Ticks – Yikes! Gross! What to do….

by Diane Burket

I don't use chemicals on my pets.  Period.  Frontline, Advantix or other topicals—They are neurotoxins and can kill your pets.  Flea and tick collars = deadly neurotoxins.  Shampoos and sprays—NO!  I love my pets and will not knowingly put them in harm's way.

So….what's a loving pet owner to do??

Shampoo your pets with Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Oil Soap.  Great for your pets and great for your own body, too.   Smells great and fleas and ticks hate it.

See a tick??  Immediately remove it very easily with a Tick Key—A low-tech, inexpensive tool to always have on hand.
I keep one on the leash, on my keychain and give many as gifts.  
Be sure to use the alcohol swabs to clean the bite area.   
Ticks can cause Lyme Disease and in some cases, will kill your pet.

If you notice your pet has any of these symptoms after removing a tick—get him/her to the vet immediately!  Take the dead tick with you to the doctor for testing.

  • ​Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Treat the area around your home with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It is totally organic and safe—and inexpensive! The reason it's "Food Grade" is that some farmers add Diatomaceous Earth to the animals' feed to kill parasites.   So the Food Grade is safe for your pets and your kids!
Purchase an inexpensive flea comb.

If you see your pet itch….grab your flea comb and use right away and see if there's a flea or tick there.
The flea comb is able to remove fleas easily.  Just be sure to kill them immediately 'cuz those little guys can jump very far.   Maybe even on YOU!
My pets love to be combed with a flea comb.  😉

Feel free to leave any comments, below.  I'd love to hear from you!


Coconut Oil – Health Benefits For You & Your Pet

By Diane Burket

I have personally used Coconut Oil for years.  I cook with it and use it as a body moisturizer. Populations that consume a lot of Coconut Oil are some of the healthiest people in the world.  It helps to increase energy expenditure and burn more fat. Coconut Oil can reduce hunger, improve blood cholesterol levels and topically—is a great moisturizer and sunscreen.  

Here’s a great video by Dr. Karen Becker about the benefits of Coconut Oil for pets.  

  • Rich source of energy
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Easy to digest – very absorbable
  • Allergies
  • Skin & Coat Problems

  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Dry cracked noses
  • Sores
  • Elbow pads that are thickening
  • Great moisturizer for pads of feet – especially in winter

Have trouble giving your dog a pill?  Try hiding the pill inside Coconut Oil. Dogs will usually eat it right from the spoon.

Pet Maintenance dose:  1 teaspoon daily for every 10 – 20 pounds

Rescue Remedy – For What Ails Your Pet

by Diane Burket

Rescue Remedy is an all natural stress and anxiety reliever made by Bach.  I have it on every floor in my house and carry it in my handbag.  Rescue Remedy is all natural and contains 5 flower essences.  This is the primary remedy I use for my pets.  Just 2 – 4 drops in their water does the trick. Alternately, you can put the drops in a dog’s mouth or rub some into your cat’s ears.  

What do I use it for?

  • Stress
  • Upset stomach
  • Aggression
  • Thunderstorm Anxiety
  • Introduction of new pets
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fearfulness
  • Excessive licking
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Car sickness
  • And More!
Rescue Remedy does not work for every pet, but it will work for most.  Feel free to take some yourself!  It helps to take the edge off.  The human version is alcohol based.  Gotta like that.    

Many folks give their horses Rescue Remedy before trailering them.  A friend flew 2 cats home from Singapore.  Her veterinarian instructed her to give the cats Rescue Remedy before flying the 35 hour trip home.  

Rescue Remedy Cream is great for hot spots, bee stings & rashes—for humans and animals.    It’s safe to use on rough or damaged skin.

Do you and your pets a big favor and always have Rescue Remedy on hand!