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Recovery broth for dogs

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This recipe is for the very sick dog who is not eating. Its like a doggie version of our mum’s chicken soup when we were sick, I think we can all relate! Its for the dog that may be drinking water but not showing any interest in food. That’s ok for a while but its also great to be able to provide a gentler, easier to digest food option for your ill dog at this time. Drinking this broth will provide him/her with some nourishment. The potato peels are filled with minerals, the carrots with vitamins, and the chicken legs or wings with fat and protein. Breaking the bones allows the marrow to be exposed, and this part of the bone provides very special nutrition for dogs. Please ensure that all ingredients are organic, as conventional ingredients do contain pesticide residue and other chemical contamination that will place a further burden on his liver/ kidneys and will not be suitable for your dogs sensitive digestion especially during his time of healing and recovery.

5 medium potatoes
2 large carrots
6 cups (filtered) water
3 chicken legs or wings
2 cloves garlic, crushed

Wash and peel the potatoes and keep just the peels for this recipe. Place the potato peels in a large pot. Dice the carrots, leaving the skin on, and add them to the pot. Break the chicken bones, leaving the skin intact, and add the legs or wings to the pot along with the garlic and water. Simmer gently for 1 hour, cool, and then strain. Make sure to discard all chicken bones. Also remember that food which is warm releases aroma more, thus making it more appealing to your dog. You can refrigerate this broth for up to one week.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Dog!

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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a natural deodorant and will reduce offensive poo smell! -contains antibiotic and anti fungal properties. Longer term use of ACV will make your dog more resistant to infections, as well as flea or worm infestations.

.Its use improves stamina, increases resistance to diseases, prevents common infections, and is therefore helpful for dogs with weakened immune systems.

.Assists in the health of your dogs coat
.It can re-balance your dogs pH, thus assisting in keeping those brown tear stains from forming and stop the cause of those brown areas on your grass!
.Helps manage the symptoms of arthritis by normalizing the blood’s acid alkaline (pH) balance. Its potassium-rich ingredients re-mineralize the body. It breaks down calcium deposits in a dog’s joints and re-mineralizes the bones, and so has been found to be beneficial for dogs with arthritis and joint problems like hip dysplasia.
.Helps remove toxins from the body.
.Breaks down fat therefore great for overweight dogs who need to lose weight.
.Great for relief of itching and allergy symptoms (when bathing your dog, add 2 tablespoon to 1 litre of filtered water. Remember not to rinse out, just towel dry. Alternatively for allergy spots-1 teaspoon to 200ml filtered water put into spray bottle, spray liberally onto affected area to help relieve itch)
.Contains vitamins such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.
.Minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon, fluorine, amino acids, enzymes which help with digestion and assimilation of food.

(recommended brand-Melrose Organic)

How Can Holistic Medicine Help My Dog

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A true holistic approach is all about balance-emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. This means
taking into consideration your entire dog-his individual circumstances, unique qualities factoring an approach that will best support his overall wellbeing. The holistic approach is also all about the individual, and that one size doesn’t fit all.

Take for an example cancer: the non holistic way to treatment would be to cut out the tumour or kill the cancerous cell. The holistic approach, in contrast, goes much deeper than this, and seeks to find and correct the imbalances that enabled the cancer to grow in the first place. Treatment is aimed at supporting the body so it can correct itself and become healthy again by integrating modalities such as nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic, flower essences, homeopathy, myotherapy, to name a few. Drugs and surgery are designed to treat the symptoms of disease, not the imbalances that created it to begin with.

People seem to think that ‘holistic medicine’ is new. But most holistic therapies are based on traditions that are hundreds, sometimes thousands of years old, and these ideas have been there all along. Just because they have been overlooked, dismissed or demonized by a medical profession that often refuses to acknowledge any discipline that falls outside of what is traditionally taught in veterinary/medical institutions.

Please be aware that in our society, food, toys, medical care for your dog is a billion dollar business and that most people have been trained to react to a certain way to alternative/complementary ideas, thanks to sophisticated marketing and very often, fear tactics. By considering a holistic approach, you are not asked to reject the advice of conventional medicine, you are just considering that there may be other modalities you can explore and possibly use to ‘complement’ what the mainstream approach is.

By considering a holistic approach, you become informed and empowered to assume a more active role in providing optimal care for your dog.

Remember also that at the end of the day, you are the expert on your dog, his daily routine, what is normal or abnormal for him. You know when he is feeling well or
not, whether a treatment is working or not. Your input and observations are essential, and help determine the best course of treatment for your dog.

Prevention is the best medicine! Consider the costs you are saving in either helping prevent a health problem, or recognizing health issues early before they become

Some people may argue that some holistic therapies are not yet “scientifically proven” however, if positive clinical results -such as an improved rate of recovery, general comfort and the reduction of symptoms are all noticed, isn’t that proof enough? Demanding proof of something that can’t be measured in scientific terms (not yet!) also means that many people close themselves off to a lot of possibilities! Did you know that aspirin was used for decades as an analgesic long before there was any scientific basis for its effectiveness?

Some things in life are intuitive, not logical. Some things can just be known, but not proven. And some of those things are no less valuable or effective simply because they currently cannot be explained.

We are indebted to our companion the dog. For thousands of years they have been our dedicated guardians, and have a long history of serving humanity in many ways…and often without any reciprocated respect and loving kindness. Our dogs deserve the best that we can provide for both their physical and psychological wellbeing.

Remember the quote by Frank Zappa: “The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open” Also remember that the best decisions are never made out of fear!

Alternate Breakfast Ideas For Your Dog

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Soak 2-3 tablespoons of organic oats overnight (pour just enough filtered water to cover). Soaking oats activates enzymes, making assimilation of nutrients easier. Oats are high in silica which is healing to skin (both internally and when applied externally), oats is also soothing on the tummy and is a restorative nerve tonic, therefore relaxing. Not suitable for dogs who have grain allergies.

Mixed into the oats 1 tablespoon of LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds). LSA is effective at cleansing and detoxifying the liver, is a source of protein, fibre, omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, Vitamin B1,vitamin B2, vitamin B5, magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. (keep refrigerated!)

1 ground Brazil nut-excellent source of selenium, a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent cancer.
In the morning, add either 2 tablespoons cottage cheese (excellent source of calcium and protein)
Or, 2 tablespoons goat/ sheeps milk yoghurt
Or, mash 2 boiled eggs
Alternate between these last three ingredients and rotate!
A dash of safflower oil (source of omega 3, 6, 9 therefore great for dogs with poor skin, dry coat) to make a creamy consistency.
1 teaspoon of lecithin-acts as an emulsifier and breaks down fat, great for dogs who
have trouble digesting fat. High in choline, phosphatidylserine which is essential to
brain function and very important for aging dogs (prevents brain deterioration ie. dementia)

Mix ingredients together and serve.

This recipe is for a medium sized dog, adjust the dosages accordingly to size. Most dogs (especially those on raw/ non commercial diets will readily eat this!) This can be an excellent source of nutrition and served 2-3 times weekly. Grains should only make up a small percentage of your dogs diet. Especially beneficial to elderly dogs. An investment in their future health and prevention of illness!