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Turkey Tracks: Jackpot Update

This morning I slept until the radio alarm went off at 5:40 am. Jackpot sounded an immediate alarm as I usually wake up and dress before the alarm goes off.

I showered last night, so I got dressed and went down to him. He is ridiculously happy to see me in the mornings, so it is hard and funny to get his collar and harness back on so he is ready to go out and pee, which he does immediately and without fuss. Soon I’ll be able to take him out off leash for this morning outing, but I still need to see his poop and I don’t want him to do it in the woods. The draw back for him is he knows he’ll get his breakfast as soon as we go back inside.

I seem to have lost yesterday in terms of posting. We had a good day. There were two good walks, ONE good poop (no more diarrhea), no accidents in the house for many days now—and I’m learning when he needs to go out. He’s started giving me “the look” that says “I need something.”

I’m close to moving back to the living/dining room table with him if he’s pooped in the morning and if I continue to take him out frequently, which I will. He still has to have my eyes on him though so he doesn’t get into mischief. He loves the big dog bed in that room, and the long hall allows for a ball to be rolled down it. He would love having the extra space, I know.

The blood work yesterday at the lab is still too low—but after the hookworm infestation and so much of the antibiotic metronidazole, it is going to take some time for him to regroup and replenish red blood cells. AND it’s going to take even longer to reorient his gut flora and fauna as antibiotics kill the good and the bad. And this antibiotic also wipes out the mucus lining of the stomach, etc. He’s on his nourishing raw food from Rebel Raw, and I have the food I made for him using some ingredients from My Pet Carnivore. And I ordered, yesterday, the complete raw chicken food from Rebel Raw. The food variety is needed in his diet so he doesn’t start up any food allergies. And different proteins bring different sets of goodies to the table.

The blood test at the vets is $85 a pop! And they wanted to do another one on Friday. That’s too soon. He needs some time. I cancelled Friday’s vet appointment until the already paid for DNA kit comes in—at which time I might consider another blood test since they will be drawing blood. He is anemic right now, for sure. As a result, he tries to eat dirt and goes after any of the wild animal poop he can find up in the neighbor’s meadow. I stop him if I can, but he does often get some. He now grabs and runs, as if it is a very fun game.

It is interesting to me that he totally ignores whatever dog poop he passes, so clearly he’s trying to heal himself with wild fecal matter—and I’m not sure that is such a terrible idea given what we know now about fecal transplants for dogs who have intestinal issues. BUT, he also picks up rocks and carries them in his mouth until I remove them. That part I don’t like. And I don’t like the dirt eating—which is a clear sign of nutritional deficiencies. Dogs DO need soil bacteria though—and most city dogs don’t get sufficient soil bacteria as many are always walked on pavement.

I’ve stopped the Slippery Elm now. And he’s getting a daily probiotic from the vets and from Glenna at Sweet Pups. He’s also getting small amounts of dried colostrum, Saccharomyces boulardi (a GOOD yeast that helps repopulate the gut and drives out bad yeast created by too many starches in industrial dog food), a short course of milk thistle powder to detox all the chemicals he’s had, a Four Leaf Rover organic mushroom mix that will boost his immunity (mushrooms are magic), and the last of the organic bone broth.

Next week, I’ll give him the second dose of the dewormer from the vet and will follow up with another fecal sample. And in mid October some time, I’ll give him the second Heartgard to clean out any heartworms he brought from Texas. And that will be it for the winter, assuming his fecal test is clean. In the spring, I’ll test for heartworms—that’s a blood test. If he is clear and he is healthy, likely I’ll not use more Heartgard, which is a double-edge sword for dogs, in that yes, it can stop heartworms and other parasites, but it is hard on their bodies and they never develop an immune system that can handle these issues—which animals in the wild can do. Fecal tests and a yearly heartworm blood test would be an indicator of trouble.

You know, one reason that we have these toxic business models in all our medicine now is that we have been conditioned to be afraid of everything and to “protect” by using a lot of chemicals that promise prevention, but which also have significant unintended consequences, especially when they are all mixed up together. It’s a tough line to walk today, for sure. And we all just have to do the best we can with our informed consent decisions. For me, it is better to have a dog who can run free on my property and on most walks, a dog who is a team member with me, a dog who is happy because he can be a dog in most every sense of being “dog.” I’ll accept the risks that come with that decision. And I’m so lucky that I live where I can have a dog in this way. I’ll be happy when I can train JP on the outdoor radio fence, so I don’t have to worry if he runs down the front hill or out into the woods. But right now, JP has enough to manage on his plate.

Yesterday I tried out the quilt room for a short period. I put down the beautiful dog bed I’ll use and brought in the toy bucket, and after a struggle to figure out the door gate got that up, sat quietly to see what JP would do. He fussed for a bit and then laid down on the floor and rested. He’d had two walks/runs, so he wasn’t antsy. So…. I think that will work for piecing and cutting, but not yet for the longarm. Soon.

I left the door to the quilt room open last night, and he went inside in the dark several times, and I think his trips were to check out the dog bed.

There’s a whole lotta beagle in that puppy. But I see the terrier too. And I still say there is some retriever some where as he carries things in his mouth and brings back things thrown to him without prompting.

Have a great day everyone!

We’re off for a morning walk soon, and the afternoon will bring thunderstorms and rain. That might make a good time for the quilt room.

Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

12 thoughts on “Good Morning!”

  1. Totally agree with you! All those chemicals, not just our pets but people also. That’s why we have so many resistant bugs! Too much antibiotic use! Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox….. lol. You have a wonderful day!

  2. Jackpot is so fortunate he found you! You really take such good care of him. I meant to comment about the beagles that were rescued in Virginia. My brother has a neighbor in Falls Church, VA, who rescued one of them this past spring. He says she’s a good dog though quite skittish still. She’s afraid of everything. My brother lives in a subdivision and he has 2 beagles as does the owner of the rescued beagle. He comes down from time to time and all 4 dogs play in his backyard. He says the rescued dog is doing well.

    1. John and I lived in Falls Church, the city, for most of our married life—we bought a house there way back in the day—1969 or 1970. We moved to Maine in 2004. Love your story about the beagles.

      1. I grew up in that area. We didn’t live in the city of Falls Church. We lived off of Columbia Pike near Lake Barcroft. Was more the Bailey’s Crossroads area, but the mailing address was Falls Church. My brother is in that same area of Falls Church.

  3. I learn so much from you about nutrition for pets as well as ourselves. And about dog health as we do yearly fecal tests and blood work as well as take Interceptor which makes me wonder if it’s needed. We keep them contained in our fenced in back yard as too many wild critters leave droppings and disease in our back woods. They run around and seem content and do occasional leashed walks out back. When my husbands red blood cell count was very low after having a viral infection last year, the doctor said to eat protein products and give it time to build up. It did but took awhile. We don’t eat a lot of red meat so tried to incorporate it as well as spinach salads and eggs. I do appreciate all the knowledge I read in your blog.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy. It’s good to know it took your husband a bit of time to restore the red blood cells. Comforting. I love red meat—CLEAN red meat—and often eat beef and lamb. I think red meat got demonized unfairly—and with sketchy “studies”—a while back. Beef tallow is one of the best fats we have to use for cooking. Red Meat is the only place you get vitamin B12 IN A FORM YOUR BODY CAN USE. My dad stopped being able to hang on to or use B12–and in looking back, I think he had malabsorption issues and probably from the same mast cell issue I have. The body has a lot of moving parts around using B12–and they all have to be working. Without B12, one gets dementia, which my dad got. So sad. You might like The Weston A Price Foundation web site—they have a lot of really good info—and they don’t “have a dog in the hunt” in that they are NOT trying to sell you a food product. It’s free. Go there to find out more about the demonization of red meat and B12??

  4. Sounds like positive progress on all fronts Louisa! Can’t wait to meet Jackpot. And see you too of course!

    I have a bit of a busy schedule with tennis matches coming up now. I am on 3 different teams, a women’s doubles, a mixed doubles and a 7.0 mixed levels women’s team. Should be a fun Fall!

    Bill and I are in Montreal for a couple of days. Dear friends from England are in Canada on a bus/train trip and will be in Montreal tonight. Meeting up with them for dinner and a visit. Had a lovely day yesterday walking up Mt. Royal for a fabulous view of the river and the city. Beautiful flower gardens at the top too.

  5. I honestly hate WordPress! I wrote a long comment but it won’t post – my password has not changed but WordPress decides on a regular basis that what I enter is not correct. I also use WordPress for my blog but my recent issues of everything crashing is another WordPress problem which happens usually at least once a year. I wish they were more dependable and helpful. I’ve had to reconfigure posting on my blog and now the photos are not clear either – another problem I will need to address.

      1. Thanks Louise for helping Mary as I would miss her blog terribly. She cares for her pets so dearly. I appreciate you giving me information to read up on B12.
        Our daughter is going through issues right now with Vit B and I am realizing there is so much more to all of them too.

  6. This warms my heart to read that Jackpot is on the mend. My family looks forward to hearing about his recovery. And his enjoyment of the smorgasbord of life: poop, rocks and dirt. It seems vets could certainly learn a thing or two from you, Louisa! And don’t even get me started on the cost of testing..

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