Where can you seek Holistic Veterinary Help?
A simple source is the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association at www.AHVMA.org . This is an excellent site for finding a Holistic Veterinarian in your area and to learn more about Holistic Veterinary Medicine. There is always a place for conventional medical practices such as surgery, dental and emergency medical care when needed. NEVER throw the baby out with the bath water is always the motto to follow.
What supplements does my dog need?
Supplements are another issue that fill the internet and can be very confusing to those seeking guidance in choosing what they should or should not give to their animal friends.
The most important thing to remember is that you always use moderation and small amounts of whatever you choose to supplement their diet.
Keep it simple is also a must when you are considering supplementing your friend’s diet. Supplementing you animal’s diet is to insure they have all the micronutrient available to the inner doctor within your pet to create the optimum outcome of healing.
Suggested readings on this topic are as follows:
* Bovine Colostrum Nature’s Forgotten Miracleby
Dr. Stephen R. Blake DVM, CVA, CVH, Usui Reiki Master
* All you Ever wanted to Know about Herbs for Pets by
Mary L. Wulff-Tilford & Gregory L. Tilford
* Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by
Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. & Susan Hubble Pitcairn
* Gemmotherapy for our Animal Friends by
Dr. Stephen Blake B.Sci., DVM, CVA, CVH, Usui Reiki Master
* Living Enzymes The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret by
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm.
What you feed your animal friends is a key part to their longevity and HEALTH.
The most important part about selecting any diet is what it consists of. The label on the container of food will list the ingredients from largest to smallest amount of each in the food. The analysis will list the minimum level of Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber and moisture. Cats are carnivores and dogs are obligate carnivores, both require high protein diets with minimal carbohydrates. The general rule on dry or wet food analysis is that the fat content be approximately half the percentage of the protein content. The average dry food has 10% moisture content and canned or raw food contains 70 to 80% moisture. When calculating protein on a dry bases, you divide the percentage of protein on the label by decimal percentage of the dry matter. That is, if the label reads 24% on a bag of dry dog or cat food and the moisture content is 10% (this means that there is 90% dry matter), then, 24 divided by 0.9 = 26.6% . If it were canned food the protein analysis may say 13 % with a moisture content of 75%. 30% divided by 0.25 (decimal of % dry matter content) = 52 %. Now you can accurately know how much the food actually contains and what is in it. Under the list of ingredients, make sure their are NO by-products, artificial preservatives, flavoring or coloring included and only human grade or organic products.
There are hundreds of commercial diets to choose from – look long and carefully before choosing something as important as the staples that you will feed your pet. Research the history of the company, and, especially, its recalls due to tainted products. Make sure you are not buying brands produced in China – those have an unfortunate history of tainting that causes death to pets.
You need to check that the food you choose meets all of the previous requirements mentioned above.
You also have the option of making your own homemade diets.
Here are references of books on how to make your own diets for your pets:
* Dr. Becker’s REAL FOOD for Healthy Dogs and Cats –
Simple homemade food by Beth Taylor and Karen Shaw Becker, DVM
* Paleo DOG by Jean Hofve, DCM and Celeste Yarnall, PhD
* See Spot Live Longer by Steve Brown and Beth Taylor
Here is a link to commercial RAW food diets and how to make your own homemade diets.
Due to the many contaminants in most water supplies, it is best to have a water purification system on the water that you give your animal friends. Carbon-based filters are a good starting place and, even better, a whole house filtering system.