Posts Tagged ‘Pet food’

Micro-Biome Restoration Therapy

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Micro-Biome Restoration Therapy (“MBRT”) or Fecal Transplantation (FT) will soon become common protocol in the re-establishment of the GI tract microbiome in dogs and cats. A single human has over 100  trillion microbes throughout their body, equivalent to two-to-five pounds of varied microscopic life. Quantitatively, we are more microbes than “human” as prokaryotes are so much smaller and less complex than human cells. image

When we use probiotics to support gut health we are using 1-20 species of microorganisms.  According to Dr. Alexander Khorut, M.D., a gastroenterologist at University of Minnesota, he has said that we have from 300-500 species from the mouth to the anus, not including various sub-species. When significant gastrointestinal  problems occur, the microorganisms need to be replaced. A technique which has the hundreds of species available at once is called MBRT. Micro-Biome Restoration Therapy may be the most efficient way to accomplish that goal. If 85 percent of our immune system comes from our gut, then a lack of these normal symbiotic microbes could be the reason for failure of the immune system resulting in disease, cancer and autoimmune issues.

In dogs, eating of feces or copraphagia is a normal behavior of dogs that is frowned about by pet owners. But it is normal. In the wild after a canine or feline kills its prey the first part of the eating starts in the abdomen where intestines and visceral organs are injested. The animal receives all this pre and probiotics with the digestion of the digested plant material that give them fiber and microbes. Is there an innate need for animals to seek out stool because they are looking to support their gut health? image

There are multiple peer reviewed articles that have showed that both oral and rectal infusion of fecal material in humans has been able to reintroduce a balanced GI tract and stop a clostridium difficile overgrowth. There are so many more beneficial microbes that have yet to be discovered and appreciated.

Most recently was an article in the New York Times  When Pills Fail This Option Provides a Cure. The article talks about the fecal transplant in New England Journal of Medicine Article January 16, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/health/disgusting-maybe-but-treatment-works-study-finds.html?pagewanted=2&ref=newenglandjournalofmedicine

Here at MASH – Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton, we have done over 30 MBRT’s/ fecal transplants on dogs and cats. The results are so positive that we want to share these cases and encourage other veterinarians about how this is such a positive option. We have also done supportive nutrition and have included ozone therapy to increase the O2 in the body and allow more positive O2 utilization.

We always introduce the MBRT to animals that have had priming of the gut flora with digestive enzymes, probiotics, additional whole food glandulars and raw meat diets. Giving all the benefits of bringing the new microbiomes into a new home which has some of the comforts of the original host may allow the balance to survive. Some of our cases have had such a huge positive difference with one dosage, that once was all they needed.

Some have had a two week improvement and then seem to be better but not as good as the initial implant. We are thinking that like probiotic therapy it is done after two weeks and we are seeing the need to repeat the implant. Therefore, caretakers will take home the MRBT material and keep it frozen, removing pieces to be given 1-2 times a week. We are still trying to figure out how long and how much is needed to get a gut back in balance.

We give glandulars to animals to support the glands that are in need. We give prebiotics and probiotics to support the gut’s flora. But if we could give possibly the normal flora and the pre and probiotic in a form that would be consistent, that would naturally be the best method. We might simply use a healthy donor to replenish another individual’s micro ecology.

 

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.

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.

New Book A Healer In Every Home: Dogs & Cats

Monday, October 24th, 2011

For Immediate Release: Dr. Margo Roman, DVM of MASH Main St Animal Services of Hopkinton and her associates have just come out with a new book. A Healer In Every Home: Dogs & Cats Top tips for healthy animal care from a pioneering holistic vet and a holistic animal shelter director, can now be purchased on amazon.com
What can you do at home to keep your animal companions healthy, happy, and safe from toxic chemicals?
This book gives you a simple, user-friendly guide to the most important tips from a holistic veterinary practice and a holistic rescue shelter for;
- a healthy diet to help prevent chronic diseases
- natural remedies for Lyme, skin and ear problems, bites from other animals, accidents, recovery from surgery
- safe flea and tick control to prevent insects without toxic pesticides, and to protect your animal from Lyme
- natural ways to calm your animal and reduce behavior problems – like aggression and barking too much
The best books and websites for more information.
It is a great start to see how you can help your pets at home before you may have a need to get to a veterinarian. Help be the healer in your own home.
Book by Begabiti Lennihan RN,CCH; Shirley Moore, and Margo Roman DVM

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!

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Another Good Reason to Go Organic

Friday, August 19th, 2011

According to Scientific American this week not only Cargill, but also our government has some responsibility for problems with food safety. In fact the government is being cited by some as having knowledge of the fact that antibiotic resistant Salmonella in poultry existed. It would seem that over use of antibiotics has led to the current crisis, and may be destined to be repeated if practices are not changed.

The well publicized turkey recall was one of the largest ever.  In a self defeating cycle, the bacteria which is immune to common drugs has been on the rise on meat producing farms. In fact Scientific American goes on to say that the bulk of U.S. antibiotics are used in factory farming.

A proposal which suggests that “by going organic, poultry farms can cut the amount of antibiotic resistant bacteria in a single generation by nearly five times, according to a new study published online this week in Environmental Health Perspectives.” (more…)

News: Study Shows Flouride Lowers IQ

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Dr. Roman wanted to share this story from this page as this week’s important subject.  Study Finds That Flouride Lowers IQ.  Today over at the Blog of Dr. Mercola who has made significant milestones in his mission to bring people practical solutions to their health problems. Who is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Mercola was also voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl  Attkisson, and other major media resources.

The CDC wants us to believe it’s safe. But 24 studies have reported an association between this drink and reduced IQ in children – in fact, some children could have their mental development impaired by drinking as little as one glass on a daily basis.

Additionally, many pet foods contqin “meal” which contains many toxic materials for pets including flouride in high concentrations.

This information has been know and debated since 1995, when neurotoxicologist and former Director of toxicology at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix published research showing that fluoride built up in the brains of animals when exposed to moderate levels. Damage to the brain occurred and the behavior patterns of the animals was adversely effected. Offspring of pregnant animals receiving relatively low doses of fluoride showed permanent effects to the brain which were seen as hyperactivity (ADD-like symptoms). Young animals and adult animals given fluoride experienced the opposite effect — hypoactivity or sluggishness. The toxic effects of fluoride on the central nervous system was subsequently confirmed by previously-classified government research. Two new epidemiological studies which tend to confirm fluoride’s neurotoxic effects on the brain have shown that children exposed to higher levels of fluoride had lower IQs. Source: HolisticMed

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.