Cat Scratching Posts – On a Need-to-Know Basis. (Podcast episode 3)

When cats scratch on their posts or your furniture, you may think that they do it to sharpen their claws. There are many more important reasons they do this. In my interview with Pam Johnson-Bennett, (podcast episode 3) one of our countries leading certified cat behavior consultants, we spoke about how living with felines is much easier if we make sure we meet their primary needs. Scratching is one of them, but of course you want them to do it appropriately. Here is your need-to-know information about the subject.  (Source material from Pam's book, Cat Wise) 

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Actually, scratching serves many purposes.

It’s a territorial marking behavior.  The vertical marks left, are a visual sign for other animals passing by. Doesn’t matter if your cat lives indoors. This is hardwired behavior. An odor is also left on the object scratched from scent glands in the cat’s paw pads.

It relieves tension. Scratching is an emotional release or displacement behavior so when your cat is happy, excited, stressed or frustrated, she can release some of the built-up emotion by doing this. 

The kind of scratching posts that best meet your cat’s needs are:

The right texture. A rough texture is most effective. The material, sisal is the preferred one. Wood or corrugated cardboard can work as well if your cat likes it.

Sturdy and the right height.  If the post is wobbly or feels unstable, your cat will not use it. The post must also be tall enough so that the cat can fully stretch up when scratching. Make sure the base is a good wide one, so the post is stable. 

Placed In the correct spot. Please don’t hide the post in a corner of a room you and your cat do not use. Pick a spot where your cat normally tends to want to scratch. If trying to change your cat’s habit of using the couch, place the post by the furniture.

During our conversation in episode 3 of Raising Your Paws, Pam Johnson-Bennett, names the top three truths about cats and what this means to you if you have them. The first truth you’ll hear in this episode just might surprise you. You’ll hear the second and third truths in upcoming episodes so please subscribe to the podcast so you get all the goodies.    

 

Resources for Episode 3. Top 3 Things To Know About Cats & Why Dogs May Repeat Certain Behaviors.

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Order Pam Johnson-Bennett’s book  Cat Wise, Americas Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions

Here’s Pam’s Website

Link to see why you can feed less of NutriSource pet foods.

Heres the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline Phone number I talked about – 888-426-4435.

I'll tell you another story about when I had to call this number in episode 1 as well as sharing more information to know about the hotline. Check it out. 

Hey, you could win 6-months of free NutriSource pet food by subscribing, rating and reviewing one of the first five episodes of Raising Your Paws during our launch celebration. Click the box above at the top of the page to enter our drawing. 

 

How old is your pet in human years? New info! (Podcast episode 2)

You’ve heard that for every 1 year of your pet’s life, it counts as 7 human years, right?  Well, there's new thinking in this regard that lets you be a bit more accurate.

Our pets mature quicker than we do during their early years, so a dog and cats first year is really more equivalent to about 15 human years and by the time they are two, it is like them being 24 years old.  It really makes sense doesn’t it? Your pets can reproduce before they are a year old. If they were only 7 in our terms – now, that doesn’t seem right.   

Remember, any age estimations are a simplification of the issue – this is not hard and fast science. There are many factors that affect how your pets age and if you check on the web, you’re going to find a range of different age estimates. The figures I am using are the average of the ones commonly thought to be most realistic.   

Getting back to the point – with cats, after their second year – (24 years old human wise) count another 4 years for each calendar year.  With dogs, after the first 2 years, it’s a little more varied. Add another 4-7 years each birthday depending upon its breed size and weight – approximately 4 years for the small breeds, 5 for medium, 6 years for large breeds and 7 years for the giants.

                                            Here are some charts to help you figure your pet’s age.

 

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Find out more about your cat's age from the website I found this chart. International Cat Care. 

Ever wonder why your dog does some of the crazy thing it does?  

Jean Donaldson, author of the book, The Culture Clash: A revolutionary new way of understanding the relationship between humans and domestic dogs was my guest on Raising Your Paws podcast, episode 2 and she explained alot about how the true nature of a dog greatly affects what we see them do. 

You'll want to hear this interview if you havent already!  You can find the episode by clicking the "Where to listen" button at the top of this website page.

In her Top 10 List of Things Known About Real Dogs, she writes that one of the things that "really captures the essence of dogs, is that they are social predators. This means that alot of your dog's behavior can be traced to their evolutionary legacy as predators and as beings that lived constantly around others." (from the Culture Clash.)   

Because your dog is a predator, even though you probably don't make them hunt for their meals, they are still going to exhibit behaviors that they'd use to kill and eat their prey. These are hardwired into them.

Things like searching, stalking, chasing, biting, grabbing, chewing, shaking. You know, you see these all the time and your dog wants to do these things – like chase that squirrel or that car, grab your glove while on your hand and tug, and rip apart every toy you give it.   A way to help your pet release these "predatory energies," is to play some games with them that involve these behaviors but in a contained appropriate way.  Giving them this kind of stimulation regularly, is a great way to ward off unwanted behavior problems. We all know, a bored, frustrated dog, can get into trouble at times.  

Here is one of the games, Jean Donaldson recommends from her book, The Culture Clash. 

Hide & Seek. 

Put the dog in a sit-stay out of visual contact with the room where you will hide the object. Alternatively, you can simply shut the dog in another room to prevent him from peeking. Hide the object and then initiate the search by releasing him from the room (or the sit-stay) and asking him excitedly, "where's your toy?!" Then prompt and coach him to search. The object can be a cookie, a stuffed chew toy, a ball or a tug of war toy. There must be some motiviation for the find. If the dog is a maniacal retriever, a ball or other retrieve toy is perfect: when the dog makes a find, you may celebrate with a few intense retrieves before setting up another search. Likewise, if the dog is a tug of war addict, give him a ten or fifteen second round of tug as reinforcement for a find. If he's more food-motivated, use a Kong stuffed with something delicious.

Start with easy finds and big celebrations to get the dog hooked on the game. It only takes a few rounds for the dog to learn that he is looking for something of great interest to him. As he gets into it, go for tougher hiding places. As soon as possible, stop helping him to make finds so that he gains confidence in his own ability. If you constantly bail the dog out, he will learn that giving up is the most effective strategy, rather than perservering. Most dogs will natually begin to use their noses to make the find. This is magical to watch. At this point, they can find objects buried deepy into sofa cushions or anywhere else you might try to stump them. (from The Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson) 

Jean Donaldson also shares why playing tug is such a good game for you and your dog and the three rules to follow. You'll hear this in an upcoming episode, so you might want to subcribe to the podcast right away.  

To celebrate the new podcast,  we're giving away a reward for subscribing, rating and reviewing one of our first podcast episodes. Enter your name in the box at the top of the website page to be entered in the random drawing. 

 

Resources for Podcast episode 2. 

Top 3 Things To Know About Dogs & Solving Cat Litter Box Problems.  

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Hey Pet Parents! New Podcast & Matching Blog. (Podcast episode 1)

Hello!  I'm Susan Frank. I know it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us. We’re happy to announce that we now have a new podcast. Introducing, "Raising Your Paws," your go-to pet parent resource, along with this brand new website. Our blog will accompany and expand on things we talk about in the podcast episodes.

Please give our podcast a listen! It’s designed for you, the pet parent and offers quick tips and practical solutions for caring for your four-legged family members – cats and dogs.

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I’m hosting the podcast and writing this blog. Here's a photo of me and my dog, Rosy. She's a Shetland Sheepdog/German Shephard mix. 6 years old. 

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You'll be hearing some stories about her as we cover topics such as "why do our pets do what they do," the reasons for their mystifying behaviors. You'll know what to do about their actions and how to best meet the needs of our canine and feline family members while still maintaining a happy and sane household.

I welcome your comments and questions about our blog postings and the podcast –  and now will be responding regularly to them. If you’re not sure what a podcast is or how to get one or listen to it, here is what to do.

A podcast is a talk radio show that you get on the internet and can listen to any time you want. There are two ways to listen. Through a website, (called streaming) or by downloading a podcast. Downloading saves it on your phone, tablet or computer so that you can listen anytime even without an internet connection.

To Stream it: From our website, Raising Your Paws.com, click the play button in the box at the top of the page. 

To download: Get it delivered to your phone or tablet each week using an app.

On iphones and ipads, Use the podcast app. (newer devices have it already installed)

Find us on iTunes

If you don’t have the app, you get this from the App store.  You do need to have an account with itunes. So either sign in to your account or open one. Simple, create user name and password. Then go to the app store. Type podcasts in search field. Tap purple podcasts app and tap get to download the app. Open the podcast app, and use the search field to find Raising Your Paws, and when you get to our page, hit subscribe.

Please also rate and review our episodes. To do this, tap reviews. Then you will make up a user name, and can tap how many stars to give the podcast and leave comments on what you think of the podcast.  

On Android phones and tablets

Find us on Stitcher
 

If you do not have the Stitcher app, go to Google Play and install the Stitcher app. Once in Stitcher, use the search button to find Raising Your Paws. Click the plus icon (+) found on the right upper corner to add it to your favorites list. Now go to the favorites list. Tell it to download new episodes by clicking the gear in the upper right hand corner. Enjoy listening.

Even though there will be references to the podcast here, this blog will still stand on its own offering cute photos, and fun and helpful insights and articles about your beloved cats and dogs plus news about our company and products.

We're celebrating our new podcast launch with a bonus reward!  You can be the lucky winner of 6 months worth of free NutriSource pet food by listening to, subscribing, rating and reviewing one of our first five podcast episodes. Enter the drawing by clicking the button on the header of this page.

 

Resources for Episode 1.  – Should You Get Pet Health Insurance & A Necessary Pet First Aid Emergency Number. 

ASPCA Poison Control Hotline phone number – 888-426-4435.

Order Dr. Kenney's book, Pet Health Insurance. A Veterinarians Perspective.

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Dr. Kenney’s Website and Blog.

Pet Health Insurance Tool Kit.

Dr. Kenney’s Podcast: Pet Insurance Guide.

 

How Can I Get NutriSource/Pure Vita/Natural Planet Delivered To Me?

Have you been buying our pet foods, NutriSource, Pure Vita or Natural Planet, kibble and cans online? Maybe a friend told you great things about our food and now you want to try it.

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Perhaps you have heard that we will no longer be selling our food through the online company Chewy.com since the Pet Smart acquisition. Are you worried about where you can buy the food now?

First, know that we are sold in about 6,000 independent and family owned stores all over the country. Since we are a family owned company in Minnesota, manufacturing the dog and cat foods only in our own family plant, our focus has always been and continues to be partnering with independent pet specialty and family owned stores.

Second, you can easily find the closest stores near you, that sell our food.

Just go to our website directory page, put in your zip code and all the closest stores to you will pop up.

Here is the Dealer Directory.

We recommend that you call ahead to make sure the exact product you are looking for is in stock. Changes do occur in the stores and we don't want you to waste a trip and be frustrated. If the food is not there at the time, also, please remember to ask our retailers if they can special order a particular bag in for you. There is no charge to do this, and most every store is happy to do so – usually the food will be in the store in a weeks time.

Do you need to have your pet food delivered right to your door? We understand. Here is what to do.

shutterstock_259055843 Call those stores nearest to you on the directory.  Ask them two things.

1. Do they have their own online store? Many of them, knowing that e-commerce is just getting bigger due to the convenience, have or will be creating their own on-line stores for ordering and shipping.

2. Ask if they have home delivery? Many do or are currently beginning a program.

We ourselves are currently contacting all of our retailers so we can add this valuable information to our directory website. Stay tuned. We know how important it is that the directory be really useful to you.

In addition to supporting those family owned businesses, by purchasing directly through one of our authorized brick and mortar retailers, you will benefit from a knowledgeable trained staff, special promotions we may be running in the stores or use of our coupons we hand out at local pet expos and during pet food demos in the stores. Win, Win!

Another good reason to call those Ma and Pa stores next to you – ask for our free samples. I bet your pet would like some. shutterstock_96202397

There is a dollar off coupon on the back of each sample bag. We always provide our dealers with good sized, complimentary samples for your furry friends. Best way to find out how it will do in your kitty or pooch's tummy.

Why Not Free Feed Your Cat?

Do you keep your cat’s bowl of kibble filled all day long letting them eat whenever they want?
Once you know about how cats digest their food, you might want to change your feeding style.

It is their nose, not their mouth that plays the most crucial part in digesting their food. When your cats smells food, this triggers its brain to prepare the body for digestion. The olfactory center in the brain sends a message to slow down metabolism so the body can focus on digesting food. Saliva and digestive juices start to flow while blood flow and waste disposal slow. This is a perfect arrangement for digesting food efficiently, but it is not the state you want your cat to be in twenty four hours a day.

By leaving the food out, your cat is smelling it all day and your cat’s body stays in constant preparation for digesting food. In this state of a slower metabolism, several health issues can arise, dandruff or obesity. Worse, the trigger mechanism in the brain that starts the digestive process can wear out and fail to respond, resulting in an under supply of blood to all the organs but the stomach. This can lead to faster aging.

Maybe your cat is too skinny and has a poor appetite. The answer is not to leave more food out, more often, but just the opposite, remove all the food after a short while to give the trigger response a chance to rest.
Try feeding twice a day, and pick up the food after your cat eats. If your cat is a slow eater, than you can leave it for about a half hour to forty five minutes. Then take it away and wash everything, so that no smell remains.

It may surprise you but leaving food available all day is a primary cause of the finicky eater syndrome. You may find your cat is more interested in eating when its presented rather than left out. By the way, a cat must eat every day, to stay healthy, even if it is overweight and on a diet.

So, feed feeding is something we came up with. Think about it. If your cat was hunting for food outside, and catches a mouse, the mouse is not kept around all day, to be nibbled on bit by bit.
Cats in the wild that hunt, catch and kill their prey, gorge on it and then may not eat for days. This fast helps the cats organs, the intestines, kidneys, lungs and skin get a good cleaning. When we don’t provide a fasting period for our house cats, their body has little time to process the food and accomplish necessary waste disposal. By feeding twice a day and removing the food between meals gives your cat the fast that mother nature intended.

Try this with your kitty and let me know how it goes.

Is Your Dog Bored? Make Feeding More Fun!

Assuming you feed your dog (hopefully our brands of food), don't squander the opportunity for mental enrichment that mealtime can present.

Currently, perhaps you simply plop your dog's food in its same standard bowl, same place, every day which makes your dog very happy to eat, but does not ask much of her/him.

Bring out the inner genetic wolf in your dog (wolves forage and hunt for food), by changing how you feed breakfast and dinner and let your dog find its food. It's a job your dog will love.

I  like to take 8-12 small bowls, divide up Rosy's meal into them, have her sit in the middle of the living room, cue her to wait, and then plant the bowls all over the various rooms of my condo – No, of course not the bathroom. When I return to her, I tell her to go find. Tail starts wagging, ears perk up, with intense sparkly eyes, she springs from her sit, and darts off, her wiggling nose leading the way.  

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To give you a bit of perspective, your nose has about 6 million olfactory receptors, which detect different scents in your environment – your dog's nose has up to 300 million! Also, proportionally speaking,  the part of a dog's brain devoted to analyzing smells is 40 times greater than yours.  And, their noses are very sensitive to the specific odors they can detect. For example, a tracking dog may be able to follow the trail of a particular person that walked a path 24 hours before, even if thousands of people have crossed the same trail.  

Letting your pet use that natural scenting ability to purposely and specifically locate their dinner, breaks up the routine of a day, capitalizes on their desire to hunt, engages their love of food and exercise, and uses their critical thinking while burning mental and physical energy. Good things all around.

 Added benefit, by dividing the meal into many smaller portions, it slows the dogs eating down and turns it into a fun seeking game.

I'm sure once you start this, you can think up many other creative ways to feed those meals – change them so your dog stays interested – just make sure the containers, props you use are safe and your pet can't swallow something it's not suppose to.  Even if you only stuff a kong toy with canned food, freeze it and feed them their meal this way as you're walking out the door to get to work, it still provides variety and more of a challenge to get fed.

By the way, on your walks together, be a bit more patient when your dog wants to stop every second and sniff EVERYTHING. It's their way of reading the newspaper – taking in all the news of the day/hour. Solution to frustration on either of your parts? Take turns. Walk for 5 minutes with the dog by your side on a short leash, then say "go sniff" (you are providing the reward this way) and then give your dog some loose lead to sniff on the trail for a few minutes. Then return to controlled walking. Back and forth. Both happy.

What about cat's noses and why it's REALLY best not to free feed your kitty. Next blog….  

Why Lentils Are Good For You And Your Dog.

In our new Pure Vita Beef, Duck and Venison grain free dog foods, we've replaced peas with lentils.

Why these vegetables at all? In making dry pet food, there needs to be a starchy carbohydrate to bind the kibble together.  Always learning more about the health of your pets, KLN family brands decided to use lentils in their new formulas due to their outstanding health benefits.

shutterstock_194909357First, as a carbohydrate, all lentils are ranked as having low glycemic index values.  Heard that term before but don't know what it means or why it matters? Here's why.

Many foods have been ranked on what is called the Glycemic Index (GI). This is a relative ranking of the carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood sugar (glucose) levels when eaten.  This is important because high sugar levels in the blood can cause short and long term health complications, diabetes being one example.

Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels.  The resulting smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels produced is good for long term health, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

You can see that it's better for both you and your pet's health to consume low ranked vegetables. Green and red lentils, the ones in Pure Vita are all ranked in the 20's and 30's – concidered very low.  

For pets that have diabetes, because of their low sugar content and high fiber, lentils are favored as a carbohydrate if there has to be one in the diet.

They also are an excellent source of iron which is a needed mineral that provides your furry pet the amount of energy  required to be healthy and active. 

So, next time you're planning what you and your dog are going to eat, grab yourself some lentil soup, pick up some of our new Pure Vita dog food with duck, venison or beef, at your favorite family owned pet supply store, and sit down and eat well together.  Win, win! 

Doesn't this bowl of chicken and lentil soup look yummy?
Doesn't this bowl of chicken and lentil soup look yummy?

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Oh, by the way, most every one of the stores that carries our food, will have free samples for you to try. Great way to know if your dog and cat will like the food. Ask for them. Or go ahead  – be bold and buy a bag and don't worry if your pet won't eat it (very unlikely). We also have a 100% guarantee on the food, no matter where you buy it, so you can return it and get your money back. Nothing to lose, I say, and everything for your pet to gain.  

 

Where’s The Beef? We’ve Got It!

There's a new flavor of Pure Vita grain free dog food that is replacing the Pure Vita Bison.

I know many of you liked buying our Pure Vita Bison because your dogs really loved eating it.

We also know how frustrating it was when you could not buy it in your favorite independent pet food stores. One day it was there, another it was not, then it was….difficult.  

We were frustrated too – at Tuffy's pet foods, (part of KLN Family Brands), we could no longer consistently find enough of a regular source of USA grown bison to purchase. And believe me, Kenny and Charlie Nelson (owners of Tuffy's pet foods) scoured the country trying.

The reason there is a shortage of bison available for us to buy, is that human consumption of bison has greatly increased and this has lead to a shortage for the pet industry.

As Tuffy's has historically maintained a pretty constant supply of source ingredients, not knowing when or how much bison they could get for the foreseeable future, just wouldn't do.

It was time to look for a different protein. Many of you asked "why not beef?"

PV-GFBeef-DogIntroducing Pure Vita Grain Free Beef dog food where the beef comes from Colorado, USA. Dog parents are letting us know it's a full tail wag of approval as their canines are gobbling it down. And remember it's got our Good4Life system in it with all of the best absorbed minerals and special pre and probiotics to ensure and maintain optimal health. Check out our blog about Good4Life if you haven't read it.

Another new ingredient we put in the beef Pure Vita is lentils.You see, to make dry pet food, a starchy vegetable is used to bind the kibble together.  In our Pure Vita Turkey and Salmon food we have been using peas but in the beef flavor we've switched to lentils. Why? Many good health reasons.

Find out what they are in the next blog. 

 

Do You Remember Making Pinky Swears As A Child?

That was the way to make sure a very important promise between you and your friend or sibling was going to be kept. You would both take your little fingers (the pinky fingers) from one hand, link them together and with a confirming tug, seal the deal. I know I made many pinky swears when I was a kid, and hopefully kept all those promises. Don't have a clue as to what they were any longer. Do you remember any of yours? A father, Steve Chepokas, will never, ever, forget the pinky swear he made with his son.

It was Christmas time, 2002, and a compassionate, nine year old boy, Mitch Chepokas, Mitch All Star Cardwith a giving nature and terminal bone cancer was in the hospital giving away all the money he had saved to other kids with cancer that were in the hospital with him. He wanted to make sure that they would all be able to have something for Christmas. Seeing how happy it made these children was such a great experience for Mitch that he expressed the desire to do it again next year. When his parents unbearably, reminded him that it may not be possible, here is what happened next. "Mitch looked at his father and said, "Dad, promise me you will keep helping kids with cancer! Pinky swear with me that you will do it forever!"

Mitch passed away April 11, 2003. Mitch's father kept his promise and in his memory, Steve and Becky Chepokas formed the Pinky Swear Foundation to honor Mitch's commitment to helping others.

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Since its inception in 2003, Pinky Swear has raised more than $13 million to help support families whose children are bravely battling cancer across the U.S. The foundation assists with non-medical expenses like rent and mortgage payments, auto payments and repairs, and getting food on the table.

We at KLN Family Brands, place a priority of giving back in support of our communities both locally and thoughout the United States and knowing the pain and hardships that fighting pediatric cancer involves, KLN decided to partner with the Pinky Swear Foundation, committing to raising $1 million over the next 5 years for families affected by pediatric cancer.

Join us in helping kids fight cancer. You can support this initiative by purchasing our specially-marked bags of NutriSource pet foods that has the Pinky Swear logo on them. PinkySwearGraphic1 - Copy

Learn more about the foundation and Mitch at www.pinkyswear.org.

How to Remove Skunk Odor From Your Pet – The Skunk Remedy Recipe.

My dog Rosy was staying with a woman who boards dogs at her house. One evening, Henry,
one of the family's dogs, and Rosy were investigating the border fence when Henry, got skunked.

Here's Henry - happy dog before being sprayed.
Here’s Henry – happy dog before being sprayed.

This was not actually observed by anyone but my dog, but she's not talking. We think Henry, who was VERY fragrant, probably took the brunt of the spray attack, but Rosy apparently joyful about her good fortune of missing the direct hit, celebrated by rolling in the smelly skunk musk that was left on the ground.
Well, both dogs got baths that night, but mine still came home to me smelling not like a rose.
Rosy, self satisfied after her bath.
Rosy, self satisfied after her bath.

So, I took her to my favorite self-bathing place, one of our retailers, to get rid of the remaining Parfum de Mephitis Mephitis (Latin for striped skunk) from her neck and flank.

Here's what I used to remove the skunk odor and you've got to know about.

The Skunk Remedy Recipe invented in 1993 by a chemist, Paul Krebaum. z81-14-shutterstock_17235115
It is the best home-made formula that actually works,(tomato juice does not) and has been the buzz all over the web for awhile now except most of the recipes you will find on the web, are changed – switching one important ingredient from the original recipe.

Here is the authentic recipe from Paul Krebaum and his directions for use. Later, more about his story.

The Skunk Remedy Recipe.

In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap
(Note from NutriSource: his preferred brands are "SoftSoap" or "Liquid Ivory", which are hand soaps, not dish washing detergent which is the ingredient you see listed often on other peoples webpages. Hand soap reacts less with the peroxide and is therefore safer.)

For very large pets one quart of tepid (lukewarm) tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.

Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a "rinse and repeat" washing.
Skunks usually aim for the face, but try to keep the solution out of the eyes – it stings. If you have any cuts on your hands you might want to wear latex gloves for the same reason.
After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water.
Pour the spent solution down the drain with running water.
NEVER, ever, store mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer, etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.

(Note from NutriSource: This is why Mr. Krebaum could not patent, bottle and sell his creation, The exact chemical properties that make the formula work, make it impossible to package and store. In time, the chemicals will explode out of any bottle. So, he released his invention free to all the pet loving world.)

Here are some of Paul Krebaum's additional notes.

(from Paul Krebaum's Skunk Remedy Homepage)

1) Clean plastic mixing containers and utensils are preferred. Metals encourage auto-decomposition of the peroxide.
2) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution is usually sold in pint (500ml) bottles, so you'll need two. The 3% grade is often marked "U.S.P.", meaning that it meets the standards for medical use and purity as set forth in the United States Pharmacopoeia.
The use of other strengths/grades is not recommended unless you're a chemist, and even then a trip to the 24-hour drugstore is much better than a trip to the emergency room.
3) Use baking soda, not baking powder. "Arm and Hammer" is one popular brand. Baking soda is also called: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P., Bicarbonate of Soda, and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate. Do not confuse any of the above with Washing Soda, which is Sodium Carbonate. Washing Soda is about 100 times more alkaline than Baking Soda and can cause skin burns to both you and your pet.

Getting back to my story, the result for Rosy……..Ah, sweet smelling success.She is herself again.

Some important notes for you:

Remember, make this mixture just before you are going to use it and discard anything leftover. It does not store. Again, do not get into your pets eyes.

Here's a tip from dog owners I know that have used the recipe, if your dog or cat was sprayed in the face, you can make a paste of this mixture to make it a bit easier to apply without worrying about getting in the eyes.

Take the quarter cup of baking soda, and a few drops of hand soap and a splash or two of the hydrogen peroxide to make a paste like consistency that you can smear on the animals face.

Check this out: Here is the Chicago Tribune article that really brought Paul Krebaum's recipe to the world's attention. 
Fun to read!

Hey, we've got two new flavors of NutriSource, Grain Free dog food, High Plains Select, which features beef and trout and Woodlands Select, NS_GFWoodland_Dogwith boar and turkey. NS_GFHighPlains_Dog
Dogs are loving them! Ask for them or try our samples next time you're at your NutriSource retailer.