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Cordy PupRecently, we've gotten several emails with questions about ear care and anal glands. Both of those should be checked often. We bathe our dogs weekly and in every session we check ears and anal glands. We always clean ears and sometimes have to express the anal glands. This preventive care can save lots of money in vet bills. You will want to check out this article: Why Is My Dog Dragging His Bottom?

The ears should be cleaned with a good general cleaner.  Ear Care™ Ear Cleaner & Ear Wax Remover is a Bio-Groom product that is a Veterinary preparation, fortified with Boric and Salicyclic Acid, that thoroughly cleans the ear canals of dogs and cats. It dissolves ear wax buildup in 1 application. It is mild and gentle and will not leave the ear canal oily, sticky or gummy.
 
DIRECTIONS:
Shake well.  Use 8 to 10 drops of Ear-Care in each ear, treating one ear at the time. Gently massage the ears for 30 - 60 seconds, until dirt and wax are dissolved.  (For large dogs increase dosage).  Allow your pet to shake its head to dispel accumulation.  For best results swab ears with cotton. Clean ears with Ear-Care at least twice a month.  Use before or after swimming. Should your dog or cat have a painful ear condition or discharge from the ears, see your veterinarian.

Great Response to Flint River Ranch Dog Food

FR Food
 
 Several Westie lovers have already ordered Flint River Ranch Dog Food. One Pomeranian breeder says her dogs love it. One Cavalier King Charles owner says he dances around waiting for his meal. It appears to be a very good natural food and we have really been pleased. It is a little pricey, but it does not have all the preservatives, chemicals, and dyes that the store brands have because they have a shelf life of 12-14 months. Flint River Ranch is delivered to your door, straight from the ovens. The cost of 20lb Lamb Meal, Millet Rice Dog Kibble is $41.18 (tax and shipping included). I would appreciate it if you use Distributor #123045 when you purchase.
 
Please give us feedback on how your dog is adjusting to the change.

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Three Great Ways to Enhance Your Dog's Diet
 
 
 
 
 
 Provide your pets with nutritional supplementation
 
Good nutrition is the foundation of everyday good health for our pets. Veterinarians agree that vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients at optimal levels are the key to a good life.
 
 

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Dear Thomas,
 
"She's so cute! Who does your grooming?" I answered, "Well, I do it myself." If you never get asked that question, you may have a Westie that does not look like a Westie!
 
Mary Cunningham, breeder, groomer, handler (43 CH) offers a grooming video that gives you a first hand look at how to groom your Westie. There is a show grooming video and a pet grooming video.

Recent testimonial:

"I received the DVD today and watched it carefully. Just wanted you to know it is the BEST instructional DVD I have ever seen. You make each step clear and understandable and you are so sweet . . .  to the viewer and to your Westies (each of whom is just beautiful). Thank you for providing such a quality grooming aide. I worked on my girls for a little while and although I need much more practice, I think I have the idea, thanks to you."
~ Linda

Easy to Understand Grooming Videos for Westie Owners and Professional Groomers
 
Be sure to check out these Grooming Supplies.
WHY ALL FEMALE DOGS SHOULD BE SPAYED
Mammary Cancer Prevention
 
A female dog spayed before her first heat will have a near zero chance of developing mammary cancer. After the first heat, this incidence climbs to 7% and after the second heat the risk is 25% (one in four!). It is easy to see that an early spay can completely prevent what is frequently a very difficult and potentially fatal form of cancer.
But is it too late if a dog is already past her second heat? No, in fact spaying is important even in female dogs who already have obvious tumors. This is because many mammary tumors are stimulated by estrogens; removing the ovaries, the source of estrogens, will help retard tumor spread.
Spaying removes both the uterus and both ovaries and is crucial in the prevention as well as the treatment of mammary cancer.  <MORE>
 
Homemade Dog Food Menu
 
We believe that Flint River Ranch Dog Food is one of the best on the market. We like it because of the lack of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, etc., that is in the store brands. The shelf life of store brands is 12-14 months.
 
We are also experimenting with a homemade dog food. We have found that it is very time consuming and quite costly. Follow this link to find out more: Homemade Dog Food
 
You will find several pages about homemade dog food as well as some recipes. If you enjoy cooking, this may be for you. If not, or if you don't have the time, just be sure you are feeding your dogs a healthy food such as Flint River Ranch. 
 
What are the Health Benefits to Neutering Your Dog?  
 
There are several health benefits to neutering. One of the most important concerns the prostate gland, which under the influence of testosterone will gradually enlarge over the course of the dog's life. In age, it is likely to become uncomfortable, possibly being large enough to interfere with defecation. The prostate under the influence of testosterone is also predisposed to infection, which is almost impossible to clear up without neutering. Neutering causes the prostate to shrink into insignificance, thus preventing both prostatitis as well as the uncomfortable benign hyperplasia (enlargement) that occurs with aging. It is often erroneously held that neutering prevents prostate cancer but this is not true.  <<MORE>>
 

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FaceBook  All About Westies
 
This group is a great place for Westie lovers to connect and learn more about Westie care and learn about natural, holistic, and alternative care.
You can ask some questions and answer others. You can also upload pictures of your Westie.
 
 
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  Treating Acute Diarrhea And Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs
 

Dogs commonly develop acute diarrhea. Because we are all concerned about our dog's welfare, we often run them in to see the veterinarian at the first signs of diarrhea. This is usually not necessary, and often will end up being detrimental to the dog if antibiotics are needlessly prescribed. Chronic diarrhea is less common, but is more serious and will require more effort to correct.  
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How To Manage The Flea War Without Harmful Pesticides

Each year as summer approaches we get numerous e-mails and calls asking us about natural, non-toxic flea protocol for their dog or cat. In our opinion . . .<MORE>