Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tear Stains, yellow stains, pink...it all drives us crazy! ♪


There are many products out there to help us remove tear stains,
yellowing of the coat from urine, pink moustache, or feet. This product by #1 All Systems is something that I have used and found effective to help remove yellow urine stains and to clean the moustache. It has a moisturizer, I found it not to be harmful to the coat. Over use of products used to whiten can be harmful on any coat. So be careful and observe the hair, if it appears dry best to condition and wait a while before redoing.

I have written before about Eye Envy and Angels Eyes for tear stains, though they help reduce tear staining I prefer to get to the root of the problem. I want to recommend reading reviews for Angels Eye treatment, I have been told repeatedly that it can be very harmful for your dogs kidneys if you use for an extended period of time, so if you use this only use it for a short period of time.

What worked for me was changing my dogs water to distilled, since then I have had problems only when I introduced a new food or once when I thought I had found the perfect holistic supplement for coats and it had brewers yeast and immediately gave my dogs bad tear stains...stopped in three days the products, it took a few weeks to reverse this experience. I am very careful of the food they eat, but what is important is to understand what causes these problems. I was very thrilled to have been directed to a website and to share it with you. This website provides not only education about what causes these problems but also provides excellent holistic solutions to remedy the problem.

The stain removal tips below are from the website but be sure to check to the link for other information such as foods that can be helpful...like giving your dog green beans to eat every day...you gotta like that! Again check this website for more educational information.

STAIN REMOVAL TIPS

  • YELLOW (URINE) STAINS OR OTHER STAINS ON FEET - mix 50% liquid Woolite and 50% human hair peroxide (20 volume), then dilute this mixture with 50% water. Add a small amount of a conditioning type shampoo. Shampoo this mixture into the stained areas of the coat and feet. Allow it to remain on for 5 minutes. Rinse it out and shampoo & condition as normal.
  • BORIC ACID POWDER - rub it into the staining with fingers and leave it there. Do NOT brush it out, it is left in the coat. Do this every day, also use a very fine comb to comb out any debris in the corners of the eye. Also, if there are any hairs in the very corners of the eyes, carefully remove these.
  • BORIC ACID SOLUTION #1 - make a paste of the boric acid powder & green lemon juice. Using a toothbrush, brush the paste on the stains and leave overnight. The next day, comb out and no more stains. For really bad stains, repeat again.
  • BORIC ACID SOLUTION #2 - use 1 teaspoon of boric acid to 1 cup of boiling water, let cool, use 1-2X a day, make a fresh solution every 3rd day, moisten cotton ball and wipe the eye and tear stain area
  • VETROPOLYCIN Sterile Ophthalmic Ointment - ¼ inch strip in both eyes once a day and wash area with warm water twice daily - for 10 days
  • CROWN ROYALE MAGIC TOUCH & PEROXIDE
    Mix Magic Touch grooming spray concentrate 1 part to 1 part water. Now mix this with 2% hydrogen peroxide - NOT the kind you use on your hair. You can mix up enough for a whole week and store it in a closed bottle. Apply with a cotton to clean the eyes.
  • CROWN ROYALE "WHITENER" - mix with human hair peroxide (20 volume to 40 volume) into a paste and leave it on overnight. You must condition very well. DO NOT get any mixture into the eyes. Crown Royale Ph: 1-800-992-5400.
  • MILK OF MAGNESIA, CORN STARCH AND PEROXIDE - use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide (20 volume to 40 volume), and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone. Apply a thin coat of Destin diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.
  • CORN FLOUR, WATER AND A DROP OF BLEACH - 2 teaspoons of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach, mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide and allow to air dry and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.
  • BAKING SODA - a mixture of ½ lemon juice and ½ baking soda works wonders when it comes to whitening coats. Make a paste and work into hair. Let the paste set for 5-10 minutes and wash and rinse thoroughly. Lemon juice can irritate your animal's skin, so be sure to rinse well. Condition well!.
  • PEROXIDE, MILK OF MAGNESIA & CORNFLOUR
    1 x bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide 40%
    1 x bottle of Milk of Magnesia
    Mix together into a paste with corn flour.
    Paint on and let dry and then either brush or wash out when its been on for a few hours

Mason Pearson Brushes come highly recommended. ♥♥♥

Choosing the right brush is one of the most important ways to maintain a good coat on a Coton de Tulear. Weather you are showing or simply maintaining your dogs coat you need a good brush.

This brush has been recommended to me by many of the finest breeders of Coton's in the world.

I highly recommend it. To learn more about how to choose the right brush or how to order visit the website of Mason Pearson.







Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Chris Christensen Brush ♥♥♥

Once in while you come across something that makes your life a lot easier. For me that came in the form of a new brush that I recently purchased at a dog show. This is a NEW brush from Chris Christensen Systems.

Here is their detailed description on this brush that has wooden pins. It works through the little mattes and through the hair and I am serious when I say it is the most gentle brush on my Coton's coats that I have ever used. I highly recommend it.

20mm WOOD PINS

OVAL & OBLONG AVAILABLE

Detangling with a wooden pin brush (Carpino Wood, aka Hornbeam) represents the safest and gentlest way to detangle hair. The wooden pins delicately separate out the area of the tangle from the rest of the hair, then work gently to loosen by drawing individual hairs upward and out to the side yet away from the knot. The wooden pins eliminate painful pulling on individual hair follicles that can possibly damage or break the hair under the strain. This will also eliminate tightening any knots which are already present. The wooden pins utilize the natural oils to polish the hair by distributing sebum and/or applied oils. 100% static free!