Natural Mosquito Flea & Tick
Use a big lemon or two smaller (the more rind the
better) and slice it paper thin.
Place slices in a glass or ceramic bowl with a tablespoon of
crushed rosemary ( about a 6” sprig of fresh)
Pour over the lemon and rosemary one quart of
nearly boiling water. Let steep overnight.
Strain and put into a large spray bottle.
Keep in the refrigerator. Shake well before each use.
During the height of the flea and tick
seasons spray daily on the belly and feet of pets to repel more
If your dog has dry skin or allergies add a
teaspoon of tea tree oil and a tablespoon of aloe pulp.
Use the spray at least twice a week to keep
the scent on the coat of your pet.
The oils will give your dog a beautiful shiny
coat and keep the “nasties” away.
To repel bugs more, spray it around you doors
and throughout the house carpets.
P.S. I’ve used it for myself…. Find
that I need to spray more often on arms and legs, but it does
Living Essential Oils)
*Spray a mixture of Orange and Thyme mixed with water in a
spray bottle around the doors and along the floorboards. I would
also spray any carpeting, bedding, etc.
For topical application, mix some V-6 mixing oil along with
Purification and place on paws as well as the neck and spine
(For dogs: Use spray and apply to tips of ears.)
"Apply 1 drop Cinnamon Bark or Peppermint Oil on a
cotton swab and swab on tick. Then wait for it to release the
head before removing from animal's skin.
I have used Oregano,1 drop on a tick and it backed out
of there so
fast that you thought that it was hit with a hot poker
and then it died."
Idaho Tansy is one of the most versatile oils for
animals. It is purifying, cleansing, tissue-regenerating,
anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic, and is used for bruised
bones, cuts, wounds, and colic. It is an effective insect
Information provided here is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is
in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical advice. IT IS NOT
for diagnostic or prescriptive use or to be construed as
instruction on how to cure or treat any condition, illness or
disease. Every individual is different, thus what may work for
one may not work for another person. Consult with the
professional health authorities of your choice. Remember, taking
responsibility for your health is your own personal decision: do
your research and choose wisely. We commend you!
Vinegar Odor Remover.
the greyhound list…. And I’ve tried it also.
that works great and is a very cheap easy thing...VINEGAR!
It completely dissolves urine and other body odors. A very nice
fluffy bed that got pee'd on I thought it was ruined. I have
always used White Distilled Vinegar and a little water to clean
up other smelly messes around the house, such as dog pee, poo,
and vomit. I knew it worked greyt on everything else so I tried
it on the bed and it worked! Odor is completely gone from the
bed and the cover. Here’s what I did; I took a spray bottle and
filled it 2/3 with vinegar and 1/3 with warm/hot water, then I
completely sprayed the bed and cover down until it was wet but
not soaking or dripping, just so it was coated good. Then I
threw the cover in the wash like normal and used a blow drier on
the bed. Worked perfect! No more smells and the dogs never even
sniffed at the bed, which to me means there is not even a little
of the smell left to find their nose. Try it, it worked
wonderful for me and a bottle of distilled vinegar (be sure and
use distilled) is so very cheap and you can get it easy at any
What is a Hot Spot?
A “hot spot” is a wound, usually caused by
licking and chewing. It can be caused by allergic
reactions to food, insect bites, and contact with chemicals,
such as yard fertilizers or carpet treatments. Pads of
feet can especially be red and raw looking due to yard
chemicals. A “hot spot” can also be caused by being dirty
and matted. Matting of hair does not allow air to
circulate freely to the skin, traps moisture and thus causes an
irritation which in turn starts the pet licking and chewing.
Cleaning the infected area by bathing with sensitive skin
shampoos and grooming the pet by removing mats and/or shortening
the hair to allow more air to circulate may help to alleviate
irritations. However, if your pet continues to lick and
chew, this will make the infection worse and veterinarian’s
attention would be advised.
Animal To Human Transmission
parasites on pets can have serious consequences to humans as
well as animals. Fleas, lice, ticks, mites, mosquitoes and
born diseases such as plague, heamobartenella and others.
literally suck the life out of small pets.
skin infection, which in some cases, can become fatal.
parasites of pets can have serious consequences to humans as
well as animals. Round worms (ascarids), hook worms, giardia,
coccidia, toxoplasma and several others…
severe organ damage and blindness.
severe skin disorders with scaring.
life threatening diarrhea and intestinal damage.
anemia from blood loss and malabsorption.
severe allergic reactions.
or viruses from feces or urine can have life threatening
are at greatest risk due to their habit of placing everything in
their mouths. Immunocompromised persons are also at greater
to Control Transmission
KEEP FECES PICKED UP daily or at least once a
Use plastic gloves when handling urine or
Keep children’s sand boxes covered and
fenced from pets.
Use external parasite control such as
front-line every month.
Worm puppies and kittens every couple
weeks from 4 weeks to 6 mo old. Then worm monthly until 1
year old. Worm at least once a year thereafter. Worm the
mother when babies are 4 weeks old and every 2 weeks until
they are weaned.
Do a fecal exam for parasites every month or
as directed by your veterinarian until the pet is 1
year old. Then do a fecal exam at least once a year, more
often in some circumstances. Every time
your pet is sick, it is wise to bring in a fecal
sample. While your eyes may see some worms, we are
looking for microscopic eggs. The parasites do not shed
eggs on a continual basis; so they can be missed. A
negative fecal exam does not guarantee your pet is
internal parasite free. We therefore recommend worming your
pet even if the feces appears free of eggs. One parasite
that is rarely found with a fecal exam is the tapeworm;
however, this is one type of common worm you may see
with the naked eye. (Commonly caused by ingesting fleas)
permission from Dr. Ivy Engstrom, DVM, A Valey Animal Hospital,
Disaster Information for Pets.
BEFORE THE DISASTER
Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations.
Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
Have a current photograph
Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal - carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn
Plan your evacuation strategy and don't forget your pet!
Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm's way are ALL
potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.
If you plan to shelter your pet - work it into your evacuation route planning.
DURING THE DISASTER
Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have:
Proper identification collar and rabies tag, proper identification on all belongings, a carrier or cage, a
leash, an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions
and news papers or trash bags for clean-up.
Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm - reassure them and remain calm.
Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.
AFTER THE DISASTER
Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home - often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered
and pets could easily be confused and become lost. Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and
debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.
If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be
recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive - monitor their behavior.
Don't forget your pet when preparing a family disaster plan.
PET DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
Proper identification including immunization records
Ample supply of food and water
A carrier or cage
Muzzle, collar and leash
Common Foods That Are Unsafe For Your Dog.
The ASPCA's List of 13 Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet--
Items to Avoid
Reasons to Avoid Them
Can cause intoxication, coma and death.
Its high fat content can lead to Pancreatitis.
Chocolate (all forms)
Contains caffeine, theobromine or theophylline which can
be toxic to the heart and nervous system.
Coffee (all forms)
Contains caffeine which can be toxic to the heart and
Can cause Pancreatitis.
Contains toxins which can affect the muscles, digestive
system, and nervous system.
Moldy or spoiled foods
Could contain multiple toxins
Onions, onion powder
Contains sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage red
blood cells, resulting in anemia.
Raisins and grapes
Contains toxins which can damage kidneys, cause kidney
failure and lead to death.
Can cause electrolyte imbalance if eaten in suffient
Yeast dough (Unbaked)
Can expand in digestive system and cause bloat, leading
Similar to onions (above) except garlic is considered to
be less toxic and safe for dogs when used in moderation.
Often used to flavor food or treats but should be used
Products sweetened with xylitol
This common artifical sweetener can cause a sudden drop
in blood sugar resulting depression, loss of
coordination, and seizures.
During the Holidays, there are many new hazards for our pets.
Here's a quick reminder to ensure that you and your pets have a
safe and joyous time.
Holiday Food - Fatty foods can cause
pancreatitis and gastrointestinal issues. Chocolate,
coffee, and onions are toxic to dogs and cats. Rising dough
on a counter top is irresistible to some pets, and can cause
serious problems. Don't forget that wrapped food gifts
under or on the tree can be easily consumed by dogs, cats,
birds and small pets. Not only are the food items a
problem, but those wrappers are impossible to digest.
Holiday Plants - Many lilies are deadly to
cats. Mistletoe, poinsettias and holly cause
gastrointestinal upset for all critters. Christmas tree
water can be filled with chemicals or bacteria and pine sap
is dangerous if ingested. Secure your tree to the wall
so your pets can't knock it over.
Decorations - Tinsel, ribbon, ornaments and
hooks are attractive play things for many small animals. If
swallowed they may cause internal blockages requiring
surgery. Broken glass ornaments can cut
paws and mouths. If your pet likes to play with things on
the tree, decorate the lower third with unbreakable wood or
Candles - Put burning candles in places that
are inaccessible to your pets. They could set themselves on
fire or tip the candle over and start a fire in the house.
Batteries - Don't leave batteries for those
Christmas toys lying around. They are fun to play with, but
contain corrosives. If ingested, they can cause mouth
ulcerations and intestinal issues.
Remember to tell your pets about any visitors
that will be coming, or if you will be away over the holidays,
and if things are going to be stressful, give them Rescue Remedy
in their water dish.
Regular and proper grooming can be the difference
between a good coat and an excellent coat. Here at
I would be more
than happy to help you achieve this...especially through the
shedding process. Even if your dog is not in need of a complete
grooming, a thorough bath and brush can help to speed the
process along. Dead hair next to the skin is irritating and can
lead to an itch/scratch cycle that can damage the skin and cause
further problems. If left alone for too long, excessive matting
can occur and will make it very painful for the dog to be
brushed out and more expensive for the owner.
Contrary to what some companies may advertise, there is not a
"100% cure" for shedding. Shedding (or "blowing") the coat is a
natural cycle in every pet's life whether it's convenient for us
Shedding is seasonal - usually
occurring every spring and fall and related primarily to changes
in the duration and intensity of sunlight. Housedogs are exposed
to long hours of artificial light and it sometimes seems as if
they never quit shedding. Most dogs shed at least once a year
(though some breeds shed more frequently) and do not shed their
coats evenly. Some have a double coat composed of a long outer
coat of "guard" hairs and an undercoat of softer shorter hair.
When a dog with this type of coat begins to shed, the inner coat
may come out in a patchy fashion and your dog may look quite
Coat loss is occasionally
precipitated by factors other than light and seasonal changes.
For dogs, the last areas in which their bodies will expend
energy is the maintenance of a thick, luxurious coat of hair.
Other things are simply more important for the health and
survival of the animal. Therefore, if a dog is on a poor quality
food (for example), it will use all the energy derived to
maintain bodily functions and let the quality of its coat slide.
Poor coat quality is also frequently seen in an older animal
whose digestive system isn't working as well as it used to. The
same is true for dogs that have been sick or stressed. Stressful
conditions typically cause hair to drop out first on the body
and flanks, where hair grows the fastest.
Anytime a dog is stressed, in a
poor state of nutrition, or following the effect of anesthesia
or certain hormones, expect the skin and coat to suffer. All of
these are reversible and the coat will return to normal after
the animal has returned to good health and/or the effects of the
substance causing this have passed. How severely the dog is
affected and how soon the effects are reversed varies with
different individuals and breeds. If the coat does not seem to
be returning to normal, or there is no discernable reason for
the hair loss, the dog should be taken to its vet for testing.
Remember, at greyt
grooming I am here to help you
in every aspect of your pet's life. I would be happy to arrange
a bathing/grooming schedule for you and your dog in an effort to
keep your costs down and your pet looking forward to a happy
SAVE DOG LIVES!!! PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION with ALL
dog lovers you know as well as your veterinarian, groomer, pet
sitter, classes, clubs, etc.
on report provided by VMRCVM Vet Notes
Animal Poison Control
Center has documented multiple cases of grape and raisin
poisoning in dogs within the last couple of years.
Presumably, this has occurred in the past but attributed to
What Kind of Grapes & Raisins?
The source of the problem has been varied.
Grapes of all varieties and growing conditions (including
homegrown) have been implicated. Raisins are usually made
from white seedless grapes, but all raisins of any source
should be considered kidney toxic (chocolate covered raisins
The toxic principle is unknown. Grapes contain low amounts
of tannins compared to acorns, a known kidney toxicant in large
animals. Grapes lack significant amounts of Vitamin D,
another known kidney toxicant. It is unlikely pesticide
residue is involved due to the wide variety of grape types
involved. So far the majority of toxicosis reports
have been in dogs. However, feeding grapes or raisins to
cats and ferrets should also be discouraged, as poisonings have
been reported in these species as well.
Many Would Poison Your Dog?
The minimum toxic dose is approximately 0.3 oz/kg body weight.
This would correspond to about 2 grapes per kg body weight, or
roughly 1 grape per pound of body weight.
15 lb dog = 12-14 grapes could be deadly
25 lb. dog = 23 grapes could be deadly
50 lb. dog = 50+ grapes could be deadly
75 lb. dog = 75 grapes could be deadly
having lost their water content
are considered more toxic at 6 raisins per kg of body weight, or
2-3 raisins per pound of body weight. Think how many
raisins are in ONE small snack pack of raisins – maybe enough to
kill your dog.
15 lb. dog = 30-45 raisins could be deadly
25 lb. dog = 50-75 raisins could be deadly
50 lb. dog = 100-150 raisins could be deadly
75 lb. dog = 150-225 raisins could be deadly
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms appear 6-24 hours after the dog eats raisins or grapes
(average is 12 hours). Initially, symptoms are
gastro-intestinal signs, followed by kidney problems.
Vomiting is usually the primary sign, with diarrhea,
depression/lethargy, anorexia, colic, dehydration and sharply
decreased urine output. The course of the toxicosis is
anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks. Dogs with kidney problems
have a guarded to poor prognosis.
Diagnosis is based on history of recent exposure and clinical
signs. On bloodwork, the kidney values are increased.
Typically BUN, creatinine, phosphorus and potassium are elevated
(sometimes serum calcium as well). The urine sediment will
have hyaline casts and the urine specific gravity will be either
hyposthenuric or isosthenuric (diluted to the concentration of
water of less concentrated than water) at SG 1.006 to 1.010.
If the raisins or grapes have been ingested within 2-3 hours,
vomiting should be induced followed by activated charcoal to
limit further absorption. Treatment is based on preventing
further absorption if appropriate and maintaining urine output &
electrolyte balance. The vet may also give an osmotic
cathartic (to speed up GI passage of toxin without absorption).
The animal should receive an isotonic saline solution IV at
twice maintenance rates for 48 hours. Anti-nausea
medication, diuretics and peritoneal dialysis may be needed in