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Special Presentation July 31

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‘Paws, Claws, & Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling’

Healthy Pet Products is excited to present, “Paws, Claws, and Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling.” This full day event will feature industry experts who will be discussing the importance of what and how we feed our pets, what it means to be your pet’s advocate, and how to navigate through pet food ingredients. We will explore the benefits of holistic healing, the science behind food as medicine, how pet foods are prepared, and why we must continue as their advocates!

Our all-star lineup features local and national experts in the fields of holistic veterinary medicine, food science, industry regulations, and consumer advocacy:

Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic
Roxanne Stone of Answers Pet Food
Billy Hoekman of Answers Pet Food
Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food
Marty Hudak Roos of Nature’s Variety Pet Food

Where: The Dog Stop
2530 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Why: We love

Tickets:
$75.00 VIP seating
$50.00 General Admission
To register, visit http://www.wpahumane.com/events

We are proud to partner with our friends at the Dog Stop for this fundraising event to support the efforts of the Western PA Humane Society.

*VIP ticket guests will be invited to a special coffee hour with some of our guest speakers, priority seating, and individual gift bags.

Lunch to be provided.

Acupuncture Can Work Miracles!

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Stoney was 14 years old when he was carried into my office by his owners. His rear legs had been paralyzed for seven weeks and conventional treatments had not helped. X-rays revealed severe arthritis of his spine but that alone did not explain his condition. Possible causes for his neurologic deficit included a spinal tumor, a ruptured disc, or even a blood clot to the spinal cord. An MRI or myelogram was needed to be sure of what the problem was, but his owners did not think it was in his best interest to put Stoney through those testes. Acupuncture was his last chance.

An aged pet with long standing rear leg paralysis does not warrant a rosy outlook and I was not optimistic about the ability of acupuncture to help him. After hearing about the acupuncture process and the poor prognosis, Stoney’s owners decided that they wanted to give him every chance they could and we proceeded with the treatment with hope in our hearts.

Stoney came to my office for weekly treatments; right on schedule. When his owners carried him in for his eighth session, I told them that I was seeing no improvement and suggested it was time to admit defeat. On the contrary, his owners were encouraged by the fact that he had begun to wag his tail so the treatments continued. You could have picked my jaw off the floor when Stoney walked into my office two treatments later.

We were able to taper his treatments to every three to four weeks and maintain Stoney’s mobility. He enjoyed another three years with his owners until his body finally gave out and we put him to sleep at the age of 17.

Have you experienced any miracles?

The Body’s Wisdom is Smarter than Nutritionists

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Nutritional reductionists believe that they can formulate complete and balanced diets for dogs and cats. They create pet foods from ingredients that the ancestors of our dogs and cats did not have access to. The conditions under which the animal body was finely tuned over millions of years can give us insight into what is needed for its optimal functioning. Nutrition is far too complicated for people to figure out how to bypass Mother Nature.

Most people do not realize that there is very little correlation between the amount of a nutrient consumed and the amount that actually reaches the cells of the body (its bioavailability). The proportion of a nutrient that is digested, absorbed, and delivered to various tissues, in part, depends on the body’s need for that nutrient at that moment in time.

For example, the proportion of beta-carotene ingested that is actually converted to its active form (vitamin A) can vary by 8 fold in the same individual. The proportion converted also decreases with increasing doses, keeping the absolute amounts that are absorbed about the same. Calcium bioavailability can vary by 2 fold and iron bioavailability can vary by 19 fold! We can never know exactly how much of a nutrient to feed since we cannot predict how much will be utilized.

Furthermore, there are complex interactions between the individual nutrients in food. For instance, calcium decreases iron bioavailability by as much as 400%, while beta-carotene increases iron bioavailability by as much as 300%. If we compare a high calcium, low beta-carotene diet with a low calcium, high beta-carotene diet we could see a 1200% difference in iron absorption. Such interactions are common between all of the hundreds of nutrients found in foods. To complicate things further, nutrients not only affect each others absorption but they also influence each others affect on various systems on the body.

For the reductionist nutritionist, nutrition is hopeless. Even the smartest veterinary nutritionist armed with the most powerful super-computer cannot figure it out. Luckily, the wisdom of the body can handle the nutrition puzzle with no problem – assuming the body is provided with the raw materials it evolved consuming.

The best way to ensure that a pet is getting optimal nutrition is to mimic its ancestral diet as closely as possible. That’s why I recommend balanced raw diets for pets.