RELIEVE THEIR RASHES WITH THESE EASY REMEDIES:

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RASH REMEDY

There’s no doubt about it. Summer is well on its way! With the climbing temperatures, almost all companion animals will want to spend their time outdoors. For those of us who are the caretakers of especially adventurous animals, we are well aware that they can very easily find themselves in all kinds of outdoor trouble. Too, with climbing temperatures, animals are getting warmer internally which means a stronger likelihood of heat rash and hot spots.

More often than not, energetic, explorative animals will have a run in with any number of outdoor items that can cause scrapes and scratches and even rashes on their skin. Not only can animals get rashes from being outdoors in the woods, but as we know animals are often prone to food-related allergy rashes, heat rashes, hot spots and seasonal allergy rashes.

Did you know that it’s not always necessary to run to the vet upon the finding of a scrape or rash?

Here are five readily available holistic, non-invasive remedies that can be helpful in treating a scrape, rash or hot spot:

  • ARNICA– Arnica cream is a plant-based remedy that can be effectively used to treat cuts, scrapes or rashes. It is also beneficial in the post-surgery rehabilitation process. Due to its healing olfactory properties, arnica can be helpful to relieve emotional stress. Arnica can be used as a healing topical cream on areas of the skin where an animal has suffered trauma. Arnica may have contraindications with other medicines, please consult your vet before use.
  • CBD OIL– CBD oil has many versatile uses. One of which is its ability to treat rashes and cuts. Its medicinal ingredients help to soothe itchy, dry skin and bring moisture to affected areas.
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR PILLS– Interestingly, not all rashes can effectively be treated from the outside (topically). Some rashes such as hot spots and allergies can be treated more successfully through oral consumption of remedy. One such oral remedy is apple cider vinegar pills. The vinegar will attack any bacteria that have infiltrated the body internally. By administering apple cider vinegar pills twice daily for several consecutive days, the vinegar will alleviate much of the rash. Of course, dosages and duration of treatment heavily depend on the type of rash as well as the size and breed of your animal. Please be sure to check with a trusted professional before beginning any new treatment. Additionally, be sure that you are administering the apple cider vinegar in pill form as opposed to the liquid itself. The liquid is extremely acidic (hence the name!) and may cause several types of discomfort for your animal.
  • VITAMIN E OIL– Vitamin E oil can be used to treat rashes as well as to moisturize dry skin. Though generally, dry skin is a result of poor diet, by approaching any rashes/dry skin with vitamin E oil as well as a diet change will surely initiate an overall healthier body and skin for your animal. Vitamin E oil helps to mend minor cuts, scrapes and post-surgical scarring.
  • LICORICE ROOT– The licorice root herb (not to be confused with licorice candy!) has been shown to aid in combating itchy skin and rashes. By topically applying licorice root extract to the affected area, the itchiness will disappear. Licorice root extract fights against bacteria that create rashes. Licorice root can also be taken orally as a treatment for several other conditions. Licorice root’s additional benefits include; anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, among several others. Including licorice root along with any medical anti-inflammatory treatment is often helpful in reducing painful symptoms of arthritis, dermatitis, gastrointestinal issues, liver disease ad UTI’s.

It’s important, as always to remember that every animal is different and that each individual animal will respond differently to each type of remedy. Be sure to avoid using more than one remedy at once. Begin by using a small amount of one remedy to see if it helps. Avoid using too much at once. This way you can keep track of how each remedy affects your animal’s skin. Be sure to consult with your holistic animal care provider before beginning any new treatment plan. This way, you will have the best possibility of keeping your animal safe and rash-free!

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IS YOUR CAT/DOG’S DIET MISSING THIS CRUCIAL STAPLE?

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IS YOUR ANIMAL’S DIET MISSING THIS CRUCIAL STAPLE?

Did you know that a vast overwhelming majority of companion animals suffer from dehydration? As caretakers and caregivers of companion animals most of us aim to do the very best we can for them. We aim to give them the best home environments, play time and of course their precious food. An animal’s food should be a source of joy, love and nourishment. But is your dog or cat receiving the right balance of nutrition?

Many cat and dog caregivers feed their animals dry food. While this was once the norm, any research teams in recent years have realized that dry food is not by any means an adequate diet for a cat or dog. In fact, it is not really food at all. What would happen to our bodies if we ate dehydrated food every day for 12-20 years? If you guessed that our organs would become completely depleted of moisture, you would be correct. In order for the kidneys and GI system to process and pass the dry food through our systems, our digestive organs would have to draw water from all of the organs of our body; to include, skin, hair, bladder, kidneys, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas and intestines to name a few. And after prolonged exposure to moisture depletion, our organs would begin to fail at an unnecessarily early stage of our lives.

In addition to dry food, many consumers are told by animal health professionals to administer their recommended brands of food. Blindly, consumers will believe that their animal care professionals know best and agree to do so. Shortly thereafter, they will notice that their cat or dog as an excessively dry coat and skin, sheds profusely and has digestive trouble. Why? Because they neglected to read the ingredients of what they have been recommended to feed their animal friends. Most of these labels read “pork by-product” and corn gluten” to name the first two of many sickening non-food items. The lesser the whole food ingredients, the further we stray from healthy animals.

When posed with the comment that “most animals are severely dehydrated”, my students and clients will almost always respond with “but my dog/cat drinks so much water! How can they possibly be dehydrated?” There is a very common belief in the animal loving community that water can effectively hydrate a cat or dog. And this would be false. Water alone does not hydrate an animal. Just like people, when an animal is thirsty, she will drink water. But alternative humans, what the water does as it travels through the body changes. Instead of getting absorbed into the inner organs, muscle tissues, joints, skin and coat, it runs right through their kidneys to be eliminated, most often failing to moisturize and nourish the body.

If we look, for example at the genetic lineage of cats, we will note that the origin of species was in the deserts of Africa where there was no water. They subsisted on the meats and blood of other animals. There was no water for them to drink. Therefore water drinking is a learned behaviour and not an innate behaviour. Further, when they do drink water, their bodies have not altogether adapted to absorbing its moisture as a primary source of nourishment.

With all of these moisture-depleting feeding habits, how do we reconcile? While creating new and exciting ways for our animal friends to drink water is extremely helpful, we must ensure that their diets also include food sources that help to keep the moisture in the body, organs, tissues, joints, muscles, skin and coat. The one staple that is crucial to every animal (and person)’s diet is Omegas 3 & 6. Animals do not require Omegas 9 for healthy body function. Omegas 3 & 6 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) allow for the animal’s body to retain adequate moisture derived from water and other wet foods. By adding EFA’s to our cats’ and dogs’ daily diets, we will be vastly improving their health and quality of life. Though most store-bought foods do contain Omegas 3 & 6, it is often nowhere near enough to keep an animal’s body healthy.

The following are five excellent sources of EFA’s that any dog and cat parent can begin to regularly add to their animal companion’s diet:

1)      RAW FOOD- Despite what most Western Veterinarians will suggest, raw food is the most species appropriate diet for dogs and cats. Whereas these professionals will explain several reasons why their food is better for animals than the raw, they have neglected to admit the reality of the situation- just as people animals need whole foods to survive. Of course, humans do not consume raw meats. However we do require whole foods to be the healthiest versions of ourselves. Keep in mind: these veterinary recommended food companies fund the veterinary schools at which the vets are taught. This old-school thinking has been engrained in the minds and curriculums of vets from day 1. There is far more evidence to support species-appropriate diets for a far healthier quality of life for animals. It is paramount that every cat or dog caregiver research for herself.

 

2)      CBD OIL- In addition to extreme dehydration, store bought and professional recommended foods are sickeningly high in inflammatory substances. Both preservatives and additives found in almost all cat and dog foods will, after prolonged exposure, cause inflammation of the joints and tissues. Long term effects of this inflammation include arthritis, joint pain, organ failure and cancers among other preventable bodily harm. CBD oil will help to reduce inflammation as well as add extra EFA’s to the body to help retain moisture and cognitive function. CBD oil will also help to improve circulation and ranges of motion as the animal ages.

 

3)      WILD SALMON OIL- By adding fish oils from known fish sources to our animal’s dietary regimen, we will be adding a healthy dose of Omegas 3 & 6, encouraging healthy moisture retention in the organs, tissues, muscles, brain, skin and coat. It is important to note what type of fish oil we are using. Salmon, for example, is a high source of EFA’s. Should a bottle read “fish oil” without any specific fish mentioned, we should note that it is likely a poor fish source that is likely to be quite polluted.

 

4)      COCONUT OIL- Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial foods to add to any animal’s diet. Coconut has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in EFA’s. For a complete list of the benefits of coconut oil, see: https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/05/07/the-abcs-of-coconut-oil-for-cats-and-dogs/

 

5)      SARDINES- Sardines are a highly revered source of EFA’s. Despite their stench, they are rich in many vitamins and minerals. Note that canned sardines are extremely high in salt and may not be the ideal source of nourishment for cats and dogs. Fresh fish is always the highest and best way to proceed when aiming to add nutrient rich whole foods to the diet.

 

These are just five readily available sources of EFA’s. It is always important to check with your holistic veterinarian before changing your animal friend’s diet. It is even more important to realize that for animal and person alike, food is medicine. Ideally, food should be a way to nourish and nurture our bodies, minds and spirits back to optimal wellness. We must remember that an overwhelmingly substantial number of animal health-related issues are caused by poor nutritional habits. Therefore, these health issues can be healed by healthy nutritional habits. Be sure to research species appropriate diets, healthier choices, EFA’s and whole foods for every animal under your care.

 

 

TOP 8 ANTI-INLAMMATORY FOODS FOR ANIMALS

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One of the articles that receives the most hits on my blog is “Anti-Inflammatory foods for cats and dogs”. Though I am glad that people are doing the research to provide natural health options for their animal companions, it saddens me that so many animals are suffering from chronic inflammation.

Without a doubt processed foods can cause joint inflammation in cats and dogs. Often, animal food companies fill their foods with non-food items, extremely low grade ingredients and mislabel their products for monetary gain. This means that even for those of us who research every ingredient we feed our animals, we may still not be accounting for all of the factors in nutrition. Further, some companies outsource their food factories to other continents. This decreases the quality of nutrients because of the length of time it takes for the food to travel overseas to your animal’s food bowl. With all of these hurdles to jump over, how can we ever be sure that we are doing the very best we can to feed them well?

It can be very difficult to avoid feeding our animals processed foods as taking the time to make our cat and dog food is not always feasible. Even the best quality foods can have ingredients that are not ideal for long term mobility of our animal companions.  Though many people are under the impression that good quality dog and cat food are pricey, this is often incorrect. There are very good quality food brands that are middle of the road pricing that can make a world of difference to the longevity of your animal’s healthy and joint mobility. However, even this processed for may not be enough. What is the solution?

Because of both inadequate nutrition as well as environmental factors such as stress and pollution, toxins can build up in the joints. Additionally, when animals age, joints can become depleted of lactic acid and other moisture that can cause physical pain and discomfort. Additionally, the toxins can cause inflammation of muscles and joints rendering walking, standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time painful. There are so many factors that can play into joint health that it is an excellent idea to begin your animals on prophylactic nutritional supplementation. By starting them on certain holistic food supplements, you can virtually alter the longevity of your animal’s mobility.

Below are five highly effective natural remedies that are commonly used and safe for cats and dogs:

1)      Wild Salmon Oil

2)      Coconut Oil

3)      Leafy Green Vegetables such as broccoli or kale

4)      Hemp Seed Oil

5)      Fruits such as blueberries, papaya and cherries

7)      Turmeric

8)      CBD oil

Please note that when administering any new supplement, it is of primary importance to begin with a small dosage and work your way up incrementally. This way you will not overload your animal friend’s system. It is also important to integrate slowly, being mindful of the dosage relative to the size of your animal friend.

When working with oil supplementation, be advised that many oils are fattening and to be mindful of used dosages. Also, if you are administering these oils to a dog or cat with chronic diarrhea or any other bowel issues, oils may cause diarrhea. Check with your holistic animal healer before beginning any new regimen.

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8 FEEDING MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING THAT COULD SHORTEN YOUR ANIMAL’S LIFE

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8 BAD HABITS

There’s no doubt about it. Animals love food. And for some of us, feeding our animal companions brings us almost as much joy as it brings them. It is a bonding experience. However, because animals find food so exciting, there is a danger in allowing ourselves to fall into poor feeding habits. Often, caregivers feel compelled to express our love toward animals through food because we know how much they love it. But are our feeding habits unintentionally harming our beloved furry family? Here are eight common feeding habits that almost always create more harm than good. Are you guilty of any of these?

  1. FREE FEEDING– Allowing our animal companions to eat whenever and however much they want are detrimental to their health and metabolism. When animals eat all day and night they will, more often than not, gain weight. Obesity is an alarmingly common cause of early death in cats and dogs. Animals’ metabolisms are no different than humans in that they will gain weight if they are unable to burn off the calories that they are consuming. Further, many of the foods that are left out on which the animals free-feed are full of unnecessary grains and starches and preservatives that cause inflammation of the joints, yeast overgrowth and obesity. Of course obesity has its own set of sub category ailments such as poor respiratory and cardiovascular health, early stage arthritis and organ failure among a vast array of others. By feeding our animal friends set meals (ideally 3-4 smaller meals per day), we are allowing their metabolisms to function optimally while disallowing them to gain excess weight. Should caregivers of animals be unable to feed 3-4 meals per day due to work schedules, feeding twice per day while leaving a snack for the animal to find during the way such as a kong toy filled with peanut butter or a portion of food hidden for the animal to find throughout the day is an excellent replacement for free feeding. This even food distribution will also help to regulate the animal’s metabolism and avoid obesity and other symptoms of poor metabolic health.
  2. NOT READING INGREDIENTS– Many consumers blindly purchase food for their cats and dogs. Some consumers blindly accept what their veterinarian recommends without doing their own research. This is dangerous. If you have ever read the first several ingredients of “prescription” diets, you will note that they are composed of “pork by-product”, “corn gluten” and various other non-food items. Animals, akin to humans, thrive on whole, nutritious foods. Though seeking advice of a veterinary professional is often important, it is even more important to research the advice they give us instead of blindly accepting their claims at face value.
    Further, there is often an over-saturation of vitamins and minerals in many store bought foods. While a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals is crucial to an animal’s health, the oversaturation of them has been repeatedly linked to hypo and hyperthyroidism. BE SURE to research (or ask your holistic vet) for information on appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals for your particular breed of companion animal.
    In addition to prescription diet foods, there are also low quality nutrient poor foods that are often purchased by consumers to avoid breaking the bank. While saving money is definitely important, at what expense are we doing so? Many of the nutrient poor foods on the market leave our animal friends malnourished and suffering from inflammation. Every companion animal deserves to be properly nourished so that she or he has the best possible quality of life. There are many healthier choices available for middle of the road prices. By purchasing foods whose first ingredients read “chicken, turkey, salmon etc” we are providing our animal family members with nourishment that will prolong their lives and give them a better quality of life while they are with us.
  3. FEEDING DRY FOOD/KIBBLE– KIBBLE IS NOT FOOD. Dry food is not an appropriate diet for any animal. Should any animal regularly feed on dehydrated food, they will easily become dehydrated. This is because when an animal eats kibble, the digestive process requires all of the water in the digestive organs to process the dry food through the digestive tract. After repeated offense of this water draining digestive process, the inner and outer organs of the animal become completely devoid of moisture. In the short term this results in skin rashes, dry eyes, bladder crystals, painful urination, inflammation of the joints and organs, arthritis and excessive thirst. In the longer term this results in early stage kidney failure. In order to avoid all of these severe ailments, feeding our animals a moisture-rich diet will save the day. By adding more foods with omegas 3 & 6, we will be allowing our animals to stay hydrated.
  4. TOO MUCH GRAIN/STARCH– Primarily, cats cannot digest grains. They lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of grains. This means that if they eat a high grain diet, they metabolize the grains as sugars. If the sugars do not get burned off (through exercise), their sugar levels become deregulated which affects their insulin levels in the pancreas. This is where feline diabetes comes from. In order to avoid giving your cat diabetes, it is crucial to feed a grain free cat food.
    Secondly, in cats and dogs who are sensitive to yeast, feeding a high grain-starch diet is detrimental. This is because grains and starches such as rice, barley, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, wheat, etc breed yeast in dogs and cats. Many dogs develop yeast overgrowth as a result of a nutrient-poor diet that is wealthy in grains and starches. If your dog or cat has candida (yeast) overgrowth, research grain-free foods and species appropriate diets.
  5. TOO MANY TREATS– Most of us likely realise that feeding our animals too many treats can be detrimental to their health. Fatty, sugary foods cause obesity, inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and more. Many cat and dog caregivers often use treats to train their animals to exhibit desired behaviours. While this is proven to be an effective mode of training, the health issues that arise could be costly. To substitute treat training, try training with a piece of dry food or a small piece of ground beef (without seasoning or sauce!) The goal with any training is to entice the animal with a reward that is more enticing than anything s/he receives on a regular basis. If your cat is eating mostly wet food (which she ABSOLUTELY should be), a piece of kibble may be exciting enough to entice her to learn desired behaviour. If your dog east mostly canned and dry food, instead of using a sugary or fatty treat, try enticing him with lean cooked ground beef. This way, he will reap the rewards of a highly delicious and nutritious snack!
  6. FEEDING HUMAN FOOD– While we all enjoy seeing the expressions of joy and excitement upon feeding our companion animals table food, we must be very conscious of how these food affect their health. This is not to be confused with feeding whole foods such as animal proteins and veggies which have many health benefits for cats and dogs. Contrary to the health benefits of whole foods, many people believe that feeding “a small amount” of fatty, salty and sugary human foods “can’t hurt them”. They would be wrong. For some animals, even a small amount of fatty, salty or sugary foods means many adverse, chronic health reactions such as IBS, Inflammatory bowel disease, yeast overgrowth or even fatal, painful pancreatitis. It is always best to read labels and research species appropriate homemade diets thoroughly in order to keep our animals fully nourished!
  7. BUYING “WHATEVER’S ON SALE”– Cheaping out on dog and cat food will come back to haunt both your animal and you. Any animal who is malnourished inevitably ends up at the vet clinic too early with a mountain of vet bills. By feeding cheap food to our animals we are causing their bodies to easily break down from malnourishment. This most often results in trips back and forth to the vet which is quite costly, not to mention traumatic for our beloved animal friends. Buying “whatever’s on sale” is hazardous to your animal’s health in many ways. The cheap cat and dog foods brands are full of inflammatory substances, non-food items such as chicken beaks, plastics, carcinogens, food dyes, saw dust, heavy metals, pollutants and dozens of other harmful toxins. These types of harmful ingredients cause may chronic, painful diseases in cats and dogs and are easily avoided by taking the time to research high quality foods that do not break the bank.
  8. BELIEVING THAT WATER ALONE IS ADEQUATE HYDRATION– Contrary to popular belief, water alone does not hydrate companion cats and dogs. It flushes out the organs well which is beneficial to the animal’s well being, however it often fails to be retained in the animal’s body. In extreme temperatures such as the harshness of winter or the heat of summer, companion animals require a lot more than plain water to stay hydrated. Sometimes, no matter how much water our animal friends consume, they are still dehydrated. It is important to understand why this is and how it can be remedied. Without adequate omega fatty acids, water runs right through the body. Omega fatty acids (EFA’s) are the ‘good’ fats that the body needs in order to optimally function. Hair, skin, nails and fur are composed of EFA’s. In a diet that is absent of them, the animal’s hair, skin, nails and coat become dry. Additionally, Omegas (EFA’s) significantly reduce inflammation of the joints, organs and muscle tissues. Water alone cannot rehydrate hair, skin nails and fur, nor can it reduce bodily inflammation.
    Often low-fat store bought foods (and prescription diet foods) contain too little EFA content and contribute to inflammatory diseases and chronic dehydration. The lower fat foods often remove the good fats as well as the bad fats, leaving little room for the moisturizing of major organs.
    Additionally, in a dry food-based diet, water is insufficient hydration for animals as the water merely helps the dry food to pass through the gastrointestinal system with very little left over to moisturize the inner organs.
    Solution? Add more essential fatty acids to the diet. Common and safe sources of the above are: wild salmon oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, CBD oil, whole cooked salmon (without sauces and spices), ground beef, sardines, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. It is unnecessary to add more than one of these sources to the diet at the same time as oversaturation of EFA’s can cause loose stool and weight gain. To find out which source of EFA’s is best for your animal(s), consult your local animal communicator or holistic veterinarian.

These are just eight of many potentially harmful feeding habits many of us make. As always, when making any alterations to our companion animals’ diets, it is important to consult your local animal professional. And, as stated above, be sure to do your research in addition to listening to the advice of your local professional to understand the best options for you and your animal family members.

 

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TODAY’S FULL MOON: BEWARE THE SCORPION STING!

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TODAY’S BLUE MOON IN SCORPIO:

Today, Saturday May 18th brings about this year’s full moon in Scorpio. Though the full Scorpio moon is generally named “The Fighting Moon”, this full moon’s uniqueness is noteworthy. At 7:11 pm central time, our blue moon waxes full in the sign of Scorpio. To most, the term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. This full moon is a different type of blue moon. This blue moon falls under the lesser known category of seasonal blue moon. This means simply that whereas most seasons (consisting of three months each) have three full moons, this particular spring season of 2019 has four. Hence the “extra” full moon being named the seasonal blue moon.

Because of the Scorpion nature, we must be cautious during the 48 hours surrounding this full moon. The phrase “Beware the Scorpion Sting” is no false warning. When provoked, Scorpios can be very callous, insensitive and vindictive. Though not all of us have Scorpio present in our birth charts, we will almost definitely be affected by this prickly energy.

Scorpio is a water sign. Commonly, water signs are thought of as warm, nurturing, maternal, sensitive and loving. While some of these characteristics hold true for the unharmed Scorpio, when hurt or wounded in any way, the Scorpion water can run icy cold. They can become overprotective, overbearing, jealous and petty. During this 48 hour period, these characteristics of the Scorpio can be illuminated in any of us. They are prone to rise to our surface quickly. And if we are not careful, we may do unintentional harm to ourselves and those we love. To avoid any future damage to ourselves and our loved ones, we must become cognizant of our reactionary nature. By understanding that this lunar period has the capacity to create a thoughtless, sharp edged response to anyone who may offend us, we will allow ourselves to take a step back. By taking a step back we will be allowing ourselves the time to find compassion for anyone whose actions have offended us. Likely, they meant no offense and we were quick to assume the attack.

To further intensify this angst, astrologically Scorpio is opposite Mercury. This opposition can cause great chaos in attempt of communication. Because Mercury is the planet that represents communication and it opposes Scorpio – the passionate, intellectual, jealous and possessive, there leaves much room for ego based disagreements, mind games and insecurities abound. It would be very easy to get ourselves caught up in the game of second guessing ourselves on a personal and/or romantic nature. That said, we do have a choice. We can easily submit to the fear and chaos that surrounds us, OR we can recognize that we are a product of our environments. We can recognize that we have unconsciously taken on the energies of all that surrounds us (as empaths always do!). By acknowledging this, we can easily shake it off. Because, after all, it does not belong to us!

Thankfully, to balance out the chaos of the Scorpion moon, we can call upon the grounding energies of our Sun which is presently in the earth sign of Taurus. Taurean energy is earthy, grounded and pragmatic. These traits are quite welcome when working through the likes of the Scorpio full moon! To connect with the Taurean energy, align yourself with Mother Earth. This can be done through connecting with nature, connecting with grounding crystals or natural objects, or by simply meditating in your home. Any of these activities will invite the calming influence of Taurus.

In addition to the icy Scorpion nature, this sign encourages us to delve deeper. This sign asks us to look at what lies underneath. Whether this becomes self-examination or an examination of truth within an interpersonal relationship, Scorpio assists us in removing the mask, the façade. What we find may birth either a feeling of liberation, disruption or both. The clarity that we may find has the power to bring us closure to any outstanding situations – But not without a bit of work! Should we come across any information during this revealing time that we find upsetting, let us remember that this negative feeling is with us so that we can learn and grow from it. It is fleeting.

To best cope with the unpredictable nature of this full moon, let us remind ourselves that we are strong, fierce warriors and that the Universe will only give us what we can handle. Without these opportunities to grow, we would likely not learn anything of value. We may prepare ourselves, during thus lunar period by staying grounded and rooted in our self-belief. Trusting ourselves is our best line of defense when external circumstances go awry. Most importantly, it is of great value to make time each day to disconnect. Disconnect from other people, from social media, TV and all other influential media so that we have the time to recharge.

WHY IS MY ANIMAL EATING MY FURNITURE, CLOTHES AND PAPER?

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WHY IS MY CAT/DOG EATING MY FURNITURE, CLOTHES AND PAPER?

Many of us strive to be the best guardians of our companion animals. Most of us do our best. But how much can we really do with the limited spectrum of knowledge of simply doing what we are told by medical veterinarians and advertising?

There is merit to listening to the various media that fill our head with what is “healthy” or “unhealthy” however it is our duty as animal caregivers to stop being “yes” people and start doing our own research! Animals are like people in that they require a delicate balance of nutrition to feel healthy. And every animal’s nutritional needs varies from the next. It is silly to assume that every cat or every dog will be completely nutritionally satisfied by eating exactly the same type of diet as the next.

Though there are various reasons why animals will eat non food items, a primary reason is that they are seeking proper nutrition that they are not getting from their diet. The term for eating on-food items is called PICA.

When we examine the nutritional needs of a cat or dog, we will read that kibble alone is not a valid form of nutrition. In fact it is quite detrimental to their health despite what advertising will tell us. They will fill our heads with the idea that kibble that is composed of healthy ingredients is healthy for your cats and dogs because it is a nourishing meal. And that is false. If we ask any holistic veterinarian, she will tell you that yes, kibble keeps cats and dogs alive but their quality of life is significantly compromised. Kibble has been linked to severe dehydration, urinary bladder and kidney problems, crystals and early stage kidney failure. Kibble drains the water systems in our animal friends’ bodies, leaving them unable to retain nearly enough bodily moisture from water alone.

It would stand to reason that just as every human has her own digestive needs, so does every companion animal. Animals have very sensitive little stomachs, and what works well for one dog or cat may not work for the next. In an ideal world, every guardian of a cat, dog, horse and other companion animal would adequately research, seek various professional holistic veterinary and animal communicator’s opinions. However, this is not always feasible. Of all of these options, conducting our own research really goes a long way in term of keeping our animals feeling healthy.

There is a lot of hype about various brands of food. Some of these brands are even recommended by medical veterinarians. And some of these brands are labeled “prescription diets”. However, when we  read the ingredients of some of these brands, they are not only devoid of any ingredient that requires a “prescription” (can you say marketing scheme??) but their list of ingredients comes complete with non-food items, preservatives and fillers. One might argue that they have witnessed cats and dogs living long and healthy lives on these low quality foods. This may be true, but how was their quality of life? Futher, are you taking nutritional advice from a veterinarian who has any concept of proper nutrition himself? I would be hard pressed to accept any nutritional advice from a doctor who does not eat well himself, as he has no frame of reference in terms of proper  nutrition= healthy quality of life. To add, some cats and dogs are far more food-sensitive than others. This level of sensitivity is most often relative to their person’s level of food sensitivity. Coincidence? To cite one example, many professionals will have us believe that ground up chicken beaks are a valid form of protein for your cats and dogs. Upon initial research, yes, chicken beaks are full of protein. INSOLUBLE protein called keratin—the same type of protein that is found in human hair and nails. It is not only insoluble (meaning that it does not get digested into the animal’s body and passes right through them) but there is absolutely no valid nutritional component in consuming keratin for animals. Consider this the next time you read “chicken by-product” on your food label. And for those of us who pay attention to animal welfare, it may help us to remember that the beaks that are being ground up as filler in our animals’ food come from farms that de-beak these chickens while they are still alive to utilize every last cent of their “commodities” they can. Would your animal friend want to take part in this barbaric business?

Lastly, in terms of research, it is also paramount to research where the food you’re buying is being processed. There have been several recalls of food brands for mislabelling their products. These companies will go so far as to re-arrange ingredients on labels to make them look more appealing to consumers. So you may be thinking that you’re buying whole food products when you are actually buying a low grade form of product that has been fancily decorated to look like a high quality. True high quality brands are not as expensive as these traditional vet recommended brands. They are middle of the road prices and will ensure that your cat and dog has a longer, healthier quality of life. Isn’t it time we started to nurture them the way they nurture us?

If your animal friend is eating healthy food and is still acting out by chewing, there are several other reasons that this may be happening. One reason is because the animal is not getting adequate exercise. For example, if you are the guardian of a large breed dog, this dog MUST receive at least two half hour fast paced walks per day. Until the dog begins to age, he will have a lot of energy. If we are unable to give these dogs the exercise they need, it would be irresponsible to bring them into our homes.  Not exercising our dogs is a form of abuse. Alternatively, hiring a well-reputed dog walker will help.

Dogs also thrive on discipline. They do NOT know how they are required to behave until we teach them. If we do not teach them, they will be unaware of your desired behaviour and act out. This is a main reason why dogs are re-homed; because humans lack the discipline to properly train their dogs in a consistent way. This is where we would hire a dog trainer to work with the dog. There is no need for the dog to get re-homed in this situation, as this can be VERY traumatic for the dog and cause permanent psychological damage.

Often when we are feeding our animals proper food, they can still act out. This can potentially be because their digestive systems are so sensitive that they require additional help with digestion. This is an excellent opportunity to research digestive enzymes and probiotics. Though they are not always necessary, when we are working with animals who were found as babies and were weaned too soon their digestive system development may have been compromised. Often this creates an inhibited digestive environment. Enzymes and probiotics may help. Consult your animal communicator or holistic vet for more information.

The last reason why your animal friend may be chewing your furniture is because he was weaned too early and has manifested an oral fixation. This can be altered with simple behaviour modification techniques suggested by a cat or dog trainer. With consistency and patience, your animal companion will stop chewing in no time!

If your animal friend is chewing your non-food items for another reason than is listed above, this may be a symptom of a medical problem. If you feel this is the case, consult your animal communicator or holistic veterinarian immediately.

FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, HEALTHY CAT AND DOG FOOD BRANDS, WHERE TO CONTACT A HOLISTIC VET AND MORE, EMAIL: jmorgan.soulstice@gmail.com.

OVER 50% OF NORTH AMERICAN ANIMALS SUFFER FROM THIS FATAL AND EASILY AVOIDABLE DISEASE:

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HOW YOU CAN PREVENT THIS PAINFUL DISEASE

There is a growing epidemic in today’s companion animal world. This problem is quite serious and harmful to our beloved furry friends. It is an escalating issue and its impact is severe. Long term consequences of obesity result in: arthritis, torn cruciate ligaments, hypertension, hypothyroidism, impaired respiration, heart disease, poor gastrointestinal health, chronic renal disease, hepatitis, urinary tract disease, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, hepatitis, cancer, diabetes – just to name a few.

Companion animal obesity is alarmingly prevalent in today’s society. Aside from its serious side effects, obesity can be fatal. Companion animal obesity does not happen overnight. It takes years to create. However, obesity is easily reversible and even preventable altogether. With so much education on the subject, why is companion animal obesity so common?

Perhaps most commonly, many humans mistake feeding for love. Because our furry friends find feeding time to be so exciting, we often associate their happiness with food. By over-feeding our animal friends, we are not helping them. In fact we are often shortening their lives and time with us! Even more hazardous to their health, humans will feed animals ‘people’ food. While some ‘people’ food is beneficial to animals such as whole meats and steamed veggies, most table foods cause serious health problems for companion animals. The digestive systems of cats and dogs (and parrots, horses and hamsters) are not wired for all of the fatty, saturated, sugary, starchy foods that many humans consume. These rich ingredients cause many painful organ imbalances such as pancreatitis, diabetes, kidney or liver failure, UTI’s, bladder crystals, several types of cancer and more. Though it may take some discipline on our part, dissociating food and love is the best way to keep our beloved furry ones healthy!

One key factor in the rise of obesity is carbohydrates in the diet. Genetically, cats and dogs mainly subsisted on meats. By adding grains to the diet, marketing companies have found marketable filler, allowing them to cheap out on the main staples of the companion animal diet. Most of the carbohydrates found in cat and dog food are full of sugars and starches which not only slow the metabolism but also impair digestion. Consequently, weight gain is almost inevitable. Of primary significance to carbohydrate-infuse foods is that felines are physiologically unable to digest grains. Cats lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of grains (found in almost all carbohydrates). When cats eat grains, the carbohydrates metabolize into sugars. With excess exposure to grains in food (causing excess sugar levels in the blood), feline diabetes runs rampant. Further, there are innumerable documented cases of the link between carbohydrates in the diet and yeast overgrowth in dogs and cats (candida overgrowth). It is our role in our animal’s lives to read labels and make sure that we understand what sugary, starchy carbohydrates are and how they can harm our animals.

What many companion animal caregivers fail to acknowledge is that companion animals need sufficient exercise to burn calories. In this respect (and many others) humans and animals are the same. In order to maintain a healthy body weight, we must balance the calories we eat with the calories we burn through daily activity. Humans often disregard their cat or dog’s need for exercise. Humans often excuse this by telling themselves they are “too busy” to adequately walk their dogs or play with their cats. They often feel that the yard is sufficient exercise for the dog and that the cat walks around their home enough to burn the calories necessary for healthy weight maintenance. Unless these animals are reaching a cardiovascular endurance that is equivalent to a ‘light sweat’ of a human’s cardiovascular routine, they are likely not burning the calories needed to stay healthy. In many cases, finding suitable exercise for cats and some dogs can be challenging. However with research and a little bit of creativity, creating a healthy exercise regimen for our companion animal friends will ensure that they do not fall into the trap of obesity. They will live longer and have a healthy quality of life.

Sadly, almost all processed (store bought) cat and dog food is full of preservatives, non-food items and carcinogens. These frighteningly harmful ingredients cause an alarmingly high rate of inflammation and obesity within our animal friends’ bodies. Preservatives such as corn gluten are exceedingly common in many veterinary recommended foods. This is to say that even professionals are suggesting that foods whose first several ingredients are harmful to an animal in many ways (chronic inflammation, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease to name a few). Frighteningly, many consumers fall prey to accepting what veterinarians and marketing companies claim is “healthy’ instead of conducting their own research. This failure to read and research labels is a very real cause of obesity. By making time to research exactly what it is you’re feeding your animal friend, you might be very shocked at what is being passed off as “food” in the animal community. Take the time to get to know the species appropriate diet that is best suited to your companion.

Most readily available to all companion animal caregivers is portion control. Many caregivers ‘free feed’ their cats and dogs. This means that they leave food out all day for their animal to eat whenever they so choose. This behavior is often detrimental to their animal’s health. Animals who are home alone all day will tend to ‘boredom eat’. Many humans suffer from boredom eating as well. If animals have no other task to complete throughout their day, they will choose to eat just for something to do. By controlling the amount of food they have access to, we can monitor their weight more closely. Many objections to this idea come into play in homes where humans work long hours and animals are unable to go for so long without food. This is correct. Ideally, animals should be fed small meals every four hours (as should humans). If humans are out for prolonged time periods, leaving food ‘games’ for their animals can help with portion control. One such game is the feeding puzzle wherein dogs must work though a puzzle to find their food. By suggesting that animals work for their food, we are creating both a task for our animals as well as a way for them to be nourished. Additionally, animals who have been undernourished prior to coming into your home will tend to wolf down every ounce of food as soon as it’s placed in front of them. Free-feeding poses a serious threat to those previously undernourished cats and dogs because they can eat far too much in one sitting and become quite ill. By monitoring your feeding portions, you will be ensuring a healthier body weight for your animal friends!

It is crucial to put ourselves in the bodies and minds of our animal friends. How would we feel if we were being fed improperly and could not do anything to remedy it? Animals are unable to shop for themselves and in many cases are unable to voice how uncomfortable nutrient-poor food makes them feel. Many animals love table food so much that they wouldn’t object if they could- until they fell into chronic pain or disease. It is our role as companion animal caregivers to make healthy choices on their behalf.

 

 

 

9 COMMON FELINE NURTITION MYTHS DEBUNKED

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9 COMMON FELINE NUTRITION MYTHS DEBUNKED

Our furry feline friends are the very best friends we could ever ask for. They are adorably cuddly, they purr when we’re sad and their tiny meow make our hearts sing. Naturally, we want to give them the very best life we can. Unfortunately, in this day and age, there are so many myths associated with proper kitty nutrition. Here are nine common feline myths that are just that: myths. How many are you guilty of?

1)      CATS DRINK MILK:  Though it is a common belief that cats should be fed milk, they absolutely should not. Like humans, kittens only need their mother’s milk until they stop feeding from her. Once the separation has occurred, milk can be quite unhealthy for cats. Like people, as kittens grow up, their lactase production slows down, making the digestion of milk considerably difficult. Feeding a cat any dairy can result in diarrhea, gas, bloating and other severe abdominal discomfort. Don’t be fooled! Just because your cat seems to like lapping up milk doesn’t mean he won’t pay for it later!

2)      CANNED TUNA IS A HEALTHY TREAT: Tuna is not healthy for cats. Canned tuna alone is not a complete meal for cats. It lacks many of the necessary vitamins and minerals that cats need in order to have balanced bodily functions.  Canned tuna has been linked to serious digestive issues as well as urinary tract stones. Tuna also contains iodine and mercury which, if fed for a prolonged period of time, can cause liver poisoning.

3) PRESCRIPTION DIETS ARE NECESSARY TO AID A CAT’S DIETARY HEALTH- Evidence has shown that there is not one single “prescription” ingredient in prescription labelled foods. Prescription labelled diets claim to assist with one particular aspect of an animal’s dietary health such as bladder issues, weight loss, dental issues etc. Whereas this is quite a clever marketing scheme, the truth is that the ingredients listed in these “prescription diet” foods are not food items at all. When a cat consumes these non food items (ie corn gluten, pork by-product etc), there are quite often adverse effects such as malnutrition. Symptoms of malnutrition include; dry coat, dry skin, patchy coat, excessive thirst, constipation, dry eyes, allergy symptoms, diarrhea, lethargy, eating items around the house that are not food such as garbage, eating stool and more. generally speaking, all of these malnutrition symptoms can be avoided or treated with a SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET consisting of whole foods. This does not always mean “raw” foods, but canned food that is highly nutritious and GRAIN FREE; containing ingredients such as “deboned chicken”, vegetables and high omegas 3’s and 6.

4)      WATER IS SUFFICIENT FLUID FOR A CAT: As human beings, when we are thirsty we drink water. The same holds true for cats, however research has shown that in order for a cat to be fully hydrated, he must eat wet food complete with an adequate dosage of omega fatty acids. Wet food most closely resembles what he would eat in the wild. Genetically, cats eat other animals. These other animals contain enough protein, moisture and fatty acids to fully nourish and hydrate a cat. By feeding your cat only kibble, you are robbing your cat of the moisture he needs to survive. By feeding your cat a kibble-based diet, your cats digestive organs work overtime in order to process the food through his body. When a cat digests kibble (dry food) his digestive organs utilize all of the moisture in his digestive organs as well as other boduly moisture to pass the dry food through his body. Even ensuring that your cat is drinking more water than usual will not provide adequate moisture for your cat to live on. Eating dry food is incredibly txing on the kidneys. By adding wet food and a healthy dose of omega fatty acids, you are helping your animal to stay hydrated in a way that water alone simply cannot do. Further, cats are unlikely to drink adequate water on their own as their desert-dwelling ancestors had scarce water and learned to survive by drinking the fluids of the animals they killed. Cats are not wired to drink water, it is a learned behaviour that they have adapted to as they became domesticated. This is why adding another source of hydration can mean the difference between kidney life and death. 

5)      CHANGING YOUR CAT’S FOOD IS BAD: It’s a myth that you need to keep your cat on one type of food for her whole life. She may get bored just as you would. This myth stems from the fact that many cats are finicky eaters. It’s hard to find the perfect food for your cat. This is due to the particularly sensitive digestive systems cats have. While it’s great to find a food that sticks with your cat, if she gets bored with her food, there is nothing wrong with seeking healthy alternatives. Symptoms of food intolerance include: vomiting shortly after eating each meal, reluctance to eat (sniffing food and walking away), gassiness, loss of appetite, diarrhea. 

6)      KIBBLE CLEANS YOUR CAT’S TEETH: While a very small amount of daily kibble may be a good idea to keep your cat’s tooth enamel intact, kibble is not a replacement for brushing his teeth. Kibble, even the ‘healthiest’ kinds, can form plaque on your cat’s teeth and will need to be removed. It is surprisingly easy to get your cat into a tooth-brushing routine. Your cat may be skittish at first, but he will adjust. Please do not use human toothpaste on your cat or dog.

7)      “DIET” FOODS WILL HELP YOUR CAT LOSE WEIGHT: While lower calorie foods may help your cat shed a few pounds, the reality is that the “diet” food pet companies are overcharging you for a product that may not be necessary. Simple math dictates that if you lessen the portion sizes that you feed your cat and up his exercise, you probably won’t need to spend the extra dollars on “diet” brands. If your cat is consuming fewer calories and burning more calories, the weight will come off on its own.

8)      LEAVING FOOD OUT ALL DAY FOR YOUR CAT IS A GOOD IDEA: “But what if I’m out all day and he gets hungry?” you ask. Your cat will not be hungry if you get him on a healthy two to three or even four small meals per day regimen. Your cat should be eating no more than half a can of wet food in the morning and the other half in the evening. Leaving a small bowl of kibble or dehydrated organ meat snacks is a good idea in case your kitty gets hungry while you’re at work. This most closely resembles what he would eat in the wild. It is also the appropriate portion size for a healthy indoor cat. If you leave food out all day your cat will eat it. If you were home all day with nothing to do except snack, you probably would too! As we all know very well, over eating causes many health concerns. Do yourself and your feline friend a favour and keep his eating habits in check!

9) CATS CAN DIGEST GRAINS- Poor quality cat food is high in grains. Dogs, humans, horses and most other mammals have a digestive enzyme called “amylase” that is responsible for the breakdown of grains. Cats lack this enzyme due to their desert-scape origin. They originated in the desert and subsisted only on raw meats of animals. In the African desert there were not grains to be eaten so the digestive systems of big desert cats adapted to a grain free life. Because of their genetic origin, they do not have the enzyme “amylase”. When felines eat grains for a prolonged period of time, the grains get metabolized as sugars and wreak havoc on their insulin levels. Studies have shown that too much grain in a cat’s diet can cause diabetes, obesity and other major organ ailments. In essence, over a prolonged period grains can lead to fatal illness. 

These are just nine of many common feline feeding myths. Sadly, marketing companies play on the emotions of consumers and win. By maintaining awareness of proper nutrition for our beloved feline family members, we will be sure to keep them in our lives for years to come!

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HOW SAFE DOES YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED ANIMAL FEEL IN YOUR HOME?

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12 WAYS TO HELP YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED ANIMAL ADJUST

Rescuing disparaged animals is one of the noblest traits of humankind. Those of us who understand the purity of spirit of companion animals feel compelled to help as many of them as we can. For some of us, this means bringing them into our homes. From an animal’s perspective, a good home is lesser about feeling “happy” and more so about feeling “safe” and comfortable.

If you have recently adopted, or plan to adopt, an animal into your home, you may be wondering how you can best help them to adjust. Here are 12 important ways to help our newly adopted animals to feel happy, safe and comfortable in our homes.

  1. ESTABLISHINGPOSITIVE HEALTHY BATHROOM EXPERIENCES– learning desired household bathroom behaviors can make or break an animal’s comfort level in your home. Whether litter training or housebreaking a new animal, it is imperative to use positive training methods such as reward-based training. It is even more important to avoid yelling at an animal for having an accident while training as this negative intonation could destroy any progress an animal has made in feeling safe with you in your home. It is also imperative that all members of your household abide by the same potty training rules so that your new dog or cat is not confused. Providing consistent training rules from all household members is the best way for an animal to feel secure in your home.
  2. KEEP NOISE LEVEL DOWN– animals are extremely noise sensitive! Noises ranging from screaming children to the shifting creeks of a home on a windy day can disrupt their peace. Though there is little we can do about the creaks and cracks of a house, there is much we can do to control the volume of noise that is coming from family members. Teaching children the value to respecting an animal’s noise boundary goes a very long way. In many cases, these children grow up to respect the boundaries of all living beings. Teaching children the value of respect is immeasurably important. For those living without younger children, keeping volumes of TV and music down can help a newly adopted animal to feel safe in your home. Understanding that having groups of people in your home while your new animal is adjusting to your home can affect an animal’s ability to feel safe and secure is important. Helping an animal to relax in your new home can be as easy as playing classical or meditation music while you are away so that the animal hears as little creaking and cracking of the house as possible.
  3. SOCIALIZATION– In many cases, newly adopted animals are poorly socialized. Perhaps they have come from an unhealthy environment where they have not been socialized or perhaps they have had negative experiences with other animals and do not react well to socialization. Either way, if you have adopted a poorly socialized animal (dog or cat), it is your responsibility to socialize the animal. Poorly socialized animals react poorly to other animals and often other people than those who are familiar. By neglecting to socialize your newly adopted animal, you are creating further fear within the animal. This can only hinder their healing progress. By helping to re-socialize the animal, you are helping them to understand the value in being unafraid of those who cross her/his path. This will help your animal to grow and flourish in your home.
  4. GIVE THEM SPACE– When first bringing an animal into your home, providing them with a quiet space to be alone will allow them to feel safe and secure in your home. If the animal’s initial experience in your home is full of commotion and excitement, the animal is likely to take a lot longer to trust you and your family members than if their initial experience is one of quiet respect. Sectioning off a quiet, warm room or area with comfortable bedding will allow your new companion to feel comfortable and trusting of you.
  5. BE CAUTIOUS WITH FOOT TRAFFIC– Because most companion animals’ lines of vision are just above the floor, having household members walk rapidly by your cat or dog is likely to create a skittish response. Especially to cats, whose pupils dilate much differently than do humans, all cats will see as your long legs walk by are giant blurry things (that resemble predators) that could attack at any moment. This is why cats will often bite feet/socks. Many cats, particularly ones who are unfamiliar with the human body, do not realize that the human legs are attached to a human body and that the legs have no interest in preying on them. When bringing a cat or small dog into your home, remind family members to walk by slowly until the animal acclimates to your home. This will avoid skittish behaviour and kitty- human foot attacks. (It sounds funny, yes, but to the newly adopted cat it is no joke.
  6. ACCLIMATE ANIMAL TO CARRIER/CRATE– Unless the animal has pre-existing anxiety associated with carriers/crates (which must be healed through a professional training regimen), acclimating your animal to her/his carrier/crate will only serve them well in the long run. Too often, animals associate carriers with negative experiences such as going to the vet. If an animal only goes into a carrier to see the vet, naturally, when the carrier is brought out, the animal will assume they are going to the vet. However, if the carrier is also used for fun adventures such as to a park or somewhere else that is enjoyable to the species, the animal will become comfortable with getting into and out of the carrier. This will create a far lesser stressful experience the next time you wish to take your animal to the vet or anywhere else they may not enjoy. By associating their carrier with enjoyable items such as treats and toys, you will also allow the animal to feel more comfortable with the idea of the carrier or crate.
  7. INTRODUCE FAMILY MEMBERS ONE AT A TIME– If your home has several human and/or animal family members, it is in your newly adopted animal’s best interest to introduce them one at a time. Though every family member will be excited to see their new addition, having them all come to greet their new friend at once can be overwhelming. By introducing them one at a time, you are allowing the new animal to learn about each one at their own pace. Slow and methodical introductions are necessary in order for your new animal to feel safe and secure.
  8. SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET– Animals, akin to humans, thrive on whole foods. Each species of cat and dog has different dietary requirements. Unfortunately, in today’s society, many animal food companies are capitalizing on consumer ignorance. By reading and understanding each food label and sticking to the healthier choices, we will be allowing our animals to feel healthy in our homes. By feeding nutrient poor food such as kibble (dry food) or low quality department store brands, we are doing our animals a grave disservice. Animals cannot feed themselves. It is up to US to feed them properly. Buying “whatever’s on sale” likely has highly inflammatory ingredients. These ingredients have been linked to innumerable cases of illness such as IBS, arthritis, bladder crystals, early stage kidney failure, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, painful gas, obesity, diabetes, cancer and many other terribly painful diseases. It is up to us to stop these unnecessary illnesses by researching labels. Ask your holistic veterinarian what a species appropriate diet for your animal consists of. Many western veterinarians have not done the type of research that has educated them on alternative medicines or diets. They often base their dietary opinions on science as opposed to a holistic, whole food It is imperative that for the health and longevity of your dog or cat, that you seek as much information as possible. Ask a medical veterinarian. Ask a holistic veterinarian. Call food companies, call an animal communicator. Get all of the information you can so that you can make an informed decision.
  9. CONSISTENT MEAL TIMES– All animals thrive on routine. Creating a consistent feeding, walking and sleep routine will allow your animal to be comfortable with life in your home. The digestive systems of most dogs and cats are very sensitive. This means that not only are they sensitive to ingredients, they are also sensitive to a feeding routine. Animals’ bodies adapt well to specified feeding routines. By feeding our cats and dogs at approximately the same times every day, we will be promoting a healthier body and mind for our beloved friends.
  10. ADEQUATE EXERCISE– All companion animals experience stress. Whether they have come into your home with pre-existing sources of stress or they are reacting to the levels of stress in your home, all animals are affected by various forms of stress. By engaging your animal in regular exercise, you are allowing them to burn off stressful energy. Sadly companion animal obesity is quite prevalent in our society. Obesity is one of the top reasons why animals become ill and pass away. Obesity causes many horrible physical ailments that often lead to early fatality. By being active with your dog or cat, you are allowing them to burn off calories that would otherwise metabolize into unhealthy additional body weight. As stated above, by feeding our animals species appropriate diets, we will be permitting the animal to live a healthful life. Better yet, the combination of a healthy diet and exercise will help our animals to have a healthy and happy life. Adequate exercise also promotes a healthy cardiovascular system, muscular endurance, self confidence and more.
  11. OFFER GAMES & TOYS– To encourage a new animal to feel safe and secure in your home, bringing toys and games into their routine is sure to be successful. In addition to physical exercise, all companion animals need mental exercise. This means that they will do well with toys and games that they find mentally stimulating. Remembering that cats and dogs are very closely linked to their wild ancestors who were hunters. This genetic desire to hunt is still highly prevalent in domesticated dogs and cats. By finding games and toys that resemble chasing, hunting and in some cases retrieving, we will be permitting our animals to be their true animalistic selves. If these aspects of their genealogical behaviour go unnoticed by their people, they will act out and/or become very depressed. This is because genealogically, the animal feels as if it is her/his role to track and hunt. Of course domesticated animals have evolved to other, more emotional roles in our home. However, that basic need to track and hunt is still there. By acknowledging to our animals that we are aware of what keeps their minds active, we will be showing them the respect and love that they need. In addition, bringing items into the home that resemble activities in which dogs and cats partake will also encourage new adoptees to come out of their shells in a healthier way than otherwise. For example, by bringing boxes into your cat’s room for her to play in resemble her need to hide from predators in nature. If she feels as though she has her own safe space in which to hide, she will understand that you are a trustworthy caretaker. This will give her the confidence she needs in order to better adapt to your home.
  12. HOUSEHOLD TEMPERATURE– Be mindful of the hair/fur coats that companion animals have in choosing our home temperature. Animals are generally warmer than we are. However, in many cases, particularly in colder climates, because their feet are exposed, they are often far colder than we think they are. If we live in colder climates and have animals who appear to be uncomfortable; always burrowing and hiding in blankets, perhaps it’s time to readjust the thermostat. If we live in warmer climates and find that our dogs are always panting and excessively drinking (with no known other ailment or medication involved), we will also want to consider cooling our homes with extra fans. Animals are always attempting to communicate that which makes them feel uncomfortable in their homes. The temperature of their homes is no different. By paying close attention to our animal’s cues, we will easily be able to ascertain whether or not they are comfortable with the house temperature.

 

Each of the above ways to acclimate your new animal to your home is equally as important as the next. By following the above 12 steps, your animal will feel safe and trusting in no time!

THIS WEEK’S FULL MOON: PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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HOLD YOUR BREATH AND COUNT TO TEN

This year’s full moon in Libra falls on Friday, April 19th, 2019. At 6:12 am central time, the moon waxes full. As with all full moons, this is a time to reflect on what is working for us and what no longer serves our highest good.

The Libra nature is very intriguing. It is a paradoxical sign. Libras are known for both their dramatic personalities as well as their ability to find balance in any given situation. Libra, being an air sign, is well versed at detaching from emotions. Air signs have a keen ability to behave in a way that is removed from emotion. Because of this, Libra makes a good judge. Libra is able to remain non-judgmental in her calculations. Libra is able to objectively assess any situation and draw the fairest conclusion. Contrary to their unemotional platform, Libras often make good actors as they are easily able to draw on deep rooted emotions to communicate their point. Though they are unattached to these emotions they are readily able to tap into them in order to take on certain roles for the purpose of getting their points across. This makes them excellent debaters and intellectual conversationalists.

Drawing on Libra’s balanced temperament proves helpful in any context. If Libran energy resonates with your astrological chart, you have the blessing of being able to tap into her nature at any time. For those of us who do not have Libran energies readily available from which to draw, this lunar period will be an excellent opportunity for us to objectively examine any circumstances in which we find ourselves. Whether we are in the midst of a argument, about to make an important decision or having a difficult time seeing another person’s point of view, drawing on the objective-natured Libran energy can help us to take a step back and view these situations from a fair standpoint for all involved.

While the moon is in Libra, the sun finds its place in the sign of Aries. Interestingly, this full moon resides at the tail end of Aries and makes its way into Taurus shortly thereafter. Therefore, this full moon embodies characteristics of both sun signs Aries and Taurus. This is a bold combination. Both Aries and Taurus operate on a very bullheaded plane. Both characters are full speed ahead. This can potentially stir an anxiety within us if we are feeling as though we have much to do and little time to do it. We may find that we are easily overwhelmed and moody. To offset these emotions, should they arise, if at all possible, engaging in physical activity is the healthiest of outlets.

This astrological alignment poses Libra opposite Uranus. We are sure to feel restless as our need for change or freedom claims the forefront of our minds. Uranus is the planet of sudden change. Because it opposes the full moon in Libra, our need for excitement takes precedence over all other needs. This can cause a dramatic shift in our thoughts and behaviours as we will feel the need to break free from our usual routines. Being prepared for this sudden and short lived feeling is the best way to understand it. If we are able, taking a short trip out of our normal routine is a helpful remedy, nurturing our desire for excitement. If this is not possible, we may learn to accept that this desire for freedom is impermanent as are all other feelings. Allow this desire to come and go.

Perhaps troublesome for most, this full moon has the capacity to highlight imbalances in romantic relationships. Within relationships that lack compassion and empathy will be a call to release all egotism and arrogance. As well will be highlighted those partners who take their loved ones for granted. These imbalances become glaringly obvious during is lunar period, encouraging those who are the recipients of the imbalance to take a good hard look at their relationship priorities. When we rise above any perceived weaknesses we have as individuals we can view our relationships from an empowered state of mind. When we do, we will be more readily be able to acknowledge the aspects of our relationships that no longer serve our personal growth. Ideally, our partners will want to work through these imbalances with us for the common good of the relationship. However, should our partners remain neglectful to our concerns, this may bear further examination. It is always important, in any circumstance, to evaluate our priorities.

Further adding to the relationship struggle is the moon’s position with Venus in this planetary alignment. Venus, the planet of the Divine sensual feminine, is highlighted at this time. This illumination creates a strong desire for love and affection. Additionally, there is the need within this alignment for both men and women to feel emotionally supported. If these needs are not met, many of us will be quick to react and to cause a deeper imbalance within our romantic relationships. Though seeking this love and support is important, take caution not to do so in a way that undermines your relationship. It can be easy to fall into the trap of seeking affection from an external source, however remember who you will be hurting in the end. Be sure to talk your concerns out with your partner so as to avoid any thickening tension. Compromise and unconditional love with help to restore harmony to all relationships.

The Aries sun tends to bring out our abrupt, fiery reactionary sides. Be sure to manage any sudden outbursts by practicing self-awareness. Before we react, count to five slowly. This will give us the necessary moments to decide how our reactions will affect others and in turn ourselves in the long run.

The combination between the fiery, abrupt Aries sun, the Venus-minded need for attention and the Libran opposition to Uranus can and will account for many opportunities for fear based reaction. Be patient with yourself. Be mindful of the astrological tendencies during this 48 hour lunar period. Should we approach any situation during this time, we must do so with caution and self awareness. Remember to invoke the Libran ability to detach from emotions and objectively view all scenarios free of judgment. By taking a step back from all the likely emotional time bombs of this lunar period, we will have a greater possibility of finding inner peace in the midst of this potentially chaotic time.