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I don't typically post about controversial topics. However, I was recently contacted about two lost dogs involved in a practice that is becoming more common among individuals acting in the name of "rescuing". I feel the need to address the issue because while actions are justified as in the best interest of the dogs and concern for their well being the reality is they are placing both the dogs involved and other dogs at risk with what they are doing.
There are individuals going across the border picking up strays or purchasing dogs they believe to be at risk and in poor condition. They are cossing them into the US and then relinquishing them to our local shelter system as reported Strays found here in the US.
This is wrong on multiple levels but most significantly places the dogs crossed here and the dogs already in our system at severe risk for medical issues. What these individuals are not taking into account is the fact that there are different diseases across the border that are not screened for nor on the medical radar when a dog gets sick here in the US. The failure to disclose the true origin of these animals leaves the dogs at risk of undiagnosed disease, lack of appropriate treatment early enough to make a difference and in some cases could result in death. Additionally dogs already in the system or being exposed to contagious disease that may or may not be clinically present at the time they are admitted and placed in general housing. This last situation the individual even referenced going to a specific facility based on the Assumption of it being a no-kill institution. None of our shelters are absolutely no kill. Every time a dog is crossed and placed in our shelter system it places a dog off our streets at risk as well.
There are a large number of rescues who specifically Focus their efforts and time helping those dogs in a manner that is appropriate. Those rescues know what to look for with disease, know how to manage the appropriate introduction of the animal into our communities and do great work undermined by the actions of these other individuals who put their efforts at risk.
If you are one of those individuals here are the things you need to know and consider the next time you take that action. Multiple tick-borne diseases are prevalent and common in Mexico but seen less often in the US. When you dump these animals off at the shelter and they go under anesthesia and surgery to be altered they can bleed out as a direct result of those diseases and inability to clot. Some of those diseases have prolonged and delayed effects on joints and overall immune system. Some family who adopts that dog thinking don't have a lifetime partner may very well dump that dog right back at the shelter because it was sick and nobody knew it. Distemper is a huge problem in Mexico and passed through the air. That great little dog you think you're helping that was Walzed through the shelter, into admissions and then anywhere else has just spread that disease placing others at risk. Parvo, also prevalent in Mexico stays in the soil for a year, will linger in your car for just as long and now highly contagious will contaminate every other unvaccinated or compromised dog or puppy the individuals you use for your ploys come in contact with.
If you are one of the people partaking in this practice please remove yourself from my friend list now. I am always happy to network a dog in need of help getting across the border and getting better care in the US. My rescue work started with Mexican Street dogs and I continue to have a strong passion for those needing help that don't get it there. However, blatant disregard for the health and well-being of other animals in the name of doing good is not okay in my book.
Why fleas are a problem
If you’re leery of using chemical products on your dog or home, there are a number of plant, vitamin, and herbal-based natural flea treatments available. Adding garlic or brewer’s yeast to a dog’s food has long been thought to help keep fleas from alighting and biting. Since both are ordinary food products and not harmful to dogs, there’s really nothing to lose by giving them a try. Herbal flea collars and powders are also popular and widely available.
Eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, rue, wormwood, and yellow dock all seem to act as flea repellents. To make your own herbal flea powder, combine equal amounts of these herbs and mix them well. Sprinkle a small amount of the powder on your dog’s coat and massage it in thoroughly, making sure to work it all the way down to the skin. You can also use a drop or two of the essential oils of eucalyptus and rosemary on a plain canvas or fabric-covered collar.
As with any flea collar, though, watch for signs of hair loss or skin irritation around the neck, and be careful that the dog doesn’t chew on the collar. You can also buy ready-made herbal flea collars at pet supply and natural food stores.
Here are several Natural ways to get rid of fleas on your Doodle
Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon SolutionThings you’ll Need:
Ingredients are full strength oils:
Mix 4-6 drops of each with 32 oz of any natural shampoo and now you have a natural flea shampoo
OR Mix 2-3 drops each with 16 oz Water in a spray bottle. Shake before each application and spray light over entire body. Health food stores in your area sell the oils or you can purchase online.
You can use Rose Geranium, by putting a few drops—no more!—on dogs’ collars, to see if it would repel ticks. The second best essential oil for repelling ticks is American Pennyroyal (also called tickweed).
Rose Geranium – Natural Flea Repellent Recipe #3INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons vegetable or nut oil (almond oil contains sulfur, a repellent
in its own right)
10 to 25 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; shake to blend.
Make: 2 tablespoons with a shelf life of about six months.
Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing, making sure to avoid eyes.
Skip the Pennyroyal if there is anyone pregnant (including pets) in the home, as it can induce miscarriage. And as always, use essential oils with caution as they can burn the skin and harm eyes. Don’t use these essential oils around cats.
Want to Kill fleas instantly?Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odor… Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.
If you are having problems with your puppy or dog chewing, I suggest using “Vicks Vapor Rub”. Rub some of this onto the surface that you want your pet to avoid… the smell of it usually keeps their sensitive noses far enough away that chewing isn’t an option! I have used this safely with my Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs for years! The Vapor Rub last longer than most other products, too. This keeps from having to re-apply so often!
Homemade Natural Dog Flea Collar (and Mosquito)A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a dog bandanna.
Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil , Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil or Geranium Essential Oil. Don’t forget to refresh weekly. This collar and the Herbal Heartworm Prevention Programwill give you a safer option for your dog to avoid heartworm’s.
CITRUS FLEA REPELLENT:Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellant that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail
(once again keep away from delicate bits) and under your dog armpits.
AROMATHERAPY FLEA REPELLENT:Using 10 ml. of sweet almond oil as your base, add 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of cedarwood. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.
A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium.
Don’t forget to do this weekly.
NATURAL WAY TO PREVENT FLEAS IN YOUR HOME:Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your dog or you for their next meal. Make sure you wash your dog’s bedding regularly
because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add eucalyptus oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99% of house dust mites.
Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming again to evict your
unwelcome guests safely but don’t forget to empty your vacuum bag.
NATURAL FLEA BATH:A badly infested dog really needs to be bathed so use your favorite dog shampoo. Rinse the dog off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavender oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary, in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon (8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until it’s saturated. Do not
rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot summer days.
INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS:Garlic may not be your favorite cologne and it’s not the flea’s favorite smell either. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin making your dog less likely to be the flea’s next meal.
Brewer’s yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.
Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in
the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent.
This article has been written and presented strictly for informative and educational purposes only. The information contained within is based on pharmacological and other records, both ancient and modern. No claims whatsoever as to any specific benefits accruing from the use of NATURAL REMEDIES are made herewith, this is strictly for informational purposes based upon research and freedom of speech. Please seek advice from a medical or veterinary professional.
Deaf dogs offer a unique opportunity for a pet parent to bond with their fur babies. Sadly, these dogs are often overlooked for no other reason than their loss of hearing. What most people don’t realize is that these dogs are just as capable as healthy dogs, and bring an abundance of love and personality into a home. Deaf Dog Awareness Week, which takes place every year in the last week of September, wants to show prospective pet parents that bringing a deaf dog into a home is not as difficult as it may seem and can be a rewarding and learning experience.
There are many reasons dogs may become deaf. They can be born without hearing, or can lose their hearing due to old age, chronic ear infections, being exposed to loud noises, trauma, injuries and drug toxicity. Early warning signs for pet parents to look out for if they think their dog is losing their hearing include if the dog doesn't hear their food being put in their bowl, doesn’t wake up unless they are touched and doesn’t respond when they hear their name called. To officially determine if a dog has lost their hearing and to what extent, they need to be taken to a vet who will then perform a BAER (Brainstorm Auditory Evoked Response). Just because deaf dogs can’t hear doesn’t mean that they don’t bark. They are more than able and willing to bark and whine at squirrels, birds or other animal who dare set foot on their lawns!
All breeds of dogs can lose their hearing, but certain breeds are still more susceptible, including Australian shepherds, Boston terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, German shepherds, Boxers, Jack Russell terriers, Malteses, toy and miniature poodles, and West Highland White terriers. White dogs are also more prone to deafness due to being born without pigment and hearing cells. Hearing cells and pigment producing cells come from the same stem cells, so if a dog has no pigment, the chances of its hearing cells causing deafness increases.
There are ways to keep a deaf pet safe that pet parents don’t have to do for pets that have their hearing. Since deaf dogs aren’t able to hear a car horn, they must always be leashed to keep them safe. As an extra measure, put a tag on the pets collar that mentions they are deaf, as well as contact information in case the pet gets away. Deaf dogs also can’t be blamed for reacting in a jumpy or anxious way if they have been spooked too many time. Luckily, there are easy ways to ease their anxiety by taking a few heavy steps so they can feel the vibration in the floor, approaching them from their field of vision or turning the lights on and off. If they are in a deep sleep and need to be woken up, pet parents can gently touch or pet them in the same spot, such as the shoulder. By giving a treat as a reward, the pet will learn that they will not be rudely awakened or startled.
Speaking of treats, deaf dogs are just as trainable and obedient as other dogs, and can learn hand commands and tricks, the only difference being they will not have the same recall skills. The best way to train a dog who is deaf is to use treats, because deaf dogs can’t hear when they are being praised. If treats are not readily available, the, “happy hands,” signal will work, too.
To learn how to adopt a deaf pet and where, interested pet parents can go to deafdogsrock.com and petfinder.org.
Sending a care package to the military K9s over seas.
Military Working Dogs (MWD) are a vital part of the US Armed Forces. These highly trained pups work side by side with their handlers in war zones as trackers or sentries, in search and rescue, explosive detection and so much more. Interested in sending these hard working canines a little TLC? Below we’ve listed several ways you can send or contribute to care packages for these well deserving pups and their handlers… **Disclaimer – It’s important to contact each organization before you send your donation or package to verify shipping details.
The United States War Dog Association, Inc.
This non-profit organization has been sending care packages to US military dogs all over the world since 2003. President of the organization, Ron Aiello, told BarkPost that packages are sent all year round. To send specific items, visit their website for a full list of approved donations. You can also make a financial contribution by donating.
Examples of needed items:
– K-9 Cooling Mats
– K-9 Nail Clippers, Brushes or Combs
– Kongs and other heavy duty chew toys
– K-9 Cooling Vests
– Collapsible Nylon Dog Water Bowls
– Dog Shampoo
– K-9 Salves For Paws/Noses
– K-9 toothpaste and toothbrushes
– Dog treats made in the USA only
And don’t forget about the hoomans! Item donations for dog handlers are also encouraged! Some of the suggested items include chapstick, sun block, writing materials, chewing gum, beef jerky and a friendly note!
Paws In Good Care will be taking time off at the end of July to welcome a new baby into their family. So please bare with them as they acclimated to their new family routine. They look forward to providing excellent care of your pets.
As mornings are cold and nippy, before you start your car on your way to start your day, please bang on the hood of your car or honk your horn. Some animals, such as cats or other small animals might take refuge from the cold inside the engine of your car or underneath it. So by banging on the hood or honking your horn, your making the animal aware your starting your car so they need to leave. Please make sure you wait a few minutes to make sure there is no delay from the animals if there are any.
Hello! Please be thinking ahead for the Christmas holidays. Many people like to put up lights and then go out of town for the holidays to spend with family or leave their pets home at home with extra water and food and assume they will be fine for hours without a potty break. Many hazards can happen with lights being on all night. A fire could spark from it either on the outside of your house or the inside. Pets might get bored and start chewing on the holiday wiring. Any number of problems can happen. Please consider having a professional pet sitter look after your home and your beloved fur babies during that time frame. If you have not fur babies, at least do a house check or turn off your lights so people think someone's at home so they don't try and break into your home either. It can a worth the peace of mind especially around the holidays
The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.
Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations
• Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
• Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
• Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
• That Holiday Glow: Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
• Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract.