HEALTH AND MAINTENANCE
JUST IN CASE YOU ARE CURIOUS OR HAVE A NEED TO KNOW
PRESCRIPTIONS (A) || INJURY RELATED ISSUES (B)
BURSAS. Primarily a
"puppyhood" issue since puppies tend to PLOP rather than lie down
gently. Rumor has it, a bursa is considered the result of a lowered immune
system. If that is true, the following could be helpful: 1000 units of
ESTER-C, 2x daily for 3 days; 500 units of ESTER-C, 2x daily for 7
days; then 500 units 1x daily for 7 more days.
OR, a gentle 3x daily
massage of the swollen area with Ben-Gay or IODEX.
OR, prepare a paste
of equal parts FRESH GRATED GINGER, BAKING SODA, and CAYENNE PEPPER.
Apply to the entire swollen are then wrap with a dressing or hand
towel held in place, and leave on for 15 minutes...3x a day is very
efficacious. OR, use hot/cold compresses--not so hot you can't hold it
on for 3-5 minutes, then alternate with cold for 3-5 minutes. Repeat
till you have to do something else<G> Only under the most severe cases
should you allow a vet to drain them. They simply fill up again.
Surgery is the very LAST Resort.
DIARRHEA. Pumpkin...canned and NOT the Pumpkin Pie Filler, just the standard pumpkin in a can. Using 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds (better buy several
cans for our guys). If we are dealing with just an upset tummy from eating out of the kitty litter box, this should work for you. Diarrhea is also a sign of more serious health issues, so if the diarrhea persists more than 24 hours, call your vet!! My personal choice
for control is Calf Scours Powder, a teramyacin used to treat scours/diarrhea in cattle. You will only use 1/4 TEASPOON over a 6-hour period. This means you use it at Noon and the hound has not shown signs of firming up, you may use it once more at 6:PM. If you've no success in firming up the stool by then, CALL YOUR VET! Calf Scours Powder (a probiotic) can be obtained through an Equine
Supply outlet (www.jeffersequine.com) or your local Farm Store. It comes also in liquid form, but I prefer the powder as it is easier to calculate and use.
RAW FOOD DIETS. GOOD OR
BAD. A recent article came in my eMail which
I feel is important to share so I will link to it for your
perusal. (Copy and paste.)
SKIN, COAT, ALLERGIES AND
THEN SOME. The computer is soooo educational. I
don't recall where I found this but it makes sense. COCONUT
OIL FOR DOGS! Here's the gist of the article about what it
can do for your dog.
Tablespoon per 10# body weight 2x daily of Coconut Oil
(Trader Joe's has the Organic/Virgin product and possibly
any Health Food Store):
- Clear up skin problems, from
allergies to dry skin.
- Improve general skin health
the dog's coat shiny, deodorizing doggy odor
- Prevents and
treats yeast and fungal infections
- Disinfects cuts
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath ("doggy
breath" as opposed to "puppy breath")
- Helps to control
- Increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament
hummmmm, perhaps I should try this stuff myself. My
grandmother believed in a tablespoon each of vinegar and honey in
warm water daily to do pretty much the same things. I wonder if
coconut oil tastes as good?? So to continue this "homeopathic"
vein... Here's a bit of data about
Honey has been used for 2,000 years for its medicinal
properties. It is an excellent source of all-natural quick energy
boost. (Check with your doctor if you have blood sugar issues!).
It a natural antibiotic both internally for a sore throat and
general malaise; and externally as a disinfectant for wounds,
sores and burns.
SKUNK ODOR. No more Tomato Juice! Here is a
little recipe which is much more effective. This comes from the
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
website... 1 Quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide; ¼ Cup Baking
Soda; 1 teaspoon liquid soap (I prefer DAWN). I think this may
also be less expensive than a gallon or two of tomato
juice...messy! messy! messy!
WAS YOUR VETERINARIAN WRONG? The
Animal Legal Defense Fund (aldf.org) offers some
tips on what to consider if you feel your veterinarian may have
injured or caused the death of your dog--even accidentally.
Seek a second opinion from an unrelated veterinarian. Contact the
vet who treated your dog and get a copy of all of the records.
- If the dog died, immediately (ASAP) take the body to a college
of Veterinary Medicine (e.g., UC San Diego) for a necropsy to
determine the cause of death. If you receive a 2nd opinion
supporting your concerns, you should seek expert legal
advice. (In Orange County CA, call me; I have a friend who
specializes nn "animal" concerns.) - Send a letter of complaint to
your state veterinary licensing board
and request an investigation. State licensing boards can suspend
or remove a vet's license. CALL THE BOARD to make sure your
complaint was received and is being acted upon.
- Send a
complaint complaint to the veterinary medical association in the
county where the veterinarian practices and request an
- Hire a lawyer or go to Small Claims Court. Any
animal is viewed legally as an item of personal property and most
courts limit recovery to the cost of replacing the animal with
another animal. Recovery may well be limited to out-of-pocket
(B) FCE~Fibrocartilagenous Emboli.
Currently there is a study
supported by The University of Nottingham (UK). What is FCE?
...explains it quite well. The HOME page for VeterinaryPartner.com has
answers to most incidents which can affect your puppy.
(A) Batril...for respiratory, digestive and urinary tract
infections. Use only when all else fails when taken orally! It can be
used effectively for ear infections as a drop.
A good link for
general meds data: http://www.terrierman.com/antibiotics.htm