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Health Information

We have been lied to that genes by themselves control the body and cause disease.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  The study of Epigenetics indicates that only about 5-10% of disease may actually be caused by "bad genes".  The study of Epigentics dates as far back as the 1890's.  Here is an excellent article to read about how things outside of our genes affect our gene expression.

DNA Is Not Destiny: The New Science of Epigenetics - http://discovermagazine.com/2006/nov/cover

Based on the study of Epigenetics, a lot of the "testing" being done may actually be causing more diseases in the dogs by altering the genetic expression.  Vaccinations are also a huge cause for disease in both dogs and humans by altering the genetic expression.


Here is another excellent article on Epigenetics 

Epigenetic Influences and Disease -  http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/epigenetic-influences-and-disease-895


Why is diet so important?  Here is why....

This is a link to an excellent description of what is in most dog foods www.fuzzyfaces.com/lfood2.html.  This is disgusting but true!!

Pet Foods: What's Really In Them?




This is a link to a list of Natural Food Stores (for people) around the United States.  Some may carry natural pet foods too.  www.greenpeople.org/NaturalFood.html


Here is a link to reviews with ratings of dog foods www.dogfoodanalysis.com/


Here is another good website that break down what the ingredients actually are and has more in-depth explanations of what to look for in a dog food as well as a list of recalls: www.dogfoodproject.com/


The Whole Dog Journal recommends changing brands every 3-4 months to prevent getting too much of one nutrient and not enough of another.  They say switch brands completely and not just formulas from the same brand since the company will use the same base nutrients in all of their formulas.


Over Vaccinating

Here is an excellent link about the problems caused by vaccinations



Heartworm Medications

The Toy and Miniature Australian Shepherds (Aussies) can have a severe reaction to Ivermectin which is in many of the Heartworm Medications.  Interceptor is the only safe (so far) Heartworm Medication for Aussies, Collies, Border Collies and many other breeds.


MDR1 Gene Information

About 50% of all Mini & Toy Aussies have the MDR1 gene!  The MDR1 gene stands for Multiple Drug Resistance meaning that certain drugs cannot be absorbed, distributed or metabolized normally.  The MDR1 is also found in humans, not just in dogs.

Multidrug Sensitivity in Dogs - www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/#Breeds/  This website for Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine is where testing for the MDR1 gene can be done.

List of Affected Breeds - http://vcpl.vetmed.wsu.edu/affected-breeds

Has a printable file with a long list of potentially harmful drugs - www.busteralert.org

Make your own dog biscuits



Natural Cure For Pet Ear Infections



Natural Sugar Substitute Xylitol is Toxic to Dogs


Poisonous Plants

Many plants are poisonous to dogs and other animals.  Do your reseach on these.  The links we previously found are no longer available.


Poisonous Foods

Here are some websites with lists of (people) foods poisonous to dogs.

www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp (grapes and raisins toxic to dogs)




Article on Dog's color vision

Here is the website www.uwsp.edu/PSYCH/s/275/Perception/ColorVisionDogs89.pdf