TiaCotons "Tia" is the Malagasy word for "to Love"
When bathing Cotons I would recommend taking great care to massage the shampoo gently into the hair. Then rinse, rinse and rinse some more with tepid water to make sure all the shampoo is removed from the hair. After lots of rinsing, put conditioner on the Coton and rinse again with tepid water. Gently towel dry the hair and air dry for about fifteen minutes and then use warm heat to finish the drying process. When combing or brushing my Cotons, I like to hold them in my lap. I have a grooming table that I occasionally use when grooming them.
I have been purchasing shampoos, conditioner and other products from the Shampoo Lady website.
De-Matting - Kelco De-Matt Spray
Coat Hair Change and Matting
I am asked fairly often for help when a Coton starts the coat change from puppy hair to adult hair. Sometimes the change is gradual and not as noticeable. Sometimes it is best to have the hair cut short when the Coton is going through the coat change. Keeping the Coton hair clean with moisturizer and daily combing will help with matting.
Wysiwash is the best system I have found that is not toxic to pets or humans.
EfferSan is the portable companion to Wysiwash, pet safe, eco-friendly, and effective against a broad range of pathogens.
A free class from Mary Aspinwall that will help with the understanding of Homeopathy. Homeopathy is wonderful for dogs!
Homeopathy Pet Kit
Joette Calabrese has information on human and animal homeopathy care.
HomeoAnimal Homeopathic spray for teeth
Homeopathic - Fragaria Vesca
Pro-Tummy, Paxxin, Rx-Biotic. If your Coton has diarrhea, applesauce or plain canned pumpkin (not pie filling pumpkin) will help control the diarrhea. Fruitables has a product that is excellent for upset tummy's. Diagel is another product I recommend. DiaGel is a unique, all-natural, oral formula that works within 24 hours to kill bacteria and flush toxins in the GI tract, stopping diarrhea.
Pancreatitis - GastroElm Plus
Homeopathic Treatment for Pancreatitis
Eye and Ear Care
Some Cotons drink water and get their beards wet and then their beards stain. One idea that might help keep the beard dry is to use a water bottle for your Coton to drink water. Here is a link for a nice water bottle stand.
There are many things that can cause a dog to itch, things in the environment like grasses or airborne allergens like pollen's, flea bites is probably the most common, chemicals put on the dogs skin or ingested, dry skin, fungal infections which include yeast, parasites such as ear mites, over-vaccination, etc... 9 Safe Apoquel Alternatives, A few products that might help with itching are -
CBD Oil for Dogs and Humans - Lazarus Naturals
LumaSoothe light therapy for pets is a good product to have on hand to help with inflammation and pain.
For topknots I use latex bands in the hair and cut the bands out with scissors being careful not to cut the hair. Click here for more information on top knots. I recommend Laineeltd for hair accessories for your Coton.
Visit Dog Naturally Blog click on Vaccinations for many great articles on vaccines. I don't vaccinate puppies when they are at my home. The only vaccine required by law is the Rabies vaccination. Do your research before allowing your dog to be over-vaccinated. Titer your dog instead of over-vaccinating which might do harm to your dog.
Please be aware of side effects from rabies vaccination, Homeopathic Remedy for rabies vaccine to be given before and after rabies vaccine. Rabies vaccine - A holistic approach - Dr. Dobias Natural Healing
Dr. Robb's Protect the Pets website for ordering Titers for dogs at a reasonable price.
Fleas and Ticks
WARNING!!! Please do not give your Coton any of the flea and tick products that are ingested or put on the back of the Coton, they are poisonous products that may possibly do damage to the kidneys and liver of your Coton. Do research, check out some of these pages on Facebook - Does Trifexis Kill Dogs, Does Bravecto Kill Dogs, Does Nexgard Kill Dogs, Bravecto Nexgard Comfortis Simparica Trifexis and others Do They Kill Dogs? Some dogs are dying after one dose of these products!
I spread nematodes that are purchased from Garden's Alive in my yard as a preventive treatment that will eliminate fleas in the grass.
Alternative Flea and Tick article from Dogs Naturally Magazine
Visit these sites for information on non toxic flea control -
HomeoAnimal - Homeopathic treatment for fleas/ticks
Amber Collar - Organic flea and tick repellent collar
Here is some useful information about ticks. This website has a map of the USA and the populations of ticks that are reported in each state.
Homeopathic and Holistic Support (click on each site)
Homeopathic and Holistic Veterinary Doctors
Interview questions - What is your vaccination protocol? Do you recommend flea and tick products, which ones, natural treatment? Do you treat medical conditions holistic/homeopathic?
Medicine chest for emergencies:
It is important to keep the dog hydrated - use Coconut water, bone broth
IVDD - Nzymes Article for paralysis support
Parvo Virus - Wolfcreek Ranch Protocal - Preventing and healing Parvo
Support help for many conditions on the Wolf Creek Ranch website.
Where I purchase Homeopathic remedies
Bach Flower Remedies
Facebook Groups - Holistic/Homeopath Care
Homeopathy for Dogs
Homemade Hope for Dogs-Holistic Healing
Homeopathy for Animals- First Aid
Canine Health Concern- Natural Healthcare
Canine Cancer - Natural Support
Dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Raw Feeding and Holistic Support
Apps for your phone
Homeopathy at Home - Mustard color background with white flower
Homeopathy - Letter H with green background
Borion Medicine Finder
Homeopathy For All Diseases
Dog Supply and Health Stores
Custom made harnesses by Dachshund Delights - Hug a Dog Harness
http://www.barkeninstyle.com/ - This web site has a beautiful Coton Afghan along with some wonderful Coton items.