About Nature's Way Carolina Dogs

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Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Welcome to my site about my Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs! Carolina Dogs are a relatively new, rare breed recognized by the UKC, AKC-FSS & ARBA, and are quite possibly America's own indigenous wild dog. CDs make wonderful companions, athletes, hunters, and bedwarmers! Natural Rearing is the philosophy wherein we raise our dogs and puppies by following the 8 Laws of Health, employing Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and no toxic chemicals on, in or around our dogs. We have found this way of life fosters balance, health and longevity in our beloved companions. For our puppies, we welcome homes that have a very similar philosophy about dog rearing, or wish to learn. Check us out, follow us and share us in other places!!! YouTube@ Susan NaturesWayCarolina Dogs NaturesWayPets and FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/mycarolinadog on Twitter @https://twitter.com/NaturesWayCDs Thank you so much for visiting our site, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email! susanlewelling@yahoo.com

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2019 Litter Announcement

I am proud to announce NWCD has a beautiful litter of 5 beautiful, healthy Naturally Reared UKC Carolina Dog puppies. 
I only have females available. There are 3 varying shades of ginger and one black/tricolor female. The male is black with tan and he already has a home. 

This litter is out of
 Camo, UKC "PR" Tennessee's Camo'd Still Site
Daisy, UKC "PR" Banbury"s Tennessee Daisy Jane, RATI, RATN.
This is Daisy's retirement litter, as she is aging out of my breeding program but she will remain a treasured member of our family as long as she lives.
Camo is also a part of our family. Both will be available to meet. 
This litter was born July 23, 2019. They will be registered by me with UKC, transferrable to the new owners and eligible for registration with ARBA & AKC. 
All puppies will have an ID tattoo that is registered through me with NDR(National Dog Registry) and transferrable to new owners. 

Please see  the links provided in this post and the other pages on this website for more information about how I Naturally Rear my puppies. I do prefer homes that will commit to continue the NR path and I do include education and lifetime mentoring with every puppy, as this is something I am passionate about. 

For an application please visit NWCD Puppy Application
And return your completed application to me via email, susanlewelling@yahoo.com 

Puppies are 5 weeks old as of this posting. They are eating raw food, and still nursing. I allow Daisy to decide when and how to wean them. Puppies are being socialized with people of all ages, from a 1 year old toddler, a 5 year old, teenager and various adults. 
They will be taking trips outside soon and will be exposed to my semi-feral cats,  goats, chickens and ducks as well as all 3 of my Carolina Dogs. 

For more pictures and current updates follow Nature'sWayCarolinaDogs on FB
As of this posting I already have payment and commitment for 2 puppies, and 3 approved applications without committment yet. If you are interested please get your application in soon. 

This litter is 1st generation fully NR on Dam's side. Dam has been completely NR since 1 year old, raw fed and no chemicals since 8 weeks old. 
On the Sire side they are 4th generation completely NR.  

If you are not familiar with Natural Rearing please visit this link to see the general idea of how I  raise my puppies: NR Puppies, Conception to 8 Weeks
If you are only interested in a conventionally reared CD pup, please visit the Carolina Dog Society of America for a list of other reputable CD breeders. 

Please include any questions you may have with your application. I prefer to learn a bit about you before we talk. After I review your application I will message you to set up an appointment for a phone call. I will post an update to this post as soon as all 5 puppies are reserved. 

Puppies first meal of ground green tripe. They went at it like little piranhas!  

Monday, July 8, 2019

Guest Post - ACL Surgery and Rimadyl

Over the years that I have been breeding Carolina Dogs and doing Carnivore Nutrition and Natural Health consultations I hear from many people. Overall, it is pretty rare to hear from folks who already have a Carolina Dog AND observe all or most of the principles of Natural Rearing. I love it when I do hear from these rare few. But usually they, like myself, have a horror story about how they learned the hard way that Mother Nature always knows best. Occasionally they are willing, even eager, to share their experiences so others may learn from their mistakes. My friend Bob is one of those folks. Here is Bob's story. 

My Carolina Dog, Rubio, developed pain in one of his rear knees in the last 3 years of his life.  When he started holding his right rear leg up in the air I took him to the vet right away.  The vet did x rays and said he had a torn ACL in his knee.  The vet said that Rubio had to get surgery right away or he would develop arthritis for the rest of his life.  I asked about the success rate of the surgery and the doctor said he did about a thousand of these surgeries and only about 3 ever had a problem that were not the client's fault.  The only problems that occurred were when the client did not follow the vet's instructions.  I took my dog in for the surgery and followed the post surgical instructions exactly. 
The recovery was extremely slow.  8 weeks after the surgery he could only walk for one block.  It took about a year after the surgery for him to recover to about 75% of normal.  I had to be very careful to not walk him too much so that he would not develop more knee pain and there were many set backs along the way.  To me, the surgery was not a success.  About a year after the surgery he had signs of arthritis in his knees so it did not prevent arthritis like the vet promised.
It should have been a red flag to me about the high pressure sales tactic that I had to get my dog in right away for surgery.  It should have been another red flag that the vet claimed he was nearly 100% successful with the surgery and the only problems that came up were the client's fault.  This surgery was very expensive and cost around $4000.  

I decided to research what went wrong with this surgery.  After much searching, I finally found a website called www.tiggerpoz.com that talked about dog knee surgery in great detail.  It said that yes, some knee surgeries are necessary, but no matter the size of the dog the majority of knee surgeries are not needed.  (On the internet it is commonly repeated that only small dogs can take a wait and see approach with knee surgery).  Tiggerpoz.com said instead, you should greatly restrict the dog's activity for 8 weeks first to see if there is an improvement.  If there is an improvement, your dog does not need the surgery and continue gradually increasing activity.    This is the same 8 week restriction of activity that you must follow anyway after knee surgery.  It also talked about how the surgery is highly profitable because the actual surgery is only 20 minutes long and yet the vets can charge $4000.  So there may be financial incentives clouding the vet's judgement. I found out about a year and a half later, this vet sold his practice to the giant corporation VCA which is owned by the MARS corporation (the same company that makes candy).  This vet is about 68 years old so his ticket to retirement was to pump up the sales volume to make the books look good so he could get a good price from VCA and thus a good retirement. 

One of my friends has a big dog and that dog also developed knee problems recently.  Again, the vet said he had torn the ACL and he needed surgery right away.  I told him, NO, my dog's knee surgery was not successful, and please look at tiggerpoz.com and restrict the dog's activity for 8 weeks which is what you do after surgery anyway.   He went to a second vet and that vet told him the dog needed knee surgery right away.  He went to a third vet for a third opinion and this vet was not a high pressure salesman and he simply said that he thought surgery would be helpful and it did not matter to him which vet he chose for the surgery.  I finally convinced my friend to hold off on surgery and restrict the dog's activity for 8 weeks and at the end of 8 weeks see if there was an improvement.  Sure enough, there was an improvement and the dog did not need the surgery after all. 

About a year after the surgery Rubio developed arthritis problems anyway even though it was clear that he should have fully recovered from surgery.   For 2 years I gave him Glucosamine, MSM, Boswellia, tumeric/curcumin, coconut oil, and vitamins.  These helped to relieve his arthritis.  When he got close to 14 years old, the symptoms got worse and the vet gave me a prescription for an NSAID called Carprofen (Rimadyl).  The vet said to check his blood work every 6 months.  After doing a lot of research I read that liver damage occurs in about 1 out of 5000 dogs.  I thought this was pretty low odds so it should be OK, but to be careful, I began giving him half the dose of Carprofen that the vet recommended.    I did this protocol daily for 2 months.  At the end of the 2 months he had an emergency so I took him to the vet where he got blood work and ultrasound done.   The ultrasound showed significant liver damage.  The blood work item that indicates liver damage was 3 times the normal limit. 

I can't believe that my dog just happened to be the one dog in 5000 that had this problem.  The equivalent odds would be to flip a coin 12 times and getting 12 tails in a row.  I think the liver damage problem with Carprofen (Rimadyl)  and the other NSAIDS like Metacam is much more common than we are led to believe.  In the back of my mind I had always wondered why the vet's office at the county animal shelter that I volunteer for always checks the dog's blood work 3 weeks after starting NSAIDS.  I just thought they were being abundantly cautious.   Now I know there is a reason that they check the blood work after 3 weeks because that's how fast liver damage can occur due to NSAIDS.  

So in conclusion, always use natural health care methods first.  If you feel that the natural methods are no longer working and you must use NSAIDS, you must at least check the blood work after 3 weeks and do not wait for 6 months. 

I agree with Bob that Natural Methods should be explored first. Conventional methods, surgery and pharmaceuticals, should be reserved for emergency situations, and as a last resort, only if the reward outweighs the actual risk. My oldest CD, Cooter, injured himself a while back and we(Myself and my vet) opted for Conservative Treatment. Cooter responded wonderfully and is still doing great. He was better much quicker than projected with surgery and is running and hunting like the injuries never happened.