Category: Elliot Harvey

Constipation and Dogs

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey's Natural Health Column: Many dog owners are familiar with pets getting diarrhea but have less experience with constipation. Dog constipation occurs when there isn't enough fiber or water consumption in the pet's system to adequately eliminate waste products in a timely manner. There can be other factors which we will also discuss.

Pet Food Diets: The Truth Behind Raw Foods, Kibble, and Canned Foods

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey's Natural Health Column: Have you looked recently at the sheer number of available pet products found on supermarket shelves, pet supply stores; advertised in magazines and blasted on television? Pet products now rival human products in number and in packaging gimmicks, discount price offers, catchy marketing phrases, adorable names, silly shapes, colorful appearance. It's a world of confusion for the consumer. Searching the Internet for answers only serves to boost your bewilderment. Where does a pet owner go for honest answers about pet products? Can you trust your supermarket manager? (No.) Should you trust your pet retailer? (Maybe.) If you pay more, do you actually get better quality? Most pet owners must become educated buyers, but how on earth can you achieve that goal?

Pet Treats: Are They All Created Equal?

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey's Natural Health Column: Pet treats are important in the life of your dogs and cats. What is life without a treat? Be honest–how many of us can go through a day without giving ourselves some little tidbit as an emotional reward, to satisfy a craving, to increase energy? You can control when and what you consume as a treat but your pets are totally dependent on you and your knowledge of how much and how good is that treat.

Dog Probiotics

Normally, when we think of bacteria, we think of the new strains of flesh eating bacteria, staph, E. coli and MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a difficult to treat type of staph that can cause potentially life-threatening infection. We have relegated bacteria to the category of things to avoid, but that's not necessarily accurate.

Pet Medication

I once spent a few weeks working as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. One of the ‘tools’ available in the pet boutique portion of the lobby was something known as a ‘pill gun.’...

Helping Pets by Adopting and Fostering

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey's Natural Health Column: Tis the season to be jolly! Happiness is in the air, good tidings to all. Walking and standing tall, enjoying Holiday cheer. Giving thanks and rejoicing- a special time for all? Let's make a resolution to help pets in adoption centers and animal shelters, and all the pets needing loving homes.

New Pet Products

In today's world globalization of commerce, new and exciting products are being tested and utilized for animal's well being. Many of these products may be bought at local health food stores while some pet companies are starting to utilize them in pet foods, treats and supplements. Some of these incredible ingredients have been used for thousands of years for humans and pets. Let's look at some of these intriguing and wonderful natural pet products.

Dog Symptoms

Many concerned consumers are calling asking about pet food recalls and symptoms that they should look for in their pets. With so many name brands on the recall list, consumer confidence and trust is very shaky. Hopefully, this will shake up pet food manufacturers and lead to higher quality products from reliable sources and make cleanliness a priority. An educated consumer on quality ingredients rather than falling for marketing glitz can also help alleviate many dog health issues. Look for quality brands that have never been involved in a recall and learn about ingredients.