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Tip #2: Prescription Dog Food

This is an excellent article about Prescription Dog Food, and what you are really paying for. (Hint...it doesn't contain any ingredients that require an official prescription.) It's called "Why do you really need a prescription for your dog’s food? … just follow the money! "


Tip # 1: The Water "Bar"

After many years of observations and trials, I believe the animals are much more in tune to what their bodies need, than we are. They don't get bombarded by advertising. Given choices, over time, they will chose that which is (energetically) needed or correct for their situation. They "listen" to what their body says it needs, and then choose accordingly. It is by "listening" or noticing these actions or choices, that we gain a great deal of insight into how our pets are feeling, when things change, and ultimately why they change. The first step is to notice the change(s) or differences. The second step it to act upon that knowledge. Sometimes we get there by chance.

A Real Case-Peter:
Many years ago, I noticed that Peter, my little golden/border collie, seemed to prefer drinking from the bucket of water I kept outside in the back yard, which collected rain water all the time, rather than drinking from his water bowl in the house. I thought the tap water would be better because it was cleaner and healthier (I know better, now).

As I gained more knowledge about the differences in water, its sources, additives, and what they do, I began to realize Peter was making choices for better health. Only he did it on the basis of some other system rather than intellectual learning or advertising. He had not read the reports, didn't engage in laboratory testing of the water and had not called anyone about it. Somehow, he just sensed that rain water was better for him.

As Peter got older, and as I learned more about different foods and water, I decided to give him even more choices, since he clearly had ideas on what he could or could not eat. So I started putting down even more kinds of drinking water. Soon he had a "water bar" of choices, including filtered, rain, artesian, Smart (electrolytes) and spring water. Some had a high PH value, some more minerals, etc. He would stand over each bowl, carefully "scanning" each one, usually choosing to drink mostly Smart water, but also including a few laps from several of the other bowls.

Over time, I learned to listen and trust Peter's choices, since he seemed to know what he was doing. I read, studied, and did consults with veterinarians who were very knowledgeable about diets and foods. When he finally departed, at the age of 15 and a half, his full panel blood work showed only one value out of range, and that by only three points. Pretty impressive!

There are many stories of these great teachers in our lives. If we can learn to listen to what they "tell" us, we can greatly enhance the quality and length of their lives, which translates into a higher quality relationship (more fun, greater cooperation, fewer medical bills), and practical things like less shedding, stronger immune systems (less often sick) and better behavior.

Try it yourself...
Set up several dishes, and put a different type of water in each one. Observe which one(s) your dog drinks. I know of several dogs that stopped eating rocks and dirt, when given Spring Water (trace minerals) to drink.

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