VACCINATION, NUTRITION, SUPPLEMENTS, EXERCISE AND MORE
Many people think that puppies are born with a clean slate, but in reality they often carry problems from previous generations. These problems are not just genetic. Puppies are burdened by their parents’ imbalances and health problems.
Over-vaccination, poor nutrition, stress and the use of immunosuppressants such as anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids can cause chronic imbalances that affect the health of the offspring.
BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS
If you plan to buy a puppy, the most generous way is to choose one from a shelter. You’ll feel good about your decision and also give a home to a dog that would otherwise continue to suffer or be euthanized.
If you prefer to buy a puppy from a breeder, stay away from puppy mills, suspicious advertisements, and pet store puppies.
Puppy mill operators (misuse) dogs as breeding machines. They lock them up in cages, rarely let them out and most dogs suffer immensely.
Besides the endless suffering, puppies of these dogs often develop serious, irreversible health problems that even a miracle healer or veterinarian cannot solve. Treating these problems will drain your wallet and break your heart.
If you feel the urge to “rescue” a puppy from a puppy mill, buying one will create more demand, which is exactly what the puppy broker or puppy mill owner wants. If they don’t buy one, they will go bankrupt and hopefully surrender their dogs to the authorities.
If you can’t find the dog of your choice in your area, there are many homeless dogs in kill shelters throughout Canada, the US or in third world countries.
CARE AND FOOD
Feeding dogs is another popular topic and writing about it is like poking a hornet’s nest. If you’d like to learn more about feeding natural foods, we have a free natural feeding course, so I’ll just mention here that good puppy food starts with a well-nourished mother.
After more than a decade of feeding and recommending a raw, species-specific diet, my clients and I have witnessed a dramatic difference between dogs fed processed and raw diets. I have repeatedly seen longer lives, fewer medical problems, shinier and healthier coats, better mobility, fewer chronic diseases and cancer. There was no way I could switch back to kibble.
Have you ever wondered that processed pet food companies offer retailers and veterinarians free samples and deep discounts on their products at their conferences?
Most people understand the role of vitamins and omega oils in health. However, many are unaware that the most common causes of disease and premature aging are mineral deficiencies.
No mineral can be produced by the body and minerals are severely depleted, even in organic foods. The main reason is intensive agriculture and excessive soil exploitation and fatigue.
That’s why every pregnant or nursing mother should get these basic supplements:
The most well-known problem with a mineral deficiency in pregnant and lactating bitches is a lack of calcium in the blood, also called eclampsia. One of the causes of postpartum clampsia is a poorly functioning parathyroid gland, which leads to a slower release of calcium. However, the proper functioning of the pituitary gland also depends on the presence of other minerals and nutrients.
Providing a balanced diet and essential supplements to lactating bitches is equally important for the well-being of puppies and their development.
Beware of synthetic vitamins
If you are tempted to buy cheap synthetic vitamins, remember that just as there is a difference between a plastic orange, orange juice and a healthy orange, there is a difference between synthetic vitamins, natural extracts and vitamins based on whole foods. Because we cannot make food in a chemical laboratory, synthetic supplements will always remain ‘the plastic’ orange of the diet.
WEANING PUPPIES NATURALLY
Recently I saw a mother at Whole Foods feeding her baby by squeezing baby food from a tube. I looked at her and wondered if she knew that this “baby food” had a fraction of the nutritional value of fresh food that she could mix and prepare fresh at home.
It’s an example of how blinded we’ve been by marketing and advertising. Many people are convinced that feeding sterilized, pasteurized food is somehow better. However, nature does not create baby or puppy food and so I recommend feeding puppies the same high-quality raw food that you would feed adults.
From the age of three to four weeks, you can introduce high-quality raw food by feeding the mothers in the cage with her puppies, who will gradually start eating it. By the time puppies are eight weeks old and ready to go home, they should be eating a variety of meats, vegetables, eggs and chewing raw bones to massage their gums and promote healthy teeth and bone development.
I’m not a big fan of feeding dairy products, especially since milk is not naturally part of a dog’s diet once puppies are weaned.
Just don’t forget to give your puppy essential supplements to keep him strong and healthy.
I am relieved that research studies are now available that confirm that the practice of annual dog vaccinations has absolutely no scientific basis and that most dogs’ immunity lasts at least eight years and possibly even a lifetime.
Vaccines are a fiery topic. All I can do is give you my humble opinions and suggestions.
- The natural immunity obtained from their mothers’ milk lasts in most puppies until 12 to 16 weeks of age.
- Vaccinating puppies before 12 weeks of age will ‘wipe out’ the mother’s antibodies. making puppies more vulnerable to infections.
- Vaccines contain serious carcinogens such as thiomersal (which contains mercury), formaldehyde and other chemicals.
- Most people are unaware that vaccines are often produced by infecting and sacrificing healthy animals. I find the idea of killing one person to save another insane and I feel obliged to inform you about this practice.
- Vaccines can also cause chronic, often lifelong diseases that resemble the disease they are supposed to prevent. Some good examples are digestive problems, skin problems or mental and behavioral changes that disappear after neutralizing the effects that vaccines have with homeopathic remedies.
- Most vaccines bypass the natural entry points of infection, such as the mouth or respiratory tract, and this is a serious shock to the immune system. How would you feel if someone entered your home by breaking the windows (the analogy for an injection) instead of ringing the doorbell?
- The administration of multiple antigen vaccines is a very unnatural way to create immunity. In nature, there is usually only one serious pathogen present at a time, allowing the body to focus entirely on one pathogen. Giving combination vaccines overwhelms the immune system, just as you would working on several large projects at the same time.
Here is an immunity protocol that I have been using in my practice for years.
- Never vaccinate your puppy before 12 weeks of age if you have the choice.
- If your puppy was vaccinated early, any medical condition may or may not be a side effect of the vaccine. I recommend consulting an open-minded holistic doctor who knows how to recognize vaccine-related problems.
- If you suspect side effects from the vaccination, you can safely administer one dose homeopathic remedy Thuja 200 C – to neutralize the side effects of vaccination.
- Maternal antibodies fully protect puppies until 12 to 16 weeks. When your puppy is 12 weeks old, have a parvovirus and distemper antibody titer test performed.
- If there is an antibody level, test again at five months of age and socialize your puppy with other dogs on a moderate basis. Your puppy will learn the tricks of the trade by being in the company of other dogs. Exposure to pathogens while protected will stimulate the production of its own antibodies. This is “nature’s way of vaccinating” and this is exactly what vaccine companies don’t want you to know.
- To me, any level of antibody suggests protection, but some labs report low titers as insufficient. In fact, no one can say which levels are or are not low. I have never seen parvo or distemper in dogs with a low positive titer.
- If your puppy tested negative for antibodies, consider vaccination with one parvovirus antigen (not a combination) at 12 weeks and distemper four weeks later.
- Test again for antibodies one month and then two to three months after the vaccine and then two to three months later.
- If your puppy’s titer remains negative, you will need to make a decision about which risk is greater: boosters or the incidence of an infectious disease.
- Never use vaccines against kennel cough, Lyme disease and Giardia, as these cause the most side effects.
- If you live in a rabies area, the vaccine may need to be given, but give it at least four weeks after other vaccinations. Talk to your veterinarian about the incidence of rabies in your area.
It may be shocking, but many healthy puppies retain antibodies throughout their lives without any vaccination except for rabies.
In my practice I always try to avoid them where possible. It is my experience that this is the best way to create a healthy and long life.
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