does this look like food to you?
Wheat, as sold in pet products is almost all GMO.
Whatever you feel about the technology, GMO Wheat has been altered to with-stand massive amounts of pesticides. It is a dense hybrid w 3 heads, that when processed into flour is so high in gluten content, it can overwhelm the system, causing most often severe, systemic fungal infections. Wheat Gluten from China sickened and killed many USA dogs a few yrs. ago. Corn, Barley and Rye flours are also likely to cause reaction in dogs and should never be given to cats. Both dogs and cats need living green and grains as grasses can be grown indoors from Barley, Oats, Wheatgrass – which is not the bread grain. )
Most of the domestic pets I work with have some skin and itch problem. I believe pesticides, chemical pollution & plastic are causal.
Food Colors are unnecessary for dogs and cats who do not see the same color range as humans do. Food colors are for you! so you’ll think the product is pretty. Why add anymore artificial chemicals to the food? 90% of USA Beets are GMO. Turmeric is an excellent ingredient for inflammation, but the cheaper brands use chemical coloring, which can cause allergic reactions in some animals. General Considered Safe is a nebulous term which has been proved wrong before. Better to reduce the amount of chemical interactions in pet foods, rather than increase them.
Many common preservatives are known carcinogenic in lab animals – bless them for their sacrifice.
Preservatives are over used in the food industry to increase shelf life.
Tip: Don’t buy huge bags if you have 1 small dog. Always keep bags closed or put in air tight container. Look for products that use non synthetic Vit E as a preservative.
You can feed Real Food to your pets. Reduce the need for processed petfood. If you eat meat, fish, dairy, veg, fruit or whole grain – you can easily share with both dogs and cats. That’s what family does. And what families did for tens of thousands of years before the pet food industry took over in the 1950’s.
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Pacific Wild Salmon Photo Credit: Raincoast.org
This poses a health threat to all who feed their pets fresh, or frozen Salmon.
Wash your hands often after handling raw fish. Clean preparation area with 91% Alcohol after using.
Be aware of the symptoms of tapeworm.
There may be none but if your animal is infected, indications might possibly be bowel obstruction, or weight loss.
This from WebMd –
“A tapeworm can grow from 4 to 28 inches long.
Chances are you won’t see the adult worm.
As it grows, though, some of its segments fall off and pass through your dog’s poop.
You may see these tiny parts crawling near your dog’s backside or on his bedding.
You may also see them moving around in his poop.
Sometimes, these segments die and dry out. Then they’re hard, yellow specks that can stick to the fur around your dog’s bottom.
Because they’re irritating, some dogs will scoot, dragging their bottoms across the floor, or lick their behinds a lot.
If those tapeworm segments make their way inside your dog’s stomach, they can make your dog throw up.
Then you may actually see a worm (maybe 5 to 8 inches long) in your dog’s vomit.
If your dog has a heavy tapeworm infection, he may lose weight, even though he is eating normally.”
Your Vet will dispense a chemical vermicide.
These kill the worms – but are very hard on the system – especially for pups, and older dogs with existing conditions.
There are many natural worm remedies – some stun to expel, others kill and expel.
Always check to make sure none of them are in conflict with any meds your pet is taking.
Use them as needed but with care.
Here’s a list:
Black Walnut Hulls Juglans nigra vermicide, antiseptic, antiparasitic
Butternut Bark Juglans cineraria alterative, laxative, anthelmintic
Garlic Allium sativum antibiotic, alterative, antiseptic, vermifuge, anthelmintic
Neem Azadirachta indica alterative, anthelmintic (not for cats)
Pumpkin Seed Cucurbita pepo vermifuge, anthelmintic, taeniafuge
Thyme Thymus vulgaris carminative, antiseptic
White Oak Bark Quercus alba antiseptic, anthelmintic
Using a probiotic after worming helps healing and re-innoculating the bowel with good intestinal flora.
Pick up poops and dispose of them away from children or other animals
– esp. at dog parks – if you suspect or have confirmation of infestation of worms of any kind.
Keep your dogs and cats safe by being aware.
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Bless Their Hearts Treats
Boil in water to cover for about 5 mins.
Drain and save broth for simmering vegetables for your pet then use it on their wet or dry food.
Put Hearts in a jar with room.
Add Supplement Powder/s * – 1/4 teasp. of powder per 12 hearts to start
Put the lid on and shake.
These treats can be given 2 or 3 times a day depending on size and health of your pet.
Whole for medium to large dogs. Cut up fine for cats, small and elderly dogs or those with poor teeth.
Supplement Powders & Their Uses:
(Always start with small amounts when introducing food or supplement to pets.
That way you can monitor reactions and get them gradually used to the flavors.
Increase as needed and pull back if any supplement to bowel tolerance – that means stools are normal)
Turmeric with a little Black Pepper – for inflammation, joint pain
Valerian – to calm, for sleep, for colic or gas in cats
Kelp – to remove heavy metals, add sodium & minerals
Golden Seal or Echinacea – for infections, as antibacterial & anti-viral
Hawthorn – heart problems, anti-oxidant, good for older dogs
Slippery Elm – upset stomach, diarrhea, cough
Both Dogs and Cats will benefit from these supplements.
Always take in account your animals state of health and research contraindications of any drugs they are taking.
WebMD is a good source for interactions.
Hearts are a better source of animal protein than some other organ meats.
They are also cheaper than other cuts.
It is often easy to find Beef, Lamb and Chicken Hearts in grocery stores.
Larger Hearts can be chopped, sliced, grilled or boiled and used as above.
Chicken Hearts can be used as pill pockets.
Many pet owners have difficulty using Real Meat for their dogs and cats.
Especially those of us who are Vegan for ethical reasons.
Dogs and Cats require meat.
It is very difficult and dangerous to their health to change their Nature.
While some dogs can become accustomed to satisfying vegetarian diets –
cats are obligate carnivores.
They must have animal or fish protein daily – grains are not good for them even when tolerated initially.
No matter what form processed pet foods take – it’s meat or animal by products.
The more control you have over what you feed them the better. #imo
At the very least get the best grade grain free kibble you can find.
Add herbs and other nutritional supports.