Your Pet Will Love You For These Easter Health Tips

How To Help Your Pet Have A Happy Easter



Easter means different things to different people. The religious significance, Easter bunnies and consumption of chocolate being three things!

For our pets, whether that's dogs or cats or others, Easter can spell danger. Here's a few top tips to help you keep your pet safe this Easter. Your pet will love you for knowing these and keeping him or her well!

How Healthy Is Chocolate For My Pet



Chocolate eggs or treats are a staple for many at Easter. But chocolate can make pets ill or worse. No matter how appealing our pets may look at us, seeing us enjoying our chocolate. Resist! There's a natural chemical present in all chocolate, which can cause sickness. If untreated it can even lead to death.

So the best way to avoid this is not to give your pet any chocolate. If they manage to get eat some that's left within their reach. Then call your veterinary surgeon for advice asap. There's a myth that only dark chocolate has a negative effect. But this isn't true, and any chocolate is capable of causing illness, it's not worth the risk is it?

Why You Need To Beware Of Wrapping For Your Pet



This may seem obvious. But if there's easter egg packaging about. Or any other wrapping. Then some dogs (or cats) may nibble it! This will not be helpful for their digestion. And could be dangerous - causing blockages. Or serious damage. So again the best way to avoid issues, is to not leave wrapping around, even for a short time, put it in the recycling or bin!

How Healthy Are Flowers For Your Pet



Giving flowers at Easter is popular. But many popular ones are poisonous to pets. Here’s a few to be aware of:

  • Amaryllis – toxic to dogs, cats and horses
  • Carnation – toxic to dogs, cats and horses
  • Daffodil – toxic to dogs, cats and horses
  • Dahlia – toxic to dogs, cats and horses
  • Lilies – toxic to cats (is not toxic to dogs and horses)
  • Tulips – toxic to dogs, cats and horses

BUT do remember that any plant. If eaten in excess, or isn’t part of an animal’s ordinary (safe) diet, may not do the animal any good. So do avoid your animal getting the opportunity to start munching on the flowers – keep them out of reach.

Love These Tips on Cake and Pet Health



Cakes like Simnel or the famous Hot Cross Buns are common at Easter. But the fruit they contain are poisonous to dogs. A range of symptoms can occur. If your pet eats any, speak to your Veterinary Surgeon as soon as possible.

I hope you've found these tips helpful. Please share with anyone who you'd think would find helpful.

Remember… If you're concerned about your pet being ill. Or that he or she may have eaten something they shouldn't. Then speak to your veterinary surgeon without delay. Quick action can be crucial.

Hope you have a Happy Easter. And if you'd like to know more about natural healthcare for pets, take a look at the dozens of advice pages here online at www.taranet.co.uk.

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at www.taranet.co.uk, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

Why You Shouldn't Use A Shock Collar With Your Dog

Helping You To Know About Shock Collars For Dogs



These use an electric current passing through metal contact points on the collar. This then gives your dog an electric shock.

Despite being widely used as a training device, they're a harsh way to control your dog. Imagine if you were given an electric shock by someone wanting to control you? Not nice is it?!

Often these shock collars are used with electronic fencing, so if your dog ventures near the boundaries of the fenced areas, your dog gets a shock.

This also means that if your dog does decide to feel the pain and go through a shock fenced area. He or she is unlikely to want to come back. Which means your dog is likely to go missing. And who can blame your dog for not wanting to return to get another shock?!

How Is A Shock Collar For Dogs Different To Equine Electric Fencing?


If you've a horse and are used to electric fencing being used, you may wonder what the difference is? There are two main differences:

  1. The horse doesn't have anything on his/her body to get a shock. It's only if the horse touches the fencing (normally to lean over).
  2. Your horse is free to move about and get quite close to the fencing. Without experiencing any kind of shock. Electric fencing for horses is not believed to cause psychological harm to the horse, whereas shock collars do cause harm to your dog.

Can A Shock Collar Help Train A Dog?


My view is no! Training (for anyone or any animal), should not mean pain. Needing your animal to feel pain "to learn" means your methods need to improve. This may seem harsh, but our animals need love, not fear.

Often people use them to help ensure the dog doesn't leave its garden. But, there are better ways! It's not usually a good idea to let your dog be in the garden by him (or her) self anyway. Not only is there a risk of them being stolen, but they could eat something they shouldn't. They can get bored and fed up if left alone for too long.

So if you want your dog to stay safely in the garden (or your land). It's better to be with your dog.

Are Electric Dog Shock Collars Legal?

Many leading animal care charities and associations are strongly opposed to them. Including, the British Veterinary Association who're clear they do not approve of these either. Please see their website at https://www.bva.co.uk/take-action/our-policies/electric-shock-collars-and-training-aids/

And in the UK in 2018, the UK Government announced it was going to ban their use. They have no use in training of dogs. But it's still possible to legally buy them. Of course, depending on where you are in the world, may mean it's still legal to use them. But it doesn't make it right.

What Alternatives Are There To Train A Dog?


Training your dog takes time. You need to have time and patience. Being calm. Having a plan. Keeping training sessions short. Keeping training fun and using rewards. These can all help.

Training any animal is a big responsibility. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. So if you need some support, seek the advice of a professional and reputable dog behaviourist. The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors have a list you can view online, to find one of their members near you https://www.apbc.org.uk.

But you can also use many complementary therapies to help both you and your dog. Using these can help with emotions. These can be used with people and animals. So is ideal if you also need to be more calm and focused, as well as your dog!

Click each of the list below to find out more in my directory:


Herbs such as Valerian can help promote calming. Zoopharmacognosy like Lavender can help relieve stress. If your dog gets stressed or finds situations overwhelming, See a holistic veterinary surgeon for advice on herbs and other approaches to help calming.

What Else Can You Do To Help With Training Your Dog?



  1. Routine is key. Animals thrive on structure. Being too rigid isn't necessarily a good thing though, doing everything to the same minute (virtually!) can lead to stress. But if you go out for a walk in the morning, then do that all the time. Or else your dog will get stressed.
  2. Diet. You are what you eat. This saying is true for our dogs, as it is for us. Different foods can have massive impact on behaviour. See my advice page on Five Element Theory for more information. Raw food is becoming increasingly popular, and a simple diet as close to nature as possible, really can be life altering. Find a veterinary surgeon who can advise you on raw feeding, at the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society here.
  3. Exercise. Different dogs have differing exercise needs. But all dogs do need exercise of some kind. Some dogs need to go out 2 or 3 times a day, as well as the chance to wander about their garden. If your dog is happy through getting physical and mental stimulation from going out, and spending time with you. Then training will be easier.
  4. Health check. Remember that if your dog is in pain from an illness or injury then his behaviour will be affected. Get your dog checked out by a professional veterinary surgeon, to make sure there are no underlying health issues. Likewise if he's on medication, check with your vet if it's having an unwelcome influence on behaviour. There maybe alternatives you can try (including complementary therapies).
  5. Clicker Training - read more about this in my post here.

In conclusion… shock collars for dogs, are a short term, painful fix. Your dog looks to you as his or her owner for security and leadership. And importantly love!
Allowing him or her to experience pain is inexcusable. Help is available for training your dog - with complementary therapies and other measures as i've outlined here.

I hope this has given you some great tips to help train your dog. And not use shock collars. You may wonder why they've been developed if they're such a bad idea. It's the case with many products, just because you can buy them, doesn't mean you should!

Find more gentle dog training tips in my blog post here.

Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

And do you know someone who'd find this helpful? Please share, the more we can spread awareness of the benefits of natural therapies the better! :)

Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

About the Author

This article has been created by Suzanne Harris, who is founder of this Taranet website at www.taranet.co.uk, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

Benefits Of Eucalyptus For Your Horse's Health

Why Your Horse Will Love Natural Eucalyptus



What Is Eucalyptus?



This is a plant that varies from a shrub to a tree. Although native to Australia, different types of eucalyptus do grow in other parts of the world too. Even including in the UK and Ireland.

What Is Eucalyptus Used For?



Indigenous populations in Australia have used for thousands of years for many reasons. With the wood being used to make tools and equipment. They've also for spiritual cleansing.

Eucalyptus oil has medicinal properties, including for respiratory reasons and has an insect repellent.

How Can My Horse Benefit From Eucalyptus?



As an essential oil, eucalyptus can be used to in various ways. It can be used to help:

  • With respiratory conditions
  • Skin irritations
  • Reduce lice
  • Deter flies
  • Help with hoof health, such as hoof oil.

It is normally only used either topically or as an aroma. Taking internally is not usually recommended.

Is There Any Research On Eucalyptus Use With Horses?


Yes there's been a lot of research into the benefits of essential oils in veterinary medicine, including how eucalyptus can help. Please see below some useful links


How To Buy Eucalyptus For Your Horse?



First of all, only use high quality products from reputable veterinary healthcare companies. The essential oil can be bought from international expert Caroline Ingraham's online shop.

Companies like Supreme Products sell Eucalyptus Body Wash for Horses. But there are several others available too. Dorwest Herbs sell shampoo for dogs which contains eucalyptus too.
Check how much eucalyptus is in the product though. Sometimes you'll find eucalyptus is one of several other ingredients - for instance it's often mixed with tea tree oil. This can be a good thing, but be sure to know what you're actually buying!

If you'd like to help your horse with eucalyptus, then do check with your veterinary surgeon to see if he or she thinks it will be useful. You could also have a consultation with a holistic veterinary surgeon which maybe beneficial. Or a zoopharmacognosy practitioner can give a consultation with essential oils. There are many across the UK and the world.

Like help finding a veterinary surgeon or therapist for your animal?
Please email me at info at taranet . co. uk

Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

And do you know someone who'd find this helpful? Please share, the more we can spread awareness of the benefits of natural therapies the better! :)

Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at www.taranet.co.uk, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.