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I have a 11 weeks old Japanese Spitz now. I got her when she was 7 weeks old, she used to eat a lot of dog food (Beef Pro Adult) that I soak in water before giving it to her (it was an instruction given to me by her breeder. On her 9th week, I changed her food to Beef Pro Puppy thinking that it was good for her since she is a puppy but I observed that she sheds a little and eats a little less. At first I thought its normal but later realized that she was shedding a lot (she looks a little bald now) and totally lost her appetite.  I tried to feed her with Beef Pro Adult again thinking her good appetite will come back but she refuses to eat that as well. I got worried that she'll get hungry so I tried giving her human food. At first, she liked it. But now, she also refuses to eat human nor dog food unless she is really hungry. And when she is, she'll just eat a little, leave the food and play. Although she is still very playful, she's very light in weight now and looks very skinny and bald. I am really worried, is the lost of appetite was because of the change of food? And, does it have a connection with the extreme shedding? What dog food can I feed her that is available here in the Philippines that will give her a good appetite? What soap or shampoo can stop the shedding? I hope you answer this. I am really worried. Thank you.

There is no food that will give her an appetite. Feeding people food is the best. There is no soap or shampoo to stop the shedding. Because of the weight loss, I suspect she has worms or another parasite I may not know that is in the Phillipines. she could also have a congenital problem.  You really do need to have her checked out by a veterinarian.

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I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.


I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (I helped found this one) American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Center for Homeopathy American Veterinary Medical Association

I have written in many magazines, journals and newspapers. A few include Bark Magazine; Journal of the AHVMA; Baltimore Dog Magazine; Whole Dog Journal; Tiger Tribe; Wolf Clan. I have also been frequently interviewed on radio and TV. I am Associate Editor for the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, so often have articles there.

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