Better Protect your Pooch!

For most of us, the very last thing we would ever want to do is cause harm to our fur babies, in this case, canines. I have now lived with a dog for over a year and only want to protect her. As health issues continue to rise in our four-legged companions, we need only look at a few factors to understand why and easily shift things to avoid potential health threats.

Our homes offer the most hazards for exposure to toxins from wood and tile/linoleum cleaners and polishes to carpet deodorizers and emissions from air “fresheners” and candles. Any non-natural cleaners are to be avoided because if they walk upon it, lick it or inhale it; they are exposed to it. The concern carries over to include second-hand smoke and vapor from e-cigs too.

Most of us know about the dangers from a dog ingesting chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, and human medications, but did you know that if you are feeding them canned dog food the BPA’s found in most can cause serious issues. Some companies offer BPA-free cans, but a fresh diet is best.

Please note that rawhide treats are not safe for a dog of any size due to possible death by choking, intestinal blockage and poisoning. It is not a meat treat but rather a leather industry by-product, the backside of leather hides and are often finished with a myriad of non-food-grade glues. If you feed these to your dog or ever would, you owe it to all concerned to review it or investigate them further. Here is a terribly cute and effective video that explains it all. To view the video click HERE.

Too many vaccines can cause harm as well, and you can investigate online to learn more but just know there is controversy around how much and how often some are given when a simple titer test could be taken to assess if your pooch has been effectively inoculated rather than over medicated.

GMO ingredients in dog food should be avoided with the most coming through corn and soy grown in America. Also, canines require no grains in their diets, and some dog food companies use them as inexpensive fillers. Always buy the best food you are able/willing to, with no byproducts and a focus on meats and vegetables. Ever wonder why allergies in dogs have risen and it is often GMO’s and may be the same for humans.

One of the largest culprits of exposing dogs to toxins is through fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on grass, in gardens and carried in the water flowing next to curbs. Like humans, the dog can uptake whatever their flesh, including paw pads and nose, is exposed to as well as through licking and inhalation.

In one study at Tufts, it was proven that a canines exposure to grass that has been professionally treated by a lawn care company increased their risk for death-inducing canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent! If your neighbor is having their lawn treated the drift of it into parts of your yard are very likely. Large parks, schools, apartments, etc. are potential toxic areas since so often they use poisonous products to treat the grass. Please investigate this further.

I understand how much our canine companions mean to us and wanted to ensure that you knew what I did in how to keep your love healthier and safer. Happy Cinco-De-Mayo amigo and enjoy your weekend! Feel free to follow Nutritional Truths here or on Facebook and share as you care to-Be well!

Puppy Praise!

If you’re a puppy parent and go for drives just so your pooch may hang their head out the window joyfully then you should know this. No matter your style of parenting canines the following is certainly worth knowing.

It turns out that when we praise our pooches, it is the tone and not so much the words that impact them the most. A recent study proved how their brains respond to the tone and texture of our voice more so than the actual words spoken.

Quite simply, if you want your pooch to work their tail and feel the praise, then raise the tone of your voice while praising them and wear a smile. Dogs never say the wrong thing and are some of the best listeners I have ever met!

I have written several other blogs about how to best care for your pooch please take a look around. Christmas is fast approaching, and I hope you are looking forward to it and all it entails for you. Enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

Canine Spa

Canine Spa

Straying from meaty meals

This once very full-time carnivore has been fading meat out of my diet for years and for various reasons. Wanted to share my experience without the intention of telling anyone what they should do. However, I do hope you find something in it that serves you well, welcome.

For most of my life, I had consumed every manner of cow, pig, chicken, turkey or deer at every meal for over 40 years. I grew up in a culture like many of us where meat was the center of the meal all else were sides. “We are the top of the food chain, and besides we get all our protein from meat.” was the mantra.

My initial decline started twenty years ago when I dropped frog legs and Cornish hens forever from my plate since they still looked too much like what they were. With meat mostly coming in the form of clean packages I was able to avoid giving thought to its origins.

Fast forward to a few years ago and I had graduated to Meatless Mondays that started out as a single meatless meal once a week, and eventually, it became an all day thing. Add to this reading the China Study and watching Forks over knives and other like-minded documentaries and my thought process around meat and all food began to shift.

Two years ago after I reviewed Earthlings by Mr. Phoenix, I realized the conditions the critters live and die in were often very unpleasant, and it rattled my growing sensitivities. But I continued to consume chicken, turkey, pig, and cow only now every time I consumed them, I thought of them. I could not shake the growing awareness of these animals lives.

A year ago we got our first puppy, and my heart just expanded with feelings of love and appreciation for a dog. I begin to notice after a couple of months that Paisley’s rear legs are angled just like pigs, and I never notice that before on dogs

Seven months ago a trip to the zoo brought me to the point where I realized I could no longer eat cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, deer or goats. I have felt great about it, and those earlier conflicts are now gone.

Learning to compartmentalize animals seems a cultural thing. These animals over here on the right we love and care for, and we have laws to protect them from abuse or any harm whatsoever, but these on the other side, we shall eat them.

I have friends who have been vegetarian for decades, and I used to make fun of them, sorry about that. I no longer limit my beliefs around animals and food etc. and trusting the process seems to be where I now reside.

Again, eat as you wish and there is much more to cover over the coming weeks around plant-based, Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diets. Glad you dropped in, enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

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Valentine’s Day Once More

Valentine’s day over my lifetime thus far has changed a bit over the years, and I recall my earliest school days of passing out Valentines to all my classmates via their Valentines bags taped across the chalkboard. It also meant an opportunity to make a card for mom though I don’t recall dad ever getting one.

Giving flowers made the scene as I became a teenager for girlfriends on Valentines, which has carried on to this very day. Yes, they are overpriced and die in a few days, but if your beloved enjoys them, then you buy them. Sure cards and candy can go a long way to saying I love you and a nice dinner too but florists have bills to pay too.

For as long as I remember NECCO Sweethearts have been a part of my Valentine’s Day. They began making them back in 1866 and though the sayings and flavors have changed over the years they remain my favorites. Yes due to the ingredients I cannot recommend them, but they are a tasty treat. So tasty they make eight billion of them a year, making them the best-selling Valentines candy, even over chocolates.

I also spent years along the way without a particular Valentine so I would either just ignore it or ask a friend to dinner or lunch to celebrate being single. One time I broke up with my girlfriend the beginning of February knowing, I would then not get to deal with all the flowers, etc. on Valentine’s day. Don’t hate.

Our now six-month-old puppy Paisley has brought a new level of love into our lives, and again I say “Who knew?” I was trimming her nails after her bath today and cut into the quick. She did not yelp or seem affected by it, but man do those nails bleed.
Seems you can get by a drug to place on it or use an 80/20 mix of cornstarch/baking soda to stop the bleeding.

I felt so terrible making my dog bleed but have confirmed that it is not all that unusual and I have more knowledge of how to avoid it going forward. More puppy wellness info can be easily had on Mercola Pets.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year may you enjoy it and whoever your Valentine is, even if it is you! Be kind to yourself and share as you wish-Be Well!

Paisley Greeting

Paisley Greeting