Follow-up ‘Furs-day’

A few of you contacted me regarding specific recipes after our earlier post. I consider the use of essential oils to be preventative in nature so here is additional information about options I like and have found to work well.

Essential Oils

Kelly at Primally Inspired shared this YouTube video with an easy to make recipe in the battle of keeping nasty little buggers at bay. Living in a wooded area, it makes sense to conclude her successful use over the past few years as a good barometer for determining effectiveness. The recipe is simply and easy to make with only 3 ingredients (although our preference is to use 100% witch hazel over vodka). Rose Geranium oil is a terrific non-chemical remedy and this concoction can also be sprayed on a bandana worn around the neck. Groovy fashion statement and a safe remedy for our fur-kids…gotta love that combo.

We have used various essential oil recipes for repelling all manner of crawly or flying things. When my daughter used to live outside Denver in the foothills where deer and bears were frequent visitors, this one worked for both Sam and me and is also a swell mosquito repellant.

bug repellent

Homeopathy:

For those of you more into homeopathic solutions, in addition to Ledum as noted in our earlier post, the use of the homeopathic nosode Psorinum 30c can naturally repel and control ticks and fleas on dogs and cats. It’s totally natural, economical, non-toxic to kids, pets and the environment and can be safely given to dogs or cats. Psorinum is an effective alternative treatment over chemical flea and tick collars for pets with insecticide intolerance, or ineffectiveness since some hardy bugs may become immune to insecticides found in commercial flea and tick collars.

Hope this follow-up provides some additional info for those of you who want to pursue a more natural route. If you have any other specific questions, be sure to email us.

Live, love, bark! <3

Arithme-tics

Courtesy of Jantoo Cartoons
Courtesy of Jantoo Cartoons

It’s tick season for us fur-critters. What should you do about ’em? Well, we certainly shouldn’t eat the remedy. Sam here. With the weather definitely warming up and summer in full swing (cheer up sports fans…there’s only 73 more days to autumn, but whose counting?), many fur-pawrents wonder how to handle the annual tick season.

IMG_1219We know ticks carry Lyme Disease but did you know their range has expanded over the years. Tick have established a widening of their bunker in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky though their traditional New England hangout is forecast to be below normal. Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri can expect higher than normal ehrlichiosis activity. Southern California and the southeast part of the country can expect an increased risk to this tick borne bacterial infection. Anaplasmosis transmissions, typically found in the south and west, are expected to be especially problematic. You may recall back in 2009, David Letterman was treated for anaplasmosis which he thought had been transmitted when he camped with his 5-year son in their tree house.

Mom is big on non-chemical treatments as much as possible especially since administering stronger toxic pesticides monthly is no guarantee against tick-borne illnesses. Some pets can still acquire tick-borne infections even if they’re on monthly preventives.

2016_Lyme_Forecast_MapSo why are tick-borne diseases so prevalent these days? Well ticks are devilish little buggers and like buggers everywhere, they have expanded their turf. No states are immune from them despite progressively more toxic options being used. Pets are as likely to suffer resistance to treatments just like their upright counterparts are when treated with chemical compounds. Also, tick-borne disease infections are on the rise because some may be transmitted by another evil pest, the mosquito.

So what kind of non-chemical options are out there? Well, glad you asked! As you may know, mom is big on the whole homeopathic thing. I can barely bark that word out but know that homeopathy can offer effective solutions for both the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.  A 1M dose of Ledum can be effective if used right after removal. It should be followed up with a daily dose of the Lyme disease nosode (Borrelia burgdorferi).

Supplemental herbs like Grape-seed extract or White Willow Bank can ease any inflammation if you find that ticks have attached themselves to your fur.

NoFlash_Thumbs_04If ticks live in your home area, beneficial nematodes may also be used to kill ticks and other garden pests such as grubs. Com­mercially available microscopic S. Feltiae will feed on ticks in your yard.  You can also plant Beauty Berry Bush to repel ticks.

Sure, the best way to avoid getting ticks is to limit your exposure.  Avoiding grassy areas that border wooded areas (a tick’s favorite home base). Immediately following your return from a walk, use a wide toothed flea comb over the dog since ticks don’t attached immediately and are looking for the pawfect, fancy-schmancy all-you-can-eat noshery like a leg or belly in which to burrow. Combing is easier than trying to pull those evil things out and while I’m definitely not a big proponent of the procedure, I’ve heard that frequent baths can help impede ticks.

Natural topical applications that will deter ticks include essential oil like Rose Geranium which are easily sourced and provide good results.  To make your own tick repellent, combine about 20 drops with two tablespoons almond oil (which contains sul­phur, another tick repellent).  Mix  together and place a few drops on your dog or on his collar (do not use on cats or pregnant animals).

Finally, there are also electromagnetic products that look promising. The Anibio Tic-Clip uses an electromag­netic barrier which may work for up to a couple-of-years without the need for frequent topical reapplications.

We know some peeps use traditional tick prod­ucts and that’s ok too, but wanted to provide some info about effective alternatives you can use to protect your fur-kid. It’s possible to keep fur-kids safe by avoiding those areas where ticks are commonly found and by the effective use of natural repellents and treatments. Stay safe whichever game plan you chose❣️

Live, love, bark! <3

 

A conversation with the dog

Hey Sam, come here. Let’s talk about homeopathy, boy!

I'm a what?!

Wait, what-e-op-othy?

Homeopathy, Sam.
ho·me·op·a·thyˌhōmēˈäpəTHē/ [noun]
the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person or animal would produce symptoms of disease.

Uh, doesn’t sound like anything I’d be interested in or want to know more about.

Sure you do. You know that spot on your tail that hasn’t healed well over the past couple of weeks? I think you might benefit from a homeopathic remedy since you keep licking it raw.

I am not licking it. I’m…um…applying super healing dog saliva, yeah, that’s the ticket. Super healing dog saliva!

Oh good grief…well, it doesn’t seem to be working in any event so I thought we’d try something out of “Mom’s super homeopathic kit” to help you out. It’s that or a trip to the vet. Do you want to go to the vet>

Hmm, no! You do make a valid point there. Ok, tell me more about it, maybe I’ll warm up to the idea pay attention to what you’re saying. Is it magic fairy dust? I LOVE fairy dust!

Unlike drugs or fairy dust, homeopathic remedies use the original thing that started the problem. According to The Natural Canine, “homeopathy uses micro doses of natural substances, has no side-effects or interactions with pharmaceutical medications.” With homeopathy, the cure won’t be worse than the problem. Homeopathy principles date back to Hippocrates and even before him to ancient Hindus while modern day homeopathy was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1810. It’s based on the law of similars whereby remedies containing minute amounts of natural substances stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms against specific imbalance. If given in large doses, they would produce the same symptoms. The healing power doesn’t actually come from the substances but from the energy released during the refinding process of shaking and dilution.

So you’re telling me something from your hocus-pocus bag will make me better? Nah, I don’t think so you’d better find me some magic fairy dust.

Oh Sam, you’re just being ridiculous irrational. Don’t you want relief from the itching that caused it? Personally I think you might have an allergy to some of the plants and grasses near Grandpa’s house. Remember how you were sniffing for bunnies and kept getting into the brush? After a thorough cleaning of the spot, I’ll apply an anti-allergy dose and you’ll begin to feel better in no time.

Oooh, yes, bunnies, Can we go see the bunnies again?  It would be nice not to have to chew on my tail 87 times a day. Is this something like the essential oils you use on my collar to keep ticks and other critters away? That stuff smells so interesting.

Yes, Sam, please focus-no bunnies right now. A few dabs of rose geranium essential oil is very successful for repelling ticks from dogs.

Ok, I’ll agree, but I still think I’d prefer the magic fairy dust.

Sigh. Wouldn’t we all like some fairy dust?

Next time, I’ll tell you what ingredients you should have around to create your own ‘hocus-pocus bag.’ Till then…

Live, love, bark! <3