Tag Archives: what kills yeast on dogs

What Kills Yeast On Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how much apple cider vinegar to use in dogs ears?
    my dog is having ear irriation and i have been reading that apple cider vinegar works best to clean the ears out and kill yeast and bacteria.
    how much of it should i use and how should i put it in her ear?
    will the vinegar burn her or cause her harm in any way?

    also, can i use mineral oil directly after to soothe her ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Put nothing in your dog's ears unless you're prepared to risk making her deaf.
      Why, when you don't know the state of her inner ear would you risk putting anything in there?

      Take the dog to the vet and ask the vet to take a swab so they can identify the problem and prescribe appropriate medication.

      Do NOT use home remedies. It's too dangerous and can cause immense pain as well as deafness. You don't know if the ear drum is perforated.

  2. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my dogs from stinking up the whole house without the use of fancy shampoo?
    My dogs ( a lab and a husky both mixed with german shepard) stink everytime they come in and there is nothing dead in the yard for them to role in! What can I do to make them smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs stink because bacteria and yeast builds up on the skin. You don't have to use a fancy shampoo. Just make sure the one you use is antimicrobial. One that is tea tree oil based works well and is not expensive or anything. Don't use oatmeal shampoos and conditioners because oatmeal is a carbohydrate and will actually feed bacteria and yeast and cause it to grow even more. You can also make a lemon rinse. Just boil some lemons in water. Once it cools down pour it over a wet coat and it will make them smell good and kill the bacteria.

  5. QUESTION:
    what are some powerful herbs that kill yeast in the skin?
    I would like to buy herbs that can be taken internally, are there any such herbs that really work against yeast overgrowth?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, u can buy Acidophilus in the vitamni section of any store that sells otc vitamins..... (walmart, kmart, cvs, etc.) Acidophilus can be taken n swallowed as directed on bottle n it works on ur intestinal tract by killing the bad stuff n in it n promoting health.... the same way that that Danactive claim to work.... also it has live stuff in each pill that eliminates n manages yeast in the body. Dr's tell woman to eat yogart if they have a yeast problem because it has acidophilus in it.... But only some yagart has it, the more expensive brands like yoplait. Point is u can take acidophilus to eliminate yeast n promote healthier living in ur body by a cleansed intestinal tract. They don't cost that much like .88 at walmart for 100 pills (I think) Also if ur taking this anyway it has been proven that if u take a magnesium pill and a vitamin d w/ calcium pill also (1 each a day) that u will reduce ur chances of catching any illness by 50% including the flu, swine flu, colds,.... everything. As soon as school starts my kids always bring germs home n we got sick llike 4 x's a yr.... I saw this on tv about 14 months ago about the 3 pills above... We have been taking them since n no one in my family has been the slightest bit sick in 14 months.... For my family of 4 thats 20 less sickness we have had to deal w/ n treat .... these vitamins r a much cheaper n healthier way of living... Oh n I have not had a yeast infection in that time either. I even put my dog on acidolpholus.... n it has controlled her problem as well.... Good Luck n hope u feel better!!!!

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I get fleas out of my house and dogs?
    Hi!
    My dogs have never had fleas and now they do, so I don't know what to do! I have tried frontline and it didn't work AT ALL. I also tried flea collers. The only thing that has worked is flea shampoo and I hate useing that stuff because I know it mustburn there skin.
    I will use the shampoo and then 1 day later my dog is already itching! They are in the house too.
    Please Help! My dog has been keeping me up all night scratching non stop! Everything I have tried but the shampoo has failed.
    Only serious answers please!
    Thanks!
    ~habu_chabu

    • ANSWER:
      There is a product called FleaBusters RX you can get from your vet, it is a powder that kills the flea eggs in your carpets. It isn't a poison, it just dries them out, so it is safe in the house. It works GREAT. We used it and at the same time used "Duratrol" Yard Control spray on all the bushes in the yard to kill the fleas, and shampood the pets. We had no further problems with fleas for over 2 years.

      I know Advantage works really well as a flea preventer for cats, I don't know if they have a dog version and if so how good it is, but if they have one I would try it.

      Also, my best friend's mom has always given her dogs a bit of yeast (I think it was brewer's yeast) with each meal. The vitamin B compounds in it repel fleas and mosquitoes and ticks -- she lives in the country and never has any problem with any of those pests, so it must work really well. I have seen her adopt stray dogs that are all mangy-looking from flea problems, and within a month or two they look perfectly healthy again from just the yeast (she doesn't use flea collars or chemical treatments of any kind).

  7. QUESTION:
    What kinds of foods are dogs not supposed to eat that could kill them?
    I just read that grapes can be toxic to dogs. I was not aware of that. I know chocolate & certain bones can splinter but other than that, what other foods can harm my dogs. Thanks in advance.
    Thank you everyone. I'm a terrible mother. I'm suprised my dogs are not dead. I promise to change my ways and do more research.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of things dogs cannot eat and the reasons why:

      Items to avoid -- Reasons to avoid

      Alcoholic beverages -- Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.

      Baby food -- Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.

      Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources -- Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.

      Cat food -- Generally too high in protein and fats.

      Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine -- Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.

      Citrus oil extracts -- Can cause vomiting.

      Fat trimmings -- Can cause pancreatitis.

      Grapes and raisins -- Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.

      Hops -- Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.

      Human vitamin supplements containing iron -- Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.

      Large amounts of liver -- Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.

      Macadamia nuts -- Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.

      Marijuana -- Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

      Milk and other dairy products -- Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.

      Moldy or spoiled food, garbage -- Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.

      Mushrooms -- Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.

      Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) -- Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs.
      Garlic is less toxic than onions.

      Persimmons -- Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

      Pits from peaches and plums -- Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.

      Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems-- Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.

      Raw eggs -- Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.

      Raw fish -- Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.

      Salt :If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.

      String -- Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."

      Sugary foods --Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.

      Table scraps (in large amounts) -- Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.

      Tobacco -- Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.

      Yeast dough -- Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

      I hope this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can I kill the slugs that are eating my flowers?
    I have a small city garden with various flowerss. The marigolds were already devoured by slugs and sowbugs and I don't want them to get the other and new flowers I planted to replace them. The problem is that I have a small dog who would love to eat the slug poison from Home Depot. Also, I've read that wood ashes spread about can work, but, as I said, I live in the city and have no access to wood ashes. Any sugestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Scatter oat bran on the soil to kill slugs and snails.

      Coffee poured directly on slugs kills them.
      Spread coffee grounds around base of plants.

      Sprinkle flour on dampened plants.When slugs are coated with the flour, they suffocate & drop off.

      The roots of quack grass are more toxic to the slugs than the leaves! Use no more than 2 ounces of dried quack grass per 10 square feet. Too much could inhibit the growth of your plants ( use on established perrenials). Quack grass does have some herbicidal properties to it.

      Sprinkle Chili pepper on slugs & on & around the plants .

      Galic spray is great for getting rid of slugs, cutworms, wireworms, & whiteflies:
      Blend well 1garlic bulb & 1 onion add 1Tbsp cayenne pepper & 1 quart water. Steep ingredients for 1 hr, then strain & add 1 Tbsp Ivory soap and your non-toxic spray is ready. Do not use in full sun or high temperatures because that's when they can burn or stress plants.

      Once you get rid of slugs, keep them out by using repellent mulches: Geranium leaves, Horseradish roots(ground up), Mints, Tansy, Lemon Balm, dried Mullein (Verbacsum) leaves,Wormwood, prostrate Rosemary, Basil, Rue, Acacia bark, and Oak leaves are disliked by snails. Pine needles, hydrated lime, wood ash, sharp sand, crushed egg shells, lava rock, diatamaceous earth, cedar, oak bark chips or gravel chips will irritate and dehydrate them.

      Use a barrier of hair to entangle slugs. It'll supply some nitrogen to your plants, too.

      Place boards on ground & dispose of the snails when they gather on the underside. Sink shallow containers into the ground and filled with beer or other fermenting substances such as sour milk, or even a mixture of water and bakers yeast.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does my Bull Dog rub his face on people?
    He's about 3 years old, and he has a habit of rubbing his face on people, a lot. I was wondering if anyone knew why he does that? Do all Bull Dogs do that?

    • ANSWER:
      If he's constantly rubbing his face on everyone he might have a yeast infection in his facial folds. You should clean them at least once a day. I do it twice. Once in the morning with a dry paper towel to clean sleep boogies and such and once after dinner with a non-scented alcohol free baby wipe. After using the baby wipe it is VERY IMPORTANT to dry his face thoroughly. A vet can perscribe some medicated pads for a yeast infection to kill the yeast. We use Malaseb Pledgeletts (Sp?) and they seem to work great. When wrinkles are a little red I also use baby butt cream for diaper rashes on their folds. Helps in many different ways; soothes problem area, repels moisture and lightens and kinds of stains on your pup face. If you allow any kind of infection fester, you are opeing up a much bigger can of worms.

  10. QUESTION:
    What people foods are worst for a dog?
    We've got a 3yr old Taco Bell dog and my in laws are so picky about what to feed him. I've had several dogs in my life and have given them everything from chocolate to steaks and they've all lived happy lives with ni problems. So what is bad and what is good?

    • ANSWER:
      I posted a long answer about several things to NOT give your dog, etc. I've now copied and pasted it below ... good luck!

      "As a general rule, giving dogs chocolate on purpose is NOT a good idea. The problem with chocolate is the theobromine and the caffeine content. Theobromine, if ingested, can cause hyperactivity, vomiting/diarrhea, increase urination, irregular/rapid heartbeat, seizures and tremors. Caffeine content can also cause hyperactivity, rapid heartbeat, tremors and seizures as well. When it comes to chocolate and dogs, here are some helpful guidelines for how much is too much:
      Milk Chocolate - one ounce per pound of body weight (more is harmful)
      Semi-Sweet Chocolate - one ounce per 3 pounds of body weight
      Baker's Chocolate - one ounce per 9 pounds of body weight (this is the most dangerous of all)
      The other issue I see is the milk you're adding. Dog's do not possess the enzyme that is necessary to digest dairy products. It's not a deadly thing, but you'll suffer some concequences, nonetheless. Fragrant diarrhea (or terrible gas build-up) may very well follow.
      As many others have mentioned other harmful foods, here is my own laundry list of dangerous foods:
      - alcohol (duh)
      - anti-freeze (duh again)
      - avocado (can be lethal - guacamole too)
      - broccoli (can cause upset stomach in large quatities)
      - grapes/raisins (just 6 grapes CAN kill a dog)
      - raw eggs (Avidin in it can cause major deformations)
      - fatty foods (can trigger pancreatitis in prone dogs)
      - liver (can cause vitamin A toxicity)
      - mistletoe (in larger amounts, generally)
      - mothballs (duh)
      - nuts (can cause bladder stones, and many other debilitating conditions)
      - green potatoes (contain solanum alkoids that can be dangerous)
      - Plants (like rhododendron, azalea, oleader, rhubarb, cycads, yew, and other houseplants)
      - nutmeg (can cause seizures and death)
      - onions (one small onion can contain enough thiosulphate to kill a dog)
      - salmon (especially raw, can cause salmon poisoning disease that can kill a dog within days)
      - salt (can trap gas in the intestines and kill a dog)
      - sugarless candy/gum (xylitol can cause liver damage)
      - tomatoes (contain atropine, a dangerous substance)
      - yeast dough (will rise in the stomach and can cause a rupture in the stomach or intestines)
      - fruit pits/seeds (apple seeds contain arsenic ... so do peach pits)"

      Also, to respond top some other posts ... milk chocolate CAN kill a dog, it just takes more of it than, say, baker's chocolate. Also, chicken bones can be perfectly fine for a dog, but not cooked chicken bones (when cooked, the bones get brittle and splinter ... raw bones are usually fine, as many dogs on a BARF diet (bones and raw food) eat entire pieces of chicken whole, bones and all). Dogs can absolutely digest human foods ... every meat and vegetable out there was animal food before it was ever human food! Animals have been around longer than humans. It's the cooking/seasoning process that might make some foods not ok for dogs. But many raw or cooked (not seasoned) "human foods" are not only ok for dogs, but are actually very good for them!

  11. QUESTION:
    What kinds of foods are dogs not supposed to eat?
    i know about chocolate and onions but what else would kill them if they ate it?

    • ANSWER:
      Chocolate (contains Theobromine)

      Onions & garlic

      Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides

      resulting in cyanide poisoning)

      Potato peelings and green looking potatoes

      Rhubarb leaves

      Moldy/spoiled foods

      Macadamia Nuts/Walnuts

      Alcohol

      Yeast dough

      Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)

      Hops (used in home brewing)

      Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)

      Broccoli (in large amounts)

      Raisins and grapes (damages the kidneys)

      Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars

      Nutmeg

      Raw Potatoes

      Turkey skin

      Voltarin (in arthritis medication)-Very Fatal

      Baby Food (can contain onion powder)

      Citrus oil

      Fat trimmings (Can cause pancreatitis).

      Human vitamins containing iron (can damage the lining of the digestive system)

      Large amounts of liver

      Mushrooms

      Raw fish

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any home rememdies to kill fleas on the dog?
    Does anybody know any home rememdies to kill fleas on the dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Eucalyptus oil in a bath helps. I believe brewers yeast does too. I forget how to use the brewers yeast, so search that.

  13. QUESTION:
    What homemade remedy can help rid pets of fleas?
    I need something around the house that can kill fleas during dog bathing.

    • ANSWER:
      Using baby shampoo works okay but putting yeast powder in their food works wonders. Fleas do not like the taste. http://www.ehow.com/how_2218537_keep-pet-not-getting-fleas.html

  14. QUESTION:
    what brand of dog food for should i feed my pompek dog?
    I usually feed him purina dog chow,with some added meat cause that's the only way he will eat it. I would like changefrom purina to a better brand of dog food tath it would eat straight form the bag.
    Anyone who has a pompek please tell me what brand that works for you.

    • ANSWER:
      I think she means a Pom-peke mutt. These guys can have joint, eye, breathing, and skin problems.

      While Corgi Girl lists some good dog foods, you have to be able to afford it and be able to find it. I like Innova, Wellness, and Solid Gold and a couple of others... Blue Buffalo and River Ranch. I have had some dogs get loose stools with the Solid Gold. Canidae changed their formula a year or so ago, and I stopped using it.

      Why not upgrade to Purina Pro Plan and try the chicken n rice, lamb n rice, fish/salmon, or something that works for small dogs and their activity level?

      I have fed many brands over the years and have never had a problem with the Pro Plan. I am not wild about the brewer's rice.... Brewer's rice and brewer's dried yeast are by-products of beer production.

      I would *not feed Purina Dog Chow, Beneful, Lil Bits, Healthy Morsels, etc.

      I'll list some sites for you to check out. Pull out several bags of dog food in the store and compare what is listed first, the type of ingredient, etc. Avoid those starting with grains, corn, soy, wheat, gluten, by products of anything, animal digest, beef tallow (fat), animal fat..... Look at protein and fat content as you may not need a Pompeke on a high fat, but maybe around 12 - 14 %.

      I think the ideal dog food (dry) should have 20-26% protein, 8-12% fat and 7-9% fiber.

      You must read and learn, but what meets the eye is not always the facts. The quality of ingredients, the source, the way the food is manufactured/processed, and supplements are all important.

      Anytime I see a Class Action filed against a company and the products the company produces I would not advise feeding their products to your pets. The pet owners have filed a Class Action against the company for making their pets sick or even killing their pets.

      These companies need to be held accountable for the injuries to our pets and our best friends early deaths!

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is raw yeast good for flea riddance?
    I once used raw yeast with dog food and got rid of ticks and fleas, and it seemed to impove the coat..I just can not remember how much to give per feeding.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it frequently works but it's not 100%.
      You can kill flea infestations with food grade diatomaceous earth -- great for getting rid of them in the house, yard, bedding, etc.
      Raw fed dogs and cats don't attract fleas at all. People who add foodstuffs that aren't meat however (not necessary at all since they're carnivores) will still find fleas.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to kill snails?I have lots of snails in my backyard and they eat all my plants. What should I do? Thanks?
    I've tried to kill them by using salt... Any better ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      An entomologist at Colorado State University swears that trapping snails with beer works! He is a very reliable guy and I believe him. I have just never had the need to use beer as a mollusicide. Below is some information on beer trapping and other trapping techniques. The original article in its entirety can be found at http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/8778/snails.html

      Best of luck.

      Traps

      One of the most time-honored ways to get rid of slugs and snails is the beer trap. Take a small container like a cat food can, or--if you are convinced your garden is infested with giant snails--a pie tin. Bury it so the top is level with the ground and fill it with beer.

      The brand of beer does make a difference. We once bought the cheapest beer we could and succeeded in catching exactly one slug with the six-pack. An entomologist at Colorado State University, Whitney Cranshaw, conducted a beer tasting for slugs in 1987, killing 4,000 of them in eight weeks in the name of scientific inquiry. Kingsbury Malt Beverage attracted the most, but Michelob and Budwieser fared well too. The yeast in the beer is what attracts the varmints, while the alcohol befuddles them and makes it harder for them to climb out. Beer is most effective in the first twenty-four hours.

      Another trap makes use of yogurt or cottage cheese containers with one-inch holes cut out around the sides, several inches from the bottom. Pour in the beer and wait for the creatures to crawl in. The lid on the container means the beer won't evaporate, and the dog can't lap it up.

      Another way to keep the dog out of the beer is to use a beer bottle with a little beer in it, laid on its side with the lip at ground level. This is best for slugs and smaller snails.

      Here's a bait that is cheaper than beer and takes advantage of the slimers' attraction to yeast. Mix two tablespoons of flour with a teaspoon of baker's yeast and a teaspoon of sugar in two cups off warm water. Or take two cups of grape juice and add a teaspoon of yeast and fill a container. One thing about these traps that is horrid but effective: slugs and snails are attracted to the dead bodies of their own kind.

      If you provide slugs and snails with hiding places that they will seek out when morning comes, you can go and pick them off at your leisure. They will more likely go into your shady traps if you eliminate the other hiding places and debris that they favor. Traps can be made from shingles, small boards, or overturned clay pots propped up a little on one side. Two-gallon nursery pots can be stacked together and laid on their side, with a little space between the bottoms. Plastic lawn and leaf bags or damp burlap can also be used to attract slugs and snails. It helps if you dampen the ground underneath first.

      Set out grapefruit or orange rinds, propped up with a small stone. Or use banana peels; slugs will be attracted by the odor and crawl underneath. Other suitable hiding places include cabbage leaves, lettuce leaves, and potato slices. Slugs and snails are also drawn to raw bread dough, dry dog food nuggets, and fallen hibiscus blossoms.

      Long boards laid down between garden beds and slightly propped up with pebbles will attract slugs and snails. An effective trap devised by entomologists at the University of California at Riverside consists of an untreated board (between twelve and fifteen inches square) with one-inch wooden strips nailed on two sides to prop it up. Redwood makes a very durable trap. Crushing a few snails on the underside of the board will draw in others.

      Many slugs hide in the soil, so rototilling is a good way to get rid of them.

  20. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are certain breeds of dogs more likely to have fleas?
    I have two dogs that are yard dogs. One has very long fur, the other has short fur. They are both mixed breeds. Amazingly, the dog with long fur does not have fleas or ticks. The dog with short fur has fleas all over, no ticks. Even after treating with fleas soap and flea powder, in one day he is infested again. They play together and still only one has fleas. Why is that? Any ideas on the best remedy for the fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs are more resistant to fleas and ticks than others. In general, the healthier a dog is, the less likely it will be to develop a major parasite infestation. Difference in diets and supplements also has a very noticeable effect by improving the overall health and changing skin ph and/or scent (raw fed dogs tend to be more resistant, yeast supplements, vinegar, etc increase resistance to fleas).

      When a dog develops a problem, or even out of fear of a problem developing, owners and vets usually rush to the most aggressive and dangerous treatments available (spot-ons would fall in this category). Unfortunately, those are dangerous chemicals and account for one of the leading causes of accidental death in pets. The things we use to treat flea infestations have health consequences; and while they may cover up the problem, they start a downward cycle toward reduced natural resistance to fleas and a number of other health issues. It's hard to strike a good balance between effective treatment, safety, and overall health and wellbeing. It is best to use the least toxic solution that effectively solves (or prevents) your problem.

      Spot-on's have become like a multi-vitamin for pets, but people are overlooking some serious dangers. These products should not be a general preventative measure or even the first line of treatment but rather a last resort.

      See the recent EPA and avma warnings about the dangers of spot-on's below.

      Fleas are very easy to kill but hard to keep under control because of their short life cycle and they lay so many eggs all over the dog's environment. You can kill fleas just by giving your dog a regular bath (no flea shampoo needed, just use regular dog shampoo or regular dawn dish soap and let sit 10 mins before rinsing & the fleas will suffocate--do it weekly until the problem is under control). The trouble is, there are probably already little hatchlings all over your yard and everywhere else just waiting to mature and hop onto your dog and continue the problem.

      Ask your vet about Capstar - you can buy it over the counter and get it inexpensively from Amazon. It's a tablet that will kill all the fleas quickly and is almost completely non toxic. It will not control re-infestation, but you really need to get that under control in the dog's environment. If the fleas return, you can repeat the Capstar and add Program (another minimally toxic pill - but with a few rare and mild side effects) to kill the eggs and larva on your dog for 30 days.

      Your best approach would be to eliminate the fleas and ticks from your yard and minimize the need to apply pesticides to your dog. To treat the yard, I'd try a natural approach first (nematodes, sulfur, or diatomaceous earth, etc). Moving to least toxic IGR's and poisons as needed... etc.

  22. QUESTION:
    What can I plant in the garden to repel fleas?
    I live in a townhome complex full of dogs and outside cats. We have issues with fleas year-round and I wonder if there are plants that are not hospitable to fleas? I live in Southern California in USDA Hardiness Zone 9.

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas are generally hitchhikers, and if you have domestic pets or wildlife wandering through your property, there's a good chance that fleas are going to keep returning regardless. A warm, humid climate often helps keep the population growing.

      To help prevent them from targeting your own pet, make sure their coat is in good condition. Animals with dry, flaky skin are more appealing to fleas than pets with shiny coats and conditioned skin. Also, pets given a vitamin B supplement, brewer's yeast, apple cider vinegar and garlic tend to repel fleas.

      Flea larva are often hatching at the ground level. Beneficial nematodes will kill larva and treat an outdoor area safely.

      Plants that are high in oils repel many insects, but the effectiveness outside may differ slightly from indoor or topical use. Sage, lavender, pennyroyal, mints, rosemary, thyme, oregano, wormwood, scented geraniums, rue and fennel are all plants that fleas avoid.

      You can also take any combination of these herbs and use them dried as flea-repellent bedding for your pets (stuff an old pillowcase and zip it into a dog or cat bed), or can be finely crushed and sprinkled on carpeting. Allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum. Frequent vacuuming also removes cocoons from carpet and prevents fleas from reproducing in your home.

      Hope this helps!

  23. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection in a dog?
    Similar to how women can get a yeast infection after finishing a dose of antibiotics could my dog have developed a yeast infection in his ear because of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and allow the yeast to flourish.

      If your dog is on antibiotics you should be at least giving him some yogurt.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I help my dog with his flea problem?
    My dog has fleas. His constant scratching keeps us up at night and I feel so bad for him. I am paranoid about the pests.

    I give my dog regular baths, used FrontLine Plus, added brewer's yeast and garlic to his diet, treated the yard, sprayed around the house, bombed the house, and have started trying the Avon Skin-so-soft I have read about. They are relentless and making us and our pet miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      When are you applying the Frontline and how are you doing it? That is the most common mistake with the product! Do not bathe your dog at least 48 hours after you apply it, and do not apply it unless your dog is 100% dry after a bath. Apply the entire dose in one spot between the shoulder blades on as much skin as possible.

      Only purchase Frontline from your Vet. Merial only sells to Veterinarians and this way you are guaranteed the real product.

      My best recommendation is to purchase a Capstar from your Vet (only about ). It will kill all of the adult fleas on your dog within 30 minutes. Apply Frontline after that to prevent them from coming back and to kill the eggs.

      Apply the Frontline every month, all year long.

      If fleas are still a problem, perhaps try another brand of Flea preventative, Advantage, or Revolution maybe? Ask your Vet and see if there is a product they recommend.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why are my dog's ears wet from the inside and bad smell comes from the ears?
    My dog shakes his head all the time, it seems like something inside his ears is bothering him. Something wet and smelly is coming out from his ears.

    • ANSWER:
      It's yeast growing in there. Clean them out with alcohol 3 times a day. If the infection has gone untreated for a long time you might need to take him to the vet. A secondary bacterial infection can occur with scratching that needs antibiotics. Yeast is a reoccurring infection that plagues many floppy eared dogs for life. You will need to keep them cleaned out and treated all the time his entire life. Rubbing alcohol will kill yeast, and simply putting a little in the ear canal 2x a week will prevent another raging infection. Lie the dog on his side. Hold open the canal and drop in a capful of alcohol. Make him lie for a few moments. Then do the other ear.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have flea treatment at home?
    My dog is allergic to fleas and i give her baths and flea medication and she continues to chew herself. She is almost bald and i was wondering to take care of it. I take her to the vet but she is tired of shots and gets aggressive. Please help it is so sad.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some natural ways to kill fleas
      InstructionsDifficulty: Easy
      Things You’ll Need:
      Lemons
      10 ml. of sweet almond oil
      lavender oil
      cedarwood oil
      eucalyptus oil
      Tea Tree Oil
      citronella
      geranium oil
      salt (sea salt or table salt)
      favourite dog shampoo
      two cups of fresh rosemary
      Garlic
      Brewer’s yeast tablets
      apple cider vinegar
      Step1Lemons or even oranges make a great natural flea spray. Take a lemon cut it into thin slices and place in a pint jug or jar, cover with boiling water and let steep overnight.

      The next day pour into a spray bottle, spray over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally, around the base of the tail and under your dog’s ‘armpits’.

      Step2 A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium. This should be done weekly.

      Step3 If your dog or dogs stay in the home with you then you know you have fleas there as well. Wash your dog’s bedding regularly with the hot cycle of your washing machine, adding eucalyptus oil to the rinse cycle will also get rid of house dust mites, this is according to research from the University of Sydney, Australia.

      Adding a thin layer of salt to your carpet and leaving it on for a couple of days before vacuuming will hopefully kill the fleas and eggs there. The way this works is it basically desiccate them!

      Step4 If your dog is badly infested then you have to bath him. Use a little Dawn Dish detergent and shampoo (leave on for five minutes) then rinse. Add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavender oil to your rinse water. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon ( 8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until it’s saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally.

      Step5 An internal flea repellant I have read is having them eat garlic, now I've also read if you feed to much to them it can make them sick to their stomach, so use sparingly. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin making your dog less likely to be the flea’s next meal.
      Brewer’ s yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.
      Adding a dessertspoon of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent

      Step6 I also read that if you take a light colored bowl or pie pan and fill with water adding a few drops of liquid soap and place under a nightlight on the floor that the fleas will come to the light and drown in the water because the soap makes them heavy and they can't jump out. Haven't tried this one yet but I am planning on trying it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any personal experience with fatigue caused by yeast-candida?
    I am hoping to learn more about the possibility of fatigue caused by the over growth of yeast or "Candida". I have been doing a lot of research on the internet, but have found so many different opinions on how to treat it, what the diet should look like and different symptoms that it may cause. A lot of it doesn't seem to match up. I am looking to find the best sites to look for real information, possible facts, studies and personal success stories. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Gidday mate, please please please buy the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About IBS" ~

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446690910/healingchoice-20

      Chapter 6 details precisely how to eliminate the yeast overgrowth known as candida albicans ........... i personally eliminated a vast array of symptoms including fatigue and exhaustion, constipation, bloating, headaches and migraines, moodiness and irritability, achy bones, cramping, nausea, thrush, fingernail fungus all by simply eliminating the source of food for the yeast ie ~ yeast and processed sugar.

      The classic telltale signs of a yeast overgrowth ....... candidiasis ...... are those of a white tongue (thrush), toenail or fingernail fungus, jock itch or athlete's foot, and vaginal yeast infections........... an overgrowth of yeast can affect virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous and immune systems being the most susceptible.... common symptoms of candidiasis include:

      Digestive disorders, including IBS;
      Gastrointestinal symptoms: thrush, bloating gas, rectal itching;
      Vaginal yeast infections;
      Urinary tract infections;
      Athlete's foot or jock itch;
      Fungal toenails or fingernails;
      Cravings for sugar, bread, or alcohol;
      Diaper rash;
      Fatigue;
      Irritability (especially when hungry);
      Premenstrual syndrome and menstrual problems;
      Fibromyalgia;
      headaches;
      Brain fog;
      Skin problems or itching;
      Numbness or tingling in the extremities;
      Respiratory problems;
      Depression;
      Hypoglycemia;
      Short attention span;
      Loss of libido.

      Candidiasis almost never occurs in people with healthy immune systems who eat a diet low in sugar and yeast....you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

      truly, eat loads and loads of green and leafy vegies, squeeze lemon juice over it to spice it up and help torch bacteria and bolster both your immunity and digestive process ........eat some low sugar fruits each day too such as strawberries, pears and watermelon and cold water fresh fishes and brown rice / quinoa and watch it clear up........ oh, drink loads and loads of fresh filtered water to ... to ensure you are properly hydrated as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one .

      make sure that you only eat organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds too as they "preserve" the commercial varieties with sulfites and other nasty chemicals that will upset sensitive digestive systems.

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get my doggie to eat my fruits and vegtables?
    What fruits and vegetables can I give my dog so that he will enjoy them?
    Mucho Gracias.

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore the person who said dogs are obligate carnivores. Thats a myth and if you listen to that you will kill your dog. Dogs are omnivores just like us. It is perfectly ok for them to eat fruits and veggies. BUT it is extremely important to talk to your vet first. Or look at MULTIPLE online sites. Looking at many sites is important because one or two sites may leave off things that are toxic to your pet.
      I recently took a class specifically on pets at my college. Here is a list of the things that we were taught to never give a dog, things that can kill them or make them extremely ill. Hope it helps.
      Avocado
      Onions/Garlic in any form
      Grapes/Raisins
      Dairy and nuts
      Bones (you can give them to your dog, but be careful as they can splinter and choke your dog) Bones should be given raw and NEVER give your dog chicken bones
      Peaches/Plums
      Raw eggs - E coli and salmonella - you shouldn't feed raw meat for this same reason. Cooked is fine though.
      Yeast dough - just like it rises when you leave it on the counter, dough will rise in your dogs stomach and causes serious illness. Baked bread is fine though.

  29. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a good chemical free flea or tick medicine/prevention for dogs?
    We were using K9 Advantix and found out that not only is id deadly for out cat, but that it can kill a dog to. Not I really want to switch to a holistic or at least a safer/chemical-free way to prevent fleas and ticks. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      garlic or brewer yeast,holistic vets use brewer yeast

      works great,my friend has 2 beautiful husky's and they have never had flea's

      I use a flea and heartworm combination,revolution from my vet, 6 months course 95.00 per dog,well worth it
      This is canada,maybe cheaper in the US

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best home made flea and tick control?
    I run a Sanctuary and have tried many flea and tick control solutions. They are all expensive on the massive scale that i need. I am looking for an inexpensive, natural way to kill fleas and ticks.

    • ANSWER:
      Give daily doses of x2 brewers Yeast tablets and x1 garlic pearl to each dog, this is the best flea, tick and intestinal worm preventor I know.
      20 years living on a sheep farm, large wooded area ( wildlife: foxes, hedgehogs etc) 10 dogs and only 1 had a tick on her two days after she had been in the vets for a week and had not had the Brewers Yeast and garlic during that time.

      You can grow the garlic which would make this even cheaper, then put the whole bulb in its skin into the oven, bake for 15 mins. This produces soft odour free garlic which can be frozen, I put it in ice cube trays............it also great for garlic bread!

      Neem oil is supposed to be very good although I have never needed to try it..........why change what works?

      If they have nothing to feed on, they soon die off because they can't complete their breeding cycle.

  31. QUESTION:
    what does it mean if my dog is biting out her hair?
    My dog is about 3 years old. I think she might have fleas but she is bitting her hair out. She has a big bald spot and it look like she has dry skin. What is wrong with her?

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections sometimes coupled with a bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why would my dogs have fleas with frontline?
    We are in Florida and something is biting my dogs. They are on Frontline and I gave them a flea bath. They are also are taking Brewers yeast, wheat germ,fish oil. I keep things vacuum and bedding clean. What can I do? Bomb the House?

    • ANSWER:
      Because frontline kills the fleas that are on the dog, not the fleas that are in the carpets or anyplace else in the house. So fleas die, new fleas jump on. What I did was take my cats outside while the whole house was bombed.

  33. QUESTION:
    my dogs ears are disgusting they smell horrible to. what can i do to stop the smell?
    ok i have a german shepard mix and the inside of his ears are completely filled with waxy brownish stuff that smells horrible i have tried to clean them out befor but he wont let me they are getting worse and i cant afford to take him to the vet. he also never stops scratching at them and he has made them bleed i dont know what to do for the poor thing. and he has a skin problem too. i think he might have alergies. can a dog be alergic to cats or dust mites?

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably yeast. You just have to clean it out and put rubbing alcohol into the ears three or four times a day to kill the yeast fungus for a couple of weeks. If that doesn't solve the problem, you need a vet to take a scraping to identify the problem. Most ear issues are simply yeast. It will grow back, so you have to clean them with rubbing alcohol once or twice a week to prevent further infections.
      There are other over the counter products to kill yeast such as lotrimin cream or monostat cream, but rubbing alcohol is the cheapest and easily available.

  34. QUESTION:
    Do you know any ways to help my dog stop itching?
    Well I have a Rottweiler, he's 2 now. He's always itched and chewed his butt but it never made a big difference, but during the summer I left for boot camp for 3 months then came home. When I got home my dog was missing lots of hair above his butt. I have 2 other pits and 2 cats, they all don't have this problem. We do have fleas. The vet said he was allergic to fleas. We're trying to get rid of fleas but it's hard. And I have him on a cone so he doesn't itch his but. He gets a bath every other week. I feel bad because he's on a cone 24/7 unless he's eating. My dad said I have to get rid of him unless I can help him. I don't have much money. He chews above his tail, his front legs, scratches his back legs, chest, neck and upper body, always trying to rub his face on the couch or anything he could. He also sneezes alot and shakes his head alot too. I was just wondering if he has symptoms for something other than flea allergies. Also if there is anything I could do to help the itching and soothe his skin, maybe something to stop him from itching from the vets. Thanks, anything helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See an easy remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  35. QUESTION:
    what common things in house holds can posin or make my dog sick?
    i know chocolate, cherry-pits, and tulip bulbs but what else ??? i dont want my dog getting poisoned by a piece of food on the floor
    Thanks so much for the answers i also heard onion, cheese, and garlic is that true ????

    • ANSWER:
      Xylitol which is an artificial sweetener used in some gums and candy can kill your dog. I've even seen it in probiotic sticks. So be careful to read ingredients to make sure things containing xylitol are not left within reach of your dog. As little as one stick of gum containing xylitol can kill a small breed dog.

      Also grapes and raisins for unknown reasons can cause renal failure in some dogs and lead to death.

      Macadamia nuts are also not recommended for dogs to eat.

      Raw bread dough, or any dough containing yeast can be deadly to dogs if eaten uncooked.. the yeast continues to stay active in their stomach and produces pure alcohol as a byproduct which can poison them.

      Marijuana.. if you have a stash keep it well away from your dog. Marijuana toxicity can make your dog seriously ill.

  36. QUESTION:
    What should we avoid feeding dogs and cats.?
    I know from comment sense poisonous things are a no no. Thats not what my question is about. What human food should we avoid feeding cats and dogs. I know chocolate is bad for at least dogs. What else can kill or harm a cat or a dog??

    I know lots of fatty foods will over time harm or kill an animal but thats just common sense again. Again just to be clear I mean things that should never or very rarely be feed to a cat or a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      DOGS:

      * Alcoholic beverages. Because alcohol can be fatal to dogs, no amount of alcoholic beverage is safe… yes; even beer should be off limits.
      * Chocolate is toxic to canines. The darker the chocolate, the more harmful. The methylxanthines (caffeine and theobromine) in chocolate can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, experience rapid, irregular heart beat, have increased urination, and experience muscle tremors and seizures. The effects can be serious. Death from chocolate toxicity can occur with 24 hours.
      * Coffee, tea and cola are people-food. They contain caffeine, a methylxanthine also found in chocolate. The signs of toxicity include rapid heart beat, hyperexcitability, tremors, and seizures.
      * Macadamia nuts can temporarily cause muscle weakness, often in the hind legs. Other signs include vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. The mechanism of the toxicity is unknown. Affected dogs recover with no treatment and no long-term effects.
      * Onions and garlic have a chemical that damages red blood cells in dogs and can cause anemia. Even one small whole onion can cause death. So be particularly careful when disposing of left-overs that contain a significant amount of onions, such as pizza or Chinese take-out. The small amounts of onion and garlic powder used in pet foods is safe and well below the toxic levels.
      * Raisins and grapes seem like fun toys to a dog. But they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney failure. The minimum safe amount is not known, so keep these foods well out of reach of curious muzzles.
      * Sugarless gums and candies are certainly sweet, but the sugar substitute xylitol can cause a rapid drop in your dog's blood sugar.
      * Moldy or spoiled food and garbage should stay safely in the trash. They can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting, diarrhea, and damage to internal organs.
      * Yeast dough, like the kind used in making bread or desserts, is designed to expand. If swallowed by an unsuspecting canine, it can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possibly rupture of the stomach or intestines.
      * Medications such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Naproxen may give you some relief, but painkillers and other common medications can be deadly to your dog. Keep all prescription and over-the-counter drugs - including painkillers, ant-inflammatory drugs, cold medicines, diet pills, antidepressants, anti-cancer drugs, and vitamins - in closed cabinets out of your pets' reach. Never give your dog medication unless directed by a vet.
      * Plants are pretty but possibly deadly for your dog. Many common yard and houseplants can be poisonous, including lily, daffodil, oleander, rhododendron, azalea, yew, foxglove, rhubarb leaves, and cycads.

      CATS:

      Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
      Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to cats. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
      Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
      Canned tuna (for human consumption) Large amounts can cause malnutrition, since it lacks proper levels of vitamins and minerals.
      Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous system.
      Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
      Dog food If accidental ingestion, will not cause a problem; if fed repeatedly, may result in malnutrition and diseases affecting the heart.
      Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
      Grapes and raisins Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.
      Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
      Large amounts of liver Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.
      Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
      Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
      Milk and other dairy products Some adult cats and dogs do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for cats.
      Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
      Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
      Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
      Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
      Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.
      Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
      Raw fish Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.
      Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
      String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
      Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
      Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
      Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
      Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the fleas?!?
    My Dachshund puppy has really bad fleas how do I get rid of them. I've tried flea baths, flea medication, and Brewers yeast. But nothing seams to work! Please help me!
    only one problem my dog only weighs about 6 pounds!

    • ANSWER:
      The easy way!
      Get Iver-On!
      Many no-kill shelters use it.
      It's Ivermectin liquid wormer for cattle.

      Use 1 1/2 cc per 14 pounds of dog.

      It is the same thing as Reolution (Rev is very expensive, this is cheap) that is used like Frontline and Advantage (put on between the shoulder blades and in a straight line down the back to the tail). I learned this from the powner of a no-kill shelter.
      It gets rid of fleas and ticks keeps mesquitos away, therefore used as a heartworm prevention, when used once every 2 weeks.

      It dries in minutes, so there is no oily substance or anything to get on you.

      Did I mention CHEAP? a bottle at Tractor Supply and farm stores. A bottle last forever!!!! Close to a year on a small dog.

      It is actually Ivermectin liquid wormer for cattle but as I said, shelters use it for dogs because it's the same thing as the expensive stuff and a LOT cheaper
      .
      It also helps with allergies and Sarcoptic Mange (something that is hard to detect and often mistaken for allergies)

      I use it on 3 med size dogs and my bottle has lasted 6 months (NO FLEAS on mine ...ever!)
      Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why do I get a painful rash on my legs when I go for an extra long walk?
    I haven't walked my dog for a while now because whenever I do, I come home with a rash on my legs that itches like no other and is hot to the touch compared to other parts of my body. (My dog is getting walked by my parents for now, so he is getting his exercise.)

    What do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  39. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection (fungus) I do not have the money to take her to a vet. Can I give her Flagyl?
    Her ear inside is black. I have ear wash and have been using it but I know it won't kill the virus. The correct ear drops are .00 and I don't have it but I do have a prescription for Flagyl. Will that work?

    • ANSWER:
      Any fungicide cream will kill yeast. So will rubbing alcohol if you use it 3x a day.

      Yeast is recurrent. You have to watch for regrowth. Cleaning the dog's ears with rubbing alcohol once or twice a week after you get the infection under control will prevent regrowth. Some people use vinegar mixed with alcohol. Anything that kills yeast will work.

  40. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to keep ticks off of our dogs and our cat?
    my chow is 8(about 40-42lbs) my pit bull is 5(is about 60-70lbs) and my cat is 1(dont know her wieght but she just turned 1 last month)
    we live in the woods. we own 63 acres. and they run every where. and we went for a walk and the dogs brought some in. i have a chow chow and a pit bull. the ticks dont really go on my chow cuz she has a thick coat. but they love my pit bull. and my cat is one and she is outside everyday, catching mice and moles. then brings them in to show us what she caught. lol. and plays with it when its dead. whats the best to use.
    and ferrets too.

    whats the best way to keep them off of us too???? bug spary?

    • ANSWER:
      It is safe to use Avon skin-so-soft (mixed 50/50 with water in a spray bottle) on yourself and the dogs (not the cat, she licks herself) if you are going to be out hiking. Or "off" for you and Adam's Mist for the animals.
      Use Frontline Plus or Advantix - topical treatment (get it from your vet; you shouldn't need an appointment) but for the cat be sure to get the type for felines. Ask your vet if they make a product for ferrets.
      Capstar (a pill that kills every flea on them within 24 hours) - available from vets. Dogs and cats can take it; I don't know about the ferret.
      Most of the stuff in the pet store or pet dept really doesn't work as well.
      For severe infestations:
      Bathe the animals with a flea and tick shampoo, again you will need something different for the cat. Usually you lather them up and leave it on a bit, then rinse.
      Alternatively you could take them to a professional groomer for a flea dip/bath.
      Wash all bedding and dry it in the dryer - heat kills eggs.
      Fleabomb the house (take the cushions out of the sofa and your pets out of the house while this is being done)
      Vacuum vacuum vacuum. Spritz some adam's mist or put bits of cut-up flea collar in the vacuum bag to kill fleas & eggs you vacuum up.
      Fleabomb again 2-3 weeks later to get any eggs that hatch.
      Treat the yard area immediately around the house with insecticide like diazinon or sevin dust - available in garden dept. Goes on as granules or with hose-end sprayer, like fertilizer.
      Some people recommend a garlic & brewer's yeast tablet daily, both cats and dogs seem to like these, won't hurt and it might help.

  41. QUESTION:
    What do you use for your pets flea control?
    I don't want to use frontline or advantage because it is very expensive and I don't like using the chemicals on my pets. two lap dogs and one retriever.

    I have heard of garlic powder sprinkled on your pets food. But how much? And I heard pros and cons about using garlic,some good,some not good.

    I have also heard of giving your pet Brewer's Yeast tablets that it works. Where do I get these brewers yeast tablets for pets?

    Has anyone used brewers yeast tablets?

    Does anyone make their own spray with essential oil's?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      you can get some pill from your vet. They are based on weight of the pet. They kill ALL bugs within 24 hours. They work I have a cat and 3 dogs inside and they go out too. You have to treat you home as well. Flea bombs with everyone and all pets outside . You should also put a new flea collar into your vaccum bag regularly. the vaccum picks up the eggs but the next time you turn it on the vibration makes them hatch in your vaccum bag! So they are being spread over and over. Not sure what else to try. I use advantage plus. it is really safe and they have to be clean and dry when you apply it. Best of luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    What is your opinion about laboratory grown meat?
    Is it a possible eventual solution to the factory
    farm situation? Would you feed your companion
    animal cat or dog food made from non-slaughtered
    lab-meat. Would you encourage non-vegetarian
    people to switch to this type of flesh in an attempt
    to end factory farming?
    Matt, please educate me on how
    you think it may be ethically
    problematic. I haven't heard anything
    about that yet.
    Reva P. please read the question a little more carefuly. I'm talking about
    synthethic flesh that is not an animal.
    I'm a vegan and animal rights activist
    I would never insult other veg'ans.
    Nor would I suggest eating anything
    that is really an animal.
    Cristy I understand your concern and
    I share it. However it leads us to the complex issue of which is the greater
    evil. Since only 1% of animal deaths
    that occur are due to testing I think it
    may be worth the sacrifice in order
    to save the multitudes of farm animals
    that are slaughtered. I also think that
    this testing you are referring to would
    be temporary. It becomes a question
    of whether a minimal amount of attrition
    is worth saving billions of lives.

    G.G. I agree. I wouldn't touch it with a
    ten foot pole but just think of a world
    in which replicant flesh has made
    murder unnecessary.

    • ANSWER:
      As a vegetarian I personally would have nothing to do with it!

      Did you know that work is already being done on this kind of thing? I'm not gonna dig up links but I know companies have ramped up the same kind of tissue culturing techniques used for things like burn victim skin grafts! What's slowed major commercial exploitation is that they can't get the texture they want.

      I actually would consider this a viable method to replace not just factory farms but all direct animal exploitation (with all the cruelty that entails). Yes, when this stuff actually hits the market I would encourage meat eaters to use the stuff instead of 'natural' animal flesh. This will be (along with the veggie analogs) the advance that encourages folks to stop killing animals for food! I could see a future where folks would be upset about eating meat from 'real' animals. Wasn't there a Star Trek or such that had someone upset about about eating real dead animal instead of replicated flesh?

      That's the real promise of this kind of technology!

      Edit:

      The first two answerer's aren't considering that with tissue culture you would KNOW that the product didn't contain excess hormones or contaminants. Would you rather eat a slab of dead cow that could be full of prions, viruses, bacteria, anti-biotics, hormones etc. or a lab tested and certified beeph steak? Think about it!

      Edit:

      In my usual style of making a long answer longer...

      Quorn is NOT genetically modified! It's a natural soil fungus that's grown in a manner similar to yeast. I'm not a big fan of Quorn but that bit of mis-information needs correcting.

      No animals need be killed for this stuff at all! It just takes ONE small tissue sample to start a culture with. When that tissue culture is large enough you divide it to start many new cultures. Think of something like a sourdough starter where a small piece is always saved to make the next batch of sourdough. A plant based analogy would be Geraniums. They don't normally set viable seed so every single plant you see for sale was actually started from a tissue culture!! The 'quicker' readers will realize we're talking *real* cloning here. I'm glad Toph caught the potential environmental benefits of the stuff! I hoped someone would. Beebs might be interested to know that cow mammary glands have gotten this treatment and so have fish. You still wouldn't be a vegetarian but you could have your raw cow milk and fish without harming animals. Here's a *real* eye-opener, human mammary glands could get this treatment to produce MASS quantities of human milk! All it takes is one healthy female volunteer willing to get jabbed with a biopsy needle. Interesting concept huh? No more babies getting fed cow milk or formula! Sorry perverts, no giant breasts involved here, just a thin layer of gland tissue grown on a substrate that constantly expresses milk.

      All this (and more) is *possible* right now. For us veggies I've seen tissue cultures of lettuce and bell pepper. That'll hush some meaty trolls that scream about us killing plants!
      What's stopping troubleshooting and more development is money; not just money to ramp up production but also money interests freaking about their own pocketbooks. The meat/dairy industry is (rightly) worried about the potential as is anyone involved in agriculture. There were some folks that 'pooped' themselves when they found out some of this stuff has already been eaten by humans (lab researchers).
      I've been following this "sci-fi" technology for years since (as some know) I'm opposed to *all* killing and this is a step in the right direction. What I *really* want is the ability to convert raw energy directly into food! (one of the ramifications of E=Mc squared)

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it beneficial to give dogs a flea treatment? or use some sort of natural treatment?
    I usually take my doggie to a major chain store for grooming, and they always ask if he gets some type of flea n pest treatment. But I don't because he is a Bichon, I don't know if he would have an allergic reaction. Any suggestions please!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Most flea treatments are full of toxic chemicals. So much so, that if your read the packaging, it says not to get on human skin!
      Why should that not be harmful to our doggies, I ask myself.

      If your dog has fleas try the natural treatment.

      Add a scant teaspoon of brewers yeast from the health food store to the food. They like the taste and after a few days of eating it your dog creates a natural repellent for the fleas.

      There are several natural shampoos that you can use. To prevent fleas from coming back, vacuum your house very often and wash you dog's bedding in hot water. That will kill the fleas.

  44. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my dog's ear infection?
    My dog is a Golden Retriever and he swims a lot. He tends to get ear infections often due to his ears being so damp afterward. Just wondering if anyone has had the same problem with their dog, and how they would recommend treating this. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      In most dogs ear infections are caused by water in the ear after bathing or swimming. Dogs with large floppy ears, such as Golden Retrievers , are prone to infections as their ear canals have poor air circulation, trapping moisture and allowing bacteria and yeast to grow.

      White vinegar is very effective at removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and bacteria responsible for ear infections. Grab the ear where it attaches to the head (at the ear base), gently squeeze your thumb and forefinger together, rubbing the solution deep into the ear canals. Wipe the inside of the ear well with cotton balls to remove debris coming from the ear canal.

      For a dog that has recurring ear infections like yours a change in diet might help as well. Try a less allergenic diet. It should include a completely different protein with minimal added ingredients. One example commercial diet is made of fish and sweet potato.

      Of course if the ear infection is too serious to be treated at home, be sure to take your Golden to the vet :)

  45. QUESTION:
    What foods are dangerous for hamsters?
    I read somewhere that you shouldn't feed Tomato or Potato to hamsters because there is a chemical in them that can kill a hamster, are there any other foods that I shouldn't feed to a hamster if so what ones?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of foods that are safe for your hamster to eat. Remember that sugar should be avoided with Campbell's dwarves as they are prone to diabetes so no fruits, corn, peas or carrots for them or anything containing alot of sugars.All new foods should be introduced slowly to avoid upsetting the hamster's stomach and/or causing diarrhea. A good way to introduce them is to give a piece of fruit/veggie one day skip a day or two then give them another piece of fruit/veggie skip a day or two etc. once their systems get used to that amount you can slowly add on more days.Don't go overboard with it though.I'd say two a day is the max it should go. That 2 daily being one fruit/veggie and one protein/other food. Make sure you rinse the fruits and vegetables off with water and let them sit at room temp for a min or two before giving them to the hamster(s). If anything is gotten from outside you need to be absolutely positive that there are no pesticides on or around it. If you're not sure on that it's best to stay away from wild plants/veggies/fruits.

      Fruits
      Apple (seedless)
      Banana
      Blackberries
      Blueberries
      Cantaloupe.
      Cherries
      Cranberries
      Grapes(seedless)
      Lychee
      Mango
      Melon
      Peaches (no stone)
      Plums (no pits)
      Raspberries
      Raspberry Leaves (helpful for diarrhea)
      Strawberries
      Veggies
      Asparagus
      Bean Sprouts
      Bok Choy
      Broccoli
      Cabbage (Limited amounts)
      Carrots
      Cauliflower
      Celery
      Chard
      Chestnuts
      Chickweed
      Chicory
      Clover
      Corn on the Cob
      Cucumbers
      Dandelion Leaves
      Endive
      Green Beans
      Kale
      Parsnips
      Peas
      Radicchio
      Romaine Lettuce
      Spinach
      Squash
      Sweet Potatoes
      Sweet bell Peppers
      Swiss Chard
      Turnip
      Water Chestnuts
      Water Cress
      Zucchini
      Meats and Proteins foods
      Cooked Ground Beef (Rinse well in hot water to remove any grease)
      Cooked Chicken or Turkey (Steamed or baked)
      Low Fat Cottage Cheese
      Fish Cod (Cooked removing bones and skin)
      Grasshoppers (Pet Shop)
      Mealworms (Pet Shop)
      Crickets (Pet Shop)
      Bread(whole grain no white bread) soaked in milk ( Low Fat, Skim, Soy)
      Eggs ( boiled or scrambled)
      Plain Tofu
      Plain Low Fat Yogurt
      Dog Biscuits (No Garlic, onion, or onion powder)
      Monkey Chow
      Lab Blocks
      Other foods
      Buckwheat
      Baby Food(low sugar and no onion or garlic)
      Cheese (mild cheeses in moderation)
      Cooked Plain Brown Rice
      Cooked Pasta(Wheat or Spinach would be better)
      Dry toast(Also helpful for diarrhea
      Flax seed
      Low or Sugarless Cereals
      Pumpkin Seeds (unsalted)
      Nuts (No almonds)
      Sesame Seeds
      Soybeans(Roasted no salt)
      Squash seeds
      Lentils
      Oatmeal(dry or soaked in skim, soy or lowfat milk)
      Nutritional Yeast
      Bran and Wheat Germ (Refrigerated goes bad fast)
      Peanuts (unsalted)
      Alfafa
      Unsalted Popcorn (no butter)

      Foods To Avoid
      Almonds (Contains Cyanic Acid)
      Apple Seeds
      Canned food
      Chocolate
      Candies
      Chips and Junk food
      Pork Products
      Potatoes (Raw)
      Raw Kidney Beans
      Eggplant
      Fool's Parsley
      Grape Seeds
      Avocado (Contains Cardiac Glycosides)
      Raw Rhubarb
      Tomato leaves
      Oranges or Tangerines(no citrus fruits)
      No watermelon (the water content is high causes diarrhea)
      Cherry Stone
      Peach Stone & Leaves
      Apricot Stone
      Lemon or Lime
      Jams and jellies
      Spices
      Garlic
      Onions
      Leeks
      Scallions
      Chives
      Pickles

      The Dwarf Campbells Russian, Winter White Russian and Chinese Hamster were all introduced to the pet market in the UK in the 1970s. The Roborovski Hamster came from the Netherlands into the UK in 1990.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do any of you feed Brewers Yeast to your dog?
    Just curious. I give my pups small amount. Too much is not good for large breed (bloat). It helps with the shedding. Also Fleas and mosquitos seem to bother them much less. They're also on Advantage Multi. But fleas and mosquitos are so bad here in GA so I wanted some other natural way to help them out.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never given it.
      Both mine just get revolution once a month, and if we're in an especially fly-ridden place (the barn or down by the creek, for example), they get sprayed with Equisect just as a backup.
      As far as shedding goes-I just take 'em out back and give them a good brushing. I'm leary about supplements that are "anti-shed" or "anti-ruins-your-grass". It just seems very unnatural to me. A good brushing does the job to keep a lot of the hair out of the house.

      Equisect is a good fly spray. I use it on myself as well, haha. It's organic/all-natural made from chrysanthemum flowers (I cannot spell that for the life of me!). Water based, so it doesnt leave a nasty oily resude or anything. Also smells like clove rather than like chemicals (such as bug-off does). Also repels like, 6 types of flies, mosquitos, lice, ticks, and fleas (kills the ticks and fleas as well as repels them). Does a good job for me, the dogs, and the horse so far.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month old shih tzu puppy.. She has be scratching her neck alot and has scores there now she also been chewing on her paws alot.. We switched her to a hypoallergenic shampoo and that didn't seem to be a problem.. We also took her off her puppy cow and put her on Ultra grain free formula shes been on that now for a week and still no change.. We also have her on Melissa's aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement for hot spots, itchy skin, and allergies and this still don't seem to be working.. She is in alot of discomfort.. Can someone please help if your dog had something similar or know of any home remedies to help her feel better.. She was also left into a barn when she was a pup.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if you do not see fleas, you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep scrating and biting herself?
    I have a miniture poodle who is about 9 years old, last night she wasn't herself of constant panting and scratching herself literally ever five minutes, I woke up an she was sick on the floor. She just doesn't seem herself.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between dehydrated raw dog food and regular raw dog food as a diet for your pet?
    Just which is best or differences between them in nutrition and which one they prefer and stuff like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Dehydrated raw dog food was made by removing moisture or water from a raw food which causes enzymatic activity that may lead to browning or decomposition of foods and also prevents the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds.Dehydration process at moderate temperatures (below 104 degrees F) does not kill the food enzymes, its activity is simply halted until the food is re-hydrated. Once rehydrated, dried foods will turn back unto fresh food in terms of appearance, palatability and nutritional value. Meanwhile, meat and egg ingredients wre being dehydrated at a higher temperature (above 120 degrees F) . That is to kill any pathogenic bacteria that may be present. However, it's a bit hassling to all pet dog lovers because it needs to rehydrate at exact amount of water depending on the amount of dried foods. . On the other hand, raw foods offers fresh, whole, unprocessed foods and nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. But then meticulous choosing, handling and preparation of the raw dog food are needed. Danger risks of raw foods were intestinal puncturing, dental fractures or invasion of bacteria and parasites.


what kills yeast on dogs