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  Re: Dog With Food Allergies Can't Stop Itching and Chewing
Tue, 04 Mar 14 09:20:52 -0600

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

I feel for your poor girl and for you!

if you are sticking with the Apoquel, treating her skin in a topical fashion would apply.

Try bathing her with Ted's antifungal [yeast] formula - safe to use daily if need be. I would start off daily or 2-3 times a day for the first week.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

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. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry. I usually quadrupple the batch and treat the entire dog; once they have had a couple full body treatments I then would mix up a small batch and use in a spritzer bottle to spot treat areas. I mix up the solution fresh daily as I am not certain how long it keeps.

Since Borax is the ultimate antifungal, you might consider combating the yeast from the inside out by adding 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of Tetrasodium Borate or Borax in a litre of water and having him use that as his sole source of drinking water. Use this protocol for 5 days on then rest for 2 days. So, 5 days on, 2 days off with the Borax. Borax is anti-fungal - so anti-yeast - and also good for bones and helps to balance the hormones as well as chelates and removes fluoride from the body. Borax affects your male hormones or androgens in a viagra-like manner, which is why you must rest for 2 days -- to avoid gland over-stimulation.

Source from EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax15.html#YEAST"

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  Re: Dog's Yeast Infections
Tue, 04 Mar 14 08:52:28 -0600

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

Please let us know the results of your feeding trial!

Thanks! "

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  Re: Need Help W/ Possible Distemper
Mon, 03 Mar 14 17:59:39 -0600

[WARNING!]  03/03/2014: Sebia from Nanaimo,bc: "For the dog owner who wants to use canola oil as a carrier oil to treat distemper: please don't use any oil that has been processed at high temperatures (canola, soybean , sunflower) as the metabolites coming out of this process are highly toxic for people and animals. Also, canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil." - See more at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ConsumerAlert/Canola.aspx#sthash.hVolCBgk.dpuf.

You can use instead coconut oil gently warmed."

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  Re: Dog With Food Allergies Can't Stop Itching and Chewing
Mon, 03 Mar 14 08:36:04 -0600

03/03/2014: Wendy from Columbus, Oh: "Start adding organic Apple Cider Vinegar to your Bichon's food, each and every time you feed her. Make sure you get the organic ACV, the one with "the mother" which is the nutrient-rich sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Just shake the bottle before using.

You can also spray her fur and any areas that she's scratching with diluted ACV. Put 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 ACV into a spray bottle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: do NOT spray any areas that are red or oozing or inflamed because it will sting!!

Also, make sure to ONLY feed her food that she is not allergic to. This means do not feed her any dog snacks because she's probably allergic to those. If you want to give her snacks, give her raw carrots or raw apples."

Re: Dog With Food Allergies Can't Stop Itching and Chewing
Sun, 02 Mar 14 08:44:05 -0600

03/02/2014: Cat from Tewksbury, Ma: "My poor little 3 yo Bichon, Lola, just cannot stop itching and chewing her body. I've changed her food from manufactured to home cooking. Since she is allergic to EVERYTHING except fish and duck, I am limited. Have been feeding her salmon and tuna (wild) with pumpkin and she still itches. Was on Atopica for 7 mos and is now weaned off and still she itches. We have Apoquel on back order but in the meantime, just am beside myself with what to do for her."

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  Re: Dog's Yeast Infections
Fri, 28 Feb 14 21:52:52 -0600

[YEA]  02/28/2014: Hope For Dogs from Covington Ky: "I heard that a animal shelter for unwanted dogs was feeding the dogs canned Cat food and it worked to get rid of yeast infection in the dogs. The dogs fur is shinny and no bad odor.. there was a difference in two weeks. Also I do believe that putting flea meds on the dogs skin changed the dogs chemistry and this is what caused all these dogs yeast infection. I am going to try this on my two dogs as well."

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  Re: Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Fri, 28 Feb 14 15:19:23 -0600

02/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Dmjshriver!

I have dogs with skin issues and I share your pain :(

Couple things -

Have you considered using a holistic vet? Find one here:

http://www.ahvma.org/Widgets/FindVet.html

And, sounds like you are going all out to try to heal your boy. The diet changes are all good. The supplements appear OK. I cannot tell from the info you provided just how long you have had this dog and how long you have been dealing with his itching and how long you have been treating with the various supplements. In any event, if you are not seeing any results then a few things come to mind.

You are giving your boy lot's of stuff to treat the yeast over growth and detox; it's entirely possible that the treatment is working and that you are seeing the results of the detox in action. With natural approaches conditions often appear to worsen in the process of getting better.

And, while your probiotic looks super duper, flooding the system with too much of a good thing creates an imbalance...which is not a good thing. So the key species in your probiotic are various lactobacillae, while the main species for canine specific formulas typically contain Enterococcus faecium. If this were my dog I would change it up - try PB8 for a bottle, then DDS/FOS for a bottle, then maybe 'Fortiflora', and so on. You want to populate the gut with myriad species as the domination of 1 species would actually present as some of the problems you are seeing.

And, while the dry diet looks like its top of the line, if you can go RAW entirely, that would be best. If that just isn't workable, you might consider rotating proteins or changing brands entirely. Not all dogs do well on the top rated diets - through no fault of the diet, its just comes down to a personal chemistry thing.

And, soaking the paws in the ACV/peroxide bath to relieve the itching clearly isn't cutting it. With the info provided I could not ascertain if he is chewing his feet raw or if he is just licking his paws obsessively. If he is experiencing a contact allergy you would *think* rinsing his feet as soon as he came indoors would help noticably - but it appears to have no impact. That makes me think possible pododemidicosis/demodex mite infection around the base of the nails and feet.

If this were my dog I would find a holistic vet to determine a long term plan to eliminate the yeast and get his system back in balance. I might change up the kibble, or go entirely RAW if I could. I would rotate brands of acidophilus frequently. I would also alkalize either by adding raw, unfiltered, unpasturized, 'with the mother' type ACV to the food 1 or 2 teaspoons am and pm in his wet food to start. I would also add baking soda to his clear, non-chlorinated drinking water - 1 teaspoon per liter for the first week, and then drop it down to 1/2 teaspoon per liter after that. I also would implement my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies that I regularly use on my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

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

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

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to the Antifungal/Staph solution, and this can be made in small batches so you can treat only the affected areas and not the whole dog.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

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. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry. I usually quadrupple the batch and treat the entire dog; once they have had a couple full body treatments I then would mix up a small batch and use in a spritzer bottle to spot treat areas. I mix up the solution fresh daily as I am not certain how long it keeps.

Now, since you soak your dog's paws 3x day in ACV/hydrogen peroxide and you are not getting results, try povidone iodine for a foot soak. You can obtain the iodine at your local drug store. You want to dilute the povidone iodine with water to the color of iced tea, using just your eyes – no scientific formula is involved. If it comes up too light, just add a bit more of the iodine. If it's a bit dark, add more water. You can use a dish tub and soak 1 foot at a time, and keep the solution for up to 1 day. Soak each foot 2-5 minutes and then pat dry - no need to rinse.

Please report back how it goes with healing your boy!"

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  Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Fri, 28 Feb 14 09:00:54 -0600

[NAY]  02/28/2014: Dmjshriver from Dighton, Mass: "I have a stratfordshire bull terrier that I adopted from a kill shelter when he was 6 months old. When I first adopted him, his paws were pinkish brown and naive me thought they were dirty! At about 5 months old he was obsessively licking his paws, his rear end and scratching his ears. When I took him to the vet they found both of his ears severely infected and said it could be the result of allergies gone unchecked. They put him on steroids and antibiotics. The ear infection cleared up, but he continued to have red, itchy paws. I put him on a completely grain free diet. I feed him Wysong epigen dry dog food in the morning and a raw diet at night. I have him on Ultimate Flora probiotic (50 billion), 1 pill/day to help restore his good bacteria, he takes oil of oregano capsules, 1 capsule in the a.m. one capsule p.m. To help kill the yeast, he takes sea cure 4 tablets/day, to help with "leaky gut", he gets 1 teaspoon of salmon oil on his food (a.m and p.m. Feedings), he gets 20 drops of Apawthecary detox drops 2 x day on his food, to help with his yeast detox, he also gets Enzyme Miracle 2 x day with his food at 1 scoop per cup of food as directed to aid in digestion. I have been soaking his paws in a solution of 1/8 cup ACV, 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups water, 3 x day. he has been on this regimens for 2 1/2 weeks and I see little to no improvement on the yeast on his paws. When I do the foot soak, he goes crazy and spends the next 15-20 minutes aggressively licking his feet. I am so frustrated and don't know if this is working or not. Should I continue the treatment, as it is quite expensive and hope in time he will get better, or try something different? I appreciate any advice out there!!! So desperate to get my puppy healthy."

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  Re: Borax for Pets with Arthritis
Thu, 27 Feb 14 16:59:28 -0600

02/27/2014: Bohnney from Kern County, Ca: "I thought Borax was poisonous because of the "Caution" labeling but went ahead and looked it up putting "eat borax" in the Google Search box. I am learning some very informative information....."

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  Re: Geranium Essential Oil Helped Dog's Fungus Infection in Nose
Thu, 27 Feb 14 09:08:51 -0600

02/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Melissa!

You have replied to a post from 2011 - in case the original contributor does not see your comment I will offer some advice.

There are many uses for Geranium essential oil, and use for respiratory problems is just one of them.

You can use 5 drops of Geranium essential oil in a vaporizer; results usually take 2-3 days.

http://thehealthyhavenblog.com/2010/09/21/suggested-uses-for-geranium-essential-oil/

In addition, you may wish to consider homeopathic remedies Nat. Mur and Kali. bich which are a biochemic tissue salts that serve to help maintain the body's water balance and address mucous levels and congestion. Herbal ingredients such as Pulsatilla and Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) can help to reduce inflammation by stimulating the anti-inflammatory hormone, cortisol, while at the same time supporting the immune system.

http://www.nativeremedies.com/petalive/ailment/cats-dogs-sinus-infections-remedies.html

It's important to support your dog's healing by keeping him warm - warming his food will help in this endeavor and may have the added benefit of loosening mucous. If a vaporizer is not available consider a steam bath in your bathroom by filling a tub with steaming hot water and adding your essential oil to that.

More ideas here:

http://www.vetinfo.com/home-remedies-for-sinus-infection-in-dogs.html

There can be many reasons for dogs to have nasal discharge - ranging from simple sinus infections to major issues such as nasal cancer. If you do not see results within a week of using home treatment, please consider returning to your vet for additional work ups to rule in or out funal infection or bacterial infection or other.

Good luck!"

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  Re: Geranium Essential Oil Helped Dog's Fungus Infection in Nose
Wed, 26 Feb 14 17:54:10 -0600

02/26/2014: Melissa from Maine: "I'm wondering if the geranium essential oil cleared up the nasal discharge? My cattle dog has snots coming from her nose and have tried everything. The specialist said it could also be bacterial infection and would cost huge money for surgery. They aren't sure."

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  Re: Dog with Bad Odor
Wed, 26 Feb 14 10:08:05 -0600

02/26/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Carrie!

Impacted anal glands *might* be a factor in a horrible smelling dog - you may wish to express these or have a groomer express these just to rule them out.

Next, when I hear "stinky, scaly skin" I think yeast: feeding yogurt is one approach to combat yeast, but I prefer to cut to the chase and get the encapsulated probitotics from the refriderated section of the health food store. You might also consider supplementing the diet with omega 3's - a few squirts of fish oil or flaxseed oil in his food may help, or evening primrose oil to help with the dryness of his skin.

And, dogs with skin issues are high maintenance dogs -frequent bathing to stay on top of allergy outbreaks is a must.

I have had a little bit of luck with any and all of these for hives/the start of a hot spot:

  • Powdered turmeric [grocery spice aisle]
  • Calamine lotion
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Alum powder [baking section of grocery store]
  • OTC human vaginal cream for yeast
  • Chlorhexadine [bulk from farm and fleet supply]
  • Zymox [purchase online, usually used for ears]
  • Zinc diaper rash ointment

It usually requires thoroughly washing and drying the area and then applying the remedy of choice. Products from the vet, ie Dermalone, contain multiple antibiotics and usually have a steroid so they address the intense itching and discomfort very quickly, but the tiny 1 oz tubes are so expensive it makes long term treatment or treating multiple dogs cost prohibitive. One thing to consider is Ted's Mange remedy - provided below.

The question I first have to ask is - what are you currently feeding your dog? If the answer is a well balanced RAW diet, then I would not suggest you change your kibble. If on the other hand you are feeding the cheapest grocery store brand you can buy [usually these kinds are loaded with grains, dyes and lots of sugar] then certainly an upgrade of kibble brands is called for. And if you are already feeding a top notch brand then it might be time to consider RAW. Certainly the addition of probiotics and digestive enzymes to the diet is a good idea, along with alkalizing by adding 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the Mother' Apple Cider Vinegar mixed into the food, or baking soda to the water [details below].

If this were my dog I would use my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies that I regularly use on my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

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

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

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to the Antifungal/Staph solution, and this can be made in small batches so you can treat only the affected areas and not the whole dog.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

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. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry. I usually quadrupple the batch and treat the entire dog; once they have had a couple full body treatments I then would mix up a small batch and use in a spritzer bottle to spot treat areas. I mix up the solution fresh daily as I am not certain how long it keeps.


Probiotics [as mentioned above] and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly - and if I could only do 1 thing this would be it: the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin by alkalizing and balancing your dog's PH - do this for about a week. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water. If your dog isn't keen on drinking the BS water, scale it back and build it up gradually - when done in this fashion my pack has taken readily to the BS water.

Dogs with skin issues are high maintenance dogs. You may need to thoroughly wash your dogs scaly skin or treat with a spritz the Anti staph solution twice a day, 24/7/365 to keep him healthy."

Re: Dog with Bad Odor
Wed, 26 Feb 14 08:00:11 -0600

02/25/2014: Carrie from Batavia, New York: "I am at my wits end trying to figure out what is plaguing my poor dog. He is a 5 (almost 6) year old Boarder Collie/Lab mix. He is losing hair in many places. He has dry scaly skin. And he smells terrible like rotting decay. I thought at first it might be mange and treated him for that. It helped some but the smell persisted. I have been told it could be a yeast problem and to give him a teaspoon of Greek yogurt with his food. I have been doing that for a couple of weeks but still the poor boy smells awful. He also still has missing patches of hair and dry skin spots.

Any idea what may be wrong with him or what can be done to help him get better? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you."

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  Re: Slippery Elm for Cats
Tue, 25 Feb 14 08:37:52 -0600

02/25/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Babs!

Thanks for the awesome feedback on the slippery elm! When the right remedy is applied, it works - and obviously so. Kudos on not giving up until you found the right remedy!

I am very excited to hear about your results with slippery elm and mega colon - wow! Can you please provide doses that you used - how much slippery elm powder into how much water? And how much chia seeds? I know readers following in your footsteps will be asking about dosage.

Thank you for sharing your journey!!!"

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  Re: Slippery Elm for Cats
Tue, 25 Feb 14 08:28:02 -0600

02/25/2014: Babs from Usa: "I know this is an older post but I just stumbled across it. I am taking care of a dozen rescued cats, and one of them I found with stomatitis....and she'd had it for a very long time....years. We had to have a few teeth pulled but after some scary antibiotic issues, we stopped it all. I found that she just didn't want to eat her food, which caused her to not heal as she should (feeding raw, with multiple nutritionals). I did some research into the stomatitis (teeth and mouth infections) and found that in most cases the whole mouth is like an ulcer....inflamed...and very painful. I began to use slippery elm powder, mixed with hot water and then cooled, and then I would add the nutritionals, and whatever meat I was giving her. The VERY FIRST time I gave it to her (I was having to feed her by a dropper), when she finished I set her on the floor, and then a couple of minutes later I offered her food bowl.....she snapped her head down and smacked away and cleaned her plate!! From that day forward I just simply mix in the slippery elm/water mixture with her meat and nutritionals and she licks the plate clean.

I know it was the slippery elm....it was the only thing I changed. She had been on colloidal silver, probiotics, olive leaf, etc. etc. and a handful of nutritionals for a long time. Small improvements tho....the slippery elm put us over the top. I'm about to add bladderwrack for it's fucoidan content as well as healing iodine.

Slippery elm is very healing.....it makes a soothing and protective coating for the mouth (actually the entire digestive tract), soothes inflammation and helps healing to begin.

This is over two months now and after nearly a year working on her health, I NOW see vast improvement! She is so fantastic. Take away the pain, soothe the tissues, and healing can begin. Do some research....it's incredible reading.....

I am also using it for another of the rescued cats with mega colon. I refuse to use the laxatives the vet wants and do not want her on meds. Slippery elm normalizes bowel movements. I mix the same slippery elm into her food, along with soaked chia seeds. Beautiful.....no problems anymore. Am transitioning this one to a raw diet also, and hope to reduce her weight and bring her back to good health!

The slippery elm is fantastic stuff! It has a light maple flavor, and I thought for sure they wouldn't touch it but they seem to love it. I have another that I give it to in his cream.....loves it."

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  Re: Castor Oil for Dog's Tumor
Mon, 24 Feb 14 12:02:06 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey RSC! Please review the ASPCA website again as what you have posted is not correct.

From the ASPCA website:

Most castor oil products, unlike the beans of the plant, aren't considered poisonous. However, ingestion of the oil can have a significant cathartic effect, and cause diarrhea and possibly vomiting. [Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/poison-control-okay-or-no-way ]

While its true that too much of anything can be toxic - drinking too much pure water in one sitting will kill you, ie 6 liters in 3 hours [source http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/ ] - studies show you can feed rats and mice a diet consisting of 10 percent castor oil with no ill effects whatsoever [source: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/st_rpts/tox012.pdf ]

It certainly appears that the health benefits of using castor oil topically to reduce tumours outweighs the risk of the dog licking some up and having a loose stool. JMHO!"

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  Re: Dog with Cyst on Edge of Eyelid
Mon, 24 Feb 14 11:42:02 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Marie!

I had a rat terrier with an eyelid margin tumour and hers did the same as your dogs; it was a bump on her eyelid for many years, and it looked like a pimple. I asked my vet about it - he said he could try to surgically remove it, but that there was a chance of messing up her eye lid so he didn't recommend it. He squeezed the tumour just like a pimple, and it popped and goo came out, it bled a tiny bit, and then it was done - no anesthesia or medicated ointments were needed. Then over time it swelled up again and so I popped it myself at home. It seemed every few months or so I would have to express the fluid from inside the tumor. I only did it when it appeared to irrirate my dog's eye - I would see excessive tearing and discharge from the corner of the affected eye; once I expressed the fluid in the tumour the irritation would cease, and the excessive tearing and discharge would go away.

If this were my dog I were my dog I would not hesitate to burst this pimple like tumour if I saw that it were irritating the dog's eye."

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  Re: ACV for Incontinence in French Bulldog
Mon, 24 Feb 14 11:33:04 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Dattaaj!

Fellow frenchie lover here!

I'd have to agree with your vet; incontience in male dogs is not so common - and with a frenchie I would be looking at spinal complications if this were my dog. Do you know where your frenchie's hemis are? When you knock a dog out with anesthesia, all the muscles and tendons relax and the skeleton is allow to...sag. When the dog wakes up fron being knocked out, all the bones may not make it back to the correct position; if this were my frenchie I would check into a chiropratic adjustment just to be on the safe side.

Drugs of choice to treat night incontinence are typically phenopropanolamine and or hormone replacement therapy, however many have had good results with OTC homeopathic preparations, ie "Leak no more" or "UTI-Free".

All that said, to dose with ACV first make sure you buy the good stuff! The good stuff has all the right stuff: raw, unpasturized, unfiltered, "With the mother" is the right ACV to buy. Start with 2 teaspoons mixed into wet food and if he tolerates it well then you could increase to 3 teaspoons am and pm mixed into wet food.

Please report back your results!"

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  Re: Chronic Yeast Infections in Ears
Mon, 24 Feb 14 11:03:51 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Denise!

Iams is a grain based diet; while some dogs will do fine on it, others can be allergic or sensitive to a grain based diet - and judging from the recurring ear issues it would appear your dog is one of them.

So, if this were my dog I would switch his diet to a grain free one. That would be step one.

Next, for super painful ears I like ZYMOX - buy online; it contains some steroid to help with the pain and inflamation, and also has enzymatic digesters.

For the time being, for immediate action, help sooth your dog's painful infected ears with an infusion of garlic and olive oil. I use 1 cup of olive oil and press 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic; let sit over night, and then strain out the garlic. Warm the oil to body temperature before using, and slather the oil deep into his ears. Do this 2-3 times a day, for 3-4 days - or until the ears have healed and are no longer raw and sore. Next follow up with cleaning them. IMHO nothing beats the ear cleaner you buy from the vet - but using a home prepared vineagar rinse will get you results also. Mix 1 cup warm water, 1 cup isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup vinegar. Some use only raw, unfiltered, unpasturized, 'with the mother' Apple cider vinegar - however for this purpose I would not hesitate to use white vinegar, ie the cheap stuff. Make sure the solution is warm and then liberally flush the ears. Hold the ear flap up, add the solution, massage at the base of the ear and then let him shake it out. Do this 2-3 times for each ear, or until you see that its clean. It may take doing this for a few days in a row. Again, use this once you have the infection under control otherwise adding alcohol and vinegar to raw, open wounds in the ear will hurt like crazy.

Now, it may help to alkalize your dog's water to help combat the yeast by normalizing your dog's PH. To start put 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give for 4-7 days, and then do a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon thereafter.

Its important to stay on top of your dog's ears - check them daily to see if they are healthy or if an infection is developing. Often frequent cleanings will nip an infection in the bud. But most critical, change the diet to combat the yeast from the inside out."

Apple Cider Vinegar Worked for Dog with Fleas
Mon, 24 Feb 14 08:33:56 -0600

[YEA]  02/23/2014: Daisy from Los Angeles Ca: "I had just about had it with my dog trixies scratching. I felt so bad for her, she would scratch and bite her vagina. Her hair was shedding like crazy, creating black marks and her belly was red and dry. I thought maybe it was the detergent, smog, house cleaners, or her love of swimming. I've never seen a flea on her so I never suspected it to be fleas.

Yesterday I poured half ACV and half water into a spray bottle and sprayed her down. Half an hour later I bathed her with Dr bronners baby shampoo. It worked!!! Thank god for earth clinic!"

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  Re: Castor Oil for Dog's Tumor
Mon, 24 Feb 14 08:30:50 -0600

02/23/2014: R.s.c from Pennsylvania: "Don't know how your pet survived when he could have been licking the castor oil on his fur. It is considered one of the most dangerous toxin to pets according to the ASPCA pet toxin list. Anywhere on the internet you search it is considered a toxin to pets requiring vet care immediately if ingested. I would like to use it on my pet's small tumor if you can convince me it is safe if my pet licks the castor oil when it is on the fur."

Re: Dog with Cyst on Edge of Eyelid
Mon, 24 Feb 14 08:29:53 -0600

02/23/2014: Marie Lohr from Sun Prairie: "My dog has a cyst on the edge of his eyelid. It has been there for 9 years he is 9. All of a sudden the cyst got bigger and looks almost like it is a full pimple. It does not seem to bother him but just today it is larger. I am disabled and cannot do emergency. He is not running a temp and there is really no discharge from the eye. I almost wonder if he rubbed on something and got something in it. It does not look like it but almost looks like it is going to drain.

What can I put on it? I put a little antibacterial ointment on it and it seemed to swell. Any help for me? thanks He is 85 pounds and a very good boy"

ACV for Incontinence in French Bulldog
Sun, 23 Feb 14 16:36:02 -0600

02/23/2014: Dattaaj from Denver, Co: "I have a 15 month old French Bulldog weighing 26 lbs. He got neutered in when he was 13 month old and I was worried about incontinence and the vet had assured me that it doesn't happen in male dogs. For the past month my dog has been dripping at night on the bed. He is fine during the day and it only happens at night when he is sleeping. I have started using male wraps which is helping a little but I want a remedy to help him with this situation in the long term.

I read about ACV in this website and want to know how much ACV should I give my dog. He doesn't drink water at all. Should I mix it with his food or what are some other ways I can give him ACV to try and see if it helps. Thank you very much for the help."

Chronic Yeast Infections in Ears
Sun, 23 Feb 14 08:19:04 -0600

02/22/2014: Denise from Medford Ma: "Hi, my beagal keeps on getting yeast infections in his ears. He couldn't even get his ears cleaned at the groomers he cried. I feed him Iams"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Pills for Cat with Respiratory Issues
Sat, 22 Feb 14 08:51:23 -0600

02/22/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Zabrina!

Sorry to hear about Rocky's URI.

Couple things for you.

Its hard to know just what Rocky has - virus or bacteria - without a qualified veterinary opinion. And, since that is not an option right now, ADV certainly applies in this case.

And, the ACV capsules, tablets or pills vary widely in efficacy as the labeling appears to be very inconsistent; hands down, the real deal is ideal and the pills do not measure up. I am not aware of any lethal dose of ACV; side effects would be upset stomach from acidity - so if using a liquid a pinch of baking soda would help with that.

That said if this were my cat and the pills were all I had, I would try dosing 1 pill at each feeding, morning and night. I would also alkalize his water by adding baking soda to the water - start with 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure non-chlorinated water and see how he takes that. If he avoids it like the plague, change the water out and try 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Once he accepts the water you can gradually increase the dose to 1/2 teaspoon per liter. Do this for 7 days, and then cut back to the 1/4 teaspoon dose.

If the symptoms you are seeing are snotty nose and discharge, keep his nostrils clear. If he is coughing consider OTC children's homeopathic cough syrup. You might also consider putting him in the bathroom and shutting it up tight and steaming him with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in the steam water - consider more ideas for steaming options here:

http://earthclinic.com/CURES/sinus_infection.html"

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Pills for Cat with Respiratory Issues
Sat, 22 Feb 14 06:37:46 -0600

02/21/2014: Zabrina from Cape Breton, NS: "I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!!! I don't have apple cider vinegar in the bottle yet but I do have the pills and they are 500mg. My 1 and a 1/2 yr.old male Maine Coon cat Rocky, has a respiratory infection. What would be the safe dose to give him? He's about 10 lbs could be a little more but only by a pound or 2. I don't have the money for a vet and what I've been seeing and hearing, antibiotics don't cure this anyway. Does aanyone out there know the dose for the pill form and if that will work till I can get him the bottle AVC?"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Fri, 21 Feb 14 16:57:23 -0600

[YEA]  02/21/2014: Marilyn from Cottonwood, Ca: "This remedy saved and cured our female cat. I want to thank you."

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  Re: Dog with Fishy Skin Odor
Thu, 20 Feb 14 22:53:07 -0600

02/20/2014: Margie from Los Angeles, California: "You are welcome,Theresa! I watched several videos on Utube and one lady that raised pure bred dogs, I can't remember which breed stated that her dog was healthy therefore the liquid that came out of her dogs gland was white.

Other than that information I really don't know much about this subject. Another little dog I own a little Terrier (Pixie), another female I own didn't have any liquid at all come out of her glands. This little dog is super healthy. very alert and never seems to get ill ever.

What was funny is Pixie seemed very confused when I did this to her like "What the heck is she doing to me! ". I did this while I was bathing her as well! It seems easier to handle the dogs as they are concentrating on being bathed.

I'm glad I could help someone with my experience. Maggie is still doing well and is very happy now. That fish smell much have been awful for her as well!"

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  Re: Melatonin and Flaxseed for Cushing's Disease
Thu, 20 Feb 14 14:54:50 -0600

[WARNING!]  02/20/2014: Sue from Arkansas: "I read that melatonin should be taken only at night because that is when we naturally produce it. Melatonin taken during the day can stimulate tumor growth. I read this in Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing."

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  Re: Dog with Fishy Skin Odor
Wed, 19 Feb 14 08:35:33 -0600

02/19/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Margie!

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

I've groomed many a dog and expressed anal glands and never thought the scent was *fishy* - so this was good information to know.

In my experience the oils expressed have been dark brown; I poked around on google to see about the white, cream like substance that came out of Maggie vs what I have encountered and the dark brown I have expressed out of client dogs. Normal, healthy anal gland oil is typically clear or pale yellow-brown and is a very thin oil; the appearance of thick, pasty brown fluid indicates the anal glands have been impacted; you usually see dogs scooting on the floor in these cases. Abscessed anal sacs will have a red-brown exudate and the dog will often chew at or lick the hind end as these are painful and may potentially rupture.

Anal gland oil, be it normal or infected typically smells foul - and some find it *fishy* smelling ;-)

Everything you ever wanted to know about anal glands and more! :

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_anal_sac_disorders

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/veterinaryqa/a/Anal-Sacs-and-Scooting.htm

Thanks again for sharing and allowing this opportunity to learn!"

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  Re: Dog with Yeast Infections
Tue, 18 Feb 14 22:44:29 -0600

02/18/2014: Kim from Maryland: "Do you mind telling me which brand of acidophilus you used? And about how much you gave your dog daily? I have About a 15 pound Shih Tzu Lhasa mix and I just don't want to overdose him. Thanks so much!"

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  Re: Dog with Fishy Skin Odor
Mon, 17 Feb 14 19:16:03 -0600

02/17/2014: Margie from Los Angeles, California: "I recently wrote for help for my fishy smelling dog Maggie. Many people responded with various well meaning advice and I thank all of you for trying to help me and my dog. What helped was this: EMPTYING HER ANAL GLANDS! I tried the advice of emptying her anal glands! I watched several people (including one vet) teach how to drain a dog anal glands and I learned from watching the videos on Utube. So I tried it on Maggie while I was bathing her! The glands are located next to the dog anus, one gland at 9:00 and the other gland at 3:00. (The anus in the middle).

You gently push in behind the glands and gently push out, this drains the gland if there is any fluid in them. Maggie had some white cream like substance that came out of her glands. Then I finished bathing her. One video said if the liquid was white the dog was healthy.

PLEASE WATCH SEVERAL VIDEOS BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS.

Maggie no longer smells!!!! And she seems happier! I sure am! Thanks Earth Clinic!"

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  Re: Help Requested for Dog's Cherry Eye
Mon, 17 Feb 14 14:15:53 -0600

02/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Judy!

I have had to deal with the start of cherry eye twice with one dog; he had done some straining while pooping and when he came back into the house the gland was visible in the corner of his eye. I used my thumb to apply pressure under his lower lid and just rolled upward and inward. I didn't touch the gland as I had the skin of the lower eye lid between my finger and the gland.

It was easy, quick and didn't hurt. Try it on your own eye to see what kind of pressure to use on your dog's eye.

That said, and that was the advice you didn't want ;-)

If you don't manually replace the gland and leave it out then you run the risk of the gland becoming dried out, irritated and infected, hence the 'cherry' in cherry eye. You need to keep the eye and gland cleaned and well lubricated - its work as you know.

I cannot help with locating an inexpensive vet - but you might try calling around; vets out in the boonies typically are less expensive than those in the heart of the city. So google vets in your area, make up a list and start calling and ask: have you done the gland tacking [or gland removal if that is what you are after] surgery before? And if yes, how many cases and what success rate have you had? Write the answers as well as the cost of the procedure down and then compare notes to find your cheap but well qualified vet."

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  Re: Ted's Mange Remedy For Mites
Mon, 17 Feb 14 13:57:42 -0600

02/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Susee!

Not Kat, but I hope this will help.

Borax is sodium tetraborate. That should be the *only* ingredient you should see listed on the box of whatever brand of borax you find.

Sodium tetraborate is a naturally occurring mineral that has the same toxicity as table salt. I've given many a dog and puppy a borax bath and its been splashed in my face and doesn't sting my eyes, nor has it been harsh on the skin - mine included."

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  Re: Lip Fold Pyoderma
Mon, 17 Feb 14 13:53:06 -0600

02/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sharon!

You asked:

  • Does the lip fold surgery usually help?

You don't provide the breed of your dog for the best answer. If you are dealing with a Chinese Shar Pei, then certainly removing the excess skin that creates the folds and pockets for bacteria and yeast to thrive *should* help. Keeping your dog's problem skin folds clean is critical; are you cleaning the folds daily? Lack of daily or twice daily care may be contributing to the problem; if you have not been keeping up on daily cleaning you might try that using some solutions you can mix up [provided below] and see if that works before opting for surgery. I also notice that in my pack skin problems pop up during allergy season; consider if this may be a factor for your dog.

  • Is there a recommended topical preventative?

I have had a little bit of luck with any and all of these:

  • Powdered turmeric [grocery spice aisle]
  • Calamine lotion
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Alum powder [baking section of grocery store]
  • OTC human vaginal cream for yeast
  • Chlorhexadine [bulk from farm and fleet supply]
  • Zymox [purchase online, usually used for ears]
  • Zinc diaper rash ointment

It usually requires thoroughly washing and drying the area and then applying the remedy of choice into the folds. Products from the vet, ie Dermalone, contain multiple antibiotics and usually have a steroid so they address the intense itching and discomfort very quickly, but the tiny 1 oz tubes are so expensive it makes long term treatment or treating multiple dogs cost prohibitive. One thing to consider is Ted's Mange remedy - provided below.

  • Is there a diet regimen that will help?

The question I first have to ask is - what are you currently feeding your dog? If the answer is a well balanced RAW diet, then I would not suggest you change your kibble. If on the other hand you are feeding the cheapest grocery store brand you can buy [usually these kinds are loaded with grains, dyes and lots of sugar] then certainly an upgrade of kibble brands is called for. And if you are already feeding a top notch brand then it might be time to consider RAW. Certainly the addition of probiotics and digestive enzymes to the diet is a good idea, along with alkalizing by adding 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the Mother' Apple Cider Vinegar mixed into the food, or baking soda to the water [details below].

If this were my dog I would use my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies that I regularly use on my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

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

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

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to the Antifungal/Staph solution, and this can be made in small batches so you can treat only the affected areas and not the whole dog.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

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. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry.


Probiotics [as mentioned above] and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin by alkalizing and balancing your dog's PH - do this for about a week. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water. If your dog isn't keen on drinking the BS water, scale it back and build it up gradually - when done in this fashion my pack has taken readily to the BS water.

Dogs with skin issues are high maintenance dogs. You may need to thoroughly wash between your dogs folds of skin and treat with the Anti staph solution twice a day, 24/7/365 to keep him healthy."

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  Re: Lip Fold Pyoderma
Sun, 16 Feb 14 19:12:21 -0600

02/16/2014: Sharon from Atlanta, Ga: "I have spent thousands treating lower lip infections on my poor dog. They just keep coming back. He is on even stronger antibiotics this time, so I decided to do my own research. Today, I learned through pictures and descriptions that he definitely has lip fold pyoderma.I took photos of his condition and they are a perfect match for the images and descriptions I have found on line. My vet has always said she wasn't sure what causes his infections. She had him on 7 weeks of various antibiotics the first time. I am relieved to have a diagnosis. Now I need to ask: Does the lip fold surgery usually help? Is there a recommended topical preventative, or maybe a diet regimen that will help? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This poor pup has patiently tolerated so much medicine and vet visits. He deserves some relief."

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  Re: Ted's Mange Remedy For Mites
Sun, 16 Feb 14 19:09:09 -0600

02/16/2014: Susee from Sydney Australia: "Kat from Western Australia, could you please tell me what brand of borax you used on your cat because my borax says to immediately wash off skin. Thanks"

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  Re: Black Walnut Hull for Heartworms
Sun, 16 Feb 14 11:34:20 -0600

02/16/2014: Bempierre from Adelanto (former San Antonio Tx) Ca: "Dear Justme,

People on this site who are looking for alternative cures are usually a little more open minded and have weighed the the difference between expensive deadly products from the Vet or try a different approach. If it wasn't for this site, I would not have found VRM2 by accident at the health store when I went in to look for blackwalnut, woodworm, etc. from what I read here. I was just lucky that the person at the health store had a product called VRM2 that had everythiing I was looking for in it. I also use garlic and have used garlic on my dogs. Using garlic is not toxic if used properly and will help strengthen the heart. Even though I did not use any garlic while treating with VRM2, I have used it plenty of other times.

Theresa explains this well.

There are still people out there that think that what your Vet and Doctor say is bible. Just raised that way I guess, but Dr.'s have guessed at treatments forever and killed a lot of people and animals in the process. Then they learn from their mistakes. I learned this well when my mother was on hormone therapy that caused her to die from a rare cancer in 1999. You don't see advertisements for that anymore!

If there was not natural cures for heartworm, our wildlife would be dropping off like flies. Especially in the warmer climates like Texas and anywhere where heat and humidity are high for most of the year. Wild animals naturally know what to eat. Also, it was not too long ago that natural medicine was frowned upon as quackery and now people (as a whole) are a little more educated and have the resources to learn and talk about their experences.

Love this site for all the positive people and their valuable information!"

Re: Ted's Mange Remedy For Mites
Sun, 16 Feb 14 08:44:37 -0600

[YEA]  02/16/2014: Kat from Fremantle Western Australia: "Just been using Ted Mange Remedy that I added a dash of tea tree oil to for good luck. My 16 year old burmeseX has been plagued with mange every summer for half his life. I take him to the vet once a year at that time and he gets a jab for infection plus a cortizone one, they worked to a small degree. This year his mange is rampant over whole body, his skin like chronic exema. I have used Ted's remedy 3 times over the last couple of weeks. The improvement is amazing even in such a short space of time. The first time I sprayed it on using a spray bottle, the second time I tried tipping over in sink and third time just using a small face cloth soaked in solution on the bathroom floor next to drain hole. It seemed the easiest method to date. My cat is savage even in his debilitated state. I recommend this treatment."

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  Re: Rimadyl for Dogs
Sat, 15 Feb 14 18:00:39 -0600

02/15/2014: Jodi from Las Vegas, Nevada: "Rimadyl is deadly! Please take you pet off this drug immedietly! Please do not allow you Vet to prescribe this to you...my dog almost died because of it. I took him off and he is almost back to his old self. Incredible that there is So much info about this yet you people do not get it."

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  Re: Help Requested for Dog's Cherry Eye
Sat, 15 Feb 14 17:58:52 -0600

02/15/2014: Judy from Toronto: "Hi my name is Judy I have a shipoo who is 5 years old and he had surgery on one eye - I spent $650 a couple of months later he developed it on the other eye - I could not afford to do another surgery so I left it like that as the vet said if it does not get infected it is ok and I should use "fucithalmic vet eye gel" - I have used it for a week now I am worried I want to use all the info here and try to push it in but I am scared that I could aggrevate it - is there anything else I could do - please someone help me - is there a cheap place in Toronto that I could do the surgery - I would be so grateful if someone could give me advice other than trying to push it in.

Thank you."

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  Cushing's Disease - Update from Loraine
Sat, 15 Feb 14 13:34:32 -0600

02/15/2014: Loraine from Paramus New Jersey: "I wanted to update regarding my 45 lb beagle mix with Cushing's. She continues to do well on Melatonin 4mg in am, 5mg in pm, along with lignans and 100 mg phosphatidyl serine with her food during the afternoon. If someone wants to try phosphatidyl serine, I would recommend they purchase gelcaps rather than capsules, because the gelcaps are more likely to be in the lipid (soft butter) consistency that I have found to work. Phosphatidyl serine reduces cortisol levels and along with the melatonin, seems to have done the trick for my dog. Good luck to everyone."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Feline Upper Respiratory Infection
Fri, 14 Feb 14 21:29:52 -0600

[YEA]  02/14/2014: Bengalmom from Nb, Tex: "Just wanted to add an update: I would guesstimate the strength I used was closer to a 1/4 dilution the first time and used probably a 1/2 dilution the 2nd time not realizing at the moment. It was effective and caused no distress on my pet's part. All better after second treatment."

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  Re: Poison Ivy and Dogs
Fri, 14 Feb 14 21:27:07 -0600

02/14/2014: Tracey from Ohio: "I once had a dog that got posion ivy on it's nose! The poor thing would scratch until it bleed. We put socks on him which helped from him from digging with his nails."

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  Re: Baking Soda and Flour for Dog's Nail Injury
Thu, 13 Feb 14 19:05:05 -0600

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  02/13/2014: Jj from Dixie Tx: "ok so same thing, decided to do my dogs nails and got too close. I freaked so looked this up which the 1st thing I tried was baking soda, no good it must have stung or something b/c she went nuts squirming and started bleeding twice as bad but then I did flour and elevated her foot above her heart and in no time she was good the next morning but neosporin on the tip THANKS for this web site"

Apple Cider Vinegar Cured 2 Puppies of Parvo!
Thu, 13 Feb 14 19:03:03 -0600

[YEA]  02/13/2014: Barbara Ann Daca from South Lake, Ca: "Two weeks ago I received two german shephard puppies. They had diarrhea and were completely dehydrated.They were raised outside and You could see ribs and hip bones. By this time at eight weeks several of the litter had died. I was completely unfamilar with parvo but grew up on a farm. I mixed a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with the mother in their water and gave them treats of carrots rolled in peanut butter. In two days you could not tell they were the same dogs! Now two weeks later they are fat and happy and healthy with bright shiny coats! This week raw pumpkin for worms or unseen parasites. I would just like you to pass it on. Ps. Love your site!"

Turmeric for Cyst on Shih Tzu
Thu, 13 Feb 14 15:31:57 -0600

[YEA]  02/13/2014: Shih Tzu Momma from Gibsonburg, Ohio: "My Boots got a cyst a couple months ago. Took him to the vet and $65 later I had a vial of antibiotics and the cyst took several weeks to ago away, long after meds were gone.

Monday I noticed another one growing in the exact same spot, gave him benadryl so he wouldn't mess with it but by tuesday it was broke open. So I got on the internet and found this site. I followed the advise of a few different people, mixed tumeric with coconut oil and applied directly to cyst. Also sprinkled a little in a slice of cheese and rolled it up.

Wednesday it was the size of a ping pong ball. I repeated the same steps. This morning (Thursday) this thing is practically gone!

I suppose I was lucky that it worked so fast for us. I want to thank you all for your posts and Boots does too:)

Chantel"

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  Re: Garlic for Worms
Thu, 13 Feb 14 10:54:54 -0600

02/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Edie!

Sounds like you need to worm for roundworms/ascarids.

Garlic alone has many great health properties including antiparasitic properties -but I find it is more effective on protozoans - single celled organisms - and completely ineffective when fed on its own to combat a round worm infection.

There are natural remedies that you can try - tinctures usually incorporate wormwood or blackwalnut but there are prepared combinations ie 'Para-gone'. Folks use these along with diatomaceous earth and garlic and it has proven effective for some; the dosing can be tricky and these remedies tend to work slowly and depending on the weight of your pet, the bottled products require purchasing multiple bottles of the product for and optimal treatment. That said, the folks whom I know who have reported success in using these natural approaches typically fed exclusively RAW or BARF diets and their pets all got plenty of hours of daily open air, sun and exercise, ie fit and hard bodied canine athletes. Certain remedies such as garlic and DE need to be used continuously, 24/7/365, tend to be effective only when incorporated in a RAW/BARF feeding program, and work slowly over time - so not like using prescription wormers from the vet.

For my own experience, its actually been far cheaper in the long run for me to go to the vet for prescription wormer ie Panacur/Fenbendazole, than to fiddle with using natural remedies over lengths of time, particularly when dealing with puppies and severely infected crisis cases. The fenbendazole works quickly - you see the dog evacuate the worm load that is present [adult worms] within 24 hours, so you know that the damage they are doing is stopped in its tracks; this is particularly critical in severe infections and with tiny pups. Ideally you would worm 3 times, 2 weeks apart, to eliminate first the adult worms and then any eggs that may hatch out after the initial worming.

I would not bother with OTC wormers from the grocery store ie Hartz Mountain products. Worming products available without a prescription that can be obtained online that are effective on roundworms should contain Pyrantel Pamoate. This is often combined with praziquantel [Droncit] to make it cover tapeworms as well.

CAUTION: Its possible to obtain these key wormers in horse products from the farm and fleet supply stores; this approach can be effective if you have an excellent grasp of mathematics and can calculate the required minute dosage needed for a 40 pound dog vs a 1200 pound horse - otherwise this approach runs the great risk of you overdosing your dog can causing great harm!

Read up on how to identify dog worms and the problems associated with these worms here:

http://www.wikihow.com/Identify-Different-Dog-Worms"

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  Re: Garlic for Worms
Thu, 13 Feb 14 08:46:32 -0600

02/13/2014: Edie from Toronto, Canada: "Is garlic really proven to kill parasites and safe for my dog, I noticed a white worm in stool this morning @ poop & scoop time."

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  Re: Garlic for Worms
Thu, 13 Feb 14 08:46:29 -0600

02/13/2014: Edie from Toronto, Canada: "Is garlic really proven to kill parasites and safe for my dog, I noticed a white worm in stool this morning @ poop & scoop time."

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  Re: Hand Sanitizer for Ear Mites
Tue, 11 Feb 14 14:17:11 -0600

02/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Char!

You are replying to a post that is 2 years old, so the original poster may not be around to respond to you - so I will give it a shot!

It appears the hand-sanitizer remedy is used once a day for two days.

A couple of caveats, however.

This remedy should not be used on ears that have been scratched raw as the alcohol in the hand-sanitizer will cause painful burning and stinging.

Next, you should be certain that your pet has ear mites and not another ear condition as the wrong diagnosis will result in a painful ear condition prolonged and untreated.

And lastly, all the pets [hosts! ] in the family need to be treated at the same time. If all pets were not treated, begin again this time including all pets in the protocol. If all pets are not treated, they will simply re-infect each other.

Read all about ear mites:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html"

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  Re: Turmeric for German Shepherd with Arthritis
Tue, 11 Feb 14 13:07:11 -0600

02/11/2014: Carol from Mandan North Dakota: "Pepper should not be ingested by dogs. It irritates and inflames the digestive system. Best to use just tumeric, with virgin coconut oil for bio-availability, thou I'm not entirely sure what THAT means. LOL. I read blogs at ottawavalleydogwhisper and have found some invaluable info there. My Annie is like a child to me and I started her on low dose (1/2 tsp each) tumeric/coconut oil about 2 weeks ago for cysts on her legs and arthritis, and plan to increase it to recommended dosage for her weight. No changes yet, except that she will now allow me to feel them without trying to get away, and she is more mobile and not limping NEAR as much. I am struggling to keep up with her on our walks. Vet want to remove the lumps and not only can I, as a single mom, not afford it, it would be very tramatic for her to be away from me. She does not eat or play or interact with anyone when I am not home. What I HAVE noticed is that she pants a lot more. She is a mixed breed with layers and layers of black fur so she does get overheated easily, but we are in North Dakota-below zero temps. She is a bit overweight too. I think it may be the coconut oil as it boosts the metabolism. I will probably increase the tumeric to 1 tsp and leave the coconut oil at 1/2 tsp.

This dog is so smart, we can't even SPELL words anymore and she knows what it is. We now say 'walk' backwards (klaw) because if she hears the word, she will bug you until she gets her 'klaw'. Lol. wonder how long before she knows klaw and walk are the same."

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  Re: Hand Sanitizer for Ear Mites
Tue, 11 Feb 14 08:37:23 -0600

02/10/2014: Char from North Vancouver: "Do you use it everyday at first and after a month go to once a week?"

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  Re: Whipworms in Dogs
Mon, 10 Feb 14 14:22:08 -0600

02/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Janetnicks!

"Wormwood" is reputed to be the most effective herbal remedy for whipworms. In researching possible doses I kept finding cautions about how dangerous this particular remedy is, and all the other research only yielded websites with various combined tinctures offered for sale.

I will add, there has been little well done research on natural alternative pet wormers. Herbal websites I have researched, along with advice from my own holistic vet, and from my own trials and errors in dealing with using natural wormers winds down to this: the most effective way to get rid of whipworms in a dog is Fenbendazole/Pancur from your vet.

Because of the long maturation cycle of young worms, a second deworming some 75 days or so after the first deworming is needed to fully clear the infection (easy to forget). Often another deworming in between these doses is recommended to further control the whipworm numbers.

Soil contaminated by whipworm eggs is contaminated for years. It is virutally impossible to remove the eggs from the soil or kill them. If you have heavy soil contamination you may wish to remove the contaminated soil to a depth of 3 feet and replace with clean soil, or adopt a quarterly or twice yearly worming protocol to keep your pet free of worms."

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  Re: Supplements For Congestive Heart Failure
Mon, 10 Feb 14 08:28:03 -0600

02/10/2014: Sasho from Bulgaria: "Thank you very much for reply Katie. I will look for your recomendations about CoQ10 and L Carnetine as my dog Is In very serious condition - dilated cardiomyopathy CHF 4. I will appreciate If you can give me some additional advice about treatment or supplemeny that I still have not on protocol. I cannot receive such info where I am located - doctors are using traditional methods using drugs which does not heal that Is to say Please If anyone got ability please ask your trusted doctor about treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy. At the moment dog Is on following drugs: Enalapril maelate, Furosemide, Vetmedin. I also give Standard Process Cardio Plus Tabs and Cataplex B tabs and also N Acetyl Cystein, D Ribbose ans EFA and Omega 3 fatty essential."

Re: Whipworms in Dogs
Mon, 10 Feb 14 08:12:30 -0600

02/09/2014: Janetnicks from Kalamazoo, MI: "Do you know how to get rid of whipworms?"

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  Re: Supplements For Congestive Heart Failure
Sun, 09 Feb 14 18:54:58 -0600

02/09/2014: Katie from Northport, Ny: "Here is some information I gathered while looking into CoQ10. What I found out was the following:

Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol are both forms of CoQ10. The difference between the two is that ubiquinone is the oxidized form of CoQ10, this is the form that has been studied for more than 30 years. The drawback for ubiquinone, is that it needs to be converted by the body into ubiquinol and not everyone can make this conversion. In addition, it's not very absorbable. For young, healthy individuals, they say it’s probably not a problem but for older individuals and those with chronic disease (such as heart disease) it is said that they usually can’t make this conversion, so ubiquinol is usually recommended for them.

Ubiquinone, which is a fat soluble substance, was then made more advanced about a decade or so ago, when a company called Tishcon patented a delivery system which made ubiquinone water-soluble and therefore more absorbable by the body. This is the Q-Gel? formulation by Tishcon you were asking about.

Then more recently, a company called Kaneka Corporation of Japan perfected an even more advanced form of ubiquinone (or CoQ10) called ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is pre-converted and ready for immediate use by the body, unlike ubiquinone. Since Kaneka Corporation created and patented ubiquinol they are the only company to sell it. It is sold under all different labels by different supplement companies but the trademarked name for their ubiquinol is KanekaQH™.

Now, an even more advanced form of ubiquinol has been created by Tishcon Corporation. They succeeded in making Kaneka’s ubiquinol water-soluble for even better absorption. So, now the body no longer has to convert it, and it’s more easily absorbable. They say this form (which is the most expensive) is the form that is best for those with serious health and heart issues. This is the one I decided to give to my dog – it’s called Quinogel?.

So, to answer your question, my favorite would still be the Quinogel?. If I couldn’t get the Quinogel, I think I would consider using the Q-Gel? ubiquinone formulation by Tishcon, since it is the advanced form of ubiquinone. However, I would never use regular ubiquinone as it is very hard to absorb into the body. Attached is a short piece I came across explaining some of the differences with some CoQ10s.

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/health-library/products/quinogel-ubiquinol-coq10-supplement.html

As far as the Carnitine goes, I gave my dog a liquid L-Carnitine made by a company called Lonza. Different companies sell Lonza’s carnitine under their own labels (e.g., NOW). If you look on the back label and you see Carnipure™ you will know this is Lonza’s carnitine, as that is their trademark. I don’t know if this is the best Carnitine, but I was told that it was so I decided to stick with it. I read that absorbability can be a problem with carnitine and I was told that this was highly absorbable. The draw back is that they might only make it in fruit and citrus flavors now which dogs might not like."

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  Re: Dog With Chronic Yeast Infections
Sun, 09 Feb 14 12:57:08 -0600

02/09/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Robby!

I feel your pain and share your burden: I have bullies also! And it sure seems like this time of year their allergies are triggered :(

You might consider rotating proteins - so TOTW Salmon, then next bag the Prairie formula, then next bag the poultry formula and so on. I tend to avoid salmon formulas as the source is most likely farmed and many hormones are added to get the fish ready for harvesting in a short time; this has shown to be related to reproductive issues in dogs - FYI.

For ears, while home remedies for ears are great for most breeds, as you know bulldawgs are stubborn, and so are the conditions that affect their ears. Hands down ZYMOX is the shizzel; I order mine off the internet and I use the ear cleaner I buy from my vet.

And, when dealing with yeast you are dealing with the symptom of a larger issue - so yeast inside is manifesting as yeasty ears or skin on the outside. Consider adding probiotics to your dogs diet. Since an over abundance of one strain of 'good' bacteria can cause imbalances in the gut, I rotate and use one bottle of one type, ie DDS with FOS, then switch to another bottle of another type, ie PB8- and so on. I get the human grade from the cooler at the health food store and don't bother with the doggy formulas that sit out on the open shelf.

Do watch the treats; no grocery store chews or treats with artificial coloring agents; consider making any treats at home so you know for sure what goes in to them. I give my dogs cubes of cheese - white cheese only, no annatto, and I feed beef rib bones as chews and their teeth are beautiful. Ask your butcher for beef ribs - the 'waste' ribs from the rib-eye steak - and cut those into ribsicles and then bake at 350 for 30 minutes; this leaves the bone raw inside, the meat near the bone rare and the outside brown and tasty [so say my dogs]. Don't feed a meaty bone near kibble time as the extra protein will give them loose stools; you might even consider simply feeding 1-2 bones as 1 meal.

I find Ted's remedies work well for my pack. I have not yet found something that will halt a hive break out in its tracks - but if your dog has hives around the tail [and she is not pregnant] you might consider Calamine lotion for quick relief.

This is my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies for my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

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

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

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. If that doesn't seem to be working and things do not look better [many dogs feel immediate relief right out of the tub on the first dip] you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

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. I have many dogs and when allergy season hits I mix this up in gallon jugs and follow the mange procedure, letting the solution 'work' on the dog for 10 minutes or so in the tub, and then no toweling off, just crating and allowing to air dry.


Additionally you can add pet vitamins, ie Pet Tabs - for a week, along with flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil; you can also try flaxseed oil and coconut oil - 1 -2 tsp am and pm in the food; you should see improvement in a couple of days. Probiotics [as mentioned above] and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin - do this for about a week. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water."

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  Re: Supplements For Congestive Heart Failure
Sun, 09 Feb 14 09:26:59 -0600

02/09/2014: Sasho from Bulgaria: "Katie, you mentioned that coq10 have to be ubiquinol not ubiquinone. I see that dr Sinatra uses Ubiquinine by Tischon - In that would you aproove using Q gel Ubiquinone by Tischon? What are your best favorites for L carnetine and CoQ10?"

Dog With Chronic Yeast Infections
Sun, 09 Feb 14 09:21:00 -0600

02/08/2014: Robby from Tulsa Ok: "My Bulldog keeps getting yeast infections on her body and in her ears. We feed her Taste of the Wild salmon"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt Cured Dog
Fri, 07 Feb 14 22:49:51 -0600

02/07/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Bailey!

Did your vet wish to culture the urine to determine the best antibiotic? Or was there another reason to culture? If you try a home remedy and the UTI comes right back, you may need to continue with your vet to rule out complications such as crystals or stones.

You might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:

Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.

A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.

If your dog won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your dog takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.

Ted also adds: "As to the apple cider vinegar for UTI, I do not think it to be as effective as a sea salt remedy. However if ACV is used then it is likely to be mixed with a pinch of baking soda."

Some folks report good results with powdered cranberry. As for the powdered cranberry dosage, some contributors have used 2 capsules [Cranactin brand] diluted in 1 oz water for a cat, while others have used 1 capsule for a 65 pound dog. This is something you will have to compare brands and potencies and work out for your dog, but it makes sense to me to start out with 1 capsules with food am and pm during a crisis and then scale back to 1/2 capsule am and pm for maintenance.

As for the yogurt and ACV - many mix the two together and feed with the am and pm meals. 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, "with the mother" ACV into wet food or yogurt. If you are looking for probiotics from the yogurt, it may be easier to simply buy the probiotics in powder form and add to the diet, as some dogs don't do well with dairy.

The ACV can be used as a maintenance dose with the food; if you dose a probiotic as well its a good idea to switch brands every couple of weeks to rotate the species of probiotic for proper balance in the gut."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt Cured Dog
Fri, 07 Feb 14 17:37:44 -0600

02/07/2014: Bailey from Newhall, Ca: "Can you please tell me the dosage you used with the ACV and yogurt. I have a 15lb boston terrier who has a UTI and I've already spent $300 and they would like to do a culture for another $150. If I could help my dog naturally I would like to try and bring the cost down :/"

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  Re: Hydrogen Peroxide, Honey and Lemon for Cough
Fri, 07 Feb 14 09:34:16 -0600

02/07/2014: Stephanie from Pa: "I just rescued a 60+ lb border collie/newfoundland mix yesterday and he was up all night coughing and hacking up mucus. I just tried this about 45 min ago and he only coughed about 2x right after giving it. Since then- not a peep! He's finally getting some rest. Hopefully my Aussie won't get it!"

Peppermint Tea for Vomiting in Dog
Thu, 06 Feb 14 16:30:49 -0600

[YEA]  02/06/2014: Suseeq from Sydney Australia: "Yesterday my little jack russel had some vomiting issues all day so, I decided to syringe 5mls of cool peppermint tea down his throat and he immediately stopped vomiting."

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  Re: Dewormers From Vet Vs. Store
Thu, 06 Feb 14 16:23:26 -0600

02/06/2014: Teresa from Joliet: "I worked for a vet for a number of years, he told me the only difference between store-bought dewormers and prescription is the dose. If you buy the meds from the store, double the dose and it is the same as the prescription dose from the vet. Hope this helps."

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  Re: Ear Mites
Wed, 05 Feb 14 22:59:28 -0600

02/05/2014: Iknow from Kjk609@gmail.com: "The dirt that you see in your cats or dogs ears doesn't mean that you see a mite. Mites are not visible by a naked eye .but they're in that dirt very possibly."

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  Re: Ear Mites
Wed, 05 Feb 14 22:53:45 -0600

02/05/2014: Know from USA: "You have to understand that mites are not visible. Dirt in the ear doesn't mean that you see a mites. Dirty ears create itching too. Whenever what you do helps to clean the ear some kind of way. But for mites any oil will drown them if they are on the skin under the skin in site of the ear that where they're hiding. Wet ear from the oil will prevent them from moving around"

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  Re: Aural Hematomas in Dogs
Tue, 04 Feb 14 16:13:43 -0600

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

I am sorry for your loss.

Thank you for sharing your journey, and your emphasis to follow your gut instinct in taking your pet to the vet if you feel strongly something is wrong. You are so right; internet advice only goes so far, especially when one cannot look at a case *real time* to see for themselves the symptoms without them being translated via keyboard into the written word.

I have to say, however, that unless you had your dog necropsied [autopsy] that your guess of "death by aural hematoma" is wild speculation. Its very possible your dog did indeed die from a brain or cerebral aneurysm - but such a thing is not caused from an aural hematoma.

An aneurysm is: a localized, pathological, blood-filled dilatation of a blood vessel caused by a disease or weakening of the vessel's wall

A hematoma is: a swelling caused by a ruptured blood vessel after bleeding has occurred inside a tissue.

Aural hematoma occurs when a blood vessel within the ear flap breaks, and the ear flap swells with blood. The swelling can be partial or complete and in severe conditions may even block the ear canal totally. The ear flap can fluctuate, appear like a balloon and result in a significant change in the carriage of the ear.

Untreated hematomas may heal without any treatment over a period of time. However, this option is preferred only in cases where the dog cannot be given an anesthesia. Left alone, an aural hematoma can disfigure the ears giving them a shape that is commonly known as ‘cauliflower’ ears.

I cannot find in any research that aural hematomas are life threatening. Aneurysms, however, are indeed life threatening. Common locations for aneurysms include:

  • The major artery from the heart (the aorta)
  • The brain (cerebral aneurysm)
  • In the leg behind the knee popliteal artery aneurysm)
  • Intestine (mesenteric artery aneurysm)
  • An artery in the spleen (splenic artery aneurysm)

If you step back and re-read your post it makes more sense to consider that your dog had a life threatening condition that existed in the first place [i.e brain tumor which very likely could result in a cerebral aneurysm], causing your dog to shake her head to the point of rupturing blood vessels in her ears resulting in the aural hematomas in both ears. The dual aural hematomas were the symptom of a bigger issue, and not the issue that caused her death.

Again, I am very sorry for the loss of your girl, and I wish you peace in her absence."

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  Re: Aural Hematomas in Dogs
Tue, 04 Feb 14 09:11:44 -0600

[WARNING!]  02/03/2014: Sun from Australia: "Hi, I'm writing today because my dog was suffering a second haematoma on the opposite ear last week, the first ear cost us over $1000 in surgery. At the time of the initial surgery the vet was quite blaze about it, it made me blaze this time around and before doing anything thought I would look up online about it. This was one of the sites I came to. I did ring the vet last Friday, two or three days after the haematoma appeared. I had her scheduled for surgery yesterday morning, being Monday. I am a psychic and Friday night spirit was badgering me and telling me I would have to take her to the vet on the Saturday morn. I accepted that even tho we live in the country and there is a lot of travel involved, 3 hours of driving alone. I rang the vet and said I was concerned, she assured me she would be fine for her surgery on Monday, she was in no pain, a little discomfort, that was all. I still felt so unsure and asked if I could send some photo's which I did, they came back to say a second time, no she be fine till her scheduled surgery on Monday morning. Spirit woke me at 3.30 am Monday morn badgering me to go and have a cigarette, they hate me smoking and I had to get up early to take the dog. I got up anyway, had my smoke, saw our dogs feet sticking out from the underneath of our bar area, one of her favourite spots. They said call her, I did, nothing, she didn't get up. That's weird, I'm thinking, call again, same. I got up and went over to her started calling her name and shaking her, nothing..... I then stopped still for a minute to see breathing, no breathing, she was dead. We were then faced with burying our dog at 3.30 in the morn and it's safe to say the vet has copped it as well as myself for not listening to spirit in preference to a university degree.

Now, this is what no-one discusses here. If as a human you had that much blood near your brain, you would be hospitilised for fear of an aneurism or stroke, true. I feel my dog died of an aneurism, it could have been a large amount of blood in her ear or a tiny little clot but it found it's way to her brain and killed her. She died in her sleep, we had no idea anything was happening out of the ordinary for those last hours of her life.

Don't listen to everyone on here, don't even listen to vets that say it is not a serious medical condition, my dog was 6 years old, too young to die.

Listen to self and your animal, rely on your intuitive feelings. How can anyone say that would not be hurting, it's just stupid, if our ear was blown up like that full of blood, it would fricking hurt, it's just a load of bs.

Take a tip from someone who knows, get off forums on the internet telling you this and that and take your animal to the vet.

Sun"

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  Re: Cat With Fibrosarcoma From Vaccine
Mon, 03 Feb 14 16:07:32 -0600

02/03/2014: Alina from Ajax,canada: "Hi, here is an update: no visible improvment on my cat. I still have to improvise in order to feed him. He seems hungry but doesn't like the real food very much any more. I mix dry orijen with grilled chicken, liver ..weruva wet food...I contacted the holistic vet concern about the tumor being bigger and he recommended a diff clinic for I THERM therapy. I called the clinic and they couldn't tell me about good stories in their practice becouse the treatment is new in Canada.The cost:200 cad first time+ 3 meetings for treatment 550cad +taxes or 5 meetings=990+taxes.They don't guarantee anything....I am concerned because on I thermal site it is a cat with fibrosarcoma and in the end still needs surgery. I can not find testimonials.. just what is on their website and that it is not encouraging.Tomorow I booked a meeting with an oncologist. All the best to all of you."


 

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