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(News Magazine of Vet
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by Dr. Wendell O. Belfield
Page For Using A Dremel On Nails
(& Not Nail Clippers )- Very
its basic form, this was posted to DQ by Marj Brooks. We tried
it on a blue bitch puppy that had horrid skin and coat problems.
The results were almost immediate and all were positive.
Rescue Remedy For Blue Dobes
We make no claims to its effectiveness other than the fact that
it worked for us.
B-Complex - Make certain B2 and
B6 are in equal amounts.
Yeast (7 grain)
Folic Acid (1 mg. size - prescription only)
Give B-complex, 1 pill - four times
Give the yeast (4) , four times a day
Give the folic acid 1/4 four times a day
We use B-50's. The vitamins are mostly
in equal amounts.....especially the B-2 and B-6. We gave one tab,
FOUR TIMES A DAY as prescribed in the DQ. We tried cuttng down
to two a day on these, because of her age, and immediately saw
a turn for the worse. After upping it to THREE, the success curve
went dramatically upwards. We found that, for a puppy of eight
months, THREE a day was sufficient. I would highly recommend using
FOUR on an adult.....or at least a dog of 12 months +.
7-grain. We had difficulty
locating 7-grain, but easily found 10-grain. As opposed to the
original directions of giving one 7-grain four times a day, we
went with one 10-grain THREE times a day. It appears to have been
The recipe in DQ called for 1-mg, prescription
size tabs, 1/4 tab, four times a day. It's proved to be very effective
to use the 1/4-meg size (250mcg) and administer accordingly =
ONE TAB FOUR TIMES a day.
In addition to the above formula, we
also include ONE Ester-C tab daily, in place of straight Vit.
C; and ONE Chelated Zinc tab (50-mg) for total flea control.
The blue bitch puppy involved with
this recipe not only had a "typical blue coat" , but
was affected with generalized Demodex; thereby having extremely
DRY skin from the get-go. She was dipped in Mitaban medication
on a weekly basis, which added to the inordinately dry
condition of the skin and coat.
Within 10 days of putting her on this 'recipe', the surprising
results were obvious to even the casual observer. Her coat took
on a silky-like appearance, her skin no longer resembled elephant
hide, the actual hairs in her coat felt thicker and softer to
the touch......and the coat darkened considerably.
When we attempted to reduce the amount of the B-Complex (by 1/2)
because of her age, it only took three days for us to see that
she was beginning to dry out at pressure points. After increasing
the dosage by ONE tab daily, the dryness began to disappear. We've
kept her at that dosage level and have seen no digression to the
previous dry condition. Please note that the B-Complex also
has small dosages of Folic Acid. I believe the Folic Acid plays
a VERY big part in the success of this formula.
We highly recommend this recipe, but as stated
above, claim no responsibility for either its success or failure.
All dogs are not the same and therefore, do not react the same
to medications and/or supplements. We are not vets and do not
assume to be giving directions to ANYONE regarding their dog's
health or physical conditions.
(We are not a vet, nor is this column to be taken as instruction
for you and your dog. It is being printed only in an effort to
let you know about a disease that could cause a very, very sick
dog or death in your dogs or more often, young puppies. At the
first signs of this disease or any other problems, it is advised that you contact your veterinarian
immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.)
This disease is becoming more wide spread. As the seasons
begin to change each year, a new wave of deaths occur from this.
And each year, the question comes up again: "Is this a
new strain of Parvo?" and each time there are 100 different
replies. This disease is so similar to Parvo, that some dogs have
tested in the low positive for Parv. But they DO NOT have Parvo
and it has been recommended that three Parvo tests are needed
to exclude Parvo. This disease seems to move from the East to
the West through the dog shows. It is medically known as CAMPYLOBACTERIOSIS,
the name of the organism causing this is Campylobacter Jejuni.
This disease can be tested for specifically, so if you have an
affected dog that apears to have Parvo, but in your mind know
that could not be possible, have them tested for "Campy".
It is important to note that this
disease can be transferred between humans, dogs, cats and other
The Campylobacter Jejuni is a Gram-Negative, slender curved, and
motile rod. It is a species of bacteria that resembles small tightly
coiled spirals. Its organisms are known to cause abortion in sheep
and fever and enteritis in man and may be associated with enteric
diseases of calves, lambs and other animals. A genus of bacteria
found in the reproductive organs, intestinal tract and oral cavity
of animals and man. Some species are pathogenic. It is a microaerophilic
organism - which means it has a requirement of reduced levels
of oxygen. It is relatively fragile and sensitive to environmental
stresses (e.g. 21% oxygen, drying, heating, disinfectants and
acidic conditions). It causes more disease than Shigella spp and
Salmonella spp combined. (Taken from the US FDA "Bad Bug
Book") It is also known as Campylobacter enteritis
or gastroenteritis. It can also be diagnosed as Sirochete
or Giardia diarrhea.
TESTING: Diagnosis is by direct fecal on
a VERY fresh (still warm, so bacteria are still alive) sample,
mixed with saline and examined microscopically. There is usually
a decrease in normal baterial numbers and motility. Blood
testing will result in the low positive for Parvo.
INCUBATION TIME: Its incubation period
is reported to be anywhere from 2 to 10 days. And sometimes in puppies, only a matter of a few hours.
can mimic Parvo. The diarrhea does not always
have the foul odor. It usually progresses as follows. Begins with
mucus-covered solid stools, loose stools, progresses to diarrhea,
profuse diarrhea, the squirts, depressed appetite with or without
vomiting. The diarrhea may be watery or sticky and can contain
blood. These symptoms can be minor to severe - some animals hardly
show any symptoms, while others can become fatally dehydrated.
Also seen are temperature drops and shock followed by death -
and all within 12-24 hours. New & nursing puppies will
occasionaly vomit undigested milk. This is the first sign something
is not right and they are to be watched VERY closely.
SOURCE OF INFECTION: Fecal matter, non-chlorinated
water, such as streams, ponds or puddles. This disease can also
be transmitted to these areas by our common fly, flitting from
one host to another. The bacteria is also found in raw or under
cooked meat. For all intents and purposes for the Dog Show Crud,
it is transmitted in public X-Pens and public elimination areas.
Some also say through urine, saliva via contact, or through the
air. This bacteria repoduces at a rapid rate.
TREATMENT: As soon as any of the
symptoms are seen, see your vet immediately for the proper tests,
because the disease progresses so rapidly. Re-hydration may be
required within a few hours of the onset. This is the worst scenario.
It could be that the dog will have a very mild case and be treated
at home with anti-diarrheal medication and a bland diet - but
it is not worth it to take the chance. Most cases are not as drastic/catastrophic,
clinically as Parvo. Drugs for treatment mentioned are Tetracycline,
Erythromycin and som have had success using Cephalexin, but
the drug of choice seems to be Clavamox.
(In humans you will also see fever, abdominal pain, nausea, headache
and muscle pain. This illness usually occurs 2-5 days afrer ingestion
of contaminated food or water - and up to 10 days after. Illness
generally lasts 7-10 days, but relapses are not uncommon. Most
infections are self-limiting and are not treated with antibiotics.
However, treatment with Erythromycin does reduce the length of
time that infected individuals shed the bacteria in their feces.)
One veterinarian has recommended that if you have a dog with diarrhea,
cramping, vomiting, etc., and has been to a dog show, camping,
etc., that the dog be seen by your vet as soon as possible to
diagnose the problem and treat it accordingly.
Young puppies should be treated immediately with
liquid CLAVAMOX - by mouth. 1cc per dose and dose them at 12 hour
intervals. IM or IV will NOT take care of the problem. The actual
liquid needs to get into the stomach and intestines and the easiest
way with puppies is the liquid dosage.
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