Tips for Happiness and Health
First I would like to say that I am a firm believer in CBD oil. You will find an amazing amount of information by searching the web. I know that they are touting it as the newest "snake oil" that it cures everything from bi-polar to shingles BUT for both anxiety and inflammation I recommend it without reservation. I first studied its use for dogs and then actually started using it for my own pain ( some of you may notice that I am not limping nearly as much as 6 months ago) For me, the pain was frustrating and caused some mental anxiety from that pain. WIth the use of the CBD oil I still have some discomfort, but not the frustration nor the insomnia that it was causing. Understanding what CBD oil does and its application is a difficult thing to wade through on your own. I recommend MEAT www.meatforcatsanddogs.com The staff there is well versed in its dosage and application for your pets needs, etc. Please purchase your cbd oil from a reputable dispensary or from MEAT....it seems that several businesses are taking advantage of the "snake oil" reputation and manufacturing items aimed at pets that are not regulated. ie:they do not actually have a significant amount of cbd . At an actual dispensary the State of Oregon requires that the product be tested and labeled. The owner of MEAT has had the products she provides tested as well to ensure proper dosage.
Please be aware that CBD is non-physcoactive so there is no element of sedation or "high" for your dog.
The next thing that is running rampant especially right now is itch scratch scratch itch drive dog and owner crazy. We have all tried benedryl and chased our tails trying new diets. Many of us have gone through allergy testing only to find out that our dogs are allergic to pollen, mold, dust, fleas ( in other words everything.) Sometimes I believe that it is better to treat the symptoms rather than to spend years chasing down the root of the problem. A little fish oil and coconut oil go a long way with flaky dry skin. Benydryl at the dosage of 1 mg per pound of body weight twice a day is also helpful ( again check with your vet on this). When our own dogs have reactions we start with a spoon full of locally sourced honey a day in their food. This builds their immune system up to the local allergens and can help. Speaking of reactions, if your dog gets stung by a bee ( or you even suspect that is the case) get some antihistamine into them right away. The dosage is the same as above, but I give a little extra if I think that a reaction is imminent. Watch closely as they can get the same reaction to stings or bites as humans and if their throats swell it can be dangerous.
If your dog gets a hot spot it is important to clip the hair back completely from the spot, leaving a margin of good skin around the area. Then clean it completely and treat much like you would a wound of your own. If it is a moist area the key is to dry it up. If the area is scabbed and dry, you want to soak it and keep it moist. Things to watch for are odor, odd color, warmth or swelling...then it needs to be attended to by a vet. If your dog has long hair, (the goldens, bernese, etc) it may be a good idea to get them trimmed in the areas that tend to matt up. Matts in their coats are not simply ugly, but they can be very uncomfortable to the dog and cause it to pull and create a "hot spot" Also if your dog spends a lot of time in the water, the area of the matt does not dry and can cause extreme irritation. We often perform "hair ball ectomys" here where we get out the scissors and off go the matts.
Now for the most important recipes....what I give to my seniors to help with their inflammation. There are many that don't believe in special "human" food for their dogs. None of the things I recommend here have excess sodium or ingredients that would be harmful to my friends. I know that dogs have amazing olfactory glands. Giving them a little tasty treat makes me happy...I salivate when entering a bread store, can you imagine what a little "super stew" smells and tastes like to them.
I put chicken, turkey, lean pork or beef into a crock pot with a big clump of coconut oil. To this I add a pretty good amount of powdered tumeric. I season this with Italian seasoning ( for some reason most dogs love this, even when illness makes them turn away from most foods) I add low sodium chicken broth and cook it on low until it is half way done, then add carrots, green beans, celery and cook that until they are tender. ( at this point, if there are bones remove them) The dogs don't mind if the meat is overcooked....I then pour in brown rice cover and let that cook until done. Sorry that my amounts are not exact....and the dogs don't care that it is different each time. At the end I stir in a can of pumpkin.
I make a huge amount of this and put it into freezer bags in about 5 day portions. This is not an actual food, but what I supplement their normal food with. So they each get a glop of it on their food dishes at night. For some of our seniors that had no appetite at all, I would cook two eggs in a little oil and add a glop of this to it each morning. ( and sprinkling it with a little parmesan doesn't hurt)
The tumeric coupled with the coconut oil is amazing for inflammation. The rest can entice a dog with low appetite to keep up their weight.
I don't have a problem with Coopers appetite ( quite the contrary with him) He is getting the stew now simply because of my love for him. He goes at the plain kibble just as much as when I put his special stew on. However I want every day of his life to be the best ever. This stew is the equivalent of me having an ice cream sundae for desert each meal, which I intend to do when I am over 80 as Cooper is.
Please if you have any questions at all, shoot us an email or give me a call and we can chat about personalizing "super stew" for your dog.