Keeping my Black lab Onyx healthy
I've been using herbs and holistic medicine for my own health and my dogs', for more than 20 years now, with positive results each time. My black lab Onyx is 13 years old now, and in great shape. I've learned a few tricks to keeping him healthy and fit, so here they are:
Milk Thistle/Oregon Grape Root in liquid form is great for rejuvinating the liver--the only organ in the body capable of complete rejuvination. Just 3-5 drops in Onyx's food once a week is all that is required for a healthy lder dog to maintain his ability continue processing things from his blood that are hurtful to him. Every medication whether it be over the counter or prescription is hard on a dog's liver. Milk Thistle/Oregon Grape Root compound stops the harmful effects and keeps the liver functioning at healthy normal levels.
B-12 is very useful for keeping a dog's nervous system in top form, especially where a dog may start to have problems with control of his rear legs/hips. 2-3 drops once a month for normal, healthy dogs who 'up in their years' is a good way to prevent unneccessary deterioration over the long haul. More is recommended for dogs whose control is already deteriorating. If you are uncertain of dosages, consult a homeopathic veterinarian, read up on this condition in the very highly recommended book, <b>"The Veterinarians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs"</b>. Additionally, brown rice is rich enough in B-12 to have the same effects as stated above for B-12 in liquid form.
Aloe Vera juice is a great way to cleans and heal damage to the kidneys and bladder, and is helpful in prevention of problems by toning and enhancing overall kidney health.
Onyx has been suffering from a dry skin condition that I've treated--or tried to treat--with .05% hydrocortisone spray from Pro-Pet...I can only report very marginal success with this spray, and am mostly disappointed by it's fast disipation and frequent need for reapplication--daily or more often!
I strongly recommend something I found on the shelves at the local Rite Aid pharmacy--Dermarest brand Eczema Medicated Lotion--it contains the usual 1% hydrocortisone AND a moisture-boosting zinc complex and several natural extracts. I was amazed that Onyx hasn't scratched or chewed his hind end for 3 days now from one application!
Trust me, I am very relieved at this positive turn of events--my Onyx's skin is healing up nicely, there is no further loss of hair, and while he enjoys a good rub-down as often as he can have oone, he is no longer bothering his rear-end with endless chewing to relieve his itchiness. As I've only applied this just once so far, I can see it'll save me money, too! Caution: this is not for internal use, so if you find your pet continues to chew his skin to find itch-relief, CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!
As a final note here, suspecting that the grain in Onyx's dog food may have been responsible for his rash and itching (many older dogs develop a reaction to wheat and other grain used to make most dog foods), I swithed over to a much healthier food made by California Naturals--it is made from herring and Sweet Potatoes, and contains NO GRAIN...
I've had Onyx since he was 6 1/2 weeks old and i want him around for a long, long time to come!