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The Lightfoot Journal of Holistic Animal Care, September 2008
September 15, 2008

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 arrive on the 15th of each month. Due to technical problems, the August e-zine was not able to be published. I apologize.

This month's features:

  • Kim at Intuitive Wellness Fair on September 27th
  • SNAP Raising Funds at Bayou City Art Festival
  • Natural Pawz Natural Pet Food Stores
  • Possible Lethal Dog Toy
  • Save Your Pet from Drowning
  • Paws for Peace
  • Help for Internal Parasites
  • Around Town

  • Kim at Intuitive Wellness Fair on September 27th
    On September 27th from 2-7pm at Sundance Yoga Studio in Friendswood, I will be doing animal communication sessions. Bring photos of your animals. Price is $20 for 20 minutes. Click here for more details.
  • SNAP Raising Funds at Bayou City Art Festival
    On October 18th and 19th, the Spay & Neuter Assistance Program is looking for volunteers to help man the refreshment booths at the art festival. Monies raised will support the wonderful SNAP organization, helping to offset costs of spaying and neutering many animals that would otherwise not get done. Click here for more details.
  • Natural Pawz Natural Pet Food Stores
    Natural Pawz carries natural and organic dog and cat food and treats, including a doggie bakery. They also offer beds, collars, leads, and toys. There are 3 locations to choose from - Tomball/Spring, Sugarland, and the Woodlands. They plan to open more stores in Pearland, Clear Lake, West University, Memorial, and River Oaks. See website for more information.

  • News from Abroad
  • Possible Lethal Dog Toy
    The Pimple Ball by Four Paws has injured some dogs. It seems that the problem is because the ball has one hole so it creates a vacuum. Damage occurs when the tongue gets caught and then swollen. Click here to read the heartbreaking stories OR go directly to the blog.
  • Save Your Pet from Drowning
    Did you know that 1 in 1,027 pets in the US drown in swimming pools? Lynne Peters of Houston designed the HedzUPpets Watercollar in order to prevent the tragedy after her Jack Russell terrier kept falling in her pool. Many pet owners believe their animals can swim to the stairs and get out, but many are unable to. Even animals that have before may not be able to get out if they panic or have limited visibility. The lightweight watercollars come in multiple sizes with a Velcro fastener. Find out more here.
  • Paws for Peace
    Paws for Peace is a free holistic animal health program for animal shelters and rescue organizations. It provides instruction and products to help shelters learn how to utilize holistic animal care such as homeopathy, flower essences, animal massage, and supplements. This month, it has started helping organizations in California, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin but plans to extend to the rest of the US by October 2009. Visit Paws for Peace for more details.

  • Helpful Tips
    Help for Internal Parasites
    Fleas, ticks, and flies are bad enough. Nobody wants to have an animal that has internal parasites. I certainly believe in using as natural a product as possible. Keep in mind that sick and old animals have a harder time dealing with topical and oral chemical treatments. If your animal has been on medication or steroids at any time, their immune system has been affected, making it even harder for their bodies to handle the chemicals. Below are various types of natural treatments for you to consider.

  • For Dogs & Cats: Homeopet Worm Clear

    HomeoPet Wrm Clear for Dogs and Cats
    This is a broad spectrum wormer formulated to remove and prevent the infestation of round, hook, and tape worms in dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. It is 100% natural, no food withdrawl, and safe for all ages. The product contains homeopathic remedies: Granatum Vermifuge - 6c&30c, Kamala Vermifuge - 6c&30c, Chenopodium Anthelminticum - 6c&30c, Filix Mas - 6c&30c, Cucurbita Pepo - 6c&30c, Thymol - 6c&30cm, Teucrium Marum - 6c&30c, Cina - 6c&30c, Spigelia Anthelmintica - 6c&30c, Naphthaline - 6c&30c, Nux Vomica - 6c&30c, and Arsenicum Album - 6c&30c in 20% USP alc. in purified water. Dosage: For removal of worms, 3 times daily for 14 days. For prevention of worms, 3 times daily for 7 days, every 90 days. Prevention dosing is recommended. For persistent infestation, one dose daily for 30 days. Dogs/Cats under 20 lbs/10 kg, 5 drops; 20-100 lbs/10-50 kg, 10 drops; Over 100 lbs/50 kg, 15 drops. Product costs $11.99 and there are 350-375 drops per bottle.
  • For Dogs & Cats: Only Natural Pet HW Protect Herbal Formula

    Only Natural Pet HW Protect Herbal Formula 2 oz.
    This product is intended for use as a preventative to be used during mosquito season as part of a comprehensive heartworm control program. The formula was designed with two objectives, using herbs that work together to reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites to lower your pet's risk of becoming infected, and to help eliminate existing larvae-stage parasites in the bloodstream. This tincture was developed to help prevent heartworm infestation using extracts of herbs well known for their mosquito repelling properties, and others well known for their anti-parasitic properties. The product contains Wormwood herb, Papaya Leaf, Wormseed herb, Male Fern Root, Black Walnut leaves, Ginger Root, Oat Tops, and Parsley Root. Dosage: For Dogs and Cats - 3 times per day, give 1 drop for every 2 pounds of body weight up to 50 pounds, plus 1 drop for every 4 pounds of body weight over 50 pounds. For example, a 70 lb. dog would be given 25 drops + 5 drops = 30 drops, three times each day (total 90 drops). Each 2 oz. bottle contains approximately 1,050 drops, and each 4 oz. bottle contains approximately 2,100 drops of the formula. This tincture may be mixed with food, applied with dropper or syringe directly into mouth, or mixed with up to 1/2 cup of warm water. This formula is not for use in pregnant or nursing mothers, animals with kidney or liver disease, or those with seizure disorders. Product is $13.49 for 2 oz. and $24.29 for 4 oz.
  • For Horses: Natural Vet’s Worm Check
    All Natural herbal paste formula developed by holistic vet, Dr. Dan Moore. Use one 40 Gram Tube per 1200 lb. horse. Receive a F*R*E*E parasite exam with the purchase of six tubes. It can be used on any horse, any age. If you normally rotate, consider using Worm Check with rotation. You can also customize your program using Worm Check along with parasite exams. Guaranteed analysis per 40 Grams: Clove 500 MG Ingredients: Diatomaceous Earth, Garlic, Artemisia, Clove, Psyllium, Glycerin, Apple Flavor. Product is $14.95, which is comparable to other pastes. Click here for more information. If you want to visit the site to see all of Dr. Dan's products, click here.
  • For Dogs, Cats, & Horses: DE36 Diatomaceous Earth Dewormer
    I have heard many good things about diatomaceous earth (DE). This is a product I have started using with my animals after searching for a top quality DE product. This natural dewormer is made of diatomaceous earth & montmorillonite clay, which is a natural occurring clay from the company’s DE source. It acts as a natural binder and makes DE36 granular. Recent studies have shown that when used as an anti-caking agent in grain storage, montmorillonite clay can draw impurities from the grain. The clay doesn't break down in the digestive tract, so the impurities are retained in the clay then expelled in the manure. It has been proven to be effective against internal and external parasites (not heartworms).

    DE36 contains 36 trace minerals instead of the usual 18-22 found in diatomaceous earth. This is NOT the same as the DE found in gardening or pool products. That DE is very high in free crystalline silica content (FSC). Common DE’s have 8-25% but 55% for pool filter grade DE’s, which can harm or kill animals. DE36 is freshwater DE which is food grade (less than 1% FSC) and approved as a feed additive. Farmers, ranchers and the Amish use DE as a natural dewormer, finding great success adding DE to their livestock feed to keep their goats, sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, and poultry healthy and parasite clean without the use of chemical drugs. The product is given daily to horses at 1 tbsp. a day for up to 1,000 pounds. Cats and small dogs can be given ¼ tsp daily and medium to large dogs ½-¾ tsp daily. The product is only $32.99 for a 180 day supply for a 1,000# horse. They have a special offer to buy 2 for $65.98 and get 1 free. Click here for more details.

  • Heartworms
    For heartworm prevention, the best thing to do for your outdoor dogs and cats is to keep them sprayed with a natural spray to prevent the mosquitoes from biting. Ivermectin (such as in Heartguard) and Milbemycin Oxime (such as in Interceptor) are chemicals but effective against preventing heartworms. However, collies and collie mixes can end up with severe neurological damage from ivermectin, including death. If you use it with them, you must use a very small amount, but check with your vet first. Also, if you have a dog or cat with an immune compromised system, again, please be aware of the effects chemicals can have on their bodies. If you have an indoor cat or dog, the chances of heartworms of course are much slimmer. If you do give a chemical, you may be able to reduce how often it is given based on the mosquito season. You need to determine what is the best method of prevention for you and your animals. Personally, I use ivermectin sparingly with my animals but Texas is known for our big and often plentiful mosquitoes. I am currently researching a natural product that is supposed to be effective against heartworms and will keep you posted.
  • Muscle Testing CD
    If you are not sure which product to use for your animal, you can always muscle test. If you do not know how to do muscle testing, the 31 page instructional muscle testing CD is now available for $15 (Texas residents must pay 6.57% tax which is $1.01). Shipping is $6 priority mail. For international destinations, please contact me for shipping. Click here to order the CD.

  • Future Topics
    What health issues 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!

    The Lightfoot Way: 10 Secrets to Holistic Animal Care e-book 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. People from all over the world have received it. Get your copy of this 28 page ebook today. 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). Click here to learn more.

    Helpful Magazines
    I subscribe to Animal Wellness and Equine Wellness magazines. They are filled with holistic animal health articles. Click on the images if you are interested in subscribing.

    The final 2008 workshops are as follows. All workshops are at my farm near Manvel/Alvin or Molly's Mutt House in Houston (where stated). There will be additional locations for 2009.

  • Reiki I for People & Animals:
    Sunday, September 21st 9am-5pm
  • Basic Animal Communication:
    Sunday, October 5th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, November 16th 9am-5pm
  • Canine Massage:
    Sunday, November 9th 9am-5pm
  • Kinesiology/Muscle Testing:
    Saturday, October 18th 1pm-5pm
  • Bach Flower Essences & Aromatherapy:
    Sunday, November 2nd 9am-5pm
  • Crystal Healing:
    Sunday, October 19th 9am-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: The muscle testing CD is now available for $15. See information above.
  • 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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