Dog Vs Human Shampoo

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Many people don’t realize just how harmful using a human shampoo is on a dog really is. Here are 3 examples of why just one bath could potentially run the risk of a problem that could have been avoided.

  • The Ingredients: Dog shampoos are usually ‘soap free’ and have ingredients that are safe and beneficial to their skin and coat. They have a formula for conditioning and gently cleansing to protect your dogs skin from over drying. Some even contain ingredients that help with fleas, ticks, and hot spots (skin abrasions or ulcers) while human shampoos do not and can even cause skin irritation.

  • pH Balance: Human pH is 5.5 while dog pH is 7.5 making human skin over 100 times more acidic than your dogs. Due to the acidity of human shampoo it can overly dry out your dogs skin and open it up to potential problems.

  • Skin Layers: Humans have 10-15 layers of skin while dogs only have 3-5. The more layers of skin you have, the more protection. Using human shampoo strips off these protective layers of skin and can open your pet up to potential bacterial and viral infections.

 Just one note I’d like to add to dogs having fewer layers of skin is the harm of fur getting matted. ‘Dread Locks’ close to the skin, while less painful on a human, are extremely painful and dangerous to your pets skin. This includes cats as well. Knots and matting on just a few layers of skin will be massively more problematic than on our thicker skin. If skin cannot breathe it will retain moisture under the coat and lead to the buildup of harmful bacteria and viruses.These pathogens will eventually destroy layers of skin causing painful infections, ulcers and a trip to the vet. Not only that but parasites like fleas, ticks, and lice can live happily under matting and go completely unnoticed. That will lead to an infestation in your entire home. Regular grooming at home, and in a salon, is the only way to prevent dangerous matting and keeps health related costs down. Getting your dog on a regular professional grooming schedule is the best prevention of skin related issues as your groomer can notify you if they notice any dermatitis, parasites, or infections. As a Natural Health Consultant I can also recommend some natural remedies to try at home. Most are cost effective as well as completely healing and gentle on your ailing pet’s skin.

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Food Allergies? Try Quercetin

I once had a customer who brought her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in for their grooming appointment. I noticed they started scratching the second they stood still. I asked her about it and she stated they did that all the time and she didn’t know why. Throughout the entire grooming session the dogs were scratching non-stop. I applied aloe to the skin to see if that would offer any relief but to no avail. When she returned to pick them up I advised her that a change to a hypo-allergic brand of food would be wise and to also give them a supplement that should cure the itching quickly. The supplement I recommended was called Quercetin.

quercetinQuercetin is a phytochemical that is part of the coloring found in the skins of apples and red onions. It has been isolated and is sold as a dietary supplement. It contains natural anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic effects.

About 6 weeks later the dogs returned. Their symptoms had reversed completely and they weren’t scratching anymore. Their skin even looked healthier with no signs of dermatitis or dander. It’s not hard to believe that dogs suffer from food allergies just like people do.  Once all food allergens are removed from the diet, Quercetin should be supplemented until symptoms cease. For the Cavaliers I recommended giving each dog 1 capsule twice daily with food and to come back in a few weeks for a follow up.

Here is a list of symptoms of food allergy that you just might notice your dog has.

Symptoms of food allergy or intolerance:

♣ Excessive scratching (and no sign of fleas, ticks or lice)

♣ Runny eyes

♣ Dermatitis (redness and inflammation of the skin)

♣ Topcoat Shedding/Excessive Hair Loss

♣ Diarrhea

♣ Constipation

♣ Bad Breath

♣ Gas

♣ Malaise

♣ Hyperactivity

♣ Rapid Hear Rate (Panting at Rest)

It’s not impossible to figure out all of the foods your dog is allergic to. It just takes a little time. Feeding a raw food diet allows you to single out ingredients to see which ones are causing a problem.

Start with one meat (usually chicken), one vegetable, one essential fatty acid, and either brown rice or white potato for a starch. Keep them on this diet for at least 2 weeks to let the body flush out the histamines from their former food. If your dog’s symptoms stop add one more vegetable and change the source of meat. Do this every couple of weeks to test their food intolerance. If any symptoms occur remove new ingredients and go back to the old recipe. Pretty soon you’ll be able to, through process of elimination, find out everything your dog is able to eat and avoid the ones they can’t. This will lead to less veterinary visits for ‘unknown causes of symptoms’ and make your dog the healthiest it can be.

Keeping a supply of Quercetin on hand for allergy symptoms, like dermatitis or severe itching, is also a great idea. Quercetin is all natural and can be found at your local health food store.

***NOTE*** We do not endorse any specific brand of supplement. Picture above is just to show an example of what a bottle would look like. There are many wonderful brands available in your local health food store.

Colloidal Silver for Pets!

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When you go to the doctor or bring your furry friends to the vet with an infection, you’re given an anti-biotic that is very specific to certain strains

of bacteria. That means it’s essentially useless unless that specific bacteria is present. Plus, anti-biotics cause yeast (thrush) infections so you must always follow anti-biotics with probiotics (found in yogurt). And if you or your pet is misdiagnosed as having a bacterial infection, when in fact it’s a yeast or virus, you or your pet will only get sicker from the anti-biotic treatment. So now you’re saying, “Jessi, how do we fight these horrible bugs if we’re not sure what they are?” I have two words for you…Colloidal Silver.

What is Colloidal Silver? I took this easy description from a website.

“Colloidal Silver, a liquid solution of charged silver particles of monovalent silver, is used as an effective treatment for many health conditions in dogs…Colloidal Silver acts as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and is effective against over 650 disease organisms found in humans and pets. It kills bacteria, fungi and viruses without disturbing the surrounding healthy cells or contributing to resistant strains…”

How it works is basically suffocates the offending fungus, virus, or bacteria by disabling enzymes needed by these pathogens for proper oxygen metabolism. I know that sounds like a lot of medical mumbo jumbo but it’s important to know that even though it does this, it never affects healthy cells in the body. It essentially kills the bad and leaves the good alone. What other anti-biotic can do that? I would still follow any treatment of Colloidal Silver with Probiotics to ensure proper development of digestive enzymes.

The medical community are now using Colloidal Silver to disinfect equipment to prevent staph infections. Colloidal Silver is so safe it can be taken repeatedly unlike regular anti-biotics and bacteria cannot mutate to become immune to it. It builds your immunity for future infections, doesn’t interact with other medications, and doesn’t sting the eyes or cause upset stomach. You can administer Colloidal Silver internally by mouth, spray directly into your eyes, or apply topically to cuts and abrasions. I also recommend spraying it into dogs and cats ears that are infected and spraying on your dog’s teeth to help with gum infections and prevent tooth decay.  Most ear infections are misdiagnosed as either being mites or a bacterial infection when in fact it’s usually a fungal infection brought on by food allergies or additives. The recommended dose for dogs is roughly what you would give a child. About a teaspoon to a tablespoon for small to large breeds once daily until the infection clears and symptoms ease. I don’t recommend taking silver indefinitely because it can get costly. Usually 2 weeks is the longest an infection should take to clear. Pets age rapidly so they also heal rapidly as well. For what would normally take a human 2 weeks to get over an animal can be cured of in just a few days. Keep an eye on your pet’s symptoms and once they have reversed you can discontinue treatment.

Now you’re asking yourself, “Where on earth do I find this wonderful remedy?” Believe it or not this amazing product is sold at your friendly neighborhood health food store. It’s FDA approved to be sold over the counter because it’s so safe.

With holistic remedies being more mainstream many pet retailers are jumping on the band wagon and supplying great remedies for pets. But keep in mind that sometimes when it’s ‘pet grade’ it could be loaded with fillers or yeast to make it more tasty. So do your research and read the list of ingredients. Find out how much of the actual remedy is in there. I like to use human-grade products on my furry clients. I just lower the dosage of course.
For more information on pet health visit my blog at http://www.pawtsmouth.com

Zen Doggy

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Ever wonder why Fido acts up when you’re stressed, even though you’re not physically showing you’re stressed? Call it ‘Doggy 6th Sense’. (I see stressed people) Dogs pick up on our feelings no matter what they are. Happy, sad, worried, angry, dogs will react to everything. You may even notice that when you’re ill your dog will lay near you a lot or demand more of your attention. This is their way of showing they know you’re sick and they want to help you feel better and guard you until you’re well.

To ensure you have a calm dog, calm yourself. Do Yoga or meditate with your dog in the room. Meditation has been proven to be the best way to calm ourselves so why wouldn’t it work for your dog? They may start off wanting to lick the face off of you but eventually they will calm and meet your pace. If you make this your daily ritual you may even, over time, calm hyperactivity in a pet that correctional training or nutritional supplementation doesn’t fix. Dogs can’t communicate verbally so they show their feelings by acting out.  Use meditation to your advantage and try to connect more with your pet on a mental level. Create a ‘Zen Doggy’. It may even help you train or calm them in other environments like the dog park or the vet. When you take them into those environments take a deep breath and feel only a sense of calm. Make eye contact with them and send that calm feeling to them without speaking. Keep doing this the entire time you’re out.

A Zen Doggy may feel more comforted when left alone at home for many hours. Dogs with separation anxiety are usually that way because of an over attachment to the owner and a sense of being in an unstable environment. They were possibly moved around a lot, or had a trauma of some kind, shaking their stability. They crave attention at all times leaving you drained and afraid to leave them alone. Some people ban a dog from certain rooms or put them in a kennel. Your dog should feel that his/her home is their palace and can roam freely without problems. And, if you desire, you should be able to give them that freedom (once housebroken of course). Bring them into different rooms to meditate with them in there. Tell them mentally what you expect of them in that room. Visualize them calmly entering the room and napping while staying off furniture you don’t want them on. Also see them chewing only their toys. Send these mental images to your pet and at the end make eye contact. See if you notice anything. Is Fido calm or napping? Are they chewing their own toys or rawhide?

You can even connect with your dog mentally when you’re not even there. A Zen Doggy can pick up on things you’re thinking or feeling while you’re at work or even on holiday if you meditate. Try it. While you’re away from home meditate and try to send messages to your dog. It may even be the best way to calm their separation anxiety. See if you come home to a happy and relaxed dog with the house left intact.

You never know, you just might get to the bottom of all your problems when you create a Zen Doggy. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you could get your dog to do tricks by just thinking them? That’s one parlor trick I’d love to see.

 

Dog Vs. Human Shampoo

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For over 16 years I’ve been telling people that they should only use dog shampoos on their dogs and never human. Here are a few reasons why human, even baby, shampoos can be very harmful to your pets.

  1.  The Ingredients: Dog shampoos have ingredients that are safe and beneficial to their skin and coat. They have a formula for conditioning and gently cleansing to protect your dogs skin from over drying. Some even contain ingredients that help with fleas, ticks, and hot spots (skin abrasions or ulcers) while human shampoos do not and can even cause skin irritation.
  2.  pH Balance: Human pH is 5.5 while dog pH is 7.5 making human skin over 100 times more acidic than your dogs. Due to the acidity of human shampoo it can overly dry out your dogs skin and open it up to potential problems.
  3. Skin Layers: Humans have 10-15 layers of skin while dogs only have 3-5. The more layers of skin you have the more protection. Using human shampoo strips off these protective layers of skin and can open your pet up to potential bacterial and viral infections.

 Just one note I’d like to add to dogs having fewer layers of skin is the harm of fur getting matted. ‘Dread Locks’, while less painful on a human, are extremely painful and dangerous to your pets skin. This includes cats as well. Knots and matting on just a few layers of skin will be massively more problematic than on our thicker skin. If skin cannot breathe it will retain moisture under the coat and lead to the build up of harmful bacteria and viruses. These pathogens will eventually destroy layers of skin causing painful infections and a possible trip to the vet. Regular grooming at home, and in a salon, is the only way to prevent dangerous matting and also keeps health related costs to a minimum.