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Pittie Patter, Issue #006 -- The Dangers of Teeth Cleaning
April 12, 2013
I can't believe I thought it was Spring because the snow and ice melted and the grass was turning green! Silly me. It started snowing yesterday and darn if it isn't still snowing out there today.
I smiled this morning anyway because I swear I can feel Spring coming. I started looking forward to dandelions growing in the grass which will be added to breakfast.
If you haven't been with me since I started this last year, dandelion greens are super nutritious. More nutritious than organic veggies at the store, they have more beta-carotene than carrots, are chock full of iron, calcium, several B vitamins, plus vitamins C, E, P and D. They also have biotin, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. And they are great for liver cleansing which will be good for both Bonz and I. After all, Bonz is no spring chicken so I want to take care of his aging organs ...and I guess I'm not a spring chicken either …plus all this indoor Winter time decreased my exercise and increased my consumption of cocktails. Yikes!
Time to get my rear in gear.
What's New at Three Little Pitties?
Spring is a perfect time for growing. Not just for plants but for us as well. Since learning is growing, I decided it was a great time to share my favorite dog health books with you.
I put together a page with my own mini reviews of my favorite dog health books, including books on raw feeding.
These books, especially the three by veterinarians have a special place on my bookshelf…when I remember to put them away. Check them out at Dog Health Books.
Also since the last newsletter I wrote a page I call Five Fun Dog Facts I Find Fascinating. I hope you like it.
Dog Health Tip - The Dangers of Teeth Cleaning
I know. You’re thinking, “What could be dangerous about teeth cleaning? Come on, it’s something that has to be done so my dog’s teeth don’t rot.”
Well, first of all, many dogs never have their teeth professionally cleaned and they stay pearly white. No one was shocked more than I after introducing raw to my five pitties. It wasn’t long before their teeth looked like those of adolescent dogs. I am convinced that raw meaty bones are nature’s gift to dogs.
Still, there may be instances where you decide to have your dog’s teeth cleaned. Maybe you just can’t do the raw thing or you adopted an older dog who needs a few teeth pulled and the rest cleaned.
Now, if you’re thinking I’m going to warn you of the dangers of anesthesia, I’m sure you know that risk as well. Our vet’s always give us those forms to sign stating the dangers before they put our canines ‘under'.
Okay, ready? Here it is. The biggest danger of teeth cleaning is what happens to all the stuff scraped off the teeth! It is not an innocuous substance. We’re talking about bacterial overload that gets swallowed. It does not just pass out of the body along with the next meal. Now you have a body that’s just been stressed by anesthesia and the organs not only have to purge the drugs but try to purge the bacteria as well. This is a double whammy and invites disease like the red carpet to the Oscars.
If antibiotics are used, they kill all bacteria instead of just the bad stuff and antibiotic side effects become yet another problem.
What to do? Use something to kill the bad bacteria without harming the good. I would use Liquid Silver Shield twice a day for two weeks. Honestly, the more I use this stuff, the more I love it.
Last week Lulu went on a three mile hike with my son and daughter who were doing some geocaching. Lulu was happy as could be but when she walked into the kitchen after her outing, we realized her feet were bleeding from the snow and ice. My son flipped that sweet uncomplaining pit bull upside down in his lap. My daughter dabbed away the blood and I put Silver shield over the raw spots and they healed overnight. And since it can be taken internally, I didn’t have to worry about her licking it off either.
The more I use it, the more uses I find for it. I love the stuff and highly recommend it. (If you don't have any yet, you can save 45% by buying two bottles by signing up for free under yours truly.)
Supplement of the Month - Fish Oil
Fish oil for dogs is good. I have a personal preference for Salmon oil but I can’t back it up with fabulous facts for you so let’s talk about the advantages of fish oil in general with a word of caution.
Fish oil has Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. EFAs are smaller components of fats that are necessary for good health. How? They improve immunity, decrease inflammation and improve metabolic health overall. And of course, fat is a source of energy and makes our dogs feel full after their dinner.
Dogs can outdo us because when they are healthy, their body can make Omega 6 from Omega 3.
Fish oils are generally viewed as a good source of Omega-3 fats: and they are. The problem with using fish oil is that 80,000 pounds of mercury is dumped into the oceans every year and nearly all fish are contaminated. If you choose to give your dog a fish oil supplement, be sure that it’s been laboratory tested and shown not to contain mercury and other toxins. (Here’s another one of those reasons I use and promote Nature’s Sunshine products. I know they test everything .)
Another source of Omega 3 and 6? Eggs from free range chickens.
Dog Food Review - Pumpkin Seeds
Now we know plain pumpkin is good for both dog diarrhea and constipation right? If not, you can read about that at Constipation in Dogs.
But guess what raw pumpkin seeds do??? Pumpkin seeds kill worms. Raw, organic pumpkin seeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic and other ailments since the colonists first came to the New World and discovered the benefits of this Native American crop. More recently, herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin also work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs as well.
Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract, plus they are loaded with protein, amino acids, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin. So now ya know why I listed it under foods.
Pumpkin seeds can be fed whole as a treat for your dog. The key here is raw, organic seeds which you can find at the health food store when it’s not pumpkin carving time. If your dog doesn’t enjoy them as a treat, you can grind them up with his morning veggies and add to his meals. Dose: One teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight once or twice a day until he’s rid of the parasites.
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