There are many ways to help fight fleas in a natural wау by uѕіng vаrіоuѕ еxtrасtѕ, essential оіlѕ, herbs etc. You can make a citrus based spray to use in the environment or on pets by taking six to eight lеmоnѕ, grapefruit or oranges; or a mixture of each; cut them up and bоіl them either whole or just the rinds, in a large pot of water. Let the water сооl and ѕtеер оvеr night, strain; and uѕе in a ѕрrау bottle to on carpeting or pets or in a lawn sprayer. Make sure уоu keep it out of еуеѕ and face.
You can also take herbs like dried rosemary and/or thyme; bоіl in water and use it much the ѕаmе way аѕ the citrus.

Many essential oils made from the same fruits and herbs above, as well as other oils such as tea tree, lavender, rose geranium, clove, sage, and others are also effective. It is imperative that these be used in small amounts and greatly diluted. A carefully researched blend of essential oils such as those used by The Clip Joint and Naturals For Animals is the safest and most effective when used as directed as a shampoo, spray, lawn spray, and household treatment.

Doing other things like рlасіng cedar сhірѕ in the bedding аrеа or out in the lawn; or eucalyptus lеаvеѕ or plants аrоund the hоuѕе, are all natural ways that саn help rереl flеаѕ from your аnіmаls and from your home and yard. They can be quite еffесtіvе if uѕеd correctly.

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Kennel Cough: The ‘common cold’ for dogs.

When it’s cold and flu season for you, it’s the same for dogs, and the air borne dog flu known as Kennel Cough is the most common form. Unfortunately, there are over 100 different varieties of Kennel Cough, and the common vaccine recommended by vets (Bordatella vaccine) only covers less than half of these. Recently, a new variety has appeared on the scene and ran like wild fire through many areas (St Petersburg, FL included) to the extent that it was even reported on the news.

A trip to the vet when your dog starts the dry hacking cough common to all varieties of Kennel Cough can cost as much as $300 for antibiotics,office visit, etc., or you may wish to go for the less expensive and decidedly more effective alternative remedies found in homeopathy (the Bordatella nosode for the ‘bug’ combined with antimonium tartaricum 30c for the cough), or a combination of Colloidal Silver  along with raw honey with lemon to soothe the cough. The Bordatella nosodes are also used in place of the vaccine for prevention effectively against all of the varieties of kennel cough because it is based on frequency, and there are no dangerous side effects as with the vaccine.

Which ever you choose, your dog will recover much faster and if you have multiple dogs in your home the others will very probably not get it at all if treated at the same time. The natural way really works!!

Call us if you have more questions. 727-327-2356C-Silver8oz

By the way, if you want to guard yourself against colds, flu, and other common health issues, a high quality 70 ppm Colloidal Silver should always be in the family medicine chest.



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BostonSpotOnDamagesmallThis photo was sent to me by a client who came to us after making the mistake of using one of the popular, “spot on the back” flea treatments on her Boston Terrier. You can feel the pain of the results just by looking at the picture. She had used the product once before, so wasn’t expecting this result the second time.

Don’t make the same mistake. Records show that in one year alone, over 44,000 pets died or had siezures as a result of using spot on the back flea treatments. That doesn’t include unreported cases or damage like this.

Always choose safe, natural flea and pest control products for your loved ones, 4 footed and 2 footed, and for the environment.

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You, Your Pets and the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us.  Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; peace on earth; good will; angels singing; so happy; so relaxed, so idyllic. Right! Frantic last minute shopping, late nights wrapping gifts and mailing cards, standing in lines, working overtime or a second job to cover the added expenses, relatives coming from everywhere because Jack Frost is nipping at their nose (if you live in Florida like I do), the kids are out of school again, and there’s no way Calgon can take you away.  Which sounds more like your reality?  Yes, we love the holidays, but the fact is, even if you enjoy the hustle and bustle, it changes your routine, makes you a bit more tired, and at some level causes you stress. Now we all know what the ultimate effects of stress are on our physical and mental well-being.  Even the medical profession is finally admitting that the effects of everyday coping with stress is the root cause of dis-ease, but what in the heck does any of this have to do with pets?

A great deal actually.  We tend to believe that just because our pets don’t go to work or pay the bills and since they basically stay at home and eat, sleep, and play, that they don’t experience stress.  Not so. Many of the physical symptoms and behavior problems exhibited by pets are often stress responses. Scratching, chewing and licking at their own bodies, skin eruptions, excessive drooling, destructive behaviors, housebreaking problems, excessive barking, and many other symptoms can all be signs of stress in your pets’ life.  Signs that your pet is being effected by stress–Yours.  This is the reason that people who have pets live longer than those who don’t.  Your companion animal is there for you to take on your stress energy and replenish you with his own energy of pure love.  This he does on a daily basis, but during the holidays both your normal stress levels and his are higher. He is now coping with the excitement and changes in routine caused by the holidays which cause him stresses of his own to deal with.

The important things to remember in order to help your friend get through the holidays are the following:

1) If any of the previously mentioned stress responses appear or worsen at this time, don’t panic.  Give yourself and him more quiet time together just sitting and deep breathing and relaxing. It will help you both.  If he’s not coping well, you’re not either (whether you recognize it or not).

2) Try to keep your routines as normal as possible, especially the ones involving him, or get back to normal routines as soon as possible after the holidays are over.

3) It is all too tempting to change his diet with fabulous holiday treats and leftovers.  DON’T! His system may not be able to cope, and the results can really cause stress for you both.

4) Although it is tempting, Christmas is not a good time to introduce a new pet into the household.  The excitement of coming into a new home can be overwhelming enough to an animal, especially a young one, without the added energies of the holiday season.  The long term consequence could be devastating.

5) Company can be wonderful, but if he isn’t used to a lot of people and excitement, give him space and plenty of alone time. Be sure you watch how people are relating to him and make sure he is comfortable emotionally at all times. If he gets defensive or protective, it’s not necessarily his fault.

So this holiday season, enjoy the wonder, the festivities and the love they bring, and take a little extra time to say ,”thank you” to the furry faced angel that is there for you all year round.

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The Itchy Dog Post

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Itchy dog driving you crazy?

As a groomer in Florida for 35 years, and a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for oner 30 of those years, the biggest issue that I am faced with daily is the dog with itchy skin. So for the next few weeks, I have decided to post information about the whys of dog and cat allergies and other itchy skin problems, and tips on how to get the itchy pet to stop scratching and chewing 24/7. There is a lot to tell, so I will have to break it down into little bits and pieces, but if you would like to get all of the information fast so your itchy dog doesn’t drive you crazy in the meantime, and you can start getting him healthy NOW instead of waiting for more posts, I highly recommend that you get a copy of my book, “Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet” right now here in the store; on our other site: or for Kindle at: If you don’t own a kindle, you can download a free app for any devise at: Buying the book is a whole lot cheaper than even one more trip back to the vet, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can “borrow” it from the Kindle library for free.

That said, let’s get started.

Fact: Itchy skin is a SYMPTOM OF THE PROBLEM, NOT THE PROBLEM!! Unfortunately, the general veterinary treatment for skin issues is the use of steroid type drugs like Prednisone, antihistamines like Benadryl , and repeated antibiotic shots and pills. These typically simply stop the symptom for a short period of time, but when they wear off, the symptom comes back and generally even worse than before because no one eliminated THE CAUSE!

So, what is the problem; the actual cause of the itchy dog or cat? Let me count the ways:

  •       Fleas or other external or internal parasites (really just another symptom)
  •       Food allergies/sensitivities and other nutritional deficiencies
  •       Airborne allergies
  •       Toxins: internal and external
  •       Stress: No, not his, YOURS

Obviously, all of this could take a while, so we’ll start with number one on the list in my next post: The whys and hows of natural flea control.

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Loving vs Caring

Over the past 30 years of owning The Clip Joint and Naturals for Animals,  I have been privileged to work with thousands of dogs and their owners. One of the most profound and important things that I have come to realize is the difference between “loving” something (or even someone) and “caring” about it.  I see it pretty much daily. In short, “loving” something is actually all about how that something makes the person who loves it feel; while “caring” (more like Divine Love) is about how the person makes the other thing feel, whether it is another person, a pet, etc. Loving is really a wonderful feeling, but it is actually rather selfish. Caring is harder in a way because it often requires that the one who cares put their own needs and desires (what makes them feel good) secondary to the other, cared about individual. For instance, I deal with this phenomenon frequently when trying to get owners to drop excess weight off of their beloved dog. A dog can’t open the refrigerator or go shopping. The only way he can become over weight is by being over fed by a loving owner  who truly believes that they are doing a wonderful thing for the dog. The fact, unfortunately, is that their own subconscious correlation between food and love is the actual issue. It makes them feel good to “love” their dog by giving it treats, food that it gobbles up regardless of what physical issues the food may be causing, etc.  I realize that for most of you, this is not the case, but I have spent 30 years working with individuals and raising their awareness from simply “loving” their dogs to truly “caring” about them. You may not want to change your pet’s food, or reduce the amount you feed him in order to help him remove excess weight, but believe me when I say that it will be well worth it when your friend gets more energy, freer movement, and greater general health  and a longer life.  My next post will tell you the easiest way to help your dog shed pounds without your feeling like you are being heartless. The word diet is a four letter word to humans, not to your dog.

Post you later!  Sue Griffin

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Greetings! and Welcome!

Welcome to The Natural Dog Blog! In the following months, it is my plan to bring you as much useful information as I can about caring for and training your dog the way I believe is the best way possible, the Natural Way. I have been a professional in the canine world for 40+ years, and I have studied dogs all my life, and that’s quite a while considering the fact that tomorrow (July 28th) is my 62nd birthday!  For the past 20+ years, I have been using  and teaching my clients natural methods for flea control, eliminating skin problems, dealing with pet allergies, working with health problems such as chronic ear and eye problems, pet obesity, tooth and gum problems, digestive problems, and pretty much anything that came up in the course of time. I have continued to research and study durring that time, especially concerning nutrition, and have been privileged to have been able to heal many wonderful companions and even save the lives of several.

I can’t possibly tell you everything in a few blog posts, but I can give you some suggestions, and if you really want to become better informed, you can order and read my book, Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet either here on this site, or through Amazon’s Kindle.

I hope that we can use this blog as a forum for learning and sharing.

I look forward to communicating with you.

Susan R Griffin, Holistic Pet Care Consultant & owner, Naturals For Animals


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