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Raw Goats milk for dogs

March 31, 2016

A friend of mine suggested giving Rocco raw goat’s milk. She shared an article which toted raw goats milk as a great nutritional food, as well as a potential medicine for certain ailments in pets.

Puppy Rocco. Look at that sweet face! Wish I had given him raw goats milk all along!
Puppy Rocco. Look at that sweet face! Wish I had given him raw goats milk all along!

I decided to do some research. Found quite a bit of good info and thus have bought some goats milk for Rocco. He LOVES it. I just pour it over his food and he devours it all. Will I notice a change in him? Who knows? Will it help keep the tumor from spreading? Who knows. Will it make him feel better? Who knows. But its making him happy and at the moment that’s my goal.

According to the Journal of American Medicine, “Goat milk is the most complete food known.” It contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids all utilized by the body with ease. In fact the body can digest goat’s milk in 20 minutes. Having fat molecules one-fifth the size of those in cow’s milk makes it easily digestible and tolerable to those with compromised digestive systems. says Answers Pet Food.

According to Loyalbiscuit.com and IBPet, Regarding Raw Goats Milk and Cancer: Many researchers have found that carotene (or Pro-Vitamin A) contains cancer preventing properties. The milk fat in goat’s milk contains a higher evolved carotene that is readily available for the body to absorb. There is also a fat in raw goat’s milk, called conjugated linoleic acid (or CLA), that is known as the cancer fighting fat. CLA has actually been shown in some cases to shrink cancer tumors.

Read similar info on many sites, including A Place for Paws – they say: Raw goat’s milk contains both anti-mucous and anti-inflammatory properties.  This makes it a perfect supplement for dogs who suffer from allergies of any sort, including food and environmental allergies.  Raw goat’s milk can help to make the steroids that you are forced to give your pet a thing of the past.  As a natural anti-inflammatory, you can be certain that the side effects of drugs such as prednisolone and cortisone will never be an issue.

Rocco is starting Prednisone on Sunday, so I hope its true that the raw goats milk with help with the side effects of the medicine and I hope that it helps shrink his tumor! Hope is a good thing 🙂

Protect your Dogs during Natural Disasters

our dog chip
This cutie is Chip. He is now in dog heaven

I was reading an article about how dogs & cats are sometimes forgotten in disaster planning. It isn’t just about getting your human family out of the house, but also your dogs and cats. Do you have a plan in place? Do you have a neighbor available who can evacuate your pets if you cant get home in time? These are all things you can think about now, and make plans to protect your furry family members.

Do you have an emergency kit? We do. It is stored in our garage right by the door, hopefully for easy access. I have a bag of dogfood in our kit, but really thats all. After reading the article, I think I am going to add some items.

They suggested having:

  • dog or cat food (of course)
  • water
  • medications
  • proof of vaccinations
  • extra leashes & name tags with cell phone numbers on them
  • blanket for them to sleep on
  • a comfort item, like a toy or something to calm them. I would not have thought of that, but it makes sense.
  • For cats have a litter box and a cat carrier ready.

Dogs and cats have a way of knowing something is wrong, so they may act differently during or after a disaster. Be patient with them and try to reassure them as best you can that everything is ok. They can sense stress in their owners so it may not be possible to completely calm them.

Evacuations: If you are evacuating. Take your dogs and cats with you! Actually take every pet with you! Dont leave them in the house. They cannot fend for themselves and probably wont survive. They may jump fences, and go try to find you and get lost.

A little advance planning will help things go smoother if there is ever a natural disaster or weather emergency.

 

One dog, two dogs, or more?

sleeping dogs
Rocco and Chloe sleeping

I was just reading on a dog owners forum about how many dogs different families have. It was interesting to see what people had to say.

I have two dogs and I think I would like to always have two dogs. Rocco is a boxer, young, playful and in your face! Chloe is a lab mix, older, calm, sweet and so patient with Rocco.  I think they enjoy each others company. I am sure that Chloe would rather be left alone at times, but overall, I think she loves Rocco. When she has had enough of him, or when she doesn’t want to be bothered, she lifts her lip and growls at him. He backs off!

On many occasions I find them cuddled up together sleeping. It is so cute. I think having two dogs also gives the dogs companionship during the day. What do they do when we are not home? Im not sure. They probably lay on the couch and sleep much of the day. They also spend a good part of the day watching the yard. We have open space around us, and they watch for intruders to chase away. Rocco loves to chase bunnies and squirrels. Chloe seems to go after birds.

Since Chloe is getting older, she doesnt enjoy roughhousing, while Rocco would love it.  I think when we get our next dog, I will get them closer in age. I think that would make them each happier. Chloe was very motherly towards Rocco when he was a pup. We got him when he was about 10 weeks old. Chloe showed him how to go outside and go potty, she growled when he was doing something wrong, when we went for rides in the car, she would use her body as a seatbelt to keep him safe.

I am glad our two dogs are a similar size. I dont think its a necessity, but it is easier when we go for walks. I see people with a big dog and a small one and they look like they have a hard time.

I have read that its better for your second do to be the opposite sex as the first dog. That makes a lot of sense. If they are both the same sex, they will have to determine who is the alpha dog, and who is not. This may result in fights among the dogs, and a hard time getting along. Some dogs may get overly aggressive or way too passive after the fight for dominance. Its not always the case, but if you can avoid this situation, that would be a good idea.

Is it easier to have two dogs vs. one dog? No. There are now two pets that need love and attention. One is generally more jealous (Rocco) and makes it hard for Chloe to get attention. We make it work, of course. Training is harder with more than one dog. They dont have the same training needs, but they are both around all the time so both need to be included.  When one is ill or hurt, its hard to keep the other dog from bothering them without isolating them.

There are many things to consider when deciding how many dogs you want to have. I recommend reading lots of information, listen to experienced dog owners, and make the decision that works best for your family. To me having two dogs means double the puppy dog love!

dogs sleeping
Rocco using Chloe as a pillow