Some Pets Will Eat Grass For Their Health

Cat Eating GrassMany pet owners, especially the new one are wonder and concerned when their dogs or cats which are carnivorous is eating grass, then throws up afterwards. You need to know and understand that these animals are eating grass because their bodies need it.

Dogs, cats and other carnivorous mammals such as bears and lions have been eating grass for a long time. In fact, grass is so popular among dogs that one species, dog grass, is named after them. Dog grass is also known as couch grass and quackweed, and it grows in all but the southern-most states.

You can think of grass as an herbal medicine. It acts as an internal cleanser, expelling excess mucus, bile, and other impurities. It also cleanses the bowels and expels worms. Cereal grasses contain enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Grass also contains chlorophyll, which was used for relieving pain, treating infections, ulcers, skin diseases, and anemia prior to the use of antibiotics.

Some pet owners grow grass specifically to give to their pets to prevent or treat diarrhea, anemia, cataracts, fleas, tumors excessive shedding, and other pet health problems. Pets that are fed grass on a regular basis are less likely to crave outdoor grass. So, if you don’t feel comfortable with your pet eating the grass in your lawn, you may want to grow your own grass for them to eat.

Try growing rye or barley sprouts. These sprouts are preferred over wheat grass because some animals are sensitive to wheat.

Follow these instructions to grow rye or barley grass. Soak one cup organically grown grain in one quart water for 8 to 10 hours. Then drain the container and leave it on its side in a warm place, away from direct sunlight. A tiny white rootlet will sprout from each grain within 24 to 48 hours. Caution: If you don’t see these rootlets, your grain isn’t viable and should be thrown away.

Next, spread the sprouting grain on one inch of moist potting soil or top soil in a plastic garden tray. For drainage create a one inch channel around the soil.

For two days, cover the tray. Then uncover it, and water thoroughly. Place the tray in direct sunlight or under grow lights. Keep the soil moist by watering when needed.

When the grass is 6-8″ tall, cut it with scissors or a sharp knife. Place grasses in a ziploc bag, along with a damp paper towel. Be sure to expel air from the bag before sealing. Then store the grass in the refrigerator.

When feeding the grass to your pet, cut or mince it into tiny pieces, or place a small amount in a blender or food processor with other foods. To be sure your cat or dog will accept the grass, begin feeding just a fraction of a teaspoon. Increase the amount gradually to approximately one tablespoon per 50 lbs. of body weight.

Once your pet is given the amount of grass his body needs, you probably won’t be seeing him eating the grass in your lawn. And you can feel relieved knowing that you’re feeding him something that he craves and that his body needs.

What You Must Know About Cat Foods

What You Must Know About Cat FoodsWhat should you feed your cat to make sure he or she will have the necessary nutrition? What is the ideal mix of food to help your cat live to the limit of its life span?

To answer these questions, one should look at the diet of a feline in its natural habitat. In the wild, a cat eats almost exclusively animal tissue. However, they would normally eat the entire body of the animal, including its stomach contents, which has many nutrients that are simply lacking in an animal’s muscle tissue.

Another question some cat owners have is: Is fresh meat the best possible food for cats? Not necessarily. Fresh meat will not provide a balanced diet for a cat, as they are extremely protein dense while being very low in vital nutrients such as calcium.

Conversely, some cat owners have asked, “Is it alright to feed my cat a completely vegetarian diet?” The answer to that question is definitely a big NO. Cats cannot produce the nutrients it needs from an exclusively vegetarian diet in the same way that humans can.

Being a very specialized hunter, it has actually lost that ability during the course of its evolution. Certain skin problems are sometimes the result of a deficiency in certain essential fatty acids which can be found in animal flesh alone.

Another problem is that a deficiency of the amino acid taurine, a major building block for proteins of the body, which can cause both blindness and heart failure. Cats are simply born carnivores.

Is it o.k. to give a cat only dry food? The answer is yes, however you must ensure that fresh water is available at all times.

Dry food is generally more convenient, hygienic, and affordable than canned or fresh food. It also exercises the teeth and reduces the buildup of tartar, which can grow into a severe problem in cats that are fed a soft and mushy diet.

Basic Tips for Dog Grooming

Basic Tips for Dog GroomingIs your dog due for a makeover? Has she been enjoying the great outdoors a little too much? Grooming your dog is not only for the purpose of improving your dog appearance, but also improve their health especially against thick and fleas. Here are some simple tips for helping your dog put her best paw forward.

Brushing the dog hair

Brush your dog regularly. Daily is best. Be sure to also brush against hair growth direction to check for fleas and ticks.

The right tools. For short-haired dogs, most groomers recommend stainless-steel combs because they slide through coats very easily. For medium to long haired dogs start with a slicker brush and then follow with a stainless steel comb. In hot months consider investing in a flea comb to make sure your dog has not become a flea hotel. To make your dog’s coat really shine, finish with a soft bristle brush.

If your dog hates being brushed it sometimes helps to brush after play time. Start by brushing in the hair growth direction. When you are finished, reward your dog with a treat. Each day brush your dog a little longer. And if you are lucky, your dog may even begin to like being brushed.

Bathe the dog

Brush your dog from head to toe making sure all mats are gone. For small dogs a sink works great. For medium to large dogs, a tub or shower works best. Use only warm water and a good shampoo made for dogs. People shampoo is too harsh and can irritate your dog’s skin. Most groomers recommend working from the back end forward, lathering the head last.

Rinse, rinse, and rinse again to make sure you have removed all shampoo.

Short-haired dogs dry quickly and only need to be dried off with a towel. If your dog has long hair, you may need to brush him while he’s trying to avoid tangles.

And for the finale, you should finish by giving your dog a treat to encourage and train your dog for the next bath session. Then celebrate! You and your dog survived the bath, and you have a clean dog.

Building a Home Based Pet Related Business

If you’re interested in the idea of starting a home-based business here are some facts you should know:

According to the Small Business Administration, home-based businesses account for over half of all the businesses in the United States.

Each year thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs launch a part-time home business to supplement their existing income or to test a new business idea.

There are two industries that have shown exponential growth over the past years, and they are (in no particular order):

The wellness industry

The pet industry

Now that you know that, and that we’ve agreed you’re a pet lover, it’s time to choose the right pet business for you. You will have to ask yourself some basic questions such as:

What are my strengths?
Do you like to work directly with people, or do you prefer to work alone?

Do I want to work from home or at home?
Some home-based businesses require you to hit the road, while others let you work without ever leaving home.

Do I have certain skills that make me stand out from the crowd?
Can you bake the most delicious cookies in town? Are you a whiz with your camera? Does every pet you encounter just love you?

How much can I afford to invest?
Do you have all the necessary equipment to operate your business? Can you start operating on a shoestring and then add as your business grows?

After you have answered those questions is time to search for more information on your desired business idea, you will find a lot of information online. Here are some ideas that you can use as starting point for your home based pet related business:

Aromatherapy and Natural Products for Pets

Poop Scoop Business

Dog Bakery Business

Pet Grooming

Pet Sitting Business

Pet Photography

Do your homework, find out which home-based pet business best suits you and start today, you will find it to be a rewarding way of earning a living because not only your customers will thank you, but also their human companions.