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Take the Lead in The Boston Globe!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Boston Globe South 9.20.14

“Nancy Rodgers used 16 years of experience in sales and marketing to turn her love for animals into a viable business. In addition to pet sitting and dog walking, Take the Lead Pet Care in Scituate offers pet reiki, a form of natural healing developed by Mikao Usui of Japan in the late-19th century.

According to Rodgers, pet reiki involves channeling life force energy through the practitioner’s hands into the pet; the procedure is painless and often feels warm and soothing, she said. “It’s great for a whole gamut of animals and helps reduce stress.”

Rodgers, a certified reiki master, performs the service in clients’ homes and charges $60 per treatment.

Take the Lead Pet Care; www.taketheleadpetcare.com; 781-378-1696”.

You can read the article in its entirety right over here!

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Coconut Oil: Why Its Here to Stay!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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Staying on this month’s topic of healthier diets for our pets, the benefits of coconut oil are not to be passed up. This is another superfood packed with incredible nutrients. We can benefit from the consumption of coconut oil as much as the four-legged members of our families.

There are hundreds of ways to use coconut oil! But for now, we’re just talking about our pets and how it can enrich their lives and their health. Here’s just a few:

• Its antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties protect against illnesses and disease. Coconut oil has even been found to help treat Staph infection!

• Coconut oil is the food richest in lauric acid, a component also linked to cancer prevention. It is the highest naturally occurring source of lauric acid with over 40%!

• Because coconut oil is nearly 90% saturated fat, it is easily and quickly absorbed. It also aids in the absorption of other minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well. Adding ½ teaspoon for every 10lbs of body weight to your pet’s food once per day can help them get the most from their normal food.

• Coconut oil is great for thyroid function, providing a gentle and steady increase to the metabolism. This is great for older dogs who could use a natural energy boost. And, for those pets who have a little around the middle to loose, adding coconut oil can aid in weight loss.

• In the wild, our pets’ diets would consist largely of saturated fats from the raw meat consumed. Coconut oil can help replace those fats he is not getting from his normal meals. This will help with digestion issues, too such as constipation, diarrhea, hairballs, and vomiting.

• The added fats from coconut oil will also make your cat or dog’s coat shiny and soft. It’s great for dry skin, skin irritations such as hot spots, and can help speed the healing of cuts and wounds, when applied topically.

• Dip the teeth of your pet’s comb in coconut oil before running it through their fur for a natural flea repellent. Add a few drops of essential oils to the coconut oil for longer lasting effects. Learn which essential oils are best as a flea/tick repellent with this blog.

Pure, or virgin, coconut oil is the best for consumption and will provide the many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that processing can destroy. Start by adding small amounts to your pet’s food and gradually increase the amount to the proper dose for their weight.

If you’re trying out the antioxidant-rich treat recipe we gave you earlier this month or any of the superfoods we talked about, the pets around here are going to be in better shape than the humans!

The World’s Most Complete Food For Your Dog!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Raw goat’s milk is the next big thing in the pet health world. Many veterinarians and experts have been recommending goat’s milk as a cure for some of our pet’s ailments.  With goat’s milk being the “world’s most complete food”, according to the Journal of American Medicine, it’s no wonder this milk is getting all the hype!

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Why Your Pet Needs Antioxidants & How to Feed Them

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Antioxidants are chemicals that help to prevent and slow the damage to our cells and can be found in foods such fruits and vegetables, spices, and some seafood, as well as vitamins A, C, and E and beta-carotene.

But how do you ensure your dog is getting his fair share of antioxidants? By slipping them into their food! We have a simple, delicious, and super-healthy treat recipe to give your dog his boost of antioxidants.

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