Thursday, April 15, 2010

How I Cured My Dog's Arthritis

How I Cured My Dogs Arthritis
And he went on to lead a normal healthy life catching and eating rabbits

Feeding Instructions For Your New Puppy
The following is the results of much research and experiment for my own benefit when I was crippled with Osteo Arthritis (OA) and told to get a wheel chair because I could no longer support myself on crutches as Arthritis in the shoulders was so severe.  In fact Nuclear Bone scans showed advanced, active and degenerative OA in every major joint and the full length of the spine including the neck.  To put it mildly I was in a mess and used my beautiful old mate Ben (a German Shepherd who also had bad Arthritis and used to cry when he got up to move) as a guinea pig as dogs don’t respond to placebos and they seem to respond quicker than us humans.

The results of the trials were that Ben lived a happy and full life following me and my car round the farm and where I went he also went.  He died one morning in his 14th year after chasing, catching and eating a rabbit the night before.  I on the other hand was able to avoid the wheel chair and today I am free of pain fully active walk upright with no signs of OA 95% of the time and only then after I have broken my golden rules do I experience any pain.

The first piece of the puzzle was provided by Don Burke of Burkes Back Yard program when his Vet Rob Zammit gave us a formula for feeding all pet dogs other than hard working dogs who need more protein.
This was his formula.
1/3rd Cooked or raw vegetables (even mix variety don’t load up on any one especially potatoes),  1/3 Cooked Brown Rice (young pups put through the vitamiser or mulie) and 1/3 dry biscuits soaked and mixed up with a gravy made from a strong tasting offal like liver etc. just to give it a meaty flavour. Most of their health problems is too much 1st class protein.  Unless they are working dogs they simply don’t need it, 5% is the maximum safe amount to avoid health problems like heart, arthritis and cancer.  This has been known and confirmed by world leading scientists as effective for humans also and following this I have avoided a 6 month death sentence and a wheelchair from advanced arthritis as above.

I find it best to prepare the Vegies (raw) but very little onion cabbage or cauliflower and strong tasting vegies like swede etc.
This I mix and blend together with the gravy in a blender with some apple cider vinegar and a small ¼ to ½  teaspoon of honey added when serving. (This raises their calcium levels for 24 hrs. according to Dr. D.C.Jarvis (Folk Medicine Great Pan Book) and increases their potassium helping them absorb many necessary minerals including calcium, boron, copper and magnesium [that are also added] according to Pat Coleby)  Coleby an old time Vet claims this together with some essential mineral supplements and exercise will keep our pets free of cancer and arthritis helping them to live a long and healthy life and it certainly did with Ben, even helping him beat arthritis and has done similarly with me. 

Instead of buying high priced dog biscuits we use Coleby recommended “Box 1”  4x2 dog biscuits (also the choice of greyhound owners) as they are the made of the most natural ingredients of all manufactured biscuits and the dogs love them.  We usually leave some out for them to come back to later also I break them up and mix with the other mixture when serving to add texture to the mix.

A house dog will think it great to get their vegies straight from your plate but this is a bad habit and can lead to difficult eaters but a special treat now and then is fine.  Remember the pecking order the dog is lowest in the household and when they think it otherwise there can be problems.

The only other thing we give them other than the supplement minerals I will talk about later is a good raw bone probably 3-4 times a week (one they can crunch their teeth into and with plenty of gristle fibres to clean their teeth.  Turkey or chicken necks and carcases are great as particularly the Turkey necks have all those angles on the bones but all bones must be raw (Never Cooked as they splinter and never frozen [except necks] as that also causes bones to splinter causing awful problems for the animal. The carcases also have a great deal of gristle that is great for teeth cleaning and joint protection and the raw bones are a great source of calcium particularly when Apple Cider Vinegar is present.  We also give them a scrambled egg about twice a week for their coat and put a small ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in it and mix before serving adding a ½ teaspoon of raw honey (not supermarket honey that’s been heat treated). 
You will find that they usually love a Sardine or two and this is good for a variety.

In the wild when a wild dog kills a grazing animal it firstly chews through the skin and fur (fibre and roughage) good for the bowel and eats the contents of the stomach (vegetation matter).  The first meats they eat are the offal organs and muscle meats are the last choice and lowest value to them.

To feed them too much meat provides the average pet too much protein but hard working dogs need more protein as well as the above because of their exercise requirements.

Mineral supplements can be bought from the health food store and are expensive or bought in bulk from your local farmers produce store for a small fraction of the cost and whilst they are more economical buying that way you have to buy larger quantities so waste a lot on just one or two dogs so to help we will supply several months supply for $20 plus postage.  But here is my recipe if you want to make up your own.

Arthritis Cured:
I cured my Own Arthritis based on information learnt from this experiment

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  1. Garlic and onion is toxic for dogs

    1. to be more accurate you are correct re onions but not garlic and I have been giving it to my dogs for years instead of toxic chemical flea treatments. An Old Australian veterinary surgeon Pat Coleby who did a lot of research with the old time Drovers who used to drive cattle and sheep thousands of miles along out back roads to their new owners before Bdouble trucks became used and they had to keep their animals particularly their working dogs and horses and that's one of the things they used to keep the dogs in tip top shape. In her book "Natural Pet Care" starting page 93 she has an article on the value of Garlic for the dogs.

  2. Garlic and onion is toxic for dogs