Question by S: is flea treatment fipronil safe for use on lactating dogs?
I have a mother pomerian who is nusing her 3 week old pups, is it safe to a skin application
for fleas & ticks containing fipronil (active ingredient)?
Answer by Jenny Manyteeth
Read the label on the package. If it doesn’t say, call the company: there’s a phone number on the package.
I personally doubt it, and I would not use any flea treatment on a nursing mother. She should have been treated before the pups were born, and a Pom should be safe in her home, away from such things.
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Normally, I’d be spending today running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Thanksgiving is MY holiday, the one I normally host at my house. My mom gets Easter, my mother in law gets Christmas, but this is the one I take because I love going overboard on things like caramelized squash bisque and focaccia sage stuffing and pretty much every kind of turkey shaped serving dish one can own.
Well, all the turkey shaped serving dishes are currently in a storage facility and I barely have enough room in the apartment for us, nevermind the rest of the family. So my mom is taking an extra holiday for me this year, and despite my protests of “I can help! I can bring mandarin-orange cranberry sauce!” she insists that she has it covered.
And I realized today, actually, I am really grateful for that. Because I have had a lot going on and I actually don’t relish the idea of going to the grocery store until at least Friday. My fridge has two containers of leftovers, some fruit, and that’s about it. And I am grateful that this apartment complex has, if not the greatest parking arrangements, good proximity to some excellent take out.
I am grateful I have a family who is low key about holidays and doesn’t mind being flexible. I am grateful I don’t have that one crazy relative who always shows up and ruins the afternoon by drinking too much port and ranting about sports/politics/religion/you.
I am grateful I got to spend the year getting to know even more of you. I love my online friends. I’m also grateful for the traveling I’ve gotten to do because of the blog, and the perspective it’s given me to remember that there are problems, and then there are problems, and those you do not wish to have.
I am grateful all my family members and pets are still alive and well, even the betta. Because the pain of loss is always amplified over the holidays, and watching so many people with recent losses trying to get through the day with pain etched on every feature, I realize I am fortunate that this year is not yet my turn.
Finally, I am grateful that I wasn’t home when my husband realized someone left the screen door open so Apollo got outside into the apartment complex this afternoon, and I am REALLY grateful that Apollo ran about 15 feet away and then sat under a bush until someone came to collect him. Because this could have been an entirely different post.
Be safe, and have a great Thanksgiving!
A Dog Can Have Zits?
Yes, believe it or not, dogs can develop them just as a person can. Canine acne can pop up on your dog’s face, chin, or lower lip. It appears like small black spots that, if not washed regularly, may turn into crusty patches that cake and bleed.
Your dog won’t worry about acne preventing him from getting a date, but he may be bothered if the acne builds up. He may try to scratch it off with his toenails, causing the area to bleed and possibly turn raw. Dogs with oily skin are more susceptible to getting acne than their drier-skinned counterparts, and a dog’s food bowl may be part of the problem. Here are a few dog acne prevention tips:
1. Keep your dog’s chin clean and free of the unsightly blemishes by washing it with a soft cloth and warm water once or twice a day. If the area has begun to bleed, wash it with some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball to fight infection.
2. A way to help your dog from developing zits or to keep a current case of it from getting worse is to avoid plastic food bowls. Plastic bowls retain oils that add to your dog’s acne problem, as his chin rubs against the bowl when he’s busy snarfing down dinner. Replace those oil-ridden plastic bowls with aluminum, glass, or lead-free pottery and china bowls.
3. Wash you dog’s food bowls daily with a mild dish detergent to remove oily deposits.
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Does your dog constantly itch its skin to the point of it becoming red and inflamed? This behavior could potentially lead to serious skin infections including hot spots. To help relieve your pet’s itch, we recommend 1-800-PetMeds Be Soothed topical spray to help reduce your pet’s urge to itch, kill bacteria, and stop the infection from spreading. Provide your dog with soothing itch relief for less! Buy Be Soothed today: www.1800petmeds.com
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Are you concerned about your dog’s or cat’s constant itching? There could be several factors causing this behavior including fleas or allergens in the food your pet eats or from the environment. To help rule out the root of your pet’s itching problem we suggest using a monthly flea and tick pet medication (Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix, Advantage). For allergies try an antihistamine like Generic Benadryl. You may also want to supplement your pet’s diet with Omega 3 fatty acids which helps reduce skin inflammation, while also improving your pet’s skin and coat health. Learn more on quick itch relief for your pet at: www.1800petmeds.com
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By visiting Freekibble.com and sending the specially designed Freekibble/Best Friends eCard to friends and family, supporters were able to raise 20,000 meals for the cats and dogs at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
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Question by Mary: What is a natural remedy for ear mites in dogs?
My dog has ear mites. I know most people would say to take him to the vet, but all the vet does is gives him an antibiotic, which isn’t good for him. Just like it isn’t good to give a person antibiotics all the time. I know there are homemade remedies, but which ones work the best and are safe? If you are just going to tell me to take him to the vet, or that i don’t care about him, please don’t answer this question. Thanks.
Answer by Maria L
But the Vet is the best person,how often was your dog on antibiotics?
maybe you should call your vet and ask other then antibiotics what could you use
and also maybe don’t ask the same question twice and you won’t get the same answers
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In the last post, we met little Victoria, who had been found in a rubbish bin at 4 weeks and now lives in the mountain village of Sospel, above Menton.
This is her new friend, Tess. Tess was bom in the house next door and Victoria’s family just had to have one of the pups. She’s now three years old and as you see, a wonderfully gentle soul.