Best Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs

Best Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs

The Best Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs

Hopefully you’ve already read or know about the dangerous effects of flea treatments such as Frontline or Frontline Plus, Advantix and many other well known products. Now that you know that these products are not safe, you are probably wondering what is the safest and best natural flea treatment for dogs?

I’ve researched and found the answers for you (below) but first a few things to be aware of…

Don’t just pick something because it says it is natural and organic, I’ve read of dogs having very similar reactions to that of frontline plus when using organic neem oil.  Any strong chemical that affects the nervous system of fleas can also harm the nervous system of your dog and even you and your children and I will provide a list of products to avoid below. Luckily I recently discovered diatomaceous earth for fleas and some other safe and natural products you can use and I will tell you more about it after some general flea treatment tips.

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Frontline Plus For Dogs – Reviews

teddy-242851_640Frontline Plus for Dogs – in this review is everything you need to know about Frontline Plus, from safety and effectiveness to how it works and where you can buy it for the best price.

If you’ve reached this site the chances are that your dog has fleas and/or ticks and you are trying to find out if Merial’s Frontline Plus for dogs is the best solution for your canine friend. Well don’t worry because you’ve come to the right place! I have three dogs (a dachshund called Topsy, a mongrel called Jumble and a husky Alsatian cross called Finn), and particularly as we live in the countryside, they have had many problems with fleas and ticks in the past.

URGENT NOTICE! I’ve recently discovered that Frontline Plus, Advantix, Bio Spot and many other flea treatment products are UNSAFE! Read this article to learn more – Is Frontline Plus for Dogs Safe?

Are fleas and ticks dangerous for dogs?

Fleas are not only uncomfortable for your pet, but can cause or lead to conditions and diseases such as Flea Allergy Dermatitis, anaemia, tapeworm infestation and rickettsiosis. Furthermore, tick bites can result in lymes disease which if left untreated can be fatal, as well as other nasty diseases so there is a good reason to treat your dog/s as soon as possible!
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Natural Flea and Tick Treatments That Are Dangerous to Dogs

Natural Flea and Tick Treatments That Are Dangerous to Dogs

Getting rid of fleas and ticks can be a serious business. These pests drink the blood of our dogs and may also bring diseases as they suck blood. They may even cause neural damage and issues such as paralysis. They cause pustules, severe rashes and inflammation on our dog’s skin. Your dog in turn can scratch himself in frenzy to the point of wounding or cutting himself. A flea infestation can not only affect dogs but also humans by latching themselves on human hair. Getting rid of fleas and ticks is very important to give our dogs and ourselves a healthy life, free from irritation.

I have done extensive research to find out which flea busting treatments are actually poisoning our pets. I believe that not only commercial products cause harm, but also some natural ones. I have written this article to shed light on those hidden poisons to help you protect your dog.

Which Natural Treatments Are Bad?

Many people have now taken the path of choosing natural remedies to rid their pets of fleas and ticks. On the other hand some people still take the easy yet dangerous route of using unnatural chemicals and poisons to get rid of these critters. Using a natural method can spell a longer life for your dog or sparing him from the risk of seizures, paralysis or sudden death. Most vets still recommend using harsh flea treatments that may lead to severe problems.

Warning!!! Not all Natural Flea Treatments are 100% Safe

Some natural flea treatments can be effective and be all out natural yet they may have a few side effects. Some dogs can be sensitive to some ingredients. Being aware what anti flea treatment could harm your dog can help you stay away from them.

Here are some of the treatments that you may have thought of but they may have some negative effects.

If you just want to know which products definitely are safe check out this article I wrote with the products I use and recommend.

Lemons are bad for dogs

Neem Oil – Neem oil has become a popular flea treatment. Unfortunately if your dog or cat has fleas he tends to lick that part. Licking Neem Oil can cause stomach pain and reproductive system issues. Using this product would require you to put a cone collar on your dog for him to be unable to reach the areas sprayed with Neem Oil.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg – Cinnamon and Nutmeg can be a deterrent to fleas since they have antimicrobial benefits. However please avoid Nutmeg at all costs since they may have really bad effects for your dog. On the other hand, if you use Cinnamon it might be ok, though it may also cause an upset stomach and diarrhea.

D-limonene – This chemical compound can be found in some pet shampoos that are used to get rid of fleas and ticks. WARNING!!! This product can be deadly to dogs and cats! It can cause severe internal hemorrhage to the point of having a bleeding lung and drowning in one’s own blood. It can also cause severe allergic reactions such as rashes that are highly inflamed. Eye irritation, crusting skin, seizures, neural damage, excessive salivating, vomiting, behavioral problems, kidney and liver failure and death can be adverse effects of this product. This are similar effects that you can find in some commercial products such as Frontline and Frontline Plus and even other well-known brands.

Geranium and Geranium Oil – Many products claiming to be natural and dog friendly claim to use essential oils and use geranium or geranium oil in the mix. Unfortunately geranium is clearly tested a toxic substance to dogs and cats. Even as a plant or a flower can cause harm, what more if you use the purer extracted form which is the oil.

Geraniums causes dizziness, vomiting, itching, rashes, behavioral changes, appetite loss and even death. Geranium causes poison because it has two toxic substances called linalool as well as alcohol geraniol. If you dog suffers any symptoms stated above, please go to the vet right away since they may lead to dire consequences.

On a side note, there is a plant called Jungle Geranium that you may have around, this one comes from a different species and not from the same as the Geranium which are toxic to dogs and cats.

Natural Anti-Flea and Tick Treatments That Are Dangerous to DogsLinalool – Linalool as discussed from Geranuims is harmful for dogs. This can be found in anti-flea and tick treatments and shampoos. This chemical is normally used to kill insects and pests, but causes liver damage since this is absorbed though the fatty tissue and then metabolized by the liver. Over exposure can lead to liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and excessive urination. About 677g per kg of body weight is the fatal dosage of Linalool. Treatment would first include bathing the dog in dish washing liquid and then bringing him to the vet since this is very toxic. The vet would need to use activated charcoal and perform a Gastric Lavage if he accidentally tastes, licks or ingests Linalool. Making the dog vomit is not recommended because he might get it in his lungs.

Tea Tree – Tea Tree is a very popular ingredient used for many skin care products to treat acne, dandruff and fungal infections. A low dosage of Tea Tree at about 1% can be tolerable to both humans, dogs and cats. On the other hand there are many tea tree oils that are sold in its purest form which is significantly toxic to any living creature. Tea tree contains terpenes which is similar to a potent insecticide can be effective in killing fleas but also causes harmful effects on both you and your pet. Never use pure tea tree oil on cats or dogs. This if ingested or even if applied topically can cause drooling, vomiting, being nauseous or lethargy. If a pet takes this in large quantities he or she may suffer severe reactions such as neural disability, lung problems, difficulty in breathing, seizures, going into a coma and even death.

Before using any treatment that has tea tree, make sure that the dosage does not exceed 1%; this goes for both humans and pets. If you are to use on your pet, make sure that he does NOT lick that are of his body. If your pet is poisoned by terpenes or tea tree, please give him a bath right away using a dish washing liquid diluted in water. If he has ingested it you must bring him to the vet because there is a not cure to terpenes poisoning and he go through Stomach Pumping or Gastric Levage as well. Poisoning symptoms normally show up which in two to twelve hours from exposure.

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Lavender – Most people say that lavender is good for dogs and helps treat stress and sometimes also given as a food additive to help his digestion. You have to be careful with lavender though because even though it is not poison, eating too much of it can cause an upset stomach such as diarrhea and vomiting and may also cause skin irritations and allergies. If you live in an area with many insects and bees, they may also be attracted to the smell causing them to sting your beloved pooch.

Bay Leaves / Bay – Bay Leaves have essential oils that have very strong smell. The smell can be used as an insect repellant. According to toxicologists, bay is not totally poisonous but may cause skin irritations. Some dogs and even humans can suffer from inflammation and rashes from contact with bay leaves. Do not use it on your dog because instead of alleviating his irritation from fleas and ticks, he may suffer more from getting sores on his skin.

Eucalyptus – This fragrant plant that we normally use as relief for back pain and joint pain and colds, is really bad for dogs. Ingesting this may cause him to have diarrhea, depression, weakness, excessive salivating, vomiting, weakness and difficulty in breathing. Again if this has happened to your pet, bath her with some baby shampoo several times until the eucalyptus scent is no longer there if it is just skin contact, but you would still need to consult your vet if she orally takes in this substance.

Rue Oils – Rue comes from Rue flowers. This are normally used as insecticides although butterflies love it. Rue causes severe itching by just touching it. When eaten or tasted it may cause vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain. In high toxicity levels, this may cause hepatitis in both dogs and humans, liver failure, renal damage, seizures and even death. If your dog ingests it, please rush him to a vet right away to avoid neural damage or death.

I have also found out that some fruits and veggies which are OK for humans to eat are also bad for dogs.

Ok so which natural flea and tick products ARE safe?

I’ve found some really great products that are safe and work well and and I use them on my pets.  To read more about this check out my article on safe natural flea and tick treatments for dogs.

I hope that this has helped you protect your furry baby.

 

 

Knowing Your Dog’s Age

How old is my dog?

A lot of people have been curious in finding out the real age of their dogs. Most people say that it is but a simple formula of multiplying a human year by seven. But a dog’s age may vary depending on his size and breed. Dogs also go through adolescence just like humans do. Their body undergo changes before they reach their peak and become an adult. And just like humans dogs become seniors too at some point. Determining a dog’s age can really help your pet in attaining optimal health and wellness.

How Do We Compute for a Dog’s Age?

A long time ago, people thought that there was about a very simple formula in knowing the age of a dog. Most said that you just needed to multiply the age of the dog by seven and that was it. Recent studies have proven this study as an over generalization and that it is invalid.

There are many several different theories about a dog’s age. Generally the bigger the dog the earlier they become seniors and live shorter. They become geriatric at the age of 5-6 years old. Middle sized dogs normally become old when they hit the age of 8-10 years old. Small dogs like shihtzus and Chihuahuas normally age the slowest and become seniors by the age of 9-11 human years.

A dog’s weight can be used as a guideline on how he ages and matures. A large dog is normally about fifty pounds or more. A medium sized dog weighs about 21lbs to 50lbs and has a medium sized body much like a Labrador retriever. Smaller dogs weigh about 20lbs or less. Generally, they all are of the same age until they reach the age of five human years where the increments of aging as compared to human years vary.

The first year of a dog’s life is where he matures and undergoes many changes. When he turns one in the human calendar, he would be a fifteen year old teen. When the dog becomes two, He would then be 24. After the second year in his life, his body size would now play the role in determining his age. Smaller dogs would now tend to age about four years per year on his third human year. A medium sized dog would age in increments of five years per calendar year. Large dogs on the other hand would age the fastest at about nine years per human year. There is no exact science yet in this determination of age as compared to human years. What is the best way to see it is seeing milestones in a dog’s life as compared to a human’s life stages. There are many factors that influence a dog’s age as much a human’s body age does. For example a human can be 29 in calendar years but he may be living in a body of a 50 year old due to a poor diet. This is the same for all pets. The quality of their food, their breed, their lifestyle as well as their living space can affect how much they mature in each passing day of their lives. Worming your dog can generally allow him to live much longer, as well as getting rid of fleas and ticks. These pests shorten a dog’s life span and ages him greatly because they take away nutrients that your pet needs to stay vibrant and healthy.

Simply put, your dog may fall into a specific aging category but may not necessarily be at that age level because he is healthier than most other dogs which makes him younger, or older because he is less healthy. Giving your dog the ample attention he needs will allow him to live out his years. On the other hand there is still a maximum age for dogs which is about 29. No dog has ever been recorded to have surpassed this age. The closest one ever recorded died at the age of 27.

Benefits of Knowing Your Dog’s Age

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There are many benefits of knowing how old your dog is. This would allow you to support him properly and provide for his needs better. It may also allow you to plan activities with him and not misunderstand his actions. Generally younger dogs have more energy than older dogs. Older and senior dogs sometimes get tired easily and they may have some pains in their muscles and joints. Once you have determined your dog’s age, you can use that information to help him go through his life.

Breeding and Mating dogs – Most dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of one year old. At this point, your furry friend’s age would be equivalent to 15. But this does not mean they are already ready to mate and reproduce. Dogs are just like people, who cannot be responsible parents when they are just in their teens. By the time they are at two years of age, dogs would now be equivalent to a mid-twenties adult of twenty four. They are then ready to mate and reproduce. By this time they are more emotionally secure and have outgrown the mood swings of their adolescence.

Exercise and Training – A young dog of about two to three years of age is the peak of a dog’s life. He is very trainable at this age. He would normally long for active exercise such as fetching and running. He can play with you for a long time. At this time, your dog can learn a lot of tricks. Starting six months of age, you can introduce house breaking to him; you teach potty training, socialization and some games. However as your dog ages, he may have some cognitive issues. He may experience dementia and other neurological issues which would make him easy to forget. This would mean that you need to be more patient in teaching him something. His senses may not be as keen as before so you may have to peak his attention first.

Vet Visits – When a dog is young he needs to visit the vet very often to get his shots. As he grows up, he may only need it once or twice per year. The general rule is that once he goes beyond one year old, he may only need yearly checkups aside from the deworming that is every six months; which you may do at home.

Older dogs who have become seniors really need much attention from vets. They need to be checked for diseases such as kidney problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or weight loss. He may exhibit no bad symptoms but he may be suffering something since as they age, they become more susceptible to getting sick. Oxidation affects their body much more and little things may trigger illnesses.

Food and Diet – Dogs may have different needs as they grow. Some dogs when they are young or old need to have supplements because they may need it to support their health. Most adult to middle aged dogs do not need supplements and can be healthy from taking complete pet food. As a general rule, dogs should not be overweight or underweight since both of these pose threats to their health. Feeding them organic food or food that is free from harmful ingredients can prolong their life.

Pet Care and Attention – If your dog is young, he normally would be teething which would mean that he would like to chew on things. This would require chew toys to keep him away from your shoes. He would also need grooming and bathing more. As the dog ages, he may not be able to take getting a bath too often since the change in temperature can cause him to get a cold or cough. Older dogs may feel sad and depressed too at times so you need to show them affection. Some dogs who age need to wear doggie diapers to prevent him from peeing in the house. An arthritic bed can help him feel more comfortable. Also this would allow you to know if your dog is just having growing pains of is just plain aggressive.

Final Words

Dogs may age differently just as humans do. Giving your pet some love and support at every stage of his life is vital for him to live well. You can prolong his life by avoiding bad food and pests in his body. I’m sure you love your dog, just as much I love mine and I know that you’d love him to blow out more birthday candles if possible.

I try my best to provide him healthy food and also we go to the vet at least twice a year. I treat my doggie like my own son and I love him so much that it would break my heart if one day he passes. Dogs are man’s best friend and they should be treated like a friend.

 

Dog Food Irritations: Allergies and Intolerance

 

Having several dogs meant that I really have to look out for my beloved babies health. They like eating meat and dry dog food alike. It was kind of tricky to zero in on what caused the problem. I did a bit of digging to find out what was making my pooches sick. I just want to share the stuff I found out.

If you just want to know which natural brand of (raw) dog food I now use and recommend for dogs that have allergies, its Wysong

dog food allergiesDog Food Allergies:

Dog food allergies are caused when an ingredients or several ingredients are seen by the dog’s body as a threat. This causes the body of your pet to produce histamine. Histamine production causes your dog to experience itchiness all over his body particularly on his face, paws and butt. His stomach are which does not have fur may also turn red. Histamine production helps fight treats in the body of your dog, unfortunately in this case even unharmful substances are seen as threats and thus causing his or her body to attack itself. Another common symptom would be ear itch. Your dog may try to scratch his or her ear a lot. You have the option of either administering medicines to your dog, which did not go so well for me since they really hate being forced to swallow those funny looking liquids. On the other hand you can try to eliminate the irritant totally by switching to food that does not cause allergies.

Signs of Dog Food Allergies:

  • Itchiness around the ear areas
  • Itchiness and redness around the belly and groin area or that part may be inflamed and warm
  • Chewing their paws or licking them
  • Scratching their butts and redness in the area; chasing their rear end a lot
  • Fur falling off; specially around the face and ears
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Watery eyes and nose; respiratory indicators

Dog Food Intolerance

 

Dog food intolerance is another scenario that your beloved doggie may go through. He may start vomiting, getting runny poop or feeling dizzy and fatigued. One best example is lactose intolerance. This is when the sugar in milk cannot be broken down in your dog’s tummy because he or she is missing an enzyme to metabolize milk. This is also the similar issue in humans.

Signs of Dog Food Intolerance

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Sluggishness

Curing Dog Food Allergies and Intolerance

Dogs are animals who have existed for thousands of years way before the commercial dog food was made. Back then, dogs where given natural and organic food. Their meals consisted of fresh meat and bone. The enzymes, amino acids and nutrients found in these food helped them to be strong and combat sickness. Unfortunately, these days, dog food that contain ingredients that normally would not cause sickness when eaten raw or fresh now threaten dogs when fed as a dog food kibble. They are cooked in factories and exposed to chemicals, ultra high temperatures and mixed with preservatives hence they become irritants to the dog’s body.

Common Allergens and Irritants are as follows:

  • Fish and seafood such as shellfish
  • Lamb and sheep
  • Beef
  • Chicken and some poultry
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Yeast
  • Milk
  • Soy

Dog food allergyTo cure dog food allergies and irritants, one must change the pet’s diet to eliminate the cause of your dog’s sickness. Dogs suffers a great deal when they encounter allergies and intolerance to food.

Fresh or raw food You may have seen champion breeds who are given fresh meat every day to improve their coat and make them strong. Raw meat has live enzymes that can help the dog live happy and healthy. This also strengthens their bones and teeth. The downside though to raw meat would may have worms that may live inside the meat and may transfer to your pet. Always remember to deworm your dog every three months or provide regular food that helps fight parasites in them.

Fortunately I have found a great of raw dog food that is manufactured using no high heat treatments that well cooks the food and removes the enzymes we want our pets to get. This raw food I found from Wysong is really good because its safe from any parasites coming from unchecked meats. It has probiotics that is good for my chihuahua.

Organic Dog Food – These food are specially made without any preservatives they are made much like the organic food that humans consume. They can be a mix of meat and vegetables so that your dog can achieve optimal heath. I personally prefer this kind of food.

Hypoallergenic Dog Food – These kind of dog food is made of protein that is hydrolyzed. Once hydrolyzed the protein is much easier to digest and does not combine to bodily antibodies and would not be detected as allergens or threats

Novel Dog Foods – Since most common dog food contain allergens, using novel food items such as buffalo meat or pheasant poultry to make the dog food allows the dog’s system to pass the food as not harmful. They are now used by the body easier. The downside here is that these are quiet expensive and hard to find.

Limited Ingredients Dog Food – This kind of dog food only contain one or two ingredients. In this way you can isolate what your dog is allergic of easily and since it only has one or two ingredients. The chances of your dog’s body identifying the food as an irritant is slim because you would automatically know if it’s a go or no go because there is a limited number of stuff that go in there. The dog’s body does not feel the need to go through a lot of steps to break down the food as well.

Dog food allergies and intolerances are painful experiences your dog would never want to go through. Having one of my dogs suffer this problem was heart wrenching for me. It was good that I was able to resolve this issue by replacing his food. He is now strong happy and healthy. I hope this tips would help you raise you pooch into a strong and joyful pet.

Do Vets know which foods are good?

Just a word of advice, In the UK we were advised by our vets that brands like Royal Canin and other very expensive ones that vets always sell, are very good for your dog, but with investigation I discovered that Royal Canin and others are VERY high in fat and not that great at all.  I was using Lily’s Organic Pet food which I think is a good balance of food and definitely better than the UK favourite Pedigree Chum (McDonalds of pet food it turns out)

Anyway in the US I now use WYSONG, see below

Check out natural and safe dog food here which I give to my husky cross dog who has food allergies (and my fussy chihuahua!)

What food do you feed your dogs?  Have you had problems with food allergies and intolerances? let us know!

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The Best and Safest Dogs Toys for Your Dogs

 

 Dogs are active animals that need stimulation and exercise. They require fun and playtime to live happy and healthy. Dog toys allow intellectual stimulation and exercise for your pets. These toys help them fight stress as well. These objects can also be used as rewards for training your dogs.

What Kind of Toys Does my Dog Need?

This dog looks so happy with his playtime.

This dog looks so happy with his playtime.

There are many varieties of dog toys, but which is best for your doggie? There are balls, Frisbees, tug toys, plushies, squeaky toys, chew toys and many more. Choosing a toy for your dog is something that requires consideration. Toys should be safe and durable for your pets. Buying cheap toys may harm your dogs since these may contain harmful substances such as lead that may poison them.

Here I’ll share with you some of my favourite safe and fun toys that I use with my dogs, and where to get them from,

Multifunctional Toys

These toys allow your dog to do several activities in one toy. These can be like squeaky, chewable, bouncy and tuggable toy. These toys are good for your pet since they allow your dog to have fun and fight boredom even if they are only engaged in one toy.

Puppies may need these kind of toys since they tend to explore a lot. You can give them a chewable ball that can be used for fetching and chewing. You can also give them a squeaky plushie that they can hug and play with. Be sure to supervise your dog when playing with toys like these as I know my little chihuahua loves to bite bits off, rip them up and find the squeaker!

Bigger dogs need even more durable toys. You can have toy that dispenses food, squeaks and chewable at the same time for them. Tug balls can be multi-purpose too.

Distraction Toys

Distraction Toys are great for entertaining your pet as well as fighting boredom. Dogs can be noisy or destructive when bored. Providing them with a fun toy can help them relax or have fun.

  • Automatic Tennis Ball Launcher – These toys are great. They allow the dogs to use their smarts to return the tennis ball into the launcher and wait for the ball to be “thrown” into the air. You can now sit in the yard and read while your dog has fun.
  • Bubble Machines – Dogs love bubbles. They love chasing and popping bubbles. They look super cute when they are having fun with bubbles. We have heard about a bubble machine that uses bacon scented bubbles How cool is that?!  And of course it’s completely safe and non toxic.

Traditional Toys

Your dog would benefit from those good old toys that have been enjoyed by dogs for generations. We just need to remember to check them for your beloved pet’s safety.

  • Balls – All dogs love balls. They like bouncy balls, fetching balls and chewing balls. Balls are great for exercising your dog.
  • Sticks – You can either clean up an old piece of stick or buy a stick from a pet toys store online. Sticks are normally used for fetching games as well as tugging games.
  • Ropes – My dogs always also love to play tug with those tied up rope toys, and these seem to be the only ones (apart from Kong toys) that actually stay intact!
  • Latex and rubber – Latex and rubber are durable for dogs who love to chew. They can allow the dog who is a chewer to relax and be occupied. These can help them to strengthen their teeth and gums too. Some examples of these toys are rubberized bones as well as other rubber or latex made toys and plushies are great for chewing exercises. Kong toys are very hardy and my dogs quite like them.
  • Bones – As we all know dogs like to carry bones in their mouths or sometimes bury them. These can either be a real bone or a fake bone toy. These also helps maintain the oral health of your dog.
  • Frisbees – These toys are one of doggie favourites. It allows your dog to play catch or to try to get the Frisbee before it lands on the ground. It can be used for training your dog to jump high.
  • Raw hide chews and sticks – All my dogs have loved these, but I found out recently there is a great difference in quality of these sticks, as cheaper ones use non natural products and can be high calorie. Also rawhide is actually not very good for dogs and they can’t digest it, so my favourite chew sticks these days are by Bully Sticks who only use natural ingredients and make healthy treats. Their bully sticks they last longer than normal ones and they do discounts for larger orders which is great so you can make the healthy choice for your dog without having to pay a lot.

Having dogs is like having kids. They tend to get bored when their needs for fun are not met. Taking care of your dog requires you to provide him or her with fun and safe toys that capture their interest.

My favourite SAFE dog toy and treat suppliers

So if you are looking to find some safe and healthy toys and treats for your dogs, take a look at the suppliers I use.

Best Bully Sticks and Natural Chews – Healthy treats and chews

Active Dog Toys – Makers of the bacon bubble machine and other unusual and innovative toys

Golly Gear Toys for Small Dogs – Since getting a chihuahua I know that it can be hard to find suitable toys for small doggies, (and man do they like to chew!) but golly gear have it covered with a good selection of interesting and correctly sized toys. (They also have super cute clothes to keep the little one warm in the winter!)

Do you have any recommendations or warnings about dog toys to share with us?  Comments welcome!

Safely Stop Worms in Dogs

 

 After I discovered the dangers of traditional flea and tick products like frontline plus, I began to wonder about the safety of worming tablets filled and creams with insecticide that the vet was so happy to sell me.  Whilst a lot of people use the traditional products such as invermectin, advocate, drontal, panacur, milbemax and other generic dewormers once again I uncovered so many dog owners whose dogs had suffered nasty side effects from repeatedly taking strong chemicals, after bad advice from vets and other industry ‘professionals’.

Here I will tell you about side effects of chemical dewormers and the best alternative and natural dog wormer treatment.

Dog wormer tablets and creams can be dangerous

Just as with my previous research on the dangers of traditional flea treatments, I began to find out more and more that while many dog owners do use these products successfully, there are many cases of dogs having fits, being very ill due to use of traditional dog wormers and their side effects. This can happen even after years of using the product with no previous problems, and again this is due to the fact that the continuous build up of these dangerous chemical can eventually cause overload on organs or the nervous system.

Symptoms that your dog may be reacting badly to worming tablets include:

  • Skin irritations or bumps
  • Excessively hyper
  • Organ Problems, Kidney Problems

More serious allergic reactions symptoms

  • Head pressing or head shaking
  • Excessive Vomiting (If this happens once or twice just stop giving the medicine, if it keeps happening call a vet)
  • Fits, Drooling and Shivering
  • Excessive Diarrhoea (If this happens once or twice just stop giving the medicine, if it keeps happening call a vet)
  • Weakness

Usually symptoms stop when you stop giving the medicine. Symptoms in bold are of course particularly dangerous and if your dog starts reacting like that after applying it please call a vet.

I have heard of many people experiencing projectile vomiting and so on and if this happens to your dog please do not continue to give him or her the wormer. If it was a topically applied wormer please wash your dog immediately.

If you’d like a little science to back this up check out this link from the American Working Collie Assosiation.  It’s related to Collies because the site for Collie owners, but it highlights the dangers (and sadly collie deaths) from using invermectin (one of the famous dewormer brands) and it applies to all dogs!

Please be aware that you do need to worm your dogs but can I urge you to think about natural alternatives and treatments, particularly if your dog has already shown some of the symptoms above after applying something or giving him or her worming tablets,

Click to see what alternative product I use for safe natural Deworming or read on to find out more about worms, why I strongly believe choosing natural worming products is better and foods you can give your dog to help them stay worm free.

More about Worms

You may not know this but even your new puppy can be infected by parasitic worms from the moment he or she is born, or even when he or she is a foetus in the mother’s womb. Shockingly, dog worms cause thousands of canine deaths every year. Worms of course can also be found in adult dogs. Dealing with parasites such as worms is very important to keep your dog happy and healthy but at the same time resisting the many chemicals normally prescribed can be confusing. Worms are a serious issue since they can be passed from pet to pet or even to humans.  Sadly my friend once lost a beloved puppy to worms.

That said, many chemical dewormers nowadays that cause more harm than good to your furry babies. They may contain carcinogenic substances that may cause cancer, weakness and other diseases, and I’ve heard of more and more dogs who are reacting badly to invermectin, drontal and generic brand deworming tablets and creams.  Pups, like children, are even more sensitive to harsh chemicals found in dog worming creams and pills so its important to take care when worming puppies.

To me, and probably to you if you are reading this, finding an effective natural cure for your beloved pooch is very important.  Scroll down to find out what I now use as a safe wormer for dogs or read on to find out more about worms, what they do and how.

Understanding Dog Worms and Parasites

Safe dog dewormer

You can get rid of dog worms safely.

There are several parasites that may find your dog as a host to live in. They need blood and nutrients to survive. Once they enter your dog’s body, they would start feeding off of his blood and consuming his energy. These worms sometimes have sharp teeth that cause tears in your dog’s internal organs like the digestive tract, heart, lungs and liver.

Worms can be microscopic in size and can contracted by mere transference from the mother’s tissues to the dog fetus even during conception. Small puppies are normally infected with worms.

Heartworms – These worms are normally contracted from mosquito bites. They are normally transmitted through the bloodstream and then as the blood goes through the heart the worms’ egg implant themselves there. Once the eggs hatch they feed on the dog’s heart and blood. These may cause severe weakness and even death if untreated.

If your dog already had heartworms this cannot be treated by most medication, including the natural ones mentioned here. If you suspect your dog has heartworms please go to the vet immediately.

Roundworms – Puppies normally have these kinds of worms. The mother dog may them on from the womb to the pup. These deadly worms can travel around the body of dog. It can go through the heart, lungs, liver, kidney and back to the stomach and intestines. These parasites can cause painful illnesses such as vomiting and nausea, diarrhoea, heart and lung disease as well as gastro enteritis. These can also be picked up from ingesting soil that is infected with the said worms.

Whipworms – These are long whip like worms that can travel very agilely in the body due to their very thin body. They can be contracted by eating or playing in soil that has whipworms in it. These pests can cause your dog to vomit, have bloody and loose stool, dehydration, blood loss and death in most untreated cases.

Hookworms – These worms can enter your dog’s body from his paws or skin because the worms can enter skin openings. These are also passed from the placenta of the mother dog to the puppies when they are born. These parasites often live inside the dog’s stomach which causes severe diarrhoea, internal bleeding or death.

Tapeworms – These parasitic worms are normally carried by fleas. They may implant eggs in your pet’s skin or being eaten in some way. If your dog ingests a small rodent that has fleas in it, they will get tapeworms. They are bigger worms and drink a lot of blood. They can cause acute symptoms but may lead to severe problems if their population grows inside your dog. These are the kind of worms that can be seen by the naked eye.

Symptoms of Worm Infestation

Worms can sometimes live in your beloved dog without you detecting them until it is too late. If you pet has worms he or she will start to feel weak and out of sync. He or she may lose weight. In severe cases he may vomit or poop blood. Here are the common symptoms:

  • Loss of energy or appetite
  • Weight loss or inability to gain weight
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Shedding severely or getting an uneven coat
  • Pot belly
  • Coughing
  • Skin rashes or itching

How to Safely Deworm Your Doggie

Safe ways of getting rid of worms in dogs.

Safe ways of getting rid of worms in dogs

Getting rid of those unwanted worms is very important to make sure your dog lives long and happy. Untreated worms can lead to serious problems. Worms can be passed on to other pets or even to your family members.

Once a puppy is about two weeks old, he or she can be dewormed. After two more weeks another dose should be administered. The dog may encounter worms again the future so this step needs to be repeated every three months to avoid getting any worms or parasites in them. If you detect worms as well or symptoms related to worms, you must take immediate action. Most veterinarians use chemical dewormers that may harm your dog, especially puppies.

Just as with flea and tick products such as frontline, they have to be applied regularly and this dose of insecticides can build up inside them and start to make them ill, some dogs can even have adverse reactions after just a few treatments of chemical dog wormers.

Happily I have discovered that there are natural effective methods and foods that you can use to deworm your pet. The food below is not enough by itself, so I recommend a natural medicine like the one below to go with them.

As with the natural cures for flea treatments in dogs, the natural way can be a little longer however its safer to approach the problem holistically, and it doesn’t have to be too complex, here’s what I do to keep my dogs free from worms naturally:

Good Anti Worm Foods

I use these foods in conjunction with a natural remedy for dog worms:

Pumpkin seeds – These can dried in the oven or you may purchase dried ones. You may ground them and mix them in your dog’s food. These promote a healthy intestinal tract and help expel worms.

Chamomile – This can be a bit tricky to administer. You can use it as a tea and cool it to let your dog drink it. You may ground it up to mix into his food.

Food high in Probiotics – Vegetables such as shredded carrots, shredded broccoli can be added to your dog’s food to promote a good flora in his stomach.

Deworming medicine that contains natural and SAFE ingredients

After much research I found this excellent deworming product and so far my doggies have been completely worm free much to the amazement of my vet. This product is human grade and DOES NOT have substances that cause organ damage.

I now use this product to de worm my dogs – HW Protect Natural formula

Its easy to use (a few drops goes in the food and my fussy boys and girls don’t seem to notice it), effective (no worms for my doggies or my friend’s dogs who are using it, yay!) and safe.  Better still as its a natural product it actually works to improve your dogs immune system and overall health, so much better than gradually stressing it with more and more chemicals!

Please note that if your dog already has heartworms this will not cure it, it is a preventative as are most if not all normal worm treatments, in this case please visit your veterinarian straight away.

 

Natural Dewormers That can be Harmful to Your Dog

Not all dewormers are safe. Even some which are labelled as natural may contain harmful substances that may harm your pet.

Oregon Grape – These herb does an effective job of ridding your pet from worms. On the other hand, it causes liver problems. Do not give this treatment to dogs who are having health issues or are pregnant.

Safe Alternatives and experiences with traditional worming products

HW Protect Natural formula

Have you got any experiences with dog worming issues or natural alternatives?  Please share your stories and comments below to help others. I will also try and reply to any questions.

The Death of My Puppy Milo

 

The Death of My Puppy Milo

This story was shared to me by one of my friends who had some shih tzus. She wrote this story for me so that people who will read it will learn about doggie worms and how it took away one of her beloved pets.

dog death due to wormsA few months ago my dog Princess got pregnant. I was so excited about having puppies. It felt so great to have our family become big

ger. Princess had three puppies they were so adorable and cute. I named them Oreo, Bingo and Milo. They all seemed happy and content. I was so excited to play with them. The puppies grew fast.

After two weeks from being born I observed that Milo was not as active he seemed to be sick and sad all the time. I tried my best to cheer him up. He seemed to be losing weight. He had not ticks or fleas so I did not know what to do anymore. I decided to bring him to the vet. He had worms. He had round worms and tape worms. It was pretty bad. I saw him wanting to fight for his life and live. I tried to give him milk since he could not suck from Princess since he was now much smaller than Oreo and Bingo. They sometimes picked on him which made me so sad. I just wanted to cry. I used a syringe to give him milk but he could not take it. I felt frustrated because I did not want him to die. I got sick to at that time. I had severe strep throat. The doctor said I was about to be a goner but luckily I got better. But Milo was just getting worse and worse. We decided to just bring him back to the vet and have him confined. It really broke my heart to leave him there. He was so small and fragile. He cried a lot. He wanted his mommy. We tried to visit him every day.

On the fifth day of his confinement, we received a shocking text message, Milo is gone. If only I had treated him early for worms. I only had brought him to the vet. If I had tried some natural remedies like dried pumpkin seeds in their water or food. He might have survived. I just did not know what to do since he was so small and was just starting to eat and most often just drank milk from his mom. It was so heartbreaking. I cried and cried for several days and could not just move on.

Now I try to give me dogs some natural anti-worm products. I give them one I got from the internet. It made them stronger. I just cannot take losing another pet. I love them so much. I hope this story helps you fight for your beloved doggies. A death of a pet is not just a death of an animal, it’s a death of a loved one. It really tears you apart.

dog death due to wormsOur pets deserve the best from the moment they are born. Usually they cannot fight for themselves because they can’t talk or speak. They just suffer in silence. Sometimes we give them stuff that is bad for them but they just take it since they don’t want to disappoint us.

The death of Milo taught me many things. It has taught me that life is precious and that every minute counts. The more we delay treating our pets the more they get sick.

My friend Laura is now trying to pick up the pieces. Her dogs are now happy and healthy. She tries to give them organic food and food supplements to fight any sicknesses.

Is Frontline safe for your dog and children?

Is Frontline Safe For Dogs and Children?

Is Frontline Safe? – If you read nothing else please read this!

I’ve used Frontline Plus spot on for my dogs for years and seen no adverse effects, and many vets recommend this product and so I wholeheartedly was going to recommend it. However upon researching for this site I have discovered some shocking news – many people are now asking is Frontline safe for dogs? and evidence points to the conclusion that it is not, since many dogs are experiencing seizures after using this product and some dogs have sadly died.

Moreover Frontline Plus and other chemical flea treatments are also dangerous for people and by the year 2000, 26 deaths of animal workers had been reported.

Read my recommended safe and natural flea treatment for dogs

 

How to tell if your dog has been poisoned

If you notice that your dog has any of the following symptoms after applying Frontline or Frontline Plus, please shampoo him or her with mild soap and rinse with lots of water as soon as possible and discontinue it immediately.
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Getting Rid Of Fleas

Getting Rid Of Fleas

Guest Post by Fabian M

There’s nothing worse than lying on the couch, scratching your dogs head when you feel something tickling the hair on your arm and that’s when you see it. That little black spot on your arm you realize is a flea. Realizing your dog has fleas can often put you into a panic that makes you want to throw every fabric surface in the house, from the sofa to the pillow dog beds, outside and douse it with bleach, but don’t worry. Recovering from a flea infestation is a simple, but painstaking process.

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