FROM http://everydayroots.com/flea-remedies 1. Flea collar A flea collar is a great way to ward off fleas without always having to
reapply something topically, and it keeps the flea control constant and steady. You will need… -3-5 drops of cedar oil or lavender oil
- 1-3 tablespoons of water
-Bandana OR your dog’s collar
-an eyedropper (optional) Directions Dilute 2-3 drops of your chosen oil in 1-3 tablespoons of water. Some people
use the oil undiluted, but I personally feel it should always be diluted, even
if it’s only by a little. Next, pick out a bandana to be the flea collar-I
think a bandana is preferable because you can take it on and off and your dog’s
collar won’t smell. It’s always fun to get creative with patterns and colors
here. If you go up to ½ teaspoon you can use up to 5 drops of the liquid. Using
an eyedropper or other similar means, apply 5-10 drops of the mixture to the
bandana and rub the sides of the fabric together, and then tie it about your
dog’s neck in a snazzy way. Reapply oil mixture to the collar once a week. In
conjunction with this, 1 or 2 drops of oil diluted with at least 1 tablespoon
of olive oil can be placed at the base of your dog’s tail. 2. Flea deterring drink- can be used alongside any of these remedies. You will need… -1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar Directions For every 40 pound dog add 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple
cider vinegar to 1 quart of their drinking water. We highly recommend using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only does
it deter fleas, it improves a pups skin and coat condition from the inside-out. 3. Flea comb This contains lemon and lemon contains something called limonene, which is a
chemical that kills and repels fleas but is harmless to us or our pets You will need… -1 freshly sliced up lemon
-1 pot of fresh water
-a comb, sponge, or brush Directions Boil a pot of water and add the slices of a freshly cut lemon to it. Turn
off the heat after the lemons has been added and cover the pot, letting the
mixture steep overnight. The next day dip a comb or your pets brush in the
liquid (make sure it’s sufficiently cool) and run it through their hair. A
sponge works as well, especially if you have a very short haired breed. A quick
version is to bring water to a vigorous boil and then pour over a freshly
sliced lemon. Then just dip the comb, let it cool, and use as above. 4. Flea spray As a bonus, your pup will get a nice gleaming finish to their coat after
using this flea spray. You will need… -1 cup white distilled vinegar OR 1 cup apple cider vinegar OR a 50/50 blend
-1 quart fresh water
-2-3 drops of lavender or cedar oil
-a decent sized spray bottle Directions The essential oil isn’t vital, but it certainly gives the spray an extra
edge (and a nice smell.) If you’re using it, add 2-3 drops as you add 1 cup of
white distilled vinegar/apple cider vinegar/both to 1 quart of fresh water.
Fill your spray bottle, and mist your dog, being careful not to get it in their
eyes, nose, or ears-aka avoid spraying near the face. To get up around the neck
and behind the ears/their chin area, dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and
wipe it on. Spray your pets bedding and around it with this mixture lightly as
well. 5. Flea (be-gone) bag This little sachet contains things that smell pleasant to us, but that drive
pests away from your pet. You will need… -Two 6 inch squares of breathable fabric (such as muslin)
-a rough handful of cedar chips
-1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds
-the peel of 1 lemon Directions Follow the instructions on how to make a sachet here if you
need more detail. Cut 2 6 inch squares of fabric and place them together inside
out. Sew all but 1 side and turn inside out. Fill with a rough handful of
fragrant cedar chips, 1-2 teaspoons of lavender, and 1 lemon peel. Leave enough
room at the top so you can tie it off with a ribbon or sew it shut (tying
allows you to reuse it when the contents lose their potency.) Place under your
pets bed/bedding or near it to ward off fleas. Change the mixture every month
or so. 6. Flea bath- wash your pup with this weekly to deter fleas. You will need… -A half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice*
-1 ½ – 2 cups of fresh water
-1/4 –1/2 cup of mild pet-friendly soap or shampoo Directions Stir together a half a cup of lemon juice, 1 ½ cups of water, and ¼ cup of
mild pet-friendly shampoo or soap. Bottle and label and bathe weekly to keep
fleas away. *amounts will vary depending on the size of your dog. As a general rule of
thumb, use 2 parts water to every ½ cup of soap and lemon juice.
One of my Scotties recently had to have a hematoma removed from her ear. I had never heard of this problem in dogs and didn't realize how serious it can be. Poor baby had to have surgery and it looks like her ear will not be able to stand up again. My Vet says this is a fairly common problem.
I will post some pics and medical info. The earlier it is caught the simpler the surgery.
An ear hematoma is a pocket of blood that forms within the exterior portion of a pet’s ear flap. Although both dogs and cats can suffer ear hematomas, the condition is much more common in dogs.
Ear hematomas are usually caused by some kind of self-trauma — such
as when a pet aggressively scratches at the ears or shakes his or her
head, causing the ear flaps to slap against the skull. This trauma can
cause blood to leave the vessels and pool in a pocket between the skin
and cartilage components that make up the outer part of the ear flap. Treatments range from draining the hematoma with a needle, to surgical correction of the problem.
Surgical repair is often considered the most effective treatment for ear
hematomas. While under anesthesia, an incision is made along the length
of the hematoma on the inner surface of the ear. After the fluid and
blood clots are removed, the inner surface of the ear is tacked down to
the outer surface of the ear with sutures. You can see this result in picture at left.
The most common cause of an ear hematoma
in dogs is an ear infection or other irritation within the ear. Ear
infections cause irritation to the ear, resulting in shaking of the head
which in turn causes the development of the hematoma. I also read that a trauma or even flea infestation can be an underlying cause.
If there's anything that galls my clients, it's being told they could
have prevented a painful and expensive condition - if only they'd been
told to stay away from A, B or C hazard. Such is the case when it comes
to the use of common chews and devices designed for dental cleaning or
as an outlet for natural chewing behaviors in dogs.
Yet when I inform my dog-owning clients that certain "dental health"
products can lead to serious problems, many can't easily accept the
notion that dental fractures, gastrointestinal obstruction and
gastroenteritis (among other problems) are possible outcomes. After all,
they say, how could anything sold expressly to help improve our pets'
dental health and behavior so adversely affect them?
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Yet it's true. Some of the most commonly marketed "oral health
improvement" items are considered unsafe, unwholesome and/or downright
unhelpful by board-certified veterinary dentists (and plenty of
run-of-the-mill vets like me, too).
But here's the thing: While many dogs won't experience safety issues
with the goods veterinary dentists suggest you should eschew, as they
say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Which is why I say you should steer clear of the following six "dental health" products:
1. Rawhides. I used to have a Boxer
who would swallow these whole, only to turn blue in the process of
regurgitating them. Now, you might well ask why I'd give her the second
rawhide after watching her do such a thing, but in my defense, I was
trying to see whether different sizes might actually get chewed
properly. No such luck. To my credit, I always watched carefully just in
case a tracheotomy might be in order.
Honestly, though, some dogs tolerate these just fine. And they can
be good for the teeth once they become soft and yielding. Just be sure
that a) he actually chews it (otherwise, it's not only useless but also a
potential gastrointestinal obstruction), b) you know how many calories
you're offering when you give him that ginormous one you hope will keep
him busy all day, and c) you never leave him unsupervised with it.
2. Dried Pig Ears. Now, these aren't strictly off limits. As
with rawhides, however, they can be swallowed whole by some dogs. And
these fatty morsels do have far more calories than you'd expect.
Moreover, some fat-sensitive dogs can be prodded into pancreatitis by
consuming one. Overall, it's perhaps not the best idea.
3. Antlers. I have one patient who not only fractured a tooth,
but she also developed a terrible fungal infection at her gumline after
eating one. All in all, it was a very strange situation. The good news,
however, is that most dogs seem to enjoy these chews, and most do not
fracture their teeth while chewing them (much less develop fungal
infections). Still, I say you should beware.
4. Cooked Bones. Though there's a lively debate when it comes to
whether it's safe or not to feed raw, meaty bones, there's none on the
subject of cooked bones. These hard-as-a-rock, splinter-prone bones
aren't good for the teeth or the GI tract.
5. Rocks and 6. Cow Hooves. As with cooked bones and antlers,
rocks and cow hooves are generally considered a bad idea for pets. Not
only do numbers 3 through 6 increase their risk of a tooth fracture and
foreign body ingestion, they also don't do much to improve their dental
After all, says Dr. Jan Bellows, board-certified veterinary dentist and
owner of Hometown Animal Hospital in Weston, Fla., products that offer
hard, unyielding surfaces are unlikely to offer much help against tartar
buildup and gum disease. He urges pet owners to "make sure that
whatever they use bends and allows teeth to sink in."
What the Dentists Recommend
But none of this should lead pet owners to assume that all chews and treats are a no-no. Dr. Bellows recommends that pet owners head on over to VOHC.org
where the Veterinary Oral Health Council offers a seal of approval to
dental products deemed effective against periodontal disease in pets.
Still, it's important to be cautious, he says.
Dr. John Huff, board-certified veterinary dentist at Alameda East
Animal Hospital in Denver, Colo., agrees. Here's what he says when it
comes to assessing the safety and efficacy of dental chews and
tartar-control products: "Though I have found all the VOHC products to
be safe and effective, [VOHC] does not test for safety."
Moreover, he urges pet owners to keep things in perspective:
"'Effective' is relative. If brushing is a hundred [percent], treats and
chews are probably a one." He adds, "The positives on the VOHC-approved
dental products are [that] they are better than nothing."
Which, I'm afraid, can't be said for numbers 1 through 6 above. Proceed
to feed any of the above at your pets' peril. And whatever you do,
don't skip that nightly brushing your veterinarian recommends.
By Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M http://www.organicgardening.com I believe fresh organic food contributes to improved health in my
patients. There are many foods that are easy to grow, appeal to most
pets, and provide health Fruits and vegetables are generally low in calories, which means they
make great treats for pets on a diet. As for how much to feed a pet, I
don't suggest a particular amount, as long as the vegetables or fruits
make up no more than 20 to 25 percent of a dog's diet (if you are
feeding a processed natural food) or 40 to 50 percent of a natural
homemade diet. Carrots. Most dogs like carrots, either whole or cut
into pieces. The tops of carrots can be fed whole to pet rabbits and
rodents, or chopped fine and used as a topping on dog food. Beans. Many owners give their dogs varieties of green
or string beans. Bean pods (including the seeds) can be used whole or
cut into small pieces. Broccoli. Broccoli is one of my favorite
recommendations to pet owners, especially for pets with disorders of the
immune system, including cancer. Dark leafy greens. Any dark green leafy vegetable is good for pets. Some dogs will eat the greens after they are cooked. Dark-colored berries. I think of fruit as more of a
dessert than a main ingredient; therefore I recommend no more than 10 to
15 percent of the diet contain healthy organic berries Foods to Avoid
While most pets can eat pretty much anything you grow, there are some
things to avoid due to potential toxicity. Cats and small dogs are
sensitive to some of the chemicals in onions and garlic, as these foods
can cause red blood cell damage leading to anemia. All pets should avoid
onions. Garlic has many health benefits (antibacterial, anti-blood
clotting, immune system support), and I like my patients to have small
amounts if their owners desire. I recommend one small clove per 10 to 25
pounds of body weight per day. Regular blood testing (every 3 to 6
months) can detect anemia, which is unlikely at this dosage. Grapes and
raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs and should be avoided.