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You Put the ...Dandelion? in the Coconut!

Memorial Day

We will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Our regular store hours resume Tuesday morning at 9am.

We remember and honor all those who served for our freedom and wish everyone a wonderful weekend.


S.N.A.P. to it!

The time to post your smiling canine and win a $200.00 prize package is coming to an end soon. Log onto our Facebook page and post a photo for your chance to win and we’ll match every entry with $1.00 donation to be split between Bichon & Little Buddies Rescue and Lakeland Animal Shelter.

May 31st will end Dog Month and June 1st will start People Month (post all those happy humans)! The American Cancer Society and The Alzheimer’s Association will each receive $100 for People Month.


Community Cat

This Saturday, May 28th, our friends from Community Cat will be here with adoptable cats and kittens from 11-3pm.

They are also a wealth of information regarding working with stray, feral and barn cats. Ask them about the programs they offer to help with spay/neuter assistance with dogs and cats.


Molly’s Musings

Start your week with the Musings of a 6 month old puppy!

Susie’s puppy, Molly, will post her Musings every Monday on our Facebook page.

Wylie dispenses his Wysdom every Friday to get your weekend started on the right paw, and now Molly will be sure to make your Monday a joyful one.



Itchy Skin Cures…and much more!

Doctor Deva, creator of the Vital Vities dog & cat supplements we carry, talks about Dandelion & Coconut in her latest article (below!). You may never look as those “pesky” dandelions on your lawn the same way again when you read the medicinal effects they have. And this giant nut from “The Tree of Life” not only tastes great but has amazing medicinal effects, too!

We carry Organic Coconut Oil, and Dandelion can be found in the Detox Blend and Senior Blend by Animals’ Apawthecary which we also carry.

Now for some amazingly educational reading—enjoy this Doctor Deva article:

Dandelion, you know - the stuff on your lawn, is one of the most healing herbs you can find. Dandelion heals in many ways. This herb strengthens the liver and gall bladder, removes toxic waste, prevents and helps with arthritis and also helps improve skin conditions and decrease itchiness.  VITAL VITIES  by Deserving Pets has 25 mg of dandelion in the feline vitamins and 50 mg of dandelion in the canine vitamins.

Coconuts and their oil are classified as “functional food” because they provide many health benefits beyond their excellent nutritional content. Coconut oil possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.”

At one time, coconut oil was a significant part of the American diet. The food industry considered coconut oil to be the most superior dietary oil for use in baking and food preparations. However, during World War II when the Japanese occupied most of the South Pacific and the Philippines, supplies of coconut oil were cut off for several years. Americans were forced to turn to alternative sources for cooking oils, and this is when many of the polyunsaturated oils began to make their way into the market place.

Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut’s amazing healing powers. Researchers have known for quite some time that the secret to health and weight loss associated with coconut oil is related to the length of the fatty acid chains contained in coconut oil. Coconut oil contains what are called medium chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are typically stored in the body as fat, while coconut oil is quickly burned for energy. Coconut oils burn up quickly in the body. This is akin to adding kindling to a fireplace, rather than a big damp log.

Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium chain fatty acids. Not only do they raise the body’s metabolism leading to weight loss, but they have special health-giving properties as well. The most predominant fatty acid chain found in coconut oil, for example, is lauric acid. Recent research has discovered the value of these lauric oils. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother’s milk. They also have similar effects. These medium chain fatty acids found primarily in coconut oil and mother’s milk have been shown to have miraculous healing power. Outside of a human mother’s breast milk, coconut oil is nature’s most abundant source of lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids.

When lauric acid is consumed in the diet, either in human breast milk or in coconut oil, it forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin, which has been shown to destroy several bacteria and viruses, along with protozoa like Giardia. Monolaurin is sold in tablet form in the states and I commonly used it to prevent or nip in the bud any flu or cold. Once word got out how effective it was I could not keep it on the shelf in my practice. Clients would routinely get bottles for themselves after they found they got through flu season without a hitch with a little help from this natural product.

In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, jaundice, kidney stones, skin infections, toothache, tuberculosis and tumors and more.

Modern science is confirming that coconut oil, in one form or another, can be used to kill viruses, bacteria and yeast, protect against osteoporosis, relieve the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and stomach ulcers, prevent tooth decay, support thyroid function, dissolve kidney stones and prevent obesity.

Dogs love coconut oil on their food as a condiment. Its daily use results in a glowing coat with less dandruff and odor. It also supports your dog’s thyroid function and hones his metabolism. Coconut oil is easily found in Health Food Stores and should be kept in the refrigerator. Give tiny dogs a teaspoon, medium sized dogs one to two tablespoons and large dogs three to four tablespoons. Add some Deserving Pets VITAL VITIES and watch their coats thicken, shine and glow with health. My lab actually smells sweet!


Hope you can stop in this weekend to see the adoptable kittens and cats!

Your Friends at End of the Leash

Please remember that us folks at End of the Leash are not veterinarians, and no information on our website is intended to replace the indispensable and professional advice of your veterinarian.

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