What Do Dogs Want in Their Christmas Stockings? Healthy Pet Products, Of Course

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Admit it, you hang up a stocking for your dog every Christmas. And on Christmas Eve, when you are filling all those stockings, you realize that you don’t have anything for Fido. So you put in some dog treats and call it a night. Not that he complains, but wouldn’t it be nice for him to get something special in his stocking on Christmas morning, just like the other kids?

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studio

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studio

You can take care of your pet this Christmas — Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and all winter long — by stocking up on some all natural, healthy pet product essentials:

  • Purely Clean Dog Shampoo and Conditioner – Washes away dirt without removing healthy oils from your dog’s skin and coat. Leaves him smelling great, too!
  • Show Dog Shine Leave-In Conditioner – Adds moisture to dry skin and coats. Also detangles long coats.
  • The Dog Essential Pack – Meets all your pet’s skin and coat needs. It naturally promotes healthy skin and coat and relieves hot spots and dry, itchy skin.
  • And don’t forget to get a Dog Bath Sponge, great for use with all our products.

Your dog will love you no matter what you put in his stocking. But we know that he will love these special gifts and, even more, he will love spending bath time with you. (Well, we can’t guarantee that he’ll love the bath, but we know he’s always happy to be with you!)

In addition to caring for his skin and coat, keep your dog healthy this holiday season by making sure that tinsel, glass ornaments, wrapping paper and small toy pieces are picked up off the floor before your curious pal can find and chew them, and limit his holiday snacks to the canine kind.

Contact us for more information about our products, and Happy Holidays to you and all the wonderful dogs in your life!

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Holistic Dog Products: How Flower Essences Help to Balance Your Dog’s Spirit


289116_162214770522893_8145813_oEverything on Earth has energy; is made of energy. The science of physics tells us that energy cannot be created nor can it be destroyed; it can only be changed into other forms. We’ve all had the experience of walking into a room and instantly ‘knowing’ that someone was in a bad mood; without their needing to say a word. We say that they are emitting ‘negative vibes’. What we are really experiencing is a negative energy field.

Dogs are much more sensitive to this energy exchange than most humans. Most of us have been told at one time or another that dogs can smell fear and it makes them aggressive with us. What’s really happening is that the dog is sensing the negative energy and sees the human as either weak or dangerous.

This energy exchange is termed vibration and it isn’t limited to animals; plants, rocks and bodies of water all have an energy vibration. Each of these natural things vibrates at its own unique frequency. Humans and animals exchange energy fields with each other and nature all the time. It simply happens at a level that is below our awareness most of the time. Even though we are unaware of the vibration, we do feel the effects. After spending an entire day sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen; heading outside to walk or sit out in nature revives us. We are exchanging energy fields with nature all around us; negative and positive energy flowing freely back and forth until balance is achieved.

Our dogs feel the effects of the negative energy of modern society just like we do. They get stressed and become hyperactive or fearful. The stress can manifest as itching, rashes and hot spots. Since we know that energy cannot be created or destroyed – only transferred, we can capture the vibrations of plants in water and transfer their unique energies to assist our bodies to calm and heal. That’s how flower essences work. They work on dogs too. That’s why we add custom-blended flower essences to all of our products. These flower essences are designed to gently add calm and a sense of balance to your dog’s life. We believe in natural products that treat the whole dog. Our holistic dog products are gentle and nourishing for your dog’s skin and coat as well as his spirit.

Please feel free to contact us for information on our all natural, holistic dog grooming products.

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Dog Grooming Tips for Your Best Friend

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Every dog needs to be groomed and grooming can be a great bonding experience for both you and your dog!  Check out these tips to make your next grooming session a fun experience. 

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studios

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studios

Before beginning a grooming session, it’s best to have your dog as relaxed as possible. If your dog isn’t used to being groomed, keep the time short at first—five to ten minutes—and it’s always best to start grooming them when they’re puppies so you won’t have a problem later on. To get your dog used to being handled, pat them everywhere including sensitive areas like the feet, belly, tail, and ears. Let’s not forget one of the most important dog grooming tips of all: give your dog lots of praise and a treat after you’ve finished a grooming session!

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears: It’s important to check your dog’s ears occasionally for ear mites, wax and fungus; dogs with long or floppy ears need to be checked weekly. Begin by holding up the flap of your dog’s ear so you can see inside. Gently clean out the ear canal with a cotton ball or gauze moistened with water or an ear cleaning solution. If the ear is still dirty, clean it again. Don’t forget to clean the other ear and complete the process by drying your dog’s head. Be sure to give him that treat for being so good!

Nail Clipping: Most dogs don’t like having their nails clipped, or their paws touched for that matter. It’s important to handle your dog’s paws at least once a day; the ideal time to start this is when they’re puppies. When they get used to the massage, they will feel comfortable with you trimming their nails. Clipping the nails should be done once a month, but it really depends on how fast the nails grow and the type of dog. To start, spread the dog’s paws to check for debris. Be sure to use sharp nail clippers for dogs and cut your dog’s nails at an angle; only cut each nail tip right before where the nail starts to curve. Be very careful and never cut into the quick! The quick is the pink part where a vein runs into the dog’s nail; however, it will be practically invisible on dogs with black nails. If you cut into the quick, your dog will feel pain and the quick will bleed; if you accidentally clip into the quick, apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding. Once the nails are clipped, you can go over any rough-edged nails with an emery board. After all that, your dog will definitely deserve a treat and some praise.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lily Red Studios

PHOTO CREDIT: Lily Red Studios

Brushing Your Dog: Brushing is the most time-consuming of all grooming stages. Most dogs love to be brushed and it builds the bond between you and your dog as well as keeps a healthy coat. How often you brush or comb your dog depends on their hair type. For dogs with short coats, like a Boxer, Labrador Retreiver or Basset Hound, brush weekly with a rubber brush to take away dirt and dead skin. Then use a bristle brush to get out all the dead hair.  Don’t forget about brushing his tail! Dogs with long, rich coats, such as a Yorkshire Terrier, need to be brushed daily. Use a slicker brush to get out tangles and mats; then remove the dead hair with a bristle brush. Long-haired dogs like a Collie or Afghan Hound require the same daily process as well as combing through the coat and trimming the hair around the feet and hocks. During the shedding season, you may need to brush your dog more often to prevent build-up of their fur which leads to extra shedding. A note about using a slicker brush: you don’t want to brush your dog too hard with this wire brush because you could end up scraping the skin and causing your dog brush burn. To remove a mat with a slicker brush, hold the mat near the skin and work the end tooth of the brush through the mat to loosen it. If this doesn’t work, try cutting out the mat rather than causing your dog unnecessary pain.  If your dog is prone to having an odor, try M&J’s Freshen Up Coat Tonic; just spray evenly over the dog’s coat in between the monthly baths and it will keep your dog looking and smelling good. After this long activity, your dog will welcome the treat!

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studios

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studios

Bathing: You can wash your dog as frequently or as infrequently as you would like! At M&J Dog Essentials we recommend bathing your dog with Purely Clean Shampoo & Conditioner every 2 weeks to keep your dog clean.  Before beginning your grooming session, gather your dog grooming products and several large towels. Then put down a non-slip rubber bath mat in the bath tub so the dog won’t slip and then get the dog into the tub. When using a removable shower head, spray the dog with lukewarm water and be very careful not to get water into his eyes, ears and nose. You can also use a large unbreakable pitcher or cup if you don’t have a sprayer.  To keep water from going into the ears, you can gently put one cotton ball just inside each ear. Be sure to test the water temperature on your arm first! If you keep a hand on your dog’s head, it should prevent that instinctive shake. Using a shampoo made especially for dogs, such as Purely Clean Shampoo & Conditioner from M&J Dog Essentials, massage the shampoo into the dog’s fur from body to tail; the head should be washed last. To keep from using too much shampoo, apply small amounts at a time. Scrub, massage and rub for a few minutes; clean your dog’s fur as you would your own hair or you can use M&J’s Dog Bath Sponge. Don’t forget to wash the feet and belly! Then rinse! After thoroughly rinsing your dog, squeeze out the water from his coat as best as you can, stand back and let him have a few good shakes. For dogs like Pugs that have loose skin on the face or wrinkles, be sure to clean the folds with a damp cloth to remove bacteria and dirt. For those dogs that get a lot of mats or tangles, why not try our Show Dog Shine Leave-in Conditioner? This product has many uses but it works great as a detangler! Just apply after a bath and rinse out. Then towel dry your dog—a beach towel works wonders for larger dogs—and don’t forget to dry the areas in between your dog’s folds and wrinkles if you have such a dog. Be sure to have a towel on the floor because lots of dogs like to rub themselves dry on this towel. Don’t forget to brush out his coat while praising him on what a good boy he’s been and keep him inside until his coat completely dries.

If you are looking for natural dog grooming products to use during your dogs next spa day, check out M&J Dog Essentials products, your dog will love you for it!

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The Do’s and Don’ts for Thanksgiving with your Dog

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iStock_000017619003XSmall (1)Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, and not just for people. For many folks, the family pets are not much different than a blood relative (though Aunt Agatha might get upset if you throw her outside to go “do her business”). When you’re gathering the two-legged members of your household, remember the four-footed ones as well. You know them. They’re the ones who are happy to see you when you come home even if you’ve just been down to the corner store. It would be nice to include them in the festivities even if they don’t understand what’s going on. The kinfolk, however, might not appreciate sitting next to a Basset Hound at the dinner table. Uncle Harry’s jowly chops are bad enough. And your wanna-be hippy cousin thinks your sheepdog sheds too much, as though he’s one to talk (and the sheepdog doesn’t have as many fleas). So what to do?

Most people do the sensible thing and put the pets out back or in another room until the human animals have devoured as much as they’re going to. Fido can have the leftovers. It’s a simple thing to do, yet you can do it wrong. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of Thanksgiving with your dog.

  • Be careful if you share any of your meal with your dog. Just as with people, a sudden dietary change can upset his stomach too much. Sure, you’d like to have a memorable Thanksgiving, but try not to have the most memorable thing being the dog vomiting on your shoes.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, believe him when he says he’ll watch the turkey for you to make sure the cat doesn’t jump on the table and get it. He and the cat are probably working in cahoots!
  • No bones about it! Turkey bones fragment and splinter a lot easier than beef bones. These sharp little pieces can do a potentially lethal number on your dog’s digestive tract. Thanksgiving at the vet is no fun for anyone, especially not your dog. So say ‘no’ to bones!
  • Your dog is not a garbage disposal. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t expect him to, even if he does devour questionable things from time to time.
  • Convince your dog he’s not a garbage disposal. Make sure all trash receptacles are sealed. Dogs sometimes like to help with the holiday decorations by knocking over cans and dragging food scraps all over the kitchen. (There’s a reason dogs don’t host home decorating shows.)
  • Don’t give your dog anything with a high content of onions or garlic. Again, dogs have no concept of trying to make it to the bathroom before vomiting.
  • Unless your dog is better behaved than your kids (and kids can be such a terrible influence on them!), it’s probably best to keep them outside or in another part of the house (the dog, not the kids… although…). You might be used to their barking (or yipping, if it’s a small dog), but your guests might not be.
  • Be aware if any of your guests have allergies or other reasons not be around dogs. Some people have a fear of dogs no matter how well-behaved your pet might be. Weirder guests might show up wearing a “Lady Ga-Ga Meat-Dress”, which is a recipe for disaster, especially if she’s wearing Eau d’ Steak Sauce with it.
  •  Nothing kills the appetite faster than that “doggy smell”. If your dog is going to be joining the guests, have him bathed and groomed for the occasion (unless your master plan is to make sure that nobody overstays their welcome, making plenty of leftovers for just the two of you).
  • If someone insists on taking pictures, feel free to include the pets. Family photos are much more memorable when you have at least one come out really blurry while everyone tries to hold Rover still long enough.
  • After the meal and after everyone has gone home, take your dog for a walk. He’s been your friend all this time, putting up with the rest of your extended pack (especially those annoying little pups who insisted on riding him like he was a pony), and the both of you could do with a little exercise to help burn off a few calories.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November is Pet Diabetes Month


IMG_7609November is Pet Diabetes Month—a time to heighten pet owners’ awareness of the disease, which typically strikes middle-aged and older dogs. Diabetes is more common in cats than in dogs, but dogs always require insulin shots to treat it, whereas cats can be treated with diet and oral medications.

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common hormonal and pancreatic diseases in dogs and cats. When a human or a pet gets diabetes, their bodies either stop producing insulin or there is insufficient production of insulin—the hormone that turns food into energy. Symptoms of the illness include frequent urination, excessive thirst and excessive appetite without weight gain—and sometimes, weight loss. Your dog may also develop cataracts or weakness in the legs.

There are many possible causes of diabetes in our pets; two of the most common influences on a pet’s susceptibility to diabetes include genetics and weight.  You might think it’s a nice thing to feed your dog table scraps, human food and treats, but in reality when you do this you’re putting your dog in danger: dogs’ bodies aren’t made to process human junk food. When your dog (or cat) is fat, they have less energy, added stress on their joints and internal systems and are susceptible to many health problems, including diabetes.

Embrace a healthy lifestyle for your dog! Feed him a healthy diet, be sure he gets daily exercise, and take good care of his skin and coat with grooming products from  M&J Dog Essentials. M&J makes all-natural, sustainably sourced dog grooming products with a mission to ensure that all dogs have the healthiest coats and skin possible. These products contain no chemicals or synthetic fragrances, and are pH- balanced specifically for dogs.

Check out our website to view our complete collection, including shampoo and conditioners and coat tonic.  A healthy diet, exercise, and skin and coat care add up to a happy healthy dog, and one that looks and feels great too. Questions? We’ve got answers; please contact ustoday.

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