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Tick Tick Tick Removal with Tick SR

As promised I am sharing about some great discoveries I found at the Global Pet Expo last month.  Tick SR stands for “Tick Safe Release” and as soon as I got to their booth and saw the product I new it was a winner! Safe fior Humans & your dog!

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 I shared the story below with the guy at the booth and said, “I wish I had this about 7 weeks ago when I had to remove a tick from our baby Yorkie!”  He explained the product with all the science behind it.  I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this before.  Tick SR comes in two forms.  A bottle of liquid (60ml or 250 ml)  that you can squirt out and convenient individually wrapped packets  or 5 or 10 with treated wipes.

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You can carry a wipe with you where you go.  Attach it to your poop bag holder, keep it in your pocket, or if you have one of those fancy leashes with compartments always keep one there.  The way it works is you just grab the tick with the treated wipe and hold in place till the tick releases.  Once it releases, (between 30 seconds to 4 minutes), you just drop the tick in the toilet and flush or drop it in a bottle with alcohol and keep for a week in case there is complications at the site.   You never have to or should touch the tick with your bare hands.

I find it humorous that the manufacturer’s rep as well as the website and literature emphasizes that it doesn’t harm the tick.  I really don’t care about the tick.  I’m ticked off that the tick chose my dog as a new host.  I’m not sure why they make such a big deal about not harming the tick except maybe because they explain that if you upset the tick it may regurgitate back into the dog ( horse or person) and spread disease.  They even have a large bottle for horses & Stables.

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The way it works is that it dissolves the “glue” that bonds the tick to the host as well as impeding the blood flow to the area cutting off the ticks meal.  It also helps disinfect the wound to further prevent infection.  I found a video that shows how well it works.

I also found it interesting that when I read all of the scientific and testing info, that they used humans in their tests.  Apparently you can get disease free ticks from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Entomology of the Oklahoma State University

Just before Christmas we discovered a tick attached above the eyelid of our Yorkie Saylor.  At first I thought it was a skin tag.  Upon further inspection I was horrified to discover a tick!  Since she only spends time outside in our regularly maintained back yard, it was the only place she could have gotten it from.  We lived here since 1998 and this is the first tick for any of our dogs.

I did all the wrong things to try to remove it.  The only other tick I ever encountered was on our German Shepherd back when I was in high school.  My dad told me to light a match, blow it out and touch it to the tick’s butt.  I did and he (or she) immediately backed out of the dogs neck.  I grabbed it in a tissue and flushed it.  Voila!  Removal complete!

Naturally that is what I tried at first with Saylor.  My husband asked if we should just get a tweezers and pull it out.  “Oh no”, I said.  I’ve read that it squeezes the stomach guts into the dog and spreads diseases.  It also upsets the tick and he may leave his head or mouth parts in the dog causing infection.  So, with Saylor (Baby) tightly held by daddy, I burned the ticks butt.  Nothing!  I did it several times and all it did was make his butt brown.  He was still alive moving his tiny legs, but made no move to escape his burning hell.  At this I said we needed plan B.  I had heard somewhere you smother it with petroleum jelly and it pulls out and leaves cause it can’t breathe.  I went to the internet to check out the method and was shocked to discover you should never cover it with soap or jelly.  Also, shocked to see you should never use a match!  The article suggested using a tweezers to pull out the tick but said it you may not get all the mouth parts out.

I felt a little foolish that I didn’t go to the internet first.  I found the tweezers and tried over and over to pull the tick but it wouldn’t budge.  IN the mean time poor little Saylor was in a death grip by my husband because it was so close to her eye.  Of course she squirmed and actually yelped a few times when I pulled the tick.  Each time she did we stopped to regroup and steady my hands and nerves.  Finally after about 45 minutes a very flattened tick was freed.  I dumped him into an empty Zephyrhills bottle and added a bit of hydrogen peroxide.  The article said to save the tick in case an infection developed in the dog.  That way you could take the tick cadaver to the vet for analysis of any diseases it may carry.

I cleaned the tiny swollen hole above her eye and applied a tiny bit of Neosporin.  Luckily, the swelling and redness disappeared within a day.  Luckily, there was no complications or infection.

Now that Spring is here, so is Tick season.  Ticks can spread diseases including the infamous Lyme Disease.   Did you know that dogs can get Lyme Disease too?   I Now have my own Tick SR in case of another tick problem.  I got the individual packets and carry them with me wherever I take the dogs.  I’m hoping that now that I am prepared I will never have this problem again…but if a tick dares to glom on to one of my pups he won’t be there for long!

Will you be prepared?  You can Get Tick SR for under $10!

Favorite Find from Global Pet Expo!

It’s been a little over a month since I attended the Global Pet Expo in Orlando and I’m just now finishing up the long process of going through about 200 pounds of literature!

I promised to tell you all about the cool things I discovered at the show and today I’m sharing with you about my absolute favorite product from the show.  There are many that I love but first is first.  It is the CritterZone Air Naturalizer.

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I took one home the first night and it did exactly what they said it would do!  Actually, it worked even better than expected.  What does it do you ask?  It cleans the air and eliminates odor.  Having a family of four Yorkies qualifies me to be a tough customer when it comes to cleaning the air.  I know Yorkies are small and don’t shed and really don’t stink very often, however, they do have accidents at times. 

There were all kinds of products at the show to remove odor.  This was the best!  At the show I met a pleasant woman who demonstrated it for me.   She took a cloth and squirted some very heavy ammonia on it and let me smell it…I got a little too close (or enthusiastic) and it just about knocked me over!  Then she took the small hand size machine and held it up to the cloth.  Within about 30 seconds she had me smell the cloth again and….NOTHING!  Not a trace of ammonia!  Needless to say I took one home that night.

Upon returning from a 10 hour day, 2 of the dogs were locked up comfortably in our bathroom.  After a whole day in there it smelled like….well just like “DOG”.  No accidents or anything, just that stuffy doggie smell.  I ran to my bags of goodies and picked out my CritterZone, plugged it in and told my hubby, “We’ll see if this really works!”  About an hour and a half later I went to check it out…No doggie odor!  The room gave off a very clean fresh smell.  The air felt so oxygen rich, fresh and clean!  I was surprised on how well this tiny little box worked.  They say it only takes 2 or 3 to totally clean the air in a 1800 sq foot house.

 Here’s is why I like CritterZone Air Naturalizer so much.

    It really works well!

    It works fast!

    It actually cleans the air instead of putting chemical sprays in the air.

    It doesn’t need a filter to change!

    It comes with a cord or direct plug in the wall…no batteries!

    It also has a car adapter available for stinky cars!

    It removes pollutants from air such as bacteria, mold, Salmonella, Listeria +!

    It offers virtual germ control for your air, surfaces and fabrics!

    Compared to electronic Hepa and Air filters, it is cheaper and much quieter!

    It takes up space the size of your coffee mug!

    It uses a process called Bi-Polar Ionization & Plasma Conversion to clean air.

    It actually PREVENTS germ & mold growth!

    Prevents airborne Illness!

    Cleaning is very easy and not very often!

    Breathing clean air can extend live expectancy!

    You don’t need a pet to use one! 

I could go on and on about the CritterZone but you really just need to try it yourself.  They have a 30 day money back guarantee. 

Who needs a CritterZone Air Naturalizer?  Anyone who:

    Has a litter box!

    Has pets!

    Has allergies!

    Wants a fresh smelling car!

    Smokers definitely need one!

    Has a boat!

    Has an RV!

    Has a musty basement!

    Has a vacation home!

    Has kids!

    Has someone sick at home!

    Realtors for Listings with odors!

   Travels…great for hotel rooms!

Likes to breathe fresh, health clean air!

The CritterZone makes a fantastic gift!  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.  You can give it as a gift for healthy air, without insulting them about the odor that they are probably used to! 

We travel a lot with our dogs so that means we stay at hotels that allow pets. Sometimes we will get a non smoking room that clearly had a smoker or smells just plain musty. It is a great little gadget to take along to purify the room.

I recommend getting the one with the removable cord instead of direct wall plug in.  That way if you ever want to use it in the car or boat you can get the plug that fits into your lighter.  You can also move it to a stubborn rug or furniture odor spot.

I offer my readers a $10 discount off the retail price of each unit.  Order online and enter “4TheDogs” in the promo code area and it will apply your discount.  It’s also available in the 4thedogs.com store but you need to go thru the direct link above to save the $10.

Let me know how much you love yours when you get it!

 

Stay tuned for my next blog about cool products I discovered at the Expo and our store at 4TheDogs.com!

More On Sleeping Dogs

After posting my blog Can You Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?  it became more apparent to me just how much of a calming effect sleeping dogs have on us.  I received so many comments from others who feel the same way.

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I’ve come across some more pictures of sleeping dogs that are from precious to down right hilarious!  If you find  or take a cute pic of a sleeping dog post it on our Facebook page 4 The Dogs to share with all of us…  there will be a $10 gift certificate to 4thedogs.com  for the picture that gets the most likes by December 15th.  I hope you enjoy!

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 Merry Christmas!

Service Dogs for Diabetics Are Lifesavers

Many people are surprised to discover that there are service dogs for diabetics. Of course, it is a well-known fact that there are thousands of service dogs assisting people throughout the country, but most people don’t realize the many ways in which these dogs can be trained to assist their ownrs.

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Service dogs that assist people with diabetes are trained to detect low blood sugar levels by scent. They are trained to determine blood sugar levels by scent.  They also help those who are not classified as diabetic but who suffer from hypoglycemia.   For example, if a dog trained in this way was to detect that its owner had dangerously low sugar levels it would alert then by paw or lick him or her. The dog’s owner could then  command to the dog to retrieve glucose tabs or other medications. If after pawing and licking the dog does not receive the appropriate command, then the dog would paw at the owner’s arm and chest or begin licking the face to make its alerts more noticeable until it receives the appropriate response or command.  The dog may even go on it’s own to retrieve a testing kit or pre arranged food or medical item.  Some dogs excel at this more than others and some are naturals who instinctively alert their handler without training.

These dogs are lifesavers, and should be treated as such, yet some difficulties can arise when service dogs are taken into public places. Problems can arise more so when the condition for which the service dog is assisting is not easily visible. Those of us that depend on our service dogs know how important they are. No one should be asked to leave their service dog outside when going into a public place. Yet this very thing may happen if people are unaware of a dog’s service animal status.

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Fortunately the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) states that service animals are allowed in all public areas. Not everyone knows this. Because of recently revised ADA requirements for service animals, only two answers need to be given when questioned about a service animal. (1) The dog is required for assistance with a disability and (2) what task the dog has been trained to do.

Unless someone has read the ADA requirements, they will not know this; so most people find it far easier to simply use a vest or identification card to identify their dog as a service animal. These forms of service dog identification make getting around a lot easier and they go a long way in helping to avoid unnecessary confrontations with those ignorant of the law. . No one wants to explain 20 times a day how important their dog is to their health, and if others see a dog identified as a service animal, they will be less likely to prohibit the animal access.PACKAGE#7

It is important for a person with diabetes to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It sometimes can be difficult to detect when blood sugar is becoming dangerously low or spiking too high. A dog trained to detect these things can be the difference maker.  Service dogs for diabetics are more than just companions, they are lifesavers.

Can You Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

As I was going through my oodles of phone pictures, I was very surprised to see that over 80% of them were of my dogs…and some other dogs I encountered.  As I went through the photos, I noticed that more than half of them were of the dogs sleeping.

Stop right now and look at the pictures on your phone.  How many are of dogs?  How many pictures do you have of sleeping dogs?

It got me thinking back to all the people I’ve encountered over the years who are quick to pull out their phone and show me cute pictures of their dogs.   Sometimes I get the comment, “I guess I should have more pictures of my kids!”  Since I came to this realization about the amount of sleeping dog pictures, I started to pay attention to the pictures that people e-mail me or put up on Facebook.  A large percentages are of sleeping dogs.  Cuddled up next to a baby, in a cute dog bed, or just on the floor.  What is it about sleeping dogs that draw us in?

I think most people are attracted to sleeping babies and animals.  Maybe we are attracted because they depict peace and contentment.  Sleeping dogs portray a comfortable state that we are longing for.  When these pictures are viewed, it is not uncommon to hear “ahhh!” or `“Oh, how cute!”

I think we are also amused by the sleeping positions that we find dogs in.  They contort into all shapes; curl up into tiny balls that seem impossible for their size.  Some sleep on their backs with all fours sticking straight up, some with their heads hanging upside down, some love to burrow deep down under the covers while others pull the covers over themselves.   I even came across the cutest little disabled Doxi sleeping half in his bed with his back end stilled attached to his wheelchair!

Lots of people allow their dogs to sleep with them in bed.  Most professionals say it’s not a good idea because of the pack hierarchy.  It make sense and I can see why they advise against it.  I just can’t give up that cuddle time with 4 adorable warm bodies every night.  At night they are as quick to cuddle right up against me as they are during the day following me everywhere.

Can you let a sleeping dog lie?  I think not.  Throughout the day they follow me and if I’m still in one place for more than 3 minutes, they fall asleep on me or right up against my feet.  How many of you put off getting a drink or visiting the loo because you don’t want to disturb your sleeping beauties?  When I finally have to get up or move, I try to do it so quietly and carefully as not to disturb them.  It never works!  I tell them to stay but they don’t listen.  They dutifully get up and follow me everywhere.  It always makes me feel bad to disturb them.

I’m sure some of my sleep issues come from not wanting to change to a more comfortable position through the night because I know it will wake them.  This also used to happen when I had a cat who faithfully slept on top of the covers in the middle of my knees.  I did master the art of slightly lifting the covers with the pet while quickly shifting my legs underneath.

I’d love to hear your comments about your sleeping dogs!

How does your dog sleep?  Go through your phone and see how many pics are of dogs.  Post your favorite sleeping dog pics on our 4 The Dogs Facebook page:

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Summer’s On It’s Way! Keep your Dog Safe!

Now is the time to prepare for summer fun with your best friend.  Whether you will be boating, beaching, hanging out on the dock, or by the pool, keep Fido safe with this comfortable and attractive life vest.  These vests are lightweight, comfortable and also make a fashion statement of your choice.  Several styles and colors to choose from.

Yes dogs can swim, however, they can get panicked, tired out, and even disoriented in the water.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.  We have tried several types on our dogs and find these the best.  Not only are they the safest, but also more comfortable for the dog, especially if there is a need to pluck her from the water by the handle.  Other vests only have 2 belly straps which can make uneven weight distribution causing discomfort.  These two strap models also are easier for a wriggling dog to slip out of.

The design of the Paws Aboard vests have a full hook & loop underbelly giving more support and also a feeling of security to tyour pup.  The pricing is very reasonable and affordable.

Better quality at a better price for your priceless pet!

DESIGNER DOGGIE LIFE VEST by PAWS ABOARD

Starting at $24.99

Comes in 6 sizes.  XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL

Paws Aboard Pet Life Jacket and Designer Pet Life Jackets provide  ultimate buoyancy and high visibility to keep pets safe on the water.

Constructed to provide buoyancy, along with a cozy secure fit, the Paws Aboard  Pet Life Jackets features:

An advanced breathable mesh underbelly for proper  draining and drying, which provides your dog more comfort

and healthier conditions than traditional pet life jackets, which can cause heat exhaustion  and chafing.    

  • New reflective  strips for maximum visibility,
  • Bright colors  and unique designs
  • Handle on top  for quick and easy grabbing.
  • Adjustable nylon  straps,
  • Quick-release  buckles,
  • Heavy-duty yet  more comfortable Velcro® fastening system around the belly and neck to keep  securely fastened.

Check out this direct link for more info and to purchase your lifevest.  Be sure to look around at some of our other summer fun products for your pet. Pool steps and boat ramps and ladders for easy exit from the water, Chilled water bowl, water toys, summer apparel and more!

http://www.4thedogs.com/designer-doggie-life-vests/

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?.

Itchy Scratchy Earth Day Solution

We recently have been staying in South Florida for business.  Upon arriving, the dogs became very itchy and uncomfortable.  We tried all kinds of things.  First, we did some topical anti-itch cream, but it didn’t seem to make a bit of difference to the dogs.  I guess placebo effect doesn’t have a chance with Yorkies.  We watched their diet, gave them extra omegas in their food, but they were still eating themselves raw.

I felt so bad for them but everything we tried was a failure.  Within about 10 days of this, their hair was gone and down to bare skin, I started looking into other things.  I did not want to take them to the vet for cortisone because I had a Lhasa once whose skin was never the same when we moved to the Florida Climate.  He was on cortisone and it worked like a charm, but he also blew up in size and the vet told us it could affect his heart.  Whenever we tried to wean him off, he lost weight but also scratched 24/7.  It was a vicious cycle.

 Since I only wanted to use drugs as a last resort, I sped up my investigation into all the new products and info I got at the Global Pet Expo.  We decided to try a sample of all natural dog shampoos and conditioners from the show.  The Organic Oscar Oatmeal Shampoo and Organic Oscar Aloe Vera Conditioner were amazing!

The pups were bathed only using a tiny bit or product because we needed to spread it to cover all 4 dogs.  As soon as they dried, the results were almost miraculous!  Not only did they smell great and feel softer and silkier then I ever remember, they were NOT itching!  Over the next few days, they rarely scratched, their hair remained very soft, and I knew we would definitely offer Organic Oscar in our store 4thrdogs.com.

Hair has all grown back, they are calm and comfortable, and were just groomed again yesterday with Organic Oscar. It is amazing how little of the product we need to use compared to the previous shampoos and conditioners.  The pump bottle also adds to ease while bathing the dog. The softness of their hair adds an extra benefit that I hadn’t counted on.  They feel so good to touch they are getting lots of extra attention from Dad and I.  We are addicted to touching their soft coat and they love it!

In honor of Earth Day, check out Organic Oscar in our American Service Paws Store…  http://www.4thedogs.com/organic-oscar-oatmeal-shampoo-for-dogs/

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What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

When Pirate had his eye injury, I was totally unprepared for it.  Luckily, I did do the right thing.  I stayed as calm as I could, put him in his little kennel and took him straight to the vet.  I was fortunate that I was not alone and had someone there to help me not only stay calm but find the keys, and drive.

Now that the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer, our pets will be enjoying the outdoors with us.  Great time for fun, playtime, and bonding but also prime season for injuries.  Are you prepared in case of an injury?  What would you do if your pet got stung by an insect or bit by a snake?  Broke a limb?  Fell in the lake or got an eye injury?

Knowing what to do in advance will help your pets’ survival and recovery.  It is important to know what to do and what NOT to do.  How do you protect them and yourself from further injury or transport them safely to the vet?  People have fire drills, hurricane preparation etc.  Now is the time to prepare in case of emergency for your pet.

Do you have the proper first aid kit for your pet?  Know how to preform CPR for your best friend?  Do you have a safe transport solution and muzzle for your protection?    Here are just some web sites that have first aid instructions for your pet:

In my next few blogs, I will cover specific emergencies and solutions to help prepare just in case.  If you have specific situations you would like me to cover, just leave a comment.  Check out http://www.4thedogs.com/med/ for fully supplied first aid kits with instruction cards.