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  Ted's Dog Mange Cure
Tue, 05 Nov 13 10:53:29 -0600

11/05/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Matross!

Whoo hoo for APBT Muttley!

Now that you have seen a drastic improvement, you may wish to cut back bathing to bathing 1x week for 8 weeks. The mite lifecycle is about 21 days, and so you want to treat once per week for at least 3 weeks, and then a few more weeks after your dog seemed cured to ensure the mites have been eliminated. Remember - Ted indicates that the borax solution be a saturated solution, so keep heating and stirring until the grains fail to dissolve to create the proper strength solution.

I like using the hydrogen peroxide to induce vomitting too; these bulldawgs are just so naughty they seem to get into *everything*! Do consider keeping activated charcoal [available at drug stores, or aquarium stores] on hand in cases of poisoning where vomitting is not indicated. "

Ted's Dog Mange Cure
Tue, 05 Nov 13 10:33:03 -0600

[YEA]  11/05/2013: Matross from Coobowie Australia: "Today is the 2nd wash my pet dog (muttley an American Pit Bull) has had in 3 days. Hydrogen Peroxide has been too expensive to buy in any event I have not been able in isolated rural to purchase larger amounts, and as Hydrogen Perixide or vinegar is the vessle for getting Borax through my dogs skin I have purchased 2 litre bottles of vinegar and if I may make comment for what it is worth from personal observation, the Borax/Vinegar remedy from the outset has been very effective against Demodex mange, Muttley has stopped scratching a complete turnaround , I intend to continue the treatment METHOD: In a metal bowl I empty 1 to 2 litres of vinegar and heat on the stove (this raises the solubility of borax in solution= more potent)and add and stir 250 -300 grams of Borax. After showering Muttley thoroughly with shampoo and scubbed with a soft brush and rinsed, the Borax /vinegar solution is applied thoroughly, and left to dry naturally (No Towels) Note : the small bottle of 3% 100 ml Hydrogen Peroxide is kept in my medical tool kit is used if ever Muttley were to eat poison. Hydrogen Peroxide is used to induce vommitting (apply 1ml to 1 kilo body weight DYOR) Cudos to Ted from Malaysia for sharing his research and remedy"

  Rose Geranium Oil for Ticks
Mon, 04 Nov 13 14:33:01 -0600

11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Ajan!

I'm with you all the way in avoiding applying poison to my pets!

To keep your pets parasite free, you may wish to use cedar granules /cedarcide in the yard - you will need to reapply from time to time, but cedar does a great job at keeping fleas and ticks at bay in the yard.

Next, daily grooming is essential during the flea and tick season. Comb with a flea comb targeting the areas where fleas congregate; the groin, armpits and then ears, eyes and mouth.

And then as you know, using a repellant prior to going for walks outdoors.

For one person, 1 drop of rose geranium oil applied at both base of tail and between the shoulder blades of her dog worked well for this gal:

She goes on to offer a variety of essential oil based repellants that you can easily make at home:

Not every remedy will work for everyone, so see what works for you and please report back!"

  Amethyst to Repel Fleas
Mon, 04 Nov 13 13:41:03 -0600

11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Savanna!

Sue posted in June, so in case she doesn't see your request I will offer some advice.

Amethyst comes in different grades, the highest being a jewelry grade with the deep purple color and clear with no milkiness in the stone. All grades of amethyst *should* work for repelling fleas. That said, out of the responses in this topic I counted 13 - including you - who have tried the remedy; it worked for 8 folks, though did seem to wear off on their dog the second year, and for 5 folks it didn't do a darn thing. It doesn't seem to matter if its the 'raw' chunk of crystals or a nicely polished high grade stone. Drat, I say, for those it didn't work for, as it does seem too good to be true to toss a crystal in your pet's water bowl and be able to forget about fleas!

Now, for your kitten - no need to get rid of your cat because of fleas, just give that kitty a bath!

Extensive directions on how to check for fleas and treat your home for fleas as well as bathe your cat are in this post, if you scroll through it until the end [ignore post title, it covers fleas I promise! ]:"

  Rose Geranium Oil for Ticks
Mon, 04 Nov 13 12:36:07 -0600

11/04/2013: Ajan from Cape Cod, Ma: "I have been following your posts and would like to know if I can apply rose geranium oil on my dogs in areas that they may lick ? We have a terrible infestation of Lymne ticks in the area and I am in need of something stronger than garlic which Iuse everday and refuse to use Frontline. Thanks"

  Re: Amethyst to Repel Fleas
Mon, 04 Nov 13 12:34:21 -0600

[NAY]  11/04/2013: Savanna from Ottawa Ks: "I just got a Kitten and I might not be able to keep her because the fleas are so bad. My friend tried the amethyst stone but it didn't work, I was thinking it might be because she bought it in the wrong stage. What stage did you get yours in?? I really wanna keep her so if you could get back to me asap or email me that would be great. Thank you."

  Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur Caused Screams/ Seizures to Cease
Mon, 04 Nov 13 12:05:42 -0600

11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Incorrect title for this post. Should be: Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur

Thanks! "

  Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Mon, 04 Nov 13 11:13:20 -0600

11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Lisa!

I can't fault your vet for prescribing the Lasix; 14 year old geriatric senior dog with severe heart murmur = Lasix in *any* vet's book. The herbal diuretics can take weeks to show their effects and their efficacy is far out shadowed by the Lasix.

That said, you paid good money for a visit, and you should provide your vet the feedback; dosing Standard Process Cardio per his advice and the dog is coughing - the vet needs to hear that and offer his take on it.

Its true that other remedies can negate a homeopathic remedy; you may be able to work around this by dosing the homeopathic remedy 4 hours before or after the other remedies or medications.

I know funds are limited, but it might be worth your while to consult with a different vet. I do think you should provide feedback to the first vet and allow them an opportunity to remedy your disappointment in their treatment plan. But its certainly possible you got a bum [quacks are found in all fields of medicine, yes?] so consider calling and interviewing these holistic vets in this search of your area:

I did search the site of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

There is one vet in Miramar - almost 2 hours from you - that does have a mobile practice. It might not hurt to call this vet as well for an opinion: Jeanette Basto 305-467-4185.

And, if your boy has an appetite, then the laundry list of nutritional support Katie has posted is in order. Read all the posts and jot down all the nutritional remedies and the doses. See what you can include in your boy's diet to help support his heart.

Keep us posted on your boy please!"

  Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas
Mon, 04 Nov 13 10:21:36 -0600

11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Ruth!

If you are taking the ACV internally, the most effective kind is the one that is raw/unpasturized and unfiltered/contains the active culture or the 'mother'.

The best way to make sure you have the right kind is to read the label and look at the contents - the *right* stuff will be cloudy with sediment at the bottom of the bottle."

  Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats Instructions
Mon, 04 Nov 13 10:18:17 -0600

11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Catmomma!

Feline herpes is a virus; antibiotics are dosed not to treat the herpes but to prevent secondary bacterial infections, ie pneumonia.

As a general rule, antibiotics given 5 days or less *usually* do not majorly affect the internal flora of the GI tract. Antibiotics given 5+ days tend to remove all the "good" bacteria in the gut and set the body up for yeast overgrowth and yeast related issues down the line. So keep that in mind as you dose the doxy.

The L-lysine is something that is dosed as an ongoing daily supplement in herpes positive cats. For flare ups some dose 500 mg 2x day - so 1/4 tsp and pm. Once the flare up is under control you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 250mg am and pm - so 1/8 tsp am and pm.

Stomach ulcers are not typically associated with feline herpes, however cats treated with certain medications during a herpes flare up may develop them. Why is it you feel your kitty has stomach ulcers?

If this were my cat I would up the dosage of L-lysine to 500 mg 2x day. I would stop the antibiotics if I saw him really improve; I would be on the lookout for respiratory complications that would require the continued use of antibiotics [7-10 days]. I would continue mixing ACV into the wet food, and use the syringe to ensure he is getting hydration. To check for dehydration use your thumb and pointer finger to grasp the skin over his shoulders and pull it up, into a tent shape - then release. In a hydrated cat the skin snaps right back into shape; in a dehydrated cat the skin sinks back slowly: if you can count to three for it to sink back [ one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand] you need to get more hydration into your boy. Consider getting Pedialyte for babies [for electrolytes] and mixing that into some tuna oil from the can and getting him to drink some of that.

The flare up may last weeks or months, depending on the age of your cat; if your boy is a kitten then once the flare up calms switch to the maintenance dose until he is a hale and hearty adult and discuss possible side effects or elimination with your vet."

  Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats Instructions
Sun, 03 Nov 13 22:55:25 -0600

11/03/2013: Catmomma15 from Cedar Rapids Iowa: "What is the recommended time frame for using ACV for cats? It is believed that my cat has a stomach ulcer and a mild upper respiratory infection and after the past research I've done the last few days, his behavior and symptoms match up except with the being finiky of drinking water normally. I can't get my cat into the vet right now due to low funds. Im looking into getting him feeling better on his own if I can. I have him on doxycyclene 1/16 of a teaspoon with 1/4 of L Lysine. He has responded to this so far 4 days of this twice a day very well but If I can get him feeling better the rest of the way using ACV, should I do this twice a day and for how long? Also because he has a couple of small sores in his mouth, he will only drink water from a syringe or if it's mixed into his food to make it like a chili consistency but let me assure you his water intake has NOT stopped completely he just finds it more acceptable to drink from the syringe or have it put into his food. I trust that this will help and I've mixed the applecider vinegar with tuna and he took it very well..This was actually easier than giving him meds. He is much more active than he has in the last 4 days since I've been doing the doxy and L Lysine mix but I'm willing to try a secondary method or replace my current one. So please let me know how long you would recommend trying the ACV when the doxy-l lysine combo has made a huge difference. Also can I continue to use both or 1 and again the biggest thing is since I introduced it to him tonight, how long would be a good time frame to give before setting an appointment. I'd like to see him get a vet appointment, but money is low and won't have any til the end of the week but would like to try and save some money if possible. please help. Any suggestions would be good. Will his drinking go back to normal also?"

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas
Sun, 03 Nov 13 18:53:48 -0600

11/03/2013: Ruth R from Chesapeke, Va: "Does regular apple cider vinegar that you get from Walmart work?"

  Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Sun, 03 Nov 13 18:48:25 -0600

11/03/2013: Lisac107 from Port St. Lucie, Usa, Usa: "Hi Theresa,

I appreciate your reply and suggestions, thank you!

My comment about the vet and holistic was based on him not even offering something natural to go along with it if nothing else. Nothing about the potassium loss, etc. Agreed that sometimes you need to use meds but there are usually other more holistic ways that either compliment or do the job.

I am giving him 1/2 Lasix in the morning and the other half at night. Also giving him the organic chicken broth cooked with spinach, carrots and potatoes to help replenish the potassium.

Reading a comment about homeopathy on this page, it was said that it didn't work because of the meds out-doing the benefit. Now I'm not sure if finding a homeopathic vet will be of benefit or not.

I am overwhelmed with all that is going on. Thank you again for your reply.

Sincerely, Lisa"

  Re: Diet Change Help Requested for Cat with Fleas
Sat, 02 Nov 13 11:23:53 -0500

11/02/2013: Dharmony from Ny, Usa: "Greetings. I am not sure why you are looking for a diet change for your pet for fleas. To rid of the fleas, you should look into FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth. Do not confuse it with the stuff they use in swimming pools as that one should NOT be ingested.

Food grade diatomaceous earth can be purchased at feed stores. It is considered a natural non-toxic flea control. It works by dehydrating the insects. It is NOT a chemical that poisons. You can rub it into the cat's fur, sprinkle it and rub it into the cat's sleeping areas or on carpets etc. If your cat licks it, it won't harm him as it can also be used directly into their food as a natural de-wormer.

If your cat won't let you rub it into his fur directly, you could sprinkle onto a towel and wrap your cat in the towel, then work into the fur. It can have a drying effect on the skin. Take precautions to not breath in the dust while applying as it is an irritant to the lungs. Good luck and please let us know how you make out."

  Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Fri, 01 Nov 13 14:58:31 -0500

11/01/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Lisa!

The dosage for Ubiquinol on the site sourced below is as follows:

"According to Karen Becker DVM, a good heart healthy maintenance dose is:

About 10 mg per day per 10 lbs of body weight
(for small dogs and cats you can cut the capsule, put a drop or two in food and take the balance of the capsule yourself so you don't waste it)"

Interestingly enough, if you follow the link to her article on a test for canine heart disease she states the dosage as follows:

"CoQ10 supplements come in two forms: Ubiquinone and Ubiqunol. Ubiquinol is a reduced form of CoQ10 and is the supplement I recommend for my dog and cat patients. A good heart-healthy maintenance dose is:

  • 50 mg per day for cats and small dogs"


I cannot make a recommendation as to which is the best brand; there appear to be many good choices out there.

I find your comment about your holistic vet prescribing Lasix curious: why ever would your vet NOT prescribe Lasix? Any good vet, holistic or 'western' [as my holistic vet calls it] uses the full range of available therapies to heal and support an animal, and Lasix is the "go-to" treatment drug of choice. Remember, all diuretics by their very nature - naturally derived or not - risk depleting potassium levels in the body.

I really like this site for how well it covers topics; this is their page for Lasix:

They recommend compensating for the possible depletion of minerals by giving your pet a mineral supplement. It might just be that easy, to offer your pet the "go-to" drug of choice [Lasix] and avoid mineral depletion by upping the nutrition in the diet you feed. And I am sorry if it appears I am trying to push you into using this drug. Its just that your boy is 14.5 years of age, in a breed where the median lifespan is 11.4; his long life is a testament to your very good care! But I would hate to see him fail to live out his life to the fullest in comfort and breathing with ease, for fear that the conventional treatment will cut his lifespan.

I do think you should give your holistic vet another chance when you get back to town. Bring up your concerns over using Lasix, and that you are have modified the prescribed dosage; discuss the most effective schedule for dosing based on what you have seen in your pet. Check out the heart murmur to see if it has changed from 5-6; has it improved under your current therapy? Ask for his opinion on dosage for Ubiquinol. Scan through the pages here and list out all the supplements and their dosages provided by Katie and other posters, and show this list to your vet and ask if he would recommend additional nutritional supplements for your boy.

Sending prayers for you, your mom and your boy~"

  Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Fri, 01 Nov 13 11:40:01 -0500

11/01/2013: Lisac107 from Port St. Lucie, Usa, Usa: "Hello,

I started giving my dog Ubiquinol, about 15 mg, he is 14 lbs, is that the right dose?

I have been very busy with family issues, my Mom went in the hospital, I am driving back tomorrow, 18 hours straight and taking my dog with me. I want to get him on the right supplements and doses but don't have a vet to work with. The one I took him to says he is holistic but just gave me the Lasix which I am giving him 1/2 a pill either once or twice a day which helps but, I don't want it to deplete his minerals.

There is an "isolated mineral" supplement that is mentioned but not the manufacturer, could someone tell me which one to get, please?

I make him organic chicken broth and chicken, I add spinach and carrots to the broth, tried to feed him sweet potato but that didn't go over well.

I will try giving him the Cardio Support again but I stopped last time because two days into giving it to him, he was coughing bad when he hadn't before. I know they say a supplement shouldn't do that but if he is allergice to one thing in it, I don't know.

Also, what brand of Ubiquinol is best? I saw one from Swanson's that is water soluable.

I will be checking this board even when I am back in Ohio for a week.

Thank you in advance! Sincerely, Lisa"

  Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Fri, 01 Nov 13 11:35:21 -0500

11/01/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sasho!

The easiest way to check the blood pressure of your dog would be to see your vet - simply because they are trained and will have all the necessary equipment. That said...

You will need a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff; in the US these can be obtained local drug stores starting under $20.00.

The average or 'normal' blood pressure varies by breed:


Systolic Pressure (mmHg)

Diastolic Pressure (mmHg)

Pulse Rate

Labrador Retriever


66 ? 13

99 ? 19

Golden Retriever

122 ?14

70 ?11

95 ? 15

Great Pyrenees

120 ? 16

66 ? 6

95 ? 15

Yorkshire Terrier

121 ? 12

69 ? 13

120 ? 14

West Highland

126 ? 6

83 ? 7

112 ? 13

Border Collie

131 ? 14

75 ? 12

101 ? 21

King Charles Spaniel

131 ? 16

72 ?14

124 ? 24

German Shepherd

132 ? 13

75 ?10

108 ? 23


136 ? 16

76 ?12

104 ? 16


134 ? 12

77 ?17

122 ? 6


134 ? 9

84 ? 12

109 ? 12

Miniature Breeds

136 ? 13

74 ? 17

117 ? 13


136 ? 12

76 ? 13

131 ? 14


140 ? 15

79 ? 13

104 ? 16


142 ? 10

85 ? 15

98 ? 17


143 + 16

88 ? 10

98 ? 22


149 ?20

87 ? 16

114 ? 28


145 ? 17

83 ? 15

102 ? 14

The normal values for dogs are breed-specific. Those for Golden Retrievers, Labradors and giant breeds tend to be lower than the overall average, and those for greyhounds and in general racing hounds tend to be higher. The “average” varies by the source – some indicate normal dog values are about 112 systolic and about 75 diastolic and others indicate the average canine blood pressure is 133/75. So use the chart and look up the breed [or perhaps size] of your dog and do some figuring.

Blood pressure is often measured in pets in the same manner as in humans. An inflatable cuff will be placed on the dog's paw or tail, and standard blood pressure measuring instruments will check the pressure. It is important to keep the dog still long enough to get an accurate reading.

The standards for dog blood pressure are:

  • 150/95 – at this reading or below, there is minimal risk and treatment is not recommended
  • 150/99 to 159/95 -- intervention is rotuinely not recommended at these readings
  • 160/119 to 179/100 -- treatment should be sought to limit the risk of organ damage
  • 180/120 -- immediate treatment should be sought to limit the degree of other more severe complications

Five to seven measurements are generally taken. The first measurement will be discarded, and the dog's excitement level during the procedure will be taken in account. If the results are in dispute, the procedure will need to be repeated.

For the procedure or “how to” it’s easier for you to view the link than for me to post the entire article here.


  Re: Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Fri, 01 Nov 13 06:37:28 -0500

11/01/2013: Sasho from Bulgaria: "Anybody know what Is normal dog blood pressure and heart beat rate and how can I measure both?"

  Re: Jack Russell with Cancer
Thu, 31 Oct 13 23:06:24 -0500

10/31/2013: Dennis from Mississippi: "Magic Milk "Tonic"

Tumeric powder, Curry Powder and Ginger root powder are proven herbal cancer fighters.Especially they are when combined.

(i know folks like to push the expensive stuff over the internet but that aint necessary)

I simply use Mccormicks brand off the grocery shelf with great success for ailments from A-Z....I make a tonic I call magic milk and yes I would not hesitate to give this to my dog every day or so if he or she had cancer...

My recipe goes like this:

1-cup/ 8oz of milk (warm is mighty good)

1/4 tsp of Curry powder

1/4 tsp Tumeric powder (optional because curry is derived from tumeric) but using both is a good thing.

1/4 tsp Ginger root powder

If he/she does not accept it/add extra milk with some table scraps or favorite food or snack and cut back on the ginger root some what.

May also be sweetened to taste..

This stuff is powerful

  • Analgesic (pain fighting);
  • Antibacterial;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-oxidant;
  • Antiseptic;
  • Anti-tumour agent (anti-carcinogen);

Best of Wishes. Lord Bless You & Yours!"

  Re: Jack Russell with Cancer
Wed, 30 Oct 13 21:06:10 -0500

10/30/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Karrie!

What kind of cancer does your JR have? What did the vet diagnose?"

  Bed Protection for Pets with Incontinence
Wed, 30 Oct 13 15:24:03 -0500

10/30/2013: Naturegal from Minneapolis, Mn: "I purchased several washable mattress underpads online (made for people - they're white and soft on top and blue on the underside). I always leave one on top of all of the dog beds. They will hold a lot of urine - my husky has full loss at night and as long as he is on the pad it stays contained (though doubling them up or laying plastic underneath isn't a bad idea if your dog is large). Disposable underpads are also nice to have on hand for times when you can't keep up with the laundry (though these can leak, so always have something underneath)!"

Jack Russell with Cancer
Wed, 30 Oct 13 15:23:16 -0500

10/30/2013: Karrie from Gastonia N.c: "My jack Russell has cancer. How can I try to cure him? He is only 5 years old"

  Supplements for Dog's Heart Murmur
Wed, 30 Oct 13 07:54:31 -0500

10/30/2013: Sasho from Bulgaria: "Thank you for reply Theresa.

I live outside US and Its difficult to get Standard Process products"

  Re: Heart Murmur Supplements
Tue, 29 Oct 13 13:44:12 -0500

10/29/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sasho! Standard Process products are only available through veterinarians and doctors. Have you tried your vet? Perhaps your veterinarian can obtain the cardiac support for you."