CANINE LIFE: West Coast and Canine Life-Ontario
We have been using
Canine Life since November 2005 and could not be
happier. For optimum health, it is also very important to add 3000mg daily of
wild salmon oil to provide the essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
We use the special Cancer formula as a preventative with our Golden who does not suffer from
cancer, and had used it with our Darcy when she was fighting her cancer. Read
Dr. Gregory Ogilvie's great 24-page paper (PDF),
Nutrition and Cancer:
Frontiers for Cure! to learn more about the
importance that nutrition does play.
A portion of the sale of this food is
provided to the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, set up through the
Guelphs Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund.
Canine Life — For Purchase in the U.S.
West Coast Canine Life
— For folks residing on the western coasts of
the U.S. and Canada. [Note: Pre-mixes are
custom milled in small batches at a certified Organic & Kosher facility.]
Business run by Joanne Fraser who is pictured
here with her two official taste-testers, Maya & Abbey.
— For folks
residing the eastern coasts of
the U.S. and Canada. [Note: Pre-mixes are
custom milled in small batches at a certified Organic facility.] Business run by Liza Cowell.
Canine Life was formulated based on the
National Research Council's (NRC) daily
nutritional requirements for dogs, and has been developed as a
hypoallergenic formula. It has enhanced the quality of life of dogs
with: allergies, skin problems, immune disorders, thyroid
conditions, kidney, liver and heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis, Megaesophagus,
gastrointestinal issues, gluten intolerance, anal gland problems,
stress, weight problems, painful joints, aging issues and even those
with fussy appetites. The Pre-mix contains these 100% human food
grade and organic ingredients: Organic milled brown rice, Organic
oat, Organic barley, Marjoram; Turmeric, Carob, Ginger, Oregano,
Rosemary, Parsley, Garlic, Acadian Sea Kelp, and, Alfalfa. Each of
these ingredients plays an important role in your dog’s health.
Life can only be purchased as a pre-mix in the United States. In Canada,
it can be purchased as a pre-mix or ready made in meaty
patties or muffins. Canine Life meaty patties, which are baked fresh and
frozen for your convenience, are available in Chicken, Turkey, Beef,
White Fish, Lamb, Pork, Low Protein, and in a Puppy formulation.
Canine Life muffins are available as: Complete Muffins with
Hormone/Antibiotic free meat; Complete Muffins with Regular meat and
as Meatless Muffins.
Canine Life makes
formulations with the correct amount of calcium for dogs who do
NOT eat raw meat with bones as a regular part of their diet, and for dogs who ARE eating raw meat with bones on a regular
basis. There is a formulation specifically for growing puppies as
well. as calcium is an extremely important part of your dog or
puppy's diet. In addition, a gluten free pre-mix is available for
dog's with gluten intolerance.
Get information on the
Correct Formulation for your Dog|
Email Joanne Fraser — For folks residing on the western coasts of the U.S. and Canada.
Email Liza Cowell — For folks
residing the eastern coasts of
the U.S. and Canada.
Canine Life's Cancer Formulation
This is the formulation we use, even though it is being used with a dog
who does not have cancer. It is a fabulous preventative as it is loaded with
special ingredients that cater to such a diagnosis. It also
calls for only 3 cups of dry ingredients, which is combined with more protein.
The regular pre-mix formulation contains 5 cups of the dry ingredients.
SPECIAL FORMULATION FOR CANCER
contains: Organic milled whole brown rice, Organic
chick peas, Organic whole oats, calcium,
carob, Acadian sea kelp,
green tea, turmeric, oregano, marjoram,
parsley, rosemary, ginger, and garlic.
This is a true home-cooked diet,
each recipe making 24 muffins. The baking time is extremely
short as there is nothing to rise here, it is merely to cook
together so that any bacteria is removed from the raw
ingredients. A few cups of this pre-mix is then added to the
following ORGANIC ingredients (that we purchase from a good
specialty grocery): broccoli, egg with shell, apple,
blueberries, pure cranberry juice, safflower oil, ground
chicken with skin, and chicken livers. The ingredients, such
as the chicken livers, apple and broccoli, are pureed or
chopped fine via a (Cuisinart) food processor. And, the
chicken with skin (no bones) is ground up via a meat grinder
attachment on our food processor.
For optimum health, it is also very
important to add 4000mg daily of wild salmon oil to
provide the essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Pure Sockeye Salmon Oil
Our Golden Alfie has gotten 6000 units daily since 2007, before that
getting 3000-4000 units a day. Boy, what a difference it
has made. His coat is incredible, and at his now senior age of 9 (2008),
the extra softgels keep down joint inflammation associated with
increasing age and arthritis.
It is a must-have
Derived exclusively from wild sockeye salmon
caught in the cold, pristine waters off Alaska, this 100% PURE oil is not
blended with any inferior salmon or other fish oils. Here's why this is unique:
To achieve high ratios of EPA to DHA, commercially available salmon oil capsules
are fortified with other fish oils. One benefit of Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Sockeye
Salmon Oil is that it has the lowest cholesterol levels, in contrast to the
higher levels found in farmed salmon oil.
The freshest and purest oils available, Sockeye contains the highest amount
of omega-3 fatty acids of any salmon.
It's orange color is due to the high levels of the carotenoid and astaxanthin
(occurring naturally in sockeye) that helps the eyes and cardiovascular system.
Alaskan sockeye salmon are the richest salmon species in the powerful biological
antioxidant astaxanthin, a natural caroteniod that imparts a rich orange glow to
the oil and eliminates the need for added tocopherols present in other brands.
Astaxanthin is a natural carotenoid that gives our oil its rich orange color—and
is up to 100 times more potent than Vitamin E at quenching singlet oxygen ‘free
There are NO artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; corn, dairy,
starch, wheat, or yeast.
The following information is also supplied with the pre-mix:
Nutrition and the Animal Cancer
Recipes abound in the world of animal cancer. Simply put,
one diet does not fit all, and what works well today, may
cause problems tomorrow. From the cancer starving diet, to a
raw or cooked diet, and everything in between, the road to
good nutrition has many bumps and curves, as owners try to
determine the best path to follow, with the guidance and
support of your veterinarian and nutrition specialist. The
most important thing of all however, is to make sure that
your canine cancer patient eats!
Research tells us that animals with cancer have an altered
carbohydrate metabolism, so a diet that is low in
carbohydrates, and contains high quality proteins and fish
oil as the primary fat source, best meets the needs of the
animal cancer patient. When preparing food for your pet, try
to use organic products, and always use distilled, filtered,
or spring water.
Baking with Canine Life Pre-mix or purchasing our
cancer diet patties may be just the thing to entice your pet
to eat. Consider chicken, beef, turkey, or a novel protein
source like ostrich = buffalo or game, along with liver and
heart, eggs, carrots, broccoli, celery, cabbage, Bok Choy,
turnip greens, spinach, and summer squash, flavour enhanced
by antioxidants like fresh garlic and turmeric. Canned
salmon, mackerel, or sardines, can also be used. It is
always good to have plain old fashioned chicken broth on
hand, and dogs often go for a sprinkling of Parmesan Cheese,
when other things have failed. Remember, cats are
intermittent eaters, so patties should be available
throughout the day. Patties for cats with cancer are made
with an adapted pre-mix base and different amounts and types
If your pet is accustomed to a fresh whole foods/raw diet,
stick with it, but keep in mind, that if your pet is
undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, cooked food
is recommended for animals that are immune suppressed in any
way. Whatever way you decide to feed your cancer patient,
make sure that the diet is evaluated on a regular basis,
always keeping your pet’s overall condition in mind, and
consider Martin Goldstein, D.V.M.’s book,
The Nature of
Animal Healing, to guide you through complementary and
alternative therapies, to support your cancer patient.
Many herbs have been said to treat cancer, but before you
add herbs to your dog or cat’s diet, do your homework, get
expert advice and speak with your veterinarian. Dr. Randy
Kidd, D.V.M., Ph.D. identifies Bloodroot, Burdock, Cat’s
Claw, Goldenseal, and Red Clover, as safe herbs in your
battle against cancer, and one of the very best books on
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets,
written by Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff-Tilford.
Share a cup of green tea with your pet. It boosts the immune
system, and also has antioxidant and astringent properties.
Treats are associated with happy times, and for many pet
owners, making special treats for their sick animal
companion empowers them, and sometimes, it is the only thing
that your animal cancer patient will eat.
Sometimes despite everything you have tried to tempt your
companion’s appetite, he refuses to eat, and this is where a
simple cancer cocktail can come into play. The simplest
mixture was developed by Wendy Volhard, and includes 1/2
pound of beef or chicken liver, and 2 cups of filtered
water. Simply put the ingredients in a pot and bring to a
boil. Stir gently, until you are sure the liver is cooked.
This takes approximately five minutes. Remove the pot from
the stove and cool, then puree in a food processor or
blender, until you have a thick soup mixture. Using a large
syringe, feed your cat or dog a little bit of this mixture
several times throughout the day, and hopefully, it will get
your companion back on the food track.