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Dec 06, 2020

15 Year Old Dog with Yeast Die Off

How Can I help my 15yr old dog with really BAD die-off from yeast? She has been treated by vets, skin specialists, family vet. Blood tests have been done

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Dec 04, 2020

Elderly Dog Yeast Treatment

My dog is about 13 years old and showing signs of a yeast infection. How can I treat him for this? He has had all blood work done. Pee in normal range,

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Dec 01, 2020

How to Accurately Calculate Your Dog's Age

Small dogs have smaller skeletal structure and on average, age more slowly than bigger dogs with larger structural frames.

The old way of multiplying your dog's age by 7 years is no longer considered accurate.

Here's the new scientific way.

At one year of age your dog is a teenager, and at 2 years of age, is the equivalent of 24 years old in human years. From 3 to 5 years, add 4 years for every human year.

After 6 years of age, your dog's size matters. For each human year, add 4 years for small dogs, 5 years for medium sized dogs, 6 years for big dogs and for giant breeds such as the Newfoundland Dog, Great Dane, Irish wolfhound or Bernese Mountain Dog, add 7 years.

A mixed breed dog will generally live a year or so longer than a purebred dog , because of the wider gene pool which offers some protection against genetic weaknesses.

If you want to increase your dog's chances of living a long life, most vets now agree that preventing obesity is the most important health influencing factor.

If your dog is over weight, that will put stress on your dog's joints and heart, and increases the likelihood of developing other chronic dog health problems and diseases such as cancer.

Nov 20, 2020

6 Year Old GSD Bleeds From Nose

Hello, My GSD bleeds from the nose on monthly basis. Went to vet, and he said it's common, but we are worried. Also, he's got hot spot on his leg which

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Nov 20, 2020

Lost 6 kgs weight in 2 months

My dog is Boxer breed and he is 1 year old. In the past he was having allergies so I changed his diet to home cooked, with the help of a dog nutritionist.

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Nov 15, 2020

My dog has candida allergy

Can you recommend a suitable diet for my 3 year old pug who’s on Apoquel for severe itch?

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Oct 22, 2020

FAQ: Do Dog Food Sensitivities Cause Dog Health Problems?

Frequently, I get people telling me that their dog is experiencing health problems and they suspect that the dog is allergic to chicken, or some other food...and want to know if changing food will solve the problem.

Here's an example of an email sent to me, along with my response below.

" My dog has had 2 UTI’s, several ear and eye infections, and a horrible rash on his belly. The vet wants to put him on an immuno support medication until he is fully grown. If I change his food, will that help? I don't want to put him on drugs. "

My response:

Changing food might help in the short term. However food sensitivities are not the core problem. A unbalanced gut microbiome is. So when the gut is functioning properly, sensitivities to food and other things disappear. This can take some time to reverse itself, but the your goal should be long term health over short term symptom relief. UTI's, ear/eye infections and rashes are all symptoms and signs that your dog's gut microbiome is out of balance. 70% of immune function takes place within the gut microbiome.

So, what's at the root of dog health problems?

What disrupts balance in the gut microbiome? Incorrect feeding, drugs of all kinds, vaccines, chemical pesticides for flea/tick/heartworm control and environmental influences such as household cleaning products, to name just a few.

So eliminating or reducing as much of this toxic load as you can together with a varied, moisture rich, whole food raw diet is usually the best way to establish balance in the gut, over time. Meat, bones and organs as the primary foods, fish, eggs, fruits and veg as secondary foods. The body can recognize these foods and utilize them efficiently with less waste.

People don't eat a dry, 100% processed diet daily for years, and nor should dogs. Everyone needs fresh food. Probiotics are always helpful.

Hope that helps you understand your dog's health problems a bit better.

Sandra

Oct 18, 2020

Where Do I Start?

My dog has gone on a downward spiral since our vet told us to switch from a grain free food, to one with grains. He has gone from a healthy dog to having

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Oct 10, 2020

Allergy to Everything!

My 3 year old Golden Doodle petite seems to be allergic to every meat I have given her. I always have to stop feeding her something, to start something

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Sep 13, 2020

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Aug 28, 2020

Pup skin allergies

I have a 3yo yellow lab. He has extremely sensitive skin. I think it mostly relates to outside factors, but could be wrong. When we mow, or when pollen

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Aug 06, 2020

Anal Glands & Allergies

My 5yr old working Cocker suffers from a number of allergies, environmental and food. He's is itchy but not too bad...no major hot spots really. The

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Jul 29, 2020

A Fat Dog Is An Unhealthy Dog

A fat dog is at risk for dog health problems. Learn the three main reasons why and how to help your fat dog get healthy again.

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Jul 10, 2020

Labrador Retriever Eating His Paws

I feed my dog home made food. 60% beef, 20% veggies 20%brown rice. He had developed allergies prior to switching from commercial food. Can't pinpoint

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Jul 09, 2020

Yeast infection

My dog is having very bad itching and red spots on his body. He is licking biting himself. I have tried every medicine on him and still his condition

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