The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program: Natural Care for Dogs and Cats by Robert S. Goldstein, VMD, and Susan J. Goldstein
Searching for alternatives to conventional veterinary practices, thousands of animal guardians have turned to Robert Goldstein, V.M.D., and Susan Goldstein for help in finding a better, more natural way to companion animal health. Finally, the Goldsteins have put their three decades’ worth of experience into this definitive guide to integrative medicine for dogs and cats.
Written in an uncommonly personal yet authoritative style, The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program covers the most current integrative health methods available today. Learn how to treat the most common ailments affecting dogs and cats, plus uncover in-depth analysis and treatment of the diseases that animal guardians fear the most.
With this guide, concerned readers can also:
- Focus on the most up-to-date methods for treating cancer.
- Discover the immune-strengthening properties of the easy-to-follow Goldsteins’ Food Plan.
- Prepare easy-to-make broths and elixirs to help boost overall health.
- Search the alphabetical listing of common illnesses for at-home treatments.
- Delve into successful therapeutic modalities like acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, music therapy, and flower essences.
About the Author:
Robert S. Goldstein, V.M.D., has been a holistic veterinarian for over 30 years and is Director of Veterinary Services of Animal Nutrition Technologies and the Healing Center for Animals veterinary telephone consultation practice. He specializes in treating canine and feline cancer and other immune-suppressive diseases and is the founder of modern cryosurgery. Dr. Goldstein has formulated over 100 nutritional products and foods for dogs and cats.
Susan J. Goldstein has been an expert for over 25 years on the holistic approach to the emotional, physical, and nutritional needs of dogs, cats, and birds. She is the founder and president of Earth Animal, a retail outlet in Westport, CT, and runs the Healing Center for Animals. She has extensive experience in alternative cancer therapies, diet, and emotional and grief therapy.
Book Excerpt: The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program (©2005 TFH Publications)
Super Supplement I: Probiotics
Probiotics are composed of the friendly bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract. Friendly means that their function is to improve digestion and intestinal health, as compared to unfriendly bacteria that invade and cause sicknesses such as E. coli and salmonella. These friendly bacteria strains of Lactobacillus, such as L. acidophilus, L. thermophilus, Enterococcus faecium, and Bifidobacterium bifidum, will help to counteract the destructive side effects of antibiotics and will correct imbalances in the digestive tract itself. Unless there is a serious underlying disease, feeding probiotics (which can also be found in organic, live culture yogurt) should alleviate all the side effects of the drugs and improper diet, which can cause bad breath, diarrhea, excessive gas, and foul-smelling stool.
When healthy, your animal’s intestinal tract—which consists of the small and large intestines (the colon is part of the large intestines)—is usually filled with billions of beneficial bacterial flora. These “good guys,” as they are often called, are essential to the process of digestion and absorption. They also produce B vitamins and prevent the overgrowth of harmful, often pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella, as well as opportunistic fungi, which can lead to a disease state.
The normal flora of the intestines is required for proper assimilation of food and nourishment of the cells of the body. The flora balance can be upset or diminished by the following conditions:
- Trauma or injury
- Chronic disease (weak immune system)
- Environmental and/or food toxins
- Artificial pet food ingredients—coloring agents, dyes, digests, chemical additives or preservatives
- Stresses—emotional and physical
- Antibiotics and other medication such as chemotherapeutics
Friendly bacteria, the desirable tenant of your animal’s intestines, will decrease in number as your animal ages. But they can also dwindle prematurely due to poor diet, stress, and medications, leaving your friend more vulnerable to disease. If your animal has been on antibiotics or is currently being treated, realize that these drugs will decimate all bacteria, including the beneficial type.
Probiotics, which contain ample amounts of Lactobacillus Acidophilus and other friendly bacilli, may be purchased at your local health food store or high quality pet store. For best results, we recommend that you keep these products refrigerated. (See Resources for recommendations.)
Probiotics/Acidophilus (dosed in millions or billions of bacteria) come in capsules, liquid, or in live culture yogurt. For daily use and to help prevent adverse intestinal effects of taking antibiotics, live culture organic yogurt will be fine. If your animal has an intestinal disease such as chronic diarrhea or inflammatory bowel disease (see Chapter 5: Feared Diseases) then probiotic capsules containing millions of friendly bacteria are recommended.
The addition of probiotics can re-establish the population of these beneficial organisms. Much research has demonstrated the beneficial impact that probiotics have on the immune system, the intestines, and in the treatment of cancer.
Excerpt from The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program: Natural Care for Dogs and Cats © 2005 TFH Publications, Inc. Used by permission.