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ONCE A WEEK PET SCAN (DOG EXAM)
Here is a simple 8-step dog check done once a week that ensures a healthier and happier pet. It will help keep your vet expenses to a minimum.
Using your sense of smell, vision and touch will help you detect problems early in order to correct any issues naturally.
EYES: Look at the lower eyelids – notice the color and if there is swelling of the tissue. If both eyes are inflamed that could indicate allergies. If only one eye is different, it could mean a foreign object is in the eye
MOUTH: Lift the upper lip. Are the gums red or inflamed? Do you see tartar built up on the teeth? If you notice sweet smells, it could indicate diabetes. An ammonia smell could indicate a kidney problem.
TEETH AND GUMS: Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, put a gauze pad on your finger, dip the pad into the paste and brush your dog’s teeth. I add Thieves or OnGuard essential oil into the solution or you can mix a solution of 2 drops Thieves to 1 oz. water and spray on your dog’s upper teeth.
EARS: Ears should be clean without any smells. Use olive oil, mineral oil, apple cider vinegar, or Purification or Purity essential oil on a cotton pad or a Q-tip to clean out the ears. If you see yellow discharge (pus), take your pet to the vet.
LYMPH NODES: Feel behind the jaw just below the ears for pea sized lymph nodes. You are checking to see if they have become abnormal in size. If one side is larger than the other, it could mean a tooth infection. If both sides are inflamed it can mean a viral infection or indicate other problems.
PAWS: Are the nails too long or splitting? Learn to trim the nails or have a groomer do it.
NERVE ENDINGS: Gently feel down the spine of your dog. You are feeling for a small depression just to the outside of each dip on both sides of the vertebrate all the way down the entire spine. These points can tell you if there is a problem since the nerve endings are attached there. If you get a reaction of displeasure during the spine massage make an appointment to see your vet.
STOMACH: Gently massage the stomach and watch for a reaction of displeasure.
Feel for abnormal lumps and bumps during the whole checkup session. Turn your pet checkup into a massage petting session. Your dog will look forward to it. Do the dog checkup once a week and you will be able to monitor if anything has changed. You can take preventive action before any permanent damage occurs.
If NOT wanting to Play, Eat, or Drink bring your puppy to a Vet.
out smart your puppy
When the weather isn't so inviting, or the puppy would rather play with you instead of going outside to relieve itself, here are a few tricks that work.
1) Do a double take-out
Let the puppy out. If it doesn't relieve itself within 5 minutes, then let the puppy back in for 5 minutes or less then take the puppy back outside. This gives the puppy time to forget about holding its bladder and the puppy will relax enough to go when taken out the second time. IF YOU SEE THE PUPPY'S NOSE TO THE GROUND FOR 5 SECONDS where it is not allowed to relieve itself, it may be looking for a spot to pee, 5 minutes or not take the puppy outside to where it’s allowed to go!
2) When you take your puppy out, do not play with it or talk to it. Just walk a little faster than the puppy can keep up with you. I walk a big circle around the area I want the puppy to learn to go. After your puppy has success, reward your puppy with praise when it goes in the designated area.
I like to use a command for the puppy to relieve itself. I use the phrase “do your business”. This phrase aids greatly when I’m in a hurry or need a urine/stool sample at the vet. I choose not to use the phrase “go potty”. Parents use this phase when asking their children if they need to go and my dogs would go on the command no matter where. Another phrase to use is “find a spot”.
LEAVE THE FRESHEST STOOL IN THE PLACE WHERE YOU WANT THE PUPPY TO GO - once it is going there consistently no need to leave a stool marker. Puppy pads are expensive. Newspaper that is already stained by the puppy serves the same purpose. See grate crate (litter box) training.
3) Catch it in the act or right before it happens. Double clap your hands and loudly say “NO” as you move towards the puppy to pick it up and take it outside, even if it pees all the way out the door.
IF YOU DON'T CATCH THE PUPPY IN THE ACT YOU CAN NOT DISCIPLINE IT.
It will think its getting yelled at for just standing there, dogs live in the moment.
How to Heal your Heart
We find the that the heart heals faster if you write a letter to your pet,
state all you loved and all you miss.
Doesn't matter if you buried it, frame it, mail it or burn it.
It helps us to move forward with a lighter heart :)
This is how Abe Lincoln healed his heart.
What better method to follow then those of the great!
P.S. Deciding how long to be grieve is a belief system of each person.
Death is part of life, it will happen in your world more than once.
It is your choice to decide how to handle your thoughts, reactions and emotions.
So why not decide to focus on what your pet gave you...unconditional love.
Decide to greet your day as your dog did, wagging its tail.
Best time to trim nails
is when the dog is ready for a nap
use the calm down method...helps to have another person hold the dog
ONLY trim as many nails as the dog is comfortable with...lets not make your pooch reactive to the process
have WHITE flour available to stop bleeding if necessary
safety bar nail trimmer...
allows you to see the toenail,
it cuts from the side
NOT the front which is a blind cut.
Puppy Pads compared to Grate/Crate
Puppy pads (wee-wee pads, training pads) cost 30-65 cents per pad-at the time of this article.
Your puppy can tear them up, track their waste on your floors and it is an on going expense.
The Grate/Crate method protects your floors, diarrhea falls through the grate
and cannot be tracked throughout your home.
The puppy cannot play on the newspaper covered by the grate keeping your home clean.
The grate crate with wheels can be rolled easily from room to room without hurting your back,
pinching your fingers or spilling waste. The cost is one time for the grate/crate of $102 at the time of this article.
The math is simple.
3 puppy pads per day costs about $1.50.
The basic kennel package is $102/$1.50
= paids for itself in 68 days.
The Grate/Crate will save you money, keep your home clean and the puppy cannot use the grate as a toy and tear it up. If you don't have newspaper, ask family, friends, neighbors, businesses or purchase the Sunday Paper. It will cost less then puppy pads.
Bone Soup: Miracle Food
By Ben Fuchs
Bone Soup: Miracle Food
It’s no secret that most people don’t get adequate nutrition through their daily food consumption. I spend much of my time educating folks about the nutritional supplementation we need to add to our diets to achieve longevity and vitality. There are a few foods, however, which stand out for their nutritional value, that I consider to be “superfoods”, and that can be included generously in the diet to great effect. One of my favorites is Bone Soup.
Bone Soup, made from chicken, beef, lamb or turkey, is a traditional food found in many cultures with a long history as a source of nourishment. While it is most commonly known as “Jewish Penicillin,” because of its powerful cold and flu-fighting powers, there are numerous health benefits received by consuming bone soup that make me wonder why people don’t drink it every day.
Bone Soup contains vitamins and minerals that have been shown to give the immune system a significant boost. In addition, long chain saccharides, the healthful kind of sugars, within the soup are perfect to ease all ailments of the joints and muscles. This makes bone soup especially helpful when healing from surgery or broken bones, and a perfect recovery food for athletes, and everyone else who ever has muscle aches. Bone stock also contains healing substances that soothe, coat and rebuild the digestive tract, which is perfect for treating ulcers and intestinal problems. Finally, the broth contains skin-friendly amino acids and moisture factors that reduce wrinkle formation and keep skin soft and hydrated from within.
Chinese Pork Bone Soup (Gar Dook Mu On Tom Made Bur).
Basically, Bone Soup is a liquid food derived from the dissolution of animal bone, tendon and meat components in water. Prolonged simmering, known by culinary experts as “reducing,” allows cartilaginous factors of the animal parts to solubilize in the broth. In this process, long chain sugars co-mingle with protein-sulfur components to create glucose amino glycans, and form a gel matrix within the water. This process traps the minerals released from the bone, which include calcium, magnesium and potassium, into a type of suspension called a colloid. This colloidal gel system has an electrical nature that vivifies the liquid and enhances the biological value of the nutrients carried within it.
Bone soup is easy to make. To get the maximum benefit from bone soup, it’s best to prepare the soup with oils, spices and vinegar. One way to start the soup is to place your favorite spices and some oil or butter in the bottom of a large soup or spaghetti pot. Apply very slight heat until the spices dissolve within the oil. This allows active components in the spices to release into the oils, enhancing the medicinal properties of the oil.
Drop your bones into the pot and top them off with water. You can use just bones or a whole cooked chicken or turkey, if you want to add more protein. Add a splash of vinegar, or lemon or lime juice, to help release the nutrients from bones. Cover and simmer for several hours. Fish requires only a few hours of simmering, while chicken bones can be stewed up to 12 hours and thicker bones of beef shank may be rendered for 24 hours. If you use a pressure cooker you can save time.
Next, strain the soup to discard the bones and parts you don’t want to consume, and salvage the broth. Next you may add vegetables or more spices, and that’s it. If you make extra broth, it can easily be frozen and saved for later.
Bone soup is as much a nutritional supplement as a delicious food. It’s a considerable source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins and anti cancer compounds, all in a bio-electrically active, easy to absorb form. All told, it’s nutritionally packed, inexpensive, easy to make and a valuable, tasty part of a healthy lifestyle.
About the author
I'm Ben Fuchs, a nutritional pharmacist from Boulder CO. I specialize in using nutritional supplements where other healthcare practitioners use toxic pharmaceutical drugs. I look at the human body as a healing & regenerating system, designed divinely to heal & renew itself on a moment to moment basis. "Take charge of your biochemistry through foods and supplements, rather than allow toxic prescription drugs to take charge of you."
*** freeze into ice cubes and serve daily to your dog
I use the 10 quart instant pot
chicken bone soup is done in 5 hours
set it and forget it...LOVE it ;)
Accident Prevention tip 23
www.ardyweb.com By Ardy Livermore
The typical American life span for a dog weighing less than 15 # is 12-15 years. This is an estimate of a dog fed the typical American diet of dry dog food and regular tap water.
You can increase the span of your dog’s life by understanding how important diet is. Your dog will have less health issues and less vet bills by drinking reverse osmosis or steam distilled water. Feeding a raw organic diet along with dry dog food instead of only dry kibble helps to increase health and life span.
One of the toughest events in life is to lose what you love. Some events can not be foreseen. The future is not ours to see but you can try to do everything in your power to be preventative. It is heart wrenching to hear the stories of pain and loss; this is why I share them with you so you can try to avoid the heartache. All the examples are real and have happened to dogs I have sold.
Accidents are the next biggest cause of shortened life span. Knowing the cause of accidents can help you prevent them from happening to your pet. You can put a stop to accidents waiting to happen.
Examples: Jumping out of your arms and breaking a leg or hip, falling off a couch or bed causing injury, running out the door to greet the arriving car and being hit, standing behind a child learning to swing a golf club and being struck.
Try to view the world as your pooch does. It doesn’t think it needs to look both ways before crossing the road. Or I might fall off the bed or couch while sleeping or playing. You need to be the caretaker and do what can be done to keep your dog safe. Teach no dog zones as suggested in my eBook.
Teach your dog to whoa at the door and exit only on your command. If your bed is high compared to the size of your dog it may be best not to let your dog sleep on the bed. If you are a heavy sleeper does your dog know how to get out from underneath you? When your child is playing consider the size of the ball/toy and the speed it rebounds. This may be a time to kennel your dog to keep the little one safe from fast moving objects.
Remember not all dogs love other dogs. If at a family event the neighbor’s dog is chained and your puppy loves all dogs, this may be an accident waiting to happen. You may end up running after your little pooch and you may have to kick the neighbor’s dog in the side to force him to release your pooch. Then you may need to run out of range to avoid being bitten yourself.
Take your dog’s harness/collar off when kenneling. It is possible for your canine to get caught and even hung. Teach your dog to obey on command/invitation. Your dog should wait for the command/invitation before jumping in or out of the car. This avoids the possibility of getting slammed in the car door.
Dokken’s Oakridge Kennels of Northfield, MN teaches a method of placement training with a tone from an electronic collar. He teaches the dog to look back for hand signals when hearing the tone and go in the direction the trainer points or to stay. He starts with 2 mats; I use a harness and leash to lead my dog to each mat voicing the command and giving the hand signal. As your pooch understands what to do put the mats further apart, reward the dog after each correct sit on the mat. Now the tone can be added in from the electronic collar and you never need to yell again. Just push the tone, your dog looks at you and you can direct it as necessary. Dokken has training DVDs on his website www.deadfowltrainer.com/training.html or call 507-744-2616.
Listen to the podcast to learn how to teach your dog to watch out for feet. This will prevent injury to your dog or you. Enter the link below to listen to the podcast!
Walk Through-Teach your dog to watch out for feet!
Dog Ear Solution
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
ONLY wipe where you can see
squeeze out excess fluid from
cotton ball, wipe or Q-tip
before cleaning your dog's ears
Allergies to Dogs tip 5
By Ardy Livermore
Many people have been schooled that there is nothing they can do to prevent or completely stop their allergic reactions to dogs. Not true, it takes time, understanding and some life style changes.
Lets discuss what an allergy is. An allergy is your body’s reaction to a substance. The reaction may be watery eyes, running nose, hives, sneezing and many other uncomfortable conditions. Your body is trying to remove the substance that is irritating your immune system. Your body tries to remove these toxins by getting them outside the body. Examples: Watery eyes your system is trying to kick the substance out of your body. A stuffy nose is simply trying to isolate the particle by attacking it with extra reinforcements of antibodies. This is a very basic explanation but it gets the point across.
Now, what can you do to change the allergic reaction? First understanding what you are putting into your mouth and on your skin and how to remove toxins from your body is key. Water is very important. Water is what keeps your blood flowing and all your cells need it to do their job of keeping your body healthy. Water needs to be free of chemicals, toxins, bacteria and viruses for your body to heal itself. The purest water is steam distilled water. You can purchase it by the gallon in the grocery store. Reverse Osmosis would be a good second choice of water. Other filtering methods, well, tap water come with problems and do not help heal your body. Chlorine causes scarring of the arteries, Fluoride may cause thyroid issues. Charcoal filtering of water leaves bacteria, viruses and more but it is better than tap or well water. Your pets will be healthier if they drink pure water.
You need to build up the good flora in your intestines. The food you put in your mouth moves to your stomach. Your stomach breaks the food into very small particles so they can be adsorbed by your blood through your intestines. Your intestines need the flora to help break down the food and kick out the bad toxins that are in the food you eat. One of the best ways to build up the good flora is kefir. Kefir is 150 times more effective than yogurt. Kefir can be purchased at grocery stores in the refrigerated health food section. I feed it to my dogs before surgery, vaccinations and if any health issues arise. Kefir is a powerful food.
Understand that you may not be reacting to a non shedding dog but to what was put on the dog. Flea and tick shampoos are poisons. When you pet a dog that has a poison topically applied you are adsorbing it through your skin by petting the dog. Flea collars, monthly applied flea and tick products all cause allergy issues. Why do we use these products? Sometimes when choosing between two evils it is necessary to resolve the problem. That is why when I go to the vet, groomer or other places that may harbor fleas, ticks, mites…the list goes on. Use a puppy flea and tick shampoo before you go. This makes my dog a poor host for the creatures looking for a new home. But as soon as I return home I wash it off with Dove or Ivory Bar Soap. People who have allergies usually react to the toxins in the flea and tick shampoo but not to the Dove or Ivory Bar Soap. Think the liquid soap is fine? No! Compare the ingredients list and Google (search on the internet) the ingredients. You will be amazed at what is put in to common every day products we all use. You will learn to make healthier choices.
Understand what you’re putting into and on your body.
Pure clean water removes toxins.
Kefir builds the good flora helping your cells stay healthy.
Identify the products that are poisons.
Use preventive measures.
PUPPIES FOR SALE IN MINNESOTA
I am a Minnesota dog breeder located in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area , Northfield, MN. I specializing in breeding Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu and Poodle toy. I chose to breed Bichons, Shih Tzus, Poodles, teddy bears (shih tzu - bichon cross) and shihpoos (shih tzu - poodle cross) because they are non shed, hypoallergenic, small, lapdogs, good with children & other pets. They are shadow dogs who keep track of you. Other breeds need jobs & lots of exercise to be happy.
I specialize in breeds that are not only cute, but do not make your allergies flare up. I do not want any dog in my possession that is aggressive, territorial or has qualities that require a lifestyle I can not give to it. I am proud to be ethical, I will not produce a breed that has recently become popular due to a movie or TV show to make a fast buck.
I breed to better the overall improvement of the breed. I am breeding for family pets not a fancy show dog.
Some of the traits wanted by the judges can be unhealthy or uncomfortable for the show dogs. Some judges promote qualities that I disagree with and this becomes the guideline of what other breeders follow to get the most money for their puppies. I do not want to be part of the problem. I believe in breeding for health & temperament instead of a look that may cause health issues.
I believe health first and not just looks. I have the best interests for the breed and you, the buyer in mind. Overly pushed in noses (shih tzus) and line breeding mean nothing if the dog I produce bites your children or dies of some heredity issue before its time. Even good breeders can produce unhealthy dogs on occasion. It is the law of averages.
The difference is that I, the breeder, am on a mission to find and remove those genetic defaults from my breeding lines. It is why I offer the Minnesota Health Guarantee. I rarely have had to honor the guarantee with a refund, replacement or forfeit the cost of the puppy.
Not all breeders are equal, and the puppies I produce may greatly differ from other breeders’ puppies. To tell the difference between a responsible breeder from an unknowledgeable "backyard breeder" or a commercial "puppy mill", go to my page
WHY BUY FROM ArdyWeb. CLICK THE LINK
We use natural methods for breeding. Nature knows best when a female is ready to breed, that is why we let nature make the decision. However if it bad timing for us then mating is not allow. We do not expose the mothers or puppies to X-rays. We do not need to know how many puppies are in the womb. We want to do all in our power to create healthy puppies so we chose not to expose them to electrical disturbances which can create health issues.
One of your biggest challenges with your new puppy is housebreaking. Your puppy needs to learn to potty outside, or use the grate method or both. I recommend grate crate training. The crate helps your puppy to feel safe and secure, and prevents the puppy from developing bad habits (like chewing), and keeps the puppy safe. The grate keeps the puppy clean & gives it a proper place to relieve itself when you are not able to let it outside.
When you purchase your puppy from ArdyWeb.com, I will go through specific housebreaking advice, feeding (diet), general care, and many other issues of puppy ownership. My eBook is the operation/owner manual and I am available for questions, now, tomorrow and for years to come.
My puppies are raised inside my very active house to socializing them to your home. My puppies experience different sights, sounds, and surfaces (wood, tile, and cement) and meet my family, friends and visitors. My puppies are not scared of their own shadows. They are well-adjusted puppies wanting to meet the world. I own the parents of every puppy on the premises.
One of the most important supplements you’ll need to add to your dog’ meal is calcium. If dogs had the ability to chew on a good bone every day, they would be scraping off bits of bone that then would be broken down in the their body and used to strengthen their own bones and teeth. It’s the job of the parathyroid to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. If a diet is deficient in calcium, the parathyroid will go looking for it in your dog’s bones. When the parathyroid starts secreting extra hormones in order to balance the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, it creates a condition known as secondary hyperparathyroidism.
This disorder can cause permanent damage to the skeletal system, arthritis, and even broken bones. Extra calcium will be excreted in the urine, but while it’s in the body, excess calcium inhibits the absorption of phosphorus. So don’t overdo a good thing. By diverting eggshells from the compost bin you have an inexpensive and easy solution to providing your dog the appropriate amount of calcium. It requires only a couple of teaspoons of Eggshell Powder to balance out the phosphorus in most diets and this recipe will make about 12 teaspoons, each with about 1800 milligrams of calcium.
12 eggshells, cleaned and dried
• Once clean and dry, eggshells can be left at room temperature in an airtight container until you save enough to make a batch.
• Preheat the oven to 300F.
• Spread the eggshells evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes. The eggshells will still be mostly white or brown, but might have a light tint, which is okay. Baking eggshells any longer can produce an unpleasant smell.
• Allow the eggshells to cool, then grind in a blender or clean coffee grinder for 1 minute, or until you achieve a very fine powder with no sharp edges.
• Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 months. We store ours in our freezer.
Amount to feed: Eggshell Powder should be added to homemade diets at approximately 3/4 teaspoon per cup of prepared food.
Yield: 12 teaspoons.
This recipes is from a new cookbook we’re loving,
Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritional Meals and Treats for Dogs (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012) by Rick Woodford,
aka “the dog food dude.”
We highly recommend checking it out for its inspiring, easy, super-healthy, vet-approved recipes your dog will adore.
Instead of the traditional method for kenneling a small kennel without a place for the puppy to relieve itself.
I use the grate crate method a larger kennel with a grate for the purpose of the puppy to be able to relieve itself if necessary. This is a back up plan for going outside. It works great with small dogs.
1. No need to get up in the middle of the night to let the puppy out.
No standing in your robe with your hair sticking out in every direction waiting for the puppy to do its business.
2. If you want to go out with your friends after work you can.
You don't have to rush home and let the puppy out.
No mess to come home to.
3. The puppy stays cleaner.
No stepping in its business like they do on a puppy pad.
The puppy isn’t forced to lie in you know what till you come home.
The Sunday paper, laundry, rugs aren't in jeopardy on your floors.
Who wants kitty litter tracked throughout the house?
The grate looks and feels different from most items on your floors.
The grate does not hurt their paws.
The grate elevates the dog above the potential messes.
4. If the puppy spills its water it isn't wet from the spill and getting cold.
5. Smells and how it looks tells the story, just look it up in the eBook.
There are no smells if your puppy is healthy.
You are able to detect health problems before they require vet bills by using the grate method.
6. It is a snap to clean.
Just use a scrub brush to remove debris as needed, spray with disinfectant,
pull the tray out and replace the newspaper.
7. No tools needed to assemble the kennel.
The kennel folds down like a suitcase for easy travel.
I use 2 snap bolts for added insurance that the kennel cannot collapse
The snap bolts are easy to remove when I want to disassemble for travel
8. I attach wheels.
I do not put up with poor behavior and can easily wheel the kennel into another room without hurting my back
or banging it into my walls.
I can use it as a puppy playpen and wheel it where I want it. If the phone rings I can either carry the puppy with me
or place it in the kennel…
no chance for accidents when I am NOT focused on the puppy.
Dog Breeder Costs
You may ask yourself why dog breeders charge
what they do for the purchase of a puppy...
be available or doing the daily chores
if they don'ttreat it like a business
Registered with APRI
America's Pet Registry, INC.
APRI gives the same information that other dog registry services business do.
AKC (America Kennel Club, is one of the largest and best known).
I used AKC in the past and have found APRI to offer better service in all areas.
The only disadvantage of not having AKC registration is that if you want to show your dog in AKC shows
it must be registered AKC.
Mixed breeds do not come with registered papers.
Generation history is available.
To Check Your Puppy's Teeth
Underbite or Overbite
Have another person do the
calm down technique
WATCH THE calm down technique VIDEO
Use 1 hand to pinch the hair on the chin to open the lower jaw.
Use your other hand- index finger & thumb to lift up the cheeks on the top jaw
to see the gums.
Now you can view the teeth.
As long as the 4 long teeth,
are on the outside of the gums,
NOT going into the roof of the mouth
into the tongue
you do nothing.
Otherwise gently push the tooth in the direction it needs to go
at least once daily.
Teeth float and that is why braces work.
Shih Tzu usually have underbites.
We have rarely have had extreme issues with underbites or overbites.
If teeth needed to be removed, we would state it on the health guarantee.
It is important to know
to prevent vets pulling teeth unnecessary.
dogs woof their food down and do not usually chew
The vets charge $$$ for the surgery
Why do it when it is NOT needed.
A overbite can make it difficult for a dog to pick up food/toys off a floor.