Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review and Giveaway: FlaxyCat and FlaxyDog

Hi everyone! We got something new in the mail today and we get to share it with you!
Sometimes we hear humans talking about how flaxseeds are good for them. Flax seeds are full of fiber, which helps with your digestion and can help prevent things like hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Flax seeds also have lots of protein and vitamins in them. And they have lots of Omega-3, which is really good for humans. It can reduce their risk of things like heart disease and stroke. We know of humans who like to mix flaxseeds in with their foods, or use it in recipes.


But we just found out that flaxseeds are also good for pets!


The people from FlaxUSA sent us some samples of their FlaxyCat and FlaxyDog products. Our Mama has been sprinkling some of it into our food every day. It doesn't change the taste of our food at all... although for some reason we all get really excited when we see her mixing it into our bowls! We know that the flax in our food is giving us all the same benefits that humans can get from it, like healthier hearts and better digestion. Eating it regularly can give us healthier joints, healthier skin, shiny coats, more energy, and faster healing when we do get sick.


Our Mama told us that huskies that are sled dogs are given flax oil regularly because it helps give them strength and energy, and helps to heal their paws. (Apparently they get lots of little cuts on their paws from all that running in snow and ice!)


Mama also read that Omega-3 (which is found in flaxseeds) can help stop the growth of cancerous tumors in pets. Can you believe that? She read that tumors can use simple carbohydrates (found in regular white flour, and sugar) to grow larger... but they cannot use the complex carbohydrates found in flaxseeds.


Eating flax can also help pets with allergies, itchy skin, and even mild arthritis!


We learned something else too. We know a lot of our friends who like to make their own dog treats. Did you know you can actually replace all or some of the flour in these recipes with flax? Or just add some flax into the recipe! Then your treats are not only delicious, but healthy too! Mama said tomorrow she is going to bake some treats for us using the flax seeds, just to show all of you how it can be done! (She would have done it today, but she had a lot of homework, and now Gramma is on her way home from work, and Mama cannot bake when Gramma is around because Gramma makes her too nervous! LOL!)


FlaxUSA has a special way of preparing their flax so it's at its healthiest. First, they use high quality flaxseeds grown by North Dakota farmers near where their business is located. They choose to use Golden Omega Flaxseed, as opposed to Brown Flaxseed, because the Golden kind has a better flavor that blends well with foods. The Brown kind can make foods taste bitter.


They clean the seeds rigorously. Then they grind the flaxseeds using a special method called Real Cold Milled, which keeps the flax fresh for 22 months. Other, more common ways of grinding the flaxseeds can take away the effectiveness of the Omega-3s and cause the flax to not last as long.


The FlaxUSA people also sent us four extra containers of flax. Guess why? So some of you can try it out too! We have two containers of FlaxyDog and two containers of FlaxyCat. Follow the directions to enter the giveaway. On Friday, March 4, at 5:00 pm Central, we will choose four winners to send the containers to!


DIRECTIONS FOR ENTRY
1. Leave a comment. Make sure, in your comment, to give us a way to contact you. If you comment with your Blogger profile or other url, we can find you at your blog even if you don't give us your email. But some people just comment anonymously, as, say, MIKE... with no email, or link, or anything!
2. In your comment, let us know if you want to enter for the FlaxyDOG, FlaxyCAT, or BOTH.
3. You get one free entry just for being you. Here's how to get extra entries... and if you do any of these things, let us know in your comment.
    - Visit the FlaxUSA website and tell us one interesting thing you saw there.
    - "Like" FlaxUSA on Facebook.
    - Find a recipe for a dog or cat food or treat that includes Flax, and post it in a comment here. (That will get you TWO extra entries!)


Good luck, everyone! We hope you win!

20 friendly visitors:

georgia little pea said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I won't take part in your contest since I'm too far away :p

We give Georgia flaxseed OIL, a teaspoon a day, for her skin issues. More can cause diarrhea. I know it's also an anti-inflammatory and good for such things as arthritis. Rufus would be getting some too except it's no good for a dog with pancreatitis. It's an excellent oil for humans, supposedly much better than salmon even, as it has a wider range of omegas.

Have a great weekend :)

Brian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Good luck to the critters entering!!!

Pauley, Middy, the Mr. or the Mrs. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ooooh we would love to win either :) My post today was about how I have skin allergies & I asked for advice; it is as if you did this post just for me. Thank you!

Pauley James

browndogcbr said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Y'all,

Cause of my allegies the vet has me on an Omega 3, 6, 9 capsule daily. My Human puts it in my food every morning and I eat it. Before you ask, I eat a special dry food.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Link Bartholomew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'd like to try some flaxy cat!

Amber DaWeenie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I found dis all very interesting and wonder if it would helps one of my pack mates who has tummy troubles. I is going to have Mom check it out.

Jan's Funny Farm said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Jan says flax is good for us so she was glad to visit the USA site and see their products are pesticide and GMO free. We have both cats and dogs living here so we'd like to enter for both Flaxycat and Flaxydog.

shibasenji said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We'd be interested in trying some flax supplements! We give fish oil right now, and only sometimes flaxseed oil capsules, but we haven't tried it in this form.

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Gosh, not only are you guys dashing and dobonaire in donning your St. Patrick's Day attire, you are also very smart. You shared many things I had no idea about. I have a golden named Hurricane and a kitty named Angel-Kitty and I bet this stuff would help them.
thanks for sharing such great information! Either would suit for the give-away.
Thanks for stopping by my blog...I enjoyed your visit tremendously!

Oskar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We would like to try flaxy cat for our kitties! My food has lots of that good stuff in it for our kitties.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

hoerauf at comcast dot net

Kari in WeHo said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That sure does sound like a great product! We would love the DOG version.

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Cara n Crew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's wonderful you have the chance to try this and do the give away! We'd like to enter for the FlaxyDOG. Thanks!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

Neeko said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oooooh! This is good stuff you covered in this postie.
My Mommy knew how good Flaxseed is but we did not know that they have the pet version now. Pawsome news!
We will definitely check it out :o)

Smooches,
Neeko :o)
P.S. Like the festive look of your bloggie.

Kirby, CGC said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mom and I would like to enter to win Flaxy dog! Mom is always looking for healthy things for me, she has even used flax seed before for herself, and never thought about if for dogs.

We went to the site, and clicked on the recipes and the first recipe that shows up is MEATLOAF! We cracked up because it's my mom's favorite meal!

Cool contest dudes!

Woof!
Kirby

youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for visiting our blog today and leaving a comment. We put you on our blog feed list :)

I am wondering how thie FlaxyDog is different than the flax seed you buy in the store for people. Have they added soemthing extra to it for dogs?

HoundDogMom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We would love to win the FlaxDog to try in our homemade treats. http://www.hounddogmom.blogspot.com

Sniffs, The Hounddogs

Sugar the Golden Retriever said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Woof! Woof! LOVE to enter your contest. My mom makes delish treats n adds flaxseed on it. We posted it on our blog. I hope I win the FLAXYDog. www.sugathegoldenretriever.com Our email is on our blog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sugar the Golden Retriever said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Woof! Woof! Me again Sugar ... The recipe seems to be long n having a hard time pasting it. So here's the link. http://www.sugarthegoldenretriever.com/2010/11/tasty-treat-cheesy-cinnamon-apple.html
On our Treat post we also provided information about Flaxseed. I hope this entry counts cause we want to win it. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sugar the Golden Retriever said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Woof! Woof! Me again Sugar. We just "LIKE" Flax USA on Facebook. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sugar the Golden Retriever said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Woof! Woof! Me again Sugar. We left a wall message on FlaxUSA FB page n linked the dog treat recipe.

Just visited their website. What we like (well my mom liked) was their recipe page. Ways to include flaxseed on a recipe.

Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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