Wednesday, February 3

Flea products natural; Flea products from your Vet are poison, Choose the safer of the poisons ,

Flea products from your Vet are poison,  Choose the safer of the poisons , 

What's Good About Dog Flea Medicine- 

Well, I guess it's Convenience! 

You know Trifexis kills fleas and also, some family pets.  Please ask your VET for another OPTION other than Trifexis. I am warning you it may be taken off the market once it injures enough of our precious pets. So why take a chance?  ( I like to see medications on the market a few YEARS, before I recommend them to my clients) 

Let's look at some other options for safer flea treatment.  ( I hate to use the word Warning, but I am very concerned ) 

The Spot on Treatments are a quick thoughtless process and frees up your time for other things.  YOU know the commercials. OH, how easy it is to apply.
And just look at those commercials of smiling, healthy, happy dogs there to reinforce our ignorance. One of my favorites showed a beautiful healthy dog doing something adorable. In the background you hear a sweet, caring woman's voice.
She starts with, "If you love your dog, you'll use..."

BE aware some of the Spot ON liquid treatments used 1 x per month are also sometimes dangerous and can cause burns and many other adverse reactions..

Let's talk about some of the treatments  
( see heartworm treatment at the bottom of this article )

Topical dog flea treatment?
This monthly medicine to control canine fleas is far more dangerous than you think.
Yes, it's a pesticide .. Yes, a POISON....
Dog Flea Medicine is not an innocuous substance. Nor is it a medicine. It is dog poison.   YES,  a multi billion dollar industry has us fooled.

The Truth About Topical Flea Treatment

Though the chemical industry would make you believe the levels in use are not harmful, that is a fallacy.
It's true that dogs rarely drop dead right after a topical flea treatment and that's the problem. These extremely dangerous chemicals and poisons build up over time in our dog's body leaving it difficult to blame the makers of dog flea treatments.
A few long term flea med side effects include; altered thyroid hormone levels, severe skin disease, difficulty breathing, enlarged livers, seizures, and cancer.

If you think I'm overreacting, I want to bring up the past. Do you remember the pesticide DDT?  We sprayed it on food crops for years and used it for mosquito abatement. In the 1940's there were concerns which were ignored, as they were in the 1950's. After a letter was written to a woman journalist named Rachael Carson describing the death of numerous birds around a woman's property resulting from the aerial spraying of DDT to kill mosquitoes, Rachael wrote a book. When the book Silent Spring came out in 1962 and the public became outraged, DDT was (mostly) banned in the United States. (Although the makers still sell it around the world.)  
While the eagle population has slowly come back, here's the clincher. Thirty years after the banning of DDT it was still found inside 55% of the United States citizens. Poisons don't die, only we do.

(  Special thanks to my Friend Andrea for her mentoring  on this subject ) 

My disclaimer for this site:
Marie Peppers, Experience Licensed Nurse Trained in Holistic Pet Health ; Supplements certifications* My comments to your questions are not to be used "in lieu of" veterinarian's advise ( I can work along with your Veterinarian

What should I use for flea control? 

Amazon has a good price here 

IF you have a flea infestation, the least toxic pesticides at the time of this writing is Imidacloprid  which is found in the regular flea control  Advantage 2

Use that nasty dog flea treatment once or twice, and only once to get a  handle on it and immediately start implementing more natural methods. ( SEE below for Natural options ) -  If you use Advantage for a month or 2 you may then be able to possibly go to more natural treatments for Fleas and Ticks --  I recommend very few products like this.. ( this is one I feel is safer than some of the others on the market ) 

K9 Advantix is less toxic of the pesticides offered on the market these days. 

Advantage flea control spot-ons are administered to dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets topically (directly on the skin). The Imidacloprid present in the Advantage flea medication does not enter the animal's bloodstream but merely distributes across the treated animal's skin, establishing itself within the superficial epidermis, hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the animal. The Imidacloprid is taken up into the adult flea's body during feeding and also during simple contact (i.e. the flea doesn't have to eat the insecticide to be poisoned - it just needs to touch it). Imidacloprid absorbs into the flea's body through the fine membranes located in the narrow gaps between the flea's chitonous exoskeleton segments (these thin membranes are termed intersegmental membranes). 

Flea larvae in the host animal's environment become poisoned when dander (skin flakes) or flea feces (their natural diet) containing imidacloprid drop into the environment from the host animal's skin. The flea larva either consumes the Imidacloprid insecticide through actual consumption of the treated dander (or flea feces) or it takes up the insecticide via direct contact and absorption through the skin (again, no consumption is needed for the flea larva to be poisoned with imidacloprid - it just needs to make contact with the chemical). The flea larvae may also come into contact with the insecticide if the skin of the treated pet comes into direct contact with the larvae (e.g. on a pet bed). 

Thanks to pet-informed-veterinary for the above statistics on Advantage spot on Treatment ; 


OTHER treatments I recommend for my clients are Natural

 or as close to Natural as possibl

  Food grade diatomaceous earth, the tiny skeletal type remains of long diseased diatoms, can be used in the carpets, on the dog and fed to the dog (killing internal parasites as well). 
  • Dust on your Pet every  few days --- 
     ( work the powder sprinkles into the skin )
    DE is to be used on your pet and  IN the  YARD - also
    , I sprinkle it onto my dogs and cats ( and the Goats too)
    - It is safe and natural if it is the DE -
    Human Grade DE ( can be found at many FEED and FARM stores or on-line)
    Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
    A low cost, non-toxic, safe mineral made of crushed fossils. Pure Diatomaceous
    Earth can be used during the parasite season both internally and externally to
    improve health, appearance, and well-being of animals. Diatomaceous Earth is a
    product that can be used as a nutritional supplement for a wide variety of
    conditions. Contains the highest concentration of pure, raw Diatomaceous Earth
  • Hit this link to see the product 


  • I buy my from Revival Animal Health - 


I also use Flea Busters on my rugs and along floorboards ..

DO NOT put Flea Busters on your pet !!!!

NATURAL and Safe Flea Busters and Check out the NEMATODES for the yard 
- See link 

Nematodes helps treat the yard 


                              Look for this Brand .. ( Richard's Orgnaics) 

LOVE this product of Flea shampoo  ( Flea and Tick Shampoo ) 

YOU can find this here: 


 ************ ABOUT the NEW Flea pill  **********

( I know many of you use this Bravecto 
.. I am going to Wait it out Before I recommend it to My clients ) 
 I am not sure about it yet. 
Ask me in a year or two ...

PLEASE be aware that Bravecto is a NEW 3-month pill - full of strong pesticide! 
This treatment applies to the following species:
 Manufacturer: Intervet/Merck Animal Health

READ the FREEDOM of information act.. the Dog oral dosage -- 2 year study and these are the ones that were reported... HOW many were NEVER reported on for adverse effects ???
  I don't like the idea of a drug being in the dog's system for 3 months..  that a powerful amount of PESTICIDE Folks.. that is what FLURALANER is , yes a pesticide poison 


For Fleas and Ticks : 

I am currently using this and it's Working So Far !  We shall see and it's Natural .. 

Wondercide   YOU can order it at HERE  

I love the lemon cedar scent.. they have a few choices and I apply it 2-3 time per week 

they also have a product for the yard ... 

Order YARD and HOME product here  


Garlic for Dogs - I know what you are thinking! 

 It's really fine.  Yes, use in moderation.

Garlic for dogs? Yes! It's antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal,  boosts the immune system and deters fleas. How much of this herb is right for your canine and why does it get a bad rap?
Garlic gets a lot of bad press and I don't understand why. It's been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
I wonder if it's just one of those phenomena that spread like wildfire like, say, all pit bulls are vicious.

A Natural Flea Repellent

Between this page and the article I wrote about garlic for dogs at Dogs Naturally Magazine, there were at least 100 comments from people who have successfully used it as flea prevention for years.
Whether the smell comes through the skin just enough to chase fleas away or because it is alkalizing, the taste is just not what fleas are looking for.

How Much Garlic To Give Your Dog

A half clove a day of fresh garlic for a ten-pound dog is just right. I didn't make this up. It comes straight from the very famous Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM in his book titled The Nature of Animal Healing.
He also notes two cloves maximum per day for a large dog is good.
NEVER use garlic powder or garlic salt from your spice cupboard. Yuck, it's too processed to do any good at all.
Garlic is also recommended in other books as well. Two examples are Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats and Diane Stein's Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats.

I think some veterinarians are not comfortable recommending it because they are simply accustomed to using chemical flea preventatives and drugs.  
They don't teach anything about herbs and natural cures in veterinary college.  HERBS do NOT make the Drug Companies money!  Botton Line

Another Great Garlic product is this one. Really love it. 

YOU need to go to their web site to order it 
the Springtime company makes Bug Off Garlic 

LAST thing!  

MOST of my clients are on the NuVET Plus Daily Vitamin...

Amazing health and wellness...  
Please take a look here at my site -- I have used and recommended NuVET plus for 10 years now.  FLEAS hate the Taste of Healthy blood!!!   When your dog takes a NuVET Plus Vitamin treat each day they retain a Health Tasting blood that the FLEAS HATE !!!  really 

Learn more here about NuVET Plus   Powder or Wafers 

 click here    

( If you tell them Pet Nurse Marie sent you with order code 81098 , ask for the 15% off Deal on auto ship )  or call 1-800-474-7044 

For Heartworm treatment, Talk to your Vet about other options. 
Trifexis is NOT the only heartworm treatment they offer. 

Ask about simple Heartgard Plus  
( It's still a POISON but safer than many of the New ones that popped onto the Market ) 
Buy this from your VET. 

Need more help, e-mail me 

Pesticides, Flea Treatments and your Dog's poisoned Liver

Is your dog on Trifexis? PLEASE join our group!

Know the dangers of the drug Trifexis for heartworms 


Your Dog's liver needs to be cleaned if you were on Trifexis recently.  Here is one product many of my clients use. 

It's great for all pets even if they have not used Trifexis. 

If your dog has been exposed to Trifexis, Please order this right away..  It's one of the best products for detox.  YOU can open the capsule if needed and place into the food.  Make sure you buy Quality when giving supplements.  ( Many of the supplements at Walmart are junk and poor quality ) 


excellent and a product of Canada;
no alcohol, order here 

Your Dog's liver needs to be cleaned often.  Let me explain why ..........

                   Let's Detox your pet 

 What a Healthy Liver Does for your pet 
The liver is part of the hepatic body system. It is the most metabolically complex organ in the body; a warehouse for nutrients and a quality control center for digestion.
All blood from the digestive tract is sent to the liver through the hepatic vein. This allows the liver to process nutrients, filter toxins and send some toxins back to the digestive tract through the bile.
In addition to being the body's primary detoxification center, there's more...
  • Bile made in the liver emulsifies and aids digestion of fats. (Think canine lipoma, or fatty tumor.)-- YES -- LIPOMA.. think about it 
  • Makes cholesterol to transport fats through the body.- LDL cholesterol takes fats to the tissues- HDL cholesterol brings fats back to the liver
  • The liver acts as a warehouse for the blood
  • Plays a critical role in maintaining blood sugar levels (think dogs with diabetes)
Immune System
  • Part of a dog's immune response
  • Helps protect the body from infection

Let's Talk About Liver Toxins
If there are too many toxins to process, dog liver health goes out the window. (A decline in general dog health follows) I think this is where the bulk of misunderstanding occurs.
Most of us go along our merry way thinking because our dog doesn't eat the toilet cleaner, oven cleaner or suck up a can of Raid, he or she is not getting toxins. Not true!
Here's a list of common toxins the liver metabolizes as long as it can:
  •  Food additives (notorious in many major brand dog foods)
  •  Pesticides (can be in dog foods and the environment)-
  •  Pesticides are  OFTEN in your FLEA & TICK  prevention !!!
  •  Heavy metals (One is in dog vaccines)- MERCURY -
  •  Prescription Drugs ( Rimadyl  is an example )
  • Microbial toxins
  • Metabolic byproducts
The worst offender to me personally (ticks me off) is the mercury in vaccines. Yes! We actually pay someone to inject a heavy metal into our pets. How dumb is that? And it builds up!

Herbs for the Liver
If you grow your own herbs, here are a few used to increase dog liver health
  • Dandelion 
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Yellow Dock
  • Milk Thistle 
  • Burdock
Of course there are also some good herbal combinations you can buy as well. 

 I have found that pet owners want to find the highest quality food that they know is the healthiest choices for their cat or dog.
People are tired of all the pet food recalls and not know where the food is manufactured or what exactly is their furry friend’s food. But they are not sure where to get this info.  Marie Peppers will guide you through all the information and ensure your pet has the best diet possible.
I offer a wealth of knowledge about pet nutrition and common health issues your pet may be experiencing.
The one-on-one counseling will help provide you the knowledge to take care of your pets needs so that they live a long and healthy life with your family.
or e-mail me at

In closing let me say ...
Luckily dog liver health can be increased because it is possible for the liver to regenerate.
 Gently healing the liver with herbs and supplements while feeding a truly nutritious diet is the only way I know for permanent healing.

Flea Treatments Poison your pets !
Immunizations and poisoning the liver

My disclaimer for this site:
Marie Peppers, Experience Licensed Nurse Trained in Holistic Pet Medicine; Supplements certifications* My comments to your questions are not to be used "in lieu of" veterinarian's advise ( I can work along with your Veterinarian

A special thanks to my Mentor 

Andrea's wisdom is amazing 

Sunday, December 27

How to recognize an allergy problem in dogs

HOW TO RECOGNIZE ALLERGIES IN DOGS  by Marie/ Ask the Pet Nurse  ( NuVet Plus) 

Pets, just like people, can struggle from allergies. These allergies can range from seasonal to more severe reactions. However unlike people, pets can’t vocalize their discomfort or irritation when allergies strike. As a pet parent, you may be able to help your pooch by keeping an eye on some common indicators of a pet-allergy.

Many dogs will repeatedly lick an area that is irritating them. You may notice this because of a constant wet spot on your pooch or irritation that arises near the area.
Some dogs will incessantly scratch an area. Commonly, it can be the ears; another indication that an allergy may be present.
Paw Chewing and Swelling
Dogs that lick or chew their paws often may be reacting to an allergy. Some pooches will even chew their paws to the point of bleeding and swelling. This is another common indicator of an allergy that your pooch is dealing with.
Just as you may sneeze from allergies, your pup can too. Sneezing that is noticeably excessive or not typical of your pet can be a sign of an allergy.
Vomiting or Loose stool 
Although not the most pleasant of symptoms, this one is hard to ignore due to how obvious it is to a pet owner. Vomiting and diarrhea commonly are associated with an allergy due to ingestion, however could also indicate more severe allergies to outside factors.
Inhaled, Ingested, Contact with Skin
Like people, dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies as well as mold, dust, and other materials. Food as well as topical products such as shampoos can also cause allergy symptoms.
It can be difficult to identify your pooch’s specific allergy but paying attention to when, where, and how often you see these symptoms is a great start to identify what may be causing your dog’s discomfort. Visiting your dog’s vet is a good idea when allergies are suspected. Your vet can provide more insight and strategies on how to appropriately address your dog’s allergy concerns.
In addition to seeing your vet, feeding your dog a healthy, balanced diet is a great way to help keep your dog healthy and help limit allergen exposure in food consumption. 

My disclaimer for this site:
Marie Peppers, Experience Licensed Nurse Trained in Holistic Pet Medicine; Supplements certifications* My comments to your questions are not to be used "in lieu of" veterinarian's advise ( I can work along with your Veterinarian

 Another way to help keep your dog’s health up is to consider adding a nutritional supplement like NuVet Plus. NuVet Labs offers supplements that are specifically formulated to help meet your dog’s needs and are free of many common food allergens. 

Current NuVet Labs customers have provided NuVet reviews about the benefits they have seen with their own dogs. Reading the NuVet reviews is a great place to start learning about the great supplements offered from NuVet Labs.
To prevent or get rid of allergies, order NuVet Plus (canine or feline) here - 

Make sure you tell them PET Nurse Marie sent you order code 81098 and ask for the 60 DAY money back guarantee and TASTE Guarantee 

YOU want to order the GREEN bottle of NuVET Plus 
wafer or powder.. LIVER flavored 

Tuesday, December 15

Home made beans & rice food for your Pooch , Free Dog food Recipes

Yep, Canine Recipe  Beans, and Rice Recipe - Balanced meal 

( Cooking for your dog FREE Recipes )

 Yes, they can have beans as a form of protein 

 It takes longer but it's real food that you can make a big batch of, and refrigerate or freeze in portions.

Beans and Rice for your Pooch 
  • 2 lb bag pinto beans
  • 2 lb bag brown rice- MUST be brown rice only 
  • 1 lb bag of green beans 
  • l lb bag fresh carrots
  • 2 cups fresh green vegetables ( any veggie is fine except NO onions ) 
Cook beans and rice per package instructions ~~(pre soaking beans several hours and changing water prevents flatulence in dogs).  Cut vegetables in small pieces or put through food processor. Mix it all together.
It's worth having a food processor or the Nutri Ninja blender to get the veggies in very small pieces 
Makes approximately 22 cups of food (10 servings for a med/large dog)
- 21 grams protein per two cup serving

Need more than 21 Grams of protein?  ( pups or younger dogs may want 27 grams or higher in protein, See egg tip: 
- For more protein, you can add 1 large egg per cup of food - YOU CAN cook up some HARD boiled eggs and have one ready for each meal ( ONLY if you wanted to add more protein ) 
ABOUT the BEANS   *If you are surprised to see beans and legumes on any of my lists,  I understand. They are high in protein and if cooked correctly, will not cause gas. They are the most time-consuming ingredient in making your own dog food.  ( if you don't have time Skip this Recipe ) - MORE info on cooking beans at the BOTTOM of this post ... 
I had big doubts about beans so they were the last thing I tried. I cooked pinto beans after soaking for 12 hours. Amazingly, my dogs loved them. This entire step by step process has amazed me many times... 
If you will be feeding this meal daily, I suggest you add some bone meal to the recipe -  Bone meal will give your dog the calcium they need; 
I enjoy the NOW Brand of Bone Meal, You can find this in the HUMAN Vitamin section of your Health food store or on See here 
Yes Calcium builds strong Bones but it also does the following  
  • Required for proper contraction of heart muscles and regulating the heartbeat
  • assists muscle development and prevents muscle cramps
  • plays a role in the absorption of fats and proteins
  • protects against blood clotting
  • protects against colon cancer
  • helps in the transmission of nerve impulses
  • contributes to enzyme function
  • inhibits the absorption of lead into bones and teeth
  • regulates the passage of nutrients through the cell wall
  • used in balancing the pH level in the body

We use NuVET Plus with many of my clients and my personal pets 

Give 1 to 1 1/2 Wafers per day of the NuVET Plus or you can order the liver flavored NuVET Powder 

 The company gives you a 60 day MONEY back guarantee .. Even a taste guarantee on the NuVET Plus --- no risk to try it

TELL them Pet Nurse Marie sent you over for a bottle of the 60 count wafers - you need to CALL in the first order if you want the 60 count ( they only sell the 90 count or larger on the web site)  CALL 1-800-474-7044 and say that you want the 15% off deal with Discount CODE 81098 -- they can explain our auto ship program ...


YOU can order a 90 count bottle of the NuVET Plus right here and PICK auto ship every 45, 60, 90 or 120 days..  YOU get 15% off each and every bottle when you go on auto ship.  In order to home cook you must add a Quality USA made supplement to your daily routine ..  NuVET Plus is my answer  

WHY do we soak beans ??? 

Soaking allows the beans to release indigestible sugars that make for some gaseous situations.  IF you know what I mean.  

Soaking also makes the beans more digestible. It cleans them more thoroughly (since beans cannot be washed before being sold or they can turn moldy). Finally, soaking beans helps them to cook up in about half the time.

So after the beans have soaked for a while, the soaking water now contains these elements that you are trying to eliminate by soaking the beans in the first place. 
Please Change the water before you cook the beans
And this is why the bean water is discarded. So it is best to drain the water and rinse the beans thoroughly before cooking.