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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

Whether you’re a newcomer or have been with us for years, you’ve probably caught on that we’re pretty picky about what we sell at Two Bostons. If you ask any of our Team Members what we look for in a product, you’ll always get the same answer: we don’t sell anything we wouldn’t feel 100% comfortable giving our own pets. But that’s just the shorthand answer. We love brands that are more than just brands. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that just about everyone we work with shares our same core values of improving the lives of pets and their people, and Green Juju Kitchen is certainly no exception.

So what is Green Juju? Well, aside from being fun to say, it’s sort of like a health smoothie for dogs that’s great for their immune systems, joint health, coat, and overall bodily health. Simply take a spoonful and mix it with their usual meal (it’s a topper, not a replacement for what they usually eat!). There are two different blends to choose from:

The “Just Greens Blend“, which contains 100% organic celery, zucchini, kale, dandelion greens, parsley, bison bone broth, coconut oil, lemon, turmeric, and ginger.

The “Baily Blend“, which contains 100% organic cucumber, green cabbage, broccoli, turkey bone broth, cilantro, chard, coconut oil, blueberries, turmeric, and lemon. 

Everything is sourced from local farmers, and every cup is prepared by hand for a little touch of love and care. When you open it up, you’ll even see that you recognize pretty much everything in there, so it won’t feel like you’re giving your dog some sort of mystery mush.

The next question is: will dogs really eat this stuff? Yes! We definitely understand why you might feel skeptical, and the truth is, even we were a little at first, too. After all, when you think dogs you think steak, not organic cucumbers, broccoli, and green cabbage. At the same time, you don’t exactly think kids + broccoli, cucumbers, and green cabbage, either, but we still manage to get them to eat it! All jokes aside, a lot of our Two Bostons regulars have come in and told us what their dogs thought, and the majority were pleasantly surprised. 

Green Juju is so successful because it wasn’t developed by humans who one day decided to give their dogs some veggies and see what happened. It was developed by pet parents with extensive professional experience in canine nutrition for owner Kelley Marian’s dog Bailey, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Since Bailey was already weakened from her illness, Marian knew she most likely wouldn’t survive the surgeries and treatments needed to get healthy, so she decided to take a holistic approach instead. The fruits and vegetables provided the extra vitamins she needed that couldn’t be obtained from meat alone, and soon, Bailey’s immune system was strong enough so she could get the surgery to be cancer-free. After having such great success with her own dog, Marian knew she couldn’t keep it to herself, and thus Green Juju was born.

That’s what puts the “Juju” in Green Juju. Its a product and brand whose roots go deeper than soil–it sprouted from love and has been made with heart ever since.

Image courtesy of greenjujukitchen.com

 

Keeping up with your pets can be exhausting at times…it is normal to spend a great deal of time trying to prevent problems such as fleas, worms, ear infections, and much more.  Yet, one problem often goes unnoticed….Canine Obesity, and it is estimated that nearly 34% of all dogs are overweight.  The reason for this is that many pet owners are not aware of the severity of obesity symptoms, or aware of how to tell when their pet has reached an unhealthy weight.dog-on-scale

There are many harmful symptoms of canine obesity including:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Inability or lack of desire to exercise
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Sensitivity to heat

Clearly, overweight animals are only cute on the Internet, in real life the reality of their condition is anything but…How do you know when your pet has reached an unhealthy weight?  Often times it is hard to determine what the ideal weight of your pet should be, as well as specifically what is causing their condition.

Causes of Canine Obesity:overflowing-dog-food-bowl-9506814

It may sound harsh, but often times the cause of a dogs weight problem is their owner.  The owner is mostly in control of when and how much a dog eats, as well as how much exercise they get on a daily basis. Making sure that a dog is being fed the proper amount of food, as well as getting plenty of exercise every day is extremely important.  It is easy to cut the amount of weekly walks down, but doing so could have serious repercussions for your pet.

 

How to Tell:

The easiest way to tell whether or not your pet is overweight is to look down at them from above.  Ideally you will be able to feel their ribs but you will not be able to see them.  If you can see their ribs then they are too thin, but if you cannot feel them at all then they are most likely overweight.

Solutions:dog-need-exercise

One simple way to help your companion shed pounds quickly is to cut their daily amount of food by 25%.  Often times the problem can be as simple as overeating so make sure to actually measure the amount of food that you’re giving your pet.  You should give your pet the amount of food that it says on the bag, that your pets weight is SUPPOSED to be, not what they currently weigh. You can also help by increasing the amount of exercise they get a day.  The ideal amount of exercise per day is about two – half hour walks.  If your pet is not currently getting this much, it is best to slowly build up to the ideal exercise level.

Canine obesity is a fairly serious problem, affecting around 1/3 of all dogs. Thankfully though it is not a difficult problem to solve.  With a little bit of dedication you can get your pet back to a healthy weight very quickly!

If your dog has a few pounds to shed…you and your pup can participate in the Two Bostons Lose Pounds with Your Hounds Challenge.  It is a 6-week weight-loss challenge with your pup! The program starts the week of April 25th and runs until June 11, 2016.  For more information visit our website or email Lisa at lisa.s@twobostons.com!