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Diatomaceous Earth for Mange

Sun, 07 Sep 14 09:05:50 -0500

Posted by Sharon (Georgia, US) on 09/07/2014

[YEA]  Let me tell you my story. My daughter got a beautiful little black and white Lab/Australian Shepherd mix male puppy. When he was about 3 or 4 months old he started getting little bumps around his neck and feet. They started getting worse and he started losing the hair in this area. Before we knew it the bumps turned into oozing nasty sores and he started losing his hair. Took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with demodectic mange. We started having the vet dip him once a week at $40 a pop.

I read everything I could find about home treatments as I believe we give our animals too many drugs/medications that cause more internal problems than help. I bathed him at least once sometimes twice a week with a medicated dandruff shampoo followed by a rinse (which I left on) of washing borax, hydrogen peroxide and water. He was in extreme pain from this mange and nothing seemed to be helping (even the vet dips). He got so bad that he lost almost all of his beautiful long coat and was covered from head to toe in oozing ugly sores, scales and a terrible smell.

My husband would say every day that maybe we should put him down. You could tell that he didn't feel well. He no longer wanted to run and play. I read somewhere about diatomaceous earth and what it could do. It being a natural wormer with other health benefits - I thought I would try it as I really think this pup had a major internal problem as his immune system seemed to be highly compromised. I started giving him a tablespoon in his feed every night. I would put it over his dry feed and put warm water or a liquid over it as the earth is very dry. Within a month his sores were getting better. His skin was no longer bright red and nasty looking. It has been about 6 months now of putting this over his food every night and he is now almost back to his beautiful self.

He has so much energy. His skin no longer looks irritated even on his feet and legs. His hair is almost completely grown in and he has lots of it. His coat is shiny - And his teeth - they are the whitest teeth I have ever seen on a dog. No tarter stains - just beautiful. I stopped treating his skin topically and giving him baths every week about the time I started him on the diatomaceous earth. It turned this dog's world around. He is now a happy, playful big pup.

I highly recommend this stuff for everything. His gums are nice and pink and I would bet that he is worm free also. I just started giving it to my horses as a wormer instead of the harsh chemicals we give our animals for parasites, this is a miracle worker. I even started drinking a teaspoon every day in chocolate milk as it also has health benefits for people also. It is a natural cure for a multitude of things as it works from the inside out. You can purchase food grade diatomaceous earth from Tractor Supply. A large bag costs less than $15 and after using it for over 6 months, I still have over half a bag left. We started giving it to my husband's hunting beagles. Their teeth are whiter, their stool is solid, their coats are shiny and they seem to be happier also. I can't wait to see the effects on the horses.

I am one of those people that believe our lives are run by pharmaceutical companies getting rich on the crap they sell us and I always look for a natural alternative. This stuff is the bomb. I will never use dangerous, caustic wormers again on my dogs and hopefully not on my horses either. Good luck!

 Re: Multiple Remedies for Yeast Infections and Allergies

Sun, 07 Sep 14 08:56:39 -0500

Posted by Lisa (New Jersey, US) on 09/07/2014

I have a westie - a breed well-known for skin issues. I have struggled to help him since he was 3. He forms scabby bumps that break open and ooze, will develop red rashes around his rear-end, his arm pits and legs even scabbing on his face. Its been so difficult.

The best thing I have ever done for him is got an RX shampoo called Ketochlor. In one washing I saw an amazing difference!! Not kidding! I also found virbac makes a similar leave-on lotion that really helps.

But I am dealing with 2 things: skin allergies and yeast. For the yeast, I add probiotics to his food...just break open a cap and put in on his food.

For food he gets chicken or beef with venison. I add either olive oil or fish oil to his food because his skin is also dry and he needs the fat.

If the yeast gets really bad, I put desitin ointment on those areas.

Its a constant battle but it works!

 Re: Dietary Help for Canine Diabetes

Sat, 06 Sep 14 21:31:51 -0500

Posted by Sharon (Powell River, BC, CA) on 09/06/2014

Our chocolate lab was diagnosed as diabetic almost a year ago. She will be 9 this coming February. We have had many labs but she is our first chocolate, and we have had nothing but one major medical problem after another and I have since learned that this can be common with chocolates. She is a wonderful dog and puts up with each incident after another. Since becoming diabetic, she is now blind and I have tried many things to combat this. Her insulin is fairly high as her pancreas is not working, thus no production of insulin naturally, and her liver and heart are enlarged. You would never know she has anything wrong with her or that she is blind. I feed her a raw food and veggie diet along with supplements and one cup morning and night of a diabetic dog food. I check her blood sugar before each meal. She lies down and lets me do this no problem and lies down after eating to get her insulin shot. I love her so very much and can't believe how good a patient she is. I am going to try castor oil for her eyes again as nothing else has worked either but what the hey! Can't hurt I don't think.

 Re: Dosing Info Needed to Keep Cat Healthy

Sat, 06 Sep 14 21:18:10 -0500

Posted by Cynthia (Union, NJ) on 09/06/2014

Thank you to all. I am sorry I didn`t find this page 2 weeks ago. I adopted 2 male kittens. They were brothers and I recently lost 1 to Urinary Tract Infection. I am determined to keep the other healthy. I started Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 tsp. but how often and how long? I don`t twit or do Facebook so e-mail is my source of talking. Thank you for all your stories. You are all beautiful people. Cyn

Colloidal Silver for Hot Spots on Dogs

Sat, 06 Sep 14 20:53:18 -0500

Posted by Colleen (Hawaii, US) on 09/06/2014

Hi! I've been treating my dogs with colloidal silver- works very well. I use it for any problem - we use it on ourselves too- burns, wounds, itching, it prevents infections .

 Re: Help Needed for Pom who is Peeing Everywhere

Sat, 06 Sep 14 20:46:03 -0500

Posted by Ali (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/06/2014

We experienced that with one of our dogs, it turned out to be Cushings Disease. There are some holistic approaches you can try if it does turn out to be Cushings.

 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Diagnosis

Fri, 05 Sep 14 21:20:47 -0500

Posted by June Bug (Alaska, US) on 09/05/2014

Thanks again, Theresa.

I did Ted's 3x for the first two weeks and she had her last one 5 days ago. So I will wait a few more days and if she's scab free, I'll give the ACV one a try. If not, I'll stick with the hydrogen peroxide so she doesn't get stung.

I'll keep you posted!

Thank you,


 Question on Using Yellow Dock Root Extract for Cat's Ear Mites

Fri, 05 Sep 14 15:37:03 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/05/2014

Hey Bill!

You can use the mixture for the ears on the skin, however if your cats lick it there could be complications if they have an undiagnosed underlying liver or kidney disease.

It doesn't sound right for the ear mites to be migrating all over your cat's body; it it just affecting the back of his ears?

 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Diagnosis

Fri, 05 Sep 14 15:30:16 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/05/2014

Hey Lexi!

I agree with you, but not sure you need to act *now*; I think you could hold off a few more days to allow the skin to heal. How many treatments with Ted's remedy did June Bug get? 2-3 the first week, and then once per week up until just a few days ago?

You only need to dip once per week - this in keeping with the life cycle of the mite. Can you follow this up with a moisturizing bath/treatment an hour or two after the dip? I would suspect with her skin healing up now that the secondary bacterial infection is being treated, her skin would be less irritated with the 1% hydrogen peroxide.

I have not used the recipe with vinegar, although I know I read about it - I just can't find it, particularly now that everything seems to be sorted out ;-). What I have read - what I could find - is that vinegar is likely to be far more irritating/will sting. I have used the solution with cuts on my own hands and also done vinegar rinses on my dogs and the vinegar does sting the raw skin whereas the 1% hydrogen peroxide did not -this from my own personal experience.

All that said I was able to find this for you:

Posted by Kc (Newtown, Ct) on 04/05/2010

[YEA] It worked!!! Thank you Ted! I was so stressed out when my dog started to show signs of mange. I made this remedy using 1 part Apple cider vinager (AC vinager instead of peroxide because I didnt want to "highlight" her black fur) to 2 parts water, and added borax laundry detergent until it wouldnt dissolve anymore. I put her in the tub and splashed on the solution until she was soaked, no gloves needed. I used a cottonball for around her eyes. I then washed every pillowcase, blanket, and rug that I could and sprinkled the borax powder all over the rest including the couch. Left that overnight and vacumed it up the next day. It was winter outside and I admit it wasnt fun for anyone to have a soaking wet dog running around, but it was worth it. Immediately the itching stopped. Within the first few day, I could see improvement. I did this intense house cleaning and borax soak with her once a week for 4 weeks and In 5 WEEKS it was completely gone! Thank you thank you thank you. Super easy, SO MUCH HEALTHIER, and wicked cheap!

- See more at:

 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Diagnosis

Fri, 05 Sep 14 14:06:18 -0500

Posted by June Bug (Alaska) on 09/05/2014

Hi there,

So we're on day 4 of antibiotics and things are already looking a bit better.

However, my gut is saying that I shouldn't take a break from treating the mites or I am losing precious time since I do believe I was going through a major die-off.

I think the hydrogen peroxide mix was too irritating and read that there is a Ted's version using apple cider vinegar as the borax carrier...if this is correct, do you have a recipe for that? And experience with it?

Thanks again!


 Re: Remedies for Ear Infection in Cat

Fri, 05 Sep 14 09:20:18 -0500

Posted by Mc (Florida, US) on 09/05/2014

Thanks for the feedback.

I have tracked down a holistic vet to take Galaxy to. With the previous post saying that antibiotics in the ear aren't effective I am going to wait until I see the holistic vet to know what to treat his ears with.

Also I think you are spot on with the allergy idea.

Question on Using Yellow Dock Root Extract for Cat's Ear Mites

Fri, 05 Sep 14 08:27:26 -0500

Posted by Bill (Aurora, Colorado) on 09/04/2014

I am very sure my cats have ear mites; one seems to be worse then the others and has them on his body as well. I purchased the yellow dock root extract. Can I use this on his skin too? Please let me know, thanks.

 Re: Preventing Bloat in Large Breed Dogs

Thu, 04 Sep 14 14:20:53 -0500

Posted by Hillary (Missouri, US) on 09/04/2014

I am so sorry for the loss of your dog. I just returned from an all nighter at the vets, luckily with my dog in tow. I have been making a list of things to do to decrease his chance of rebloat and many of the things you have listed are on mine. Thank you for taking time to make such a valuable list.

 Chicken, Rice and Pumpkin Recipe for Cat's Diarrhea

Thu, 04 Sep 14 13:19:00 -0500

Posted by Adkrim (Illinois, US) on 09/04/2014

the link to the recipe on your site is not working. It takes me to the reviews for the remedy. I have an older cat with severe diarrhea -- it's been almost a month now -- and nothing is helping him. How do I get the recipe?


Diarrhea : - try boiling chicken, rinse off all the fat. Mix with boiled white rice. Feed small amounts to dog during day for three days. 3 parts boiled white rice to 1 part mashed chicken.

Plain, pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is one of the best things we've found for loose stool. Depending on dog's size : i.e. a 50 lb dog would take a tablespoon a day.

 Re: Activated Charcoal for Puppy with Parvo

Thu, 04 Sep 14 13:06:38 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/04/2014

Hey Marybeth!

You may be doing everything right; it is just that your puppy cannot keep it down because he is ill.

Consider giving him an OTC anti nausea remedy such as kaopectate. Dose this and wait before trying the AC/pedialyte.

Keep an eye out for dehydration; use the pinch test to check: Pinch with two fingers the skin on the scruff or back of your pup's neck and pull it up, so it forms a tent or peak -and then let go. It should *snap* right back rapidly. If it slowly sinks back down or takes a few seconds to settle back down then your puppy is dehydrated.

If you are dealing with dehydration your best bet is to see the vet. Some EC contributors have had success using sterile saline solution for contact lenses and injecting it under the skin with a hypodermic needle and syringe to re-hydrate a parvo pup, but again the best thing to do might be to see the vet if you are dealing with a dehydrated pup.

 Re: Suggestions Needed on Ear Mites in Kitten

Thu, 04 Sep 14 12:08:28 -0500

Posted by Paula (Clarksville, Tn) on 09/04/2014

Try olive oil or canola oil in the ear for ear mites. The oil suffocates the mite. When I've had cats with ear mites, the vet always prescribed an oil ear drop.

 Re: Activated Charcoal for Puppy with Parvo

Thu, 04 Sep 14 11:45:27 -0500

Posted by Marybeth (Ontario, CA) on 09/04/2014

I have made the AC mixture with clear, unflavored Pedialyte and each time I give it to my puppy, he promptly vomits it back up.

What am I doing wrong?

 Re: Brewer's Yeast for Fleas

Thu, 04 Sep 14 11:43:04 -0500

Posted by Katherine (Newport, OR) on 09/04/2014

Brewer yeas/nutritional yeast you can find in the bulk food section of your grocery

 Re: Suggestions Needed on Ear Mites in Kitten

Thu, 04 Sep 14 11:26:26 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 09/03/2014

regarding cat ear mites. After many trials the best result was with neem oil. I only repeated two or three times and no return. With everything else it was a month's regimen and more while the commercial items did nothing. There is no problem now after a year. It is worth giving it a try.

Be careful with alcohol in the ear as the delicate skin can dry and be open for infection. Namaste, Om

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