10/13/17

Natural Ways to Help Your Dog's Dry Skin

Does your furry best friend suffer from dry, itchy skin? There are all types of environmental factors that can cause dog's skin dryness and itching; allergies, fleas, swimming, living outdoors. If your dog has a clean bill of health from your vet, you can start working to reducing his symptoms, and offer relief from the constant scratching. Below are some easy and natural tips that have been proven helpful.

Natural Ways to Help Your Dog's Dry Skin

There are many reasons why your dogs' skin
may become dry. For many of these reasons 
there are simple home treatments
that can really help!


1. The first way to treat your best friend's dry skin is to start at the foundation - your dog's food. Choosing a diet high in protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can help your buddy's fur grow beautifully, keeping skin moist and supple. Sometimes the cause of scratchy/ irritated skin can be an allergy to grains (fillers) which are usually found in lower-end dog foods. Try switching to a primarily meat-based food and see a difference.

2. To help heal your dog's dry skin, supplement your dog food with one to three tablespoons of Flaxseed oil daily for six weeks (amount varies with the size of your dog). If you see an improvements, cut this dosage down by a third. Many high-end dog foods already contain Flaxseed and work to improve your dog's coat. A less expensive alternative to Flaxseed oil is Salmon or Olive oil - use either of these as you would the Flaxseed oil. Another dry skin idea: once a week offer your dog a whole raw egg. Dog's love the taste and their coat's love the protein!Dingo Dog Shampoo

3. Do not over-bathe your dog. While our furry friends may get into something stinky once in a while, in general you should not bath him more than twice a month since bathing strips the fur of necessary oils. Make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo that contains proteins, Comfrey for irritation, and vitamins for moisturizing.
Dry skin has met its match with Dancing Dingo's Dog De-funkifier. Gently wash your dog, and after bathing, apply a tiny amount of olive oil over her fur then wrap her in a warm towel to make sure that the oil soaks in. Never rub your dog with the towel, only pat dry, since rubbing can further aggravate any dry skin irritation.

4. If your dog gets wet playing in the pool or getting caught in the rain, make sure you wipe him dry. Water evaporation from the dog's fur can cause further skin drying. With wintertime's indoor heat, make sure you put a humidifier in the room. Doing this allows moist air to circulate and helps prevents skin from drying out. This is important for dog and human skin alike!

5. To quickly soothe dry skin, try steeping a cup of chamomile tea, cooling it, then filling a spray bottle, spritz it all over your dog for a soothing effect. Remember to follow this up by rubbing dog's dry spots with some oil.

Dry skin can be very stressful for both dogs and the people who love them. It is also something that is relatively easy to treat at home. Remember that just as your skin needs healthy moisture, so does your dog's. Use a little oil high in Vitamin E and rub it in with some tender loving care today!
 
Always remember that if your dog's skin has open wounds he needs a visit to the vet. Home remedies are not a substitute for quality veterinary care!



10/8/17

Top 10 Dog Poisons

They are our best friends.  They guard us from harm, and they give us their unconditional love. Let's protect them by learning about a few things that may harm our dogs:

#1 - Medications for people. Drugs that help humans can have the opposite effect in pets. It doesn’t take a large dose to do much damage.
  • Ibuprofen or naproxen can cause ulcers or kidney failure.
  • Antidepressants may cause vomiting and in some cases, serotonin syndrome - a dangerous condition that raises temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and may cause seizures.
  • Isoniazid, a TB drug, is difficult for dogs to process. Even one tablet can cause problems in a small dog. Signs of poisoning include seizures and coma.
#2 - Flea and tick products. Thousands of animals are unintentionally poisoned by these products every year. Problems can occur if dogs accidentally ingest these products or if small dogs receive excessive amounts. Be sure to read the package directions carefully and use only as directed!
#3 - People food. Your dog may beg for a bite of your chocolate bar or a tortilla chip with guacamole, but not giving in to his begging could save his life. Animals have different metabolisms than people (as we see with cats and essential oils). Some foods and drinks that are safe for people can be dangerous or fatal to dogs.
  • Chocolate. Chocolate products contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting in small doses, and death if ingested in larger quantities. Dark chocolate contains more of these dangerous substances than do white or milk chocolate. For smaller dogs, just half an ounce of baking chocolate can be fatal, while a larger dog might survive eating 4 to 8 ounces. Coffee and caffeine have similarly dangerous chemicals.
  • Avocado. Healthy for you, yet avocadoes have a substance called persin that can act as a dog poison, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Alcohol. NEVER GIVE YOUR DOG ALCOHOL! Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs are similar to those in humans including; vomiting, breathing problems, coma, and in severe cases, death.
  • Grapes and raisins. These fruits can induce kidney failure in dogs. Even a small number may cause problems in some dogs.
  • Xylitol. This sweetener is found in many products, including sugar-free gum and candy. It causes a rapid drop in blood sugar, resulting in weakness and seizures. Liver failure also has been reported in some dogs.
#4 - Rat/Mouse poison. Rodenticides, if ingested by dogs, can cause severe problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison, and signs may not start for several days after consuming the poison. In some instances, the dog may have eaten the poisoned rodent, and not been directly exposed to the toxin.
#5 - Pet medications. Just as humans can become sick or poisoned by medications intended to help, cases of pet poisoning by veterinary drugs are not uncommon. Some of the more commonly reported problem medications include painkillers and de-wormers. Of course, always check with your vet for recommendations of over the counter dog drugs.
#6- Household plants. Plants aren’t necessarily pet friendly. Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include:
  • Azaleas and rhododendrons. These pretty flowering plants contain toxins that may cause vomiting, diarrhea, coma, and potentially even death.
  • Tulips and daffodils. The bulbs of these plants may cause serious stomach problems, convulsions, and damage to the heart.
  • Sago palms. Eating just a few seeds may be enough to cause vomiting, seizures, and liver failure.
#7 - Chemical hazards. Not surprisingly, chemicals contained in antifreeze, paint thinner, and pool chemicals can poison your dog. Symptoms they may produce include stomach upset, depression, and chemical burns.
#8 - Household cleaners. Just as cleaners like bleach can poison people, they are also a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems.
#9 - Heavy metals. Lead, which may be in paint, linoleum, and batteries, can be poisonous if eaten by your dog, causing gastrointestinal and neurological problems. Zinc poisoning may occur in dogs that swallow pennies, producing symptoms of weakness from severe anemia.
#10 - Fertilizer. Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them. Always read labels or ask your vet for advice on products to avoid.

What to do for suspected dog poisoning: If you think your dog has been poisoned, stay calm. It is important to act quickly and sensibly.
  1. Gather up any of the potential poison that remains; this may be helpful to your veterinarian or a technician who assist with the case. If your dog has vomited, collect the sample in case your veterinarian needs to see it.
  2. Keep your pet as calm as possible, and call your Vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at (888) 426-4435. Experts at the APCC are available to answer questions and provide guidance 24 hours a day.
Poison Protection: Pet-Proofing Your House:  The best way to reduce the chances that your beloved dog will be the victim of pet poisoning is by preventing exposure to dangerous substances.
  • Keep all medications, even those in child-proof bottles, in cabinets that are inaccessible to your dog. If you inadvertently drop a pill on the floor, be sure to look for it immediately.
  • Always follow manufacturer guidelines on flea or tick products.
  • Although you can give some “people foods” safely to your pets as a treat, others are toxic. If you have any questions about what is safe, ask your veterinarian. Or better yet, only give treats made specifically for dogs.
  • Be sure any rodenticides you use are kept in metal cabinets or high on shelves where your pets can't find them. Remember that dogs can be fatally poisoned by eating an exposed rodent, so always be very cautious about using these products. Tell your neighbors if you put out rat bait, so they can protect their pets from exposure, and ask them to do the same for you.
  • When buying plants for your home, opt for those that won’t cause problems if your dog happens to nibble on them. The ASPCA has an online list of toxic and nontoxic plants by species. If you choose to have toxic plants, be sure they are kept in a place where your animals can't reach them.
  • Store all chemicals and cleaners in pet-inaccessible areas of your home.
Dog Friendly Gardens: Last but far from least, here is an excellent article by Catherine Sibi of Outdoor Art Pros, on "How to Create a Dog-Friendly Garden"  The perfect way for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy the outdoors together!  This informative and educational article is filled with ideas on making your garden a dog friendly haven without sacrificing its beautiful appeal.

7/21/17

Mass-produced cologne versus natural cologne: how can you choose?



Mass-produced cologne v.s. natural cologne: how can you choose? 

These days, health savvy consumers are questioning their skin care ingredients.  After years of headaches, rashes and exposure to toxic chemicals, consumers are now making the commitment to seek out healthy alternatives.  We are often asked by our customers what the differences are between traditional unhealthy colognes and perfumes and their healthy, natural counterparts.  


As part of our commitment to answering this consumer question, Dancing Dingo proudly became a founding member and “Champion Company” listed with the Compact for Safe Cosmetics: Dancing Dingo was one of the 322 cosmetics company “Champions” who met the Safe Cosmetics goals: to eliminate chemicals of concern, and practice a higher level of ingredient transparency to protect the health of consumers.  Dingo is also Leaping Bunny and PETA approved, as well as having been voted a Texas Top 30 Eco-Friendly Company*


As a result of these associations, all of Dancing Dingo’s cologne and perfume ingredients are fully disclosed on our website, as well as listed in full on the Skin Deep Database.  All of our colognes and perfumes are free of the harmful toxins and chemicals found in mass produced fragrances.  For example, chemicals and toxins such as diethyl phthalate; a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.


Based on consumer demands for safe products, all-natural colognes and perfumes, for both men and women, are relatively new to the market.  Despite being newcomers to the scene, they have in a short time become a much more intelligent choice for your skin over their widely available chemical laden counterparts.  


Kathy Cumberland, President and CEO of Dancing Dingo, shared some insights about the creation of our natural scents. “Most commercial perfumes and colognes are built around very high amounts of synthetic aroma chemicals which can be toxic and therefore harmful to both our bodies and the environment.  My goal was to create scents that enhanced and worked with our bodies natural chemistry.  Through the amazing properties of pure essential oils, we created perfumes and colognes that are very diverse in scent and work synergistically with our bodies to create different moods, feelings and experiences.  Since an individual’s body chemistry responds differently to each essential oil, you can blend separate perfumes to create a scent that is completely and uniquely yours.”


The bottom line is simple: the choice is ultimately yours.  If you are ready to have happy, healthy skin care and fragrances, give us a try. We feel sure that once you try us, Dancing Dingo will become your skin's best friend!


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12/21/16

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8/10/16

NEW! Beneficial Oil Cleanser




NEW! Beneficial Oil Cleanser
This antioxidant-rich, luxurious facial oil hydrates, preserves and heals skin
while restoring its youthful glow.
Advanced protection against
environmental stress and free radicals.
 

7/31/16

Natural Ways to Help Your Dog's Dry Skin

Does your furry best friend suffer from dry, itchy skin? There are all types of environmental factors that can cause dog's skin dryness and itching; allergies, fleas, swimming, living outdoors. If your dog has a clean bill of health from your vet, you can start working to reducing his symptoms, and offer relief from the constant scratching. Below are some easy and natural tips that have been proven helpful.

Natural Ways to Help Your Dog's Dry Skin

There are many reasons why your dogs' skin
may become dry. For many of these reasons 
there are simple home treatments
that can really help!


1. The first way to treat your best friend's dry skin is to start at the foundation - your dog's food. Choosing a diet high in protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can help your buddy's fur grow beautifully, keeping skin moist and supple. Sometimes the cause of scratchy/ irritated skin can be an allergy to grains (fillers) which are usually found in lower-end dog foods. Try switching to a primarily meat-based food and see a difference.

2. To help heal your dog's dry skin, supplement your dog food with one to three tablespoons of Flaxseed oil daily for six weeks (amount varies with the size of your dog). If you see an improvements, cut this dosage down by a third. Many high-end dog foods already contain Flaxseed and work to improve your dog's coat. A less expensive alternative to Flaxseed oil is Salmon or Olive oil - use either of these as you would the Flaxseed oil. Another dry skin idea: once a week offer your dog a whole raw egg. Dog's love the taste and their coat's love the protein!Dingo Dog Shampoo

3. Do not over-bathe your dog. While our furry friends may get into something stinky once in a while, in general you should not bath him more than twice a month since bathing strips the fur of necessary oils. Make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo that contains proteins, Comfrey for irritation, and vitamins for moisturizing.
Dry skin has met its match with Dancing Dingo's Dog De-Fuinkifier Shampoo! Gently wash your dog, and after bathing, apply a tiny amount of olive oil over her fur then wrap her in a warm towel to make sure that the oil soaks in. Never rub your dog with the towel, only pat dry, since rubbing can further aggravate any dry skin irritation.

4. If your dog gets wet playing in the pool or getting caught in the rain, make sure you wipe him dry. Water evaporation from the dog's fur can cause further skin drying. With wintertime's indoor heat, make sure you put a humidifier in the room. Doing this allows moist air to circulate and helps prevents skin from drying out. This is important for dog and human skin alike!

5. To quickly soothe dry skin, try steeping a cup of chamomile tea, cooling it, then filling a spray bottle, spritz it all over your dog for a soothing effect. Remember to follow this up by rubbing dog's dry spots with some oil for relief of dry skin and paw pads.

Dry skin can be very stressful for both dogs and the people who love them. It is also something that is relatively easy to treat at home. Remember that just as your skin needs healthy moisture, so does your dog's. Use a little oil high in Vitamin E and rub it in with some tender loving care today!
 
Always remember that if your dog's skin has open wounds he needs a visit to the vet. Home remedies are not a substitute for quality veterinary care!

Contact us if we can help!
 http://www.dancingdingo.com

(Re-posted by Demand)
 

7/8/16

GIVE YOUR TIRED EYES A COOLDOW


 

Got swollen eyes? Chill them out! A cold compress can ease puffiness. Try chilled spoons, cucumber slices, or tea bags. What you use doesn’t matter -- the low temperature does the work.

 

6/6/16

NEW! A DEEP AND EXOTIC LOVE POTION

Violette Natural Perfume NEW!

A deep and sultry scent with hints of floral and greens. Notes of rich Violet, Cognac and Ylang Ylang envelope you in an opulent feel, while Jasmine, Neroli and Hibiscus add a lush hint of floral. This lavish love potion is a blend of essential oils also known for their aphrodisiac qualities. Experience the scent of love.

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5/9/16

5 Healing Essential Oils To Consider



Essential Oils work to support the body’s own healing system with potent medicinal properties.  They are easily absorbed by the skin due to their small molecular size, so only a few drops are needed at a time.  A small bottle can last several years when used in moderation.  Essential oils are not the same as fragrance oils which are synthetic and can contain chemicals harmful for use on the skin.  Essential oils are always safe and 100% naturally derived.

 
Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil for use.  Carrier oils can be Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Sesame or Coconut, to name just a few.  The standard dilution rates are as follows:


RECOMMENDED DILUTIONS for Massage Oils

For infants and young children:
.5-1% dilution = 3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier


For adults:
2.5% dilution = 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
3% dilution = 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
5% dilution = 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
10% dilution = 60 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier


Here are the top 5 essential oils for healing. These are wonderful oils for those just starting out since they have few contradictions and can be used for a number of varying conditions.

Lavender is the most well known of the essential oils.  Due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is perfect for bites, scrapes and even stings.  No carrier oil is required, and can be applied directly to skin.  As a scent, lavender is perfect for inducing sleep and relaxation.  Add a few drops to a bath or put a few drops on a cotton ball inside your pillow case to help relax and promote sleep.

Eucalyptus is ideal for colds and coughs, and is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial oil. Using steaming water to inhale or a vaporizer, Eucalyptus oil can help disinfect while clearing lungs and nasal passages.  Adding a few drops to a hankie and sniffing throughout the day during cold season may help prevent a full-blown cold.

Peppermint with its wonderful cooling properties can help beat a fever.  Add a few drops to a carrier oil of your choice and apply to your neck, chest or back for instant cooling.  The scent of peppermint is also beneficial in fighting nausea or morning sickness.  Combined with Lavender essential oil and applied to the temples, it is reputed to reduce the pain of headaches and migraines.  

Tea tree oil is a powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic oil.  Mixing just a few drops with your choice of a carrier oil helps heal scrapes, bites, cuts, fungal infections, warts and even dry scalp/dandruff.  Tea Tree can also be a powerful treatment for acne when mixed with aloe or a carrier oil (Balancing Act Facial Oil Cleanser).  Adding Tea Tree to a vaporizer can aid in loosening chest congestion.

Roman Chamomile, with its beautifully mild scent, is a potent anti-inflammatory.  Use it to soothe red, inflamed or sensitive acne prone skin.  Much more gentle than Tea Tree oil, it is also a bactericide and can be used on sensitive skin with coconut oil, which is also an antibacterial oil, to help calm eczema or treat diaper rash.

Once you become acquainted with these essential oils, you’ll soon want to create your own combinations. This is simple and fun to do and the results can be integrated into your home healing treatments, or just used as an aromatic scent to improve your frame of mind.

Always check with your doctor when using essential oils on babies/children, during pregnancy or with any conditions that may require medical help. 

Kathleen Cumberland is a natural skincare business owner, massage therapist and coach.  Her focus is on helping people stay happy and healthy. Check out www.DancingDingo.com and www.BotanicalsUnleashed.com