Labradoodle first aid
I'll just put it out there right away, confronting as it is: dogs are getting sicker and sicker. And by that I mean that more dogs get sick, that they get sick more often and that they also get sick earlier on. I found out about this when I researched the health of Doodles for my book a few years ago and discovered the truth behind commercial dog food: that since the introduction of dog food (i.e. the use of grains and other cheap ingredients, artificial additives and fillers in dog food) the number of veterinarians worldwide has taken a huge turn. And since I have become a student of a Natural Health for Dogs course I have learned that all vaccinations, deworming pills, chemical medication and toxins in anti-flea and tick products also have a huge impact on the health of our dogs.
It is therefore not surprising that, working with Doodles (the most sensitive dogs of all), I regularly come into contact with all kinds of disease symptoms.
2 Different dog breeds, same symptoms of disease
Yesterday I did a VIP grooming course at the home of a 5-month-old Barbet (French Waterdog) puppy who coincidentally had the same medical history as my client Iris with her Doodle Loki from 6 months ago (whom I will tell you about some time soon). Both dogs had canine teeth that were so misaligned that they poked into the palate and therefore had to be removed at a young age (I would like to make a side note that if this happens this is the breeder's responsibility, especially if several puppies in the litter suffer from the same ailment. This is a major breeding error, for which A. the owners must be financially compensated and B. should lead to the breeder finding out where this genetic error comes from, so that they can remove the relevant male or female from the breeding program) . That alone is quite traumatic for a puppy.
Shortly afterwards both puppies suffered from diarrhea and one was diagnosed with Giardia and the other with a bacterium. Not only were the lives of both the dogs and the owners turned upside down by these severe circumstances, the extra chemical medication (read anesthesia, symptom control and antibiotics) that the dogs have been given can have worse consequences sooner or later.
Why many Doodle puppies get Giardia and how you can prevent this
Many Doodle puppies nowadays suffer from Giardia and very often there is a direct link to all puppy vaccinations and especially those against Weil's disease, because that is a very severe vaccination. So intense, that even people who work with rats are not vaccinated. And with small, innocent, sensitive puppies, that vaccination is standard, while your dog may not even come into contact with rat urine. So this is another side note to give you as owner the realization that you can choose NOT to have this vaccination done. Or, if you prefer not to take any risks (for example if you live in a rural area), you can opt for a vaccine with les different chemicals in it (not L4, but for example L2).
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because I bet these are things you've probably never thought about. When you buy a puppy, you generally (especially if it is your first dog) turn to the so-called experts for the medical well-being of your puppy. You then trust that the advice you get is the right advice (even if using all those chemicals goes against your gut feeling). And that your puppy must be vaccinated and dewormed has become so standard that most of us do not think about the possible consequences. And therefore do not make the link if our dog expresses certain symptoms a few weeks or months later. The day before yesterday I read a very interesting sentence from my training book that freely translated means that the true disease is not the symptoms that a dog shows (because that is only the reaction of the body to an imbalance in the body), but all the waste products in his body that continue to do harm before, during, and after those symptoms, as long as they are not removed from the body (for they will never leave the body on their own).
Bad start for owner and dog
One of the worst things that can happen to you as a new owner is that soon after you have welcomed your Doodle in his new home, your puppy starts to show serious symptoms or is so anxious and excited that you can't handle him. Doodle Loki's female almost cried when she admitted how desperate she was because her Doodle was unstoppable, leaving a dark cloud on what should have been a happy puppy start. Niko's owner got emotional again yesterday when he told me how intense their start with Niko was.
This family had been looking forward to buying a Doodle since 2015 (when he received my book from her as a gift for his birthday). They had done all the appropriate research and thought they were fully prepared when, after moving to another home, they could finally start looking for a puppy. And then shortly after they had finally been able to bring home the long-awaited puppy, they first discover cavities in his palate and the canine teeth have to be removed, because the puppy is clearly suffering from them. Then, during a a few days after after the operation, the puppy is so stressed out because of the medication and the trauma he has suffered. Not much later he is really ill and it turns out he has Giardia with all the nasty hassle that that entails for the owners. Puppy training and all other plans that the owner had to undertake with his puppy, all had to be put on hold, because Niko first had to get better and gain his confidence again. A puppy of only 3 to 4 months young. You don't want that, do you?
Doodle wellbeing in your own hands
That so many Doodles and Water Dogs (and probably other breeds too, but I don't work with those, so I don't come across them) are getting sick at a young age is alarming. And it makes sense that it makes the owners desperate and emotional when they think about it. Isn't it time we started doing something about it ourselves? That we take the wellbeing of our Doodles and Water Dogs into our own hands? This is the year 2021. The world is changing. People change. More than ever, we no longer just let the law dictate to us, but we figure things out ourselves before we make a decision. And rightly so. We are responsible for our own well-being AND for the well-being of our dogs. Why should we blindly follow the advice or actions of professionals whom we consider to be experts, but who are often also tied to their study protocol (in which they have only learned 1 point of view) or worse: the power of the pharmaceutical industry? And who, let's be honest, also have to earn money, so often do not benefit at all from an instant recovery of your dog? Of course, if your Doodle has broken its leg or has some other serious matter, you should go to the vet. But did you know that the majority of vet cases consist of simple symptoms of disease, which you can treat naturally yourself with the right knowledge and resources? With a little luck, you won't have to go to the point where you ever need a vet, because the more severe conditions (apart from acute cases, such as fractures) are only caused by all those accumulated chemicals in the blood.
DoodleComfort's mission is the make Doodle owners self-reliant in caring for their Doodle in the best way possible. That goes further than just optimal grooming and learning to trim your Doodle to look as a fluffy puppy again, because your Doodle is more than just its fur. I believe that every owner should know the consequences of all medical interventions that a puppy or older dog receives. That you know what everything entails and that there are also other, more natural options, so that you can make more responsible choices. Hopefully we can keep our Doodles healthy ourselves and offer them a long, happy life.
Lots of Doodle love,
Wanda & Joy