Cluck – the hen

Last weekend a message popped up, which made me rush to the vet clinic faster than the speed of sound. The sweetest hen, Cluck was  in trouble. A fox had been so cheeky to catch it, but thanks to a observant owner, the fox was caught in the moment of the crime and the poor hen was safe for now.

The hen was a highly valued member of the family along with its 3 comrades, so if the hen was not too seriously injured, then it should have the chance – assuming it should not undergo unnecessary suffering.

The hen was safely brought to the clinic in a large cardboard box, where we started by taking a glance at the damages.

A hen is undeniably covered with feathers. If we were to inspect the hen probably, some of the feathers had to go. A significant amount had fallen in the heat of the battle, but blood made it difficult to assess the severity of the damage.

The feathers were gently removed and the blood wiped off.

The grim jaws of the fox had been around the neck of the hen and had left several open wounds. Fortunately, they were not particularly deep into the muscles. The hen proudly kept her beak up and had great movement of the neck and head.

We assessed for now that the hen would make it.

Everyone was concerned that the great ravages of the fox had been so severe that we had to kill the hen right away.

Surgery!

Some of the wounds were so deep, they had to be closed with a few stitches. Little local anesthetic was laid and with the owner’s safe hand as loving support for the hen, the bird was sewn together in 3 places and groomed for recovery at home.

The next few days Cluck must have peace, tranquility and warmth. She must have medications that are given with a small pipette in the mouth. In the event of loss of appetite, which is naturally taken into account, she must be fed with “Powerfood” with a small syringe.

No one can predict the outcome. But for now we are cheering on Cluck and believe she is gonna make it.

 The bigger picture!

If we look at the whole situation from above:  Most of us associate chickens with the chicken fillets from the refrigerated counter. More families today, however, keep hens in the garden for the enjoyment of all. The hens live as members of the family a lovely free life with space, care and good food.

Unfortunately, such a life is not the reality of the country’s many slaughter chickens that end their lives for human consumption.

There is no doubt that the hen is not given enough credit for being a living creature with intelligence and emotion. Cluck was clearly conscious throughout the séance. Feelings like fear, pain and security are part of the hen’s reality.

When I think about the conditions which the chickens are living under , it hurts all the way into my soul.

The meeting with Cluck at the clinic gives the reflection: When we recognise the soul and consciousness of animals, we must do better for the animals all the way around!

Tuesday the 20th. February!

This afternoon, a long-awaited message came:

The announcement that Cluck is doing well!

Our hen has overcome the brutal attack of the fox!

The large open wounds that were sewn together a Saturday morning, heals!

Cluck thrives!

It’s a nice reminder: Yes, it’s good to fight for life!

Some may have thought it would have ended with another chicken filet?

I’m glad we followed our intuition and gave Cluck a chance.

The advice that will save your dogs life!

What do I do, if my dog eats a bone from a fish or a piece of glass?

The dog owner will most likely see it happen and it is too late: the dog has eaten its catch!

What do you do?

Give the dogs some canned asparagus. Those who are white coloured and slippery.

The asparagus will wrap them self around the object in the stomach.

Thereby the stomach and intestines are projected, and won’t be damaged by the foreign object.

The foreign object will pass through the digestive system without damaging the dog.

Always visit the vets if your dog is not well!

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Is your pet suffering from allergies?

 Think holistic and help them to a better life!

 Many pets suffer from allergies. Get an overview on what you can do for your animal, if they battle with allergy! 

What is allergy?

Allergy is the body’s immune system response to substances (allergens) that are generally harmless.

The animal must have been exposed to an allergen a certain number of times before symptoms appear. Many pets are allergic to things they breathe in through the air. Animals typically, react to different pollen and house dust.

What are the symptoms of allergy?

Symptoms of allergy may occur in many disguises: itching, recurrent ear problems and repeated skin infections.

The veterinarian can do a blood sample to be examined for substances your animal may be allergic to (allergy test). Your veterinarian will be able to guide you, on which treatment needs to be initiated.

How do you treat allergies?

It might be necessary to give medication to an animal with allergies. Medication is a symptomatic treatment. It can give a “relieve” here and now – but of course does not cure the cause of the problem!

Allergy might not be completely cured. There is however a lot you can do, to help your animal to a better life.

You can have your pet vaccinated against the (substances/allergens) which is the cause of the allergy (hyposensibilisation) and build up the animal’s tolerance to allergens, which in the long run makes life more tolerable.

Keep in mind – it is NOT a “quick-fix solution”.

Battling on several fronts!

There are many things you can do to strengthen your pets immune system.

Think holistic and see the big picture: the better the immune system works and the healthier the skin is, the stronger we stand in the fight against allergy.

The body can be strengthened both inside and out.

Give the animals a dietary supplement with essential fatty acids. Over 80% of all animals with allergies will benefit from getting an extra supply of essential fatty acids.

You can get food fatty acids added, but it’s also available as a supplement to the food.

There are some new supplements that contain biotin, fatty acids and a substance called PEA. The latter can be freely described as a natural antihistamine which also helps reduce the symptoms of allergy.

Do you have a pet that can’t tolerate house dust and or pollen?

Some dogs benefit from having a bath, but not all animals enjoy the water and soap. There is an alternative to a bath!

Take a damp towel and wipe it over the animal – both on the body, head, legs and paws. This way you remove dust and pollen from the fur that can cause irritation. Think about how a car looks on summer day when there’s pollen in the air!

Use a spray to strengthen the skin. Many shampoos and conditioners are made especially to the coat! Remember when we battle allergy we need to focus on the skin.

Talk to your vet about which spray is the right choice for your animal.

Some animals benefit from a very simple solution: take a little almond or argon oil in your hand and gentle rub it into the skin.

Remember to keep your home clean; dog baskets, blankets etc. collect a lot of dust and must therefore be washed regularly. Wash your fabrics once a week at 60 degrees.

Change the bedding frequently and air out the bedroom. If your pet sleeps in the bed, give it a thorough cleaning!

Does your dog frequently ride along in the car? Cars collect huge amounts of dirt and also need to be cleaned – alternatively place a blanket where the dog lies in the car. The blanket is easy to take out of the car and wash!

A steam cleaner is a great tool for your daily cleaning of the home and the car!

Want to go a step further in battling allergies? You can purchase an air purifier for the home that cleans the air from pollen.

If you have a pet suffering with symptoms of allergy, you can try to changing its feed. There are many different allergy diets, each with their own focus area. Consult your vet in choosing the right feed for your pet.

The new feed must be administered for at least 2 months before assessing whether the animal has fewer signs of allergy.

Think holistic!

Good health is connected to both the mind and body.

How is your everyday life with your pet?

If your pet is living a “stressed” life, you might find it beneficially to look at the animal’s psyche.

Stress affects the health of the animal. The word “stress” can cover many things however the effect of stress is the same regardless of the reason.

If your animal is stressed, the body will store stress hormones (cortisol) that destroys the immune system and has a lot of devastating effects on the body – it will make the animal more prone to all diseases and is a predisposing factor for allergies!

If in doubt concerning your pets’ daily wellbeing please contact one of the country’s many skilled dog trainers.

The trainer will be able to help you read your dog’s language and signals, and thereby increase the animal’s wellbeing.

The more balanced your pet is, the better the body will provide for them and make them healthier in every way!

You can also begin the studies about the language of animals on your own.

It’s our responsibility to learn the language of animals. This way we can make the necessary changes in their lives that will benefit their health!

Allergy is a complex diagnosis. If we consider all aspects, there is a lot we can do to help our animals live a better and healthier life.

 

Take good care of your ageing dog!

I have a lot of clients coming to me with their ageing dogs! People are concerned. 

The dog doesn’t seem like itself and the owner wonders if the dog might be ill. It appears tired and not as enthusiastic in its greeting the owner when they come home and the energy isn’t what it has been.

Presented with these symptoms as a veterinarian, the dog is thoroughly examined and often bloodwork is done to rule out serious illnesses such as heart- and lungworm.

Luckily most of this week’s examinations have come up negative.

This leads us to another issue:

 We need to learn that our animals also ages.

An older dog IS NOT able to do the same things as a younger dog.

Growing older is not an illness but it does require more of us as owners in the way we interact with our beloved dogs.

To me, an older dog is amazing.

As charming as a pup can be, just as wonderful are dog which have lived a full life and have settled down in its surroundings with people and other animals. You can see the changes in the dog’s appearance e.g. pigmentation change around the nose and they tend to walk slower which marks a good life.

Many are raised with the fact that exercise is good and a lot of exercise is REALLY good and we LOVE to take walks.

I’m often told by dog owners, that they have been around the park three times and are running 10 km with their dogs.

When a dog reaches a certain age it won’t be able to continue on the same long walks as before. This is completely natural. If the walks are too long you will experience your dog becoming fatigued and less enthusiastic.

Have you for a long period been walking along without taking the dog’s age and energy into consideration?

Then it’s time to change the routine, before you are forced to by your veterinarian 😉

Shorten the walks – shorter than you might think.

Walk SLOWLY and plan ahead. In return you’ll get a mindfulness walk which will allow your dog the best conditions for sniffing its surroundings.

The dog’s nose is its most valuable tool for achieving a good walk and is especially import with older dogs.

By stimulating the dog through its nose it will have just as much benefit of a short walk as it would a long walk.

Bring along a long leash and sit down while your dog gets to sniff the surroundings around you. If your dog isn’t used to this type of walk it might take some time getting used to it – so be PATIENT.

When we’re “on the move” it is not for the dogs benefit – but our own!

It is fairly easy to give your dog a wonderful retirement on its own terms.

Contact your veterinarian if you need help finding the right amount for exercise for your dog.

It is always a good idea to give your dog a senior checkup. The results are used to evaluate the dog’s daily intake of food and level of exercise. This way we can give the dogs the best life possible!

Perhaps slowing down the pace in our daily life is also something we can benefit from.