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Flea Medication reaction with our Family Dog

This is from my sister. She telephoned me in the 3rd week of March 2014 to tell me about this incident about a flea medication and her adored dog. BUCKY

“Two evenings ago, I applied one tube of K9 Advantix II for small dogs (4-10 lbs), to my 6 yr. old Maltese.  This was not the first time I had applied the product, however, within approximately 24 hrs, my dog began scratching and showing signs of  agitation.  He ran around the house and hid under furniture to get away from what was bothering him. I checked him thoroughly for fleas, ticks or mosquitoes and found nothing.  Nor was his skin irritated.  The behavior increased into night and early morning.

Thinking that he might have had an allergic reaction to the grass, as he has had in the past two years at this time of the year, I gave him a third of a tablet of Benadryl, which seemed to calm him down.  I bathed him carefully with a soothing dog shampoo, and checked once again for fleas.  Nothing.  Still concerned, I called the medical emergency number (800-422-9874) on the product box.  After providing the contact person with information about the situation, I was told that what my dog was experiencing was “paresthesia”, which could be compared to the feeling a human has when their foot or leg falls asleep.  It’s annoying and aggravating to the dog because they don’t understand it, and more importantly not dangerous – just a sensation .

The product goes to the dermis layer of the skin, and will resolve itself within 72 hrs.   However, one of the things they recommended was to shampoo the dog 3 times with Dawn Dish Soap to reduce the absorption in the skin.

The ingredient that is the source of this sensation is Permethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemums.  Furthermore, any ingredient ending in “thrin” could react the same way.  (people-read your labels). The reaction could occur even though the animal has had this product applied in the past without any symptoms.  I told them I had given my dog Benadryl, and was told that would be good to calm the dog down, but it would not help relieve the dog of the symptoms.  I found the medical emergency contact to be very knowledgeable and helpful.  We can wait it out now with relief.

Searching the Internet I have found a blog called World Wide Woof. Of course one needs to use their smarts and wonder how much can be dramatized or sensationalized. Check it out:

Too many incidents of this poison being applied to our pets. It is dangerous! I have become very concerned and want people to know my experience to possibly help others out there avoid this mishap. The product I applied was K9Advantix II.  Please be mindful and aware of how your dog reacts if you choose to use this flea product. In the past I have used Advantage II.  Two different product ingredients, but both made by Bayer.  Now I know that I can use Advantage II on Bucky in the future, but NOT Advantix II. 

I wrote to, Bayer, the manufacturer of this product.

She wrote:

My Maltese has been in a state of frenzy
ever since applying K9 Advantix II last Sunday night. He is
biting at himself, rolling, scratching himself and the
ground, paranoid, hiding, scared, running everywhere and
anywhere,hyper.  It’s like he’s schizophrenic, crazy. I have
discussed this issue with the emergency medical contact
(referred to on your box) and was told that he is suffering
with paresthesia, a sensation in the skin from an ingredient
you now use in your product – Permethrin.  You need to take
it out of your product – it’s a poison and has done an
immense amount of harm to dogs , including death.  My claim
#1350*** has been registered with the medical emergency
number, and I will register another complaint with the Food
and Drug Division of the US Gov’t., as it is insanity that
you continue to produce this product with all the complaints
you have received.  Even the manager of the Petco that I
spoke to was all to familiar with the reaction your product
has had on animals.

Bayer responded:
Thank you for your email to the global headquarters for Bayer HealthCare Animal
Health. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us. Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, Global Communications Team,  Managing Director: Dr. Dirk Ehle

Then we spoke a few days later….

I had a 15-minute phone conversation with a representative from Bayer.  She called me to go thru EVERYTHING, documenting Bucky’s history, reaction, current condition, etc.   I was impressed with her too, as I was with the initial emergency medical contact.  She was a plethora of information, especially about the ingredient.  The only new information is to apply liquid Vitamin B to the area.  She thanked me for contacting the medical person, as they do extension reporting and follow thru with any customer complaint and with the FDA and all like agencies they have to report and work with.  I really feel confident that it will not do any permanent harm.

I am wondering this (which was not mentioned) if  “The ingredient that is the source of this sensation is Permethrin” and harmful to ‘some dogs’…is this a chemical that affects the flea but not poisoning the dog? How can that chemical be safe? My inquiry (which I am not sure a Big Business would admit) is how can a poison affect one thing and not another?  I have a hard time believing this is safe for the over all health of the dog.    But the fleas NEED TO BE managed. So what do we do?

safe solutions:

You can go to our banner for CEDAR OIL INDUSTRIES. It’s safe -Nature’s Defender.  Look over on the right area of this blog, see the girl holding the black and white dog? Click on it.  I use it, and one of our friend’s uses it with her cat.   I spray it on the bedding and the pet.  It works for us.


I contacted my friend, Melissa, at Wylder’s Retail and Rescue in Studio City.
They offer some Holistic Flea solutions.
she wrote: “We have at We will ship these to you as well.  If anyone has questions please call Melissa at 818-762-2665 or email (copy and Paste)

Flea Free is a blend of organic essential oils that you spray on your dog once a day when they will be encountering fleas.  It has a lovely aroma and the $18 bottle will last around 6 months for a small to medium sized dog. The ingredients are all safe and natural. You can even spray the formula on your own hands and rub it in!

Snook’s nutritional flea treatment is a supplement that you sprinkle on your dogs food. It is all natural and has been tested on humans. The dogs do not taste it but it causes a reaction that makes their blood unappealing to fleas.  Again, it is all natural and a small 6-month supply is an affordable $15. A large is $22 and would be a 6-month supply for multiple small dogs or a large dog.


source: my sister, Melissa and myself.

Please throw your Rawhide chews away! Dangerous for your dog.

These are the most common rawhide risks:

Contamination. As with pet toys, rawhide chews can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli contamination is possible. Even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats. Are they from China?
Digestive irritation. Some dogs are simply sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. This can cause problems, including diarrhea or death.
Choking or blockages. Rawhide bones and other edible chews can pose a choking and blockage risk. In fact, this is a much bigger risk than contamination or digestive irritation. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Depending on its size and where it is located, a vet may be able to remove these pieces fairly easily through the throat. But sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death. I have a friend whose dog died from this!

Go to the top of this page and look at the products you can buy thru this website. Bully Sticks are good chews and digestible!   

From pets.webmd and me!

This dog can’t stay awake…ever feel like this?

This is so CUTE!!!!

Stray dog, Faith

Claudia Hoffmann writes:    My friend Eldad Hagar and his wife Audrey Spilker Hagar do such an amazing job helping stray animals. The videos bring awareness of what’s really out there. More abandoned and stray dogs than a lot of people dare to imagine.
You can pick up CAR LOADS of stray animals daily in LA and surrounding areas! PLEASE spay/neuter and micro chip your animals!
Just look at this video! Heartwarming and a happy ending!     Faith still needs a home.  Please share and support Hope for Paws!

Dog welfare program…you are making a difference!

I asked Sara how she came across Luna, her dog…(see my last blog)….this is what Sara wrote-Please read-and if you can send a few will make a HUGE difference! Sayulita-Their work is heart and soul!

“Last full moon night (August 30th) I drove home from Sayulita. I live 5 km from town. Just when I turned into the drive way I saw something black standing on the side of the highway. I stopped my car and got out to see what that black thing was. It was a dog. I immediately took food out of my car (I always keep dog food in the back), put some kibbles in my hand and slowly carefully approached the dog. He was careful, didn’t trust me at first and it took him a while to decide what to do. Finally he came up to me and started eating out of my hand. I put some more food in a bowl and put it on the ground away from the highway. I looked at him closely, it was a bright night and it broke my heart. I saw his jaw looked weird, I saw he was limping from his hind leg, I saw his fur was rough, I saw he was dripping wet as it had rained just before, I saw he was painfully thin……..overall he was the worst I have seen.

He ate and let me touch him. 
Because I have a pack of 4 dogs and one of them is aggressive I couldn’t take him home that night. I decided to put him in my car and in the morning I would bring him to the clinic and have the vet look at him.
So I carefully picked him up and carried him to my car. He didn’t like it but let me do it. He absolutely did not like being in the car and wanted to jump out. So I said to him: “ok buddy, I let you out, I put food for you here and you better stick around till the morning. Wait for me here and I will get you and we go to the vet!”
I drove off and saw him in the back mirror lying right there. I came to my house, turned on the light and……… saw that there were thousands of maggot-like insects growling all over me! I screamed at my dogs not to come close and went straight to the bathroom where I took a shower with my clothes on! It was gross and made me realize that the dog must be COVERED with these things but he didn’t even scratch himself. He is beyond that, he is like a Zombie dog.

Next morning came and he…..was NOT there. I looked for him but nothing.

The morning after he…..was THERE! I fed him and took some photos (one I sent to you) from that first meal. And then I saw all the insects that were living on him! Horrendous! I picked him up again and carried him to my car and off we went.
The vet and I gave him a bath which made me almost throw up and she checked him out.
He is old, he has no front teeth, his tongue is hanging at the side most times, he has a fractured leg or hip, he has erlichia and he is EXTREMELY sweet!

So now he lives at the clinic and I love him so very much. I named him Luna (even though he is a male) because I fist saw him at full moon.

I have been doing dog rescue for the last 3 1/2 years and it’s brutal work, Barbara. My heart is so broken and my soul so sad that I sometimes feel I can’t anymore. But I WILL! I won’t give up. It’s my passion and the dogs and cats are my very best friends.

Right now there are 5 starving dogs at the highway for whom I put food out. Four a female so as soon as they are fatter I will try to get them and have them spayed. They are very shy but with time I will win their trust.
Thank you for listening and thank you for your kind words, support and encouragement!

Yes, donations are coming in thanks to your efforts! Kimberley Clemens donated $15, Katie Hoffman $75 and Kim Kurylo $50 so far!   Click here to
It’s just wonderful!
 Big hugs back from the SA gang!

Norman, the dog, rides a bike to educate about Puppy Mills

Gotta watch this! I love that they are campaigning to educate about Puppy Mills.

Please rescue and adopt!

NORMAN backing a campaign against so-called “puppy mills”.   WOOF WOOF-“Please, if my scooter riding popularity can do anything for me it is to help educate the public: why buying puppies from pet stores is bad!” he says on his website.  “No matter what the petstore tells you… these puppies are from puppy mills. No reputable breeder would sell their puppies to a petstore.”

Feed your pet the healthiest pet food delivered to your dog!

Flea and tick season-get a natural product

Please be “green” with your pet.  You can check out our Natural Cedar product that we carry. It’s harm-less to your pet. You can squirt it on their bedding, your rugs and your Pet. Smells good too. You can be confident you are treating your animal in a healthy way.
Never put a flea collar on your dog or cat. They are an irritant to the neck/body. Only put them INSIDE your Vacuum cleaner will kill any fleas that get Vacuumed up.


Chicken Jerky is TOXIC and DEADLY for your pet (from China)

Be careful! and read labels.

Story at-a-glance

  • Over four years and hundreds of sick and dead pets since their first warning to consumers, the FDA continues to proceed at a snail’s pace investigating just what the problem is with chicken jerky treats from China.
  • Fed up pet owners have begun to involve their elected officials in demanding faster and more decisive action from the FDA. Pet owners have also teamed up to put pressure on retailers to voluntarily pull chicken jerky treats made in China off store shelves.
  • An internal FDA document obtained by a major media outlet mentions three brands of pet treats contained in reports from pet owners and veterinarians.
  • Predictably, the pet food companies in question and the FDA continue to insist there is no link between sick pets and chicken jerky treats.
  • Under no circumstances should pet owners offer chicken jerky treats, tenders or strips from China to their dog or cat. Buy pet food products made in the U.S., or even better — make your own chicken jerky treats right at home

The FDA’s position is they will not implicate nor recall products until a specific contaminant has been identified. The agency maintains chicken jerky treat samples have been tested for drugs, poisons, mycotoxins, heavy metals and certain chemicals, yet the problem remains a mystery.

But while the FDA seems content to remain clueless about what’s causing the problem, pet owners and veterinarians in the U.S., Canada and Australia have their own suspicions. These include:

  • Ongoing melamine contamination
  • Irradiation of ingredients in jerky treats
  • An as-yet unidentified chemical preservative
  • Diethyelene glycol (a toxin)

Meanwhile, a grassroots group calling itself Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China is working — with little success so far — to have retailers voluntarily pull potentially tainted chicken jerky pet treats off store shelves.

The Number of Sick and Dead Pets Continues to Climb

According to, by February 10th of this year, the FDA had received 537 reports of sick dogs. That number included 353 from 2011 and 184 so far in 2012.

(Please note: The number of reported incidents varies tremendously depending on the source, thus I’m also seeing a total of 596 new reports just since the last FDA warning in November 2011ii . That would mean in about 4 months’ time there have been nearly 600 new reports of illness and death in pets who ate chicken jerky treats made in China. I’m not sure which sets of figures are correct. The situation is absolutely unacceptable, regardless.)

Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), increased thirst and/or urination, and decreased activity.

Symptoms appear within a few hours to days after a dog eats the chicken jerky treats. Pets who become severely ill or have symptoms lasting more than 24 hours should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Blood tests may show markers for kidney failure. Urinalysis may point to acquired Fanconi syndrome.

Fortunately, most sick dogs have fully recovered, however, an increasing number of deaths are also being reported.



Does your dog jump up on people?

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

One of the first things your dog will do, especially if it’s a puppy, is jump up on you and on everyone who gives it attention.

The animal is only trying to get close and establish eye contact, but it’s best to discourage this behavior. A big dog jumping up on an elderly or frail person, or a child, even in the friendliest way imaginable, can hurt. So you’ll want to teach your pet to keep all four feet on the ground when interacting with you or other people.

Here are the recommended ways to teach a dog not to jump up:

1. Step very lightly on its hind toes.

2. Bump it gently in the chest with your knee to create the boundary.

3. Grasp its front paws and push it backward so it is off balance, like-tipping them.

Any of these should be accompanied by the command, “No” Then, after the dog gets down, walk away and ignore it for a few minutes. Remember, it’s in the consistency of repeating the action with the verbal command-“no”. It’s not screaming or yelling, it is consistency.

After a moment, when you’re sure your pet has got the message and has stayed down, pat and praise it. Remember, be consistent. Don’t confuse the dog by letting it jump up just this once, and then pushing it down and saying, “No” the next time. And don’t give up. You need to be clear with your dog. CONSISTENCY.

source-Annie B. Bond

Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia Curtis. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002).


I was in my vet’s office yesterday taking Kona for her annual check up and vaccinations. I was alerted by a sign they had at the front desk.  I really wanted to share this with you in case you buy these treats for your dog. lease pass this on to your friends with Pets. 

“FDA Warning for Dog Owners Regarding Chicken Jerky Products from China”

Since September 2007, veterinarians and dog owners around the nation have been reporting to the FDA in which chicken jerky dog treats, made in China, appear to be causing illness and death in dogs. An increased number of complaints have been noted in the past year (2011).

ANY…ANY….ANY….chicken jerky products for dogs manufactured in China. The chicken jerky is being sold as chicken tenders, strips and treats.  Products are being sold all over Los Angeles County and throughout the nation.  Often these products are purchased from Costco, Trader Joe’s or Pet Specialty Stores. Read your labels.

SYMPTOMS: *Decreased appetite, *decreased activity, *Vomiting, *Diarrhea, +/blood,  * Increased water consumption, * Increased Urination.

If your dog has these symptoms that are severe or last longer than 24 hours-  STOP FEEDING THE TREATS TO YOUR DOG!  Seek Help ASAP from your Veterinarian, save the product, the packaging and the receipt in case they need it for later.  If you live in Los Angeles County, report this 213-989-7060. All reports will be shared with FDA.

Give your dogs treats that (may cost more) but that you know they are safe and healthy! That the ingredients are from the USA and manufactured right here in the USA. Please, for your dog or cat’s health and well-being, read about Life’s Abundance food and it’s holistic formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks.


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