Natural care

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Natural care

 

Our philosophy is to use as much natural remedies as possible. We try to avoid chemicals.

We believe in the power of nature, but that doesn't mean we don't take our dogs to the vet.

Here is a small list of products we believe in:

  • First of all, raw food: This is the basics for a healthy dog;
    • The snacks and treats we give our dogs are also all natural. We have a food dehydrator for making treats and small snacks. You can make your own dried tribe, lungs, heart, rabbit ears, duck feet etc.
  • Teatree oil: We fill a waterspray with cooled boiled water and add 2-3 drops of biological 100% teatree oil. We spray this on our dogs every now and then. It prevents fleas and ticks;
  • Propolis tincture: We use this to "deworm" our dogs. It does not kill the worms, but the worms don't like their enviroment;
  • Unprocessed coconut oil: There are many benefits of coconut oil being discovered for dogs;
  • Calendula: for wounds.
  • In a few years we're hoping to make our own sensory garden. This garden will be designed using medicinal plants and herbs. The dogs self-select to aid recovery and help with behavioural or minor health issues.

 

 

Boosting the immune system

 

 

The key element in preventing ANY disease is to keep the immune system of your dog healthy. But how do you do that?

 

Raw, species-specific nutrition.

Dogs are carnivores, they are not meant to eat (lots of) vegetables and grains. Proper nutrition is the most critical element for a healthy dog. Without the support of correct nutrition, every virus, parasite etc. are more dangerous. This is not because they are strengthened, but because the body's ability to fight the virus/parasite is decreased.

Carnivores have a low coefficient of fermentation, meaning they have low ability to extract nutrition from plant matter as the result of their ability to ferment it.

When dogs are fed grains or vegetables, the pancreas will bear the burden of breaking down these foods. The pancreas is forced to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose and carbohydrates in the grains and veggies.

When a carnivore eats cooked or processed foods, as well as grains and veggies, the stomach recognizes that there aren't any enzymes in the food and not enough enzymes in the stomach to break the food down. In an attempt to digest grains, veggies and cooked food, the stomach sends out messages to the brain that stimulates it to 'send' enzymes from other parts of the body to assist in digestion. As the food sits in the stomach undigested, enzymes are gathered from the heart, liver, kidneys and other organs of the body and transported to the stomach.

As you can understand, this isn't good for the canine body. It can result in dysfunction or disease in the organs from which the enzymes are robbed. This 'enzyme robbing' doesn't happen when you feed your dog a balanced raw meat, bone and organ diet.

There are a lot of sources that say Lundehunds shouldn't get red meat, but this has never been proven. Every dog needs a balanced diet, and to get a balanced diet, it's best to give at least 5 different protein sources, including red meat (meat of mammals) and white meat (meat of birds). Besides that, fish is a nice addition to your dog's diet, but try not to give more than once a week. Variation is the key element when it comes to raw food!

 

Lots of 'outdoor-time'.

Sunlight, fresh air and natural ground (dirt, grass, rocks etc.) are essential. It's even best to feed your dog outdoors, without a food bowl.

 

No toxics and chemicals.

Vaccinations, deworming, anti flea and anti tick treatment, it's best to use them as little as possible. Do not give deworming if the dog doesn't have worms! Try to find a vet who can do a fecal flotation test to see if your dog has worms. If your dog doesn't have worms, there's no need for deworming. If the dog does have worms, there are natural remedies like sage, thyme, wormwood, diatomaceous earth and bee propolis. If you have a garden, plant sage, thyme and wormwood, your dog can then eat it or roll in it when it has parasites. This is the same for fleas and ticks, don't give any treatment if there are no parasites!

Parasites infestations are a sign of an imbalance that indicates a weakened immune system. Dogs have parasitic overload because they are unhealthy or otherwise vulnerable (newborns, pregnant and seniors). The main reason we see parasitic overload comes down to poor nutrition, lifestyle and not following the laws of nature/health. Adding toxic chemicals to the bodies of these animals isn't helpful. The dog now has to cope with the toxic effects of the dewormer, as well as the underlying health issue that made the dog vulnerable to parasites in the first place.

Vaccinations can also be best given as little as possible. Some vets do titer testing. Titer testing measures the level of antibodies in the blood. If there are still antibodies in the blood, there's NO NEED to give the dog a vaccination.

 

Rest.

Adult dogs need around 18 hours a day of rest. Puppies and seniors need more.

 

Exercise.

Do nosework, agility, hide-and-seek, barn hunting, dock diving, obedience etc. with your dog. Keep the dog's feelings/desire in the first place. If your dog doesn't like to do agility, then simply don't do agility.

 

Moderation.

If you put 'too' in front of anything, it's never a good thing. Too much water, too much exercise, too much food, etc.

 

Sound conformation and good care.

This might sound silly, but a dog that is anatomically correct, will have less physical stress than an anatomically incorrect dog.

Try to keep the nails short, as long nails can change the posture of a dog. A dog with (too) long nails will walk differently, which can for example result in pressure on the spine.

Other things to keep in mind are clean teeth. The (raw!) bones in the diet of your dog, will usually keep the teeth clean. Otherwise you can give your dog antlers to scrape his/her teeth on.

 

Love/trust.

Love your dog as much as your dog loves you. Look at his/her body language to see if it's comfortable in the situations you're putting him/her in. Too much stress is bad for a dog.

 

Socialization.

Good socialization can make your dog less stressful in certain situations. Try to find a breeder who socializes the puppy in a responsible way, who looks at the individual puppy. Every breeder has their own way of socialization. We use "Early Neurological Stimulation" for our litters. Of course they should have more socialization besides that, but it is a great start for the puppies. It really makes a difference if the breeder of your puppy put some effort in socializing.