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Nutrition/Health Links

Resources and Information for Dog Nutrition and Health Links

By Lew Olson • December 2006 Newsletter
The information contained in this newsletter should only be used as a guideline. Always make sure you have a correct diagnosis from your veterinarian before proceeding and always follow their directions and protocol.

Resources and Information


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Dog Nutrition and Health Links.

B-Naturals Newsletter

December 2006


Lew Olson,

PhD Natural Health, LMSW-ACP


Bean and I wish everyone a

Happy Holiday Season and

good health and good fortune in the New Year!

Resources and Information for Dog Nutrition and Health Links

With the Holiday season upon us, it seems all I do is make lists and try to remember things, so I thought for the last newsletter of the year, I would put helpful links and resources all together. I am always searching for these links myself, so I thought I would try and categorize some of my favorites! In honor of the game show Jeopardy, we will call this newsletter “Potpourri”. I will probably add and update this list every few months. If you have any suggestions, ideas or additions for this feature, please email me at: lewolson@earthlink.net I welcome all input!

Diet and Nutrition Information

Directions for a Raw Diet: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/raw-diet/

Directions for a Home Cooked Diet: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/cooked-diet/

Diets for Dogs with Cancer: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/cancer-diet/

Diet Information for Kidney Problems: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/kidney-diet/


Heart Healthy Diets: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/heart-healthy-diet/

Pancreatitis Information and Diet: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/pancreatitis/

Protein and liver disease

Low protein is mostly contraindicated for dogs with liver disease. http://www.dogaware.com/specific.html#liver

Protein and Senior Dogs

Studies show protein reduction in seniors as harmful https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/feeding-puppies-seniors/

Why Feeding Low Protein for Most Dogs is Harmful

Mary Straus has the best information and research to show why restricting in most cases is harmful: http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html#protein

Calcium oxalate stones and diets: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/daily-supplements/

Nutrition Data Site, Can Analyze Most Food Ingredients: http://www.nutritiondata.com/index.html

Elimination Diet Directions for Dogs with allergies: http://www.caberfeidh.com/Allergies.htm

Feeding Raw Eggs and Biotin (yes, it is safe to feed raw eggs!): http://www.aeb.org/index.html
BIOTIN (and Avidin)
“One of the B vitamins which plays an important role in cell metabolism and
the utilization of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Biotin is present in
many foods including egg yolk and is synthesized by the body. Avidin, one of
the egg proteins, can combine with biotin and make it unavailable. However,
a human would have to eat **24 raw egg whites a day** for biotin to be
inhibited by avidin.”

Medication and Supplement Information

Calcium amounts in eggshells

From the American Egg Industry Site: http://www.aeb.org/LearnMore/Eggcyclopedia/C.htm

“The eggshell is composed largely of calcium carbonate (about 94%) and contains about 2 grams of calcium. It also contains small percentages of magnesium carbonate and calcium phosphate.” The best estimate we have is that about a teaspoon of ground eggshell has between 1,800 to 2,000 mg of calcium carbonate. To use eggshell for calcium carbonate supplementation, dry the eggshells over night and grind in a coffee bean grinder. Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator!

How to use Slippery Elm Bark (for GI upsets): http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php

Parvo, a new treatment with oseltamivir

This is an article by Christie Keith:: http://vettechs.blogspot.com/2005/04/oseltamivir-is-there-new-treatment-for.html

Pain Control Management in Dogs

These articles show how proper pain control lends to quicker healing, quality of life, can promote better appetite and faster recovery for dogs (Bless you Christie Keith!)


Here is some information on colostrum, and how it works for immunity in the body. While these studies below are for cows, horses and goats, the same principle is true for humans (also mammals). It is effective for the approximately the first 24 to 48 hours of age, at which point it can no longer be absorbed for the immune benefits.:

This is where you might consider adding a colostrum supplement to the poor quality colostrum. While studies show that adding colostral supplements to colostrum produced little change in serum IgG concentrations (serum IgG concentrations taken 24 or 48 hours after birth, suggesting that there was no benefit to adding a freeze-dried colostrum IgG (g/ L) ) However, there are times when maternal colostrum is of poor quality, may be unavailable at the appropriate time for feeding, or is contaminated with disease-causing organisms. In these situations, colostral supplements are usefulIf at all possible, do not use supplements as a total replacement for colostrum. According to Dr. Quigley –  “A lot of times colostral supplements are marketed as a replacement for colostrum, but they’re not”.: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_AN110

IV Vitamin C therapy, resources and directions

Here is how it works:
Here is a website on how to talk your vet (doctor) into using IV vitamin C:
Here is where to order it:

Merit Pharmaceuticals, 2611 San
Fernando, Los Angeles, CA 90065,
For CA 800-696-3748
Out-of State 800-421-9657
Research articles on Vitamin C IV therapy:

Chemotherapy Information and Interactions

Vaccinations-How Often, For Puppies and Revaccination Questions
http://www.caberfeidh.com/PuppyVax.htm Puppies

http://www.caberfeidh.com/Revax.htm Revaccination information

http://www.caberfeidh.com/Revax.htm Titers, do they work?

http://www.dogaware.com/misc.html#vaccination Mary’s page on many resources and links for more information
Stone and Urinary Tract Infection Information

Struvites, stones and Urinary Tract Infections

Great info on Struvites and treatment:


Urinary Tract Infections: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/utis/

UTI information: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/utis/

Dog Diseases and Discussions on Symptoms and Treatment


This is a good roundtable discussion among vets of Leptospirosis.

Symptoms and Treatment: https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/leptospirosis/

Erhlichiosis and Tick Borne Disease

Best site on the web, by Gil: http://blackgsd.googlepages.com/home

Odds and Ends

Mercury contents in Fish

These articles show Jack Mackerel, Salmon and Sardines are safe, while Tuna tends to be much higher in mercury.

“Nearly all fish contain trace amounts of mercury, but longer-lived predators — like tuna, swordfish and sharks — generally have higher levels.”
“Fish that are large, live longer and at the top of the food chain tend to accumulate higher levels of mercury.” This site lists Jack Mackerel, Pacific Salmon and (tinned) Sardines under the heading “Smaller fish are comparatively safe”.

Recipe for Getting Rid of Skunk Odor

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup of baking

1 teaspoon of liquid soap

When mixed, the ingredients in this recipe form an alkaline peroxide, which chemically changes the skunk essence into sulfuric acid (a completely odorless chemical). The soap helps break down the skunk essence making it more susceptible to the other chemical. Mix the ingredients in an open plastic or stainless steel container and  bathe the animal in the solution.  Rinse well and repeat if necessary.  This mixture is rather volatile, so do not store already mixed or the bottle or jug will explode.

Leaving on the note of skunk odor may seem less than savory, but I hope you all enjoyed this months Newsletter. Remember to slow down and enjoy your Holidays and don’t forget to pet, cuddle and love your dogs and cats!

“It is not enough to be busy…The question is: what are we busy about?”
– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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