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Galtee’s Meals!

 

GALTEE’S MEALS:

Breakfast:
1 cup;
Buffalo, 1/2 Duck egg,  broccoli, bok-choy,
1/2 tsp eggshell powder, 1/4 tsp Turmeric,  g
oat cheese,  probiotic
(I cook the Turmeric with the meat, vegetables, and egg.)

Lunch:  1/2 can of sardines
(Trader Joe’s Wild Caught Unsalted Sardines in Spring Water, 3ozs)

Dinner: Buffalo, 1/2 duck egg,  zucchini, collard greens,
1/2 tsp eggshell powder, 1/4 turmeric, 1/2 tsp Hemp oil, 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar.

Snacks: Elinora’s  Icelandic Fish Skin Chews

Green vegetables vary: broccoli, bok choy, collard greens, zucchini, green beans, and occasionally, spinach.

Paradise Ranch Pet Resort

Galtee at Paradise Ranch Pet Resort!

Paradise Ranch Pet Resort
This dog water park was a fun place for Galtee.  After he passed his evaluation which I watched on TV and through a window, he was happy to leave me to explore the many dog rooms in this colorful hacienda.  Paradise Ranch is a totally off leash resort with many areas for play–the parks, the pools, and the beach.  There were many large dogs running around–friendly and having fun.

The staff were very relaxed and caring.  There was a trainer stationed in each outdoor area, and in each room during nap time.  The supervision is excellent–I feel very comfortable leaving Galtee in their care.

The thing that I like most about this place is that they have a web cam that I can access to see what Galtee is doing at all times.

I was also impressed by the fresh smell and cleanliness–no poop anywhere!

I think Galtee has found Paradise!

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Remedy To Remove Chewing-gum From Your Dog’s Fur!

Chewing Gum!
Chewing Gum!

 

Galtee picked up chewing gum on his leg–from under the table at The Lazy Dog Cafe yesterday.  I didn’t notice it until he got home!
Chewing gum may contain Xylitol which is toxic if ingested by dogs.  And there was a disgusting large lump of it on his leg, so he obviously didn’t try to eat it.  At least I didn’t have to worry about that!
A pox on the moron who threw it under the table!

In the past I have used  Goo Gone to remove chewing gum and beach tar from his paws, but recently read that Coconut oil is a better alternative.

With about eighty-percent of Galtee’s cooperation, I went to work with latex gloves, a flea comb, and Coconut Oil.  It took quite a few minutes to remove the disgusting mass of a moron’s saliva stained chewing gum from Galtee’s fur; the Coconut Oil worked and had a much more pleasant smell that the  Goo Gone!

 I will do an “under the table inspection” before Galtee ever sits down under another table!

It’s true–Coconut Oil is a great remedy to remove chewing gum from fur!

 

 

 

 

 

A Remedy For A Dog’s Change In Behavior?

Galtee & Paolo!
Galtee & Paolo!

A friend bought an ultrasonic pest  repeller to solve  his tree rat problem; it has a range of 5,000 ft.  The pest repeller drove my dog crazy –we had to leave his house immediately.
 If we notice behavior changes in our pets, it may be that a neighbor is using an ultrasonic pest repeller (some repellers have a range of more than 5,000 feet).
On the Good Life website it says the pest repeller will disorient rats, squirrels, deer and other animals. One testimonial said it affected a German Shepperd, but not other dogs. It certainly affected my dog! If anyone notices behavior changes in their pets, they might check and ask if neighbors are using ultrasonic pest repellents.
Get rid of the ultrasonic pest repellers–that’s the best remedy for a happy dog!

Specimen For Urinalysis–For Your Next Vet Visit!

 

Galtee!
Galtee!

A dog urine specimen is a very simple thing to obtain. Use a large plastic container to collect the first morning specimen, then pour  it into a smaller container to bring to your veterinarian.  Label the specimen with your dog’s name and date of birth.  

Please bring the specimen with you on your next vet visit.  If you don’t…the veterinarian will get the specimen by extracting the urine with a needle into your dog’s bladder.  Your veterinarian, most likely, won’t tell you how he/she will obtain the specimen–and hope you won’t ask; you will see a collection fee on your bill.  

Why would anyone take a risk like this? Think about a possible resulting infection, and/or puncture of the surrounding abdominal structures?  I can’t imagine any person in their right mind allowing a physician to get a urine specimen from them by extracting it with a needle into their bladder.  Please don’t do it to your dog!

Galtee’s Lentil Cookies!

GALTEE’S LENTIL & SARDINE COOKIES!      

Lentil & Sardine dog cookies.
Lentil & Sardine dog cookies.                                                                                 ————————————

INGREDIENTS:
•1 cup of cooked and pureed organic green lentils

•2 large mashed sardines 
•1 duck egg
•Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Mix lentils, egg, and salt until well combined.
Place tablespoons of the cookie mixture about 1 inch apart onto parchment paper on baking sheet.

Bake until golden around the edges, about 15 to 20 minutes (depends on oven). Remove from the oven and let sit on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer to rack to cool. 

       Optional cookie topping—

 Mix 2 tablespoons of mashed sardines with 2 tablespoons of  goat cheese and  spread on  cookies.

Don’t Let A Veterinarian Extract Your Dog’s Puppy Teeth!

Recently, I was socializing with Tara, Galtee’s friend since puppyhood, when I noticed that her front teeth were missing.  I asked her mom about it.  She told me that when Tara was a puppy, a Banfield veterinarian recommended that she have her “puppy teeth” extracted to make room for her permanent teeth.  The veterinarian removed Tara’s  “puppy teeth”–the problem was…they were actually her permanent teeth!  

Tara’s mom was a new dog mom at that time, and thought the veterinarian was giving her the best professional advice for her dog.  This beautiful boxer is now 9 years old, and has gone through life without her front teeth.  
Some veterinarians are really evil–can’t think of a better word for such incompetence–or was it greed?  Next time we go to a veterinarian, we should check the parking lot–if it’s got Ferraris and Maseratis–maybe it would be a good idea to change veterinarians.
 I’ve read on the internet that Banfield has been sued many times for malpractice.

Remedy To Protect Your Dog!

 

Galtee!
Galtee!
Stun Gun!
Stun Gun!

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When Galtee was attacked and almost killed by a roaming Malamute last November, I chose to be proactive and get protection for us.  I bought a Vipertec Stun Gun–which I lost at the park a few weeks later.  This new Vipertec that I bought recently on www.amazon.com,  is smaller, lighter, easier to hold, and looks like an old cell phone; it  has the same nasty buzzing sound to scare away fighting dogs and people.  It also functions as a  bright flash light.   I prefer the on/off side button which is easier to turn on.  This Vipertec Stun Gun is a great remedy  against an attacking dog, and the buzzer may be enough to scare away an attacker.

Galtee’s Allergy Test Results!

 


Just got the results of Galtee’s  “Pet Wellness Life Stress Scan” from Glacier Peaks Holistics.   It cost $99 at our local Healthy Pet store.  It’s on line for $86 including shipping at www.glacierpeakholistics.com.   It tested 300+ “food and environmental stressors and triggers.”
I was surprised at a few of the positive results, especially the coconut oil and almonds.  The red alert chicken  result was not a surprise, this includes chicken eggs…and I have been making egg shell powder!

Click here to see Galtee’s test results–

Galtee’s Allergy Tests

 

 

 

 

 

Remedies for Galtee’s Venom Bite.

Galtee has been chewing his right paw for 3 days.  He had a very small pinkish irritated area on one of his paw pads.  The area looked as if he had scraped it on something.   I soaked his foot in a solution of vinegar and water 1:4 ratio twice a day and applied hydrocortisone cream.   The pink area improved, but he still wanted to chew his paw off when I removed his shoe and sock.  
I called the VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) consultant hotline,  and the veterinarian said that he might have a splint in his paw and I should take him to a veterinarian to have it checked.  So, Friday I called the vet’s office.  They advised me to bring him in Saturday morning.
 Galtee did not cooperate with the exam, and the very  patient veterinarian  (really unusual)  spent some time trying to evaluate his paw.  She thought that he  probably was suffering from  a venomous insect bite; she said Galtee was experiencing pain in his paw.  She said this is very common–it could have been a spider bite,  but more likely some other venomous insect.   
She recommend that I stop soaking his foot and use Pramosoothe Spray three times a day,  Damp Heat Derma Relief (Chinese herbs) 2 twice a day, and Benadryl 25-50 mgs twice a day.
Galtee has been much calmer since I started his treatments yesterday, but I still have to keep the shoe and sock on.  His veterinarian said the venom bite effect might  last for 10-14 days.  
This is the first time I have heard about a venomous insect bite on dogs.  Can’t imagine where he got it–the park, the backyard, ?.

 

 

Keep Your Dog Happy With These Omega-3 Treats!

Keep your dog happy with these healthy Omega-3 treats!

Sardines are Galtee’s favorite treats.  On www.drmercola.com, the veterinarian Karen Becker, DVM, recommends adding sardines to our dog’s diet for the Omega-3 fatty acids that he/she needs.
I found these at Trader Joe’s.   Sardines in spring water, wild and unsalted: 1.300mg per serving.  A serving is one can.  Only $1.29 for a drained weight of 2.96 oz.     There are 3 or 4 sardines in each can.  I give Galtee 2 sardines a day.

 

Easy Fix Remedy For Itchy Dog Feet!

Galtee
Galtee

 

Last week Galtee started chewing his feet again.  He didn’t have any broken skin, hot spots, or skin irritation.  Hot weather seems to be a factor in causing itchy dog feet.  
I had been reading articles on yeast in dogs at www.drmercola.com, and the veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, recommended soaking itchy paws in a mixture of vinegar and water.   So, twice a day,  after each walk,  I soaked Galtee’s feet in 4 cups of filtered water and one cup of white vinegar.  On the third day of treatments, he stopped chewing his feet.  And because our weather is still hot, I continue to soak his feet at night only.  So far this remedy has worked.  In previous years I used sprays, creams, and herbs; sometimes they worked.  
I love this easy fix vinegar remedy for itchy dog feet