Cave Creek Arizona Veterinarian Contributes to Book About Canine Cognitive Dysfunction


Cave Creek Arizona Veterinarian Contributes to Book About Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, of Animal Bodywork & Nutrition, is very aware of the need for pet parents to learn more about cognitive issues in their dogs.

As a contributor to, F. Barish-Stern’s book, “Shamrock’s Story, From Hurricane Katrina to Doggy Dementia & Alzheimer’s, Dr Frick explained how the disease manifests itself in the brain tissues.  She said it involves the autonomic nervous system and the fight or flight, or calmness balancing of the hypothalamus, parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal glands. Dr. Frick stated that when there are deficiencies in the dog’s body, such as from exposure to environmental contaminants, food that is not healthy or balanced for the dog, and excess toxicity from heavy metals, these all play a major role in the messages that are sent to the brain.

Barish-Stern set out to write this book after experiencing this disease with her dog and explains what she has learned, in order to help pet parents understand more about cognitive issues in their dogs.

Dr. Frick believes, “Helping to share insights about the aging dog’s cognitive difficulty and ways to avoid it not only is a way to support dogs but their human companions as well. Knowledge is a powerful tool. This book has amassed a wealth of knowledge, from all over the globe, and now it is there as a reference and guidebook of understanding and what can be done about it.”

Dr. Frick offers chiropractic and physiotherapy (for any animal) and nutritional guidance (cats, dogs, horses, rabbits) to keep your animal healthy, or get them there. Here practice, Animal Bodywork & Nutrition is located at 37608 N. Cave Creek Road, #103,Cave Creek, Arizona. She can also be reached at

636.549.9100, or on the internet at:

To learn more about dementia & Alzheimer’s in dogs, Early Preventions, Recognition of Signs, Treatments  visit:

Dr. Ava Frick presents Dog Harness Fit

Harness Fit

Dr. Ava Frick presented at the Senior Dog Care Summit.

This 50 minute presentation is all about harnesses for your senior dog and is called: Harness Fitting: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Can a harness hurt your dog? What are the benefits of a good fitted harness for dogs? Dr. Ava Frick’s talks about how it can help your senior dog.

February is Animal Heart & Dental Month!

February is Animal Heart & Dental Month!

February is a busy month in the animal world educating pet parents about heart and dental health! In a way, they are actually connected because the bacteria in the mouth have affinity for the valves in the heart. Especially in the presence of vitamin A deficiency. So, getting or better yet, keeping a clean healthy mouth is the first step to protecting the heart. Raw diet is the first step to preventing dental calculus. Big soft bones or chew devices [for the dogs, not so much for cats], brushing, spraying, rinsing, water solutions, can all add to keeping the mouth fresh and reducing plaque build-up. But if needed, do not hesitate to have dentistry performed. A clean mouth is more important than you may realize in helping your pet to feel really good.

Speaking of the heart. The biggest topic over the past 3 years has been about taurine deficiency. In 2012 there was an article in VitaHound titled: Taurine Supplements are Usually Required in Present Day Dog Diets. Yes, as far back as 2012 the word was out – no canine diet has adequate taurine to match the stress and inflammation that dogs deal with. And why do dogs have inflammation and stress? That fact I have been recognizing since 2005 by doing hair Tissue Mineral Analysis testing.

Inflammation and stress are related to adrenal gland function, aldosterone production, sodium retention, loss of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, inadequate levels of choline, taurine, inositol, vitamin A and E. Basically, inadequate availability of whole food minerals, vitamins, and amino acids (especially taurine) lead to inflammation and inflammation precedes heart disease. In dogs with heart disease [other than congenital or genetic related], there are many potential factors preceding the onset that have been sneaking up undetected for quite a bit of time.

And if those dogs had been eating an archetype diet, like real unprocessed (anything but kibble here) meat containing food, it never would have happened. Why? Taurine is found naturally in milk, meat, fish, eggs, and sea vegetables such as kelp and seaweed. As for meat (not meat meal or by-products), mice have three times more taurine than chicken, next highest beef, followed distantly by lamb. Kelp is a good supplement source since it contains all 21 amino acids and is also rich in minerals and many vitamins. Adding the needed taurine to your dog’s diet is reasonably safe with a natural supplement. Dosages range from 200mg to 2000mg per day, best given 2 to 3 times a day. Cat foods already are supported with added taurine as this deficiency has been known to occur in cats for decades.

Other factors known to be needed by or as protection for the ticker include: Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, CoQ10, L-Carnitine, vitamin B2 for heart rate, vitamin B1 protects against cardiac hypertrophy and bradycardia, pantothenic acid helps with tachycardia, fish oil to reduce cytokines and herbs such as Hawthorn for conductivity.

Heart muscle innately produces CoQ10. Using a product containing concentrated heart muscle or feeding heart, will provide natural CoQ10, but there are times when even additional is beneficial. Whole food vitamin E containing E2 (the part of vitamin E that increases the carrying capacity of oxygen in the blood) reduces stress to the heart and allows the pet to breathe more slowly and efficiently.

Protecting the heart begins early in life and in the mouth! Get a Tissue Mineral Analysis Test done to know what mineral and toxic metals are of concern for optimal cell function. Follow a natural diet. And focus on what it takes to keep the mouth healthy.

Is Your Water Destroying Your Health?

Is your water destroying your health?

In almost every village, city, or country the water we drink and bathe in is loaded with toxic chemicals- chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, drugs, heavy metals… the list numbers in the hundreds in most areas. The result? Epidemic cancer rates, immune-system disorders, lowered IQ, Alzheimer’s and much more.

The Environmental Working Group (, EWG) in 2021 released the new Tap Water Database, cataloging more than 320 contaminants across nearly 50,000 water utilities. On their website, you can actually enter in your city and see a list of the contaminants and ratings. They also have a “Guide to Safe Drinking Water” with helpful tips on eliminating water toxins.  EWG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping you live your healthiest life.

The sensible thing for consumers in order to both save money and to protect the environment is to be proactive and take matters into their own hands, first by using effective filtration to handle their own water.  I developed my Ideal Earth Water filters to remove toxins while leaving the beneficial minerals alone. Go here to purchase the Ideal Earth Water filter.

Conversations with Animals by Dr. Ava Frick

Friday, October 22, 10:30 am

From Farm Girl to Pioneering Veterinarian, the Dr. Ava Frick Story …was built by biographer Ronald Joseph Kule with a “backbone” of biographical data and the “ribs, tissues and muscles” out of intermingled doctor/animal vignettes written by Dr Frick. The result is an entertaining work that any layperson, doctor, or pet owner might find inspiring. Syndicated columnist and renowned British veterinarian, Dr. Michael W. Fox, wrote the foreword, closing with this; “Other fellow creatures have their personal displays of affections, well-being, and existential joy—their own dances to the songs of their spirits. This book is an introduction to the celebration of this reality, an understanding of which lies at the core of the ethical caring for animals, and veterinary diagnostics and healing. Conversations with Animals…helps reconnect us to the great healing which we so urgently need in these times of existential crises facing not only humanity but all living creatures, great and small.” During this lively and entertaining presentation, Dr. Frick will share with you some of her life, her passions, and stories read from the book.Books will be available for purchase and autograph.


Cost: FREE

Get Your FREE Tickets to The Dog Gut Health Summit TODAY

Do you have a dog with digestive issues? Or do you find that your dog is sometimes fussy with what they eat? Or maybe your dog has bad gas and you don’t know why?

Join us for the very first Dog Gut Health Summit. It’s completely online and free from September 24 to 28 brought to you by Dr. Katie Woodley in partnership with Pet Summits!

Hear from over 15 of the most trusted experts, including Dr. Ava Frick, in pet nutrition and dog care share their secrets for healthy digestion and gut health at this free online event.

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Back to School training for Dogs

The author of “Conversations with Animals”, Dr. Ava Frick talked to Kara about how to train your dogs from puppies to seniors. To watch this video go here.

Keeping your pets cool!

The author of “Conversations with Animals”, Dr. Ava Frick showed ways to keep your pet cool this summer. To watch this video go here.

Conversations with Animals lecture series

Join Dr. Ava Frick, author of “Conversations with Animals: From Farm Girl to Pioneering Veterinarian, the Dr. Ava Frick Story,” for a look into the life of a little girl who was born on the 4th of July in rural Missouri, and who knew at age three that she wanted to be an “animal doctor” when she grew up.

In the first part of a three part series, Dr. Frick discusses what motivated her passion for animals and the virtues that animals teach us.

In the second part of a three part series, Dr. Frick delves into pet nutrition and how to reduce the likelihood of chronic disease and cancer in your pets.

In the third and final part of a three-part series, Dr. Frick discusses how to help senior pets age gracefully and keep their older bodies mobilized.


The author of “Conversations with Animals”, Dr. Ava Frick, DVM talked about a new technology called “Alpha Stim” to help your pets recover and heal. To watch this video go here.