Tips - Summer Care
All dogs should have 24 hour access to water to eliminate any possibility of
dehydration. Watering dogs once a day is not enough. All dogs should have a pan, can or
bucket that they can't spill. The water container must be cleaned at least twice a week
with a scrub brush to get rid of any residue food, leaves or fungus that might start to
Beat the Heat
Adults: Adult dogs are getting fresh water in their tubs twice a day (our Sibs. are in kennels/ 2 per; so they are free to move in and out of the wash tub sized containers).
Puppies: We have a mother and her seven pups as guests in our air conditioned kitchen during the hours of daylight.
Weaned Puppies: Our litter of six four week old weaned puppies are in a pen in the garage with 30 inch sides. They are resting comfortable next to a 6 gallon plastic bucket with an 8 lbs. bag of ice in the bucket (the bag of ice lasts about 6 hours in the bucket).
Misc.: Flies bother dogs ears this time of year and if not kept in check,
bites will be so severe as to cause loss of ear hair and frozen ears in the winter. We use
Swat brand and Flys Off brand ointment; applying it about once a week. The dogs ears look
a bit funny with "goop" all over them, but the flies stay off. On top of this
heat, I surely wouldn't want to have flies chewing on my ears.
Summertime Ear Care
The repellent comes in small tubes usually sold by weight of the dog your treating and can be purchased at your local vet or pet supply store. Two drops on the outside and one drop on the inside tip of the ears does the trick. Rub it in real good. Use rubber gloves or wash your hands after treating ears.
This treatment has lasted for 1 to 2 months depending on how much rain we get. The dogs are much more receptive to this treatment than rubbing a whole bunch of grease on their ears. Have any of you greased your ears lately and felt comfortable? We've tried quite a few of the grease or paste type bug repellents in the past and found they last only until a dog sits out in the rain one time.
Cost of treatment using this tick and flea repellant is comparative to the grease type
repellent, but much less labor intensive throughout the summer.
More Ear Care
There are two different products, one pump and another in a tub. The stuff in the tub
is the better product. It keeps the ears clean and bug free all day. Even the scabby ears
are now clean and growing back their hair after a week of treatment. It goes on clean and
dogs don't freak like they do with the less effective and more toxic fly spray. Now
instead of running, they seem to enjoy getting their ears done.
Fly Bait Bottles
You can buy these complete kits at horse tack / farm supply stores. We found that if
you mix and pour your solution into large plastic pop bottles, and cut holes in the top
for the flies, this works better. You only need to buy the bait solution instead of the
whole kit. The pop bottles can be found anywhere. Also, once the pop bottle is full of
flies strain out the solution and re-use it. The older the solution gets the better it
seems to work.
More Bug Repellents
Safe Premise Spray
Safe Spray to Use on Dogs and People
Submitted by Sue Hamilton, SUMA Alaskan Malamutes-Qimmiq Inuit Sled Dogs, Harwinton, CT
Citronella Oil for Mosquitoes
We buy citronella oil and use it on the dogs. It is simple to apply and will last from a few days to a week (depending on rain). Dip a q-tip into the oil and then run the q-tip down the outside of the ears. Also, run a strip down their nose and then apply a few drops between shoulderblades and at the base of the tail. If the mosquitoes are especially bad, run a strip of oil down the inside of each leg.
We have found that the mosquitoes and flies leave the dogs alone without heavy chemical
sprayings! The citronella oil only costs a few bucks and will last quite a while.
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