Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Add DIY Natural Supplements to Your Dog's, Cat's Diet to Protect Against the Toxins, Carcinogens in Conventional Flea, Tick, Heartworm, Parasite Preventatives and Treatments




In this article;

Food stuffs to add to your dog’s and cat’s daily diet to offset the damage done by conventional flea, tick, heartworm, other worm and parasite preventatives and treatments.


If your dog or cat is on conventional Parasite Preventatives and Treatments for:
  • Heartworm;
  • Fleas;
  • Ticks;
  • Worms, and;
  • Other Parasites.


You should help your companion animal’s body offset the harmful effects of the toxins and carcinogens present in these chemical-based, pesticide products. Products that pose a danger include Veterinarian Prescribed and off-the-shelf Pet Store...

  • Bombs;
  • Flea Collars;
  • Pills/tablets;
  • Shampoo (flee, tick, etc.)
  • Sprays;
  • Spot-on, etc.

By including a combination of simple, natural foodstuffs in your dog’s, cats’ diet you can help off-set the dangers - boost his/her immune system, detoxify the body, protect against cancer, protect the heart, liver, kidneys, and more…

Supplements To Add To Your Dog's and Cat's Diet



The following foods can be added to your dog’s, cat’s daily diet – simply top-off his/her existing food (kibble, raw-food, or home-made cooked food) with the following once a day, You can choose to use all of these items or just some...



Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Organic, Unpasteurized


Benefits

  • Detoxifier;
  • Fur and skin health promoting;
  • GI tract health;
  • Restores and maintains good PH balance, and
  • So much more; 
  • Read more about ACV here – benefits, how to select, cautions.
Dosage
  • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp
  • Medium size dogs – 1 tbs
  • Large dogs – 1.5 to 2 tbs



Cranberries - fresh/frozen finely chopped cranberries (no sugar added)

 

Benefits
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Cancer inhibitor;
  • Detoxifier;
  • Immune system boosting;
  • Protect the liver;
  • Protect the cardiovascular system;
  • Protect the urinary tract from infection;
  • You can read more about the benefits of cranberries here.
How to Add to Diet
  • Use fresh or frozen cranberries (not cooked, cooking degrades the beneficial qualities of the berry);
  • Mash or finely chop;
  • Mix into food once a day.
Dosage
  • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tbs
  • Medium size dogs – 1.5 to 2 tbs
  • Large dogs – 2 to 3 tbs



Coconut Oil - Organic

Benefits
  • Immune System Booster;
  • Metabolisim Health;
  • Skin and fur health
  • Read about coconut oil here – benefits.
Dosage
  • Read about dosage here.



Garlic - fresh, chopped 

 

Benefits
While garlic is a natural flea, tick, mosquito repellent and de-wormer it is also an:
  • Anti-carcinogen;
  • Supports liver, kidney and heart health;
  • Immune system booster;
  • Has so many other health benefits as well;
  • Read more about garlic here – benefits, preparation, dosage, cautions;
How to Add to Diet
  • Use fresh garlic, not pickled, powdered, etc.;
  • Mix into food once a day following preparation instructions provided here
Dosage
  • Dogs and cats - 1 clove /1 tsp chopped garlic per every 30 lbs of body weight.



Lemon - fresh, finely chopped
 

Benefits
  • Cancer Inhibitor;
  • Detoxifier;
  • Heart protector;
  • Immune system booster;
  • Natural insect repellent and de-wormer;
  • Urinary tract protector;
  • And so much more – read about all lemons health benefits and preparation here.
 Dosage
  • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp
  • Medium size dogs - 1 tbs
  • Large dogs - 1.5 to 2 tbs



Yogurt  or Kefir - organic, plain, natural, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners
 



Benefits
  • Immune system booster
Milk Fat:
Dosage - yogurt:
  • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs
  • Medium size dogs - 1 tbs to 2 tbs
  • Large dogs – 2 tbs to 4 tbs

Dosage - kefir:
  • Kefir – read more about kefir (and/or sauerkraut) and how to introduce it to your dog’s diet here. Kefir is a powerful probiotic and should be introduced in small amounts, building up to the full dosage. The full dosage is as follows...
  • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp
  • Medium size dogs - 1 tbs
  • Large dogs - 11/2 to 2 tbs

 
Omega 3-Fatty Acids 

Benefits
  • Maintain skin and fur health;
  • Heart Health and,
  • Many other health benefits – read more here.

Dosage 

Turmeric and Curcumin



Benefits
  • This widely available and very inexpensive herb is a:
  • Blood Purifier;
  • Cancer inhibiting;
  • Detoxifier;
  • Anti-inflammatory, and;
  • So much more – read more about turmeric here - benefits, dosage

Organic Greens



Fresh chopped organic greens such as spinach, kale and dandelion...

Benefits
The high levels of chlorophyll in these dark leafy greens helps to rid the body of pesticides and aid the liver in detoxification.  For a longer list of fresh whole foods that are good for your dog and cat you can look at this article


You can add these greens to your dog's daily diet. Follow the guidelines provided in this article when feeding vegetables (including organic greens) to your dog.
 
 
Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)



Milk thistle is a flowering plant from the Aster family. Used as a herb, it is a detox agent and in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, liver failure and IBS (irritable bowl syndrome). Milk Thistle can actually promotes the regrowth of liver cells. It has been used since the time of the Roman Emperors as a liver tonic. It is one of the few traditional healing herbs that has been widely accepted by conventional modern science as having significant medicinal value. The flavonoid compound 'silymarin' is the active health promoting ingredient in milk thistle.

Milk Thistle can be purchased in three forms for use as a supplement - capsule, liquid and powder form.

Dosage and more information about milk thistle here.



To Cut Down on Preparation Time - For items such as Cranberries and Lemon…

  • I chop (the finer the better) enough of the foodstuff in the food processor to last several days to a week;
  • Then I put the chopped food in containers - plastic (BPA free) or glass;
  • I leave the appropriate sized measuring spoon in the container – this little convenience makes it faster to prepare the meal at feeding time.





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2 comments:

  1. Milk Thistle link is broken, goes to nowhere.

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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