A Natural Approach to Flea Control

ImageTerri Bennett – a national speaker, eco-expert and author of “Do Your Part: A Practical Guide for Everyday Green Living” – offers these alternatives to chemical pesticides for flea prevention and control.

Prevent fleas by giving your pet(s) regular baths with natural flea fighting shampoos that contain essential oils such as lemongrass, cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary or thyme.

If there’s already evidence of fleas, all natural borax will help kill them on carpets and rugs. Sprinkle some on and let sit for an hour before vacuuming. Of course, keep pets and children away from the area during treatment.

If you find that you need a stronger solution, ask your vet about oral medication to treat fleas.

Greenpaws.org provides a thorough guide where you can type in a flea or tick product to  find out just how safe – or unsafe – it really is.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep for You and Your Dog

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Story shared from Cesar’s Way
http://www.cesarsway.com

Dog keeping you from a good night’s sleep? With just a few easy pointers, you can ensure that both you and your dog get all the rest you need.

1. With a new puppy, it is very important to establish a set sleeping place for him on the very first night.

This can include a kennel or a crate if using it for training.Be sure to line the kennel or crate with newspaper in case of any night time accidents.Have an elevated area at the back of the sleep area, possibly a dog bed or pillow, so your dog is not sleeping in its own waste.


2. Let your dog “find” his sleeping space.

It is important that you choose the place for your dog to sleep, but you need to train him to go to this area at will. Lead him with a treat to connect a positive reward with his sleeping area. Never pick up your dog and place him in his sleep area, or he will associate being there with a negative experience.


3. Though you may want to share your bed with your new dog, don’t do this right away.

It is important to get him used to your sleeping arrangements before allowing him to participate in this intimate connection.If your dog whines or cries during the night, do not react. Cooing or comforting your dog will reinforce his whining and send the signal that your dog can summon you at will.

4. Invite your dog into your bedroom.

Never allow him to enter your room on his own or crawl onto the bed uninvited. Your dog is not a concierge; wake up on your own terms, and make sure he waits calmly for you to start his structured day.

5. If changing your dog’s sleeping arrangements, be sure he has plenty of exercise and food.

If your dog is tired out and full, he should adjust fairly easily to a new sleeping place.

6. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your dog’s sleeping arrangements.

If you are up all night worrying about your dog, not only will you be tired, the dog will be able to read your negative energy.

With these tips, you should be able to ensure your dog gets all the rest it needs with not as much fuss!
Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/cesarstips/Tips-for-Doggy-Sleeping-Arrangements#ixzz2aB8BHSlm

What to Do if Your Dog Eats Something It Shouldn’t

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Story by: Nicole Pajer
Resource: http://www.cesarsway.com

Have you ever heard the expression “eat like a dog” or “dogs eat anything?” Ever wonder where those stem from? If you own a dog, you know firsthand that from time to time they get curious and occasionally try to ingest something that they shouldn’t.

We’ve all heard horror stories of a dog having to be rushed to the ER to have his stomach pumped, or know of a person whose pup has passed a foreign object and was back to normal immediately after. What should you do if your dog eats something that he shouldn’t? Should you take him to the vet or wait to see if it passes in his stools? Check out our suggestions below.

Signs your pet ate something foreign

If your dog is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it may mean that he ingested something foreign or toxic:

  • Vomiting (usually starts as food and proceeds to water) or gagging
  • Painful abdomen
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Changes in typical behavior
  • Changes in bowels — diarrhea, constipation

Go to the vet immediately

If your dog ingests a foreign object, you should take her to the vet. If your normal vet is unavailable, call a 24-hour emergency animal clinic and describe the situation. According to Shari Brown, DVM, the best measure is to allow the professionals to properly assess the situation.

“Owners should not wait to see if the object will pass on its own. Do not try to induce vomiting without a veterinarian’s okay, as there are some foreign bodies that can cause just as much harm coming back out.”

Treatment options

If the veterinarian suspects that a foreign object has been ingested, they will order X-rays to determine the appropriate method of treatment. Depending on the severity of the situation, a vet may able to help your dog pass the object by inducing vomiting.

Some objects may need to be removed through endoscopy. If that is the case, the vet will place a long tube down your dog’s throat and will remove the object from her stomach. “This is non-invasive, involves less risks, and the only recovery time is from the anesthesia,” says Brown.

If the object has passed through the stomach and into the intestines, however, a more invasive surgery may be required. “There are less complications if the object can be gotten out of the stomach than out of the intestines. If an intestinal obstruction occurs, there is a risk of having to remove some of the intestines, which increases the chance of complications.”

Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/What-to-Do-if-Your-Dog-Eats-Something-It-Shouldnt#ixzz2aB6bt5NU

 

What is heatstroke?

ImageDogs and cats overheat more easily than humans. The basic temperature regulation in a human, sweating, occurs through the skin. An animal’s sweating is mainly confined to their feet and plays a very minor role in cooling.

With increasing heat a dog regulates body temperature primarily through respiration and panting. When the respiratory tract cannot get rid of heat quickly enough or air temperature is close to body temperature, the lungs cannot keep up with the heat buildup. Cooling by rapid breathing becomes inadequate, causing body temperature to rise.

Heatstroke occurs when a pet’s internal body temperature rises to levels high enough to lead to death. Normal body temperature is about 102 degrees, and a change of just a few degrees can be fatal. As body temperature rises to 105 degrees a number of physiological changes can occur that make it even more difficult for the animal to control its temperature, and a temperature of 106 degrees or greater rapidly leads to life threatening damage to a number of organ systems including the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart, and brain.

Warning signs & systems:

 

  • Excessive panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive drooling
  • Reddened gums
  • Warm, dry skin
  • Increase body temperature
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse

 

Heatstroke is a medical emergency.

 

If your pet exhibits signs of heatstroke you must act quickly. Ask someone to call veterinarian immediately. Meanwhile, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body, immerse the animal in a tub of room temperature water, or run water from a hose on the floor around the animal.

 

Often an animal will respond after only a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his body temperature soaring back up or falling well below normal. For this reason it is imperative to get the animal to a veterinarian immediately. Event with emergency veterinary treatment, heatstroke can be fatal.