Monthly Archives: March 2014

My Doggie has spring Allergies too!

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Well it’s that time of year when both my Pitty, Kismet, and Boxer, Gwendolina, get their Spring red belly.   The spring pollens even reach us out here in the high desert.  I am not sure why Kismet and Gwendy’s allergies manifest on their bellies but they do.  I suggest regular weekly bathing or at least a daily washcloth cleaning with mild dog shampoo and rinsing.  I recently discovered giving them Benadryl twice daily really did the trick.  I stress that you should have the rash checked out by your DVM before treating with anything other than bathing.  But once it’s confirmed that the rash is allergy related and not something else, the use of Benadryl can be very effective.  Always ask your DVM for instructions on usage and dosage.  Have a safe and fun spring with your Doggie. ~melissa

Over the counter flea and Tick topicals

Over the counter flea and Tick topicals.

Over the counter flea and Tick topicals

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I learned this week how important it is to only use DVM recommended flea treatments.  I had to take my two beloved French Bulldogs in for poisoning from a Sergeant Flea and Tick topical.  Both dogs became very ill, one was vomiting and the other became crazy hyper active.  Luckily I instinctively bathed them scrubbing off what was left of the topical I had applied around their ears and tail area.  Then took them to my personal Veterinarian, and they did a 24 hour IV drip recommended by poison control to detoxify their organs. This is truly the best measure for no further problems that could occur by the poisoning.  When the Vet Tech looked on line she found many warnings by all kinds of cat and dog owners who had horrible experiences as well. I am usually so pro active with products and foods before I use them.  I am fortunate that this experience didn’t end badly.  I learned A VERY SCARY lesson this week, I will never to give my pets anything but Frontline or Advantage products, Bio is also approved by my Veterinarian. Beware and take care.  ~Melissa


 

Rattle Snakes and your Doggie

Rattle Snakes.

Rattle Snakes

Because of our lack of rain this year most likely we will see more snakes nearer to our homes.  Unfortunately this will include Rattlesnakes, in our neck of the desert Mojave’s are most common and the up most care should be taken when you encounter any kind of Rattlesnake.  We are huge fans of getting your dog trained to avoid these venomous reptiles.  Natural Solutions Rattlesnake avoidance training by Erick and Erin Brigg is our only choice as our experience with them is top notch.  They are also humane to the muzzled snakes they use.  All my personal dogs have had this training and not one has been bitten by a Mojave.  I have at least one visit in or near my large dog area a year so I can attest to the success of this training.  Here is a direct Link to Erick’s site http://socalrattlesnakeavoidancetraining.com/   Have a safe and fun Spring with your beloved companions.

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