Mr Slobberchops FAQ’s

With any health issue always check with a vet first.
This FAQ section is not to be substituted for veterinary advice nor to diagnose and cannot be held accountable for treatment given.

As with any health issue always look first to the gut,
70 to 90% of the immune system is born there so it is always a good indicator of health.

Are you feeding a fresh diet, be it raw or cooked?
If not could you start adding fresh foods to the diet?

Is there a need for allergy testing?
Alternatively, does it just need a little tweak maybe or allergy testing perhaps.

Has the diet changed of late or has there been an emotional upset for you or the animal,
emotional stress can cause all manner of things.

Environmental issues can also pose a threat, new carpets, rugs, curtains, couches come sprayed with chemicals that can effect animals more than human’s, try to air things out and buy as natural as you possibly can.

Do you need air freshener plug in and sprays or really strong chemical cleaners, all these things make a difference over time.

So always with any health issues try to work out any changes.

Ears

Checklist:

  • Any change in diet or extra helpings on a walk? …….(mine have tried fish hooks, dead fish, alive fish, dead forest prey, bottle tops, metal pencil sharpeners, the list is endless!
  • Recent illness or emotional upset in the family
  • Vaccines (Within three months) or over vaccination.
  • Worming and flea treatments given
  • New carpet, couch, paint etc
  • Moved house
  • Sudden shock or fright.

Solutions:

  • Ears
    Itchy, smelly, waxy, ears. All or one of these is a sign something is not quite right. Firstly rule out a foreign body or mites, and then use the check list as above. (Diet, environment etc)Make sure the ear isn’t flooded with all sorts of cleaners. A few drops of Colloidal Silver down once a day and then sprinkle green clay around the ear flap. Thornit can work well for mites. The CS can also be given internally for a ten day period in the food. (Instructions on the bottle)
    Sometimes plucking can cause more issues than not.

    If you are putting a lot down the ear to clean you will get a lot out, less is more.

    If the ears are yeasty get help with the diet, just cutting out grains won’t do it for long as the grain free foods have a lot of sugars/carbs to feed any yeast, feeding pre-biotic to yeasty dogs also is not helpful as it feeds the yeast further.

Eyes

Checklist:

  • Always get a vet to check, especially with eyes.
  • Colloidal Silver can be used for dirty, weepy or infected eyes but please if infected do not use in place of veterinary advice, the CS will only serve to help any antibiotics needed and is ok to use as an eye flush in case of foreign body to flush them out until you can get to a vet.
  • Cooled green tea can be soothing on itchy grubby eyes.
Skin

Checklist:

  • Any change in diet or extra helpings on a walk? …….(mine have tried fish hooks, dead fish, alive fish, dead forest prey, bottle tops, metal pencil sharpeners, the list is endless!
  • Recent illness or emotional upset in the family
  • Vaccines (Within three months) or over vaccination.
  • Worming and flea treatments given
  • New carpet, couch, paint etc
  • Moved house
  • Sudden shock or fright

Solutions:
Hot spots, itchy skin, rashes all need to be checked over. Follow the checklist. Issues with the skin are often environmental. Calm rashes by rinsing with chamomile or calendula tea if itchy and needs calming, any open wounds colloidal silver or green clay can be used, the clay is soothing. Address the diet.

The immune system maybe sending a warning it’s unhappy so perhaps allergy/food sensitivity testing if this is ongoing. Nutriscan is the most conclusive.
Stop all vegetables grown from above ground and any other sugary foods, especially if it is a yeast problem.
Hot spots can be helped with green clay and CS.
Give CS in the food and on the skin,
Prebiotics may not always be the best thing for yeasty dogs as they are complex sugars which will just feed the yeast, some probiotics on the other hand can prove beneficial. (I find a clean seaweed based blend the best on skin conditions personally as long as there are no thyroid issues)
Chaga tea is an immune modulator so calm help support the body.
Quercetin is known as nature’s Benadryl and can have a calming effect.
MSM has been known to help some skin issues & allergies & can be fed or made into a rinse.
Cooling foods such as white fish, rabbit, duck, broccoli, celery, green beans, apple and pear.
Spirulina can also be offered.  Think about a detox diet & Holistic vet if this is ongoing to prevent further auto immune problems.

Do you need to use chemical flea and tick treatments? They can cause lifelong problems and sensitivities, alternatives are available in many forms.

Fermented veg can be a great addition to the diet, are easy to make and can be shared with all the family for good gut health.

You may end up trying all sorts of magical creams, lotions and potions but until you treat the cause you will only get short periods of respite. A holistic vet will treat the dog as a whole, they are trained as normal vets first I may add so do also prescribe medication where needed.

Dogestive Issues!

Checklist:

  • Any change in diet or extra helpings on a walk? …….(mine have tried fish hooks, dead fish, alive fish, dead forest prey, bottle tops, metal pencil sharpeners, the list is endless!
  • Recent illness or emotional upset in the family
  • Vaccines (Within three months) or over vaccination.
  • Worming and flea treatments given
  • New carpet, couch, paint etc
  • Moved house
  • Sudden shock or fright

Solutions:

Dogestive issues!
Upset Tums and other digestive issues can be common. If this happens when a new food is given, working on getting the gut in a happy place with a healthy force field of good and bad guys will go a long way to improve overall health.

Always feed fresh if at all possible.

A prebiotic is not always the best thing for some pets until certain issues are taken care of as they can feed yeasty dogs for instance so it’s best to seek guidance where possible from a canine nutritionist.
70 to 90% of the immune system (overall health) is born in the gut so it makes it the most important place to keep happy & prevent auto immune disorders.

For general upset, gurgly tums when something has been eaten that shouldn’t have or the odd bug Slippery Elm will be a soothing comforting friend indeed and also one to share for human, cat, dog or even horse! (Also used for coughs as soothes mucus membranes.)Use sparingly and only when needed due to over harvesting of the trees. Marshmallow root can also be used.
Water, Chaga or chamomile, tea should be freely offered. Liquorice tea can be given in small amounts if you have it, tablespoon will do. Keep an eye on fluid consumption. Keep an eye on the gum colour; know your dog’s normal colour, if they go super pale/white get to the vets. You can add a little honey to the teas if over a year old.
If they want to eat I don’t withhold food but keep it light and small such as scrambled egg, slippery elm or white fish and slippery elm, plain chicken or if you feed raw tripe.

Never starve a puppy.

Rice is almost always mentioned by vets but not only can it ferment in the gut white rice contains quite a lot of sugars and heavy on the carbs which is just not suitable for an already struggling digestive system. A little starch water from cooked rice is as near as rice as I would go at a push, even if you have used it in the past and it’s helped it will have a negative impact on the gut that you cannot see.
If any upset continues more than 24 hours or no water is being kept down seek veterinary advice but with a puppy a check up is always recommended as soon as possible.
Have you recently wormed? Try using www.wormcount.com next time and see if chemical worming is necessary. I find liquid Panicur the kindest although all wormers are purgative, in the case of lungworm it can be given for 7 days to really give a clean out but not as harsh as others.
Acid reflux and other complex issue can be supported with pre and probiotics, slippery elm, herbs etc but alongside a holistic veterinarian’s advice. Foragers Digest herbal blend was created for the purpose of a sensitive tummy, reflux & hunger nausea.

Rehydration drink

Quarter cup plain unsweetened coconut water

1 tablespoon carbonated water

1 or 2 grains of good rock/sea salt

Offer freely to hydrate.

 

A good First Aid workshop is a really great idea, here is the best most comprehensive one I have seen, maybe get some friends together and book one?

http://www.rachelbean.co.uk/first%20aid.html  Rachel goes all over the country if booked.

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