Posts Tagged ‘holistic pet treats’

The Natural Products Expo 2012 EXPO WEST

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

On March 9, 2012 I was able to attend the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim California. I was there to network and reconnect with some of the companies that had seen and liked the Dr DoMore and Sr ShowMore Projects so they could see the 2013 Calendar. With over 3,000 booths this event 20120331-150146.jpgwas immense and proof that the natural health industry is well and thriving. Many new products were coming on the market as experienced companies showed of their new ideas and brand new companies launched their creative goods.

There was a lot of interest in the Calendar and the hope was to get creative ads for the upcoming 2013 project. A lot of gluten free goods which are good for pets were represented. Enterprising companies have seen the demands of consumers for more products using coconut, chia and organic berries and juices.

Natural cleaning products were on my list to add to the new Dr.ShowMore 2013 highlighting sustainable green medicine. When it comes to cleaning products the chemicals that are in the products will get absorbed through the skin and lungs of both you and your pet. Dogs and cats will lick their paws and bodies and if they are lying on floors and carpets that were cleaned with un-natural solvents or toxic chemicals those will be absorbed into the pets. BPA is another chemical found in the lining of pet food cans and we need to be looking for companies that do not have BPA in their products. It is hard to see that since it is not on their radar and it needs to be.

I was able to attend the lecture of Kathleen Merrigan who is the Agriculture Deputy Secretary of the USDA who presented the new governmental website: Know Your Farmer Know Your Food which will be covering sustainability of local farms. There is a whole department that addresses organic production and regulations. I gave Secretary Merrigan a copy of both the 2011 Dr ShowMore Calendar and the Dr.DoMore Film preview in hopes that she will read and watch these an see the need for Integrative holistic care for animals. This would reduce the antibiotic overuse and keep animals healthier and treatment more sustainable and humane.

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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.

August is Pet Nutrition Month

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Honest Kitchen Zeal

This month nutrition is featured as the centerfold in the Dr. DoMore calendar. With the advice of your vet at MASH you can get recipes for home nutrition which will vary protein carbohydrate, and vegetable proportions to individualize the pet food to the needs of your dog or cat. Additional vegetables in the diet can offer extra protection from cancer. Certain carbohydrates in pet diets have been associated with diabetes, cancer and allergies. Many dogs have become gluten sensitive as have their human companions. Avoiding gluten grains like wheat and barley can be helpful to gluten sensitive animals. Quinoa, millet and buckwheat are good substitutes. Balancing the amount of carbohydrates and grains with appropriate amounts of chopped and puréed vegetables such as broccoli, butternut squash, kale, spinach, sprouts, and carrots will provide improved and wholesome nutrition.

Using proportionately smaller amounts of fruits in season for rich antioxidants will help reduce inflammation in the body. Examples of fruit you can serve are berries, apples, pears, bananas, kiwi and melon.

Increasing organic plant based foods helps the environment and decreases the number of animals used for pet food. Sustainable farming practices also help with ecology.
Today care givers can find good quality commercial food in “natural” stores. In addition to holistic blends of dry foods and canned foods, there are excellent freeze dried and dehydrated diets, as well as frozen raw meat diets, and cooked meat diets. Like Zeal from The Honest Kitchen.
Good, wholesome nutrition is always at the center of every healing option, and for that reason, nutrition was used to represent the center of the calendar by being a centerfold.

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

Pet Food Recipe of the Week: Fish

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This time Dr. Roman would like to feature a recipe from the outstanding book  Fresh Food and Ancient Wisdom Preparing Healthy and Balanced Meals for your dogs. By author  John Basko (from Two Harbors Press c. 2011). Dr Basko is a brilliant veterinarian with over 30 years of Integrative veterinary training. He is considered a leader in the field of veterinary herbs and nutrition. This new book is full of easy, sensible recipes that will make our caring feelings our beloved family companions part of how we plan to feed them. Providing home made recipes for your dogs’ diet can give you several nutritious choices by using a recipe to have a structured format.

If you have been out fishing successfully and you have more than enough, treat your dogs to this terrific fish dish. Or if you have a dog with skin problems try this one.

For Animals with Skin Issues

Fish and Avocado
1.2 cup of cooked fish
Never use fish any older than 2 days in the fridge. Dr. Roman suggests using raw fish. But not the Salmon from Northwest US, as it has a fluke. But all white fish from all over the country is good.
! cup cooked  white rice or millet
1/4 avocado
1 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tsp of sunflower oil
1/2 tsp sea blend combination or a complete green powder
You will feed a similar volume of food to the wet volume the food you feed now unless you are trying to reduce weight.

Dr. Basko’s Sea Blend
1/2 cup nori
1/2 cup chlorella
1/2 cup wakame
1/2 cup kelp powder
1/2 cup dulse
1/2 cup barley greens
Grind all ingredients in a coffee grinder and mix together well. Usual dosage is 1/4 tsp daily for each 10-15 pounds of body weight. One could use a green powder with other land vegetable as well as sea vegetables. Using fish oil, or chia instead of sunflower, is a fine substitution. You can get quality green powders at MASH.

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: Toaster Oven Chicken Chips

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Hi it’s MASH Geek, Here’s one of my pets favorites. I have two Maine Coon cats and two Pomeranians. We have been a holistic family for around twenty years. I have made all my own pet chow and treats since I learned from a holistic vet back in the ’90′s.
Recently on TV they have been advertising jerky treats for pets. I make them myself and it costs less, and I can select the organic meats and flavors myself. It is a good idea to make them when you aren’t in a hurry. I take a couple of chicken breasts which I have either bought separately or removed from a less expensive whole bird to use for jerky.
I heat up enough spring water to cover the chicken until it boils. Then I add the chicken breasts and leave the heat on high until it comes to a boil. At that point I turn the burner off and cover the pan. If I go off and do other things it is fine to leave it there until it cools down.
Once the chicken breasts are completely cooled, I pat them down with a clean dry paper towel. Then I slice them in about quarter inch thin pieces. I pat dry those too. I put the sliced chicken pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. No oil or spray is needed. My toaster oven has a convection oven setting, and I out them in at 400 degrees for thirty minutes.

Your toaster oven or conventional oven may be different so be sure to check them after twenty minutes to see how they are doing. The color you are looking for is a rich orange brown. It should be crispy like jerky but not blackened or burned.
The dogs will perform any trick to get these and even the cats like them too.