When evaluating any “new” kind of pet food we should ask ourselves a few questions.
My thoughts as a (holistically) practising vet are along these lines...
Factual considerations are next...
Any processing of food changes nutrients and nutrient availability. Dehydrating is a process that negatively influences live enzymes and changes cell structures by removing life-giving water.
“Which of the nutrients perish and what is left? Without an analysis from a lab, your guess is as good as mine. ...
Moisture (water content) of food is directly connected to how well food can be digested. Fresh food contains approximately 65% of moisture which makes it easy to digest.
What is easier, to eat every day fresh chicken or chicken jerky?
Tropical temperatures and humidity levels hugely impact storage (and nutrients) of natural foods.
Shelf life of "natural" dehydrated products is short. To prolong shelf life and keep products safe, chemicals are added. Without them, dehydrated products spoil. This leads to the next consideration…
Contamination, pathogen multiplication and mould formation are real risks in any food. Prolonged storage increases these risks. Hidden pathogens that are invisible and can’t be smelled or tasted are arguably the most common triggers of liver problems, causing pets to become (often gravely) ill.
So, “Are dehydrated pet foods good or bad?”
Dehydrated pet food - good or bad?
Short-term practicability - Yay! Natural nutrients and digestibility - Meh!
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It's a sad fact that out of 3 pets, 2 will likely encounter the scary diagnosis of "cancer" in one or the other form during their life.
For those of you who have been diligently avoiding known disease triggers such as chemicals in food and in your pet's environment, you might refuse treatment with harsh chemicals and drugs if this disease strikes your furkid...
Although in humans it is more common to use holistic natural treatments for limiting the side effects of chemotherapy, the popularity of traditional Chinese herbal formulas is increasing.
Pure natural formulas without steroids and other chemical additions work for cancer-stricken patients who decide against taking the chance of toxins inflicting harm and harsh side effects.
Instead of weakening the organism, holistic methods support and promote the patient's ability to fight against disease.
At AsiaPaws holistic clinic, we have developed protocols that integrate Chinese Herbal Formula medicines tailored to any furry cancer patient's needs with other holistic, natural supportive treatments.
Because your furkid's life quality and safety takes priority, we only work with absolutely pure and safe FDA as well as TGA (Australian Drug Health Authority) approved herbal companies.
Without any doubt, only a professionally trained veterinarian should be treating your cancer stricken pet.
If you consider using herbal and TCVM formulas be sure your vet is specialised in using those medicines. It's non-negotiable for the safety of your pet that you insist on an open and transparent approach, for example by demanding the prescription of fully labelled natural medicines.
A professional protocol is essential for your furkid to be treated effectively and safely, also if natural veterinary medicines are used!
At AsiaPaws holistic veterinary clinic, Dr Susanna's chooses among various, scientifically proven, pure herbal formulas to fit your pet's very specific needs.
All of AsiaPaws' TCVM based formulas and supplements provide natural anti-inflammatory substances as well as detoxing and anti-neoplastic (anti-tumour-growth) compounds to extend survival times.
Additionally, specific natural vitamins and enzymes help cancer-stricken patients to find balance and life quality again.
If you are not ready to give up on your beloved furkid, take heart. Gentle, kind, safe and effective holistic treatments by trained specialists help furry cancer patients at AsiaPaws.
We all want for our furkids only health, happiness and a long life.
If you use holistic medicine, you know that a lot of effort goes into providing the best possible natural support to healing and sustaining health and balance. From fresh, natural and complete meals to avoiding toxins and unnecessary medications, holistic medicine is about enabling our pets to live in peace and harmony.
So, when disease or symptoms pop up, despite all your efforts, how can you use this as something positive?
We need to shift emotionally from being scared, negative and paralysed with fear to focusing on the challenge at hand. We must use our energy wisely to master this task for and with our furkid.
Helping our pets is ONLY possible when we accept that symptoms and diseases are physical reminders to strive for INNER balance. A simple runny nose or tearing eyes just like the multi-layered issue of any cancer are red flags to look closer at our furkid's inner health and well-being.
A symptom is practically the same as a "warning light" flashing on our car's dashboard.
Both, warning lights and symptoms, are signals to catch our attention and urge us to find out what is going on.
Dis-ease in a holistically treated pet reminds us that health isn't merely based on physical things like remedies, herbs and food alone. Inside-outside health includes very much the "right energy” we surround ourselves and our pets with.
So, when you "did everything right" yet your pet is diagnosed with, for example, cancer, be ready to take this challenge head on, no blaming yourself or fate!
As shocking and unfair as the situation appears, use this opportunity to re-evaluate the vibes and energy that you surround your pet and yourself with.
Take this as an opportunity to focus on positivity, good vibes, kindness and generosity towards your surroundings and environment and, as always, towards all living beings.
Remember, everything is energy. Be the change you want to see in your pet!
Food is one of the most important contributors to health. Bad diets play a big part in chronic and even fatal illnesses.
It's far from easy to understand wholesome meals for ourselves.
But it's even more difficult to get sound, honest and unbiased advice on healthy food for our pets.
Pet food companies, if run purely as businesses, are simply a for-profit enterprise that put your pet's health, at best, second.
Do you feel torn between all the "offers" and advertising claims of pet foods?
Here's my honest, proven and practical "guide in a nutshell" to help you judge for yourself if a pet food brand is worth your pet - and your money.
1. Refined carbs like white and brown rice in the food recipe are a NO GO. They're considered "dirty fuel".
2. Ingredients with names that you don't understand (except if you have a science degree) are a RED FLAG. Chemicals and health don’t go together well.
3. More than two different protein sources in one meal can irritate pets with a sensitive gut. CAUTION!
4. A large variety of added veggies is NOT better! A range of vegetables, if routinely consumed, can negatively influence your pet’s thyroid, joint function, urinary tract or cause digestive issues. UGLY consequences!
5. "Anonymous" pet food businesses keep their owners' and staff identities, as well as their educational background, undercover... If you are proud of your products, wouldn't you happily introduce yourself and your staff? What are the UGLY secrets here?!
6. Unreasonably cheap or expensive prices are both QUESTIONABLE!
Cheap foods are likely produced by using poor quality ingredients and made by unqualified or underpaid staff. If pet food prices are “too good to be true”, it’s pays to stay away to avoid BAD consequences for your pet!
Expensive or "premium range" foods should tick every single of the above 5 listed quality criteria. If only one of the listed criteria is missing, high-end pet food is, quite simply, a rip off. Your money, spent on such overpriced pet food products, is unlikely to keep your pet save from common health problems. Pricey food companies allocate much of the earned money on advertising, to "buy" spokespersons or for other hyped publicity to "legitimize" unsubstantiated claims. There is less money for quality ingredients, research and production... BAD.
So, if you're "caught between a rock and a hard place" because you are unsure what is truly the best for your precious furkid, use my simple criteria points to judge any brand of pet food for yourself.
Is the food you’re eyeing worth your pet's health, your trust and your money?
PS: As a holistic vet I unshackled myself and our holistic clinic, AsiaPaws, from pharma and pet food lobbying. As a medical professional I have chosen to support my patients’ self-healing ability with scientifically supported natural, animal- and environment-friendly methods.
As a holistic vet I judge foods in an unbiased, educated manner.
Launching my own fresh, holistically balanced food for cats and for dogs, is to simply share what I have been feeding my own pets. FeedLOVE makes healing and keeping your pet well easy and convenient. FeedLOVE meals are based on scientific principles that I have taught and shared in our clinic for years.
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What have processed food, dirt and humidity in common? They can all fuel ear inflammation in pets.
Hot, itchy or even painful ears and a forever dirty ear canal cause frustrating cycles of vet visits and “eternal” medicated ear drop sessions.
How do I personally manage a dozen of own pets at home, naturally and without toxins? Is there any long-term solution for pets prone to chronic otitis?
As a practicing vet in alternative and complementary medicine, my preferred treatment choices are, whenever possible, natural remedies.
I found in the tropics coconut oil and colloidal silver solution work gently and effectively in managing recurring otitis (chronic ear inflammation) in dogs and cats.
Here's my “secret protocol” that I apply to manage (and prevent) recurring otitis in my own pets:
3 to 5 drops of lukewarm colloidal silver solution are gently dropped into each affected ear. Gently massage the sides of your pet's head before allowing your pet to shake head. Wipe ear flaps and visible ear canal. Remove loose dirt particles and remaining liquid with a clean soft tissue. Schedule to heal:
Cats prefer their ears to be cleaned with 1 or 2 drops of lukewarm coconut oil instead of colloidal silver.
This natural oil not only cleans dirty ears but works against inflammation and can even “suffocate” (kill) ear mites.
Use the same schedule for your cat with coconut oil as above described for colloidal silver solution for dogs.
Of course, no holistic medical protocol is complete without addressing nutrition and diet of chronically ill pets. And yes, recurring otitis is a “chronic disease”!
Carbohydrates and processed ingredients in food fuel inflammation. If your pet’s “weak spot” are his or her ears, understand by feeding this kind of food you trigger and keep ear inflammation ongoing.
To minimize the risk of chronic ear otitis, change your pet’s food to natural, carbohydrate-free balanced fresh foods like FeedLOVE, and you will only need to apply the colloidal silver or coconut oil schedule on rare occasions.
Your pet will thank you for it!
Dr Susanna is a certified veterinarian who has spent her entire life with pets as her family.