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RE: Skunk got dog, dog got me! (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: caroline on 08.03.2012 at 11:36 am in Kitchen Table Forum

The smell is probably still on you and the pup. This formula works! Trust me, I live with two hunting dogs that run wild on the prairie nearly daily, often a couple miles out from us. I could tell you tales about the skunks Harry has "met."

You may also need to wash the shower, drain, and towels with it. You will need to wash, or replace, the dog's collar, too. They hold skunk odor for-ev-er.

DeSkunk Formula...Easy, Effective, Low Cost

1 quart (32 oz.) hydrogen peroxide
1 quart warm water
3 tablespoons of original Dawn Dish soap (DAWN is best; it breaks down oil; skunk scent is oily.)
1/2 box of baking soda

Mix all these ingredients in a small pail. Work the solution into the dog's hair and let it stand for 15-20 minutes. Use a rag and keep patting the solution into the hair to get it thoroughly soaked. Keep sponging him with the solution while you're timing it. Don't get it in his eyes or mouth.

Concentrate on the part of the dog that was actually sprayed.

Rinse the dog very well with clear water and towel dry. Repeat if necessary, depending on how much spray actually got on him. Use old towels to dry him. The peroxide will lighten his hair, especially if he's in the sun a lot.

This solution works very effectively. We've used it many times on Harry! He was able to come in the house right after being washed and dried off.

When I tell people my dog has been "skunked" they usually tell me to "bathe him in tomato juice." I've asked several people if they have actually bathed a skunked dog in tomato juice, and did it remove the odor? The answers have always been, "No; but I've heard it's good." I've also asked folks if they know anyone that has successfully removed skunk odor with tomato juice. I get more, "No, not personally." If you ever hear of a real, live, tomato-cleaned dog, let me know!

We keep a several "skunk kits" made up. We store two 16-ounce bottles of peroxide, a small bottle of Dawn, old cleaning rags, and a box of baking soda in a 2 and 1/2 gallon water jug that's had the top removed. Open the ingredients, pour them in the jug, add a quart of water and you're in business! Wes keeps one kit in the truck during the warm months.

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clipped on: 08.14.2012 at 11:10 pm    last updated on: 08.14.2012 at 11:10 pm

RE: test (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: msfingers2 on 04.27.2008 at 09:27 am in Test Forum

If you can believe it, these pictures make this look better than it does in person -- I'm at a loss as to how to diminish all this concrete. I did have a vine growing up the back wall of the house, but my husband mistakenly(??) had the fall clean-up guys rip it out along with the the irises along the basement windows that over the few years we had them turned into weeds for the air conditioner.
There's a patio table that sits on the pavers.
I would truly appreciate any help you give this horticulturally-challenged individual as to how to make this a more inviting area, short of tearing down the garage!!

Here is a link that might be useful: http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/ee24/msfingers2/Back%20Yard/?albumview=grid

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clipped on: 04.27.2008 at 09:28 am    last updated on: 04.27.2008 at 09:28 am

RE: how much homemade dog food? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: lsr2002 on 06.04.2007 at 01:47 pm in Cooking Forum

Stacy, I'll bet Sammy loved her middle of the night snack. I've looked at Frosty Paws but haven't purchased them. I just found a clone recipe to make them that sounds healthy and good. I'll try this when I get back from LA. Thought you might like it too. If I used vanilla yogurt I would probably not use the honey since the yogurt would have more than enough sugar for a dog. I would probably use plain yogurt and think that the honey and the banana would sweeten it enough. Of course for Brockly, I would add ginger. This seems simple and inexpensive to make and I'll bet the furbabbies will love it.

Lee


Homemade Frosty Paws

1 32-ounce container of vanilla yogurt
1 or 2 ripe bananas
2 Tbs. Honey
2 Tbs. Peanut butter

Mash bananas until smooth.

Add yogurt, honey, and peanut butter. Stir until smooth.

Fill small kitchen Dixie cups 2/3 full. Freeze.

You can pop them out of the cups and store in a freezer bag.

Also, you can add shredded carrots, banana chips, dried apples, etc. before freezing if you want.

posted by Suzy Leonard at 3:47 PM 0 comments April 25, 2007

http://www.floridatoday.com/blogs/petproject/2007_04_01_archive.html

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clipped on: 02.07.2008 at 10:50 pm    last updated on: 02.07.2008 at 10:52 pm

RE: Strange Shih Tzu Behavior (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: meghane on 01.22.2007 at 10:53 pm in Pets Forum

Even if the food isn't the problem, please for his long term health, switch the food to something that is not mostly fillers and artificial color. Think about this- dogs are color blind! There is no need to potentially poison a dog to make his food look more colorful. Some of the artificial colors used in dog foods are banned from human foods because of risk of cancer. Even if they don't cause cancer, you have to ask yourself, why should your dog eat something that does not have a taste, smell, or any nutritional value?

As a vet tech, I could tell a Bil Jac-fed dog just by the soft consistency and odd reddish color of its poop, even if the owner wasn't complaining of soft stools or other GI problems. Once you start asking, they say "oh yeah, he's always been a bit gassy" or "oh yeah, he's always had soft stool or poops 4-6 times a day and it seems like a lot for such a little dog" or something similar. That's because the fillers, or what Bil Jac calls main ingredients, are not easily digested by dogs (or at all).

Sorry, I have soapbox issues with nutrition. Now that I got that out of my system...

If after switching diet (gradually over the course of a week or 2) nothing improves within 4-6 weeks, then you're looking at another problem. I'd still not go back to Bil Jac- stick to a quality diet.

Could easily be GI parasites. Have to do a fecal exam and/or a fecal direct smear with FRESH stool (for coccidia, giardia) to find them, but GI parasites are easily treatable. Most heartworm preventatives include a dewormer that helps control many GI parasites, but not coccidia. Plus dog parks are parasite paradise, and the parasite load can overwhelm HWP. So if your dog isn't on HWP for the winter, he could have easily picked up a load of parasites at the park. To me, that's the most obvious differential and it's cheap and easy to find out and cheap and easy to both cure and prevent in the future. Personally I like to start with cheap and easy :)

If the parasite theory doesn't pan out, it could be any number of other things, but since a routine panel was normal you're looking at more extensive (expensive) testing. Cross that bridge if and when you get to it.

My Aleksander was like that as a pup. He had similar symptoms. First thing we did was stool exam and he had roundworms, so we dewormed him. Still had intermittent diarrhea. Did a fecal direct exam and he had coccidia, so we treated that. Still had diarrhea so we did a cbc, chem, UA and nothing showed up on that. Thought he had food allergies and switched him to every Hills prescription diet they had at the time. Still had diarrhea. Vet decided it was stress colitis. At that point I decided that a dog can have diarrhea on any food not just Hill's so I started feeding him Nature's Recipe chicken and rice.

Diarrhea cleared up.

Nature's Recipe had the exact same ingredients as Hills ID (for intestinal issues) except one major thing- the Hills dry foods were preserved with BHA and BHT. The Nature's Recipe food was preserved with vitamin E. I concluded that Aleksander was sensitive to BHA and BHT and avoided foods with those preservatives, and he never had a problem like that again.

I'm sure his parasite problem was not helping his diarrhea, but clearing the parasites didn't clear the diarrhea. So you just have to keep re-evaluating the response to treatment and take things step-wise. There's no need to break the bank for more bloodwork and do invasive testing such as intestinal biopsies if you haven't covered the basics yet.

Good luck to you and your little dog. Oh, and what's his name?

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clipped on: 01.23.2007 at 02:24 pm    last updated on: 01.23.2007 at 02:25 pm