iPet’s Ally Weekly Q&A Round-up 02-08-21: What are the benefits of bone broth?

iPets Ally Q&A Round-up 02-08-21

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Hey there! I’m Dr. Ruth Roberts, your pet’s ally. Hopefully, all is well in your home. I’m testing out a new microphone so let me know how that sound to you. Firstly, for those of you that didn’t catch this on the CrockPet chefs broadcast, we unfortunately had to put Mona to sleep early this morning.

1. What are the other ways in treating SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth?

From a dietitian’s perspective, in humans, the amount of calorie intake a day should be proportionate with the kind of activity you are engaging with. By doing so, you are teaching your body to stay in survival mode and so everything has to stay shut down. I won’t tell you that it’s 100% perfect but personally, what I’ve been able to eat is astonishing with diminishing amounts of discomfort and improving bowel movement.

The theory is that if you eat and refuel every 4 hours, then things are better. Now, I’m not quite sure how that translates to dogs but I think given the opportunity, they would love to eat a little bit every 4 hours and so this may be something to try for those of you whose pets are struggling with SIBO. It will still allow the migrating motor complex to work. If you’ll remember, about 90 minutes after you’ve eaten a meal and you’ve not taken anything else, that’s when the migrating motor complex starts to drop food down from the small intestine into the colon which is part of how the bacterial counts stay low. To be honest, right before I talked with the dietitian about my relapse, all I could eat was fat, some protein, and that even was causing really profound bloating, so I thought this is a motility issue and not so much SIBO. One of the other things that helped was the ileocecal maneuver. That’s what I can tell you today.

2. What fish oil product is preferable?

For fish oils, the ones that I tend to like to go with are sardine and anchovy fish oil because they are more sustainable. Salmon oil, calamari oil, krill oil, are non – sustainable because the krill and the calamari are on the lower part of the food chain and so if we wipe those guys out, we are in big trouble.

For instance, the other animals that eat the krill are the whales, and so assuming we’re in the Baja California Sur area near Todos Santos, the gray whales come to migrate down here during the winter. However, they’re dying because they have starved to death. Some of that is due to the ice shelf melting but some of that is because their food source is not as available as it used to be. That is why it is really important that you choose sustainable products. I hope that’s helpful.

3. What are the benefits of bone broth?

Bone broth is really rich. It’s very high in minerals and cartilage, and things of that nature so you want to go slow. Interestingly, this is a problem for dogs and people with slow bowel motility because it is a histamine releaser. What I would do is put something like a teaspoon or a tablespoon and just go slow with it. I would freeze this into small aliquots that you can feed through the day and see if that doesn’t help prevent the G.I stuff.

4. How to remove staining dirt in your pet’s foot pads

Assuming your pups walked on blacktop and regardless of the amount of effort you exerted in cleaning it off pretty well, the foot pads are still staying black.

I think what you’ve got to do is to continue bathing or soaking the feet with vegetable oil. This is tough as far as getting them to leave it alone, but what I would do is take a cloth or oil and just let it soak on the foot that’ll help draw it out. The oil will definitely help dissolve this stuff better than anything else. I hope that makes sense as far as it being dangerous.

5. Do you cook or not cook the turmeric?

The point of the turmeric in the recipe is to make a food – based version of the herb. In Chinese medicine, this is really interesting. When they do herbal formulas, it used to be the vast majority wherein what they called decoctions, and so literally they’re putting the herbs in a special pot and just boil them for an hour, dumping more water in, boiling them down again and then there you go.

Now, as far as if you’re trying to get therapeutic levels of curcumin, cooking does take out some of that curcumin. Again, you have to think about what your goal is with turmeric. Remember the herbs that are in the CrockPet recipe are more of a long–range approach and not therapeutic dosing so if you’re after a therapeutic amount, then what I would suggest doing is either doing the yellow paste or golden yellow paste.

The other option would be to use a supplement, and that’s part of the reason we started selling this supplement with turmeric, BioPerine, and coconut oil which is able to help support your pet’s inflammation level. It’s got 300 milligrams of turmeric per tablet which equilibrates to 95% curcuminoids, BioPerine to help increase absorption, and organic coconut oil as well. It’s easy to dose pets of all sizes. The thing you do have to be cognizant of is the only contradiction for turmeric is that if your pet is on some sort of a blood thinner or needs that because of cardiac disease.

6. Possible heart disease in dogs: Things you need to know

Suppose your pup with a large heart and heart condition, has a wheezing cough, lethargic, and the X- ray is normal and you’re not seeing a lot of fluid in the lungs or your veterinarian isn’t.

If you’re not seeing a ton of fluid in the lungs; my main concern is that your pup is starting to go into a form of congestive heart failure where the vet med may not be sufficient to control it. The other thing that can happen as well, especially with smaller pup is that they can get collapsing trachea. They can get issues with the heart being so big that it actually compresses the trachea. First thing’s first, make sure that there is no fluid evident in the lungs on x-ray. Ultrasound is not very sensitive to that. What you may find you may need is some sort of a diuretic.

The other issue is that if the lungs look good, then what you would want is some sort of a mild cough suppressant and that could be anything from hydrocodone which is a prescription product like a honey-based antitussive. Actually, they found that on the human side, those worked better than the Robitussin which is pretty interesting. I hope that is helpful.

7. Can wolves or wild dogs get arthritis or is it for older pets only?

I think the average life span of wolves and wild dogs is probably a lot less than our pets. For a frame of reference, when I started working as a veterinarian in 1990, the average lifespan of a dog was 8 and now about 12.

What I’m going to tell you is that it’s all about balance. I don’t think that wolves or wild dogs survive with arthritis for very long because they can no longer hunt. Mobility, motility, does a lot to help improve the body’s function and to help resolve inflammation. We know that walking and doing some exercise is critical and for humans, it’s been shown that if you sit for the whole work day, your overall survival rate has just dropped by something like 3 to 5 years.

Now, what you don’t want to do is exceed your pet’s ability to handle that level of exercise. Just as too little is bad, way too much is also not good because you’re going to put stress on those joints that are painful and inflamed and you will also overwork what your pet’s able to do. What I would suggest is going slow. In humans, it’s been shown that a minimum one to one and a half hours of movement every day and about 5 hours a week is really extensive exercise, then that’s what really improves our lifespan and quality of life.

I think for dogs, it’s hard to know how to translate that. There are some folks that say that dogs are going to sleep 20 to 22 hours a day. The younger ones less and the older ones more. What I would do is gradually build them up. Gradually increase the amount of exercise that you and your pets are doing without creating problems. If they are not doing much, then start with walks of 5 to 10 minutes a day and see if that helps.

I think that’s what I’ve got for you today. So, ladies and gentlemen, that’s what I have for you this week. Until next week. Remember, your pets’ best health, starts in the bowl. Take care good care and give everybody a big hug for me. Thanks!