Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue
By Pamela Hormiotis
Remember that every dog is different and has different needs. Older dogs and dogs recovering
from illness, injury or malnutrition should be treated accordingly with a vet's guidance.
Always get a complete diagnosis before treating any symptoms. Try to find a veterinarian
that will consider alternative treatments, or find a holistic vet in your area.
Colloidal Silver – Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal! WOW!
Internally – if immune system is low, stomach upset, food poisoning, loose stools,
other types of poisoning or bacterial/viral invasion, etc. … One dropper full in water bowl.
Not for every day. Use only when needed. Nontoxic.
Externally – on poisonous bites (spider, bees, mosquito, snake); dog or cat bites,
cuts, burns, etc. Very effective for emergency treatment, until you can get the dog to
EYE WASH - One cup purified water. Five Drops of Herbal Tincture Eyebright. One-quarter
teaspoon of Sea Salt. One dropper full of Colloidal Silver. Whip it good! Put a small amount
in a little cup or jar and heat for about 15 seconds in microwave. Test it on yourself first to
be sure it's not too hot [put some in your own eye! It's very soothing]. Great for conjunctivitis,
or dirt in the eyes. If your dog's eye has been scratched or injured, take to the vet after
administering the eye wash.
[Colloidal Silver can be ordered below at Puritan's Pride or Amazon]
Garlic – Great to have around, garlic is a phenomenal herb, and very powerful. Make sure your dog is not sensitive to garlic and start with very small amounts. Cooked a little will tast better when mixed in food.
Internally – boosts immune system, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and
anti-fungal. Good for arthritis, food poisoning, and wound healing. Garlic is also an
anti parasitic and helpful when discouraging worms and other parasites. Use sparingly
as some canines may develop sensitivities. One half clove crushed and mixed in food.
Be sure to give some days without garlic. Some dogs are sensitive to garlic and should not consume any.
Externally – Rub on bites, cuts, burns, etc. (same as Colloidal Silver). I use it on myself for
mosquito bites. Some dogs are sensitive to garlic and it should not be used externally. Note: garlic clove must be crushed in order for it to have healing
properties, otherwise it has absolutely no medicinal value if not "bruised" or crushed but GO EASY!
Garlic Oil - This can be used externally on cuts, bites, sore spots, etc.; small amounts internally in ears
for mites or certain types of mild ear infections [check with vet FIRST to be sure oil can be used for
the particular need that is indicated]; and for internal use, put a few drops on food to eliminate parasites
or to boost the immune system. Not to be taken internally every day [see Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats for other uses.].
I've used it successfully [externally] on absesses and growths, rubbing the oil onto the growth oncea day. It helps them to disappear if started early. Be sure to check with your vet because if it is a malignant growth, other treatment may be necessary and you don't want to waste time as the tumor can grow. Also don't put directly on the skin. Rub into hair.
Note - Sometimes the growth will get red or irritated first, before falling off. Always have your
vet check all growths first to determine malignancy!
How to make a Hot Oil Infusion - Place about 4-5 cloves of crushed garlic in a small jar
and fill the jar 3/4 full with organic Olive Oil. Place the jar with closed lid in a saucepan. Add enough cold water in pot to come about 1" below the top of the jar. Now remove or loosen the lid
on the jar. Heat water until boiling, then lower and simmer until most of the water boils off
[down to about 1" water left in pot]. Be sure the boiling water does not get into the jar of
oil. This should take about 20 minutes or longer. Take out the garlic pieces and eat on some
good French Bread, or put some in the dog food! You now have a powerful, medicinal
Garlic Oil that can beused for many things. If you are using the oil for ear problems, be sure to strain the oil with some cheesecloth so that all the pieces of garlic are removed. Keep refrigerated. Warm a small amount in microwave when needed. Be sure to test in your own ear to make sure it is not too hot!
You can mix 1/4 teaspoon in the dog food [sometimes they like the oil instead of
the fresh garlic] once or twice a week [not every day].
You can use to clean their ears - helps with ear mites, foxtails, etc.
you only need to put two drops in the ear [warmed, not hot] and rub the ear canal
gently to loosen any wax. Allow the dog to shake out the excess oil.
[Follow Pitcairn's directions]. Wipe out excess oil with clean, soft tissue or cloth. Repeat if necessary.
You can rub the oil on hot spots, flea or tick bites, infected areas, spider bites, dog or
cat bites, etc. It is antibacterial. Note: observe carefully for any reaction. If it stings
the dog, wash off immediately and substitute for warm Vitamin E oil or almond oil.
[NOTE: Do NOT use for fungal ear infections]
You can even use it in your own favorite recipes or on salads!
MANY OF THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE KEPT IN YOUR CABINET FOR EMERGENCIES
IMPORTANT; DOGS AND CATS CAN SUFFER FROM ASPIRATION IF ANY LIQUID GETS IN THEIR AIRWAYS. BE SURE TO ADMINISTER LIQUIDS INTO CHEEK POUCH AND ONLY AS MUCH AS YOUR PET CAN SWALLOW AT ONE TIME. Always check with your holistic veterinarian before using home remedies.
Astragalus - A medicinal herb that boosts the immune system, and has no toxic levels.
It is a wonderful herb that can be given to those that suffer from Lupus. Astragalus
can be given every day when sick or recovering. It is a very gentle, yet powerful herb,
with no side effects or contraindications. Buy the tincture [alcohol free] and shake well
before using. Squeeze one dropper full in dog's water bowl once a day. Beat with a whip to
stimulate the molecules.... or, you can squeeze a dropper full into your dogs cheek pouch.
If your pet does not like thos too much, or it is too strong, mix a dropperful into half of a shot glass
of purified water and administer orally for a stronger dose. A large Children's eye dropper is
good for giving liquid medicines orally. [Check Puritan's Pride Liquid Herbals].
Liquid Joint Smoother - I found that using liquid supplements have better results as the
nutrients are assimilated and absorbed into the system more efficiently. The one I use,
contains MSM, Condroitin, Glucosamine, Primrose Oil, Shark Cartilage and Vitamin C.
The results were amazing, compared to the Canine pills and powders I used previously. My 12-
year-old female wolfdog no longer gets lame every time she plays. MSM is also a
good detox for the system. [Also available at Puritan's Pride below]. This is a human formula,
so you can take it too!
Treating Diarrhea - remember, diarrhea is the body's way of trying to eliminate toxins
or alien substances by flushing them out of the body. First, try to find out the cause. If
the dog has eaten something poisonous, or foreign material is stuck in the digestive tract,
take him to the vet immediately. If it is something that is not serious, do not kill the
messenger by giving anti-diarrheal drugs right away. Let the body flush out the toxins
or alien material for a day or two. This will help the body to get back into balance on it's own,
naturally. Fasting for a day or two will also help heal irritated bowels and intestines.
If the diarrhea is a reaction to a new diet [i.e. to raw meat] or too much fiber,
this information may help:
1. Large pieces of vegetables are difficult for canines to digest, especially raw.
Always Use a food processor for the veggies. If you don't have a food processor,
a blender is second best, and make sure it is set on FINE or PUREE. If you don't
have a blender, finely chop veggies and reduce amounts to 10% instead of 15%.
You can also try steaming the veggies to predigest but don’t overcook.
2. Rice water is very effective for diarrhea. Cook a small portion of white rice and
boil for a while (15-20 min.). Stop the cooking before all water is absorbed.
Discard uncooked rice and just use the white water. You can mix the water into your dog’s
food, OR beat a little melted honey into it and administer orally in cheekpouch with
syringe dispenser or dropper. Your dog may even drink it.
3. Put some cooked pumpkin or sweet potatoes (well done and soft) in the dog's food
for a a few days. these are better sources of fiber. If you are feeding a little brown rice,
always cook until very soft.
4. Hard Boiled Egg - cut up and add to dinner once or twice a day or give as a treat during the day.
5. Small amount of warm milk and a pinch of nutmeg will help settle the stomach
and helps stop diarrhea too.
If diarrhea persists more than two days:
Fast your dog or cat. Give no food for one day. Put some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos in
water bowl (add 1 teaspoon to 2 cups water) and beat with whip to disperse and
activate molecules. Add a little melted honey if the dog likes that better. Always have fresh,
plain water available as they may not drink the amino water. If diarrhea
continues, continue fasting for up to three days. Note: if the animal is underweight,
do not fast more than one day. Also warm veggie broth can be given, as it is chock
full of nutrition, but easy on the digestive system. If you are using a store-bought vegetable
broth, make sure it is not full of preservatives and chemicals
[organic is best]. Homemade chicken broth with vegetables is very nutritious too, and
easy on the digestive system, allowing it to rest and heal. Remember, Broth only for the
first one or two days, then slowly add the chicken, rice and veggies back into the diet. If the
dog is severely underweight, and has suffered from starvation, do not fast on broth alone.
Give the meat and veggies from the soup, and a multi vitamin. DO NOT give a multi vitamin if
the dog is not eating at all as it can be caustic and result in nausea. Special care is to be given
to these animals. During the fast, a teaspoon of melted honey in the water bowl will supply
nutrients. To the honey water, add One Teaspoon of one of the following:
Apple Cider Vinegar; Bragg's Liquid Aminos; Pedialite; or Colloidal Minerals. You can also use unflavored Pedialite. Whip it good!
Slippery Elm for Diarrhea - If the diarrhea comes back after you start feeding solids again,
try giving the dog Slippery Elm Bark (capsules). It is a wonderful, natural source of fiber that helps
eliminate toxins, while firming up the stool. Take care! Only give when you
know the dog will drink a good amount of water afterward. For example, you can put in
food, since dogs usually drink after eating. I buy slippery elm in capsules so that I can open
the capsule and mix in the food, or else I open the capsule and add to warmedChicken broth.
Give the recommended Child Dosage for medium and small dogs, and an Adult Dosage
for large breeds. Remember, lots of water or else the dog will get plugged up and have
more severe problems with constipation, or worse, twisted bowel.
It is best not to feed a dog near bedtime as this is a
contributing factor to Twisted Bowel Syndrome and Bloat. [note: Puritan's Pride has Slippery Elm
Eating rancid meat/diarrhea - check out Cleopatra's Diatomaceous Earth in capsules. One or two a day will help firm the stools again but do not give if dog is not eating. Not for every day use.
Hard Boiled Egg - helps firm up the stool. Can be mixed in with food. They love it!
Remember, these remedies are only to be used for non life-threatening irregularities
that are often caused by diet change, lifestyle change, anxiety, fear, eating rancid
meat, etc. If the dog has eaten something that could cause choking, blockage,
or poisoning is a consideration, take to the vet immediately.
VITAMIN A - BEST SOURCE IS BETA-CAROTENE. Vitamin A helps fight infection. Make sure no more than 2000 units of Vitamin A is given
in a day, and only when needed. Too much Vitamin A is toxic to the liver. An average of
about 2,000 is the most you want to give them daily and only in small doses, [when needed]. Not for daily use. Best source of Vitamin A
is Beta Carotene (non toxic), or Cod Liver Oil [Many good sources at Puritan's Pride].
NOTE - IF YOUR DOG HAS A POSSIBILITY OF ANY LIVER DAMAGE, DO NOT GIVE COD LIVER
OIL OR VITAMIN A BEFORE CONSULTING YOUR VETERINARIAN.
IN THE CASE OF POISON - ADMINISTER ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WITH WATER AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE AND SEE A VET IMMEDIATELY, OR CALL POISON CONTROL [SEE ALSO DR.
PITCAIRN'S HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY FOR POISONING. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH IT
BEFORE AN ACCIDENT OCCURS!] APIS MELIFICA [homeopathic] is very effective in stabilizing your dog or cat [or human] until you can get to a doctor.
Bentonite Clay is a great detox and can be used for some time afterwards to cleanse the system. Check out Wolf Creek Ranch for holistic remedies.
Worming - ALWAYS CHECK STOOLS FOR PARASITE INFECTION. DO NOT “WORM” YOUR DOG IF IT
IS NOT NEEDED! WORMING MEDICATION IS A POISON AND THE EXACT TYPE OF
PARASITE SHOULD BE KNOWN BEFORE WORMING. ALWAYS HAVE A STOOL SAMPLE
ANALYZED BEFORE ANY WORMING SO YOU CAN TARGET THE PARASITE APPROPRIATELY.
THERE ARE MANY PARASITES THAT DO NOT SHOW UP IN A NORMAL FECAL TEST, SUCH AS GIARDIA OR TAPE WORM.
FOR SICK DOGS, REMEMBER THAT ANTIBIOTICS MAY WORK WONDERS IN A SHORT
PERIOD OF TIME, BUT ULTIMATELY THEY BREAK DOWN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND
STRESS THE LIVER AND KIDNEYS. AVOID FREQUENT USE OF ANTIBIOTICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE, AND USE
ONLY IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. IT IS BEST TO GET A DIAGNOSIS FROM YOUR VET,
THEN ASK IF SHE WILL HELP YOU TREAT YOUR DOG IN A HOLISTIC AND NATURAL WAY FIRST. IF
NOT, TRY TO FIND A HOLISTIC OR HOMEOPATHIC VET NEAR YOU.
Cancer - there are many natural and successful remedies for treating cancer, but if it is
not caught early, then it's difficult and often impossible to reverse the damage. By keeping
all your animals on a holistic [organic natural diet and exercise program] you can often
prevent disease. Remember, anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness and depression are all
emotions that our animals feel, and they often trigger disease [just like in humans]. So
giving your pet the things they crave - attention, training, clean environment, fresh water,
nutritious food, daily exercise according to their age and needs, etc. - will be the most
important steps you can take to prevent cancer and disease. If a dog is allowed to roam
the neighborhood, he often will get in garbage cans, pick up discarded food items on the
ground [like candy and chocolate], lick sweet-tasting antifreeze, etc. thereby raising the
risk of poisoning. Irate neighbors also may try to poison a bothersome animal. So besides
feeding the right foods, you must provide a clean, safe, wholesome and healthy lifestyle for
your pet. Older dogs and cats [and animals recovering from sickness or surgery] need a
little boost as their immune systems are not as powerful as they were when they were
young. See the information on B-Complex and Daily Vitamins [above], and on Enzymes
below. Enzymes break down the protein coating on cancer cells, and then Vitamin B-17
directly attacks the now-weakened cancer cell. Vitamin B-17 is found in millet, yams,
pumpkin, and seeds, which I often add to their meals. Read more about the alternatives
to fighting disease in Outsmart Your Cancer by Tanya Pierce [found in our store Wolf
Things]. Another thing to remember is never give your canine rawhide bones or chews,
pigs ears, hooves, and other chews that are processed, as processing makes them
difficult to break down once eaten. Often tiny pieces get stuck in the intestines and cause inflam-
mation, diverticulosis, irritable bowel and colitis. Chronic injuries/healing can lead to cancer.
[See "Bones" above]
Bloat - Unfortunately this is an all-too-common occurrence in dogs, especially in older
or sick dogs. Common causes of Bloat [or Twisted Bowel Syndrome] are listed below.
Simplifying it,the stomach twists [torsion], or fills with air. When this happens, the stomach
puts pressure on other organs and causes organ failure [i.e. with pressure on the lungs,
the dog can't breath; or there is pressure on the heart]. Here's a little more detail...
Drinking too much water - This is probably the most common cause of Bloat. When
dogs eat dry food [kibble] it causes them to drink more water. The kibble expands in
the stomach to twice it's size. Drinking a lot of water before or after eating or exercising
should be discouraged. Feeding a Natural Diet of real meat, pureed or cooked vegetables and carbohydrates
is healthier, and since these foods contain more water, there is less of a chance of TBS
or Bloat occurring due to over drinking.
Dehydration – Since our cells are mostly water, when they are dehydrated, they “stick”
together. This often causes muscle cramps, poor digestion, skin problems, dry coat,
Twisted Bowel Syndrome [TBS], torsion and Bloat, pancreatitis and other organ
deterioration, and many other diseases. Minerals lost in dehydration need to be replaced
either with a multi-mineral/vitamin tablet, colloidal minerals [liquid], Braggs Liquid
Aminos, non-flavored Pedialite or Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey, etc. Feeding a Natural Diet of water-rich
foods and naturally occurring minerals avoids the need for your pet to consume large quantities of water.
Eating too fast - This is a common problem, especially with more than one dog in a family.
Often the dog feels "competitive" and tries to gobble her food before the other dog comes
over and eats her dinner. Even if the dog is submissive and allows the other dog to come
eat her food, giving up her food causes stress. This can also cause food aggression. It is
always best to feed all dogs separately, and keep cats and children away until the dogs
are finished. Do not integrate the dogs until each one is completely done, then pick up all bowls. If your dog eats too fast, try some new training methods to help curb this bad habit.
Too much kibble at one time – In the wild, when wolves gorge themselves on game,
the meat they eat is high in water content. Kibble is not called “dry food” for nothing!
Have you ever dropped a piece of kibble in the sink and it gets wet and blows up
to three times its size? Well that’s what happens in the dog’s stomach. They eat until they
are full, then drink water [which they need for digestion]. The kibble expands in the
stomach, often causing the stomach to twist. This is why a real-meat diet is important with
little to no kibble added, depending on the requirements of the dog. Most High-content
Wolfdogs and pure Wolves do not digest processed food well, and need diets of real meat,
vegetables,fruit and easy-to-digest fiber [like pumpkin or yams]. If the dog is large and requires a lot of nutrition, it is always best to feed two smaller meals a day, rather than one large one.
Feeding at night – Feeding at night adds one more risk into the equation. The dog eats his
fill and then curls up to sleep. There is little room in the cramped stomach for digestion,
especially if he ate a dinner of all dry food and there is expansion. I usually feed the second meal early in the
evening so they have time to walk around and digest. Strenuous exercise is not advised
after dinner either.
Exercise before or after eating – I usually give the dog about 30-45 minutes to settle down
[after exercising] before feeding; and 1 hour after eating before exercising again. Since the
stomach gorges with blood after exercise, and also gorges with blood when digesting, we
try to allow the stomach to concentrate on one thing at a time to allow for efficient digestion.
It has come to my attention recently, from a friend who is a veterinarian, that drinking water
and then exercising [or visa versa] can also lead to Bloat, even with nothing in the stomach.
Rawhide Chews - I avoid giving my canines rawhide chews [pigs ears, hooves, etc.] altogether.
They do not break down and digest completely, and often little pieces get stuck in the intestines.
They can wreak havoc on the poor dog's system, causing blockage, colitis, and other expensive
and painful problems.
Age - Bloat and Twisted Bowel Syndrome occur frequently in older canines, so keep a wary
eye on your seniors, feeding them smaller meals more frequently, more real food with
high water content, vitamins, minerals and enzymes to help aid digestion, and give them
gentle belly massage after mealtimes!
And last but not least, ENZYMES … Please note that enzymes are also efficient blood thinners.
1. ADDED TO YOUR PET’S FOOD – Enzymes help digest and break down the "indigestible"
elements of the diet … i.e. Fillers [ears, feathers, tails, noses, skin, diseased body parts; dirt,
etc.] and grains. Enzymes are especially needed if you feed processed food regularly, and
don't feed a sufficient amount of "real" food [hopefully this article will change that].
2. ENZYMES ALSO ACT AS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY and help heal injured connective
tissue; they reduce inflammation [Arthritis] when given on an empty stomach between
meals. NOTE: If your Digestive Enzymes contain HCL [Betaine Hydrochloride] then give
with a little food so as not to irritate the stomach lining. You are better off finding a good
digestive enzyme without HCL. [Puritan's Pride has some good Multi Enzyme formulas]
3. Pancreatic Enzymes - that are enteric coated should always be given on an empty
stomach. They pass through the stomach and are absorbed directly into the
bloodstream in the intestines. They target cancer cells, help heal wounds, connective
tissue, and boost the immune system. WOBENZYM-N is just one of the many Pancreatic
Enzymes brands available. Some dogs get nauseous, so monitor carefully.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS, MOST CAN BE ORDERED
BELOW. PURITAN'S PRIDE HAS THE BEST PRICES I'VE FOUND, AND THEY HAVE MANY
OTHER GREAT PRODUCTS BUT THEY ARE NOT ORGANIC. ALSO READ THE BOOKS IN MY Recommended Reading, THEY
CAN SAVE ON VET BILLS, AND COULD POSSIBLY SAVE A LIFE!
"Babysitting" Bones – Never give a dog a beef bone that he can chew up and eat.
Tiny pieces of bone fragments can do lots of harm to the dog’s stomach and intestines,
and can even cause diarrhea as the body tries to flush out the irritating bone chips!
Also, beef bones are very hard and dogs that want to break them up often crack their teeth. I stopped giving beef bones and only give raw chicken bones and only to the younger ones with good teeth. Remember wheneever giving bones be prudent and careful and do the research first. Never give cow hooves, pigears, rawhide, or other processed body parts that are hard,
leathery and difficult to digest. These products should be taken off the market as canines
are encountering many serious digestive problems caused by these products [albeit the
vets and pet stores are still selling them!]. The best bones are raw, smooth beef or bison
marrow bones that can’t be chewed up, and these should be given no more than once
every week ortwo, since they are sometimes known to cause the teeth to chip, and they often wear
down or “flatten” the canines. They also cause gum irritation when given too often, so go
easy on the bones. Once they are “discarded” by your canine, you can stuff them with
peanut butter or their favorite meat for hours more entertainment. Puritan's Pride also
has a Pet Section now, but be sure to always read the INGREDIENTS labels before ordering
treats and cookies.
Remember the above is for informational purposes, and only as a basic guideline. DO THE RESEARCH!
Every animal and every situation is unique, and what may work for some
animals may not work for others. Always consult with a HOLISITC veterinarian,
especially with a distressed animal. Try to find a holistic vet!
CATS –Dry food (kibble) is stressful on the digestive system, bladder and kidneys. Feral
cats don’t usually drink much water, as they get their moisture from their food (prey
animals). When humans put cats on an “unnatural diet” of dry food it causes the cat to
drink more water, the kidney’s get overworked, and this eventually leads to renal failure,
and death quickly follows quite unexpectedly. Renal failure is very common in house cats.
1. Give you kitty fresh meat whenever you can. Feed tiny pieces of fresh, raw chicken
or other meats (cats like their meat really fresh!)
2. Feed canned food as often as possible, or entirely. Check INGREDIENTS for by products.
3. AVOID MOST FISH, Tuna and Mackerel especially, as they
contain large amounts of PCB's and heavy metals, especially Mercury. Cats are very
sensitive to Mercury Poisoning which can, over long-term use, eventually cause
tumors, various diseases, cancer, and eventually a very painful death. Seek out
Farm-raised fish or fresh lake-caught fish. Always cook and debone.
WE LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY! ISN’T IT FUN? HERE'S SOME OTHER LINKS TO BROWSE:
- Anaflora Flower Essences and Holistic Formulas
- For Anaflora flower essences and holistic formulas. Telepathic animal communication offering diagnostic insight, inspiration and guidance by Sharon Callahan.
- Wolf Creek Ranch Holistic Remedies
- Natural and organic holistic products for people, pets, plants, and animals. Extensive information on treating Heartworm.
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