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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Avocado Health Benefits for Dogs and Cats



Avocado health benefits for dogs and cats - this fruit can be an excellent addition to your pet's diet. Avocado, also called alligator pear, or butter fruit is botanically classified as a single seeded berry. The flesh of the avocado is a nutrient-rich dog-safe, and cat-safe food. The seed (pit) of the avocado is NOT safe for dogs and cats to consume, it is toxic to dogs and cats.  Consuming the skin may cause gastrointestinal upset. When offering your dog or cat avocado – always remove the skin, and the seed – offer ONLY the flesh of the avocado.


Avocado Health Benefits for Dogs and Cats


Avocado is…

A good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate; a source of protein due to the presence of eighteen essential amino acids; minerals such as calcium, copper, folate, iron, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium.

An excellent anti-inflammatory food possessing a unique profile of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich properties.  The majority (85%) of calories from an avocado come from potent anti-inflammatory fats that support healthy function of the brain, blood vessels, joints, and more.  Avocado is also an anti-carcinogenic food.

Heart healthy for your dog and cat when consumed on a regular basis (daily or several times per week), avocado can contribute to cardiovascular health helping to lower risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), and reduce oxidative stress within the blood stream.

Excellent for metabolic health and can help your dog or cat avoid the on-set of metabolic issues including improving blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity when avocado is consumed regularly as part of a well-balanced, species appropriate diet. This fruit has a low glycemic index– it is not a significant source of carbohydrates.

Good source of dietary fiber that helps regulate blood sugar levels, aids digestive and eliminatory health, and detoxification.

Liver health supporting. Avocado is excellent for your dog’s and cat’s liver health as nutrients in avocado support production of the important antioxidant, glutathione.


Rich source of carotenoids and the fat required to help the body make full use of the beneficial carotenoids. If your dog’s and cat’s food or treats contains carotenoid rich, low fat vegetables and fruit such as kale or spinach, carrot, and tomato - add a slice of avocado to the meal to help maximize the benefits of the carotenoids.

Good for your dog’s and cat’s eyes – avocado contains lutein and zeaxanthin two natural source phytochemicals that are crucial for eye health.


How to Select Avocado, and Know When Avocado is Ready to Eat
 

Organic vs. Non-Organic

While it is great if you can purchase organic avocado, conventionally grown avocado is a good choice too. The USDA’s and FDA’s recent (2015) tests indicated that conventionally raised avocado was the cleanest of all fruit tested for pesticide residue – only 1% of avocados tested showed any detectable pesticides.
 
Don’t purchase mushy avocados. Purchase slightly soft-to-the-touch or firm avocados. If firm, do not refrigerate – simply place in a bowl on the counter (where your dog cannot ‘steal’ it) and allow to ripen. If the avocado has ripened to the point of being mushy throw it in the garbage – do not give over-ripe avocado to your dog or cat. The flesh of overripe avocado is brown, may have dark spots, and the flesh may be sunken or have cracks. Overripe avocado is not healthy food for your do or cat.


Avocado is ready to eat when the avocado is a little soft (not mushy), and when you remove the skin the flesh is green with no brown or dark spots.

How to Serve Avocado to Your Dog and Cat

The pit of the avocado contains substances that are very toxic to dogs, and cats. The skin can cause a little upset tummy. Make sure you carefully remove the seed (pit), and skin of the avocado. Your dog and cat should only consume the flesh of the avocado.

When removing the skin, be careful to preserve the dark green flesh that is found just underneath the avocado skin. The dark green flesh is packed with valuable antioxidants, and carotenoids. I use a knife to nick the avocado, and then draw the knife from the top tip of the avocado down to the bottom of the avocado on one side (vertical, not horizontal), and then the other side – do this all around the avocado and then you can slip a spoon under the skin to carefully peel away the skin while preserving the integrity of the dark green layer of flesh attached to the fruit.

You can then slice the avocado flesh with a knife, or spoon. The fresh, raw piece of cut avocado flesh can be given as a treat, or mixed in with your dog’s and cat’s food.

The nutrients in avocado are degraded by heat and cooking so serve fresh and raw – do not heat or cook.

If you are not going to use the entire avocado at one meal you can sprinkle a little organic apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice on the flesh of the avocado to prevent oxidation (darkening of the flesh after prolonged exposure to air).


How to Introduce Avocado to the Diet
If your dog or cat has never had avocado before make sure you introduce it to his/her diet by giving a very small piece as a treat on its own – not with other foods. After you have tested your dog’s and cat’s tolerance you can add it to meal’s following the guidelines below.


Daily Amount – General Guideline

Cat or small size dog – 1 to 2 teaspoons
Medium size dog – ½ to 2 tablespoons
Large size dogs – 2 to 3 tablespoons
X-large dogs (100+ lbs) – 3 to 4 tablespoons

Cautions

Do not give your dog or cat avocado if any of the following conditions apply…

Your dog or cat has an allergy to latex.
If your dog or cat is pregnant or lactating.

Do not allow your dog or cat to consume large amounts or unlimited amounts of avocado.


Always remove the skin and seed (pit) – both can be toxic to your dog and cat. Some dogs are able to tolerate consuming a little skin without adverse side effects.


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Monday, 25 November 2013

Fresh Papaya for Dogs and Cats – Healthful Dietary Supplement, Nutraceutical



 In this article...
    1. History of Papaya
    2. Health Uses, Benefits of Papaya for your Dog and Cat
    3. Selecting and Use
    4. Preparing the Papaya
    5. How to Add Fresh Papaya to Your Dog’s, Cat’s Daily Diet
    6. Daily Dosage

1.0 History of Papaya
The papaya tree is a tropical plant that is native to Central America. The early Portuguese and Spanish explorers are responsible for the introduction of the papaya tree to other subtropical locations such as Africa, India and the Philippines. Papaya trees have also been introduced to the warmer parts of North America such as Florida and Hawaii, and countries such as Mexico and Puerto Rico. The papaya is the fruit of the tree.


2.0 Health Uses, Benefits of Papaya for your Dog and Cat

The enzymes in papaya contain properties that are very beneficial…
  • Anti-inflammatory;
    • Papaya contains papain and chymopapain – two unique protein-digesting enzymes  that help to reduce:
      • Inflammation;
      • Improve healing from burns;
    • The high levels of vitamin C, E and beta-caratene also help to reduce inflammation;
    • These anti-inflammatory qualities are helpful in treating inflammatory conditions such as:
      •  Asthma;
      •  Cancer;
      • Osteoarthritis;
      • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Anti-fungal
    • Natural treatment for ringworm;

  • Antioxidents
    • Papaya is a rich source of antioxidents including:
      • B vitamins;
        • Carotenes;
        • Beta carotene is used by the body to make Vitamin A;
        • Vitamin A is required to support healthy bones, cells and skin;
      • Flavonoids; 
        • Such as Lycopene; 
        • Lycopene is thought to reduce the risk of 
        • Cancer; 
        • Heart disease, and; 
        • Macular degeneration; 
        • Yellow fleshed papaya contains no lycopene; 
        • Red-fleshed Papaya contains a high level of lycopene; 
        • Folate; 
        • Vitamin A, C and E; 
        • Papaya has one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C found in fruits; 
        • Vitamin C enables the body’s production of collagen – an essential for the health of bones, gums, muscles and teeth; 
  • Minerals: 
    • Magnesium; 
    • Potassium; 
      • Essential to keeping blood pressure at a normal level;
  • Cancer protection;
    • Colon Cancer:
      • Papaya helps provide protection against colon cancer;
        • The fibre in papaya helps to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon, thus protecting healthy colon cells from damage;
        • The high levels of Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene also help to protect against colon cancer;
    • Prostate Cancer;
      • Adding papaya and green tea (use decaffeinated green tea only for dogs and cats) to the daily diet can significantly decreases the risk of prostate cancer;

  • Cardiovascular Health;
    • Papaya promotes the health of the cardiovascular system;
      • The carotenoids help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol – which…
      • Aids in the protection of:
        • Atherosclerosis;
        • Diabetic heart disease;
      • Supports cardiovascular health by enabling a healthy heart beat.

  • Dewormer
    • Parasite remedy, natural dewormer
      • Papaya helps to irritate and destroy worms in the Gastrointestinal Tract (GI Tract);
      • Read more about natural dewormers here;
  • Digestive health;
    • The enzyme papain aids in the digestion of proteins and also helps alleviate allergies;
      • Papain is similar to Bromelain – a digestive enzyme derived from pineapples which is also to aid digestion, treat allergies, muscle, tendon, ligment injuries and trauma;
    • Papaya is an excellent source of fibre.;

  • Eye Health;
      • The high levels of vitamin A, C and E and carotenoids found in Papaya help to prevent against:
        • Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), and;
        • Neovascular ARMD (associated with complete vision loss);
          • For more on natural support for eye health you can read here;

  • Immune System Health
    • The high level of vitamin A and C are immune system supporting and can selp in the fight against:
    • Colds;
    • Flu – canine influenza;

  • Muscle Health
    • Supports healthy muscle development and maintenance;

3.0 Selecting and Use

  • As always, organic is always best;
  • As noted above the red-fleshed Papaya has more health promoting properties than the yellow-fleshed papaya;
  • Look for Papaya’s that are slightly soft to the touch as papayas that are very hard will remain relatively hard and will not develop the same moisture rich flavour as a softer papaya;
    • Hard papaya is also lower in antioxidant content;
  • Leave the papaya out at room temperature until it starts to soften;
  • Once ripe store in the refrigerator and within a few days of ripening prepare as follows…

4.0 To Prepare the Papaya
  • Remove the skin of the papaya;
  • Remove the seeds;
  • Finely chop or mince by hand or using a food processor or blender;

5.0 How to Add Fresh Papaya to Your Dog’s or Cat’s
      Daily Diet
  • Mix the papaya in with your companion animal’s regular food at meal time;
  • Make a *yogurt or kefir, papaya and raw unpasteurized honey smoothie as a healthy treat for your dog or cat - simply add as a topper to his//her food or serve as a separate treat;
  • Yes the ASPCA lists dairy as bad for your dog and cat;
    • The ASPCA’s condemnation of dairy is inaccurate and incorrect;
    • Certain types of dairy products such as cheese, kefir and yogurt are very good for most dogs and cats;
    • You can read about the many health benefits and how to choose a good dairy product for your dog or cat here.

6.0 Daily Dosage
  • Small Size Dogs and Cats
    • ½  tsp to 1/8 cup
  • Medium Size dogs;
    •  1 tbs to ¼ cup
  • Large Size Dogs;
    • 2 tbs to ½ cup

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Menu of Holistic Wellness Services for Dogs and Cats πŸ•πŸˆ
For more information go here. 
✅  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
✓ None.
✓ 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.


Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld