Fourth of July Safety Tips For Your Pets!

Did you know that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for rescues and animal control?   A couple of years ago when I was out running late in the morning on July 5th, I spotted a little Shih Tzu off leash wandering around totally alone without a human anywhere in sight. I was able to coax her to me and laced her collar up with my shoe string, and then I proceeded to seek for her owner. It turned out that I ended up bringing her home with me for the weekend, much to the displeasure of my cats – Bart didn’t mind too much, but he’s really not a fan of sharing attention with other dogs at home. I searched for her people on foot, online, in the papers, craigslist, lost dog sites, animal control, you name it. As fate would have it, that same weekend a co-worker (who didn’t know at the time I had found a lost dog) happened to see a lost dog flier up in his neighborhood – way far south from where I found her.  The flier showed a picture of a dog that looked a lot like a pup my friends used to know and love. It was written in Spanish and broken English, and my friend just happened to snap a photo of it for sentimental reasons to show to his partner when he got home later. When we all gathered at work after the holiday weekend and shared our stories, believe it or not, we discovered that this little dog’s angels were out working full force for her because the lost dog in the flier was the very dog I had found!

We got the number and connected with the family who had lost her while they were celebrating at the lake. She was off leash when someone had set off fireworks, and she startled and bolted. She was a new dog for a sweet little 9 year old girl who was absolutely devastated without her.  So needless to say, everyone was thrilled when the brother (the only one who could speak English in the family) came and got her. They were so grateful and pleased, and the little pup was ecstatic when she saw their familiar faces.

This is a rare story, with an amazing happy ending, and one I’m happy I was a part of. Unfortunately, many other dogs, cats and families are not so lucky during this scary loud holiday weekend. So here are some helpful tips to make note of for keeping your pets safe and inside this weekend.

1. Get some “Bach Rescue Remedy 20 ml” for pets, at a pet store or Whole Foods, and rub a drop or two between your thumb and forefinger, and then massage it into your pet’s ear tips about 30 minutes before the festivities.

2. Keep your cats and dogs secured in a closed off and secure room with the windows shut and A/C going, especially if you plan on going outside and coming back in during the fireworks.

3. Play the television or some soothing musing on a lower volume in the room with your pets.

4. Make sure they have their collars on, and proper I.D. tags, just in case.

5. Take current clear photos of your pets regularly.

6. A lot of people don’t realize that many pets also drown in pools during this holiday, so keep your pets away from pool parties.

7. You may want to get a Thundershirt Dog Jacket for Anxiety,
which helps keep your pet calm during high stress noisy situations.

8. If you plan on staying home with your pet, and if your pet gets anxious and nervous, rather than cuddling him (which reinforces fearful feelings) play a game of tug, or ball in the house of course!

9. Keep your pet occupied with a fully loaded treat ball, possibly with frozen goodies that will keep him busy for a long time. Maybe have a few waiting in the freezer to follow the first one with – you can put his or her dinner inside the treat ball instead of treats if overfeeding is a concern.

9. The best thing you can do to ensure your pet doesn’t get out is keep him or her indoors all night. Take your dog for a good long walk just before sunset to be sure he gets some relief and can comfortably stay inside until morning.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July everyone!

The Amazing B-17 and Cancer

One of the first things that got my attention when doing research into fighting Bart’s cancer naturally was vitamin B-17, also known as laetril and amygdalin. It is actually not officially recognized as a vitamin by the FDA, but it is an important, nourishing food that has been shown in laboratory tests to kill cancer cells.

When I heard about the Hunza people of Pakistan who are known for not having any incidents of cancer, I knew I needed to look into this. They eat a diet that is different from most of the developed world because they still consume bitter foods that long ago have been abandoned by industrialized palates. Most of the bitter foods the Hunza eat are made with apricot seeds, which are natures richest source of B17. This is believed to be the main reason Hunzas never get cancer, that is until they enter into westernized society and eat a western diet.

As with most natural remedies there has been a bevy of controversies thrown at B 17 by proponents of Big Pharma to scare away any potentially free-thinking people who are seeking alternatives to the real dangers of pharmaceutical drugs. The story that of dangerous cyanide lurking inside the apricot pit (B17) is extremely misleading. The truth is that there are different forms of cyanide, but the cyanide locked inside of seeds is not the stuff of murder mysteries. Here is a great article that fully explains the truth about apricot seeds and cyanide and how it is actually good for you.

The real difference that is important to consider about natural remedies vs. pharmaceutical drugs is nature actually nourishes the body and thereby activates healing, while out of all of the synthesized man made drugs, in over 5000 pages of the Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology, not even one of them provides nourishment for the body in its attempt to combat disease. It is easy to see that nature provides balance, where outside of nature contributes to agitation and side effects as a price for remediation.  This is why there are enormous side effects from drugs that often require more drugs to combat those initial side effects.

Nature knows what it’s doing, and Big Pharma knows it cannot patent what exists in nature and make billions (or is it trillions?) of dollars off of whole food remedies that anyone can grow in their own back yard and use as needed.  So they pay scientists to synthesize what has been found to work in nature to create profit margins rather than real balanced healing. I’m not saying all conventional medicine is bad. Much of it has its place where tending to some illness is concerned, but nature should never be overlooked and undervalued, and it certainly should not be more frightening as a healing path than prescription drugs.

B-17 or rather Apricot Seeds have been an important part of Bart’s cancer fighting strategy since the very beginning of this process for us. It isn’t the main or only protocol. We use B-17 along with a lot of other nutritional nourishing herbs, spices, foods and vitamins, and I believe it is one of the main reasons he’s still with me today. He will be 12 years old this November, and I often find myself stunned at the thought. We’re going on 4 years of surviving post diagnosis and my biggest challenge today is keeping his arthritis at bay.

If you are interested in adding apricot seeds or B17 in capsule form to your dog’s cancer-fighting-diet, I highly recommend shopping with Apricot Power. They are the source I have used from the get go. They are US based, trustworthy and reliable, have very high quality merchandise and ship super fast.  It also says on their website they will match any price. It’s a no brainer as far as I’m concerned. I can’t say enough good things about them.

If you want to know more about B17, check out Apricot Power’s FAQ page under the “ABOUT” tab.

Disclaimer: For educational purposes only.  This is not to be construed as medical advice.  Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States.  Consult the healer of your choice for medical care and advice.

Healthy alternatives to dangerous raw hide treats

I recently read an article about how toxic raw hide treats actually are for your dog. Here’s an excerpt:

Producing rawhide begins with the splitting of an animal hide, usually from cattle. The top grain is generally tanned and made into leather products, while the inner portion, in its “raw” state, goes to the dogs. Removing the hair from hides often involves a highly toxic recipe: sodium sulphide liming. A standard practice is to procure rawhide in the “split lime state” as by-products from tanneries, facilities that top the list of U.S. Superfund sites. In the post-tannery stage, hides are washed and whitened using a solution of hydrogen peroxide. And that’s just one step. . .

Read the rest of the article from “The Bark” here.

I don’t need to repeat what is already well shared out there on the internet, but if this is the first you’ve heard of this and you give your dog rawhide chews, please read the article linked above and reconsider.

One of the great things about having access to many contributors on FB and other sites is many are eager to share a good thing.  One person offered up a recipe for chicken jerky for dogs, instead of these dangerous rawhide chews. It went something like:

1 (or more) boneless organic chicken breast.
Freeze until firm but not too hard because once it’s frozen you want to cut it into a few thin slices, the shorter way.  Pierce one end of each piece with a tooth pick or a smaller skewer to hang on the baking rack.  I visualize the pieces sort of dangling down between the rungs, kind of like the construction worker who had his hat glued to a metal beam in the old “Krazy Glue” commercial from the 80s. (You may wish to place a cookie sheet or some aluminum foil on the rack below to catch any drippings.) Turn oven to 200 degrees and cook chicken until dry.
(This will take a while, maybe close to two hours.)

Remove treats from the oven and be sure to remove all the tooth picks and or skewers.
Allow to cool and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Give them to your dog as tasty treats he or she will really enjoy.
*Be sure to supervise your dog while he or she eats their chicken jerky treats.

You could also use a food dehydrator if you have one, which I do. These require a little cooking in the oven first.
Here’s to good healthy treats and happy dogs!

Homemade Frosty Pops Treats for your Pup!

This is way better than store bought! My friend Ellen shared this quick and easy recipe to give your pup during these hot summer days. Her dog Simon (on the right- who is also Bart’s dog BFF) was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer a year after Bart was. Simon too has long outlived his prognosis thanks to home cooked meals and veterinarian prescribed supplements, and he underwent a type of radiation treatment that (I believe) was in the clinical research phase at the time.

Her recipe: Yogurt, Peanut Butter & Mashed Overripe Banana. (Be careful the peanut butter you use is not sweetened with xylitol which is extremely deadly to dogs. Your best bet is a natural whole peanut butter you churn yourself at a place like Whole Foods.)  Scoop mixture into paper cups and freeze. Remove from cups and serve them frozen to your pups on hot summer days!  As always please supervise your pets while they eat these.

Bart has never liked Peanut Butter, and I’m not sure about his feelings for bananas, but I could just do yogurt, blueberries and parsley and he’s go crazy for these! I think I will do that this weekend.

Simon and Hazelnut
Hazel on the left and Simon on the right, frosty pops in the forefront!