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The Great Tick-Off

Did you know that ticks hate garlic.  To make your dog or cat un-appetizing to ticks add garlic to their daily diet.  You can use either fresh chopped garlic, garlic capsules, or garlic pills.  Just make sure they get a dose a day and the ticks will stay away.

Ticks will sit at the top of a blade of grass and wait for an unsuspecting "meal" to come by.  You can keep them away from your lawn too.  Make (or buy) garlic juice, mix it with a bit of soybean oil and spray it on your lawn. The oil helps the garlic cling to the grass which deters the ticks. 


an excerpt from
Crazy About Coconut Oil
By CJ Puotinen

“Virgin” or unrefined, this healthy oil has multiple benefits for your dog.  Reports describe how overweight dogs become lean and energetic soon after they begin eating coconut oil, or their shabby-looking coats become sleek and glossy, and dogs with arthritis or ligament problems grow stronger and more lively. Even some serious diseases have responded. In one case, a Doberman Pinscher with severe Wobblers made a dramatic recovery in less than a week while taking coconut oil.

Other reports involve itchy skin, cuts, wounds, and ear problems. Dogs with flea allergies, contact dermatitis, or other allergic reactions typically stop scratching soon after coconut oil is added to their food, and dogs treated topically for bites, stings, ear mites, ear infections, cuts, or wounds recover quickly.

The most enthusiastic report describes coconut oil’s deodorizing effects.  Bob Ansley in Shallotte, North Carolina, started feeding his “incredibly smelly” black Lab, Smokey Joe,  coconut oil...“Joe’s coat shined up,” says Ansley, “but the real surprise was that he stopped stinking. He has always smelled really bad, and bathing was a waste of time. For years when I petted him, I had to hold my hands away from my clothes and go wash my hands soon and thoroughly. My wife and kids wouldn’t touch him. Now I can pet him and rub him like he craves without having to run and wash up. The stench is gone and we didn’t even change his bedding. I’m pretty amazed.”

Pam Gillmore of Austin, Texas, is a raw foods chef who teaches healthful food preparation. “I don’t have a dog of my own because I travel so much,” Gillmore says, “but all my friends have dogs. I sell a high-quality organic raw virgin coconut oil from Mexico that has produced super results in people, and they’re always asking me how to help their dogs, cats, or other animals. Coconut oil has done wonders with all of them, especially dogs.”

Gillmore suggests that the best way to give coconut oil is in small doses throughout the day, “a spoonful here or there depending on the dog’s weight.” She also says that she has not yet met a dog who does not like the oil – “They usually lap it right up,” she says.

She reports that dogs who receive coconut oil stop itching and scratching and their skin clears up. “Their coats really shine after they have been on it for a while. Skin tags and moles disappear after a month or two. Their digestion improves. And they don’t have a doggie odor – the coconut oil even takes away bad breath. I can’t say enough about how coconut oil helps animals. During the last eight years, I’ve seen over a hundred dogs improve in all kinds of ways because of coconut oil. I’ve even had people give it to their pet snakes and birds!”

How to administer
For convenient application, store coconut oil in both a glass eyedropper bottle and a small jar. During cold weather, these containers are easy to warm in hot water so that the oil quickly melts.

Use the eyedropper to apply coconut oil to ears, cuts, wounds, mouth sores, and other targeted areas, including your dog’s toothbrush.  Use the small jar to apply coconut oil to larger areas, such as cracked paw pads.

The main challenge with coconut oil’s topical application is that dogs love the taste and immediately lick it off. To give coconut oil a chance to disinfect wounds and speed healing, cover the wound with a towel for a few minutes, or distract the dog long enough for at least some of the oil to be absorbed.

Solid or liquid coconut oil can be added to food at any meal or given between meals. Introduce coconut oil a little at a time in divided doses. Start with small amounts, such as ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs, then gradually increase the amount every few days.  The optimum dose for dogs is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. These are general guidelines, as some dogs need less and others more.

please visit PT Pet Supply's website to read the full article

Poisoning Alert
Sago Palm

It has come to our attention that many home improvement stores are selling a houseplant that can cause serious poisoning in pets and children. The plant is called the “Sago Palm” or “Cycad”. It is also referred to as “The Oldest Known Plant”.

It is used in outdoor landscaping in Southern States, but can only survive as a houseplant in the North. All of this plant, including the seeds and root ball are toxic. Signs of illness first appear about 12 hours after ingestion and include gastrointestinal sign such as vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. The toxins in the plant lead to severe liver failure with progressive weakness, jaundice, bruising and bleeding and other signs of liver failure that lead to death. It is estimated that 75-80% of animals ingesting this plant will die in spite of aggressive medical treatment. If you have one of these plants in your home you will want to be sure to keep it away from pets and children, preferably by disposing of it safely in a covered trash can or “rehome” it with someone who does not have pets or young children in the household

Thank you Nina for sharing this information
courtesy of Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital


Be careful what your pet eats....
Common foods that are dangerous

You may share your backyard and even your bed, but it's probably best to avoid sharing a meal with man's best friend or any other pet for that matter.  Listed below are common foods and drinks that make pets sick. 


Why:  Stimulates the nervous system and the heart.

Poisonous To:  All species, but dogs are most likely to eat dangerous quantities.

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Vomiting, increased thirst, restlessness, agitation, increased or irregular heartbeat, increased body temperature, tremors, seizures. 

Grapes and Raisins

Why:  Damage the kidneys

Poisonous To:  Dogs and cats

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy, vomiting


Why:  Damages red blood cells causing anemia

Poisonous To:  Dogs and cats

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Vomiting, red-colored urine, weakness, anemia. 

(found in sugarless gum)

Why:  Causes increased insulin secretion resulting in lower blood sugar levels.

Poisonous To:  Dogs

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Vomiting, lethargy, lack of coordination, seizures, jaundice, diarrhea.

Alcoholic Drinks

Why:  Depresses the nervous system

Poisonous To:  All species

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma, seizures.

Raw Yeast / Bread Dough

Why:  Forms gas in the digestive track; fermentation of yeast causes alcohol poisoning.

Poisonous To:  All species, but only dogs typically ingest it.

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Distention of abdomen, vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma, seizures.

Macadamia Nuts

Why:  Causes muscle and nervous system problems.

Poisonous To:  Dogs

Possible Effects of Poisoning:  Vomiting, lethargy, weakness, increased body temperature, tremors.


Why:  Contains persin which damages the heart muscle.

Poisonous To:  Most species - birds are especially sensitive.

Possible Effects of Poisoning:   Vomiting, diarrhea (in dogs), lethargy, difficulty breathing (in birds and rodents).

If you think your dog, cat, or bird has consumed one of these items and you are concerned, 
contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA
Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435.

courtesy of Lucky Dogz Rescue & Lucky Dogz Training

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