Nutrition and Herbs – Seminar in Rupert
August 24, 2015 at 9:51 pm
WHERE: Rupert Community Centre, 24 Shouldice Road, Rupert, Quebec (about 45 minutes north of Ottawa)
WHEN: Sunday, September 27, from 10 am- 5 pm
COST: $75.00 in advance or 90.00$ at the door
This one day seminar will cover a lot of ground! In four parts, here’s what we’re going to look at.
9:30 am to 11:15 – The Basics
Nutrition is one of the absolute cornerstones of good health, in terms of disease prevention and management of many conditions common to dog and cats. Today, with all the conflicting information and schools of thought, it can be extremely confusing for the devoted pet lover to know who to trust and how to choose the best diet possible for their beloved dog or cat. My philosophy is both simple and comprehensive; an optimal diet meets the following requirements – all three.
1) Whether home prepared or commercial, a diet must meet all the required nutrients in levels and ratios we know to be essential
2) The best quality foods , preferably from local/organic sources, should always be used.
3) The macronutrient levels (that’s fat, protein and carbohydrate) and the foods selected should suit the individual – all dogs are not the same.
Home made diets can, and often do, fall down in one or more of these categories. How is the average person to know if a home made diet is “balanced and complete?” Lastly, a look at some of the most popular myths – about digestion, veggies, “superfoods” and more.
11:30 – 1 pm – Working with Herbs
In this section, we’ll take a look at the most popular herbs in commerce right now and how to use them, but how also to select bioregional herbs (your own backyard!) to help with a range of common complaints (from atopy to UTI). I’ll explain the critically important difference between using herbs as “natural” substitutes for drugs, and the art of selection and individualizing your formulations. We’ll close with my own top 15 (or so) herbs for dogs and cats, herbs other than the popular and often over-used ones you may already be using.
2pm to 3:45 – Putting it All Together
Here we go into the concrete steps you can take to build an optimal home prepared protocol, geared specifically to your own dog or cat? How do we ensure the Three Steps – meeting requirements, utilizing optimal foods and working with individuality are all addressed? We’ll take a deeper look at the nutrients dogs require, which foods provide them – when and how to supplement – and generally, how to optimize a home made diet. Since not everyone can feed home prepared diet, we can also talk about how to select a commercial food if that’s your preference, and what you can do to enhance it.
Adding herbs and supplements other than the requirements(vitamins and minerals) can also be a minefield – we’ll look at categories of herbs and supplements and how to select, dose and administer them.
4- 5 pm- Question Period
In the last section of the day, I’ll take questions about the information covered, and about specific cases as well.
There is much opinion masqueraded as fact in the world of natural health, and even hysteria – I present a balanced, informed and choice-centered approach to working with each animal and their human in a respectful way and expansive way. You’ll come away with a deeper knowledge of the science – and plenty of classnotes – I hope,too, a vision of natural health as not a strict type of diet to be slavishly adhered to, but a way of thinking and working with individuals, food and herbs, that is flexible, scientific, and leads to deeper study and understanding.
Vegetarian lunch and refreshments are included.
HOW TO REGISTER: All you do is use this link http://www.thepossiblecanine.com/product/diet-plan-for-a-healthy-dog and state in your payment form that it is for the seminar. I will issue your Registration forms right away, and confirm your spot. For any more information, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.