Another super food for dogs & cats! Raw Cow’s Milk Kefir™!

By | Nutritional Supplements

What’s so great about Kefir? All the benefits of Raw Goat Milk plus….

Natural source of beneficial yeast, beneficial bacteria & natural antibiotics.

  • Fermented Raw Cow’s Milk Kefir™ is fermented at 80 degrees allowing the 200+ different probiotics along with the added kefir cultures to ferment and grow. This creates metablolites, nutrients, bacteriocins (natural antibiotics) and probiotics, exponentially. The cultures added to make kefir are a combination of bacteria and beneficial yeast. When bacteria and yeast ferment together they create unique nutrients (very similar to kombucha). The yeast cultures added (Saccromyces kefir) are known to help battle candida yeast infections.

Aids in weight gain.

  • Fermented Raw Cow’s Milk Kefir™ is higher in calories and fat, therefore recommended for dogs who are struggling to keep weight on.

Raw Goat Milk vs Raw Cow’s Milk Kefir™. Which to feed?

  • Toy breeds, very small dogs and cats would do best on Raw Goat Milk. However if they are fighting a chronic infection or yeast, it is best to incorporate some the Fermented Raw Cow’s Milk Kefir™.
  • Medium and large dogs should be fed a combination of Raw Goat Milk and the Fermented Raw Cow’s Milk Kefir™. The two provide a wider range of nutrients when fed together.

The Scoop on Answers™ Fermented Fish Stock!

By | Nutritional Supplements

Answers™ Fermented Fish Stock – 

A SMELLY BUT SUPER NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR DOGS & CATS!

Ingredients: Fish Stock, ground fermented sardines

Benefits:

Joint Support:

+ Contains glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), a major component of joint cartilage, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid

Kidney Support:

+ Excellent source of Iodine, contains thyroid nutrients

+ Contains high amounts of arginine, required to metabolize protein waste & reduces blood pressure reducing stress on kidneys

Digestive Support:

+ Contains Gelatin, beneficial for lining the digestive system to aid in the healing of leaky gut syndrome & colitis, barrier to bad bacteria

+ High in glycine (essential amino acid) which helps regulate the making of bile salts and secretion of gastric juices also required for liver detox

Skin & Coat:

+ Fermented sardines provide a superior concentrated source of all Omega fatty acids to support hair skin and coat

For additional info, http://answerspetfood.com/products.html

 

Benefits of Raw Goat Milk for Cats & Dogs

By | Nutritional Supplements

 

Raw Goat’s Milk (RGM)

for Dogs & Cats

Some Benefits:

Ease of Digestion – RGM requires little or no work to break down & digest. Contains over 30 enzymes including lactase.

Buffering – RGM is more buffering than over the counter antacids

Wholefood Probiotics – naturally occurring probiotics make the nutrients more bioavailable & create additional nutrients such as enzymes & vitamins.

Bacteriocins – produced by the probiotics of the milk, inhibit pathogenic bacteria including the ulcer causing bacteria often associated with IBD.

Reduces Biofilm – biofilm can prevent probiotics from populating the gut & prevent proper absorption of nutrients. RGM has over 30 enzymes that can help break down biofilm.

Improved Immunity – Gut flora are the microbes, bacteria, yeast, etc. that naturally populate the gut. The type of microbes, good or bad, in the gut are directly related to what the dog or cat eats. Since 84% of an animal’s immune system is in their gut flora, having the proper gut flora can produce not only necessary vitamins but antibiotic, anti-viral & anti-fungals required for the body to heal itself. Supporting our pets normal gut flora with RGM can help prevent, treat & cure many ailments.

Intuitive Animal Communication – how it works.

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Rachael Millikan, MA – Intuitive Animal Communicator

What does it mean to communicate with animals? As an intuitive animal communicator, I utilize the universal language of telepathy to build a bridge of understanding between animals and their people, while seeking harmony for both. Everyone has the ability to do this work, it’s not magic; it’s using your intuition. When we access our innate six psychic senses we have the ability to receive information from all animals. These messages may come in as pictures, words, feelings, smells or emotions.

When I’m conducting an animal communication session, I request you arrive with your list of questions so we can make the most of our time together – asking your animal companion all the questions you have. The information comes fast and can be very subtle. Sometimes I’ll toss out their replies and only you will know what it means.  This often generates laughter and sometimes tears. It can be very intense depending on the topic we’re discussing. I’ve found the key to receiving information telepathically is clearing the mind of mental clutter and chatter. When the mind is cleared, we receive like an antenna.   Practice and regularly exercising your intuitive senses is critical for accuracy. For more information please visit www.beyondbarking.com and join my email list to be notified of session offerings, animal communication tips and other goodies!

 

We cannot discount the lives of sensitive and intelligent creatures merely because they assume nonhuman form.  The things that make life most precious and blessed – courage and daring, conscience and compassion, imagination and originality, fantasy and play – do not belong to our kind alone.  – Gary Kowalski “The Soul of Animals”

A sweet cat’s tale of living longer, living better through great nutrition.

By | NPP Products, Nutrient Absorption

As obligate carnivores, a species appropriate meat based diet is very important for cats of all ages but especially for the seniors. At Natural Pet Pantry, we hear so many stories of kidney or liver failure, crystals and diabetes in cats. After a bit of conversation, we usually find that these cats are being fed highly processed dry kibble. Regardless of the quality of the kibble, cats need to obtain almost 100% of their moisture through their food. Cats fed a dry diet are often dehydrated and this chronic condition creates havoc for their kidneys, liver, urinary tract and immune system. A definite sign of dehydration is when your cat “drinks tons of water”. They also do not need vegetables, fruits or carbs to thrive. As with dogs, as cats age, even with a raw diet, adding a digestive enzyme to the mix is very beneficial.

Here’s Little Miss Pumpkin’s story as told by her foster mom. “Pumpkin came into my care when her person was evicted from her home and had to go to a shelter. Pumpkin, about 13 years old, had been living in a car for a few weeks and was painfully thin, weighing only about 4 lbs. Soon after bringing her home, she became very ill and had to be rushed to the ER. It turned out Pumpkin was suffering from kidney failure as well as having hyperthyroidism. It was touch PUMPKINand go for about 48 hours but she pulled through. She was then transitioned to Natural Pet Pantry’s raw food and today is thriving. She is up to almost 7 lbs thanks to her NPP raw food diet; which she loves. She even insists on 3 meals a day! I believe it is much better than the prescription food the vet had recommended and I don’t think she would be doing as well as she is without the raw food. Her personal favorite is the turkey!”

Living longer, living better through great nutrition. Dezi’s story:

By | NPP Products

We never expected to adopt a seniordeziwaiting dog, but when 12 year old Dezi came into our lives, there was no question we’d take him into our family. After the tragic death of his owner, Dezi really struggled for the first few months with us. Clearly shaken by the loss of his person, Dezi was a very finicky eater and when he’d eat, he’d have all sort of intestinal distress — diarrhea, vomiting, colitis, etc. — and he wouldn’t want to eat anymore.

His previous family let Dezi free-feed on kibble, but we also knew that Dezi was a scavenger and feasted on chicken bones and garbage he found on his walks. On our outings, Dezi would spot a fast-food wrapper from 10 feet away and put the brakes on, straining against the leash wanting to devour the contents.

The combination of years of poor nutrition, his predilection for garbage, and the emotional roller coaster of his transition into our family set off a cascade of illnesses as well as revealed a history of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD).

Our other dog, Rubin, started eating Natural Pet Pantry (NPP) raw food when he was 3 years old after his own bout of intestinal difficulties and skin allergies. There was no question that Dezi would eat the same food because we knew the quality was superior to anything else we tried (and we tried a lot!). We also knew that the folks at NPP were extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally helpful with all our nutrition questions.

When Dezi became ill with pancreatitis and a nasty flare up of IBD, we turned to NPP (and our vets) for help. NPP’s first recommendation was raw goat’s milk and even though the Western vet was cautious, we gave it a try. For 5 days, the only thing Dezi would eat was raw goat’s milk. We fed it to him 5 times a day and each time he lapped it up enthusiastically with no ill side effects. Our vets (Western and Holistic) were happily surprised and even more so when they realized Dezi had gained a pound during this difficult intestinal bout.

We worked closely with NPP as well as both of our vets, and slowly introduced solid foods (NPP cooked turkey stew for starters). He was given nutritional supplements (Chinese herbs for digestion and depression, and digestive enzymes) and over the next month, he transitioned from meals of primarily goat’s milk to NPP’s raw meals (turkey and duck…he likes NPP’s cooked stews as well!).

Dezi is now 14 years old and doing great! We have no doubt that his “village” of caretakers, with NPP at the forefront, are responsible for his good health, but more importantly for saving his life with their helpful support, their knowledgeable advice, and their nutritious and delicious food. While we never expected to adopt a senior dog, we are so so glad we did and we are equally glad NPP is such an integral part of our family!

“Senior Dogs & Cats…Living Longer, Living Better” Part 1

By | NPP Products, Nutrient Absorption

Diet

 Less Processed = More Easily Digested & Absorbed

As dogs & cats age, their digestive systems don’t work as efficiently or effectively. Providing a less processed, more nutritious, more digestible food will help take the load off their aging digestive systems

  •  A raw diet is the gold standard of food for our pets because it is loaded with unadulterated nutrients and intact naturally-occurring enzymes. Natural Pet Pantry’s raw diets for dogs & cats are locally made from fresh, whole foods & we have recently added Certified “Ugly” Organic veggies to our raw diets for dogs.                                                                                    
  • Not ready for raw? Another great option is Natural Pet Pantry’s steam kettle cooked stews for dogs. All the same fresh, whole foods with “ugly” organic veggies.
  • Raw Goat’s Milk (Mother Nature’s Most Complete Food!) requires little or no work to break down and digest. Natural source of probiotics, enzymes and vitamins.
  • Adding digestive enzymes will increase the bioavailability of nutrients in the food to better battle the effects of aging. These enzymes help in digesting raw diets & are essential when feeding cooked stews. 

To find out more about the benefits of these foods & supplements, stop by either of our Natural Pet Pantry locations. 

New homes for your cat

By | Pet Products

The Cat Ball

 

TheCatBall_shark__35_largeIf you have ever been a custodian of a feline, you have probably noticed how much they like to crawl into small places. For example, a cardboard box can become a home and one of my friend’s motorcycle helmets ended up being the perfect safe space for her cat.

Assuming you don’t want a cardboard box or motorcycle helmet laying around to entertain your furry friends…introducing The Cat Ball®.

Most of the Cat Ball beds are made in Washington state and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are made of nothing but fabric and foam so they are safe and machine washable.

Cats love to hang out in small spaces for rest or just a hiding place for a sneak attack on a fellow cat or human.

See a great selection of these beds at our Kirkland Store.

 

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