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Doghealth Blog by Tom Ryves2 - 1w ago

Keeping your dogs safe in summer

There are a number of threats to the wellbeing of our dogs in Summer, and as I started to write I realised just how many things we need to do differently, and indeed how many risks I have been taking unnecessarily in the past!

As it’s a big subject I will do a number of blogs to keep it readable!

your dog’s normal temperature is between 100° and 103°F. A dog will start to experience heat stroke at 105°F.   Any higher and organ damage is a risk. The areas to considered here are the direct effects of heat and sunlight exposure when in the car or out walking

1. In the car

You should never your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open, but there are times when it is unavoidable. If so you should ensure your car is stopped in a shaded place and ideally have the boot partially open, secures with a boot lock.

You should make use of heavy reflective fabrics ( ideally a Grabber Space Blanket) and in a perfect world position the vehicle to get a through flow of air.

You should leave water accessible in a bowl ( there are excellent non spill travel bowls out there).

We recommend also that you get heat reflective cage covers for use when travelling in the car and for occasions when you have a cages dog outside

You can also get in a battery powered cooling fan. These can be run of the cigarette lighter but make sure to set the voltage correctly as many cabling sets have variable voltage.If running on batteries you should get 100 hours or so of use.

If you see a dog in distress inside a car, official advice is to dial 999 immediately and ask for the police. A dog in distress in a hot car is an emergency and the police will advise you what to do based on the situation. Call the police using 999 and tell them what you intend to do and why. Take pictures and/or videos of the dog in distress and the names and phone numbers of witnesses.

The Criminal Damage Act 1971 provides a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances

2. On walks

Most dogs can’t handle the heat as well as humans, so just keep an eye out and cut your walk short if the tongue is really hanging out or your dog is flagging. If your dog needs to stop, let this happen and encourage use of shade when resting .

For active dogs – nb ball chasers - restrict the level of strenuous activity.

Remember, dogs can suffer from sunburn too. Little pink noses are cute, but can easily become sunburnt. A fair-skinned pet needs special sunscreen to protect it from the discomfort of sunburn and the added risk of skin cancer – sunburn is not just a human worry.

Walk earlier in the morning or in the evening as the temperature cools.

Do not walk in the midday sun. Walks should be shorter and use should be made of shade. Make sure you have a supply of water and a bowl with you.

Avoid hot land - remember that paws aren’t protected from the hot asphalt so choose grassy surfaces if you can. Touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads.

You can get dog booties for additional protection

Remember adders are more active in the summer, and will be heating up in the mornings

Keep out of known tick infested areas, and always have tick removers with you, and skin care cream ( nb Moor gold Cream) to help the skin recover from bites.

Always check your dog after a walk for ticks ( see previous blogs)

If you must be out and about in hot weather, consider a cooling coat. Just wet the coat, then pop it on your dog – the cool dampness creates heat exchange with your dog’s body, so they effectively ‘sweat’ like a person.

Related summer matters In the home/garden Cooling aids Dangerous plants Insects Swimming Dietary change Summer skin/coat issues Hygiene I will be publishing advice on these matters too. To support my blogs, please share them and like my face book page!!!

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Lyme disease - A Contrarian View Symptoms

In older cases of Lyme, the most common symptoms in dogs are arthritis or painful joints and lameness; other symptoms may include fever, lack of appetite, depression or lethargy. Dogs do not exhibit the classic “bulls eye” rash that occurs in humans. Symptoms can occur two to five months after exposure. If your dog shows these symptoms, it’s best to consult an experienced homeopathic vet who can prescribe the correct remedy for his symptoms.

Ticks carry not only Lyme, but babeosis, anaplasmosis and other potentially harmful pathogens.

My view is that by relying on pharmaceutical products we undermine critical natural immunity, and here is my guide to effective protection.

1. The best method is to keep ticks off your dog – there are a number of effective repellents available, or if you do your research online you can make your own

2. ALWAYS check your dog for ticks after he’s been out playing in wooded or grassy areas. If you remove the ticks within 24-36 hours they’re less likely to transmit disease.

3. Take active steps to support your dogs immune system.

How Do We Really Prevent Lyme Disease?

It’s suddenly tick season! If you and your dog enjoy a romp in long grassy or wooded areas, your dog (and you) can pick up these disease-transmitting parasites. They may even be lurking in your garden. Research indicates that as with much of nature, it is the weaker that are most susceptible to the disease. Immune system considerations The more toxic your dog is, the more likely he is to suffer an exaggerated response to an otherwise benign stress.

Research shows it … 95% of dogs (and people) who are bitten by a tick, are likely to have either no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms. For the 5% of dogs who get really sick, how can we blame the tick when the other 95% do just fine? In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, beagles were experimentally infected with Lyme disease. Yet none of the adult dogs showed any symptoms of the disease.

Beagle puppies, who would have weaker immune systems than adult dogs, showed about four days of transient symptoms of infection such as fever and lameness in the same study. After four days of on-and-off symptoms, the pups became asymptomatic; which means their bodies cleared the infection without any treatment.

According to Meryl P Littman (University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine), exposure to Lyme disease is common, but the disease isn’t: “Ninety-five percent of exposed dogs don’t get sick, but they become Lyme antibody-positive on tests, which may scare people into thinking they need to be treated,” she says. “In some areas in New England, 70 to 90 percent of healthy dogs are Lyme-positive. At PennVet, we found about 40 percent of healthy dogs are Lyme-positive in our area.”

So it seems that Lyme disease isn’t all that common and dogs aren’t that likely to get it, even when infected. So why are we so worried about Lyme disease? Bacteria and parasites only prey on weak animals … and that a healthy immune system is what separates the 5% of dogs with Lyme disease from the healthier 95% of the population.

Here are some tips to help bolster your dog’s immune system:

• Feed a fresh, whole food species appropriate diet

• Avoid any and all unnecessary vaccines (here’s a hint … most of them are unnecessary)

• Avoid toxic heartworm, flea and tick medications whenever possible

• Work with a holistic or homeopathic vet who will work with you on replacing the above, plus drugs and antibiotics, with holistic, natural options that won’t harm the immune system. I

t’s time to stop fearing Lyme disease and seeing it for what it is … a signal that there was already something seriously wrong with your dog. So why not worry about your dog’s immune health instead? If you focus on immune health, research shows you’ll probably never face the challenge of Lyme disease in your dog.

You will note I am silent on the use of pharmaceutical products to kill ticks and other insects. The reason is that use of such products compromises the body’s natural immunity system and the research summarised above indicates the importance of this.

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Doghealth Blog by Tom Ryves2 - 1w ago

Helping the arthritic dog – The power of Glucosamine

1. Bioavailability
2. Glucosamine combinations
3. Safe dosages
4. Shark Cartilage

1. Glucosamine is one of the major building blocks utilized in the body’s synthesis of the lubricants and shock absorbing mechanisms necessary to maintain and restore healthy joint performance. Glucosamine supplementation enhances the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and proteoglycans, which are essential for rebuilding joints and supporting synovial fluid which lubricates your joints.
Glucosamine supplementation is especially important in vaccinated dogs as they develop antibodies to their own collagen. Collagen is a protein found in fibrous tissues such as tendon, ligament and skin, and is also abundant in the cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral discs.

If you are feeding anything but raw, then your dog may be deficient in glucosamine. Kibble and other prepared foods may have bone and cartilage added in – or glucosamine added – but just because it goes into the food does not mean that it is bioavailable to your dog. Cooking and extruding can do much to destroy the health benefits.

2. When considering glucosamine supplementation, it is important to consider bioavailability: just how much of the supplement is useable by the dog?

There are many naturally occurring and reliable sources of glucosamine in the connective tissue and bone marrow of animals – and in shellfish exoskeletons.

The best glucosamine arthritis treatment for dogs is usually glucosamine combined with another herb or natural ingredient that targets specific arthritis symptoms.

The best chondroitin sulphate is made with shark cartilage. It aids in slowing and/or stopping the bone degeneration commonly seen in arthritis. It helps the body rebuild cartilage destroyed by arthritis.

Concerned dog owners should only consider glucosamine that is combined with natural or holistic ingredients to enhance the pain relief, reduce inflammation of joints and help rebuild cartilage. (New HERBAL Runaround contains green lipped mussel extract, apium seed, wild celery, turmeric, valerian root – NO Shark Cartilage)

Dog owners who want to supplement with glucosamine will need to find a quality supplement but there is some confusion between which is better: glucosamine HCL or Sulphate?
“Pure glucosamine is very “hygroscopic” and degrades (breaks down) rapidly when exposed to moisture or air. To avoid this, glucosamine needs to be bound to a stabilizer to be sold commercially. The sulphate and the HCL forms are two of the most common “agents” that glucosamine is bound to, to ensure its stability.

After glucosamine is bound, it is stable and will not degrade before it can get to the store shelf. This is why you never find “just” glucosamine and instead find Glucosamine Sulphate or Glucosamine HCL. However some manufacturers play a trick on you. They replace up to 30% of a “1500 mg” mixture and replace it with plain table salt. This means you are only taking 1050 mg of “actual” glucosamine! What’s worse is that this is entirely legal because they put the ingredients on the label and the product DOES contain 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulphate (NaCl or 2KCL). It’s just that the NaCl and 2KCL that is added on is just filler.

Manufacturers take glucosamine sulphate and add potassium (KCl) or ordinary table salt (NaCl). They then co-crystallize the resulting mixture and wind up with the same weight of “total” glucosamine, as usual, you get what you pay for as these are commonly found in “no frills” glucosamine brands, in a low priced pill form with no other synergistic ingredients. In our opinion, they are simply a waste of money.
Some Glucosamine Sulphate preparations even claim to be salt free when in fact they are actually just sodium free. They still contain up to 30% potassium chloride (KCl). Finally, an mg-to-mg comparison shows that the hydrochloride may provide more Glucosamine than the Sulphate salt, and this may be the reason why some people prefer to choose Glucosamine HCL. The jury is still out however as to which benefits you more and an easy fix is to just take both HCL and Sulphate forms.
Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants and they work both as anti-inflammatory agents as well as offering pain relief for the arthritic dog, and are most useful in complimenting glucosamine.

3. Glucosamine is generally considered safe, there should be little concern of overdose if you’re trying to get close to the dose for your dog’s weight by splitting pills. For acute injuries, glucosamine can be given at a triple dose for one week. For dogs who have been diagnosed with arthritis, many vets advocate a double dose for life.
Dogs generally need to be on glucosamine for the rest of their lives, because cartilage degeneration can recur within months of stopping the supplement.

4. A note on Shark cartilage
We share the concerns of many that exploitation of sharks to harvest cartilage is not sustainable and have completed trials to remove it from our bestselling mobility supplement, RUNAROUND. This is very challenging as all user experience has consistently given RUNAROUND an 85% success rate at helping to maintain mobility. We have small amounts available of the original formulation, which contains shark cartilage, green lipped mussel extract and vitamins C and E. The first batches of new HERBAL Runaround are now available on our website.

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Doghealth Blog by Tom Ryves2 - 1w ago

Urinary leakage and incontinence in dogs

This is one thing that distresses many owners, and their dogs. Its bad enough that some owners will discipline their dogs for this, but in some cases dogs get re-homed or even euthanised. In many cases dogs will be restricted to certain parts of a household and even left at home on family outings.

Although urinary incontinence can afflict dogs of any age, breed or gender, it is most often seen in middle-aged to older spayed females; cocker spaniels, springer spaniels, Doberman pinschers and Old English sheepdogs are often prone to incontinence.

Most (but not all) cases of urinary incontinence respond to medical treatment, and in many cases this treatment needs to be continued for the duration of the dog’s life. Additionally there are supplements and general procedures available which can relieve the problem

There are a number of different reasons your dog could be dribbling or leaking urine, but by far the most common is spay incontinence. This is when the reduction of sex hormones (predominately estrogen and testosterone) after spaying and neutering causes a decrease in the muscle strength of the urethral sphincter. This allows urine to dribble out or sometimes results in full-on peeing in bed when asleep.

Urinary incontinence is common in spayed female dogs, which can occur soon after spay surgery or after a delay of up to several years. The incidence rate in various studies is 4-20% for spayed females compared to only 0.3% in intact females. Urinary incontinence is so strongly linked to spaying that it is commonly called “spay incontinence” . Other causes include

• Bladder overflow caused by underlying disease. Cushing’s, diabetes or hypothyroidism can cause your dog to drink a lot of water and overfill the bladder. If your dog is excessively thirsty and incontinent it’s important to have your veterinarian investigate

• Bladder infections. This may present as frequent urination, asking to go out and straining with just dribbles coming out, blood in urine, pungent smell to the urine, cloudy, thick or stringy urine. Chronic or repeated bladder infections that have been treated conventionally can cause scarring which can interfere with the sphincter closing. A retrospective study found that persistent or recurring urinary tract (bladder) infections (UTIs) were 3-4 times more likely in spayed females dogs than in intact females. Another retrospective study found that female dogs spayed before 5 ½ months of age were 2.76 times more likely to develop UTIs compared to those spayed after 5 ½ months of age.

• Birth defects. If your puppy or intact young dog is experiencing urinary leakage or having multiple accidents in the house, check with your vet. • Stones, polyps and tumours. These can look very much like a bladder infection. That’s why it’s important to get a veterinary examination. Treatment for incontinence will depend on its underlying cause. Medications can often effectively manage this condition and prevent everyday accidents.

Some treatments focus on hormone therapy, while others, such as phenylpropanolamine, strengthen the urethral sphincter, which controls urine flow. Surgery also may be an option if medication alone doesn’t work. Collagen injections, a newer therapy for incontinence, appear to have promising results. In cases of incontinence due to bladder stones, a protruding disc or congenital abnormality, surgery may be recommended.

Six simple actions you can take to address Urinary Tract Infection issues

1. Add one teaspoon (for small dogs) or 1-2 tablespoons (for big dogs) of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl. Repeat up to two times per day for up to seven to ten days, depending on how severe the UTI is.

2. Have your dog soak in a hot bath (make sure it’s not too hot and the level isn’t too deep) for ten minutes to help relieve the muscles. Wash your dog with a mild soap and pay attention to the genital area. Don’t leave soap on the area for too long and be sure to rinse the area with clean, warm water. Do this every few days until the UTI is gone.

3. Encourage your dog to drink more water by placing extra water bowls around the house. Change the water once or twice a day to make sure it’s fresh.

4. Crush one 500mg vitamin C sprinkle it over your dog’s food. Do this once per day for seven days.

5. Give your dog one to three teaspoons of citrus juice. The juice should NOT be from concentrate and SHOULD be all natural. Make sure there is no added sugar because it could aggravate your dog’s UTI further.

6. Add about two teaspoons of chopped blueberries or cranberries to your dog’s food. Do this twice per day for seven to ten days.

Dietary and supplement solutions

Incorporating more high-quality protein and fat into the diet is important. Often, as a dog ages, you’re told to decrease their protein and fat. This leads to the loss of three things that are vital to the strength of the sphincter and pelvic muscle: protein, fat and collagen! Adding bone broth, chicken feet, pig feet and whole sardines will help to keep all muscles and joints healthier.

There are a number of herbal remedies available to support the bladder. From Doghealth we draw your attention to our well jknown herbal product, Herbal Bladder Support Powder. This contains

• Apium seed (celery). A strong diuretic, used as a urinary antiseptic

• Sage as an anti-inflammatory agent for the stomachMarshmallow has a softening demulcent effect on irritated mucous membranes of the urinary tract.

• Flax seed helps with many digestive conditions,

• Balm for urinary incontinence. • Petroselenium used when urinary incontinence is determined by the weakness of the pelvic floor muscles

• Rose hip. Used for diarrhoea, constipation, gallstones, gallbladder ailments, lower urinary tract and kidney disorders,

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CBD vs Hemp Oil

Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant. The seeds are rich in nutrients that also have many health benefits. It’s easy to get confused.

There’s much talk about CBD and hemp … and people often say hemp when they mean CBD. CBD and hemp oil both come from the hemp plant known as Cannabis sativa or industrial hemp.

But they are two different things, with many different purposes. CBD (cannabidiol) oil comes from the stalks, leaves and buds of the hemp plant. It’s used therapeutically to help manage many health conditions … such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, seizures and even cancer.

In most cases, CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.

Hemp (or hempseed) oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, and is a nutritional supplement. The seeds contain very little CBD but are rich in nutrients that have many health benefits.

This means that the purpose of the hemp oil for dogs isn’t to cure or help with pain. Because it doesn’t have a lot of CBD, it has very to no little effect of things such as pain, anxiety, or cancer. A vet will recommend hemp seed oil if they think your dog’s diet might need it.

Hemp seed oil is rich in important nutrients. It has a high content of essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, and in GMA (gamma linolenic acid). Your dog needs these fatty acids but might not be getting enough with their regular diet.

This is where hemp seed oil comes in. It acts as a complement to their diet.

Summary

There are a number of benefits claimed in using hemp oil as a nutritional supplement as follows and I discuss these in greater detail below.

1. A source of GLA

2. A source of Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

3. A source of anti-oxidants

4. A source of phospholipids

5. An excellent alternative to fish oil.

The Hemp Plant

The Hemp Plant has a long tradition of medicinal use. It originated in China., and is a source of pain-relieving medicine. Hemp cultivation became popular in Europe by the16th century. Hemp contains various types of fatty acids, plus antioxidants and phospholipids. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid in hemp that’s especially valuable.

1. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) Your dog can synthesize GLA from linoleic acid (an omega-6 fat), but even healthy dogs can be deficient in it. GLA is an essential building block for prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help control inflammation and support many body functions.

GLA deficiencies can lead to allergies, arthritis, premature aging, digestive issues, diabetes and cancer as well as skin problems. So your dog needs to get enough of it and hemp oil can deliver. Here are a few of the many health benefits of GLA:

• Managing arthritis pain and inflammation: the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism published a study showing that GLA in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25%. The improvement with placebo was 4%.

• Reducing skin allergies: GLA is an important nutrient to help manage atopic dermatitis. In humans, a 2005 study showed GLA significantly improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis. GLA also helps keep moisture in the skin, leading to suppler skin and a smoother coat.

• Weight management: GLA helps turn on the body’s fat burning mechanism and can rev up your dog’s energy levels. It may also increase serotonin, a brain chemical that contributes to the feeling of fullness.

• Anti-cancer: A 2006 study reported that GLA-rich diets modulate inflammation and boost immune function. GLA can inhibit the growth of certain types of tumours. It also stimulates apoptosis (cancer cell death). It can reduce side effects of conventional cancer drugs. The anti-inflammatory properties of GLA may also help prevent cancer by reducing chronic inflammation in the body. Prolonged inflammation weakens cells and tissues, diminishing the immune system.

2. Omega-3 and Omega 6

Omega-6 and omega-3 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body. Hemp oil contains an ideal 1 to 3 ratio of omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) to Omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids. A good balance of these fats is vital for health because they work synergistically in the body. Omega-6 and omega-3 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body. Too much omega-6 turns on the hormones that raise inflammation. Too much omega-3 can cause immune dysfunction. Inflammation isn’t always bad. It’s an important part of the body’s healing response to injury or disease. Omega-6 fats increase inflammation to help the body recover. Omega-3s lower inflammation and control chronic inflammation in the body. Long-term chronic inflammation leads to many health problems, including:

• Allergies

• Arthritis

• Inflammatory bowel disease

• Heart disease

• Diabetes

• Liver or kidney disease

• Cancer

So adding hemp oil to your dog’s diet can help prevent these diseases. Omega-3 fats also benefit the eyes, brain, skin, heart, bone, joints and immune system. They promote good blood flow and improve overall organ function.

3. Antioxidants

Hemp oil contains vitamin E and vitamin A (carotene). These are antioxidants that help the immune system by fighting free radical damage. Free radicals occur when your dog absorbs toxins from vaccines, drugs, chemicals, pesticides, processed foods and pollution.

They cause oxidative stress in your dog’s body, damaging cells, proteins and DNA. Antioxidants help keep free radicals under control and promote better health.

These vitamins can also increase natural killer cells, helping slow the decline of immune response as your dog ages. Vitamin E can benefit your dog’s skin, eyes, heart, cognitive function and immune system. Vitamin A also supports immunity, the eyes and skin. It can help prevent urinary stones and contains cancer-fighting properties.

4. Phospholipids

Phospholipids are molecules that form part of the outer membrane of cells in the body. They help the cell maintain its internal structure and environment … called homeostasis. A 2012 study in Germany on the effects of dietary phospholipids found these benefits:

• Managing inflammation and arthritis pain

• Reducing gastric acid 

• Inhibiting tumour growth in cancer

• Lowering cardiovascular disease risks

• Improving cognitive disorders and brain health

• Boosting immune function

• Repairing liver damage

5 Safer Than Fish Oil

There are no reported side effects from using hemp oil for dogs, something you can’t say about fish oil. They use heat to process fish oil, which makes it unstable. It can become rancid very easily, and that means it can cause inflammation in your dog.

Since one of the main reasons to give dogs fish oil is to manage inflammation, this is a problem! Hemp oil is cold pressed, making it more stable than fish oil … so it’s less likely to oxidize or become rancid. (But you should still refrigerate it for longer shelf life).

Fish oil can contain mercury, radiation and other contaminants. Organic hemp oil is grown without pesticides or other toxins. The hemp plant also has a long root system, which helps regenerate healthy soil.

Sustainability is also a major concern with fish oil. Fish in the oceans are getting depleted and using fish oil removes a food source for ocean animals. Hemp is a sustainable crop that’s easy to grow in many different climates and soil types – in fact it’s said to grow like a weed!

Doghealth is conducting trials of a certified Hemp Oil as a nutritional supplement and an alternative to processed fish oils.

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The Kennel Cough Vaccine: 3 Critical Problems kennel cough vaccine

By: Dana Scott

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  • Kennel cough is a respiratory infection caused by a number of bacteria and viruses
  • It is not usually dangerous and normally clears up without treatment within a few weeks
  • Apart from your dog coughing, the infection is unlikely to make them feel ill
  • But puppies, elderly dogs and those with existing medical conditions can be susceptible to complications from kennel cough, such as pneumonia
  • Kennel cough has an incubation period of two to 14 days
  • A kennel cough vaccine is available and is often required for a stay in kennels where the highly-contagious infection can spread easily
What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is the common name given to infectious bronchitis in dogs. Just as in chest infections in humans, a number of different bacteria and viruses can cause the illness – normally a combination of both. It affects their respiratory system, causing them to cough.

Is kennel cough dangerous or life-threatening?

While a nuisance, kennel cough is not normally dangerous and is likely to need no treatment at all. But in puppies, elderly dogs or those with existing illnesses, the condition can be more serious and can develop into pneumonia. Depending on the germs which have caused the virus, some strains of the infection can also be more severe than others.

I’m willing to bet that when your dog’s daycare, training facility or kennel asks for a kennel cough vaccine, you vaccinate your dog, right? You want to protect your dog (and other dogs) from illness and you trust your vet or daycare provider to have your dog’s best interests at heart.

But before you should give your dog any vaccine, there are questions you should ask:

Is the vaccine safe?

Is it effective?

Is the disease it’s intended to prevent dangerous?

I’m about to tell you some things that will make you reconsider whether the kennel cough vaccine is really the best choice for your dog.

What You Should Know About The Kennel Cough Vaccine Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a vaccine your groomer, boarding kennel, doggie daycare, training facility and vet clinic probably tell you is essential. It’s become a routine requirement for any dog that spends time with other dogs – in other words, nearly all dogs.

That a vaccine exists is surprising in itself. Kennel cough is a self limiting disease that’s about as dangerous to your dog as the common cold is to you. Most vaccines these days are modified live vaccines.

And that’s a problem.

But daycare and boarding facilities worry about it a lot. When our children get colds, we keep them at home and give them some chicken soup – that’s just common sense. If our dogs catch a cold, we’ve been led to think that they’re carrying a dangerous and highly contagious disease. So we vaccinate our dogs to prevent kennel cough. The scary thing is that there are three pretty big problems with this approach:

Problem 1: The Vaccine Doesn’t Work All That Well Here’s the reason the common intranasal kennel cough vaccine isn’t a terribly good idea: There are at least forty agents that cause bordetella … But only a couple of these agents are contained in the vaccine. This makes the bordetella vaccine a complete shot in the dark. In fact, the vaccine is so ineffective that leading veterinary immunologist Dr Ronald Schultz has stated …

Kennel Cough is not a vaccinatable disease. Dr Ronald Schultz

That’s the opinion of the most qualified veterinary immunologist in the world. But despite this, vets still vaccinate a massive number of dogs for this simple ailment every day. And they continue to recommend the vaccine if your dog’s “exposed” to other dogs, Maybe it’s because they figure the vaccine might work – and because the vaccine is just an intranasal spray, it’s considered pretty safe, right? Well, that leads us to the next problem …

Problem 2: The Vaccine Is Not Safe Most vaccines these days are modified live vaccines. And that’s a problem. It’s been shown that the “modified” viruses in human vaccines embed themselves in the genes of the host and can shuffle around and reactivate thirty or more years after vaccination. According to Patricia Jordan DVM, bacterial vaccines like bordetella can also lurk in the genetic makeup, waiting to replicate and awaken as a disease that could be a much more dangerous than kennel cough.

Vaccination of any sort also elevates histamine, which we all know can promote cancer and chronic inflammation. But aside from the dangers of the vaccine, here’s another interesting fact …

Problem 3: Somebody Did Some Bad Maths... Here’s a little known fact: vaccinated dogs shed the disease into the environment. Dogs that are vaccinated for kennel cough will shed that disease for up to 7 weeks – and para-influenza for a week. That means that after your dog’s vaccinated, he can spread bordetella to all the other dogs he comes in contact with.

Doesn’t that seem like a huge problem?

Let’s look at two different daycare scenarios.

Daycare # 1 They have 50 dogs a day. They don’t require the kennel cough vaccine. One day a dog walks in with kennel cough. He’s sneezing, he’s hacking and the smart daycare provider will kindly isolate him for the day and then ask his owners to keep him home for the next few days. A few other dogs in the daycare might catch his kennel cough. So this is why most daycare facilities insist you vaccinate your dog. Makes sense, right? Well, not exactly. Let’s consider what would happen if all the dogs were vaccinated.

Daycare # 2 This daycare also has 50 dogs a day … but they require the kennel cough vaccine. If every dog gets the vaccine yearly (though it’s often given twice a year), that’s 50 dogs a year coming in shedding the kennel cough. And not just for a few days, but for as long as 7 weeks! And they’re shedding influenza too. The worst part is … the daycare doesn’t know which dog is spreading the disease so they can’t ask him to stay home. He’s mingling with the other dogs and spreading bordetella all over the joint … … and because the vaccine is so ineffective, a lot of other dogs will catch it.

So, does giving your dog the kennel cough vaccine still sound like a good idea to you? The next time your vet, daycare, boarding or training facility demands that you vaccinate your dog for kennel cough, you’ll probably want to consider some different options. 

 3 Safe Alternatives

There are several ways that you can protect your dog when it comes to the kennel cough vaccine. Tell the facility you’ll sign a waiver stating you are 100% responsible if your dog catches kennel cough while at their facility. If they resist, ask: if the vaccine works and all other dogs are vaccinated, why is my unvaccinated dog a problem?

Support the people who DON’T make you do something that could harm your dog. Do your research and find great facilities that don’t require the vaccine. Reward them for taking extra special care of your dog by giving them your business! If you can’t find a facility in your area that understands that kennel cough vaccination is a bad idea, look for a dog trainer, groomer, sitter or walker who will come to your home instead.

And be sure to share this information with your dog-owning friends.

When more dog owners demand better from these dog businesses, then we’ll force them to change their dangerous and unwise policies on kennel cough. Don’t make excuses for this one.

Put your dog’s health first right now … … and not after your dog suffers an adverse reaction from the kennel cough vaccine.

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A Home Made Flea And Tick Powder Recipe For Dogs

One of Doghealth’s best selling products is DYNA-MITE herbal flea and tick repellent. We liked this complimentary approach to control of external parasites. It fits with our philosophy of using natural products and not toxins. I’ve already made my views on chemical treatments available through my blog on www.doghealth.co.uk, and if anyone asks will update and re publish it shortly.
In the meantime, happy reading !!
Every summer season, the debate rages on about the considerable dangers of topical flea and tick products. If you would like to avoid these toxins but still want to give your pet some protection, here is an easy recipe for a safe and effective flea and tick powder, using only three ingredients:
• Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
• NEEM (dry form)
• Yarrow
Simply mix the three together and rub the dust mixture into your dog’s coat. Use some caution with DE as it can irritate the mucosa. Once the dust settles however, there is no harm.
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH
Diatomaceous earth is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants. Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants called diatoms. These plants have been part of the earth’s ecology since prehistoric times. It is believed that 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite. The diatoms are mined and ground up to render a powder that looks and feels like talcum powder to us. It is a mineral based pesticide. DE is approximately 3% magnesium, 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 2% iron and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium. Continual breathing of any dust should he absolutely avoided.

This DE is not the same thing as the DE used in swimming pool filters. Pool grade DE is treated with heat, causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to assume crystalline form. Pool grade DE should never be used for pest control.
To insects DE is a lethal dust with microscopic razor sharp edges. These sharp edges cut through the insect’s protective covering drying it out and killing them when they are dusted with DE If they ingest the DE it will shred their insides.
NEEM
For centuries the Neem tree has been known as the wonder tree of India. Because of its wide variety of applications, it is commonly called the “Friend and Protector of the Indian Villager”. Modern research studies have discovered that it contains both alkaloids and liminoids, each with an array of medicinal properties. For instance, oneliminoid (azadirachitin) has been found to be 95% effective when used as a pesticide and insecticide. NEEM is also useful for wound healing.
YARROW
Yarrow is a flowering plant. Part of the sunflower family, Yarrow can be found growing wildly in the Northern Hemisphere.
Acting as a repellent, this herb also helps to soothe the skin.
Mix these three dry ingredients in equal parts and pour them into a shaker jar. To apply to your dog, ruffle the hair back to expose the skin and apply small amounts working your way from the rear to the front. If you are using this mixture for ticks, be sure to cover the neck area. Rub it in briskly. For a medium sized dog, you should only need to use about a teaspoon of the dust. Apply the dust to your dog every month.
If you are treating for fleas, wash all bedding and apply the dust to every animal in the house. Once bedding is washed, you can dust beds and any carpeting with the mixture.
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Most dogs love peanut butter.. But not all peanut butter is safe for pets, and all dog owners should know about this potentially deadly ingredient.

Xylitol, a sweetener used in many foods, including

peanut butter,

yogurt,

toothpaste

and chewing gum,

Xylitol is safe for humans but potentially deadly for dogs. If ingested, it can cause seizures, liver failure and death, warned one animal hospital, which called xylitol "extremely toxic" to dogs.

In 2016, there were more than 250 cases of xylitol poisoning in the UK reported to the Veterinary Poisons Information Service – and most of these were down to dogs getting their paws on chewing gum. At least one of these pets sadly died. There will have been many more cases of xylitol poisoning in the UK that went unreported.

Symptoms can include:

Vomiting

Lethargy

Disorientation

Collapse S

eizures and tremors

Coma

Why is xylitol toxic to dogs?

In both humans and dogs, the level of blood sugar is controlled by the release of insulin from the pancreas. Xylitol does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas in humans. However, when non-primate species like dogs eat something containing xylitol, the xylitol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in a potent release of insulin from the pancreas. This rapid release of insulin causes a rapid and profound decrease in the level of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), an effect that occurs within 10-60 minutes of eating the xylitol. Untreated, this hypoglycemia can be life-threatening.

How much xylitol is poisonous to a dog?

The dose of xylitol that can cause hypoglycemia in the dog has been reported between 50 milligrams (mg) of xylitol per pound of body weight (100 mg per kg). The higher the dose ingested, the more the risk of liver failure. The most common source of xylitol poisoning that Pet Poison Helpline* gets calls about comes from sugar-free gum. Some brands of gum contain fairly small amounts of xylitol, and it would take up to 9 pieces of gum to result in severe hypoglycemia in a 45 pound (20 kg) dog, while 45 pieces would need to be ingested to result in liver failure.

With other common brands of gum which contain 1 g/piece of gum, only 2 pieces would result in severe hypoglycemia, while 10 pieces can result in liver failure. As there is a large range of xylitol in each different brand and flavor of gum, it is important to identify whether a toxic amount has been ingested.

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Reasons to not use fish oil

There is much evidence for the substantial benefits of Omega-3 in the canine diet.
• Reduce inflammation
• Help fight heart disease and cancer
• Regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function
• Improve brain function and normal eye health
• prevent and reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

Traditionally, many owners use fish oil as a source of Omega-3. But recent research should make us question whether reliance on processed fish oils is the best solution.

1. Fish Oil Can Cause Disease And Premature Aging – oxidative stress.

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are extremely vulnerable to oxidative damage.
When these fat particles are exposed to oxygen (this is called oxidation), they break down into smaller compounds, like malondialdehyde (MDA), and they create oxygen-containing molecules called free radicals. Both MDA and free radicals cause premature aging and disease because they damage proteins, DNA, and other important cellular structures.

This damage is called oxidative stress and it leads to health problems, including gene mutations and cancer, and inflammatory conditions
Most fish oil will be already oxidized before you even buy it.

2. Fish Oil Contains Toxins

Although the fats stored in fish are nicely loaded with omega-3s, fat is also where toxins are stored. And our oceans are becoming more and more polluted with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.

Heavy metals can cause nervous system dysfunction, blindness, certain cancers, irreversible liver and kidney damage and even death.

Along with heavy metals, there are other toxic compounds that accumulate in fish. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were banned in 1979 but they’re still found in the oceans and in fish. They can cause skin problems, muscle spasms, bronchitis and nervous system disorders.

Dioxins and furans have been linked to a number of adverse health effects including skin, liver and immune system problems, endocrine and reproductive disruptions and the development of certain cancers. This is especially a concern for young dogs.

Now almost any fish oil manufacturer will tell you their product is free of the above toxins … but independent lab analyses may say otherwise. So it’s essential to ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from the manufacturer before you buy any fish oil.

3. You Could Be Feeding Your Dog Radiation

In 2011, the Fukushima nuclear power plant was hit by a tsunami and its reactors melted down, causing radioactive water to seep into the Pacific ocean. Every day, 300 tons of this radioactive water still seeps into the ocean.

Today, the radiation has hit the west coast of North America and has contaminated most marine life. Fish on the west coast, including the salmon commonly used for fish oil, are testing positive for radioactive particles, such as Cesium-137 and Strontium-90.

If your dog eats affected fish oil from Pacific fish, radioactive strontium and cesium can deposit in his bone marrow, where it can cause bone cancer and leukemia.

Fish oil manufacturers are testing their products for safety, but again, you’ll want a COA if you insist on feeding fish oil.

4. Your Dog’s Fish Oil Is Killing The Ocean

Nearly all fish oils are made from fish that are vacuumed up from the oceans. These fish are caught by nets and a by-product of fisheries is something called by-catch. This is the term given to sea creatures that are accidentally caught in the fishermen’s nets, such as whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

It’s estimated that fishery nets kills 300,000 whales, porpoises and dolphins each year – and from 1970 to 2012, their numbers have halved.

Menhaden fish is one of the most sought-after fish for omega-3 fats – and it’s commonly used for pet foods. The menhaden fish are important to the ocean because they eat algae blooms and this keeps the ocean waters clean and full of oxygen. An adult menhaden can filter 5,760 gallons of water in one day and this filtration allows sunlight to penetrate the water and allows aquatic plant life to grow and support the entire ocean.

But it’s estimated that half a billion menhaden are fished from our oceans every year and the oceans are now developing dead zones – which are areas with a lack of oxygen. The fertilizers that are used to make our foods run off into the oceans and create these algae blooms – and without the menhaden fish, theses algae blooms are killing our oceans.

Alternatives to Fish oil......

A simple fish recipe for your dog – try this once a week.
I hope you’re starting to see that your dog doesn’t need fish oil … but the oceans do!

Whole fish is a great addition to the diet. It is high in Omega-3 fats, and contains many important minerals and trace minerals like calcium, selenium and niacin, and is protein rich.

This is a healthy treat that your dog will really enjoy. It’s packed full of Omega-3s your dog needs. And it’s a great way to get greens in too.

Use small fish that only feed on phytoplankton, not fish that eat other fish, because they’ll contain more toxins, so ideal are anchovies and sardines for dogs.
If you’re looking for a way to add fish to your dog’s diet, start with sardines (or any small fish). This is a great recipe...
• 1 small tin of sardines in spring water
• 2 eggs
• A handful of whatever greens you want (combine them or just use one – and change them up):
o Nettles
o Spinach
o Kale
o Dandelion greens
o Spirulina
Lightly steam the greens. (. For the spirulina, grind it with a pestle and mortar.)
You can also add turmeric or any herbs you want to include. Powdered herbs are great for this recipe.
Mix the ingredients together, and feed raw or after a light bake.

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A crate or a kennel can give dogs a sense of security.  Crate training if done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners.  Using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behaviour, and teaching a dog to settle and relax.

 

If a dog is taught through positive reinforcement to love the crate, the crate becomes his safe haven and own private and safe place.  Your dog will realise that the crate is somewhere they can go and not be bothered; it’s a perfect haven when your dog is tired or nervous.  A dog has a natural instinct to be in a den and most dogs take to a crate very easily.

 

Crate training provides a number of benefits to owners, it encourages dog’s instinct not mess where it sleeps, helping to teach the dog bladder and bowel control.  It also helps prevents a dog or pup from getting into trouble when you can’t supervise directly.  Crate training also teaches puppies and excitable dogs to expect and enjoy some down time, and conditions relaxed behaviour.

 

When it comes to traveling with your pet, you need to make sure they are safe and secure.  The last thing you would want is an accident that could not only put your life in danger but also your pet’s.  That is why when you’re travelling, especially in a car, you need to have a car crate for your pet that will keep your pet safe.

 In the event of a car accident, you will want you and your dog to be as safe as possible and that can be achieved with a pet crate.  When it comes to choosing a pet crate for safety purposes, you will want to choose one that is strong and durable.  Our car crates all have escape doors at the back which will enable you to release your dog if your vehicle has been hit at the rear and you are unable to open your rear door or boot.

Traveling can be a stressful time for a pet, especially a dog, as they will not know where they’re going and may feel a little afraid.  Overall, the feeling of their homely crate will comfort your pet during a car journey, but make sure they are well trained beforehand.

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