Category Archives: Toxins

Causes of Dog Dental Problems– and How to Manage Your Dog’s Tooth Care

When Echo was about 7 years old, she took off after one of my horses who klonked her in the head, breaking one of her molars. That broken tooth would end up causing her premature death.

Besides being kicked by a hooved animal, dogs can find a bunch of other ways to break their teeth. One is chewing rocks. Another is  gnawing on hard bones or sticks. Still another is using their teeth as a tool — to rip off or make escape-sized holes in chain link fencing, for example.

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I cannot emphasize enough the role dental hygiene and maintenance plays in preserving good health.

By the time most dogs are just 3 years old, about 70 percent of them have dental disease that will lead to deteriorating health.

Periodontal disease begins with the build up of plaque. This layer thickens into tartar, which won’t disappear on its own.

Tartar travels under the gum. It causes swelling, bleeding, and mouth odor. This inflammation is a breeding ground for bacteria and leads to gum recession.

Left untreated, the tooth, bone and ligament begin to deteriorate. At this stage the impact on health is potentially life-threatening.

Systemic spread of the bacteria in the mouth can poison seemingly unrelated parts of the body: The dog may end up having problems with

  • Heart valve deterioration
  • Lung
  • Kidneys

More and more veterinarians recommending regular tooth-brushing for dogs.

When they were younger, I did not have an issue with teeth in my dogs who eat a primarily raw diet. But I noticed that if I feed kibble (even high quality, which I do from time to time) then the teeth would begin to collect plaque.

While this is a “skill” that is easier to teach when the dog is young, you can still teach that old dog new tricks. You might try flavored toothpaste such as Bluestem. Many customer reviews note that their dogs love the flavor.

For smaller dogs or puppies, you might try this little finger-cap toothbrush.

Be sure to keep an eye on the condition of your dog’s teeth. And keep in mind that teeth covered with tartar pose a life-threat to your dog. So get if your dog’s teeth are not pearly white, thee to a Veterinarian who can clean the teeth – and strive to keep them that way.

Also, as they aged, it seemed they were both more susceptible to plaque. And in Alice’s case, we did have her teeth professionally cleaned. One vet we used suggested we use Clenz-a-dent. Alice got a tiny scoop of that daily for the last few years of her life – and she never needed another cleaning again. So from personal experience, I can wholeheartedly recommend this.

 Tooth plaque  leads to tarter

If you feed kibble, or your dog is aging you might find that your dog’s teeth needing attention. In this case, Clenz-a-dent may either take care of the plaque— or at least extend the amount of time— between professional cleaning. But if that fails, or you want a different option, you can brush your dog’s teeth. It comes with a toothbrush as well.

 

 

5 Symptoms Most Veterinarians Miss that Can Kill Your Dog

That title may appear to be flat out hyperbole, but I assure you, it is not.

The fact is that more dogs are put to death because of excessive aggression than are put down because they are too old or sick to go on. And aggression, you will learn from Canine Hypothyroidism: Detection, Diagnosis And Prevention, is but one of dozens of common symptoms dogs suffer from when their Thyroid is not functioning correctly. 

Personally, I found that a shocking statistic.

And I lived it; I lived with the reality that euthanasia was a real and gruesome probability for my Bouvier, Wil. He was 3 years-old when he was given to me by his breeders. They explained that their reason for ditching him with me was that he “didn’t care much for the show world.” They claimed he “showed an aptitude for life on a farm.” (Yeah, right. Decoded, this meant, “He loved farm animals– they are so very tasty!”)

When I got Wil at age 3 he was animal and human aggressive. When he saw a cat (human, dog, etc…) outside, he would attack it through our plate glass window.

You’ll learn in Canine Hypothyroidism: Detection, Diagnosis And Prevention that Wil had a half-dozen hypothyroidism symptoms. These were typical red flags of this easily addressed condition. But for the first year and a half we were together, he suffered them—and no vet spotted them until sudden weight gain drew one vet’s attention.

Since writing this book, I have spoken to several people who made what they thought was the only option left: to put the dog down… Each had exhausted all avenues… except… that which is obvious once one has read this book.

Please do read this book. It contains information every dog lover should know.

Halloween is Right Around the Corner!

This is the exciting time of the season for not just kids and adults, but pets too! Just imagine- the fun costumes, all of the various trick or treaters, the fun places to explore…

Pumpkin Patch

Did I Say Pets?

Of course I did! Halloween can be a time for our fur- kids too! Not only will your pet love the activity, but Halloween presents a wonderful opportunity to get out there and get some well-deserved exercise.

Halloween Dogs

Of course, there is always the potential for something unexpected to happen. Are you prepared if your pup eats something a pup shouldn’t eat? Believe it or not, chocolate and candies, especially candies with xylitol (a sweetener found in many sugar free sweets), can be toxic to dogs.

Your pup may ingest harmful food.
● If you aren’t sure, the first thing you should always do is Call Your Veterinarian! Explain the situation; they will tell you what your next steps should be.

Signs to Watch out for:

Be sure that these do not contain poisonous ingredients

Be sure that these do not contain poisonous ingredients

● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Lethargy
● Agitation
● Increased Thirst
● Elevated Heart Rate
● Seizures

What About Candy Wrappers?
Wrappers can cause bowel obstructions that might require surgery.

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Signs to Watch out for:

● Vomiting
● Decreased appetite

● Lack of defecation
● Straining to defecate

Do you like to bake your own creative sweets for the pup to enjoy? There is yet another fantastic activity to keep you and your furry pal busy this Halloween! But do be aware of hidden ingredients in that jar of peanut butter. Poison may be lurking!

But…

Do you know exactly what your pup should eat? Believe it or not, Homemade Dog Treats May Be Dangerous… or Deadly !

Hey- I’ve got you covered! Just in case the unexpected does happen:
Pet Poison Hotline: 1-800-213-6680
ASPCA Animal Poison Control: 888-426-4435

How often do we get to go out and have fun at night? Halloween is one of those few times. Though it may be a blast, this also offers possible dangers. Don’t worry; I’ve put together a few great Tips for Staying Safe Walking your Dog at Night to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way!

In the end, be prepared for a wonderful Halloween for everyone!

Homemade Dog Treats May Be Dangerous… or Deadly

T’is the season for DIY gifts –and a popular one among dog owners is homemade dog cookies. Whether you’re making them yourself or you’re the recipient of a batch of homemade goodies, you must be careful to screen the ingredients for toxins.

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter is one of the "back to basics" styles of peanut butter and contains only Roasted peanuts, Sugar, Palm oil, and Salt

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter is one of the “back to basics” styles of peanut butter and contains only Roasted peanuts, Sugar, Palm oil, and Salt

Perils of Peanut Butter

One would think that peanut butter is nothing more than pureed peanuts, and in a small percentage of peanut butter products, that is the case. More often, however, peanut butter has been adulterated with a myriad of substances, some of which cause disease, or, in the case of dogs, immediate death.

“Surely you jest: Death? Really!?” you say?

Yes!

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Six Common Substances that Regularly Poison Dogs

PLEASE NOTE:
If you have an animal poison-related emergency, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately. Their hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

 If you see any of the elevated symptoms in this pose, you have a medical emergency. If you suspect any of the “warm up” symptoms are due to poisoning, consider that a medical emergency and contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

All of the substances discussed in this post have the potential to be lethal. I’ll start with those that post the greatest threat, even in small quantities.

Billed as a safe food for humans, this one's a kller for dogs.

Billed as a safe food for humans, this one’s a killer of dogs.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a “naturally occurring”  alcohol and is widely produced in China. It is sourced from the woody plant material of corncobs or trees such as birch or hardwoods. It is billed as a sweetener that “aids in the prevention of dental cavities, and reduces plaque formation.”

The most widely recognized source is candy and gum

The most widely recognized source is candy and gum

Xylitol is used as a sweetening agent in foods such as:

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Round Up: Weeds and Pests vs. Health and Vitality

If you have never considered the correlation between illness and toxins, please read this post, listen to the interview and watch the videos.

One of the most heinous examples of corruption I can cite is the ongoing manufacturing, marketing and sale of the herbicide, Roundup. It is used on farmland and residential land across this great nation.

Listen to this interview by Carol Grieve’ of veterinarian , Dr. Don Huber entitled, “GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity.

The active ingredient in Round Up is glyphosate. It has not been adequately studied by the biotech industry, and those that have been done have had questionable controls, so the validity is questionable.

Glyphosate is chronic or cumulative, not acute. If it were acute, those who ingested it would die instantly—like eating cyanide. Eating glyphosate is like smoking cigarettes. You can get away with it for quite a while before you end up facing the grim reaper.

300 million pounds of glyphosate is applied indiscriminately from industrial to residential users.

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Kidney Failure is Caused by Old Age? Really?

My friend’s 13-going on 14 year-old Golden Retriever, Hanna, is dying of kidney failure.

When I asked the vet what caused this, he said, “old age.”

c 2007 -- In spite of her discomfort, Hanna has always been an exceptionally happy dog

Alice, Hanna and their terrorist friend, Molly-cule, c.2007

Hanna, Molly and Alice spent a lot of time up there on the wooded hill!

Hanna, Molly and Alice spent a lot of time up there on the wooded hill!

But this is a dog I’ve known since she was 6, and she wasn’t in in premium condition then. She was chronically, crazy-itchy, particularly her paws, ears and genital area. For as long as I’ve known her, she’d scoot her bottom along the ground, chew at her feet until they were pink, and claw at her ears that were puffy from inflammation.

We were told years ago that the dog had a yeast infection.

I knew a man 15 years ago who had systemic candida. It really knocked him down hard. He cured it by avoiding sugar, carbs, and all fermented foods. It took over a year before he began to believe he was going to live.

When I first met her, Hanna’s diet was far from high-end. She ate medium quality kibble—the medium-priced stuff from Costco.

In the summer of 2007 I insisted we try to detox her. We fed her organic chicken broth for a week, then cooked chicken and rice. She did not improve much—probably because of the rice. Too many carbohydrates.

In the summer of 2008 we fed her buffalo meat and sweet potatoes. Again, she showed a little improvement, but she did not get well. In this case it may have been due to the sweet potato that undermined our progress. Carbs again.

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