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When Judy called me about GSMDCA Ways and Means, she mentioned she had a 20 year old Beagle.  I asked her about her secret (RAW or BARF diet), and here's her story.  I'm also a believer in proper nutrition for our 4 legged.  Enjoy and Bones for all!

 

Maggie the beagle
20 years old


Here is a photo of our 20 year old beagle, Maggie.  As you can see she is a very sweet soul! 


Also pictured is Scout our 11 1/2 year old Swiss Mt Dog.  (He looks better when he's awake)  2 weeks ago he had minor surgery and the vets were astonished at how healthy he is for his age.


The other dog in this photo is Tessa.  She is a 10 year old English Shepherd.  We refer to her as the "World's Greatest Guard Dog."  As you can see she's also quite a beauty.


Back to Maggie the beagle.  Her medical history is as follows.  At age 12 she suddenly started crying and we rushed off to the vet.  She was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and referred to U of P for spinal surgery.  I was quite upset and kept saying an old dog like this could never undergo surgery.  The vet isisted that this was something that sometimes happens to little old dogs and we must.  The next day we took her to a chiropractor we know and truste and he fixed her in 3 seconds flat.  No more crying.

She had a lways had a problem with her anal glands.  Finally at age 14 they had to come out.  I was devastated thining I would lose her in the surgery.  She just wanted to get rid of them!  The surgery was a success but that was when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given two months to live.  The vet said nothing could be done and to just make her as comfortable as possible.

I was feeding her one of the best dog foods on the market - special ordering it in.  I made the switch to raw organtic meat.  1 1/2 years later I took Maggie to the vet for a bladder infection.  The vet kept insisting it was the cancer.  I kept insisting it was a bladder infection. (I had them myself)  I was right!  The vet asked me one question.  "What are you feeding this dog??"

Several months ago Maggie started crying again.  She was having a lot of difficulty making it up a single step.  I found a great chiropractor and she stopped crying.  She has again resumed her every other day walks.

I think there's several factors involved in her health and longevity.... Love, companionship, and spiriturality.  But that's just my opinion. 

I hop  you hav a wonderful Holiday!  Judy Szela

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