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Sweet sixteen!

Our somewhat surprised vet gave Bandit, our soon-to-be-sixteen year old border collie, a clean bill of health last week.

What’s his magic formula?

I asked Bandit to share the secrets of his youthful vigor!

  1. Raw food: Bandit is a fan and so are we. He made the switch when he was 11 years old. A vet who specializes in holistic care recommended we go half raw, half dry dog food since he was used to the dry food.
  2. No-grain diet: Dogs don’t eat wheat in the wild and they shouldn’t eat it in their dogfood either.
  3. Zyflamend: I wish I had come up with this formula for inflammation! It’s great for humans… and for dogs too.
  4. Boswellia (Indian frankincense): It has traditionally been used for pain and muscle aches. We recommend it for dogs with arthritis or hip pain. When we put Bandit on Boswellia initially he was whimpering every time he tried to sit down. His hips are still weak but he is no longer in pain. And he no longer needs Boswellia every day.
  5. Fish Oil: our four footed friends need fatty acids just like we do.
  6. Seaweed, nettle, and spirulina for micronutrients and iodine.
  7. Herbalist and Alchemist Prostate Tonic: Bandit is a boy-dog. As he aged we noticed that he would dribble. Not any more!

Bandit also gets plenty of fresh, Philly air (questionable, I know) and exercise.  Morning and evening walks are typically 30-60 minutes.

We feed him organic, but he loves doggy junk-food like the pizza crusts he finds on the street.

And, of course, we love on him… when he lets us.  Border collies like to be busy and Bandit often has his very own agenda that leaves limited time for huggy humans!

General notes:

Your dog can happily take what you would take for the same symptoms. But don’t try this with your cat! They are way more sensitive. Be sure to get a good book like Dr. Kidd’s Cat Care.
Powdered herbs work really well for dogs. Just mix them with some raw meat. Tinctures also work well and can just be squirted on to food.

How do you care for your four-footed friends?

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