Holistic Pet Care: Expert Answers Your Questions

Holistic diets and health supplements are potentially great. When used correctly your dog can benefit from years of dedicated research and development in the holistic health industry. But the operative words here 'when used correctly'.

Because the holistic health sector is a relatively new introduction to the pet sector, a lot of dog owners are still getting used to understanding it. K9 Magazine has received a lot of questions in the past about this subject, so we thought now would be a good time to put them all together. Spencer Martin answers your queries.

Will A Raw Food Diet Help My Dog?

For nearly 6 months straight my dog became violently ill with terrible episodes of diarrhea anytime he ate his meals. We tried feeding him all types of dog food and eventually came to the understanding that he was allergic to every type of protein he was eating. Is there any thing that I can do to get my dog the necessary nutrients it needs without resorting to commercial dog food?

Spencer Martin answers: While it appears that all hope is lost for getting your dog back on track with a nutritional plan that will not make him sick, the good news is that you have tried every option except for the most important one: all natural raw foods.

Consider feeding your dog raw protein from now on. Totally raw, whole food diets are the natural way our pets were meant to eat. It has only been the increased commercialism from pet food companies that has caused dog owners to believe that their animals must eat food that comes in a can or large plastic bag. This could not be further from the truth!

Be sure to start a raw food diet in small portions. In addition to clean raw meats, consider raw fish, wheat, dairy, and yeast. These types of ingredients can be found in most whole food recipes. Calcium would be a supplement to consider as well, especially if the raw food you are feeding your dog does not have “crushed bone” or any other source of calcium in it. A vitamin supplement and fish oil are also recommended. Holistic Pet Care: Expert Answers Your Questions

Could Holistic Medicines Help My Dog's Cough?

I have a German Shepherd that is going to be seven years old this year and he has had a seasonal cough his entire life. After taking him to the vet year after year, I was instructed to give the dog Robitussin. This cough syrup did not seem to help and he eventually started coughing the entire winter season. Specialists after specialist had me give my dog antibiotics, diarrhea pills which were supposed to help, Cipro, and even theophylline. Nothing seems to help.

Spencer Martin answers: Veterinarians that prefer to take a more holistic approach to dog care generally disapprove of trying to suppress a dog's cough unless it is absolutely mandatory. There has been a lot of success with treating these types of coughing conditions with homeopathics and herbal remedies.

If you have not began such treatments then consider researching some of these all-natural products that are on the market today.

Can Holistic Measures Help Control My Dog's Seizures Caused By Distemper?

I have a four-year-old Labrador mix that contracted distemper from an old neighbour's puppy. The initial acute period of the disease went by with little problems thanks to homeopathy, but within weeks she was having seizures on a daily basis. After doing a lot of research and talking with my veterinarian, my wife and I are considering putting our dog on Phenobarbital. How does Pheno work and is it safe?

Spencer Martin answers: When an animal has distemper, the nervous tissue lining is destroyed due to demyelination. In response to this action, the dog's body tries to counter the issue by using its own immune cells. This causes inflammation of the brain, otherwise referred to as encephalitis. Seizures can be one result. Pheno is actually said to be a quality way to help suppress your dog's seizures. You should also consider supplementing with a special Chinese herbal formula that will assist in the healing process.

In addition, hemp oil, B vitamins, vitamin D, Kelp, extra magnesium, and vitamin C are all healthy supplements for your dog's condition. In time your dog should stabilize and slowly become weaned off of the Pheno. Most holistic practitioners will still recommend that you continue with the herbal supplements. As with any health issue, supplementation and drugs, always consult with your veterinarian and be sure to research the advice of a holistic practitioner.

Should I Investigate Holistic Remedies To Help Solve My Dog's Urination Problem?

My dog takes a very long time to urinate, in fact, it has been like this ever since I bought him as a puppy at eight weeks old. Now at age 3, he is still taking forever to pee. Although my dog does not appear to show any discomfort or pain when urinating, is this a problem to be concerned about?

Spencer Martin answers: It appears that since your pet has always taken a bit longer than usual to urinate, he is probably healthy and that is just the way he is anatomically built. However, in order to ensure that your dog's kidney functioning is healthy, arrange to have his urine and blood tested by your veterinarian.

How Will A Vegetarian Diet Help My Dog?

I have a six-month-old Chihuahua puppy that I would like to switch to an all-vegetarian diet.  Some people say that this type of diet is not healthy for a dog but I would really like to give it a try. Is it a bad idea?

Spencer Martin answers: Lately there has been a lot of controversy concerning what pets should be eating, especially when it comes to dogs. The American pet food recall a few years back has triggered a lot of awareness into the reality of pet food and what is considered healthy today.

There should be nothing wrong with an all-vegetarian diet for your puppy so long as there are additional supplementation guidelines adhered to. While dogs can live a long and healthy life eating this way, you cannot denounce the fact that they are omnivores by genetics. Their ancestors ate meat from the time they were born, into old age, and did just fine. Monitor your puppy's health and growth, and be sure to add omega-3 oils and a vitamin/mineral tablet.

[Disclaimer] Hollistic health advice is not a substitute for professional petcare advice and should only be used in conjunction with advice provided by a suitably qualified petcare professional. Always seek immediate professional help if you have any medical or behavioural problems with your dog. Hollistic health advice serve is offered on a voluntary basis and the advice provided by the advisor is for guidance purposes only and should not be considered as irrefutable or conclusive. K9 Magazine is always happy to refer readers to appropriate organisations and governing bodies if you are seeking a qualified petcare professional.


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