Newsletter - November 2010
The News At Home
Tori sleeps on the bed. On the pillow to be exact. Ok, on whichever pillow she wants. That is, it could be the one on the right or left side of the bed. It depends on her mood and apparently, doesn’t at all depend on how we feel about it. There was a time when I could tell her to move over and she would. In fact, she’d give me a rather apologetic look as she did so. But those days are gone. The bottom line is that she wants to sleep on my pillow and that’s that.
I’ve moved her down, to the left and to the right. I’ve put my head on the pillow before she can get to it. Tori waits patiently for me to feel confident that I’ve taken charge, and then starts the softest, most pitiful little mewing cries I’ve ever heard. Is she a manipulator? Yes. Do I ignore the cries? I’ve tried. But in my defense, she was at death's door and I just wanted her to find some small sense of comfort. Sleeping on my pillow didn’t seem to be a big deal if that helped her sleep better at a time when she couldn’t find her place for hours on end. Thankfully, she’s made it through the horror of IMHA and the result is that she has me pegged for a sucker. And I am. A total sucker for our amazing little brat. What’s a little pillow shuffling, after all?
What’s New at monicasegal.com
In response to your requests we are offering both the CDs and transcript of the seminar/telephone conference I held last month. The transcript includes charts and pictures that we think you’ll find helpful. It does not include the Q & A period we had during the seminar.
The presentation includes some new science (some unpublished, most with references) as well as my own experience over the years with some protocols I’ve never talked about -- until now. I’ve seen what some specific foods can do, how some dogs respond, and in fact, how a generation of breeding dogs did as well. Eye health, cancer, some herbs, a proactive approach to nutrition and aging, interactions between genes and nutrients -- this seminar covers these subjects and more. I was excited to present this information last month and am equally excited to be able to offer it to you in these two formats. More knowledge about the power of food helps all dog owners no matter your choice of feeding method.
Old News is Good News
We’re often asked where our products are manufactured. In light of concerns about quality as well as the economy, it’s my pleasure to repeat the old news that everything we offer is manufactured in the United States or Canada. That has always been and will always be the case. For example, our bottles are made in Canada, the labels are from the U.S. Our booklets, CDs and transcript are produced and manufactured in Canada, but their labels are from the U.S. Our supplements are made in both countries, with the focus being on which offers a better and more pure product. Our books were designed and produced in the U.S. and printed in Canada. You should also know that even the inks and packaging materials we use are made in either of the two countries, although more often than not, in the United States.
We are a Canadian company that is proud to support both the U.S. and Canadian manufacturing industries which are so interrelated and often co--dependent and we thank you for your ongoing interest.
Fact of The Month
There is risk to over-nutrition
Owner compliance is a key factor for veterinarians and in my line of work as well. Let me give you a couple of examples. A few years ago, I had a client with a giant breed puppy who wanted to feed a raw a diet. The pup seemed to have a sensitive stomach but did very well when eating turkey, so the diet included both turkey neck and ground turkey meat amongst other things. When working with pups, I adjust the diet as the dog grows so as to ensure nutrient requirements are being met. Simply feeding more of the same diet rarely works because nutrient requirements escalate quite dramatically whereas the puppy can only eat so much food without becoming fat. More food does indeed provide more nutrients, but not as much as the puppy needs, so the types of foods and supplements matter a lot.
This particular puppy was getting expensive to feed and the owner decided to provide far more turkey neck and much less of the meat the diet called for. Unfortunately, this resulted in a dwarfed dog. He seems healthy, but is short and has very thick legs. His tends to lumber along rather than have the quicker step one would expect.
The next example is being provided with the permission of client I’m working with now. She hopes that by offering this experience, other dogs might be spared. Her dog was fed both cooked and raw foods since she was a puppy. She is four years old and seemed to be perfectly healthy until about one year ago when she developed a limp followed by an inability to manage stairs, and finally having trouble walking for more than a few minutes. The diagnosis: severe arthritis. A rather odd thing in such a young dog, especially since she belongs to a breeder who knows her lineage very well and has never encountered early onset arthritis. Both this client and I are sure diet played a role. After analyzing the diet, I found it to be high in vitamin D and calcium, and low in potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and manganese. Further, the diet contained no recognizable source of iodine. Both the ‘highs’ and the ‘lows’ affect health, including the skeleton and muscles. The good news is that this dog is doing quite well right now. Her new diet is balanced, includes plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, phytonutrients and Joint Complex. Her turnaround is quite remarkable, but so is her lesson. The power of nutrition should never be ignored and must be respected for both the good and damage it can cause.
“You may have a dog that won’t sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she’s too stupid to learn how but because she’s too smart to bother.” -- Rick Horowitz, Chicago Tribune