Canine annoyances, Check Your Kitchen First!




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This will be a 2 part series on at home remedies.

When you’re feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can use similar, simple home remedies to treat allergies in dogs, ailments in dogs, and other canine annoyances, with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find the first four of seven total great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again, whether they are suffering from allergies, dehydration, and more.

1. Vitamin E for Dogs with Dry Skin

Have you ever wondered how to treat dry skin on dogs? Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it’s also great for your dogs dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all “Hollywood” and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is).

If you give the vitamin orally, check with you vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed.

2. Electrolyte-Replacing Liquids for Diarrhea and Vomiting

Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch’s body with much needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting.

Consult your vet as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog.

3. Yogurt and Acidophilus for Dogs

Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills–wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional.

Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities.

4. Chamomile Tea for Dogs

Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the Chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dogs raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.

Information courtesy of PedMed


Brrr Baby…. It’s Cold Outside!



Two Paws Up Tuesday Tip Of The Week!

Part Four in our series on Pet Emergencies.

Hypothermia or Frostbite

SIGNS: Shivering, shaking, disorientation, difficulty walking, flushed or reddened skin, known prolonged exposure to cold weather or cold water, or stiff ear tips, tail, or other extremities.

ACTION: Move your pet to a warm area. Warm affected areas by using warm moist towels. Discontinue warming when the affected areas become flushed. Do not use heating pads or electric blankets as they may cause burns. Attempt to dry pet and wrap in a blanket to conserve body heat. Transport your pet to the Veterinarian immediately.

Here is a safe DIY Paw Protector recipe. This will also make great stocking stuffers for your furry neighborhood friends.

3 ozs Beeswax – This acts as a protective barrier for the paws pads

3 tbsp Coconut Oil – Contains Antibacterial properties

3 tbsp Calendula Oil – Sooths cracked pads

3 tbsp Avocado Oil – Contains magnificent moisturizing properties

Heat on low until melted. Immediately pour into creative containers such as mason jars, muffin tins, silicon molds, gift card tins, or any holiday molds. Once wax has cooled and set take your dogs paw and rub on the wax.

Using the wax will help protect Fidos paws against things like salt and other harmful chemicals used to melt ice on roadways and sidewalks.


SIGNS:  If you notice excessive scratching at the ears, redness, or shaking of the head an infection may have already started. Often times there will also be an odor in the ears.

Don’t forget to check your pets ears for moisture. Ear infections can be painful for Fido. Curious dogs that spend a lot of time outside in the snow have a tendency to stick their entire head under the snow to take a peek at what’s hiding under it. Moisture can build up causing a yeast infection. Be sure to take a towel and dry those ears out. Not all ear infections are treated equally. Contact your vet for treatment options.

Some dogs may not get walked outside as much due to cold or inclement weather which means they may not be naturally filing down their nails on the cement or concrete.


ACTION: If you’ve cut your pets nails too short, hold a cloth firmly on the cut surface until the bleeding stops. A normal pets blood will clot within 5 minutes, and your pet will not lose enough blood to be medically significant. If you regularly trim your pets nails, keep silver nitrate sticks or Kwik-Stop on hand and apply these products to control bleeding from the nails. Cornstarch can be used as a substitute.

Other Nail Injuries

  • Nail torn off completely: Apply Kwik-Stop or cornstarch and direct pressure to control bleeding. The nail will re-grow in most cases. Continued bleeding warrants Veterinary care.
  • Nail torn partially off: Most pets will require vet care and sedation to remove the nail completely. A cracked or broken mail often continues to bleed until the nail is completely removed.

Some information courtesy of: Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists Pet Emergency Resource Guide and Planet Paws.


Naughty or Nice List?



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Part Three in the series for Pet Emergencies:

Holiday Hazards

Observe these tips to keep your pet safe and out of harms way during the holidays. Be sure to have your veterinarian on speed dial if you’re in doubt about something or if your pet appears ill.


  • Candles and candy dishes. Be sure to anchor candles and keep candy dishes high on tabletops or countertops, out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate and raisins are particularly toxic to pets.
  • Food gifts. Do Not place food gifts under the tree or in stockings which might tempt your pet.
  • Extra holiday treats. Avoid feeding Fido holiday treats which can quickly lead to stomach upset or more severe gastrointestinal conditions. Bones can lodge in your pet’s throats, stomachs or intestinal tracts.
  • Fire! Use protective screens around your fireplace or wood-burning stove to keep your pet safe.
  • Ribbon, wrapping paper and tinsel. Do not give your pet the opportunity to eat or play with ribbon, wrapping paper, or tinsel. These fun objects can cause choking and intestinal obstructions.
  • In some cases, certain plants may be DEADLY !  Make sure your holiday Poinsettia, Holly, Amaryllis, Lilies, and Mistletoe are out of reach as to not be ingested by your pet.
  • Breakable bulbs and ornaments should be hung high on the tree and away from your pets  reach. It’s best to use unbreakable ornaments on the lower half of your tree.
  • Do Not add harmful preservatives or chemicals to the water in your tree stand. Your pet will be tempted to drink the water. Be sure to keep fresh water in your pets bowl at all times.
  • Keep your pet from chewing or clawing electrical cords.
  • Watch for opening doors when your guests come and go. There probably is more traffic than usual with neighbors having guests of their own.


  • Provide a quiet place for your pet to retreat to when crowds and chaos overwhelm them.
  • Reward your pet with extra attention or presents of their own.
  • A little extra play time, or longer than normal walk, before guests arrive will help to make a happier pet when the  crowd and chaos begins.
  • Homemade or healthy treats are a good alternative to the temptation of giving Fido table scraps.
  • Be thankful for all your many blessings!

Information courtesy of: Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists Pet Emergency Resource Guide.




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Part Two of the series on common pet injuries and conditions:

BITES (from Animals)

Action: Lightly wrap the wound to protect it and use direct pressure to control any bleeding. For bite wounds, internal damage may be more significant than the external wound and there is a risk of infection. Veterinary evaluation is always advised.

BITES (from insects)

Signs: Itching with swelling of the face, eyes, and ears: most bites occur on the face and paws as the pet investigates and plays with the insect.

Action: If you notice breathing difficulties or swelling of the face, throat or tongue, take your pet to a veterinarian ASAP!


Action: Place pressure on the wound with towel, cloth, or gauze pads. Seek veterinary care as soon as possible, as wounds are easier to manage when they are fresh. Lightly wrap wounds to protect them on the drive to the hospital. DO NOT PLACE A TOURNIQUET OR TIGHTLY WRAP WOUND since this can cut off circulation and cause further damage.

BLOATING (Distended Abdomen)

Signs: Rigid abdomen, hunched posture, non-productive retching, anxious behavior, excessive licking, drooling or collapse.

Action: Do not attempt to administer food or water. Seek evaluation by your veterinarian immediately. Abdominal distention/bloating is a life threatening emergency in many instances.


Signs: Rapid or labored breathing, pale or blue gums, restlessness, open-mouth breathing, collapse.

Action: Immediately transport your pet to the veterinarian. Limit activity and try to calm your pet. Be sure to place your cat in a carrier or ventilated box for safe transport.

Your Pet’s Vital Signs (at rest or when calm)


  • Rectal temperature should range between 99.5-102.5 degrees F.
  • Dogs weighing less than 30 lbs. should have a heart rate between 80 and 140 beats per minute.
  • Dogs weighing 30 lbs. or more should have a heart rate between 60-120 beats per minute.
  • Respiratory rate should be less than 40 breaths per minute.
  • Gum should be pink.


  • Rectal temperature should range between 100-102.5 degrees F.
  • Cats should have an average heart rate between 160 and 210 beats per minute.
  • Respiratory rate should be less than 40 breaths per minute.
  • Gum should be pink.

NOTE: Rectal thermometers are ideal for determining your pet’s temperature. However, some pets simply will not allow this without restraint, so be very careful. Do not risk being bitten trying to obtain a temperature. Ear temperature devices are NOT an accurate way to obtain your pet’s temperature.

Information courtesy of: Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists Pet Emergency Resource Guide