Thursday, Dec. 2nd 2010

Treat recipes, magnetic jewelry, digestive upset

Veterinary Alternatives December 2010 Newsletter

Another gift idea:  One of my clients makes magnetic bracelets, necklaces, watch bands, and BEST YET, dog collars!  They have strong magnetic clasps so you don’t need to worry about them getting hung up on anything.  I have found wearing magnetic bracelets to ease the pain of arthritic or inflamed joints.  Magnetic fields seem to ease pain while you wear the jewelry, although I have not found them to have a residual effect once removed.  You can contact her at

magnetic jewelry for dogs and people more magnetic jewelry and dog collarPink ribbon watch magnetic band  

Bracelets and necklaces             collar on bottom               pink ribbon watch

Warming Dog Biscuit Recipe: 1 C. Oat flour; 1 C. Brown Rice Flour; 1 C. cooked ground chicken; ½ C. oat bran; 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce (sugar-free); 1 egg; 2/3 C. water—Preheat oven to 375 F.  Combine all ingredients and mix into a dough.  Roll out on lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.  Cut into squares, strips, or with a cookie cutter.  Place cookies on cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil.   Bake 22-27 minutes. Cool on wire rack.  Store in fridge.

Cooling Dog Biscuit Recipe:  1 pound raw ground turkey; 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or fish oil; ¼ tsp garlic powder—Preheat oven to 200 F.  Puree all ingredients in food processor. Pour into foil-lined jelly roll pan and spread evenly.  Bake 2 hours with oven door slightly open to allow moisture to escape.  Remove from oven and cut into individual-sized portions.  Flip pieces over and place back in oven 1-2 hours until dry and leathery.  Store in fridge.

Blood Tonic Dog Biscuits:  1 ½ C. tapioca flour, 1 pound beef livers, 2 eggs—Preheat oven to 300 F.  Puree liver in food processor (clean processor immediately to prevent liver drying on).  Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Pour into foil-lined jelly roll pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Cut into shapes using knife or cookie cutter.  Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.  Store in fridge.  If crunchy treats desired, bake another 2 hours at 150 F after cutting.

Cat Treat Recipe:  2 6-ounce cans  of drained water-packed tuna, finely chopped; 1 egg; 1 Tbsp vegetable oil; ¼ C. bran; ¼ C. oats; ¼ C. finely grated zucchini—Preheat oven to 300 F.  Combine all ingredients.  Roll into marble-sized balls, place on greased cookie sheet (may line with foil) and flatten with fork.  Cook about 11 minutes, cool on wire rack.

The Holidays can often lead to digestive upset both for our pets and ourselves.  Travel, changes in diet, different water, food poisoning,  less exercise—all can contribute to disorders of the gastro-intestinal balance.  Several things can be done holistically to prevent or treat these things.  Detox with herbal teas or a broth fast (consume nothing but tea or clear broth for 24 hours).  The broth fast is especially effective for our pets.  Herbal teas or seasoning the broth with digestive spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, curry, or fennel seed can be very helpful.  Fennel seed or the plant is also a great treatment for nausea.  Look for teas that contain these, or mallow, anise, licorice, or peppermint.  Pumpkin is a spleen qi tonic and also high in fiber so this can help with constipation (spleen qi stagnation).  Homeopathic remedies are available, with a combination remedy for “Intestine” that can treat a range of problems.  It’s also wise if you like to attend parties to keep a supply of Nux Vomica homeopathic remedy at hand, as its indication is for illness resulting from too rich a diet (and hangovers).  Take 2-4 pellets under the tongue (dump them straight in from the lid, do not touch with fingers) and allow to dissolve, repeat as needed when symptoms recur. These remedies can also be used on our pets, popping the pellets in their mouth or dissolving in a small spoonful of water and dripping into their mouths.  “Sea bands” available to treat motion sickness are also effective for nausea from other causes as they are applied at Pericardium 6, a point on the inner forearm specific for nausea, among other things.  Hopefully, you won’t need any of these remedies, but it’s nice to know you don’t have to rely on Maalox or Tums, isn’t it?

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