Our dogs are more then just pets to us, they are a part of our family and as so we do tons of research to make sure that our dogs are as healthy as possible. Here are a few health topics that we would like to share with you. Every breed differs from the others and just like other breeds the American Bully has its own needs and its own remedies that work well for this breed.
When to Spay/Neuter your dog
Spaying and neutering of a American Bully should not be done before 24 months of age, I say this due to health risk that can come from robbing your dog of sex hormones that control the growth of the body and how it fills out and matures along with bone density. Dogs that are spayed/neutered before this age grow taller, leaner and have weaker bones then those who are spayed/neutered before their bodies are fully matured. Your dog will not be as thick boned or get the signature head piece that the American Bully is known for. Dogs who are spayed/neutered early continue to have growth of the tibia, which normally stops growing at 12 to 14 months of age this causes abnormal angle of the stifle. Hip and elbow dysplasia are common in dogs that are spayed/neutered before 5 1/2 months of age. Studies have been made on the impact of early spaying/neutering on a dogs behavior, once thought that it helped with mounting (humping) has been proven wrong. Early spay/neuter actually increases the likely hood that a dog will continue to mount and without training which will control mounting that a dog will continue to preform mounting to the point were there is no other option but training to disrupt this behavior. The most commonly observed behavioral problem in spayed females was fearful behavior and the most common problem in males was aggression. Fear of loud noises has also been associated in studies done on early spayed/neutered dogs. Adverse reactions to vaccines has also been added in studies done.
My conclusion, do not spay/neuter before 24 months of age. We will be adding this to our contract for the health of your puppy. If you are a responsible dog owner, keeping your intact animal away from any chance of an accidental breeding is 100% effective if avoiding a accidental litter!
Please watch the video posted below for information provided from Dr. Becker on "The Truth About Spaying and Neutering."
There are different kinds of raw food diets and its important that you have someone knowledgeable help you along your journey. A raw feeding group is recommended, along with a raw savvy Veterinarian. We prefer a Prey Model Diet, while some people will choose to feed their dogs a diet that consist of fruits and vegetables this is sometimes not recommended by experienced Raw feeders as their is a large debate that dogs are not omnivores but are strictly carnivorous. We feed our dogs a combination of both, while they get mostly animal material we still give them veggies as treats, we do not feed fruits as most are too strong for a dogs digestive system with the acid qualities that are found in some fruits.
This website I have found is one of the best for those interested in raw.
There are risk when feeding a raw diet but the benefits far outweigh the risk, but there are risk we take when feeding our pets any kind of diet. These risk are often because of people who feed raw and don't follow the clean guidelines when handling fresh meat. With kibble you take the risk of seriously dehydrating them and unknowingly cause them to be come malnourished, with moist food you have teeth degeneration and gum disease. It's your job to provide the best quality food as possible for your dog, but it's your dog and your choice as what you decided to feed him/her.
I like the prey model diet and lean more towards following their guide lines. More information can be read below.
5-10% organs with around half being liver
80-85% muscle and other parts
60-80% raw meaty bones, bones must have at least 50% meat
20-40% of fruits and vegetables
Which ever choice you choose, make sure you are in contact with a Raw diet feeder, get the facts before you start your dog!
We also feed our dogs Diatomaceous Earth (food grade), commonly called "DE" Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic, safe substances made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass. DE is deadly to any insect yet completely harmless to humans and animals. DE will destroy roundworms, pinworms, whipworms, and hookworms within 7 days of being fed daily (mixed into meals, or given in treats) but to be completely effective DE should be fed for 30 days to destroy the complete life cycle of internal parasites. DE will kill worms or immature worms even if they are in the lungs.
Dosage: 1 Tablespoon a day of DE for dogs 55lbs and over (you can not over dose a dog on DE!), for puppies or small dogs 1 teaspoon a day. Use daily or as needed up to 30 days to provide full internal parasite removal.
While our Bullies are healthy, active and happy we do feed a supplement for added benefits to keep our Bullies in tip top health and shape. With added health benefits, protection from free radicals and overall great health we must give credit to the people at the NuVet Laboratories for their fine products. Since moving from Montana to Florida we have to give thanks to NuVet for the added help with curing our dogs itchy skin from the Florida environment and grass. I have talked with other breeders and vets and this is a common problem that happens when dogs from the northern states like Montana move out to the Florida. The change in environment can sometimes cause skin allergies, while Kratos was born and raised in California he didn't have a problem adjusting to the coast line of Florida but Jericho who was born and raised in Montana didn't fair as well, his skin became red and he developed a allergy to the Florida grass. While we have used NuVet products on and off since 2001 for the added vitamins, nutrients and Immune System support that it offers we have decided to give NuVet Plus on a daily basis to help combat the change in environment and to make sure our Bullies are getting everything they need from their diet. Whether it be a commercial dog food diet or a raw Prey Model diet, our dogs need to get everything they can to keep them as healthy as possible. No dog food is giving your dog 100% of what it needs, even those that meet the AAFCO requirements don't have the all the ingredients that are found in the NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus supplements. With these added benefits that are found in the NuVet Lab quality products we can guarantee that are dogs are covered completely when fed along with their normal diets. This is why we recommend and are a proud NuVet distributor.
NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus
Dark Knight American Bullies is proud to recommend and distribute NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus!
What is NuVet Plus?
NuVet Plus is a natural, powerful Immune System support and nutrient rich holistic supplement given in powdered form or chewable tablet. Containing powerful human grade ingredients it is a natural way to fight and treat some common problems in dogs. It is tasty and easy to digest, will not upset their stomachs and is guaranteed to relieve common problems in dogs and will help protect them from free radicals that cause such problems as cancer, allergies, arthritis, heart disease, cataracts and more. NuVet Plus boosts the animals immune system giving your pet more energy and stamina. Recommended by leading Veterinarians, show and working dog breeders, including us!
NuVet Plus is also made in a feline formula that offers the same benifts as it does for dogs.
Some of problems that NuVet Plus treats
Itching and Scratching
Low Energy Leels
And Much More!
Nuvet Plus is made from natural human grade ingredients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and much more. It is manufactured in a human grade FDA laboratory, meeting the same strict guidelines as human pharmaceuticals. NuVet Plus is never heat processed, heat processing destroys essentail nutrients. Safe for all life stages from puppies to pregnant and lactating females. It works wonders on elderly dogs! NuVet Plus is formulated to provide everything your dog needs for perfect health that they might not be getting from their pet food alone. Every ingredient is microscopically tested to assure quality and maximum potency.
NuVet Laboratories guarantees their products! They proudly stand behind their products a 100% with a 60 day money back
guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with NuVet Plus they will gladly give you a refund. With a guarantee like that,
why wouldn't it be worth a shot!
We highly recommend NuVet Plus as it covers all the nutrients that are lacking from nearly every commercial dog food available,
we also recommend it for those who feed a quality raw diet, as even with raw diets you need to make sure that your dog is getting
all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are needed to sustain a healthy diet. We have used NuVet since 2001 and have recommend it to those who have contacted us asking about common problems with their pets health, all who have tried the NuVet Lab products have been satisfied and recommend the NuVet Lab products to others.
The quality ingredients that makes NuVet Plus such a outstanding supplement
Alfalfa - A nutritious source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll and dietary fiber. Contains Vitamin K, a probiotic, which aids digestion by influencing enzyme activity in the gastrointestinal tract. Helps relieve urinary
and bowel problems and helps improve appetite. Alfalfa has also exhibited antibacterial and anti-tumor properties.
Alpha Amylase - A digestive enzyme that helps augment the metabolic of carbohydrates. Assist in the absorption
of nutrients into the cellular network.
Amino Acids - Aids in building new muscle, bone and tendon cells. Vital for metabolism, stamina, brain function
and immune function.
Beta Carotene - Converts into Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, that can help protect against cancer and other diseases.
Helps counter fatigue, respiratory infections and skin disorders.
Blue Green Algae - A rich nutritional food that contains essential amino acids, chlorophyll and trace minerals. Helps
strengthen the immune system. Promotes intestinal regularity, purifies the blood and assists in stabilizing proper blood sugar levels.
Aids in cholesterol-reduction and mineral-absorption.
Brewer's Yeast - A balanced, natural source of B-vitamins, including folic acid, that helps maintain healthy skin, coat, nerves and
eyes. Proven to be helpful in reducing the number of fleas in pets.
Cat's Claw - An herb with amazing healing properties. It nourishes the immune system, enhances white blood cell formation and
promotes cardiovascular health.
Chicken Liver - A rich source of essential amino acids, B-vitamins, folic acid, iron, copper and magnesium. Strengthens the
nervous system. Aids in digestion, proper tissue development and production of red blood cells.
Copper - Assists in the body's healing processes. Promotes good energy production. A needed mineral for healthy nerves, joints and skin.
Evening Primrose Oil - Aids in the management of arthritis and rheumatism. Helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
Folic Acid - Necessary for healthy growth and division of cells. Helps regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation. Needed for the formation
of red blood cells and energy production. Strengthens immunity by aiding the formation and functioning of white blood cells.
Aids liver and gladular health.
Iron - Helps with protein metabolism and promotes proper tissue growth. Necessary for energy production and a healthy immune system.
L Methionine - An essential amino acid that helps to buffer and eliminate heavy metals in the body. It is a good source of sulfur, which
deactivates free radicals. Beneficial for allergies by reducing histamine levels in the body. Can help delay the development of age-related
Magnesium - Important for energy and proper maintenance of bones teeth, arteries, heart and nerves. Helps prevent cardiovascular disease,
osteoporosis, and certain forms of cancer.
Manganese - Needed for normal skeletal and nerve development and for proper lubrication of the joints. Required for protein, fat metabolism and
blood sugar regulation.
Oyster Shell - Provides calcium and phosphorus in the proper ratio for structural integrity of bones and teeth. Calcium is vital for the functioning of the heart,
nerves and muscles. Phosphorus is necessary for blood clotting, cell growth and kidney function.
Papain - Aids in protein digestion and metabolism. helps to cleanse the tissues and walls of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Pine Bark (Pycnogenol) - Extracted from the bark of French maritime pine trees, Pycnogenol contains a natural blend of bioflavenoids. One of the most effective
antioxidants know, it reduces oxdative damage to cells and vital tissues caused by free radicals. Exhibiting strong anti-inflammatory properties
it has been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
Potassium - Important for maintaining a regular heart rhythm and a healthy nervous system. Required for the proper functioning of muscles.
Works with sodium to regulate the amount of water in the cells.
Selenium - A mineral needed for pancreatic function and tissue elasticity. Plays a vital role in regulating thyroid hormone and fat metabolism.
When combined with vitamin E it aids in the production of antibodies and help to maintain a healthy heart and liver. Functions as a preventative
for certain types of tumors.
Shark Cartilage - An anti-inflammatory healing agent that is effective in the treatment of arthritis and hip dysplasia. Clinically, it has been shown
to help reduce cancerous growths by impeding the formation of red blood vessels to the tumor.
Taurine - An essential amino acid that aids in the digestion of fats in the small intestine. It helps prevent high cholesterol levels by supporting
the liver. Vital for the health of the heart muscle, it lowers blood pressure, helps prevent diabetes and balances the level of Sodium, Potassium
and Magnesium in the cells. Vital to maintain the integrity of the retina of the eye.
Vitamin B Complex - Helps the functioning of the brain and the nervous system. Promotes muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract. Helps
to maintain the health of skin, coat, eyes, mouth and liver.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) - Essential for normal functioning of the heart, nerves, muscles, skin and digestive system.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) - Necessary for carbohydrate-fat-protein metabolism, red blood cell and antibody formation. Essential for maintaining
healthy eyes, skin, and coat.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) - Promotes proper growth and function of the nervous system. Also helps maintenance of healthy skin, tongue and digestive system.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) - Known for its stress-relieving properties. Plays an important role in the production of the adrenal hormones and the formation of
antibodies. Needed for normal functioning of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) - Necessary for carbohydrate-fat-protein metabolism, antibody and red blood cell formation. Aids in digestion.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) - Helps maintain the fatty sheaths that cover and protect nerve endings. Aids in cell formation and cellular
longevity. Helps in the utilization of iron. Important for the prevention of anemia, fatigue, and neurological deterioration.
Vitamin C (Ester C) - A powerful anti-oxidant that is vital for the immune system and a myriad of metabolic processes in the body.
Promotes the formation of collagen and the growth and repair of cell tissue. Aids in proper adrenal gland function. Helps to eliminate toxic
substance such as heavy metals from the body. Reduces the risk of cataracts.
Vitamin E - A very effective antioxidant that protects the cell structure against free radicals. Aids in the utilization of Vitamin A. Improves the
immune system, blood circulation and wound healing. Reduces the potential for heart disease, anemia and neurological abnormalities.
Zinc - Required for protein synthesis and collagen formation. Promotes normal growth, cell division and aids wound healing. Helps to maintain
normal levels of Vitamin A in the body. Works with red blood cells to move carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs. Promotes a healthy
When we talk about the added benefits of NuVet Plus, you can see why we are so fond of this product.
Products can only be ordered directly from NuVet Labs directly. You can only order this product with our Order Code, and if you sign up for automated delivery you will receive 15% off. Visit www. Nuvet.com or call 1-800-474-7044, our Order Code is #31534
This is the most important thing you can do for the health of your Bully, a high quality diet. American Bullies are known to have common food allergies that can cause havoc on a dogs body. We prefer to feed our dogs a raw diet because of the advantages of it but we do understand that a lot of people are still kibble feeders. The site below has all the dog foods in the country with the brands rating and information.
Garlic has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It contains at least 30 compounds that have been found to be useful for a variety of conditions from skin disorders to cancer. In fact, holistic veterinarians have been recommending garlic for many years for its multiple health benefits. Below are the main health benefits of garlic for dogs:
Amount of Garlic to giveDr. Pitcairn (author of The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats) recommends the following amount of fresh garlic for dogs, according to their size:
Feeding every other day and giving the dog a one week break every 5 weeks.
Light skinned dogs and dogs with large amounts of white can get sunburned very easily. Sunburned skin has a high chance of developing cancer, so we try to avoid our dogs from getting sunburned.
Avalon Organics Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 18. I can recommend it for the following reasons:
Dawn Dish Soap (Yes again....)
Dawn dish soap can be used to clean grass and to make it healthier. The best way to prevent bald or yellow spots in your grass is to hose the grass for a few minutes were your dog just went to the bath room. Dawn can be used to not only clean your grass on the occasions when something has upsetting your dogs stomach and caused it to have diarrhea but it also helps the grass as well. Make sure you use a small amount and hose the extra off. A small amount will go a long way. Dawn also repels fleas and other bothersome bugs.
Tobacco dust repels fleas. Buy a big bag every year and spread it on your yard with a broadcast spreader or however you decided to spread it. It will keep the fleas off your property and off your dog! However it should only be used on your lawn. Sprinkle it sparsely around the yard, do not use too much. However, don't use it in your house, as it is harmful to kids, and very harmful to cats.
Dawn Dish Soap:
If you dog has fleas on it give it a bath with Dawn dish soap, not only will your dog be clean but the Dawn drowns the fleas, if removing fleas is why your bathing your dog you will want to bathe it two weeks apart for one month. This will kill the adult fleas and will kill the fleas that hatch out of flea eggs that Dawn has no effect on. This is a safe alternative to "Pet Safe" pet shampoos. Most if not nearly all pet shampoos have a mild dose of pesticide in it that can be harmful even in a small dose. Ive heard of dogs being bathed with pet safe pet shampoos for fleas or ticks and the dogs had bad reactions to the mild dose of pesticide in the shampoo. Pesticides will effect every dog differently but to us it's just not worth the risk!
Diatomaceous Earth (FOOD GRADE ONLY!) sprinkled around your property will help to control fleas and ticks as it dries out their exoskeleton.
There has been a lot of complaints about Chicken Jerky treats, since 2007 there has been over 1800 people who have complained about their dogs getting diarrhea, vomiting, not wanting to eat and low activity levels. The FDA has not found any toxins on test done to these types of treats, but that does not stand up to the conclusion that there is something in these treats that is causing sick dogs and the death of at least 8 dogs. Analysis found the brands with the most complaints were Nestle’s Waggin’ Train, and Kingdom Pets.
Brands with the most complaints
Waggin' Train, 69 complaints
Kingdom Pets, 35 complaints
Smokehouse, 11 complaints
Canyon Creek, 9 complaints
Beastro, 8 complaints
Most common complaints
Vomiting, 129 complaints
Diarrhea, 99 complaints
Low appetite, 81 complaints
Low activity level, 89 complaints
Waggin' Train, 6 deaths
Kingdom Pets, 1 death
Milo's Kitchen, 1 death
The FDA has issued a warning on these treats but will not demand a recall as the test they have preformed on the treats come back with no toxicity levels or harmful bacteria.
The FDA has had this to say
"The signs that may be associated with chicken jerky products include decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. These signs may occur within hours to days of feeding the products.
Laboratory tests may indicate kidney problems, including Fanconi-like syndrome. Although many dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.
FDA continues to investigate the problem and its origin. Some of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky."