Today I am going talk about tar removal for dogs. I took my dog Galtee to Pierpoint Bay Beach where he frolicked in the waves and rolled in the sand. He got tar on his fur, so I went back to the car and got my dog remedy for tar removal called Goo Gone. I soaked paper towels with Goo Gone and applied it to the patches of tar. The tar came off easily. Then I sprayed him with water to remove the Goo Gone. Goo Gone is the best remedy for tar removal, because it easily comes off your dogs fur and it doesn’t cause any irritation or problems that I know of for your dogs skin.
Once we got home I gave him a shower. We don’t need expensive tar removal products for our dogs. There are plenty of home remedies for dogs that are inexpensive, like Dawn which the Wild Life people use to clean birds. Feel free to follow Galtee and I on Google Plus and Facebook. If you would like to always be informed of our latest home remedies and Galtees adventures then subscribe to our RSS feed.
Unfortunately, March is the start of rattlesnake season. The news reported that 4 people were bitten by rattlesnakes in the last week. We will have to chose only wide trails for our hikes when the weather is hot, and hike early before the sun warms up the snakes! The dog remedy for a rattle snake bite is avoidance and rattlesnake aversion training. Galtee has had rattlesnake aversion training twice, and we will do it again this year. I believe that Ryan Folse, DVM has the most humane and professional training program. The cost (last year) was $85 per dog. The training lasts until the dog learns to avoid the snakes, usually 10-20 minutes. Dr. Folse’s staff bring three snakes; one hidden under a bucket (sound), one visible, and one to scent. The snake’s mouths are taped (humanely). Dogs are given mild shocks in a collar around the neck to associate the unpleasantness with the snakes. Most dogs are fast learners. Watch his online video rattlesnaketraining.com/. Consider getting the dog remedy for rattlesnake bite aversion training for your dog.
I ordered DogTv last month for Galtee. He was fascinated by it the first two times he watched it. I tried to get him to watch it again, but he just turned his head away and refused to give it any attention. I thought DogTv would be a good dog remedy for boredom when I need to leave him alone for a couple of hours. It didn’t work out, so I cancelled it. Now, when I have to leave him alone I use the Animal channel as a dog remedy for boredom. Sometimes when I’m home I put it on, and I see him watch it for longer than he watched DogTv. Galtee prefers real life action.
Last week Galtee started sneezing and coughing. I called the veterinarian to report his symptoms. The office staff person told me that Galtee probably had Kennel cough. She asked me to bring him in at 3pm and to knock at the window when I arrived so they could let me in through a side door. She advised me that Kennel cough is contagious and that Galtee was to avoid other dogs until cleared by the veterinarian. Galtee sneezed and gagged a few more times that morning; he had no other signs or symptoms of Kennel cough. I went online to do research on Kennel cough and find dog remedies. I wrote a list of questions for the veterinarian. When we arrived we were ushered in a side door. Galtee hadn’t coughed or sneezed for 2 hours and didn’t do it in the presence of the veterinarian. The veterinarian said Galtee’s r symptoms might be an irritant in his throat oa mild form of Kennel cough. He asked me if Galtee had been eating grass; he had. The veterinarian related a story of a dog remedy the previous week where he had removed a long blade of grass from the throat of a dog with the same symptoms as Galtee. As he couldn’t completely rule out Kennel cough, the dog remedy was to treat Kennel cough with 14 days of Doxycycline. He said if Galtee was still coughing and sneezing in two days the dog remedy would be a general anesthetic to explore his throat andnasal passages. That night Galtee generated the best remedy–a gigantic sneeze–covering my face and hair. Whatever was lodged in his throat was instantly dispatched.
I had to continue with Doxycycline for seven days. The antibiotic cost me $148 at Costco. As Galtee has VPI insurance the insurance should pay most of the medicine. The office visit cost $53…$50 for the deductible. That was an expensive “blade of grass.”
Galtee has been scratching his chin for 2 days. Our pollen count is the highest it has been all year; the Santa Ana winds are blowing, and Galtee has been rubbing his nose in the grass. I am also considering that the itching might be due to his new toothpaste. The Enzadent company has discontinued the brand, and the only available malt flavor (Galtee won’t accept poultry or beef flavor) is CET toothpaste. As I wash his mouth and chin after each teeth brushing, I doubt that the problem is his toothpaste. This morning there was a streak of blood on the couch, and when I washed his chin with a wet paper towel there were drops of blood on the towel and on my hand. The dog remedy I used was to apply aloe vera gel to the bloody area and put his shoes on to reduce the scratching damage to his face. Another dog remedy for bloody skin is to apply milk to the area. Luckily, the bleeding stopped quickly. I will keep his shoes on today except on his walks. If he starts scratching again I will give him Benadryl as another dog remedy.
Towards the end of our hike with our “Hiking with Dogs” group in Wildwood last Saturday, we heard a dog squealing and howling in the hills and someone yelling. The scene was too far away to see what was happening. As we approached the parking lot, a man came running down one of the side trails carrying a white poodle tummy up. The dog had run into a cacti patch and the lower half of his body was covered in spines. About 2 years ago Galtee only brushed against a cactus in Wildwood, and for the next 2 days I kept removing cacti spines from the left side of his body. It was difficult to feel them, and to see them because Galtee is black. The dog remedy to remove cacti spines might be to take the dog to the vet or try to remove them yourself. If you have any doubt about spines under the skin, please take your the dog to the veterinarian ASAP. Cacti spines can travel under the skin and puncture internal organs. The best way to avoid the problem is to keep the dog on a short leash around cacti plants, and never let your dog off leash on the hiking trails. I hope that poodle recovered quickly.
On Saturday we went to the Pet Expo in long Beach. There were so many great looking dog visitors, and so many great looking dogs for adoption. We met Shorty Rossi of “Pit Boss”…the popular pit-bull rescue show. We saw dog-candies in a box that looked like “See’s Candies”, made with peanuts and carob–might be an interesting gift idea, and as Galtee refused to try one, I brought one home to dissect. We also met Terri Steuben, “The Pet Whisperer.” She said that “all animals are telepathic” and see our thoughts first; therefore, it is important that our verbal commands match our mental pictures. If our mental pictures don’t match our commands, our pets become confused. She gave an example of not wanting a dog to jump on a visitor, yet our mental picture is of the dog jumping on the visitor. She advised saying something like “all feet on the floor” and holding the mental picture of the dog with his feet on the floor. She said this behavioral dog remedy will require some practice at first; the practice will result in harmony for everyone. I plan to try it immediately; I bought her book “The Pet Whisperer.” When I got home I sliced the peanut and carob candy…it looked like sawdust inside and had no flavorful smell. Galtee refused to try it again. I’ll stick to our healthy recipes on Dogs Blog 2!
At Costco yesterday, I was picking up a bag of dental Checkups for Galtee. A lady next to me was looking at the Bully Sticks bag, and she asked me if I knew if they were safe to handle. We both checked the bag and saw “Made in the USA.” I assumed they were safe to handle (they were not made in China); I told her I would not spend my money on any dog food I thought was not safe to bring into the house. I give only human-grade food to Galtee. And as so called “dog food” is not much cheaper than good human-grade food. The remedy is to give your dog safe and healthy food!
HARTZ OINKIES RECALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2013 – The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.
Galtee has just started watching Dog Tv. His ears are getting a lot of exercise! Great dog sounds and dog activities. Scenes with dogs swimming, running, walking, playing and tugging at toys. There are also scenes with wild animals and people. The background music is soooo soothing. He loves it for now. It’s computer live-streaming and I hook it up to a large screen tv. It costs $9.99 a month. A remedy for dog boredom. Click on Links to access the DogTv website.
The best remedy for help with dog health insurance costs is to have pet health insurance. Galtee has always had VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance). He has been lucky as he has had to use it only a few times for minor injuries, and a bad bite from another dog. It costs $40 a month, and there is a $50 deductible for each new occurrence visit. VPI pays 70% of the approved visit costs. Pet health insurance would be really needed if our pets were unlucky enough to have an accident or major illness. Pet health insurance is the remedy for costs with unforeseen health problems or accidents.
February 2013 is National Pet Dental Care month. Some veterinarians are recommending that we brush our pets teeth twice a day. Galtee likes to have his teeth brushed with an electric tooth brush in the morning, & a triangle shaped toothbrush at night. His favorite toothpaste is C.E.T. (Virbac) malt flavored enzymatic toothpaste. He loves to have his teeth brushed! I just say “teeth” and he runs to his bathroom and licks his lips. He has no gum disease or tooth decay. Gum disease is now known to cause heart disease in animals. Galtee’s friend Troy had 5 molars removed a few days ago; his gums were so bad his teeth had to be removed–this was preventable with daily brushing. There are many articles on line and on http://petmd.com that discuss gum disease, plaque and cavities. Many pet dental problems are preventable with daily dental hygiene.
Pet Dental Health is the focus for February. Free pet dental exams @ Oak Park Veterinary Hospital… http://OakParkVet.net
6 Tips For a Dandruff-Free Pet @ www.petmd.com
I believe that brushing the coat daily is the best way to keep dandruff away…at least for Galtee!
Galtee was excited to met his puppy-playmate friend Fletcher this morning in Brent’s Deli parking lot. Fletcher was Galtee’s first friend. They used to get good workouts chasing each other around the park. We took Fletcher’s photo for Galtee’s Gallery!
Fractured teeth, gum disease, plaque, bacteria & tissue destruction are all discussed in this article by Wendy C. Fries at WedMD/Pet Health. Daily dog teeth brushing is the best prevention to avoid most of the dental horrors written about in this article.
Today’s FDA Dog Food Recalls:
October 13, 2012 – Nature’s Recipe has announced a voluntary recall involving one of its dog treat products due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Other FDA recalls: Human and Dog Peanut Butter Recalls Beef and Bully Sticks Dog Treats Recall Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Recall
Last Sunday while brushing Galtee after his beach romp, I noticed that one of his toes looked crooked.He had no pain or tenderness in his right front paw, and he didn’t have problems walking. I couldn’t tell if the toe or only his nail was broken. He had taken his advanced agility class that morning, and I thought maybe he broke his toe or nail on the “A frame”…. I Bandaged his foot and took him to Thousand Oaks Animal Hospital next day. Luckily, only his nail was broken. The veterinarian cut his nails “a difficult pedicure”–they took him “in the back” where he was muzzled and 4 people held him down; he was “in the back” for about 10 minutes. When they brought him back to the exam room, the veterinarian went on and on about how difficult it was tocut his nails,the fact that 4 people had to hold him down, and that he growled. He had his DAP vaccines and heart worm test done at the same time. When the receptionist was about to hand me the bill, the veterinarian came out behind her and pointed to the bill “It took four people to hold him down,” she said. Later, I realized that her “song and dance” meant a higher bill charge. She charged $35 just to clip his nails, and admitted to cutting the quick on two of them!!!
The office visit was a separate charge, and they had to hold Galtee down for her to check his paw–it was really outrageous for her to charge $35 to clip his nails, and it wasn’t a clean job–it couldn’t have taken more than a few seconds. For $35 I would expect him to have had his paws massaged with essential oils and his nails filed and painted! There was a guy at Petsmart who had no problem cutting Galtee’s nails; he used to sit on the floor and hold him, and another guy used a Dremel to file his nails. Galtee used to sit there with his tongue hanging out–he thought it was fun! Last time I went to Petsmart the guy no longer worked there, and no one would tell me where he went! I keep going to different places to have his nails cut, and it’s always a traumatic experience. I always thought that veterinarians would be able to do such a simple task as nail clipping without using force–muzzling, 4 people to hold the dog down, and then to cut the quick on 2 nails??? They just don’t want to take time to work with the pet in a gentle way. It’s faster and easier for them to use force and then charge for using force!
Galtee had his rabies vaccination 9/8/12. He was also due for his DAP vaccines, but I told the vet’s office staff that I didn’t want all the vaccines together. I wanted to wait until next month for the DAP. I thought it might be too much of an overload for his immune system to have the rabies and DAP together. He had no side-effects from the rabies vaccine. See info. on core-vaccines and non-core vaccines.
Recently, I met a lady whose Toy Poodle had been stolen from her car on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks. She had been shopping (at night), and when she approached her car on the street she noticed the back right window was broken, and Kandy was missing. As she was panicing she got a phone call from someone who found Kandy on a nearby street. She quickly retrieved Kandy and called the police. The police told her that someone had probably tried to steal her dog. She thinks Kandy bit whoever tried to steal her and the thief dropped the dog. Happy ending…. Read about ways to protect your dog at…www.aspca.org
Jeffer’s Pet catalogue has a really good agility set and it’s on sale now for $124.99. It’s a 5 piece set: one open tunnel, one blind tunnel, 12 weave poles, one straight jump, and one ring jump. Galtee got this agility set for his first birthday. He uses it mostly to practice for his agility classes, and it’s a great confidence booster for him. Now he is not afraid to scamper over high rocks at the beach, and to push doors open. Sometimes pushing doors open is not a positive thing! http://jefferspet.com
Costco now has pet medicines in their pharmacies–cheaper than you will pay for them at your veterinarian’s office . Ask your veterinarian for the prescription and take it to Costco. It might be best to wait until the office staff gives you the bill before you tell them you want the prescription only…http://costco.com
Galtee thinks that the best dog wear; shoes, coats, and rain-wear is Ruff Wear http://www.ruffwear.com. Expensive, but really good, lasting quality. Ruff Wear is sometimes on sale at http://rei.com. Galtee has great shoes from Ruff Wear; they don’t wear out (like the cheaper shoes that don’t survive more than 3 wearings), they stay on well with socks to match. They are great for muddy weather, and protect paws from hot asphalt in the summer.
On the way back from the beach on Friday, we stopped for a late lunch at Lure in Camarillo. I ordered mixed vegetables and brown rice for Galtee; his food arrived with onions (onions cause hemolytic anemia in dogs.) The waitress offered to return with just broccoli and zucchini. When she came back she said the chef told her that what I thought were onions was actually cabbage. I mixed Galtee’s restaurant food with his Orijen kibble. Galtee wouldn’t eat it.
Last Friday we joined a group of friends for Rattlesnake Avoidance Training. The trainer, Melanie, and veterinarian Dr. Ryan Folse did a very professional job. They did the training in a very gentle way. They brought three rattlesnakes; for visual, sound, and scent (hidden under a bucket) experiences. They put a shock collar on Galtee and when he went close to a snake, he got a low voltage shock–so he could learn to associate the shock with the snake contact. The trainers emphasized that the snakes were not harmed in any way–what a relief! Then they put two snakes on a narrow path and asked me to call Galtee. He came running in my direction and made a wide berth around the snakes. Looks as if the training worked! All the group members were pleased with the training. Another remedy to consider…might save your pet’s life!
Today was a “dog beach day” in sunny California. Galtee had a great time with his friends Paolo & Leo; they frolicked in the waves, chased balls & each other. On our way back to the car Galtee discovered a dead baby seal– which he rolled over several times before I could catch him. After I cleaned him off with baby-wipes, I discovered his paws were coated with tar! Twenty minutes later, half a bottle of Goo Gone, lots of paper towels and rinsing water–he was clean. Another day, another remedy!