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Lets make this thread about really good ideas, ways to do things and things that WORK!

I will start it off with the Blue Ear wash recipe -

 
Blue Power Ear Wash Recipe

 

INGREDIENTS:

16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol

4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder

16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.

Please shake this solution every time you use it to mix the Boric Acid Powder. Either a baby ear syringe or a plastic squirt bottle work well for putting the solution in the ear.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if the are inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Just flush and then wait until inflammation is gone, which will be about two days. Warm the solution and shake the bottle each time before using. The dogs will accept the treatment much better if you warm it up for them.

Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle).

Massage gently, wipe with 100% cotton pad.

On first treatment: flood the ear twice, wipe with a pad, and leave alone without massage.

The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue. (Note: the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics so you're best to do this outdoors.)

Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon severity of ears.

After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a tissue or cotton pad.

Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks.
Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog).


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Idea #2 - elevated food/water bowl stands:

I use a plant stand from Wall-Mart - $3.99.  The five quart stainless bowls fit perfectly.

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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Linda, I have always wondered; does the ear wash stain light colored hair? Will I end up with a fawn dog with blue cheeks? :0)

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for your dogs coat, 

always brush the fur in the SAME direction.  It will help to avoid those big ugly cysts.

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Julie, I use the ear wash on both my boys and I LOVE it!  ....my older boy, Triton is fawn and it discolors the underside of his ears/cheeks just a tad bit......but then it's gone by the next day or so.....But I also make him lay down for a good 15 minutes per side also to get it soaked into his ears really good.      

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Great Idea #3 - My recipe for the "hot spot" bath!!

My recipe for the "hot spot" bath!!

Hot Spot – Skin Problem Recipe

 

 

If you have a dog that has a skin problem - even a staph infection, anything at all that is sort of out of control , such as a big hot spot or multiple hot spots - Here is my recipe that WORKS:

 

A bath tub 2/3 full of water - mix in the following three ingredients:

 

2 cups of Clorox bleach

 

1 Tablespoon of liquid Bluing ( Mrs.Stewarts Bluing from laundry section of the grocery store or from Amazon.com)

 

1/2 cup of DREFT liquid laundry detergent.

 

Soak dog in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes. Do NOT rinse.

 

Your dog will smell wonderful and the coat will be very soft.

 

The bleach kills the germs, the bluing kills fungus, and the Dreft acts as an emulsifier.

 

 

 

For a single hot spot I have found the following works better and faster than anything in the world.

 

Clean with soap and water and dry well. Apply triple antibiotic twice a day. This usually clears up the spot within 24 hours. If it doesn't I do the tub routine.
 

 



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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Great idea #4 - Simple hot spot help

Of ALL of the MANY things I have tried over the years for hot spots this works the best for me (actually for the dogs, not me!)

Wash the area well with any anti-bacterial soap - ie hand soap, soft soap, etc.

Dry well

Apply triple antibiotic salve - I use the economical stuff from Wall-Mart.

The hot spot is usually gone within 24 hours.

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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Linda, For Brandy's cracked and bleeding elbows and nose, we bought a tube of Lanolin at Wal-Mart in the baby and infant department. It was a 2 ounce tube and rather pricey, $9 or $10 for the tube. It is called Lansinoh and is a lanolin for breastfeeding mothers.It only took a small amount a couple of times a day. These were NOT infected places, just deep fissures that would bleed occasionally. The results were remarkable.

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for fungus between the toes, I use Tinactin athletic's foot powder. Be sure to rub it in real good. *Just don't let the dog breathe the powder in!

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#4 - To stop a dog from chewing on a body part  (or to stop a  small puppy from sucking on a body part as we all know babies do) apply clear gel deodorant. It lasts a good 24 hours.. they hate it!


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".


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Number 58, or 4-c for those that can't count LOL--No raw hide bones without supervision, and you will need long arms for removal from throat.

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On puppies (young ones) that we need to tell apart, we use the adjustable cat collars in different colors. They are safe because they have the break away snap..


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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For raw over worked or sore feet, small wounds, or dry cracked skin we use Bag Balm (used by farmers for over 100 years). Found in most stores.....works wonders. Made with lanolin and has a mild antibacterial effect that is fast and effective. A million and one uses no side effects and very reasonably priced!



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You can make your dog beds waterproof and last longer easily and cheaply:
1.  Buy twin sized bed vinyl *zippered* cover and put bed inside. 
2.  Buy cheap duvet covers on sale (IKEA is where I get mine) and put on outside. 
You only have to wash the duvet, and your bed will last longer and not get stinky!
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I had a rescue with major yeasty skin.  We used Vagisil on his fungal spots.

For beds, I take a lawn and leaf bag, fill it with pillows and insert that into a dog bed cover.  I love this because my old lady will "dibble" and I wash the cover and I replace the bag.

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This is the BEST thread ever!! I love it!!


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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I peruse thrift stores and garage sales for used baby crib mattresses, they are a great size for a dog bed, they support a 200 lb mastiff, and mom sews a cover made out of a used blanket or quilt to cover, just slide off the cover and wash. The beds are water proof for dribblers and droolers, and fantastic for hygroma elbows and older guys!!!


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Tracy - so you are the one raiding all of the thrift stores of baby mattresses!!  They also fit very well in the colossial crates..

I have used them in the past and just kept crib sheets on them.

Right now I have six pillow cases sewn together with pillows in them - works great.

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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Stack your dog in front of a mirror so that you can see what you are doing from all angles. Also, your dog will feel like he is practicing with another dog!


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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PANO Formula

 

Occasionally a growing Mastiff puppy gets “Pano” . ..  this is caused by too rapid growth of the long bones which leads to inflammation of the bones. The symptoms are limping and soreness, usually in the front end.  The most commonly affected bones are the long bones in the front legs and sometimes the shoulders.  If your puppy limps you need to have this diagnosed by a vet.  But if you do get Pano in your puppy, I have a nutritional formula passed down to me from another Mastiff breeder of many years, that really works well to cure this problem, and usually in just a week or so.  I have tried probably every cure there is and find this formula to be above and beyond all others in results!

 

 

 “Pano” Formula (via Patty Gropetti)

 

This conglomeration of  ingredients is mixed up together and fed once a day over food.  (All at once)

 

 

 

Alfalfa Tablets – 15

 

Cod Liver Oil  - 2 teaspoons  ( or Capsules – 10 )

 

Wheat Germ Oil – 2 Tablespoons (or Capsules equal to 30 grms)

 

Lethecin Granules – 1 teaspoon

 

Yogurt – 4 Tablespoons

 

Egg  - 1 (raw, minus shell)

 

 


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
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Store bought dog house that is actually big enough for a Mastiff!

Rubbermaid - An insulated, snap together hard plastic "sliding roof shed" - it is five by seven feet..five feet tall - has a built in floor - the roof slides back so that you can easily remove bedding or clean. It is really strong and well made.. I got mine at Lowes for $299 - I bought two of them and they are wonderful.

I leave one of the doors open and filled with hay.. my dogs love it. I have a hard time getting them to come inside when they are passed out inside them! I guess they feel really safe in the enclosure.  


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".



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Soak puppy food.


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Connie- I have always soaked the kibble until all the pups went to new homes.  I also have a small bowl of dry for them to munch on for new teeth.  Seems that when a group of pups are together and given food ,they will rush into that food like they have never been feed before.  It's that, I'm not going to get my fair share deal.  Nothing to do with me worrying about bloat,  But they have a great chance of chocking.  Last year alone,  I know of 6 people that had it happen to them.  6-8wk old pups dead.  They put the dry food down--walked away to get a cup of coffee--came back --and perfectly healthy pup lying dead.  Some took them in to the vet and that was the reason. 



Soak puppy food.

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I'm going to be begging now...


Please, please PLEASE, can we make this thread a sticky (perminant)?

Pretty please... with sprinkles on top!

It is so needed!


Now,
I'm going to add my little helpful thing.
Somtimes, expecially in puppies with wrinkled faces, a little irritation can happen in the wrinkles.

(I've worked with bully breeds  and mixes in rescue)

Take a handfull amount of cooking flower, and brown it in a pan.  Place it in a babyfood jaw after cooling.
Carefully wipe and wash the reddened wrinkle, let it dry and dab some of the burt flower along the creases.
 The red creases will feel so much better, stop itching and heal in 24 hours.

Draw-backs are, the pup smells like burnt popcorn ...lol.. but it does work.


I used this first, on my children when they were infants

 The idea came from a Neonatel Nurse.  The NICU was having problems with diaper rash and yeast infections with the  premies. Their skin so thin and sensative, along with antibiotics cause yeast problems. Nothing seemed to help untill one of the Pediatritions recomended this. Amazingly, it worked!


I find it works great on the little wrinkles and there's seriously no worries about toxicity or medication levals. It's just burnt flower. I don't think you can get anymore organic that that.





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OK - I like this thread a lot too - so pinned it is!


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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try Musher's Secret for protecting the pads of the feet.  Cold or hot weather ..

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Linda,

Do you use hay or straw for the bedding - or doesn't it matter??  I wanted to put something in Boomer's outdoor kennel, not that he uses it that much!! But I was cleaning up the leaves out of the yard the other day and he kept going from leaf pile to leaf pile and lounging on them. It was sooo cute!

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I use hay, since we always have plenty of it around because of the horses. The dogs love, love, love it! I sprinkle Diamascious Earth and 5% Sevin powder on it occasionally to make sure there are no fleas nesting in it. Sometimes I top dress it with Cedar shavings - it stays smelling so nice. It keeps the dogs very clean and they always smell nice.


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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How could I of missed this? too busy chattin away somewhere else?
Baby Wipes for quick clean ups.
Bag Balm
colorful milk crates "borrowed" from stores turned upside down, hole made, dish recessed..perfect height.
toenail clippers for puppy nails points.

Linda, thanks for the hotspot remedy..also I have used Gold Bond Powder.
and a dirt repellent for show coats called the "Stuff"..my groomer used Palmolive for shampoo..diluted and left them clean, flea free, and finished w/STUFF.
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FLEAS - D.E. - powder the dogs down, spread it all over the yard and on the carpets - works!!

  • Diatomaceous Earth is not an earth, it is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called DIATOMS.
  • Diatomaceous Earth kills by physical action, not chemical, by puncturing the insect’s exoskeleton and absorbing the moisture in their bodies.

Be SURE to use FOOD GRADE DE ONLY!!


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Linda,
 I have a Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filter for our swimming pool is that the same stuff you are talking about I have bags of it in my shed I could just spread it around to help keep the fleas away?
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Hi -

Found this on a site...

FYI": Diatomaceous Earth sold for swimming pool filters is dangerous to human health, your pets and Livestock. It has been chemically treated and heated to change it's composition.

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I use food grade d.e. and don't have any fleas (that I know of) to 'dust' the lawn and even put some on each dogs food once or twice a week.

Although the pdf link I am including is selling some kind of product, the information it contains is sound.

http://environmentsensitive.com/40.pdf

This is probably MORE information than one would want, but hey... it's good to know. 

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Thank you its the first time I ever heard of it was just wondering if it was the same as the pool.I usually have a guy come spray my yard in May for ticks and that usually works so afraid someone is going to get lymes but this year with the winter not being that bad I think we will have a bad season Harley already had a tick on her this week.

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Angela - this was fantastic info on DE! I read every word - and I am going to order some from them.. better pricing than what I have been using. I think I might start giving it to our horses also -


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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You can also find the DE on a website called " the Holistic Horse", I use it as a natural wormer that I can give long term. (It can cause diarrhea, so I watch and change dosing as needed).
I am interested in giving the pano remedy a try, did you find this stuff at a Natural food store/grocery store...?
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You can find most of the ingredients at Wall-Mart - the rest at any health food store.


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We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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   My mastiff will not use a crib mattress or  even an aero bed to sleep on.  Pier 1 has a great dog bed that my mastiff will only sleep on.  I buy a Popason chair pillow $45 (they make them in micro suede now and they are easy to spot clean.  You can also see if they have a color that didn't go over so well that season and can get it at half price.  Maxwell loves it. He curl ls up at the foot of my bed and snores and snores and snores.
   We also have a pen that we leave open outside with a cover over head.  We filled the bottom with pea gravel.  It is extremely smooth and cool in the summer.  It also doesn't harbor bugs as much and he doesn't drag hay in the house.
   One other problem that I learned by working in the hospital.  This is used to heal bedsores and it works on humans and animals with sores   Phillips Milk of Magnesium Antacid. It works on sores and relieves the itching and pain.
 
I have a problem with the crusty nose.  Can anyone help solve this?


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Connie,

Try breaking open a Vitamin E capsule & rubbing it on the crusty nose.  It works wonders on my hubby's chapped hands.

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Hello All,
I'm adding my solution to Happy Tail.  My girl Sophie gets it at least three times a year and sometimes pretty bad, it looks like a crime scene.  I put her bitch britches on backwards/upside-down so that her tail is pointing down to the floor between her legs.  It gets air and she can still wag it without hitting it on anything.  I don't know if a male will put up with it or not???  this works for her and if I can stop the bleeding to just the first day it heals fast.  I do put on an antibiotic ointment on it during the first 24 hours.  

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Amy - that is a FANTASTIC idea! Thank you - !!!!!!!


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http://www.bluequaker.com/Mastiffs.htm



We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Are there any local store chains that carry DE??  I've been looking and would rather pick it up than have it shipped.

Any ideas??



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I have used the blue ear formula a few times, excellent!  I have never heard of  the DE.  I showed this to my husband and he said we shall have to look into it.  Do you only use it external on the dogs?  That web site showed dosage for dogs is why I ask.  I use Ivomec for heartworms monthly, so is this maybe something that can replace that?  I shall have to research more. 
 
I also use bagbalm, ALOT.  Its great for everything from minor cuts to elbow callouses.  I had a vet reccomend it for "chestnuts" on the horses, I had a horse whos were always cracked and bleeding.  So I thought, hey...why not on dogs elbows when they first show signs of those hairless callouses?  It works, but it takes alot of effort.  I put it on elbows about twice a week and it seems to help them stay supple.
 
And ladies, rub it into the rough spots on your feet and cover with socks overnight and it works with the same effects *wink*.  Just wipe your feet with a wash rag to remove it before you step into a shower...gets slick.
 
 

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Here is a question for all you out there
What do you do about a poop eating puppy???
UGH
I tried Adolfs meat tenderizer, to much salt
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How old is the puppy? It is normal for little puppies to do this - they are just doing what their mam has tought them.

For older puppies the best way is  to remove the poop - pick up more often.

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http://www.bluequaker.com/Mastiffs.htm



We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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Add Green beans to their food is what I heard. I know some people have reported to me it works.


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 WOW!!! great info!!! I just recently got another  English mastiff . She is a rescue dog. So far she is getting along with my male as long as he doesn't get too "fresh". She is spayed but he is still interested regardless. When I picked her up I noticed she has  hygromas on both elbows but one side is much worse. They are not infected and the one is the size of a golf ball. They are not sore or sensitive. I have been bedding her on a futon since I brought her home but during the day she prefers the floor in whatever room everyone is in. Any tips on how to overcome this condition?

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I'm still trying to get the hang of following "threads" but here goes as far as beds are concerned.  I buy 5" firm mattresses from J.C. Penney catalog.  A full-size foam bed costing around $89 can be made into 2 beds large enough for male Mastiffs.  A queen size can be cut into 3 that your bitches can wiggle onto.  Take permanent marker and draw your lines, then use an electric serrated knife to cut through the foam.  I have had some of these mattresses for years.  I also will take large garbage/trash bags or plastic wrap and wrap around them with duct tape for the older dogs that dribble and then I buy cheap twin fitted sheets at Wal-Mart ($2.96 apiece) and some sheet garters and use these as covers.  I'm not good at sewing and these are very easy to wash.  Dog bedding is changed at least weekly (more if we are in the wet season).  If the mattresses seem a little stale, I spray Lysol spray and let dry before placing on clean sheets.

My 9 1/2 year old bitch has no callouses at her elbows nor do any of my younger babies.  They all love their beds.  One caveat:  when they are pups and left unattended, they do like to chew the foam so they need to be trained early not to (sometimes you have to use bitter apple or bitter orange to get the point across).
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COAT GROWING AND REPAIR RECIPE:

1 qt olive oil
1 qt canola oil
1 qt safflower oil
1 qt vegetable oil (not corn oil)
1 pint (16 oz) fish oil (salmon oil)
8 oz vitamin E oil
8 oz Zinc oil

Mix together and add to dog's food gradually getting dose up to 2
Tablespoons per day.

Keep refrigerated


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The Mastiff Sweet Spot
http://www.bluequaker.com/Mastiffs.htm



We do not breed often, but we do our best to breed top quality mastiffs
with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
the very best mastiffs, sound in both body and mind, beautiful and strong,
representing the true mastiff standard.

We fully test our dogs. We believe that a person that "just wants a pet" has a right
to own a beautiful, well bred dog that is sound and healthy
every bit as much as someone wanting a "show dog".
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For inexpensive but quality pet items try this site:

http://toysandtreats.petedge.com

It has some of the same products that I have bought at PetCo and pet boutiques but much less expensive, including all kinds of helpful breeding products.

For green tripe and other great hard to find meat products like a combo roll of Green Tripe, Muscle Meat, Heart, Tongue, Trachea/Gullet and Ground Bone for young or working dogs and
Green Tripe with Trachea & Gullet (ground)
Bovine trachea and gullet are the natural source for chondroitin sulfate. Bovine tracheal cartilage has also shown success in helping to isolate cancers, tumors and other diseases by preventing their growth and spread. The fresh raw trachea and gullet are ground in with the tripe. This is an excellent product for all dogs, especially breeds known for hip/joint problems try http://www.greentripe.com



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