We now sell a unique pack of beneficial living nematodes for use around your home and garden to control BOTH fleas & ticks. The brand we carry is ARBICO ORGANICS and we’re offering the Triple Threat Combo Packs for 1/2 garden size applications.
This combination pack will help control multiple stages of development – larvae, pupae and adult stages of fleas and the egg, nymph and adult stages of ticks.
1/2 Garden Size = 5 million Nematodes. Treats approx. 1,600 sq. ft.
Pricing for this product of three will cost members $44.35+ tax. This price includes shipping. Non-members, as usual, pay 30% more.
If you want to purchase these, please stop in while we’re open to pick them up. You can also call in to pay over the phone and have us reserve them for you for later pick-up or email us (email@example.com) to get them delivered along with your regular monthly order.
LEARN ABOUT NEMATODES
Nematodes are living, microscopic organisms. They need to be applied while still alive and handled with a lot of care. We are having them shipped overnight and will store them in the walk-in cooler with a damp towel. The company has assured me that they will be viable for up to two weeks when stored in this manner. We recommend applying them within a few days of purchasing because the sooner you get them into the garden environment, the more viable and effective they will be.
Learn more about Arbico Organic nematodes here:
http://www.arbico-organics.com/category/beneficial-nematodes/89 (includes how to apply and how it works)
This is an exceptional product that I strongly recommend for all of our members that have any outdoor space (even small patios) as a critical component of your flea (and tick) control/prevention program. What’s wonderful about this product specifically is it kills all life stages of the fleas AND TICKS. Most nematodes do not control ticks at all, so this is a very unusual and unique aspect of this product – will be great for people living in areas outside San Francisco proper.
Now is the time to apply the nematodes – many of you experienced terrible flea issues last October, and this is why I’ve decided to bring this product on for the benefit of the group. I think if we all follow along with a regular application program, we can enjoy a flea-free (or greatly reduced/manageable) season this Fall and, if we stick with a regular natural flea prevention program, we can even prevent fleas in our households through next year and beyond.
Even if you don’t have fleas now, I recommend that you apply nematodes now (and 3-4 times a year) to prevent fleas.
If you are struggling with fleas now, you need nematodes ASAP, and should be applying them every two weeks until there are no fleas on your pets or in your home/garden.
Why implementing a NATURAL flea and tick prevention protocol is so important:
Even if your pet doesn’t have fleas or ticks at the moment, I have been noticing the past few years, even more and more problems with pets experiencing flea problems for the first time in their lives and/or experiencing their first allergic reactions to flea bites (this is when a pet is bitten by just one flea, they experience a dramatic allergic inflammatory skin/itching and hot spots or skin eruptions reaction that can take weeks, or even months, to recover from, even with diligent care and prevention after the single bite).
While your pets may not have fleas and may be naturally resistant to flea infestations if they have a healthy and robust immune system, fleas can be brought into your home or yard/garden by roaming neighborhood cats, raccoons, squirrels, rats or mice – as these animals always bring fleas with them and drop their eggs where they nest or travel through. In the past, this was not a problem for most pets with robust immunity, but things seemed to have changed over the past few years. We’re now seeing animals and households suffer from fleas and flea bite reactions for the first time in decades or ever.
My theory is that because people have been using the spot-on type treatments and chemical preventatives since the 1990s, we have effectively created “super fleas” that are resistant to these chemical treatments. These “super fleas” also appear to cause serious immune responses to flea saliva in pets that have never had a problem with fleas before, even if they have never been treated with the chemical preventatives themselves. I realize that I don’t have any scientific evidence or studies to support my theories, I merely have anecdotal evidence and my own experience witnessing these changes in people asking for help over the years. I was initially concerned about this happening when the spot-on treatments first came on the market. Unfortunately, my concerns about how the popular use of spot-on treatments would play out appear to becoming realized. Back then, MRSA was a new/emerging problem in livestock due to the overuse of antibiotics, and I could see this type of biological response eventually happening with the way we were approaching flea prevention in our pets.
I think is important for us to resist the urge to use those spot-on or monthly tablet treatments (even the new ones) because this approach is not the safest for effective, long-term flea control. Using poisons to control pests simply creates an insect population more and more resistant to stronger and stronger chemicals, while damaging our own pet’s health and inhibiting the host’s vitality. If we can manage to do things like vacuum areas where our pet’s frequent (home & car) daily, bathe and flea comb our pet’s regularly, keep our pet’s bedding clean, and regularly apply nematodes in the garden, most households will successfully keep fleas under control all year while not damaging our pet’s immunity/health or helping to develop a “super flea” population.
If you have fleas now or are concerned about fleas, we also recommend FleaBusters service (http://fleabusters.com/Services/usa.html#CA) for the interior areas of your home. Their application of a non-toxic borate substance in your home comes with a 12-month guarantee. This borate substance is safe to use in food areas. It acts as a desiccant to the fleas (abrades the wax from their exoskeleton) and remains in the carpets and cracks & crevices of hard floored homes for a long time. You can find the MSDS for this product here: http://www.diypesticides.com/catalog1/labels/rx_for_fleas_msds.pdf
I’d be so happy if everyone took the time to apply nematodes to their outdoor areas now so that our Fall flea season is not nearly as bad as it was last year. So many pets suffered last year; it would be wonderful if we could prevent this from happening again!
If you have any questions, let me know!
SFRAW / Rara Avis
250 Napoleon Street, Unit G
San Francisco, CA 94124
“My long-time dear friend, past employer and primary veterinarian since 1998, Dr. Barbara Fishelson, will be making herself available for veterinary examinations and consultations at the SFRAW warehouse starting in October! This is a unique opportunity for members to meet with a wise, kind, experienced veterinarian with an especially pragmatic and down-to-earth approach to veterinary medicine, healing and wellness.
As some of you know, Dr. Fishelson moved her practice to Mendocino years ago. Since this time, many of you have shared how it has become an incredible challenge to find a trusted veterinarian locally; one that can provide wise guidance when navigating through the many options available to us when our animals are facing health issues. This is especially true for those of us that consider health and healing through a homeopathic-minded paradigm or perspective. Having Dr. Fishelson available for appointments at SFRAW is a wonderful opportunity for all of us, and I’m just thrilled to be offering this program!” – Kasie Maxwell, Founder, SFRAW
WE CURRENTLY HAVE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 6TH & MONDAY, OCT. 7TH ONLY.
Appointments are filling up fast, so please be sure to schedule ASAP!
Veterinary Examinations & Consultations:
When we’re sick, we need medicine. Medicine comes in many different forms — allopathic (surgery, drugs), chiropractic, herbs, Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, nutritional therapy, herbs) and homeopathy are some of the more popular options available to animal caregivers. Meeting with Dr. Fishelson can help you determine which modality of medicine may be most suitable for your animal.
Dr. Fishelson will spend up to 30-minutes with you and your animal, reviewing their history and current health status. During the appointment, she will answer questions you have about the many treatment options available to you, then provide recommendations and referrals to appropriate health care providers, as needed. Dr. Fishelson has a classical homeopathic veterinary practice, but realizes not all cases are a suitable match for homeopathic treatment. This appointment is not for homeopathic consultation, but it is your chance to get a qualified opinion on how to help your animal get well by whatever means and ask questions about homeopathy and homeopathic treatment.
If it is determined during this exam that homeopathy is a good fit for you and your pet, Dr. Fishelson will then schedule an appointment for homeopathic care with her in the future. Intake exams for her homeopathic practice cost $300; your $75 exam/consultation fee paid at SFRAW will be applied towards your homeopathic intake exam fee. Ongoing homeopathic care with Dr. Fishelson is primarily conducted via telephone follow-up appointments or house-calls. She will also be able to meet you for in-person exam visits at SFRAW in the future, if necessary.
Dr. Barbara Fishelson, DVM * CERTIFIED BY THE ACADEMY OF VETERINARY HOMEOPATHY * COMPLETED ADVANCED TRAINING IN VETERINARY HOMEOPATHY (ANIMAL NATURAL HEALTH CENTER EDUCATION PROGRAM) * COMPLETED ADVANCED TRANINING IN CLASSICAL HOMEOATHY (THE INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY).
After your appointment with Dr Fishelson, you will be eligible to schedule private nutritional consultation with Kasie Maxwell (SFRAW’s Founder & expert in animal nutrition).
During this appointment, Kasie will review what you are currently feeding and then make nutritional recommendations or suggestions in consideration of their health concerns.
Add up to 20-minutes of nutritional consulting to your appointment for $35. Note: For legal reasons, your animal must be examined by Dr. Fishelson before your nutritional consultation with Kasie.
About Kasie Maxwell http://sfraw.com/2013bio.pdf
We recently received over 30 pounds of fresh, raw beef kidney fat (“leaf lard”) from BN Ranch. It was pretty impressive looking – large strips of buttery colored fat attached to some bits of kidney, gristle and connective tissue.
Because this fat was harvested from cattle raised freely on wild local grass/pasture for the entirety of their lives, it provides multiple health benefits for people & animals including:
- excellent source of omega-3 fat; with an omega fat ratio similar to fish oil. Omega-3 (specifically the linolenic acid) is anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce the risk of type II diabetes, thyroid disorders, obesity, heart disease, and some cancers.
- good source of Vitamin E & A, beta carotene, and vitamin D; powerful antioxidants that have numerous protective health qualities throughout the body.
- a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is protective against heart disease and cancers, including breast cancer.
While dogs and cats will benefit from eating this fat in it’s raw form (simply add a little piece to each meal, include in the diet like a fish oil supplement); most people will find using the fat in a rendered format much easier. Beef tallow is an especially safe/healthful fat for use in high heat cooking like frying. Traditionally it is one of the best fats for use in baking pastries, and is wonderful in any sort of savory pie. It is particularly good to add to sautéed greens and for frying anything at all.
The lard you find in stores has been processed and not only lacks the benefits found in pastured beef fats, but has also been made toxic and damaging by the handling used to refine the fat into lard. When pastured beef fat is rendered in the traditional manner, it is a healthy and beneficial fat.
We spent the weekend dry rendering & jarring nearly all 30 pounds. It was a fun project and the rendered fat came out just perfectly/beautiful; clear, creamy off-white/light yellow with no floating particles.
We now have TRADITIONALLY RENDERED, TRULY PASTURED BEEF TALLOW/LEAF LARD available for sale in glass 8-oz wide mouth jars for $9/each.
How to use this healthful fat: Add small amounts to your animals’ meals as a beneficial fat supplement (like fish oil) or use it for cooking & baking at home.
Check out these ideas for recipes:
Some of you may have heard that we’ve recently established a relationship with a new supplier: BN Ranch.
BN Ranch is Bill Niman’s new fully pastured meat company located in Bolinas, CA.
First, we want to take a moment to extend a sincere “thank you” and much gratitude to our friend, strategic partner and mentor/guide, Jonathan Lewis of Pastoral Plate for facilitating and supporting this amazing connection. Thank you, Jonathan – you are wonderful!
For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Bill Niman was the founder of Niman Ranch. Bill is the visionary and idealist behind the brand that had a tremendous influence on how animals were being raised for food in the US. Bill Niman demanded an ethical, humane, sustainable departure from the cruel, harmful, industrialized food system that was (and continues to be) the industry standard of modern ranching. He is no longer associated with that business, to remain true to his ideals (read more about his departure from Niman Ranch here).
With BN Ranch, Bill has returned to ranching with an uncompromised vision to operate an ethical, environmentally sound ranch while producing truly sustainable, totally pastured & exceptionally high quality meats. From conception/field to table/consumption, every aspect is conducted with the utmost care and concern – I have been utterly impressed thus far with the attention to detail and quality of these products. We’re working closely with Bill on a program to incorporate his meats into our SFRAW branded products (treats & meals) as well as have his products available for sale to our members & customers.
This is a very exciting development for SFRAW! Bill’s experience & expertise in the industry is stellar; and his products reflect his undeniable commitment to quality. Thanks to Jonathan, I had the chance to spend the day at his ranch and home in Bolinas a few weeks ago, and since then, we’ve just started to bring in his products for sale here at SFRAW. He hand-delivered the first batch last week (& we quickly sold out) and today we got our second delivery - nearly a full pallet of products priced to move quickly this week.
I can tell you, the quality of these products are just absolutely incredible. I’d love to hear feedback on how they work for you & your animals. We’re now using his beef in our Beef & Pumpkin Patties and Beef Jerky and they have been, hands-down, the best batches of these products we’ve made. Be sure to try these treats out with your beef loving dogs and cats! We have plenty in stock and are making more this week.
We are incredibly lucky to have this opportunity to work with a true legend and pioneer in the sustainable meat industry. What he’s doing at BN Ranch in Bolinas is absolutely wonderful. If you feed beef or turkey, you should absolutely try out these meats!
To learn more about his program at BN Ranch – check out his website: http://eatlikeitmatters.com/ EAT LIKE IT MATTERS! We love this motto!
Check out what we have available from BN Ranch this week (turkey & beef) below. Prices listed here are SFRAW member prices; non-members can shop at the warehouse for these products, too but will be charged 30% more at check-out.
1) Fully Pastured Broad-Breasted Whole Turkeys for just $2.70/lb. (DISCOUNTED! Regularly $4.05/lb)
Broad Breasted Turkey: These are TRULY pastured, entirely free-roaming/flying, never medicated, only supplemented with a GMO-free all-natural feed. The broad breasted turkey takes much less time to mature and is a good bird for lovers of white meat. It’s raised locally (Bolinas, CA) according to carefully pastured poultry standards. “B” birds are whole birds (no heads or feet attached, but with gibs included) are smaller/irregular shaped or sized birds for a very discounted price. They just don’t meet their size or shape standards. Nothing wrong with them, perfectly safe to eat (people, dogs, cats)! Some are missing a wing or are irregularly shaped, others are just small — great prey model meal for dogs and cats, or make for your family and share/give certain parts to your pets. Beautifully packaged as a single bird in a nice clean box; vacuum sealed with gibs packed into the cavity.
FRESH & Absolutely Gorgeous Truly Pastured Beef:
2) PET FOOD Grind – first “test run” available at a one-time DISCOUNTED price of just $1.35/lb. This is a screaming deal for this exceptional product!!! Limited supply available. FRESH, not frozen. The reason why we’re offering this grind for this extraordinarily low price is the fat % is higher than we had expected and this test run did not contain liver. Future batches should contain liver & will be lower in fat. This is a grind of 30-35% fat, muscle meat and 5% kidney. Packed into 5 and 10-lb. bags.
3) Ground Beef:
Regular 25% fat $4.45/lb.
Lean 20% fat $5.33/lb.
Super Lean 5% fat $6.10/lb.
Packed into 5-lb. and 10-lb. packs. This is the very same beef being used in the burgers voted “Best of SF” recently at Kronner Burger (http://kronnerburger.com/). The taste is spectacular! Enjoy.
4) Cross Cut Shanks for $4.75/lb.
Incredible bone-in osso buco steaks, 2” thick/high cut. This would be a wonderful, supervised jaw-working, teeth cleaning meaty meal for a small dog that would end with a recreational chew bone for dessert. Beneficial & nutritious marrow is included. This particular cut may not be safe, however, for medium to large dogs unless you removed the meat off of the bone to feed – which you can easily do. These bones could then be used to make a highly nutritious broth.
5) Boneless Beef Trim $4.05/lb.
Beautiful, fresh packs of lean beef trim; nice big hunks of muscle meat, excellent for any & all dogs & cats.
6) Very Meaty Beef Neck Bones $4.05/lb.
Small sized bulk cases approx.10-12-lbs each
7) Beef Kidney Fat/Leaf Lard $1.35/lb.
Calling all WAPF, paleo-diet, Nourishing Traditions eaters/devotees, gourmet foodies and skilled pastry chefs – this is for you! Dog & cats can also benefit from incorporating this into their diet if they need additional nutrition, calories and fat – leaf lard/tallow is very nutritious, has cancer fighting properties, and helps to promote luxurious, shiny, healthy fur/skin.
For those wanting to know more about how to use this highly nutritious, beneficial traditional food, check out these links:
These products are not yet in our online shopping cart, but we are happy to take orders via email and over the phone. For SFRAW members, we can deliver to you along with your regular order this month – just inquire so we can make arrangements to do so.
Enjoy!!! As you can tell from the glowing tone of this post, we’re very excited about this beautiful new venture with Bill Niman and BN Ranch – we hope this association will benefit you and your entire family.
Kasie Maxwell Founder/Owner, SFRAW
SFRAW 250 Napoleon Street, Unit G San Francisco, CA 94124 W: 415-225-0589 F: 866-332-2698 www.sfraw.com
OPEN: Thursday 9am-7pm Friday 9am-7pm Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 12-5pm CLOSED: Monday-Wednesday
Question: My friend has a large Labradoodle. The family has all become vegan and is wondering how/if their dog can join them
as vegans, given that dogs are considered primarily carnivores.
Answer: Well, technically, they *can* but, in my opinion, they should not be. If they truly care about animals, they will provide their animal companion with the foods he/she was designed by nature to digest/consume.
This is one of the most ethically challenging aspects of deeply loving all animals while caring for certain animals that need to eat other animals by nature; especially when they are part of our family.
Consider this: if you truly love and honor snakes, and want the best for them, you would never even think about feeding a snake a diet of carrots or apples that had some sort of supplement added to make it more rodent like. When I did wildlife rescue, I had to feed the owls and other raptors baby chicks and mice. It was difficult to do, but this is what they eat. This is what they need to eat to thrive. I think that the most humane approach is to provide every animal with a diet of whatever it is they were designed by nature to consume and truly thrive on, to the best of our knowledge and ability.
If they are unwilling or unable to feed their dogs or cats a meat-based diet (food that honors their true nature, physiology and biology) then they should reconsider sharing their lives with these animal companions. Some vegans consciously make the choice to live without other animal species as part of their family – for a number of reasons. Because I can’t imagine not having animals as part of my family, because I don’t even know what a day would be like without caring for a creature that I love, and because the current need to provide homeless animals with a home is so immense, this is not something I can do personally – but it is a choice (and sacrifice) some make. For vegans that do not want to feed meat to carnivores, there are a huge number of herbivores desperately seeking homes in rescue, too: rabbits, tortoises, iguanas, mice, guinea pigs, for example. This is another way to help animals within one’s ethical concerns.
I’m not at all saying your friends should rehome their dog as vegans, but I do feel strongly that the most vegan thing they can possibly do is recognize and honor their dog for the canine creature that they are, and feed them a species appropriate diet. I have known some people that feed raw, home-prepared diets using only animal by-products (meaning they feed meat from animals that were not killed for the sole purpose of feeding their pets, but were already slated to be a part of the human food chain) or those that feed a meat-based raw diet most days but few meals a week of eggs and/or fish instead of meat to minimize the environmental impact of feeding meat. They will need to come to their own conclusions on this.
And, by extension, purchasing dried or canned processed meat-based foods is also highly problematic as a vegan because those bags and cans are essentially the “worst of the worse” – those bags contain the most inhumanely handled sources of meat in the entire food chain. This was one of the reasons why I started SFRAW, was to seek out the farms I wanted to support and ensure the meat I was buying was raised at a higher standard – that the animals/livestock being raised for food were being honored during their lifetimes for being cows, pigs, lambs, chickens, etc. It is important to me that ranchers provide these animals a life that allows them to engage in behaviors and enjoy a lifestyle and diet that, at a minimum, respects and considers their natural behaviors and biology as a species. Thus, SFRAW continues to seek out the most ethically handled meat we can find. In this way we are able to honor our dogs & cats for who they are/their very nature; honor the livestock animals being raised for food; and honor the humans doing this work, too. That is being as vegan as you can get, IMO. I think it is our responsibility as caretakers to do the very best we can for the animals under our care by providing them with the best nutrition and care available to us.
Yes, they can find highly processed “food-like” products on the market (either vegan processed pet food or supplements they add to a home-prepared vegan dog diet) that may keep their dog alive, but their dog will not truly thrive on this and, for me, the biggest problem I have with it is the lack of honor being shown for the animal under your care. Respecting our family members (of any species) for who they are, by their very nature and biology, is important. Being vegan is about honoring life and non-violence; this includes respecting our dogs and cats as unique individuals and as separate species with needs that might differ from our own (and the animals raised to feed them).
If they have any questions about this, they can contact me as I am happy to speak to them from a long-time (since 1983) animal loving, ethical vegan perspective. I think it is wonderful that they are considering these things so thoughtfully. Engaging in the continued effort to live an examined life is commendable. Becoming vegan (or paleo or locovore or a whole-foodist), committing to any diet or lifestyle that investigates and perhaps limits what you consume, and that forces you to seriously consider what you are buying and consuming on a daily basis, takes a lot of dedication, thought and commitment. I have tremendous respect for anyone that puts effort into living a good and ethical life, and even more when they reach out to others to help formulate decisions that align with their ethics. I hope this helps them with making an informed, researched, and well-considered choice.
Originally written by Kasie Maxwell in 2007.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The below remedies are FOR DOGS ONLY. Some of the below
protocols would be very dangerous for cats.
The below suggestions are useful for both Sarcoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabei) and
Demodectic mange (AKA Demodex). It is important to be fastidious about
cleanliness when dealing with either issue. Washing the animal’s bedding, collars
and clothing, etc. will help to clear up the issue faster and, in the case of Sarcoptic
mange, limit the possibility of the mange spreading to other household members.
Demodex is not contagious and only effects canines. Sarcoptic Mange can be
contagious to susceptible humans, dogs and cats, though the infection will not
progress or sustain itself on humans and cats as Sarcoptes scabei must live on a
canine host in order to complete its lifecycle. Humans, dogs and cats with **healthy
immune systems** should be able to resist infection, but it’s better to be safe than
sorry and keep the environment and animals clean until the issue is resolved. Stress
is a big factor, too. Animals living in the same household may be experiencing the
same environmental or life stressors that caused the sick animal to develop mange,
and bringing a new animal into the household can be a stressful period for resident
I highly recommend consulting with a classical homeopath in either scenario.
I have treated Demodex mange many, many times in rescue dogs without ever
having to resort to using the chemical treatments. I have resolved both minor cases,
and severely neglected dogs with generalized demodex and deep, oozing staph
infections so bad that the dog could not even use her hind legs. If your dog has a
small area of mange, it should be easy to resolve with the following protocol…
1) DIET: Feed 100% carbohydrate/grain-free raw, whole food diet with the addition of a good, high quality fish-body/wild Salmon oil EFA and natural Vitamin E. Give 100 IU Vit E for every 1,000 mg of Salmon Oil. If the animal is severely disabled/ill or new to a raw diet, add a high quality digestive enzyme and probiotic supplement. If they are too ill to tolerate a raw diet, then feed a home-prepared cooked diet using fresh foods until they can tolerate raw. As much as is possible, feed only pastured, organic, and grass-finished meats.
2) VACCINATIONS: Do not vaccinate an animal with mange – period. This is huge. Mange is almost always a direct result of vaccinations. Dogs with mange are expressing that their immune system has been insulted/damaged by vaccines, medications, and/or a poor diet. Dogs can be genetically predisposed to being especially sensitive to vaccines and mange is a common symptom of this, so you need to consider future vaccinations carefully. Discuss future vaccination decisions with your holistic vet. Non-vaccinated strays can develop mange due to living in an
immune damaging environment (starvation/inadequate diet, environmental stress,
living in filth, lack of security and kindness/love, etc.).
Do not give any chemical “preventative” medications; heartworm pills, flea/tick
preventatives, dips or sprays, etc. These poison insults make your pet’s immune
system weaker/strained so they are unable to mount a healthy immune response to
3) EXERCISE/LIFESTYLE: Plenty of daily outdoor exercise; for young dogs this
usually means 1-2 hour off-leash hikes, beach walks, and lots of fresh air. Do not
expose them to extreme temperatures, and only exercise them as much as they can
tolerate without being physically stressed – let them guide you as to how much they
can handle, never push them to do too much. In severely debilitated animals, you
will have to start with short, frequent walks at first. Try and walk them only in
natural areas, away from roads and pollution.
4) ENVIRONMENT: Clean their bedding in hot water every 3 days (use sheets or
towels to cover their dog bed(s), furniture or crate pad to make this easier). Do not use dryer sheets or chemical laundry detergents; use a natural, unscented detergent. Do not
smoke or use chemicals on or around these animals. Provide a clean, loving,
peaceful, stress-free environment in which your dog can heal and become stronger.
Limit exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), as much as possible. EMFs are
produced by electric appliances such as televisions, microwaves, etc.
Electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices can be harmful, too.
5) GROOMING: Give once a week baths with a very gentle, natural shampoo. For
example, see our Rara Avis Uber Natural Shampoo. There’s also Flutterby Organics
and CyberCanine – these are all good brands with high quality ingredients. Do not
use chemical or medicated shampoos, sprays or dips. Make bath time fun, or at
least not scary or stressful. Talk in soothing tones, move slowly, and handle your
pet gently and respectfully to create a calming, “spa-like” experience rather than a
scary torture treatment! Follow baths with play time and treats.
6) TOPICALS: My Rara Avis (now SFRAW brand) Mite-B-Gone oil is very useful for this issue. I have also provided a Lemon Skin Tonic recipe and how to prepare a Lavender EO oil blend for a topical application below.
If you follow the above protocol, your dog will get better. I have had full recoveries
happen in a matter of weeks, but most dogs take a few months. Basically you are
allowing for their immune system to recover and allowing for their skin flora to
rebalance, and this can take time. So long as it’s not getting worse, you can
continue home treatment. If it gets worse instead of better, consult with your
holistic vet for assistance.
Some dogs with minor cases will get better with zero treatment by the time they are
about 12-14 months old. The thought is that they simply “outgrow” the mange, but
my opinion is that it takes about this long to finally recover from the puppy vaccines
that put their body into this compromised/crisis state, and their immune systems are
also finally maturing by this age.
You can also add a few supplements to the above regime. Adding the supplements
alone won’t do it though – it’s the overall holistic treatment/husbandry that matters,
so you need to consider their lifestyle, diet, and overall husbandry first. Supplement
information can be found in the below email I wrote to a list member of one of the
lists I run. I hope this information is useful and helps you to help your dog!
Demodectic mites are normally present on all dogs raised by/with other dogs,
but is normally kept under control by a healthy immune system. It is not
contagious. Demodex only develops into a problem when the dog’s immune
system is depressed or compromised by the stress of being in a shelter environment, immune-harming medications, poor husbandry (food/environment), and/or vaccines. Certain breeds are more susceptible to
this condition – my opinion is that these breeds or individuals are more
susceptible to the damaging effects of vaccinations. Dogs that develop
manage should never vaccinated again, or should be vaccinated by the
minimum requirements dictated by your state’s laws.
Demodex is fairly common in young dogs/puppies under the age of 12
months. Demodex infection is common, because (at least in holistic circles) it
is considered to be one of the negative results of puppy vaccinations. Most
dogs will “outgrow” demodex by 12-14 months old on their own – when a
more mature immune system is developed and able to handle the imbalance,
without any assistance whatsoever. Usually, these are dogs who’s vital
force/immune systems are able to recover from the damage vaccinations
have done to their system.
Some dogs have a much harder time with these early assaults, and demodex
can develop into a generalized state where it covers the majority of their body
and can, rarely, become life-threatening. These dogs can still recover when
their systems are properly supported and they are given the chance – by not
further assaulting their system with medications and vaccinations. If you are
dealing with a more than mild case of demodex, you absolutely must consult
with a qualified homeopath. Find a list of homeopaths at the end of this
Feeding them wholesome, clean, fresh foods, living in a clean environment,
regular bathing, minimal stress, and daily access to fresh air, sunshine and
exercise is critical. Many, many dogs in rescue suffer from demodex and I
have treated many dogs without the use of chemical remedies. My opinion is
that the chemical medications further complicate the issue, mask the
symptoms, and further damage the immune system. Oftentimes, the
medications will appear to have worked, but this brief respite from the
disease only lasts for a short period and when the mange returns, it comes
back like gangbusters – or at least worse than the first time.
Don Hamilton and Richard Pitcairn’s books both have excellent sections about
mange that speaks about not only the how’s and whys, and why allopathic
care for this (esp. in young dogs) is more damaging than helpful in the long-run,
but also gives recommendations as to the treatment using safe, gentle
home remedies. I highly recommend you purchase one or both of these books
and read these sections. Their recommendations are similar to what I have
Supplements you can add to your pup’s diet to help counter the mite
overgrowth are as follows:
• Zinc, in the form of either raw, ground pumpkin seeds or a chelated zinc
tablet, 10 to 30 milligrams/day
• Vitamin C, 250-1000 mgs twice/day
• 100 to 400 IU of Vitamin E daily (discontinue use before surgery)
• ½ to 3 teaspoons of Lecithin/day
You may also consider the following supplements that can help with a variety
of immune system conditions:
• 4Life Transfer Factor Plus or K9 Immunity by Aloha Medicinals
Topically, you can rub fresh, organic lemon juice on the affected area every
day or make a tea infusion of thinly sliced lemons (3 lemons to a quart of
boiling water) – let steep overnight, strain and store in the fridge. Pour
or spray this ‘lemon tea’ on the dog’s bald/patchy areas 2x/day. Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli-Levy provided the original recipe and application suggestions for this infusion in her incredible book, The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat.
Alternatively, you could add a high quality organic lavender essential oil
(10-15 drops) in a base of almond oil or jojoba oil (1/2 oz.) and apply this
EO formula to the affected areas. Use as many drops of the oil necessary to
cover the areas of skin where the hair is thinning or bald; apply twice a
day to these areas.
At only a few months old, the last thing you want to do is suppress minor
symptoms such as these and further compromise your puppy’s immune
system. He/she is just a pup! The best thing you can do is counter their
current state of low-resistance/immunity with care that will further strengthen their immunity and lay the foundation for a healthy, capable immune system that can swiftly handle something as minor as demodex, and also manage future symptoms that might be more complicated and serious as he/she
grows into adulthood.
Consulting with a good homeopath will help your dog tremendously in this
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