Monday, 15 March 2021

Peanut Butter is Bad for Dogs

 

Peanut butter is bad for dogs

★ 3 min read

 

Let’s talk about peanut butter. Is peanut butter bad for dogs, or OK for dogs? 

 

Peanut butter is bad for dogs.

 

This may be upsetting news for some pet guardians. Peanut butter is popular for pilling medicine and stuffing dog treat toys. It’s fun to watch a dog eat peanut butter and it’s used as in ingredient in many dog treat products and supplements. But peanut butter is bad for dogs.

 

The good news is there other plant-based butters that are good for dogs. More about that later.

 

First I need to answer your questions:

1. Is peanut butter OK if it doesn’t contain xylitol, icing sugar, sugar or salt?

2. How about pure peanut butter?

3. Or organic peanut butter?

 

The answer to all three questions is NO. It doesn’t matter if you buy the highest quality, pure, organic peanut butter. Peanut butter is bad for dogs. Why you ask? 

 

Because peanuts contain naturally occurring substances that are harmful to dogs:

- Aflatoxins

- Lectins

- Phytic acid

 

Peanuts can also be a source of glyphosate residue, a synthetic carcinogen.

 

We need to talk about Aflatoxins, Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Is a peanut really a nut?

 

No, peanuts are not nuts.

 

Peanuts are seeds from the peanut plant. The peanut plant is in the same plant family as beans, peas and other legumes.

 

Peanuts are legumes.

 

Aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxic fungi. Crops such as legumes and grains (rice and other grains) are vulnerable to aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin contamination on legumes and grains can occur:

- On the live crop.

- During harvesting.

- During processing and milling of the crop (i.e. peanuts).

- And after you buy the product (i.e. peanuts, peanut butter).

 

Aflatoxins are toxic to humans, dogs and other animals.

 

Aflatoxins are classed as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Aflatoxins are not destroyed by cooking or exposure to other heat treatments.

 

Ingesting food contaminated with aflatoxins can cause acute severe intoxication (aflatoxicosis). 

 

Immediate side effects of acute aflatoxicosis include:

- Hemorrhage

- Kidney damage

- Liver damage

- Death, when not treated in time.

 

Long-term side effects:

- Liver cancer.

 

I’ve treated dogs for aflatoxicosis. It’s a complicated condition to treat and can have long-lasting health consequences. One of my client cases, a relative of the dog’s owner had given the dog a small amount of stale peanuts from the pantry. Those few peanuts were all it took to cause a terrible case of aflatoxicosis in a large breed dog.

 

A study tested peanut products over the span of 6 years (2011 to 2016). 42 percent of peanut products from the USA had contamination levels higher than acceptable safe levels.

 

About Lectins, Peanuts and Peanut butter


Lectins are natural carbohydrate-binding proteins present in a wide range of foods including:

- Fish

- Other animal proteins

- Grains

- Legumes

- Fruit

- Vegetables

 

Only some lectins are harmful.

 

The lectins in peanuts are harmful to dogs and cats. Naturally occurring lections in peanuts cause and contribute to:

- Nutrient deficiencies

- Disruption of the gut and intestines

- Immune system disruption

- Inflammation in the body

- Autoimmune disorders including food allergies

 

Lectins in legumes (i.e. peanuts) are not disrupted or destroyed by heating, baking or cooking. Don’t give your dog homemade or store-bought treats that contain peanuts, or peanut better.

 

It’s safe to say peanuts and peanut butter are not safe for dogs.

 

We also need to talk about Phytic Acid

 

Phytic Acid

 

Phytic acid is another naturally occurring substance present in all plants. The amount of phytic acid varies per type of plant and plant component.

 

Peanuts are a “high-phytate” (phytic acid) food.

 

Phytic acid interferes with the absorption of iron, zinc and calcium. Over the long-term this can result in mineral deficiencies. The degree to which phytic acid may affect your dog depends on your dog’s situation. Sensitivities, vulnerabilities and the details of your dog’s diet.

 

Many foods contain phytic acid and provide invaluable nutritive support. But there are some phytic acid containing foods that cause more harm than good. Peanuts and peanut butter cause more harm than good for dogs and cats.

 

 

The last toxin we’ll talk about is Glyphosate

 

Glyphosate (RoundUp) is the most common herbicide used in the world. In 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. Glyphosate

 

Since 2015 there have been many high profile suites have been filed against the manufacturer of glyphosate (Bayer – Monsanto). Monsanto recently lost a lawsuit covering an estimated 95,000 cases. As a result, Monsanto-Bayer must pay $10 billion to settle the suits. There are more cases waiting to be heard in-court.

 

Before planting the crop, glyphosate may be used to kill weeds. Before harvest time glyphosate applied to the crop speeds drying time. But not all peanut farmers use glyphosate.

 

Reduce your exposure to glyphosate residue. Buy organic peanut butter for yourself.

 

Don’t include peanuts and peanut butter in your dog’s diet. Replace the peanut butter with an appropriate alternative.

 

Dog Friendly, Healthy Alternatives to Peanut Butter

 

Your dog can still enjoy a small amount of plant-based butter as part of her diet. Choose one of the healthy plant-based butters I recommend (see below). Remember to choose 100% pure butters. Organic butters provide the best nutritive value:

 

- Almond butter

- Hazelnut butter (pure hazelnut butter, not cocoa and hazelnut butter)

- Pumpkin seed butter

- Tahini (sesame paste)

- Watermelon seed butter

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Rosemary Flea Spray, Dip for Puppies and Kittens

 

Rosemary flea spray, dip for puppies and kittens

★ 2 min read

This simple homemade rosemary flea spray (or dip) can help resolve kittens and puppies flea infestations.

Rosemary herbal spray or herbal dip is safe for young puppies and kittens. It is also effective and safe for adult *dogs and cats.

To make a rosemary dip bath scale-up the size of the recipe below to suit the size of the bath basin you'll be using.

Rosemary Flea Spray Recipe

You'll need

Water

Fresh or dry rosemary

Stainless steel sauce pan with a lid

Spray bottle


Preparation

Pour 16 ounces of water into the saucepan.

Turn on the heat and boil the water.

Once the water has boiled, add 1/8 cup of fresh chopped rosemary or 2 teaspoons dry cut and sifted rosemary.

Allow the rosemary to boil in the water for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the sauce pan from the heat. Allow the rosemary water to cool.

Strain the rosemary from the liquid.

Pour the liquid into a spray bottle.


To Use The Flea Spray

Before you use the spray, shake the bottle.

Apply the spray to your puppy's and kitten's fur (don't get the spray in puppy or kitten's eyes). Massage in well. Allow to air dry. 
 
Then run a flea comb through your little one's fur.

Reapply as needed. Safe for daily use.
 
 
To Use as a Flea Dip

Place a soft clean towel on the bottom of the wash tub. The towel will help your puppy or kitten to sit or stand without slipping.

Pour the slightly warm or room temperature rosemary liquid into the wash tub.

Place your puppy or kitten in the tub and gently, thoroughly wash your little one in the herbal bath. Run your fingers through your little one's fur and gently massage the herbal water into her skin.

Once her fur is dry run a flea comb through her fur.

The rosemary flea dip is safe for daily use.


*Cautions

1. Collies (rough or smooth coat) and Shetland sheep dogs (Shelties) have an inherited sensitivity to rosemary. Using rosemary on these two breeds can lead to seizures. Do not use the rosemary spray or dip on collies and shelties.
2. Do not use the rosemary spray of dip on dogs with a known history of seizures.

Make sure you also address the root cause of your kitten's and puppy's flea infestation...
 
 
An Appropriate Diet To Prevent Flea Infestations

Fleas (and other parasites) are attracted to animals that have an acidic body pH.

The most common cause of an acidic body pH is a diet of highly processed food products:
Dry pet food (kibble, biscuits) and treats.
Canned pet food.

A species appropriate raw diet supports normal body pH and a healthy immune system. A raw diet, or fresh and gently cooked food diet is the body's primary defense against insect and parasites infestation.

Adding whole food supplements can also help protect your kitten, puppy, cat and dog. For example:

Fresh garlic can help adult dogs and puppies **older than** six (6) months of age, stay flea-free. For dosage, preparation instructions, breed specific cautions and more, go here.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) or coconut sap vinegar (CSV) can help balance body pH. You'll find more information and dosing instructions for ACV here, CSV here.

Kelp and good-source omega-3 fatty acids can also help. More information and dosing instructions here.

You'll find more recipes for herbal flea treatments here.


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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Rice is not Good for Dogs and Cats 


 

Rice is not good for dogs and cats

★ 2 min read

Rice is not good for dogs and cats. Rice is a grain and a starchy carbohydrate. Rice, grains and other starchy carbohydrates are not part of a dog or cat’s ancestral diet. Dogs and cats don't need nor do they thrive on grains and other starchy carbs. White rice, brown rice, wild rice, organic rice. All inappropriate, without exception. Rice causes inflammation in the canine and feline body and is a major contributing factor to:

- Allergies

- Anxiety

- Anal gland issues

- Arthritis

- Cancer

- Diabetes

- Diarrhea

- Heart issues and disease

- Gastrointestinal issues

- Kidney disease and failure

- Leaky gut

- Obesity

- Oral health issues and disease

- Urinary tract issues

Other inflammatory issues and conditions.

A dogs and cat’s digestive tract are evolved to process fresh moisture rich whole foods:

Animal protein (muscle meat, organs).

- Animal fat.

- Raw non-load bearing bone.

- Plant material including a small amount of greens, berries, seeds and herbs.

You’ll find an overview of safe, fresh foods for dogs in this article.

Rice, other grains and other starchy carbs:

- Acidify the body creating a perfect environment for parasites.

- Block the absorption of essential nutrients.

- Cause spikes in blood sugar.

- Dehydrate the body causing strain on vital organs.

- Slow down the elimination of waste from the body.

- Contribute to the accumulation of disease causing toxins.

Many veterinarians recommend rice to help 'treat' diarrhea. Terrible advice as rice can cause diarrhea. Rice can ferment in the intestinal tract and cause exacerbation of diarrhea.

Don't give your companion animal rice for diarrhea. You'll find natural interventions for treating diarrhea in dogs and cats in this article.

All plants have specific affinities to various minerals and elements in soil. The rice plant has a natural affinity to arsenic, meaning the roots of the plant seek to draw arsenic from the soil.

Fertilizer (used on conventional rice crops) contain inorganic (synthetic) arsenic. Rice plants absorb the synthetic arsenic. When your dog and cat consume the rice they are also consuming inorganic arsenic. Inorganic arsenic is bio-accumulative toxin.

Protect your dog and cat’s health, don't include rice, grains or other starchy carbohydrates in your companion animal's diet.

 

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✅  Maintain Health, and;
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✅  Custom Designed Whole Food Diets - raw or gently cooked, and;
✅  Advice and Recommendation:
✓ Premade Diets - raw, dehydrated, freeze dried
✓ Supplemental Fresh Foods - raw, gently cooked
✓ Super foods
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✓ Herbs
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