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Easy, Delicious, & Nutritious Pet Food Recipes

These days more and more people are considering cooking for their pets.  Many have concerns over the quality of ingredients, contaminants and GMO’s, or worse  yet, toxins leading to pet food recalls. As my free gift to you, Dog Food Recipe Bulgar Green Lentil Carrot Potatoe Celeryhere follows my easy recipe template that will guide you to cooking hundreds of recipe’s for dog and cat food! When you love your pet like family, if you care about what goes on your families plate, chances are, you care about what goes in your pet’s dish.  Most of my best clients cook for their pets, at least some, if not all of the time. It is easy to do, and easy to feel good about. It is often a lot cheaper too when you consider the high price needed for all that packaging, marketing, shipping, and distribution of your commercial pet food.

As always, discuss the recipe’s you want to cook and feed to your animal,  with your vet, before doing so. This should be a quick, easy, relatively painless conversation at your next yearly or semi-annual visit.  If your vet is discouraging, perhaps it is only because they are unaware of the health benefits. A good veterinarian will be open to the discussion,  willing to learn more, and address all your legitimate concerns. For example, here is a link to a study discussing adding fresh food to your dog’s diet, and it’s affects on cancer http://tiny.cc/ivkc7x.  This should come as no surprise to those of us that realize how much good nutrition is essential for good health.  Once you have your vet’s blessing  to try adding home cooked foods (generally not more than 25-50% at first, or additional supplements are needed such as egg shell calcium) to your pet’s nutritionally complete diet, then it is time to get creative, and have fun!

Keep in mind that all of these recipe’s can be equally fed to anything that will eat it; cats, dogs, people, and bearded dragons included.  It is pretty hilarious when the kids ask for a second helping of dog food!

The real simple base for any meal is:

1/3 veggies+

1/3 grain (rice, bulgar, millet, quinoa, etc.) +

1/3 legumes (red or green lentils, garbanzo beans, black beans, butter beans, etc. ) = nutritious and delicious!

Possible combinations include green lentils, bulgar, and sweet potatoes,   or black beans, rice, and carrots, and finally  millet, red lentils, and butternut squash.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your pet’s pallet! The health benefits include absorbing all the bioflavonoid antioxidants (the bright colors in vegetables) as nature intended, before it was processed, put in a bag, and shipped in a truck. The diet includes lots of fiber which is excellent for digestive health recalling that 80% of the immune system is in the intestinal lining (if introduced slowly as directed should cause minimal gaseous discharge), and without having to be a chemist, or a nutritionist, you will be most likely providing a complete protein, and well as nearly all the essential amino acids any animal needs.  You can add additional protein if you so desire (or not, and not worry about overdoing it), multiple types of fresh, preferably organic veggies known to be safe for pets, fresh milled golden flax seeds, or just about anything else that sounds healthy and nutritious, for you.

Here is today’s recipe:

In a sauce pan, saute 1/2 cup chopped celery in a small amount water until translucent with one pinch of salt. Optional, add 1 TB Organic Olive Oil.Add 1 cup diced yellow unpeeled potatoes, 1 cup chopped organic unpeeled carrots, 1 cup rinsed bulgar wheat, 1 cup rinsed green lentils,  4-5 cups water, and simmer until root vegetables pierce easily with a fork. Done.  Serve warm spooned over commercial kibble, or serve in a dish sprinkled with nutritional yeast for extra vitamins, texture, and flavor. It’s as simple as that!

Quick, easy, delicious, cheap, and healthy. Your animals will love you even more for it! Use this guide to create your own homemade recipe ideas, and share  with us here or on Facebook or Instagram.  For specific questions about types of veggies to choose, what grains to choose for different conditions, or other questions you might have about cooking up your own pet food, please join us at http://www.stealmoreyears.com starting in January, where one of our 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pet’s Lifespan lessons will focus on diet and nutrition.

Looking forward to to seeing what you have ‘cooked’ up! I’m DrQ, here to help you, take control of the health of your beloved animals!

 

 

How to treat diarrhea naturally in dogs and cats

It is common for people first moving to Colorado with their pets, to soon find themselves enjoying the scenery, the hiking, and the sunshine, only to be disturbed by the need to find a new vet right away.  Because their poor, beloved dog picked up giardia while drinking from that mountain stream, and now has a wicked case of the runs. Of course dogs and cats can get diarrhea for lots of other reasons too, like a new food, medications, allergies,  bowel conditions, and of course the eating of questionable food items (ie garbage gut!). Either way here are so easy tips of what to do first, and to know when to call the vet.

If your pet is acting sick, slow to get up, refuses to eat, is also vomiting, or you see any blood in the runny stool, contact a veterinarian right away, this could be a serious emergency.

If, however, your pet seems pretty much alright, like their pretty normal happy self, but they have diarrhea, try this first.  For dogs, an 8-12 hour fast is a good place to start. That means no food,  or treats for a few hours or overnight. If your not comfortable withholding water too, then at least make sure the animal does not drink too much at once, and just has a few sips periodically.  A short break from food allows the cells lining the inside of the intestines to focus their energy on healing, instead of digesting.  For cats, I do not recommend fasting.

Then, as long as THERE HAS BEEN NO VOMITING, THE DIARRHEA SEEMS LESS, AND THE ANIMAL STILL SEEMS HAPPY AND ACTIVE:

Begin to offer a bland diet in small, frequent feedings, of food and water. This means about 1/4 of their regular meal in white rice (not brown) mixed with canned or pureed pumpkin or sweet potato. Only add a little vegetable broth and/or bland protein (fat free, no oil, non-GMO tofu is a good choice) with it if they won’t eat the rice mix plain.   The key is SMALL, FREQUENT feedings. That means starting with 1 tablespoon of rice mix, wait 30 minutes, 2 TB of rice mix, wait 30 minutes, then if the animal 1) still has an appetite 2) still has no vomiting 3) seems to still be feeling good and the diarrhea has slowed down or stopped, then you can feel comfortable going ahead and feeding 1/2 cup every hour or 2,  and gradually increasing the amount and decreasing the frequency of meals over the next 24-30 hours.  As long as things are still going well, then at this point you can begin to mix in half of the regular diet with the rice mixture, and over the next 48 hours gradually reintroduce the regular diet, at normal feeding times and amounts. If at any point in the process the runny stools get worse, have blood, the pet vomits, or the animal refuses to eat, see a vet right away.

Now, what about animals who seem to have sensitive systems or chronic digestion issues? I once a  great dane who was 130# of chronic diarrhea. Not fun, for him or me. Some of our animals just seem to be extra sensitive, and have bowel issues frequently,  which can be caused by allergies or bowel conditions. The first step is to have a thorough evaluation by your veterinarian, including stool samples, blood work, a good physical exam, a good detailed history of foods and habits, and even possibly x-rays, ultrasound, allergy testing, and/or sampling of the bowel tissues for further tests. Once it has been determined that there is no easily identifiable medical cause, and this is a chronic condition, then that is the time when eastern medicine and natural therapies play their biggest role.

Changing the diet is of course a common course of action.  This was the only thing that worked for my great dane. Often irritable bowels do better with a more bland diet, easy to digest, not too high in protein, and low in fat. You can try a prescription diet through your vet, or cook at home.  Find a diet that works, and stick to it. See my previous blog post about home cooking for your fur babies.   A vegetarian diet is often a good choice for ease of digestion.

The supplements added to the diet are just as important. Probably one of the best known one is to add probiotics to the diet. Probiotics is just a big word for the “good” bacteria than we ingest that helps rebuild the stores of these good guys we have living in our intestines. Yes we all have bacteria living inside of us, and many of them our beneficial to us, and aid in digestion of our food.  Did you know, in fact, that nearly 80% of your immune system is actually lining the insides of your intestines! That’s right! So a healthy intestinal lining means a healthier you, and your pet.  Probiotics can be purchased at any pharmacy or grocery store with a health food section. Pick one that promises live (viable) microorganisims. You do not have to worry about a product specifically made for pets, although some of them might come packaged in a way easier for your animal to want to eat.  Give a #50 dog 1/4 of the human dose, follow the package, or consult with your vet. It’s hard to over do it, they might just get gassy. There are no known side effects.

Another good supplement is glutamine. Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid, with no known side effects, that has a nourishing effect on the walls of the intestinal lining and have helped many patients.  For a #50 dog give 1/4 the human dose once daily. Extrapolate the dose for cats and smaller dogs.

The herb Slippery Elm is safe for dogs and cats at the right dose. Give by mouth, mix about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of Slippery Elm bark powder with food for every 10 pounds of body weight, twice daily.  Alternatively, use 1/2  of a 400 mg capsule (per 10 pounds), opened and the contents mixed with food or water.  It has a slightly sweet taste and is usually well-tolerated by cats and dogs.  NOTE: Slippery Elm may interfere with absorption of medications; and long-term use may have some effect on nutrient absorption, including iron and zinc.  Please discuss use of all supplements and herbs with your veterinarian.

Alternatively, you can prepare a week or so supply all at once.  Into a small saucepan place 1/2 cup (2 cups for larger animals) cold water and 1 (6  teaspoons for larger animals) powdered slippery elm bark. Sift herbs into the (preferably distilled) water,  to simmer over low flame, stirring constantly. Simmer  20 minutes or less,  until slightly thickened,  add 1/2 oz molasses or a touch of honey. Cool and refrigerate. Keeps 7 or 8 days. Give a teaspoon of syrup (5 cc) for every 10 pounds of body weight 5 minutes before a meal to minimize diarrhea.

For herbal tinctures of Slippery Elm that recommend a dosage of 5-40 drops for the average person, give animals for each #10 of body weight,  1-3 drops two or three times a day. From experience the taste and smell can be hard for some animals to overcome.  The best neutralizer is to warm a small amount of water on the stove,  add the dose of tincture to the hot water, then give the animal the water with the dose in it, after it has cooled. The hot water burns off the alcohol and removes much of the “bite” out of the dose, without minimizing the herbs ability to work well.

Acupuncture, as well as massage, and laser therapy, performed by a certified veterinarian can be very helpful to treat any number of chronic conditions such as those involving the bowel. Do not underestimate the power of acupuncture.  It always works to some degree, however, when it works well, it can seem like a miracle!

There are many other supplements, herbals, homeopathics, clays, and tinctures that have variable affects. With the guidance of your veterinarian, try one at a time, write the results on a calendar, and figure out which ones, if any, seem to really impact your animals chronic diarrhea. With a careful attention to detail, and a little planning, hopefully you will soon find yourself sleeping easier because your beloved animal is not constant discomfort. And on that note, I am DrQ, here to help you! Don’t hesitate to drop me a line with questions, or comments. Best wishes!

Your Positive Dog Business: Getting more!”

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

No matter if you own a positive (boarding, training, rescue, etc.) dog business, work for one, or dream of owning one in the future, join us for a chat time interview on the Facebook Group Positive Pet Advise on March 8th, 2015, 2 pm MST, with DrQ, Life Coach for People with Pets. Learn the perfect way to describe your business, and how to partner with your local vet, pet stores, and others, to help promote and grow your business.  This is for people who put their clients and their pets first,  realizing that the way to success, is through serving our clients with professionalism, compassion, and in the most authentic way possible, while striving to never stop learning.

Are your animals as safe as you think? Join the Pledge!

I posted this a few weeks ago, but think it is important enough to mention again.   As the holidays approach, our lives tend to be even more hectic than usual.  But just as now is the time to check those batteries in your smoke detectors, it’s also a great time to ensure your personal Pet Safety Plan, is in place.   Maybe you recently moved, changed names, or forgot to post that list behind the door for emergency personnel (if they ever need to enter your home, and quickly rescue all your animals). Confidently face the holidays knowing you have done everything you can to ensure your animal’s health and safety in the exciting New Year, 2015!

I challenge YOU to have these 8 ESSENTIAL tasks every animal guardian needs, complete, before January 1, 2015!  Join me in taking THE PLEDGE to complete these small steps, that each of us knows we need to do, but have yet chosen to make a priority (or maybe you already have, you super star)!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

And as an added incentive, to show how important I really think this is, everyone who helps spread the word, and joins me, to complete their plan before the end of the year, will receive a $10 Coupon from me!  Use the coupon anytime in 2015 towards services, or tickets to one of my events!

Come on, what do you have to lose?  It is all things we animal lovers have to do anyway, so take a minute, go through the items below,  and agree to join me to take the Pledge.  Help me, help you, make 2015 the best and brightest year yet with you and your animal friends!

 

The 8 Step Essential Animal Safety Plan by DrQ:

 

 

 

  1. Have a current name tag for every animal in your care, affixed to a collar, halter, carrier, or other appropriate place.

  2. Post a sign in an obvious location with a complete list of all animals, including their name, description,  location of their leash, halter, carrier, and most likely place to find them, if they are hiding in an emergency.

  3. Make sure you animals are taught well enough to travel.  Ensure that they can be found, handled, and safely transported, in an emergency.  Join a training class if necessary.

  4. Have a personalized Disaster Preparedness Plan, that describes what should happen with each pet in any and all emergencies, most likely to affect you.  Discuss it with each member of your family.

  5. Make preparations in your Will for what will happen to each one of your animals, if something should happen to you, first.

  6. Have a first aid kit for your animals, which contains at the very least 1) some bandage material, and 2) some pain medication appropriate for the species.

  7. Ensure each one of your animals is seen by a veterinarian at least once in the next 12 months, to ensure their good health and maximize longevity.  Have them spayed or neutered, if not already.

  8. Ensure your animal is a good citizen!  Read about Dog Bite Prevention.  Address any and all issues which may compromise the ability of someone to provide care for your animal, or which might cause annoyance, or even harm , to someone else.

    Questions or problems with completing any of these tasks?  We are here to help! Call us TODAY and schedule your consultation!

Have You Had Your 5 Second’s of Stillness Today?

scout-200x300This “test” is the number one most important thing I recommend every animal lover should HAVE to do At LEAST once a week, to keep your animal healthy, and happy to be with you!

Imagine this, your lovable, reliable, friendly animal, suddenly acts out and shuns you. It can happen at any time, for many reasons. How big of a deal is it, really, if something like this happens once in a while?
Everyone has a bad day, right?

WRONG!

For example, one family’s beloved pet dog, suddenly snapped at their small child. With heavy hearts, the family reluctantly agreed that this was a ‘deal breaker”, as they could just not risk a dangerous pet around their child.  They made the gut wrenching decision to bring the dog to the local shelter. While there, a kind person noticed the dog was experiencing a severe ear infection, and was suffering in a huge amount of silent pain! Sounds like it could never happen on your watch? Don’t be so sure, in reality, I have seen this happen more than once, just in my own practice, with all different species of animals.

Animals are much less complicated emotionally than we humans are, so if something so completely out of the ordinary occurs, it is DEFINITELY your animal conveying some kind of message to you. And it’s up to us, the mammal with the bigger brain, to figure out what that something, is!

It could be something very serious, and a sudden change in behavior, should NEVER be ignored.

So what is the one thing you MUST do, at LEAST once every week, to connect with your animals emotionally, and thereby, be more likely to notice problems like this long before they happen?

Do this at your animal’s next meal,play, or snack time. Have them wait, and make eye contact with you, for at least 5 full seconds, freely and without any restraint, before they proceed. It’s sort of like saying ‘grace’ before enjoying dinner, or asking politely “please may I”, before proceeding.  Just a quick ‘check in’ conversation between you, and your loved one, at a time when you are in the best position to likely have their full attention.

If you can’t do this with any of your animals, then there is a trust issue.  Notice, I did not say a dominance, issue, there is a very BIG and IMPORTANT difference!

Training and bonding with your animal’s is not about a lot of learning theory, rules, video’s, gadgets, or worst of all, “showing who is BOSS”! It’s about a peaceful coexistence, in safety and trust, with all the animals in your care. Through a few simple little interactions, or changes in your current routine, you too can  reap huge benefits in the emotional connection, and subsequent ability to note and address physical issues, long before they become a ‘deal breaker”.

This is how you know, they trust you. This is how you know, you can trust them.

If you can’t do it, start making changes, today, in how you interact with your animal, to be able to accomplish this small 5 second check in. If you have tried, and failed, give me a call, I can help you help make it happen, no matter what animal your’s happens to be. Doesn’t make sense, or need more clarification?  Likely someone else does too, so do us all a favor and leave comments below.

5 seconds of stillness

5 seconds of stillness

Have you had your 5 seconds of stillness with your animal, today?

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