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Relieving the “Ouch” Factor for Senior and Other-Abled Pets

Today there are more and more inventive products to help those pups in need lead a happier, more comfortable life.


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 Getting around is not so easy for some of our pets. Age, injuries and disabilities can impair their mobility or simply just make them ache all over. Even an active pup can simply overdo it and need some TLC. Today there are more and more inventive products to help those pups in need lead a happier, more comfortable life.

​Gingerlead Dog Support and Rehabilitation Harness is an amazing option for those animals with mobility issues. The soft, padded belly sling with a leash and handle helps dogs with weak hind legs walk by providing rear support and stability. Great for our geriatric friends with arthritis, degenerative diseases, orthopedic challenges and other debilitating ailments. And it is the perfect assist for animals of any age recovering from knee, hip or back surgery or any animal experiencing wobbly legs. It also helps with mobility and balance. Easy to use, it comes in several sizes that adjust to most breeds, as well as special slings for male dogs. Only one hand is needed to help walk your dog, thanks to the integrated handle and leash. And the all-in-one design maximizes safety, control and comfort. Made in the USA, this great device is machine washable and very affordable, retailing between $36 ad $60. The folks at Gingerlead also donate dog supports to nonprofit organizations, rescues and shelters.
Learn more at gingerlead.com.

Copper Comfort Mat by Dia’mar is ideal for easing achy joints. The self-warming pet mat has a full lining of copper mesh and a layer of 100 percent activated bamboo charcoal. The copper helps an animal’s body to produce super oxide dismutase (SOD), which is a therapeutic anti-inflammatory enzyme that the body naturally produces. While the copper helps produce the SOD, the layer of 100 percent activated bamboo charcoal naturally warms from the animal’s body temperature, causing a heating pad effect. Lying on the Copper Comfort Mat helps relieve discomfort and pain due to aging, injuries or just simply overdoing playtime. The warmth not only helps ease tired muscles and aches and pains, but also causes the animal to want to lieon the mat for soothing comfort. The copper that comes in contact with the body’s numerous trigger points and meridian areas, aka energy channels within the body, produces the natural enzymes that relieve aches and pains. According to the manufacturer, some of the benefits of the mat include reducing soreness, soothing achy joints, easing arthritis pain, calming and comforting. The comfy fleece cover is machine washable and the nonskid backing prevents slipping. The portable, lightweight mat is convenient to take along everywhere you go. Suggested retail is $59.99.
Learn more at dia-mar.net.

Keep in mind there are many natural solutions that can help ease the discomforts of an elder, ill or injured animal. I work with many of them in my practice. And for my store, I only sell natural products. Aromatherapy is an expanding market for both humans and pets. But not all products are created equal. Many of the so-called natural and even some of the organic products include pesticides, herbicides and even synthetics and other toxins. However, if properly used with pure-grade, quality product, they can work wonders in calming the discomforts in animals. The key is to use certified pure therapeutic grade oils (CPTG) that have been tested numerous times for purity and proven to be free of all these bad elements. This category is just a small fraction of what can be offered in your stores. I have been trained and use CPTG essential oils daily on animals, my clients and myself. And I personally know industry professionals including veterinarians who use them successfully in their practices, as well as other pet retailers who sell the basics to their customers. If you are interested in learning more of this or other alternate natural solutions to carry in your assortments, please email me at Julie@dogandfriends.com.

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