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for dogs without boundaries is your dog a DOGS NATURALLY Separation ANXIETY Volume 3 Issue 6 November December 2012 Drama Queen FOOD Non-core therapy Vaccines Holiday Gift Guide Dilated Cardiomyopathy Sweepstakes No purchase necessary. Winner will be selected in a random drawing among all eligible entries. Grand prize is 1 500 in store credit for any Bravo product offered in the nearest Bravo retailer of your choice. Sweepstakes ends 12 31 12. Taxes are the responsibility of the winner. See online entry form for complete sweepstakes rules and prize details. Coupon Coupon is available via a online website. Limit one store coupon per person. Good on any Bravo Blend or Bravo Balance Raw Diet product your choice of burgers or chubs. Product availability is based upon the store in which you choose to redeem the coupon. No special orders. 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She enjoyed her favorite meal pizza before crossing over to her next adventure. Unlike my tragic loss of Simon and Aaron earlier this year Libby s passing was expected and natural. Like Simon and Aaron however Libby came to me to teach me a lesson. Libby s lesson was that dogs deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. Libby was an obedience prospect for me and she was a decent working dog. I wanted to be competitive with her and I took her to the best trainers for private lessons. By and large the most common piece of advice I got from all of these trainers was that Libby was a Labrador so I should be able to hit her over the head with a two by four and she would forgive me for it. I listened and I leash popped and I ear pinched - until one day Libby told me she was having none of this. She would hide under a chair whenever the dumbell came out she would slam on the brakes when I asked her to heel and it dawned on me that this wasn t fun for either of us. I decided that there had to be a better way. I began attending seminars with the top clicker trainers and I realized that these people greats such as the late Patty Ruzzo not only had great performing dogs but they had noticeably better relationships with them. When it s all said and done a ribbon is only worth a couple of bucks. This dog slept on my bed and went to work with me every day. She was my family and I was ashamed that I had treated her that way. I don t know if those dog trainers were right. Libby never forgave nor never forgot the leash pops and ear pinches she was never a reliable working dog and tended to shut down in the ring. I retired Libby and trained all of my subsequent dogs without a leash and collar and as equal partners. And my scores were never better. Many of us get dogs for the wrong reasons. For some they are a status symbol a pedigreed dog to show off to the neighbors. For others they are cute little puppies that soon grow into unruly and unwanted adolescents. For most of us dogs are virtually family and we open our homes to them and love them with all our hearts. The reality is however most dog trainers have good intentions but bad information and we are unwittingly harming our dogs psychologically with our attempts to train them. One of the reasons I love dogs so much is that they are incredibly gentle and peaceful animals. As I grew to learn more about canine communication I learned that most of their language is intended to avoid conflict. How confusing and stressful must it then be for them when their human family constantly threatens them Every time we glare at a dog raise our voice tower over them or take them by the scruff of the neck we are unknowingly confronting and challenging them when we can get the same results with subtle and respectful communication. It amazes me how well dogs are able to read us but how completely inept we are at returning the favor. It s a testament to dogs that more people aren t bitten. Libby s life is to be celebrated and I want to make her message heard. Dogs deserve better. They deserve our respect and they deserve for us to take the time to understand that we can be creating chronic unhelathy stress in our canine family by not understanding how they communicate and how they learn. This issue is dedicated to dog behavior. I ask you to consider the articles and advice in our pages and take a hard look at the relationship you share with your dog. The shift away from drill sargent to respectful partner comes by listening to your dog and truly understanding how complex and gentle these animals are. The bond we share can go so much deeper than just dog and master. Dana 4 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine feedback Letters I have been treating our animals (and us) holistically for over 25 yrs. I can not begin to tell you how much I love your magazine. It has been so helpful and each issue is packed with pertinent information. I love everything about it. As an aside we started using the K9 food you advertised and the dogs all love it. Thank you for all you do to put holistic healing information out there. - Marci Lavender Dreams Farm I d like to see an article on fatty tumors in older dogs and how to get rid of them. Thank you - Sharleen Berloffa Editor s Note - Sharlene Dr Stephen Blake has agreed to write an article on lipomas and cysts in the January 2013 issue. Facebook Donna DelGrosso Savoie While I enjoy much of your magazine and facebook page I d like to see less disparaging of vets. Dan Gorman Just got my first magazine Issue 5 - OMG this the best thank you Vicky Haines I have been getting DNM since the very start even before the printed magazine was available and really enjoy every issue. However the Sept issue has been by far my favorite I truly enjoyed the heart felt article written by Maria Ringo Sitting at the feet of a Master . She talks about the mother of Natural Rearing Juliette de Bairacli Levy the mother to us all )) and The Rabies Miasm article is terrific will be sharing with many others. Fast food fallacies is another article that is very well written and full of great info I really can not put this issue down and I only received it yesterday and have coffee marks all over it ) Great job Thank you for getting this info out there. Para Morgan Absolutely brilliant magazine. THIS is what they should be selling at the pet food chain stores Tanya Vivian Thanks again Dogs Naturally Magazine My dogs are thoroughly enjoying the K9 Natural raw food we won in June DogTown Daycare Your wonderful story about aaron just made me cry i too just lost a very connected dog in May and my life still feels so empty without him. i pray for his return to me as his same kind soul in a new fresh young body ) my Mingus Tiffany Palisi Love your magazine Blue Ridge Beef Hillsborough NC Love your Magazine Nadine Helser i love this magazine We love our friends Check out our website Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date on the latest stories and news as well as events contests and exclusive giveaways. dogsnaturallymagazine dogsnaturally SEND US YOUR LETTERS We would love to hear from you Your comments and letters could be published in the next issue of Dogs Naturally. Send your emails to letters or mail your letters to Dogs Naturally Magazine 5065 10th Line New Tecumseth ON L0G 1A0 Dogs Naturally Magazine November December 2012 5 DOGS NATURALLY ON THE COVER Volume 3 Issue 6 14 12 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Don t give your best friend just any gif this holiday seaso. Check out our lineup of natural and green products that are certain to make your dog s holiday the best ever. 46 28 CHINESE MEDICINE FOOD THERAPY The food a dog is fed has an enormous influence on his health. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a great guide for choosing the best foods for your dog by Doug Knueven DVM 14 SEPARATION ANXIETY Bach flower essences are a great option for dogs with emotionally charge behavior issues such as separation anxiety. See what remedies you can try for your dog. by Julie Cantrell CDPDT-KA CDBC 37 IS YOUR DOG A DRAMA QUEEN A holistic vet s view of canine - and human - behavior. By Peter Dobias DVM 22 NON-CORE VACCINES 46 DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY A non-core vaccines a medical necessity or just a source of reliable revenue for vets by Catherine O Driscoll This disease of the heart is most common in large breeds but can affect any dog. Find natural treatment options and learn why prevention is the best medicine. by Stephen R Blake DVM CVA CVH Dogs Naturally is published six times per year by Intuition Publishing. Digital subscription rates are 14.95 per year. Print subscription rates are 24.95 for US residents and 29.95 for Canadian residents. Bulk subscriptions are available at reduced rates. To subscribe call (877) 665-1290 or visit Postmaster Send address changes to Dogs Naturally 5065 10th Line New Tecumseth Ontario L0G 1A0 COVER DOG NADI Three year old Karelian Bear Dog Nadi welcomes SSG Russell Grahamhome after a year s deployment in Afghanistan. Russell is an Army flight medic on a Blackhawk helicopter. Nadi is raw fed owned and loved by Cathy Orde 6 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine COLUMNS 4 5 8 10 27 40 EDITOR S MESSAGE FEEDBACK CONTRIBUTORS ASK THE VET GIVEAWAYS CHINESE HERBS 51 54 57 58 60 I NEED THAT NUTRITION WITH LUCY 10 MINUTE TRAINER DOG PEOPLE CLASSIFIED SECTION SYNTHETIC-FREE JOIN the MOVEMENT We make Carna4 with 100% human-grade whole foods that are mashed mixed and baked into crunchy nuggets with nothing added. PURE - no synthetics ALL the nutrition of Carna4 comes from REAL FOOD SAFE - every batch safety tested for salmonella E. coli aflatoxins and coliforms AUTHENTIC - every single ingredient grown in U.S.A. and Canada SUPER FOOD effective high levels of live probiotics enzymes and antioxidants which survive our gentle baking process because they come from hardy organic sprouted seeds not test tubes New Flora4 Biscuits and Raw Food Topping from Carna4 FEATURES 18 DEFUSING DOG GREETINGS Leashes can be a source of frustration for dogs. Learn how you can help your dog relax when meeting new dogs. by Chris Puls 31 HOMEOPATHY FOR NOISE PHOBIAS These remedy suggestions can help your reactive dog. by Linda Miller CCH RSHom (NA) 32 GETTING TO THE MEAT OF THE MATTER Think meat is just protein Find out just how nutritious meat really is for your dog by Kymythy R. Schultze CN AHI 34 TREATMENT BY THE NUMBERS There has been a paradigm shift in veterinary medicine. Will Falconer discusses why treating the dog is always better than treating the disease. by Will Falconer DVM 42 MAST CELL TUMORS Treatment options for one of the more commone forms of skin cancer in dogs. by Charles E Loops DVM 48 ACUTE HOMEOPATHIC PRESCRIBING What might seem like a simple acute symptom is sometimes rooted in chronic disease. by Ronna Kabler DVM A Great Addition to Raw Food Diets for Busy Pets on-the-go 18 Dogs Naturally Magazine November December 2012 Questions Call us toll-free at 1-855-4CARNA4 or visit us at 7 INTUITION PUBLISHING Editor Advertising Wholesale Dana Scott Julia Henriques Maria Segreto Saundra Mercado Maryellen Elcock Vic Neumann Robert & Patricia Petit Linda Boileau contributors DR RONNA KABLER is a graduate of Tufts University Veterinary Medicine College Dr Kabler operates Waggin Tails Veterinary Services a mobile practice in Massachusetts. She offers a holistic approach to care for her patients which includes Classical Homeopathy guidance on species appropriate nutrition titer testing in lieu of vaccination and routine laboratory work. Photography Illustration Dogs Naturally articles are selected for their general interest and entertainment value. The authors views do not necessarily reflect the policies and opinions of Intuition Publishing nor does their publication in Dogs Naturally constitute an endorsement. Information offered in Dogs Naturally is for educational purposes and is not intended to replace veterinary advice. ADVERTISING For information on ad rates deadlines and requirements email sales Dogs Naturally reserves the right to reject any advertisement submitted. SUBMISSIONS Dogs Naturally welcomes submissions of articles artwork or photography. Submission constitutes permission for Dogs Naturally at its sole discretion to use the submitted materials in whole or in part without compensation to the submitter. 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In 2008 he decided to sell his thriving holistic veterinary practice in Vancouver BC to dedicate his future years to disease prevention and trnasforming the face of veterinary care to less invasive and more natural treatment methods. He believes that we can create a healthy and long life naturally. DR STEPHEN BLAKE practices small animal medicine in San Diego California. Dr Blake has been a lecturer at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association national convention and has given lectures on Homeopathy Aromatherapy Bach flowers Gemmotherapy Oligotherapy nutrition and bovine colostrum. He has finished writing and illustrating his first book The Pet Whisperer. November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine 8 Bach Flower Essences and Separation Anxiety by Julie Cantrell CDPDT-KA CDBC Just as we humans show stress and discomfort in our own unique ways our dogs manifest the distress that can be associated with separation quite individually. One dog might shadow her owner as she gets ready to leave for work ears down tail tucked silently but oh-so-effectively communicating don t leave me Another might wait until his special person leaves the house before starting up a mournful howl or even less neighbor friendly incessant barking for minutes hours or until his owner walks back through the door. Yet another may seek solace and stress relief by chewing objects that smell reassuringly like his absent person. Another vents his frustration on the barriers that keep him apart from his person doors and doorframes cages and crates even windows. Some severely anxious dogs pant pace drool and tremble before or after the owner leaves home or both. And the occasional unfortunate canine will turn his distress inward engaging in self injurious behaviors like flank sucking paw licking and the like. What do these very different behaviors have in common besides happening when home alone All fall under the category of Separation Related Distress commonly referred to as separation anxiety and all are emotion driven reactions to stress fear or frustration. Given that what better natural therapy to employ than one designed to balance out emotional extremes Bring in the Bach flower essences Flower Essences - A (Very) Brief Background Over 75 years ago English physician and bacteriologist Dr. Edward Bach made a profound discovery. He found that the flowers of certain native plants had the ability to restore balance to extreme unhealthy emotional states. Each flower corresponded to a very particular emotion and when the flower s essence (simply the water the flower had been steeped in) was taken internally that emotional extreme was gently brought back into healthy balance. Bach s research on British flower essences soon gained wide recognition and appreciation. And what s not to appreciate They work gently are non toxic non habit forming and can t be overdosed. Negative side effects are almost un- heard of if you choose an essence for an emotional state that is not out of balance you simply will not see any effect. In the years since Dr. Bach s original discoveries research has broadened beyond the British Isles and hundreds of flower essences from around the globe now exist with more continuing to be developed. Their use has grown beyond human use to include and benefit our companion animals as well as domestic farm animals and captive wild species. What to Expect Every dog is unique and in some the results of taking flower essences will be dramatic with obvious positive changes happening in rapid succession. It s not all that unusual to see results literally within minutes to hours. It s also perfectly normal to see positive changes take more time sometimes weeks to unfold as balancing takes place on 14 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine non-core Vaccines what you need to know By Catherine O Driscoll When veterinary bodies announced that we don t need to vaccinate annually I was overjoyed believing that this would vastly reduce the number of life threatening vaccine reactions visited upon dogs. Then I realized that so long as pet owners are persuaded to use the non-core vaccines annual vaccination simply won t go away and neither will vaccine related adverse events. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has split canine vaccines into three groups namely core non-core and not recommended . Vaccines for the core viral diseases distemper parvovirus and adenovirus hepatitis provide long term and potentially lifelong immunity so annual shots for core vaccines are out (or should be). My analysis of the non-core vaccines is that they ve been designated non-core for three reasons. One they don t work. Two they are dangerous. Three it s hard to justify recommending these vaccines in the light of one and two. I personally believe the non-core vaccines should be on the not recommended list if only to remove them as an excuse to vaccinate dogs annually as is currently happening. I would incidentally have no problem with annual shots of any type if there weren t serious safety concerns. Unfortunately important caveats in the WSAVA guidelines are being ignored namely that non-core vaccines are those that are required by only those animals whose geographical location local environment or lifestyle places them at risk of contracting specific infections. The WSAVA also advises that the practitioner should obtain informed client consent to provide that client and the animal with a current evidence-based vaccination schedule. There is no informed consent and there is no evidence to support these vaccines. So let s look at the non-core vaccines and the issues surrounding them. 22 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine DNM Giveaways ENTER TO WIN Every two weeks we are giving away a great new prize. Go to giveaways or enter on our Facebook page at DogsNaturallyMagazine. No purchase necessary. November 1st to 14th Win a Born to Sniff set of essential oil scented candles from Sniff Pet Candles. Therapeutic aromatherapy for your dog Five beautifully packaged 11 oz candles one of each scent Day In the Hamptons Fart & Away Field of Dreams Splendor in the Grass Friends to the Rescue. November 15th to 30th Win one of three 100 gm containers of Raw Support by Naturally Naked. This supplement contains only two ingredients freeze dried Green Shell Mussel meat and rosemary which Inhibit inflammation in the body to alleviate arthritis or joint pain and support overall immunity. December 1st to 14th Win protective winter gear for your dog from Aussie Naturals. Three winners will each receive a machine washable Wool Dog Coat (choose from six sizes in Navy Blue Chocolate Brown or Hunter Green) lined in cotton tartan plus a set of Aussie Dog Boots (your choice of size) in fleece with leather soles. December 15th to 31st Win one of six 2oz flower essence formulas for dogs from Aldaron Essences. Your choice of one of 24 flower essence blends designed to safely gently and naturally reduce stress and improve behavior. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Each giveaway ends at 11 59pm EST. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Winners will be announced at giveaways. Contest open to US and Canadian residents 18 years of age or older on the date of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Complete contest rules and regulations can be found at giveaways. Dogs Naturally Magazine November December 2012 27 F or the ancient Chinese the maintenance of health was of supreme importance - so much so that healthcare was not something they went to a doctor to get it was a way of life. These wise people meditated used massage herbs and acupuncture and did special exercises (tai chi) on a regular basis not just to treat disease but to maintain health. In addition to these therapies the Chinese considered every meal they ate as a form of treatment for their bodies. As the Chinese proverb goes He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician. The Chinese discovered that different foods had different energetic effects on the body. They worked out an elaborate diet ingredient classification system to guide them in eating the right foods for any given bodily disharmony. This Chinese food therapy method can be applied to our pets to benefit their health as well. In order to successfully implement this diet system we need to first learn a few basic concepts of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). There are many aspects to TCVM food therapy. For instance there are foods that nourish particular organ systems some that drain dampness others that transform phlegm and still others that are fed to balance specific body and personality types. To fully understand TCVM food therapy would require years of study of the intri- cacies of Chinese medicine. The good news is that 80% of the value of TCVM food therapy is simply based on balancing bodily heating and cooling mechanisms so that s where we ll focus most of our attention. According to the ancient Chinese life and health are all about balance and flow. They sustained the flow of life energy (Chi) in the body mostly with acupuncture massage and tai chi. At the same time they balanced the forces of Yin and Yang mostly with herbs and foods. In TCVM food therapy it s the equilibrium of Yin and Yang that we re most concerned with so let s take a closer look at these concepts. Early on in Chinese culture people became aware of two dynamic complementary energies that make up the universe. One force is the hot dry active male energy called Yang. The other is the cool moist passive female energy called Yin. The interaction of these two complementary forces is responsible for the existence of the cosmos as we know it. For example negatively charged electrons interact with positive nuclei to form atoms which are the building blocks of the material world. The Yang light of day allows for activity and then transforms into the dark Yin of night which facilitates recuperative rest. During the cold Yin of winter all of nature retreats. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine F AAD THERAPY By Doug Knueven DVM CVA CVC CVCH 28 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine getting to the ME T of the matter By Kymythy R. Schultze CN AHI When you think of meat any type of meat what nutrient comes to mind What purpose does the meat in your dog s bowl serve What necessary component of your dog s diet does meat provide If we were on a popular quiz show your answer would probably be What is protein And you d be correct in that meat is indeed a source of protein. In fact for our dogs health and wellbeing meat is an essential part of a species appropriate diet. But if you think of meat as merely a provider of pooch protein you re giving a Superhero a lousy two thumbs up when a huge heartfelt round of cheers and applause are in order. If you ve ever found yourself thinking of meat as simply a source of protein please allow me to strip bare the mild mannered exterior and introduce you to the amazing and complex qualities of meat. Many dog lovers feel the need to add an array of extra vitamins and minerals to their dog s meal because they don t think of meat as being anything more than a great source of protein. Although there can certainly be a time and condition for adding extra nutrients to your dog s diet let s tear that meat apart and see what we find inside. Of course different meats vary a bit and that s one reason variety is important. But as a random example a mere four ounces of raw chicken muscle meat provides your dog with Vitamin E .3mg including alpha beta and gamma tocopherols Vitamin K .9 mcg Thiamin .1mg Riboflavin .3mg Niacin .3mg B6 .6mg Folate 1.1mcg B12 .6mcg Pantothenic acid 1.2mg Choline 65.9mg Betaine 8.6mg Calcium 6.7mg Iron .9mg Magnesium 23.5mg Phosphorus 199mg Potassium 585mg Sodium 67.2mg Zinc 1.6mg Copper .1mg Selenium 11.mcg Cholesterol 96.3mg Water 82 grams Saturated fat 3 grams including monounsaturated polyunsaturated Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. And yep protein that fabulous array of complex amino acids. In this case 20 grams. 32 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine TREATMENT NUMBERS by the By Will Falconer DVM Being in a homeopathic practice I often get animals who have gone through allopathic treatment that has failed them. (I sometimes wonder if in addition to the DVM behind my name there is also DLR Doctor of Last Resort ) Quite often the treatment histories I get tell me a great deal about the mindset of those practicing conventional medicine and the growth in awareness that s not yet taken place there. have our creative problem solving and make good choices based on discernment. In stress we function from our reptilian brain stem and it s all about fight or flight . I submit that this type of functioning gets us into all sorts of trouble not the least of which is poor health decisions for our dogs. How We Think Matters Kids Painting Ultimately we need to be thinking holistically in all our decisions about health. Thinking holistically is very different from reaching for some natural product instead of a drug. Whether we re raising dogs for long healthy lives or we re in the trenches of veterinary practice it s important to see what the body is up to on a much larger scale. When one appreciates that there is a profound inherent intelligence shaping an animal s response to the challenges of disease we can both help that response and not get panicked about it. Let s face it no one works well in a state of panic. I ve learned that in a state of stress it s actually been measured that there s less blood flow to the cerebral cortex. That s the region of the brain where we ponder Remember paint by the numbers You had certain colors available and the paper had all these little spaces with numbers in them and when you applied the right color to each of them you ended up with a picture. Of sorts. It was both kind of neat and simultaneously quite disappointing. You knew in your little heart of hearts that you hadn t used an ounce of creativity to come up with that picture. You were just a technician. Treating by the Numbers Veterinarians often do a similar thing. It s how we were trained I guess though it s been so long since I ve thought that way that I can only vaguely remember it. 34 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine W hen I was asked to write an article for this issue with a focus on animal behavior I noticed a hint of resistance. I didn t even know what I would write about. However it took only a few minutes for a whole filmstrip of ideas to appear in front of me. This article is a mosaic of some of the most interesting observations I have made in more than twenty years of being a vet. I DIDN T LISTEN mals who while unrelated suffered with constant problems and others never needed to come for other than preventive visits. I started to see that with some exceptions this is no coincidence. PEOPLE W ATCHING I am so glad I didn t listen to my father who thought that I should become an architect and not a vet. I do appreciate architecture however I don t think I would be able to learn as much about life if I was an architect. Becoming a vet gave me the opportunity and privilege to see the lives of many people and animals unwind right in front of me. Candid and real stories of love concern worry heartbreak care compassion and friendship. In a way I feel like I ve lived many lives instead of just one. I ve had the opportunity to observe patterns similarities and differences and see outcomes of certain ways of life. Some people had ani- I love people watching especially when dogs come with their humans. It s humorous to see that we choose dogs who look like us dress in the colors of their coat and often times have the same personality as our four legged friends. We are obviously drawn to dogs that we resonate with and also to those who can teach us the best life lessons. Choosing a dog is a big deal and I encourage people not to let anyone else to choose for them. We are more likely to do a better job than someone else. DOGS ARE OUR MOONS I ve observed that most dogs become more like us the longer we live together. This could be compared to two tuning forks vibrating on the same frequency when they are in one room. IS YOUR DOG A DRAMA QUEEN A holistic vet s view of canine behavior. By Peter Dobias DVM 37 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Chinese Herbs with Chris Bessent DVM Calming the Anxious Pooch Is your dog stressed out every time you leave him Does he desperately scratch the back door to pieces because he can t stand to be separated from you Does he cower and shake with every clap of thunder Every dog carries his own set of personality traits likes dislikes wants and fears vary with every individual dog and his environment. Dogs who have a strong fear trait tend to be anxious easily excited and are often just a bundle of nerves. There are many different approaches veterinarians and animal trainers use to help calm these anxious pooches but Chinese theory offers a unique perspective. The most obvious aspect to examine when dealing with an overly excitable or anxious dog is the environment in which he lives. Most dogs prefer exercise and mental activity as opposed to being cooped up all day in a crate or in a small apartment. Try to create the least stressful situation for your pooch where he has access to plenty of fresh air mental stimulation and exercise before exploring other alternatives. After assessing his environmental situation dog owners must next identify what could be causing the dog s anxiety. Is he a clingy dog who is suffering from separation anxiety Does he have thunder phobia or a fear of loud noises Maybe he even gets aggressive when he is afraid. Be careful to note however that fear aggression is very different from an aggressive dog who lashes out just because he can. Dogs who exhibit fear aggression act out purely because they are so afraid that they don t feel they have any other option. Metal dogs such as German Shepherds are duty bound. They see the world in right versus wrong and believe in honesty and personal space. Their disharmony is grief. Water dogs are independent and sneaky. These are the typical garbage raiders. They wait for their owner to leave for work and then make a mess of the house. Their disharmony is fear. Wood dogs are athletic lean and muscular. They thrive on the adrenaline rush of moving. Their disharmony is anger and irritability. Finally Fire dogs are emotional and easily aroused. Once they get excited it s difficult for them to settle back down. Typically Blue Heelers and Australian Shepherds fit this persona. However it s important to remember that any breed can fall under any of the elements and it s possible for a dog to share characteristics from more than one element. Holistic vets theorize that canine anxiety is tied between Water the kidney and bladder and Fire. The organs associated with Fire are the small intestine pericardium and heart. Typically the anxiety is believed to be caused by the kidneys inability to control the heart Shen. So the kidneys associated with Water start to deplete and can t control the heart energy flow associated with Fire. Essentially the Water element isn t able to regulate the strong fire burning in overexcited dogs. Interestingly enough canine anxiety typically worsens with age just as the kidney energy is usually the first organ to deplete in older dogs. As the kidney depletes the Water Chi depletes and cannot control heart Fire. So dogs who were a bit clingy and shy as youngsters may develop extreme anxiety and fear later on in life. Five Element Theory From a Chinese perspective assessing a nervous dog is based on the Five Element Theory. The five elements are wood fire earth metal and water. In a holistic sense each element has specific organs associated with it. Typically to accent the Yin and Yang of each element there is a solid and hollow organ associated with each element. For example water is associated with the kidney (solid) and the bladder (hollow). Holistic veterinarians believe each living being has a certain set of personality traits that match each element. The type of element associated with each dog correlates with its disharmonies. Earth animals tend to be kind loving and nurturing. Typically this would be a Collie or Golden Retriever. They are the easy keepers and the mothers of the world. The disharmonies associated with Earth dogs are worry and obsession. Food Energetics The first thing to assess when trying to calm an anxious dog is his diet. After all food is the foundation of both bodily and spiritual health. Holistic veterinarians adhere strongly to the idea that you are what you eat. So an animal s daily diet has a huge effect on not only his bodily health but on his way of being. A balanced diet for a canine is much different than that of a human. Skeletal and organ meat should constitute the majority of their meals. Cooked vegetables can also help break down cellulose in their bodies and fruits can be a valuable vitamin and mineral source. Grains should make up the smallest part of the dog s diet if they are included at all. 40 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Mast Cell Tumors By Charles E Loops DVM Lumps and bumps are common issues with our canine companions. As dogs age depending on the breed or the individual dog these suspicious nodules often appear and cause concern. In general the softer rounder lumps are of less concern and are generally lipomas (non cancerous fatty tumors) or cysts. In Cockers Labradors and many other breeds sebaceous cysts (blocked oil glands) appear with aging and sometimes these nodules are difficult to recognize when closed and smooth. Most other lumps however warrant a visit to the vet s office for identification. When nodule types are not obvious or easily identifiable an FNA or fine needle aspiration is done to examine the contents of the lump under the microscope usually with staining to determine the types of cells present. These procedures are non invasive and rarely require any sedation and cause only very minor discomfort for the patient. The three most common skin cancers in dogs are mast cell tumors melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Less frequently found skin tumors are lymphomas and hemangiosarcomas. All of these types can have varying levels of malignancy or aggressiveness depending on multiple factors the degree of differentiation the mitotic index and the location of the tumor. The degree of differentiation refers to the maturity of the tumor cells. The presence of more defined and mature cancer cells generally means a low grade tumor of a more benign nature or activity. A poorly differentiated tumor is usually aggressive and generally more malignant. The mitotic index refers to how rapidly the cells are dividing. The more rapidly the cells spread the more aggressively the tumor will grow. The location of a tumor will often predict the success of surgical removal or the tumor s effect on the dog s movement and comfort. Skin tumors on the feet and lower limbs are more difficult to completely remove since extra skin is in short supply. Editor s Note There is some controversy surrounding needle biopsy of tumors. Although the biopsy itself is a simple procedure some research shows that puncturing tuors may lead to metastasis or the spread of cancer to the surounding lymphatic tissue and other areas of the body. Opinion is divided on how frequently this occurs. The mast cell tumor is the most common skin cancer in dogs. It occurs infrequently in cats and even less often in people. The reason this cancer is so problematic in dogs is still unknown. It s theorized that dogs with allergic conditions and underlying immune mediated issues are more prone to these tumors but this has not been my observation. Most dogs that develop these tumors have no history of skin problems or allergies. Boxers are once again the breed most frequently affected with this condition but any breed of dog or any individual can develop mast cell cancer. Mast cell tumors are graded as I II and III depending on their potential to spread. This grading is done after surgical removal and 42 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Dilated Cardiomyopathy Causes Treatment and Prevention By Stephen R Blake DVM CVA CVH Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart cavity is enlarged and stretched (cardiac dilation). This results in weak and slow pumping of the blood which in turn can result in the formation of blood clots and congestive heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and disturbances in the electrical conduction processes in the heart may also occur. Most patients with this type of cardiomyopathy develop congestive heart failure. It can occur in any breed although it is seen more frequently in large breed dogs. According to the Veterinary Medical Data Base at Purdue University breeds most commonly affected are the Doberman Pinscher Boxer Great Dane Labrador Retriever American Cocker Spaniel Golden Retriever Irish Wolfhound Saint Bernard Springer Spaniel Newfoundland English Sheepdog Afghan Hound Scottish Deerhound and English Cocker Spaniel. The disease can go undetected until the condition gets to a stage where the animal s performance is compromised. At this point the symptoms you may see include a a a a a a a a a shortness of breath temporary or brief loss of consciousness especially after activity lightheadness especially after engaging in activity decreased ability to tolerate physical exertion fatigue dizziness palpitations high blood pressure 46 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine I n this article I will discuss acute homeopathic prescribing for animals. The emphasis will be on the importance of the characteristic symptoms of the remedy fitting the case in order to have a curative reaction. The cases I m sharing represent acute flare ups of latent chronic disease. Watching an animal have a swift gentle restoration of health after prescribing a well chosen remedy is certainly one of the great gifts of homeopathy. And it is with acute prescribing that this can be most dramatic. A classic example of an acute flare up is the dog who has been outside playing and comes in with his face swollen beyond recognition. If his face is warm to the touch itchy and is somewhat relieved by cold compresses one dose of Apis will usually bring the swelling down more quickly than any steroid or antihistamine and without any of the side effects. What is meant by the term acute in homeopathy It refers to any condition such as an illness or injury that comes on somewhat suddenly is usually brief in duration and is self limiting. That is it either runs its course or the animal dies. This is opposed to chronic disease which has a slower more insidious onset but is much more deeply ingrained and persists throughout the life of the animal. Examples of acute conditions include physical or emotional injuries acute infectious disease toxin exposure and acute flare ups of chronic disease. An acute flare up of chronic disease refers to the expression of fairly intense symptoms in a chronically ill animal in which the disease is latent but some factor such as emotional or physical stress injury vaccination etc. triggers an outburst of symptoms. Examples might in- Homeopathic the importance of characteristic symptoms acute prescribing By Ronna Kabler DVM 48 November December 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Supplement the Love with our core products for healthy growth & aging for dogs of all ages BioVITES Proactive Multi Supplement Vitamins minerals digestive enzymes antioxidants lignans and prebiotics to improve immune system energy digestion metabolism and general health. BioFATS Canine-complete Omegas with EPA & DHA A precise ratio of omega 3-6-9 fatty acids known to optimize nourish protect and support normal development and aging healthy skin lustrous coat and cardiovascular function. 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