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Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone – TSP Item of the Day

zymoxEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone.  As  you may remember my buddy Charlie the Pitbull-Pointer had some issues with his back paws.  We are pretty sure that evil fire ants started the issue and caused him to chew both his paws pretty raw.

Well as I reported in another review we used a combination of comfrey ointment and bitter apple spray to deal with it.  It healed very well over all, but one spot high up on his back paw seemed fine one day then was bloody red the next.

Time to up the game.  So I applied Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone and in a single day the improvement was marked.  It must taste like crap so over spraying with bitter apple has not been necessary.  He has now been on it for 3 days and the sore is basically just a spot with hair missing now, it really isn’t a sore any longer.

Comfrey was able to do the job here but a dog is not a person and sometimes a pup can’t resist the urge to chew, even though bitter apple spray.  Then it is time for something with Hydrocortisone in it.  This spray also has a three enzyme blend of lactoperoxidose, lysozyme and lactoferrin that effectively destroys bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms. These enzymes are derived from natural milk protein peroxidases according to the manufacturer.

If you check the reviews on Amazon you will find many dog and cat owners consider this stuff a God send.  That is why it sits with 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 400 reviews.  So this is another item that belongs in your “Dogie First Aid Kit” (aka DFAK) because it works so well.

The key with hot spots and the like is get them treated before they become chronic and spread.  I like to rely on herbals but as soon as he made the sore bloody it was either this or the “cone of shame” and I just didn’t want my buddy in the cone.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – This is not medical advice just personal experience.  Since starting using this we have several times used it for ourselves.  Last fall I got a small mark on my hand and assumed it was a scratch from some hardware cloth, it was to small poke marks, yea ended up being a spider bite, what type I don’t know.  While it wasn’t something dangerous it started getting worse and worse, comfrey was no help, this stopped it cold.  Just today I got tore up moving some wood by fire ants, I spray the areas of my hands with this before the bites broke out, and they never did.  Again this IS NOT advice just a personal experience.

Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit.  I used this kit on Charlie and learned that he was a Pitbull (no surprise there) crossed with a Pointer (big surprise there) and that has gone a long way into knowing how to work with and train him on the farm.

I have misplaced Charlie’s results and my old account at Wisdom Panel doesn’t seem to work so I can’t share his report but I just did Lucy’s DNA test and once again I am really surprised at the results, yet now I see the traits in her as I know what to look for.

First up here is our rescued little gal, Lucy Lu Spirko, what do you think she is?

The most common guesses we have heard are Shepard mix and also Kelpie.  Now Kelpie’s are expensive dogs and a truly Australian breed, so I had my doubts but when I looked up the breed, it did seem plausible, look at this Kelpie here, looks a lot like Lucy Lu doesn’t it?

As to Shepard, sure some of the pattern matches but she is so light bodied and so damn fast, I mean the last dog I had that was this fast was Lakota, a Siberian husky, can’t be though right?

Um, well here is a PDF of Lucy’s breed certificate and a more detailed report of the full test.  She is fricken half Husky, in fact here is what Lucy Lu is made of…

  • 50% Siberian Husky
  • 37.5% American Stafford Terrier
  • 12.5% Dalmatian

I just got the results today and have been waiting for them to make this product my item of the day.  I have to say at first I was dumbfounded, but now it makes sense.  The speed this dog has and her agility are fitting with all the breeds but her light body weight really makes sense with husky blood.

Huskies typically look a lot bigger than they are due to all that fluff, but mix in two short hair breeds like Dalmatian and Stafford and you get a short haired Husky dog.  Take another look at my girl there, imagine she has blue eyes and longer hair.  Take that tail she always carries up and fluff it out, you have a dark colored husky.

It all makes sense now!  The stubborn attitude, the vocal objections to not being given a treat, the vocal greetings, the ru rur ru ru rrrrr rr ruh, when ever she wants anything including attention.  It is Lakota all over again.

So what does all this mean?  Well it means I have a stubborn dog when it comes to training her and I need to accept that and use my knowledge of dealing with Huskies in the past in dealing with her training.  It means on some things she is gonna be really smart and others a bit of a dim bulb, that is true of Huskies and Dalmatian’s as well.  It means she is going to be what we already knew about her, absolutely in love with children and protective of them.

Also now that I know she has Stafford in her, I will work harder to bring out more of her courage, it is in there.  She is the beta of the group, she was abandoned, not well cared for when we found her and quite timid but I have seen the courage come out.   She is so docile with everyone but when my bee mentor Jason had his half bee suit on and dared walk through the back yard I saw a different dog in her, I now know what it was.

Now I know what to encourage, what to discourage and what to simply accept.  She is always going to be a digger, she is always going to be vocal and her attention span will always be short.  She is never going to be a dog that I can trust to move birds only one I can train to not attack them.  There is just too much high strung in the Husky breed, you can turn them on or off to something but when it is on, it is on full bore all the way on.

The real thing though is it is just good and fun to know exactly what you have.  The added bonus is the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit also tests for the MDR1 Gene which makes certain medications potentially deadly to dogs.  Lucy is luckily free of this gene but it should be tested for before dogs go on a variety of medications including heart worm medications containing ivermectin.

This is something no vet ever told me about, it means that I risked every dog’s life I ever owned by just testing them for heat worm and putting them on the medication.  My vet and I are going to discuss this in depth next visit.  It annoys me that they want to annually test for heart worms which is totally unnecessary for a dog that has never been off treatment, yet won’t do this simple test to see if the medication itself may kill your dog.

I checked into it and a test for MDR1 is usually 35-45 dollars, half the price of the Wisdom Panel test that includes MDR1 and a complete breed ancestry.  You can learn more about the MDR1 mutation here.

In any event the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit to me represents a great value at 70 bucks with same day free shipping on Amazon Prime.  The process takes about 3 weeks once you send your sample in.  The test is easy to administer, both when I did Charlie and Lucy I was worried about how they would react.  You take two swabs and put them inside their cheek and turn them back in forth.

I was sure both dogs would go berserk and would have to be held down by one person and swabbed by the other, in both situations they just sat there like what is this all about.  I can’t promise your dog will do the same I am just saying it was easier than I expected.

So if you have a mixed breed dog of unknown origins check out the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit, I personally feel it will give you a much better handle on dealing with your dog, it will include the important MDR1 test and frankly it is just fun to know your dog’s actual breed make up.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.


Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Vacuum – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Vacuum.  Very seldom do I say a product will “change your life” but if you keep fish this one will.  Here is how I discovered this product.  This year I decided to return to the status of aquarium owner, something I really enjoyed in years past.  To maximize space in my small office I decided to go with two stacked 55 gallon tanks to get things off the ground.

I considered building a stand but it was one more thing to do, and I happened to find this stackable aquarium stand.  At under a hundred bucks with free shipping I figured anything I built would end up costing as much in materials and time so I was all in on it, EXCEPT.

The least favorite thing any aquarium owner does is vacuum their gravel and do 20% water changes.  This should be done monthly but often gets put off because well doing it sucks.  This is usually done with a siphon vacuum like this.  If you are doing a 10 or 20 gallon tank it really isn’t a big deal.  But with two 55s you are talking bout 22 gallons of water that needs to come out of them, be hauled off and then carried back in,  Can you say, “potential to make a wet mess”.

Compounding this is that with my stand, my lower tank is only 5.5 inches off the ground and clearance of the top is less than stellar for putting water back in.  Enter the python, you hook it up to running water, you turn the water on and set it either to vacuum or fill.  No priming needed.  I got the 50 foot model, most would do fine with the 25.  I simply run the hose out of my window, hook up a garden hose and I am good to go.  Many would use a sink but my faucet would be a pain in the butt to hook up and my hose fills faster anyway.

So you have a valve on the tank end, you switch it on, the vacuum starts and you vacuum your gravel and take out your 20-25% depending on your required maintenance.   Now you shut off your valve, go to the running water end and switch it to fill.  Go back to your tank and turn the valve and top your tank right back up.

But if you are doing 2 or 4 or say 6 tanks at once it is so great because since you don’t need to worry about loosing siphon, you vacuum them all, then fill them all in one go.

Gets better though!  As many of you know I put in a Aquaponics system this year, in it I have two 330 gallon IBCs, and Python makes extension tubes to make the vacuum side longer.  Including one 48 inches long, which is perfect to vacuum IBCs.  Since I started using it about every three weeks on my system the water is always crystal clear.

So if you do aquaponics or keep aquariums or both I can’t recommend this product highly enough.  It doesn’t just work better than any other option, it works EASIER with LESS MESS, hence you do your fricken maintenance when you are supposed to and your system stays healthy.  So check out the Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Vacuum if you are a fish keeper and make your life just a little better and easier to boot.

Remember you can always find all TSPAZ Items of the day by just going to TspAz.com along with a link to Amazon’s top deals of the day.

P.S. – As I said I got the 50 Foot system, there is that and the 25, they are 39 and 59 dollars respectively.  There is also one listed as Large and one as X-Large.  They are much more expensive and there is no clear indication of how they differ.  I would say I can’t imagine anyone short of a commercial aquarium needing anything more than the standard systems.   Here are all the options I would recommend for the hobbiest.

They make a lot of other size tube extensions but these seem the most universal to me.  I use the stock one in my 55s for now, and don’t mind getting my hands a bit wet, it works fine and is maneuverable around the tank “furniture”.

P.S.S. – Don’t underestimate the power of this vacuum.  I had a cory catfish in my old tank that used to like to play in the vacuum I used at that time.  Not something to do with this!  On my first use a tilapia fingerling tried it, in a second he was up the tube and out the window.

I had to shut the system down, remove the far end and let the natural siphon move him down the tube.  Somehow, someway he survived it!  Don’t expect similar results keep the wand low and your fish out of the tube, if one gets in shut the valve!

Here is a quick video of this system working.

Dogtra ARC Remote Training Collar System – Item of the Day


Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Dogtra ARC Remote Training Collar System.  This is the one I recommend because it has levels from 1-127 when it comes to using the shock feature.

You may wonder why I would want that, well let me start out with there are less feature rich models by Dogtra that run say 1-24 and you should know that 24 in that collar is equal to 127 on the better collar.  See where this is going?

I don’t like shocking my dogs, I really do not, but I don’t like them eating my ducks and ending up having to find a new home, just one example.  I also don’t like yelling at them, etc.  I want CERTAIN things simply to rapidly become what a dog just doesn’t do.  For instance Charlie my pit bull mix had a desire to attack anything that made a weird noise, like say a chain saw.

So my choice is between my dog grabbing a moving chain on a saw or being shocked once or twice.  What is your choice?  In all Charlie has been shocked 4-5 times in his three years and has never been shocked since about age 6 months.

So when I get 127 levels I can start say at 25, move it to 30, move it to 32, etc. and the second I get a reaction during poor behavior, that is the level.  This lets me dial in the absolute minimum level of correction necessary to do the job.

For Charlie his number was 34, and literally 33 didn’t get anything done.  So when I started working with our new dog Lucy this week since she is smaller and all I started down at 20, and nothing.  So she is chasing my ducks and really trying to eat one, I dial to 35, nothing, 40, NOTHING, 46, YIPE!

Okay that got her attention.  10 minutes later that pain had left her mind and off to the races we go again, wait till she almost has one, zap, YIPE!  This morning, we go out, she chases them, they run, I wait, she gets close and stops.  Ah she is learning.  My guess is it will take 2-3 more times for her to realize those are Lightning Ducks that absolutely hurt when you attack them.  She has no clue the collar is the issue, she is now wearing it at all times, it comes off at night to be charged.

This is different than how I trained Charlie, he did know from the beginning that it was the collar and it was more a training aid.  But with Charlie I started with a 2.5 month old pup, who had lived in a shelter his entire life.  Now I have a Sheppard that has been on her own for at least a month, she is 50 pounds and should be closer to 60-65 at her frame.  She likely hunted to stay alive for awhile so the tactic changes.

I say all this to make sure you understand that these collars are useful trainers but you still have to train and they should not be used for all things.  This dog showed up here Monday at about 3PM when we picked her up from the vet.  It is now Thursday.  We started with a quivering dog that peed when you touched her.  In only three days, I now have a dog that can walk on a leash, loves to be pet, plays with my other dogs, sits, stays, comes.  None of that was done with the collar.

To me these are for training the really important things, do not eat the live stock, to not climb the fence and get lost, do not eat the power tools, etc.  And each dog requires an appropriate tactic.  This is a training tool, not a replacement for training, but it to me is the best one you can get.  For homesteaders this tool is often the difference between a dog that defends your stock vs. eats your stock.

So if you have similar needs check out the Dogtra ARC Remote Training Collar System just remember it is a training tool, not a training replacement.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

PS – Use of these collars requires being very responsible and only using it as needed.  Some people get very upset but properly used they cause dogs less stress and discomfort.  Tune in to the closing of today’s podcast to learn more about proper use of this tool.

To be blunt, if you put this on your dog and just shock it when it does anything you don’t like, you are a scum bag and should have this device shoved up your ass and your dog should be handed the remote.

Grannick’s Bitter Apple for Dogs – Item of the Day

bitterEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Grannick’s Bitter Apple for Dogs and it is something we are using right now.  Charlie Daniels Spirko, our resident Pit Bull, Pointer Mix has gotten some sores on his back feet.  Like all dogs he insists on chewing and licking them, which intern makes him lick more, chew more and makes the sores worse.

Charlie is free of hot spots, this is the fist issue like this he has had, likely he got skinned up or got in touch with some sort of plant that gave him a reaction.  So I washed them and began applying Dr. Christopher’s Salve to his feet, it worked great then got bad again.  Why?

Apparently Charlie likes the taste of Comfrey Salve.  One can only imagine the mind of a dog!  The solution is quite simple though, coat the area with salve then spray, Grannick’s Bitter Apple on it, chewing and licking stops.

This stuff tastes bad, I only ever knew one dog that would tolerate it and that was our Blackie, but even he only tolerated it as a very young pup.  Once the taste buds grew in, it worked like a charm.  This stuff belongs in your doggie first aid kit.

You can use it stand along just to stop chewing or with other things be they herbal or over the counter dog meds.  It also works for things the dog is chewing like say your house plants.  I mean they really, really don’t like it.   If you are a dog owner keep this on hand.

Note to Prime Members, because it is a low ticket item while on Prime it is an “add on item” if you want free shipping, so you may want to put it on your list and get it with your next order of other items, a 16 ounce bottle goes a long way, unless of course you have a house full of teething puppies!

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – David S. – If you are reading this yes, I tried the comfrey tincture you gave me, and yea, he liked the taste of that too.