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  Re: Goat with Mange
Wed, 02 Apr 14 12:26:08 -0500

04/02/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa: "Dear Theresa,

Thanks so much for your response and information. That is very helpful! I will let you all know how it turns out for Cinnamon. :)

~Mama to Many~"

Re: Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Wed, 02 Apr 14 08:39:43 -0500

[YEA]  04/02/2014: Andrea from Austin,Tx: "Activated charcoal worked with my 2 and half yr old australian shep pup who had parvo."

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  Re: Goat with Mange
Wed, 02 Apr 14 08:00:53 -0500

04/02/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey MtM!

I've made up gallon upon gallon of Ted's Mange remedy and splashed it all over my face - into my eyes - with no adverse effects; in fact, I don't feel anything from it, no stinging at all. It might be different if you were to soak your eyeball in the solution for 10 minutes, but getting it splashed into the eye was not a problem for me.

A remedy that has a bit more 'body' to it would be sulpher powder with a carrier oil. Not sure if it would annoy the goat and cause it to rub its face and possibly smear the sulpher into its eye, however."

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  Re: Milk Thistle for Pets With Tumors
Tue, 01 Apr 14 20:02:18 -0500

04/01/2014: Colleen from Colorado: "Be careful, shots are just as bad for pets as they are for people (in fact my dog has developed a tumor exactly where they gave her the vax - she is taking thuja (homeopathic) to detox and I have tried everything I have read on here esp. the castor oil and turmeric, Although it did not get bigger since the use; it also has not shrunk - so I have been using natural antibiotic such as grapefruit seed extract and colloidal silver (directly on the tumor) and it seems to be shrinking ever so slowly tho. Alternately I also saturate it with arnicare gel - (in case she is having any pain issues) not getting bigger and my be shrinking. (also since these things may be parasitic I put black walnut tinture occasionally) - no grain food - and good meat products are also necessary for the diet. (small batch, primal, natures variety are brands of wild meat for dogs and cats that are sold at some smaller pet stores in the freezer."

Re: Goat with Mange
Tue, 01 Apr 14 18:20:52 -0500

04/01/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa: "Hi,

We just figured out that we have a goat with mange. It is near his eyes. We are using Ted's remedy with borax and peroxide, but I am concerned about getting it in his eyes. It this bad to get in the eyes? Would there be a safer alternative?

I am planning to use garlic internally and also put borax in the water.

I have read that I can use tea tree essential oil (1 T. per cup of water) on mange, but that doesn't sound good around the eye either.

Thanks!

~Mama to Many~"

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  Re: Cats respiratory/allergies
Tue, 01 Apr 14 13:24:18 -0500

04/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Tim!

Thank you for sharing your story and process to healing your kitty!

Totally awesome!"

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  Re: Correct Dosage Needed for Dogs with Heartworm
Tue, 01 Apr 14 12:48:22 -0500

04/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Petpeeps!

It is difficult to reply with specific dosages because there are so many different factors at play making advice difficult at best.

There are myriad brands of black walnut, wormwood, and so on, and they come in tinctures and powders and solid capsules and so on. In addition, many posters omit crucial information in their requests such as age, condition of the animal, weight of the animal, that make it difficult if not impossible to provide accurate information.

The best advice I can give is this: read the label on the bottle for dosage information. Many times dosing ivolves going with your gut or its hit/miss untiul you find the dose that works for your particular pet.

Next, google and search for those in a similar situation; you may find that someone with a cat that was HW+ posted about their experiences treating their own cat with the product you wish to use and the information - dosage and all - might be found on a rescue cat forum, for example.

And lastly, you might consider the VRM2 that has been discussed recently; while I have no personal experience with it, the results have been very positive - and the dosage is already worked out."

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  Re: Circular Massage for Cherry Eye
Tue, 01 Apr 14 12:37:59 -0500

04/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Abraham!

Awesome to know EC helped you and your Boston!"

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  Re: Help Requested for Dog with Itchy Skin
Tue, 01 Apr 14 12:37:10 -0500

04/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Teresa!

You might want to try bathing/dipping your dog in Ted's Anti-Staph/Anti-fungal solution:

You will need:


Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [Buy the brown bottle from the drugstore, which is a 3% solution, and then pour it into a larger jug and then fill up the empty brown bottle twice with purified/non-chlorine water and empty that into the jug and now you have a a big jug full of 1% solution]


Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide; when I am treating a dog for the first time I quadrupple the batch so I have enough to fully bathe the dog. Apply to freshly bathed and still wet dog - ideally you would stand her in the tub and use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution and keep pouring it over her for 10 minutes. It is important that you do NOT rinse. then put her in a crate with no bedding so she can drip dry. The solution is still active and *workgin* until she is fully dried. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. Then once her whole body has been treated you can make up a small batch and put it in a spray bottle and try spritzing the particular areas as often as it seems to be needed.

Make sure you keep an eye on her ears and keep them clean as ear problems seem to go hand in hand with itchy skin this time of year."

Re: Cats respiratory/allergies
Tue, 01 Apr 14 12:03:47 -0500

[YEA]  04/01/2014: Tim from Jackson, GA: "I just wanted tell the story of Kona, our 15+yro Siamese Bob tail Cat. She has always struggled with the changes from winter to spring, so just 3 weeks ago took her to the vet for what seemed like congestion and bad sounding cough. She received a steroid shot and we got a $70 bill.Brought her home, gave her extra care when she didn't want to be outside and she got better, was eating and drinking again. Then came the last week in March where we could not find her and by the evenings of the 25th & 26th she had not did her typical routine of shredding the weather stripping at the front or rear doors after dark to come in for the night, by about 5pm on the 27th I found her sitting in our pasture on a bed of leaves with her nose pressed to the ground, wouldn't respond to being called or making noise to get her to look up, couln't see her breathing at all, I was sure she had passed away, I next climbed over the fence and as I got closer, she looked up and made a pitiful meow, she was in worse shape than in previous weeks. We quickly got her to the Vet before closing where she spent the night and was given iv fluids, antibiotics and a X ray that showed her lungs clear of issues.

After a $300 vet bill she came home that Friday the 28th.She still looked horrible, wouldn't eat or drink.Though the Vet said he thought she would be ok, everyone at home thought she was in her last days if not hours. By mid day Saturday I looked at EC's pet section, read about Apple Cider Vinegar and all of the positive stories of how it helped others pets , but I could not wrap my head around on how to treat Kono with this. Vapor? wasn't sure how to do that. She wasn't about to eat or drink anything and she wasn't going to let me force it on her, already tried getting mashed food from a baby bottle to only have it spit out.

Then Sunday evening came and a plan had come to me.First I filled a tea kettle with 1cup water 1/2cup raw (w/mother) ACV, brought to a boil, poured a mug full and placed it in front of the pet carrier and covered all with a heavy towel to trap the vapor. I tried this a couple of times and decided it was not effective enough with little vapor and it cooling off to quickly. So next I brought the kettle back up to boil then turned down to a low simmer, placed the cat carrier with towel over it onto the counter next to the stove. Found a empty paper towel tube, then I placed over the spout of the Kettle that allowed me to direct the steam into the carrier but the cardboard will become soggy and fall apart after awhile, a heavier cardboard are a tube made of plastic would work better. I decided to offset the kettle from the eye on the (glass cook top stove) toward the carrier, carefully covering the the kettle and carrier under the towel but take caution from getting burned from steam or from the burner eye.

I Do NOT Recommend trying this with a gas top stove or even a stove with a electric coiled eyes, this would be a fire hazard and possible injury to pet and owner. Please use COMMON SENSE. Leaving a opening on back of carrier to allow vapor to flow through or letting out some vapor several times in a treatment, this proved to be very effective.Did this method for less than 20minutes at a time.

Monday morning she was standing and stretching in the kennel but still had green goo coming from her eyes and still not eating or drinking. Proceeded with another vapor treatment that morning in which afterwards the green goo started to come out of her nostrils, I thought Progress, then treated again that evening, slowly but surley she started to improve to the point that she decided to drink a good bit of water and finally wanted outside, then walked around the house and went straight to the food bowl on the back deck. She chose to stay outside for the night, she didn't like the kennel thing, went to find her with a flashlight around 9:30 but she hides well. This morning about 7:30 am, April 1st she walked up the back steps into the kitchen, then went right into eating dry food. Took a nap then wanted back out again. She seems much better and more like her normal self again. Thanks to all who contribute to this site."

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Vapors Helped Cat's Respiratory Ailments and Aller
Tue, 01 Apr 14 11:52:34 -0500

[YEA]  04/01/2014: Tim from Jackson,ga.: "I just wanted tell the story of Kona, our 15+yro Siamese Bob tail Cat.She has always struggled with the changes from winter to spring, so just 3 weeks ago took her to the vet for what seemed like congestion and bad sounding cough. She received a steroid shot and we got a $70 bill. Brought her home, gave her extra care when she didn't want to be outside and she got better, was eating and drinking again.Then came the last week in March where we could not find her and by the evenings of the 25th &26th she had not did her typical routine of shredding the weather stripping at the front or rear doors after dark to come in for the night, by about 5pm on the 27th I found her sitting in our pasture on a bed of leaves with her nose pressed to the ground, wouldn't respond to being called or making noise to get her to look up, couln't see her breathing at all, I was sure she had passed away, I next climbed over the fence and as I got closer, she looked up and made a pitiful meow, she was in worse shape than in previous weeks. We quickly got her to the Vet before closing where she spent the night and was given iv fluids, antibiotics and a X ray that showed her lungs clear of issues.

After a $300 vet bill she came home that Friday the 28th. She still looked horrible, wouldn't eat or drink.Though the Vet said he thought she would be ok, everyone at home thought she was in her last days if not hours. By mid day Saturday I looked at EC's pet section, read about Apple Cider Vinegar and all of the positive stories of how it helped others pets, but I could not wrap my head around on how to treat Kono with this. Vapor? wasn't sure how to do that and She wasn't about to eat or drink anything and she wasn't going to let me force it on her, already tried getting mashed food from a baby bottle to only have it spit out.Then Sunday evening came and a plan had come to me.

First I filled a tea kettle with 1 cup water 1/2cup raw (w/mother) ACV, brought to a boil, poured a mug full and placed it in front of the pet carrier and covered all with a heavy towel to trap the vapor. I tried this a couple of times and decided it was not effective enough with little vapor and it cooling off to quickly. So next I brought the kettle back up to boil then turned down to a low simmer, placed the cat carrier with towel over it onto the counter next to the stove. Found a empty paper towel tube, then I placed over the spout of the Kettle that allowed me to direct the steam into the carrier but the cardboard will become soggy and fall apart after awhile, a heavier cardboard are a tube made of plastic would work better. I decided to offset the kettle from the eye on the (glass cook top stove) toward the carrier, carefully covering the the kettle and carrier under the towel but take caution from getting burned from steam or from the burner eye, I Do NOT Recommend trying this with a gas top stove or even a stove with a electric coiled eyes, this would be a fire hazard and possible injury to pet and owner, Please use COMMON SENSE. Leaving a opening on back of carrier to allow vapor to flow through or letting out some vapor several times in a treatment, this proved to be very effective. Did this method for less than 20minutes at a time...

Monday morning she was standing and stretching in the kennel but still had green goo coming from her eyes and still not eating or drinking. Proceeded with another vapor treatment that morning in which afterwards the green goo started to come out of her nostrils, I thought Progress, then treated again that evening, slowly but surley she started to improve to the point that she decided to drink a good bit of water and finally wanted outside, then walked around the house and went straight to the food bowl on the back deck.She chose to stay outside for the night, she didn't like the kennel thing, went to find her with a flashlight around 9:30 but she hides well.This morning about 7:30 am, April 1st she walked up the back steps into the kitchen, then went right into eating dry food.Took a nap then wanted back out again. She seems much better and more like her normal self again. Thanks to all who contribute to this site."

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  Re: Correct Dosage Needed for Dogs with Heartworm
Tue, 01 Apr 14 11:48:27 -0500

04/01/2014: Petpeepsnc from Charlotte, Nc: "I'm having trouble finding the page that lists the ingredients and doseage. Can anyone reply with the link. I'm new to the site, trying to help a friend treat a cat that she rescued from the local kill shelter. The vet told her to take it home and care for it until it dies...... Would like the doseage for the Blk Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12 & Garlic. Thanks"

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  Re: Circular Massage for Cherry Eye
Tue, 01 Apr 14 11:46:20 -0500

[YEA]  04/01/2014: Abraham B. from Hialeah, Fl.: "I got my Boston Terrier puppy 3 weeks ago. He is just 12 weeks now. He got cherry eyed the day before yesteday and my wife got some iced water with a sterile gause and put it on the puppy's closed eye a couple of times. She then gave the puppy the circular massage and it worked!!!! We got really happy after feeling soooo bad for the puppy. Bostons rock!!!!!!! Thank you all for the help..."

Re: Help Requested for Dog with Itchy Skin
Mon, 31 Mar 14 17:31:36 -0500

03/31/2014: Teresa from Nashville, Tn.: "My Shih-tzu is 4 years old. She has been getting a flea pill every month, but just in the past two weeks she has been itching near her private area and back, and her ears. I might of been bathing her too much and got her oils all messed up. But wanted to know what I can do now to help her from itching all the time. I don't want her to make herself raw. Thank you for any help."

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  Re: Correct Dosage Needed for Dogs with Heartworm
Mon, 31 Mar 14 14:30:23 -0500

03/31/2014: John from Davenport, Iowa: "What was the end result?"

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  Re: Charcoal for Bloating in Cattle and Dogs
Mon, 31 Mar 14 14:11:03 -0500

03/31/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Stephanie!

I suspect that the bloat symptoms you saw in your dog was not bloat but rather a sour stomach from too many cow pies. The use of AC is spot on.

Bloat involves the dog's stomach twisting and cutting off the blood supply to the stomach tissue. Symtoms are unproductive retching - trying to vomit but bringing nothing up, along with excessive drooling, restlessness, and a large, bloated painful stomach.

http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/digestive_system/diseases_of_the_stomach_and_intestines_in_small_animals/gastric_dilation_and_volvulus_in_small_animals.html?qt=bloat&alt=sh

Interestingly enough, in ruminants the twisted stomach condition is a secondary form of bloat, the primary type of bloat being "an overdistention of the rumenoreticulum with the gases of fermentation, either in the form of a persistent foam mixed with the ruminal contents, called primary or frothy bloat, or in the form of free gas separated from the ingesta, called secondary or free-gas bloat. It is predominantly a disorder of cattle but may also be seen in sheep. The susceptibility of individual cattle to bloat varies and is genetically determined."

Source: http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/digestive_system/diseases_of_the_ruminant_forestomach/bloat_in_ruminants.html?qt=bloat&alt=sh

So for this form of bloat I see the AC being a remedy for this too."

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  Re: Correct Dosage Needed for Dogs with Heartworm
Mon, 31 Mar 14 13:40:27 -0500

03/31/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Chris!

Its hard to provide any dosage guidelines without knowing the weight of your dog.

Also, it might be worth your while to get a definitive diagnosis; heartworm 'snap' tests are inexpensive and will confirm in minutes if your dog has HW. Since you mention a small dog, I would want to rule out tracheal issues as well."

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  Re: Tapeworms in Cats
Mon, 31 Mar 14 13:34:39 -0500

03/31/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Slorff!

There are many OTC wormers that contain the effective ingredient Proziquantel/Droncit in them. You should be able to buy "TradeWinds Tape Worm Tabs Cat Tablets" at any pet supply store - these are cheaper than a vet visit and are effective usually requiring only one treatment.

If you wish to go the herbal route consider VMR1 [http://systemicformulasmedia.com/491-vrm1/], and also slippery elm tea, as well as worm wood and black walnut; dosages for these products would be listed on the bottle and you would need to calculate based on the weight of your pet."

Re: Tapeworms in Cats
Mon, 31 Mar 14 12:54:14 -0500

03/31/2014: Slorff from Abbot, Maine: "Do you know any products that get rid of tapeworms in cats?"

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  Re: Black Walnut Extract and Garlic for Heartworm
Mon, 31 Mar 14 07:51:47 -0500

03/30/2014: Sara from Texaz: "How is your dog doing? I'm about to do this treatment on my 10 year old Blue Heeler. Praying it works!"

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  Re: Castor Oil, Chaga Helping Dog's Tumor
Sun, 30 Mar 14 15:49:32 -0500

03/30/2014: Turbo from Austin, Tx Usa: "Chaga is actually in the Funghi family, medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries in Asian, Japanese cultures to enhance the immune system. They have also been known for their cancer fighting benefits. My 12 year old Lab has nasal cancer, I am using medicinal mushrooms (including Chaga) and herbs to try and treat him. Check out Paul Stamets/Mycologist. It has only been a coupleof weeks but I am hopeful from reports from some others. Best wishes for all in the healing of our sweet best friends."

Preventing Bloat in Large Breed Dogs
Sun, 30 Mar 14 15:47:35 -0500

03/30/2014: Deidre from Fairfield County, Ct: "I lost my first large breed dog to Bloat years back, it was such a tragedy - I then became obessed with preventing it. What I have learned is as follows:

  • Elevated Food Bowls increase bloat risk
  • Feed your dog a supplement with Ox Bile along with food
  • Provide a mixture of wet and dry food versus wetting the kibble
  • Give your dog a good probiotic supplement, as balancing intestinal flora is critical
  • Bloat increases with age, so feed an older dog smaller amounts more frequently
  • Do not exercise your dog within an hour before or after eating, especially older dogs
  • If your dog is a fast eater, place a tennis ball in the middle of his food dish to eat around. This will slow eating down
  • The first sign of bloat is usually restlessness with a very dry, unproductive cough. It can develop very quickly, so bring your dog to the vet immediately after seeing the first signs
  • Have Maalox/Mylanta with Symethicone handy, as the vet may ask you to start treatment with it for the build up of gas

Remember to listen/watch your animals for a change in behavoir - it may save their life!"

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  Re: Fur Loss
Sun, 30 Mar 14 13:51:07 -0500

03/30/2014: Dmg from Philadelphia: "Sounds like mite. Hay/straw usually has it or gets it. Nasty things.

Blue dawn dishwashing soap kills mites and fleas. It has to be the blue kind. Diliute in a spray bottle- enough to smell strongly of the soap and thouroughly spray everything, under, over and behind. Ok to do on furniture and walls. Do as often as you feel necessary or notice anything you could blame on a bite.

Wash the pet with the Dawn soap and/ or use a capstar pill- that helps give the infestation a kick start to gone but capstar is not a natural remedy, available in pet stores or online, no prescription needed, at least in the US.

Btw- straw is a better insulator than hay. Hay doesn't insulate. If you can insulate the walls of the shelter with hi level R-foamcore insulation board, that would help environment and maybe can avoid the straw next year. But if not, at least next year it might be a more even fight by prepping the space with a spraydown.

Good luck."

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  Re: Correct Dosage Needed for Dogs with Heartworm
Sun, 30 Mar 14 09:25:43 -0500

03/30/2014: Chris from Ft. Myers Florida: "I wanted to know the correct doses for my dogs in treating them with the black walnut. Wormwood. Dandelion and the b12 combination. My smallest animal has developed a constant cough that keeps getting worse and I'm pretty sure that he has heartworm. Was hoping that I could fix it with this combo. As we all know how very expensive vet bills can be."

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  Re: Heart Murmur Supplements Update
Sun, 30 Mar 14 09:13:23 -0500

03/30/2014: Shrichar from Dallas, Tx: "Hi Katie,

I just read your email and thank you. Can you please email me at sdrrak (at) aol (dot) com and in the subject line put "Missy" just in case it goes to spam. I would really like to actually talk with u personally and I will give u my phone # in a reply email. Regards, Sherry R"

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  Re: Cat's Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Heart
Sat, 29 Mar 14 17:30:32 -0500

03/29/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Juanita!

I am sorry to hear about El Gato's condition. Very clearly you care about her and love her very much.

Hyperthyroidism is usually a disease of older cats. When it goes undetected into the advanced stages - causing heart and other organ damage - the vet may need to treat the heart before addressing the hyperthyroidism. It may be that in order to save El Gato's life this fluid must be drained from the heart again and again until at such a time the medications have a chance to work and the fluid accumulation is reduced and her condition improves. Given the possible cancer diagnosis, it may also be that the fluid accumulation is the result of a tumor on the heart causing the sac around the heart to fill with fluid; there are surgical options for this however they are risky and success rate is iffy at best.

Please read up on hyperthyroidism in cats:

http://www.2ndchance.info/hyperthyroid.htm

Please read up on the heart condition that El Gato likely has:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=2507

Please contact your first vet and have a frank discussion with them; are you seeing hyperthyroidism at its end stage? What is the vet's own success rate in treating this condition in the later stages?

The answer may help you determine the best way to spare El Gato needless suffering.

{{{{{{{Juanita & El Gato}}}}}}}}}}}"

Re: Charcoal for Bloating in Cattle and Dogs
Sat, 29 Mar 14 17:21:47 -0500

03/29/2014: Stephanie from Minneapolis, MN: "For many years of having dogs, I have encountered, from time to time, the symptoms of bloating and discomfort in my dogs after they have been eating other animals' feces (I presume) or some other un-nameables. When I notice this discomfort, I immediately give two or more capsules of activated charcoal to my dog. This works very well. Sometimes I may give 3 capsules now and another dose later. Then, the only thing to be concerned about is if they would get constipation from too much charcoal. That has never happened that I know of but I know that is something to be aware of.

i wonder if anyone has tried this with cattle. I once treated a calf with bloat. There was no charcoal so we just burned toast and scraped it to crumbs and gave it to the calf. However, I also applied some Jin Shin Jyutsu for indigestion, so, when the calf recovered, we did not know if it was one or the other treatment, or both, that had helped the calf, or if the calf just recovered on its own. If anyone has input about bloat in calves, and treatment with charcoal, I would be very grateful to hear it. (A family member owns cattle). Thank you."

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  Re: Cat's cancer, hyperthyroidism, heart
Sat, 29 Mar 14 16:42:33 -0500

03/29/2014: Juanita from Brooksville, Fl: "Two Vets and in debt over 1000. First vet drained 170 cc from a fluid filled sac pressing on left lung and mentioned heart damage. Tests showed hyperthyroidism high and that is what that vet concentrated on prescribed medication that almost killed her the first day. Tried lowering the dosage and noticed the open mouth breathing again. Made the quickest appointment with a mobile vet since her heart is bad thinking less stress and quicker. This vet concentrated on the sac and drained 75cc sent it off to the lab. She suspects cancer. Open mouth breathing is back less than 1 day after the sac was drained. I mentioned putting her to sleep but the vet was in a hurry for her next appointment so now El Gato needs help. She wants to live and I want to help her. I have read about melatonin for cancer and the dosage. But I am desperate to save her."

Re: Cat's Cancer, Water-filled Sac and Hyperthyroidism
Sat, 29 Mar 14 16:36:10 -0500

03/29/2014: Juanita from Brooksville, Fl: "In debt over $1,000.00 and can't give up. First vet drained 170 cc from the sac, pressing her left lung and said she had hyperthyroidism and heart problems. Medicine prescribed almost killed her the first day. Second vet came to the home and drained 75 cc from the sac and said cancer. Fluid was sent off to the lab. I called the second vet to get the results and let her know El Gato was breathing open mouthed the next day after and had quit eating. I don't know what to do. Please is there help."

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Sat, 29 Mar 14 09:05:24 -0500

03/28/2014: Suseeq from Sydney Australia: "Yes Denise, any kind will do. I use camomile as that is supposed to soothing to the skin, but you can use any. Just make sure she doesn't lick herself. I leave my made up shampoo in the sun for alittle while then give it a good shake before I use. I hope this helps you because I know how frustrating this is."

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  Re: Heart Murmur Supplements Update
Sat, 29 Mar 14 09:03:35 -0500

03/29/2014: Katie from Northport, Ny: "I just wanted to clarify some information on CoQ-10 (although I had done this in a previous post). When using CoQ-10 (ubiquinone), it is recommended that you use the reduced form which is called ubiquinol. According to research it is a much more effective form of CoQ-10. However, if you choose to use plain CoQ-10 (or ubiquinone), only use it in the hydrosoluable liquid capsule form – such as the Q-Gel formulation which has made it much more absorbable. So the recommendations are as follows:

  • Quino-Gel (water soluable ubiquinol) – Most advanced form of CoQ-10 available today. Recommended for individuals with advanced needs.
  • Ubiquinol (reduced form of CoQ-10) – Far more effective than CoQ10 (or ubiquinone), Highly recommended by Dr. Mercola and others.
  • Q-Gel CoQ-10 (hydrosoluable ubiquinone) – Advanced form of ubiquinone. Was made water soluable so that the body can absorb it more easily than plain CoQ-10 (or ubiquinone). Look for Q-Gel anywhere on the label.
  • CoQ-10 (or ubiquinone) – Not recommended, poorly absorbed by the body.

Katie"

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  Re: Suggestions Requested for Heart Murmur
Fri, 28 Mar 14 21:33:47 -0500

03/28/2014: Katie from Northport, Ny: "Sherry,

I am sorry to hear about your dog - it sounds like your dog might have mild congestive heart failure from the symptoms you described. From everything I’ve read, a person or animal being treated for an enlarged heart, along with (possible) congestive heart failure would be supplemented differently than a person or animal that has a regular low grade murmur, which is what I am currently treating my dog for (that is, no heart enlargement and no fluid retention). So, I wouldn’t give most of the Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F or Immuplex. For humans, the basic supplements that are recommended for congestive heart failure are: Cardio-Plus, Cataplex B and Organically Bound Minerals, along with Folic Acid B12 and either Flax Oil or Cod Liver Oil.

So, if Missy were my 10 lb. dog, I would probably give her the following supplements, in the following dosages: Cardio-Plus (3-4 day), Cataplex B (2/day) and Organically Bound Minerals (1/day). I don’t think I would give the Folic Acid B12, even though I mentioned in an earlier post that I might. I think I would rather keep it simple and not add too many supplements. And, I think I would also give the cod liver oil (Blue Ice Fermented cod liver oil), as it helps with the blood pressure. As mentioned in an earlier post my previous cardiologist suggested a 500 mg. fish oil capsule for my dog when he was in CHF, however, I never gave it to him. I think I would also give Missy CoQ-10 in the hydrosoluable gel capsule form. This is the type that Dr. Sinatra recommends in his books. I would give either Quino-Gel (50 mg., twice a day), which is considered an advanced hydrosoluable form of CoQ10/ubiquinol. Or, you can give the Q-Gel formulation (which is also water soluable but it is a CoQ10/ubiquinone formula). Just look for Q-Gel anywhere on the label. If you give the Q-Gel formulation you can probably give her 100 mg twice a day because it’s not as absorbable as the Quino Gel. CoQ10 is also very safe so you don’t have to worry about giving a large dose of it. BTW, CoQ10 will also help to lower blood pressure.

I believe that Enalapril is mostly prescribed for high blood pressure and for CHF. So, when starting her supplements, I would start them slowly and watch her carefully. You might want to try giving them away from meds at first? The reason is that that the supplements may start to lower her blood pressure naturally (along with the fish oil) and you don’t want them to negatively interact with her meds by dropping her blood pressure too much. If you find that that is the case, you may need to have her enalapril dosage lowered. FYI, my 15 lb dog was initially on 2.5 mg of enalapril (same as yours) but it had to be lowered to 1.25 mg twice daily because it dropped his blood pressure too low.

I hope this can help your dog."

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 21:26:50 -0500

03/28/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga: "BTW, Suseeq, I am happy your dog had another blissful night of sleep!"

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 21:25:05 -0500

03/28/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga: "Wow!!! thanks so much for the fast responses, Suseeq and Theresa. And I appreciate the shampoo recipe, Suseeq. I have been using Dr. Bronner peppermint pure Castile soap, and I add tea tree oil in it. I really like your recipe. Antibacterial soap? Any kind will do? And the coconut oil, don't you have to melt it first before adding it in?

Theresa, thank you so much for the recipe for the eyes. I am going to use that ASAP, and this saves me a trip to the vet which is 40 mins away, and saves me from him putting him on antibiotics again, the culprit that's been making him worse. This dog is really keeping me busy!! Lol. Thanks again to both your help! You both have a nice evening, and will keep you posted on his progress. :)"

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  Re: Bladder or Vaginal Infection
Fri, 28 Mar 14 17:55:17 -0500

03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Asdzaan!

There are some things you can try to help your girl; changing her PH and treating her [sounds like] staph infection on her skin.

To start try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then change to baking soda, so start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is also a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.

Additionally you should consider bathing/dipping your dog in Ted's Anti-Staph/Anti-fungal solution:

You will need:


Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [Buy the brown bottle from the drugstore, which is a 3% solution, and then pour it into a larger jug and then fill up the empty brown bottle twice with purified/non-chlorine water and empty that into the jug and now you have a a big jug full of 1% solution]


Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin.

For treating troubled the rash on her vulva try 50:50 baking soda and borax mixed into 1% hydrogen peroxide until it forms a smooth paste and apply to the area 4x day. Do not scrub this into the affected skin, rather smooth it on. In addition, even though your girl is spayed she may benefit from a douche. You can take a tincture of iodine [at most any drug store] and dilute it 50/50 with water, and use a syringe inserted in the vulva to gently flush any irritants clear. You can also use the same solution to generously swab around the vulvar folds to cleanse the area. In addition, it would likely bring her relief with the application of a human over the counter vaginal yeast infection suppository cream - gently insert up the vulva and dispense the cream. Lastly, the application of a human triple antibiotic with neomycin in it applied around the vulva and into the skin folds should help her heal and feel less irritated in that area.

These topical remedies plus changing the PH internally with the baking soda water should bring your girl some rapid relief."

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 17:41:49 -0500

03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Denise!

The dipping solution uses Borax [not botox! ] that I find in the laundry aisle at the super market. If there is an option to use a scented one, you want the plain one with no additives.

And for the eyes consider a boric acid wash; you may be able to find a boric acid eye wash or eye rinse at your local drug store, but if not you can make your own.

Purchase boric acid powder at your local pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist for "medicinal" boric acid powder. (There is another type, which is used as a bug-killer.)

Supplies needed:

  • 1 level teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder (medicinal quality)
  • 1 cup boiling water in a Pyrex or glass measuring cup
  • Cotton balls
  • Small clean bowl

Instructions:

Boil one cup water and in the glass measure cup add one level teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder; stir until dissolved and allow to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Next pour ¼ cup of the cooled solution into a small clean bowl. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply to affected eye, cleaning away discharge from the eye. Throw used cotton ball away after one use. Repeat using new cotton ball until all the gunk is cleared from the eye. Try to flood the eye with the solution and wipe face with a clean towel. If only one eye is affected you should cleanse both eyes with the solution to prevent the infection from spreading to the unaffected eye. Repeat procedure at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed at night. Eye infections usually take two or three days to resolve themselves using this treatment.
Store unused portions of eyewash in the glass measuring cup - just cover with plastic wrap to keep it sanitary.
"

Re: Bladder or Vaginal Infection
Fri, 28 Mar 14 16:55:52 -0500

03/28/2014: Asdzaan from Arizona, US: "My 10 yr old female Rottweiler mix has on-going urinary incontinence which the vet said was due to being spayed (we stopped the expensive ineffective Rx meds.) Currently we are treating her for patchy hair loss with red itchy skin (mange?) on her lower back, chest/belly and vaginal area using the mayo and ACV remedy and show signs of healing (hair growing back). Unfortunately, her previously red vaginal opening (vulvar?) has become more red and swollen with whitish postules. She does not smell but is grooming more.

Any suggestions to treat this vaginal (vulvar) infection would be greatly appreciated."

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 16:30:09 -0500

03/28/2014: Suseeq from Sydney, Australia: "I give my dog tablets vit c and capsule of garlic . I forgot to mention I also make my own shampoo and wash him 3 times a week . the shampoo is 1 cup hand bacterial soap, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 coconut oil, and it doesn't dry his coat. in fact he come up like glass, I leave it on for ten mins making sure he dosent lick it then rinse. by the way just got up from another night of sleepful bliss."

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  Re: Suggestions Requested for Heart Murmur
Fri, 28 Mar 14 16:27:03 -0500

03/28/2014: Shrichar from Dallas, TX: "Th Katie and anyone that has been following Katie. I have a 9yr old Maltese named Missy she is my heart every time I look at her I just cry because if her first holistic vet would of just taken the time and listened to her and what I was saying this could have been caught in its early stages but now it's too late and she has a stage 5 heart murmur which was confirmed when I took her to the cardiologist a mouth ago. I couldn't hardly comprehend what the cardiologist was saying because I was crying all I could think about is she to young for this this can't be happening. I have since found another holistic vet and hope she can help but I'm not just leaving it in her hands that is why I'm here looking and praying for help.

The valvular heart disease they said its stage 5 and her heart is enlarged and is pushing on her airway which is making her cough she is not in CHF and she has no fluid on her lungs she has started Enalapril 2.5mg tablets every 12 hours and her food is now Frenchies Kitchen. Missy is also on canine cardiac support the new vet started her on it ASAP. She went back to the cardiologist 3/26/14 and she was good still no fluids on the lungs and the coughing is still here the doc said I need to stay monitoring her breathing at rest time because the next step is cough suppressant that has codeine in it and that if we don't know her breathing then she could get fluid on her lungs and go into CHF. I don't want her on any meds if I can find another way. I have been following Katie on here and I have written down everything she is using the cardio plus, cataplex b, cataplexy f, calcium lactate, organically bound minerals, canine whole body support, immuplex, cataplexy e2.

Katie can the above help my little girl if so with her weight being 10 lbs how much of each do I give her....Please respond and thank you.

Sherry"

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 15:52:05 -0500

03/28/2014: Denise from Monticello: "Hi Suseeq, thanks for sharing with me what you are doing with your dog. Is the capsules you are giving him garlic and vitamin C in one? Right now, I recently started him on probiotic acidophilus, hoping this will help. Also giving him pure virgin, organic coconut oil. I heard it kills the yeast. I am giving him a TBS of that daily.

Theresa, thank you once again for the help on the yeast. Where do you get Botox from? I want to try this recipe on him, especially after I bathe him. :)

I Just noticed today he's getting some white discharge in his eyes again, which the vet constantly puts him on antibiotics for it, and it comes back within 3 weeks. Is there something else I can use for the eyes? Today I used some visine and wiped his eyes after that white film went down at the corner or bottom of his eyes. He seems ok for now, but wondering if there's anything else I can try. Thanks so much for all the help on here. It gets very discouraging at times, when you have a high maintenance dog, and seems he will never get better. :)"

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  Re: Melatonin Dosage for Cushing's Disease
Fri, 28 Mar 14 11:28:47 -0500

03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Caren!

I poked around the web and found an answer that may help you:

"

Research recommends not exceeding a melatonin dosage of 3 to 6 mg every 8 to 12 hours.

A general guideline for dosing melatonin is:

  • 1.5 mg for dogs under 25 lbs one or twice daily
  • 3 mg for an average medium to large sized dog once or twice daily
  • 6 mg if the dog’s weight exceeds 100 lbs once or twice daily

If given once daily, the recommendation is to dose in the evening.

Source: http://franklintnvet.com/melatonin-and-lignan-cushings-treatment/"

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  Re: Tea Tree Oil for Dog's Chronic Ear Infection
Fri, 28 Mar 14 11:17:45 -0500

03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Danielle!

There are many dog ear powders out there - if you wish to use one, head out to your local pet supply and read the labels to see which one applies to your dog's condition and symptoms.

That said, if this were my dog, I would start by cleaning the ears. You don't state if the ears are ouchy and painful, if they are scratched raw inside or not. So if you are only dealing with brown, smelly gunk, you can use any of the ACV remedies posted:

http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_infection.html#intro

If the ears are sore and painful, the olive oil and garlic infusion should be used first until the ears heal up so the ACV won't sting. If the ears are really gunky, clean them at least twice a day; once you have the gunk out you can then consider an ear powder for maintenance."

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 09:20:21 -0500

03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Denise!

If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.

Additionally you should consider bathing/dipping your dog in Ted's Anti-Staph/Anti-fungal solution:

You will need:


Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [Buy the brown bottle from the drugstore, which is a 3% solution, and then pour it into a larger jug and then fill up the empty brown bottle twice with purified/non-chlorine water and empty that into the jug and now you have a a big jug full of 1% solution]


Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin.

For treating troubled patches of skin try 50:50 baking soda and borax mixed into 1% hydrogen peroxide until it forms a smooth paste and apply to the area 4x day. Do not scrub this into the affected skin, rather smooth it on.

These topical remedies plus changing his PH internally with the baking soda water should bring your boy relief."

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Fri, 28 Mar 14 08:29:37 -0500

03/27/2014: Suseeq from Sydney Australia: "Denise, yeast is hard to kill off completely. My jack russel has been suffering for 9 years. Beside the fresh food diet I have wetting a cloth and rubbing him down with straight Milton but putting a elizabethian collar on him. I also hit his immune system with 1000mg vit c galic capsule, 5mls olive leaf extract, probotic capsule and4teas greek yoghurt per day. I feel at long last we are getting somewhere and we had good night sleeps with no scratching and bloody mess in the morning. May be you can find some help here."

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  Re: Tea Tree Oil for Dog's Chronic Ear Infection
Fri, 28 Mar 14 08:27:25 -0500

03/27/2014: Danielle from Cincinnati: "What kind of ear powder did you buy? I have tea tree oil but am not sure what kind dog powder to use. Please help, my dog is small and his ears are dischargind a brownish smelly smell. Should I do this?"

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  Re: Advanced Heartworms
Thu, 27 Mar 14 18:27:54 -0500

03/27/2014: Denise from Monticello: "Hi Theresa,

Thanks for the info, didnt know they couldnt take walks! As for the blood in the urine, I never seen anymore after that. He just finished 14 days of VRM2, and going to start another round on Monday or Wednesday for another 14 days. He's still panting, but I now know not to give walks anymore. He only pants when walking, or when it's hot outside, otherwise he sleeps a lot or barks up a storm at times when he wants something. :) He's 14 years old, and has other health issues such as skin yeast infection, which I am naturally trying to treat him for that, and also arthritus. He's a high maintenance dog. I am using turmeric for the pain. I don't want anymore medications, because it only makes his yeast infection worse. He's had this yeast infection for years, and it's been so hard to kill it. Medications don't help. I am praying these natural treatments do something and cure him, so he can be healthy and happy a little while before his time is up to live."

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  Re: Melatonin Dosage for Cushing's Disease
Thu, 27 Mar 14 15:55:11 -0500

[YEA]  03/27/2014: Ccmolly74 from Akron Ohio: "My name is Caren. I have a 10 yr old female shih tzu named Molly and she has been diagnosed with Cushings disease and I saw that they said that they use melatonin for her Cushings she weights 16 pounds and was just wondering how much melatonin to give her?"

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  Re: Mammary Tumors in Dog
Thu, 27 Mar 14 10:31:48 -0500

03/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Slavcho!

If the tumours are not growing in size by leaps and bounds then IMHO it sounds like you are doing everything RIGHT. You certainly appear to be giving her all the right stuff!

Read up for a better understanding of your girl's condition:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cancer/c_dg_mammary_gland_tumor

I found this to be helpful:

"About half of affected dogs will be diagnosed with the benign form of mammary tumors...

  • Mass may be freely movable, which implies benign behavior
  • May be fixed to skin or body wall, which implies malignant behavior or cancer"

Theresa."

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  Re: Dog With Suspected Heartworm
Wed, 26 Mar 14 23:02:43 -0500

03/26/2014: John from Lillian, Alabama: "Thank You for the information! I just ordered the VRM2 and will give it to him as soon as it gets here. But how much do I give him? He weighs 75 lbs. Should I just sprinkle it in his food, Or give him a whole pill?"

Re: Mammary Tumors in Dog
Wed, 26 Mar 14 19:30:29 -0500

03/26/2014: Slavcho from Sofia, Bulgaria, Bulgaria: "NOW, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR TED OR ANYBODY ELSE WHO COULD HELP ME:

I have a female dog, 10 years old. In the last 1 year she was eating dogs food and in the beginning of this year some mammary tumors developed. It was hard for me to deal with this so I took her to the vet and they removed the whole left line of breasts. In the meantime I switched her to partially cooked chicken necks, backs, pork liver, etc. Two weeks after the surgery - tumors started emerging on the right side. So it is now already more than 2 weeks while she is on:

- Alfalfa - 3x250mg
- Backing soda (1tsp) and salt (1/4tsp) in liter of water
- lysine - 6x1 gram
- aspirin - 4X125mg for one of 4 days
- turmeric - 1/4 tsp 2x/day
- magnesium chloride - 250mg
- essiac tea - 2X30ml

- selenium - 100mcg
- papaya enzimes - 4x40mg 3x/day
- DMSO/Castor oil - 5-6x/day
- one herbal tea mixture with many ingredients that I am having trouble translating in english
- flaxseed oil - 3x1tsp
- appricot kernel - 3x/day

Sometimes I feel like the tumors are getting smaller and sometimes I feel like they are getting bigger, but there is no definite change as much as I can tell. So, AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG? Please, somebody... anybody..."

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  Re: Stud Cat
Wed, 26 Mar 14 12:29:05 -0500

03/26/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey KC!

You don't state what tests your vet performed to determine there were 'no health issues/nothing wrong with him' so I have to ask: Was semen collected and evaluated?

Next, did any of the queens that failed to produce live kits with your tom subsequently conceive when mated to another tom?

Major infertility problems in toms are caused by disturbances in the production, transport, or storage of sperm; loss of libido; and partial or complete inability to mate or to stimulate ovulation in the female. Most major infertility problems are complex; several factors, singly or in combination, can cause failure to produce offspring.

Infertility can also be related to husbandry problems; if we can assume your cattery is meticulously kept and your boy is getting top nutrition and proper rest between services, and the queens are also kept in top shelf fashion, and are free of infectious causes of infertility such as toxoplasmosis, feline leukemia virus infection, feline infectious peritonitis, and feline viral rhinotracheitis [these may cause abortion, neonatal death, fetal resorption, and apparent infertility] you may need to rule out an STD such as Chlamydia - or a bacteria that behaves almost exactly like it in your stud; this can be tricky to culture and the easiest route might be to simply treat for it rather than attempt to confirm it.

Check it out: http://www.ramesescats.co.uk/health/infertility/

http://www.hdw-inc.com/fertilitymale.htm"

Re: Stud Cat
Tue, 25 Mar 14 22:24:58 -0500

03/25/2014: Kc from Leicestershire Uk: "Hi wondering if you can help. have a 4yr old sphynx stud, has sired many litters. problem now is he mates the girls but they no longer become pregnant, despite having kittens previously. No health issues with him? Any ideas? Vet has found nothing wrong with him. Hope you can help"

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  Re: H2O2 Mix for Dog's Cough
Tue, 25 Mar 14 08:37:04 -0500

[YEA]  03/25/2014: Rosemarie from Waikato, Nz: "What a great remedy! Our dog woke up with a terrible cough we presumed was kennel cough - a real gaggy terrible sounding noise which left him almost choking. It was no better two days later, so before heading to the vet we decided to give this remedy a go. 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, 5 drops Hydrogen Peroxide (its a big dog! ). Spread this onto a thick dry piece of ciabatta and fed it to him before his other food morning and night. He loved it and within 2 days the coughing had stopped completely."

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree for Diarrhea
Tue, 25 Mar 14 08:33:51 -0500

[YEA]  03/25/2014: Rosemarie from Waikato, Nz: "The boiled chicken, pumpkin and rice is a winner! Our dog (a GWP) had extremely loose bowels for a week and was messing everywhere! Unsure why and how he got it... Anyway, after boiling up a chicken, cooking pumpkin and rice, we started to feed him small amounts. Within 24 hours he had started to firm up and then in 4 days was completely back to normal. Very impressed earth clinic. Thanks."

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  Re: Healthy Dog Breeds
Mon, 24 Mar 14 13:04:49 -0500

03/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Kay!

Kudos for looking at the shelter dogs! Maybe one is in your future- and maybe not.

I know for *me*, when I am on a puppy or kitten quest that I am so restless and antsy - I just cannot be still; I think, dream and see the pet constantly in my mind's eye. I might search petfinder and see picture after picture of what ever pet it is I think is supposed to come to me. Sometimes I find the pet is one that I am to serve as a temporary host for - a stop along that pet's path to its forever home; 'foster' doesn't quite explain it. It can be disappointing to find out an animal I thought was for me is meant for another - but I have learned to appreciate the difference I can make in another's life by being this vehicle for which the pet find's its person.

I hope you are filled with restless energy - energy that shines so bright that the puppy or dog meant for you can see your beacon and hone in like a moth to the lamp light, and sound the mental fog horn in the right direction to lead you to him or her!

Once again, good luck on your puppy quest! :)"

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  Re: Dog with Skin Issues
Mon, 24 Mar 14 10:07:29 -0500

03/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Ba!

You asked: "Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated to improve this regime if possible. For now we have hope. Have copied Teds MOM recipe which will be the next step if needed..."

I would cut to the chase and just do Ted's MANGE remedy every other day for 3 dips, and then do the MOM formula. Follow directions to the letter - and treat the entire dog, not just spritz the obviously affected areas."

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  Re: Crazy Glue for Nail Injury
Mon, 24 Mar 14 10:00:56 -0500

03/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "I can understand using crazy glue to seal a wound - and I bet it *would* sting. But sealing a quicked nail shut after applying something like flour which is not sterile IMHO might result in an abcess in the quick of the nail. Rather than using flour, I would try turmeric first and then leave it be once the bleeding had stopped."

Re: Grain-Free Diet Prevents UTI in Cats
Mon, 24 Mar 14 09:02:42 -0500

[YEA]  03/24/2014: Susan from San Antonio , Texas : "I have 6 cats. One of my Males and one of my Females can not tolerate any grains in their diet. Cats are carnivores; they are meat and water animals. Some cats can do okay on minimal grain. Brown rice and barley, NO CORN, NO WHEAT, NO SOY. If these two eat any grains they urinate blood. I put them on a grain free wet food and add more water (spring water or at least filtered) to make it mashed potato consistency. They cleared up within 12 hours of changing their diet and I have not had any urinary tract problems since. The food is more expensive but a lot cheaper than the vet, my babies are very happy and I am back to sanity."

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  Re: Suggestions Requested for Heart Murmur
Mon, 24 Mar 14 09:00:15 -0500

[YEA]  03/24/2014: Mitchell1383 from Oahu: "I have been reading through all the positive remarks and have hope for my little Chewy. She is an 10.5 yr old chihuahua. She has a grade 5 heart murmur. The vet also said she has an enlarged heart. She is currently on enalapril half a pill a day and lasix half a pill a day. Lately she seems to be trying to catch her breath more and it seems so hard for her. I'm really starting to worry. my research has led me to this forum and I am very interested in taking a holistic approach. I'm new to this and would greatly appreciate your advice on where to start. Thank you! My email is normamitchell Dot hotmail.com."

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  Re: Crazy Glue for Nail Injury
Sun, 23 Mar 14 21:33:26 -0500

03/23/2014: Good Pet Owner from Usa: "Are you insane?!?"

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  Re: Turmeric Helped Dog with Yeast Issues
Sun, 23 Mar 14 17:33:57 -0500

03/23/2014: Susan from Michigan: "What kind of raw bones do you feed your dogs?"

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  Re: Dog with Skin Issues
Sun, 23 Mar 14 08:49:50 -0500

[YEA]  03/22/2014: Jan from London, Ontario: "My boxer had MRSA on his head and antibiotics and steriods were not helping it. I made a paste of 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric, mixed it with a dash of pepper and a little olive oil and applied it directly to the infection two to three times daily. Also, I mixed the same with some probiotic yoghurt and fed it to him daily. Within a day I could see improvements. You need the pepper and olive oil with the turmeric to get the full turmeric benefit."

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  Re: Healthy Dog Breeds
Sun, 23 Mar 14 08:49:03 -0500

03/23/2014: Karen from Westport, Ct: "All dogs, rescued or from breeders deserve loving guardians like you guys! I agree with the principal that the right dog will come to you. Of the 5 rescue dogs I have had in my adult life, 3 of them had been dumped near my house. In one case, I had passed a dog on the other side of a busy street and had to drive around the block to pick him up because of the line of cars behind me. The whole process took a few minutes. But he was waiting for me in a "sit" position when I finally made it around the block and jumped in the car as though he had known me for years!! Talk about kizmet! My rescues have all been incredible, loving dogs who lived to a very old age with few health issues. However, they have also been mixed breeds, so no doubt that factors in."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Sun, 23 Mar 14 08:47:04 -0500

03/22/2014: Rosetta from Williamsport Pa: "Really hoping that Apple Cider Vinegar trick does it I don't wanna keep spending thousands at the vet."

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  Re: Healthy Dog Breeds
Sun, 23 Mar 14 08:26:42 -0500

03/22/2014: Kay from Jax, FL, Usa: "I visited two more rescue facilities today and although I felt so sorry for these dogs looking for a "forever home" I could allow pity to be the reason I adopt one. I have heard from several people that their shelter dogs or rescue dogs have been the best dogs they have had. There was one dog who I was interested in but she was heart worm positive which does scare me a little. So, at this point I am still leaning towards a pup from a breeder. Unless another dog finds me first."

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  Dog with Skin Issues
Sat, 22 Mar 14 15:02:28 -0500

03/22/2014: Ba from Ohio: "Have a big Labrador Male that IMHO received too many vaccines and antibiotics in his younger years. We have been dealing with staph and yeast skin infections for a long time now.Vets have put him on anti biotics and steroids several times only to have it come back with a vengance when the course was done. We have used everything that was recommended usually shampoos had Chlorhexidine in various strengths. One shampoo from the vet that I can remember was Malaseb. Read an article by a vet saying that Chlorhexidine killed some bacteria but he found that some new ones were growing a day or two after use.

ACV was used in various recipes, coconut and neem soap, Zymox, and on and on.Lots of sprays too. Nothing seemed to last more than a day or two.He gets regular probiotics (several diff ones), fish oil, supplements, and low glycemic Preference along with meats like Raw Green tripe. Just recently started giving all dogs Sprouts also.

Veterycin sprays did give him more relief for a day( I think it might have killed some of the bacteria or fungus). Then a friend gave us a free bottle of Burts Bees Calming shampoo with Lavender and green tee. It appeared to help more than anything else up to then and when we rinsed the wash cloth could see black specks from the infection where coming off. Probably because Lavender seems to act as an astingent. This had to be repeated almost daily and then we started using a Lavender rinse afterward which also helped. He does well at night with Lavender and/or a calming spray recipe that includes Lavender and Valerian with a couple of other oils.

In my search for help I came to this site when I was looking for information on sulphur(the skin kind) and baking soda. Noticing that Borax and baking soda where mentioned in so many recipes, a light bulb went off and I read the ingredients of Johnsons Foot Soap. It has Borax, Baking Soda, and Iodide in it so I figured if it was good enough for us it should be okay. Only started it three days ago but so far seeing a vast improvement and he is acting more like his old self with a lot more good twitching sleep and energy and a whole lot less scratching and no more whining (saying help me). His hair is growing back and the black spots are becoming less with each treatment. Feet look much better and he is not licking them anymore. His skin is nice and soft and some areas have returned to a nice healthy pink without any black spots. The worst areas are his chin, around his privates and inside back legs. Knock on wood this is the answer for him.

We are soaking his feet after each treatment which is a twice a day sponge bath for now with the Johnsons and we have plans to do a bath with the BB shampoo or the coconut/neem bar soap at least twice a week as needed. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated to improve this regime if possible. For now we have hope. Have copied Teds MOM recipe which will be the next step if needed. Thanks for this site and the great information it gives us."

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  Re: Turmeric Helped Dog with Yeast Issues
Sat, 22 Mar 14 09:02:59 -0500

03/22/2014: Debbiefudge from East Sussex, Uk: "If you find out your dog has yeast issues. It's crucial you look at their diet.

A raw diet is best. Raw meat. Raw bones. You even have to be very careful about vegetables, as they have natural sugars in them. So, best to steer clear of them.

I have 3 Shihtzu's. One of them, a boy, I put him on commercial puppy food, when I got him. He became ill. The vets were pumping him full of steroids and antibiotics. And he was just getting sicker. To the point I thought he was going to die.

So, I said, enough is enough and started doing loads of research. And of course, what the vet was doing was just feeding the yeast. As was, all the crap in his food. So, I changed to raw feeding.

He is now a very healthy 5 year old.

But you do have to keep on top of it. With anti-fungal shampoo. And a final rinse of half water/half white vinegar. (Leave on, to dry). But he has that about every 6 weeks when he has his hair cut. If you do it too often they are losing the natural oils they produce, in their skin. IF they have 'any hot spots', you can also put some in a spray bottle to use, on those areas.

One of his ear canals is very narrow and that does get 'mucky'. So, I clean it out with colloidal silver and then spray some in his ear afterwards. You can also use the half water/half white vinegar mixture in the same way.

Make sure you are not giving tap water to drink. Only, bottled water.

Make sure you don't give any treats or dog biscuits. They don't need them and are also full of crap.

NEVER give any cooked bones, as they can splinter. Any raw bone is ok. They get calcium from them and keep their teeth clean. (Never, leave them unattended with bones).

I've just started giving him turmeric and a little black pepper, and virgin coconut oil. Both, are anti-fungal. They also, get garlic, every day. Then they don't get fleas or worms. Stay away from all chemicals. (Like flea drops, etc.)

I also give them some probiotic yogurt every day.

VERY IMPORTANT. Don't give them booster vaccinations.

Needless to say, I don't trust vets.

I find raw feeding easy and not anymore expensive really. I have 3 dogs and 'proof is in the pudding' as they say.

By the way, to get him to take the turmeric/VCO and garlic. I just use a slice of ham. Put it all in the middle and fold it up into a little parcel. And he gobbles it up, without realising what's in it!!

Hope this helps. Do your own research.

Look at cleaning products you use as well. I use white vinegar for cleaning everything!!"

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  Re: Bichon With Extreme Stomach Issues
Sat, 22 Mar 14 08:41:31 -0500

03/22/2014: Debbiefudge from East Sussex, Uk: "I would give probiotic yogurt. What do you mean by 'extreme stomach issues'?? Look at diet and do loads of research.

No tap water. Use bottled water."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt for Yeast Infections
Sat, 22 Mar 14 08:39:49 -0500

03/22/2014: Debbiefudge from East Sussex, Uk: "Hi, The most important thing with yeast issues, is to look at diet and the ingredients of what you are feeding. The best diet, is raw meat/raw bones.

  • Bath in an antifungal shampoo and as a final rinse, use half water/half white vinegar. Leave on to dry. You can also use the same mixture in a spray bottle, for any 'hot spots' And to clean out 'mucky ears'
  • Don't give tap water to drink, only bottled water.
  • Give turmeric with a little bit of black pepper and virgin coconut oil.
  • Give probiotic yogurt. Stay away from ACV because of the apples. (natural sugars).
  • Give garlic everyday.
  • Stay away from any chemicals. Such as 'flea drops'.
  • No treats or dog biscuits. Most, yeast