The unusual place I buy my wormer

As someone who mostly writes about naturally treating my pets, you might be surprised to learn that although there are natural methods out there for treating worms, I don’t use them.  I tried the natural remedy route once and it didn’t work, so for a number of reasons, I buy conventional wormer for my cats and dogs.  The problem was finding a good product that actually worked and didn’t cost me a fortune.  After some trial and error and catching a break, I finally found a single product that works well for both my cats and dogs and is actually affordable.

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How to make dog in heat/potty training pants

dog in heat diaper pants

When a new dog I’d taken in went into heat, I had to scramble to come up with something to minimize the mess.  I tried the female dog diapers first, which were stocked locally and seemed like the best quick option, but they were expensive and too small.  Ordering something online would take days to arrive, and still possibly not work, so as I so often do, I went looking for a better solution that would work and was affordable.

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Colloidal silver: Medical miracle in a bottle

Colloidal silver is one of those things you may have heard of, but don’t really know what it is or its capabilities.  I used to be one of those people.  I can’t even remember now what specific issue I was dealing with, if any, when I stumbled across colloidal silver, but even in the limited capacity I’ve used it for, I’m glad that I did.  And while it may seem expensive, I like to look at it in terms of it saving me a vet visit and prescription meds or a late night/weekend shopping trip to track down a treatment I need.  I can assure you, as many times as it has suddenly come in handy, how many things it can cure, and given how well it works, I will not be without it.  You shouldn’t either. Read more

How I cured my dog’s kennel cough

kennel cough

Last month, a week after my labrador, Abby, spent a night at the vet’s office following lipoma removal surgery, she developed a cough.  I let it go for a little over a day, as I waited to see if it was just a fluke since she was on antibiotics from her surgery and it was a pretty minor and only occasional cough.  Listening to her, it just appeared that she had something in her throat. She hadn’t had any bones recently and she’s a grass eater, so I thought maybe she just had a piece of grass stuck in her throat.  Unfortunately, by the next day when my scheduled post surgery check-in call with the vet came, the cough had progressed to being more frequent.

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How I keep a clean home on a budget

Keeping a clean home with so many animals is definitely a challenge, but with the right tools, it can be done.  In addition to my house being clean though, I also want it to be as safely clean as possible.  What does that mean?  It means I want my cleaning methods and products to be safe. I also don’t have time for them not to work, so here’s my top products and methods for keeping my home clean on a budget. Read more

Pet care reference books reviewed

Over the years, I’ve purchased several books on cat and dog care.  Some have been more helpful than others in certain situations, and although I have not always entirely agreed with the information provided, I have found most of them to be very helpful and insightful.  As someone who has no access to local holistic vets, and prefers to treat my pets as naturally as possible, I wanted to share my thoughts on these books with others who also prefer to go the natural route whenever possible and are interested in starting or adding to their resource collection.

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The truth about veterinarians

Veterinarians.  The people we entrust with our pets health in good times and in bad.  While I truly believe veterinarians do the best they can, given what they have been taught and believe, and really do care about our pets, I also know that at the end of the day, they are only human, and as humans, not above making errors or being influenced by money.  Blindly following them (sometimes against your gut feeling) without question can be detrimental to your pet’s health and/or your wallet, as I’ve experienced first hand on a few occasions.

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