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When my cat Molly came down with kidney disease, I searched all over for an effective treatment in addition to the medication that I received from the Vet. I wanted to slow the disease down and give Molly a better life for a longer period of time. I came across Astro’s oil and started ordering it on a regular basis. It seemed to really help Molly for a long time. I now have ordered it for Atlantis. I gave him is first dose today and of course he didn’t like a tiny syringe in his mouth but I hope the benefits out weight this little discomfort. I’ve included the story of how Astro’s oil came about. It’s ordered from Canada and you may obtain it from this website.  www.astrosoil.com.

Here’s the story of Astro’s oil.

Over 12 years have passed since I first decided to share my best pal Astro’s story with the world. In 2006, when he was diagnosed with advanced kidney disease, I was told that there was little that could be done to prolong his life beyond a few extra months, or optimistically, a year or so with questionable quality of life. Unfortunately, to this day, this is still the standard prognosis many people will receive for their newly diagnosed chronic kidney failure pet.

The reasons are simple, the average treatment protocol still involves mostly the same handful of drugs that produce very mediocre results, commercial renal diets that provide reduced protein content which some studies have put into question as an optimal long term strategy, and fluid therapy in the form of IV’s or Sub-Q’s which can, if not administered correctly, add an unnecessary work-load to the kidneys.

I did not accept these limited treatment options and the dire prognosis offered Astro, and so, relying on my medical training and based on research I had conducted on systemic inflammation, I set about formulating a solution targeted at the root mechanisms of chronic kidney pathology.

Astro’s condition stabilized and his health began to improve with the administration of the formulation that was created for, and named after, him. It continued to improve, week by week and month to month. His recovery was dramatic, one might even say miraculous.

All these years later, the journey that Astro and I embarked on together has grown to encompass many thousands of people around the globe and their chronic kidney disease pets. His story touched and inspired many people who felt helpless as they watched their best friend suffer and waste away daily, to fight and win time and quality of life for their furry buddies rather than surrendering them to a “kind assisted passing”.

Building upon and investing in research focused on the concept of targeting the disease at its root, 2 new products have since been developed to work synergistically with Astro’s Oil™ Advanced Renal Care Formula to more effectively address kidney pathology. The feedback, as you can read in the testimonials page, has been overwhelmingly positive and the results impressive.

We invite you to join the thousands of people worldwide with kidney disease pets who have achieved superb results and trust us to help you achieve the best possible results for your pet as well. 

Edmond Marcovici MD

 

 

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The Roller Coaster Ride Continues

Saturday, February 15, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

My last post regarding my cat Atlantis was a positive one, this one isn’t so much. We were encouraged, Atlantis was improving and seemed to be returning to his normal self. Suddenly without any change in diet or medication he’s become withdrawn, not eating well, occasionally vomiting and seems to be constipated. This is very frustrating. I don’t want to poke and prod and make him uncomfortable but feel very guilty not doing anything. Anyone who knows me knows that I always need a backup plan. This time, I don’t have one. Atlantis was also gaining weight. So what happened?  He was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and beginning stage kidney disease. He is taking medication for hyperthyroidism. The causes of these digestive and withdrawal symptoms still have not been determined.

Right now Atlantis is in our back bedroom staying under a dresser. This is not a good sign and our vet seems to be missing the mark at this point.  We may need to seek out another vet as we feel we’re in limbo. In the meantime, the only thing we can do is continue his medication. He has an appointment on February 24 where they will do another blood test to check his thyroid. I may move that appointment up to early next week if I can.

This is both puzzling and very frustrating. In the past, we knew our previous pets condition and they were treated specifically for these conditions. The treatment worked for the most part and it became part of their daily routine for years. Now, we feel like we’re in the dark and I want to blame someone but who do I blame?

So we ask for your prayers for Atlantis since it seems that prayers will be the only effective comfort and treatment. It seems that his vet can’t get a handle on this!

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Paw Care For Dogs

Friday, February 14, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Keeping your dog well groomed has many benefits. It’s also a great time to check for any health issues that should be addressed by a veterinarian. You should always keep an eye on her paws. When you groom your dog, carefully check the pads on her feet. Sometimes they could become injured or inflamed, especially if your dog is walking on rough ground or stepped into some kind of irritating chemical. Keep an eye out for painful, broken nails that can become infected. Brittle nails should also prompt you to call a professional because they may indicate a fungal infection of a nutritional deficiency.  If you notice anything unusual, have it checked by a veterinarian.

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Transdermal Medication for Your Pets

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you struggle to give your cat a pill? It’s not uncommon and is uncomfortable for both you and your pet. Some pets have difficulty digesting pills which can cause them stomach upset. My cat Atlantis has stomach issues so my veterinarian suggested administering transdermal medication. The up side is that it comes in the form of a cream that you apply inside the ears. The medication comes in metered doses and is easy to administer.

The down side is that it is quite expensive. It cost me $47 for a 30 day supply! I now give Atlantis two transdermal medications, one for is thyroid and one to stimulate his appetite.

If your vet suggests this route for your pet, make sure that you keep your pets ears clean because the medication can build up and absorption will be affected. I use baby wipes every other day. Atlantis doesn’t like it but it beats the alternative of trying to get him to take a pill.

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Giving Pepcid to Your Cat

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Pepcid AC is a supplement used to cure several stomach related problems. Many pet owners have used Pepcid AC for their cats, giving them Pepcid AC for cases like vomiting and preventing ulcers in their stomachs and intestines. Pepcid is often referred to as Famotidine, which is its technical name. Famotidine is in the group of drugs known as histamine-2 blockers. It works by reducing the amount of stomach acid the stomach produces. This can prevent cats from vomiting, which is a common complaint of cat owners.

I give Atlantis 1/4 tablet of Pepcid everyday to help with stomach acid and vomiting. Since he has kidney and thyroid disease, Pepcid helps ease his stomach issues. Always check with your vet before administering any medication to your pet.

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Feeding a Newly Adopted Puppy

Monday, February 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’ve just adopted a new puppy, you must feed him carefully to ensure his proper development and growth. I’ve put together some guidelines for you to follow:

  • When you purchase puppy food, the package should mention both AAFCO ( The Association of American Feeding Control Officials) and Animal feeding trials or tests. This should appear on the package or label. Most high-quality commercial dog foods provide the recommended amounts of nutrients.
  • Soften the food for your pup by adding warm water or a commercially prepared milk replacement.
  • Feed the pup three to four times a day until he is 5 to 6 months of age.
  • Consult with your Vet to find out the correct amount to feed your pup at each feeding. Sometimes the package will provide guidelines based on your puppy’ size but I would still check with your Vet.
  • Avoid overfeeding.
  • If your pup is a large breed, use dog food specifically designed for this type of dog. This will encourage slow growth. Feed him puppy food for 12 – 18 months.
  • Watch your pups weight gain. Puppies should gain between 2 and 4 grams per day during the first five months of life.
  • After the your dog is 6 months of age, feed him twice a day for the rest of his life.
  • Avoid feeding puppies cottage cheese, yogurt, commercial vitamins and minerals as they will not balance well with a commercial dog food diet.
  • Excess dietary supplements cause nutritional imbalance and medical disorders, and some vitamins and minerals are toxic in high dosages. Feeding puppies too much calcium can cause skeletal diseases.

If you have any questions, always consult with your Veterinarian.

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Stick to The Same Food For Your Pets

Saturday, February 8, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

t’s important for pet owners to realize that changes in your pets diet does affect their digestive system. The rule of thumb is that if you’re going to introduce a new food, do it very gradually. Begin by adding a small amount of the new food than slowly increase it every day.

My cat Atlantis is now eating normally but a few weeks ago, while he was ill, he didn’t eat anything. I did everything to get him to eat. Offering him everything from tuna fish to baby food plus a variety of different kinds of  cat food. My only goal was to get him to eat. Did it work? No it didn’t.  As Atlantis began to recover, I went back to his usual diet. The same food everyday with no deviation. It’s working as Atlantis is now eating normally.

Our instinct is to get our pet to eat anything when they are ill but changing their diet is not good for their digestive system.

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Status of Atlantis

Friday, February 7, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Atlantis, our cat has gone through some serious health issues over the past few weeks. He was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. He stopped eating, was listless and lost his bright personality. His latest issue was a bout with diarrhea. He’d been back and forth to the vet many times. Today, I am happy to report that Atlantis is much better and nearly back to his old self. He’s “talking” again, something that Siamese love to do, he’s also eating and drinking very well. He’s no longer listless and is part of our everyday lives again. The diarrhea seems to have resolved but we’re still watching this.

Atlantis is taking methimazole for his thyroid and an appetite stimulator. He has another appointment at the end of the month to re-check his thyroid. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our little boy’s conditions can be well managed.

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Is Tuna Bad For Your Cat?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Tuna fish probably seems like a tasty treat to feed your cat.  An occasional small amount like a bite or two probably won’t do any harm. Be careful not to feed her too much fish.  First, there is the risk of mercury which could build up in your cats system over time. A cat that eats too much tuna may also develop nutritional deficiencies.  Tuna alone can’t provide all of the vitamins and nutrients that your cat needs.  Tuna fish is especially lacking in vitamin E, an important anti oxidant. Without vitamin E, your cat can develop a disease called yellow fat disease.  Make your cat stick to a regular, balanced diet and only indulge his taste for tuna every once in awhile. Stick to cat treats instead.

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Pampering Your Pup

Monday, February 3, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

You use many different products on your hair, body and skin but what about when you groom your dog?  How many different treatments do you need to apply?  Shampoo is the only requirement. You can consider using a conditioner if your dog is itchy or bathes frequently.  Conditioner can keep longer fur from getting tangled and may help your dog’s skin retain moisture.  It can also make your dog cozier to cuddle with.  The key to caring for your dogs coat is to choose products that meet your dog’s specific needs. Check with your veterinarian to see what he or she recommends.  Remember that proper nutrition is the key to a healthy coat. Make sure to always feed your dog high quality, appropriate food.

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