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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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Episode 186 “PRIMAL PET FOOD”

August 26, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we continue our discussion on nutrion. Raw diet is the topic and we continue to find quality guests who have backgrounds to support the conversation. You deserve to have information from a quality source and I want to deliver it to you.

In early 2000, our founder Matt Koss discovered that his dog, Luna, was displaying early signs of renal failure. After exhausting all other methods, Matt took the advice of a holistic veterinarian who recommended switching Luna to a diet based on bones and raw food (also known as BARF or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food), which mimics how an animal would consume food in the wild.

With a renewed sense of hope, Matt created his own species appropriate pet food for Luna. After a short time on the new raw diet, not only did her appetite drastically improve, but she also showed an increase in energy and overall happiness. After seeing the powerful results of raw feeding firsthand, Matt set out to bring Primal to market so that other pets could enjoy a happier, healthier, more vibrant life.

Since refining and enhancing Matt’s first homemade recipe, our mission has been focused on elevating the health of pets through species appropriate nutrition. As passionate pet owners, we understand the care and concern that goes into choosing a source of nutrition for your companion. That’s why we’ve developed products that make it easier than ever to keep your pet’s diet as close to nature as possible.

Every product in the Primal Pet Foods lineup is produced using the highest quality ingredients, including 100% antibiotic- and steroid-free USDA human-edible meats, poultry, and game in addition to certified organic produce* and unrefined vitamins and minerals.

We believe every pet deserves to live life to the fullest. That’s why all of our products contain the highest quality wholesome ingredients, including 100% USDA edible-grade meats and certified organic produce, to fuel a happy, healthy, vibrant lifestyle for years to come.

By offering your pet our raw food formulas, you’re providing them with a diet that closely mimics their natural eating habits in the wild. Through the use of species appropriate, highly digestible food products, Primal Formulas offer a better way for dogs and cats to assimilate essential nutrients.

Primal Formulas, Mixes and Grinds are made with fresh, antibiotic- and steroid-free whole muscle meat, organ meat and meaty bones with no added hormones. This combination of high-quality protein provides the essential amino acids, fatty acids, active enzymes and natural-source calcium necessary to support the overall health of your pet.

Our Formulas and Mixes incorporate essential vitamins and minerals through certified organic fruits and vegetables. You’ll never find synthetic supplements in our products — only unrefined, food-based nutrients to support immune, circulatory and digestive health.

We only use USDA edible-grade ingredients. There are no pet-grade meats in any of our products. Primal Formulas contain meats, poultry and game sourced from 100% vegetarian-fed animals that are processed and inspected under strict USDA guidelines for safety and sanitation. All proteins in our products are procured from sustainable ranches in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Beef Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in B-complex vitamins • High in zinc • Rich in iron • Natural source of essential amino acids • Provides essential fatty acids • Rich in manganese, selenium and potassium • Natural source of bio-available calcium

Buffalo Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in B-complex vitamins • High in zinc • Rich in iron • Natural source of essential amino acids • Provides essential fatty acids • Rich in manganese, selenium and potassium • Natural source of bio-available calcium

Chicken Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B6 • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

Pheasant Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in the trace mineral selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B6 • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

Pork Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: High protein with low saturated fat • Rich in the trace mineral selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B6 • Rich in iron, helping to carry oxygen through the bloodstream • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

Salmon: Provides essential amino acids • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids • Excellent for skin and coat health

Sardine: Rich in vitamin B12, selenium and Omega-3 fatty acids • Support cardiovascular health • Rich source of bone-building vitamin D

Turkey Muscle Meat, Organ Meat and Neck Bones: Rich in the trace mineral selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B3 & B6 • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

 

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Episode 185 “AUTHOR/BLOGGER M.K. CLINTON”

August 19, 2017

This week on the podcast we're joined by an incredible author and blogger. She's an absolute pleassure to speak with, and I'm so honored to say M.K. Clinton is joining us this week.

Let's meet M.K. Clinton

My pen name is M. K. Clinton, but you can call me Melissa. I love writing about dogs and sharing ideas that help make it easier to be an awesome pet parent. I also love to laugh…a lot! But that’s not all. Are you looking for the newest products on the market? You are in the right place! Do you have questions about why your pup is doing what it’s doing? I can help. Maybe you are looking for great contests and discounts. No problem, I have you covered. If it has to do with dogs, we are Barking from the Bayou about it! We also feature the BFTB NETWoof News each Monday where our anchors fetch the best animal news around. The news team consists of Bentley the Basset Hound, Pierre the White West Highland Terrier and Paisley, our Weather Lab. It is a week’s worth of good animal stories, sports, and the U.S. weather forecast. Don’t worry about their reporting; they speak perfect English with a southern flair.   The best way to describe me is GRITS...Girl Raised In The South. I live in northwest Louisiana with my husband and our four-legged hairy child, Bentley, who is a human trapped in the body of a Bassett Hound. Our "granddog" Pierre, the Westie also lives with us. The two are best friends and have no plans on ever moving out on their own. Barking from the Bayou is a family affair with my husband doing the photography, the dogs offering their opinions and me writing it all down for you to enjoy. I’m also the author of The Returns, a hilarious dog adventure that takes place in New Orleans. The characters in my books are based on my pets’ personalities. I love writing the series because it provides me a chance to laugh with my pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The Returns and The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers are available on Amazon.com.

 

The Returns – November 11, 2013

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time? F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns. Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. *Selected as an Indie Book of the Day award winner **Read what others are saying about The Returns: “Hugely enjoyable, Very clever, and HIGHLY entertaining! It gives the term “good fun” a whole new twist!” L. Cooper – So, I Read This Book Today “A MUST read for dog lovers!” D. Feyen – More Than A Review “A book to keep you smiling from cover to cover! -Amazon Review “Best book I have read in ages. This would be a wonderful book to be made into a movie!” -Amazon Review The Returns is recommended for readers age 12 – 112! Cover by Holly Madison of Whimsical Graphix. Editing by Leiah Cooper of So, I Read This Book Today.

The Returns 2

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Episode 184 “NEON LITTER BY ULTRA PET”

August 5, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we discuss cat litter. For all you cat pet parents out there theirs so much we don't know about something our cats care about almost as much as they love food and sleep. Our guest Tom Atyeo .

 

Sick & Tired of Dusty, Smelly, Boring Cat Litter?

GET READY TO RAVE WITH NEON CAT LITTER!

  • Vibrant Fun Colors to Personalize Your Cat’s Litter Box
  1. Pink
  2. Green
  3. Orange
  4. Purple
  • More fun colors coming soon!
  • Absorbent Micro-sized Crystals are SOFT-on-PAWS
  • Easy-to-Scoop Clumps
  • Convenient Twice a week scooping
  • Dust-Free!
  • Amazing Odor Control! “Do you even have a cat living with you?”
  • 70% Lighter than clay litters

 

WHAT'S SILLICA

  • It is a naturally occurring mineral that is purified and processed into either granular or beaded form
  • Silica gel’s high surface area allows it to absorb water readily, making it useful as a desiccant (drying agent).
  • Silica gel is non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-reactive and stable with ordinary usage.
    Basically, it is a natural combination of water, sand and oxygen that is shaped into various sized beads.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It is similar in feature to a sponge because it absorbs a lot of liquid and moisture. It is different than a sponge because it does not become soft or wet – silica gel keeps its shape and stays dry to the touch.

Once saturated with water, the silica gel can be regenerated by heating it to 120 °C (250 °F) for two hours.

 

 

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Episode 183 “DISCUSSING DR. HARVEY’S with WENDY COHEN”

July 29, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens this week we're so lucky to share the next 80 minutes with an amazing women. We have the pleassure of talking with the President/CEO of Dr. Harvey's. Here's xome information about Dr Harvey's

As a pioneer and the very first companion animal food producer in the ultra-natural and all-natural category of pet food, the team at Dr. Harvey’s has dedicated itself over the past three decades to a powerful vision: helping guardians give their companion animals a better, healthier, happier, longer and more fulfilling life.

And to bring that special vision to life, we produce the finest all-natural foods, treats, herbal supplements and herbal grooming aids for dogs, cats and birds. We proudly follow the principles of a fresh, organic, holistic, natural and top quality nutrition – which means our products contain absolutely no added chemicals, no preservatives, and no synthetic additives or coloring agents. We believe that companion animals should be fed fresh whole foods and proteins, and that “health begins in the kitchen!”

Quite simply, our healthy products give companion animals the nutrition they need to achieve optimal health, avoid the ailments caused by processed “pet foods,” maintain a strong immune system, and increase their lifespan.

And just as valuably, our wholesome products give guardians the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they’re doing the “right thing” for their beloved companion animal, and playing an active role in their enhanced health and longer life.


Other key features that define us as a company include:

  • We use only the highest quality products with no processed ingredients of any kind.
  • Our food helps lower our customer’s veterinarian bills.
  • We produce all of our products right here in the United States.
  • Our foods have helped companion animals dramatically recover from conditions such as skin allergies, cancer, kidney and liver problems, chronic digestive issues, IBS, chronic diarrhea, bad breath and more.
  • We’re a family owned and operated, and never lose sight of our vision.
  • We’ve helped 1000’s of companion animals reclaim and maintain vibrant health.
  • We never compromise on quality – period!
  • We offer the very best customer service.
  • We love and care about your companion animal in the same way that you do!
 

About Dr. Harvey's

Dr. Harvey’s Healthy Formulations makes fine health food & safe all-natural care products for companion animals. We believe your Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Horses deserve the very best. Our products include all natural foods, chemical free grooming essentials, nutritious treats and chews, and essential vitamins and supplements to keep your animal companions healthy and happy.

When you choose Dr. Harvey’s you and your companion animal benefit from 30+ years of research and experience that has made countless pets live long and happy lives eating all natural, whole foods. We’re always ready to answer your questions and all of our products are made here in the USA.


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Episode 182 ” KETOPET’S PRESIDENT DANIEL ORREGO “

July 22, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This is episode 182 with Daniel Orrego. This is going to be an instant classic because Daniel is intellegent, he's doing amazing work, and you're going to learn so much. With that said let's learn a bot about KetoPet.

Daniel Orrego, President, KPS

Pursuing a metabolic approach to addressing cancer using nutrition as a central pillar for disease intervention, offers a tremendous benefit, in that it does no harm. In collaboration with Veterinarians, Oncologists and Research Scientists, we continue to validate the anti-cancer effects of nutritional ketosis

Human-Grade Cancer Therapy for Dogs

Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, we at KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) are doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer. Our goal isn’t to provide hospice-like treatment for terminal dogs – of course we care for and love the animals, but instead of writing off the canine companions to their fate, we at KPS provide groundbreaking cancer therapy. We’ve been doing this since October of 2014 and the results are astounding. Plus, we guarantee each dog will have a loving forever home, for life.

Our Protocol

At KPS, we feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet for all of our canines while they are at the facility. Most nutritional protocols rely on faith, lacking objective metrics from which the diet can be analyzed. However, unlike other diets, the ketogenic diet is one type of nutritional protocol that can be assessed by examining blood glucose and ketone levels. By definition, a ketogenic diet is any diet that produces ketones, so we use blood metrics to determine the efficacy of the diet.

We also control the dogs’ calories to get their bodyfat levels to where we want them to be. In addition to the diet, we use state-of-the-art diagnostics for validation for the state of cancer. We spare no expense and use the diagnostic tools that physicians use to examine humans. This allows us to see where the tumor sites are, what the glucose uptake is in the cancer cells, and how effectively our protocol is reversing cancer. PET/CT scans give us a very strong indicator of these metrics, and we have very tight tracks on the status of cancer in each dog.

Our Sanctuary

Our facility is located in Georgetown, Texas, which is located 27 miles north of downtown Austin. We have a huge, 53-acre plot of land with an outdoor dog park, built-in miniature water park, and an inside play and living area that includes a big-screen TV with surround sound.

 

  • Ketogenic Diet

    High fat, low carbohydrate, and adequate protein diet

  • Metabolic Conditioning (METCON)

    strenuous physical exercise

  • PET/CT Scanning

    Diagnostic nuclear imagery at 0, 60, and 120 days

  • World-class Care

    Daily monitoring by in-house veterinarians and veterinary technicians

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

    Dogs are treated with HBOT therapy, which has been shown to successfully reduce the size of tumors.

 

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Episode 181 “BRANDON ZAVALA RETURNS”

July 8, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, Welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week Brandon Zavala (Founder of Apollo Peak Pet Beverages) returns to the podcast. We have a lot of catching up to do. We have to discuss Shark Tank, the growth of Apollo Peak Pet Beverages, and much more. For anyone unfamilur with Apollo Peak here's alittle bit of information.

Our Story

Apollo Peak, Inc. was developed to create fine snack beverages that we like to call Cat Wine and Dog Wine for our feline and canine friends. We are animal lovers just like you, and our story is a long and fun one, to which we've shared some of our memories here. We currently strive to make a product that not only satisfies your pet's interest, but is safe and non-harmful to your special friends. 
Our "pet wine" creation started like any other radical idea...a product designed to help bridge the social divide between humans and their pets. Our initial thoughts were, "Why not share a drink with our canine and feline friends?  We spend so much time with them that they are slowly becoming humans too, right?" In doing this, we wanted to make sure we make a product derived from all organic and natural ingredients. It's been a difficult ride, but that has stayed true to this day and we will always keep to our promise to make a quality and fun product that we would give our own pets at home. Hence, we coined Made with Love on our bottles.

Cat Wine and Dog Wine has became our passion as we continue to innovate and create more and more unique flavors designed for all types of cats and dogs. We invite you to follow our journey on social media and help our pet community grow together.

 

The CharDOGnay

The finest canine snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The CharDOGnay is a canine snack wine designed to delight and fancy up your canine friends.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid


 

The Malbark

BLACK LABEL SERIES
 
The finest canine vintage wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Malbark is a Dog Wine designed to delight and excite your canine friends while also helping freshen breath.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Organic Anise Seed, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The ZinfanTail

The finest canine snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The ZinfanTail is a canine snack wine designed to delight and fancy up your canine friends. The ingredients in The ZinfanTail contains peppermint that may be beneficial in freshening your pooches breath.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Doggy Mary

Introducing The Doggy Mary, an exquisite dog beverage for the party animal at heart. The Doggy Mary is a blend of peppermint extract and natural bacon flavoring - for a mix that will brighten the heart of your pup on Sunday brunch. We've also included Vitamin E to help brighten their coat after a long weekend of doggy shenanigans.
 
Ingredients Include: 
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Natural Bacon Flavoring, Vitamin E Oil, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The White Kittendel

The finest and only feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The White Kittendel is a light rose style catwine designed to delight even the most picky of cats. Over time, this product ages slightly from a pinkish style to a light pink and white wine - holding the zest of the ingredients with a wonderfully gorgeous white color.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Valerian Root, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Pinot Meow

The finest feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Pinot Meow is a feline snack wine designed to delight even the most picky of cats.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Moscato

The finest and only feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Moscato is a feline snack wine designed to delight even the most picky of cats.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Meowtini

The finest and only feline snack cocktail beverage available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Meowtini is a pink style cat beverage made with valerian root and designed to delight and satisfy the most fascinating cats around. 
Ingredients include:
Water, Valerian Root, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid.
 
 

The Meowmosa

Introducing The Meowmosa, an exquisite cat beverage for the party animal at heart. The Meowmosa is a blend of lemongrass extract and salmon oil - for a mix that will brighten the heart of your kitty on Sunday brunch. We've also included Vitamin E to help brighten their coat after a long weekend of kitty shenanigans.
Ingredients include: 
Water, Lemongrass, Organic Yellow Beets, Salmon Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Catbernet

Black Label Series
The finest cat wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Catbernet is a cat wine designed to delight your holiday kitty, while also helping freshen that holiday breath.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Peppermint, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

Premium Cat Wine Glass with White Kittendel

Premium Cat Wine Glass with Pinot Meow

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Episode 180 “SUSAN THIXTON”

July 1, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back fro the one hundred and eighith time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have the amazing Susan Thixton (adovcate, writter, and all around intellegent lady). Two weeks ago Susan Thixton and Dr, Becker went to Washington DC to speak abbout transparency on the labels of pet food. I'm attaching an article below from her website http://truthaboutpetfood.com/

 

And if you're interested in helping her pursuit to uncover the truth for all of us pet parents you can visit http://associationfortruthinpetfood.com/join-us/

We had Significant Success in Washington DC

With a great deal of work to go, I am thrilled to report to consumers that our trip to Washington DC was not in vain. We achieved a significant agreement from FDA to work with consumer advocates for transparency in pet food. Is it feed or is it food? Hopefully soon the pet food label will tell you.

Our team was…Dr. Karen Becker, a pet owning lawyer, and myself. None of us had gone to Senator’s offices before, the three of us had never before worked together. We had a monumental task in front of us. The three of us were ‘all in’. We were focused, we each brought different things to the table. Though it is sort of bragging…I have to say – we were an awesome team.

Day 1 – June 21, 2017 – was meetings with Senator Richard Durbin’s (Illinois) office at 11 AM, meetings with Senator Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) office – both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee – at 2 PM.

We weren’t nervous, but we felt the pressure of what was at stake. Walking down the hallways of the Hart Senate Office Building to Senator Durbin’s office was exciting. We arrive in Senator Durbin’s office and wait for our meeting. Soon we were escorted to a conference room where we met with Kevin Lefeber, Senator Durbin’s legislative advisor. We shared consumers concerns of pet food – starting with laws written (in part) by Senator Durbin back in 2007 (after the 2007 recall) requiring FDA to update pet food ingredients and labels. We told him FDA is almost 8 years past deadline. We explained that most pet foods are ‘feed’ and contain feed quality ingredients but marketed to consumers as food. We explained that laws within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act are openly ignored by FDA and each State Department of Agriculture. And we explained how consumers are left in the dark – not knowing exactly what they are buying because pet food ingredient definitions are corporately owned, not public information as in human food.

We all added to the conversation and we were flawless (sorry to brag again, but I’m just that proud of us). But…there was no solution offered. Sincere concern, but no solution.

Next meeting went about the same. We met with Dr. Chelsey Shivley DVM – an AVMA fellow for Senator Debbie Stabenow and Chelsie Keys on Senator Pat Roberts staff. Again we were escorted into a conference room and again your team did an awesome job addressing the serious issues pet food consumers face. Awesome minus one moment when my frustration for a resolve caused me to go off focus for a bit…but…the rest of the team got me back on track quickly. Dr. Chelsey Shivley and Chelsie Keys took pages and pages of notes – they listened attentively. During this meeting we specifically asked for a resolve – we asked for pet foods that do not meet the requirements of food law to be labeled as feed. Their suggestion was to start this discussion with FDA and to have more consumers write their Representatives in Congress about these same issues.

We left feeling a bit deflated but we quickly realized this is how the ‘system’ works. One step at a time. Our first step was to make these three significant members of Congress aware of the problems pet food consumers face – that was a success. We made them very aware of the problems.

The next day – June 22 – was our meeting with FDA. We arrived at the offices of FDA, but it was not the FDA headquarters as you see in pictures. It was in an office park, 3rd floor. Again we were taken to a conference room and were promptly joined by Dr. Dan McChesney, Charlotte Conway, LeeAnne Palmer, and a couple more FDA representatives. Arrangements had been made in advance for Nikki – the owner of the pug Talula that died from eating pentobarbital contaminated Evanger’s Pet Food – to be on a conference call for the meeting. Nikki was the foundation for our request that things must change – no more pets should die.

Nikki spoke to FDA from the heart, a recently broken heart due to her loss of Talula. FDA was a bit uncomfortable. FDA asked us ‘What are you here for?’ We told them we are tired, consumers are tired. We told them we are tired and completely worn out worrying about the safety of pet food. We told them we cannot fathom how FDA can enable industry to profit from selling adulterated, illegal pet foods – misleading consumers. We told them we want transparency in pet food, we want law enforced.

And then FDA said…Ok, what do you suggest? Our suggestion was label all pet foods that do not meet food law as “feed” – “dog feed” and “cat feed”. Lots of details have to be worked out, but…FDA found this suggestion acceptable. Dr. Karen Becker spoke up and asked if it would be possible for a grading system for pet food – similar to the grading system USDA uses for meat. (Meat suppliers have the option to pay an additional fee to USDA to ‘grade’ meat as Prime, or Choice, or Grade A. The higher grade meats are in turn sold as a more expensive, higher quality product.) Again, lots of details have to be worked out but…FDA was very open to this suggestion as well.

We then asked about a time frame – when could the feed/food system be implemented, when could a pet food grading system be implemented? At this we received some push back. FDA would not commit to a time frame, and this we could not accept. We pushed again asking FDA how these changes in pet food could be moved along quickly. They suggested it go through the AAFCO process and agreed to introduce the idea to AAFCO at the next meeting in August (less than 2 months from now).

This is significant – we have law to back us up – we have law to push through these changes. We have the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act behind us to facilitate this change in pet food. Current law states “In prescribing a definition and standard of identity for any food or class of food in which optional ingredients are permitted, the Secretary shall, for the purpose of promoting honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers, designate the optional ingredients which shall be named on the label.” 

Feed grade pet food ingredients ARE “optional ingredients” permitted by each State and FDA. Most certainly, “for the purpose of promoting honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers” these optional ‘feed’ ingredients should be named on the pet food label. Law is on our side.

FDA asked us to put our requests in writing and submit them to the agency as an addendum to the Citizen Petition that we filed with FDA in October 2016. Needless to say, we have much work to do in a short time frame. Your team will complete the write ups and submit to FDA within the next couple of weeks.

There is much work ahead of us, including assistance from consumers in the near future to get this pushed through. I suspect some in pet food will be in support of these transparency changes, but I suspect the most powerful, most influential pet food manufacturers will be adamantly opposed. If we receive any push back from industry – consumers will know exactly which pet food companies are not willing to be transparent with consumers, which pet food companies have secrets to hide.

Again – law is on our side, we are ready for whatever opposition they put in front of us. And also remember, FDA felt these were good changes – we will continue to work with FDA to keep this on track.

We – all pet food consumers and all pet food advocates – succeeded in Washington DC. Your voices were heard. More news on the progress of this will be shared soon. Get ready to write emails, sign a petition, and/or make a few phone calls. Together we will achieve improved transparency in pet food – we’ve finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

A big thank you to Senator’s Durbin, Roberts and Stabenow for your time and your attention to the plight of pet food consumers. A big thank you to FDA for your willingness to meet with us and your willingness to work on true transparency for pet food consumers.

And a big, big, big thank you to Dr. Karen Becker and our ‘lawyer friend’. You were both awesome! I’m so proud of us all.

Go ahead…imagine it. Imagine walking into a pet food store and seeing clearly on the label pet feed or pet food. It IS going to happen. Consumers deserve to know what they are buying. Using Federal law we are going to make that happen. Soon.

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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