Originally Posted by SevenVeils
I just want to point out that heartworm does not come from hiking, sniffing, licking or eating things. It is carried by mosquitoes.
I think that it is very important for people to know this, so that someone with a dog who is never off leash or what have you, won't think that they don't need heartworm preventative.
Sorry, yes, I know. I was thinking faster than I was typing. I meant to write heartworms/other parasites.
I was thinking more of my dog ingesting contaminated feces with parasites.
I don't know why, as he's nutritionally balanced and not lacking in anything, but if I'm not around to say "leave it" or "drop it" ... he eats it. It's embarrassing really. He's well trained, but when I'm not around and he's walking with my partner, Roark thinks he's alpha. It's my partner's fault as he can't assert himself. But, that's my deep secret - I've never been able to train my dog out of sniffing, licking, or eating feces.
Otherwise, we do go camping a lot. And my mom is in the south where the mosquitoes are plentiful and as big as humming birds. No joke! lol
OP - my dog weighs 95 pounds, and gets 2 raw cloves of garlic a day. I didn't base this on anything scientific. I happen to use a lot of garlic in my cooking, so I just set aside two for him. He'll eat anything - including raw whole cloves, so I've never had an issue in feeding this to him. Some dogs won't enjoy it and you'll have to mince and mix up with food.
We haven't had any issues with fleas. Ironically, the one time we did have a huge infestation was when I was using commercial flea preventatives.
However, to be fair, this was also because I went to a friend's house and didn't realize they were living with LOTS of fleas. I don't know how someone could live like that. I don't think garlic would have stood up to this either!
You can buy Ivermectin online. My vet orders it for me. Yes, the directions are included. As well as precise steps as to how much your dog needs. It's in liquid form, and I use a syringe (no needle!) to measure it out. And then I just squeeze it down Roark's throat. It was difficult the first few times, but I made it into a training session, and he always gets his kong afterwards.
Some people have told me you need a prescription for Ivermectin, but I think that's true only if you're buying huge quantities. I'm not really sure on this as my vet gets it for me through her office.
Raw - google BARF. There is TONS of information out there online. As well as in books. And the yahoo group is very informative. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but it becomes easy. I second the chest freezer. My partner eats meat (I don't), and we haven't even noticed a difference in our grocery budget. This could be because we order the meat from a farm and my partner just shares his order with my dog, lol.
Testing for titers is a good idea, and will tell you where you're at. I, too, don't like to over vaccinate and think the "standard guidelines" are way too much and way too often for dogs.
I wouldn't assume on the neutering. But, my situation is different. I got my dog from a breeder. He had his shots, but was not neutered. And has been neutered only recently.