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from itchy skin and paws, hot spots, fur loss, yeast issues and allergies.
 

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Buddy’s Daily Wellness Routine

 

Because I receive a lot of requests for this, below is an outline of Buddy's daily routine (not including topical sprays, shampoos, ear treatments, etc). My personal experience is that Seacure, Bacillus Coagulans and Medizym are the three most critical immune system boosting supplements to start out with and the others work well with them and enhance their effects (Buddy needs all the help he can get for now). Organic coconut Oil is a must-have too.


Food:  I am currently rotating every few months between Orijen 6-Fish Dog Food (fish-based, low carb, grain-free). and Nutrisca Salmon & Chickpea (grain and potato-free) and just recently added Merrick Grain-Free Real Pork & Sweet Potato (novel protein, low carb and grain-free) to the rotation.


Treats:  Darford Holistic Treats (Grain, Gluten, Wheat, Corn and Soy Free) or 

Natural Balance "Healthy Bones" Grain Free Sweet Potato, Salmon & Apple Dog Treats (easier to find at pet stores)

 

Supplements: 


Seacure hydrolyzed (predigested) fish protein (3+ pills) with breakfast and dinner


Bacillus Coagulans probiotic that survives the stomach acid better than most (1 pill) with breakfast and dinner


Medizym - systemic/digestive enzymes for immune and inflammation support – with breakfast, midday and dinner


Generic Claritin (Loratadine) – non-drowsy antihistamine pill for allergy symptoms – with breakfast and dinner (available at wholesale clubs and most pharmacies too)


Derma-Strength by Vetri-Science - skin health supplement - 2 pills with breakfast and dinner


Yucca Extract - medicinal aid for skin disorders - 1 pill with breakfast and dinner


Barlean's Flax Oil for Animals - for skin and immune system - one teaspoon with breakfast and dinner

Organic Coconut Oil -  unrefined, virgin, organic  - 1 - 2  tablespoons  - with breakfast (or stuffed in his Kong or hollow bone). Great tasting, natural anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Click here to read about the benefits of coconut oil.  (Costco is now selling large containers of this at a great price.)

Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) - food grade; detoxes the body of heavy metals, bacteria and viruses; natural wormer and eliminates parasites; natural insecticide if applied to the skin. 1 tablespoon – with dinner


B Complex- (1 pill) with breakfast or as needed for stress reduction plus healthy skin and fur support

 

NOTE:  I also periodically give Buddy --  Omega-3 fish oil pills, SeaVive, L-Glutamine and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  I also apply several topicals on Buddy’s skin as needed during seasonal flare-ups (Zymox Enzymatic Shampoo, Selsun Blue and other medicated shampoos and Vetericyn Hydrogel Spray for hot spots, skin lesions, etc). Click here for more information about those items.


Heartbreaking Update: On February 16, 2013, Buddy died suddenly from internal bleeding due to a large cancerous tumor on his spleen or liver (hemangiosarcoma). Words cannot express the depth of my shock and sadness and feelings of tremendous loss. He was truly my best friend. There were no obvious symptoms and x-rays showed that he hung on for as long as he could. It seems so unfair for cancer to take him just as he was finally beating his allergies. To honor his memory, I will keep this website up and running so that he can continue to help other dogs suffering from allergy symptoms.

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Seacure® by Proper Nutrition

Seacure supports healthy immune function at the gut level by providing bioactive peptides and biogenic amines from hydrolyzed white fish that promote structural integrity and function of the intestinal lining. Seacure is a 100% natural, pre-digested fish protein concentrate made from fresh Pacific Whiting (a member of the Cod family) by means of a unique manufacturing process that allows for a natural breakdown of the fish.  This process enables Seacure to be almost 100% absorbed and assimilated by the body with no digestive effort. It also permits the naturally occurring minerals, nutrients, amino acids and peptides of the fish to be utilized immediately to assist with the natural healing process.  All of the vital, naturally-occurring nutrients found in the fish flesh, including the Omega-3 fatty acids, are retained in Seacure (a whole-food product). Seacure is known to accelerate the healing of numerous health conditions including helping the intestinal tract to repair itself.

Bacillus Coagulans by Thorne Research

The intestinal tract contains trillions of bacteria that, in a healthy dog, coexist with us in a beneficial, symbiotic relationship. They help digest food, produce vitamins, regulate the metabolism, and control a normal immune response. Probiotic bacteria promote a healthy intestinal environment by producing lactic acid and by secreting fatty acids that are helpful to the growth of other beneficial microorganisms. Bacillus coagulans is a lactic acid-producing bacteria that represents a breakthrough in probiotic supplementation. This beneficial bacteria is dormant in the bottle, then reverts to a growing bacteria in the intestines. Because of this, it resists being killed by stomach acid; in contrast, many Lactobacillus probiotics lose most or all of their potency before use and do not survive their trip through the stomach.

Medizym


Medizym provides true value and quality with its scientifically studied combination of bromelain, papain, pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and the bioflavanoid rutin. Medizym is a natural, drug-free formula used for immune and inflammation support. Since the 1950's, clinical studies have found that the enzymes in Medizym help promote healthy joints, improved mobility, normalized inflammation, immune wellness, heart and circulatory health, and anti-aging benefits. Medizym® is available in 100, 200, 400 and 800 ct bottles.

For best results insert tablet in your dog's favorite treat, such as liverwurst or peanut butter. Do not crumble to protect pH coating of tablet



Feeding Instructions

 

 

Size of Dog

Weight of Dog

Amount to Feed

Small

13-20 lbs.

1 Tablet Daily

Medium

21-50 lbs.

2 Tablets Daily

Large

51-100 lbs.

3 Tablets Daily


Loratadine provides 24 hours relief from indoor and outdoor allergies. It is a non-drowsy formula that is laboratory tested and quality assured. Each tablet contains 10mg of loratadine.

Derma-Strength is an advanced formula that provides key ingredients to support skin health and post surgical recovery.

Derma-Strength supports

  • Collagen production
  • Skin tissue health
  • Skin texture
  • Circulation
    • Support the immune system response and circulation
    • Aid in tissue recovery
    • Maintain histamine within normal levels
    • Protect against free radical damage
    • Provides support during allergy season

Important ingredients include

  • Amino Acids for tissue repair.
  • Antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E to support cellular health and functionality.
  • Chicken Collagen for tissue support.
  • DMG for immune system support and circulation.
  • Essential Fatty Acids EPA and DHA to support circulation, cellular integrity, functionality and health.
  • Grape Seed Extract to help manage histamine levels, support circulation and protect against free radical damage.
  • Hyaluronic Acid for tissue hydration support.
  • Methionine to support skin tissue health.
  • MSM to support comfort, promote collagen production and contribute to skin texture and resiliency.
  • Perilla Seed to support a healthy immune response and help manage histamine levels.

For centuries, Southwest Native Americans have used the Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera) in many diversified ways. From the making of soap to the treatment of a wide variety of ailments, including arthritis, rheumatism, and skin rashes, yucca's high concentration of steroidal saponins, which are cortisone-like substances, make the yucca extract such an effective medicinal aid for skin disorders. The extract of yucca also possesses antibacterial, antifungal and super moisturizing properties.

Flax Oil is a rich source of Omega-3 (alpha linoleic acid) and has been discovered to be "essential" to health of animals and humans. Omega-3 fatty acids are purposely avoided in the production of commercial pet and animal foods as they may go rancid, limiting the shelf life of these products. The result is a deficiency of these vital nutrients in these foods and ultimately in your pet. Barlean's has taken the extra steps necessary to preserve the integrity of flaxseed oil, providing your pets with the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids they require for optimal health.


Benefits found with flax and the essential fatty acids in the health of animals:

       Important for growth and development

       Improved immunity against infection

       Increased quantity and quality of milk in lactating animals

       Development of beautiful and lustrous sheen in animal coats

       Improvement of dandruff and dry, patchy skin

       Improvement of inflammatory conditions

       Increased bone strength

Coconut Oil (Virgin, Organic, Unrefined)


Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother's milk that supports a healthy metabolism plus it kills harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi. In dogs, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic. According to an article in Whole Dog Journal, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.  Solid or liquid coconut oil can be added to food at any meal or given between meals. The optimum dose for dogs is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. Start out with a small amount and work up the ideal dose. Dogs treated topically with coconut oil for bites, stings, ear mites, ear infections, cuts, or wounds recover quickly.


Note:  You can also buy a large jar of organic, virgin unrefined coconut oil at Costco now at a great price.

B-50  and B-100 Complex


The eight  B vitamins that are a part of B Complex support various functions in a dogs body, including the nervous system, circulatory system, metabolism, skin, eyes, mouth, reproduction system, fur, and more. B-Complex is also particularly effective at reducing anxiety in dogs.

Vetri-Science Omega 3,6,9

A comprehensive fatty acid formula for cats and dogs that is rich in ALA, GLA, EPA and DHA to support heart and skin health 
A blend of non-GMO natural oils from Borage Seed, Flaxseed, and Fish that combines the health benefits of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids 
Provides desirable ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for more efficient and beneficial prostaglandin production 

A comprehensive fatty acid formula for cats and dogs that is rich in ALA, GLA, EPA and DHA to support heart and skin health.


A blend of non-GMO natural oils from Borage Seed, Flaxseed, and Fish that combines the health benefits of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.


Provides desirable ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for more efficient and beneficial prostaglandin production.
A comprehensive fatty acid formula for cats and dogs that is rich in ALA, GLA, EPA and DHA to support heart and skin health 
A blend of non-GMO natural oils from Borage Seed, Flaxseed, and Fish that combines the health benefits of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids 
Provides desirable ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for more efficient and beneficial prostaglandin production 
A comprehensive fatty acid formula for cats and dogs that is rich in ALA, GLA, EPA and DHA to support heart and skin health 
A blend of non-GMO natural oils from Borage Seed, Flaxseed, and Fish that combines the health benefits of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids 
Provides desirable ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for more efficient and beneficial prostaglandin production 

SeaVive® by Proper Nutrition


SeaVive is uniquely formulated to address total immune health by combining Seacure®, Colostrum 80/40®, and Beta glucan. Seacure supports healthy immune function at the gut level by providing bioactive peptides and biogenic amines from hydrolyzed white fish that promote structural integrity and function of the intestinal lining. Colostrum 80/40 is specially prepared to remove the fat, casein, and lactose and provides a minimum of 40% IgG. Potent beta glucan stimulates the immune system and its response to infections.

L-Glutamine has recently been the focus of much scientific interest. A growing body of evidence suggests that during certain stressful times, the body may require more Glutamine than it can produce. Under these circumstances Glutamine may be considered a "conditionally essential" amino acid. Glutamine is involved in maintaining a positive nitrogen balance (an anabolic state) and also aids rapidly growing cells (immune system lymphocytes and intestinal cell enterocytes). In addition, Glutamine is a regulator of acid-base balance and a nitrogen transporter.

             

Dogs

Under 25 lbs

1 capsule daily

25lbs - 50lbs

2 capsules daily

50lbs - 100lbs

4 capsules daily

+100lbs

8 capsules daily

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from the finest, delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness and contains the amazing 'mother' of vinegar which occurs naturally as connected strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules and is highly regarded throughout history. Many medical studies show the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. In 400 B.C. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing health qualities. Certified Organic Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity, and contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar. Gluten Free.

INTERNAL BENEFITS:

EXTERNAL BENEFITS:

  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise
A grain-free, nutritious, oven-baked snack that blends wholesome, high quality ingredients with flavors your dog will enjoy. These treats are optimized for skin and coat and great for training or as a healthy treat.
Click here to see other great products that Buddy uses including topical treatments, shampoos, ear cleansers, and more.  Click here to see Buddy's favorite items including toys, brushes, collars, etc.