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There are several articles on Mercolahealthypets.com about rabies vaccine on young puppies:
This sound to be a yeast problem, no. 1 thing to do is to address the diet, preferrably an anti-inflammatory raw diet with no grains. Adding a probiotic supplement will help since antibiotics destroy all good along with the bad bacteria, so these drugs often make a bad situation worse.
Be sure not to over-vaccinate or over-medicate.
Use natural flea control products:
Have you tried this product for his ears?
I agree whole raw sardines is definitely cheaper! I have not found any safe raw sardines locally. Not sure if I will buy from the ethnic grocery stores where they may come from China.
They are 3.75 oz.
I found canned sardines at Trader Joes for $1.19 a can, they are packed in water with no salt added.
What is a safe toothpaste or product that you recommend?
Unfortunately she didn’t list the weights for the dogs.
According to Dr. Becker’s book, most standardized milk thistle capsules are 100-125 mg.
small dogs 1/2 capsule daily
medium dogs 1 capsule daily
large/giant dog 1 capsule twice daily.
Nutrition deficiencies and sensitive stomach develop are usually due to eating the same dry food for months and years. Raw, high moisture food is best. There are commercial raw prepared food you can purchase if you don’t want to make your own at home.
I highly recommend the DVD ‘Functional, Fresh, Fast food for our furry friends’ by Dr. Karen Becker
This maybe a leaky gut condition. Hope this article will help you identify the cause and treatment.
There are articles on Rabies vaccines and their side-effect. Aggression is one of them.
I would suggest the next step is to find a holistic vet to find out what detoxifiers are appropriate for your dog.
This video and article by Dr. Becker may help you.
I do give raw goat milk periodically, the farm who sells the milk will give me the kefir grains and I may just try to make keifr and see how it turns out. I really enjoy making their food, they have no digestive issues at all, don’t have loose stools and always have good appetite. I appreciate you always take the time to answer my questions.
Is raw grass-fed goat milk a good replacement for probiotic supplement? Your recipe states whole milk kefir or raw goat milk, I’ve never bought or made kefir but will learn how to make it. Another question I have is how often should I feed chicken feet to my small 15 lb dogs? I was a little scared after reading what Nectarmom experienced due to high fat. I was feeding 3 times a week and reduced to 2 times and alternate with chicken and duck necks. Should I be concerned with the high fat in chicken feet? They are pasture raised. I usually feed RMB with organs and meat, not just RMB.
Thanks for sharing your experience about the Mercola Ubiquinol product, I was also thinking about adding it but wanted to hear what others have to say. I think I will wait, I mainly want it as a preventative supplement and for oral health. I will look at others without the pump.
Thanks for your reply. I’m curious of how most raw fed BIG dogs I’ve met have pearly white teeth and their owners never have to brush their teeth? Do you use any dental products for their teeth?
Thank you for the detailed answer, that’s what I like to hear but wasn’t sure which foods are good for joint health. Now I know what I need to add to their diet. You are the best!
At what age should I start to give joint supplement? Any whole food or quality brands anyone can recommend?
Here is a great article on pancreatitis http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/12/16/dont-let-this-organ-ruin-your-pets-life.aspx
My dogs like the Mercola gentle chews, but then they like everything. The chews don’t last more than 5 mins for my small shelties. I don’t think they are as nutritious as raw necks or wings.
I placed my order for Xkaliber and tripe/trachea/gullet mix after reading that’s what HDM feeds her dogs, I figured the more variety the better. One of my shelties had dental work done so I have to be careful not to feed hard chews. They don’t care for the dried trachea chews from pet stores, so I’m interested to hear how your dogs like the raw tracheas, maybe I’ll get some next time. It will be a while before I place another order so no hurry.
Thanks HDM, I’m learning so much from you and from everyone’s experience. Couple more questions, what is the percentage of the tripe/organ mix should I add to their food? And do I need to worry about adding calcium with tripe/organ mix? I understand tripe alone have the perfect ratio of calcium.
I want to order from greentripe.com and noticed the beef trachea and cow gullets, do you feed those like chews? Have you tried their tripe combinations?
My shelties are too small for the turkey necks, I tried it once and they couldn’t even crunch it down. I am afraid if I cut them up in smaller pieces, they would choke on them. They get chicken necks and feet, duck necks, which they can handle just fine. I will try chicken backs next.
I’m confused when to use calcium citrate or bone meal supplement for boneless recipes? Do you rotate the two?
Your recipes look very nutritious! May I ask where you get the Raw Glandular supplement? And where can I find sprouted seeds?
Tattoo your phone no. is another option.
Yes, I will be grinding the chicken and will follow the recipe, thanks for your help.
If I use whole chicken with bones /or thighs with bones with chicken feet, then is it balanced?
HDM and pugmomsandy:
I have a question about a chicken recipe that calls for chicken necks, boneless thighs and breasts. Do you think it’s OK to replace the chicken necks portion with chicken feet? I started giving chicken feet to my small dogs and they love it, it takes longer to chew than the necks. Would you say they have the same nutritional benefits?
My vet recommended this product to a client who said she couldn’t believe how effective and fast it cleared up her dog’s ear infection.
Are chicken feet good to feed as part of their diet? My dogs are 15 lbs each and turkey necks are too big for them.
What are some of the brand names for high quality krill oil?
Thank you for your expertise. I’m so glad we all can come to you with questions.
I have trouble figuring out the correct calcium ratios. When I grind a whole bird (chicken, turkey, duck) with gizzards, hearts, livers..do I need to add more boneless meat? I often see 80/10/10 formula, do you know a whole bird has 10% bone in it?
Flea meds can cause skin irritation, there are other natural ways to control fleas. First you need to remove the cause, it may be the Advantage you are using. Mercolahealthypets.com have several education articles on the dangers of using these products on your pets.
That’s a great idea to use edible oil, much safer than the silicone spray! Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.
I just purchased a Weston grinder like yours, can you tell me how to keep the grinding parts from rusting? They sell a food grade silicone spray but the warning label says it could be fatal if swallowed! Just wonder if you have any ideas? Thanks.
Also read the comments on the bottom from owners who have the same experience. Switch to natural food diet, eliminate carbs and supplement with omega-3 fatty acids to start.
Just saw your previous post about your yeasty dog. My male sheltie was always itchy, female was not as bad but was scratching also for the past few years. Saw the vets multiple times, tried chinese herbs, vinegar foot soak, frequent baths, different natural shampoos etc.. but nothing worked. I often gave them fruits of all kinds daily, in the summer they get even more in addition to all the tomatoes and berries from my garden. They itch worse in the summer but they don’t get fleas, I don’t use flea meds. Then last fall I decided to do an experiment, I stopped feeding them fruits, tomatoes or any night shade veggies, their itching began to reduce more and more, they are 90 percent better. You may want to look at the diet, maybe there is something in the food that is causing the itching.
Both of my tri-color shelties are small, they only weigh 15 lbs. Got them both from families who couldn’t afford to keep them. They are 3 and 5. My last sable sheltie was 22 lbs, got her at 8 weeks, the best dog ever! I’m surprised to see some that look like collies at the park, but they are all beautiful. How exciting for you to be getting another one! Are you going to adopt or foster the new one?
Thank you for sharing your tips. I only have 2 small shelties each weighs 15 lbs, but still want to go with all home-made. If I only grind chicken, I suppose I can go with a cheaper grinder but I want to provide variety. So what is your opinion on Dr. Becker’s supplement recipe? Have you tried it yet? I’m thinking I should follow it and use HDM’s green supplement mix. My dogs have flaky skin, I think there is something missing from their current diet: 1/2 Darwin’s, half home-made. I use grass-fed red meat for home-made since Darwin’s red meat is grain-finished.
What is the dosage for a 15 lb dog when using your whole food vitamin mix? And how much vitamin E?
I give my dogs raw grass-fed goat milk, can I eliminate probiotic supplement?
My dog broke his premolar tooth when chewing on a lamb leg bone without meat. I let him chew on it for over an hour and then heard a pop, I thought chewing on a bone would help clean his teeth, but I missed the part that says “MEATY”, not raw bone, but RAW MEATY BONE. I learned it the hard way, now he only gets chicken and duck necks.
Dr. Becker’s recipes have organs included, do I need to add Pet GO supplement? Or is that for recipes without organs?
Thank you for sharing your recipe. This is what I’ve been looking for and will order the supplements from the site you posted. I’m excited to do it on my own as I believe I will have a better control of the quality of ingredients I put in the food.
I really like your whole food supplement recipe, what do you recommend if a dog is allergic to turmeric? I don’t know if mine will but I read somewhere that a dog was allergic. I have Dr. Karen Becker’s recipe book and will use the recipes as a guide, but really want to avoid any synthetic vitamins in her book. That’s what holding me up in doing all home-made. I’ve been feeding Darwin’s but want to it on my own. I don’t like the pre-mixes from THK or Sojos or any dehydrated food. I prefer all raw and fresh veggies. I can get grass-fed beef, lamb and raw wet bone meal from a local farmer, I’m going to visit some local butchers to see if I can get quality poultrys. Once I can get everything together, I’m ready to start doing it on my own.
I’m interested in buying the Weston 22 grinder also, does it grind up whole turkey with no issues? Where did you get yours?