De-Skunking a dog

different methods to use

  • Use one bottle of peroxide, 1/8 cup baking soda and a squirt of dish soap. Sponge this on the dog and then wash off.
  • tomato juice is not recommended.
  • The top two shampoos were “Nature”s Miracle Skunk Odour Remover” – still required two baths and “NuHemp Botanicals Omega Zapp Skunk Shampoo” This one was considered to work the best and is a Cdn product.
  • Nature’s Miracle makes a de-skunk stuff that works pretty well. Same bottle as the cleaner but with a skunk on the bottle.
  • Crest toothpaste – use it just like shampoo. This works much better than the tomato juice thing – yuk. And your dog will smell minty fresh!
  • 1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
    1/4 cup Baking Soda
    1 teaspoon liquid soap
    Mix in a bucket (it will fizz).
    Soak your dog’s fur, but be careful not to get any in his eyes.
    Use a sponge to clean off his head and around his eyes.
    Knead solution into the fur and be sure to get every part of him withit.
    Rinse thoroughly.

A follow-up to that satire

First of all let me say it is good to see a couple who have their priorities straight.
Finding a handy way to get rid of cumbersome family members can be verytricky; just ask the woodcutter in Hansel and Gretel. Official so and so types are always getting in the way and gingerbread houses are not that easy to find these days.

Here is a true story: Before I retired to a life of dog play I was a public school teacher for 35 years. Once, when I was teaching in an inner city school in Prince George, a boy returned to school after lunch and he expressed an immediate need to see the school councilor. It seems his needs were truly important and urgent. While he was in school for the morning his parents packed up and moved. Just like that. At the time we were all shocked and horrified. Now, in light of the puppy vs kid problem I see that sometimes an adult has to do what an adult has to do.
However, not everyone is in a position to just pack everything in a morning and move, especially if you are not renting. Here are some options:
1. Boarding School. The British are notorious dog lovers. Maybe that is why
they send their children off to residential school.
2. Some cities have rapid transit systems which require passengers to insert
their tickets into the turnstiles upon exiting the trains. SImply put Jimmy and Susie on the LRT and take their ticket stubs from them as they enter the system. They will ride for ever (like Charlie on the MTA).
3. My parents were always saying that if we did not behave they would sell us to the Gypsies. If you can find buyers for your kids be sure to remember that fully trained ones should fetch a much better price than novice ones.
4. My parents also used to threaten us with Military Academy. Have you
considered this?
5. You may be able to keep both your puppies and your kids. It is hard, but it has been done. The key is a concept called “crating.” Time spent in a crate is like time spent in a den and rather than being cruel or mean, a crate can actually feel safe and secure and comforting. The key is to be sure to get the right size crate for each child.
6. Perhaps the orphanage or dark road options are not so bad. Little Orphan Annie made out okay. These decisions may seem tough, but when the Q ribbons start rolling in it will all seem worthwhile.

A good satire on how we treat our dogs

Subject: Homes required

> Help Needed

> Please help!!!! After two long years of being on a waiting list for  an agility dog, we have been notified by the breeder that, at long  last, our number has come up and …WE ARE HAVING A PUPPY!!! We must  get rid of our children IMMEDIATELY because we just know how time  consuming our new little puppy is going to be and it just wouldn’t be  fair to the children. Since our little puppy will be arriving on  Monday we MUST place the children into rescue this weekend!
> They are described as:
> One male – His name is Jimmy, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), light  blonde hair, blue eyes. Four years old. Excellent disposition. He  doesn’t bite. Temperament tested. Does have problems with peeing  directly in the toilet. Has had chicken Pox and is current on all  shots. Tonsils have already been removed.   Jimmy eats everything, is  very clean, house trained &gets along well with others. Does not run  with scissors and with a little training he should be able to read  soon.
> One female – Her name is Suzy, Caucasian (English/Irish mix),  strawberry blonde hair, green eyes quite freckled. Two years old. Can  be surly at times. Non-biter, thumb sucker. Has been temperament  tested but needs a little attitude adjusting occasionally. She is  current on all shots, tonsils out, and is very healthy & can be  affectionate. Gets along well with other little girls & little boys  but does not like to share her toys and therefore would do best in a  one child household. She is a very quick learner and is currently  working on her house training-shouldn’t take long at all.

> We really do LOVE our children so much and want to do what’s right for them; that is why we contacted a rescue group. But we simply can no longer keep them. Also, we are afraid that they may hurt our new puppy.
> I hope you understand that ours is a UNIQUE situation and we have a real emergency here!!! They MUST be placed into your rescue by Sunday night at the latest or we will be forced to drop them off at the orphanage or along some dark, country road. Our priority now has to be our new puppy.

Fish Oil

One of the things I keep running into on the various dog lists that I’m part of, is giving dogs a supplement of fish oil.

I have not exactly figured out why this seems so important to people, but a lot of questions go into the amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6’s that are in the different types one can purchase.

This article in the Chronicle online talks abit about the pros and cons of farmed vs wild caught fish.

On the one hand, farmed salmon has more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than wild salmon. On the other hand, it also tends to have much higher levels of chemical contaminants that are known to cause cancer, memory impairment and neurobehavioral changes in children. What’s a consumer to do?

It’s a bit of a question, which is why I suppose many people do the fish oil capsule, seeing it as a safer alternative.

Then of course comes the question, how does one figure out the dose to give your dog.  Most fish oil capsules are meant for human consumption, so how does one figure out how much a toy breed needs, and how much a giant dog needs?

Grizzly Salmon Oil tells us this:

Omega-3s (and one omega-6) are considered important fatty acids because they are critical for good health. They are essential building blocks your dog and cat needs for a healthy heart and strong immune system.

This site goes on to say that their products are at an optimum 5:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6.  Not sure if that helps with figuring out how much to administer or not.

People give fish oil to help with allergies, bad coat, itchy skin and so forth.

Of course what you could do is catch a fish, and after freezing it, check with the Wildlife ministry folks to see what is safe to eat for what weight of person, and then just do your math for your dogs weight and then feed your dog accordingly.

What can I say?   I don’t have all the answers.   Just putting the information out there so that people can think about and start doing some of their own research into the topic.

Car Sick Puppy/dog

What are ways to help a dog or puppy that gets car sick.

  1.  realize that puppy might out-grow the need to be car-sick.
  2. Dramanine, Meclizine, Wal-DramII or Bonine  – slightly different meds that do the same thing, but one might work where another doesn’t
  3. Putting a crate up high so he can see out
  4. Opening a window
  5. start with really short trips
  6. give a bone to chew on
  7. teach dog to let you know if would be ill so you can pull over for it to vomit and then continue on your way
  8. drive more conservatively
  9. give gingersnap cookies, or ginger tea
  10. go on a few really long trips, somehow that can help dog adjust to vehicle motion
  11. don’t feed too much before traveling (if at all) this though depends on the dog since some dogs get sick on a empty tummy.  It’s a case of having to know your dog
  12. Be careful where you place them in the car – some dogs front seat, some dogs middle of vehicle, some crated so can’t see passing scenery from side view,  Once again, a case of try it out, see what works for individual dog
  13. Perhaps invest in larger vehicle, less car sickness in vans
  14. Realize that many dogs will out-grow car sickness, but some never do, whether it’s a conditioned response, or an actual effect of vehicular travel.  All one can do then is determine how to live with it (extra bedding and showers)