How to Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections: A Holistic DIY Approach

How to Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections: A Holistic DIY Approach

Our dogs pretty much never get ear infections anymore. I know that may sound crazy, akin to declaring the end to bad driving everywhere. But honestly, there are some easy steps you can take to help your dog steer clear of ear infections. In rare cases, dog’s ear infections are due to genetics, breed-specific propensity, or as a signal for some other malady. In most cases, ear health in our pets can be proactively managed – pretty much putting an end to canine ear infections. Here’s how to protect your dog against ear infections. Does Your Dog Have an Ear Infection? Hopefully not, but just in case you’re not sure, there are some signals that your fuzzy one will send out… And rest assured, almost every dog has suffered from a painful ear infection sometime in their life.  Watch your dog and if he is scratching or rubbing at his ears or shaking his head he may have an ear infection. Also, dog’s with ear infections tend to have an odor emanating from their ears, often accompanied by red irritated ear canals, and even brown ‘gunk’ in their ear. Gently clear your dog’s fur from his ears and take a peak. I use to freak out when my dog had gunky ears – but after a number of costly trips to the vet and some studying, I found it’s easier to fend off dog’s ear infections than treat it! How To Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections There are two key steps to fending off ear infections for your dog: Nutrition/pH Balance – combats yeast Proactive Cleaning – combats bacteria Pretty simple right? Well, food is...
All Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe! Protect Against Heart Worms

All Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe! Protect Against Heart Worms

Summer is here and with it comes the joy of sitting outside in the evening dusk, doggo by your side, sipping some wine and loving life. Only one thing can bug you on a night like this… Mosquitoes. Yup, if you’re like me mosquitoes love you. Every stinking bit of you. Your ankles, knees, forehead, arms, neck, and occasionally your eyelid… sexy, puffy mosquito bit eyelid. Putting mosquito repellent chemicals on our skin (skin is the largest bodily organ and absorbs 64% of contaminants found in our bodies) just isn’t happening in this house. What do we do? We make our own 3-ingredient, all natural mosquito repellent of course – safe enough to use on our dogs! Mosquitoes…What Are They Good For? Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all! Okay, if you didn’t get that musical 70’s War reference, check it out here people. In all seriousness, mosquitoes are an important part of the aquatic and insect food cycle. Fish and spiders and frogs and the like, they dig mosquito larvae. Me, not so much… Larvae, when not eaten by these critters, grow up to become stinging machines with wings! Mosquito 101: only females suck blood out of you as they need the protein and iron to make baby mosquitoes! Ain’t nature awesome!?! Want to see a close-up of nature in action? Here you go – and this isn’t my hairy arm so don’t leave comments about how I need to wax! You’ll never wipe that from your mind… What’s the answer to keep these blood sucking creatures off of you? All Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe After numerous trial and error attempts, wasted...
Tips to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Anxiety

Tips to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Anxiety

Anxiety…. it creeps up on you, doesn’t it? Recently, I experienced an anxiety ridden moment. Something thought conquered can rear it’s head and, wham! So like any highly functioning adult, I went to happy hour and wine’d about it. But is that truly what I should have done? Maybe some yoga, meditation, or hypnotherapy would have been a wiser choice. Unlike us humans, dogs are not in control of some of their choices – so when our dogs suffer from anxiety, we are their stewards for a healthier life. Wine won’t cut it for dogs. Here are some tips to help soothe your dog’s anxiety. Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety How much a dog was socialized as a puppy has a lot to do with who he is today. Just like kids. If a child isn’t exposed to different types of healthy stimulation and challenges, then facing them as a young adult can create stress…both good and bad stress. The prime time for anxiety management in dogs on average starts at six months and a goes until about a year and a half old. Even older dogs who experience a trauma are prone to developing anxiety. Howling, pacing and panting are often associated with anxiety in a dog. Growling can also be a sign your dog is anxious, and even yawning when your dog is not tired can be an indicator. My personal favorite is barking and then retreating. Mookie, our male Shih Tzu, likes that one…he has a particular affinity for it when bicyclist are pedaling by during our mid-day walk. For some odd reason he is stressed out by their...
When Your Dog Is Allergic To Grass It Can Be A Pain In The….

When Your Dog Is Allergic To Grass It Can Be A Pain In The….

Dogs are dogs. And basically this means that when it comes to potty time, they aren’t just going to stroll up to the loo to relieve themselves. Wouldn’t that be great if they could? We could sit in the bathroom and stare at them while they go!?! Call it a twist on their weird dog behavior, reverse dog-karma. Just one time, I could go for making my dog feel as uncomfortable as he makes me by his sauntering into the bathroom to sit and stare at me while I’m taking care of my business. Dogs are dogs. Weird. But, what if your dog is allergic to grass – are you really left with no recourse other than to train them to use your porcelain Kohler toilet? [media-credit name=”Lindsey Turner” link=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/theogeo/3159051622/in/photolist-5P9XZh-gTZbXM-9fwGm4-pRqfHo-8CqXyU-9nezQv-5LXVwn-k3qNgE-bhHpua-Lwwg7-asmgTt-ci5BKj-aGCdE-dovkDe-rWbZY-iGRg2-4xhaLn-5VZSU5-uLgb8w-7ZBA1X-64qndv-4CKyLr-goxJTY-82P2rM-kMAQEa-7yaoeq-csrseE-5DPFn4-9h4qdo-dzmiVk-9z2rZB-4DR92d-5UmfQQ-4xhdk8-5iFSLU-6Faomt-7HfPF-6VhpmZ-aNxTaF-7kmoZQ-6iKznc-9yrWbJ-aNxT6v-7rBQJd-5tyV8V-83KGmg-7MY4yD-6BgzaF-8PinZf-77r8me” align=”aligncenter” width=”1024″][/media-credit] Who Has a Weirdo Dog Allergic to Grass? We do! [media-credit name=”Madison’s Musings” link=”http://madisonmcnugget.com/post/94529317/bubbles” align=”alignright” width=”252″][/media-credit] Yes indeed, one of our dogs is allergic to grass…technically, he’s allergic to the grass pollen. But to keep things simple, we’ll just say grass. Not the big willowy kind that billows in fields – that would be logical. I’m talking the green stuff…that’s in our back yard. Probably in your back yard too. You know, the kind of grass that dogs use to go potty. Luckily we live in the fabulous Pacific Northwest where it spritzes rain – no people, it doesn’t rain here as much as is portrayed in movies (did you see Sleepless in Seattle? I thought Tom Hanks was going to drown!). When not raining my dog licks his paws like a five-year old licks a lollipop – non-stop. The...
How I Create A Spa Day With My Dog

How I Create A Spa Day With My Dog

Hey, let’s face it – life is hectic. Working 9-5, caring for loved ones, and running errands…there is little time left for you! Putting aside “me time” is important for mental health and wellbeing. We recommend you set aside time every month for a “me” day to help you revive. I always make sure to create something special and have a spa day….with my dog. No kidding! Here are my tips for you to have have a spa day with your dog! Spa Day With My Dog Incorporate your dog in your relaxation time, after all, who doesn’t like being pampered? Plan a spa day at home for both of you so you can relax and enjoy each other’s company. Put on a little pup-based music, get dressed up in a plush robes and slippers, and for something special, pour yourself a flute of champagne (and a bowl of water for your dog). Place your dog’s bed in the bathroom so he can snuggle in – and you two can relax together. We like to give our pups a nice bath, along with a warm epsom salt pawdicure (it has a lot of benefits, read more here), towel dry them and gently rub organic paw balm on their pads. Next we snuggle them in thick robes, and just like a toasty burrito, place them in their dog beds (their warming pad on low) we’ve positioned next to the tub. After I quickly clean and refill the tub, I sink in and let the my cares float away. I stay in my soothing, epsom salt and organic bubbly, warm tub for about 10-15 minutes – playing soothing music, sipping my champagne and...
Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

We have adopted a lot of dogs. We have watched our adopted pups grow into old age, and many we’ve taken in have been senior dogs. Aging can be difficult for dogs and it mirrors the aging process in humans. Here are some things we’ve learned about canines aging gracefully, fending off canine cancer and our lessons learned. It is important to follow the same rules for dogs that you would for you: Exercise Ranging from vigorous to relaxing, exercise revives the soul and generates healthy, oxygen rich blood, keeping muscles flexible and strong. Daily walks with a variety of inclines/declines and terrains help keep your dog agile in mind, body and soul. Make the walks a fun adventure, and give your pup healthy treats for doing well at points of higher-than-normal stress (meeting new people and animals, stopping and sitting at street corners, etc.,). Take it slow with new adoptees and increase as advisable. If you have a newly adopted senior, slow and steady is best. Nutrition Greens! Need I say more? There are foods that dogs, and humans alike, should have daily – adding greens to your dog’s daily diet will go a long way and help your canines to age gracefully. Nutrition is the key, add greens to your pet’s diet to minimize free radicals, inflammation, and disease, and thus increase his/her longevity. We use our Vitamix to create a green super-food mix, and store in Ball Jars in the freezer for a 3 months, and thawed in fridge for 7 days. Recipe: Organic bunches of spinach, dandelion greens, parsley, kale, celery and seaweed/dulse – all mixed together, add 1/4″ nub of...

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