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 over 16 years.

The e-zine will now arrive on the 15th of each month. I am on vacation from June 9th-20th and will have limited access to email and phone.

This month features:

  • Cantoni Posh Paws Fundraiser Event
  • Land O Lakes/Purina Mill Feed Recall
  • Chemical Exposures Put Pets at High Risk
  • Pet Owners Unknowingly Poisoning Their Pets
  • More Help for Cancer Prevention and Treatment
  • Around Town

  • Cantoni Posh Paws Fundraiser Event
    Cantoni is having events on June 7th, June 14th, June 21st, and June 28th to help raise money for animal shelters. Pet adoptions will be available each day. The Gala is on June 28th from 7-9pm. This event is also happening in Dallas, Irvine, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, where other Cantoni furniture stores are located. See website for more information.

    News from Abroad

  • Land O Lakes/Purina Mills Feed Recall
    The voluntary recall affects feed manufactured at three eastern plants in N.C., N.Y, and PA. between Nov. 3, 2007-March 10, 2008 that contain above acceptable amounts of mycotoxins. The following states may have sold the feed: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit Purina Mills.
  • Chemical Exposures Put Pets at High Risk
    Research conducted on 35 dogs and 37 cats showed 48 industrial chemicals present. Some of the chemicals are used in making electronics, fabrics, and furniture. The mercury detected could be from fish found in pet food. The research shows that pets are susceptible to harmful chemicals in the environment just like we are. Click here for article.
  • Pet Owners Unknowingly Poisoning Their Animals
    Veterinary Pet Insurance has ranked their 2007 insurance claims. Drug reactions was the most common claim, with many from pet owners that gave their animals over-the-counter drugs or their own prescriptions! Poisoning from rodent bait was second and a close third was poisoning from Methylxanthine, found in chocolate. Click here for article.
  • Helpful Tips
    More Help for Cancer Prevention and Treatment
    Cancer is becoming more prevalent. Some vets feel the top three causes of cancer are from over vaccination, poor diets (filled with preservatives/bi-products), and certain medications. The September issue of The Lightfoot Journal discussed diet, taking a look at your vaccination program, offering probiotics and essiac tea, looking at your water (most city water contains chlorine and fluoride in it), and offering homeopathy, reiki, Bach flower essences, and muscle testing. Here is some additional information that may help.

  • Medications
    Be aware of what damage can be done to your animal’s immune system from medications such as pain relief, anti-inflammatories, steroids, and multiple rounds or long-term use of antibiotics. These can contribute to a weakened immune system which can make your animal more susceptible to cancer. If your animal has been diagnosed with cancer, consider natural alternatives. The October issue discusses alternatives for pain relief and arthritis.
  • Environmental Toxins
    There is more evidence showing up that indicates environmental toxins are causing some cancers. Even a recent study showed over 75 environmental carcinogens in a group of healthy people! Take a look at the above articles under News from Abroad on chemical exposure and pet owners unintentionally poisoning their animals. Consider if your animal is at risk and if so, do what you can to eliminate those risks.
  • Omega 3 & Antioxidants
    Omega 3 essential fatty acids have been shown to prevent the spread of cancer. Flax provides a good source of it for dogs and horses. Salmon oil is ideal for cats since it is a liquid. Antioxidants have anti-cancer properties and can slow the growth of some cancers. Vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and bioflavoniods that contain polyphenols like EGCG (epigallocatechin-gallate) found in green tea are considered by many to be the most effective antioxidants.
  • Graviola
    Some people are using graviola to help treat cancer in themselves or their pets. The product comes from a tree found in the Amazon rain forest.
  • Stem Cell Enhancement
    StemTech Healthsciences, Inc. has produced stem cell enhancers that help the stem cells reach the organs and tissues in need. The two animal products are StemPets for small animals in tablet form and StemEquine for horses in granule form.
  • Transfer Factors
    A number of pet owners and veterinarians are using 4Life’s Transfer Factor for animals with cancer. There are products for humans and those made for canines and equines. Many are using the Tri-Factor human product for dogs and cats. The canine and feline products are recommended for maintenance. For horses, there is the Performance & Show formula which combines minerals, vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, essential fatty acids, and the 4Life Transfer Factor Plus Advanced Formula.
  • Doggie Support Sling
    If you have a dog that is weak and you need to help it get up and walk, Nancy Linklater created a flannel support sling that slides under the dog’s belly. The design came from her need to help her own dog. They are $18 and can be purchased here. You can email Nancy at link@tnt21.com.

  • Future Topics
    What health issue would you like me to talk about? This is where I want your help. I have written about topics in the past like vaccinations, cancer, pain, arthritis, and hyperactivity, but I would like your input as to what topics you would like me to address. This is an e-zine to help you with your animals, whether it is a condition your pet has now or something you want to try to prevent. Please take just a minute to let me know what you want to hear about. I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

    Website Update
    There is a whole new look to the website. You can get to the various holistic modalities by clicking on the navigation bar or on one of the 3 photos on the home page that best represents you. I'd love to hear what you think about the new look and pages.

    The Lightfoot Way: 10 Secrets to Holistic Animal Care e-book will be available is available now. This e-book is F*R*E*E and goes into more detail about the holistic animal care modalities featured on the website. It will open your eyes to energy based healing, which basically all of the holistic methods on the website incorporate. Sign up for the e-book here. F*R*E*E Phone Consultations for New Clients
    You may be new to holistic animal care or not familiar with all of the modalities. Sometimes reading the information is not enough. I’m offering a free 20 minute phone consultation for new clients or 1 hour for $25 (normal hourly rate is $75). You can access more information on the bottom of the home page, under the 3 photos.

    The 2008 planned workshop schedule is as follows. All workshops are at my farm near Manvel/Alvin or Molly's Mutt House in Houston (where stated).

  • Reiki I for People & Animals:
    Sunday, July 27th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, September 21st 9am-5pm
  • Basic Animal Communication:
    Sunday, June 29th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, August 24th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, October 5th 9am-5pm
  • Canine Massage:
    Sunday, August 10th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, November 9th 9am-5pm
  • Equine Massage:
    Sunday, August 3rd 9am-5pm at 4J Arabian Farm
  • Kinesiology/Muscle Testing:
    Saturday, July 20th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
    Saturday, October 18th 1pm-5pm
  • Bach Flower Essences & Aromatherapy:
    Sunday, August 17th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, November 2nd 9am-5pm
  • Crystal Healing:
    Saturday, August 23rd 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, October 19th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
  • Homeopathy:
    Saturday, September 28th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
    Saturday, November 15th 1pm-5pm
  • Workshop fees for 2008 are:

  • All day (7 hours) workshops: $115 from 9am-5pm (previously 10am-5pm) with a $45 deposit. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people.
  • Half day (4 hours) workshops: $65 from 9am-1pm or 1-5pm with a $25 deposit. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people.
  • Introduction to Holistic Animal Care workshops: $25 from 3-5pm or 5:30-7:30pm (other times possible) with payment in advance. Host this workshop, attend f*r*e*e, and receive half of the monies as my appreciation for letting me introduce others to holistic animal care.
  • Two day workshops: I will be offering a special 2 day workshop. This option is also available for those in another city outside the greater Houston area or another state. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people within the greater Houston area and 8-10 paying people outside the greater Houston area, including another state. I would love to travel or fly to your home or business and teach a workshop. Please contact me if you are interested.

    If you are interested in signing up for a workshop, please click here.

    Exciting Products

  • CD’s & E-books: CD’s and e-books on animal communication, meditations, reiki, EFT, and kinesiology will be available for purchase in 2008.
  • Probiotics are very important to the health of your animals. The probiotics I like to use for small animals are Mitomax Premium probiotics MitoMax is a unique probiotic due to its exceptionally high rates of survival of Pedioccocus- live microorganisms (billions/capsule) in animals’ acidic stomach environment when compared to other commonly used Lactobacillus and Bifidobacillus based probiotics. Mitomax premium probiotics when taken in conjunction with antibiotics have been verified to improve the intestinal balance of pets as well as relieve uncomfortable side effects caused by the treatment. One bottle of 40 capsules (one capsule a day for animals under 50#) is $17.99. You can get 10% off by using the coupon #IT08077 indefinitely. You can order them online by going on the company’s website or calling 1-877-879-6486. The coupon database has not been working properly online so include my name or the coupon number in the comments section.

    I now stock this product for those that prefer to order from me. The price is $15.50 and 6.75% sales tax for those in Texas. Priority mail shipping is $6.00. If you are interested in ordering from me, call or email me to arrange.

    Referral Credit
    Refer two people for a standard animal communication session, house call, or all day 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.

    Consider Having Your Own Website or Get Links for the Website You Have
    I wouldn’t have the successful holistic animal practice I have without the website I built using Site Build It. If you have or want a part or full-time business or are interested in working from home, SBI can really help people find you and grow your business. I can’t speak highly enough of this company. No gimmicks and affordable with incredible resources and support that really can’t be found anywhere else. If I can do it, anyone can! To find out more, click here.

    Have your own website? You need quality links to generate traffic. SBI has a F*R*E*E program where you can get links relevant to your website. Click here to find out more.

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    Blessings to you and the animals you love,

    The Lightfoot Way

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