Ticks, Yuck!

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Hello everyone. We are in early spring here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. I got an unpleasant reminder of what that means yesterday. huMom always gives me a thorough check after our walks once the snow is gone & she found a tick on me. So she & SAM sprung into action with a small tool called a tick twister (see above). Within moments the tick was removed & dispatched in a solution of rubbing alcohol. But yuck. We hate ticks.

Ticks are small insects that are related to spiders. They can be found in forests, tall brush or grass. But they aren’t just in the country side, they live in city parks & backyards too.

Ticks will jump on any mammal as it’s walking by. Then they burrow through the fur to feed on blood. In doing so, ticks can transmit deadly diseases & parasites. Lyme disease is carried by ticks. The longer a tick feeds the more likelihood of it transmitting a disease or a parasite, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible.

Ticks are visible to the naked eye & will grow as they feed. If you do find a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your good dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with a tick remover, making sure you’ve gotten the head. Never squeeze an attached tick or it will ‘barf’ into the wound. The ‘barf’ may have parasites or viruses in it.

My huMom is a “helicopter mom” with me & my fur is short & light colored so in my case, finding a tick isn’t that difficult. I imagine this isn’t so for all good dogs. For us, the tick twister tool comes in handy. But if your good dog is thick furred it may not be so simple & a tick may go undetected. There are medications you can give your good dog, both to prevent & kill ticks. There are pills, spray’s, & shampoos. Like any medication, you need to be careful about which one you use. Tick medications are toxic. Make sure you read all labels carefully, & if you have any doubts, seek advice from your veterinarian. We always like to promote all natural products & there are natural tick treatments but we have never tried one so I can’t say if they are effective or not. If you use a natural product for ticks, please share your thoughts.

I recommend you always give your good dog a thorough check after a walk in nature, be it a forest, park or backyard. Pay special attention to the ears, lips, nose, under the chin, the top of the legs & between toes. These are places ticks like to hide, but they will attach anywhere given the chance. The one huMom found was on the back of my neck.

A “tick Twister” is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. This video shows how a Tick Twister works, it seems very easy.

Ticks are dog gone disgusting & ugly so I apawlogize for this being a gross post.

CEO Olivia

Olivia’s Big Spring Clean

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. My huMom likes to give me a cleanse when the seasons change. I take a lot of medications due to my idiopathic epilepsy, which are hard on my organs, so they can use a little help now & then. Every good dog & cat benefits from an organ detoxification or cleansing at least twice a year; Spring & Fall preferably.

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be given a natural, gentle cleanse or flush for my kidneys, liver & lungs. We like to focus on one organ at a time but that isn’t written in stone; a saying i picked up from you humans. During the winter months when we have the woodstove burning I will use LungTone which is a respiratory formula. We use this during allergy seasons or if i have issues with the dreaded eye gunk monster. One needs to note to wait 2 hours before using medication or 2 hours after using medication for full effectiveness.

Our choice is Omega Alpha supplements & has been for most of my life. This is why we carry their products on our store. But we are not being paid to endorse them;  huMom simply trusts in their effectiveness & safety.

We have already mentioned LungTone, the other cleansing formulas I will be using are LiverTone & KidneyTone.

These 3 Products: Liver Tone, LungTone & KidneyTone

  • Promote healthy organ functions
  • Supports liver, lung & kidney systems
  • Contain antioxidants (reducing inflammation)
  • Support stress & energy levels
  • Aids in natural detoxifications processes
  • Contains herbal nutrients from TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Another reason huMom & I love these safe, effective, all natural pure quality remedies is because at Omega Alpha they take the time to talk & answers your questions. HuMom calls all the time & Joanne Carr R.H.N., B.A, ESC is not only friendly but ready to answer any question even if huMom has asked her before.  Joanne clearly feels like we do about the Omega Alpha’s product line, “They’re Pawtastic”.

CEO Olivia

Tooth Brushing for Good Dogs

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m wrapping up National Pet Dental Health Month by barking about cleaning your good dog or cool cats teeth. If approached properly, it can be a pawsitive experience for everyone.

First thing you need to know is we four leggers don’t like having things put in our mouths unless it’s a treat. This means you may need time to get us comfortable with this new activity. Patience is key. At the first sign of stress, you’ll need to stop. Give praise for the attempt & try again later.

Let me be honest. Do I like getting my teeth cleaned? Not really. But I’ve learned that being still & cooperating with huMom is the trick to making brushing as quick as possible. It takes us maybe 2 minutes.

My huMom & I use the KTFGD’s Hemp Finger Toothbrush. The hemp fibres are strong enough to scrub off tartar build up & plaque but not so hard that they can scratch the enamel.

I understand not all humans are comfortable with putting a finger in their four leggers mouth. If you prefer using a traditional toothbrush, I recommend a bamboo one. They are bio degradable where plastic ones are not.

We use a doggie toothpaste. Dottie finds it delicious, but I wasn’t so keen at first. This was also introduced slowly, a bit at a time so I got used to it. At first huMom mixed a little organic coconut oil in with it because I love coconut.

My huMom starts on my top back teeth. With one hand she holds my snout & lifts up my lip (you can see in the picture). With the other hand she gently makes circles with the hemp finger brush against my teeth & gums. She says lots of nice things to me in a calm voice while she does this. She works her way around the top toofers until they’ve all been done. Then we do the bottom teeth in the same way. Slow circles all the way around.

When we’re done, I get lots of kisses. I love kisses.

It’s very impawtant for us good dogs to have a healthy mouth. I brush every day but I also have the benefit of having several Knotty Toys for Good Dogs hemp rope toys scattered about the house. They are excellent for cleaning not just my teeth, but Dottie & Jerry Underfoot’s teeth as well.

CEO Olivia