CARING FOR DOGS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
1. Never give a dog xylitol or allow a dog to have it. Xylitol poisoning in dogs has doubled in recent years because xylitol is used in more and more products today as a non-sugar sweetener. It is found in many sweetened nut butters and peanut butter, for example.
Xylitol lowers a dogÕs glucose level and the dog will need intravenous dextrose to survive if the poisoning is severe enough.
2. Many dog beds are apparently sprayed with a fire retardant or perhaps other chemicals that are very toxic for dogs. So be sure to ask when you buy one if it has any chemicals in it.
3. Be very careful with groomers and their chemicals. They can easily kill your dog. Never put any chemicals on a dog to make the coat shiny and use only the purest soap or plain shampoo on a dog. The less grooming, the better.
4. Dogs do not like veterinarians, in general. Please exercise caution. They use too many drugs. If a dog is fed correctly, he or she will not need vaccines and will rarely be ill and need drugs.
5. Toxic household cleaners and chemicals can kill your dog. Remember the dog spends a lot of time on the floor, so use only the most non-toxic methods to clean your floors such as vinegar and water or better, a steam mop with no soap or detergent at all.
Another chemical that is toxic for dogs is the perfume used in many kitchen garbage bags. Use kitchen bags without perfume.
6. Onions. Some veterinarians say that one should not feed onions to dogs. We find dogs can safely eat well-cooked onions in small quantity, and when mixed with other vegetables and some cooked, dark meat chicken. So far, we have had no reports of problems.
Update 3/18/19. We are finding that giving dogs a few more supplements is helpful. See below under DIET.
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Mental and Emotional Health Conditions
1. Food – Most dogs need 40-50% cooked chicken thighs, and 50-60% cooked vegetables.
No other food. No raw food, no dairy products, no fruit and no table scraps other than the foods listed above.
Veges. Among the vegetables, many dogs love carrots almost every day. However, mix in other vegetables, as well. All are good.
Meats. Among the meats, the favorite is dark meat chicken, in almost all cases. However, new research indicates that some dogs need the meat of other birds one or two servings per week only. This can be turkey, duck, quail, or pheasant. At this time, do not feed Cornish game hen to dogs.
Young dogs may also require a little raw meat every day.
Commercial dog food. Most is junk, no matter how expensive it is and what it says it is made of. Later in this article are the names of some that are better than the majority of them, if you must use commercial dog food.
Some veterinarians say not to feed human food to dogs because the dogs need the vitamins in the commercial dog food. We completely disagree with this, provided you feed the dog the correct human food. We also recommend a few supplements for all dogs.
Treats. A little leftover chicken or chemical-free jerky is fine as a treat. Stay away from almost all commercial dog treats, as they are not healthful.
2. Water – Always give your dog a choice of drinking water. This means put out two bowls of water at all times for your dog. One can be tap water, and it is okay if filtered through carbon only, but not fancy filters. No reverse osmosis water!. The other bowl should be filled with a spring water that you buy at the supermarket.
3. Warmth – Dogs mostly like the temperature at between 72-75” F. or 23-25” C. If your dog will be at a lower temperature for any length of time, I suggest a doggie sweater or covering of some kind.
If your dog lives out of doors in a doghouse, you can buy a red heat lamp (not a clear heat lamp), and leave it on in the doghouse to heat it up. This is probably better than other kinds of heaters for your dog. Please do not just leave your dog out of doors in the cold all winter. This is not ideal for your dog.
4. Love and attention. Dogs are very social animals, and they benefit from being around human beings very much.
Healing. Dogs can also do a lot of healing on human beings. They particularly help children with healing and to relax. So please do not just tie up your dogs or leave them at home all day, if at all possible. Speak to your employer about this, or wherever you work, have your dog(s) with you, if possible. They will appreciate it.
5. No drugs or vaccines. I know this sounds radical. However, if your dog is on a development program, he or she will usually not need any drugs or vaccines.
Most veterinarians will not agree, and may recommend quite a few vaccines such as rabies, distemper and others. Read up on both sides of the story and decide for yourself. Do not just listen to one side of the story, please.
A new study (2016) found that dogs overdue on their rabies vaccine often still had a high antibody titer and did not need to be quarantined or euthanized if exposed to a rabid animal. Here is the story:
Chemical sprays, etc. Also, avoid toxic chemical washes, chemical flea powders, and only use all-natural soaps, shampoos, lotions or other products. This is very important today.
Avoiding toxic food and toxic body care products is important for your dog.
6. Development. If you have access to it, I strongly suggest that you contact one of the practitioners here to begin a complete development program for your dog. The effects can be quite amazing.
The cost will be about $100.00 for the hair mineral test and consultation, and about $30-70.00 dollars per month for nutritional supplements. The program will include:
1. Specific amounts of cooked meat, perhaps a little meat of another bird, cooked vegetables (and which ones), and rarely a little raw meat.
2. Other food suggestions, in some cases.
3. A few important supplements – never more than four, targeted for your dogÕs individual metabolic needs. Be careful with other programs – you can kill your dog with too many or the wrong nutritional supplements.
4. Perhaps other recommendations such as which drinking water, or a remedy for a problem.
This is an excellent investment, and your dog will thank you for it.
Dogs have been called manÕs best friend because they are truly wonderful animals - friendly, smart, fairly safe when mentally healthy, and they do healing, as well. They also are fairly clean, meaning they do not spread disease nearly as much as do many other animals. This article may seem amazing, but is based on our experience with hundreds of dogs.
HEALTHY DOGS HEAL CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Dogs have a natural affinity for human beings, and especially for children. In fact, dogs can heal children in subtle ways that are quite powerful. Therefore, having a dog in the house with a child is generally an excellent idea.
It may not be safe to have a dog around a baby, however. But when your child turns four or five, I recommend to parents that they buy a small to medium-sized dog that does not shed a lot and is a clean dog. Rarely, a child is allergic to dogs.
Other uses for dogs. Dogs, of course, are used for hundreds of purposes on earth. Just a few of these are shepherding other animals, protecting homes and businesses, sensing or smelling out drugs, bombs and almost anything, hunting, seeing eye dogs, rescue dogs, pulling sleds, serving as food in some nations, and even performing tricks in circuses.
This list is just to give you an idea of the enormous ways in which mankind employs dogs around the world. As they have become domesticated, hundreds of breeds have been developed with varying skills and abilities. In this regard, dogs are a unique species of animal on planet earth, and mankindÕs closest friend among the animals.
Diet is a key. Dogs have plenty of health problems, and in most cases it is simply due to feeding the dog incorrectly.
Commercial dog food. Unfortunately, ALL or almost all dog food is incorrect in its composition. Almost all of it lacks enough zinc, enough fat, and some fresh cooked meat that dogs require.
Almost all of it is made with grain, which is not a native food for dogs and it gives many of them diabetes, blindness, and cancers, among other diseases. This is truly unfortunate because most of this illness and shortening of life can be prevented with diet alone.
COOKED VEGETABLES. Dogs, unlike many other animals, are mainly carnivores. However, today dogs must eat cooked vegetables. In fact, raw vegetables and raw meat are bad for dogs! Possible reasons why cooking is needed are:
1. Dogs cannot digest raw vegetable fiber. They simply wonÕt get much nutrition from raw vegetables.
2. Raw food is yin, and this is not helpful. This is true even though most dogs are fast oxidizers.
3. Low levels of vital minerals in all food today. This includes dog food, since dog food is made with the same ingredients as human food, and the soils of the earth are mainly depleted. Cooked vegetables, more than any other foods, contains a great deal of certain minerals that seem to be required today.
We are familiar with the arguments that dogs can live in the wild on raw food, so we should not cook it and destroy the enzymes.
However, domesticated dogs are different from coyotes and wolves, for example, who are dog relatives. Dogs cannot extract enough minerals from tough vegetable fibers, so you must cook the vegetables until they are soft, not crunchy. Also, the raw vegetables seem to be a little hard on the digestive tract of domesticated dogs.
Getting a dog to eat cooked vegetables.
Puree or put vegetables in the food processor to grind them up. This seems helpful.
In some cases, the dog will just eat the vegetables plain, especially if mixed in with some cooked meat. If not, then add some meat broth, meat gravy, meat sauce or best, the oil in which sardines are packed. Cover the vegetables with it, or mix it in, and usually the dog will eat it without any problem.
For a small dog, especially, cut up vegetables into small pieces or use a hand blender to puree the vegetables if you are having trouble getting your dog to eat them. However, do not add a lot of water to the vegetables. This is why a hand blender is much better than a regular blender that requires much more water in order to blend the food.
COOKED MEAT IS ALSO NEEDED
Most all dogs also require meat every day. They do not do well on pellet food that is mainly grain such as corn or wheat, and unfortunately, this is what many people feed their dog. In fact, dry food or kibble is horrible for dogs.
They require meat that is cooked, in our experience. In addition, a few healthier dogs can handle a little raw hamburger or raw chicken every day or every other day.
Why cook the meat? The reasons why dogs need cooked meat may be similar to why humans needs cooked, rather than raw meat. It is more yang in macrobiotic terms, and it has many fewer bacteria in it. Raw meat is hard on the digestive tract of dogs. We find that cooked meat is much better.
The best meat. Usually, the best meat for a dog is boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Foster Farms brand is good in the Western USA, and some other brands are fine, depending upon where you live. We do not recommend Sanderson Farms chicken at this time because they continue to use antibiotics in their meat.
The best way to prepare the meat is to slice it thin and then throw it in a little boiling water for just about 20 seconds or so, turning it over so it cooks so it is not pink.
Not quite as good is to cook the chicken conventionally for about 30 minutes, or pressure cook it for about 2.5 minutes ONLY. Do not overcook it and do not serve it raw.
Some, but not all dogs also need the meat of another bird once or even twice a week. This can be turkey, duck, goose, quail or pheasant. Always cook it well.
Do not give dogs Cornish game hen or beef. Also, do not give dogs organ meat, except once in a while. It is too high in toxic metals.
Fat. Most dogs are fast oxidizers. This means they need extra fat with every meal. The best way to do this is to always use dark meat chicken and never use chicken breast.
Also, to increase fat, you can give a dog extra animal fat such as some beef or lamb fat from your food. Do not feed these meats to a dog, however. We believe it is best not to give dogs butter or cream or vegetable oils.
Food allergies. Many dogs are allergic to beef. If you are having a problem with scratching, digestive upset or other possible allergy symptoms, do not give the dog any beef, even naturally raised beef.
Rarely, a dog is allergic or sensitive or intolerant of other foods. Try to notice if the dog is not feeling well after a particular type of vegetable or meat is eaten.
The easiest way to feed your dog. The best way to feed most dogs is when you shop for food, buy extra organic vegetables and extra meat. When you cook these for yourself, as I recommend on a daily basis, cook the extra and give it to your dog every day. This is probably the easiest and the best food for most dogs.
Also, for your dog (and yourself), you can cook the food once a day, or even once every other day, although fresher is better. Pressure-cooking is the fastest and best method (see Pressure-Cooking on this site.)
How much meat versus vegetables. The proportion of meat to vegetables in a typical dogÕs diet should be about 40-50% meat and 50-60% vegetables.
Feeding times. Feed most dogs twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. The dog will usually not overeat, so if the food is all gone, you are probably feeding the dog too little food and increase it somewhat. If food is leftover, you are probably giving the dog too much.
Many dogs will let you know when they are very hungry.
Bones. Dogs also like and may need a bone to chew on. This is to sharpen the teeth, mainly, but it is also enjoyable for most dogs, and they can scrape some minerals off the bones as well.
must be huge so there is no
possibility of the dog choking on the bone. This is most important. A full-sized turkey, beef or lamb leg bone should work. No chicken bones, at all should ever be given to a dog.
Drinking Water. Dogs need a good quality drinking water. Always give your dog a choice of drinking waters. Just put out two bowls containing two types of water, and leave them there. Good ones are tap water, preferably carbon-filtered, and a quality spring water. These are usually best. The dog will choose which to drink, and it may change on a daily basis.
Water to avoid. Drinking waters to definitely avoid include reverse osmosis water, in all cases. Also, I would not give dogs special types of water such as alkaline water, or energized water. Too often, these have been filtered or otherwise altered in ways that are harmful for the dog. Avoid water that has been filtered by a multi-stage filter, as sadly these often alter the water in ways that make it less desirable in some fashion, even though it is cleaner in terms of toxins.
WHAT NOT TO FEED DOGS
This is an important section. Please read it carefully.
DO NOT feed a dog raw meat, although the dog can eat it. It is not good at all for most dogs today. However, as mentioned above, a very small amount of raw meat such as raw hamburger or raw chicken, perhaps, is excellent for some younger dogs.
DO NOT FEED a dog raw vegetables. Like human beings, they cannot absorb enough minerals from raw food, so raw vegetables are not the best food for them and will cause mineral depletion after a while.
DO NOT FEED a dog any sweets such as fruit, juices or other sweet food items. This is quite important if you want to have a healthy dog.
DO NOT FEED grains to dogs. Grain will make most dogs fat and ugly. Dogs should be sleek and slim, as are human beings when they are nourished correctly and when they balance their body chemistry with a development program.
DO NOT FEED dogs eggs or dairy products such as cheese or even a little raw butter, although some egg yolk can be wonderful for a dogÕs coat about once a week. We do not suggest feeding a dog any milk or milk products. We believe they are not able to digest it very well at all, and it could make them ill.
DO NOT FEED DOGS any coconut oil or other vegetable oils at all.
DO NOT FEED DOGS sweet potatoes or yams. They donÕt work as well.
COMMERCIAL DOG FOODS
We donÕt like any of them. Most contain grains, and many contain chemicals. Very few contain cooked vegetables, and then they do not contain enough of them. None of the commercial foods are fresh food, which dogs need. So please cook for yourself and for your dog.
Better commercial dog foods. If you absolutely will not cook food for your dog, here are the best commercial dry dog foods I have found:
NatureÕs Recipe - Grain-free
Wellness – Complete Health
Solid Gold – Salmon And Vegetable
NatureÕs Variety – Lamb And Peas
* Natural Balance - Chicken Meal
Wild Pursuit – Lamb, Chicken Meal
Wild Pursuit – Guinea Fowl Formula
Halo Brand – not bad
AVOID. Zignature, Orijen and Evangers brands of dog food. It seems that they are more toxic products, although almost all brands are not good. Unfortunately, it is not possible to preserve cooked chicken and vegetables either in pellets, rolls or other forms. Please cook for your dog.
Bathing. Most dogs do not like bathing. It is helpful for them, however, about once a month. Use plain castile soap only! Definitely, do not use detergents. If someone else will bathe your dog such as a grooming shop, you bring the correct soap and tell the groomer this is the only product you want used on your dog.
When bathing a dog, if possible use distilled water. It will clean better and help detoxification through the skin.
Children. Dogs love helping children! However, keep them away from babies until around age two. A large dog, or even a small dog, is frightening to a young baby.
Some dogs have a real need to be around children almost every day. This is important for some dogs. They can assist children in subtle ways. They can help adults, too, but they prefer to assist children.
If you donÕt have children, and even if you do, most dogs would love regular visits to schoolyards, parks, malls or other places where there are children. Spend at least an hour there and relax with the children.
Soccer, football, lacrosse, or other school games and events are also very good places to allow the dog to visit with children. Always keep the dog on a sturdy leash especially a large dog or an unruly and frightened dogs.
Cold weather. Dogs must not be left outside in weather colder than about 50 degrees F. or about 10 degrees C., for longer than an hour or so. If they are, they tire and become frigid and cold, and will sicken like a child who goes out without enough clothing on in the cold weather.
If you leave your dogs outside all year, be sure to heat their doghouse and keep them protected not only from the cold, but from too much sun and heat, and from rain, wind and snow as well. They will go inside, if given the choice, if the weather is too inclement.
Doghouses. The best are made of plastic, not wood. Wood attracts bugs and worms, which dogs do not like. If it is at all cold outside, look for one that has either a thick wall or a double wall construction to give some insulation.
Also, look for one that has a floor. Dogs donÕt like lying on the ground with bugs and dirt. Some may come in two pieces so it can be taken apart and cleaned easily.
Put a few towels or a dog bed inside the doghouse because dogs donÕt like lying on a hard floor.
Consider putting a red heat lamp inside the doghouse to warm it. However, donÕt force the dog to lie under the lamp all the time. Ideally, put the lamp in one corner and the dog can lie under it if he chooses. Perhaps the lamp could have a switch that the dog could operate by pushing on it with his nose.
Drugs. Please do not give your dog medical drugs unless they are absolutely required. They will usually not be required if you feed your dog correctly, as recommended in this article. Medical drugs kill plenty of dogs. There are rare exceptions that are beyond the scope of this article.
Ears. Some dogs have problems with their ears. They are often difficult for the dog to reach and clean. Inspect your dogÕs ears at least once a year. If they are very dirty, consider cleaning them with plain castile soap and water. If parasites or sores are present, take care of them. Standard books describe how to do this, or visit a veterinarian (see Veterinarians below.)
Exercise. Dogs need some exercise. However, if you notice your dog is getting tired, please stop! DonÕt jog or ride your bicycle with your dog if you wonÕt stop when your dog is tired. We do not recommend bicycling at all as it is too dangerous, especially with your dog because you will be distracted looking at your dog.
Walks are often enough exercise for your dog. A daily walk is superb for most all dogs. Be sure to use a sweater if it is colder than about 60 degrees F. outside. When walking with your dog, always try to notice if the dog is limping. If so, often your dog has a thorn in a paw that should be removed. If you notice a dog trying to remove a thorn inspect carefully and try to help.
If your dog is on the correct food as discussed above, he or she may be more lethargic. This is because the oxidation rate is slower and because your dog needs more rest in order to heal and develop. This is perfectly normal and not a cause for concern.
Eyes. Check your dogÕs eyes for infections, redness or other problems. A healthy dog usually will not have eye problems unless the dog is in a fight and was scratched, or ran into something. DogÕs eyes are more protected than those of humans by their long nose, which is helpful for dogs.
Grooming. Ideally, do not use commercial groomers because their shops are not clean enough. Your dog is happy with its fur, in almost all cases. Fancy grooming is neither necessary or helpful for most dogs. Also, groomers also use chemical shampoos that are often harmful. (See bathing above.)
Inside or outside the house. Dogs are okay inside a home, but they are often much happier outside, running around.
This is very different, for example, from cats. Cats often prefer to be inside, although they too enjoy going out. However, cats easily pick up illnesses and parasites outside, whereas dogs can usually roam the yard without contracting many diseases, and therefore they are safer to allow outside.
Some people keep their dogs outside all year round, at times to keep the house cleaner, or for other reasons. This is not as good, actually, as allowing the dogs to be around you more.
It is fine to keep dogs outside if you spend a lot of time out of doors. If you are inside, however, the dogs will get lonely and bored, and they will not be able to do their healing work on you, which is part of their mission. This may sound strange, but dogs have a healing quality and effect upon their owners that some people are aware of.
Leashes and harnesses. Dogs like to be on leashes. Many people think that dogs prefer to run free, but it is not true. Most dogs cannot judge situations very well, such as cars on the street, other animals, strange people walking by, and so forth. They mostly prefer being on a firm leash, preferably the type that is of a variable length.
Limping. Any dog that limps is in some kind of trouble. Do not ignore it. If you cannot figure out the cause, it is best to visit a veterinarian.
Neutering and spaying. This is okay and does not harm a dog much at all.
Peroxide. This is one of the best cleaners for your dog.
Play. Dogs need a place to run and play. Dogs are playful animals and they really need a place to run around, kick up the dirt, chase birds, or chase smaller animals, and enjoy themselves. Otherwise they get bored, weak and tire out easily. This has to do with their minds and their body chemistries. Please do not forget this.
Skin problems. If you feed your dog correctly, some will develop skin rashes, boils, bumps, ulcers or other lesions. These are detoxification symptoms and should pass on their own. You can keep the area clean by wiping or spraying the area with some peroxide or soap and water. That is usually all the care that is required. If your dog has skin problems that do not go away, more care may be required.
Sleep. Dogs sleep a lot if there is no excitement or nothing to do. This is normal and not a problem. It happens less out of doors, of course, as there are more distractions for them there. The extra rest, in fact, can be good for the dog inside the house or office. However, they need to be out every day, generally, even if it is raining or snowing.
Surgery. This is usually not needed if you feed your dog correctly, as recommended in this article only. Usually, only sick dogs need surgery for tooth problems, heart problems and others.
If surgery is needed for a broken leg, for example, try to put your dog on a development program before surgery to strengthen the dog. Ask for the minimum amount of drugs and anesthesia.
Tail wagging. This is sometimes important, so pay attention to it. It can mean a dog is just happy, but it can be a sign of danger or some other problem.
Teeth. Pay attention to your dogÕs teeth. If you are not feeding the dog the way we suggest in this article, have the dogÕs teeth cleaned and checked for cavities once a year. If you feed the dog correctly, they should not need cleaning and should not develop cavities. Existing cavities will also heal.
Do not feed the dog any sticky food that could catch in the dogÕs teeth.
Thorns. These are common in dogs that play outside or even that just take walks outside. Always watch your dog and if your dog begins to limp, usually there is a thorn in the affected paw that your dog cannot remove. Stop and examine the paw carefully, opening the bottom part, where the thorn usually is located. Then get a tweezers to remove it. If you see blood, use some 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store, not other chemicals, to clean and sterilize the area.
Tongue. Check your dogÕs tongue once a month. At times, it will be coated but it should not have a white coating or a colored coating for very long. This is a sign of impaired detoxification, in most instances.
Dogs use their tongue for evaporating moisture to cool their bodies. As a result, they stick out their tongue more than human beings.
If the tongue is very dry, your dog is probably dehydrated. This can be a sign of diabetes, along with excessive urination. Try to notice these symptoms. If a dog is fed correctly, diabetes will not occur and will heal if it is present.
Occasionally, dogs have other problems with their tongue, but not too often. For example, like human beings, they can bite their tongues and cause pain and bleeding.
Vaccines. These are not needed for healthy dogs, most of the time. They are all harmful for health. There might be a few exceptions if you are traveling to certain place with your dog, but most dogs do not need them, in our experience.
Veterinarians. Dogs generally do not like going to the vet. The waiting rooms are often full of sick, coughing, spitting and dying animals. They spread their viruses and other diseases to your dog. Many come home with a virus! At times, a vetÕs office is also physically dangerous for your dog. Keep the leash very tight. Your dog will always be nervous at these places and can easily run into a piece of furniture or be bitten by another animal.
NO SHOTS, please. This is important. Avoid drugs as much as possible. They are just as bad for your pet as they are for human beings. Unfortunately, drug medicine is all the vets know most of the time.
Walks. Dogs love walks. They can be at any time, except do not walk right after feeding a dog. The walk can be before a meal, or wait at least one hour after feeding for a walk.
Warmth. Dogs that are placed on a development program will need more warmth, because their metabolic or oxidation rate will be a little slower (which is more normal). This is an important point.
Dogs really do best at a temperature of about 75 degrees F., or warmer. So if your house is cooler, please warm it up for the dog.
DEVELOPMENT AND DOGS
Development is an esoteric process involving the growth of the subtle energy fields of a human being or animal. Dogs can develop to a surprising degree when they are kept on a development program.
Your dog will become much healthier, with many fewer health problems, less doggie breath, and a much longer lifespan. Your dog will also be smarter, as well. This is one of the main reasons for the cooked vegetables and cooked chicken diet!
Most dogs need a few nutritional supplements, but only a few selected ones. Please do not overload dogs with supplements!
Most dogs need supplementary calcium, magnesium, and zinc. We also like giving medium-sized dogs one blue corn tortilla chip per day to supply certain nutrients needed for their development. We are researching the use of a few other supplements for dogs.
How to give supplements to dogs. This is very important to make it easy for you so you wonÕt forget or give up on the supplements.
For a larger dog. Usually, you cam just mix supplements into the food and the dog will eat them.
For smaller dogs. First, make supplements into a powder with a pill crusher that is sold at the supermarket or pet store. Then either mix them with the food or put them in a syringe with some water or carrot juice and inject them into the mouth. This is more work and usually is not necessary except for a few very fussy and sensitive dogs.
Use regular human supplements for dogs. They are often of better quality than many those sold for dogs.
1. Avoid most or perhaps all standard store-bought vitamin-mineral supplements. The formulas are usually not quite correct for your dog and will stimulate the dog. This may look good, but it is not the same as balancing, healing and developing your dog.
2. Ideally, do at least one hair mineral analysis with one of the Approved Helpers for your dog. Do not just give vitamins and minerals or herbs to your dog.
3. Do not give homeopathic remedies to your dog. We know this is difficult for some people because the remedies can seem to work well and are simple, inexpensive and easy to use. However, they are all very yin and will slowly weaken and sicken your dog and stop development.
We have a lot of experience with these methods and we know all the arguments in favor of them. You will not notice the problems for a while, just as with human beings. For details, read Natural Healing Methods. While written for human beings, it all applies to dogs, as well.
4. Giving the initial supplements can rapidly cause vigorous healing reactions in your dog. Cut back on the initial supplements if your dog develops symptoms such as difficulty walking or throwing up. In our experience, if this occurs you have not harmed your dog. The dog is just healing very fast, and needs less of the initial supplements or none at all.
5. Do not continue initial supplements after three (3) months at the most if you are feeding your dog cooked dark meat chicken and cooked preferred vegetables. Avoid feeding white meat chicken such as chicken breast.
6. Remember, the initial supplements should not include garlic. Very malnourished dogs cannot handle garlic.
7. Remember the principle that often fewer supplements is best. Many dogs are made sick when their well-meaning owners fill them with vitamins and herbs.
Sample supplement doses. Below is a sample list of supplement doses that are correct for some, but not all dogs. The amounts below are estimates only and only for fairly healthy dogs. Dogs who are ill need a finely-tuned program.
This section is included in this article only in case you cannot afford a hair test for your dog and are willing to take a guess as to what your dog needs. The best idea is to contact one of the Approved Helpers and we will tell you exactly how much and which supplements are needed.
The amounts below are for a medium-sized dog (40-60 pounds). If you dog is small, cut the doses roughly in half. If you have a large dog, give a little more:
- Calcium – about 500 mg daily, half in the morning and half in the evening.
- Magnesium – about 300 mg daily, half in the morning and half in the evening.
- Zinc – about 40 mg daily, half in the morning and half in the evening.
The calcium, magnesium and zinc can be in the form or chelates, citrates, gluconates or hexaniacinates.
Rarely dogs have a low sodium/potassium ratio in the fur, or are in slow oxidation or in a four lows pattern. These dogs will need a very different set of supplements based on a properly performed hair mineral test.
THE DETOXIFICATION AND HEALING PROCEDURES
Usually, dogs do not need as many of the development program detoxification and healing procedures as human beings. However, a few are helpful and perhaps needed, at times. Humans need more of them because most humans are in far worse health than their dogs – even sick dogs. Here are notes about these procedures for dogs.
Foot and hand reflexology. Dogs do this themselves on their front paws. You may notice your dog apparently ŅchewingÓ on their front paws.
This is not chewing or even cleaning. It is often reflexology. The dog feels some pain in the paw and instinctively bites the area with his teeth, and this removes the pain.
You may be able to help your dog with this. Problems dogs have with their reflexology therapy is their teeth are very sharp and can break through the skin of the paw.
You can press and firmly rub the paw if you see the dog trying to do it, and it is safer. Feel around and you might feel hard spots that need rubbing. Watch your dog and notice where he or she might bites the paw to figure out where to rub.
You can also press and rub on the back paws, which your dog would like to do but cannot. Always do both left and right paws. This is an excellent way to spend time with your dog.
Also, if your dog is ill, you can use paw reflexology to heal your dog. It works! The basic ŅmapÓ or layout of the reflex points for the human hand and foot is the same for the paws of a dog. We do not know if someone has published a Ņpaw reflexology chartÓ.
Red heat lamp therapy. This is excellent for dogs. Place a red heat lamp over the back of your dog for a minute or more. He or she will often enjoy it and it is healing.
At a gathering, the author talked with a veterinarian. We happened to discuss red Ōheat lampÕ therapy. The veterinarian said he always shines a red heat lamp on every animal after every operation or procedure.
Sauna therapy. Never put a dog in a sauna as they can overheat easily. If your dog or cat wants to come inside your red lamp sauna with you, that is okay as long as you allow the dog to leave as soon as he or she indicates a desire to leave.
Coffee enemas. It is possible to give a dog coffee enemas. It is easiest to do out of doors on a lawn or other surface there it does not matter if it becomes soiled. However, it is rarely needed. We may write more about this in the future.
Chiropractic for dogs. Dogs have many fewer spinal problems than do human beings. In part, this is because dogs do not stand upright and try to oppose gravity the way people do. Dogs also should not be carrying things on their backs, as do people and horses, for example.
At times, however, moving the spine back and forth and chiropractic manipulation is helpful. The most important time is after your dog has had a fall or other accident. Then it may be needed! Call and ask if a chiropractor in your area works on dogs.
We donÕt know if there are other times when twisting the spine is helpful for dogs. This is a research area.
Massage. Dogs love massage, as many people know. Do not hesitate to rub, brush, comb and love your dog this way. A more complete massage is also wonderful, at least once a month. You can just use your hands, or wear thin gloves if you prefer.
Doggie breath. This is not fun to talk about, but is a problem for many dogs. The usual reason for it is feeding the dog incorrectly, and occasionally it is due to an infection or a bad tooth. Rarely, it is due to liver toxicity with heartworms, perhaps, or some other poison.
Fleas. Here is a testimonial regarding fleas:
ŅDear Dr. Wilson, I would like to thank you for helping me with my dog Basil. About a month ago I called you because my Basil was being infested with fleas every time we walked him, no matter how many times we bathed him and combed him to get rid of fleas he would get infested all over again when outside. You said he was out of balance so I told you over the phone the number on his hair mineral analysis and you made suggestions of what I should give him.
It's a month now since I started him on these 4 simple supplements, and the flea problem is gone! THANK YOU SO MUCH. He will get one or two fleas every so often, but this is it.Ó – I.S.
Heartworms. Our experience is that all dogs have some heartworms. The worm medicine dogs are given controls the parasites, but that is all. It keeps the numbers down to a manageable level. However, the medications are all toxic and negatively affect the overall health of your dog.
Garlic for heartworms. Our experience is that heartworms can be minimized in a well-fed and well-cared for dog by giving the dog a small amount of garlic. The garlic must be mixed into the food and the dog will not notice it and will eat it up.
Unfortunately, not all dogs can handle garlic, especially if they have a lot of heartworms. The garlic make them throw up. So begin with a very small amount of cooked, not raw garlic. Just add it to the vegetables you make for the dog.
Dosing garlic. A small dog (up to 40 pounds) generally requires about one small section of a garlic clove with each meal. A medium-sized dog (30-60 pounds or 12-25 kg) usually requires two (2) sections of a standard garlic clove with each meal. A very large dog often requires three (3) well-cooked sections of a garlic clove per meal. If the dog throws up, reduce the number of sections by by one, or by one half for a small dog.
DO NOT FEED garlic capsules to a dog. They are more likely to cause problems. This is because they are 1) raw garlic and 2) concentrated.
When the heartworms are reduced, the dog will become brighter, happier, and smarter. The dog will also be more alert and more active.
Mild anemia and eosinophilia. This may be due to high tissue iron and aluminum. The iron is an oxide form. The source of iron and aluminum is generally well water. Hair analysis will reveal these high tissue levels. In this case, do not give the dog this water to drink. Instead, use spring water or another type of tap water.
Parvo virus. This afflicts some dogs. If a dog is on a development program, it will clear up and will not come back. Drugs are not needed and get in the way of deep healing.
This principle also applies to other conditions for which veterinarians often prescribe drugs.
LEAD POISONING IN DOGS
Recently, Blue Buffalo dog food company was sued for having high lead in several of their dog foods. A hair mineral analysis will reveal lead toxicity.
Symptoms of lead toxicity may include loss of appetite, colic, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, anxiety, hysterical barking, jaw clamping, excessive salivation, blindness, incoordination, muscle spasms, convulsions, kidney failure, abnormal posture and head pressing.
Superdogs. Dogs that follow a development program designed specifically for them will soon have much better health. They will have many fewer infections, better teeth, better odors, and much less doggie breath. This is just a toxic condition. They often also become much smarter.
Dogs absolutely love a development program. Many feel frustrated because dog food is of such poor quality. This applies even to the most expensive brands and types of food.
We know that some authorities disagree with us as to what to feed dogs. However, we are confident that our basic recommendations are correct. We repeat them here:
- About 50% cooked dark meat chicken twice daily. Some, but not all dogs want the meat of another bird once a week.
- About 50% cooked vegetables. These must only be the list of preferred vegetables in the Food For Daily Use article. Most dogs want some cooked carrots very day.
- One crushed up organic blue corn tortilla chip daily for a small dog and two crushed up organic blue corn tortilla chips for a larger dog. It is okay if they are salty and greasy. If these are not available in your nation, it is okay to skip them, but do the rest of the diet.
- Two bowls of water that are available at all times. One bowl can contain tap water and the other usually is best a spring water.
Equally important is what not to feed:
NO beef, lamb, fish, eggs, cheese, milk products such as whey or beans. Also NO grain except for a little blue corn. (This is the problem with almost all dog food).
NO treats, if at all possible. They are like snacks for humans – they upset digestion and weaken the animal. We know that treats are needed for some training, but a lot of training can be done using petting or other methods instead of treats. Dogs get addicted to treats just as humans become addicted to candy or bread.
NO table scraps, and definitely no ice cream or other chemicalized junk food.
Most puppies need to breastfeed for about 6 months or perhaps a little longer. During this time, they should not be given adult food of any kind. This includes kibble or pellet food (the worst), or cooked meat or cooked vegetables. Their intestines are not ready for these foods.
If a puppy less than about 6 months old is separated from its mother, or will not nurse for other reasons (see below), then the best milk for it appears to be goat milk. If possible, find some raw goat milk. Be sure to schedule at least four feedings each day of this to promote adequate growth and development. Be sure to warm the milk to body temperature.
Another option is to find a surrogate mother to feed the puppy – like a wet nurse for human babies. The breed of dog does not seem to matter much, but the mother must be willing to breast feed the puppy or it will not work out.
A puppy may require feeding through a baby bottle with a nipple on it, rather than just putting out a bowl of milk, if the puppy has not learned how to lick up the liquid. This is important. Also, the puppy should ideally be held in your arms during feedings, and not just left alone, if possible.
Reasons for problems with nursing. These are similar to those of human beings today. Sadly, mother dogs can be so malnourished due to their dog food that the milk is not appetizing to the puppies, after a few months, usually. As a result, they may reject it. Placing the mother dog on a complete development program usually can correct this.
If a puppy has been weaned earlier than 6 months of age. If you acquire a puppy who is less than 6 months old who is no longer breastfeeding, you can give the puppy some raw goat milk, but the puppy will usually also need some cooked vegetables and cooked chicken, as well.
Laboratory normal or ideal values. The hair analysis ideal values for dogs on the Analytical Research Labs canine graphs are not ideal, we are finding.
We are not interested in ranges, as most labs use. This has to do with the nature of development science.
Below are the current ideal canine hair mineral values we use. They may vary a little from breed to breed, but so far they do not vary much between breeds. Young dogs often have a faster oxidation rate, similar to young human beings, but this may not be normal.
All numbers are in mg% or mg per 100 grams of hair and they are approximate or rough because we have not done as much research on ideal levels for dogs as we would like.
Hair analysis patterns. The exact same basic hair analysis patterns that matter so much for human beings apply as well for dogs. These include the oxidation rate, the sodium/potassium ratio, the calcium/magnesium ratio, the adrenal ratio, the thyroid ratio, toxic metal levels and poor eliminator patterns, to name some of the most important ones.
Most dogs are fast oxidizers. This is an important difference between dogs and human beings that applies even to older dogs. The probable reason for this is their food, and because most are in better health than human beings.
Many dogs are very fast oxidizers. This is important to know. They become irritable, bark easily and too much, and may develop diabetes, cancer, seizures, and other problems due to this imbalance.
Many dogs have a high sodium/potassium ratio. This is an indicator of acute stress, in most cases. It is often due to their food.
Many dogs have an elevated calcium/magnesium ratio. This is usually due to their diets, which contain grain and perhaps sweeteners that are unnatural and unhealthful for dogs.
Toxic metals. Most dogs suffer with toxic metals, especially aluminum. This, again, has to do with their food. In addition, some water supplies, some drugs, and some flea products or other body care products contain toxic metals and toxic chemicals.
The amigos may be less of a problem for dogs than for human beings. The amigos are biounavailable forms of iron, manganese, aluminum and sometimes other minerals that are oxidants and irritants. This important topic is discussed in the article entitled The Amigos – Iron, Manganese and Aluminum.
SAMPLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAIR MINERAL TESTING – VERY IMPORTANT!
1. Do not bath your dog with soap just before sampling the hair. This is because it washes out the sodium and potassium, and will skew the test. There is no need to give the dog a bath before sampling the hair. See below if you just bathed your dog.
2. Wash the head area of your dog with a little alcohol on a cloth or napkin. Do not use soap and water even though clean well. The reason is that they can wash out the water-soluble minerals more than alcohol.
3. Now cut the hair sample from the head, near the brain. Do not take the sample from the belly, or anywhere else. Only take it from the head, and near the brain for the most accurate readings.
Be sure to cut off any hair that is more than about one inch or two centimeters long. Otherwise, you will get old readings from old hair.
Also be sure to cut enough hair or fur so it fills a tablespoon to overflowing.
If you have just bathed your dog with soap, you must wait until the hair is fully dry before sampling it. Then brush the fur on the head near the brain for 5 minutes before sampling the hair. This causes some of the natural oils to be restored to the hair. Otherwise, the test results will be less accurate.