Animal Wellness Magazine hosts a live Q&A twice a month on Facebook with holistic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau. She has a lot of great resources on holistic health on her website and you can also check her out on Facebook.
Q. Natural remedies for ear infections?
To soothe the ears, try one after the other of the following: a garlic/mullein ear rinse from a health food store; straight herbal mullein in a rinse or salve; 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water (less concentrated if this seems to make the ear red); Calendula lotion or gel. You can also add 2 drops of rescue remedy to any of the above. There are even more treatments available. Most importantly, focus on building health for the whole animal rather than just stopping the ear infection. Healthy dogs and cats do not get ear infections. Following the 7 keys to health will make a huge difference.
Q. What is the normal wright for a 13 week old GSD?
16-20 lbs. But since there is so much variation in puppies, the shape of the dog is a better indicator. Can you feel the ribs? Is there a “waist”? Are the ribs sticking out? The only thing I would worry about at that age is being too skinny.
Q. I have been giving my ten year old retriever a paste of turmeric, ginger, honey and coconut oil for arthritis. He also seems depressed. Any ideas?
The holistic approach treats the whole animal, so you are right on track to be looking at emotions along with physical symptoms. It is actually more indicative of finding the right treatment to have them feeling good emotionally rather than physically. If the depression began after the paste, then stop the paste (I cannot imagine it causing depression, but it is possible) for a few days. Only use it if the hips are not good. If he is still depressed off the paste, you can re-start the paste and begin to explore all the other options for emotional health, or begin to consult with an integrative veterinarian who can help resolve the arthritis so you no longer have to continue with the paste or other treatments and he will be happy, too.
I strongly recommend finding an integrative veterinarian with whom to work. This is a person trained in many different approaches, including using conventional drugs only when absolutely needed. Working with one can increase the chance that your cherished companion can live a long and healthy life without depression and without any hip problems. There are good ones and great ones, and a few homeopathic veterinarians will consult by phone or email. You can go to the web sites for each type of holistic practice and use their referral list to find one near to you:
1. Wide range of other treatments: www.AHVMA.org, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and www.civtedu.org.
2. Homeopathic veterinarians (these can often help you by phone if no other holistic practitioners are nearby that you like): www.theAVH.org and www.DrPitcairn.com.
3. Chiropractor – www.animalchiropractic.org
4. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine: www.IVAS.org, www.avaa.org & www.TCVM.com
There is a lot you can do for the depression: You can learn Reiki, massage, HTA, TTouch, acupressure, flower essence therapy, & aromatherapy, all of which are 100% safe to use for any problems. I also strongly recommend getting some training in understanding the wide range of approaches to health so you can be in charge of what you choose for treatments for your animals. There are many more approaches you can do to help heal your animals with some training since they need to be used more carefully – homeopathy, herbal medicine, Chinese herbs. In addition to classes, there are many very good list serves filled with people experienced with not vaccinating and feeding raw meat diets. Go to yahoogroups.com and look for “Novaxk9s” and “Raw Paws”. As with human health approaches, there are many different opinions, so you need to experiment and see what makes your animals more or less healthy.