Sunday, 11 April 2021

Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam Are Not Good for Your Dog and Cat

Sweet potato, potato and yams are not good for dogs and cats
  ★ 3 min read

Sweet potatoes, potatoes, and yams are not good for dogs and cats. These starchy root vegetables cause a wide range of long-term health issues for dogs and cats.

 

Your dog and cat may experience immediate symptoms of hypersensitivity to starchy root vegetables. But for most dogs and cats, health issues from consuming these starchy roots, develop over time. How and when adverse effects surface depends on your dog and cat’s overall circumstances.

 

Sweet potato and yam are not better than potato for your dog and cat. Dogs and cats can consume high glycemic index, and glycemic load foods such as sweet potatoes, yams and potatoes. But dogs and cats do not thrive on these foods.

 

Many pet guardians are aware that potato is not a good choice for their pet. But sweet potato and yam are still popular.

 

Why?

 

There's a misconception that sweet potato and yam are lower glycemic foods than potato. This misconception is harming dogs and cats. To set the record straight and resolve this harmful misconception, we need to talk about glycemic index and glycemic load.

 

Glycemic Index

 

The glycemic index (GI) measures the blood-glucose rating of carbohydrate content foods. Pure glucose is the baseline to compare how other foods effect blood-glucose level.

 

High GI foods cause a rapid spike in blood glucose followed by a quick decline in blood glucose. The rapid spike in blood glucose forces the pancreas to increase insulin secretion.

- Increased demand to produce insulin burdens the pancreas.

- High GI food doesn’t provide sustainable energy.

- The short-term effect is hunger and poor energy levels.

- The long-term effect is a heightened risk of inflammatory issues and disease.

 

Low GI foods don't place a heavy burden on the pancreas. As well, low GI foods help the body sustain energy levels. Let's see how sweet potato, potato and yam compare on the glycemic index.

 

Sweet potato

Baked for 45 minutes -  high GI

Boiled for 30 minutes - low GI

 

Potato

Baked for 45 minutes - high GI.

Boiled for 30 minutes - high GI.

 

Yam

Baked for 45 minutes - high GI.

Boiled for 35 minutes - high GI.

 

The only low GI option is a boiled sweet potato. BUT that boiled sweet potato isn’t good for your dog or cat. Why? Because glycemic load is more important than glycemic index. This is the crucial point many people aren’t aware of.

 

We need to talk about glycemic load.

 

Glycemic Load

 

Glycemic Load (GL) measures the carbohydrate in a food.

 

Potato, sweet potato and yam are high glycemic load foods. The adverse effects of these root veggies on the body are similar to:

Grains: barley, corn, oatmeal, rice, etc.

Legumes: peanuts (and peanut butter), chick peas, lentils, navy beans, soy beans, etc.

 

High glycemic load foods cause inflammatory response in your dog and cat’s body.

 

Dogs and cats have evolved to thrive on a diet consisting of:

- Animal protein: muscle meat, organ from ie. small prey, poultry, fish and eggs, etc.

- Bone and other sources of calcium such as eggshell

- Omega fatty acids

- Appropriate plant material with a low glycemic load

 

No sweet potatoes, no yams, no potatoes. No grains. No legumes.

 

Long-term consumption of sweet potato, yams and potatoes contribute to:

Allergies

Arthritis

Cancer

Diabetes (Type 2)

Gall bladder issues

Gastrointestinal issues and disease

Heart disease (cardiovascular disease)

Immune System Disruption

Kidney issues

Liver issues

Metabolic disease

Pancreatitis

Other inflammatory issues and chronic disease

 

Appropriate Alternatives to Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam

 

Dogs benefit from antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals obatined from appropriate plant material. You’ll find a lengthy list of plant material for dogs in this article.

 

Cats are obligate carnivores. Cats don't need vegetables in their diet. A small amount of plant material (ie. herbs and nutraceutials) can be beneficial when properly selected to suit the individual cat's requirements.

 

Protect your dog and cat’s long-term health. Don’t include sweet potato, potato, or yams in your dog and cat’s diet.

 

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Friday, 9 April 2021

Diatomaceous Earth, Not a Safe Supplement for Dogs and Cats

Diatomacious earth is not a safe supplement for dogs and cats

★ 2 min read

Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is not a safe supplement for dogs and cats. Some dog and cat owners use DE as an anti-parasitic ingested treatment (worming aid). But DE is not a safe choice. The good news is that there are many natural foods, herbs and nutraceuticals that are safe to use.


What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized skeletons of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms (plankton). DE powder is ground fossilized diatom skeletons.

How Does DE work to Kill Parasites?
DE is a desiccant. It kills parasites by removing moisture from the parasites body. The microscopic particles of DE are very **SHARP**. These sharp edges are abrasive, and cut into the parasites exoskeleton and body. The damage from the cuts results in more moisture loss which speeds the drying out process.

Diatomaceous Earth and Your Animal's Gut
Parasites cause inflammation of your dog and cat's stomach. So does DE. When your dog or cat ingests DE the sharp abrasive powder cuts and dries out the parasite's body. DE powder also causes dehydration and inflammation of your animal's gut.

Diatomaceous Earth and Your Animal's Lungs
If your dog or cat inhales DE powder while consuming her food:
- The sharp particles can cause irritation and inflammation of the lungs.
- Permanent damage of the lungs can occur.
- For animals with underlying respiratory issues the risk is even greater.

The adverse effects of DE on the respiratory system is well documented. Repeated inhalation of silica  (*silica is the primary component of DE) can accumulate in the tissue of the respiratory system: bronchi, lungs, lymph nodes and pulmonary alveoli. Long-term exposure has been linked to lung cancer, non-malignant respiratory issues and disease, and silicosis. This is well documented in humans. Consider that cats and most dogs are significantly smaller than an adult human.


DE and Mineral Displacement
Diatomaceous earth is 80% to 90% silica. Ingesting too much silica can result in displacement of essential minerals. 
 
If your animal's diet contains nutrient blocking ingredients (ie. grains, rice, peanut butter or starchy root vegetables) the risk of nutrient deficiency escalates.
 
A diet lacking in bioavailable minerals can will contribute to further nutrient deficiency.

DE and Your Dog and Cat's Heavy Metal Toxic Load
DE is composed of:
80% to 90% *silica
2% to 4% alumina
0.5% to 2% iron oxide
And a lesser amount of heavy metals, arsenic, cadmium and lead.

Arsenic, cadmium and lead are known to cause and contribute to: Acidification of the body
Poor immune system function
Inflammatory disease including cancer

Also keep in mind that an acidic body and poor immune system make the body vulnerable to parasites.
 
Don't Use DE, Use Safe Alternatives

There are many natural safe alternatives you can use instead of diatomaceous earth.

To help remedy infestations and help keep your dog and cat parasite-free:
 
Ingested Natural Parasite Prevention Aids
- Supplemental Foods to help prevent and treat flea infestations here.
- Herbal Wormers and Worming Aids to treat and prevent intestinal parasites here.

Topical Natural Parasite Prevention Aids
- Rosemary Flea Spray Recipe here.
- Natural, Herbal Recipes for Flea Dips, Sprays, Rubs and Rinses here

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✅  Maintain Health, and;
✅  Address Health Issues and Conditions:
✓ Treatment and Remedy 
Pre-Surgery holistic support protocols
Post-Surgery holistic healing protocols
Pre-Vaccine holistic support protocols
Post-Vaccine holistic support protocols
Natural Insect and Parasite Prevention
Natural Treatment for Insect, Parasite Infestation, Co-Infection, Disease
✅  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
✓ Treats - raw, dehydrated, freeze dried, gently cooked
✓ Herbs
✓ Alternative Medicines

Menu of Holistic Behaviorist Services for Dogs πŸ•
For more information go here.
In-person Sessions - available locally
Voice and Video Sessions - available worldwide
✓   Obedience Training
✓   Behavior Modification
✓   Psychological Rehabilitation

Affiliations to Companies
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✓ I don't sell food or supplements.
✓ I'm not aligned with any companies.
✓ I choose to maintain my objectivity in selecting best-solutions for my individual client's needs.

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Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld