The Hyperactive Collie Puppy
Solo was a cute 7-month old Collie puppy who came to one of our Training Camps. Marcy,
her owner, was a nervous wreck because she had never been able to sleep through a night since
she had brought Solo home at 7 weeks of age. Every night, at about 3:30 a.m.,
Solo would snuffle, snort and sneeze, waking Marcy up and then again at 5:30 a.m.,
when Solo had to go out.
What I saw was a hyper-active puppy with hot spots and skin eruptions all over her little body.
She had white discharges from her nose and eyes. She just couldn’t stay still and was in
Learning about Solo, I found out that she was born in July.
Before Marcy brought her home, Solo:
- had the dew claws on her front legs removed;
- had 5 sets of five-in-one inoculations, starting when she was 6 weeks old and continuing to 6 months of age; and
- had a rabies inoculation with the last set of five-in-one vaccines.
Following each set of vaccines, Solo had diarrhea, started to itch, her body became covered in hives and her eyes and nose had a whitish discharge. She was also running alive with fleas. Her veterinarian had prescribed steroids for the itching, stool hardeners and antibiotics for her diarrhea, and a flea and tick dip to be given every week. She was fed a dry kibble with no supplements.
This was one sick little puppy, who needed immediate care.
Expressions of the Lungs and Large Intestine
September to December is the time of the year when the energy of the body is in the
Lungs and Large Intestine. It corresponds to the Metal element, the color white, the emotion of sadness and depression, a rank smell and the sound of whining and crying.
These organs express themselves in the nose, skin and structure of the dog,
as well as the elimination systems.
Worse on dry days, when housed in a room with dry heat such as a wood burning stove,
or when put under the hot hair dryer at a groomer’s.
The white discharges from Solo’s nose and eyes told me that there was involvement with the Metal element. The time she got Marcy up to go outside was also a clue, since at 5:00 a.m. The energy of the body goes into the large intestine, responsible for elimination.
The fact that she had had her dew claws removed, leaving a tiny scar on a major large intestine acupuncture point, told me that the condition of her skin could be related to that too.
But it wasn’t that simple. The hot spots and hyperactivity showed me that there was a disruption in the energy to the heart and small intestine as well. Both systems were weak.
Solo was fasted for a day on goat’s milk and honey, and for the first time since Marcy had owned Solo, they both slept the night through. An individual diet, combining both the Lung/Large Intestine diet together with the Heart/Small Intestine diet was worked out for little Solo. She was cleared of the side effects of the vaccines by using homeopathic remedies. When Solo left Camp, she was quiet, calm, and a happy little soul, and her skin was beginning to heal. The diarrhea had stopped and the discharges had almost cleared up.
I told Marcy that I thought in about three weeks, Solo should recover,
but she was to keep her on the Natural Diet.
Conditions associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine
- skin conditions: hives, pimples, boils, abscesses, eczema appearing along the front legs, neck, shoulders or face.
- continuous itching with no fleas present.
- white secretions from eyes or nose.
- structural abnormalities affecting the spine.
- inverted sneezing and hiccups
- fusion of the spine or spinal degeneration found in aging dogs.
- difficulty in lying down, or circling for a long time before lying down.
- poor extension of a front leg, or pain and limping in the front legs.
- difficulty in getting up after lying down and not being able to lift head up higher than.
- shoulder level.
- bloating in the large intestine.
- worms, constipation and diarrhea.
- dryness of the throat with a raspy bark.
- difficulty in breathing, or whining and crying.
- depression and sadness.
- inhalant allergies and nasal or sinus drips.
- lack of coat or one that is dull and dry.
21-day cleansing and balancing diet for a 50-pound dog.
Feed twice a day and adjust according to weight
1/3rd of diet
- use one at a time
- raw beef, or raw beef mixed together with beef liver (75% beef, 25% liver), cottage cheese or yogurt
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1/3rd of diet
- use one at a time rotating the vegetables or combine some together (lightly steam, or put through food processor)
- carrots, beets, celery, cucumber, parsnips, green or yellow beans, radishes and garlic
2 teaspoons dried
- use two or three together and rotate
- comfrey leaves, fennel, burdock, aloe vera, strawberry leaves, mullein, ginseng, angelica, lobelia, fenugreek, golden seal
- black currants, or red grapes, or blueberries, or blackberries, or peaches
use in both a.m. and p.m. meals
- 1 gram (1,000 mg.) Vitamin C (calcium ascorbate) - start with 500 mg., then slowly increase to 1 gram
- 1 Vitamin B Complex
- 2 Alfalfa tablets
- 1/4 teaspoon Endurance
- 1/8th teaspoon Digestive Enzymes
- 1,1000mg capsule Essential Fatty Acids (180mg for every 10lbs of body weight)
- 1/2 cup yogurt or kefir
- 2 tablespoon Willard Water
- 1 tablet in p.m. only for 3 weeks
Resources to order products:
- Vitamin B Complex Endurance, Digestive Enzymes – www.volharddognutrition.com
- Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q-10 - www.bronsonvitamins.com
- Glandular – Standard Process – email Lise O’Neill firstname.lastname@example.org
- Willard Water – www.drwillard.com
- Raw local honey, Apple Cider Vinegar and Raw Wheat Germ, Alfalfa tablets, Local Health Food Store
- Essential Fatty Acids - Carlson EFA’s – local health food or grocery store.
- Neem Oil to add to shampoo - http://neemtreefarms.com
- Herbs – www.blessedherbs.com or www.mountainroseherbs.com
After three weeks of the cleansing diet and detoxification, your dog can be switched over to the Natural Diet or the Natural Diet Foundation.
Start on Day 5 of the Transfer diet for the home made food, or day 3 for the Natural Diet Foundation or half the normal listed diet by weight for NDF2 for one day, then full amount the second day.
Parasites - Internal
Always check your dog for internal parasites. If your dog has been infested and he has been wormed using a commercial product, the good bacteria present in the large intestine, necessary for normal stools, may have been killed off. Yogurt and or kefir will restore the “good” bacteria. Acidophilus capsules (the live bacteria contained in yogurt), can be bought at your health food store.
There are also many natural wormers such as Paraplex (http://www.primopetproducts.com) on the market, which can be used successfully.
Parasites - External
Bathe your dog in a mild herbal shampoo, add some Neem oil and dilute with Willard Water, 10 to 1. Leave the shampoo on for about 5 minutes to kill any parasites on the skin. Rinse thoroughly with some Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed half and half with warm water, and let the dog drip-dry. This changes the pH of the skin, kills parasites and helps the skin to heal.
Neem is a product which is helpful with skin conditions and which I use with my dogs. Neem is a tree found in India, and is called the village pharmacy. All parts of the tree are used. Neem oil (http://neemtreefarms.com) is particularly effective when added to a mild, herbal shampoo for any conditions of the skin, and kills all parasites.
Neem Oil diluted with Willard Water (1/10) is used for external skin conditions and as a repellent
for fleas and ticks. After bathing your dog, let him drip dry. Do not put in front of a fan, or use a blow dryer, since Lung and Large Intestine symptoms are exacerbated.
Working with your veterinarian
Diseases of the lungs and large intestine, need to be monitored on a regular basis by your veterinarian. On your office visit, be sure to
take a fecal specimen to check your dog for parasites. Blood work is always helpful in determining allergies and parasites.