Want to learn more about natural dog health care? Canine nutrition? Causes, prevention and cures for disease and common health problems? I’m Andrea Partee, dog health coach and author.
I have real answers for you as long as you're willing to read.. .
But first, let me make something perfectly clear:
If you like drugs or expect instant gratification, forget it.
If you think heartgard is good, go away.
If you understand human nutrition and you stay away from as many processed foods as possible, I'm proud of you. You're going to get what I'm saying.
If you know long term health has everything to do with what goes in and on the body... you are awesome and we may become good friends.
Now that's taken care of, let's move forward.
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As it turns out, pretty much everything we've learned about canine health care is wrong and treating a dog symptom rather than the whole dog doesn't work - but a holistic approach does.
My explanations aren't really anything new. In fact they've been known for hundreds of years and most have simply been forgotten.
What I have to share with you will save you money, your canine's health and hopefully even make you think about your own health.
Why would I do this?
I love dogs and while I can't undo any of the past mistakes I made with my own, I sure can help you avoid them.
Losing dogs to things like diabetes or cancer isn't just luck of the draw.
Even if a dog has a predisposition for a disease, we are either fueling it or keeping it at bay by what we do.
The most important thing I've learned about natural health is, you are what you eat. Now I don't know why I didn't think about this for my dogs when I learned it about humans. My own mother taught me when I was a child to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and to keep processed foods to a minimum because the more a food is processed, the less nutrition it has.
Then why on earth did I let years of dog food commercials fog my brain and keep me from thinking for myself? What a dummy! Dog health doesn't come in a bag, a box or a drug.
A Human Example
Twenty six years ago my two-year-old son was diagnosed with severe asthma. Putting the nebulizer mask over that little guy's face every day just broke my heart. And the side effects of those steroids on his body (and his personality) was not good.
It turned out it was something in his diet. I thought I was feeding him a healthy diet but I was wrong. He hasn't needed any drugs for 24 years. He eats a lot of fresh organic, unprocessed foods and runs 6 miles a few times a week, rock climbs and leaves me in awe.
In other words, food heals.
Dog illness comes from nutritional deficiency and toxins so whole foods and herbs
(which are an extension of FOOD/nutrition) bring the body back to a
state of health. Here are just a sample of things you would probably never see or need drugs for if dog nutrition was high on your list:
All the above are dog symptoms and a body's cry for help. I could give hundreds of other examples, but you get my point right? The bottom line is we are either strengthening their body or weakening it with every single thing we feed them and every pill, every vaccine or anything we put on their skin.
The skin? Yes. In case you forgot (and most people do) the skin is the largest organ of the body. Nothing, and I do mean nothing except what you can EAT should go on the skin.
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This reminds me of a recent family dialogue. . .
Question: "Where is the avocado facial I left in the fridge?"
Answer: "Sorry about that - but it was delicious! Could you make a double batch next time?"
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Now what about the other stuff that goes on our dogs? Here's an example.
Back when I fed commercial dog food, my crew got a flea infestation you wouldn't believe. I used a topical flea 'medication'.
Even though the commercials showed healthy happy dogs who no longer scratched, I'd never understood how you could put poison on a dog's skin that would soak into his body and not hurt him, especially when it burned my finger.
I should have listened to my instincts instead
of the commercials or the vets who promote this stuff. The picture above is
my dog Helen and the damage isn't from fleas, it's from the flea
I'd nearly killed her out of ignorance and my other dogs were sick as well. (This photo wasn't taken until after she started to heal!)
I was angry at the system, became passionate about real dog health and healing in a more natural way. I changed their diet and began reading everything I could get my hands. I attended webinars, took classes, watched videos . . . and then in 2007 the Three Little Pitties website for dog health was born and I've been helping dogs through their owners ever since.
By the way, I haven't seen a flea in years.
What can you do? Learn about the following:
It's hard to learn and do everything overnight. Like my naturopath told me over 20 years ago, "Andrea, we are creatures of habit. Take baby steps in the direction you want to go and they will add up."
She was (and still is) an awesome coach for my health and I don't know if I could have done it without her so now I'm offering to be your dog health coach.
Dogs contribute so much to our lives. Their love, loyalty, goofiness and trust fills our hearts. And they rely on us to keep them healthy.
If what I say makes sense to you, sign up for my Dog Health Advocate emails. You'll get new pages right in your inbox and always have links to get back here when you need to.
If you are in a similar place that I was back around 2005 and you've had all you can stand of the wool being pulled over your eyes, go directly to my page on classes and get started. I've uncovered a lot of BS I can't wait to share with you. It'll save you years, money and the health of your dogs.
However you choose to join me, I welcome you and I know what you learn will change you and the health of your dogs and future dogs forever. That is my wish for you.
Let's make our dogs healthier one dog at a time so we can be as loyal to them as they are to us.
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Three Little Pitties is
named after three of my pit bulls, a breed I came to love quite by accident but have filled my heart for nearly 20 years now.