There can be many reasons your dog is battling yeast. First an foremost, at the Urban dog we like to take a good look at the foods and treats you feed. Yeast problems stem from an imbalance of flora in your dogs system. This imbalance can be corrected with food and supplements to balance things back to normal. Yeast problems on the skin can be caused by excessive moisture that can feed the yeast. Here are some natural effective remedies to help with yeast overload. Courtesy of Jessica Peralta pet nutritionist
One of the biggest challenges a pet owner might have to face is an itchy dog. While there can be many possible causes for why a dog is scratching and chewing, yeast could be playing a role.
Controlling Your Dog’s Yeast Naturally
Yeast lives inside and outside of our pets as part of their natural flora, along with good and bad bacteria (which are pretty much what they sound like). When something disrupts the balance of these good and bad organisms, yeast will often take advantage of the situation and start to take over.
There are many things that could disrupt the natural flora, including feeding too many carbs, antibiotic use and immune system diseases like hypothyroidism. While it’s important to find the underlying cause of the yeast overgrowth, there are some supplements you can introduce to your dog to help fight off yeast and encourage a rebalancing of your pet’s system.
Remember to check with your holistic vet for dosing and to always start slow.
As the benefits of coconut oil for humans have hit the blogosphere and TV health shows, pet nutritionists and conscientious owners have realized our beloved dogs and cats can also benefit.
What’s so good about it?
It contains large amounts of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which in turn are made up of lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. All of these contribute to coconut oil’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
Since yeast is a fungus, coconut oil can help prevent and treat yeast overgrowth, including candida.
It can be incorporated into your dog’s diet as well as applied to the skin.
Derived from grains packed with vitamins and minerals, kefir offers 30 different strains of good bacteria and yeast.
Resembling yogurt in appearance, this probiotic powerhouse actually offers a lot more, including good bacteria Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species and Streptococcus species, and friendly yeasts like Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir.
Though it’s typically safe, incorporate it slowly into your pet’s diet to reduce the chance of adverse reactions.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been known for its many uses, including everything from salad dressings to cleaning agent.
So it should be of no surprise that it has long been touted for its yeast-fighting abilities, in both humans and animals, for the skin, ears and wherever else the fungus has decided to take residence.
It can be applied topically, diluted with water, as an after-bath rinse, used to clean ears and added to food and/or water.
The important thing is to remember to buy it organic, raw and unfiltered.
This powerful immune-booster is actually a tree from the rain forests of South America.
Used in treating everything from allergies and infections to AIDS and Parkinson’s, it’s no wonder the herb is also recommended to help against yeast.
Pau d’arco is available in supplement form, but it’s important to find one of a higher quality.
Popularized for its antibiotic properties, oregano oil is also a strong anti-fungal.
It can be applied topically, put in food or diffused. A little goes a long way, especially when fed.
The oil has a very strong smell that dogs might not like, so make sure to mask only a few drops in food.
Also, since quality and processing matter with oregano oil, make sure to do your research when purchasing.
Fight Yeast with these Quick Recipes
Rita Hogan of Farm Dog Naturals (FarmDogNaturals.com) has a couple of tricks up her sleeve when it comes to killing off yeast.
If you have a dog that’s always in and around water (yeast loves moisture), apple cider vinegar is the answer.
After they get out of the water for the day, fill a squeeze bottle (the kind with a long pointy end like ketchup bottles at a diner) with Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. Stick it in your dog’s fur and squeeze. Massage it around and on the belly too.
This will help restore your dog’s healthy pH levels and discourage yeast.
Then, once a week, or more if needed, massage yeasty areas with a coconut oil mixture.
Let extra virgin coconut oil melt in a small glass bottle – about 8 ounces of it. Add 10 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake to mix.
This coconut oil mix will last all summer. Store it in a dark place.
by Mark DiMatteo -Co-Owner The Urban Dog
The latest scare from some sources is a possible link between grain free dog foods and DCM (Dilated cardiomyopathy). The FDA has issued a statement based on reports of DCM found in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. The possible link is not a conclusion or has any scientific testing been performed to conclude grain free foods are the cause.
So before you jump on the scare wagon from your veterinarian or mis information on the internet take a step back and review your dogs diet.
Start by reading the actual FDA statement Click here then look after your pet in a way you feel is appropriate. And don't forget we are always here to help.
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The Following article will provide facts about CBD oil that you may have heard about. Taking the time to learn about this beneficial herb will help those who may be suffering or concerned about your pets current or future health. CBD is another powerful tool in your arsenal to help your pet live a healthy long life. Credit to Dogs Naturally magazine putting it together for an easy to understand article.
If you have any questions about CBD or need to purchase high quality CBD oil stop in at The Urban Dog we’re here to help!
10 things you didn't know about CBD
/ By Dana Scott
Holistic vets have been sending us some interesting reports about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs in their care …
A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back …
A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis, and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved …
These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaighte. “They normally don’t get better.”
CBD Oil For Dogs: What You Might Not Know
The results seem to be in … researchers are turning their attention to this herb and, so far, they’re finding there’s lots to like. And just as CBD has helped humans, your dog can reap the same health-boosting (and even life-saving) benefits.
Let’s look at the 10 things you might not know about this often-misunderstood herb and the research that shows its promise in helping dogs with a variety of common health issues …
1. CBD Is Not Psychoactive
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis and it’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.
And speaking of relaxation …
2. CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, it’s been found to:
CBD and other substances found in hemp and cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.
It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.
CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.
And a survey of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy found that 84% of the children taking CBD had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
5. CBD Relieves Pain
The cannabinoids in CBD work so well for pain that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease.
CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
7. CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease
CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.
CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation.
CBD is also a powerful antioxidant that’s shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E.
8. CBD Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases
For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It’s been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity.
For senior dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.
9. CBD Increases Appetite And Helps With Nausea
If you have trouble getting your dog to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite and carries this extra benefit, in addition to controlling cancer.
In animal studies, CBD has also been shown to help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.
10. CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Just as veterinarian Dr Bassingthwaighte discovered, CBD has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.
Bonus: CBD Oil For Dogs Is Legal And Safe
With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD appears to be safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your holistic vet before using CBD.
Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets is derived from hemp oil, so it contains no or very small traces of THC. Because of this, all 50 states have approved the use of hemp-based CBD for human and animal products.
The bottom line is, CBD oil could be a healthy (or even life-saving) herb for your dog. More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse and marked health benefits and they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.
Choosing A Good CBD Oil For Your Dog
Not all CBD oils are the same … you’ll want a high quality CBD oil that works, so here are a few things to look for:
So you've heard of the lawsuit against Champion Pet foods, Below is Champion pet foods statement and white paper concerning the issue.
Did you just here some disturbing news that your pet food may have toxins in it? Not to mention in the food you eat?
Before you panic about what your feeding, lets take a look at the bigger picture and what you can do about it.
Dr. Bannink is an Oncology Vet and a friend of The Urban Dog in Michigan and gave us her personal insight on the issue.
" People are asking me left and right about the toxic dog food issue that is just now coming into people's Facebook awareness (this isn't a new issue by the way - you just didn't know about it so you were happy). Because everyone and their brother is freaking out, I'll make a long statement here....which I don't do often on Facebook. It isn't the place. But, it does reach a lot of people....This is my DISCLAIMER AND RULES. These are all my personal opinions (educated opinions, but they are still my own). You are free to have your own opinions. I'm offering this in the hope it will help some people who are very worried think a little objectively and effectively about this issue and how it impacts the life of their whole family and this global human community that we are all a part of and contributing to. I'm not getting into a big debate on Facebook about this, although respectful discussion and compassionate awareness with the heart of educating ourselves and taking positive action to be of service to the world is always welcome. And I do think this is something to think about and then take enlightened PERSONAL ACTION...but on a global scale...not only by changing what round processed convenience you put in your pet's bowl. I also DON'T give veterinary advice on Facebook so I will unfriend you if you ask me to do that or go on a negative or excessive rant on my page...JUST FAIR WARNING ;) Love Rules here. So, before you comment ask yourself "Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it bringing more happiness or enlightened action into this world?" (positive words and compassion are always necessary, btw) Thank you for being part of the solution. I believe these rules should be global for all of Facebook. Now....about the toxic food we are ALL eating.... ******************************************************
firstly. Fresh, human grade ingredients (!!!! not rendered (you can google it) and unfit for human consumption meats), nutritionally balanced, minimally processed (definitely not high heat processed, which is most kibbles), organic, Non-GMO, not-full-of-cheap-fillers and chemical colorings and preservatives (which are used btw so YOU will buy the dog food because the price tag is lower and you can keep it in your pantry for months) is what to look for in my professional opinion and clinical and life experience. This is not different for your dog than it is for you. BASIC COMMON SENSE. If you feel you MUST feed a kibble, I usually tell people to try to find something that is at LEAST less than 30% carbs and slow baked...blessings on that journey because it isn't easy to find. Yes. It will cost more. Yes, this is where we as consumers have to take personal responsibility for our choices and why we are making them. Where we put our money speaks to what we value. So, we all need to get really honest with ourselves before we get angry and point the finger at someone else. We are not victims in this world-wide epidemic of toxic food and toxic environment. We are active participants by these choices we make. All high heat processed kibbles, while convenient and economical, will fail at least one of the the low toxin tests because the high heat processing liberates carcinogens (think of charring a steak on the grill and eating the blackened char....toxic...high heat + meat = toxins). Orijen, by the way does NOT use high heat processing....so they are at least trying to do something right in offering you the convenience of a dry kibble bagged food. **********************************************************
Secondly: when I come across an article like the one that is flying around Facebook about the toxic Orijen Dog food law suit these are the questions I ask myself: How does this compare to other dog foods that are your options? Specifically other slow baked food grade ingredient kibbles? Have they tested those? So, how do I know if I change to another brand of food I won't be giving my dog something worse? How would these levels come back if I took my own food that is on my dinner plate to the lab and tested it for these toxins? Is this really a problem with this specific brand of dog food, or is it a problem with our food supply? Where does Orijen source their food ingredients? Just because I don't know the food I am eating/feeding my dog contains toxins doesn't mean it isn't a problem. So it is vitally important to bring a little critical thinking to these types of issues. I refuse to single out Orijen in this issue because #1: this is a widespread problem with the contamination in our food on this planet and #2: although yes they are a business and make decisions to stay in business and economically viable, I do believe at heart they are trying to offer something better to the consumer who is wanting to feed kibble...high grade ingredients, responsibly and locally sourced, slow baked...for example, lets look at their six fish food, which has one of the highest levels of contamination based on the law suit - yes, I agree the levels are alarming, but what is scarier is that all these toxins are below the legal limit from what I can tell....that is even more alarming, right?! The six fresh fish kibble is 85% fresh whole fish responsibly sustainably caught from the world's rivers, lakes and oceans (they have often put their fish foods on back order when the fish population was being overfished...so put that in your data bank on ethical practices as we read on), 24% carbohydrates and not high heat processed....not easy to find in a kibble....so we need to think about the big picture here.....do I eat fish? (personally not often....but I bet many of you do)...this should make us pause and ask "what am I putting in my own mouth? and where are all these toxins coming from? ultimately....human pollution....this isn't the fault of one dog food company who is, quite frankly, offering you something better than 90% of the other kibble foods out there. So, how do I know what food is better? This brings me to information like the clean label project: http://www.cleanlabelproject.org/brand-report-cards/
Thirdly: the real, intelligent question is "what do we do with this information ???" I think the main thing is to realize this is an all pervasive issue and instead of blaming one person or company we need to try to find a solution to this overarching problem of pollution and toxic contamination of the environment and our food stuffs. And that is going to take an army that is made of one person, and one person, and one person....so if you are passionate about it, try to fix it or take responsibility for how you as an individual are contributing to it. But, sadly it seems easier to people to point the finger to someone else....so, that's my soap box. Take it for what it's worth. I don't like to rant about these things on Facebook. Just do your homework and take positive action. Maybe we can use this disturbing information to wake ourselves up! **********************************************************
lastly: EMPOWER YOURSELF....Things to think about for yourself as well...because you probably eat worse than your dog:
In mice, diets consisting of 5% and 10% of Chlorella significantly increased urinary and fecal excretion of mercury, and decreased mercury levels in the brain and kidneys, without affecting glutathione levels 9https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21297350/);
In mice, cilantro supplementation alongside lead administration resulted in significantly less lead deposits in the bones (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11535365/);
When methionine was added to the diet of rats, it significantly increased fecal excretion of lead 9https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2514724);
Selenium is a crucial nutrient when it comes to chelating heavy metals, increasing the activity of glutathione. Increased levels of selenium are associated with increased levels of glutathione in the blood (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21462082), In rats exposed to mercury, selenium prevented the destruction of neurons and suppression of protein synthesis caused by mercury and helped repair damaged myelin sheath (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/6683195/);
this list goes on.....zinc, vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid (example...eat organic, GASP!, broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, beets, spinach), glutathione, spirulina, Atlantic Dulse, Barley grass powder.....educate and empower yourself and be the solution. **********************************************************
So, go in Love and make a positive difference in the lives of those you care about and for yourself. Change takes effort and commitment. But if we don't change, the world won't. Change starts with YOU and what you do in your own life. If you don't make a real and true effort to take positive action, the world isn't going to fix our problems. We do that, one heart, one mind, one person at a time....that one person you have responsibility to change is YOU....not someone else. Your money talks in this current economic system. If you want to use your money as a tool for good, use it to support your authentic passions. If the health of your pet and your family is one of them...you are what you eat....just saying.....and you are talking to a celiac vegetarian (heavy emphasis organic/non-GMO food) who doesn't eat sugar....so I don't have much authentic sympathy for "it's too hard" or "it's too expensive". If it's important to you, you'll do it. You will find a way. And you will be part of the solution. If it's not, you won't. THE END.
Brand Report Cards - Clean Label Project
Clean Label Project completed the most comprehensive pet food study ever conducted on industrial and environmental contaminants, toxins, and ingredient quality in America’s favorite pet foods.
Feeding a complete raw meat diet to your dog is the best way to provide an easily digestible, balanced diet that mimics the way his ancestors naturally eat in the wild. However, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about feeding a raw food diet to dogs. This can be confusing and discouraging for dog owners looking to do the right thing for their dogs.
As advocates for raw feeding, we hear these myths all the time, so we want to tackle these misconceptions head-on and give you the full story about feeding your dog a raw food diet. Get the facts … here’s the truth behind 7 of the most common myths about a raw meat diet for dogs.
Myth #1: A Raw Meat Diet Isn’t A Balanced Diet
One of the main myths that big pet food spreads when it comes to discouraging dog owners from feeding a raw diet is that it isn’t balanced, and doesn’t provide for all of your dog’s nutritional requirements.
It’s true that just feeding your dog a juicy steak won’t provide all of the nutrients he needs to thrive, but this isn’t what a commercially prepared raw diet or a proper homemade diet is about.
Feeding a raw diet to your dog is about much more than just meat. Dogs fed a raw diet require variety in their meals to provide all of the vitamins and minerals they need for optimum nutrition. You also need to add bones, essential fatty acids and crucial supporting vitamins and minerals to make a balanced diet that will keep your dog fit for life.
Myth #2: Feeding Raw Meat Places Your Dog At Risk Of Salmonella
Various well-publicized health scares over the last couple of decades have made consumers very wary of the threat of salmonella and other bacterial nasties. What’s ironic with these reports is that no one seems to make a big deal when commercial kibbles are recalled due to contamination.
Ideally your dog’s digestive system can handle bacteria in the gut without a problem. Dogs’ bodies are built to prevent harmful bacteria like salmonella from invading the body and upsetting the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Dogs have highly acidic stomachs as well as natural digestive enzymes and bile that help them process Salmonella and other bacteria without becoming ill.
It’s when dogs are fed kibble that things become an issue. Kibble doesn’t contain those live enzymes, so your dog’s digestive system can become overrun.
You can further avoid bacterial contamination if you choose, store and prepare your dog’s meals with good hygiene protocols in mind and get his meat from reputable suppliers.
Myth #3: Feeding A Raw Meat Diet Is Time Consuming And Complicated
If you’re planning to go out with a bow and arrow and hunt down prey before dragging it home and preparing it for your dog from scratch then sure, that’s probably going to take up most of your time.
However, choosing and buying the right ingredients to make up a complete raw meat diet for your dog is no more time consuming than shopping for yourself, and you don’t need a degree in canine nutrition to get things right!
Myth #4: Most Dog Owners Can’t Afford To Feed Raw
If you’re transitioning your dog from a low cost, generic store-bought dog food brand to a raw meat diet, chances are it’s going to cost you more to provide each of your dog’s meals.
However, feeding a raw diet may be less costly than you think. Good quality but cheaper cuts of meat, bones and organs don’t have to cost a lot. Source out a local butcher or farm to save and look for cheaper cuts of meat that will provide just as much nutrition. If you’re concerned about your dog’s nutrition and want to feed a good quality diet, you’re probably already paying a premium for good quality kibble or commercial food.
Myth #5: A Raw Diet Will Make Your Dog Aggressive
This is one of the biggest myths surrounding feeding a raw meat diet to dogs, and perhaps the one that has done the most damage. The thought that feeding your dog a healthy, complete raw diet will turn him into a slathering beast with insatiable bloodlust is common, but based on nothing but fear.
Feeding a raw meat diet won’t make your dog aggressive, but as with any food that your dog really enjoys, some dogs may be defensive or territorial when eating and won’t want to share! Teaching your dog good manners and polite behavior around food is essential, regardless of the type of diet he eats. A raw meat diet won’t cause or worsen any behavioral problems in your dog, nor turn him into an aggressive monster.
Myth #6: It’s Dangerous To Give Bones To Your Dog
It’s a fact that not all bones are suitable for dogs. Small, fine bones that may splinter and cooked bones that are brittle can pose a hazard to your dog’s health. However, any proponent of raw feeding will tell you that bones of those types aren’t included in a raw meat diet for dogs.
Wild dogs and wolves gnaw on raw bones to get essential calcium and to help to keep their teeth clean and strong. Providing that you choose dog-safe bones and prepare them correctly to match your dog’s size and life stage, they make up an essential, healthy, highly palatable addition to your dog’s diet.
Myth #7: A Raw Meat Diet Isn’t Suitable For Small And Toy Dog Breeds
Many people think of a raw meat diet as something that is suitable exclusively for large, robust working dog breeds, and that you shouldn’t feed raw to small and toy dogs safely and efficiently.
This myth arose from a fear of choking on bones, which we’ve covered in myth number 6 above. There is no reason at all why your pint-sized pooch can’t enjoy a raw meat diet alongside their larger cousins, as long as the diet is planned and served up in the right way to meet the needs of your own individual dog. Bones that are good picks for smaller dogs include chicken or duck necks and wings, and lamb riblets.
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Cancer..the word know one wants to hear.
In recent years a sanctuary dedicated to helping dogs survive cancer has been gaining more attention. Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) is doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer.
After researching online about this group and the Ketogenic diet and its success they have released a pet parents guide to the diet! Its an awesome guide for "How to". We've included the guide for dowload and you can visit them to learn more here
We at The Urban Dog want to stress the importance of a fresh food diet for your pet. This includes as much Raw food you can incorporate into the diet before something goes wrong with your pets health. We are prepared to help you with this anytime you need us, stop in to the store for free nutrition advice.