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Volume 3 Issue 5 September October 2012 DOGS NATURALLY for dogs without boundaries RABIES miasm for digestive upset HERBS Vitamins and Minerals that could be harming your dog the FUNGUS among us Lyme disease memories of Juliette de Bairacli Levy editor s message I don t pretend to be a good homeopath and I likely never will be. I ve taken a few courses and seminars and feel like I can capably manage acute issues such as hawthorns in the paws insect stings just desserts from forbidden garbage raids and other similar quick and easy fixes. I think that even if I took a master course and practiced for years however I would still be a pretty crummy homeopath mostly because I lack the patience to give a single remedy and not be tempted to give more or different remedies before my dog would have ample time to respond. That kind of chronic prescribing I ll gladly leave to the professionals. I m sure my homeopath is either annoyed or amused by my constant it s not working yet emails and phone messages - he hasn t let on yet whether it s the former or the latter. In the end however I begrudgingly follow his wait and see schedule and it all works out well in the end. I think I m a victim of modern society. I don t want to wait for things waiting is for chumps. I want it now and I ve been conditioned to expect instant gratification. If I want to buy something I don t want to drive into town to get it I can order it from Amazon and get it now Of course I m a Prime Member because I couldn t possibly wait the extra two days for regular shipping. I need that book now even though it will sit on my shelf for a good month before I even crack it open. I don t get groceries on weekends that would mean standing in line. I don t do lines. I want to grab my stuff and get the heck out of there as soon as possible so I can move on to the next thing. Life is hectic and it seems like a great deal of it is spent accumulating stuff or checking things off the list so I can move on to the next thing. But in between the getting and doing something wonderful happens life As John Lennon wrote life is what happens to you while you re busy making other plans. Happily I have my dogs to bring me back to life twice a day. When we are out wading along the Nottawasaga river or meandering along a wooded trail I realized that THIS is life and this part of life is pretty good My dogs also suffer from the occasional bout of I want it now. I think my Audrey could have a shot at the world competitive eating title. I know she could eat 40 hot dogs in a minute flat given the opportunity. When the dogs are released from the paddock and my van door is open the otherwise slothenly Alice suddenly flies through the gate like a race horse on crack. She needs to ride shotgun and she needs to be there now But once we pile out of the van and start out on our venture the dogs and I act like we have all the time in the world. Walking in the summer sun with a pack of dogs is to know contentment and to realize how wonderful it is to live in the moment if only for a small precious part of the day. I don t know who coined the term dog days of summer but nobody enjoys summer more than my dogs. I think that s because the person without the fur coat spends more time with them and we get to enjoy lazy dog days together wandering the forests meadows and rivers not as individuals but as a pack. As a family. As summer changes into fall the dogs are recharged with a new found energy and as their pace picks up our walks become a little more rushed. I ll miss the dog days of summer sitting on a log in the river while the dogs fish for sticks and assemble them into stick forts on the shore (a funny habit of my CC s that she passed through the generations). I ll miss the breaks in the day where the only immediate goal is to relax and enjoy life - and the company of dogs. Dana 4 September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine feedback Letters I am a new subscriber and just received my first issue and I love it. Its been a long time since I have read a magazine cover to cover and really felt like I hadn t wasted my money thanks so much and keep up the great work.- Andrea V Another great magazine I m buying up all the past editions that I missed. I can t thank you enough for the important work you are doing in educating the dog-owning public. 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Plus some of your contest boxes don t work. Keep it simple works best. Also I do not use social networking sites so the addition of facebook and twitter does not appeal to this subscriber. - Lydia Kawaler I love your magazine. The article on vaccination was excellent. I am going to take it to the hospital where I work as we all love dogs. What would you recommend for a little scratchy dog Only eats raw. It is winter in Australia now. - Antonia Editor s Note Antonia it s difficult to suggest a treatment for itchy dogs that will produce a permanent cure. We recommend you contact a homeopathic vet or one who uses Traditional Chinese Medicine both these modalities have a good success rate with allergy symptoms. Facebook Lynne Parker You have the BEST magazine And thank you so much for the article about the raw feeding no-kill shelter in Canada. What an inspiration Aimee LaHood wish FB had a Love button Melissa Vrooman I rec d the latest issue of Dogs Naturally in the mail yesterday ) I LOVED the piece you did on the shelter in VA. Editor s note The shelter we covered in the July 2012 issue was RAPS in Richmond British Columbia Barb Adams-Booty I am going through my DN magazines my friend s (kibble) dog has a bad hot spot. Do you have anything about this I thought I could give her some natural help. thx. Editor s note Barb here is an online article that covers some homeopathic options for hot spots homeopathic-treatment-for-hot-spots Linked In Stephanie Sorensen I absolutely love your magazine Handsdown my favorite. However all my printed copies are wrinkly from being repeatedly dropped in the bathtub. -) 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. Visit us at dogsnaturallymagazine dogsnaturally Dogs Naturally Magazine September October 2012 5 DOGS NATURALLY ON THE COVER Volume 3 Issue 5 20 12 FAST FOOD FALlACIES The myth of 100% complete nutrition and why added vitamins and minerals may be harming your dog. by Doug Knueven DVM 30 30 THE FUNGUS AMONG US Invisible fungi are often on the ground making your dog susceptible to their damaging effects. Learn how to detect and treat fungal infections. by Julie Mayer DVM 18 SITTING AT THE FEET OF A MASTER Memories of natural rearing pioneer Juliette de Bairacli Levy. by Maria Ringo 38 LYME DISEASE 20 THE RABIES MIASM Lyme disease is on the rise in North America. Know what tests and treatment options are the best choice for your dog. by Deva Khalsa DVM Many of the quirks and health issues you see in your dog can be attributed to Rabies Miasm. Discover how just one vaccine can cause permanent changes in your dog. by Ronna Kabler DVM 42 HERBS FOR DIGESTIVE UPSET One of the most common issues in dogs can be treated easily and safely with herbs. by Greg Tilford 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 PEPZEE Emotionally Caffeinated NAC Pepzee is a three year old Papillon and rescued shelter dog. Pepzee and owner Reesa Hauge live in Wasilla AK 6 September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine COLUMNS 4 5 8 10 29 36 EDITOR S MESSAGE FEEDBACK CONTRIBUTORS ASK THE VET GIVEAWAYS CHINESE HERBS 53 54 56 58 60 10 MINUTE TRAINER NUTRITION WITH LUCY DOG PEOPLE I NEED THAT CLASSIFIED SECTION JOIN the MOVEMENT Say No to Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals 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 GUARANTEED effective doses of 64 key nutrients SUPER FOOD 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 FEATURES 15 ROTATING FOODS Variety is the spice of life. Why rotating protein sources is a good option. by Bette Schubert 24 FROM TRANSITION TO TWEAKING Part two of this article offers advice for existing raw feeders. Newbies will also learn to avoid future pitfalls. by Kymythy Schultze 26 HEALTHY TRAINING TREATS Many commercial training treats are full of harmful ingredients many of which are not on the label. Learn how to choose healthy training treats. by Amy Nesselrodt DVM 33 KEATMINE INDUCED DAMAGE Surgery may sometimes be necessary but the anaesthetic counts. Don Hamilton discusses why ketamine can create stress disorders in pets. by Don Hamilton DVM 46 SAVING SOPHIE How vitamin C therapy saved a Golden Retriever puppy from a severe rabies vaccine reaction. by Jacqueline Ruskin DVM 50 QUANTIFYING THE BENEFITS OF HEALTHY FOODS There is a new survey examining the effects of diet on health and behavior. Discover the preliminary results and how you can participate. by Catherine O Driscoll A Great Addition to Raw Food Diets for Busy Pets on-the-go 15 Dogs Naturally Magazine September October 2012 Questions Call us toll-free at 1-855-4CARNA4 or visit us at 7 INTUITION PUBLISHING Editor Advertising Bundle Sales Photography Illustration Promotions Dana Scott Julia Henriques Maria Segreto Vic Neumann Robert & Patricia Petit Linda Boileau Nicole DiBernardo contributors MARIA RINGO is a homeo- 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. 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To subscribe call 877-665-1290 or visit Dogs Naturally is published six times per year. INTUITION PUBLISHING 5065 10th Line RR2 New Tecumseth ON Canada L0G 1A0 E-mail info Web site pathic practitioner teacher and co-founder of Carna4 Dog Food a small ethical company producing synthetic-free whole foods for pets. In 1986 she co-founded Sojourner Farms one of the first commercially available raw food diets for dogs. She lives in Toronto Ontario with her family. GREG TILFORD has written dozens of published articles and five books including the acclaimed Herbs for Pets The Natural Way to Enhance your Pet s Life. Greg presents his work regularly at professional conferences and universities and is an active consultant and custom formulator for hundreds of veterinarians worldwide. DR DOUG KNUEVEN has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995 and lectures at veterinary conferences. He has written two books Stand by Me A Holistic Handbook for Animals Their People and the Lives They Share Together and The Holistic Health Guide Natural Care for the Whole Dog. September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine 8 rocessed pet food what could be easier Rip open the bag or crank open the can and plop it in the food bowl. Of course it s the right thing to do it says right on the label Dog Food . It s what everyone feeds their pooch and even the veterinarian recommends it. And isn t the statement that the food is complete and balanced comforting Yes feeding processed dog food is a real no-brainer. Then again maybe it s time to put a little thought into what we re putting into our pets. Considering the rise of obesity cancer and chronic disease in dogs all ailments that have been linked to nutrition in humans perhaps processed pet foods require a little more scrutiny. What s really in that kibble anyway How do we know that these foods are indeed complete and balanced In order to understand pet foods we must first explore a few basic nutrition concepts. Nutrients are chemicals in food that are used by the body. They provide the animal with the energy (measured in calories) to keep the processes of the body work- P ing as well as the raw materials with which to build and restore tissue. Recent research is shedding light on how certain compounds in foods can cause specific genes in the body s DNA to turn on or off. The budding scientific field called nutrigenomics explores how food factors affect which genes are activated and which are inactivated and how particular nutrients when fed to pregnant females can inhibit disease causing mutant genes in the animal s offspring rendering them normal. In other words nutrition can override defective genetics. It s no wonder nutrition plays a vital role in our pets health. Any given nutrient can provide energy serve as a building block for tissue and or act as a gene regulator. I have concerns about all of these factors when it comes to processed pet foods however. From their unnaturally high levels of carbohydrates to the carcinogens created by high temperature processing to the preservatives and colorings that are added - and much more. 100% Complete and other fast food fallacies By Doug Knueven DVM CVA CVC CVCH 12 September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Rotating Foods for good health and good fun By Bette Shubert Recently we had a Facebook user post a question asking if we recommended she feed more than one source of protein to her dog and how often should she be switching up his proteins. Our writer had just started her dog on a raw diet with great results and was both excited and anxious to keep him on track. Our answer to her was a resounding yes We encourage all raw feeders - not just new converts - to mix up the types of proteins they feed at mealtime. Dogs Naturally Magazine September October 2012 Doing so can be very beneficial to the overall long term health of your dog. Every facet of raw feeding plays an important part in ensuring your dog is getting a well rounded diet. One important consideration is to include supplements such as digestive enzymes probiotics and naturally sourced vitamin E. Adding multiple proteins to your dog s diet can also pack a 15 s orie Mem tte evy e Juli iracli L a de B ingo ia R ar By M ee of m ting Sitting at the Feet of a Master It seems unthinkable now but back in the early 1980 s when I was first discovering homeopathy and natural diet for myself and for animals there wasn t a single prepared dog food being marketed using the word organic and there were maybe two widely known dog food products considered natural Solid Gold and Wysong. When my business partner and I launched our Sojourner Farms Natural Dog Food in 1986 we were told over and over that no one would pay for granola for dogs much less go to the bother of using our expensive raw grain and herb mix as part of a so-called raw food diet. My how things have changed but what an exciting time it was We were vegetarians who knew that our dogs were most definitely not interested in beans and rice no matter how we felt about meat personally. We belonged to the kind of sharing community of like minded individuals who shopped at the food co-op (some of us ran the place) who grew vegetables in the backyard (my gosh even in the city ) and who would share books and articles at meetings and pot luck dinners because there was no internet site to google no emails to forward and no online journal to link to. Mostly we learned by doing. There were other people doing what we were learning and the one lady who really inspired us was a well known teacher master herbalist and early proponent of natural rearing methods for animals named Juliette de Bairacli Levy. British born Juliette loved and raised Turkoman Afghan hounds her whole life. She attended veterinary school at the University of Manchester and Liverpool but quit within three years after figuring out that so much illness in animals was man made and witnessing widespread animal experimentation. Her interest in the ways of the herbalists turned into a true calling and thus began a lifetime of world travel to seek out authentic natural medicines and natural rearing methods among the world s peasants. At one point after leaving school Juliette was running a distemper clinic in London during an epidemic of the deadly disease. With her knowledge of traditional ways and using a combination of natural diet fasting appropriate exercise and herbs she cured hundreds of dogs. She began to write and self publish some small books on canine herbals in the same time period the best known of which was The Cure of Canine Distemper published in 1933. That little book helped establish the field of canine herbal medicine among breeders and veterinarians in England. Public interest in traditional methods grew and in 1947 she published Puppy Rearing by Natural Methods which went into three editions in the first year. Breeders especially were hungry for this information and the book was translated into several languages. Then after some more years of travel and research she wrote The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable in 1952 - the first complete holistic veterinary book to be published for the western world. Juliette is now known as the grandmother of herbal medicine for the pioneering role she played in bringing the traditional uses of plants for healing into greater acceptance. By writing down for us what she learned in her travels among gypsies peasants and nomadic cultures of the world Juliette began a paradigm shift toward holistic medicine for both animals and people in our era. Today we are so grateful. 18 September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine the RABIES miasm By Ronna Kabler DVM Have you have ever wondered if you should take your dog to an animal psychiatrist or behaviorist because she snaps at imaginary flies chases shadows or has an overly strong prey drive When your dog is in his crate does he demolish his blankets so thoroughly that you are considering hiring him out as a document shredder Does your dog frantically try to escape from your yard or home and resist capture Is he aggressive overreactive or overly sensitive to noise Does he get hysterical during thunder storms Hump everything in sight Or suffer from a seizure disorder Has any illness or change in behavior occurred within days to weeks after a rabies vaccination For example your otherwise bold and playful puppy developed irrational fears days after his vet visit. Have you worked on treating a stubborn chronic condition such as a goopy ear or constant itching for months and FINALLY have resolution only to have it flare up even worse after a rabies vaccine Your lovely sweet dog had an unprovoked attack by another dog at the dog park. Other than skin wounds your dog seems to be alright. Except now SHE is acting out in an aggressive manner that she s never exhibited before. Post trauma Possibly..... All of the above behaviors and symptoms could be part of the rabies miasm acquired from a rabies vaccine or even the bite of another vaccinated animal. What about the unvaccinated puppy who is overly timid overly aggressive or hyperactive. She could also be suffering from inherited rabies miasm. Other symptoms of the rabies miasm include any obsessivecompulsive behavior difficulty swallowing excessive gulping drooling or sneezing fear or obsessive desire for water or shiny objects excessive vocalization overreaction to normal stimuli or tremors anything that s above and beyond what we would expect as normal behavior. What s similar in the animals affected at the emotional level is the lack of impulse control and the often extreme erratic and obsessive nature of the behaviors. One material explanation for all of these symptoms and behaviors is the strong evidence that the rabies vaccine can actually cause a low grade inflammation in the brain. What is the rabies miasm To answer this question we have to go back to the teachings of Samuel Hahnemann the Father of Homeopathy. He coined the term miasm which he called taint or noxious influence. Miasms are deeply rooted multifaceted mistunements of the life force of the organism that are complex follow a particular pattern and can be manifested in numerous symptoms. In Hahnemann s exhaustive studies of chronic disease he realized that there were three major miasms psora (itch diathesis) sycosis (gonorrhea or disorders of excess) and syphilis (disorders of destruction) that were responsible for all chronic disease in mankind. He also recognized that psora the most important and widespread of the miasms must be present for the other miasms to take hold of the vital force. Getting back to the rabies miasm it s technically not a true miasm. It might best be called a pseudo miasm or we could just call it chronic rabies. To gain a thorough understanding of the rabies miasm it s essential to recognize that natural rabies (also known as Hydrophobia) is an acute disease usually with explosive symptoms and a rapid demise of the affected individual. 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These toys are created entirely by hand by artisans in Nepal. They are all made out of 100% all natural boiled wool. The Tugzee is a six foot long toy that is great for tugging pulling chasing and tackling. 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 September October 2012 29 The Fungus AMONG US By Julie Mayer DVM Blastomycosis Coccidiomycosis and Histoplasmosis are fungal organisms that live in the soil. These different species exist in different kinds of soil and in different parts of the country. These organisms however are very similar in how they infect the body and the symptoms and diseases that result. Gilchrist s disease is caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis. This fungus is found in moist soil particularly where there is rotting vegetation. It s most common in the central and southeastern United States and is endemic in the Mississippi River and Ohio River basins and around the Great Lakes. It also frequently affects hunting dogs in northern Wisconsin and the upper Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. Cave disease also known as Darling s disease or Ohio River Valley Fever is caused by Histoplasma capsulatum. It s endemic in certain areas of the United States particularly in states bordering the Ohio River valley and the lower Mississippi River. It s also common in the eastern and central parts of the country. Valley Fever is caused by Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasi. These spores are most often found in warm soils and are preva- lent in Arizona California and Mexico. A heavy rain will bring the spores to the surface and a good wind or dust storm will disperse it everywhere. All of these fungi are thermally dimorphic which means that they grow first as a mycelium (mushroom) in the soil then produce spores which can be inhaled or ingested and once ingested and warmed to the host s body temperature morph into a yeast. Once it s present in this form the fungal invader is ready to spread to all parts of the body. Symptoms depend on which organs or body systems become infected. The major areas where these fungi accumulate are the lungs bones brain eyes and the skin. Lung infections may not cause any symptoms and may never be diagnosed. Treatment alternatives For dog owners seeking a herbal treatment option the following natural antifungal herbs have been successful in lowering the titer levels of patients without antifungal medications however they should be used in conjunction with supplements September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine 30 Ketamine Induced Damage in Dogs and Cats By Don Hamilton DVM The last time I administered ketamine as an anesthetic drug was over thirty years ago. I had given the drug to a cat for a minor procedure and the anesthesia was uneventful but when the cat awoke he was blind. I was horrified of course. The Hippocratic maxim first do no harm wobbled before my eyes on that day and I resolved never to use the drug again. I was already uncomfortable with the drug anyway partly due to the intense stinging it caused upon injection. I also did not like the way the cats woke up as they were extremely disoriented. In those days as it was unlicensed for dogs it was rarely given to dogs. Today especially since the barbiturate anesthetics were taken off the market ketamine and tiletamine a related drug and a component of Telezol are commonly used in dogs as well as cats. Within the past decade I ve begun recognizing persistent changes in some animals following ketamine and or tiletamine anesthesia. I primarily see behavioral shifts sometimes intense but I also see some physical changes including apparent nerve disor- ders. I have seen more cats than dogs with these problems but I do see this in dogs. I believe that part of the change is due to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of how the drug works in combination with surgical stress. Studies in humans reflect similar pathology and behavioral changes although many (but not all) instances in human literature are derived from recreational use of ketamine and so do not involve pain and involuntary administration of these drugs as happens with animals. I don t know of any description in veterinary or other literature of the sorts of problems I see in dogs and cats other than lecture notes from my presentations and the second edition of my book on homeopathic care. I will briefly describe three cat cases and three dog cases these are not my only cases but they will give a good overall sense of the problem. I include the cat cases to help round out the picture additionally the first case I recognized was in a cat so I ll include his case. Two cases--one cat and one dog--are from Julie Lee a Dogs Naturally Magazine September October 2012 33 Lyme Disease Lyme disease is one of the world s most common infectious diseases and the incidence is growing. In fact it s the leading tick borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease came to the forefront in the late 70 s with an outbreak of puzzling proportions in the wooded areas in and around Lyme Connecticut a sleepy town on the coast of Long Island Sound. Lyme disease is introduced to both animals and people by small deer ticks or wood ticks. Undetected and untreated Lyme disease can cause devastating damage to a dog s health. Today there are very few areas in the country that are still considered to be free of infected ticks and it s believed they ve been dispersed throughout the country by clinging to birds making their seasonal migration. In the nation s warmer more temperate zones the risk remains high throughout the year while in the northern sections of the country it s contracted most often from late spring through late summer. Lyme disease is a difficult disease to pinpoint because initial symptoms which appear as a variety of combinations are often regarded as symptoms for a number of other conditions. The early symptoms of lethargy stiffness diminished appetite and rising temperature are fairly common and can be mistakenly attributed to other common ailments in dogs. The symptoms of Lyme can be enigmatic. I once had a Dachshund patient who appeared to have a back problem. I do spinal manipulations and I m a certified acupuncturist so you can just imagine how many Dachshunds I see with back problems. When this dog didn t respond to treatment I tested him for facts you should know By Deva Khalsa DVM 38 September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Herbs By Greg Tilford Anyone who has been around a dog for any length of time will come to know that these critters have very tough stomachs. Although he is a non obligate carnivore the digestive tract of a dog can be likened to that of a goat. They seem able to digest anything without even the slightest hesitation or complaint. However as life so often dictates this only applies to most of the time. Experienced dog lovers also know that at some point Fido s cast iron digestive tract is bound to fail. Perhaps it will be too much of the good life - like too many salty treats at the Thanksgiving dinner table or perhaps a secret (and therefore decadent) raid of the kitchen waste basket. Or maybe it s a new kibble in the food dish that causes the unexpected. for digestive upset Fortunately most cases of digestive upset are not serious - just gross - and there are many tools in the herbalist s medicine chest that can bring fast and lasting relief to man s best friend and his guardian housekeeper. But first you need to consider if your companion s ailment is acute or chronic. Acute problems those which occur suddenly nor have never occurred before are usually short lived self correcting and are usually caused by something ingested but not always. An example is the iron gutted pooch who really can eat just about anything but her weakness is getting sick on car trips. Or maybe there are food allergies at play -- a huge cause or contributing factor in many cases of chronic upset. If your dog s digestive problems are chronic with symptoms that reoccur or are always present there could be serious underlying problems at work. Inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis or some nasty pathogen like giardia from that mountain stream he drank from during the family vacation can be very painful and will require the attention of your veterinarian. If you find yourself questioning whether your companion s digestive issues are short lived or chronic see your vet anyway. With that said here are many of my favorite herbal approaches to digestive ailments in dogs. But before you go shopping for herbal remedies you need to take a hard look at your companion s diet. 42 September October 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Time to Quantify the Benefits of Natural Nutrition By Catherine O Drsicoll There s an old joke that goes like this A man got lost whilst flying in a hot air balloon. He ended up about 100 ft above another man who was weeding his garden. 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