Raw Diet

10 Reasons To Try A Raw Diet

Raw Diet

Our pets are part of our family. We love them and want the best for them. With recent concerns about fillers, preservatives, and other unknown and dangerous additives in pet food, many owners are looking for a new way to ensure they are doing what is best for their pet.

One of the best ways is nature’s way—a raw diet. A more natural diet that mirrors the way animals track and hunt prey in the wild and eat it, raw. Animals in the wild eat all of the animal they hunt: muscle meat, tendons, organs, and bones. They also eat vegetables and fruits, and they eat it all fresh, preserving the natural vitamins, proteins, minerals, and nutrients contained in it. No grains, corn, flour, and other fillers usually found in your standard pet food.

Health Issues That Justify Switching To A Raw Diet

  1. Unhealthy Teeth & Gums– Biting and tearing of raw meat and bones promotes oral health. Teeth and gums benefit from the natural brushing and flossing from eating a raw diet. A starch-laden kibble or canned mushy pet food doesn’t offer the same abrasion and can even promote plaque and tartar.
  2. Bad Breath – An unhealthy diet of processed meat and fillers can result in bad breath for your pet due to unhealthy teeth and gums. With better overall oral health comes fresher breath.
  3. Digestion Issues – Your pet’s digestive system is designed to process the raw meat and organs of other animals along with fresh fruits and vegetables. When we replace those with fillers and artificial ingredients, we are disrupting their natural digestive process. The nutrients and vitamins that are easily digested from naturally-sourced raw diet just aren’t there.
  4. Many Large Poos – Commercial pet foods contain a lot of fillers which are difficult for a pet’s digestive system to break down, resulting in larger amounts of and more foul-smelling waste. Pets that eat a raw diet experience smaller poop with very little odor as their body uses most of the nutrients it eats. The waste also quickly crumbles to ash as it is biodegradable.
  5. Dull Coat – When your pet is eating a diet of fillers and processed foods, you can see it reflected in their fur. Once your pet has been on a raw food diet, you will notice their coat starts to feel cleaner and softer and look shinier. Another added benefit is they will even stink less.
  6. Excessive Shedding – A pet who isn’t getting the adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in its diet will have a dull coat and shed more frequently.
  7. Weight Gain – Just like in humans, obesity in our pets is on the rise. And considering all of the unnecessary fillers in pet food, it’s not surprising pets raised on or switched to a raw diet rarely are overweight. This is because they are getting exactly what their body needs without any of the ‘extras’ that cause weight gain.
  8. Low Energy Levels – The more energy your pet gets from their food, the better they will feel. With a raw diet, your pet gets more of what they need to feel healthy.
  9. Behavior Challenges – Just like humans, when we don’t eat well, we generally don’t feel well—physically and mentally. A raw diet is a pure diet, without any additives or fillers. Your pet is getting what is naturally meant for them to eat. Oftentimes eating raw bones is actually helping them relax.
  10. Overall Poor Health – Many ailments are caused by poor nutrition including:
    1. Seasonal allergies
    2. Food allergies
    3. Digestive upset and colitis
    4. Cat hairball issues
    5. Idiopathic Vestibular Disease(IVD)
    6. Bladder crystals
    7. Skin and fur disorders

Are you ready to make the switch to raw? Call The Pet Beastro at (248) 548-3448 to schedule a Nutrition Consult with one of our Pet Nutrition Specialists and we will offer suggestions that are perfect for your pet’s breed, age, and basic health conditions.

*By Dr. Jill Tack at The Pet Beastro.  www.thepetbeastro.com

Why Can’t Fido Have Chocolate?

Why is Chocolate Poisonous for Your Dog?


Chocolate – is there anything better on the planet? It’s such a powerful force that kids will inhale the broccoli on their dinner plate so that they can prepare for dessert. Your dog loves chocolate too. After all, a pile of rocks is a delicacy for many breeds. We love our pets and will do anything to make them happy. Unfortunately, chocolate isn’t something we can share with them. Why is this?


What makes chocolate poisonous?


Per Petmd, chocolate is toxic for dogs because it contains theobromine; a chemical similar to caffeine. In large amounts, theobromine can be toxic for humans and dogs. However, toxicity is extremely rare in humans unless large amounts of chocolate are consumed. Unfortunately, dogs metabolize theobromine much more slowly than we do. This is the reason a relatively small amount of chocolate can be very bad for our furry friends.


chocolateAre all chocolates the same?


Different types of chocolate have varying amounts of theobromine in them. Generally, the more cocoa solids contained in a product, the more toxin present. The mg of theobromine present in different chocolates are:

  • Cooking or baking chocolate (dark) – 16 mg per gram
  • Dark chocolate – 5.5 mg per gram
  • Milk chocolate – 2.4 mg per gram
  • White chocolate – 0.01 mg per gram

While all chocolate is dangerous for dogs, the above information indicates that smaller amounts of dark chocolate are required for a severe reaction relative to lighter chocolates (less cocoa).


What should you do if your dog eats chocolate?


Signs of chocolate toxicity usually appear relatively quickly, usually within 2-4 hours. Some of the signs and symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Panting
  • Uncoordinated movement

chocolate-dessertsIf you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, call your vet immediately. The treatment will depend on the amount of chocolate consumed and symptoms present. Fortunately, the prognosis is favorable when the problem is addressed quickly. Often times a few spoonfuls of hydrogen peroxide will cause your baby to cough up (literally) all that unwanted chocolate.


Our pets tend to be spoiled. They get endless love and affection, as many toys as they can break, and a new outfit monthly. Unfortunately, one item we can’t spoil them with is chocolate. If your pup does manage to get ahold of some, all hope is not lost. A quick call to your veterinarian will provide the treatment they need. There is no doubt, chocolate is one of the world’s wonders – just not for our pets.


Diabetic Neuropathy in Pets

With diabetes becoming ever more common in our furry friends, it’s no wonder that we are seeing an increasing number of animals with more severe complications from this condition. What I’d like to discuss today is diabetic neuropathy.

diabetic neuropathy

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes, usually in the long-term.


What are the symptoms?

“Neuropathy” literally translates to pathology of the nerves or nervous system. Diabetic neuropathy involves a staggering gait and severe difficulty walking. The animal will fall and tumble, often times unable to steady himself. Potty-ing can become an issue as well as they can fall backward into their business or into the litter box. Aside from the normal complications of diabetes, the high blood glucose levels will start to attack the organs as well.


diabetic catWhat can be done for diabetic neuropathy?

Recently we’ve had a great deal of success introducing chiropractic to animals dealing with diabetic neuropathy. Through nutritional changes and addressing the nervous system, both the neuropathy and the diabetes can be addressed. What once was such a damning diagnosis now has significant hope attached. When the nutritional component is addressed, the blood glucose levels often become regulated. As this occurs, the body is able to stabilize metabolically and maintain some sense of homeostasis. As the body no longer needs to focus such attention and energy on homeostasis, it is able to normalize.


Though neuropathy can be a very scary diagnosis, it is absolutely manageable going an alternative route. Quality of life can be improved as can overall health. Questions about your pet with diabetic neuropathy, neuropathy, or diabetes? Feel free to contact us for more information of what chiropractic can do for your fur baby!

The Pro-Arthritis Inflammatory Diet

Carbohydrates are known in the human and animal world to be pro-inflammatory.  Since this is the case, why would our pets’ specialized arthritis diet be filled with them?  Excessive carbohydrate intake leads to increased inflammation in the body. Inflammation combined with abnormal pressure on a joint contributes to arthritis.  So, why are we giving more carbs to our pets that are already suffering with arthritis?


puppy arthritisWhat to Feed and Supplementation for Arthritis

Unfortunately, too many of our pets are not fed a species appropriate diet.  The best solution for a pet with arthritis would be a diet that features a higher amount of protein and a lower percentage of carbohydrates.  These diets range from a high quality kibble (although kibble is inherently higher in carbohydrates due to how it’s processed) on one end of the spectrum and include raw food at the other end of the gamut.  Raw is rapidly growing among pet owners in recent years.

In addition, supplementing with Omega-3 rich oils can be beneficial because of their anti inflammatory properties that help lubricate joints.  You can easily get fish oil, krill oil, etc. from a local pet store.  Adding these to a daily routine will help improve joint health in addition to a plethora of other benefits.

Weight loss

Also, a species appropriate diet will help your pets’ joints health by keeping them at a healthy weight.  Higher carbohydrate diets in humans have been linked to obesity, chronic inflammation and more.  These same rules apply to our pets.

Unfortunately, over 50% of pets are considered obese!  Obesity leads to a whole host of issues, including excess stress on joints.  The extra weight on our pets’ joints contributes to arthritic changes.  Ideally, reducing the amount of carbohydrates by feeding a species appropriate diet would help our pets shed weight and help their joints.


puppy arthritisDevelopmental Years are Crucial

Another contributor to arthritis has to do with feeding a high carb diet during the early developmental years. An animal given too many carbohydrates tends to put on significant amount of weight in a very short amount of time.  This growth is often more than a pet’s body can handle in such a short amount of time.  Cartilage development may lag a little and the joints never develop as well as they should, leading to arthritis at an earlier age.


What else can you do?

  • Keep exercising your pet! The more your pet moves, the better those joints will feel. Movement blocks pain signals in the body coming from painful joints.
  • Massage, massage, massage! Who doesn’t love a good rub down? Make an effort to give Fifi or Fido regular massages to keep the muscles nice and loose while also moving the joints and stimulating lymphatic drainage.
  • Acupuncture is great for pain relief.
  • Chiropractic treatments are imperative for those with arthritis and just as important for those hoping to prevent the condition.  Adjustments restore normal biomechanics to a joint which helps flush away inflammation and restore normal pressure on the cartilage.
  • Supplement with Omega-3 and joint support products
  • Hydrotherapy is a great way to get your pet moving without loading the joints up with the normal stresses from gravity.


A healthy diet is necessary for  animals to thrive just like humans.  There are many benefits for eating well, especially when it comes to joint health.  Diets lower in carbohydrate content cause less inflammation, lead to less weight gain, and help during the critical developmental years.  There are many feeding options for your pet including high quality kibble, wet food, raw food and more.  If you think your pet is suffering from a pro inflammatory diet, head down to your local holistic pet food store to learn about animal nutrition.  Your pets’ joints will thank you.

People Food and Our Overweight Pets

ObesityOverweight animals are 99% of the time their humans fault. Let’s take a moment and examine why…Feeding human food to our pets. We’re all guilty of it, a little chicken here, some potato chips there, a bit of scrambled egg in the morning. What starts out as a harmless action can quickly turn into one of the most detrimental things we ever do to our animals. I know, sounds crazy, but feeding table scraps to our pets is one of the absolute worst habits to pick up.


Human food has a different caloric content than pet food. Whether you feed raw, kibble, or canned food, the actual calorie count is quite different between species. It doesn’t stop there either. Ever wonder why so many dogs are just waiting to get into the cat food? Well the calorie content is much different, and often times these foods have a much higher fat content. While our pooches foods should focus on protein, our cats have different digestive requirements. Take that a step further and think about what a bunny might eat, much more foliage and of course lots of carrots! Each creature has different biological requirements, however one thing is certain,Obesity human food is not on that list.


Firstly, humans tend to eat much less healthy than our animal counterparts. Where a horse may go binge on some sweet green grass or delicious oats, humans often don’t think twice about delving into a colossal bag of potato chips or a king size Kit-Kat. A 21-ounce steak or three burgers is a standard American meal. What a human should be eating, however, is quite different. Perhaps cutting that steak down to 4-6 ounces with a side salad and some asparagus would be the healthier choice. To put things into perspective, our 45-pound dog eats 12 ounces of his food daily. If he were to eat like the average American, he’d be consuming almost four times that amount. With numbers like that no one would be able to afford to feed his or her pets!


obesityEach time we choose to slide our pet a few table scraps, we are adding unnecessary calories to their daily intake. Rarely, if ever, is this just a once in a blue moon sort of thing. More often than not those that give people food, continuously do so. One or two pretzels to us could be a big deal to a ten-pound dog. My thoughts on all of this: If you’re going to feed them people food, at least make it healthy. A few carrots, green beans, a bit of pumpkin or apples, these are all fine and dandy. Use them as treats and teach your pet some new tricks. Sit down with some hummus and a bag of celery to share with your dog. That way, you don’t feel like the worst fur mom in the entire world when you look into your babies eyes and can just tell…he’s definitely hungry.


Let me tell you something about that look, it’s all a ploy. Your pet is NOT hungry. In fact, he’s totally fine. My advice is to look away, run out of the room, hide in the restroom, anything to get away from that droopy eyed sad face that is begging you for food. If you are anything like me, you will succumb to his wishes if you do not excuse yourself quickly. Lesson learned- next dog will be taught NOT to beg…put it on the to-do list.


obesityFor now, however, keep telling yourself that you’re doing them a favor by not feeding them something that wasn’t meant for them. And perhaps, if it’s not something you should be giving your dog, maybe it’s something you shouldn’t be having either? My rule of thumb is simple, if someone gives my dog people food, I need to know about it, so I can either exercise him more or cut an ounce or two out of his dinner. Keeping that in mind has made feeding time a whole lot easier.


Why are we so strict in my house? For one, an overweight animal is an unhealthy animal. Obesity is not a joke and there are several conditions that are secondary to this.

For example:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Joint problems
  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory distress
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes


obesityAll can be linked either directly or indirectly to weight issues. Very rarely will you find a healthy weighted animal to be sick with any of the above listed conditions. Do yourself and your pet a favor, put the treats and table scraps away. There’s always space in the fridge for leftovers for YOU to enjoy, and maybe some carrots that Fido can munch on too.

Pet Treat Options

Adding Variety to Your Treat Options

Adding Variety to Your Treat OptionsObesity – not only has this become an epidemic in humans but also in our animals. One of the biggest issues I’ve come across working with animals is simply how easy it is for them to get far too chunky. Our pets are entirely dependent on us for their nutrition, so when their weight goes up the blame usually falls on us. Now the important thing to realize is that there is always an option to help our animals get fit. Where we may seem like a lost cause doing countless hours at the gym, some simple fixes in our pets lives can make all the difference in the world. Today I’d like to discuss some alternatives to the high calorie treats that line the cookie aisle.

When welcoming a new animal into our lives, it’s quite easy to shower them with love, kisses, and cookies. While the first two are not calorie ridden, the third can cause our tiny munchkins to blow up like a balloon right under our watchful eye. First things first, take a moment and look at what you are feeding. If you are feeding the correct amount, adjusting for age, size, and metabolism of your baby, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. My own pup suffers from anxiety and some seriously high energy. The recommendations for his body weight are actually nowhere near what he needs to be fed. Because of his activity level and emotional state, my dog gets double what is recommended. On the other hand, my family’s dog was pretty chunky when he was adopted, and even his recommended daily amount was a bit too high because he isn’t the most active little dude. That being said each animal is different, and with some trial and error you can easily find a good regimen.

Adding Variety to Your Treat OptionsNow that the daily feeding is under control, let’s talk about treating your fur baby. Often I find myself treating out of habit, simply because it’s what we’ve always done. Whenever they come in from outside, do well on a walk, or even sit on command, I tended to treat. The problem is that now my dog EXPECTS a treat when he does the most menial of tasks. In fact he will offer up an entire array of tricks just in hopes of getting that glorious cookie. I take full responsibility for this habit and am working hard to get it under control. While doing so I’ve found one of the best ways to help with weight control is to substitute the standard treat with a lower calorie option. For instance, green beans, carrots, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, sweet potato and even romaine lettuce or ice cubes have been a fantastic addition to the treat regimen. Rather than constantly feeding the standard doggy treats, I have a wide array of veggie options.

Pet Treat Options

My own animals LOVE all of their new treat options, however I realize not all fur babies of the world are as receptive to change or new flavors. I’d suggest doing a walk through of the produce aisle the next time you are at the grocery store and picking out a few different vegetable options to try at home. Even adding a splash of fishy smelling herbs can make any item more enticing. The best thing any animal owner can do is to try, that way your pet isn’t reliant on a high calorie treat for every good behavior he or she offers. Of course the pet store may have some lower calorie treat options, but if your budget or your sense of smell isn’t happy with what’s out there, know you have variety!

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Homemade Bone Broth for Health

Homemade Bone Broth for Health!

Not only is she a naturopath-to-be, Erica is also a great home cook. Beyond the standards cupcakes, lasagnas, and bon-bons, Erica makes a mean bone broth. You may be wondering what on earth is a bone broth and why is it so very important for my pet. I’ll be honest, I was once in your shoes! It wasn’t until I made this very recipe and saw how my own pets (dogs AND pickiest cats alive) gobbled it on up. With how easy it is to make my own, this has become an essential part of my pets diets. They love how it tastes and it makes me happy knowing I’m boosting their health and immune system. Read more below to get the recipe and find out what some homemade bone broth can add to your pets regimen!

Why is Bone Broth Essential?

Homemade Bone Broth for HealthBy Erica Cook

There will always be something comforting about the smell of bone broth simmering on the stove as the weather dips into the single digits and we find ourselves at home, curled up with a good book with our pets in our laps. Bone broth is one of the most beneficial supplements we can add into our pets’ diets. This broth is so full of nutrients, that every animal and human should be consuming it daily. The Native South Americans once said that, “broth will cure anything,” and believed that, “good broth will resurrect the dead.” I know I couldn’t agree more.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is the stock that is created using raw bones, or bones that have been roasted. They are simmered over low heat in water and apple cider vinegar for six to 72 hours, depending on the type of bone used. This process allows the water and vinegar to extract all the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients from the bones and marrow.

Why use Bone Broth?

Bone broth is one of the most nutrient dense foods ever. This broth contains amino acids such as arginine, glutamine, glycine, and proline. These amino acids are generally made by the body, however when the immune system is low or the body is under stress, they are not produced. Glutamine alone can heal leaky gut syndrome, which is the biggest contributor to allergies in our pets and us. Here’s how to works: glutamine goes in and seals the small micro holes that are formed over time in our small intestine. These holes allow bacteria and other pathogens to pass into the bloodstream.

Because of its long cook time, bone broth helps the body absorb and use nutrients. It also helps the body be better prepared for future nutrients.

Some other benefits to bone broth include:

  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved skin and coat
  • Improved nail structure
  • Reduced joint problems
  • Reduced allergies
  • Improved digestion
  • Toxin removal
  • Remineralization of the body
  • Improved brain health
  • Liver detoxification
  • Improved digestion
  • Connective tissue repair and support
  • Improved bone structure
  • Increased energy

How to Make Bone Broth

To make bone broth, you will need either a large stock pot or a slow cooker. You will also need:

  • 4 quarts of filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Bones
  • Herbs (oregano, thyme, sage, tumeric, garlic, etc.)

Place the bones, water, and apple cider vinegar in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer in a pot or transfer to a slow cooker.

For chicken and fish, simmer the broth for 24 to 28 hours.

For beef, venison, and lamb, simmer the broth for 72 hours.

During the last eight hours of cooking, add herbs to the broth for added benefits:

  • Oregano – Helps with digestion and is an antifungal
  • Thyme – Helps boost the immune system
  • Sage – Helps with the skin, digestion, and is an antibacterial
  • Turmeric – Supports the digestive system and is an anti-inflammatory
  • Garlic – Boosts the immune system and is a wonderful antifungal and antibacterial
  • Ginger – Helps the whole digestive system, upset stomachs, and promotes healing

Don’t have time to make your own? As part of this month’s specials, we’re offering 20% off dehydrated bone broth in our store!

How to Serve Bone Broth

Bone broth can be served cold out of the fridge or warmed. Most dogs do well with a half cup to one cup daily, while cats average around a quarter to a half cup. Bone broth can be poured over your pet’s meals or served in a separate bowl. Don’t be afraid to feed the fat that has hardened on top as it is an amazing source of nutrients as well!

Humans can use the bone broth as a base for soup, stew, gravy, or warmed in a mug alone.

If you have an animal that just isn’t getting better no matter what you do, it is time to try bone broth. This one food is packed full of so many nutrients and amino acids that even the immune-boosting properties alone are worth the effort. This recipe is one of the easiest I have ever made, and also the most powerful.

Rotating Your Pet's Food

Rotating Your Pet’s Food, The Why Behind It & How To Do It!

Ever wondered if your animal is sick and tired of the same thing everyday? Whether that means kibble every meal or raw chicken, the same food can definitely get a little boring, not only to the tastebuds but also to the body. Imagine if you had to eat spaghetti for every meal, every day, for the rest of your life. To many toddlers this might be a dream, but to your average adult this would get old after about three meals. So what can you do to help keep the spice and excitement in feeding your animal? Simple. Rotating your pet’s food doesn’t have to be hard and because the options nowadays are abounding, even those pets with dietary restrictions can partake. Erica Cook of the Pet Beastro writes a detailed article on why it’s important and how exactly one should go about bringing new cuisine to the table (or floor!).

  • Rotating Your Dog’s Food

    Devoted woman kneeling and feeding hungry pet dogBy Erica Cook

    Many pet food companies use marketing to tell us that our dogs need to eat puppy food, adult food, and then senior food. What they don’t tell you is that your dog will be eating the same thing, every meal, every day. I don’t know about you, but if that was me, I would get bored and not want to eat.

    Benefits of Pet Food Rotation

    Besides offering our pets’ taste buds a variety, rotating their diet has a host of health benefits, including:

    More Balanced Nutrition

    Every food has a different nutrient profile. When we feed our dogs the same thing every day, we only give them one nutrient profile. However, when we change their food, we are able to give them different nutrients, making their nutrient intake more balanced.

    Decreased Risk of Food Allergies

    Animals fed the same thing over extended periods of time can develop sensitivities to those foods. When rotating foods, ingredients are not in your pet’s diet long enough to develop allergies or sensitivities.

    Improved Gut Health

    When fed the same thing over extended periods of time, our pets stop making the probiotics and enzymes needed to break down other foods. This can cause gastrointestinal upset when new foods are introduced. Over long periods of time, it can even cause sensitivity to environmental allergens. When we support enzyme and probiotic formation, we maintain a healthy and happy gut. Also, since most of the immune system is held in the gut, food rotation is a great way to increase the immune system function.

    Less Picky Eating

    By offering our pets a variety of food options, we are giving them a chance to try new things often. This helps with their food drive and reduces chances of them becoming picky eaters. Offering food rotation is also a great way to add excitement back into meal time!

    How to Get Started (an example using Orijen)

    Orijen, a pet food that we sell here at The Pet Beastro, offers us a great way to shake up our companions’ meal plans. They not only offer puppy, adult, and senior dog foods, but also three unique blends that are wonderful for every stage of life:

    • 6 Fish is a blend of fresh and saltwater fish that are caught wild in Canada’s Alberta region. 6 Fish is a low-glycemic, low-carb food that is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid chains. These essential fatty acids (EFA’s) help to support the skin and coat structure of our pets.
    • Regional Red blends black angus beef, wild boar, Alberta lamb, heritage pork, and ranch-raised bison, along with fruits and berries for a taste of the open plains. All four of these meats are raised on local ranches in Canada. Regional Red is also low-glycemic and low-carb, offering a delicious blend that helps support proper blood sugar levels and optimal health.
    • Tundra, Orijen’s newest flavor, blends goat, venison, mutton, ranch-raised bison, arctic char, rabbit, duck, cod, sardine, and trout with a small amount of fruit and vegetables. This formula helps to maintain muscle mass by providing richly nourishing meats. Tundra fits Orijen’s low-glycemic and low-carb profiles.

    How Often to Rotate Foods

    How often you choose to rotate your animal’s food depends on both you and your pet. Most often we suggest grabbing a new flavor every time you pick up a bag of food for your pup. Orijen not only offers 6 Fish, Regional Red, and Tundra in kibble form, they also offer Regional Red and Tundra in freeze-dried form, too. This is a great option to add variety daily into your pet’s current diet!

    Depending on your pet and how long they have been on their current diet, they may need up to 14 days to transition to a new food. Each animal is different and some may need help when transferring to a rotational diet. Probiotics, enzymes, and raw goat’s milk are some great ways to help increase digestive function in pets. If you need more information, please stop in the store so we can help you get started!


Well there you have it! Not too difficult to do and can benefit your pet in the long and short run.

Goat’s Milk & It’s Many Advantages

Ever seen an older cartoon with a cat lapping up milk? I often wonder if that was a bowl of goat’s milk now that all of my animals are hooked. Raw goat’s milk has an amazing amount of nutrients and can satisfy more daily requirements than even fathomable. Take a moment and read one of The Pet Beastro’s blogs on this fantastic supplementary product and what exactly it can do for your pet!


If your animal suffers from digestive upset, we highly recommend giving raw goat milk a try. Raw goat milk offers a host of benefits, including:

Ease of Digestion

Raw goat milk requires no work from the digestive apparatus. It contains over 60 enzymes, including lactase, to prevent lactose intolerance. It has small proteins and fat molecules that make for easier digestion.


Raw goat milk is more buffering than over-the-counter antacids.

Wholefood Probiotics

The naturally occurring probiotics (good bacteria) and added probiotics in their natural growth medium found in goats milk provide a broad spectrum of nutrients, including enzymes and vitamins.

Probiotic Growth and Protection

According to Stanley E. Gilliland, Ph.D., Department of Animal Science, Food & Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University, “Milk or milk products provide an excellent carrier for these probiotic organisms. Most of them can readily utilize lactose as an energy source for growth. Thus, an important requirement for the growth in the intestinal tract is provided by the milk. Milk proteins also provide important protection to the probiotic bacteria during passage through the stomach (Charteris et al 1998). Compared to cells suspended in buffered saline all cultures tested survived exposure to simulated gastric juice much better when milk protein was present.”


Bacteriocins, which are produced by the probiotics in the milk formula, are substances that can inhibit pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella, without harming good bacteria and body cells. A 2000 study led by Dr. Chitra N. Wendakoon of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, found fermented milk products can kill Helicobacter pylori, the ulcer-causing bacteria often associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

Reduced Biofilm

Biofilm is produced by microbes and cancer cells for protection. It can prevent probiotics from populating the gut and prevent proper absorption of nutrients. Raw goat milk has over 60 enzymes that can help to break down biofilm.

Improved Immunity

Gut flora includes the microbes, bacteria, yeast, viruses, and protozoas that naturally populate the digestive system. The type of microbes (good or bad) populating the gut is directly related to what the pet eats. Gut flora influences 84 percent of a pet’s immune system. The proper gut flora can produce not only necessary vitamins, but antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungals required for the body to heal itself. Supporting a pet’s normal gut flora by feeding raw goat milk can help prevent, treat, and cure many ailments.

Plus, according to Dr. Mercola, probiotics provided by fermented food, like Answers Additional Goat Milk Formula, populate the digestive system 100 times better than probiotics in pill or powder form.

Veggies For Animals

Don’t Forget Your Veggies…Especially For Fido!

For years there’s been a debate on whether or not animals need a supplemental amount of roughage in the diet. We here at AAC give two huge paws and hooves up to vegetables and encourage all clients to hand down some carrots and apples when their furry ones are begging. Miss Rachel, a member of the Pet Beastro staff, takes a more in depth look on veggies for this lovely Fall season. Check out some options for your furry one that may satisfy both a sweet and seasonal tooth!

Importance of Fall Vegetables for Pets

by Rachel Witucki

Beagle In PumpkinFall is here! Along with the new season, we’re seeing different kinds of squash lining our grocery store shelves and decorating the tables of our local farmers’ markets. Most pet owners are aware that pumpkin aids digestive issues, but there’s so much more to this squash!

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin boasts a long list of health benefits. In situations of mild diarrhea or digestive upset, pumpkin is a great addition to your dog or cat’s meal. Pumpkin is rich in soluble fiber, meaning that it coats and soothes an irritated bowel. This type of fiber slows down gastrointestinal transit times, which in turn can reduce the amount of diarrhea episodes your pet may be having.

Since pumpkin is a great source of fiber, it can also aid the slightly plumper pets. Fiber provides a feeling of fullness, so adding it to a diet may help with weight loss by reducing caloric intake.

If you have fresh pumpkins on hand, don’t toss those seeds! Not only are they high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, they are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron. In addition, the seeds also act as a natural dewormer, especially in the case of tapeworms and roundworms. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid ‘cucurbitin,’ which paralyzes parasites or worms before they are flushed from your pet’s digestive system. Simply dry the seeds from your fresh pumpkin or purchase an organic, raw, unsalted option from the grocery store. If your cat or dog doesn’t enjoy the seeds whole, you can try grinding them up and adding them in with their daily meals.

Other Fall Vegetables for Pets

For those pets that aren’t huge fans of pumpkin, you can also try squash or sweet potato.

Squash, much like pumpkin, can be a beneficial addition to your pet’s bowl at meal time. It can help with bulking up soft stool and soothing a sore stomach. This fall vegetable is also high in beta-carotene, which benefits the eyes.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with amino acids, which are essential to your pet’s diet as they build and maintain muscle and increase antioxidant activity in the body. Research has shown that sweet potatoes can help remove fatty cells from the liver and also helps keep organs healthy. Additionally, sweet potato is a great source of dietary fiber. According to the doctrine of signature for plants, the sweet potato also represents and supports pancreatic health.

Healthy Fall Pet Products

If you are not purchasing these fall ingredients fresh, make sure that any canned options you give your animals (especially pumpkin) are sugar- and/or flavoring-free. We also carry a wide variety of options at The Pet Beastro, including:

If you haven’t given these vegetables a try, you may want to consider adding them to your pet’s diet this fall!