Meow you know how to buy a Kittymas Tree!

Did you ask your cat which Christmas tree to get this year?     Did you know there are over 16 types of Christmas trees? They fall into categories of Fir, Spruce, Pine, Cedar, and Cypress. Each with its own characteristics ranging from light to dark colored needles, and low to strong fragrances. This year when you are deciding which type of tree you want to strap to your car and adorn with decorations, ask your cat for their preference! That’s not to say we encourage your cats to climb up or knock over your Christmas tree, but consider how your choice could affect your cat’s health. Many already know that other holiday plants are poisonous to cats, like Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Holly, but what about the tree in your living room? Not all are toxic to our feline babies, so let’s let them help decide!

     Two very popular types of Christmas trees, Spruce and Douglas Fir are considered safe tree for cats. Most cedar trees are not toxic to cats, so switch it up and try an Eastern Red cedar this year! Other trees that are often lumped into the cedar family that are safe for cats include Atlas cedar, cedar of Lebanon, and North White cedar. Some pine trees can be poisonous to cats, however. Steer clear of Norfolk pine, House pine, and Australian pine, as they can be cause reactions in cats. Find out what is available in your area and do research before you decide! You know your cat’s behavior more than anyone else, so consult with your feline babies while your deciding on a Christmas tree, especially if you’ve had your cat’s hair tested for food and environmental sensitivities and intolerances. Try to create a special area away from the Christmas tree for your cat to play and celebrate Christmas! Make sure your kitty feels special and comfortable amongst all the holiday madness and changes in the home.

     Keep in mind, the means of toxicity discussed here refers to the sap that cats may come into contact if they bite a branch, or rub on and climb on the tree. If you see sap on your cat, wash it off immediately. Kitties who may ingest the tree needles, monitor them because the needles can irritate (and even puncture) the digestive tract. Some additional tips to decorating for Christmas include keeping catnip and cat toys away from the tree, and be cautious of which decorations (like tinsel) are placed on the lower branches. To discourage their playful curiosity, try to place your tree in an area where it is free standing. Keeping chairs, couches, tables, and shelves away from the tree will take away opportunities for your little lion to explore the tree! If you think your cat will still want to check out your Christmas tree, companies such as Nature’s Miracle make sprays that discourage interest. If you opt for an artificial tree this year, be aware if your cat attempts to eat or chew on the branches!

Have a safe and happy Christmas!



One of the new buzz words or phrases today is “heavy metals” and or “heavy metal toxicity”. With all of the medical issues people are having today, this topic of conversation seems to come up more times than not.

Our bodies were designed as perfect well oiled working machines. If everything is working properly, we should be able to naturally detox. Unfortunately, some of us accumulate more toxins than others in our tissues. Why is this so? Some of us were born nutritionally deficient and already exposed to certain toxins that were transferred in-utero via the placenta from our mothers (yes people you can blame your moms!) Others have poor diets, some live in toxic environments, and others have a slower metabolic process.

Then let’s add the fact that the world we live in is polluted. Toxins come from the air we breath, water we drink, the soil, and the food we eat. EVERYONE is exposed to toxins on a daily basis. Unless you decide to live life in a bubble, there is no way to avoid exposure to these harmful toxins.

I have spoken with people after their test results have come in and they have said to me there is no way that I could have been exposed to these items. However, did you know that pesticides and fertilizers sprayed in another country can be carried through the air due to winds and deposited in our water and soil. Amalgam fillings in your teeth can account for high levels of mercury toxicity. Deodorants, shampoos, bleach, detergents, cosmetics, soaps, all contain chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin and end up being stored in your tissues. We are still seeing the effects of nuclear plant melt-downs in opposite ends of the world due to the prevailing winds.

Now are you still wondering why our bodies can be a toxic waste dump? These toxins can contribute to multiple diseases and can be the cause of all of the aches and pains you might be feeling.

You have all heard about the common heavy metals and minerals such as Lead, Mercury, Aluminum, Arsenic, Platinum, Gold, and Silver. However, did you know that the 5Strands Affordable test can test for some far out metals/minerals such as Polnium, Uranium, Radium, Osmium, Molybenum, Rhodium, and Scandium. Some of you may have not heard of these metals/minerals but they do show up on our customers reports.

Let’s take one of the most obscure metals/minerals- Polonium and talk about it in relationship to how it could possibly show up on someone’s report.

Polonium- Because it is present in small concentrations, isolation of polonium from natural sources is a tedious process. The general population is exposed to small amounts of polonium as a radon daughter in indoor air. Polonium is indeed an element naturally present in all humans, contributing appreciably to natural background dose, with wide geographical and cultural variations, and particularly high levels in arctic residents. Tobacco smoking causes additional exposure to polonium. Polonium-210 in tobacco contributes to many of the cases of lung cancer worldwide. Most of this polonium is derived from lead-210 deposited on tobacco leaves from the atmosphere; the lead-210 is a product of radon-222 gas, much of which appears to originate from the decay of radium-226 from fertilizers applied to the tobacco soils. Polonium is found in the food chain, especially in seafood.

Polonium is a radiation hazard only if it is taken internally through breathing, eating, our entering through broken skin/wound. It is not a hazard on the outside of the body as it will not go through unbroken skin. Long term exposure can lead to cancer, organ failure, and even death.

You might say, why do I need to know this information? My point is that even though you may not have heard of these heavy metals, you are being exposed to them on a regular basis. Now how your body eliminates them is the question. You must figure out what routine works for YOU. Not all bodies are created equal. Finding the right nutrition plan that includes foods that will naturally help the body detox is key. 5Strands Affordable testing can help you with determining what you should be focusing on. The purpose of this test is to help you determine how to naturally take care of your body without taking prescription medications. Medications are filled will all kinds of additives and chemicals that can add to your bodies toxification. No one talks about this since it is easier to just take a pill and move on with your day. Medications are only masking your symptoms. 5Strands Affordable Testing wants to teach you how to become responsible for your own health.

Viva Las Vegas with Three Dog Bakery!

Viva Las Vegas with Three Dog Bakery!

Every year there are two very big trade expos in the pet industry. In the spring, we attend Global Pet Expo and in the Summer, it is Super Zoo. Attending these expo’s allows us to meet all kinds of people in the pet industry. We also learn about new pet products and pet foods on the market. In addition, we get to meet retailers that have unique stores.

Welcome to Las Vegas Nevada

One of those unique stores is Three Dog Bakery. They are actually a country-wide franchise. We met the owner of Three Dog Bakery in Las Vegas, Frank Shaw. Frank decided to carry our pet test in his store and has done very well selling the test to his customers. We are grateful to retailers like Frank for promoting our product and striving to provide quality pet food to their customers. Once the testing process has been completed and you receive your pet’s results, you can bring the report into his store and he will help you determine the best food to feed your pet.

     I recently planned a trip to see my son in Las Vegas and decided to take a side trip to visit Frank at Three Dog Bakery. I had always heard great things about the products they sold and wanted to see for myself.

We Bake Love into Every Bite

I stopped by the store and we took a video of Frank explaining various products and their in-store bakery. We hope to have the videos uploaded to our YouTube channel shortly.

Sweet without any pefined sugar

The store was designed to maximize space and features quality products, custom dog foods, and most of all custom baked treats that are literally edible by humans! I almost started drooling while eyeing the baked goods in the showcase! I could not believe the treats looked so yummy………

Pet Bakery
Love your Pet Bakery

For pets that have issues with the standard proteins, Three Dog Bakery carries jerky made from some of the exotic proteins such as Bison and wild game.

Plaque off System

Frank’s store also carries a full line of CBD products to help your pet with anxiety and inflammation problems. They even carry a special line of wheat-free food named after his dog, Gracie. 

     Aside from all of the custom food and treats, he carries a line of toys, custom pet beds, pet bowls/dishes, collars, leashes, first aid products, rawhides, bones, and much more!

     So forget about the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,”………when it comes to quality pet food. You need to tell all your family and friends about Frank’s pet store, Three Dog Bakery.

     The next time you are in Vegas, feel free to stop by and see Frank and the crew and try some of his homemade treats.