100% Flea-Free Since 1989: How You Can Be Flea-Free, too! (without EVER using toxic substances/preventatives)

History/Backstory:  I have been raw feeding and 100% Naturally Rearing all of my animals – yes, even foster animals and very sickly rescues, seniors, kittens and puppies –  since 1989. At the time, my animals and the dogs I grew up with during my childhood, had fleas. Spot-on treatments had not come on the market yet, but, being responsible and following the veterinarian’s advice, our animals ate only dog/cat food (“no tablescraps”), and got their routine annual re-vaccinations. And, especially as they aged and during the hot California summer months, they also suffered from fleas. Yet nothing worked to control them! Despite our use of costly veterinary and OTC flea dips, baths, sprays, powders, and various flea collars – our animals continued to have fleas plus they itched, had missing fur/skin issues. Fleas were a problem for us in the 1970-80s, for sure! Once I learned there was a different approach (1, 2, 3) to how to manage, support, and maintain

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Register Now: Naturally Safe Seminar: Raw Feeding Safely | Natural First Aid Sunday, NOV 20th (new date) at 9 AM – 12 PM

Naturally Safe Seminar: Raw Feeding Safely | Natural First Aid  Sunday, November 20th (new date) at 9 AM – 12 PM Space is limited (12 participants). Cost for the seminar includes one SFRAW Basic Natural first Aid kits for each participants (FREE); a limited supply of additional kits will be available to purchase for a fee. Location: San Francisco Raw Feeders (SFRAW) 250 Napoleon St, Unit G, San Francisco, California 94124 SFRAW’s founder, Kasie Maxwell, will present part one of this workshop. She will review the following topics about common safety concerns and issues with feeding a fresh foods diet: 1) basic safe food handling techniques for meat/poultry and other common fresh feeding ingredients; sourcing for safety and wholesomeness 2) what’s toxic to dogs & cats – list of foods and ingredients to avoid 3) how to select and prepare the best foods and cuts (bones/meat) for different dogs/cats that will minimize or eliminate risks associated with feeding prey mod el raw or

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On Heartworm…

I wanted to re-post Dr. Siri Dayton’s truly excellent emails on the subject of heartworm that she wrote for the SFRAW Yahoo Group in 2009. I concur with her suggestions wholeheartedly.   I have had dogs my entire life and have never once given any of them heartworm medication in any form; and I’ve never had a pet test positive. While San Francisco and the Bay Area are not areas with a lot of heartworm disease, whenever I visited heartworm endemic areas with my dogs (camping in the Sierra foothills or Russian River area, for example), I’d test them when I returned and then again 6 months later. The plan was if they tested positive at an early stage, we would then dose them with Ivermectin at that time only. I never had to do that because they were always negative.   I would personally never use Heartguard as recommended conventionally. But I wouldn’t use Black Walnut preventatively either. However,

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100% Non-Toxic, Biological Flea & Tick Control Program: Beneficial Nematodes Really Work!

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 (sfraw@sfraw.com) to get them delivered along with your regular monthly order. LEARN ABOUT NEMATODES Nematodes are living, microscopic organisms.

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Canine Mange: A Holistic Approach

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

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Is Your Lawn (or City Parks Program) Killing Your Dog?

Wanted to share this great blog post from “Raise A Green Dog” http://blog.raiseagreendog.com/2012/09/is-your-lawn-killing-your-dog.html If you frequent public parks that use sprays/chemicals to manage pests or plants, do what you can to change local policy. We have a real problem with this in SF – particularly in some of our favorite places to walk dogs, in those areas considered part of the “Natural Areas Program”. Learn more about this issue on the San Francisco Forest Alliance website here. Sadly, the NAP practices are pretty terrible and need to change. At home, we all should strive to do what we can to keep our loved ones, people & pets (and all animals/the ecosystem), safe & healthy! There are a lot of safe and effective ways to maintain our gardens & yards (and homes) without the use of toxic chemicals. One product/remedy we frequently recommend to people these days is FleaBusters & their BioBusters nematode service – a much better way to handle flea problems!  

Feeding Anadromous Fish Safely: Not Just An Issue for Raw Feeders

Recently one of our members lovingly fed his two wonderful and much adored dogs some fresh trout purchased from a local market. Unfortunately, he was unaware of the potential risk associated with feeding fresh raw salmon and anadromous fish or how to prepare this type of fish so that it could be consumed safely. Sadly, both of his dogs became very ill and ended up in the emergency clinic. Thankfully, both dogs recovered and were able to come home after a few days, but this was a very scary and expensive incident that could have been easily prevented. Unfortunately, the attending veterinarian did not correctly diagnose the condition at the time, but thankfully they are now under treatment and should recover in full. From this incident, we realize that education for veterinarians and all canine care-givers on this topic is still needed. Even though “Salmon Poisoning Disease” is neither rare, difficult to prevent, difficult to diagnose, nor a new problem and

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Ticks

Question: I just found a tick on my Ridgeback in her armpit and the swelling was the size of a huge olive, and soft, not hard. The tick can’t have been on too long – it didn’t seem engorged at all, and I observed her scratching there a few hours ago – so maybe she irritated the area further that way. We were able to pull the tick off head and all. I even saved it in a jar just in case I can have it tested somewhere. I have never seen such a huge swollen spot from a tick before, and am concerned. I plan to monitor her behavior and the bite spot and take her to the vet on Monday if she is still swollen or acts strange, but I wanted to know if anyone else has any advice or similar experience. Also, any advice for chemical free flea control would be great. I just moved to West

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