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  • in reply to: Has anyone made Homemade Dog Treats? #61896 Report Abuse

    Hi Gloria,

    A dehydrator would be best for fruits and whole meats sliced thinly. For biscuits and cookies an oven would be the better choice.

    in reply to: Lily's vet visit #60875 Report Abuse

    HI Dog Obsessed,

    I’m sorry to hear about Lily’s leg issues!

    For flea control I would NOT use Sentry Natural Defense. Cinnamon, Clove, and Thyme oils are phenols. Phenols are pretty irritating to the skin and Sentry natural defense contains a lot. Phenols and the peppermint oil also have a very strong odor. I suspect that this odor is a bit overwhelming to dogs and cats! A lot of people comment on how strong it smells and if it’s overwhelming to some people imagine how it smells to a dog.

    Sentry Natural Defense:
    Active Ingredients: Peppermint Oil 3.0%, Cinnamon Oil 4.5%, Lemon Grass Oil 4.5%, Clove Oil 5.0%, Thyme Oil 5.0%
    Other Ingredients: Vanillin, Isopropyl Myristate 78.0%

    The Mercola oil has much less phenols (1%). I like this oil the best of those mentioned here. It uses mostly Lemongrass oil which has a lighter smell and is less irritating to the skin.

    The Halo dip uses tea tree oil which is also very irritating to the skin, but since it doesn’t list the percentages of the oils I don’t know how much tea tree is in it.

    The oils I like best for flea and tick control are:

    You can buy your own Lemongrass oil and put about 2oz in a 32oz bottle. Add 1 ounce of baby shampoo, fill with water, shake well and mist Lily’s coat a couple of times a week to help with fleas. If you like a woodsy smell then use Cedar oil, the texas red cedar is best. If you add 1oz of isopropyl alcohol to the spray it it will penetrate the coat better.

    Ticks are harder to fight naturally, so inspections after you suspect she has been exposed are still the best way to fight them without powerful chemicals.

    Good Luck!

    in reply to: Homemade dog food #60410 Report Abuse

    HI Nancy M,

    I think it’s a great idea to make your own dog food!! That’s what I do. A very good book on the subject is “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way” by Steve Brown

    Any dog food recipe that does NOT contain ground bone can be cooked. You will also need a supplement to balance the meals unless you follow the recipes to a T. Steve Brown also made a supplement but it won’t be available for a while. The supplement I use for a mostly meat diet is “Balance IT Original Blends® – Carnivore Blend® for Dogs & Cats”

    I also add sardines in water to their food once or twice a week. And probiotics and digestive enzymes 2 or 3 times a week.

    Good Luck!!!

    in reply to: Let's talk fleas #59768 Report Abuse

    Hi Judy M,

    I think only the soap has neem in it. Most of Wondercide’s products are 10% Cedarwood oil and 90% Hydrated silica.

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