Saturday

What You Don't Know About Pet Cremation

What to do with your dog's remains is one decision we never want to make. But one we must. In many cities, including mine, burying in the yard is not allowed. That leaves either a very expensive burial plot in a pet cemetery or a cremation. Here are some things you need to know about pet cremation before choosing a crematorium..
Pet cremation is largely an unregulated industry.
Fraud is abundant in the industry. At one local clinic, the man who picks up the bodies for cremation has no license and pays someone to cremate the bodies for him. He is given a bucket full of ashes that he puts in boxes, tags them and returns them to the clinic. He has no idea what dogs are really in the boxes he returns. How do I know this? Because I did some digging. And I visited the crematorium  he used and asked questions of the half stoned teenager who was the only employee on the premises  watching over the cremations in progress. And I later found out that it is not illegal because the industry is unregulated. I then contacted a pet cemetery burial service that also offers cremation, asked a lot of questions, and learned a lot.
The terms used by pet crematoriums are not consistent and are not required to be by law.
For example, one crematory business may tell you that your beloved companion will be individually cremated and you will receive the ashes back in a lovely urn. But the term individual cremation does NOT mean your dog is the only one in the chamber! It only means that each dog was put in the chamber individually. That means they may share ( and probably will) the chamber with another dog or dogs. Small dogs are usually crammed in with larger dogs, the larger bodies fall onto the small ones and the ashes are mixed. Think about that..
You are not getting what you think you are paying for.
The crematorium owner I spoke with estimates that the majority of dog owners who paid for an individual cremation did not receive back their pets ashes. That means when you take your beloved dog to his favorite spot and bury his ashes it probably really isn't your dog. And all those little urns in your cabinet of each of your beloved pets probably also contain in part, someone else's beloved pet.
How do you avoid this? It isn't easy. Don't take the word of your veterinary clinic that their guy who does this is on the up and up. Engage a service that does both pet burial and has their own crematorium on the premises and does not farm out to other crematoriums. That is all you can do and  still there is no guarantee. Not until we demand regulations for pet cremation. My dog is family. I want him treated as such.

Wednesday

Xylitol Laced Peanut Butter Could Kill Your Dog


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Peanut Butter has recently become a danger to dogs since some manufacturers have begun using the toxic (to canines ) ingredient Xylitol. This week alone I have already heard of 3 cases caused by this artificial sweetener. It is typically found in gum and toothpaste among other things but because peanut butter is so popular in homemade treats and as a way for owners to give medications to their dogs, the number of dogs adversely affected has skyrocketed lately.
It causes a severe drop in blood sugar, symptoms include weakness, wobbliness, a lack of co-ordination, collapse and seizures resulting in irreversible brain damage. If not treated immediately the dog will die.
What can you do to prevent this?? READ THE LABEL! And remember that MANY store bought pastries and other foods contain Xylitol so it is time to rethink what tidbits you are giving your dog..or it could cost him his life.

Sunday

What They Aren't Telling You About The Current Canine Flu Outbreak


Yesterday I went to the outdoor flea market without a dog companion.
People and their dogs would be coming from all over the country and the canine influenza is spreading fast. Our local news reported the average cost of treatment in my city is five thousand dollars! I nearly fainted. Like with humans, puppies and senior dogs are most at risk. The current dog flu vaccine is not made to protect against the current H3N2 strain of dog flu. And pharma says it will be at least 6 months before a vaccine for the current outbreak can be ready.

But here is what you don't know..

For decades, the American Government has been very proactive in preventing a pandemic flu out break for humans. This dog flu outbreak is an H3N2 strain and the government tested elderberry extract and found it effective on the H3N2 virus. Yes, let me repeat that. Our own government has tested and found elderberry extract effective against H3N2.

I learned about this in 2013 when my city had a serious outbreak of H3N2 and a number of people died. Our company offered free flu shots but I am chemically sensitive and not allowed to receive vaccines. What was I to do? I asked some friends who are also chemically sensitive and they told me they had great luck using elderberry extract. One friend said her husband had been exposed and did not develop the flu.
As luck would have it, 3 close friends developed H3N2 and I was exposed. I drank elderberry tea and took the extract and was never sick. It is often called Natures' Tamiflu .With the current dog flu outbreak I feel strongly that all dog owners need to be aware of this. Consult your holistic vet, but the general dosage is 15ml per 100lbs of body weight 4 times a day.  For a 15 lb dog I use 1 ml to to 1/2 ml. Too much elderberry causes loose stool but I have found this dosage is fine for most dogs. You might want to start at a lower dosage the first few days just so your dogs' system can acclimate. I sometimes also give elderberry tea, 3 teaspoons with a drop of honey. Elderberry is rich in bioflavinoids and actually destroys the  flu on a cellular level. A natural laxative and diuretic, it also helps ease the cough associated with heart issues in older dogs too. If you don't have any on hand, get some today . At about 12 dollars a bottle it is a good investment in your dogs' well being.