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The Story of Ledge
Ambrose the Hedgehog
“Our kefir lover is named Ambrose (after the Redwall book series’ hedgehog. The book character was the wine-cellar keeper in charge of the other kind of ferments (LOL). “We have a second hedgehog, Thor. Both were rescues, but Thor has an underbite that made nursing and the choice of kibble size a challenge for him. He was the runt and almost didn’t make it. His rescuer nursed him through some long nights with much phone support from other rescuers and breeders. You’d never know it by looking at him now. He is now the larger of the two (over 400 grams) and very social. Very much my husband’s Hedgie.”Dehydration can quickly take out a hedgehog. Having cultured foods as a probiotic option to keep their systems on track and for recovery gives us peace of mind.
I also found that the hedgehogs like SCOBY’s that have been ground up in my blender with water. I add just 1/2 tsp in the bottom of their kibble bowls. Both hedgehogs licked their dishes clean of the SCOBY before finishing their kibble.
I had read that consuming SCOBY bits might help support joint health. My hedgehogs run about 3.5 to 7 miles on their wheels at night. My oldest hog ran almost 10 miles one night. Needless to say, their tiny muscular legs can be susceptible to joint problems as they age. I wanted to give the SCOBY idea a try.
“P.S., Ambrose also gobbled up a tiny portion of shredded fermented carrots, our family favorite.”
Vicki The hamster
It seems to be mostly kefir that is helping pets, but a Facebook fan, Bernadett David, has a pet hamster who loves cultured veggies.
Check out the picture of Viki, the Russian hamster, eating cultured vegetables head first!
Kefir and Parvo
So we kept up strong with the kefir, hoping the probiotics would fight the Parvo and supply them with the nourishment they needed. We noticed after they ate that they would moan with pain. Both the kids said at the same time, ‘Sounds just like daddy when his stomach hurts.’ So we instantly started adding in aloe vera gel. I later found out that Parvo deteriorates the stomach lining. So this was so the right call. We also gave them coconut juice (which is coconut water with lime) for dehydration. This went on for a few days; then I added in some elderberry for immune boosting and just kept at it, praying that the kefir would lead the healing team. We got so close to losing the one that we thought for sure it wasn’t gonna make the night. You know what, it did. They both did. They got better, and better, and better. They did it . . . Thank You, Donna . . . Thank You, God, for Donna, and for Donna stepping out and getting out what she discovered. Today the pups are nine weeks probably and running through my house! God Bless.” Dawn
Buttons the Yorkie
From Margaret, “Funny story, the first time I made kefir cheese, my tiny Silky dog (15 yrs old and 4kg)) stood by the bowl catching the whey. I had the kefir hanging from the clothes airer dripping into a bowl below. She began making deep throaty noises and as I noticed what she was doing, I realized our other Silky (the same age) was out in the hallway whimpering because she was afraid to come into the room. “Her sister was threatening her to not come close to ‘her’ bowl of whey. So, now I drain my kefir in the bathroom where I can shut the doors. When the dust settled, I gave them both a small drink of whey and some kefir, which they loved. They gobble it down now, twice a day. It has made so much difference to Buttons (the first dog), who suffers from IBD and occasionally pancreatitis, that I will keep on giving it to them. Buttons was experiencing a bout of IBD at the time I started giving it to her, but that cleared up very quickly and the vet said that once we know that the IBD bout has completely cleared this time, we’ll keep the dogs on the kefir and wean Buttons off her medication (herbal) and see how she goes.
“They like it so much that I tried them on my sauerkraut – but nope, not this time! LOL! We are growing some of our own veggies and sooner or later we’ll catch up on the rest of the world and I’ll be able to follow your recipes and ideas more closely. I’m able to adapt them to using what I can get hold of so we’re doing okay. You have changed our lives so much for the better, so thank you for sharing your story and ideas.
Thank you. ~Margaret”
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Kefir was also featured in Dogs Naturally Magazine. It has a kefir smoothie recipe for your dog too!
Please continue to share your Probiotic Pet stories. It warms my heart to see the little ones we love so much become well!