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Importance of a Varied Diet – From Adorable Pets Veterinary Center

Please enjoy my latest article in the Adorable Pets Veterinary Center newsletter.

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From Adorable Pets Veterinary Center Newsletter

September 2018

Written by Sarah Whitman, M.S. Dip.C.N., HCA

We know a varied diet is healthy for us humans. It benefits our animal friends too, for many of the same reasons. Different foods have different nutrients, along with non-nutrient compounds that can benefit health.

For example, vegetables and fruits have a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other components that defend against disease and inflammation. Many animal-based foods also have healing, protective qualities. Just as with our own diet, your dog’s diet is better in its intact, fresh form, not in processed form.

If you’re ready to expand your dog’s culinary horizons, try adding small amounts of nutrient-dense foods to your dog’s meals. Highly nutritious vegetables like broccoli and kale may be better digested when cooked. Because some nutrients can be lost during cooking, try lightly steaming these items in filtered water. Then, save the cooking water and parcel out in your dog’s meals. You might also try topping a meal with a no-salt added, packed in water sardine. These are just a few examples.

How much of these extras to include will vary depending on weight, calorie requirements, serving size and other factors. Importantly, introducing new foods slowly allows your dog’s body to adjust, minimizes digestive upset, and gives you a chance to monitor your furkid for potential food sensitivities.

As you progress, you may find your dog is more enthusiastic about meals that include fresh foods. And seeing his or her happiness may inspire you to keep going. It’s also quite likely you will see both short and long-term health improvements shine through.

You may want to consider making some healthy recipes and adding a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Whatever your level of interest in improving diet, you are not alone in the process. We can help you simplify and make it a reality for you and your pet. If chosen wisely, food really is medicine!

… Are you interested in learning more? Email Sarah for more info on how to get started.

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I’m Teaming Up With Vets to Improve Dogs’ Diets

Working Together to Help Dogs

Dear friends of dogs,

I have some wonderful news to share.

Nestled in the beautiful Connecticut town of Haddam is a kind, progressive veterinarian named Dr. Bernadette Aleksey – aka Dr. Bernie.

This vet offers all the expected veterinary services, but she goes way beyond that. Dr. Bernie has extensive additional training in herbal medicine, acupuncture and so many more alternative options.

I am honored to be included in Dr. Bernie’s latest newsletter. You can find the article below. I will have another article in Dr. Bernie’s September newsletter too… stay tuned!

I’m hoping we can reach many pet parents who are seeking more wholesome foods for their furchildren. There are so many pet guardians out there who want to improve their companion animals’ diets, but aren’t sure how to begin. Are you one of them? If so, feel free to contact me.

I hope you enjoy the article.

Best wishes to you and furkids,
Sarah Whitman, MS
Founder & Publisher,
Preview my upcoming online course – Your Dog’s Diet


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From Adorable Pets Veterinary Clinic Newsletter

August 2018

Meet Sarah Whitman, Master of Science, Holistic Nutrition, American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland, OR – Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society

Sarah Whitman earned a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition in 2015 after her quest of quality nutritious food for her pets that began in 2007. She came to Dr. Bernie’s Healthy Pet Food Seminar a few months ago and asked if she could give our clients a short story of her experience with dietary options for companion pets. Her web site is

Her key points to share with you are:
1) She was sure that kibble was good for her pets until she spoke with other specialists that introduced the value of home cooked food for her pets.
2) She has a choice of the food that she buys, cooks, and eats but her pets don’t have a choice they eat what she gives them or what they find laying around.
3) “Food is Medicine” and “Food is Love” so she continues her journey for food that supports her pet’s well-being and immunity.
4) Unfortunately, research shows commercial pet food can pose several risks, including subpar processing standards, inappropriate nutrient content, nutrient depletion, mislabeling, contamination from bacteria, viruses, chemicals and drugs, breed-specific issues, disregard if individual requirements and more.
5) Opting for human grade whole food from your human grocery store will improve your pet’s nutritional profile.
6) The right food can also act as a tool to help your pet’s body re-balance and protect itself against health challenges.

One last question to ponder: Before commercial food was invented what did dogs, cats and other companion animals eat?

More information to come in our next newsletters!
– article courtesy of Dr. Bernie:

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Differences Between Standard Vet Care and Alternative Medicine

Vet care is important. As a pet parent, you want to make sure your dog has the best treatment possible, and has access to surgery, crisis care and other treatment when needed.

But just as in the human medical world, vet protocols and “alternative medicine” often have different approaches, so how do you know when to choose what?

Standard vet care often prescribes drugs that knock out symptoms or otherwise “beat down” an issue. The natural medicine world often recommends approaches that help strengthen “the vital force” or the body’s ability to heal itself and be well. This is similar to acupuncture’s mission to open the chi of the body — the body’s energy force. If the chi is blocked, illness can occur. If it’s open, the body can be where it needs to be to stay healthy.

So how do you access and strengthen the vital force to keep your dog healthy? There are several ‘branches’ of this, and they include many factors. Some of those include having the best diet, drinking clean water, limiting stress, and basically, being happy. Providing your dog with these things can help strengthen his body and life force.

Of course, this is no reason to skip routine, necessary and emergency vet care. As holistic-minded as I am myself, I still take my girl in for routine vet visits and give her anything medical she needs. This is an excellent way to stay on top of her health.