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Teaching dogs to retrieve

Teaching dogs to retrieve

Retrieving is one of the classic activities where dog and owner have fun together. Many dogs have a strong “fetch” instinct and learn to retrieve without special training. But if you master the basics, you’ll have more fun playing fetch. We give tips about retrieving with dogs.

Why retrieve?

Many dogs enjoy playing fetch. They move and can follow their natural needs – running, carrying prey. Training together strengthens the bond between dog and owner. Two-legged people learn to improve their own body language and thus the communication between themselves and the dog. Retrieving can easily take place both in your own home and during walks. Depending on the training, you can increase your dog’s concentration with the exercises or challenge him physically. The most important thing in retrieving is to have fun together. That’s why you should train exclusively via positive reinforcement.

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What do you need for retrieving?

An object to be retrieved is called an “apportel”. In professional dog sports and hunting, special retrieves with prescribed material and weight are used in training and corresponding tests, which are also called “Bringholz”. If you retrieve for fun, you can let your dog retrieve almost anything that fits in its mouth. Appropriate toys are best suited for dogs. Because objects from everyday life often bring pitfalls with them: A piece of wood from the forest can splinter and injure the dog. Tennis balls attack the tooth enamel over time. Choose a toy that is exciting for the dog – for example, a stuffed animal, the food bag, a dummy or a ball. You can throw balls well later, but this is less important in the beginning. You can practice retrieving indoors or in a fenced-in yard. Depending on the dogs and the environment, it may be a good idea to let them retrieve outside with a drag line.

Teaching dogs to retrieve: The first time fetching

Most dogs have a natural retrieving instinct. Many puppies retrieve objects without training. However, even “naturals” benefit from proper retrieve training. How to start. Place the retrieve in front of your four-legged friend and praise him as soon as he takes it in his mouth. Use a praise word that the dog already knows, such as “fine” or “great”. After a while, take the object back from him with a command like “off”. Reward your four-legged friend immediately with a treat – this will not give him the impression that you are taking away his prey. Rather, he learns: I get something tasty when I let go of the retrieve. As soon as this exercise works without problems, slowly increase the level of difficulty: put the object down a little further and confirm your dog positively as soon as he comes to you with it. With puppies, it is sufficient to let the dog have the toy and walk a few meters further away yourself.

Throw & Bring

If the small steps work and the dog is happy to return the retrieve to you, you can throw it. It is important not to start too early with this. Otherwise, the dog will focus more on running away than on bringing the object back with concentration. If your dog can reliably “sit” or “stay”, do not resolve this command until after the throw – this way the training is more controlled. As soon as your four-legged friend makes an effort to pick up the dummy or toy, introduce a command such as “bring”. If he then gropes towards you, a reward beckons. Now you have to refine the handover. Ideally, the four-legged friend will give you the toy directly in your hand. Praise him when he stands in front of you with the toy – do not take it away from him as quickly as possible. The dog learns: When I approach my two-legged friend with the toy, he praises me – great! Offer him a treat in exchange.

Practice with the food bag

Some dogs are less interested in retrieving, but are persuadable with food. Retrieving a food bag is especially suitable for these dogs. To practice, drag the bag a small distance across the floor. If the dog tries to take it into his mouth, praise him and give him the reward from the bag. Then place the bag on the floor again. As soon as the dog takes it into his mouth, move away a little. If the dog runs after you with the bag in its mouth, praise it and give it a treat from the bag. In between, the four-legged friend is welcome to try to get the coveted food himself. He will learn that he can only get to the tasty bits when the food bag is in his two-legged friend’s hand. Training with food bags gives some dogs an appetite for retrieving.

Problems with retrieving

The dog does not return dummy and co.

Some dogs prance with the toy in front of their owner, but do not want to return it. They would much rather have the two-legged friend try to grab it by chasing after it. Don’t let them encourage you to chase. After all, when your dog is retrieving, he should concentrate on reliably bringing it back. Never run after him to get a dummy or food bag. Be patient: eventually your dog will come to you. Reward him for this with a treat. Alternatively, use the drag line. Other tips:

  • Do not stand frontally, but sideways to the retrieving dog.
  • Crouch down
  • Do not grab the dummy too early
  • Praise your dog extensively when handing over the dummy
  • Train in small steps

The dog turns up too much

Especially young dogs can quickly get excited during play sessions. They can hardly be restrained and are more excited after the exercise than before. If your dog is prone to this, make sure your training sessions are short. Two to three minutes of retrieving is sufficient. Emphasize concentrated retrieving rather than running as fast and as far as possible. Train so that the dog does not start running until the command is given. This way the game is more controlled.

Is retrieving suitable for all dogs?

Basically, retrieving is suitable for all dog breeds. The shared fun strengthens the bond and keeps the dog fit. It is important that retrieving does not degenerate into a wild and exhausting game where the dog covers a lot of distance. A calmer retrieve, where the object is only a few meters away and the main thing is concentrated work, is suitable for older or sick dogs. You can combine it with search games – if the four-legged friend finds the object you are looking for in the apartment or in the garden, let him come to you with a fetch command like “bring”. Here are some tips for retrieving with different dogs:

  • Puppies and young dogs: let young four-legged friends play fetch for only two to three minutes, and increase play time slowly. It’s better to let them retrieve for two minutes five times a day than ten minutes once.
  • Uninterested dogs: Train with the food bag. But accept if your companion has no interest in retrieving even after a few weeks. Spitz breeds in particular usually have little desire to retrieve.
  • Classic retrieving breeds: The name says it all – for retriever breeds like Labradors or Golden Retrievers, retrieving is their original job. These dogs were bred to bring shot birds to the hunter. Of course, there are occasional retrievers among retrievers as well.
  • Heavy dogs/dogs with arthrosis: strenuous running with many stops or jumps is taboo for these four-legged friends. If you want to retrieve, limit yourself to a small radius or retrieve in combination with search games. If in doubt, ask the vet.
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Science of Vaccine Damage

Science of Vaccine Damage

Science of Vaccine Damage
by Catherine O’Driscoll
(posted on The Whole Dog with permission)

A team at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine conducted several studies (1,2) to determine if vaccines can cause changes in the immune system of dogs that might lead to life-threatening immune-mediated diseases. They obviously conducted this research because concern already existed. It was sponsored by the Haywood Foundation which itself was looking for evidence that such changes in the human immune system might also be vaccine induced. It found the evidence. The vaccinated, but not the non-vaccinated, dogs in the Purdue studies developed autoantibodies to many of their own biochemicals, including fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, cytochrome C, cardiolipin and collagen. This means that the vaccinated dogs — “but not the non-vaccinated dogs”– were attacking their own fibronectin, which is involved in tissue repair, cell multiplication and growth, and differentiation between tissues and organs in a living organism. The vaccinated Purdue dogs also developed autoantibodies to laminin, which is involved in many cellular activities including the adhesion, spreading, differentiation, proliferation and movement of cells. Vaccines thus appear to be capable of removing the natural intelligence of cells. Autoantibodies to cardiolipin are frequently found in patients with the serious disease systemic lupus erythematosus and also in individuals with other autoimmune diseases. The presence of elevated anti-cardiolipin antibodies is significantly associated with clots within the heart or blood vessels, in poor blood clotting, haemorrhage, bleeding into the skin, foetal loss and neurological conditions. The Purdue studies also found that vaccinated dogs were developing autoantibodies to their own collagen. About one quarter of all the protein in the body is collagen. Collagen provides structure to our bodies, protecting and supporting the softer tissues and connecting them with the skeleton. It is no wonder that Canine Health Concern’s 1997 study of 4,000 dogs showed a high number of dogs developing mobility problems shortly after they were vaccinated (noted in my 1997 book, What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines). Perhaps most worryingly, the Purdue studies found that the vaccinated dogs had developed autoantibodies to their own DNA. Did the alarm bells sound? Did the scientific community call a halt to the vaccination program? No. Instead, they stuck their fingers in the air, saying more research is needed to ascertain whether vaccines can cause genetic damage. Meanwhile, the study dogs were found good homes, but no long-term follow-up has been conducted. At around the same time, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated several studies to find out why 160,000 cats each year in the USA develop terminal cancer at their vaccine injection sites.(3) The fact that cats can get vaccine-induced cancer has been acknowledged by veterinary bodies around the world, and even the British Government acknowledged it through its Working Group charged with the task of looking into canine and feline vaccines(4) following pressure from Canine Health Concern. What do you imagine was the advice of the AVMA Task Force, veterinary bodies and governments? “Carry on vaccinating until we find out why vaccines are killing cats, and which cats are most likely to die.” In America, in an attempt to mitigate the problem, they’re vaccinating cats in the tail or leg so they can amputate when cancer appears. Great advice if it’s not your cat amongst the hundreds of thousands on the “oops” list. But other species are okay – right? Wrong. In August 2003, the Journal of Veterinary Medicine carried an Italian study which showed that dogs also develop vaccine-induced cancers at their injection sites.(5) We already know that vaccine-site cancer is a possible sequel to human vaccines, too, since the Salk polio vaccine was said to carry a monkey retrovirus (from cultivating the vaccine on monkey organs) that produces inheritable cancer. The monkey retrovirus SV40 keeps turning up in human cancer sites. It is also widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a fast-acting, usually fatal, disease called autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA). Without treatment, and frequently with treatment, individuals can die in agony within a matter of days. Merck, itself a multinational vaccine manufacturer, states in The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy that autoimmune haemolytic anaemia may be caused by modified live-virus vaccines, as do Tizard’s Veterinary Immunology (4th edition) and the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.(6) The British Government’s Working Group, despite being staffed by vaccine-industry consultants who say they are independent, also acknowledged this fact. However, no one warns the pet owners before their animals are subjected to an unnecessary booster, and very few owners are told why after their pets die of AIHA. A Wide Range of Vaccine-induced Diseases We also found some worrying correlations between vaccine events and the onset of arthritis in our 1997 survey. Our concerns were compounded by research in the human field. The New England Journal of Medicine, for example, reported that it is possible to isolate the rubella virus from affected joints in children vaccinated against rubella. It also told of the isolation of viruses from the peripheral blood of women with prolonged arthritis following vaccination.(7) Then, in 2000, CHC’s findings were confirmed by research which showed that polyarthritis and other diseases like amyloidosis, which affects organs in dogs, were linked to the combined vaccine given to dogs.(8) There is a huge body of research, despite the paucity of funding from the vaccine industry, to confirm that vaccines can cause a wide range of brain and central nervous system damage. Merck itself states in its Manual that vaccines (i.e., its own products) can cause encephalitis: brain inflammation/damage. In some cases, encephalitis involves lesions in the brain and throughout the central nervous system. Merck states that “examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral infections”. When the dog owners who took part in the CHC survey reported that their dogs developed short attention spans, 73.1% of the dogs did so within three months of a vaccine event. The same percentage of dogs was diagnosed with epilepsy within three months of a shot (but usually within days). We also found that 72.5% of dogs that were considered by their owners to be nervous and of a worrying disposition, first exhibited these traits within the three-month post-vaccination period. I would like to add for the sake of Oliver, my friend who suffered from paralysed rear legs and death shortly after a vaccine shot, that “paresis” is listed in Merck’s Manual as a symptom of encephalitis. This is defined as muscular weakness of a neural (brain) origin which involves partial or incomplete paralysis, resulting from lesions at any level of the descending pathway from the brain. Hind limb paralysis is one of the potential consequences. Encephalitis, incidentally, is a disease that can manifest across the scale from mild to severe and can also cause sudden death. Organ failure must also be suspected when it occurs shortly after a vaccine event. Dr Larry Glickman, who spearheaded the Purdue research into post-vaccination biochemical changes in dogs, wrote in a letter to Cavalier Spaniel breeder Bet Hargreaves: “Our ongoing studies of dogs show that following routine vaccination, there is a significant rise in the level of antibodies dogs produce against their own tissues. Some of these antibodies have been shown to target the thyroid gland, connective tissue such as that found in the valves of the heart, red blood cells, DNA, etc. I do believe that the heart conditions in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels could be the end result of repeated immunisations by vaccines containing tissue culture contaminants that cause a progressive immune response directed at connective tissue in the heart valves. The clinical manifestations would be more pronounced in dogs that have a genetic predisposition [although] the findings should be generally applicable to all dogs regardless of their breed.” I must mention here that Dr Glickman believes that vaccines are a necessary evil, but that safer vaccines need to be developed. Meanwhile, please join the queue to place your dog, cat, horse and child on the Russian roulette wheel because a scientist says you should. Vaccines Stimulate an Inflammatory Response The word “allergy” is synonymous with “sensitivity” and “inflammation”. It should, by rights, also be synonymous with the word “vaccination”. This is what vaccines do: they sensitise (render allergic)an individual in the process of forcing them to develop antibodies to fight a disease threat. In other words, as is acknowledged and accepted, as part of the vaccine process the body will respond with inflammation. This may be apparently temporary or it may be longstanding. Holistic doctors and veterinarians have known this for at least 100 years. They talk about a wide range of inflammatory or “-itis” diseases which arise shortly after a vaccine event. Vaccines, in fact, plunge many individuals into an allergic state. Again, this is a disorder that ranges from mild all the way through to the suddenly fatal. Anaphylactic shock is the culmination: it’s where an individual has a massive allergic reaction to a vaccine and will die within minutes if adrenaline or its equivalent is not administered. There are some individuals who are genetically not well placed to withstand the vaccine challenge. These are the people (and animals are “people”, too) who have inherited faulty B and T cell function. B and T cells are components within the immune system which identify foreign invaders and destroy them, and hold the invader in memory so that they cannot cause future harm. However, where inflammatory responses are concerned, the immune system overreacts and causes unwanted effects such as allergies and other inflammatory conditions. Merck warns in its Manual that patients with, or from families with, B and/or T cell immunodeficiencies should not receive live-virus vaccines due to the risk of severe or fatal infection. Elsewhere, it lists features of B and T cell immunodeficiencies as food allergies, inhalant allergies, eczema, dermatitis, neurological deterioration and heart disease. To translate, people with these conditions can die if they receive live-virus vaccines. Their immune systems are simply not competent enough to guarantee a healthy reaction to the viral assault from modified live-virus vaccines. Modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines replicate in the patient until an immune response is provoked. If a defence isn’t stimulated, then the vaccine continues to replicate until it gives the patient the very disease it was intending to prevent. Alternatively, a deranged immune response will lead to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, pancreatitis, colitis, encephalitis and any number of autoimmune diseases such as cancer and leukaemia, where the body attacks its own cells. A new theory, stumbled upon by Open University student Gary Smith, explains what holistic practitioners have been saying for a very long time. Here is what a few of the holistic vets have said in relation to their patients: Dr Jean Dodds: “Many veterinarians trace the present problems with allergic and immunologic diseases to the introduction of MLV vaccines…” (9) Christina Chambreau, DVM: “Routine vaccinations are probably the worst thing that we do for our animals. They cause all types of illnesses, but not directly to where we would relate them definitely to be caused by the vaccine.” (10) Martin Goldstein, DVM: “I think that vaccines…are leading killers of dogs and cats in America today.” Dr Charles E. Loops, DVM: “Homoeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits.” (12) Mike Kohn, DVM: “In response to this [vaccine] violation, there have been increased autoimmune diseases (allergies being one component), epilepsy, neoplasia [tumours], as well as behavioural problems in small animals.” (13) A Theory on Inflammation Gary Smith explains what observant healthcare practitioners have been saying for a very long time, but perhaps they’ve not understood why their observations led them to say it. His theory, incidentally, is causing a huge stir within the inner scientific sanctum. Some believe that his theory could lead to a cure for many diseases including cancer. For me, it explains why the vaccine process is inherently questionable. Gary was learning about inflammation as part of his studies when he struck upon a theory so extraordinary that it could have implications for the treatment of almost every inflammatory disease — including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis and even HIV and AIDS. Gary’s theory questions the received wisdom that when a person gets ill, the inflammation that occurs around the infected area helps it to heal. He claims that, in reality, inflammation prevents the body from recognising a foreign substance and therefore serves as a hiding place for invaders. The inflammation occurs when at-risk cells produce receptors called All (known as angiotensin II type I receptors). He says that while At1 has a balancing receptor, At2, which is supposed to switch off the inflammation, in most diseases this does not happen. “Cancer has been described as the wound that never heals,” he says. “All successful cancers are surrounded by inflammation. Commonly this is thought to be the body’s reaction to try to fight the cancer, but this is not the case. “The inflammation is not the body trying to fight the infection. It is actually the virus or bacteria deliberately causing inflammation in order to hide from the immune system [author’s emphasis].” (14) If Gary is right, then the inflammatory process so commonly stimulated by vaccines is not, as hitherto assumed, a necessarily acceptable sign. Instead, it could be a sign that the viral or bacterial component, or the adjuvant (which, containing foreign protein, is seen as an invader by the immune system), in the vaccine is winning by stealth. If Gary is correct in believing that the inflammatory response is not protective but a sign that invasion is taking place under cover of darkness, vaccines are certainly not the friends we thought they were. They are undercover assassins working on behalf of the enemy, and vets and medical doctors are unwittingly acting as collaborators. Worse, we animal guardians and parents are actually paying doctors and vets to unwittingly betray our loved ones. Potentially, vaccines are the stealth bomb of the medical world. They are used to catapult invaders inside the castle walls where they can wreak havoc, with none of us any the wiser. So rather than experiencing frank viral diseases such as the ‘flu, measles, mumps and rubella (and, in the case of dogs, parvovirus and distemper), we are allowing the viruses to win anyway – but with cancer, leukaemia and other inflammatory or autoimmune (self-attacking) diseases taking their place. The Final Insult All 27 veterinary schools in North America have changed their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats along the following lines; (15) however, vets in practice are reluctant to listen to these changed protocols and official veterinary bodies in the UK and other countries are ignoring the following facts. Dogs’ and cats’ immune systems mature fully at six months. If modified live-virus vaccine is giver after six months of age, it produces immunity, which is good for the life of the pet. If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralise the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The litre is no “boosted”, nor are more memory cells induced. Not only are annual boosters unnecessary, but they subject the pet to potential risks such as allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. In plain language, veterinary schools in America, plus the American Veterinary Medical Association, have looked at studies to show how long vaccines last and they have concluded and announced that annual vaccination is unnecessary.(16-19) Further, they have acknowledged that vaccines are not without harm. Dr Ron Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University and a leading light in this field, has been saying this politely to his veterinary colleagues since the 1980s. I’ve been saying it for the past 12 years. But change is so long in coming and, in the meantime, hundreds of thousands of animals are dying every year – unnecessarily. The good news is that thousands of animal lovers (but not enough) have heard what we’ve been saying. Canine Health Concern members around the world use real food as Nature’s supreme disease preventative, eschewing processed pet food, and minimise the vaccine risk. Some of us, myself included, have chosen not to vaccinate our pets at all. Our reward is healthy and long-lived dogs. It has taken but one paragraph to tell you the good and simple news. The gratitude I feel each day, when I embrace my healthy dogs, stretches from the centre of the Earth to the Universe and beyond. About the Author: Catherine O’Driscoll runs Canine Health Concern which campaigns and also delivers an educational program, the Foundation in Canine Healthcare. She is author of Shock to the System (2005; see review this issue), the best-selling book What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines (1997, 1998), and Who Killed the Darling Buds of May? (1997; reviewed in NEXUS 4/04). She lives in Scotland with her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden Retrievers, named Edward, Daniel and Gwinnie, and she lectures on canine health around the world. For more information, contact Catherine O’Driscoll at Canine Health Concern PO Box 7533, Perth PH2 1AD, Scotland, UK email [email protected] website http://www.canine-health-concern.org.uk. Shock to the System is available in the UK from CHC, and worldwide from Dogwise at http://www.dogwise.com. Endnotes 1. “Effects of Vaccination on the Endocrine and Immune Systems of Dogs, Phase II”, Purdue University, November 1,1999, at http://www.homestead.com/vonhapsburg/haywardstudyonvaccines.html. 2. See www.vet.purdue.edu/epi/gdhstudy.htm. 3. See http://www.avma.org/vafstf/default.asp. 4. Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) Working Group on Feline and Canine Vaccination, DEFRA, May 2001. 5. JVM Series A 50(6):286-291, August 2003. 6. Duval, D. and Giger,U. (1996). “Vaccine-Associated Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in the Dog”, Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 10:290-295. 7. New England Journal of Medicine, vol.313,1985. See also Clin Exp Rheumatol 20(6):767-71, Nov-Dec 2002. 8. Am Coll Vet Intern Med 14:381,2000. 9. Dodds, Jean W.,DVM, “Immune System and Disease Resistance”, at http://www.critterchat.net/immune.htm. 10. Wolf Clan magazine, April/May 1995. 11. Goldstein, Martin, The Nature of Animal Healing, Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1999. 12. Wolf Clan magazine, op. cit. 13. ibid. 14. Journal of Inflammation 1:3,2004, at http://www.journal-inflammation.com content/1/1/3. 15. Klingborg, D.J., Hustead, D.R. and Curry-Galvin, E. et al., “AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents’ report on cat and dog vaccines”, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 221(10):1401-1407, November 15,2002, http://www.avma.org/policies/vaccination.htm. 16. ibid. 17. Schultz, R.D., “Current and future canine and feline vaccination programs”, Vet Med 93:233-254,1998. 18. Schultz, R.D., Ford, R.B., Olsen, J. and Scott, P., “Titer testing and vaccination: a new look at traditional practices”, Vet Med 97:1-13, 2002 (insert). 19. Twark, L. and Dodds, W.J., “Clinical application of serum parvovirus and distemper virus antibody liters for determining revaccination strategies in healthy dogs”, J Am Vet Med Assoc 217:1021-1024,2000.

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Written By: Dr. Jeannie Thomason – Jun• 07•12

Do You Think It Can’t Happen?

THINK AGAIN!
If we spay and neuter all dogs and ban all breeding, what do you think will happen???

When donating, Please be careful who you donate to. The HSUS and PETA are AGAINST pet ownership. Read the fine print before you contribute or donate.

Where will you get your next family companion? Please support responsible breeders and private resuce groups.

PLEASE JOIN OUR FIGHT!

What is APHIS? USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

“APHIS serves to facilitate safe trade, regulate the import and export of plants (and now animals), and help exporters meet the entry requirements of other countries”.

What is APHIS proposing as a rule change that will effect ALL pet owners? http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2012/retail_pets_faq.pdf

WHAT CAN WE DO?

1) Comment

A 60-day comment period began May 16 when the regulations were published to the Federal Register. To send your comment, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0003-0001 You may file more than one comment if you wish.

Be respectful, tell how this would affect you and your breeding program and ask that APHIS withdraw these regulations. They are intended, by the way, to bring large “internet sellers” under USDA inspection. Apparently, someone has convinced them that there are huge numbers of kennels that take orders over the internet and ship puppies out with no one EVER coming to the kennel to see the conditions. No studies have been done of how many large “internet kennels” there actually are. The government cites “complaints from consumers” as proof but cannot tell us how many complaints there have been. But these regulations will catch thousands of caring, ethical hobby breeders in the net and may well put an end to many breeding programs.

2) Send your comment to your senator and representative.

Find out who they are here: •http://www.house.gov/representatives/

•http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

These are proposed regulations, not a law Congress has to vote on. But point out to your representatives that the impact on the country’s economy and even on APHIS’s budget is tremendous. This is over-regulation of the worst sort and will make pets much harder to find and expensive to buy.

Please Note: If it is enforced to the letter, rescue organizations will also be included.

3) Send a copy of your comment to AKC at [email protected] . They are hard at work to prevent these regulations from passing and need to hear from as many people as possible.

We need everyone’s help on this one. It is the most serious threat so far to the home breeding of dogs.

If you have been wondering what to say in your comment to the APHIS rule change, read this. Although comments don’t have to be this long, this one is a good example of “telling your story” to make your points.

THIS WAS POSTED AS AN ATTACHMENT WHICH IS WHY IT IS LONGER THEN 2000 WORDS/SPACES.

I am strongly opposed to the newly proposed rules in APHIS 2011-0003-0001.

I am not a breeder of dogs but my livelihood depends upon those who are. I am a K9 handler who trains and handles dogs that detect survivors (live-find); and dogs that detect deceased persons. I volunteer my time to saving other people’s lives and bringing closure to families who are looking for loved ones, police officers who are trying to solve the most heinous of crimes and the dogs that provide the noses and incredible drive to do this work.

The proposed changes in APHIS-2011-0003-0001 will absolutely negatively impact all who rely upon my work – from the breeders to the dogs, to the families relying upon the information these dogs can provide. And I am representative of hundreds of other people who likely have no idea this public comment period is taking place.

This will not be the short, concise bullet pointed comment that is “recommended” by those in the know. This is a HUGE topic, it impacts thousands of everyday people, if not more, and it is a topic about which most of us are passionate. None of us support the concept of “puppy mills” nor activities nor people who do not have the welfare of animals in mind – but “welfare” has become a subjective term. In order to police those who should be halted in their practises and punished APHIS is not enforcing sensible laws that have been on the books for decades, but is rather infringing upon the freedoms of law abiding citizens by creating requirements for USDA licensure that are expensive and unnecessary for vast majority of people involved in the world of dogs – but who would be swept up in the net that is being cast by politically oriented, animal rights groups, their money, their agenda, their lobbyists and their hatred. This is NOT the business of the government – or more specifically the USDA and APHIS.

Allow me to share my story to give you some insight into how the propsed changes will impact the most unsuspecting of citizens:

The process of finding the right young, healthy prospective k9 partner is expensive and time consuming – but not all dogs are able to do this work. I work with German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, exclusively for their incredible working ability. In the past 2 years alone I have evaluated 7 different dogs all of whom were moved onto a different line of work, or an appropriate pet home based on how they developed physically and mentally over time and their enjoyment of the work. “evaluating” a working dog cannot be done in a day nor accomplished by an interview process. During an evaluation process each of these dogs were provided with outstanding vet care for both screening of possible disease, as well as treatment of active disease, nutrition, exposure and training in the world, kindness, and respect. While each of these dogs were going through the process, I also had my currently working K9 partners to care for and work – and given that my dogs are intact far longer than 4 months of age, I would have needed to have a USDA license and all that is required of it.

Over 15 years I have rescued dogs from breed rescue organizations, spent months rehabbing the prospective working candidate, provided veterinary care, food, training, love, companionship, and an outlet for their physical and mental energy – only to find after 6 months, or in one case 2 years – that the work that I do is not the right work for the dog, and it is not FAIR to ask the dog to do work that causes stress or mental of physical discomfort. Those dogs needed homes that were suited to their needs – thus requiring more o f my time, effort, and money. Corresponding with people across the country to network and find a new home or job for a very special dog was conducted by phone, email, list serves.

According to the new APHIS regulations, I would now be required to be USDA licensed to engage in an activity that on the face of it and in the reality of it is for the betterment of mankind and dogs, alike.

Ikos would never have become my first working partner because his breeder had one litter a year, advertised online and was located in the Midwest – she couldn’t have afforded to become compliant with USDA licensure regulations for a facility. Ikos would not have gone onto save lives if these proposed regulations had been in place in 1997. Xeros would never have been able to come to me by plane after being carefully selected for my needs by a trusted breeder who was so tiny and obscure there was no way he could be in business if required to become USDA licensed. Enzo and I would never have been able to become the best of partners in work and life because he came from another country through a middleman. Dogs who were given up by their owners never would have been able to enter the national pipeline of devoted German Shepherd lovers to be moved across country by volunteers, evaluated by trainers, “sold” in order to cover vet bills and some fuel expenses. None of the people involved in the volunteer, rescue, re-home world could possibly afford to become USDA licensed. They do what they from their hearts – not based on their wallets. Indeed if the wallet had anything to do with the criteria for working dogs- I venture to say there would be very few.

Small breeders who meticulously maintain diverse genetics, and disease- free lines and who are devoted to the health and workability of these breeds would not be able to afford to become USDA licensed. What would happen to them? What would happen to all of us?

For the purposes of their health and temperament my working partners remain intact far longer than 4 months of age. They are not “breeding” dogs. A person who is responsible and educated will not alter a large breed, agile, athletic dog until they are 14-22 months of age at the youngest. All of these dogs would be considered “breeding dogs” under the new rules. Atleast it is up for interpretation. But by whom?

At any given time I may have 5 dogs at my house – my dogs, colleagues who visit to train, dogs who ,I myself, have committed to trying to nurture and re-home because they were mismatched the first time around. Does this make me a breeder?

Under the new proposed rules I would be a target for just doing what I do already – but when I took in “Mrs. G’s” 3 dogs when she died unexpectedly leaving her family in turmoil – I would have been in violation of Federal law for being a good neighbor and compassionate caretaker of animals.

As a handler who works exclusively with specific purebred dogs for my own purposes, the very notion that the small breeder who is meticulous in their work, genetic lines, research into specific breedings to try and regain what we have lost in the German Shepherd Dog from decades of horrendous breeding practices – these people will be put out of business because most of them will not be able to become USDA licensed due to cost, alone. This is a truly devastating notion. The ability to have a working specimen and be regulated by a government authority that does not understand how we breed-survey dogs, what a Schutzhund trial is really about, how long we must wait before even determining if a dog is suitable for breeding due to medical screening that we must perform (hips, elbows – can only be surveyed at 2 years of age as one example) – and by staying true to the science, medicine and best practises of raising these dogs people will be penalized by having to become USDA licensed… it doesn’t make sense.

APHIS has regulations in place already and historically enforcement has been haphazard and lax. I say this from my own experience working as a research biologist for 15 years and working with APHIS regularly, and now being a co-owner of a veterinary practise. By only utilizing “data” that does not represent the vast majority of citizens involved in the care, rescue, screening, careful breeding of dogs – poor decisions will be made. Don’t we owe it to the process, to the people, and to the animals to make good decisions?

The “data” that has been publicized doesn’t represent the origins of the 230 certified dogs that Department of Homeland Security utilizes for Urban Search and Rescue work when our nation is in crisis, for example. The data doesn’t represent the cost, time, money nor devotion to specific breeds, nor dogs in-general, who are exceptional in nature and require a nationwide network of individuals to help them find their right place in the world. The animal rights groups have a budget and an agenda, they have lobbyists and they are bullies. In addition to pets they would leave all working dogs (police, search, fire rescue, medical alert, therapy, assistance to name just a few) with no place to begin (reputable breeders; no place to go to transition (trainers, brokers); no place to be rescued (foster homes; breed rescue groups) and most likely only a place to end (euthanasia) without the onerous costs and regulations of the USDA being adopted by small breeders and others throughout the country. In any economy the finances required to comply with USDA licensure would be a mountain for individuals to climb. In this economy – it will be an impossibility for most.

What are the consequences? Dogs being dumped, euthanized, spayed or neutered in order to avoid financial burden. Loss of genetics. Loss of a certain kind of freedom that perhaps our citizens have taken for granted. And no impact on large commercial breeding operations who can afford to jump through the hoops, but are then forced to breed and sell in volume to make their bottom line. Which will lead to incredible loss for those of us who devote our “free time” to raising, training, handling, rescuing, and working DOGS; as well as all of those who are served by these dogs.

APHIS should start by properly enforcing the rules that have been on the books for 3 decades, generate more and better representative data with which to inform proposed change– and provide a more transparent and publicized period for public review and comment on proposed change.

Conduct a survey of households – Im sure it would be shocking to find out how many households have more than 4 dogs – are they all breeders? Would they have to become USDA licensed if they rescue and re-home other dogs, or have a litter of puppies for whatever reason they choose. Why is APHIS proposing to take away the freedom of responsible dog owners, enthusiasts, breeders, handlers – rather than enforcing regulations that are already on the books?

Politics has seeped into every crevice of our society – the health, welfare, and future of dogs and other species, and the people whose livelihoods depend upon them will all be impacted by the changes that APHIS adopts.

How will the proposed guidelines be enforced if they are subjective in nature and subject to interpretation?

How does one define a “breeding female”? Is it simply a female that has not been spayed? In any case the the age of 4 months is arbitrary.

I have a 12 week old puppy now – I will have NO idea how this dog is going to develop, whether or not he can work, never mind whether he is worthy of breeding until he is 2 years of age atleast. I already pay a “fine” in essence when I license my dogs each year. But it’s a small price to pay to do what we know is best for the dog. But maybe that silence and acceptance of the animal right’s agenda by so many of us is what has paved the way for the proposed sweeping changes and undue burdens that will be placed on citizens.

Under the proposed changes the fact that I currently have an intact female dog who is 18 months old and on her way to becoming certified; which will allow my currently certified 8 year old intact search dog to retire; along with my 6 year old intact certified detection dog; and my 5 year old intact female who was rescued simply because she deserved a better life – and my 12 week old puppy… well, that makes ME a target. It puts me in the crosshairs. Whether this is the intention of the proposed changes or not – this is the impact of how they are written.

APHIS has an absolute responsibility to do a better job than what is proposed.

The general public has the responsibility and ability to assist – but the discussion has to be broader and not let by animal “rights” groups.

Thank you for considering my comments.

Tara Wolcott

Chapel Hill, NC

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Bird Crisis – using flower essences

Bird Crisis – using flower essences

Article – Bird Crisis – using flower essences

Bird Crisis – The Use Of Flower Essences
By Dr Jeannie Thomason

ďThere is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind and inner happiness.Ē –Dr Edward Bach

Dr. Edward Bach (1886 Ė 1936) had more interest in treating the whole patient than just the illness they suffered from. Dr. Bach felt that emotions played a large part in illness. He believed that illness was a symptom of disharmony within the body and negative emotional states. After working as a physician, surgeon, pathologist, immunologist and homeopath, Dr. Bach went in search of safe, natural remedies that would assist in the healing of these negative emotions. He was aware that seeing and smelling particular flowers produced emotional changes in people. This led him to discover the benefits of flower essences in addressing his patientsí negative emotional states. Dr Bach discovered. These gentle essences work on the emotions of the body, and both animals and people respond well to their use. They can be used to treat various emotional problems as well as to modify behavioral problems. If you are here at NaturalBirdCare.Com and reading this article then you most likely already know and absolutely, believe, without question that Birds have complex “thinking” and “feeling” processes; and that we are still learning just how their instinctive reactions to their surroundings effect them emotionally. We have learned that parrots bred in captivity are more likely to have problems than those who have been caught in the wild and that their baby experiences, weaning, fledging and socializing have a major influence on their “view of the world” later. Many of these domestically bred birds have been re-homed a few time and many are ending up in rescue and sanctuary situations. Many of them are carrying a lot of emotional as well as physical baggage. How can we help them over-come these problems and live a happier more contented life from now on? First, I highly recommend that you consult with a behavior expert that KNOWS the nature of these wonderful creatures and has worked with emotionally disturbed birds before. Meanwhile there are some wonderful natural remedies available to us that greatly help to balance emotional disturbances or imbalances. Flower Essences is one of them. “Bach Flower therapy is highly effective in treating behavioral disorders and psychological problems, especially in parrots.” And: “It is especially effective for psychological and behavioral disorders (e.g., anxiety, aggressiveness, acclimation problems, feather plucking) and can help in difficult situations.” – Dr. H.H. Reckeweg

What Are Flower Essences?

Flower essences are liquid drops made from individual flower petals, whose vibrational energy (or essence) is transferred to water by a special process. The drops are then taken internally or applied topically. They are not drugs, vitamins or aromatherapy but a special gift for pet healing and life energy support. They contain electrically charged water and a preservative (of vegetable glycerin, white vinegar, red shiso or alcohol). Listed below and grouped according to the emotional states they apply to, are the 38 essences and one combination remedy that Dr. Bach discovered. A brief description of the negative emotional states that each essence can address has been provided to help you determine which ones may be most helpful and appropriate. These essences can be combined to address complex emotional issues. You may choose up to five appropriate essences to use at any one time. If you use Rescue Remedy in conjunction with others, you may combine it with up to four other essences. Flower essences are safe and can be used in conjunction with other therapies. “True healing involves treating the very base of the cause of suffering. Therefore no effort directed to the body alone can do more than superficially repair damage. Treat people for their emotional unhappiness, allow them to be happy, and they will become well.” – Dr Edward Bach

I recommend looking for and only using Flower Essences that are not preserved with alcohol; there are a few flower essence remedies available that do NOT use alcohol, be sure to read the label or email me for sources that do not use dangerous preservatives)

(Store the diluted flower essences in the refrigerator. To avoid contaminating your entire bottle, pour a small amount into another container and dose your bird from this container. If you are using an eyedropper or pipette to administer the remedy to your bird, do not place the dropper or pipette back into the original treatment bottle. ) The frequency at which you administer the remedy to your bird will depend on the situation you are addressing. In most circumstances you will dose your bird two or three times each day. However, in acute or critical situations you may dose your bird more often, possibly every hour or even as much as every few minutes. Rescue Remedy This remedy combines Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. Rescue Remedy is particularly useful for frightful or stressful situations. It can alleviate fear, anxiety and panic. It may also be given prior to a stressful event. This combination of flower essences can be used before going to the veterinarian, after a night fright, or any time that calm and composure is needed.

Fear

Aspen Aspen is used to address the fear of unknown things. Often birds who are easily startled or tend to have a general sense of uneasiness or suspicion will benefit from Aspen. Also consider it for phobic birds. Night frights and feather destructive behaviors that are a result of fear from an unknown origin may be an indication that Aspen would be helpful. Because it can be difficult to determine if a fear is from a known or unknown origin, combining Aspen with Mimulus may be most effective. Cherry Plum Consider Cherry Plum for birds who lose their composure when frightened. For instance, birds who feather pluck, self-mutilate, become vicious or bite their owners out of fear may be helped by Cherry Plum. This flower essence can also help a bird remain calm when around strangers or when taken into new environments or stressful situations. Mimulus Use Mimulus when you can identify what your bird is fearful of. Mimulus will help instill confidence in timid birds. To help your bird be courageous enough to approach new people, play with unfamiliar toys or accept changes in their environment, try Mimulus. If you are unable to determine if your birdís fear is of known or unknown things, you can combine Mimulus with Aspen. Red Chestnut Birds who worry excessively over the well being of others may obtain benefits from Red Chestnut. Sometimes these birds may worry about others, fearing that bad things may happen, and ignore their own needs. For example, birds who feel they must care for another bird or person and forget to care for themselves. If you will be away from your bird for an extended period of time and you anticipate that your bird will fear that you will not return, consider using this flower essence. Rock Rose Rock Rose is for terror and fright; it will help a bird gather courage during extremely stressful situations. Any situation that causes your bird to feel panic may be cause to use Rock Rose. If your bird is easily frightened and you will have workmen coming to your home or you will be keeping the neighborís dog while they are on vacation, consider having this flower essence handy.

Uncertainty

Cerato Cerato can help a bird who is indecisive due to a lack of self-confidence. Birds who are easily led or misguided and donít have the confidence to do things on their own might do well with Cerato. These birds need constant affirmation and encouragement. They may become more confident and trusting in their own judgment with this flower essence. Gentian If your bird is easily discouraged, even by minor setbacks, and needs a lot of praise and encouragement, consider Gentian. A bird who is unwilling to try something a second time because they were unsuccessful the first time may need Gentian. It may also be useful if your bird is depressed for known reasons. Gentian may help restore confidence after failing to overcome the obstacles in daily life. Gorse Gorse brings about a more positive attitude and can help alleviate depression. Birds who are despondent and lack hope that their situation will improve could use this flower essence. Behavioral problems that may improve with a more positive outlook may be cause to use Gorse. It may also help if your bird has an illness and needs to gather the will to fight to get better. Hornbeam Any bird who needs to counteract mental exhaustion or needs to gather the mental strength to complete difficult tasks might be a good candidate for this essence. Hornbeam is another flower essence to consider during illness; it will help a bird gather mental strength. Also consider it for birds who are always caged and have led a boring life for an extended period of time. For these birds, Hornbeam will provide inner strength and vitality. Scleranthus Scleranthus can bring composure or balance into a birdís life. This essence is beneficial during times of rapid change, especially for timid birds. It helps with indecision and uncertainty. Consider it for a bird who is learning to fly. If your bird suffers from rapid mood swings without reason, you might consider Scleranthus. Birds who pluck due to hormonal reasons may also benefit. Wild Oat Birds who feel they do not have a purpose in life or are uncertain about what to do with themselves may need Wild Oat. Many birds in captivity have no focus or goal in their daily activities and this may contribute to improper feather grooming behaviors or other behavioral problems. Wild Oat may help these birds find purpose and fulfillment.

Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances

Chestnut Bud Chestnut Bud can be helpful to birds who fail to learn from their mistakes. Also consider using Chestnut Bud for wild birds brought into captivity or any bird having difficulty adapting to a new home. This flower essence may be useful during training or when trying to modify inappropriate behaviors. Clematis Absent-minded birds or birds who become distracted and preoccupied easily may gain more interest in daily life and pay more attention to their tasks when using Clematis. These birds may be withdrawn and live in a world of their own, possibly even to the point of being apathetic. They may be sleepy or drowsy most of the time, for no apparent reason. Honeysuckle Honeysuckle is beneficial for birds who are homesick or may live in the past, feeling that the present is not as pleasant. These birds may be unhappy about their current situation. Also consider Honeysuckle for birds who have lost a mate or beloved owner. Honeysuckle can help birds desire to be more involved in their daily lives and let go of the past. Mustard Mustard is helpful in dealing with sadness and sorrow. For birds who suffer from depression, Mustard can bring about a more optimistic outlook. The cause of the birdís unhappiness may be unknown. These birds may seem detached from the present or choose to isolate themselves. Also consider using Mustard after the death of a loved one. Olive Any bird dealing with a difficult situation who feels mentally exhausted might benefit from Olive. This flower essence can calm and rejuvenate a bird. Olive could be useful with birds who are dealing with a serious illness or a traumatic experience. White Chestnut White chestnut can help bring about peace of mind. If you feel your bird obsesses or suffers from mental turmoil, you may want to consider this flower essence. These birds may seem tense and unable to calm down or rest. Wild Rose If your bird seems to lack interest in life or is apathetic, Wild Rose may be of benefit. The lives of most pet birds are not very stimulating when compared to how their lives would be in the wild and this can lead to a general disinterest in life. In captivity, birds have almost no ability to improve their situation if they are unhappy. This unhappiness can lead to mental or physical illness. Wild Rose may help these birds be more content with their circumstances.

Loneliness

Heather Heather is for those that are self-centered or self-absorbed and dislike being alone. Because birds naturally prefer being with others in their flock, it may be difficult to determine if Heather is appropriate. You might consider using Heather with birds who must always be the center of attention or engage in feather destructive or mutilating behaviors only when they are left alone. Impatiens Impatiens helps instill acceptance and serenity. It is effective at alleviating nervousness and irritation. Additionally, birds who have a lack of tolerance of others and chose to do things by themselves, yet become lonely, may benefit from Impatiens. To deal with sorrow or anguish over the loss of a loved one, consider Water Violet. This flower essence is also appropriate for dealing with separation anxiety. Overly independent or seemingly aloof birds who suffer from loneliness, especially those who become withdrawn, may benefit from Water Violet.

Over Sensitivity to Influences and Ideas

Agrimony Any bird who suppresses negative emotions and puts on a cheerful outward appearance is a classic example of one who would benefit from Agrimony. Most birds would choose to live in different circumstances than we are able to provide in captivity. For instance, most birds would rather not be confined. These birds try to disregard the negative portions of their lives and always appear happy. Repressing these emotions can lead to mental and physical illness. These emotions may manifest themselves in other ways, like feather destructive behaviors in a bird who always seems cheerful. Agrimony can assist in bringing peace to these birdís lives. Centaury Centaury can be beneficial for birds who always try to please others. This flower essence helps easily intimidated birds to stand up for themselves. A bird who has been dominated by other birds or trained by owners that dominated them may benefit from Centaury. Birds who consent to what their owners or other birds want, even when they would rather do something else, may need Centaury so that they are able to place a higher priority on what they desire. Holly This flower essence can be very useful with birds, because it deals with jealousy and anger. A bird who is irritated about the arrival of a new member of the household or an overly bonded bird who is jealous of her ownerís attention to others may become more accepting of the situation. If a bird feels neglected or abandoned, Holly may help heal these feelings. Holly helps to instill a sense of love and nurturing. Walnut Walnut is very useful during times of change or stress as it provides stability during transitions. Consider it for a bird who is changing homes or adjusting to different living conditions. Walnut is protective against negative stimulus from the world around us. Bird owners are aware that birds are very empathic and Walnut can protect your bird from negative emotions that you are having.

Despondency and Despair

Crab Apple Birds who think poorly of themselves can benefit from the cleansing effects of Crab Apple. These birds may blame themselves for negative things that happen in their lives. Despondent birds who are meticulous about their appearance may find Crab Apple helpful. This particular essence is also useful at clearing away obsessive behaviors, for example, habitual feather destructive behaviors. Elm Elm helps to re-establish peace and balance in birds who have been overwhelmed. These birds may usually be very stable, but have just been through unusually demanding situations. When people or animals whom your bird is unfamiliar with come into your home or after a trip to the veterinarian, Elm is appropriate. Birds who must adjust to a new home will also benefit from Elm. Larch If your bird lacks self-confidence or feels inferior, you might consider using Larch. This flower essence alleviates despair. It can instill a willingness to try new things. Abused or neglected birds who need to regain confidence will be helped by this essence. Larch can help your bird tackle difficult challenges. Oak This flower essence can strengthen a bird who is facing a difficult situation. Birds who may benefit from Oak have a desire to do what is asked of them, but may need strength and endurance to complete the task. Oak can assist a bird who is recovering from long term illness or abuse. Pine Pine eliminates feelings of guilt. Physically and mentally abused or neglected birds who blame themselves for the abuse and neglect they encounter can benefit from Pine. Additionally, consider using Pine for a bird who has been abandoned. Birds who feel worthless may find that Pine assists in alleviating these feelings. Star of Bethlehem Consider using Star of Bethlehem after any trauma, whether it is physical, mental or emotional. After life-changing events like the death of a mate, Star of Bethlehem can be useful. In situations like earthquakes, fireworks or when a bird is recovered after being lost, consider the immediate use of this flower essence. However, the effects of a traumatic experience may last for years, so Star of Bethlehem can be beneficial for despondency and despair long after a traumatic event actually takes place. Also, negative consequences may not surface for quite some time after trauma occurs and this can also be dealt with by using Star of Bethlehem. Sweet Chestnut Sweet Chestnut addresses mental anguish. It can alleviate hopelessness or assist a bird through situations that seem unendurable. This is another remedy that can be useful for previously abused birds. Willow Willow can help a bird deal with feelings of resentment. You would want to use Willow for birds who have to deal with recurring frustration and who do not understand why they keep finding themselves in these situations. Those who need Willow may blame others for their problems.

Over Caring for the Welfare of Others

Beech If your bird needs to be more optimistic or tolerant, consider Beech. The lack of tolerance can be directed towards people or other birds. Additionally, changes in the birdís environment or schedule may be cause for upset for these birds. Beech may be helpful when introducing a bird to a new cage or after bringing home a new puppy. Chicory You will find chicory useful for birds who are overly demanding, possessive and insecure. Birds who need Chicory do not want to share their favorite human with others; they may be over protective or aggressive. Separation anxiety may be helped with this flower essence. These birds may be domineering to other birds or demand that they behave in a particular way, for example, always expecting to be preened and not ever returning the favor. Rock Water This essence is the only one that is not derived from a plant; instead it comes from natural springs. Rock Water can assist birds who are unchanging and unyielding, birds who do not accept new foods or new toys, for example. These birds are rigid and driven. Often these birds may exhibit compulsive behaviors. Rock Water can help them to develop a broad perspective and more flexibility. Vervain Vervain promotes tranquility and restraint in birds who are overly enthusiastic, over bearing and bossy. These birds are too concerned about the needs and actions of others. Also, these birds may be nervous or edgy. Vervain may be helpful for birds who try to control all the members of the household. Vine Birds who need Vine are dominant and inflexible, but they are not nervous birds. They are calm and purposeful. These birds are very selfish and demand to have their own way. Vine can assist the bird in becoming a caring teacher or leader, instead of a bossy dictator.

Testimonies for Flower Essences:

Bird Crisis “From the kitchen window of my home, I heard the carpenter calling me to come outside. At the time, he was building a wood walkway along the side of my house. As I approached him to see what was the matter, he walked toward me with what appeared to be either a dead or stuffed little bird perched on his finger. He was kidding, I was sure. A fake bird, I told myself. “What is that?” I asked. He said he found it on the ground. The very small, lime green bird must’ve flown at full force into a fixed-glass window on the outside of my home then dropped two stories to the cement pool patio deck. The motionless little bird seemed stiff as a board, eyes shut tight with no noticeable breathing. I thought, “Please little bird, don’t be dead.” I gently lifted the bird off the carpenter’s finger with my index finger under the bird’s feet. Amazingly this little creature grabbed hold of my finger and didn’t fall off as I proceeded to walk upstairs to the kitchen patio. I yelled to my husband, who was inside our home, to please bring me the Rescue Remedy. I sat down in a patio chair and gently slipped my finger away from the bird’s feet letting it settle on my lap. Still the bird was stiff, didn’t seem to be breathing and had its eyes shut tight. I put two drops of Rescue Remedy liquid from the concentrate bottle on my finger and rubbed it onto the bird’s head just above the beak and above the eyes. In about 15 seconds, the bird suddenly popped its eyes wide open, looked up at me, flapped its wings, pooped in my lap and then shut back down again like before. I’ve never been so happy to be pooped on! This bird was alive! It seemed a miracle. I decided to repeat the dosage again — two more drops of Rescue Remedy on the bird’s head in the same place. Within another 15 seconds this bird popped open its eyes again, looked up at me, began flapping its wings and with a little effort flew up to a palm tree branch in my neighbor’s yard near our property line. I was thrilled! I felt like I just saved a life. At this moment, I still didn’t know if the bird was going to fully recover. I decided to go back into the house. After 20 minutes, I walked outside to see the bird had flown away. This event happened many years ago when I was first learning about the Bach Flower Essences and I was still questioning whether or not the essences really worked. I had never in my life seen such a quick healing response in people or animals. I could no longer deny the essences’ powerful healing potential. This event changed my life.” Alicia Sirkin, BFRP Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner [email protected] www.flowerhealing.com “About 2 years ago, I “rescued” Simon, a then 8 year old male Eclectus. Simon had been plucking for 4 plus years and by the time I found him he looked like a Tyson chicken ó totally naked except his green feathered head, (where he could not reach) and a couple of bedraggled primaries. Extensive blood testing, not unexpectedly, yielded no causative results. From what I knew of his previous life, this was as classic an example of a severely emotionally disturbed bird as I have ever seen. Chewing his feathers, pulling them out, breaking them off, he did it all. Beyond that, when I picked him up he continuously regurgitated for me and tried to mate with my hand. He would not play with his toys, he would not leave his perch. I tried MSN with absolutely no results. After watching this for about a year and a half, hoping that a high humidity environment, diversionary entertainment combined with a better diet, daily baths, aloe misting and the company of other birds may cause some changes, there was absolutely no improvement. I refused to use hormones or a collar because I believe that it does not address the real cause(s). I knew that the reasons for this behavior where traumatic experiences in his youth. I saw it as my challenge to isolate the underlying reasons and find a way to deal with them. During this time I heard of Bach Flower Essences. The more I learned, the more intrigued I became. They have been used in Europe for years and are widely recognized for their healing properties benefiting humans and a variety of pets, (predominantly cats, dogs and horses). I spoke to the Bach Flower people in the UK and a variety of veterinarians in Germany and the UK. I strongly suspect that the complicated emotional/instinctive profile of parrots, the fact that we rarely know their entire history, that many people have trouble recognizing their own mistakes and thus canít diagnose the reason for their birdís problems and just plain ignorance about their intrinsic nature, may be the major reason why this therapy is not widely used for parrots. Treating with Bach Flower Essences requires empathy, intuitiveness, knowledge of the patient, patience and consistency. I became convinced that they could work with parrots, as well. The challenge in treating with Bach Flower Essences is that the reasons for the emotional disturbance(s) causing the negative behavior must be diagnosed. Each of the Essences has a relatively narrow focus and going to the root of the problem is very important. Without that, the therapy wonít work. After watching Simon for a year and a half and since I knew some of his background, I started treating Simon with 6 essences 2 months ago. He has almost entirely stopped plucking, is growing some of his feathers back and is now sporting a tail and a full set of primaries. (He will almost certainly not re-grow all of his feathers, there was just too much follicle damage.) The rule of thumb is that 1 month of treatment is required for every year of trouble. Simon still has a few months left ó.” Wilhelm Kiesselbach

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References and resources:

The Dr. Edward Bach Centre; http://www.bachcentre.com McCluggage, Dr. David and Higdon, Pamela Leis; Holistic Care for Birds Puotinen, C. J.; The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care Rasmussen, Betina; http://www.bachflower.com/Pets.htm Wulff-Tilford, Mary L. and Tilford, Gregory L.; All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets

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Dehydrated or Freeze Dried Food

Dehydrated or Freeze Dried Food

Dehydrated or Freeze Dried Food

The Whole Dog and Dr. Jeannie recommend a raw, species appropriate diet for dogs. Dry Kibble or any processed food is NOT the best you can give your dog nutritionally. Even with the very best and most organic ingredients, it is still processed at very high temperatures which destroy the essential amino acids, vitamins, etc. The only true nutrition available in processed pet food is the synthetic vitamin mixture that is sprayed on at the end of processing just prior to packaging. A quality well balanced Raw, Species Appropriate diet is the very best we can do for our dogs as it mimics what they would eat in the wild and is what God created them to eat in the first place. Please read why dogs should be fed whole foods, especially raw meat, organs and bones:

Dogs Are Carnivores

Feeding a SARF Diet

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Whole Dog News

Whole Dog News

As the weather gets chilly, we humans begin to think of ways to stay warm. We get out the comforters, extra blankets, and bring out our warmer clothes – Many dog breeds lack an under-coat of hair to keep them insulated when the temperatures drop, and they benefit from bedding to stay comfortable and beat the cold.

More and more “dog parents” are giving their canine companions a bed of their own, in fact, it is one of the top things dog owners are doing more often in recent years. Increasingly, beds top the list of holiday presents we give to our dogs.

If you’re considering a replacement or first-time bed for your dog this season, you’ll be in good company with those who have recognized the value of dog beds for our cherished companions.

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Here are some top reasons to give your dog a bed this year:

* Secure and happy dogs: Most dogs have a den-making urge, and a bed helps your dog feel more secure with a space of their own. Dogs can be quite sensitive to territory, and giving them their own special area can provide them with a place of sanctuary when they feel tired or emotionally stressed.

* Extra support and comfort: Particularly for older dogs, a bed can insure better sleep by giving extra support and comfort to aching muscles and stiff joints. With their slower metabolism, older dogs may have difficulty regulating body temperature, so providing a source of additional warmth can make a difference in how restful their sleep time can be.

* Better dog hair containment: There are also practical considerations for the human members of the household. Many dogs prefer sleeping in a bed of their own, and will be less likely to sleep or nap on furniture. When dogs use their bed as their primary sleeping space, there is less dog hair and dander all over the house to clean up or to be breathed in by the family.

* More great choices: There are more great dog bedding options than ever before, with great beds made from all-natural materials like organic cotton and natural hemp, to sleeping pockets/snuggle sacks for smaller dogs that like to burrow under covers.

Why Organic Bedding?

Sleeping should be a time for nourishing and replenishing the body in a safe and pure environment. Wouldn’t you rather avoid the chemicals used in mainstream bedding materials than absorb or inhale them?

If you are a regular reader here, chances are that you are already feeding your dog a species appropriate diet and eliminating chemicals in, on and around your dog. If you have gone this far in providing a toxin free environment for your dog then please think about this…Why would you let your dog sleep on a bed made with petrochemicals, flame retardants and other additives? Beds made of synthetic materials can off-gas phthalates and other chemicals, even regular mattresses with synthetic covers or slip covers can be a source of toxic off-gassing. Ongoing exposure to chemical offgassing can cause increased illness in our pets (as well as ourselves.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission lists the following chemicals as the primary ones used in material for bedding to meet current laws: boric acid, formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, decabromodiphenyl oxide (DBDPO Deca), vinylidiene chloride, zinc borate, and melamine.

Don’t automatically think you and your dog are safe when using “natural” fiber bedding. Just because the material is Cotton does not mean it is non-toxic. Cotton is said to be the worst offender, because it is the most heavily sprayed crop. Cotton batting barriers contain 10% poison, 7.5% Boric Acid plus 2.4% Antimony.

This is why it pays to buy Organic and not just natural. Organic means the contents have been grown in an environment, harvested, processed, and manufactured without chemicals, with a lower carbon footprint than traditional.

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Dr Jeannie Thomason – Essential Oils Aromatherapy for Cats

Dr Jeannie Thomason – Essential Oils Aromatherapy for Cats

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My cat Goggles came in one night with her eyes rapidly moving back forth, her balance was very poor, and she was weak and falling down a lot. A half hour before she had been fine. We looked for oils that would be supportive in the event of a stroke. The most important part of the treatment was putting helichrysum oil on the back of her neck. Within hours her symptoms were improved and with each application of the oil she got better. I was applying it a couple of times a day. I also put NingXia Red Juice and Sulfurzyme in her food daily. I ran out of the oil after a few days, and she began to regress again. So I used oils that had helichrysum in them until the helichrysum order arrived. It has been about a month now, and I apply the helichrysum every day or two. If I forget and I see her head begin to fall to one side and her balance get worse, I know it is time for helichrysum again. She responds positively almost immediately. The oil had no adverse effect on her. Some say cats’ fur will fall out if you put essential oils on the fur. Her fur is fine, though for sometime she had a lot of tangles in her fur, I think because she didn’t want to or couldn’t lick her fur. Some say it will kill cats to put essential oils on them. This saved her life, I think. Wendy Morrison Abscesses Our cat Emma was bitten and developed a bad abscess. By the time I discovered it, it was badly infected and oozing foul smelling pus. These types of abscesses have ALWAYS required antibiotics in the past. This time we applied essential oils. We started out by applying the oils neat, around but not directly on the opening of the wound. (this was to prevent the wound from healing prematurely and causing the infection to be sealed in). After 3 days the abscess was smaller, but still producing quite a bit of pus. This is when we decided to take a more aggressive approach, and we started mixing Roman Chamomile and Melrose in warm water and then injecting the mixture straight into the abscess with a syringe without a needle. We flushed the abscess with considerable pressure, until no more pus would come out. Then we put into the wound a piece of raw garlic, carved into the shape of a cat tooth, to perfectly fit the bite-wound. We left the garlic in for just one day, then we repeated the water/oil flush two more days, until no more pus was being produced. Additionally we applied hot packs to the abscess, soaked in hot water that had oils mixed into it. Emma healed beautifully, and we didn’t have to put her on any antibiotics. Our cat Otto was bitten in his upper front leg. We discovered this the same night it happened, and applied oils immediately to prevent an abscess from forming. We put Thieves on the wound and on his paws, and Frankincense between his shoulder blades. The next day, the leg had swollen to half again it’s normal size. We were very concerned and considered taking him to the vet, but we decided to give it one more day and continued putting oils on him, and the day after that the swelling had gone down and there was no sign of infection. In the past, a bite like this has ALWAYS resulted in an abscess, unless treated prophylactically with antibiotics. Since many viruses such as feline aids are transmitted via bite-wounds the anti-viral activity of the oils is especially valuable in an instance like this. Antibiotics would be useless in this regard.

One lesson learned: Never apply Thieves neat to a cat without following with carrier oil. We kept a close eye on Otto, and though he displayed no sign of discomfort, a few days later all the fur around the wound fell out in clumps, leaving a raw, red area underneath. Fortunately, his fur grew back swiftly.

One cat of mine, a big bruiser, non-munchkin, got seriously mauled by a dog. It took over 20 stitches to close him up. He had Melrose directly in the wound, with the approval of an open-minded vet, and Lavender for the pain. Ringworms & Mites I have pure-bred Munchkins. This is a breed of cat that is often called the Dachshund of the cat world. They are short little guys, but every bit of them is cat. I have used Melrose and straight (neat) melaleuca on them when I brought two kitties home from the breeders and the vet informed me they had ringworm. It worked well, killing all signs of it within 2 weeks, and they were pretty bad. The kitties had no side effects, they were about 7 weeks old when I brought them home.

I’ve used Sandalwood on their coats. When they first came home from the breeder, they smelled like a cat box. I filled the sink with warm water, lavender shampoo from YL, and a few drops of Sandalwood. I dunked a washcloth in the water, wrung it out, and gently bathed my new babies, then rinsed the same way. It took away the cat urine smell, and their fur was so soft afterwards. Same thing after they were neutered at the vets, they got a washcloth bath. Every so often, maybe every month, they get one. Melrose also knocked out ear mites in another kitty. We’ve had several cats come and go with children, but they’ve never had a bad reaction to any oil I’ve used. I stay away The Melrose was such a success in so many cases that my breeder asked about it, and now she uses it on all her cats with great success. She has had as many as 50 cats at a time, and she goes through a few bottles a month. Many oil brands can be very dangerous. YL oils are the best that nature has to offer, and the only precaution I would add is don’t use hot oils (high in phenols). Remember also, that some cats don’t need as much as others, JUST THE SAME as humans. One of my cats can take Melrose straight. Another, I dilute it with olive oil, otherwise, she drools. Use common sense. Julie I volunteer at an animal shelter and they used Melrose in oil base for ringworm there. Some cleared up in days, some in weeks. One tougher case over a month. That is compared to over 1 year with what they were doing before, which was why I suggested the oils. I couldn’t stand to see them isolated from kitten hood to adult. Of course, I would only use my YL oils. One shelter worker seemed to think they even liked the smell and affected their mood. Toni Dybas Upper Respiratory Infection I had Kittens (15 of them) with upper respiratory infections and I was informed there was nothing that could be done for them. They completely turned around by diffusing oils in the air and applying oils that were diluted in organic carrier oils. Several blends of oils were used but all are healthy now. Fleas I use Lemongrass (just a few drops in a cup or more of water in a spray bottle) for fleas. I just spray it on MY hands and wipe it along my kitty’s spine. Fatty Tumors/Melanomas I got rid of tumors in a cat using Frankincense (doctors records show they were there and then were no longer there), also diluted and healed sores and wounds with Lavender oil. I Never had any adverse reactions in the cats. But I use very tiny amounts and stay away from the higer phynol oils like oregano. I worked with one of my cats who had melanoma on her side. I dropped directly onto the spot two drops each of Frankincense and Lavender. I did this on and off for 2 weeks. In three weeks the melanoma was healed and to this day, 5 years later, she is fine. In fact she just turned 20 years old. Tape Worms Oh, and I almost forgot. One of our cats developed tape worm. The vet, Nancy Brant, said that oils would not be strong enough. She sent me a western de-worming medicine. But it took a while for me to order it and while I was waiting for it I took about 3 drops of Di-Gize and diluted it in over a half a cup of mixing oil and then put just a few drops of the very diluted oil in a cup of water. Now it was really VERY diluted. Then I put a drop or 2 of that water in the cats food each day. (By this point the amount of Di-Tone they were getting was very minuscule. Maybe one thousandth of a drop ( .0001 of a drop of Di-Gize). By the time I got the wormer in the mail, the tape worms were GONE! Kidney failure Our cat Emma is in kidney failure. At age 17 she was declining at an alarming rate, she went from being a very outgoing social cat to being very withdrawn and apathetic, obviously failing to thrive, not eating much and sleeping all the time with no interest in social interaction. We started putting Juniper and Lemongrass essential oils on Emma’s rear paws (following the application with some vegetable oil, since Lemongrass is a hot oil and can be a bit irritating to the skin when not diluted) The turnaround in Emma’s health was remarkable. Soon we had our Emma back, asking for (or should I say demanding) attention, loving and wanting her cuddle time and also getting her appetite back. Back is the Emma of old, very alert and happy. Emma just turned 21 in April of 2003, and is still doing great and gets oil applications at regular intervals. update: We helped Emma cross over to the next world in August 2004, at the age of 22. She did well up until the very last day of her life. We had another experience with a cat that went into acute kidney failure, where the veterinarian recommended euthanasia that same night. Instead we took her home and applied Juniper and Lemongrass. Since this cat also had a heart condition complicating matters, we also applied Aroma Life (see above) to support her. The vet said the only thing to expect was a steep decline in health, and that there was nothing to do. This cat had a dramatic turn around in her health, and is now (10 months later) doing very well and the vet is saying it looks like her organs are regenerating. She gets the oils applied regularly, as well as subqutaneous fluids and a supplement called “Seameal” by Solid Gold. Power Meal for Cats This may sound weird, but after reading some earlier posts about folks using Power Meal on dogs I decided to see if I could boost my Himalayan Cat – Yogi – food by adding about 1/4 teaspoon to his wet food. By golly, that cat is eating it! In just three days he’s begun to fill out a bit more and is taking better care of himself. A couple weeks ago I was sure I was going to loose him and after almost 14 years, that was really hard. Today, for the first time in all these 14 years, he’s begging at the table. He helped my husband and I eat our chicken tonight and was almost indignant that we didn’t have more. So he flipped his tail and went and ate the rest of his food – that had the Power Meal in it!!!! Life is good and getting better! Lynn Bedri Luka’s Story (www.catsitters.net/) We started using essential oils for our own health in May of ’99, and had such remarkable results that we soon started expanding and using them for our cats as well. Please bear in mind that when I suggest the use of oils I talk about Young Living Essential Oils, which are very different from most of the essential oils found out on the market today. There are many lower grade oils on the market, not pure and not of therapeutic grade, and to use those oils on a cat could potentially do great harm, as there is no guarantee of purity. Cats are very chemically sensitive, and may react strongly or be poisoned by an oil that is adulterated, grown with the use of pesticides or even distilled in a less than optimum manner. So PLEASE do not experiment with just any oils on your cats after reading this. Purity is everything when using oils for your cats. Be sure that you are using a guaranteed pure, organic, therapeutic grade oil. Young Living is not the only quality brand on the market, but it is the only one I trust and use. If you have any doubt of the quality and absolute purity of your essential oils, err on the side of safety, and DON’T use them for your cats – also, they are best used under the supervision of a professional. If you have questions about the Young Living oils referred to in this text, please contact me. Always consult your veterinarian when dealing with medical issues.

Our cat Luka has an advanced stage of cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that results in an enlarged heart. In August of 1999 he threw a blood clot that paralyzed both rear legs. At that time we were fairly new to the oils, but we put some Aroma Life (a blend that supports the heart and circulation) on him right away, and took off for the vet clinic, where he was treated with Lasix and Aspirin and put in an oxygen chamber. After 1&1/2 hours, Luka had regained the use of his legs and was walking again. (Please note: NEVER give Aspirin to a cat unless it’s under veterinary supervision. Aspirin is toxic to cats, and only your vet can determine a safe dosage)

The next day we took Luka to a heart specialist for a full work-up. The diagnosis was not good, we were told that Luka probably only had 3-5 months to live, a year if we were very lucky. We have been treating Luka with oils since then. He gets his prescription medication, but only at half the prescribed dosage. (1 day on/1 day off) We have been putting Aroma Life over his heart almost daily, sometimes alternating with the blend Aroma Siez or the single oil of Helichrysum. Our vet is impressed with how well he’s doing. Almost exactly one year after the first blood clot, Luka threw another blood clot. We heard him crying out in pain, and found him collapsed on the floor, both hind legs dangling uselessly behind him. He was having a very hard time breathing. This time we were prepared and we treated him aggressively with oils, knowing this was life or death. Luka got Helichrysum over the lower back, at the suspected location of the blood clot, and also got Helichrysum on both rear paw pads. This was followed by Aroma Life and Aroma Siez over the heart and Frankincense over the shoulder area. We had to follow the Frankincense with some carrier oil, as the Frankincense irritated Luka’s skin. We also administered Lasix and aspirin, and then put Luka in our oxygen tank, that we had built for him after the first crisis a year earlier. Within 90 minutes, Luka was walking again. And within a few hours, he was jumping up on the couch, quite a feat for his arthritic little body even on the best of days. The next day we treated Luka with Aroma Life and Aroma Siez again, and also some Roman Chamomile on his paws and some of the blend RC over his lungs to ease his breathing difficulty. Whenever he started having breathing difficulties, we put him in the oxygen tank for about an hour or so. Words can not express the gratitude we feel for having our Luka back in good health again. He is now eating and purring and is back to his usual happy and cuddly self! We were told that cats usually do not recover the use of their legs after getting paralyzed from a blood clot, so this is truly a miracle, and we know we have the oils to thank for it! Boel Stoddard Wilsonville, OR Update: We lost our Luka on June 10th, 2001. We are so grateful to have had him in our lives, and so grateful to the oils and the oxygen for allowing him to stay with us so much longer than he otherwise would have. BIRDS: I have used the oils on birds by cold-air diffusing, applying on their feet or moving their feathers and placing very small amounts directly onto their skin. For More Essential Oils and Animals Testimonies

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Yeast Infections In Dogs

Yeast Infections In Dogs

Yeast Infections In Dogs
by Dr Jeanette (Jeannie) Thomason

Yeasts are single cell organisms, which are found on the surfaces of all living things, including your dog’s body. Yeasts normally live on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. One family of yeasts called, Candida albicans, live in the digestive tract and consume substances such as sugar and fats in order to survive. When our dog’s immune system is healthy, the body is able to destroy the yeasts and keep them under control. However, when the immune system is weak, the yeast, being an opportunistic feeder, may produce in mass amounts causing toxins that disable the immune system and prevent it from functioning properly. At this point, the system becomes altered causing a host of health problems. So, It goes without saying that an overgrowth of yeast toxins will affect your pet’s immune system, nervous system, and their endocrine system. Since these systems are all inter-connected, yeast toxins play a major role in causing allergies, bladder infections, skin disorders and many other health problems. Yeast infections in dogs are usually found in the skin and ears and are caused by an organism called Malasezzia pachydermatis or malasezzia for short. Malasezzia, interestingly enough, appeared on the dermatology scene about 10 years ago, but may have been around a lot longer. It used to be, and still is in many dogs, one that is ever present but doesn’t do any harm. In the dog?s ears, it is considered a secondary pathogen, but in the skin it is now recognized as a primary one, although there is usually a predisposing cause that changes it from an innocent bystander into an itchy, relentless problem. Many times,dogs that are suffering from malasezzia will have skin lesions or sores. These lesions can be only one or two or, localized in patches, or in some cases all over the body. These sores are usually red and are accompanied by areas of increased pigmentation, hair loss, and scaliness or greasiness. This scaliness and greasiness with a yellowish tint is usually indicative that malasezzia is the culprit. The dogs are also usually very itchy and have a musty type odor. The most common sites for these sores are the underside of the neck, the belly, and the feet, especially between the toes. Candida albicans is another yeast-like fungus that normally lives in a healthy balance in the body. When the balance is upset, infection results. This is known as Candidiasis and the fungus travels to all parts of the body through the bloodstream. As mentioned above, Normally, the large intestine hosts a balance of beneficial bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bifidus) along with yeast. The harmful Candida is usually kept in check by the Lactobacillus bacteria, partially by the production of lactic acid. Candida actually provides growth factors for Lactobacillus. They exist in a natural balance, until something happens to upset that balance. Although there is no “single factor” responsible for turning this naturally occurring organism into an agent of disease, the candidal species is notorious for being an “opportunistic” pathogen: “They incite disease in hosts whose local or systemic immune attributes have been impaired, damaged, or innately dysfunctional”. Candida has a tenacious ability to adhere to mucosal surfaces. This is a necessary step for the initiation of candidiasis, and adherence depends on the immune status of the host. Candida secretes enzymes which destroy membrane integrity, leading to dysfunction. Candida also secretes toxins which activate the immune system, overload the liver, and deposit in body tissues. The main cause of yeast infections, such as Candida Albicans, is from grain-based foods and drugs, chemicals and poisons. Cooked foods anything in a can or a bag, vaccines which compromise and destroy the natural immune system, antibiotics which kill the friendly bacteria which would ordinarily fight and overwhelm the yeast, steroids that shut down the body’s ability to fight back, and any and all other drugs, chemicals and poisons, including frontline, advantage, program, heartguard, etc, that compromise the immune system are all additional reasons for seeing such a preponderance of yeast infections. Yeast infections seem to be one the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the veterinary field. Many different types of traditional treatments are being used to treat yeast and other skin problems. Although drugs are temporally effective for the symptoms, they do not eliminate the cause of the symptom. I believe you need to get at the cause, you need to look at the whole picture, the whole dog if you will. Once the cause is found, a PREVENTION PLAN can be initiated.

Prevention is the cure!

Immediately you need to get your dog on raw meat and bone diet with supplements to balance and boost the immune system, cleanse these toxins from the body, re-establish the good/friendly bacteria to help the body to crowd-out and combat the yeast and enhance the level of nutrition. As prevention, these must be permanent lifestyle changes for your dog in order for him/her to be able to resist any future yeast infections.

While a fresh, raw meat and bones diet is the preferable diet, if you are not willing to go to an all raw diet for your dog then please consider a grain and potato free dehydrated raw diet or at the very least,switch to a home cooked diet with out grains or vegetables.

This may be a HUGE step for you to totally do away with processed, commercial pet food for your dog. However, this is the best and quickest way to heal your dog of yeast and prevent it from ever coming back again.

br> Yes, you can take baby steps and switch to a grain and potato free kibble for starters however you would not be reading this if your dog was not suffering with yeast that seems to be resistant to all other means of elilminating it. Switching your dog to a grain and potato free kibble is a good start if you have not already done so however,

*Just be warned that it will take longer to get the yeast under control with a processed food diet then just feeding your dog the diet he was designed to eat in the first place.

Let’s just think about this for a minute, you see, science proves dogs are carnivores and were not designed to eat grains in the first place. They do not manufacter amylase in their saliva, to start the break-down of carbohydrates and starches; amylase in the saliva is something omnivorous and herbivorous animals possess, but not carnivorous animals. This places the burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in grains and plant matter. (The carnivore’s pancreas does not secrete cellulase to split the cellulose into glucose molecules), nor have dogs become efficient at digesting and assimilating and utilizing gains or plant material as a source of high quality protein. Herbivores do those sorts of things.

Read Canine and Feline Nutrition Case, Carey and Hirakawa Published by Mosby, 1995 A dog’s main diet in the wild is raw prey (meat). In the wild they eat very little vegetation at all and NO grains. What are anti-yeast foods I can feed my dog? Meats: Fresh, raw (organic when possible) chicken, fish, rabbit, turkey, goat, cornish hen, lamb beef, quail, duck. Vegetables:

Since dogs do not produce enough amylase or celulase to aid them in digesting vegetables, it is best to avoid them all together.

However, if you for your own sake, you feel the need to feed some kind of vegetation keep it as close to what a wolf or wild dog would eat – organic sprouts and leafy greens that have been throughly pulverized or juiced can be fed in very small amounts. NOT carrots, broccoli, and squash. It would be rare indeed (and actually never observed) to see a wolf in a vegetable patch eating these types of omnivore foods. Where they have been observed eating anything you don’t see in the wild is in pastures killing and eating sheep, cattle and even in chiken pens eating chicken. Fruits:

It is also best to avoid feeding fruits to a dog with yeast due to the sugar content. As the dog heals you may begin to add fresh organic blueberries, raspberries, Ninxga (gogi) berries and/or blackberries when they are in season.

Water: If you do not drink your own tap water then please, do not give it to your dog to drink. Use purified or distilled water… You don’t want to give your dog any illnesses due to water contamination. Cleansing and Detoxing It is important to detox or cleanse the blood. Toxins are the impurities that the filtering systems of the body are always at work to eliminate so that these impurities do not get into the blood stream. Once these contaminants ARE in the blood stream, the body begins to lose nutrition. The blood is either able to feed the body with good wholesome nutrients, or it is feeding the body with contaminates ultimately causing serious health issues. Every diagnosed disease has as its root cause – toxins. These toxins are circulating within your dog’s body with every single beat of its little heart. If you will clean up your dog’s internal body, then maintain its internal cleanliness on a regular basis, your dog can return to health and stay that way. Some Tried and True Detox Formulas

Pets Alive Detox Plus

Or

Constitutional Blend

and Detox Blend Importance of Replenishing the Good/Friendly Bacteria The good bacteria that are attached to the inner intestinal walls are benign and do not harm our dogs (or us for that matter). They don?t make harmful chemicals or provoke immune responses and inflammation. In fact, these microorganisms actually protect us from the adherence of disease causing bacteria, like Salmonella and Shigella, which cause diarrhea. The disruption if the intestinal balance is where the troubles begin. The Candida yeast goes through cycles of overgrowth, where toxins are released throughout the system causing numerous or various symptoms. Candida makes a variety of toxic chemicals, which kill the good bacteria. The making of these chemicals prevents bacteria from coming back and enables the yeast to stay. If antibiotics have been used, they too kill all the good bacteria with the bad and the yeast gets a stronghold. Give your dog probiotics to re-build the good bacteria and to help choke out the yeast.

We recommend Fastrack Canine Gel OR Fastrack Microbial Powder

Provide vital “live food” dietary enzymes Live enzymes are completely absent from all cooked and processed pet foods. These key enzymes are what provide the necessary mechanisms to help the body produce powerful antioxidant enzymes. In combating yeast infections, they play a vital role by helping to flush out the dying Candida yeast toxins from the body and free radicals at a cellular level.

We recommend Fastrack Canine Microbial Daily Supplement

or Enzymes Pro +

Add a good, (natural source) vitamin /mineral supplement

Bovine Colostrum will help build back up and the balance the immune system as it working to eliminate the toxins and heal the body

Apple Cider Vinegar or Grapefruit Seed Extract may also be added to your dog’s drinking water What about External Care For The Skin?

Frequent bathing can actually cause more harm then good for the most part. However, if your dog still smells offensive and a good massage and/daily brushing does not help, you can give once weekly baths to clear the skin of dead and dying materials, however, please, only use a natural ingredient product with no chemicals, made especially for dogs such as Young Living Animal Scents or Spa Scents Revitalizing Shampoo that will not further clog the pores.

The use of essential oils or fresh (not chemically-treated) herbs in the shampoo or final rinse will assist naturally in killing the bacteria on the skin it’s self as well as start it healing. Such oils or herbs as Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, Eucalyptus or Melaleuca alternifoila are good for this purpose.

Instead of bathing or in between baths you can mist the dog’s skin with Young Living’s Lavaderm spray or HPN’s Soothing Mist

CAUTION: Use only 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils in your products. If you are unsure, you should consult with the seller or manufacture of the Shampoos or oils used in the products.

You can also use a rinse with a 50/50 mixture of raw, un-filtered apple cider vinegar and water which will also aid in healing and killing the bacteria growing on the skin; HOWEVER, APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR rinses should NEVER be applied to pets with any open lesions.

Time Frame For Healing It is important to note that this is a slow cleansing process which can often take 3-7 months before you see major changes with your dog. It took time for these toxins to build up in the body, it did not happen over night – it will take time for the body to eliminate the toxins, heal and be balanced again. The symptoms of cleansing and de-toxing usually occur about 3-4 weeks into the health life style changes you are making with your dog. These symptoms of cleansing, include itchiness and inflammation which will often appear to worsen during the initial two months of the program, inflamed and itchy ears, skin eruptions and/or flu-like symptoms like vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea and lethargy. This healing crisis effect of the body detoxifying can last for quite some period at times and requires patience on your part.

Make sure to keep an eye on your pet’s general health and temperature and certainly it is wise to work with and under the supervision of a veterinary naturopath or a “Holistic” Veterinarian. Most are available via internet or phone for consultations and support

Most dogs show response to treatment within a month however, in most cases the time needed to cleanse and heal averages out to be 1 month for every year of life! The time frame can be slightly longer for those dogs with a history of medication usage such as antibiotics, steroids and antihistamines. The length of treatment also seems proportional to the cooperation of the owner. In other words, if the owner administers antibiotics or steroids during the treatment program, and/or feeds a low quality diet, the healing will take longer. Treatment will be more effective if the owner remains persistent with the required regimen.

A yeast condition or infection is most often a very frustrating ailment that takes commitment on your part (dog owner/guardian).

*A consultation is highly recommended before any preventative program or treatment is started. A consultation includes a personalized diet and holistic program suggestions that are custom-tailored to your own dog’s individual and personal needs. While I will continue to provide and even add educational articles on the website and Blog, most of these are general in nature. I therefore encourage you to tailor a program specifically for your dog’s needs. This is particularly imperative in pets with complicated health issues, or if you’ve done a lot of outside reading and have conflicting information.

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