Aussie Care Tips

There are many different ways to care for animals.  At Jade Meadow we strive for a natural and whole body health protocol.  We don’t just follow what’s accepted in common practice, but we ask how that affects the whole body and is it good for the animal long term.  We know that dog food with corn and soy fillers, vaccines heavy laden with chemicals, and monthly parasite preventions are very hard on an animals system causing a shortened life span and unbalanced body susceptible to disease.  So we are going to share some of the basic ways we care for our Australian Shepherds.

Diet

IMG_6261Dogs are decedents of the carnivorous timber wolf and their systems are best served by eating wild animals.  Since we aren’t trappers nor do we let our dogs run wild to find their own food we strive for the next best thing:

Free range raw meat- a variety of different whole animals, bones and organs included, like rabbits, chickens(ground whole), ducks(ground whole), lamb, goat, beef, bison, emu, venison.  If animals are not free range then also supplement with fruits and veggies or a complete balanced kibble.  Nature’s Logic looks like a really nice kibble that I can get near Kansas City at Go Dog Go in Liberty, MO.  Nature’s Logic also makes canned food.  We also purchase from Bichelmeyer, a butcher in Kansas City, Kansas that sells bone dust and raw dog food(meat and organ scraps) for $1/lb.  We raise our own rabbits for dog food and will have our own chickens in the future.

Puppies need 3-5% of their body weight in food each day, while an adult needs 2%, less if they are spayed, neutered, old or sedentary.  When feeding raw feed 50% meat, 35% bone, and 15% organs.  Mix your sources over time to make sure your dog is getting a nice variety of nutrients for a balanced diet.  Include small amounts of fruits and vegetables(if meats aren’t free range), vitamins, eggs, and other supplements to make a complete and balanced diet.  If feeding both raw and kibble for a puppy give 1% of the dog’s body weight in raw food in the morning and 1-2 cups of kibble in the evening.

Vitamins

  • According to Dr. Mercola’s website Omega-3’s are essential for a dog’s health.  He recommends Krill Oil-1500mg mg daily for large dogs (50-79 lbs).  Or you can give OmegaGize3 from Young Living: start at 8 weeks 1 capsule daily, at 6 months 1 capsule twice a day.  Or order from Azure Standard the Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega: start at 8 weeks 1 capsule 3 days a week, at 6 months add an additional 1 capsule daily.
  • Kelp(I order from Azure Standard): start at 8 weeks 1/2 tsp daily, at 6 months 1 teaspoon daily.
  • Vit E(I order from Azure Standard): For a dog 35 – 80 lb. give 200 iu daily.  Start at 8 weeks, d-alpha natural formula, 400iu capsule every other day.
  • Vit C: start at 12 weeks, 500mg tablet every other day.  My favorite Vit C is the time release buffered one made by Country Life.  We buy it at Nature’s Pantry in Independence, MO.

Exercise

image“Because Australian Shepherds were developed to manage livestock, their intelligence and energy needs to be used elsewhere if they are not to be worked. Obedience training is highly recommended, and Aussies will learn quickly. When raised with children, Aussies love kids and quickly become a playmate. Aussies don’t necessarily need a farm to exercise on, but they do need daily exercise and attention. Young dogs of any breed will require more exercise the first year of their life than an older dog. Most Aussies love to play ball and Frisbee, and many love water and swimming.”  -ASCA

image“Your Aussie needs a half hour to an hour of stimulating activity every day, such as a run, a Frisbee game, or obedience or agility exercises. When you’re not playing with your dog, puzzle toys such as Buster Cubes are a great way to keep that active mind occupied.  Puppies don’t need as much hard exercise as adults, and in fact, you shouldn’t let them run them on hard surfaces such as concrete or let them do a lot of jumping until they’re at least a year old. It could stress their still developing skeletal system and cause future joint problems.”  -Dogtime

Training

Puppy On LeashWe are big fans of clicker training and positive reinforcement.  We start our puppies training as early as possible using treats(raw meat) and praise.  My boys really like watching Zak Georges rEvolution on Youtube for new tips on dog obedience training.  The thing about training your dog is to be consistent, persistent, and invest your time to train in the puppy days.  Use short words: come, off, sit, down, stay, leave it, bark, quiet, kennel, etc.

For house training, the key is to positively associate the action with the outdoors.  Take the puppy outside on a consistent schedule. Puppies should be taken out every hour, as well as shortly after meals, play and naps. All puppies should go out first thing in the morning, last thing at night and before being confined or left alone.

Vaccines

image“After more than 40 years of testing immunity in thousands of dogs, Dr. Ronald Schultz has come to the following conclusion: “Only one dose of the modified-live canine ‘core’ vaccine, when administered at 16 weeks or older, will provide long lasting (many years to a lifetime) immunity in a very high percentage of animals.” That very high percentage is nearly 100%.  Instead of guessing if vaccination is necessary, running a titer three weeks after a vaccination will indicate with nearly 100% certainty whether the puppy needs another vaccine or not.  Many pet owners (and vets) opt out of titers because of the cost, but at a price tag of around $20, these in-house tests are cheaper than vaccinating.”  SOURCE

Parasite Prevention

“The herb black walnut has enjoyed a long history of good effects and a safety record as a vermifuge. The effects of the black walnut seem to pass through the stomach and into the blood systems thus making it effective against the heartworm parasite. As a nice side effect, the properties of the herb are very bitter and permeate through the skin, leaving the blood system and it’s odor uninviting to mosquitoes or other biting insects. To be effective we have found it best to be given daily in the food during mosquito seasons. If you live in a climate that has mosquitoes year round then it would be best then to give the herb five days on, two days off to give the body a rest.”  SOURCE

VIDEO on how to make your own black walnut hull tincture.

Parasite Treatment

When we lived in the city our 9 year old Tibetan Spaniel tested positive for heartworms.  The vet wanted to do extensive medications over a long period of time to kill off the parasites.  The process would be expensive and hard on our dog’s system.  So we decided not to follow the vet’s protocol and I researched online what more natural options people had tried.  At first I was going to do ParaFree and OmegaGize3 from Young Living.  But the testimonials weren’t plentiful and it sounded like I would need several bottles of each over the next several months.  The costs would add up so I kept searching.

I found several testimonials of people using VRM2 to rid their pets of heartworms.  So I looked into it and ordered some from a local nutritionalist along with a supplement to support his heart, one to rebuild his heart, and another to support his kidney during this parasite cleanse.  It was $100 but we would be through with heartworms in 40 days.  For our 16lb spaniel that’s 1 capsule of VRM2 a day for 15 days, then 5 days off, and repeat(30 capsules in the bottle).  Giving the HQ heart supplement and K kidney supplement while giving the VRM2 treatment and following the treatment with the H heart supplement. It worked so well and was easy to treat him by putting the capsules in cheese or turkey meat. He’s back to health and we are so happy to have him with us for several years to come.

If our Australian Shepherds ever got heartworms I would increase to two capsules of VRM2 per day and I would go through two bottles for the heartworm treatment.  Prevention is best accomplished with a healthy raw diet, along with walnut tincture to help keep the bugs away.