This section of our website has been created to share information with other pet owners. It is the result of an experience we had when one of our dogs nearly died from Congestive Heart Failure in September of 2015.
We saw firsthand how proper diet and routine care could keep your dog healthy beyond their average life expectancy and in our case save a dog's life.
As I said earlier, this section was created because of what we learned when Albert the oldest of our four Shelties almost died. We don't know his exact age because he was a stray that we rescued in 2006. Our Vet guessed that he was between 2 and 5 years. When we brought Albert home, the plan was to foster him until the rescue organization could find a forever home. The plan changed.
When I brought him home from the shelter he was dirty, matted, and thin. The transformation after his bath was extraordinary. How anyone could abandon this beautiful boy was a puzzle. He was as loving, sweet, and smart as he was handsome. It was unanimous; he had found his forever home. He soon became a model for PupGear product packaging and ads.
Prior to the CHF diagnosis, Albert was healthy, except for occasional allergies. When we relocated the company to Nevada, his allergies became worse. So, when he developed a cough, we thought it was from the dry desert climate. When his cough became more frequent, we took him to the Vet, who took a chest X-Ray.
The X-rays confirmed he had advanced stage Chronic Heart Failure. The Vet gave him a shot and prescribed Lasix, a common diuretic. “He needs to lose weight.” The Vet told us. His cough stopped within a few hours, but he was lethargic and refused to eat. I called the Vet two days later and told him that Albert would not eat; his reply was "that's okay, he needs to lose weight.” For the next week, Albert would not eat and I had to feed him baby food from a syringe. He was so weak we had to carry him outside to relieve his bladder. He had lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks. Although he stopped coughing, it was obvious he was not getting better. I called a friend who was a Veterinarian in Southern California. She told us to start him onCOQ10 immediately and to feed him raw meat and vegetables with no salt. She was adamant we take him to a cardiologist to have tests done. I called the only canine cardiologist listed in the area and asked if they used both western and alternative approaches. The receptionist said no and referred us to Dr. Joanne Stefanato, a Veterinarian who practices both Western and Holistic Medicine.
As Dr. Stefanato examined him, she said she could barely find a pulse. "He can go anytime she said quietly". We asked if we should consider euthanasia. Dr. Stefanato said she sensed he was not ready and she felt she could help him. She told us it was our decision. Although skeptical, we were willing to do anything to help him get better. The first step was to change his diet; she gave us a list of things to do immediately, including giving him Heart and Liver Tonic. She also insisted we give him a bath with Organic Dog Shampoo once a week to allow his body to get rid of toxins. His nose was dry and crusty and she said that it was painful for him, we tried a product called Snout Soother. we were blown away by the results. He hated having his teeth brushed so she suggested we give him Oral Antibacterial Solution
we couldn’t find a toothpaste that was free of sodium and chemicals and after researching and consulting with experts we developed
Pup-Phaste™ an all natural chemical and sodium free enzyme tooth paste for dogs. Yes, it really works and dogs love the taste!
When his blood tests results came in the next day it confirmed what Dr. Stefanato suspected. His kidney and liver elevations were off the chart. We did everything she asked and within a few days we could see a difference.
February 20, 2017 Albert is doing well. He has a limp because of arthritis in his elbow, yet he looks great and loves his daily medication routine. 3 times a day he will come and find one of us to let us know it’s time for his medication. Over the past 6 months he has had an issue with his kidneys, but he gets fluids a few times a week and Azodyl a proprietary formulation of beneficial bacteria that supports normal renal health.
Even though I consider myself informed on all things dog, there is so much conflicting information, that I missed critical information.
The information and products we recommend are because our dog Albert is alive and healthier than ever and our other three dogs have also benefited from a raw diet and PH water. They have all lost weight and have more energy than before. As they say, "Knowledge is Power" which is why we have compiled information and included links to information and products to help you make the best choices for your dogs health.