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Is your dog crying when he wags his tail or when he sits down?
This is often a case of swimmers tail or cold tail.
It happens when the dog has been swimming a lot (over use), usually in very cold water, but not always the case.
I give a bufferin (one per day) for 2-3 days and it clears up.
Never give regular aspirin, tylenol or advil to your dog.
There are other common names and reasons for this condition that
you will see in this article:
If you suspect something else causing the pain p1ease consult your vet.
White vinegar is a wonderful non toxic product.
Most important are the floors in your house.
You and your dogs absorb products thru the feet/pads so its best to use none toxic products on floors.
I mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for mopping. I have also read 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
I fill a spray bottle and keep it on hand. Its easy to spray the floor for mopping. Or you can buy a mop (like Swiffer sp) that allows you to refill the container. Swiffer mops don’t have this option. You have to keep buying their refills.
1 cup vinegar and 5 cups water to clean windows.
Use full strength to rid kitchen containers of stale food odors.
Dilute vinegar with water and boil on the stove to remove cooking odors.
Moisten a paper towel with vinegar and wrap around faucets to remove hard water deposits.
Clean your dishwasher: fill a bowl with vinegar and place on bottom rack of dishwasher with no other dishes in the machine and run the cycle, turning off the machine before the drying cycle.
I read that when vinegar comes in contact with copper or lead it van create a deadly poison, so store vinegar in glass containers or the original jug it comes in.
Rosemary and garlic biscuits
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds
1 tspn kelp
1 tspn rosemary
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cloves pressed garlic
Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Then combine wet ingedients until well blended.
Mix both together, adding more chicken broth as needed, to form a stiff dough that can be formed into a ball by hand. Set dough aside for 30 minutes
Roll dough out to 1/4″ thick and cut into squares.
Place on baking sheet, they can be crowded and bake 30 min. at 350 degrees.
For firmer buscuits turn off the oven and leave them in the oven until it cools.
Yields 4 to 8 dozen depending on the size.
Start with a Salt Pork 12 oz (you can substitute 1/2 to 1 lb of bacon) (the more the better)
5-6 white potatoes (Yukon gold is great for the starch to help thicken soup)
1 onion chopped (leaks or scallion are a good substitute)
6 cloves garlic chopped
4 ears of corn (removed from cob) (you can use canned or frozen but fresh picked (and then frozen if need be) is better)
3 stalks celery chopped
6 cups chicken stock (I use home made)
2-3 bay leaves
Chop and cook salt pork or bacon till crisp in a dutch oven and remove and set aside.
Add onion, garlic, celery and cook till soft.
Add corn and cook well
Add potatoes and cook browning well.
Add chicken st0ck and bay leaf
Let simmer as potatoes thicken the soup
Salt and pepper to taste
Let soup sit overnight prior to serving
Depending on the richness of your chicken stock (mine is much richer than canned) you can add half and half or heavy cream and heat through just before serving.
Serve with crusty bread and salad.
This is a great recipe for egg salad on crackers or with chips as horsdevours.
6 hard boiled eggs
salt and pepper to taste
mayonnaise to your liking
Here is the kicker:
Curry (I use a homemade Indian curry with a bite) You can use store bought curry and add a bit of cayenne. Add about 1/4 tspn, let sit and taste. Keep adding till you get the amount you want. (I use about 3/4 tspn but I love curry)
Mix all together and let sit for a few hours.
Taste and add more seasoning to your liking.
Great served with dipping chips.
You can’t eat just one.
This recipe would also be great for deviled eggs.
Mix hard egg yolks with all ingred. above and fill egg whites. Top with paprika.
This is a great recipe
5 apples peeled. cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter melted
1 egg lightly beaten
Put cut apples in a pie dish
Mix all dry ingredients
Mix melted butter and beaten egg together and add to dry ingredients and mix well to form a batter
Spread this by hand over the top of apples
Sprinkle with a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
Whenever we have a big storm here I lose a lot of pine branches from my trees. My one girl , Miya, always loves to lay out in the sun and ends up on top of these sap filled branches making a mess of her coat
There are a number of suggestions on the internet, most of which require bathing the area after removal of the sap:
Tree sap removal products : be very careful that the product you choose is safe for dogs or cats.
Here’s a better idea and one I have not tried yet, but recommended by a friend who has.
Flour or baby powder: massage into the sap with fingers and work in well to absorb the stickiness. Brush the area with a fine tooth comb.
No bathing needed!
Please post if you try this method and let me know how it works.
If you notice your dog squinting and eye(s) tearing it can be a sign of an eye injury or infection.
In my case my girl had a scratched cornea. The vet does a die test and uses a black light to see the scratch.
If you have ever had a scratched cornea you know how painful it is.
According to my vet, while a human will heal very quickly from this, dogs take much longer. Often 4 or more weeks. This is because the blood flow to the cornea is not as efficient as it is in humans.
The treatment is a triple antibiotic ophthalmic ointment along with another ointment for pain.
My vet prescribed the antibiotic 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks and the pain ointment every 3 days.
A recheck in 14 days showed she was healing but needed more time.
We continue treatment for another 2 weeks and do a recheck again.
You can use a human antibiotic ointment for eyes if your vet will give you a prescription.
Note: Be careful what the pharmacist gives you. Make sure the ointment does not contain any type of steroid (some human forms do) as this should never be used with a cornea injury according to my vet.
Note: as the eyes are connected to the sinus and mouth, the pain meds can cause drooling or foaming at the mouth because they are bitter tasting.
Dogs can also get conjunctivitis and you would usually see a yellow to green discharge indicating infection and it needs to be treated by your vet.
It is contagious so be sure and wash your hands after treating your dog. I also believe it can be passed to humans but check with your vet.
According to my vet a white or beige discharge is most likely allergies (but should be checked by your vet). For that I flush the eyes 2x/day with warm “sea salt” water and it usually clears up in about a week.
These are not your typical brownies.
1/2 cup butter
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Cream butter and sugar
Add eggs and vanilla
Add sifted flour,BP and salt
Add optional pecans
Bake 350 degrees for 35 to 40 min.
Do not over bake. (they will be soft and appear under done but that’s ok. Let them sit to cool before cutting)
These are “the best chewiest” brownies you will ever eat.
The are two types of lupus – discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Symptoms of DLE:
“crusting, depigmentation, redness, and ulceration of the nose. Lesions may also appear around the eyes, ears, limbs, and other areas.”
More specific symptoms of both types of Lupus are listed here:
Treatments for DLE and SLE are given here: