My Dog Has Worms

brushing the dog's tongue won't help

brushing your dog's tongue won't helpMy Dog Has Worms

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.


Campylobacter enteritis is a common cause of intestinal infection. These bacteria are also one of the many causes of “traveler’s diarrhea” or “food poisoning”.

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Campylobacter jejuni

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.

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salmonella enterica

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.

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dirty dog’s playground; game? sniff & roll

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.

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4 kinds of dog worms – humans can catch them all – don’t kiss the dog

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!worms crawling in a human eye and foot

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.worms in eyelid

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?

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Please do not kiss your kitty; you never know where there is a flea egg that you could accidentally ingest.

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.

worm comng out of a fecal clump



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.handful of parasitic worms

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 round worms removed from intestineswhite 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.tape worm from a cat

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.  round worms in a pile of dog feces

For some reason, dogs love that crunchy kitty litter stuff. Yuk! Here is a pile of dog poop shortly after defecation, those worms are still very much alive.

I hope I didn’t gross you out too much. Sorry but I hope that my post here can scare people into not smooching with their pets.

And remember, no matter what you might hear elsewhere, brushing the dog’s tongue won’t help. I’ve had to reiterate this fact because I heard that people believed that brushing the dog’s tongue would help and I couldn’t believe that I was hearing such stupidity.

The best preventative medicine for you to use on your pets (and thus you protect yourself), is to use flea repellents and flea larvae killer; you can get all of it here through Amazon, see ad above or click here because they are without a doubt the cheapest I have been able to find.  Pet Products at Amazon

I have compared these very same drops, collars, sprays, and even powders to those at the vet’s office or even the bigger pet stores like PetSmart or PetCo. (I don’t use these stores anymore for a number of different reasons anyway).

Thanks for stopping by to read the latest scoop. If you have any questions or concerns, remarks? Please leave me a note! I love to hear from all of you.

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Is Your Pooch in Pain?

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Is your pooch in pain?

People feeling pain reach for one of many common medicines, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and many others which may or may not be over the counter medications.  Most of these types of drugs known as NSAIDs.

Some people NSAIDs  can also be used to treat arthritis pain in dogs or even manage pain after a surgery for dogs and cats.  You must know and remember that NSAIDs when used for your pets pain can carry many risks as well as benefits.

All dogs and cats (pets) must have a thorough physical exam by their vet, which will include a review of your pet’s total medical history.  Before giving NSAIDs to your pet, make sure they are seen by your vet for a medical workup, even according to the FDA.

Pet owners need to be informed about the possible side effects which include those that signal that your pet is in danger. Some of the most common side effects of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in pets are vomiting, a loss of appetite, a marked reduced level of activity, and diarrhea (watery stool).

During the time that your pet is taking NSAIDs, you need to be watchful of certain side effects, as-well-as look for blood in their feces, tar-like (black and sticky) stools, yellowing or jaundice of the whites of their eyes and yellowing or jaundice of their gums.  If you see any one of these symptoms happening with your pet, call your veterinarian immediately, plan on making a trip into the vet or nearest pet emergency room.

There are other side effects that have been reported but not nearly as common.  These can include  ulcers in the stomach and intestines, kidney failure, liver failure, even death.

It is not at all unusual for people to think that they can give their pets regular painkillers straight out of their own medicine cabinets.  However, some over-the-counter pain medications can be toxic, and even deadly for your pet.

Always check with your veterinarian before giving any drug that is meant for humans to your own pet.

So many folks don’t even think about or seem to realize that a medication that might be safe for us, is most likely not going to be safe for dogs and cats.  Or even that a dose which is safe for humans may or may not be safe for their pets. An owner should never just assume that a certain medicine that is safe for them or even for a certain animal is safe for other animals or pets.

Thank you for coming by today to read about pet pain medications.

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Skin Allergies Making Your Pet Sick

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Skin allergies making your pet sick?

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.

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Pure Breed such as this one has awful skin allergies which is not uncommon. They can be taken care of before they are allowed to get this bad though!


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This poor pup is feeling that mange; he looks really sick and I can’t imagine not treating this illness before it got this bad? Don’t ever let it get this bad!


 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.

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Mange such as this takes a while to look like this. Don’t ignore a sick dog!

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.

Our Story

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.

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Allergies between the toes; constant licking turns them red and can cause sores making them worse.

“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.

How about “Flea Bites”? Video on Natural Flea Control by Dr. Andrew Jones



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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?  dog with alopecia

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.  dog with 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.    mange

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!

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A human infected with ringworm. It is highly contagious and can be treated easily so this is a person who let it go without help for quite some time. Don’t ignore little round scabby sores.


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Ringworm is a round looking crusty patch on or in the skin with possible hair loss around it.



“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.

“Feline Acne”

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?

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This poor pup has a patch of cancer on his nose. The nose and ear tips are the most common place for skin cancers.


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.




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

Ceck out Dr. Andrew Jones; Homeopathic and Holistic Veterinarian; Website

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.  senior dogdog with alopecia


Yard Plants Toxic for Your Dog

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Yard Plants Toxic for Your Dog


The video above only names a few yard plants toxic to pets.  The best way to determine if you have other toxic plants in your yard where your animal might be free to roam, is to call poison control in your local area. The best time to do this is now, to determine the yard plants toxic for your dog or pets, before anything bad happens.

This is a video by the ASPCA about 17 poisonous plants for pets. 


dog lying in the flowers

I had no idea there were so many outside plants are toxic for my dog. It’s a simple thing; you wouldn’t think that dogs would eat flowers or green plants but you just never know with dogs.

As I have said before, dogs have very few taste buds compared to you and I. What you and I might think smells terrible and wouldn’t put it near our taste buds, our dogs are just not nearly as fickle.

Just remember that while you are out cleaning up your yard this Spring, getting ready to put some new additions into the ground, to get a new completed list of toxic outside plants written by the experts.

If you have a plant that you want to drop in the ground but you don’t know about its toxicity and you can’t find the information that you need; do yourself a favor and wait to plant this one. You just never know and it really would not be worth it if your dog found it to be a temptation and decided, as did Eve, to take a bite.

Yard Plants Toxic for Your Dog and all of those other furry critters in the neighborhood.

I’ve put together a small list of ten common yard plants toxic for your dog and other furry critters in your yard.  While I would like to say that it is complete, it is not.  There are new plants showing up in the market every day with more to come. They say that the list of these toxic outdoor plants is complete with about 700 different species  So use your best judgement; call a veterinarian, consult the library or nursery. If you don’t know about its toxicity, don’t drop it in the ground until you do.

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Remember that there are other furry creatures out there besides your dog, looking to stuff their cheeks full or have a hankering for a nibble and would find your new flower bulbs tempting.

These little critters are just as susceptible to toxic plants as your dog, but you wouldn’t be able to help get them to a vet in case of poisoning. So, please, take great care and be cautious about your yard plants. Keep flower bulbs in sacks or boxes and up out of reach.  The same goes for fertilizers, powders, ant and slug poisons.

I have done a little ‘digging’ and found a list of ten of the most well-known, outdoor plants. To make sure that you are not cultivating a danger-zone for your furry critter friends, here is that list of the most common yard plants toxic for your dog and many of those furry critters running around your neighborhood;

  • Azalea/Rhododendron: these contain a substances called grayanotoxins; producing vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, and depression of the central nervous system.  Severe poisoning can even lead to death from cardiovascular collapse.
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pretty in pink azalea flowers are highly toxic for all fury creatures
  • Chrysanthemum: The blooms are part of the Compositae family.  They contain  pyrethrins which can produce gastrointestinal upset including drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea, if eaten. In some cases, depression and loss of coordination can develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.
  • Cyclamen:  This species contains cyclamine, a toxin that can produce  gastrointestinal irritation and horrific vomiting. The highest concentration of this toxin is in the root part of cyclamen, though the entire plant should be avoided.
  • deadly daffodilsDaffodil: The ever popular and early bloomer—aka Narcissus—can cause vomiting, salivation, and diarrhea. Large amounts of this toxic beauty can lead to convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.  The bulbs are the most poisonous part.
  • English Ivy:  Called branching ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy, and California ivy, IS AKA  Hedera helix and contains triterpenoid saponins;  when ingested, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation and diarrhea.
  • Kalanchoe:  aka Mother-In-Law tongue.  This species contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.
  • Lily:  Not  toxic for dogs, but especially dangerous for cats.  Ingestion of a small amount of this plant can lead to severe kidney damage for your felines.
  • Oleander:  This common yard plant toxic for your dog, contains cardiac glycosides and can potentially cause gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.
  •  Sago Palm:   and other members of the same genus family, is highly toxic for your dog, cat, and even a horse. Ingestion of just one or two seeds from this plant can result in very serious side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.
  • Tulips:  contains toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, and hypersalivation. Although the entire tulip plant is toxic,  the bulb is the most poisonous for animals.
tulips are grown locally here in Oregon in huge masses
Flowering tulips indigent to Oregon is one of those yard plants toxic for your dog; the bulbs are extremely poisonous

My list covers only ten of the most common Spring blossoming toxins.  It is important to remember that there are more than 700 potentially toxic yard plants toxic for your dog; these have been identified as poisonous and can be extremely harmful for pets and even other animals!

Cornell University has a pretty extensive list that you can visit here.  Please visit their full list of toxic and non-toxic plants to make sure that your garden is safe for your pets.

The ASPCA can help in situations where animals are being abused, neglected, OR are being starved which is actually considered abuse and punishable by fine and jail time.  Please continue to help law enforcement to crack down on people who are abusive to animals.

In any situation the ASPCA, the HUMANE SOCIETY, or your local POLICE can and will always step in to stop animal abuse and neglect.

If you have any reason to believe that  your pet may have ingested something toxic or poisonous, please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 immediately for direction and help.

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ASPCA always there and ready to care for animals in need and abusive owners needing jail time





Thank you for once again stopping by to catch up on or posts on how to keep your pet safe from poisonous outdoor plants.  senior dog

Dow AgroScience Again – Wake Up America

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Dow AgroScience Again – Wake UP America.  

‘Pesticides & The Perfect Crime: In the widespread bee die-offs, bees often just vanish. One beekeeper calls it the Perfect Crime—no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees. What’s happening to the honey bees?’

Dow AgroScience Again – Wake up America; look to their money hungry mad scientists who are developing chemicals that are killing the only natural way of plant pollination. It’s no wonder we do not have sufficient crops to feed the world anymore.

Without pollinators, plants don’t grow and reproduce, leaving insufficient crops to feed the masses. So their backass method is to kill the honeybees and then grow GMO crops which are genetically modified. Can you imagine what those are going to do to humans in the long run of time? Pretty soon we’ll have mutants roaming the earth. Amazing that man thinks he can fix something that was so perfect to begin with. We are in trouble here.

When I was a kid, my father had about four bee hives that he tended, kept, fed, made sure their hive was clean and if they swarmed, he panicked. We were out scouting the neighborhood looking for them.

When we found them, he would use smoke to calm them down and clip the branch on the tree so that he could move the whole swarm at one time in a huge box, and take them back to the hive where he tried to determine why they left to begin with.

He was the perfect honey bee keeper. He loved those bees. The fruit and vegetables that we raised in our yard and in our garden were proof as to the magnificence of our honey bees.

Today, I can stand in my flower garden and I expect to see all kinds of honey bees doing what honey bees do.  In fact, it is almost mesmerizing to sit in the garden and watch the bees float over the little flowers with the yellow sacs of pollen on their hind legs.

But as I stood out there this afternoon in the warm sun, I did not see a single honey bee.  This has become the norm in our flower gardens here in the Pacific Northwest; no honey bees which is actually pretty alarming.

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A honeybee pollinating flowers while doing the happy dance.


‘Bee populations are plummeting! Yet the Environmental Protection Agency recently sided with Dow AgroSciences to approve a new, highly toxic bee-killing pesticide called sulfoxaflor. How many of you reading this blog know anything about this chemical.’

It’s time to wake up America; Dow AgroScience is at it again; out to kill the most important force that we have in pollination of our crops. Are we going to invent another machine to do a job meant for Mother Nature

I sure don’t get it! What does our governmental boards, bodies, groups, or any other of our politicians, law makers, decision makers, and anyone else involved in this mess of killing the most important force in the pollination of our Country’s produce and plant survival, think they are doing by allowing companies like DOW AgroScience to put substances like sulfoxaflor all over the crops that we grow to eat.

The very people that we vote into positions of decision-making; they promised to look after our planets natural resources, the very foods that we put on our tables at almost every meal.

Who the heck is making the decisions to use highly toxic chemicals to treat the very plants that honey bees fly to and from while pollinating flower and bush so that they will produce foods for our country to eat.

Not only are they killing our honey bees; I cannot imagine what these chemicals are doing to us humans; can you?

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A swarm of honey bees; all workers follow the Queen if she leaves the hive to protect her.

Do you know how important honey bees are to our very existence? Are you seriously going to allow Dow’s chemicals to be sprayed on crops to kill hyper diseases that we humans probably created in the first place by using toxins to control infestations.

Why can’t we leave our crops alone in the first place to grow as they would normally grow. Quit trying to fix something that is not broken; you are going to break things to a degree of total loss through poisoning. We as a Nation cannot grow crops without Honey Bees to pollinate by flying from flower to flower; They are part of the PERFECT PLAN put into place.

We cannot afford to lose honey bees; they are essential to our world. They pollinate everything; this is essential for life. Do we want a world that has been so chemically raped that it won’t produce anything without a manmade chemical anymore?

Are we ready to take a stand; to say no, no more. We need to wake up America; Dow AgroSciences Again; enough I would say. It is time to get real, forward thinking and fast, choose life for the rest of us.

Haven’t any of you been paying attention to what is happening around us in our world today; robots, manmade pollination by robots. Is this what we are destined to live with in our future. It would be far better for Dow to lose life than for the human race to turn into a sci-fi film.

Dow AgroScience is using these toxic chemicals with our governments blessing everywhere; when are we going to get mad enough and Wake Up America to the fact that these chemical makers are probably in bed with politicians, making up the rules as they go along, just as they have with pharmaceuticals.

Cancer. Reproductive harm. Developmental disorders. The list of illnesses caused by toxic chemicals is as long as the list of flaws in our chemical regulatory policy, which requires the EPA to prove that chemicals in products are unsafe in order to keep them off the shelves. That rarely happens, if ever.’

View all documents and comments in this Docket read everything about it here at this link

‘In 2012, Earthjustice successfully intervened in a lawsuit defending the right of government to inform its citizens about dangerous chemicals like styrene, a suspected carcinogen. ‘

Tell Dow AgroScience NO; NO MORE TOXINS; We can do these things without killing honey bees and creating more pollution!

As a citizen, I am concerned about our nation’s health and food security, and I urge everyone to get on that bandwagon; to deny Dow AgroSciences application to expand the registration of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor so that it can be sprayed on corn, alfalfa, oats, and several significant and widely grown crops.

Straight from the headlines at EarthJustice ‘ ‘Since the mid-2000’s, the die-off of domesticated bees has been so dramatic that the bee researchers coined a new phrase: Colony Collapse Disorder. What makes these die-offs different is that frequently the bees just vanish. One beekeeper calls this the Perfect Crime: no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees.’

The group of  citizens who have been prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to warn that it is no longer confident in our ability to “meet the pollination demands of U.S. agricultural crops.”

Rather than expand the number of crops that can be sprayed with highly toxic and systemic insecticides like sulfoxaflor, the EPA must take immediate steps to help honey bees to recover. I join with other members of Earthjustice in calling for you to suspend the use of sulfoxaflor on all crops pending a thorough analysis of the impacts to bees and the many crops that depend on bees for pollination.

There have been numerous letters and emails written and sent. There have been petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of people and here we are now growing GMO foods.

It needs to stop and stop now or we will not have an earth left to live on and we will all be eating Soylent Green; remember the movie when all dead humans were mushed up and processed into green and red chips for us to eat because we could no longer grow foods? Yeah, that’s the one.

Thanks for stopping by and caring about our earth, hopefully as much as we do.

senior dog


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honeybee pollinating flower
honeybee pollinating flower

honey and honey bees honeybee swarmOur honeybees; they’re being destroyed by Dow Chemicals’ toxins!

In the letter I received last week about honeybees being destroyed at the hand of Dow Chemical; please read a portion of this letter written to me below:

“Dear Rene:

Honeybees are dying in record numbers across the U.S.

This last winter alone, one-third of our honeybees colonies died or disappeared. This massive die-off of these vital pollinators threatens to unravel agricultural production across the country.

Yet the Environmental Protection Agency recently sided with Dow AgroSciences to approve a new pesticide, called sulfoxaflor, that is highly toxic to honeybees.

Earthjustice’s California office is waging an emergency battle to ensure that sulfoxaflor does not become the final straw for bees, but we need your urgent support today to see this fight through.

A world without honeybees would be disastrous.

Nearly one-third of our crops—including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds—depend on bees for pollination. But bees in our country are dying at unprecedented rates, and scientists are pointing to pesticides like sulfoxaflor as a cause. ”

Earthjustice is doing everything we can to fight back, using the law and the power of the courts. In fact, for decades we’ve fought in court against hazardous pesticides—and won. And now it’s vital that we do so once again.

With your support, we will use the law and the power of the courts to protect bees for the long haul and appeal the EPA’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, shown to be highly toxic to honeybees and other insect pollinators.

Help us see this emergency battle through with a special tax-deductible gift today.

A world without bees is unimaginable. And with your help, we won’t let it happen.

Thank you for all that you do,”

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Greg Loarie
Earthjustice, California Office

©2014 Earthjustice | 50 California Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94111 | 415-217-2000 |

“P.S. Our country is facing widespread bee colony collapse

and scientists are pointing to pesticides like sulfoxaflor as the cause. Earthjustice is fighting back in court to protect bees and other wildlife, but we need your help to see this emergency battle through.

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If You Are Using Allergy Meds For Your Pets; STOP!

are you killing your dog with allergy medications

If you are using allergy meds for your pets; STOP now!

What do you know about medications or home remedies that you would use to treat allergy and arthritis symptoms? No, I’m not speaking about the more serious medications that a vet can give you such as steroids either; those should be avoided at all costs!

Avoid serious medication side effects by using natural remedies!

The BIG MYTH:  “Antibiotics and Anti-inflammatories or Steroids have very few side effects, your pet will be fine”.  This is often very very WRONG. If you are using Allergy meds for your pets, STOP, even if they are prescribed by your vet, stop it now.

My baby girl for instance had chronic allergy issues.  I even went so far as to get her allergy tested which was $1,000 bucks and then have the allergy shots built specifically for her needs (I won’t tell you what I spent on that). The shots had very little, if no effect on her poor little body. The vet insisted on Steroid pills, before that it was injections once a month. Those, I had to stop immediately. The challenge? For us it was finding something that would work.

Changing her food was the first serious step.  She went from the bagged dry garbage purchased from the grocery or pet store to a very high cost, no grains, no fillers, high protein diet. It did help her quite a bit, I must say, but did not alleviate her allergies totally.

I changed her bedding several times too; always upgraded her bedding to brand new dog beds to see if this would help her.  This seemed to have little if no effect.  In fact, she always wanted her old dog beds back; she did not care for the newer bedding.  But this has everything to do about being a dog and had nothing to do with her wanting to solve her allergy problem.

The only thing that we could physically do for her at home besides the steps above was to make sure we bathed her frequently (at least twice a week) with a dermatitis OR oatmeal shampoo and use proper flea treatments once a month. The holistic vet says that oatmeal shampoo is the best at relieving any itchy skin possible.  You have to let the shampoo sit on their skin for at least ten minutes.

When we went for a walk, upon returning home, her paws had to be wiped down with hypoallergenic baby wipes.  In between her toes and halfway up her legs.  I had to clean any area that might have come into contact with the grass; this included her bottom and tummy areas as well.  She could have an allergy to the grass.  What?

There were several other things we found over time that seemed to help in between bathing her.

I brewed mint tea as strong as I could get it and used the cooled tea to wipe down her coat and skin and I soaked her paws in it; she had a habit of chewing on her feet.  If you can get your hands on fresh mint which seems to grow wild just about anyplace that you plant it. This is much better than mint tea because the mint hasn’t been dried and the oils from the mint are what you want anyway.  The mint oil in the tea had a great calming effect on her irritated and allergy ravaged skin.

My dog chewed her feet so much that they would balloon up from her constant chewing and then we would end up with another infection. Infections always made us use another round of antibiotics which constantly played havoc with her tummy and gave her another yeast infection.  I tried to rub her feet with clove oil so she would not chew on them because of the taste, but somehow she always got past that and found a way to chew.

Do not use anti-inflammatories if it can be avoided at any cost.  Dogs can develop ulcers and liver disease from the use of them.

“Safe” steroid use has caused diabetes, vomiting, and diarrhea.  While used to stop the itching from allergies, the negatives against steroids are much more serious.  If you hear steroids being used in the vets vocabulary, RUN.

Too many cats have developed kidney failure from supposed “safe” pain relievers.

Numerous vaccine reactions, including vaccine-induced cancers have been documented and reported in dogs and cats.  These are the vaccines that our pets are “required” to have in order to get a rabies license, or in order to be kept overnight at the kennels or boarding place when their owners have to leave them.  It is best to try to avoid these “required” vaccines.  Learn to do your own bathing and grooming. Find a friend to stay at your house when you have to be away.  Your pet will be much happier to be at home anyway.  Avoid dog parks if possible, have play dates with friends and their dogs in a deserted field or one of your own back yards.  Do what’s best for your animal; those vaccines are very dangerous.

Allergies are one of the most common reasons that pets go to see the vet. There are a huge number of allergens; but all of them are contained in 3 main classes.  These are Food, Fleas and Environment.

The most common signs of allergies look like excessive scratching, paw and anal licking, hair shedding, and excessive dandruff.

If you think that your pet may be suffering from any allergy, there are two things that are recommended for you to try immediately.

1. Eliminate external parasites (fleas or ticks), and;

2. Start a hypoallergenic diet for 4-6 weeks.  There are many out there but even though they say they are hypoallergenic, read the ingredients on the bag or can first. The first common culprit that has to be eliminated are all grains.  Grains are wheat, rice, oats, corn, barley, or any other plant grown nutrient that we as humans eat.  Eliminate seeds and nuts as well.  In any case, the vet can give you a written prescription for the food.  You are sure to get a sure-fire hypoallergenic food this way.  It is expensive at about $70 bucks for a small bag of dry food and $3.50 for a can of wet food; they both smell and look like tree bark or tree bark paste.  No color added?  Looks grey and smells unappetizing and is expensive as heck.  You can get a recipe and make it at home; wet food is certainly preferred according to Dr. Andrew Jones.

Some very helpful at home remedies that I used are:

BATHE: Oatmeal shampoo with cool water will ease the itchiest skin. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well with cool water.  With the most severe of allergies, you should bathe the pet at least twice a week.  In between bathing, use the mint tea water to soothe aggravated skin.  Load a spritzer bottle full of the tea so you have it on hand at all times. Another great topical soother is Calendula ointment; it is an herbal medication that has been successfully used to relieve severe itching.  Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.

I have recommended this next supplement for ever and ever in my blog postings and if you still haven’t purchased this SUPPLEMENT, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Maybe you don’t care about what is going on for your pet’s health, and who knows, maybe you’ll listen now.  Fatty Acid supplements are essential and very helpful in decreasing the levels of inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids are most important.  The supplement created by Dr. Jones is loaded with them.   A great, but very inexpensive source is ground Flax Seeds; give 1 tsp per cup of food for your dog only.

Not for your Cat!  Since Cats are not able to metabolize Flax, you can give them a liquid supplement or the supplement that Dr. Jones created.  His Cat Supplement is loaded with everything that your cat needs.  Other sources of liquid supplements would include fish oil, primrose oil and, of course, these very specific veterinary supplements.

Dr. Andrew Jones, whom I have told you about over and over, takes his care of animals very seriously.  Go here and order all of his free digital information and get in touch with your pets health now.  He has formulated supplement preparations for both cats and dogs. He normally sells the first month that you order at 50% of the normal cost.  He wants your dog and cat to be as healthy as possible.  His supplements are chock full of every piece of nutrition missing from the daily diets of our pets.  These supplements are essential for heart, lung, kidney, bladder, and many other organs health and longevity.  It is much cheaper and better for your pet in the long run to be healthy, so that in their senior years you and they are as happy together as you can be.  No one wants to put their loving pet down early in life. My dog died at eight years of age because I came into her life far too late after all the damage had been done.

Go here, right now, to download everything that you can for free written by Dr. Andrew Jones.  He has an e-book listed for free Veterinary Secrets Revealed.  There are numerous writings that can be downloaded for free.  Educate yourself; empower yourself to make the best decisions about your pets health today.  You would do this for your children. Your pets are just as important.

For pity sake, get your pet started with Dr. Jones dog or cat supplements. They are not expensive compared to what you are going to spend later for medical and veterinary bills. You will find all of the supplements and every other knowledgeable piece of information that you need right here Veterinary Secrets Revealed, Supplements, Pet First Aid and CPR, Dog Food Recalls, Pet Diseases and Illnesses; there are pages and pages full of information that you should be reading today.  Don’t wait another minute!  Get them now.


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Are You Killing Your Best Friend?

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If you are not at least supplementing your pet’s food with a vitamin supplement that is chock full of the essential things they would get if they were eating the diet they were born to eat; then undoubtedly, and slowly, you are killing your best friend.

Dogs and cats were designed to eat protein. That is to say, they should be eating the stuff inside of animal bones called bone marrow.  Some, but not most dogs, can digest animal bone; these, however, are not a good idea to feed to your pet.  The strong fibrous material that holds bones together is called cartilage; it is part of the diet they are would be used to eating if they were still wild animals. Actual muscle meat from the animal is another huge part of protein that wild animals eat. At one time cats and dogs were mostly wild animals. They still need this type of a diet to live a long and healthy, energy filled life.

Check out the food you purchase for them; look at the ingredients! Grains? Meat by-products? Do you know what meat by-products are?  Do you understand when they say “chicken parts” that they could be talking about ground up chicken heads, feet, innards?  What about beef or hogs?  What is left over on a cow or hog after the butcher is done with it?  Do you know?  It gets really disgusting, let me tell you.  I finally began making my own dog food.

Your dog doesn’t go out to the garden and pull up carrots, or pick the berries off of the vines down the street.  He most certainly doesn’t eat oatmeal for breakfast either. Whose idea was it to feed them all of these kinds of filler foods? It wasn’t a good idea, that is for sure.  But you can bet your bottom dollar that almost all pet food has food coloring or dye in it; because the color of a pot of mashed up everything is mostly just an ugly grey color. Now that doesn’t look very healthy does it?

Just look at the families that your pets descended from.  A cat; look at what Lions and Tigers eat.  A dog; look at what Wolves eat. Why has it taken us so long to come to the realization that what we are feeding our pets is killing them; are you killing your best friend with the diet that you are feeding them?  If you insist of having vet bills later in your dog’s life, then just keep on feeding them that bagged garbage or foul smelling canned food.

Read my next post about the proteins that your pet should be eating!  If you insist on feeding them this bagged stuff, at least put something healthy into their food.  A nutritious supplement sprinkled over the top of their food might give them a fighting chance.  Dr. Andrew Jones has developed such a supplement.  Read what the ingredients are in this supplement; order a jar of it and get your pet started on the right track before it is too late to turn their health around.

Dr. Andrew Jones hosts a weekly/monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to for free. He holds webinars where you can ask your questions for free.  He has many products that can be downloaded for free as well.  His supplements for cats and dogs can be found here as well.  It is time to change how you are caring for your pets. They should be treated just as you or your children are being treated; they deserve a long life full of energy. Not illness, cancers, diabetes, heart disease; don’t these look like many human diseases or illnesses? It is time to take their health just as seriously as you take your health or your family’s health. Quit feeding them garbage out of the bags from the store! That is not dog or cat food! It’s the crap nobody should be eating! Our FDA and our government knows it; they say it is the cheapest way but the best way to take care of the precious things God has given to us to care for.  Think about it!  Are you killing your best friends?  Click here for everything that you need to help you make a homemade diet, or purchase a food supplement, or even give first aid and CPR for your pets!  They are precious and deserve the best that you can give them.

Remember to “treat and heal your pets at home”!