Naturopathy, Raw Feeding, Nutrition for Companion Animals

What is DCM ? (pt 1)

Animal cardiology. African American veterinarian doc checking little dog's heart rate with

I am sure you have heard this in the news recently. DCM killing dogs and the potential link to grain free kibble. But, what is DCM? It’s official name is Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is a heart that is enlarged and unable to function properly. It is not strong enough to pump the blood and therefore … Read more

Heart Problems in Dogs

Dottie is a beautiful example of a well nourished raw fed dog

There has been a lot in the news lately regarding heart problems in our dogs and “Grain Free” pet foods. In truth, these designer foods are no better and probably worse than their grain based cousins. They have a higher sugar content and the grains are replaced with legumes, peas, potatoes and lentils. All are very high in carbs. Grain free does not equate to carb free. In truth, your dog needs a species appropriate raw diet.

This article, written by Kasie Maxwell from SFRaw does a very good job of explaining the problem.

Dirt Is Good

Did you know that dirt is good for the microbiome. Both ours and our dogs. For us humans dirt contains a microbe called Mycobacterium vaccae which may stimulate the production of serotonin, which is critical to our feelings of happiness and well being. So, how does dirt benefit our dogs. Soil based organisms, or SBO’s … Read more

Exercise

One of the laws of Nature is exercise. Not too much and not too little. In the case of our dogs, they need daily exercise such as running in the forest if you are lucky enough to live near one. For my dogs and me, we have one across the street from us. And, it … Read more