Posted: March 25, 2013 Filed under: Pets
Colloidal Silver Uses:
Preventing and Treating Diseases in
Cats and Dogs
Author: Claudio Matsuoka from Curitiba, Brazil Photo from Wikimedia Commons
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Colloidal silver works to destroy bacterial, fungal and viral infections in cats and dogs just as well as it does in human beings. Furthermore, because colloidal silver is odorless, almost tasteless and non-toxic, experts say you can use it for both dogs and cats internally and externally.
If you are looking for a healthy, alternative way to take care of your pets and avoid expensive veterinary bills, colloidal silver can go a long way in helping you achieve that goal. Whether you are looking for a disease preventative, a way to clean your pet and his bedding or deal with illness and injuries, it can help you.
It is a very inexpensive, easy to make and use alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics, and it is much more effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.ore effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.
Laborador Pup – Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Source: John Schauentaub
Colloidal Silver Knocks Out Deadly Canine Parvo Virus
For example, one of the deadliest and most feared viruses among dog and kennel owners is canine parvo. But, colloidal silver is a well-known alternative treatment for dogs suffering from parvo, and according to pet owners it has saved a lot of lives. On the other hand, conventional veterinary treatments fail because they only have antibiotics, which do nothing to stop viral infections. Yet, they prescribe them in cases of canine parvo and about 80% of the time, the dog dies.
Source: Own Work
It is Safe for Cats
Colloidal silver is also good for treating cats because it does not have a strong odor and will not be harmful to them if you put it on their fur. In cases where a cat suffers from a bacterial, viral or fungal skin condition, colloidal silver can be used.
While many essential oils are effective in combating such conditions and are often safe to use on dogs, they should never be used on cats. But, experts say you can use colloidal silver without fear.
Cat and Dog at Fisherman’s Wharf – BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.
Topical and Oral Treatments
Colloidal silver is an excellent alternative to both pharmaceutical antibiotics and prescription or over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments for cats and dogs. It can be given to your pet in his food or water or applied to his skin or fur a few times a day.
A few drops of colloidal silver on a cotton ball makes an excellent eyewash for pets with eye infections. Persian cats are especially prone to such infections and must have their eyes washed daily. Using colloidal silver provides extra antibiotic protection.
One or two drops of colloidal silver in the ears of a cat or dog with an ear infection is a safe, fast and effective way to safely treat them. There’s no need for a trip to the veterinarian or expensive pharmaceuticals. A few drops of colloidal silver can do the job in a day or two.
More Ways to Keep Pets Healthy with Colloidal Silver
Many people like to brush their dogs’ teeth. Colloidal silver can be applied directly into a pet’s mouth to help reduce bacteria, heal oral tissues and keep the gums and teeth clean. For dogs, it can also be added to homemade tooth powders and rinses.
Whether your pets live indoors or outdoors, they will be healthier and cleaner and so will you when you use colloidal silver.
Keep your pet’s bedding clean and free of bacteria and parasites when you regularly spray it with undiluted colloidal silver and allow it to air dry.
One or two tablespoons of colloidal silver in your pet’s food or water dish will keep his immune system strong and help prevent disease.
Preserve opened cans and containers of pet food in the refrigerator and make it last a few days longer by adding a few drops of colloidal silver to it.
If your pet is injured, spray or dab colloidal silver on the wound. If possible, bandage it until it heals.
Your dogs and cats are part of your family. Care for them like family members with colloidal silver and protect them from unnecessary visits to the veterinarian. Your cats and dogs will be healthier and live longer.
How to Learn More About Colloidal Silver Uses
It is important to use colloidal silver responsibly. There is a lot of controversy about safe doses because there are no official established guidelines as there are for most other nutritional supplements. Fortunately, an excellent, free 16-page report helps to answer this question, “What’s the ‘Safest’ Daily Dosage for Colloidal Silver.” It is available exclusively from The Silver Edge.
The author of this report, natural health journalist Steve Barwick, has done extensive research on colloidal silver. He, also, wrote the 547-page, “Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual,” a veritable compendium of information on this subject, which also gives you appropriate dosages and uses for colloidal silver.
Learn more about colloidal silver as a natural antimicrobial in the article, “Colloidal Silver Uses: Colloidal Silver as a Natural Antibiotic.”
Posted: March 10, 2013 Filed under: Health, Pets | Tags: Cotton pad, David Herold, Deer Tick, Lyme disease, Pet, School Nurse, Soap, Tick
Safely Remove Ticks
What a lovely picture!!!!
A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where
they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her
simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from
some major problems.Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.
Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.A School Nurse has written the info below–good enough
to share–and it really works!”I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best
way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in
those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with
tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of
dark hair, etc.”
“Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick
with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few
seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be
stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
This technique has worked every time I’ve used it
(and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic
for the patient and easier for me..”
Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off
and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware
also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer
Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and
your family good if you see any of these!
“Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this
would be damaging in any way.
Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.
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Posted: March 3, 2013 Filed under: Gardening, Health, Pets | Tags: Diatomaceous earth, Genetically modified organism, Insect, Morgellon, NaturalNews, Pest control, Pet, Twitter
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Detox with diatomaceous earth to remove allergies, mercury, chemicals, GMOs, parasites
by JB Bardot
(NaturalNews) Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic.
Diatomaceous earth has many uses including detoxification of the body — inside and out; protecting pets and livestock from parasites and insect infestation; and keep your yard and garden pest-free.
Add diatomaceous earth to your diet to detox parasites that can contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching, asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon’s disease, and a host of other allergic-type reactions.
DE detoxes mercury, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals; removes poisons from chemtrails, radiation and may alleviate the effects of GMOs. DE possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties.
In addition to detoxing and destroying pathogens, diatomaceous earth helps to lower blood pressure and contributes to the production of collagen to improve skin tone, strengthening the tendons and joints.
To consume DE orally, start with half a teaspoon and work up to two heaping tablespoons. Mix thoroughly in four ounces of water. Drink immediately and follow with another eight ounces of water. Take on an empty stomach. Continue drinking water throughout the day, because DE can cause constipation.
Initially, you may experience a Herxhemier reaction, which can cause abdominal discomfort and flu-like symptoms. This is a normal response to detoxing, as parasites and pathogens die, releasing their toxins into your system for elimination. The symptoms disappear after a few days.
Protect grains and dry goods
Add diatomaceous earth to bulk grains and legumes to keep opportunistic pests out of your pantry. Use in bags of dried dog, cat and foods for livestock.
Yard and garden
· Sprinkle DE along outside edges on window sills and doors to prevent spiders and ants from entering the house
· Pour into a lawn spreader and apply diatomaceous earth to yard to kill fleas, tics, chiggers and other biting insects that attach themselves to pets. Sprinkle on bushes with a strainer.
· Apply diatomaceous earth on garden soil and plants to protect them from vegetable-loving insects. Make a ring around the stem on the soil to prevent crawly insects from munching stems.
· Pour over fire ant hills to destroy the colony
· Apply to compost and manure piles to reduce odor and control flies
· Apply around garbage pails to keep flies away
· Avoid applying to flowers where beneficial insects like bees, ladybugs and butterflies visit
Pets and Livestock
· Carefully apply to your pet’s coat to kill fleas. DE also prevents new fleas from taking hold and destroys ticks. Avoid making lots of dust when treating your animals. Wear a mask and drape a lightweight towel over the animal’s face during the application.
Diatomaceous earth is safe for use on pets as long as precautions are taken to protect them from inhaling the dust. Add small amounts of DE to pet’s food to kill internal worms and other parasites.
· Sprinkle DE on the soil around your dog’s kennel
· Add to kitty litter to reduce odor and kill fleas
· Sprinkle the chicken coop, barn, stall, and nesting boxes with DE to keep your livestock pest free
· Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on furniture, rugs and in cracks around the edge of baseboards to kill insects. Leave for several hours or longer, then vacuum.
· Use a plastic squeeze bottle with a pointed tip to blow DE into hard-to-reach places like electrical outlets — after removing the cover
· Always use food grade DE
· Avoid inhaling
· DE is drying to the eyes and skin; use precautions when applying
· Diatomaceous earth kills beneficial insects; use caution in the garden
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Posted: March 2, 2013 Filed under: Health, Pets | Tags: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Central Nervous System, Curcumin, India, Inflammation, Inflammatory bowel disease, Turmeric
Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae, Turmeric, Indian Saffron, inflorescence; Botanical Garden KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany. The scalded and dried rootstocks are used in homeopathy as remedy: Curcuma longa (Curc-l.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Turmeric and Curcumin –
Good for Your Dog’s Health
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Adding Turmeric (Curcuma longa) to your dog’s daily diet can provide your dog with a vast array of health benefits.
Turmeric, a spice is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa (also known as Indian Saffron), a perennial plant of the ginger family. The exact genesis of the plant is not known as the plant’s original origins are lost in the history of ancient trade; however it is likely that the plant originated in South East Asia or South Asia.
The Curcuma longa’s root system includes oblong tubers – similar to those of the ginger plant. The tubers are boiled or steamed, dried, and then ground. The resulting powder has a pungent slightly bitter flavour.
Although dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans – a dog’s noise has a minimum of 300 million olfactory sensors to our paltry 3 million, the dog’s sense of taste is less than ours (a dog averages 1700 taste buds whereas a human has 9000 taste buds). This means that the slightly bitter taste of turmeric is not off-putting for the majority of dogs.
The scent of turmeric is reminiscent of oranges and ginger. Once it is dried and ground into a powder the scent is slightly bitter and medicinal.
Turmeric is a deep, warm yellow-orange color. The rich colour of turmeric comes from a naturally occurring pigment in the Curcuma longa tuber – the pigment is called Curcumin. Curry gets its colour from curcumin and some of its flavour from turmeric. Turmeric is a mainstay of India dishes and is also used as a substitute for saffron.
This revered spice has been used as a dye, flavouring and medicine since 600 BC. Turmeric is a very important spice in India – its use dates back 4000 years to the Vedic culture. India is the main source of the world’s supply of Turmeric, China and Indonesia also grow and produce the spice.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Curcumin is thought to be the principal pharmacological agent in turmeric. As an ancient medication turmeric was used in traditional Asian medicine as a blood purifier, liver ailment mediator, for the healing of skin diseases and sores and wounds and as a stomach tonic. In Thailand turmeric was used as an astringent, anti-diarrheal agent, appetite stimulant, as a carminative, to treat dizziness, gonorrhoea, peptic ulcers and as a topical treatment to stop bleeding, treat insect bites, treat teeth and gums, eradicate ringworms and heal wounds.
Today, turmeric is one of the most extensively researched herb-spices for pharmacological use. It is favored for its potentially beneficial use in treating and/or reducing symptoms linked to an extensive range of health conditions due to its excellent qualities as an:
- Analgesic (pain fighting);
- Anti-tumour agent (anti-carcinogen);
Turmeric has been shown to be effective in preventing and/or treating:
- Aids in fat metabolism and weight management;
- Allergic respiratory disorders – Ashthma;
- Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties relieves aches and pains associated with arthritis (see additional information under curcumin below);
- Beneficial for trauma from accidents as it helps lower serum levels which would otherwise cause massive inflammation leading to the shutdown of the heart and other organs;
- Artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries – heart disease) by lowering bad LDL cholesterol;
- Bacterial infections – the volatile oil is an external broad spectrum antibiotic which acts to prevent bacterial infection in wounds;
- Blood purifier – beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders;
- Cancer inhibitor;
- Cardiovascular conditions;
- Chemotherapy – reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy;
- Detoxifier – turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier;
- Disinfectant for wounds and burns (antiseptic and antibacterial);
- Digestive disorders;
- Turmeric induces the flow of bile which acts to breakdown fat;
- Protects against injuries caused by some medications;
- Helps prevent gas/bloating;
- Inflammation (turmeric’s anti-inflammatory quality has been compared to topical hydrocortisone);
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD;
- Memory disorders;
- Neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
- Peptic ulcers;
- Skin disorders;
- Strengthens ligaments.
Other Health Benefits of Turmeric
- High in fiber;
- Rich in vitamins (high in vitamin B6 and potassium) and minerals (high in iron and manganese);
- Excellent for metabolism health and a natural weight-loss aid.
- Turmeric is even more powerful as a cancer inhibitor when teamed up with cauliflower…of particular importance to prevent prostate cancer.
- This dog-food recipe includes both turmeric and cauliflower.
Health Benefits of Curcumin
- Anti-oxidant (anti-aging);
- Anti-Angiogenic (tumour preventing);
- Anti-Apoptotic (preventing cell death i.e. from radiation);
- Anti-Metastatic (inhibits the over-growth of cells);
- Cardiovascular Protection;
- Lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol;
- Imuno-modulatory (immune system enhancing);
- Neuro-Protective (protects the Central Nervous System – CNS).
Anti-Inflammatory - curcumin has been shown in numerous studies, to be comparable to the potent conventional medicines hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone as well as over-the counter anti-inflammatory agents. But unlike these conventional mendicants curcumin does not have toxic side-effects.
Cancer Inhibitor - due to its powerful antioxidant properties. Curcumin is effective in protecting colon cells from free radicals that can cause damage to healthy cell DNA – of particular importance as cell growth in the colon is particularly rapid. Curcumin also helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells thereby stopping the spread of cancer throughout the body. Curcumin enhances liver function – the liver is a primary toxin filter for the body, so enhancing its function supports health in many ways. Curcumin is also considered to inhibit the growth of the protein that is thought to be instrumental in triggering tumour formation. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit transcription factors (the ‘master switch’ that regulates genes required for tumor formulation).
Lower Bad Cholesterol and support Heart Health – Curcumin is a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in live cells. This active agent of turmeric directs cells to increase the production of messenger proteins that in turn direct the creation of receptors for LDL (Bad) cholesterol. An increase of LDL-receptors enables the liver to clear more LDL from the body.
Preventing Toxic Loading and Liver Damage
– The liver plays a huge role in detoxifying the body. As dogs are exposed to ever increasing amounts of toxins in their diet (i.e. as found in many commercially produced dog foods and treats
, dental care products – dental chews
) and their environment (i.e. household cleaners
, road salt, grass
etc.) the incidence of liver damage and liver failure is exponentially increasing. Turmeric boosts the ability of the liver to de-toxify.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - clinical studies have proven that curcumin provides highly powerful antioxidant effects as its ability to neutralize free radicals is substantial. Free radicals cause the painful inflammation and eventual damage to joints.
Defence Against Neurological Diseases of Old-Age – as curcumin is able to turn on gene codes for the production of antioxidant proteins it provides enhanced protection against some neurological diseases brought on by old age.
Weight and Metabolism Management
–If your dog is overweight
you might want to try adding either turmeric or curcumin to his/her daily diet…new research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that curcumin helps to speed up metabolism.
The Dog Food Industry and Turmeric
Many commercial dog food manufacturers are now putting turmeric in their dog kibble. But please don’t be fooled by advertising – the inclusion of turmeric in commercially prepared dog kibble is not an indication that the kibble is a nutritionally balanced quality product.
The quantity and quality of the turmeric included in the food may be insufficient to have any positive effect on your dog’s health and worse – the turmeric may be of poor quality (i.e. grown with pesticides).
Turmeric is becoming a ‘hot word’ in the pet food manufacturing sector, just as ‘omega
’ and ‘probiotic
’. As the pet food industry – at least in North America) is unregulated pertaining to their use of terms vs. factual substantiation of actual quality/ratio of ingredient.
Manufactures rely on the ignorance of the consumer – profit before ethics. I have yet to see a commercially prepared dog kibble that includes the appropriate ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Adding ‘probiotics’ to commercially prepared dog kibble is a ridiculous conceit as the heat required during processing of the kibble kills the probiotic microorganisms, thus rendering them useless.
So just as with omega fatty acids and probiotics – your best bet is to add turmeric directly to your dog’s diet – do not expect the trace amounts included in some dog foods to benefit your dog’s health.
Adding Turmeric (or Curcumin) to Your Dog’s Daily Diet is Simple…
- Sprinkle it on top of your dog’s dry or wet food, and/or;
- If you home-cook your dog’s food you can add turmeric to your dog-food recipe;
- You can also try this dog food recipe that I use which contains turmeric.
- My dogs get turmeric on a daily basis in their homemade dog food and also sprinkled on top of their daily ration of fresh food along with other herbs and spices.
- You can also add turmeric to homemade dog treats.
What Type of Turmeric (or Curcumin) is Best…
You can use powder (most commonly available), crushed or fresh root. I use the powder form (ground turmeric). The quality of turmeric varies vastly. Turmeric sold is in the typical grocery store and bulk food store is mass produced, grown with pesticides and herbicides and is, as a result low in beneficial potency. For maximum benefit it is best to purchase turmeric from a reputable supplier of high-quality organic turmeric.
How To Store Turmeric (or Curcumin)
Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator;
Turmeric and/or curcumin powder should be stored in a tightly sealed, container and kept in a cool, dark, dry location.
Turmeric and Curcumin is a Natural Dye
When feeding your dog turmeric powder on top of food, just make sure you don’t place your dog’s food bowl on a surface such as a cherished carpet as the deep yellow-gold colour of the spice can stain the surface it falls on.
Additional Information on Herbs and Spices for Dogs
- A list of Herbs and Spices that Are Good for Dogs;
- Benefits and Uses of many Herbs and Spices for Dogs;
- List of Herbs and Spices that Are Not Good for Dogs;
- When Should Herbs & Spices Not be Introduced to Your Dog’s Diet;
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s Weight
The table below provides a general guideline for herbs/spices based on your dog’s weight. The information provided in the table is an extract from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dogs Care.
(on dog’s food once/day)
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose
Posted: February 3, 2013 Filed under: Pets
Apis Gubben posed for this pic
Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs
Pet care is another area where vinegar can be a useful, non-toxic, all-natural tool. According to Garrett:
Vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs including alleviating allergies and arthritis, and helping to provide the correct pH balance. You can give apple cider vinegar to any animal by simply adding it to the water.
If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, an application of apple cider vinegar can help. For poor appetite, use it in the food at 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or the beginning hot spots, put apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in as soon as 24 hours and shaving the dog won’t be necessary – which is good because I never recommend that. If the skin is already broken, dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and spray on.
Taken internally, apple cider vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. I take a large spoonful straight or in my “witches brew” in the morning that I drink at least once a day.
Another tip is if you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use apple cider vinegar in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.
After grooming sessions, use a few drops in dogs’ ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc. are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out.
Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo – one that you would use on your own hair – rinse thoroughly with vinegar, and then sponge on apple cider vinegar diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the apple cider vinegar rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home and when you get back. For raw spots caused by excessive licking, use a few drops in water, and sponge the affected areas with apple cider vinegar.
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Posted: September 7, 2012 Filed under: Pets | Tags: Animal Cognition, Comfort, Discovery Channel, Dog, Getty Images, Human, PLoS ONE, Princeton University Department of Psychology
WHY DOGS REALLY DO FEEL YOUR PAIN
Comforting distressed humans may be hardwired in dogs’ brains
- By Jennifer Viegas
Fri Aug 31, 2012 07:00 AM ET
Dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal, including humans themselves, several new studies suggest.
The latest research, published in the journal Animal Cognition, found that pet dogs may truly be man (or woman’s) best friend if a person is in distress. That distressed individual does not even have to be someone the dog knows.
“I think there is good reason to suspect dogs would be more sensitive to human emotion than other species,” co-author Deborah Custance told Discovery News. “We have domesticated dogs over a long period of time. We have selectively bred them to act as our companions.”
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“Thus,” she added,” those dogs that responded sensitively to our emotional cues may have been the individuals that we would be more likely to keep as pets and breed from.”
Custance and colleague Jennifer Mayer, both from the Department of Psychology at the University of London Goldsmiths College, exposed 18 pet dogs — representing different ages and breeds — to four separate 20-second human encounters. The human participants included the dogs’ owners as well as strangers.
During one experimental condition, the people hummed in a weird way. For that one, the scientists were trying to see if unusual behavior itself could trigger canine concern. The people also talked and pretended to cry.
The majority of the dogs comforted the person, owner or not, when that individual was pretending to cry. The dogs acted submissive as they nuzzled and licked the person, the canine version of “there there.” Custance and Mayer say this behavior is consistent with empathic concern and the offering of comfort.
As for what could be going on in the dog’s head, yet another recent study, published in PLoS ONE, showed how the brains of dogs react as the canines view humans. In this case, the researchers trained dogs to respond to hand signals that meant the pups would receive a hot dog treat. Another signal meant no such treat was coming.
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The caudate region of the dogs’ brains, an area associated with rewards in humans, showed activation when the canines knew a tasty food treat was coming.
“These results indicate that dogs pay very close attention to human signals,” lead researcher Gregory Berns, director of the Emory Center for Neuropolicy, explained. “And these signals may have a direct line to the dog’s reward system.”
In that study, the reward was food, but Custance and Mayer think canines over the thousands of years of domestication have been rewarded so much for approaching distressed human companions that this may somehow be hardwired into today’s dogs.
The phenomenon in some cases could even have a subconscious element. Consider what happens when a person yawns and a dog is in the room.
“Dogs show contagious yawning to human yawns,” Matthew Campbell, an assistant professor in Georgia State University’s Department of Psychology, told Discovery News.
He said that “we have selected dogs to be in tune with us emotionally.”
Custance and Mayer next hope to determine how empathetic wolves may be.
“It would be interesting to see how wolves who have been raised in human households would respond if they took part in our experiment,” Custance said. “Would they behave like domestic dogs or show less response to a crying human? It would be fascinating to find out.”
Posted: September 4, 2012 Filed under: Pets | Tags: Pet health
How Colloidal Silver Saved My Pet
Chow From a Nasty Stomach Infection
When it comes to helping sick pets, colloidal silver is one of the most wonderful natural remedies in the world. I’ve used it on my pets (three rescue dogs) for nearly 17 years now, and it’s proven itself over and over again to be a Godsend. Here’s my latest “pets and colloidal silver” success story…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for www.TheSilverEdge.com…
My 14 year old Chow, named Red Dog, fell sick about 15 days ago with some kind of terrible stomach infection.
He was heaving and vomiting the first day, and then went completely lethargic the second day. He couldn’t eat or drink or even stand up. He just laid there.
And honestly, I figured he wasn’t going to make it, since he was so old and the infection had just wiped him out. No strength left whatsoever.
Since he wouldn’t eat or drink, there was no point in adding colloidal silver to his water bowl, or to his food.
Colloidal Silver Trick
The only way I could get colloidal silver into him was with a plastic syringe (with no needle). I just kept filling the syringe (10 ml) with 20 ppm homemade micro-particle colloidal silver, and then squirting it into his mouth.
I’d give him three or four syringefuls at a time, since he’s such a big dog. And I repeated this three or four times a day.
At first, he wouldn’t even swallow. In fact, he’d clench his teeth shut in resistance.
I literally had to hold the syringe tip up against his clenched teeth, and try to squirt the silver water into his mouth between his teeth. But after awhile he started willingly swallowing the silver water as I’d squirt it into his mouth.
I did this for three days straight. On the second day he got up and moved around a bit. But he still wouldn’t eat.
On the third day, however, he got up and moved around quite a bit more (albeit with difficulty). And later that night he was doing so much better, he started drinking water again, and he actually ate a full meal with our other dogs.
By the fourth day of treatment, he was doing much, much better – back up running around and following me wherever I’d go.
In the meantime, you can learn more in my older article, Colloidal Silver and Pets.
Update on Red Dog
By the way, Red Dog is doing just great. When I go outside, he follows me around everywhere.
I think he actually liked being babied during the four days he was sick. But more than that, I think he actually appreciates being alive! I can tell by the bounce in his step and the way he wags his tail when he sees me now.
Looking at him now, you’d never know he was so sick. The difference between how he looked ten days ago, and today, is astonishing. Had you seen him at that time, you’d have sworn he was on death’s door prior to the colloidal silver treatment.
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick and www.TheSilverEdge.com
Posted: August 22, 2012 Filed under: Food, Health, Pets | Tags: alkaline body, Alkalinity, Drinking water, Health, PH, Robert O. Young, SHELLEY YOUNG, Sodium Chlorite, Wine tasting descriptors
WALK THE ALKALINE
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALKALINE FOODS FROM A PH PRO
WE’VE ASKED THE TEAM from pH Miracle to keep talking to us about the powerful effect internal pH can have on our overall health. Doctor Robert Young and his wife Shelley are the scientific masterminds behind pH Miracle’s effective programs and protocols that have helped so many recover from disease and reclaim vital health. The Youngs were even instrumental in helping our June Guest Editor Kris Carr find her path to wholeness and healing. Get ready for a little chemistry lesson as Shelley helps us unpack the basics of body alkalinity and guides us through the importance of drinking alkaline water!
These days, we’ve got so much more medicine, but so much less health. More children are suffering from needless obesity and the three top killers, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are on the rise! Something’s got to change!
Before things can change with the state of human health on this planet, we all have to realize that just as the earth has an external environment that has to be kept clean and clear for fresh air and pure water, each of us has an internal environment that must also be kept clean and clear. We have internal rivers and streams, veins, arteries and lymphatic vessels running through our bodies that must also be kept running pure, the state of which are vital to optimum health and strength.
The blood, tissues and organs of our bodies are kept in a delicate state of pH balance which is set as alkaline at 7.365
Many of you already know that a fish aquarium must be kept at a proper pH or the fish will die. Think of all of the cells in your body as being suspended in your own body “ocean”. The health of your cells will be determined by the environment they swim in. Those of you who enjoy your own swimming pools and hot tubs must also check the pH of the water to maintain its clean quality where bacteria cannot grow. Just as your internal body temperature is held at 98.6, you are engineered to be alkaline by design at 7.365 and acidic by function.
(Quick review for those of you who haven’t taken chemistry in decades: the pH Scale goes from 1 to 14 – 7 being neutral. Anything below 7 is acid, and anything above 7 is base or alkaline.)
All body functions – respiration, perspiration, urination and defecation – create acids that must be handled and discarded by the body. If the acids are not discarded, toxicity (acidity) will build up in the internal environment. When your body temperature changes (rises above or falls below 98.6), it is actually a sign that something is wrong. If your body pH changes, symptoms can occur.
The blood is strictly held at its alkaline pH by keeping mineral salts balanced in the blood. Acids that build up can be held in the connective tissues and other body tissues such as the skin, muscles and organs. These acids can result in degeneration and dis-ease. What we eat and drink contributes to the system which keeps the body in a state of pH balance. Once you learn more about your body chemistry, you can make the adjustments toward optimum health and vitality.
Hydrate Your Way To Health
The water you drink plays a crucial role in maintaining the body’s internal pH balance. You may have noticed water bottles with their pH listed right on the bottle. This is because pH MATTERS!
There is acidic water and alkaline water. The important thing is to drink water that is close to your own blood pH or even higher. Most water has a pH of around 9. It takes 20 parts alkalinity (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize 1 part acidity (carbonic acid) in the body. You can’t over alkalize, but you can become overly acidic quite easily. Most people who eat the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) with its acidic foods and drinks become sick and tired. Signs that one is over-acidic include:
- pain and inflammation
- retention of water
- skin rashes and eruptions
- fatigue and allergies
- More serious diagnoses could include cancer, diabetes, lupus, and heart disease, just to name a few
Hydration is the single most important thing you can do to start your alkalizing regime. A good rule is to drink one liter of pH water for every 30lbs of body weight.
Water ionizers can be connected to your kitchen sink to make all your drinking water alkaline. They also make acid water which can be used for external cleaning purposes (floors and counters). There are also drops made by health companies which use mineral salts such as Sodium Chlorite that can be added to any drinking water to push the pH up over a 9 while adding nacient oxygen to the water, too.
BACTERIA CAN’T LIVE IN AN OXYGEN-RICH ENVIRONMENT
Dr. Robert O. Young, my husband and co-author of The pH Miracle, has developed these type of drops that are convenient for travel called Purify Drops.
When you are properly hydrated with pH structured water, all body systems usually improve in function – even the blood cells appear more plump and healthy! Circulation can improve! Once you start drinking water that is closer to the pH of your own blood and tissues, pain may diminish, rashes can clear up, unwanted pounds often drop off.
It only makes sense that keeping the pH balance in the body’s internal rivers and streams would improve the chances for good health, just as fish who swim in the proper pH fishbowl can survive and thrive. Think about it. If your pet fish was sick, would you treat the fish, or change it’s water?
Start alkalizing by just changing your water and see how you feel!
To your health,
We would love to give away some pH Miracle Purify Drops to one lucky Chalkboard reader today! Simply leave us your comments below to win. We want to hear your tips, questions or thoughts on body alkalinity! Good luck, readers!
Posted: August 12, 2012 Filed under: Pets | Tags: Animal, Animal Welfare, Equestrian, flies on horses, Fly, Horse, horses, Louie, Recreation, Rescues and Shelters
Glitter – fly repellant
The Pet Whisperer
I just got this really cool idea from a fellow friend and holistic veterinarian, Dr Louie and I would like to share with you all.
Please pay it forward and prevent more CHEMICALS and DRUGS from damaging our friends the animals and our beautiful planet. Namaste. Dr B and Dr. Louie
I spoke to some colleagues who work in the horse world a week or so ago and they recounted a series of reports and on farm experiences using glitter (you know, sparkle dust, craft glitter…..) on horses as an effective fly repellent.
Apparently the flies see the glitter as some sort of predator beast and avoid the animal. The folks with whom I have spoken say not only do the horses have far fewer flies, but the areas in the stables where these animals are in cross ties and stalled overnight have fewer flies.
Apparently a dusting on the topline is sufficient – though, as yet, my personal practical experience with this is limited. I’ll let you know once I get with my stock….. I’d think that putting it in some sort of flour shaker/wide holed salt shaker would suffice.
I do not know if the colour of the glitter makes a difference. The horse people to whom I have spoken said they most often see silver on the horses….. and a friend of mine is experimenting w/ various colours on the horses in her barn…..
There are places that supply glitter in 25 pound boxes, too….. and also half pound and pond containers. Google/bing bulk glitter and you’ll find several choices.
Posted: July 8, 2012 Filed under: Pets | Tags: Animal, Diet (nutrition), Dog, Dog food, Health, Nutrition, Pet, Veterinary medicine
How to keep your dog healthy
by Madeleine Innocent
(NaturalNews) In the last 50 years or so, the health of domestic dogs has declined dramatically. Dogs are getting serious diseases at younger ages and are living shorter lives. Clearly something is profoundly wrong with the current model of canine health care. What has happened in these years to so change the health of dogs?
There have been two major changes in this time; diet and veterinary care.
Diet is at the heart of most dog disease
Dogs are omnivorous scavengers at the carnivore end of the spectrum. They evolved to eat whatever was available in times of plenty or in scarcer times. They can cope with a wide variety of food. In the good times, dogs hunt in packs. They bring down large animals and eat most of the carcass.
In leaner times, dogs can live on a diet which is exclusively vegetarian, although maybe not happily. They can survive on earth worms. They are able to process rotting meat and decaying carcasses. They are highly successful opportunists. Their digestive system can cope with these foods, unlike a true carnivore such as a cat.
In the not too distant past, dogs were fed table scraps (from food that was much healthier than today’s typical diet). This suited dogs quite well. There was meat and vegetables of generally good quality.
As the commercial pet food industry developed, tactics were used to shame people into thinking they were doing the wrong thing. But the quality of the commercial dog food was not human grade. It was the dregs from the lucrative human market. And it has continued to deteriorate over the intervening years, with food coming from the cheapest sources, which have little nutritional content.
People are becoming increasingly aware that food is at the heart of health. If you eat poor quality food, deficient in nutrition, it is impossible to remain healthy. Every condition, every disease under the sun can rear its ugly head when there is not enough quality nutrition in the diet. This is true for humans and dogs alike.
All that is needed, in the majority of cases, is a change of diet to include the nutrients necessary for your dog to live in a healthy way.
At the heart of commercial dog food is a desire to make a profit. Commercial dog food manufacturers are mostly corporations. Advertising and psychological persuasion are of far greater importance than the quality of the food. The quality of the packet your dog food comes in is normally more researched and of better quality than is the contents.
Although dogs are opportunistic omnivores, they still need to eat quality food. Rotting meat is still natural, with all the essential nutrients, whereas processed dog food is of questionable origins and denatured by extreme pressures and temperatures. A decaying carcass still contains all the necessary nutrients for a dog to survive well. It isn’t loaded with various chemicals in an attempt to address the shortfall or to prolong the shelf life.
The veterinary approach to dogs diseases
Veterinary colleges do not provide training in nutrition. They leave this incredibly important topic to the commercial pet food industry that financially support them. This suits the industry very well, as they can get the students ‘on side.’ This is evident today. Walk into any veterinary clinic and there is a floor to ceiling display of commercial pet food.
Neither are vets taught to look for the cause of an illness. Instead, just as with medical students, vets are taught to match drug X to condition Y.
They are also taught how to maximize profit, rather than how to best treat the animal. Matthew Watkinson, a vet in the UK, left the profession altogether after eight years of practice, as he was so disgusted with this approach.
Veterinary associations don’t support freedom of choice. Andrew Jones, a Canadian vet, has been removed from his professional association for the single and simple reason that he provides information for safer alternatives to veterinary medication.
In stark contrast, homeopaths are taught to search diligently for the cause of every health problem. You will find that every true holistic vet (and there are plenty masquerading under that name to lure you in) or therapist will start the treatment off by changing the diet. They know how important that is for a healthy dog.
Often, in partnership with a quality, natural diet, a treatment specific to the dog’s particular symptoms and causative factor, will be prescribed. This double approach can cure your dog of even the most advanced and serious disease.
But this approach keeps your dog healthy. It’s not good for business.
The Resulting Effect For Your Dog
The combination of low nutrition and a high chemical load from your dog’s diet and medication, has the effect of causing liver (in particular, but other organs are not unaffected) toxicity and a low immunity. The effect of a compromised liver can lead to anger and aggression, as well as digestive problems and cancer.
The effect of a compromised immune system means your dog is far more likely to contract other health related problems and is easy prey to passing epidemics.
Simply changing the diet can start to unload the toxins in your dog and improve his/her immune system. The best food for your dog is to make it yourself from quality, human grade ingredients. You can find more information on this subject here. http://naturallyhealthydogs.com/indexnn.html
About the author:
Madeleine Innocent has been a full time professional homeopath since 2000. She treats both people and animals with homeopathy and diet-for-health, both at her clinic and on-line.
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