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July 17, 2013     Volume 4, Issue 29 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 If Dogs Could Talk

Monica's Dog, Mookie

Being A Pet Parent

By Monica Reyes

Being a responsible pet parent is not just a title- it is an important role in your pet’s life. As for me, I am a full-time student, a full-time Raw Pet Food Specialist, and mother of a 2 year old boy, 6 year old cat, and 8 month old pup. Sounds like a lot to take on right? My life is definitely filled with responsibilities.

Although I am always busy with mommy-duties, I always make time to spend with my little ones. Out of all of the responsibilities and obligations that I have, being a parent is the most important to me. After all, my son (Evan), Mookie, and Phil depend on me, and are the reason I work so hard to maintain a healthy life for my entire family.

Being a dog mom is a great source of pride, but also comes with great responsibilities. Keeping Mookie happy and healthy is paramount to being a good Dog Mom. Of course, I started Mookie as a young pup on the BARF Diet. I knew that giving her a healthy and natural diet was going to contribute to her overall well-being and active lifestyle.

Our pets are members of the family, and Mookie is definitely a blessing. There are many factors to consider in order to ensure a healthy life for your pet. Proper training and a daily routine for you and your dog make day-to-day life run more smoothly. Maintaining a healthy and sanitary environment is not only important for Mookie, but for my entire family. I make it a priority to keep her bedding and play area clean. Using the Diatomaceous Earth on her bedding and in the yard not only keeps the fleas and ticks away but keeps the area with minimal insects. As a mom this definitely reduces some of my worries for insect bites and creepy crawlers. Yuck!

Along with maintaining a healthy environment for your pets and family, it is important to remain prepared for accidents or mishaps that can happen. This includes scrapes, cuts and sprains. A good thing to ALWAYS have on hand is a well-stocked first aid kit. The K-911 Kit works great for us, as well as our pets. This is because is includes all the materials you would need to properly clean and treat a wound on the spot!

The remedy I like to use for cuts that is included in this kit is the Sovereign Silver First Aid Gel. It treats cuts without the sting! I was recently told a story about a BARF customer of ours that was camping last year with her family. She took her dog to a lake and while swimming, cut an artery in the hind leg on something in the water. Her dog’s life was saved by a passer-by that happened to have some bandages, which allowed her to dress the wound until she could get to the emergency room. As a mom, it is frightening to see someone you love in pain and I feel that it is my responsibility to share this story with you, helping you to be equipped for the summer outings and day-to-day activities.

Having a furry friend certainly can affect us as people, because I believe that they teach us important life lessons. Mookie has taught me to be more understanding and to appreciate the small things. Whether I am relaxing with her in the backyard, or watching her and my little one chasing each other around, she absolutely is a joy to have around.  Knowing that I am enabling her to have a long and healthy life is empowering as a pet parent.

Monica Reyes is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is a student and working mom to a toddler boy and a terrier mix Mookie. Monica enjoys healthy cooking and spending time with her family. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
 Ask The Holistic Vet

"My dog has epilepsy and I've heard that giving her molasses during an epileptic seizure can help stop the seizure. What do you think?"

Using molasses to “treat” seizures dates back to medieval times. Whether it is an appropriate treatment really should depend on the cause of the seizures. Because molasses is formed in the beginning step of refining sugar, its most likely benefits cases where the seizure is caused by low blood sugar. It is very common for puppies, especially small breed pups, to get low blood sugar; a dose of honey, or molasses, can treat this problem. (In some cases, low blood sugar can lead to seizures.)

However, if a seizure is due to a structural abnormality in the brain, or a neurotransmitter defect, it is unlikely molasses will help these patients.

One other thing to consider: molasses is much less refined that granulated sugar. The almost raw nature of molasses can be useful in patients who are sensitive to the by-products of refined sugars.

Dr. Cathy Alinovi is the owner of Hoofstock Veterinary Service and Hoopeston Veterinary Service in Indiana. Certified in Veterinary Food Therapy, Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, and Aromatherapy, Dr. Cathy’s approach provides whole body support through both the best in veterinary medicine as well as high-quality, all-natural foods, supplements, and health care products.  She offers phone consultation services as well as in office appointments. Visit www.hoofstockvet.com for more information.
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 Win BARF’s Product Of The Month!
Enter BARF World’s Product of the Month giveaway on the BARF World blog and you could win this month’s featured product: K-911 Pet First Aid Kit.

Go to barfworld.com/blog and click on the “Promotions” tab to complete the entry form to enter.

**Contest ends on Friday, July 26th!!!**
 Brighthaven's Adoptable Dog

UPDATE: Leo Is Still In Need Of A New Home!

We received word yesterday that Leo is still very much in need of a home. He will come with a brand new cart!

Below is the heartbreaking email update from BrightHaven that we received a few weeks back - hopefully someone from our BARF World family can take Leo in or may know of someone who has room in their heart and home for this little guy:


Dear Friends,

It is a sad day for dear Leo - and he really needs our help again NOW!

I am sure you will remember this cute face and the happy news of his adoption and upcoming life in Arizona. Well, I had hoped that this email would be filled with beautiful first meeting pictures of Leo and Karol, but it is simply not to be. Very sadly, last Thursday Karol received the devastating diagnosis of lung cancer and is no longer able to offer Leo a home. We send Karol our love, understanding and many healing thoughts.

But now, we are determined to give Leo the life that he deserves and once again we are on the search for another perfect home for this sweet and deserving boy. Please send this email far and wide so we can give Leo the good news soon. It will also be posted on our Facebook page so you can also share it with everyone you know.

With love and blessings,

Social Media Director

Please email BrightHaven Rescue Coordinator, Susan Hoffman at susanh@brighthaven.org if you can help!

 Pet Alert!
Charkley 6/19/2013 - Abady Dog Food - voluntarily recalling two frozen dog foods due to contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Charkley 6/18/2013 - Natura Pet again recalls California Naturals, EVO, Healthwise, Innova, and Karma pet foods due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Charkley 4/17/2013 - Great Life Grain Free Buffalo and Dr. E's Grain Free Buffalo dog foods withheld from distribution due to unexplained odor.
Charkley 4/17/2013 - Breeder’s Choice recalls Active Care Healthy Joint Dog Treats due to mold.
 Bark Out Loud

Shadow, The Hangliding Service Dog

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Wags of Wisdom

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
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