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New diet for Cici


well, I decided that I could not give Cici the antibiotics and steroids. I was getting anxiety attacks every time that I did. She was acting strange so that was that. And I also realized that the Neutralizer gel makes growths, warts and skin tags seem worse before they fall off so that is probably what the vet was concerned about, that the growth looked worse.

Now, am giving Cici a new diet. An anti-growth on the toe diet.

She is getting Nori seaweed with her food, quinoa which is an amazing food for dogs and humans, avocado, almond butter, and raw tripe as well as Bio-Preparation with her food… In addition, will continue to topically spray ASEA on her toe, give her ASEA internally and also put Miracle 2 Neutralizer gel on her toe (not at the same time as when I put the ASEA on her toe).

BioPreparation for pets from Optimum Choices, check out their web site at BioPreparation_for_animals The founder of the company believes that the anti-cancer properties are due to realignment and re-balancing of the body through the metabolism of the algae.


Nori seaweed, amazingly, I got some for her already and she will not take it plain but sprinkled into her food, she scarfs it all up. surprise surprise.

Nori contains porphyran which has been shown to cause the death of cancer cells. (Nori is a red seaweed. Red seaweeds are the source of carrageenen and agar agar.) Algae are also an important emergency food. Spirulina contains compounds which help the body extract toxins (similar to brown seaweed) and in a variety of ways assists in killing cancer cells.

10 sheets of nori a week for cici

will be cooking up the Quinoa and mixing it up with other food, too.

Right now, we still have Dr. Harvey’s K9 Health. We may get some of the new Oracle dog food with raw tripe. She loves their Power Patties (tripe). There is a price factor to consider but I think it will wind up being six of one half a dozen of the other. The K9 health (10 pound bag) lasts two months and I have to add meat/protein to it. Oracle comes in a 6 pound bag, do not need to add protein to it.




Quinoa (keen-wah) is not a grain; its actually a seed related to the spinach family. When cooked, it is light, fluffy, a bit crunchy and has a pleasant subtle flavor. It cooks and tastes like a grain, thereby making it a great replacement for grains that are difficult to digest or feed.  It is used in many hypoallergenic foods for dogs.

Some of the great things found in Quinoa are:

  1. Protein – It contains the 9 essential amino acids that help to build muscle
  2. Magnesium – Which helps relax muscles and lower blood pressure
  3. Fiber – Aids with proper elimination
  4. Manganese and Copper  – A great team of antioxidants and cancer fighters

By far, Quinoa is higher in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper than wheat and barley.

1. Quinoa is rich in protein and can be a good substitute for meat-based-proteins in your dog’s diet.

2. Quinoa works as a good filler. Mix it with other foods and the dog may find it an interesting mixture. Several dog owners have been experimenting with adding quinoa with other ingredients like salmon and boiled eggs.

3. Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B12 essential for dogs. In fact there are a number of other important nourishment that quinoa packs as well.

4. The magnesium in quinoa keeps blood pressure under check.

5. Quinoa is quite filling and packs in proteins in place of carbohydrates. This keeps the dog’s obesity levels under check. Labradors, some retrievers and a few other breeds have a natural tendency to gain weight.

6. Quinoa has a nutty flavor and (at least) some dogs quite like it.

Quinoa for Dogs – the Againsts

1. Quinoa has a lot of fiber and dogs find it hard to digest. Dogs have shorter intestines, unlike us humans, and cannot digest cellulose or fiber. A number of owners reported observing complete quinoa seeds within their dog’s excreta.

2. A few dog owners said that their dogs had digestion problems to the extent of diarrhea and vomiting. However, in most of these cases, the dogs seemed to have been fed with uncooked quinoa. It may be that the quinoa in a few cases may not have been rinsed properly as well and the dogs may have lost their digestion because of saponins.

Useful tips and agreements

1. Nearly everyone agreed that quinoa may be given to dogs but in moderation. Instead of making quinoa a part of the dog’s daily diet, it may make greater sense to feed him the food twice a week.

2. Uncooked quinoa is a big no-no. While a number of owners give raw meat to dogs, raw quinoa is not a good idea. Dogs find it difficult to digest it. Nearly all owners who reported seeing whole quinoa seeds in their dog’s excreta had fed raw quinoa to their dogs.

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Pet Food Execs Eat Their Own Food

Pet360.com Challenges Pet Food Execs to Eat Their Own Food

The Pet360 team recently traveled to the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida and put representatives from major pet food manufacturers to the test. Spokespersons from twelve pet food companies were asked to eat their company’s pet food live on camera, and each one graciously accepted the challenge. These videos are the first in Pet360.com’s ongoing “Eat Your Food” series which will continue to put pet food brands to the test.

“For the longest time, the biggest decision regarding pet food was whether to purchase wet or dry,” explains Jon Roska Jr., VP of Merchandising at Pet360. “Now-a-days, pet owners are faced with a multitude of decisions, and there are a variety of gourmet options to choose from. We want to give brands the opportunity to prove that their food is the highest quality option for our customers’ pets, and what better way is there to do that than by consuming the food themselves?”


Designed to highlight many of the most popular pet food brands, the “Eat Your Food” series also provides manufacturers the opportunity to promote the nutritional benefits of their pet food formulas. To check out Pet360.com’s “Eat Your Food” video series, click here.

*Pet360 strongly discourages consumers from eating their pet’s food at home. Participants in the “Eat Your Food” series are representatives of professional pet food companies.

About Pet360

Pet360.com is a personalized website dedicated to simplifying pet parenting. At Pet360, each member’s experience is tailored to their individual needs based on the type, breed, gender, age and size of their pets. By offering relevant tips and expert advice, connections to others with similar pets and the convenience of home shopping all in one place, Pet360.com is the ultimate resource for pet parents – available anytime, anywhere. For more information, watch the Pet360 Video or visit www.Pet360.com.

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Dynamic duo: Mr Chewy and Orijen


Mr. Chewy is a great way to get dog food, treats and more (cat food too). Easy to order, home delivery (no more carrying heavy bags), great prices and many brands Cici and I love (70+ brands is a lot to choose from).   They also offer FREE 1-2 day shipping with orders of $49+. Under $49+ shipping is a flat rate of $4.95.

We’ve ordered from other online vendors that took more time and did not offer discounts and all of the brands we love, so Mr. Chewy’s is your one stop shop for all  healthy dog/cat (pets) food. Just call 1-800-Mr Chewy.

Check out their facebook page…


Since Cici is on a grain-free regimen and mostly raw dehydrated food, with a little bit of kibble when she gets bored of the soup, Mr. Chewy’s sent us a five pound bag of the Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Dog Food to try out. Yum ! Cici loved it. She was getting bored of slurping and this gave her some healthy dog food to chew on.

RAW means the ingredient has not been cooked before processing, but has been preserved either by freezing, chemical preservatives, or a combination of both.

FRESH means the meats are never frozen and contain no preservatives. Unlike most commercial pet foods, ORIJEN is made with FRESH REGIONAL MEATS that are delivered fresh each day, and are a key factor in the superior palatability and feeding performance of ORIJEN.

  • Carbohydrate-limited and grain-free
  • Includes sea vegetables, juniper berries and marigold flowers
  • Keeps your dog healthy, happy and strong
  • Made in Canada

Ingredients:  Fresh deboned wild boar, fresh deboned lamb, fresh beef liver, fresh deboned pork, lamb meal, peas, salmon meal, russet potato, herring meal, fresh whole eggs, fresh deboned bison, potato starch, fresh deboned salmon, pacific whitefish meal, fresh deboned walleye, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, dried organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium.

About Orijen dog food ingredients:

  • Food used in this product is fit for human consumption
  • No Outsourcing (100% China free)
  • Biologically appropriate (Orijen mimics the natural diet wild predecessors)
  • Fresh and Regional Ingredients only
  • NO Chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT, or Ethoxyquin )
REGIONAL RED features a Biologically Appropriate (75.25.0) ingredient ratio of 75% meat, 25% fruit and vegetables, and 0% grain — all slow-cooked at low temperatures to retain their natural goodness.

Fresh and Regional Ingredients

Use of fresh regional ingredients approved fit for human consumption, by the Government of Canada.

Orijen uses free range poultry, wild caught fresh fish delivered daily, and free range red meats.

Fresh means no processing, never frozen, and preservative free.

Meat and Protein Rich

Orijen uses a “Top Five” Ingredients philosophy, meaning the first 5 ingredients in every kibble is animal based.  REGIONAL RED Formula: Top Five = Boneless wild boar, deboned lamb, beef liver, deboned pork, lamb meal.

This is a high protein, No grain product.

Orijen is meat concentrated, and protein rich, as by all scientific standards, and evolutionary history, as dog is a domesticated wolf. Modern dogs of all breeds require a meat based diet mimicking their ancestors.

Carbohydrate Limited

Today’s conventional pet foods are lower in protein and high in carbohydrates (40-50%). As carbohydrates are not part of the natural diet, it should come as no surprise that carbohydrates are not required (in any amount) by dogs and cats.


ORIJEN is free of cereal grains, and the carbohydrates are derived from fruits and vegetables. Carbohydrates are limited to 20% of the overall product, to better match the natural diet.

Grain free for the specific reason that grains are not necessary and used in lower end pet foods as a cheap filler and ultimately causes long term illnesses and weight problems (diabetes, allergies )

Fruits and Vegetables

Wild canids including wolves, coyotes and fox eat fruit throughout the summer which provides vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and phytochemicals. They also eat grass which cleans the digestive tract.

Orijen features 20-25% of fruit and veggies.


Animal fats and oils are essential for the peak health of all dogs — that’s why ORIJEN is free of plant oils and only features fats of premium animal source. Instead of the highly-processed rendered fats used by conventional pet food makers, over 80% of the fats in ORIJEN occur naturally from high inclusions of fresh red meats and fish.

DHA & EPA from FRESH FISH | 0.5% / 0.3%

Fresh fish is a perfect source of highly digestible and Biologically Appropriate DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids. Essential for your dog’s immune and nervous systems, as well as a glowing skin and hair coat, these richly nourishing fatty acids are not available from plant oils such as flax, coconut or sunflower


Your dog’s natural diet contains very few, if any, grains or carbohydrates. That’s why Biologically Appropriate ORIJEN is grain-free and contains less than half the carbohydrates found in conventional dog foods.


The potential oversupply of calcium and phosphorus in high-protein dog foods is cause for concern. High inclusions of chicken meal, fish meal or turkey meal used to increase protein levels also provide a rich source of minerals and push calcium and phosphorus levels to the upper allowable limits of, respectively, 2.5% and 1.6%.


ORIJEN’s high ratios of fresh meats and fish provide a rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin, which is derived naturally from the fresh meat ingredients — without adding synthetic ingredients to the formula.


Providing the element of your dog’s natural diet that he craves when foraging for grasses and weeds, ORIJEN’s veterinarian-selected botanicals help support your dog’s metabolism, strengthen his organs, and serve as cleansers to rid his body of toxins.


ORIJEN REGIONAL RED is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for ALL LIFE STAGES.

No outsourcing of products, production or imported goods are used. (Absolutely 100% China free) Most companies still outsource vitamins from China.


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feeding my dog’s inner wolf

When I think of New Zealand, I imagine a country with clean air, pure water and fun people. I had a friend from NZ who constantly regaled us with stories from her home country. It sounded idyllic, a pristine paradise.

And the idea of raw freeze dried dog food sounds like the perfect blend of elements… raw food in a palatable yet easy to give to your dog form. Add warm water and feed.

K9 Natural says their food is about feeding your dog’s inner wolf.

Well, Cici LOVED it. She and I both liked that we did not have to wait for the food to cook as we did with the other raw dehydrated foods she has been eating. She is not very patient and neither am I. She was very happy and scarfed the food down, licking the entire bowl clean. Happy camper !

I liked the packaging, too. It was easy to open and dispense the food. Plus, they give you a scooper and guidelines of how much to feed BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH 1% OF MY DOG’S WEIGHT and do not know how to calculate ounces either. I decided upon three scoops in the morning and three in the afternoon ad FINALLY got that confirmed. If your dog is overweight, they suggest giving less food and more if your dog is normal. They also suggest feeding a raw bone every day.  Am not keen on that since Cici tends to barf after eating them. She seems to do ok sometimes but too many bones and one a day is definitely too many is not good for her.

There was no odor, the food looked a little chunky and meaty. And besides all of the wonderful ingredients (see below), WE DID NOT HAVE TO WAIT WHILE IT COOKED.

Only thing is I have noticed her acting a bit wolfy lately LOL…  don’t even know what that would mean…

Cici and I give K9 natural four paws up !


Here is what they say about their food:

K9 Natural Freeze Dried is made with 85% meat (derived from grassfed, ranch raised animals and free of antibiotics and hormone growth), bone, blood, tripe, liver, kidney and heart plus vegetables, fruit, egg and garlic. K9 Natural is a nutritionally sound and species appropriate diet which can therefore be fed to dogs at any stage of life: from puppies to seniors, during pregnancy and lactation. It is also suitable for any breed of dog, from toy to giant.


FLAVOR: Lamb Supreme

PACK SIZE: Net weight 1.1lb. Makes 4.4lb of ready-to-serve raw food when reconstituted with warm water. Contains 20 daily servings for dog size: approx 11lb.

INGREDIENTS: Fresh lamb 85% ground bone, blood, fresh broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, silver beet, cabbage, other seasonal vegetables, whole eggs, fruit (apples, pears and other seasonal fruit), green tripe, heart, liver, kidney, garlic.

K9 Natural is a 100% total and natural diet. Supplementation is not recommended or required, however a raw, meaty bone a day is suggested for clean teeth, gums and breath, and for your dog’s enjoyment. Alternate the flavors of K9 Natural to give your dog variety.

I pose two questions to dog owners I meet who seem reluctant to consider natural raw foods: “Have you ever seen a dog grazing in a field of wheat?”, and, “Have you ever seen a dog cook or heat its food?”


speaking of wolves, Lobos next door, Husky wolf mix, has started howling whenever he hears sirens…

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itchy dogs don’t have fleas

Apparently it is very common for dogs to have/develop the itchies. Fleas were ruled out by the vet. So I have been doing research about what to do about my itchy dog. Cici suddenly appears to have allergies and has become itchier than normal, chewing and licking on her paws.  Of course, nothing stops her from rolling around in the grass, eating grass.


Here’s a photo don’t know if you can see the discoloration on her paw but this is NOT normal for her.  She was sleepy and not being very cooperative about taking the photo so may have to take another one later.

She was eating raw food patties and Paul Newman’s kibble. And we ran out and I got Dogswell kibble. Could that be the culprit?

We are experimenting with her food including giving her Mulligan Stew, canned turkey and chicken. She LOVES the food and so far, she is still itchy, it is only a couple of days on this food though.

A friend recommended Ziwi Peak, which looks great, is from New Zealand and is rather costly.

Am also thinking of going back to feeding her a partly raw diet, with patties from Stella and Chewy’s.

She LOVES Dr. Harvey’s and Honest Kitchen, also pricey.  We have tried Thrive, YUM, and not tried the Keen Thrive is grain free, Keen is low gluten.

Have fed her chicken that I make for myself as well as turkey.  No grains work best for her.

And I even started giving her some Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy drops as well as Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water and Lavendar Essential Oil.

Could be overkill. Am not up for having her do steroids or take an allergy test so that is what we’re doing.

Here’s some articles I found helpful, too.




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Pet Food Bank USA 4 Patrick

In honor of Patrick, I am going to start a local Pet Food Bank right here in Seaside, CA. We have an SPCA that helps folks but for people in my neighborhood who are struggling financially it’s too far if they don’t have transportation, too expensive for gas, and if they are ill. So the pets end up at the SPCA or Animal Control and you know what happens. Am sure this is happening elsewhere. In honor of Patrick, we should vow no more starving pets!

It is a good time to Step Up and Start of Donate to a Pet Food Bank in your community. If you need assistance in starting one let me know.

Also, if you are a dog food company, where are you ?  WE NEED YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS. This is an amazing media/publicity opportunity for you and ,more importantly, how about doing good for all the dogs like Patrick and cats in your community, too.  Rachael Ray Nutrish, Ellen DeGeneres Halo, Hellooooo..

Healthy food companies please be generous and let me know what you are donating.

This blog is honored to be linked to by Peggy Frezon’s  uplifting Patrick post.


and Lisa Spector, Through a Dog’s Ear, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-defines-animal-abuse.html


So far, Clear Conscience Pet has stepped up and is donating healthy dog treats … Cici’s favorite treats… Bison Liver Bark and Beef Bark, yum !

Like them on Facebook…


Thank you.  And Patrick and his Pals thank you, too.

for the latest about the Patrick movement, go here:


Another Saturday Blog Hop thanks to Life with Dogs, catch the code


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guest blog: MSG Often Hidden in pet foods

Today, we have the honor of a blog written by a guest who is a pet food expert.

About the Guest Author:
Scott Freeman is the founder of Nature’s Logic Pet Food. He has more than 25 years of experience in the pet industry, with a particular interest in animal health and nutrition. In 2006, after developing successful pet foods and treats for other companies, Scott launched Nature’s Logic. The company has created the first and only full-line kibble, canned, and raw frozen pet food in the world with no chemically-synthesized ingredients. For more information, please visit http://www.natureslogic.com.


MSG Often Hidden in Pet Foods
MSG is a common hidden ingredient in pet foods, even in so-called “premium” and “natural foods.” Monosodium glutamate is used to enhance the flavor of many processed foods, for both humans and pets. It has been determined to be safe by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, it is a form of salt and many pet-parents would like to avoid feeding it to their pets.

Because so many prefer to avoid MSG, the FDA requires that products containing monosodium glutamate must include it on the product’s label. Unfortunately, this regulation does not apply to the way MSG is added to most pet foods, in the form of “hydrolyzed protein.” Hydrolyzed protein is protein that has been broken down into its amino acid components. It is typically added to pet foods to make them taste better.

According to the FDA, “hydrolyzed protein is used to enhance flavor. The chemical breakdown of proteins may result in the formation of free glutamate that joins with free sodium to form monosodium glutamate (MSG). When added this way, the labels are not required to list MSG as an ingredient.”

To make things even more confusing to pet-parents is the fact that pet food manufacturers are not even required to list “hydrolyzed protein” when it is added as a natural flavoring. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) allows pet food ingredient panels to say, “Natural Flavoring” or similar wording. Yet nearly all flavorings added to pet foods with labels stating “Natural Flavoring” or “Liver Digest” are created by protein hydrolysis, and MSG is thus present.

If you are concerned about MSG in your pet’s food, ask the manufacturer to disclose the exact ingredients used in their “natural flavorings.” They should be able to tell you if they use hydrolyzed proteins that form MSG. Nature’s Logic never uses hydrolyzed proteins. Instead we use naturally-dried chicken and beef liver to create truly natural foods pets love. For more information on Nature’s Logic foods, please visit  http://www.natureslogic.com.

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