Time to get your Pumpkin on!

Its the start of Fall! So let’s talk about what really matters during this time of year, Pumpkin is back!!! And that means its officially acceptable to eat and drink pumpkin everyday for a few months without the judgmental glares. And with that, we’d like to give you a friendly reminder about sharing the pumpkin love with your pets!

Independent Pet Supply carries a numerous array of products with pumpkin. And best of all, your pet can enjoy the benefits of pumpkin all year long. Just a quick search for pumpkin on our Independent Pet Supply website yields products from Diggin, Tiki Cat, Nummy Tum Tum, Wet Noses, and more. The World Pet Association published a great article detailing how pumpkin is beneficial for your pet…

 


Is Pumpkin Actually Good for Dogs?

Pumpkin is a great source of nutrition for dogs. It is a perfect blend of soluble and insoluble fiber which works to slow down digestion. This slowing-down process increases the feeling of fullness and also increases moisture in the digestion tract to assist nutritient absorption.

While pumpkin is high in fiber, it’s ultra-low on calories and fat, making it a great ingredient for pet food and treat manufacturers to include in their products. The fiber in pumpkin is a pre-biotic fiber which creates conditions for beneficial microflora growth in the lower GI tract. It’s also an excellent source of many vitamins including A, C, and E and a great source of potassium.


SOURCE: World Pet Association

 

And as always, if you have any questions about our pumpkin products or just general questions about any products we carry, please don’t hesitate to call our office. We are more than happy to help you!! Enjoy your pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, and everything nice!

Cannabis for your dog and cat?

The World Pet Association wrote an interesting article about the medicinal uses of cannabis for your dog or cat. This coincides with the introduction of Canna Companion to our product line! Below is some information from the article about cannabis for your pets….


“Marijuana Vs Hemp

Marijuana and hemp both come from the plant Cannabis sativa (though marijuana also comes from another member of the Cannabis family, Cannabis indica).

The cannabis plant has over 60 chemicals called cannabinoids. The two main types of cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBDs are therapeutic cannabinoids, while THC is the cannabinoid that makes you high.

Marijuana’s THC content is usually between 10 and 15 percent; but hemp must have a THC content of 0.3 percent or less. At this level, cannabis has no intoxicating effect, for people or dogs.

Hemp is higher in CBD, the substance that provides the therapeutic effects.

How CBD Works

The cannabis plant contains a number of different chemicals, including CBD, phytocannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids. Humans and other mammals have specific cannabinoid receptor sites. These sites are primarily in the brain and central nervous system, and in peripheral organs, especially immune cells. They make up what’s called the endocannabinoid system.

Studies show that many cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects, and can help with pain, tumors, seizures, muscle spasms, skin conditions, appetite stimulation, aggression, anxiety and neurological disorders.

How CBD Hemp Can Help Your Dog

CBD hemp can help with both chronic and acute disease.

Among chronic conditions, it can help with arthritis, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression and digestive issues. There are also studies under way into CBD’s effects on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer.

Veterinarians are also finding CBD hemp can be useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and even during post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain and stiffness.

If your dog’s taking conventional drugs for any of these conditions, CBD hemp may make it possible to use lower doses of the drugs to achieve therapeutic effects. Since conventional medicines do have side effects, this is a useful benefit of CBD.

Does It Work Fast?

As with any herbal medicine, for most ailments you may not see an immediate effect. You’ll need to be patient.

Your dog may feel some pain relief in a few hours but other symptoms like inflammation may take a few days to show improvement.

Safety

First of all, because of the low THC, CBD hemp won’t make your dog high.

The most common side effect of CBD is that your dog may get a little drowsy – about the same as if you gave him a Benadryl.

On rare occasions, side effects have included excessive itchiness or mild vomiting, but these sensitivities are few and far between. If your dog reacts with these symptoms, you should stop giving him cannabis.”


Source: World Pet Association

 

If you would like to read more, click the direct link to the article below! We now carry Canna Companion, so make sure to check it out on our website! And please ask your sales representative or the IPS office if you have any questions about this new product, we are always here to serve you!

http://www.wpa.myindustrytracker.com/en/article/83631