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On this page you will find helpful, and mostly low cost, tips to help in the care of your puppy/dog.
If anyone has tips that they would like posted here please e-mail them to me with you name and/or kennel name and they will be posted.

Dawn dish liqiud kills fleas. For bad infestations use Dawn Antibacterial.
 
To keep fleas away longer: After bathing with Dawn and rinsing, add 1 tablespoon
Avon Skin So Soft bath oil to 1 cups water and saturate pet.Leave set for five minutes then lightly towel dry.
 
To repel mosiquitos: After bathing mix 1/2 cup lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) with 1/2 cup water, saturate pet, leave on 5 minutes then lightly towel dry. Can be used with Avon Skin So Soft bath oil (1 tablespoon oil per cup).
 
To see if you have a flea infestation in your home (should be done at night or in a dark room) take a disposable pie plate(or a shiny regular pie plate) add several drops of Dawn, fill 1/2 full with water, place a light above the pie plate, then go to bed.
Fleas will be attracted to the light and will fall into the water and drown.
 
For dry skin: Place five to six drops of edible oil (I prefer olive oil) between pet's shoulder blades. Pet's own body heat will thin the oil and their motion (walking,running,etc.) will move it all over their bodies.
 
If female isn't producing enough milk for pups feed her canned yams. The yams will act like a hormone and cause her to produce milk.
 
Flea & tick collars: Choose an absorbent collar for your pet, such as the widely available heavy-duty woven nylon collars. The collar will absorb essential oils, an no additional collar is needed. Essential oils that repel fleas and ticks include citronella, rosemary, and rose geranium. Buy only 100 percent pure essential oils, and using an eyedropper, put just one or two drops on the collar. Repeat each week. Some animals are very sensitive to the strong smell of essential oils, so start with just one drop and increase to two if they seem to tolerate the smell. If ticks are the biggest problem, use rose geranium; for fleas choose citronella if for a dog, but not for cats. Caution:   1.) Pennyroyal shouldn't be used around pets, especially pregnant pets. 2.) Cats are sensitive to citrus, so avoid citronella. 3.) Make sure not to get the essential oil in the pet’s eyes or directly on their skin.

Get rid of fleas in your house by washing floors twice a week with a solution of 1/4 cup citrus peel extract (available in health food stores--citra solve is one brand) in 1 to 2 gallons of water. Spray bedding with a mixture of 2 teaspoons citrus peel extract and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. NOTE: Do NOT use on real marble. NOTE: Asthmatics should not use this approach.

To make a fur rub for the dog, cut up 4 lemons, and simmer for one hour in 1 quart of water, adding more water as it evaporates. Cool the mixture, strain, and massage into the dog’s coat. 

Herbal repellents for cats and dogs work well to repel fleas. Make an herbal infusion by adding a handful of dried herbs (available in most health food stores) to a tea pot and fill with boiling water. Let the “tea” set overnight, and then strain it into a spray bottle. Recommended herbs include southernwood, rue, rosemary, sage, catmint, eucalyptus, and leaves from the black walnut tree. Start with just a small amount to make sure the pet can tolerate the herb.

Try feeding your dog garlic to help repel fleas. You can use the whole cloves, minced garlic, garlic powder, or garlic pills (found in most stores vitamin aisle). Other good things to try are brewers yeast and dehydrated red vinegar. Both can be found in most stores vitamin aisle in pill form.

Pick yourself up a cheap box of 20 Mule Team borax to kill fleas. Sprinkle it over your carpets. Move the furniture and sprinkle it there. Wash your bedding and wash the dog's bedding (borax is safe to use with laundry so add some to both loads). Sprinkle more borax on the couch, chairs, and get some sprinkled under the cushions. Work it into the carpet using a good whisk broom. Then vacuum everything, and throw away the bag (flea eggs can hatch in your vacuum bag). Chances are the borax will kill fleas in the bag, but why take a chance? Borax comes from valleys like Death Valley. It's terribly dry, and it will suck the moisture out of those little vermin. You may also try borax with your carpet scrubber - add 1 Tablespoon borax to each water and detergent change.

To remove stains (except tear stains) from your dog's coat use the original Jirmack shampoo for grey hair. Not only are the stains remove,but it gives their coat pretty silvery highlights.

 

 

These tips are NOT intended as a replacement for veterinary care.