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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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?”
These skin allergies turned into disease or illnesses, are often the result of something that might have been treated easily if caught more quickly by your veterinarian.
Skin allergies (or skin diseases) could turn into a much more serious disease that could possibly damage the organs such as the kidneys or the liver. When we do not seek the advice of our veterinarian quickly, we are putting our pets at risk for health issues that could prove to be quite deadly.
Skin allergies and infections are among the most common medical conditions that we dog or cat owners will seek treatment for. This information was provided by Dr. Jones online library, his pet health ebooks, and his online Veterinarian Secrets.
The type of skin problems we are going to see most often, depends a lot on where we live. Diseases and symptoms of diseases, will often change upon the location we have chosen to live in — for example, if you’re in Florida, fleas and other external parasites abound because of the climate and type of land; swamps, water, etc. The arid desert also gives up other parasitic enemies. Fleas will always be a problem, no matter where you live.
If you notice any skin problems with your pet, don’t try to diagnose it yourself. It is impossible for you to tell by looking at it exactly what it is even though it looks very similar to a description of something that you have read about.
You will most likely have to get a medication to treat it anyway and it’s important to see your vet. Let them diagnose it and write a prescription for medication if you need it.
You can also contact the American College of Veterinary Dermatology to find a board-certified vet who specializes in animal skin conditions if necessary too. This is what I would highly recommend. Do not leave skin problems to an every day veterinarian. If I had known that I could contact people about my baby girl, I would have contacted them right away. I could have emailed them a picture of her.
Instead I depended on the “veterinarian” at one of those local large box pet supply stores. I would like to warn you right now that you should have very serious thoughts about finding the right type of “veterinarian” for your pet! There is a big difference I think, between finding a hair stylist (veterinarian) that really knows how to “stylishly cut hair” and someone who just graduated beauty school. Do not settle for the faster, better, cheaper, route! You will be sorry. My sweet girl passed because of the medications given to her.
Skin allergies and diseases that make your pet sick, can often turn on your pet with a deadly show of force! If your pet has visible signs of any skin lesions, open sores that will not heal, or significant hair loss, get your pet to A Vet immediately.
Scratch, scratch, scratch or lick, lick, lick! If your pet is constantly scratching or licking itself, it could be a skin allergy. “Allergies tend to be caused by environmental things like dust mites or pollens,” says Dr. Andrew Jones DVM, Canada “They could be from eating certain foods too.” Allergies can be genetically passed too; this happens consistently with purebreds.
My dog had skin allergies something fierce! We had a heck of a time determining what she was allergic to. It was a game of eliminating things and then replacing things slowly, and one by one.
First the foods were tested. She went to a totally allergen tested food made by Science Diet. You have to get a prescription for it from your vet. Personally? It looked like sawdust paste in a can and cost almost $4 per can. The small bag of dry food was about $60. She wasn’t allowed to eat very much each day; in fact she wouldn’t.
The food had no apparent change in her overly oily itchy skin. The next thing, and actually, we didn’t wait too long to change all of her bedding. Anything that I had washed with my detergent got thrown out since I had to purchase new stuff anyway.
But she preferred to sleep either on the couch (leather) or on the carpet so I didn’t have very much control over this situation. She kept on licking her paws and in between her toes became a magenta hot pink.
Medications (steroids) always took care of the problem short-term. After I found out what these steroids could do to her, we cut her off. It wasn’t until later that this vet recommended a different medication but her timing was all wrong. She should never have given my dog steroids and then tried to give her this other medication over the top of the steroids; We lost her the 2nd morning. I’m still mourning her five years later.
“Allergies are by far the most common skin issue that we see in animals,” says Dr. Jones. ” Did you know that your dog could have the same allergies that you have? If you have any allergies, it would be worth checking this out. Just because you sneeze does not indicate that is what your dog is going to do. Your sneeze will show up as a reaction on your dog’s skin, like a big rash or hair loss. Dr. Jones says that “depending on the cause of the allergy, will show us the course of treatment that we should use to have success in making our pets feel better.” He did say that “there are many things, many home remedies, that can be used to make our animals feel better.”
(My dog was really ill with her allergies and the vet that I was taking her to left me sitting in the exam room for over an hour before they came in; I even had an appointment.) This was the vet at the box style pet supply store. I believe they added a vet clinic to their store as an after thought. When I made an appointment to see the vet at this place, not only was I always left waiting but my girl was misdiagnosed and given the wrong medication at the wrong time; I lost my baby girl and this was tragic for me since I had also just lost my mother.
A tick as first seen on one of your pets. As the tick latches on and gorges on blood it swells.
It doesn’t matter where you live. Whether you are in a city, a suburban backyard, or a more rural area, fleas are or can be a huge problem for any animal that goes outside at all. “You don’t have to be a country dweller to have a flea infestation” Dr. Jones said.
The spring is the most prime time for fleas, and even experts agree that our recent mild winters could mean a worse-than-usual flea season. Colder temps kill off fleas, and other insects such as spiders; especially during any snowy or icy spurts.
If you see that your pet has any kind of patchy hair loss, any open sores, or even scabby areas, it is a great indication that they are really bothered with an overload of fleas. (Even if you can’t see them) Most times though you can see actual fleas on the pet; they like to accumulate near their rear end.
My cat has a flea problem as we speak here. He loves for me to rub or scratch him low on the back; I can feel the little scabby patches where he has been itching or biting himself. He loves it because it is hard for him to reach that area.
Flea saliva can cause this itchy allergic reaction which could make your pet crazy with relentless scratching, biting, or chewing and they even pull their own hair out if it gets too bad for them. The best treatment for this is the medications that are out there over the counter; there are many high quality products. There are also really cheap products too, so use your best judgment and if you have a problem deciding which one, just ask “your vet”. I can tell you from experience that the store “clerk” is not going to be very knowledgeable about this.
Did you know that fleas can live up to a full year? When you decide to exterminate fleas, make sure you get everything where fleas could live, like the pet’s bedding, area rugs, furniture, etc. Not just the fleas but you have to get their eggs too.
“Alopecia” What’s that?
With Alopecia, hair loss is the symptom. The problem is that hair loss can indicate a number of other pet issues too. Animals that are losing their fur need to be seen by your veterinarian quickly.
Dogs with hypothyroidism, an infection, or even parasites could cause hair loss. Cats and dogs can lose hair because of flea allergies. ,” If your pet is losing hair, it’s important to see your vet because there could be so many potential causes. Some could be easy fixes.
In dogs, hypothyroidism, infections, or parasites can lead to hair loss. Both dogs and cats can also lose hair as a result of flea allergies. Since Alopecia is not a disease, but a sign of something else, a veterinarian needs to see and diagnose the reason for the Alopecia.
My dog has the “Mange”?
Haven’t you ever heard someone calling a dog “that mangy mutt?” This is usually a description of what their fur or coat must look like.
Dogs, cats, and many other animals, can develop an infestation of tiny mites which attach to skin or hair follicles are the cause of mange. Types of mange include demodex and scabies.
Demodex is what we see in young puppies most often. Demodex in older dogs might be a sign of thyroid problems.
Symptoms of mange are hair loss and itching.
Scabies is the other type of mange and it is an organism that lives on the skin. Scabies gets transferred from one to the other fairly easily. The medication to clear demodex comes from a prescription from your vet, and is the more difficult to treat of the two.
Demodex can take months to clear up. You have to work closely in any case with your vet! See the pictures above for mange.
“Ringworm” is contagious!
“Ringworm is a fungus transmitted between animals or animals to humans. A round looking patch of fur with crusty appearance to it is ringworm and is highly contagious.
More common in cats, especially very young kittens (less than a year old) OR older — cats and any other animal who has a compromised immune system. Mother cats who are nursing, and have ringworm, can pass it when the kittens are nursing.
Ringworm spores can live for more than a year in animal bedding, dishes, and other things that the infected animals have been in contact with. It is a good idea to throw away any items that your infected animals have touched, especially if you have worked long and hard to get rid of the ringworm on your pet. If you don’t keep the whole environment clean, your pet or animals can get reinfected.
I thought only girls got “Yeast Infections”!
“A little bit of yeast is normal on the skin and in the ears,” says Dr. Jones. But the problem happens when there is an overgrowth of yeast, which happens with some underlying skin changes or the skin environment is disrupted due to flea bites, skin allergies, mange, ringworm, or any other issues.
In some animals and even in humans, an antibiotic treatment(s) might also stimulate yeast growth causing infection or making an overgrowth more likely. Yeast infections can be treated with topical or oral antifungal medications that will kill the yeast organisms overgrowth and infection.
If you think your cat has a dirty face, think again! Those black specks on Picasso’s chin might be Feline Acne.
According to Dr. Jones, they don’t really know what causes this feline acne, although it isn’t puberty, that’s for sure. The theory is that when a cat’s chin continually comes in contact with his plastic food bowl day after day, that it can cause contact dermatitis and feline acne.
But yet another theory is that it is caused by a virus. Not just on the chin, but blackheads or whiteheads can also appear on the lips. Feline acne can be treated with antibiotics and special cleansers.
There is also a kind of related disorder called “stud tail”. Its name comes from the fact that it is most common with males that have not been fixed; thus “stud tail”. Their tail gets a greasy look and feel at the base, says Dr. Jones, and even some hair loss can occur. See your vet for treatment here.
“Skin Cancer” just like a human?
Skin cancer is really common in animals. “Cutaneous sarcoma” is one type we often see in the older animals.
Although there are several types of skin cancer that develop in both dogs and cats, there are two types related to exposure to the sun.
“Squamous cell carcinomas” is more common in light-colored cats, on the tips of their ears and the nose.
“Hemangio sarcomas” are more often seen in short-haired, and light-furred dogs. Dr. Jones recommends that if pets need to go outdoors, that it is better to take pets out into the daylight when the sun is not at its peak and to keep them out of the sun as much as possible.
These cancers can look like small lumps or bumps on or in the skin. They can also appear as patches of skin that are discolored and hairless, or rashes and sores that will not heal. If you see or feel any kind or type of skin growth on your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.
QUARANTINE YOUR SICK PETS; KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND OTHER PETS SAFE!
When you have a sick pet at home, and any dog or pet with any of the above aches and pains is sick! Please, for your own and the safety of other family members and other pets, keep the ill pets quarantined and away from other pets, in a warm, dry, safe and quiet place so they can heal.
Keeping small children far away from ill pets is a necessity. Using safety gates in my home helped me a great deal. Don’t put their water or food near other animals foods either; wash their dishes in their own hot and soapy water. Wash your hands well with soapy hot water after handling an animal that is sick and make sure to pick up their feces and dispose of it well so that there is no chance that it will get washed down into the ground or into a water run off anywhere.
Here is a wonderful house gate (in fact, it is the same exact one that I used, but I had to use two of them) that can be used for animals or infants! Pet and Infant Gate
If you would like to learn more about your dog or cat’s health, please check out our own online, homeopathic, holistic, veterinarian; Dr. Andrew Jones and his website. He has a whole online library of reading material, and an online special home study course, first aid for your dog and cat, and even “”The Veterinary Secrets Course on Extending Your Pet’s Life“!
I also mentioned above that I would tell you about the vet I hooked my dog up with last year about this time. She died just before Thanksgiving because the vet that I was using was the faster, better, cheaper way. Inside of that big box type of pet supply store with the vet clinic inside of the store; this is who I was using not realizing that they were not qualified to take care of my girl’s needs.
The vet at this clinic gave her a medication that she should not have taken under any circumstances until she had completely withdrawn from the steroids she had been taking for years. I did not know any of this until it was too late. The steroids that had been given to my little girl were not good for her either; she had gained quite a few pounds from the steroid use.
So, she should have lost a few pounds and been forced to endure the plague of itching while ridding her body of these steroids that were controlling the itch. Because she was overweight, the new prescription cost me twice as much because she had to have double a normal dose. I was assured that she was cleared of any questions to be able to take this medication; “lie!”
An hour after I had given her this new medication, she began to act strangely and I called this clinic immediately. The girl receptionist who answered the phone said “she is probably still excited about being away from the house and in here all day yesterday; just give her overnight and see how she is doing in the morning; you can give us a call if she is not better by then”.
Reluctantly, I said okay and hung up the phone. She did not make it to the next morning; she passed away about three hours after I hung up with that clinic’s receptionist who had no clue as to what she was even talking about.
Please take on and do your own due diligence when picking out a new vet for your pets. Check all qualifications and if you like what you see and read about this vet,: then you really should interview the new veterinarian! Don’t leave your pet’s life in the hands of someone you don’t even know! If you have to and don’t have a choice in the matter, then so be it. You can only do so much but I haven’t forgiven myself of what my baby had to endure. It was obviously a heart attack which had to be painful for her. I cry everytime I think about it.
Thanks for coming to read our post today on allergies and skin problems. Come back again soon.
In my last post I gave you a list of specific foods, beverages, and specific ingredients such as caffeine, xylitol, etc., that are toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog.
I also told you that I would list each one again with the specific problems they might evoke in your dog should he get ahold of it. So, as promised, here it is with another video about more yucky things for your dog. Too much information in this case is not unwarranted. The more information you have in this case; the better!
More on Toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog!
Soft drinks, candy, gum, baked goods of all kinds, toothpaste, and any artificial sweeteners that contain xylitol. Actually I would just be on the safe side and not give my dog any artificial sweeteners; it doesn’t matter what kind.
Artificial sweeteners can cause blood sugar problems for your dog (humans too). Have you ever heard of doggy diabetes? In the initial stages you might see lethargy, vomiting, or loss of coordination and then as the blood sugar drops, the dog could begin to have seizures; then liver failure this could become a fatal issue.
Most of these toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog are pretty common foods for you and I. And in many cases, I already have many of them in my kitchen most of the time. Fortunately for me, my dog is too short to reach up to the top of my cupboards and she doesn’t know how to open the refrigerator either.
But humans love their dogs, and in almost all cases and when your dog is sitting there with those big wide eyes, looking at you when you are eating a chocolate doughnut; she is smacking her lips, moving her butt and tail a bit, and it’s hard for her to contain her excitement; even I have been more than a little tempted to give her a bite while looking down at her. But I force myself to get up and find her one of her own treats. This makes her just as happy.
Like I said before, even I know that you cannot give your dog alcohol. This would be like giving your infant or child alcohol. It’s pretty obvious you don’t want to get your dog drunk and for a brain that has never been intoxicated by anything, alcohol poisoning would certainly be a specific side effect.
However, there are people who feed their dogs beer or champagne. My ex-boss was one of those people. He thought this was a “humorous” thing to do until someone called the local Humane Society. He never did it again in a public place at least. He did get a fine and had to go to animal court.
Oh, and by, they said that if he ever did it again, they would remove his dog.
So if you get some kind of a thrill by abusing your pets in public, you think it is cute and think that your pet loves you more for this kind of treatment? Think again. Your pet would probably miss you a terribly should she/he have to go somewhere else to live. And there is no guarantee that your pet would go to a no kill shelter should this happen.
The world is changing and so is the view that people have on pets, farm animals, and even wild animals and the people who are caring for them. Abusing any kind of animal will no longer be tolerated.
It’s really not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog. Eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst or urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning.
Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures. Too much salt might even cause death. It is considered to be toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog. Do not feed any dog salty foods, especially processed foods.
Avocados! There is a substance in the avocado fruit, seed, tree bark, and in the leaves called Persin. This is a substance that a dog cannot digest.
There are also people who are highly allergic to avocado; it’s the Persin that they are allergic to. If you have an avocado tree at home? Keep the dog away from the whole tree; dogs love to chew and these trees are normally grown inside the home in this part of the woods(Oregon). It gets too cold here in the winter and it’s always raining; at least 8 months out of the year.
Onions and garlic in any form is a bad bad thing. These types of roots that many of us love, will cause destruction to a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. I’ve always heard that garlic was good for dogs and that if they ingested it, that it would help keep fleas away from them. These toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog can cause all sorts of serious side effects.
Coffee or tea? Xnay on the caffeine! Caffeine can lead to death. Caffeine is found in many things that your dog might get hold of if lying around. Cold medicines, pain pills, chocolate, chocolate covered coffee beans, and coffee beans plain, M & M’s. Now Peanut Butter M & M’s might be ok for E.T. but not your dog; these can all be fatal. Any chocolate has caffeine in it. Many prescription pain pills have caffeine in them. Aspirin and other headache meds usually have high doses of caffeine in them. Those energy drinks like Red Bull and many other expensive energy drinks are all exploding with caffeine.
Not just a few, not even just a little bit of grapes or raisins? Absolutely poisonous for dogs. I had no clue about this one either. I was always trying to get my dog to eat a grape and she spit them out. At least she knew she wasn’t supposed to eat them; good girl. I do not know what is in grapes; but I am going to find out.
Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, ice cream, frozen yogurt? None of these; they cause stomach upset and diarrhea. I had no idea about these either. My girl loved yogurt and cheese.
I didn’t feed her big handfuls but every once in a while she got a couple of spoons of yogurt or a couple little chunks of cheese with a pill in it. Of course I wasn’t looking for the repercussions so I don’t know if she as getting diarrhea from them. I certainly didn’t pay attention if she got diarrhea from those specifically. But I never ever gave her a whole lot either. I heard somewhere that yogurt was good for dogs? hmm.
Macadamia nuts equal poisoning. Poisoning looks like elevated respiration(fast breathing), a weakness or paralysis in the hindquarters, muscle tremors(twitching), elevated temperature, and/or elevated heart rate. Most of the time when we eat cookies that have macadamia nuts in them, they also have large chunks of white chocolate (caffeine) which would be even worse. There is a double whammy with this because of the caffeine poisoning and the nut poison together.
As children, when mom and dad took us to eat out in a nice restaurant, there was always a doggie bag to take home! Usually it was really for my dad. We children couldn’t possibly eat a whole piece of prime rib and dad loved to chew on that rib bone. But now they say, if there are leftovers, forget the doggie bag.
The whole concept of the doggie bag was to bring the dog a treat because the dog had to stay home while we went out. But they are telling us now that dogs should not eat bones; that bones could splinter in the mouth and then get lodged in the throat or trachea on the way down or even become an obstruction. And with pieces of meat and especially the fat that got cut off of a steak is cause for a bout of pancreatitis.
I know, I know. We used to give our girl the larger bones that had end knuckles and rib bones after I had baked them at a really high temperature with some seasoning (garlic or salt). The things she wasn’t supposed to get any part of. I never heard anything about onions, garlic, beef fat, or chicken skin.
As a kid, we always gave our dogs leftovers and bones. Dogs in the wild eat bones and animal fat; probably not too much fat because anything that they catch to eat usually will be in pretty fit condition from running away from predators like the dogs. But that is it; no more bones for any of my dogs. There is nothing toxic or poisonous about bones but supposing that bits of bone become lodged in your dog’s intestines, this could cause massive infection.
I always thought they were good for your dog’s teeth. Now they say you should brush you dog’s teeth? Next thing you know we are going to have to teach our dog to use a toilet and wipe his butt with toilet paper. Please jump to the post I made here about picking up your dog’s fecal matter and how very important it is. There are so many diseases and other yucky things that can happen because you simply don’t bother to pick up your dog’s poop.
The poisonous thing did actually make me snicker a little. I suppose because I have never seen a dog who will eat peaches, plums, or any kind of fruit? Persimmons I won’t even eat unless they are cooked up as a topping for squash or something. But I suppose there are dogs who will eat everything and anything; so feed them none of the above either.
It is not the fruit that is the problem in this case. Persimmon seeds get trapped in the dog intestines and cause infection which could be deadly. The pits from plums and peaches are deadly poisonous for humans and dogs. So I guess I should not have laughed so soon; it was just the thought of watching a dog eat a piece of fruit not meant for dog consumption. However, there are certain fruits that dogs can eat with no problem; watermelon is one of them
Raw eggs, raw meat, and raw fish, are all a no-no.
Raw eggs cause salmonella or e coli. On top of that raw eggs if eaten for a long time can cause a problem with Vitamin B absorption. However, when we had our own chickens and we washed the eggs before they went into the refrigerator which removed the stuff that could cause the salmonella and e coli. But for some reason, the rule of thumb is, no raw eggs so I wouldn’t push raw eggs to my dog even though they seem to love them.
Raw meats? Hmm; well just think about that one. I used to give my dog little bits of raw hamburger with her pills in the middle. It was very convenient and she loved them that way. Now you have to purchase those little pill pockets at the pet store to put their pills in. I think that those pill pockets are made out of chicken stock and cornstarch maybe. It has to be made out of something that smells good though. They are expensive which made me mad; I had to use 3 or 4 a day sometimes. Most of the time my son and I had to force even those down her throat and so in that case, the pill pockets were a waste of money for me.
The specific reasons for not feeding raw meat? Well raw chicken we know about. Raw fish we also know about but many folks love sushi which is raw fish, eel, and even shell-fish such as oysters. These items are prepared in a very strict way so that there is no chance for contamination unless it was already there before it was prepared. I don’t know of too many people that would go to the local sushi hang out though and bring home some of that delicately carved raw fish to share with their canine friends.
Humans eat raw hamburger in high-class cuisine restaurants. This seasoned raw burger is known as steak tartar, with a raw egg in the middle of it. Those humans are taking their health for granted when consuming raw eggs; or so I thought. The thing about raw eggs though is that the part that makes us sick comes from outside of shell, not from the inside. The chicken lays the egg and it is at this point that the e coli or salmonella comes in. So raw eggs should not propose a problem.
The raw hamburger could be susceptible if left in warmer temperatures; causing growth of bacteria that could poison us. Even steaks and other cuts of beef could pick up contamination during cutting or packaging let alone bacteria growth at warmer temps for storage or hanging.
And so we now see that raw eggs, raw meats, raw fish, and anything that we would not consume in its raw form should be considered toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog. And just to be on the safe side, I won’t be feeding any of these to my dog anymore. I’ve learned something here as well.
Raw pork, turkey, lamb, venison, buffalo? I just don’t even want to think of what might be included with a raw leg at the dinner table from these species! The thought of eating these things raw would not even cross my mind to feed my dog, unless he was starving and I had no means to cook it. But I can guarantee you, that if the dog was a wild dog; he would not hesitate to eat anything that he catches in the raw form. He would probably eat a few bones as well with his raw meat.
I don’t have any data about wild dogs eating raw animal carcass while surviving in the wild on their own. To be honest, this is the way they lived for hundreds of years and in most cases, I am sure that wild dogs still do hunt and kill other animals for eating. I am sure that wild dogs don’t refrigerate their meat after they kill it either. So it would be feasible to think that wild dogs might eat even rotten flesh; I am not positive about that but it wouldn’t surprise me if wild dogs have built up some kind of immunity to these kinds of risky behaviors. I have never heard of a wild dog expiring from consuming bad raw animal kill.
The point of this whole meat lesson or talk that we are experiencing here? It is to affirm that our dogs eat cooked food most of the time because they are not wild. They are domesticated, living either in a nice warm home or a dog house that keeps them warm and dry from cold elements, most of their lives.
Their food is prepared by a dog/cat food company or the dogs loving and caring parents. They also prepare their dogs foods according to special recipes. This makes the food that they consume safe for their consumption; in most cases. There have been times when dog food and even dog treats that have been found as toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog to consume; actually over 1,700 cases of illness have been reported since 2007.
Excessive (too much) salt causes thirst and frequent urination. Sodium poisoning looks like lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated temperature, seizures, and even possible death.
We know what too much sugar does to us right? It is the same with dogs! Obesity and dental problems. And as always, a big possibility of sugar diabetes!
Raw Yeast Dough. If your dog eats raw dough with yeast in it? The inside of your dog’s stomach will rise and expand, causing your dog’s tummy to bloat up and it will be very painful. After the dough has finished expanding or rising; the yeast causes the dough to ferment which causes alcohol to form. Then big trouble starts because alcohol causes the dog to have alcohol poisoning.
Human Medicines! Do the same for your dogs just as you would do for your babies and small children. Remove the medicines; put them up under lock and key if necessary. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two that can cause overdose in very low doses and certain death. Dogs love to chew, so don’t leave bottles of any kind lying around for them to pick up and crunch down on. Do not give your dog, under any circumstances, a human medicine unless it has been prescribed by the Vet. Almost all human medicines are toxic and poisonous and not fit for your dog’s consumption under any circumstance.
The kitchen pantry (the walk in kind) will have all kinds of goodies stored in it. Things in this area, such as baking powder or baking soda, are extremely toxic. There is even a list of cooking spices, such as nutmeg that are toxic. Keeping this area closed up, off-limits, will assure you that your dog cannot get into a highly poisonous or toxic food issue that could mean severe illness or even death to them.
Please keep your dogs safe! Remember to keep those emergency phone numbers written in big bold letters on a sheet of paper and attached in an area where you can grab them in an emergency and dial without questioning yourself.
I hope that this post has helped you all and if necessary, will always be a reminder about how to keep those babies safe when you’re not around.
Remember, some dogs even like house plants, rugs, shoes, toothbrushes, dirty underwear, and YIKES! but it is true; even grandpa’s false teeth! A friend of mine had a dog who found his grandfather’s false teeth and when grandpa went to put them in the following morning, they couldn’t find the set of teeth.
When Marley (the dog) left the room with his tail between his legs, they knew they had the culprit and found the teeth in pieces all over the top of Marley’s favorite chewing place! It was pretty funny but very expensive.
Thank you for checking us out today; hope you enjoyed the post.
Here she comes! It’s not dinner time yet but she’ll try to get me to feed her early. What did the vet say? “Do not feed your dog early”. But who knows more about dinner than my dog? If she thinks she can talk me into it, she’ll try.
Did you know that dogs have fewer taste buds compared to humans; this is one reason why they love to eat kitty poop? It tastes good to them because cats do not digest their food all the way. Dogs love kitty roca!
I always felt that if it was healthy enough for me, then it was most likely okay for my dog. This is so untrue!
Now I know how she gained so much weight. I couldn’t believe we gained so much of our weight together. I was so embarrassed that I could have possibly had this kind of thought process to begin with. But here we were; both of us are overweight.
But how could I possibly resist her staring at me with her big puppy eyes while she was licking her chops so eagerly?
I was really lucky that I hadn’t given her any food that was going to hurt her in any way by accident, but I did have some common sense about it.
DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG ANYTHING FROM THIS LIST!
In fact, here is a whole list of edibles that our best buddies cannot and should never eat.
DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG:
Candy, gum, baked goods, toothpaste, and any other (fake sugar) sweeteners that contain xylitol.
Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate mix.
Cold medicines or any Human medications.
Chocolate, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate.
Raisins and Grapes.
Beef, Pork, Chicken bones.
Fat from meats.
Apples, Peaches, plums, persimmons; the one fruit they supposedly really like is watermelon.
Potatoes and their peelings.
Raw eggs, raw meats, raw fish.
Tomato leaves and stems; the green parts.
Raw Yeast Dough.
No access to the kitchen pantry (the walk in kind).
But if that sweet pup of yours should find something that they just had to get into because it was too tempting for them; given the fact that they do explore things with their mouths, make sure you have your Vet’s phone number and the local animal emergency room phone number handy so that you can call for instructions on how to handle a food poisoning issue for your dog.
When I say handy? Like stick it on the refrigerator. When I get in a panic, I can’t find a thing so keep it right where you know it is at all times, and don’t move it because I guarantee that you’ll forget where you put it when you are in a panic.
Also, by placing a list on your refrigerator of what you do not feed your dog, especially if you have a poor memory, should be helpful. At the top of your list in large letters, simply write “Do Not Feed Your Dog”!
You can call them at any time you think your dog might have eaten something that is toxic or poisonous. This is the same thing that we do for our small children or infants. But with children we always kept syrup of ipecac on hand in case we were told to induce vomiting. For dogs it’s a little different; see below.
I found a pretty good video on YouTube that correlates pretty much about what I said we should not be feeding our dogs. There could be a few differences, but I didn’t hear too many. I hope this helps to stop you next time you are about to feed your pooch a bite of your ice cream cone! Although I don’t think one lick would hurt him but he would most likely grab the whole cone from whoever was offering him a lick!
Things to keep on hand in case you have to treat your dog for poisons/toxins:
Syringe to draw fluids into and put into the dogs mouth to give him fluids
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