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May 24, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 21 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Notes
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At my first job as a cashier and stock clerk at a local drugstore, one of my weekly tasks was to restock the store shelves, particularly the cosmetics department. This wasn’t a very tough job for a young, 16-year-old girl to do, especially since, at the time, I also happened to be one of those typical makeup and fashion-obsessed teens. Actually, I quickly came to realize just how much fun I was having once I began to notice most of my weekly paycheck was being spent right back at that same cosmetic counter.

Back to the stock clerk job...

In order to start stocking those shelves, I would have to first go down to the receiving warehouse where the warehouse guys would fill up large plastic totes with product to go to each department of the store. Since cosmetics was my department, my totes were always pretty lightweight - after all they were usually only things like lipstick, perfume, and nail polish.

Being a young, inexperienced, employee, I didn’t really know that there was a “right way” to pick up these totes off the floor, nor was I ever trained on how to do it properly.

Little did I know that this fact would cause me a world of pain for years to come…
Just The Facts: Did you know that 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time and that half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year? 1

On a day like any other, I walked over to the receiving warehouse, pushing a wheeled cart in front of me. There in the usual area of the warehouse floor were a stack of plastic totes filled with products to go to my department. Bending at the waist instead of the knees, I began to load the totes onto the cart. After about the third tote, I was suddenly surprised by an unusually HEAVY tote that was filled to the brim with oversized shampoo bottles and huge jars of hair gel. I struggled with this tote and almost dropped it a couple of times before I finally plopped it onto the cart.

Suddenly I felt a white, hot jolt of pain in my lower back, which made me immediately double over in agony.

Needless to say, I would continue to suffer through chronic back pain for the next five years of my life…and it wasn’t until I started working here at BARF World that I would finally find relief.

You see, at our Danville office, we sit at a computer desk for most of the day: taking orders, sending emails, responding to emails, and handling the occasional customer service issue. So what our boss, Lily does is she offers us complimentary chiropractic treatments once a week - which pretty much everyone is glad to take advantage of.

Dr. Lorre Eaton comes into the office once a week and gives us a chiropractic adjustment using a blend of treatments including Applied Kinesiology, Reiki and Though Field Therapy (TFT) also known as “tapping”. These chiropractic adjustments have greatly improved my back pain problems and have also made me become more in tuned with my body.

So what does this have to do with our dogs?

Well, a lot actually! In fact, there are many veterinarians and even chiropractors for humans that are also trained in the field of Veterinary Spinal Manipulation aka animal chiropractic.  Learn more about this wonderful healing treatment and how your pet can benefit from an animal chiropractor in this week’s issue of The Intelligent Pet below.

So what are you waiting for? Time to get cracking!

Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team

P.S. Join holistic veterinarian, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, and world-renowned animal nutritionist, Dr. Richard Patton, next Saturday, June 2nd at 5:00pm Pacific for an in-depth discussion about the current allergy epidemic that is plaguing our companion animals.

Our experts will pinpoint the common causes of dog allergies and uncover some of the most effect natural remedies and treatments for those itchy skin conditions and respiratory allergy symptoms. Click here to register for this FREE WEBINAR: http://www.barfworld.com/allergywebinar

1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.
 Pet Alert!
5/20/2012 - Diamond Expands Recall! [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/10/2012 - Purina Veterinary Diets Overweight Management Feline Formula (Nestle Purina)
solid recall
5/8/2012 - Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed (Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.)
5/5/2012 - 4Health [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Canidae [Various Flavors] (Canidae Pet Foods)
Wolf5/5/2012 - Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Country Value [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf 5/5/2012 - Premium Edge [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Professional [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Taste of the Wild [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf5/4/2012 - Apex Chicken & Rice (Apex Pet Foods)
5/4/2012 - Natural Balance - Various Flavors (Natural Balance Pet Foods)
5/4/2012 - Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy (Wellpet LLC)
Wolf 3/9/2012 - FDA continues to caution consumers about feeding dogs chicken jerky products.

Important Dates to Remember

May is National Arthritis Month

  • May 28 – Memorial Day: A special day dedicated to honoring and remembering our fallen soldiers.)

 If Dogs Could Talk

Animal Chiropractic: The Next Wave in Holistic Healing

By Evan Price

Here at BARF World, we believe in the total health of our pets, from the inside out.  While we are more than willing to take care of the former, it is up to our pet parents to do the latter.  But, when we find something that leads to better overall health, we consider it our duty to share that information, and let our readers and our customers make the decision for themselves.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of our amazing holistic veterinarians.  Dr. Cathy Alinovi operates a clinic called Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, located in Pine Village, Indiana.  As it turns out, acupuncture and chiropractic work are among her specialties.

According to Dr. Alinovi, animal chiropractic (sometimes referred to as Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy) is more than just the traditional notion of putting an out-of-place bone back into alignment.  When a bone is out of place, the muscles that are attached to that bone are restricted in their movement.  The muscles send information to the brain that is different than what they would be sending if they had a full range of motion.

Thus, the goal becomes to send the correct information to the brain, so that the brain can then send optimum information back to the body. “If the brain works better, the brain makes the body work better,” says Alinovi.  This occurs not only by rotating bones into their proper alignment, but also by working on the surrounding muscles, loosening and relaxing the ones that are too tight, and trying to stimulate and tighten the muscles that have become too loose.  Using applied kinesiology, Dr. Alinovi is able to use precise movements, reducing the amount of force she needs to apply to her patients.
vet Dr. Alinovi recommends that active dogs receive quarterly treatment.  Senior dogs should get treatment more frequently and are treated on a case-by-case basis.  She has also had success with breeds with long bodies and short legs, such as, Dachshunds, who are prone to back problems.  Combining chiropractic, acupuncture, herbs, and Western medicine, she has been able to reduce disk swelling in many cases. 

“Prevention is key,” says Alinovi. 

Doesn’t it make sense to strengthen the muscles and tendons around the joint to help prevent an issue from arising?  Keeping the body functioning optimally will also speed recovery time in the event that an injury does occur.

For instance, many of her patients have come in to her office with a torn cruciate ligament. The required treatment is often surgery to repair the damaged ligament…yet some pet owners cannot always afford to go that route.  Because 60-80% of dogs that tear a cruciate ligament will end up tearing the other as well, Dr. Alinovi’s approach is to “balance as best we can” in preventing the other side from blowing out.  She achieves this through chiropractic by restoring joint stability and helping the muscles and tendons to function optimally.

How do the dogs react? Most of the time, she is showered with licks and kisses.  Some dogs do not like to be confined or handled and as a result, do better with laser treatment or acupuncture.  Since there is a brief moment of discomfort during the adjustment, some dogs can get a little nippy. Despite this, the experience seems to be quite enjoyable, and the results have proven to be very positive.

Until next time…happy BARFing!

Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Dachshunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com/ezine.

 Bark Out Loud

Wags of Wisdom:

“The high-spirited Roosevelt family, with all their pets, practically turned the White House into a zoo…Their canine contingent came with and without pedigrees and in assorted sizes, from Rollo, the enormous and good-natured St. Bernard, down to the diminutive Manchu, a black Pekingese presented to daughter Alice Roosevelt by the Empress Dowager Ci-Xi of China.

The President’s favorite, however, was Skip, a small, affectionate dog of uncertain ancestry whom he picked up during a bear hunt in the Grand Canyon…Roosevelt described him as a good fighter who would boldly stand his ground against a bear, just as he, himself, did against Congress while demanding the authority to direct the country’s foreign policy, including building the controversial Panama Canal and mediating the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won a Nobel Prize.”

-From “First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends” by Roy Rowan & Brooke Janis

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