Dog Food / Puppy Food
All the puppies will be eating Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula as well as the mommas. The dogs love this food and I have found it to be very easy on the puppy's tummys. Other quality brands I have tested caused my pups to get the runs. I have not had that experience since starting TOTW Puppy. It is a grain free diet and this is a plus because so many dogs seem to have allergy to grain. A grainfree diet is also necessary for my dilute puppies. For more information go to the Taste of the Wild website:
A shampoo I especially like for my dogs is EQyss Micro Tek Pet Shampoo - it gets my doggies nice and clean. Though as soon as they get out they find something nasty to roll in like a dead frog or lizard. :-/ I am told this urge comes from their wolf ancestry whereby the wolf would camouflage his scent when hunting. Well I think it's just nasty.
Anyways - the shampoo has a nice scent and is easy on the coat and skin. (It combines anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial ingredients to create a healthy environment for healing. Helps control flea dermatitis, seborrhea, hot spots, dry itchy skin, pet odors and more.) Use with Eqyss Micro-Tek Pet Spray. Smells great and soothing to the skin!
I often get requests for the cologne I use on my puppies - It is called "Groom'n Fresh Cologne". The scent is nice and lasts a long time.
You can find these products online - I normally use Revival Animal or Jeffers Pet for my orders but Amazon and other places also sell these items.
The medicine cabinet
For allergic reactions to vaccines, itchy allergy, bug bites ( including minor snake bites ) - I use Benadryl.
For any serious cuts and open wounds or summer itch - I use Nu-Stock - this stuff stinks so use gloves but wow! it works wonders. It does a whole lot more than I have listed including mange control, ear mites, ringworm etc so be sure to look into it.
Apple Cider Vinegar - diluted 50% with purified water - can be used for many ailments. I like to use it as an anti-bacterial /antimicrobial - for example to disinfect a wound or scratch - also good for ringworm as you will see below.
Neosprin also can be used on minor cuts and such.
For Health, Coat, and Skin
Any dog that suffers from intestinal problems / skin conditions / allergies will be helped by the addition of "enzymes" to it's diet. These enzymes are found in the Nuvet Plus supplements that I use here. More info on this wonderful product is on the Dilute Color Care page - please take the time to read it. Here is a link for ordering the Nuvet Plus that I use: http://www.nuvet.com/96103
Another product that my mom uses on her older dachshund who has allergies is Nzymes which you can google and find online. She tells me that it is absolutely wonderful for digestion. The Nzymes help with digestions and better absorption of nutrients.
Pepto Bismo works well for minor stomach irritations - possibly due to eating table scraps or something dead found in the yard. My dogs have an affinity for kitty poopy - GAG!!
Ringworm is a fungal infection that invades the hair and hair follicles. Most cases are caused by Microsporum canis. Ringworm in dogs is primarily a disease of puppies and young adults. Typical areas of involvement are the face, ears, paws, and tail.
Ringworm is transmitted by spores in the soil and by contact with the infected hair of dogs and cats. Ringworm takes its name from its classic appearance: a spreading circle of hair loss with scaly skin at the center and a red ring at the periphery.
Ringworm mimics many other skin diseases, so an accurate diagnosis is essential.
Ringworm treatment for Dogs
If nothing is done, a healthy dog’s immune system will fight off the ringworm in 2-4 months. If that is too long for you to wait, or your dog has an immune deficiency, you will need a quick, effective treatment for the fungus.
With only one or two areas of involvement, apply a topical antifungal agent containing miconazole 2 percent cream or 1 percent lotion twice a day in the direction of the lay of the hair. My vet, Dr Billy Austin DMV, recommends Womens Vaginal Cream which contains miconazole - cheap and works. Continue treatment until the skin is healed. Be ready to treat the dog for at least four to six weeks.
When several sites are involved, repeat the treatment just described, and add an antifungal shampoo containing miconazole or another shampoo labeled for the treatment of ringworm. Continue to treat for two weeks beyond apparent cure. Longhaired dogs may need to be shaved for effective treatment.
A holistic cure and preventative measure is Apple Cider Vinegar. Bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo like the Lavendar Shampoo or Micro Tek that I recommend, or one that you would use on your own hair, rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. With q-tip you can add a 50/50 dilution of Apple Cider Vinegar / Purified water solution to the ringworm site several times throughout the day -( just make sure the ACV is 50% diluted with purified water).
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