Pets Are People Too!

Happy Spring! I am excited to devote this newsletter issue to pets. This past Thursday we had a wonderful guest speaker for our Open House. Sue Howell, DVM, CVFT, CVA of Thrive Wholistic Veterinary Care in Thiensville. Sue has a certification in Food Therapy and Acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine and receives ongoing training in Nutrition Response Testing.

Sue gave an excellent presentation on wholistic care for pets explaining the power of whole foods, holistic nutrition, and food energetics, concentrating on cats and dogs. Just like humans, our pets are facing the same increasing rates of disease from eating highly processed food – not what they were designed to eat. For my top three takeaways from the talk, see below.

I remember a couple of years ago I was astounded when I read that 70% of household pets are on at least one medication!! So, if you have a sick pet or want to improve the health of your pet, I strongly suggest you give Dr. Sue a call. Her information is below:

Sue Howell, DVM, CVFT, CVA

Thrive Wholistic Veterinary Care



To continue the pet theme, there is a very powerful documentary that will be available for free viewing called The Truth About Pet Cancer. It looks to be very interesting and eye opening. To view the trailer and sign up click here:

You can also get a free e-book Pet Health Secrets from the producers of the documentary by clicking here:


The Three Most Important Pet Food Facts I Learned

First, while most mammals such as humans have amylase in their saliva cats and dogs do not. This is highly significant and helps to explain even further why our pets have become so sick from their highly processed and high carbohydrate foods. Amylase is an enzyme to digest carbohydrates. This means that in cats and dogs carbohydrates are not digested at all until they reach the small intestines. With a higher than natural amount of carbohydrates in their diets, this is likely interfering with their digestion and contributing to the development of diseases as they are not able to efficiently digest, process, and utilize a high amount of carbohydrates.

Second, variety is very important. While the main stream veterinary medicine tells you that feeding your pet the same food is good for your pet, otherwise they will have digestive issues, the exact opposite is actually true. Because they are eating the same food they lose some of the ability to digest a variety of foods, thus resulting in the digestive problems. A variety of foods also ensures that they get all the nutrients they need from a variety of sources.

Third, the nutritional diets designed for pets and described on pet food labels are based on the minimum of specific nutrients they need. This is similar in that the daily recommended nutrient for humans is actually the minimum amount of a specific vitamin or mineral you will not get a specific disease associated with a vitamin deficiency. These are not recommendations for vital health. As we all know, the minimum is not the optimal!


Remember: You Were Designed to Feel Good!!

My focus remains on humans, and here is a recent quote from a happy client:

“I am amazed at how good I feel and how quickly I felt better after seeing you and getting sincerely on board with my health.  With your expertise and my desire I am seeing a huge improvement in my health and am excited to see where I will be in a month (my next appointment).  I am energized and enthusiastic to continue my progress and am thankful for your guidance and knowledge.” C.K.