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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.

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

Nutrigest Pet Health Supplement

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Here is an important product that Dr. Roman mentioned in her article last week on nutrition.NutriGest for Dogs & Cats
with Probiotics and L-Glutamine, can be purchased at MASH.

NutriGest is comprised of important nutrients for dogs and cats to complement their overall diet.

NutriGest supplies important phytochemicals and essential nutrients such as high potency probiotic bacterial cultures to help restore and maintain normal bacterial balance in the gastro-intestinal tract. FOS, a probiotic supportive nutrient, nourishes and fortifies friendly intestinal bacteria. NutriGest also provides nutritional co-factors such as L-Glutamine, ginger, psyllium seed and deglycerized licorice.

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.

Case Study: Muffin the Pomeranian

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

A case of Muffin the Pomeranian. She was a 4 year old red adorable Pom who had GI issues for over 2 years. She had been to both Angel Memorial and Tufts for Hemorragic Gastroenteritis at the tune of almost $8,000 in that 2 years. Every other week the dog was at an emergency hospital and put on metonidazole, predisone, and amoxicillin or another antibiotic. She would get better and then it would return.

So we took the case and started her on the digestive immune support mentioned above and LM 1 Thuja. About 1 week into the treatment the owner called and was hysterical as it looked like Muffin was defecating a plastic bag as this white mucous sheet was being expelled. I asked if she was feeling depressed or abnormal and she was acting fine. I asked them to watch her and continue with our treatment. She shed out the lining of her intestinal tract like a snake shedding its skin. Allowing her intestines to regain their normal cellular consistency and after that she was normal.

After 2 years of being so sick she gained weight and occasionally she had small episodes of soft stools but never had those emergency episodes again. All we did was to RE-BOOT the gut so it could start to function.

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: Dr. Pitcairn’s Biscuits

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This week we have a recipe from Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD.  He has been practicing holistic animal care for over 25 years.  Here is one from his book, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs & Cats. While one simple treat isn’t going into depth on holistic dog and cat care, it is a start in the right direction.

Many holistic doctors like Dr. Pitcairn is strongly against manufactured dog and cat food. You may feel that preparing fresh meals for your pets is not a feasible option; but you might change your mind after reading similar books and decide that fresh raw or cooked meals are worth the extra effort in hopes to give your dog or cat the most natural and healthy food possible, and a longer life.

DOG BISCUITS DELUXE

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
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 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, if desired.  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 1/2 in ch thick  and cut into sticks, crescents, rounds or use cookie cutter in dog bone shape and brush with the remainder of the egg mixture.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly toasted.

To make harder biscuits, leave them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or more.  Biscuits keep longer if you use oil instead of butter.  These treats provide 20% protein, 18% fat, and 57% carbohydrates.