Help! My Dog Is “Marking” My Things! Ask A Vet! #1


By Dr. Christina Chambreau, DMV

Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreaue, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week!

Q. My rescue, who is almost 2, has started marking “my” things. He will mark my side of the bed, he will try and steal my clothes and hoard them and occasionally mark them (if given the opportunity). He has suddenly become extremely attached to me, always wanting to get the most attention and be as close to me as possible (he has 3 other fur siblings), he often nibbles at my hands when he see’s me when I come home. I ignore the nibbling behavior and wait until he has calmed down to give him attention, but it doesn’t seem to be working, help!

Second question (same dog): he is a HHL Chinese Crested and when we got him he had horrible blackheads (the breed is prone to them). We’ve had him for a year and he is on really good food and gets regular skin care, but I can’t seem to extract his blackheads regardless of what I use. I have used everything from coconut oil to human products, nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

A. Emotional problems can have many different causes, as can skin problems. When I had merely my conventional training, I would usually choose different treatments for each problem. The holistic perspective recognizes that there is an underlying quantum pattern that is unique for each dog. It is this “template” that they are born with that actually causes all ill health.

The practical application is that most successful healing happens when we treat all the symptoms, including the Early Warning Signs of Internal Imbalance with one or two deep treatments. At the same time we can soothe the symptoms if needed.

I would suggest learning Reiki or Quantum touch; Tellington TTouch; Healing Touch for Animals(HTA), as these will address the emotional problems very well. Alternatively, find an integrative veterinarian who can help you with acupuncture, Chinese herbs or homeopathy (will help the emotions and the skin at the same time). You could even study homeopathy yourself (I will be teaching a great in-depth class in Calgary the end of October) and select remedies that could help.

Right now, you could try several approaches. Go to web sites for companies who make flower essence combinations for animals and choose ones you think fit the behavior and the blackheads (safe space and obsession from Spirit Essences; Crabapple for skin from Bach; Healthy Coat from Green Hope Essences; Missing You – Anaflora). These are 100% safe. The websites tell you how to give orally or rub on the fur and you can read the details to see what fits the best. You can find Reiki practitioners to help, even from a distance. If the blackheads are not itchy or annoying to your dog, I would not worry too much about them, but would add some of he great skin supplements that are available. Also, in my 30 years experience, the best food is actually made by you, using great local ingredients and often this is needed to clear skin problems.

Q. I would like to know more from a professional point of view regarding feeding a raw diet to our beloved pets. I am sort of pro to it, but really would like to know what the expert has to say.

A. I graduated from veterinary school in 1980, believing that commercial diets were the best because that was what my one class in veterinary school taught me. Two years later I began to learn about homeopathy, and over the next several years I began thinking about all the factors that help animals stay (or become) healthy. When I began asking people – “What is the best for people to eat – fresh or processed?” – almost all thought fresh, from local sources, was really the best. Most immediately have an “a-ha” moment when they realize that fresh food with lots of variety would be best for their dogs and cats as well.

Then I looked at the anatomy and physiology of dogs, cats and people, and realized how different they were. Dogs and cats have mouths designed for ripping and tearing meat apart and crunching bones, not for lots of chewing to get digestive enzymes started. Their stomachs hold the chunks of meat and pureed vegetables in an acid bath for many hours, then their very short intestines finish with some absorption.

By 1990 I was strongly suggesting feeding a raw meat (large chunks – with or without bones) and pureed vegetable diet. There was at least slight health improvements in 80% of the animals once they adjusted to the diet. Yes, my professional opinion is that while some animals need variations of the raw meat diet – that is the place to begin.

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