NON-TOXIC SOLUTIONS FOR TICK SEASON:
Pets need protection, but most prescription and over-the-counter treatments are laden with chemicals that are toxic to their health ⏤ and yours. All of the “active” ingredients in spot-on products ⏤ imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene and pyriproxyfen ⏤ have been linked to serious health effects. The EPA has found that the active ingredient in Frontline, fipronil, remains in a pet’s system with the potential for nervous system and thyroid toxicity. Imidacloprid, the active ingredient in Advantage, has been found to increase cholesterol levels in dogs, cause thyroid lesions and create liver toxicity. If chemicals are necessary for additional control, the National Resources Defense Council recommends s-methoprene or pyriproxyfen, which are less toxic ingredients—but read the labels carefully because some products use them with other, more harmful pesticides. Avoid products that include synthetic neonicotinoids (like imidacloprid and dinotefuran), which are harmful to bees and may be toxic to developing children.
:: organic tick control for your yard >> www.ticktackler.com
:: essential oils >> www.care4dogs.net/essential-oils-for-fleas-and-ticks-on-dogs
:: flower essences >> www.greenhopeessences.com/essences/flee-free >> also available from Jade & Karma
:: diatomaceous earth > www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/5-easy-uses-of-diatomaceous-earth-for-your-dog
:: herbal squeeze-ons & electromagnetic tags >> www.onlynaturalpet.com
Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in gum, food and toothpaste, is extremely toxic to dogs.
Even small amounts can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure or even death.
If you suspect that your pet has eaten a xylitol-containing product, do not induce vomiting or give anything orally,
contact your veterinarian immediately or call the
Pet Poison Helpline
SUMMER SAFETY TIPS:
:: You might think shaving your pet for the Summer is the best solution, but their coat aids with circulation and helps to regulate body temperature. Avoid shaving and be sure to leave at least a full inch of hair to protect from sunburns. Apply pet-safe sunblock to exposed areas.
:: Follow the seven-second rule when checking for hot pavement ⏤
place the back of your hand on the surface for seven seconds, if you struggle to hold it down, it’s too hot for your dog.
:: Avoid lilies and azaleas, they can be toxic when eaten.
:: Heatstroke signs ⏤ excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, reddened gums, incoordination, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea. Run a cool bath over pet or place a towel on their back and continue to soak with cool water. Never submerge in ice or cold water. Call veterinarian immediately.
:: Keep unscreened windows closed and secure adjustable screens.
:: Always supervise pets when near a pool, and rinse off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from fur.
DIY SWEET POTATO CHEWS:
Cut sweet potato into slices
no thinner than 1/4″.
Bake in a single layer @ 250º for
2.5 – 3 hours flipping halfway through, until they are dried out and some pieces are a bit crispy while others are a bit chewy.
Let cool, then store in an air-tight container in the fridge.