Friday, 27 January 2017

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

Himalayan salt soak for dogs and cats paws and skin - soothe and calm

Himalayan salt soak (sole) can help soothe your dog and cat's 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

  • Antifungal

  • 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.

Himalayan salt soak for paws and skin

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

You'll Need

  • Pink Himalayan Salt

    • Select one of the following:

      • 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 type of full spectrum salt has slightly different constituents.

    • Do NOT use common table salt, also called iodized salt. Iodized salt is NOT natural. It 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.

 

How to Use The 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

Sardines for Dogs and Cats, Whole Food for Good Health
 ★ 7 min read

Sardines (pilchards) are a perfect, nutrient dense whole food for dogs and cats. Sardines are a small, wild-caught, oily fish. They’re a rich source of omega fatty acids, an excellent source of protein, B12, vitamin D and more. Include sardines in your dog and cat’s food plan. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to enrich your dog and cat’s diet. Sardines support the health of your dog and cat’s:

  • Bones
  • Brain
  • Eyes
  • Heart
  • Joints
  • Immune system
  • Metabolism
  • Skin, and more.

 

Let’s take a look at the nutritional content of sardines.

 

 

Sardines for dogs and  cats, nutritional value


Nutritional Content of Sardines (Pilchards)

 

An Excellent Source of Protein

 

Sardines provide 21 grams of protein per 100 grams. This is similar to protein per gram from:

  • Beaver
  • Buffalo
  • Chicken
  • Hare (wild rabbit)
  • Quail
  • Turkey

 

Glandular & Organ Therapy from Head, to Fin, to Tail

 

Sardines are a perfect, natural supplement to support your dog and cat's glandular and organ function.

A whole sardine includes nourishment for your dog and cat's:

  • Brain
  • Eyes
  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Reproductive organs
  • Spleen

 

Rich in Omega Fatty Acids

 

Sardines are one of the richest sources of fish-based omega fatty acids (primarily DHA and EPA).  

  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of sardines provides approximately 1480 mg of omega fatty acids. Primarily DHA and EPA.
  • DHA, (ocosahexaenoic acid) is essential for brain and eye health.
  • EPA (eicosahexaenoic acid) is an important anti-inflammatory.

 

Essential Vitamins

 

Sardines provide a significant amount of bioavailable vitamin B3, B12 and vitamin D, along with other essential vitamins:

  • Vitamin A (retinol)
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • *Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B6 (folic acid)
  • *Vitamin B12 (cobalt and choline)
  • *Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

*substantial amount

 

Essential Minerals


Bioavailable minerals in sardines:

  • *Selenium, an antioxidant, important for immune, endocrine, thyroid health
  • *Phosphorus
  • *Calcium, essential for bone and oral health
  • **Sodium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Manganese

*substantial amount

**natural sodium is an important essential mineral. Inorganic salt (iodized salt, common table salt) is harmful, read more here.

 

Sardines in Your Dog and Cat’s Diet, How Much, How Often


How Often?

 

Sardines can be included in the daily diet, or included several times a week.  Or choose to rotate between sardines and other wild-caught, low mercury concentration fatty fish. For example:

  • Anchovies
  • Herring
  • Salmon
  • Smelt
  • Sprats

 

How Much?

 

Fish can represent up to a maximum of 20% of your dog and cat’s diet.

 

Fish should NEVER be used as the only animal protein in a dog or cat’s daily diet. A diet that contains too much fish can cause thiamine deficiency. Thiamine deficiency is a serious and life-threatening condition.

 

Should you Serve Sardines Raw or Cooked? How to Choose

 

Let your dog and cat indicate their preference. If they prefer gently cooked sardines, rather than raw, respect their indicated preference.

 

Serve Raw


Sardine can be served intact and whole. Or you can cut the sardine into chunks.

 

Let your dog and cat indicate their preference.

 

Every part of the sardine is safe and beneficial for your dog and cat. The sardine head, body, bone, organs, innards, skin and tail. 

 

When your dog and cat consume the entire sardine the nutritional and therapeutic value is optimal to support overall health. Best for your dog’s eye health, bone health, glandular health and more.

 

Serve Gently Cooked

 

Pour a small amount (i.e., half an inch) of filtered or spring water in a stainless steel saucepan.

  • Turn the stove top element heat on low.
  • Allow the sardine to cook just until the flesh of the fish is tender. 
  • Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Part the flesh of the cooked sardine down the center and pull out the spine. Discard the spine.
  • The sardine is ready to serve.

You can leave the bones in, or remove the bones. Allow your dog and cat indicate their preference.

 

How to Safely Handle and Prepare Sardines

 

Serving Sardines Raw?

 

Before Serving Raw Sardines, Freeze for 21 Days

 

Never give your dog or cat raw sardines (or other fish) that has not been frozen for at least 21 days. Freezing the sardines (or other fish) for 21 days is imperative. Freezing for 21 days kills any parasites that may be present in the flesh of the fish.

 

How to Safely Defrost Sardines

 

Defrost frozen sardines by placing the sardines in the refrigerator to thaw out.

  • As soon as the sardines have thawed they’re ready to serve raw.
  • Use thawed sardines within 3-days of thawing.

 

Where to Buy Raw Fresh, Frozen Sardines?


Purchase whole fresh frozen, raw sardines from...

 

Your local:

  • Fish market
  • Grocery store 
  • Raw Pet Food Store

On-line:

  • Raw food suppliers
  • On-line suppliers of meat, fish for human consumption

More tips on serving and preparing fish, here

 

How About Canned Sardines?

 

Canned sardines in water, no salt are an appropriate option for your dog and cat’s emergency food pantry.

 

However, I DON'T recommend canned fish, including canned sardines as part of your dog and cat’s regular diet. As well, I don't recommend sardines packed in tomato sauce. Here's why:

 

The Cooking Process – Nutritive Loss and Carcinogens

 

Canned sardines are steamed, fried, grilled, or smoked, then placed in a can with liquid (i.e., water, vegetable oil, tomatoes, etc.) and then cooked in an industrial pressure cooker.

 

The method used to cook the sardines, e.g.; steaming, frying, grilling and cooking temperature, and pressure cooking temperature result in:

  • Nutritive value loss
  • High temperature cooking (over 300 degrees Fahrenheit / 150 degrees Celsius) causes a spike in heterocyclic amines. Heterocyclic amines are carcinogenic chemicals caused by high heat cooking.

 

Cans and Can Linings – Toxic Exposure

 

Most food companies have replaced toxic BPA can linings with acrylic and polyester linings. However, the issues of toxic chemical contamination of canned food remains. Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) present in the can, and can lining migrate (leak and move), into the food.

 

Metal can and lining migrates to food include:

  • Acrylic resins
  • Amino resins (plastic polymers made with aldehyde)
  • Catalysts
  • Esters, organic and inorganic
  • Epoxidized edible oils (plasticizers)
  • Lubricants and waxes of various type and origins
  • Metals
  • Oligomers (a type of polymer present in acrylic and polyester)
  • Reaction accelerators to remove oxygen from canned food

Research has shown that even short-term feeding of canned food products increases the concentration of toxins in a dog and cat’s body.

 

Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce - Toxic Exposure

 

If you do include canned fish in your dog or cat’s diet, I recommend you avoid canned sardines in tomato sauce.

 

The tomatoes used in most canned fish products are conventionally grown with toxic chemical bactericides, fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. Its standard practice to spray conventional (not organic) tomato crops with an array of 30 chemical pesticides.

 

Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes, other red fruit, and vegetables, can help protect cells from oxidative damage. However, chemical residue is toxic and contributes to oxidation and inflammation in the body. 

 

My recommendation:

  • Avoid products that contribute to toxic load.

  • Select clean-sourced lycopene-rich foods instead.

 

Lycopene-Rich Food For Your Companion Animal's Diet

Select the options that work best for your animal companion.

Allow your dog to indicate if: she wants any of the above lycopene-rich fresh foods, and which of the options she prefers. If she declines to take tomato, or the other options, respect her indication.  To learn more about including appropriate vegetables and fruit to your dog’s diet, go here.

If your cat self-selects one of the options below, you can offer a small amount of the self-selected item. Cats are obligate carnivores. Fruit should only be given if self-selected and then only in small amounts.

Tomato-rich lycopene sources for dogs and cats

Lycopene per 100g of tomato product:

Sundried tomato provides more than 3x the lycopene found in tomato sauce. Choose organic sundried tomatoes. See the lycopene comparison below:

  • Sundried tomato – 45.0 mg per 100g
  • Tomato paste – 28.7 mg per 100g
  • Tomato sauce – 14 mg per 100g
  • Steamed tomato – 3 mg per 100g
  • Raw tomato – 2.5 mg per 100g


Fruit sources rich in lycopene for dogs and cats

Lycopene per 100g of other fresh fruit:

  • Guava (pink guava), fresh - 5 mg lycopene per 100g
  • Watermelon, fresh - 4.5 mg per 100g
  • Papaya, fresh - 1.8 mg per 100g
  • Grapefruit, fresh - 1.4 mg lycopene per 100g


Worried about Mercury Contamination?

 

The concentration of mercury in sardines is 0.012 parts per million, one of the lowest mercury concentrations found in fish.

 

Sardines are a small plankton eating fish, and are a food source (forage fish, prey fish), for larger fish. Sardines are low on the food chain, and as such do not have high concentrations of mercury present in larger fish. Learn more about selecting the lowest mercury contaminated fish here.

 

Worried About the Impact of Sardine Fishing Practices?

 

Pacific sardines (pacific pilchards) from Australia and Mexico are not considered a threatened (over-fished) species, and are harvested using methods that don’t adversely impact other important species. Pacific sardines are Marine Stewardship Council certified.

 

Brazilian sardines (Orangespot sardines) are currently designated as overfished. Although there are measures in-place to support rebuilding of stock, not all of the measure have been implemented. As well there are no measures currently in-place to protect other important, vulnerable species from harm.

 

European pilchards (Atlantic sardines) are currently designated as overfished. Currently there are no stronger measures in-place to prevent overfishing. As well there are no measures currently in-place to protect other important, vulnerable species from harm. 

 

 

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