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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mushroom Broth Recipe for Dogs, Cats – Food is Medicine


Real food is medicine - this mushroom broth recipe can help support your dogs and cats health. This mushroom broth can be given daily or as needed to provide healing support.


Mushroom Broth Recipe Ingredients for Dogs and Cats

You Will Need:

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter – organic or from grass fed, pasture raised animals.
    • You can choose to substitute the butter with one of the following:
      • Organic, cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil.
      • Organic cold-pressed, avocado oil.
      • Organic, extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil.
  • 2 cups chopped medicinal mushrooms (organic or wild crafted)...
    • Fresh medicinal mushrooms, or;
    • Dry medicinal mushrooms.
    • Select medicinal mushroom type from the list I provide further below.
  • 4 cups filtered or spring water.
  • Optional Ingredients:
    • 1 up to 2 tbs fresh, minced organic ginger root.
    • 5 up to 10 whole, organic or wild-crafted juniper berries.
    • When introducing herbs and spices to your dog or cat make sure the herb/spice you choose is appropriate for him/her.

Preparation

  • Wash mushrooms. 
  • Place butter in a pot.
  • Place pot on low heat, allow the butter to melt.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pot, sauté.
  • Add 2 cups of filtered or spring water to the pot.
  • If using optional ingredients, add the ginger and/or juniper berries.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow to cool.
  • Strain the mushrooms from the liquid.
  • Option One –
    • Pour the cooled mushroom broth into glass bottles.
    • Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Option Two –
    • Pour the liquid into ice cube trays, freeze.

Mushroom Broth Serving Suggestions for Dogs and Cats

  • Give with meals.
  • Offer in-between meals as a treat.
  • Use the broth ice cubes as a treat.
  • Use the broth to make smoothies.

Mushroom Broth Serving Size – General Guideline for Dogs and Cats

  • Small dogs and Cats – 1 tbs to 1/8 cup 1x, to 2x per day
  • Medium Size Dogs – 1/4 to 1/3 cup 1x to 2x per day
  • Large Dogs – 1/2 to 3/4 cup, 1x to 2x per day
  • X-Large Dogs – ¾ to 1 cup 1x to 2x per day

List of Medicinal Mushrooms For Dogs and Cats 
Partial List:

  • Agrikon
  • Agariko
  • Antrodia
  • Blazei
  • Chaga
  • Cordyceps
  • Himematsutake
  • Kign Trumpet
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Maitake
  • Mesima
  • Polyporus
  • Poriia cocs
  • Reishi
  • Shiitake
  • Suehirotake
  • True Tinder Polypore
  • Turkey Tail (various varieties)

Food is Medicine - Medicinal Mushroom Broth Health Benefits

Partial list:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone and joint health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Central nervous system health
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Detoxification
  • Heart health
  • Immune system health
  • Kidney health
  • Liver health
  • Respiratory health
  • Skin health
  • Urinary tract health

Cautions
  • For a comprehensive list of unsafe, dangerous and poisonous mushrooms dogs and cats should not consume go here.
  • Editable, medicinal mushrooms are not appropriate for every dog and cat.
    • Make sure you check side effects, drug interactions and health condition contradictions for your individual animal's specific situation.
  • Do not force a dog or cat to ingest substances (i.e. foods, herbs) that the animal indicates he/she does not want.
Additional Assistance 

Holistic Health and Wellness
  • If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 
  •  I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
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  • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here >>. 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here >>.  
Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist

Mushrooms For Dogs, Cats – Safe Editable Medicinal and Unsafe, Poisonous


Mushrooms (fungi) that are unsafe (poisonous, or deadly), to us humans, are also unsafe for dogs and cats. Medicinal and editable mushrooms 1safe for human consumption, are generally 1safe and healthful for dogs and cats.



Mushrooms that are Unsafe, and Dangerous to Dogs and Cats
Examples –

  • Amanita (i.e. death cap mushroom).
  • False Morels.
  • Jack of Lantern.
  • Little Brown Mushrooms (some or safe, some poisonous).


Nature Photo offers an extensive list- names, and photos, of mushrooms (fungi) to be avoided:


The above lists are extensive, but not complete – there are many more mushrooms that fall into the categories listed above.



Mushrooms that Are 1Safe For Dogs and Cats
Organic or wild-crafted medicinal mushrooms (i.e. turkey tail, shiitake, oyster mushrooms, etc.), and culinary mushrooms (i.e. button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, etc.) offer a wide range of health benefits to 1dogs, and are also good for most 1cats. for a list of dog and cat safe medicinal mushrooms go here.



You can choose one or two of the following options to add safe, editable and medicinal mushrooms as needed to your dog’s and cat’s daily diet:


On a daily basis my dogs have mushroom broth or tea, dried mushroom powder or mushrooms added to their veggie/fruit puree.



True story - my first dog knew which wild mushrooms where safe to forage and would self-harvest her own wild mushrooms. My current pack of dogs don’t self-forage wild mushrooms.


When in your own yard, or hiking along wooded trails – if you are not confident your dog knows the difference between editable and poisonous mushrooms – monitor your dog and do not allow him/her to taste-test mushrooms and fungi.



1‘Safe’ is used as a relative term, meaning safe for most dogs and cats. As with all ingested substances (foods, herbs, etc.) the individual:

  • May have a sensitivity (intolerance or allergic response) to an editable, medicinal mushroom.
  • May have a health issue that contradicts consumption of mushrooms.
  • May be on a drug that contradicts consumption of a mushrooms.
Additional Assistance 

Holistic Health and Wellness
  • If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 
  •  I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
Holistic Dog Training Services
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here>>. 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here>>.  
Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist




Friday, 10 March 2017

Euphrasia, Coconut Oil DIY Natural Treatment - Dog Cat Eye Infections




This natural DIY eye infection treatment for dogs and cats requires two simple ingredients – the herb euphrasia, also known as ‘eye bright’; and coconut oil. Euphrasia and coconut oil offer anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and minerals that help fight infection, sooth, nourish and protect the eye, and surrounding fur. Time to say ‘NO’ to conventional antibiotics, corticosteroids, and associated adverse side effects!


DIY Dog and Cat Eye Infection Treatment

Step 1 - Euphrasia Tea Eye Drops, and Cleanse

You Will Need –
  • Euphrasia (eye bright) tea, organic or wild-crafted.
  • Spring water, or filtered tap water – no unfiltered tap water!
  • Tea pot or cup.
  • Kettle, or pot.
  • Eye dropper.
  • Coconut oil – organic, cold pressed, unrefined.
  • Cotton or bamboo make-up remover pads. 
Preparation -
  • Place euphrasia tea bag, or euphrasia-filled tea infuser in the tea pot or cup – use 1 tea bag for every 8 ounces of water.
  • Using a kettle or pot, heat the water – when you see bubbles rising from the bottom of your kettle or pot the water is sufficiently heated. Don’t allow the water to boil.
  • Pour the heated water into the kettle or cup.
  • Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tea bag or infuser.
  • Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  • Fill the eye dropper bottle with tea.
  • Pour the remaining euphrasia tea into a glass bottle, and cap the bottle.
Storage -
  • Store the euphrasia tea in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Application -
  • Use an eye dropper to drop 1 up to 3 drops of the euphrasia tea into the eye, 1 times up to 4 time per day as needed.
  • Never allow the glass dropper to touch the eye.
    • If the dropper does come into contact with the eye, cleanse the dropper in hot water, with non-toxic soap, and rinse well prior to reusing the dropper.
  • After you have administered the drops use a clean cotton or bamboo pad to gently wipe any tea that has dripped from the eye onto the fur around the eye.
    • If treating both eyes - use a clean pad for each eye, don’t use the same pad on both eyes.
  • You can also soak a pad in the tea, squeeze out excess tea and use the pad to wipe around the eye – starting in the inside corner and wiping outwards.
Step 2 - Coconut Oil Salve
Once or twice a day, after you have treated, cleansed the eye with the euphrasia…
  • With clean hands, apply a little coconut oil, on the fur under the infected eye.
  • The coconut oil helps to fight the bacteria, makes it easier to clean-up any build-up of discharge under the eye, and helps to stop staining from the bacteria laden eye discharge.
Step 3 - Treating an Eye Infection is a Three Part Process

Use an effective, *suitable to-your individual dog, and cat:
  1. Topical treatment.
  2. Ingested natural antibiotics – I recommend using appropriate foods, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines (not conventional antibiotics and other drugs).
  3. Address root cause.
Do not rely on topical treatment on its own to resolve the issue - remember the three Part Process above!
Eye infections don't always clear-up right away (i.e. within several days to a week), depending on the root cause treatment can take time, as items 1., .2. and 3. above must be addressed and resolved. 
 
*There are MANY different herbal, and natural eye drops - the above is just one of those many options. Your animal's specific situation may require a different natural eye drop. If you are not able to resolve this on your own its time for a consultation!

I
f your dog or cat is suffering from re-occurring, chronic eye infections it is very important to identify and treat the root cause – naturally!

Note - When introducing a new to-your-animal topical treatment for the first time, always do a small test spot, wait 24 hours – if no adverse reaction occurs you can proceed to standard application. Do not use the treatment if your dog or cat has a sensitivity (intolerance or allergy) to any of the substances in the treatment. If you are using conventional drugs and are thinking of adding a natural treatment make sure you thoroughly research relevant interactions, contradictions, cautions and side effects.

Additional Assistance 

Holistic Health and Wellness
  • If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 
  •  I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
Holistic Dog Training Services
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here>>. 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here>>.  
Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.

Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist