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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Aggression in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment


Out for a Walk with Some of My Dogs
In this article…
  1. Typical Causes of Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Aggression  in Dogs;
  2. Typical Signs of Stress in Dogs;
  3. Long-Term Stress is a Health Threatening Condition
  4. The Use of Conventional Chemical-Based Drugs to Control Stress
  5. Other Products that Claim to Solve Stress and Anxiety
  6. Diet Can Create and/or Exacerbate Stress or Help to Alleviate Stress
  7. Herbs Can Help Too
  8. Better Communication Helps to Alleviate Stress
A situation that stresses one dog may not affect another dog and some situations will stress all dogs to one degree or another. Why the difference? Well, every dog is an individual with his/her own unique disposition, physical and psychological strengths and weaknesses. 


Dogs are subject to the same basic factors that affect our ability to remain immune to, trigger on and cope with stress - for example...
  • Inherited traits;
  • Acquired traits;
  • Diet and nutrition;
  • Available support structure, etc.

If your dog happens to have heightened sensitivity additional stress may be generated if you are not aware of and/or do not understand heightened sensitivity. If you have not had the opportunity to hone your communication skills and your own sense of self awareness dealing with your dog’s stress can be a very difficult matter.

1.0 Typical Causes of Stress, Anxiety,
      Depression, Aggression in Dogs

A partial list…
Dogs can become stressed for many reasons…
  • Natural predisposition which is inadvertently enabled by the dog’s human - for example:
    • A dog that has heightened sensitivity can become stressed resulting in anxious behaviour if the dog’s human does not learn to be an effective communicator;
  • An unfamiliar situation:
  • Surgery and injuries;
  • Under-socialization;
  • A sudden traumatic event – emotional and/or physical for example;
    • The passing of a loved one - grief;
    • The sudden move of a family member away from home;
    • An emotionally destabilizing encounter reinforced by discomfort of the dog’s human – i.e. an attack by another dog while in a dog park;
    • A violent thunder storm, wind storm, etc.
    • Fireworks, gun shots, etc.
  • A condition that is inadvertently created and teaches the dog to be in an altered state of normal, for example:
  • Tension resulting from proximity to animate and inanimate objects – situations and locations, people, other animals, objects associated with tension that creates stress due to fear resulting in avoidance, aggression etc…
A condition that creates a situation where the dog is at physical and/or psychological disadvantage that results in a deficiency of the basic requirements of life…
    • Healthy diet;
      • A truly good diet supports a healthy mind and body;
      • An inadequate diet and/or a toxic diet creates instability in mind and body;
  • Safe home;
    • A physically safe environment promotes confidence; an inadequate environment promotes stress;
  • Structure that enables positive, balanced physical and mental output.
When parts of this formula are missing, stress and anxiety are a likely outcome even in the absence of a sudden trauma.

A psychologically safe environment in which a dog is understood, properly directed, provided with structure and both physical and mental stimulation is stabilizing and helps to build a firm foundation for weathering stressful situations.

2.0 Typical Signs of Stress in Dogs

A partial list...
Appetite
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Refusal to accept offered food or treats;
  • Diarrhea;
Breathing
  • Panting;
  • Rapid breathing;
  • Stress yawn;
  • Withheld breath;
Body Language
  • Facial Expression - tense:
    • Eyes;
      • Diverted eyes will not make eye-contact;
      • Dilated pupils;
      • Whale eye;
    • Tail;
      • Low to body or tucked between legs;
    • Ears;
      • Back;
    • Head;
      • Lowered;
      • Turned to side;
    • Body;
      • Low posture;
      • Weight shift to back legs;
      • Stress-bow;
      • Defensive aggression – barks, growls, bares teeth with fearful body
        postures (lowered head, tucked tail, ears back, whale eye) while moving away
      • Offensive aggression – barks, growls, bares teeth with offensive body
        postures (high tail, direct eye contact, ears erect) while charging/moving forward
Depression
  • Lethargy;
  • Disinterest in activities that the dog would normally look forward to/enjoy;
  • Loss of appetite;
Focus
  • Demanding constant attention;
  • Constant swinging of head or eyes to scan environment or lock on to objects;
  • On guard looking for threats – defensive and offensive;
  • Inability to focus or ‘pay attention’; 
  • Fixation;
Fur and Skin
  • Excessive shedding;
  • Sudden shedding;
  • Skin rash from excessive nervous scratching;
Mouth
  • Drooling and/or foaming at the mouth;
  • Licking of lips;
  • Licking of nose;
  • Excessive licking of paws, legs, etc.
  • Excessive licking of another dog or human companion;
  • Sucking on paws, tail, blankets, etc.
Movement
  • ‘Hyper-activity’…
    • Inability to ‘settle down’;
    • Restlessness;
    • Continual pacing;
    • Continual scratching;
    • Full body shake-off;
    • Stress-bow;
  • ‘Suppressed activity’…
    • Slow and/or ‘slinking’ movement;
    • Trembling;
    • Tense and tentative movement;
    • Avoidance – pulling away, slinking away, running away, hiding, etc;
Vocalization;
  • Excessive or more than usual;
  • Barking;
  • Crying;
  • Grumbling;
  • Growling;
  • Whining, whimpering.

3.0 Long-Term (Chronic) Stress is a Health Threatening
      Condition

On a long-term basis stress (psychological and physical – i.e. dietary insufficiency) can trigger further health issues, for example:
  • Suppression of the immune system - thereby leaving the body more susceptible to:
    • Disruptions in the endocrine system; 
    • Inflammation;
    • Infections, such as:
      • Eye infections;
      • Ear infections,
        • Ironically when eye and ear infections are treated with antibiotics (rather than with natural remedies for ears and natural remedies for eyes), greater stress - physical and psychological results due to the fact that:
          •  Antibiotics kill good bacteria in the GI tract along with bad bacteria;
          • The elimination of good bacteria destroys the health-giving flora of the GI tract placing additional stress on the immune system and on the psychological state as serotonin levels in the GI tract are also adversely affected.
    • Insect and parasite infestation;
    • Fatigue and pain;
    • Low serotonin levels - thereby affecting brain function and behaviour;
    • Viruses.

4.0 Conventional Chemical-Based Drugs to Control
      Stress and Symptoms

Chemical-based anti-depressants such as Reconcile (also known as doggie Prozac, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor – SSRIs) are often prescribed by allopathic veterinarians in an attempt to control the symptoms of stress. While SSRIs may seem to provide some amelioration of symptoms for the short term, SSRIs will not cure the condition and in many cases may make the situation worse – the consequences of which can be very serious and can shorten life span. SSRIs often have severe side effects, may actually mimic some of the symptoms of the condition being suffered and may become an impediment to actually solving the root cause of the stress. 


There are many natural, safe ways to safely boost serotonin levels without putting a dog’s health at risk. In-fact naturally boosting serotonin levels via diet comes with other very important health benefits.

Then there are other symptoms and their ill effects that may need to be addressed. Symptoms such as hair loss and skin irritation due to excessive licking and scratching. The use of steroids such as prednisone can cause an additional burden of stress and further deterioration of health. Consider natural alternatives to steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).


5.0 Other Products that Claim to 'Solve' Anxiety, Stress
      and Symptoms

There are a lot of products marketed to 'solve' anxiety, for example:

The Thundershirt
The Thundershirt is a product that has been aggressively marketed - but is it really the 'solution' to anxiety as claimed by the manufacturer? 
I don't think so.

While the Thundershirt may have some value in some circumstances to ameliorate some or a single symptom of anxiety it is not the panacea for cure that is evoked by the product’s labeling as a "proven solution for dog anxiety”.
If you would like to understand more about my thoughts on the Thundershirt you can read here

Pheramone Collars, Herbal Spray Collars, Bach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedies
Pheromone collars and herbal spray collars are also promoted by some behavourists,  trainers and veterinarians as a solution to anxiety - you can read (in detail) about my thoughts on these products here.

The bottom line - in my opinion these products may have some value in some circumstances to ameliorate some or a single symptom of anxiety but they are not a panacea for curing the condion of anxiety.

6.0 Diet Can Create and/or Exacerbate Stress
      Diet Can also Help to Alleviate Stress...

A poorly designed diet can create both physical and mental stress on its own or can contribute to an existing stress from other sources. 

Although many pet food manufactures like to advertise their pet food as: nutritionally complete, science-based etc. these terms are unregulated. 

The manufacturer can say what they want to without substantiation. 

There are many examples of unsubstantiated if not outright deceitful claims or of negligence by silence exercised made by pet food manufacturers that  include specious if not downright health threatening substances in their products. And AFFCO certification  should not and can not be relied upon as a guarantee of a good dog food.  to Ingredients such as:
  • Probiotics’ that are non-viable (dead) as the living microbes that make a food probiotic cannot withstand the heat of processing required to make the product – i.e. dry dog food, wet cooked dog food.
    • This is, at the very least innocuous, and at worst harmful in the case of those that believe they are meeting their dog’s need for healthy gut flora when in fact no healthy gut support is available from the product;
  • Fish meal that contains ethoxyquin, a known: allergen, behaviour problem trigger carcinogen, cause of deformities in puppies, toxin, skin problem trigger, organ failure trigger – you can read about ethoxyquin here;
  • High pesticide residue ingredients like corn, soy, canola oil, etc.
  • Grains such as rice that are not screened for aflatoxins;
  • Artificial food colouring and preservatives;
  • Food that is advertised as containing Omega-3, however the amount of Omega-3 included is insufficient;
    • No dog food contains sufficient amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids;
    • Ingesting an insufficient level of Omega-3 fatty acids has an enormous impact…
    • On your dog’s mental health – you can read why here, and;
    • On your dog’s physical health – you can read why here;
    • Go here for a complete guide on adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your dog's or cat's diet.
It is very important to understand that no dog food is nutritionally complete on its own – this includes homemade raw or cooked and commercial processed dry and wet or raw dog food. It is also why my homemade dog food recipe outlines important supplements to be added to food at meal time.

There are certain supplements that are required for each option (homemade or, commercial) in order to make the diet nutritionally complete and therefore health-supporting and stress-suppressing.

One more thing in common between dogs and humans – both species have more serotonin in the gut than in the brain – when god gut health is not supported behaviour is affected.

A poor diet adds to the creation and maintenance of stress and anxiety.


7.0 Herbs Can Help Alleviate Stress Too

There are many herbs that can help to support health and help to alleviate stress - here are a few such examples...
 Arnica Montana;
Lavender;
Lemon Balm; 


8.0 Better Communication Helps to Alleviate Stress

Dogs are very insightful communicators - much more so than the average human. The significance of this is huge. Because dogs can sense and discern to a degree that exceeds that of an untrained human, It does not matter what you say as much as what you feel. 
How you feel at any one given moment instantaneously transmits itself to:
  • Your body in the form of body language;
    • Facial expression;
    • How you hold yourself - how one part of your body relates to another part of your body, your posture, etc.
    • How you occupy your space, and;
    • How you occupy the space you are located in:
      • Where you are in that space;
      • How the various parts of your body are positioned in relationship to other parts of your body;
      • The footprint are you occupying;
      • How you move, etc...
    • How you present yourself;
    • How you feel and the impacts of that on;
      • Your breathing;
      • Your adrenalin level;
      • Your heart rate;
      • Your blood pressure;
      • Your blood sugar;
      • Your scent.
Your thoughts and your emotions drive your body language...

Whatever you want your dog to be you must be that thing first. Your thoughts and emotions provide direction to your dog - more so than the words that you speak. It is not about being the ‘alpha’ a much misused term. It is about directing from a place of pure logic, with insight, fairness, honesty, self-awareness, self-discipline, self-restraint, respect and true patience. Arguing with your dog simply serves to create stress for both dog and human. All too often the human expects the dog to be what the human is not first willing to be themselves. While at other times it is not that the human is not willing – it is instead because the human has not had the opportunity to understand how to direct effectively. When we work to train ourselves what we learn can translate directly in the most positive ways to our dogs.

It is important to understand that it is not that we can never feel anxious, depressed, sad, stressed, fearful around our dogs. It is instead to say that in those moments when you seek to direct your dog you must do so by first reflecting what it is that you want your dog to be and your dog will follow your lead. 

Never feel sorry for your dog, never feel guilty as these are destabilizing emotions to both the dog and the human. Instead ensure that your thoughts are in alignment with what you want your dog to feel – this is leading by the right example.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Separation Anxiety, Doggie Prozac - Does the Pet Industry Lack Ethics?

CAN SEPARATION ANXIETY BE SAFELY TREATED or EVEN CURED BY USING DRUGS (SSRIS)?

THE ANSWER IS NO!

I do not recommend the use of anti-depressant SSRIs (i.e. Reconcile) for dogs. Reconcile is actually Prozac. Prozac/Reconcile:
  • Will NOT cure separation anxiety, or any other anxiety for that matter;
  • Has many and serious, including lethal side effects;
  • Actually induces many of the symptoms of anxiety, and;
  • Can make the anxiety a heightened and chronic condition.
Separation Anxiety can be Summarized as Follows...
  • The Root Cause of separation anxiety is insecurity;
  • Provocation can be immediate or accumulated;
  • The Source of the provocation is predominantly caused by inadvertent human-based influence;
  • However the condition may also be triggered and/or exacerbated by a sudden traumatic event or an event in tandem with human-based influence;
  • The Result of provocation without proper intervention is a destabilized physiological state - 'an altered normal' which when addressed properly can be reversed.
So, Lets Have a Serious Talk About Doggie Prozac

In 2006, the pharmaceutical giant Lilly (also known as Eli Lilly), decided to launch a new drug in its line of pharmaceuticals for dogs.

This new wonder drug was actually Prozac (generic name fluoxetine, also produced by other companies under the trade name Sarafem, Fontex, etc.) an anti-depressant which is used for humans who suffer from depression and other mental/mood disorders (anxieties). The drug company renamed Prozac in order to re-badge it as a canine drug - its new name was 'Reconcile'  

Prozac is an anti depressant and an SSRI - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. SSRIs work by altering the action of the neurotransmitter serotonin.  Serotonin a) regulates aging, learning and memory; b) mood; c) sleep and other important functions. Unbalanced serotonin levels can play a role in anxiety problems, digestive and appetite issues. The range of common and rare side effects of Prozac are very extensive.
  
Lilly's pre-approval testing for human use, included testing of the drug on dogs. In one study,  six dogs were intentionally overdosed with oral fluoxetine (soon to be called Prozac). Five of these dogs experienced grand mal seizures. The study reports that 'the lowest plasma concentration at which a seizure occurred was only twice the maximum plasma concentration seen in humans taking 80 mg/day, chronically.' This means that in dogs, just a relatively small amount of Prozac is enough to create seizures and grand mal-seizures (lethal seizures) in dogs.

When Lilly decided to move forward with their new doggy Prozac drug 'Reconcile' they carried out additional 'testing' on dogs as part of the pre-approval process to obtain FDA approval to market Reconcile. In one such ‘study’ Lilly gave the drug to a 117 dogs. Three of the 117 dogs experienced seizures – for one of the dogs the seizure was fatal.   

In my opinion:
  • 3 seizures resulting out of 117 dogs tested reflects a very high rate;
  • 1 death out of 117 dogs tested is an unacceptable risk;
Another test of the drug was carried out on five beagles. Three of these five beagles either died or were euthanized due to severe damage resulting from the drug in the first six months of the study. Look at the numbers – that is a high incidence of serious side effects - including death.

In addition to the very real threat of seizures...
Doggie Prozac - Reconcile has More Side Effects
  • Anxiety - ludicrous as Reconcile is marketed to resolve anxiety;
  • Aggression;
  • Brittle Bones - taking SSRIs may double chance of bone fractures (serotonin has a significant role in bone density);
  • Excessive Panting;
  • GI Tract disturbance - also ludicrous. 
    • Consider the fact that the GI Tract health is indelibly linked to a healthy mind and balanced psychological state...the bodies second brain is the GI Tract.  
    • When the GI tract is under assault:
      • Your dog's immune system is suppressed leaving your dog susceptible to illness; 
      • The gut - when healthy, actually produces more mood-boosting serotonin than the brain does. (Serotonin a} regulates aging, learning and memory; b} mood; c} sleep and other important functions. Unbalanced serotonin levels can play a role in anxiety problems, digestive and appetite issues).
  • Hyperactivity;
  • Hightened risk of heart problems;
  •  Irrationality; 
  • Increased risk of diabetes;  
  • Pregnancy - dogs that are pregnant should not take Reconcile as it cases multiple serious complications.
If Reconcile has an extensive list of interactions with other mendicants - so it is of the utmost importance to ensure that - if prescribed - all interactions are considered...for example - interference and serious side effects such as:
  • Exaserbation of general side effects;
  • Overdose;
  • Rapid decrease on health;
  • Death.
Note that Reconcile does not start to take effect until  it has been administered for 10 to 14 days. In addition, Lilly wants your dog to be on the drug for a minimum of 8 weeks - plenty of time for extensive damage to be done to your dog by a drug that is aggressively marketed to 'help' your dog.

Antidepressants such as Reconcile can actually turn the anxiety into a deeper and chronic condition as many of its side effects are the same as the symptoms of the anxious condition.
 

Despite the dangerous nature of the drug, Reconcile was approved by the FDA in April of 2007 – of course Lilly began to aggressively marketing Reconcile to veterinarians right away.  As part of their marketing campaign they created a website for the product. Much like the campaigns by *IAMS and *Ralston Purina (you know the cute TV commercials), Lilly's ‘Reconcile’ website is filled with pictures of adorable, HEALTHY dogs who are standing beside chewed furniture etc. In small print further down the web page Lilly states that the adverse reactions of the drug, include: seizures, weight loss, lethargy, depression, decreased appetite, vomiting, tremor, diarrhea, restlessness, otitis externa, disorientation, incoordination, constipation, excessive salivation. Lilly also states on marketing and labeling information that Reconcile should not be used on dogs with epilepsy or a history of seizures, and also states that ‘Seizures may occur in dogs treated with Reconcile chewable tablets, even in dogs without a history of epilepsy or seizures.’

The Reconcile site also says ‘The effectiveness and clinical safety of Reconcile chewable tablets for long-term use (i.e. for more than 8 weeks) has not been evaluated.’ Yikes! Then it says ‘It can take time to see improvement in your pet's behaviors. If you don't see immediate improvement, continue with Reconcile for as long as your veterinarian has indicated. Don't give up! It is important that you continue the medication as prescribed.’ Quite a sales pitch.

After Lilly launched Reconcile in April of 2007, they did what they know best – bribe Veterinarians to prescribe the product. When Lilly reviewed their sales later that year – their animal health care sales in the US had increased by 18%. Great marketing job of a lethal drug with at best serious side effects - all for something that can and should be cured via dealing with the psychology of the situation – the true root cause.

The Division of Surveillance for the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine sent a warning letter to Elanco – sighting them for suggesting (on their website and other marketing materials) that ‘the product is more effective than has been demonstrated.’ The FDA warned Lilly-Elanco to change its marketing materials and Web site text.  The FDA noted that Lilly had neglected to mention that simple behavior modification on its own – without drugs, worked nearly as well as their drug. Had the FDA seen what someone who understands dogs can really do they would have understood that b-mod accomplished with psychological intervention works many times better than any drug. 

In response to the FDA, Lilly developed a combo approach which they called the ‘BOND’ program – offering a several week ‘training’ course in combination with use of the drug. BOND stands for:
  • Be positive;
  • Only reward calm behaviour;
  • No more drama when coming and going, and;
  • Develop the dog's independence.
 On the BOND Training section of their website site Lilly notes ‘This process may take a week or more, depending on the individual dog.’ Yet Lilly also states that the drug should be used for 8 consecutive weeks or more – illogical? Nope, not if you are greedy. In the US alone it is reported that there are 10.7 million dogs with separation anxiety. Multiply that by the cost of a month’s supply of the drug and you have quite a profit for Lilly. What a racket – ethical, I don’t think so.

The sad thing is that many veterinarians don’t think twice about prescribing such drugs - they, like Lilly, are in for the profit and/or do not understand the severity of the side effects and/or would rather make the $ than recommend a reputable professional that could cure the separation anxiety without further harming the dog. 

I have worked with many clients who were told by a veterinarian, trainer and or behaviourist (yeap, in some cases all three) that the only solution (to their dog's anxiety) is doggie Prozac or euthanasia. Yet by utilizing my methods – which are humane – the separation anxiety is cured. The same is true for hyper active behaviour. I also address diet as nutrition is directly linked to mental health (as well as physical health).
 
Some people try ‘Thunder Shirts’, Flower Essence, special spray collars, etc. but it has been my experience and that of the people that come to me that such interventions are at best not so effective

We  humans have all we need within ourselves to effect a cure for things like separation anxiety…self-awareness, self-restraint, self-discipline used to enable truly aware communication. Invariably it is us - the human that needs to be trained in the art of communication and patience. This is what I teach my clients. I teach my client's to understand that dogs love logic even more than humans do - how can I say such a thing? Because it is true. Dogs are very aware, very insightful communicators. We humans have a bad habit of not being that thing first that we want our dogs to be...meaning self aware, self disciplined, self restrained, self regulating. Emotion begets emotion. Tension creates tension, guilt, frustration, angst creates anxiety - this is pure logic. Surely as an intelligent species we should have the intelligence to de-create such conditions we unintentionally foster upon our dogs without further harming the dog. To understand separation anxiety  -  its cause and a humane, effective, logical way by which to resolve the condition you can read this.For more insights into what might work, does work and what does not work you can read here.

Oh and about all those 'cute' adorable dog food commercials on TV curtsey of Purina and Iams...

Iams and Ralston Purina not only invasive and lethally test their products on dogs (and cats) they are also responsible for so many pets acquiring chronic health issues, from serious reoccurring ear infections to renal failure, diabetes, cancer etc. You can read more on that here

Equal or even worse than these products are many of the products sold in veterinarians offices. Two such examples-  the veterinarian line of ‘Royal Canine’ dog kibble and Hills Dog Kibble. Check out the ingredients and then go to my article on choosing a Good Dog Kibble. The number of clients I have worked with - who were advised by their veterinarians to place their dog on these costly but very damaging foods; is numerous. Many were paying $100 for a bag of food only to find that their dogs acquired chronic ear infections, renal issues and worse.

Did you know that Pet Smart does not carry one safe truly nutritious dog kibble among all the products on their shelves? 

Walmart supplies a huge percentage of the dog kibble to pet-owners in North America - all of the dog kibble products Walmart sells are seriously damaging to your dog's health.

Much like any sector of industry - ethics are not a strong feature in the Pet Industry. 

I will provide you with a very recent example – I received this yesterday…

Hi Karen,
Our 13 1/2 yr. old pitbull recently had a laryngeal tieback surgery that required her to be fed entirely differently than ever before. She had always been on Evo (grain free) and baked skinless chicken. Now, the doctors prescribed that she must eat wet food only and be hand fed in small meatballs. The surgery itself is quite intense but the rehab is even more so. Phoebe has always had a very delicate stomach. I noted that to the doctors. We tried every premium canned food , all with the same awful results...diarrhea. She was sick all of the time and loosing weight rapidly. Every time that her stomach sent acids etc into her throat, she would faint...it was beginning to be a daily occurance...her life was all day sick on the couch, not wanting to eat and needing to relieve herself every two hours. We were a nervous wreck about the fainting, as was she. The doctors finally agreed to allow me to make a gruel out of her kibble and process it together with her chicken and feed her in tiny meatballs, by hand. She remained sick to her stomach still. They then decided to put her on an antibiotic and two stomach meds...much to my dismay...but, I was desperate to make her well and felt completely out of control with the situation. Finally, I woke one morning 5 months had passed and I had had enough...I was reclaiming my dogs health and happiness that day. Period. Your recipes for homemade dog food had the exact same ingredients as the premium kibble only minus the elements that I long suspected had been a source of aggravation to her digestion. Anyway, the food had everything that she has loved all of her life! Well, I made the first batch and she went nuts...now, this is a dog who I was forcing food on...and it would come out just as fast. She has been on your recipe for one month now. She is gaining back the weight that she lost. Her brindle colors are bright again. She is perky...grabbing toys and wrestling with the other dogs and greeting everyone at the door as they come home at night. Her bowel movements are absolutely perfect...I mean PERFECT!! I cannot thank you enough...my family cannot thank you enough because you have brought joy and health back into her life. And, the best news, she is not on any stomach meds at all! Her doctors keep insisting that she would have been fine to stay on the kibble! NOT SO. She is a completely different dog today than she was a month ago and it is all because of the food. PERIOD. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...by the way, the other dogs love it too! We all really appreciate you and your recipe more than you will ever know! Love, Phoebe and family
Debi Beno

Today, Debi went to her veterinarian to inform them of the good news, this is what she wrote me after her visit…

Thank you for the links, I look forward to reading them today! Just wanted to share with you my experience yesterday...I have been so excited to share my news of Phoebe's progress with her doctor that I decided to give him a call yesterday...omg...one of his nurses is always very interested in asking about Phoebe so, when she answered the phone, I thought that I would also share my exciting news with her...she actually froze on the phone and, when she was able to recover her wits, she (in a whisper tone) relayed to me that the doctors are going to be "very upset" to hear of me feeding her this way! UPSET????? So, you are telling me that they will be UPSET that Phoebe is feeling GOOD ?( I said to her). Oh Debi, she said, there is NO WAY that you can be giving her all of the vitamins and minerals that she needs by making food for her...then, one of the doctors walked out (over hearing our conversation) and began to lecture me on my deciding to do this!!! I did not even wait for her doctor to come out, I simply looked at the room now bursting with staff and said, " If ANY of the doctors here had been able to make her feel this good, with all of their prescriptions and advice and medical expertise, we would not even be having this discussion"...and I left. Wow...when a caretaker is telling you that your patient is doing great for the first time in 6 months, I would have thought that they would have a way different response....how terribly disappointing. Thanks again for the links...maybe I will send them to the vets office :)

Trust not the pet industry, trust your instinct…which is what a dog does :>)

As an intervention coupled with effective training methods - ensuring that your dog has enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids in his/her daily diet is a safer, more effective way (than Prozac) to support your dog in over-coming anxiety issues - you can learn more about that here.

I advise my clients to get their dogs off of these toxic, carcinogenic, non-species appropriate diets ASAP and replace them with a:

And that IS the honest truth - for the health of your dog.


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