Is salmon safe for your pet?

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

I walked into my favorite pet store right after work, hungry. I was projecting my tastes as I selected the pet food flavors. The dog food package had a beautiful stream full of jumping salmon. The cat food label had an appetizing array of seafood, I chose the salmon. But then I remembered about “salmon poisoning.” Salmon is not safe for pets, or is it?

Living inside some salmon is a parasite, a member of the trematode family that relies on the host salmon to live. Living inside some of these trematodes is another parasitic organism named Neorickettsia helminthoeca, this rickettsia is sort of like a bacteria. And this is where the problem begins. The rickettsia is what can cause infectious disease in dogs and cats who eat raw salmon. This may result in serious illness and death. However, your pet may safely eat salmon if it is prepared by cooking or freezing it first, this will kill the rickettsia. If your pet does eat an infected raw salmon, the symptoms of the disease occur about a week later. They include severe intestinal upset and inflammation. This is easily treated but you will need to give your veterinarian a history of what he has been eating since a routine blood test will look normal.

The name “salmon poisoning” is a misnomer. The salmon simply carries the rickettsia, and not by choice. So cook or freeze your pet’s salmon and bon appetit.

Preventive care and supplements

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

Remember your grandmother’s saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” We all know she meant that if we take care of ourselves, we’ll stay healthy and avoid seeing the doctor.  The same is true for our pets. Instead of apples, however, a good diet, exercise and supplements will keep pets healthy and may reduce vet visits.

A quality food is the first step to better pet health. A good food can give dogs and cats more energy, a healthier skin and coat, better digestion, and more fully developed muscles.  When a good diet is combined with regular exercise, pets will more likely maintain a healthy weight, reducing chances of obesity and the health issues that accompany it.

Supplements also help dogs and cats remain active, vibrant and healthy. In Clover’s premium, natural supplements help support the most common health concerns that lead to trips to the veterinarian.

  • Joint Health: Connectin – complete formula showed results in 15 days*
  • Digestive/Immune Health: OptaGest:  4 enzymes plus prebiotic
  • Dental Health: Grin Daily Treats with green tea for tartar control

*data on file

What’s in your bank’s dog treat? Red dye 40?

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

I bring my dog Floyd to work with me so he is often in the car when I go to the bank drive through.  Even as a naïve rescue dog, it only took him one trip to realize that the magic tube holds a treat.  He believes that the closer he gets to the person in the window and the more animated he is, the more likely he will get a yummy prize.  He pecks his nose on the car window and prances from paw to paw demonstrating his excitement and appreciation for what is to come.

When my transaction is complete and the tube begins to whir through the air, he transfers his focus and strategy of getting closer and more animated to me.  I pull the paperwork from the tube and feel around for the biscuit.  I cringe as I pull out the bright red bone shaped treat. Hmmm, now I feed Floyd raw food and only keep natural treats on hand, and yet, there is no way I am not going to toss this red-dyed marvel to him.  What is it that makes the treat this unusual, non-food like hue?  I reluctantly look up the ingredients on the Internet and learn that it contains artificial red dye 40, also yellow dye 5 and blue dye 1.  I am sure the bacon fat preserved with the chemical BHT makes for longevity and flavor, but yuck.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the banks had yummy natural, healthy treats that our dogs love and we feel good about giving?  Well, that parallel universe can exist, for awhile anyway.  For the next month, In Clover will donate 2,000 pounds of natural, yummy, healthy Savvy Snax Joint treats to any bank (or dog rescue group) who contacts us at, they just have to pay the shipping cost.  Let your bank know and spread the word and good health.  Woof.

Can Canine Massage Help Your Dog?

By:  Paula Bindrich, Canine Massage Practitioner

The benefits of massage for your dog are countless. No matter what the age of your dog, keeping his muscles and joints as fluid as possible helps your dog move more easily and keeps him more balanced throughout his life. Easier movement means more fun for dogs.

Massage helps release endorphins and enhances circulation. Endorphins are the “feel good” chemicals in our bodies. They help with general well being and can help with pain management. Enhancing the circulation both moves out “stagnant” build-ups of toxins and brings good flow of oxygen to the tissues. This helps keep tissue healthy and rebuilds damaged areas, even helping sick dogs recover faster.

Massage also brings balance. If one part of your dog’s body is injured, he will compensate by shifting weight to another part of their body. This puts undue pressure on healthy joints and muscles, which could cause further problems down the road.

As a Canine Massage Practitioner, I’ve worked on dogs of all ages. Show dogs and other competitive dogs look in better conformation and perform more easily when balanced. With massage, older dogs are better able to move because muscles are looser, less painful and joint health is improved. Even pups benefit from the socialization and relief of pains that they can experience as they grow. Finally, massage can help abused or neglected dogs rebuild trust with humans, so they can become happy companion animals again.

Massage therapy can help dogs in many ways. Whether alone or in conjunction with other complimentary practices, massage can truly enhances your dog’s health and well- being.

What’s for Your Pet’s Dinner? 5 Ingredients to Avoid.

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

Good food is important for your dog and cat.  A balanced, high quality diet will give your pet more energy, better digestion, healthier skin and coat and more fully developed muscles.

My dog, Floyd, came into my life after living off the streets and foraging for food.  He survived but he certainly did not thrive on his low quality diet of junk food.  It would be like us eating a daily diet of McDonald’s.  We would certainly not feel our best and we would probably not live as long.

When you are shopping for pet food, read the label, ingredients are listed in order of quantity.  Look for a food with:

  • Real meat, not byproducts
  • Primary  ingredient is protein
  • Minimal grain

Don’t get lured by the pretty package, sometimes the bag has better ingredients pictured on the outside than what is contained in the food inside.  Here are 5 ingredients to avoid in your pet’s diet.

  • Low quality protein such as byproducts, animal digest, undefined “meat”
  • Sweeteners,  sugar, glucose, dextrose, fructose, HFCS, sorbitol
  • Grains such as corn, soy, wheat
  • Cellulose – in budget weight loss formulas
  • Artificial colors, flavors and preservatives such as Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT, sodium   benzoate

I am currently feeding Primal Raw, Taste of the Wild, and  Evo wet food. Share your food experiences, what works or does not work for your dog or cat?

1 in 4 Dogs Will Develop Joint Problems

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

Every morning I drag myself out of bed, cold nose nudging me along, for my morning run. My running partner and motivation is Floyd, a rescued Golden Retriever who will reward a good ear rub with a huge grin and loves everything about our early adventure. He is a morning dog and is anxious to get out his ya ya’s before going to work. We usually see 7 or 8 other dogs along the way. Shockingly, statistics suggest that 2 of these dogs have a need for joint support. They will have difficulty getting up, jumping into the car, finishing a walk. Because there are no nerve endings in the joint, the damage will be significant before they will communicate the signs of discomfort. Some safe and gentle ways to support healthy joint function in an active or aging dog include supplementation with:

  • Joint Building Blocks: Glucosamine,  Mucopolysaccharides, (Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Herbs: Yucca, Black Cohosh, Cayenne, MSM
  • Anti-oxidant: Turmeric, Ginger, Devil’s Claw, Alfalfa,  Vitamin C
  • Circulatory stimulant: Nettle, Celery Seed

Additionally, supplements with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) quality seal ensure extra quality standards are followed.