Neti Pot

Sinuses are such fun! I am so glad we have them, but when they are all plugged up or are giving me a headache, it sucks. So I decided to spend $14 and listen to Dr. Oz (just love that guy) and try the Neti Pot. If you haven’t heard of it, let me explain: You fill this little plastic tea pot thingy with luke warm salty water and you put the spout in one nostril, tilt your head and pour the water into your sinuses. (Yes, it feels wierd, but it doesn’t hurt.) It eventually fills your sinuses and the water trickles out through your other nostril. You do both sides and gently blow your nose.

So the basic idea is that the salt water kind of flushes things out and moisturizes the mucus membranes. It is pretty nifty and not harmful so you can do it a couple of times a day if you need to. Many people out there swear by this and it is pretty low risk, so I will add my recommendation.

A few things to note:
– Don’t inhale
– Have some tissue ready, it can be messy
– It takes a few tries to get the hang of it
– Follow the directions in the box
– Yes, it really will come out the other nostril

FrontlinePlus or Advantix

Most dogs need flea meds, and the ones in the grocery store are useless (at least in my experience). So I started our little pooch on FrontlinePlus from the time she was about 8 months old. Then I changed vets and the new vet carried Advantix, so we switched. Perhaps in the 6 years that have passed, my dog has also developed allergies that make her itchier than she was before. But I have to say that I think FrontlinePlus works much better. The dose is more medication, and it just seems to keep the fleas away for longer. In fact, there were times I would apply the FrontlinePlus less frequently than recommended, since the fleas were staying away. With the Advantix I was noticing fleas on her before the month was up. Not good.

I’ve also been on the hunt for itchy dog remedies and found the following recommendations: fish oil pills, oatmeal baths, soap-free shampoos, food that does not contain corn or wheat, spinach, and omega 3 & 6 vitamin supplements.

Anyone have input on the flea meds? Or itchy skin?

Canker Sores..ouch!

I have always been plagued with canker sores. (For anyone that may not be as blessed as I am, canker sores are almost any sore you get on the mucous membranes of your mouth. They are white-ish craters and hurt like hell.) I have tried many rememdies for these in the past, like: rinsing with salt water, peroxide, listerine, dabbing on numbing medicine like Campho-Phenique or Zilactin (which is good for temporary relief) and even down to the holistics of sucking on a black tea bag. Nothing is really fool proof.

But I have found a great remedy that seems to cut the pain and promote healing…baking soda. Pack baking soda right on the sore at first sign. It will sting but try to leave it on for about 5 minutes before rinsing. This has been a wonderful find for me. I read that it has something to do with balancing the pH in your mouth, turning it from acidic to basic which helps the sore to heal.

Let me know if it works for you, or if you have a remedy to share.