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Monday, 12 December 2016

Natural, Herbal Treatment for Dogs, Cats with Blocked Tear Duct




If your dog or cat is suffering from a suspected, or confirmed blocked tear duct, a natural herbal treatment can help. A blocked tear duct is a symptom of an underlying condition. It’s important to treat the blockage, and identify the root cause.

In order to keep the eyes lubricated, a dogs and cats body naturally produces a thin layer of tear-film, called a pre-corneal tear film. This film protects the surface of the eye from debris, bacteria, virus and other pathogenic microbes. The tear-film is replenished on a regular basis, and distributed over the surface of the eye when your dog or cat blinks. Excess tear film normally drains from the eye, into tear ducts (lacrimal) - located at the inner corner of the eye; and into then into the nose via the nasolacrimal duct.

When a tear duct is damaged or blocked, tear-film cannot drain as it normally would. This can lead to an overflow of the tear film, and overflow of tears (epiphora) from the eyes. Overflow can result in wet fur under the eye, red or brown stains, irritation, inflammation and infection of the skin under the eye.

Root Cause of Blocked Tear Duct 
·       Allergies
·       Age-related narrowing of duct
·       Birth defects of the face or eye
·       Conventional drugs – ingested or topical
·       Cysts in the tear-drainage system
·       Eye infections, including chronic eye infections, infections caused by Lyme disease, etc.
·       Inflammation of the eye
·       Injury to the eye or face
·       Nose polyps
·       Particulate, and stones in the tear drainage system
·       Scare tissue in nasal passage
·       Tumor
·       Other causes

Symptoms of Blocked Tear Duct
·       Chronic…
o   Excessive discharge from eye
o   Tearing
o   Mucous discharge
o   Eye infections
·       Eye inflammation, conjunctivitis
·       Swelling at inside corner of eye
·       Tinge of blood in tears

Natural Herbal Treatments for Blocked Tear Duct 

Step 1 - Calm Anxiety
If your dog, or cat is anxious or otherwise adversely reactive to having his / her eyes or nose touched, you may want to consider an initial calming step.

Aromatherapy using an essential oil (EO) can help. For a dog, you can hold an uncapped bottle of essential oil, in-front of your dog’s nose and let him sniff (not lick, not touch) the EO. Offer one of the options I provide further below – you can also let your dog choose which EO he / she prefers.

Cats are more sensitive to the natural chemical compounds in essential oils. For cats use a hydrosol. Add 1 drop of EO to just under 8 ounces of distilled water mixed in an 8 ounce or larger spray bottle. Use the resulting hydrosol to give one spray (one pull on bottle trigger) in the room were you will be treating your cat. Wait a few minutes to allow diffusion of the hydrosol. Then bring your kitty into the room. 

Appropriate Essential Oil Options for Cats
·       German chamomile - anxiety, inflammation  
·       Lavender - worry, infection
Appropriate Essential Oil Options for Dogs
·       Bergamot - anxiety, infection
·       Clary sage - high strung temperament
·       English yarrow - over-sensitive, pain
·       German chamomile - anxiety, inflammation
·       Hemp - anxiety, stress, pain
·       Lavender - worry, infection
·       Rose (rosa damascene) - Past trauma, infection
·       Jasmine - comfort, inflammation

Step 2 - Herbal Tea Cleanse
Choose from one of the following herbal teas - organic chamomile, eye bright (euphrasia), or Echinacea.
·       Brew a tea bag in 8 ounces of distilled water.
·       If treating both eyes brew a second tea bag.
·       Allow to cool, until just slightly warm.
·       Remove the tea bag, place the tea bag on a clean plate.
·       Pour a little of the tea into a small cup, pour the remainder of the tea into a clean glass bottle.
·       Dip a clean soft cotton pad into the tea in the cup.
·       Use the tea-dipped cotton pad to gently wipe around the eye, from inner corner to outer corner.
·       If doing both eyes use a fresh pad for each eye.
·       Wash your hands.
·       If you are treating both eyes, wash your hands in-between treating each eye.
·       Cleanse the eyes two time to three times a day.
·       Store the brewed tea in the refrigerator.

Step 3 - Warm Herbal Tea Compress
·       Take the slightly warm tea bag, and gently place against eye.
·       Gently hold in place for at least 30 seconds, if your dog will tolerate your doing so – keep compress in place for at least 60 seconds.
·       Wash your hands.
·       If you are treating both eyes, wash your hands in-between treating each eye.
·       When you are finished doing the compress, discard the tea bag – do not reuse.
·       You will need to brew a fresh tea bag for each application.
·       Do this warm compress two to three times per day.

Step 4 – Simple Eye Massage
·       Massaging after compress can help open the blocked tear duct.
·       Place your index finger close to the inner corner of the eye, next to your dog’s cat’s snout, follow the line of the nasal duct (see photo below).
·       Gently apply light pressure to the inner corner for several seconds, release pressure.
·       Slide your finger down from the corner along the side of the snout.
·       Wash your hands.
·       If you are treating both eyes, wash your hands in-between treating each eye.
·       Repeat this massage at least 3 times.
·       Do this two times to three times per day.
If your dog or cat is experiencing a lot of pain from inflammation at the corner of the eye, don’t do the above.


Step 5 - Natural Eye Drops
DIY Eye Drops
·       Use a glass eye dropper to administer eye drops 2 times to 3 times per day. Choose one of the following options…
·       Silver water – i.e. colloidal silver, ionic silver, sovereign silver, etc.
·       Herbal eye drops – i.e. the herbal tea from Step 2 above, or select another herbal tea drop option as discussed here.

Purchased Eye Drops
·       Or you can purchase a commercial pre-made eye drop product, i.e.
·       Homeopathic eye drops.
·       Herbal eye drops
·       Make sure the product you choose is toxic additive-free.
·       Follow the instructions for use on the product label.

Step 6 - Natural Antibiotic, Ingested Treatment
A natural, ingested antibiotic is a good course of action to help treat, and prevent infection while dealing with tear duct blockage.

Silver water
An excellent choice for dogs and cats.
For extensive information on dosage, cautions and interactions go here.

Garlic
This is another good choice for dogs only.
For extensive information on dosage, cautions and interactions go here.

Raw, 100% Natural Honey
An excellent addition for dogs and cats.
If you are treating a puppy or kitten use pharmaceutical grade honey only.
For extensive information on dosage, cautions and interactions go here.

The above are just a few of the natural antibiotics that can be used alone or together to naturally help fight infection.   

Step 7 - Diet
Make sure your dog and cat are on an appropriate, anti-inflammatory immune system supporting daily diet that support immune system and eye health.  

Highly processed pet food (kibble or wet/canned) is not health-supporting – this is so for all such products, including veterinary prescription dry and canned food; off-the-shelf so called ‘premium’ dry and canned pet food products; and vegetarian/vegan pet food.  

If you must use highly processed pet food, consider adding herbs and fresh foods that support eye health, for ideas you can go here.

Best choice is a good quality commercial or homemade raw food diet.
Second best choice is a good quality homemade raw and gently cooked diet made with fresh whole food ingredients.

Third best choice – gently cooked, home made diet.

Cautions
Do take action to identify, and address the root cause of your dog's or cat’s blocked tear duct.

If your dog or cat has a medical condition always check for health condition interactions and drug interactions with foods, herbs and essential oils you are considering using.

Additional Assistance –

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Coconut Turmeric Spice Drop Treats for Dogs


These coconut turmeric spice drop treats are packed with healthy ingredients your dog will love, and you can feel good about the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory health promoting nutrition packed into these little drops!

You will need:
  • 1½ cup organic coconut flour
  • ½ cup organic hemp seeds
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh or dry blueberries, cranberries, or goji berries.
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup cooled organic rooibos tea
  • 2 tsp organic Ceylon cinnamon - do NOT use Cassia cinnamon (or 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon and
  • 2 tsp organic ginger
  • 1.5 tablespoon organic turmeric.
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground organic black pepper.
Preparation
  • If the coconut oil is solid, slightly warm the coconut oil so it turns to a liquid.
  • Mix the rooibos tea, pureed squash, fruit and coconut oil together in a bowl.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the rooibos tea/coconut mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Use a teaspoon to drop the resulting dough into ice cube trays.
  • Freeze and serve frozen.
Alternately for those of you that like to bake treats for your dogs –
  • Use a teaspoon to drop the dough onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Remember that when you bake food it loses some of its healthful properties, so try the frozen version first!

Additional Assistance –

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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.

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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.

 

Friday, 2 December 2016

Chelated Minerals in Pet Food - Not Healthy, Not for My Dogs, or Cats!


Chelated minerals are a common ingredient in pet food products, and pet supplements. Chelated minerals aren’t so healthy for your pet. I won’t give my dogs, or cats food or supplements that contain chelated minerals.

In 2012, the NCBI reported on a study assessing levels of heavy metals in the liver and kidneys of dogs from an urban environment. Pet food was confirmed as a source of heavy metal contaminants (i.e. cadmium, lead, and mercury), as was environmental pollution.

Another NCBI report states,
“…food can affect health not only be their nutrient content and the amount consumed, but also by non-nutritive components, such as pesticides, fertilizers, preservatives, heavy metals and microbiological components”

Trace Minerals

Trace minerals are heavy metals that occur, or are required at low concentrations to sustain life. These minerals (i.e. copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc), are present in whole fresh foods. When soil health is good, the trace mineral content in fresh foods is optimal. When soils are depleted, (typically from use of conventional fertilizers), the trace mineral content in plants are less than optimal. This is one reason why food grown following organic farming practices is nutritionally superior to conventional non-GMO, and GMO farming practices.

Like us, our dogs and cats require trace minerals to maintain health. In the past (tens of thousands of years past, to present day), dogs and cats obtained required levels of trace minerals from their natural diet of fresh whole foods. An appropriate, good quality fresh, whole food diet (raw or minimally cooked) is not trace mineral deficient, and will not cause over-intake of trace minerals.

Industrially produced trace minerals were introduced to the canine and feline diet when highly processed pet food became popular. Which by the way, also coincides with the escalation of serious health issues (inflammatory, chronic disease, including cancer), and the foreshortened life spans we see in today’s dogs and cats. Industrial trace minerals are NOT the same as trace minerals naturally obtained from fresh whole foods.

Natural, Bioavailable Trace Minerals

Dogs and cats naturally obtain required levels of essential trace minerals from consuming a quality fresh, raw food (or minimally cooked) diet - raw meat, raw bones, healthy fats, and select botanicals, including herbs. For example, raw meat (muscle meat and organ meat) is an excellent source of iron, selenium and zinc, spinach also provides selenium and zinc. Raw pumpkin seeds, pineapple and spinach are rich in manganese (and other essential trace minerals). Raw liver is a good source of copper. Food sourced from pasture-raised, grass feed, organic, or wild-crafted sources provides the best trace mineral profile. Conventional farming methods result in less mineral rich whole foods. GMO farming methods result in a further loss of trace minerals.


Trace Mineral Loss in Manufacturing of Highly Processed Foods

Dry pet food, and canned (wet) pet food is a ‘highly processed’ product. Ingredients undergo a series of complex processing steps, which include high heat cooking.

Trace mineral loss occurs when whole food ingredients are cooked at high temperatures. The typical range of trace mineral loss from high heat cooking is 30% to 40%.

Additional trace mineral loss can occur due to one, or a combination of the following…
  • Meat, fat and bones sourced from factory farm (CAFO) raised animals. CAFO animals are fed a species inappropriate diet of GMO corn and GMO soy, supplemented with chelated trace minerals. The end-result of this terrible diet (as pertains to trace minerals, there are many other adverse impacts as well):
  • Meat, bones and fat that are trace mineral deficient, and may also be contaminated with toxic heavy metals (i.e. arsenic, mercury and lead).
  • If condemned, denatured meat, bones and fat are included in the pet food product additional trace mineral loss occurs during the denaturing process.
  • Fruit and vegetables grown in soil treated with conventional fertilizers, result in mineral depleted produce. Most dry, and canned pet food contains conventional, or GMO grown produce – not organic grown.
The end result is a product that is at minimum 40% trace mineral deficient.

To ‘make-up’ for the loss of trace minerals, the pet food industry adds industrial trace minerals, called chelated minerals.

  • Approximately 70% of these minerals come from China.
  • Chinese-sourced minerals can be tainted with other heavy metals, i.e. non-organic arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel and strontium from environmental pollution.
Industrial Trace Minerals

Industrial trace minerals fall into two basic categories – inorganic, and organic. Inorganic (chelated) and organic trace minerals are mined using the same methods – extraction from rock.

Inorganic trace minerals are not readily absorbed by the body, nor readily eliminated. Organic (chelated) trace minerals are more bioavailable than inorganic. Neither can match the bioavailability of trace minerals obtained from a fresh whole food diet. When inorganic or chelated trace minerals intake exceeds the body’s requirements, the body’s eliminatory system will work hard to remove as much excess mineral as possible. Some of the excess may be stored in the body’s organs – over time this can lead to a range of issues (i.e., anemia, digestive upset, fatigue, inflammation, oxidization, poor immune system response, increased risk of urinary tract infections, etc.), organ fatigue, toxicity, and at worst death. Insufficient mineral intake can also cause a multitude of health issues, and at worst death.

Chelated Minerals (organic minerals)

First, we need to define the word ’organic’ in context of industrial trace minerals. The term ‘organic’ when used in this context indicates the presence of carbon - it does NOT mean organic as in organic farming. The chelated minerals used in pet food are not an “organic food additive”, that ARE a synthetic food additive.

The first step in making chelated minerals involves industrial mining of rock, from which the minerals are then extracted. After extraction, the inorganic minerals are bound to a carbon-based substance using a synthetic-chemical process. Binding the inorganic mineral to a carbon-based substance increases the bioavailability of the mineral. When the binding process is complete, the trace mineral is said to be ‘organic’. Any remaining unbound particulate is removed. The resulting substance is then dried and ground to a powder.

Now we need to quickly talk about chelating agents. Chelating agents used in the manufacture of chelated trace minerals are natural or synthetic-chemical amino acids, i.e. cysteine, l-cysteine and glycine, or partially hydrolyzed proteins. Hydrolyzed proteins are obtained by intense processing in which the animal proteins (i.e. from factory farm raised animals), or plant proteins (i.e. GMO soy), or synthetic proteins are treated with caustic denaturing agents to separate the amino acids from proteins. The caustic, denaturants used are, for example - hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and hexane (a solvent made from crude oil).

Pet Food Products That Contain Chelated Minerals, and Inorganic Minerals
  • Dry Processed Pet Food (Kibble) – all contain chelated minerals, including:
    • Premium dry food diets
    • Veterinary prescription dry ‘food’ diets
    • Grocery store and tractor supply store kibble
  • Wet / Canned pet food – many, but not all
    • Premium
    • Veterinary prescription
    • Grocery store and tractor supply
  • Freeze Dehydrated and Freeze Dried – many, but not all
  • Raw Frozen – some, but not all.
    • I consider the presence of chelated or inorganic minerals in a raw frozen pet food product to be indicative of a problem with the whole food ingredients used in the product. 
    • A truly good quality raw food does NOT contain chelated minerals.
Take A Look at your Pet Food Labels

If you are using multiple items that contain chelated minerals, your dog and cat’s eliminatory system is working over-time to excrete the excess, partially bioavailable chelated minerals for his/her body.
  • An example of a chelated mineral -
    • Copper proteinate
    • Copper amino acid chelate
  • An example of an inorganic mineral –
    • Copper sulfate (copper sulphate)
    • Copper carbonate
    • Zinc oxide
Chelated minerals are industrially mined heavy metals, pulverized, and bound to synthetic amino acids and proteins that have been processed with toxic chemicals resulting in a partially bioavailable trace mineral. I consider chelated minerals to be a source of toxins.

The high incidence of inflammatory and chronic disease, premature aging, renal failure, cancer, etc. seen in today’s companion animal population is not ‘natural’, it is a man-made epidemic. 

Dogs and cats are, casualties of the greedy pet food industry, and the unethical individuals behind the industry.

You now know one more reason why I will NOT feed my dogs, cats or ferrets highly processed food products. And why I do not recommend highly processed food to my clients.

For the love of dogs and cats, pass it on.
 
Additional Assistance –

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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 Dog Training Services
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.