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.
Q & A about FeedLOVE criteria:
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!
During recent rainy days and weeks, flu and “gastric” problems hit many furkids with full force. Cool temperatures and high humidity allow germs to thrive. I notice the numbers of pets who feel unwell, sport a runny nose, teary eyes and or diarrhea and vomit, are skyrocketing.
If heading to the next vet clinic for a prescription of antibiotics and other drugs is not your cup of tea, but if you rather be proactive to sefl-help your pet become and stay well…. Here is the “holistic veterinary secret” of treating and preventing flu, “gastric problems” and worse.
Your most important ally to staying healthy and to heal is your immune system.
Compare it to a well-organized “police force” in the body, the vastest number of our “friendly helpers” are located in the gut.
So, to fight off flu symptoms, to heal a bad belly and even minimizing the chances of cancer to develop, trust your gut to help protect and save you and your pet.
Supporting the immune force doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or “difficult”. Just remember 3 steps, and you and your pet may forget how your vet clinic looks from inside…
Number one and daily “to do”... feed fresh, natural, complete food. The “tools to fight a fair fight” against bacteria, virus and other troublemakers come from the food you provide for your pet’s body and gut.
The gut houses bacteria. All of them form 70% of the body’s immune force. Daily food can boost your pet’s gut bacteria and help the gut to thrive – or feed disease and weaken the “gut police force”.
That’s where “prebiotics” enter the game. Prebiotic describes a group of substances that are necessary to feed the “gut police force”. If you already started feeding balanced and wholesome fresh food like FeedLOVE meals, don’t bother with prebiotics. Balanced holistic fresh food provides ample nutrition of body and gut bacteria, supporting your pet’s protective immune gut force.
Processed foods (food from bags and cans) leave the “gut force” vulnerable. Antibiotics, not able to distinguish between good and bad guys in bacterial form, weaken the gut immune system further.
To start treating your pet naturally, invest into a good quality probiotic supplement. For the first 3 months, such supplements provide support for numbers and variety of gut bacteria and subsequently “boost” your pet’s gut police force.
Take note, only supplements with a dozen different bacteria strains, numbering billions, boost effectively your pet's “gut force”.
How is your chosen probiotic packaged? The “gut fighters” in your supplement may only survive your pet’s stomach and body fluids hiding out inside their protective capsule. To help probiotics arrive at their “police station” alive, don't remove the capsule if your probiotic is in capsules. Should a capsule be too big for your pet, go out and find a liquid or powder-formulated probiotic supplement!
Good health and fast healing start with a balanced, “alive” gut police force.
“Trust your gut” to fight and win against bacteria, virus and fungi in the body, so your pet’s nose, eyes, appetite and poop heal and stay well, during and after this rainy season.
When clinic cat Siam sported a big gaping wound at the base of her tail, we were once again given the chance to apply our kind (of) medicine.
Instead of grabbing injections, pills and putting her into an animal hospital, we chose to support Siam's natural immune and repair mechanisms to “work their miracles".
It’s important to avoid disturbing the body's innate healing capability through toxins and stress.
Starting with an overall medical check, we focus on signs of “hidden” (internal) bleeding. Since there were no signs of anemia and Siam was alert and responsive, it was safe to conclude that she didn’t have any internal wounds. Her body temperature was normal, and the lack of swellings and hot areas made an infection, carried by her blood (“systemic infection”), highly unlikely.
Of course, Siam’s body (and mind) had to deal with a rather large, arrow shaped wound, bare of any skin. We don’t know what happened, but it must have been a scary incident! And painful!
Here's what we chose to do for her and what you can do, too, if you choose to heal your injured pet at home:
1. Prepare a reasonably quiet and clean room for recuperation. If your injured pet is a cat, provide a clean litter box. Regularly change sleeping beds/towels to keep resting areas clean. And provide several water bowls, filled with fresh water available.
If you and your pet live in a tropical or humid climate or if the location of the wound doesn’t lend itself to bandaging, don’t cover the wound! Bandages may obstruct blood flow and trap moisture. This leads to tissue dying off.
What you always should do, is carefully trim off any fur close to the wound. Ensure no hair sticks to the wound or irritates the inured area.
2. Healing starts immediately ywith the homeopathic remedy "Arnica Montana" which minimizes pain and emotional upset. Depending on your homeopathic’s concentration, give the remedy (orally) 3 to 5 times a day duirng the first few days until healing progresses smoothly.
Arnica takes care of a injured body and mind and ensures that both completely recover from trauma. Reduce frequency of giving Arnica on first sights of stabilization. Stop the homeopathic remedy as soon as you notice your pet is healing well and is emotionally stable.
"Aloe Vera" homeopathic globuli (orally given) focus on skin regeneration support. Again, start with more frequent dosages and reduce as your pet’s healing progresses well.
"Hypericum" homeopathic globuli are added if you feel there is pain. It soothes and heals nerves that were injured. As soon as your pet is less or no more sensitive near and on the wound, reduce and stop this remedy.
3. Essential, balanced nutrients are building materials for tissue regeneration (wound healing). Fresh, quality food delivers easy to digest "skin repair material". Make sure that your pet’s meals contain about 60 % moisture (water). Moist food is super important for wound healing because damaged skin and open wounds dehydrate the body! For Siam, 3 daily FeedLOVE meals worked a treat!
4. If a natural “immune booster” may benefit your pet at this time of healing, use a quality probiotic supplement that contains at least 10 (better more) different strains of good bacteria. The “concentration” (measured in CFU’s) of your probiotic supplement needs to be in the billions. Anything lower and your pet is unlikely to benefit from it.
Within 10 to 14 days of this relaxed and non-toxic treatment protocol, wound healing will reach the point where risk of infection and secondary injury become minimal.
Being spared the usual medical stress factors like drugs and hospitalization, emotional and physical healing is fast and smooth. From here on your naturally treated pet will be “whole” (healed body and mind). Without using drugs n non-essential situations like this, antibiotics will work superbly well when they are really necessary.
Here's to a long, happy and healthy life of your pet!
Do you feed your pet fish?
Our holistic veterinary clinic is a magnet for pet parents who are truly dedicated to their furkids. Yet most pets presented to a specialized practice like AsiaPaws suffer from chronic, deep-seated, severe health problems.
The task of a holistic veterinary consultation is highlighting possible disease triggers and illness contributing factors. This can make all the difference between long-lasting suffering and reaching the goal of a healthy, happy and long-lived pet companion.
90% of all cats presented to me in the clinic have fish as the number one protein source in their daily food. And even dogs are increasingly fed salmon or other fish-based foods.
It looks like fish and pet-food is a “match made in heaven.” So, what could be possibly wrong with this treasured food source for our pets?
Most cats love fish, they actually crave for it. We pet lovers indulge our cats. Because we enjoy watching them savor their meals. But... cravings are not a reliable indicator of quality fuel for body and mind... Just think about your very own cravings… be it for chocolate or for potato crisps with an overload of sugar and carbs …
Besides being addictive (yes, fish can do to cats what sugar does to humans – causing a greater addiction than, for example, cocaine does!) fish-based food sports serious health concerns and disease triggers.
1. Fish, especially large species from the sea (for example tuna) and tasty kinds like salmon (due to the salmon’s fat content) show high levels of mercury contamination. A study from 2016 was quoted by Dr. Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham as “in 16 of 100 pet food samples mercury levels were far above the maximum tolerable limit”. (1)
Mercury is accused of contributing to a range of very serious, even deadly diseases, among them cancers and neurological disorders.
2. Another study from 2018 found 20 brands of canned sardines and sprats from 13 countries over 4 continents to contain micro- and mesoplastics. (2) This means that “human grade” canned fish contains plastic particles in worrying numbers. If we think about it, fish used in pet food is unlikely to even come close to human quality standards. How much plastic is likely to be found in the fish of your pet food?
3. And there is this study highlighting “pet cats are exposed to MeO-PBDEs through cat food products containing fishflavors” (3). The blood levels of these toxins are directly related to the toxin levels in the studied pet’s food. Translated into practical language, these toxins in fish-containing pet food are co-factors triggering hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroid cats suffer tremendously. The disease may start slowly, without any red flags.
However, the end stages of an over-functioning of the thyroid gland produces gravely ill cats.
Restless, ever-hungry, meowing, sleepless and severely emaciated, treatment for hyperthyroidism is never straightforward (after all, it’s a hormonal imbalance) and few cats recover and survive...
Although feline diseases due to fish-based pet foods are better documented, plastic particles and high toxin contamination levels leading to hormonal and glandular changes are equally detrimental to dogs.
These facts are sad proof for the saying "what goes around comes around"... man-made pollution of the sea comes back to haunt us and our innocent pets.
For a list of American based “worst and best” (most and least contaminated) pet food and treat brands, take a look here: https://www.cleanlabelproject.org/pet-food/
Obviously, local brands are not on this list. So, contamination levels in your local Malaysian, Thai and other Southeast Asian brands are anyone’s guess… and that worries me even more!
These facts should answer one of the frequently asked questions why FeedLOVE doesn’t feature “fish meals” for cats and dogs.
Fish as a main protein source of regularly offered food for pets must be extra carefully sourced. Professionally composed, researched and balanced pet meals from FeedLOVE are based on taking responsibility for your pet’s health and well-being.
PS: We are working on “clean” and uncontaminated FeedLOVE fish meals in the future. Having said that, without a 100% reliably clean and uncontaminated source, we won’t commit to fish based FeedLOVE meals.
PPS: Above facts are the reason why we don’t use salmon oil or other fish-based omega-3-fatty acids in our FeedLOVE meals!
So, the next time when you reach for that pet food or those treats made of fish… remember the “fishy facts” – and by giving in to your pet’s cravings you very likely feed your pet’s suffering and disease.
Mercury concentrations in wet and dry cat and dog food.
Citation data: Animal Feed Science and Technology, ISSN: 0377-8401, Vol: 222, Page: 190-193
Publication Year: 2016
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada Reno, MS 186, Reno NV 89557, United States
Received 19 March 2016, Revised 14 October 2016, Accepted 30 October 2016, Available online 31 October 2016.
KEYWORDS: Mercury consumption
Sci Total Environ. 2018 Jan 15;612:1380-1386. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.005. Epub 2017 Sep 25. Microplastic and mesoplastic contamination in canned sardines and sprats.
Karami A1, Golieskardi A2, Choo CK3, Larat V4, Karbalaei S2, Salamatinia B3.
KEYWORDS: Additive; Canned sardine; Heavy metals; Mesoplastic; Microplastic
Dr Susanna is a certified veterinarian who has spent her entire life with pets as her family.