A brief introduction:
Ghost is a purebred White German Shepherd, my husband Tom got him from a breeder in 2012. For almost 5 years Ghost has been a healthy and active dog, he spent most of his days at Toms fathers farm (located on an orchard) where he played with his 2 best buds - a shepherd mix and a golden retriever mix. When I came into the picture we began hiking every weekend and of course Ghost joined - he absolutely loves hiking!
When Tom and I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail we knew we could not bring Ghost with, so obviously he stayed with his best buds on the farm for 5.5 months. During this time Ghost began losing weight despite my father in-laws best efforts to fatten him up. By the time we got back Ghost was still healthy and happy as ever but we could tell he had lost some weight so we decided not long after to bring him to the vet...
And so the story goes:
We took him to the vet when we noticed he was losing weight but had a bloated abdomen. We were advised to do blood work. The results said that he had contracted Lyme Disease. The vet then put him on medication for 1 month. Because of the said Lyme Disease he has also developed congestive heart failure. His condition did not improve after the medication so he went back to the vet where they told us if we tested his heart (which would cost close to $1000) then they could put him on different medication to help his heart and he would maybe live a year, otherwise they gave him 2 months to live.
We decided against the tests and opted to take him to a Holistic Vet for a different opinion. The holistic vet gave us immense amounts of information. Apparently tests for Lyme Disease are highly inaccurate (even for humans) and when she looked at his blood test results she concluded that he actually has antibodies for Lyme Disease. Meaning he has been exposed to it but his body has fought it off. She also noticed from his blood work that his liver was being attacked which lead her to believe that he has liver parasites which are inhibiting his liver from producing Co-Q10, a vitamin vital for heart health. Hence why his heart is failing.
The holistic vet also taught us more about why kibble kills our pets livers and is incredibly harmful for them, destroying their immune systems and in-turn causing them to be susceptible to illness and disease. She promotes a raw food diet (an animals natural diet). So needless to say Ghost is now on a raw diet and has been taking holistic remedies to heal his liver and heart. The holistic vet was surprised that he was still living when we took him to her. We're not sure if his illness has gone past the healing point but we have hope and will continue treating him naturally.
Because of his heart condition Ghost is at high risk of having a heart attack and therefore he is on house arrest, which is the hardest part of this. He misses his people and brothers over at the farm and he misses hiking. When he does go outside to use the bathroom he has to wear a coat because he is also at high risk of getting pneumonia
We feel so sad for him but if there is a chance that he will recover then we want to do everything possible to make that happen.
Please pray for him.
If you have pets, consider switching to a raw diet because this all could have been avoided if he was getting proper nutrition from the start. Although I have been aware of the raw food diet for some time now, I really did not know just how beneficial it is for a dog/cat. I have been feeding my cats raw on and off for a couple years but after all that has happened I know now that raw is the only thing I want my babies eating.
I have decided to start selling an affordable raw food mix that is a complete balanced diet. This is something I wholeheartedly believe in. I hope to spread awareness about proper pet nutrition.
If anyone has any questions or wants to order raw food for your fur-child please click on the link below or go to the "Contact & Pricing Page"