The Benefits of Red Clover Extract for Dogs

FreshenUp Cleansing Treatment, a gentle dog shampoo alternative is packed with antioxidants and refreshing botanicals, such as gotu kola and red clover extract, to gently and effectively remove dirt and smelly dog odor.
FreshenUp Cleansing Treatment, a gentle dog shampoo alternative is packed with antioxidants and refreshing botanicals, such as gotu kola and red clover extract, to gently and effectively remove dirt and smelly dog odor.

FreshenUp Cleansing Treatment, a gentle dog shampoo that is packed with antioxidants and refreshing botanicals, such as gotu kola and red clover extract, to gently and effectively remove dirt and smelly dog odor.

Red clover, also known as Trifolium pratense, is a pink flowering plant that is found in Northwest Africa, Asia, and Europe. This plant is widely known to help women going through menopause because it reduces hot flashes. red clover extract for dogs has many uses, especially when it is applied to the skin.

The properties in red clover extract soothe mild to severe irritated skin and it can used as an oil to rub onto the affected area.  Red clover works tremendously well with other skin aiding oils such as cucumber, lavender and aloe vera. As a topical treatment, red clover extract soothes the skin and will tone down psoriasis, relieving itchy patches of skin. It is also an incredible treatment for eczema conditions, as it calms the skin and tones down redness.

This topical treatment’s main use is healing dry itchy skin, but it will also give your dog’s coat a sparkly sheen to it. If you’d love for your dog to be clean and comfortable, consider using our Freshen Up Cleansing Treatment. It contains cucumber, gotu kola, and red clover extract, all of which will refresh and moisturize your dog’s skin and coat. This treatment can be used as often as you’d like but once a week or every two weeks will definitely provide enough moisture and treatment to your dog’s dry skin and fur.

Taking your dog the holistic cleaning route will benefit them and nourish their body without any harmful toxins sinking into their skin. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about healthy luxury dog products.

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News from the Dog World: The Yellow Dog Project

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We love dogs. That’s why we take the time to use only the best ingredients in our holistic, all-natural grooming products. But we’ll be the first to admit that making the world a better place for dogs means more than awesome shampoos and soothing tonics (though they certainly help).

Even though Moe doesn't need a yellow ribbon, we love this idea!

Even though Moe doesn’t need a yellow ribbon, we love this idea!

A great idea that just came to our attention is the Yellow Dog Project. The concept is simple: dogs that should not be approached by other dogs have a yellow ribbon tied around their leash, letting people know that this is a dog with special needs who requires a lot of space.

There are a lot of reasons that a dog might need a little extra breathing room. Some dogs are sick, recovering from an illness, in training for a special job, or being rehabilitated. Some dogs came from abusive homes, other were trained to fight from a young age, and are now fighting for their second chance.

Like people, dogs are individuals, and that needs to be respected. Let’s help dogs and dog owners keep everyone safe and happy by working to raise awareness for the need to be respectful of dogs’ personal space. Even if you’re dog wants to be friends with the whole world, it’s important that we all remember to ask before approaching an unknown dog, and that we teach our children to do the same.

Have more news, or ways in which we can all help to improve the lives of dogs everywhere? We invite you to contact us.

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

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Many pet owners don’t realize that February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Here at M&J Dog Essentials, we recognize how important it is for pet owners and animal lovers alike to raise awareness about spaying or neutering your pet. It saves the lives of hundreds of animals every year by preventing overpopulation, which means fewer animals end up on the streets and in shelters, which is something that we all want.

The 'high spirited' Boxers at M&J Dog Essentials, Mac and Lulu, did not experience any laziness, weight gain or personality changes after being spayed and neutered - they are still as entertaining as ever!

The ‘high spirited’ Boxers at M&J Dog Essentials, Mac and Lulu, did not experience any laziness, weight gain or personality changes after being spayed and neutered – they are still as entertaining as ever!

Spaying and neutering your pet is completely safe, when done by a professional, and can also remove the risk of cancers of the reproductive organs, along with many other serious diseases. The health benefits of spaying and neutering are innumerable, and we all want our furry friends to live long and healthy lives!
There are myths that spaying or neutering your pet can lead to laziness, weight gain, or personality changes, but the evidence surrounding these claims is unfounded. There are minimal risks to the surgery, and afterwards, you won’t have the risk of your pet wandering far from home looking for a mate.
So what can animal lovers and pet owners do to celebrate Spay/Neuter Awareness Month? First, tell your friends and neighbors. If you know someone with a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered, help them find a low-cost clinic in your neighborhood. Check out the ASPCA’s website to find out where their clinics are located, and to find out more about spaying or neutering your pet.
If you love your pet and are a responsible pet owner, it’s easy to see why spaying or neutering is essential. It makes your pet healthier and happier, saves countless lives, and makes your community a better place for all pets to live. M&J Dog Essentials is happy to support Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and we hope you are too!

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Skin care for dogs- Creating the Ahhhh Moment for Your Four-Legged Friend

PHOTO CREDIT: Lily Red Studio
PHOTO CREDIT: Lily Red Studio

PHOTO CREDIT: Lily Red Studio

We have all had the experience of walking into someone’s home and immediately knowing that they have dogs. The odor that typically accompanies a dog- that doggy smell- permeates the room and only becomes worse when the offender enters the room to greet you. Why do they smell like a dog?

Skin conditions can be a culprit in doggy odor. The ASPCA shares some of the most common causes:

  • Fleas, Ringworm, Mange- vile offenders and treatable with medications or preventive measures.
  • Allergies- food or seasonal allergens can create sores, scratching, and rashes.
  • Grooming products- those that are not intended for use on pets, or ones that contain unnatural or harmful levels of chemicals.
  • Boredom and stress- oh, a dog’s life…

Improper grooming can also be a factor in odor-producing issues. Dogs with thick coats need extra care to avoid matting and skin infections. Those with shorter fur need skin protection to avoid harmful exposure to cold and heat. Make sure that the proper grooming techniques address areas that can be of particular concern for your breed. Science Daily recommends that interval grooming be a part of everyday routines to minimize viral, fungal, and bacterial infections on the skin.

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studio

Photo Credit: Lily Red Studio

How do you feel about skin care for dogs? Do you know what products are best for your doggy friend to help him avoid becoming an odor-causing problem in your home? 

Natural products are a good solution to your dog’s skin care needs. Consider using products that will treat the multiple levels of problems that can exist by treating your pooch’s skin and fur-

  • Pre-bath treatments will relieve dandruff and add moisture to dry skin while also conditioning and protecting the skin.
  • A PH Balanced shampoo and conditioner will get your dog clean without the harmful effects of chemical laden products. Leave-in conditioners help detangle and soften longer coats.
  • Freshen-up treatments handle the between-bath-time days when a little sprucing up is needed.
  • And in the event that your poor pup has succumbed to dry, itchy, or sore skin an herbal rinse can be soothing and rejuvenating to the skin’s natural healing properties.

We know that you love your dog as much as we do, and we invite you to contact us to learn how our family has worked to develop a line of products that will help you care for your friend. Our products have come from our “family’s love for their furry friends and dedication to natural grooming products, ensuring they could put their best paw forward”. We look forward to meeting you and your four-legged friend!

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Nettle Extract for Dogs: An Herbal Treatment

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iStock_000020100029XSmallNettle extract comes from the ‘Stinging Nettle’ plant. Though the plant itself can be painful if it comes into contact with skin, in it’s concentrated form it has many health benefits for humans and pets alike.

In ancient Egypt, the use of stinging nettle was popular for the relief of arthritis and the treatment of paralysis. Roman soldiers used it to relieve irritated skin, and it has been widely used as a hair growth stimulator. Today, its uses are much the same. Holistic enthusiasts today use nettle extract to treat allergies, hair loss, and inflammation.

The herb is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are known to help reduce inflammation and detoxify the skin. Pet owners have realized its benefits and are eager to use it and other natural extracts to bathe their pets. In dogs, nettle extract can soothe skin and help reduce dandruff.

M&J Dog Essentials provides many natural bath products for dogs. Our goal is to create a custom blend of natural extracts and essences in our products in order to make bath-time a stress free experience, both for the dog and it’s owner! One such product that includes an infusion of nettle extract is Nutrient Fusion Pre-Bath Treatment, a conditioner to be massaged into the dog before bath-time. Thanks to nettle extract combined with Mango and Cupuacu Butters and calming flower essences, your dog will have a healthier coat and a less stressful bath-time experience!

Feel free to contact us for any further information on nettle extract for dogs and our other all-natural pet care products.

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