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Pet - Hot Spots

Hot spots are also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis or superficial pyoderma. Those tongue-twisters are just scientific labels for inflamed, infected skin.

How Hot Spots Develop

Hot spots are created when your dog’s natural bacteria overpopulates parts of his skin. When an infection arises from a dog’s own bacteria, there is almost always a root cause. Hot spots often occur in dogs with underperforming immune systems.
Hot spots can come on very quickly. You might leave your perfectly healthy pup one morning to go to work, and by the time you return home that evening, she’s completely preoccupied with an area of skin that is irritated, inflamed and oozing. Hot spots can be very painful for your dog and quite sensitive to the touch.
Any dog can develop hot spots, but they’re much more common in dogs with thick coats, dirty and/or moist skin, and dogs with allergies, including fleas.
Let’s say your dog jumps into a pond of dirty water on a hot, humid summer day, then gets out and lays in the grass under a tree for a nap.
This activity has created a dirty, damp, warm, very hospitable environment for your dog’s natural skin bacteria to overgrow. It’s a set-up for a potential full body allergic reaction, including multiple hot spots, on your pet’s skin.
If your canine companion develops a hot spot, you’ll need to do two things:
  • Treat the wound
  • Identify the underlying cause

Treating Hot Spots

Hair removal. To treat the wound, the first thing you need to do is remove the hair on, in and around the affected area.
You may not want to do that, because, for example, you show your dog in the ring.
But if you don’t remove the hair, it will become trapped in the wound by the pus and you’ll have a much harder time healing the hot spot. In fact, hair in and around the affected area can create a perfect environment for the wound to get bigger and the infection to get worse.
I recommend you shave the area of the hot spot, and then mark the edges of the lesion with a Sharpie type pen so you can tell if the infection is expanding.
If the infection appears to be spreading, you know you’re not treating it effectively at home and you should get your pup to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Some hot spots can result in fever and serious underlying skin problems, so if you see the wound growing rather than improving after a couple of days, it’s time to seek veterinary care.
Disinfecting the wound. Once you’ve shaved the area and identified the margins, clip the hair back until you see healthy skin. Then you can begin gently disinfecting the wound with a solution that will remove bacteria.
I recommend using povidone-iodine, which is often sold by the brand name Betadine. It’s an organic iodine with has no side effects and does a good job controlling most skin bacteria. You can buy povidone-iodine at most pharmacies and some health food stores.
Dilute the solution with purified water until it’s the color of iced tea. Apply it to the wound using a soft wash cloth or gauze.
In the beginning – at least days one and two of the disinfecting routine – while there’s a lot of oozing from the wound, you’ll want to repeat the disinfecting procedure as often as necessary to keep the area clean, dry and pus free.
Your goal in managing your pup’s hot spot is to keep the area clean and dry at all times, so the first couple days you might need to disinfect the wound as often as every two hours.
Depending on the severity of the infection and the amount of pus the wound is producing, disinfecting two times a day should be an absolute minimum. Remember – a consistently clean and dry wound is critical to healing the infection.
Applying a topical solution. After you clean the wound you can apply a topical solution like colloidal silver, or raw aloe, or a thin layer of manuka honey, which is a raw honey made from the tea tree plant. You can also use a cool chamomile tea bag against the wound to provide a soothing effect.
Don’t use anything with stinging or astringent properties on an open, raw wound. Solutions like vinegar or tea tree oil, while anti-microbial, are really painful when applied to an open, raw wound, so I don’t recommend you use those types of aggressive solutions when you are treating an infected hot spot.
Repeat the disinfecting procedure and application of a light, natural topical soothing gel afterwards until the wound shrinks in size, the infection clears and your pet is no longer bothered by the hot spot.
Keeping your dog away from the wound. Insuring your pet leaves the hot spot alone is critical to healing. You’ll probably need to put an E collar on her (one of those lamp shade shaped collars that are so annoying to pets) to prevent her from licking and biting the affected skin.
If your pup continues to re-traumatize the wound, the infection won’t clear up and the hot spot will get bigger.
As an alternative to the E collar, you might be able to manage the wound by applying a light wrap or putting a t-shirt on your pet, as long as you are sure she is leaving the wound alone.

Finding the Root Cause of Your Pet’s Hot Spot

The second step in managing hot spots is to identify why they happen.
Allergic sensitivity. Allergies, both food and environmental, can cause hot spots. If you notice that each time your dog eats a bit of your wheat bread crust she gets a hot spot, there’s a very good chance she has a grain-based allergy. If that’s the case, you’ll want to evaluate the content of the food you feed your pet and make adjustments as necessary.
Environmental allergies can also cause hot spots.
Ragweed, grasses, pollens and molds are typical allergens, but it can also be polluted water or even toxic air that causes a secondary hot spot on your pet. You’ll need to evaluate not only your dog’s diet, but also her environment to search for sources of allergens that could be causing hot spots.
Besides food and environmental allergies, flea allergy dermatitis is also a major reason why animals get hot spots.
You might not even be able to see the fleas, but if your dog is sensitive, the bite of just one flea can cause a raging hot spot. Check your pet with a flea comb for fleas and flea dirt regularly.
Underlying painful conditions. If your dog has a painful spot on his body and he starts digging and chewing at the area, he can create a hot spot. For example, if you have an older dog that has never suffered from hot spots but suddenly starts bothering the skin over a hip joint, it could be a response to underlying pain.
If your pet has neuralgia or perhaps sciatica -- which is an irritated, tingling nerve pain similar to how your foot feels as it wakes up after falling asleep -- you might notice him chewing on an ankle or a toe.
This can bring on a secondary infection that your veterinarian may label a hot spot. In this case there’s no underlying allergic condition, but rather an underlying muscle, nerve or bone problem.
Emotional or mental causes. Sometimes there are underlying mental or emotional causes for your dog’s hot spots, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, separation anxiety, or even boredom.
These behavioral issues can cause licking and chewing which creates hot spots.
Behavioral causes of hot spots are unfortunately the hardest to successfully treat. If your pet is obsessive about licking certain parts of his body and it leads to open wounds, the problem can be very difficult to fix long term, even using behavior modification techniques.
Hopefully this helped to identify the root cause of your dog’s hot spots, along with an effective plan for wound treatment.

Tips 4 Red Eyes

Water - Water is one of the simplest and easiest home remedies for red eye relief that you can use. With this remedy, you need a clean towel and pure cold water. Soak the towel in the water and hold it over your eyes for a while. Or you simply splash cold water on your eyes and your red eye can be cured.

Rose Water - If rose water is available, you can use it to cure red eyes by soaking a cotton ball in this water and then put it over your red eye for about 15 minutes. This action should be done twice a day. Or you can use a cucumber slice to dip in the rose water and put it over the affected eye. Alternatively, you can use rose water directly by putting 2 or 3 drops of it in your red eye. This remedy can help reduce puffiness under eyes. Plus, this solution is often used to treat dark circles and wrinkles under eyes

Milk And Honey - Another way to cure red eyes is milk or combined with honey. Both milk and honey have the antibacterial and calming properties that are necessary for curing red eyes. This solution also helps to treat itchy eyes. With some raw cold milk, you simply use a cotton pad to soak in it and then rub it over your affected eyes for about 15 to 20 minutes. It should be done twice a day so as to cure and prevent red eyes. Alternatively, you can combine milk with honey to cure this condition. Firstly, you need to mix honey and milk with equal quantities and then pour about 2 or 3 drops of it in your eyes.

Salt and Water - Salt and water are also one of the useful home remedies for red eyes relief. It can cure this eye conditions thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Using this liquid can help eliminate bacteria cause red eyes. With this remedy, you simply need to boil some water with 1 tablespoon of salt and use this liquid to wash out your eyes 2 or 3 times a day for about 2 or 3 days. The symptoms of this condition will be better.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits for your skin, health including red eyes. Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid that is very effective in fighting the bacterial infections, one of the main causes lead to itching and redness in your eyes.In order to get rid of red eyes, you need to mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Then you can use a cotton ball to dip in this liquid. Use this cotton ball to clean your eyes.

Vegetable Juice - Some fresh vegetable juices are also beneficial for your red eyes. Drinking vegetable juice is not only good for your eye but also for your overall health. In this case, you can try carrot or spinach juice. Taking it regularly can help check redness and itchiness in your eyes.

Warm And Cold Compress - Red eye can be cured by a warm or cold compress. A cold compress not only cures red eyes by constricting blood vessels but also helps ease your red eyes easily. But you should not use ice directly on your eyes. They can cause ice burn. With warm compress, you need a bowl of warm water and a clean cloth. In order to get a warm compress, you simply need to soak the cloth in the bowl filled up warm water for a while. Then you release the extra water and put it over your red eyes for about 15 minutes. This remedy can be repeated after every 2 hours to get the good result.With cold compress, you need to cover a few ice cubes with a cotton cloth and place it over your red eyes for some seconds.

Chilled spoons - Just with a chilled spoon, you are also able to cure red eyes easily as the cold temperature from the chilled spoon can help constrict the blood vessels and relieve the puffiness and redness in your eyes. Firstly, you need a glass of ice cubes or ice water and 4 steel spoons. Place these spoons in this glass to chill them. Or you can keep them in the fridge. Then take them out and use 2 chilled spoons to put over each of your eyelids. Keep it until the spoons get warm, you can remove them and use another set of chilled spoons to put over your eyes. This solution can be repeated until the redness and swelling in your eyes get better.

Cold Bread - Cold bread can work as a cold compress that helps to get rid of red eyes. Only with some frozen bread, you can reduce itching, redness, and inflammation in your eyes effectively. You need some slices of bread and keep it in the fridge. And then, take it out and use them to place over your eyelids.

Cucumber - Cucumber is also one of the natural home remedies for red eyes relief that may be effective. Using cucumber can help reduce swollen and red eyes. Cucumber with its cool surface can make the blood vessels constrict since then relieving the red eyes. Plus, its anti-irritant qualities also seem effective in reducing irritation, swelling, and inflammation in your eyes. It is also used for curing dark loops under the eyes effectively. Firstly, you need to keep a cucumber in the fridge for about 15 minutes. After that, you cut it in slices and put it over your red eye for some minutes.

Raw Potatoes - We all know that potatoes can help cure eye dark circles effectively. But a few people know that raw potatoes are very good for curing red eyes. It can do it as potato has the astringent properties that can contribute to reducing dark rings around the eyes as well as the inflammation. With a raw potato, you can grate or cut it into thin slices and place it in the fridge. After that, take it out and place it over your eyes for about 20 minutes. You can do it before your bedtime to get the best result.

Fenugreek - With some fenugreek, you are also able to get rid of red eyes effectively. Firstly, you need to soak these seeds in the water overnight. After that, you put it in a blender and grind it to get a smooth paste. You can use it to apply over your eyes, of course after closing your eyes and let it on for about 20 minutes. Finally, you wash it out. This solution can be repeated for about 2 or 3 days. Fennel Seeds - If you like natural remedies for diseases, you may know that fennel seeds have a lot of benefits in treating many diseases and conditions, of course including red eyes. You can take about ½ tablespoon of this seeds and a cup of water to bring to a boil for 25 minutes. Then strain it and wait until it gets cool. Finally, you can use this liquid to wash your eyes.

Witch Hazel - Witch hazel is often used to treat redness in eyes. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that are necessary for easing swelling, redness, and inflammation in the eyes. It also has the astringent property that is helpful for reducing itching and swelling. With this remedy, you simply take cotton balls to dip in this extract and put them over the eyes for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Raspberry Leaves - Raspberry has many benefits for the human health; especially raspberry leaves can be used for getting rid of red eyes effectively. In order to get it, you need to bring a handful of raspberry leaves to a boil and steep it for some minutes. After that, you can strain it and let it cool. Finally, you use this liquid as a cold compress to apply over your eyes. Keep it for about 15 minutes. You can do it for 2 or 3 days or until the redness is gone away.

Castor Oil - Castor oil is also considered as one of the good home remedies for red eyes relief that you can apply. It is not only used for treating eye conditions but also for many other skin conditions. With castor oil, you simply put 1 drop of it in each eyelid and do it for 3 or 4 days until your red eyes get better.

Bilberry - Bilberry extract. You can use it to put in your red eyes twice a day for about 2 or 3 days and the symptoms of this condition will be better, Goldenseal - Like other herbs used for curing red eyes, goldenseal also shows its benefit for this condition. After a time of using this herb, your red eyes and its related symptoms can be improved quickly. Firstly, you need to bring 2 tablespoons of goldenseal and a cup of water to a boil. Then strain it and let it cool. You can use it to wash your eyes. Alternatively, you can use the goldenseal tincture as an eye drop. Take 2 or 3 drops of it daily. 

Aloe Vera - Aloe vera is known to be one of the excellent herbs for the human health. Thanks to its wonderful properties and a great source of nutrients, it is often used for preventing and treating many diseases as well as skin and eye conditions including red eyes.You need to mix 2 or 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with ½ cup of elderberry blossom tea and 1 tablespoon of honey and use this mixture to rinse your eyes twice a day. Do it for about 2 or 3 days when your redness in your eyes is gone away. 

Chamomile Tea - Chamomile tea is one of the excellent herbal teas for the human body as it has many essential nutrients that are good for the removal of fatigue. Besides that, many people also use it to cure red eyes. This remedy is very simple. You only boil a cup of water with some chamomile flowers. Then you strain it and use this liquid to rinse your eyes. Or you can mix about 12 drops of tincture in a cup of water and take it to rinse your eyes.

Green Tea - Like chamomile tea, green tea is also one of the excellent herb teas for our health. It can become one of the good home remedies for red eyes relief thanks to its anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties. In order to cure red eyes, you simply boil a cup of water with 2 green tea bags and let it cool. Use this water to wash your eyes twice a day for about three days and your symptoms of this condition will be gone.

Tea Bags - Used tea bags have some certain benefits for the skin and some conditions like red eyes. Tea bags contain tannins are very useful for reducing swollen eyes. A substance in tea called bioflavonoids also helps reduce the inflammation as well as fight bacterial and viral infection. But you need to keep used tea bags in the fridge first. Then you take it out and place it over your affected eyes.

Baking Soda - Some people said that baking soda is useful for getting rid of red eyes as it can help fight the infection that can cause red eyes. You simply mix about ¼ tablespoons of baking soda with ½ cup of pure water and then use this mixture to rinse your eyes.

Balanced Diet - A balanced diet is very useful for your healthy eyes. It can contribute to curing and preventing red eyes effectively. A healthy diet good for your eyes should be involved in omega 3 fatty acids. You can find them in some foods like salmon, flaxseeds, and nuts. Besides that, adding minerals and vitamins like vitamin B2, B6, C, and E is very necessary. Some foods that rich in vitamin B2, B6 include yogurt, asparagus, fresh vegetables, sunflower seeds, turkey, tuna fish, and eggs. The foods that high in vitamin C and E are celery, spinach, cantaloupe, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, and strawberries etc.

Drink Enough Water - One of the necessary things that you should know is to drink enough water. As we know dry eyes is one of the main causes that lead to red eyes. So, drinking enough water is very important to fight against redness in eyes. It is also necessary for keeping your healthy body against diseases. And you should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to make sure that your eyes are hydrated.

The Cry Of Wisdom

Wisdom Personified: Wisdom crieth without; she uttered her voice in the streets (Prov. 1:20). Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips (Prov. 1:21). Whatever else the text may be saying, it still reveals that there has been, and therefore there still can be, an image of femininity that includes sagacity. Indeed, we have long held an image of motherhood which did include great wisdom, although this image is confined to the narrow scope of home and childrearing. Ironically, that task of motherhood requires more intelligence than any other role, for there is no harder or more demanding task in the kingdom of God than that of rearing children. The world has long depended on this wisdom. The text would have us rebuild a symbol of wisdom which have a strong feminine alignment alongside whatever masculine connotations we give it. It would call us to establish a climate of the expectation that women will bring to the solution of the world's problems a precious perspective not available from any other source. It would call us to provide a fresh stimulus of challenge and a freeing of latent powers, because wisdom can be and is personified in the women of the world. Wisdom is not portrayed in classical garments. She is not the cold, objective, dispassionate scholar. She cries her message all over town. She has a strange conviction that she cannot repress, and her "scholarship" is so centered on human concerns that she exceeds the bounds of dignity. She will hardly be caught out of touch with human realities and existential concerns, because she is in dialogue with people at the market, the courts, the highways, and the lofty walls of mass communication. Perhaps because she is a mother as well as a sage, she can not view that which affects mothers' children with the detachment of a professor. She demands that her insights be implemented, and she is the personification of passionate practically, as opposed to the almost helpless female. Her feelings are deeply involved in the use of her wisdom. After the femininity of wisdom and the passionate character of her address of issues, there is the clear fact that her understandings are constantly put to work in the marketplaces of the world. She cannot be content with smugness or arrogance in the mere fact that she knows. Her deep emotional involvement will not be satisfied with a mere love of truth. She demands application. She insists on being a doer of truth, rather than a hearer only. The fact that she must cry her message forth seems to suggest that she has not the power to apply her principles arbitrarily. But she does not hide behind her lack of dictatorial authority. She girds her loins and risks her image, choosing rather to have tried and lost than never to have tried at all. Wisdom in her early personification has not been permitted the luxury of truth for truth's sake. She has been in the cultural tradition of people and others who have quietly gone about the business of avoiding art for art's sake of all mankind. Wisdom is no distant dilettante - no pretty patron. She rolls up her sleeves and goes to work. She goes out in the marketplace. The great question may well be, "Where in the world is there any such wisdom as the pretty picture that has been painted here?" I thank God that the answer is easy. The Bible is full of portrayals of this too often unrecognized wisdom in the feminine personification. Whether it be the stateswoman Abigail, or the business woman Lydia, or the humanitarian Dorcas, or the woman of faith who went to the tomb to do something when everybody else was in shock and "out of it," the woman-wisdom of the Hebrew-Christian tradition has not been hidden. Nor could it be, even by a culture dominated by men. Wisdom must never cease her cry, nor must the world ever cease to expect her to cry out and save us, lest we perish. Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the markets she raises her voice; on top of the walls she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks.
Read Proverbs 1:20


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Doggy Backpack

"Dogs love having jobs, and if they’re focused on walking and carrying, they are much less likely to chase squirrels or bicyclists. There’s nothing more therapeutic for a dog than having a job to do, and carrying a backpack is that job."  /Cesar Milan

Many dogs feel unfulfilled because they do not have "jobs." A dog carrying a backpack is challenged physically and mentally, which will help keep it balanced and calm both at home and on the walk.

Read more here... https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/training-tools/dog-backpack-dos-and-donts