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"My face may be white but my heart is pure
gold. There is no shame in growing old" ~E.H.G.
Odin staying active
Although his face is always white, because he is a white dog, I
unfortunately see other signs of aging in the love of my life, Odin J. He tires
a bit faster than he used to and was getting sore when he played too long. I
love him so much and hate to see him anything but joyous and happy.
not take drugs to just mask pain and will not give them to Odin either. I
believe that Mother Nature has a cure for what ails us. If we try to find and
treat the cause, it is much more successful and healthier than masking the
tried many natural remedies, with success and failure. Every dog is different,
just like we are. What may work for one, may not for another, but I would like
to share some of my success stories with you. I hope your pet can benefit from
some of these ideas. Remember, when trying a new product make sure you try one
at a time and give it ninety days to be sure of the results. Do this to make
sure you give the product enough time to build up in the system. This will
allow you to know any adverse effects the product may have, even though it is
natural. We can be allergic to grass and pollen, there is a slim chance your
dog could be allergic to anything. You also want to do this to give the product
time to repair. The damage takes time to happen to a body, it is only logical
to allow time for the product to help repair the damage.
could opt for the instant fix and give pain killers such as Rimadyl. As a LAST
resort this drug may help with pain, but it is not the cure all. I personally
know of a dog that died after one week on this drug. Rimadyl had been known to
cause GI bleeding and risk of liver toxicity. For a two sided view of this drug
. I would only resort to this drug if you have exhausted all avenues and your
option is either this drug or euthanasia. I want to state this is MY opinion
based on research and personal experience.
What are the other options? I have found in
many cases, it is not one thing that helps, but a combination of many things to
treat the WHOLE body. I am pleased to report that Odin is doing so much better
and playing hard with my grand puppy Cash and all his other friends without
being sore afterwards.
Odin and Cash resting after a day of play
is a 55 lb. dog; keep in mind you may have to adjust according to your dog's
~ 4 oz.
of raw goat’s milk. This not only will help the joints, but is one of the most
amazing remedies for allergies I have ever experienced. It is amazing for
digestion and is a pre and probiotic. If you have read about the canine flu,
this is one of the best preventatives available. I cannot rave about this
product enough. If you live in West MI you can purchase this product at
"Must Love Dogs" in Grand Haven. You can purchase it frozen and keep
a large supply handy in the freezer. If you don't live in West MI and want to
find a supplier in your area go to: http://www.k9instinct.com/blog/the-benefits-of-bone-broth-for-dogs
Homemade tart cherry treats. Tart cherry juice is an anti-inflammatory. I personally
make mine from pure pumpkin, coconut flour, coconut oil, flax meal and
cinnamon. Read the dose for a human on the bottle and adjust to your dog's
weight and multiply how many days of treats you plan to bake. You could add the
tart cherry juice to any dog treat recipe but the coconut oil and flax meal are
also great for joints. Just mix all ingredients to dough like consistency.
mg of Ester C. This boosts the immune system and had been known to reduce
~Just for good measure I have also started
Odin on Vetriflex that is a natural supplement for joints.
Odin and I wish your pet many fun walks, tail
wags and a long, pain free, joyous life.
Side notes from the author:
After writing this article, I read a great blog by Mary E Haight that talked about Passive Range of Motion
I have added it to Odin's daily regimen and have to say I see more improvement ! I searched for "how to" videos and they were all similar. Here is a quick to the point one I found to share:
Also, Odin went swimming the day after they sprayed our lake with Diquat for weeds. Shortly after that he had severe stomach upset diarrhea. Coincidence?
Warning on Diquat “Exposure to Diquat Dibromide can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and may cause nosebleeds. * Exposure to large amounts of Diquat Dibromide may cause severe poisoning with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, convulsions, and even death.”
I wanted to inform my readers that goats milk has helped heal his belly much quicker than normal GI upset in the past.
I am putting feelers for environmentally conscience individuals who may want to join an alliance to help educate ,and research alternative methods to his chemical and/or college students looking for a project in this field in the West MI area.