A bit of a different post for EthicalEm! Yes I’m a fan of everything cruelty free but I am also a lover of natural and holistic health and well-being, and no more so for my two beloved rescue dogs. I asked on Instagram and some of my followers expressed an interest in this topic, so today I am going to share with you the herbs, natural treats and supplements that I love to feed to my furbabies. I’ll tell you why I got into this for my pets and what the benefits are. This is not a flash in the pan thing or by any means a first impressions… I have been using these products for my furry children for nearly 8 years now, so I know that they are of the highest quality, and that they are effective!
So the first thing that we need to talk about, and perhaps one of the most fundamental animal health issues, besides the obvious food, water and walks, is flea and tick prevention.
When I adopted my first dog, Sascha, 8 years ago, I used Frontline on her for prevention of fleas. This is the kind of preparation you squeeze onto the back of the neck which then distributes itself all over the dogs body. She had a very strange and almost immediate reaction to this and she was yelping when she moved or got up or down. It was as if it had upset her nervous system. I washed the stuff off and her whole coat immediately and she was fine.
I was feeding her on CSJ food at the time and the supplier told me about a natural alternative. CSJ was founded by international sheepdog trialist Ceri Rundle and her range is a firm favourite among handlers of working, show and agility dogs.
In steps CSJ Billy No Mates! This is a totally natural herbal blend to repel fleas, ticks and mites. It contains Mint, Lemon Balm, Fenugreek, Seaweed and Neem leaves. It smells absolutely wonderful and leaves your dogs coat with a lovely herbal smell as it comes through the pores. You just sprinkle it onto the food, or you can also buy a tincture format to put in food or drinking water, which is ideal for cats. I also add CSJ Salmon Oil to the food along with the herbs, since it is a great supplement and helps the herbs to stick to the food rather than sit in the bottom of the dish. The herbs are highly palatable, my dogs have never turned their noses up.
I can absolutely, wholeheartedly, 100% confirm that this product works. It’s a miracle product. In the 8 years I have had Sascha and the 2 years since we rehomed Fly, we have never had any flea, mites or ticks. I have confidently recommended Billy No Mates and other CSJ products to many other dog and cat lovers. It also works out a lot cheaper than conventional chemical flea treatments. Billy No Mates 325g will run you £14.75 and will last for months depending on the size of dog and how many you have. I buy the Billy No Mates 1kg and the tub lasts me 8 months feeding two larger dogs… that works out at £2.50 a month for each dog!
The CSJ Salmon Oil that I mentioned, is cold pressed salmon oil for dogs and cats. It’s £14.50 for 500ml and again lasts me a solid 6 months. Full of omega 3 and 6 the salmon oil is highly palatable and great for skin, coat and overall health.
I also like to pick my dogs up some lovely natural treats when I order their herbs and oil. They love them all but in particular Fishcuits and Fish n Hips. Fishcuits are made from 100% fish, no added sugars or cereals and are £3.50 for an 180g bag. Fish n Hips are semi moist treats made from white fish, devils claw, turmeric and oleogrape, and help with joint health, something very important to me with having an older, larger dog. They are £3.95 for 100g pack. You can browse all the CSJ natural treats and supplements here.
So I know the Billy No Mates works, and my dogs love the salmon oil and fishy treats, but you might also be interested to know there are a variety of other herbal supplements available from CSJ for other health benefits. For example I have recently invested in Turn Back Thyme which is a blend of blackcurrant leaves, chilli powder, thyme, dandelion leaves, rosehips, milk thistle and mint. This blend is aimed at the older dogs overall health. It has five star reviews and I have only been feeding it to my old girl for a couple of weeks but she does seem a little more lively so fingers crossed! It’s worth trying if it makes a difference right! You can browse all of the many herbal preparations CSJ has to offer here.
I hope you have found this blog post useful or interesting. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and as usual if you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer!
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