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Dogs

Normal Body Temp: 101*
Respiration:
Breeding age: Larger Breeds, 1 year old, smaller breeds 18 months old
Days of Gestation: 63
Days to weaning: 6 - 8 weeks
How many in a Litter? It depends on the size of the breed.
While larger breeds like Dobermans and German Shepherds can have 6-8 puppies in a litter,
 the smaller toy breeds normally have 1-4 puppies in a litter.

Heat Cycles  

Heat cycles normally occur once every 6 months, starting at a year of age. The bitch normally normally swells in the vulva area, and has some show of blood. You should check this daily, by wiping the area with some toilet paper, or a paper two. This is to check to see if the bitch is still bleeding. The female is normally not fertile, and will not stand, until the end of this bleeding. The bitch will then stand for the male dog, put her but in his face, and move her tail to one side of the other, to allow for easy access of the male dog. The bitch will usually also pee a lot, to attract the male dog. Once the dog and bitch have united, or TIED, they must NOT be separated, until they do it on their own. This usually takes about 15 - 25 minutes. If you Force them to separate before the time is right, you can pull the bitches entire uterus out of her. The anatomy of the male dog is such, that they are LITERALLY STUCK TOGETHER

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Good reading is "What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines" by Catherine O'Driscoll.  It is available from Our Pets Inc at www.ourpets.com


Dog Foods, the Good, Bad and the Ugly

Thought this may interest some of you who have dogs.  This is Whole Dog Journal's list of recommended and non-recommended dry kibble to feed dogs and some of the reasons why and why not to do so.  BARF is best, but second best would be the recommended foods below.

Top Ten Dog Foods from the 2/00 issue of Whole Dog Journal. They are not in any particular order.

Recommended food
Best in Show "Solutions"
Canidae,  California Natural "Chicken & Rice"         Flint River "Dry Water",
Innovative Veterinary Diets "Duck & Potato"           Petguard Lifespan,
Wellness Super5mix "Hormone-Free Lamb"             Innova
Natural Balance                                                      Pinnacle

Their partial list of " NOT RECOMMENDED" Foods:
 
Abady Stress & Maintenance Formula Abady Stress & Maintenance Formula - Poultry by product meal, meat meal, lard
APD Lamb Meal & Rice too many food fractions, lamb digest
Bil-Jac  Chicken by product in first spot
Cornucopia Super Life Corn is first ingredient, Poultry meal is 2
Diamond's Premium Adult Poultry by product meal is #1
Dr. Ballard's Growth & Performance Corn gluten meal is #2, animal fat, artificial preservatives
Eagle Pack Natural Formula Animal fat
Eukanuba Adult Chicken by product, chicken digest
Iams Maintenance Adult  Food fragments, animal fat
Natural Life Adult Formula Poultry and meal meal, animal fat
Nature's Recipe Maintenance Lamb & Rice  food fragments, animal fat, lamb digest
Nutro Max Naturally Preserved food fragments, poultry fat
Perfect Health Diet G&M Formula  Poultry meal and fat
Precise Foundation Formula Poultry fat, food fragments
Purina ONE Poultry by product meal, animal digest,fragments
Science Diet Maintenance Animal fat, artificial preservatives, poultry,
by product meal, fragments
Sensible Choice Adult Dog Fragments, poultry fat
Pedigree Prime fragments, chicken by product, animal fat, artificial preservatives
These are in alphabetical order.  Second they did not include the really obvious ones, like grocery store brands.  Almost anything with BHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin is so bad it doesn't' t even make their not recommended list. Below are the reasons these foods are not acceptable.
 
 
 
 

 Some more about what causes them to reject a food: meat by products - including any kind of meats - this includes hoofs, beaks, hair, feathers etc.  Digest is worse, a slurry of these things.

1- Fats or meats names generically - "poultry" instead of "chicken", "meat" instead of "beef".  (Note that "meat" may very well include dog)
2- Food fragments - things like brewers rice, corn gluten, wheat middlings. This is the least bad of these things, especially if it is not in the first 6 or so ingredients.
3- Artificial preservatives
4- Artificial colors
5- Sweeteners - corn syrup, sucrose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin - these are only in food that is so awful animals won't otherwise eat it.
6- Propylene glycol - toxic in large amounts, added to "chewy" foods sometimes to keep them moist.
7- Good dog/cat foods should have:
8- Whole fresh meats or single source meat meal (chicken, not poultry, for example)
Whole meat source as one of the first two ingredients
Whole unprocessed grains, vegetables and other foods.

Read the book "Food Pets Die For" by Ann Martin.  There you will learn the truth.  Not only do they use "garbage meats" in some foods they use euthanized dogs & cats, rotten grocery store meats, rotten maggot infested roadkill, and diseased livestock usually fed antibiotics.

Tapeworm remedy

A friend of mine uses this worming recipe for tapeworms: "(makes about 15 small balls)

Choose 2 or 3 of the following, making Garlic one of the choices: freshly
chopped Garlic; ground cayenne pepper; fresh, dried or powdered leaves of eucalyptus, rosemary, rue, or wormwood; (fresh and dried herbs should be first pounded in a mortar with pestle or in a wooden bowl with the back of a spoon); ground pumpkin seeds. (I used garlic, wormwood, and pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup oat or wheat bran
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp slippery elm powder (binds 'tablets' together)
4-5 tbsp fresh, finely chopped herbs of fairly equal proportions or 3 tbsp
dried or powdered herbs - old kitchen spices are no good.

Stir water into bran and let sit 10 minutes. Add herbs and 3-4 more tbsp.
of water if using dried rather than fresh ones. Mix in slippery elm bark
and stir till mixture thickens. If too watery, add more bark. Shape into
balls and give directly, placing remainder in a covered dish in the fridge
where they will remain potent for about 24 hours.

Dosage: Small pets should be given 1 tablet and large pets up to 5 on the
morning of the 2nd and 3rd day. First day is a fasting day - 24 hours for
adult pets and 12 hours for young weaned ones - on spring or distilled
water to which a little honey may be added for young pets. At the end of
the first day of the fast, give a little (1/4 to 2 level tsp.) Castor oil
as a laxative to prompt a bowel movement some hours later. On the 2nd & 3rd day - within 30-40 of giving the 'tablets' re-dose with castor oil followed within 1 hour by a very small meal of liquidy foods - oatmeal with soy or buttermilk is ideal. Pets may refuse or vomit this meal which should be prepared anew and offered again an hour or so later. A similar, small meal should be offered at lunch and dinner, and if pet has not had a significant bowel movement, that evening give half the dose of
laxative oil as previously administered.
        The following morning (day 3), repeat the procedure of the tablets
in the a.m., then laxative, followed by 3 small meals throughout the day; and if necessary, another 1/2 dose of laxatives that night.
        This procedure (1 day fast w/laxative oil, 2 days partial fast
w/'tablets' and laxative oil) should be ample to end a worm infestation.
        At the end of the treatment, gently break the fast over the
following week w/larger portions of natural foods including extra amounts
of daily supplements, but excluding mucus-forming dairy products and meat (steamed fish is ok). During the next 2 weeks, meals should also include extra amounts of chopped garlic (1-3 cloves daily), chopped onions and grated carrots.
        This has even been said to work on hookworms as well but since
hooks and whips are potentially fatal if not dealt with quickly - it is
advised to get a proper diagnosis from a vet and have him/her treat the pet
as fast as possible."

Charcoal is also good (fine sifted wood ash) or charcoal tablets.  Charcoal absorbs impurities from the internal organs, but should not be used for more than 1 month.

Juliette's book says that tape worms are very frequent in dogs that are fed cooked foods and not on a raw diet.

Dermo Mange Caused by Mites

Yes I have had several people use the lavender essential oil that had tried every other treatment with no success but within 2 weeks using the lavender oil all the dogs were healing nicely. It does work just takes a couple of weeks you have to remember it took a while for it to get that bad it will take a while for
it to heal, the key here is patience, I have had people before that were going to put the dogs down they even tried bleach and kerosene on the mange burnt there skin and made it worse. After only 2 weeks of lavender essential oil mixed with olive oil the dog was healing and now has a beautiful coat. She also had a hard time putting this on the dog as the dog no longer trusted her from the kero and bleach but she stuck with it and was glad she did.

I know that many here would not even know the devastation that advanced demo causes. The skin gets so thick and tough that I wonder if anything external can even get to the mites once it has reached this stage of the disease. >
Essential oils can penetrate where other things can and lavender is antibacterial, and anti fungal and more also very soothing and healing. And if just a few people take my advice and it saves these dogs from being put down its worth everything! Anne, Deb


Livestock Guardian Dogs

I would start with one dog at a time or get dogs that are not related as they will bond to each other instead of the livestock.

We use a Maremma and an Anatolian Shepherd  to protect our sheep, goats, and free range
broilers.  Guard dog don't need much as far as shelter, they should have at least an insulated dog house big enough for them to fit in, although our dog spends most of its time sleeping outside in the rain and snow and goes inside the barn went it is warm.  Most guard dog will be fairly inactive
during the day time but you will see them guard /patrol all night. \

Temperament vary somewhat within the different breeds of guard dogs.  If you get your dog from a reputable breeder where the parents are used to guard some type of livestock your dog should have the natural instinct to protect animals or people that he is raised with.  What you have to pay
special attention to in regards to temperament or breed characteristics is some breed will be more aggressive towards strangers and threats (predators/roaming dogs) than others.  For example Akbash are known to be very aggressive to strangers or towards any predators ( killing coyote, fox, dogs, etc..) that comes in their territory.  While the Great Pyrenees will still do a good job with wild predators but will not be as aggressive towards stray dogs or strangers.  This information comes from a study done by the US and Canadian dept. of agr., out of all the LG. they had on trial only the Great Pyrenees did not bite strangers coming to visit the farm where the trial was.
    Training a guard dog is not like training a companion dog.  For the first, 4 to 8 months you have to be present from a distance.  Meaning,  your dog should be with the livestock when you are doing chores around the yard as you want to be  able to monitor his activities as they will try to play with the chickens, sheep's, etc... and should be corrected immediately if they do so.  If you are unable to be there when the dog is loose he should be pen in a safe area close to the livestock he is to protect.  Also you do not want to have to much contact with your dog otherwise he will bound to you and just become another pet.
    For anymore information on guard dog breeds and breeders, I would advise you go to this site and find more information about a breed that suite your situation. WWW.lgd.org

Other GREAT Dog Sights and Links

This is a great site -- discusses canine development!!  Great resource!  http://www.geocities.com/~weimclub/flaky.html

Great info at Whole Dog Journal: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/
 
 
 
 
 


     

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