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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Kong Stuffer Recipe - Nutritious Healthy Treat


If you choose to give your dog a Kong, this Kong Stuffer recipe makes a nutritious healthy treat for your dog… 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup meat or meat grind (ground meat, organ meats and bone)
    • If on a 100% raw diet, use raw meat.
      • If not on a 100% raw diet, use gently cooked meat proteins.
      • Meat examples -
        • Poultry / fowl.
        • Red meat.
        • Wild-caught fish such as sardines.
        • Organ meats, including fresh raw tripe.
  • 1 tsp of one of the following:
    • Coconut oil, ghee, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini.
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup of one or the combination of the following:
    • Dandelion greens
    • Kale leaves
    • Sprouts
      • Broccoli sprouts
      • Other dark leafy green sprouts
      • Cat grass sprouts
      • Herb Sprouts (i.e. basil, cilantro, dill, fenugreek, parsley)
      • Sunflower sprouts
      • Watercress
      • Wheat grass sprouts
Preparation
  • Toss all ingredients in a blender or food processor – puree.
  • Stuff the Kong with the pureed treat mix.
  • Place Kong in freezer.
  • You can cut the above Stuffer treat recipe in half, or double, triple, quadruple the recipe to suit the size and quantity of Kong you will be filling.
Serving
  • Serve frozen.
Variations
  • You can also try -
  • 1 tbs of raw unpasteurized natural honey 
  • Replace the blueberries with tart red cherries.
    • You can also choose other substitutes – for ideas go here >>
  • 1 tsp, up to 1 tbs – *herb or *spice appropriate for your dog’s health. For example:
    • Ceylon Cinnamon – read here >>
    • Ginger – read here >>
    • Turmeric – read here >>
    • Other herbs and spices for dogs – read here >>
    • *use organic or wild-crafted herbs.

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    • Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Leotards for Dogs to ‘keep’ your House, Car Clean – Unethical?




Leotards for Dogs to ‘keep’ your House, Car Clean – Unethical? It's NATURAL for dogs to shed their fur, it's NOT natural for dog to excessively shed their fur. If your dog is shedding excessively is this what you need? Is it what your dog needs? What's the REAL problem...

OK, so what do you all think? Leotards SPECIFICALLY designed to prevent dogs from shedding (losing their fur) in your house,  on your furniture, in your car etc.

These leotards are undeniably CUTE in appearance, BUT, in MY opinion, the way this product is being marketed is a HUGE problem – here’s why …

The pet industry is ALREADY over-populated with companies that create/manufacture and PUSH products that are designed FIRST for PROFIT, regardless of the short and long-term deleterious effect on dogs’ health. 

The industry encourages dog owners to ‘normalize’ the masking of health or behavior issues and conditions as opposed to actually and NATURALLY treating and remedying conditions. Let’s be honest – the many unethical pet food, treat, grooming products and synthetic drugs are the PREDOMINANT CAUSE of health issues and conditions in the first place. 

In my opinion pet owners don’t need yet another product that normalizes a condition (EXCESSIVE shedding) that typically results from a poor diet, and health deteriorating veterinary ‘care’ (i.e. over-vaccination, immune system destroying synthetic-chemical pesticides = flea tick heartworm ‘preventatives’, toxic shampoo, toxic oral care products, etc.

If your dog is NOT suffering from EXCESSIVE shedding and you simply WISH to keep your home, or car ‘fur-free’ – well, a dog is NOT an appropriate companion for you.
  • Putting a leotard on a dog to save the pristine look of your vehicle is NOT an act of true love, it is an act of selfishness.
    • Your dog can overheat.
    • Your dog can get hung-up in the garment in your absence while he/she attempts to remove it on his/her own.
    • It's a choking hazard.
    • For smaller dogs a bone-breaking hazard. 
If your dog is excessively shedding address the root cause for the benefit of your dog’s long-term health and quality of life. 

In the interim - put a sheet on your car seats (or purchase a commercial dog car-seat protector), and before your dog gets in the vehicle give him/ her a quick brushing to remove excess fur.

By marketing this product as the company is currently doing it is MY opinion, they are simply reinforcing the fundamental WRONG done by an unethical pet industry that preys on the uninformed public. Obviously the marketing angle they have chosen is smart if your overriding priority is PROFIT. How about an approach that balances profit and the health of the dog equally? Yah, not going to happen, because the pet industry is greedy. So YOU, as your dog’s guardian are put in a position where you must do your homework, and think beyond marketing schemes to protect your dog’s health and well-being.

Had this company chosen to market their product in a less problematic manner, I would be applauding them for their innovation, rather than looking at their product with grave concern.

In my opinion there are good uses for dog leotards - for example...

  • Dogs with specific skin health conditions – example the dog needs his /her skin/fur covered during the healing process. 
  • For dogs that are susceptible to cold due to short fur type – i.e. Boxers, Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, Whippets, etc. 
  • For dogs with compromised immune systems, etc. that make him / her susceptible to cold.
  • To help limit exposure to ticks and other disease causing insects.
  • And a few caveats to the above - 
    • Warm and hot ambient air temperatures are a mitigating factor in which a dog leotard can pose a high risk to the dogs health. 
    • Dogs that do not readily accept wearing close-fitting garments should not be forced to wear a dog leotard unless closely monitored.  
    • A dog leotard may pose a choking or other hazard if the fabric catches, or gets snagged while on a dog. This can happen in the house, in the car, in your backyard, on a walk, etc.
    • Use with caution.

In my opinion, the impetuous behind the creating and marketing of this product makes it just another money grab, in a market place that teaches the pet owner to seek band-aid fixes rather than healthful solutions that support short and long-term quality of life for a dog. Just my opinion, for the health of your dog. 

Additional Assistance – Holistic Health and Wellness
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I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
 
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    • Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Salt in Dog, Cat Pet Food and Treats – A Bad Ingredient





Salt in Dog, Cat Pet Food and Treats – A Bad Ingredient

Salt in dog, cat pet food and treats - a bad ingredient you need to avoid. Dogs and cats require natural, organic sodium – NOT inorganic highly processed sodium also known as ‘bad’ salt. The salt used by the pet industry is ‘Common Table Salt” also called ‘Iodized Salt’ - an inorganic, toxic-laden, non-digestible substance. This type of salt is health deteriorating, or in simpler terms a ‘bad’ ingredient – ‘bad’ salt.

Do you know why the pet food industry adds ‘bad’ salt to your dogs and cats’ food and treats? Dogs and cats living in their natural state don’t eat common table salt. Why would your dog and cat need to consume a bad ingredient?

Time for the truth…

Common Table Salt/Iodized Salt – Acidifying your Dogs and Cats’ Body

Common table salt is sourced from mining deposits of underground salt. After extraction the mined salt undergoes intense processing that strips the salt of valuable mineral content leaving only chloride and sodium to form an acidifying compound (NaCI). NaCl has no nutritional value, it cannot be absorbed by, nor easily eliminated from a dogs and cats body, and it is an acidifying agent. An acidic body is at great risk of inflammatory diseases (i.e. arthritis, cancer, metabolic issues, urinary tract issues, etc.), and the perfect environment for parasites such as fleas, heartworm, and intestinal worms.

Anti-Caking Agents in Common Table Salt/Iodized Salt – Toxifying Your Dogs and Cats’ Body

During processing substances are added to the salt to prevent the salt from binding and clumping. These substances are called ‘anti-caking agents’. The anti-caking agents used in salt processing are toxins and carcinogens. While these substances simplify the manufacturing process, they also cause additional harm to those that ingest the salt – in this case your dog and cat.

You won’t see these caking agents listed as an ingredient on pet food and treat ingredient lists. The FDA, Health Canada, the FSA and other similar regulatory bodies do not require the listing if ingredients of ingredients to be listed, or otherwise divulged to the general public.

Let’s take a brief look at these anti-caking agents…

Calcium silicate - a known irritant to eyes and lungs.

Dicalcium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate (the least issue-causing of the caking agents), and silicon dioxide - all are known irritants to the eyes, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and skin.

Fluoride Sodium Bicarbonate – contains synthetic form of fluoride that is a known carcinogen, endocrine disruptor, inflammatory, toxic agent.

Potassium iodide - a known mutagen for somatic cells (all cells in the body with the exception of reproductive cells).  Is classified as ‘maybe’ toxic to the thyroid and is an eye, ingested, inhaled and skin irritant.

Sodium aluminosilicate - a common flow agent used in table salt. It contains aluminum derivatives – known carcinogen, and contributing cause of dementia.

Sodium ferrocyanide - (ferrocyanide, yellow prussiate of soda). Ferrocyanide is classified as an irritant to – eyes, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and skin.

Sugar - iodine is added to most common table salt. GMO corn syrup (sugar, dextrose) is used to stabilize the iodine. Corn syrup (sugar) is an inflammatory agent (chronic disease-causing), and is a source of glyphosate residue (a carcinogen).  On March 20, 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released its findings on the herbicide glyphosate, concluding that there is “sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity” based on laboratory studies. You can read the World Health Organization (WHO) report on IARC’s findings be going here>>.

Talc - a known carcinogen.

Let’s Not Forget - Winter Time
So your dogs and cats’ system is burdened by daily intake of common table salt, and then winter strikes. Your dog and cat may also be exposed to road salt which also contains toxins and carcinogens. The toxins in road salt are absorbed through the skin on paws, after which these substances enter the blood stream, thereby increasing the toxic load from inorganic salt.

Organic Sodium (Na) – an Essential Part of a Healthy Diet for Dogs and Cats

A dogs and cats’ natural diet – a raw, whole prey diet, does not contain inorganic salt. To maintain health, dogs and cats require natural sodium (Na) which is present in a whole food diet – raw meats, healthy fats, and appropriate raw botanicals. Natural sodium is critical to the health of your pet – it is alkalizing rather than acidifying. The organic sodium in a species appropriate diet IS health protecting. Please note “Species appropriate diets” do NOT include highly processed dog food, and cat food products, and excludes SOME raw food products because those products contain inappropriate ingredients (such as iodized salt). Some Pet Food Manufacturers use words inappropriately, in order to market their products. Use of a term/word, is NOT a guarantee that the product conforms to the consumers assumed meaning of the word.

Why Pet Food Manufacturers add Salt to Pet Food and Treats

Dogs and cats on a truly species appropriate diet (i.e. raw food), consume a moisture-rich diet that supports the natural, healthy functioning of the digestive tract, renal tract and urinary tract. A TRULY good frozen raw, or freeze dried raw pet food does NOT contain inorganic salt.

Highly processed dry food is very hard on dogs and cats’ digestive and eliminatory systems because those systems are not evolved to consume, process and eliminate dry foods. Dry food is dehydrating  - it robs moisture from the gastrointestinal tract and places immense strain on the eliminatory system. The number one cause of urinary tract, and renal tract issues - infections, crystals, stones, kidney problems renal failure, etc. is dry food. The number one cause of impacted and infected anal glands is dry food. By adding salt, the pet food manufacturer seeks to offset the damage being done by the product they are selling. Inorganic salt makes dogs, and cats thirsty as salt draws additional moisture from the body – to alleviate this artificially created condition your pet needs to drink water.

Common table salt is added to 'support' nutritional requirements for organic sodium, however the salt used is not organic sodium, it is 'bad' inorganic, body-acidifying salt. Pet food manufacturers could use a healthful salt instead but doing so would interfere with their high profit margins...

Full spectrum raw salt is health promoting, rich in bio-available vitamins and minerals - including essential organic sodium. While some full spectrum salts loose some of their nutrients when heated, Black Indian salt attains its best nutritional profile when heated. Even if heated other full spectrum salts (i.e. Celtic Salt, Hawaiian red volcanic salt, Himalayan pink crystal salt, and Natural gray sea salt), would still be a better choice than common table salt. 

Full Spectrum salt costs more than common table salt. It’s as simple as that – maintaining high profit margins is more important to these companies, than striking a balance between desire to profit and  your pet's health.

Examples of Pet Food and Pet Treats containing Common Table Salt

You will see that the list below includes low, medium and so-called premium pet food and treat products. Due to the inappropriate ‘nature’ of the product formulations these all include salt in an attempt to offset the damage incurred by consuming highly processed food.

Another sad reality – not all raw foods are created equal. There are some excellent raw food manufactures, and there are others that just don’t make the cut. You will see some frozen raw food and dehydrated raw food products listed below because they contain common table salt / iodized salt, which you now know is an inappropriate food additive.

Again watch for the marketing spin. AAFCO, and pet food manufacturers that use common table salt can, and do try to pass this inappropriate ingredient off as an essential ingredient.

Here’s an example taken directly from a popular pet food manufacturer’s site…

Salt is a mineral complex of sodium and chloride. It is obtained by naturally mining salt deposits in the Earth’s crust. Sodium is essential to maintaining proper acid-base balance, cell function, and hydration. AAFCO has minimum sodium requirements for pet food to be compete and balanced”. 

First of all, AAFCO is an organization made-up of members of the Pet Food Industry and its affiliates. AAFCO is NOT an objective regulatory body, nor is it a government agency.  They are a self-interested organization.

After reading the above you know that salt is a mineral complex of sodium and chloride obtained ‘naturally’ by mining salt deposits. All good, but they skip mentioning how the salt is highly processed, contains unlisted toxic ingredients, and has been stripped of all its bioavailable components. They are correct that ‘sodium’ is essential to maintaining acid-base balance, cell function, and hydration BUT they missed the part about defining healthy sodium (organic sodium), vs. inorganic unhealthy sodium. Correct, AAFCO has a minimum sodium requirement, BUT AAFCO does NOT define that the requirement must be meet by using ORGANIC bioavailable sodium. The pet food manufacturer cannot be said to be out-right lying, they simply got around telling the truth by carefully wording their message to exclude the most salient points. You, as the consumer get duped, your pet suffers, but the pet food manufacturer gets away with their closely concealed deception. Another trick used by some manufacturers – list mined salt AND sea salt in their ingredient glossary, but only use mined salt in their actual products.

Pet Food That Contains Common Table Salt
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Beyond Purina
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Darwin’s
  • Earthborne
  • Evo
  • Fancy Feast
  • Fresh Pet Select
  • Fromm
  • Halo
  • Hi-Tek Naturals
  • Hill’s Prescription
  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Hounds and Gato’s
  • I and Love and You
  • Kirkland Lake
  • Merrick (original, grain-free, Whole Earth Farms etc.)
  • Natural Choice
  • Nature’s Domain
  • Nature’s Recipe
  • Nature’s Variety Instinct
  • Newman’s Own
  • Nutrisource
  • Nutro
  • Old Yeller
  • Optimum Pet
  • Organix
  • Orijen
  • Performatrin
  • Pedigree
  • Petworth
  • Pure Balance
  • Pure Instinct
  • Purina (off-the-shelf and prescription product line)
  • Pura Vita
  • Rachel Ray
  • Royal Canin (off-the-shelf and prescription product line)
  • Superior Premium Oven Baked Food
  • Taste of The Wild
  • Wellness Core
Pet Treats that contain Common Table Salt
  • Blue Buffalo Health Bars
  • Blue Buffalo Stix
  • Castor & Pollux Chicken Jerky Strips
  • Caesar’s Softies
  • EOS Plato Treats
  • Etta Says! Chews Treats
  • Etta Says! Bitz Treats
  • Green Bark Gummies
  • Dick Can Patten’s Natural Balance Treats
  • Kirkland Lake
  • Kong Easy Treats
  • Medi-Cal Chews
  • Merrick
  • Milk Bone Treats
  • Old Mother Hubbard Treats
  • Pedigree Dentabone
  • Pup-Peroni Flavored Snacks
  • Purina Beggin’ Strips
  • Purina Busy Bone
  • Smart Bones Chews
  • Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats
  • Temptations Treats
  • Trader Joes Organic Chicken and Brown Rice Sticks
  • Wellness Pet Food Treats
  • Whole Foods – Whole Paws Dog Training Treats
  • Zuke’s Mini Naturals Treats
This list is a partial listing of products containing salt as a food additive. There are many more such products.

Surprise, surprise – some of the biggest users of common table salt? The prime suppliers of veterinarian prescription food, Hills, Royal Canin and Purina. These three pet food companies are also the largest user of GMO corn, GMO soy – species inappropriate, carcinogenic, moisture robbing fillers. Ask yourself why your veterinarian is pushing these very expensive-to-purchase, health deteriorating dog and cat ‘food’ products.

Salt added to pet food is ‘just’ one more reason why many commercial pet food products are NOT good for long-term health.  While dry, highly processed dog and cat food top the list of ‘bad’, there are many highly processed canned/wet products that are not health supporting – and, unfortunately the same is true for some raw and raw freeze dried foods.

Make sure you read your pet food and treat labels carefully. Failure to pay attention to the presence of this toxic ingredient can and does contribute to, and cause chronic health conditions.

Additional Assistance – Holistic Health and Wellness
If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 

I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Services
    • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here>>.
    • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here>>. 
    • Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.