A few weeks ago my sister was telling me that for the past few months her older dog Maggie was starting to have accidents in the house while they’re at work. She just couldn’t “hold it” all day anymore. My sister asked if there were any foods that might help.
Maggie has a Water constitution, making her more prone to developing urinary issues. I started thinking about how maybe if we’d started foods to support her bladder and kidneys earlier we could help, but I was worried that the damage was already done...
… I just didn’t have much hope that foods could resolve the issue. So I was honest and told her “Well it’s not going to hurt her, but I’m not sure it’s going to help.” But I gave her a list of some foods she could add to Maggie’s diet anyway.
I didn’t hear from my sister for a while, then surprise! She tells me a few days ago that Maggie hasn’t had ANY accidents since she started...
I fed a high quality dry kibble diet to my dogs for years. I’d always been told it was the healthiest and most balanced food for them. That’s even what I was taught in vet school! Sure, my dogs would get treats and the occasional table scrap, but the base of the diet was dry kibble.
And my dog’s did just fine. They seemed healthy.
But then I started my acupuncture training, and learned to look for subtle changes internally that couldn’t be seen from the outside, not even on bloodwork. Over time, these internal changes lead to disease. And when I examined my dogs, I found these internal imbalances!
I couldn’t believe it! My dogs were bright and happy, they were getting around just fine, their bloodwork looked great... but they weren’t as healthy as I thought, even if they looked it from the outside!
Turns out their food was the culprit. They just weren’t getting everything their bodies truly needed from that food.
When my dog Zeke was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer just a few months ago, I of course wanted to do anything and everything that would help him fight this terrible disease. And I knew the diet he was eating was more important now than ever.
The power of food has played a huge role in his overall cancer treatment. Not only can I use foods to boost his immune system, but I can also use foods to actually fight the tumors and foods to help keep his body strong.
And I know there are so many other pet owners who, like me, might be going through the same thing. Trying to find anything to help your beloved dog stay strong.
So I want to share some of the most important foods out there that can help your dog fight this horrible disease. These foods can easily be added to your dog’s current diet and they can make a BIG difference!
Top Cancer Fighting Foods
Mushrooms are a very powerful food that can play a huge role in fighting cancer. Not only...
Making sure your dog is getting a balanced diet with all the right nutrients is tough. Then add in the uncertainty and variables of a homecooked diet, and you might be completely lost.
You want your dog to have all the benefits that a homecooked diet can provide- fresher ingredients, less processed diet, foods that you can control. I get it. But making sure you’re not sending your dog down the path of nutritional deficiencies is tough. While many dogs can go a while without the negative side effects of nutritional deficiencies, it will catch up with them eventually.
That means if you’re going to feed a homemade diet it’s best to learn to do it right. And while all dogs have varying nutritional requirements, there are a few key components that nearly all homecooked diets should have. The following steps can help you make sure you’re not missing any!
Key Steps to a Balanced Diet:
Step 1: Balancing the Calcium
The right amount of calcium in...
When your dog gets diagnosed with arthritis, you might feel completely lost with how to help. Maybe your dog’s already limping and painful or perhaps they’re just a little slower to get around these days. Either way, you know it’s going to get worse and you want to do everything you can now to help keep that pep in their step.
The problem is you’re not left with many solutions for helping your dog’s arthritis on a daily basis. The pharmaceuticals and conventional medications out there only mask the pain and can have so many side effects.
What you need are more natural options that can help keep your dog comfortable AND support their body, without all the negative side effects.
By now you’ve learned about the many powerful foods that you can feed your dog daily to help treat arthritis (you can read up on those here), but there are also a few supplements that can help too!
So here’s a list of key supplements you can use to help...
So many of us are searching for safe, healthy, and non-toxic options for treating our older dogs, especially when it comes to arthritis.
But did you know there are certain FOODS that can do just that?
Foods that can help control inflammation, strengthen the muscles and bones, and help support joint health? Plus these foods will actually boost your dog’s health, unlike the typical medications that can cause harm. And these are all safe and nourishing foods that your dog can eat every single day to help support their body!
So what are these special powerful foods?
3 Power Foods for Treating Arthritis:
Sardines are one of the very best foods to feed your senior dog, as they provide the most natural source of omega 3 fatty acids for joint health. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation, improve bone strength, and increase blood flow throughout the body to help reduce joint pain and swelling.
Plus your dog is going to love them! And they...
More than HALF of dogs over 7 years old have arthritis. WHAT?!? What’s worse is that by the time it’s usually diagnosed, these dogs are already in pain! And unfortunately the disease only gets worse and more painful over time.
The good news is that it can be diagnosed EARLY (as in BEFORE the limping and pain starts). And when it’s diagnosed early, you have a much better chance of slowing the disease down and keeping your dog happy and comfortable longer!
The problem is the most pet owners miss or overlook the early symptoms of arthritis because they can be really subtle.
But that’s not going to be you! Because you’re about to learn what the early symptoms of arthritis look like so you don’t miss the clues that this painful disease is starting in your dog!
6 Common EARLY Symptoms of Arthritis
Most people know this one, but it’s still important to mention. Your dog may do great on walks and...
You already know there are so many benefits to adding fresh foods to your dog’s daily diet- the extra nutrients, the extra moisture, less highly processed ingredients, improved quality, etc.- but actually cooking the foods consistently is another story.
It can seem like a big commitment especially when you have a busy schedule or aren’t comfortable in the kitchen.
I get it. For the past few years, I’ve added fresh foods to my dogs’ daily diets. That is, until a few months ago, when life got really busy. It was hard enough to find time to cook for husband and me, yet alone find time to cook additional foods for my dogs. Yes, they’d get bits and pieces of our meals, but it wasn’t the same.
I knew they should be getting fresh foods, and I wanted to be feeding them fresh foods, but I couldn’t seem to find the time. Of course I felt guilty about it. But actually being able to do it was another story.
And maybe you struggle to keep up...
Is this a normal age-related change? Should I be worried? Find out the most common medical conditions in senior dogs so you know what to look for!
As our dogs get older, they do change. And sometimes it can be difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t worry about… what’s normal and what’s not.
And there are some ailments that are really common in our senior dogs. The problem is that many of them are frequently overlooked as just “normal age-related change.”
So while these are all common conditions, NONE of them are “normal.” And when these changes or ailments go without being addressed, the quality of life for our dogs can suffer.
But with these top 5 medical conditions in senior dogs, you’ll be prepared to recognize these abnormal changes with your dog, early. And the sooner you do, the sooner you can get your dog help so they can continue to live a healthy and comfortable life!
Top 5 Medical Conditions in...
We almost lost our sweet girl years ago. And then multiple times since. Yes, food has the power to transform lives. And I’ve seen it happen over and over again. But sometimes the right food can actually save lives too.
You’ve probably heard me talk about my senior dog Kacee, but I haven’t shared her entire amazing journey, the multiple sudden life-threatening diseases she developed, and how the right foods saved her life again and again.
But she inspires me every single day and I want to share that inspiration with you too.
It Started With Many Sleepless Nights
When we adopted Kacee (she was 10 years old) and I fed her what I thought was a good healthy food- a senior formula dry kibble diet. But a year later, she suddenly seemed to go crazy one night. She couldn’t sleep and she was restless, panting, and pacing… all night long! All the tests came back normal and we couldn’t figure out why. For 2 weeks this went on.
It was assumed to...
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