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One of the best projects for spring is growing healthy treats for your chickens. You can try growing a number of herbs in pots covered with chicken wire and see which the ladies enjoy the most.

In this post and video, we demonstrate growing rosemary in a pot and adding it right outside the coop in an area where our birds free-range.

We also provide our flocks with Scratch and Peck Feeds’ Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs, which we add to the chickens’ layer feed each morning. Growing herbs is a fun way to ensure the flock is getting a large variety of “treats” that are healthy and have a ton of benefits. However, supplements like this product should be used regularly in layer feed and in addition to whatever you grow in the coop. Better safe than sorry! Not everything grows perfectly and you want to make sure those herbs are added daily!

Growing Rosemary in the chicken coop! - YouTube

Here are some common benefits associated with these Scratch and Peck herbs!

Nettle: Calcium, bone strengthening
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
Garlic: Immune support
Basil: Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory
Thyme: Respiratory health
Calendula: Contains xanthophylls, which deepens egg yolk color
Oregano: Antioxidant for immune support
Parsley: Good source for vitamin K, D, and A, folate, and iron

Fresh Herbs:

Try parsley, sage, lavender, bee balm (which is also a flower), basil, rosemary, oregano (a natural antibiotic as well as a great culinary herb).

Why rosemary for our coop? We chose to grow rosemary for a number of its health properties. According to Backyard Chicken Coops,

“Rosemary is great at assisting with pain relief and enhancing respiratory health in your girls. It’s also a great natural insecticide, so will help repel any pesky insects that hang around your coop. To harness all of this goodness try planting a rosemary plant in (or near) your chicken run, this way it will ward off pests and your girls can peck at the leaves until their heart’s content. You could also place freshly cut rosemary leaves in their nesting boxes and scattered around the coop.”

Materials to make a Self-Serve Herb Pot for Your Chickens:

  • Chicken wire
  • Staple gun and wire cutters
  • One rosemary herb starter (or chicken-appropriate herb of your choice)
  • Potting soil
  • A pot that’s big enough so the rosemary will grow up through the wire

DIY projects almost always take some trial and error, so watch your birds! They may love the lavender but never touch the oregano.

Plant the rosemary and see what happens. I promise the ladies will take interest.

Put the chicken wire over the pot so the plant sticks straight through the top. Use the staple gun to attach the wire to the outside of the pot to keep the wire in place. If you haven’t used chicken wire before, note that it’s hard to unroll and even harder to cut straight edges! It doesn’t have to be perfect. The most important thing is to make sure the wire prongs aren’t sticking out where the birds can catch their feathers on it. Expect your birds to stand on the edge of the pot and nibble on the herbs!

Here are some more resources on how to grow your own chicken treats:

If you have questions, please leave a comment below.

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Scratch and Peck herbs - YouTube

Herbs can be fed directly into the feed or free choice like you do with other types of supplements (e.g. Oyster Shell). You can also add herbs to the dust bath.

We partnered with Scratch and Peck for this post as we’ve been using their Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs for months with all the hens. The ingredients include organic garlic, ginger, parsley, thyme, basil, oregano, nettle and my fave herb, calendula. These herbs go directly into the feed and the hens gobble them up!

Herbs are super important for a variety of health issues and below are the specific reasons we like to use these with the ladies. As a chicken keeper, a lot of the “first aid” you learn in the beginning includes wound care and respiratory issues. And some issues you can tackle proactively as herbs make a big difference when you just want to keep your flock healthy! (Avoid any wheezing and coughing).

Herbs and their benefits 

More about each of these and how the flock will benefit.  My husband and I always look to Lisa Steele, chicken expert and author of Fresh Eggs Daily, for advice and learned the following,

These herbs are all in Scratch and Peck’s Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs!

Lisa Steele tells us the benefits are,

  • Garlic: laying stimulant
  • Ginger: high in vitamins, parasite control
  • Parsley: laying stimulant
  • Thyme: helps with respiratory health
  • Basil: antibacterial
  • Oregano: boosts immunity, combats coccidia
  • Nettle: Increases egg production
  • Calendula: great insect repellant and makes yolks orange (who doesn’t love orange yolks!)

I grow Lavender, which repels flies and insects, and Mint, which repels rodents and bugs. I frequently add these as dried herbs directly in the chicken coops.

Chicken first aid kit: medicinal herbs!

I also keep some dried herbs in my chicken first aid kit. Plants were the original pharmacy for humans and animals and cultures around the world developed remedies that remain in use today. That applies to chickens too! I use herbs with my three dogs all the time as some herbs have anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition to Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs, I keep satchels of other medicinal dried herbs in my first aid kit. These include:

  • Basil: Used for thousands of years as a culinary and medicinal herb. It acts principally on the digestive and nervous systems, easing flatulence, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion.
  • Wormwood: A very bitter plant with a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It is valued especially for its tonic effect on the liver, gallbladder and digestive system, and for its vermicidal activity. It is an extremely useful medicine for those with weak and under-active digestion. Be VERY careful that your birds don’t nibble on Wormwood but instead use this in their coop to repel mites. I take a small satchel and attach it to the top of the coop away from the roost bars so they cannot nibble on it. Wormwood can be toxic!
  • Ginger and Dandelion: Commonly used for digestion issues. I keep some of these dried and add them into feed or free choice.

There are so many ways to administer herbs but for chickens using them directly into the feed works best. You can also create a wash and rinse for skin injuries if someone gets pecked! This can be therapeutic for a hen. Remember to put them in your “hospital” wing until they’re all healed up! Questions or comments? Please leave them below.

Disclaimer: This is sponsored. We received product and compensation in exchange for an honest review.  I only share information about products that I believe in and already fit into our doggie & chicken lifestyle and routine. 

Medical disclaimer: I’m not a Vet so please check with your Vet or holistic vet when you start looking start adding herbs for various health conditions. While I do believe in herbs as they have many health benefits, they are not FDA approved so please use these at your discretion.

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Epic Eggs by Jennifer Sartell 

A book review! You all know that I’m a newbie chicken keeper. I devour any chicken resource I can get my hands on. My recent fave book is Epic Eggs by Jennifer Sartell. It is more of a resource guide and is beautifully photographed.

“Jennifer Sartell is the primary caretaker of all animals on her and her husband’s farm in Fenton, MI. With a passion for living a simple life, Jennifer enjoys writing, reading, photography, illustration, creating art, taking in nature, raising animals and has developed a deep appreciation for homesteading and old world artisan crafts. Jennifer has raised chickens since 1994 and concentrates on breeding and egg production. Her and her husband, Zach, currently raise fiber and dairy goats and a mix of poultry. They also tend a U-Pick Lavender field, hay field and large organic garden on their property.”

Here are five reasons why you should order this from Amazon, followed by a Q&A with the author

1. Jennifer explains egg anatomy which is fascinating as a chicken keeper. The anatomy also helps if you have a broody hen and want to raise chicks!

2. Mixed flocks can be complicated and she really breaks it down into a fraction and it comes down to space. I hear this a lot and I’d love to add ducks but not until we have more space to free range them.

3. Are you hoping to find out more about which birds produce the best eggs? Read on!

4. Selling eggs is complicated but chickens are not! Jennifer talks about how to store and grade eggs! I don’t wash mine but leave them out on the counter – the bloom protects the eggs so you don’t have to wash them right away. Or should you? She talks about her recommendations and best practices.

5.How to cook eggs! Some wonderful tips on cooking a variety of egg types!

She has so much experience and deep knowledge, the book feels like you’re having a coffee together to talk chickens.

Q&A with the author, Jennifer Sartell:

Q1. I love all the sections but the one on diet I think is key – for those reading, what would be your biggest piece of advice for first-time chicken keepers when it comes to their diet?

A1. I think the best advice when it comes to diet if you’re not sure, is to keep things simple. Chickens can live completely and happily on a balanced layer feed (and grit if they are always penned). A layer feed has all the protein, carbohydrates and calcium that chickens need to stay healthy and to lay an optimum amount of eggs.

Q2. Ducks: I have two flocks that free range on 1/2 acre that is split into two areas as they live in separate mobile coops (these coops rocks and are super secure) – and I’d like to add ducks, I’ve heard so many stories – do you think chickens and ducks can live together without too much trouble?

A2. Chickens and ducks can live together quite well. We’ve successfully had a mixed flock for years. But you do have to make sure that your flock dynamic doesn’t change suddenly. Social hierarchy with poultry can be quite complicated and for seemingly no reason, chickens can start to pick on ducks. Ducks have little defense against chickens, they’re slower and because of the smooth shape of their bill, they don’t have the defense pecking ability that chickens have. For the most part, it comes down to space. In my opinion, if your birds have enough room, you can keep a variety of poultry together harmoniously. As soon as you have pecking problems with an established flock, it’s usually a sign that your space is too crowded.

Q3. Selling eggs (page 155) What’s your best advice for someone that wants to sell eggs?

A3. My best advice for someone who wants to sell eggs is to be transparent with your customers. Tell them your practices, what your definition of free range is, (if that’s what you’re selling), what you feed, and how your chickens are kept. Also, stick with a price that makes sense for your costs. It’s hard to compete with grocery store prices so charge a fair price for both you and your customer.

Q4. What’s your fave water container? I have tried so many and they all seem to get filthy from their scratching and when I put out a normal bowl they just don’t driink from it – I know this is so simple but I cannot seem to fill it enough or clean it out enough!

A4. Waterers are the chicken keepers nemesis. We’ve tried all kinds of fancy watering systems and what it comes down to is that, if it’s easy to clean, it will get cleaned more often. We use a simple, wide rubber dish. It has about 4-inch sides and is about 18″ across. They are easy to tip over with your foot, rinse out with the hose, flip again and refill. I don’t even get my hands dirty. We do this every morning. The rubber holds the heat into the beginning of winter. After that, when the temperatures drop we use heated plastic dog bowls in the same way. It also helps to keep your waterers in the run rather than the coop. This limits bedding from being scratched and thrown into the water.

Q5. What do you think of geese in general? I love the idea of guard geese – but feel like adopting them as adults may be easier than raising them – you wrote that this has helped a ton and I also free range with a large Barred Rock Roo… what’s your advice for anyone thinking about adding geese to their flock?

A5. I think if you have space and the interest to add geese, then do it. Raising goslings really isn’t much different from raising chicks. They actually have a more loving personality than some chicks. If you get them young enough, they will imprint on you and follow you everywhere. Geese raised into a flock will have a more smooth transition with a pecking order, versus those introduced as adults. I think geese are wonderful additions to any farmyard. We sadly had to re-home our geese since the book came out because they were wandering into the road and we didn’t want them to get hit by a passing car. I’ve noticed that predator attacks have increased since the geese left. In the future, we plan to fence off our front yard and when we do I will be getting goslings again.

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Happy New Year! As the main contributor to Wide Open Pets (WOP), below is a roundup of stories you may have missed these past few weeks. Many of the stories you typically see on Wag and Cluck may also appear on WOP! They certainly fit under chicken tips and dog advice – read on! Drop me an email or leave a comment!

Chicken tips

Dog related stories!

Enjoy!

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Super cute box the bed came in! We reviewed this bed and loved IT. More below for the bed features.  #ad

I’m not doing a holiday gift guide this year but I loved this gift and wanted to give it a shout as the price is pretty incredible and a great last minute gift!

Top 5 Reasons We Need A Lot Of Dog Beds

1. With three dogs they ALL argue over who gets to sit in which bed and no one thinks the floor is acceptable

2. I live with two seniors and they have achy joints and need something soft to lay on

3. I use the beds for training purposes – the request is “go to your bed” and this way they can have bones on their own bed rather than having to share space with siblings

4. I have beds in the office and in the family room AND in the bathroom! Everywhere my dogs are we need beds

5. Sometimes I use a small dog bed in a crate to make riding in the car more comfortable during long road trips!

BarkBox Thick Orthopedic Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Dog Bed Review

My review! My old dogs have achy joints and the beds I buy always have memory foam for their old bodies. #ad

If you (meaning you the human!) sit on these beds, you’ll see the difference yourself. It’s really obvious when you even place your hand on the bed.

All three of my dogs are allowed on the couch and bed – Bruiser even has his own chair in the bedroom and in the family room but most of the time I’m working they always prefer the floor and I have beds literally everywhere as you read above.

BarkBox now sells beds! YES!

They are part of Amazon’s Deal of the Day, coming up on Saturday, December 15 – 30 percent off their lowest prices on Amazon: $35.99 (S), $41.99 (M), and $45.99 (L). It only lasts 24 hours.

Here are some of the features we love: the memory foam that bounces back is awesome for old Bruiser and Sherm. My dogs are gross and it’s waterproof so when they plop on the bed after a very wet potty break, it’s fine. It helps relieve body aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and arthritis. 

So take advantage of this deal as a last minute holiday gift for your best friend. The dog bed is really high quality and the price is really good!

Disclaimer: We received the bed as part of their blogger program in exchange for an honest review.  I only share information about products that I believe in and already fit into our doggie lifestyle and routine. 

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I’m a writer for Wide Open Pets (WOP)! I haven’t announced this formally but I wanted to shout it from the rooftops since so much of the content I write for WOP benefits all those folks that read any Wag and Cluck posts. Chicken tips included!

I also freelance for many publications including Animal Wellness Magazine. My latest piece is about acupuncture for senior dogs if that’s something you’re considering for your dog!

Three stories I wrote in 2018 were nominated for the Dog Writer’s Association of America (DWAA) special award categories! I’ve included the other writers under each award as well in case you want to read these as I’m honored my name is next to these wonderful writers.

The stories were published in Pet Sitting World Magazine, Rover.com and Wide Open Pets. I hope this information is helpful if you’re dealing with any of these issues.

Sherm always looks like the “sad hound” but these two seniors are my inspiration! 

Dog Writer Awards

The Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award

Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health, this award is for the best article that educates the public about heartworm awareness and prevention tips.

 Heartworm Disease Deadly But Preventable by Christy Elizabeth Caplan

 Inside Heartworm – Pet Connection/Andrews McMeel by Kim Campbell Thornton

 Is Heartworm Prevention a Scam? – Canine Chronicle Magazine by Caroline Coile

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Award

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award is open to all forms of media that cover topics on infectious diseases that affect dogs.

 Canine Influenza Is Here to Stay by Debra M. Eldredge, DVM

 Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs by Christine Caplan

 Ticks’ Increasing Threat by Kim Campbell Thornton

The PSI Professional Pet Care Award

Sponsored by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this award is presented to the entry that best educates pet owners about the benefits of using professional pet sitters. Qualifying online or print entries include newspaper or magazine articles and blog posts.

 Bloat in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Tips by Carlotta Cooper

 No PAWS About It: Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter is the Right Move for Your Pet by Denise Alexandra Fleck

 Pet Separation Anxiety by Christy Caplan

Thank you DWAA! 

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<A version of this post was also published here on Fang Pet & Garden Supply’s blog>

Combining pullets and chicks with full-grown chickens is a challenge. #ad

Because pecking order is a serious matter, it can be dangerous and risky no matter the circumstances. Having a mixed chicken flock keeps things lively though! There is no question that we were entertained throughout the process, and perhaps even some of the adult chickens were too.

Sadly, we did lose a chick to what we believe was wry neck. One day she just wasn’t herself and passed away quickly. Even if you want it to be, chicken keeping isn’t always rainbows and unicorns.

Existing dynamics are a consideration in mixed chicken flocks

Our chicken flock already has a well-established mama hen and two pullets, so that was another dynamic to be considered before adding eight new pullets into the mix. These pullets we’re incorporating were raised separately by my neighbor.

Before beginning, we made some coop adjustments (more hardware cloth please!) and a transition plan that we closely followed. From a few hiccups, most days are going smoothly overall.

Fresh Eggs Daily has an entire post and recommendation for a transition playpen or fenced off area in the coop (or next to it) when mixing chicken flocks, which was super helpful. We did that for a week before making an actual introduction.

Here’s my top ten list for your toolkit before you try a mixed chicken flock in your coop!

1. Space … and Perhaps Even a Little More Space: You do need a considerable amount of space and places for them to roost and rest (and escape other birds) throughout the day. We have tons of ladders, two sawhorses, and a smaller roosting ladder so they can chill without being bothered all the time for those lower in the pecking order.

2. Lots of Feeding Stations: Have More Than One – We Have Four!

3. Someone To Do Multiple Drive-by’s Throughout The Day: Outside of the bird we lost to wry neck, I also noticed one of the birds that happen to be tiny has a wound that scabbed over on her chest. She gets around fine, but I do check her out each day to make sure it’s healing. More eyes on the flock mean more folks to run interference if the chickens get pushy with each other.

4. Clean Water…A Must: All the chickens seem to be scratching near the water stations, so it feels like their water dishes get dirty quickly. Always make sure they have fresh water.

5. Mixed Flock = Lots More Chicken Manure. Clean up the poop under the roosting bars.

6. When to Transition From Starter to Grower? Feed based on the youngest member of the flock, and supplement as needed for the older birds (such as additional calcium sources for laying hens). A feed formulated for laying hens isn’t good for little chicks who don’t need that extra calcium yet. When I say we have a mixed flock, even our pullets are different ages within their little “gang.”  RULE: At eight weeks it’s ok to transition to Grower feed. Scratch and Peck has a great post about this, and that is what we’ve been feeding since day one.

Scratch and Peck has a feed guide for laying hens, as well as a wealth of other information for chicken keepers. Here’s the link: https://www.scratchandpeck.com/learning-center/helpful-guides/

Our youngest hen is now eight weeks old, so we are ready for Grower feed.

RULE: When feeding a mixed chicken flock, feed according to the youngest members of the flock and supplement as needed for the older birds. That’s the foundation of feeding mixed flocks.

7. Supplements Are Key: Grower Grit is Key During This Transition

8.  Transition Playpens Do Make a Difference: I mentioned this above briefly, but the concept of using a playpen to transition our pullets into the coop was brilliant. We kept them in this exact playpen for a week with food and water of course – all the big girls got to know them with the safety of netting between the pullets and the sharp beaks of the ladies!

9. Combat Boredom with Ways to Enrich Hens

To decrease any “Mean Girl” behavior in the coop (fall and winter often mean less time outside, after all) it’s nice to bring in some distractions. I recently gave two huge sliced up spaghetti squashes to the flock for them to peck at throughout the day.

10. Spread Some Love and Stick to a Routine

Chickens, like many animals, like a routine. It eases stress in their day to day life and helps them understand that their human caretakers are going to feed them and provide essentials every day. When we leave, we keep the chickens in the mobile coop for the day. They’re not able to free range, and I notice a lot of chatting coming from my fave RIR hen! The sounds and noises are very specific!

Chicken keepers need to consider a lot including the suggestions above. Having a plan makes this transition less stressful for the birds and humans. I wrote a post about chickens being complicated earlier this fall, and they are! When adding pullets to your existing flock, make sure you review this list and please comment below if you have any questions!

#ad Disclaimer: This is sponsored. We received product in exchange for an honest review.  I only share information about products that I believe in and already fit into our doggie & chicken lifestyle and routine. 

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*Check back this weekend as we’re kicking off a contest and giving away a 30-day supply of supplements! 

This isn’t meant to be a “scary Halloween themed post about blood” but a serious post about animal blood proteins (plasma, serum, albumin, IgG and IgA) and the benefits for dogs. #ad

Scroll to our giveaway at the end on Sunday!

WINPRO introduced themselves to our pack about a month ago and we started giving one of the supplements, Immunity, to all three dogs. Immunity is one of their supplements used for gut health – I chose this one to try since Walt and Bruisy have some IBD related concerns. As recommended we gave them both one chew a day (for dogs under 20 pounds).

I honestly didn’t know a lot of animal blood proteins – and why these have an impact on inflammation. And as you know inflammation causes anxiety, allergies, joint pain, gut issues and muscle/lung fatigue.

Scientific Proof:

I learned that WINPRO supplements are powered by K-Thrive Formula D, a unique blend of animal blood proteins. I asked for some third-party research as well that you all can review: click here.

Since the topic is complex I asked them to answer some questions for my readers about the efficacy of the product and where it all started. And also how the active ingredient makes an impact and what production looks like. How this active ingredient works is pretty remarkable.

Q&A with Tim Mitchum:

Q. How/Why did you launch WINPRO?

A. WINPRO founder Bill Bernardo, while working for a company in the horse industry, saw how well animal blood proteins worked combatting the harmful effects of stress and inflammation in hard-ridden performance horses. Owning four dogs of his own, he left that company and eventually developed WINPRO for dogs.

As he guessed, the animal blood proteins (serum, plasma, IgG, etc.) found in WINPRO worked even better in dogs since they are easier to dose due to smaller body size/weight and the fact that dogs are carnivores and love blood while horses (being herbivores) do not.  And nothing in nature works as well as blood proteins in helping protect mammals from inflammation-related health issues typically caused by prolonged exposure to stress.

In developing the different WINPRO products, Bill was guided by where the science showed blood proteins did the most good…and these are some of the most common and most nagging problems dog owners deal with.

Since WINPRO products are made with blood proteins, they provide biological vs. nutritional benefits. So instead of “feeding more groceries” you feed biological benefits to your dogs in the form of an all-natural soft chew they love to eat.

Q. Please tell us more about Immunity – and the dogs (or illnesses like IBD) that will benefit from this supplement? Which cases have you seen make the biggest difference?

A. Our Immunity product’s goal is to maintain a healthy gut and when the dog’s gut becomes compromised (as often happens) WINPRO returns the gut to normal as fast as possible. When it’s functioning normally, the dog’s gut is inflammation-free and digestion (nutrient extraction) is optimized. So the dog gets more out of the food it eats. And a perfectly functioning gut eliminates issues like loose stools, vomiting, and gas among other things which are symptoms of unhealthy gut function.

We see great results from family dogs who have chronic loose stool (possibly from diet & anxiety) as well as competitive and service dogs who get loose stool due to stress. IBD, in general, is caused by the gut not functioning properly. Our Immunity product restores the gut to normal and helps get rid of gut-related issues.  

Q. In very simple terms, can you please explain animal blood proteins?

A. The unique blend of animal blood proteins found in WINPRO is called K-Thrive. K-Thrive contains some of nature’s most potent blood proteins including serum, plasma, IgG, IgA, and albumin. All K-Thrive blood components are taken from porcine blood collected in the United States.

Because of their biological benefits, blood fractions have significant value and food-grade IgG, for example, can sell for $50 a pound. Lastly, most drug starter cultures (for both dogs and humans) are made from blood proteins. So their use in medical applications has a long and rich history.

K-Thrive is what helps WINPRO products work fast and it is the primary active ingredient in each WINPRO formula. Its role is to reduce inflammation so the other active ingredients in each WINPRO product can work directly on the problem area being treated. This one-two punch is unique to WINPRO and WINPRO is the only blood protein supplement line on the market.

Here is a really simple way to think about K-Thrive.  Stress (no matter what form, toxins, activity, injury etc. sends a signal to the dog’s system (cells)  to go and cause havoc (inflammation) in the dog, K-Thrive actively interrupts the line of communication.  Cuts the dispatcher’s cord so to say. This process allows the dog to return to a normal state faster.

Q. What is the most compelling evidence when it comes to Immunity?

A. Our Immunity products goal is to return the dog’s gut to normal as fast as possible. When it’s functioning normally, then it is essentially running perfectly. A perfectly functioning gut eliminates issues like loose stools, vomiting, and gas among other things which are symptoms of unhealthy gut function.  

While no clinical studies of WINPRO Immunity have yet been done in gestating or lactating females, we have breeders who swear by our Immunity product during and after pregnancy. During pregnancy to help the gut handle the increased amount of food intake and better absorption of nutrients, and after pregnancy, the bitch can ingest an enormous amount of bacteria from two activities. 1) when cleaning up after birth and 2) the ongoing waste ingesting from the stimulating process the puppies need in order to relieve the digest tract.  Our product essentially helps eliminates these issues to benefit both the bitch and the breeder. In addition, studies in lactating female pigs at Iowa State University showed additional benefit to the offspring in the form of stronger, more robust immune systems.

Q. Production process: This is really key, how you obtain blood proteins, can you please expand on this for my readers?

A. We source all our blood proteins through USDA inspected abattoirs located in the American Midwest. As quickly after collection as possible, blood is run through a centrifuge and transported in refrigerated tankers to nearby processing facilities. Here the blood is further spun to extract fractions used in WINPRO including IgG, Serum, Plasma, etc. These fractions are spray dried (an important initial kill step) to create shelf-stable powder free from contaminants, bacteria, salmonella, coliforms and E. coli. In addition, all lots of K-Thrive (our unique and proprietary blend of blood proteins) is sent to a third-party lab for independent analysis and safety checks. Lastly, when K-Thrive is further processed into chew form at our contract manufacturer, final analytical testing is done under strict FDA guidelines to ensure safety and wholesomeness of finished products.

Q. How are blood proteins different or better than a daily probiotic?

A. Probiotics are great and we are big fans of using probiotics for dogs. Specifically, refrigerated yogurt so you don’t have any denaturing and the cultures are alive and will actually benefit the dog.  While probiotics work by introducing good bacteria into the gut to aid in digestion, blood proteins attach to receptor sites in the gut ready to actively attack inflammation via bloodstream when needed. Using both probiotics AND blood proteins in combination is a really powerful gut health combo.  Probiotics will do nothing for inflammation-related issues so they are completely focused on two different issues.

You can buy these supplements at: www.winpropet.com and Amazon. 

My three dogs can use a boost so we’re continuing to give the product daily to all three. Post comments below please! Have you heard of animal blood proteins?

Resources: 

https://winpropet.com/blogs/news/tips-for-restoring-gut-health-in-dogs

https://winpropet.com/blogs/news/caring-for-dogs-with-arthritis

https://winpropet.com/blogs/news/7-reasons-why-dog-owners-are-switching-to-winpro-blood-protein-supplements

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We started a few new techniques for Sherman in the past six months.

I wanted to share these since he’s feeling really good these days and just turned 12 years old. A few of these recommendations are herbs and of course, we’re big fans of acupuncture.

Most dogs are living longer (thankfully) and arthritis will occur as your dogs age. I’ve lived with dogs that have really bad arthritis but fortunately, Shermie isn’t super painful but certainly is showing some early warning signs when he’s outside chasing Walter around.

Remember that dogs hide their soreness well! So consider being proactive as your dogs start to age vs. waiting until the signs are fairly substantial. We have three techniques we’re using to help Sherm these days and we just recently introduced a few of these. Our holistic vet evaluated Sherm’s joints to determine what made the most sense and what would have the biggest impact.

Sherm spends a lot of time outside in the backyard running around. He feels so good he ran into the neighbor’s yard where they keep their horses. I just about freaked out but I was able to throw a slip lead around him and get him back… He feels almost too good!

Top techniques we’re using for arthritis

This is an injectable drug that I administer (a tech at any vet hospital can do this) under the skin. You ultimately taper this off and we’re now administering once a month. This drug restores joint lubrication, relieves inflammation and helps renew the building blocks of healthy cartilage. (Bruisy is on this too).

  • Tumeric: 

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high.

So our holistic vet provided us with a script that has a higher level of curcumin that is more bioavailable than other supplements.

The combination of all of these items is what’s making a difference but honestly, I think this supplement with Tumeric we’re using is having a BIG impact.

  • Acupuncture: 

This is going to sound dramatic but I’m not sure our older dog Bruiser would be able to move around as well as he does with his twice monthly acupuncture appointments. So Sherm and Walt have been added to the calendar every month – and we’re addressing arthritis and also liver issues as both our guys have varying elevated liver enzymes which is not good.

This is Walter at a recent appointment as I didn’t snap any pics of Sherm with his needles in.

We’re using this with Bruiser but Sherm is having some elevated liver enzyme issues so I took him off of this just in case as it’s an NSAID. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can have noticeable, positive effects for the arthritis patient. But there can also be some side effects which includes kidney and liver damage  – pending how your dog feels and if you monitor bloodwork regularly NSAIDs are a great option.

Bruisy is doing really well on Galliprant and his bloodwork has been fine since he started it months ago. It gives him increased mobility when in the backyard hunting for rabbits.

For Sherm, we’ve decided to address some of these early signs so we can avoid anything serious in the future. Here’s a story worth sharing. After Sherm’s dental in May he had a lump removed and was given Metacam. I noticed a difference and a spirit in his step which I was kind of stunned to see – how could I have missed that he was having some pain in his joints! Given the Metacam course was short and only to address the lumpectomy I knew I would need to start considering ways to make him more comfortable. Our vet said this was common! Sherm is good at masking how he feels.

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