Canine Breeds and Common Ailments


canine breeds and common ailments

I’ve been wanting to tell you about an article that I read on canine breeds and common ailments .  It pays to get educated early on, before you bring home that new pure-breed of the dog that you have always wanted.

So it’s time in your life for a puppy; the one you have always wanted. The puppy you dreamed about as a kid, the exact pup that you have always wanted for your very own.  But you should be very aware of the canine breeds and common ailments before you bring this forever pet home.

Many people have a specific breed in mind. For me it was kind of like picking the place in our world where I always dreamed of living my adult life.

I want a French Bulldog and I wanted to live somewhere in the warmth of our world in the tropics. The only problem for me so far, it has been just a dream. But I’m still working toward my goals.

I never knew until just recently that I could have, or do anything that I really want to do, whenever I want to in my life. I always thought I was just supposed to do whatever it was that made common sense. That would have been my mothers teaching; but I’m pretty much done with that now.

My mother always questioned everything that I ever wanted to do. Most of the time she belittled me for having such stupid ideas. “Why do you want to move halfway around the world, away from your family?” My mother always had a great way of telling me to grow up; quit thinking of only yourself! But at 59, why would I want to do that?

So even though I have traveled pretty extensively, I haven’t been to Mexico yet and I haven’t gotten a french bulldog yet either.

But getting my dream dog can come with a few problems I found out. I wasn’t aware that specific canine breeds and common ailments could come in the same package.  Many breeds are prone to certain medical problems.

A little French Bulldog (any little dog for that matter) can start out as a healthy dog or puppy. Then as your new pet grows, you may find yourself up against a few allergies that get worse and worse over time.

Depending on the canine breeds and common ailments listed below, you might find your new little dream pup fighting to clear allergies to something in its food, or a material included in its bedding.

It will behove any new pet parent to study the accompanying list of canine breeds and common ailments below. It is a fairly meticulous list and one that took a great deal of time to establish. These common ailments are illnesses that you should be very aware of so that when and if your puppy begins to show signs, you will know ahead of time what to do and how to care for the ailing dog or puppy.

Now I’m not saying that the risk of the disease or ailment would make any difference in your choice of breed; it certainly wouldn’t matter for the dog breed that I choose.

But if it really matters to you, and it should, then how much research are you willing to invest in your quest for a healthy puppy/dog just might save you and your new family addition a whole lot of headaches.

Reading about your preferred type of dog at the library or online, talking to a vet or two, or even chatting with a breeder, will give you a great  start and give you enough insight about what to do and how to spot an ailment that could even be a life threatening situation and save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Remember, you are bringing your new puppy home to cuddle up with, not run back and forth to the local emergency vet clinic.

Make sure that you ask yourself if you plan on skipping this education, “are you willing to take on a dog that could be ill with one of these canine breeds and common ailments that they are known for”?  Some dog maladies are worse than others, some are easily treated and then some are more expensive to treat and harder to deal with.

So please choose your new dog wisely; it’s a life long commitment. There’s no giving the dog back and it is a desperate thing to give a sick dog up for adoption later in its life.  In my opinion, this new dog is going to be like a new child in your family and a good parent cannot just abandon the new pet. At least not in good conscience.

Depending on the type or breed of dog that you want is going to matter a great deal in many cases. Almost every breed is going to have its own set of problems.

Whether problems come from actual breeding and was something that was bred into this particular breed way back when. Or it could be just a part of natural selection and a new set of problems for this particular breed somehow just became known.  Canine breeds and common ailments are particularly pretty well known at this point but there could always be a fluke and a new malady shows up, out of the blue.

a bulldog
the cute bulldog

For instance, the English Bulldog, is a hefty medium size breed that has problems with its breathing. The bulldog with his very cute, only a mother could love, smashed-in face, might suffer from a particular set of breathing problems. His nostrils are normally rather small, and he has an elongated soft palate, with a specifically narrow trachea. It is for these reasons that he most likely will snore. Has he always been born with these problems or were they bred into this particular dog? You will find some of these same problems in another, yet smaller breed; the French Bulldog (my future dog). I don’t mind snoring, as long as its coming from a dog. lol

It is extremely important to keep your bulldog cool and inside most of the time during the summer weather. Never let him get overly tired, too warm or overheated. This can lead to a life-threatening emergency. Exercising your bulldog should be done with moderation but never overdone. Small, short walks are okay, but this dog won’t care to go sight-seeing in the park.

My favorite dog, the Frenchie or French Bulldog, is just such an adorable little bugger. He also has his own set of breathing problems. He has many of the same problems that his larger English brother has when it comes to breathing and snoring. With the cute smashed in face, elongated soft palate and narrow trachea, also known as a “brachycephalic airway”. So it becomes difficult for him to breath when he overdoes it.

french bulldog
a cute little bug-my fave

This little guy makes a great indoor dog, or even better, a great apartment dog. Most apartments have a lot less space than houses. This means less stairs to climb in most cases, and rarely do you find a large yard to run and frolic in with an apartment. Keeping this little one in the house where it is cool during hot summer days is his preferable life style.

Both the English Bulldog and the French Bulldog are great house dogs, love to be in close proximity to mom or dad. I mean, who could not love that little face?

I saw a family out walking their French Bulldog the other day while pushing their baby in a stroller; the dog looked exhausted. I pulled over and told them that their dog looked a little overly tired. His head was hanging down, his tongue was hanging out and I was mad as heck. I knew they were probably going to tell me to mind my own business but I felt I had to say something. But instead they said, “yeah, we’re on our way home now”. Just to add fire to the flame, I told them that their dog was not made for long walks but got no response from that comment. People just don’t think sometimes.

little husky puppies
predisposed little huskies

Some dogs seem to be predisposed to “autoimmune disorders” or disorders that disrupt the skin, body hair and even more so, the face, facial hair, and eyes. One such beautiful dog is the Siberian Huskie.

They have the most beautiful eyes but autoimmune disorders can play havoc not only with their skin, their facial area, but even with their eyes and sight.

This disorder can cause glaucoma and even possibly cataracts. There is only one treatment that I have seen listed for this particular problem which is hormones known as corticosteroids. The corticosteroids can inhibit other parts of the immune system which is not good.

pic of a black pug puppy
The Pug Puppy

The Pug, another sweet doggy.  They have their own set of problems. Because they have a squashed in face and their eyes bulge out, these sweet pups run a big risk for eye problems. The most serious problem is that their eye(s) can easily pop out of the socket.

I am not sure if this happens due to an overabundance of pressure behind the eye or because the eye is too easily removed in an accident or while fighting? But if it should happen to your Pug, cover his eye with a damp clean cloth and rush him to a vet where they can put the eye back in place. It will only be clear at that time if the dog will remain with sight or if there is too much damage.

Another little cutey with eye problems? The Boston Terrier is prone to something called “Cherry Eye” because of the protruding eyes.

pic of boston terrier puppy
Boston Terrier puppy

They are problematic for other eye issues but with cherry eye, there is a tear producing gland that “pops out” from behind this dog’s third eyelid. The gland is round and is bright red;  thus the reason it is called cherry eye.

It can be repaired through a surgery. These terriers also run a risk for dry eye, cataracts, and eyelids that are turned inward “entropion”.

obese or fat dogs
Obesity is sad for dogs

Obesity? I thought this was a problem that humans and all dogs suffer from. But that can really only be true if they are overeating correct? I don’t think so.

Apparently the Lab family has a problem with obesity. Now you wouldn’t think that this would be an issue for this dog, especially a Lab since they love to be active. Unless your Lab is getting a whole lot of exercise every single day (and they do need it), they stand the chance of becoming overly fat.

If your dog is constantly begging to eat or be fed, the homeopathic doc or therapist says to try to get him to eat some apple, green beans, or carrots for a snack. I always wondered why my mother gave our black lab mix cans of green beans? And he ate them. Preventing weight gain is always a much easier thing than losing weight through dieting at a later time, or trying to starve for weight loss.

Have you ever heard of the “little white shaker syndrome”? It happens to dogs

small white maltese puppy
Maltese puppy

of many colors but is much more prevalent in little white dogs. The “little white shaker syndrome” is actually called “tremors” in any small dog of any color but mainly dogs that are little and white like the Maltese.

Their cerebellum is where it begins as an inflammation and it inflicts the poor little guy, making him shake so badly that he can barely walk. They say that it can be treated with corticosteroids. These tremors are not painful and with treatment, they will usually clear up in just a few weeks.  But again, corticosteroids are not a great long term medication for any animal or person.

puppy Cavalier King Puppy
Cavalier King Puppy

Heart Trouble? Yikes…. But the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is stricken with this mitral valve disease, especially the elderly of these small dogs.  It is typical of a younger Spaniel to develop this mitral valve disease early on.

With this mitral valve disease, the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tight enough. This allows blood to leak backwards as the heart pumps, which puts a strain on his little heart. There are other symptoms like lethargy and coughing associated with the heart disease. However, with the right meds and proper monitoring, a dog with this disease should be living for years into senior hood with little or no symptoms.

huge Great Dane
bone and skin dog needs a comfortable place to lie down for its boney mass

How about the “great bloat”? Bloat in a dog can be really serious and is prevalent in Great Danes. Because they are so large, they run a bigger risk for “gastric dilation and volvulus” which is called “bloat”.  It is life threatening because the stomach fills up with gas and then the stomach twists as it traps the gas and food in the stomach. If you ever see your Dane (or any larger dog I would assume) pacing about uncomfortably, panting, and drooling right after he eats? You will need to call your vet and get him to a place for corrective surgery right away because bloat can be fatal if not treated fast.

pure breed dog with skin allergies
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!

Skin Allergies?  Geez. I have been reading about the Golden Retriever but I know they aren’t the only dog to have skin allergies because my Staffordshire Terrier had them terribly. I also knew a Shar Pei that went to the groomers and vet once a week because of the oils that were excreted within and under his rolls of wrinkles and in between his toes. All 3 of these dogs licked incessantly, causing sores on their feet especially.

My wrinkled friend was in terrible shape and I was so happy that he was blessed with a really rich owner who could take proper care of him. That poor little dog was miserable when it was close to his weekly visit to the vet.

They tried changing his food, bath soap, tub soaks, medicines. I felt terrible for him but I also felt really bad for my dog. She was also miserable and the vet kept giving her steroid shots which were not good for her. She passed away at 7 from heart failure; I have always blamed it on the vet at that time.

Dogs don’t sneeze like we humans do. So when they are allergic to something, they begin to lick and in most cases their licking, scratching, chewing will lead to “hot spots”. These spots are red and can turn into oozing sores. The vets believe that oatmeal shampoo, adding an omega-3 supplement to its diet, and make sure he always gets regular flea treatments. In our case we also switched the food to something like salmon, duck, and no grains at all.

The book I just read doesn’t mention steroids at all so I am assuming that these vets would never even begin with the steroids. They do stop the itching but only for a short while and have to be repeated once every 30 days or so.

However, now there is a great medication out that can be given to dogs who are in itchy bad spots. I do not know the name of it and I do not know the side effects. I’m sure I will be hearing soon from Dr. Jones, our homeopathic vet.

shephard prone to dysplasia
German shepherd

When the joint ball and socket do not fit together in the proper way, it causes severe pain, arthritis sets in, and problems walking begin as well. Hip Dysplasia is the diagnosis and pretty common with German Shepherds. If you are shopping for a Shepherd puppy, you will want to have this conversation with the breeder to see if this puppy’s parents were screened for hip dysplasia. It sounds as though hip dysplasia could be a bit hereditary since parents with healthy hips commonly birth pups with healthy hips.

dressed up poodlePoodles are one of the “handful of Breeds” that are at an increased risk for Glaucoma which is a serious eye disease. A buildup of fluid in the eye causes pressure and pain, and can eventually cause blindness. If caught early (as with humans) it can be treated with medication. If not, then surgery or even a full removal of affected eyes could be necessary.

Joints seem to be a problem with larger dogs and in this case the Rottweiler is a pretty big dog. But these particular dogs suffer from hip and elbow

pic of a rottweiler pup
Rottweiler Puppy

dysplasia, arthritis, osteochondrosis dissecans or OCD. It is a condition that develops in larger puppies that grow fast when cartilage in the joint forms improperly. The right amount of a balanced diet could keep the joints healthy but many dogs require a surgery that removes this abnormal cartilage.

puppy Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Pup

A dog with diabetes or one that is more prone to diabetes? If you have a Miniature Schnauzer that is drinking water like crazy and all of a sudden he is having urine accidents in the house? These dogs seem to be at a higher risk of diabetes; this is a serious condition. So it’s insulin and diet change for this pup if he is to have a normal and healthy life.

Beagles, another cute smaller dog, are known for epilepsy!

family of beagle puppies
Family of Beagles

Seizures caused by a brain disorder is more common for Beagles than any other dog breed. A first seizure is usually seen between six months and three years. Epilepsy cannot be cured, but frequency (more than one per month) could be managed with medication.

pic of cocker spaniel puppies
Lil Cocker Spaniel Puppies

Cocker Spaniels get ear infections because of the way their ears grow. It is important to trim hair that is growing on the underside with clippers to keep her ear canals dry. Prevention is the best way to keep ear infections from happening so clean the ears every two weeks. Flip her ears back to let them “breathe”. This prevention will also help prevent major problems later in life as well.

Wobbly Knee Caps? Your Shih Tzu has Wobbly Kneecaps? Patellar Luxation

shih tzu family
shih tzu family

sounds a bit better but this is common in “toy breeds” like Shih Tzus. When the knee cap pops out-of-place, the dog hobbles, skips a step, or limps. This kneecap will normally pop back in place by itself. There are severe cases when surgery might be a necessity for correcting any problems and prevention for arthritis.

I have heard of bad backs in this dog but we always called our dog a wiener dog! I had one of these as a young girl and loved him dearly. He got away from me when we were walking on the beach and someone picked him up and took him home. I found this out at the local store because whoever it was, told them to tell us they were going to keep him, if we happened to come in to ask about him. The nerve of some jerk people.  My heart was crushed and I sobbed all the way home.

But yes, Dachshunds can develop back problems because of their long short bodies. There is a high risk for injury and spinal disk problems if they try to jump up on something that is too high or put excess strain on her back.

sweet pup

Limiting their stairs and keep them from jumping down off of the furniture will help to alleviate some stress on the back. Maintaining a healthy weight is also really important.

picture doberman pinscher puppy
Doberman Pinscher before ears are cropped

Doberman Pinschers are commonly diagnosed with a serious heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM. The heart’s chambers are stretched out and they don’t pump blood effectively. Most people do not even realize that there is anything wrong with their dog until he collapses. Vets of Dobermans might suggest annual screenings because it is such a serious and common condition for them. Medications can regulate their heart rhythm and improve the ability for their heart to pump but there is no cure for DCM.

pic of yorkshire terrier
Cute little Yorkshire Terrier

A Portosystemic Shunt or PSS is a blood vessel birth defect common in small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier. This portal vein will carry toxins from her intestines to her liver, which cleans her blood. When PSS is the problem, this portal vein bypasses her liver, the toxins do not get removed. PSS causes poor growth, vomiting, confusion, and seizures. PSS may be corrected with surgery most of the time and she will be able to live a normal healthy life.

Does your Chihuahua make a honking noise when she gets excited? She could have a collapsed trachea which is yet another common problem with toy


breeds. With the collapsed trachea, the cartilage that holds the trachea in an open position is weak, and so the trachea will flatten. There are some little dogs that can go a life time with a collapsing trachea and have no problems. But others will require a medication and still others with severe cases, a surgery may be necessary to prop the trachea open.

pix of a boxer puppy
Boxer Puppy

Boxers are at higher risk for certain types of cancer, which include lymphoma and mast cell tumors. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, and mast cell tumors are a type of skin cancer. In both cases, the cancer is often felt as an unusual lump or bump on your dog’s body. Both cancers might be treatable, but important to catch both of them early. So if you have a boxer, please check him regularly for lumps.

Pomeranian’s with Hair Loss? These little pups are predisposed to an adrenal

pomeranian puppies
Pomeranian Puppies

gland disease called alopecia X, which causes hair loss. Alopecia X usually begins when a dog is young. If a dog with alopecia X is intact, spaying or neutering often causes the hair to grow back (this hair loss is caused by excess production of sex hormones). Melatonin supplements can also help.

picture of German Short-haired Pointers
German Short-haired Pointers

German Short-haired Pointers are known for a narrowing of the aorta which is the large blood vessel. It carries oxygenated blood to the body from the heart. When this narrowing or Aortic Stenosis is diagnosed, a strain on the heart over time could cause irregular heart rhythm.

If it is a mild case, it is possible there are no symptoms. But if the case is severe, your dog could become weak and tire easily. Usually and unfortunately, this is one of the things that can shorten your dog’s life. It can be managed however, with medications.

Shetland Sheepdog Family
Shetland Sheepdog Family

The Shetland Sheepdog are a beautiful breed. However these Shelties can be affected by a whole group of eye problems that are related, also known as “Collie Eye Anomaly”. It affects the retina and optic nerve. If the case is mild, the dog’s vision may not be affected at all. Moderate to Severe cases might lead to blindness. There is no known treatment for “Collie Eye”. It is fairly widespread among dog breeds affected by it. If you are out shopping for a Sheltie puppy, make sure you ask if it has been tested.

aspca adoption
aspca adopt a dog

humane dauchshund_hoadringIf you must have a pure breed puppy, then do your homework. Check the breed with as many different resources as you can so that you know what you may be purchasing. If there are tests that can be done for puppies, make sure the puppy that you pick has been tested. Check the parents lineage as well.

I will always recommend that adoption of a “dog” or “puppy” be the way to purchase a dog. Adoption from a local shelter is about the best way to pick your loving little bundle.

After shopping around for my last puppy, I found that adopting a dog that has already been house trained was optimal. Vaccines are already completed and in all cases, whatever you decide to adopt, will either be spayed or neutered before you bring them home. Many dogs out there have been removed from places of abuse or “torture chambers” is what I call them.

There are so many grown up human beings that do not deserve to have a loving bundle in their care. If you do deserve one and get one to bring home, chances are you are going to need homeopathic over the counter medications and supplements.

I do not have a whole lot to say about regular pet stores. You can find “cheap” all the way to “really high end” dog foods and then take hours in between trying to find the best and making up your mind for what is supposed to be the most nutritious, not using cereals, toxins in medications, and on and on it goes.

My suggestion to any good doggy parent?  Go to the sources at the top and start with someone who is educated, someone who has taken the time to study about the products they are selling.

Starting here: Vetionx Pet Health Care Products. There is a very common malady that I mentioned in another post and went into quite some detail about it; separation anxiety. If you already have a pet, possibly your dog is suffering from it and if so, I truly hope that you will get the homeopathic and really effective medication for it.  Anxietrex; safe and effective!

Hopefully, there are many loving and caring people like myself, and like you who can give these deserving little bundles a great home full of love and caring and healthy living. It’s what they deserve, that is for sure.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave your comments or questions below so we communicate back to you! Have a great week.    Do you have a bad dog

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.

It’s a good thing I have pet insurance!

I think I mentioned before that I purchased the pet insurance plan that my Vet has established in house, just for their own particular clients. It’s a good thing I have pet insurance for my dog; she is always in need and has to go in more than a little often to see the vet. Well, my girl is one of those pets anyway, and for a while there we were in that office at least once a week.  She has allergies, to say the least.  This is what they tell me.

But as I said before, there is a website that I visit often now to read about these allergies. She doesn’t appear to have many allergies at all according to this website. My personal diagnosis? She has a “yeast overgrowth” which is causing terrible problems for her. You cannot treat yeast with an antibiotic! Antibiotics kill all of the good bugs in the gut and once those bugs are dead, you have a great little place for this yeast to multiply.

Yeast overgrowth is responsible for so many bad things like skin infections and irritations, smelly and oily skin, smelly ear drainage, arthritic conditions, painful joints, itchy skin and feet, and smelly urination and poop, even bad breath. I learned about what happens when these dogs are diagnosed with allergies alone.

They get treated for allergies, but this does nothing to make them well or cure their problems. According to the Veterinary Secrets Revealed ebook (you can get this downloaded for free), there are so many homeopathic treatments that can be used to help 0take care of this yeast. Most of these dogs don’t have allergies at all, but an overgrowth of yeast; as I have already explained in my earlier writing.

It took me a little investigation to be convinced. Anyway, I wanted to really push the idea about pet health insurance for those of us with a dog (pets). I was very much against it at first. I thought it was just another way to get money out of me; money that I did not have. But to be honest? I would really be broke without it. I paid $160 for a year of the pet health insurance at the vet, where she goes now; and she goes to the vet whenever we need to go.

The office visit is free whenever we need to go, which is nice because we go often; a visit costs about $80 for each visit. I don’t know too much detail about this particular insurance plan yet, but I did check out several plans and they are pretty much all the same.  Except for this insurance coverage.  This particular company also contributes to the care of pets (animals) that are in need.  Dogs and other animals who might not otherwise have a home and need a chance at life; this particular insurance plan is helping to contribute to their care and helps to find a place to stay until a home can be found for them.

This is the main reason that I chose this plan over any of the other plans, for my dog.  So I am going to enroll her in this particular plan because it seems to be a little more caring about animals than just a premium for insurance. On top of everything, this insurance covers prescriptions for her. I am doing this because my dogs health insurance is about to expire and I want to take her to a new vet as soon as it does.

The vet she has been seeing has misdiagnosed her over and over again.  My poor dog has been on the same medications for over six months and there has been no improvement in her health whatsoever. Her vet keeps saying that my dog has deep infections in her feet, she has arthritis and is in a good deal of pain, and she has a yeast overgrowth on top of everything. It is my opinion that the only problem that my dog suffers from is yeast overgrowth; but we shall see.

This vet has her taking a human yeast medication, a human antibiotic, a steroid which is not good for her, and a human pain medication. I am so tired of her not getting any better. When she runs out of the steroid, she is right back on her belly itching like crazy. Her ears are all red and hot, her eyes are icky and itchy; I am sure she is really feeling very crappy most of the time.

I will be taking her to a different kind of veterinarian as soon as I am able to locate someone here locally that is like Dr. Andrew; he wrote the book on home remedies and is educated in homeopathic medicines, especially for dogs. I gave you a link to his work earlier. I also want to get her treated for this overgrowth of yeast that I know she is suffering from.

There are all kinds of medical health plans to choose from these days; make sure you investigate them.  Here is a link and connection to the one that I have chosen; it is rated number one by all of the parents of pets that needed it. It is also the most affordable. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation  With unlimited lifetime benefits, protect your pet with the #1 customer-rated pet insurance plan covering everything that matters,    including injuries, illnesses, genetic conditions, and emergency care. Start your quote in just seconds!

about the past; my opinion and antibiotic rant

If we don’t eat “organic”; (most of us cannot afford to do this anyway) our meat is filled with antibiotics that have been fed to it while it was still alive. The cattle are eating chemicals to grow big and fat in a speedy way. They are fed antibiotics just to be sure they don’t get sick. Our vegetables are grown with fertilizers that are chemicals, not from compost material created for fertilizing. We don’t use cow, pig, or chicken poop as a fertilizer like we did in the good ole days. This is just my opinion and rant about antibiotics in general.

The milk we give to our kids to drink today? Even though it is cooked, it has been cooked until it is supposedly pasteurized, homogenized, sterilized, and whatever else we do with it. Do we strip everything that is good out of it and put back in the human creation of vitamins that we think we need? Indeed, I am sure that this “milk” still has remnants of what was fed to the master creature that chewed and chewed, to fatten up fast for milk production. The hormone fed cow. Our daughter’s breasts are beginning to show in the third grade, (mine began to come on in the second grade), menses and puberty beginning at age ten or in grade four or five.

Does anyone even begin to believe that all of the tragedy happening today might have something to do with these immunizations that we are demanding that all of our children have before they even begin school in this era? Are we making healthier stock or are our loved ones getting sicker, weaker, more anemic looking from lack of the sun? The sun is so bright, so hot, and so much more dangerous than it was twenty years ago.

My son was on antibiotics, two weeks after he was born for every two or three weeks of every month of his life, until he was six years old because of ear and sinus infections. It was so very obvious to me, there was something that was physically wrong. Most likely not mature enough, or not shaped correctly, and unable to properly handle what it was made to do; drain the discharge from his ears or his sinus. A quick ENT physician check-up probably would have confirmed this. At the time I was young and went along with anything they told me. I watched my kid get yeast infections from the antibiotics; and you know if the yeast presented itself on the outside, it had to be tripled on the inside of his gut. The gut where the human, and most likely animal, immune systems live.

This happened at the same time that he got chicken pox the first time; gee I don’t think he was supposed to be able to get those more than once, but there we were a second time around with chicken pox, and of course, an ear infection at the same time. And darn that doctor (we were on the Oregon Health Plan and unable to afford a real pediatric physician). That doctor gave him a medication that had sulfa in it, yet one more time.

My little boy’s immune system was shot; I didn’t catch it because it was a new medication the doctor insisted on trying. I didn’t ask him if it had sulfa in it because I assumed that he knew not to give it to us. I had an antibiotic rant in the doc’s face; he knew what happened the last two times he accidentally gave it to us. I didn’t think to ask the pharmacist because I had a screaming baby that I was trying to quiet down. You see I was already a single mother at this point. His father decided to kick his program of AA and NA while I was eight months pregnant and found solace with every neighbor slut in our apartment building. Every one of those whores knew he was married and they knew who I was. They also knew we were pregnant. But it was not their fault; this was a problem that my husband had and come to find out it wasn’t the first time. I was sick inside from finding out about it. I lost all hope in my life.
My son was miserable most of his very young childhood. But had the docs even ventured down an avenue to study up on the cause? Maybe something was not formed correctly in his sinus area or his ear canals? Well, by jiggers, they finally discovered the sinus issue and the closed off ear tubes just before they scheduled surgery at age six. Six years later, the surgery took twenty minutes; it was quick and painless. He took two Tylenol after the surgery and was out playing that afternoon. The horrible part of this story is that my son was on antibiotics for most of his first six years of life. Do you think that his DNA has probably been altered? It will be extremely interesting to see how his children will fare with their sinus and ear canals.

Sorry, I got off course a little, but how much of this story ties in with everything that they want us to give our animals, our pets? Most people see their pets as children. Especially if they never had kids or if their kids are grown up and moved out on their own.

It’s the same thing with our milk cows. I watched a local farm veterinarian on television one day (the Animal Channel); this guy goes out to the farms surrounding his home. If they aren’t eating, which they need to do in order to produce milk, the vet checks them out. Quickly he finds the reason for non lactation. If the cows teats are blocked, which does happen, he cuts the ends off of them and tells the owner to let them drain for a few days but “not to milk until she is healed”. But if she has a broken bone, you can’t fix her, “put her down”. But I have seen him give a cow a big injection of antibiotics or a rig full of steroids and the farmer still has her on the milking machines. When you get your milk at the store, do you ever think about the conditions under which those cows are forced to milk? Not that there is any other way of doing it.

When I was a kid, I rode with my mom to the dairy farm and we went right into the back porch area and took the three gallons of milk that we needed twice a week. The top third of the gallon was pure cream. We paid $1.25 for a whole gallon of whole milk. We made our own butter out of the cream; or for a desert, we made whip cream once in a while. The milk tasted like milk. There were no antibiotics or steroids in that milk I can guarantee it.

We used to buy our beef on the hoof, paying like thirty cents a pound. The only issue I had is that I had to go and watch the cow be slaughtered, and hung up to drain for a few days in the barn. It was the coldest time of the year and all of the families who bought their beef that day, came back in two weeks and helped wrap meat and label it as it was cut by the guys who knew what they were doing. Best beef you will ever taste. None of those cows were ever on antibiotics.

We had about two dozen chickens, live right outside the city limits. We also had two huge white ducks that were together every moment of the day and night; squawking as they waddled around the back yard which was about a quarter of an acre. Duck eggs were used for baking; we have dozens of brown eggs from the chickens and all of the yokes were as orange as could be; most of the time they were double yoked too. We never fed our chickens antibiotics.

We butchered our own chickens as well, once a year. I don’t recall eating the chicken meat very much; I think maybe I refused to eat our pet chickens. Everything we ate at the dinner table was grown in our yard or in some garden somewhere else but we picked it all. From berries to homemade wines, to untouched milk and butter, homemade bread and pies, cookie, cakes, to the tomato sauce on the pizzas we made. BBQ steaks that were an inch and a half thick. It was an unreal life that will never be seen again, not this close to any city anyway. No one could afford this kind of organic anyway.