6 Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Products

6 Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Products big
Many dogs suffer from anxiety issues just like humans.

Unfortunately, dogs can’t talk.

Many situations cause dog anxiety, the most common being separation anxiety.

If your dog chews things around the house, makes messes, and maybe even chews his own paws or tail while you are gone, your dog probably has separation anxiety.

Doing these destructive things is how your dog communicates that he is stressed.

Stress and anxiety can be treated with medication.

But who wants their dog to experience the side effects of a pharmaceutical?

Take a look at these natural options first.

You just might find a healthy, holistic way to calm your dog and make life a lot easier for both of you.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #1: Calming Chews

Calming chews are available at most pet stores and online.

Calming chews contain natural ingredients like l-tryptophan, l-theanine, chamomile, lavender, colostrum, and certain vitamins and minerals.

Give your dog a chew before you leave the house or before a stressful situation and your dog should experience less anxiety.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #2: Pheromone Collar

Pheromone collars contain sustained release hormones that mimic the pheromone the mother dog produces to reassure her puppies.

These collars are available online and at your local pet store.

Dogs recognize these pheromones throughout their lives, and are calmed by the scent.

The collar lasts a month and should be worn continuously.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #3: Anxiety Wrap

Anxiety wraps are available in pet stores and online under the names “Anxiety Wrap”, “Thundershirt” and “Calming Wrap”.

These wraps come in various sizes and fit snugly and apply constant pressure to your dog’s torso.

Using pressure to relieve anxiety is been used for a long time and works similarly to swaddling an infant.

Put the anxiety wrap on your dog before a stressful situation and your dog should be less stressed.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #4: Toys

Toys  help relieve your dog’s anxiety by giving him something to do.

Toys also provide mental stimulation for dogs left alone for long periods of time.

Chew toys and toys where food is inserted can comfort and relieve stress.

Try giving your dog an entertaining toy before you leave the house.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #5: Sounds

Simply leaving the TV or Radio on when you leave the house can help relieve your dog’s anxiety.

Pet Acoustics Products has designed an “Ultra Calmer” that has been clinically proven to relieve dog anxiety.

The Ultra Calmer is pre-loaded with special frequency modified calming music.

Simply turn the Ultra Calmer on and place it on your dog’s collar before you leave the house.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #6: Calming Herbs

Herbs can be used to help calm dog anxiety.

Chamomile calms the nerves, reduces anxiety, and induces sleep.

Lemon Balm is a sedative herb that treats excitability and dog anxiety.

Valerian reduces over-excitability, tension and anxiety.

Skullcap relieves nervous tension and anxiety.

These herbs can be given to your dog as a tea or in capsule form.

To make a tea, add 1 tablespoon of dry herb to 1 cup of boiling water and steep for at least 15 minutes.

To make a larger quantity, use 4 tablespoons per quart of water and steep for at lest 15 minutes.

Herbal tea can be refrigerated up to 3 days.

If you are going to give your dog herb capsules, a good rule of thumb is:

  • Dogs under 10 lbs – 1/8 of the adult human dose
  • Dogs 10-30 lbs – 1/4 of the adult human dose
  • Dogs 30-60 lbs – 1/2 of the adult human dose
  • Dogs over 60 lbs – give the full adult human

Try giving your dog some herbs or herbal tea 30 minutes before you leave the house.

Good luck in calming your dog’s anxiety the natural way!

5 Facts You Need to Know About Dog Flu

5 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOG FLU

DOG FLU.

What is it?

How can it affect your pet?

The official name of dog flu is Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), also known as Influenza Type A H3N8.

Canine Influenza Virus has been around for quite a while, but seems to be creating quite stir recently.

Read on to learn the facts on this flu, and decide for yourself how you want to handle it.

Dog Flu Fact #1: Dog Flu Has Been Around for Over a Decade.

Dog Flu has been around for years.

In fact, the virus that causes dog flu (Influenza Type A H3N8) was first identified in Florida in 2004.

According to Merck Animal Health:

“The The H3N8 equine influenza virus has been known to exist in horses for more than 40 years.

In 2004, however, cases of an unknown respiratory illness in dogs (initially greyhounds) were reported. Scientists believe that this virus jumped species (from horses to dogs) and has now adapted to cause illness in dogs and spread efficiently among dogs. This is now considered a new dog-specific lineage of H3N8.

In September of 2005, this virus was reported by Dr. Cynda Crawford, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Edward J. Dubovi, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, along with their colleagues, as “a newly emerging pathogen in the dog population” in the United States.”

Influenza Type A H3N8 is extremely contagious and infects the respiratory system. In 2009, the USDA granted Merck full license for the vaccine Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8 in treatment of this virus.

We have a concern with this vaccine.

If it was created sometime between 2004 and 2009, how effective will it be in 2015?

We all know that viruses mutate.

Right now, we do not feel this vaccine is necessary.

Dog Flu Fact #2: Dog Flu Affects Each Dog Differently.

The symptoms and effects of dog flu can range from a total absence of symptoms to hemorrhagic pneumonia.

Some dogs that are exposed to the H3N8 dog flu virus fight off the infection and never show any clinical signs or symptoms.

Some dogs experience a mild manifestation of the virus.

Mild effects include a moist cough and nasal discharge, usually going away on its own within 10-30 days. Some dogs experience a severe manifestation of the virus.

Severely effected dogs develop a high fever (over 104) and very quickly develop the cough and nasal discharge.

In severe cases, the virus affects the lung capillaries, often causing the dog to cough up blood and experience difficult breathing.

Severe cases may also turn into bacterial pneumonia.

According to Merck Animal Health, approximately 20% of infected dogs will show no clinical signs of H3N8, approximately 80% will experience a mild form of the disease, and approximately 10-20% of infected dogs may progress to a more severe manifestation of the virus.

Dog Flu Fact #3: Dog Flu is Highly Contagious to Other Dogs.

Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 is very contagious dog-to-dog, and is transmitted by:

  • Respiratory secretions from other dogs through the air via a sneeze or cough
  • Contaminated objects like blankets, toys, and dog bowls
  • By people moving between infected and uninfected dogs

If your dog is coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease, you should keep him away from other dogs.

You should also clean and disinfect your hands, clothing, equipment and surfaces that are exposed to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.

Note: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence of the Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 being transmitted to humans.

Dog Flu Fact #4: Your Dog Can be Tested for Dog Flu.

Testing can be done at a veterinary clinic.

The test is done via a nasal swab.

Timing is very important, though.

The swab must be taken within one or two days of the onset of the symptoms because there is only a tiny window of time in which isolation of the virus is successful.

Dog Flu Fact #5: Most Dogs Can be Treated for Dog Flu at Home.

The majority of dogs will only experience mild symptoms of the Canine Influenza Virus. Not all dogs will need therapeutic intervention.

Therapy and treatment consists mostly of supportive care while letting the virus run its course (10-30 days). Dogs that develop secondary infections will need antibiotics.

Dogs with secondary infections will experience fever, purulent nasal discharge, productive cough, and possible pneumonia. Sources:

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Suo Quan Wan Treats Incontinence in Dogs, Cats & Horses

HERBAL TREATMENT FOR PET INCONTINENCE

Suo Quan Wan is a TCM herbal blend that can be very helpful in treating incontinence in dogs, cats and horses.

The Western Medical Indications for this herbal formula is urinary incontinence.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine indications for this herbal are Kidney Qi deficiency, a cold or weak back, Kidney Qi that is not firm, a tongue that is pale and wet, urinary leakage, and a pulse that is deep and weak.

At our clinic, pets often receive an Eastern exam (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in combination with the standard veterinary exam. Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy is very different than our standard Western medical philosophy. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on balance and finding the cause of the problem rather than simply masking symptoms with prescription medicines. Through Eastern examination techniques, we can choose herbal blends that will both treat symptoms and at the same time correct the imbalances in your pet’s body that are causing the symptoms.  Wind Toxin is only one of the many TCM herbal blends available for our doctors to choose from based on the the results of the Eastern exam.

Suo Quan Wan is a Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal blend specially formulated with herbs specifically chosen to work synergistically to relieve the symptoms of urinary incontinence while at the same time addressing the underlying causes of this issue. It’s Chinese Principles of Treatment are to warm and consolidate Kidney Qi.

This veterinary herbal formula is based on the ancient Chinese formula Suo Quan Wan from Jiao Zhu Fu Ren Liang Fang, which was originally “Revised Fine Formulas for Women” written in the 16th Century by Bi Li-Zhi.

The main ingredients in the Suo Quan Wan Formula are:

  • Wu Yao (Lindera) to consolidate Kidney Qi
  • Yi Zhi Ren (Alpinia) to warm Spleen and Kidney

Our clients have seen wonderful improvements in the health conditions of their pets using herbal blends to take care of a variety of health issues. Please contact our clinic at any time if you have questions about herbal remedies!

Source: Dr. Xie’s Jing Tang Herbal

4 Meds That Wipe Out Dog Arthritis Pain

sad-old-dog-1193776-m“Honey! Something is wrong with Fido! He can’t get up.”

“Ooh! Well, his arthritis is probably acting up. No big deal. No need to worry.”

What? We must get him some help! “Poor Fido!” He is not doing well.

A few facts about dog arthritis:

  1. Arthritis is #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs
  2. Arthritis affects 20% of dogs over 1 year of age
  3. Arthritis affects both quality and length of life
  4. At least 31% of dog owners say bone and joint problems are an issue for their pet
  5. Arthritis is n the “Top 10” veterinary diagnoses for dogs over 7 years old

Arthritis pain not only affects people, but it also takes an unbelievable often unrecognized toll on our beloved furry friends as well.

“Arthritis is the #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs.”
-Clinician’s Brief April 2005

Consider  Fido, an 11 year old Bulldog I recently examined. Just last year, Fido would “romp, play and jump just like a puppy.” Now, Fido “limps, lays around and acts like an old man.

Fido’s life has changed! Not for the better, but worse!

Just because Fido doesn’t complain about his situation doesn’t mean he feels no pain. Remember, dogs can’t talk!

But, dogs can tell you a lot about how they feel through the way they act.

Some signs of arthritis pain in dogs include:

  • Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or play
  • Difficulty in rising from rest
  • Lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Yelping or whimpering
  • Personality changes, withdrawal
  • Soreness when touched
  • Lagging behind on walks
  • Decreased mobility
  • Aggressive behavior

If your dog is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, a trip to your veterinarian might be a good idea. Your vet can manually manipulate your dog’s joints to determine the severity of his situation.

Fortunately, there are some very effective medications available to make your dog feel better.

4 Meds That Wipe Out Dog Arthritis Pain

The following four medications wipe out arthritis pain and make Fido feel more like the romping, playful, jumping pup he used to be.

Arthritis Medication #1: Previcox

Previcox (firocoxib) is a non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Previcox is available in a once-daily dosage that provides relief for 24 hours.

Previcox should not be given to dogs with a firocoxib sensitivity and cannot be accurately dosed in dogs under seven pounds. Previcox should not be given to dogs that are dehydrated, on diuretic therapy, or with existing renal, cardiovascular, and or hepatic dysfunction. Adverse reactions include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, anorexia, pain, lethargy, somnolence, and hyperactivity.

Arthritis Medication #2: Rimadyl

Rimadyl (carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis in dogs. It is also used to control post-surgery pain in dogs. It is given for arthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and joint deterioration.

Novox should not be given to dogs with a carprofen sensitivity. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, increased urination, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.

Arthritis Medication #3 Novox

Novox (carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis in dogs. It is also used to control post-surgery pain in dogs. It is given for arthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and joint deterioration.

Novox should not be given to dogs with a carprofen sensitivity. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, increased urination, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.

Arthritis Medication #4 Deramaxx

Deramaxx (deracoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the coxib class that received FDA approval in August 2002 for dogs weighing four pounds or more. This product eases the discomfort and pain associated with arthritis and joint disease. Deramaxx will improve your dog’s quality of life and help him maintain his regular activity level.

Dermaxx should be avoided or administered with extreme caution in dogs with gastrointestinal ulcers, hepatic disorders, dehydration, renal disease, or cardiac disease. It should not be given to dogs with a deracoxib sensitivity.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Arthritis

 

Protect Your Dog from Kidney Stones with the Kidney Stone Prevention Diet

Protect Your Dog from Kidney Stones! The Kidney Stone Prevention Diet

Protect your dog from kidney stones with the Kidney Stone Prevention Diet! (This works for bladder stones, too.)

Calcium Oxalate stones are the most common form of bladder and kidney stones found in dogs. 

Feeding your dog a diet low in oxalate will decrease the likelihood that your dog will develop calcium oxalate bladder or kidney stones.

The intention of this diet is to eliminate as much oxalate from your dog’s food as possible.

By doing this, there will be less oxalate available in your dog’s body to produce the oxalate stones.

Because calcium oxalate stones are the most common found in the kidney and bladder, this diet will go a long way towards preventing the formation of stones in your dog’s body!

This plan is a quick and easy way to make the dietary changes needed to keep your dog’s body from forming stones.

The Bladder and Kidney Stone Prevention Diet Plan

Instructions:

  • Feed 1 cup per 10 pounds of body weight. Vary according to your dog’s individual needs.
  • Feed your dog a canine multivitamin in addition to the home cooked diet.
  • Add 350 mg of Calcium Citrate for every 8 ounces of food you make. When combined with the food your dog eats, it will bind to the oxalic acid in the digestive tract. The bound oxalate cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream and is then excreted through the feces.
  • Protein/Fat/Carb Ratios: Get as close to possible to 40% Protein, 25% Fat, and 35% Carb
  • Food Preparation: Boiling greatly reduces the oxalate content of the vegetables. Soaking overnight, discarding the water, then boiling and again discarding the water greatly reduces the oxalate content of grains.

USE THESE FOODS

Low Oxalate Foods

The foods on the following list are all low in oxalate can be fed as often as you like. For best results, you should still add the calcium citrate to the final product. To reduce the oxalate content in grains even more, soak the grains overnight. Discard the water, then boil in fresh water.

Dairy

  • All dairy!
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream
  • Eggs
  • Ice cream
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt

Fats

  • All fats and oils (including butter)

Fish

  • All fish and seafood

Grains

  • Bread (white and whole wheat)
  • Cornbread
  • Hominy
  • Oat Bran
  • Rice (white and wild)
  • Rice Noodles
  • Semolina
  • Tortillas (corn and white flour

Legumes

  • Lima Beans
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Garbanzo Beans

Meat

  • All meat and poultry!
  • Organ meats
  • Luncheon meats
  • Sausage
  • Bacon

Nuts and Seeds

  • Coconut
  • Flax Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Squash Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

Vegetables

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avacado
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Peppers (red and green)
  • Pumpkin (canned)
  • Sauerkraut
  • String Beans (canned)
  • Tomato Juice
  • Water Chestnuts (canned)
  • Zucchini

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Bladder and Kidney Stones

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Sources:

  • Marc Smith, DVM
  • “Calcium Oxalate Kidney and Bladders Stones”. Puotinen, C.J. and Straus, Mary.
  • Whole Dog Journal, May 2010.