Overcoming Fears Associated with Raw Feeding

Mari With Deer BoneA few summers ago I had the opportunity to consult with several local dog owners about the proper way to feed their pets. Most of my clients come to me because their pets are sick and they haven’t seen much if any results with the traditional veterinary care they have been pursuing. My only regret is that they didn’t come to me before their pets got sick. That would sure help with preventing the illnesses that are inevitable when we don’t honor the laws of health. In addition to helping them learn a whole health approach, I also had to assist them with overcoming their fears associated with raw feeding.

The problem is usually fear-based which is just “false evidence appearing real”. It is this same fear that compels them to feed their carnivore pets what is completely abnormal and unhealthy for them – packaged dry kibble or canned food. It is also this very fear that keeps them from feeding their dog, cat or ferret what is normal for them to eat and thrive – a raw meat, bone and organ diet.

The most common initial reactions I receive to asking a client to feed their dog or cat what they were designed to eat but are not limited to are: “My dog will become vicious if they eat raw because of the blood”, “they will get parasites”, “they will get sick from a pathogen of some kind”, and “they will choke”. And I have a response for every single one of these concerns designed to take away the fear.

We have all been conditioned to believe in the fears. With rumors perpetuated through the media, primarily from the pet food industry itself, it’s no wonder most pet owners are afraid to truly go “natural” with their dogs and cats. And sadly even those we’ve surrendered all health care to for our pets, our veterinarians, have been taught this same nonsense by the pet food industry. You see, the pet food industry is who teaches them the little nutrition they learn in vet school. One thing pet owners need to learn is that their veterinarians are not taught how to prevent illness in your pets or even treat your pets (particularly not through diet and nutrition). Rather, they are taught how to TREAT symptoms – which in essence reduces your pets to a disease or symptom! The exception are those special holistic veterinarians who have taken far more interest in seeing their patients be well by taking the initiative to further educate themselves to the truth about proper nutrition for animals according to their species nature and then in turn to educate their clients.

The fact is that we’ve ALL (us and our vets) been led to believe that “natural” means adding in some supplements and feeding something out of a bag that have the words “holistic” or “natural” written on it. Marketing and media have played a key role in deceiving us.

If anything is truly NATURAL it won’t be in a bag or can. Those are merely processed foods like anything else called “food” placed in a box or can – not REAL food but “food-like products“. They are completely denatured foods that have nothing live left in them that we need for our sustenance and the same goes for what we feed our pets. In order for these types of foods to be sold saying they have vitamins in them or any kind of nutrition, SYNTHETIC forms of vitamins and minerals are sprayed on to the goop that becomes the dry little nuggets we call “kibble”. If you want to read further about the process, my colleague and friend, Dr. Jeannie Thomason, wrote a very good article describing the slop that we are so determined to feed to our pets: http://www.thewholedog.org/id19.html I’d be far, far more afraid to feed commercial dry or canned pet food and far more afraid of my pets getting pathogens or parasites or choking on that than on REAL raw food.

Let’s now take time to address some of the primary concerns here that most often hinder pet owners from feeding a species appropriate raw diet to their pets. Then we’ll take a look at how some pet owners decided to take back control of their pets’ health AND stop giving into the false evidence. They unlearned the deception in order to receive the truth.

Parasites & Bacteria. If there are parasites in us and/or our pets, and there typically are, they are there for a good purpose. They have their own special purpose to fulfill. Again my colleague has a very informational article on this topic here http://www.thewholedog.org/artoverwoming.html

Keep in mind, that a kibble-fed dog or cat is far more likely to have a problem with parasites because they are being fed a diet that is completely abnormal to their very nature.

A very simple solution to this AND the possible pathogen “problem” is to freeze the meat for at least twenty four hours, then defrost and serve to your little house wolf or lion. Something else to consider about pathogens is that we ALL have “good” (commonly called probiotics) and “bad” bacteria in our bodies. Some of us have far more bad than we ought to and that is because we are not properly nourishing our omnivorous human bodies with fresh, wholesome raw fruits and vegetables.

Our dogs and cats are no different than us in this respect. If all they are ever fed is a denatured, processed food in the form of kibble or canned food, which often has ingredients that no living being ought to be eating such as propylene glycol, MSG, artificial coloring, etc., in them, then the bad bacteria will win. Salmonella and e.Coli inhabit everyone’s intestines – human and animal. If you will notice the recalls are typically over COMMERCIAL pet foods for pathogens. Also keep in mind that carnivores are adapted to eat raw meat, bones, and organs. The biggest fear is to stop treating them as though they were US. Allowing them to be THEM is the biggest hurdle.

We, every single one of us, need to eat RAW foods (according to each species’ needs) to thrive and that of course includes our carnivore pets. For them that means raw meat, bones and organs. If we can’t handle that, then we should consider having a non-carnivorous pet instead. It is inhumane to consider feeding them the same dry, denatured food day in and out, over and over again because WE can’t handle THEIR true carnivore nature.

Choking. The truth is dogs and cats can choke on kibble. In fact they are far more likely to choke on kibble than raw meaty bones since they don’t chew food, rather they rip, tear, shred, pulverize and gulp. Dr. Jeannie and I wrote an in depth article on the anatomy and physiology of dogs and why they can’t chew or be expected to do so – and cats are no different: http://aspenbloompetcare.com/2009/07/dogs-the-omnivore-carnivore-controversy.htm

Pets should be supervised when eating any meal – whether it is kibble or raw food. There are so many resources to help you learn how plus you can also obtain a consult with an animal naturopath to learn how to feed your dogs and cats a raw diet if you are afraid or too nervous to go it alone.

They will become vicious because of eating blood. That has to be one of the silliest myths I’ve ever heard. I can’t help but laugh out loud every time I hear this sort of comment from someone. This concern has no foundation in truth at all. Animals are far more likely to be vicious and out of sorts if they aren’t eating what is normal for them. Have you ever wondered about the rise in behavioral problems with both our human children and our pets? Have you ever considered the amount of processed foods laden with food additives, chemicals, MSG, corn syrup (all of which are in evidence in packaged commercial pet foods as well as human food) and other junk that could be contributing to these problems? And consider this, what if you had to eat the exact same food, for every single meal, every single day for the rest of your life? How happy would YOU be then? And how healthy would you be?

I wrote an article quite a long time ago that dispels more of the myths and on the raw feeding page above where you will also find more sites that debunk even more myths. Be sure and check them out to free
yourself from this bondage of FEAR. Here is the article: http://aspenbloompetcare.com/2005/11/dispelling-the-myths-of-raw-feeding/

Some other disinformation I keep reading about is that dogs have either evolved into omnivores or they need some amount of vegetables in order to mimic the stomach contents of prey – again I would like to reference our article http://aspenbloompetcare.com/2009/07/dogs-the-omnivore-carnivore-controversy/ which really addresses this misnomer. Here is one example that a friend sent me to discern for him:

During tough seasons when meat is harder to come by, wolfs and wild dogs become more opportunistic, eating eggs, fish, fermenting fruit, seeds, nuts and grasses to supplement the meat that they are able to catch.

Then the article went on to say this: such as parsley, kale, dandelion, chard and a small portion (25% of the total vegetables) of pureed root vegetation and fruit including parsnips, yams, squash, apples, pears, and berries.

Wolves and dogs are opportunistic just as is ANY animal. They will eat berries in season which amounts to about 1% of their total diet. Grasses and herbs are eaten only if they are sick to purge or heal themselves. Nuts, well maybe out of curiosity or to appeal to something lacking in them due to a deficiency when prey is lacking but not otherwise. Our domestic dogs will eat many things not prudent or necessary because they are being opportunistic but it does not mean they need those things or that they are good for them. In fact, since they do not have the proper enzymes in their saliva to digest grains and vegetables, feeding these things to them will only cause them to dip into the reserve of amylase in their pancreas to digest the indigestible material further taxing the pancreas and subsequently also the liver.

Remember that carnivores are at the top of the food chain. The herbivores and omnivores they consume have properly digested needed nutrients which they then receive when they consume the flesh of their prey so they do not need the vegetables and grains added into their diet. The occasional fruit, particularly in the form of berries, is fine just don’t overdo that. As I stated previously, berries only amount to a total of about 1% in the wild carnivore diet.

Now you have a lot of information to digest and assimilate. Let me just share with you a few short stories of dogs that I have been helped because their owners decided to forgo the false evidence appearing real in order to take charge of the health of their dogs.

Story #1
One long-time friend decided to do a consult when her two mixed breed dogs, at the age of nine, starting having health challenges (thyroid, eyes, skin). She made her decision to do a consultation after listening to another mutual friend who publicly announced at a business meeting how I’d helped her two dogs be well just by switching them to a raw diet. Her vet was not happy with her decision. He also said her dogs had to stay on medication their entire lives and have regular dental cleanings done to be “healthy” (which obviously they were not). Within three weeks of switching her dogs to a raw diet, AFTER having a long consultation with me, her dogs had white, clean teeth no longer requiring cleaning. They shed out their old coats for new, glossier ones. They became more energetic while also being calmer in their demeanor. One dog was weaned off of the thyroid medication entirely while the other, which has already passed on was put back on it. (NOTE: Be sure and consult with your veterinarian before attempting to wean your pets off of any medication).

Story #2
Another guy who was at the same business luncheon came over and talked with me about his own dog. His dog was not doing well on the antibiotics prescribed for his dog’s kennel cough (kennel cough is viral not bacterial so using antibiotics to “treat” it makes no sense whatsoever). I merely made a suggestion for a couple of natural products he could try, and the raw diet. He went to my website, read everything on raw feeding, used my suggestions and within five days his dog was well. He has since gotten another dog which he immediately started on raw and both dogs are thriving and well!

Story #3
One of my brother ‘shad been listening to me tell him repeatedly about a raw diet for his own dog. He would say he was going to, but always had a reason why he hadn’t done it yet. I eventually discovered it was fear-based and of course the convenience of doing what he’d always done. He was over at my house one evening for dinner when my husband decided to show him how readily his dog would take to raw food. And his dog didn’t disappoint us. He ate two chicken backs exactly the way a wolf would eat them – and we captured it all on video! No one taught him, and he was a very happy little canine. My brother made the switch to raw right away. He did not keep him on raw food for a variety of reasons and within a year his dog passed away from mast cell cancer.

Maybe you’d like to be able to share your own raw feeding success story one day and how YOU overcame the fear. I encourage you to look to the true inner nature of your dog or cat and let them teach you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Copyright 2013 Aspenbloom, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article.

Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online. Visit her Website:www.AspenbloomPetCare.com

PHOTO ATTRIBUTION: Mari the Golden Retriever by Ellen Welk of Golden Pawprints Golden Retrievers. All Rights Reserved

Parasites, Obesity and Paw Chewing

Coned_Dog_TrumanTo clarify before I share my own approach to handling three of the most common ailments I hear about – parasites, obesity and paw chewing – I am a certified animal naturopath. I help my clients learn how to care for their dogs through the laws of health (naturopathic principles) with the foundation on nutrition. Typically I can give them a “what I’d do if it were my dog” answer.

I have lumped all three symptoms of parasites, obesity and paw chewing together for a reason. They all come together under poor nutrition and a weakened immune system which can often be addressed through a proper species appropriate raw diet along with some natural modalities to control the parasites. Before I elaborate on just exactly what a proper diet is for a dog, let’s ask a couple of questions first so I don’t get any arguments regarding the diet. I’m just eliminating some of the typical responses beforehand! Continue reading Parasites, Obesity and Paw Chewing

Animal Naturopathy: The Natural Alternative for Animal Care

Laws_of_Health_Animal_NaturopathyMost Americans don’t even know what animal naturopathy is much-the-less that it is a choice they have for their pets’ health care. Animal naturopaths are often mistaken for holistic veterinarians and while they do complement each other their roles are quite different.

Holistic veterinarians are all initially conventionally trained and then later seek out the additional training in holistic modalities. Many offer a variety of services while some focus entirely on a modality of choice. Both holistic veterinarians and conventional veterinarians diagnose, prescribe and treat disease although holistic veterinarians choose to utilize natural, holistic methods of treatment. Continue reading Animal Naturopathy: The Natural Alternative for Animal Care

Resolution to Educate on the Dangers of Vaccines

MY_futon_042012_2Early this autumn, on September 17, 2012 my husband and I put to his final rest our fifteen month old Great Dane puppy, Meshach. He was entirely naturally reared but nevertheless he still died as a result of over-vaccination even though he was never vaccinated. Because we have wrought so much damage to generations of domestic animals with the idea that we can protect every single one with repeated and multiple injections that bypass the body’s natural defenses, all of our pets are now suffering from vaccinosis (and now wild animals also thanks to vaccine baits). The damage is cumulative and passed on more distorted and weakened with each subsequent generation. Therefore, my new year’s resolution is to continue to educate on the dangers of vaccines with renewed vigor and passion.

Until more people are aware that unnatural foods in the form of GMO-laden commercial, processed junk fed their beloved pets as food from a bag or can; that pesticides slathered on pets under the guise of pest control prevention is nothing more than poison; that injections under the guise of health care delivery are merely a form of disease vectoring; and that ALL of it collectively causes grave harm and suffering while the cartel (veterinary profession, pharmaceutical companies, pet food industry, et al) literally makes a killing in both lives and income, then I resolve to continue sharing the truth with those ready and willing to hear and heed it.

Minimal vaccines are not the problem. ANY vaccine is the problem; one vaccine is over-vaccination.

Vaccines are NOT immunizations. They are NOT protective. They ARE neurotoxins which vector disease. Here is a quote by the http://www.ChalkboardCampaign.com about neurotoxins:

“Neurotoxins cause brain damage in EVERYONE. The extent is the only variable.”

You never know the extent of the damage or how that damage will present in your pet. It’s not a matter of if it will present, it is always only a matter of when and to what extent it will present. With my Meshach, the extent was great and fatal. He had all the symptoms of rabies vaccinosis except aggression (he was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest dog I ever had the pleasure to share my life with), even though he had never been vaccinated but his ancestry had all been vaccinated, repeatedly. Meshach started having grand mal seizures at the onset of puberty in his eighth month of life. I was stunned to see him going through this. He was naturally reared but only first generation. That doesn’t mean first generation dogs won’t be healthy, it just means that the damage to his line of Danes is severe with the many vaccines they have received. His dam received minimal vaccines but at this point in this line of dogs, one is always going to be one too many.

Please keep in mind that there isn’t room within the scope of this article to share Meshach’s full story – that will be for the book I hope to write on him one day. But the point I am trying to make he was the victim of vaccine damage also improper nourishment in the form of passed on weakened DNA of generations of kibble-fed animals. However, the veterinary community is reluctant to face all of this; they are dragging their heels because it is far too lucrative to keep things just as they are. In addition, the indoctrination through their training has been thorough.

However there is hope for those willing to buck the system and do the right thing for the animals. A dear veterinarian friend of mine (who will remain anonymous) recently said this to me “Your support over the years has given me confidence and helped me to unlearn many things, many things that needed to be unlearned. By the way, during my days in practice, I did not stress vaccinations and very, very rarely did I give booster shots and only then when I was asked to do it. Somehow I questioned the value of vaccinations without being able to explain or defend my thinking. Fortunately, I am no longer in practice and so this is not a problem I have to deal with.

It is going to be up to pet owners to change this and it can start by NOT asking your veterinarian to give boosters as my friend stated was the case when administering boosters!

The veterinarians I took Meshach to considered seizures a common and normal occurrence but neither of them connected the dots to vaccines. In fact, the contrary, they thought it was my fault since I had not vaccinated him. As my friend Dr. Aleksandra Mikic, fellow natural animal health professional, and author of Immune Doggy says, they are only taught to memorize the dots not how to connect them.

Meshach was cared for entirely naturally until later in the game when he began having breakthrough seizures. We did not keep him on the drugs all the time – only during cluster seizures. He received ALL natural care in the form of chiropractic, massage, essential oils, herbs/herbal tonics, and supplementation. These things would help initially and then he’d begin with breakthrough seizures as his incidents continued to escalate. He could not go outside in any heat or play with any dogs for any length of time without that those became triggers for his seizures. We were blessed to have a few weeks with nothing more than petit mal and focal seizures almost daily for which we are grateful as he was pretty pain-free during that time and grew in stature and strength, as well as had time to enjoy life and be a dog. Nevertheless that is not a healthy or normal state. It might be common in veterinary medicine today but nothing about it is healthy or normal.

On Meshach’s last day of life, he was having grand mal and cluster seizures constantly. Nothing we did holistically or conventionally was stopping them or relieving his intense pain (which he showed us through his constant whining and pawing at his head).

Consider that the only treatment conventional medicine can offer is toxins in the form of drugs. They continue to increase them until your pet is no longer themselves but eventually a zombie that now will eventually have liver disease due to the damage the drugs cause. You can see a neurosurgeon that may or may not be able to do anything. And then there is one last option: euthanasia.

That said, there are many animals that are indeed helped with natural methods. Many can be helped if the vaccines are stopped and they are fed a raw diet. Those are the two main things. Of course in Meshach’s case that wasn’t going to “fix” him because the problem is in his line from so much vaccine/kibble damage that it will now take several generations of natural rearing to turn that line around. But it can be done. And that is what my resolution is all about: helping others to realize that there is hope if we start now. And we start by natural rearing ALL of our animals beginning right now.

Remember, the suffering begins with an injection and ends with an injection. One vaccine per any generation nowadays is over-vaccination. That is how much damage we have done to our beloved pets through the use of vaccines.

I am glad we managed Meshach primarily with natural alternatives so he could live out his days with some quality of life. Please note that what may work for one dog, will not for another. Each is an individual and we need to remember that. I wished what I had done HAD worked for Meshach…I REALLY do as my husband and I really miss our sweet, kind, loving boy.

As I said previously, Meshach was not vaccinated. I don’t believe he would have lived one day if he had been vaccinated due to the vaccine damage lurking in his body. He suffered from inherited vaccinosis. But you will most likely not hear a veterinarian tell you that or even admit that it is a possibility…unless it is a holistic veterinarian who is on board with sharing the truth about vaccines like Patricia Jordan, DVM. She has stated many times that no studies have been done on the effects to the genome by vaccines.

If we continue to think that over-vaccination is merely too many vaccines administered to our pets rather than one vaccine in their lifetime administered being one too many, then one day we won’t have to worry over this as there will be no more pets to consider. Never forget that the damage is cumulative.

The only safe vaccine is one that is never used. No vaccine can be proven safe before it is given to children“. ~Statements by the late James A. Shannon, while serving as Director of the US National Institutes of Health.

And not to animals either I might add!

I will close today with a quote by Aleksandra Mikic from her book, Immune Doggy, which I highly recommend:

By vaccinating every individual animal and not allowing it to develop its own immunity, we are effectively preventing the passing of the immunity to the future generations. A vaccine is always made from the most virulent form of the virus since pharmaceutical companies jump on the wagon as soon as the disease appears and the level of fear is at its highest. While in nature this virus would have mutated into a less virulent form, it does not do so in the vaccine. Generations of animals are therefore injected with the worst form of the virus and stripped of their natural immune response which would have been passed onto subsequent generations. What is passed forward instead is deformed DNA, and the destruction of the species must ensue. Vaccinated mothers do not pass on herd immunity, which then puts pups in greater danger of contracting disease while they are very young. By attempting to save the individual animal, we are effectively destroying the species. A healthy species is able to survive without human interference and we are taking that ability away from our animals.

I invite you to consider taking our module at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy,
A Better Understanding of Vaccines and be empowered with the knowledge you gain. Please join me in the resolution to educate on the dangers of vaccines.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Copyright 2012 Aspenbloom, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article.

Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online. Visit her Website:www.AspenbloomPetCare.com

PHOTO ATTRIBUTE: Meshach the Great Dane by Dr. Kim Bloomer. Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

Take Back Control of Your Pets Health

Originally written for and printed in Dr. Al Sear’s newsletter, Health Confidential:

Many people come to me and they ask me about the health of their pets. I have some strong views about it. Many of the problems that pets have are the same ones we have, because we’re all living in this altered environment. But I’m not a pet care specialist. So we have an animal naturopath colleague of mine, Dr. Kim Bloomer, who’s going to write to you today about some of the problems pets have in the modern world. ~Al Sears, MD


By Dr. Kim Bloomer

Pets are not living longer, healthier lives. Surprised? It’s true. Our pets are simply taking longer to die from chronic disease and poor health. And for many animals that process starts very early in life.

The reasons are simple. Part of the reason is that we believe the blatant lie that processed pet food equals good nutrition, and we load our pets up with toxins. The result is the chronic diseases we see today in increasingly younger animals.

Illness starts with signs we mistake as “seasonal” or normal. Maybe your pet gets “hot spots” and rashes during the summer. Or has chronically smelly ears and runny eyes. Or has teeth covered in tarter and breath that could stop an elephant in its tracks. These are not signs of good health!

When you understand what good health really is and how to achieve it, your pet will live longer and have quality of life. You will also save a ton of money and heartache in the process!

Deep Pockets Influence the Pet Health System

You may be shocked to learn the two key players contributing to the ill health of our pets: the pet food industry and the pharmaceutical industry. These powerhouses fund almost every veterinary school in the United States.1,2,3 They have a lot of weight to throw around, so what vets learn in school is tainted by their self-interest. It’s not about our pets’ health; it’s about the profit of these two powerhouses.

“Do you know what is in most meal, the major constituent of dry dog food? Urine, faecal matter, hair, pus, meat from animals afflicted with cancer, TB, etc.”

-Wendell O. Belfield, DVM

Vets spend very little time learning about nutrition. What they do learn comes straight from pet food companies. Industry reps teach veterinarians how to sell and “prescribe” their processed foods, not how to keep animals healthy using good nutrition. Unfortunately, processed pet food is little better than the garbage you tote to the curb each week.

The pet food industry is the perfect way to dispose of the leftover foods that aren’t “good enough” for human consumption. But it gets worse. The pet food industry uses “4-D” animals: dead, diseased, dying, disabled. And those “wholesome grains” we hear about are basically poor quality chaff. Add food dyes and toxic preservatives, top the mess off with sprayed synthetic vitamins, and it’s called a “complete and balanced” meal.

Because vets spend so little time learning to keep pets healthy through good nutrition, their only real option for helping your sick pet is to dole out pharmaceuticals in the form of:

  • Drugs. Antibiotics, steroids, and a multitude of other pharmaceuticals mask symptoms of poor health.
  • Pesticides. Highly toxic flea, tick, and heartworm prevention products are used to “protect” pets from parasites.
  • Vaccinations. Many vets continue with the deadly practice of booster vaccinations despite enormous evidence proving it isn’t necessary.

Most veterinarians never warn pet owners of the dangerous side effects of vaccinating, drugs, and toxic pesticides. Does your vet make sure you have enough information to provide an “informed consent” before treating your pet with drugs, vaccines, or surgery?

Once our pets are toxic, they enter a state of “disease”. And where do we go when our pets are sick? Right back to the veterinarian’s office for more toxins! Your vet may not connect the dots between processed food, pharmaceuticals, and your sick pet. Trust me, the connection is there.

Natural Health Is Achieved From the Inside Out

Conventional veterinary medicine treats symptoms. It never gets to the root cause of disease. While a prescription of antibiotics or steroids makes your pet feel better quickly, its symptoms usually return. Unfortunately they often come back even worse than before. Over time this tamping down of symptoms leads to more serious illness.

Natural health views those same symptoms in a completely different way. Symptoms are the road map leading to the root cause of disease. Because nothing heals disease. The body heals itself. It can only do that when we support it in a whole picture synergy of mind, body, and spirit.

As a veterinary naturopath focusing on dogs and cats, I work with pet owners all over the country. Most of my clients are making the shift from using conventional medicine to natural health care. They are frustrated with the disastrous side effects and serious limitations of conventional medicine and turn to an animal naturopath because we:

  • Do not diagnose disease. We perform health or lifestyle assessments focusing on the whole animal, not their symptoms.
  • Do not treat disease. We promote health and help you achieve optimal health for your pet.
  • Do not prescribe medications. We educate you on removing toxins from the body, nutrition, species appropriate diet, supplements, herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and other natural healing modalities.
  • Do not perform surgery or any type of invasive procedure.

An animal naturopath helps you create and maintain your pet’s good health. We empower you by giving you the knowledge to care for your pets naturally so they thrive!

You Can Start Creating Good Health in Your Pet

Three simple steps will help you focus on promoting health instead of preventing illness in your pets:

#1: Feed the right food.

Stop feeding pet food purchased in a bag or can. Switch to a species-appropriate raw diet. A species-appropriate diet is what your pet’s ancestors ate to survive and thrive. For example, cats are obligate carnivores. They must eat fresh, raw meat and bones to stay healthy. Dogs are facultativecarnivores. Dogs need raw meaty bones to thrive. But dogs can eat whatever is available to survive. People sometimes think dogs are omnivores because of this, but I assure you they are not! Teeth tell the tale. Dogs and cats have sharp, pointy teeth for ripping, shredding, and tearing meat and crushing bone. They do not have molars or jaws that move sideways so they can grind food like people do. They have a hinged jaw so they can grab hold of prey and rip it apart for quick eating.4

“Of all the things that you can do to prevent disease in your pet, diet is the most important.”

-Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM
Author of “Veterinary Secrets”

A species-appropriate diet for dogs is basically raw, meaty bones. Yes, raw. You can also feed raw egg, organ meat, and fish body oil a couple times a week. It’s really that simple! Add enzymes and probiotics when your dog or cat starts a raw diet. This helps get their bodies in shape to better digest raw food. Once their carnivore ability really kicks in, you won’t need to do this unless your pet is sick or old. Feed two to three percent of your pet’s body weight daily (once per day) of roughly equal parts bone and meat (really you need more meat than bone so if you are unsure please obtain a consultation). The raw bone with the meat keeps the natural calcium/phosphorus balance.

Try to relax as you make this change. Remember that a “complete and balanced” meal is a great marketing tactic that does not exist in reality.5 Balance happens over time by feeding your pet a variety of the good food it needs to thrive.

#2: Stop vaccinating.

“Yearly ‘boosters’ are unnecessary, provide no benefit if given (will not increase immunity). Thus boosters are either a legal issue (Rabies) or a manipulation issue (inducing clients to come in for examination rather than directly suggesting an examination)”.

-Don Hamilton, DVM
Author of “Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs”

Vaccinations do more harm than good. Vaccination is an assault on your pet’s immune system. Some animals have bad reactions and get sick or die immediately. Other pets develop lifelong health problems. Chances are, your vet will never tell you what caused these illnesses.

Injecting a vaccine completely bypasses the body’s first lines of defense. Once inside, vaccines flood the body with millions of organisms or viral particles. This stress causes immune system irregularities. The result? Chronic diseases ranging from life-threatening autoimmune conditions to chronic skin allergies that destroy quality of life.

Make no mistake. The only thing vaccines create is more disease. The only people benefiting from vaccines are the pharmaceutical companies selling them and the vets injecting them. These vets get the added bonus of treating the chronically ill pets they created.6

#3: Stop using toxins.

Did your vet warn you about the side effects of your pet’s flea and tick product? Have you wondered why the directions tell you not to let it touch your skin but it’s ok to smear it on your pet?

Flea, tick, and mosquito products include neurotoxins and cancer-causing ingredients. The side effects are so severe that some pets die just days after being treated with these deadly chemicals. For example, the friponil in Frontline caused aggressive behavior, damaged kidneys, and drastic alterations in thyroid function in lab test animals.7

“Popular flea collars often contain powerful nerve gases. They can kill some fleas. They can also kill some pets, and can do damage to children and adults handling the pet wearing the poisonous flea collar.”

-Michael W. Lemmon, DVM

So what can you do to combat these tiny pests without using toxins?

Natural prevention comes in the form of good health. A healthy animal is NOT an attractive host to any parasite. Like all living things, parasites want to survive. They find weak hosts whose immune system can’t kill their offspring. Getting your pet healthy is the first step in controlling parasites. If you live in a high-risk area for heartworms, fleas, and ticks, you can also use aromatherapy, herbal, or nosode support. These help your pet repel pests and improve health at the same time!

You will be amazed at the difference in your pet when you start following these three simple steps. Clean teeth, healthy skin, and a lot more energy are only the beginning. Get started today and join the thousands of people who have taken back control of their pets’ health!

About the Author:

Copyright © August 2010 Dr. Kim Bloomer. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author. This article is for educational purposes only. The decision to use, or not to use, any information is the sole responsibility of the reader.

Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath, and the creator and host of Animal Talk Naturally radio show. She hosts the show weekly with her like-minded colleague, Dr. Jeannie Thomason, a proficient writer on natural pet health. Dr. Kim co-authored the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and authored the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications such as Animal Wellness Magazine, Natural Horse Magazine, and Dogs Naturally Magazine. She is Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. Dr. Kim lives with her husband of many years and they are owned by a rescued Neapolitan Mastiff named Shadrach.

Visit her website at http://www.AspenbloomPetCare.com

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1 Patrick, J. S. (2006). Deconstructing the regulatory facade: Why confused consumers feed their pets ring dings and krispy kremes. Abstract. LEDA, Harvard Law School. http://leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/784/Patrick06.html
2 Fiala, J. (2010). Scrutiny emerges concerning conflicts of interest in veterinary literature. VIN News Service. http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=14908
3 Petkewich, R. Big pharma chases dogs and cats. June 25, 2007 Volume 85, Number 26 (pp. 31-34). http://pubs.acs.org/cen/business/85/8526bus2.html
4 Those huge impressive teeth (or tiny needle sharp teeth) are designed for grabbing, ripping, tearing, shredding, and shearing meat (Feldhamer, G.A. 1999. Mammology: Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology. McGraw-Hill. pg 258).
5 MacMillan, F. These research papers link all pet food with the illness or death of the cat or dog taking part in the research. http://www.mousabilities.com/nutrition/research.html
6 Jordan, P. DVM. (2009). Mark of the Beast: Hidden in plain sight. NC: Create Space.
7 Cox, C. (2005). Insecticide Factsheet: Fipronil. Journal of Pesticide Reform/ SPRING 2005 – VOL. 25, NO. 1. http://www.pesticide.org/fipronil.pdf

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath and published author, consulting on canine nutrition and wellness. She hosts the internet radio show, Animal Talk Naturally with colleague Dr. Jeannie Thomason. The two are also the Founders of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health, having co-authored the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and authored the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications such as Animal Wellness, Natural Horse, Dogs Naturally, NM Breeze, Raw Instincts, and the Pet Connection magazines. Website:www.AspenbloomPetCare.com

What Do Animal Naturopaths Do?

What Do Animal Naturopaths Do?
by Kim Bloomer, VND

Lately I’ve gotten a lot comments or questions about helping animals naturally which is of course what I do! But most people seem to think, because of the title “veterinary” naturopath that I am a veterinarian. But I am not.

You know how you have an MD as your conventional doctor and if you want help with nutrition and guiding yourself to natural health you use an ND (a doctor of naturopathy)? Well it’s the same for the VNDs. We are not veterinarians although some veterinarians do become animal naturopaths such as Dr. Patricia Jordan or Dr. Johan Joubert. Continue reading What Do Animal Naturopaths Do?

Animal Naturopathy: What It Is & What It Is Not

wereposing3by Dr. Kim Bloomer

Since animal naturopathy isn’t widely used in the United States, I often get asked what exactly it is I do and most often I’m mistaken for being a holistic veterinarian. Therefore the goal of this article is to set that record straight. Interestingly enough, many people in this country don’t seem to think that health care is an issue UNLESS one is sick – and that same mindset holds true for animal care as well.

However, health care is preventing illness not waiting until you or your pets are sick and that is what naturopathy is all about – for both humans and animals. It’s about supporting the vital force (life force) within our bodies. Disease is really not “disease” in the allopathic sense of things. It is when a body goes out of homeostasis (out of balance) that a body – human and animal – becomes “dis-eased“. The body always works to put itself back into that harmonious balance. The way naturopathy looks at illness, particularly an acute illness is the body is working to remove any of the “morbid matter“, clean house, and get things back into harmonious working condition. Modern medicine tends to look at all germs as the enemy to be eradicated. But germs are all around us. If we try to eradicate them we’re killing off ourselves as well. Naturopathy looks at illness as a form of healing. Our focus is always on healing and health rather than disease.

***This article in its entirety is now available ONLY in the “Philosophy of Animal Naturopathy” class at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy OR within a consultation.

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Copyright © January 2009. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the
written consent of the Author. This article is for educational purposes only. The decision to use, or not to use, any information is the sole responsibility of the reader.

Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath and published author, consulting on canine nutrition and wellness. She hosts the internet radio show, Animal Talk Naturally with colleague Dr. Jeannie Thomason. The two are also the Founders of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health, having co-authored the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and authored the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications such as Animal Wellness, Natural Horse, Dogs Naturally, NM Breeze, Raw Instincts, and the Pet Connection magazines. Website:www.AspenbloomPetCare.com

DISCLAIMER: THE CONTENT AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE ARE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT MAY NOT BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE, AND WE DO NOT INTEND FOR THIS INFORMATION TO BE USED TO DIAGNOSE OR PRESCRIBE FORMS OF TREATMENT.

The ONLY essential oils we use and refer to in ALL our posts, articles, and podcasts are Young Living Essential Oils. We DO NOT use any others and would not. The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

My Hero Dog

Wereposing1by Dr. Kim Bloomer

My dog’s name is Shadrach. Shadrach the Neo Mastiff. Nearly nine years ago, in December of 1999, Shadrach came home to live with us. But the circumstances surrounding his coming to live with us were very sad. Our family had lost one of my most favorite cousins – a young mother with two young children and a husband, to a still unsolved murder. Our family had gathered in sorrow to mourn her death. During this time, everyone had noticed that I was overzealous over every single dog I saw because our own wonderful Golden Retriever named Fridge had passed away at the beginning of the year. I just couldn’t seem to get past his death either. I had lost my dad the year before, then Fridge, and now my cousin Carla. There was so much sadness surrounding my life and for me the one thing that always brings comfort is the warm, furry body of a beloved dog only this time I had no dog to comfort me. Continue reading My Hero Dog