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.

This month features:

  • >Free Houston Spay/Neuter Cat Day
  • Concerns with Nutro Pet Foods
  • Contamined Dog Treats from Canada
  • Concerns with Cat Litter Containing Zinc
  • Concerns with Flea & Tick Treatments
  • Help for Animals with Diabetes/Insulin Resistance
  • Around Town
    Free Houston Spay/Neuter Cat Day
    Free cat spay/neutuer day on June 11th at 170 Heights Blvd. in Houston. For more information, please call 713-862-3863. Breast cancer is the third most common type of feline cancer and is often fatal. Sadly, even after surgery, the cancer comes back most of the time. It is thought that cats spayed after their first heat are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer than those spayed before there first heat.

    News from Abroad
    Concerns with Nutro Pet Foods
    Some dogs and cats are experiencing health issues after being fed Nutro brand pet food. See story about pet owners reporting diarrhea, vomitting, and other digestion related health issues with their animals. It is undetermined if in fact Nutro is the cause of the health problems. For the latest on pet food recalls, visit the FDA’s site.

    Contaminated Dog Treats from Canada
    Salmonella was found in Rollover Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treats, manufactured out of High River, Alberta. The 50 gram packages that are being recalled have UPC 060766881381. you can contact Rolloer at info@rolloverpetfood.com or 1-800-616-9267.

    Concerns with Cat Litter Containing Zinc
    Look for ingredients on your cat litter bag and if not present, contact the company. For instance, one cat owner contacted Absorption Corp. about Healthy Pet Milled Grain Cat Litter since there was not a list of ingredients on the bag and found out this product contains zinc oxide. Zinc and zinc oxide poisoning can occur when an animal ingests products containing it. This poisoning can result in lack of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and even renal failure. Again, play it safe. It pays to know what you are offering your pet – it may mean their life.

    Helpful Tips
    Concerns with Flea & Tick Treatments
    There is concern with some pet owners that there have been allergic reactions with their pets after applying Promeris flea and tick treatment. Be aware that this can happen after applying any brand of chemical to your pet. Some animals simply can't handle it and you may observe shaking, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, or worse. Even animals can be sensitive to essential oils. You need to find out what is best for your pet. Muscle testing can help you determine that. For alternatives to chemicals, please see the July 2007 issue of The Lightfoot Journal to Holistic Animal Care e-zine.

    Help for Animals with Diabetes
    If your pet has diabetes or you think they might, you need to consult with a vet. A holistic vet will do their best to help you treat the diabetes naturally and get the pancreas back in balance, without receiving insulin. However, some conditions are too extreme and the animals need insulin in order to survive.

  • What is Diabetes: Like people, pets can also get diabetes, the deficiency of insulin. When glucose levels rise, insulin is released after meals containing sugars and starches. The blood cells then use the glucose for energy or convert it into fat or glycogen. When enough insulin is not produced by the pancreas, sugar (glucose) accumulates in the blood. It will pass into urine and that is why a lot of animals with diabetes will have excessive thirst and urination. (If the pancreas becomes very inflamed, this results in pancreaitits.)
  • Causes of Diabetes: A diet that is high in fat, carbohydrates, sugar, or preservatives can lead to diabetes. Overweight animals and a lack of exercise can cause problems. Stress and shock can lead to diabetes, including the shock of vaccinations and certain drugs such as steroids to your animal’s body.
  • Symptoms: In dogs and cats, other symptoms are vomiting, lethargy, dehydration, weight loss, anemia, eye conditions like cataracts, urinary infections, acetone smell on the breath (like nail polish remover), and liver and kidney disease. Rarely do horses get diabetes. More common is the condition called insulin resistance, where the body becomes less and less sensitive to insulin, thereby creating more insulin. Horses will gain or lose weight easily with fat deposits accumulating on their necks, backs, and rumps, or may lose muscle on the top line. They will have less energy and skin conditions are common. The most challenging are the hoof conditions such as laminitis and founder.

  • Holistic Methods that May Help:
  • Muscle Testing: To help determine what food or product is best for your animal, muscle testing is highly recommended.
  • Diet: For dogs and cats, a preservative-free, sugar-free, low-fat diet is recommended with raw foods, cooked grains, and vegetables. Certain grains like millet, rice, oats, cornmeal, and rye bread help to lower blood sugar. Some pet owners feed 50% carbs, 25% protein, and 25% vegetables. Some cats do better when primarily fed a diet of fresh meat and very little grain or vegetables. Feeding two-three smaller meals is recommended over one meal to help reduce the stress on the pancreas.
    For horses, good quality hay is most important. They should be fed a small amount of grain to reduce the amount of sugar and starch. If more energy is needed, rice bran or beet pulp can be added.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Chromium, Brewer’s yeast (which is rich in chromium) zinc, and manganese can help balance the blood sugar. Vitamins B, C, and E and raw pancreatic glandular can be helpful.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics help put good bacteria in your animal’s body, especially if they have been on antibiotics or steroids. They help your animal process their food, which is important that they get the nutrients they need. By putting the good bacteria in the body, this also helps the immune system, which is very important with a serious health condition such as diabetes. See information below about Mitomax Probiotics for dogs and cats. For horses, Probios is a good brand and can be purchased at your local feed store.
  • Herbs: Blueberry, dandelion, garlic, ginseng, Devil’s club (ginseng relative), goldenseal, yarrow and the Chinese herbs fo-ti and Rehmannia 16are often used.
  • Reiki and EFT: When an animal has diabetes, it is extremely important to keep their stress levels down as much as possible. Energy work such as reiki and EFT can help keep your pet calm and relaxed.
  • Homeopathy: While there are many possible homeopathic remedies that could help diabetes, some of the more common ones are Arsenicum, Belladonna, Iodum, Iris Versicolor, Phosphorus, Senna, Syzygium, Thuja, and Uranium nitricum. It is best to find a vet that specializes in homeopathy.
  • Bach Flower Essences: Crab apple is helpful for animals that are losing weight or have skin conditions, Rescue Remedy can be helpful for animals that have diabetes and stress is causing them to need more insulin, Scleranthus may help stabilize glucose levels, and Star of Bethlehem may help diabetes that was triggered by stress or trauma. Consider a custom flower essences blend for your animal.
  • Aromatherapy: Some essential oils that can be helpful are eucalyptus, frankincense, helichrysum, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, ravensare aromatica, and rose. To learn more about how to offer the oils and precautions, click here.
  • Crystals: Amber, amethyst, citrine, and malachite can be worn or used in crystal essences. Malachite should never be placed in water or given as an oral crystal essence due to the copper. Consider a custom crystal pendant for your pet.

  • 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, May 18th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, July 27th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, September 21st 9am-5pm
  • Basic Animal Communication:
    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, June 1st 9am-5pm
    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, 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 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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