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Wednesday, April 25

Frozen Dog Treat " Frosty Paw Paws Recipe" Love My Bulldog

                                      Easy-made Healthy Dog Frozen Treats 



For my first batch, I froze them in ice cube trays but my dogs are larger and the dogs devoured them within a minute. The one thing I like about the Frosty Paws is that the dogs spend a few minutes eating them. Next time I’m going to try them in my brownie pan. It would make the perfect sized treat for them and give them a few minutes to enjoy the treat.








Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain yogurt-  ( I like GREEK yogurt the BEST
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 3 tbsp all natural peanut butter- Make sure it's the NATURAL one only --- 
  • 1-2 tbsp water if needed for thinning
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend together until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays (for smaller dogs or small treats) or a brownie pan (for larger dogs). Freeze for several hours. Remove treats from the ice cube trays or pan and freeze in a Ziploc freezer bag. Freezes for up to one month.





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Wednesday, April 11

Itchy Dog Home Remedies-Nu Vet Plus

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6 ITCHY SKIN SOOTHERS FOR DOGS




Lays down, scratches. Stands up, chews her paw. Sits down, sighs and stares at you, waiting for you to do something that eases her discomfort.
It’s a familiar picture to anyone who’s dealt with an itchy dog. While there are many reasons a dog might itch—from allergies and autoimmune issues to a bug bite—the immediate problem at hand is that your dog can’t stop scratching and chewing, and is pretty much miserable. No one wants to see that.
With my own dog’s extensive skin problems, the itching has pretty much been a way of life for several years. While dealing with the larger underlying issue has been key in cases like his, equally important is keeping him as comfortable as possible not only for comfort’s sake but to prevent injury he can easily inflict on himself with aggressive chewing or scratching.
To that end, here are 6 natural skin soothers that helped ease the itch for my dog.

Aloe Vera

Nature’s Specialties - Wham Anti Itch Spray, which is antimicrobial and antifungal, has helped with my dog’s itching from allergic flare-ups and yeast overgrowth more than any other product we’ve tried—and I’m not exaggerating when I say I have a cabinet full of products. It contains tea tree oil, aloe vera, salicylic acid, vitamins A, D and E. I’m also a fan of that same company’s Aloe Veterinary Cream, which I have found useful for dry, itchy skin. You can also use fresh aloe vera topically if you know how to cut it to avoid using the yellowish aloe latex layer between the skin and the inner leaf juice (which is the part you do want to use). That latex portion can be very irritating and create a strong laxative effect when ingested. Though most commercial aloe products remove the latex, you can purchase a food grade one or avoid using whole leaf products just to make sure.                                      

Witch Hazel

Make sure to get Witch Hazel alcohol-free, vegetable glycerin-based witch hazel to avoid the isopropyl alcohol used in many witch hazel products. This type of alcohol is toxic when too much is ingested (and if your dog is anything like mine, he will definitely want to lick it). Put some of the witch hazel on a cotton round and place it on the itchy spot.

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you think your dog is itching as a result of yeast overgrowth, you can try a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar sprayed or dabbed on the itchy spot. Start with a small area first to make sure your dog doesn’t have a negative reaction. If the skin is too irritated or has an open wound, don’t use the mixture because it will sting.

Tea Bag Compresses

My dog has the full gamut of itch, which means, yes, even his eyes get itchy. One trick that really helps is as simple as a tea bag. Prepare tea as you normally would, but use 2 chamomile or green tea bags. Before adding your usual milk and honey, take out the tea bags and allow them to cool, or even stick them in the fridge for a little chill, and then place them on your dog’s eyes. You might have to work up to it if your dog is weird about stuff like that (which I can’t say I blame him). Make sure you have plenty of treats handy as you slowly work up to applying one of the tea bags over one of his eyes. When he sees you’re not trying to hurt him, he should start to relax. And then you can relax with a strong cup of tea.

Oregano Oil

I really can’t say enough good things about oregano oil. I had read about its anti-everything properties (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal) and decided to try it in my dog’s ears for his chronic ear problems. Conventional medicine just wasn’t cutting it, so I had to try something else. During one of his bouts with ear itching, I applied it to his ear flaps with a cotton round and it worked quicker than anything else I’d tried. It really calms the itch. Make sure to do your research and purchase a high quality, pre-diluted brand (oregano essential oil must always be diluted). Also, avoid use around cats.
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Coconut Oil

With all the positive buzz surrounding coconut oil, I gave it a whirl to see if it could provide my dog’s itchy skin with some relief—and it worked. It’s especially helpful topically when his skin is really dry and around his eyes, which is prone to dryness.
Unfortunately, there usually isn’t one grand solution that will resolve an itching dog’s issues. But there are some natural supportive tools you can use to ease the suffering a bit. And remember, getting to the root of the itch is key.
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Jessica Peralta has been a journalist for more than 15 years and an animal lover all her life. She has had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and rabbits. Her current children are a German shepherd named Guinness and a black kitten named Riot (and he lives up to that name). It’s because of her love for animals that she focused her journalistic career to the world of holistic animal care and pet nutrition. In between keeping Riot and Guinness out of mischief, she’s constantly learning about all the ways she can make them healthier and happier.

Wednesday, March 14

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Tuesday, February 13

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Monday, February 12

Home Made Dog food recipe for dogs with Chronic Ear Infections

Home cooking for your dog

( I developed this recipe for a French Bulldog with chronic yeasty ears and allergy issues. ) 

                                                         



This recipe is for a 20 to 25 -pound dog with Chronic ear infections or environmental allergies 

3 pounds of lean ground beef ( 89 % or leaner) - Cook in a crock pot or large pot.. cook until meat is light brown;  YOU may use some Olive oil ( about 3 tablespoons) at the bottom of the pan.

Steam some Broccoli - 1 bag 8-ounce bag  -  Once cooked - chop up into small bites under 1/4 inch in size or Mash -  Mix into cooked Ground Hamburger 


Add some Tums for "Calcium" - any flavor - Use 4 of the Regular tums - crush or break up into small pieces -  PUT TUMS into the MIX AFTER you have cooked the meat.

(if you don't want to do TUMS you will need to buy bone meal from a health food store)  - add bone meal after the meat has been cooked. 
                                                     



You may also add 1 can of Low fat or Low salt beef gravy -  -- 
Make sure you do drain out your hamburger after cooking. 

NOW we need to ADD White Rice ( Boiled cooked white rice )  OR
 you may try Quinoa  

To use quinoa -


ADD Quinoa : 
YOU will use Quinoa but cook by itself - 

COOK the Quinoa as directed on the package 
- BUY the PreWASHED kind



For the Quinoa -  Cook about 1 pound of Quinoa, and then once cooked mix with the Meat
YOUR meat, veggie, and Quinoa Mix will keep for at least 4 days --- if you are not going to use it all in 4 days then PLEASE freeze some. 

Feed your 20 to 25-pound dog 2 x per day 


  ( 1.5 cups of this mix in the AM and 1.5 cups  in the PM ) -  This will digest quickly and you will see smaller Poops. 


You will need to work with this and see how your dog does. If your dog needs a little more you can give 1/2 cup in the afternoon as a snack. 

For snacks you can use some Bland melon such as Honeydew -  always cut well and give 1/4 cup of melon.


If not allergic to blueberries try 1/4 cup of blueberries.   Try some Goat Milk YOGURT if you can find it.  Get plain or Vanilla - you can use a small amount of Yogurt with your fruit.   Also, peaches are good .. always cut your fruit up small -  If you can't find goat milk yogurt then get Greek yogurt 

Another good snack is just 1/3 of a medium banana -
You may also give 1/2 of a hard-boiled egg as a snack. ( do not use the EGG snack option more than 3 x per week.
Let me know if you have questions 

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Monday, January 29

Dog Flu can hit any time of the year.





America's Dogs Have Their Own Flu Battles







                                                              

By Alan Mozes and Health Day
                                       
HealthDay Reporter

Keep away from dog parks if flu is in your state! 


MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While a brutal flu season is felling humans by the score, veterinarians warn that there have also been outbreaks of canine flu in some parts of the United States.
Which dog owners need to worry?
According to Dr. Amy Glaser, director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University's Animal Health Diagnostic Center, there have been pockets of cases reported in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as in southwest Ohio and parts of central coastal California.
Two different strains can strike man's best friend: H3N8, first identified in 2004, and H3N2, which first appeared on the scene in 2015.
"Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus," explained Dr. Michael Topper, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
What's more, "almost all dogs exposed to the virus will become infected," although most cases will be mild, Topper said. Dogs can catch it from other dogs, and through contact with contaminated food and water bowls and toys.
Why will most catch it? Dog flu is still "an emerging disease," Topper said, and most dogs in the United States have not been exposed to it.

That means roughly 80 percent of those animals that become infected will develop a flu-like illness, he said.
"Once introduced into a group of dogs [canine flu] spreads quickly," Glaser confirmed. "And it should be expected that all or most dogs will be affected, as most dogs are susceptible to infection."
On a positive note, humans can't catch canine flu, Glaser explained. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that "no human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported."
And while many cases of dog flu go unreported, canine flu has never broken out on a national scale. According to Glaser, "unlike human influenza, canine influenza outbreaks tend to be highly local, with the intense transmission in defined geographic locations."
So what are the signs a dog has the flu?
"Most dogs infected with canine influenza exhibit signs similar to what we see in people who are sick with the flu," said Topper. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, lethargy, a fever and/or a reduced appetite.
"Some dogs with influenza may vomit or have diarrhea," Glaser added. "Most dogs will recover, but some may need medication to help prevent secondary bacterial infections that can be serious if untreated."
Said Topper: "In more severe cases, dogs may have a very high fever of 104 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit and clinical signs of pneumonia most likely from a secondary bacterial infection."
But only about 10 percent of infected dogs will die, he said. "For most dogs, the illness is mild, and they recover in two to three weeks," he added.
But infected dogs with canine flu "should be isolated to prevent transmission of the virus to other dogs," said Topper.
Glaser advises keeping flu-ridden dogs separated from other dogs for 21 days.


"The course of treatment depends on the pet's condition," Topper said, "including the presence or absence of a secondary bacterial infection, pneumonia, dehydration or other medical issues such as pregnancy, pre-existing respiratory disease, or a compromised immune system."
In some cases, vets may prescribe antibiotics or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory to reduce fever, swelling and pain. Dehydration may also call for "fluid therapy," while only severe cases tend to require hospitalization.

If your dog has been ill for a few days please call your local Vet for an exam.




Tuesday, January 2

Teaching your Bulldog the Quiet Command




How to Teach your Bulldog the Quiet Word


BHD: How To Teach Your Dog the “Quiet” Command




Ever find yourself getting irritated by your pup’s persistent barking? The ding-dong of the doorbell, a deliveryman stopping by or somebody walking past Fido’s window-front perch are all triggers capable of setting him off. Don’t despair! There is actually something you can do to help alleviate some of your four-legged friend’s barking. It’s called the “quiet” command and it is simple to teach.  In an effort to help you restore some peace and reduce the amount of barking in your home, Better Health for Dogs has put together some step-by-step instructions.
Why do dogs bark?
Dogs bark for many reasons. It’s how they communicate. If your dog is getting what he wants when he barks then he is going to continue to do it. Anything from an afternoon snack to a fun game of chase with his favorite human can get Fido barking. Social barking with other dogs, barking to say hello to humans, attention-getting, alarm, and compulsive barking are all types of barking that you may experience with your pup.  Once you have figured out the trigger then you can move onto teaching your dog how to be quiet with a simple command.
What you will need:
  • Your dog’s favorite treats – something he loves but doesn’t always get like cheese or hot dogs, for example.
  • A little bit of Patience
  • A human volunteer (optional)
There are a couple ways you can proceed; either wait for the next time your dog encounters a barking trigger or employ the help of a friend to walk past your house and get your dog to bark.
Step 1: Allow your pooch to bark a few times then say “quiet.” Don’t yell. Stay calm. Your dog can sense when you are upset. This is where you can ask your friend to help by walking past your dog’s field of vision, by pretending to be a mailman for example and getting Fido to bark.
Step 2: Gently hold your dog’s muzzle closed. Say, “quiet” again. Note: If this seems to upset or makes your dog uncomfortable then do not hold his muzzle ( For an English Bulldog you may want to just put pressure on the muzzle without holding it )  -- apply 2 fingers as pressure~ 
Step 3: Remove your hands from your dog’s muzzle. ( your fingers ) 
Step 4: Walk away from the barking trigger and call your dog to follow.
Step 5: Give him treats and praise.
Step 6: Repeat. Work on this over several days with your pup. You will know that your training has begun to pay off when your dog is quiet when you give the “quiet” command.
Alternate plan – Make some noise!
If you find that your attempts at getting your dog to understand the “quiet” command are not working then you can try to surprise your dog by making a loud or unpleasant sound. A noisemaker, a musical instrument such as a maraca or even an aluminum can filled with coins will work to make a sound your dog will not like.
Step 1: Allow your pooch to bark a few times then say “quiet.” Don’t yell. Stay calm. Your dog can sense when you are upset. This is where you can ask your friend to help by walking past your dog’s field of vision by pretending to be a mailman, for example, and getting Fido to bark.
Step 2: make the unpleasant noise. Your dog should stop barking.
Step 3: Walk away from the barking trigger and call your dog to follow.
Step 4: Give him treats and praise.
Step 5: Repeat. Work on this over several days with your pup. You will know that your training has begun to pay off when your dog is quiet when you give the “quiet” command.
If your pooch persists in barking despite your best and most consistent training efforts, it may be time to seek out the help of a professional dog trainer.

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