Hi, my name is Janie and I want to invite you to come in and take a look around my website on how to use alternative and natural methods to care for your older dog.

janie the dog walkerIf you love dogs like I do, and you especially love or have an older dog, then I’m hoping that this will be a really nice stop for you.  Although I share a great deal of information on caring for your older dog, the information that you find here certainly applies to dogs of all ages.

I’ve loved dogs since the day my older brother brought me home my first 6 week old puppy. Her name was Josephine (my dad named her after himself, Joseph). Her little black and white head was sticking out of my brothers big green army jacket. It was the middle of winter and he kept her warm in his pocket while walking home.

Joe developed Parvo Virus and died at the age of eight and I was devastated.  Since then, I’ve dedicated years of time, money, research and my own studies with regards to the health and nutrition of dogs and what works, and what doesn’t.

My goals are still the same today in maintaining my dog’s health and treating disease with the safest, most effective, natural and holistic methods possible.

While I believe that traditional medicine has its place, I’m convinced that too much of it isn’t a good thing whether for ourselves OR our dogs.

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My goal is to provide you with the best information possible regarding how you can maintain your dog’s health through natural and holistic methods FIRST! I know how expensive the cost of veterinarian care is, and I want you to understand just how far good food, avoiding the over use of chemicals and applying natural methods can really go for your dog; if you do it right!

I update my blog when I can, with fresh content. But, like you, I’m pretty busy holding down a real job, a home, a husband and so on. If you do subscribe to my blog and my newsletter (and I hope you are because my readers tell me it’s good), then you may get 2-4 emails from me a month, maybe less!

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I would also like to encourage you to get involved with the other dog owners that are reaching out. Dog people are typically friendly and caring, so why not pay it forward and help someone else with your own knowledge by responding to comments. Give back!

I hope that you enjoy my blog and I look forward to talking with you soon! Don’t forget to subscribe to my feed by clicking here!

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  • Holly Haynes
    Reply

    Hi Janie,
    This is Holly from the Much About The Mutt Blog. You have wonderful information on your blog. A lot of good reading is ahead of me.

    I added your blog address to my blog list. I want others to know about you valueable information’

    I’m also looking forward to the bloat interview with the Great Dane Lady. I have never had a dog with bloat, but I am always worried. I know a few things on prevention, but that is all. This is a subject that I don’t hear much about from vets or in my circle of agility dog friends.

    BTW, what do you know about root canals for dogs? Lucas bottom canine tooth has worn down / chipped, to the point some nerves are exposed. The vet said I could either have it pulled or have a root canal.
    I haven’t a chance to research this yet and wanted to see if you knew anything?

    Thank you,
    Holly

    http://muchaboutthemutt.blogspot.com
    http://www.muchaboutthemutt.com

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Holly:
      It’s so nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind words and I felt the same way when I was reading your blog. Like you, I also have a regular website as well http://www.old-dog-treats-and-rawhide.com where you can find an abundance of information. My 10 best dog food list seems to be very popular with many dog owners.

      You offer some really neat and cool doggie products on your site. I particularly liked that fleece body suit your dobie was wearing. I might have to invest in one of those for Jenna. I will be sure to go through you in the event that you are an affiliate. I will add your blog to my blog roll too for all those dog agility enthusiasts out there.

      My interview with the great dane lady was 5 hours long and we covered a good bit of information. The issue of raised bowls is a topic we discuss in regards to bloat, because dog owners are lead to believe that they are bad (not true).

      I don’t know much about root canals in dogs Holly, I wish I could say that I did. Here is a nice article from a Vet’s point of view on root canals, however, I would highly recommend researching a little more and getting other dog owners points of view as well. A vet is going to tell you that it’s absolutely necessary; my thought is – it depends where the tooth is and how much it will really impact his chewing, etc. if you have it removed.

      You’re very welcome and I will be stopping by on occasion to visit Lucas.
      Janie 😮

    • Jeff sellers
      Reply

      Hi Holly

      I ordered a supplement and never received it. I have tried to contact through email and it hasn’t resulted in a response.

      • janie
        Reply

        Hi Jeff:

        I sent you a private email.

        Janie

  • Janice and Percy
    Reply

    Wow!
    What a phenomenal site, Janie…and LOVED reading about your babies! Am a BIGTIME “rescue fan” (what other way is there) and am so so supportive of your cause.
    Wishing you nothing but the best and MUCH MUCH success to you and your family – both human and canine alike!
    Sincerely,
    Janice and Percy

  • admin
    Reply

    Hi Janice and Percy:
    Thank you so much for really kind words Janice. I’m so glad that you enjoy my blog. I’m glad to hear that you are a RESCUE fan – that’s so important when there are so, so many dogs that need homes.

    Please give Percy lots of hugs from me o.k. 😮

    Janie

  • colleen wojtaszek
    Reply

    Janie I am a friend of Carol Iorio and she told me to contact you with a few questions. My dog has some skin issues and licking. We just switched her to Taste of the wild dog food. I was given a list of dog treats to buy that are grain and poultry free having a hard time finding them. Can you suggest any treats that are in that catergory that i can find locally? Thanks looking foward to hear from you

  • Nancy Fortin
    Reply

    Hi I have a question, I read all your book about skin problem. Really good book. I change alot of things for my dog and it was better. We really think that shes really anxious.

    I would like to know, when she have a big crises (She scratch alot) what I can do to help her to feel better.

    Thank,
    Nancy

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Nancy:
      I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I would need a little more information from you like: when you say “what can I do to help her”, do you mean for anxiety or for the scratching?

      Janie 😮

  • Aurora
    Reply

    My dog has developed a fatty tumor on her belly. What can I give her to make it go away?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Aurora:
      One of the best products I’ve seen for reducing and eliminating fatty tumors is a high potency formula manufactured by Nuvet. You can read the testimonials and see what you think. They only sell to the general public by referral, so you have to tell them that Janie Knetzer from yourolddog.com referred you. Here’s a direct link to the testimonials.

      As far as raw food for dogs; I Love it. However, it depends on the dog’s age and health. If your dog is young and under the age of 8, then by all means I recommend starting a a good completely balanced raw diet.

      On the other hand, I do NOT recommend starting a senior dog on raw food. Reason being; sometimes there are underlying issues as the body ages. And, because raw food can include bacteria, if the dog has a weak immune system due to these underlying issues (that you may or may know about), then this can cause all sorts of problems. I’ve seen it happen.

      For older dogs, I recommend that you look into semi-home made dog food brands such as Doctor Harvey’s, THK, Sojo or Grandma Lucy.

      I hope this helps you Aurora!

      Janie

  • Aurora
    Reply

    I also would like to know if you think it is a good idea to give dogs raw food (not cooked)?

  • Aurora
    Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. My dog is a big Rottie. She a female and has been fixed since I got her. Do you think that is why she got tumors? My dogs name is Ruby and she is five years old. Besides the regular dog food I have given her I have cooked for her. I cook meat, rice sometimes noodles. I give her yams, pumpkin, yogurt, beans. Both dogs would rather eat the food I cook rather than the dog food. Lately her hips have been bothering her as some people told me at the age of five for Rotties their hips will go out. But I run her or walk her every day and hope this helps her. When she knows that she is going for a walk she jumps all up and down and runs back and forth and I see no problem with her hips.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Aurora:
      It’s hard to say what caused the fatty tumors. However, if they grow large enough, they can get in the way of arteries, etc. and often times can be removed. So, your best bet is to tackle it early. Regarding her diet. Dogs know what good food is. People often assume that they will eat anything. This is a mis-consumption. They will eat anything when it’s their only choice – survival. If they know that’s all they will get to eat, then of course their survival instincts kick in.

      I’m not sure what brand of dog food you are feeding, but your dogs obviously know that the home-cooked meal not only tastes better, but, is better for them. BUT, you MUST include a multivitamin when home cooking Aurora, like I mentioned previously. Don’t get hung up on statistics and what people say such as “hips on rotties go out around 5 years old”.

      If you feed the right food with lots of protein, provide the right supplements, avoid chemical flea/tick treatments, limit vaccinations and avoid when they are old or sick, your dogs will be vibrant. Genetics do play a role with regards to hip issues. The recommendations that I gave earlier along with the ones in this message will help your rottie a great deal.

      As far as her not showing any problems with her hips when she is excited about a walk, that’s exactly what it is, pure excitement. She forgets about her pain for a little while.

      Janie

  • Kyle Ann Anthony
    Reply

    Hello,
    I would love to sign up for your blog. How do I do that?
    Thanks so much!
    Kyle

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hello Kyle Ann:

      Thank you for our interest in signing up for my blog. Typically, when you come to my blog at at http://www.yourolddog.com, you should see a pop up box after a few seconds that allows you to sign up.
      Let me know if you are able to sign up or not.

      Thanks again.
      Janie

  • Cindi
    Reply

    Just wondering if you had any idea about a pony being put on turmeric for laminatis but she is also on thyroid meds. She gets the thyroid in the morning I guess. My horses are on it and my neighbour wants to get her pony off pain meds and put her on this. The pain meds can cause stomach upsets and ulcers. I could not find any good answers on the web yet.

  • Richard A Neubauer
    Reply

    I found your blog by searching for use of Aloe Vera juice for my Lab, I do have the same juice you have and am going to try some on her. She is not eating well and lost a lot of weight, I took her to the vet but they did not do any thing for her and to go farther with her it got pretty spendy and being on SS I just cant do the $250.00 just for blood test.
    I wanted to subscribe to your blog but can’t find a place to sign up
    Thank You
    Richard

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Richard:

      You actually did manage to sign up for my blog and “thank you”.

      Can I ask What’s going on with your lab that you took her to the vet Richard? How old is she? What does she eat including food and treats? Any supplements? Skin, ear or anal gland issues?

      Janie

  • Laurie Ostrowski
    Reply

    Hi Janie I discovered your site while doing research for my 8 yr old dauchshund rescue Tucker. He has red raw skin problems. Wondering what we can do. He eats grain free dry dog food. Anything you can suggest would be so appreciated. We have tried many different things.

    Thank you
    Laurie Ostrowski

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Laurie:

      I just sent a message to another dog owner with skin issues. My response would be the same. If you could go to this page and scroll down until you see my response to Michael Binder regarding his German Shepherd. This should also help your little guy and would be a lot easier for a dog that size.

      Janie

  • Brent Harte
    Reply

    Hello YourOldDog.com Community,

    Our staff is continually seeking sources plugged into today’s dog owner. While the vet profession remains vital to canine health care, sites dedicated to holistic and diet related education are vital to real advances in our approach to the modern dog’s quality of life.

    There are several nuggets of useful advice here and we believe the site is worth visiting often. We truly value the the comments of owners sharing their experience in remedying their dog’s conditions, and what works, what does not.

    Truly look forward to my next visit and any new content.

    VitaHound Research Staff

  • Cory Pacheco
    Reply

    I stumbled upon this website and love it!

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Cory:

      Thank you so much and I’m glad you like the site. 🙂

      Janie

  • Eve aka Dillonsmom
    Reply

    Hi Janie….I like the new site! Dillon says hi……as does his new sister (my failed fostering 103 L O L) I don’t “preach” raw….but I am a firm advocate……Dillon has been on “raw” for years…….at 10……..he’s been doing really well on his diet……..Demi….my new girl 2 y o rehomed Doberman…..really likes her” Caviar” diet……

    I don’t like all the vax veterarians seem to push for the most part…..I believe in having healthy bodies with healthy immune sytems.

  • Laurens
    Reply

    Hi Janie, nice to meet you, I ran into your site, and see that you care for dogs and especially old dogs. I don’t know if you know the product Viyo Reinforces, it is a drink sold in pouches of 30 ml, containing prebiotics, omega 3/6 , vitamins and the Viyo is extremely high palatable, natural & low calorie ! when you serve it before the first meal and you do that approx 4 weeks, you will not believe your eyes , you will experience changes in stool, coat & better moving & vividness, especially larger breeds suffer from bad moving once they grow older, serving this will help your dog tremendously , people say that Viyo gave back a life to their old loved ones ! check out on viyoreinforces.com
    Viyo is a Belgium based company and has scientifically collaborations with universities in the US , although it is only a nutritional supplement ! you have my mail 😉

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