Posts Tagged ‘vegetables for dogs’

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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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

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: 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