Casey the Canine Consuming Character. Casey is one lucky canine whose abnormal consumption has made her stomach contents worthy of a story.
When she was rescued in 2009 as an 8 year old yellow lab with serious skin issues, and bad hips. She also had a history of an insatiable appetite and eating socks. She had had two exploratories for foreign bodies even before they adopted her. The kind family that took her in knew of her many issues. In time she became their love and family companion. They even added to the family by rescuing a black lab with emotional issues at the same time.
By coming to MASH and using integrated medicine, Casey’s new Life took off. She went through with endocrine immune tests and holistic health options like homeopathy, chiropractic,herbs, nutrition and acupuncture. Her many complicated health issues began to heal.
Her skin which was once thickened and flaking with shedding improved, her chronic GI issues and weak hips became healthier and stronger. She really started to look like a healthy normal yellow Labrador. Her diet was changed to mostly raw meat and vegetables. It even included some vegan meals, which all had helped to make many of these improvements.
Here is an important product that Dr. Roman mentioned in her article last week on nutrition. NutriGest for Dogs & Cats with Probiotics and L-Glutamine, can be purchased at MASH.
NutriGest is comprised of important nutrients for dogs and cats to complement their overall diet.
NutriGest supplies important phytochemicals and essential nutrients such as high potency probiotic bacterial cultures to help restore and maintain normal bacterial balance in the gastro-intestinal tract. FOS, a probiotic supportive nutrient, nourishes and fortifies friendly intestinal bacteria. NutriGest also provides nutritional co-factors such as L-Glutamine, ginger, psyllium seed and deglycerized licorice.
This time Dr. Roman would like to feature a recipe from the outstanding book Fresh Food and Ancient Wisdom Preparing Healthy and Balanced Meals for your dogs. By author John Basko (from Two Harbors Press c. 2011). Dr Basko is a brilliant veterinarian with over 30 years of Integrative veterinary training. He is considered a leader in the field of veterinary herbs and nutrition. This new book is full of easy, sensible recipes that will make our caring feelings our beloved family companions part of how we plan to feed them. Providing home made recipes for your dogs’ diet can give you several nutritious choices by using a recipe to have a structured format.
If you have been out fishing successfully and you have more than enough, treat your dogs to this terrific fish dish. Or if you have a dog with skin problems try this one.
A case of Muffin the Pomeranian. She was a 4 year old red adorable Pom who had GI issues for over 2 years. She had been to both Angel Memorial and Tufts for Hemorragic Gastroenteritis at the tune of almost $8,000 in that 2 years. Every other week the dog was at an emergency hospital and put on metonidazole, predisone, and amoxicillin or another antibiotic. She would get better and then it would return.
So we took the case and started her on the digestive immune support mentioned above and LM 1 Thuja. About 1 week into the treatment the owner called and was hysterical as it looked like Muffin was defecating a plastic bag as this white mucous sheet was being expelled. I asked if she was feeling depressed or abnormal and she was acting fine. I asked them to watch her and continue with our treatment. She shed out the lining of her intestinal tract like a snake shedding its skin. Allowing her intestines to regain their normal cellular consistency and after that she was normal.
After 2 years of being so sick she gained weight and occasionally she had small episodes of soft stools but never had those emergency episodes again. All we did was to RE-BOOT the gut so it could start to function.
The Intestinal tract is responsible for 70 percent of an animal’s immune response. This important link to strengthening the body will be the key to returning an animal to health and balance.
The overuse of antibiotics and other medications, prevalent in treating pets along with poor quality foods, and toxic chemicals in the environment can cause problems. With the ease of prescribing antibiotics they are often overused and cause a disbiosis of the intestinal flora and a cascade of issues can occur. With this weakening of the gut the body also becomes weakened as it cannot retrieve the nutrients from the intestines. An animal’s gastrointestinal tract (GI) can become compromised. It is key to rebalance the gut before you can expect the animal’s body to start extracting nutrients, and to start the healing process.
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 package of plain Knox gelatin
4 cups gourmet birdseed mix
Round Cake mold
Dried fruits, (naturally dried, not the kind coated with sugar) berries, raw nuts, raisins, or anything else the birds enjoy.
Floral wire, cardboard, scissors, sauce pan, wooden spoon
Here is a seed wreath recipe which uses gelatin instead of fat as a binder to hold it together. These wreaths will work in warm weather because they won’t melt or turn rancid. You can also collect everything that a wild bird would eat. While hiking, or weeding your garden look for vines of wild grapes, bittersweet, privet berries on the hedges, millet grass and the seed heads on weeds. If you grow sunflowers, zinnias and ornamental grasses those will shortly be going to seed.