Holistic Tick Repellant for Dogs

Reports say that 2014 will be the worst year for ticks. 

This could be the most important thing that you see me post! Its an epidemic this year, and these things are as lethal… as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! Please not only read it, but share it! Make sure we get the word out about these ticks and the disease they carry!

It’s summer! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don’t let those pesky annoying ticks stop you. Here’s how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

For you and your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body. ~~Sharing is CARING ! ~~ WE must spread the word about the dangers of Ticks and how to avoid them!

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Heart Worm in Dogs

Protecting Your Dog From Heartworm

Heartworm dogsHeartworm is a pretty hot topic when it comes to dogs. While many pet owners are ready to jump on the whole food and no/fewer vaccinations bandwagon, they quickly put on the brakes when it comes to packing it in on the heartworm meds. And why wouldn’t they – nobody wants their dog to die of a preventable disease.

But if we’re talking about what’s preventable, let’s talk hard facts.

Before I begin, I’d like to share a comment that was left by a vet on our 5 Steps To Prevent Cancer post:

“As a veterinarian, I can tell you that you are absolutely incorrect in your statement that “healthy dogs aren’t good hosts for parasites.” Healthy dogs are GREAT hosts for many parasites including fleas, ticks, and heartworms. I would like to see a scientific journal backing your claim that homeopathic vets have seen “great success” in treating heartworms naturally. Do you have any sort of medical training? Are you a veterinarian? Do you have an advanced science degree? If not, I don’t think that you should be presenting highly misleading (and incorrect) information regarding something in which you have no training. The fact of the matter is that parasiticides DO often have toxic chemicals in them, but the safety margin is so high that only a small percentage of pets get ill. For me, I always balance risk vs. benefit. For example, although heartworm is found in all 50 states, it is MUCH more prevalent in the south. I would absolutely recommend that all healthy dogs in this area take heartworm prevention, because the chance of catching this deadly disease (and it is deadly) is extremely high.”

Well, I do actually have an advanced degree in physiology, so thanks for that! No, I’m not a vet, but forgive me because I’m going to share my two cents worth anyway – because somebody without any ties to people who are making money off heartworm medications has to stand up and tell the truth – and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

What Are You Protecting Your Dog From?

Here’s my favorite question for dog owners: if you’re giving your dog monthly heartworm preventives, what are you protecting him from? Well, heartworm, right?

But I would like for somebody to answer this question that I seem to be the only one asking:

Why is the risk of heartworm disease unacceptable while the risk of death and illness from heartworm preventives is widely accepted?

Read that question again. Now tell me in the comments section why you think that is.

Here’s my thoughts: it’s because the drug manufacturers have told us those side effects and adverse events are OK. They’ve also scared us into thinking that heartworm, especially in the southern states, is a larger problem than it is. So we risk the adverse events in exchange for the protection given by heartworm meds. Because unprotected dogs get heartworm, right?

Well, not exactly.

What About The Wild Dogs?

Now, the vet who left her comment, like most conventional vets, has urged everybody in the southern states to use heartworm preventives because the risk is “extremely high.” If that were true, wouldn’t the wild dog populations be decimated? Because heartworm really seems to like dogs as a host, those wolves and coyotes must be really hard hit, right?

Well here’s something that’s interesting. Researchers have looked at the effect that heartworm has had on the wolf and wild dog populations. If we really want to know the real risk of heartworm disease, we should look at those animals who are exposed to mosquitoes 24/7 without any protection whatsoever.

Let’s first look at  a study examining wolves in Wisconsin. They captured adult wolves and took some blood to see what diseases they were exposed to. From 19991 to 1996, only 2% of those captured wolves were found to have any trace of heartworm.

That’s a pretty small percentage.

Well, I guess you could argue that’s a northern state, where heartworm is less rampant. I’ll give you that, but suffice it to say that it might not be all that great an idea for people living in those areas to expose their dog to the risk of heartworm meds for such a slight chance of getting some heartworms.

Notice I said some heartworms, not heartworm infestation. There’s a difference but we’ll get to that later.

Now, some vets may argue that the risk of adverse events from heartworm “preventives” is pretty low – but there are already 700 dogs reported dead this year alone from just one product. Thousands of other dogs suffer from neurological complaints, cancer, hypothyroidism, blindness, skin disease and more from the use of heartworm products. And that’s because…

These Drugs Are Meant To Kill Things

Have you ever opened the safety data sheet from these seemingly harmless products? Open it up and here’s what you’ll find:

“In case of ingestion by humans, clients should be advised to contact a physician immediately. Physicians may contact a Poison Control Center for advice concerning cases of ingestion by humans.”

So wait a minute – it’s OK for a ten pound dog to take this, but if a 100 to 200 pound human takes it, we should call the Poison Control Center immediately?

See, this is where clever marketing and fear comes into play. You have this substance that, if ingested, is considered a poison and warrants a doctor’s appointment – immediately. But the manufacturers of this product scare the heck out of us – and our vets – with the threat of heartworm and somehow make us think that it’s a good idea to give our pets these drugs because the risk is worth the benefit.

But here’s the question we have to ask if we’re going to fairly evaluate whether we should use these poisonous products on our pets:

Heartworm dogsHow Deadly Is Heartworm?

Now I know all you rescue people in the south are crying foul at the moment – I’ll get to you soon because I know you’re concerned about all those rescue dogs who are infected with heartworm.

So on one hand, we seem to have 700 dogs reportedly dead this year from one heartworm product alone. So what is the risk for those dogs who get heartworm? From the FDA website:

“Heartworms can kill a dog. More likely, though, heartworms will make dogs extremely sick. Dogs infected with heartworm can be successfully treated; however, such treatment may be inconvenient and emotionally stressful for the owner.”

So your dog, even if he’s carrying a heavy heartworm load, is unlikely to die. The treatment (at least the conventional treatment – for natural treatment options refer to the May 2013 issue of Dogs Naturally Magazine), is inconvenient and emotionally stressful for the owner. OK, got it. For me, that’s not a good enough reason to feed MY dogs that poison.

And the good news is that I don’t have to. Because my dogs have something in common with those wolves from the study: they aren’t taking heartworm preventives and they’re not getting heartworm.

But the conventional vets don’t understand this concept. They can’t see how this can happen. This is what they say:

“I can tell you that you are absolutely incorrect in your statement that “healthy dogs aren’t good hosts for parasites.” Healthy dogs are GREAT hosts for many parasites including fleas, ticks, and heart worms.”

Well, the nice vets at the Heartworm Society might disagree with you there. This might interest you:

“Single sex heartworm infections, host immune responses affecting the presence of circulating microfilariae and the administration of heartworm preventives can be factors which produce occult infections in dogs.”

An occult heartworm infection means that there is an infection of some sort but the microfilariae, or the heartworm offspring, aren’t found circulating around in the blood. So if all of the heartworms are of the same sex, or if the dog is taking preventives, then those little guys can’t reproduce and cause much of an issue.

While the vets and researchers may call this an occult infection, I might be inclined to call it a functioning immune system. Yes, that’s a novel concept for modern medicine.

Look at that quote again. If you go to the Heartworm Society, it’s easy to miss for all the talk about costly heartworm drugs. But there it is, nonetheless, shoved into a little corner and never mentioned again: Host immune responses affect the presence of circulating microfilariae.

In a nutshell, this means that dogs with functional immune systems aren’t good hosts for heartworms and other parasites. But the sad part is that few dogs these days have a strong immune system.

Canaries In A Coal Mine

Do you know what a canary in a coal mine is? Early coal miners didn’t have anything in the way of ventilation systems, so legend has it that miners would bring a caged canary into new coal seams. Canaries are especially sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide, which made them ideal for detecting any dangerous gas build-ups. As long as the bird kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe. A dead canary signaled an immediate evacuation. The phrase “living like a canary in a coal mine” often refers to serving as a warning to others.

Our dogs are canaries in a coal mine – but we don’t see it. We keep filling them with toxic chemicals like heartworm meds and, as long as they keep singing, we think they’re fine. But they’re not – something insidious is happening inside, while the toxins build up and, over either the short or long term, eventually kill or harm our dogs.

And the evidence has been right under our nose all along – you see, it’s the constant exposure to those heartworm drugs – the ones that should send humans to their doctors immediately – that makes dogs get heartworm!

The Heartworm Society overlooks this fact, as do conventional vets, because they don’t understand what a healthy immune system – and hence a healthy dog – look like. As long as dogs are chronically exposed to heartworm poisons, flea and tick meds, processed foods, repeated vaccinations and drugs, they simply aren’t healthy – the immune system can’t possible keep up to that chemical onslaught.

So while the dog’s immune system is busy fighting off his last visit to the vet where he got flea and tick powder, vaccines, maybe some antibiotics, and even some nice, processed veterinary food, the microfilariae are free to take over because the defenses are taxed to the limit.

Is this just speculation? Maybe. But for those folks in the south, I’ve got something saved up that might give more credence to my thoughts.

What About The Southern States?

OK, here we are: the dreaded southern states! You probably noticed that the wolf study I mentioned was done in Wisconsin where the threat of heartworm is obviously lower than in the south. So what about the wolves who are living in the southern climate?

The Red Wolf was decimated and nearly extinct in 1980 but is being reintroduced throughout southeastern Texas, Florida and North Carolina – the states that are heartworm hotbeds.

The population has grown to 100 animals and they’re keeping very close tabs on them. Here’s something that’s interesting: most of the wolves are testing positive for heartworm – but the infestation hasn’t been shown to be a major source of mortality. (view the study here)

Now why do up to 45% of “unprotected” dogs living in the southern states suffer from heartworm while the wolves may have a couple of heartworms swimming around but rarely suffer from a life threatening infestation?

Why are our companion dogs so readily infected with heartworm?

Here’s an important thought from the late Dr Glen Dupree, a popular veterinary homeopath who resided in Louisiana and never treated or tested his dogs for heartworm:

“I operate under the assumption that all of my dogs have heartworms. But there’s a very big difference between having heartworms and heartworm disease.”

And that difference is a healthy immune system.

The constant flow of toxic chemicals gets in the way of good health. Common sense would tell you that it’s ridiculous to expose your dog to vaccines, neurotoxins, carcinogens and think that you’ve made him healthy.

How did giving poisonous products to healthy dogs to make them healthy become a viable treatment option? Where did it go so wrong?

I ask myself this question and when people say “I’ve put my dog on heartworm preventives,” I have to ask, “what exactly have you prevented?” And more importantly, “what is the cost?”

Why are we exposing 100% of our dogs to this poison when the reality of healthy dogs actually getting a heartworm infestation is about the same as those wolves who aren’t exposed to the same constant chemical onslaught?

We don’t know what a healthy dog is any longer. They are few and far between. But I assure you, they exist and they are living and thriving in the southern states without heartworm preventives.

So to answer the final question from that vet who challenged my thoughts: am I a vet? No, I’m not a vet. I’m just holding them accountable for the demise of healthy dogs.

Another great and much needed article about Heartworm in Dogs from Dana Scott from Dogs Naturally Magazine.

White Oak Golden Retrievers

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Rabies in Dogs-The Rabies Challenge Fund

Welcome to the Rabies Challenge Fund.

The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines. The goal is to extend the required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then to 7 years. This project depends primarily upon grassroots gifts for funding the costs of conducting the requisite vaccine trials. Our contributions to date have come mostly from kennel clubs and private individuals. The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust is a federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

I’m contributing! 

 http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/

Hi Everyone,

This Law is HUGE!  If this law gets passed, we can count on our dogs living longer, healthier lives. Science has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the rabies vaccine is good for a very long time (if not for the life of your dog).  Giving your dog the rabies vaccine every 3 years (some states still require ever year) is killing our dogs, making veternarians rich and is absurd in an educated world that we live in today.  Please help get this law passed.  Any amount you can contribute will help them.

Thank you!

White Oak Golden Retrievers

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A Natural Antibiotic for Dogs

Goldenseal

By on March 18, 2014  in Herbs..

Goldenseal RootGoldenseal is a long-lived perennial that blooms in early spring. All parts of the plant may be used although the golden-yellow root is most commonly used.

Uses For Goldenseal

Traditionally, goldenseal was used as an appetite stimulant but its many uses go well beyond that. Overall, goldenseal is good for any inflammatory condition. It has antimicrobial, astringent and antiparasitic properties and also stimulates the liver.

Anti-inflammatory

Taken internally as an anti-inflammatory, goldenseal can be effective for ulcers and irritations in the mouth, upper respiratory tract, eyes and to a lesser degree, the digestive and urinary tracts. Goldenseal may also be applied externally to infections or ulcers as a poultice made from the powdered root.

Antibacterial

Goldenseal can be useful for fighting bacterial infection in the mouth, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. It can disinfect against many common pathogens including streptococcus, staphylococcous and salmonella.

Eye Infections And Conjunctivitis

A goldenseal eyewash is particularly effective for inflammation and redness of the eyes and conjunctivitis secondary to bacterial or fungal infection. To make the eyewash, make a tea from the dry root by simmering it in water for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature and apply it directly with a compress, or add 10 to 20 drops to a saline solution and apply a few drops in the eye two or three times per day.

Digestive Issues

Goldenseal may also be used for digestive issues and liver conditions. It’s useful for treating loss of appetitie, diarrhea, influenza and infections.

Kennel Cough and Flu

Goldenseal can be given at the first signs of a cough. Give it together with echinacea for a punch! Goldenseal will soothe the mucous membranes while echinacea will help activate immune fighters.

Tapeworm and Giardia

Combined with garlic, goldenseal can help rid dogs of tapeworm and even giardia.

Warnings

Goldenseal should not be used in pregnant, newborn or hypoglycemic dogs. Long term use should be avoided as it may alter the intestinal flora and over-stimulate the liver. High doses may also interfere with vitamin B metabolism.

Use goldenseal for a week or so at a time, not for extended periods.

Guidelines

Goldenseal can be given as a dried powder. Use 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds.

Goldenseal tea can be made by boiling a gram of goldenseal in a cup of water. Give 1/4 to 1/4 cup per 20 pounds per day.

If giving a tincture, give 5 to 10 drops per 20 pounds, 2 to 3 times per day.

Sourcing

When purchasing goldenseal, make certain it’s from a cultivated organic source, not wildcrafted. Goldenseal is one of the most endangered medicinal herbs and if wildcrafting continues, the earth will be devoid of this incredibly useful herb. It’s a great idea to grow some goldenseal in your yard. It prefers shade and rich, well-drained soil. If you can not find an organic source of cultivated goldenseal, Oregon grape root can also be an effective alternative.

Another great article from Dogs Naturally Magazine.  If you have a female dog she may be plagued every now and then with a urinary tract infections.  I have used goldenseal on my girls in the past and it has worked so well.  It is a safe option to regular antibiotics. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers

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Gum Disease: The Hidden, Painful Disease that Affects 70-80 % 0f all Pets.

By Dr. Becker

The most important thing you can do for your pet’s oral  health is to perform routine home dental care throughout his life. Plaque forms  on your dog’s or cat’s teeth within 24 hours, so daily brushing is what I  recommend.

For help getting started brushing your kitty’s teeth, view  my instructional video.  A video for dog owners can be found here.

If your pet is highly resistant to having her teeth brushed,  there are products available that when applied to the teeth go to work to break  down plaque and tartar without brushing.

Other tips for keeping your pet’s mouth healthy:

  • Feed  a species appropriate, preferably raw diet. Giving your dog or cat the food  her body was designed to eat sets the stage for vibrant good health. When your  pet gnaws on raw meat, in particular, it acts as a kind of natural toothbrush.  This is especially important for kitties, since they don’t enjoy chew bones  like their canine counterparts do. Raw fed animals have substantially less  dental disease than their dry fed counterparts, but they can still develop problems  in their mouth. Unfortunately, feeding great food alone is not always enough to  prevent dental disease for the life of your raw fed pet.
  • Offer recreational raw  bones. Offering your pet raw knucklebones to gnaw on can help remove tartar  the old fashioned way — by grinding it off through mechanical chewing. There  are some rules to offering raw bones (not for pets with pancreatitis, diseases  of the mouth, weak or fractured teeth, resource guarders, “gulpers,”  etc.) so ask your holistic vet if raw bones would be a good  “toothbrush” for your dog. I recommend offering a raw bone about the  same size as your pet’s head to prevent tooth fractures. If your dog cannot or  should not chew recreational raw bones, I recommend you offer a fully  digestible, high quality dental dog chew.
  • Perform routine mouth  inspections. Your pet should allow you to open his mouth, look inside, and  feel around for loose teeth or unusual lumps or bumps on the tongue, under the  tongue, along the gum line and on the roof of his mouth. After you do this a  few times, you’ll become sensitive to any changes that might occur from one  inspection to the next. You should also make note of any differences in the  smell of your pet’s breath that aren’t diet-related.
  • Arrange for regular oral exams performed by your  veterinarian. He or she will alert you to any existing or potential problems in  your pet’s mouth, and recommend professional teeth cleaning under anesthesia,  if necessary. Obviously, preventing professional intervention is the goal, so  be proactive in caring for your pet’s mouth.

          Another very important article from Dr. Karen Becker, holistic veterinarian. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers

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Cancer in Dogs

Do You Make This Cancer-Inducing Pet Mistake?

By Dr. Becker

Many pet guardians don’t realize the potential for exposing  their four-legged family member to environmental toxins like pesticides and herbicides.  People also don’t realize that after they apply a product to their lawn or  garden, the chemical residues are tracked indoors on pet paws, and contaminate  surfaces throughout their home.

A pesticide known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or “2,4-D”,  was developed during World War II. It was one of two active ingredients in the  notorious defoliant known as Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War to  destroy forest cover for our enemies, as well as their food crops. A tremendous  amount of herbicide was sprayed over millions of acres of land in Vietnam from  1961 to 1972. Agent Orange was the most commonly used product, and it has since  been revealed to cause a wide range of serious health issues, including rashes,  psychological problems, birth defects, tumors, and cancer.

These days, 2,4-D is used on athletic fields, golf courses,  landscaping, timberland, rights-of-way, and various crops. A short list of  popular products containing 2,4-D includes:   

  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and  Crabgrass Killer
  • Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max
  • Scotts Liquid Turf Builder
  • Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed
  • Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed

  Despite decades of scientific studies associating 2,4-D with  cancer in humans and animals, the chemical continues to be one of the top three  pesticides sold in the U.S. More recent studies have linked the chemical to  hormone disruption that increases the risk of birth defects and neurologic  damage in children.

 

Pesticides, Bees, and Your Pet

I’m sure many of you are aware that bee colonies across the world are disappearing in a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD). In fact, most U.S. beekeepers have lost from 50 to 90 percent of their honeybee populations.

There are several factors involved in the die off of bees, not the least of which is the unprecedented widespread use of pesticides and insecticides. Neonicotinoid pesticides kill insects by attacking their nervous systems. These are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees.

Honeybees contribute $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy alone, as a full one-third of the American food supply depends on them pollinating crops. Just about every fruit and vegetable you can think of is dependent on the pollinating services of bees. Apple orchards, for instance, require one colony of bees per acre in order to be adequately pollinated. So, unless the mysterious disappearance of bees is reversed, major food shortages could result.

If we don’t take action to protect bees and other pollinators from the toxic effects of pesticides and insecticides, there is no question that the survival of our pets, and our own survival, will be in jeopardy. In fact, honeybees are so crucial to our existence that a quote attributed to Einstein states: “If bees die out, man will only have four years of life left on Earth.”

Pesticides and Canine Malignant Lymphoma

Most dogs love a carpet of thick green grass. They run  around on it, roll on it, dig at it, and stick their noses in it. But unlike humans,  who launder their clothes and bathe regularly, dogs don’t change their fur or  footpads every day. Whatever collects on their feet and coat outdoors stays  there until the next time they get a bath. It also gets deposited across  multiple surfaces inside your home, including carpeting, rugs, furniture and  pet bedding.

A recently published study conducted over a six year period  by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University1 showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by  professional lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine  malignant lymphoma – a progressive, fatal disease — by as much as 70  percent.

Sadly, it’s easy to envision how normal canine behavior  turns risky when your dog’s outdoor environment has been doused in potentially  toxic chemicals.

Herbicides and Bladder Cancer In Dogs

Another study, published last year in Science  of the Total Environment,2 indicates that exposure to herbicide-treated lawns has been associated with significantly  higher bladder  cancer risk in dogs.

The chemicals in question are common herbicides containing  2,4-D, 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxypropionic acid (MCPP) and/or dicamba. Dogs are  being exposed through ingestion, inhalation and transdermal contact.

Since these chemicals are commonly detected in grass  residues from treated lawns AND untreated lawns, it’s clear there is chemical  drift. This means that even if you don’t use these products, if a neighbor  does, your dog could still be at risk from chemicals that blow into your yard  from a nearby property.

Flea and Tick Preventives (Pesticides) and Your Pet

You may not be aware of it, but most flea  and tick preventives are actually pesticides, regardless of what form they  come in — spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos, or collars.

Spot-on  products attracted the attention of the EPA in 2009 after reports surfaced  of over 40,000 adverse events the prior year, including 600 deaths of family  pets. The agency called for new labeling requirements, but as recently as  September, four  cats were reported to have died from misuse of the products.

It’s important to remember that just because a compound is  applied to or worn on your pet’s fur doesn’t mean it’s safe. What goes ON your pet goes IN your pet, by absorption through the skin  or ingestion during grooming.

Protecting Your Pet from Toxic Pesticides

Don’t apply pesticides to your yard, and if you use a lawn  care service, don’t allow them to use chemicals, either. The same goes for  herbicides, and be aware that a neighbor’s herbicide can potentially  contaminate your property and pose a risk to your pet.

Avoid lawn care and other gardening products that contain  insect growth regulators (IGRs). (And be aware that the chemical pyriproxyfen,  an IGR, is used in certain flea/tick spot-on treatments.)

Don’t allow your dog access to any lawn unless you can  confirm no pesticides have been used.

If you think your pet has rolled around on chemically  treated grass, my recommendation is to bathe him as soon as possible. If you’ve walked your dog in a suspect grassy area,  giving him a foot  soak as soon as you get home should flush away any chemical residue that  may be clinging to his feet and lower legs.

If you live in a townhouse or community that applies  chemicals to common areas, I recommend “detoxing” a patch of grass in your  backyard by watering the chemicals down into the soil to reduce skin contact  after application. Keep your pet on a leash (and on the sidewalk) until you’ve  walked to your chemical free destination.

When it comes to pest control, remember — keeping your  pet’s immune system healthy and strong is the best way to help him fight off  parasites as well as disease. A balanced,  species-appropriate diet is  the foundation upon which your pet’s good health and long life must be built.

Use a safe, natural pest deterrent that is chemical-free.  Also consider cedar oil (specifically manufactured for pet health), natural  food-grade diatomaceous earth, or fresh garlic (work with your holistic vet to  determine a safe amount for your pet’s body weight).

Bathe and brush your pet regularly and perform frequent full-body  inspections to check for parasite activity, and insure your indoor and outdoor  environments are unfriendly to pests.

Detoxifying Your Pet

Consider periodic detoxification for your pet. The level of environmental exposure to chemicals will dictate the  appropriate frequency and type of detox. If your dog has constant exposure to  toxic chemicals all summer, supplying a daily detox protocol is a wise idea. But  if your pet’s only source of chemical exposure is heartworm pills, or if you  are applying flea and tick chemicals directly on your pet, then offering a  detox program the week after each pill or topical treatment makes sense.

There are many detoxifying  herbs and supplements to choose from. A detox protocol should not cause any  side effects or visible changes in your pet.

 

This excellent article by holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker is eye opening.  If you don’t want your pet to die of cancer, start now. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers

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Vaccines for Dogs-Causes of Damage

Vaccine Damage In Dogs

May 30, 2011 – Featured Articles, Vaccine Articles and News5 comments

May/June 2010 Issue

Part 2

Genetic Damage?

Perhaps most worryingly, the Purdue study found that the vaccinated dogs were developing autoantibodies to their own DNA, which indicates that we are injecting inheritable damage into animals.  According to Cambridge Life Sciences, antibodies directed against native DNA were first detected in the serum of patients with SLE in the 1950s.  The presence of anti-DNA autoantibodies is one of the four highly specific serological markers included in the 1982 American College of Rheumatology criteria  for the classification of SLE. The more of these antibodies an individual has, the higher the disease activity.  Long term risks include renal and central nervous system involvement.

SLE is an autoimmune disease characterised  by inflammation  and destruction of a variety of tissues.  Clinical presentation is varied, but a common feature is the presence of a number of autoantibodies.  Canine autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, which also occurs in isolation, can form part of the SLE syndrome.  The other common manifestations of SLE are platelet deficiency and inflammation in blood vessels, joints, skin, peripheral nervous system, meninges (which protect the brain and spinal chord) and the thyroid.

A paper entitled  ‘Vaccine Associated Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA) in the Dog’ (15)  states, “This study provides  the first clinical evidence for a temporal relationship of vaccine- associated IMHA in the dog.”  However, the Merck Manual had made this association earlier.

The study remarked that there was a marked difference in frequency of IMHA between the first month after vaccination and subsequent months  which was not seen in the control group.  The authors concluded that, because not all cases are reported (none of the cases in their study had been reported), the prevalence of vaccine-associated IMHA is likely to be under estimated.

The seventh  edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual states:  “Bone marrow suppression with transient (21 day) or chronic/latent erythroid dysplasia, in the presence or absence of thrombocytopenia and neutropenia, Combs’ positive haemolytic anaemia, and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia have been associated with (i.e., may prove to be caused by) both retroviral and parvoviral infection in man and other species. Also, modified live parvovirus vaccines in dogs, and killed feline leukaemia virus vaccine are suspects as causes (in genetically susceptible animals) of such haematological diseases.”

Dr Jean W Dodds, writing in US Dog World, March, 1995, (16) states: “Immune–suppressant viruses of the retrovirus and parvovirus classes have recently been implicated as causes of bone marrow failure, immune-mediated blood diseases, haematologic malignancies  (lymphoma  and leukemia), dysregulation of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, organ failure (liver, kidney) and autoimmune endocrine disorders – especially of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis), adrenal  gland (Addison’s disease)  and pancreas (diabetes). Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live virus vaccines, especially those containing distemper, adenovirus 1 or 2 and parvovirus,  are increasingly recognised contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure and organ dysfunction.”

Dr Dodds also stated:  “The T-cell leukaemias of human and animals are ex amples of those associated with retroviral infections.  The same class of viruses has been associated with the production of autoimmunity and immuno-deficiency diseases.  The recent isolation of a retrovirus from a German Shepherd  with B-cell leukaemia exemplifies the role of these agents in producing leukaemia and lymphomas in the dog.”

Dr Patricia Jordan has uncovered a very recent scientific paper (Journal of Virology, April 2010, p. 3690-3694, Vol. 84, No. 7) which describes the testing of veterinary vaccines for dogs and cats from both the UK and Japan.  Several routinely  used vaccines were shown to contain retrovirus contaminants. This study shows that the methods currently employed to screen veterinary vaccines for retroviruses should be re-evaluated.  From a pet owner’s perspective, it doesn’t go far enough to alert us to the potential consequences of manufacturing failures.

Vaccine Shedding

I believe that we should also concern ourselves with vaccine shedding.  In the DVM round table discussion  mentioned earlier, Dr Rude asked whether the shedding of modified live virus vaccine viruses from vaccinated animals have the potential to cause disease in non-vaccinated contact animals of the same species and/or different species.  The conclusion was ‘yes’.

The 1988 Concise Oxford Veterinary Dictionary postulates that parvovirus “originated from an attenuated feline enteritis vaccine strain”. (17)  The question is whether this was from shed feline vaccine, or injected canine vaccine grown on cats’ kidneys.

It’s also possible that symptoms of viral disease, such as arthritis from parvovirus, might arise from the vaccine process, from shed vaccine, as well as from field infection. (18)

More On Inflammation

A review article in In Practice, Vol 20 No 2, Feb 1998, by Michael Day, senior lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Bristol (19) states that environmental influences are crucial to the expression of immune mediated disease and that the most important of these is likely to be exposure to microbial antigens  following natural  infection or vaccination.  Mr. Day divides immune mediated disease into four main groups – hypersensitivity diseases, autoimmune diseases, immune system neoplasia (the formation  of tumors) and immunodeficiency diseases.

In a letter to Veterinary Times during July 1999, veterinarian Lyn Thomson responded, “This would indicate that veterinarians must consider and report the whole range of immune mediated diseases  post vaccination, including flea allergy, atopic dermatitis, dietary hypersensitivity, contact hypersensitivity, asthma, autoimmune diseases, lymphoma, lymphoid leukaemia, multiple myeloma, plasmcytoma, hisiiocytoma, thymoma, and immunodeficiency disease.”

A paper appearing in the British Veterinary Journal states  that dogs with rheumatoid arthritis showed higher anti-heat shock protein  antibody  levels in their sera and synovial fluids compared to control dogs. There was a significant correlation between anti HSP65 and antibodies to canine distemper virus, and the paper discussed  the relevance of the presence of canine distemper virus within the joints.  Since vaccines inject modified live distemper virus into the dog, this research should be of concern.  Shed attenuated live vaccine might also be considered in this regard. And it’s worth noting that the high antibody titers to distemper that we are so pleased with might also play a role in our dogs’ decreasing mobility. (20) Rheumatoid  arthritis is, of course an autoimmune condition in which there is inflammation  of joints and progressive erosion of cartilage and bone, which reflects the autoantibodies to collagen found in the Purdue study.

In 2000, research showed that poly-arthritis and other diseases like amyloidosis in dogs were linked to combined MLV vaccines. (21)   Dr Ronald Schultz is quoted in Vet Med Today: “Immune-mediated disease has developed  in human beings following vaccination, as was seen with cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome following swine flu vaccinations, and rheumatoid arthritis following influenza vaccination”.  (22)

In the 1996 Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, we found that a high per centage of dogs with arthritis in the survey were diagnosed  with the condition in a cluster nine months  after a vaccine event.

Dermatitis, another inflammatory disease, has also been linked to vaccination.  A study conducted by Frick and Brooks in 1983 showed that dogs predisposed  to develop atopic dermatitis didn’t develop this hereditary condition when exposed to an allergen and later vaccinated.  But a second group who were vaccinated before being exposed to the allergen did develop the condition, indicating that vaccines can play a role in skin disease.  The trial group also developed  conjunctivitis.

Merck also tells us that serum (which is used in vaccines) can cause Type III hypersensitivity reactions,  including an inflammatory skin condition involving painful local lesions leading to tissue necrosis (tissue death), as well as wide- spread vascular injury.

Although rare, I have come across three cases of dogs whose skin began to split post-vaccination.  One case involved a Golden Retriever called Spangler. Some of Spangler’s dead and dying skin was sent by his vet to an independent laboratory, which could neither confirm nor deny that his death was related  to vaccination.  Very early reports of vaccine adverse  effects incidently, talk widely of leprosy developing in those who were vaccinated.

Neurological Damage

The Merck Manual describes encephalitis as “an acute inflammatory disease of the brain due to direct viral invasion or to hypersensitivity initiated  by a virus or other foreign protein.  Secondary encephalitis,  usually a complication of viral infection, is considered to have an immunologic mechanism.  Examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral infections.”

Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain which can include lesions throughout the brain and central nervous  system) has been shown to appear in dogs after vaccination. (23)  Another paper in Veterinary Record states:  “Post-vaccinal encephalitis is a recognised complication of the administration of certain strains of live attenuated canine distemper vaccine. (24)

According to Braund’s Clinical Neurology in Small Animals: Localisation, Diagnosis and Treatment, “post vaccinal canine distemper encephalitis occurs in young animals, especially those less than six months of age.  It has been recognised as a disease entity for a number of years, and is believed to be association with vaccination using live virus.” (25)

Merck states:  “Symptoms of encephalitis may be associated with cerebral dysfunction (alteration in consciousness, personality change, seizures, paresis) and cranial nerve abnormalities.”

Think of all the epileptic dogs, and all of the dogs showing aggression, and start asking questions about the onset of these problems in relation to vaccine events.  If you are going to vaccinate, keep detailed, dated, records  of your dog – his mental and physical health, and veterinary interventions.

Epilepsy is listed by Merck as a symptom of encephalitis,  and we know that encephalitis can be vaccine-induced. Merck states:  “noninfectious  causes of encephalitis include … vaccine reactions:  many”. It adds that epilepsy can be caused by “CNS infections (meningitis, Aids, encephalitis) and also by a foreign serum or drug allergy, or by convulsive or toxic agents”.  See also Ballerini, Rico B et al., Neurological Complications of Vaccination With Special Reference to Epileptic Syndrome (Review Neurol, Jul-Aug 1973; 43: 254-258).

According to the Society for Companion Animal Studies, “epilepsy is the commonest neurological disorder seen in dogs and constitutes a major health problem.  (26)  “It is probable that between 30,000 and 366,000 of the 6.1 million dogs in the UK suffer from epilepsy.”

Many dog owners have noted personality changes in their dogs shortly after vaccination, including nervous, worrying disposition; short attention span; and aggression.  The Canine Health Concern survey found that high percentages of these conditions, where they existed in survey dogs, were reported to have started within three months of vaccination.  The study is detailed in What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines, Catherine O’Driscoll. (27)

Scientists other than the politically, but not morally or scientifically, discredited Dr Andrew Wakefield have discovered a vaccine-autism (neurological) link. For example, the Department of Paediatrics,  Tokyo Medical University, Japan, found the measles virus in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism. (28) The sequences obtained from the patients with ulcerative colitis and children with autism were consistent with vaccine strains.

In another paper, researchers found a correlation between the Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1-9 years.  (29)  The myelin sheath  may also be pertinent in relation to vaccine damage. Merck states: “Many congenital metabolic disorders affect the developing myelin sheath.  Unless the innate biochemical defect can be corrected or compensated for, permanent, often widespread, neurological deficits results.”

But vaccines can also play their part. Merck adds:  “In acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (post infectious encephalitis), demyelination can occur spontaneously, but usually follows a viral infection or inoculation (or very rarely a bacterial vaccine), suggesting an immunologic cause.”

I find it interesting that on the one hand, demyelination is deemed a congenital problem, but on the other it is clearly laid at the vaccine table.  This makes me ask whether dog breeders are responsible for many so-called genetic problems in dogs, or whether it’s because we vaccinate puppies before their true personalities and health status can be assessed.

Paresis is another potential sequel to encephalitis; Merck describes paresis as: “Muscular weakness of neural origin. It is usually regarded as a state of partial or incomplete  paralysis, resulting in a deficit of voluntary  movement. Paresis may result from lesions at any level of the descending  motor innervation pathway from the brain.”   In addition to my own four-year-old Golden Retriever, Oliver, presenting with paresis of both hind limbs before dying suddenly, I have been presented with many other anecdotal  reports of dogs suffering paresis shortly after vaccination where the vets suspected no link to their vaccines, and no adverse  event reports were filed.

Cumulative Damage

“There is a real concern that vaccines may predispose certain genetically susceptible individuals to immune-mediated disease,” says Dr. Ronald Schultz.  “The more antigens we administer, the higher the potential for hypersensitiv- ity. Type I is IgE mediated; type 2, cy- totoxic antibody mediated; type 3, im- mune-complex mediated; and type 4 cellular mediated. All of these hyper- sensitivities are natural  parts of the immune response, but they cause a certain amount of tissue damage.  That damage may occur in the kidney, liver, or as was the case with canine adenovi- rus 1, in the eye. In many cases it is impossible to show a direct connection between the damage and a vaccine, since it is the accumulation of many antigens over many years that results in clinically evident disease.” (30)

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association Vaccination Guidelines Group states:   “We should aim to vaccinate every animal, and to vaccinate each individual less frequently.” (31)

My own view is that we should take on board Dr Schultz’s statements made as a result of his duration of immunity studies, namely that, “Once an animal is immune to viral disease, he is immune for years or life”. Dr Schultz was motivated to conduct his studies when he reflected that children didn’t need vaccinating every year, so why do dogs?  It is also worth noting that no science has ever been put forward to justify annual vaccination, or three-yearly vaccination for that matter.

With regard  to the controversial leptospirosis vaccine and its known ability to stimulate anaphylaxis and encephalitis, its poor record of efficacy, and the fact that leptospirosis is a relatively rare disease, I go along with Dr Schultz’s own views that this vaccine comes with more risks than benefits, and that its use is questionable.  In view of the risks of any vaccine, informed guardian  consent would seem sensible.

And finally, I am happy to state publicly that I do not vaccinate any of the dogs in my care.   My own researched belief is that vaccines cause more death and suffering than the diseases  we vaccinate against.  I do, however, hold firm to the principles  of free choice and informed guardian  consent.  Without the information to base choices upon, no one is giving their informed consent. They are merely relying upon the knowledge, training, and financial needs of the person  whose advice they follow.

**White Oak Golden Retrievers-Another great article against vaccines and the reasons to support it.  Research has confirmed the damage that vaccines are doing tremendous damage to our dogs.  From genetic damage to hip and joint dysplasia.  Please print this article out and use for future use and to give a copy to your veterinarian and boarding business.  Things won’t change until we demand the changes.  You can put a stop to the madness and save your dogs life and health. 

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Vaccines for Dogs

 Vaccine Damage Article – Dogs Today

By Catherine O’Driscoll

 

 

Here is a statement of truth:  once immune, dogs are immune against viral disease for years or life.  The study group set up by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) on vaccines has come up with global guidelines which categorically state that dogs and cats should NOT be vaccinated at more than three yearly intervals, and then only for core vaccines – distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus.  Core vaccines do not include Leptospirosis, which the WSAVA acknowledges as causing more adverse reactions than other vaccines.

 

Importantly, the WSAVA acknowledges that vaccines can be harmful, and titer (blood) tests are safer than revaccination.      

 

I constantly receive emails from people whose dogs have been harmed by vaccines.  Edward McKenzie-Clark stated:  “Last week, at the request of the new owner, I had a puppy I bred vaccinated. The  puppy went downhill overnight and is now seriously ill.  The vet is telling me that this puppy’s condition and the vaccination are coincidences. The puppy is going into kidney failure caused by either leptospirosis (in the vaccine) or drinking anti-freeze (impossible).  Can there be a connection between the vaccine and the puppy’s health?”

 

If this man had given this puppy heroin, his vet would be in no doubt as to cause and effect.  It’s amazing how they don’t connect the dots.  In fact, a study conducted by Purdue University found that vaccinated, but not unvaccinated, dogs developed auto-antibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals.  One of these was laminin, which coats kidney cells.  Vaccinated dogs were attacking their own kidneys. 

 

Vaccines can also cause the disease you’re attempting to prevent.  In the Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, 100% of dogs with leptospirosis contracted it just after being vaccinated against it.  Leptospirosis, of course, attacks the kidneys – and the puppy had severe kidney damage.

 

Edward wrote again. “I had to put Hamish to sleep on Sunday. He deteriorated rapidly over the weekend and I decided I couldn’t allow him to go through any more.  There are a lot of ‘if only we did this’ days.  My other half says I’m too hard on myself and perhaps I can be but it’s very hard to put out of my mind what that poor baby had to go through.”

 

A few days later, Edward wrote: “The pharmaceutical company have said they will pay for an autopsy. I’ve said if you pick up the rest of the £300 bill. They refused so I’m refusing to let them have the autopsy done.  I asked why are you so keen on an autopsy when you claim it wasn’t your vaccine?  No answer!  I stopped vaccinating in 1990 after a similar incident and this was only done at the new owner’s request so NEVER again will a vaccine come near my dogs.”

 

I shared Edward’s story with Dr Patricia Jordan, a vet who has done a great deal of research into the vaccine issue.  She added these comments:  “Kidney failure is a common sequel to vaccination.  The basement membrane is susceptible to damage from a clogging that results as the immune complexes are drained via the lymphatics. The kidney is a big part of the lymphatic system. The body tries to clear the toxins in the vaccines and there is damage done in this clearing mechanism.

 

“Lepto is a very adverse event associated vaccine and the damndest thing is that lepto vaccines simply do not work.  Dr Ron Schultz (the world’s foremost independent authority on canine vaccines) hates to see them in with anything else and, in puppies, advises that they are completely finished with the viral inoculations before getting a vaccine against Lepto, which he neither recommends nor advocates – even in Lepto endemic areas.

 

“I have seen older dogs go into kidney failure within two days of receiving a Lepto vaccine.”

 

Many dog lovers, I suspect, have difficulty in understanding the science surrounding vaccination, so they’d rather trust the ‘experts’ than struggle to understand.  Dr Jordan sent me one of her diary notes, which isn’t technical in the least.  Perhaps this will have meaning for you?

 

“What a depressing day today.  I had to kill a patient who was vaccinated every year, fed crappy food, and was so immune exhausted that he had everything wrong – coccidia, yeast overgrowth, cancer.  I took pictures of his poor wracked body.  I only had about a month to try to reverse his condition.  It was insurmountable due to the years of visits to the vet and resulting complete adrenal exhaustion and immunosuppression.  He was just spent. 

 

“The day got worse. I heard barking in the reception and found a tiny eight pound terrorist barking at a tall noble greyhound.  The tall dog was looking desperate and his sides were heaving.  I went back to finish the patient I was with.  By the time I had finished, I’d missed the next patient and the owner of the practice had him.

 

“I was able to walk by the room for another reason and was very concerned to see vaccines laid out in the room – with the dog who looked like he couldn’t breathe.  I have ranted and raved against vaccines – the over-use and the fact that every single day there is malpractice committed with the administration of this danger to sick and geriatric animals.  Anyway, the dog was shot up with vaccines.

 

“After lunch, I returned to see two of the kennel workers carrying that dog’s dead body back to the freezer for burial.  He had gone home and died.  The owner was very upset.  Apparently, he wasn’t expecting to have vaccinated his pet and his pet die shortly thereafter.

 

“I looked at the record.  The dog had been a cardiac patient for a while, with terrible heart murmurs.  That was why he was so concerned about the barking terrier, if only eight pounds.  The dog could hardly get around, so why was he administered an eight way MLV vaccine? 

 

“There appears to be very little compassion in this field.  Very little honesty and integrity for the patient of the client.  I will get blasted by most vets reading this, but the situation is true.  It’s a desperate situation.”

 

I agree with Dr Jordan.  The situation is desperate.  Those in authority don’t appear to care, and the pet owners seem unable to get out of the mode of following. 

 

Alice Hughes wrote to me:  “Please help.  Our pup is six years old and has suffered terribly from arthritis. For three weeks she lost the use of her back end.  One week ago today she had her booster and within days she was in distress and is barely moving around.  She is lethargic and sad.  What can we do?  I am not sure if I should take her to the vet for advice because when we were there last Saturday, he seemed displeased that I turned down the kennel cough shot (I just felt uneasy about so many chemicals going into her and she is never in a kennel).  He is 100% behind the annual shots and sends me notices each year, twice. I feel like I am killing her.” 

 

Research shows that vaccines can cause arthritis.  They can also, as a symptom of encephalitis (which is an acknowledged vaccine reaction), cause paralysis of the rear end.

 

Elaine Loydall wrote:  “Two weeks ago we did the year’s round of boosters. Our younger boy who is 16 months had a massive fit almost two weeks after the jabs. It was scary.  Do you have a view on this, and does this mirror other experiences?”

 

Yes it does mirror other experiences.  Epilepsy is another symptom of encephalitis, an acknowledged vaccine sequel.  Millions of pounds have been paid out worldwide in compensation to the parents of epileptic, vaccine damaged, children. 

 

Brenda Hopping wrote:  “I took my eleven year old dog (the love of my life!) to have his boosters yesterday.  Just minutes after leaving the vets, he collapsed to the ground in an unconscious state and looked as if he was dying.  The sight of this was horrendous, just seeing his legs at awkward angles and in spasms.
”He did come round, but his eyes were glazed and he looked completely disorientated.  I couldn’t lift him.  I managed to persuade him to his feet and he wobbled back to the vets.  My dog has a slight heart murmur and I feared the worst. The vet would not say that it may be something to do with the vaccination.  He just told me to take my dog home and advised me that if it happened again, I should bring my dog back for an ECG.

“In my mind it is too much of a coincidence that his ‘attack’ was straight after the vaccination.  I really think that the state of confusion and the lack of knowledge on the part of the owner is beneficial to the vet and invariably to the pharmaceutical companies.”

 

Proceedings of the First Veterinary Vaccine Symposium, held in 1997, advised that geriatric dogs – over eight years of age – should not be vaccinated.  All vaccine datasheets state that only healthy animals should be vaccinated.  A dog with a heart murmur is not healthy.  He should not be vaccinated: he can die. 

 

To make matters worse, Brenda was forced to have her cat euthanised recently as his vaccine-induced cancer had become so aggressive.  Brenda says, “His big eyes and lovely face still haunt me and I am in tears now as I write to you.  To think, if I had been better informed, he may still be with me now.”

 

When I started reporting vaccine reactions back in 1994, a limited amount of research was available.  It isn’t limited any more.  What is needed now is for vets to stop giving unnecessary annual shots, to start upholding the truth, and for pet owners to become aware of the truth and honour the trust their dogs place in them.

 

It is a sad fact that we live in a world where we can’t trust apparently respectable business people and healthcare providers to put our dogs’ health first.  We need to wise up – our dogs depend on us.   

White Oak Golden Retrievers- *Very Important Read by the well respected Catherine O’Driscoll.

Please pass on to your veterinarian and ask them why they have NOT adopted this research that has been well known by the American Veterinary Association for many years now. 

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Pain in Dogs

5 Signs Your Dog is in Pain

shutterstock_126853700Seeing our pets in pain is never a fun experience, and it’s something every dog owner dreads. Whether it’s a fresh injury or simply our aging elder-pups, we want nothing more than to help them. But it’s important to remember that they can’t always cry out to us when in need. Dogs aren’t humans, so they don’t speak our language. The best thing we can do to keep them comfortable is to learn theirs. Dogs display their pain in certain actions and behaviors that may seem subtle to us. Not everyone is a canine behavioral expert, but these five symptoms below will help you determine whether or not your loved one is in pain.

1. Excessive Grooming – It’s normal for dogs to lick and groom themselves, but it’s not normal for this to become an obsessive behavior. If you notice your pet tending to a localized area he’s never noticed before, or has just recently started spending a lot more time there, it could be a sign that he’s hurting. Pets will often groom places that are sources of pain in hopes to clean and care for the wound, even if there is no open wound present. Be sure to keep an eye on the area and inspect it gently.

 

2. Heavy Panting – Panting is normal behavior that shouldn’t surprise any dog owner. Even when the panting is heavy, certain circumstances allow for it such as extra hot days and strenuous exercise. But if you notice heavy panting out of nowhere, it could be stress-induced. This stress could be caused by pain your pet is experiencing. For whatever reason it may be, unexplained heavy panting should result in a trip to your veterinarian.

3. Inappetence – Lack of appetite is often the result of some sort of discomfort. You don’t feel like eating when you’re not well, do you? Our dogs don’t either. They simply just don’t feel like eating, especially when it’s painful to walk all the way over to the food bowl. If you notice any sort of inappetence in your pet, it’s important to seek veterinary attention right away, as this could be a symptom of many dangerous ailments.

4. Shyness & Aggression – You may notice that your dog is starting to become more and more antisocial. He may stop running to the door to greet everyone and avoids petting. Or you may notice that your little one doesn’t want you picking her up anymore, or cries when you do. If this happens suddenly, it’s reasonable to suspect pain as a probable cause. In some cases, you’ll find your normally overly friendly companion has become aggressive. If you notice your pup is hiding away and avoiding attention, be sure to check them for pain. It’s best to have a veterinarian do this, and it’s very important to remember not to take it personally if your dog does growl or snap at you. They aren’t necessarily trying to hurt anyone, they just have no other way to tell anybody it hurts and they don’t want to be touched.

5. General Behavior Changes – Besides shyness and aggression, you might notice that your pup doesn’t want to walk up stairs anymore, avoids jumping and climbing, or doesn’t want to chase after his beloved tennis ball. There are the obvious signs such as limping, but it’s important to also watch out for stiffness or arched backs. Dogs in pain often lay only flat on their sides, rather than curled up in their beds. They might be slower moving, sleeping a lot more and seemingly disinterested in things they used to love. Another sign is unexplained accidents in the house. It’s often very painful to get up from lying down (which you also might notice), and sometimes pets just aren’t able to make it outside fast enough. Sometimes the squatting to urinate and defecate is avoided, and you’ll notice that your pet will start leaving messes in her bed. All of these things can be attributed to pain – often in our older dogs, but sometimes in our younger ones as well.

Being able to identify early signs of pain can lead to a much more comfortable outcome for both you and your dog. With early veterinary care, you can often start treatment before the condition worsens, regardless of cause. If old age is the culprit, you’ll be more aware and educated on keeping your loved one comfortable and happy through his latter years. By keeping our pets happy, we keep ourselves happy too. And there’s nothing more important than sharing a peaceful, lighthearted life with our best friends.

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