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Start your puppy out on the right paw with a plan for health, happiness and long lif

Discussion in 'Doberman Health and News Articles' started by strykerdobe, Jun 5, 2019.

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    Some great info to follow.
    It Makes Sense
    By
    Dr. Deva Khalsa
    Start your puppy out on the right paw with a plan for health, happiness and long life.
    This is important for mature dogs, also.

    Puppies bring out the best in us. Being greeted by a puppy’s trusting, soulful, loving eyes with the accompanying cheerfully wagging tail turns us all into malleable mush. I’m continually besotted by puppy perfume--that comforting scent that puppies emit. We become smitten and, naturally, we fuss over them. The important factor here is that the manner in which we fuss over them will determine their future health and the quality and length of their life.

    The typical routine is to rush to the veterinarian and get vaccination after vaccination, products to prevent fleas and ticks plus, in some States, heartworm medicine. Often, our pups get an extra combination shot or rabies vaccine when their young bodies are undergoing surgery during a spay or neuter. We do this because we love them and to avoid terrible disease-carrying ticks or some viral infection like distemper. It seems to make sense to us. But, does it really make any sense at all?
    I hate to sound macabre, but by following this common protocol we’re really sentencing our precious puppies to many serious diseases including cancer, and/or an early death. I can say this with conviction with more than 30 years of clinical veterinary experience. And the really frustrating part is that they didn’t need all those vaccines and insecticides in the first place.
    So let’s throw away that common protocol and start anew with a five-step plan that actually creates health.

    1. VACCINES ARE VILLAINOUS: Minimize Vaccinations
    I can’t stress this enough. And they don't need all these vaccinations, to boot!
    One combination distemper and parvovirus vaccination after 16 weeks of age generally protects a dog for life. Rabies should be given only every three years by law (not annually as some vets claim) and, according to new AVMA guidelines, your veterinarian can write you an opt- out note if your dog is unhealthy. Hold off on giving the rabies shot as long as you can so that your puppy’s immune system is more mature.
    If you do vaccinate, give your pet a few hundred milligrams of (preferably whole foods sourced) vitamin C every day with food for a week before and a week after the shots. Smaller dogs can get 300 mg a day while larger dogs can get 500 mg. Watch the dose and if you see any evidence of softer stools to avoid diarrhea. You can also feed steamed kale scrambled with eggs during that period as kale helps cells dump toxins about eight times faster.

    Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, a renowned expert on immunity and duration of immunity for vaccines, has 4 decades of research under his belt. In fact, it was his work that prompted the AMVA to reevaluate vaccine schedules. Your puppy will get no benefit with more vaccines but, at the same time, the risk for both chronic and acute vaccine related problems increases with unnecessary multiple vaccinations. If you’re worried just get a vaccine titer blood test, which is readily available.
    Lastly, many vaccinations will be recommended to you that your puppy does not need. For example, the Bordetella or Kennel Cough vaccination is only effective for three months if at all ( n paper it is supposedly good for a year) and you would only need it if your dog was boarding in a kennel.


    2. LET THEM MATURE: Spay Late, Rarely Neuter
    Wait until at least a year of age to spay or neuter. I have never recommended male dogs be neutered routinely. In fact, with the vast majority of male dogs, I do not recommend neutering at all. Clinical studies have repeatedly proven that early neutering and spaying increases the risk for several diseases with cancer being the most prominent. Neutering male dogs does not decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Early spaying is a major contributor to hypoestrogenism, where female dogs leak when they sleep. Many new studies show significantly increased cancer risk in dogs who are spayed and neutered early.

    3. ANALYZE YOUR ENVIRONMENT: Minimize Exposure to Toxins
    Keep exposure to flea and tick products and environmental chemicals and toxins to a bare minimum. Ascertain if your new pup even needs protection from ticks and fleas. If he or she is going into your secluded yard and is not in contact with other dogs, there may be no need to administer those extremely toxic products.
    In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency began reviewing the safety of spot-on flea and tick products and what they found was not pretty. Additionally, the Washington based Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a non-profit investigative news organization and the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, have published reports about the safety of both over the counter and prescription flea and tick products. Unfortunately, all the “active” ingredients in the spot-on preparations have also been linked to serious health problems in animals.” The active ingredients target and kill fleas – but some of the inert ingredients are also toxic, although the word suggests that they’re safe

    If you routinely check your puppy for fleas and ticks every day you can quickly detect a problem with external parasites and handle it with more natural methods. During summer in a high tick area of the country and your pup plays in the tall grass, check him carefully the minute you get home. Remove any ticks immediately.

    Easy Tick Removal
    : Put some isopropyl alcohol into the cap of the container and invert it over the tick putting pressure on it to seal it next to the skin. Hold this on for 30-60 seconds and the tick should be floating in the cap. The head will release with this method so you do not have to touch it yourself.
    There are also many natural products that work well to eliminate and prevent fleas and ticks. Natural products such as collars made from amber, Ticked Off, diluted Avon Skin So Soft sprays and diatomaceous earth have been used successfully.
    If you adopt a puppy who has fleas, you can use the warm water method to eliminate the fleas as follows:
    Shampoo in a collar of foamy shampoo/soap around the puppy’s neck. Make sure it is foamy and thick. Have a bath of comfortably warm water at the ready. Submerge the pup in the warm water for 10 minutes. Squash any fleas that run up into the shampoo collar. Finally, search the puppy’s head carefully for any fleas using your fingers and a flea comb, and drown any resulting fleas. Follow this procedure when you bring the puppy home before fleas jump off and start laying eggs, to prevent flea infestation.
    It's actually much easier to simply use unscented Ticked Off from Deserving Pets. Spray or rub on the puppy, spray the environment lightly and VOILA all the fleas and flea eggs will be dead and inactive.
    You should also maintain lawn and yard with natural, non-toxic alternatives to herbicides, insecticides and chemicals. Studies have proven increases in bladder cancer due to toxic lawn chemicals.
    Dr. Deva Khalsa
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019

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