Month: February 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Puppy Socialization

This is a topic that gets a lot of attention and by now most people are aware of how important it is to socialize your puppy. Great! The message is getting out! Unfortunately, people seem to be pretty confused as to what exactly socialization is. We know that it means getting our dogs out and meeting new people and dogs, but there is a lot that is missing in that equation.

Golden Puppies

By the time you bring your puppy home at 7-8 week old (no less than that please), you have approximately 4-6 weeks before the period for optimal socialization closes. At around 16 weeks that initial imprinting period closes and it becomes harder for a puppy to habituate to new experiences.

Socialization is basically creating a good reference library for the rest of your dog’s life. It is introducing your new pup to new people of all different races, ages, body types, clothing, and disabilities. Dr. Ian Dunbar suggests your pup meet over 100 people a month to be properly socialized.

It is having your puppy play not only with healthy puppies their own age, but appropriate adult dogs of all different sizes, colours, and breeds. Its taking your puppy into new situations and experiences. I have a list of over 100 items your puppy needs to experience before 16 weeks of age.

Many great breeders will help you get a good head start on socialization and habituation. But here is the kicker…your pup has to have very good experiences and make positive associations with these things, and bringing you new puppy home can actually coincide with their first sensitive or fear period. It is easy to overwhelm or frighten a puppy, so make sure with each circumstance the puppy is happy and adjusting well. “Flooding” is exposing the dog or puppy to novel experiences when they are fearful and hoping they “just get over it”. Flooding should be avoided at all cost, as you can sensitize your puppy to those experiences, making them more fearful. It is a good idea to seek out a positive reinforcement trainer who can help guide you through those impressionable first weeks and set your puppy up for success.

The dog park is not an appropriate place for a puppy to be. There are many reasons for this.

  1. There are many dogs at dog parks that will not be appropriate with a puppy. If your pup happens to be in a sensitive period (developmental period where they are more fearful) any bad experiences can have lasting and scarring effects.
  2. There are many diseases and bacteria that are transmitted through feces (abundant at most dog parks unfortunately) and puddle water that can be very harmful to your puppy. I typically suggest waiting to visit dog parks until the pup is 10-12 months old.
  3. I suggest dogs have the all important rock solid recall before they venture into dog parks as well. Regardless of it being an off leash park, the by-laws state that your dogs still have to be under your control. If you can’t call your dog back, they should be training in a lower distraction environment until they can.

So, how can a pet guardian safely socialize their puppy without running the risk of disease and bad experiences? Here are some ideas:

Pug Puppy-A well run, positive socialization class is essential. Well run socialization classes are filled with treats, play and lots of impulse control and new experiences. Your pup can safely socialize under the guidance and watch of a qualified professional.

-Take your puppies (carried) to your local large retailer and stand outside the entrance with a pocket full of treats. You will find many people will come up to you to pet your adorable little addition and you can ask every one of them to help you with socializing your pup.

-Take them to a friends house where there will be appropriate older dogs for them to play with. Make sure the dogs are healthy and up to date on shots.

-Create a play group for puppies in your neighbourhood. Social media community pages are a good way to find them near you or post a note at your community centre.

-Take them to your local pet store. There is no reason you cannot carry your puppy in until they have had their second set of shots and let the staff oooh and ahhh over your puppy. I don’t know of any pet stores that don’t allow pets in and don’t have treats for just such an occasion.

-Make a point to handle your puppy everywhere, every day. Check ears, teeth, lift that tail, hold paws.

-Book an appointment at your groomers and just let them do the basics (bath, brush, teeth, nails, ears) while you feed treats. Your groomer will thank you.

-Lots of noises are very scary to puppies and translates to fear in older dogs. Storm phobias and noise sensitivity is very common. Get a recording (many apps can be found for phones or CD’s of recordings can be purchased) and start off at a low volume and progress to louder as the puppy is able. Your puppy should not be experiencing any fear before you progress. Play the sound, give a treat.

-Take your puppy for car rides and rides on transit. Here in Calgary it is totally free to take your pet on public transit, so why not take advantage? Many cities you will have to pay, but it is worth it to be able to take your pup everywhere.

Keep it fun, Keep it safe! Have any more ideas on safe socialization? Comment below! 🙂

Guest blog by April Lott
WiggleBums Training
www.wigglebumstraining.com

5 Tips for Taking Better Pet Photos With Your Smartphone

Hiring a professional pet photographer to capture your cherished pet is always a good idea! But, what about the day-to-day photography you capture yourself? Does it never look quite right? Does your pet have red or green eyes, or the room is too dark?
Here are five tips for taking better photographs with a simple Smartphone camera.

1. Remove the clutter, or change your angle.
When photographing any subject, unless the items or scenery in the background are part of the “story” you are telling with your photograph, those things can be distracting and compete with your subject. Try moving distracting objects out of the frame, or instead of keeping your camera level, try tipping it slightly downward/forward until the background is no longer in the frame. When your camera is tipped, the floor essentially becomes your background!

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2. Keep your camera focused on the face and the eyes.
You may see professional photographers take photos that focus on one thing sharply, and create blur with the rest of the photograph. This can look really neat, but it’s tricky to do without professional gear. Most smart phones allow you to focus in on an area, so keep that area on the face and the eyes. Photos that focus on the eyes bring people into the photo and really show your pet’s personality.

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3. Turn off your flash.
Those red and green glowing eyeballs are due to your on-camera flash that automatically fires in low light – usually indoors. Take a few minutes to peek through your camera setting and turn off that flash! Photos always look better with natural light, so if you can, have your pet sit near a well-lit part of the room – near a window for example. When they look into the light, snap your photo. If the room is lit well enough, your camera should take the photo without delay and with no blur. If the room is still too dark, go outside if you can.

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4. Keep your sessions short and reward frequently.

Animals have short attention spans, so it’s always a good idea to not make them work too hard for too long. Posing your pet and asking them to hold a position is essentially training for them, and can be mentally exhausting! When done properly, it can be fun for them and teach them that having their photo taken is really fun! But, if you pass the point of “fun” it becomes a negative experience for them. Once you capture a few good shots, give lots of praise and rewards and end the session.

5. Turn your subject toward the sun when outdoors.
Professional photographers can make almost any direction of light look good! But this takes experience and usually a camera with manual settings that can be changed appropriately. For everyday photos, have your subject face into the sun so that their eyes are bright and visible, and they have that little sparkle of light called a catch light. Early or late in the day this can be done just about anywhere, however when the sun is high in the sky, move your subject into the shade. This will prevent harsh shadows from falling on your subject.

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Following these few simple tricks should help you take better photos of your pets! With practice, your pet will become a model in no time!
All of the above photos were taken with an iPhone. Smart phones are typically very slow to capture a photo, and with pets, you need to be very fast. You will likely notice some motion blur with a Smartphone if your pet moves at all – unless the light is very good.

Guest blogger Holly Montgomery is a professional pet photographer, and owner/photographer at BrindleBerry – Custom Pet Photography. To learn more about her, or to view her portfolio, visit her website at www.brindleberrypetphoto.com.

 

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Tail Blazers is Featured in the Canadian Business Journal!

We are proud to share our 2013 feature in the Canadian Business Journal. How fast the time has gone since we’ve started! AND, the white shepherd, Skylla, pictured below with the blue Frisbee, is now 15 years old (raw fed from a young puppy) and going STRONG.

We practice what we preach, and we have the healthy pets to prove it works! Read the article here!

10 Steps to Whole Health for Your Pet

At Tail Blazers we recognize that although diet is one of the most important choices you can make for your pets, we also know that there are many other factors that contribute to a healthy and happy pet. Here are 10 of them!
1. Healthy Diet – Perhaps the most important decision you’ll make for your pets is what to feed them. It’s important to choose a diet free of species inappropriate ingredients like wheat, corn and soy. Their diet should also be free of chemicals; artificial preservatives, flavours, and colours; by-products, BHA and BHT, and more.

There are so many healthy options available now in the form of dry, canned, dehydrated, cooked, and raw foods (listed from most processed to least) the choices can be overwhelming. Variety is so important so why not mix and match your options?

Visit our website and use the ingredient dictionary to find out what’s in your pet’s food and treats.

Nature's Variety Food
2. Vitamin Supplementation – When accompanied with a healthy diet, a daily multi-vitamin can be beneficial to prevent disease and increase life span just like it does for people. Many foods lose nutrients through cooking, making them harder to digest and harder for the body to utilize remaining nutrients.

There are also supplements that can help with specific health concerns like arthritis and joint degeneration, skin problems, allergies, and more. These supplements can increase your pet’s comfort level and lead to a higher quality of life.

Sea Meal contains 60 trace minerals, 12 vitamins, 22 amino acids, digestive enzymes, and flaxseed meal

Seameal

3. Active Lifestyle – Daily activity is a must for pets of all sizes and breeds. Large breed dogs require about 40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day, smaller breeds requiring 20-30 minutes a day.

Visiting dog parks, competitive dog sports, or a game of fetch are great ways to become active with your dog. Using interactive toys and providing climbing surfaces for cats can help indoor cats get their much-needed exercise.

Daily physical activity reduces unwanted behaviour, manages weight, reduces stress and anxiety, and combats disease.

Dog Exercising

4. Plenty of Mental Stimulation – Many working breeds such as border collies and terriers are now regularly seen inside the home as pets. When working breeds are unable to do the jobs they are bred to do, they can sometimes become stressed and destructive.

There are many problem solving and treat dispensing toys on the market now for both cats and dogs. These toys can keep your pet busy for hours, giving them some form of mental stimulation.

Ideally, if you have a working breed like a border collie, enroll them in a herding class. Tracking is a great sport for scent hounds like bloodhounds. There are a large variety of training classes that you can enroll your dog into to keep them learning!

Busy Buddy Treat Dispensers

5. Annual Check-Ups – Regular Vet visits help with early detection of tooth and gum disease. Your Vet will also do a thorough check for lumps and bumps, monitor your pet’s weight, and check your pet’s heart health.
6. Reduced Vaccinations– Up until recently, yearly vaccinations were recommended for dogs and cats. Now most Veterinarians recommend vaccine boosters every three years.

To prevent over-vaccination, many vets are now performing annual titers instead of regular vaccines. Titers measure levels of immune deficiencies with a simple blood test and should replace yearly boosters.

If your pet does require a booster, ask if they can be separated into single shots with only the antigens required instead of combo shots (cover numerous diseases with one injection) that may be unnecessary and hard on the body.

7. Dental Health – Over 80% of our pets are suffering with some form of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to more serious problems such as heart disease and tooth mobility. Gum disease can be prevented with daily brushing, healthy diet, and safely chewing on harder, chewable items such as raw bones. Pets should always enjoy chewing under your direct supervision.

Healthy Dog Teeth

8. Regular Grooming – Professional grooming prevents painful matting; reduces skin irritations, shedding, and hairballs; reduces allergic reactions in people and the likelihood of parasites and fungi. Groomers often find injuries and lumps that were previously undetected. Grooming is an essential, and often overlooked, part of your dog and cat’s whole health plan.
9. Chemical-Free Living Environment – Scented candles, harsh chemical cleaning solutions, cigarette smoke, etc, can all be harmful to the immune system. Using earth and pet friendly products will be better for both you and your pet!
10. Stress-Free Living Environment – A home with tension between human inhabitants or inhabitants of the furry variety can lead to stress in your pet. There can often be tension between animals in a multiple pet household that we don’t even know about.Stree free kittyWith cats you may notice a new habit of urinating or defecating outside of the litter box. With dogs you may notice excessive licking or other nervous behaviours. In homes with active children, ensure your pet has a place to go that only he is allowed to frequent like a crate set up in a low traffic area of the home.Whole health for your pet is not dependant only on one or two of these components, but on all of them! Ensure you do the best you can to give your pet the opportunity to reach their full potential and live a long, healthy life!

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for regular veterinary care. Adoptable animals are posted as a courtesy; Tail Blazers is not affiliated with any specific shelter or rescue.

Raw Pet Food Safety – Resources

The safety of raw food diets seems to be coming up a lot lately! We have complied a list of outside resources plus some FAQ that discuss safety of feeding a raw food diet.

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Raw Pet Food (Spring Meadows)

 1. Dr Marty Goldstein, DVM
(Podcast) Dr Marty Goldsetin, DVM has many high profile customers, such as Oprah Winfrey. He discusses the safety of raw diets (and the benefits) used in his practice. A MUST see! They even mention Sudbury in this podcast!

View the podcast at: www.dogsnaturallymagazine/drmarty


2. Dr Karen Becker, DVM
Dr Karen Becker, DVM takes a natural approach to feeding pets and has many articles and videos on the subject. Here are two specific links to articles about safety and myths:

The Biggest Myths About Raw Food (And Why They Are Mostly Nonsense)
The Completely Healthy Pet Diet that Your Vet Probably Vilifies


3. Compiled Raw Food Myths Including Safety Questions

This page covers ALL the controversial points with researched answers. Visit: www.rawfed.com/myths

 

Feeding Raw Resources

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1. Carnivora – www.carnivora.ca Extensive resource on feeding, safety and FAQ

2. Give Your Dog A Bone by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, DVM (Book)
Written by one of the pioneers of commercial raw food diets for pets.

3. Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Pitcairn and Pitcairn
A full resource for a healthy pet, the natural way. Why Many Vets Still Recommend Prescription Foods & Avoid Raw Diets

4. Dr Dobias, DVM Canadian holistic vet Dr Dobias discusses why some vets are afraid of raw and why they continue to recommend prescription vet foods.

 

Raw Food Questions and Answers

Q: Will I get sick from feeding my pet raw food?
A: We recommend washing hands, bowls and utensils after feeding ANY food, dry or raw. Treat raw food as you would any raw meat in your kitchen. There have been no known instances of people getting sick from raw pet food. There have been MANY cases of people getting sick from feeding DRY pet food and treats.

cat-eating-rawQ: Don’t all meats contain bacteria?
A: No, not all meats contain bacteria, but some do. Numerous raw pet food manufacturers have procedures in place to safely kill all bacteria . Ask us about which ones and the types of procedures they have in place if you have concerns.

Q: My vet is placing pressure on me to stop feeding raw. What can I do?
A: Your vet is entitled to their own opinion, however we suggest finding a “neutral” or raw friendly vet to work with. There are many out there!

Q: Will my pet get sick from eating raw food due to bacteria
A: Dogs and cats naturally have salmonella present in their digestive tract. Pets with normal immune systems have no issue with bacteria that MAY be found in some foods or in the environment.

Q: I have been told that dry food is “scientifically” formulated for my pet’s health. So why is raw healthier?
A: Most dry food is very processed and has added vitamins and minerals. Processing involves heating, which kills nutrients and enzymes needed for optimal health. To compare, it would be like humans eating dry breakfast cereal all the time. You would survive on it, but you would not thrive! In addition, raw food contains moisture, which is essential for health. Since the introduction of scientifically formulated pet food (kibble), the incidence of chronic illness in pets has drastically risen. Whole, real, minimally processed food is the healthiest!

Q: Are raw foods “incomplete” foods?
A: The terms complete and balanced are not regulated terms. Some sources use the term “incomplete” in reference to nutrients they feel are not present in the food. Some raw foods we consider to be “complete”, meaning nothing needs to be added to them. Other raw food companies make foods that require certain “add-ins” such as essential fatty acids or organ. Tail Blazers ALWAYS recommends that you use add-ins when required. Please ask us if your food requires add-ins. We also recommend rotating through the various protein sources, to get a varied mix of nutrients.

Note: Buying raw meat from the grocery store and feeding it “as is” to your pet is NOT pet food!

For a more complete discussion on this topic go to: www.rawfed.com/myths/balance.html

Q: Are raw bones dangerous?
A: No! Raw bones are EXCELLENT for cleaning teeth. They supply extra minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, they provide a great jaw workout and they help to release feel-good endorphins.

Q: Aren’t dry foods safer for me and my pet?
A: If you look up the list of pet food recalled due to bacteria as well as illness in humans from pet food…you will only find references to dry food. And the list is not short! So despite the fear-mongering from some veterinarians, dry food is not safer. We recommend to wash hands, surfaces, containers and utensils for all foods, dry or raw.

Q: What about scientific research on raw food?
A: Read here for an in depth discussion!

Q: Will my pet get parasites from raw meat?
A: It’s true there can be parasites in raw meat. Meat from the human food chain (all the foods Tail Blazers carries!) is less of an issue, but in the event there are parasites, many are killed by freezing. And in addition, pets can pick up parasites from many sources and a healthy pet will often get rid of the parasites before they get established. In addition, there are numerous safe and effective ways of getting rid of them if they did become established.
Read here for more information.

The Big Bite On Dog Chews

Why are there SOOO many choices out there when it comes to chew treats? Well, that’s because dogs like to CHEW! And, they need to chew.

Grizz the Dog Chewing on A BoneChewing releases endorphins, which helps relax them and bring about a sense of calm; much like exercise does. Most chew treats help strengthen gums and remove plaque from the teeth. Some chews are even hard enough to remove tartar which clings to teeth like a barnacle – a barnacle filled with bacteria and hair. Tartar is a major cause of bad breath.

So, with so many options, how do you choose? One thing that ALL chews have in common is that your dog should ALWAYS be supervised when chewing. Appropriately sized treats must also be carefully selected. If your dog swallows treats in large pieces without chewing, you must choose an over-sized treat for them. If you are unsure, bring your dog into your nearest Tail Blazers and let them help you choose.

While many vets warn against some chews such as Elk Antlers and Raw Bones in fear of broken teeth and internal punctures, many have realized that while these things can happen (accidents DO happen), the risks of NOT chewing are much higher. If dogs are supervised and given appropriately sized treats, the risks go down significantly.

The following are a list of some popular dogs chews:

Bully Sticks – bully sticks, otherwise know as “pizzles” are made from the penis of the bull. While production varies from vendor to vendor, most sort and dry the bull sticks by hanging and baking. The longer the product is dried, the less smell it produces. “Odor Free” bully sticks are typically more expensive due to the production taking longer.

Not all bull sticks are approved by Tail Blazers. Some companies irradiate their products, and others are made with inferior raw materials. The bull sticks that Tail Blazers caries have been carefully selected for safety. Two local companies we support are Puppy Love Pet Products and Aron Pet Food.

When choosing a bull stick for your dog, choose one that is too small or too big to become a choking hazard. While chewing these sticks thoroughly is ideal, if one is swallowed without incident, it is usually digested or passed.

Bull sticks are not hard enough to remove tartar from teeth, but are good for strengthening gums and they keep your dog happy and busy!

 Nature’s Premium Elk Antler Chew

Nature's PremiumElk Antlers – elk antlers are just that. Elk antlers! Antlers are naturally shed from the elk and manufacturers gather and cut them into smaller pieces for dog chews. The antlers are cleaned and have the velvet removed.

Antlers are hard enough to remove tartar from teeth, but this benefit is what also makes them indigestible. While the marrow can be consumed without incident, the outer shell is only for chewing. Due to their tenacity, these chews are very long lasting.

As with any chew, supervision and proper size selection will reduce or eliminate any risk associated with the chews. At Tail Blazers we carry a large selection of elk antler chews and most are made right here in Canada like Puppy Love Pet Products and Nature’s Premium!

The Big Bit On Dog Chews

Raw Bones – Raw bones come in all shapes and sizes. From ribs, to necks, knuckles and femurs, all are great at removing plaque and tartar and keeping your pup occupied. Although small pieces of raw, fresh, bone swallowed will unlikely do any harm, larger pieces should not be swallowed. Bones that are fresh and contain moisture are much less likely to fracture and splinter than bones that have been left out in the sun and dried out.

A good rule of thumb is that if the bone supports the animal’s weight, and the weight of the animal is great, then the harder the bone will be. For instance, a rib bone of an elk will be much “softer” than a leg bone of a bison. Of course the harder the bone the longer lasting it is. So if you are worried about cracked teeth, choose NON-weight bearing bones.

And of course, supervision is always required. Tail Blazers has a large selection of raw bones from local manufacturers to suit dogs of all shapes and sizes. Always serve bones raw – never cooked.

Some consumers are often curious why Tail Blazers does not carry rawhide. We have very good reasons; I assure you!

Rawhide – is made from the hide of an animal, usually a cow. Unfortunately, many chemical processes are applied to the rawhide during processing. Sodium sulphide liming, washed and whitened with hydrogen peroxide, and even arsenic and formaldehyde can make an appearance. Not to mention the addition of artificial colours and flavours in several varieties.

Rawhide is linked to stomach torsion, choking, vomiting, diarrhea, and salmonella poisoning. And, another downfall of rawhide is that it is very unlikely to be produced locally. We feel we have made a wise decision for your dog leaving rawhide out of our chew selection!

While there are MANY more options, these just touch on a few of the most popular. Good luck chew-sing! (pun intended)

Natural Cat Litters

Welcome to the wonderful world of natural cat litters. Many people who feed their cats a wonderfully, healthy diet are still purchasing clay based litters. I would like to describe the differences, and introduce you to a few of the most popular brands.

One of the major reasons to purchase natural litters is that they are planet friendly. They are not composed of artificial ingredients, they are not mined or drilled, and they biodegrade.

The other important reason to choose natural litters over clay litters is that the silica dust contained in clay-based litters is unhealthy for you and your cat to inhale. Clay based litters also have a negative impact on the environment in their manufacturing processes, and in their disposal.

All of the cat litters available at Tail Blazers are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, free of chemicals, synthetic scents, silica, clay, and are low/no dust.

World’s Best Cat Litter

World's Best Cat LitterWorld’s Best – World’s Best cat litter is made of a natural, renewable resource – CORN!

World’s Best has outstanding odor control, is easy scooping and quick clumping, is long lasting, and is safe for the planet, your pets, and yourself! It is also free from irritating synthetic chemicals and perfumes.

World’s Best Clumping litter is available in Multiple Cat, Naturally Scented, and Original.

More info: www.worldsbestcatlitter.com

 

Guardian Angel Litter

guardian-angelGuardian Angel – Guardian’s 100% pine cobble is a precision screened fiber that, like our pellets, is high heat treated in a process that heats the wood fiber to levels of pasteurization. Oils in the wood are removed to reduce allergens and contaminants.

Guardian Angel does not clump as tightly as other clumping litters, however it cakes and congeals so that the wet spots can be easily removed. However, the affordability of this litter more than makes up for what it lacks in clumping ability.

Available in Pine Cobble and Pine Pellets.

More info: www.guardianlitter.com

 

Feline Fresh Cat Litter

Feline Fresh Cat LitterFeline Fresh – Feline Fresh natural pine litter is clumpable, flushable, and has a nice mild pine scent. Made out of southern yellow pine it is non-toxic (even if ingested), it is safe for you and your pets.

Available in clumping and original pine pellet.

More info: www.planetwiseproducts.com

 

Swheat Scoop Cat Litter

Swheat Scoop Cat LitterSwheat Scoop – Unlike most clumping litters, Swheat Scoop contains no silica dust, sodium bentonite or chemicals of any kind. It is also 100% biodegradable and made from a renewable resource – WHEAT!

This unique litter contains natural wheat enzymes that destroy litter box odours.

Available in Multi-Cat, Lightly Scented, and Original formula.

More info: www.swheatscoop.com

 

Not all products are available at all locations. Please call your location to be sure!

Allergy Help for Your Dog

Guest Post from Dorcas Giesbrecht with Holistic Mutt services.

Dog with AllergyUsually by the time I see a dog all kinds of mainstream methods have been tried. The dog’s skin is usually red and itchy, and there is hair loss. The dog frequently chews at their feet and they paw their face. Chronic ear infections or diarrhea can also be reasons for a visit. Anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics may have been given many times to treat the symptoms, but the problem keeps coming back and getting worse. This is a typical allergically reactive dog.

From a holistic point of view, the dog’s living terrain, which is the body itself has been under siege and because of this the immune system spirals out of balance and produces symptoms that make the dog miserable. Owners assume that their dog will be stuck with allergies for life, because this tends to be the outcome when allergy cases are not approached from a holistic perspective. My experience has been different and I feel there is a lot we can do, but I think differently about allergies. I focus on a disturbed immune response being the cause.
In allergic reactivity, the immune system mistakenly identifies harmless substances as threats and responds to them in a way that causes damages to tissues such as the skin. From the holistic perspective, to return a dog to wellness the approach to healing must be to support the disturbed immune system, to track back to the sources of stress that caused the disturbance, and to minimize or remove them altogether.

I offer a multifaceted approach and follow a plan that is individualized for your dog. It is important that you understand how your pet’s immune system is producing the problem. In order to re-balance the immune system it is important to identify what kind of emotional, environmental or other types of stressors your dog may be dealing with and what can be done to reduce or remove them. Relentless discomfort can also place additional stress on your pet and this must be addressed with non-invasive remedies that do not suppress the immune system but encourage it to improve.
Nutrition is the keystone for maintaining wellness and it is very important to put your dog on an unprocessed diet since food is the best way to support the body. There are many wonderful new foods available that can help support your dog’s overall health. It is the single most important thing we can do for their wellness. I take further steps to help figure out which foods, if any, your pet may be sensitive to. I use bioenergetic assessment to identify which foods may be triggering an inflammatory response. Bioenergetic assessment is non-invasive and helps detect changes in the energy field and provides us with clues to help identify the underlying stressors.

It is important to support digestive function with probiotics because a well-functioning GI tract has a profound effect on a healthy immune system. These supplements help to balance the GI tract in the short run and support its efforts to re-balance itself in the long run.Dog with Allergies
Overall the goal is to support your dog’s body become more self-sufficient for the long term, rather than prop it up in the short run. When harmony exists between the innerbody and the outer environment the body enjoys an ideal state of wellness.

Dorcas Giesbrecht MASc is a 15 year member of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants. She has her Masters of Applied Science in Holistic Nutrition. In 2007 she trained as a Registered Holistic Allergist with The Institute of Natural Health Technologies. In the spring of 2009 she completed training in Auricular Therapy with Dr. M. Adams N.D. to help both pets and their people in her holistic practice. Dorcas has also taken classes in Healing Touch for Animals and Animal Communication. In 2012 she studied Acupressure for Animals with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. In the late summer of 2013 she will also be offering Chinese Tui Na Massage as she expands her practice. Call her to ask how these healing modalities can help your pet with improved health.

The Artemis Centre
1922-12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
403-701-4705
dorcasg@telus.net

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