The thing about tick diseases

Wille got a tick yesterday and I cleared it as soon as I saw it, but it made me think about what it is for diseases I’m afraid he’ll get.

Found three diseases:
Lyme disease
anaplasmosis
TBE

All sound like they would kill my dog if he got them but when you read about each individual infection it did not seem like such a big problem, dogs get infrequently infected or get infected without getting sick or show symptoms of the disease.

So why do you hear so many horror stories about these diseases? Entered a forum where people discussed symptoms and treatment and anyone who had a dog who had any of the diseases also used repellent like Bravecto or Frontline on their dogs.

How is that even possible? You have given your dog a poison to keep ticks away, but the dog still gets sick. So, now you just poisoning the environment, right outside your house, without any of the benefits of a disease free life for your dog.

According to the Swedish Veterinary Office, (sorry they do not have an eng translation on their site) there are few dogs who get these diseases (in Sweden). It is not certain that you get infected even if you get a tick. And sometimes your dog have had the disease without symptoms.

I was advised to take a blood sample from Wille after each summer to see if he had any infection and if he had treat it then.

Sadly, there is not so much statistics available but what I know is that it does not help to give your dog poison, so why do it?

 

You and your dogs diet is the key to a healthy life

“We´ll have to shift food from being a cause to becoming a cure”. Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen (click)

I am watching The EAT Stockholm Food Forum (They send from their Facebook page. You can find it here (click).)

I still learn about food and nutrition, how to live a healthy life where my allergy does not get that control over my life it once had. I experiment to see what could give me the best quality of life with energy and how I can continue to stay well.

Love listening to the men and women who visit the EAT forum and talk about food, health, and the environment. There is so much to learn and even though I have first-hand information from the past years, I have much left to learn.

Sir Bob Geldof- Play your part, play it loud.

I have tried to get away from a plant-based food but the body says NO. Do not even think about it. So I have to listen and keep learning. Being sick is not acceptable to me, to excuse a tired life because I am allergic to grass does not exist.

Have noticed that Wille has started sneezing when we’re out and I wonder if he’s allergic to something. So in line with my own journey, I have to take on his to. He ate fresh food last year and didn´t sneeze during the summer so is it that diet that he must be on to be healthy? He became too skinny on that diet but I didn´t think so much of it then. Maybe more fat in his food would help. Must think about it and test so that his immune system is not damaged and he gets sick.

I have also been watching this documentary and are more certain that I am on the right path forward.

 

Does global warming make us give more poison to our dogs?

Lidingö

I have told you before that I read a lot about the tick. That little animal that makes grownups, in panic, give their dog poison and to say that it is the better choice instead of risking the diseases the tick is carrying.

I started to look to research outside of my own country, Sweden, to see how big the problem actually are and I was surprised to see that it is a big problem all around the world. Well, that explains the 34 million sold doses of the poison we give to our dogs. And that is just the poison we give our dogs to eat. I wonder how much we would add if we also counted the ones we put on their coat. A poison that does not only stay in our dog’s body but also gets out in the environment, when they pee or take a swim in the ocean.

My English aren´t nearly that good, yet, that I full out can understand a research like this (click) but it struck me that what they are researching is if it is the global warming that is the real problem in the battle against the tick. The tick just love what we are doing to our planet and what is our solution? To use our dogs to send out some more poison into the environment.

 

It is time for a change

I am going to blog less than I have been doing. Change to a few post a week instead of seven and focus more on the retrieving/everyday training that I do with Wille and of course my thoughts about dogs and life with a dog. I have always had a little problem with blogs that don’t post regularly because I don´t know when a new post is published but maybe that’s just me? So I think I am going to try this and if you want to follow me you have my Facebook and Instagram here so you don’t miss out. Posted a funny video with a small dog that was having the fight of his life. Cracks me up every time I see that video. So brave, fearless:)

 

From Öland and the rental of an RV

Last summer we went to Öland during Midsummer and I had one of the best trips I ever had. Love Öland and would love to go there again. It is an island in southern Sweden. The air is so fresh there and even if it was sunny and warm the wind made it bearable. The pictures are from my Instagram. My old camera retired last summer so I don´t have any other pictures.

Read the blog Träningsglädje (English Translation) and they are traveling in a rented RV and it looks so cozy. They are in Norway. Can you have a dog in a rented RV? There are probably not many that allow it. But it would have been a fun experience, especially when I am very much in favor of hotel and hotel breakfast.

But last year we lived in a hostel which was the first time for both me and Wille:)

 
 

Adventure in Stockholm

Our goal was Smak på Stockholm or taste of Stockholm as the festival is called in English.

Off we go…

Work on our patience when waiting for the train.

We needed to stop and smell the flowers.

and have a coffee..

Watch the boats for a little bit…and then we reached our goal. The food festival.

Passed by Lilys Kitchen and Wille got some lunch and a whole bag of goodies.

Tired but happy on our way home:)

 

What you need to know when you and your dog go to the dog park

I was reading a blog post from one of Swedens biggest blogs (click) and the post was about Annica’s puppy getting a not so nice welcome in the dog park. Her small puppy got chased by another much larger puppy that did not understand that it should be careful with the smaller one.

I read all the comments in that post and also the comments on Swedens biggest “Gossip” blog (click) that took up the incident and people commented that they were scared to go to the dog park. It’s quite dramatic when your dog gets attacked or chased by another dog or dogs and you have right to be upset but there are some things you can think about before entering a dog park with your dog, so that you are more prepared for whatever happens inside.

1, Before you step into the dog park take a look around to see what kind of dogs that are inside and watch how they play.

Dogs are not always magically suited to play with each outer. Think for a moment if it would be a fun group of dogs for your dog to play with. Willes first encounter with a group of dogs that knew each other well was three grown Irish setters. I had him in my arms when I opened the gate, took off his leash and put him down and stood there with him like a shield so he knew where he could hide if he wanted to. It went swimmingly. I was prepared to ask the setters to leave us or pick him up but Wille was a tough little man and did not need any assistance from me.

2, You need to be the one that is in charge of the situation and not leave it to your dog to fend for itself.

Talk to the owner that probably is standing there. Pick up your dog and go talk to them so that everyone can get along. I never did let Wille approach a dog I did not know or if the owner was not near us. I just picked him up and asked the dog to leave us alone or waited for the owner to approach us and talked to them before I let Wille play with the dog. There was no way I was letting my little man play with a dog I did not know. He is my responsibility!

3, Pay attention when your dog is playing with other dogs and be prepared to butt in if it gets too rough.

I don’t know how many times I have told dogs to go away or leave Wille alone. Said “I´m sorry” to the owner and just dived in with my head first into the group of dogs and pushed them away from Wille. One puppy when Wille was twelve weeks old did not want Wille to play with the other puppies so she stood over him and made him lay on his back. I watch for a few seconds, the owner did not do anything so I said “sorry but no” and pushes the puppy of him. Did not pick him up but the little bitch needed to move away from him.

4, Pick a good time for you and your dog to be at the park.

When is it probably going to be a lot of dogs and people in a dog park? Around twelve o’clock, after five and on the weekends. I always picked a time when I knew that there were not so many dogs in the park and we ended up having a lovely walk with other puppies and their owner. We were always at the park around seven or eight o´clock in the morning or evening.

I am sorry to hear that people are afraid to go to the dog park because of things that might happen. The dog park can be a fun place for both you and your dog but if you are nervous, or your dog is, you might be better of having playdates instead and not entering a dog park with dogs you do not know. It should be fun and playful to be there!

With that said, yes, it still can happen things but it can also happen right outside your front door so you need to be prepared.

 
 

Is garlic killling my dog?

I am always on the lookout for new things to try, special natural health treatments that I think would work for Wille and me. Right now, as you know, I am interested in tick and flea repellent. I want something easy and natural that I can manage without a lot of work. So, Google is a girl’s best friend but also to read like a hundred other people’s statements about what they use for their dogs. When I try something on Wille, I do it after a lot of research and consideration.

What horrible thing did I do?

I week or two back I started to give Wille garlic after that I have read about it in Dogs Naturally magazine (click). You can give your dog garlic in moderation, and it is an old way of keeping ticks and fleas from the dog.

The thing is that when I started to tell people that I had taken off the amber necklace and gave Wille garlic instead, many of them said that I was poisoning him. I calmly asked them where they got that information from and if they could send me a link or something so that it was not just their words with little of truth behind. No one did send me anything. People that was for garlic send me, on the other hand, more links on Swedish veterinarian sites (click) that said that garlic in moderation could help against ticks. This link is one of many links with information about it.

How much do I give?

I give Wille 0.5 clove a day. Do not know if it works on every dog and if it is dangerous for some but if you want to try, do your research beforehand, use fresh garlic, chop it well and increase slowly.