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Galtee’s Gut Flora Test @ Animalbiome

Galtee had his gut flora tested at Animalbiome about four weeks ago.  He is missing seven groups of bacteria, which may be causing his ongoing GI symptoms.  He appears to need more fiber in his diet which I hope will help to repopulate his gut flora.  The team at Animalbiome recommended adding psyllium and inulin to his meals.  We will test his gut flora again in about two months and hope his flora  will be much improved.

See Animalbiome gut flora results for Galtee:

Copying report hasn’t worked.  I will contact Animalbiome for help.

Galtee at Hemopet for his Rabies Vaccine!

Galtee at Hemopet for his required Rabies vaccine.  In spite of   documented evidence in the research of  Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM (Hemopet) and others, the Veterinary Board and the State of California  refuse to accept high Rabies antibody blood titers as evidence of immunity to Rabies.  According to Jean Dodds, DMV, her research demonstrates that the Rabies vaccine has proven immunity for 7 years, and probably lifetime immunity,  yet California law requires that our dogs get Rabies vaccine every 3 years!  


The label on the Rabies vaccine vial advises veterinarians against giving the vaccine to unhealthy animals–this warning is ignored with horrific results; many dogs develop seizures and  immune disorders.  It’s been reported that the unnecessary vaccines and the illnesses they cause make up 80% of veterinary practice income!  It’s all about money!!!

Galtee’s veterinarian recommended Homeopathic Lyssin 1 ml every 24 hours for five days to counteract some of the vaccine effects.

I hope it works!

Drooling at the Dog Park!

Wasp sting! fullsizeoutput_1fa2Galtee appeared to be having a great time at the new dog park, until I noticed he was drooling a waterfall.  He ran around, a little agitated, but I thought he was having fun!   And another large dog had the same drooling waterfall glistening from his mouth.  But, by the time we left the dog park, Galtee’s drooling had stopped.

Later, when I was brushing him, I felt a lump on his left side; it was a dime-sized welt with a puncture wound in the center.  Googling told me it was a wasp sting (no stinger seen).  I cleaned the welt with Betadine and applied a baking soda paste to the area.  I gave Galtee 50 mgs of Benadryl–he was probably still in pain from the histamine reaction.  He seemed calm, and the Benadryl helped him to sleep well.

Then I called Nationwide Pet Insurance Veterinary Consultation Hotline to ask if the Children’s Liquid Benadryl would work faster for the probable next sting.   The veterinarian recommended Benadryl Liqui-Gels, because the Children’s Benadryl dose is too low and would require having to administer too much of the solution.  As Galtee’s dose of Benadryl is 50 mg,  it would be easier to give him two Benadryl Liquid-Gels.

I gave Galtee  Benadryl 50 mg twice a day for the next two days because he  kept trying to chew the welt.   I applied Apple Cider Vinegar to the sting site three times a day.  And It took about a week for the welt to disappear.

So, Benadryl is the remedy for wasp and bee stings,  but it’s an emergency if a dog is allergic to bee and wasp stings and that needs an immediate  veterinary visit.

I plan to bring Benadryl to the dog park on every visit!



Galtee’s Meals!




1 cup of organic ground buffalo, beef,  or turkey, 1/2 duck egg,  1/4 cup of organic puréed broccoli, bok-choy, green beans–usually two or three green vegetables–, 1/4 tsp Turmeric,  a sprinkling of goat cheese, and 1/4 tsp of Pet Kelp.
1 tsp duck eggshell powder per lb of meat.

(I cook the Turmeric with the meat, vegetables, and egg.)

Lunch:  1/2 can of sardines with probiotic VSL#3  (1/8 tsp–about 56 billion CFUs)
(I buy Trader Joe’s Wild Caught Unsalted Sardines in Spring Water, 3ozs)

Dinner:  One cup of organic buffalo, beef, or turkey,  1/2 duck egg,  1/4 cup of puréed zucchini, collard greens, spinach.  1/4 tsp of Pet Kelp.
1/2 tsp duck eggshell powder, 1/4 turmeric, 1/2 tsp Hemp oil, 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar.

Snacks: Elinora’s Icelandic Fish Skin Chews, Beams, and Polkadog Cod skins.
Pumpkin and flaxseed crackers.
Manuka honey 1 tsp daily.

Green vegetables vary: broccoli, bok choy, collard greens, zucchini, green beans, and occasionally, spinach.

Occasionally I make beef bone broth and add small pieces of calf liver to Galtee’s meals.




Paradise Ranch Pet Resort

Galtee at Paradise Ranch Pet Resort!

Paradise Ranch Pet Resort
This dog water park was a fun place for Galtee.  After he passed his evaluation which I watched on TV and through a window, he was happy to leave me to explore the many dog rooms in this colorful hacienda.  Paradise Ranch is a totally off leash resort with many areas for play–the parks, the pools, and the beach.  There were many large dogs running around–friendly and having fun.

The staff were very relaxed and caring.  There was a trainer stationed in each outdoor area, and in each room during nap time.  The supervision is excellent–I feel very comfortable leaving Galtee in their care.

The thing that I like most about this place is that they have a web cam that I can access to see what Galtee is doing at all times.

I was also impressed by the fresh smell and cleanliness–no poop anywhere!

I think Galtee has found Paradise!

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Remedy To Remove Chewing-gum From Your Dog’s Fur!

Chewing Gum!
Chewing Gum!


Galtee picked up chewing gum on his leg–from under the table at The Lazy Dog Cafe yesterday.  I didn’t notice it until he got home!
Chewing gum may contain Xylitol which is toxic if ingested by dogs.  And there was a disgusting large lump of it on his leg, so he obviously didn’t try to eat it.  At least I didn’t have to worry about that!
A pox on the moron who threw it under the table!

In the past I have used  Goo Gone to remove chewing gum and beach tar from his paws, but recently read that Coconut oil is a better alternative.

With about eighty-percent of Galtee’s cooperation, I went to work with latex gloves, a flea comb, and Coconut Oil.  It took quite a few minutes to remove the disgusting mass of a moron’s saliva stained chewing gum from Galtee’s fur; the Coconut Oil worked and had a much more pleasant smell that the  Goo Gone!

 I will do an “under the table inspection” before Galtee ever sits down under another table!

It’s true–Coconut Oil is a great remedy to remove chewing gum from fur!