Fleas & Ticks on your pet?

 

More and more dogs owners are looking for natural alternatives for tick prevention. Although ticks can be a concern in the warmer months, dog owners also have to consider the effects that chemical tick treatments have on their dog’s digestive tract, internal organs and overall health, both short and long term. If you are concerned about the impact these chemicals have on your dog, then read on – there are a few ways to treat tick bites with all natural products.

Dietary Tick Preventatives

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar adds acidity to your dog’s blood, making it less appealing to ticks and fleas. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar to the dog’s food or water bowl as a preventative.

Topical/External Tick Preventatives

  • Herbal flea/tick collars – There are several herbal flea and tick collars on the market, but you can also make your own at home. Mix 2 tablespoons almond oil with Rose Geranium Oil or Palo Santo. Dab a few drops on your dog’s neck area before heading out. Alternately, you could place the essential oil directly on his collar. Reapply the essential oil to the collar weekly.
  • Flea / Tick Shampoo – Make a solution by mixing  the following products: for every 2 teaspoons  of Melaleuca Original shampoo mix with 1 teaspoon of Jojoba oil.  Mix well, bathe and rinse well while  the dogs eyes.
  • Citrus repellent – Cut a lemon into quarters and put into a pint jar. Cover with boiling water and let steep overnight. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray all over the dog, especially behind the ears, around the head, at the base of the tail and in the arm pits.

Use Several All Natural Tick Prevention Products Together

When looking at the all natural tick prevention products, keep in mind that these products will be most effective if used in combination with each other. A dietary solution, combined with a topical and an environmental product, provides broad-spectrum protection while avoiding the complications that introducing chemicals into the dog’s system and surroundings can bring.

Preventing ticks doesn’t need to be a chemical based treatment. There a many all natural methods of prevention so your dog can live a healthy, chemical free life.

Raw Eggs & Fish dangerous for your cat

Eggs  – While cooked eggs are high in protein and make an excellent treat, raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your cat of biotin, one of the B vitamins (Biotin is essential to your cat’s growth and coat care). Symptoms of biotin-depletion include:

  • hair loss
  • dermatitis
  • growth retardation

If your cat is showing these symptoms, the situation is critical, and she should be taken to the veterinarian.

Fish – There is an enzyme in raw fish called thiaminase that destroys thiamin, or vitamin B1. Thiamin is essential to a cat’s well-being; the lack of it can lead to neurological disorders. Symptoms of thiamin deficiency are mostly neurological. These include:

  • loss of weight and appetite
  • weakness
  • stupor
  • wobbly or uncoordinated movements

If left untreated, thiamin deficiency can lead to convulsions and coma. This is an urgent situation; if you notice these symptoms in your cat, take her to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

1st Grade Classroom Goes Green

 

Mrs. C. teaches 1st grade at an elementary school in East Central Wisconsin. A few years ago, she converted her classroom over to green cleaning products. The results were amazing. I have attempted to capture her story in her own words as much as possible.

Mrs C.   ….

“I started the conversion process strictly for personal reasons. I frequently have migraines and the smell in the classroom would often seem to be a trigger. On many occasions, I would have nasal drip and feel like I had a cold after being in my class room for awhile. In addition, my kids would tell me that they had a headache and were feeling nauseated, or that the room just seemed to smell bad. One fall when school started, I banned the janitorial staff from using any of the normal cleaning products that were being used in the school and brought in my own green, non- toxic cleaning products. It should also be known that the school I teach in is considered a poverty school, which means that over 50% of the families are considered living in poverty. On any given day, we had about 75% of the students on the free meal program. It was pretty typical that each teacher would have 6 to 7 kids in a classroom missing in any given week.”

“I brought from home three products, a product called Sol U Mel (A multipurpose cleaner known for it’s deodorizing and cleaning power), Sol U Guard Botanical (a natural disinfectant)  and Renew hand wash (A moisturizing hand-wash that was not antibacterial). I used the Sol U Mel for cleaning any and all surfaces as well as the class room sink. We sprayed the natural based disinfectant, Sol U Guard Botanical, on any and all surfaces that were touched by the kid’s hands or mouth. This included door and sink handles, the pencil sharpener, the water fountain, the computer board and headphones, as well as the whisper phones. Last but not least, each time a child left the classroom they washed their hands with the Renew hand wash upon reentering.”

“By Christmas time the results were amazing. I had a zero truancy rate, which is when a child misses 3 days in a row, ¾’s of the students had not missed a single day and on most days or weeks I might have had only one child missing from school (the norm was 5 to 6 students absent each week). Also, I had not had a single migraine while at school. It was around this time that the school administration had also noticed the difference in my classroom attendance. The results continued through out the year, making for my last year teaching at this school a wonderful experience.”

Not only did these natural based green products improve the health of the entire class, they also were beneficial to the table top surfaces. It was common practice to use chlorine wipes to continuously clean the table tops in the classroom. Due to the harshness of the wipes, the laminate on the tables needed to be refinished each year.  At the end of this year however, Mrs. C’s table tops were as good as new and could be used for another year.

Want to know more?  Contact me at:

(651) 261-0251    Gene@LifesPureBalance.com        www.LifePureBalance.com

 


 

Dog Food is Dangerous for Cats

I find this one very interesting. While dog food contains many of the same ingredients as cat food, never make the mistake of assuming that it is close enough. Only cat food is specially formulated to meet a cat’s nutritional needs. Cats require more protein in their diet than dogs do, as well as more B vitamins, niacin, vitamin A and fatty acids. Cats also require an amino acid called taurine, an essential part of their dietary makeup, as they cannot produce this substance themselves.

Small bones and your cat

Small bones can splinter when a cat chews them, poultry bones being the worst culprits. These splinters can cut the inside of your cat’s mouth and throat, or get stuck on the way down and choke her. Additionally, bones can cause obstructions or lacerations of the digestive system.

Choking on a bone is a life-threatening situation. Try to remove the obstruction, if you know how and it is safe to do so, and rush your cat to a veterinarian. Seal off your garbage cans to ensure your cat doesn’t scavenge through the refuse for bony leftovers.

Signs your cat may be choking include: pale or blue gums; gasping; drooling; labored, loud breathing; pawing at face; loss of consciousness