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Canine Discoid Lupus / Collie Nose: An Effective Natural Treatment

ommonly known as “collie nose”, discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is an inflammatory skin disease seen in dogs. Canine Discoid Lupus is an auto-immune disease primarily involving the face and nose. DLE can be as simple as some discoloration and as serious as ulcerations. The condition has no cure but symptoms can be managed. The first sign of DLE is usually a loss of pigmentation around the dog’s nose. In some cases, the bridge of the nose, lips, skin around the eyes, ears and genitals may also be affected.

Breeds most affected

DLE is most often seen in Brittanys (that’s me), Collies, Shetland sheepdogs, German shepherds, German shorthaired pointers, and Siberian huskies. Females are at slightly more risk than are males. Although, DLE can be found in any breed. Dogs with DLE are often predisposed to squamous cell carcinoma.

Traditional Treatments

Exposure to direct sunlight exacerbates DLE. In some less severe cases, the only treatment needed is to keep the dog out of direct sunlight. Sunscreens without zinc oxide can help if the dog is going to be exposed to sunlight. Of course, we dogs can’t help but to lick the sunscreen off ourselves. Our brothers and sisters will help lick it off as well.

Please, only use sunscreen made for dogs, because the sunscreens made for people can contain ingredients (such as zinc oxide) that are poisonous to us if ingested. I use Hot Spot, which has an SPF between 4-8, depending on the product.

Topical corticosteroids are frequently used on the affected site. Severe cases of  canine discoid lupus may require the use of oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, or immunosuppressive medications such as azathioprine. Oral vitamin E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can help, but several months of treatment are needed with those supplements before any effect can be seen.

Natural Treatment for Canine Discoid Lupus / Collie Nose

My human mom developed a treatment for me which has been a great success. The treatment is a topical application using Freckled Paws Hot Spot. Freckled Paws Hot Spot is not toxic if ingested and cleared up my lupus symptoms in a couple of days, unlike the months it can take to see results from vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and other treatments. The only problem is my little sister, Star, keeps licking my face when my mom applies Hot Spot. Fortunately, Hot Spot only needs about 30 seconds to achieve full effectiveness. Simply keep it from being licked off for 30 seconds after application.

Hi Jennifer,
I am seeing positive results! Most of the scabbing is gone, and the raw exposed area on his nose is shrinking more and more every day and healing nicely. I am very impressed with the effect Freckled Paws Hot Spot products have had on his symptoms. I am so pleased that it’s helping him. He has had this condition off and on for years, and it had just been getting worse and worse and worse, so I can’t thank you enough. I used the Hot Spot for a week or two, and now the Hot Spot Stick seems to be maintaining his healing process. He is getting better all the time. I think in a couple more weeks it will be completely healed up! I’m so glad to have found something that really works!

Thanks again,
Lindsay, Rufus, and the rest!

My mom used coconut oil with some success, prior to developing the more effective Hot Spot. Consequently, Hot Spot contains coconut oil. I used only non-hydrogenated, organic, expeller pressed coconut oil (this is an ingredient in Hot Spot). As with Hot Spot, coconut oil is safe to ingest, so I can’t get rid of my annoying little sister that way. There is evidence coconut oil is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.

So, if you have canine discoid lupus, tell your human parents to try treating the condition with Freckled Paws Hot Spot. Hot Spot is all natural, safe and highly effective. Also, tell them to feed you a high quality food. We all eat Infinia, which is all natural and contains no by products and zero corn (I’m allergic, like most dogs, to corn). My mom bakes all our treats which you can purchase under our products tab. She also bakes us meatloafs made from wild game meat. Boy they are tasty!!! If you would like the meatloaf recipe, contact us, my mom will give it to you. Nothing beats disease conditions like a healthy diet.

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Safety First When Using Alternative, Natural and Herbal Treatments

Freckled Paws is in the business of alternative treatments for common dog diseases. When developing new products, the first consideration is always the safety of the furkids who might use our products.

The Internet is a great medium for information that has changed the world. Unfortunately, much of the information has not been vetted or properly researched. Case in point regards our Hot Spot products that have been proven extremely effective at healing many skin issues in dogs, especially lesions caused by canine discoid lupus, collie nose and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Our ingredients have been thoroughly researched to be safe for your beloved furkid even if they ingest the product. Yet, we have come across other products containing known toxins, along with articles recommending the use of toxic substances in treating skin lesions, hot spots and various other canine diseases. One such product had no less than 4 known dog toxins (one which has caused many hundreds if not thousands of fatalities) in a single product!

There is so little of it in the product doesn’t hold water

While it is true some products contain very little of the toxin but the recommended treatment can be several times per day. Have these people studied or researched the half life of the substance? Have they researched how long the substance remains in the body? Do they have knowledge the toxin does not build up blood serum levels over time until the level reaches a toxic level high enough to cause symptoms or even death?

Consumers need to be aware there are no educational requirements or laws as to who can manufacture and market a natural health care product for your furbaby. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who place profit over everything, including the welfare of your furbaby. Before purchasing any product, including those we offer, do some research to make certain you are not giving your furkid something potentially harmful.

Resources for toxic ingredients and Poison Control

  • Pet Poison Control Hotline: 800-213-6680
  • ASPCA Poison Control: (888) 426-4435
  • Toxic Plants
  • Toxic People Foods

Common Toxins in Natural & Herbal Dog Products

  • Tea Tree Oil: Avoid! Experts in the subject often list their product as “Tea Tree Oil Free”. This is highly toxic to dogs and can be fatal. Here is a perfect example of someone promoting Tea Tree Oil…make sure and read the comments after the article.
  • Aloe Vera: Another common ingredient to avoid. Don’t listen to those who will try and tell you otherwise. Aloe Vera is toxic to dogs.
  • Grape Seed Extract: Grapes and raisons are known pet toxins but some manufacturers still put Grape Seed Extract in their dog products. It is toxic!
  • Eucalyptus: Another common ingredient in herbal dog treatments that is toxic.
  • St. John’s Wort: Has been banned from pet products in some countries.
  • Yarrow: Another herb common in pet herbal remedies.

This is not a complete list nor was it meant to be. These are some of the more common toxins found in dog products. The point I hope I’m getting across is to do some research before purchasing alternative health products and supplements for your beloved furbaby.

Freckled Paws promise to our customers is we will always caution on the side of safety when it comes to products we sell and manufacture. Our tagline is “Where Your Furkid is Our Furkid” which is more than a simple tagline. It is how we treat our clients. We would rather go bankrupt than to harm a single furkid due to us taking an unnecessary risk on a questionable ingredient.

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Deadly Effects of Parvo Virus in Case of Puppies

Dogs, as we all know are man’s best friends. A well trained dog is a devoted and obedient companion. They tend to protect their master in regards of their safety; come what may!

Thus, owning a dog as a pet is a common practice among humans. But the major concern that most owners have all over the world is to ensure good health for their beloved pets. Unfortunately, the list of diseases a dog can suffer is long. Just like humans, dogs can develop metabolic, viral, bacterial and fungal diseases. Parasitic infestations, genetic disorders and physical injuries are also common among dogs. But the symptoms depicting health problems in dogs are different and disease specific. Let us look into some symptoms that may help to diagnose a common disease, Poison Parvo.

What is Poison Parvo?

Parvo is a highly contagious disease commonly accompanied with diarrhea that is often bloody. The disease is caused by a pathogen called canine Parvo virus. The virus is known to survive on inorganic objects – such as clothing, food pans, and cage floors. They may survive for 5 months or even longer in adept breeding conditions. Insects and rodents may also play an important role in the transmission of this disease. Poison Parvo virus is extremely steady and highly resistant towards adverse environmental conditions such as low pH and high heat. The severity of symptoms shown by dogs infected with Parvo virus may vary over a broad range. This disease most commonly occurs in dogs less than 6 months of age, whereas, the most severe cases are found in puppies less than 12 weeks of age.

What are the Symptoms of Parvo?

Common symptoms include weight loss, fever, vomiting, nasal discharge, pus filled eyes, loss of weight, dehydration, and diarrhea. Canine Poison Parvo virus is a viral infection that is very common among dogs. It is fatal and particularly dangerous for puppies. The targeted site in a dog’s body is the intestinal tract; but in most cases bone marrow and lymphoid tissues of the dogs are also affected. Due to its ability to be transmitted through hands, clothes, and most likely rodents and insects, it is virtually impossible to have a kennel that will not eventually be exposed to the disease. Vaccination is the only option available to prevent this disease.

Other Diseases

There are also a few skin diseases that can greatly affect the health of your furry comrade if you’re not keeping a close watch. Dogs can be affected by a range of disorders common among humans such as: bacterial infection, fungal infection, parasites and allergic reactions to various household objects.

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms in your pet, immediately contact a veterinary near you. Take your pet along for an examination and a vaccination to prevent against these deadly diseases. As we all know “Prevention is better than Cure”, and therefore, the same holds true for our pets too.

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Freckled Paws Hot Spot Treatment for Canine Sebaceous Adenitis

The following is an email we received from a dog owner trying our Freckled Paws Hot Spot on a dog with Sebaceous Adenitis. Carrie has had an issue keeping this dog’s skin healthy for quite some time.

We have been working on a shampoo using the same ingredients found in our Hot Spot. Once we finish the final formulation of the shampoo, it sounds as though we will have an economical treatment for Sebaceous Adenitis. The only issue currently is the cost when the dog has a breakout that covers most of the body. In those cases, treating with Hot Spot would simply be too expensive for most people.

We’ll do a follow up story once we get the shampoo formula finalized and have Carrie test it our on her dog. We want to thank Carrie for giving us such a detailed report on her experience treating the Sebaceous Adenitis with Freckled Paws Hot Spot.

Hi Bob,

Here is my experience with Hot spot for Sebaceous Adenitis, written like a testimonial if you are able to use it:

My dog, Anela, got diagnosed with a skin condition called Sebaceous Adenitis. Her initial symptoms were darkening and flaking of the skin as well as her hair falling out. Her initial treatment was a baby oil soak (half baby oil and half water). I Rubbed it all over her and massaged it in for 10 minutes. Then I washed that off with Duoxo Seborrhea Shampoo. After one treatment, she started doing really well. I continued to do just the shampoo once a week for the next two weeks and then only once a month, which is normally when I bathe her. However, in the winter I bathe her less frequently, and she was doing so good, I thought we had kicked it. Unfortunately, you never really get rid of it and will need to maintain it the rest of the dog’s life. With less frequent treatments of the shampoo, it flared up again. This time, however, it wasn’t all over as her first bout. It was small areas, but she also started to get lesions in those spots. It wasn’t just dry flaky skin and hair loss.

I really didn’t want to have to do another baby oil soak. If you haven’t done one, I hope you never do. It is messy and you never really get out all of the oil, so the hair takes forever to dry, and you have an oily dog all over your house, BUT it was so worth it. The oil did wonders for the dry flaky skin, and at that point, definitely the lesser of two evils. Again, since this round was patchy areas, I was trying to avoid a baby oil soak. So, Bob suggested that I try hot spot to see how it would work.Here are before and after pics through two weeks of treatment consisting of shampooing her once a week and using the hot spot twice a day. By only week one, the worst lesion was almost completely healed. You could still see where the skin was dark and flaky. By week two, the worst lesion was totally healed and hair started growing again, and you can see how the rest of the area is progressively better. After week two, the hair started growing back where she had been shaved, so it’s hard to document progress in pictures, but my daily checks show her skin getting back to it’s normal color and the hair filling in great!

With Sebaceous Adenitis, the hair falls out in plugs, for lack of a better description. So you will get a small clump of hair that pulls out with what looks like a brown plug on the end. In areas where it is flaring up, when I pet her, I can feel the plugs. Her head was especially noticeable when I was petting her. We didn’t shave her head, so I can’t document this with pics, but during this same period, I rubbed hot spot in on the top of her head and around her ears. Along with the progress on her hind quarter, the hot spot seemed to loosen up the plugs on her head. Now when I pet her, I don’t feel it as much. Also the plugs that are still there, I can pull out very easily so new hair can grow in it’s place.

I am very happy with the progress hot spot has shown with Sebaceous Adenitis. With a whole body flare up, I still think the baby oil soak and Seborrhea shampoo are the best route to get the condition under control. Then you can follow up with hot spot to target the most affected areas.

Let me know if you need anything else. Unfortunately, the pictures really don’t do it justice, but I was really pleased with the progress and hope I conveyed that. I wish it was economical enough to do a hot spot soak instead of the baby oil

Will keep you posted on anything else that might come up.

Thank You!
Carrie

Again, thank you Carrie for giving our product a try and writing us a detailed accounting of your experience. Hopefully, we’ll have the Hot Spot Shampoo on the market for you to try very soon. We are working on development. We must make sure we get the proper PH for pets, which differs from proper human PH (A good reason not to use your shampoo on your pet!). We also are having an issue getting the proper lather with all the natural oils used in Hot Spot. Once we get those two issues worked out, we’ll be ready to start testing the product. We’ll keep everyone updated.

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Winter is arriving! A few things to remember

We live in Montana and have already had a “dusting” of snow.

The pack and I are very lucky, we live inside our home and have a big yard to exercise in when we want to go outside.

A few things to remember for the cold winter months ahead.

Water in our bowls outside will freeze.  Always keep it fresh.

Anti freeze may help keep your car running, but it is lethal to us.  For some reason we are attracted to it’s “sweet” smell.  Make sure that your vehicle is not leaking.  When storing it, keep it out of our reach.

Do not leave us outside in the cold too long.  This can lead to exposure problems.

Remember to “tap” the hood of your vehicle before starting it.  Some kitty’s find a warm engine area a place to spend a cold winters night and could lose their life or a limb once your vehicle is started.

Grooming!  Have your mom or dad either trim around your feet and long feathers or have them take you to the groomer to do it.  After playing in the snow we tend to get “snowballs” between our toes and they hurt; not to mention the mess we make tracking in all of that extra snow.  Keep us brushed or combed, water and fur, the perfect combination for mats on us long haired kids.

Because our house is so nice and warm (we have a wood stove) our mom gives us omega fatty acid supplements to help our skin and coats from becoming dry and brittle.

Those of you who celebrate Christmas, remember while tinsel and lights look pretty on the tree, they are harmful to dogs and cats if we get a hold of them.  Please decorate with us in mind.

Holiday celebrations with lots of food are my favorite!  Though the heavy gravies, bones from meat and fatty foods may taste really good going down to us, they will almost surely cost mom and dad a trip to the vet.  Mom gives us a little bit of turkey, cranberry sauce veggies and sweet potatoes.  Like I said, just a little bit!  It is just enough to let us share in the holiday celebration.

Chocolate seems to be a big holiday treat, but it is a NO, NO for us.  However, this stuff they call Carob is really good and is safe for us to eat.

Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt the ice can really dry out the pads on our paws and in some cases be toxic to us.  Be careful when selecting a product.  Shoveling & sweeping with a broom is good exercise mom says.

These are just a few things to think about this winter.

Be safe & Happy Holidays,

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Skin Irritation Number One Reason for Veterinary Visits

Top reasons for dog veterinary visits according to DVM Magazine:

Skin Conditions Two of the Top Three Reasons Dogs Visit Veterinarian

Following is a list of the top reasons for veterinary visits in 2012 along with appropriate, effective Freckled Paws natural | herbal | holistic treatment if applicable:

  • Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis: Extremely common skin disease is second only to flea allergy dermatitis in frequency. Remedy: Freckled Paws Hot Spot Cream
  • Otitis Externa: Otitis externa is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Remedy: Animal Essentials Herbal Ear Rinse.
  • Pyoderma / Hot Spot: A hot spot is a skin infection that results when bacteria over run the skin’s defenses as a result of damage to the skin surface. This is most often started by the dog chewing or scratching at the site. Staphylococcus intermedius, found in dog’s mouth and on their skin, is the most common infection found in hot spots. Remedy: Freckled Paws Hot Spot Oil or Freckled Paws Hot Spot Cream.
  • Benign Neoplasia: Neoplasia is the abnormal growth or division of cells. These are basically lumps found on your furkid. Remedy: Consult your veterinarian. You will most likely want the tumor aspirated to determine whether it is actually benign. You can also make the decision on whether to surgically remove the growth or simply leave it in place.
  • Gastropathy: Gastropathy is a term covering disease of the dog’s stomach. Remedy: Consult your veterinarian. Prevention is the best defense in our opinion. Feed your furkid a high quality commercial dog food or homemade dog food. We also recommend supplementing with Animal Essentials Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics.
  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints. Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness and stiffness. Remedy: Nature’s Way Joint Support Blend (coming soon!).
  • Enteropathy: Protein losing Enteropathy is a condition that affects a dog’s ability to process and utilize proteins as food passes through the intestinal tract. There are a number of diseases that can damage the intestines enough to cause this protein loss. Remedy: Consult your veterinarian. Condition could be caused by serious disease such as cancer. Prevention includes feeding a quality diet with the addition of Animal Essentials Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics.
  • Cystitis or Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Both conditions involve the urinary tract. Left untreated the conditions worsen. UTI can spread throughout the urinary system and eventually could cause damage to the kidneys. Urine may be dark and/or contain blood. The dog may cry went urinating, due to burning pain sensation and they may start and then stop before their bladder is empty. They may also try and hold themselves until they can’t hold it anymore and they might start urinating in the house. Remedy: Prevention is the best medicine. A quality diet along with always having water available is advisable. Tinkle Tonic is an award winning herbal urinary tract support product for pets. 2010 BUZZILLIONS REVIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNER! Choose from 1 oz to 16 oz size.
  • Periodontitis / Dental Disease: Dental cleanings are one of the “bread & butter” procedures for veterinary clinics. The dog is placed under anesthesia while the teeth are cleaned. Remedy: Save yourself money along with the risk of placing your furkid under anesthesia. SeaDent is truly a remarkable product that cleans your furkid’s teeth with the action of special enzymes. SeaDent is one product EVERY dog should be using! Your furkid will never need another expensive Dental again.
  • Soft Tissue Trauma: The possible causes of soft tissue trauma are endless. You don’t want to ignore any soft tissue trauma, though, as a small wound can present big problems if not treated properly. Remedy: Freckled Paws Wound Butter.Freckled Paws Wound Butter is a blend of healing herbs and oils and contains powerful antiseptic properties as well.

Many of these conditions can be prevented with a high quality diet. Most can be successfully prevented and treated with natural holistic products.

Freckled Paws Products are especially effective healing skin conditions and wounds. Our Products are a proprietary blend of organic, natural oils that are all human food grade and do not contain alcohol. None of the ingredients are toxic, unlike several other brands.

Animal Essential products are made in Victor, Montana. Greg and Mary Tillford, founders of Animal Essentials, co-wrote the book Herbs for Pets. They are considered among the most knowledgeable pet herbalists. The company, Animal Essentials, produces all their products to maintain high quality standards not possible when manufacturing is farmed out.

We sell only the highest quality products. We will never compromise our high standards to increase profits. We take our tagline, “Where your Furkid is our Furkid” to heart. The well being of the furkids is our number one priority and always will be!

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Bitterroot Valley Experiencing Large Number of Coughing Dogs

here has been a substantial increase in the number of dogs presenting with a dry, hacking cough in the Bitterroot Valley. Most are current on their bordatella vaccinations. Consequently, dogs are at risk even though they are current on their vaccinations. The dogs are, obviously, contagious prior to being symptomatic as well.

Is it Kennel Cough?

If this current bug is a form of kennel cough, it is a strain not included in the latest bordatella vaccination. Bordatella vaccinations, similar to human flu vaccines, are dependent on inclusion of the strain currently in the environment to be effective. The Bordatella vaccine also contains Parainfluenza, which is what several of the local veterinarians believe is causing the current infections.

Infected dogs can have the virus for a week to 20 days before symptoms appear. The infection being a virus versus a bacterial infection is virtually impossible to kill. The best an owner can do is provide supportive care. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed, though their efficacy is questionable. Cough suppression medication is the most effective thing you can give to your dog. Your veterinarian can prescribe a cough medication or give you the proper dosage amount for an over the counter, human cough medication. The infected dogs we have seen are not running a fever. If your dog does run a fever, consult your veterinarian for proper treatment.

Symptoms

You’ll know if your dog becomes infected. They will start coughing as though there is a foreign object in their throat they are trying to expel. The cough is extremely violent from the start. The dogs we have seen do not have a fever or any additional symptoms. Their energy level as well as their appetite appears unaffected and they seem perfectly healthy other than the horrible cough they present. The cough is more prevalent when the dog is up and moving around.

Transmission

Dogs become infected by inhaling the virus from an infected dog. As stated previously, dogs appear contagious prior to the onset of a cough. Dog parks, veterinary clinics and boarding facilities, like Freckled Paws K9 Hostel are environments where dogs come into close contact with potentially infected dogs. And since the vaccine doesn’t appear to provide any protection the only way to ensure your dog doesn’t become infected is to keep them from having any contact with other dogs.

The Good News

The good news is the cough appears much worse than the actual infection. We have been in close contact with several local veterinarians and have not had any reports of infected dogs failing to heal within a week to two weeks after initial symptoms show up. The infected dog’s lungs remain clear and there doesn’t appear to be any fever associated with the disease.

Be aware if you have reservations with us or any other boarding facility, in the immediate future, your dog is at increased risk of contracting this virus. Even a trip to your veterinarian or a dog park increases the chances of your dog becoming infected. There is nothing we can do to prevent transmission of the virus other than making dog owners aware that it is prevalent in the Bitterroot Valley at this time. We also are not accepting dogs that are actively coughing into our facility.

If you have additional questions, you can contact us or your veterinarian.

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