“Three years have gone by since Auggie had a cancerous growth removed from his front paw. The vet was unable to get all the growth as it had many fingers that were wrapped around delicate nerves in his paw and Auggie may have not been able to walk had they been damaged. The type of cancer that was removed the pathologist stated it didn’t respond to chemo or radiation. Our vet suggested we boost his immune system. We did this with accupuncture and a home prepared diet/herbal protocol that Cat formulated for us. Home prepared meals are truly the best for all. In the beginning it may seem challenging but Cat gives very easy to follow instructions and recipes. I have learned more about cancer than I ever wanted to know and in the process learned how harmful commercial pet food is to the health and well being of our dogs. Auggie is doing great, I hope our story gives someone hope that they can do something to help. Nutrition is the best medicine.“
“Misha was my stunning tricolor Cavalier whom I shared my life with for 16 years. I attribute his health and lengthy life to several reasons, one very important being the diets Cat developed for him over the last third of his life. I had been feeding Misha various diets including kibble, homemade (not balanced) and raw. He was a pretty healthy boy, but I wanted the best nutrition for him. In any case, once we started the diets Cat developed, Misha only got healthier. He stopped eating grass for the first time in his life! He hiked miles with me on trails into his teens. We traveled to New Orleans, the Outer Banks, Cape Cod and so many other wonderful places after he turned 10. At about age 10, Misha developed a heart murmur (close to 100% of Cavaliers have heart murmurs by age 10). He had echocardiograms done on his heart every year from age 11 through age 16. At age 16, the cardiologist came in – stunned – and said, “This is not the heart of a 16 year old Cavalier! His heart looks so good!” And while he did have a heart murmur and arthritis the last couple years of his life, he was never on any medication until the last couple months of life. I lost him to old age, and could not have been more grateful for this gift of a long and healthy life for my best friend.
I truly cannot thank Cat enough for all her support over the years. I have studied and done research in nutrition for close to 10 years, and you cannot find a more knowledgeable person than Cat. She knows the research, science (and math!) behind canine nutrition, but she doesn’t treat her patients as a “one size fits all.” She knows that even if something helps most dogs, there may be one that gets sick, so she will find something else to help that particular dog. I cannot recommend Cat highly enough. You literally have nothing to lose – the extra money spent on diets will be saved in vet bills (and heartache). Two German Shepherds just recently entered my life, and I look forward to increasing their health with Cat’s diets.”
Thanks Cat, for helping us back to health!
Cat had been a guest for a weekend on my chat group Natural Berners: she was bright, engaging, and enthusiastic about nutrition. I signed up for a consultation. Crystal has been on Cat’s diet for 5 months now: her eyes twinkle, her coat is glossy, and she has a bounce in her step. She has not had a case of the gulps nor a trip back to emergency in that time. Nutrition is not just about a single vitamin or a mineral or a panacea herb; they all work synergistically and adding, subtracting, or altering one affects the others. Cat told me when she made Crystal’s diet that Crystal would be covered from A-Zinc. The cost of the consultation is nominal compared to the money I have spent and could have spent on vet bills. Home cooking was a bit daunting for me as I am not much of a cook; and, while home cooking is more expensive for a 90 lb dog than kibble and is certainly more time consuming, I am so glad that I perservered: I have a healthy, happy dog. The icing on the cake: I have peace of mind.
Spirit and I are truly grateful we found her!
Charlie has been on Catherines diets for a year now and still is in complete remission. Charlie is doing so well that we were able to continue with agility training and resume trialing in AKC events! Our oncologist told us 6 – 9 months remission would be typical. So far, Charlie is 13 months in remission!
Catherine came highly recommended by our local pet food store and I can see why. Cat took a full history of Elsie and went to work recommending a diet and supplements specific for her. We worked very closely together over the next few months adjusting and tweaking things as needed. It was a lot to take in but now a year and half later, it is the best thing we could have done. Elsie no longer suffers from allergies and has not had any issue with her anal glands in months. Many people we come across comment on how white and healthy Elsie looks. Without a doubt Cat’s home-cooked protocol has a lot to do with this. She has been a great support and a wealth of information. Don’t hesitate in contacting Cat, you won’t regret it! She’s very dedicated and truly cares about the dogs she meets and treats – we are lucky to have found her.
Well, I refused to sentence my loving girl to a lifetime of kibble. So I bought a few books on home-cooked diets and did a lot of research on the Internet. Instead of helping me, the information and different opinions overwhelmed and confused me. I did not want to play a guessing game with my dog’s health. That’s when luck was on my side, because I came across “The Possible Canine”, Catherine’s website. I e-mailed her immediately and embarked on an incredible journey of discovery. Her knowledge and compassion were so evident from our conversations and also from the testimonials on her website. My journey began with an in depth questionnaire about Zena, her health, her activity level etc. From there, Cat tailored several different recipes for Zena and supported us every step of the way through the transition. Thankfully Cat was always there to answer my many questions and to solve some allergies Zena ended up having with chicken.
Now, people often comment on how glossy and full Zena’s fur is (Including my vet and her technicians). Zena’s blood work shows her to be extremely healthy and her energy level is up. When I am getting her dinner ready, Zena is on her blanket licking her lips and wagging her tail. As soon as the yogurt is spooned into her bowl she’s up and bouncing right beside me. She doesn’t refuse her food anymore but instead licks the bowl clean (Along with the wall if a few specks of food land on it). I think if my husband reacted that way to my cooking I’d actually cook more often!
I am thrilled that Zena is healthy but even more important, she loves her food, REAL food! Thank you so much Cat for everything. I hope you realize that the service and understanding you offer us and our pets are simply priceless.
But, like me I never really fed her the best food, either because I didn’t care, or my financial situation didn’t allow it. I use to buy the cheapest dog food available at of all places Giant Tiger.
In the past few years she has shown signs of aging of course with the removal of a lump around her neck, her dew claw (cancer), and she has a bad spine, terrible legs, and she is deaf. But, she still is a puppy with loads of energy and a spark in her eye. Despite her failing legs, she still runs when excited.
In mid April of this year (2008) she stopped eating for 4 days. During that 4 day period, she also had diarrhea. After the first round of blood tests, we were preparing to put her down that week, and even took some final pictures with her.
After consulting with Catherine, she prepared an emergency diet for 2 weeks and we ran more blood tests.
Everyone,including her veterinarian, was stunned regarding the profound changes just after 2 weeks of this diet.
With new numbers in hand, another custom diet was created to deal with the organs involved, specifically the pancreas, and liver. As of October, she is still eating well, her blood results have stabilized, and she continues to defy the odds. The results from the new diet have been profound and longlasting.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Catherine if you require a specialized diet for your dog.
In my first conversation with Cat I found hope and a multitude of ideas and foods to get Mystic eating again. I had been taught for years that I should only feed Mystic dog food and by this time had exhausted almost every kind of food on the market. He refused to eat any of it. Much to my surprise and joy, Mystic would eat the recipes that Cat offered. Weeks went by and Mystic’s appetite steadily increased. It has been six months since that dreadful diagnosis was made and Mystic is healthier, stronger and livelier than he has been in some years. We have hit some bumpy patches along the way when his interest in food waned and Cat would always find a solution – usually something that I would never have thought of on my own. Cat continues to advise me on the foods and supplements that Mystic needs and even reminds me what’s missing when I’ve let things slide myself.
Cat gives way more of herself than anyone I’ve met and offers a unique and essential service. Cat, I don’t think I can ever thank you enough for what you have done for Mystic and I. I am quite certain that he would not be here to share my life today had we not been blessed with your great skill, your generosity and your absolute dedication to the animals that come to you for help.
She has generally been healthy and has won several blue ribbons, both in shows and other dog activities. She has, however, had numerous episodes of gastro-intestinal problems that have required antibiotics and has always been more or less high strung. As she grew older, she began to change, became more withdrawn, sensitive and nervous, refused her food often, had a general lack of energy and less desire for the things she had always loved to do. She just didn’t feel good.
On the internet, I found the idea of feeding a raw-food diet in order to perk her up so I decided to try. Initially, the change was quite dramatic in all respects, physically and emotionally, so I was convinced that raw food á la BARF was the panacea for all her ills. However, after this initial “honeymoon” improvement, even though she loved the food, her health again took a turn for the worse. She became very thirsty, restless and very easily upset and/or excitable, was constantly panting and paced around at night. Needless to say, neither of us slept well. I could get no concrete guidelines from the internet lists I was on, my vet at the time just wanted her on cortisone because of possible “allergy”, which I refused. I was at my wits end with a 9 yr old dog who was not thriving and getting worse.
This is when I happened upon Catherine’s list. It did not take me long to realize, that here was a lady who knew what she was doing and who was giving trustworthy information, backed up with knowledge and documentation. She was genuinely concerned and helpful and not afraid to challenge the ideas that I had bought into. I hired Catherine to do a full protocol and I am sure she saved my dogs life and sanity, as well as my own. During the 3 months that we worked together intensively, my Bella made a dramatic improvement, calmed down and regained her appetite and has become calmer than at any other time of her life.
Bella, now 10½, is a healthy and active collie, although retired from public life. Since she is totally dependant on me to make intelligent decisions about her diet, I have gradually become more proficient in preparing nutritious and varied meals for her and in my understanding of how important good nutrition is. In fact, there is nothing really more important to a dogs health than providing a healthy and balanced diet. I can highly recommend Catherine’s competent and knowledgeable guidance for achieving this noble goal.”
My 9-year-old dog was diagnosed with diabetes in the summer, this diagnosis added to the list of health concerns he has, a heart murmur, hyper lipidimia and a tendency to have pancreas troubles. I was told to give special commercial dog food for diabetes. Unfortunately he did not like this food at all and having him eat was a challenge. Having a dog eat at regular intervals and the proper amount is crucial when dealing with diabetes and insulin injections. I phone Catherine who helped me right away, she took all of his health concerns into account and began her research, and she worked closely with me and with my vet. Catherine has created menus that were easy for me to make and that is a challenge given my crazy shift work schedule and limited cooking ability. Catherine has also helped adapt the same menus to work for my other dog who does not have the same health concens. Zeus loves his meals and eats with gusto the proper nutrition at regular intervals. He has not had any pancreas type issues since being on the diet and his blood sugar levels have improved.
Catherine has helped me with supplements, questions and more questions. She had given me great information and has taught me a great deal. I am very grateful to my vet for introducing me to her. I intend to have Catherine help me with all the dogs to come in my life from healthy puppy to my next geriatric dog. I highly recommend her to anyone with a dog.
TTouch relieved Cori’s pain from arthritis and her difficulty in moving. A variety of herbs and supplements allowed her to eat, not lose weight, and to help her feel better. And during all those months Catherine’s understanding and sympathy helped me to deal with the anxiety and fear I was feeling. I highly recommend Catherine as a nutritionist; she has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience, knows a wide range of people to contact for further support and information, and is tireless in helping pets (and their humans). That energy is what sets her apart from others who may have knowledge of holistic practices. Contact her, use her; you and your pets will be helped in so many ways!”
Most recently, she described at ThePossibleCanine why she places such emphasis on purity of ingredients in supplements and I found myself learning more than I had expected and coming to understand and value the depth of her expertise and her commitment to excellence. Working with Cat I have come to better understand more what holistic means and how integral balance is to that discipline. ” Frances Qualls Milwaukee
Catherine was literally a lifeline for Connor. From initial veterinary consultation, through the long stages of “holding” (never technically identified as remission) and into the final stages of palliative care, Catherine provided the research, analysis and emotional support that I believe directly contributed to his well-being.
Make no mistake: until the very last days, this was a dog experiencing an excellent quality of life overall. Just a few months before he died, people at beaches across Canada asked me how old my puppy was (he was 12 going on 13 at that point). He had boundless energy, enjoyed his play and got over whatever short-lived malaise he experienced from time to time.
Thank you Catherine. I know Connor thanked you too — your compassion reached through to his quiet soul and he felt a sense of connection with you, something he graced few people with.”