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