How Harry the Foster Got Healed
Harry was a 7 month old bulldog that came into rescue from a backyard breeder. His skin was infected from head to toe. I decided to foster him for Roadogs because I knew I could help him. I’ve been into natural medicine since I was young and always trusted nature. I have found that the best way to heal animals is to stay as close to nature to possible. Doesn’t matter how man made the breed is – their insides are always the same as their ancestors
Harry’s skin was so bad that most vets would have put Harry on Benadryl and steroids to bring down the inflammation and to get immediate results. Steroids will just shut off his immune system which is already weak. It doesn’t solve the issue, it will make him weaker which was the overall issue. (If the animal doesn’t respond at first to whatever you’re trying it’s because it’s usually the wrong protocol)
To heal Harry the first question I needed to solve was why did harry look this way? His paws were red and swollen with puss-filled sores. His neck was inflamed and he had all these little blood filled cysts. His skin was bright red and was hot. And he had that yeasty smell.
During his first bath I found a tick that was crawling around. I could see various bites around his body. I felt like I wanted itch when I saw his skin. He is only 7 months so a food allergy seemed unlikely. I checked his ears – they were clean. If it is a food allergy – the ears will react first (its internal) and then the inside of the paws. In Harry’s case, the inside of his paws and ears were clean. Harry has a really tight tail pocket and when I went in there… clean as a whistle. THIS confirmed what I thought: Harry was reacting to something external and most likely flea and tick bites. I was surprised at how many bites he had.
But then I observed him for a bit and found the way he got into a scratching posture to be very telling. He knew exactly what position to go for a certain spot and he was a PROFESSIONAL scratcher. He had the moves down and obviously was alone a lot. I inspected his fur and his paws I saw that all the areas that he could reach, scratch or bite was where the infection was. He had gigantic hot spots all up and down his back that were hidden by his thick fur. I only found them a few days later because I could smell them. It took four baths to get him clean and find all the wounds. I’d never even seen a hot spot until then!
It was clear that this was all a secondary infection which turned into pyrotraumatic dermatitis – a perfect breeding ground for yeast and the staph bacteria to take over in abundance.
Personal bulldog mom expert and natural healer diagnosis: Harry had a flea/tick sensitivity that turned into a series of secondary yeast and staph infections due to self trauma ( he scratched at it himself for hours a time).
Plan of Action:
Remove exposure to fleas and ticks.
Bathe aggressively but gently every day.
Attack the infection externally with medical shampoos, vet shampoos, sprays, natural herbal oils. Activated charcoal and clay to bring out the toxins.
Attack the infection internally by strengthening his immune system, using strong natural antibiotics, inflammatories and remedies. Turmeric is powerful, I knew golden paste would do the trick to stop the inflammation.
Bulldogs are supremely empathic and sensitive creatures. That’s why we love them. Often due to c-sections they lack certain bacterias from the mother and have compromised immune systems. Their immune systems must be built with probiotics as puppies so they can grow to be strong and non-allergic.
Harry was revaccinated a few days before he arrived here and apparently his condition got even worse. Vaccines can potentially weaken the immune system of a sensitive bulldog puppy to a point where all the issues in a bully’s genetic line start to pop up – so its important to only vaccinate a dog when it is strong. And vaccinations should be done one at a time (not the triple ones). Ideally all puppies should be vaccinated at 14 weeks (when the maternal immunity wears off – via Dr. Jean Dodds protocol) this would avoid a lot of allergy issues.
When supplements work (like nu-pro etc) it’s because they strengthened the dogs immune system so it could do what it’s meant to do – not have allergic reactions. Dogs with allergies have weak immune systems, if you just make them strong with nutrition, herbs and healthy bacterias you can give their immune systems a chance to fight off sickness – you can avoid it. By giving more steroids and pumping them up with antibiotics they don’t need, you’re only suppressing the reaction while creating a weaker system.
- Golden paste – turmeric, pepper and coconut oil for inflammation and immunity.
- Colostrum to build immunity
- Raw goats milk
- Probiotics with L. plantarum & B. bifidum
- Reishi mushroom extract to build immunity.
- Raw Garlic crushed cloves for infection and antibiotic (considered safe for dogs)
- Kelp supplements
- fish oil
Diet – The protocol was a raw diet of fish and cool meats (based on Chinese medicine). I recently moved him to honest kitchen fish and coconut.
Harry had a hard to break habit of scratching – so I put him in clothing and clipped his nails and kept an eye on him.
In about 5-6 days the improvement was night and day!
(Later I will go into BOBs diet. In short, he’s mostly raw. Sometimes I give him cooked. Depends on where we are. When lazy I might give dehydrated patties with goats milk or something like that).