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.
The author of “Conversations with Animals”, Dr. Ava Frick talked about Fur Tissue Mineral Analysis that she does on animals. It is a new concept in Veterinary testing.
Dr. Ava has had her research published and has been using this technology for over 15 years to help in finding the reason why something is not right in the body of animals.
Any time she has found that animals were not getting better or it was the same old routine over and over, she would go looking for a better solution, a better answer. She feels she is accountable for keeping them healthy – more than just treating diseases. And that begins at the cellular level with nutrients.
Before the industrial revolution, medicine was food. Treating diseases was viewed as to what vitamin or mineral was deficient or which were in excess. What toxic metals were being consumed. Now we have not only toxic metals but many toxic chemicals in the soil and water and environment in general. Exposing our pets and animals to altered cellular function and predisposing them to illness and disease.
Fur Tissue Mineral Analysis (TMA) – A simple fur sample from a pet – allows Dr. Ava or your veterinarian to customize nutritional balancing and help the animals to live a healthy, happy, and naturally rejuvenated life. Click here to read more about Fur Tissue Mineral Analysis.
Dr. Ava Frick talks to Bloom about her new book Conversations with Animals.
From the tender age of three, Ava Frick, a farm girl growing up in rural Missouri, knew she had only one purpose in life: to help animals.
“… My purpose was just there. I figured to help animals all my life.” Dr. Frick not only earned her Veterinary Medicine degree but also today she is one of only five Founding Inductees to the National Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame!
This inspiring account of her personal and professional life weaves biographical data with delightful stories (written in her own words) about animals who needed help and ended up changing her life’s course. This inspirational biography will thrill and entertain not only pet lovers and owners but also VetMed doctors reaching outside of the conventional box of skillsets.
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She writes “Dr. Ava Frick, a holistic veterinarian, is on a mission to write, speak, and teach about natural methods of healing. She has a long list of successes and it was an honor to welcome her onto ‘A Dog’s Life’ podcast. In the podcast, she explained her tips for finding holistic healing, the various methods of holistic healing, the services she offers, and how those services work.
She stated “this is where podcasts like yours are helping out because there are a lot of people who will look and know there has to be something more to help their pets, similar to the options for people, and they can find podcasts like this to explain other methods of healing. Then, there are other people who will receive an answer in the traditional world, and will go on without knowing the options because they didn’t know there were any other options.”
Ayruveda means science of life and is a true holistic form of health practices honoring mind-body-spirit. This is the traditional medicine of ancient India and the Hindi culture, based on nature and patterns. It embraces individualism, fosters self-awareness, and focuses on prevention and correcting the underlying reasons why an individual cannot get well. The foundational building blocks look at roughly twenty qualities that combine to create an individual’s constitution or dosha, which is a combination of the Tridosha – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. One’s constitution never changes; it is like a finger print and is unique to everyone. Throughout life, imbalances occur through change in seasons, diet, viruses, parasites, bacteria, environmental toxins, stress, aging… Utilizing Ayruvedic prinicples is another way to view the qualities of a body and systems and then use them to guide that animal toward health.
The Vata dosha is represented by air and ether. A Vata constitution lends itself to motion as it governs movement in the mind and body. These individuals often exhibit high energy in short bursts. Breeds fitting predominantly Vata would be Greyhounds, Whippets, Poodles, some terriers, Abyssinian cats, and others with a lean frame and deep chest. Food is not their number one motivator and along with the lean frame are less likely than others to become obese. They can be clever and easy learners but retention may fall short. The air aspect gives them a free spirit yet friendly in nature when all is good but will develop stress and anxiety when out of balance. A Vata enjoys sleep.
Feeding a Vata: Stick to warm and moist meals. Avoid veggies like beans, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, and potatoes. Instead make their diet about warming foods like beef, carrots, and squashes. Blanch and puree the veggies for better digestion. Avoid lamb, mutton, pork, rabbit, venison, white turkey meat. You can also feed them Ayurvedic kichari made with rice and mung beans, add a little black pepper, cumin, coriander, and pinch of dried or fresh ginger.
The Pitta dosha is represented by fire and water. The fire gives them a strong-willed personality and quick to lash out. A Pitta is all about the food. Yes, all mine! This will make them fast eaters and often times food aggressive. They tend to be smart and quick learners who never forget once something is learned. However, can become pushy and easily angered when stressed. Their body is muscled and medium sized. Breeds that fit here are American Staffordshire, German Shepherd dog, some hounds, Siamese cat. There are typical health problems that occur when Pitta is not balanced. A Pitta is already warm inside causing them to be uncomfortable in sun and hot weather as well as a predilection to skin inflammation.
Feeding a Pitta: These breeds do better with cooling foods such as cottage cheese, chicken, river fish, duck, rabbit, turkey, and even tofu if they develop a taste. Limit: Beef, saltwater fish, lamb, pork, salmon, sardines. Blanched and pureed leafy greens work well too. Use a pinch of cumin or coriander with one meal each day.
The Kapha Dosha is represented by water and earth and it maintains body resistance or protection. These individuals have large round soft eyes, thick fur, are easy going, slow paced, affectionate, loving and forgiving. They make the best parents and are very nurturing to others with their calm stable nature. Kapha types typically have a sturdy strong heavier build. Breeds fitting this dosha are Burnese Mountain dogs, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Persian cats.
Feeding a Kapha: Favor light, energizing foods and relatively dry (like chicken or freshwater fish), as opposed to those that are heavy, oily, or especially dense (such as beef, pork, or duck). Fresh veggies of carrots, squash, and pumpkin. Keep starch, grains, and fats to a minimum. This means a greater meat to mix ratio. A pinch of dried or fresh turmeric can be added to one meal each day.
COMPARING THE DOSHA FOOD GROUPS – If there is more than one dosha type in the home, here are the common foods in each of the categories that are similar for all three:
- GRAINS – Oats, Quinoa, Rice either basmati or wild
- LEGUMES – Red lentils, Mung beans, Mung Dal
- VEGETABLES – Asparagus, beets, carrots, cilantro, green beans, peas, rutabaga, spinach, winter squash
- FRUITS – Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, coconut, papaya, plums, prunes
- OIL – Sunflower
- HERBS – Basil, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley, peppermint, tarragon, turmeric
|Apples (cooked), Applesauce, Apricots, Bananas (ripe, not green), Berries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Coconut, Dates (fresh, cooked or soaked), Figs (fresh, cooked or soaked), Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Melons, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pineapple, Plums, Prunes (cooked or soaked), Tamarind||Apples (sweet), Applesauce, Apricots (sweet), Berries (sweet), Cherries (sweet), Coconut, Dates, Figs, Limes, Mangos (ripe), Melons, Oranges (sweet), Papaya, Pears, Pineapple (sweet), Plums (sweet), Pomegranates, Prunes, Strawberries, Watermelon||Apples (sweet), Applesauce, Apricots (sweet), Berries (sweet), Cherries (sweet), Coconut, Dates, Figs, Limes, Mangos (ripe), Melons, Oranges (sweet), Papaya, Pears, Pineapple (sweet), Plums (sweet), Pomegranates, Prunes, Strawberries, Watermelon|
|Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Ghee, Mustard Oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil||Coconut Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Ghee, Olive Oil, Primrose Oil, Sunflower Oil, Walnut Oil||Almond Oil, Corn Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Ghee, Sunflower Oil|
|Ajwan, Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander (seeds or powder), Cumin (seeds or powder), Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger (fresh or dried), Hing (Asafoetida), Mace, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard Seeds, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Pippali, Poppy Seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Salt, Savory, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla||Basil (fresh), Black Pepper (small amounts), Cardamom, Cinnamon (small amounts), Coriander (seeds or powder), Cumin (seeds or powder), Dill, Fennel, Ginger (fresh), Mint, Neem Leaves, Orange Peel, Parsley, Peppermint, Saffron, Spearmint, Tarragon, Turmeric, Vanilla||Ajwan, Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander (seeds or powder), Cumin (seeds or powder), Dill, Fennel, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger (fresh or dried), Hing (Asafoetida), Mace, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard Seeds, Neem Leaves, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Pippali, Poppy Seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Savory, Spearmint, Tarragon, Thyme, Trikatu, Turmeric, Vanilla|
|Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark), Duck, Eggs, Fish (fresh and salt water), Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Shrimp, Tuna Fish, Turkey (dark)||Duck, Buffalo, Chicken (white), Eggs (white only), Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), seasonally Venison||Chicken (white), Eggs (not fried, and in moderation), Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison|
|Durham Flour, Oats; Cooked, Sunflower Pancakes, Quinoa, Rice (all types), Seitan, Wheat||Barley, Cereal (dry), Couscous, Crackers, Durham Flour, Granola, Oat Bran, Oats, Sunflower Pancakes, Pasta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, white, wild), Rice Cakes, Seitan, Spelt, Tapioca, Wheat Bran||Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Couscous, Crackers, Durham Flour, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat Bran, Oats (dry), Polenta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, wild), Rice Cakes, Rye, Seitan, Spelt, Tapioca, Wheat Bran|
|Lentils; Red, Miso, Mung Beans, Mung Dal; Split, Tofu (served hot), Toor Dal, Ural Dal||Adzuki Beans, Black Beans, Black-Eyed Peas, Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), Kidney Beans, Lentils, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Mung Dal, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Tempeh, Tofu, White Beans||Adzuki Beans, Black Beans, Black-Eyed Peas, Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), Lentils, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Mung Dal, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Tempeh, Tofu (served hot), Toor Dal, White Beans|
|Asparagus, Avocado, Beets, Carrots; cooked, Cilantro, Cucumber, Green Beans, Green Chilies, Mustard Greens, Okra, Olives (black), Onion; cooked, Parsnip, Peas; cooked, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Spinach; cooked, Squash; summer & winter, Sweet Potatoes, Watercress, Zucchini||Avocado, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beets; cooked, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots; Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Dandelion Greens, Green Beans, Kale, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions; cooked, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers (sweet), Potatoes, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Sprouts, Squash; summer & winter, Spinach (raw), Sweet Potatoes, Watercress, Wheat Grass, Zucchini||Artichoke, Asparagus, Beet Greens, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Burdock Root, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chilies, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Corn, Daikon Radish, Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Green Beans, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers; Sweet & Hot, Potatoes; White, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash; winter, Tomatoes; cooked, Turnips, Watercress, Wheat Grass|
Another tool to help guide you in finding an optimal diet that better matches the needs of your cat or dog is done by assessing the oxidation rate in a hair tissue mineral analysis. Oxidation is the amount of time it takes for a body to convert the food eaten (fats, carbohydrates, protein) into energy or fuel for that body. This is an area of expertise that I can help you with. Look at that section of this website. Basically, each of us falls into either a fast, slow, or mixed oxidation rate. Both fast and slow oxidizers suffer from inefficient energy production, but for opposite biochemical reasons. Fast oxidizers burn their food quickly and slow oxidizers are the opposite. Each dog or cat will find optimal digestion by being fed the recommendations that have been established based on each individual’s metabolism type.
Fast oxidizers have greater caloric needs. Fats provide more calories and longer-lasting energy. In contrast, sugars burn too fast, provide fewer calories and often further enhance the oxidation rate. For this reason, fast oxidizers should avoid starches and carbohydrates as they convert to sugars. Even complex carbohydrates are recommended only in small amounts.
Slow oxidizers require more protein and less fat in their diets. Protein with every meal is most important to maintain their blood sugar level and support adequate adrenal and thyroid gland activity. Animal protein is important because it provides nutrients such as zinc, alpha lipoic acid, sulfur-containing amino acids and L-carnitine. Meats also provide other less-known nutrients that the slow oxidizer requires. Digestive enzymes are often helpful to help to obtain all the nutrition from their food. Keep in mind that processed meats (extruded, dry food diets) are no longer the “real” meat.
Mixed Oxidizers can be fed a blend of the recommendations for a Fast or Slow oxidizer. As this animal is in transition, it will find one of the other rates soon. Hedge toward the stronger of the two based on TMA ratios, the animal’s appearance, digestion, and any other symptomatology that is pertinent. Trying a little bit of each until you find out right where the animal does the best would also be a good way to determine what to feed.
A too fast or too slow oxidative rate creates body duress of some type, lowered resistance to infections, gall bladder and liver problems, and being over or under weight.
|SPEED||pH||Activity||Appetite||Fat metabolism||Carbohydrate metabolism||Protein type|
OPTIMAL DIET FOR A FAST OXIDIXER:
This is the type most commonly seen in dogs.
Can include raw, freeze dried, dehydrated, canned, and/or home cooked foods. Avoid any extruded kibble due to its inflammatory stimulus (like putting another log on the camp fire). Small amount of baked kibble for treats may be used.
PROTEINS: High to moderate purine. For very fast oxidizers I try to keep them on cool to neutral energetic meats until the sodium and inflammation is lowered.
FATS: Butter, oils, fatty meats, avocado (no pits or skins), and peanut butter (if not allergic and no sweeteners). High fat content dairy products like cheese and cream (if not allergic).
CARBOHYDRATES: Cauliflower, beans, peas, lentils, broccoli, barley, sprouted grains (sprouting destroys the phytates that bind calcium and block zinc absorption).
ALLOWED IN MODERATION: Root vegetables (carrots, beets, yams, potatoes), lettuce, green peppers, cabbages, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
AVOID: White rice, grain flours, and any treats or snacks containing sugars, glucose, maltose, fruit juices, honey, and corn syrup
OPTIMAL DIET FOR A SLOW OXIDIXER: May include some baked kibble, canned or dehydrated formulas or home cooked.
PROTEINS: Low purine variety
CARBOHYDRATES: Vegetables, some unrefined like organic whole oatmeal
ALLOWED IN MODERATION: Fruits, lean beef, lamb
|HIGH PURINE PROTEIN||MODERATE PURINE PROTEIN||LOW PURINE PROTEIN|
|Red meat, beef, lamb, venison, salmon, tuna, herring, anchovies, brains, liver, caviar, artichoke hearts||Meat, shellfish (clams, crabs, lobster, oysters, shrimp), asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, lentils, yeast, whole grains and cereals, beans, peas, mushrooms, peanuts, lentils, cauliflower, spinach, and asparagus||Fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, low fat dairy|
Selecting ingredients that are similar to what the breed ate in their country of origin may lead to better compatibility based on genetics. The following table is an example of this feeding method. Other considerations regarding current food allergens would need to be taken into account.
Feeding for a Breed Type
- Welsh Corgi: Welsh Highlands
- Cabbage, potato, oats carrots, beef, rabbit, fish
- Beagle: England
- Beets, potato, lamb, rabbit, poultry
- Chihuahua: Mexico
- Mango, avocado, poultry, rice
- Keeshond: Holland
- Fish, poultry, dairy, rice, beets
- Shiba Inu: Japan
- Sweet potato, green vegetables, cabbage, rice, poultry, lamb, fish
- Malamute: Alaska
- Saltwater and freshwater fish, poultry, lamb, rice
- Lhasa Apso: Himalayas
- Lamb, goat, poultry, fish, rice
- Basset Hound: France
- Venison, rabbit, poultry, lamb, beets
- Greyhound: Egypt
- Poultry, lamb, dried fruits (dates, figs), nuts (almonds), barley, rice
- Labrador Retriever: England
- Fish, poultry, lamb, dairy, olive oil, green vegetables
- Weimaraner: Germany
- Pork, poultry, beef, lamb, potato, cabbage, alfalfa, barley
- St. Bernard: Switzerland
- Dairy, lamb, poultry, roots, green vegetables