Cathy's Chihuahua Cuties
Specializing in...
 Long Coat Chihuahua Puppies
 
Cathy's Chihuahua Cuties
Michael & Cathy Lowdermilk 
Mesa, Arizona
Cathy - 480-628-1851
Mike  - 480-628-0851
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Breeder's Recommendations


On this page you will find our recommendations for food,           vitamin supplementation, grooming, training and more.  These recommentations are based on our experiences with our own         dogs and as breeders for over 20 years.

The Lowdermilks

Health and Nutrition

Dog Food

We do not believe in skimping when it comes to our dogs’ health.  We buy only the
highest quality dog food and supplements.  We have tried several brands over the past
few years and have settled on Fromm’s Four-Star Nutritionals.  Fromm Four-Star
offers your dog a variety of flavor choices, including grain-free choices. They've
designed their entire line to compliment one another allowing you to switch between
and combine recipes. Chihuahuas like variety so we switch flavors weekly.
Our dogs and puppies eat all the varieties.  Four-Star does not offer a puppy formula
as it is rated “appropriate for all stages of life”.  

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Dry Recipes
     Prepared in small batches with fresh ingredients delivered daily, the     Four-Star dry recipes for dogs offer the highest inclusion levels of fresh          meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables.
    *Learn about the features and benefits of Four-Star dry by clicking 
on the image of the bag of food.
Can Recipes
     The perfect compliment to their dry recipes or a rich savory meal by        themselves. Available in three shredded varieties. We like to mix a spoonful              of canned food with some warm water to make a “gravy” to pour over our               dogs’ dry food. They love it!
    *Learn about the features and benefits of Four-Star canned food by           clicking on the image of the can of food.
Feeding Schedule






Your puppy will be ready to eat dry kibbles when s/he arrives at your house.  We feed               our dogs twice a day--breakfast time and dinner time.  In the evening we mix a spoon                 of canned food and the
Zija Smart Mix supplement with some warm water to make a              gravy and pour that over their food.  They love it!

*From arrival to 3 lbs. feed 1/8 cup kibbles at each feeding 1/8 tsp. of Zija Smart Mix
added to the evening feeding.

*From 3 lbs. to 6 lbs. feed 1/4 cup kibbles at each feeding
1/4 tsp. of
Zija Smart Mix added to the evening feeding. For smaller dogs you will feed
a slight quarter cup and for larger dogs a fuller quarter cup.  

Be careful not to feed your dog too much.  If s/he starts to put on too much weight
you should cut back on his/her food.  With small dogs a few kibbles can make a big
difference. Be careful about feeding "people food" to your dog.  Some foods that are
good for us are toxic for dogs. (See your special section on foods that are toxic below
this section.)
If you are going to give your dog "people food" give him healthy snacks
like baby carrots, apples, and lean meats. Then don't forget to cut back on the kibbles. 
An overweight dog is NOT a healthy dog. 


What Dogs Can Eat












A well-designed dog food gives your pet all the nutrients it needs for an active and             healthy life. But that doesn't mean you can't sometimes give your dog human food as a         special treat -- as long as portions are limited, and the foods are cooked, pure, and not              fatty or heavily seasoned. See the next few slides for some tasty suggestions. But if               you're looking to human food as a meal replacement, talk to your vet about amounts and frequency.

 

Safe: Lean Meats

Most dogs are fine eating lean cuts of meat that have been cooked. Be sure to remove

all visible fat -- including the skin on poultry. Also be sure that there are no bones in

the meat before you give it to your dog.

 

Safe: Some Fresh Fruits

Slices of apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon make tasty treats for your dog. Be             sure to remove any seeds first, though. Seeds, stems, and leaves can cause serious          problems.

 

Safe: Some Vegetables

Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or           zucchini slices. Even a plain baked potato is OK. Be sure, though, not to let your dog eat             any raw potatoes or any potato plants it might have access to in your garden.

 

Safe: Cooked White Rice and Pasta

Dogs may enjoy plain white rice or pasta after it's cooked. And, a serving of plain                  white rice with some boiled chicken can sometimes provide welcome relief from                   gastrointestinal upset.


Dangerous Foods for Dogs








Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin? Can a little reward from

the table really hurt your dog? Well, that depends on what it is and/or what's in it.

A chip with guacamole can cause your dog some real problems. In fact, there's a lot

of people food your dog should never eat. And, it's not just because of weight. Some

foods are downright dangerous for dogs -- and some of these common foods may

surprise you. I know it surprised me!

I was chatting with a lady who purchased one of our puppies.  She was telling me how

her puppy loves apples and grapes.  I got quiet...she asked me if that was okay.  I

knew that raisins were toxic to dogs so it stands to reason that grapes would be

toxic too.  I suggested that we hop on the internet and find out.  It turns out that

grapes are very toxic to dogs.  Thankfully she did not give her puppy many grapes

and he is fine.  I continued my research and what you see below is the result of

that research.  Hopefully this will help prevent an unnecessary tragedy for you

and your beloved pet!

 

Avocado

No matter how good you think the guacamole is, you shouldn't give it to your dog.

Avocados contain a substance called persin. It's harmless for humans who aren't

allergic. But large amounts might be toxic to dogs. If you happen to be growing

avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed,

and bark, as well as in the fruit.

 

Alcohol

Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol -- none of it's good for your dog. That's

because alcohol has the same effect on a dog's liver and brain that it has on humans.

But it takes far less to do its damage. Just a little can cause vomiting, diarrhea,

central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing,

coma, even death. And the smaller the dog, the greater the effect.

 

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic in all forms -- powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- can destroy

a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder

found in some baby food. An occasional small dose is probably OK. But just eating a

large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms

of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and

breathlessness.

 

Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine

Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a dog. And, there is no antidote.

Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart

palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. In addition to tea and coffee -

including beans and grounds -- caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and

stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It's also in some cold medicines and pain killers.

 

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for dogs. But it's not a good idea.

Although it isn't clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And

just a small amount can make a dog ill. Repeated vomiting is an early sign. Within a day,

the dog will become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to keep grapes

and raisins off counters and other places your dog can reach.

 

Milk and Other Dairy Products

On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog. But if

your dog could, it would thank you for not doing so. Milk and milk-based products can

cause diarrhea and other digestive upset as well as set up food allergies (which often

manifestas itchiness).

 

Macadamia Nuts

Dogs should not eat macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts because they

can be fatal. As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Symptoms

of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters,

vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. Eating chocolate with the

nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.

 

Candy and Gum

Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol.

Xylitol can cause an increase in the insulin circulating through your dog's body. That

can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Initial

symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Eventually, the dog

may have seizures. Liver failure can occur within just a few days.

 

Chocolate

Most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs. The toxic agent in chocolate is

theobromine. It's in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous

kinds, though, are dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate.

Eating chocolate, even just licking the icing bowl, can cause a dog to vomit, have

diarrhea, and be excessively thirsty. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm,

tremors, seizures, and death.

 

Fat Trimmings and Bones

Table scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn't eat and bones. Both are

dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause

pancreatitis in dogs. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can

choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your

dog's digestive system. It's best to just forget about the doggie bag.

 

Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums

The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits. The seeds from persimmons can

cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal

obstruction. Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or

plum. Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans

and dogs. The difference is humans know not to eat them. Dogs don't.

 

Raw Eggs

There are two problems with giving your dog raw eggs. The first is the possibility of

food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. The second is that an enzyme in

raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin

problems as well as problems with your dog's coat if raw eggs are fed for a long time.

 

Raw Meat and Fish

Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning.

In addition, certain kinds of fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can contain

a parasite that causes "fish disease" or "salmon poisoning disease." If not treated,

the disease can be fatal within two weeks. The first signs of illness are vomiting,

fever, and big lymph nodes. Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill the parasite and

protect your dog.

 

Salt

It's not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog. Eating

too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning.

Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated

body temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.

 

Sugary Foods and Drinks

Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to humans. It can lead to

obesity, dental problems, and possibly the onset of diabetes.

 

Yeast Dough

Before it's baked, bread dough needs to rise. And, that's exactly what it would do in

your dog's stomach if your dog ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the

dog's abdomen and cause severe pain. In addition, when the yeast ferments the dough

to make it rise, it produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.

 

Your Medicine

Reaction to a drug commonly prescribed for humans is the most common cause of

poisoning in dogs. Just as you would do for your children, keep all medicines out of

your dog's reach. And, never give your dog any over-the-counter medicine unless told

to do so by your vet. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in

pain relievers and cold medicine. And, they can be deadly for your dog.

 

Kitchen Pantry: No Dogs Allowed

Many other items commonly found on kitchen shelves can harm your dog. For instance,

baking powder and baking soda are both highly toxic. So are nutmeg and other spices.

Keeping food items high enough to be out of your dog's reach and keeping pantry

doors closed will help protect your dog from serious food-related illness.

 

If Your Dog Eats What It Shouldn't

Dogs explore with their mouth. And, no matter how cautious you are, it's possible your

dog can find and swallow what it shouldn't. It's a smart idea to always keep the number

of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control

Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- where you know you can find it in an emergency. And, if

you think your dog has consumed something that's toxic, call for emergency help at

once.

 


Supplementation




We have used and recommended NuVet Plus vitamins for years to our new puppy

owners. We recently discovered a new nutritional supplement that caught our attention. 

Bear with me as I tell you my story—I promise this will be about your chihuahua in the

end.

In September of 2011 I was introduced to a product called Zija.  My pastor’s wife had        started giving it to her 8 year old son at the insistence of a friend because he suffered          from serious asthma.  After a week on the Zija Smart Mix her son was doing so great              that she took him off all medication.  That was in August 2011. To date he has not               needed pills, inhalers, or breathing treatments!  She made such an impassioned plea for              me to try it that I agreed.  My latest blood work, taken in July 2011 had shown that I               was in adrenal fatigue.  I am normally a high energy person but I was waking up tired in             the morning!  The first thing I noticed when I started taking the Zija Smart Mix was              that my energy level was back to normal—plus some!  After a month I realized that I                had not needed any medication for my acid reflux for several days and that the                shoulder pain I had suffered with since a car accident in 2002 was gone as well as               chronic back pain.  I am pain free on a daily basis for the first time in 12 years!
Between October 2011 and December 2011 I met people who no longer needed                medication for diabetes, allergies, fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, and the list goes on--               simply from taking Zija’s Smart Mix daily.  Being a researcher at heart, I started         researching this product line.  I discovered that it is made solely from the Moringa           Oleifera tree.  I had never heard of Moringa before so I started researching it.  I         discovered that for centuries, many cultures have looked to Moringa as a general
remedy and healing agent. It has been referred to as the Miracle Plant. Moringa's
benefits are both broad and compelling. Legend has it that Moringa's effectiveness
is known for treating more than 300 conditions and has been heavily utilized in folk
medicine to treat a variety of health conditions. It has been featured on the
Discovery Channel and touted as one of the best all natural supplements in the world.
(click the Discovery Channel link to see a brief 10 minute segment of that documentary
on Moringa.)

"Moringa is an extraordinary plant. It's a plant that has all the nutrients that could be          found in a perfect food." - Dr. Monica Marcu, Ph.D.

"One of the things that impresses me most about Moringa is the fact that it has the                 full complement of the essential amino acids that human beings need-there are eight of                them that we cannot synthesize, so we have to get them from our food."                                      -- Ann Hirsch, PhD, Professor of Botany at University of California Los Angeles

"Scientifically speaking, Moringa sounds like magic. It can rebuild weak bones, enrich           anemic blood and enable a malnourished mother to nurse her starving baby. Doctors use               it to treat diabetes in West Africa and high blood pressure in India."  
-Los Angeles Times

Why Zija?







I tell you all this because I have discovered that many people have been giving Zija’s             Smart Mix to their four legged friends; including cats, dogs, horses and many different       exotics. Now that I have seen the phenomenal results my friends and I have had on this     product, it seemed only logical that I would start using it with my chihuahuas instead

of the NuVet vitamins.  Here is why:

 The Moringa in Zija’s Smart Mix…

*Contains 46 antioxidants & 36 anti-inflammatories,

*Contains Omegas 3, 6, & 9, and 20 amino acids

*Is 100% bioavailable    
*Is enzymatically alive    
*Is easily absorbable
*Nourishes the body's immune system    
*Promotes healthy circulation
*Supports normal blood glucose    
*Improves metabolism
*Boosts real kinesiological energy safely (via amino acids and B vitamins)
*Contains natural anti-aging benefits                                        
*Is supported by modern scientific findings
*Is GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe)                                    


"I have often seen that when you give an animal enough of these nutrients, in time, it         fortifies the body so it can fight off a disease or inflammation, and it will balance,             detoxify and repair itself. Zija’s 93 different nutrients and 539 medicinal biochemical     activities go to work for both us humans and for our loved pets."
-- Mark Mandela, Clinical Nutritionist

 for Pets



The average chihuahua will need 1/4 tsp. of Smart Mix each day. You can either mix

with water and/or canned food or sprinkle over their food. I sprinkle it over their

food then put a bit of “gravy” over the dry food and stir.  I make this gravy by

mixing a bit of canned dog food and warm water.  My dogs love it.  If your dog

should become ill at some point in time, you can safely increase their normal amount

by giving it to them twice a day until they recover.  One packet of Zija’s Smart

Mix contains 4 tsp. of Zija powder and each case contains 32 packets so you

can see that a case of Smart Mix will last quite a long time.  At the end of this

page you will find a number of testimonials from pet owners who have given Zija’s                      Smart Mix to their pet and the incredible results they experienced. 

I signed up as a distributor for Zija so that I could purchase the product for myself at wholesale.  Once I started reading about people who were giving it to their dogs, I               wanted to make this incredible product available to my puppy owners as well.  If you do            your research, like I did, I imagine you will want to not only give Zija’s Smart Mix to                your chihuaha but you will want to take it as well.  Zija offers two ways to purchase

product at wholesale.  As a distributor you purchase product at wholesale and have the

ability to share the products with people you know and make money for your efforts. 

The Preferred Customer program allows customers who sign up for a monthly reorder

of product to purchase at wholesale.  Under the Preferred Customer program the

company autoships your product to you every 28 days. There is enough Smart Mix in

a case for one human and one chihuahua for a month!  What a deal!!! The wholesale cost

of one case of Smart Mix (32 packets) is $90.  If you decide to purchase Smart Mix

for your chihuahua only, you can order a case at retail for $105.   If you have questions,

want more info, or need help ordering, just give me a call. You can also call the company

directly at 866-913-9452.  Give them my distributor #1188512 and tell them you

would like to order a case of Smart Mix.  You can purchase online by clicking

on the link below.

Please do not order Zija products through Amazon or other sites online.  These people              are marketing the products through unethical practices.  In addition, you cannot be             assured that the product has not been tampered with since it is not being shipped to                  you directly from the Zija warehouse.

  Click here to Purchase Zija's Smart Mix online

If you are more comfortable with a supplement specifically made for dogs,              then we recommend NuVet Plus. 

Click the image to the left to visit their website.

800-474-7044-order code:  99741

Immunization




Canine Vaccination Guidelines

The duration of immunity for vaccines for diseases like rabies, distemper, and                parvovirus have been shown to be 7 years. More importantly it has been scientifically           proven that, after the initial series, when vaccines are re-administered the immune              status of the patient is not enhanced.  Antibodies from the initial vaccine block the         subsequent vaccines from having any effect.

Although the true interval at which re-administration of Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Para influenza vaccinations will enhance the immunity in a significant             number of dogs has not been determined, an arbitrary compromise interval of every               three years has been agreed upon by the American Animal Hospital Association, the         American Association of Feline Practitioners, and 22 Schools of Veterinary Medicine. It              is the consensus of immunologists and experts that the duration of immunity is much            longer and is probably the life of the patient. This three-year compromise interval will        greatly reduce the number of antigens administered, and therefore the risk of adverse reactions, while providing the most complete protection against preventable diseases        possible.

Puppy shots are recommended at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks.  Rabies is to be given             at 16 weeks.  Boosters given every 3 years. 

We do not vaccinate against Corona or Leptospirosis. These diseases are not endemic in       Arizona and the risk of side effects outweighs any benefits.  Check with your vet for recommendations for your state.  Your puppy will come with a Health Record that we        created.  Reference your health record to see what vaccinations have been                     administered as well as other treatments and/or vet visits.

Fecal Tests






A microscopic fecal exam should be a part of your initial visit to the vet with your new          puppy.  Our puppies live indoors in our home. We do our best to maintain a clean, sanitary environment for our puppies, however coccidia is very common in Arizona and extremely      difficult to avoid in a kennel situation where puppies live where they potty. Coccidia are          small protozoans (one-celled organisms) that live in the intestinal tracts of dogs and               cats. Most infected puppies are in the four to twelve week age group. The possibility of         coccidia should always be considered when a loose stool or diarrhea is encountered in                this age group. Blood and mucous in the stool may also be present. We often give a round               of Albon to our puppies as a preventative treatment for coccidia, however, it may need                to be repeated once the puppy is in your care.


                    Grooming





L
ong haired Chihuahuas need more grooming than their short haired companions, but                 they still are not difficult to manage. They shed much less than you would imagine. 
Long haired Chihuahuas have soft, fine guard hairs. These are smoother to  the touch                 than short haired dogs. It can take 2 years for a long haired Chihuahua to develop its                 full coat. Brush your long-haired Chihuahua at least once a week with a pin or slicker              brush. This breed's long, fine hair can become knotted or tangled unless it is brushed                 on a regular basis.
Brush your Chihuahua's teeth at least once a week with a toothbrush and toothpaste                that is made for dogs. A Chihuahua's small teeth can build up plaque and tartar quickly.           This bacteria can spread under the gum line and enter the dog's blood stream, which                 can cause a variety of problems, including heart disease. Prevent this from occurring by       keeping your Chihuahua's teeth healthy and clean.
Shampoo and Conditioner



We use the Plush Puppy line of shampoos and conditioners.  They have an extensive line              of products.  I am sure there are many quality products out there--these are just the             ones we choose to use.  We are able to purchase these products locally, however, you                 can purchase them online as well by clicking the images of the products below.  Bear in            mind that these products are concentrated-that is why they are so expensive.  I fill a                24 oz. water bottle with water and add about 8 pumps of shampoo to it.  Gently mix and            use generously. I can get 2-3 baths out of that.  I usually use the Whitening shampoo               only on paws and around their mouths.  I pump a pea sized bit of shampoo onto my                fingers and work into wet hair.

  Natural Conditioning Shampoo with Evening Primrose


Will add shine and assist disentangling on flowing coated breeds such as Cotons.
Derived from: Organic sources with strong emphasis on evening primrose oil.
Will add shine and assist disentangling on flowing coated breeds such as Afghans, Beardies etc. This shampoo can be used each week to enhance the natural condition of your dogs coat. 
Natural Silk Protein Conditioner




Natural Silk Protein Condioner will not only           leave a great finish on your Chihuahua's                coat but will reduce static electricity and            fluffiness in a 'fly away' coat. 

Derived from;  Organic sources with silk             amino acids and plant extracts.
How to apply: Can be diluted 5 parts water
to 1 part conditioner and up to 10:1 for light
use. For use on its own or can be mixed with       Swishy Coat or Blow Dry Cream or both for       specific coat needs and left in to assist     blow-drying.

Brushes








We use a variety of tools to groom our dogs.  On of our favorite brushes is a Mason

Pearson nylon brush.  We purchased it over 7 years ago and it is still in great shape. 

We have discovered that buying quality products may require quite an investment in the

beginning but it is worth it in the long run.  I found someone online who sold me a brush

that had been returned for a significantly discounted price.  We have recently

discovered the Chris Christensen line of brushes.

In addition to a good nylon brush we also like to use a good slicker brush for removing

loose hair and tangles and a good pin brush for finishing.  We like Chris Christensen

brushes as they are good quality and the pins on the slicker brush do not hurt the dog’s

skin like a cheap slicker brush.  We have found that we save a lot of money by ordering

them online versus purchasing them at our favorite boutique pet store.


Mark I X-Small Slicker Brush

All of Chris Christensen Systems Slicker Brushes have a super soft

relaxed cushion and lightweight Beech Wood body with contoured

handles to meet the needs of any brushing style or direction.

 The curved back slicker brushes create a motion that is not

obtainable by flat back slicker brushes, cutting your grooming

time drastically.


Andreas' Boar / Nylon Bristle Cushion Brushes  

Natural boar / nylon bristle brushes. Ultra flexibility and long-lasting

comfort. Strong, durable brush. Hand-finished by German Craftsman,

who take pride in their work. Lightweight beech wood groom grip handle

for comfort.

 


Housebreaking your Chihuahua

We use the Pet Park system by PetZoom.  It is a plastic tray with

artificial grass on top.  The puppies will begin crawling over to the

grass at around 3 weeks of age to relieve themselves.  By the

time they are 6 weeks old they rarely potty anywhere but on

the Pet Park. If you live in an apartment or will be gone for

hours at a time, you might want to consider purchasing something

like the Pet Park.  

We recommend crate training a very young puppy.  If a puppy is given too much freedom

it will be confused and potty all over the house.  This complicates the housebreaking

process.  Remember that your puppy will need to go out to potty first thing in the

morning and within 15-20 minutes of eating.  Come up with a single word that will be

the signal word for going potty.  Say it when you take your puppy out to potty and again

when your puppy relieves himself.  Chihuahuas are very intelligent dogs.  They catch on

quickly.

Training your Chihuahua

Remember that it is vitally important that you establish

yourself as the pack leader from the very beginning with

your new puppy.  You might want to visit Cesar Millan’s

website for tips- http://www.cesarsway.com/taxonomy/term/657.

There are other good training courses available on the

internet.  Do a little research and find one that fits your

personality and needs.

We also suggest a good puppy training class once your puppy is a bit older. 

Places like PetSmart offer inexpensive classes for puppies that will get

you off to a good start.  If you have any questions, we are always here

to help in any way we can.


Michael and Cathy Lowdermilk


Zija Pet Testimonials

 

I have a 9 year old lab whose arthritis was so bad after a long trip across the country

that we were afraid we would have to put him down. It was so bad he could hardly stand

to get himself outside and go to the bathroom and had to be carried. Having taken Zija

myself for a few weeks I started to give it to him. Within a few days he was able to

walk again and now he is very agile. That was about 6 months ago and just the other day

he jumped up on our bed again by himself-something he had not done in about 2 years. 

-- Rev. Brad  

I am the very proud owner of Crombie, a 10 year old Beagle. For the first six
years of her life, Crombie was kept in a rabbit cage that was too small — leaving
her crippled.
About 4 years ago after our dog, Hank, died, Crombie entered our lives. We really
didn't rescue her as much as she rescued us! Although Crombie has made a lot of
improvement, she continues to have difficulty. In late fall when I came home to let
Crombie and her two brothers out for a bathroom break she was unable to move her
back legs. Needless to say I immediately took her to Dr. M who treated her and
informed me that Crombie had a pretty serious bulging disc in her back. Although
Crombie regained the use of her legs it was something that needed to be watched
carefully. Dr. M suggested I contact Dr. Ziegler who may be able to help Crombie with acupuncture. We contacted Dr. Ziegler and the acupuncture began. Although this has
made a world of difference in Crombie, it wasn't until Dr. Ziegler introduced us to Zija
that the real miracles started to happen. We give Crombie 1/2 teaspoon two times a
day. Almost immediately we started to see a new dog. She is more alert, sleeps less,
has more energy and most importantly is less nervous when storms are approaching.
The only thing Crombie hasn't changed is her snoring. Besides that it has been a great
journey watching her life improve because of Zija! We would recommend it to anyone!
— Lisa S.  

I was fortunate enough to find out about Noreen 3 years ago when my dog,
Bella, was diagnosed with "vesicular coetaneous lupus erythematous."  Scary,
as I was told it was a very difficult disease to control. The vet Bella was seeing
at the time wanted to give her an oral chemo, and put her on allergy shots for the rest
of her life. I truly thought
we were going to lose Bella to this disease when Noreen came into our lives. She
changed Bella’s dog food and put her on some supplements. It took one year to wean
Bella off of prednisone. She had sores all over her body for a long time, but her energy
came back almost immediately. She has lived the past year free of any signs that she
ever had a problem.

While Noreen was treating Bella, I started having some health issues. I saw Noreen

(as a Certified Nutrition Counselor) in April of 2006, just prior to my surgery in May,

when I became an ovarian & uterine cancer survivor. At the time, she did a Meridian

Stress Assessment and put me on a number of whole-food supplements. I continued on

the supplements until I heard about this new product, Zija, in July of 2008. I no longer

take all those supplements, as I can drink them each morning in my Zija – it has

everything I was taking in a pill form in that one-serving can. I honestly have not felt

this good in years!

This year my other dog, Decca, the sister to Bella, had her usual allergy flair up and I

once again called Noreen for HELP! Noreen ran an MSA on Decca – we changed her food

and put her on Zija. It has been 2 months and you'd never know Decca ever had any

problem at all. Noreen, thank you for staying on top of technology and for bringing Zija

into our lives. You are a blessing to both, humans and animals.

— Michele L, Bella & Decca 

Dixie was one of my co-workers whose dog was taking treatments for cancer.

Ray Ray is a little dog and he had been taking chemo treatments since Oct. 2009.

During his treatments in April, the vet sent him home to die because his blood

count was so low the vet was unable to give him any more treatments. I told Dixie to

put a little Zija in his food, but she said he was too weak to eat. I then told her to

wet her finger, put it in the Zija, and rub it in his mouth. She did that twice daily for

two weeks till his next scheduled appointment. When she arrived at the vet, he could

not believe it was Ray Ray. His blood count was up enough that they were able to give

him his treatment.

During his next visit, two weeks later, his blood count was over 8,000. His treatments

were going so well the vet wanted to know what she was doing. She told him about Zija. 

As of today, Ray Ray is running around and jumping on the bed again and acting like he

did before he became ill. 

-Mary E., Virginia

The vet said our dog might not make it through the night. My husband said,
"Why not try that Moringa stuff?" I gave her two oral syringes and she liked
it. I gave her two more, and she got up and smelled her dog food. Then she
practically grabbed her treats out of my hand. I gave her more and more. She gained
her weight back, her eyes cleared, and she was wagging her tail. My vet could not
believe it! But she was so cancer infested, and we caught it so late. Still, we got an
extra month of quality time with her. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!
—Diane P
I started giving my Labrador, Chauncey, the Zija mix after nothing else worked
for his allergies. His allergies were so bad he would bite and scratch on his legs
until there were bald spots. He also has issues with his ears due to allergies and
has required a surgery to help. I have followed the veterinarian’s instruction to help
him with his allergies, but nothing she gave me worked. After hearing Zija had been
given to race horses for their ailments I thought I would give it a try for him. I
sprinkle ½ a sache on his food everyday and his hair on his legs is growing back and
he doesn’t show signs of allergies. On days when his ears are bothering him a little
more I give him an entire sache and this helps tremendously. I love my baby and he
will get his Zija everyday for the rest of his life!
- Teri Lynn Rice (Chauncey’s mom)