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Dear Christina,

Our puppy Sage is 15 months old and a mix of an Indian Pariah and a Great Dane. Recently (for the past 2 weeks or so) he has started whining and crying every morning from 5:30am or 6am. Till now, his usual walking time in the morning was 6:30am or 7am at the latest. Now we end up going out at 6am or even before. It is getting to be really hard on us. Also, he keeps whining throughout the day and wanting to go out constantly. We take him out every time but he does not pee or poop. He just seems to want to go out! The only change that has happened recently was the arrival of our baby 4 months ago. Sage had gone through a transition period then but we made sure we gave him lots of attention, walks, petting, hugging, treats, playtime, quiet areas in the house for sleep, everything. And within 2-3 weeks of the baby's arrival, Sage was fine. And he has been fine till just recently. Nothing has changed, except for the baby being now settled in a routine and so giving us more time on our hands which we give to Sage. He has also recently lost all appetite and only the tastiest of foods seems to make him want to eat - fried, cooked like human food, sweet. Sage sleeps on our bed and has done so since he was 3 months old. I am a work-from-home mom, so he is not lonely. Walking times: mornings for 1 hr, evening for 30mins. What do we do? Constantly whining and constantly wanting to go out. Please help!

Thank you! :)

When I only had my conventional veterinary training, I would often be very frustrated by problems that seemed to make no medical sense. I had no treatments to offer then. The holistic philosophy has taught me that there is an underlying vibrational imbalance that causes most problems and the healing goal is to resolve that imbalance with treatments selected for that individual animal. these treatments can be effective even when a cause is not known. To better understand this perspective, read the first few chapters of Don Hamilton's Homeopathic Care of Cats and Dogs or the few pages in my book, the Healthy Animal's Journal. Now that the multitude of holistic modalities is available, I can tell you to never give up. Try one after the other, and record the changes with each.

I strongly recommend finding an integrative veterinarian with whom to work. This is a person trained in many different approaches, including using conventional drugs only when absolutely needed. Working with one can increase the chance that your cherished companion can live a long and healthy life after recovering from this current problem. Homeopathic veterinarians will consult by phone or email, even from across the ocean.
Homeopathic veterinarians (these can often help you by phone if no other holistic practitioners are nearby that you like): India: rest of world: and Homeopathy is very popular in India for people and many of those practitioners enjoy helping animals as well, so call some of your local practitioners and do a web search.

I would also look for Ayurvedic healers for people who will help animals. Acupuncture as well.

Both of these approaches can completely rebalance your dog's energy field that for some reason is out of balance. the fact that he is craving only some foods will make it easier for holistic healers to help him.

the fact that he adjusted to the baby and was fine makes me think it is something he is sensitive to in the environment or food. Was he recently vaccinated? Do you use chemical flea treatments? did you get new furniture or paint that may be outgassing? (I know you said nothing has changed...but it could even be a neighbor.) also, if you had been feeding processed dog food (canned or dry), the formulas often change without changing the label, so that can cause liver imbalances which can cause this early waking.

A few things you can try:
1. do not let him dictate when to go out. Like a baby waking in the night, sometimes you have to let them cry.
2. Feed a fresh food diet.
3. Be sure no toxins are around.
4. Learn Reiki or another (maybe more local) energy healing and offer it daily.
5. Purchase Indian traditional medicines for detoxing (himalya liver cleanse, for instance)and try for a few weeks only.
6. Flower essences are totally safe, so you can experiment with them. go to the different websites and read the descriptions of the different combinations, then try them for a month.,;; are a few. Many other companies with single remedies can help you select essences. They are totally safe.
7. Tellington T touch has many on-line classes and books teaching you how to use your fingers to calm and train a dog.

As you can see, it may be quicker to work with a trained practitioner.
email me directly at if you need more information.

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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.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH)

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