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I fixed a sick dog with proper nutrition and iodine, check out her story here.
I have 2 10 pound yorkies and I sometimes babysit some smaller ones. I base most of my stuff on a 10 pound dog.
I used Lugols 2% in their drinking water when I started giving them iodine. Each drop of 2% is 2.5mg of Lugols Iodine. I have only come across one recommendation for animals about iodine which said 1mg per 10 pounds. It is difficult to judge how much they will actually consume when adding it to their water, so I just started with a single drop to approximately 4-6 cups of water each day. After about a week, I started adding more drops almost daily and would usually hang out at about 5 drops per day which is 12.5mg.
Now that I feed my dogs real food, I add the iodine to the food as I made it. I only estimate how much I am putting and guessing how much they get per day. If you really dig into the dosage amounts of iodine, they are very forgiving, we really only need to go with large steady doses when fighting a disease.
I cook food for these guys every other, sometimes every 3rd day. I feed each dog twice a day, so each batch of food I make is 8 to 12 meals. Each batch is different size depending what I have available.
So, for 1mg per 10lb times 2-3 days, I would add 4-6mg per batch of food. I fluctuate with this sometimes and leave iodine out of a batch or put as much as 15mg per batch of food. Iodine is forgiving as long as the body isn’t full of toxins and has clear detox pathways. When I up the iodine, I try to keep an eye on their behavior, to get an idea if one of them is toxic or seems to have an increase in energy or mood.
This is what I consider a maintenance dose. When it comes to healing an old or sick dog, I use a bit more.
I wrote a story about healing Cookie with real food and iodine. Cookie started getting a maintenance dose of iodine several months before I took her into my care. It may have actually exacerbated her issue if my theory of her condition is correct. Iodine pushes toxins, if the dog was getting sick from toxic overload, pushing more toxins without cleaning up shop first would push her weak organs even further and make symptoms show more predominantly. We joked a few times about Cookie ‘getting fat'(she weighs like 3 pounds) and I’m thinking it was iodine helping push her liver to it’s limit and initiating the whole protein breakdown/ascites issue.
I had been adding a little to her water for about a week, just to supplement her with some and get her closer to increasing dosage once she was ready. Once she stopped having diarrhea, I started her at 2.5mg for about a week, then 5mg for a few days, up to this point her stomach had been shrinking steadily, but I noticed that stopped around 5mg. So I stopped iodine for about 3 days until I noticed her belly begin to reduce again, I worked back up to 5mg and stayed there. 2 weeks later I upped her to 7.5mg and her swelling slowed down a bit. I backed off again and hung out around 5mg per day for a bit. Then she went home and continued getting better without any more high doses of iodine. The synthetic blend of kibble she ended up with had iodine and a few other things that are good for liver and detox support, I have a feeling this is what allowed the food to keep her going well. If I had more time with her, I probably would have tried more iodine and let her stay at about 7.5mg per day for a few months. She probably could have gotten away with 3-5mg per day for a few months to become saturated though.