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Friday, 11 January 2019

Why I Don’t Recommend Brewer’s Yeast for Dogs and Cats



Going against the grain – find out why I don’t recommend Brewer’s yeast for dogs and cats, and discover safe, health supportive alternatives.

The Pet Food Industry and Pet Supplement Industry wants you to believe brewer’s yeast is good for your dog and cat.

The industry promotes brewer’s yeast as a highly desirable, editable substance that helps repel fleas, aids appetite, supports fur and skin health. All good right?

Wrong.

Truth…

The pet industry fails to divulge the rest of the story - the FACT that…

Brewer’s yeast can trigger and contribute to short-term, and long-term health issues and conditions.

There I said it.

So why would the pet industry ardently promote the use of brewer’s yeast? Maintenance of high profit margins. Brewer’s yeast is a very low-cost, readily available substance. 

What Is Brewer’s Yeast?

Brewer’s yeast is a type of one-celled fungus – scientific name “Saccharomyces cerevisiae”. The word Saccharomyces comes from the Greek word for sugar; and the fungus species name ‘cerevisiae’ comes from the Latin language, and means beer.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae was discovered thousands of years ago - perhaps during the making of bread. The Mesopotamians used a combination of sugar and water, fermented with the yeast to make an alcoholic beverage that later become known as beer.

Moving forward to Present Day, there are three main sources of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Brewer’s yeast).
  
One – brewer’s yeast is still used by breweries to make beer.  Breweries cultivate the yeast on hops, malted barley or other grains. As the yeast sits in the grain-liquid solution to ferment, the yeast becomes contaminated. After the yeast has been used to ferment multiple times, the yeast microbes lose their viability, and are no longer useful to ferment beer. The inactive batch of yeast (now waste-yeast) must be replaced with new yeast.

Two - brewer’s yeast is also grown on molasses made from sugar beets or sugar cane specifically for the human and non-human-animal food and supplement manufacturing industry.

Three - Saccharomyces cerevisiae occurs naturally in the environment and is present in the gastrointestinal tract, on the skin of humans, and non-human animals including cats and dogs.

Brewer’s Yeast Use in Food and Supplements

Rather than discard the inactive waste-yeast breweries sell the inactive yeast to the food processing industry to be used as a food and supplement ingredient for humans, and non-human animals – farm animals, zoo animals, and domestic animals.

Brewer’s yeast is used in a wide range of made-for-pet products, including products marketed to you as ‘high’ quality, ‘all natural, ‘holistic’ and Veterinarian Prescription pet ‘food’, ‘treats’ and supplements.

Beneficial Properties of (inactive) Brewer’s Yeast
Protein (non-mammalian protein)
Vitamin B
Minerals
  
Harmful Properties of (inactive) Brewer’s Yeast

Degraded, Toxic Source of Minerals, Protein, and Vitamin B
Most brewer’s yeast is cultivated on conventional grains. Glyphosate is sprayed on conventional grain to desiccate (dry-out) the crops prior to harvesting, it is also used on GMO grains, GMO sugar beets, and GMO sugar cane.  All of these crops are known to contain high levels of glyphosate residue. On March 20, 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released its findings on glyphosate. IARC’s conclusion - there is “sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity”. 

Non-organic and conventional crops are raised with synthetic chemical fertilizers that contain (toxic) heavy metals. The heavy metals are drawn into the plants via the root system and remain in the plant after harvesting.  Glyphosate, heavy metals an other toxins used in growing grain crops result in a crop that is deficient in nutritive value, and toxin-contaminated. The vitamins and minerals yielded from these crops are of poor quality - when Brewers' Yeast is cultivated on these crops the nutritional value of the brewer's yeast is also degraded, and contaminated with toxic residue.

Brewer’s Yeast – A source of MSG
The protein in Brewer’s yeast is a source of free glutamic acid – also known as MSG.
Glutamic acid (MSG) has an inflammatory effect on the brain that contributes to the onset of cognitive issues such as dementia. MSG is known as the 'silent killer'.

Brewer’s Yeast Contributes to Overgrowth of Bad Bacteria
If your dog or cat is prone to, or is currently experiencing an overgrowth of bad bacteria, Brewer’s yeast can worsen the overgrowth.

The truth the pet food and supplement industry does NOT want you to know - Brewer’s yeast IS an inflammation-promoting substance.

You Will Hear
You will hear people say, “since I put my dog on Brewer’s yeast his skin and fur is so much better” or “my dog isn’t getting so many fleas since I put her on brewer’s yeast”.

A dog may experience an improvement in one set of symptoms, but the dog or cat is also exposed to an increased toxic load, increased risk of inflammatory issues and conditions in the short and long-term.

While the Pet Industry profits, your cat and dog pay the ultimate price – degradation of his/her long-term health. A very unfair and unnecessary outcome when there are so many safe, affordable, alternatives.

Alternatives to Brewer’s Yeast

Supplemental Foods That Help Repel Insects and Parasites
There are many supplemental foods that can help your dog and cat be less-attractive to fleas.  These alternatives are inexpensive, readily available, and don’t have the adverse side effects that come with ingesting brewer’s yeast.

For examples of supplemental foods and herbs that support health and help make your dog and cat less attractive to insects and parasites, and instructions on dosing and use go here.

Species Appropriate Foods for Cats, Dogs - Rich in B Vitamins and Protein
A few examples below.  You can go to the link for each item to read more, including how to include the item in your dogs and cats diet...

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Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mushroom Broth Recipe for Dogs, Cats – Food is Medicine


Real food is medicine - this mushroom broth recipe can help support your dogs and cats health. This mushroom broth can be given daily or as needed to provide healing support.


Mushroom Broth Recipe Ingredients for Dogs and Cats

You Will Need:

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter – organic or from grass fed, pasture raised animals.
    • You can choose to substitute the butter with one of the following:
      • Organic, cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil.
      • Organic cold-pressed, avocado oil.
      • Organic, extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil.
  • 2 cups chopped medicinal mushrooms (organic or wild crafted)...
    • Fresh medicinal mushrooms, or;
    • Dry medicinal mushrooms.
    • Select medicinal mushroom type from the list I provide further below.
  • 4 cups filtered or spring water.
  • Optional Ingredients:
    • 1 up to 2 tbs fresh, minced organic ginger root.
    • 5 up to 10 whole, organic or wild-crafted juniper berries.
    • When introducing herbs and spices to your dog or cat make sure the herb/spice you choose is appropriate for him/her.

Preparation

  • Wash mushrooms. 
  • Place butter in a pot.
  • Place pot on low heat, allow the butter to melt.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pot, sauté.
  • Add 2 cups of filtered or spring water to the pot.
  • If using optional ingredients, add the ginger and/or juniper berries.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow to cool.
  • Strain the mushrooms from the liquid.
  • Option One –
    • Pour the cooled mushroom broth into glass bottles.
    • Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Option Two –
    • Pour the liquid into ice cube trays, freeze.

Mushroom Broth Serving Suggestions for Dogs and Cats

  • Give with meals.
  • Offer in-between meals as a treat.
  • Use the broth ice cubes as a treat.
  • Use the broth to make smoothies.

Mushroom Broth Serving Size – General Guideline for Dogs and Cats

  • Small dogs and Cats – 1 tbs to 1/8 cup 1x, to 2x per day
  • Medium Size Dogs – 1/4 to 1/3 cup 1x to 2x per day
  • Large Dogs – 1/2 to 3/4 cup, 1x to 2x per day
  • X-Large Dogs – ¾ to 1 cup 1x to 2x per day

List of Medicinal Mushrooms For Dogs and Cats 
Partial List:

  • Agrikon
  • Agariko
  • Antrodia
  • Blazei
  • Chaga
  • Cordyceps
  • Himematsutake
  • Kign Trumpet
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Maitake
  • Mesima
  • Polyporus
  • Poriia cocs
  • Reishi
  • Shiitake
  • Suehirotake
  • True Tinder Polypore
  • Turkey Tail (various varieties)

Food is Medicine - Medicinal Mushroom Broth Health Benefits

Partial list:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone and joint health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Central nervous system health
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Detoxification
  • Heart health
  • Immune system health
  • Kidney health
  • Liver health
  • Respiratory health
  • Skin health
  • Urinary tract health

Cautions
  • For a comprehensive list of unsafe, dangerous and poisonous mushrooms dogs and cats should not consume go here.
  • Editable, medicinal mushrooms are not appropriate for every dog and cat.
    • Make sure you check side effects, drug interactions and health condition contradictions for your individual animal's specific situation.
  • Do not force a dog or cat to ingest substances (i.e. foods, herbs) that the animal indicates he/she does not want.
Additional Assistance 

Holistic Health and Wellness
  • If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 
  •  I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
Holistic Dog Training Services
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here >>. 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here >>.  
Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist

Mushrooms For Dogs, Cats – Safe Editable Medicinal and Unsafe, Poisonous


Mushrooms (fungi) that are unsafe (poisonous, or deadly), to us humans, are also unsafe for dogs and cats. Medicinal and editable mushrooms 1safe for human consumption, are generally 1safe and healthful for dogs and cats.



Mushrooms that are Unsafe, and Dangerous to Dogs and Cats
Examples –

  • Amanita (i.e. death cap mushroom).
  • False Morels.
  • Jack of Lantern.
  • Little Brown Mushrooms (some or safe, some poisonous).


Nature Photo offers an extensive list- names, and photos, of mushrooms (fungi) to be avoided:


The above lists are extensive, but not complete – there are many more mushrooms that fall into the categories listed above.



Mushrooms that Are 1Safe For Dogs and Cats
Organic or wild-crafted medicinal mushrooms (i.e. turkey tail, shiitake, oyster mushrooms, etc.), and culinary mushrooms (i.e. button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, etc.) offer a wide range of health benefits to 1dogs, and are also good for most 1cats. for a list of dog and cat safe medicinal mushrooms go here.



You can choose one or two of the following options to add safe, editable and medicinal mushrooms as needed to your dog’s and cat’s daily diet:


On a daily basis my dogs have mushroom broth or tea, dried mushroom powder or mushrooms added to their veggie/fruit puree.



True story - my first dog knew which wild mushrooms where safe to forage and would self-harvest her own wild mushrooms. My current pack of dogs don’t self-forage wild mushrooms.


When in your own yard, or hiking along wooded trails – if you are not confident your dog knows the difference between editable and poisonous mushrooms – monitor your dog and do not allow him/her to taste-test mushrooms and fungi.



1‘Safe’ is used as a relative term, meaning safe for most dogs and cats. As with all ingested substances (foods, herbs, etc.) the individual:

  • May have a sensitivity (intolerance or allergic response) to an editable, medicinal mushroom.
  • May have a health issue that contradicts consumption of mushrooms.
  • May be on a drug that contradicts consumption of a mushrooms.
Additional Assistance 

Holistic Health and Wellness
  • If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 
  •  I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
Holistic Dog Training Services
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here>>. 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here>>.  
Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist