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Important Video About Feeding Your Pets

Monday, July 30th, 2012

This is a wonderful video that really explains the pet food industry and will help us all realized that making our own diets will be the best way to know what is in your animals foods. As MASH clients we need to reach out to other pet caretakers to realize the need for quality wholesome fresh organic foods. 20120730-112339.jpgThe AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association is looking to stop the raw food industry because of bacteria concerns. This is an area that we are concerned with but using wholesome fresh foods will have less chance of being tainted then commercial foods that start with inferior products. Watch this video and contact the AVMA to voice your concern

The New England district representative to the AVMA email addresses are

Jerky Treats Made in China Still Unsafe

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Each year millions of dollars are spent at holiday time on our pets. Here’s a reminder to choose carefully while shopping. Make your own treats this year or knit a sweater!

The FDA continues to get complaints concerning dog kidney damage as a consequence of eating jerky treats made in China. 

The current contaminant is not known. Previously, melamine, a type of plastic used in manufacturing, was identified in the last pet food recalls in 2007.

Signs of the recent toxicities are loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and thirst changes.

Pet Dental Health

Monday, November 14th, 2011

In veterinary school we are taught that dogs and cats need to have balanced diets that have been formulated by reputable companies. Some of these companies have well balanced products. They also give funds to the veterinary schools so they can be recommended by the veterinarians at that University. Does that mean that these foods are healthy for long term health of immune systems? Does that mean that commercial processed dog foods are good for dental health?

From my 33 years of experience, dental disease can really vary from pet to pet. If there are members of the pet family that share water bowls, then one animal with high amount of gingivitis and bacteria may have an impact on the bacteria in other animals. When they all share water contamination can occur. What would keep all those mouths healthy?

Giving bones and raw food give an animal foods that they have to work on, to actually be able to swallow. In the wild dogs and cats do not cook for themselves and eat mushy food. They first have to catch and kill their prey and they then they will tear open the abdomen and eat the intestines, liver and other organs. While they consume meat they are tearing it off the bones, and then crunching the bone. It seems is violent and gross to us humans, but it is the natural way dogs and cats eat. They do not stop by a fire pit and cook and separate their food. They eat it raw and all parts of the body, as fresh as they can.

My clients that switch to a raw diet with raw bone, will see an amazing cleaning of the mouth. It has shocked many of the skeptical clients that were told that they should NEVER feed their dog bones because they shatter and have shards that can perforate the intestines. I have not ever seen that with a raw bone. When the bone is raw it can be digested to a large extent. When the dog has a bowel movement it can come out hard like chalk, as the calcium and minerals in the bone is left in the stool. This does not give dogs constipation normally. There are always exceptions.

If you have a dog that gobbles down its food with one swallow you many need to use a meat cleaver to make the portion broken into several pieces. Giving a bigger bone of which the dog cannot swallow all at once can sometimes start them beginning healthy gnawing rather that gulping.

But the most amazing aspect of feeding a raw diet to dogs and cats is how healthy looking many of them become. Their teeth self clean as they learn to chew and gnaw on the bones. Hundreds of dollars of dental cleanings can be unnecessary when the animal can clean its own teeth. It is so worth the cost of switching to raw.

For those of you thinking of switching it is important to have some digestive enzymes and probiotics to help reboot the gut so that the transition is easy. I like using Rx Vitamin Biotic and Rx Vitamin Nutrigest. There are many resources for raw feeding and we are also willing to help you feel comfortable with the transition.

Always handle raw meat carefully. Be sure you keep it out of young kids hands and away from counters that you prepare salads and fresh foods for humans. Raw meat bacteria are only an issue in people and not in animals. Dogs lick their paws from walking in the dirt and stepping in animal stools. Dogs lick their rear ends and a lot of other normally gross things. So eating raw fresh meat will not have as much bacteria as your steps into your home or your garden. So take the step and see how things improve in the health of your animal family friend.

Pet Food Recipe Friday: Cold Winter Lamb Recipe

Friday, October 21st, 2011

From time to time we will be looking into Dr. John Basko’s book Fresh Food & Ancient Wisdom, 20111020-084904.jpgPreparing Healthy Meals for Your Dogs. Dr Basko is one of the DrShowMore 2011 calendar vets.

His book is very informative, and should really be studied cover to cover. It goes deeply into detail about every type of dog and the nutritional steps needed to heal them. For today, with the damp weather coming in, and the cold not too far away, let’s take a look at something nice for your older dog. ~ MASH Geek

Cold Winter Lamb Recipe

2 cups chopped chicken or lamb meat
2 cups white rice
2 cups chopped cabbage
1 cup beets or radish
1/4 cup chicken fat (not needed if using lamb)
3 pieces shitake (dried)
3 cloves garlic
1 thumb-piece size ginger

In a large stew pot, heat chicken fat, garlic, ginger, and chicken or lamb on high heat for five minutes. Add beets shitake and rice to pot, then cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer (low), cover pot, and cook for one hour. Stir well every 10-15 minutes.

Because arthritis problems flare up when the weather turns cold, windy or rainy, I recommend including the following “warming” foods into your dog’s diet. These foods are usually included in my recipes because they tend to counteract the environmental effects on the dogs body during harsh climactic conditions.

Dr. ShowMore Calendar in Dog Fancy Magazine!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We got Press! Dog Fancy Magazine put in an article about the Dr. ShowMore Calendar. Help spread the word about integrative medicine and share!


Pet Food Recipe of the Week: Books for Pet Food Basics

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Dr. Roman is very busy this week taking care of emergency cases :( So I will pitch in today and talk about my experiences with food karma and animals. I learned much from a holistic vet named Dr. Stephen Tobin as he took care of my animals. Later after I moved, I took my dogs to another vet who passed on. And in time those two dogs also went to the other side. I kept studying holistic pet care at home along with becoming a Reiki Master.

One person who I learned a great deal from is author Diane Stein. I’ve read The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats, All Women Are Healers, and The Natural Remedy Book for Women, as well as the cornerstone book Essential Reiki which I used as a textbook for my Reiki students for many years. Don’t forget, Dr. Basko has a great book out too, which we referenced last time.

When I bring my new dogs to Dr. Roman, she gives many guidelines and suggestions for how to handle their nutrition which is tailor made just for them. That is the best way to do nutritional advice for your animals so take them over to MASH for that.

Like me,  you may enjoy additional reading on the subjects of pet wellness and spirituality. Did you know that most of the stuff that is used to make up grocery store pet food was going to be garbage? That’s right,  even though it might be in pretty or cute packaging and say “natural” or something, don’t be fooled. The ingredients are things that wouldn’t even make it into a hot dog. I won’t gross you out with the details here, you can look it up for yourself. But those hideous practices haven’t stopped.

I don’t know about you, but my dogs are the most precious people in the world to me, and I want them to have the best of everything like any child should. I wouldn’t give them anything that isn’t good enough for me to eat or better. I feel they deserve the best quality of life possible.

Corn and wheat which makes up too much of the ‘off the shelf pet chow’, along with sawdust, can cause a host of problems and food allergies for pets. Dogs and cats need the right balance of meat, vegetables and grains. Meats should always be human food grade, and organic. No hormones, steroids, chemicals, pesticides or antibiotics should be in there, and for you too. Beef, lamb and chicken are ok. Eggs fish, cottage cheese, yogurt and tofu can make up part of the ingredients for a good diet. (We are taking a break from turkey products for now due to the latest news.) Dr. Roman often suggests looking into a raw diet too.

The first step to having healthy pets is the one thing we do for them for sure each day, which is to put food down. The bond of trust that we have with our animals begins there at the start of their lives. It began for humans many centuries ago when we shared our meals with their wolf-dog ancestors in exchange for their help with hunting and protecting our hearth.

Today life has become more complicated, and with it has come more dangers for us and our animal companions. The lives we lead now makes cancer more of a likelihood for us as well as our pets. We need to think of them each day, and in each meal as we do the rest of our family. Hopefully, in a way that will prevent avoidable dis-eases coming from inferior quality pet foods.
~MASH Geek

The Importance of Balancing the Gastrointestinal Tract (GI)

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The Intestinal tract is responsible for 70 percent of an animal’s immune response. This important link to strengthening the body will be the key to returning an animal to health and balance.

The overuse of antibiotics and other medications, prevalent in treating pets along with poor quality foods, and toxic chemicals in the environment can cause problems. With the ease of prescribing antibiotics they are often overused and cause a disbiosis of the intestinal flora and a cascade of issues can occur. With this weakening of the gut the body also becomes weakened as it cannot retrieve the nutrients from the intestines. An animal’s gastrointestinal tract (GI) can become compromised. It is key to rebalance the gut before you can expect the animal’s body to start extracting nutrients, and to start the healing process.

Irritable Bowel Disease has become a common diagnosis in both dogs and cats these days. It’s important to learn How can you start rebalancing the GUT.

First you must add prebiotics and probiotics. These compounds will help the present intestinal flora to widen their species and add needed bacteria to the gut. We have over 400 species of bacteria that live in harmony in our body and many of those species are in the intestinal tract. When antibiotics are used what happens is that many of those species have been destroyed or damaged. We need balance throughout the body, so attempting to heal while destroying these bacteria causes an unbalance.

Two of the products I use a lot are RX Vitamins Biotics and Nutrigest. These products contain a combination of probiotic, digestive enzymes and herbs. By using these, the gut is supported and enhanced so it can start becoming more absorptive. Adding digestive enzymes allows the the gut to more easily break down the food. Compounds like amylase, lipase, papain, and fructosaccharides are a some of the ingredients that broaden the absorption.

There is discussion about a “leaky gut” lining that prevents the absorption of nutrients. Feeding with these added nutriceuticals the gut can start becoming normal again.

Another product to add is colostrum. This is the first milk from the new mother that adds high amounts of Immune globulins like IGG IGA IGM and other nutrients to the gut. I use New Zealand Colostrum. I have a concern about Bovine Leukemia Virus BLV and New Zealand has been free of BLV for many years. In the US 95% of Dairy Herds test positive for BLV. This topic that will need to be discussed in depth.

We also add our MASH mix which has antioxidants, DMG,glucosamine, alfalfa, prozyme and organic spirulina. For balanced health one also needs to have a high quality fish oil like RX Ultra FA. Once we have re-booted the gut with these digestive aids the diet is important. Bringing live raw foods that are gluten free may be one of the way to add more digestive support.
Blending and grinding green leafy vegetables and limiting the grains brings a wider range of nutrients. One can use some quinoa, brown rice, and millet in small amounts. Sweet Potatoes are good source of beta-carotene and give both some starch and fiber. You can also use some cooked pumpkin or winter squash.

Giving a protein source that has never been used before can help decrease an allergic reaction. For cats it could be commercial rabbit and for dogs free range venison would be my choice. I am not a supporter of hunting but in New England it is a way to reduce the deer population. If an animal is going to be killed for food, it should be done as humanely as possible. Care should be done to prevent suffering and every part of its body should be used so to make that animals life was not a waste.

By introducing the raw protein with the vegetables we have live food in a gut that needs foods which are more natural choices, that are closer to returning to the evolution of that species. The result being the immune system will improve.

I also will prescribe a homeopathic remedy and the one I will frequently use is LM 1 Thuja as daily or as needed. Working with a veterinary homeopath can really help one guide the client through the case. We also need to support the gut with glandulars. I usually use Standard Process  Canine Enteric Support. I will also recommend Green Tripe to be used as a natural way to reintroduce  a small amount of the actual raw gut content.

Recipe of the Week: Wild Bird’s Seed Wreath

Friday, July 15th, 2011

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 package of plain Knox gelatin
4 cups gourmet birdseed mix
Round Cake mold
Pam Spray
Dried fruits, (naturally dried, not the kind coated with sugar) berries, raw nuts, raisins, or anything else the birds enjoy.

Floral wire, cardboard, scissors, sauce pan, wooden spoon

Here is a seed wreath recipe which uses gelatin instead of  fat as a binder to hold it together. These wreaths will work in warm weather because they won’t melt or turn rancid. You can also collect everything that a wild bird would eat. While hiking, or weeding your garden look for vines of wild grapes, bittersweet, privet berries on the hedges, millet grass and the seed heads on weeds. If you grow sunflowers, zinnias and ornamental grasses those will shortly be going to seed.

Combine the unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup of water in a pan over low heat. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the corn syrup and stir in. Then add 4 cups of any combination of seeds the birds in your yard like. Try half and half of black oil sunflower and giant sunflower seeds. Or a gourmet mixture that has a variety of colorful and nutritious seeds. Peanuts and peanut butter can be harmful for some birds so don’t use them.

Mix well, until all seeds are coated with gelatin mixture. Use a cake mold in a wreath shape that has a hole in the center. Pack the mixture firmly into the mold tightly, lightly sprayed with the Pam, and chill until solid over night. Cut out the cardboard to the same size and shape as the mold. Flip the seed wreath onto your cardboard and tie it securely with floral wire. Make a loop for the top to hang it. You can set it up against a fence, a wall, the side of the house or barn to secure it. Then get your camera ready for when the birds, and probably a few squirrels come to nibble on it.
~MASH Geek

Pet Food Recipe of the Week: Dr. Roman’s Bisquit Recipe

Friday, July 8th, 2011

In my biscuit recipe I prefer not to push soy flour, corn or wheat flours.
I would switch to Quinoa flour instead of wheat flour And use 1/2 cup of Chick pea flour as substitutions.

2 cups Quinoa flour
1/2 cup Chickpea flour
1 teaspoon bone meal
1 tablespoon Animal Essential calcium
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1-2 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast (optional)
2 tablespoons butter (melted), fat or olive oil
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs mixed with 1/4 cup milk

Mix the flours, cornmeal, bone meal, and seeds together.  Add the garlic and yeast. Combine the butter, molasses, salt, and egg mixture; set aside 1 tablespoon of this liquid mixture and combine the rest with the dry ingredients.  Add more milk, if necessary, to make a firm dough.  Knead together for a few minutes and let the dough rest 1/2 hour or more.  Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick and make sticks, cut out rounds or use a dog bone shape cookie cutter. Brush with the remainder of the egg mixture. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Pet Food Recipe of the Week: Gardener’s Best Friend

Friday, July 1st, 2011

This week we have the best kind of recipe, no cooking! If you are lucky enough to be a vegetable gardener, your dog may have all ready let you know about their veggie preferences. You know those rather ugly veggies that you hesitate to bring to the table, but are still good for something? Try giving them to your dog.

Every dog is different but many of them enjoy cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes, green beans and pea pods. Keep in mind never to give a raw potato to your dog or any people either because they are poisonous if they aren’t cooked. Vegetables serve a dual purpose with teething puppies, it is more constructive for them to eat up vegetables than your shoes,  furniture or those terrible raw hide toys which are dangerous for many breeds of dogs.

If you don’t have a garden, you may be surprised at how much dogs love the parts of the veggies that people don’t like to eat. After washing them well offer the cut off parts of turnips, broccoli stems, cabbage hearts, carrots, and zucchini too, to your eagerly waiting pup. Cherry tomatoes are especially fun, and my Pomeranians do a dance for any small fruits like those or blueberries.

Your dog can be a healthy helper when you are weeding your edible herb garden too. Oregano, parsley, Rosemary, chervil, sage, lemon balm and mints are all good fun for your dogs to tear up and keep busy with. Cats enjoy not only catnip, but also valerian, which they go crazy for. The scent of the herbs helps keep away insects and pests inside and out. They improve dog breath, and the chewing and tearing of herbs and veggies are good for their teeth. The more plant material our pets eat, the better it is for Mother Earth. ~MASH Geek