. This is a list of foods that are harmful to your dog. It is not an exhaustive list. if your dog ingests any of these it may cause vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. If anything like this were to happen our advice is to take your dog to your vet. As an alternative you can call the Pet Poison Helpline.
May cause varied reactions:
Tomato and potato leaves and stems
Onions and onion powder
Pear and peach kernels
Mushrooms (if also toxic to humans)
… to protect dogs from harmful and unnecessary veterinary procedures.
Our goal isn’t to bash vets because we truly believe that both vets and pet owners operate under the assumption that conventional medicine and its over zealous use of vaccines and drugs is the path to good health. Vets have fallen victim to the large pharmaceutical companies as much as pet owners have. While there are merits to conventional medicine to treat catastrophic injuries and detect some diseases, its ability to produce good health is questionable.
Vaccination is a good case in point.
Conventional medicine believes that injecting a dog with a virus that’s been spliced with other viruses and inactivated with toxins and carcinogens including mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde will prevent disease and thusly promote good health.
Holistic vets are seeing the opposite:
that the toxins and unnatural entry of the disease are instead creating a chain of inflammation and chronic disease in the host animal.
This issue is compounded when drugs are used to treat the disease caused by the vaccines. While the drugs may suppress the symptoms of the disease, subjecting the dog to even more toxins starts a vicious cycle of disease and dysfunction. Preventing disease by avoiding these toxic substances requires a paradigm shift, but day after day, we receive stories that confirm our beliefs that conventional veterinary medicine is broken and the dogs who are exposed to it often suffer needlessly. The story of Thunder is just one example of how conventional treatment and over vaccination can create a downward spiral into death and disease.
Where It Begins
Thunder was a normal puppy and, as such, received the normal puppy vaccination schedule. She was vaccinated every month for three months. What her owners didn’t know was that she only needed one vaccine to protect her for life and that a titer test would have shown whether she required any other vaccinations. Her owners also didn’t know that the vaccine used on Thunder contained a mix of parvovirus, adenovirus, distemper, parainfluenza and leptospirosis, a mixture that vaccine researcher Dr Jean Dodds calls a Whombo Combo, containing multiple live and killed viruses, bacterins, mercury, antibiotics and more, and how these multiple diseases increase the risk of vaccine related disease.
No doubt as a convenience to the owners, Thunder was often vaccinated with rabies at the same time she received her core vaccines. She also received Lyme disease vaccines at the same time.
Had Thunder’s owners known that these vaccines are among the most reactive and should be given apart from other vaccinations, would they have consented to their use?
The thyroid gland is suppressed for 45 days after this type of vaccination and this creates immune suppression which in turn can create autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune diseases are various skin conditions, joint disease and even cancer.
After her normal puppy shots, Thunder’s owners willingly responded to their vet’s expertise and vaccinated according to their guidelines. So they dutifully brought Thunder in every single year to receive these vaccines. Had they known that the rabies vaccine was only required every three years would they have consented to vaccinating Thunder yearly? Had they known that the core vaccines that Thunder received were likely to protect her for life, would they have agreed to keep giving them to her every year? Had they known that vaccines can and do cause chronic disease and cancer, would they have allowed the vet to vaccinate Thunder yearly?
Five years and 56 injected diseases later,
Thunder began showing the signs of this accumulated damage and the downward spiral of conventional medicine induced disease began.
The Beginning Of The End
In 2005, Thunder was brought in for a mild skin condition that required treatment. She was vaccinated for rabies and given antibiotics at the same time.
Would Thunder’s owners have consented to that rabies vaccine if they had known that doing so was in direct violation of FDA requirements that the animal be healthy when vaccinated?
Did the vet explain to them that both the rabies vaccine and the antibiotics were immunosuppressive and that this could create autoimmune disease in Thunder?
Thunder was vaccinated again in 2006. In 2007, her owners reported that Thunder had lost 21 pounds and had blood in her urine. Thunder was vaccinated and sent home. Thunder’s veterinary visits then became increasingly regular and her owners had to take a second job to pay for her quickly accumulating vet bills. But they loved Thunder as she was a part of the family and they did everything they could to help her.
Did they know that they were killing Thunder with kindness?
Thunder was brought back to the vet with further weight loss and bleeding
Thunders platelets were low and clumping and the vet reported that her condition might be immune mediated or inflammatory
Thunder was prescribed Aspirin
The Aspirin dose was increased and she was placed on Cosequin and given long acting immunosuppressive steroids (which are contraindicated with Aspirin, a non steroidal anti-inflammatory). She was also prescribed antihistamines. All of these treatments are immunosuppressive.
Thunder was given even more steroids and longer acting antibiotics which would have increased the development of autoimmune disease.
Thunder was given immunosuppressive steroids both orally and by injection.
Atopica was added to the arsenal. Atopica is a chemotherapeutic agent which is very immunosuppressive. Thunder was also given more antibiotics. Her intake notes diagnosed pyogranulamatuous inflammation, a chronic inflammation which is caused by cell damage.
Thunder is again taken to the vet and her notes stated she was “sick with fever, chronic dermatitis, crusts, scabs, pustules.” She was given another long lasting immunsuppressive steroid injection. Thunder, now 11, was also vaccinated at the same time, despite her evident illness and FDA warnings against administering vaccines to a sick animal.
despite their dwindling funds, Thunders owners brought her to a second vet for another opinion. They were then referred to a board certified dermatologist in hopes of finding a final solution. He stated that Thunder had “German Shepherd disease” and put Thunder on Tramadol, a pain medication and more antibiotics. He also recommended Thunder be placed on Hills Science Diet. He suggested Thunder’s owners might want to consider euthanasia as there was little hope for a good quality of life.
June 2008 After more than $20,000 in vet bills and a lifetime of misery, Thunder was euthanized.
Vasculitis on young puppy
In July of 2008 …
A German Shepherd puppy is brought into the same vet clinic after her puppy vaccinations. She develops the same type of vasculitis that Thunder suffered and the vicious cycle continues. Had this puppy’s owners known about Thunder’s story, would they allow her to be revaccinated?
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Not The End
While not every dog’s story ends like Thunder’s, it’s important to note that much of Thunder’s misery was caused by unnecessary vaccination and that conventional medicine was not equipped to deal with the fallout it created in the first place. We at Dogs Naturally, in addition to the vets who write for us, see these cases every single day and this is why we all work tirelessly: to save dogs from the same fate that Thunder suffered.
The largest veterinary corporation in the US states the following on their website FAQ section:
Young puppies usually need several sets of vaccination boosters (just like children) to provide them with as much protection as possible. Adult dogs that are properly vaccinated should be boostered yearly for most vaccines. Vaccination schedules vary depending on age, overall health, state regulations, vaccination type, and risk of exposure.
There are over 770 of these Veterinary Hospitals with over a million pets registered for their wellness plan that covers annual vaccinations. This likely means that well over a million pets are vaccinated yearly by this hospital alone when this schedule has been questioned for its lack of science and safety since 1978. Add to this the myriad of small clinics that also vaccinate yearly – as well as the clinics that vaccinate every three years, as this interval is questionable due to the overwhelming evidence that the core vaccines likely last for the life of the animal.
This equates to millions of pets just like Thunder who are exposed to unnecessary vaccination when conventional medicine isn’t equipped to deal with the carnage it creates. Don’t let your dog fall victim to what noted vaccine researcher Dr Ronald Schultz calls “an indefensible practice.” Every vaccine has the ability to cause a lifetime of misery in your dog, so know remember Thunder’s story and choose your vaccinations wisely and sparingly. Most importantly, don’t trust that your vet is well equipped to make vaccine decisions for you.
“…a dog that is appropriately immunized as a pup probably never requires another core vaccine during its lifetime.” Michael J. Day “How I Vaccinate an Animal with Previous History of Adverse Reaction”, Proceedings of 2010 WSAVA Congress, Geneva http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?
* Thanks to Dr Patricia Jordan for sharing this case
Warm weather can bring on additional challenges for dog owners with brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs, Boxers, Shih Tzus, Pugs, Frenchies, and Boston terriers. Because of these pooches’ short skull shape and nose, they usually have a reduced ability to breathe in air; thus, causing them to overheat more easily than other, longer-nosed breeds. As a result, these pug nosed dogs tend to become more vulnerable to heat-related problems like heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.
Hot Weather Safety Tips and Guidelines
1. Provide lots of fresh, clean water to drink. Always see to it that there’s cool drinking water available for your dog. If your short-nosed pooch spends some time outside, make sure that there’s enough water to drink there, too. Keep the water bowl shaded so the water stays cool and secured so it doesn’t overturn.
2. Keep your dog inside. The moment temperatures intensify and humidity increases, you’ll need to keep your pet inside your house. Your short-faced pooch can quickly succumb to the harmful elements if left out in the open during hot weather.
3. Use cooling mats, fans or air-conditioning equipment. There are many cooling mats for pooches found in the market today. Or, you can make your own by simply freezing water in a hot water bottle or sturdy zipper bag and then wrapping it well using a heavy towel. Just put it in Fido’s bed so he can stay cool this summer. Having a fan going in front of him while at home, or turning the air-conditioner on him when he’s in your car will help in keeping your dog from getting overheated.
4. Provide a kiddie pool. Lots of dog owners with pets that are intolerant of heat provide kiddie pools for their short-faced furballs to use when they are outdoors during summertime. Just ensure that the pool is situated well in the shade, and try to replace the water as often as necessary once it gets too warm.
5. Change Fido’s exercise schedule. Some short-faced dogs run the risk of becoming overweight, so calling his daily walks off during summer is not a healthy solution to deal with his heat intolerance. Instead, try walking your pooch when the sun is not as bright, either early in the morning or later in the evening.
6. Take a break. Be careful when going out for exercise with your dog, particularly during hot or humid weather conditions. Once your pooch seems to start breathing heavily or making extra noises while gasping for air, it’s time to rest and cool down. Dogs tend to overheat so much faster than us, so short-faced dogs like your furball may only be able to put up with a few minutes of physical stimulation before becoming seriously stressed by the summer heat.
Have you ever wondered whether you should feed your dog fish oil or coconut oil? The truth is that both oils have wonderful nutritional assets to offer your dog. Below are some facts about both oils that you need to know:
Fish oil is a long chain fatty acid, comprised of a chain of 18 carbon atoms
Fish oil is an Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. Fish oils are comprised of essential fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These essential fatty acids are found in cold water fish.
EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated fats because they contain 6 and 5 double carbon bonds on their long structured chain. Because of the double carbon bonds, fish oil is more unstable and prone to oxidation when subjected to light or high heat during storage.
Fish oils primarily have an anti-inflammatory effect and may help against heart disease and cancer. EPA and DHA are converted into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function.
EPA and DHA in fish oils primarily improve brain function and normal eye health. DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters, such as phosphatidylserine, which is important for brain function. DHA is found in the retina of the eye.
Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids may help dogs with osteoarthritis, improving mobility and inflammation.
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, comprised of a chain of 12 carbon atoms
Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Unlike the saturated fats in animal fats, which are long chain fatty acids (LCFA), coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), mainly lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid.
Saturated fats are made of single carbon bonds, which mean that the oil is stable and not prone to oxidation or free-radical formation. Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated and has shown no signs of rancidity, even after three years of storage.
The lauric acid in coconut oil is converted into monoglyceride monolaurin by the body, which keeps animals from getting viral, bacterial or protozoal infections. Lauric acid is also found in abundance in breast milk so it has similar nutriceutical effects.
The MCFAs are broken down and used for energy production and seldom end up as body fat or as deposits in arteries. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitaility, protects from illness and speeds healing. In dogs, the MDFAs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
Coconut oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and may help protect against cancer. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion and reduces allergic reactions. MCFAs do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and help protect against heart disease.