Monthly Archives: March 2008

Feeding Your Adult Healthy Dog

 What and How much do I feed my dog so it doesn’t get fat?

A good question brought to me by a subscriber today, and I felt it was important enough to write about this, meal planning can be a problem for some. 

There are many dog food manufacturers that consider their dog food healthy.
Its becoming a word that has no meaning today, healthy compared to what? What would be unhealthy for a dog to eat or consume – is subject to many questions today.

In the long run we have learned that some foods contain no nutritional value so we must be more vigilant in watching, monitoring and investigating what we are feeding our dog.

Its all in the food you feed you dog.  If meal planning is a problem on the weekend prepare about seven or eight packets of food by cooking up a batch that will last you all week.

Either chicken livers, chicken gizzards, ground beef, lamb or turkey saute or semi steamed with brown rice, or barley and add some veggies such as peas, and carrots.

Below are some guidelines that can steer you into the right direction on what to feed your dog.

I feed my dog twice a day, and when she was a puppy still growing in her first year, she was feed three times a day.
Calcium found in a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese mixed with yogurt – solves two problems.  Bone loss and digestive problems so accordingly it makes a nice breakfast and you can add some fruit into the mixture.

Depending on your dog’s needs, breed and size twice or once a day feedings are sufficient to maintain your dog’s health.
After a very long winter dogs are not getting out as much or getting exercise, largely joining us in gaining that extra few pounds of the  ” winter couch potato “. 

Soon as spring and some warmer temperatures arrive your dog will be running like a bandit from the winter of cabin fever.

The best guide is how your dog looks right now.  Feel around the ribs, and the back, can you move the skin around and is there some jiggle?    If your dog is overweight it maybe time for an exercise habit and some extra walking time.

If your dog is a working dog or a sled pulling dog it may need much more calories than a couch potato dog. 

Dog feedings should contain raw meaty bones, vegetables and alot of variety.  Including some small amounts of grains, like brown rice, some yogurt and milk brewer’s yeast will maintain your dog’s health very well.  I usually get some chicken livers, or gizzards and saute in a pan with olive oil and garlic. 
Mix in some cooked brown rice, and some green beans or steamed carrots and voila a meal fit for your dog.

If your dog is too chubby, try less food at each serving and will save yourself some diabetes treatments from the veterinarian.

Written by:  Teri Salvador

Sharing Smudge in the Sink

I just had to share this picture with you of my friend Elaine’s cat named Smudge.

 His nose will give away his name to you, and you kind of wonder why Smudge likes the sink so much.  I thought cats didn’t like water much and obviously I was wrong.

 picresized_th_1206209719_smudge.jpg

Spring Cleaner for Parasites in Dogs and Cats

Do you know if your dog has parasites or even worse worms and how do you get rid of them naturally?

There is most likely a 100 percent chance your dog has parasites right this very minute, as most of the billions of people walking on this earth carry parasites and worms and we wonder why people get sick more often these days.

 parastic-micro-organisms.jpg  Picture of Parasites in Dogs, Cats and Humans

The World Health Organization has reports indicating about 24 percent of the world’s population are infected with roundworm. These are pretty ugly as they grow to be 14 inches long and are living inside your intestines! They lay eggs of as much as 300,000 in one day. 

tapeworms.jpg   Picture of  Intestinal Tapeworm

The Symptoms of Roundworm:

One may experience flu like symptoms and abdominal stomach pains.   If you ever get to the point of having them infest your intestines to the length of 14 inches you may become blocked and wish for death as it is extremely painful.  Vomiting is also a sign of Roundworms, and this is only one type of worm that feasts on your body.Now think about your dog and how they sniff other doo-doo’s in the park, or dig and eat dirt, and generally can catch them more readily than people.Scary thought isn’t it– that you could be carrying such destructive little critters inside your body right now.Its truly amazing how many people are not aware of this and how we get them in the first place.

Human and Pet RoundWorm:

 parasite-worm.jpg   Picture of Human RoundWorm

Everywhere – they are literally everywhere you can think of as they are in your food, the water your drinking if its not pure. Parasites are living organisms that infiltrate your body and live in your tissue thereby causing diseases such as cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. Anything you put in your mouth can cause the transmission of parasites into you – their host.

You cannot even see them as they are so minute they are invisible to your eye. The Giardia parasite or the Taenia Saginata commonly known as the Tapeworm can live in pets or people so don’t be kissing your dog.

Chronic cases can last for years if you do not know how to get rid of them.Now that spring is around the corner or even in the fall a spring clean up for your dog or cat and even your own self you can get rid of these pests naturally and safely. Natural herbs such as Wormwood for parasites, Cloves, and Neem are natural parasite killers used for centuries to combat parasites, cleans the digestive system and get rid of these pesky parasites.

Parasite Prevention:

You can keep your hands clean with hot, soapy water before handling foods, and eating. Also wash your hands after handling pets, or diapering children or going to the bathroom. Wash, peel and cook all non – organic foods and drink only purified water even municipal water can not be clean enough.

A parasite cleanse for your Cat or Dog  — Pet Cleanse.

parasite-doctor.jpg

A parasite cleanse for People  – People Cleanse.  

dr-worm.jpg

Written by: Teri Salvador

Tags: Parasite prevention, parasites, tapeworms, symptoms of Roundworm,

Spring cleaner for Parasites in dogs and cats, wormwood for parasites.

Are Microchips Safe for Your Dog?

Modern technology has sometimes overstepped the boundaries of safety and we have to consider if it is an intrusion as well as a health hazard for pets. 

Microchips are in everything today, they are in portable telephones, computers, coffee machines and even in your toaster.

 

Microchips are embedded into your dog’s skin by a veterinarian with a syringe which is a hollow needle and a plunger which pierces the skin and delivers the chip.   Usually a microchip is placed into the skin beneath the shoulder blades of your dog.

      

 A scanning machine is needed to identify the codes or numbers in the chip which would then identify your dog.  You also have to be registered with a national registry system where that code would be listed such as the Companion Animal Recovery organization.   If you are not registered, the whole procedure is useless since the codes are not recognized.

 

A scanner that can scan the chip if your dog gets lost and in a disaster area such as a hurricane where buildings are blown apart these machines may not be entirely accessible.

 

  tag11.jpgMicrochips are used to identify your pet in case you it gets lost or stolen from you.  I am not convinced this is absolutely necessary in all cases unless you do not live with your dog.  Certainly disasters such as hurricanes or even floods can cause some to believe that microchips are the only way to go for this type of occurrence.   

But when is a dog owner not within the vicinity of their pet, after all do we not live with them and share our homes with our pets?

 

The case for having your pet micro chipped is up for debate as dog tags have been used for decades without problems.  My dog has her tag on her collar and it never comes loose or falls off since it is securely placed on the ring of her collar.

 

Proponents of microchips state that this protects your dog, and all dogs should be permanently micro chipped and it’s a good idea but they are probably the same people that sell the scanner machines and the microchips.

 

I have in my research also found advertisements on the internet that state anyone can microchip a dog or animal, and it does not matter- its just that easy to do.

                                                                                                                       

Take the case of a French Bull Dog named Leon.  It is just one story of a noble pet whose owner was so heartbroken at the death of her dog she dedicated a website to Leon. 

 

In 2004 Leon was diagnosed with fibroscarcoma (canine cancer) which was located at the site of his microchip implant.  After searching for answers his owner Jeanne dug deeper to find the cause of her dog’s cancer.  The frightening information led to the fact that his dog’s death was man made.

 

Leon had been vaccinated and micro chipped one year earlier in 2003 and developed this mass at the site of his microchip only one year later.

 

The veterinarian pathology report  from Italy indicated that for over one hundred years investigators have observed that even wounds and inflammation can cause tumors to develop.

 

The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinarian Association has launched a full scale study of adverse reactions to vaccines and microchips.

Studies have shown in laboratory rats implanted with microchips that the rats developed tumors   the time limits are 18 months after implants the animals developed tumors and were surrounded by fibrous tissues which is the dog’s immune system trying to get rid of a foreign object.  In rats this occurred 15 weeks to 2 years after the microchip implant. In cats it can occur 1 month to 3 years after implant. 

 

Microchips are made from iron, aluminum, bioglasses, magnesium and silicon to name just a few chemicals that make up a chip.  These are not what I want floating around in my dog’s body.  I have to wonder about such advertisements and dire warnings that if your dog is not micro chipped it is less likely to be returned to you if lost or stolen.

 

How can a stolen dog be returned to you, in any event the thief would be unlikely to give your dog back so that argument doesn’t really make sense.

If your dog is lost – how can a collar and tag be less effective than an imbedded chip which would require a scanner machine that I do not happen to believe is readily available in my home? 

  

How did we manage to find lost dogs in the last one hundred years and why did tags on collars stop being effective?  Why would anyone put their dog’s health in danger instead of a tag and collar for identification – and just to make it easier for someone to identify a pet.  What would justify putting a dog to risk for the “just in case” mentality that seems to be so persistent today?

  

Modern technology is not all that its cracked up to be in my opinion but if you do decided to find it is absolutely necessary to microchip your dog, I have included Leon’s website and I want you to read it very carefully before you do decide this very serious danger to your friend. 

  Leon The French Bull Dog’s Site  

The chance that you may or may not lose your dog does not outweigh the risk of imbedding your dog with a potentially dangerous object which could cause a premature end to your dog’s life.

 

Written by:  Teri Salvador

  

Keywords: dog, fibroscarcoma, microchip, dog collar, dog tag.

   

Learn Yoga with Your Dog and Be Flexible

Learn Yoga with Your Dog and Be Flexible.

 Do Yoga with your Dog who would have thought of that years ago?

Doggie Yoga is catching on, with dogs and humans attending classes combined to take advantage of the benefits of yoga exercises.

 I started practicing yoga about seven years ago after a diagnosis that led me to learn about holistic health regimes.  I still do yoga today and when I experienced the many benefits I started my puppy on it also.Today you can find yoga lessons on TV, CD’s books, and videos and can practice in the privacy of your own home.   You start out the morning with about 20 minutes of yoga on the floor and you can include your dog.   Be aware that your dog may hog your yoga mat so get one for them also.  Play some soothing music and close off noises, turn off the phone and relax happily with your dog to prepare for your session.

 While its raining outside or as in colder winter areas it is not always easy to get your dog out for a walk.  Why not include Fido in your yoga exercises and have some fun at the same time. 

 

Laughing yoga is also on particular practice I especially like, you can ease a lot of stress with laughter.  This indoor yoga training will not of course take the place of a good long walk but it will strengthen your dog’s immunity to diseases.

 Benefits of Yoga:

 

1)     Relieves stress and induces relaxation.

2)     Increases your flexibility even if you or your dog has arthritis.

3)     Helps depression, memory and lifts your spirit.

4)     Reduces high blood pressure and helps heart disease.

5)     Yoga may help people with cancer and aids in a good sleep.

 Always start out with a good stretch and put your dog lying on its side on the floor preferably on a yoga mat or a towel.  Stretch your dogs front paws and you will find your dog will do the stretches all on its own.  Stretch out the back legs and rub your dog’s back.  All dogs love a good back rub and do some gentle massage to encourage circulation for about five minutes.  Roll your shoulders and arms before your start and do some leg and arm stretches to warm up.

 Hatha Yoga

 Yoga of this type has several versions depending on your preference but it includes poses and breathing.  Poses are easy for dogs to be training to duplicate as you do them, they can be encouraged to mimic your poses. Take deep and slow breaths out and in as you watch your dog relax it will breathe slower also.

   doga_goto.jpg  

In This picture Chantale Anderson illustrates the Downward Dog pose.

 Downward Dog:

 This pose is so good for your dog and it is very easy to do.  Get down on your hands and knees with feet on the floor lower the front part of your body while still on your hands lift your head to the ceiling and lower the back part of your body to the floor.  Now pull up on the back legs of your dog so that they are in the position shown in the photo. Hold this pose for a minute or two and repeat often.

 When I first did this my dog imitated my moves and she started crawling on her elbows across the floor to me.  As a puppy I said to her “downward dog” and she got it pretty well down pat the first few weeks I brought her home.

 If you balance your self on one foot and see how long you can stand on it this will tell you how out of balance you really are –that is your body is out of balance.

The Human Society in the Seattle area has classes that are very busy teaching dogs like Beans, Leilani and Gus traditional dog poses especially downward facing dog.

 Written By:  Teri

 Tags:  Yoga for dogs, Doggie Yoga, Yoga classes with dogs, dogs, cats, downward dog, Do Yoga with Your Dog.

  

Whatever Happened to the Avian Flu Scare?

Avian Flu and Your Dog

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were all getting news of the newest pandemic disease that would spread like wildfire!  The French lost their appetite for foie gras and liver pate, the Swiss locked their poultry indoors, and Americans enlisted prisoners in Alaska to spot infected wild birds.  The avian virus known as H5N1 was spreading to Germany, Egypt and the pandemic was raising concerns worldwide. The fear resonated in all of us with the trembling of it all because just about everyone was scared to death of catching it. The Avian flu virus which threatened to kill us all followed by who knows what next in the never ending series of descending  plagues. 

We listened closely as the news trickled slowly from Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan that people were coughing SARS up on airlines and bring these bugs everywhere in North America. 

If you were on the same plane you were quarantined for months, and people ran away from you.  Airport workers wearing white masks were everywhere and hospitals filled with sanitizing bottles of alcohol gels that would disinfect your hands, cordoned off areas where you could not visit someone in the hospital.   

Toronto lost billions of dollars in tourist revenues and business died due to the SARS scare, and other cities around the world were prevented from accepting visitors.  The Asians lost about 60 billion dollars in their business revenues and were condemned for this deadly chicken disease.

  

Many of us were holding our breaths to see if the experts were reducing the numbers of SARS deaths, and what effect did poultry vaccinations have on detection.  

The Avian flue pandemic never really did come to be, and yet we have these global diseases that the World health Organization and others had us believing the avian flu would transfer from birds to humans. 

The H5N1 virus known as the Avian flu was mostly affecting the Asian countries but also traveled to Turkey, Egypt, and Iraq.  Approximately 154 people died from it, probably those who worked in the poultry industry. 

Whatever happened since SARS and this avian flu scare since the 2005 there has been very little to report.

  In 2006, a dog in Thailand Suphan Buri province contracted avian flu after it ingested an infected duck which previously had been only detected in cats. It appears that a dog or cat must ingest another infected animal such as a chicken or duck or bird that had the virus.  

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that dogs used in game bird hunting are not considered to be at greater risk of contracting avian flu and there have been no cases in North America.  This has really pleased the duck hunters of Maryland a great deal and so that industry remains intact this year.

 

If a duck or fowl is suspected of being ill or affected by disease a prudent dog owner would not feed their dog any meat from the diseased fowl and avoid contact with these birds.  This seems to be the advice of the Maryland Natural Resource center with tips on prevention of Avian flu.

 The only known case is the Thailand dog that ate raw duck infected with the virus today that fact has not changed. Still in 2007 the FDA approved a vaccine for humans to safeguard against the avian flu which is not a pandemic virus.  The H5N1 is being held in stockpiles rather than being used or needed by the general public.  Then everything went quiet.  With the exception of some regular human cases in Indonesia – the past pandemics and global outbreaks of catastrophic proportions did not after all “ pan” out. In summary its best to keep your dog’s and cats away from Indonesia. 

Read more at the Center for Disease Control at:

  Avian Flu and Center for Disease Control   Written By:  Teri Salvador  Tags:   Avian Flu and dogs, H5N1 virus, center for disease control, dogs, dog flu, dog sick, Avian flu virus, dog flu virus, Avian Flu and your dog.

How To Avoid Dog Flu

How to Avoid Dog Flu  — Canine Influenza  

  Our winter has been fraught with colds, coughs and flu bugs wrecking havoc on our health, our kids and yes even our pet dogs.  Since 2004 the first reported case of Dog Flu was in Florida with several dogs being infected and were sick within two to five days of being exposed. 

 

Dog Flu commonly known as the canine influenza virus is an airborne flu, highly contagious and spread by making contact with contaminated objects or other animals. Dog flu attacks the respiratory organ namely the lungs.  Dog flu does not kill dogs however it can lead to pneumonia which can cause death.

  

Symptoms of Dog Flu:

 

Look for a fever above 101.5 degrees F which the normal temperature for a dog, and a runny nose, and a dry cough.  Sometimes your dog may not have any symptoms and still have the virus.  Other signs are lack of appetite, and lethargy and coughing.

The symptoms are similar to Kennel Cough; however in the last few years this flu type has spread from a horse to a dog and is identified as the H3N8 strain, transferable between different species of animals.

  

It is not easy to prevent your dog from contact with other dogs that possibly have influenza. You meet other pets at pet stores on a day to day basis, dog parks, and when you board your dog in a kennel they can contract a flu virus.  Even bird droppings in a park or on a sidewalk can be infected with this virus, there fore keep your dog away from these mine fields of possible contamination from the flu virus.

 

If your dog does show signs of dog flu, keep them away from other dogs and visit your nearest holistic or regular veterinarian.  Other preventive measure include keeping your home germ free, and disinfect your pet’s bedding area, washing your hands, your dogs paws and keep floors and surfaces clean.

 

Dog Flu has caused death in 5 percent of cases usually due to the development of pneumonia.  Veterinarians usually prescribe antibiotics and sometimes oxygen if needed. 

Written By:  Teri Salvador 

                 

TAGS:  Dog flu, canine influenza, kennel cough, symptoms of dog flu, airborne flu.

Chamomile Tea for Your Dog’s Insomnia

Is your dog restless, or stressed out with the blues or can’t sleep?

 

Frequently today, dogs are having a real problem with itchy skin, and lack luster coats.  We are so bombarded with chemicals daily that our dogs are surely suffering from the same problems.   Dogs also suffer from stressful situations or are just not in the mood for much even some others have depression.

 

Dry eyes due to indoor heating, air conditioning swirling around dust is a constant that affects your own eyes and your dog’s eyes.  The problem is the irritation it causes and redness and sore eyes for your dog.

 

Herbal teas are made from real plants that have healing properties for various health problems.  Unless your dog is in excellent condition there are many uses you can consider for herbal teas in your dog’s health regime.  

 

I remember as a child my mother made chamomile tea for settling me down – as I guess I was a little hyperactive scamp. The chamomile tea was soothing and it made me sleepy before bedtime although I was not fond of the flavor.

 

Herbal teas have been used since ancient times and by many different cultures.  They are considered “experimental” by scientists although they have a long and respected history. However this does not discount the fact that many pharmaceuticals are made from parts of plants such as Valium which is made from the valerian plant. 

 

Another drug like Vincristine which is used for its anti-tumor properties, is also plant based and has been researched by drug laboratories. Over 25 percent of pharmacy drugs are using components of a plant, as an active ingredient in some drugs but by no means all of the drugs on the market.  Before anti-biotic were invented in the laboratory the purple coneflower also known as Echinacea

was used for infections due to the powerful stimulating to the white blood cells that fight diseases.

 

Indeed in our modern culture we are sophisticated and knowledgeable about plants and their medicinal value by this point.

  

Chamomile Tea for Your Dog:

 

Chamomile has a myriad of health benefits such as it can improve digestion, and help your dog to sleep better.  My dog is a restless sleeper; she gets up and moves around from side to side.  She barks in her sleep and her legs are twitching as well as the front paws.  I call it barking but it is more like a muffled ” whoof whoof” sound.   I find chamomile tea to be very effective to settle her down for a restful nights sleep.  I usually give it to her one hour before bedtime and she then sleeps soundly.

 

You can add this tea to your dog’s water bowl or by sprinkling some on their food.  I prefer using the eyedropper for about 1 teaspoon in the mouth as it is quick and easy to do.

 

You can also use this herbal tea to wash and clean cuts or sores.  In addition if your dog has runny eyes it can be used as an eye wash to wash the bacteria away while it also soothes their eyes.  We can not forget that with air conditioning and indoor heating our dogs experience dry eyes or are subjected to dust in the air which irritates their eyes.

 

Simply brew a cup of tea for about 10 minutes, let it cool down to room temperature and add a pinch of sea salt and dissolve by stirring with a spoon.  If you are using loose herbs strain away the leaves after it cools down.

  Use a cotton ball and soak the cotton with the tea mixture and put on your dog’s eyelids for a few seconds, squeeze the cotton a little bit.   Use a new cotton ball for the other eye and repeat 2-3 times a day for a few days and you will see an improvement. 

 

 

Natural herbal teas have many applications for your dog and they are inexpensive, easy to prepare and readily available in your health food store.  While herbal teas are totally safe for you dog or cat, regular black or orange pekoe commercial teas are not recommended.  

 

If your dog has poor digestion or sleepless nights or the next time you and your dog need to relax you can brew a cup of tea for yourself and give some to your dog.

 

Written by:  Teri Salvador

 

Tags: chamomile tea for your dog’s insomnia, chamomile tea, herbal teas, dog skin problems, dog eye problems.