Hello Pups and Kittens, first of all let me wish EVERYONE a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my family (4 and 2 legged), this podcast, and all of you who listen each week to our stories. On this Thanksgiving week I am going to have the u;timate discussion. The conversation no one wants to have. We're going to discuss bereavement.

 

Our Guest: Lori Davidson, B.S., Author

Co-FounderWhile Remy’s inspiration for Cherished Ones’ first product was her lab – Lori’s was her baby boy kitty - “Snookie”. After losing two 16 year old Bichons within months of each other she rescued a cat from a local shelter. Snookie’s affectionate nature reinforced her desire to help all rescue animals find loving homes. Lori brings to Cherished Ones 25+ years of sales experience, the last few spent as a business development consultant focused on elder law, plus ten years in education (instructing ESL, Health Science, Homebound, Adult Ed and Alternative Ed). She also co-authored Chicken Nachos, a book on emotional and verbal abuse. Having exposure to elder issues, children's causes and domestic abuse has deepened her desire to honor those we love daily. Business experience aside, Lori believes raising two (cherished) daughters on her own provided the real life skill-set necessary to create and operate a successful business from the ground up.

Lori struggled after losing two 16 year old Bichons within months of each other. It took a while before she felt ready to open her heart to another baby. Christmas season of 2008 found her shopping at a local pet store, looking for gifts for her grand-kitties. On a whim she walked past the cat holding area for the local animal shelter. There he was, looking at her through the bars of his crate. Lori knew better, but held him anyway. Having second thoughts about the responsibility she and a friend headed to lunch. All Lori could think about during lunch was that cute little face and after a quick lunch she and Snookie were heading home. Lori marvels at how quickly her little man took over the cottage. As with most cats, he enjoys waking her early so he can be fed. Snookie does this by tapping Lori’s face gently and saying, “Mom.” When Snookie wants to be let outside he runs to the door and meows, “Out.” If it is inclement weather Lori will tell him, “Tomorrow.” Much to her surprise Snookie will mimic “tomorrow.” Not one of her friends believed this until they heard him for themselves. Lori refers to Snookie as her dog-cat, as he even comes when he is called. (Of course in reality this means he runs top speed until he’s within sight, then he saunters the last few steps so he won’t give the impression that he cares. He is a cat after all!) And as Lori’s daughters point out, “Snookie is the son mom never had.” Lori feels blessed to share her home with this little cherished spirit.

The team at Cherished Ones, the makers of Pet Perennials understand fully the emotional, psychological, and physical effects that losing a pet can have.  Our founders, Remy Bibaud and Lori Davidson have both experienced this kind of loss.  Their own experiences were the inspiration for these one of a kind, living memorial products. 

All "Pet Perennials" organic, flowering products follow a patented process that can include a small portion of the cremated ashes of  a beloved pet along with a nutrient rich planting matrix and pet friendly flower seeds to yield seed wafers.  The seed wafers can be planted to grow colorful flowers that will be enjoyed season after season wherever one choses to create a living memorial.  Pet Perennials can be ordered as a custom, handcrafted option or the MiY Pet Perennials Kit.  If ordering our "custom" product rest assured that your pet's cremated ashes will be handled with respect by one of our technicians while making your "Custom" Pet Perennials.  Pet Perennials products are patented. 

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use Pet Perennials since they contain perennial flower seeds, once sown they will bring a smile and enjoyment to you each year.  A "custom" product order includes 24 wafers, therefore you are not limited to when or where you plant them. You can give some of the wafers to family and friends, or order them their own batch.  The MiY Pet Perennials Kit enables you to make approximately 12 seed wafers in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

  • Do you have a favorite place where you liked to walk your dog?
  • Is there a special trail where you enjoyed riding your horse? Or a pasture that he liked to roam?
  • Did your cat have a particular tree that she climbed? Or a place in neighboring woods that she visited?
  • Perhaps your rabbit liked to hide among the plants and shrubs in your backyard?

These are all perfect locations to sow your Pet Perennials seed wafers. The possibilities for planting are endless because you can take the wafers wherever you wish.  No matter where you decide to sow them, we believe that everyone will delight in the colorful flowers that bloom as a result. Pet Perennials are also available as pre-made seed wafers that do not include any cremated ashes.  They are perfect gift for a friend or family member commemorating their new pet, or honoring the loss of a pet.

 

What is in a "custom" order of Pet Perennials?
In both the "custom" product and the MiY Pet Perennials Kit a small portion of a beloved pet's cremated ashes can be mixed in with our planting matrix and wildflower seeds (perennial and annual).  The planting matrix is made of the highest quality, nutrient rich planting compounds.  All of the organic materials are hand melded to form seed wafers that can be planted later. 

When do you use Pet Perennials?
Pet Perennials do not "expire", however we recommend using them within 6 months to one year of purchase. You will want to keep them in a cool, dry    place and away from water or liquids if you do not intend to plant the seed wafers right away. Premature contact with liquids could begin the germination process.

How do you grow Pet Perennials?
You do not need to plant the Pet Perennial seed wafers; in fact you simply place them on the ground in the areas where you wish for them to grow (we call it "sowing"). DO NOT COVER with earth or soil.  Water and sun is required.  For those that live in apartments or condominiums, you can sow your Pet Perennials in flower pots or window boxes with good potting soil to be displayed both in and outside of your home.

Please keep in mind that perennial seeds will take a season or two to "flower" from the time of sowing, however they will germinate within approximately 7 to 14 days along with the annual seeds.  Germination means that seedlings will sprout from the wafers. It will look like green plants and stems once grown.  The annual seeds that have been added may flower within 5 to 7 weeks to provide quick color and enjoyment in the meantime.  However, green plant like growth equals success!!  Keep in mind that the environment and soil in which you are disbursing the seed wafers has an impact so be sure to sow them in areas where the earth or potting soil is clear of chemicals, pests, and weeds.  And, remember don't forget to place them where they will be exposed to sunshine and water regularly.  If planted outside, water regularly where rainfall is limited. For more information see the Planting and Growing the Product section below.

Other ideas:
Not quite sure what to say to a person who has lost a pet, or what you might do to let them know that you care? Consider purchasing a gift voucher for Pet Perennials for any pet owner who has chosen cremation for their beloved friend. We are certain that they would appreciate your kind gesture every time they see the blooms.   How about our Make-It-Yourself Pet Perennials Kit?  It is a one-of-a-kind crafting project that the whole family can enjoy.  Please visit our shop where you can purchase and send a gift voucher to your special family member or friend andl learn more about the MiY Pet Perennials Kit. 

Product Options


Pet Perennials offer two wildflower seed mix options - the Butterfly Hummingbird perennial seed mix and the Pollinator perennial seed mix. Both mixes are safe for pets. When ordering your Custom Pet Perennials be sure to select the seed option that you desire.  The MiY Pet Perennials Kit includes the Butterfly Hummingbird mix.

Butterfly Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix   

Bring beautiful wildlife into your garden or meadow with the Butterfly & Hummingbird Seed Mix. It contains 12 wildflowers, both annuals and perennials that will attract winged friends. This mixture is designed to provide stunning color all season long, year after year. It will burst into blooms the first year with the annual wildflowers and provide color in years after with the perennials.

This is a specially designed mixture of 12 easy-to-grow wildflowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love. The mix includes both wild annuals and perennials, so bloom will begin just 3 to 4 weeks after sprouting, and should return year after year. The full flower list is below.
When and where to plant the Butterfly and Hummingbird seed mix:

It is best to plant your Pet Perennials in spring or early summer, or in late fall after frost for spring blooms. If you live in a warm winter area plant your Pet Perennials at the beginning of the rainy season. Choose any bright sunny spot. Butterflies and hummingbirds will find your bright flowers once they bloom.

Regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest

Seeds included:
• Chinese Forget-Me-Not
• Wild Cosmos
• Rocket Larkspur
• Purple Coneflower
• Rose Mallow
• Baby Snapdragon
• Arroyo Lupine
• Lemon Mint
• Black-eyed Susan
• Scarlet Sage
• Catchfly
• Crimson Clover             
 

Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix

This easy-to-grow mixture contains 17 wildflowers, both annuals and perennials, that are easy to pollinate. Pollinators are critical to our ecosystem and pet lovers like you can make a big difference by making sure there are plenty of flowers for them to feed on. This mixture contains 17 wildflower, 10 annuals for first-year color, plus 7 perennials for second and successive years' bloom. This mixture contains 17 wildflower, 10 annuals for first-year color, plus 7 perennials for second and successive years' bloom. The full flower list is below.            

Regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest

Seeds included:
• Butterfly Milkweed
• Patridge Pea
• Lance Leaved Coreopsis
• Plains Coreopsis
• Cosmos Sensation Mix
• Purple Coneflower
• California Poppy
• Blanket Flower
• Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower
• Meadow Foam
• Dwarf Lupine Pixie Delight Mix
• Perennial Lupine
• Arroyo Lupine
• Bee Balm / Wild Bergamont
• Lacy Phacelia
• Mexican Hat
• Crimson Clover

Custom Pet Perennials Order Process


We understand how precious your pet was to you that is why you can feel confident that your pet is respected and in very good hands through out the entire process.  Once your order has been placed through the Cherished Ones online shop, the order fulfillment process will begin. There are three stages to fulfilling your custom, handmade Pet Perennials order.

Stage A    Once your order has been placed you will be sent an instruction kit by mail to help you prepare a small portion of your beloved pet's cremation ashes.  You should have received an email with the same instructions attached to it after you placed your order online.  The instruction kit includes a labeled container for the cremated remains and a pre-paid mailing envelope.  You will send the package back to us.  Postal tracking is included on the returned item.  Your pet's cremated remains are identified by an order number, as well as their actual name as given to us by you at the time of order.  Rest assured that this identification information remains with your custom order throughout the entire process.   

Stage B    Once the small portion of remains from your pet have been received at our fulfillment center, your custom order will be made. You will be notified by email that the package has been received. Our melding process is done by hand so that your Pet Perennials order is made separately from any other order. Please allow two to three weeks for your order to be handmade.

Stage C    When your order has been completed it is packaged and shipped back to you in a pre-paid shipping box.  The shipment is tracked as well.  You will be notified by email that the completed order has been shipped.

That's it!  All that is left to do is for you to sow, grow and enjoy your Pet Perennials.                     

Planting and Growing Pet Perennials Products


One of the best things about wildflowers is how easy they are to grow. Here are some easy planting steps for you.

Plan
When sowing seed wafers timing is important. Although your seed wafers may be planted anytime and in any condition, please consider the following suggestions, especially when planting in a garden. We recommend that you check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed.

Sow in the fall or early winter- for best results. If you missed the season don’t despair, you can sow them any time and they will sprout when germination is triggered naturally, perhaps the following year. Perennials require “wintering” to properly flower. Annuals are added to the product so that the celebration of love seeding life might begin soon after the planting!

Choose a spot that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day. If you are sowing in your own yard or garden then prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat.

Plant
We recommend placing the seed wafer onto the soil, but DO NOT bury them. If you are disbursing them in places that you are unable to prepare, you do not have to prepare the area beforehand. The wafer provides the soil to keep the seeds and seedlings safe and to begin germination which usually occurs within 7 to 14 days, possibly up to 20 days. The matrix surrounding the seed will eventually meld in with the earth around it.  Perennial flowers will germinate and become seedlings, but will not flower until the they have "wintered".  When the germination process begins the seedlings will look similar to weeds, please don't pick them.

Grow
If you are sowing in your own yard or garden, water to keep the soil moist, but do not soak. You should do this until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, water more often. If you are disbursing the seed wafers in places that you are unable to water, the natural rains should be enough to moisten them for germination if rains are normal.  Drought prone areas make it more difficult for this to occur so consider germinating them before disbursing for best results.

Tips for Germinating Out of Season

To assist in the germination of the seeds during a dry season or to expedite germination without allowing for nature’s seasonal wintering, try wetting and germinating the seed wafers before planting by taking the following steps:

1. Place the seed wafers between layers of paper towels, placing the towels over and under the wafers on a plate or flat surface. Sprinkle a small amount of water over the top paper towel. The seed wafers will absorb the water from the dampened towel. Let the seed wafers absorb the moisture slowly, so the moisture penetrates evenly and deeply. Over-watering may result in transforming the wafers into a pile of mush.

2. After an hour or so, the seed wafers darken with the absorption of water. Sprinkle some more water on the top layer of towels. The sprinkling of water mimics spring rain and/or snow melt. When each seed ball has absorbed adequate moisture it will appear darker and will have the texture of a grape. The goal is to MOISTEN the wafers, not saturate them. REMEMBER: If you added too much water, you might end up with mush. If so simply allow the wafers to air dry for a day or so. And if they have lost their shape, the wafers may be formed into balls.

3. Place the seed wafers (without the paper towels) in a baggie or sealing container.

4. Place them in the fridge. The mixtures we use in our product generally do best with 2 months of cold-damp stratification. This process mimics nature’s seasonal wintering.

5. Check occasionally and remove and plant any wafers that are visibly growing. After two months, remove any wafers still in the fridge and sow as normal. Don't let them dry out after stratification! Wafers are best sown in a rainy season, or if planted in a garden or container, water regularly.

 

 

Product Disclaimers: Cherished Ones uses only the highest quality seeds and nutrient rich soil matrix when customizing your order, however results are not 100% guaranteed for every seed that is included in each wafer. Additionally, we cannot control adverse weather conditions or assume responsibility for non-adherence to planting suggestions or your personal care choices whether grown on the earth or in containers that could result in compromised stratification results. Cherished Ones recommended shelf life for the product before planting is six months to 1 year.  Our products use only a small portion of your loved ones cremation ashes, however please check your local ordinances to see if there are rules or suggestions on planting and disbursing of cremation ashes.  Cherished Ones seed wafer products are not edible, please do not place in any location where they might be mistaken for pet or human treats! 

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Episode 194 “FETCHING FOODS”

November 11, 2017
Hello Pups and Kittens, this week we're joined by my good friend Troy Allison (Founder of Fetching Foods). Troy is an absolute pioneer in the raw feeding world. His meals are high quality, well planned, and 100% quality control.I can't suggest for all to check out his website at http://www.fetchingfoods.com/  Let's get to know more about Fetching Foods.
 
THE BEST FOOD FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND

Fetching Foods is a top quality, nutritionally rich food for dogs and cats.  It’s made entirely with high-end, human-grade ingredients.

We purchase whole, fresh ingredients from quality supermarkets and distributors. Processing is minimal to maximize the nutritional value of the meal.  We never use fillers, preservatives, grains, soy, starches, artificial flavors or colors.   It’s 100% natural.

Our food is handcrafted using locally grown organic produce.  Meats come from the USA and are non-GMO, hormone free, humanely raised USDA certified for humans.  Our packaging is recyclable.  The food is delivered directly to your door.

Fetching Foods is healthy, delicious, convenient, and environmentally friendly.

Kibble, those dry pellets that come in a bag, have only been around 80yrs. Before then dogs and cats thrived on things they caught or could forage.  Their digestive systems are still built for raw foods, unable to efficiently to consume today’s pet food.

Raw food is the most nutrient-rich, bioavailable, healthy food you can give your pet.  Feeding table scraps, cooked food, kibble (dry food), dehydrated, or even canned food, is less nutritious and arguably harmful because of the processing and additives needed to create food in that form.  It’s also difficult on your pet’s digestive system.

Our direct personal experience and culinary training combined with nutritional science has shown clean, whole food changes the health of animals in significant ways.  We’ve seen first hand that changing to a healthy raw diet, diabetes goes into remission, dandruff disappears, skin allergies (itching) vanish, urinary tract issues evaporate, digestion problems were no longer problems, pets (re)gain energy and vitality, with the added bonus of pet solid waste dropping to 20% of what it was.  The bottom line: diet is a powerful tool when it comes to pet health and longevity.  

Healthy and happy pets are our motivation.  We work tirelessly supplying a fantastic product that helps humans give their four-legged loved ones a healthy, organic, humane, and environmentally conscious diet your pet will devour.  We want to do our part to keep your pet healthy, vibrant, and your loving companion for a long time.  

You can spend your money now on what is one of the best products on the market to keep your pet healthy.  Or you can spend your money on vet bills down the road.  It all costs about the same in the end.  The only question is the quality and length of life for your pet.

Our Mission is to deliver the best product possible to people who care deeply about the complete health of their animal.  

Fetching Foods is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, founded by Troy Allison, an animal lover with award winning Ridgebacks.

 

HUMAN FOOD MADE FOR CATS AND DOGS

Fetching Foods provides delicious species-specific, ultra-premium, highly nutritional raw meals for pets that are professionally prepared with the same love we use for our own pets.  Our fruits and vegetables are fresh, organic, and our meats are USDA/FDA human grade (not feed grade like almost every other pet food), non-GMO, antibiotic, and hormone free.  Depending on the season our ingredients vary to ensure we have the freshest, best product.  We source regionally when possible.  All of our meats come from the USA.  Also, we strive to use meat sources that follow humane and natural ranching practices.  Our packaging uses fully recyclable or reusable containers.  This is possibly the best product you can feed to your pet nutritionally and with a clear conscience.  Las Vegas area delivery is free, and we ship nationally.  See the FAQ for more detailed information on our products and shipping.

If you’re hesitating, try a sample.  Pay for the shipping and we’ll send you 8oz of dog or cat meals to see if your pet likes the food.  Go to the Shop page to order.

 

Dog Products

Typical proteins are pork, beef, lamb, wild-caught Alaska salmon, organ meat like beef heart&liver, and buffalo.  These are blended together producing a novel mix lowering the probability for food sensitivities.  Our base fruit and vegetable ingredients are organic blueberries, kale, pomegranate, coconut oil, carrots, squash, and honey.  Some proteins, fruits and vegetables vary depending on season and availability.

  • Raw.  This is the diet nature intended for dogs by staying as close as possible to the form and nutritional composition that they would find in nature using the highest quality, nutrient-rich products.
  • Doggie Water.  Specially brewed broth with non-traditional meats like elk (pictured), buffalo, rabbit, along with organic super-food veggies like kale, broccoli, blueberries, and pomegranate. Add it to their water as an excellent replenishment drink during exercise or when they’re feeling a bit down.  Freeze into ice cubes for a nutritious hot-weather treat.  Contact us to see what proteins we have in stock.
  • Vegan.  Yes, dogs can be vegan.  The key is getting a complete protein from vegetable products.  We carefully construct our vegan meals to not just have complete proteins but also add all of the great organic vegetables which are chalked full of nutrients and vitamins that are essential for your dog.  Typical ingredients are organic black beans, lentils, Argan oil, spirulina, blueberries, kale, coconut oil, pomegranate, and more.
  • Grass Fed Raw Beef Bones.  Meaty, marrow filled bones are from cattle that are 100% grass fed, no GMO’s, no hormones, and no antibiotics.  Your dog will be occupied for hours, not to mention raw bones are a healthy way to clean your dog’s teeth.
  • Beef Jerky.  One half pound of USDA Select grade jerky from grass fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free cattle.  The meat in the picture is precisely what the jerky is made of.  I hand cut each strip of jerky myself.  No spices or additives, just straight delicious dehydrated beef.  Shipped in a resealable vacuum-packed bag.  Rex and Rosie absolutely go crazy over this treat.
  • Sous Vide (cooked food) — COMING SOON. This is the intersection of raw and cooked.Cat Products

 

  • Raw.  Closely approximates the diet cats would get in the wild; the diet to which their physiology is naturally attuned. Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including organs, brains, and occasionally, stomach and intestine contents.  Typical ingredients are Cornish hen, quail, pasture-raised turkey liver and gizzards, wild caught Alaska salmon.  We grind the whole poultry protein on a semi-course setting with the bone and skin.  The offal is also ground or chopped semi-finely, depending on what it is.  Pictured with farm-raised quail, organically fed turkey’s liver, chicken gizzards, and wild caught Alaska Sockeye salmon.
 

Raw Dog Meals

Regular price $8.49

Size
Qty:

Raw. 

Typical proteins are a blend of pork, beef, lamb, buffalo, wild-caught Alaska salmon, organ meat like beef heart and liver.  Our base fruit and vegetable ingredients are organic blueberries, kale, pomegranate, coconut oil, squash, and honey.  The proteins and fruits and veggies vary depending on season and availability.

 

Grass Fed Beef Jerky Treats 4oz

Regular price $12.99

Qty:

Our jerky comes fromgrass fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free cattle.   We hand cut each strip of jerky ourselves fromUSDA Select-grade beef.  No spices, preservatives, or additives -- only one ingredient: beef.  Shipped in a resealable vacuum-packed bag. Keep refrigerated after opening.  Rex and Rosie absolutely go crazy over this treat and so will your pup.

 

Raw Cat Meals

Regular price $3.75

Size
Qty:

Raw.  

Closely approximates the diet cats would get in the wild; the diet to which their physiology is naturally attuned. Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including organs, brains, and occasionally, stomach and intestine contents.  

Typical ingredients in our meals are Cornish hen, quail, pasture-raised turkey liver and gizzards, wild caught Alaska salmon.  We grind the whole poultry protein on a semi-course setting with the bone and skin.  The offal is also ground or chopped semi-finely, depending on what it is.  Pictured with farm-raised quail, organically fed turkey liver and gizzards, and wild caught Alaska Sockeye salmon.

 

Raw Vegan Dog Meals

Regular price $9.99

Amount
Qty:

Yes, dogs can be vegan.  The key is getting a complete protein from vegetable products.  We carefully construct our vegan meals to not just have complete proteins but also add all of the great organic vegetables which are chalked full of nutrients and vitamins that are essential for your dog.

NOTE: Not for Cats

 

Grass Fed Raw Beef Bones

Regular price $3.99

Size
Qty:
These meaty, marrow filled bones are from cattle that are 100% grass fed, no GMO's, no hormones, and no antibiotics.  Your dog will be occupied for hours, not to mention raw bones are a healthy way to clean your dog's teeth.
 

Doggie Water

Regular price $8.99

Size
Qty:
Specially brewed broth with non-traditional meats like elk, buffalo, rabbit, along with organic super-food veggies like kale, broccoli, blueberries, and pomegranate. Add it to their water as an excellent replenishment drink during exercise or when they’re feeling a bit down.  Freeze into ice cubes for a nutritious hot-weather treat.  Pictured with elk as the protein.
 

Meal Sample

Regular price $0.00

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You can get an 8oz sample of dog, cat, or dog-vegan meals for the cost of shipping*.   This allows you to test the meals before buying.  1 per household. 

*Delivery in the greater Las Vegas area is free.

 

 

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Episode 193 VERSION 2.0 “WITH DR. LAURIE COGER”

November 1, 2017

This is our very first VERSION 2.0 which is a redo episode. We experienced technical difficulties on the audio and Dr. Coger deserved a quality episdoe. Dr. Coger is by far the most entertaining, intellegent, and delightful veternarian I've had the pleassure to speak with.

In case you missed last weeks episode....

Let's meet Dr. Coger is a wholistic veterinarian, dog owner, trainer, and breeder. Her mission is to guide owners down the natural dog care path, helping them to become educated and empowered advocates for their best friend’s health.

She is an honors graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, majoring in Animal Science, with a special interest and advanced training in nutrition. She received her DVM degree from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her “real world” experiences in veterinary hospitals both large and small, housecall practice, and shelter medicine have broadened her skills and knowledge.  One of her favorite job duties is as resident veterinarian for Canine Camp Getaway, the country’s ultimate dog lovers’ vacation in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Dr. Coger’s practice and dog care philosophy emphasize natural methods and care. She regularly integrates chiropractic, low level laser, herbal, nutritional, and physical therapy techniques into her treatment plans. She is a staunch advocate of raw, natural diets. Her first book, “Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog” is currently available on Amazon. She is well known in the media, having been featured in USA Today, Dogs Naturally Magazine, Pet360, PetMD, and numerous nationally known blogs and websites. She has been nominated for a Dog Writers’ Association of America award for her work in the Australian Shepherd Journal

Promoting wellness is a major focus for Dr. Coger. Her goal is always to avoid problems, rather than treat them. From cancer to autoimmune disease, organ degeneration to allergies and skin/ear disease, her approach can avoid or reverse many of the problems that pets deal with every day.

Her proactive health program assesses nutrition, previous health problems, genetic and breed risk factors, environment, and other unique aspects to identify health and disease potential. From there, her three-point plan is applied to support the body, strengthen the body, and not harm the body.

Dr. Coger’s practice encompasses a variety of treatment options. This is often called integrative veterinary medicine, which combines the best and most appropriate aspects of many forms veterinary medicine. These include dietary therapy and nutritional support, herbs and nutriceuticals, chiropractic-like techniques, acupuncture, low level laser therapy, and conventional Western medicine. This combination technique often allows for a faster and better resolution to the problem.

 

 

 

Want to work with Dr. Coger, but live too far away to come to her? Phone consultations are available as single sessions or as 30 or 60 day support programs!

Phone consultations are an ideal way to get the information you need! Dr. Coger is able to take the time to provide in depth answers, from a holistic as well as conventional perspective. All consultations include a review of your dog’s medical history and a written summary, delivered by email. Consults are 30 minutes, and are $47.00.

 

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Episode 193 “DR. LAURIE COGER”

October 28, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're so happy to be joined by one of the most amazing holistic veterinarians in the profession. I would like to apoligize for the technical dificulties on our microphones for this episode. We were unaware when we recorded and by the time I noticed it was too late to re-record.

Let's meet Dr. Coger is a wholistic veterinarian, dog owner, trainer, and breeder. Her mission is to guide owners down the natural dog care path, helping them to become educated and empowered advocates for their best friend’s health.

She is an honors graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, majoring in Animal Science, with a special interest and advanced training in nutrition. She received her DVM degree from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her “real world” experiences in veterinary hospitals both large and small, housecall practice, and shelter medicine have broadened her skills and knowledge.  One of her favorite job duties is as resident veterinarian for Canine Camp Getaway, the country’s ultimate dog lovers’ vacation in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Dr. Coger’s practice and dog care philosophy emphasize natural methods and care. She regularly integrates chiropractic, low level laser, herbal, nutritional, and physical therapy techniques into her treatment plans. She is a staunch advocate of raw, natural diets. Her first book, “Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog” is currently available on Amazon. She is well known in the media, having been featured in USA Today, Dogs Naturally Magazine, Pet360, PetMD, and numerous nationally known blogs and websites. She has been nominated for a Dog Writers’ Association of America award for her work in the Australian Shepherd Journal

Promoting wellness is a major focus for Dr. Coger. Her goal is always to avoid problems, rather than treat them. From cancer to autoimmune disease, organ degeneration to allergies and skin/ear disease, her approach can avoid or reverse many of the problems that pets deal with every day.

Her proactive health program assesses nutrition, previous health problems, genetic and breed risk factors, environment, and other unique aspects to identify health and disease potential. From there, her three-point plan is applied to support the body, strengthen the body, and not harm the body.

Dr. Coger’s practice encompasses a variety of treatment options. This is often called integrative veterinary medicine, which combines the best and most appropriate aspects of many forms veterinary medicine. These include dietary therapy and nutritional support, herbs and nutriceuticals, chiropractic-like techniques, acupuncture, low level laser therapy, and conventional Western medicine. This combination technique often allows for a faster and better resolution to the problem.

 

 

 

Want to work with Dr. Coger, but live too far away to come to her? Phone consultations are available as single sessions or as 30 or 60 day support programs!

Phone consultations are an ideal way to get the information you need! Dr. Coger is able to take the time to provide in depth answers, from a holistic as well as conventional perspective. All consultations include a review of your dog’s medical history and a written summary, delivered by email. Consults are 30 minutes, and are $47.00.

 

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Episode 192 “AAFCO”

October 22, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast we sit down with Kristen Green from AAFCO. So for most pet parents you may ask "whose AAFCO".

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.

Although AAFCO has no regulatory authority, the Association provides a forum for the membership and industry representation to achieve three main goals:

  • Safeguarding the health of animals and humans
  • Ensure consumer protection
  • Providing a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry.

These goals are achieved by developing and implementing uniform and equitable laws, regulations, standards, definitions and enforcement policies for regulating the manufacture, labeling, distribution and sale of animal feeds - resulting in safe, effective and useful feeds by promoting uniformity amongst member agencies.

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Episode 191 “PET FOOD INSTITUTE”

October 14, 2017

Hello Everyone, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This episode is very important to us, and has taken a lot of time to organize. This is our look into regulations on pet food (A.K.A. Kibble). We have 2/3 of the people responsible for regulatioons and lobbying to make kibble what it is.

 

Our first guest is the Pet Food Institute.

About PFI

The Pet Food Institute and our members, who make 98% of all U.S. pet food and treat products, are committed to helping dogs and cats live long and healthy lives. As the voice of U.S. pet food makers for nearly 60 years, we provide factual information about pet food and treat safety, nutrition, and health to pet lovers, and advocate for a transparent, science-based regulatory environment for our members.

PFI is dedicated to:

  • Advocating for legislation, regulations and technologies that support the domestic manufacture and global distribution of safe, quality pet food and that provide for consumer choice;
  • Promoting pet food safety innovation in manufacturing and handling practices;
  • Delivering information about issues impacting pet food makers, their suppliers and distributors, pet lovers and other relevant stakeholders; and
  • Communicating the benefits of pet ownership to the general public at large.

Our offices are based in Washington, DC. Click here for contact information.

 

Meet The Pet Food Community

PFI’s members make 98% of all U.S. pet food products. Click through to learn more about our member companies, Board leadership, staff, and other organizations in the pet food community.

 

Members

2017 PFI Producer Members
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

American Nutrition

Barrett Petfood Innovations

Bil-Jac Foods

Blue Buffalo Company

Brightpet Nutrition Group

Central Garden and Pet

Champion Pet Foods LP

C.J. Foods, Inc.

Diamond Pet Foods

Freshpet

Hill’s Pet Nutrition

The J.M. Smucker Company

Mars Petcare, US

Merrick Pet Care

Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Perfection Pet Foods

Pro-Pet

Royal Canin

Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Sunshine Mills, Inc.

TFP Nutrition

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc.

Spectrum Brands

2017 PFI Associate Members

AGT Foods

ADM

AFB International

AGT Foods, Inc.

Alaskan Sea Food

Alltech, Inc.

Ameri-Pac, Inc.

AMPAC

Anchor Ingredients

APC, Inc.

ATC Scientific

Balchem

Cablevey Conveyors

Camlin Fine Sciences

Campbell Wrapper Corporation

Cargill Inc.

CFS North America, LLC.

Cool Springs International

Darling Ingredients/ DAR PRO

Diversified Ingredients, Inc.

DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

Dupont Nutrition/Health (formerly Solae LLC)

Emerson Milling

Eurofins Scientific, Inc.

Evonik Degussa Corporation

Extru-Tech, Inc.

Fairview Mills

Food Protection Alliance

Food Protection Services

Food Safety Net Services

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

Gilton Resource Recovery

Hamlet Protein Als

Hesco, Inc. (Sk Food International)

Hollison

HORN

IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

Kemin Nutrisurance, Inc.

Land O’Lakes

LaPointe Manufacturing

Log10

Lortscher Animal Nutrition (Formerly Lortscher AgriService Inc.)

Mac Process/Schenck Process

Malt Products Corp

Mane

Midwest Laboratories

Neogen Corporation

Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.

Orkin Pest Control

Parsons-Eagle Packaging Systems

Peel Plastic Products, Ltd.

Penford Food Ingredients

Perten Instruments, Inc.

Premier Tech Systems

Provisur Tech.

SeqTech Diagnostic, LLC

Silva International, Inc.

Specialty Commodities, Inc.

SPF USA

SRC Milling Company, LLC

Summit Ridge Farms

The Industrial Fumigant Company

The Peterson Company

Thiele Technologies

Trilogy Essential Ingredients

Trouw Nutrition

Valley Protein

Wenger Manufacturing

Wilbur-Ellis

2017 PFI Affiliate Members

Watt Global Media

 

Board of Directors

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

American Nutrition

The J.M. Smucker Company

Bil-Jac Foods

Blue Buffalo Company

C.J. Foods, Inc.

Central Garden and Pet

Diamond Pet Foods

Freshpet

Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Mars Petcare, US

Merrick Pet Care

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Pro-Pet

Royal Canin

Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Spectrum Brands

Sunshine Mills, Inc.

TFP Nutrition

 

 

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Episode 190 “LONG LIVING PETS RESEARCH PROJECT”

October 7, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we're joined by such an intellegent man. He's studying the effects of Raw Feeding and well the results ARE AMAZING!! If theirs one thing I hope this podcast does for everyone is give pet parents around the World other options besides kibble.

 

This is a privately funded 30-year study by me, Thomas Sandberg. I am looking into the consequences of feeding a raw food diet to pets. I have studied dog's and cat's digestive system in dept since 1997 and believe that they both are carnivores. They require a species appropriate diet to sustain a strong immune system that in turn will promote a long healthy life and dramatically limit the risk of falling victim to serious diseases like cancer. 

 

If you feed a raw food diet and interested in supporting this study I hope you will register your pet. There is no fee to participate. My goal is to follow more than 10,000 dogs and 5000 cats for the rest of their lives documenting their health. I'm interested in all breeds and sizes.

 

If you arrived on this page because you have a pet with cancer, please register and I will share the information I have collected over the last two decades. I do not treat animals but I can guide and assist you to possibly help you beat this horrible disease sharing natural protocols. Register here.

 

You can also support these one-of-a-kind projects by donating to my funding raising campaign at Long Living Pets Research Foundation I'm currently unable to secure funding for these projects since the ones benefiting from this are us pet owners, not the commercial enterprises that make billions of dollars selling food that kills our beloved pets. Strong words I know, but sadly in many cases the truth. Close to 50% of our pets get cancer and that is not acceptable to me! The pets with cancer that I have assisted over the last 15 years were all fed a kibble type diet. All! 

I sincerely thank everyone in advance for any donations, every dollar helps! We need to keep this project going for the love of our pets. Please help now!

 

Current Projects

I'm on a life mission to help our beloved pets live long healthy lives and protect them from cancer. In 1999 I started these 30-year projects to study the benefits of feeding species appropriate food. The results from the first 15 years have been no short of amazing. I observed longer healthier lives and a dramatic reduction in cancer incidents.

3 current ongoing projects:

  1. Research into extending the life of dogs.
  2. Research into preventing cancer in dogs
  3. Research into natural cancer cures for dog

 

Phase 1 - of my three 30-year research projects are coming to an end

For the last 15 years, I have researched and tested my findings and theories on my dogs and a small group of other dogs from around the world.  My findings are amazing and confirm everything I learned 15 years ago after carefully studying the digestive system of dogs. My intentions were not to expose any dog to something that could be harmful. I tested it all on my dogs and others willing to do the same.

I believe beyond any doubt that feeding a simple diet of raw meats, edible bones, and organ meats will promote a rock-solid immune system. The immune system is a dog's ultimate defense against diseases and premature aging. The result is a long healthy life way past what is the expected lifespan of most breeds fed commercial dog food.

 

Phase 2 - Build a case of solid, indisputable proof based on what I found out during my first 15 years, by adding 10,000 dogs and 5,000 cats to my project.

I need your help

I'm expanding my project to 10,000 dogs and 5000 cats, and I will follow each dog and cat until their last day, documenting their journey on a diet of raw meats and bones. These dogs and cats come from all parts of the world. They report to me once a year with a status update. As long as they are fed a diet of raw food they will be a part of this groundbreaking project.

Categories/types of raw feeding I track and document:

Home Made Raw Food

  1. Prey Model Raw/Franken Prey
  2. Mix of Raw (often done in a bowl)
  3. Barf

 

NOTE: Most people feed homemade raw food that they buy from different sources. Not everyone can make/prepare their own raw food. Many pre-made raw food companies have arrived on the market over that last few years. Below are the ones that I have accepted and track as a 'raw feeding type'. If you are feeding a commercial raw food diet that is not listed please select 'Mix of raw' as the raw feeding type (one the registration form). Then you can write in the description what type of raw food you feed and mention the manufacturer. If I get several others using the same brand I will create a category for it. 

 

Commercial raw food manufacturers that I track specifically (you do not have to feed these to participate):

USA

  • K9 Nutrition (Raw pre-made)
  • K 9 Karvings® (Raw pre-made): Website
  • Darwins® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • Stella and Chewy® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • TruDog® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • Jake & Blue's Raw Dog Food: Website

 

Other countries

UK

  1. Wolf Tucker (Raw and Pre-made raw): Website

 

Australia

Vets all Natural (Bruce Syme): Website

 

South Africa

Raw Gold: Website

Raw Necessities: Website

DOGGOBONE: Website

 

Norway

WOM: Website

 

New Zealand

Raw Essentials: Website

 

Just to make clear, you do not have to feed any of these brands to participate in this study. Any variation of a meat-based raw food is accepted. But if you feed one of these brands please select them under 'feeding type' (on the registration form).

 

Not participating yet? Register here.

 

If you are a manufacturer of pre-made raw food and would like to add dogs or cats that are fed your product, please contact me with your company's information (website is OK). You can use the blue 'question and feedback tab' on the right side of this webpage. 

 

Invitation to participate

COVER-NEW-6-21-15-3-150wIf you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please take a few minutes to register. There is no cost involved. If you are new to feeding raw and not sure how to get started, I have written a short book just for you. Included with this book is lifetime support from me. No book can cover every need of a dog. There is no 'one fit for all' diet. Dogs and cats come with different nutritional needs. This book will get you started on a safe raw food diet without making the process too complicated. When you have made the switch you have access to me for further help if needed. I'm also building a network of knowledgeable animal care professionals that I can refer you too if such service is required.  
More about it here

 

More about the research projects here To help support this research and other projects please visit: https://llprf.org

 

Large and Giant Breed Dogs Can Grow Old!

Why do big dogs die so early?

The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 6-8 years. To me, that never made any sense. Why would a small breed dog live longer than a large?camelot-1

For the past 13 years, I have conducted extensive research in an attempt to find an answer to this. My conclusion is not surprising, and it makes total sense. Dogs need the food they are designed for and altering this can severely compromise their health. The larger the dog is, the more affected it is by unhealthy food.

The so-called “dog food” that is sold by many different manufacturers is not suitable for a dog’s digestive system and does not supply them with enough nutrients to sustain a long, healthy life. This is particularly damaging to large and giant dog breeds since they require a greater quantity of nutritious food than smaller dogs do. Since large breed dogs eat more, they ingest more of the bad food and less of the good.

Dogs are carnivores; therefore, the only food they can properly digest, metabolize, and utilize is raw meat. This is a fact. There are still some people who do not agree that dogs are carnivores, but that opinion is based on a lack of knowledge or misinformation. I know the majority of dog owners accept this fact but, if you disagree, then my approach to extending the lifespan of large and giant breed dogs will be hard to accept.

A carnivore gets most of its nutrients from raw meats (80%), bones (10%), and some organ meats (10%), with supplements used to complete the nutritional requirements. Together, they fulfill a dog’s nutritional needs to sustain a strong immune system that protects against diseases and promotes healthy organs, bones, and joints.odin-cam-23

There are many books written about raw feeding, and I have read most of them. The problem I’ve found with the majority of these is that they complicate raw feeding to such a degree that many dog owners find it too difficult to follow. I believe feeding raw can be very simple, so I wrote a book about it.

I currently have two Great Danes; one is 9 years old and the other is 4 (as of Dec 2015). I have fed my Great Danes this way since 2000. Every year, my dogs undergo a full medical check-up and each year, without exception, they have been 100% healthy.

I decided to wait 10 years before I published my simplified version of raw feeding because testing my method on a breed that is known to live short lives, like the Great Dane, would tell me if I was on the right track. Over time, I made small refinements to my method, mostly when it came to supplements

 

How to extend the life of your dog

One of my goals is to double the average lifespan of giant breeds like Great Danes. My approach should work well for all breeds of dog, large or small.

I believe that

  • Giant breed dogs can live into their mid-teens.
  • Large breed dogs can live into their late teens - early 20s
  • Mid-size breed dogs can live into their early 20s to mid-20s
  • Small breed dogs can live into their mid-20s to late 20s 

There are two things you need to do:

1) Feed raw, natural food. I use a very easy to follow meal plan and you can get everything from your local grocery store but, for better prices, seek out local butchers and local raw feeding groups that buy in bulk.

2) Add a few supplements. The supplements are meant to ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he/she needs. If you feed a good balanced raw food diet with enough organ meats you may skip supplements. 

For those of you who are new to raw food or who are wceptical of it, please read these articles about the many myths regarding feeding raw food to dogs.

What made me such and expert?

tom-2Well, like I mentioned I have studied and practiced raw feeding for over 15 years. I rescue Great Danes and currently have 2; Odin is three 5 years old and Camelot is 9 (as of Jan 2016).

elg-hund-1I was born in Norway and grew up in a farming area. I noticed early on that the farmers fed their dogs raw meat from chickens, cows and pigs. Sometimes entire live chickens were given to the dogs; reindeer and moose meat were also common sources of food. Several of these dogs, which were larger breeds like German Shepherds and Norwegian Elk Hounds, lived into their late teens.

When I started feeding my dogs raw food in 2000, most people thought I was crazy, especially when I fed them chicken wings. Explaining that raw bones are soft and harmless to dogs did not change many people’s opinions. It still amazes me how many people are misinformed about this. Interestingly, I received the most resistance from veterinarians, to the point that they even refused to handle my dogs. This has changed dramatically over the years and many vets are now recommending raw food to their clients.

The most common misconceptions are:

  • Bones are dangerous to dogs
  • Salmonella can make a dog sick
  • Dogs have changed over time and adopted to more human like foods
  • Dogs are omnivores not carnivores
  • Raw meat and bones will make dogs aggressive
  • Raw feeding is too complicated

I agree somewhat with the last point, raw feeding has been made complicated by some people. Those following the Barf Model (raw meats, bones, veggies and fruits) often have a hard time maintaining it, whereas the Prey Model (raw meats and bones) is much simpler and I have simplified it even further for people who prefer to feed their dogs from a bowl. I call it Raw in a Bowl. This is a good way of getting started and comfortable with the idea of feeding a balanced raw food diet. 

The idea is to get started, take the first step into raw feeding, that's what is important. Soon you will gain knowledge and become confident that raw food is good for your dog. This will be evident just watching your dog improve in many areas like; better coat, increased muscle mass, a calmer demeanor, smaller poop, cleaner teeth, less gas, less dog odor, plus much more. Thes confirmations will encourage you to explore other variations of raw feeding like 'prey model raw' and 'Franken prey'. 

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Episode 189 “PETMIO”

September 23, 2017

Episode 188 “JUDY MORGAN DVM”

September 16, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're joined by an amazing holistic Veternarian. you might ask "why practice holistic medicine?

I began my foray into holistic medicine by learning chiropractic care for animals. But, after a few years of using chiropractic treatments on my patients, I was ready to move on to other areas and learn new therapies. I focused on Traditional Chinese Medicine, where I use things like the characteristics of the feel of the pulses, and the colors and coatings of the tongue to make a diagnosis. Areas of warmth or cold in the body, the animal’s personality, the season of the year, and the pet’s diet all play into the diagnosis. I am also fascinated by how every disease can be correlated to a season, a personality, and the diet eaten.

Once I started treating more patients with alternative methods, I started seeing the problems associated with over-vaccination of pets. I started discouraging my clients from vaccinating every year. Now I recommend against using topical flea and tick preventatives and heartworm preventative medications year round, since I live in an area where fleas and mosquitoes disappear during our long cold winters. It no longer makes sense to me to apply chemicals to our pets every month. There are many natural alternatives available that are much safer.

I no longer recommend prescription diets which are made with poor quality ingredients when I know I can make the pet healthier with an alternative raw or home cooked diet using whole foods. Unfortunately, those vaccinations, parasite preventatives, and prescription diet products provide a huge revenue stream to veterinary practices, so many traditional veterinarians insist on annual vaccinations and year round parasite treatment. Even though my focus has become more about holistic medicine, traditional medicine has continued to play a huge role in the treatment of my patients. I never want them to be in pain, and if a traditional medication needs to be part of their therapy plan while we are working on natural healing, I won’t deny them the medication. Traditional medicine and surgery saves many lives. By integrating the best of both worlds, Eastern and Western, I have more tools available in my toolbox to help the animals I love.

The Integrative Approach

At my practices, I integrate traditional and alternative therapies, in an effort to find the right balance for each patient. No two patients are the same, hence their illnesses and symptoms are never the same. No cookbook treatments can be used. Sometimes it takes perseverance to find the right combination of therapies to solve the problem. Most clients that seek out alternative therapies understand that it takes time for the body to heal itself, especially after years of poor diet, over-vaccination, and over- medication.

When it comes to diet, one of the benefits of home prepared diets is the interaction between the pet and their owner. Taking time to plan a diet and put together variations helps clients bond with their pets. Watching the reaction to a home prepared meal instead of dry kibble in a bowl is priceless. Taking the time to play with pets in the yard or going for a walk around the neighborhood is great exercise for everyone involved. Leaving work a little early because your pet has been home alone all day is good for both of you. Animals, like people, are social creatures.

It’s a balancing act to find the right treatments that work for both the pets and their owners. I love watching the transformation of the pets and their owners when we find the right balance and see improvement in their lives.

Core Philosophy

The integrative approach combines the use of traditional veterinary medicine with complementary therapies. It involves minimizing the overuse and misuse of conventional medications. Integrating therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, cold laser, nutritional therapy, and Chinese or Western herbal therapies may allow the use of far fewer traditional medications.

1. Proper Diet
First and foremost, feeding the proper diet is the foundation upon which any integrative pet care program begins. Simply put, your pet IS what he or she eats. Minimizing harmful byproducts and chemicals is essential. You need to become a label reader. Know which ingredients are good and which are bad. Whether you are feeding commercial, home cooked, or a raw diet, whole, fresh, organic food ingredients are best. If a food is suitable for human consumption and is something you would consider part of a healthy diet, your pet can probably share with you. You should avoid grapes, raisins, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and onions, as these can be toxic. If something qualifies as junk food for people it will also qualify as junk food for pets (think chips, pretzels, candy). Each pet is different and there is no “one size fits all” diet that I can recommend across the board.

2. Minimize Vaccines
The second step in working toward a more holistic treatment plan for your pet is to minimize vaccinations. In the past, the veterinary community has advocated annual vaccinations for dogs and cats for common diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and Lyme disease. More recently, research has shown that immunity from vaccination may last years, so veterinarians have backed off and most now recommend vaccinating less often. Vaccinations do not give instant protection from disease. The injection contains small amounts of the virus or bacteria which are killed or modified to prevent the injection from causing disease. The animal’s body recognizes the components of the disease and builds an immune response against the disease. Unfortunately, when the body is constantly bombarded with disease particles, the immune system can go into hyper-drive, causing an overzealous response. This overzealous response can cause the immune system to react against the cells of the body.

3. Minimize Medications
Chronic use of medications can degrade the body’s ability to recognize disease-causing organisms. The liver and kidneys are the filtration system for the body, constantly weeding out toxic substances. While medications may help treat one symptom or disease, they may cause other symptoms or set up a cascade of events that may eventually result in the demise of the individual.

 

From Needles to Natural

Description

After using traditional Western veterinary medicine to treat her animal patients for many years, Dr. Judy Morgan discovered a better way to help them live longer, healthier lives. In From Needles to Natural, she shares her journey from traditional to holistic veterinary medicine and helps pet owners understand the differences between good advertising and good health for their animal friends.

With more than thirty years of experience as a practicing veterinarian, Morgan blends her personal story as a lifelong animal lover with this collection of professional opinions about animals and animal care. From Needles to Natural covers a variety of topics including pet nutrition and food therapy, pet food labels, veterinary chiropractic care, acupuncture, and understanding the array of vaccines and medications. Morgan, who has produced a full webinar series on YouTube, discusses alternative and supplemental treatments for pet illnesses. While narrating heartwarming tales of the pets she’s treated, Morgan dispels the myths about effective pet care and teaches pet owners the benefits of feeding and treating an animal holistically.

Dr. Judy Morgan is a nationally renowned veterinarian certified in acupuncture, food therapy, and chiropractic care for dogs, cats, and horses. A sought-after speaker and blogger at both the local and national level, she integrates Eastern and Western medicine in her two award-winning practices in New Jersey.

 

Canine Kitchen Capers

Description

Hue Grant and Judy Morgan DVM work tirelessly to give their nine rescued spaniels the best lives they can. Because they are well educated on the poor quality ingredients commonly used to make processed pet food, they realize that home cooked meals using high quality, real food ingredients helps their dogs live longer and maintain vibrant health. Dr. Morgan is a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist with over thirty years experience and understands the importance of providing well balanced healthy meals to pets. Hue is a self ordained chef and loves spending time in the kitchen whipping up new concoctions for pets and their humans.

Together, they have taught many pet owners how to prepare food for their own pets, making puploaf and puppins into everyday household words. Because many people have never cooked for their dogs, the first attempts can have comical results. Some people don’t cook for themselves, some are great chefs, and somejust seem to invite comedy. Those comedians were nice enough to share their stories for the entertainment of pet owners everywhere. In addition to providing healthy recipes for dogs, Hue and Judy have included recipes for humans and some recipes that are sharable meals. You’ll learn how to order take out, how to order room service, and how to whip up something for the kids after spending all day cooking for your dogs. This book will leave you laughing along with pet owners on a quest for better pet health.

 

What’s For Dinner, Dexter?

Description

The pet-owner bond is strengthened when owners feel they are contributing to their pet’s well-being and good health on one of the most intimate levels of human bonding: food. Home cooking for your dog can be fun and easy. By using Chinese Medicine theory, you can keep your pet healthy using fresh, wholesome food ingredients. Learn to use food as medicine by following the simple guidelines in What’s For Dinner, Dexter?

Over 50 main dishes for your dog, some travel meals and snacks.

 

Dr. Judy Morgan’s Naturally Healthy Pets

with Dr Judy Morgan

Join host Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, world renowned author, speaker, and holistic veterinarian for an exciting show where you will discover healthy options for raising your pets in a more holistic manner. Not sure which vaccinations should be given or how often? Not sure which food is best for your individual pet? Not sure what to use for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention? Find out the answers to your questions in this weekly show where we interview the top experts and showcase the latest products that will help your pets stay naturally healthy.

 

http://dreamvisions7radio.com/dr-judy-morgans-naturally-healthy-pets/

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Episode 187 “Kimberly Morris Gauthier”

September 2, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're joined by (in my opinion) is the Fairy Godmother of Biological Appropriate Raw Food. She;s an accomplished blogger, she's now a successful author, she's Kimberly Morris Gauthier. You've read her amazing blog " Keep The Tail Wagging" Let's get to know Kimberly a bit before she joins us this week.

Biography

I was born to love dogs and today, I'm having a blast living with my pack, feeding a raw diet, and sharing and learning from others in our community.

My Keep the Tail Wagging® journey started a few years before the blog was launched. In May 2010, we brought home two littermate puppies and for two years I struggled to figure out Rodrigo's health issues. When Rodrigo and Sydney were three, I switched them to raw after months of research and I've never looked back.

Raw feeding was complicated to figure out. There is a ton of information, differing opinions, and aggressive attitudes in the communities. I launched Keep the Tail Wagging® in December 2011 to write about dogs. I changed the focus to raw feeding in April 2014 because if I had trouble figuring out raw, I was certain others did as well.

Now I'm focused on helping others feed their dogs better while being a positive voice in the raw feeding community.

 
Keep the Tail Wagging® is a blog about the BARF model of raw feeding, dog supplements and raising littermates.

Raw Feeding: When I started feeding raw, I quickly learned that there's more to it than giving our dogs a whole chicken. It involves creating a balanced diet, choosing the right supplements, and finding safe, humane sources for the proteins. I love doing the homework and enjoy sharing what I learn with other dog owners.

My goal isn't to pressure others into changing their dog's diet; instead, I want to share an alternative for those who are interested.

Raising Littermates: When we made the decision to bring home 2 puppies, I learned that many people felt that it was a terrible idea and a few people were cruelly vocal about their opinion. Today, we have 2 sets of happy, healthy littermates and I like to share our choices that lead to these great dogs while encouraging dog training.

We must give our dogs the gift of dog training.

 

A Novice's Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs Paperback

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