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Question:
My dog is a mature spaded female lab 4 years old. Last year she started having elephant skin as the vet says under her belly near the legs. Is this an allergy to food, or related to hormonal, thyroid problems? I have spent a lot on meds at the vet with no cure. Please give me answers. 

Nutritionist Answer:
Elephant skin is difficult to treat because until you know the exact cause you can only try to help control the symptoms. We suggest that you start by eliminating all grains from the main food source of your dog's diet. This will help reduce possible allergens as well as the  addition of yeast to your dog's system. If your dog is affected by airborne allergens, you might consider the  use of Bee Pollen since it will also help to boost the immune system. Another supplement that helps with allergies is our Yucca Powder. This helps reduce swelling and helps to reduce pain. I have attached an analysis of our Canine Grain Free formula for you to review or share with your vet, as well as the bottle labels of both the Yucca  Powder and Bee Pollen.



Question:
Our 5 year old chihuahua has developed partial seizures according to our vet. It usually occurs at night, or at rest. I've researched medications but I don't feel they are necessary at this point as they could do more harm than good. Would you suggest the herbal calmer for this? In my research herbal remedies suggested by multiple sites include skullcap, and passionflower which are the two main ingredients.

Nutritionist Answer:
The short answer is,  yes! Herbal Calmer is a great choice.

There are a few things that may help your little guy before turning other remedies. First of all, the food you give him should be the cleanest possible.  Clean as in no preservatives which can contribute to epileptic seizures.  Also a food with low protein like our Lamb & Rice.

The Herbal Calmer is a great choice and your Chihuahua can have an 1/8th of a dropper up to twice a day.  We have many of customers who swear by this product.

If you are not already using our Lamb & Rice, I would make that the first change because (from experience with my own dog) the right food makes all the difference.



Question:
What do you recommend feeding a canine that has Intestinal Lymphangiectasia?

Nutritionist Answer:
Normally we would recommend our Lamb & Rice formula because it is easier to digest and low in fat, but in this case where  your dog’s protein levels are low we recommend our Grain Free formula.  This formula is higher in protein than many formulas. I have attached an analysis of both the Lamb and Grain Free for you to compare.

To help the digestive system, we recommend Holistic Blend Probiotic Digestive Aid.  This has both probiotics as well prebiotics - which prepare the system for digestion. Supplementing with our Yucca Powder can help to reduce inflammation.  Inflammation often means a reduction in the loss of protein as well as associated diarrhea.

Finally, you will need to supplement your dog's diet with vitamins due to the poor absorption of fat that occurs with this condition.  Holistic Blend Seagreens Powder is a great way to get vitamins and minerals back into the diet.  This must be slowly introduced so it will not cause overly loose stool. Alternatively, you could look into our natural Vitamins and Minerals, we often refer to this as our liquid Seagreens.

I have included an attachment of each of these for you to review.  All of our supplements can be used with each other, so you do not have to choose either or.

I understand that this condition can not be cured but I am hoping you will find this information useful and it will help to keep it managed.



Question:
Your grain free cat food has alfalfa  in it...isn't alfalfa a grain?

Nutritionist Answer:
There are 2 types of legumes: forage legumes (alfafa falls under this category) and grain legumes which are cultivated for their seeds. Sometimes alfafa is used for it's seeds (and sold as sprouts, or used as a medicinal herb) so in this case I assume it could be considered a grain. Because it is the aerial portion of alfafa that is used in our pet food, it is not a grain.



Question:
Right now I'm struggling giving my 11 years old dog dry food because for years I’ve been feeding him with table food. Right now he is overweight and has joint and skin problems.  What formula is the best for him considering this and his taste?

Nutritionist Answer:
Here are the 3 issues and what we recommend;

1 - Food: Our lowest calorie/ fat content formula is the Lamb & Rice.   It is considered non-allergenic which may help with your dog's skin issues.   *Remember that any change in diet will cause changes in the stool, so be prepared for some loose stool until your dog's system adapts to his new diet.   2 - Skin: What kind of skin problems does your dog have?  If it's simply dry skin, you could supplement the diet with Holistic Blend Flax Seed Oil.   If he has hotspots, or is scratching, you should supplement with our Seagreens powder.  This supplement boosts vitamin & mineral intake and improves the overall health and metabolism. If the skin issues are caused by allergies, you should consider trying Holistic Blend Yucca which not only helps with allergies, but also helps to relieve pain from joint problems by reducing the inflamation.

3 - Joint problems: For dogs with joint problems, we recommend Holistic Blend's Glucosamine HCL complex.  This helps to repair damaged cartilage supports joints and because of the added yucca, it will reduce inflamation and ease pain.

For all of the above products, you must follow the instructions on the label since dosage will vary with the size (weight) of each animal. If you would like, I can send you some PDF's of our labels, or you can check our our website for dosage detail.

Best of luck with moving him on to dry food.  Doing this will be so much better for his overall health! You should introduce the food when he is very hungry and before you eat your meal so there is no table scraps option.  If the dry dog food is all that is available, I am sure your dog will choose to eat and will enjoy the flavour.



Question:
I recently had to put my dog down due to kidney cancer and two weeks ago have in my care a 3 1/2 month old austrailian shepherd.  I noted that your foods are not age specific and am enquiring about that. I was always under the impression that different ages required different foods.  I want to start "Harley" off right, did get some high quality "natural" puppy food for him but would like some feedback as to why your foods are different.  I can buy it locally, which pleases me, and would like  to keep him healthy.  I live on a small farm so he can be as active as he pleases when I am home. Could you recommend which one would be more appropriate for his breed.  He will be trained to be respectful, I am a senior but also have sheep, so will also be a working dog.

Nutritionist Answer:
I am sorry to hear about your recent loss.  You have a lot of work ahead of you training your new puppy but it sounds like you have the experience and patience as well!

The 2 formulas that would be best for your Australian Shepherd - and a working one to boot, would be either our Chicken, Rice & Vegetable formula or our Grain Free formula.  Both formulas have a higher content of fat that he will be burning off, as well as a higher % of protein.   In addition Holistic Blend offers Booster Plus that can be added to the food to increase antibodies puppies may not have received during weaning.  Booster plus will also boost the immune system, giving the puppy a great start on healthy longevity.

Our foods are all life stages so they already have the nutritional value puppies, adults or seniors need. Puppy foods tend to be higher in fat and protein to accommodate their growth which is what makes them different, but the ingredients don't change.  The only thing you have to customize is how much and how oftenyou feed him - both depend upon his weight and age.  Ideally you want to provide a nice clean formula and use the booster plus for the first month.



Question:
After learning about your Natural Wormer, I would like to use it more as a preventative measure for my 11 month old Havanese which is about 10 pounds.  Can you suggest a dosage that would work for her?

Nutritionist Answer:
The recommended dosage would be 1 capsule a day. Here is how it works: The ingredients target the central nervous system of the parasites to stun them and helps also to dislodge the parasites from the intestinal tract to help improve digestion and nutrient absorption. The herbs make the environment uninhabitable by the various parasites.



Question:
Can I use both Herbal Calmer and Seagreens Powder at the same time for my 7-1/2 year old miniature Australian Shepherd?

Nutritionist Answer:
Thank you for your e-mail.  You can certainly use both of them at the same time.  There will be no adverse effects.



Question:
Can seagreens be fed daily long term?

Nutritionist Answer:
Thank you for your e-mail.  Yes, the Seagreens can be used daily from puppy/kitten all the way up to senior.



Question:
Our dog, Maggie, a lab/basset mix, has skin allergies. What would be the best food/formula for her?

Nutritionist Answer:
Thank you for your e-mail.  I would have to suggest the Lamb & Rice formula. The product is designed to be hypo-allergenic and would be great for her skin.



Question:
I have a 7 month old rotti who is growing quite fast and seems to feel the effects of long walks or hard dog playing would you recomened glucosamine and do i have to worry about any side effects?

Nutritionist Answer:
If he/she seems to experience pain or discomfort after being mobile for a long period of time, I would definitely recommend supplementing with Glucosamine. It will certainly help to relieve the pain and can actually help to heal the problem area. There are no side effects to worry about, just make sure to follow the guidelines. Monitor the dog's reaction to it, and you should be able to see an improvement within a couple weeks.



Question:
What are the differences between each cat formula that you sell? What should influence my choice? I have two 11 year old cats that are perfectly healthy, ideal body weight, that don't go outside. They are not very fussy when it comes to food but sometimes have digestive problems. They are presently eating Techni-cal food and I would love to switch to a more pet friendly company like yours.

Nutritionist Answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. I'll give you a basic overview of our three cat formulas. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

• Chicken & Salmon
This formula is hypo-allergenic, made with free range chicken and wild salmon. It contains only whole grains, which are an excellent source energy for your cat. We use only the highest quality ingredients in the food. As with all of our formulas, there are no by-products or chemical preservatives. It also contains no wheat/corn which are basically useless fillers.

• Grain Free Chicken, Whitefish and Turkey
This formula is 100% grain free. Grain free vs. a formula with whole grains really boils down to your choice as the owner. Many people are opting for Grain Free due to the fact that cats and dogs both are mainly carnivores. Grain Free formulas don't use any grains as a means of protein, therefore the meat inclusion is higher. It is a great formula, again all of the meat is free-range, no fillers and no chemicals.

• The Healthy Cat - Chicken & Ocean Fish
This formula includes only whole grains as well. It is made with Free-Range chicken and herring. This formula is our newest formula. It is made with high quality ingredients as with our other foods, and features no by products, fillers, or chemical preservatives. You will however find that the meat inclusion in this formula is lower. This is what allows this formula to be sold at a lower price than the other formulas, and I can assure it's still a very healthy, very high quality product.

All three of the formulas will support a healthy coat and skin, and boast high digestibility. They are all slow cooked at a low temperature which allows them to keep many of the nutrients that are destroyed at high temperatures. You will find that many commercial pet foods are cooked at a high temperature, and therefore many of the nutrients are lost.



Question:
Our bichon maltais is 6 years old and was recently diagnosed with diabetes wich formula do you recomend,he has been on medi- cal dental for the past 3 years.

Nutritionist Answer:
Thank you for your interest and comments. We recommend the lamb & rice formula, as it is the lowest in protein, and cleanest as far as minimal ingredients. Being a hypo allergenic formula will help.