Posts Tagged ‘pet treats’

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.

Success at the New England Pet Expo

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Dr. Margo Roman

The New England Pet Expo that was in Wilmington, MA brought out almost 10,000 people and pets. I saw everything from huge mastiffs to people with parrots on their shoulders. At this expo there were many entertaining demos and wonderful animal groups. It was great to see so many animal lovers who were out this past Saturday September 24, 2011.

Our non-profit organization called the Center for Integrative Veterinary Care (CIVC) had a booth to highlight our Dr.DoMore documentary preview and the Dr.ShowMore Calendar. The 2011 Dr.ShowMore Calendar has been shown at about twenty different veterinary conferences and expos. By now that door – opening calendar has also been taken to eight different conferences and expos for humans. It has been to the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

The Dr.ShowMore Calendar has even gone to Thailand where it opened up many eyes, and even the doors of the veterinary

Sujita the Royal Cat

schools in Thailand. As well as the continuing education of the Thai Veterinarians. It even gave me the opportunity to treat Sujita the Cat owned by The Royal Family of Thailand, and the Princess. It was such a honor to be able to try to help the Royal cat of Thailand with acupuncture and homeopathy.

At our booth, we had the last copies of the Dr.ShowMore Calendar. Originally 5,000 were made, and we only have about 100 copies left. Someday they could be collector’s items. We still have some left for those lucky few who want them. The information in them is so worth the $10.00 cost, which is all donated to our non-profit.

Simone Hnilicka and Ludvig her dog

Information like : homeopathic remedies for emergencies, acupuncture points for common ailments, and useful herbs to give your pets. There are book resources and website lists to give readers many more options. The smiles that we got from people viewing the calendar are contagious.To laugh and have fun reading topics that can help you, your family and your pets is so valuable.

As Integrative Medicine becomes mainstream healthcare, both people and animals will benefit and healthcare costs will go down. To empower people to prevent disease and keep their bodies healthy with nutrition and healthful preventative care, will save lives and save healthcare.

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: 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.