Author Archives: Helen

Valentine Love Poem to Our Fur Kids

Posted on: February 7th, 2019 by Helen

I lost my little soul dog a few years ago now and sitting in a cafe one day this little poem flew in through the door and landed on my page. It was published in the Melbourne Writers Anthology called “The Ties That Bind” a collection of family writings and there is no doubt that dogs too are family.

 

Recipe: Breakfast Muesli for Dogs (and their humans too :o)

Posted on: February 7th, 2019 by Helen

An easy fast and very simple way to have breakfast for the fur kids – our dogs – ready to go in the morning. Although the core part is important for getting the result, this recipe is a guide, you can adapt it to your dog’s taste preferences.

Sweet or Savoury?

Some dogs like sweeter things, more fruit for instance and some will prefer meat and yes you can add meat to this, sweet and savoury together are a human thing we avoid, dogs really don’t mind.

Dogs, unlike cats, do have a sweet tooth, not as much as humans, but they have a taste for it. I had a Weimaraner who would pick her own blackberries off the bush (and sometimes get caught by the thorns!)

Fussy eaters might be helped too with some Wellbeing Essentials sprinkled on top, it is like a “doggie dukkha” that makes everything delicious.

Recipe: Breakfast Muesli for Dogs (and their humans too :o)

Core component – Evening before:

  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk or milk substitute
  • 2 dessertspoons plain yogurt
  • (1 dessertspoon honey – optional)

Mix well and leave overnight. In the morning the mix will have thickened and have the oats have fermented and softened.

Before serving – add any variety of the following

  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 small apple – grated or chopped
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (if in a hurry raw egg can be used)
  • Any leftover vegetables :o)
  • Fry some mince to sprinkle on top for the meat eaters
  • Wellbeing Essentials is a tasty addition too (for the fur kids)

Ready to eat – add your toppings

You can make up a double batch at a time, will keep a few days in the fridge and it freezes well.

Freeze in portions but don’t keep it for long as the banana keeps breaking down into a syrup.

Remember this meal is not designed to be a balanced nor complete meal but fed as part of the variety of foods that make up a whole diet.

Yes, I do have this for breakfast sometimes too, I add more berries, nuts and more yogurt. It is delicious and gets you through the day!

Can My Dog Eat Potato Pasta and Rice?

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by Helen

Yes! Not only are potato pasta and rice excellent sources of energy for your dog, read on to find out how to turn them into super food for your dog’s long term health. It is easy!


Importance of Gut Health and the Microbiota:

The gut and its microbiota are all the rage currently, although we have known the benefit of fibre for some time, we are starting to see just how important fibre is, not only for a healthy colon, digestion, good poop, microbiota affects everything from cancer and our immune system to our moods. And this applies equally to your dog as it does to you. Wellbeing Essentials Complete 22 has gut health at its core with prebiotics, inulin, lignans to name a few of the ingredients.

different types of raw pasta on a tablecloth

Resistant Starch:

While it is still early in our understanding of the complexity of the gut and the bacteria that we and our dogs are made from, recently you may have heard about ‘resistant starches’.

This gets very complicated very quickly so in the interests of brevity and sanity (mine)…one of the easiest ways to have resistant starch in the diet is with potato, pasta or rice:

When cooked and cooledpotato, rice and pasta become 50% resistant starch. This means half the starch is not digested in the small intestine and is sent off to the colon (bowel) for a work over. The bacteria there love it and thrive. These bacteria then create butyrate which in turn creates short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and that is very good news because SCFA are anti-inflammatory and not just in the bowel.

Short Chain Fatty Acids:

We are just starting to understand SCFA;

  • they contribute to good colon health
  • good motility (which means moving through the bowel)
  • repair the mucous lining
  • are anti-inflammatory

Let’s be honest – good poop is priceless. We all want to pick up a good poop, (not sure on that expression – picking up poop is an occupational hazard and necessity if you have the love of a dog- kinda goes with it). If your dog has intermittent Irritable Bowel or diarrhoea, building SCFAs through resistant starches would seem like a good idea. Ditto for constipation.

Immune System:

Of greater consequence (or perhaps not if you are cleaning up after a dog with IBS) is that new understanding on SCFA is their benefit to the rest of the body. It appears that some SCFAs travel in the blood stream and are positively affecting the immune system, blood lipids & cholesterol, certainly colon cancer but affecting T-cells and even moods.  It appears that SCFA may be the key between diet, gut microbiome and health and for the more academic.

Chicken and Rice Dinner

We are at the tip of the iceberg in what these hungry bacteria do for us and for our dogs. For instance we haven’t really known why chicken rice dinners help settle dogs digestion but it is the go to recommendation for many vets and for many of us too. Now we know it is the SCFA doing all the heavy lifting, the cooked and cooled rice is making the difference because resistant starch settles the colon. Simple. (Chicken & Rice is NOT a healthy long term diet for your dog)

It is very early days in understanding the complexity of our gut and that of our favourite companions, but the little we do know points back to old wisdom, eat real food, and don’t waste it (don’t throw it out). Of course be mindful of food safety, don’t leave these out of the fridge, they need to be kept cool because nasty bacteria also love warmish rice…

Never miss a health tip for your dog!

 

Christmas Dinner for Your Dog

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by Helen

The Internet is full of “don’t kill your dog this Christmas” – ‘click bait’ filling us with fear. Apart from the obvious, don’t eat Santa or the presents under the tree, or the tree for that matter, the normal cautions apply.

Avoid the pudding

Puddings and cakes contain sultanas and raisins, it’s rare but toxicity happens and if in doubt download our e-book– pages 8-9 are a handy summary. And of course often these cakes and puddings have alcohol which is never good for a dog.

Share the abundance – just not too much

Sharing the abundance of Christmas is a given for me, just try to imagine what that ‘abundance’ smells like to a dog, so much wonderful food. What to do? Share it of course! And adding Wellbeing Essentials Complete 22 makes your food into everything their food needs to be.

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