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    Flea & Tick treatments - their impacts

    Flea & Tick treatments - their impacts

    Flea and tick season is right around the corner here in Humboldt. With that comes our usual flea and tick medications, most of which are commonly some form or another of ectoparasiticides. It comes up all the time that many of us have never thought about these medications as a pesticide, let alone the impact they may have on our pets or the environment around us. 

    As far as the impacts on our pets, the EPA and FDA are often testing and updating product regulations and restrictions. It is most commonly found that small dogs are impacted by these topical pesticides more so than larger breeds, as well as cats being affected by the misuse of dosages. These effects can include everything from irritation and chemical burns to more severe side effects such as lasting neurological damage and seizures. While these instances are rather rare, lending to products being generally understood as safe, these things do happen and can be more common in certain breeds or age groups. 

    Another impact that is important to take into consideration is the impact on our environment. Whether that be the home environment, our little pocket of beauty that is Humboldt County, or the environment as a whole. Recent studies have shown that biocontamination from flea and tick medication is on the rise. Water samples from rivers acquired in a study in the UK showed that the most common pesticidal ingredients were found in a majority of their samples. Highest concentrations of which are within dangerous levels to impact local wildlife and ecosystems. These contaminants can be entering waterways after being washed off treated pets, bedding, hands contaminated and washed, or even our pets going for a swim or rain washing off the medication. 

    What can we do? Terminating or minimizing the use of pesticide medication either permanently or simply during the off-season when fleas and ticks aren't as active can help reduce contamination and minimize the risk to our pets as well.

    Alternatively, using holistic treatment on our pets can remove most if not all the risks. These methods for topical will typically include essential oils from clove, geranium, peppermint, lemongrass, cedarwood, or a combination of these. Products like Ark Natural's Flea Flicker Tick Kicker  and Wondercide's suite of sprays can deter and even kill ticks, fleas, and mosquitos effectively and safely!  Homemade treatments can be concocted as well. Using diatomaceous earth around the house can also help cut down on infestations around the home.

    Ingestables are another option, such as Bug Off from Wildly Blended can help create inhospitable environments for all sorts of pests. This powder will slowly alter the scent of your pet, making it undesirable to insects, but unnoticeable to humans. A healthy immune system creates an inhospitable environment for insects and parasites, making it less likely for them to take up residence in and on your pet. Holistic ingestables in conjunction with topical deterrents can greatly improve the efficacy of holistic methods all while keeping your pets, family, and the environment safe.

    Articles used

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201117085940.htm

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969720370911?via%3Dihub

    https://www.epa.gov/pets/epa-evaluation-pet-spot-products-analysis-and-plans-reducing-harmful-effects

    https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/new-fda-warning-about-flea-and-tick-medications/

    Leaky Gut Syndrome

    Leaky Gut Syndrome

    What is Leaky Gut Syndrom?

    It is essentially acute damage to the intestenal cell wall causing permiability that quite literally allows toxins, bacteria, and food particles to enter the blood stream! Experts suggest that causes may include intestinal infections, abdominal trauma, particular toxins, medication overdosages, and even food sensitivities.

    What can we do to prevent and even solve leaky gut?
    The steps to get here are quite easy, albiet thorough and holistic. First and foremost, avoiding food sensitivities and feeding a biologically appropriate diet can set up the gut to be strong and healthy. With a compromised gut, the transition to a new diet may be a slow process, but one that should be made nonetheless. Diets high in moisture, low in carbs and starches, and high in real meats will greatly benefit gut health and digestion.
    Probiotics can be beneficial in this step to help boost the beneficial bacteria in your pets gut, aiding in food transitions and setting your pets gut up to bounce back faster. Food items high in gelatin, like Bone Broth, can help to "seal" the gut wall and prevent further permiability for a short time. This allows the gut to heal and for symptoms to subside. Any food items or supplements that fight inflimation have been shown to help greatly as well. 
    Avoiding toxins in your pets day to day life can also positively impact their gut. Leaving or minimizing unecessary toxins like flea treatments can keep your pets microbiome stronger. Many medications are necessary and life-saving, but some can be avoided. Always speak with your vet on any decisions to hold of on regular medication. 
    Stress management is just as important to us as it is to our pets! Microbiome imbalances often leave our pets in a heightened stress level, much like ourselves. This can often manifest itself in anxiety and even lead to behavioral issues. This added stress makes it harder for our pets bodies to work efficiently and can supress the immune system all together. Biologically appropriate diet and regualr activity can go a long way in mitigating heightened stress levels in our pets bodies. 
    Have further questions? We are happy to answer any and point you towards the direction of some products that can help. 
    Here are some sources for further research:

    Arcata Dog Park Update - August 2019

    Arcata Dog Park Update - August 2019

    We have a new update regarding the progress on the dog park! As of the writing of this, the sampling of the Little Lakes property has been completed and analyzed, all for one area that needs resampling. We have been told that we should receive the full report on all testing within five weeks, according to David Loya, the Director of Community Development.

    With this report imminent, the time has come to reinvigorate all our efforts to make the Arcata Premiere Destination Dog Park a reality. There are several other parties interested in the same location, so we really need to have our voices heard. It’s time to really start pushing our plan and letting the Arcata City Council know that we want the Little Lakes property to be the location of the dog park. As we have done in the past, we ask again that those of you who want a safe location for your dogs to play to call up as many of our council members as you can and let them know that we want a dog park.

    Below is a map of the area we would like designated for the dog park, as well as a list of proposed features. We have also provided the contact information to our City Council Members and hope many of you call and spread the word! We also have supporter stickers available at Humboldt Pet Supply free of charge.

     

     

    The park is being proposed to be located on seven acres at the south end of the Little Lake Property. It would include the following:

    • It would be fenced (6’), and we are asking for 7 acres to include parking, extension of the Arcata Marsh trail, and potentially a separate fenced agility space.

    • It would include clear, large signage with rules and regulations

    • The surfaces would be decomposed granite, grass, sand, or wood chip or some combination

    • The park would have a large (3 acres) and small (2 acre) fenced area, each with the following:

      • Two-gate entrances for safety

      • Self-filling water stations for the dogs

      • Dispensers with bags for dog waste disposal

      • Trash cans

    • We propose the following optional, but desired features:

      • Benches for owners

      • Sheltered area for owners in case of rain

      • Toilet facilities for dog owners

    Arcata City Council Members 

    Brett Watson

    Mayor
    BWatson@CityofArcata.org
    Phone: 707-822-5953

    Michael Winkler
    Vice-Mayor
    MWinkler@CityofArcata.org
    Phone: 707-822-1857

    Susan Ornelas
    Council Member
    SOrnelas@CityofArcata.org
    Phone: 707-826-2722

    Sofia Pereira
    Council Member
    SPereira@CityofArcata.org
    Phone: 707-633-8015

    Paul Pitino
    Council Member
    PPitino@CityofArcata.org
    Phone: 707-822-2556

    Humboldt Pet Supply on DCM

    Below we summarize our interpretation of the recent FDA update on canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and the brands they have associated with the disease. We want to stress that the FDA’s update is not a completed scientific study with conclusive evidence as of yet, and we still await the final results of the study. We also believe that the supposed issue is not related to brands but to the ingredients involved in grain-free diets, and offer suggestions for those looking for new diet options for their pet.

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    Summer Marsh Cleanup!

    Summer Marsh Cleanup!
    Saturday June 22nd, we’re hitting the marsh again and inviting the entire community to come out and help us clean up left-behind waste that greatly impacts the marsh ecosystem. Not only is the trash and pet waste detrimental to humans' enjoyment of the marsh, but it also affects the local wildlife that is sensitive to the waste.

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