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Sunday, April 15

Poison Plants and your dog, know the risk

Poison plants and your canine: KNOW the risks 

I have a client that I am working with on Home-cooking ;  Her Dog's liver is damaged and almost died from Sago Palm -- I guess they like to munch on this little palm.. READ about it.   It's used in many places.... 
She will be having her Vet review my home-cooked recipes for approval.
The Vet wanted her to use the Hill's RX dog food  ( I have alternatives to that )

Toxicity of  " Sago Palm " Plant/ small tree 

Cycad Sago Palm is extremely poisonous to animals (this includes humans) if ingested. Pets are at particular risk since they seem to find the plant very palatable.[2] Clinical symptoms of ingestion will develop within 12 hours and may include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, liver failure, or hepatotoxicity characterized by icterus, cirrhosis, and ascites.  The pet may appear bruised, have nose bleeds (epistaxis), melena (blood in the stool), hematochezia (bloody straining), and hemarthrosis (blood in the joints).[3] The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center estimates a fatality rate of 50 to 75 percent when ingestion of the Sago Palm is involved.  The incidence of Sago Palm ingestion by pets has risen by over 200% in the last five years.[4] If any quantity of the plant is ingested, a poison control center or doctor should be contacted immediately. Effects of ingestion can include permanent internal damage and death.
All parts of the plant are toxic; however, the seeds contain the highest level of the toxin cycasin. Cycasin causes gastrointestinal irritation, and in high enough doses, leads to liver failure.[5] Other toxins include Beta-methylamino L-alanine, a neurotoxic amino acid, and an unidentified toxin which has been observed to cause hindlimb paralysis in cattle.

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LOOK For this plant in any areas that get 86 or above in the summer months: It does, however, require hot summers with mean temperatures of 30 to 35 °C (86 to 95 °F) for successful growth, making outdoor growing impossible in colder places such as northern Europe or the Northeast US, even where winter temperatures are not too cold. One disadvantage of its domestic use is that it is poisonous to animals (this includes humans).

PLEASE pass on my page to your friends- Warn them about this...

 I GET reports like THIS all the time: PLEASE share the above link: 

A dog owner's account of this Potential Disaster!

I had a major plant poison scare with my dogs yesterday. They got into a Sago palm and after researching the dangers, rushed them to the emergency animal hospital. The initial exam did not indicate they ingested any of the plant and when I went through the leaves, I didn't see any that were chewed and there were no nuts/seeds laying around (the most dangerous part.) The scary part is there is no real way of knowing for the first 2-3 days. By the time I discovered they had been tug-o-warring with a Sago Palm frawn, it was too late to rely on forced vomitting. My next option was activated charcoal - the liquid stuff with sorbital for faster absorbtion - not a fun treatment to give a dog and it's messy. I'm hopeful that this was just a scare and that they didn't ingest any of the sago palm (or not enough to cause death or permanent liver damage.) You have a very limited amount of time to prevent death and permanent damage. Anyway, if you have any sago palms or other poisonous plants - please get rid of them. They must think I'm a crazy mom for rushing them to the doc in the middle of the night and feeding them awful black charcoal glue-like substance. Poor doggies :( Just sharing in case anyone in this group is unaware of the dangers of Sago palm. Also, it's best to buy activated charcoal and keep it at home for just in case situations for most types of poisonings. it's impossible to find when you need it but easy to find on the internet when you don't. Please wish us luck that they are ok! ( Activated Charcoal comes in a capsule form , too ) KEEP on hand ...

Friday, April 13

No MORE Fleas ! Fleas die with this Natural Powder!  

Healthy flea control: 
I wrote this last spring;  it's still the Same plan ... Natural options if at all possible:
by Marie Peppers, LPN MA  

This is the only thing that is working this summer ! -  
Alternative Treatments for Fleas on Pets :  

Dust on your Pet every  few days --- YES...LEARN MORE: 
 ( work the powder sprinkles into the skin )
DE is to be used on your pet and  IN the  YARD - also
, I sprinkle it onto my dogs and cats ( and the Goats too)
- It is safe and natural if it is the DE - here is what I order so you know what
I am talking about...

Human Grade DE ( can be found at many FEED and FARM stores or on-line)

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
A low cost, non-toxic, safe mineral made of crushed fossils. Pure Diatomaceous
Earth can be used during the parasite season both internally and externally to
improve health, appearance, and well-being of animals. Diatomaceous Earth is a
product that can be used as a nutritional supplement for a wide variety of
conditions. Contains the highest concentration of pure, raw Diatomaceous Earth

I buy my from Revival Animal Health -  there are many places that sell it.  JUST don't let anyone talk you into anything but the Human grade level of D.E. powder
PLEASE remember I am just a Pet Nurse and Not a Vet .... Thanks

  This Works !  Diatomaceous Earth    ( DE- only HUMAN grade for your pets)

ALSO  ~~~~ 
A MUST --- For a Healthy Pet : 
Marie also gives all her Pets and Foster dogs NuVET Plus -  IT's a Supplement 

NuVET Plus ;  Helps to keep the Fleas away ;

Fleas don't like the blood of a Healthy NuVet  Pet ! 

Don't forget your NuVET Plus Wafers, too!
Tell them Pet Nurse Marie Sent you... 
Ask for the special AUTO- SHIP Discount 
referral code 81098
60 day money back guarantee 
Bottles start at only 19,99 
(19.99, 39.99 or 55.00 )
PLEASE call in for the smaller sized bottles 
How NuVet® Can Help       ( 60 day money back guarantee on all NuVET products ) 

NuVet®’s Hot Spot Treatment Spray offers immediate relief from the agony of hot spots. It contains natural eucalyptus extract and aloe vera to comfort and heal hot spots, flea bites and flea allergy dermatitis. We know aloe vera for its soothing and healing properties when applied to wounds, but did you know that eucalyptus is an effective, natural anti-inflammatory with germicidal properties that make it an ideal antiseptic and antibacterial agent? When applied to the skin, eucalyptus extract creates an antiseptic ozone barrier that protects your dog against bacterial infection. By including eucalyptus extract and aloe vera in its Hot Spot Treatment Spray,  NuVet® minimizes inflammation and skin damage from a flea bite-mediated itching and scratching response.

NuVet Plus®, an all natural supplement made from the finest human-grade ingredients, is formulated in an FDA approved laboratory used to produce human pharmaceuticals. As with any vitamin and nutritional supplement, the quality of ingredients in combination with the manufacturing process determines how effective it will be for your pet. The use of this kind of high-tech, superior quality manufacturing facility is unheard of in the pet industry, but NuVet Labs® knows that no greater value can be placed on our beloved four legged members of the family.
NuVet Plus® is 100% guaranteed for purity, safety, and effectiveness. As one of the oldest and most respected companies in the pet industry, NuVet Labs® protects your purchase with a 60 day satisfaction guarantee. Please refer to our Guarantee for further details.
The vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs contained in NuVet Plus® help to strengthen your pet’s skin and immune system against potential damage from flea bites, allergic reactions to flea saliva and secondary infections. Not only will NuVet Plus® strengthen your pet’s immune system against flea bites and flea bite-mediated complications, but it is a complete formula that will support all your pet’s internal systems. Listed below are a few of the NuVet Plus® ingredients that are particularly beneficial for your dog or cat with fleas:
• Alfalfa – Alfalfa supplies many of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids (especially tryptophane), digestive enzymes and protein that a balanced diet requires, including the A, B-6, D, E, and K vitamins, beta-carotene, fiber and chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, potassium and several trace minerals. The alfalfa in NuVet Plus® builds a strong and healthy body that resists damage from flea bites and development of related complications such as flea allergy dermatitis, hot spots and secondary infections. Strong, healthy skin resists allergic reactions and hot spot wounds from forming.
• Amino acids – Amino acids provide a double blow against flea bites and related complications by strengthening the skin and coat against flea bites and increasing the antioxidant activity of certain enzymes. The amino acid L-Methionine is especially useful in strengthening skin against flea bites and flea bite allergies and aids in wound healing to prevent the development of hot spots.
• Blue green algae – This important nutrient contains ample amounts of chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier and blood cleanser that helps flush hot spot-mediated infections out of your dog’s body.  It strengthens the immune system, supports rapid wound healing, enhances red blood cell production and maintains nervous system health. Blue green algae supplementation builds a strong defense against flea bites and strengthens hypersensitive nerve sheaths against the itching response.

• Brewer’s yeast – Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of B complex vitamins; Vitamins B-1, B-9 and B-12, in particular, support and strengthen the nervous system against the itching response. Brewer’s yeast supplementation has also proven effective against the development of severe flea infestations.
• Cat’s claw (una de gato) – Cat’s claw is an ancient herb from the Peruvian rain forest that acts as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and an immune system enhancer against flea bite-mediated allergic responses and infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep skin tissue inflammation to a minimum following a bite, and by doing so prevent hot spots from developing or at least minimize their damage.
• Evening primrose oil –Evening primrose oil contains high amounts of gamma-linolenic acid, an Omega-6 essential fatty acid essential to the stimulation and maintenance of skin and nerve cells. Studies have also shown that evening primrose oil relieves inflammation. With these properties, then, evening primrose oil helps reduce flea bite-mediated inflammation and itching. Less itching means fewer – or no – hot spots. 
• Pine bark extract – Pine bark extract contains Proanthocyanidids, which hold in check the enzymes that cause skin inflammation.
• Potassium (citrate) – Potassium is essential to nervous system health, particularly the transmission of nerve impulses such as the itching response. NuVet Plus® has chosen to include in its formulation potassium citrate, which is a highly bio-available source of potassium.
• Vitamin E – Vitamin E’s anti-oxidant properties strengthen the immune system against flea bite allergies and the development of flea bite-mediated infections.

Many of the Ingredients in NuVET Plus will help sooth your pet's Allergy to fleas - So many Pets are allergic to flea bites .. 

Try the NuVET Tea Tree Hot spot Shampoo 

Don't forget your NuVET Plus Wafers, too! 
  ~~ NOT sold in stores

Wednesday, April 4

Is your dog on the drug Atopica ?

Concerns about the Drug - Atopica ?     Some Q & A from clients;
Pet Parents - Research every drug you place your pets on , for side effects:
BE a smart consumer:  ( in all aspects, not just with pet care) 

Has anyone tried "Atopica" for allergies/itching?   Did you have any side effects?             I believe that Atopica has something to do with Bubba's swollen lymph nodes. Going back to vet today.  I would really like him off the drug.

Pet Owners - Read about Atopica and it's possible side effects - PLUS/ it costs a few $$$$ too,     Just read before you place your pets on any drugs.   YES, some drugs are needed just do your research to be aware.

Excellent info:  http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/atopica-dangerous-dogs/

( read this article by hitting the link above)

The truth is that many veterinarian, both holistic and conventional, shiver with dread when they contemplate this product called Atopica . One of my clients -a nurse- contacted me after her veterinarian had suggested Atopica. She explained to me the strict rules and protective actions that a nurse needs to take when administering cyclopsporine, (which is the active ingredient in Atopica) to human patients were enough to make her very wary of using the product on her dog.

Atopica is a product that touts its efficaciousness with dogs who have allergies and other dermatological conditions. Most of my readers will know that allergies result from an incorrect response of the immune system to foods and environmental substances. For many years steroids such as prednisolone were used to decrease the ability of the immune system to function and thus relieve the allergies. It’s when steroids can’t and don’t work that Atopica is prescribed. Why does it often work so well? What does it do? How does it work?

Cyclosporine is a mycotoxin. Mycotoxins are harmful products produced by fungi. They are chemical in nature and are immune suppressing. Fungi rely on the mycotoxins they produce to kill any bacteria, other fungi, viruses and anything else that might compete with them. They suppress the immune system of dogs, cats and humans. Some examples of mycotoxins found in nature are aflotoxins, the most potent carcinogen on earth, and ocharatoxins- both produced by an Aspergillus fungi. Medical mycotoxins include Adriamycin, a chemotherapy drug, and lovastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug.