Polish Lowland Sheepdog - pons - pon the dog
Kennel Afthsban (Finland)
Home Remedies for PONS: February
Cold Weather bothering your PON's paws ?
For irritated paws due to winter weather, apply calendula salve or aloe vera gel to soothe and use vitamin E ointment as a moisturizer for pads and between the toes.The fur between the paw pads must be kept short all winter long. If the fur is left too long, snow will stick to it, ice balls will form, which are uncomfortable for PONS.Short hair around the pads also helps PONS with traction on the ice. Long nails, like long paw fur, will impede a PON's traction on the ice.
Cornmeal Dry Shampoo
6 ounces of coarsely milled corn flour
20 drops of extra virgin olive oil
20 drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil
Note: increased amounts may be necessary, for individual PON coats.
This recipe takes a lot more time than the simple cornmeal dry shampoo and will require the use of a blender to make sure that everything is well blended.
Add 6 ounces of coarsely milled corn flour to your blender. Add 20 drops of extra virgin olive oil and 30 drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil. Blend until well mixed.
Use a large beach towel in order to contain the mess. Take small handfuls of the mixture and massage them gently into your PON's coat. Separate the fur into sections and then massage one small section at a time.
After you have massaged the corn mixture into your PON's fur, use a all natural boar's head brush or a wide toothed comb to remove the excess mixture. Continue brushing and combing until all of the mixture is removed.
Vital Snow/ice advice
Thoroughly wipe off your PON's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
Mix a tablespoon or two of canned pumpkin with your dogs pet food for several days or until the constipation has ended. Milk will sometimes relieve constipation. Give 1/8 cup twice a day to small dogs and 1/2 cup twice a day to larger dogs. Please make sure your PON is not lactose intolerant before offering milk or you may be have just the opposite problem........ resulting in diarrhea.