Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The ABC's of Mouth to Snout Resuscitation : How to Perform CPR on a Dog

Have you ever had an emergency with your pet, and felt awful because you didn’t know what to do? With the recent lost of one of our friends dog who suddenly stopped breathing choking on a tiny object. You can imagine the sadness she must have felt in this situation. It is so easy to panic in emergency situations, especially when you don't know what to do. As loving pet owners we began to ponder the question "Are we truly prepared for moments like these?" After consoling and speaking with our friend she then took it upon herself to enroll in a Pet First Aid and CPR class.

So that another innocent pups life is lost we thought some basic CPR ( mouth to snout resuscitation and chest compressions) life saving tips should be discussed. Remember dogs and humans have different anatomy so pet specific CPR techniques are in order. Here are the ABC's of CPR courtesy of our friends at Pet Wave. Knowing how to correctly administer canine CPR can not only save your pets life but help stabilize your pets health until medical teams arrives on the scene.

Step 1: A for Airway

Gently open the dog’s mouth, pull the tongue out, and try to determine if the dog is breathing. If possible gently straighten out the dog’s head and neck, but do not extend the neck out or you can cause further injury. Look at the dog’s chest for any sign of respiration, or hold your hand to the dog’s mouth to see if you can feel any signs of breathing or respiration.

Once you are sure the dog is not breathing, perform mouth-to-snout. Hold the dog’s mouth closed, cup your hand around the dog’s nose, and try breathing two breaths directly into the dog’s snout. If the breaths go in proceed to Step 2.

If the breaths are obstructed open the dog’s mouth again, and check for any visible object that is stuck in the dog’s throat. If an object is visible press gently on the dog’s throat in an upward motion while you try to remove the object. If no object is visible, perform the canine Heimlich maneuver. Do not proceed to Step 2 until the dog’s airway has been cleared.

Step 2. B for Breathing

If the breaths in Step 1 go into the dog’s lungs, continue the mouth-to-snout procedure. The ideal number of breaths is one breath for every 3 seconds with an average of 20 breaths per minute. If you are performing CPR on a large dog use your full lung capacity for the breath. If you are performing CPR on a small dog use shorter breaths.

During this process, make sure that your hand is snug around the dog’s nose and your mouth and try to blow the air directly into the dog’s mouth. Always keep the dogs mouth closed with your other hand. Never force air into the dog’s nose. Instead, breathe into the dog’s nose at a rate of time, and pressure, that you would normally exhale

Step 3. C for Circulation

Once the A and B’s have been established, check the dog’s femoral artery for a pulse, or lay your hand on the upper left side of the dog’s chest to see if you can feel a heartbeat. If no heartbeat or pulse is present begin chest compressions.

First lay the dog on its right side, and then locate the middle of the dog’s chest which is approximately where the left elbow touches the ribcage. This location is where the compressions should take place.

For small dogs 16 pounds or less, the thumb and forefinger can be used to compress both sides of the chest. For larger dogs, use a palm over hand method for compressions. The chest should be compressed about 1.5 inches down on each compression.

The speed of compressions and breathing is important for the CPR to work properly. Compressions should be done at a rate of 3 compressions every 2 seconds. After 15 quick compressions two breaths should be performed.

If no abdominal injury is possible, another person can gently press on the dog’s abdomen as the chest compression is released. This extra CPR, step known as interposed abdominal compression, can help return blood flow to the heart.

Repeat the CPR as necessary and periodically check for any signs of breathing or pulse from the dog. Only stop compressions when you feel a pulse or heartbeat, and do not stop breaths until the dog starts breathing on its own. If possible it is best to have someone continue the CPR in a vehicle while the dog is being transported to an emergency veterinarian clinic.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hungry Dog? Easy Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Dog Stew Recipe

Nothing makes a dog or human's mouth water then some tail wagging and crowd pleasing home cooking. So all you award winning doggy chefs, take a load off and let your crock pot and slow cooker do all the cooking. As more pet owners opt for homemade dog food as a healthier, safer alternative to commercial dog food, we are here to make your life a little bit better. Breath a sigh of relief because dog food preparation just got easier! It's like having your very own personal chef at your finger tip. If you don't have a slow cooker no need to fear, one large pot will do.

No need to get multiple pans dirty, instead indulge your dogs meaty appetite with a yummy stew one pot wonder, that the entire family will enjoy. This simple & easy crock pot vegetable beef stew will leave your dog saying " I must have died and gone to heaven". The best part is that it is made with a fresh, free range & natural ingredients straight from the garden & the local butcher. Aaaah the power of the Crock Pot, just set it and forget it
. Here is a favorite slow cooking crock pot dishes that you and your dog will love to dine on and your wallet will love. Hey, you can even put your own twist on this family favorite dish.

Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Stew


1 lb ground beef (or lamb)
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 or 3 medium potatoes, cubed
3 medium carrots
2 stalks broccoli
1 sheet kombu sea kelp


  • Brown the beef or lamb in a pan. Add cubed potatoes.
  • Cut broccoli and carrots into small pieces and toss into the pot with everything else. Add hot water to cover and a little pepper to taste.
  • Set your crock pot timer for 6-8 hours. When you come back, it will be your dog’s dinnertime and more than likely, the stew will smell so good you’ll be tempted to have some too! Be sure to cool stew before serving.

When it comes to feeding your beloved Fido there are a lot of all-natural, easy fun and delicious recipes out there. There are some wonderful organic doggy cook books and online all natural recipes that you can sniff out & educate you on the art of cooking for your furry friend. Remember that a good hearty meal always make a not so good day even better!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

What is Coprophagia? How Do Your Stop Dog From Eating Poop

Does your dog have a dirty little secret? Is your dog compelled to eat their own poop or munch on kitty tootsie rolls? Need we say more! We would all agree that somethings are not meant to be consumed, poop is one of those things not worthy of a taste test. It can be embarrassing, frustrating and gross seeing your dog constantly eating their own poop or sticking their snout in the kitty litter box. If your dog taste buds is hankering for the #2 business then this behavior is known as coprophagia. For many dogs this can be the cause of unbearable bad breath.

Dogs are notorious for putting everything in their mouth and then licking you on the face. Although a nice gesture, no one wants a big wet smooch from a potty mouth dog. It is important for you to correct your dogs doggie do eating behavior because parasites can be transmitted from dog to human and cause severe health problems for you and your dog. Here are some reasons why dogs may develop such a dirty habit and mouth.

1. Mimic Behavior – Often dogs adopted from shelters or those who spend time at a kennel may develop a copy cat behavior (no pun intended) and mimic this behavior from other shelter dogs. Also, if your dog watches you pick up poop, he might learn to do the same. This is called allelomimetic behavior. Your dog observes you and learns from you, by putting the poop in his mouth as oppose to in a bag.

2. Inadequate diet – Sometimes dogs eat poop because their diets are lacking in essential nutrients and minerals, this is especially true if your dog is being feed low grade dog food. On the other paw, dogs can eat poop because they’re overfed and haven’t properly digested all their food. It sounds gross, but the smell of their feces reminds them of their food so they partake. Giving your dog a multivitamin supplement and maintaining a healthy diet of fresh food can help lessen the urge to eat stools.

3. Signal Medical problems – Does your dog have a hidden medical problem? Often times your dogs poop eating ways can be a "cry for help" or in this case "health" and signal medical issues. Don't ignore your dogs "bark for help". Perhaps a visit to the vet for a complete physical exam would uncover an underlining health issue. Internal parasites can lead a dog to consume feces by leaching nutrients from their host. Thus, the dog will feel unusually hungry and may feed on their poop. It is important that your dog gets their yearly checkup, so if you haven't schedule an appointment with your local vet make one today.

4. Boredom – The lack of exercise, neglect and being bored can prompt your dog to eat his own poop to pass the time.

5. Hiding feces – If your dog is constantly scolded for pooping in the house, he may ingest his poop to conceal the evidence and avoid punishment. Lets dispel a myth, that fact is that dogs do not defecate indoors out of spite, but simply are unable to hold it in. Unlike humans they don't have the luxury of sitting on the toilet when nature calls.

6. Pregnant Females- Some female dogs have an instinctual maternal urge to hide the puppies from predators. Eating her puppies feces is one way to conceal their existence and keep them safe from harm.

7. Housekeeper- If your dog is restricted and confined to a crate or kennel your dog may eat his or her own poop to keep living space clean & tidy.

8. Anxiety & Stress- dogs under lots of stress and anxiety may eat their feces to cope, so keep your dogs life stress free.

9. Taste good-Although a disgusting habit some dogs eat poop because they simply love the taste.

10. Desire attention & interaction- Dogs love being the center of attention and are smart enough to connect the dots. If they see negative behavior such as eating poop gets them attention & interaction this will spur them on. One way to curb the behavior is to praise good behavior and correct bad behavior. Also make sure to take time each day to spend quality time with your pet.

11. Curiosity- Dogs are curious and will try to eat almost anything, including poop. Dogs explore the world through taste and smell.

How To Break the Habit

So now that you've gotten to some of the possible roots of the problem here are ways to break this gross habit and get your dog on the road to good health.

1. Crate train – By early crate training, you reduce the chances of your dog pooping in his crate and eating it.

2. Put certain natural ingredients in his food– Foods such as pineapple, spinach and pumpkin give his poop a repugnant taste and smell, retraining his taste buds and reducing the likelihood he’ll eat it.

3. Raid your pantry for all natural edible deterrents ! Sprinkle Tabasco sauce or lemon juice on poop – This solution explains itself. One taste of hot sauce or lemon juice and your dog will quickly get the message to “Leave it!” You can even add two to four tablespoons of canned pumpkin to the food bowl each day. Pumpkin apparently tastes good in food, but create an offensive & repugnant odor when expelled in excrement.

4. Check his diet – Make sure your dog is eating top quality dog food recommended by veterinarian standards.

5. Immediately clean up any poop – Keep your dogs living & play space clean as a whistle. As soon as your dog defecates, scoop it up and throw it away. Of course don't forget to use biodegradable doggy business pick-up bags. Not only will you be guarding his health and breaking him of a dirty habit, but you’ll also have a cleaner yard and you and Fido want have to worry about stepping in landmines.

6. Take regular leash walks – Leash walks are not only great exercise but can be a good distraction from this dirty habit. When you’re walking your dog on a leash you can command him to not eat poop with a quick and firm, “No!”

7. Distract and reward – While you are walking your dog turn on your poop radar. As soon as you see poop approaching while walking firmly say, “No!” or "leave it". Then reward him or her with praise, a treat or playtime. Dogs will do anything for a good organic treat, which is a great way to deter this behavior. Distract her from undesired things like feces, and substitute a good, desired behavior such as sitting and attending to you. A dog who is interacting with her owner can't be investigating poop at the same time.

8. Form a kitty litter blockade. Block your dog's access to any kitty litter boxes or to help break a habit that has already formed. Keep the litter box in a room for cat access only, place a lid over the box or us a baby gate.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Green Living Has Gone to the Dogs -Why Is Eco-friendly Good For Your Pet?

Green living is not only good for the earth but your dog. Besides lowering your carbon "paw" print and saving the planet there are many health benefits to using eco-friendly pet products. We believe its all about small puppy steps that in the end make a huge impact. Now you can be devoted to your canine and the planet with these simple tips.

1. Organic vs. Junk Food -Natural and organic pet foods use meats that are raised in sustainable, humane ways without added drugs or hormones, minimally processed, and preserved with natural substances, such as vitamins C and E. These holistic and organic pet foods are made with the same ingredients we would eat, such as human-grade chicken, turkey or lamb, rice, peas and carrots. They are also free of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, chemical additives, artificial colors and flavor enhancers.

While conventional pet food (a/k/a junk food) contains chemicals and animal by products not fit for human consumption. Many of these conventional commercial dog foods can cause skin ailments and allergies, so read the ingredient labels before putting them in your shopping cart.

2. All Natural Chews-Give your dog all natural dog chew treats oppose to rawhide which is usually treated with formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Rawhide is not easily digested, so the dog may bloat, get diarrhea, or end up lodged in your dogs intestinal tract. Instead opt for all natural and free range chews that are not only safe but keep your dog entertained for hours. Our all natural odor free bully sticks dog chews do not leave your room smelling of a pungent odor. They are easily digestible, produced in approved USDA human grade facilities and come from free-range Brazilian cattle raised without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones & preservatives. Our belief is that if its not good enough for our dog, then its not good enough for your dog. So pet owners can trust that our bully sticks are the pinnacle of quality.

3. Eco-friendly pet products made from sustainable naturally grown hemp and organic cotton, eco-friendly leashes and collars both look good and are green. Hemp is biodegradable, strong, durable and hypoallergenic, and flourishes without pesticides. Hemp is naturally hypoallergenic so great for dogs with more sensitive skins and actually gets softer the more it is worn so is really comfortable for the dogs. In particular our Earth Dog & The Good Dog Company leashes, collars, toys and beds are made of natural hemp and dyed with natural vegetable based dyes.

4. Choose Eco-friendly toys made with non-toxic materials, like our West Paw eco-toys, which are safe for your pet to chew on. As pet owners it is our responsibility to provide our dogs with safe toys that match their unique chewing habits. With chewing being a favorite pastime for our furry companions it is important to choose toys that are safe to chomp or lick. Choosing toys made from organic cotton, hemp or sustainable materials will ensure your dogs health is protected and you have a peace of mind.

5. Bathe your dogs muddy paws the all natural way! Suds up Fido with all natural & organic shampoo and conditioners is a huge plus. The ingredients are non-toxic and safe for even this most sensitive dog. Many of our eco-friendly natural bathing dog products are extraordinarily mild, moisturizing, hypoallergenic, and free of petroleum or animal by-products, and keeps dog coat healthier and shiner. Not to mention made without chemical detergents, artificial foaming boosters, synthetic fragrances, colors, or preservatives.

While conventional pet bathing products can contain toxic chemicals you would normally avoid for yourself – parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, cocomide DEA, cocomide MEA, TEA lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol. Known for everything from irritating skin to contributing to a variety of cancers, these ingredients have the same impact on your favorite pet.

6. Clean up your dogs poop - American dogs and cats produce 10 million tons of waste a year? While over 4 million tons of this waste is not collected. So where does all that "poop-lution" go? Well, that's a great question, it either winds up in a landfill where it is mummified in a plastic bag. Or perhaps it's sits in your yard, at the park or on the sidewalks waiting to be washed into our sewers and waterways. It is said that 20-30% of all waterway pollution is due to dog waste. So, protect the planet by scooping up your dog business with biodegradable earth-friendly alternatives and retire those plastic bags. Plastic bags take 1000's of years to break down when thrown in the landfills and help to preserves that squishy mess. An eco pickup solution is Spike brand Business Bags which are convenient, earth-friendly & biodegrade in 45 days.

7. Natural Cleaners- Choose lemons over Lysol to make your home squeaky green since dogs have a tendency to lick everything in site including your floors & countertops. Choose cleaning products that are chlorine free, all natural and non-toxic like Mrs. Meyer's All Purpose Cleaner, Seventh Generation, Method, Ecover, EcoQuest and BioKleen just to name a few. For those of you who are ambitious and counting pennies you can go right in your pantry. Keep your home squeaky clean and green with effective eco- cleanings solutions like lemons, vinegar and baking soda that will put Mr. Clean to shame.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ask Lola: Considerate Dogwalker Eco-friendly Doggy Pick Up Solutions To Poop-lution

Dear Lola: My family and I are preparing for a fun filled weekend on the hiking trails with our adventure dog Monty. Are their any eco-friendly options out there to pick up that squishy stuff?


Dear CONSIDERATE DOGWALKER: Thanks for doing your part to keep the doggy rompland's and hiking trails clean. I would like to officially give you & Monty a big paw on the back for picking up after those potty breaks. Like many dogs, a walk to the park, around the neighborhood and on the trail makes my day, but sometimes nature calls (no, not the howling of the wild). When you got to go, you got to go. Whether you are hiking, playing fetch at the park, or going for a stroll around the neighborhood with Monty. It is always important to bring poop bags along for the ride on each fun filled adventure with your loyal buddy.

Here is some poop for thought… Did you know that American dogs and cats produce 10 million tons of waste a year? While over 40 million tons of this waste is not collected. So where does all that “poop-lution” go? Well, that’s a great question, it either winds up in a landfill where it is mummified in a plastic bag. Take my bark for it this is something you don’t want to see on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts. Or perhaps it’s sits in your yard, at the park or on the sidewalks waiting to be washed away by the next rainstorm into our sewers and waterways. It is said that 20-30% of all waterway pollution is due to dog waste. Wow that’s a lot of poo for thought!

Reality is that dog pile pickup is a dirty job that all pet owners must face, and sadly smell. In the bad old days, you walked away leaving a smelly reminder of Fido, but now a days it’s a no-no to leave piles behind. Just ask your neighbor's shoe, trust me you wouldn’t want to walk a day in these shoes. With green on everyone’s conscious now a days, it is important to do your “doodie” by safely disposing of your dogs business.

The fact is dog poop is hazardous to ones health and should never be left on the ground as a natural fertilizer. If you don’t perform your civic duty you and your furry friend are likely to be chased by a pack of eco pups sporting the trendiest treehugging organic tees. Don’t be surprised if you find a green squad picket line in your front yard. Okay, perhaps this is a tidbit exaggerated, but you get the picture. But on a serious note if you don’t pick up you may find yourself being charged a hefty fine from the dog poop patrol. These are one bunch of hounds you don’t want sniffing your trail.

Like the saying goes "Fences don't make good neighbors" well the same holds true for dog piles left on your neighbors green, lush, and freshly mowed lawn. Which was probably voted best-manicured lawn 3 years in a row! Oh, if lawns could talk, the stories they would leak to the tabloids. No one likes their face or mug shot, in your dogs case “mutt” shot plastered on the front page or caught on tape.

But perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of the dog leash. Sadly, you have been an innocent victim of a poo crime by a disgruntled neighbor on the block, who by the way is no Mister Rogers. Yes, those pooper non-scoopers who let their dogs out at night to do their #2 business on your lawn so they are not caught in the act. As always the culprits decide to flee from the scent & scene of the crime only to leave this unsightly evidence behind. They have even managed to out wit the Neighborhood Dog Crime Watch. Unfortunately you're left picking up a squishy mess. Because nothing spoils a lovely morning then waking up to the unfortunate luck of stepping in dog poop, fresh off the press, left behind by a suspect four-legged friend. Leaving you constantly paranoid and scouring your yard for heaping land mines. What’s worst, is that you are now late for your meeting. Not even a hot Cup of Joe could turn that frown upside down.

There are many well meaning dog owners who reuse free grocery plastic bags to do their part to keep the earth and community clean by picking up dog poo. However, plastic bags are made of petroleum, which is non renewable, do not biodegraded and takes thousands of years to break down. Now that’s a lot of dog years! Even some cities like San Francisco have ban the use of plastic bags to reduce, reduce, and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Well, for all you plastic bag toting dog walkers you can retire your mothers stockpile of plastic grocery bags as the end all for doggie pickup and upgrade, or in this case "biodegrade". Move over grocery bags, now there is a new plastic bag in town and a greener way to scoop poop. So say “Hello” to an eco-friendly alternative to riding the world of that squishy stuff while lowering your carbon paw print.

Well, introducing the Spike Brand Business Bag, the Eco Sooper Dooper Pooper Scooper to save the day. These pickup bags are a great eco-solution to that “poop-lution” problem. I have had the chance to try out these doggie pick up bags first hand and they work great. Just crack open a box of business bags and take a whiff or sniff. Mmmmmm. Corn. But don’t be fooled by the smell these bags are not edible; trust me I’ve tried and was scolded. These bags are made from real corn so they biodegrade completely in just 45 days and are strong. Unlike those plastic grocery bags that litter landfills, taking centuries to decompose. Not to mention that plastic grocery bags have a tendency to break and tear leaving newly manicured hands to close for comfort to that warm batch. Also, regular plastic bags keep those dog piles preserved and Oh so zip lock fresh for 100’s of years. Possibly clogging the throats of poor innocent earthworms and dung beetles trying so hard to perform their civic duty by turning our banana and orange peel compost pile into fertilizer. Say “no” to bare hands and say, “yes” to Spike Brand Business. Use one on every business trip you make with Spot, for a clean planet and a cleaner conscience!

So, whether it’s in the brushes, on the sidewalk, near a hydrant (a dogs version of the port-a-potty), or on a neighbor’s lawn it is important to do the right thing and pick up. Follow the golden rule and be courteous of those joggers, law-abiding dog walking citizens, neighbors, and speed walkers out there. Because no one likes to step in dog poo. Just take it from me and all my pup pals lets all work together to do our duty or in this case "doodie" to keep the earth clean. Because no one (four legged included) wants a visual remainder of what your dog ate for dinner or should not have eaten. So the verdict is in, we would all agree that this is something we would rather not see or smell.

Barkingly yours,

Lola the eco-dog

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Friday, March 12, 2010

ASK LOLA: Flea Circus -What Are Some All Natural Remedies to Fight the War on Fleas ?

Dear Lola: My dog Rocky has fleas, but do not want to use harsh commercial flea medication. We have bathed him and done all we know to get rid of them. What natural solutions do you suggest?

Sincerely, Flea Circus

Dear Flea Circus: Nothing spoils a day with my owners then unwanted guest, fleas that is. But amidst the great outdoors lies enemy lines. These tiny buggers hitch a ride indoors on your unsuspecting dog who just arrived home after a long fun day of fetch. Those pesky fleas (aka bloodsuckers) see that invisible lighted neon sign on our forehead that says "Open for Business" and "Eat up" . Making us canine civilians the latest bitten, itchy & scratchy casualty. Its time to wage war in this flea eat dog world, but sometimes it may seem like a never-ending battle bath after bath. As always you and your dog strategize your plan of attack, the tactic being the element of surprise and operation quarantine.

So for you & Rocky fighting the battle may seem hopeless, especially when you have front row seats at the flea circus. But don’t wave your natural white flag of surrender. Or in Rocky's case throw in your boxing gloves, there is hope. Because no dog likes being an all you can eat buffet or smorgasbord for Mothers Natures most tail biting insects. Nor having their home be the vacation resort for a family of fleas, who by the way enjoys breakfast in bed. Because take it from me, no dog or human for that matter wants to sleep with the enemy.

There are natural alternatives that are effective and safer for you, your dog’s health and the environment. Don't let your dog suffer from being chewed on by a swarm of fleas or being used as the battleground to wage chemical warfare. Keep in mind that commercial flea repellents can be just as harmful as to your dog as the fleas that plague them; sure they may get to the bite of the problems & work fast. But the down side is that commercial flea repellents contain chemicals and insecticides, which are toxic to your dog and can cause serious illness. This is especially true for sensitive dogs like myself who sometimes suffer from skin irritations and allergic reactions. Therefore, it is important for me to take heed and consider not only what I put in my mouth but also on my head of fur.

Luckily for you, there are a lot of holistic, nontoxic flea fighting solutions out there. Many of these flea treatments can be found right in your pantry or cupboards. If your dog or cat is suffering from fleas, make a "tea" of lemon peel and water, and let it steep overnight. Citrus naturally repels fleas—if you sponge the tea on your flea-infested pet, the fleas will die instantly.

Here is an all natural Citrus Peel Extract Rub recipe which aids in killing all life stages of those pesky biters. Start with a small amount to make sure your dog can tolerate the smell. Do keep in mind that this should not be used around cats or if your family has asthma problems.

What you do?

1. Slice up 4 lemons and simmer them for one hour in 1 quart of water, adding more water as it evaporates.
2. Cool the mixture, strain and massage in to your dogs coat.

You can also tweak this recipe and use it around the house as a de-fleeing solution on your floors, pet bedding & furniture. For your floors all you need is ¼ cup of citrus peel extracts in 1-2 gallons of water. As for your pets bedding spray with a mixture of 2 teaspoons citrus peel extracts and 2 cups of water in spray bottle.

Since I have such a keen sense of smell, this flea remedy does not overwhelm my snout. The best part is that it contains no pesticides or poisons so if licked it is not harmful. So all you fleas and bugs out there prepare to do battle and lose, you are about to hear the famous phrase "Asta la vista baby". This product will have your dog ready for any showdown leaving him or her barking "Go ahead bugs, make my day". No it does not repel annoying neighbors.

Here is another natural flea control recipe.

1. Combine one part of as many of the following powdered herbs as possible. Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Fennel, Yellow Dock, Wormwood, Rue.
2. Put mixture in shaker-top jar
3. Apply the flea powder to your dog’s fur by brushing backwards and sprinkling it into the base of the hair (especially focus on the neck, back and belly).
4. Immediately take your dog outside so the vacating fleas don’t wind up on your floor.
5. Use this natural flea control recipe as frequently as necessary, up to many times per week for more serious infestations.

So what is the trick to bathing an infested dog that key is a good herbal shampoo and technique. Purchase a herbal shampoo that contains all natural ingredients like pine cedar, bergamot, rosemary, lavender, citronella, juniper or geranium. Like humans stuck in a rainstorm or flood, fleas will flee to higher drier ground (in this case your dogs head and neck or jump ship). For this reason lather your dog first with shampoo before wetting him, the shampoo will create a barrier to trap the fleas so they can’t flea the scene. Apply a thick layer of shampoo over Rocky’s head and neck (keep away from eyes) and spend time re-lathering & wetting your dog. Leave the shampoo on your dog for more then 15 minutes while continuing to massage. Hey! Take it from me, no dog can resist a full body fur massage. Then afterward rinse thoroughly and dry well.

Like anything prevention is key. Besides using these wonderful remedy here are some other natural preventive measures you can take to guard you, your dog and home from flea infestation. Firstly, it is important to remember that fleas prey on the weak so keeping your dog’s immune system healthy is key. Secondly, bathing your dog in an all-natural flea shampoo can help. Thirdly, don't let the "Welcome" mat out for those pesky bitters. Guard your home from being infiltrated by the enemy by cleaning house. Steam cleaning your carpets and vacuuming often and thoroughly will help keep fleas at bay. Also, wash blankets, dog beds, bed linen, throw pillows, throw rugs and other washable items that your pet may lie on in hot water in your washer & drier.

Lastly, my parents and I choose to take an all-natural flea preventive approach by fighting nature with nature. Before I go for my daily stroll or romp at the park I get spritz with Flea the Scene. This has proven to have good results for my life. Please keep in mind that every dog's circumstances is different so always check with your vet.

So, Rocky don't go down for the count. Get up and go another round in the ring against those fleas. Because within your inner dog lies a champion and you will win the battle!! Please keep us posted on your progress. As always if this outbreak persist please seek the advice of a vet.

Barkingly yours,
Lola the eco dog

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ask Lola : Lost Hound -How to Sniff & Search for a Missing Lost Pet

Dear Lola: My neighbors found a lost dog what should they do? Their kids really want to keep the dog, but their parents keep reminding them that she has a home & family who love her. Right now the dog is staying at their home and they have put signs up but have not found the owners. So, what do you do if your pet goes missing and gets lost?

Sincerely, LOST & HOUND

DEAR LOST & HOUND: I want to applaud your neighbors for being the saving grace for a furry friend and opening up their hearts and homes even if it’s momentary. I agree with the parents, although the kids have fallen head over paws for this dog and there will be teary goodbyes and barks. It is important to reunite her with her family, just remind them of how it would feel to lose their pet. As Dorothy from the Land of Oz would say, “There is no place like home”. Unfortunately, unlike Dorothy and Toto there are no ruby red glass slippers to click together. So it is up to all you dog lovers out there and readers to help send them home.

We all know the feeling of losing or misplacing our wallet, a pair of glasses or important papers (which by the way may have been chewed up by the dog). My parents always say if their heads weren’t attached they would lose that too. But imagine the stress of losing a wandering family pet. Yes... even the dog that chews through your shoe closet will be missed. All pet owners would agree that regardless of the number of opened toed heel causalities, they would rather live with Spot & Felix then live without the,. So it is important to remember that at the end of every leash is not just a dog & cat owner but a loving parent. Here are some helpful tips for searching for & reuniting a lost dog or cat with family. Always be prepared for the worse, because you never know when you will need to put your sleuth cap on.

1. Don’t Panic- Although this can be a traumatic experience for you and the family it’s important to stay calm.

2. Form a Search & Sniff Party- Get family and friends together to find Spot or Felix the cat in an organized fashion. In the first 2 hours tell your family and friends to search within a 2 mile radius of where your pet was last spotted. It is a good idea to give your search party a recent photo and a detailed description of your pet so they can ask people in the neighborhood if they have seen your dog or cat. Many times a pack of pups may have spotted your dog or cat a short time ago wandering the streets.

3. Bring Along Pets Favorite Toy- While you are out searching, bring along your dog's favorite toy (in my case my recyclable bone), or sound a noise that makes him come running. Dogs can hear sounds from very far away and may come if they hear a comforting sound! Shaking a treat bag or something else a dog knows can help.

4. Have someone stay at the home just in case your pet shows up at your doorstep. With the lack of opposable thumbs your dog won’t be making a collect call anytime soon to tell you of his or her where about. So one person should be in charge of making phone calls to your local Humane Society, animal shelters, and rescues, vets, and police departments. Contact your neighbors to be on the lookout. If you're close to a county line, contact similar places in that county, too.

5. Leave a Scent Trail-Put articles of clothing or a dog's favorite toys outside the house. Dogs are attracted to things that bring them comfort. A scent of you, whom they love can lure them home and will have Lassie come running.

6. Contact local TV & Radio Station-Besides getting your dog his or her 15 minutes of fame, TV and radio can aid in the search. If your local TV and radio stations make community announcements, ask them for help.

7. Call & Check local pound or animal shelter-Notify the local pounds and shelters your dog is lost and give a proper description. Dogs & cats are often brought in as strays. Better yet, stop down with a recent photo for them to hang or hold on to. Because their sole mission is to find dogs loving home, they are always excited when they can help reunite you with your furry loved one. Also, if a kind stranger does find a dog and brings it there, the staff will know to reach you. NOTE: If they do call with a dog that matches, make sure to VISIT YOURSELF. Their description and yours can easily vary.

8. Go to familiar places! Dogs tend to wander where they go frequently or are familiar with, perhaps in a neighbor’s backyard or at the nearest dog park. Be sure to put extra flyers around that park, or notify the owners of that dog park to keep a lookout. If you ask they may let you post pictures of your dog around the park for other pups to see.

9. Create Missing Fliers- Even after it’s too late to search anymore don’t give up. Create an ad with a recent picture of your dog. If you don't have a photo, and your dog is a purebred, use a picture from a book. Describe the dog so an average person or pooch walking the streets would recognize him if he saw him. Include identifying information about him like his collar, dog tags, birth marks, identifying features like scars or unusual coloration's, or microchip ID number.

10. Make detailed Fliers-Be specific: "LOST: (Dog's Name) a brown dog with white face and paws, SPAYED female; got loose from yard on Dec. 1, 2005 (Location where lost) near the post office in Our Town, PA around 4 p.m. Wearing a pink collar with rabies tag and license. Is on anti-seizure medication. Family pet. REWARD. Call …

11. Read the newspaper-Check the "found" ads in they newspaper each day your pet is lost.

12. BEWARE OF FALSE ALARMS: Never respond to a found pet claim alone. Take a friend and ask to meet in a public place such as the park.

13. Day 2: Intensify the search. Start ads posting on bulletin boards and in high visibility areas like gas stations and grocery stores in your neighborhood. Tape flyers to phone poles. Ask friends and family members to distribute flyers door-to-door.

14. After 2 days: Extend your search. Go a little farther by vehicle or bike and start spreading the word to your local mailmen, UPS and Fed Ex drivers, joggers, runners, bikers and anyone else walking around the search areas.

15. Expand Search Radius- Expand the radius of your search area by several miles - call shelters even beyond the area you think your dog could have reached. Give surrounding shelters a detailed description of your pet. Drop off or fax a copy of your ad.

16. Visit animal shelters on weekly basis to check in on lost pet. Start visiting the animal shelters and rescue leagues to look for your pet every other day. Just keep in mind that if a dog goes lost for a few weeks their appearance can change from clean cut to disheveled, dirty & matted. Don’t worry with a little primping & pampering your dog will be back to his or her old self, winning best in show.

17. Don’t give up your search & hope for the best. Persistence often pays off. Thanks to your persistence and the kindness of strangers pets that have been lost for months have been reunited with their families.

All you reunited lost pups & felines tell us your encouraging stories by commenting below. We know your uplifting stories will inspire those searching for a lost pet to not give up hope.

Barkingly yours,

Lola the eco-dog

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Monday, March 8, 2010

In the Eye of the Storm - How to Protect Your Pet During Natural Disasters

Our family pets depend on us for food, shelter & safety, especially in the midst of a storm or natural disaster. Remember if the house is unsafe for you, it's unsafe for your pet as well. Leaving your pet behind during a natural disaster would break any pet lovers heart and should not be an option.

For this reason pet owner preparedness is key, so you and your pet can safely evacuate and flee from the impending storm.
Knowing what to do and making evacuation plans ahead of time is the key to you and your pet's survival. Here are some tips on how to prepare Fido or Felix for any natural disasters and stay united.

Tag Your Pet: Keep a collar with current ID tags on your pet at all times during a natural disaster. If you and your pet is separated because you have to evacuate or pet runs away, the good news is....with the proper pet identification the chances of being reunited dramatically increase. Consider getting your pet micro chipped as well. Microchips provide extra assurance in case the tag falls off. Most shelters and veterinarians have a device for scanning microchips. Id tags & micro-chips will make it easy to reunite you with your long lost furry family member.

2. Emergency Kit: Have the necessary emergency pet supplies on hand. If you will need to evacuate, your pet will need to go with you. Supplies should include: doggy pick-up bags (preferably eco-friendly ones that biodegrade), a good pet carrier, about a one-month supply of water, pet food & treats, pet's regular medications, paper towel for clean up, a sturdy leash, harness, collar, towel for drying off, blankets and favorite toy. For cats, make sure there is extra kitty litter. Make sure to have your pet's medical & vaccinations records within paws. For added protection from flood waters place the records in a waterproof container. Remember that proof of vaccinations are necessary in case your pet needs to be boarded. Keep a photo of your pet in your wallet in case your pet gets lost.

3. Never leave your pet alone during a hurricane or natural disaster. It is a big no no to leave your dog tied in the back yard. It is important to understand that locking your dog in a room with food and water while you evacuate does not equal safety. Leaving your pet unattended can lead to injury, fear, homelessness or worst death. Plan to leave and evacuate early. Waiting till the last minute can make it harder to bring a pet along. Determine where you & your pet will stay in the event of an evacuation by compiling a list of pet-friendly hotels/motels outside of your immediate area. If you are unable to tend to your pet make sure you seek out animal shelters, veterinarians and boarding facilities that will temporarily board pets during an earthquake or other disaster. The Internet is a good place to search these facilities. Also check with friends and relatives who may be able to care for your pet. Staying with family or friends is much less stressful on both you and your pet than a shelter.

4. Prepare a pet first aid kit which should include the basics such as antibiotic ointment, antiseptic, Q-tips, bandages, gauze pads, roll of cloth, thermometer, tweezers, instant cold pack, rags/rubber tubing for a tourniquet and a first aid book. There are also portable pet emergency kits that you can purchase.

Stay Calm: Pets may become confused, panicked, frightened or disoriented in and after a disaster: keep them confined or securely leashed or harnessed. A leash/harness is an important item for managing a nervous or upset animal. There are some wonderful & effective products that will help during any disaster situation. Animals have the ability to sense earthquakes and storms in advance. During and after any natural disaster your pet may be extremely nervous and sensitive to sounds. You can reassure your pet by speaking and acting calmly which can be a challenging task. If that does not work try Spot Organics Chill Essential Oil , an all natural remedy to an sooth any anxious, nervous or restless dog. Dogs can will often panic, get confused, frightened and experience separation anxiety during stressful situations. This is great to use if your dog is being boarded or left in the care of family & friends.

Home bound. If you are staying at home, make a safe place for your pet during the hurricane or natural disaster. Prepare an area in yourbsafe room for you & your pet complete with emergency supply kit, pet carrier and bedding. For safety your pet should be placed securely in their safe haven, covered, den like carrier or crate. Make sure to secure lock doors, windows, doggy doors, potential exits and known escape routes. Pets can become easily frightened and a pets natural instinct is to be tempted to flee from the storm alone.

7. Keep your pet healthy. It important to keep your pet up to date on vaccinations and make annual vet visits & your pets wellness a priority.

8. Alert friendly neighbor for evacuation assistance. If you are able to get home to evacuate your pet make sure to alert your neighbor for assistance. Give your neighbor or friend a spare key and give them easy access to the pet emergency kit & supplies. To ease your pets anxiety & fears make sure your neighbor is pals with your pet.

9. Plan to leave and evacuate early so you evacuate you and your pet with ease. It is crucial to never leave your pet behind, but often times with chaos comes forgetfulness. In the event that your pet is left behind during an eminent natural disaster, place a sticker or sign on the front door. This will alert rescue teams and help them easily identify that a pet resides inside the home in need of rescue.

10. Train your pet to come on command. It is so important to train your pet to come on first command no matter the situation. During any natural disaster time is of the essence and can mean the difference between life or death. So it is crucial you train your pet to come to you as quickly as possible out of harms way.

Share you & your pets natural disaster survival story by leaving a comment on this blog post below. We would love to hear your story of courage.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ask Lola : Barking Mad - How to Tame a Chronic Dog Barker

Dear Lola: My dog is going bonkers, barking and jumping off the wall. Fire sirens, arrival of the mailman, neighbors bringing over a welcome casserole, and even going to vet causes him to act hyper and nervous. What can I do to calm my dog and stop him from being a chronic barker? Sending my dog to the corner for a time out does not seem to be doing the trick. I am afraid that my dogs excessive barking will send the neighbors packing up their Uhaul and have people saying, “BEWARE of the women with the barking mad dog!”

Sincerely, BARKING MAD

DEAR BARKING MAD: There are many things dog are good at and the list is extensive. Dogs are experts at eating, sniffing butts, sleeping, burying bones, getting dirty, fetching and reading the daily pee-mails. Not to mention having a ph.D in barking up a storm, no dog is immune to this behavior. Let's face it, dogs by nature bark and howl. Unfortunately dogs don't understand the meaning of using your library voice and unlike humans weren't born with a mute or pause button. Although barking is a part of being a dog no one likes to hear the incessant barking of the dog next door. Ruckus from your roaring dog would alarm neighbors, napping relatives and make anyone crazy only to put the whole neighborhood in an uproar.

Even the most sane person may be tempted to admit him or herself in an insane asylum for some peace and quiet. I've coined the phrase "barking dogs don't make good neighbors", especially ones that bark through out the night. Barking dogs can cause neighborhood feuds not even a plate of fresh baked cookies or state of the art ear plugs can't mend.

But like any dog, I myself get very excited when a mailman or visitor knocks on the door and can’t help but to bark out woofs of joy. One may say that I graduated at the top of my class with a "bark-laureate" with an emphasis in public speaking. But I have come to learn the hard way from my parents loving discipline that continued barking is not proper doggy etiquette 101. Although I can be quite opinionated, being a dog I have learned that sometimes it is best to be quiet, especially when a treat is whiffed in front of my face. Lucky for me my blog column gives me a relaxing time out from pointless, incessant barking.

It is so tempting to react to your dogs irritating barking with a bark of your own, but remember this does not help the situation but makes it worse. The better you understand how he experiences the world, the less likely you will become frustrated and angry. Well, seeing as though there is not a doggy manual to translate, your official Dog Whisperer (me) is to the rescue! The first step in obtaining peace and quiet is to realize that lots of barking can be caused by the dog being lonely, bored, frustrated or frightened. Getting to the root of the barking is half the battle, then you can try to change the behavior. There are many categories of barking such as:

  • Alert barking. Dog barks to let you know he has seen or heard something out of the ordinary.
  • Defensive barking. Dog barks to make something he is afraid of or doesn't like go away.
  • Attention barking. Dog wants attention.
  • Frustration barking. Dog is confused, frustrated, or stressed.
  • Boredom barking. Dog barks to amuse himself.

Some dogs bark due to separation anxiety and misses your companionship. So keep in mind that your dogs barking can mean a lot of things. Perhaps, they want to go to the potty, hunger for a treat and thirst for H2O, want to play fetch or go to the dog park. Sometimes all it takes is meeting these needs to put your dog on momentary mute. Dogs are social creatures and need a good meet and sniff on a daily bases. Often times barking will occur if a dog is confined all day in the backyard alone with no social interaction. Sadly, barking can become a hobby to occupy their time and anxious appetite for a good romp and play. So, make sure you take your dog to the park for a good game of fetch or chase the squirrels.

Often times a dogs keen sense of hearing and sight can get him in trouble. Before ADT, fire alarms, and doorbells there were dogs! Your dog may see, sense or hear a stranger or unwanted intruder approaching and sends out a loud siren bark to alert you. Perhaps, your dog sees the neighbors dog walking by or that taunting alley cat loitering on your front lawn (their territory). Closing the shades does work wonders to take away your dogs motivation to bark, but consistent training goes a long way.

It is important that if you are training your dog to stop barking that you immediately praise the dog and give treats because positive reinforcement works wonders. Just ask my parents, they praise me when there is a visitor and I behave and sit quietly. With all this praise and affirmation "good dog" behavior comes naturally. But that does not mean I don't get into mischief, I have been caught many times with my hands in the biscuit jar!

But sometimes even the most well-trained & praised dog needs helps curbing their barking habit. So, there is no need for you and your neighbors to lose sleep over it. Although a squirt bottle filled with tap water is a good and natural barking deterrent. There are other all natural alternatives out their that not only quiet a barking dog but can help calm a nervous, fidgety, restless or over anxious pup. One of the products I recommend and personally have tested is Spot Organics Chill, trust me it really does work. It is an organic homeopathic remedy that is safe, effective and easy to use. One can say it is the ultimate momentary mute button and helps turn the volume down quite a few notches.

We have all heard the infamous words “Take A Chill Pill” or “Just relax” . Well here is a natural way to tame your dogs repetitive ruffs and keep the peace. Pets become stressed or hyper for many different reasons - travel, unfamiliar guests in the house, being separated during your absence, loud noises like thunder or fireworks, or even from sensing your mood swings. Spot Organic Chill Essential Oil is perfect way to calm the senses and help your dog get in touch with his or her “inner dog”.

It is a great aromatherapy calming blend for dogs. Using only pure essential oils that are known to have a calming effect on your dog’s body and mind. Infused with organic sweet almond oil and blend in pure essential oils of lavender, green mandarin, clary sage, and ylang ylang. This blend can also help promote feelings of love and security while calming, making it great for rescued dogs, or dogs waiting to be rescued!

How to Use Chill: Place 3 drops of Chill into your palm and rub over your dogs chest when he is scared or just acting a little crazy! Chill works great when used during obedience training, we even have a master dog trainer that loves this blend! It helps keep your dog calm and focused during training.

If your dog continues to bark consult a board-certified veterinary behaviorist or a pet behaviorist for additional suggestions if all else fails. So go ahead, with these tips you can put away that sign that says "Beware of Barking Dog". Now you can relinquish your crown & sash as Misses Chronic Barker and Spot can be on a road to recovery. I wish you both well.

Barkingly yours,

Lola the eco-dog

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