Those of you who had been involved with animal rescue
or have decided to foster or adopt a rescue dog may not realize there
are very special needs when it comes to trying to makeup for the past
abuse, physical and nutritional. You can provide the love and structure;
I will help you with the nutritional aspect of getting this animal
built back up to a thriving, vital creature. People report tremendous
success with this program. It is not an inexpensive project to try
and get the dog back on track - you need to realize that before you
commit to this project. I suppose by the time you are reading this
article you have already made the decision to do this and have the
rescue dog living in your home already.
After the vet check up and heartworm check ,it's time
to remake this poor animal's body and immune system- so we have a
job to do
let's forge ahead to provide this animal with a new
quality of life.
First, it is very rare to find a rescue that does not have problems
with loose stools. Let me tell you right off the bat, this is usually
- along with other parasites. If it is a small puppy,
test for coccidia. As for Giardia, well
personally I say don't
bother testing, save your money because it is next to impossible to
find any way yet the vets always want to test. If they have intermittent
stool issues - no doubt you have a Giardia problem. Also don't bother
using Flagyll or Metronidazole either, which is what the vet will insist
you do. Recent research shows it is only 40% effective on Giardia any
more. It last about 2 weeks then back to the loose stools or diarrhea.
We have found if you just automatically worm with Panacur from your
vet. Use it for 3 days, and then 12 days later do it again, except this
time take the total 3 day dose and divide it up into 10 days worth of
smaller doses. This is to try and catch the Giardia in the cyst stage,
which is only a brief time period and why it is next to impossible to
detect in a stool.
The rebuilding and restoring process for
your rescue dog is much like preparing a canvas for a painting. Without
the preparation at a cellular level, it is like throwing a bucket of
water on a burning building. "Dr. Campbell"
Beside a through exam, heartworm check and worming, I always suggest
a thyroid test before you give the innoculations, as
it can skeu the results. If the tests show a "low normal"
please treat with the appropriate thyroid medication anyway. It may
take a while to get the amount regulated so be patient.If there are thyroid problems then all
your had work and nutrition will not make much headway without the
My preference for heartworm prevention
is Interceptor which is safe for sensitive breeds; sighthounds,
collie, shelties, Great Danes etc. My choice for flea issues is a
topical such as FrontLine Plus because it is not systemic.
NOTE: All the things I discuss in this next
section come in a KIT format - Kit#11 for Rescue and Repair. Read
the info first before you order.
Now before you worm you need to understand that the level of beneficial
bacteria in the gut of a stressed rescue dog is practically zero -
and the Panacur wormer will even strip the gut of what little is left
in there. It is IMPERATIVE that you get a hold of BacPakPlus Probiotics
(and digestive enzymes), because this one particular probiotic is
designed especially for stress and tough intestinal cases. The regular
probiotic products are good for day to day use, but they do not repair
like this product and we are in "repair" mode with a rescue
- order it www.nzymes.com and start it ASAP dosing both AM and PM
and even double dosing if you have to the first 2-3 days.
1). PREPARATION FOR REHYDRATION OF THE BODY
When an animal or human has been under tremendous stress they become
dehydrated at the cellular level. In order for the nutrients to be
absorbed into the cells and used for repair we must prepare first
at the cellular level. This can be done by providing the body with
something called Water
for Life, which is a highly concentrated mixture of vegetable
phytonutrients called Polyphenols . When we add a component of Water
for Life to drinking water it helps the individual animal
or human more effectively absorb nutrients into the cells and remove
toxins from the body. In other words this really gives us a "leg
up" on getting this animal turned around. To order: www.firstchoicenaturals.com
Water for Life rehydrates cells and neutralizes free radicals.
In short this makes the cells receptive to the good foods and nutrients
you are feeding this dog in order to repair it. Use only 1 cup/8
ounces per day of this treated water for a large/giant breed.
Reduce it for small and med breeds. Mix up a gallon of distilled water
with an ounce of Water for Life and save it for using on the food
when you make gravy with canned meat at meal time.
Don't add it to drinking water because you will waste too much of
it and they will drink too much as well. You can start this right
away - this just makes things work better and faster. Note:
It is only fair to mention this causes a detoxification process and
for one or more days your dog will probably have the... "pouch
toots"......but it too will pass (no pun intended).
REPLACING THE MISSING MICRO NUTRIENTS
Most commercial dog foods, even top of the line foods, AND raw or
homemade diets are missing in micronutrients - these run the body's
metabolic system/electrical system and immune functions. This is what
we need to start building up on this animal. We need to start adding
micronutrients to the dog's diet as soon as they are on the Water
for Life water. I recommend using a micro nutrient liquid called "Spark
of Life" from www.firstchoicenaturals.com
dosage is on the label and you just use drops on their food - easy
Water for Life and Spark of Life are companion products and through
synergy increase the effective of both when used together.
FEEDING A GOOD DIET
I recommend using Precise Precise
Plus (Holistic Line) - because it is very easily digestible.
You will want to put weight on slowly -
I am a very strong believer in the wonders Probiotics - a benefical
bacteria/digestive enzymes combination product to reseed the gut from
what has been lost due to stress and neglect. For any rescue I recommend
using BacPakPlus - a fortified
encapsulated probiotic for really tough cases. Repair requires a potent
probiotic, one that you might use on a daily basis is not potent enough
for long termed neglect. Starting with another probiotic is great
but so many of these dogs have systemic yeast overgrowth and that
means a more potent probiotic.
Ox-E-Drops - an anti-bacterial,
anti-fungus, anti-viral and it helps to keep the pH of the gut in
proper range for wellness. It also has many uses and needs to be diluted
when you do use it. Use 1 drop per 20 lbs of body weight and mix
with a little of the water and add to their kibble at each feeding.
You can use OxEdrops and the Water for Life at the same time.
For skin detoxifying issues, you can also take 1 teaspoon of Ox-E-Drops
and mix in 1 cup of distilled water and put in a squirt bottle and
spray on sores, rashes, infections and diluted like this you can clean
out ears and eyes as well, but it MUST BE DILUTED.
RESCUED DOGS AND JOINT PROBLEMS - (Start on Day 5)
Many rescues have been abused physically, out of poor breeding and
nutritionally depleted so hip dysplasia and/or arthritis may be a
problem. If not now, it will be as they age- if it is not addressed
by you. A good joint supplement - preferably liquid - is necessary
regardless of age. I personally use
Liquid Health Level 5000 Joint supplement put on food AM and
PM - www.firstchoicenaturals.com
You will see a difference in 2 weeks with a joint support
NOW IT'S TIME TO DETOXIFY THIS DOG
Once the dog is on this program for 2 weeks then we need to start
the detoxification process using Nzymes
- a dietary (not digestive) but dietary enzyme, the most powerful
detoxifying enzyme I have ever seen. We used it on my father when
he went through chemo and radiation and he didn't suffer from the
ravages of cancer treatment due to this tough detoxifying enzyme.
But, I want you to ignore the dosage directions on the bottle of Nzymes
because it can cause detoxification too quickly and the dog will get
lethargic and have loose stool - flu like symptoms. We have to trick
the body into cleansing itself.
This detox process can start simply by switching to a better dog food,
so if you see bumps, itching, hotspots, rashes, shedding even more
than normal, this is detoxing and it will last 2 weeks at least. It
will pass hang in there, if in doubt talk to your vet or email me
Use diluted Ox-E Drops
if a hot spot or itching and rash appears..just wipe or spray the
diluted solution (1 teaspoon Ox-E Drops
and 1 cup plain distilled water). I recommend using the granular
Nzymes if you have a large/giant breed and the Pet treats if a small
and med breed. The granular goes further and sprinkle it on the food
AM and PM. I like to "ramp up" during the introduction
of Nzymes to the diet so you are easing into them over a weeks time
- then as the label says you double dose for 2 weeks then go back
to a normal daily dose. I just suggest taking a little longer
to east into that 2 week double dose period so the dog stays comfortable.
This is same with humans if you take the Nzymes product, which I have
for over 20 years = no wrinkles!! To Order:
If your rescue has poor immune system, nothing beats using first milking
This is also very helpful for diabetic dogs and dogs with heart problems.
If you write me about the special needs of this animal I can make
suggestions and give you sources. If this involves skin problems read
this article on systemic
yeast infections. This is common problem in rescues. Another
excellent product for immune enhancement is something called DMG-L
and it is helpful for seizures
ENHANCED DIET: USING RAW MEAT, FRUIT AND VEGGIES
After this dog has been well established on this program and gaining
weight and reestablishing the environment of the gut for proper digestion,
you may want to integrate some real foods into the diet. Start with
fresh or frozen berries (no grapes or raisins) just a few to see how
they like it. Then try carrots and other veggies chopped, pureed or
cooked to see if this is palatable to them, they may not like it.
If you are going to use a raw meat - please use a commercially prepared
raw or dehydrated meat product that is balanced in calcium and phosphorus
ratios and tested for pathogens.
Personally my preference is The Honest
Kitchen's "Embark" dehydrated raw meat plus fruits/veggies
or their "Preference"
which is only dehydrated fruits/veggies and herbs.
The Honest Kitchen is easy to store dry and you add water to it,
let it set and it makes up something you can top dress your dogs kibble
with that will provide them real wholesome foods. I purchase mine
A 4 lb bag of dehydrated food = 17 lbs of wet food but you
do not have to make it up all at once and it is great if you travel
with the dog too.
I AM SO CONFUSED:
The supplements in the RESCUE AND REPAIR
program can be purchase in Kit#11,
which is sold at www.firstchoicenaturals.com
and lasts 2 months for giant breeds. After 4 months on Kit#11
you can move to the Adult Kit #4.
You can introduce items 1, 2, 3, 4 within 1-2 days of them being
settled in and on Precise
dog food totally.
(1) Vet check up and worm with Panacur for parasites and Giardia
(2) Introduce to one of the
Precise Plus Holistic foods over a 2-3 day time period/
(3) Use Water
for Life on AM and PM feeding - if the dog is very thin
divide into 3-4 smaller meals a day - order: www.firstchoicenaturals.com
(4) Add Spark
of Life to the dogs kibble- dosage on bottle - www.firstchoicenaturals.com
(5) Add BacPakPlus powdered
probiotic to the dogs food AM and PM www.nzymes.com
After 4-5 days and well established on this routine you can start
to enhance the program by building the immune function, detoxify the
body and support the joints.
(6) Use Ox-E-Drops AM -
PM, diluted in a little water, on their food. This can be used internally
on their food and in their drinking water 10 drops as well as a diluted
solution (1 teaspoon + 1 cup distilled water) which works great for
ears and eye cleaning. You can also spray it on sores.www.nzymes.com
(7) A good liquid joint support supplement like Liquid
Health Level 5000 .
(8) Nzymes - dietary enzymes,
to detoxify the body of the toxins and a natural anti-inflammatory
for orthopedic issues such as arthritis, hips or growth problems.
Regardless of what it says on the bottle, ramp up your dosage so the
dog does not detoxify too fast. Take a week to build up to a detoxifying
dose, hold there for two weeks as stated on bottle, then ramp down
to the maintenance dosage. www.nzymes.com
I know sometimes these rescue dogs are a handful, most are prone
to systemic yeast infections
,which get diagnoised as allergies when it isn't an allergy at
Many times the dogs that come into rescue are stress, hyperactive
and exhibit great nervousness and anxiety. There is a wonderful all
natural supplement that can be used to help managed this problem.
It is called Canine
Relax-N and you can get it through www.firstchoicenaturals.com
Enhancing the diet - with raw meat & fruits & veggies
EMBARK or PREFERENCE , Embark is a dehydrated raw turkey/fruit
and veggies and Preference is a dehydrated fruits/veggies/herbs. Both
bring considerable benefit to the diet and I use to top dress my dogs
food. You can get it at www.firstchoicenaturals.com
they will send you a free sample if you contact them.
Natural Ways To Help With Pain
human supplement and Duralactin is the one bottled for pets and purcahsed
through a vet. This is a natural antiinflammatory from milk and I
personally have used it on my dogs and have had others report amazing
results with this product. It also works on elbow bursas too. You
double dose for two weeks and drop back to normal dosage. It is not
cost prohibitive and I get mine through www.firstchoicenaturals.com
- is a new type
of pharmiceutical, the wave of the future in drugs. I have suggested
it's use and people have reported remarkable success on Recovery®SA
- it contains Nutricol® a proprietary combination of proven ingredients
.Nutricol® decreases trauma - from chronic lameness, surgery,
injury and over-training - by both increasing the cell's resistance
to damage & improving it's ability to repair damage. You do not
have to go through a vet to purchase this product.
Here for: DAY TO DAY CARE -ears, eyes, teeth, skin, healthy treats,
Water On Food:
Commercial foods need to be fed with moisture so dogs don't over
consume water after a meal and so the kibble does not pull moisture
from the dogs system in order to break down properly. Use "tepid"
temperature water never hot or warm and never soak your food as
it breaks down and destroys nutrients. Mix up and feed immediately.
I use approximately 1/2 to 1 cup of water for adults Danes per
each meal. Adjust accordingly for puppies and smaller breeds.
If they have loose stools, you may be using too much meat or water
than necessary. Adjust that before you panic and think they are
It is very important to NEVER
withhold water from your dog. This can lead to over consumption
and bladder infections. Use common sense, do not let them drink
excessively after exercise or dinner. Like a horse, let them cool
down and then drink. I have found if I have water available in
several places, they never overdo it since they know it is available
to them when they need it. That way they drink less amounts of
water, but more frequently.
Withholding water for fear of bloat is a myth. Stress is the cause
and bloat/torsion is the response. It is much more complicated that
simply saying water is the cause of bloat.
(See my article on Bloat and Torsion
(See On My Soapbox)
To help prevent this problem in adults, make sure they are on
and Nzymes. I
use the Nzymes Product to support the immune system, and prevent
This is important information about anesthetics
and giant breeds. Print out for your vet. Also for any
elective surgery, i.e., spay, neuter or emergency surgery such
as bloat/torsion. I use Nzymes
to detoxify and help with fast healing.
If you own a giant breed or one prone to heart
problems it is recommended that you use the highest quality protein
food and supplement with these components. These are nutritional
substances from food sources and do not conflict with medications
or each other and are good to use for heart disease. Supplements
for Heart Disease.
- 90 - 120 mg daily - www.firstchoicenaturals.com
2) Taurine and L- Carnitine - Two amino Acids are
critical to strengthen the heart -
You can get these from the health food store. Make sure you
select a very good brand so they are usable by the body.
Taurine 100 mg a day
L-Carnitine 100 - 200 mg a day
These dosages are taken from the newest textbook Small Animal
Clinical Nutrition and would be increased if the dog had been
diagnosed with actual cardiomyopathy.
- this amazing product will regenerate and rejuvenate
the immune function as well as heart muscle. It is highly
recommended for dogs with cardio.
I get mine from Dr. Wagner at www.firstchoicenaturals.com
this: Does My Vet Understand Nutrition?
There are several articles
and photos of vaccine reactions at this website. You need to know
how to prevent vaccine reactions, because vaccine reactions in some
breeds will kill your dog in a slow agonizing death known as Immune
Mediated Response, which is always misdiagnosed as HOD. So, here is
of Vaccine Reactions
AAHA recommended schedule for vaccination
Jean Dodd's Vaccine Protocols
Based on information gained from the National Bone Survey, I do not
recommend using Sulfonamide* antibiotics to my puppy buyers because
these drugs can cause serious side-effects like sloughing of skin
and internal bleeding and HOD-like symptoms including;fever,
aching joints, swollen joints, lack of mobility, depression and anorexia.
The following antibiotics are sulfonamides.
Another commonly used, potentially troublesome antibiotics is Cephalexin
(Keflex, Cefa-Tabs). This can also produces the same symptoms as HOD
(fever,swollen/hot joints, immobility, anorexia) even in adult dogs.
I will use Chephalexin, but with a watchful eye and if the dog starts
acting lethargic and achy, we stop the antibiotic, since they are
sensitive to it. Call the vet for an alternative antibiotic and make
sure you are using a good Probiotic product to keep the digestive
tract functioning properly.
I will not use Sulfonamides drugs on my dogs. A reaction can happen
from 24 hours - 2 weeks of being on an antibiotic. If there is a reaction,
my vet recommends Dexamethsone/Azium and discontinue use or antibiotic.
* Research references
People ask me what I use for these problems. I use Interceptor
as a heartworm preventative and for flea and tick problems I use a
topical product- either Frontline
Plus or Advantage, Advantix or Frontline products. I do
rotate a different one each year. Because these are not systemic products,
I feel a bit better about using them and because the dogs/cats and
my self are also on Nzymes,
which detoxifies the body, I am comfortable with using these products.
For Collie/Sheltie/Aussie and Sighthound Owners
(could effect some Great Danes)
For those people who own Collies, Shelties, Sighthounds, Aussies,
Border Collies, any breeds with Collie background or mixed breeds
with any of these dogs in them, it is critical that you know
there are certain medications your dogs CAN'T take. Do not leave
it up to your vet to know this..YOU must print this out and
know it - it is a matter of life or death.
These dogs have a sensitivity to Ivermectin (Heartguard
Heartworm medication. Only use Interceptor heart worm preventative.
Other related drugs you can not use on these breeds or there
will be neurological damage.
Other related drugs you can NOT use:
Metronidazole (which is used for diarrhea and giardia)
Ivermectin - Heart Guard
There are many different types of drugs that have been reported
to cause problems in Collies, ranging from over-the-counter
antidiarrheal agents like Imodium® to antiparasitic and
chemotherapy agents. It is likely this list will grow to include
more drugs as our research progresses.
Drugs that have been documented, or are strongly suspected
to cause problems in dogs with the MDR1 mutation:
Ivermectin (antiparasitic agent)
Loperamide (Imodium®; over-the-counter antidiarrheal agent)
Doxorubicin (anticancer agent)
Vincristine (anticancer agent)
Vinblastine (anticancer agent)
Cyclosporin (immunosuppressive agent)
Digoxin (heart drug)
Butorphanol (pain control)
Potential Problem Drugs
The following drugs may potentially cause problems when given
to dogs that have the mutation. Biochemical studies have shown
that this gene has the potential to act on over 50 different
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory
PO Box 2280
Pullman, WA 99165-2280