Treatments For Yards & Plants -Against pests and much more…

Below are a number of concoctions that come highly recommended, but please remember that you’re using them at your own risk, and that of your plants, and that I can take no responsibility for the outcome. 

INSECTICIDES:

Your choice of home-made insecticide should be based upon what you’re trying to eliminate.

Soft-bodied bugs, such as aphids & mealie bugs:

  • Straight 70% or 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol – touch insects with a soaked cotton swab, or for larger infestations, spray the entire affected plant, being sure to thoroughly wet all surfaces.  Repeat every 3 days for about 2 weeks.  (I have never experienced any problems with buds, flowers, or any part of the plant when using an alcohol spray.)
  • Garlic/pepper spray – liquefy 2 bulbs of garlic and 2 hot peppers in a blender 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Strain to remove the solids and add enough water to the garlic/pepper juice to make 1 gallon of concentrate. Use 1/4 cup of concentrate per gallon of spray. To make garlic tea, simply omit the pepper and add another bulb of garlic. Add two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses for more control. 

Insects that have hard shells, such as scale, and thrips:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) each cooking oil and liquid dishwashing soap or detergent in a quart (liter) of water.  Concentrations are not critical – some recommend a tablespoon (15 ml) of oil be used.  Shake well, and spray the plant, being sure to thoroughly wet all surfaces.  Repeat every 3 days for about 2 weeks.  (The soap breaks down the waterproof, waxy coating on the insects’ shells, and the oil will smother them.)

 

General-purpose insect spray:

  • One cup (250 ml) each Formula 409 or Fantastik household cleaner/degreaser and isopropyl rubbing alcohol and 2 cups water, making a quart or liter of spray.  Use the same as the formulas above.  (I’ve not tried this one.)
  • Orange Plus, a household cleaner made from byproducts of orange juice production, can be sprayed directly on plants to eliminate insects.  (I suspect other concoctions made using citrus oils may also be effective, but have no knowledge or experience concerning them.)
  • in a 1 quart spray bottle mix 1 tsp Murphy’s Oil Soap, 1 tsp Sunspray (or cooking oil), 1tbs lemon juice, and fill the rest with 1/2 water and 1/2 alcohol.

Ant eliminator:

  • Melt about 1/4 pound of candle wax, then slowly stir in about 1/4 cup sugar and 4 ounces boric acid powder (available at your local drug store).  When thoroughly mixed, pour into a pan, creating a 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick slab.  Cut or break into chunks, and distribute around the greenhouse.  If you decide to try this indoors, be sure to keep them away from children and animals.
  • A surprising  – and no doubt smelly – ant repellant is fermented cow manure tea.  Put about a gallon volume of fresh manure in a 5-gallon bucket and top it up with water.  Cover and let stand for a couple of weeks or more until it’s fully “cured.”  Spray around the greenhouse and under the benches.  (CJ Maciejeski claims this keeps fire ants away down in Houston, and if it works for them…)
  • Here’s another volunteered from the world of cyberspace:  raw grits!  Sprinkle them in an area where ants are attracted, and they will gobble them up.  Later they will swell in their bellies. (Need I say more?)
  • OK, another one volunteered by a reader – aspartame!  You know…Nutrasweet, the sugar substitute?  Apparently it is attractive to them, is taken back to the colony, and kills the lot.  This one is even supposed to be effective against fire ants.  You may find it necessary to dampen the powder or granules to make it attractive to the critters.

Insect Repellant:

  • Place small, open containers of eucalyptus oil in the growing area.  The vapors will discourage critters from approaching.  (Yeah, it’s going to smell like a Hall’s Cough Drop factory, but it’s good for opening your sinuses, too – a la Vick’s Vapo-Rub.)  Eucalyptus oil has also been shown to be an effective fungicide, but I know that a dispersion in water and alcohol, when sprayed directly on the plant, will damage flower buds, so I can’t recommend that use.

FUNGICIDE:

Those of you who frequent the rec.gardens.orchids newsgroup know of my “crusade” for the use of cinnamon as a fungicide.  I’ve done a lot of digging, and it turns out that the chemicals in the bark have all sorts of medicinal applications (I’ve even cured athlete’s foot with my alcohol extract!)

Choose the consistency that is best for your situation:

Powder:

  • Apply normal, household cinnamon powder directly to the affected part of the plant by dusting heavily.  This has proven to be a good way to control slime mold and mushrooms in the mulch in my outdoor flower beds, too!

Poultice:

  • Mix cinnamon powder with sufficient casein-based glue (Elmer’s) to make a thick, brown paste.  Apply to the wound and let dry.  The Elmer’s Glue is water soluble, but resists washing-off quite well.  This is the preference for mounted plants that get watered or misted frequently.
  • An alternative to the Elmer’s Glue, but just as waterproof and long-lasting is made by mixing cinnamon powder and cooking oil to form a thick paste. (Thanks to John Kawamoto!)

Spray:

You can prepare a cinnamon spray using either alcohol or water as your solvent.  The alcohol infusion is faster to prepare, and offers some insecticidal properties as well.  This is my preferred method, and has been effective at eliminating all sorts of fungus problems, including damping-off of deflasked seedlings.

  • Put 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cinnamon powder in a pint (500 ml) of isopropyl rubbing alcohol.  Shake well and let stand overnight.  Filter the solution to remove the sediment (coffee filters work well), and use the brown liquid as a spray.  (While it’s not a big problem for most orchid growers, I’ve heard that this is good for powdery mildew, as well.)

        or

  • Put the cinnamon powder in hot water.  Shake well and let stand for several days.  Filter and use as above. (Some feel that the alcohol can be too desiccating when used on seedlings.)

Here’s another alternative – Ground Corn Meal

  • Place one cup of whole ground corn meal in an old sock or panty hose leg and immerse in a gallon of water.  Let stand for a couple of days, then use the liquid as a spray.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  • If your phals look like they’re starting to get crown rot, sometimes simply pouring some straight-from-the-drug store hydrogen peroxide on the wound can stop the process.  Just be sure to tilt the plant and drain the grown after about five minutes so it can dry.

General Purpose Spray:

Put one cup of the alcohol cinnamon-extract in a pint bottle, add two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent, and top up with water.  Use as a spray.  The soap and alcohol are good insecticides, while the cinnamon is a fungicide.

MILDEWCIDE:

  • Mix approximately 1/3 cup milk into a quart of water, and spray.  I have not tested this one, but even if it doesn’t work, you end up with shiny leaves!
  • Mix 3 tablespoons cooking oil, 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a gallon of water; spray at three-day intervals for powdery mildew.

SLUG & SNAIL TREATMENTS:

Killer:

  • Trap:  Put a plate or plant saucer full of fresh beer on the floor; snails and slugs will be attracted to it, fall in and drown.  (Stale beer, has apparently been shown in university studies, to be a repellant, not attractant!
  • Spray:  Mix one cup household (non-sudsy) ammonia with water, and spray directly on the critters.
  • Spray:  Don’t throw away the left-over coffee!  Mix it 50/50 with water (some say use it straight), and spray.  I add about 2 ounces per gallon rubbing alcohol to keep mold from growing on the liquid surface when the stuff is stored.  Seems to work great on Bush Snails.

Barrier:

If you suffer from slugs climbing up onto the benches and attacking your plants, there are several ways of blocking their path, ranging from mechanical to chemical:

  • Mechanical:  Spread a layer of Diatomaceous Earth on the benches, around your plants.  The material – the skeletons of microscopic sea creatures (diatoms) – is almost pure silicon dioxide, and has very sharp points and edges that discourage the passage of the creatures.  The material sold as a microfiltration medium for aquariums probably won’t do much.  If you can find horticultural grade material, it is coarser and has much sharper edges that make a great barrier.
  • Mechanical II:  Staple wet/dry sandpaper to the legs of your benches, grit side out.
  • Mechanical / Electrochemical:  Tightly wrap the legs of your bench with a 2″ (5cm) wide strip of copper foil, being sure to apply it tightly enough to avoid gaps.  The copper is supposed to create some sort of uncomfortable electrochemical effect when in contact with the “slime” secreted by the critters.  I suppose it’s like biting on a piece of foil if you have metal fillings in your teeth!
  • Chemical:  Apply a thick layer of the product Tree Tanglefoot around the legs of the bench.  Available a most good garden centers, it is sold as a bird repellent for ornamental trees, it contains a castor-bean extract that repels slugs and snails.

Bait:

  • If you just want to lure the critters away from your plants so you can dispose of them, try putting slices of raw potato near the potted plants on the bench.  The slugs and snails can be found on the underside in the morning. (Thanks to Janet Price.)

ALGAECIDE (for cooling pads):

  • Place one cup of whole ground corn meal in an old sock or panty hose leg and tie a knot in it to contain the meal.  Place in the water tank for the cooling system.  The algae will dissolve in a few days.  Note:  I have no idea if this methodology can be used for algae growing in pots.)

HERBICIDE:

  • Spray full-strength household vinegar on weeds, repeat daily as needed.  This is NOT to be used for weeds growing in the pots of your other plants, but is good in driveways, walkways, the greenhouse floor, patios, etc.

GENERAL-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT:

  • Add one ounce of household chlorine bleach to a gallon of water and spray on utensils, benches, even your plants to control a wide variety of pathogens.  It even helps control algae.

LEAF SHINE:

If you live in an area where the water has a fair amount of dissolved minerals, or if you mist with a fertilizer solution, the leaves of your plants can become dull in appearance.  Folks may warn you that these treatments can clog the pores (stomata) on the leaves, but I’ve never seen a problem.

  • Pineapple juice, or any citrus juice (lemon, lime, orange), when rubbed onto the leaves with a soft cloth or paper towel will also remove such deposits so your leaves will be nice and shiny.  I suppose the acidity reacts with the mostly alkaline deposits. (Thanks to CJ Maciejeski)
  • Reka reports that stale beer may also be used for shining up leaves, although we’re both at a loss for how to get stale beer, as it never gets that way around our houses!
  • Mix about a 50% dispersion of whole milk in a quart of water.  Using a soft cloth or paper towel, wipe the leaf surfaces with the dispersion.
  • Similar to the milk above, dilute mayonnaise with water to form a thin paste.  Again, apply using a soft cloth or paper towel, being sure that you wipe off as much of the paste as you can.
  • If you like “going natural,” but don’t want to bother making up your own stuff, I have formulated a great spray – Rise & Shine™ – that is a great leaf cleaner and shine.  Go to “The Store” to see more.

“DO EVERYTHING” SPRAY:

Fermented Compost Tea – take about one- to two cups of some really well-composted organic matter (the stuff at the bottom of the pile), place it in a cloth bag (an old sock will work), and immerse it in a gallon of water at room temperature.  Let it stand overnight or longer until you have a dark liquid.  Remove the “tea bag” and let the container sit outdoors for about two weeks.

Remove the scum that forms at the surface, filter the liquid and spray.

Supposedly, this brew will be loaded with bacteria and other microorganisms that attack pretty much all of the fungi and diseases that harm plants.  (It has also been suggested that the unfermented brew from above, once diluted to about 20% in water, is as close to the food source an orchid sees in nature as you can get!)

CROWN ROT TREATMENT:

Crown rot is caused by letting water sit in the folds between leaves, resulting in a bacterial or fungal infection, or even both.  Prevention is the key, so water or mist early in the day so the stuff has time to dry by nightfall.  If you do get a case of crown rot:

  1. Pour a liberal amount of hydrogen peroxide in the wound and let it stand for about 5 minutes to kill the infecting agents.
  2. Tilt the plant to pour the liquid out of the crown.
  3. Let the plant dry completely.
  4. Sprinkle with dry cinnamon.
  5. Treat the plant normally, being sure to keep the wound dry

Article Obtained From; Raysremedies.com

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Treatments For Yards & Plants -Against pests and much more…

Below are a number of concoctions that come highly recommended, but please remember that you’re using them at your own risk, and that of your plants, and that I can take no responsibility for the outcome. 

INSECTICIDES:

Your choice of home-made insecticide should be based upon what you’re trying to eliminate.

Soft-bodied bugs, such as aphids & mealie bugs:

  • Straight 70% or 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol – touch insects with a soaked cotton swab, or for larger infestations, spray the entire affected plant, being sure to thoroughly wet all surfaces.  Repeat every 3 days for about 2 weeks.  (I have never experienced any problems with buds, flowers, or any part of the plant when using an alcohol spray.)
  • Garlic/pepper spray – liquefy 2 bulbs of garlic and 2 hot peppers in a blender 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Strain to remove the solids and add enough water to the garlic/pepper juice to make 1 gallon of concentrate. Use 1/4 cup of concentrate per gallon of spray. To make garlic tea, simply omit the pepper and add another bulb of garlic. Add two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses for more control. 

Insects that have hard shells, such as scale, and thrips:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) each cooking oil and liquid dishwashing soap or detergent in a quart (liter) of water.  Concentrations are not critical – some recommend a tablespoon (15 ml) of oil be used.  Shake well, and spray the plant, being sure to thoroughly wet all surfaces.  Repeat every 3 days for about 2 weeks.  (The soap breaks down the waterproof, waxy coating on the insects’ shells, and the oil will smother them.)

 

General-purpose insect spray:

  • One cup (250 ml) each Formula 409 or Fantastik household cleaner/degreaser and isopropyl rubbing alcohol and 2 cups water, making a quart or liter of spray.  Use the same as the formulas above.  (I’ve not tried this one.)
  • Orange Plus, a household cleaner made from byproducts of orange juice production, can be sprayed directly on plants to eliminate insects.  (I suspect other concoctions made using citrus oils may also be effective, but have no knowledge or experience concerning them.)
  • in a 1 quart spray bottle mix 1 tsp Murphy’s Oil Soap, 1 tsp Sunspray (or cooking oil), 1tbs lemon juice, and fill the rest with 1/2 water and 1/2 alcohol.

Ant eliminator:

  • Melt about 1/4 pound of candle wax, then slowly stir in about 1/4 cup sugar and 4 ounces boric acid powder (available at your local drug store).  When thoroughly mixed, pour into a pan, creating a 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick slab.  Cut or break into chunks, and distribute around the greenhouse.  If you decide to try this indoors, be sure to keep them away from children and animals.
  • A surprising  – and no doubt smelly – ant repellant is fermented cow manure tea.  Put about a gallon volume of fresh manure in a 5-gallon bucket and top it up with water.  Cover and let stand for a couple of weeks or more until it’s fully “cured.”  Spray around the greenhouse and under the benches.  (CJ Maciejeski claims this keeps fire ants away down in Houston, and if it works for them…)
  • Here’s another volunteered from the world of cyberspace:  raw grits!  Sprinkle them in an area where ants are attracted, and they will gobble them up.  Later they will swell in their bellies. (Need I say more?)
  • OK, another one volunteered by a reader – aspartame!  You know…Nutrasweet, the sugar substitute?  Apparently it is attractive to them, is taken back to the colony, and kills the lot.  This one is even supposed to be effective against fire ants.  You may find it necessary to dampen the powder or granules to make it attractive to the critters.

Insect Repellant:

  • Place small, open containers of eucalyptus oil in the growing area.  The vapors will discourage critters from approaching.  (Yeah, it’s going to smell like a Hall’s Cough Drop factory, but it’s good for opening your sinuses, too – a la Vick’s Vapo-Rub.)  Eucalyptus oil has also been shown to be an effective fungicide, but I know that a dispersion in water and alcohol, when sprayed directly on the plant, will damage flower buds, so I can’t recommend that use.

FUNGICIDE:

Those of you who frequent the rec.gardens.orchids newsgroup know of my “crusade” for the use of cinnamon as a fungicide.  I’ve done a lot of digging, and it turns out that the chemicals in the bark have all sorts of medicinal applications (I’ve even cured athlete’s foot with my alcohol extract!)

Choose the consistency that is best for your situation:

Powder:

  • Apply normal, household cinnamon powder directly to the affected part of the plant by dusting heavily.  This has proven to be a good way to control slime mold and mushrooms in the mulch in my outdoor flower beds, too!

Poultice:

  • Mix cinnamon powder with sufficient casein-based glue (Elmer’s) to make a thick, brown paste.  Apply to the wound and let dry.  The Elmer’s Glue is water soluble, but resists washing-off quite well.  This is the preference for mounted plants that get watered or misted frequently.
  • An alternative to the Elmer’s Glue, but just as waterproof and long-lasting is made by mixing cinnamon powder and cooking oil to form a thick paste. (Thanks to John Kawamoto!)

Spray:

You can prepare a cinnamon spray using either alcohol or water as your solvent.  The alcohol infusion is faster to prepare, and offers some insecticidal properties as well.  This is my preferred method, and has been effective at eliminating all sorts of fungus problems, including damping-off of deflasked seedlings.

  • Put 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cinnamon powder in a pint (500 ml) of isopropyl rubbing alcohol.  Shake well and let stand overnight.  Filter the solution to remove the sediment (coffee filters work well), and use the brown liquid as a spray.  (While it’s not a big problem for most orchid growers, I’ve heard that this is good for powdery mildew, as well.)

        or

  • Put the cinnamon powder in hot water.  Shake well and let stand for several days.  Filter and use as above. (Some feel that the alcohol can be too desiccating when used on seedlings.)

Here’s another alternative – Ground Corn Meal

  • Place one cup of whole ground corn meal in an old sock or panty hose leg and immerse in a gallon of water.  Let stand for a couple of days, then use the liquid as a spray.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  • If your phals look like they’re starting to get crown rot, sometimes simply pouring some straight-from-the-drug store hydrogen peroxide on the wound can stop the process.  Just be sure to tilt the plant and drain the grown after about five minutes so it can dry.

General Purpose Spray:

Put one cup of the alcohol cinnamon-extract in a pint bottle, add two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent, and top up with water.  Use as a spray.  The soap and alcohol are good insecticides, while the cinnamon is a fungicide.

MILDEWCIDE:

  • Mix approximately 1/3 cup milk into a quart of water, and spray.  I have not tested this one, but even if it doesn’t work, you end up with shiny leaves!
  • Mix 3 tablespoons cooking oil, 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a gallon of water; spray at three-day intervals for powdery mildew.

SLUG & SNAIL TREATMENTS:

Killer:

  • Trap:  Put a plate or plant saucer full of fresh beer on the floor; snails and slugs will be attracted to it, fall in and drown.  (Stale beer, has apparently been shown in university studies, to be a repellant, not attractant!
  • Spray:  Mix one cup household (non-sudsy) ammonia with water, and spray directly on the critters.
  • Spray:  Don’t throw away the left-over coffee!  Mix it 50/50 with water (some say use it straight), and spray.  I add about 2 ounces per gallon rubbing alcohol to keep mold from growing on the liquid surface when the stuff is stored.  Seems to work great on Bush Snails.

Barrier:

If you suffer from slugs climbing up onto the benches and attacking your plants, there are several ways of blocking their path, ranging from mechanical to chemical:

  • Mechanical:  Spread a layer of Diatomaceous Earth on the benches, around your plants.  The material – the skeletons of microscopic sea creatures (diatoms) – is almost pure silicon dioxide, and has very sharp points and edges that discourage the passage of the creatures.  The material sold as a microfiltration medium for aquariums probably won’t do much.  If you can find horticultural grade material, it is coarser and has much sharper edges that make a great barrier.
  • Mechanical II:  Staple wet/dry sandpaper to the legs of your benches, grit side out.
  • Mechanical / Electrochemical:  Tightly wrap the legs of your bench with a 2″ (5cm) wide strip of copper foil, being sure to apply it tightly enough to avoid gaps.  The copper is supposed to create some sort of uncomfortable electrochemical effect when in contact with the “slime” secreted by the critters.  I suppose it’s like biting on a piece of foil if you have metal fillings in your teeth!
  • Chemical:  Apply a thick layer of the product Tree Tanglefoot around the legs of the bench.  Available a most good garden centers, it is sold as a bird repellent for ornamental trees, it contains a castor-bean extract that repels slugs and snails.

Bait:

  • If you just want to lure the critters away from your plants so you can dispose of them, try putting slices of raw potato near the potted plants on the bench.  The slugs and snails can be found on the underside in the morning. (Thanks to Janet Price.)

ALGAECIDE (for cooling pads):

  • Place one cup of whole ground corn meal in an old sock or panty hose leg and tie a knot in it to contain the meal.  Place in the water tank for the cooling system.  The algae will dissolve in a few days.  Note:  I have no idea if this methodology can be used for algae growing in pots.)

HERBICIDE:

  • Spray full-strength household vinegar on weeds, repeat daily as needed.  This is NOT to be used for weeds growing in the pots of your other plants, but is good in driveways, walkways, the greenhouse floor, patios, etc.

GENERAL-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT:

  • Add one ounce of household chlorine bleach to a gallon of water and spray on utensils, benches, even your plants to control a wide variety of pathogens.  It even helps control algae.

LEAF SHINE:

If you live in an area where the water has a fair amount of dissolved minerals, or if you mist with a fertilizer solution, the leaves of your plants can become dull in appearance.  Folks may warn you that these treatments can clog the pores (stomata) on the leaves, but I’ve never seen a problem.

  • Pineapple juice, or any citrus juice (lemon, lime, orange), when rubbed onto the leaves with a soft cloth or paper towel will also remove such deposits so your leaves will be nice and shiny.  I suppose the acidity reacts with the mostly alkaline deposits. (Thanks to CJ Maciejeski)
  • Reka reports that stale beer may also be used for shining up leaves, although we’re both at a loss for how to get stale beer, as it never gets that way around our houses!
  • Mix about a 50% dispersion of whole milk in a quart of water.  Using a soft cloth or paper towel, wipe the leaf surfaces with the dispersion.
  • Similar to the milk above, dilute mayonnaise with water to form a thin paste.  Again, apply using a soft cloth or paper towel, being sure that you wipe off as much of the paste as you can.
  • If you like “going natural,” but don’t want to bother making up your own stuff, I have formulated a great spray – Rise & Shine™ – that is a great leaf cleaner and shine.  Go to “The Store” to see more.

“DO EVERYTHING” SPRAY:

Fermented Compost Tea – take about one- to two cups of some really well-composted organic matter (the stuff at the bottom of the pile), place it in a cloth bag (an old sock will work), and immerse it in a gallon of water at room temperature.  Let it stand overnight or longer until you have a dark liquid.  Remove the “tea bag” and let the container sit outdoors for about two weeks.

Remove the scum that forms at the surface, filter the liquid and spray.

Supposedly, this brew will be loaded with bacteria and other microorganisms that attack pretty much all of the fungi and diseases that harm plants.  (It has also been suggested that the unfermented brew from above, once diluted to about 20% in water, is as close to the food source an orchid sees in nature as you can get!)

CROWN ROT TREATMENT:

Crown rot is caused by letting water sit in the folds between leaves, resulting in a bacterial or fungal infection, or even both.  Prevention is the key, so water or mist early in the day so the stuff has time to dry by nightfall.  If you do get a case of crown rot:

  1. Pour a liberal amount of hydrogen peroxide in the wound and let it stand for about 5 minutes to kill the infecting agents.
  2. Tilt the plant to pour the liquid out of the crown.
  3. Let the plant dry completely.
  4. Sprinkle with dry cinnamon.
  5. Treat the plant normally, being sure to keep the wound dry

Article Obtained From; Raysremedies.com

Pets are the Newest Victims of the Nation’s Mortgage Crisis

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If you’ve been thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, there’s no greater time than the present. With the number of home foreclosures soaring, more and more people are being forced to surrender their pets to shelters nationwide. Wonderful animals of every size, breed, and personality need new homes, simply because their owners have become unable to care for them. You can help by adopting a pet through your local shelter.

Adopting a homeless animal is simply the right thing to do. Yes, you’ll have that warm glow from knowing you’ve saved a life, but there are many other excellent reasons to adopt from your local shelter or rescue group.

Adopting is also less expensive than buying from a pet store or breeder. In many shelters the cost of adoption also includes training materials, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering surgery — in some cases even follow-up veterinary care is offered. What’s more, the pets available for adoption at most shelters and rescue groups have already been screened for major health and behavior problems.

If You Are Facing Foreclosure

If you already own a pet and are dealing with financial problems, ask your local shelter if they offer any programs to help pet owners in this situation. There is information available that will help strapped families care for their pets. Some shelters partner with food banks to distribute pet food and other supplies. Some work with veterinarians to provide assistance with vaccinations and other veterinary care. If you are feeling your budget beginning to tighten, do away with superfluous purchases for your pet, such as expensive toys and other needless accessories. Also, consider taking your dog to a vaccination clinic instead of seeing your regular vet for any necessary shots. This can save you money on the inoculations themselves, as well as eliminate the cost of an office visit.

Most importantly, don’t leave your pet behind. Ask friends, family members, and neighbors if they can take your pet for you temporarily. This may give you enough time to get back on your feet and resume the care of your animal. If you move to an apartment, make sure your pet will be allowed to move with you. Avoid verbal agreements — get it in writing to avoid a problem down the road.

Finally, if all else fails, contact your local animal shelter, humane society, or rescue group. They are there to help you if you truly have no other option than giving up your pet.

ImageThis article is provided by our friends at AniMed, the nation’s leading resource for pet care information.

 

Pets are the Newest Victims of the Nation’s Mortgage Crisis

  PDF Print E-mail

If you’ve been thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, there’s no greater time than the present. With the number of home foreclosures soaring, more and more people are being forced to surrender their pets to shelters nationwide. Wonderful animals of every size, breed, and personality need new homes, simply because their owners have become unable to care for them. You can help by adopting a pet through your local shelter.

Adopting a homeless animal is simply the right thing to do. Yes, you’ll have that warm glow from knowing you’ve saved a life, but there are many other excellent reasons to adopt from your local shelter or rescue group.

Adopting is also less expensive than buying from a pet store or breeder. In many shelters the cost of adoption also includes training materials, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering surgery — in some cases even follow-up veterinary care is offered. What’s more, the pets available for adoption at most shelters and rescue groups have already been screened for major health and behavior problems.

If You Are Facing Foreclosure

If you already own a pet and are dealing with financial problems, ask your local shelter if they offer any programs to help pet owners in this situation. There is information available that will help strapped families care for their pets. Some shelters partner with food banks to distribute pet food and other supplies. Some work with veterinarians to provide assistance with vaccinations and other veterinary care. If you are feeling your budget beginning to tighten, do away with superfluous purchases for your pet, such as expensive toys and other needless accessories. Also, consider taking your dog to a vaccination clinic instead of seeing your regular vet for any necessary shots. This can save you money on the inoculations themselves, as well as eliminate the cost of an office visit.

Most importantly, don’t leave your pet behind. Ask friends, family members, and neighbors if they can take your pet for you temporarily. This may give you enough time to get back on your feet and resume the care of your animal. If you move to an apartment, make sure your pet will be allowed to move with you. Avoid verbal agreements — get it in writing to avoid a problem down the road.

Finally, if all else fails, contact your local animal shelter, humane society, or rescue group. They are there to help you if you truly have no other option than giving up your pet.

ImageThis article is provided by our friends at AniMed, the nation’s leading resource for pet care information.

 

Important Information For Homemade Dog food

-Making homemade dog food is a choice that many people have made since the recall. If this is something you are planning on doing or have already began, below is an article that can help you make healthy choices for your dog-

***Look for my next post it will contain recipes that provide the nutrition that all dogs need.

Table Foods That Harm Dogs

© Joy Butler

 

Good nutrition for us does not always mean good for our dogs. Many foods, including grapes, walnuts, and milk can be dangerous for canines.

In the wake of recent pet food recalls, many dog owners have resorted to cooking for their dogs. A homemade diet is one way to know exactly what you are feeding your best friend. However, not all human foods are good for dogs. If you are cooking for your dog or just sharing a snack, make sure he’s not getting something that can cause illness or death.

Alcohol can cause breathing difficulties, abnormal blood acidity, coma and death in dogs. At parties, don’t let anyone offer your dog a ‘drink.’

Avocadoes contain persin which can cause digestive upsets and heart problems.

Bones may splinter and puncture or obstruct the digestive tract.

Broccoli in large amounts can cause illness in dogs.

Chocolate, coffee and tea all contain stimulants that cause abnormal heartbeat, seizures and death in dogs. Chocolate is especially dangerous for dogs.

Corn on the cob is dangerous. Even though the corn will be digested, chunks of cob may obstruct the digestive tract

Grapes and raisins contain an unknown substance that causes kidney failure in dogs.

Liver in large amounts can cause Vitamin A toxicity.

Macadamia nuts contain an unidentified toxin that causes weakness, tremors, panting and swelling in the legs.

Walnuts may have a fungus or mold which causes drooling, jaundice, lack of coordination, and vomiting.

Milk is difficult for some dogs to digest effectively, which leads to G.I. upsets.

Mushrooms and molds can be toxic to dogs. Some varieties are more toxic than others.

Nutmeg is a seasoning that causes tremors, seizures, and death in dogs.

Onions and garlic, both cooked and raw, contain thiosulphate which can cause digestive upsets, hemolytic anemia, and death. Onions contain more of the toxin than garlic does.

Raw egg whites contain avidin which causes B vitamin deficiency, skin problems and skeletal deformities Raw eggs can also harbor salmonella or e.coli.

Raw fish, especially salmon, may contain parasites that are dangerous for dogs.

Seeds and fruit pits can cause choking or intestinal blockages and some contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs.

Xylitol causes an insulin reaction in dogs which can lead to liver failure within a few days. It’s found in many candies, gums, toothpastes, and pastries.

Greasy, fatty table scraps can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas caused when too much digestive enzyme is produced. Affected dogs may have bloody vomit or diarrhea and suffer dehydration and even death.

Snacks shared with your dog need to be checked for hidden ingredients. Some foods such as cookies, gravies, and even some baby foods, can contain chocolate, nuts, onions, excessive salt or sugar, or other items dangerous for dogs. Keeping garbage cans secured is a good idea too.

Pennies are another danger to dogs worth mentioning. Those dated after 1981 are made from zinc with a thin copper coating. A dog swallowing just one of these pennies can suffer damage to red blood cells and kidney failure, due to zinc poisoning.

If you suspect your dog has consumed something toxic, call your vet right away. Hesitation can prove fatal.

Most doting dog owners, especially children, love to share snacks with their best friend but these should be healthful foods, approved by a veterinarian. A little awareness and caution can prevent a tragedy