If you want to learn about holistic animal remedies and therapies that can help your animal live a longer, healthier, and happier life, this e-zine is for you. It will primarily focus on dogs, cats, and horses but if a reader wants to learn about rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, lizards, snakes, doves, parrots, etc., then I'll be more than happy to discuss health care for these animals as I've helped provide care for them for 16 years.

This month is a little shorter due to the holiday but will focus on cancer.

News from Abroad and Around Town
Another Pet Food Recall

Mars Food purchased a pet food manufacturing plant from Menu Foods, the manufacturer of the contaminated pet food. This week there is word that Mars has recalled select five pound bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Iam’s Pet Food Claim Rejected
Iams claims four out of five vets recommend the brand to help dogs live healthier longer. But according to the National Advertising Division, Procter & Gamble Co. didn't back up the 'healthier longer' part. A different version of the claim now appears on the home page of Iams.com: "Vets know how vital nutrition is to your dog's health. And four out of five veterinarians recommend Iams." An asterisk leads to "in a recent survey, among leading brands they recommend." A section of the site for cat owners has the claim "Vets recommend Iams to help cats live healthier, longer," without specifying how many vets.

Look at the ingredients on the Iams products and you will find that they are actually comparable to some generic, less expensive brands. Four out of five vets may recommend Iams, but they are not holistic vets. Learn to read labels and know what a product is really made of.

Houston Spay/Neuter Event for Pit Bulls
SNAP has another low-cost pit bull day coming up in Houston on Friday, September 7, 2007. Thanks to a generous grant, you will be able to have your pit bull spayed or neutered for just $15. Click here for details.

Helpful Tips
Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Did you know that the number one cause of death of our companion animals over the age of 7 is cancer? Dogs have 35 times as much skin cancer as people, 8 times as much bone cancer, 4 times as many breast tumors, and twice as high an incidence of leukemia. So, what are some simple and affordable things you can do to help prevent your beloved animal from getting this horrible disease?

  • Do not over vaccinate. Vaccines can cause cancer. See last month’s newsletter for detailed information on vaccinations that you may not be aware of.
  • Feed as best a diet to your animal as possible. Select foods that do not have fillers or by-products. A raw diet for your dog or cat can be wonderful. However, the raw diets can be more expensive, especially if you have multiple animals. If that is the case, you can always offer some raw diet along with a quality dog or cat food. I like the brand, Nature’s Variety, and they carry a grain-free product called Instinct. For horses, consider the different types of grains. Make sure your animal is not allergic to a certain ingredient. Animals can have food allergies just like people. The easiest way to do this is with muscle testing. This is a simple technique that many naturopathic doctors and holistic vets use and something I teach my clients and students how to do.
  • Feed probiotics to your animal every day. Probiotics help maintain the good bacteria in the body, which aids in the processing of the food. They also enhance the immune system, another vital reason they are so important to your animal’s health. They are especially important for an animal that has been sick because sick animals have weakened immune systems AND antibiotics destroy much of the good bacteria in your animal’s body. Probios is an overall good brand and can be found at feed stores. I feed this to my horses as it is cost effective for large animals. It comes in a powder. For dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other small animals, I recommend a premium probiotic, called Mitomax by Imagilin Technology. It comes in a capsule that can be opened up and mixed in with food. (I feed my dogs and horses their supplements on dampened wheat bread and they love it.) I feel it is a wonderful product because of the way it is made, the bacteria in it, and the USDA research conducted with it. The bottle of 40 capsules for dogs, cats, and small animals is $16.99; bottle of 100 is $36.99, 40 capsules for birds is $15.99, and 15 capsules for fish is $9.99. To save an additional 10% every time you order, you can use the coupon code IT08077. You can order by going to Imagilin's website or call them at 1-877-879-6486.
  • If your animal has cancer, you want to do everything you can to help them. In addition to the above suggestions, there are some other simple and affordable things you can do. Make sure you offer the best diet possible because a lack of quality nutrition does not give your animal the strength to fight the disease. Teaming up with a holistic vet is ideal.

  • Offer water other than city water to your animal. Most city water contains a good amount of additives to it. Offer filtered, spring water, or good quality well water.
  • Offer essiac tea to your animal. It is an incredible supplement that has helped people and animals that have cancer. If the cancer has not metastasized, it is possible the tea can heal. If the cancer has metastasized, it can help provide the best quality of life that is possible. The tea has helped with other health conditions but is most recognized as helping with cancer. The tea originated from a nurse, Rene Caisse, (essiac is her name spelled backwards) in Canada. It is a special blend of burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, and turkey rhubarb. I purchase the herbal blend from Herbal Healer and brew it. It is better to brew the tea yourself rather than purchase it already made and bottled. You can purchase 1-2 packages of the herbal blend for $21.95 each. If you buy 3-4 they are $16 each and 10+ packages is $14.95 each. Each package makes 2 gallons of tea. I half each of the 4 herbs and make 1 gallon at a time. My 16 year old SPCA dog, Bandit, gets 4 tbsp. of the tea every day. He’s been getting it for about a year now and doing very well. He has a large tumor on his hip, where rabies vaccinations have been given in the past.
  • Homeopathy may help. If your animal’s tumor has developed from a vaccine, Thuja may help. Hydrastis is a general treatment for cancer. If the tumor is hard, Baryta carb may help. Phytolacca decandra can help with breast tumors. Look for a vet that specializes in homeopathy to help you.
  • Offer reiki to your animal. Reiki can help your animal be more comfortable by helping with the discomfort they are in. In some cases, tumors have reduced in size or disappeared. Reiki will help in some way – emotional, physical, and/or spiritual. Learn reiki so you can offer your animal the wonderful healing energy.
  • Offer your animal a custom Bach flower remedy. Bach flower essences can help your animal cope better with the cancer as they work on an emotional level. A custom remedy is made especially for your animal from the 39 essences. It is $30 with priority mail shipping.

    Upcoming Workshops
    I offer classes and workshops at my farm and at other residences, farms, and businesses. If you are interested in any of the workshops or hosting one, please click here. If you host a workshop, you can attend F*R*E*E if you have 3-6 paying people (depends on travel time).

    F*R*E*E Introduction to Holistic Animal Care
    Learn how animal communication, reiki, animal massage, Bach flower essences, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and kinesiology can help your pet. This is your opportunity to learn more about holistic animal therapies. This is a F*R*E*E class but you must register to attend.

  • Saturday, September 15th 5:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 27th 5:30-7:30pm

  • Learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for People & Animals
    EFT is a breakthrough method to help people and animals resolve all kinds of problems – fears, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, illness, anxiety, etc. It is energy based so there are no side effects, just some really possible awesome results. You must understand that all negative emotions stem from an energy disturbance in the body. If the negative emotions block the energy flow, this can lead to illness. EFT uses acupressure points to free up the energy blockages. It’s amazing and simple! Anyone can do it, including children. This workshop will be taught by myself and Helen Racz, a professional EFT practitioner.
    Date: Sunday, October 7th 10am-5pm

    Basic Animal Communication Workshop
    Everyone has the ability to communicate with animals. It is only a matter of awakening this ability inside yourself. If you have ever wanted to know what your animal is thinking, feeling, their life purpose, or how to help them with a behavioral or physical condition, this workshop is for you. A group situation provides an ideal learning environment. Through photos of workshop participants' animals and an animal at the farm, you will learn to communicate with animals, including those that are in spirit. Deepen your bond with your animal and experience your relationship like you have never done before.
    Date: Sunday, October 21st 10am-5pm

    Reiki I for People & Animals Workshop
    Reiki is a Japanese technique that promotes healing and can have amazing results. Reiki for animals and people helps heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. If your pet has emotional problems due to a traumatic situation, reiki can help release and heal those emotions. For behavioral issues such as nervousness or hyperactivity, it can help your pet relax and reduce their stress and anxiety. If your pet is sick or injured, reiki can help your pet heal more quickly. If your pet is facing a serious illness, it can help bring comfort and be a great complement to other forms of treatment. If your beloved pet is dying, reiki can help bring peace and comfort to you and your pet during this difficult time. Level I gives you the ability to do reiki on yourself, others, and animals, and is especially important for self-healing. Workshop participants will learn how to do reiki on one another and several live animals at the farm.
    Date: Sunday, October 28th 10am-5pm

    Canine Massage Workshop
    Bring your dog and learn the many benefits of massage, precautions, and techniques on a dog used to massage and on your own dog. If you have an older dog, a competition dog, or one you love and want to help as they age, this class is for you.
    Date: Sunday, September 23rd 10am-5pm

    Referral Credit
    Refer one person for an animal communication, reiki, or massage session or workshop and receive $25 off of a session or workshop or a $25 gift certificate to pass on to a friend (makes a great gift!). Be sure to tell your referrals to mention your name. (Not applicable to those hosting workshops.)

    F*R*E*E Monthy Drawing
    If you would like to enter the drawing for a distance reiki or animal communication session, please enter here.

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