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Friday, 27 January 2017

Himalayan Salt Soak for Dogs, Cats Paws, Skin – Soothe, Calm




Himalayan salt soak (sole) can help soothe your dogs and cats sore, inflamed, irritated or infected paws and skin. Himalayan salt soaks are also calming.

Also called ‘pink gold’, pink Himalayan salt is an organic ‘full spectrum’ salt with many health promoting properties, due to its mineral, element, and electrolyte-rich composition.  Himalayan salt contains 71% of all natural elements (electrolytes, elements and minerals) known to man – that’s 84 out of 118 known elements!

Himalayan salt is:
  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-fungal.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Detoxifying.
  • Nourishing.
  • Soothing.

When paws, or skin are soaked in Himalayan sole, the nourishing, healing minerals are absorbed into the skin, toxins and/or infection is drawn out.

Salt sole is made by dissolving a sufficient amount of Himalayan salt in water to achieve full salt saturation of the water.  When paws or skin are soaked in the sole, the minerals and negative ions present in the salt, permeate the skin - drawing out toxins, nourishing cells, and calming the body, and mind.

How to Make and Use a Salt Soak for Your Dog, Cat

You Will Need -
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
    • Choose from –
      • Finely ground
      • Coarse ground
      • Chunks or cubes (additional dissolving time will be required)
      • You can also choose to use Celtic Salt, or another full spectrum salt – each has slightly different constituents.
    • Do NOT use common table salt, also called iodized salt. Iodized salt is NOT organic, contains toxins, and is not healing.
  • Filtered tap water, real spring water or filtered water (do not use fluoridated water).
    • If you don’t have filtered tap water, you will need to heat water in a pot or kettle.
  • Suitable size bowl, pail or tub for mixing the water and salt, and soaking paws or body.
  • Gauze, or soft washcloth if doing a compress rather than soak.
Himalayan Salt Soak (Sole) Recipe – for use on Unbroken Skin
  • 2 tablespoons pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 34 ounces (4 ¼ cups) of warm water.
  • Note - you can double, triple or otherwise increase the recipe to suit the situation.
  • Add the salt to the hot or warm water.
  • Stir until the salt is dissolved – you now have salt sole. 
    • Don't worry if you still see a small amount of undissolved pink salt fall to the bottom of the bath.
Himalayan Salt Soak (Sole) Recipe – for use on Broken Skin
A high concentration salt sole can cause a burning or stinging feeling when used on a cut, or open wound. To avoid discomfort, I recommend reducing the ratio of salt to water. Use this recipe when treating broken skin...
  • 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 34 ounces (4 ¼ cups) of warm water.
  • Note - you can double, triple or otherwise increase the recipe to suit the situation.
  • Add the salt to the warm water, stir until the salt is dissolved – you now have salt sole.
  • If the ambient air is cold you can use the warm sole to soak paws, and skin.
  • If the ambient air is warm to hot, you can choose to wait until the sole cools to room temperature before soaking paws or skin.
Using a Himalayan Salt Soak
  • If you used hot water to make the sole, wait until the sole cools down to warm - the sole is now ready for use. Do not soak your dogs or cats paws or skin in hot sole.
    • If the ambient air is cold you can use the warm sole to soak paws, and skin.
    • If the ambient air is warm to hot, you can choose to wait until the sole cools to room temperature before soaking paws or skin.
  • Soak Application
    • Soak paws or skin for at least 5 minutes. 
    • If your dog is patient (or your cat just happens to enjoy baths), you can soak for 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes. A longer soak, gives the salt sole more time to provide its healing properties.
    • Do not rinse paw or skin.
    • Allow your dog or cats paws to air dry.
  • Compress Application
    • You can also choose to soak a soft washcloth, or clean gauze in the salt sole.
    • Apply the soaked cloth/gauze to your dog’s or cat’s skin - at affected area.
    • Wrap with a dry bandage and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
    • Remove bandage.
    • Do not rinse paws or skin, allow to air dry. 
  • This salt sole can be used once or several times per day, as needed.
As with all treatments, remember it is important to treat the condition, and also address the root cause.

Himalayan salt soaks are a treatment, and not necessarily a remedy. For example, if your dog or cat is suffering from a yeast infection (overgrowth of candida albicans), due to food allergies, or environmental allergies - this salt soak can be used to alleviate symptoms. To remedy the condition, a comprehensive natural approach is recommended.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Sardines for Dogs and Cats – Whole Food for Good Health




Dogs and cats need whole food to maintain good health – sardines are a fantastic whole food, and an excellent treat. Fresh-frozen, whole sardines (head, body, tail) are the preferred choice for ultimate nutritive value.

Canned sardines are cooked at high temperatures resulting in loss of nutritional benefits, and toxic contamination. Toxins in the can, including BPA in the lining leach into the food. Studies have shown that even short-term feeding of canned products increases the concentration of toxins in a dog (or cats) body. For these reasons raw-frozen sardines are preferred over canned, however if you select a canned sardine product with care, even canned sardines can improve a diet of dry highly processed pet food. If you must use canned sardines, avoid products that contain inorganic table salt / iodized salt. Avoid products that contain toxic oils such as (non-organic) unspecified ‘vegetable’ oil, canola oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, or cotton seed oil – these are all GMO oils contaminated with glyphosate (a carcinogen).

Most grocery stores sell uncooked, whole fresh-frozen wild-caught sardines. You can also purchase fresh sardines. Sardines have very soft bones dogs and cats can consume without fear of harm. The bones are an excellent source of calcium. No need to remove the head or tail of the sardine - nutritional value is increased when the fish is eaten in its entirety. There are two basic sizes of sardines – very small sardines, and larger sardines. Small sardines are a great treat. You can also choose to puree or finely grind sardines in a food processor or grinder to make your own fish pate for fussy kitties. The larger sardines can be sliced up in small pieces if you are feeding a small puppy or small-breed dog, or left whole for larger dogs.

Sardines are an excellent source of natural, unprocessed:
  • Antioxidants.
  • Essential macro-nutrients, and micro nutrients.
  • Essential Amino acids
  • Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Rich in protein.

Sardines can help your Dogs and Cats:
  • Bone health
  • Brain health
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Eye health
  • Joint health
  • Metabolic health
  • Mental health
  • Skin health
  • And more!

Dry / Canned Pet Food, Cooked Food Diet Dogs and Cats
If your dog and cat is currently a diet of highly processed dry food, canned food, or home cooked food you have two choices –
  • You can lightly (at the lowest heat setting), cook the sardines in a little healthy oil – i.e. organic coconut oil, or olive oil.
  • You can also choose to introduce your dog and cat to raw sardines.
Raw Fed Dogs and Cats
If your dog and cat is currently on a raw diet, you can introduce raw sardines - simply thaw and serve.

Introducing Raw
  • Start by offering one raw, frozen-thawed, small piece of sardine (or small whole sardine) away from meals (in between meals). 
  • If no adverse reaction occurs (i.e. loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting), you can repeat the treat again the following day. 
  • You can slowly increase the size of the treat – i.e. a medium size dog - start out with a small piece of sardine, and slowly build-up the amount given over the space of at least several weeks. 
  • By following this process you can avoid adverse reactions that occur when raw food is introduced too quickly, and in too large amounts.
Cautions
  • If your dog has a food sensitivity to other fish, he / she may also have a sensitivity to sardines.
  • If trying raw for the first time, and – you have carefully followed the instructions above, and an adverse reaction occurs your dog (cat) may have a food sensitivity to sardines – stop use.
Fresh-frozen sardines are an inexpensive, simple, convenient, healthy whole food treat for dogs and cats.  For more information about options and safely adding fish to your dogs and cats diet go here.

For the health of your furry companion, it’s time to ditch toxic, health deteriorating highly processed dog and cat food treats,

Real food is medicine!

Additional Assistance 

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  • 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.
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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.