking They’re Full
As you can see, one of the goals of pet food companies is to develop formulas for overweight dogs and cats that create a feeling of fullness or satisfaction, which presumably stops them from seeking more food, which in turn stops their owners from overfeeding them. Put another way, the goal is to stuff carnivorous dogs and cats full of species-inappropriate fiber-rich food so they won’t act hungry, and in turn, their owners won’t overindulge them.
This thinking is so wrong on so many levels I’m not sure where to begin. Let’s just say I’m adamantly opposed to intentionally feeding companion animals biologically inappropriate nutrition so their owners don’t have to deal with begging behavior or the temptation to overfeed their pets.
I’d like to believe most pet parents could find the energy and ambition to feed their dog or cat the nutrition she was designed to eat, in reasonable portions. And hopefully they can also muster the patience to ignore begging (which is learned behavior that can be extinguished with a bit of effort) for the sake of their pet’s health.
One Popular Source of the Fiber in ‘High Fiber’ Weight Loss Pet Food: Powdered Cellulose (Sawdust)
One of the formulas Wilson used in a study of weight loss pet foods2 was Royal Canin’s Satiety Weight Management Canine.3 This food contains 18.8 percent fiber, which is about twice the amount of fiber in your average bag of grain-free dog food.
The first ingredient, meaning the primary ingredient in the formula, is powdered cellulose, which is the source of most of the fiber in this food. Powdered cellulose is actually wood pulp (sawdust), believe it or not. Most of the cellulose used in pet food comes from pine trees.4
Powdered cellulose has a tremendous amount of insoluble fiber, and too much of it can interfere with your pet’s ability to digest and assimilate important nutrients like protein and minerals.
High levels of cellulose can also rob cells in the colon of critical fuel, like butyrate, due to reduced fermentation.5  Excessive powdered cellulose in your pet’s food will also cause him to produce a bigger volume of poop.
If you have an overweight dog or cat, it’s important to recognize that the formulation of most “weight loss” diets for pets is based on a completely flawed premise about the biological requirements of companion animals.
Too much fiber acts as a mechanical barrier, preventing trace minerals, vitamins and antioxidants from getting to and through the walls of your pet’s gastrointes­tinal (GI) tract.
Fiber may make your pet feel temporarily full, but he’s not being satiated at the all-important cellular level. Your pet’s biological requirement for fiber and carbohydrates (starch) is small, which means when fiber replaces protein in the diet, he can end up obsessively searching for more amino acids.
Chronic deprivation of nutrients to the cells can result in feelings of constant hunger.
This is because your carnivorous dog or cat isn’t getting enough of the right kind of protein to adequately sustain his biology. And if his constant hunger keeps you shoveling more “weight loss” food at him, what you’ll wind up with is a still-fat or even fatter pet who is overfed but undernourished.
Next to water, animal (not plant) protein is the most important nutrient for your dog or cat. Every cell of his body requires protein and when he doesn’t get enough of this essential nutrient, a host of negative side effects can occur.
Healthy Dogs and Cats Thrive on Very Small Amounts of Species-Appropriate Fiber
When thinking about the need for fiber in your dog’s or cat’s diet, it’s important to remember that wild canines and felines have no physiologic requirement for the plant fibers used in most processed pet food.
The fiber wild dogs and cats ingest is primarily derived from the already-digested stomach contents of their prey, plus fur, tendons and ligaments. Although the amount of fiber in the diet of wild dogs and cats is small, it serves a very important role.
Dogs and cats fed processed commercial diets very often benefit from the addition of a small amount of the right kind of fiber, which is fiber that closely mimics the GI contents of small prey animals. However, when your pet consumes unnecessary fillers, like wads of fiber, it inhibits digestion and absorption of many vital nutrients.
In addition, many of these formulas do not contain adequate trace minerals and vitamins to meet a pet’s reduced metabolic energy requirements. Reducing calories (or energy) is one thing, but there still must be a minimum amount of vitamins and minerals for normal biologic processes.
Because most pet food producers don’t add in additional nutrients for their “less active” formulas, and because many people feed below the recommended amount to encourage weight loss, these pets end up being deprived of the necessary vitamins and minerals for overall health and vitality while consuming “diet” food.
A small amount of fiber is very important, but a diet loaded with fiber is very detrimental. If you’re feeding your dog or cata nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet with appropriate supplementation, including pet probiotics and digestive enzymes, and she’s easily producing small, firm stools, she’s getting the amount of fiber she needs.
6 Tips for Getting Your Pet’s Weight Under Control
For the sake of your pudgy pooch or flabby feline, I recommend you do the following:
Ignore any pet food marketing ploy aimed at making you believe the newest fiber-filled bag of “weight loss” pet food is the answer to your dog’s or cat’s obesity.
Ignore any pet food marketing scheme that uses human diet buzzwords to convince you the same nutritional principles apply to your pet.
Feed a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet to your pet. Regardless of her weight, your dog or cat still needs the right nutrition for her species, which means food that is high in animal protein and moisture, with low or no grain content.
Calculate how much food your pet needs to reach his ideal body weight. This is probably the most overlooked step in weight loss success.
Practice portion control — typically a morning and evening meal, carefully measured. A high-protein, low-carb diet with the right amount of calories for weight loss, controlled through the portions you feed, is what will take the weight off your dog or cat. And don’t forget to factor in any calories from treats.
Regularly exercise your pet. An overweight body gets back in shape by taking in fewer calories and expending more energy. Daily exercise, including at least 20 minutes of consistent aerobic activity, will help your pet burn fat and increase muscle tone.
The key to getting and keeping your pet lean and healthy can’t be found in the latest bag or can of high-fiber, biologically inappropriate pet food. The key to keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight and nutritionally fit at the cellular level is a high-animal protein, moisture-rich diet fed in controlled portions, and augmented with plenty of physical activity.
If you would like some assistance if finding the right food for your pet, please come into Beastie Boutique ~ Animal Wellness Center and we will be happy to provide a free consult to assist you with your pet’s needs.
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Our dog Odie, at seven years old, has been diagnosed with cataracts.  I did take him to an eye specialist at CRVS, and they were great but had no solution to his condition besides surgery.  Odie seems to get around good, plays and doesn’t seem to mind.  His cataracts are hereditary and not caused by trauma.

We are currently looking to see if there is a more holistic way to treat cataracts.  We will be trying some suggestions given to us and I will follow-up in a few months as to any success we may have.

LENTICULAR SCLEROSIS

In my research I have found that Lenticular Sclerosis is usually confused with cataracts and sometimes called cloudy eyes. It’s oxidation in the center of the lens and it’s usually a result of oxidative stress in the body. You’ll see an opaque circle, usually with dark around the outside, but the lens won’t be entirely white. Dogs can usually see through lenticular sclerosis.  Pet Vision Eye drops may be beneficial in treating this condition.

CATARACTS

True cataracts are often hereditary and can occur from age or from trauma. They’re a clouding of the lens. It’s very difficult to see through a cataract.

Cataract surgery is not as easy for dogs as it is for people.  There is a chance they could lose their eye and there is a significant amount of follow-up to the vet for amount 6 months.  I was quoted about $5,000 for both eyes.

The good thing about most dogs is that they don’t rely on their eyesight and most dogs can get along fine without it.  Of course there are exceptions where some dogs have a hard time functioning and become severely depressed.

DIET AND EYES:

Provide a  fresh, varied diet to promotes eye health. Changing to a fresh food diet can also really improve vision and help eye issues heal.

Carotene-rich foods – you know, all those orange foods like carrots and pumpkin

Blueberries – they’re loaded with antioxidants

Broccoli and Kale – full of healthy phytonutrients

Sardines –packed with all those omega oils

HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS:

Astaxanthin – a particular kind of algae. It’s loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients

Marigold – a potent source of zeaxanthin, a carotenoid that’s important for eye health

Eyebright – provides nutrients and is very healing and soothing

Make a herbal tincture:

Add about an ounce of the herb in a quart of boiling water

Let it sit for at least an hour (I let it sit overnight)

Use those drops to the rinse out the eye. It’s very gentle so you can use it as often as you want to – 2, 3, 4 times a day.

Euphrasia Officinalis 30C – the Eyebright homeopathic remedy. This is one of the safest things you can use and beautiful for healing the eye. Give 1-2 pellets twice or three times a day.

Castor Oil – Cold pressed organic oil.  Drop in eyes two to three times per day.

Marine Phytoplankton – High in Omega 3 and antioxidents.

WHEN TO SEE YOUR VET

With Odie, the change came on suddenly and we chose to see our vet, who then referred us to CRVS.

The eyes are sensitive. The eyes don’t regenerate very quickly, especially when there’s an issue with the cornea. Because of this, it’s best to talk with your vet sooner rather than later.

You’ll want to make an appointment if there’s been any:

  • fever or illness before the eye issue
  • pawing/rubbing of the eye
  • crying
  • trying to hold the eye shut
  • chance of puncture or irritation
  • change that comes on suddenly

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