Update 9/8/13 – 1 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: Good morning from FL! Tripp has been excellent. He slept great last night and woke up happy this morning. So..the reason we came down early was so that Mimi, Bobo, Crystal and her Crazies could spend the day at Disney. We felt Tripp wasn’t ready to go yet. It is just so hot and crowded, so I kept him here. Well as they were all leaving, Tripp started crying. So I know that boy knows what is going on. So I told him they would be back soon and he and mommy were going to have a great day together and we would start at the pool. He seemed to calm down, so we went to the pool this morning and he loved it. His eyes were so bright and he was looking around instead of just starring. I LOVE THAT!! Oh and Bill had to work yesterday and today, so he is meeting us at the Boat tomorrow. So since Tripp was so upset he wasn’t going with the crazies to Disney, Mimi and Bobo want to take him tonight when the sun goes down. You know how grandparents are, can’t stand to see their grandbaby upset. I called Bill and he was ok with it. Tripp is still 2 for a couple more days, so he is free. I am going to stay at the hotel, because I don’t want to experience Disney with Tripp without Bill. Call me crazy, but I just don’t think that is fair. Disney is a big deal!! Bill and I want to take him next year with the whole family including Bills family too. So as long as Tripp keeps doing good today, I guess he is going to DISNEY TONIGHT!!! And mommy can go sit in the hot tub and relax. So that is good news, and I have more good news!!! Tripp had a book about him become available to buy online yesterday. I am very proud of it. A lady named Lizette Duvenage contacted me and asked if she could do a book for Tripp. So we worked together and the link below is the Book. It is an E Book. I have never read or downloaded an E book till today. It was very simple I had to get the Free Kindle app on my Iphone first, then it was easy. The cost is $6.99 with the proceeds going to Tripp. I am not sure how well the book will do, but no matter how many or few sell, Half of the proceeds will go to Tripp so I can stay at home with him longer and the other half will go to another Charity or child. Bill is trying to raise 100,000 dollars to split evenly between RIDE to GIVE and Sunshine on a Ranney Day with his Ironman in 2014, so I am going to pick someone else to help. And If the book does good, I would love for someone to do a paperback version. And I am still thinking about writing my story too. Busy Busy. Anyway, I hope you guys like Tripp’s book and thank you Lizette for doing this for us. So Tripp is snoozing right now, I want him good and rested for tonight. Thank you for all your prayers, Love you all very much!!

Im just a boy for Tripp Halstead

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This book is dedicated to Tripp Halstead, a fun loving little boy with crazy hair and a gorgeous smile. But when an accident completely changed his life, he never gave up. This book tells his story and is dedicated to helping him on his incredible journey.
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  • You and 23,158 others like this.
  • I have a category on both sites for “Updates on Tripp Halstead”, so people going to my sites can read only his updates instead of everything I post on certain days.
  • Bonnie Jean HernYou need to have a book in PDF format so people without a Kindle have the ability to buy the book also, without an amazon account.
  • Bonnie Jean HernI went to the site to buy the book, but I don’t have a Kindle. I have a regular Laptop and have been following and trying to share the updates on two of my sites bjhelp.com and bjhern.com. I am so disappointed that I can’t buy the book I could just cry. I love that little boy so much. Prayers for Tripp, you, Bill and the success of the book.
  • Tripp Halstead UpdatesI have no idea about a nook, I have never read a book online, heck I never bought a new book, only buy old books at goodwill. Ha ha
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  • Wanda G. WillisToday is Grandparent’s Day…what wonderful grandparents Tripp has for sure.
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Updates 8/23/13 – 3 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: First things first, Tripp had a great night. I woke up to him crying loudly. Such a mixture of emotions. So happy to hear his little voice I miss that so much, but of course you don’t want your baby to ever hurt. It is funny cause after Tripp cried this morning, I was reading my friend Katie’s page. Doit for Hawk, and she feels the same way. To hear baby Hawk cry is both wonderful and painful. Tripp was just having some horrible gas pains, but he went to the bathroom and is just fine now. We have gas drops when we need them. Second, my phone never came back on. It is an iPhone so my calendar is actually on the iPad I am using now. Whew! And I can check my email on here. So today i am not going to have a phone, that is just a weird feeling, but i will be with Bill all day, with the family at the funeral, so i don’t need it for anything. I will visit Verizon tomorrow. Third, the pictures I have been posting lately were taken by Emily Main. Her company is called “Here on Earth Photography” Holly from Sunshine on a Ranney day wanted some pictures of us enjoying the renovations her charity did to the house. So I will slowly share new ones as I post. This one is taken in Tripp’s therapy room. I think they all turned out beautifully. Thank you Holly and Emily. I hope everyone has a great day. I will post again tonight before we go to bed. Happy Saturday, love you all and thank you for all your continued prayers and support. I will tell my family they have a huge amount of wonderful, caring, amazing people praying for them today during this terrible time of loss. Thank you.
Stacy: First things first, Tripp had a great night. I woke up to him crying loudly. Such a mixture of emotions. So happy to hear his little voice I miss that so much, but of course you don't want your baby to ever hurt. It is funny cause after Tripp cried this morning, I was reading my friend Katie's page. Doit for Hawk, and she feels the same way. To hear baby Hawk cry is both wonderful and painful. Tripp was just having some horrible gas pains, but he went to the bathroom and is just fine now. We have gas drops when we need them. Second, my phone never came back on. It is an iPhone so my calendar is actually on the iPad I am using now. Whew! And I can check my email on here. So today i am not going to have a phone, that is just a weird feeling, but i will be with Bill all day, with the family at the funeral, so i don't need it for anything. I will visit Verizon tomorrow. Third, the pictures I have been posting lately were taken by Emily Main. Her company is called "Here on Earth Photography"   Holly from Sunshine on a Ranney day wanted some pictures of us enjoying the renovations her charity did to the house. So I will slowly share new ones as I post. This one is taken in Tripp's therapy room. I think they all turned out beautifully. Thank you Holly and Emily. I hope everyone has a great day. I will post again tonight before we go to bed. Happy Saturday, love you all and thank you for all your continued prayers and support. I will tell my family they have a huge amount of wonderful, caring, amazing people praying for them today during this terrible time of loss. Thank you.
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Updates 8/13/13 – 1 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: Wow, got a shock tonight. Mom and dad brought over a load of stuff from their house and we opened up one small white bag and this is what I found. (Picture) The clothes Tripp was wearing the day of the accident. You can see where they had to cut them off of him and they are still covered in dirt. Mom immediately started crying and had to walk away. I stayed calm till mom left then I let myself remember that day. By far the absolute worst day in all my 36 years. Not knowing if your one and only miracle baby is going to live or die. Thank goodness I have been able to block out a lot of that day. But the parts I do remember still haunt me Continuously. I remember seeing him before surgery and he looked so perfect. Kissing his head, his face, touching him and not knowing if it would be the last time. I remember hearing my sister down the hall screaming and my sister has always, always been the strong one, not letting her emotions take over and lose control. I remember Bill being so strong yet so utterly devastated at the same time. I remember the exact outfit I was wearing, (I came straight from work) and knowing I would always keep those clothes but never wear them again. I remember the crazy amount of people that came to the hospital and waited hours and hours with us. I remember seeing the story on the TV in the waiting room just hours after it happened and it being surreal. That is not my baby they are talking about, it can’t be. Then my memories kind of blur till that Friday. 5 days after the accident when one of the Drs came in and told us Tripp was going to die. To say our goodbyes, they were bringing in a hospital bed to replace his crib so we could hold him as the time came. I remember Bill and I locking ourselves in the bathroom and me sobbing that I want to die too, and Bill consoling me. I remember mom falling to the ground in the hallway and not understanding at the time why she was acting like that. This was MY baby dying, I was the one that was allowed to lose control, she was suppose to be strong for me. Now I realize that it was probably even worse for her, seeing her own child hurting like this and losing her only grandson at the same time. Now that I think about it, that day was worse than the day of the accident. To think he survived to then be taken away. But as we all know, that did not happen. Tripp is still here where he can spend hours in my arms, he is not the same smiley, outgoing, fun loving, always laughing boy, but he is here and that is enough for me. I love you Tripp.
Stacy: Wow, got a shock tonight. Mom and dad brought over a load of stuff from their house and we opened up one small white bag and this is what I found. (Picture) The clothes Tripp was wearing the day of the accident. You can see where they had to cut them off of him and they are still covered in dirt. Mom immediately started crying and had to walk away. I stayed calm till mom left then I let myself remember that day. By far the absolute worst day in all my 36 years. Not knowing if your one and only miracle baby is going to live or die. Thank goodness I have been able to block out a lot of that day. But the parts I do remember still haunt me Continuously. I remember seeing him before surgery and he looked so perfect. Kissing his head, his face, touching him and not knowing if it would be the last time. I remember hearing my sister down the hall screaming and my sister has always, always been the strong one, not letting her emotions take over and lose control. I remember Bill being so strong yet so utterly devastated at the same time. I remember the exact outfit I was wearing, (I came straight from work) and knowing I would always keep those clothes but never wear them again. I remember the crazy amount of people that came to the hospital and waited hours and hours with us. I remember seeing the story on the TV in the waiting room just hours after it happened and it being surreal. That is not my baby they are talking about, it can't be. Then my memories kind of blur till that Friday. 5 days after the accident when one of the Drs came in and told us Tripp was going to die. To say our goodbyes, they were bringing in a hospital bed to replace his crib so we could hold him as the time came. I remember Bill and I locking ourselves in the bathroom and me sobbing that I want to die too, and Bill consoling me. I remember mom falling to the ground in the hallway and not understanding at the time why she was acting like that. This was MY baby dying, I was the one that was allowed to lose control, she was suppose to be strong for me. Now I realize that it was probably even worse for her, seeing her own child hurting like this and losing her only grandson at the same time. Now that I think about it, that day was worse than the day of the accident. To think he survived to then be taken away. But as we all know, that did not happen. Tripp is still here where he can spend hours in my arms, he is not the same smiley, outgoing, fun loving, always laughing boy, but he is here and that is enough for me. I love you Tripp.
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Seeking New Home For Guide Dog

 

Regina woman seeks new home for ‘best friend’ guide dog

Posted: Aug 9, 2013 8:44 AM CST

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2013 8:42 AM CST

Jacqueline Rennebohm says she's looking for a loving home for her 'best friend' Dexter the guide dog. Jacqueline Rennebohm says she’s looking for a loving home for her ‘best friend’ Dexter the guide dog. (Tory Gillis/CBC)
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A visually-impaired woman says she’s heart-broken, but will have to find a new home for a “best friend” — her guide dog Dexter.

Regina’s Jacqueline Rennebohm has a form of macular degeneration and can’t see further than two metres.

She needs Dexter, a German Shepherd, to help her get around at work and around the city.

“I rely heavily on Dexter,” Rennebohm told CBC Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger. “He has a huge role.”

However, the specially trained pooch has been through a rough patch, she says.

‘There’ll be tears. It’s very, very difficult.’—Jacqueline Rennebohm prepares to say farewell to Dexter

While on the job, several dogs jumped on him, and now he’s distracted and is having trouble keeping his focus.

That’s creating a potentially hazardous situation for Rennebohm as she navigates the streets.

Reluctantly, she’s giving Dexter up, sending the four-year-old into early retirement.

“He’s also my best friend,” she said. “There’ll be tears. It’s very, very difficult.”

Rennebohm described Dexter as a calm, highly social dog who loves being around people.

The ideal setting for him would be with a loving family who could give him lots of exercise and allow him to stay indoors.

She said people can email her at jrennebohm@gmail.com explaining why their home would be right for the dog. She would also like to visit Dexter from time to time, she said.

Meanwhile, Rennebohm has started the process of looking for a new guide dog.

“It feels horrible, filling out an application form in Dexter’s presence,” she said.

She said she’d like to keep Dexter as a pet, but it would be confusing and unworkable with another guide dog in the house.

FRENCH ONION SOUP CASSEROLE

 

FRENCH ONION SOUP CASSEROLE
Quick, simple and delicious!

(recipe from Instructables)


2-3 Tbs butter or margarine
3 large sweet onions or 4 medium white or yellow onions
2 c. shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz.)
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted**
2/3 c. milk
1 tsp. soy sauce
8 or so slices of French bread

**You can substitute cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken to make vegetarian.

Slice onions and try not to cry. With this many onions, its hard.

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and add onions. Saute onions until clear, a little brown is ok. In a shallow 2 qt. casserole pan, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese and pepper to taste.

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and add onions. Saute onions until clear, a little brown is ok. In a shallow 2 qt. casserole pan, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese and pepper to taste.

In a sauce pan, heat soup, milk, and soy sauce, stirring to blend. Pour soup mixture in a casserole and stir gently to mix. Top with bread slices. Bake at 350 uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, top of bread should be nice and toasted.

Push bread slices under the sauce and top with the remaining cheese

Place casserole back in oven and finish baking for 15 more minutes.

Total prep time: 20 minutes.
Total baking time: 30 minutes.

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FRENCH ONION SOUP CASSEROLE
Quick, simple and delicious!

(recipe from Instructables)

2-3 Tbs butter or margarine
3 large sweet onions or 4 medium white or yellow onions
2 c. shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz.)
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted**
2/3 c. milk
1 tsp. soy sauce
8 or so slices of French bread

**You can substitute cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken to make vegetarian.

Slice onions and try not to cry. With this many onions, its hard.

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and add onions. Saute onions until clear, a little brown is ok. In a shallow 2 qt. casserole pan, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese and pepper to taste.

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and add onions. Saute onions until clear, a little brown is ok. In a shallow 2 qt. casserole pan, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese and pepper to taste.

In a sauce pan, heat soup, milk, and soy sauce, stirring to blend. Pour soup mixture in a casserole and stir gently to mix. Top with bread slices. Bake at 350 uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, top of bread should be nice and toasted.

Push bread slices under the sauce and top with the remaining cheese

Place casserole back in oven and finish baking for 15 more minutes.

Total prep time: 20 minutes.
Total baking time: 30 minutes.

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Technology At A Young Age

 

 

Firing their imaginations

 

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Kids glued to their electronic devices isn’t anything new.

But instead of telling students to put them down and pick up a book, teachers at Central Christian Academy are encouraging students to hold on to the device, at home and at school.

This fall, every student in first through sixth grades will get a Kindle Fire for not only just reading electronically, but everything that has to do with school work from the Bible application to blogging and interacting about daily assignments.

Principal Dawn Stephens, an author with a background in publishing and public education, said when she started at Central Christian, she wanted to implement more technology into the curriculum.

Tim Robertson, the pastor at Central Baptist Church which backs the school, said he’s been trying to get the school into a niche in the private Christian school community for years.

“I’ll be honest, when she first came to me with the idea I thought, ‘Are you serious? Do you know how much that costs?’ ” Robertson joked. “I’m very excited about it. I’m very pleased.”

The school plans to buy 80 Kindles for about $200 each, an investment that both Robertson and Stephens say is well worth it.

Teresa Finch, the sixth-grade teacher whose class was the first to try out the Kindles last year, said the e-readers add so much more to the learning experience than a lesson without the device.

While reading an e-book, students can tap on a word to get the definition, share it on the class message board, communicate with each other over the material and complete assignments on the topic.

“Our kids are so immersed in technology already that this comes as second nature,” Finch said.

“It’s even making reading more popular, especially for the boys who maybe aren’t big readers. On a Kindle? Well, OK!”

First-grade teacher Kelley Rhodes said the Kindles set the learning expectation much higher than a traditional lesson. Students have the lesson material at their fingertips at school and at home.

“It really pushes them to be independent learners and independent thinkers,” Rhodes said.

The Kindle experience isn’t limited to the older kids. Students as young as two and three will work with the devices in small groups, Stephens said. Instead of picking up a traditional Dr. Seuss book, the toddlers can read “One Fish, Two Fish” on a Kindle and interact with the page by tapping on a word or picture.

“It highlights that text-to-word connection,” Rhodes said.

While the Kindle can access the Internet, Finch said she it will be tightly controlled. Some sites are off-limits (Facebook) and some are limited to class work (YouTube). Finch said she monitors all student activity at home and at school.

Last year, that wasn’t the case. Seven students who did have Kindles would turn them in every so often and Finch and Stephens would check the Internet history.

Only in one instance did they find internet activity unrelated to school – a student was playing Words with Friends.

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Central Christian Academy enrolling and supporting

Central Christian Academy is accepting additional sponsors to support the kindle project. A business or individual can support CCA at a $100, $500, or $1,000 donation and have a tile permanently mounted on the tile wall that our students, church, and their families will see everyday. We will customize the tile with a logo or whatever message you would like. (depending on the level purchased).

We are enrolling students (2.5 year old through 6th grade). Call us at 757-488-4477 or visit CentralChristianAcademy.com

If you have more questions about our program or our school, stop by and visit me at 1200 Hodges Ferry Rd, -Portsmouth, VA 23701

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Natural Snake Repellent

 

ALL NATURAL SNAKE REPELLENT

Be sure to clear your land of excess debris and to plug or block any and all openings around the base of your home. Also, cover any openings that may remain or be necessary with mesh netting or wire mesh to keep out both snakes and their common prey, mice.

Ingredients:
Clove oil
Cinnamon oil

Simply mix a 50:50 mixture of clove and cinnamon oils and spray them around the foundation of your home, dog houses, walkways, garages, doors or anywhere you want to keep snakes away from.

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ALL NATURAL SNAKE REPELLENT

Be sure to clear your land of excess debris and to plug or block any and all openings around the base of your home. Also, cover any openings that may remain or be necessary with mesh netting or wire mesh to keep out both snakes and their common prey, mice.

Ingredients:
Clove oil
Cinnamon oil

Simply mix a 50:50 mixture of clove and cinnamon oils and spray them around the foundation of your home, dog houses, walkways, garages, doors or anywhere you want to keep snakes away from.

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Common Mistakes That Can Cause Skin and Coat Problems in Your Pet

 

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Common Mistakes That Can Cause Skin and Coat Problems in Your Pet

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In this video Dr. Karen Becker discusses the troubling problem of flaky skin in pets. She explains the reasons for poor skin and coat condition in dogs and cats, and what to do to resolve the situation if your own pet is suffering.

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

Today I’d like to talk about why dogs and cats develop flaky skin. There are a few different reasons for the condition, including:

  • Under-grooming
  • Under- or over-bathing
  • Dietary deficiency
  • Underlying medical issue

When Your Dog or Cat Isn’t Adequately Groomed

Under-grooming, or lack of grooming, allows a lot of dead, flaky skin to accumulate under your pet’s coat.

Shorted-coated dog breeds don’t have much undercoat for dead skin to get trapped in. But double-coated breeds or dogs with thick, longer hair can accumulate lots of dead flakes on the surface of the skin under all that hair.

If the hair isn’t being removed on a regular basis, excessive flaking will build up as the dead skin mixes with the undercoat.

Cats normally self-groom away their dead skin and excess hair, but again, a cat with very long hair – or an overweight kitty – can’t do a thorough job. Dead skin tends to accumulate across the back of the pelvis of obese cats, where they can no longer reach to groom.

If your pet seems to have a lot of flaking in a particular spot, watch to see if she’s able to groom and remove hair in that area. If she can’t get to it, you’ll need to give her an assist by brushing her regularly to facilitate removal of dead skin and excess hair.

Baths and Flaky Skin

Too many or too few baths can also be a reason for excessively flaky skin in a dog or cat.

Urban legend tells us we should never bathe our dogs, but this idea is outdated.

Back in the 1900’s, when shampoos were made from lye or coal tar derivatives, they were so caustic and abrasive it was better to not use them too often.

Overuse of those old harsh shampoos was hard on the scalp of humans and the skin of pets, creating irritation and excessive flaking in both.

Nowadays, there are plenty of safe, gentle shampoos available for everyone on two legs and four. Just as many of you shampoo every day, every other day, or multiple times a week with no issues, you can also bathe your pet regularly without worrying about over-drying the coat or skin.

Focus on bathing your dog or cat when he needs it. Some dogs rarely need a bath. Other dogs have oily or flaky skin and hair and need to be bathed frequently. Let the condition of your pet’s skin and coat dictate the frequency of the baths you provide.

Cats sometimes need baths as well.

Pets living in dry climates tend to need fewer baths than animals living in areas with higher humidity. Of course the drier the air, the drier the skin and coat (potentially), which can promote flaking. So that’s something to be aware of if you live in the desert southwest, for example.

As a general rule, though, high humidity areas foster more skin irritation in pets and the need for more frequent baths.

Whether your pet is a dog or a cat, select a gentle, non-abrasive shampoo. Bathing your pet every day is probably overkill, and will cause skin and coat dryness. Never bathing your pet, on the other hand, allows buildup of dead skin and hair. The act of brushing and bathing helps exfoliate dead skin.

Flaky Skin and Omega-3 Deficiency

A dietary lack of omega-3 fatty acids is a very common cause for excessively flaky skin in pets. Dogs and cats need an abundance of omega-3’s to be healthy.

Processed dog and cat foods are typically heated, extruded and/or canned. Since omega-3 fatty acids are very sensitive to heat and light, the processing of commercial pet food renders the omega-3’s inert. They’re still in the food, but no longer active or useful to your pet’s body.

Even if you’re feeding a homemade raw diet, if you’re not following a balanced recipe that calls for extra EFA’s/omega-3 fatty acids, or unless you’re feeding fish on a daily basis, your pet’s diet is probably unbalanced for fatty acids.

In my practice, dietary deficiency of omega-3’s is the number one cause of excessively flaky skin in pets.

Whether you feed a commercial diet or a homemade diet, you may need to supplement with essential fatty acids. My favorite is krill oil, but I also see good improvement in flaky coats when coconut oil is supplemented.

Not only are omega-3’s important for your dog or cat, so is the dietary ratio of omega-3’s to omega-6’s.

Most foods available, whether purchased commercial or homemade, are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Because the average pet diet is heavy in omega-6’s, supplementing with additional omega-6’s in the form of corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil or even flax oil (that contains some vegetable sources of omega 3’s, but also omega 6’s) can create an imbalance serious enough to cause skin problems.

Omega-6 fatty acids, in abundance, become  pro-inflammatory oils. If your pet gets too many of these without a balance of healthy fish-based oils – DHA and EPA – it can be a real problem.

It’s also important to note that dogs and cats can’t convert omega-3 vegetable sources into DHA. Flax oil has some omega-3 value for humans, but that doesn’t hold true for your pet. So it’s really important that you supply fish-body oils or krill oil to your dog or cat. Algal DHA is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Does Your Pet Have an Underlying Medical Issue?

Another reason for excessive flaking in pets is an underlying medical problem.

Both cats and dogs can have metabolic conditions that cause the skin’s turnover rate to be hindered. Thyroid conditions are a common cause of flaky skin: hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in kitties.

Any health issue in a cat that causes her not to feel well can translate to a lack of regular or thorough grooming. Lots of ill kitties have excessive flaking.

Skin infections are another very common medical cause of flaking. Bacterial infections, fungal infections like ringworm, and parasitic infections on the skin can all cause increased flaking in your pet. In fact, there’s actually a parasitic mite called ‘Walking Dandruff.’

If your precious pup or kitty is having a flaky skin problem, I recommend you work with your holistic veterinarian to identify the root cause so you can resolve the issue and get your pet’s skin and coat back to a healthy condition.