Sometimes Pup just has these little sores and bumps from itching too much,, it may be some sort of Staph infection,,my
vet gave me Benasoothe Shampoo and Conditioner (to buy) to use on my Yorkie and my Lhasa Apso, and it worked great! click
the link below to find out more about it. It s a prescription product, see your vet.
benasoothe by glenhaven
Update! Regarding the paragraph just below, and the Brewers Yeast and the Neem WitchHazel mixture,,well, they all came
down with yeasty infected ears after eating the pills with Brewers yeast for a week or so,,Bently eventually had to go to
the vet for ear medicine. And, I got a bit spooked after reading about Neem a bit more, so now use it a lot more judiciously.
Bently was prescribed Bennasooth shampoo from the vet, and I am bathing all three doggies in it every week, and that
is working great to keep the itching at bay, that, and also absolutely no beef, chicken, and I have even quit the turkey and
cut way back on the duck as well,,maybe poultry is poultry? Well, they are doing very well with Salmon, cod, talapia, and,
a tiny bit of ham/bacon now and then. Their newest love is Happy Hips Salmon jerky,,they said they could live on it! They
are also ok I found on Bison Bones,,but they get fat from all the marrow, so, just 1 x a week is plenty.
Ok, the definitive answer on itch, per my own experience with my own dogs,,Yorkie Bentley and Lhasa Girl Baby, both itching,
scratching, crazy,,even with no chicken and whatnot allergens,,,so, I did 2 things, went to Petco, got some 'Brewers Dried
Yeast Formula with Garlic, Healthy Skin & Coat', tablets that I fed for 4 days, double dose, hiding the pills in treats
they loved,,that in conjunction with this topical coat treatment: (first I bathed and dried them)
a big (2 heaping Tablespoons or so) blob of pure Neem oil, (thick and stinky and gunky) mixed in a cup with about 1/4
cup Witch Hazel, I slathered this onto the entire dog (both dogs) and rubbed it in. They were smelly and greasy, so I put
lots of towels around. They did not scratch since. Voila, problem solved.
Well, they both got a bit of a yeasty ear, so I treated that with vinegar/water solution. And Girlbaby started scratching
again a tiny bit, after about 1 1/2 weeks of this treatment. So, I put a little more neem/wh mix on those spots, and she stopped.
This is my miracle cure. Try it, if you have been going crazy like I have, with itchy miserable dogs.
I dont know if it was the pills, or the mixture. I stopped the pills, it has been 2 weeks, no scratching. The gal at
petco said i could give them every other day or 3 or so,,but the yeasty ears is a problem for me, so,,anyway, i think they
did help some,,
and, if you ask me for some, I have leftovers I can give you, i bought the big jar.
a good video about fleas/stages is on this site, 6th or so video down, called :The Dirt on Fleas: An Educational Video
News!This Just In! SE PDX Groomer Beats The Fleas! (Well, that's my goal, anyway!)
New For Sale At Steffies House Dog Grooming: 4oz.Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth $3. Enough to treat house and self and
pets for one month. Waaay Cheaper and Non-Toxic, and More Effective than anything else! Kills All No-See-Ums, Itchy
Makers, Bugaboos, Creepy Crawlys,,Inside and Out, Indoors and Out! Pick your supply up during your next grooming! $1 per Ounce.
($3 oz usually enough)
10/1/11 I now have Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for sale, for a fraction of what you will find it at your local pet
store. I am selling it for $3. for 3 oz. in ziplock baggies, with instructions.
apparently it is ok to injest, and will even kill of some internal parasites, like worms,as a side benifit for treating
mites/fleas etc,,,but treating for worms specifically is a bit more and added to the (people or pet) food.
See this website:
Thats where I ordered it from. I am doubling my price, for the bother of putting it together and printing out instructions
for it, and it's still waaaay cheeper,,,buy mine as a sample, or for small doses,,and/or buy from them yourselves, if you
want more. (or, continue to pick it up at Steffies House Dog Grooming)
I have been using Diatomaceous Earth to stop itching, I think it did help with getting rid of them, and perhaps a few
mites or whatever,,my dogs were really itch the end of this Summer. Clients started coming in with more fleas, too.
But still my Girlbaby, and now my Sebastian, are itching,,and, I have even changed their diet,, to a 5-star food (see DogFoodAdvisor.com),
that has no chicken, but I have been naughty and allowing them to have 'peoplefood' ie: chicken,,
so,,,,but I think it may be something in the skin.
Now, I have just Googled to find out what these black spots that are more prevelent on my dogs' skin,,found it is called
'hyperpigmentation' and is from excessive licking,,so, then I found this, and it sounds like a real good solution: Borax and
1% Hydrogen Peroxide,,so, see this web page:
I will try this, and report back here in a month or 2.
So, if your dog is yeasty, itchy, fungussy, or something, try it too, and let me know!
|Red on the face could mean flea dirt stained tears
|Could not tell until wet, this is severe flea infestation. (poor baby!)
This has turned out to be a rough year for us and pets for getting bitten up by those pesky fleas.
will share with you what I know.
As I was a kid, it was always a joke,, not 'our' problem, more just the dog's
A dog with a Healthy Immune System and not eating Junky Dog Food will generally fair better. The addition of a little
Garlic, and, some nice Omega 3 Fatty acids, from Flax Seed/oil, and/or Fish (Cold Water/Alaska Wild Caught Salmon Oil) will
help nicely, and Digestive Enzymes, too.
Ticks were a problem for my dog Ringo when we lived in Papua New Guinea.
Portland itself may have some, but I have only rarely run across any on any bodys pets here, so I will just talk about fleas.
I lost (had to put to sleep) my dear Airdale, Berry, when he was just 4 years old. He
had severe allergic reactions to fleas,-just one would send him through the roof! He lived on cortozone for a while, then
we just decided to put him under, he just suffered so much. If we had known then what we do now.. (I say we: my parents held
the check book back then)
Later, when I was living on my own, with 3 cats, I experienced some horrific years
of major infestations: I had carpets back then. Each year I would have to go to WAR to get rid of the fleas, on the pets,
I currently have a product called Natural Chemistry De Flea, for sale, in my salon, if you want to try
something that is safe to spray on the pet and in the house too. See Link at page bottom.
I learned Siphotrol
was good, by VetKem an info link is below, Google it to buy, and/or check at your vet's)There are many products that will
***Footnote: wouldn't you know it? just after I wrote this a customer came in with a white dog with
4 ticks on its front shoulder an neck! Well!, make a liar of me! I got them all out no problem, in fact 2 ticks survived,
so I experimented on them, Neem directly: nothin,, Lavender oil however, wham! They're gonners, now! Well, keep checking your
dog for fleas AND ticks now, ok?? And, go get a $8 bottle of Lavender Essence! ;)
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One thing, about cats and kittens is that they cant process toxins as well as we and dogs can, things like essential oils
etc can build up and become toxic to cats, causing severe nerve damage, liver and kidneys damage, and can be fatal.
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One way to treat a compromised (elderly, weak) or baby animal for fleas is to put the treatment on a towel and wrap them in
it for 5 minutes or so, allowing the fumes to do the work without actually applying spray directly on the animal.
The following is a very helpful exerpt from
http://animalwellnesspei.com/?p=22 (link below article)
Fleas particularly dislike the flavor of garlic and yeast (nutritional or brewer's yeast). Mixing garlic and yeast with your
pet's food can render their blood unpalatable to fleas.
For dogs only, just use sliver slice of a clove of garlic daily in peak flea season. And one sliver slice weekly when flea
season has died down. As garlic is related to the onion family large doses can cause hemolytic anemia.
Cat owners: Please be aware that raw garlic is known to be toxic to cats. According to Dr. Randy Kidd, the use of garlic,
as well as onions, shallots and chives, has been shown to cause damage to feline red blood cells which can result in hemolytic
anemia and eventual death. Raw garlic and onions can also cause ulcers and irritation of the mouth, esophagus and stomach.
Use about a teaspoon of brewer’s (or nutritional) yeast daily for cats and small dogs, and a tablespoon for a 50-pound
dog. Some animals are yeast intolerant and will react with a skin allergy. Discontinue use if this occurs. Combine the yeast
with the garlic in your animal’s food.
Other natural repellents include vitamin B1 (thiamine) and apple cider vinegar. (See your veterinarian for the correct amount
of a vitamin B1 supplement for your pet.) The dosage of apple cider vinegar is about one teaspoon daily in the pet drinking
water. Apple cider vinegar helps strengthen the immune system.
Combing your cat or dog daily with a flea comb is an important part of flea control. Bathing animals regularly is also advised.
There is no need to use chemical flea shampoos. A water bath with a gentle soap that won't irritate their skin is sufficient
to eliminate existing fleas.
You can trap fleas by placing a dish of soapy water under a night light near where your pet sleeps. Fleas are attracted to
warm light and will easily drown in the soapy water. This works for adult fleas only, but with diligence, can be very effective
reducing the flea population. Fleas already residing on your pet aren't likely to leave, so you will still need to flea comb
and/or bathe them in a mild shampoo (even a baby shampoo will work as fleas don't survive well in soapy water). If the idea
of keeping a soapy water dish near your pet is not attractive, plug-in flea traps are available. These electric traps are
equally, if not more, effective.
Sanitize Your Pet's Environment
Fleas lay their eggs everywhere: in carpets, curtains, upholstery, animal bedding, cracks and crevices. Destroying the fleas;
eggs by thorough weekly vacuuming and frequent washing of animal bedding goes to the source of the problem and will help eliminate
the flea population in your house. After vacuuming, be sure to replace the bag right away and take the old bag out of the
house. Keeping clutter on the floor to a minimum also will deprive the fleas of hiding places.
While you can't kill off the fleas that your pet is going to encounter when it goes outside, you can keep the population down
in the area around your house by using nematodes. These microscopic worms eat flea larvae and are therefore a natural way
to control the flea population.
You can purchase nematodes online, or at pet and garden stores. Place them in moist, shady spots near your house; neither
fleas nor nematodes survive in the hot sun. As nematodes multiply rapidly, you have only to introduce a small number to have
the desired effect."
To read entire article click here
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Is most effective against flea larvae and caterpillars in lawns, garden soil, and under trees where larvae pupate. They
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•Target pests include:
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Well, that's just some of the fantastic information on this subject, Google It!
But my main message is, treat the whole home, not just the pet. Just putting the monthly treatment on the pet may not
be enough at first. If your Groomer (me, or any other) says you have a flea problem, then take them seriously.
"DISEASES TRANSMITTED BY FLEAS
In addition to delivering annoying, itchy bites, fleas are capable of transmitting infectious diseases either by direct
transmission or by acting as a vector for disease producing organisms.
Flea bite dermatitis: Fleas inject a small amount of salivary gland secretion into the skin when they bite to thin the
blood. This saliva may cause a rash like reaction in most victims.
Murine typhus: Fleas can transmit murine typhus to humans from rats, and less often mice. The incubation period for this
disease is 6 to 14 days. Murine typhus is rare in the United States, most cases are from Texas.
Plague: Rodent fleas are principle vectors in the transmission of bubonic plague between rats or from rats to humans.
The incubation period in humans is from 2 to 10 days. A common scenario is that fleas leave an infested rodent just after
its death and switch to humans.
Tapeworm: Fleas are common vectors of tapeworms that infest cats, dogs, and humans. The flea infests the tapeworm eggs
when it feeds on infested fecal matter. The eggs develop into cysticeroids inside the flea. The flea is then ingested by a
human, cat, or dog. The cysticeroid is then liberated and develops into an adult tapeworms in the digestive tract of the new
This taken from: (link below)
Learn All About Fleas Click Here
Karanja Oil and Neem
At Steffie's House I have recently been using Karanja Oil, it smells better than Neem, so I use 5% Neem and 10% Karanja in
my shampoo to help rid my doggy clients of any fleas ticks and mites. I think it works well, at least for about 1 week or
so, but as we all know, those little pesky bugs are prolific, so multiple washings and continued vigilance in vacuuming and
laundry a must!
Ok Then! Now you have read and learned all this, it is time to 'gut up' and roll up your sleeves and get to work! WAR!!!
The think I learned was, the eggs can still hatch even after 90 days! egad,, but don't give up! Treat, treat again!
One last note, if you use BT )Bacillus thuringiensis) in the puddles and ponds around your place to get rid of mosquitoes,
that is WONDERFUL! But,, it apparently will kill Nematodes that you spray around to kill fleas, so, just dont mix them (I
thought they were the same thing for a while,, yea google)
See this article for more info:
Click here for All About BT
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De Flea Link To Natural Chemistry Site