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Spotlight on…. Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder


Contrary to popular belief and current human testing protocols which cannot be applied to animals (Overall, 2013) dogs too can become autistic, with diagnoses ranging from Asperger’s to ADD, ADHD, OCD and through the normal human range, and what’s more it can be vaccine induced just as it can be in humans (Wakefield et al. 1998; Bernard et al. 2000; Blaylock, 2008; Tomljenovic & Shaw, 2011; Seneff et al. 2012 ).

Just as the radiation from active mobile phones has been shown to open up the blood-brain barrier in infants (Salford et al. 2012), allowing toxins in the system to effect the most important organ in the body, canine physiology is no different in that respect and in these modern times it is difficult for our pets to escape from the regular interruptions or our mobile lives.

Human research has also shown a propensity to Autism reversal dependent on diet (Ahn et al. 2014). This involves a low starch, high probiotic, high omega fatty acid regime which is more akin to a species appropriate canine diet anyway.


So, how do you know if your beloved pet has autism or is just a ‘dappy dog’?


“Autism is an accumulation of different causes and about 70% is due to vaccines, 25% to toxic medication and other toxic substances, 5% to some diseases” (Smits, 2008).


Obviously with there being a high propensity of conventional veterinary surgeons to initiate a ‘first vaccination protocol’ whenever a full medical history is unknown, and with annual re-vaccination practiced in the majority in direct contradiction to WSAVA (2010) recommendations or that standardised regular vaccinations have been discredited (Olson et al. 1997; Coyne et al. 2001) let alone research that first vaccines at 15-16 weeks have been shown to last a lifetime (Schultz et al. 2010), this is a difficult one to tackle.



Whilst behavioural symptoms are easier to identify in children than dogs:

  • Impaired cognitive and social skills (Seneff et al. 2012)

,  there are also a number of intestinal symptoms including:

  • Inflammation in both upper and lower intestinal tract
  • Increased sulfation capacity of the liver
  • Pathogenic intestinal permeability
  • Increased response to intravenous secretin injection
  • Decreased digestive enzyme activities (Horvath & Perman, 2002)

The current diagnostic tool for dog owners involves a tick box exercise with regards to certain observational differences in the suspected dog as compared to a dog that is not suspected of having Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Social Impairment:

· Poor eye contact, or staring at an unusual angle

· In his/her own world (aloof)

· Inappropriate/unusual aggression

· Doesn’t like to be touched or held (body, head)

· Hates interacting with unknown dogs

· Abnormal joy expression when seeing owners

· Lack of ability to imitate other dogs

· Just doesn’t get it

Qualitative Impairment:

· Produces unusual noises or infantile squeals

· Inappropriate vocalisation

· Obsessive, compulsive and/or ritualistic vocalisation (without it being a training/breed issue)

Stereotypical Behaviour:

· Ritualistic Behaviour

· Repetitive Behaviour

· Arranging Toys

· Obsessive Behaviour

· Compulsive Behaviour

· Must Have Routine

· Cannot switch from one task to another

· Prolonged rocking, licking or staring


Cognitive Impairment:

· Facial expressions don’t fit situations

· Ignores when called, pervasive ignoring

· Lack of curiosity

· Unable to read body language in other dogs or people

· Excessive fear of noises/sudden movement

· Ignores pain

· Inappropriately anxious or emotional response

· Self Stimulation

· Self Mutilation

· Attachment to unusual objects

Physical Abnormalities:

· Dietary abnormalities (allergies, tastes, textures, bowl preference, location)

· Repetitive and inexplicable head, paw or body jerks

· Unable to stretch legs fully

· Abnormal gait



courtesy of

Gaby Clayton


Via CEASE Therapy involves Isotherapy (homeopathic reversal of toxicity), nutrition and tailored homeopathy (Smits, 2008), this is performed here in the UK, by the incredible Homeopathic Vet Nick Thompson in Bristol ( from reports progress is slow, but marked.

There is a hypothesis that TTouch bandages and ThunderShirts may have a calming effect such as that found by Temple Grandin (1992) with her ‘Squeeze Machine’.

Support Groups:  Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) :

For more information with regard to the side effects and risks of vaccines, please refer to Canine Health Concern.

Please also see our ‘Owner Odyssey’ (page 63) to see an individuals story on Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Ahn, Y. Narous, M. Tobias, R. Rho, J.M. & Mychasiuk, R. (2014) The Ketogenic diet modifies social and metabolic alterations identified in prenatal valproic Acid model of autism spectrum disorder.  Developmental Neuroscience.  36[5]:371-380

Bernard, S. Enayati, A. Redwood, L. Roger, H. & Binstock, T. (2000) Autism: a novel form of mercury poisoning. Medical Hypotheses. 56[4]:462-471

Blaylock, R. (2008) The Danger of Excessive Vaccination During Brain Development. Medical Veritas 1-30

Coyne, M.J. Burr, J.H.H. Yule, T.D. Harding, M.J. Tresnan, D.B. & McGavin, D. (2001) Duration of immunity in dogs after vaccination or naturally acquired infection. Veterinary Record. 149:509-515

Grandin, T. (1992) Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patients with Autistic Disorder, College Students and Animals. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2{1}:63-72

Horvath, K. & Perman, J.A. (2002) Autism and Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Current Gastroentrology Reports. 4[3]:251-258

Olson,P. Finnsdottir, H. Klingeborne, B. & Hedhammar, A. (1997) Duration of antibodies elicited by canine distemper virus vaccinations in dogs. Veterinary Record. 141:654-655

Overall, K. (2013) Manual of Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Dogs and Cats. Elsevier Health Sciences

Salford. L.G. Nittby, H. & Persson, B.R.R. (2012) Effects of Electromagnetic Fields From Wireless Communication upon the Blood-Brain Barrier. BioInitiative 2012. Section 10:1-52

Schultz, R.D. Thiel, B. Mukhtar,E. Sharp, P. Larson, L.J. (2010) Age and Long-term Protective Immunity in Dogs and Cats. Journal of Comparative Pathology. 142[1]:S102-S108

Seneff. S. Davidson, R.M. & Liu, J. (2012) Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminium and Acetaminophen Exposure.  Entropy. 14[11]: 2227-2253

Smits,  T. (2008) Cease Therapy. [Internet] (Accessed 02/10/2014

Tomljenovic, L. & Shaw, C. (2011) Aluminium Vaccine Adjuvants: Are they Safe? Current Medicinal Chemistry.  18[17]:2630-2637

Wakefield, A.J. Murch, S. Anthony, A. Linnell, J. Casson, D.M. et al. (1998) Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. Lancet 351:637-641

WSAVA (2010) Vaccination Guidelines [Internet] Available from: (Accessed 04/11/2013)

Holistic Pet Health Conference 2017


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Spotlight on Ethyl vs Methyl Mercury


Ethyl vs Methyl Mercury

Ethyl mercury is the type found in vaccines, the CDC website says that it differs from Methyl mercury (found in fish, amalgam fillings and the environment) in that it leaves the blood stream much more quickly and is therefore less toxic.

Studies have shown that Ethyl mercury leaves the blood stream within 7 days, where as Methyl mercury takes 54 days to leaving the blood stream, which supports this statement. However, Ethyl mercury was not found to be excreted from the body, in fact, whilst it does leave the blood stream, it crosses the blood brain barrier and goes directly to the brain, where it stays (Burbacher).

Unfortunately Ethyl mercury is metabolised into inorganic mercury at twice the rate that Methyl mercury does, which causes neurological damaged and neurological death in the brain and is 50 times more toxic than Methyl mercury to the brain (Guzzi et al. 2012).

Thimerosal was released in 1931, the same year as the first ever diagnosis of Autism. It was found to be toxic in parts per billion, which had never been witnessed before and when tested on dogs, all test animals died; as for human testing, 22 test subjects who were suffering from meningitis were given Thimerosal, or Merthiolate (CgHgHgNaO2S) as it was then known, all test subjects died, most within 24 hours, however it was considered that they died of the meningitis and it is therefore safe.

The symptoms of Mercury Poisoning and Autism equate line for line.

One study showed that when comparing the risk of autism diagnosis  in those who had received under 25µg of thimerosal to those who had received over 25µg, the risks of autism were between 762 and 1135 times higher in those with greater exposure, they also discovered that the risks of ADD, ADHD, ticks, speech delay, sleep disorders and a number of other neuro-developmental disorders had similar statistics (Verstraeten, 1999). As thimerosal does not appear to dissipate from the brain, you can now begin to understand why over-vaccinating causes so many issues.

There are in fact hundreds of studies linking thimerosal to autism, and billions of dollars that have been awarded to children who’s parents have proven that their child was damaged by vaccines.

However, there are very few people who are trying to raise awareness of the damage caused by vaccines in pets. We are very proud that Catherine O’Driscoll of Canine Health Concern, who works tirelessly to raise awareness and work on improving safety, writes for us and that we are able to share information from the likes of Patricia Jordan, Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz.

We have written previously on the fact that pets get autism (Healthful Dog 1[2] December 2014), and will continue to work to raise awareness. Meanwhile, we eagerly look forward to the release of Catherine O’Driscoll’s next book.

The maximum recommendation of oral mercury ingestion is based on Methyl Mercury and set at 1.6 µg per kilogram of bodyweight, this is set from human consumption, but as tests in the ‘30s showed, this may not be relevant for dogs.

  • Dog and Cat vaccines are generally 1ml
  • According to the FDA pet vaccines contain 1 microgram (µg) of Thimerosal or less.

Thimerosal is 50% Ethyl Mercury, therefore based on these statistics a pet weighing 0.3kg or more, should have no issue with 1 vaccine. However, as we know, more than one is generally given at a time.


  • 0.5µg of Ethyl Mercury per vaccine
  • Ethyl Mercury converts to Inorganic Mercury at twice the rate of Methyl Mercury

= 1µg per vaccine.

  • It’s 50 times more toxic

= 50µg per vaccine

  • And when combined with aluminium (connected to auto-immunity & Alzheimer’s) is 6 times more corrosive

= 300µg per vaccine

  • When combined with Testosterone the risks are 4 fold (Boyde, 2005)


So for a healthy pet, to be able to cope with the Mercury levels in 1ml of  one vaccine, according to science based on a different form of mercury, based on human studies, of oral, not intramuscular or intravenous administration, it would have to weigh:


Female: 187.5kg                                 Male: 750 Kg


How much does your dog or cat weigh?


The body can excrete Mercury with the aid of the antioxidant Glutathione (Pompella et al. 2003), the issue with those susceptible to Autism is that their glutathione production is very low, and is lowered still by the presence of mercury. Due to the mode of action of glutathione, a glutathione supplement does not work, you need to increase the body’s natural production.

The best way we know of doing this is by taking/giving the supplement ASEA, which increases glutathione production by between 500 and 800% with radox signalling molecules.

ASEA is available via our website.


RFK Jr. 2017 Vaccines Revealed Episode 3 [Internet]

Trace Amounts (movie)

Turner, H.B. (2017) Spotlight on Ethyl vs Methyl Mercury. Healthful Dog 4[1]:56-57

Vaccines for kids (The conversation we MUST have…) Sick kids / Healthy kids – You Decide

Yes, we're talking about children, but vaccine ingredients wise there is little difference.
We've written previously about Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder, it's just not as well publicised as Autism in children.
That in mind, we signed up to TTAV in order to share with you, what we think is highly relevant information.

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Product Review: Dental Chews


dc1February is ‘National Pet Dental Health Month’ in America, so we thought we would look at the current options on the market.

In todays’ pet world dental health is paramount, as 80% of dogs over three years old have been diagnosed with periodontal disease (Milella, N.D.), the first signs of which are halitosis (Kortegaard et al. 2008: Zero, 2004: Rawlings & Culham, 1998: Benamghar et al. 1982). There are a number of ‘dental chews’ on the market which are formed in specific shapes and consistencies in order to facilitate the product to scrape tartar from the teeth of the consumer, instead of manual brushing (Quigley & Hein, 1962) with the aim of reducing the need for dental surgery (Logan, 2006: Kortegaard et al. 2008).

These products have ingredients which range from, but are not restricted to:

  • Potato Starch
  • Glycerin
  • Powdered Cellulose dc2
  • Lecithin
  • Malt Extract
  • Yeast
  • Polyphosphates (Cox & Lepine, 2002)
  • Corn
  • Sorbitol
  • Fructose
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Titanium Dioxide (Carcinogen)
  • More E Numbers E281, E202
  • Peas (please see article 1[2]:64)

Some have vague ingredient lists like: Cereals, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Minerals (including Sodium Tripolyphosphate), Meat and Animal Derivatives, Vegetable Protein Extracts, Oil and Fats, others a full breakdown including wheat, rice, oats, pea protein, potato flavours, and minerals.

An unfortunate fact is that cereal and starch content in commercial pet foods, also found in these ‘dental chews’, are partially to blame for the degenerative state of many pets’ teeth. As dogs do not produce amylase (the enzyme required to digest starch) in their saliva, they have no means of getting rid of starches that are in the food in their mouth, leaving it to accumulate on their teeth and feed the bacteria that lead to a build-up of tartar and calculus.

As for the ingredients:

  • Potato Starch (E1400-1414)dc3
  • Unsuitable for pet carnivores.
  • Glycerin (E422)
  • A by-product of the biodiesel industry. Known to increase gas output, used as a ‘sugar free’ sweetener and preservative in the food industry.
  • Cellulose (E461, E462, E465, E463, E464, E467, E466)
  • Digestible by ruminants and termites with the symbiotic assistance of micro- organisms, however in other animals simply a faecal bulking agent.
  • Lecithin (E322)dc4
  • An emulsifier most often derived from Soybean Oil (usually GMO)
  • Most often chemically extracted, the result of which has been known to lead to degeneration of the peripheral nervous system (Turner, 2015)
  • Not a species appropriate food for dogs, as it disrupts digestion (Turner, 2, 2014)
  • Identified as being converted by gut bacteria into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) which when released into circulation may contribute to atherosclerosis and heart attacks (Russell et al. 2013: Tang et al. 2013: Mendelsohn & Lar rick, 2013)
  • Malt Extractdc5
  • Develops enzymes to modify grain starches into sugars and break down pro teins in the grain to be utilised by yeast.
  • Yeast
  • The most commonly used form of yeast in found in grape skin.
  • The malt extract feeds the yeast, leading to carbon dioxide generation.
  • Polyphosphates (E451 I formerly E450b i)
  • Blood coagulator, stabiliser & emulsifier
  • Know to aid water retention
  • Aids the lifespan of the yeast (Andreeva et al. 2013)

So the ingredients in these ‘dental chews’ are mostly converted to sugars and gas, leaving little question as to why the dogs enjoy them. Whilst the Veterinary Oral Health Council has a list of ‘accepted products’ (VOHC, 2014), there appears to be no definitive quantitative or qualitative data on their efficacy (Quest, 2013: Brown & McGenity, 2005: Gorrel et al. 1999) as all published material compares either new verses old chews, or chews verses no chew, in dogs fed on a dried diet.

Whereas a dog on a species appropriate raw diet, that does not include simple carbohydrates, given a variety of raw meaty bones or even antlers to chew on has clean white teeth with little to no chance of periodontal disease (Turner, 2013).dc6dc7

So what do we recommend?

A great place to start is with raw, free range, organic, chicken wings, such as: Graig Farm Organics Free Range Chicken Wings – 1Kg Bumper Pack

Warning: Please supervise your pets when feeding bones


Andreeva, N. Ryazanova, L. Dmitrieve, V. Kulakovskaya, T. & Kulaev, I. (2013) Adaptation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to toxic manganese concentration triggers changes in inorganic polyphosphates. FEMS Yeast Research. 13[5]:463-470

Benamaghar, L. Penaud, J. Kaminsky, P. Abt. F. & Martin, J. (1982) Comparison of Gingival Index and Sulcus Bleeding Index as Indicators of Periodontal Status. Bulletin of World Health Organisation. 60[1]:147-151

Brown, W.Y. & McGenity, P. (2005) Effective periodontal disease control using dental hygiene chews. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry 22[1]:16-19

Cox, E.R. & Lepine A.J. (2002) Use of Polyphosphates in Canine Diets to Control Tartar. Seq #257 – Nutritional Factors and Dental Health. IADR/AADR/CADR 80th General Session (March 6-9, 2002) San Diego, California

Gorrel, C. Warrick, J. & Bierer, T.L. (1999) Effect of a new dental hygiene chew on periodontal health in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. 16[2]:77-81

Kortegaard, H. Eriksen, T. & Hands, M.S. (2008) Periodontal Disease in Research Beagle Dogs – An Epidemiological Study. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 49:610-616

Logan, E. (2006) Dietary Influences on Periodontal Health in Dogs and Cats. Veterinary Clinic of North American Small Animal Practice. 36[6]:1385-1401

Mendelsohn. A.R. & Larrick, J.W. (2013) Dietary modification of the microbiome affects risk for cardiovascular disease. Rejuvenation Research. 16[3]:241-4

Milella, L. (N.D.) Understanding the Need for Dental Treatment in Dogs. Education Resources for Veterinarians. British Veterinary Dental Association.

Quest, B.W. (2013) Oral health benefits of a daily dental chew in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. 30[2]:84-7

Quigley, G.A. & Hein, J.W. (1962) Comparative Cleaning Efficacy of Manual & Power Brushing. Journal of American Dental Association. 65:26-29

Rawlings, J. & Culham, N. (1998) Halitosis in Dogs and the Effect of Periodontal Therapy. Journal of Nutrition. 128:2715-2716

Russell, W.R. et al. (2013) Colonic Bacterial Metabolites and Human Health (Review) Current Opinion in Microbiology 16[3]:246-254

Tang, W.H. Wang, Z. Levison, B.S. Koeth, R.A. Britt, E.B. Fu, X. Wu, Y. & Hazen, S.L. (2013) Intestinal microbial metabolism of phosphatidylcholine and cardiovascular risk. Engl J Med. 368[17]:1575-84

Turner, H.B. (2013) The Science Behind Canine Raw Feeding. Talen Publications. UK

Turner, H.B. 2 (2014) The Latest Protein Ingredients in Pet Food. Healthful Dog 1[2]:64

Turner, H.B. (2015) Feeding Oils. Healthful Dog 2[1]:34

VOHC (2014) Products Currently Awarded the VOHC Seal. (Internet) Available from: [Accessed 12/12/2014)

Zero, D. (2004) Sugars – The Arch Criminal? Journal of Caries Research. 28:277-285

Would Canines Naturally Eat Cheese?


To answer this question all you have to do is look at how we discovered cheese and where it is made in nature.

The gullet of a calf differs from those of adults, taking their mothers milk directly into its fourth stomach, where the naturally occurring rennet separates the milk into ‘curds & whey’ thus producing cheese.

Do wild Canids take down calves?


In the Spring a pack will hunt almost exclusively on young.

So to answer the question, yes, wild canids eat cheese, but only in the Spring.