Nature’s Medicine for Healthy Pets – May 2017Sue Becker BFRP, BFRAP, CTTP May 7, 2017
CERATO: A BACH FLOWER REMEDY
The Bach Flower Remedies are gentle liquid helpers made from the life energy or essence of wild flowers, shrubs, and trees. They balance and harmonize the emotions and states of mind for both humans and animals. The individual remedy Cerato helps us trust our own judgment without needing the input of others. This is a great remedy for us indecisive humans – many of us know what we want to do, but don’t trust ourselves to do it without confirmation or support from someone else! Cerato will help you trust your intuition – and believe those messages you receive from your animal friends! Cerato also helps animals trust themselves so they don’t have to look to their owners for approval all the time before they move or play. It won’t interfere with your “Down-Stay” or “Sit” commands!
To help with occasional decision-making, take two drops on your tongue or in any beverage. For support on an ongoing basis, take two drops four times a day or use this dilution until you feel secure making your own decisions: put two drops in a 1 oz. bottle (25 or 30 ml) of pure water – not distilled or tap water – and take four drops, four times a day.
Use the dilution with animals, too – it can be put on food or a treat, or used topically. The stock bottle lasts longer when you use the dilution, and potency is not reduced.
Note: Bach Flower Remedies contain a small amount of alcohol. Rescue Pet (Rescue Remedy for pets) is now available, and is glycerine-based.
HELP FOR A STRESSED-OUT CAT
At a recent pet show in Toronto, my booth was right next to a Savannah breeder. Savannahs are hybrid cats from matings between domestic cats and Servals. They are big kitties, and Buddy, whose cage was closest to me, was 20 pounds of big boy. He did extremely well in his cage – his exotic looks attracted constant crowds daily and he was so patient with multiple camera flashes in his face – but on day three he had just about had enough and started to spray. He had sprayed in the hotel room that morning and now at the show – drenching another cat and two kittens in an adjoining cage!
So I told the owner about the homeopathic called Bach Rescue Remedy, the #1 selling natural stress reliever in the world. Rescue is always in my purse, so I pulled it out and dribbled four drops on a tissue, which we tucked under one corner of his cage. Within minutes, Buddy was lying down, and relaxed. And he didn’t spray again the entire day!
BISPHENOL A AND FELINE HYPERTHYROIDISM
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone-disrupting chemical that has caused serious health problems over the past few years due to its use in plastic food and beverage containers, plastic wraps, and canned food linings. It seems to be everywhere. In humans it can cause “increased risk for cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and liver abnormalities” as well as potential genetic impacts. “Many laboratory animal studies suggest that bisphenol A exposure at low doses is linked to a staggering number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, obesity, hyperactivity, diabetes, altered immune system, lowered sperm count and sperm defects, increase in aggression, elimination of sex differences in behaviour, impaired learning and memory, and early puberty.” And this is in humans! (Quotes from http://www.petfoodpitfalls/blogspot.ca)
There is danger for pets, too. According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (March 2004): “There is a strong correlation between eating canned food and developing hyperthyroidism later in life; in fact, cats that eat only canned foods from “pop-top” type cans have five times the risk of developing hyperthyroidism relative to cats who eat only dry food. Cats whose diet is 50% canned food have 3.5 times the risk of developing hyperthyroidism relative to cats that eat only dry food. It has been speculated that pop-top type aluminum cans are lined with a substance called Bisphenol-A-diglycidyl ether, which is transferred into food containing oils or fats. In areas of the world where this type of can is not used for cat food, hyperthyroidism is not a common disease.” Feline hyperthyroidism is a leading serious problem today for cats. (Even more reason to home-cook for your animals or raw-feed!)
Sue Becker is an animal communicator and consultant for animal wellness in Kitchener, Ontario. She is also a Tellington TTouch Practitioner and Bach Flower Practitioner for animals and humans. Call 519-896-2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for her newsletter, or workshop schedule. Visit: http://www.suebecker.net
Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess
by Janet Hill
Tundra Books; 2016
If you’re a cat person, the mere mention of dogs may conjure up images of simple, scruffy ruffians. But before you go and get your hackles raised, fear not – Miss Moon is here to lead the pack on raising well-mannered dogs (and their people, too). “Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess” is a beautifully illustrated picture book filled with valuable life lessons. Perhaps even a cat, or two, might learn some new tricks. Readers with a keen eye, no doubt, will be certain to spot the few cat cameos.
Based in Stratford, Ontario, author Janet Hill is also the book illustrator, and is known for her elegant and whimsical artwork which has been featured in various magazines as well as both private and corporate collections.
The story begins on an island off the coast of France, where Miss Moon began her career minding 67 dogs. Instead of running for the hills, she realized her lifelong calling was to become a dog governess. Refined dog owners everywhere will certainly agree that there is a terrible shortage as it is extremely difficult to find anyone who specializes in imparting good manners to pampered pooches – let alone someone as experienced and dedicated as Miss Moon. Now before you go barking up the wrong tree, a simple visit to your neighbourhood park will prove how sorely these services are needed. Be sure to watch where you step, and don’t be surprised to find yourself overrun with common dog walkers and their motley crew of wild, canine charges.
Easy to read and divided into 20 life lessons, Miss Moon’s terrific tips and gorgeous artwork will have you grinning like a Cheshire cat. Lesson Eighteen, for example, will appeal to eco-warriors and homesteaders alike – “Nurture the environment and you’ll never be hungry.” A delightful tale for young and old.
Reviewed by Suzanne Hartmann