Nutraceuticals, Supplements and Nutrition in Hip Dysplasia

Although you can not change the genes your dog inherits, you can influence how those genes express themselves. Nutrition, supplements and nutraceuticals can affect the course of this inherited disease. Nutrition has the biggest impact on whether or not a dog genetically prone to hip dysplasia will develop the disease. It appears that the number of calories a dog consumes and when in his life he consumes them is important. Obesity worsens this disease in all cases. Puppies who grow… Continue reading

Physiotherapy and Dog Hip Dysplasia

Dogs with Hip Dysplasia can live totally normal lives without surgery. How is this possible? If the muscles that support the hip joint are strong, then that adds stability to the joints and can often be enough to prevent the need for surgery. But, the muscles need to gain strength via increased exercise and it is necessary to maintain that strength with a maintenance exercise program for life. It is important to find an exercise that works for your dog… Continue reading

Dogs Suffering from Hip dysplasia

Large and giant breeds are susceptible to hip dysplasia with Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds being well known for this problem. Dogs suffering from dysplasia have two things that are commonly abnormal. First, the head of the femur ( the top bone of the leg) is not deeply and tightly held by the acetabulum ( or socket ). Instead of being a snug fit, it is a loose fit, or a partial fit. Secondly, the acetabulum is not smooth and… Continue reading

Recipe for Homemade Cat Food

Below is a recipe for homemade cat food. It would work well for cats who suffer from constipation. If your cat is constipated only 30% of meat should be raw. If you use fish all the fish must be cooked. Do not neglect the Taurine as cats require this for vision and heart health.

Constipation–Oh No!

Most people understand that constipation is stool that is drier and harder than normal with decreased frequency of bowel movements resulting in lack of or difficulty passing stools. In cases of constipation it is important to rule out things that may be obstructing the stool or causing pain when the pet is trying to pass feces. Anal gland abscesses or back pain can cause an animal not to pass stool because it just hurts too much and this results in… Continue reading

Fatty Liver in Cats

There are a number of liver problems that plague cats but Fatty Liver or Hepatic Lipidosis is the most common. Cats with fatty liver are not necessarily obese cats but they can be. Fatty liver occurs when cats stop eating for whatever reason –whether it is because of infections, emotional stress, diet change or some other reason. Cats have a very specific requirement for protein and if they are not eating their bodies will break down muscle tissue. At the… Continue reading

Natural Treatments for Kidney Disease in Dogs

As dogs age they are most likely to develop kidney issues. Their kidneys stop doing all the jobs they were meant to do such as filtering the blood to remove waste, saving the good salts (electrolytes), saving protein in the blood and producing factors that make red blood cells. When this happens your dog may go into kidney failure. Conventional treatment for this is fluids, medication and maybe a special diet. Beyond that your traditional veterinarian cannot help you. Holistic… Continue reading

Food Therapy for Senior Pets

“When treating an illness, the first step should be dietary therapy. Only when this is unsuccessful should one try drugs..” –Sun Si Miao Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Food therapy is practiced by TCVM practitioners as another tool to help their patients along with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Food therapy is used to treat specific health conditions, and to prevent disease. Homemade diets are the foundation of food therapy.

Marrow Soup Recipe

This recipe is compliments of Dr Connie DiNatalie and is for old and recovering Senior Pets. It is great for recovery from illnesses for younger pets as well. Roast an Organic Chicken in the oven at 375 until well cooked. Add any veggies you like and some spices like Rosemary, Parsley, Garlic Powder. Remove the meat from the chicken bones–the caregiver can eat this with whatever veggies you also cooked. Crack all the bones and place in a large soup… Continue reading

Herbal Therapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions

Keeping our pets strong and vibrant through their lives is a goal of most pet owners. Pain and discomfort due to a variety of musculoskeletal conditions can alter our pet’s vitality and affect muscles and joints. Owners will most commonly notice an alteration in their pet’s way of moving or may even see an obvious limp or lameness. Musculoskeletal conditions affect the whole body since pain in one area can cause biomechanical compensation (shifting weight) in another area of the… Continue reading

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