Hot today! Frida is suffering from 'cold tail.'
Pet Valu on the Queensway (east of Parklawn) can order in a great fruit/veg mix from Sojo who makes the food. You can phone them and order it.
I get chicken backs from Rowe Farms on Roncesvalles; they also have beef liver; beef neck bones; chicken pet food (ground whole chicken in a sausage-like wrapping).
You can also order pet food (ground chicken) from St. Andrew's meat market in Kensington. It's about $1 a pound there! I used to keep my eyes open for deals at the supermarket, but I am more and more inclined to go to Rowe Farms (just because of the inhumane animal treatment elsewhere).
I add a trace mineral supplement (5 drops) which I buy at our local health food store, Evergreen, 1/2 teaspooon ground pumpkin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar which is good for just about everything, and 1/4 teaspoon probiotic powder also from Evergreen. Oh and I give her 5 capsules of Omega 3 - which she loves and I give her as a treat after breakfast. The supplements are once day.
Green tripe is great. At Global, you can buy frozen tripe cubes and you can give these twice a week (1 - 2 cubes). You just give a bit less of the other meat for that meal. Sometimes I give Frida liver from Rowe Farms, but green tripe is better.
I also make sure Frida has meaty bones - she loves the Chicago ribs from Rowe Farms and of course she loves the beef neck (not marrow!) bones. She has these about twice a week. Her teeth are really white! Also, watch that the stook doesn't get too chalky or grainy, which means you have to cut back on bones. I find it helps if I give Frida ground chicken or meat without the bone for a day or two.
Oh - Honest Kitchen also makes a product "Preference," which is a fruit/veg mix. I used this before switching to Sojo and the quality is also excellent.
Some dogs don't know what to do with chicken backs and you have to hold it for them and teach them to chew and tear it apart. Frida used to throw up in the begiining, becasue she ate too fast without chewing enough. Even now, when she doesn't chew well, she will throw up (even the following morning) and I'll find a bit of bone she couldn't digest. I think dogs are amazing this way. But then you can always use ground chicken etc.
Stay away from pork and turkey; also don't give your dog wings (long bones and tough for them).
There's more info here http://www.barfworld.com/html/learn_more/Learning_directory.shtml.
So sorry this took as long!
Please do email! Rushing - battery low!
I have been thrilled with the approach and care at East York Animal Clinic which uses a holistic approach. Here is a partial copy of their online notes concerning natural flea products:
ALTERNATIVE FLEA PRODUCTS
§ Please refer to the end of this brochure to find out how you can make your own natural flea
collars for dogs and cats.
§ Following shampooing, you can spray your pet using Solvarome (diluted). Add 50 drops of
Solvarome per every 1.0-1.5 liters of water in a spray bottle. First, test a small patch on your
pet to check for reaction to Solvarome spray. If no reaction, spray all haired areas on your
pet (avoiding the eyes, nose and mouth) a few times a day.
§ Although diatomaceous earth is effective, it can be very irritating to breathe and is not
recommended for humans who have asthma.
§ If your cat and dog has a favourite area in the garden, you can use parasitic nematodes (tiny
worms that eat flea larvae) on that area. Search online for retailers. Prevention and control of fleas and ticks
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§ Avoid desiccants, unless they are specifically formulated for flea control in homes with pets.
§ Borax and borax powders are toxic to fleas. However, they are also toxic to cats and dogs.
§ Diatomaceous earth, as mentioned above, can be very irritating to breathe and is not
recommended for those with asthma.
§ Rotenone, naturally derived from derris root, is more toxic than some synthetic flea
products and is poisonous to aquatic animals once it enters waterways or ponds.
§ Limonene and other citrus extracts, although natural flea repellents, have been known to
cause poisonings—particularly in combination with other flea products.
§ Electronic flea collars are not usually effective.
§ Pyrethrum, derived from the chrysanthemum flower, is available in both natural and
synthetic form such as permethrin. Permethrins are toxic to cats.
Avoid letting your pet on areas with long grass during tick season. Keep lawns mowed short. Groom and
check your pet daily for ticks, checking ears, under the tail, and between toes. In regions where paralysis
ticks or disease-carrying ticks are common, use a tick product such as Advantix. When using a tick
product, make sure to use when incidence of ticks is highest during April and May and again during
October and November. Prevention and control of fleas and ticks
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Ticks can carry disease such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever,
and Bartonellosis. Contact your vet immediately for advice as tick poisoning (tick paralysis) can be life
threatening. Use tweezers to grasp the tick at the base of its body, keeping the tweezers as close to your
pet’s skin as possible. Avoid crushing the tick and pull it out gently and slowly. You can place the tick in
a jar and bring it with you to the clinic for identification. If the tick’s head remains under the skin,
monitor the area for a few days as the remaining part will usually fester out on its own. Seek veterinary
attention if there is pain and/or swelling. Monitor your pet for the next few days and contact us if you
have any concerns.
ESSENTIAL OIL FLEA COLLAR FOR DOGS
This flea collar is potentially toxic if your dog chews it—supervise your dog initially. If your dog seems at
all distressed with the collar on, remove it immediately as some animals are very sensitive to smells. It is
important to note that this collar provides a repellent effect and will not be useful for animals with flea
1. Purchase a soft cloth collar.
2. Mix together:
§ 2 tsp Vodka
§ 2 drops Lavender
§ 1 drop Cedar
§ 1 drop Rose geranium
§ 2 Garlic capsules
Note: For dogs weighing between 15 kg – 30 kg, double the amounts listed above. For dogs that
weigh more than 30 Kg, triple the amounts.
3. Soak collar with the mix, then allow collar to dry. Repeat each month as the smell wears off. Prevention and control of fleas and ticks
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DOG FLEA-FREE BLEND
Place 4 drops of mixture per 5 kg of body weight onto a bandana daily, and 1 to 2 drops per 5 kg of body
weight to the base of the tail.
§ 15 ml Sweet almond oil
§ 4 drops Lavender
§ 1 drop Citronella
§ 5 drops Peppermint
§ 3 drops Lemon
§ 2 drops Clary sage
Use an amber bottle to store mixture.
ESSENTIAL OIL FLEA COLLAR FOR CATS
This is potentially toxic if your cat chews the collar, make sure to supervise your cat initially. If your cat
shows any signs of distress with the collar on, remove the collar immediately as some animals are very
sensitive to smells. It is important to note that this collar provides a repellent effect and will not be useful
for animals with flea allergy dermatitis.
1. Purchase a soft cloth collar.
2. Mix together:
§ 2 tsp Vodka
§ 5 drops Lavender
§ 5 drops Rose geranium
Soak collar with mix, then allow collar to dry. Repeat each month as smell wears off.
Janice is the founder of and primary caregiver at Happy Trail Dogs Service. She is also the founder of an arts-related non-profit and worked in the fitness industry for over two decades. She is an artist, editor, writer, and mother of two wonderful women and a glorious lab named Frida.