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Terrific Report from the Vet!Views: 1110
May 02, 2008 1:46 amTerrific Report from the Vet!#

Pamela Akkerman
I am so excited after getting the test results from the holistic vet today. Some history about my Daisy....

Daisy was diagnosed with diabeties about 2 years ago. We fed her very expensive commercial dog food until this past July. Then I started to learn about homemade dog food and what is good for her and her condition. While on the commercial dog food, she had diarrhea off and on, plus she didn't feel good about once per month for 3 days.

I started cooking her meals along with ours and I noticed she stopped having diarrhea. She didn't gain weight, which was a concern after reading some articles. She seemed to have more energy but I wasn't sure what her blood sugar was doing. All of her blood tests were coming back ok but not great. I read about the whole food method and started to follow the instructions.

Yesterday, we went to a holistic vet. in order to have him look at my recipes and make sure I was using the whole food method with insulin, as I should be. He was very good and I learned a lot but I think he was concerned that I was using too much starch/carbs in her diet.

Today, he called me with the test results and he was very pleased. He told me not to change anything because she was doing fantastic and her blood sugar levels for the past 2 weeks were exactly where they are to be for optimized levels. I decided that I would removed most of the extra carbs in her diet and see what her test results will be in about 8 weeks.

I am working on developing the dog treats for my company, for low-fat, low carbs and using oat flour so that diabetic dogs can enjoy them.

Thanks for listening to my terrific news!

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May 03, 2008 5:06 pmre: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Shannon Hill

I have a special needs dog of my own - different problem, though. He has seizures. I don't cook for him, but he gets a specially prescribed commercial diet, plus Juice Plus supplement for dogs, plus (and this is the important one) L-Carnitine amino acid supplemnts.

Much to my amazement, most of his symptoms can be accounted for by his body not producing enough L-Carnitine. Since I've put him on the supplement, no seizures for three weeks now! Plus, his energy level has gone up tremendously.

That was a new one for me...

Private Reply to Shannon Hill

May 04, 2008 5:10 pmre: re: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Well ladies, great news for both of you! Excellent and congratulations--your pups will watch over you for your lifetime.




Private Reply to Kristin

May 04, 2008 5:28 pmre: re: re: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Shannon Hill
Hey Kristin! How's the dog situation in your house?

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May 04, 2008 6:12 pmre: re: re: re: Terrific Report from the Vet!#


I'm a foster mom right now for a lovely 5 year old pup while her Daddy is in Iraq. She would not do well with another dog but she is sweet. Doesn't have the soul and temperment that my big baby boy (Golden Retriever) had but he was my once in a lifetime dog...I miss him SOOOO much every day!

My foster gal would never be able to do therapy work--much too hyper and doesn't listen well. Apparently she hasn't had rules before so there is some destructive behavior. I know she's missing her Daddy and we are working on her negative traits.

Spooner never destroyed a thing--nothing. Still had his first stuffed animals that he got as a puppy. Carried them everywhere but there's not a mark on them.

Lady, on the other hand, thinks it's her mission to seek and destroy...I think she must be a republican.



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May 05, 2008 12:39 amre: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Ann Rader
Hi Pam, that's terrific news and I know how you feel because I have a diabetic cat and he's doing fabuously just like your doggie is. Actually, many days he doesn't even need insulin. I do home testing and never give him insulin without knowing what his blood sugar reading is.
Anyway, congrats! Best, Ann

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May 05, 2008 3:45 pmre: re: re: re: re: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Shannon Hill
What a wonderful thing you're doing, Kristin. And maybe by the time her daddy comes back from Iraq, you'll be ready for a permanent pet of your own. My oldest girl has been gone for 3 and a half months, and it's still awful. But having my other two little dogs does help a lot.

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May 06, 2008 11:20 pmre: re: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Sharon@Dove Chocolate Discoveries Sr. Chocolatier
Shannon where do you get those supplements?

Private Reply to Sharon@Dove Chocolate Discoveries Sr. Chocolatier

May 07, 2008 1:22 amre: re: re: Terrific Report from the Vet!#

Shannon Hill
My vet sells me the canine Juice Plus, and the L-Carnitine comes from the GNC health food. But with the L-Carnitine, be sure it's regular L-C, not acetyl L-C or some such. You can also get the L-C from veterinary pharmacies. I get it as a cherry flavored liquid.

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