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Allergies to insect bites in pets.

This is an excellent articles on how insect bites lead to  allergies in pets.

http://www1.vetmed.lsu.edu/VTHC/Shared Services/Dermatology/Continuing Education Lectures/item42230.html.

Scientists also know that the flea, tick, & mite- type insects can transfer proteins in their saliva that are identical to proteins in beef and Pork. This is how a single allergy to biting insects can develop into a allergy reaction to food. Called Tick-food cross reaction allergy.

So what can be done to prevent food -insect cross reaction allergy? Thorough cooking (at minimum 30 minutes at low boil in water until the meat falls to pieces) is usually enough to breakdown the proteins.  Commercial foods and treats are usually not cooked long enough to breakdown the proteins so many hypoallergenic foods fail. In humans this phenomenon is called “tick-food allergy cross reaction”, and cross reactions can also happen with many pollens called pollen-food cross reaction or Oral Allergy Syndrome.

This  explains why homemade pet-foods, and a few of the freeze- dried, pressure treated pet-foods can extremely  helpful to reduce allergy symptoms.

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Anti-inflammatory supplements have also been shown to be very effective. High quality, fish oil with omega 3 fats being the best of all these products. This is the one time I recommend buying fish oil from your local vet. The prescription form of fish- omega 3 FA are filtered, concentrated which removes water, unneeded non-omega 3 fats and both heavy metals like mercury and other chemical contaminates. I have done numerous price comparisons, based on the effective dose of Fish-Omega FA (mgs)  and found that the cost per pet is the same as over-the-counter brands.

Most veterinarians can/will sell these products without an appointment because of overwhelming science that shows how high quality fish oil prevents most diseases including teeth & gum disease.

Note to remember: Flax seed or borage oil are not effective in dogs nor cats. Carnivores lack the liver enzymes that convert vegetable Omega 3 fats into a form our bodies use to suppress inflammation. You are just getting expensive poop. These seeds or oils are added in tiny amounts to pet foods and treats to sell more product to health aware consumers.

 

Chart of genetic tests available for dogs & labs that do the tests.

Here is a link to the OFA website where they keep a list of all the labs that do genetic testing for Dog diseases. The costs for these tests are much lower than ever before. Breeders and owners of purebred dogs will find this very helpful to plan their dogs future.

I have tested my dog for a Collie genetic disease (MDR1) for which he is a carrier and affected. But knowing he has one copy of the MDR1 gene means I can adjust the dose of certain drugs to prevent overdose and avoid other medication completely. In my case knowing avoided allot of possible harm. Since he is a carrier is out as a breeding dog and has been neutered. 70% of Collies have the defective gene causing MDR1 (Multidrug sensitivity) so the only way to reduce how many Collie’s get this genetic disease is to not bred all dog with a copy of the gene. Can’t see this disease on the outside of the dog. The only way is through a DNA test or when in a crisis of drug overdose which can be lethal. I would rather know.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Good science about Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health. Do we need both DHA &EPA omega 3 fats?

This is a link to a scholarly article that reveals that we benefit from both Omega 3 fats. Plus lists the best foods for sources of Omega 3 fats.  Food  technology is aiming to separate out the two fats from fish oil  or substitute a vegetable source fats (linoleic FA) for just EPA.  This article clearly shows the benefit of both fats in our diet. My conclusion: why bother to change mother nature, eat fish oil to get the best of both fats in one food .

(n-3) Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health: Are Effects of EPA and DHA Shared or Complementary?.

For Your Information:

TABLE 1

Major dietary sources of long-chain (n-3) PUFA1

EPA DPA2 DHA Combined EPA+DHA
mg/100 g
Anchovy 763 41 1292 2055
Herring, Atlantic 909 71 1105 2014
Salmon, farmed 862 393 1104 1966
Salmon, wild 411 368 1429 1840
Mackerel, Atlantic 504 106 699 1203
Bluefish 323 79 665 988
Sardines, Atlantic 473 0 509 982
Trout 259 235 677 936
Golden bass (tilefish) 172 143 733 905
Swordfish 127 168 772 899
Tuna, white (albacore) 233 18 629 862
Mussels 276 44 506 782
Striped bass 169 0 585 754
Shark 258 89 431 689
Pollock, Atlantic 91 28 451 542
Oysters, wild 274 16 210 484
King mackerel 174 22 227 401
Tuna, light (skipjack) 91 17 237 328
Snapper 48 22 273 321
Flounder and sole 168 34 132 300
Clams 138 104 146 284
Grouper 35 17 213 248
Halibut 80 20 155 235
Lobster 117 6 78 195
Scallops 72 5 104 176
Blue crab 101 9 67 168
Cod, Pacific 42 5 118 160
Shrimp 50 5 52 102
Catfish, farmed 20 18 69 89
Eggs 0 7 58 58
Chicken breast 10 10 20 30
Beef 2 4 1 3
Pork 0 10 2 2
1Adapted with permission from (1). Data are from the USDA National Nutrition Database for Standard Reference Release 23, 2010 (9).
2Compared to EPA and DHA, the DPA contents in food sources are less available in the USDA database, which limits the ability to assess dietary intake of this (n-3) PUFA.

The supermarket is becoming more confusing! This fact makes feeding our families quality and healthful food a challenge…..

I write allot about the  petfoods & nutrition products for Cats and Dogs. Readers may already realize it is difficult to select good quality and healthful petfood  for our pets. Well, the pet-care marketplace is confusing and becoming more so, as companies use more clever advertizing to increase sales.

Well Dr Lustig has tackled the same issue where it relates to human health and everyday food from supermarkets. This is a link to his articles is you do not want to read his new book called Fat Chance.

I highly recommend this website!!

UCSF COAST: Fat Chance with Rob Lustig.

Plastic in Foods & easy ways to avoid them.

This is an excellent, truthful, summary of  how plastic gets into our bodies. Plus, practical advice that is accurate, easy to follow and will  make a big difference to your families health.

Nutrition Diva : Plastic in Foods :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™.

Why are chemicals, that get into our food and water, allowed:

Veterinary and animal scientists have been warning since the 1980’s that the molecules from plastics were accumulating in animals and causing bone, hormone and health problems. However, neither the FDA nor the EPA  had the power to ban or even warn the public, because the findings were “only in animals”, not people.  Washington law makers have been unwilling to limit any industry because of economic concerns, so there have never been  requirements for safety prior to use or sale of chemicals in the USA.  Any chemical ingredients or products can be used freely in our environment, air, water, food, household goods, until proven harmful to people. Laboratory studies alone that may indicate harm are not sufficient to meet this standard of proven harmful in everyday use. The EPA can only act once sufficient numbers of people are harmed from a chemical that is proven to be the definitive cause of such harm. This is very hard to prove because we live in a chemical filled world, exposed to numerous chemicals every day of our lives.

Remember, we don’t need a government agency to protect us from everything. We can take action based on the large amount of knowledge from  “reliable scientific analysis” . What is clear so far: The harm from chemicals is not from a high dose of a single chemical,   rather the total  sum of many chemicals because they accumulate in our bodies.  The dose of  several chemicals that each interfere with  hormone function is well documented as a cause of many health problems in humans and animals. Beginning in 2008, with Bisphenol-A the EPA &FDA have  started to enforce more restrictions on known chemicals.

The list of problems known so far:

1. Silent inflammation -This occurs without major symptoms but continues deep within  in our bodies and leads to premature aging, obesity, heart disease, auto-immune diseases and cancers. The single most important known cause of  life limiting diseases of modern times.

2. Hormone problems  are rising in numbers like a slow epidemic. These are: low or high thyroid function, abnormal immune function, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, low fertility in men and women, plus cancer of lymph nodes, pancreas, adrenals, brain, breast, ovary, testes and prostate.

4. Children – starting the womb, chemicals are taken up by rapidly growing cells of the fetus. Later chemicals can be  transferred to children in breast milk. Children are regularly getting higher doses than adults. The rising number of children with health problems of the brain, immune system, hormone organs, skin, bone and bone marrow are linked to their higher exposure. One widely used group of  chemicals work by disrupting hormone function in pests or weeds, or are useful in plastics and coatings. One example, Bis-phenol A, has been in the news. Health problems linked to these chemicals in children include: brain tumors, ADHA, autism, childhood cancers, leukemia, allergies and other autoimmune diseases. abnormal bone formation and early onset of puberty and obesity  in girls and boys.

What can we do

Anti-oxidants in our diet can help to reduce the harm by counteracting silent inflammation. This alone is not enough, we can  reduce  how much we take  in through minor changes to daily life choices. See link at top of article.

Stay informed and Vote with your wallet. When we consumers buy healthier choices, companies quickly change their products to keep us loyal to their company. This action on our part also produces new products that in the end stimulate new business and the economy. Important skill to practice is reading labels carefully looking for hard to identify words (tip off to a chemical)  Be informed and check into products who use advertizing slang to blur the real ingredients. Large words on the front are meaningless it is the back in the ingredient list that matters and is regulated by truth in labeling laws. Slang to look for Green, Healthy, Low fat, Low carb. or no carb., Naturally made, Naturally   fill in the blank___ .

I provide a link to the FDA website from this blog where you can look up foods or ingredients to see what is real.

I will continue be tuned to this subject and pass along meaningful information so  my readers can actively protect their families, pet and human.  I am extremely interested in this subject because my background as a Veterinarian includes 10 years of teaching & research at 2 Universities specializing in reproduction, hormones and nutrition.

Patricia McConnell’s website for a wealth of information on behavior and dog training

Dog Training Books, Dog Training, Dog Behavior, Puppy Training | Patricia McConnell.

In case you are looking for books, DVD’s and other educational material on dogs ad behavior, this is Patricia McConnell’s website.

Make Note: Patrica McConnell is now a full time writer, speaker and educator. She no longer sees any individual appointments. She has sold her dog training business to Aimee Moore, an experienced dog trainer and behaviorist in her own right.

The training company called “Dog’s Best Friend” is under her steerage.  Classes and individual appointments are available. Their website is

http://www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com/

The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health – Video – The Atlantic

The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health – Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg – Video – The Atlantic.

Just watch this video (<10 minutes)!!

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