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  Re: Aloe Vera for Cats
Thu, 17 Apr 14 13:16:28 -0500

04/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Stopit!

Do you see the YEAS next to posts where the remedies have proven helpful and successful?

In an ideal world, we all would be able to use a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment, but the real world is not so ideal. In those cases where folks cannot afford a vet, or are unable to travel to a vet, Earth Clinic does a good job of offering first hand accounts of proven remedies."

  Re: Ted's Remedy for Mange
Thu, 17 Apr 14 13:13:24 -0500

04/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Phyllis!

This is what I do to make up the mange remedy.


Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
I get both of these from the grocery store.


Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.
Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.


Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the mange and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with mange."

  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:54:22 -0500

04/17/2014: Rhutka from Toledo, Ohio: "Hi. Thank you for the information. My Yorkie is between 6 and 8 lbs. She has no other health issues than the big swollen belly. Otherwise you probably wouldn't even know that there was anything wrong with her. I have seen on several posts where milk thistle was advised, but no one ever said a thing about the dosage. We have a health food store here in Toledo that carries Milk Thistle Extract. Thank you for all of your help and I will be checking out the website that was sent to us hopefully Daisymae will have some luck. Thank you, rhutka"

  Re: Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:49:33 -0500

04/17/2014: Kaylyn from Co: "Colloidal silver can cure FIP or ANY virus, bacteria, fungus without worry of the germs adapting or mutating. Google FIP and Colloidal Silver for quite a few videos and articles successfully treating infected kitties."

  Re: Ted's Remedy for Mange
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:48:50 -0500

04/17/2014: Phyllis from Manhattan Beach Ca: "I do not understand the directions. Do you add water to the borax, peroxide solution or not? Can someone give me an exact (not metric ) formula?"

  Re: Aloe Vera for Cats
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:36:38 -0500

04/17/2014: Stopit from Florida: "Please for the love of God, don't play Doctor on these helpless animals and FORCE things down their throats without the PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN! What is wrong with people!! Would you eat something that could potentially hurt you on the 'advice of a friend" without speaking to a DOCTOR??!!"

  Re: Gold Bond Powder for Hot Spots
Wed, 16 Apr 14 20:23:57 -0500

04/16/2014: Jj from Canada: "Sue, were you worried about your dog licking the gold bond? Thanks"

  Re: What Is ACV dose For Cats?
Wed, 16 Apr 14 20:22:27 -0500

04/16/2014: Robin Astby from Australia: "I would not be giving any small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar to Cats as it is Alkaline forming. Other Vinegars are Acid forming. Any small excess into Alkaline PH you are messing with trouble & cats will not be able to 'Pee'. It is a Vet. emergency to be able to get cat to pee again usually with antibiotics & other meds. Any Vet will tell you this. Needing an Acid diet of meat."

Sardines Helped Cat With Chronic Mouth Sores
Wed, 16 Apr 14 12:20:36 -0500

04/16/2014: Kathryn9 from Owings. Md.: "Cat has had mouth sores off and on since I can remember. For awhile, enisypril lysine cat chews seemed to work. Then they stopped. I now use 1/2 tsp of real sardine packed in olive oil every other day. Problem solved once again!"

  Re: Tea Tree Oil Poisonous to Cats
Wed, 16 Apr 14 10:42:23 -0500

04/16/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Hannidan! I have heard about issues with tea tree oil and cats before - yet I found myself confused because I have worked with a vet who specializes in using both arisolized and topical applications of essential oils on pets. The main thing is the quality of the oil; if it is not veterinary grade or human grade, then you should not use it on your pet. "What I recommend when considering essential oil use for cats is to choose oils that are used often, have been used in many cats, and to use them with techniques that cats enjoy. Tea Tree Oil, or Melaleuca alternifolia, is another feline controversy which fascinates me. I have directly communicated with people who have sadly exposed their cat to a poor grade Melaleuca oil, resulting in subsequent seizures and death. Conversely, I have met many cats and have witnessed firsthand a cat receiving 4 drops of Melaleuca oil orally twice a day, followed with blood work, and showing no ill events. I do not necessarily endorse the use of Melaleuca with cats, as there are many other essential oils that can be used in place of this particular oil." Source:"

  Re: Borax for Pets with Arthritis
Tue, 15 Apr 14 08:33:12 -0500

04/15/2014: Zark from Oz: "Rosannie - Borax is a kind of salt that is mined and safe when used in modest amounts, as with most nutrients it is all about -how much-. And yes I said nutrient here, it is the boron content of borax which our bodies need, and unfortunately our soils are very severely depleted. Borax is the salt form of boron and nothing more. If you can take the time to look up the toxicity information regarding borax (sodium borate) and table salt (sodium chloride), whilst scary, you will find that borax is in fact safer than table salt. Think about it this way: what would happen if you ate 5 tablespoons of table salt? You would be very sick, and yet in modest amounts it is actually useful for your body as an electrolyte.. well the same principal holds true for borax."

  Re: Cushing's Disease
Mon, 14 Apr 14 14:33:30 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Linda! Sorry to hear about your dog's Cushing's diagnosis. Raw high protein diets are best. If raw is not possible feed them a grain free, potato free, high protein, high quality canned food such as Instinct canned or Vital chub rolls. Check out this site and look at the top end/5 star brands for high protien, grain free, potato free options: Http://"

  Re: Cushing's Disease
Mon, 14 Apr 14 11:53:31 -0500

04/14/2014: Linda from W.minot, Me.: "I just stumbled across this site and have learned so much, thank you all, my Little Lasa-poo is currently having the Testing for Cushings, she has all the Symptoms..I felt so guilty thinking it was my Fault I didn't pay close enough attn. to her weight or so I thought it wasn't until she had a ravenous Appetite and uncontrollable thirst for water, not to mention a couple of accidents in the House, that I knew something was wrong..I love her so much, she is my little girl, she will be 8 in June..I am guilty of the bag food, canned food, all the pet chemicals for fleas etc...Which after this, I am so going to make Life changes for her, Thanks to all of you! I need any and all address you can post for Holistic food, supplements, etc..I do not want my little to go through anymore hell than she please help..Thank You So Much! ...Linda & Lucy!"

  Re: Lyme and Lepto Vaccine
Mon, 14 Apr 14 10:53:14 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Beachdogglory! I am sorry to hear about your senior GR's ailing condition :( Have you spoken to your vet of 30+ years about this? While I do agree that your dog should not have been vaccinated while ill, it's an old school vet practice to vaccinate at all costs, and *you* did allow it - despite your better judgement. If you expressed reservation at the time, I would mention this to your long time vet and explain you would like some restitution for the current bills you are facing. You certainly could take to social media, or various online feedback sites and post about your bad experience with your longtime vet; you could file with the BBB as well. You can mention these choices you have in front of you to your vet; complain about them vs compensation for a poor joint decision. To help your girl heal, you might consider giving her turmeric; this works inside and out on cancers and tumors. One half a teaspoon per meal is a good start. Read up on turmeric for pet tumors on EC:"

Re: Lyme and Lepto Vaccine
Mon, 14 Apr 14 09:53:30 -0500

[WARNING!]  04/13/2014: Beachdogglory from New York, US: "On Thursday, April 2,2014 I brought my 11 year old Golden retriever to the vet for her wellness exam and was told she needed 2 vaccines. I told my vet that she still had her cough, and that she was not herself. She had an x ray in December and was diagnosed with a bronchial infection. She gave my dog the vaccines and prescribed a cough medicine.

On Monday, I returned to the vet as my dog was still acting unusual. She was not playing with any of her toys, not sleeping on my bed and when I woke up she was sleeping in a strange place. I went downstairs and she didn't follow me. She didn't eat her breakfast and then she wouldn't lay down for 1/2 hour. I took her back to the vet that morning.

They admitted her and put her on fluids, took blood work and told me that her anal glands were infected. They discharged her at 5:30 and said it was all caused from her anal glands. They prescribed Batril and Rimadyl.

Wednesday she still wasn't doing any better. She was pacing and panting a lot. Not eating. I kept calling the vet because we were still waiting for some of the results from the blood work. The vet kept leaving messages on my home phone. I called again left one last message never heard back. When I finally called back around 8pm, I was told she was gone for the day. I spoke to the on call Dr. She told me my dogs liver levels were elevated. I asked why she wasn't being treated for that? She said she would note the chart to have the Dr. call me first thing. I told her I wanted to come in first thing.

At this point my dog jumped on bed and was laying with me. I was petting her gently, trying to get her to sleep, when I looked down at my hand it was covered in blood. I at first thought it was a hot spot. I patted it gently with a tissue. It bled all night.

When I finally got her to the vet and they shaved the area it was swollen, purple and the size of a grapefruit. They did more blood work. Then said they didn't know what it could be. Possibly cancer, tumors etc... They said they recommended an ultrasound and referred me to another hospital.

I took her to the hospital. They admitted her. She had surgery and was in for 3 days. I believe it was the vaccines. I have not heard a word from my vet of 30 + years. My dog has a drain in the area that they operated on. Part of the skin may not be viable and we are waiting for the culture to come back. This is $4,000 later and I am not done with the expenses. Is there anything that I can do? At least get them to help with the cost?

My dog was sick. My vet never should have given her those vaccines given her age and the risks."

  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Mon, 14 Apr 14 09:45:17 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Mark! Check it out: Https:// Http:// I have used powdered garlic in home made food for my dogs with no ill effects. While garlic may be toxic to dogs in large quantities, the health benefits of garlic in small quantities is widely proven. Http://"

  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Mon, 14 Apr 14 09:41:39 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Facts: The primary toxic ingredient in garlic and onions is n-propyl disulfide, an oxidant. [Other toxins are S-methylcysteine sulfoxide, methyl disulfide, and allyl disulfide]. Compared to humans, dogs and cats are more sensitive to “oxidative damage” on their red blood cells. Dogs have more “areas” on their red blood cells that oxidizing agents such as n-propyl disulfide can attach to. This attachment is recognized by the body as a foreign invader, and in the attempt to remove this invader, the body also destroys the red blood cell. This is called “hemolysis” – the breaking down of the red blood cells. Garlic is more toxic than onions – with raw garlic, toxic ingestion is around 1 gram per pound, and with onions it is 1 gram per 5 pounds. To put this into perspective, if you feed 50 cloves of garlic to your pet in one sitting you will induce hemolytic anemia in your pet."

  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Sun, 13 Apr 14 17:29:33 -0500

04/13/2014: Mark from Exeter, Uk: "Please provide evidence for your claims, garlic is widely used by dog owners with no negative outcomes, the warning against garlic only seems to benefit profit hungry vets."

Re: Tea Tree Oil Poisonous to Cats
Sun, 13 Apr 14 17:15:44 -0500

[WARNING!]  04/13/2014: Hannidan from Charlotte, Nc: "On the topic of tea tree oil. It is a deadly poison for cats, which are drawn to the taste/smell. They will even lick residue off pillows. Everyone please be careful. If your cat comes into contact with it you will want to get to a vet pronto."

  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Sun, 13 Apr 14 17:03:18 -0500

[WARNING!]  04/13/2014: Cazmere from North Hollywood, US: "Dogs should never be given garlic in any form. It destroys their red blood cells and causes severe anemia. Onion causes this as well."

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Sun, 13 Apr 14 16:55:47 -0500

04/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Jaw_a! Why are you afraid of giving your cat the Jedcorene? Read up on it: Http:// It sounds like your cat has a chronic issue. This means you need to treat him properly to get rid of the infection, and then put him on a maintenance regimen to keep the symptoms at bay. If this were my cat I would use the Jedcorene; if you are concerned about long term antibiotic use, if symptoms get better quickly you could stop at day 5 and then get him right away onto the ACV regimen that worked well for you before. The thing is you need to keep him on it - a life long thing, else the problems will persist."

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Sun, 13 Apr 14 16:45:46 -0500

04/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Jeng! I'm sorry you are not seeing the results you hoped for. In some cases remedies DO provide instant results, however in others it may indicate another remedy is needed, or more time is needed for ideal results."

  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Sun, 13 Apr 14 16:43:11 -0500

04/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Rhutka! Milk thistle dosage is 50 to 250 mg twice a day. Source: The swiss cheese appearance of the liver on ultrasound appears to have a diabetic component; does your dog have a skin issue going on also? This thread may be useful to you: Http:// I've been trying to think of an internet wonder treatment for you, and what comes to mind is homeopathy. Homeopathic Ruta graveolens 200c is proven to be helpful - check this out: Http://"

  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Sun, 13 Apr 14 10:58:11 -0500

04/13/2014: Richard from Ohio, US: "My Yorkie is 6 to 9 lbs. Daisymae has liver disease according to the vet and she has had an ultrasound that showed her liver looked like "swiss cheese". They told us that there wasn't much that they could do for Daisy and they prescribed her a diuretic to help with the fluid that is accumulating in her belly. I have read on the internet that milk thistle might be able to help with the liver. I have found the the milk thistle, but I need to know the dosage to give her. Thanks to any and all that want to help, rhutka."

Re: Anal Gland Maintenance for Dogs
Sun, 13 Apr 14 10:47:37 -0500

[YEA]  04/13/2014: Kathryn9 from Owings, Md.: "I have an update to another post about this issue. To date, I have been giving my poor old dog 1/4 large carrot chopped up over his dry dog food, a half tsp. of this glucosamine powder with Omega 3 6 9 also.

No anal gland stop ups ever so far on this routine every day!!!"

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Sun, 13 Apr 14 10:40:12 -0500

[NAY]  04/13/2014: Jeng from North Carolina, US: "My male cat has gone through 2 weeks of Clavamox and didn't get well. I've taken him back to the vet twice. She said he wasn't blocked and just to wait and see. I go nervous and took him one more time. She doesn't seem to think there is much more we can do that what we have. I told her that I had read all this and she said it's worth trying. I've had him on either 1/4 Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 tsp water or 1/2 to 2 tsp mixed in with a little food 3 times a day for a week. I'm always for natural healing and not a skeptic, but I have seen zero improvement. He is now peeing a small stripe instead of small dots, but I think that would happen with time anyway. His frequency to the litter box is the same.
Just don't get your hopes up from all these "He peed a river after the first dose! " reports."

  Re: Balance Problem
Sat, 12 Apr 14 21:41:19 -0500

04/12/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Gayle!

Two things come to mind for your staggering senior: ear infection or parasitic infection [think giardia].

The inner ear controls balance and its possible your cat could have one, but you would see the behavior ongoing.

And, when I last had a senior kitty she did the staggering thing; in her case it was giardia or some other type of parasite. I use a holistic vet and he prescribed a combination of nutritionals that tasted nasty but did the trick. It seemed each spring she would get whatever it was, get all staggery, and then after a visit to the vet for a vial of bitter herbs et al, would recover.

I suppose its also possible that your kitty had a blood sugar imbalance; keep an eye on the litter box and monitor weight and water intake. Diabetes mellitus is very common - and very treatable - in older cats and could cause temporary staggering. If the litter box and water bowl each need frequent attention a vet visit is in order."

Re: Balance Problem
Sat, 12 Apr 14 13:36:06 -0500

04/12/2014: Gayle from Ny, US: "Yesterday I heard my 11 year old cat moving in another room like he was playing with something. When I checked, he looked like he was staggering, front end one way, back end another. The times I did feed him he didn't quite finish his food which is not like him. He usually sucks his food down without chewing every piece. He seemed fine afterward. I picked him up, held him. His breathing was fine. Eyes reacting to light. He is normal today. No shots since we adopted him 11 years ago. Never outside. He eats Trader Joe's no dye food that I thought was better for him. Any thoughts?"

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Sat, 12 Apr 14 10:40:45 -0500

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  04/12/2014: Jaw_a from Ca, US: "Please help me ASAP.. My cat is male, 3 years old, he was blocked before 2 months and I went to the vet, and he used catheter for this problem. The vat gave him antibiotic he was better but not totally, so I read this page and I started giving him ACV, he was very good, I gave him maybe 3 ml with his food. He never eat dry food. So then I stop the ACV for 3 weeks. Now, the problem start again from 10 days. I give him ACV again but he is still sick. He pees but little. Now I need to know How millimeter should I give him from ACV daily?? 5 ml once a day? or should I increase it?

the vet give me jedcorene (effervescent granules) but I'm afraid, I gave him this medicine for 2 days and I just have stopped it today.. So please tell me..

I'm waiting for your informative and useful replies."

  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Fri, 11 Apr 14 19:19:35 -0500

04/11/2014: Rhutka from Toledo, Ohio: "Unfortunately, surgery doesn't seem to be the answer to my Yorkie's problem. Her blood work wasn't unnormal by very much at all, but the ultrasound showed holes in the liver. The description was that the liver looked like swiss cheese. Her belly is becoming swollen with fluid, so I was hoping to find way to help get rid of the fluid and since the doctors don't seem to offer much in the way of a future for her, I turned to the internet to give me some possible help for my baby. You always hear about surprise cures that come about because of the internet so I thought that I would give it a try since there is nothing to lose except for the life of a dog. Thanks to everyone that can offer some help and thank you so much to the person who replied to my original post. So sorry to hear about your friend, Rhutka"

  Re: Vaseline and Cayenne Pepper for Fly Bites
Fri, 11 Apr 14 14:16:27 -0500

04/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Cheryl!

I can see no reason why this would not work for your mule - please give it a try and report back!

1/2 cup of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of Vaseline - you can double this if its not enough.

Good luck!"

  Re: Alkalizing Remedies for Pets
Fri, 11 Apr 14 14:10:46 -0500

04/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sunnyg!

You stated " I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes."

This is a very simplified answer: "...the potassium and other mineral components in ACV can substantially reinforce the buffering and homeostatic systems that counteract the build-up of acids in the human body. This is what makes ACV an acid that can remedy the hyper acidity of modern diets and help the body return to acid-base homeostasis and generally more alkaline levels."


You also posted this: "Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile)."

Not sure where you heard this, but in my experience this is not the case; my dogs did not and do not vomit bile after drinking baking soda water.

An easy way to alkalize with baking soda is to add 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure water; if your dog hesitates at this amount, try 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water and build it up incrementally over the course of a week or so. However given the current skin crisis your dog is experiencing, you might wish to dose 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give this for 5-7 days - and then drop down to the maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon per liter."

  Re: Vaseline and Cayenne Pepper for Fly Bites
Fri, 11 Apr 14 13:46:30 -0500

04/11/2014: Cheryl from Ocala, Fl: "Will the vaseline and pepper work on my mules ears?"

Re: Demodectic Mange
Fri, 11 Apr 14 10:11:19 -0500

[YEA]  04/11/2014: Animal Gaurdian from Vt: "My Sammy/Chow/Border Collie/Malamute/Wolf mix had a TERRIBLE case of Demodectic mange which I completely healed by frequent bathing with organic tea tree oil soap followed by diluted organic lemon juice rinses.(allow time for the tea tree to sit on the skin for several minutes) I also used BHI Hair & Skin (homeopathy) supplemented with Vitamin C and Vitamin E., and an organic mushroom complex for immune support.

It took about a month but he was completely cleared. His fur started growing back nicely. Hope this helps. AG"

  Re: Arthritis Mostly Cured in Collie
Fri, 11 Apr 14 09:00:17 -0500

[YEA]  04/11/2014: Peace from Uk: "ACV + Turmeric for Arthritis in Dogs.

About 2-3 years ago, I took my border collie cross to a vet with a joint specialism. He was pretty negative. He told us that our dog had an arthritic knee, possibly due to an old injury, and an arthritic hip. He said that our only option was daily pain killers (which, I found out later, can cause death and are extremely expensive.)

At that point, we were already about 6-12 months into trying natural remedies. We'd been using daily c*rtaflex, cod liver oil and green lipped mussel supplements, with a good diet and regular exercise. We'd also cut out tomatoes and potatoes (ie. no more plate clearing.) These had helped to keep him off daily pain killers but we were still seeing a progression in the disease and he was limping more and more, with a lot of stiffness in the evenings.

I left the vet determined to find a solution and went on to do quite a bit of research. Finally, I got our dog into a simple routine which he is still on today (note: he's about 25kg):

Breakfast: 1 tablespoon ACV (organic, raw, with the mother) mixed with quite a lot of water, in his meal (Burns) so the biscuits go soft. (I'm NOT recommending feeding a kibble diet but it's what he likes and it agrees with him.) Adding the water helps to prevent dehydration and dilutes the ACV so, hopefully, it won't damage his teeth.

Dinner: 1 teaspoon Turmeric (organic, ground - like you would cook with) stirred into water and mixed into his meat. (The turmeric makes him smell but he doesn't mind! )

I have discussed all this with my normal (non-joint specialist) vet and she is very positive about it as she can see how well he is.

My dog is now 11 and lives a full, active, happy life. He has not limped or needed any pain killers since he's been on this dietary routine.

He's not fully healed though - his back legs are clearly not full strength and he is sometimes stiff in the evenings after he's been lying down for a while.

Also, we are careful with his joints. Collies are notoriously 'busy' dogs and he would happily run and jump like a nutter if we encouraged him, but we don't anymore. (That was the one bit of useful advice from the 'joint' vet.) Still, he runs about by himself and is clearly very happy. Also, we are lucky enough to live by the sea so in the summer we get him swimming almost every day.

One point: I looked into using ACV with Sodium bicarbonate (which I take myself) but was advised against this by my vet who said that bicarb can cause kidney problems in dogs and cats. (I have read all sorts about this and decided not to take the risk.)"

  Re: Alkalizing Remedies for Pets
Thu, 10 Apr 14 23:51:32 -0500

04/10/2014: Sunnyg from Brooklyn: "I am also curious about alkalizing a dog's pH. My vet said my dog's urine was 5.5 and was concerned, though I have consistently gotten 6.2 on her first morning urine (vet's test wasn't first morning urine). Eating primarily raw meat/organ/bone (acidic foods) with some pureed veg and fruit. I have heard apple cider vinegar might help, but have also read that it could be the complete opposite for an acidic dog and could make it worse. Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile). I have read so many people anecdotally recommending apple cider vinegar but I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes. She is presently having a bad allergic skin reaction to something, not sure what yet, I am afraid of aggravating it or creating more acid in an already borderline situation. Thank you for any help you can give."

Re: Milk Thistle for High Liver Enzymes
Thu, 10 Apr 14 23:46:55 -0500

[YEA]  04/10/2014: Linda from Massillon,ohio: "My friend had two cats with high liver enzymes. They fought the medicine the vet prescribed. I gave them "full spectrum" milk thistle. They sprinkled one capsule on their food which they ate. (Big surprise) The levels went down and the vet said, "keep doing what you are doing. It is working". Liver problems respond to milk thistle. This brand was from an online vitamin catalog store and only cost 3.49 for 100 caps. I believe in full spectrum herbs."

  Re: Dog With Suspected Heartworm
Thu, 10 Apr 14 15:22:23 -0500

04/10/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga: "John, I am treating my golden retriever now as well on VRM2. For a dog that size, give him 3 pills and sprinkle on cooked vegetables or a little chicken. my dog loves green beans, so I give him some with a little of the juice in the can, and sprinkle it on it and he eats it up. Just make sure you don't use red meat. Hope he's doing fine. :)"

  Re: D-Mannose for Pets with Bladder Infections
Thu, 10 Apr 14 15:06:47 -0500

04/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Monroe444!

It appears the post you replied to is from last year; not sure if the poster will answer about the natural antibiotics - I hope they do!

I did research into using human UTI test strips for dogs, and it appears the ones used for dogs are the exact same ones used in humans - so yes, you can save money and buy the human test strips for your dog."

Re: D-Mannose for Pets with Bladder Infections
Thu, 10 Apr 14 14:25:42 -0500

04/10/2014: Monroe444 from British Columbia, CA: "I was wondering what you mean by natural antibiotics - do you mean colloidal or ionic silver water? I was thinking about giving my dog colloidal silver for her UTI but decided against it because it's still an antibiotic, and I figure that if I disturb her gut flora it will just lead to more UTIs in the future, so I'm going to stick with D-mannose powder and cranberry capsules for now. I don't think her UTI is severe though, so maybe if it were I would do the silver. But if there is something else out there, I would love to hear about it.

I am also giving her herbs for Cushing's (the ones from Adrenal Harmony Gold) and have just added some more for her kidneys that are listed in some UTI formulas like stone root and oregon grape root.

Does anyone know anything about using human UTI test strips for dogs so I don't have to keep going back to the vets? Human test strips are so much less expensive than dog test strips - $13 for 10 as opposed to $40 for 2."

  Re: Poison Ivy and Dogs
Thu, 10 Apr 14 12:26:46 -0500

04/10/2014: Ramg from Bay Area, Ca: "I found your story helpful as well as the replies from others experiencing K-9 poison oak. Two days ago, I was enjoying some spring time hiking through the woods with my dog and there was plenty of low growing freshly leafed out p/o. My 7yo Staffy Bullterrier now has many little red bumps all over his stomach and a couple where his skin is exposed in his arm (or should I say, leg) pits.

As a person who can get it, I have found the most effective and satisfying way to speed along the healing process, is a good p/o soap such as Burt's Bees, or Fels Naptha which has been around since I was a kid, at first.. but after a couple days, or when the rash turns into small pimple looking bumps I treat it with a most satisfying method:

Take a small face cloth type towel and saturate a portion of it with hydrogen peroxide and proceed to do the unthinkable - Yes, scratch it with the soaked towel until the little bumps turn white. This can be done more than once, if some of the rash did not turn white with the tiny disinfecting bubbles. It is incredibly effective at drying up the rash and preventing the spread of the oils. IMPORTANT -- As a footnote, do not use the peroxide method immediately after getting p/o, before it has turned into distinct little bumps.. you WILL end up spreading it.

I will be trying this on my little friend and will report back with the results. Hope this is helpful as there is much discomfort when having P/O!"

  Re: Dog Food For Congestive Heart Failure
Thu, 10 Apr 14 10:41:01 -0500

04/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sasho!

I have no advise on diets as I am very unfamilar with them. I do know that many prescribed low sodium diets seem to taste awful and dogs do not want to eat them. You may wish to consider a home made diet as it very well may be the best you can get.

This may be a site you have seen before, but it looks to have helpful information suggests a few low sodium brands:"

  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Thu, 10 Apr 14 09:27:02 -0500

04/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Rhutka!

I'm sorry to hear about your Yorkie's liver cancer :(

Surgical treatment is typically the ideal approach in this situation, however you need to consider a few things before you choose that route.

The ultrasound showed you that there was a problem, but unless you did biopsies and additional bloodwork, you still need to know if this is a malignant tumour - and if so, the extent of the disease.

The liver organ has the ability to regenerate itself - a good thing if large portions of the organ must be removed to excise the tumor. But if the tumor has spread, or is of a nodular form [as opposed to one big mass] or if the tumor is in an inoperable location -then the prognisis is very poor. This is something that cannot be determined by ultrasound, and can only be evaluated via surgical exploration.

So, if this were my dog [and it was], the first consideration is your pocketbook; do you have the 4K or so to get this surgery done? And this is major abdominal surgery; your dog will be cut stem to stern and will be on morphine for a 2 week recovery. And depending on what they find, the cancer could come back - and when they do its usually with a vengeance. And then lastly, do you have the time and mental capacity to nurse your dog through healing from the surgery to a possible hospice situation?

In my case we 'debulked' a pancratic tumor - we could not get the entire thing - so the cancer eventually won, but we did manage to buy 6 more months of time with our girl; 6 more months of deferring saying goodbye, 6 months filled with fried egg and bacon sandwiches on toast each morning and anything else our girl wanted to eat.

I don't think I would go this route again - never say never - but with this particular dog it was inconceivable to take any other action, and hey, that's what credit cards are for. This was years ago, the bills long paid, but the memories of those last 6 months are with us forever.

I do not envy your situation. While those last 6 months of stolen time with our girl were filled with whatever we could do to make our girl comfortable and happy, always in the backs of our minds was the looming specter of the end; 6 months of waiting for the other shoe to fall.

I wish you peace in whichever decision you make.


Please check this out for more info:"

  Re: Dog Food For Congestive Heart Failure
Thu, 10 Apr 14 07:30:16 -0500

04/10/2014: Sasho from Bulgaria: "What would be your recommendation on a specific brand for a proper food for dog with CHF?

I like tthe quality of Orijen and Acana grains free dry foods but they are not low sodium foods although salt are 0.3 - 0.6 %. Anyone used Orijen Senior or 6 Fish?"

Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Thu, 10 Apr 14 07:17:53 -0500

04/09/2014: Rhutka from Toledo, Ohio: "I have an eight year old female Yorkshire Terrier named Daisymae who just recently began to show swelling in her belly. We took her to the vet to find out what could be the cause and we were told to go get an ultrasound but that it was probably liver cancer. We did the ultrasound and it was determined that cancer was indeed the cause. We love our dog and and since I am out on the internet quite a bit, I thought I might as well try to find out if there was any chance at all for our dog. Her belly has become swollen within the last month or more and she has problems getting up and down our steps now when she goes outside. She drinks water just fine, but her appetite is not as good. She usually gets rewarded with a dog treat when she goes outside. Now, she usually will only eat her treat after she is in for a little bit and the water she drinks has time to settle. She will eat people food like she has had it all her life (she hasn't). Please, does my dog have any kind of a chance to any possible recovery? I and my wife are heart-broken and since we already have had the worst news from the vet, any hope at all would be a blessing. Thanks in advance, Rhutka."

  Re: Cat's Ear Mites, Diatomaceous Earth Causing Hair Loss?
Wed, 09 Apr 14 13:34:30 -0500

04/09/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Susan!

I am just not picking up on mites. you could maybe use your jewelry lope to examine the gunk to see if there are mites, but the treatment didn't work - all the treatments didn't work, so again I rule out mites when I think on it.

The only thing that I can think of that could *appear* to be contagious to all cats/get's passed around would be inhalant /allergic reactions - be it from allergens in the breeze blowing pollens from CA over to you, or from the junk food treats you abundantly fed. I know around this time of year I see allergies in my pack; it shows up as gunky ears: best I can figure it's the molds and mildews from the spring melt that come into play and while it seems to affect all of the dogs, the way the allergic reaction is expressed in each dog varies greatly. This could be the same deal with your pride. Feeding the wrong foods will cause one of my dogs to get swollen lumps that act like abcesses and ooze and weep, while another dog might get gunky ears and another might break out in itchy hives. Feeding the wrong stuff can set up a chain reaction on the inside allowing yeast to over grow in the GI tract which often expresses as skin allergy, but might also express as gunky ears.

I would go ahead and get the Zymox; I would also try alkalizing the water by adding 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of pure water; if you can build it up to 1 teaspoon do so, and dose 1 teaspoon per liter for one week. In addition I would consider adding probiotics of some sort - ie DDS with FOS. As with yeast over growth, if you have too much of one flora in the GI tract the whole system fails [you see skin problem or ear problems] so rotate the probiotic flora species around - when you finish 1 bottle, replace it with a new formula, and so on.

Also consider the chemicals in your house. From what you have shared I get the idea that you likely would use green chemicals for kitty safety, but things like scented plug ins can cause all sorts of problems for cats, along with the type of laundry soap you use to wash their bedding. So have you purchased new cleaning products in the last few months?"

  Re: Cat's Ear Mites, Diatomaceous Earth Causing Hair Loss?
Wed, 09 Apr 14 12:01:22 -0500

04/09/2014: Susan from Las Vegas: "Thanks again Theresa! I followed the links you provided, read through the info, and nothing made me go "hmmm..."! (Those are great resources, by the way). He has no crusty skin, no scales, no sores, no redness, no pustules, no oily skin, no odor: nothing but hair loss and itching. The backs of his ears have lost fur too, and they are inflamed (although better today.)

I was giving them an abundance of junk food cookies, and thought maybe that had something to do with his hair loss. But the ear thing is being passed around, and it began prior to my OD'ing them with cookies. His hair loss may just be from scratching. He doesn't use his claws when scratching, therefore his skin isn't broken/scratched or bleeding. The other two use their claws and that's why when the Bengal is scratching his ears he cries.... and that's why the Snowshoe has ripped those scabs off when she's itching.

The Big Question is: What is contagious, causes intense ear itching, head shaking, back legs thumping when I scratch their ears for them, dark brown wax, no odors, etc., that can be contracted by an indoors- only cat and passed to the other two?

Trouble is looking much less distressed this morning. Ears are still itchy but he is back to acting like himself... same shenanigans and same little troublemaker as usual. I haven't put anything into his ears since the coconut oil/colloidal silver stuff. By tomorrow I will guess he'll be miserable from itching again because that's the pattern, with one ear being worse than the other, holding it horizontally and then giving me that "meow" letting me know he's miserable.

I am so grateful for this website and the help I have received because I don't know if I'm treating this problem correctly since I've never personally dealt with an ear mite problem. The only ear problems I can remember dealing with on my own animals was a GSD's ear infection due to those big donkey ears getting stuff blowing in and another GSD had a foxtail in his ear. With all my dogs over the last 4+ decades being swimmers, not one even got a bacterial or a yeast infection! Have had lots of cats in the past and just lucked out I guess because no ear problems with any of them either!

Now it's three cats getting this thing all at the same time and each one is hard to treat in their own way so I guess my luck temporarily went on hold!

I will look up the meds and order some today. I hope it works, then I hope they never have to go through this again.

Thanks again!"

  Re: Slippery Elm for Pets
Wed, 09 Apr 14 11:29:57 -0500

04/09/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Dog_Conscious!

Thank you so much for sharing the journey of healing for your boy. It really pays to stick with it, and to go with your gut. I appreciate your sharing what you learned about slippery elm; it is important to understand that even when 'natural', remedies and therapies need to be studied and fully understood to avoid or negate negative side effects.

Very impressed with how you did not give up on your boy and found the answers you needed!

Thank you!"

  Re: Cat's Ear Mites, Diatomaceous Earth Causing Hair Loss?
Wed, 09 Apr 14 10:12:25 -0500

04/09/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Susan!


My first thought on reading your update was that it doesn't sound like you are dealing with ear mites as you certainly have done all the right things to get rid of mites and the symptoms persist.

My next thought is ZYMOX otic with 1% hydrocortizone, enzymatic ear solution. Google it, order it, its not spendy. The hydrocortizone helps calm the skin and the enzymes 'digest' the yeasts that may be in the ear. You should dose once per day, but you don't have to dig around and clean the ears so it is easy to use.

Hair loss around the neck and ears indicate itchy ears - usually. And your cats do have something going on with their ears so it would make sense to see this hair loss. But just in case its something way off the mark check out these sites and see if anything makes you go "Hmm....""

  Re: Cat's Ear Mites, Diatomaceous Earth Causing Hair Loss?
Tue, 08 Apr 14 23:24:31 -0500

04/08/2014: Susan from Las Vegas, Nv: "Hey Theresa! Thank you so much for replying to my post in March and helping me try to solve the problems surrounding my cat's ear/ear mite issues.

Unfortunately, I'm still fighting the war and now I'm desperate!

Any advice from anyone here is more than welcome!

This is their diet: Free-feed Orijen kibble, canned Organix grain free, fresh meats like chicken and beef, canned salmon, but they also get "junk" food like Whiskers treats, Meow-mix treats or Pounce treats. I'd created three cookie-monsters by giving them too many junk-food cat treats that the Bengal is totally obsessed with! I hate to admit I went overboard with giving them cookies too many times a day. But those sneaky little cats totally took advantage of me and trained me to their benefit! Now I have gotten a grip and although they still get cookies, it's in moderation. I've also switched their litter to Dr. Elsey's dust-free, hypoallergenic litter.

I used the oil (olive+vitamin E) in Trouble's ears (he's my Maine Coon with the hair loss around his neck) and got the last of the larger particles of "dirt" out of his ears. There might be some deep in his canals, but there's nothing visible. When I wipe out excess oil, pinhead-sized brown particles are on the cotton-ball. Of the three cats, his ears have the least amount of "dirt" and they actually look completely clean. The Snowshoe's and Bengal's ears both have a little visible dark-colored "wax" and it returns a couple days after putting the oil into their ears. Those two have intense reactions when treating their ears-- they cry and scratch their ears like crazy! Trouble does that a little, but not like the other two.

I didn't give them a bath. Trouble has had a couple "sponge" baths. Putting the oil in their ears once a day caused too many reactions that concerned me, so I didn't use oil as often as suggested.

Trouble is suffering the worst since he's still itching and shaking his head, twitching his ears, holding them sideways, and looking quite forlorn. The balding areas around his "collar" have widened, but the skin isn't red, isn't crusted, and is just regular-looking skin. If I'm not mistaken, it looks like the fur is coming back. It's peach-fuzz-like and there's only a couple dime-sized totally bald spots. The area is still itchy and I scratch it for him using my knuckle and he enters a state of nirvana! He has never had skin problems before this, ever!

I've read all the remedies on EC for ear mites, ear problems, and skin problems as well as info from other resources. I have the following products on hand: DE; pure organic Neem oil; H2O2; 100% organic pure coconut oil; Vitamin E oil; pure virgin olive oil; colloidal silver (gel) ; Borax powder; organic ACV; Dr. Bronner's baby shampoo; purified H2O.

Besides the oil, here's the remedies since the last post: I tried watered-down ACV but that stung Trouble's ears so I only tried that once (on his outer ear skin.) Then I tried Neem oil, warming it and applying it into their ears with a dropper. So, that seemed to help all of them at first: the next day their ears were considerably less itchy. Before I used it, Trouble's ears had become irritated and the inside skin on the ear-flap was almost red. Two days after applying the Neem oil his ears were almost light-pink again. I waited another day then re-applied the Neem oil to the Snowshoe and Trouble. I couldn't catch the very elusive Bengal. (Another story.)

When I applied the Neem oil the second time, both cats had bouts of crazy itching inside their ears, unlike the first time. Trouble's ears turned bright red, his ears really bothered him! Snowshoe's ears also bothered her and she sort of hid out for the day. Then I noticed two scratching-wounds on her cheek area! I applied colloidal silver to those patches and they heal up quickly, but then she scratches the scab off and we have to start over.

Since their reaction to the Neem oil was so intense, and it didn't seem to help them like it seemed to the first time, I let their ears rest for a few days. Since Neem oil is supposed to kill mites along with being an anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal oil, I don't know why they had this reaction.

I don't treat everyday with these cats due to behavioral and physical reactions -maybe I should.

So, after a couple days I went to the next concoction: coconut oil mixed with colloidal silver applied with a dropper into their ears. Again, negative reactions at first. Then it seemed as if Trouble's incessant ear twitching, tilting, scratching, head shaking and misery subsided a little, but then the next day (yesterday) he was totally miserable! I've never seen him like that! His ears were/are making him totally miserable. He couldn't sleep because his ears kept twitching and itching, and he's holding them sideways, shaking his head. His eyes were squinting. His ears turned very red and tender. He even hid under the bed which he's never done before. The other two cats are not having these issues. I am just having other difficulties with treating them which is another story.

Tonight he is in better shape: he has more energy, his ears still twitch but he's not constantly shaking his head and looking as miserable as he looked yesterday. His ears still bother him but are more upright, they itch but aren't as red and his eyes are not squinty.

Of all the treatments, the least "harsh" seemed like it'd be the coconut oil/colloidal silver mix, so I was surprised at the reaction. Both have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-mite, anti-everything properties, so I don't get it.

Maybe the treatments were too close together when I transitioned from the Neem oil to the coconut/silver one. Or do I need to treat more often?

I gave Trouble a good brushing, shedding out his winter coat, and found some tiny white particles of dandruff on his back. I looked at it under a high-powered jewelry loupe and I don't think they are bugs since they didn't move. I also saw some dandruff on the Bengal's coat but it didn't move either.

Again, the only hair loss is on Trouble and it's only on his neck. The only itchy parts are Trouble's neck, and ears on all cats. No one's ears have any bad smells coming from them.

The DE has not caused any negative reactions on the other two cats, but to be honest I have been concentrating on Trouble more than them since he's the one with the most pressing problems.

Anyone have any ideas about what's going on, or if I need to do things differently?"

  Cranberry Juice for Cat's Bladder Crystals
Tue, 08 Apr 14 13:52:21 -0500

04/08/2014: K7bdd from Cross Plains, Tn: "My mom used cranberry juice for years to keep from having bladder infections. She never had kidney stones either. All the MD's and DO's I've spoken to recommend cranberry juice or the fruit for the full range of urinary tract health."

  Re: Garlic and Fish Oil
Tue, 08 Apr 14 13:19:58 -0500

04/08/2014: Bugs Mom from Valdosta, Ga: "If fish oil is too stinky, Try krill oil."

  Re: Slippery Elm for Pets
Sun, 06 Apr 14 13:53:30 -0500

[SIDE EFFECTS]  04/06/2014: Dog_Conscious from New York Area: "My experience with slippery elm and my dog. My dog has had very bad acid reflux for years and unfortunately no vet, holistic or traditional has been able to help (they only say take Pepcid - a very bad solution). After a dental procedure in July 2013, we were given antirobe to give to our dog. It's a very potent anti-bacterial drug that is strong enough to penetrate bone. The acid reflux became so severe that our dog would faint and have a seizure from it. Again, no vet, holistic or traditional knew what to do. So, as I always do, I researched and found slippery elm. It was a "miracle" for a month. Then, he started to show signs that again no vet, holistic or traditional (we went to 5 different vets for help) knew what was going on. From Sept. 2013 thru Dec. 2013 there were symptoms which included: extreme hind side pain, wouldn't eat unless it smelled right, excessive thirst (he's got kidney disease so we thought he could be in renal failure), dry eye, etc. We tested for numerous things. I questioned everything (as I usually do). He got sub-cutaneous fluids and homeopathic remedies. It was miserable for him and for us. He would only eat liver. We got a vet nutritionist to help. Finally, after he lost a pound in a matter of weeks and then gained several pounds in two weeks, it dawned on me. It's the slippery elm that stopped the absorption of his hypothyroid medication that caused this. Yes, as I said, the severe reflux improved to just minor episodes for a month but the reflux came back anyway and in addition, he now didn't have enough thyroid medication in his system. I followed the directions of what I found online for the slippery elm (which wasn't adequate - 1 hour before the medication) because as I asked every vet no one had an answer for me except one after the fact (as that one vet mentioned, "The slippery elm should always be given at least 2 hrs before or two hours after any other medication.") Of course, no vet wanted to believe my conclusion until all the symptoms finally went away during the weeks following the end of the slippery elm usage. It took about 12 - 16 weeks following the end of the slippery elm usage for the symptoms to be completely gone and his thyroid to be back to normal. We now have found other alternative health solutions for the acid reflux (still all the vets wanted him to take Pepcid) that appear to be working.

I'm not saying to not use slippery elm. I've heard of it being helpful for very sick animals outside of this forum, too. Just please be careful if your dog/cat is on any medication (although we try very hard to use alternative health solutions, he eats home cooked organic food, thyroid medication is a necessity for our dog). I also do wonder if the slippery elm does not allow for the complete absorption of nutrients when given with food. If it causes lack of absorption of medication, that leads me to believe it could cause lack of absorption of nutrients, too.

Another thought, when a vet says that tests or study's were done on humans so the result might correct not be for dogs/cats, trust your instinct. Who's to say it might not be for them, too. BTW: every single symptom I researched that was about humans applied to my dog and led us to be able to help him. Also, he was never in renal failure (YAY! ), his excessive thirst was due to dry mouth which IS (no vet wanted to believe which caused the wrong homeopathic remedy and was just a waste of time and money) a symptom for hypothyroidism (in humans AND dogs). In addition, I found a study from the NIH that stated that humans who have hypothyroidism can have their sense of taste and smell thrown off because of it. And finally, we couldn't understand why our dog would only eat liver for weeks (which made us a bit nervous). Turns out liver is very good for the thyroid.

Bottom line: listen to your animal and then, yourself! Good luck to everyone."

  Re: Cortizone Shot Killed Cat
Sun, 06 Apr 14 12:46:44 -0500

04/06/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Rose!

What an awful situation :(

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved kitty."

Re: Cortizone Shot Killed Cat
Sun, 06 Apr 14 11:29:12 -0500

[DEATH REPORTED]  04/06/2014: Rose from Florida, US: "My cat was a beautiful long hair calico. Recently, she has been overgrooming and pulling her hair out, so we took her to the vet to be looked at. They gave her a cortizone shot to help ease itching as they thought she could have an allergy. It turns out my cat had a heart condition we were not aware of that the shot excerbated. She died within hours... Not even a full day had passed. We will miss her dearly."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Sat, 05 Apr 14 14:12:36 -0500

04/05/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Puppylover23!

Found this link that may be helpful to you:"

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Sat, 05 Apr 14 12:39:17 -0500

04/05/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Puppylover23!

Consider adding an anti-diarrhea med such as Immodium. Dilute the activated charcoal into the pedialyte until she can keep it down. The most critical thing is to keep the electrolytes up and keep her from getting dehydrated. So if she can keep the pedialyte down when its NOT mixed with AC, try dosing plain pedialyte inbetween attempts to get the AC-pedialyte mixture down.

Make sure she is plenty warm; you don't want her to use up her vital energy trying to stay warm while she is fighting the parvo."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Sat, 05 Apr 14 11:21:06 -0500

04/05/2014: Puppylover23 from Summerville, South Carolina: "She's started having diarrhea late last night, and I diluted the AC like you said to 1/2 a tablespoon. and she threw it up so I'm going to continue to dilute it to about 1/4 of a table spoon and see how that works."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Fri, 04 Apr 14 20:28:07 -0500

04/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Puppylover23!

If this were my dog I would not offer her any food; any food you can get her to eat will either come right back up or run right through her.

I would dilute the AC with the pedialyte and continue trying to get it down her. So if 2 tablespoons of AC into 1 cup of pedialyte isn't staying down, make it 1/2 teaspoon to 1 cup of pedialyte. Try to get *some* AC into her GI tract so it can start working. So try diluting it way down and see if that helps.

If she pulls through - and I am praying for you! - if you take her weight at 4 months and double it you get a ball park idea of how much she will weigh as an adult."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Fri, 04 Apr 14 20:15:40 -0500

04/04/2014: Puppylover23 from Summerville, South Carolina: "She's a mixed breed, but the pet store said based on her current size she would end up being a medium sized dog.

So what your saying is that rather than making her drink the 2 tablespoons of AC, only give her the AC out of about 5 capsules with the one cup of Pedialyte? I've been giving her 2 tablespoons with one cup of Pedialyte. And she's been throwing it up so far."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Fri, 04 Apr 14 13:39:21 -0500

04/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Puppylover23!

Yes, the AC for gas is the same thing. The AC works by absorbing the toxins in the GI tract. So follow the directions posted previously and open the capsules and make sure your girl gets some down. You don't say what kind of puppy she is- so use your judgement about how much to use. For a tiny toy breed you might use only one capsule at a time; for a pitbull you might need 10 capsules at a time. What counts is getting some AC down and keep dosing it along with the pedialyte and mix it into the wet food too. I wouldn't worry about her eating, I would get that AC/pedialyte down 3-4 times a day if you can."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Fri, 04 Apr 14 12:00:14 -0500

04/04/2014: Puppylover23 from Summerville, South Carolina: "I just got the activated charcoal today, but its in capsules and the bottle said it was for gas. Will it still do the same thing?

Ive been giving her the Pedialyte so far and she ate a tiny bit of food and has been drinking some of her water by herself in addition to the Pedialyte I give her every hour and a half. Will this activated charcoal get rid of the Parvovirus in my baby?

thank you so much for your help :)"

  Re: Cherry Eye
Fri, 04 Apr 14 10:22:00 -0500

04/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Marlene!

In the few experiences I have had with this condition, the gland popped out and I immediately returned it to its place; it did not get red, inflamed, infected -etc. as there was no time for those conditions to arrise. The condition did not recur - but there are some dogs who have this issue recur again and again, and for those dogs surgery is usually indicated.

So is the gland red and inflamed and infected? If its too swollen to be manually replaced into position, then you do need to see your vet to explore your options. Its possible your vet can treat with antibiotics to get the gland back to a healthy state, to where it can be manually pushed back into place, however if this cannot be done your best option might be the surgery - either to tack it back in place, or to remove the gland altogether."

  Re: Glaucoma for Dogs
Fri, 04 Apr 14 10:07:49 -0500

04/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Maddie!

You might try 2 drops cold pressed castor oil in each eye am and pm. In addition you might try supplementing the diet with Hyaluroni acid, and Glucosamine sulfate - you can google to find out where to purchase, and the bottle will give dosing guidelines."

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Fri, 04 Apr 14 10:00:28 -0500

04/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Pupplover23!

I have no experience with MMS so cannot offer any advice except to google it and you should be able to find sources on where to purchase it.

You can find AC at your local drug store; aquariums stores have some in a pinch, but its granulated and you would need to use a coffee grinder or food processor to pulverize it into fine powder.

Activated Charcoal works especially well when used with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. You can make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte
4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water) 1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use regular table salt if you have to. 2 Tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or sodium free broth to add some flavor

Start with 1 cup of electrolyte solution in a small jar with a lid; add 2 heaping tablespoons of AC and then put the lid on and shke to blend. This goes into a syringe well and then can be placed into your dog's mouth; tip the head back and gently depress the plunger to allow him to drink it slowly.

If your dog has an appetite, you can mix the AC into canned dog food and make that a bit wetter and sloppier by adding the electrolyte solution to the wet food. The virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

Give your dog the wet AC and electrolyte loaded food am and pm for 5 days and up to 7 days. If she is hungry between meals, give him extra AC and electrolyte feedings."

Re: Cherry Eye
Thu, 03 Apr 14 20:54:16 -0500

04/03/2014: Marlene from Pittsburgh, PA: "Hi, we have a 11 week old shicion and she developed a cheery eye about two weeks ago and we can't seem to get the massage to work. Do you think it's too late and do you think we can locate someone in pittsburgh area that might be able to help us? We really want to avoid surgery, which is what the vet recommends when we get her spayed. Can someone please help us?"

  Re: MMS and Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Thu, 03 Apr 14 19:58:13 -0500

04/03/2014: Puppylover23 from Summerville, South Carolina: "My new 4 month old puppy named Honey was lethargic, weak, vomiting, hardly drinking water, not playful, and so we took her to the vet and he diagnosed her with Parvo. He told us that she may not love until the next day and that we should let them keep her and giver her an IV and fluids. But we cant afford that, so we had to being her home. I saw your site and looked at the great ratings it had, and I decided to use the Miracle Mineral Supplement and the activated charcoal. But I wanted to know where I could find those two products. I'm giving her the Pedialyte to keep her hydrated tonight and getting the 2 products hopefully tomorrow. I really want good results from this, since I've seen that it has a 100% living rating so far. Also I was wondering since she's not eating should I just be giving her this Pedialyte until she decided to eat some food? Or should I like mix it into some canned food and give it to her through the syringe? One more thing if you have any tips you could give me that would be great, I really am hoping for a positive result with this rather than having the vet treat her.

Also she hasn't started having the diarrhea yet, so I'm trying to stop the virus before the diarrhea comes and she gets sicker.

Pleaseeee helpp. The more the merrier!"

Re: Glaucoma for Dogs
Thu, 03 Apr 14 19:38:55 -0500

04/03/2014: Maddie Hopper from Moscow, Id: "Just wanted to comment on a comment by Andrea of NY: Regarding the pharmaceutical companies, I had been able to buy Dorzolamide eye drops for my dog at Rite Aid. I don't remember the exact price, but it wasn't more than about thirty dollars with my discount card. Then, one day the pharmacist informed me I could no longer use the card, and the price would now be something like eighty dollars with a different discount card, but if I wanted to pay twenty dollars for yet another discount card the price would come all the way down to seventy dollars. Curious, I asked "What will it cost if I have no discount card, and the answer was one hundred and five dollars!

Shortly after, I was talking with our vet, not the one who prescribed the drops, and she offered to see if she could get it for me. She did, and it cost me twenty-six dollars. A similar travesty happened with Prednisolone drops for the same dog. The price our vet was given at local drug stores was over one hundred dollars. Then, she found a veterinary supply that sold it to her and she sold it to me for twenty-nine dollars. Don't know what she paid, but we can be assured it was less than what she charged me. So, all I can figure is that the prices some people have to pay for these drops are obscene and unjustified.

I just wish I could find a natural remedy for glaucoma for our dog. I know about Vitamin C, but it's really scary backing off the drops when you don't have a way to tell what's happening with the pressure. Thanks for listening,


  Re: What is ACV dose for cats?
Thu, 03 Apr 14 17:05:58 -0500

04/03/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Marlene!

For oral dosing, you can add three teaspoons of raw, unfiltered, 'with the mother' type ACV to a tall glass of pure water; if she won't drink it willingly, you could use a syringe to get it down her; tip her head back and insert the plastic tip of the syringe into the corner of her mouth and gently drip it into her mouth. If that is not an option, you could stick her leg into the glass of prepared ACV solution and get the fur soaked down to the skin; the act of licking herself dry will cause her to ingest the ACV solution.

For bathing, although you do not indicate what sort of skin issues your girl is experiencing, you can take 1 part ACV and 10 parts water and use this as a rinse after first thoroughly rinsing any shampoo off of her. Since you want the ACV to remain on wet on her skin for as long as possible, towel her off but don't towel her dry - and then place her in a warm room until she is thoroughly dry and cannot take a chill.

Good luck with your senior girl!"

Re: What is ACV dose for cats?
Thu, 03 Apr 14 05:43:35 -0500

04/02/2014: Marlene from Australia: "I would like to give my 13 yr. old cat apple cider vinegar. Could you please advise the dose she is generally unwell, still eating and drinking.also has skin problems. What is the dilution ratio to bathe her coat.

Kind regards, Marlene"




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