Natural Dog Blog
Natural, healthy dog tips and remedies without harmful chemicals...
As advocates for our dogs health, we need to be proactive in searching out the best health advice and natural solutions to help our best friends to be as healthy as they possibly can without nasty side effects from harmful chemicals. I will be adding things I've found success in using on our own dogs and clients dogs so feel free to try any that you like the sound of and I'd love to know what you thought.
"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras
BONE BROTH RECIPE
CRANIAL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT - DIET
The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is a ligament in the knee (stifle) joint that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) to stabilize the joint and is the canine equivalent to the humans ACL.
CCL tears are one of the most common injuries in dogs and 40-60‰ of dogs that already have a cruciate rupture in one knee will unfortunately also experience a cruciate injury in their other knee!
CCL surgery is very expensive and has a long recovery time so is there anything we can do to avoid a CCL injury from occurring in the first place?
Or if there’s already a CCL injury what can you feed to your dog to give him the best chance at recovery?
First we need to make sure we feed them the essential nutrients that their bodies need for tissue repair and recovery.
- 1 - Dogs need fresh protein for muscle building , fresh cartilage for glucosamine and chondroitin and of course fresh bone ie. a raw, fresh food diet is best. 🍖 If he can’t handle soft bones then you can use ground bone added to meals instead.
- 2 - Supplements recommended for joint and soft tissue health,include glucosamine, chondroitin, (un-bleached chicken feet are a good source & are a delicious treat), green lipped mussels, natural eggshell membrane and omega-3 fatty acids.
- 3 - Bone broth (recipe on my website) is excellent for joints and cartilage as it draws all the good stuff out of the joints, notably collagen, proline, glycine, arginine and glutamine.
- 4 - The very best natural anti- inflammatory is Golden Paste made out of turmeric and black pepper. (Recipe on my website)
- 5 - One of the most common reasons for cruciate tears is obesity, therefore maintaining an ideal body weight is vital!
- 6 - Avoid ligament starving diets!!
Dry dog food or kibble is a highly processed cereal that is converted into sugar after it’s been eaten. Kibble is a ligament starving diet and is a major contributing factor to the high numbers of CCL tears in dogs these days. Also it’s not surprising how many dogs are overweight when you consider that a kibble diet is promoted so heavily! Imagine how your health would be if you only ate carbohydrates day after day, year after year? CCL injuries are much rarer in dogs that are fed real food.
- Is Surgery Really Necessary For Your Dog's ACL / CCL Ligament Injury?
BALL PLAY RISK
For those whose dogs love to chase and fetch balls.
Dogs are built differently to us (lacking a clavicle for the shoulder muscles to attach to) for one thing so there’s a need to limit the amount of repetitive ball chasing and catching that they do.
We need to be mindful that most dogs get so excited that they ignore their pain thresholds and continue on chasing and catching the ball until injuries occur with long term consequences such as arthritis and muscle damage.
The sudden lunging, twisting and braking actions used in ball play can injure and cause trauma to the dogs muscles especially when most dogs are not given a proper warm up before or cool down after.
I’ve seen some very painful consequences in some dogs due to their love of balls that can take a long time to recover from.
The ball chasing activity also raises adrenaline and cortisol levels which can take weeks to subside thereby having the potential to cause behavioural issues as well as musculoskeletal injuries.
The takeaway from this is to please get your dog to warm up before engaging in ball play and limit the amount of ball chasing and fetching that they do if any.
Don't allow injured or older dogs to spend time chasing, catching and fetching balls.
Dogs live in the moment, having fun but don't think about the consequences of their actions so we need to step up, take control and look out for them!
Floor Cleaners and Dogs!
Please be mindful of the type of floor cleaners you use as some contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to your dog’s feet.
There is a risk of them absorbing the chemicals through the skin on their feet and also of ingesting the chemicals while licking their wet feet to dry them off.
Better still keep dogs away until the floors are completely dry and use natural based cleaners instead of harsh chemicals.
Foot health can often be overlooked but is very important in your dogs life!
Getting ready to greet spring head on!
CHECK OUT THIS SLOW MOTION VIDEO:
Indi, shaking out her back one day after a Bowen therapy session for a sore and tight back in slow motion!
Most dogs are very stoic and it can be hard to know sometimes when our dogs are suffering with back pain. We need to train ourselves to observe the subtle signs that our dogs are in pain.
Things to look out for:
Dogs that have back pain usually change their behavioural patterns.
- You might notice that they will be reluctant to climb stairs, they may avoid being picked up or being held and they may become withdrawn and less active.
- They can struggle to stand up after laying down and may even refuse to stand up. When we touch their back they might flinch or sit down. They might become a bit snappy and less tolerant with us or with other pets.
- Back pain is very common in older dogs and most just put up with it without complaining until it gets to the point where it’s very noticeable and it takes longer to treat, but if we’re observant we can read the subtle signs and do something about it to help them before it gets too bad!
- Canine Bowen therapy is a very gentle, non invasive method of managing back pain, treating the cause and helping the body to heal so our fur-kids can get back to loving life again!
- It can improve circulation, stimulate lymphatic flow and help to rid the body of toxins and inflammation. It helps loosen and release stiff, painful muscles. It stimulates endorphins providing natural pain relief, has a positive flow on effect to general health and may reduce or even eliminate the need for some medications.
- It also just feels really good for tight aching bodies!
CAN I FEED MY DOG SARDINES?
My dogs love their sardines and they are so good for them, especially for growing puppies and golden oldies. It's so worth overlooking the smell of this oily little fish for all the added health benefits they supply for our fur-kids:
- - Supports joints and bones
- - Supports kidney function
- - Relieves allergy symptoms
- - Good for heart health
- - Good for brain health
- - Good for healthy skin and coat
- - Inhibits cancers
- - Helps with weight loss
- - Boosts immune system
- - Good for eye health
Go on, give it a try!
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Golden Paste With Cinnamon Recipe!!
Does your dog have itchy feet? Try this simple home made anti itch spray.
I'm using it on one of my dogs and it works!!
Our own dogs are fully involved and test drive everything.
A shout out to our beautiful past and present dogs over the years for co-operating and for being our road testers!