Tuesday, February 13

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Monday, February 12

Home Made Dog food recipe for dogs with Chronic Ear Infections

Home cooking for your dog

( I developed this recipe for a French Bulldog with chronic yeasty ears and allergy issues. ) 

                                                         



This recipe is for a 20 to 25 -pound dog with Chronic ear infections or environmental allergies 

3 pounds of lean ground beef ( 89 % or leaner) - Cook in a crock pot or large pot.. cook until meat is light brown;  YOU may use some Olive oil ( about 3 tablespoons) at the bottom of the pan.

Steam some Broccoli - 1 bag 8-ounce bag  -  Once cooked - chop up into small bites under 1/4 inch in size or Mash -  Mix into cooked Ground Hamburger 


Add some Tums for "Calcium" - any flavor - Use 4 of the Regular tums - crush or break up into small pieces -  PUT TUMS into the MIX AFTER you have cooked the meat.

(if you don't want to do TUMS you will need to buy bone meal from a health food store)  - add bone meal after the meat has been cooked. 
                                                     



You may also add 1 can of Low fat or Low salt beef gravy -  -- 
Make sure you do drain out your hamburger after cooking. 

NOW we need to ADD White Rice ( Boiled cooked white rice )  OR
 you may try Quinoa  

To use quinoa -


ADD Quinoa : 
YOU will use Quinoa but cook by itself - 

COOK the Quinoa as directed on the package 
- BUY the PreWASHED kind



For the Quinoa -  Cook about 1 pound of Quinoa, and then once cooked mix with the Meat
YOUR meat, veggie, and Quinoa Mix will keep for at least 4 days --- if you are not going to use it all in 4 days then PLEASE freeze some. 

Feed your 20 to 25-pound dog 2 x per day 


  ( 1.5 cups of this mix in the AM and 1.5 cups  in the PM ) -  This will digest quickly and you will see smaller Poops. 


You will need to work with this and see how your dog does. If your dog needs a little more you can give 1/2 cup in the afternoon as a snack. 

For snacks you can use some Bland melon such as Honeydew -  always cut well and give 1/4 cup of melon.


If not allergic to blueberries try 1/4 cup of blueberries.   Try some Goat Milk YOGURT if you can find it.  Get plain or Vanilla - you can use a small amount of Yogurt with your fruit.   Also, peaches are good .. always cut your fruit up small -  If you can't find goat milk yogurt then get Greek yogurt 

Another good snack is just 1/3 of a medium banana -
You may also give 1/2 of a hard-boiled egg as a snack. ( do not use the EGG snack option more than 3 x per week.
Let me know if you have questions 

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Monday, January 29

Dog Flu can hit any time of the year.





America's Dogs Have Their Own Flu Battles







                                                              

By Alan Mozes and Health Day
                                       
HealthDay Reporter

Keep away from dog parks if flu is in your state! 


MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While a brutal flu season is felling humans by the score, veterinarians warn that there have also been outbreaks of canine flu in some parts of the United States.
Which dog owners need to worry?
According to Dr. Amy Glaser, director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University's Animal Health Diagnostic Center, there have been pockets of cases reported in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as in southwest Ohio and parts of central coastal California.
Two different strains can strike man's best friend: H3N8, first identified in 2004, and H3N2, which first appeared on the scene in 2015.
"Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus," explained Dr. Michael Topper, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
What's more, "almost all dogs exposed to the virus will become infected," although most cases will be mild, Topper said. Dogs can catch it from other dogs, and through contact with contaminated food and water bowls and toys.
Why will most catch it? Dog flu is still "an emerging disease," Topper said, and most dogs in the United States have not been exposed to it.

That means roughly 80 percent of those animals that become infected will develop a flu-like illness, he said.
"Once introduced into a group of dogs [canine flu] spreads quickly," Glaser confirmed. "And it should be expected that all or most dogs will be affected, as most dogs are susceptible to infection."
On a positive note, humans can't catch canine flu, Glaser explained. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that "no human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported."
And while many cases of dog flu go unreported, canine flu has never broken out on a national scale. According to Glaser, "unlike human influenza, canine influenza outbreaks tend to be highly local, with the intense transmission in defined geographic locations."
So what are the signs a dog has the flu?
"Most dogs infected with canine influenza exhibit signs similar to what we see in people who are sick with the flu," said Topper. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, lethargy, a fever and/or a reduced appetite.
"Some dogs with influenza may vomit or have diarrhea," Glaser added. "Most dogs will recover, but some may need medication to help prevent secondary bacterial infections that can be serious if untreated."
Said Topper: "In more severe cases, dogs may have a very high fever of 104 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit and clinical signs of pneumonia most likely from a secondary bacterial infection."
But only about 10 percent of infected dogs will die, he said. "For most dogs, the illness is mild, and they recover in two to three weeks," he added.
But infected dogs with canine flu "should be isolated to prevent transmission of the virus to other dogs," said Topper.
Glaser advises keeping flu-ridden dogs separated from other dogs for 21 days.


"The course of treatment depends on the pet's condition," Topper said, "including the presence or absence of a secondary bacterial infection, pneumonia, dehydration or other medical issues such as pregnancy, pre-existing respiratory disease, or a compromised immune system."
In some cases, vets may prescribe antibiotics or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory to reduce fever, swelling and pain. Dehydration may also call for "fluid therapy," while only severe cases tend to require hospitalization.

If your dog has been ill for a few days please call your local Vet for an exam.




Tuesday, January 2

Teaching your Bulldog the Quiet Command



How to Teach your Bulldog the Quiet Word


BHD: How To Teach Your Dog the “Quiet” Command




Ever find yourself getting irritated by your pup’s persistent barking? The ding-dong of the doorbell, a deliveryman stopping by or somebody walking past Fido’s window-front perch are all triggers capable of setting him off. Don’t despair! There is actually something you can do to help alleviate some of your four-legged friend’s barking. It’s called the “quiet” command and it is simple to teach.  In an effort to help you restore some peace and reduce the amount of barking in your home, Better Health for Dogs has put together some step-by-step instructions.
Why do dogs bark?
Dogs bark for many reasons. It’s how they communicate. If your dog is getting what he wants when he barks then he is going to continue to do it. Anything from an afternoon snack to a fun game of chase with his favorite human can get Fido barking. Social barking with other dogs, barking to say hello to humans, attention-getting, alarm, and compulsive barking are all types of barking that you may experience with your pup.  Once you have figured out the trigger then you can move onto teaching your dog how to be quiet with a simple command.
What you will need:
  • Your dog’s favorite treats – something he loves but doesn’t always get like cheese or hot dogs, for example.
  • A little bit of Patience
  • A human volunteer (optional)
There are a couple ways you can proceed; either wait for the next time your dog encounters a barking trigger or employ the help of a friend to walk past your house and get your dog to bark.
Step 1: Allow your pooch to bark a few times then say “quiet.” Don’t yell. Stay calm. Your dog can sense when you are upset. This is where you can ask your friend to help by walking past your dog’s field of vision, by pretending to be a mailman for example and getting Fido to bark.
Step 2: Gently hold your dog’s muzzle closed. Say, “quiet” again. Note: If this seems to upset or make your dog uncomfortable then do not hold his muzzle ( For an English Bulldog you may want to just put pressure on the muzzle without holding it )  -- apply 2 fingers as pressure~ 
Step 3: Remove your hands from your dog’s muzzle. ( your fingers ) 
Step 4: Walk away from the barking trigger and call your dog to follow.
Step 5: Give him treats and praise.
Step 6: Repeat. Work on this over several days with your pup. You will know that your training has begun to pay off when your dog is quiet when you give the “quiet” command.
Alternate plan – Make some noise!
If you find that your attempts at getting your dog to understand the “quiet” command are not working then you can try to surprise your dog by making a loud or unpleasant sound. A noisemaker, a musical instrument such as a maraca or even an aluminum can filled with coins will work to make a sound your dog will not like.
Step 1: Allow your pooch to bark a few times then say “quiet.” Don’t yell. Stay calm. Your dog can sense when you are upset. This is where you can ask your friend to help by walking past your dog’s field of vision by pretending to be a mailman, for example, and getting Fido to bark.
Step 2: make the unpleasant noise. Your dog should stop barking.
Step 3: Walk away from the barking trigger and call your dog to follow.
Step 4: Give him treats and praise.
Step 5: Repeat. Work on this over several days with your pup. You will know that your training has begun to pay off when your dog is quiet when you give the “quiet” command.
If your pooch persists in barking despite your best and most consistent training efforts, it may be time to seek out the help of a professional dog trainer.

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Sunday, November 5

Changes you can make now to extend your English Bulldog's life.

5 changes to make this month… for your dog's sake…  Helping the English Bulldog from pup to adulthood. 

Thanks to  Dr. Justine Lee 

( order her books here  https://drjustinelee.com/books/  )

  

You may have seen the bumper sticker “Help me be the type of person my dog thinks that I am…” After all, pets love us unconditionally and seem to ignore all our faults, stress-attacks, and bad moods. As a result, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to afford our dogs and cats (aka, family members) the emotional, financial and physical attention that they need – to make sure we’re providing an environment that is healthy, safe, and mentally stimulating to them. As a small token of appreciation to our loyal four-legged friends, let’s dedicate this month to following these 5 simple, veterinary-recommended tips on how to treat your pet right.






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1. Cut out 20 - 30% of the food
Loving your pet doesn’t mean feeding it more… in fact, your actions may reflect otherwise. I generally consider obese pets poorly cared for, as the pet owner isn’t looking out for the best health of their pet and may not be exercising them as much as they should be. Studies have proven it – the skinnier your dog, the longer he lives. On average, you can extend your dog’s life by almost 2 years by just cutting out the calories. The same is likely true for humans (and cats!) too. Being that 40-70% of pets are overweight or obese, I can tell almost all of you to cut back on 30% of the pet food right now. First, use a measuring cup when scooping out your pet’s dinner, so you know just how many calories you’re serving, and when in doubt, cut back on the snacks and table scraps.
Learn more about Healthy TREATS for your dog
SEE article  http://bulldogvitamins.blogspot.com/2016/10/top-veggies-for-dogs_27.html

Find low-fat, high-fiber snacks to make your pet feel more full. Canned pumpkin, green beans, carrots, and low-salt, low-butter popcorn are great places to start! Finally, switch to a senior pet food – even if your pet technically isn’t “senior” yet. It’ll contain more fiber and bulk so yes, he’ll poop more, but he’ll shed more weight in the process!--  



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2. Take an extra walk around the block-  ( if your dog is elderly, try to just increase play time in your yard)  YOU can also do some play inside the house in the winter.  Just get them moving a little bit more. 
The more you exercise with your dog, the more weight your dog loses, and the more weight you lose too. After a long stressful day, the last thing you may want to do is take your dog on a time-sucking walk or run, but it’s important for your pet’s health and important for your mental health. Take the extra 10 minutes out of your day to take another loop around the block. For you cat owners, time yourself with a clock and laser pointer and dedicate a whopping 5 minutes of exercise time a day with your cat. When you exercise with your pet, you release natural endorphins while burning calories, and it’s a great way for both of you to feel better.


3. Start a pet savings account
If you can’t afford – or haven’t had time to research – pet insurance, do the next best thing. Start a savings account just for your pet, and don’t dip into it unless it’s for a pet emergency. Simply saving a dollar a day will help for those middle-of-the-night emergencies which are costly… and as your pet ages, the more you need to potentially save! My tip is for each year that your pet is over 10 years of age, save that much for each week of his life (i.e., $11/week for an 11-year-old dog!). Or consider pet insurance instead.

LOOK at this !!!!  Skip some Vaccines !!!!


4. Skip the vaccines this year
Never thought you’d hear a veterinarian say this, right? As your pet ages, the fewer vaccines he or she needs – typically only those that are required by law.

 Instead, save the money for blood work which evaluates your pet’s kidney, liver and thyroid function, and white and red blood cells. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can detect metabolic problems (like kidney failure or diabetes), and the sooner you can treat them. Talk to your vet about making this switch.
LEARN about Blood titer testing 


5. Splurge on a good toy


If you can’t afford doggy daycare or a dog walker, splurge on a good toy for your pet instead. 
Environmental enrichment (i.e., how to prevent your pet from getting bored at home) is important for all species. For dogs, a treat-stuffed Kong toy may provide hours of entertainment (just make sure to cut back on the dog food since you’re providing more calories this way!), while for cats, a sisal scratching post, feather on a string, or a laser point (human required) is a must. I also love cat window rests so your cat can enjoy the great outdoors from the safety of inside.

  For English Bulldogs, I love a Black KONG or an Elk's bone for toys 




My View-
Marie of Ask the Pet Nurse on Vaccinations:

I do believe in Vaccines.. don't get me wrong.. Just in moderation

I really do feel the over-vaccination of our pets kills them off sooner and may cause Cancer, Immune problems, Serious Allergies, Kidney failure and Liver failure.
 Many pets suffer at the hands of our Over- vaccination schedule. The vaccine yearly program was made to KEEP the people in the doors of the VET office.  ( research this and you will see what I mean ) 
If you get them in for vaccines then you can do a good health check. VETS feel otherwise people would not come in often. It's kind of true.. if people were not told to get your BOOSTER shots yearly they may skip a year before seeing the VET..

MONEY LOSS for VET offices

Learn more about Vaccines and how to cut back on some of them
http://bulldogvitamins.blogspot.com/2013/12/canine-and-feline-immunizations-final.html

Sunday, October 8

Sensitive Stomach dog food

Easy Recipe for Dog Meatloaf


  ( for sensitive stomachs ) 




 

        Gluten-free options 


Try this Easy meatloaf recipe for dogs with allergies or a sensitive belly.  




If you want to use 1/4 - 1/3  cup of Dry kibble, as a snack that is fine ~~ ( use it in the afternoon I really like the following Brands - Fromm's, Merrick, Zignature, Castor & Pollux ( Buy Grain free if possible).  I have had good luck with the Victor  Grain-Free Brand too. 


Recipe: 



CHOOSE meat: 
5 lbs fairly lean meat *****( YOU will do Ground Turkey ) or LEAN Ground Beef ( 90 % or leaner) - ( if you can afford ground lamb that is an occasional option ) 

6 cups of breadcrumbs - plain See Wheat free link if you need it 

 ( gluten free / wheat free option)  ( Allergy dogs or dogs with Skin problems need the gluten-free options ) SEE below for links to oats or breadcrumbs. 
1 cup of  2 % low-fat milk
8 med size eggs 
4 teaspoon s of CRUSHED eggShell -- - Smash it ( it's for Calcium) - Must be crushed and then cooked into the meat loafs --
1 1/2  cups ( green beans or green sweet peas)( grated and mush) *** ( TRY GREEN BEANS but cut them up or Smash them )



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ALSO  ADD: to the meatloaf mix 
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 or  2  teaspoons  LOW SALT tamari soy sauce, 


BAKE - 
* press the mixture into a casserole dishes so it’s 2 inches thick and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until set and lightly browned.



MOST dogs will get 2 -5 slices per day of the Dog meatloaf.  IT Depends on your dog's weight. 






 E-mail me if you need help figuring out the portion size for your dog.  ( MY e-mail is mpmaltese@gmail.com 
Use meatloaf or loaf pans .. This makes enough for 5 -6 days for your dogs.
Freeze or use in 4 days .. YOU can cut and freeze up what you want and then take out portions for daily feeding.
Use good wrap to avoid freezer burn 





The Meatloaf will last 4 days in the refrigerator 
YOU can use 90% lean ground beef as your meat choices for this meatloaf -- try the turkey first as your meat of choice .. NEVER do more than one Meat in your loaf at one time .
YOU will choose only one veggie to add to the meat load - Green beans or greens peas seem to do well 

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YOU can get these Oats in place of the breadcrumbs if you wish : 


Gluten-free - ( Need grain free? This is NOT a grain free recipe; Here is an option, You can try this 

GLUTEN FREE ROLLED OATS

http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-rolled-oats.html

OATS or Bread Crumbs are fine.  FOR allergy dogs you need Gluten free

YOU can do gluten free Bread Crumbs 
If you need Wheat FREE breadcrumbs - here is a link: to Gillian's Foods 
http://www.gilliansfoodsglutenfree.com/products/index.php...


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