Ticks, Yuck!

Health

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

Health

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

It’s Our 10th Gotcha Day!

News, News Flash

Ten years ago today huMom & I found each other 💜

For those who haven’t already heard the story you can sniff it out here.

This has been a rough week for us here.  One spent fighting the epi monster. A name we use for when a seizure episode takes hold. It’s been a week of constant vigilance night & day because you never know when that dog gone epi monster is going to strike.  One thing we do know, it often does just as I fall into a good dog sleep.

But this post isn’t about canine epilepsy; although we have many if you are interested.  This post is about the relationship between huMom & I.  A relationship that has grown over the years.  HuMom didn’t know me & I didn’t know her.  We had to learn how to listen & communicate to one another. We learned to trust each other, to have fun with each other, & we learned to love each other.

Remember, huMom’s heart was still hurting from loosing her Destabella just a couple of months before we met. Her visit that day was in concern for another dog who later became  my furbro Mickey Moo Man.  However, it didn’t take long before my charms won her over & she was pawsitively smitten with me.

HuMom still tells the story of the day I leaned my back up against her leg & look up at her.  That was how I told her I loved her.  You  see I did not like to be hugged or to kiss.  No kisses given or received.  I won’t fib, I love kisses now but I still don’t give kisses.  Instead, I like to 💜 nose nudge 💜 I have kissed my huMom, but only twice. I’ve wandered away from what I’m trying to say here. It didn’t take me long to know I could always count on my huMom to feed, shelter & care for me. She loved me &  I loved her before we even knew it.

HuMom & I have spent today together resting & recovering.

Now go kiss you dog, or cat; you know you want to.

CEO Olivia 💜