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Dog Health Blog

The Dog Health Blog is an extension of the website where I post many of my articles on dog nutrition, health problems, homemade dog food recipes, and holistic healing that boosts the immune system.

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Apr 18, 2017

Herbs for Dogs

Whether it's herbs for dogs, vitamins, minerals or other health supplements, there is only one to trust and I'll tell you why in this Dog Talk Tuesday. Don’t miss it.

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Apr 12, 2017

Dog Food Nutrition

Dog food nutrition advice is handed out like candy at Halloween but what is everyone missing? This Dog Talk Tuesday, nutrition is on the menu with it's important sidekick assimilation.

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Apr 08, 2017

Dog Health

True dog health is a process everyone can learn. From common dog health problems with skin, yeast, allergies and all disease is simply a lack of natural health from the inside out.

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Mar 28, 2017

Clean Dog Teeth

Clean dog teeth should be a natural occurrence so why is there so much dog teeth cleaning going on? Tips for naturally clean teefies and preventing side effects of scaling.

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Mar 25, 2017

Why a Candida Cleanse Solves So Many Dog Health Issues

Dog ear infections? Dog skin allergies, issues, rashes, bumps or redness? It may be time for a dog yeast infection treatment called a candida cleanse.

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Mar 22, 2017

Where Does Chronic Inflammation Come From?

What is chronic inflammation in dogs and what does it have to do with canine disease or various ailments our dogs encounter?

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Mar 19, 2017

Dog Health Problems Survey Results

An interesting look at the dog health problems survey and what it means. Does your dog have any of these problems?

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Mar 07, 2017

Healing Process Basics

What is the healing process? Is there a purpose for bleeding other than letting you know you've been hurt? What goes on at the cellular level tells us much about the whole body

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Feb 27, 2017

Enzymes for Dogs

Ah, the power of enzymes for dogs.They help break down debris in the intestinal tract, heal mucus membranes, reduce pain and inflammation without drugs or side effects. But do you know...

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Feb 27, 2017

Dog Supplements

Our first Q&A for Dog Talk Tuesday is on dog supplements. When are they needed? What would we recommend? Where should you buy them? We've got you covered on this one.

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Feb 21, 2017

Dog Fleas and Meds

It seems everyone is concerned about dog fleas but few understand the trick to avoid them.

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Feb 14, 2017

Questions About Dog Health

Are you a subscriber? If not, sign up because we want to answer your questions about dog heath.

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Feb 07, 2017

Emotional Stress for Dogs

We now know that emotional stress has a physical effect on us but what about our dogs? Oh, you betcha.

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Feb 04, 2017

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs

Whether you call it irritable bowel syndrome in dogs, canine IBD, inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal inflammation, there is a tried and true remedy.

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Jan 31, 2017

Dog Vomiting

Does your dog ever throw up a clear or yellowish fluid? Understanding this kind of dog vomiting should ease your mind.

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Jan 29, 2017

Dog Flea Medicine

Dog Flea Medicine is a topic I've been explaining about for nearly a decade now. Is it really helping your dog? It's certainly convenient but let's take a peek at how it works and why you need it.

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Jan 21, 2017

Physical Stress and Food

Foods can and do cause physical stress on our dog's body. In today's Dog Talk Tuesday, we'll talk about which foods and explore the long range outcome.

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Jan 17, 2017

What is Stress and Do Dogs Get it Too?

What is stress and how is it related to dog health and ours too? Let's look at the first component today since it's Dog Talk Tuesday

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Dec 06, 2016

Dog Talk Tuesday

I'm excited. I'm going to add something to the website called Dog Talk Tuesday. What is it? Candid conversations with dog health coach Sandra King so you can learn health from the inside out.

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Dec 05, 2016

Dog Mucus

Dog mucus has a purpose. Phlegm in throat may be a dog virus but mucus in dog poop is not. Here's what these canine illness symptoms mean and what you can do.

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Nov 29, 2016

Curing Giardia in Dogs Naturally

Let's talk about symptoms, testing and treatment options for giardia in dogs. Neither standard testing or treatment always work for this dog diarrhea causing protozoa.

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Nov 13, 2016

Why NSP?

Before you buy anything, I want to explain why NSP. NSP was the very first company to encapsulate herbs so they have been leading the field for decades.

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Oct 25, 2016

Dog Nutrition - Is Fat Where it's at?

How much dietary fat should a dog get to be healthy? You may be surprised. Of course it has to be the right kind since cooking kills nutrients in all foods but the bottom line is fat does not make a dog fat! Fats are nutrients and if your dog doesn't get them he cannot get Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K because they are fat soluble.

In case you didn't know what makes a dog fat (aside from too much food) it's carbs. Yup, carbohydrates are misunderstood. Somewhere along the line we were lead to believe that carbs give us and our dogs energy but that turned out to be false. Protein and fat is where it's at for dog nutrition, for energy and for feeling full.

Listen to this chat I had with Sandra King from Dog Nutrition Naturally I posted on YouTube earlier today.

Sep 11, 2016

Silver Sol Silver Shield

What is silver sol, what does it do and why is NSP the only place you can get it?

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Aug 27, 2016

Why Vitamins for Dogs?

You want to improve dog health right? Understanding the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins for dogs will improve dog health, save your wallet and avoid toxic overload.

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Aug 27, 2016

Vitamin E for Dogs

What does Vitamin E do? Vitamin E for dogs helps the heart, slows the aging process and helps cure skin problems but don't use it as a cure all and know which ones work and which ones are dangerous.

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Aug 27, 2016

What Does Vitamin D Do for Dogs?

What does Vitamin D do? We all know it as sunshine Vitamin D right? It is a hormone as well, and our dogs need it just like we do. Find it in these Vit D rich foods.

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Aug 27, 2016

Benefits of Spirulina as a Dog Health Supplement

The benefits of spirulina far outweigh a vitamin pill. You may choose to supplement homemade dog food recipes, the barf diet, or purchased food for your canine. One caveat; the source.

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Aug 27, 2016

Boost Dogs Immune System, 4 Keys to Dog Health

Learn the four best ways to boost dogs immune system. Some are free. All assist in building or rebuilding a healthy happy canine and might include sharing your food and supplements.

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Aug 24, 2016

The Surprise We Dread, part 3

No energy because of dog diarrheaWhile you may not be as used to poop pictures as I am (people who I agree to consult with send me quite a variety), I'll let you decide. I'll share the link near the bottom of this post. In the meantime, I'll tell you what I learned.

- intestines are sore and quite inflamed

- there was straining which irritated the bowels which left their mark

- my dog absorbed very little if any nutrients from the food so feeding her did more harm than good

- my baby needs help! (come on, I am a dog mom)

So What's Wrong With Lulu?

Unlike a disease that a healthy immune system can deal with in short order, or a bacterial infection which I can deal with in short order, in this case we have a whole new beast. And it’s one that I’ve helped people deal with enough this year to wonder if it’s becoming an epidemic.

What is it?


Giardia (or any possible cousin) doesn’t respond to antibiotics because it isn’t bacteria and rarely does Flagyl (vet prescription) seem to destroy it either because people come to me thinking it’s their dog’s 3rd 4th or 5th ‘infection’ while the Giardia have been there the whole time.

It’s cysts (offspring) are released through fecal matter inconsistently and it takes very little for the next dog to come along and pick it up.

Please, be aware of it. To learn a bit more about it and see those tell tale poop pictures ( with explanations, visit my page on giardia.)

The suggested remedies on that page are what Lulu will be taking for the next three months. Yup, every day for three whole months. This stinks. While everything I gave her initially helped a lot, I didn't have the component needed to kill the giardia, but now I'm going to persevere until it's gone, gone, gone.

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Update: What's hardest about dealing with giardia? The diarrhea doesn't stop overnight and food keeps the inflammation going.

To make sure she had nutrients, I made bone broth the right way (takes a min of 8 hours) to get all the minerals from the bones. My girl was on this liquid diet for 5 days (2 days after the diarrhea with mucus and a bit of blood was over.)

I knew she was hungry and I wanted to cry but I stayed strong.

After the 5 day liquid diet, I fed just 1/2 cup food twice a day with broth for 3 days (she’s 76 lbs.) and then it happened.

A real poop! I tell you it was more exciting that if someone had handed me keys to a brand new car.

I'm keeping her on the program but I'm thrilled she responded so quickly. (Yes, that was quick for this beast.)

Aug 23, 2016

The Surprise We Dread, part 2

No energy because of dog diarrhea

Dog Diarrhea and Healing Options

As I said yesterday, the first thing to do is to fast your dog. That's no food for 24 hours and usually that does the trick.

Fasting is not on my fun-to-do list, trust me. In this case I didn’t have to tell her. She didn’t ask for food until the 24 hours were up and her tummy was completely empty.

I fed her a light regular meal for both breakfast and dinner. A bit of beef, kidney and liver and all was well for the next 24 hours.

Thinking everything was fine I went out with her at sunrise. What I saw would compete with a burst from a fireman’s hose. It nearly brought me to my knees as I thought “No! Not MY dog!”

What Was Happening?

In those few seconds I knew this was not just a case of diarrhea. Something was really wrong. I immediately got out the Silver Shield and gave her 1 ½ teaspoons and then I started wondering what else I could do.

I hoped it was bacterial. Silver Shield can handle both bacterial and viral infections plus it has anti inflammatory properties (It's patented for a reason) . That's why it's my go-to remedy for practically everything.

I also realized with that kind of diarrhea, the walls of her intestines would be raw so also needed some support along with a specific probiotic that helps with tummy discomfort and diarrhea, so here's what chose:

1-1/2 teaspoons of patented Silver Shield 3 times a day

1 Slipppery Elm in food per meal

1 NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans in food per meal

In a few days she was back to normal and I blessed real poop. After a week I felt assured it was a done deal and all was well so I stopped the supplements.

Well Guess What?

Everything was fine for a few days, but that last email I wrote about coming home after a long day? That was after I thought she was all better.

It's also when the dog coach in me kicked in. I brought one more thing upstairs with me along with my cleaning supplies. My phone. . . so I could take pictures of it. That's right. Poop pictures. Never underestimate what poop tells you about what's going on inside because that poop told me everything I didn't want to know.

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See part 3

Aug 22, 2016

The Surprise We Dread

Has this ever happened to you? Tired at the end of the day, you can’t wait to get home. Knowing your dog will be thrilled to see you is always the icing on the cake, the highlight of your day, the … well you get the point.
Dog diarrhea made her lose her spark

You open the door and catch a faint odor but you KNOW what it is because you’re a dog owner, a dog lover and sometimes a dog nurse.

You pray you’re wrong but in your heart of hearts you know what awaits you upstairs at the other end of the house behind the door. DOG POOP. And of course it isn’t just any dog poop because your dog is potty trained to the nth degree and would never poop in the house unless…

So I put all my stuff down and walked back outside a minute to collect myself. Then I got out paper towels, garbage bag, my Nature’s Fresh Enzyme Spray and two rags and trudged up the stairs.

Lulu didn’t give me her normal hearty greeting with the adorable Chewy Chewbacca talk and tail wag combo. From her perch on the bed she looked the other way, refusing eye contact and so did I. Neither of us wanted to deal with it and there was no point in having a discussion.

There comes a point where diarrhea waits for no one.

The Quickest Way to Stop Diarrhea

Sometimes I want to hit my head against the wall when I hear of all the things that people do to stop a simple case of dog diarrhea. Let’s see, there are the hamburger and rice diet; boiled chicken (with or without rice); Pepto Bismal (that pink over the counter stuff) and canned pumpkin. I fell for that last one for awhile until I realized it can make things worse long term depending on the real cause.

But the absolutely best way to stop diarrhea?

Stop feeding the dog!

Missing a meal apparently seems a fate worse than death in our culture. Nowadays and the term “rest and digest” has been lost.

The truth is, if your dog ingested something to make him have diarrhea, then letting the body alone to clear it all out is the most natural thing in the world.

What if Fasting Doesn't Work?

I'm going to take you through a process in the next post. Why? Because it's what we're going through right now and just because I'm the coach doesn't mean I don't worry and freak out like everyone else when it comes to the dog I love.

You will see the steps in case you ever need to go through them.

Just remember everything that goes in or on your dog has an effect.

Aug 20, 2016

Dog Poop Health from Good Digestion to Awful Mucus

Dog poop health? You bet. Digestion is key to health. Your dog can't talk but his fecal matter can. Often health problems show up there first so know what to look for during poop patrol.

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Aug 01, 2016

Dog Farting

Is your dog farting? Flatulence is dog digestion gone bad and here are some ideas to combat this offensive odorous canine song.

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Jul 26, 2016

Stop Dog Vomiting

Here are a few ways to stop dog vomiting. We can use over-the-counter, homeopathic or an herbal remedy for dog throw up and understand more about the cause.

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Jul 24, 2016

Activate Dog Health

Step one is to activate dog health now that you know all illness, disease, skin problems. allergies and even conditions like arthritis all come from the same source.

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Jul 24, 2016

Build Dog Health

The recipe to build dog health?

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Jul 24, 2016

Cleanse for Dog Health

The 3rd step in the ABC system is to cleanse for dog health because elimination is key.

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Jul 23, 2016

Is No Grain Dog Food is a Farce

Yes. No grain dog food is a great marketing tactic but doesn’t create a balanced diet for dogs. Here's why.

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Jul 23, 2016

Dog Flea Treatment and the 4 Deadly Lies

What are the pros and cons of a topical dog flea treatment? This monthly medicine to control canine fleas is far more dangerous than you think.

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Jul 21, 2016

Benefits of Vitamin A for Dogs

Benefits of Vitamin A for dogs abound only if you use the right source. Otherwise, you could do more harm than good. Here's what I mean.

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Jul 14, 2016

Fleas On Dogs and All About Flea Control

Fleas on dogs is a health warning signal.Learn all about flea control naturally. Treatment begins with non toxic methods and real food to boost the immune system so fleas hop the other way.

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Jul 13, 2016

Canine Obesity - Is My Dog Fat?

Canine obesity is dangerous to your dog's health. If you ask, "Is My Dog Fat?" when he barks at visitors from a lying position, we need to talk. Even if he has thyroid problems there are ways to help

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Jul 12, 2016

Canine Diabetes Diet and Supplements

The canine diabetes diet must be made of nutritious dog foods to help stop further damage to the pancreas, heart, liver and kidneys. So what is the right food for diabetic dogs?

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Jul 12, 2016

Benefits of Herbal Medicine for your Canine

What are the benefits of herbal medicine? Are there canine herbal healers? Should you consider this natural health care instead of drugs for your dogs illnesses? Is it possible to have side effects?

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Jul 11, 2016

A Natural Remedy for Fleas

A natural remedy for fleas is proper dog nutrition. Keep dogs fleas and itchy skin away with these other methods as well while building immunity.

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Jul 11, 2016

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Why isn't there more hoopla about food grade diatomaceous earth? I mean it's non toxic canine flea control and keeps internal parasites at bay right? Yes, but what's in it for you?

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Jul 10, 2016

Allopathic Physician Vs Holistic Medicine for Dogs

What the heck is an allopathic physician and when should we combine allopathic with holistic medicine for dogs to keep our canines as healthy as possible?

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Jul 10, 2016

Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian and Knowing What to Avoid

An ever increasing number of people are switching to a holistic veterinarian. That thrills me, but I’m now getting some frightening reports

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Please note:  To avoid frustration for both of us . . .

There are many references to NSP products throughout this website. It has taken me some years to pinpoint the correct combination of Nature's Sunshine Products along with the correct dosage for dogs. You must purchase those products through me at my NSP website in order to get those doses. If you are in Canada you must order through Sandra King's NSP website . Once we see your order come through we will contact you with assistance.

Thank you so much for your understanding.