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Monthly Newsletter | September 2020
Hello All Pet Family!

Hello, All Pet family and friends! We hope you are enjoying the cooler weather.

This month we have a recipe for making your own dehydrated meat treats for both cats and dogs, that they are both sure to love.

Since September is Happy Healthy Cat Month, Pablo dedicated his Pablo’s Pick to his cat housemate, Ellie. He tells us about one of their favorite cat and dog treat lines.

Our Furry Fact Focus is on solving your pet’s allergy issues with some easy diet changes. Rae gives you some quick tips. Her October blog, coming out October 1st, will dig deeper into the topic. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to fix minor allergy issues in your pets.

And like every month, we welcome our new friends to the family and celebrate our September birthdays.

We wish you a Happy Fall, Y’all!

-Maureen and your All Pet and Home Care family

Furry Fact Focus:
Fix Those Allergies Naturally!

There is no other question I am asked more frequently than how to fix a pet’s allergies. And I am here to tell you it is possible to do with nutrition. It takes trust, patience and commitment early on. You have to believe in some unorthodox information. Some of which contradicts everything vets have been taught and have been practicing. I began this journey with my own pets. I have seen miraculous improvements in their health and overall quality of life. So much so that I dedicated my career to helping teach their owners what I’ve learned so their pets can thrive.

Our first line of attack is a diet change. Contrary to popular belief, this is not always a switch to grain-free food. (Unless we are talking about cats. Their diet should ALWAYS be grain-free.) We usually start with a change to a protein your pet has not been exposed to before. And we tend to go to a cooling protein first, such as pork, whitefish, duck, turkey or rabbit.

Secondly, we always couple a food transition with raw, fermented goat’s milk or cow’s milk kefir. This will help alleviate any potential stomach upset while changing foods. Most importantly, the milk will help flush the toxins from your pet’s system, while providing anti-histamine properties to control the itching. Kefir and goat’s milk are also natural yeast killers. For pets with hot spots or red areas from scratching, put room temperature goat’s milk on the affected areas once or twice daily. If they chew their paws, be sure to saturate their paws in it. If their ears smell like corn chips, rub milk in them with a cotton ball. It will bring instant relief and begin the healing process. Trust me, it works! And your dog will not smell like sour milk, I assure you.

Additionally, when beginning this limited ingredient diet process, it is imperative that all treats be the same protein. I recommend freeze-dried treats. They are as limited ingredient as it gets. NO MORE mailman or bank Milk Bones! The smallest treat like that can negate everything else you are doing.

And here is where patience comes in. Typically it only takes a dog a week to transition to a new food. But it could take one to three months to finally alleviate the allergies altogether. It is based on a number of factors, such as breed, allergy severity, environment, stress. Sometimes it is food related, coupled with other issues. But the majority of pets get the permanent relief they deserve. And most get the added bonus of food they enjoy eating!

If you would like to learn more about solving allergy issues the natural way, please read my blog coming out October 1st.


Pablo's Pick
Vital Essentials Treats

This month is Happy Healthy Cat Month. So Pablo was kind enough to dedicate his pick to his feline house mate, Ellie.

He is qualified to make this recommendation, as he and his fellow canine pack mates, Bubba and Bunni, love the Vital Essentials dog line.

Vital Essentials makes a full line of raw food and treats for cats and dogs. They have an extensive freeze-dried treat line. Freeze-dried treats are an effortless way to add whole food, raw nutrition to your pets’ diets. Most of their treats are appropriate for both cats and dogs. We love the convenience of shared treats. Ellie the cat LOVES the freeze-dried minnows. So do the dogs, Pablo is reminding me, but we are letting the cats have their moment, here, Pablo!

Freeze-dried treats are nutritious and have fewer calories than baked treats. They only contain one ingredient, making them a perfect grain-free option. Limited ingredient treats are essential for pets with severe allergies that are on strict limited ingredient diets.

Cats have no use for grains, which is why Ellie loves Vital Essential treats. They also help keep her “kittish” figure!

And from a zero-waste perspective, we appreciate that no part of an animal ever goes to waste. And so do our pets. What I’ve learned, is the weirder the treat is to us, the more they love it! Tracheas are a favorite with my pack.  And I am sure a few of you are aware of bully sticks!

To hear more about why raw treats are a healthy option for your cat, visit our YouTube channel, Poop Bags and Litter Boxes. Our friend Ann shares her knowledge on making your cat happier and healthier. Ann owns The Holistic Pet Nutrition Center in Harmony and is our partner in The Rollaway Dog Café. She is a wealth of knowledge and we always appreciate her sharing it with us.

Treat Recipe:
Meaty Strips for Cats and Dogs

I buy my meat from local butchers so that I have better control over where it is sourced. I expect the same for my pets. Properly sourced meat is vital to both human and pet health and safety. Chicken sensitivity in pets is common. Much of this is contributed to where the chicken is sourced. How the cattle, hogs and poultry are housed and cared for, and what they are fed directly affects our health and our pets’ health. A while back there was a huge recall on dehydrated chicken strips- a favorite treat for dogs. People, including me, are still skeptical of these treats.

Here is a way to offer them safely. Make them yourself! It is simple. This recipe can be used for chicken, turkey, pork or beef. You may also use liver, but be aware that it is very rich and can cause stomach issues in some pets. Only give liver in small quantities.

If you do not have a dehydrator, you may use your oven. Here are the instructions for making these in an oven, set at 200 degrees.

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Cut the meat into strips 1/8” to ¼” wide. Cut with the grain to make treats chewier and last longer when you give them to your pet.
  • Sprinkle with garlic powder. (Garlic is perfectly safe when given in normal amounts) Grease cookie sheet with olive or coconut oil, then place the strips on the sheet, making sure they do not touch.
  • Bake for 2 hours or so. They are finished when they are firm and dry to the touch.
  • Cool and cut into desired sizes. Store cooled treats in the freezer or refrigerator. I like freezing them so they last longer when chewing. They also perform as a tooth cleaner.

Happy Birthday!
Here Are Our September Birthday Pets!

  • Daisy H
  • Emma R
  • Blaze D
  • Gypsy D
  • Lucy and Sheamus D
  • Oliver N
  • Remy M
  • Lulu T
  • Gus C
  • Crosby B

*If you do not see your pet’s name and would like them included please contact us so we may update our birthday information.

New Pet Welcomes!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members of the All Pet and Home Care family. We are thrilled to introduce you to so many new friends! 
  • Clifford and Oscar W
  • Olive S
  • Bella and Mocha F
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