bookmark_borderCorona Virus in dogs

Corona Virus in dogs
Canine Coronavirus is non-lethal. It’s 3-5 days of splattery diarrhea and it recurs every 4-7 months once they have the disease. It’s just messy.

At University of Georgia they had a handful of Coronavirus greyhounds. They were used for blood samples, studies. The Senior students on rotation were their obligated caretakers. You never wanted to be on their rotation when they were rockin’ their Coronaviral diarrhea.

Since young vets have rarely if ever seen it, (mainly because of vaccine and lack of testing) and MAINLY because it’s nonlethal, some young vets skip it and chalk chronic diarrhea up to other issues. Neal and then your dogs never missed it. It was for years mixed in the Distemper five-way until reformulation caused reaction problems. Also, younger vets choose to drop it sometimes making it necessary to split out.
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bookmark_borderPhenobarbital Hunger in Dogs

Excessive urination, excessive thirst and excessive hunger are the 3 most common long-term side effects of phenobarbital on dogs. *Side Effects Of Phenobarbitol Include:*
– *Sedation* – The goal of seizure therapy is to end the seizures, not sedate the patient. Most patients will not show noticeable sedation while on phenobarbital and if they do, there is a good chance the dose is too high. Some patients cannot find an effective dose of phenobarbital that is not sedating and these patients may need a different medication, or simply a reduction of the phenobarbital dose and addition of a second medication. – *Sedation During Initial Therapy* – It is not unusual for some patients to appear depressed or sedated when phenobarbital therapy is begun. This effect is generally temporary and resolves as the patient gets used to the medication. If this problem has not resolved after two weeks, a blood test can determine if the dose is simply too high and needs to be changed. – *Excessive Appetite* – Phenobarbital makes patients very hungry. This can be problematic if the patient becomes obese or overly focused on food. – *Excessive Thirst* – It makes patients thirsty. This could become a problem if the patient drinks so much water that house-soiling becomes a problem.
Other side effects can also include lethargy, hyperexcitability, ataxia <www.k9-medibles.com/is-thc-bad-for-dogs/> (loss of coordination or hind end weakness) and night-time restlessness. Most of these side effects diminish or disappear after the first few weeks of therapy.
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bookmark_borderLymphoma Protocol

Lymphoma and lymphosarcoma are invariably terminal for dogs. However, various kinds of “chemotherapy“ can extend life sometimes more than a year. But even after all of that, they will perish from lymphoma. Sometimes, sensationally, and catastrophically. That, all by itself can make an owner regret having done chemotherapy not to mention the expense over time.
Still, there are ways to combat lymphoma using prednisone. Prednisone typically gets a remission of anywhere from a month to up to six months by itself.
The side effects of prednisone are appetite increase and increased thirst.
The stomach must be protected from the effects of the steroid so that the dog may remain comfortable. This is as simple as giving Prilosec or Famotidine. Or both.
It turns out, that by adding other medications you can augment to the performance of prednisone and extend that time.
In veterinary medicine some of the better protocols are based on things like L asperaginase and Cytoxan cyclophosphamide, which are outrageously expensive at this point and do have some side effects and require a degree of monitoring. And this is where I diverge from main stream veterinary medicine.
Dimethyl sulfoxide has been looked at over the years as a possible aid for cancer. Science has been aware for sometime that DMSO seems to target cancer cells. That is unexplained. But after administration, the DMSO ends up in highest concentrations in the vicinity of cancer cells. Now they are tagging DMSO with chemotherapeutic‘s then, the DMSO takes the chemotherapy directly to the tumor. OK. I filed that away.
For the sake of completeness I would add that DMSO can be administered intravenously, subcutaneously if extremely diluted, topically, and there are research studies showing it can be taken orally and may make a difference that way. What we have found the best, is administering it subcutaneously, highly diluted.
The DMSO can be administered at home, by an industrious owner, or we can do it. It is done every 7 to 10 days. Not for nothing, we tend to synchronize the DMSO infusion within two hours of the next drug.
There is an old drug that has been around for quite some time that performs functions very similar to chemotherapy, only, at a fraction of the price. It’s called colchicine.
We normally use that for Shar-Pei hocks. They get an inflammatory condition in their hocks that can be managed with colchicine. I am taking advantage of the fact that it interferes with messenger RNA microtubule or formation to slow down or hold back the development of resistance to prednisone by the lymphoma. There are no physical side effects to the pet by taking colchicine. It is not a nauseating drug and it is comparatively very safe.
Linus Pauling wrote a lot about vitamin C, ascorbic acid, and its impact on cancers. He believed that certain kinds of cancer could actually be “cured“ by vitamin C therapy. Whether that is true or not we don’t care, we are giving large amounts of vitamin C (up to 2 g twice a day), because it is inexpensive and free of side effects. Maybe it does fight cancer?
So that’s what we’re doing:
1. Vitamin C at very high dose. Orally. 2. DMSO as a subcutaneous infusion. 3. Colchecine once a day. 4. Prednisone at 1/2 mg per pound twice a day for a week and then 1/2 mg per pound per day long term. 5. Antibiotics (almost any) to prevent infection while the pet is immuno suppressed. 6. Medicine to bind or decrease stomach acid while on prednisone.
Because that is the treatment we are using I do not put the owners to the expense of repeated bloodwork and monitoring for signs of cancer and other systems. The work up prior to this is minimal, because it is a “last resort” protocol.
It carries a very low expense, compared to western corporate veterinary medicine chemotherapy and diagnostics.
Like all other chemotherapies for this cancer, it is destined for failure, the question is: When?

bookmark_borderDog Eats Poop

Dog Eats Poop
This may come as a surprise and I don’t tell everyone this but most dog poop smells terrible, but it tastes exactly like German chocolate cake. So, it is no surprise when dogs do that.

There are three schools of thought.
One is that a dog doing that needs a multivitamin so if you want to throw him a children’s Flintstone a day you could.

Another school of thought is that the poop he is consuming still has nutrients in it so you would sprinkle the dogs diets with “Adolph’s meat tenderizer” to aid with complete digestion in the dog that seems to be the victim of his copraphagia.

The last three schools of thought, would be to
* either live with it,
* hope he grows out of it,
or
* put a static training collar on him and give him a correction whenever he goes after someone’s poop.
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bookmark_borderMore About How to Sock a Dog Foot

More About How to Sock a Dog Foot
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bookmark_borderCutting a Sock For A Dog Leg

Cutting a Sock For A Dog Leg
This is how you cut a sock for a dogs leg. Then you pull it up the leg, protecting the foot, hock or knee, then you tie the sock in front of the other leg and at the top of the protected leg.
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bookmark_borderCBD Feedback – Dog

CBD Feedback – Dog
More positive feedback about CBD (CBDmd.com) and dogs, a fellow’s dog is calmer and better housebroken with less misbehavior on it. He ran out and it became VERY apparent that it was working LOLOLOL Poor Puddle!!!! Doc Johnson

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bookmark_borderWhy is IAMS a Disappointment?

Why is IAMS a Disappointment?
So I was in Target and looking at the ‘grocery store’ foods. I saw some that were impressive. Some that were notsomuch.
Iam’s stuck out as one of the ‘notsomuch’ group.
The following is an example of just ONE of the labeling problems with Iam’s foods:
When you want a Salmon and Sweet Potato diet, in GENERAL you’re probably tryna avoid chicken. If you buy a diet that’s called “Lamb and Rice” you think you’re getting Lamb, correct?
With Iam’s that’s just a guideline. Their Salmon and Lamb diets both ALSO contain chicken meat and chicken by-products. so if you’re tryna avoid a particular protein by purchasing one of their specific ‘meat’ diets, think again and be SURE to read labels. Finally, Iams is NOT the only company putting chicken in their Salmon, Lamb, and other diets. So read labels.
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