Health News (Week 05 – 2013)
By Robert Redfern

Anne & I spent most of our early, married life in a farmhouse in Wales producing three wonderful children.

Along with three children we acquired an Irish Setter (Red Setter) called Rosie who also produced lots of puppies and we all had the time of our lives before Rosie passed away 17 years later. We had the help of a Vet who believed in natural health for pets (unlike many vets today who have gone the drug route). That was over 40 years ago, and now, living in yet another farmhouse in Mallorca we have another dog, Rafa, who at eighteen months is a great inspiration to walk 4-5 miles per day. Now it is our grandchildren who have the time of their lives when they come to visit.

Having a pet can be a great source of love and joy but, unfortunately, their bodies are prone to wear, tear and disease just like us. The good news is though, that in the same way as humans, pets can benefit from added nutritional supplements. Here are five key nutrients for keeping Rafa in great shape.

Rafa and me at dinner on the Beach

1 Serrapeptase

Serrapeptase is a powerful enzyme that is naturally produced. The way it works is that it acts like an internal ‘spring clean’ for your pet’s body, cleaning out all the unwanted debris, dead cells and waste products. This can really help arthritic and joint problems that can be common for aging dogs, horses and cats.

So far vets have been giving the supplement SerraPet serrapeptase to dogs, all severely affected with arthritis and all in a great degree of pain.

Being a dietary supplement rather than a drug means a possible breakthrough for non-drug animal arthritis sufferers.

Serrapeptase is a nutritional enzyme supplement that isn’t found in your pets everyday diet.

It offers the same benefits to animals as it does to humans:

it can help support (without any side effects):>

  • Healthier Lungs, Sinus & Mucus problem
  • Healthier Joints & Tendons
  • Inflammation (after Surgery, Injury)
  • Relief from Swelling & Trauma
  • Scar Tissue, Cysts, Mastitis
  • + MUCH more

This is some feedback I recently received via facebook for a St. Bernard dog:

2 Probiotics

In the same way as with human beings, the role of the gut is vital for the health and well-being of your pet. The gut is where food is digested and nutrients are absorbed and transported to the body for utilisation. It’s definitely an area you want to keep healthy in your pet.

A delicate balance exists in the gut between good bacteria and bad bacteria. When this balance is upset it can lead to a range of health concerns including digestive issues and a lowered immune system. The balance can be disrupted by environmental, dietary factors and antibiotic use. Correcting the problem is easy with a good probiotic. A probiotic provides a large dose of good bacteria that can be utilised by the gut to replenish the natural mircoflora needed to function properly.

A trial has proven just how benefical a good probiotic is as treatment for canine diarrhea, if your animal has diarrhea make sure you give it a probiotic supplement.

3 Digestive Enzymes

Another crucial part of digestion is the ability to break down the food your pet eats. Modern pet diets are normally processed and very different to the natural diets our animals are supposed to eat and often lack the natural enzymes that our pets need. Dry food, cooked food or overly processed food may cause a digestive enzyme deficiency in your pet. Some other clues your pet may be lacking in digestive enzymes could be if they have any of these symptoms:

  • Acid reflux
  • Belching and gas
  • Vomiting undigested food (four or five hours after eating)
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain, cramping and gurgling
  • Foul-smelling stools
  • Undigested food in your pet’s stool

The addition of digestive enzymes will allow your pets to process food more efficiently, and give them the extra support they need to not just survive, but thrive!

4 Curcumin

Curcumin, the principle active component in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent that shows promise in the prevention and treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in humans, among other conditions. For pets the anti-inflammatory properties are great for reducing arthritis, growths, associated joint pain and Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, a degeneration of the brain and the nervous system in dogs.

5 Silver

Silver can be described as nature’s antibiotic. It can be used against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It is claimed to be effective against more than 650 disease-causing organisms including ringworm, mange, salmonella, E coli, Candida Albicans and other yeast infections. Silver has many internal benefits but it can also be used externally to help with the recovery of cuts, abrasions or infections. Use the Gel topically and/or the Spray in your pets drinking water.

We give Rafa these five basic nutritional supplements to enjoy more health and vitality

1 SerraPet™ is a nutritional Serrapeptase enzyme supplement for pets. This is in a tablet form so we give Rafa this as a ‘treat’, and away from food (empty stomach) 2 Essential Digestive Plus™, as well as containing 9 Essential Digestive Enzymes contains FrutaFit inulin™, to help digestion, 3 Prescript-Assist™, contains 29 strains and is a soil based probiotic for gastrointestinal support, 4 CurcuminX4000™ is 23x more absorbable than ordinary Curcumin and 5 Hydrosol™ SilverGels / Sprays. Apart from SerraPet (and the Silver Gel) all the other products can be mixed in with food.

All of these products are completely safe to use on all pets and animals and are already being used by many vets. If you have any questions about the health of your pet and how these products may be able to help click Contact Me at the top. Here your question will come to me directly and I will answer in the strictest of confidence

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