How Green-Lipped Mussels Can Help Animals With Arthritis

How To Relieve Your Pets Arthritis Using This Supplement From The Sea

Arthritis isn’t a health issue affecting only people. But our animals can get arthritis too. Whether it’s our horse, dog, cat or even some other animas.

Like with people. Arthritis can cause issues with mobility for our animals, and also cause pain.

So it’s important to do our best to identify the signs. And take action to stop our horses, dogs and other animals from suffering from this painful condition.

Of course if you’re concerned that your animal has arthritis. Then get a veterinary surgeon to examine your animal as soon as possible.

There are many ways to treat arthritis affecting animals. Including many complementary animal therapies and using different supplements. You can get more information here.

One popular supplement is green-lipped mussel. In this post you can find out more about what green lipped mussel is, and why it may be useful for your animal’s health.

So first of all what is green-lipped mussel? It’s also sometimes known as the New Zealand mussel, as it’s a shellfish native to New Zealand.

This mussel has its name due to having green edges. It became known as having potential medicinal properties. Due to it being a food of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand. And the Maori people living near the coast, seemed to be less affected by arthritis than those living inland.

Mussels are an important part of the marine environment. And they act as a sea-water filter. Which as the green-lipped mussels grow in the southern oceans. Means they keep many beneficial nutrients.

What do green lipped mussels contain that may help your animal with arthritis?

These mussels contain Chondroitin Sulphate. This is an ingredient common in many arthritis symptom relieving supplements.

They also contain a omega-3 fatty acids. Which are also a common component of many joint health supplements.

Green lipped mussels also contain other minerals and vitamins. Such as zinc, iron, selenium and B-vitamins.

How to choose the best green-lipped mussel supplement for your animal?

As with any supplement, it can be difficult to choose the best one. Despite many marketing and advertisements for different supplements, they can be quite different. Which can mean the body doesn't absorb the ingredients well. Or they may have different strengths of the active ingredient. Some many contain other ingredients, which may or may not be necessary.

Also, it’s important to choose products that are sustainable, and ethically produced. And that the manufacturing process preserves the active ingredients. With no damage to it.

Has there been any veterinary research to prove that green lipped mussels work for animals with arthritis?

Yes there has been several veterinary research studies. This includes the following:

Would you like to know more about how to help stop your animal being affected by arthritis?

Remember.. There can be many reasons for your animal to be showing the symptoms of arthritis - when actually it isn't! Always speak to your veterinary surgeon without delay, if your animal is having mobility issues or is in any sign of pain. Do you want to know what signs to look for to see if your dog is in pain? Take a look here at my advice page.

It's possible your animal could harm him or herself. Or there maybe an underlying health reason that needs diagnosis and treatment.

Lastly… 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, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

Love These Brilliant Natural Ways To Help Pets Cope With Excitement

How To Help Stop Your Animal Feel Over-Excited With Natural Therapies

As an animal owner or keeper, you'll see a variety of behaviours. Whether it's your horse, pet, or other animal. And their behaviour will include some level of excitability.

Excitability can be for a range of reasons. For horses, going to a show, or somewhere different can be very exciting. This can be despite our best our best efforts and training.

What Can You Do To Stop Your Pet Feeling Over-Excited

Firstly identify the reason or situation.

Knowing why your animal is feeling excited is the first step. It's ideal if you can take action to reduce the likelihood of excitability in advance.

If you know your animal is likely to face an excitable situation. Then using complementary therapies in advance can be invaluable. For instance use:

  • Herbs - Popular herbs for 'calming' include Valerian, Chamomile and Vervain
  • Homeopathy - Scutellaria is a popular homeopathic remedy to help with excitability
  • Bach Flower Remedies - There are 38 of these remedies. And many will be useful to help your animal at some point during his or her life. Helping with all types of emotional states, including excitability. The best remedy will depend on your individual animal. Also Vervain as mentioned above is not only a herb but part of the Bach system.
  • Massage - There are specialist canine, equine and feline massage therapists. But other animals can find massage useful too! Massage can be soothing and relieve tension and stress. Helping your animal to feel more relaxed generally can be helpful.
  • Natural supplements such as magnesium can also be useful. Find out more here in this Natural Pet Health blog post

If you're faced with an unexpected event, that means your animal is over-excited. What do you do?

  • Bach Flower Remedies are again useful. A combination remedy called "Rescue Remedy" is helpful for "crisis situations".
  • Homeopathy - by using an increased dosage, then scutellaria can be helpful.
  • Tellington Ttouch involves a variety of techniques which help wellbeing. And including in stressful situations. E.g. Using stroking of your horse or pet's ears can be useful to reduce anxiety.

Other ideas to help your animals' excitability

If your animal is prone to excitability then consider what feed and care you're giving.

For example using "Five Element Theory"*. Neutral or cooling foods can be better than having warm foods. Warming foods can enflame an excitable situation. As an example if your dog or cat have chicken or lamb normally and they're a "fire personality". Then these can exacerbate their heat and excitability or other behaviour. Instead duck, rabbit or pork can be better.

*You can find more information on Five Element Theory here. This is the basis of many traditional chinese veterinary medicine techniques.

Remember.. There can be many reasons for your animal to be showing excitable behaviour. If you're in any doubt as to the reason. Or your animal is showing signs of distress, then always speak to your veterinary surgeon without delay.

It's possible your animal could harm him or herself. Or there maybe an underlying health reason that needs diagnosis and treatment.

Lastly… 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, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

5 Top Tips To Safely Transporting Your Pets

Love These Top 5 Tips To Safely Transport Your Pets

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about transporting animals. The law: an animal must be suitably restrained when being transported. Which leads to A LOT of interpretation.

This list is not only the legal way, the safe way, but the way which puts the animals well being first. The way in which you transport an animal depends on certain factors too. Like if you are alone in the vehicle with the animal.

dog guard 1

Your Dog Will Love These Tips For Safe Transport

  1. A big dog (Great Dane/German Sheppard size) in a big boot with a dog guard. The safest way when transporting on your own. You can use an additional seat belt if you feel the dog will jump out and run off when you open the boot. You want to make sure you are using a crash tested dog guard. Travall will have one specific to your vehicle/.

  1. A medium sized dog (Collie/Labrador size), in the same way if they are on the larger side. If they are on the smaller side a crash tested crate, K9 have a big selection.

  1. If you have a small or very small dog (Cavalier/chihuahua) assuming you are alone then I would still go for a crate. You can get smaller ones or double sided ones, which also allows space to store any shopping etc in your boot. For all 3 of these options you can buy mirrors which allows you to observe your dog whilst they are in the back section

  1. Travelling with a dog inside the car; if you are going to travel in a car with a dog then you do want to give your dog the best chance whilst them being safe and comfortable. Look for a seat belt harness which is crash tested. There are some on the market that are quite expensive (about £100) but you get what you pay for. These are a harness with a loop attachment that the seatbelt goes through. You should never attach a seatbelt to a dogs collar. In the event of an accident they could be seriously injured if not killed with the impact on their neck. A harness distributes a dogs weight more evenly.

Think also about the size of the dog and position they are sitting. REMEMBER it can invalidate your insurance if you have a dog in the front seat of your car. And think of the damage the airbag will do if it goes off with your beloved pet in the front seat! Your dog whilst in their seat belt, needs to be secure in their seat. So if you were to suddenly brake they are not going to be projected forward into the seat in front. This would cause further damage to themselves or the person sitting in the front seat. If you are alone, put the dog behind the passenger seat.

How To Care For Your Cat With These Transport Tips

  1. Cats: the safest way to transport a cat is behind the driver or passenger seat on the floor. Never put a cat in a basket on the seat, even with the seatbelt on. The kinds of baskets sold are not crash tested, in the event of a crash the seatbelt will destroy the basket and the cat will be a projectile headed for the seat in front. Or if you’ve put the cat in the front passenger seat and the airbag goes off, I’m no vet but I bet its bye bye kitty!

cat in car

This is just an overview of how to transport pets safely. I could go further into this subject as an expert in my field. I’m sad to say there are plenty of opportunists out there looking to make money from transporting pets. Whether you are transporting your pet yourself or asking a professional company to do it for you. Always make sure they are transporting with your pets best interests as their main objective.

Another top tip is to get your pet used to travelling. There are ways to reduce your pets stress whether it’s a cat or a dog, but we’ll save that for another top tips article.

About The Author
This is a guest post by Claire Harris, the country’s leading expert on pet transport.

Claire Harris founder of Pets 2 Places, the UK’s first pet taxi franchise is the country’s leading expert on pet transport. Starting the service in her home town of Milton Keynes.

Claire Harris age 43 started Pets 2 Places in 2014, helping take pets and their owners to the vets, groomers and kennels, or anywhere else they need to go, even on holiday.

Claire has achieved many accolades such as Women Leader of the year for starting her own company despite many challenges. Was invited to the House of Lords to celebrate on National Women’s Day for her contribution not just her community through her work, but her involvement in charity work.

Claire has gained many awards for Pets 2 Places including Best Pet Business of the Year 2019,and finalist at the Encouraging Women Into Franchising (EWIF) awards sponsored by Natwest.

3 Tips To Help Your Puppy Be Happy

How To Help Care For Your Puppy

A new dog is so exciting. And if you've a puppy then it's also more likely to be a rollercoaster! Like any baby or young animal, as a puppy grows then they go through phases of development. (See this American Kennel Club article for more).

Although of course this applies to any dog (or person)! But as a puppy these are more acute than with an adult dog.

Here are 3 top tips to help you help your puppy to have a healthy life!

Having a variety of safe toys for your pup

Your pet store may have a range of toys. But if your pup likes a good chew or play they may fray or break. So you will need to replace them. Possibly often!

Some breeds of dogs are more inquisitive than others. This means if your puppy gets easily bored then having a few he or she can choose from is a good idea.

Finding a bed your puppy loves

Now there are many different types of bedding your puppy could have. And it's worth considering if your pup loves chewing that spending a lot of money on a bed may prove expensive if he or she eats and rips it!

But of course money should be no object for your special pup. Having a variety of beds in different locations is a good idea. Although your pup needs to have somewhere they know is 'safe' and is their place to sleep. Your pup may feel isolated if they have to be in another room to you. Even in the daytime.

So consider having a bed for 'most of the time', or at night. And a bed where they can sit near you in the evening or daytime.

By doing this at least, will help your pup feel happy to rest and relax. Many "behavioural problems" can stem from a lack of social contact.

Spend time on training your pup

"Behavioural problems" are often an unfair label. Instead your pup is communicating his or her thoughts and wants. If these are not what you want. This is because your pup is learning still. And may also be confused.

Your pup needs to have fun. And learning can made entertaining and fun. Positive reinforcement is really effective. But consistency is vital! It does take time. A lot of time. Keep training sessions short. And use their favourite toys or treats. Again you may need a variety of different toys and treats to help keep training times interesting.

Training should not confuse. So be consistent. But do mix up the things you're training. If you're training "a sit", don't do this so much your pup gets bored. Practise it. But then try something else. Like "a stay", etc.

Also train in different places. When you take your pup out on walks practice learning new skills there too. Learning skills wherever your pup is helpful for long-term life skills!

If you're in the UK, the national charity "Dogs Trust" not only have a useful youtube site (click here) but also offer puppy school classes in a venue near you. Choosing a reputable trainer is essential. And having used Dogs Trust Dog School I can recommend personally!

In conclusion… Help your pup to have an enriching healthy happy life, by using variety. Variety of toys, variety of comfortable places to sleep and sit and variety of treats and training sessions.

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Get other useful information - read this article for information on "How to Take Care of a 6 Week Old Puppy – What to Feed and More"

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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.

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About the Author

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

How To Get Your Dream Career In Veterinary Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy

A groundbreaking qualification allows Veterinary Physiotherapists to provide therapeutic treatments on animals in water and on land

The pandemic has forced a wave of advances in education. It has proven that universities, colleges, and online learning providers can deliver high-quality education without the physical presence of a traditional classroom.

Universities are being forced to adapt to a safer covid19-safe learning environment, including providing tutor zoom calls, online assessments, and downloadable lectures. Awarding organisations that produce Ofqual regulated qualifications are starting to open to this idea too. They are starting to see investigate new opportunities to expand the education offering and enhance new courses, so they are accessible to all.

They are also taking a closer look at the pathways to certain qualified professional animal roles. This has provided a new opportunity to address some of the way animal professionals get qualified and ways we can train individuals more efficiently.

Before we dive deeper into the new world of education in Veterinary Physiotherapy, let’s look how it has worked in the past.
Previously, there were only a handful of ways to obtain a relevant qualification in Veterinary Physiotherapy. However, it is a long and winding road for many students, and embarking journey on this journey has traditionally taken two routes:

  1. First become a Chartered (Human) Physiotherapist

    Train as human physiotherapist and obtain the label ‘State Registered Physiotherapist’ This option takes several years of full-time study with clinical placements. Once a qualified member, you can then specialize in Veterinary or Animal Physiotherapy.

  1. Qualify directly in Veterinary Physiotherapy

    Study an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Course in BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy which takes on average 4 years. Or study a MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy and then study for a Postgraduate Diploma over several years.

    After successfully completing a qualification in Veterinary Physiotherapy, practising Physiotherapists are expected to provide proof that they are approved members of certain industry-led professional associations.

The four leading memberships are:

  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy
  • Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists
  • National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists
  • International Association of Animal Therapists

These associations will not accept a membership application unless there is evidence of a completed regulated qualification or degree in that field.

Why couldn’t Physiotherapist treat animals in water and on land?

Previously, Veterinary Physiotherapists would have to complete two separate qualifications to be able to treat animals both in water and on land.

What's more puzzling is that unless you're lucky enough to find someone who's completed professional training in both physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for animals.
Then two people would be hired to provide a full treatment plan for one animal - a trained Animal Hydrotherapist and a qualified Animal Physiotherapist. These professionals would have to work separately due to the strict animal legislations and guidelines on animal treatments and handling.

Luckily, the education system has made huge steps in this field and have accepted that the traditional methods are outdated. Thankfully, a new Ofqual regulated diploma is now available with two qualifications in one sitting. The combined Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy + The Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy course is first of its kind.

Allowing students to become both qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapists and Veterinary Physiotherapists without having to attend university. This is the first qualification that enables Veterinary Professionals to practice treatment on animals both in the water (hydrotherapy) and on land (physiotherapy).

The course allows flexible practical training (800 hours clinical practice) at the students preferred location, 25 days of practical training and assessments at a Canine Fitness school. And the course also features the bonus of hydrotherapy and aquatic treadmill training with 6 days of hands-on training.

The theory elements of this course can be studied online, providing a new point of entry for learners and flexibility in how, when and where they study.

This course contains two qualifications, both regulated by Ofqual.

Upon completion, students will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy (Ofqual code: 603/4410/6) , and a Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy (Ofqual code: 603/7725/2) which is the equivalent of a degree. This course is currently available to enrol online and available to purchase in monthly instalments to spread out the cost of payments. This course is available to study with the largest animal course provider, Animal Courses Direct. Animal Courses Direct has been awarded the Accredited Educational Provider status (AEP) status by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).

Meaning that successful students can register with RAMP a as qualified Veterinary Physiotherapists without further training. Previously, this option was only available for university and masters’ students. Students can also apply as a member as a qualified Hydrotherapist at the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT) once they have completed this qualification.

What if I am already an Animal Hydrotherapist?

Qualified Animal Hydrotherapists can also fast-track with training in Veterinary Physiotherapy.
The Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Hydrotherapy can also be studied by those who have a Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy (including treadmill unit – with either ABC/SEG, Open College Network West Midlands or OCN London) and prior experience within the industry. The minimum age for learners is 18 and students must be able to access and travel to veterinary physiotherapy clinics, canine fitness centers and small animal hydrotherapy centres In the UK for the mandatory practical training.

Visit the website for more information or call the direct line on 01202 006 040.

About The Author
This is a guest post by Alexandra Pietraszko of Animal Courses Direct

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