Archive for the ‘Holistc dog food’ Category

Cancer

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Cancer used to be the reserve of older dogs, but that is now changing and old and young now have the opportunity to experience such traumatic turns in their lives.

Dr Martin Goldstein, who specializes in cancer, suggests in his book ‘The Nature of Animal Healing’, that. “It is the perfect disease for a holistic vet to fight. It is the ultimate expression of ill health, the result of the body as a whole – a holistic failure – to keep itself healthy.”

Dealing with cancer is therefore about restoring ultimate health and getting healthy.

Goldstein uses the analogy of the janitor at school on nightshift taking ill and the teachers and students facing an ever increasing problem with accumulation of rubbish.

Essentially Goldstein argues that it is not the rubbish which has attacked the school any more than cancer attacks the body.

Goldstein asks “How does conventional medicine respond?” “By burning the rubbish! Not only does it put the whole building at risk, it fails to solve the problem.”

Conventional treatments, radiation and chemotherapy are about killing off fast growing cells including white blood cells which are the bodies defense against cancer. So we put the whole building at risk!

Different cancers require different treatment strategies and we simply don’t know enough about each to be able to cover the range.

In so far as natural approaches are concerned, The Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine suggests that there is sufficient evidence to support the use of antioxidants, flavones and flavanoids, bromelain, turmeric, and fish oil in most cases of cancer.

Antioxidants.

Compounds that inhibit chemical reactions with oxygen.

Antioxidants are substances that counteract naturally occurring toxic substances called free radicals.

These reactions, which occur in many contexts, include oxidation reactions that cause cell damage in humans and other animals, as well as degradation of fatty foods, resulting in undesirable color changes or rancidity.

The classic example is when you take a bite from an apple – if left, the exposed apple flesh will turn brown because of oxidation.

Chemical antioxidants include butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate and of course ethoxyquinn. Natural and synthetic antioxidants are added to food to prevent undesirable deterioration.

Flavones and flavanoids.

Yellow pigments found in plants. Flavones belong to the group of compounds known as flavonoids

Apart from their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, flavonoids are known for their ability to strengthen capillary walls.

Green tea, lemons (outer skin and white pith), and the central white core of citrus fruit generally, are a particularly rich source of flavonoids.

The white pith of green peppers is also rich in flavonoids, as is the skin of colorful berries and grapes.

Some herbs (such as Ginkgo biloba) are taken partly for the action of their flavonoids.

Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that is beneficial to the breakdown of proteins. Bromelain (Enzyme) is a strong anti-inflammatory.

The only other source of Bromelain is pineapple juice.

Turmeric.

Turmeric also inhibits tumor growth and may well prevent cancer.

Green tea, may inhibit tumor growth as well as preventing cancer.

Fish Oils.

Fish oils; Omega 3 fatty acids have an established role in cancer management compared to Omega 6 which is reckoned to promote tumor growth. Omega 3 is also available from hemp seed oil.

Diet.

Robbies
, Luaths and Burns products contain a range of quality carbohydrates, vegetables, proteins, fats and seaweed which all contribute to promote health and vitality and at the same time allows the internal organs to function in a more efficient manner.

The high quality ingredients results in smaller stools which in turn indicates ease of digestion and therefore lower levels of food are required. The approach here is simple - get healthy and deal with the problem.

Colitis in dogs

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Colitis in dogs is the term used to describe inflamation of the colon (lower bowel).

When the colon becomes inflamed for whatever reason, it can no longer store faeces or absorb water normally.

Symptoms of colitis in dogs can include:

  • Stools containing mucus
  • Cramping
  • Fresh blood in the stools
  • Diarrhoea or loose stools
  • Lack of stool consistency, from complete liquid to solid or a mixture
  • Vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and weight loss in severe cases

CAUSES OF COLITIS IN DOGS

  • Dog eating something that it should not have done.
  • Dogs who habitually raid the bins get colitis quite frequently.
  • Poor quality foods, dairy products, or fatty foods are common culprits.
  • Dietary intolerance to specific food ingredients.
  • Parasites, including hookworm and whipworm.

Please note that the cause of colitis in dogs sometimes cannot be identified.

MANAGING COLITIS

Diet is now recognised as being of major importance in the long-term management of colitis in dogs.

Robbie’s Holistic Cuisine from the Land Of Holistic Pets is known to be an excellent diet for dogs with colitis.

Land of Holistic Pets also have a herbal formula called Intesti-Care which works wonders if an outbreak occurs.

One very important point about colitis - remember it is inflamation of the colon. The skin in the digestive track is for the want of a better term - raw and maybe bleeding.

You need to go gently with food. DO NOT give your dogs digestive system too much work to do by giving poor quality foods or too much food.

Choosing the right pet food - what to feed your dog or cat.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Eating food  is more than  just ‘fuel’. It is a source (or not) of many vital compounds that can represent the difference between top health and disease or symptoms. Food is the major factor in our pets total well-being and while investing in a good quality cat or dog food  may seem costly,  compared to many of the budget pet foods and generic brands available, a wholesome diet can help to reduce or eliminate many of the unnecessary vet bills that are incurred when nutrition is poor.

Consider the needs of the individual dog or cat

Age, activity level, breed and health history of your pet, as well as food intolerances or allergies, are all very important factors to consider when selecting a diet for your pup or kitten.

There are many  gimmicky diets for our dogs and cats being introduced to the market each year, designed for specific dog breeds, sizes, life stages and so on – but in actual fact, the nutritional needs of a dog or cat should be based on his or her particular requirements, rather than a ‘category’ that he or she falls into.

Beware generic dog foods and cat foods

We are seeing more and more ‘generic’ pet foods coming on to the market each year. In fact there is one pet food manufacturer in the midlands who has a telephone message while your waiting,  advocating that you can arrive in the morning and leave with your brand in the evening. You don’t need to have knowledge of food, nutrition, diet or anything else for that matter. The company offers you a product it is turning out hundreds of tonnes a year  and only stopping to put it in different customers  brand bags. The customer only needs to add their own ‘bells and whistles’ as the pet food manufacturer claims.

What are the downsides of a poor quality pet food?

It has been suggested that there is a direct correlation between chronic diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, diabetes and other degenerative disease and  poor quality food in humans. In fact the NHS is overrun now with degenerative disease and the advent of the industrial revolution and food processing has been blamed in many quarters . The same for our dog foods and cat foods. Of course other factors like vaccines and genetics also predispose pets to disease, but the incidence of these disorders has increased dramatically in the western world since the introduction of commercial, highly processed pet food in 1950’s.

The long term effects of feeding a highly processed diet can also lead to a compromised immune system and in turn hypersensitivity to the environment. Dogs who enjoy a high quality, fresh and varied diet are often noted to be far less bothered by seasonal allergies and fleas, than their junk-food fed counterparts.

Where does nutrition fit into Holistic Health Care?

Nutrition simply means providing the nutrients to sustain life. Health is something completely different. Diet is  the fundamental cornerstone to total health. But simply feeding a natural, raw or home made diet, or adding supplements to your pooch’s bowl does not constitute ‘holistic health care’ in the true sense of the term. Other decisions like vaccinations, veterinary choices, environment & lifestyle are also important to consider when giving your dog or cat  the best chance at good  health.

Remember your vet only receives training in diet and nutrition from the pet food companies who’s food they are selling. They have no specialised knowledge as a rule. Always ask your vet how much training they had in nutrition and who provided it!