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

Is Traditional Flea-Tick Control Your Only Option?

Sabbath_walk_05192012_2_2Spring is just around the corner; new life abounds which also means fleas and ticks. Modern pet owners seem to live in constant dread of these pesky pests that also carry disease that can effect human health as well as the health of our pets. However, what many pet owners fail to realize is the conventional way of dealing with these pests (they do have a viable purpose in nature but is a topic for another article) – either through a monthly topical application or a monthly oral dose, whether prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) – is that these are toxic pesticides we are using on our pets. Is traditional flea and tick control your only option? No, in fact it isn’t an option at all – nature has always provided the solution. Continue reading Is Traditional Flea-Tick Control Your Only Option?

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

Well Being for our Dogs Naturally

It_is_You_Guys_1222011I’ve been using essential oils with dogs for many years now. In fact it was my own dog that was the reason I stumbled upon the use of therapeutic essential oils – he was showing me how to support him and his well being naturally.

I’ve used raindrop technique extensively on my own dogs as well as shared the knowledge of it with my clients so they can then do the same with their dogs for their own dogs if those so chose. For my former dog Shadrach I used to do a weekly raindrop on him to ease his back and joint discomfort. He went to regular chiropractic as well. After each adjustment I made sure to do a raindrop in him, even if it was modified to only apply the raindrop oils in sequence. Continue reading Well Being for our Dogs Naturally

Aromatherapy for Great Dane Puppy

I_wonder_how_this_tree_tastes2Many people might think that using these Young Living Essential Oils won’t be necessary with puppies since they are young and healthy right? Well naturally reared pups are indeed the healthiest I’ve ever been around or seen. I’ve seen some pretty sick conventionally reared pups though that people didn’t even realize or consider were in less than stellar health.

That said, yes the YL Essential Oils are in my opinion great to use with puppies. I am in fact already using them with my own new puppy, Meshach as I stated in the previous post. Continue reading Aromatherapy for Great Dane Puppy

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!

DISCLAIMER: All information contained in Aspenbloom Pet Care is intended for educational purposes only. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prevent or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body or pets and the author, publisher, and contributors accept no responsibility for such use. Anyone or their pets suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with their physician or veterinarian. The ONLY essential oils we use and refer to in ALL our posts and articles are Young Living Essential Oils. The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA Disclaimer

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

Keeping Your Yard Pest-Free Naturally

Sunbathing_May22-2010This time of year is when the pests seem to really decide to take over and ruin the natural beauty of our yards. After all the labor we put into them it doesn’t seem fair to lose it all to pests. Although if you have dogs, which I assume you do if you’re reading this blog, they aren’t much easier on yards but they sure are cuter!

I tell my clients that there is ALWAYS a natural alternative to conventional treatments – whether it is for your dog’s health or the health of your yard. Working with nature is always the best approach but until your yard builds up a natural, strong immune system able to resist pests, well the next best thing is to combat the pests with nature. Continue reading Keeping Your Yard Pest-Free Naturally