Itchy Dog? Dry Flakes? Thin hair?

What can cause a dog to have dry itchy skin? I am not a Veterinarian but have learned from holistic Vets and top breeders that what goes into the dog, on the dog and around the dog has an impact. I remember the famous breeder of Hells A Blazen fame told me that the skin and hair are a reflection of nutrition. (This post is not medical advise but for education only)

What to do if your Veterinarian gives Fido cortizone, antibiotics and chemically medicated shampoo and it doesn’t help? Some of the following tips may help (ask your Holistic Vet too because they look for root causes not symptom suppression).

Great food is important but is it being properly broken down and absorbed? A healthy GI gut lining is super important to absorption of nutrients. One round of antibiotics can negatively affect the gut flora leading to leaky gut or overgrowth of yeast. Yeast overgrowth can cause itchy skin. Dr Melissa Shelton DVM wrote in her newsletter about her dog, that she referred to as Yeasty Beasty. She had to use some essential oil recipes along with anti-fungal medicine to clear up the yeast. Probiotics are important in restoring gut health and repopulating the healthy friendly bacteria. Changing the probiotics helps keep the gut flora strong and diverse. I have used Caniotic, Life 9, Fastrack, Proviable and Digest-all to name a few. The gut is responsible for creating and absorbing vitamins so it is crucial to good health. My Vet told me that Proviable pushes the bad bacteria into the intestines so that they get excreted. Life 9 is time released to reach the intestines and not be destroyed in the stomach. Caniotic is a dog form of a fecal transplant so it is unique in repopulating the canine bacteria from healthy dogs. Feeding canned pumpkin is great for constipation and diarrhea. Use the pure pumpkin not the pie filling.

Good food and water are hugely important. Water with fluoride and chemicals are not recommended. Filter the water or use RO water. Fluoride can affect the thyroid gland in a negative way as it blocks the iodine receptors. Iodine is important for thyroid function. Some breeders add kelp to the diet to help the thyroid. Solid Gold seameal is a good source. See Pharmacist Suzy Cohen’s video on what blocks thyroid function. Low thyroid can cause thickening of the skin and flaky thin skin. Your Vet can check the Thyroid function and supplement if necessary.

Avoid annual shots after 2 years of age and use Titers instead to see what needs boosted. Automatically giving annual shots has been linked to auto immune conditions. Some Veterinary colleges are teaching the new schedules for vaccines. Your Veterinarian can draw blood and test for antibodies. Our county recognizes the Rabies titer for a tag.

Watch the movie “Pet Fooled” for interesting information on the Pet Food industry and why they pushed dry food during the War. Dry food is the worst for nutrition as it has to be baked at such a high temperature that most nutrients are not viable. Food quality in order: Raw, Frozen Raw, Freeze dried RAW, canned and then dry. Enzymes and pre-biotics in the raw food are essential for a dog. I love the Primal, Tuckers, Answers,Natures logic and Vital essentials brand of frozen raw food but there are many more. Avoid food with corn, wheat, soy and GMO ingredients. Respect the raw and never let it un-thaw and refreeze. I take out what I need and un-thaw it in the refrigerator. I only take out of the refrigerator what I will use for that feeding. Unused food gets thrown away. Freeze dried food is crumbled and left out for my dogs to free feed. I feed my pups Natures Logic canned meat. I also give the pups goat milk. Natures Logic is a family owned company and uses quality products. Adding fish can help the brain and skin. Avoid farm raised fish or big fish that have more mercury.

I like Dr Millers Health Extension Nutra Stress drops as needed. Some dogs will need Omega 3 supplements. Here is a great article from AKC blog. Natures Logic makes a good powder food supplement called All Food Fortifier. Supplements should come from whole food sources, not petroleum based or synthetic vitamins. Food sourced supplements avoids any chance of overdosing on vitamins or minerals. Vitamins A,D, E and K are stored in the body so best not to overload on those.

If you would like to create your own dog food diet, I recommend that you do your homework first. Chicken breast and veggies are not a species appropriate diet. Ground bone is actually important in the diet so look to an expert for advise on this such as Clinical Dog Nutritionist,Kymythy R. Schultze at her website:

Some dogs have food allergies that can be evaluated by an elimination diet and/or Veterinary allergy testing.

Yeasty ears or show mites can cause scratching around the head and neck. I like zymox otic for the ears and ivermectin for mites, heartworm prevention and worms. Ivermectin is safe if used in the proper dose.

Be mindful of chemicals in the environment, including cleaning chemicals, yard chemicals and aerosols. Lysol, pine sol, bleach,febreeze, swifters, glade plug ins, perfumes and many floor cleaners contain toxic ingredients that the dogs can absorb into the skin. I use thieves household cleaner, vinegar, baking soda and cedarcide oil. For aerosols, diffuse pet friendly oils in an open space and make your own spritzers with a glass bottle filled with distilled water and essential oils.

Zymox makes a shampoo that is Veterinarian recommended. I use # 1 All systems for show coats and Dr Bronners Baby Castile soap with Lavender essential oil added for the non show coats. Lavender oil is amazing for many things. You can make a cream lotion with coconut oil, V6 or jojoba oil as base with a few drops of pure Lavender oil added. I only use Young Living oils as they are pure. Cheaper oils may be distilled with chemicals and that will not help the skin. Lavender has a calming effect on the nervous system so you can rub it on your hands and pet the dog to reduce anxiety. Lavender has been used to support healthy skin.

Essential oils for dogs: Pawsome tips for your furry friend Search his website for the podcast on how to switch to Raw Food.

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Don’t Forget the Feet!!

Female scrub and clean the wellgroomed foot in water by means of a clearing steel brush Free Photo

The feet need TLC as well as the rest of our bodies. After a wonderful pedicure and some home care instructions at the local spa, I was able to maintain my feet with ease. I use the buffer as seen in the photograph to lightly remove dead skin. I soak my feet in warm water, epsom salts and Lavender or Gentle baby essential oils. At night, I use Farmhouse Fresh Heel glaze. My massage therapist recommended the Baby Foot products. They are botanicals in a bag that you soak your feet in. They have a soak and a mask for feet. I have also used the animal scents on my feet to soften them. Apply the animal scents ointment on the feet, put on socks and go to bed.

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Anxiety? Stress? Overwhelm?


Currently, most everyone is dealing with stress. I would love to share some things that helped me with anxiety, stress and overwhelm. Following are some suggestions. See what resonates with you and try one or two things at a time. Don’t make it into another job for you as that can create stress. Obviously, none of this is meant for medical advise. Some people will need a medical professional to help them. I am not a prescription drug lover so I chose to look for other things to try. Here are a few:

Yoga class. I got back into yoga after a long hiatus by going to a Yin Yoga class. Yin is an all on the floor, stretching and breathing class. Try Travis Elliott on YouTube. My LA Fitness has Yoga but many places offer it now. Some are free. I put lavender or peppermint oil in the palm of my hands and inhale before the practice. Avoid the eyes. You can run a diffuser if you are in your own home. I love PEACE & CALM oil but STRESS AWAY is nice too. Drink lots of water afterwards. If you are have sore muscles afterwards, try soaking in a warm bath with epsom salts and lavender oil.

Book a massage. Some places offer upgrades with CBD or hot stones. Try a massage school for a deep discount if funds are limited.

Book a float appointment. Sensory Deprivation tanks have real documented benefits. If you don’t like enclosed spaces, put a folded washcloth on the rim to keep the lid ajar. I go to Souler Float in Melbourne.

Go to nature. Take a beach walk or nature walk. Go Kayaking. Go to a park and sit under a tree. Take a picnic lunch to a riverside park. Go to the Zoo. Plant a garden.

Alternate Nostril breathing.

Go for a swim and bike ride.

Get good sleep. Limit TV or device use a few hours before bed. If you must use the devices at night, wear the blue light blocking glasses. Don’t eat too late. Limit process food and sugar intake. Lavender oil on the brain stem and the feet is my favorite soothing bedtime ritual. Don’t watch upsetting TV before bed. Magnesium before bed has many benefits and most people are low in this essential mineral. Bowel tolerance is a good way to check how much magnesium that you need. I get it from Check your Vitamin D levels. D is important in the immune system and most people are low. Level 55 is usually a good goal.

Go to church and sing. Go to meetings with like minded people to lift each other up.

Listen to good music with the right megahertz. Jonathan Goldman has free healing chakra music to download. I love the Drum medicine by David and Steve Gordon… Spotify. We are all energy and the right energy helps while the wrong energy can hurt.

TM or transcendental meditation has many benefits.

Listen to the free online summit on Anxiety and read her book. Trudy Scott.

Take a painting class or Art class. Many other type classes are available through the recreation departments. Tai Chi …

Volunteer. Being in service to others can help you as well. Make your dog a therapy dog and watch how you bless people.

Give your dog T touch therapy.

Get a journal and write in it daily.

Get a Pet.

Take music lessons. Many are online now.

ETF tapping …..

Hypnosis…. I used Dr Kathy Doner MD…. a life changer. So helpful on a subconscious level.

Don’t make mountains from mole hills. Let Go and Let God.. He has a plan. Don’t live in fear as that reduces your energy levels. Fear Not is in the Bible 365 times for a reason.

Wake with Gratitude every day. Positive energy will bring you more of the same. Stay hydrated. I love the Young Living vitality drops for my water along with the Lemon oil.

Do something that brings you JOY daily. A drop of Joy oil on the heart is delightful.

Take one day at a time. If you focus on the now, it is easier to make it through the day. Take a break and be kind to yourself.

Don’t say yes when your heart and gut tells you know. Respect and honor your boundaries.

Make a plan or goal for something that you would love to manifest in your life and see it happening.

Reach out to old friends and make new ones.

Pray for others who are hurting and even those who hurt you. We don’t know what made them be the way that they are and maybe they just need some kindness.

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Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils have opened up a whole new world for me. I can’t imagine life without them. Years ago when a massage therapist suggested using Essential oils, I replied with an emphatic NO WAY, I am allergic to fragrance! What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was allergic to the chemicals used in making perfumes. Those chemicals can be highly toxic and when applied to the skin (usually the wrist and behind the ears), penetrate the skin and end up in the bloodstream. Essential oils follow the same path but can be beneficial if diluted and applied properly.

Essential oils (the life blood of the plant) are highly concentrated liquids that are distilled from certain parts of the plant. Not all plants have essential oils. Young Living created a way to distill the oils with water and not chemicals. They harvest the plant at the proper time to obtain the highest benefits from the plants. Plants in nature produce oils that help to protect them from bacteria, fungus and other dis-eases. We can benefit by knowing how to use these oils to support our own health and wellness. Oils have also been used to help support the emotional well being of the user. Orange and Lavender oil have been used successfully in pre-dental procedures to help patients combat dental anxiety.

The uses of Essential Oils are endless. To name a few…make your own chemical free house cleaning products, skin care products, salves and balms, room spritzers, bath salts,massage oil blends, cooking spices, help cuts and bruises, pet care, chakra clearing and much more. Diffusing the oils with a ultrasonic cold water diffuser is always a great way to release negative ions like the ocean air. I like the diffusers that are on intermittent cycles as opposed to constant release. Plant Extracts is my favorite company for diffusers. They are the safest for pets and can be repaired.

Since oils are very concentrated, only tiny amounts should be used. “Less is More” when it comes to essential oils. There are many ways to use oils but most should be diluted when applied to the skin. A carrier oil ( jojoba, olive, coconut, V6) can be mixed with a few drops of essential oil before applying. Avoid applying citrus oils like Bergamot and sitting in the sun. Photo sensitive oils should never be applied before sun exposure. Oils can be made into a roll-on blend by adding oils to the carrier oil and placed in a glass roll-on bottle. Glass spray bottles, roll-on, dropper bottles and nasal spray bottles are available from LSP online store. Glass is always preferred to prevent the oils from leaching out the plastic. I like a drop of Vitality oil in my water like the lemon, tangerine, or lime oil. I like to add black pepper and lavender to my epsom salt when I soak in the hot bath tub. Always put the oil into the epsom salt and add to the water once you are in the tub.

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Calming Blend

2fde6246d861ae87fc2ceb378b80a86eFor Anxiety for you or your pet, try Lavender, Frankincense and Vetiver blended in a glass bottle. Thanks to Tammy at Wags and Purrs Specialty Pet Store for this tip. If you need help with your pets, she has lots of great information to share. Located in Melbourne.


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Fourth of July Tips for Dogs

animal-comics-dog-doing-yogaThe 4th of July is around the corner. What can you do to help an anxious dog?  I love using thunder shirts, diffusing essential oils and playing calming music for dogs. T touch may also be a good option.

Thunder shirts apply gentle pressure like a hug. Veterinarian recommended and guaranteed. Check out their website.

Calming music like the CD  Through A Dog’s Ear or the Wholetones Pet music can help cover up the sound of Fireworks.

Treats for calming are available as well as herbal remedies like Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for Pets.

T- Touch is a method of calming animals by using a special touch technique. They offer workshops, books, dvds and online events.

Be sure to offer plenty of exercise before the Fireworks start to eliminate pent up energy.

Diffusing oils like Gentle Baby or Peace & Calm are favorites of mine. I like the diffusers that have volume controls and intermittent release of the oils.  Dogs have a keen sense of smell so the oils can help with anxiety. Putting the oils on your hands and petting the dog is also an option. Less is more with oils so use sparingly and only use therapeutic grade oils to avoid the chemicals many companies use in distillation.  Ask me how to get wholesale prices from Young Living.

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Bringing Home A New Puppy


A few steps in planning and preparation for your new puppy will make the process easier on you and the dog.  Your breeder should be able to help with diet tips, routines and how the puppy was housed as well as the worming and vaccination schedule. Keeping the puppy on the same food and routine for a few days will lessen the stress of coming to a new home. If you want to change the diet, do it gradually to avoid upset tummy.  I like to give the puppy one drop of pet rescue remedy and bring them home with a toy or blanket from the breeders house. I also like Dr Millers’ Nutra Drops for stress relief.  If you have other dogs, don’t overwhelm the puppy with all of them at once. Monitor the other dogs so that they don’t pick on the puppy.  The following paragraphs are what I recommend for my pups but your breeder will know what is best for their dogs to thrive.

I like to have a safe area in place for housing the puppy when you are not supervising like a puppy pen with a plastic Vari Kennel in the pen (open door). The plastic kennel is like a den for sleeping. This gets them ready for crate training.  I put thick plastic like a shower curtain liner on the floor under the xpen. My pen has small slats on it so puppy doesn’t get stuck. I put food, water (filtered with no fluoride), toys, beef tendons (no bully sticks or raw hide), and paper for elimination.  I also love the Snuggle Puppy with the heartbeat that I put in the back of the crate.  I have a harness in place (Pet supermarket has the ones that I love … Lil Pals Coastal Mesh harness and Poochella. They are easy on and off and pups seem to love them.

I try to keep the pups stress level down by using the stress vitamins and some essential oils in my diffuser (peace and calm or gentle baby are favorites and only a couple drops) along with the whole tones music.  Eating is a must and I also give warmed goats milk and half and half for a few days to keep the calories up. Using paper for the pups to eliminate is always a good choice if you don’t have a secure place in the back yard. Leaving them to run free in a big area can be stressful.  Use an outdoor xpen or your harness and leash.  I love the Xpens from that fold and are coated to prevent rust.  Proselect  Everlast is a great choice for indoor, outdoor and travel as they fold.

The first night, I let the pup sleep on my bed in a sherpa bag (unzipped slightly so my hand can go in). I put the snuggle pup in the sherpa bag with the pup, and put my hand in the bag. One or two nights of this and they can go to the puppy pen. A  pup that cries all night can stress the immune system. Best to avoid that.

Feeding directions…  I believe that food along with a chemical free environment is very important to longevity. I use Raw, Freeze dried and dry foods of the highest quality.  I love probitotics and change the brand to keep the gut bacteria friendly as the gut is where the immune system starts. Antibiotics and over use of vaccines ( I don’t recommend yearly shot but Titers instead) can wreck the immune system and lead to many problems.  Avoid GMO foods and wheat, soy, peas and corn.  I use  dry natures logic in the morning. I cook a whole chicken in the pressure cooker.  I use some of the chicken (cut up small) along with the congealed broth to pour over the dry. I add probiotics or the whole food supplement called Natures Logic All Food Fortifer.  I leave out freeze dried Vital essential food and Freeze dried Primal (crumbled) for them to free feed. At night I give them some raw natures logic food (to room temperature).  Raw food should probably be avoided until they are older.  If pups get loose stool, Proviable is a great choice for probiotics.  They also have a paste with kaopectate in it.  Once you get your pup home and settled, you can change the diet by feeding half my food and half of the new food, decreasing the original food until you have made the switch.

Avoid chemicals like Febreeze, Glade plug ins, Swifter, Lysol and yard pesticides. Little dogs absorb all those poisons and it can lead to cancer.  I use Young Living essential oils to make DIY products and Thieves cleaning products that are safe.

Start socializing the puppy but avoid other dog’s poop.   I am not a fan of dog parks unless it is for all toy breeds and then not until fully vaccinated.  Car rides and out door shopping malls are good choices to start the social process. Have puppy parties at your house. Buy books to read like Cesar Milan  Raising the Perfect Puppy .

Never put a puppy up on a couch or bed until they can get up there on their own. One fall from a high spot can wreck their legs.

Search this blog for Natural pet care for more tips and interviews with Holistic Vets.

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Tips From A Housebound Workaholic


I am at home (dental offices closed due to Gov mandate) with only my thoughts on the Coronavirus reporting of doom and gloom. My dear co-worker, Denise, invited me to a Facebook Dental Hygiene group.  The group led me to free online courses with amazing inspirational speakers.  These dentists are donating their time to spread hope and encouragement.  Just as these speakers helped me to view things in a brighter light, I would like to share some ideas that might help you….

A free Meditation with Jack Kornfield on Replacing Negative thoughts:   (I love the 10% Happier Podcasts that are free on Spotify).

Florida on a tankful always has fresh ideas…. this morning and they were making candles and soaps with natural ingredients and essential oils. Check out their link on how to do it :

Aroma Series Books from Discover Life Science Publishing. Learn how to make natural products for cleaning, beauty, baby, cooking and much more.

Miss your yoga practice? Try joining the Yoga Master Travis Eliot with his free videos:      For more more with Travis:      I love to use inhale Peppermint oil before my yoga practice.

Barbara Hoopes, dog breeder, geneticist extraordinaire, has a puppy training video.

Read a book from the library.. Library closed? No problem. Download the Libby app and you can borrow books electronically and audiobooks from anywhere in the state. You can download to your phone, or kindle (or download a free kindle for PC from

Massage your feet with essentail oils that help support the body. Check out a Reflexology foot diagram that shows the location on the bottom of the feet that correlate to the organs. For instance, if you have a sore area on the foot that is in the heart area, use oils that support the heart like JOY or Rose. Additionally,  one drop of joy over your heart is also delightful.   3369854

Tellington Touch for yourself and your pet is a great way to de-stress.

Make a picnic in your back yard. Sit out under the trees and ground yourself.  Read about the benefits of grounding yourself …

Soak in a hot bath of epsom salts and Lavender oil. The magnesium in the epsom salts are good for many things.

Take time to review and reflect on your life and see if there isn’t something that you would rather be doing for joy and fulfillment.  When I was working five days a week, going to the gym, taking care of dogs and my oil customers, I was meeting myself coming and going.  I kept thinking how nice it would be to have some time off to do the things that I really want to do. If you think about doing what you love and you are blessing other people, I believe that it will come back to you. I bought a Hay House box called Transform Your Life Through Handwriting.  I have never opened the box. Maybe now I can. I have had a sewing maching on my living room table for months to make belly bands.  I have time to do it now.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or ideas for a future blog post. I don’t have all the answers but I can find them and share on this blog.  Take care of yourself, be kind to yourself and we will come out stronger on the other side. Small acts of kindness go along way and we can all use a little bit of that.  Email me at

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The Morry Method

Health Summits are plentiful and most are free to listen to in the first twenty four hours. Topics include Anxiety, Gut Health, Essential oils, Diabetes, Holistic Veterinary medicine and many more. Experts share methods that may be more natural or alternative than simply taking prescribed drugs.  I  listen to the speakers and then find their books and websites to see if they offer more information. I don’t purchase the recordings because I believe the information changes from year to year.

Dr Eric Z has a Youtube channel with Essential oil tips and more.

Trudy Scott,CN, in her Summit #5 on Anxiety, recommended a Sound Engineer for helping the Brain. Morry Zelcovitch, creator of  The Morry Method, offers free material on his website along with personal help in using and choosing products.  Research backs up the benefits of Brain Entrainment and Morry is a certified Engineer in this area.

I like to put Frankincense on my palms, rub together, cup over my nose and inhale to help my brain and cognition.  Inhaling Peppermint oil in the morning helps to energize me.  Always avoid the eyes with essential oils…

Happy New Year !

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Lavender Hot Chocolate

Sign up for the Young Living Blog for videos, recipes, and tips on using essential oils at .  With cool weather coming, this hot chocolate recipe looks yummy…

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