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Looking for a unique gift for your dog lover friend or relative? How about a gift certificate for a canine massage? Margaret Auld-Louie recently completed her studies at the Lang Institute for Canine Massage and is now offering canine massage sessions for dogs. For more details and to purchase a gift certificate, see http://www.optimumchoices.com/dog_massage.htm.
Essential oils make a unique gift for a friend or relative who enjoys
scented products and may be interested in their therapeutic benefits. Rather
than trying to decide which of many oils would be appropriate, we suggest buying
a kit such as the Essential 7 Kit from Young Living Essential Oils that contains
some of the most commonly used oils.
If you would like a free copy of our "101 Uses for the Essential 7 Kit" paper in Microsoft Word format, just contact us and mention our free December Optimum Connections newsletter offer. Call (303) 271-1649 or toll-free (866) 305-2306 or e-mail us. This paper includes tips to prevent motion sickness, stop a nosebleed, deodorize laundry, sterilize counter tops, clean fruits & vegetables, relieve heartburn & indigestion, curb appetite, restful sleep and many more everyday hints on using essential oils.
Another kit that makes a wonderful gift is the Feelings Kit. It contains twelve
blends: Forgiveness, Grounding, Harmony, Hope, Inner Child, Joy, Present Time,
Release, SARA, 3 Wise Men, Valor and White Angelica.
There are several other kits available as well from Young Living Essential Oils. These are just two of our favorites. To purchase these kits online, go to http://oc-yleo.younglivingworld.com and click on "Product Catalog" on the left and then choose Kits, Essential Oils from the menu bar.
It's the time of year when we are shopping for delicious goodies for both our
two-legged and four-legged friends and family. If your four-legged friends (dogs
and cats) are on a healthy raw diet recommended by your holistic vet, does this
mean you can't give them any treats? Not at all, but you need to shop carefully
so you don't ruin their good diet by giving them treats full of grains or
additives like propylene glycol, sugar and food colorings.
Nature's Variety Prairie Freeze-Dried Raw Meat Patties
This is our number-one
training treat for our dog as it contains 95% meat, organ
If you can't find this brand at your local holistic pet store, you can order it online here: http://www.optimumchoices.com/Natures_Variety.htm.
Merrick Petfoods Chondro Chips
While not raw, these chips contain only pure bovine cartilage, a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, especially beneficial for older dogs with arthritis. Since these are a whole food rather than a supplement, it's safe to feed them to all dogs, even younger ones. We feed them to our 3-year old Chihuahua mix dog, who loves them. If you can't find these treats at your local pet store, you can order them online here: http://www.optimumchoices.com/chondro_chips.htm.
Available in many specialty pet stores, this treat consists of dried fish shaved into extremely thin pieces. The only ingredient is fish and the thinness means that the amount of actual food and calories fed to our cat is minimal. Our finicky elderly cat goes nuts over Kitty Kaviar and tries to grab the pieces out of our hands with her paw. For more info, see: http://www.kittykaviar.com.
Freeze-dried liver cubes
We found these training treats at Petsmart and you can probably find this in various brands at most large pet stores. Since the only ingredient is liver, that makes this a fairly healthy treat when used in moderation. It's best not to use this on a daily basis since liver is high in Vitamins A and D, as well as not being raw and organic. Both our dog and cat love this treat.
Anti-Allergenic Liver Biscotti treats
We like the Anti-Allergenic version of Liver Biscotti, a delicious wheat-free baked treat for dogs. While not grain-free, the first ingredient is meat and it contains no corn, wheat, dairy, kelp, soy, eggs, animal by-products, or preservatives. The ingredients are beef liver, oat and barley flour, water, carrots, applesauce, canola oil, garlic, parsley, sodium acid pyrophosphate (baking soda), sodium bicarbonate, and potato starch. Our dog is not too fond of typical, hard dog biscuits but she loves these treats, which are light and crunchy. If you can't find these treats at your local pet store, you can buy them online at SitStay.com. For more info, go to http://www.liverbiscotti.com.
Watch for our January newsletter with details of our first quarter 2004 class offerings including:
Details will be available here once the class schedules are finalized: http://www.optimumchoices.com/classes.htm.Switching to Raw: A Fresh Food Diet for Dogs that Makes Sense
by Susan K. Johnson
For those of you who may find the wealth of information in some raw food diet books overwhelming (like last month's pick, Raw Meaty Bones), here is a simple, short book that explains how to easily create a raw diet for your dog.
The author states: "I wanted to provide a simple book to help people make the change to a raw diet and also provide breeders who raise their litters on fresh foods with an easy guide for their puppy buyers to take home and follow. There is nothing complicated about feeding your new puppy or adult dog a raw diet. There are many wonderful books available that teach about raw diets - some are very detailed and are great resources for those of us who are interested in all of the scientific nutritional information, but not all provide the diet information itself in a brief, easy to follow format. I hope this book will help to fill that gap." We feel this book does feel that gap and is a valuable resource on how to create a healthy raw diet for dogs.
This book is only available directly from the author, unless you find a pet store that carries copies of it. To order, go to http://www.switchingtoraw.com/order.html.