Epilepsy is a frustrating disease. The current treatment options have a host of side effects. And so If Your dog is epileptic, you might be just a little concerned since many of the treatments just don’t work for many dogs.
However there are many common conditions where there is a whole array of alternative medications and treatments. Many of those treatments are now backed by science.
I have been working very closely with Dr. Andrew Jones lately. I am trying to learn many things that he teaches in his home courses. If your dog is epileptic, you are really in the right place today. As you know, he is a holistic veterinarian but he started out as a boy on a farm, caring for all of their farm animals. This is where he established his love for animals. When he got older, he went off to vet school, and became one of the best vets in his home country, Canada.
I reviewed Dr. Jones online first and it appears that this is one particular vet who has done a review of Dr. Jones. But it sounds to me as if this vet is a little more jealous of what Dr. Jones has accomplished because of his love for animals.
If you are just starting with natural holistic healing, then my first suggestion to you (anyone who is just starting and wants to learn how to treat their pets at home):? And if your dog is epileptic, you can help your dog just by reading the following information.
You need to get your hands on “The Veterinary Secrets Revealed Getting Started Kit” completely compiled by Dr. Jones. This is a beginning course on how to start treating your pets at home. This package includes a course guide, with 3 introductory videos (a total of 3 hours of instruction), and 4 e-Books on the most important at-home healing modalities that you will find. And check out the price; Regular Price: CA$23.96 Special Price CA$8.36 You cannot go wrong at that price! I’m pretty sure that the CA means Canadian money; it might be a bit less here in the U.S.
CBD and Epilepsy
Currently in our reality world out there, CBD oil (the natural extract from a cannabis plant) is being used very successfully by thousands of people who have epilepsy. Now it is also a treatment for thousands of dogs.
CBD oil is the same as the many essential oils out there (plain and simple; it’s a plant oil extract), and it is NON psychoactive because it contains NO THC (the THC is what gets people ‘loaded’, ‘stoned’, ‘high’ whatever you want to call it..) People get funny ideas because when they hear the words “pot” or “marijuana” as in “oh, I don’t want to get my dog loaded”. Believe me, if your dog is epileptic, this is exactly what the oil treats and it has nothing to do with getting anyone loaded, including your dog.
Cannabidiol or CBD
CBD has an important role in the future of medicine. CBD is a primary component of the cannabis plant. It is non-psychoactive, which means that it doesn’t produce the “high” commonly associated with marijuana.
CBD is currently used by many patients (human and animal) who seek an alternative form of therapy without the unwanted side effects of many medications.
“There is compelling research that shows CBD may inhibit both seizure activity and the severity of such activity. Study results have “point[ed] to CBD being of potential therapeutic use…in the treatment of epilepsies. Studies also indicate that the use of CBD in conjunction with certain anti-seizure medications may enhance the anticonvulsant effects of those drugs. Furthermore, studies indicate chronic use of CBD has not been shown to elicit negative side effects and does not induce tolerance.” **Dr. Andrew Jones
Colorado State is currently studying the use of CBD in dogs for epilepsy, and looking for dog owners to enroll in their trial.
Here is more info on the trial if you are interested in getting treatment for your dog free of charge, if your dog is epileptic.
Efficacy of Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Epilepsy in Dogs
Dogs with epilepsy that are receiving conventional anticonvulsants and having at least two seizures per month. Upon enrollment, every dog will be evaluated by a neurologist and any medication adjustments will be made prior to starting the trial.
Purpose of the Study
The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a component of the Cannabis sativa plant, cannabidiol (CBD), in treating canine epilepsy. The CBD product is very low in the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC, making it safe for use in dogs. Each dog will be randomly assigned to either a control group or a treatment group, where they will receive the CBD oil or a placebo for 12 weeks.
What is Required?
An MRI of the brain and a spinal tap to rule out any other causes of seizures
A daily seizure log and behavioral questionnaire filled out by a single owner
Reassessment and bloodwork every 4 weeks
All costs related to the study will be covered in full, including the examinations, MRI, spinal tap, blood work and the CBD oil.
Interested participants can learn more by contacting one of our research technicians by emailing CSUNeuroTrials@colostate.edu or Dr. Stephanie McGrath, or by calling (970) 305-0455.
Thanks for coming by to read our post today and I’m hoping that for $8.36 you will stop right now and order the kit, that teaches you how to care for and cure your dog’s ailments. Especially if your dog is epileptic!
Just like human beings, cats and dogs are susceptible to diabetes mellitus. This is the condition that occurs when our pet’s blood sugar (blood glucose) is too high.
According to Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola (an online vet and physician that I follow at times), 1 dog in every 500 and 1 cat in every 200 will develop diabetes mellitus.
There are certain breeds that are known for developing diabetes mellitus. Samoyeds, Australian Terriers, Toy Poodles, and Schnauzers. The only cat they mention was the Burmese.
Now my daughter-in-law’s cat (calico coloring) was diagnosed with diabetes due to lifestyle. But any pet can now be found in this larger pool for developing diabetes at some point, just like humans, if lifestyle is messed up.
The real and very scary thing about this however, is that diabetes is occurring at such an alarming rate which is resulting in really high numbers of sick dogs and cats.
What Is Pet Diabetes Mellitus?
When there is a shortage of insulin, or there is a condition which results in a misuse of a pet’s insulin; diabetes occurs.
Whether it is caused by a reduction of insulin produced (just like juvenile or type one diabetes in a human), OR it is caused because our dog or cat is unable to use the insulin their body produces in an efficient manner (just like type two diabetes mellitus in a human) which is also insulin resistance.
What Is Insulin?
Insulin is a hormone. An anabolic hormone that takes sugar out of the blood and moves it into the cells of our pet’s body for use as energy. Not only does insulin move blood glucose into these cells, but it also moves electrolytes, fatty acids, and amino acids into the same cells where the glucose is being stored.
When there is a lack of insulin or there is insulin that is unable to do the job it is intended to do, then there are vital nutritional substances, (the sugar or blood glucose, the amino acids, the electrolytes, and the fatty acids) which will be left outside of the cells.
When this happens, insulin is unable to furnish the cells with the nutrients they need and this in turn causes our pet’s cells to starve. This will still happen even though the cells are soaking in the very same, very necessary, nutrients needed in order for those cells to survive.
And even if our pet’s pancreas is producing the insulin needed, if their cells cannot use the nutrition that is being supplied; the pet will still have starving cells.
Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus
Juvenile diabetes is a rare disease in pets. In most cases, diabetes mellitus in a companion pet or animal, will be caused by a certain sedentary life-style. Now this is a hard pill to swallow for me since most animals or pets have the energy to run and around and be fairly active. Most of the time, pet dogs are walked by their owner, hopefully at least twice in one day. Some people have a pet dog for the sake of getting necessary exercise for themselves.
Adult Onset Diabetes
When insulin is reduced in production, or the pet’s ability to use insulin efficiently is greatly reduced, this condition will normally seen in about the midlife point of the adult pet dog. Adult onset diabetes mellitus will typically show itself as our pet both reaches that midlife spot, and/or after that pet encounters some form of lifestyle obstacles, which might cause the pet to either decrease production of insulin, or lose the ability to use their insulin which is being produced as it should be.
Symptoms of diabetes mellitus in your pet may or may not be visible. Normally, if you see symptoms, they will happen gradually and at a fairly slow pace. But keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms in your pet. These symptoms are also quite similar to the symptoms that we, as human beings
Urinating may increase: The first noticeable thing that may happen could be that your pet’s blood sugar or glucose levels will get so high on the outside of the cells that it will spill into the pet’s urine, which will obviously increase its urine production.
If your pet is house trained and at this age, I’m quite sure they are trained, they may even have accidents around in the house because of the frequency; they aren’t prepared and miss getting to the box or asking to be let outside.
Thirsty: If your pet has begun to pee more than normal, it would stand-to- reason that their thirst would be increased as-well. When changing your pet’s water in the morning and in the evening as it should be, you will be able to notice if they are drinking more water during the day and at night when you aren’t watching them. You will notice their increase intake of fluids, it’s hard to miss.
When you can see that your pet has the hallmark symptoms of diabetes, increased thirst and increased urination, it should throw up a red flag. The problem with these symptoms is that they are also symptoms of other more serious problems. Make an appointment at your veterinarian when you notice that your pet is symptomatic for these two issues asap.
Increase in appetite: You may notice an increased appetite because your pet is hungrier now that those amino acids which are supposed to be inside the cells but aren’t getting inside, or they just are not being used as they should be.
Losing weight: It should stand-to-reason that any pet with an increased appetite should also be gaining weight. But because your pet’s cells are being starved of those essential nutrients and any energy from the food they are eating is not being used correctly or efficiently by the cells, your pet may lose weight.
Lacking energy and often tired: Your pet might lack energy and seem to be lethargic. Since those cells are being left out of the blood glucose/sugar cycle, your pet will naturally have less energy, just as you might. The pet might not even feel much like going for a typical walk or even want to play as usual. Wanting to sleep more and lack of energy are more hallmark symptoms of diabetes mellitus type ii.
Vision issues: Blindness is a symptom of diabetes mellitus in our companion animals, mostly in dogs but can also happen in cats who will become blind because of diabetic cataracts.
Weakness for cats in their rear limbs: this is called the plantigrade stance. This is a symptom unique only to cats with diabetes. They drop their hind quarters and walk on their ankles instead of normally walking on the pads of their feet. This is a very obvious symptom since it looks so unnatural. But it is totally reversible once the diabetes is under control.
UTI; Urinary tract infections: It is pretty-common for both dogs and cats to get a secondary infection in their urinary tract. Because there is more sugar in the urine, bacteria grows quite easily in your pet’s bladder.
Kidney failure: Happens especially with cats and is a very common secondary symptom of the diabetes mellitus. Chronic renal insufficiency or acute kidney problems is usually the first diagnosis.
The sugar we mentioned earlier that could spill over into the pet’s urine is extremely damaging to their kidneys. When the kidneys become overburdened and the nephrons (the filters inside of the kidneys) cannot handle all the extra work of filtering sugar, this results in kidney dysfunction. It is diagnosed by the vet with blood or a urinalysis.
Thanks for jumping in here today to read about the fairly common disease of diabetes mellitus which is also quickly becoming an epidemic. Stay tuned for the second part of this post. Please leave any questions or comments in the form below.
If you’d like to do some investigating on your own about pet diabetes, the go to this URL: you won’t believe all of the information you can find here: http://www.petdiabetes.com/
1. Over-Vaccination is overstimulating the immune system
There is a community of veterinarians that are really concerned about the epidemic of pet diabetes. They have seen increases of diabetes in people’s pets which is contributing to “immune-mediated diseases”. These are the diseases that happen when your pet’s immune system turns on itself.
This seems to be happening especially to dogs. Dogs, for some reason, seem more susceptible to their immune system attacking their pancreas. It is the fact that this points to an “autoimmune development” of type 2 diabetes.
These are known as “immune-mediated” or “autoimmune” diseases and they are thought to be caused by an “overstimulation of the immune system”. The thing that causes “stimulation to a pet’s immune system” is? Too many “vaccines”.
Too many vaccines or “over-vaccinating” can lead to an “over-stimulated immune system”, which can in turn, lead to “immune-mediated diseases” like diabetes. This is one scenario that has led to the “epidemic of pet diabetes.
If you compare a human and the childhood immunizations that they get, it is believed that these immunizations can eventually give them a lifetime of protection.
However, our pets are getting sick because they’re getting too many vaccines; this is causing overstimulation of the pancreas. This is what seems to be happening, but as for why, no one is sure. If we are connecting diabetes and your pets due to too many vaccines, then we have to know why these pets are getting too many vaccines.
Dr. Becker says “It’s a good question. The fact is your dog or cat is quite likely protected for life after a complete set of puppy or kitten shots during his first 12 months.”
And so if Dr. Becker is correct, and what she is saying makes perfect sense to me, then why is it that every time an already fully immunized adult pet receives yet another full round of the same vaccines, (parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, lepto, chronoline, Bordetella, and rabies) it’s a possibility that the pet’s immune system is becoming overstimulated which pushes the pet to acquire an autoimmune disease such as type 2 diabetes.
The next time someone suggests that your pet needs to get another set of vaccines, be sure to ask a “holistic veterinarian” to run a set of “titres” or “tests that measure the pet’s functional antibody response to previous immunizations”.
At least, it is in this way you are being proactive as far as your pet’s health is concerned and then they are not going to be re-vaccinated when it isn’t necessary. This will insure that your poor pet won’t be loaded down with useless man made vaccines which might set off an autoimmune response leading to diabetes.
2. A Sedentary Lifestyle
Pets usually have the same lifestyle that their human mums and dads do. If the parents are couch potatoes, it is reasonable to believe their pet is also a couch potato. Lack of exercise is one of the big reasons contributing to a diagnosis of diabetes in people. But it is quite another reason to keep your pets active and diabetes away.
It is necessary for humans and pets to have heart-pumping, muscle-toning, and calorie burning exercise every single day.
Anaerobic exercise doesn’t do anything for your pet or yourself but turn your muscles into fatty, mushy, tissue. Anaerobic exercise will be a positive force for diabetes and your pets to become quite close if we are not careful about how much time our pet is allowed to lounge.
Taking control of your dog’s leash and leading him on a purposeful power walk at least once a day will be the thing for him and keep his heart rate elevated for at least 20 minutes, and make it so that diabetes and your pets never meet.
If your pet is a feline however, it will require some trickery on your part. My son uses his laser pointer for our cat who goes bonkers chasing that green light. Getting creative with kitty at times is frustrating. There are times when our kitty simply sits there and looks at us like we are a couple of mortal idiots. But usually, after we have worked at it for a bit, we can get him going.
3. High Carb Diets
Obesity is not only an epidemic in people world-wide; there is also an epidemic of pet diabetes. There is also an epidemic of obesity which stems from two different places:
Lack of movement and
Diet which is usually the main and most obvious reason for any and all weight gain and one of the majority of reasons for the epidemic of pet diabetes
A majority of pets just like humans are consuming high calorie, high carb diets. But as in my diabetes blog, dogs and cats as well as humans have no physiological requirement for grains like corn, wheat, rice, soy, millet or quinoa for energy sources.
Dogs are scavengers and cats are hunters. These animals are designed to burn fat and protein very efficiently and neither species has a need for filler carbs.
But the dog and cat food makers in the U.S. fill these foods with grain or potato starches. Grains and potato starches are fillers for most manufactured pet foods and one of the main reasons that there is such an epidemic of pet diabetes.
Your pet doesn’t need a diet full of carbs, but most certainly not in quantities that commercial pet food manufacturers are using.
There is a big movement today from holistic vets and pet parents who are pushing for higher protein foods for pets. The pet food industry has pretty much been forced to make changes to benefit our pets.
Corn and meal additives in pet food wasn’t getting the okay from pet parents anymore. As we too late figured out, carbs break down into sugar and we are very aware of what happens to sugar, especially if our bodies aren’t producing insulin like they should be.
Too much sugar turns us into diabetics. The same reason there is an epidemic of pet diabetes.
This big mess that our nation, our world, is in today really all began way back when the Dept. of Agriculture decided that we needed a food pyramid. The food pyramid was to be used for educational purposes all the way around in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias. It was even teaching us how we needed to eat at home.
The Dept. of Agriculture then hired someone to build our food pyramid. But the way it looks today is not the way she originally designed it.
Fats and proteins were in a much larger section and the grains and cereals were in a smaller space. The Dept. of Agriculture wasn’t happy with the design. They were more worried about America’s farmers being able to make money on their crops. So they moved grains and cereals and breads into a much bigger section and they moved proteins and fats into a combined space and into a much smaller section; right where it is still sitting today.
The Food Pyramid is a broken piece of garbage mostly. We ate just like it told us to. We followed it for years and look what has happened to us.
If you don’t believe me, then go and sit in a mall sometime and just observe the people walking past that are overweight and still eating ice cream cones as they walk by.
There are over 410 million people that have diabetes world wide today. There are over 86 million people in the U.S. that are prediabetic. What do you think this has done to our animals? Well, we now have an epidemic of pet diabetes.
Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola state “All the carbohydrates in your pet’s food – which is usually as high as 80 percent of the contents – break down into sugar. Excess sugar can result in diabetes.”
“Too many carbs, too much sugar in your pet’s diet may result in pancreaticfailure, insulin production deficiency or insulin resistance; a condition in which the body’s cells stop using insulin efficiently and become starved of those essential nutrients.”
We need to stop feeding our pets “carbs” and transition them to a diet that is specific to their particular species. According to Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Andrew Jones (our online holistic vet), we should feed them preferably, a raw diet.
How to Keep that Epidemic of Pet Diabetes Away From Our Pets
Avoid any unnecessary vaccinations; they can over-stimulate your pet’s immune system and create immune-mediated diseases.
Get serious about exercising your pets every day.
Feed dogs and cats a species-specific diet with no added carbs.
Watch your pet’s calorie intake, and maintain optimal weights.
Thanks for asking about the epidemic of pet diabetes; I hope that this post has helped to understand how pet diabetes is much the same as human t-2 diabetes.
Please leave comments and questions for us below; take care and come back to see us!
If you’d like to do some investigating all of your own? Here’s a great site where it is information diabetes overload! http://www.petdiabetes.com/ Good luck to you.
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet’s medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.
Most pet owners can easily tell if their dog has ear infections by looking into the dog’s ear. A normal ear is light pink, not tender and easy to examine.
With dog ear infections, their ear will present with a foul-smelling, black, yellow or brown discharge. The ears may be very red and tender.
Most ear infections are caused by an underlying allergy. Some are caused by water in the ear after bathing or swimming.
Dogs with large floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds, are prone to infections as their ear canals have poor air circulation, trapping moisture and allowing bacteria and yeast to grow.
Dogs with ear infections caused by yeast usually have a black discharge; this is commonly second to an allergy.
Dogs with bacterial ear infections often have an organism called “Staphylococcus”.
But then in rare cases, there is a more serious infection that can present which is caused by a bacteria called “Pseudomonas”.
Instructions for cleaning ears
The use of white vinegar (acetic acid) will be very effective at removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and the bacteria which is responsible for any ear infections.
White vinegar is an anti-fungal. In many cases, white vinegar all by itself will be the resolution to any ear infections your dog might have.
But if your dog shows a more serious red with open wounds issue in the ears, do not use white vinegar at all.
Use of this agent will prove to be really quite painful and the dog may not trust you with his ear infections after that.
First, use some topical ointment that has soothing properties, like a mixture of Vitamin E and olive oil. You will want to soothe that painful ear before doing anything else to clean it.
You will also need to pick up a water syringe at the local drug store.
Then using a mixture of white vinegar and water at the 50/50 range, use only 5 ml of the water/vinegar solution per 20 lbs of dog body weight. Squirting the syringe full of the mixture into the affected ear.
If you are treating your cat; use 2.5 ml or half a teaspoon.
First grab gently the ear where it is attached to the animal’s head.
While holding the ear at the base next to his head, take your thumb and forefinger and squeeze them gently together with the ear closed in between them; rub the ear with that thumb and forefinger coaxing the vinegar solution down deep into the ear and canals.
Very gently wipe his ear with dry cotton balls removing any debris that comes up out of the ear canal. This must be repeated daily from 5 to 7 days.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, this should be repeated every week at the same time.
When a dog is prone to ear infections that are recurring, we will want to try changing his diet to something that has less of an allergenic effect.
This means using a food that has a protein in it that he probably never would eat and in this case some people try lamb, venison, fish, turkey, and these are normally mixed with rice or sweet potatoes.
If he is already eating a lamb and rice meal, then cut that out also and go straight to something like the fish and sweet potatoes.
You can get dog food now that is total protein, this means absolutely no rice or potatoes but does contain vegetables and other important ingredients.
The dog food industry has really come to form with what they include in the more expensive foods so that our dogs are getting a diet full of things they would eat if still living in the wild.
If this is still a problem, you may want to speak to his vet. There is one more step in the food department and it is a very bland diet that requires a prescription.
Any allergy that triggers recurring ear infections, essential fatty acids must be added to their diet every day.
You will give 1000 mg for every 10lbs of dog body weight for a therapeutic dog dosage. You can use flax seed oil which is a really inexpensive option and the dosage for that is 1 TB for every 50 lbs of dog body weight.
Medications, Oils, Homeopathic Solutions
Another thing you might give your animals/pets is an antihistamine. The most common is Benadryl and can usually be found around the house already.
The dose is 1mg per 1lb of weight. This can also be given to cats. They get this dosage 2 or 3 times per day.
But before you use anything that your pet has never used however, you should consult your vet. Most often it will normally take about 14 days before you see any significant improvements.
You should be able to clean your own pet’s ears from now on and eliminate debris and dirty build up from any ear infections that you find.
Right here is a good time to tell you about healing oils and especially if your poor pup has inflamed ears.
Since they are going to be rather difficult to work with or touch, a healing oil could be the miracle you need right now.
For healing oils that you might have around the house, using a single tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a single capsule of vitamin E and some crushed garlic will do the trick.
Cut the vitamin E capsule open and mix it with the olive oil and crushed garlic. Garlic is considered to be an anti-fungal and will usually help with those recurring ear infections. Especially if yeast is involved and it typically is if you are looking at allergies.
Put the mixture into you dog’s ear and manipulate the ear with finger and thumb just like above. After letting it soak for five minutes, remove it by wiping it out with a cotton ball.
Almost all ear infections are going to produce ears that are red and inflamed, and look like they hurt, possibly warm to the touch.
You need to decrease this inflammation.
Aloe and Calendula work well on calming inflammation and they also have antibacterial properties.
Using both of these products together have at times resolved the ear infections of many a dog in pain.
Hopefully I have shown you how to diagnose a dog’s ear infections, what are the main causes for them, and how you can clean and treat them effectively.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, you should set up a kit that you can simply pull out at the first sign of a smelly or itchy ear and clean and treat the problem.
Items listed here for a first aid kit for your pet for ear infection cleaning:
We talked about changing your dog’s diet if the ear infections are recurring. You should be able to tell within about 14 days if the diet change is helping.
Make sure that any pet with any kind of allergy problem always has clean bedding. Never allow them to soil the bedding with itchy skin to revisit the same dirty bedding the following day.
Please understand that none of my experience, strength, and hope, which is much cheaper than running to a vet every single time your dog presents with ear infections, will overrule anything that your vet says. However, use common sense in all cases.
Thanks and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. I will get back to you, usually in the same day!
I hope that you and your dog, or cat, or pets truly can calm those ears, clear and clean them up so that your best friends can snuggle close again.
I just found out that my dog has worms. But I have always heard that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than their humans. This is so not true because a dogs’ mouth can carry around a ton of bad bacteria according to the reference material found at the United States National Library of Medicine.
Now that the vet told me that my dog has worms, what is going to be the best way to treat worms? The first thing we have to find out is what kind of worms is the dog carrying? Are there other dogs in the home? Are there cats in the home as well? So, unless you have ever treated your dog for worms, it’s time for a little education.
Brushing their coat or their tongue won’t do any good. You have to deworm your pets, all of them. You must make sure that any feces left in your yard or emitted anywhere else is picked up in a pet bag and discarded of safely (so no other pet can get in to it). We’ll get back to this below, further into this post.
But first, let’s speak about bacteria or viruses that our pets can ingest, in any number of ways.
PASSING A BACTERIA OR VIRUS TO OTHERS EVEN HUMANS?
Campylobacterenteritis is a common cause of intestinal infection. These bacteria are also one of the many causes of “traveler’s diarrhea” or “food poisoning”.
Your doctor or healthcare provider should perform a physical exam on you, if food poisoning is suspected in your pet. She may order some tests for you as well.
These tests would include a complete blood count (cbc) with a differential, a stool sample testing for white blood cells, and a stool culture for Campylobacter jejuni.
The symptoms, if infected, will start 2 to 4 days after being exposed to the bacteria. They usually last one week, and may include: cramping abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea, that is sometimes bloody.
Salmonella is a type of food poisoning and it comes from food that may be contaminated during food processing or food handling by someone with unwashed hands; those of an infected food handler could be the culprit.
Any young persons, especially little children who have impaired immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections. It is far more common in the summer than the winter. It can also be found in the feces of other pets, especially those with diarrhea.
If you and the family are out in a public area around other folks, picnicking or camping, boating, or just around other people in general, you may opt to keep your dog at home in a safe area so you don’t have to worry about him going poop anywhere or having to make that proclamation “my dog has worms”. I believe it can get a little irritating after a while.
Reptiles, baby chicks, ducklings, and small rodents such as hamsters are particularly likely to be carrying this infection.
Campylobacter jejuni is the kind of organism that can get into your dog’s mouth from eating spoiled foods, or when they have just used their tongue to clean their potty parts. Dog’s love to eat kitty feces, primarily because cats don’t digest food 100% so the dog is attracted to left over cat foods.
Dogs will also get into spoiled foods and eat them if the smell is tempting enough. They love to roll around in spoiled things. I had a dog do this once and he smelled so bad, we couldn’t even get the smell off of him for a month.
My Dog Has Worms; But Then So Does My Other Dog?
Most dogs love to eat kitty poop, which is a very definitive way for them to contract these virile organisms. The thing about all of this is that when a dog kisses (licks), those germs, they can easily move from your best friend on to you or into you via saliva.
And if you do come into contact with any of these yucky organisms, you may also begin to fester up a bad case of diarrhea.
So the next time someone tries to tell you how clean their dog’s mouth is? You must inform them that “it is a fact that a dog’s mouth is very dirty, and just like a human, their dog or any dog for that matter, can pass these ugly unclean organisms on to you easily.
If someone you know happens to say “my dog has worms”, calmly tell them to take their dog home and to not return until they have wormed the dog and the fecal matter doesn’t show any more worms in it.
One flea egg is all that it will take to put the host straight on to your lips, later you lick your lips pulling the flea egg into your mouth and washing it down with saliva the next time you swallow.
What person do you know that doesn’t enjoy receiving affection from their pet dog(s)? I’ve even seen commercials on television where the owner is receiving all kinds of tongue lashings from their dog. This is the fastest and easiest way for a host of one of the worm varieties to set up home in your stomach. Then they can move freely throughout your body and show up in your foot, or tear duct, or even lodged in your eye lid!
So putting all of this into perspective, then adding a young child in to the picture as well? They will sit there all day long with a peanut butter and jelly dirty face and let their dog clean away.
Make sure when walking your dog in to the public areas that any owner who attempts to let their pet get acquainted, that you tell them “my dog has worms” even though you have taken preventative care to rid the dog of the parasites. Dogs sniff each other and the nose comes into contact with the rectum in most cases, which is perfect for passing the parasites on.
People might think that the flea eggs will get caught or hung up on the dog’s tongue but this is not so. And they think that by brushing their dog’s tongue, they are able to clean these flea eggs or larvae off. No, even brushing the dog’s tongue won’t help. Scary stuff when it comes to passing on intestinal parasites to a young child.
Humans can also become infested from eating raw fish. I have seen fish that were caught and when they began to clean the fish, the stomachs were full of worms. Imagine parasites interwoven through the meat of a fish?
I hated it when I found this out because my dog and I loved to snuggle. Once I found out that my dog has worms, I put an end to this. I’m quite sure that my dog was confused by the mixed messages I was sending to her. But take a look at the following and tell me if you would continue kissing your dog or cat after you found out they were carrying these in their gut and quite possibly in their mouth.
And just an afterthought? My son loves to kiss his kitty. Our cat is a full-grown male but he is still babied as if he were still a kitten.
When cats clean themselves, they are likely to lick their poopy parts which were most likely just used in the previous few minutes or so.
When a cat cleans themselves, they are likely to pick up a flea egg or two. Cats also groom one another, kind of like a monkey does with another of its kind. When cats lick one another, they are surely passing on flea eggs. These eggs go on to hatch within their belly, turning into those little white worms; the tapeworm.
The worms that normally hatch in your kitty’s belly will look like little pieces of white rice that are hanging on around their rectum after using the litter box.
Please; do not kiss your kitty because cats are extremely clean and this means that they do a whole lot of licking in those areas.
You’re likely to catch yourself a flea egg or two, and they don’t care what nice warm belly that they hatch in; which means that people can catch worms; roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, and tapeworms as you saw in the picture to the right.
If you have an outdoor cat, (which is no longer a recommended home for a cat), as they walk through the grass, their little legs are a flea magnet for a yard full of fleas.
Remember it doesn’t matter whether you say “my dog has worms, so I’m pretty certain that my cat does too and they are all being wormed at the same time, so you might not want your kitty to come in to our yard”! Animals don’t differentiate which grass is who’s or what the fence means. Hopefully your neighbors and friends don’t take any of this personally.
It doesn’t matter whose digestive tract the little flea eggs end up in, they still turn into worms. The worms then live, feed, and multiply in the digestive tract. But they obviously hopefully have to be killed at some point.
A different medicine is used for killing the worms in a human than the medication used to kills worms in your kitty or your dog. Let your doctor treat the worms that you have, and you treat your pet’s worms.
Once medicated, the cat will poop the dead worms out into his litter box and your dog will most likely defecate somewhere outside. It is so important to get that feces out of the kitty box and locked up tight into a fecal bag. Note the number of worms that you may be picking up with the feces; there might be just a few but in the next bowel movement, you might get an army of worms.
The same goes for your dog. Do not leave dog poop lying around for someone else to clean up or to lie about with worm infestation in it. DO NOT! Not only is it bad hygiene, for both humans and animals, it’s just bad, no Terrible, immature, ugly manners.
They may not be dead at the time of defecation, so make sure to keep your dog out of the litter box and don’t let him eat the kitty roca when you go out for a walk either! Dogs love to eat that kitty crap and I’ve heard that this is because there is so much cat food that is not digested that comes out in their poo.
For some reason, dogs love that crunchy kitty litter stuff. Yuk! Here is a pile of dog poop shortly after defecation, those worms are still very much alive.
I hope I didn’t gross you out too much. Sorry but I hope that my post here can scare people into not smooching with their pets.
And remember, no matter what you might hear elsewhere, brushing the dog’s tongue won’t help. I’ve had to reiterate this fact because I heard that people believed that brushing the dog’s tongue would help and I couldn’t believe that I was hearing such stupidity.
The best preventative medicine for you to use on your pets (and thus you protect yourself), is to use flea repellents and flea larvae killer; you can get all of it here through Amazon, see ad above or click here because they are without a doubt the cheapest I have been able to find. Pet Products at Amazon
I have compared these very same drops, collars, sprays, and even powders to those at the vet’s office or even the bigger pet stores like PetSmart or PetCo. (I don’t use these stores anymore for a number of different reasons anyway).
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Andrew was, as a young boy, an animal lover and caregiver for the family farm animals and pets. As he grew to be a young man somewhere in Canada he decided to become a veterinarian. In Vet school he saw many things that did not make sense in the common sense way of things. The one thought he had recurrently was to “stop the abuse and stop making them suffer”.
He saw many other things that troubled him in the honest way of things. I am introducing him in this way because I really don’t know his whole story, but just a few of the basics.
I know that he changed his mind about the “normal” veterinarian care he was administering in his vet practice and according to the school of animal medicine and surgery that he had graduated from.
After becoming and filling the shoes of his original calling, Andrew Jones, DVM, or Dr. Jones decided to become more true to the pledge of his heart, and more loyal to all of his clients, all animals; those animals that he had grown up and loved so dearly. He guaranteed that he would stop the abuse and stop making them suffer for the sake of wearing the title of a doctor or veterinarian.
He would have to be an extreme and true animal lover in order to go to, and graduate from 4 to 6 years of college, and then another 4 years of veterinary school while he tended to all kinds of animals; peoples’ pets, and other breeds of animals such as those from the farms and even possibly a few wild animals once in a while.
But there are thousands of souls like Andrew Jones who head off to college, grad school, and then animal medical school every year, because they love animals and want to be able to help them, right? But these thousands of people who truly love animals get to animal medical school and kind of look at one another when they are told to prolong the life of the animal at any expense.
Especially if the expense belongs to that of the animals owner. And believe me, there are all kinds of ways to get people to pay for this kind of medical treatment, even if the medical care that they have to mortgage their home for or they are forced to take a 29% loan on a credit card, doesn’t always work.
the vet who killed my dog
I have to tell about my sweet little girl who, because of her breed, had many health issues. One of them was her itchy dermatitis skin. So itchy for her that it drove her crazy and me insane trying to find something that would work for her. We were determined that in order to help her or any other dog with dermatitis, that we had to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer by continuing to give them medications that did nothing in the long run but to cause life threatening problems; she had been on cortisone for at least two years.
So I did everything this vet told me to do. She got clean bedding every night. I bought her the prescription diet that looked like it was made out of tree grindings and glue and it had no animal flavoring or smell to it but cost almost $4 a can. The vet had her taking cortisone which we all know is not something that can be taken for very long.
I was taking her to the vet at Pet Smart; the big box pet clinic inside of the store. They talked me into purchasing doggy insurance because of her illness. But in my heart, I had no idea that what the vet was doing; but it became obvious that the treatment was totally wrong for her. And undoubtedly she was treating other dogs the same way, if this is how she treated dermatitis.
Then the vet assistant mentioned that there was a pill that could be given to her that totally took away all the itchiness. She guaranteed that my baby would never itch again after she started taking this new medication. Hmm, I wondered how come our all knowledgeable vet didn’t come up with this idea.
We asked the vet about it and she told us that she could give it to our baby girl but probably not until she had totally stopped taking the cortisone. So we couldn’t wait to give it a try and decided we had to put her through this horrible bout of itchiness to get her to a spot where she could start the new medication. She was going to be miserable coming off of the cortisone.
But then when we asked the vet the best way to go about it, she said she had done some further investigating and that we could go ahead and give her the first dose of this medication and that it didn’t matter about her current medications.
That night I watched my sweet little girl just lying there, not moving, not wanting to get up, not wanting to go for a walk. This was not my girl so I called the vet and told them something was wrong; they needed to see her right away. But they explained that it might just be a side effect of the medication and to just keep watchful eye on her.
Later, just before bed, my son said come on girl, let’s go potty and he made her get up to go out back to go potty. She was moving very slowly and when she got to the porch, she fell over and she was dying, gasping for breath. My heart was wrenching in my chest; this wasn’t supposed to happen.
We wrapped our girl up in a blanket and carried her out to the car and to the ER Vet right up the street but by the time we got her there, she was gone. She was only 7 years old and a beautiful little girl.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and she is one of the main reasons that I have chosen to write this blog. If we had only been more cognizant of the fact that these vets are in it for pushing the medications, making the big bucks for the store they work for.
If only I had known that there were vets out there like Dr. Jones. My poor little girl was probably frightened out of her head and I feel very responsible for her death. Needless to say, I have not replaced her yet; it has been almost five years ago now.
The reason for telling this story about my dog and what the vets did or didn’t do, is that I want you’ll out there to know that there are vets out there that don’t have a clue about real veterinarian medicine and shouldn’t be practicing. The vet assistant had more information that the DVM had. She was clueless it seemed.
A new medication comes out and there was too little information about it ‘we[ l to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer. My little girl had to die because of the vet and big pharmacy.
The vet from the pet megastore Pet Smart was one of those big box vets and I did accuse her of getting her veterinarian license on the internet instead of going to medical school like Dr. Jones did; putting in countless hours to become a vet.
It seemed like this woman at the Wellness clinic hadn’t done anything except to experiment on my dog and I did accuse her of killing my dog! She wanted me to come in and speak with her but I was afraid that I would attack her had she been in front of me at that time. My heart was hurting so bad that I could barely breath.
While owning his vet clinic, Dr. Jones witnessed what he thought were many different “atrocities” such as what had killed my dog, taking place against animals. Even while he was trying to maintain the “oath” he had taken while in school he had guaranteed to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer because of not enough information when new drugs were released.
In order for him to obtain his veterinarian license, he had been forced to learn and follow through with a few practices that he thought as questionable. He couldn’t help but feel that there was something desperately wrong with trying to prolong a life when what should have been was the end of any “normal animals’ life”.
This wasn’t necessarily caring for sick animals who still had long viable lives yet to live, or those that had been abused or mistreated by an owner either. These things he worried about and felt forced to do, were even more awful.
He then developed a new motto for his vet health care;
stop the abuse and stop making them suffer
Like the time when he felt forced to prolong the life of a fifteen year old, neutered, male dog that had been diagnosed with bone cancer.
This dog had lived a long and happy life with his family and now he had bone cancer. The humane thing to do was to help end this dogs’ life, quietly, and with no pain.
But while in school, he had been taught that instead of ending the life of this old family pet, that as a doctor, he should suggest to the family that they amputate the dog’s back leg and then while the elderly male dog was recovering from that surgery, he should also put the animal through a long series of the cancer killing chemotherapy treatments that “might” prolong its life.
The family of this poor dog, especially the kids (they loved their dog) would then be forced to make a very expensive choice and it wouldn’t sit right if they didn’t chose to make the more costly choice.
As an animal care giver and growing up on the family farm, Andrew had learned that “ending the life of an animal who had lived a long and purpose filled life”, was not only the humane thing to do, it was also the right thing to do.
Even now and even though he was an esteemed colleague with a highly sought after position in the field of animal care and surgery, he found he also had to make a decision. One that found him dangling between a rock and a hard place. He found that he could no longer pressure people like you and I to spend every penny that we had, or to even go into debt, to put our pets through an impossible life saving journey.
He could no longer, in good conscience ask people like us to put our faith in him to make our decisions or to keep spending money for his unneeded talents.
And so it was with Andrew Jones DVM who lives in his home town somewhere in Canada. But he has changed his position from Veterinarian, Dr. Andrew Jones DVM, to a Naturopathic Veterinarian.
Yes, he did move from his position as a DVM into Natural Animal Care and is now healing your dogs and cats today, many of them with only dog and cat acupressure.
Dr. Jones has also directed and added to his list of instructional videos for you and I to view and purchase, the largest acupressure instructional video to date.
In the video we are able to view how to perform acupressure on our dog or our cat, correctly. This includes all of the acupressure points for: asthma, arthritis, allergies, bloat, CPR, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, seizures, organ dysfunction, immune stimulation, anxiety and more. He uses these acupressure points on pets like ours to heal them and more often than not, acupressure is the only thing needed. No pills, no syrups, no surgeries, nothing but acupressure.
This was Dr. Jones’ way to stop the abuse and stop making them suffer and it works better than any pill or surgery.
He offers this instructional video as a “14 week” acupressure training course. Easy to follow along as Dr. Jones leads us through each of the pressure points while showing us how it affects our pets as we apply the treatment. We couldn’t ask for a better piece of training.
Stop the abuse and stop making them suffer! Wouldn’t you like to understand exactly how this acupressure could help your pet who has been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease or arthritis as we know it?
This is only an example of how to use acupressure and the benefits that your pet will get from using it! It is not a diagnosis, it is not a prescription for any form of drug or surgery.
But it is a small thing that you and I can learn to heal our pets completely by administering. It is a way to help our pet and alleviate much of the pain that they are enduring with the arthritis they are suffering from!
You can “stop the abuse and stop making them suffer” yourself! You love them right? Would you put your spouse or kids through this kind of pain if you could do something about it?
What would you do now if you had a pet who was so crippled by arthritis and you know you are running out of the medication for him.
But now it has been some time since you have taken your pet to your vet. However, this morning, the poor dog is so stiff, especially stiff and sore on his arthritic leg.
You need some more anti-inflammatory medication (pain killers) for the dog, but the vet won’t give you another prescription until you take your dog into see them, which costs another $75 for an exam by the vet. (Isn’t that the way it always is)?
Even when you take your dog to the vet; SURPRISE; the vet says that you need some “highly priced”, but he doesn’t say “potentially harmful” NON STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES (NSAIDS). What can you do for your poor dog? Every time the dog takes a step, he lets out a little yelp. You don’t dare give him your own pain meds, or can you?
Well you could give the dog over-the-counter NSAIDS (this is Aspirin). Dog aspirin dosage is 325 mg for 40 lbs of animal, twice a day. CAUTION: Long term would be a NO-NO.
You could go to the VET, and pay the $75 to get the prescription you really might need; again, long term is a NO-NO.
Or you could learn basic acupressure which could be used daily, at any time, with no side effects; to alleviate all pain and stiffness.
According to Dr. Andrew, the easiest thing for you to do right here and now, especially if you don’t have the $75, and even if you did, you can’t get in to see the vet until next week? Become your own homeopathic vet for arthritis!
Besides the fact you can’t get in to see your vet, you find out that you have already maxed out your Care Credit Card (or is that Synchrony Bank now?) and you still owe a payment for this month so they won’t let you charge right now anyway; so what now? Become your own homeopathic vet and soothe your dog’s arthritic back legs yourself.
Or you have the money to make the extra payment but you already have something else important to use the $75 for. So unless you are extremely well to do (rich) and are sitting financially like most of us, there has to be another way.
Dr. Andrew is willing to tell and show you how to fix this situation, right now; here you go.
But first, if the pain is severe, and you know it is if your dog is whimpering or if he is making noise when trying to walk? Go ahead and give them the aspirin (not Tylenol, not Advil). Again, that is 325 mg for 40 lbs of animal, twice a day. CAUTION: Long term would be a NO-NO. Besides, you won’t need it long term for this problem.
By using Acupressure on the “Aspirin Joint” you can stop the abuse and STOP making them suffer!
“The Aspirin Joint” is the easiest joint for you to locate and also the best way to start this kind of treatment. Your dog has arthritis in his back legs; at least this was the diagnosis.
On the outside webbing of a dog’s hock joint (the joint that is just a little above the back feet) There is a joint and a webbing of skin that you can easily feel at that joint. The webbing of skin is just above the actual joint. Put your index finger on the outer side of this web of skin using moderate pressure, hold only 60 seconds.
Do this 3 times a day for 7 days. This is the whole treatment and it was virtually pain free for your dog, emotionally relieving for you, and financially it was a MIRACLE.
Assess your dogs condition periodically to see if it has been helpful for your dog. I bet you will find that you have made your dog quite happy by simply spending a few minutes applying this technique every day.
Please take a moment to come back and let us know if this has been helpful for your dog(s). We are very anxious to hear from you.
Click here to go to the order page for the whole “Acupressure Treatment” video. I think that you will find it is the least expensive, most non-invasive treatment that your dog (or cat) will ever need.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Andrew Jones and the amazing homeopathic remedies that he has developed and offers; here is the website address.
You can take your time and read all about his opinions, the meal supplements he has developed, his beliefs about homeopathic veterinarian care and medicine and why he truly switched midstream from ripping people off, performing unnecessary surgeries, writing unnecessary prescriptions, and how he truly cares about the animals that he treats and their owners. >> Dr. Andrew Jones DVM
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Get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian. He is our homeopathic vet. He has mountains of homeopathic remedies, videos he made himself with pets at his clinic, a clinic on how to do acupressure for many medical maladies such as arthritis, allergies, pain control, etc.
He was a really well known established medical “veterinarian”. Get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian! He still is a certified vet, it’s just that he has become a more concerned veterinary doctor who believes in the more natural side of medicine even though he graduated from animal medical school and was very distinguished in his Canadian hometown and surrounding areas.
But he gave it all up to become something of a hero as far as we are concerned. He no longer prescribes medications that are not needed. He no longer performs surgeries that will do nothing. He no longer makes up a condition for a pet owner to pay for when the money is not available so they have to seek funds by borrowing or mortgaging their homes.
Somehow we lost touch with Dr. Jones but I found him one day by Googling him and got a different URL; yeah we made it back to you doc.
I have included his URL link right here again so that you can click right from this post if you want to reconnect too, that is if you lost him as well. You can also simply click his name in the menu when you open my website and you will be taken directly to his website.
I have included some of the products that many newcomers should blaze in to purchase. But if you were used to using my website to get your pet supplements; they are here also for quick linking. Get help from Dr. Andrew Jones; veterinarian. We made it back, so you can get right back into those supplements and treatments too.
It is going to take me a while to go through every one of my posts here in my site and fix all of the broken links. I have a whole lot of information here at this site, so forgive me if it takes a while. Take a look below for any of the more common products that you were using before we lost touch. The products haven’t changed too much and the prices haven’t either, which is great to hear.
I am very sorry if any of this has inconvenienced any of you during the past six months. It was really more than troublesome for me too!
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Thank all of you for your support.
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Thanks for coming to learn a bit more about our homeopathic vet; who by the way, is a real DVM or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine! Dr. Andrew Jones. He is a distinguished author as well as a distinguished medical doctor for all your pet needs!
If you have any questions that need answers right away, I can generally send him a quick question and get some form of answer. However, you could sign up to be someone on the inside of his inner circle too and be included in his free webinars, forums, etc!
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I’ve been wanting to tell you about an article that I read on canine breeds and common ailments . It pays to get educated early on, before you bring home that new pure-breed of the dog that you have always wanted.
So it’s time in your life for a puppy; the one you have always wanted. The puppy you dreamed about as a kid, the exact pup that you have always wanted for your very own. But you should be very aware of the canine breeds and common ailments before you bring this forever pet home.
Many people have a specific breed in mind. For me it was kind of like picking the place in our world where I always dreamed of living my adult life.
I want a French Bulldog and I wanted to live somewhere in the warmth of our world in the tropics. The only problem for me so far, it has been just a dream. But I’m still working toward my goals.
I never knew until just recently that I could have, or do anything that I really want to do, whenever I want to in my life. I always thought I was just supposed to do whatever it was that made common sense. That would have been my mothers teaching; but I’m pretty much done with that now.
My mother always questioned everything that I ever wanted to do. Most of the time she belittled me for having such stupid ideas. “Why do you want to move halfway around the world, away from your family?” My mother always had a great way of telling me to grow up; quit thinking of only yourself! But at 59, why would I want to do that?
So even though I have traveled pretty extensively, I haven’t been to Mexico yet and I haven’t gotten a french bulldog yet either.
But getting my dream dog can come with a few problems I found out. I wasn’t aware that specific canine breeds and common ailments could come in the same package. Many breeds are prone to certain medical problems.
A little French Bulldog (any little dog for that matter) can start out as a healthy dog or puppy. Then as your new pet grows, you may find yourself up against a few allergies that get worse and worse over time.
Depending on the canine breeds and common ailments listed below, you might find your new little dream pup fighting to clear allergies to something in its food, or a material included in its bedding.
It will behove any new pet parent to study the accompanying list of canine breeds and common ailments below. It is a fairly meticulous list and one that took a great deal of time to establish. These common ailments are illnesses that you should be very aware of so that when and if your puppy begins to show signs, you will know ahead of time what to do and how to care for the ailing dog or puppy.
Now I’m not saying that the risk of the disease or ailment would make any difference in your choice of breed; it certainly wouldn’t matter for the dog breed that I choose.
But if it really matters to you, and it should, then how much research are you willing to invest in your quest for a healthy puppy/dog just might save you and your new family addition a whole lot of headaches.
Reading about your preferred type of dog at the library or online, talking to a vet or two, or even chatting with a breeder, will give you a great start and give you enough insight about what to do and how to spot an ailment that could even be a life threatening situation and save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Remember, you are bringing your new puppy home to cuddle up with, not run back and forth to the local emergency vet clinic.
Make sure that you ask yourself if you plan on skipping this education, “are you willing to take on a dog that could be ill with one of these canine breeds and common ailments that they are known for”? Some dog maladies are worse than others, some are easily treated and then some are more expensive to treat and harder to deal with.
So please choose your new dog wisely; it’s a life long commitment. There’s no giving the dog back and it is a desperate thing to give a sick dog up for adoption later in its life. In my opinion, this new dog is going to be like a new child in your family and a good parent cannot just abandon the new pet. At least not in good conscience.
Depending on the type or breed of dog that you want is going to matter a great deal in many cases. Almost every breed is going to have its own set of problems.
Whether problems come from actual breeding and was something that was bred into this particular breed way back when. Or it could be just a part of natural selection and a new set of problems for this particular breed somehow just became known. Canine breeds and common ailments are particularly pretty well known at this point but there could always be a fluke and a new malady shows up, out of the blue.
For instance, the English Bulldog, is a hefty medium size breed that has problems with its breathing. The bulldog with his very cute, only a mother could love, smashed-in face, might suffer from a particular set of breathing problems. His nostrils are normally rather small, and he has an elongated soft palate, with a specifically narrow trachea. It is for these reasons that he most likely will snore. Has he always been born with these problems or were they bred into this particular dog? You will find some of these same problems in another, yet smaller breed; the French Bulldog (my future dog). I don’t mind snoring, as long as its coming from a dog. lol
It is extremely important to keep your bulldog cool and inside most of the time during the summer weather. Never let him get overly tired, too warm or overheated. This can lead to a life-threatening emergency. Exercising your bulldog should be done with moderation but never overdone. Small, short walks are okay, but this dog won’t care to go sight-seeing in the park.
My favorite dog, the Frenchie or French Bulldog, is just such an adorable little bugger. He also has his own set of breathing problems. He has many of the same problems that his larger English brother has when it comes to breathing and snoring. With the cute smashed in face, elongated soft palate and narrow trachea, also known as a “brachycephalic airway”. So it becomes difficult for him to breath when he overdoes it.
This little guy makes a great indoor dog, or even better, a great apartment dog. Most apartments have a lot less space than houses. This means less stairs to climb in most cases, and rarely do you find a large yard to run and frolic in with an apartment. Keeping this little one in the house where it is cool during hot summer days is his preferable life style.
Both the English Bulldog and the French Bulldog are great house dogs, love to be in close proximity to mom or dad. I mean, who could not love that little face?
I saw a family out walking their French Bulldog the other day while pushing their baby in a stroller; the dog looked exhausted. I pulled over and told them that their dog looked a little overly tired. His head was hanging down, his tongue was hanging out and I was mad as heck. I knew they were probably going to tell me to mind my own business but I felt I had to say something. But instead they said, “yeah, we’re on our way home now”. Just to add fire to the flame, I told them that their dog was not made for long walks but got no response from that comment. People just don’t think sometimes.
Some dogs seem to be predisposed to “autoimmune disorders” or disorders that disrupt the skin, body hair and even more so, the face, facial hair, and eyes. One such beautiful dog is the Siberian Huskie.
They have the most beautiful eyes but autoimmune disorders can play havoc not only with their skin, their facial area, but even with their eyes and sight.
This disorder can cause glaucoma and even possibly cataracts. There is only one treatment that I have seen listed for this particular problem which is hormones known as corticosteroids. The corticosteroids can inhibit other parts of the immune system which is not good.
The Pug, another sweet doggy. They have their own set of problems. Because they have a squashed in face and their eyes bulge out, these sweet pups run a big risk for eye problems. The most serious problem is that their eye(s) can easily pop out of the socket.
I am not sure if this happens due to an overabundance of pressure behind the eye or because the eye is too easily removed in an accident or while fighting? But if it should happen to your Pug, cover his eye with a damp clean cloth and rush him to a vet where they can put the eye back in place. It will only be clear at that time if the dog will remain with sight or if there is too much damage.
Another little cutey with eye problems? The Boston Terrier is prone to something called “Cherry Eye” because of the protruding eyes.
They are problematic for other eye issues but with cherry eye, there is a tear producing gland that “pops out” from behind this dog’s third eyelid. The gland is round and is bright red; thus the reason it is called cherry eye.
It can be repaired through a surgery. These terriers also run a risk for dry eye, cataracts, and eyelids that are turned inward “entropion”.
Obesity? I thought this was a problem that humans and all dogs suffer from. But that can really only be true if they are overeating correct? I don’t think so.
Apparently the Lab family has a problem with obesity. Now you wouldn’t think that this would be an issue for this dog, especially a Lab since they love to be active. Unless your Lab is getting a whole lot of exercise every single day (and they do need it), they stand the chance of becoming overly fat.
If your dog is constantly begging to eat or be fed, the homeopathic doc or therapist says to try to get him to eat some apple, green beans, or carrots for a snack. I always wondered why my mother gave our black lab mix cans of green beans? And he ate them. Preventing weight gain is always a much easier thing than losing weight through dieting at a later time, or trying to starve for weight loss.
Have you ever heard of the “little white shaker syndrome”? It happens to dogs
of many colors but is much more prevalent in little white dogs. The “little white shaker syndrome” is actually called “tremors” in any small dog of any color but mainly dogs that are little and white like the Maltese.
Their cerebellum is where it begins as an inflammation and it inflicts the poor little guy, making him shake so badly that he can barely walk. They say that it can be treated with corticosteroids. These tremors are not painful and with treatment, they will usually clear up in just a few weeks. But again, corticosteroids are not a great long term medication for any animal or person.
Heart Trouble? Yikes…. But the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is stricken with this mitral valve disease, especially the elderly of these small dogs. It is typical of a younger Spaniel to develop this mitral valve disease early on.
With this mitral valve disease, the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tight enough. This allows blood to leak backwards as the heart pumps, which puts a strain on his little heart. There are other symptoms like lethargy and coughing associated with the heart disease. However, with the right meds and proper monitoring, a dog with this disease should be living for years into senior hood with little or no symptoms.
How about the “great bloat”? Bloat in a dog can be really serious and is prevalent in Great Danes. Because they are so large, they run a bigger risk for “gastric dilation and volvulus” which is called “bloat”. It is life threatening because the stomach fills up with gas and then the stomach twists as it traps the gas and food in the stomach. If you ever see your Dane (or any larger dog I would assume) pacing about uncomfortably, panting, and drooling right after he eats? You will need to call your vet and get him to a place for corrective surgery right away because bloat can be fatal if not treated fast.
Skin Allergies? Geez. I have been reading about the Golden Retriever but I know they aren’t the only dog to have skin allergies because my Staffordshire Terrier had them terribly. I also knew a Shar Pei that went to the groomers and vet once a week because of the oils that were excreted within and under his rolls of wrinkles and in between his toes. All 3 of these dogs licked incessantly, causing sores on their feet especially.
My wrinkled friend was in terrible shape and I was so happy that he was blessed with a really rich owner who could take proper care of him. That poor little dog was miserable when it was close to his weekly visit to the vet.
They tried changing his food, bath soap, tub soaks, medicines. I felt terrible for him but I also felt really bad for my dog. She was also miserable and the vet kept giving her steroid shots which were not good for her. She passed away at 7 from heart failure; I have always blamed it on the vet at that time.
Dogs don’t sneeze like we humans do. So when they are allergic to something, they begin to lick and in most cases their licking, scratching, chewing will lead to “hot spots”. These spots are red and can turn into oozing sores. The vets believe that oatmeal shampoo, adding an omega-3 supplement to its diet, and make sure he always gets regular flea treatments. In our case we also switched the food to something like salmon, duck, and no grains at all.
The book I just read doesn’t mention steroids at all so I am assuming that these vets would never even begin with the steroids. They do stop the itching but only for a short while and have to be repeated once every 30 days or so.
However, now there is a great medication out that can be given to dogs who are in itchy bad spots. I do not know the name of it and I do not know the side effects. I’m sure I will be hearing soon from Dr. Jones, our homeopathic vet.
When the joint ball and socket do not fit together in the proper way, it causes severe pain, arthritis sets in, and problems walking begin as well. Hip Dysplasia is the diagnosis and pretty common with German Shepherds. If you are shopping for a Shepherd puppy, you will want to have this conversation with the breeder to see if this puppy’s parents were screened for hip dysplasia. It sounds as though hip dysplasia could be a bit hereditary since parents with healthy hips commonly birth pups with healthy hips.
Poodles are one of the “handful of Breeds” that are at an increased risk for Glaucoma which is a serious eye disease. A buildup of fluid in the eye causes pressure and pain, and can eventually cause blindness. If caught early (as with humans) it can be treated with medication. If not, then surgery or even a full removal of affected eyes could be necessary.
Joints seem to be a problem with larger dogs and in this case the Rottweiler is a pretty big dog. But these particular dogs suffer from hip and elbow
dysplasia, arthritis, osteochondrosis dissecans or OCD. It is a condition that develops in larger puppies that grow fast when cartilage in the joint forms improperly. The right amount of a balanced diet could keep the joints healthy but many dogs require a surgery that removes this abnormal cartilage.
A dog with diabetes or one that is more prone to diabetes? If you have a Miniature Schnauzer that is drinking water like crazy and all of a sudden he is having urine accidents in the house? These dogs seem to be at a higher risk of diabetes; this is a serious condition. So it’s insulin and diet change for this pup if he is to have a normal and healthy life.
Beagles, another cute smaller dog, are known for epilepsy!
Seizures caused by a brain disorder is more common for Beagles than any other dog breed. A first seizure is usually seen between six months and three years. Epilepsy cannot be cured, but frequency (more than one per month) could be managed with medication.
Cocker Spaniels get ear infections because of the way their ears grow. It is important to trim hair that is growing on the underside with clippers to keep her ear canals dry. Prevention is the best way to keep ear infections from happening so clean the ears every two weeks. Flip her ears back to let them “breathe”. This prevention will also help prevent major problems later in life as well.
Wobbly Knee Caps? Your Shih Tzu has Wobbly Kneecaps? Patellar Luxation
sounds a bit better but this is common in “toy breeds” like Shih Tzus. When the knee cap pops out-of-place, the dog hobbles, skips a step, or limps. This kneecap will normally pop back in place by itself. There are severe cases when surgery might be a necessity for correcting any problems and prevention for arthritis.
I have heard of bad backs in this dog but we always called our dog a wiener dog! I had one of these as a young girl and loved him dearly. He got away from me when we were walking on the beach and someone picked him up and took him home. I found this out at the local store because whoever it was, told them to tell us they were going to keep him, if we happened to come in to ask about him. The nerve of some jerk people. My heart was crushed and I sobbed all the way home.
But yes, Dachshunds can develop back problems because of their long short bodies. There is a high risk for injury and spinal disk problems if they try to jump up on something that is too high or put excess strain on her back.
Limiting their stairs and keep them from jumping down off of the furniture will help to alleviate some stress on the back. Maintaining a healthy weight is also really important.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly diagnosed with a serious heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM. The heart’s chambers are stretched out and they don’t pump blood effectively. Most people do not even realize that there is anything wrong with their dog until he collapses. Vets of Dobermans might suggest annual screenings because it is such a serious and common condition for them. Medications can regulate their heart rhythm and improve the ability for their heart to pump but there is no cure for DCM.
A Portosystemic Shunt or PSS is a blood vessel birth defect common in small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier. This portal vein will carry toxins from her intestines to her liver, which cleans her blood. When PSS is the problem, this portal vein bypasses her liver, the toxins do not get removed. PSS causes poor growth, vomiting, confusion, and seizures. PSS may be corrected with surgery most of the time and she will be able to live a normal healthy life.
Does your Chihuahua make a honking noise when she gets excited? She could have a collapsed trachea which is yet another common problem with toy
breeds. With the collapsed trachea, the cartilage that holds the trachea in an open position is weak, and so the trachea will flatten. There are some little dogs that can go a life time with a collapsing trachea and have no problems. But others will require a medication and still others with severe cases, a surgery may be necessary to prop the trachea open.
Boxers are at higher risk for certain types of cancer, which include lymphoma and mast cell tumors. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, and mast cell tumors are a type of skin cancer. In both cases, the cancer is often felt as an unusual lump or bump on your dog’s body. Both cancers might be treatable, but important to catch both of them early. So if you have a boxer, please check him regularly for lumps.
Pomeranian’s with Hair Loss? These little pups are predisposed to an adrenal
gland disease called alopecia X, which causes hair loss. Alopecia X usually begins when a dog is young. If a dog with alopecia X is intact, spaying or neutering often causes the hair to grow back (this hair loss is caused by excess production of sex hormones). Melatonin supplements can also help.
German Short-haired Pointers are known for a narrowing of the aorta which is the large blood vessel. It carries oxygenated blood to the body from the heart. When this narrowing or Aortic Stenosis is diagnosed, a strain on the heart over time could cause irregular heart rhythm.
If it is a mild case, it is possible there are no symptoms. But if the case is severe, your dog could become weak and tire easily. Usually and unfortunately, this is one of the things that can shorten your dog’s life. It can be managed however, with medications.
The Shetland Sheepdog are a beautiful breed. However these Shelties can be affected by a whole group of eye problems that are related, also known as “Collie Eye Anomaly”. It affects the retina and optic nerve. If the case is mild, the dog’s vision may not be affected at all. Moderate to Severe cases might lead to blindness. There is no known treatment for “Collie Eye”. It is fairly widespread among dog breeds affected by it. If you are out shopping for a Sheltie puppy, make sure you ask if it has been tested.
If you must have a pure breed puppy, then do your homework. Check the breed with as many different resources as you can so that you know what you may be purchasing. If there are tests that can be done for puppies, make sure the puppy that you pick has been tested. Check the parents lineage as well.
I will always recommend that adoption of a “dog” or “puppy” be the way to purchase a dog. Adoption from a local shelter is about the best way to pick your loving little bundle.
After shopping around for my last puppy, I found that adopting a dog that has already been house trained was optimal. Vaccines are already completed and in all cases, whatever you decide to adopt, will either be spayed or neutered before you bring them home. Many dogs out there have been removed from places of abuse or “torture chambers” is what I call them.
There are so many grown up human beings that do not deserve to have a loving bundle in their care. If you do deserve one and get one to bring home, chances are you are going to need homeopathic over the counter medications and supplements.
I do not have a whole lot to say about regular pet stores. You can find “cheap” all the way to “really high end” dog foods and then take hours in between trying to find the best and making up your mind for what is supposed to be the most nutritious, not using cereals, toxins in medications, and on and on it goes.
My suggestion to any good doggy parent? Go to the sources at the top and start with someone who is educated, someone who has taken the time to study about the products they are selling.
Starting here: Vetionx Pet Health Care Products. There is a very common malady that I mentioned in another post and went into quite some detail about it; separation anxiety. If you already have a pet, possibly your dog is suffering from it and if so, I truly hope that you will get the homeopathic and really effective medication for it. Anxietrex; safe and effective!
Hopefully, there are many loving and caring people like myself, and like you who can give these deserving little bundles a great home full of love and caring and healthy living. It’s what they deserve, that is for sure.
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Check out this little guy! He is a really young Pit Bull. They make the cutest little puppies but keep in mind that when they grow up, they are more like a bull in a china closet. If you have a big open and airy home, this would be a great place for a Pitty. With lots of open space inside, you have no need to fear that all of your fragile keepsakes will be knocked over with the threat of a wagging tail. Continue reading “Getting A New Puppy?”