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.

This month's issue discusses:

  • Houston cat spay/neuter date
  • Houston's first & only indoor dog pool and dog radio talk show
  • Hartz Vitamins Care for Cats recall
  • National poison prevention week live chat
  • Help for stolen or lost pets
  • Helpful Tips for Cushings disease
  • Website and e-book update
  • F*r*e*e phone consultations for new clients
  • Workshop schedule update
  • Around Town
    Houston Cat Spay/Neuter Date
    Free Cat day on Wednesday, March 26th at 6400 Highstar Dr. (off Hillcroft) in Houston. For more details, visit SNAP.

    Houston's First & Only Indoor Dog Pool
    Urban Tails has the first and only indoor swimming pool for dogs that is open evenings and weekends and available for events. There is also a new indoor playground. This holistic focused boarding facility also offers training and grooming. I have visited their facility and highly recommend them!

    Houston's First & Only Dog Talk Radio Program
    Bark Busters in Home Dog Training is hosting Dog Talk, a live, call-in radio program about dogs. It is featured Saturday mornings 8-9am on News Talk's 1070AM.

    News from Abroad
    Recall for Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats
    There was a recall in November of 2007 for this product for possible salmonella. There is a second recall because some of the bottles from the first recall were accidentally shipped out. There are 739 bottles of the Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, Lot code #SZ 22771 and #SZ-16371 manufactured by UFAC for Hartz. While testing by Hartz and UFAC did not reveal salmonella, testing done by the FDA did. Salmonella symptoms in cats are fever, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. There have been no reports of ill people or animals. You can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 with questions or for product refund.

    National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22) Live Chat
    The ASPCA is holding a live chat with two toxicology experts from their Animal Poison Control Center. The chat is being held on Thursday, March 20th, from noon-2pm EST and will be held at the ASPCA Online Community.

    Help for Lost or Stolen Pets
    FindToto.com is a nationwide internet based site that helps to find lost or stolen pets by contacting your neighbors by phone in the critical hours after your pet is found missing. There are 6 different packages ranging in price from $49.99 for 250 homes to $499.99 for 5,000 homes. They have been featured on Good Morning America and have found over 300 pets.

    Helpful Tips
    Helping your pet with Cushings Disease/Syndrome
    What is it?
    This condition is a result of the adrenal glands producing too much corticosteriods/glucocorticoids. In most cases, the adrenal glands are affected by the pituitary gland. Because the pituitary gland is affected by the brain, it is possible that stress has played a role in contributing to this health condition. In other cases, there are adrenal gland tumors that are causing the problem.
    What are the signs?
    Signs of Cushings are increased urination, increased thirst, lethargy, and weakness. Dogs and cats show hair loss where horses' coats tend to become thickened, lengthened, and even curly. Horses tend to lose weight even though they have a good appetite. The prior use of steroids or medications for skin conditions has been linked to this condition.
    What may help with the symptoms?
    This is a very challenging condition but here are some things that might help the symptoms:

  • Nutrition:
    Get your animal on probiotics (if dog or cat, see probiotic info below under New Products). Muscle test their diet to make sure you are feeding the right diet for them, realizing what you are feeding may be contributing to their health issues.
  • Stress Reduction:
    Is there anything causing your animal to be stressed? If so, do your very best to reduce the situation. Modalities to help you reduce stress are reiki, EFT, a custom Bach flower remedy, and massage. A muscle testing session can be done to determine what is stressing your animal and to find out what method or methods will work best for your pet.
  • Homeopathy:
    This can help with the symptoms but you need to find a holistic vet that specializes in homeopathy. If you do not have one near by, some do phone consultations. A holistic vet can help you find the best way to treat your pet with using as little medication as possible.
  • Evaluate Vaccinations:
    Shots can worsen allergies and the overall health of your pet. If your animal must have vaccinations, homeopathy such as Thuja can help reduce the side effects.
  • Essiac Tea:
    This blend of four herbs may help. It has helped pets with different health conditions but most well known for cancer. You can purchase it from Herbal Healer. There are testimonies on their website.
  • Watch Closely:
    This condition can lead to diabetes in dogs and cats. Horses may get laminitis. A high sugar content diet with older horses such as even feeding too many carrots can cause or make worse this condition.

    Future Topics
    April will discuss Diabetes.
    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 (including 3 new ones - muscle testing, EFT, and crystal healing) 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 in April. 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.

    To help spread the word about this e-book that could help many pets, for every person you refer that signs up for the e-book (place for that information on sign up form), your name will be entered into a drawing for a $75 gift certificate towards a workshop or distance session. Sign up for the e-book here. Deadline for drawing will be May 15th. Thank you for spreading the word!

    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 has been updated 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, May 18th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, July 27th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, September 21st 9am-5pm
  • Basic Animal Communication:
    Sunday, March 30th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, May 25th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, June 29th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, August 24th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, October 5th 9am-5pm
  • Canine Massage:
    Sunday, April 20th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, June 1st 9am-5pm
    Sunday, August 10th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, November 9th 9am-5pm
  • Equine Massage:
    Sunday, May 4th 9am-5pm at 4J Arabian Farm
  • Kinesiology/Muscle Testing:
    Saturday, April 5th 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, July 20th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
    Saturday, October 18th 1pm-5pm
  • Bach Flower Essences & Aromatherapy:
    Sunday, April 27th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, August 17th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, November 2nd 9am-5pm
  • Crystal Healing:
    Saturday, May 3rd 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, August 23rd 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, October 19th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
  • Homeopathy:
    Saturday, June 28th 1pm-5pm
    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 New 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.

    I hope you enjoyed the newsletter. If you find this newsletter helpful, please do a family member, friend, and me a big favor by "paying it forward". If someone passed this issue along to you and you like what you read, please subscribe by clicking here.

    Blessings to you and the animals you love,

    The Lightfoot Way

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