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Holistic Healthcare for Pets and their People...
















From the desk of Dr. Rykoff...


As a holistic veterinarian for over a decade, this is my forum.

Throughout the years I have found some wonderful things that are available to our pet's people that can drastically improve not only their pets health, but their family's as well. A side benefit of these products that I personally use and recommend is that all of the companies listed here donate a portion of their proceeds which we're able to use as a part of our fundraising efforts. Therefore, by simply helping yourself, you're also helping all of our homeless pets.

We also offer mini-classes on holistics and healthcare from time-to-time; so check our "News & Events" section often. If there's a subject that you would really like to learn more about, feel free to call the office and let us know.

Holistic Basics:

Without great building blocks, the body simply cannot heal or prosper effectively. As you can imagine, so many of the animals that arrive at our Rescue are in less than ideal condition. Because of this, we insist on providing them the finest human-grade nutrients available in our dry dog and cat food from Flint River Ranch.

I urge everyone with a pet to learn to read labels. I think a lot of pet owners learned this when so many dogs got sick a few years ago from the tainted pet food that had to be recalled. If ingredients aren't considered safe for me to ingest, I'm certainly not feeding them to my 4-footed family member, either.

After providing a high quality basic diet, we can concentrate on supporting the digestive tract and immune system. 4-Life Transfer Factor products are wonderful support for both in all species:

  • "Transfer Factor Plus" for infections (I drown myself in it when cold season comes.)

  • "Transfer Factor Regular" for allergies (no reason not to get a cat now... LOL!)

  • "Transfer Factor Cardio" for heart problems (I use it extensively with the treatment for heartworm disease.)

  • "Transfer Factor Canine and Feline" for broader spectrum daily care.

  • "Transfer Factor Stress" for the really ill babies.

I just love these products and both recommend and use them daily here at Ventur-On Farm Animal Clinic.

Now we can move to more targeted supplements. Amazon Herb Company has a whole gamut of herbals inspired by and harvested in the Amazon Rain Forest.

  • Shipibo Tea is a fabulous mild detox and tonic. Brew it strong, then open the tea bags and share the contents with your pets. Mine love it with their meals.

  • For a little more of a caffeine type buzz without the deleterious effects, try the Matte. The whole family can benefit.

  • Recovazon is my staple anti-inflammatory. (Topical or oral use to effect for pain relief.)

  • Sangre de Drago cannot be surpassed for digestive disturbances (taken internally, diarrhea just doesn't stand a chance!) or bleeding wounds of any kind (applied topically).

  • Aquazon for hormonal and blood system support.
  • Fibrezon and Digestazon for GI health.

  • Sumacazon and Warrior in combination for strength & endurance.

  • Camu in any form for energy and that "Life is Good" feeling & immune support.

There's nothing this Company has put out that I haven't used successfully in animals and myself. And I won't even mention that I haven't yet found a maximum dose of their "Chocomaca"! Packed full of herbs for hormonal support, emotional grounding, strength, and stamina... what a great rationale for eating great tasting chocolate!

Or, how about having a fun-loving Lluvia facial party to benefit the Rescue, while sampling the "age defying ability" of their skin care line? Have a blast, and be beautiful inside and out!

The newest alternative health company that I recently started using and am extremely excited about is Organo Gold. These products have truly been designed and created to benefit the masses. Their premier product line is healthy coffee and teas! Coffee is the second most consumed beverage on the planet. Water's the only substance that's consumed more than coffee. People drink it all day, every day... all around the world. Historically however, coffee is not one of the best things that we should be drinking - until now!

Some of the detrimental effects regular coffee can have on the body include:

  • Dehydration
  • Acidity - changes Ph level
  • Increased blood pressure
  • High stress levels from the increased production of the stress hormone Cortisol
  • Coffee "jitters"
  • Caffeine "crash"
Now however, Organo Gold has produced a real, caffeinated coffee that's enjoyed by even the most discriminating coffee drinkers. The difference is that some of the beneficial effects Organo Gold coffee can have on the body include: 

  • Balancing the Ph level
  • Natural detoxification
  • Increased immune system support
  • Provides over 200 nutrients and 150 antioxidants
  • Increased oxygenation of the bloodstream
  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased mental focus
  • No "jitters"
  • No Caffeine "crash"
How is this possible?  Organo Gold infuses real Arabica coffee beans with Ganoderma Lucidum (or Red Reishi Mushroom) which grows in Asia and has been used & revered in Chinese medicine to enhance wellness for over 4,000 years. It's health benefits and apparent lack of side effects are simply far too numerous to mention here. It's an ancient herb with remarkable properties that's gained a reputation in the East as an ultimate herbal substance. It's also gained enough respect in the West to be added to the "American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium."

Follow the link to the website and examine the benefits and remarkable properties of
Ganoderma Lucidum for yourself. Discover the health advantages offered not only through Organo Gold's coffee line, but the others as well. You'll be glad you did.

I have saved the discussion of the immensely powerful "essential oils" for last. The "life-blood" of plants, these substances are also powerhouses for our health as well.

There's so much to know about essential oils that this is the most requested topic for our mini-classes here at the farm. I'll discuss just a few of the most instrumental oils here to whet your appetite.

First and foremost, watch for quality when using oils for medicinal purposes. For years, we have exclusively used Young Living Essential Oils because they have proven to be the highest quality available and thus the safest for use on our pets as well. They can be used externally; internally (depending on the oil); or diffused into the air to get the desired results.

Here's a short list of some of my favorites... feel free to call with any specific questions.

  • Peppermint: I always have a bottle in my purse!!! Can be used for headaches/migraines, nausea (including morning sickness), pain, mental acuity, opening airways.
  • Lavender: Relaxing, any skin irritation or burn, pain.
  • Valor: "Chiropractor in a Bottle," used as an aid to realign the spine; seizures, emotional strength, and grounding (older animals and my rescues!!)
  • Thieves: This blend pretty much kills off every nasty little germ possible. We use the cleaner daily here at the Clinic as it is very effective and non-toxic. Try diffusing it in a sick room, or if there's a possibility of mold in the environment.

  • Raven: Upper respiratory infections, allergies. Anyone allergic to cats who has walked into my office has probably been handed a bottle of Raven!
  • Purification: Takes molds, pollens, pollutants, viruses, and bacteria out of the air when diffused. Plus bugs hate it when used topically as a repellant!
  • Ninxia Red: The base is Chinese Wolfberry. This fruit has so many uses that I can't even list half of them. Liver disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, some forms of cancer, exhaustion/chronic fatigue... may benefit with the aid of Ninxia Red. Pets and children love it too! Try the little packs instead of those juice boxes.
  • Raindrop Therapy: Many who have come into the office have seen us use this treatment. An easily learned technique, it's excellent for back pain & immune support; great for many ailments, or just for the overall maintenance of good mental & physical health.

This is just the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to discussing essentials oils. Again, if you would like more information, watch for upcoming classes or suggest a topic! The more we know and can implement for ourselves, the more optimal & vibrant health we can achieve for ourselves, our families, and our pets!


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