The Heartworm Scare

King's Puppyhood_4aftercroppingThe heartworm scare – we’ve all been there because they are scary. It is scary to know they can kill our dogs. Years ago when I worked in veterinary medicine as a tech, I saw many dogs have to be treated for heartworm which was rather awful as we used arsenic to kill the heartworms but it often killed the dog in the process. But the REAL scare is the lie that using these toxins is somehow prevention and safe. On our dog group I recently stated in response to someone who called them poisons that was the key word: poison. And I also asked how can a poison be considered prevention or protective? Nature does provide better solutions (see below). Continue reading The Heartworm Scare

Pest Control: Poisoning our pets through conventional “prevention” methods

anDogItchConventional pest control is a common practice among pet owners these days. After all, we’ve been taught to be afraid, be very afraid of the wicked diseases and pestilence they bring. Yes, I know about Lyme’s disease among other things and I am not discounting that but we have been looking at this all wrong thanks to modern scare tactics convincing us that the only solution is to poison the heck out of these pests and then label it “prevention“. We are, however, poisoning our beloved pets in the process as well.

These critters are something all dog and cat owners get nervous about, especially during the warm summer months. However, we would begin to understand that these “pests” (what we consider to be pests anyway as there is a balance in nature if we’d stop interfering with our chemical poisons) can only truly infest, infect, etc., within a perfect host during a perfect storm in the body, then we’d not allow the big pharma-medical industry conglomeration continue to scare us into putting horrible topical and internal poisons ON and IN our beloved pets while believing that they are being protected from these pests. All I can say is – take off those gloves if you believe these pesticides (which is what they are -and so is the internally given pill) are so safe they can be applied to the fur and skin of our pets. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that if it is safe to put this stuff ON our pets they’d be safe to touch on our own skin also, right? Wrong on both counts. Continue reading Pest Control: Poisoning our pets through conventional “prevention” methods

Vaccines, Flea-Tick Pesticides, and Antibiotics

534px-Adult_deer_tickThis is not going to be a lengthy post in spite of the heavy duty title listing all the toxins commonly known as vaccines, flea-tick pesticides and antibiotics – what people often want to think of as medicine but are anything but that in reality.

I want to share some links I shared with a veterinarian friend of mine. He has not been in private practice for a very long time although he is still a working veterinarian. I am going to leave out the details of that because it was a private conversation and he is genuinely seeking the truth because he very much cares about animals. He wanted my input on a product that he said wasn’t used in his day in private practice. Continue reading Vaccines, Flea-Tick Pesticides, and Antibiotics

Using non-toxic household, yard and personal care products

Morning_walk_05062012_1_2This is such an important topic but not one many people take seriously because they don’t seem to believe that it has much to do with their overall long-term health and certainly not their pets’ health either…but nothing could be further from the truth! Continue reading Using non-toxic household, yard and personal care products

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.

A Flea Product and Skin Disease

Morning_Walk2I’m not sure how many times I or rather “Shadrach” has posted here about using these “flea treatments” but I hope eventually the saturation on this subject makes a dent in thinking about these products as “protective” or “preventive“.

Let me start by sharing this article on a leading flea “treatment” product (treatment being a watered down marketing word for “pesticide“): Study Links Promeris Flea Treatment to Skin Disease.

So you get rid of the fleas but in the process your dog ends up with a skin disease. That isn’t a good trade-off in my opinion. Continue reading A Flea Product and Skin Disease

Animal Scents Shampoo – The Natural Alternative to Toxic Pet Shampoos

towel_timeRecently the FDA warned pet owners of a particular brand of pet shampoo that has the potential to cause asthma attacks in the humans who bathe their dogs using this shampoo. This post explains a bit further: FDA Warns Pet Owners of Pet Shampoo.

Of course I wonder if it is so toxic to people who are merely using it ON their dogs, what is it doing to the poor dogs that are drenched and bathed in it?

Naturally reared dogs don’t need to be bathed near as often as conventionally reared dogs, and what is even better they don’t typically have the often severe and ongoing problems with pests and parasites either. Continue reading Animal Scents Shampoo – The Natural Alternative to Toxic Pet Shampoos

What to do about fleas, ticks and other pests

WHATEvery year about this time, this has to be one of the most common questions I get asked. In a recent interview with Claude West, after we’d talked about the whole health approach for our pets, he asked me this question: “What about parasites (because of the raw diet) and also external pests?”.

My first response is always going to be that nutrition is the foundation of good health in ANY species. And it MUST be species appropriate and raw. Animals don’t cook in the wild. Parasites are going to be MUCH more of a problem with kibble-fed animals which is why those nasty, toxic applications of flea & tick products are encouraged in conventional care of our dogs. An abnormal diet of commercial junk food from a bag or can makes the body quite palatable to the pests! But not so appealing when an animal has a strong and healthy immune system because it is fed a natural diet. Continue reading What to do about fleas, ticks and other pests