First Aid Tips

Looking to do a Pet first aid course?

Here are some at home suggestions....


Ear Mite Control?

Ear yeast and mites.  use a few drops of tea tree oil in a bit of water.  Then rub the ear with raw coconut oil.  

We use this method for controlling ear mites - works right away.

Ear Infections?  Bowel Irritation?  Itchy Dog?



Often An allergic reaction can be caused by diet.  We have done a ton of research on what to feed as the best nutritionally balanced food to our dogs. Golden retriever and Labrador retriever breeds DO NOT TOLERATE GRAINS, CORN, FILLERS, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS OR COLOURS.

They can have minor to major allergic reactions to an improper diet.

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If not food, then dogs can have allergic reactions to shampoos - scented room sprays - scented candles - atomizers - essential oils - plants




Allergies or Yeast Overgrowth?

It’s important to understand puppies commonly have yeast blooms during stressful times such going to a new home and leaving their mother and siblings.

Far too often, when dogs are diagnosed with allergies, they are actually suffering from an overgrowth of yeast.

When your pet’s body is in balance, yeast is an excellent source of beta-glucan, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps ward off skin damage, repair skin damage and protect your skin.

Yeast infections are an overgrowth of yeast caused by fungal infection. If yeast overgrowth is not treated, the dog will likely develop additional health problems triggered by the infection. Apple cider vinegar and yogurt are both inexpensive cures easy to administer at home. Apple cider vinegar retards the growth of "bad" bacteria while yogurt with lactobacillus acidophilus is a type of probiotic that will fortify your dog's body with "good" bacteria.

Before beginning, understand that a yeast infection will limit your dog's quality of life. Always consult a vet to establish whether your home remedy is the most appropriate option. Make an appointment with your vet if the home remedy he recommends does not eliminate your pet's yeast infection. The vet will likely prescribe some medications to treat and cure his infection.

Yeast Ear Infections (Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment)

Items You'll Need:
• Apple cider vinegar
• Unflavored yogurt
• Water
• Medium bowl
• Measuring cups
• Measuring spoons
• Cotton balls
• Oral syringe
• Spray bottle

Step 1- Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water in a medium bowl.
Step 2- Fill oral syringe with the apple cider vinegar water mixture. Use 5 milliliters for every 20 pounds your dog weighs.
Step 3- Flush your dog's ear gently with the solution.
Step 4 - Rub your dog's ears and use cotton balls to swab the excess from her ears.
CAUTION: Be careful when using the oral syringe to flush your dog's ears. Too much solution in the ear will cause her pain and create further ear problems. Check with your veterinarian before beginning any home treatments for yeast infections.

Caprylic acid, a nutritional supplement derived from coconut oil, kills candida cells. ... The recommended dose is at least 1 teaspoon coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. Dogs with candidiasis may need more, especially in the early stages of treatment.

Candida  Yogurt Treatment
Step 1- Measure out 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup unflavored yogurt for a small dog and ¼ cup to ½ cup unflavored yogurt for a large dog.
Step 2- Mix yogurt in your dog's dry dog food. Alternately feed it to your dog separately as a treat.
Step 3- Feed yogurt once every day as a treatment. Continue to feed it as a preventative after she no longer has a yeast infection.

Candida Yeast Infection IN THE BODY  (Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment)
Step 1- Measure out 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Step 2- Pour apple cider vinegar into your dog's water dish and stir. Change the drinking-water/vinegar mix every day.
Step 3- As an alternative, pour apple cider vinegar directly on your dog's dry kibble.

Skin Infections (Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment)
Step 1- Mix 1 part warm water to 1 part apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl.
Step 2- Pour the warm solution into a clean spray bottle.
Step 3- Spray the areas where your dog has a skin infection. You can use this solution on sensitive areas without causing her pain.

Balancing flora

The Importance of Giving Your Dog Probiotics

Did you know? 70% of your dog's immune system is in their gut. As a result, there are endless complications and disorders that can be triggered if your dog is suffering from poor gut health. Inflammatory bowel disease, paw biting, scratching and even tear stains can all be caused by an imbalance of bacteria in your dog.
However, poor gut health has a far more systemic reach. While poor gut health impacts such as immune response,it can even affect your dog’s behavior, with problems such as anxiety and depression.
Luckily, with the right Probiotic or Digestive Supplement product, your dog's poor gut health and symptoms can clear up in just a few weeks. Read on to discover the benefits and our top 5 expert ranked list of products.
Potential Problems of Poor Gut Health
Failure to provide the best care for your best friend’s gut can result in discomfort at best and sereve illness at worse. Possible complications include:
   •    Allergies
   •    Skin Irritations and Itchy Skin
   •    Chronic or Intermittent Diarrhea
   •    Paw Biting & Licking
   •    Gassiness, Flatulence and Bloating
   •    Behavioural Issues Linked To Anxiety
   •    Nutritional Imbalance and Deficiencies
   •    Yeast Infections
Benefits of Probiotics
There are endless scientific studies which highlight the benefits of probiotics for dogs. Probiotics are filled with good healthy bacteria, which when ingested, can help fight back against harmful bacteria in your dog's gut. Probiotics bring the following benefits:
High Quality Dog Probiotics Can:
       Prevent Paw Biting
       Alleviate Allergies
       Reduce Itching & Scratching
       Fix Recurring Diarrhea
       Reduce Anxiety & Boost Mood
       Prevent Excessive Shedding
       Boost Muscle Mass
       Rid of Yeast Infections
What To Look For In Dog Probiotics
Dog probiotics are NOT all the same. It is critical to ensure you choose a vetted probiotic that contains scientifically proven ingredients such as:
The most effective family of bacteria to prevent harmful bacteria growth & boost immunity. This powerful probiotic has been thoroughly researched and has proven effectiveness.
A powerful natural ingredient to aid digestion, reduce inflammation of the gut and is a strong antioxidant.
       Yucca Schidigera
This all-important ingredient improves digestion, serves as prebiotic fiber and helps strengthen stool.
       Black Pepper To maximize absorption of the Probiotic, calm the gut and produce critical stomach acid to kill bad bacteria.
Your Definitive Probiotics Checklist
It is important that you make sure to buy a Probiotic with the following, so that you do not waste money on ineffective products. Ensure your Probiotic has:
       High Volumes of CFUs
CFUs are colony-forming units – the number of living microbes in the probiotics. We recommend 2+ Billion CFU..
       Vital Ingredients Ensure the probiotic follows the above recommended list of ingredients, to ensure effectiveness and safety.
       Additional Nutrients Opt for a probiotic that supports overall health with a balance of vitamins such as A and C, as well as minerals such as Manganese. These are important minerals that can help the overall health of your dog. Probiotics can be fragile. Look for storage instructions and check this probiotic is formulated to contain live bacteria for its full life.

Common Puppy Ailments....

Assessing vomiting/diarrhea...

If your puppy’s suffering from either of these nasties, the first thing to rule out is intestinal parasites. When puppies go home, stress is a factor.  It lowers immune systems and makes them very suspectible to common parasites from drinking from lakes and puddles; contact with dogs who are carriers of parasites (Giardia or Coccidia).   Easily treatable with daily pumpkin and some time to let their system fight it off.  If behaviour is good, & eating and drinking well... let your puppies immune system build and fight. Most dogs, could be tested and over half would test positive for either of these and not show ANY symptoms- as they have built a good immune system.    If lethargy, not eating or drinking.... easy anti-parasitical can be found at the vet. (Panacur)

Diet is a key component in building a good immune system with your pet.  Always consider all natural - no filler foods with probiotic and proper vitamins.

If parasites are not ruled out- they are not the cause vomiting/diarrhea, your pooch has probably just eaten or licked something he shouldn’t have. Nine times out of 10 what they’ve consumed comes back out again.

Treatment: Continue to offer water, and provide food if your puppy asks for it but that’s less essential than keeping them hydrated. After 12 hours straight (vomiting) or  days of  diarrhea, take your dog to your veterinarian if he’s not acting well. Your veterinarian can provide you with meds to help.

A simple chicken, pumpkin and rice- therapeutic bland diet to help your puppy feel better.

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