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  enteritis fetus
brushing your dog's tongue won't help
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.

brushing your dog's teeth won't help
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.

playground for a dirty dog
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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Toxic and Poisonous Foods Not Fit For Your Dog

this dog is eating an ice cream cone

Toxic and poisonous foods not fit for your dog!

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!

No Fast Foods
No Fast Foods please

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.

toxic and poisonous foods; this is one of the most toxic! chocolate is one of the worst
Do not feed your dog this toxic chocolate kiss! Very toxic to dogs!

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.

salty french fries
Salty French Fries

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.

Yummy Avocados

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.

coffee beans and spices
Coffee beans and other poisonous spices not fit for your dog!

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.

this dog is eating an ice cream cone
She’s lovin that ice-cream which is not a good thing

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.


raw burger
Raw Hamburger like any other raw meat is off-limits for your dog!
raw salmon
An absolutely toxic and poisonous food not fit for your dog!

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

Something that your dog can eat is Watermelon! If your dog likes fruit!
caffeine is toxic for your dog
A cup of coffee with a kitty in it? No; it’s a foam kitty atop of an espresso which is just as bad.

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.

raw fish
Raw Fish like sushi or dead raw fish next to the stream? Poisonous for Fido!
toxic and poisonous; raw hamburger used to be ok but not anymore
Raw Hamburger like any other raw meat is off-limits for your dog!

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 salmon
An absolutely toxic situation for your dog; don’t try this!

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.

cow, calf, and milk
Cow, Calf, and a gallon of milk with cream? Let the dog chase the cow, the calf can drink the milk!

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. 

dog and chow

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.

emergency room numbersBecause all of the emergency numbers for animal care and help are different for every area of the world, please go and look up your emergency numbers now, and put them somewhere you can find them or know where they are in case of emergency.

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.

gramdpas false teeth
Grandpa’s False Teeth
A Dog’s Favorite Chew

Thank you for checking us out today; hope you enjoyed the post.

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Time for Live Virus Inoculations for your Dog? Better Think Again

live virus innoculations? better think again

My online Alternative Veterinarian Doctor (Dr. Andrew Jones), was not always a doctor of this thing called “Alternative Medicine”.  Before he unknowingly decided to turn the events that would shake the fate of his career, he was reminded in a notice from his clinic that it was time for live virus inoculations for your dog.  Better think again? This wasn’t even part of his vocabulary at the time.

Dr. Jones dog died; prematurely at a very ripe young age of 8.  His dog died of a large tumor. Eight years old seems to be kind of a magic number for dogs living within the guidelines of modern medicine here. Could there be a connection?

The same thing happened to my dog not 30 days after she received a “much needed” rabies inoculation.  I said “no” when they told me but they must not have heard what I said.  When I turned around in the exam room, the tech had just finished giving her the injection. She died of heart failure. My dog, a Staffordshire Terrier (much like a Pit) was eight years old. She was overweight, had been on steroids for almost three years, could not exercise too much (slow walk) because of arthritic hips. She was on a pretty heavy mass of pain medications.  Even I knew she didn’t need a rabies shot; what the heck for? Think about it for a minute. Hmm. MY GIRL DID NOT NEED A RABIES SHOT; THE ONLY TIME SHE WENT OUTSIDE WAS ON THE OTHER END OF A LEASH. HOW ON EARTH WAS SHE GOING TO GET RABIES WI

Dr. Jones never thought to investigate these inoculations more thoroughly either, until it was too late. He never thought to question authority; this is what they taught him in Veterinary school so it must be correct. The use of modern medicine, drugs and prescription meds, all from the multi-million dollar pharmaceutical companies were the best things going to prolong the life of our dogs and pets.  This halls of education?  They would be given kickbacks from those big pharmaceutical companies as well!  What better way to get the halls of education to use your products?

It was these kinds of “thoughts”, and “methods” that we are brainwashed into believing. Our thought processes, how you think and believe things should always be done.  Do not ever question authority, never do or use anything against the grain, do not rock the boat, and never use anything natural!  I take that one back! Using something natural as in “carrots for the eyes” which is something that everyone already knows.  But forget the truth about that last inoculation that you can find controversy galore in any educational book you pick up; that is the right kind of book.

“Recent vaccinations with single or combination modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are increasingly recognized contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure, organ dysfunction and cancer.”  Dr. Jean Dodds, one of the world’s foremost experts in canine vaccine reactions.

“BHA and BHT are known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction and are banned in some European countries. Ethoxyquin is suspected of causing cancer, and that propylene glycol, another common pet food ingredient, causes the destruction of red blood cells.” Dr. Wendell O. Belfield, author of ‘How to Have a Healthier Dog’.

“NSAIDs carry a risk of side effects, or adverse reactions. Most adverse reactions are mild, but some may be serious, especially if the drugs are not used according to labeled directions. Some reactions result in permanent damage or even death.”

The most common side effects from NSAIDs include vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, lethargy, and diarrhea. Serious side effects include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, perforations, kidney damage, and liver problems.  Is this something you would give to your dog or pet, knowingly?  Especially after reading the damage they can cause?

**Quick note: I just had a huge cry here.  I thought about my beautiful little girl who laid there after falling over with her heart heaving and a great deal of pain ripping through her poor little body from heart failure. It makes me so sad to know that her death could have been prevented. She was on Tramadol for pain. She was on steroids for pain. I love and miss her so much. **

“It’s important for pet owners to be aware of the risks and benefits of all drugs, including NSAIDs, so that they can make informed decisions about their pets’ health care,” says Sundlof. “Owners who give their dog NSAIDs need to know the side effects to watch for that indicate their pet needs medical attention.”Stephen F. Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM

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Devastating Dog Diseases

Veterinarian and dog licking his face

In the beginning of my blog, I wanted to write a tiny bit about different dog illnesses and diseases.  However, as time flew by, I wrote about whatever was in my head for that particular time in my universe.  The first disease that I wrote about being Kennel Cough.  I learned a great deal just by researching that illness.  Another of the devastating dog diseases, is the Corona virus.

What’s the difference between a virus and bacteria?  These two medical terms always confuse me for some reason. Hopefully by the time I am done with this post, I will understand them both a little better?  But then, maybe not.  Sometimes, my head is pretty hard and nothing can penetrate it.

With all of the devastating dog diseases, this one known as a canine virus, the Corona virus has some similarities to other diseases.  In fact, there may only be one or two symptoms separating the actual illnesses, making them very different in behavior.

Corona is transmitted from one dog to another and can be passed just by sniffing each other or by playing together.  Yow!  Just what is the first thing that comes to my little Molly’s mind when we meet another dog while out walking in the evenings? Yeah, they sniff each other for sure.  First thing, the booty! Great news, eh?

Dogs infected with this disease can show symptoms of it in just a few days.  However, a dog can transmit the Corona virus for months, long after the symptoms are gone.  If you have a dog with a weakened immune system, a younger dog, or a dog that has not been vaccinated, he can be quite susceptible to this virus.

Corona is one of the devastating dog diseases that imbeds itself in your dog’s intestines. And so obviously, the main symptom is diarrhea.  Their poop in particular, is very watery in substance; the diarrhea however, has a very putrid odor, is yellowish-orange in color, and at times, might contain some blood.  The blood, however, is a symptom of a more serious disease called Parvo.  The diarrhea from Corona, can lead to dehydration.  Always! Keep in mind that dehydration is very dangerous to your pets and make sure to keep fluids for your dog within stepping distance from their bed.  (You may want to keep something like a big eye dropper, or even a turkey baster and keep it in your dog’s first aid box.  Just in case you ever have to force feed fluids.)

It might take the Corona virus up to five days after exposure to appear; lasting as long as ten days.  Other symptoms you might see from any of these devastating dog diseases include, but are not limited to; loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and possibly depression.  It is also very possible that your pooch could have the Corona virus, but never show any signs or symptoms of the virus. (Scary thought!)

Since dehydration is a HUGE risk of the canine Corona virus, you must make sure that your pooch is getting enough fluids and this can be a “big challenge”.  A vet can inject fluids under your pup’s skin or even hook up an intravenous line for a fluid drip directly into your pooch.  When your pup has recovered however, from one of these devastating dog diseases, especially this one, you will want to feed him bland food and as many drinks of H2O as you can get in him.

According to National Pet Pharmacy there is a product with electrolytes in the formula. This would be just like giving your child Pedialyte while they are sick and have diarrhea.  It is important to replace those electrolytes that were depleted while the pup or child was sick.  When the diarrhea has the texture of gritty sand and sticks to the skin instead of wiping off of the skin or fur easily; it is time to replace electrolytes quickly and switch to a very bland diet.

Corona is a virus, so antibiotics will not help your dog heal or get better.  Even though the Corona virus is not often fatal, it is possible for your dog to succumb to secondary bacterial infections for which antibiotics will have to be used. The virus passes from the small intestine into other parts of his body, such as his liver and lungs thus creating more devastating dog diseases.

There is a vaccine available for all dogs that is normally given to puppies that are beginning to grow.  From the beginning of your pup’s young life, there are a number of different vaccines that can be given, as a benefit, so your dog becomes immune when subjected to such diseases as the Corona virus.  Talk to your vet; it is up to you whether you risk this injection or not.  There are always two sides to every injection.  What are the pro’s and con’s of this injection?  I have not done any research on the vaccinations that are available for canines, cats, or even our kids yet, although I intend to do a lot of research at a later time.  My brain will only accommodate so much information at one time. This will be a post some time down the road from now.

We know now that a virus cannot be treated with antibiotics.  However, a bacterial infection will need to be treated with antibiotics.  When facing the many devastating dog diseases, and how best to avoid them for your dog, make sure to give yourself the benefit of an education about the “good” versus the “bad” benefits of these inoculations.  What is the long term effect of the injections? What are your dog’s chances of recovering from any of these diseases should they be subject to infection?  I think that one thing is for sure; you and only you can make this decision.

A great place to begin your education about diseases, illnesses, viruses, bacterial infections, and any allergies, or cough, would be on the internet.  There are hundreds of thousands entries on the internet.  Start slowly and read everything or anything that is interesting. Here is a link for a free ebook written by Dr. Andrew Jones! This guy is a well known veterinarian who gave up on the “vet” business and got into the secrets of home remedies and homeopathic medicine for animals.  You will understand why after you read his story about the poisons and toxins that are being dumped into our pets by people who should know better.

Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Canine Health Formula is a supplement that I am giving to my Molly and she has turned over a new leaf.  My pup is only seven years old (dog years), she has been diagnosed with allergies of all kinds, deep infections in her feet, hair loss, severe itching and skin lesions.  I began using Dr. Jones Canine Health Formula a little more than two months ago and although Molly hasn’t healed 100%, she has begun to act like she has energy, she loves to go for walks and keeps up with me as we go.  She used to lie down about half way through the walk.  She has shown a large improvement and I am so very happy for her. Really, do check out Dr. Jones FREE ebook, and download it now. But read it and make sure you put it into action.  And do take a chance on the Canine Health Formula that Dr. Jones spent years formulating.

Just so you know, I got some of my information about these devastating dog diseases from a site on the internet that is very well informed and up to date as well.  Just make sure that any information you count on, is written by someone who is an authority on the subject.