Remember Billy, the 10 year-old Lab mixed who suffered from joint pain but unable to continue the conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications because of his liver and kidneys conditions? Even though a newer, potentially milder version of NSAIDs was offered, combining with pain medications, Billy’s owners opted for more natural alternatives. After consulting with a holistic veterinarian, Billy starts receiving once a week acupuncture sessions, therapeutic doses of turmeric supplements, along with the previously initiated joint supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin.
Turmeric is one of the most popular natural herbal remedies that has been studied extensively over the past decade. Curcuminoids are the active components that give turmeric powerful medicinal properties, and curcumin is the most potent among the different curcuminoids. On average, pure turmeric powder has approximately 3% curcumin by weight. Curcumin is well documented in the literatures to show high safety range and positive effects on treating aging-associated diseases, especially inflammatory conditions. In other words, curcumin is a great alternative for Billy. Since Billy is hard to give pills to, the vet suggests to mix organic curcumin extract powder into his dish. However, here comes the issue: Billy hates the taste of turmeric, and goes on a hunger strike when his food is mixed with the powder! (To be honest, I don’t blame Billy…. We all love some yummy Indian curry, but, have you ever tried any turmeric tea or turmeric juice blend from grocery stores? Let’s put it this way, they taste healthier than healthy, and I needed to hold my breath to finish them.) To entice Billy, and meanwhile to increase the bioavailability, (improve the absorption of turmeric) Billy’s owners were advised to either look into turmeric supplements that Billy likes, (for example, Vetcreations Turmeric Supplements) or cook the powder and make it into homemade "golden paste."
After two months of taking turmeric, consistent acupuncture, and occasional pain medications when Billy is particularly sore, he is doing so much better! He eats well, has great energy, and his guffy party-loving personality is back! Billy's humans can't be happier!
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As health care providers, one of the many challenges that we face on a daily basis, is to customize individualized care/treatment plans every 20-40 minute or less, and be able to explain/deliver them in a clear and an effective way. There are general concepts, but there are no one-fits-all formulas, and therefore no matter how well a specific type of food works on your friend’s diabetic cat, and your cat has the similar symptoms as that cat, it doesn’t mean that the same food will help your cat. As a result, please consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns regarding your pet, as well as before making any drastic changes on the way you care for your fur babies.
“But doctor, which food should I feed my dog/cat?” “What do you think about raw food?” “Is people food bad for Fluffy?” “Should I avoid chicken?” “Is grain-free really better?” “What should I feed my 9 week old puppy/kitten” “Should I switch food now that my dog/cat is a senior?” ….
We will answer all those most frequently asked questions, but let’s take a step back to the basics first. More common than not, you will be able to answer many questions by yourself once you have a general idea on why and what to look for.
Hope these guidelines help! We will discuss more specific concerns in the future. Let us know what confuses you the most too when choosing what to feed your beloved pets!
More for references:
Offers home cook recipes that are designed by board certified veterinary nutritionists.
Learn more about what the terms used on the pet food labels mean.
3. Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
Approximate daily caloric needs for average indoor dogs and cats.
----Helen Chiu, DVM, CVA
The first Vetcreations workshop was a great success! We had a fun and awesome crowd, spent a wonderful afternoon talking about food, making food, and of course, eating food!
With the modern busy lifestyles, the therapeutic power of both eating nutritious food and taking the time to actually prepare a meal is often overlooked. Through taking the time to have a discussion on food with a different cultural perspective, taking the time to actually taste foods and experience their various “thermal natures,” taking the time to cook a fresh and balanced meal for our pets, we empowered and reminded ourselves that when it comes to feeding our pets, we have so many more options than just relying on a bag or a can of commercially prepared pet food.
Thank you to our loving and supportive participants, especially those who had traveled far for their fur babies! We are always so inspired and motivated by our pet lover community!