Are There Natural Cures for Parvo?

Natural Cures For Parvo

Are There Natural Cures for Parvo?The well know and highly  ‘feared by puppy owners’ deadly  virus, Canine parvovirus  will attack the GI tracts of puppies and some adult dogs as well,  affecting both domesticated and wild canines, often fatally.  Are there natural cures?  Yes, but one must be very  well educated about this disease to  even think about treating it yourself.   Even though the cost of Veterinarian treatment is often unaffordable for dog owners, viruses like Parvo are the reason we often turn to the allopathic system for emergency care for our pets.

This dreadful disease is caused by what is known as  CPV-2 or type 2,  referred to  most commonly as  just Parvo.   Parvo is very highly contagious and is one of the most serious diseases we deal with as pet owners.

In addition parvo’s attack on the gastrointestinal system in very young and unborn puppies, it can  attack and harm damage the heart as well. So you can see this disease has to be taken very seriously when treating it naturally.

There are several differing strains of parvo  – some much more serious than others.  However, both CPV-2b and CPV-2c are the most common na d frequently diagnosed variant we come across in the United States anyway.

 

The Parvo  virus can show up in any dog, as the disease is  so very easily  passed on from infected dogs and is extremely hardy in the environment, and in some instances can survive 3 to 7 years.

Parvo is known for it’s extreme resilience  and can be transmitted in just about any secretion from  the infected dog. It is passed mostly through the feces and vomit.

The Parvovirus  can withstand  a very wide variety in  temperature fluctuations and  can withstand almost  every cleaning agents we have.

Parvo can be carried home to your dog on  your own shoes, hands, that have touched it, even on your car tires, and even flies and birds can be carriers. Areas that are thought to be contaminated with Parvo should be thoroughly washed with bleach immediately

There is a product called ‘Kennel Kare’  that can be used on fabrics and bleach sensitive materials, a disinfectant by HTProducts (found HERE) can be used to kill the virus without affecting the fabrics.

For soil, lawns and other porous materials there is a good disinfectant  called ‘ TekTrol’ should be used to disinfect the entire surface. Bleach will no wok to get rid of 100% of the Parvovirus in soil, and TekTrol is one of the only products that actually can.

Dogs that  that have survived Parvo can be carriers for up to 30 days after they have gotten better and stopped having any signs left of the disease. So please do  not take your pup to the dog park, or even  out for a walk on the streets,  that is how virulent this virus is.   Especially do not  have any contact with other puppies for this period.

Make sure to clean up all his poops immediately and dispose of them properly.  Also, make sure to clean all  and any surface the feces touches with an  appropriate disinfectant.

Parvo  can and will spread through the soil  and  will typically re-surface through rain water that is  flooding the area, so try to avoid letting your puppy play in  any puddles until they are for sure well over the disease for a month at least.

For any  new  home owners  with dogs or a new puppy that  even slightly suspect their yard may be contaminated, thoroughly cover the landscape with TekTrol and let sit for a week before bringing your puppy home.  This is how serious this disease is!

Again remember_ Parvo is so extremely contagious!

Keep in mind that it  is passed by any type of  dog-to-dog contact and contact- especially  with contaminated feces,  or their environments and people that have touch or walk in the places that it exists.

This deadly virus can contaminate  everywhere dogs are and everything your dog touches, including:

  • Bedding and kennel/crate surfaces
  • All Feeding and watering bowls
  • Collars, leashes, harnesses etc.
  • All humans that pet or touch  your dog and their clothing
  • Dog parks
  • Doggie daycare or boarding kennels
  • Grooming shops
  • Humane societies or animal rescue organizations

Are There Natural Cures for Parvo?

Parvo is a a very hardy type of  virus – it can handle almost any extreme in temperature.

It lives in any kind of environment  it is connected to for extremely long periods of time. And it is really everywhere-parvo has spread not only to all the dog shows, veterinary clinics, all  grooming salon, and obedience schools, all our streets, the  parks, (especially dog parks) , our  houses, schools,  our shopping malls, airplane, bus, and office in the world actually.

 

Even the most minute amounts of parvo-infected feces  can infect an area and pass the disease to other pets  coming into that area, so if you are even the slightest concerned with a unprotected puppy to not go to the dog park.

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Parvo Symptoms

Parvo causes these similar symptoms in most all dogs, including:

  • Severe and usually bloody diarrhea
  • Intense Vomiting
  • Lethargy-sleeping
  • Fever and feeling very cold
  • no appetite

Dehydration can come on so quickly.   This of course is a result of the  watery and sometimes explosive diarrhea and intense vomiting, especially in very young.

This is why when treating your pet yourself you have to keep them very hydrated.  Using a turkey baster if you have to – you must keep them hydrated. That is not often easy!

Most deaths from parvo happen within 48 to 72 hours after first signs of symptoms. That’s why it’s  extremely critical that you take your pet to an  emergency Vet clinic if he shows any signs of this infection.- or if you are able to home treat do extreme measures immediately.  It is a great idea if you have  or breed dogs or have puppies to have on hand the necessary remedies for treatment of Parvo and be well versed in what to do.  It is an emergency and should be treated as such.

 

Best Treatment and Diagnosis

Definitive diagnosis of parvo requires laboratory and fecal testing. This is in my opinion one of the best uses of the Allopathic Veterinarian system.  To get proper diagnostics.

There is no specific drug or holistic treatment specifically that is  available that will  just immediately remedy the situation.  There is nothing that can just kill parvo in an infected dog. Treatment involves boosting up your pet’s organs and body systems until her immune response can conquer the infection.

There are holistic support products and methods that can turn the condition around however, if given properly and done with most diligent of care.

Treatment should be started immediately as soon as the disease is suspect.   Start with giving fluid and electrolyte replacement to combat dehydration, efforts to control the vomiting and diarrhea, and preventing secondary infections. You can give large amounts of colloidal silver with the use of either an eyedropper with puppies or a turkey baster with adult dogs. For a big dog up to a quart a day.  For a small dog a pint is not too much to give.

There are also  many great homeopathic and herbal remedies that can be useful in treating the symptoms of parvo.  One that should be used and kept on hand is Parvaid. Parvaid – All-Natural Parvo Aid for Dogs (1oz)

We highly recommend you work with a holistic veterinarian if you are not familiar with home treating- this is to determine what natural therapies are most helpful and advisable for your sick pet, and if it is best to consider hospitalization until your dog is stable.
It is true and something to consider that treatment for the parvo virus can be highly expensive through an allopathic Veterinarian, and there is certainly no guarantee that your beloved puppy is not going to die anyway no matter how aggressively the Parvo is treated and how much you spend.
Early prevention, good intervention and very aggressive treatment generally result in better outcomes.

We feel the very best natural cure is prevention and boosting the puppy’s immune system through a high quality and raw food diet – giving colloidal silver in the water on a daily basis as a puppy to keep away bad viruses, parasites and bacteria to begin with and use common sense.  Decide if you are going to give minimal vaccinations, full vaccine program, nosodes or none at all.

If you are not  vaccinating your puppy, (which many people opt for these days due to health issues with vaccinating)  One must weigh the risks- and do the preventative measures.  Have a good homeopathic first aid kit on hand., use colloidal silver, buy some parv-aid ( see above) just in case and do your best to prevent the infection in the first place.

 

Using Colloidal Silver to Cure Parvo in Dogs:

Even though there may not be any hard  clinical or  veterinary support or clear evidence that colloidal silver can actually cure Parvovirus in dogs,  there is quite a lot of  of anecdotal evidence that it works or at least helps many, many pets recover quickly  . The truth is many people have been using colloidal silver on their “Parvo puppies” (and grown dogs with Parvo, as well) for several years with amazing results, and often with great success, as this video attests.

Our 20 PPM Nano-Particle  Colloidal Silver  can be  administered orally, several  times throughout the day until your puppy’s  appetite returns  to normal and the Parvo symptoms are completely  gone.

This might be anywhere from just 3-4  of days to 2 weeks or so. For most  “parvo puppies” in which the virus  caught early enough, sit can be  administered  up to five eyedroppers full of  20 ppm colloidal silver, up to five times a day.

For most larger dogs sit can be  used up to five, 10cc plastic syringes full (no needle) of colloidal silver or even a turkey baser full can work.  given to them orally, up to five times a day, until the dog’s appetite is back  and Parvo symptoms are gone.

Colloidal silver is not a “guaranteed” cure for Parvo in dogs, as even veterinary treated dogs often die of Parvo (up to 80% of the time). But the anecdotal evidence for its ability to work on  killing viruses is significant, as the example in the below video suggests.

More interesting reading about Parvo –

To vaccinate or not – http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/5_6/features/5458-1.html

– Parvo Self Help Guide:  http://ambertech.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Parvo_Information_Self_Help_Guide.pdf

Colloidal Silver Differences

generatorColloidal silver generators sold for home production primarily create ionic silver by the process of electrolysis. Single charged particles of silver are released into water, although some nanoparticles of silver may be found in the resulting product. Large quantities of ionic silver can be produced at a moderate cost using a silver generator. 

True colloidal silver is composed of actual silver particles suspended in water. The size of the particles is extremely small, providing an overall large surface area thought to be more biologically effective. These nanoparticles of silver are in a stable chemical state and don’t combine with other atoms. They are believed to be better at killing bacteria, fungus, and viruses than other types of silver products.

  Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver  represents a bona fide breakthrough in colloidal silver  technology. This is how our Colloidal Silver is produced using this newer technology.

The main difference between a  Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver  and conventional colloidal silver  is particle size. While conventional colloidal silver  produce silver particles that can be so large your pet  has great difficulty absorbing and utilizing them, the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver  we use produces highly bio-available silver particles as low as .0008 microns so small, they are about as close to being “dissolved” silver particles as you can get.

Many products claiming to be high concentrations of Colloidal Silver, typically in the range of 30 – 5000ppm (parts per million), are actually a “mild silver protein.” These products generally have very large particles of silver and therefore need a protein, most commonly gelatin, to keep the heavy particles suspended. Mild silver protein can be identified by shaking the bottle. If a soapy-looking foam persists, a protein is present.

In the past, there have been only a few ways to achieve the production of silver micro-particles. These methods have proven to be expensive and time-consuming, requiring the use of equipment found only in professional laboratories. Colloidal silver manufacturers basically have to make batches of standard colloidal silver through a high-voltage process utilizing upwards of 10,000 volts, and then use expensive laboratory equipment to extract the particles from the solution and separate the larger from the smaller particles before reconstituting the smaller silver particles back into solution.

Some colloidal silver manufacturers used a sophisticated centrifuge technology to achieve this. Others have used more conventional laboratory forms of separation such as filtration. There is also a “chemical milling” variation, where larger colloids are reduced in size with an acid bath.

This is why commercial bottled colloidal silver products that truly contain micro-particles of silver are always very expensive to purchase, costing as much as $59 for a tiny 8-ounce bottle.

Our Colloidal Silver for pets is made with this method  using a Professional  Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator  at a fraction of the cost of health food store prices.

Testing of this product was conducted using TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), by a licensed, qualified and fully independent testing laboratory with no financial interest of any kind  in colloidal silver products in general.

 

DOES COLLOIDAL SILVER NEED TO BE STORED IN A GLASS BOTTLE?

While some manufacturers of Colloidal Silver  make a point to say that their product be stored in only dark glass bottles, this is not the case for a quality produced colloidal silver such as the one we sell on Holistic Pet Care’s website.

It is only necessary to store it on glass when it is a  protein fortified and inferior,  unstable product.

Colloidal Silver that breaks down when exposed to light or falls out of suspension when stored in plastic is inferior and is not recommended. Our Colloidal Silver for Pets  does not have these issues and maintains it’s integrity for very long periods in PET Colbalt Blue bottles.

 

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Holistic Health for Pets

Most of the chronic diseases we commonly see in our dogs and cats these days are due to an unbalanced immune system.   We as a nation need to turn to holistic health for pets and move away from drugs, chemicals and surgery for cures for everything! 

  The immune system’s job is to protect the body against foreign substances or organisms.

This is a mighty tall order considering the trillions of “bad” microorganisms out there. To make matters worse, the immune system must distinguish between the body’s own friendly cells and unfriendly foreign invaders such as cancer.

While they can be balanced through the careful use of healthy practices, the process to the  cure can be a long road — especially  if the animal has had  the  disease for many years. So one must be devoted to do the right things for their pets to get things back in balance.  Lots of patience and love! 

What if a new paradigm for animal health really  existed?  Could it be possible to optimize the immune status of our pets  so that  disease is much less likely to occur and  if disease does occur, it’s severity and duration is completely  minimized?  The answer is YES and this paradigm shift is Holistic Health Care for our Pets

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Cat Crystals: What You Need To Know

If your cat is frequently urinating, and having a recurring problem with bladder infections, then they likely have a condition now known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. This is a frustrating health condition, but there are many more options than just conventional medication.

If your cat is straining to urinate and not producing any urine, it is imperative to have him examined immediately. He may be blocked with a bladder stone in which case he would need emergency care. It is a good idea to have urine checked for any urinary tract problems; you are then able to use the appropriate remedy knowing what the specific problem is.

Additional fluid is key to treating and preventing recurrence of the inflamed urinary bladder. This is best accomplished with a higher protein canned cat food, along with providing many sources of fresh water; ideally your cat will only eat canned food, and be completely off dry cat food. You can encourage fresh water consumption by adding tuna juice to the water bowl.

The use of a specific natural hormone can be very beneficial. Pheromones in the facial glands convey messages of peace and contentment. Cats have less incidence of urinary disease if they are feeling happy. A product called Feliway, available from your veterinarian, contains these facial pheromones. This can be sprayed on your cat and on the areas he has sprayed twice daily for 3-4 weeks.

Two very common supplements used for arthritis, glucosamine and chondroitin, can also be helpful for cats with feline lower urinary tract disease. Glucosamine helps replenish a compound found in the lining of the bladder wall, called glycosaminoglycans (GAG), while chondroitin helps protect the GAG from being broken down. By supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin, GAG is replenished, and the bladder inflammation, along with clinical signs of frequent urination, and blood in the urine can be resolved. The cat glucosamine dose is 100mg per 10 lbs of body weight daily. The chondroitin dose is 50mg per 10lbs of body weight daily.

 

From  Holistic Vet – Dr. Andrew Jones

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Holistic Pet Protection Preparation

medaljon-sivi-JoinPPINSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING YOUR PET BEFORE APPLYING THE PET PROTECTOR DISC:
Please read through the following steps to ensure that you are using your Pet Protector Disc properly. Improper preparation of your pet and its environment can result in failure of the Pet Protector Disc to work effectively.

There are several reasons why it’s very important to treat your pet and their environment in order to eliminate all existing fleas, ticks and their larvae before attaching the Pet protector Disc.

1. The Pet Protector Disc does not have the ability to eliminate existing parasites or their larvae

2. The Pet Protector Disc can only repel new parasites from inhabiting your pet

3. The Pet Protector Disc needs 7 to 20 days (depending on the pet’s size) to create a strong enough Scalar Wave field around your pet’s whole body, protecting it from fleas and ticks successfully. During this period, while the field has not yet been fully created, there is the possibility of pests inhabiting the pet, and since the Pet Protector Disc cannot eliminate existing pests, they will continue to breed. That is why it is necessary to treat your pet and its environment with an anti-parasite product which can eliminate pests and their larvae before applying the Pet Protector Disc and also to keep your pet away from environments which may harbor pests, as much as is possible, during the 7 to 20-day activation period.

What Product to Use to Eliminate Pests on My Pet?

If you have already used an anti-parasite product to rid your pets from fleas and ticks with success in the past, and if this product has extended effectiveness for a minimum of 1 month, then use this product one last time prior to attaching the Pet Protector Disc. We also recommend bathing your pet with a natural flea shampoo product in the first month of using the Pet Protector Disc.

In order to maximize protection, we recommend you use natural anti-parasite products periodically , without removing the Pet Protector Disc.

If you have never used a chemical anti-parasite product on your pet, we recommend you use an effective natural product for pest elimination, one that comes highly recommended (you can search Google for a natural flea and tick product). After using this product, attach the Pet Protector Disc immediately onto your pet’s collar and continue treating your pet with this natural product during the entire first month (following the instruction label). In order to maximize protection, we recommend you use a natural anti-parasite product periodically, without removing the Pet Protector Disc.

Note: Consult your veterinarian regarding the pest elimination product you are about to use.
What Product to Use For Cleaning the Environment?

We recommend you search the internet to find natural products used to eliminate ticks and fleas in your home and yard, one that comes highly recommended.

Steps for Preparing Your Pet and their Environment and Applying the Pet Protector Disc:

  •  Vacuum and wipe your home thoroughly 
  •  Treat the indoor and outdoor areas of your home with a natural pest eliminating product
  • Use a product of your choice to treat your pet in order to eliminate any existing ticks, fleas and their invisible larvae 
  •  Use a product of your choice to treat your pet in order to eliminate any existing ticks, fleas and their invisible larvae 
  • Attach the Pet Protector Disc 

5. Use a natural tick and flea product on your pet during the next 20 to 30 days (following the instructions on the label). This is important to do, because your pet is unprotected while the Scalar Waves are in the process of creating their protective field around your pet

6. Treat the indoor and outdoor areas of your home with an appropriate natural flea and tick product during the next 20 to 30 days

7. Use a natural anti-parasite products periodically, without removing the Pet Protector Disc

8. Ensure that the Disc remains securely fastened to your pet’s collar at all times. Removing the disc for longer than 2 hours will cause elimination of the protective field and it will be necessary to repeat all the steps above in order to fully protect your pet again.

9. Make sure to replace the Pet Protector Disc before the 4-year period is up, by attaching a new disc, wait for 7 to 20 days in order to let the new Pet Protector Disc create the protective field and then discard the old one.

We wish you many great moments with your family and your pet – free from harmful chemicals and fully protected from pests for the rest of their life.
Buy DISC HERE: PET PROTECTOR DISC 
from: http://www.petprotector.org/PreparationAndApplication
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Raw Food Diet for Pets


Raw Food Diet for Pets 

Our pets are natural carnivores.   Have you started  looking into a ‘raw food diet for pets’? If not this is the most important key to a holistic health program for all domesticated pets.   Your dog  has evolved from the wolf, and it’s digestive system is quite  the same even after  thousands of years of domestication.  Carnivores have very short intestinal tracts geared to the consumption and digestion of raw foods.

Canines are considered “omnivores” as they eat a variety of grasses, berries and vegetables in addition to prey. ( my dog loves carrots and I add them grated to her raw meat meal)    Your cat is a true or “obligate” carnivore (meat only diet) and is specially designed by nature to hunt small rodents and birds.  Her digestive tract, as well, is intended to assimilate raw meat best.

The Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

Raw food diets have been shown to help the body deal with many common ailments such as flea infestations, hot spots, continual shedding, poor dental & gum health, allergies, gastro-intestinal problems, immune disorders and degenerative diseases.  Diet is the foundation of health.  The fresher the diet, the more nutrients are available for the animals system to utilize in building immunity, healing from illness and warding off disease.

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Raw diets have been common practice in European countries for decades, especially Germany, where it is commonly recommended by veterinarians.  The goingrawfear of feeding raw meat in this country seems to stem from a fear of salmonella, e. coli and parasites.  In over 10 years of feeding raw food and seeing countless animals on raw food diets, salmonella and e. coli have not been seen to be a problem.  (Remember, their digestive systems are designed to accommodate raw meat.)  Parasites could be contracted through eating wild, whole prey or game meats, but is much less likely from properly handled human grade meats.  Infection is more likely to occur through ingestion of feces or soil, or poorly handled meat.goingraw

The actual research sited in the US in support of a raw diet is rather convincing.  A long term study conducted by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., M.D. betweengoingrawgoingraw 1932 to 1942 was initiated a bit by accident.

Dr. Pottenger kept cats as laboratory animals for experiments in human health. As his research and cat population grew, he resorted to feeding them raw meat scraps from a local packing plant instead of cooked kitchen leftovers.  Within a few months, he noticed distinct improvements in the cats eating raw meat.  This prompted Dr. Pottenger to undertake a whole new experiment: he segregated cats into different groups – some of which were fed a cooked meat diet and others who received a raw meat diet. All observations were noted in great detail over many generations of cats. At the end of the study Dr. Pottenger concluded that cats fed a heat processed diet were deficient and suffered from innumerable ailments ranging from low immunity, irritability, and allergies; to skeletal deformation, organ malfunction, poor development during kittenhood, low birth rate, birth defects, infertility, and shortened life-span.  (If you wish to learn more about the Pottenger study, you can purchase a summary of the study as book or video from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.)

Some exceptions to “raw is better” are the older, weaker animal who may not tolerate raw food, or animals with certain gastro-intestinal problems where the gut has to be restored to a healthier state using herbs and/or supplements.  In these cases, a home prepared, cooked diet the best substitute for a raw food diet.

Raw Food Diets

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Ideally, our companions would eat an all raw diet that includes some viscera and raw meaty bones.  Generally, the more raw food you can include in your companion’s diet, the better – but some is better than nonepet owners choose to feed their companions a ½ raw and ½ dry (dehydrated or kibble)  Ideally the kibble you give should be starch free.   Many dry foods of high quality today contain potatoes as a big part of their ingredients.  This is not the ideal food for dogs or humans either.  It turns to sugar quickly in the bloodstream and leads to blood sugar problems like diabetes.  I recommend Wysong dry and other brands of  dehydrated  raw dog foods.  They are very high quality and  they do not include starches in most of their products. These can be used if you cannot feed raw meat with bones.  However, the best way to feed your pets is fresh raw meat, bones and organs just like in the wild.  This is what they love and crave.

 

You can try either mixing the dry in  or preferably  feeding raw for one meal each day and dry or cooked for the other.  It does not have to be complicated – you can feed raw chicken and turkey necks and chicken backs as part or all of a meal several times a week.  Raw poultry bones do not splinter, they crunch.  This is a great way to clean teeth, exercise chewing muscles, and provide a natural source of balanced calcium and phosphorus, as well.  As always, naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic free or organic meat is best. For my little 10 lb dog I feed her organic grass fed beef or bison, or venison when I can get it, mix with ground up carrots and broccoli stems.  I add some nutritional yeast, ground dried egg shells and mix it up  and bag it in little bags enough for a week and I am good to go.
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When introducing raw bones to dogs they may experience diarrhea, constipation, or both as their systems adjust.  Remember to go slowly and feed small amounts at first.  When beginning the introduction of raw bones, it may be helpful to crush them with a hammer or in a meat grinder until your dog becomes fully transitioned to a raw diet.  For cats bones can be ground.  If your companion has a delicate digestive system, consider grinding meat and bones through a 1/4 inch blade before feeding.  Ground bones do not have the same teeth cleaning benefits as whole bones, however.  You may also see similar symptoms as your companion’s system goes through a detoxification process during the transition to a healthier diet.  Again, the key is to go slowly and persevere.  In the long run, your companion’s increased health and vitality will be the ultimate reward.

Obvious precautions should be taken when feeding raw meat – wash hands thoroughly after handling the raw meat.  Thaw meat in the refrigerator, not sitting on the counter at room temperature.  Warm water can be used to thaw or warm the food after it has been mostly thawed in the refrigerator.  Do not microwave raw food as the live enzymes are damaged and bones will harden even in just 30 seconds of micro waving.  We do recommend avoiding pork as it has been shown to be a source of Trichinella.  If you are concerned about bacteria, you can rinse it with several drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide in a sink of water or 1/2 teaspoon liquid grapefruit seed extract in a sink of water to help kill bacteria on the surface.

Transitioning to Raw Food

It is best to introduce raw food slowly into your pet’s diet over the course of two weeks.  If your companion is used to having food available throughout the day, first transition him or her to eating only once or twice per day for dogs, and two to three times per day for cats before beginning the transition to raw food.  Consider transitioning fully to raw in the beginning even if you ultimately intend to feed a mix of raw and cooked or dry.  This will give your companion’s digestive system the optimal environment for generating healthy enzymes and flora. Start with 1 teaspoon for small dogs and cats and 1 tablespoon for larger dogs for three days or so.  Then increase to 2 teaspoons or tablespoons for several days, decreasing the amount of regular food by ¼ to ½ in general proportion to the raw.  Work up to replacing at least ½ the normal diet for several days.  Finally replace one full meal with raw for a day or two, then fully transition to raw.

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We recommend supplementing with digestive enzymes and probiotics  for at least the first two weeks to help your companion’s natural digestive processes kick back in after eating cooked foods for so long.  If your animal is resistant to the raw at first, you may want to use a bit of canned food to entice them.  Cats, in particular, can be resistant to a change in diet.  They tend to fixate on whatever food they are weaned onto and will resist switching to a healthier diet.  We have found that grinding or shredding their favorite treat on top of the food can help.

The Benefits of Raw Feeding:

  • Vet bills are usually greatly reduced after switching to a nutritious species appropriate diet.

  • Naturally clean teeth and healthy gums from the natural scrubbing, massaging and flossing action of eating raw meaty bones.

  • Clean breath and no doggie odour after changing to raw feeding

  • Ripping and chewing raw meaty bones develops the neck, jaw and shoulder muscles of dogs.

  • Greater bioavailability of naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes in raw meat, organs and bones.

  • Stools are smaller, less smelly and quickly degrade into the soil.

  • Dogs tend to maintain a healthy weight and the chances of obesity are minimized since it takes longer to chew and digest raw meaty bones.

  • Kibble may sit around for hours untouched but dogs tend to be excited and love their raw species appropriate meals.

  • Increased mental, psychological and physical stimulation leading to greater well-being and satisfaction

  • Health problems such as arthritis, lack of energy, allergies, skin conditions and dull coats often improve when switching from commercial dog food to raw feeding.

  • Ability to custom tailor your dogs’ diets for their activity level, age, health problems and specific nutritional requirements.