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BARF and Prey Diets for Cats and Dogs
Herbs for Pets

Plants as Food AND Medicine?

The dividing line between “food” and “medicine” may not always be clear. Are lemons, papayas, onions, and oats food or medicine? What about turmeric, kelp or burdock root? In many instances they are both. Herbal remedies only really come into their own once the distinction between food and “medicine” are removed.

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CBD for Cats and Dogs
Immune System

Myths about CBD for Pets ..

CBD (cannabidiol) has exploded in popularity among pet parents, guardians and slaves. Unfortunately, social media is full of inaccurate information and sellers pushing inferior products. We hope this guide exposing the myths about CBD for mutts, pups, nobles, masters and muggles will be helpful to you.

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BARF Prey Raw Food Diets for Cats and Dogs
Parenting

What is Polylactic Acid (PLA)?

As the name implies, corn starch biocompostables are made from corn starch. PLA (polylactic acid) is typically made from the sugars in corn starch (as is the case with Bonnie Bio‘s certified compostable & biodegradable plastic alternatives range), cassava or sugarcane. It is biodegradable, carbon-neutral and edible. To transform corn into plastic, corn kernels are immersed in sulfur dioxide and hot water, where its components break down into starch, protein, and fibre.

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Minerals and Ash for Cats and Dogs
Immune System

De-Sexing an Endocrine Disruptor?

It is difficult to explain why the veterinary community continues to treat de-sexing and the associated glands and hormones only relevant to reproduction. It is no exaggeration to say that in modern human medicine and endocrinology testosterone is no longer a marginal hormone. Neither is it a lifestyle hormone for those men seeking eternal youth. Its deficiency leads to a serious deterioration of the health of men expressing itself in the metabolic syndrome and its sequels: diabetes mellitus type 2 and atherosclerotic disease, osteoporosis and sarcopenia, all strongly limiting physical independence in old age and accelerating morbidity and mortality.

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The Gut as an Ecosystem
Immune System

The Gut ..

Gut bacteria fall into three groups – the good, the bad and the indifferent. To put this more scientifically, the beneficial species (bifidobacteria and eubacteria together with lactobacilli and other lactic acid bacterial), the pathogenic and putrefacti

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The Endocrine System
Immune System

The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is made up of glands that make hormones to help our (parents and kids) bodies function properly. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. Hormones carry information and instructions from one set of cells to another, basically, a network of glands that secrete chemicals. The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our and our fur kids’ bodies. We discuss the topic in greater detail.

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Desexing Pets
Immune System

De-Sexing Pets

An emotional topic, emotive and controversial. Almost as controversial as real food. Yet, few think about the consequences. Surely it is not good medicine when those who are supposed to guide and support pet parents insist that removing vital organs, which have many functions beyond reproduction, in order to prevent something that may or may not happen? We are all conditioned to believe that de-sexing our fur kids is perfectly normal and even important for multiple reasons. We discuss the topic in more detail.

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BARF Raw Pet Food for Cats and Dogs
Myths or Facts

Myth #15 – All vets are opposed to raw food diets

A veterinarian may be wary of raw fooding due to lack of information or a negative experience with the diet, which includes treating pets who are malnourished due to an unbalanced raw diet. However, there are many vets who feel positively about real food and seek to educate pet parents, guardians and slaves – globally, Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, and Dr. Patrick Mahaney to name a few – locally, checkout our growing directory!

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BARF Raw Pet Food for Cats and Dogs
Myths or Facts

Myth #14 – Dogs are Living Longer

It’s true that dogs live longer, but whether it is due to kibble, is big area of debate. Conversely, it can be also be argued that this increase in lifespan is due to the improved medical care that our beloved dogs and cats receive in today’s modern world. In our minds, this concept is rather misleading, as we are of the opinion that our fur kids are living longer today because of improved social status and advances in medical care. “Back in the day” dogs were not considered the valuable family members and companions they are today. Dogs were left outside to brave the elements. They were guardians of house, possessions, and livestock. Dogs had a purpose, a job, and when they could not do that job, they were retired or disposed of. Medical care for dogs was scant and typically unimportant, as more prestige was gained from being a livestock vet than a canine vet. Very little notice was given to the dog’s health if it could still do what was asked of it. Canine kids’ longevity and quality of life has been decreasing for many breeds since the advent of processed grain-based food. People who remember the “old days” when dogs were fed raw meaty bones often report their dogs living well through their late teens. Nowadays it is a “miracle” and a testament to the “excellent nutrition” the fur kid must have received, and vets and commercial pet food companies claim this “miracle” as occurring often enough to become “commonplace”. Too bad most of the vets who remember the good old days have now retired or even moved on.

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