Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a loving dog parent named Judie, whose rescue maltese Cooper (aka Coopie) was suffering heart disease and getting care from a cardiologist. Judie contacted me in September 2019 about home cooking, and we got right to it!
Did you know that in the United States, most cases of hypothyroidism are immune related? If that is the case for humans, it might also be the case for dogs. Indeed, thyroid disease is very common in dogs here in the U.S. Here is what my research is telling me.
Seinfeld’s “Newman” may have called broccoli a vile weed, but he had no idea what he was missing health-wise with that cruciferous catch. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can help protect health in significant ways, and this likely applies to your dog too.
This is a true story I like to call Boomie’s Turnaround.
Boomie, seen here, is a 10-year old Entlebucher Mountain Dog, loved by Cynthia and Mike from Massachusetts. In early 2019, Cynthia contacted me with concern about Boomie’s health. Recent lab tests, including bloodwork and urine tests, had revealed high levels of protein – Cynthia’s veterinarian became concerned about early stage kidney disease. Cynthia asked me about a recipe to make for Boomie.
Unfortunately, millet is now present in some pet foods – not good news for many reasons. While millet does contain some vitamins, minerals and fiber, it is not beneficial for dogs (and after reading this study, I don’t plan on eating it either).
Just like us, dogs can get irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic digestive system disorder that can cause discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, mucus in stool and other GI issues. Please contact me if your dog is experiencing tummy troubles as a result of a bothersome food. We will work together to create a customized meal plan for your dog.
If you have a dog with kidney issues, you probably know about oxalates. I recently read a study on vegetable cooking methods on oxalate content. It turns out cooking method does matter when it comes to oxalates.
Coconut oil is a staple in my dog’s diet, and has a wide range of benefits.
Arthritis is common in dogs, just like it is in people. So what can we do for our furry friends who are feeling achy, inflamed and sore from arthritis? There are some dietary and lifestyle adjustments we humans can use — look into them for your dogs too!
Some dogs may have trouble chewing hard or tough foods. You can easily turn most foods into mushy, soupy meals. Not only does this cut down on their need to chew, it delivers good water content to keep them hydrated.
We know the consistency of baby food… soft, mushy, soupy….What if your FURbaby needs a little mush too? My 15 year old golden mix, for example, can’t chew well at ALL anymore. Therefore I have created what I call “fur baby food.”
There is a story behind this recipe…. check back soon. In the meantime, here is the pic of this wonderful recipe I call Young and Old Crockpot Stew.