A DOG'S LIFE: Cooler weather signals fleas to get moving

A DOG'S LIFE: Cooler weather signals fleas to get moving
I've mentioned before that often in homes with two dogs, one will have fleas and the other will not. We have noticed this in our own home – there are several dogs that we can examine to find out if we have any fleas, because they are the “tasty” ones
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Be consistent, diligent in your flea control protocol
on the premises. All flea infestations originate from a flea-infested environment. It may seem like the flea product you are using doesn't work immediately because it takes time to get rid of the immature stages of fleas that are living in your carpet
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San Diego lacks off-season for fleas, ticks
Autumn is a good time to remember that fleas, ticks and mosquitoes thrive in San Diego County and do not take time off in the fall or winter. The diseases they carry can be challenging to diagnose and treat; many can be fatal, in people and our pets.
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great blog .. interesting post .. thank you

great blog .. interesting post .. thank you

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Apr 23, Tapioca in Dog Food | Best Dog Food Guide

Tapioca in dog food as novel starch source to use in elimination diets, to eliminate allergy symptoms, and no grain diets.
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Meet Ricky who is 6 years old.  I met him at the Fete de la Branda in Gorbio.  In fact, you can see the beautiful old copper still behind him in which the ‘branda’ (eau de vie or marc) is distilled. 

He’s a mixed breed and adorable.


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Do you think I can live with a pet allergy without medication?

Question by periwinkle135: Do you think I can live with a pet allergy without medication?
I think I might be allergic to my daughter’s new puppy. My skin itches in random places at random times or if I hold her, then my arm and wrist itch, or if she plays at my feet and jumps on my legs, then my legs and feet itch, or if I snuggle her under my chin, then my chin itches. I can’t bear the thought of not handling her, she’s too cute. I also can’t bear the thought of giving her away ’cause we’ve all fallen in love with her. She’s already a big part of the family. I do not take medications on a daily basis and don’t want to start. I only take the occasional headache medicine. I used to be allergic to cats when I was younger and I got over that ’cause now I have three indoor-only cats. I wonder if it’s possible that I might just get over this puppy allergy, too. Any ideas?

Best answer:

Answer by Stephanie Loves Sammy
its possible that it could go away but if u r allergic to the dog then u will be miserable unless u take meds. it is just so much easier. which would u rather do. not take the meds and be miserable and sick feeling or take them and feel great. my mom was like this too. she was allergic to our cats and she went and got allergy meds and she is fine now. its not that hard to remember. its not going to interfere with ur daily life. just take it once u wake up and u wont have to deal with it til the next day. it really is worth it

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If you are renewing your membership with PetsitUSA, then you can receive a $ 50 rebate on a banner ad for your city page.  There is also a spot available for a site-wide banner ad at a reduced cost!  Discounts will apply while there is space available!

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Evolution of the Domestic Dog Redux

I’ve written about the evolution of the domestic dog before. What makes this such a great time to be a dog science geek is that in the few years since I wrote that post there’s been a lot of new research and new thought on the topic.

This is one of those subjects that is probably never going to be completely settled, at least not without time travel — and even then we would need a lot of luck. Chances are there was more than one "domestication event" and each one had likely slightly different factors contributing to its genesis.

This infographic, from The Uncommon Dog explains domestication with a bit of a hybrid view between the "adoption" theory that was very popular until relatively recently, and the self-domestication theory that I wrote about before (and still find more believable than adoption.) It’s an interesting take on the origins of the domestic dog.

What I really enjoyed about this graphic is the additional information about how dogs may have helped us survive. For more on that and on how we evolved together, start here and here.

Here’s the graphic. Enjoy! (Click for the full size version on the orginal site.)


Evolution of the Domestic Dog Redux is a post written by . You can see the actual post at Dog Training in Bergen County New Jersey

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Discount for Pet Sitters from Select Cities – Updated

If you are a pet sitter in Detroit, MI or Newark, NJ, then you can join PetsitUSA at a 50% discount!  These cities could use more pet sitters for pet owners to search for!!  Just include this message in your PayPal payment and your will be sent a 50% rebate!

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Oz 1Aimee of Oz the Terrier wrote a review of Halo Healthsome Biscuits.

“I was given an opportunity to try some Halo Healthsome Vegetarian Biscuits recently and I was happily surprised at just how delicious they are!

You all know that I switched to a raw food diet, so Ma has been trying to find me some top quality, healthy treats that are not necessarily “raw”. Little did I know we were going to switch up my treats and go…gasp…vegetarian!

The Halo Healthsome Biscuits are gluten-free, grain-free, oven-baked treats made in the good ole U.S. of A. from loads of fruits and veggies. Just check out the list of healthy ingredients:

Halo Healthsome Peanut ‘n Pumpkin Biscuits Ingredients
Potato Flour, Whole Peanut Flour, Tapioca Flour, Pea Flour, Canola Oil, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Carrots, Split Peas, Broccoli, Parsley, and Ascorbic Acid

Did you know that Sweet Potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates which give your body energy?! How about this….did you know that Parsley can freshen your breath?!”

Click here to read the complete review on Oz the Terrier.

Thank you Aimee for your review and we are glad to hear that Oz is enjoying the treats!



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Cool Mite images

A few nice Mite images I found:

Asian Lady Beetle in Central-Germany & a mite

Image by gbohne
The Asian or Harlequin lady-bird beetle is native to Nepal, China, Taiwan and Japan, but introduced to Europe and the USA as biological pest control; however, this invasive species is highly competitive with native Coccinelidae.

Harmonia axyridis PALLAS, 1771 (Harlequin or Asian Lady-beetle)
Genus: Harmonia MULSANT, 1846
Tribus: Coccinellini LATEREILLE, 1807
Subfamily: Coccinellinae LATEREILLE, 1807
Family: Coccinellidae LATEREILLE, 1807 (lady beetles, Marienkäfer)
Superfamily: Cucujoidea LATREILLE, 1802
Infraorder: Cucujiformia LAMEERE, 1938
Suborder: Polyphaga
Order: Coleoptera (beetles, Käfer)

to ID Europaean Lady Beetles: www.stippen.nl/lieveheersbeestje.php

Germany, N-Hessen: Kassel, ca. 180-220m asl., 19.07.2011


Mite damage on wheat leaf

Image by CIMMYT
Wheat leaf showing damage due to mites. When present in large numbers, mites cause a silvery flecking on leaves.

For more information, see CIMMYT’s Wheat Doctor: wheatdoctor.cimmyt.org/index.php?option=com_content&t….

Photo credit: CIMMYT.

Avocado mite damage

Image by Scot Nelson
Mite feeding injury to avocado fruit.

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