The products in our home and the effect these could have on our pets

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As part of our chemical ridding process, our dogs are of course one of our priorities.

After thinking about the products in our home, and the effect these could have on our animals.


We have a Labrador Retriever, he is a huge dog now, but that dog has tried eating everything in our home since we adopted him.

He has been such a worry over some of the items he has munched. We have come home to a ruined sofa, he ate the foam after opening the zip with his teeth! Scraped the wall plaster off, and probably ate that. He has eaten my cookery books, which didn’t go down well!

His worst escapade I think ,was when we first moved into our new home and found we were not alone! There were mice hidden, which we didn’t want to share our new home with!

My husband had not noticed a sachet of mouse poison he had been putting in areas not accessed by our dogs, yep, Max ate that too! after an expensive emergency trip to the veterinary and Vit K treatment. He was perfectly fine but you do have to be wary of just what you leave around your home.


Then there is some of the chemicals, that are used to protect them from such things as ticks and other ‘nasties’ they find on their walks.There is a discussion on some of these below.

Part of the no Nasty stuff in our home, was the preparation of the household cleaning products. These recipes were often with the use of essential oils, not only for the scent, but also the usefulness of oils such as Tea tree, being used as a disinfectant.

We started to realise just how careful we needed to be. How to see what we could use and where, to keep the dogs safe.

Lavender was often being used for the well being and relaxing element it has. I really enjoy that in a homemade air freshener too.

We have  seen certain  essential oils that can effect our animals and yours. There could be more that we haven’t found, it is best to check before using.


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Since first writing this article , I was reading a similar article in the newspaper THE METRO.CO.UK the newspaper was high lighting a story ,that I think was first high lighted on Facebook.

A lady was using a diffuser in her home with essential oils, which caused huge problems with her dog. The dog had to be taken to the veterinary.


Has a good article and a downloadable list of essential oils to be wary of for both Dogs and Cats

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Our very dear friend, had been using Tea tree near her dogs, not realising how harmful that could be.

The dog ended up very ill at the vets, thank goodness all is well now.

It really had problems with its breathing.

It brought home to us the dangers of some of these oils.

FOUND ANIMALS.ORG has a full list as in below

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Essential oils bad for dogs

Tea tree



Ylang ylang


Cinnamon ( this one took us by surprise )

Pine and sweet birch

Wintergreen and Pennyroyal

Also Peppermint , other than in small doses ( by the ASPCA) we had heard about this being added to a flea repellent.

BAD for CATS again there could be many more, best to check first, before adding it to your cleaning products.


Peppermint oil

Tea tree oil ( again)

Pine oil and sweet birch oil

Eucalyptus oil


Citrus Also lemon


Clove oil and Oregano oil

and Pennyroyal


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One of the other issues for us, was the chemicals used in protecting the animal from ticks.

Any residues from their coats or collar, could be in contact with furnishings and us.

Of course we need our dogs to be safe too.

We moved to the south of France about five years ago, fantastic, but it came with an increased problem of ticks, and Lyme’s disease( article by the MAYO CLINIC ) which was very frightening.

I had come across this before, when living for a few years in NY,  so I was aware of the terrible side effects of being infected with this disease .

I know that this unfortunately, is spreading across to other countries, and is already in the U.K. too.

A friend of mine had been out walking in the woods in NY with her older dog and became infected with Lyme’s disease. It took her over a year on Antibiotics before she felt any better.

There are tablets that you can give the animals, to prevent the tick taking hold, but I have seen very mixed results on the health of the animal, some as in all medications having adverse effects with some animals.

FORBES.COM Have an interesting article on how these products have been looked at by FDA . They suggest that they could have issues with seizures, muscle tremors and affect their nervous system.

We have also looked into making our own sprays , but there is caution on using essential oils and also the effectiveness of the mixture.

I wanted to give a balance of different ideas, maybe a starting point for you to find out what works best for you and your animals.

I found a video on a number of natural ways by Natural Remedies

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth was another suggestion made to us, which I see is also recommended in this video. We started looking into this product , also because they suggest it can be used in your garden to kill some of the insects there, and keep down the possible infestation.

I understand that this can also be added once a week to their food.

There  is an interesting  article about using Diatomaceous Earth on Dogs Naturally It can also be used to help with some toxins. Though as we found out there are different types and you need to buy food grade .

We hope some of these ideas will help you too.


I heard about this product a couple of days ago, we have not tried it as yet.

This is a preventive treatment, not after they have got fleas. There is a product for both a dog and a cat. ( This is a tincture of mint, seaweed, fenugreek, neem leaves and lemon balm.) from link.

PETA.ORG have some good advice on other solutions to Flea prevention and what problems can occur when using some products..


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We had seen a few uses of this with dogs. Adding it to their water each day.

This article on WHOLE DOG JOURNAL  really explains the benefits and the amounts that can be used.

They give a huge list of conditions that it can be helpful with.

PET INSURANCE U also give advice on using Apple Cider Vinegar on ear infections amongst other uses.


Just the thought of worms, yuk! but I wanted to give maybe a few other options too.

Our puppy turned One today, it has gone so quickly, finding natural products is not easy. Ones that work at least.

It is amazing what we pump into our pets each month.

DOGS NATURALLY MAGAZINE.COM has some great advice on this and other pet related topics.

After listening to a great interview with a holistic vet . We now give our dogs fresh vegetables each day, they suggest 20% is best to keep your dog healthy, by helping to reduce their internal inflammation.

Every morning our three dogs line up and sit waiting for their fresh apple, even our puppy has got into the habit. They even know the sound of the knife when it makes the first cut into the fruit! Though as they also love carrot and courgette the sound of the peeler being used has the same effect!

This website FURRYFEASTS have a good illustration on Home remedies for dogs with worming naturally.

One of the things I am not sure about ,is that they have the picture of a black walnut on the image, I had heard that dogs are allergic to some of walnut casings? especially if the the case has some mould.

Here in France there are many people with walnut trees, fencing them off so that the dogs do not go eating the shells.

We even filter their drinking water now. Our Labrador actually refuses normal water, he just gives you the” look”and as soon as you filter the water drinks it with no problem. It makes me wonder if there is some sort of smell before it is filtered?

After reading the information above , I see they are saying the same advice.

I can see recipes for natural fermentation of vegetables too, I think the whole family are going to try these.

I came across this article on the CANINE JOURNAL . Giving a great list on what is good to feed your dogs and what should never be fed to them.

It gives the reasons too why you should be very careful. I had heard of most of them, but a couple were a surprise, more in the tiny amounts that could could serious illness or death.

Since starting this blog , I came across a site called ULTIMATE DOG HEALTH based in America, whose founder  Dr. Richter  trained both in Western medicine and Holistic. His video on the link is very informative in why he believes the lifespan of our dogs has decreased so much. This all comes down to nutrition.

Through his website he offers a product that can be sprinkled onto the dogs food you already give, to boast the ingredients for health. Starting with their immune system and inflammation.


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We have been more aware of some of the toxic chemicals, that are also put into dog shampoo.

I wanted to find some healthier alternatives.

I have read, that you can not use the same shampoo, as you use yourself, due to the PH level in them.

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB give a few homemade recipes for these.

THE HEALTHY DOG.CO has a six in one chemical free dog shampoo with good reviews.

PET HEAD have an oatmeal shampoo for dogs, which seems to be free of the nastys stuff. It has been difficult to see a complete list.

Oatmeal is good for dry skin.

VIOVET.LTD also have this product with more information on its ingredients.

CUTTING DOGS CLAWS-( and stopping a bleed)

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Cutting dogs claws has to be my pet hate!

I get so worried about clipping the wrong part of the claw and cause pain and bleeding.

We have a beautiful black Labrador who is getting quite old and hates her claws being cut. It is totally impossible to see the wick with a black claw. My husband caught our dogs claw yesterday, even with the guard on the clippers. So I just wanted to add some advice if like us it happens.

PUPPY LEAKS Have some advice on stopping the bleed, one of them is to use Baking powder after cleaning the site. Then we had to put some pressure on the area once we covered it with gauze.

Once the bleeding had stopped, I used a light bandage and then a little kids sock. Bless her she left it on too. We felt so guilty hurting her, loads of cuddles and treats helped.


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AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB has a great list of these.

It is so tempting, to give them a little of what you are eating, but there are dangers to some of these fruits and vegetables.

We were already aware of not giving , onions, grapes, chocolate but there are some surprising ones on the list.


There is so much advice out there for foods for your dog, we have a good friend who is fantastic with her Alsatians dogs, she has always had them on a raw food diet, with fish added too.

I came across one week long information course on keeping animals healthy naturally, based in the States. One really shocking thing, was one company using bird feathers to lite dog food, then charging a premium price. Really shocking.

We also add vegetables , eggs, fish and some fruits for treat to our dogs everyday. They sit waiting for their treats so patiently.

DOGS NATURALLY MAGAZINE explains the benefits of raw diets for their health. From raw goats milk, eggs, Omega oils , fish, to organ meats. Also added products to supplement their diet.

They also have Five recipes for a raw diet.

PET LIFE TODAY have reviewed some Organic foods for 2020 . they offer a list of these mostly packaged or canned products.

ROVER.COM also suggest some organic alternatives. They also go into grain- free diets.

Dr KAREN BECKER is a Holistic vet, she has a great website packed with information and videos. HEALTHY PETS.MERCOLA.COM


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I saw an article like this pop up on Facebook.

I had never realised that something supposedly “Natural”( RAWHIDE) was plainly so disgusting, toxic and dangerous.

This article is about RAWHIDE and written by NATUREGNAWS.COM 

You often see these in Christmas bags made up for your dog .

I found this image on the website pooch and who have a huge amount of knowledge on these chews.

POOCH AND MUTT.CO.UK are a health food company for dogs, fantastic! link above to find more on their Dentastix poster.

It is sad that you think you are helping your dog by giving them these things.

I have found this stuff also hidden in a chew, which made out it was a fish product, again reading the labels, which had such small writing! you need bionic eyes just to see everything.

Mind this year I wonder what are new puppy is going to make of the Christmas tree! We stopped getting a real one, when we got our first dog as I worried about a pine needle getting into their paws. This puppy is into everything, I have never had such an agile puppy before.

On this link, there are many which come from a natural source, such as Antlers ( deer) Olive wood chew. Also pure venison and air dried beef. I have to admit not enjoying these things as we are vegetarian, yes I know that dogs are not, so we have to live with dog bones!


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Some of these could also be harmful to your pets life. The plastics can contain the harmful BPA chemicals( Mayo Clinic) I know that it is often hard to find out if the toy you have purchased contains these. The plastic can be hidden in a soft toy, we found this when our puppy ate her way through the hand of one, the plastic ended up in her mouth.

Some non- toxic options here

OTTER COMPANY.COM Make a natural Hemp Rope, Free of Herbicides & Pesticides. It is bio- degradable too. A small start up company in USA.


This is a total battle in this house, our normally gentle female Labrador absolutely hates it. I have bought in the past the toothpaste, I am now wondering just what is in that stuff.

This one highlighted seems to have a mixture of natural products in it. I have also seen the tooth toys that have been advertised. We are careful that they don’t ingest any plastics from these things.

IHEARTDOGS.COM also have a list of teeth cleaning for dogs, some are as have already mentioned but there are places where you can buy different tooth toys. With advice on how often to clean teeth and some other natural solutions.

SITSTAY.COM Give you ideas on using Coconut oil to clean your dogs teeth naturally , giving reasons why this works.

I just saw the same advice on a blog, suggesting coconut oil mixed with some bicarbonate of soda in equal amounts. I am still not sure on this advice, I have seen advice on using a small amount on a cloth on Pets

Then on another site Banfield Pet Hospital , saying to never use Bicarbonate soda , salt or human toothpaste.

East Malvern Veternary Clinic- has this to say “ Ingestion of large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), congestive heart failure or muscle spasms.” You can find this on their link.

Personally I think I will give that a miss!

Just today I came across another product for cleaning their teeth with natural ingredients. One of the brand names in this is Plaque Off, another with the same 100% natural seaweed extract is Plaque Banish, this one seems less expensive per gram. They have a very positive rating.

The order is already in! I will let you know what we thought of it. Our elderly Labrador , just hates to open her mouth for the toothbrush. This seaweed also helps with their breath, it can also be used with cats. I would prefer to use this than put them under anesthetics which can bring its own dangers.

I believe you can also buy chews with the same ingredients, but not looked deeply into those yet.

While looking into cleaning their teeth, I came across another company who make all natural dog chews called WHIMZEES made in Holland , They are on this link too for Amazon. They also make toothbrushes and some really cute shapes in their chews, such as hedgehogs. It would make a lovely gift.

Our puppy is a nightmare for eating everything, including the “stink bugs” as they are dying at the moment, you just see when they drop. I have no idea why the smell of one of those would entice a puppy to eat it ( then get rid of it later, if you know what I mean!)


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On VETS NOW.COM  they have a list which also has some items similar for dogs.

Milk was one that surprised me.

Chocolate was one that I knew about for dogs, I always think that it is a little confusing especially if your children see you using dog chocolate, to know the difference in what they eat.

It is too much of a worry for us, I would rather given them a vegetable. With cheese and milk, and some cats being Lactose intolerant. Raw fish was an unusual one too.

I have seen the kitten milk on sale, which I guess must be a different formula.

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I love some of these Hacks that have been made for dogs, some great ideas to naturally get rid of some of those stains! and creating some cheap toy ideas. In our home at the moment, our puppy has fallen in love with some old woollen tights, which I knotted together to make a ball. She has not destroyed this one as yet.

I have seen them using peanut butter in a pill pocket. I have heard of some issues now with some additives in the some peanut butter which is harmful for dogs. They have  Xylitol in them which is a sweetener substitute. It can be poisonous for animals.