Everyday Foods To Get Rid Of Dog Worms

You want to get rid of dog worms fast. And you want to get rid of worms without medicine, because conventional deworming drugs can be very harsh and they all come with side effects.

It turns out some of the safest and most effective ways to treat worms in dogs are to use everyday foods. You probably already have some of them at home.

We asked holistic veterinarian Patricia Jordan DVM about her favorite foods to get rid of dog worms naturally.

First, she told us about how to recognize the most common types of worms dogs get.

Heart Worm Drama

Heart Worm Drama

In honor of National Heartworm Awareness Month, I wanted to shine some light on heartworm prevention. The average pet owner is unaware of just how perfect the conditions have to be for a dog to get heartworms. The process involves 5 separate stages of development between the mosquito and the dog. A strong immune system is the key for prevention of this disease. Dogs that die from heartworm are the dogs that have been vaccinated, fed low quality processed pet food, and are being treated with suppressive drugs for every little symptom that comes along.

3 Puppy Vaccination Mistakes: Too Early, Too Often, Too Much

Any vaccine given at any point in a dog’s life has the ability to kill him or cause serious harm. If pet owners want to avoid vaccine-related dangers, then the best option would be to not vaccinate at all. This is a viable option for many who would gladly trade the risk of vaccine related damage for the risk of acute infection from puppy diseases.

Why I Have a Change of Heart About Neutering Pets

  • Scientific evidence is mounting that gonad removal can deliver serious consequences to a dog’s future health. Among those consequences: shortened lifespan, atypical Cushing’s disease, cardiac tumors, bone cancer, abnormal bone growth and development, CCL ruptures, and hip dysplasia.

Common Misconceptions About Raw Diets: A Realistic View


As raw diets become more popular, more information becomes available about it – but unfortunately, not all of this information is correct. Misconceptions about raw diets are spread by online raw feeding forums/groups, pet food companies, and sometimes even veterinarians. And it isn’t just the anti-raw crowd that contributes to these myths; in fact, a lot on this list are indeed spread by the pro-raw crowd in an effort to make raw seem more safe and less intimidating to beginner raw feeders. However, spreading misinformation does nobody any good, and only serves to contribute to the bad reputation raw diets have in the long run. Here at The Raw Feeding Community, we aim to give you an accurate, realistic view of what a raw diet really is, and all that it entails.

Training Tips from the 1950's


This relic, a Lassie-themed dog-training play kit, was preserved by animal behaviorist Mary Burch (AKC's Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Director), who was gifted the game as a child. Its contents, complete with tiny agility equipment, was to be used for training a 6-inch tall plastic Lassie.

In the box is a booklet on how to train your dog. It was written in the 1950s by Rudd Weatherwax, Lassie’s trainer. Because positive reinforcement training didn’t become popular until many years later, we expected a heavy dose of advice about the need for corrections in training. We were surprised to see that while there were certainly trainers at that time giving out correction-based advice, Weatherwax’s advice isn’t all that different from the positive reinforcement methods we promote on WOOFipedia. Here are 10 training techniques of yesteryear:

1. Train on a regular schedule.

2. Keep training sessions short-not over 15 minutes.

3. Have one person teach the dog initially; gradually involve other family members.

4. Work in quiet, non-distracting surroundings.

5. Be consistent (same tone, etc.) when giving the dog commands (such as “sit”).

6. Encourage your dog when he performs correctly by petting him, speaking in a friendly tone, and rewarding him with a tidbit.

7. Don’t rush training, have patience.

8. Teach one trick or skill at a time. As you teach new ones, review what the dog has already learned.

9. If your dog is not feeling well or is out of sorts, give him a vacation from training.

10. Never shout at or strike your dog. Your patience, understanding and kindness will be rewarded.

Teaching a Dog that Learning is fun


First, we need to shake the notion that training is something we do to the dog. It is something we do with the dog. Then, it wouldn’t hurt to drop the “obedience” model from the back of our minds. With positive reinforcement-based training, we can get something better than obedience. We can build a joyful, trusting partnership between two species, and along the way we can ease our dog’s path into the weird human world.

The Kids are Alright


According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of these reported bites, a large victim demographic is children under the age of 10. Children are most likely to be bitten severely enough to require medical care or hospitalization. They are also most frequently bitten by their own dog or by a dog who they know, such as the dog belonging to a neighbor or relative. Bites to the face and neck are common in children, most likely because of their size and the types of behavior that they engage in with dogs.

Shaving your dog’s coat – should you or shouldn’t you?

Shaving your dog’s coat – should you or shouldn’t you?

There are several different types of textures on dog’s fur, but in a general breakdown there are two coat types; single coated and double coated.  A single coat means that there is only a top (or over) coat that grows all over the body with no different undercoat.  Breeds such as Shih Tzus, Poodles, Bichons, for example, are ones with a single coat.  These breeds can be shaven generally with the only thing potentially occurring to the coat is over time it may become softer or it may have a slight colour change.  Even with only a single coat you want to be careful on when you shave them, especially if you shave them right down, as this, although may appear to feel cooler, leaves the dog exposed to the possibility of sunburn.  A dog with a coat shaved right down in the height of summer should not spend any length of time in direct sunlight.  With the simple fact that there is only one coat the hair grows back normally and even after a shaving.

Why dog breeder Denise Flaim began feeding raw dog food to her Rhodesian Ridgebacks and has stuck with it through the years.

Why dog breeder Denise Flaim began feeding raw dog food to her Rhodesian Ridgebacks and has stuck with it through the years.

Like many people, I started feeding raw reactively, not proactively. I had a new dog, my first show dog and first Ridgeback, who just wasn’t thriving on kibble. I remember setting down Blitz’s first raw meal with great fear and trepidation. And then – anticlimax – he didn’t choke, die, or even look at me cross-eyed. He ate, he thrived, and off we went and never looked back. Three more adult Ridgebacks followed, and dozens of puppies, who in turn had puppies of their own. All got their start in life on raw-food diets.

Starting Your Puppy On A Raw Diet

Starting Your Puppy On A Raw Diet

Before I start, I would like to address the issue that many people have with feeding large breed puppies raw. I’ve raised every litter and puppy in the last fifteen years on raw and have never had one of my puppies fail his hips and elbows. Yes, it is important to balance the calcium and phosphorus content in the food, but it’s easy to do with raw food – and in light of the dog foods that were recalled due to excesses of some nutrients, the ability to monitor the nutrients in raw food makes it a safer option than kibble in my opinion.