Neem Oil Dog Soap

Neem_OilSince someone asked, this is the dog soap I use with Nikki occasionally.

“This soap is especially formulated to disenchant fleas, ticks and other pests that may irritate your pets.  NEEM oil has a long tradition in animal care and is often used on the Sacred Cows of India.  The extraordinary NEEM tree, Azadirachta indica, is a tropical evergreen, native to India and Burma which can grow to 50 feet tall, tolerating drought and poor soils.  It can live up to 200 years, bearing fruit at 3 to 5 years of age.  The tree is extremely hardy and impervious to most pests.  In India it is known as the ‘village pharmacy’.  All the parts of the plant have been used for at least 4000 years in the treatment of a wide range of conditions for both humans and animals.  NEEM soap will bring an unprecedented freshness and sense of well-being to your pets.”

A cake of Neem Oil dog soap should cost you approx. $6.00 from pet shops.

Frozen peanut butter treats for dogs

One of my friends told me that dogs love peanut butter.  So I whipped up a batch of frozen peanut butter treats for Nikki.  Frozen so that on hot days, it’ll help Nikki keep cool.

What you’ll need.

  1. Smooth peanut butter – light
        I used about 200 grams.
  2. An ice cube tray
        I used a flexible Ikea “Plastis” silicon tray.
  3. Plastic freezer bags.
  4. Some small dry dog food
       The dry dog food helps stretch out the peanut mix.
  5. A round mixing bowl.
        I used a square bowl below, which made it hard to get all the mixture out.

Making the peanut butter treats

  1. Put the peanut butter into a warm bowl, with the dry dog food.
        The warm bowl makes it easier to mix the peanut butter.
        A friend has suggested added some water as well, as this would it
        even easier to mix and set.
        1_Frozen peanut butter blocks
  2. Scoop the peanut butter mixture out, and put into the tray.
         2_Ice tray
  3. Place the tray into 2 freezer bags. ie. double-bag the tray.
        This will stop peanut butter smells from going though your refrigerator.
         3_bagged
  4. Place into the freezer, and leave for at least 12 hours.
  5. Optional step.  Allow your dog to clean the peanut butter mix off your fingers.
         4_Yum
  6. 12 hours later, the peanut butter treats are done!
         5_End result

World’s fasting eating dog slowed down by new dog food bowl

Eat Better Bowl by Alpha Paw Weimaraners can suffer from bloat.  Bloat occurs because Weimaraners like Nikki try to stuff as much food down their throats, as quickly as possible.

And their stomachs swell up with gas.  Bloat can be a fatal condition for dogs.  So it’s a good idea to avoid it.

I’ve always been worried about Nikki and her vacuum cleaner feeding antics, so I’ve been looking around for some way of slowing her eating down.

Enter the Eat Better Bowl, by Alpha Paw.  As you can see from the photo, the Eat Better bowl has a “wishbone” at the centre of the bowl.
What this does is divide the bowl into three parts, which prevents the dog from opening their mouth fully (ie. gulping).

Which means the dog has to take smaller mouthfuls.
With Nikki, she’s gone from finishing her meal in under a minute, to now taking five minutes.

The downsides?

Availability
Not very available in Australia, I purchased mine from Veterinary Companies of Australia.  You can also buy them on eBay and Amazon.

Bowl size:
Didn’t know what bowl size to buy, so had to ask the seller.  Here is a handy little table which gives you an idea which bowl to buy

Size Best for
Mini (16cm diameter) (I’m not sure).
Petite (22cm diameter) Miniature Schnauzers, Silky Terriers, Cocker Spaniels and Shelties etc.
Jumbo (31cm diameter) Weimaraners, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Beagles etc.

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