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Oilwick Ceramic & Print Show

You are invited to exhibit your work at the Oilwick Studios gallery place!

At 1604 Deloss Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46201

On Saturday, August 26, 6-10 PM

This is a Ceramic & Print Show open to artists independent of the Oilwick, by invitation only.

We expect 15 artists (based on the space available). We anticipate an Evening Art Fair feel. Participating artists will need to provide their own 6′ table to showcase their work. There is no entry fee. A small percentage of sales should be donated.

More details to come!

The Show will coincide with Open Studios at the Oilwick.

https://www.facebook.com/oilwickstudio/

http://www.oilwickstudio.com

Raw-feeding Beatitudes

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Raw-feeding Beatitudes. First of all, we revel in the many uncommon attributes that you, our passionate customers display. Thank you for being what is right with the world today and for making a difference and for letting your difference shine forth!


You have an exceptional commitment to your pets’ health.

We are privileged to have customers that scrutinize the quality of each and every one of our products because you aren’t satisfied with just feeding raw. You must feed exceptionally sourced, quality product. That is why we are passionate about giving you that exceptional quality.

The Health Conscious Shall Inherit The Tripe


You are an independent thinker.

As a raw-feeder, you are not satisfied with following the crowd. Furthermore, you do your own research. In addition, you use deductive reasoning to find the best, most natural diet for your furry family members.

Independent Thinkers Shall Inherit The Rabbit.


You are a creative thinker.raw-feeding

When it was time to transition your furry one, you didn’t let initial hurdles get you down. You found ways to “release the flavor” with a warm pan or light braze piquing your pet’s interest. Whatever it takes is your motto. Bad dietary habits can be tough to break, but you did it!

Creative Thinkers Shall Inherit the Beef.


You are exceptionally kind.

You never fail to pet the head of a fuzzy one in need of attention. And so, you know the kindness that is returned to you in those doe-eyed kids. Thank you for the wonderful things you say about our staff. Your kindness truly warms our fur-covered hearts.

The Kind Shall Inherit the Turkey.


You are resourceful.

You don’t let traditional western medicine define your commitment to your pet’s health. Rather you treat EPI with pancreas and joint issues with glucosamine-rich items like gullet, feet and trachea. Diabetes gets treated with a species appropriate diet. You not only train with hearts and livers but also reward with species natural strips of love.

The Resourceful Shall Inherit the Duck.


You have an exceptional love for your pets.

And it shows! When you bring your dogs, cats and ferrets with you to our warehouse, it shows. Furthermore, when you meet our drivers as they make their rounds, we see the love from your pets. They are so fortunate to be in your family!

The Loving Ones Shall Inherit the Alpaca.


You are here to change the world.

Never believe them when they tell you raw is wrong. Raw is right! “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Changers Shall Inherit the Emu.


You set an example.

All across this nation, people are noticing. They see you in Pittsburg, PA. As you are raw-feeding in Chattanooga, TN. They witness you in Omaha, NE, Traverse City, MI and Oshkosh, WI. You walk the talk.

Leaders Shall Inherit the Goat.


You are patient.raw-feeding beatitudes

I wish feeding My Pet Carnivore food was as convenient as Amazon or Uber or kibble. We’re very proud of the well-oiled machine that is MPC. Still, most of you have to wait until our truck makes its way to a location close to you. Or for the next Monday when FedEx picks up your order. Maybe for the Home Delivery scheduled time to approach. Or for us to answer the doorbell at HQ. 🙂

The Patient Shall Inherit The Pork.


You make My Pet Carnivore better.

Most importantly, we ask ourselves every day “How does ___ effect our customers?”  Whether it is working on a new supplier or investigating better packaging or designing a new route, you make us better. Hence, we know ultimately it all comes down to if it is good for you, our valued friends. You keep us focused on always improving. As much as so many four-legged loved-ones are depending on you, we want you to know you can depend on us.raw-feeding Redd the cat reading

My Pet Carnivore has inherited more than can be explained.


Most of all, thanks again for all that you do! These raw-feeding beatitudes are dedicated to you!

New! Columbus, Indiana Home Delivery

New! Columbus, Indiana Home Delivery

May 17, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Home Delivery to Columbus, Indiana customers once per month! You’ll find all the dates and

Columbus, IN & Louisville, KY Home Delivery

pertinent information on the Louisville Home Delivery page. That’s because we’ll be delivering to Columbus customers as part of our monthly Louisville Home Delivery trip. As with all of our Deliveries & Routes, your order is packed and well cared for in our freezer-equipped Sprinter vans. Don’t forget that Home Delivery can also mean Office Delivery for you. The choice is yours!

We now offer Home Delivery to the following areas:

 

Be sure to check out our Zip Code Search for applicable areas!

June Newsletter

May 17, 2017
MPC Monthly Newsletter & Specials!

Happy May, time to let the dogs out (insert terrible song here)! The weather is perfect for bones and treats, stock up on our growing selection of Treats, Chews, & Snacks.

Redd, our raw-fed shop cat, studying the weaknesses of each dog bree

Remember, our popular Annual Tripe Sale will continue until Wednesday, May 24 at noon, EST. Our new June sale will begin then.

  • The MPC office will be closed Saturday, May 27 at 3pm, EST through Thursday, June 1 at 3:30pm, EST.
  • We will NOT be shipping FedEx the week of Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).

The new website is humming along now, and again, we thank you for your support.

  • A few more quick and reiterated notes on the website:
    We have now successfully imported all of the previous orders from our last website into your history. If you click on the “My Account” link, you will see a link for all of your past orders. AND, for those orders placed on the new website, there is now a 1-click re-order button to place the same order once again (depending on supply).
  • Have you seen the new “Shopping List”? Now, you can place all of your favorites on your shopping list and add to your cart as needed each month from one convenient location!
  • 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. (You still receive your receipt after purchase as usual.)
    The delivery time, date and location you chose on your order appears at the bottom of your original order receipt that is emailed to you immediately after placing an order.
  • Thank you for Feeding the Wolf & Tiger in Your Pets!
    Sincerely,
    Suzanne, Paul, Archie & Ben,
    Redd, & All Your MPC Friends
    orders@mypetcarnivore.com
    office: 317.694.4749

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!

June’s Featured Charity: A Downtown Indy Dog Park Starts With You!

The Downtown Indy Dog Park Coalition is a grassroots community organization whose goal is to raise funds for a downtown dog park.

Currently, there is not an off-leash dog park in downtown Indianapolis. As Indy continues to grow, dogs will come with that growth.
The coalition’s goal is to let our government officials and parks organization know that Indy wants a dog park downtown. And they need your help! Call and/or email your City-County Councilman to let them know you support this project. Don’t forget to tell all of your family, friends and co-workers to get them involved, too!

During the month of June, MPC will happily donate a portion of our sales to the Downtown Indy Dog Park Coalition.
The Downtown Indy Dog Park Coalition needs people to help take action to get this project started, you can help here: https://www.downtownindydogpark.com/take-action/

May Newsletter

April 26, 2017
MPC Monthly Newsletter & Specials!

Around MPC, we’re not enjoying the sweet smells of spring but the pungent odors of tripe! Yes, you guessed it, it’s the MPC Annual May Tripe Sale!

Most of you have surely seen our new site by now. We are constantly fortifying its functionality and would like to continue to thank everyone for their patience in the transition.

*A few more quick notes on the site:

  • We hope you are noticing the tabs on the individual product pages. We continue to add content to these where you can find a lot of useful information including our labels (nutritional analysis), suggested uses, extended descriptions of each product and where and how those animals are raised.
  • You can now subscribe to an individual product that is out of stock! Simply click on any out-of-stock item and fill in your email address in the “Get an Alert” box. 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. (You still receive your receipt after purchase as usual.)
  • The delivery time, date and location you chose on your order appears at the bottom of your original order receipt that is emailed to you immediately after placing an order.

 

Scroll down for our exciting 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
orders@mypetcarnivore.com
office: 317.694.4749
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!

May’s Featured Charity

Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals works toward lowering euthanasia rates and acts for the community as an advocate on behalf of the animals.

They are devoted to provide financial, medical, social, and behavioral assistance and to raise community awareness to educate the public on responsible ownership by spaying and neutering and enhancing the lives of adoptable animals through adoption. They are committed to cooperating with other area organizations dedicated to the rescue and care of homeless animals and to achieving humane solutions to the problem of pet overpopulation.

During the month of May, MPC will happily donate a portion of our sales to Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals.

Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals accepts donations, you can help here: http://lapeersadoptables.org/ways-to-help/

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

The My Pet Carnivore
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!

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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
brushing 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.

The 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,
while 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.

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

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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.

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