Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bag Balm: The Uses Are Endless

Bag Balm was originally created as a salve for chapped dairy cow teats. Whether the cow was milked by hand or with a machine, the teats' skin goes through a lot of friction each day. Chapped skin leads to cracks and cuts, allowing possible bacteria into the cow's body. Contaminated milk, and possible cow disease, could render the animal useless on the farm. With Bag Balm's moisturizing nourishment, cows are ready for milking every day. See where else you can use this salve in your life. You don't need to be on a farm to enjoy Bag Balm. In fact, dogs and cats are prime candidates for this soothing ointment.

What's In This Stuff?

Bag Balm uses three main ingredients, including 8-hydroxyquinoline sulphate, petrolatum and lanolin. Although it has a long, scientific name, 8-hydroxyquinoline sulphate is simply an antiseptic, clearing the way for safe moisturizing without harmful germs nearby. Petrolatum contributes some moisture to Bag Balm, but acts more like a trap to keep moisture in the skin. Lastly, lanolin provides most of the moisture, making the skin feel silky and smooth.

Can I Use It on All My Pets?

Because Bag Balm is tested and designed for animal use, you can use it on your dogs and cats. Use Bag Balm to soothe sore nipples during nursing, or even use it on their paws. Hot summer days often chap dog and cat paw skin. With moisture comes natural skin healing, whether the salve is applied on the nipples or paws. Any chapped or cracked skin can easily recover with Bag Balm use.

Thinking Of Using It on Your Skin?

You know you've thought about using Bag Balm on your skin. Have no fear, this salve is perfect for chapped hands and feet. Wear it at night with socks and gloves to truly rejuvenate the skin. For people with certain skin ailments, including psoriasis, you can use Bag Balm to treat irritated skin. With its harmonious ingredients, they absorb quickly into the skin, leaving a protective film across the skin to keep moisture trapped. Because your skin is your largest organ, you need to care for it constantly with Bag Balm use. Buy a container for yourself, and your four-legged friend, for skin irritation relief every day.

Good Application Practices

If you are going to apply Bag Balm to your cat or dog, make sure to rinse the application area thoroughly. Avoid cross-contamination between treated sites by applying the lotion separately to each area. For example, apply product to the nipples separately from the paws.

For application on your body, simply wash the area and dry it. Apply the ointment, and allow it to remain, such as overnight. You'll notice the difference almost immediately. Because there is no alcohol in Bag Balm, the product has a full moisturizing effect on the skin.

Look for the green canister when you purchase Bag Balm. With many competitors, no one can match this brand's quality salve for ailing skin.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

World Spay Day 2014

Owning a dog or cat brings joy and excitement to both the owner and pet’s lives every day they spend together.  Caring for a furry companion not only requires a pet owner to give the pet exercise, manage their diet and provide toys. A responsible pet owner understands the important role spaying or neutering plays in controlling the pet population and improving the lives of all animals.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society International is proud to sponsor the 20th annual World Spay Day on February 25, 2014.  The mission of World Spay Day is to raise awareness of spay/neutering with the goal of ending euthanasia and suffering of homeless pets. Communities around the country will be hosting events throughout the month of February that raise awareness to the issue by raising money, distributing information and even offering spay/neuter surgeries or vouchers.

Every year between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats are brought to overcrowded animal shelters around the country with the hope of finding a loving home. Unfortunately only half of these pets will be adopted leaving millions of animals to be euthanized. World Spay Day events provide a platform to inform owners of the benefits and importance of this pet birth control procedure.

Spay/Neuter Facts:
  • The procedure is the only 100% effective way to prevent your pet from getting pregnant
  • Decreases the number of potential homeless pets that are euthanized each year in animal shelters
  • Surgical procedures are performed by licensed veterinarians with most pets returning home the same day
  • Shelters and local SPCAs often provide low cost procedures for pet owner’s not able to afford the surgery
  • Over half of all pets are from unplanned litters and have trouble finding long term homes
  • Spaying/neutering may eliminate behaviors like roaming, spraying and fighting
Pet Health Market’s hope for World Spay Day is that owners understand spaying/neutering is a safe and easy way to control the pet population and improves the lives of pets in need of a home. Want to get involved in your community? Check out the US event locator or help internationally.