Hi Everyone,

This blog is about my loves which include God, my family, gardening and my own form of permaculture, my collies and education. This post is about my dogs…

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So, I have collies – ya Lassie with all the hair – and I’m in Fort Lauderdale. Probably one of the worst places on earth to have a hairy dog. Air conditioning is a must in this hot/humid climate. So are active methods against fleas, ticks and hot spots. Luckily, I’ve managed to avoid hot spots for the most part, but I work at it.

My dogs are show dogs and I occasionally breed when I want my next dog to show (I have a 5 month old pet puppy tri-bitch for sale if anyone is interested!). So, keeping them in coat, even in the Florida summer, is important to me. My dogs get Comfortis at the first of the month (it’s a pill for fleas, etc). Then they get their heartworm and Advantage on the 15th of the month. This is the method during the summer – I couldn’t afford it 12 months of the year! But it works. No fleas or ticks on my kids, thank you very much.

I also feed them Bug Off Garlic (I use the granules) from http://www.springtimeinc.com (no commission or bonus for advertising – just love the product!). I was at a show one weekend up in Ocala – the ticks were BAD. Everyone was finding them on their dogs, but I didn’t get a single one. The bugoff tabs work well too, but my kids won’t eat them. Just as a FYI, the tabs don’t produce garlic breath, but the granules do – quite a bit actually! 🙂 The other Springtime products I love are the Longevity and the Bee Pollen – I give the pollen to my collie who is allergic to everything. The Longevity has a beef meat base to make it palatable to the dog so I can’t give it to her. The bee pollen is a great immune stimulant that seems to help keep her allergies under control.

The other thing that works well is soap with neem oil in it. It’s an awesome cleanser and it works as a great anti fungal and anti bacterial as well. I get mine scented with lavender just because I like the pretty smells 🙂 Oh, and I use it as the main soap for myself as well! I get my soap at http://neemtreefarms.com/ – I love their products and customer service. I emailed her inquiring about the internal properties of Neem for the dogs. She saw my email address and immediately informed me that Neem taken internally acts as a birth control. NOT something I want with show/breeding dogs.

Anyway, as you can tell, I’m passionate about my dogs and taking care of them, so I thought I’d share what works for me.

5 Responses to “Collies”

  1. Mary Beth Says:

    Tell me more about the bee pollen. I have a very itchy girl…. Nothing seems to help!


  2. Hi Mary Beth,

    I don’t know the science behind it, but it contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that support muscle, skin, coat, and digestion health. It’s something I can give her to help support her immune system that doesn’t contain any of the things that trigger her allergies. And by supporting her immune system, she’s less likely to have an allergic reaction.

    I also have her on a limited ingredient grain free diet. She eats Great Life Buffalo formula – at $70 for 30# it’s insanely expensive, but I figure I’m now paying for the fact that I fed her crap food as a younger dog… Luckily the rest of the kids are healthy!

  3. Jennilyn aka Dylan's Mom : ) Says:

    So excited you started a blog to share all of your collie wisdom! I will have to try the bee pollen. I have Dylan on the Comfortis but he’s still itchy (even though I don’t see fleas???)
    We’ll see if that helps at all!


    • Hey Jennilyn,

      He may need some additional oil in his diet. And remember, the Comfortis doesn’t repel fleas and ticks – they just die after biting the dog. So, if he’s getting bit, he’s still going to itch – but the flea won’t reproduce and will die.

      Send me some pictures!


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