Lonely Acres Menu & Supplements
The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems. You may not feel it, but you’re constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding your body. This holds true for Bulldogs (all dogs) as well.
NATURAL & HOLISTIC REMEDIES
Using What Mother Earth Provides
Disclaimer... these are my opinions only and how I treat my personal animals. The following is only for the purpose of study.
We use three different Vet Clinics.
In an emergency situation WE SEE OUR VET ON THE DOUBLE. For non-emergencies...if I am not seeing improvement within the first 2-3 days of holistic approach- I see my VET!
Hot spots are essentially an immune-mediated response of the skin. They appear as red, moist, irritated, sometimes oozy skin lesions that can appear anywhere on your dog.
Hot spots also tend to appear suddenly, with no warning. If they’re untreated, they can also spread very fast. So if you see one on your dog, it’s important to get treating it right away.
Also known as acute moist dermatitis, hot spots can be caused by an allergic reaction, a bug bite, poor grooming or underlying disease.
They can even be caused by boredom or stress. Thick or long haired breeds are most often affected.
Whatever the cause, there are always safe and effective natural treatments. But before choosing a solution, you’ll need to understand the cause of your dog’s hot spots.
Shave fur around spot apply Tea Tree Oil or food grade diatomaceous earth" watered down to a paste
Many holistic veterinarians believe vaccinations create a large percentage of the chronic disease we see in domestic animals, if not most. It is also one of the few things we can really control; whether and how much to vaccinate.
Below are links to web pages worth reading:
If, as a bulldog breeder, I could control every aspect of my pups life after leaving my care, I would hold off with vaccinating until the pup was 12 weeks old. However, I do not have control of where the buyer takes the pup............to the pet store, to a park, to their vet office, and so on. I can not stop them from allowing the neighbors dog to play with the bulldog pup nor can i prevent them from putting them in a puppy class. as soon as they get them home. Therefore our babies are given their first DHLPP shot at 8 weeks.
FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVES
The Washington-based Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a nonprofit investigative news organization, and the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, have both published reports about the safety of prescription and over-the-counter flea and tick treatments and it is awful.
At lonely acres bulldogs we use this recipe:
5 parts neem oil
1 part mint oil
1 part cedar oil
and 1 part eucalyptus
Mix in a spray bottle.
SPAY & NUETER WHEN & WHY
There is a growing body of evidence that indicates spaying or neutering, in particular as it relates to large breed dogs desexed early in life, significantly increases the risk of serious health problems. The motivation is for desexing is pet population control, and owners are considered responsible only if their pet has been sterilized. However, in many European countries, dogs remain intact and animal health experts do not promote spaying or neutering. The UC Davis study was undertaken, according to the researchers because:
"Given the importance of gonadal hormones in growth and development, this cultural contrast invites an analysis of the multiple organ systems that may be adversely affected by neutering."
I advocate an alternative procedure to a full spay or neuter that spares the gonads and ovaries, which produce hormones essential to good health