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July 24, 2013     Volume 4, Issue 30 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 If Dogs Could Talk

TO FAST OR NOT TO FAST YOUR DOG - THAT IS THE QUESTION

By Robert Mueller

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The question of whether or not to fast your dog is a controversial topic. Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstention from food, drink, or both, for a period of time. However, it is not necessarily appropriate for all situations. There are times when it is considered appropriate, and there are situations when it can be potentially dangerous.

For those that monitor and read many of my previous blogs, you will be reminded of the value of the immune system. One of the most important things we can do for our dogs is to create and maintain a strong immune system. This is one of the most important key secrets for fostering excellent health.

Toxins such as vaccines, antibiotics, steroids, de-wormers, and heat-processed foods all present a challenge to the immune system. This reduction of immune system adequacy makes our dogs more susceptible to disease and parasites. Dogs, that are fed conventional, store-bought, heat-processed diets are exposed to a number of toxins every day. These may include hormones, vaccines and antibiotics in the meat, genetically modified and processed foods, hard metals, and pesticides.

Those that advocate fasting believe that periodic “house cleaning” is essential for building a strong immune system. I routinely advocate fasting, but offer a few cautions regarding this practice. It should be avoided for growing puppies, elderly dogs, lactating females, and dogs with specific health conditions where fasting may be counter-productive. Small toy breed dogs may be prone to hyperglycemia that results in a sudden drop in blood sugar that can be lethal. In this case, it is best to feed the dog several small meals daily.

It is my view that fasting can create many valuable advantages such as:
      1. Elevating macrophage activity which will engulf and destroy bacteria, viruses, and other foreign material.
      2. Allowing the digestive system to relax and let the body focus on other important bodily functions.
      3. Allowing the body to regenerate briefly. It is amazing to watch a complete reversal of digestive symptoms such as upset stomach and diarrhea, as well as allergy relief.
In a nutshell, a domesticated dog is able to reap benefits by fasting. It can boost their metabolism, maintain a healthy appetite and weight, and optimize their overall health. For best results you should start out slow by fasting once a month, and then increasing the fast eventually to once a week. The fast will give the digestive system a break and allow the body to regenerate and preserve the essential digestive enzymes from depletion. When a dog's body is allowed to focus on other metabolic activities, it conserves energy, detoxifies, and builds resistance to disease.

When trying to decide if fasting is healthy or not, you might consider that fasting is not harmful in any way. Nature has spent fifty million years perfecting the mammalian enzymatic machinery to deal with lack. Just about every creature that ever existed in the history of the world missed a meal every now and then. For dogs that are of proper weight and body condition, there is no compelling reason to fast. But when our company takes on new clients, we are usually dealing with dogs that are obese, suffering from allergies, depressed immune systems and in generally poor condition. In this case a fast might be just what the doctor ordered.


ggggRobert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of "Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret", and co-developer of BARF World's BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie - a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. 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 barfworld.com/ezine
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 Brighthaven's Adoptable Dog




Dear Friends,

We were terribly moved by this very touching letter and are now reaching out to ask your help for this family's animals in their time of need. Please read below and help us to spread the word as soon as possible. Michele lives in Penngrove Ca which is near Petaluma.

"My name is Michele and I'm about to enter the hospice phase of my life. I have brain, bone, and lung cancer which is moving at an unprecedented rate and has not responded to any of the treatments that I have endured. I was just diagnosed Jan. 2013 and have been looking for solutions on what to do with my rescued animals. My husband is a dialysis patient and has narrowly survived 8 heart attacks. I am seeking assistance with two of my dogs that are seniors and might be considered special needs depending on how you define it."

Phinneas Phat
Katrina rescue who was not expected to pull through. He's in great health at the age of 8 and current on his vaccinations. Loud noises bother him but with a toy, he calms down. Has been raised with two other larger dogs and 6 cats



Kenai
10 year old Labradoodle. She is in great health and current on vaccinations. If spooked, she has the ability to jump a fence but she doesn't go far, only the distance that she can still see you.


"To that end, I am seeking a safe, trustworthy place to give them the best opportunity to find their final home and family. They don't act like seniors and Kenai especially does not look like a senior.They have tons of vitality and I have no reason to think they don't have years ahead of them.

Due to my husband's status, hospice has strongly recommended that I remove these two dogs from the home as I will lapse into sleep and likely not wake. My timeline is short, I am requesting that these two dogs be considered to be part of your rescue lineup so that they have the best shot of a future. If I drop them at a shelter, they will not pass the Star testing and they'll never make it out."

If you can help, please email Michele: mickeybitt@gmail.com

And another little guy named Boom-Boom in Northern California needs a home.


He's Chihuahua and something. And he's in a bit of a predicament.

You see, Boom-Boom is stuck in a shelter and, even though he is a favorite of the volunteers, he's at the top of the list for euthanasia. He's an older dog by shelter standards (he's only 7!) and he has a bone protruding from his sternum. According to the shelter, the bone is not causing any problems and does not require surgical correction. (But their budget is tight. You might want a second opinion on this.)

Boom-Boom has a lot of spirit. And he gets along well with dogs and with cats! Lots of positive stuff for this little guy.

Please tell all your friends about Boom-Boom. He needs a home, and quickly.

If you can help, please contact Susan Hoffman at for susanh@brighthaven.org

With much gratitude,
Jeannette
brighthaven.org


 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.
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