Holistic Dog Health Q & A
I have a four-year-old Labrador mix that contracted distemper from an old neighbor's puppy. The initial acute period of the disease went by with little problems thanks to homeopathy, but within weeks she was having seizures on a daily basis. After doing a lot of research and talking with my veterinarian, my wife and I are considering putting our dog on Phenobarbital. How does Pheno work and is it safe?
When an animal has distemper, the nervous tissue lining is destroyed due to demyelination. In response to this action, the dog's body tries to counter the issue by using its own immune cells. This causes inflammation of the brain, otherwise referred to as encephalitis. Seizures are a result.
Pheno is actually said to be a quality way that will help suppress your dog's seizures. You should also consider supplementing with a special Chinese herbal formula that will assist in the healing process. In addition, hemp oil, B vitamins, vitamin D, Kelp, extra magnesium, and vitamin C are all healthy supplements for your dog's condition.
In time your dog should stabilize and slowly become weaned off of the Pheno. Most holistic practitioners will still recommend that you continue with the herbal supplements. As with any health issue, supplementation, and drugs, always consult with your veterinarian and be sure to research the advice of a holistic practitioner.
My dog takes a very long time to urinate. In fact, it has been like this ever since I bought him as a puppy at eight weeks old. Now at age 3, he is still taking forever to pee. Although my dog does not appear to show any discomfort or pain when urinating, is this a problem to be concerned about?
It appears that since your pet has always taken a bit longer than usual to urinate, he is probably healthy and that is just the way he is anatomically built. However, in order to ensure that your dog's kidney functioning is healthy, arrange to have his urine and blood tested by your veterinarian.
Vegetarian Diet For Dogs
I have a six-month-old Chihuahua puppy that I would like to switch to an all-vegetarian diet. Some people say that this type of diet is not healthy for a dog but I would really like to give it a try. Is it a bad idea?
Lately there has been a lot of controversy concerning what pets should be eating, especially when it comes to dogs and cats. The recent pet food recall events have triggered a lot of awareness into the reality of pet food and what is considered healthy today.
There should be nothing wrong with an all-vegetarian diet for your puppy so long as there are additional supplementation guidelines adhered to. While dogs can live a long and healthy life eating this way, you cannot denounce the fact that they are carnivores by genetics. Their ancestors ate meat from the time they were born, into old age, and did just fine. Monitor your puppy's health and growth, and be sure to add omega-3 oils and a vitamin/mineral tablet.
Raw Food Diet
For nearly 6 months straight my dog became violently ill with terrible episodes of diarrhea anytime he ate his meals. We tried feeding him all types of dog food and eventually came to the understanding that he was allergic to every type of protein he was eating. Is there any thing that I can do to get my dog the necessary nutrients it needs without resorting to commercial dog food?
While it appears that all hope is lost for getting your dog back on track with a nutritional plan that will not make him sick, the good news is that you have tried every option except for the most important one: all natural raw foods.
Consider feeding your dog raw protein from now on. Totally raw, whole food diets, are the natural way our pets were meant to eat. It has only been the increased commercialism from pet food companies that has caused dog and cat owners to believe that their animals must eat food that comes in a can or large plastic bag. This could not be further from the truth!
Be sure to start a raw food diet in small portions. In addition to clean raw meats, consider raw fish, lamb, wheat, dairy, and yeast. These types of ingredients can be found in most whole food recipes. Calcium would be a supplement to consider as well, especially if the raw food you are feeding your dog does not have “crushed bone” or any other source of calcium in it. A vitamin/mineral supplement and fish oil are also recommended.
I have a German Shepherd that is going to be seven years old come this Christmas and he has had a seasonal cough his entire life. After taking him to the vet year after year, I was instructed to give the dog Robitussin. This cough syrup did not seem to help and he eventually started coughing the entire winter season. Specialists after specialist had me give my dog antibiotics, diarrhea pills which were supposed to help, Cipro, and even theophylline. Nothing seems to help.
Veterinarians that prefer to take a more holistic approach to dog care generally disapprove of trying to suppress a dog's cough unless it is absolutely mandatory. There has been a lot of success with treating these types of coughing conditions with homeopathics and herbal remedies.
If you have not began such treatments then consider researching some of these all-natural products that are on the market today, such as Astragalus 16 and Pinellia 16. These products are only recommendations so please do your research and find one that you feel comfortable with.
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