Buddy late April 2018

Buddy came to us in March 2018. He is approximately 8 years old and was picked up as a stray by the local shelter in Nov. 2017. He was listed as a shepherd mix, but we think he is part Akita. We will be sending out a DNA kit to find out. Buddy is featured in our April 2018 Newsletter. Well, big surprise on DNA results!

25% American Staffordshire Terrier

12.5% Australian Cattle Dog

12.5% Chinese Shar-Pei

12,5% Chow Chow

12.5% Siberian Husky

12.5% White Swiss Shepherd

12.5% (herding, hound & sighthound groups)

We had no dogs here in almost 4 years due to my developing anaphylactic reactions to dogs back then. However, I have worked hard to do things to modulate my immune system and am doing better. Buddy is very fearful and had been adopted out twice and returned twice to the shelter. They then listed him as a dog who dislikes strangers, needs his space & would do best on a ranch in the middle of “nowhere”. How could we resist? I said we could take him providing he could live outside. After a month, it is working well, as he prefers his yards and only feels safe up on his bed where he will let me pet him & put his coat on & off, as we are still having some cool nights here.

All dogs with behavioral issues need a thyroid panel (we use Hemopet) and his results came back in the lower half of normal. Many animals & humans, feel best when in the upper half or  third of normal. So, we tried a very lose dose of thyroxine twice a day and that has helped with his fear & anxiety somewhat.

We have no idea what his life was like prior to being found. He may have been abused or maybe just never socialized well. On  top of that, between the shelter and a veterinarian the second adopter took him to see, he somehow ended up getting 5 combo vaccs, 5 intranasal vaccs and a rabies vaccine all in a 4 month period.

We are very much against over-vaccinating and have had experience with dogs with vaccine damage in the past.

“According to Dr Jean W Dodds, an eminent vet and researcher, both allergic and autoimmune diseases have been rising since the introduction of modified live virus vaccines.  Autoimmune diseases are where the body attacks self; they include cancer, leukemia, thyroid disease, Addisons, Grave’s disease, autoimmune hemolytic anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, thrombocytopenia, organ failure, skin inflammations, and more.

We also seem to have a tremendous number of dogs with behavioral problems, largely due to over-vaccination and processed pet food.  Vaccines are known to cause inflammation of the brain, as well as lesions throughout the brain and central nervous system.  The medical term for this is ‘encephalitis’, and vaccine’s role is acknowledged in the Merck Manual.  Merck is a vaccine manufacturer.”

We noticed Buddy had dental issues right away, including an oral tumor. We were not fully aware of just how much he had going on until our vet examined him. He has periodontal disease, gingival hyperplasia, an epulis and a badly infected right side carnassial tooth. He is having a dental cleaning, extraction(s) and oral surgery May 10. He is on antibiotics now. These dental issues did not occur overnight.On April 29,  I was gently “brushing” his teeth with tooth paste and my finger and one of his upper left molars literally fell out. Apparently, the vet who vaccinated him during 2 office calls (with previous adopter) never examined his mouth. The poor guy has had a toothache for many months. On May 10, he had 5 extractions, 2 epuli (tumors) removed and a dental cleaning. He should begin to feel much better now. (He ended up with another dental in April 2019 to remove the other carnassial tooth and an incisor).

June 2019 update.

Buddy was doing well and loved his daily morning outings with the electric scooter I got. Then, he had a mandatory rabies booster in January 2019 (Az. has not titer exemptions) and really crashed. He went from trotting 1.5 miles a day to fatigued and unable to go 1/2 mile. I  researched and came to the conclusion he definitely suffers from mitochondrial dysfunction. 

In the March 2019 newsletter, we wrote about mitochondrial dysfunction, chronic illness, and how taking supplements to help mitochondrial function have helped me & a few of my friends. I only stumbled upon the subject because I was trying to help Buddy with his behavioral issues. It was all new to me. Well, Buddy, a senior dog, had spent 4 months at the shelter, was adopted out twice & returned twice. Between the shelter and one of the adopter’s vets, he received a whopping 11 vaccinations in that 4 month period. He also had serious dental disease that had been ignored. The shelter said he had become more fearful over time. We started him on a few supplements shown to help mito function a year ago & he was doing well and was doing 1 & 1/2 mile outings daily until he got a legally required rabies booster this past January. Within days, he only wanted to go 1/4 mile and was not feeling up to par. Blood work showed nothing seriously out of normal. We added a few more mito supplements and they pulled him out of the slump just in time for him to have another carnassial tooth extraction last month. He is now doing a mile a day, seems stronger and is calmer and less fearful. Vaccine components can cause mito dysfunction.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924342/

Mito dysfunction is involved with a myriad of mental and physical illnesses and also common in chronic pain conditions.

Buddy also has a really big “dog” house now. He cannot live inside with me due to my severe allergies and, despite enjoying our outings & playing tag, prefers not to be touched. He does allow daily tooth brushing, head rubbing & an occasional brushing. He likes his space.

I emptied out my 8 X 10 foot shed that is next to the house, insulated it, added self-stick tiles, 2 dog doors, a window, and attached a snake-proof pen to it. Our BOD member Joyce bought him a portable air conditioner.

He loves it. I confine him to his house and “snake yard” at night to avoid the possibility of a rattler bite when I am not monitoring him, as I do all day long. I give him his dinner and he comes into his little yard and barks at me to “go home!”. He waits for me to enter my house before he goes into his to eat. Such a character & I love him.

Buddy & his “motorcycle” 

Buddy’s house

In January 2020, we discovered Buddy had developed Addison’s Disease. He is now maintained on 2 life-saving medications. Every day he shares with me is a blessing.

Buddy July 26, 2020

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