March 24, 2014

4 Ways to Better Your Pet’s Dental Care

Filed under: Cats,Dog Oral Care,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: , , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:03 pm

dental_care_dogs_catsImagine going a week without brushing your teeth. Not the best thought. Now imagine a month and a year – not a pleasant, is it? We have been taught at a young age to brush our teeth at least once a day, hopefully two, and to floss. Taking care of our teeth helps fight mouth diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. This is all true for your pets too.

The unpleasant smell that comes from your cat or dog’s mouth is not normal. Consider the smell as an alert to you, the person your pet relies on to stay healthy, as something needs to be taken care of. The reason that your pet’s dental health is very important is because health issues that start in the mouth, can spread around the body, and lead to even more serious health concerns.

It may seem unusual to clean your cat or dog’s teeth – but this is a habit that you should start right when your furry friend joins your family.

Let’s discuss four ways that you can improve your cat or dog’s dental care.

Brush, Brush, Brush for Dental Care

Purchase a cat or dog friendly toothpaste that is naturally enzymatic. An enzymatic toothpaste will help break down plaque in your cat/dog’s mouth without the actually brushing action of a toothbrush. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid brushing your pet’s teeth – you should still brush the plaque away.

It is best to start brushing your pet’s teeth at a young age, because it will become a daily habit that they are use to – just like it is for you. Your cat or dog is not going to willingly let you brush their teeth, so you will need to ease them into this habit.

A few tips I can offer you, for brushing your pet’s teeth include:

1. Be patient.
2. Go slow when starting.
3. Be patient.
4. Making this a daily activity will go a long way with making your pet feel comfortable.
5. Be patient.
6. If it is too difficult to start off with a toothbrush, use a gauze or washcloth wrapped around your finger when first starting to brush.
7. Be patient!

Diet for Dental Health

I always advocate for a raw diet because of the many health benefits it brings to your pet, and when considering dental health, there is no exception. A raw diet mimics the pulling and tearing of flesh that is ingrained in your pet’s DNA, helping keep the teeth in a healthy shape. Moreover, it stimulates clean gums and teeth.

Natural Supplements and Natural Remedies for Dental Health

Calendula is a herbal anti-inflammatory that can help prevent gum disease. Just rub this herbal solution onto your cat or dog’s gums for a healthier mouth.

CoQ10 is a supplement that you can include in your pet’s diet. CoQ10, like calendula, will reduce inflammation in the gums.

A vitamin that is readily available and can easily be added to your pet’s diet is Vitamin C. Vitamin C will not only help boost your cat or dog’s immune system, but will also support that tissues that help hold teeth in place. The result? A healthier mouth.

Visit the Vet for Dental Care

The last and very important way, for you to keep on top of your cat or dog’s health is by visiting the vet regularly. A vet will be able to provide you with a deeper cleaning, like we receive from the dentist. A vet may also notice irregularities in your furry friend’s mouth that you may have not noticed. It has never hurt to get an expert opinion when it concerns your cat or dog’s health.

Do you have other ways that you keep your cat or dog’s healthy? Share them with me below.

March 13, 2014

5 Herbs for a Pet Detox

Filed under: Cat Disease,Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care,Pet Health — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 9:50 pm

herbs-for-pet-detoxDogs and cats are more susceptible to damage from everyday toxins in the environment and in their diets because their bodies are typically small. It is important to take preventative measures, so that your pet does not experience long-term health issues.  As a pet owner, two of the best preventative measures you can take to keep your furry friend healthy are to limit their exposures to toxins and to help their bodies detox. The best way to help your pets detox is through natural therapies, such as dietary supplementation. Below you will find my top 5 picks for dietary supplements that will help you furry friend detox.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a miraculous herb that helps detoxify the liver.  It helps the liver to break down environmental toxins as well as toxins and chemicals in foods, like preservatives and pesticides. Milk thistle also prevents toxins from entering the cell walls in the liver, further helping prevent conditions like liver failure. Milk thistle  is an excellent herb for you to administer to your pet, in order to take precaution against liver disease.

Vitamins C & E

Both Vitamin C and Vitamin E are powerful antioxidants. The help eliminate free radicals in your pet’s body and boost the immune system. Having a strong immune system will help your cat and dog’s body eliminate toxins. Moreover, both vitamins can also help support the treatment of infections, skin problems, bowel problems, cancer,  and gum disease.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is another potent antioxidant that helps the body eliminate free radicals and boost the immune system. As a result, green tea extract can help support the liver in it’s initiatives to rid the body of toxins.


Zinc is a necessary mineral in your pet’s diet. Zinc helps the liver with detoxification by supporting the liver production of enzymes that are used to detoxify the body.


Dandelion is a very powerful, yet gentle liver stimulant. It triggers the liver to produce bile, which in turn helps to remove waste in the digestive system.

Helping your pet detoxify their body is essential to good health. Don’t wait until it is too late and your pet develops a chronic illness. Start to practice detoxification on a monthly basis to help prevent toxin-related illness in the future. When choosing any dietary supplement to support your cat or dog’s health, it is very important that you consult with a holistic veterinarian first.

March 6, 2014

How to Naturally Treat Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 11:21 pm

arthritis-dogs-catsThe jumping, running, and strain on the joints builds up during the duration of a pet’s life and can end result in arthritis, just like it can in a human. Arthritis can be a painful condition for our pets, so it is important to recognize the symptoms and natural remedies that can help treat and prevent arthritis in pets.

Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Symptoms of arthritis in cats and dogs are very similar. They may include any of the following:

• Slowed movement
• Lameness
• Pain
• Stiffness
• Reluctant to move around

If you notice any of the symptoms of arthritis in your dog or cat, it’s important that you address the symptom by treating it right away.

Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Conventional treatment to treat arthritis in your dog or cat can range from anti-inflammatory medications like acetaminophen and aspirin. Cats have difficult time being treated with these medications. Overall, prescription medication can have long-term negative effects on cats and dogs.
The good news is that there is a way to treat and prevent arthritis through a natural approach. A few approaches include the following:

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Dogs and Cats

Some of the most common herbs to treat arthritis in dogs and cats include Devil’s Claw, Ashwagandha, Bosweillia, and Turmeric. Devil’s claw and Bosweillia help reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness, whereas Ashwagandha helps reduce stress in the body. Turmeric is an all-star herb. It has very strong anti-inflammatory effects, but is also a strong antioxidant that can help prevent many other diseases.

Supplements for Dogs and Cats with Arthritis

Excellent preventatives supplement, and handy for mild cases of arthritis, are Vitamin C and E. Both of these vitamins provide anti-inflammatory properties in the body. Glucosamine is also a popular supplement, even with pet owners, for treating arthritis. Glucosamine enhances the cartilage between joints.

You should begin to taking care of your pet’s joint health starting at a young age. This will allow you to help prevent the negative effects of arthritis from harming your furry companion’s quality life.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.