| Chances are, if
you are giving yearly vaccines, heartworm medication, antibiotics or
flea treatments, your dog is quite toxic. This means that he
cannot remain in a true state of health. His immune system is
compromised and he is more susceptible to disease, skin problems,
parasites and fleas.
Before we get into
how to clear the toxins and rebuild a healthy immune system lets
understand some of the factors harming the immune system.
VACCINES, FRIEND OR FOE?
I would say
"both", depending on how the vaccines are used. Given
their overuse today, they are more likely to fall into the
"foe" category. Vaccines, as we know, are meant to
introduce the disease to the body and the body is supposed to fight it
off, building an immunity to that disease. Immunity to disease is
obviously good, but there may be some unpleasant riders on that bill.
When you give a vaccine, toxins and preservatives are also introduced to
the body. Now the world isn't perfect and dogs do drink out of
toilets, so a few toxins and preservatives don't outweigh the good of
vaccines.. However, I want you to consider what 4-way, 5-way, up to an
8-way (Combination ) vaccines are really doing to the body. You
are introducing 4, 5, 8 etc. diseases to the body at one time.
This has never seemed like a good idea to me. The body can fight
one disease (toxins added) and win the war for greater good. But
introduce a group of well-meaning bad boys (i.e., Combination Vaccines)
and your dog begins to lose ground with health. Now, remember that
we are doing this to a immature, growing, developing body and we have
compounded the problem/assault. If we do it year after year, we
begin to see a myriad of problems which seem to increase with each
generation. Am I suggesting that vaccines are the culprit for all
or most of our health problems? No, but I am suggesting that
instead of having the vaccines work for us, we have allowed them to work
against us through over-use.
give only 1 killed Parvo vaccine to pups at 6 weeks old and they
get homeopathic nosodes (preventative) for canine disease from then on.
It has been my experience that not everyone is comfortable giving
nosodes until they know someone who has used them for an extended period
of time. You must feel confident about how your choose to protect
your dog. So if you aren't ready for nosodes, this may help.
If I were giving vaccines I would adhere to the following rules:
1. Never give a Modified Live
Parvo vaccine - -only Killed.
children do not get vaccines every year, therefore, we should question
why we would give annual vaccines to our dogs.
2. Never give a vaccine in
conjunction with another vaccine (e.g., Parvo & Distemper)
3. Never give anything
with a rabies vaccine.
4. If your dog is not in top
health (you know him better than anyone) Do not give any vaccine.
5. Give at least 2 weeks
6. 1 would not give Lyme or
7. 1 would not give vaccines
after the age of 2 years (other than what is required by law)
8. If concerned, have a titer
for the disease done by your veterinarian rather than give an
unnecessary vaccine. A titer is a test taken to see if your dog
has an immunity to the tested disease.
NOSODES VS VACCINES
nosodes? There are two explanations to this question, one is a
detailed in-depth explanation and the other is one that everyone will
understand, we will go with the later. Nosodes are the homeopathic
version of a vaccine or preventative. A nosode introduces the
disease through the molecular memory. Therefore, when the dog
comes in contact with the disease, the body recognizes and rejects it.
With nosodes, there are no toxins or preservatives introduced to the
body. Nosodes work with the antibodies in the mother's milk,
rather than against them as with conventional vaccines. This is an
interesting point to consider. Puppy vaccines are given in a
series up to 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is fighting with
mother's antibodies that were meant to protect her babies. So, the
vaccine is given and a war is waged. The vaccine takes over
initially and holds its own until Momís antibodies take over once
again, then, Zap!, re-vaccination, and the battle rages on once again.
The period of 0 to 10 days after giving a vaccine is when your pup is at
his greatest risk. Typically Momís antibodies have handed over
the baton to the young puppies themselves who's immune system should be
strong enough at 16 weeks old to take over. Instead, what happens
only too often is that another vaccine is given, inhibiting the immune
system at a very critical time in a young puppy's life.
The nosode, on
the other hand, assists Momís antibodies helping support and
strengthen the immune system.
Can a dog who has had nosodes
come in contact with and contract Parvo? YES
this touchy immune system "thing" comes into play. The
body that has had the nosode is not impaired, thus giving that dog a
much better chance of recovery. The dog who has had vaccines and
contracts Parvo is in real danger. If a vaccinated pet comes in contact
with and contracts Parvo, this says the immunity that was supposed to
have developed, via the vaccine, did not develop. Therefore, the disease
that was introduced with the vaccine itself has a foothold. This,
in effect puts the dog who had the vaccination at a much greater risk
than the dog who received a nosode. The immune system is probably
not in top shape and this dog will need to fight very hard to survive.
Can a dog who has had vaccines
come in contact with and contract Parvo? YES
HEARTWORM MEDICATION, DO
YOU HAVE DOUBTS?
will not give heartworm medication to any breeding animal. Is this
valid? Are they putting these special dogs at risk? Once
again, we are back to weighing the pros and cons. Lets look at why
we are giving heartworm medication. We obviously love our animals
and do not want them to get heartworm. The treatment for heartworm
is expensive and perilous. So, because we care so much and are
reacting from a base of fear, we have chosen to give our special pets a poison
on a monthly basis for something that they do not have. Does this
sound like a good idea to you? As a breeder and canine
professional, I feel that the damage to the body far outweighs the risk
of heartworm, and not only will I not give it, I strongly advise my
puppy buyers not to give heartworm medication either.
Are there any
alternatives? -Yes. In herbology there are many avenues
open to us. In Homeopathic medicine, you can get a heartworm nosode from
a licensed Veterinarian who is holistic. It has shown to be as
efficacious as the allopathic heartworm medications and does not damage
the body in any way. I must mention that a dog in a true state of
health will naturally fend off heartworms. So, our well-meaning
treatment demeans their overall state of health and puts them at greater
risk for everything we fear. Are you beginning to feel that you
want to get off the merry-go-round? An added bonus is that
homeopathic heartworm nosodes (after the initial dosages) are given 1
tablet by mouth every 6 months and a 5 year supply for one dog is going
to cost you less than $20.00.
and cons" way of thought, is especially valid with antibiotics.
Any healer that pushes one practice, (i.e. allopathic vs. holistic) to
the exclusion of all others is self-limiting and is not doing the best
they can for those who come for their help. I feel, along with
much of the world, that we have become a drug based society and the art
of healing has been squashed by the penchant for prescribing. We
have an heard about the serious consequences of over use of drugs,
if what you are dealing with is life threatening. If the answer is
"yes" then you may wish to palliate or suppress the symptoms.
@ buys you more time to work on a cure. Often this is where
antibiotics are a blessing and a gift. Remember, that antibiotics
retard healing and impugn the immune system and do not work on anything
viral. Antibiotics are not the answer in an cases, in fact, they
are the answer in a rather limited number of cases. But, when they
are indicated, they can be life saving.
If the answer
is "No", it is not life threatening then please learn to
school yourself to give the body a chance to do its job. Do not
treat what you do not see. Find ways of assisting the body in its
journey to a cure. This is where a holistic practitioner or
holistic veterinarian will be invaluable to you.
How to treat
or not to treat, which modality to use, can be intimidating at first and
there is so much information to impart that I cannot go into it here in
the detail it deserves. Here is a list of basic rules I follow
that may work for you also:
1. If it isn't life threatening
wait or assist the body with nutrition or one of the holistic
modalities that is indicated.
2. If it is a skin problem,
steer clear of antibiotics. There is a lot you can do, but
again, this is another whole subject.
3. Never give cortisone in any
form, unless without it the animal would die.
4. Think "health and
cure", not "quick fixes".
I have to make
mention of the whole flea situation because the way we deal with these
pests is almost comical. These "masters of the itch"
have most of us in a state of anxiety a good deal of the time. So
once again, we poison our dogs because we love them so much. [I think
there is a pattern here.] Let's talk about fleas. If I lined up 10
dogs and let out a bucket of fleas, then examined the dogs, the fleas
would not have gone to the dogs equally. Without further
examination I can tell you that the dogs with the most fleas have a
slightly elevated temperature and that something is going on in their
bodies,( i.e.., their immune system is down). There are a few
other factors that can make a dog very attractive to fleas - foremost
being diet. Again, another subject and one which I will address at
So, we have
this dog that has the dreaded "fleas" and our response to the
signals of an impaired (from slightly to extensively) immune system is
to poison his and our environment with chemicals. First we begin
by applying chemicals inside and outside our homes, then we bath them
with more chemicals, then the greatest insult, administering yet another
chemical to the body directly. Lets think about what we are doing
when we give our dogs something that brings their body to such a state
of toxicity that when a flea bites them, the flea dies. All along,
what your dog was saying to you is that things aren't perfect with his
body. Maybe he was stressed, tired, has an earache, eating poor
quality food or something more serious. Our response would be much
more appropriate if we evaluated his diet, increased certain vitamins
and cleared the toxins. If we "nuked" the planet, the
fleas would survive, so, isn't our present approach a bit silly, not to
mention counter productive.
If you have a
flea problem there are many ways to deal with it. First and
foremost, evaluate what is going on with your dog. Build their
immune system and correct what the problems are. Along with this,
you must rid your environment of the fleas. Add tea tree oil,
(from health food store) approx.. 10 drops, with your regular dog
shampoo and wash your pet. Daily, spray your dog with a mist of
water and apple cider vinegar, which makes him less attractive to the
flea. As a bonus, the vinegar is good for the coat. If you
have skin and coat damage from itching, the vinegar will help heal it.
Give him a dose of homeopathic sulphur 30c twice daily for a week, then
once a day for another week. A dose is 3 to 6 pellets by mouth,
given 1/2 hour away from food. (Do not put any pellet that has touched
your hand back into the bottle as it will contaminate the bottle.
Store homeopathics away from electromagnetic fields such as those given
off from TVs, refrigerators, microwaves and sunlight). As for the
environment itself there are many viable avenues. I have used
Diatomaceous Earth with success. Use only the food grade, as the
pool grade has been treated with a chemical and can be hard on your
lungs if inhaled. This is actually a small sea urchin that has
sharp points. When a flea crawls over one it cuts the fleas shell
and they dehydrate. So sprinkle (it is a white powder) the
diatomaceous earth, over all floors, bedding, and furniture that you
wish to rid of fleas. It takes a couple of days and sometimes more
than one treatment, but it does work.
As I have said before, nutrition
is the cornerstone of health and I will devote an article specifically
to nutrition and nutritional therapies in the near future. The
products on the market have been so lacking for so long and the labels
have sought to deceive the public that in defense I and a host of
experts formulated an all natural food for dogs aimed at top nutrition
and digestibility. I want to give you the basics so that you can
make informed choices. As with other subjects there are a few
rules to good feeding.
1. Only feed an All Natural
CLEARING TOXINS AND
BUILDING A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
2. Low Protein, High Fat
3. No By-Product of any
4. No Chemical
5. No Beet Pulp
6. No Fillers
7. Yes Chelated Minerals
8. Yes Digestive Enzymes
9. Yes Balanced proteins, fats,
have evaluated the food you are feeding and your canine friend is now or
still eating the best. The next step is to clear the toxins, which
is actually the easy part. Armed with knowledge and desire we can
all help our dogs live longer and have fuller lives.
You can get
the following from a health food store or a homeopathic vet. [It does
not matter if they chew the pellets, swallow them or just let them
dissolve in their mouth.]
Homeopathic Sulphur 200c
Give I dose (3 to 6 pellets) by
mouth, one time, it helps to clear toxins & excellent for the skin
Homeopathic Thuja 200c
wait 2 weeks and give
One dose by mouth one
time-clears toxins, especially vaccine toxins.
Echnecia Tincture (liquid)
Now we are going to do a few
extra things to build up the immune system.
5-6 drops in water bowl daily
for about a month; natural antibiotic and builds immune system
Fresh Garlic or Garlic
It is a natural antibiotic.-
add it to the food
Vitamin C in the form of
Sodium or Calcium Ascorbate or Ester C.
I use Sodium Ascorbate due to
cost, 1 tsp. is 4000 mg.. Vitamin C is a mustduring times of stress,
illness or recovery. Give it in the food or water. Vitamin
C only stays in the body for about 4 hours so it is a good idea to
give smaller doses several times daily. I give 20OOrng in the AM
and 2000 (1/ 2tsp) in the PM. Do not give ascorbic acid (the Vit
C we take). Dogs do not metabolize it as well and it can be
tough on their stomach.
Vitamin E is an enabler
for everything else to work better with the body.
I always use it with injuries,
but it is invaluable in building an immune system. Only use natural
Vit E and don't believe what is written on the bottle, check for
yourself. If it says d-alpha, it is natural. If it says
dl-alpha, it is synthetic. Give 4OOlU to 8OOlU daily depending
on the situation. The 4OOlU dosage is a good maintenance dosage
for a medium to large dog. 1OOlU to 2OOlU for small dogs. In
times of injury or illness I give the 8001U, again less for small
You are now
well on your way to taking your dog to a greater state of health.
If you have specific problems, there is a list of homeopathic
veterinarians at the end of this article that you may call. If you
know of a good homeopath that I have not listed, please send me their
name and address and I will include them in future publications.
presented here is not meant to convince you to turn your back on
allopathic medicine. It is meant to give you enough information to
question what you have done in the past. Look at your dog and
determine if he is truly healthy. We have gotten so used to
accepting degrees of health, that we no longer expect true health in
ourselves or our canine companions. So look hard, evaluate and be
open to another way.
|Dr. Stephen Tobin
Dr. Jeff Levy
Dr. Steve Blake
Dr. Don Hamilton
Dr. Iris Prestas
Dr. Sandra Priest
Susann Everett is President
Beowulf Natural Feeds Inc.; formulator and manufacturer of BACK TO
BASICS, a SUPER PREMIUM FOOD FOR DOGS; and owner/breeder of Beowulf
Mastiffs. Ms. Everett lectures throughout US and Canada on canine
nutrition and holistic medicine. She is a professional handler and
a canine behavioral consultant.
This material is copyrighted, 1997. May not be used in, whole or
part, anyway or shape with out written permission from the author.