|PRODUCTS WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND|
This company has a product which REALLY WORKS to rid your house of fleas. They will come to your home and flea-proof your home, and if they are not located in your area, you can buy their product on-line to use in your home. We have used Fleabusters in both forms (coming to the house when we lived in Redmond, WA and ordering off the web site for their product when we moved to Michigan) and can personally vouch for how well this product works!
Fleabusters' main ingredient is boric acid (which is, btw, *never* to be applied to your dog's coat or skin directly). This causes fleas to dehydrate and die. Fortunately, fleas spend a lot of time off your dog's body, so when this product is applied to carpets and rugs, it works very well.
All you do is sprinkle Fleabusters on your carpets and rugs and use a dustmop to go over the powder. Some powder residue will probably be left on your carpet, but it will "walk into" your carpet in a couple of days with normal traffic.
We have indoor/outdoor carpeting in our living room in this house, and one application of Fleabusters lasted 3 seasons. When the company came and applied it to the carpets in our entire house in Redmond, WA, it lasted 3 seasons, too, although we were told that it's effectiveness would decrease with each rug shampooing. I'm not saying you'll get that kind of longevity out of the product, but we did!
This is a natural way to control fleas, and it's a very low risk to use around your dogs. I hate using poison for fleas, and I just won't do it. Fleabusters has been 100% effective for us!!
You can purchase beneficial nematodes from some (plant) nurseries which will kill the fleas in your yard. They may have to applied twice in any warm season, but they work very well. We have never had to do this, but it depends on whether your yard is infested or not.
We seem to pick up fleas at dog shows (I am an AKC dog show vendor and do dog shows in several states). I do, btw, apply Fleabusters in the carpeting in my van, too, so that we do, hopefully, get rid of any fleas we pick up at the dog shows before we even get home.
|LINKS TO OTHER HEALTH SITES
It would be a very good idea to print out many of these pages and place them in a First Aid Notebook that you can keep handy in your house. If you travel, do up two First Aid Notebooks and keep the other one in your vehicle.
|WHAT *NOT* TO FEED YOUR DOG (FOODSTUFFS)
By Deborah Burton
This is a list of food items that are not good for your dog to eat.
|CANINE TICK DISEASES
Cindy Tittle Moore has done it again--another good info page on Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis written by Lynda Adame, two diseases dogs can pick up from ticks. Lyme's Disease is not on this page, btw.
|MAKING YOUR DOG MOBILE (PARALYZED BACK END)
If you have a dog who can't move his back end to walk, temporarily or permanently, go to Walkabout Custom Fitted Harnesses And Boots For Your Pets and The K9 Cart Company for some help .
|ORTHOPEDIC FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS (OFA)
This is an organization which rates dog's hips for dysplasia when you send x-rays to them. This is one of the many health tests that should be performed before you even think about breeding your dog.
|rec.pets.dogs FAQ Homepage / MEDICAL INFO
There is wealth of information on health issues of all kinds on Cindy Tittle Moore's page. There are a *lot* of other areas of interest on this page, too.
|HOLISTIC VETERINARY MEDICINE - PETSYNERGY
Anna Maria Gardner M.A. Vet. MB MRCVS is a holistic Veterinarian certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS) and in Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH). She trained in standard veterinary medicine in England (receiving her degree from Cambridge in 1988) and then studied holistic approaches in Asia. She is now in the state of Washington and has written several interesting articles which you can read on her site. Her latest updates are here. There is also a list of holistic Veterinarians throughout the U.S. Take a look!
|VETERINARY INFORMATION FOR DOG OWNERS
Michael Richards, DVM, has done a great job on this site compiling veterinary information on dogs. You can subscribe to a monthly newsletter, VetInfo Digest, for $25.00 USD per year and have access to the Ask Dr Mike question and answer page.
|THE ELECTRONIC ZOO/NET VET
This is a very interesting site with lots of information on all kinds of animals.