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Keep Your Pooch Cool This Summer.

PREVENT YOUR FURRY FRIEND FROM OVERHEATING Whew, it’s getting hot. But we humans are not the only ones that feel the effects of summer’s heat. Our furry friends feel it too. We love to get outside with the family when the sun is shining. Don’t forget that your pet is carrying around a permanent fur coat, so they can easily suffer from heat exhaustion. Prevent that from happening with these tips to keep your dog cool this summer Know the Signs The first step is to recognise the signs that your pet is overheating. The first indicator is panting; this is an animal’s natural attempt to cool itself down. But, if they are in an enclosed area like a car,...

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The Benefits of Using Herbal Medicine 

Chinese herbal blends are underpinned by the tenet that the body exists as one interconnected biosystem and that it is a status of imbalance that causes the occurrence or development of disease.  For thousands of years, Chinese medical practitioners have used herbal medicine to return the body to a state of balance so that it can heal itself. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), using traditional – or herbal – medicine is now a popular choice in many regions of the world. It is rapidly expanding as the medicine of choice in developed countries. There are many benefits to using herbal remedies to cure your animal’s ailments or enhance their health. Holistic and Natural Healing Herbal remedies support overall...

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Managing the Effects of Spring Grass and Preventing the Onset of Laminitis

Every year, once winter is over and the snow has receded, the grass starts its yearly explosion of growth. The spring helps bring hay and fresher forage for our horses.  However, with fresh forage comes the risk of a condition known as grass founder. This condition, a form of laminitis, can be lethal to horses with certain diseases, such as insulin resistance and Cushing’s disease. According to a specialist in equine internal medicine at the University of Illinois  Dr Scott Austin, “It is much better to prevent laminitis than to manage the damage after the fact.”  Laminitis can be triggered by many things, including grain overload, repeated striking of hard ground, hormonal imbalance (Cushing’s disease), obesity, and lastly lush grass....

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Blending Herbs for Greater Efficacy

For thousands of years, Chinese medical practitioners have used herbal remedies to correct imbalance and restore equilibrium in the body. However, the efficacy of these remedies is determined by combining herbs according to various principles and characteristics. When herbs are blended correctly, they work synergistically to accomplish specific goals.  Let’s look at inflammation as an example. Chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on the body and result in disease. A build-up of toxins, too much acidity, and high blood pressure are known contributors to the body’s inflammatory response. Devil’s claw contains several active compounds that help improve this response.  On its own, devil’s claw is an effective anti-inflammatory. But, when combined with meadowsweet, willow bark and hawthorn, as in our Free-Mover...

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