Diet Can Help With Chronic Health Problems of Pets

 I have found that simple changes to the commercial diet may make all the difference is the world! A lab with chronic ear problems, a German Shepherd with chronic diarrhea, or a bulldog with skin issues may get better when fed a hypoallergenic diet( the best is salmon/potato)

However the best diet can be ruined by biscuits, treats, and chews that cause SO many problems!

Adding healthy oils to the diet can help the skin and coat! (olive, fish, coconut, canola)

Feeding sardines, herring, and eggs several times a week makes the body and coat happy!

Feeding baby carrots instead of biscuits and canned food instead of dry can help pets lose weight!

Feed raw meaty bones or raw chicken wings or thighs for healthier teeth and joints!

That’s what I talk about in “Dog Dish Diet” Ingredients, allergies, and easy home cooking. This info has saved clients and readers  hundreds and  thousands of dollars in vet bills!

Many clients like the idea of cooking wholesome healthy ingredients, so I also wrote about easy, economical slow cooking dog and cat food in “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

 Many vets believe that changing to a prescription diet will cure  health problems. Some believe food allergies and intolerance of ingredients are not the cause of many medical problems. I used to believe that way until learning about how simple changes to the commercial diet, adding healthy oils, avoiding allergenic treats and chews  may such a big difference! Some day vets will be taught in school how to harness the power of nutrition!( people doctors too!)

Many clients come in to thank me every week for saving them money and giving them a healthier pet!

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Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Cool Pest images

A few nice Pest images I found:

2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (14)
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Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Dog Provides Finishing Touch To Half-Time Show

True American Dog

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Training Your Dog

No dog is born with good manners, nor are humans. When training your dog the most important thing you need to teach it is to let you know when it has to go to the bathroom.

Are you tired of your new puppy pooping on your carpet, leaping up on the laps of your guests, pulling so hard on its leash that you feel your arm is going to be pulled out of the socket? This is not fun, but it is SOP (standard operating procedure) for a dog. If you want your pet to act civilly when guests are around and not create chaos in your life at other times, you’ll need to train your puppy or adult dog if you expect it to be pleasant to live with.

Not training your dog has about the same results as never sending your child to school and expecting him to graduate from college summa cum laude.

Training is the best gift you can ever give your puppy or young adult dog. It’s a great way to develop a lifetime bond with your dog. Friendly, house trained, well-behaved dogs make better companions and are less likely to end up in an animal shelter when an owner can no longer handle its antics and bad behavior.

We all remember the old saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. This is nothing more than an old aphorism passed down through generations. More often than not, it is actually referring to humans and their stubbornness in learning something new or changing their ways. In actuality, there are no age limits to teaching dogs. Puppies as young as three weeks old can learn correct behavior and so can adult dogs of any age.

But here’s the most critical part of training – the buck starts with you!

When training your dog it doesn’t matter whether you have a new puppy or a senior dog; the first step is learning how to be a good teacher to your dog.

    Guidelines for dog training

No matter what you’re trying to teach your dog, whether it’s house training or commands like “sit” or “stay”, there are a few basic guidelines that will help make the whole teaching and learning process easier for both you and your pet.

Be consistent
Always use the same signal and tone of voice for a command when training your dog. If you say “come” one day, then “come here” another day, and “come here, now” a different day, you’ll do nothing but confuse your dog. If you allow your dog to yank on its leash sometimes, but you jerk it by the collar when it pulls you other times, you’ll also confuse it. It’s important that everyone who will be issuing commands to your dog uses the same rules and signals.

Use praise and rewards
Almost all dog trainers believe that dogs learn better and faster when they are praised and rewarded for getting it right, instead of punishing them when they get it wrong.

The best motivator is usually a combination of a small food treat and enthusiastic praise. Too many people forego the doggy treat because they worry they’ll end up with a dog who’ll only behave when it’s rewarded with food. Once your dog gets the idea of what you want, you can begin cutting down on the treats and eventually phase them out entirely.

If your dog isn’t that interested in doggy treats (try finding one who isn’t!) you can reward it with a physical incentive like a good tummy rub.

Time the rewards right
The praise and reward need to come immediately after your dog does what you want, otherwise it will not understand the connection between the action and the reward.

Keep it short and sweet
Training always works best if it’s fun for your dog and you keep the training period short so neither of you gets bored or frustrated. Try starting with 5-10 minutes a day, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies have shorter attention spans than older dogs. And don’t act like a drill-sergeant unless you’re training guard dogs.

Make it easy for your dog to get it right
If you attempt to train your puppy or dog in a dog park with dozens of interesting distractions, you’re going to be behind the eight ball and probably will never succeed at proper training. You need to train your pet slowly, starting in a quiet, familiar place with no distractions. After it has mastered some simple commands you can begin making the training more challenging for your dog. Don’t move on to the next step until your dog has mastered the current one.

Keep your cool
Yelling, hitting, and jerking your dog around by a leash won’t teach it how to sit on command, go outside when it needs to urinate, or do anything else you want it to learn. Calm, consistent training is the best way to get your dog to obey and respect you.

Don’t expect that once your dog has learned something, it’s ingrained for life. Your dog can lose its new skills if you don’t continue with regular practice of the commands you’ve taught.

Every dog is different and will respond better to different training styles. Some dogs are so sensitive that a sharp tone of voice can rattle them; they need calm, quiet guidance. Others may be slower to learn and need lots of repetition before they get all the rules down pat. Some dogs will occasionally push back when you push them, rather than give in to what you’re asking for.

Your dog’s behavior, not its breed, is the best indicator of its personality. Yelling, hitting, and other practices that cause pain or fear are never the solution for any dog’s misbehavior. These actions can create a behavior problem where none existed, or make an existing problem worse.

The bottom line in training your dog is the investment of your time to turn your relationship with your pet into a win-win situation. Do your homework first to learn how to communicate what you want in a way that your dog will understand. Be consistent and patient, and always reward your dog for getting it right.

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Dog duty

A few nice Dog images I found:

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Image by The U.S. Army
Spc. Chase Couturiax, a tactical explosives detection dog handler with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, rests with his dog, Sgt. Nina, during a foot patrol to counteract indirect fire near Combat Outpost Baraki Barak, May 21, 2013. TEDD teams help detect hidden explosives during joint U.S. and Afghan dismounted patrols, helping to keep U.S. and Afghan soldiers and local civilians safe. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Julieanne Morse, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

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A soft-toy dog for sale in the shop by the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park.

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3 Lessons: But Did I Learn Them?

If you all were here for my post last week, you will understand the whole thing with the 600 Brilliant Blog Post Ideas and where it came from, but if not, you can check it out here. If not, then read on.

242. What 3 lessons (good or bad) did you learn from your own mother (or person you see as being your maternal figure).

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Evolution of the Domestic Dog Redux

I’ve written about the evolution of the domestic dog before. What makes this such a great time to be a dog science geek is that in the few years since I wrote that post there’s been a lot of new research and new thought on the topic.

This is one of those subjects that is probably never going to be completely settled, at least not without time travel — and even then we would need a lot of luck. Chances are there was more than one "domestication event" and each one had likely slightly different factors contributing to its genesis.

This infographic, from The Uncommon Dog explains domestication with a bit of a hybrid view between the "adoption" theory that was very popular until relatively recently, and the self-domestication theory that I wrote about before (and still find more believable than adoption.) It’s an interesting take on the origins of the domestic dog.

What I really enjoyed about this graphic is the additional information about how dogs may have helped us survive. For more on that and on how we evolved together, start here and here.

Here’s the graphic. Enjoy! (Click for the full size version on the orginal site.)

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Evolution of the Domestic Dog Redux is a post written by . You can see the actual post at Dog Training in Bergen County New Jersey


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Check out these Topical images:

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Freshness, Growth, Nature, Square, Extreme Close Up, Outdoors, High Angle View, Purple, Petal, Stamen, Day, Fragility, No People, Photography, Single Flower, leaf, green, rose, love, two roses

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Reactions to Food, Medications, or Flea Control Can Cause Many Medical Problems

      Many times veterinarians assume a case of diarrhea, an itchy ear or two, a hot spot, or a rash and hives is due to some infectious agent. I used to feel that way too. These days I spend a lot of time going over recent changes in food or medication to make sure that recent food or medication changes aren’t  causing  itching, pain, nausea, or the runs.

 

        Treats and chews are the first thing we talk about. Recent changes in  commercial treats(wheaty biscuits) , chews (steer penises, beef skin , pig ears, wheaty pill pockets, and dyed wheat gluten dental biscuits) can cause diarrhea, gas(farting), anal gland pain and infection,  itchy red ears, hives, and swollen faces and lips. Don’t always expect your vet to link symptoms with treats. Vets aren’t taught this in school. Our education is more geared to worms, giardia, and bacterial infection(food poisoning from eating garbage) and flea allergy dermatitis. The more I ask about treats and chews, the more I find I can help problems from happening again and again.

 

      Recent applications of topical flea control can make a pet feel “under the weather” or can result in an itchy spot, hotspot, flaky spot, or hives in the area or elsewhere.  If your pet “breaks out” monthly or is nauseous or has diarrhea after flea control, change the type(oral, topical) or ingredient. Many brands can have the same ingredient. For example, the ingredient in Frontline, fipronil,  is now being sold under many different names and packaging. Oral flea medication can give some pets indigestion, nausea, or cause hives. Remember…each pet is an individual and medications may affect them differently. Just like in their 2 legged friends, any medication may not sit well with them! ( I’ve found that feeding more oils in the diet helps pets fight off fleas. Check out Dog Dish Diet and Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet.)

 

        Medications such as NSAIDs for pain can cause vomiting, diarrhea, internal bleeding, or organ problems (liver, kidney,stomach). For example, my dog Tucker had a surgery and 2 days later became sick to his stomach and vomited several times after eating. He was taking antibiotics along with an NSAID, but as a precaution, I stopped giving him the NSAID (Previcox). He felt better  right away. I elected to give him Tramadol for the pain instead of the NSAID…just in case he was sensitive to it. I couldn’t bear it if a medication I gave him for pain, harmed him!

     If a pet feels sick after taking medication, always question the NSAID first, then the antibiotic, or other medication. Never give aspirin or prednisone along with a prescribed NSAID. Combinations of NSAIDS and steroids can be dangerous. Combos of NSAIDS and steroids like prednisone or dexamethasone increases the likelihood  of side effects. The literature suggests very stressful surgeries may also lead to  increased side effects when NSAIDS are used  I am always careful with my dosages of NSAIDS with stressed or older animals.    

 

      A dog or cat can vomit, develop diarrhea, or not feel well  after receiving other drugs like clavamox, doxycycline, enrofloxacin, or cephalexin antibiotics, ketoconazole for yeast infections, heart drugs, or cyclosporine  for allergies.(To name the most common ones) If mild,  the nausea or soft stool may pass, but trying another medication or lowering the dose may help. Giving medication with a food or treat may help reduce symptoms. Putting the pills in a small amount of food, a piece of a chicken or turkey hot dog, piece of cheese, slice of deli meat, or spoon of peanut butter may help. To help with mild nausea, you can use pepcid AC,  10mg once daily. ( Check out Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies for others!)

 

      Prednisone will cause a pet to drink more water and pee a lot more. Some pets will become ravenously hungry. Others may act “spacy” or subdued. You can always ask your vet if you can reduce the dose and/or  use every other day dosing. I’ve found that some pets need much lower doses than those I was taught to give.  A German Shepherd really improved when the prednisone dose was dropped from 40 mg to 10mg every other day.  That dosage is much lower than the usual prescribed dosage…but it worked! She must have not read the formulary!

 

       As always I’ll finish by advising a really good hypoallergenic commercial food for allergic dogs (fish/potato,  rabbit/potato, or venison/potato) or home cooking to find out which ingredients help your pet feel the best. Then you can continue home cooking or mix home cooked food with the commercial food with the right ingredients! If your cat is obese, or to prevent or help with urinary problems, feed canned food or home cooked food. (Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet has home cooking recipes for cats) 

Dog Dish Diet teaches you about ingredients and how to add healthy oils and foods to the right commercial dog food. It also teaches you to cook an easy, simple, inexpensive,   slow cooked meal. Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet teaches you how to slow cook for your dog and cat with more recipes.

                                                                                        Check Out the books!

 

 

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GLEE STAR JANE LYNCH IS A CHAMPION FOR SHELTER PETS

janeLynch1We’re so proud to work with Glee star Jane Lynch on not one but two projects that Halo is sponsoring, the PBS special “Shelter Me” and the K9s for Warriors national media tour.

Actress and animal advocate Jane Lynch is hosting the 2nd episode of the emotionally charged PBS television special “SHELTER ME: Let’s Go Home”. SHELTER ME is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories about people’s lives being improved when they adopt a shelter pet.

Also at the AnimalFair.com’s LA Bark Business Benefit, Jane Lynch introduced the event’s K9s For Warriors graduate rescued service dog Apache. K9s For Warriors is dedicated to provide service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Jane is also a big supporter of PETA and using her voice to speak up on the importance of spaying and neutering animals and how it saves lives.

She gained fame in Christopher Guest’s improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Notable awards she has won for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee include the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.

Watch video – Fox’s Glee Star Jane Lynch talks to Animal Fair about her leading loves:

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