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Optimum Animal Nutrition for Health and Longevity

"The results of a clinical study suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications. Severe nutritional deficiencies and toxic states have been known to mimic almost every known disease in veterinary medicine. " Dr. William Pollak D.V.M.

Are You Meeting Your Pet's Nutritional Needs?

Nutrition deficiency in animals

Animals need the proper nutrition for growth and maintenance. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies in animals can cause a wide range of health problems. Older animals may have health problems related to aging, which could require different nutritional needs such as vitamin and mineral supplements. Pregnant animals need nutrition not only for themselves but also for the developing babies.

Symptoms of nutrient deficiencies range from a variety of diseases and health problems to fatality.

Dr. William Pollak D.V.M. - "The higher quality nutrition, freshness of diet and formulation (predominantly meat in a natural and dry food form) of the "Natural Raw Meat Diet and/or PHD enables the animal's immune system to throw off lingering chronic disease. The inability to remove disease completely; whether in a sub-clinical or chronic form is due predominantly to the feeding of marginally adequate grain based commercial pet foods. The resultant long term sub-clinical multiple nutritional deficiencies makes the appearance of healing episodes impossible, thus enabling a fertile ground for the establishment and growth of chronic disease."

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Signs Your Pet May Be Lacking Vital Nutrients:

  • Suffers from allergies>
  • Has dull and unhealthy looking coat. Hair falling off.
  • Your pet tries to eat poop (coprophagia)
  • Is losing weight or gaining weight abnormally
  • Has low energy, is tired all the time. Sleeps a lot
  • Suffers from gastrointestinal disturbance
  • Has dull and unhealthy looking coat. Hair falling off.

Nuvet Improves your Pets' Health and Keep Them HealthyDr. Alfred Plechner, DVM - "The most common and most visible symptoms of nutrition deficiencies are allergies of one kind or another. Because many commercial pet foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long term effect of feeding such foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment. . . It's a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease."

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Dogs that eat poop for essential bacteria According to Dr. Donald R. Collins DVM, dogs will eat anything they can get their paws on if they are lacking in the nutrition to supply them with adequate energy.

To help ensure a wholesome diet with the appropriate nutrients avoid diets that are made of inferior ingredients or is made using high heat for processing and choose a diet for your friend that is comprised of human quality whole food ingredients.

"Your dog is a scavenger. You only have to leave your dog alone with an open garbage can to find that out. Dogs will eat and derive food value from practically anything. To a wild dog, eating clay mud is an important source of minerals. Bark from trees is an important source of fiber. Dogs receive valuable nutrients from material that we humans find totally repugnant. Things like vomit, feces, and decaying flesh.

This habit of eating feces (called "Coproghagy") is common with many dogs that eat commercial dog food. Why? To try to stay healthy! Feces are a highly valuable food, consisting of the dead and living bodies of millions of bacteria (microbiome). They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins (particularly vitamin K and the whole range of B vitamins), many different minerals because of the soil in it, and a host of other nutritional factors including anti-oxidants, enzymes and fiber.

Cindy Engles, Ph.D - "Eating feces (coprophagy) is one way animals such as gorillas, elephants, rabbits, and hares add to their supply of essential bacteria through adult life. It is therefore an important aspect of their health care." Cindy Engles, Ph.D., is the author of Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them

The feces they eat is of far greater benefit to them than the product peddled by the dog food companies! If you don’t want your dog to eat feces (and most of us don’t) then you must provide in the diet all those nutrients which are currently missing from your dog’s diet, and which feces supplies. This requires a team of ingredients like yogurt, eggs, polyunsaturated oils, an enzyme supplement, crushed raw vegetables as a source of fiber, etc."

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Is Pica Linked to Nutrient Deficiency?

Pica is the act of eating non-food items. In less serious cases, cats may chew or suck on objects, but not actually swallow them. Common targets include yarn or string, fabric, wool, phone or electric cords, and plants. Any object may be a potential target, however. Holistic veterinarians believe that cats exhibit pica behavior because our soil, plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients.

Nuvet Improves your Pets' Health and Keep Them HealthyA wide spectrum of microbiome in our animal's gut is also key to health. Soil based organisms are probiotics (“good” bacteria) that normally live in dirt. They provide our GI tracts much needed support for digestion, food assimilation and nutrient absorption. To date, approximately 30 different strains that have been successfully isolated and are commonly put into the probiotic supplements that we see on the market today.

Scientists theorize that mineral deficiency subjects us, and our animals,to more diseases, aging, sickness and destruction of our physical well-being than any other factor in personal health.

A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil, coconut oil, marine phytoplankton, fulvic acid and humic minerals, and other nutrients for optimum health and vitality.

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Paunch Manure for Healthy Carnivores

In the wild, we know predators first seek the stomach contents and organ meat of a ruminant.Paunch manure (partially digested, fermented grass) is what dumps from the stomach and intestines. It is the food that the animal (deer, bison, buffalo etc) had eaten that day and not yet passed out as manure. It is full of all types of beneficial microbes and enzymes as well as omega 3 from the grass. Farm dogs, coyotes, foxes, and wolves all feast on it.

A Malcolm story about paunch manure

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Nutramin Montmorillonite Clay for Pets

Clay supplement for animals Animals are instinctively selective about the types of minerals they select to eat. Extensive studies with cattle, horses, chickens pigs, fish, and other animals when mineral supplements are added to the their diet their health improves. For example, increases in butter fat and milk output are documented from dairy cows.

These improvements have been found in all studies using a specific type of calcium montmorillonite clay. It has helped cows with scours and pneumonia. Veterinarians use it on dogs, cats, horses, etc... for various afflictions including injuries and infections, improved intestinal regularity; relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and ulcers; a surge in physical energy; enhanced alertness; improved tissue and gum repair; and increased resistance to infections.

Healing clays have been used by indigenous cultures since before recorded history. Clay works on the entire organism. No part of the body is left untouched by its healing energies, he notes.

Many wild animals, and some people, develop 'pica' when ill, a craving to eat earth - particularly clay, which assuages diarrhea and binds to many plant poisons. Among the most famous clay-eaters are the parrots of the Amazon. Scarlet macaws, blue and gold macaws, and hosts of smaller birds perch together in their hundreds to excavate the best clay layer along a riverbank. Parrots' regular diet is tree seeds, which the trees defend with toxic chemicals, and clay is an essential buffer to the toxins.

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Wheatgrass for Your Pet's Health

Cat eating grass Dog eating grass Domestic dogs and cats chew grass.Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life. The elements that are missing in your body's cells - especially enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic acids can be obtained through this daily green sunlight transfusion.

Wheatgrass juice has been proven over many years to benefit people in numerous ways: cleansing the lymph system, building the blood, restoring balance in the body, removing toxic metals from the cells, nourishing the liver and kidneys and restoring vitality.

Caldera Greens is a sun dried green powder made of barley and wheat grass as well as other greens that are grown on a caldera rock in Hawaii. The volcanic soil on this caldera is extremely rich in minerals. Within five hours of harvest, all of these crops are juiced and then the juice concentrate is dropped through the 100 foot tall dryers.

Within 30 seconds in the dryer, 95% of the water is removed and the juice becomes a powder. All of this is accomplished at an average temperature of only 88º Fahrenheit which helps preserve the integrity of all the nutrients. This food is alive! All the enzymes and soil based organisms are intact.

"Staff members of the Institute who lived with cats reported their animals had less illness once they provided wheat grass regularly. They noted that fur was more beautiful, and life spans longer. Formerly arthritic older cats who could barely get in and out of the litter box, were jumping on top of high surfaces. Immune systems in all the cats grew strong and common sicknesses much more easily resisted. Sores and strange lumps would disappear. Chronic conditions such as upper respiratory problems would clear away for good. Shop all natural pet health products

Keen observers commented that cat's personalities and behavior changed. The cats became calmer, and more "jungle cat-like" in their gait and mannerisms. Making sprouts and growing wheat grass for your own cats is quick and easy! Living foods will beautifully compliment a cat's raw meat diet creating the perfect meal. Many different seeds and nuts may be sprouted and added to your cat's food."

Testimonial from Mayan Camera in NY (23 Dec 2004)

Cat chewing wheatgrass "My 13 yr male cat is now walking around, does not have his mouth infected and swollen face, and is carrying on with his appetite... Wheatgrass changed his energy level in 20 minutes, he began eating, the swelling and infection went away in 2 days, his respiratory and sinus dis-ease (due to chemical medicine he was prescribed and I stupidly gave him when I don't even use them for myself)was gone in those 2 days and my love is now back to normal. I'm also taking wheatgrass and feel great. With my cat I have to put it in a dropper cause he just does not like the taste but what the heck a grab by the neck everyday stimulates his senses and circulation, so its ok. Thanks again for your website." How to Grow Wheatgrass At Home for yourself and your pets

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Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency in Pets

Dr. John H. Kirk, DVM - "The clinical signs for magnesium deficiency may include the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Hyper-reactivity – aggressiveness, violent movements
  • Lack of coordination – exaggerated movements, inability to stand
  • Tetany – stiffness of legs and neck particularly when they fall
  • Convulsions, coma and death
  • Some animals may be found dead without observed signs

Holistic veterinarian Roger DeHaan, DVM states that some forms of epilepsy respond to supplementation of vitamin B6, magnesium, and manganese. Drs. Wendell Belfield and Martin Zucker stated that "It has long been known that a deficiency of vitamin B6 or any interference with its function can cause seizures in any mammalian species, including man and dog". Magnesium as well as certain other minerals can be a valuable addition to your dog's diet ensuring they have a healthy body. If your dog is in ill-health, irritable or stressed, magnesium supplementation could be a very helpful addition to their daily diet.

magnesium miracleMagnesium in the form of supplementation has been found to be effective in either correcting or preventing the various ventricular arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation, while its effect in atrial flutter is noted to be poor in experimentally induced arrhythmias in dogs. Magnesium can be very beneficial for your dog's heart.

Magnesium deficiency, even when mild, increases susceptibility to various types of neurologic and psychological stressors in dogs. Mild magnesium deficiency appears to be common among dogs with disorders considered functional or neurotic and appears to contribute to a symptom complex that includes sleep disorders, irritability, hyper-arousal, spasm of striated and smooth muscle and hyperventilation.

Magnesium is nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body. Approximately nine out of ten people will show dramatic improvements in the state of their health when they replete their magnesium levels and the very best way to do that is with ancient minerals magnesium drawn from an ancient inactive seabed 2 miles beneath the earth in Europe. With such “brine solutions” one can simply apply the concentrate to the skin or pour it into ones bath water and one will have a medical treatment of primordial priority. Nothing short of a miracle is to be expected in ones health status if one is ill when one increases the cellular levels of magnesium.

I add a teaspoon of ancient mineral magnesium oil to my dog's food or drinking water. (a quart bowl). I also add magnesium chloride to my bath water and I use the magnesium gel on my skin.

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The Good Fats - Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

One may not think of fats as being essential, but they are. Although fats are needed in small amounts they are a necessary part of the diet. Fats provide energy and store excess energy. Fats help produce body heat and carry fat-soluble vitamins in the body. Many sources of proteins are also sources of fats. Fats are found in both plants and animals. Plant fats include oils that are within seeds, which are the main source of fats in agricultural feeds

The healing power of healthy omega 3 fats such as flaxseed oilOmega 3 Essential Fatty Acids are responsible for basic cellular health in all body tissues and are fundamentally important for all animals. Researchers now consider omega 3 fats such as flaxoil and fish oil to be as vital to our health and our pets' health as vitamins and minerals.

Dr. Jean Hofve DVM writes that because our dogs and cats cannot convert plant oils (such as flaxseed oil) into EPA and DHA to any significant extent, fish oils are the best way to supplement dogs and cats with essential fatty acids. The best fish oil supplements must be purified to remove heavy metals and other contaminants.

Home base business opportunityWithout essential fatty acids in our diets and our animal's diet, cells can not be formed or function efficiently. Like humans, animals also use Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids to produce hormone-like substances called eicosanoids, which are involved in many important biological functions in the body. Essential fatty acids are the building blocks for prostaglandins which work to regulate hormones, immune and nervous systems plus cardiovascular function. A dog or cat’s immune system functions the same as humans. Omega 3 fats play a major role in the maintenance of healthy coat and skin for cats, dogs, and horses.

Raw, uncooked fats plays an important role in the digestion process and in maintaining an animal's health. Fats supply important cell, enzyme and hormone material and are powerful sources of energy. A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of fish oil or flaxseed oil, poured right over the food. Mixing chia seeds with the dog's food also provide valuable essential fatty acids (omega 3 oil) and other valuable nutrients. The vets are finding remarkable results in clearing up skin conditions, relieving arthritic and inflammatory pain, as well as improved over all pet health.

Not all dietary fats cause obesity in your pet

Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, DVM - "Contrary to popular belief, not all dietary fats cause obesity in your pet. Just as in humans, the “good” fats (omega-3 fats) enhance energy production in your dog or cat, so they actually create less fat. Because most pets consume an abundance of high carbohydrate, empty calorie dry foods (kibble), the pet obesity issue is quickly rivaling the human obesity epidemic. Omega-3’s encourage the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, compounds that help regulate inflammation, immune system response and blood clotting activity in your dog or cat. They help to reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, and conditions of the bowel such as ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Research indicates omega-3 fats may also prevent pet heart problems like arrhythmia and high blood pressure, as well as decrease triglyceride and blood cholesterol levels.

Omega-3 fats are also being researched for their potential to slow the development and spread of certain cancers in pets, as well as for their ability to prevent or alleviate auto-immune disorders, allergies, and some skin conditions. A deficiency of omega-3 fats in your cat or dog can result in stunted growth, eye problems, muscle weakness and lack of motor coordination, as well as immune system dysfunction."

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Green Juice, Algae and Marine Plants for Animal Optimum Health

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Need help? Many of the animal supplements listed in this page are available at Shirley's Pet Shop (Nuvet, Wheat grass juice, Stem Cell Nutrition, Clay, Plankton, etc) I also saved both my dog's life with a unique immune booster(To close this message, click anywhere on the page.)

Adding sea vegetables to your pet's diet to promote optimum health. Algae contains over 60 minerals and elements, 21 amino acids, simple and complex carbohydrates and several essential plant growth hormones. Being rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements is one of the key reasons why marine plant is known as a great promoter of glandular health, especially for the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands. It also supplies a natural source of iodine, which acts as an antibiotic to kill germs. Since the thyroid and pituitary glands regulate certain functions of digestion, blue green algae is beneficial in balancing out humans and animal's total system.

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Fulvic Acid Substantially Supports Animal Nutrition

Fulvic Minerals are naturally occurring plant derived minerals and trace elements, vital to maintain optimum health.To the science of living cells, fulvic acids are vital in bringing substantial amounts of nutrients and minerals into water solution and delivering their living energies to the living cells. Fulvic acid assists every stage of cellular metabolism and is the most powerful, natural electrolyte known. It restores electrical balance to damaged cells, neutralizes toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes.

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The Right Kind of Salt is a Vital Nutrient

The salt you buy at the store is only sodium chloride or refined common table salt; all of the other beneficial elements have been removed.

" Herds of elephants risk injury and death in a perilous journey to hidden salt caves where they supplement their sodium deficient diets."Cindy Engel Ph.D. author of Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them Our pets also suffer from sodium deficiency.

It seems that the medical and veterinary professions have been guilty of "over kill" and have been gravely misinformed about "sodium". On December 2, 1983, an article appeared in the local newspaper entitled "Chloride may play role in hypertension". Doctors Theodore W. Kurtz and Curtis Morris, Jr., in a paper published in Science Magazine, concluded that table salt (sodium chloride) is the cause of hypertension and high blood pressure. Most of the warnings that dietary sodium is important in causing or worsening hypertension are based mainly on studies in animals and humans where only (sodium chloride) was used as the source of sodium. These researchers say the findings indicate that salt (sodium chloride) and sodium cannot be used interchangeably.

salt bowlDomesticated animals need the right kind of salt. Farmers place salt-blocks on their pasture so that their livestock and all other animals can lick the salt to their heart's content. Major producing companies dry their salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees F, changing he salt's chemical structure, which in turn adversely affects the human body. Avoid the common refined table salt.

An abundance of the ingredients in unrefined real salt are as synonymous with life today as they were a billion years ago before single cells appeared here. Lack of them is synonymous with birth defects, organ failure, decay, diseases, premature aging and death at a young age. Long before the earth knew pollutants of any kind, a huge, ancient sea covered what is now North America. Pure, natural salt was the main ingredient of this sea, and over millions of years, the water in the sea evaporated, leaving the salt in undisturbed deposits.

Bowl of plain water Bowl of water with salt added The best way to provide salt to your pets is to provide two separate bowls. One with real-unrefined-unheated-natural-sea-salt and one without, so that the animals can consume as much salt as they require. They will drink from the bowl that contains salted water, however once they have had enough salt, they will drink from the bowl that has plain water.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Cutler -"An eight-year study of a New York City hypertensive population stratified for sodium intake levels found those on low-salt diets had more than four times as many heart attacks as those on normal-sodium diets – the exact opposite of what the “salt hypothesis” would have predicted. "Many people believe that salt is harmful to the human body. The truth is we cannot live without salt"

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Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-inflammatory
by Joseph Maroon, Ph.D.

Did you know that the root cause of serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, and asthma has been identified as chronic inflammation? Although numerous studies have confirmed these findings, few physicians are aware of or consider the fact that the battle against inflammation is at the forefront of the fight for health and well-being of the global population. Authors Joseph Maroon and Jeffrey Bost have set out to reverse that trend with "Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory."

Green products bottle Ultra-Refined Fish Oil

Pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars in an attempt to understand the bio-chemistry of inflammation. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories such as Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra have been shown to greatly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and uncontrollable gastric hemorrhage, with potentially fatal consequences. Is there a safer alternative? Absolutely! The answer lies in the power of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, undeniably the most under-recognized and also the most potent natural anti-inflammatory available.

With compelling arguments and the results of thousands of clinical studies to support them. the authors explain in plain and simple terms; How the inflammation process works and how it can evolve into a chronic condition that is the cause of many diseases; How fatty acids work in the body; Why supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can restore the body's balance and mitigate the effects of inflammatory factors; and why fish oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, and how to identify good-quality fish oil supplements.

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Animal Nutrients in a Balanced Diet

Healthy pet kibble and canned food for dogs and cats The food your animal eats should provide all of the nutritional components which are necessary for all organs and systems of a healthy body to perform in harmonious unison. A properly functioning body does an amazing job at preventing disease and healing itself, and to do this it requires the energies and nutrients of a well-balanced diet. In terms of finding the proper diet for our companions, this means learning to look beyond our own needs, opinions, and agendas to address the natural needs of the animals that we care take.

Richard J. Holliday, DVM - "My work animals were most carefully selected and everything was done to provide them with suitable housing and with fresh green fodder, silage, and grain, all produced from fertile land. I was naturally intensely interested in watching the reaction of these well-chosen and well-fed oxen to diseases like rinderpest, septicaemia, and foot-and-mouth disease which frequently devastated the countryside. None of my animals were segregated; none were vaccinated or immunized; they frequently came in contact with diseased stock. As my small farm-yard as Pusa was only separated by a low hedge from one of the large cattle-sheds on the Pusa estate, in which outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease often occurred, I have several time seen my oxen rubbing noses with foot-and-mouth cases. Nothing happened. The healthy well-fed animals reacted to this disease exactly as suitable varieties of crops, when properly grown, did to insect and fungus pest -- no infection took place."

Because most pets lack proper nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in their diet, even when they are getting the top of the line food, NuVet scientists understood the necessity of filling this dangerous gap.

Commercial pet foods can contain harmful “by-products” and useless fillers that can be toxic to pets, causing allergies, inflammation and serious health problems. This typical diet creates a scenario whereby their food may actually be creating unstable oxygen molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals have been shown to be a cause for a wide range of health problems including heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, premature aging and many different forms of animal cancer.




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