We have all been duped the last 10-15 years about pet food. You don’t have to go raw or buy expensive ‘natural’ diets. The single best thing you can do for your pet’s health is cut the STARCH (=sugar) This book has inexpensive and easy ways to vastly improve the quality of your pets’ diet. We’re definitely going to gradually go paleo! I will share the experience here on my blog.
I will be watching closely any changes in my senior doxie, Raleigh, as I enhance his diet. Aside from being 11 years old and having terrible allergies, he is overall a healthy senior. He does have some lumps and bumps and occasional an cough.
Cowboy is a senior foster with very arthritic knees and moderately severe dental disease. Lainey is a growing puppy at 6 months old and Lincoln is a rescue from the streets with red, itchy skin. I’d like to record my experience ‘going paleo’ here on this blog. I feel responsible to get the TRUTH about pet nutrition out as, not only have I been convinced that supposed ‘all natural’ foods with human grade meat cuts and ‘healthy’ grains like rice and sweet potatoes were the best for my dogs, I’ve convinced countless other pet foods of the same!
I was fooled my so long by pet food manufacturers wanting to maximize profits and were willing to literally make up big, fat (albeit convincing) lies in order to do so. It’s an absolute OUTRAGE. I hope many of the pet owner’s led astray like I was see this blog and feel as compelled as I do to make some immediate changes.
These guys are worth it…
THREE things you can do RIGHT away before reading 1 word of this book:
- Add fish oils to their food. Dosage is flexible and also depends on it’s use.
DOSAGE: Use products made for either humans or dogs. The amount of EPA and DHA in various fish oil preparations varies. Look for concentrated forms when giving high doses so you use smaller amounts of oil.
Healthy dogs can be given 100 to 150 mg EPA and DHA per 10 pounds of body weight daily; dogs who have health problems can be given up to 300 mg per 10 pounds of body weight. One ounce of canned fish with bones (sardines, jack mackerel, pink salmon) averages about 300 mg EPA and DHA combined.
The recommended dosage of liquid fish oil products is often too high, adding unnecessary fat and calories to your dog’s diet. High doses of fish oil can interfere with platelets and lead to increased bleeding, and too much can contribute to rather than reduce inflammation.
Cod liver oil is similar to fish oil, but most products also contain high levels of vitamins A and D (molecular distillation removes these vitamins). For those who feed a homemade diet that does not include much fish, give an amount that provides about 100 IUs of vitamin D per 25 pounds of body weight daily. Do not use high doses of cod liver oil. If additional omega-3 fatty acids are desired, add plain fish oil. (REFERENCE)
2. Add plain yogurt to their diet for probiotic health. Digestive enzymes are missing from commercial dog food and are a great additive too. I use this for my dogs and cats. It’s a powdered nutrient with probiotics & digestive enzymes in one.
3. Add FIBER to their diet. 1 tsp (small dogs) to 1-2 tablespoon (med-lg dogs) of pure, canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling) with dinner at night. Super simple!
I hope you’ll enjoy following our progress as we try out a more instinctive diet for my pets and fosters.
Tomorrow it will be 1 whole week since little Snoopi has had her FHO surgery. That is a surgery to removed the part of the femoral head–which is usually full of sterile necrosis. This happens to dogs who are born with legg-perthes disease or acquire it from a sever trauma; such as being hit by a car.
So many amazing people helped in a million different ways to make sure this little puppy got the surgery she needed to live a healthy, happy and pain free life!
So far, Snoopi is coming along as well as would be expected. She is definitely more subdued and in considerable is she doesn’t have pain medication. Her incision site looks really good. A nice, clean and dry line–no redness or trace of infection. Snoopi is acclimating really well to down time though. She will still play a bit with the others from time to time but I have to keep a close eye on her and separate her before it gets too crazy!
Snoopi will be recovering for 5-6 months, at least, before she is 100 % and able to be adopted out. Little Snoopi and I have a long road and will need more help with funds for food, medications, rechecks, therapy, etc. She has her own chip in page. If you’d like to help, please click on her photo to be directed to a site to make your donation.
If you would prefer to send a check or call your donation into Snoopi’s vet, please email me:
Thank you to all of you who’ve helped Snoopi come this far! We are blessed to have some amazing supporters.
xoxox Ally & the Pack
I have been very busy with all kinds of rescues since Cora and haven’t been able to update this site. Some of my rescues have Facebook pages…but those get difficult to keep up with and die off when the pup or kitty finds their foster home.
My hope with this blog is to record experiences and allow folks to track progress of the dogs in my care…or dogs/cats I’ve rescued being fostered elsewhere.
I’d like to bring life back to this neat little spot in virtual space. Are you all with me?! Do you want to hear the latest?
Comment and let me know!
Oh is it a crazy time at Casa Ally’s Adoptables!
Currently I have 4 fosters; Paris, Scruffy, Teena and Willa. The latter two are pups. And boy is Teena full of it!! She keeps me on my toes all the time…these two are far more than all of Cora’s pups combined!
Teena was saved when her owners left her at the vet to be euthanized @ 6 weeks old because she had a chicken bone stuck in her throat which they could not afford to fix. =( She is now about 12 weeks old and doing great! Super healthy, playful and of course, adorable! She is the little one asleep in the corner..lol!
And here is the lovely Willa…rescued from the Orange County Shelter
Miss Paris…another gorgeous gal looking for her forever home!
And finally…Mr Scruffy Doo! A handsome older doxie. You would never guess his age though. He is FULL of personality, laughs, and energy! He still loves to play with toys too!
In addition to fostering dogs, a friend and I have started up a new fund to help dogs in need…wherever they may be, and to support rescues locally. We will have auctions and all kinds of FUNdraising to grow our fund to have money on hand when the dogs need it. Check it out, and help if you can! We are always in need of monetary donations OR items you wish to donate to be auctioned off for the rescue.
Here’s my new page:
Now, back to seeing what kind of trouble the pups have gotten in to! We’ll all be back soon, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a minute!
We’re back with great news! Cora delivered all 3 of her puppies last night, naturally!
(Anyone who donated towards her C-section, THANK YOU!! The money will benefit Cora’s rescue group and will help us with potty pads, puppy food, toys, shots, fecals, s/n that Cora and the pups will eventually need!)
She was a PRO at delivering (likely not her 1st litter) and has proven to be a PERFECT Mommy!
The whole thing went incredibly well. ALL pups were delivered inside of 3 hours. She and the pups were quiet as mice throughout the delivery…so quiet in fact that I missed the first puppy being born! She was pushing and I knew it was coming but I had no idea it would be so fast…I was letting everyone in the rescue group know, on Facebook, that labor had started and when I looked over to check on Cora, there was a little black puppy lying next to her! It was very exciting.
I did get the birth of the second pup on video…if you’d like to see a puppy being born, click on the photo below!
Overnight was uneventful…although I was a nervous foster Mom! I finally dozed off at about 4am after checking on everyone for the hundredth time–I was finally convinced everyone was warm enough and Cora would not accidentally smother anyone–and that just because a pup was squealing, it apparently didn’t mean it was dying after all, lol!
This morning my good friend and fellow ICARE volunteer drove to pick up me and the new family so we could see Dr. Rossi for a post whelp & puppy exam. Everyone checked out in good health and we were given a schedule for follow-up care.
Go to the next page to meet each individual pup!
Hi everyone! Cora is doing great and will be delivering in the next 7-10 days! She has come so far since her rescue and is MUCH healthier, so we’re not sure if she will need a C-section or not.
However, I’d like to dedicate today’s post to my ADOPTABLE foster, Frannie! She will be out and about at Adoption events in Orange County this weekend. If you live near us (Orange County, CA) or know people who do, Frannie and I would be so grateful if you’d share her video and bio with your facebook and twitter friends!. She is a delightful senior who’s looking for her very own Furever Home for the Holidays ♥
Click the picture above for more info on Frannie!
Frannie is a funny and playful senior who loves EVERYONE and gets along well with dogs and cats. A home with small kids wouldn’t be good for Frannie just because she needs to be handled carefully due to her age and predisposition to back and neck injuries. Currently though, Frannie is a perfectly healthy dog who gets around really well with some inexpensive supplements I’ve been giving her. Click on the picture below to see her silly adoption video!! ♥
Come out and meet Frannie this weekend! Here’s where she’ll be:
Pet Supply-2 different locationsSaturday, Dec. 10th, 11a-4p 21425 Brookhurst St. Huntington Beach, CA 92869 Sunday, Dec. 11th, 11a-4p 21612 Plano Trabuco Rd. Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679