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The amazing thing is Dianne too is that for the last 9 months, Barkley has been eating just about everything put in front of him. He has even eaten cauliflower stems and carrots, which for him is nothing less than a miracle. My Red and White is on a permanent see food diet, and whallops everything straight down, but I'd had sooooo many issues with Barkley - just getting him to eat anything. It took a while, but bit by bit it was as though he gained confidence that whatever he was eating wasn't going to make him feel bad. I wish I had known all this when I had Nalle. I fell out with Nalle's vets at the time - a massive fall out, as they blamed me for his condition. However, I bumped into one of the vets at the practice manager out shopping at the beginning of last year and I got a HUGE apology from them out in the town centre, and they said they had wanted to do that for a long time. I am back with them again now, and they have learned so much and taken so much on board. Another thing with the bones Dianne. Tallulah used to have real problems with any non poultry bones. She would bring them all back up again the following morning. However, since she has been on the enzymes, this doesn't happen. She loves Ribs, necks and all the the bones she couldn't previously have.
Fran didnt you write somewhere that you had a problem getting the enzyme from Mercola? I could be wrong of course and be getting confused (menopause and all that). Could you advise and maybe post a link to the enzymes please. thanks julie
I had a problem initially Julie, but have found two good suppliers:
Cheaper but not always as reliable at shipping: http://www.healthmonthly.co.uk/dr_mercola_healthy_pets_digestive_en...
dear Fran i mean,,,, I am so bad with typing at the phone : )
Hi Fran! I just posted a help request with these enzymes, but in a separate discussion since i didnt want to flood this one : )
if you may have a look, may you please kindly give us your advise? the taste of the powder is so bad that I cant make Oberon opening his mouth if I put it on whatever food ; )
After years of owning many breeds of dogs, I have learned something. If you want to take good care of your dog, educate yourself.
Vets have an education, and hopefully; want to treat your dog successfully. Education is not everything...experience is just as important. Most vets will treat the obvious symptoms and hope for a good outcome, some will investigate further, a few will even try to solve the problem for a complete cure. Just because someone goes to vet school, does not make them perfect. All they know is what they are taught and what they have experienced after school.
It is obvious to me that Fran knows what she is talking about, she said a lot in her response. What she said, may not be pertinent in every situation....but the moral of her story is what is important.
Never take the word of a vet if it doesn't seem right or if the dog is not responding. You HAVE to educate yourself, no one knows your dog as well as you do. When there is a problem, find out what may cause it, what could cause it, and what IS causing it! Talk to the vet, explain your observations, tell the vet what you have learned, ask them what they think? Ask for specific test results, why are they using that treatment? Not only could you come up with a proper treatment, A vet will never forget that the dogs owner may have valuable information.
Over the years, I have questioned my vets, educated myself, given the vet material to read, and successfully treated dogs that have otherwise been "categorized" and treated as such. You may make an enemy, you may make a friend. You may save your dogs life!
Hope this helps someone and their pet.
Absolutely Mike. Educate yourself. I have had to educate myself with my own condition too. Big time. My specialist at Manchester Royal Infirmary asks me to keep in touch with things which I am learning too - as he has also found the information to be a learning curve. They really don't know everything. They may (or may not as in my case) know how to identify a disease/condition (because mine was only discovered because my brothers specialist was on the ball to diagnose the condition in him) but they are never taught to locate the underlying cause and treat things from that angle. That's one thing I really have learned and which I hope the story of Tallulah puts across. I have also managed to reverse a growing tumour inside myself much to the amazement of the specialist who was 'treating' me at the local hospital! Knowledge is power. In fact I have just sent an email to a dear friend of mine who is dangerously ill suggesting he researches his condition and becomes his own doctor too.
Hi Fran, It is unfortunate, that sometimes we are put in that situation. Like you said, knowledge is power! Mike
Home made yoghurt yes Dianne ;-) I also make raw milk kefir and give some to the dogs. They weren't too keen at first, so I just brushed it around their lips. Now they drink some from their bowls. Another thing I give them to help with probiotic is unpasteurized cream if you can find a supplier. I am fortunate enough where I live at the moment that there is a local farm selling it. There is a website which sells raw milk www.hookandson.co.uk but they don't always have the cream (which is sooooo delicious and non fattening to humans, because it contains CLA and other interesting things, including good bacteria).
Good luck Dianne x