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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:
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
HomeoPet Wrm Clear for Dogs and CatsThis 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sunday, September 21st 9am-5pm
Sunday, October 5th 9am-5pm
Sunday, November 16th 9am-5pm
Sunday, November 9th 9am-5pm
Saturday, October 18th 1pm-5pm
Sunday, November 2nd 9am-5pm
Sunday, October 19th 9am-5pm at Molly's
Saturday, September 28th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
Saturday, November 15th 1pm-5pm
Workshop fees for 2008 are:
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