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An article by Dr. Jean Dodds ! Must read!

THE PET FOOD DILEMMA: WHY DO MANY PETS REACT TO COMMERCIAL PET FOODS?

 Wholesome nutrition is the key to a healthy, balanced body and a strong immune system that is able to resist disease. The body is not meant to operate efficiently on sub-optimum nutrition. It might “get by” for a while, but eventually it will begin to break down and a host of illnesses will start to develop. This is true with people as well as with our companion animals.
Food is, literally, the fuel that runs our bodies. So, then, how come our pets are suffering from food sensitivities at an alarming rate? How could it be that the very foods that are meant to provide wholesome nutrition are instead leading to chronic itching, recurrent gastrointestinal (GI) issues, yeast infections and even inconsistent or unacceptable behavior?
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One big drawback of commercial, mass-market pet foods is that they are highly processed. So, even a company that uses “premium” ingredients is still altering them beyond anything our pets’ bodies can normally identify. Processing exposes more antigenic sites on the foods’ molecules, which alter the body’s immune surveillance and recognition responses. In other words, our pets’ bodies view much of the “wholesome nutrition” we are feeding them like “foreign invaders”, setting off classical defensive immune responses. These defenses are typically manifested by a host of food sensitivity and intolerance symptoms suffered by our pets.
THE MAIN CULPRITKibble is a conglomeration of many ingredients that are ground up, mixed together and “extruded” into those dry nuggets you pour into your pet’s bowl. Since many common ingredients in kibble (i.e. proteins of relatively poor bioavailability along with glutens like wheat, barley, and rye , as well as corn and soy) may be reactive on their own — just imagine the effect when several are combined into one food! Moreover, the high temperatures used during extrusion further release the reactive molecules of the food.
Extrusion also kills valuable enzymes and probiotics, also known as “good” bacteria, that are vital to a healthy digestive tract and immune system. Remember that much of the body’s immune surveillance system is contained in the gut, so a compromised GI tract means a compromised immune system. In addition, dehydrating the kibble — whereby all the water is removed — actually concentrates the reactive molecules. Then, to top it off, the kibble may be sprayed with all sorts of chemical flavor enhancers, colors and preservatives! Is it any wonder that are pets become progressively intolerant of these foods over time?
THE ROLE OF CANNED FOODSCanned foods tend to be less reactive than kibble, if only because each can contains about 75 to 80 percent water, which both “takes up room” in the can and dilutes the antigens in the food. But, pets who eat “wet” instead of “dry” are still at increased risk of food sensitivities. Several reactive ingredients — such as beef, corn and soy — may be combined into one can. And, canned foods are highly processed.
Although chemical preservatives need not be added here, once filled, each can is sterilized at temperatures close to 250 degrees for at least sixty minutes. As discussed above, this processing increases the food’s antigenic qualities, turning it into a foreign invader in our pets’ systems.
Now that we understand why commercial pet foods can cause many food intolerances, what can we do about it? Watch for upcoming blog posts, where we will talk about minimizing your pet’s risk of food intolerances by feeding them functional foods for maximum health.

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And Yes, it IS true that we have the cutest kittens on the planet! You've heard right! Come meet them, and adopt! We are at 6073 Felix Ave., Richmond, 94805. They will go in pairs, one with mama,  for lots of great reasons...(easier on you for one thing) and you'll get a 'starter kit' to take home wih your little treasures!! Email us: cynthia@beeholistic.com, or phone: 
510-237-1190.  
We have thirteen!!  Don't wait!! 
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My rescue has the word "rescue" in it, so I'm usually the first one showing up in a search...mixed blessing haha.
So the call came in...and my response must have sounded like the limo driver in the Dave Chapelle Baby on the Corner routine: Hmmm, uh, huh, um hmmm...WHAT! WHAT?? 
Hold on, I'll be right there!    

Actually, the young man brought the kittens to me, three very much alive and two not. With super-loud music playing...sweet and clueless. Poor things, all.
The caller had moved a car, and when she started to tow it, a cat jumped out. When she got the car home, she found the kittens in it. 
So the agony: how to find the mother and re-unite the family. Her milk could get impacted, infected, and kill her, worst case. The emotional damage...well, just consider. How could she ever find her babies? How awful. 
Now the good part. The babies were within a day or so the same age as the mother I had!! What are the odds!? I immediately put  the babies in with Mother Marcella and her fat five...in the photo above. She was not fazed.  They started to scramble for nipples...WOW!!!
But I didn't know how long the new three had been without food, so I weighed them, got the right amount of  KMR (kitten milk replacer) into them via tube (accurate and fast) one by one, and put them back.  
Two new angels
​The caller has been looking for the mother in the place the car had been sitting...and has not seen her. A great trapper will be there today, and the family with the car will keep looking. Say a prayer!
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Archie! Gorgeous, you can see...brave and long-suffering not as obvious.  He was a neglected, starving "pet" belonging to someone at the apartment complex where I feed and do TNR (trap neuter return). A friend there took him in.  A young couple then adopted him...but after they were evicted (they struggled so hard...) they bought an RV and took off. I asked to keep Archie till they got stabalized, but they said no.  Yes, he escaped from the RV, but then a series of miracles brought him back to me.  
He got loose near a colony, near my home. He found his way to that colony! The caretaker had a scanner! The chip worked; I was notified that he'd been found! He walked all the way from across the street into the drop trap (no longer willing to be handled)
He was injured, we'd known that, but only when we got him home did we see how badly.  The ignorant folks had put a collar on him, not even a collar, let along a safety collar, but a cord with metal bits. 

He had, of course, tried to get it off, and had gotten it under his arm. How many weeks or months had it been digging into his armpit is anyone's guess. He underwent two unsuccessful surgeries; that area is too delicate and hard to immobilize. He had lots of other therapies, including the hyperbaric oxygen chamber of Dr. Gary Richtenr, all to no avail. I have hopes that it will eventually heal completely, but it's been two years now. Getting better, I can say that. He's a trouper...they all are. We love our Archie!! Send him some love!
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