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Natural Care of Dogs

A place to ask questions and share information about the care of man's 'best friend' using more natural methods.

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This group is all about caring for your dog with natural substances and methods. We care about ourselves and try to use natural products. Why shouldn't we do the same for our best friends?

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Comment by Patricia Bradley on June 29, 2010 at 8:46pm
I apologize for spelling and grammatical errors below - I was in a hurry and see I cannot edit it.
Comment by Patricia Bradley on June 29, 2010 at 8:43pm
Hey Stacy,
Prevention of heartworm is multi pronged. a) ensuring your pet has a healthy immune system is important - a good quality raw diet or if not possible, then a good quality dry or wet food is important. b) outdoor pets are at higher risk - particularly short haired dogs c) being around ponds, bodies of water etc. make pets at higher risk d) remove standing water regularly (after a rain or watering) e) keep grass cut f) religious spraying of natural mosquito repellant. My story: I have not given my 9 yr old dog heartworm preventative for around 7 yrs and my other 6 yr old dog for 4 yrs. I have lived in Florida for around 7 yrs - where the mosquito and flea are the state bird :-) I been feeding my dogs a raw diet and have since they were 1 and 2 respectively. I spray them with a cedar oil product every morning before we go for our walk, and also spray our grounds with a cedar oil hose end sprayer 2X a month, I also spray myself with these cedar oil products. I have been doing this for around a year. I don't want to advertise this product because I am now a distributor of it to a local store here in Gainesville. If Mike L. doesn't mind I will let you know the name of the store if you live here and if not I will let you know the name of the product. I as of yet do not sell it directly to individuals. There are other repellents just for mosquitos that I love, and other essential oils just for ticks and another just for fleas - the latter two are okay but the cedar oil works on all.
If you wish just the mosquito repellent go to google Flutterbye Aromatics and click on Pooch products - you will see the mosquito repellent there. I still use that on me as well when I tire of the cedar smell - it works pretty good - won't work on fleas/ticks though, like the cedar oil product.
HTH
Comment by Patricia Bradley on June 29, 2010 at 8:23pm
Read this

If you are considering or currently feed your pets this food, keep a close eye on the ingredients that they do not change once P&G get their hands on it.
Comment by Stacy Trist on June 29, 2010 at 10:28am
Hi, I wanted to know if there was anything natural to use for the prevention of heartworm. Would love to know the natural mosquito repellant remedy...
Comment by Patricia Bradley on December 18, 2009 at 7:53pm
Hi Layla,
I get it - I had a dog with constant allergy eye infections and itchy feet, finally gave up on vets, changed his diet and built up his immune system.

You did not mention what you feed your lab. Believe it or not this could have a huge influence on the underlying problem. Now I have not tried it, because I never had to as I had great success with this but have heard great reports for many years about 'Blue Power Treatment'. Do a Google search on this and you will get the recipe for that. Obviously do research on it first, but let me know if you have success with.
Comment by Patricia Bradley on December 18, 2009 at 10:58am
hmmm looks like my link to what I use for ear maintenance didn't work - let me try again http://www.flutterbyearomatics.com/flutterpooch/maintenance.htm#EAR...

by the way excuse my grammatical errors below - I was in a hurry
Comment by Patricia Bradley on December 18, 2009 at 10:54am
Hi Layla,
The obvious thing is to take your lab to the vet to ensure there is no underlying issues i.e. ruptured ear drum, yeast infection, etc. and if no underlying issue and it is a yeast infection you may want to first use their prescription. This prescription will work at first, then if your dog get's it back then you need to look at a couple of things:
a) is your dog in the water a lot - if so then it is important in floppy ear dogs to dry the ears after a swim. There are some good holistic drying ear agents for dogs - can't put my finger on them right now, but will post once I do. I'm sure there are also homemade drying agents but again will post when I locate them.
b) does you dog eat food high in corn/corn gluten and/or grain - last I looked Science Diet's first ingredient was corn. Basically grocery food store is junk. The big box dog stores are getting a little better, but the better foods are normally are found at the small individually owned pet stores, where they sell high quality (and yes more expensive) pet foods. You can also find these foods online.

I am working on a natural dog website which when completed will have more detail on Foods/Ingredients etc.

Anyways, back to the question you asked the following is what I use as maintenance. They are on a raw diet, no grain so I don't have to worry about that.
Here is the link to the cleaner/treatment that I use - no affiliation or money made.

As with anything do a spot test to ensure your lab is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
Comment by Patricia Bradley on November 8, 2009 at 10:34am
Welcome Jennifer and great pic of the 'bed buddies'!
Comment by Jennifer on October 25, 2009 at 8:09pm
Bed Buddies :)

Comment by Patricia Bradley on May 14, 2009 at 9:43am
Thanks for posting Mike, very cool -- and hopefully will reduce the # of strays in the pound. Maybe these will talk someday :-) like in the movie 'UP'. - not sure if anyone has seen the trailer for it on TV, but I love the part where the dog wears a voice box - very funny. See link here
http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/up/
 

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