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Does your dog frequent dog parks?

Do you use an over-the-counter flea and tick preventative or on a medication that might cause liver damage?

Does your dog have digestive issues?

If you said YES to any of these, you might want to give Milk Thistle a try!

Milk thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean and has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy. In the first century it was documented to be used as a remedy for poisonous snake bites. Now, it is commonly used as an ailment for liver, kidney and gallbladder problems. The seeds in milk thistle contain a flavonoid called silymarin, which protects the liver from toxins. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help the liver repair itself and block the entry of toxins resulting in regeneration of liver cells and improved liver function.

Here are some ways that milk thistle works:

  • Reduces fibriotic activity
  • Strengthens the membranes of liver cells to prevent damage from toxins
  • reduces the action of liver enzymes responsible for causing inflammation of the liver
  • Enhances protein synthesis by increasing RNA activity, and stops absorption of toxins in the liver

Here are some circumstances that Milk Thistle would be beneficial:

  1. Digestive benefits – It prepares the digestive tract to start producing a hormone called gastrin. Gastrin starts the production of gastric acids and bile, which help in digestion and the breaking down of fats in the small intestine. Milk thistle has a mild laxative quality to it that helps to lubricate the stools and prevent both constipation and diarrhea.
  2. Dogs that take Phenobarbital or another medicine to help control seizures caused by canine epilepsy – One side effect of Phenobarbital is possible liver damage. Drugs such as Phenobarbital, when processed through the liver, can cause inflammation and scarring of liver tissue.
  3. Dogs that frequent dog parks – For dogs that spend time at the parks you are probably using something more than just a topical flea and tick medication. Over-the-counter flea and tick treatments, such as Frontline and K9 Advantix are pesticides and for it to kill and prevent fleas and ticks, the chemicals must enter the blood stream through the liver. Permethrin that is used; for example, can slow down the nervous system. Milk Thistle will help flush the chemicals from the liver and rebuilds those cells that may have been damaged by the pesticide.

We carry Milk Thistle by Herbsmith at all stores. It comes in a 75-gram powder form bottle, and we can order larger bottles upon request. Come in and talk to us anytime if you want to learn more or have other questions!

 

You may have seen or even heard someone at Two Bostons talk about Milk Thistle, you may have wondered what it is, or thought that sounds like a weird plant or something (I know that is what I thought the first time I heard it).  Let me know tell you about it and why your dog might be a good candidate to try it out today!

Milk thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean.  It has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy.  Its first documented use ithn the first century was as a remedy for poisonous snake bites.  Now, it is commonly used as an ailment for liver, kidney and gallbladder problems.  The seeds in milk thistle contain a flavonoid called silymarin, which protects the liver from toxins.  It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  This may help the liver repair itself by stimulating the production of new liver cells.  It can also block the entry of toxins into the liver and remove them at cellular level, resulting in regeneration of liver cells and improved liver function.

Here are a few ways in which milk thistle works:

  • Strengthens the membranes of liver cells to prevent damage from toxins
  • Enhances protein synthesis by increasing RNA activity, and stops absorption of toxins in the liver
  • Reduces fibriotic activity
  • Reduces the action of liver enzymes responsible for causing inflammation of the liver

Here are a couple of circumstances that you might use Milk Thistle.

#1.  Maybe your dog is on Phenobarbital or another medicine to help control seizures caused by canine epilepsy.  One side effect of Phenobarbital is possible liver damage.  The liver’s function is to filter all absorbed toxins introduced to the body before allowing it to pass through the blood stream.  Drugs such as Phenobarbital, when processed through the liver, can cause inflammation and scarring of liver tissue.  Milk thistle should be administered to every dog taking liver taxing medications, and especially if the liver is damaged or diseased.

102107675-dog-park-bullies-632x475#2.  Do you have a young dog that frequents the local dog parks? For dogs that spend a lot of time at the parks, you probably use something more than a topical flea and tick medication. Over-the-counter flea and tick killing treatments, such as Frontline and K9 Advantix are pesticides.  In order to kill and prevent fleas and ticks, the chemicals must enter the blood stream through the liver. Permethrin; that is used in K9 Advantix for example; can slow down the nervous system by binding to sodium channels. That is where milk thistle comes in.  This powder helps flush the chemicals from the liver and rebuilds those cells that may have been damaged by the pesticide.  We would heavily suggest this product for every dog on a medicated flea and tick preventative.

Milk Thistle has digestive benefits as well!  It prepares the digestive tract to start producing a hormone called gastrin.  Gastrin starts the production of gastric acids and bile, which aid in digestion and the breaking down of fats in the small intestine.  Milk thistle may have a mild laxative quality to it.  This helps to lubricate the stools, and prevent both constipation and diarrhea.

We  have Herbsmith’s Milk Thistle at all stores.  We carry the powder form in a 75 gram bottle, but we can order larger bottles upon request.  Please come in and talk to us about any other questions or concerns you may have.

Hi Everyone!  Erica here to help you combat those pesky fleas and ticks that are so prevalent this time of year.  I am going to tell you about three of my favorite products that we carry at Two Bostons.  Yes, I really do use all three!  Can you tell I don’t like bugs?!

PetzLife, makes an edible product called Tickz.  The powder comes in a small white jar.  Tickz is a safe non-toxic herbal recipe that makes your pets skin undesirable to biting insects.  You simply sprinkle the specified amount on your pet’s food twice a day for five days.  Your pet will be protected for 2-3 months and the recipe takes effect in as little as 5-10 days.  I have been using this product for a year and my dogs have been completely free of pests.

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The second product that I use to ward of pesky bugs is Vets Best Flea and Tick Spray.  The potent blend of peppermint oil and clove extract safely kills both live fleas and flea eggs by contact while soothing your pets skin and leaving them smelling fresh.  I like to use this spray when I take my dogs for a walk in an area with long grass or a lot of trees.  I apply before the walk and after.  This would be a great product to bring with to any of your outdoor activities. The cool thing about this product is it comes in a yard spray as well.

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The third product is Diatomaceous Earth by Wholistic Pet.  This product comes in a small white jar similar to the Tickz jar.  Diatomaceous Earth is the crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life.  These fossils are crushed into a very fine powder that resembles broken glass when magnified.  The substance is completely safe for pets, but deadly to insects.  The sharp edges literally cut the protective coating on the insect causing dehydration and death.  It also works on larvae. 

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Now you ask, what do I do with the powder?  This wonderful powder can be used in many ways.  If your pet has fleas, you can sprinkle the powder onto your pets fur, keeping clear of their eyes.  The powder can also be sprinkled on carpet, flooring, bedding and outside areas where your dog likes to lay.  Thankfully, I haven’t had fleas on a dog, but I use this product outside where they frequently lay. 

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Diatomaceous Earth also controls internal parasites.  It kills whipworms, round worms, pin worms and hook worms within a week of giving a daily dose.  A medium size dog up to 50 lbs only needs ½ tsp daily.  It is best used for 30 days to kill not only the worms, but also their eggs.  This powder is a very cost effective safe way to rid your pet of pests!

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Have a happy pest free summer!

With the amazingly mild winter we’ve experienced in the Midwest, you and your furry pal need to be careful. The bugs are out. And they are bigger, and badder than ever.

Now, there are some flea and tick remedies readily available at your vet or even at the big box stores that will be marketed hard to you. I will caution you that the chemical make up of these remedies are unduely harsh and not at all what we would recommend for use on your beloved pet.

We do have several options available that we DO recommend and I want to take a moment to introduce you to them.

Some of these products are preventative, and some work well for relief. Regardless of which of these you decided to use, you are making a healthier choice for your pet.

If you are looking for a great all over yard remedy, then try this spray from Vet’s Best.

This natural formula of Peppermint Oil and Clove Extract safely kills ticks and fleas – and flea eggs – by contact in the yard. And, as an added bonus, it works on mosquitoes too! Hook it up to your garden hose and spray away. And the great news is that you should only have to do this all-over spray a few times per season to get a good handle on your yard.

Another great choice for keeping your pet protected is Charlie Dog by Bobbi Panter.

This awesome shampoo contains Clove Oil, Lavender Oil, Cedarwood and Citronella to guard against fleas, ticks, lice, mosquitos and other pesky insects. This is perfect for the dog that rolls in the leaves or just takes a walk outside. In addition to getting rid of unwanted pests, it is great at repelling insects for a long after use. The great thing about Charlie Dog is that it is safe for everyone ~ dogs and puppies, cats and kittens of all ages and has a gentle cleanser so it won’t wash off topical flea and tick products.

We have some great flea spray options as well…think of them as “bug spray” for pets. Flea Flicker Tick Kicker is one option.

All you have to do is spray on your pet’s fur. Flea Flicker works by repelling and killing fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. This spray is also environmentally friendly as well as all natural so it’s safe for your pet.

The other spray option is Buzz Guard.

What we recommend with this product is start by spraying Buzz Guard onto your hands and then massage onto your dog’s ears, abdomen, legs, and head. Another great idea is to spray Buzz Guard on a bandana and then wrap it around your pet’s neck.

The Shoo Tag works with the (stay with me here) natural electricity of the body. It is the ULTIMATE in natural when repelling insects.

Simply attach the Flea and Tick Barrier Shoo Tag onto your dog’s collar. The tag uses electromagnetic frequencies that align with your dog’s electrical field to form a barrier. There are absolutely no chemiclas and it is an odorless method of protection. The great news is we carry a people version of this product to repel mosquitoes!

Wholistic Diatomaceous Earth is a great option for pets who have a pest problem.

It consists of the dried skeletons of microscopic sea creatures called diatoms (basically a fine ground sea shell). Wholistic Diatomaceous Earth is a safe, non-chemical alternative to pest control.  The diatoms act like glass cutting the exoskeleton (the outer shell covering) of the parasite and exposing their inner organs ~ and we know what happens next! This product can be sprinkled on bed’s bedding or in other known areas of pest activity (including directly on your pet). It will destroy fleas, ants and other pests.

And what do you use if you see a tick on your furry buddy? Well, the Tick Key, that’s what.

Tick Key uses natural forward leverage to remove ticks from dogs, head and all. You don’t have to worry about squishing engorged ticks thanks to the no-touch use of Tick Key. This tick removal device is 99.9% effective and can even be used on people!

And, because you know we love you and your fur friends, and know that some of you may have already started on other flea and tick products than the ones I’ve shown you today, I want to bring Milk Thistle by Herbsmith to your attention.

This amazing product acts as a liver cleanser for your pet. So, anytime you have to introduce medications or the like to your pet’s system, you should be using this little gem too. Milk Thistle helps to combat the harsh effects to your pet’s system, and has the added benefit of helping animals with allergies and digestive issues to boot!

All of the products I’ve shown you today are available at either of our locations and our online store. Be sure to stop by and let us know if you have any questions, we’d love to help you out!