September 20, 2007
I do have a couple of questions. First is there anything preventative to
use for potential eye problems and then we need to start treating for ticks
right away as we live in a heavily wooded area in the northern US and I
think lime disease is prevalent here. With a puppy of 9 weeks, what do you
suggest that is a good medication without danger from the chemicals?
Thanks so much.
I’m afraid there are no preventative measures for eye problems. A lot of it
will have to do with the breeding of your bulldog. Cherry eye is common,but
doesn’t appear at all in some lines. It is quite obvious when the gland pops
out. If one comes out, the other is usually soon to follow.
The eyelash problems are the same way,
some get them, some don’t. You will know soon enough if your puppy’s eyes
keep running and get red and do not clear up within a week or so.
I live in Colorado where we have very few ticks so I’m not really well versed
in tick treatment, but I can offer some advise.
You can ask your vet for the least toxic medication and ask about what
possible side effects there are, and at what time of year should you apply.
The following is a thread from one of the online forums about natural tick
repellents you could try.
[Bulldoggers] Natural flea repellents
You can also Google natural flea repellents as well. But here is what I found It will come in handy next year…
Here is what the website has:
* Two sources for natural products for flea and tick control:
* A growing number of pet owners use natural ingredient-based flea repellents and techniques in order to avoid using pest control chemicals and commercial medications for their pets. Some natural/holistic approaches that people have found effective include:
** Add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to the dog’s water bowl.
** Put a drop of lemon oil or rosemary oil on the dog’s collar.
** Apply a dab of lavender oil in between the dog’s shoulder blades.
** Some dog owners have reported that garlic in small quantities can help repel doggie fleas by making the animal taste unpleasant to fleas. Grate a small amount of fresh, raw garlic into your pet’s food at mealtime, about 1/2 to 3 chambers of the clove, depending on animals size.
** Boil 6 cut in half lemons, then strain the solution into a spray bottle and spray.
And here is the website:
RE : [Bulldoggers] Natural flea repellants
Just a quick heads up.
My homeopath mentionned that natural oils can interfear with treatments. So if you are following a homeopathic or more natural alopathic treatment, it is important to speak to your vet before applying any natural oils.
Also, be sure your natural oil is diluted in a base oil before applying. If you have gone out a bought the good stuff that is the all natural extract, it can be to pure and very dangerous for your pets. Fro example, Tea tree oil when properly diluted can have wonderfull effects for many things on a dog, when not properly diluted it can proove deadly. The same goes for lemon oil and many other oils that are often recommended.
Now I use these oils often and know how wonderfull they can be… but I was warned many times over at how dangerous they can be and was told that when i doubt… DON’T use it.
I hope this helps… and GREAT post by the way.
PS here are some very popular recipes used by me and many of my raw feeding friends.
– Garlic given to the dogs every day is a first step (protect from the inside out).
– using apple cider vinegar to wash and spraying it on the dogs is a great second step (for a disinfectant you can use vinegar or Coloidal silver).
– The following are a few recipes that I have accumulated.:
Natural Repellent Recipe
Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies and also makes the van/car smell great. Spray dogs and blankets. Use before going into the show ring instead of those other sprays; no chemical smell spray. Stuff smells great. Dogs look great and gives an additional shine to their coat.
Ingredients are full strength oils:
Tea Tree Oil
Pine Needle Oil
Mix 4-6 drops of each with 32 oz of any natural shampoo and now you have a natural flea shampoo OR Mix 2-3 drops each with 16 oz Water in a spray bottle. Shake before each
application and spray light over entire body.
Health food stores in your area sell the oils or you can purchase online here.
(My new S’pensive people shampoo contains Tea tree and peppermint and I see the difference for myself when it comes to the bugs)
If you feel uncomfortable spraying your dog with this (I know there are all kins of anti natural articles out there… but they mention cases where large quantities were used in concentrated form!), mix a more concentrated version and put it on the harness/colar.
One of the best natural insect repellents is made from the
clear real vanilla (not the grocery store vanilla extract which
is mostly alcohol). This is the pure vanilla that is sold in Mexico.
It’s cheap there if you know of someone that lives there or in
the US close to the border. If not, health food stores usually
carry it or can order it for you. I use it half
vanilla and half water and find that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,
don’t know about other insects.
I hope this helps.
Your Bulldog Pal,