Your pets’ health can be easily determined by the consistency and odour of your pets stool/poo. A stool should be firm (hold its shape) but not be crumbly dry. A stool should bio-degrade quickly and easily into the earth and should not remain on the ground, without decomposing after a few days.
A stool should not be particularly offensive to the nose and should not have a pungent smell. A stool should be healthy and “clean” and not be covered in slime and fungus. If fact, the perfect stool should be so appealing and nutritious that the birds would wish to feast thereon.
A few weeks ago Paul from Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition and Dr. Janey discussed what we “put in” our pets bodies. Now we discuss what we “put on” our pets bodies.
Spring has sprung and we are already into summer. Great for some but it is a problematic time for our pets. It is a time when allergens from long grass and dust mites are very rife and there is an infestation of fleas. Our pet’s immunity is tested to the limits.
It is always tempting to turn to allopathic medicine and chemically based remedies to cure our pet’s ailments. However, one is well advised to stay away from remedies, shampoos and repellents that are chemically based, laden with parabens and preservatives. The long term consequences are dire for our pet’s health, well-being and longevity.
Flea and Tick drops that we commonly use, nowadays, is a poison and may be putting our pets and children in danger.
Many people have seen adverse reactions in their dogs after using flea and tick products. These reactions include any of the following: skin disorders (itchiness, redness, hair discoloration, hair loss, bleeding sores), lethargy, difficulty walking, and loss of appetite, changes in behavior, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death.
I find it hard to believe that these products are not absorbed in to the tissues and organs of the animal, accumulating over time, with a consequent impact on the well-being of the pet.
Besides the importance of regular grooming and brushing, there are some wonderful natural alternatives that repel fleas and ticks without being dangerous to our pet’s health. Garlic has been used for centuries as a natural anti-biotic but also to repel parasites, mosquitoes and fleas. Aloe bitters is also very effective. Diatomaceous Earth is a new inclusion into the South African market and has some fantastic testimonials of success.
Khakibos has always proven to be a great flea and tick repellent. Many older folk will tell you of stories how they would cover their carpets and curtains with Khakibos in order to repel fleas and ticks. Spray or powder your dog or cat and sprayed directly onto your pet’s linen, this is a must for every household.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is bathing our pets regularly and using harsh chemically based shampoos, especially in summer when our pets spend time in the outdoors or swim in the sea. Why not just soak and rinse your dog in a solution of Rooibos tea?
However, if you do insist on washing your pet then make sure that your shampoo is TOTALLY natural and contains absolutely no parabens or chemicals. We would recommend the use of a Buchu, Khakibos Shampoo or Neem.
Skin allergies and conditions can be cured. Flea and ticks can be repelled. All that is required is holistic natural treatment and care.
More prominent persons should spend more time promoting responsible pet ownership and supporting animal welfare and animal rescue organisations.
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Pets touch our hearts in many ways, emotionally and physically – 67% of children consider pets to be their best friend and 72% of South African families laugh at least once a day because of something their pet does.
Paul from Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition discusses their miraculous behaviour and phenomenal sixth sense, on Smile FM Radio.
Their sense of hearing is 4 times better than ours but it is their sense of smell which is remarkable, hundreds of times better than that of a human.
As a result they have the ability to protect us from natural disaster, threatening actions, sickness and harm. They are there waiting for you at the door long before any of your family. They know when you are pregnant and may even know that you are pregnant before your own discovery.
They are dedicated to their owner/partner both emotionally and physically. A more sacred being you will never find.
Paul from Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition discusses, on Smile FM, which meat is nutritious for our pets.
Living in Sea point Cape Town, I hear only too often: “I went to Woolies and bought only fat free chicken breasts for Lucy” or “my dog , Harold, only eats fillet”.
The popular cuts of meat that we enjoy in restaurants and at home may be tasty but they certainly are not as nutritious as organ meat, for example.
Dried kibble/pellet food contains almost no meat protein at all, so the type of meat used here, is of little concern. However, those wise persons producing their own meals for pets, should concern themselves the quality and type of meat that they include. A meat only diet is highly unnatural and unbalanced. Meat should form only a part of the over-all healthy diet, which should include bone, fruits, vegetables, offal and other supplements as well. Meat supplies protein – That is its major role in healthy nutrition. It also supplies varying amounts of fat, water, and some vitamins and minerals. Because it supplies fat and protein, it also supplies energy. Meat is first class protein and contains all the essential amino acids
Meat supplies some minerals – Raw meat is low in sodium and high in potassium. It also contains some calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Know your meat:
Know your offal:
In the wild, dogs eat the stomach content and organ meat from the animals they prey upon. Dogs consuming these foods as part of a sensible diet have superior health to dogs that do not eat them. Although organ meats are valuable dog food, they are not required in huge amounts. They are a concentrated source of many essential nutrients.
Is the most concentrated source of vitamin A and should be fed in small amounts on a regular basis. It also contains vitamins D, E, and K in substantial quantities. Liver is an excellent source of the minerals zinc, manganese, selenium and iron. It also contains all the B vitamins. Liver provides a source of good quality protein and the essential fatty acids, both the omega-3 and omega-6 type.
Kidney supplies good quality protein, essential fatty acids and many vitamins including all the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Kidneys are a rich source of iron and all the B vitamins. They also have good levels of zinc.
Excellent source of protein, B vitamins and iron. Heart contains appreciable levels of taurine which is important food… for the heart!
It contains a very diverse profile of living nutrients including enzymes, omega- 3 and 6 fatty acids, probiotics, and phytonutrients. It has long been quoted as being “the finest of natural foods”.
Treat/snacks for your pet. Why? To affirm good behaviour, to celebrate occasions, for training or just because we love them.
We love them dearly. They also deserve that tasty treat. But many treats, biscuits, snacks contain, sugar, dairy or preservatives that can lead to a variety of adverse medical conditions, most notably skin allergies.
Each one of us have that hidden talent of being a chef and it is not difficult to produce or prepare healthy snacks and treats for your pets. We had the luxury of compiling a range of health biscuits with our dear friend and celebrity chef, Jenny Morris – coconut oil biscuits, mint and rooibos, spirulina to mention but a few. But we can all produce something health and nutritious.
Here is my list of innovative snacks that are healthy and nutritious.
Hard boiled eggs, scrambled or fried
Raw carrots or slightly sautéed in butter
Apple pieces, papaya or berries
Home-made biscuits with real stock, that contains added supplements and vitamins – no dairy, or preservatives
Any raw, natural bone, except chicken
My absolute favourite is liver biltong. It is extremely nutritious and breaks easily into small pieces.
Come-on – get creative – bring out the chef in you with your own ideas 🙂
It appears that for every ailment out there, from skin disorders to cancer, the blame falls upon grains and carbohydrates. However, there are good grains like quinoa, millet, wheat germ, slip peas, pearl barley, long brown rice and then there are bad grains like processed white rice, white flour, wheat and corn gluten, etc.
Many professionals and lay person simply claim that our pets are allergic, without understanding the origin of the problem. So, without applying their minds, they often ‘blame the grain’. What a shame.
Acidosis is mainly as a result of a poor eating plan and diet, which leads to inflammation.
In turn, inflamed cells seriously affect your body’s immune system as it becomes depleted from key minerals – magnesium, potassium and calcium. This state of inflammation is the cause of skin ailments, arthritis and bladder disorders, as well as the more serious sicknesses we find nowadays.
An anti-inflammatory diet does not mean that you must eliminate sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats as they are essential for alkaline minerals to establish themselves properly in the tissues. But the diet plan should contain 60 – 80 percent alkalinizing foods to restore and maintain your body’s pH balance.
There is a massive difference between a whole grain or sprouted grain and refined processed grain. A whole grain is generally only slightly acidic or slightly alkaline based.
Yet, animal products like meat and dairy are classified as ‘extremely’ acidic. Without the correct balancing of a majority alkaline forming foods (like veggies) you will always derive at an ‘acidic state of being’. Thus the inflammation and therefore the allergies.
Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic; however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, refined grains, egg whites, oats, potatoes, etc. But meat is classified as ‘extremely acidic’.
Whole grains (the bran, germ and endosperm) contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions: Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice (brown and colored), Wheat, Rye, etc). Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains, is very beneficial and lowers the risk of many chronic diseases.
Therefore, it is obvious to claim that eating whole grains with the proportionate quantity of veggies will support an alkaline environment in the gut. Conversely, eating a diet containing mainly meat will create an acidic and unstable environment. The result is inflammation in the cells and thus, allergies and other ailments.
Our Yogi dog. What has happened to our relaxed and calm dog?
Through Meditation, Yoga and controlled breathing we know that we can control our mental state, well-being and behavior. We are able to put aside our daily worries and stress. We are relaxed.
If you were a dog or cat, how would you control your breathing? How would you live in the moment, relax and revel in life’s jewels.
Well, our companion animals are inherently happy beings and inherently breathe calmly and controlled. They are our true gurus.
That is, unless physiologically their state of well-being is changed. Diet plays a very important role in their breathing and state of relaxation.
With the recent introduction of dried kibble into our households the whole nutritional base of our animals has shifted towards highly-processed and chemically-laden food that is high in carbohydrates. This has been an abrupt change from natural pet nutrition.
While manufacturers claim that our pets can thrive on a diet consisting of nothing but commercial dried food. More and more, processed dried pet food is being implicated as a source of disease or as an exacerbating agent for a number of degenerative diseases, as well as affecting behavior and anxiety.
High carb and sugar diets will do just that and will affect their physical state, ability to breath naturally and their well-being.
It is certainly not recommended to sit down to meditation after drinking a can of red bull, cup of coffee or bottle of coca cola. The same applies to our companion animals who surely cannot expect to behave normally after consuming high-carb energy diets.
One need only follow Professor Tim Noakes writings on high-carb diets to understand the negative impact that it has on health and well-being. High carb diets spike your insulin levels uncontrollably. This irritates inflammation and certainly affects breathing and behavior. Quick breaths bring on hyper activeness, hyper tension and anxiety.
Athletes, in the past, before an event, would “carbo-load” to build up energy resources.
Professor Tim Noakes now believes that in order to perform consistently and with endurance a wholesome balanced diet would be preferable rather than relying on high-carb intake. The “spiking” of insulin levels from high carbs does not endure and is inconsistent.
High carb diets have the same impact on our pets. Most of our pets and certainly with specific breeds, already have too much energy and are hyper-active. A kibble diet will surely exacerbate energy levels, the result being that our pets become out of control, less disciplined and generally misbehaved. Hyper-active pets are likely to chew themselves and show signs of irritation and discomfort.
Our companion animals once lived in bliss, in sync with nature and were the masters of controlled breathing. Now their rapid breathing dictates their behavior and dictates their state of being. They are no longer the masters of their own well-being. Our Yogi friend is now an explosive bundle of uncontrolled energy.
Our pet’s metabolism is not designed to consume food that is over-processed, cereal and carbohydrate-based and that contains a variety of additives, preservatives, flavourants and colourants.