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A dog skin yeast infection is likely the worst thing you and your dog will ever have to face because it's far more than skin deep.
When it comes to real, natural dog health – dog poop doesn’t have to stink and shouldn’t. Like dog farts, there is a reason and it’s correctable.
Dog brushing feels good. Your pooch is perfectly happy and it likely calms you both. So how can we compare it to a bath?
Could vaccine side effects be worse for small dogs? In a candid conversation with another dog health coach, we have a few thoughts to share.
When choosing the best commercial dog food, what do you need to know? What are those ingredients really? Can you go by the brand, description or pictures on the bag?
Consider carefully the benefits of Omega 3 for your dog depend on a few crucial elements. This Dog Talk Tuesday the discussion is more on source - from whole foods to supplements. What's best?
Probiotics for dogs is our topic of discussion this Dog Talk Tuesday so you know what they do, best time to give them for max benefit and how to choose them. Like knowing which are dead and useless.
I recorded our greeting so you can listen if you are so inclined. Pit Bulls tend to be rather loud and talkative, at least mine have been.
When I get home the rules are that I say hello but there is no touching or petting until I change my clothes. Lulu waits patiently while watching me.
Once I'm done getting comfy we have two ways of going. Either a quick rub down and a short game of fetch indoors or some petting and talking before we go outside for pee and romping.
Since Lulu always stops what she's doing if I turn on the camera (how does she know?) I did a voice recording of our greeting and uploaded it to Chirbit. I've never used this website before so we'll see how it goes. Here's the greeting.
Audio: - social audio
What does that dog food analysis label mean? Are the numbers accurate? Doesn't the source count? Do you want protein from corn, chicken feathers or meat? Crude protein might really be crude after all
For dog health, here are the benefits of alfalfa. Chock full of antioxidants for dogs, sprouting your own organic seeds is a breeze.
Like homemade dog treats? There are many reasons I won't let my dogs have white flour. I don't care if you call it white, wheat, all purpose, or cake flour. It's bad stuff and here's why
What kind of dog parent are you? Test your knowledge on the dog food comparison page. Learn how to boost canine nutrition and avoid toxic dog foods.
No big deal you say, enzymes for dogs help with digestion. Ah, but there's far more so we made it a Dog Talk Tuesday topic. Useful to lessen pain, itching, clean up internal debris and more.
Colostrum benefits your dog. In this week's Dog Talk Tuesday we go over the two functions it should have along with the difference between immune boosting and immune balancing
Ever wondered if there’s a better, more natural way to prevent heartworm and intestinal parasites while building the immune system at the same time? There is!
What's the largest component to dog teeth tarter? Most dogs fed a correct raw diet have little to no tarter or plaque. If yours does, consider this
Your favorite whole food supplement for dogs should be tripe. Not just any will do.Go green when it comes to this raw dog food for health, vitality, digestion and even a better coat.
Wondering whether to brush or not to brush? What about dog toothpaste? What's really in the stuff and how can we avoid dirty teeth in the first place?
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 this video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is chronic inflammation in dogs and what does it have to do with canine disease or various ailments our dogs encounter?
An interesting look at the dog health problems survey and what it means. Does your dog have any of these problems?
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
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...
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.
It seems everyone is concerned about dog fleas but few understand the trick to avoid them.
Are you a subscriber? If not, sign up because we want to answer your questions about dog heath.
We now know that emotional stress has a physical effect on us but what about our dogs? Oh, you betcha.
Whether you call it irritable bowel syndrome in dogs, canine IBD, inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal inflammation, there is a tried and true remedy.
Does your dog ever throw up a clear or yellowish fluid? Understanding this kind of dog vomiting should ease your mind.
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.
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.
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