Chicken Broth: The “Soul Food” Perfect for Sick Pets Who Won’t or Can’t Eat

Chicken broth contains all the nutritional value of the chicken, prevents dehydration and is easy for the dog to drink.  Broth is a great first food for animals recovering from GI irritation or illness. And if you have a pet that’s finicky, you can also use it as a topper on food. If you have a pet that doesn’t want to eat anything, feeding broth provides very concentrated nourishment and helps get the GI tract functioning again.  All my dogs love it. It’s a great food to offer not only as a natural mineral supplement, but also as a bland and nutritious diet for pets who aren’t feeling good, who don’t have much of an appetite, or who are finicky.

Dogs need about 250mg of sodium a day. This includes what is in their food, water and treats. One cup of canned chicken broth contains 970mg of sodium. One cup of reduced-sodium canned chicken broth contains 450mg.  These numbers make it pretty obvious that making your own chicken broth or stock allows you to control the amount of sodium your dog gets. Too much sodium can cause excessive thirst and diarrhea, so very salty chicken soup given to a sick dog can actually aggravate his problem.

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Grieving and Pet Loss

Coping With The Death Of A Loved Dog Or Cat

Do not stand on my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in the circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die.

~Unknown~

The Five Stages of Grief and Mourning:

1) It is common for our first reaction to learning of the death or terminal illness of a pet to be denial and inability to grasp the fact. We feel stunned, bewildered and dazed. This is a normal reaction, which is often called shock. Shock is temporary but it gets us through the initial weeks.

2) Anger and looking for objects to be angry at, often occurs subsequent to the initial shock of pet loss. We may lash out at friends and family or, more frequently, at ourselves. It is common for us to feel guilty and sometimes, the veterinarian who tended to our pets become the object of this anger. Other times it is self-directed or directed at other members of the family. The best way to get over this anger phase is through talk and conversation.

3) Denial or bargaining is another method we use for coping with pet loss. We may search for miracle cures to incurable diseases or seek out second opinions from a different veterinarian. We think of all the things we would do or not due if only the pet would get better.

4) Depression is the longest portion of grief and mourning. We are sad, hopeless and helpless and we are regretful. We think about our lost pet constantly and we wish we had done things differently.

5) If we are fortunate, we eventually reach the stage of acceptance and healing. We treasure the time we had with our pet and lapse into a period of calm and tranquility– if not happiness. We develop a new lifestyle in which other things substitute for the relationship we had with out pet. This is the time we might look for another furry friend.