As pet parents of raw fed dogs, we know that this is not the case and that our pets actually thrive on the BARF Diet. So we may find ourselves lying or evading the dreaded question, "What are you feeding your dog?"
So why do so many veterinarians disapprove of a raw diet for our companion animals? Often times it's merely a lack of education about pet nutrition that leads to their apprehension and rejection of the raw feeding philosophy.
Luckily more and more holistic veterinarians (and even some conventional vets) are now jumping on the BARF Diet bandwagon after seeing firsthand the improvements that a raw diet has had on their clients' pets.
Besides the raw diet controversy, there is another hot topic that many veterinarians and pet owners seem to be butting heads about and that subject is vaccinations. As with any debate, there are two sides to the story. That's why you shouldn't skip this week's "If Dogs Could Talk" article below.
To your continued education on holistic healthcare and nutrition,
Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World team
P.S. We invite you to share your thoughts about this controversial topic by email to email@example.com. We may even post your response in next week's issue of The Intelligent Pet newsletter.
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Things to Consider Before Your Vaccinate Your DogBy Al Skender
As children we have all had to receive vaccinations to ward off diseases like measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Schools even require your child be immunized with certain vaccines before they may be admitted.
This is also very true for your pet as well.
Dogs need to have certain vaccinations to guard against disease. These vaccines protect your dog from diseases as well as other problems that could possibly come about. To make sure your dog is doing well it is a good idea to schedule regular visits with your veterinarian at least once a year. Prevention is the best possible defense against future pet health problems.
Common Vaccinations for PuppiesWhen your pooch is a puppy, your veterinarian will recommend various vaccines for optimal health. Here are some of the most common pet vaccines:
Another vaccination routinely offered is Bordetella (tracheobronchitis), most commonly known as kennel cough, which is also highly contagious. This is normally administered at 14 weeks of age and again every six months thereafter.
Then there is the most commonly known vaccination -- Rabies. In most counties this vaccine is required in order to acquire a pet license in your city. Many kennels and pet hotels make this a requirement prior to boarding your pet with them. The rabies vaccine must be given at 16 weeks of age and again every 12 to 36 months, depending on your county's licensing requirements.
A few more vaccinations are Giardia at 14-17 weeks of age, with a yearly dose thereafter. The vaccine for Lyme disease is another type administered at 14-17 weeks of age and again annually.
Vaccine Worries to ConsiderDogs are "man's best friend" and thus it is important to give them the proper care they need so vaccinations are the perfect place to start. When considering when to vaccinate or re-vaccinate your canine buddy it is best to speak with your veterinarian first to gain the proper knowledge for your dog. All vaccines come with a label warning from the manufacturer advising the practitioner to not vaccinate animals that are not healthy.
It is also a good idea to do your homework beforehand and find out which vaccines are necessary for licensing your pet in your town or boarding your pet at a kennel if necessary.
One thing to remember is that too many vaccines at one time can be detrimental to your pet's health and do not allow the immune system to respond fully and efficiently. Many vaccines may also cause severe adverse reactions so you must weigh the pros and cons before you decide.
According to many holistic veterinarians, giving only the core vaccines as well as those particular to your pet's individual situation or location is the best way to go.
What Are the Core Vaccines?By now you are probably asking yourself, "What are the core vaccines?" Well, rabies is definitely one of them. Rabies is one of the world's most publicized and feared viral disease as it is what is called as a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed from animal to human. Other core vaccines are parvovirus and distemper. Check with your veterinarian for their recommendation about core vaccines.
Other Tips For Optimal Pet HealthAlong with vaccinations, proper baths, regular toenail clippings, and feeding your dog a proper diet will keep them as healthy as possible. Most health problems arise in a dog that is either genetically susceptible or environmentally exposed to the wrong type of food - kibble being the main culprit. Proper nutrition is often found in the BARF Diet of dog food and treats.
Human food or table scraps can also be damaging because of their greasy, salty qualities so make sure to do this sparingly and stay away from greasy, salty, fatty foods. Most human food is generally cooked which is harder on your pet's digestion so that's another reason to stay away from feeding your pooch too many table scraps. Instead try offering a piece of raw meat or vegetable while preparing your meal. It's better for them and still just as tasty.
The Decision to Vaccinate is Yours to MakeJust like proper diet and exercise, vaccinations can determine the longevity of your dog's life. And while your vet has spent a lot of time going to school to learn the proper care of animals, it is always a great idea for you as the pet owner to be knowledgeable about your pets need for vaccinations. Your vet is a fountain of knowledge and will recommend what they feel is the best course of action for your pet's health…but as your pet's guardian, it is ultimately your decision to make for what is best for your pet.
Always remember every dog deserves the care we would give ourselves!
Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He's a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine
|Bark Out Loud|
Grandmother Gladys Kapuwi, who is now suing the firm, claims she took Pomerian-Maltese mix Dodo to Petco in Hawaii for a grooming but was left horrified when the puppy was returned with a piece of its ear missing."
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Wags of Wisdom:"Based on the experience of over 17 years of homeopathic practice, it is my opinion that most animal skin allergies (and similar skin diseases) are the result of repeated annual vaccinations."
-Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats" (1995, 2005)
"I have been encouraging my clients to not vaccinate or vaccinate less for the past 30 years. All of the cases of Distemper and Kennel cough I have seen over these many years were all vaccinated at some point in their lives. All Parvo cases I have treated post 1978′s Parvo epidemic had all been vaccinated. My reason for making this statement is that I want you to all be aware there are no guarantees whether you vaccinate or not."
-Dr. Stephen R. Blake, DVM, CVA, CVH, www.thepetwhisperer.com
"While annual physical examinations by your veterinarian are critically important for the health of your animal, there is growing concern about giving annual vaccines. In my opinion, the best approach to vaccination is to build up the health of animals so they are not susceptible to acute infectious diseases (therefore do not need vaccines)."
-Dr. Christina Chambreau, DVM, CVH, www.christinachambreau.com
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| Taking your dog in for his annual checkup at the vet's office can be a stressful time for you both.
It may start off fine and your pooch may happily allow you to put his leash on him and get him in the car. After all leashes and cars usually means something fun is about to happen, like a walk around the block or a trip to the dog park.
But once you pull into the parking lot of the veterinary office, your dog's demeanor starts to change. It's like your pooch knows what's coming next...and he doesn't like it one bit.
Can you blame them though? The cold linoleum floor, the medicinal smell and the sound of other dogs whimpering and barking in the waiting room are not very inviting. Plus no dog (or person for that matter) wants to be poked, prodded or have his temperature taken that way.
Yep, going to the vet is one of those necessary evils that both dog and human must endure. That's why it's a good idea to be prepared with some Rescue Remedy in your purse. You can dose yourself and your pet and help relieve some of that added stress of being at the vet.
Whether it's an imminent trip to the vet, an approaching thunderstorm, or merely a weekend alone, pets can experience anxiety just like people can. That's why Rescue Remedy spray is the perfect, natural alternative to manage everyday stress.
Rescue Remedy is a blend of natural flower essences suitable for use on both people and pets of all shapes and sizes. Common uses for Rescue Remedy include:
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Here are some of the responses we received from last week's article about Energy Healing for Pets:
"Thank you for having these greatly informative articles in The Informative Pet! My husband says I take better care of my 2 labs than I do myself...Keep them coming!!"
Isn't that the truth? We really do learn from our pets don't we? By the way Debi, I think I like your name for our newsletter a bit more that ours!
"Hello. We started the BARF diet a little over a month ago and we can see improvement already. Thanks to all the BARF folks. Have a happy day. (Pic attached of Rocket and I on our vacation together.)"
-Nina R. from Pickerington, OH
What an adorable dog you have Nina. We're so glad to know that Rocket is loving his BARF Diet and doing so marvelously on it too!
"I was thrilled about that article [Volume 3, Issue 7:Energy Healing For Dogs], because it speaks out of my heart. I'm Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and trained by Carol Komitor. I hope that this article will encourage to use this service more." -Annette Ramseyer, HTAP, CMT, Ph.D, Easing Paw Animal Therapy
""We" often get left out, because it's still considered "new;" but I have had success with Reconnective Healing...There is a basic pattern to all things. Each thing has a perfect pattern. When some part of that pattern changes...perhaps by an event like an accident or a change in habits or something even more intangible like changes in thoughts and beliefs...a misalignment occurs in the Qi points and channels and the way these life energies connect to the world around the subject. It's a sort of disease of chaos moving into one or more of these connecting points and channels. When this chaotic area is "reconnected," then harmony sets into alignment more towards that perfect pattern."
-Darcy Best, reconnective healer and artist, Best Creative Outlet
Thanks for the information about Reconnective Healing, Darcy. There are so many forms of energy healing out there that it's great to hear that they are starting to be used on our pets...and with great success too!