Archives for April, 2009
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Have you registered yet for the free phone seminar I told you about yesterday?
Well, Dr. Jones has upped the ante. Take a look at this email I received from him:
Re: Want to WIN a New Course?
Hey again fellow readers of Veterinary Secrets,
and connoisseurs of ‘Animal Hair’ in your food.
Thursday’s Phone Seminar on Keeping your Pet
Healthy and Extending your pet’s life is coming
Home Study Course GIVEAWAY Contest
I’m going to be giving AWAY 3 NEW Veterinary
Secrets Revealed2.0 Home Study Courses.
My New Course has QUADRUPLED in size- it includes
my 450 page Veterinary Secrets2.0 Manual, 250 page
Pet First Aid Secrets Manual, 8 Instructional DVD
Videos, 4 Instructional CD ROM Videos, and 4 Audio CDs.
It’s very LARGE, and Extremely Valuable.
1. You’ve got to Sign Up for My Pet Health
Phone Seminar by clicking here:
2. Then you’ve got to go to my Blog, WATCH
my next 2 Frequently Asked Questions Videos about
my New Home Study Course, then leave a comment.
My Blog is at:
Veterinary Secrets Blog
P.S. You really do have a chance to WIN, and it’s
far better than the 1 in 14 million odds of winning
a lottery…I’m giving away 3 Courses.
1. Register for my Pet Health Teleseminar:
2. Watch for 1st 2 Frequently Asked Questions
Videos on my Blog, and leave a comment:
Veterinary Secrets Blog
Heal Your Pet At Home!
Best Wishes (and Good Luck),
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
I hope you will join me in attending, and maybe win a free course!
(free is always good).
Apr 29, 2009 | | Holistic
We have a unique opportunity to attend a FREE phone seminar this Thursday April 30th at 9 pm Eastern presented by Dr. Andrew Jones who is the author of Veterinary Secrets Revealed. To register for this event CLICK HERE.
In this 90 minute teleseminar, we will learn:
- How to treat our pets at home
- How to NATURALLY treat Allergies, Cancer, Arthritis and Ear Infections
- Natural alternatives for Heartworm prevention
- What we can use for Flea and Ticks that WON’T harm our dogs or cats
- The TRUTH behind Vaccines- how to avoid potentially disastrous side effects, and the Vaccine regimen he advises for our dogs or cats
- The TOP ways to prevent disease.
- The best diets for our pets- He’ll show us what to feed, how to choose a quality pet food, which supplements to give, and the SAFE treats to use.
I hope you’ll join me in attending! Click Here for all the Details.
Talk to you soon,
Apr 28, 2009 | | Holistic, Homemade Dog Food
Hope you had a great weekend!
Our grocery store had chicken legs and thighs on sale this week for $1.00 per pound, so I made the chicken recipe that I mentioned in my April 17th post for Roxie and Gypsy’s homemade dog food.
As side benefit, this recipe also results in homemade chicken broth for me to use in gravies, sauces, and soups. I let it cool overnight in the fridge, skim off the fat, pour it into a muffin pan, and stick the muffin pan in the freezer. Each “muffin” is about 1/4 cup, so once frozen, I pop them out into a freezer bag for later use.
I wanted to share a video I got in my email. It is from Dr. Andrew Jones, who is a veterinarian from Canada, a staunch animal advocate, and a strong believer in natural, holistic methods of pet care. Plus, I think he is kind of cute! He has a short demonstration of acupressure, homeopathy, massage, and the use of an herbal tonic. He uses his dog, Lewis, and his cat, Trent as subjects, and it is so sweet to see the obvious affection he has for his pets. Enjoy!
Have a good evening, and give your dogs a hug for me,
Apr 27, 2009 | | Holistic, Homemade Dog Food
I just got finished cutting up raw beef liver (gross) for Roxie and Gypsy as part of their homemade dog food diet. The good news is I don’t have to do it very often, as a container goes a long way for them.
I wanted to give you an update on the stray puppy I talked about in my April 2nd and 3rd posts. We found him running around in our neighborhood and ended up taking him to the Humane Society where he was put up for adoption. Great news! He found a permanent home.
I have long been a fan of chiropractic treatment for myself, but never thought about it for my dogs until I noticed that Roxie, who is nine years old, had developed a pronounced hump in her back. At their annual appointment, our very traditional vet didn’t make comment about it, which bothered me as it sure didn’t seem normal to me. When my mom and stepdad came for their annual visit, my mom asked “Roxie has a bump in her back, is supposed to be that way?”. I took action and found a vet, Dr. Maria Williams, here in San Antonio who specializes in holistic pet care, including chiropractic treatments.
Roxie started getting chiropractic adjustments in December, staggered at two weeks, then three weeks, etc. Dr. Williams also recommended we give Roxie regular massage, which I do every 2-3 days. Roxie is a hyper little girl, and really does not like going to the vet for any reason. They administer some homeopathic drops to calm her down before Dr. Williams works on her.
Roxie’s hump is now gone, and she has regained her previous level of energy. We will continue to take her for adjustments about every couple of months for maintenance.
Dr. Williams holds a certification from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association where you can locate a veterinarian to provide animal chiropractic services in your own area.
I found an excellent article about chiropractic for dogs. If you want to check it out, it is included as part of a free report “Ten Topics for Natural Dog Care”.
Until next time,
Apr 23, 2009 | | Holistic, Homemade Dog Food, Stray Dog
Roxie and Gypsy did their part today to help Rick in the back yard. He is building a patio cover and our doggies did a good job staying out of the way! They are not real keen on hammering and sawing.
If you are making homemade dog food, just as important as knowing what to feed your dogs is knowing what NOT to feed your dogs. I got this list of foods to be avoided from the book Scared Poopless: onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, caffeine, sprouted or green potatoes, moldy food, macadamia nuts, Xylitol (an artificial sweetener used in gum and toothpaste), other artificial sweeteners, and msg. You can find more do-nots at The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Just like humans, there are also foods you will find that are inherently okay, but your dog will not tolerate for whatever reason. For example, it is okay to give dogs green beans, but Gypsy gets diarrhea from them, so green beans are off the homemade dog food menu in our house. Something I’ve found that helps my dogs if they get a little stomach upset is canned pumpkin.
If you have questions about anything I’ve posted, I would love to hear from you. Just post a comment, or see the “Contact Jean” page.
Have a good evening,
Apr 21, 2009 | | Homemade Dog Food
Good evening all,
Hope everyone had a restful and fun weekend. Part of our time on Sunday was spent “beautifying” Roxie and Gypsy. It’s not something they look forward to, but they tolerate their baths and haircuts quite well.
Dog Food Secrets is is the work of Andrew Lewis who tells the compelling story of losing his four year old dog Noble to kidney failure, due to chemicals in the commercial dog food he was fed.
Some of what I learned from Andrew is ways to tell if your dog has a weight issue:
1. Are the ribs easily felt with slight fat cover, or difficult to feel under moderate or thick fat cover?
2. From the side view, is there an abdominal tuck beginning from base of ribs?
3. Is there thickening at the tail base?
4. From the overhead view, does your dog have a marked hourglass shape? (underweight indicator)
5. Or, from the overhead view, is the back slightly or markedly broadened at the waist? (overweight indicator)
6. Is your dog slow to rise or move around?
7. Is your dog reluctant to exercise, or easily tired with activity?
I’ve mentioned in other posts that watching their weight was a way for me to know if I was feeding Roxie and Gypsy the right amount of homemade dog food, and our vet told us it was better to err on the thin side rather than the heavy side.
Until next time,
Apr 20, 2009 | | Homemade Dog Food
Happy Friday afternoon,
I’ve talked in previous posts about making homemade dog food using the crock pot for inexpensive cuts of meat, or just browning ground meat.
Another easy recipe for homemade dog food is to buy chicken when it is on sale. Our local grocery store periodically runs specials of leg quarters, legs, and thighs for $1.00 a pound. When they do, I use that as the protein for Roxie and Gypsy. I just put the chicken into a stock pot with water, veggies (carrots, celery, squash, but no onions), garlic, and herbs. It simmers for about 1 1/2 hours, is allowed to cool, and then gets deboned and divided into serving sizes. You could also use this as a double-duty dinner for both the humans and the dogs.
One of the biggest objections I had about making homemade dog food was the time factor. Sometimes it is hard just to get food prepared for the human part of the family, much less the canine part. I had to figure out a routine that would work for me. Along that vein, I am on the lookout for “homemade” quality dog food available by mail, so if you know of any, please post a comment.
Enjoy the weekend,
Apr 17, 2009 | | Homemade Dog Food
Hello to you on this overcast, rainy day in San Antonio,
We took Roxie and Gypsy for a walk today as we always do, even though it was raining. We have raincoats for Roxie and Gypsy, but they both hate wearing them. Gypsy just plants her feet and refuses to move!
I wanted to talk a bit about the routine into which I have settled for their homemade dog food preparation. I generally cook for them a couple of times per week, preparing three days of food at a time. If I make more than three days worth, it goes into the freezer.
Roxie and Gypsy are about 18 and 21 pounds respectively, so the proportions I am mentioning work for them. I found some square Rubbermaid freezer containers at our local grocery store that are a perfect serving size.
A pound of meat yields about two cups, and I serve them each about 1/3 cup of meat for each meal, so a pound makes six total servings for my dogs. I’ll brown up the ground hamburger, turkey, or pork with some minced garlic and herbs and put it into the individual containers.
I’ll then add about a tablespoon of chopped, raw, organ meat, and a tablespoon of mushed-up veggies into each container, so they are ready to go when it is time to fed my girls.
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Until we talk again,
Apr 16, 2009 | | Homemade Dog Food
Hello from San Antonio,
It is a gorgeous afternoon here, sunny and in the seventies.
Gypsy came in this morning and left us a nice pile of dry grass in the carpet. She had been outside doing what we call her “happy dog dance” where she gets on her back with all four paws waving in the air, and waggles her back end around. She then came in and shook off on the living room carpet, which, of course, had just been vacuumed. Gotta love ‘em!
Anyway, I wanted to pass on what I’ve learned about homemade dog food portions. Roxie is about 18 pounds and Gypsy is about 21 pounds. I feed them twice each day.
This is a typical meal for them:
- about 1/3 cup of protein (I rotate chicken, beef, turkey, and pork)
- plus a heaping tablespoon each of raw organ meat (liver, gizzards, heart), mushed-up veggies, and plain yogurt.
- I also sprinkle on 1/8 teaspoon of ground-up eggshells for calcium.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, when I first started with this, I was also adding either cooked brown rice or oatmeal, but they both gained too much weight.
Even though Roxie is slightly smaller than Gypsy, she gets the same amount of food because she is the more active of the two. I keep an eye on them and if I see them either gaining or losing weight, I’ll adjust the amounts accordingly.
Another point I wanted to make is a larger dog will usually need less food percentage-wise than a smaller dog, so an 80 pound dog may not need quite four times what Roxie and Gypsy get. Something our vet passed along, is just to use common sense, and to err on the side of too thin rather than too heavy.
I hope you are finding this information helpful, please post a comment if you have a question.
Apr 14, 2009 | | Homemade Dog Food
Good Monday morning to you,
I’ve found a few things that will work in a pinch if I haven’t made it to the grocery store, or I’m running behind and don’t have any homemade dog food prepared. Since Roxie and Gypsy are not fussy eaters, I will either prepare eggs, open a can of tuna or salmon, or their personal favorite, a tin of sardines.
Other than an emergency situation, they get sardines once a week. Sardines are a great source of omega-3 fats and protein, and because they are such a small fish, they don’t have much of a chance to absorb significant amounts of mercury. They are also really inexpensive, as I can buy a tin of sardines at our local grocery store for less than 60 cents. The sardines with a dollop of plain yogurt and some veggies becomes a meal for my dogs. The sardines also have enough calcium that I don’t have to add a calcium supplement.
I mentioned earlier that Roxie and Gypsy are not fussy, and they eat their homemade dog food with enthusiasm. We did find something they would not eat which took us by surprise. Our grocery store had fresh smelt on special for about $1.30 per pound. We thought this would make a terrific treat for Roxie and Gypsy. Well, with one whiff Roxie refused to go near them. Gypsy tried the smelt and immediately spit it out on the floor! So, smelt is permanently off the menu.
Give your dogs a hug for me,
Apr 13, 2009 | | Homemade Dog Food