Smoke gets in your eyes

Monday March 25 we took the 4 dogs for their normal mountain run.  Only problem was, there seemed to be a camp fire burning on the mountain.  The authorities were contacted and we just found another place to run them.  All enjoyed themselves and got a good work out running up and down hills and through the bush. Today it is a bomy 62 F (16 C) and the dogs were running around in our fully fenced backyard. pretty soon it will be time to get the pool out for them to swim in. Or just take them to the ocean, river or lake.

Diarrhea in dogs.

Every dog suffers from diarrhea at some point in his life.

This can be a distressing – and messy – problem
for both of you, but it doesn’t have to be!

Need to know how to stop diarrhea in dogs? Here
are the easiest, most natural ways to do it at home.

How To Stop Diarrhea In Dogs Naturally

For the most part, diarrhea and vomiting are
nature’s way of allowing the body to cleanse and
remove a toxin. A small amount of blood or mucus can sometimes
be seen in the stool when the intestinal bacteria
are out of balance but this isn’t necessarily cause for alarm.

If at any time your dog is extremely lethargic,
feverish, bloated, there is a large amount of
blood in the stool or vomit, or you’re concerned about him,
seek veterinary care as soon as possible. But for
those dogs who are presenting with simple
diarrhea and vomiting, there are 4 steps you can take to help.

4 Natural Remedies For Dog Diarrhea
1. Fasting: An Important First Step

Most animals will fast themselves when they have
digestive disease and it’s a good idea to stop
feeding your dog if he doesn’t fast himself. You can start
with 6 to 12 hours of no food or water with most
dogs. If your dog is very small and prone to
hypoglycemia, you should give him tiny licks of honey or
karo syrup each hour, or as needed, if he appears weak and trembly.

After the fast, if there is no further vomiting
and the diarrhea has stopped or slowed, offer
small sips of water (a few teaspoons in very small dogs and
up to ½ to 1 cup in large dogs) every few hours.
Be certain to use filtered or spring water. After
6 hours of water only, you may start some broth or small
amounts of food. Gradually increase the amounts
of food over the next 4 to 5 days.

2. Bland Food: Prevent The Recurrence Of Dog Diarrhea

Once your dog is reintroduced to food, a bland
diet will help prevent a recurrence of diarrhea.
Starting with soup is a gentle way to smooth your dog’s transition
back to his regular diet. You can
Once your dog is reintroduced to food, a bland
diet will help prevent a recurrence of diarrhea.
Starting with soup is a gentle way to smooth your dog’s transition
back to his regular diet. You can find a soothing
recipe here.vnonao (opens in a new tab)

Bone broth is another nutritious bland option. It
provides a hearty mix of vitamins and nutrients,
but it’s easy on your dog’s stomach. It’s easy to make,
Bone broth is another nutritious bland option. It
provides a hearty mix of vitamins and nutrients,
but it’s easy on your dog’s stomach. It’s easy to make,
just follow this recipe here. (opens in a new tab).

3. Probiotics

These will help repopulate the intestine with
healthy bacteria and there is a growing research base showing they
boost the immune system
in the digestive tract as well as the rest of
the body. Probiotics help maintain the mucosal
barrier and enhance cellular repair.

Probiotics can be given while a dog is on
antibiotics; just be sure to give them at a
different time than the antibiotic. They can also be used during
stressful times, such as weaning, boarding, agility trials and when

4. Prebiotics
3. Probiotics

These will help repopulate the intestine with
healthy bacteria and there is a growing research base showing they
boost the immune system
in the digestive tract as well as the rest of
the body. Probiotics help maintain the mucosal
barrier and enhance cellular repair.

Probiotics can be given while a dog is on
antibiotics; just be sure to give them at a
different time than the antibiotic. They can also be used during
stressful times, such as weaning, boarding, agility trials and when

4. Prebiotics

Prebiotics are indigestible food components that
travel undigested to the colon where they ferment
and are converted into short chain fatty acids (SCFA).
The SCFA are involved in inhibiting the growth of
harmful bacteria, acting as a source of energy
for colon cells and preserving electrolyte and fluid balance,
thus allowing the intestine to move properly.
When present in the bowels, prebiotics can
promote and support a healthy digestive bacterial flora.

It’s recommended that
prebiotics be used in combination with probiotics
to support the growth of the good bacteria from
the probiotic. However, they can also potentially
feed harmful intestinal bacteria. These harmful bacteria
are the often the cause of digestive disease – so
their use may be controversial.

Besides FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide), beet pulp
is another well known prebiotic. Some dogs
however, don’t always process beet pulp well and can suffer
from bloating, nausea and flatulence.
Other Intestinal Support To Prevent Dog Diarrhea

Slippery elm is a great herb to consider with
digestive upset. If you buy it in capsule form, give:

list of 3 items
• ¼ capsule twice daily to small dogs
• ½ capsule twice daily to medium dogs
• 1 capsule once or twice daily for large dogs
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If the slippery elm is in powdered form, give a ¼
tsp powder for every 10 lbs body weight. Mix the
powder or capsules into food or some yogurt.

You can also prepare a syrup from the slippery
elm. Mix 1 rounded tsp slippery elm powder in 1
cup cold water, bring to boil while stirring, turn down
heat, stir and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from
heat, add 1 tbsp of honey and let it cool.

Dose 4 times a day according to weight:

list of 3 items
• For dogs under 25 lbs, give 1 to 2 tbsp
• For dogs 25-50 lb, give 2 to 4 tbsp
• For dogs 50 lbs and over, give ¼ to ½ cup

There’s a huge range of safety and effectiveness.
I’ve found this therapy to be much safer and more
effective than Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol, both of
which contain salicylates and are unsafe for dogs.

A healing mixture for the intestinal tract can
also be made by using equal parts slippery elm
powder, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide) powder and L-Glutamine

list of 3 items
• Give 1 tsp twice daily for small dogs
• 2 tsp twice daily for medium dogs
• 3 tsp twice daily for large dogs

L-Glutamine is an amino acid that heals
intestinal cells. If you wish to give your dog
L-Glutamine alone, give 500 mg per 25 lbs of body weight per day.

I’ve had mixed experiences with digestive
enzymes. For dogs not being fed a raw diet, it
makes sense to supplement the digestive enzymes they’re missing
from a natural raw food source. Some animals have
improved digestion and do well on digestive
enzymes, while some dogs react with intolerable abdominal
bloating and gas. It’s best to observe your dog
and start at a reduced dose at first.

Some animal digestive support products contain
digestive enzymes so be sure to read the labels.
Dogs with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency require additional
pancreatic enzymes (which include proteolytic
enzymes, lipases, and amylases) in order to
digest their food properly. These are usually prescription products,

Dog Diarrhea: Additional Care

In many cases, especially if your dog is healthy,
the diarrhea will resolve itself in a few days
(even a few hours) with a little help from you.

However, if your dog’s digestive disease is
severe or persistent, and you notice lethargy or
vomiting along with it, head to your holistic vet.

Your veterinarian’s suggestions may include:

list of 4 items
• Fecal exams to rule out parasites
• Blood work to rule out liver , kidney, endocrine or other problems
• X-rays or abdominal ultrasound to rule out
foreign objects, obstructions and cancer
• Endoscopy to visualize the stomach and intestinal mucosa.
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Play time for all

Today 2 dogs were added to the mix.  2 of my steady clients wanted their dogs looked after for the day. The Vizsla got a little to frisky with one of the dogs and he had to be put in his place by that dog 3 times. Each time the invitation to play was followed.eventually he got the message not to growl that much when at play. We had a PitBull mix, a Labrador/Poodle and of course the Vizsla all in the backyard at the same time, no pens or separation. Just one big play area for all the dogs.

A disturbing trend

I was watching the news last night and once again there was an item dealing with poor handling of dogs on the news.  I will leave out the city however, it happened in a shopping mall. A loose dog chased a lady and a man tried to intervene with the old yell at the dog mentality, foolish idea at best.  It stopped the dog for a few seconds then the dog went after the lady again.  She was not that injured however, that was not really the problem.  The problem was, and the story changes depending on which broadcast one watches.  The first blamed the owner of the dog as, they verbally abused the victom.  Then a a later version was, it was the dog walker who was verbally abusive. The owner and walker could have been the same.  I do know that some dog owners feel that anyone can walk their big dog and, the cheaper the price the better. The question is, since the dog was off leash when it should have been on leash, whywas it off leash in a area where 1. only service dogs are allowed and 2 it should have been leashed? It bothers me that anyone can claim to be a trainer or walker of dogs.  I personally know of 2 individuals who claim to be certified and 1 admitted they never worked with problem dogs and got their certification online.  The other spent 2 weeks at a training facility that the course takes 8 months.  Both on their website claim to be certified. The one who got certified online touts themselves as specializing in working with aggressive dogs. Even the most interactive website cannot train you when a dog has their muzzle on your hand and is growling at you.

reflections on a beloved dog.

Yesterday Carmine got his booster shots. As I was waiting, to get him back because of a lack of available rooms for examination. It felt like a dog jumped up on the bench I was sitting on.  This reminded me on how Sheena liked to sit next to me on the couch when she was afraid.  Once in the vet office she jumped on the bench and sat next to me and when a trainer came from a school as part of the field trip, she did the same.  What’s my point?  We have to take into consideration the dog’s emotions.  I don’t like dogs on the furniture but I made an axception for Sheena because I knew she was afraid and needed comforting. Imagine, a 45 pound Husky X trying to sit on your lap or getting so close they are practically sitting on your lap. For the record and for those that don’t know, Sheena died in our house March 3 of last year.   A friend helped me berry her on the property. Between Benny my last guide dog and I we helped her overcome her fear based issues of men and dogs. When on mountain runs or in the backyard, the Shepherd in her came out.  If I wondered where she was, she seemed to come out from no where and touch me with her nose.  Frequently she would be walking behind me on a trail. Once there was a perfect photo op missed.  I had a Bearded Collie on leash on my left, an off leash Bearded Collie behind me and Sheena too, off leash on my right.  It looked like I was being escourted out of the area. All were so close I could pet them very easily.  Like I said, a perfect photo op missed.

Finally back together again

My dislocated elbow had healed up enough for me to take the lead dog our director of Canine socialization and energy management with us on the run.  The last couple of weeks my volunteer staff were running the dogs on the mountain.  Today e had all paws and hands on deck.  Carmine took the lead in playing with one of the beardies.  She seemed to be lost without his guidance.  Along today was a Labrador/Poodle.  His owner has gone south for the day and wanted him to have a good time rather then just sitting around at home.  carmine being ever so vigilent, played with both dogs and living up to his title, he showed them where the water hole was and the beardy and him took the plunge. The water hole is about 18 inches deep and 10 feet long with the width being about 20 inches. All dogs enjoyed their experience and showed their gratitude to me. One of the Beardies that I was walking on leash, when the snow got too slippery for me, pulled me back to where there was not as much snow with the surface being dry. In total there were 5 dogs on the run today. 4 of them were off leash.  The fift, is required by law to be leashed and muzzled when in public.

zoom, zoom

Yesterday we took the Vizsla owner up to the mountain where we run the dogs.  He’d taken his Vizsla there before and as soon as we open the hatch and let his dog out, the Vizsla took off and was enjoying himself so much he zoomed past his owner without greeting him.  It should be noted, that we had the Vizsla over the weekend as his owner was out of town and only wanted us to board his Vizsla.  The Vizsla ran up and down trails and over gullies. Who says these dogs don’t have fun.  The Vizsla did not seem to care that the Turrain was covered in snow.

heart healthy supplements for our dogs

Heart Healthy Supplements and Diet for Your Dog!

By Lew Olson, PhD Natural Health

This article is written to help you understand which supplements can best support your dog’s heart!

Dogs are a bit different than humans when it comes to heart diet, but the supplements needed to support both the human and canine heart are very similar! It is important, however, to understand that when it comes to diet, humans and canines are different! Humans need to reduce fat and often sodium, but you don’t need to reduce either of these for canines. Dogs, as carnivores, don’t develop plaque and buildup in the heart and valves like humans do. Nor do dogs develop cholesterol problems. IF your dog has high cholesterol, it generally means it is either a low thyroid problem, Cushing’s disease or Diabetes. You can read more on these issues here:

Some symptoms that can be observed in dogs with heart issues include swollen abdomen (moisture build-up in the abdomen), trouble breathing, not wanting to exercise, lack of appetite, weight loss and sometimes trouble sleeping. Also, coughing without an infection can indicate heart problems.

Dog heart conditions are generally diagnosed by your veterinarian listening with a stethoscope and hearing a heart murmur. Further diagnostics are then performed with blood work and an echocardiogram. Depending on the results of these tests, your veterinarian may recommend you have your dog seen by a heart specialist. For more information on the types of heart conditions found in dogs, you can read more here:

There are some supplements that assist in supporting the heart and it is important to do your research so you can sort through the good ones and those that are less credible.


This supplement is something we can produce in our bodies, but as we age, that ability decreases. Research has shown that CoQ10 can reduce blood pressure and reduce symptoms of heart failure. The dosage amounts for dogs are about 1 – 3 milligrams per pound of body weight daily. For further information on heart and COQ10, check out the information in this link:

Acetyl Carnitine and L-Carnitine

Acetyl Carnitine and L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is mostly found in red meats. Studies have shown this supplement to be helpful in COPD, Angina, depression, brain function, fat burning and increasing energy. While both are good, Acetyl Carnitine seems to have a few more benefits when it comes to supporting the heart. For more information on carnitine read the information here:

Dosage for Acetyl Carnitine from B-Naturals is:

10 lb. dog – 1/16 teaspoon daily
20 lb. dog – 1/8 teaspoon daily
40 lb. dog – 1/4 teaspoon daily
60 lb. dog – 3/8 teaspoon daily
80 lb. dog and up – 1/2 teaspoon daily



Studies have shown that adding taurine to the diet helps reduce blood pressure and improve cardiac function and diastolic function. It has also shown to help with eye sight, which is an additional bonus! For further information go here:


10 lb. dog – 1/16 Teaspoon daily
20 lb. dog – 1/8 Teaspoon daily
40 lb. dog – 1/4 Teaspoon daily
60 lb. dog – 3/8th Teaspoon daily
80 lb. dog – 1/2 Teaspoon daily

Fish Oil

Fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids, which helps reduce inflammation in the heart and helps support heart function. It is important for dogs to get omega 3 (which contains EPA and DHA) from animal-based sources because dogs cannot convert the form fount in plant oils (ALA) to a usable form.  B-Naturals carries an excellent Fish Oil in capsule form. For more information on Omega 3 and its benefits to dogs click on the link below:

Berte’s Immune Blend


This supplement is a blend of antioxidants, probiotics and supportive l-glutamine, which comes in a palatable and easy-to-feed powder. It contains vitamins A, B complex, C, D3 and E. All of these help support heart health and help support the dog’s immune system. My dogs love it! For healthy dogs, I feed it at half dose. For dogs with health issues, I feed it at full dose.

Berte’s Heart Healthy Pack

The Berte’s Heart Pack includes the essentials we discussed above! It is a 5-pack product that includes Acetyl L-Carnitine, the amino acid that helps keep the heart strong, Taurine, the amino acid essential for heart health, CoQ10, the co-enzyme that is beneficial for cardiac diseases, Berte’s EPA Fish Oil, which contains the omega 3 essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the heart and support heart health, and Berte’s Immune Blend, which offers antioxidants, enzymes and other amino acids for optimal health.

Diet for Dogs with Heart Problems

As I mentioned earlier, dogs don’t have the same dietary needs as humans when it comes to their nutritional needs and heart problems. While humans require a reduction in fat and sodium, this is not needed in a canine’s diet. Raw and Home Cooked diets are naturally low in sodium. REMEMBER, dogs don’t get hardening of the arteries or plaque like humans do, so I continue feeding a normal diet! However, I do emphasize the need for a fresh food diet! This would include red meat, especially heart, which can be chicken, turkey, pork, lamb or beef heart. I would feed heart daily as it is rich in carnitine and taurine, and I would add the recommended dosage of CoQ10. No other special dietary needs are necessary.

SO, to recap! Feed a fresh food diet (home cooked or raw) with plenty of red meat and especially heart. If you are cooking the meats, save the juices and add them to the meal. Taurine leeches out in the juices, so to retain these. Save all the cooking juices and simply add them back into the meal. The supplements I suggest adding in are fish oil (Omega 3 fatty acid) in capsule form, CoQ10, taurine, acetyl carnitine and the Berte’s Immune Blend. All of these can be conveniently obtained in the Berte’s Heat Pack.
Remember to get your dogs out for long walks and good exercise! Walking, playing ball and keeping them active are all good for the heart and heart health . . . Including your own!