This comprehensive tutorial will span 6 months, and will cover herbal and dietary support for and prevention of common canine disorders.
While it will incorporate some of the material included in previous tutorials, the bulk of the notes and information will be new.
What I am aiming to provide in this “Super Tutorial” is a comprehensive overview of how herbs and diet work together, to prevent and manage a wide variety of canine health conditions. As with all my courses, we will evaluate both the science and the popular trends impartially. I draw on both formal training, decades of study and professional experience, to provide the most wide ranging and objective information, so you can be empowered to make the best decisions for your dogs. While the popular sites offer some useful introductory material, here we will look much deeper. What KIND of probiotic – what form, how much? What if cbd oil and turmeric don’t help a dog with epilepsy?
It’s my pleasure and privilege to guide you into therapeutic nutrition and herbs, for prevention of disease and management of many conditions. Not to replace veterinary care, but effectively complement it, and often, reduce the need for interventions.
Here’s what we’re going to look at.
Introduction to Complementary Care – why the terms “natural” and “holistic” may be misleading..a bit of background on modern holism – where we are today – strengths and limitations of alternative medicine – 3 case studies and recommended supplementary reading
Nutrition Basics – canine nutrition is an incredibly hot topic – with a lot of opinion and conflicting ideas, how does one make sense of it all? Is raw diet always best? Can a commercial diet be optimal? Is it true grainfree kibble is no longer safe? What about those who claim our current science is all but worthless? We will cover a lot in this section – evaluating the science, the pop theories, and what’s good/bad about all. I follow the lessons learned in my therapeutic work to the conclusion there are many things that can work, but all incorporate the same principles.
Herbal Basics– using herbs as gentler substitutes for medications, for first aid, for mild conditions are all wonderful applications of plant medicine, but in truth it goes much deeper than “slippery elm for colitis”. In this Unit we’ll take a look at the “terms of the trade,” at setting up your own apothecary, at basic preparation and dosing. Herbal interactions with veterinary meds will be covered in individual units.
Everyday Herbalism – prevention of common conditions – internal parasites, fleas and ticks, hotspots, gastritis/colitis/bacterial diarrhea, eyes/ears/teeth.. skin and gut microbiome..diet and herbs, what are tonics? Acute versus chronic issues.. Your dog’s energetic type…working with the individual…
Seniors – diet and herbal support for ageing dogs – tonics – eyesight – cognitive decline and more
Digestive Health– understanding the microbiome, how gut health impacts on the whole body – bioindividuality – choosing probiotics – pro/cons of fermented foods- identifying types and causes of diarrhea – when to see the vet, what can be handled at home
Skin – systemic health is reflected in the skin – common, nutritionally responsive issues – nutrients for the skin – allergy versus intolerance – making herbal shampoo and rinses – salves and coat conditioners
Heart Health– herbs and diet both play powerful roles in prevention of acquired heart disease as well as management of early stage disease; slowing of progression is possible with dietary support and herbs – more on taurine-deficient cardiomyopathy
Joints – questions about joint health and arthritis top the list of what I work with – we will look at popular joint formulas and supplements, as well as easing inflammation with diet and a personalized protocol when the popular ideas don’t seem to be working
Kidney – diet is absolutely key here, in both prevention and management of CKD…many people have heard about Rehmannia 6 and 8, and nettle seed, but there are many more herbs that are key in renal disease, and whether they help depends on your dog overall
Lower UT Health – prevention and management of urinary tract infection and bladder stones
Immune system – nutrients your dog’s diet may be lacking that impact the immune system – medicinal mushrooms – how to correctly select, prepare and dose – when to use herbs and when to avoid – difference between immune stimulation and modulation -bacterial, viral and fungal disease and how to select herbs to combat these illnesses
Nervous system – herbs that address issues such as anxiety, fearfulness, phobias and depression fall into two main categories – nervines and adaptogens – and if carefully formulated for the individual, can bring relief and sometime, even resolution of these common problems. When combined with dietary adjustments, again as indicated by the individual, relief can often offer the opening through which behavioural measures can start to take effect.
Cancer – we’ll do an overview of the commonest types of cancer, pros and cons of ketogenic diet, lesser-known aspects of nutritional support, the role of antioxidants, and cover many herbs not usually included in the popular sites
Assessing the Trends – this is the unit in which we’ll take a critical look at cbd oil, turmeric, fermented foods, goats’ milk, coconut oil and more. Are they all they’re cracked up to be? How do you know which brands are best? The ultimate guide to the most trendy supplements.
Stocking Up! our last section will review some of the items and herbs you need to start with a home apothecary, as well as another resource share for those new to home prepared dog food.
BONUS – I’ll share some of my favorite recipes, for dogs with renal failure, for weakened immune systems, for eye health, cardiovascular support, arthritis and more – herbal blends to use in tincture and water-based forms, but also broths, cookies and medicine balls, and even a few meat loaf recipes.
Unlike previous tutorials, I am not setting these topics as week-by week, because they often go over the set time – instead we will look at completing all the material in a span of 6 months.
As with the others – there is no need to be online at any specific time, and there is no required text, although I will make recommendations for extra reading, all materials are my class notes and published articles.. I will be “live” twice a week, for Q&A, and material will be posted weekly. The Earlybird cost of this indepth offering is $50.00 (Canadian). After January 1, it will be 100$.
Starts Tuesday, January 15 and runs till Thursday, August 15
Classtimes are Tuesdays 2- 4 pm and Thursdays, 2 – 4 pm