It’s a Jungle Out Here!

Its_a_jungle_out_here3Our new little brindle Great Dane puppy, Meshach has arrived! He came to us on Sunday morning, August 7th. He has been naturally reared and is off to a great start as a result.

As summer winds down, the bugs are preparing for their own winter survival so they ramp up their efforts at this time to reproduce. It’s a jungle out there so we must be extra vigilant to ensure the health and well being of our dogs.

As insurance to support and enhance his immune system* as his young immune system develops, I am using the Young Living Essential Oils on him externally. He LOVES to play in the trumpet vines where we have seen the mosquitoes hanging out.

One of my favorite essential oils to use is lemongrass. In addition, you can place planters of the live lemongrass plant around your yards and patios because mosquitoes really don’t like this plant. We also use food-grade diatomaceous earth around the yard – which also helps keep the ants under control. Ants eat the larvae of fleas and also work in a symbiotic relationship with butterfly larvae (catepillars)so they are good, but they can also get too abundant if not kept in check.

I will even dust a bit of the DE into Meshach’s coat also. It doesn’t take much to protect them if you are diligent and feed a species appropriate raw diet to keep their immune systems strong, naturally!

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Photo Attribution: Meshach the Great Dane by Dr. Kim Bloomer. Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved.

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.