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For sharing news, information, updates and tips that I have found helpful for my pets. I hope you find this blog informative, fun, and useful for your own animal companions.

By ritalymboura, Mar 29 2019 08:15PM

Had the absolute pleasure of meeting and working with this little fellow today. Meet Percy, a young pig at the National Animal Welfare Trust. Such a character, he is a little star!

When I arrived within 2 minutes he managed to undo the clasps on my case! So very clever. He enjoyed selecting dried herbs and floral waters. His favourite was rosehip shells, plus barley grass and wheatgrass powders. He also enjoyed sniffing various floral waters sprayed onto a blanket.

Adorable little chap.


By ritalymboura, Feb 16 2018 12:12AM

Spirulina is that dark deep green powdery stuff that is often added to smoothies as a health supplement. But what exactly is it and how can it help our pets? Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green algae which grows in a spiral shape as its name suggests, and is found in fresh and salt water lakes. As well as being marketed as a 'superfood' for humans, it's also a feed supplement in the poultry and aquarium industries. This is because spirulina is a rich source of nutrients, packed full of vitamins and minerals and containing all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein).

It can also be offered to your pets, as a nutritional powder. In the wild, animals naturally ingest algae in natural drinking water sources. Dogs and cats both like licking it up – my cat Sam loves it and enjoys lapping up a bowl full. The way to offer it to your pets is to put a small teaspoon-full of spirulina in a bowl, then a splash of water to just wet half of the powder. The idea is to offer it as a choice of dry or wet to see which way your pet likes it. If they lick it all up, then add some more. It is fairly safe to give them as much as they want, but never add it to food. It is meant to be offered alone, so that your pet can take as much or little as it wants (or none at all and that's fine. Never force it on them).

Make sure you purchase spirulina from reputable suppliers, to ensure purity. Then both you and your animal friends can enjoy it together (I'll have mine in fruit juice please). You may want to put some newspaper or cloth down to protect carpets in case of splashes – but it does come off so don't worry too much.


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