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April 2017 Newsletter

March 29, 2017
MPC Monthly Newsletter & Specials!
A valued Home Delivery customer awaits our arrival!
The weather is taking a turn toward Spring and you may be seeing other changes around, especially with our new website!
Our new site launched on Tuesday. Thank you for their patience in the transition! We are very confident that all of the kinks will be worked out making the customer experience easier and more accessible to everyone.
*A few quick notes on our new, improved site:
  • The site currently defaults to showing 12 products at a time so make sure you’re checking for additional pages (or choose a larger default setting) in each protein category as there may be other in stock items you aren’t able to view on one page.
  • You can now subscribe to an individual product that is out of stock. When you do, an email alert will notify you when the product is back in stock.
  • Instead of receiving a confirmation email when your order is manually processed by us here in the office, you will now receive a “Shipped” email a day or two before your order hits the road.
Scroll down for our monthly sale items and Featured Charity for April. And most importantly, “Thank you for Feeding the Wolf & Tiger in Your Pets!”
Sincerely,
Suzanne, Paul, Archie & Ben,
Redd, & All Your MPC Friends
office: 317.694.4749
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Our commitment to quality: We use only healthy animals for our products–no 3D or 4D meats. No foreign sources. We do not sell any products that contain denaturants, added colors, preservatives, artificial ingredients.  There are no grains, fruits or vegetables added to any of our products. We believe in feeding a nutrient-rich meat, bone & organ diet–a carnivore diet as Mother Nature intended!
 
We gladly offer sale items for roughly a month or while supplies last. We try to only put items on sale that we will be able to restock for the month. However, sometimes supplies run out. If any product–whether on sale or not– has disappeared from the website, that means it is currently sold out. Thanks for your understanding! We receive new shipments every Thursday and update the website ASAP!
It’s a whole mess ‘o duck heads without tongues! These duck heads are from Midwestern ducks that were raised and butchered for human consumption. The tongues have been removed. They are packaged in a plastic bag. They are raw & frozen.
REGULAR: $13.25  SALE: $11.93
 
 
1 pound of Goat Spleen in a convenient deli container. It has been coarse ground for ease of use. These spleen are sourced from Midwestern-raised goats that were raised for human consumption. They were approved & processed in a USDA facility.
As a secreting/filtering organ, spleen are part of that elite group of organs (along with liver, kidneys and pancreas) that should make up 10% of your raw-fed pet’s diet.
REGULAR: $3.49  SALE: $3.14
 
 

This bag of 2 Whole Emu Leg Bones has a mixture of femur and/or tibia bones. They have ample easily accessible marrow. Each lovely bone varies in length and shape between 6 & 14 inches long. This tasty treat is fresh frozen from Tennessee Emu.
These are recreational bones only. This treat should not be mistaken as a meal for your raw-fed pet.
REGULAR: $4.95  SALE: $4.46

April 2017 Featured Charity

APRIL’S FEATURED CHARITY
 
Three decades ago, three women had a vision. Donna Nives, Gloria Scheuer and Pam Fahnestock became concerned about the growing number of animals languishing in area shelters. The three friends organized an agency headquartered in Greenwich, CT to advertise various dogs and cats that were available for adoption. Adopt-A-Dog was born.

Their hopes and dreams for the future were to build an Animal Welfare Education & Rescue Center to ensure that their mission could live on. They have reached their initial goal and now strive to find loving homes for all of their wonderful animals.

With their shelter located in Armonk, NY, Adopt-A-Dog is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission has been to Save, Socialize and Secure Loving Homes for Unwanted or Abandoned Dogs. They have been serving the tri-state area and beyond for over three decades. Their shelter is open seven days a week. Their dedicated staff and volunteers strive to provide the best care possible while the animals are at their shelter awaiting safe and permanent homes.

During the month of April, MPC will happily donate a portion of our sales to Adopt-A-Dog.

Adopt-A-Dog accepts donations, you can help here: http://www.adopt-a-dog.org/sponsor-a-pet/#

MPC Simple Starter Guide

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Simple Starter Guide to Raw-feeding

Starting out with raw-feeding can seem overwhelming, but no need! First, take a deep breath! Relax. Every MPC product is taylor-made by raw-feeders for raw-feeders. We are so confident in the quality of our pet-food, catering to different raw-feeding preferences, that we believe in your success and the improved health of your furry family members wholeheartedly. Different styles of raw-feeding do abound! There is a lot of literature out there, online and in books, and some of it conflicts. There is no reason to get bogged down in the details and worry too much about how to start. 

Good news, there are many right ways to raw-feed. Just like there is an abundance of potential ways to have a healthy diet for humans, there are a lot of healthy options for pets. Our suggestion is to feed a wide variety of meals. For your pet, more variety means more trace vitamins & minerals, a healthier digestive system and more satisfaction from mealtime. Our products are selectively sourced and come from the most naturally raised & fed livestock available. This dedication translates into more nutritionally dense food for your pet.

What is the best protein with which to begin? There’s no such thing as a “starter protein”. When you are first starting, getting a selection of different meats will give you a range of foods to try. Just like people, many pets have distinct preferences. Having a wide selection will give you a chance to see what your own pet’s likes and dislikes are. If you are really unsure as to which protein to start, look at your pet’s current food and see if you can figure out what the primary meat flavors are. This should give you a good starting point.

The recommended amount to feed adult pets is 2-3% of their ideal body weight per day and about twice that amount for a growing puppy or kitten. Adults are usually fed twice a day. Puppies and kittens should be fed several times a day.

We think the easiest products to use are our “Ground Whole” and “Whole Prey” products since they contain the meat, bones and organs of the whole animal. It is the quickest, straight-forward option for a beginner to raw food. Just thaw the containers in the fridge, and scoop & serve! Some animals, especially cats, tend to prefer food a little warm, but that can be as simple as placing their food bowl in some warm water for a few minutes. Serving the food cold isn’t harmful. However, they may want to wait until it warms up a bit.

For dogs, the easiest thing to do is to skip one meal so they’re good and hungry, then just put down the raw food for their next meal. There’s no need to supplement their raw food with kibble, or to transition them gradually (though it can be an option). Cats can be a bit more finicky. They tend to be much more texture-driven than dogs and may take longer to transition from kibble to raw. We highly recommend checking out rawfedcats.org and feline-nutrition.org for more in-depth information about switching a cat to raw food.

That’s pretty much it! There’s no need to get so worried about what’s “right,” because right comes over time. The exact ratio of bone and organ and meat does not have to be achieved in every meal. By feeding a variety of meals, everything will even out in time. Just jump in and go for it!

Tips For Keeping Your Pet Safe This Winter

Tips For Keeping Your Pet Safe This Winter

by Lisa Segall

Wintertime can bring beautiful sights like a layer of fresh white snow covering the landscape or icicles hanging from the trees that sparkle in the sunlight. It can also mean dangers for our pets such as freezing temperatures, salt and antifreeze. Here are a few tips for keeping your pet safe this winter.

Many dogs enjoy playing in the snow, but it’s important to pay attention to the temperature outside and other factors such wind chill. Some breeds have thicker coats and adapt to the cold weather better than others. Breeds with short hair or smaller bodies tend to get cold easier. If your cat or dog is mainly an indoor pet, it’s important to remember that their bodies have adapted to indoor temperatures and may not tolerate the cold weather for very long. If your cat or dog is an outdoor pet, it’s important to bring them indoors or provide them with adequate shelter when the temperature gets too cold.

 

Paw care is especially important this time of year. Check your pet’s paws after a walk or time spent outside to make sure there are no injuries from the snow or ice. Balls of snow can compact in the fur on their feet and cause discomfort. Pads can split or get injured on the ice. Frost bite can also happen on paws and ears if exposed to very cold weather for too long.

Rock salt can also cause irritation to your pet’s paws. It’s always a good idea to wipe your pet’s paws after a walk in the winter to remove any salt, antifreeze or other chemicals used this time of year. Your pet not only gets these chemicals on their skin, but they ingest them when they lick their paws. You can keep a wet towel by the door to wipe their paws or a small bucket of warm water by the door to dip their paws in to clean any chemicals off. Be sure to dry your pet’s paws thoroughly when done. This is a great time to do a quick check to make sure their paws are injury free and healthy.

 

Antifreeze and other winter chemicals should always be kept away from your pet. Clean up any spills or leaks immediately to prevent poisoning. Dogs are especially attracted to antifreeze which can cause major health issues and death. Opt for pet friendly salt to put on your sidewalks and driveway. You can still melt the ice and snow while keeping your pet safe. Keep in mind that we may drag salt and other chemicals into our homes on our shoes and boots, so you and your pet may be exposed to them in your home. Removing shoes at the door can also help you and your pet stay healthy this winter.

 

Since we don’t have fur, we need to wear coats, hats, gloves and boots when it’s cold outside. Our pets on the other hand have fur, so use common sense when putting clothes, coats and boots on your pet. Make sure coats, sweaters and clothes fit appropriately for your pet to prevent irritation or injury. Only use a coat if necessary, such as with smaller breeds that can get cold easily. Boots seem like a cute idea, but our pets use their paws to feel and sense things. Boots prevent them from feeling which can cause problems or injuries.

 

If your pet is less active in the winter, adjust their food and treat intake so they’re not consuming too many calories and gaining weight. If your pet is very active in the winter, you may need to increase their calories to make up for the amount of energy they’re using to stay warm. Make sure your pet is also drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated this winter. We tend to think more about water and hydration in the warmer months, but dehydration can happen in the winter too.

 

It’s important to be aware of our environment and our pet’s behavior, so we know when they’re just adjusting to new temperatures or they need some extra support. Using the tips above will help you keep your pet safe, healthy and happy this winter. 

 

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

 

Obesity and Our Pets

Holistic Living for You & Your Pet Carnivore

 

Obesity and Our Pets

by Lisa Segall

 

Chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease are increasing just as fast in our pets as they are in people. As much as we’d like to blame genetics or family traits on the obesity epidemic, the majority of people and animals dealing with obesity have it because of lifestyle choices. Pets that live in a home with overweight or obese owners are much more likely to be overweight or obese themselves because they share similar lifestyles. Being overweight or obese has many health consequences for our pets just as it does for us, so what can we do to prevent and reverse this epidemic?

 

There are many things that we can do, but nutrition/food, exercise and stress management are some of the most important areas to focus on. Since you’re receiving this newsletter, you’re probably already feeding your pet some raw food. Whether your pet is 100% raw or partially raw, is their diet balanced? Are they getting all of the essential components on a regular basis that promotes good health and good weight? Do you give your pet treats or table scraps? Have you taken inventory of how much your pet eats each day? Just like with people, I recommend doing a food journal for a week. Write down everything you give your pet for seven days and review it at the end of the week. Be sure to write down quantities, so you know just how much volume your pet is eating. You might be shocked when you see it all in writing. Make some adjustments if needed and consult a professional if you need more information on a balanced diet for your pet. If everything looks good with their food and nutrition, then look at exercise.

 

The human body is made for movement and so is your pet’s body. Many of our pets live indoors and don’t get the amount of exercise or movement that they need. Exercising your pet outside is a great way for you and your pet to get exercise, sunshine and fresh air. Indoor play like hide and seek or chasing a laser can be good too. The important part is to get your pet moving, especially if they’re overweight. An overweight pet that doesn’t get sufficient exercise is much more likely to develop chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Adding some type of exercise each day can prevent and reverse these chronic conditions, and it helps reduce stress.

 

Stress is often an area that’s overlooked when it comes to our pets. Many people comment that their pet has the life of luxury because we do everything for them, but we also share our stress with them and our bad habits. Stress floods our bodies with hundreds of hormones and chemicals that promote fat storage, so stress can result in extra pounds for you and your pet. Animals are very sensitive to our emotions and moods. When we’re upset or stressed out, it can make them upset or stressed out. For your health and your pet’s health, it’s beneficial to de-stress yourself. Taking a few deep breaths, doing a quick meditation or visualization, yoga and any type of exercise can help you reduce your stress. Pay attention to the things that stress your pet and try to make changes that will support stress reduction. They’ll be happier and less likely to put on extra weight if they’re not stressed.

 

Stress is a tricky thing because it can affect what and how much we eat, as well as how much we exercise. The same goes for our pets. A stressed pet may eat more and be less willing to exercise. Having awareness about stress, exercise and nutrition/food is the first step. Setting realistic goals and taking action are the next steps to reversing and preventing the obesity epidemic. Our pets rely on us to take care of them. If your pet is overweight or obese, please help them lose the extra pounds so they can live a healthier, happier life.  

 

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

Tis the Season For Fleas and Ticks

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Tis The Season For Fleas and Ticks

by Lisa Segall

 

The warm weather is here. Time for planting gardens, taking long walks at the park and oh yes…fleas and ticks. Due to a mild winter, bugs are coming out in full force. Many pet owners are already finding fleas and/or ticks on their pets. So what options do we have when it comes to these pests?

 

You can check your pet thoroughly each time they come in from outside. Do a full sweep of the body with your hands to check for ticks and remove them immediately if found. Then use a flea comb and comb your entire pet to check for fleas. Your pet will enjoy all of the extra attention, but this option can take some time and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find all of those little critters.

You could put a chemical flea and tick preventative on your pet. This is an easy option, but one that can have side effects for your pet. Many animals have reactions or side effects from these chemicals that can range from minor to severe, and some animals seem just fine. Each animal is unique, so pay close attention to your pet if you chose to use these products. The chemical products that prevent multiple pests can have more side effects because of the use of multiple pesticides in one dose. Talk to your vet, talk to other pet owners using the product you want to use and do your research. Remember, just because your vet recommends a product doesn’t mean it’s the right one for your pet. A simple search online can get you information on common side effects and possibly some testimonials from other pet owners to help you make your decision. Using these chemical products doesn’t guarantee that your pet won’t get fleas and ticks either. They’re just another tool or option for prevention.

 

You could use all natural flea and tick repellents. There are many products on the market now that utilize natural substances to deter pests from jumping on your pet. Of course, a healthy pet is the best deterrent because pests prefer unhealthy animals. There are shampoos and sprays available that contain essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, cinnamon, eucalyptus and neem. Unless you’re trained in essential oils for pets, please work with a professional or purchase products formulated for pets. Cats can be especially sensitive to essential oils, so use caution when using these products on cats. Because these products are all natural, you’ll need to reapply according to the directions for optimal prevention.

 

You could use a combination of these options. If you live in the woods, maybe you utilize all of these options. If your pet lives indoors all of the time, then they may not need any preventatives or repellents. Find the option or combination that works best for you and your pet to help them stay flea and tick free.

Don’t forget about your house and yard. It’s important to keep them pest free too for your pet’s health and your family’s health. Fleas and ticks can take a trip inside on your pet and chose to use you as a host, so keeping your environment clean is important as a prevention as well. Vacuum frequently, wash pet bedding frequently, pick up your animal’s waste frequently and look into natural substances like diatomaceous earth or cedar oil to help in the yard and house.

There are many options available for dealing with fleas and ticks. I use a combination of solutions with my golden retriever to help keep him flea and tick free. Find the solution or solutions that work best for your pet, so they can live a happy, healthy life.

 

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

 

How Much Do You Know About Your Pet’s Vaccinations?

Holistic Living for You & Your Pet Carnivore

How Much Do You Know About Your Pet’s Vaccinations?

by Lisa Segall

 

 

Vaccination has become a hotly debated topic for both people and animals. We start giving our children vaccines at a very early age to prevent disease because that’s what the medical community has told us is best. We vaccinate our pets every year because that’s what the veterinarian community has told us is best. Flu vaccines, vaccine side effects and possible connections to illnesses like autism are often in the news, but what about vaccine information for our pets? Unless you subscribe to newsletters that are focused on holistic pet care or search for vaccine information on the web, you may not hear much about vaccines for pets. There are varying opinions on whether vaccines are safe, healthy, harmful or even necessary. This article isn’t about what’s right or wrong because the experts can’t even agree on that. It’s about providing information and raising awareness, so you can make the best decision for your pet.

 For many years, we’ve been told that our pets should be vaccinated every year during their yearly check-up. There are many theories as to why every year. Some believe that animals need vaccinated every year, some believe that it’s a way for the pharmaceutical industry and veterinarians to make money, and some believe that it’s better to over vaccinate than to under vaccinate since each animal responds differently to every vaccine. The American Animal Hospital Association’s vaccine guidelines now recommend vaccinating every three years once initial core vaccines have been given, as well as booster shots at one year of age. More and more evidence is showing that vaccines can last three years, five years, seven years or even longer. Is this information being suppressed, so money can be made or is science just getting better at understanding vaccines and their effects on the body? Many vets are converting to the three year schedule, but your vet may still be vaccinating every year. Don’t let your vet dictate how often your pet gets vaccinating and which vaccines are given. Use their recommendations along with all other information you have to make an informed decision.

One thing that most of the experts can agree on is to never vaccinate your pet if they’re sick. Vaccines compromise the immune system and can cause major issues if given to a pet that already has compromised health.

 

Vaccinating your pet is a decision you’ll need to make. Rabies is the only vaccine required by law. There are core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Canine core vaccines include distemper, parvo, adenovirus and rabies. Feline core vaccines include panleukopenia, calici, herpes and rabies. Core vaccines are generally recommended because they supposedly protect against disease that can be serious and even fatal. All other vaccines such as kennel cough are non-core or optional. These vaccines should only be considered for specific animals and specific situations such as kennel cough for an animal that is boarded frequently. Please inform yourself about every vaccine suggested by your vet before giving them permission to give the vaccine(s). Over vaccination can cause a long list of symptoms and illnesses, as well as contribute to allergies, auto-immune diseases and even cancer.

 What if you don’t want to vaccinate your pet every year or every three years? There’s another alternative called titers. Not all vets offer this option, so you may need to find a holistic vet if you want to have this test. Titers check for antibodies in the blood. A blood sample will be taken and a test will need to be ordered for each disease you want to check immunity levels on. This is a good tool to know if your pet is immune and when your pet may need a vaccination. This is also a controversial topic. Some experts believe that titers are a very valid way to see if your pet is still immune and other experts believe that the test is not accurate. Titers can also be more expensive than vaccinations, but can save your pet from negative effects of over vaccinating. Vets that offer other holistic services can suggest herbs, supplements or other therapies to help your pet with any potential side effects from vaccines. Holistic vets are also more open to a customized vaccine schedule based on each animal.

There’s far too much information about vaccinations to cover in one article. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions. Your pet’s health is important. Educate yourself, ask questions, consider all of the options and do what you feel is best for your pet, so they can live a happy, healthy life.

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com

Holistic Health Care for Your Pet

Holistic Living for You & Your Pet Carnivore

 

Holistic Health Care for Your Pet

by Lisa Segall 

One of the best decisions I ever made for my pets was to connect with a holistic veterinarian. My golden retriever who passed away in 2010 went to a conventional vet until he was five years old. Back then, I didn’t fully understand the importance of treating the whole body and not just the parts. It took a terrible situation to open my eyes. My golden had a really bad skin infection and was put on some strong drugs during a visit to the vet. He was due for his vaccinations and the vet said that it would be okay to vaccinate him during the same visit. Not knowing how damaging that would be to my golden, I thought the vet knew best and I let him vaccinate my dog. My golden developed chronic health issues because of this mistake. I realized that my golden deserved the best care and I’ve been working with holistic vets ever since. It took many years of holistic care to help my golden heal from that one mistake. My current golden has been going to a holistic vet since I rescued him and he’s in excellent health at nine years old. I’m not saying that conventional vets are bad. This was just one example of a bad decision by a conventional vet, one that was not looking at how his actions would impact my golden’s whole body. I’m sure there are many great conventional vets and some who treat the whole animal without calling it holistic care. Your pet can’t tell your vet what is best for them, so it’s up to you to make informed decisions on what is best for your pet and their health. This may mean staying with your conventional vet because you think they offer great health care for your pet or it may mean connecting with a holistic vet to see what they offer.

So how do you find a holistic vet if you want to talk to one or use them as your pet’s health care provider? You can do a search on the web for local holistic vets, you can ask other pet owners if they use one and recommend them or you can visit www.holisticvetlist.com which is a database from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. You can search by state, type of services and more in this database.

What are the advantages of working with a holistic vet? Holistic vets have the same training as conventional vets, but they’ve also been trained in other modalities. This gives you and your pet more options with treatments, vaccinations and medications. Some of the other modalities that holistic vets use are acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese herbs, Western herbs and energy medicine. Holistic vets also offer more vaccination options. For example, they’re more open to checking titers (measures antibodies in the blood) to see if your pet needs a vaccination. They may also give vaccinations at different times with the addition of herbs to help the body with any side effects from the vaccinations as opposed to giving multiple vaccinations in one visit like most conventional vets. They also look at your pet as a whole being and not just organs, bones and other parts. They’re more aware of how a medication, vaccination or procedure may impact the whole body and not just the body part or illness being treated.

We know the importance of feeding our pets a species appropriate diet. Working with a vet who embraces raw feeding, looks are your pet as a whole being and offers additional holistic services to support your pet’s health is a great option if you have access to a local holistic vet. Providing holistic health care to your pet can help them live a healthier, happier life and give you more options in how your pet’s health care is provided.

 

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

 

Reducing Your Pet’s Stress

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Reducing Your Pet’s Stress

by Lisa Segall

You may have read that having a pet can reduce your stress because pets provide unconditional love, they enhance our mood, they provide companionship and they encourage us to get out and exercise. What about our pet’s stress? How can we help reduce their stress, so they can live a healthier, happier life? This month’s article will talk about a few ways to help reduce your pet’s stress.

Our pets not only show stress in a different way than we do, they also feel stress in a different way. Our pets can smell hormones and chemicals released by our bodies that tell them if we’re stressed, relaxed, happy, sad, or whatever mood we’re in. They’re very good at reading body language and feeling our energy. Think of a pet that quietly consoles their owner when they’re sad and crying or a pet that does circles of joy when their owner comes home in a great mood. We’re connected to our pets on many levels that impact their stress and health. Imagine what it’s like to be around another person that’s stressed out and the longer you’re around that person, the more their stress affects you. The same goes for your pet, so it’s beneficial for you and your pet to reduce your stress.

So how do you reduce your stress? There are a lot of books, programs, therapies and techniques dealing with stress because everyone is affected by it differently. There’s too much information to go into for this article, so I’ll just mention a few things you could try. Massage therapy, energy therapy, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, eating a balanced diet, exercise, guided imagery, journaling, dancing and listening to relaxing music are just a few ways to reduce your stress. I discuss many of these stress reducing methods with my energy therapy clients and health coaching clients.

cathy schoeder afterWe’ve talked about reducing your stress, so now let’s talk about other ways to help your pet reduce their stress. Many therapies that work for humans also work for your pet. Energy therapy for animals is a great way to help your pet find more balance and reduce their stress, and it can be done by distance session no matter where you live. Massage therapy and Tellington Touch are hands-on techniques that help your pet relax by using different strokes and movements on the physical body. Music and TV can help your pet relax. There are even CDs and DVDs made especially for pets. Appropriate toys can give your pet an outlet for their stress. Chewing helps release stress physically and toys that require strategy to get a treat help stimulate their mind and keep them busy. Some toys also require movement, and exercise is a great way to reduce stress.

There’s been much written on the benefits of exercise and how it reduces stress. Animals in the wild get plenty of exercise, but our pets typically get much less. Our pets have had to adapt to our lifestyles, but they still need exercise and movement. Many behavior problems can be helped by exercise. Not only to get excess energy out, but also for the mental stimulation. Taking your pet for a walk (even cats can be taught to walk on a leash) is a great way for them to get exercise. It’s very popular to teach your pet to heel, but I think it’s also important to let them be who they are. They get a lot out of sniffing in the grass and smelling who’s been there before them. Playing frisbee, ball or other games in the yard is also a great way to get exercise for you and your pet. 6Toys that move around can get your pet to move, as well as games in the house. My golden retriever loves to go for walks at the park, but when it’s raining outside his favorite game is hide and seek. He gets lots of exercise running through the house and lots of mental stimulation trying to track me. Exercise releases hormones and chemicals that are good for our well-being and the well-being of our pets. Keeping our stress and our pet’s stress low is very beneficial for everyone’s health.

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

 

Keeping Your Pet Safe & Healthy During the Holiday Season

Keeping Your Pet Safe & Healthy During the Holiday Season

by Lisa Segall

The holiday season is a time of family, friends, fun, parties and treats. It’s also a time of stress, different schedules and dangers for our pets. There are several holidays from the end of October to the beginning of January. These holidays often include decorations, candy and sweets, plants, candles, gifts, noise and travel. To people, these things are part of the holidays. For our pets, they can mean stress, poisons, accidents and even death. Here are a few things to be aware of during the holiday season to keep your pet safe and healthy.

 

Candy, chocolate and sweets seem to be a big part of the holiday season. People and animals find these treats very tempting. We know that we should limit our amount of these sweets, but what about our pets? Many human foods can be toxic and dangerous for our pets. Chocolate, candy, grapes, raisins, alcohol and foods made with xylitol or artificial sweeteners are just a few of the items that can be toxic for our pets and are often around during the holidays. Children like to share their treats with pets and visitors may not be aware of the dangers, so it’s your responsibility as your pet’s caregiver to keep them safe from these potentially dangerous foods.

 

Decorations are another thing that people and animals both enjoy. Dogs and cats like playing with strings, ribbons and wrappings, but these items can be dangerous if swallowed or if they get lodged in the teeth, mouth or throat. Plastic decorations, ornaments and plastic pieces from packages may seem like toys for your pet and are best kept away from them because they can be choking hazards. Candles are also a part of the holidays, but should be kept away from pets as tails and fur can catch on fire. Scented items like potpourri and candle beads are tempting for our pets to taste and should be kept away from them as well. These items can be dangerous if swallowed not only because they may be toxic, but because they may get lodged in the animal’s digestive system requiring surgery.

 

Plants are another decoration that can be toxic to our pets. Holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and some kinds of lilies are just a few common holiday plants that can poison our pets. Christmas trees can also be hazardous. It’s best to attach them to the wall, so your pet doesn’t knock it over. Avoid tinsel because animals find it very intriguing and keep cords away from your pets to prevent accidents.  

 

Parties, visitors and extra noise can also be stressful for your pet during the holidays. Watch for signs of stress such as pacing, panting, hiding, shaking, barking, excessive licking and destructive behavior. Provide a quiet place for your pet to escape to when they get stressed. A dark den like location helps many pets relax and relaxing music can help buffer the extra noises. Having their blanket, toys or maybe an item of clothing that smells like you in their special place can help them relax too.

Travel and inconsistent routines can also cause your pet some stress. If your pet is used to a routine, try to keep it as best you can. Provide distractions such as treats and favorite toys. Look into a wrap such as a Thundershirt if your pet has anxiety. It can be used in the car and at home to help ease stress. Keeping your pet’s stress level low can help them stay healthy through the holidays.

 

We have a lot going on during the holiday season and we can forget how dangerous the holidays can be for our pets. Vet visits rise during this time of year because of these dangers, but they can easily be avoided. Being aware of these dangers is the first step and taking some of the simple actions above can prevent accidents and keep your pet safe and healthy during the holiday season. I wish you and your furry kids a safe, wonderful holiday season filled with joy, love and peace.

 

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

 

Dental Health for Your Pet

Dental Health for Your Pet

by Lisa Segall

 

Dental health is a reflection of overall health for you and your pet. We know the importance of lisa segallbrushing and flossing our teeth. We want to avoid decay which can lead to cavities, root canals and periodontal disease. Many diseases have a clear link to poor dental health for people and for animals, so it’s important to be aware of your pet’s dental health and to be proactive in the care of your pet’s teeth and mouth.

 

We have control over what we put in our mouths and how we care for our teeth. Our pets on the other hand, depend on us for the food they eat and for their dental care. Unfortunately, dental care is often an overlooked part of caring for our pet’s health. We remember to feed them, bath them and take them to the vet, but then forget to brush their teeth on a regular basis. Maybe your dog or cat hates to have their teeth brushed or you just don’t think about it unless their breath is terrible. Scheduling a time to brush their teeth is just as important as it is for you to schedule time to brush yours. Some vets recommend a daily brushing while others recommend brushing their teeth at least once a week.

 

zin may 2007 boneThe diet that your pet eats will also affect how often they need their teeth brushed. A diet of kibble with grains and starches will produce more buildup on your pet’s teeth, causing more plaque and the need for brushing. A species appropriate diet of meat, organs and bones will help clean your pet’s teeth, reducing the amount of plaque and the need for brushing. Even if you feed your pet a 100% raw diet, it’s still a good idea to brush their teeth and inspect their mouth on a regular basis.

Brushing your pet’s teeth not only helps reduce plaque, but is a great time to inspect your pet’s mouth. Does your pet have bad breath, bleeding gums, red or swollen gums or discoloration on their teeth? If so, these may be signs of decay, periodontal disease or other health issues. This is also a great time to check for chipped or cracked teeth since our pets can’t tell us they broke a tooth. Be sure to mention any of these issues to your vet, so they can examine your pet’s mouth and take the appropriate action.

 

Some organizations and vets recommend getting a dental cleaning at your vet’s office annually, kittens eating grd chickenwhile other’s recommend cleaning them only when needed. A dental cleaning will require your pet to be put under anesthesia which has a variety of risks depending on your pet’s health. Anesthesia allows the vet full access to your pet’s mouth, so they can clean each tooth and do a thorough examination. Practicing good dental care at home can greatly reduce the need for a dental cleaning and anesthesia. Feeding a species appropriate diet and practicing good dental care at home is the best way to reduce the need for dental cleanings.

 

Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis is an essential part of caring for your pet’s dental health and overall health. It’s a great way to help keep your pet healthy and happy.

 

Lisa Segall is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healing Practitioner and mom to a golden retriever who is happily fed a raw diet. She offers holistic services for people and animals. Most sessions with animals are done by distance session, so she can support you and your pet no matter where you live. Lisa can be reached at 317-698-5957 or  energylisa@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.LisaSegall.com.

The Carnivore Connection and Predisposition to Diabetes Mellitus

The Carnivore Connection and Predisposition to Diabetes Mellitus 
by David Church

While the level of insulin resistance is certainly greater in cats with glucose intolerance or diabetes mellitus than it is in normal cats, it has been suggested that as a strict carnivore, the cat is inherently more insensitive to insulin and less able to cope with carbohydrate loads than other more omnivorous species.

It has been proposed that during its evolutionary development the cat’s natural diet of food of animal origin only has resulted in it becoming markedly adapted to a diet high in protein (approximately 54% of dry matter) and low in carbohydrates (approximately 8% of dry matter). This adaptation is reflected by the cat’s unique metabolism of various nutrients, making it a true and strict carnivore. When comparing carbohydrate metabolism of the cat with those of other, more omnivorous species, there are a number of specific adaptations evident. These include altered levels of enzymes responsible for digestion and uptake of both starches and sugars in the intestine, an altered capacity to handle glucose loads including both a slower incorporation rate of glucose to glycogen and elongation of glucose elimination times with standard glucose tolerance tests, the effective absence of hepatic fructokinase and, perhaps most tellingly, the minimal hepatic glucokinase activity present in the cat. This low level of glucokinase activity limits the cat’s ability to metabolise large glucose loads, as glucokinase has a far lower Km than hepatic hexokinase and hence is more readily able to respond to changes in blood glucose.

According to the carnivore connection theory propagated by Brand Miller and Colagiuri, chronic ingestion of a low carbohydrate-high protein diet results in selection pressure favouring animals with a tendency for increased hepatic glucose production and decreased peripheral glucose utilisation, i.e., insulin resistance. Both the ability of insulin to inhibit hepatic glucose production and to augment tissue glucose disposal are therefore impaired.

The increased hepatic glucose production is the result of the high protein intake and is mediated through an increased carbon flux through the gluconeogenic pathways. This increased carbon flux may be mediated by a number of different mechanisms including a mass action affect of increased concentrations of gluconeogenic substrates, an increase in glucagon levels that stimulate gluconeogenesis and/or the activation of a number of key enzymes in the gluconeogenic pathway.

The decreased insulin stimulated glucose disposal by peripheral tissues is largely due to the decrease in carbohydrate intake and the consequent hypoinsulinaemia and/or reduced insulin efficacy peripherally, i.e., peripheral insulin resistance.

In other words a predominantly carnivorous diet (or expressed another way a high protein-low carbohydrate diet) may produce metabolic adaptation which is effectively expressed as insulin resistance, both in the liver and peripheral tissues.

As previously mentioned, insulin resistance in man is now recognised as the earliest metabolic defect in those destined to develop non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and enhanced insulin resistance is a feature of many diabetic cats. It has been proposed by the devotees of the carnivore connection theory that insulin resistance was the normal phenotype for an obligate or strict carnivore and this very insulin resistance increases the likelihood of the development of diabetes in strict carnivores fed a diet high in carbohydrate for any protracted period of time. Such diets, through evoking higher post prandial insulin responses, might lead to over stimulation of the pancreatic beta cells and ultimately result in their ‘exhaustion’ as well as of course reducing their functional capacity through such processes as glucose toxicity.

When allowed to graze ad libitum, cats do not exhibit a post-prandial rise in blood glucose and hepatic glucokinase activity does not increase in response to increased carbohydrate feeding. Additional support for the cat’s adaptation to a carnivorous diet is found with the levels of gluconeogenic enzymes present in feline hepatocytes.

When a diet contains low amounts of glucose, hepatic gluconeogenesis is predicted to be the major pathway for maintaining blood glucose. Consistent with this latter expectation, the activities of key gluconeogenic enzymes, (glucose-6- phosphatase, fructose-1,6 bisphosphatase and pyruvate carboxylase) are increased in the liver of normal cats. Additionally, unlike the situation in rodents and man, the gluconeogenic capacity of the feline liver is not inhibited by glucose. The recently reported finding that in cats, stress hyperglycaemia is caused by enhanced hepatic glucose output rather than, as previously postulated, insulin resistance underscores the gluconeogenic potential of the feline liver and suggests its possible role in the genesis of pathological hyperglycaemia such as is observed in diabetes mellitus.

Interestingly the low carbohydrate of the carnivore’s diet may not be the only important factor in the development of impaired insulin secreting capacity. A recent study evaluating the effect of a high fat diet on glucose tolerance in intact male cats demonstrated a reduction in the acute insulin response to a glucose tolerance test suggesting diminished pancreatic insulin secretion and/or beta cell responsiveness to glucose as a result of high fat diets.

Consequently the very adaptive processes that have favoured selection for the obligate carnivore also favour the development of hyperinsulinaemia and a chronic state of increased demand for insulin production being placed upon the beta cells of the pancreatic islets. While in its most overt form this may manifest itself as progressive islet destruction, in the cat, beta cell dysfunction appears to precede any obvious evidence for structural islet changes that can be correlated with this impaired function.

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David Church
Department of Veterinary Clinical Science
The Royal Veterinary College
North Mymms, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

 

 

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