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Sweet Potato Chews

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM Comments comments (4)

Natural Treats for DogsSweet Potato Chews


Ingredients:

  • 1 raw sweet potato or 1 yam

Cooking Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Wash the sweet potato or yam (dark orange type).
  • Cut the sweet potato down the middle lengthwise.
  • Then cut long, lengthwise slices about 1/3 of an inch wide and place them (not touching) on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake in the oven at 250 F for about 3 hours - this leaves the treats chewy.
  • If your dog prefers a crunchy texture, bake them for 20 to 30 minutes longer.
                                                      
                                                                         Total Time:  3.25 hrs




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Natural Pain Relief for Pets

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Arnica for pet pain reliefNatural Pail Relief for Pets

Over the years I have had the privilege of having many pets in my life. If you are like me, you would do anything to help your pets find relief from pain. Pharmaceutical drugs may not be your pets only path to pain relief. Below you will find a list of homeopathic remedies to help you manage your pets pain at home. These remedies can be safely used without running the risk of unwanted side effects, allergic reactions, and undesirable interactions with other medications.

ARNICA

For all physical trauma, use Arnica. After an injury or surgery, Arnica will reduce pain, reduce inflammation and help control bleeding. It is a good idea to pretreat with Arnica before surgery. Dental extractions will benefit tremendously from Arnica. Spinal injuries - arnica 30c, can be given every 5 minutes (STOP dosing as soon as the animal shows marked improvement) for up to ten doses.

HYPERICUM

A great remedy for injuries to nerves, or parts of the body rich in nerves. Use Hypericum for injuries to feet, toes, claws, tongue, etc, especially crushed toe tips. Helps relieve surgical pain and may be used intermittently with Arnica. Relieves pain from lacerated wounds. Prolonged sensitivity in an amputated digit and painful lacerated wounds are relieved by Hypericum. Use for nerve pain, shooting pains. After dental or oral surgery, rinse with a strong tea solution of Hypericum and Calendula. Or herbal tinctures of both herbs diluted in water can be used to irrigate the mouth (mix 1 part Hypericum tincture, 1 part Calendula tincture and 9 parts distilled water). Calendula will help to heal and rapidly close the wound. Spinal injuries: after treating with Arnica, Hypericum 30c, can be used every 4 hours for up to 3 days.

LEDUM

Can be given for pain from puncture wounds. Injuries from nails, barbed wire, fish hooks, talons, liver biopsy, or animal bites will benefit from Ledum. Ledum is also known to help prevent tetanus.

NUX VOMICA

For spinal injuries, 1m, one dose every other day for two doses if there is disc involvement.

SYMPHYTUM

For wounds penetrating to the perineum and bones. Symphytum stimulates callus formation in fractures and helps with bones that will not fuse. Should not be used until the bone is set. For pain in the eye after a blow from a blunt object and for all traumatic injuries of the eye, no remedy equals Symphytum.

RHUS TOXICODENDRON

For pain and injuries to joints, tendons, ligaments and fibrous tissue. If movement relieves some of the stiffness and pain, Rhus Tox is the correct remedy.

STAPHYSAGRIA

Think penetration and laceration. This remedy will reduce pain and sensitivity from torn or deeply cut tissue, especially severe pain following abdominal surgery, pain and nervousness after extraction of teeth (connective tissue enveloping the bone and socket enveloping the upper teeth). Another symptom calling for this homeopathic remedy would be any sphincter (ring of muscle) that has been torn, lacerated or stretched (anal lacerations or surgery). To reduce pain after a surgical removal of calculus (stone) from the bladder, kidney, or urinary tract. To reduce pain and inflammation from insertion or removal of a catheter, urinary tract sensitivity and painful, irritable bladder, urging and pain after urinating, prolapse, pain in pelvic region.

DOSE AND POTENCY

CHRONIC PAIN:

A potency like 6C can be given three times a day, 9C twice a day, 12C once or twice a day; but, if at any time you see a striking improvement, stop the remedy and observe; resume when the improvement stops. If at any time the animal seems to be getting worse, stop the remedy and wait, an improvement may follow. If it doesn't, you probably need to change to a different remedy.

ACUTE PAIN:

In acute cases, you'll want to match the potency to the power of the complaint. A severe acute should be met with a 200C or possibly with a 1M if it's very severe. Here's where you need your high potencies! (but if all you have on hand is a 30c by all means use it).

If it is pain that is minor or it is chronic and of long standing the
lower potencies should always be used.

Dosing Suggestions:

1.
Put 1 or 2 pills of the remedy in 8 ounces of distilled or purified water and *succuss the bottle five to eight times before each dose.

2.
The dose for any size animal is 1 teaspoon of the liquid remedy. However, if the animal is very small, mouse, tiny bird, etc. you can adjust the amount to what will comfortably fit in the subject's mouth, or into a treat that will be eaten right away.

*Succuss means to strike the bottom of the bottle on a hard padded surface.



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Bone Broth to Nourish Sick, Finicky and Older Pets

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM Comments comments (0)

diet for a sick dog or catBone Broth to Nourish Sick, Finicky and Older Pets

Bone broth is a great first food for animals recovering from GI irritation or illness. Also, if you have a pet that’s finicky, you can also use it as a topper on food. If you have a pet that doesn’t want to eat anything, feeding bone broth provides concentrated nourishment and helps get the GI tract functioning again.

I use a whole organic chicken. You can also use beef thigh bones (also called "soup bones"). As you continue to simmer the bones, they release all of their minerals and marrow into the water. The resulting broth is a very healthy, nourishing first food or end food, depending on when you offer it to your pet.

It’s important to understand that bone broth alone is not a balanced diet. Even if your pets absolutely love it, they need more than bone broth to be healthy. But, it is a great way for you to offer extra nourishment in a really palatable form.

Directions to make Chicken Bone Broth:

Always start with filtered water for cooking. Fill up your pot with water – a big stockpot or crock-pot works well. How much water you’ll need depends on how much bone broth you want to make. I prefer to make bone broth fresh and use it right away, but you can also make it and freeze it.

I do recommend feeding organic meats to your pets whenever possible, because of the pesticide residues. Also, happy healthy food animals produce healthier meats for our pets.

Rinse off the chicken, put it into the water, turn on the heat, cover your pot and cook at a nice, low simmer for a two or three hours or until the meat falls off the bone. Stir it occasionally while it cooks. Offer your pet some of the meat and skin to eat.

One important ingredient to add to your stockpot is vinegar – you need to add a little bit of vinegar to the water. Acetic acid (vinegar) helps leech the minerals from the bones into the stockpot water, which is ultimately what you’ll feed to your pet.

The goal is to extract as many minerals as possible out of the bones into the broth water. I use Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar. I like Bragg because it’s raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized, but you can use whatever vinegar you have in the house. Use about a teaspoon per gallon of water.

What to feed sick pets Once the meat has come off the bones, remove the meat, bones and some of the broth from the stockpot. Separate the meat from the bones. Put the bones back into the stockpot, then add more water, another splash of vinegar and continue cooking the bones to make a second round of broth. For the minerals to leach out of the bones, you’ll need to simmer them for the next 24 hours.

I prefer to put this second round of broth through a strainer, drain off the fluid, let it cool, and feed it to my pets. Some people like to put their second round of broth in a blender to grind down the remaining fine, soft bones, because cooked bones can be a choking hazard. 

Important note: you should never feed your pet cooked bones. After boiling the bones down to the point where they disintegrate and dissolve, you should throw out any remaining bone fragments.

All my pets love bone broth. My kitties love it. My dogs love it. It’s a great food to offer not only as a natural mineral supplement, but also as a nutritious diet for pets who aren’t feeling well, who don’t have much of an appetite or who are finicky.


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Homemade Dog Treats

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (0)

Homemade Dog TreatsHomemade Dog Treats 

I added virgin coconut oil to the batter because it’s awesome for dogs and humans alike. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, and don’t want to run to the store, simply replace it with olive oil.

1/2 cup of peanut butter (creamy)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup rolled oat
1 cup oat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together peanut butter, honey, oil and chicken broth. In a separate bowl, combine flours and oatmeal. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Place dough on flour dusted surface. Roll or press dough out to about 1/4” inch thick.

Use a small bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies. My cookie cutter was a 5-inch bone-shaped , but for small dogs you may want to use a small cookie cutter (around 2″). Roll out leftover scraps and cut out as many as possible. Put cut out cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.



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Pumpkin Dog Biscuit Recipe

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM Comments comments (0)

Treats for dogs with allergiesPumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup oats
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go.

Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to your dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits



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