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 Re: Multiple Remedies for Yeast Infections and Allergies

Wed, 15 Oct 14 09:38:09 -0500

Posted by Marsch (Columbus, Oh) on 10/15/2014

I have a 10 year old SharPei and German Shepherd mix. Two breeds known for skin issues. She's had seasonal allergies her whole life but this year has been especially bad. We've always dealt with her yeast issues with predisone - but steroids are not only bad for the animal, they lose effectiveness over time. The yeast and allergies has been compounded over the last couple years due to hypothyroidism. Sandy dog is having a rough year. She currently has a yeast infection on her skin that I just can't seem to beat. I had it almost cleared up using Malaseb shampoo, but then we went to the beach for a week and she was wet all the time and it came back. So, here we go again. The poor dear hates the baths, but it seems to help the itching immediately. I switched her food to Blue Wilderness this week and I'm going to start giving her the acidophilus supplement. She gets yogurt, but not every day. Guess we'll change that too. And no more human scraps. Anyway, I wanted to share that the Malaseb shampoo really does work. We've also used Be Soothed tea tree oil shampoo in the past - it works fine on lesser yeast infections. OH, and this will seem weird - but if you have spot yeast infections in the armpit or around the genital area you might try generic monistat cream its usually miconazole cream. You can find it in the drug store. It works awesome for killing the yeast. Unfortunately, for the whole dog, it would be rather messy and expensive. lol

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure

Wed, 15 Oct 14 08:37:22 -0500

Posted by Robert (Reading, Pa) on 10/14/2014

Hi! Again Theresa, Amber is a rescue so I am not sure of her age, somewhere between one and three. She had a litter, was abandoned, was given flea and tick topical poison, given shots, maybe heart worm meds, an hysterectomy, and put in a rescue kennel . Enough stress to compromise her immune system, I think, leading maybe to a demodex population increase, She doesn't look like she has had the demodex all her life so I am hoping lots of love, no stress and good food will help her bounce back. Thanks a lot for your information, you have been a real help . I am almost out of shampoo so I will try an oatmeal based type this time . The poor girl is not happy with all these baths and doesn't go near the bathroom anymore. Oh well. Have a super day Theresa, Robert

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 Re: Congestive Heart Failure in Dog

Tue, 14 Oct 14 12:13:01 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/14/2014

Hey Caireboo!

I have very limited experience with this condition, but my experience is when dogs are this deep into the condition, that the big pharma meds do an excellent job at providing relief as quickly as possible. Given you do not know the time frame - how many days/weeks or months left for Boo, if this were my dog I would use the vet prescribed meds to ensure he is as comfortable as possible at this time. It would be a shame if you tried the all natural approach, only to have him drown in his own fluids within a week; if this were my dog I would want him as comfy as possible, with the drugs helping to clear those lungs and give me more time to plan an thoughtful and caring exit strategy.

One thing to help you both is Rescue Remedy - take this for him to help calm him, and for you to bring you strength for what is to come.

Please keep us posted on Boo!

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 Re: Congestive Heart Failure in Dog

Tue, 14 Oct 14 10:36:10 -0500

Posted by Caireboo (Oxfordshire, UK) on 10/14/2014

Theresa, I am so very grateful for your fast reply. Boo just had his X-ray and ultrasound and is in CHF with an LA:ao ratio of 2.2. He is to stay on cardisure and furusemide and is also to start nelio ace inhibitor and spironolactone. I am terrified to make the wrong decision but agree that at this point the meds are best to get him immediate help. Reading that spironolactone is a carcinogen terrifies me, Infact all the side effects do. I greatly wish I'd found this site earlier. If anyone else has experience with a dog at this stage of CHF please share anything of use. I will do anything it takes to help my baby. Thankfully at the moment he seems unaware. He is taking bigger breaths and his heart beats so powerfully it rocks his body a bit, but he still runs outside like a puppy. I just hope I have the strength for what's to come.

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure

Tue, 14 Oct 14 09:39:10 -0500

Posted by Robert (Reading, Pa) on 10/14/2014

Hi! Lizzy, An afterthought. I have seen such an improvement in Amber after starting her on the Reel Raw food it is amazing!!! More energy, smaller stools and she just seems more alive . The meals are balanced with no fillers, blueberries, broccoli, grains or any other junk that dogs can't digest, Just top quality diversified meat. I hope this is helpful to you. Love my dogs, Robert

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure

Tue, 14 Oct 14 09:35:16 -0500

Posted by Robert (Reading, Pa) on 10/13/2014

Thanks a bunch Lizzy, for your help. I am feeding Amber raw food from Reel Raw dog food company which is human grade USDA approved . You might want to check them out. They have a pre-measured, daily, individually wrapped service according to the dogs weight. Their customer service, Alissa, is incredible. Not cheap but when I considered the shopping, organizing, and wrapping it saves me, it is not a bad deal at all. Thanks again and have a Happy Day, Robert

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure

Tue, 14 Oct 14 08:36:38 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/14/2014

Hey Robert!

One other thought: the next day after the mange dip, you could bathe her in an oatmeal based soothing shampoo, and I would add to that essential oil of lavender.

Also, how old is your girl? Demodex is typically an affliction of puppies, however in mature, adult dogs the development of demodex is typically associated with an underlying disease condition, ie hypothyroid, cancer, severe bacterial infection.

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 Remedies Needed for Cat with Cancer

Tue, 14 Oct 14 08:30:30 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/14/2014

Hey Mary!

One contributor here named Om has had good result with Essiac tea for cancer - read up on it here:

http://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/essiac-tea.html

Read all the comments and things such as where to buy, how to brew, how to dose is all in the feedback.

Remedies Needed for Cat with Cancer

Mon, 13 Oct 14 23:29:16 -0500

Posted by Mary (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 10/13/2014

My cat had surgery for cancer and they removed her glands. It is now back with a vengeance and they said I could do the surgery again along with chemo for $6000. They said it will most likely return again that I'm better off putting her down. I dont want her to suffer but at the same time I want to save her. Can you recommend something I can try?

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure

Mon, 13 Oct 14 23:26:27 -0500

Posted by Robert (Reading Pa) on 10/13/2014

Thanks, Theresa . She has had scrapings in three areas which confirmed demodex. She was eating Fromms and then Merick but I am feeding her pre-measured raw food from Reel Raw dog food company which is a great company with incredible customer service. I will follow your instructions and shampoo her prior to treating her. Thanks From me and my sweet red nose. Have a happy day, Robert

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 Re: Dosage Needed for Activated Charcoal for Parvo

Mon, 13 Oct 14 15:52:39 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/13/2014

Hey Becca!

Mix one quarter teaspoon of the activated charcoal into one half cup of electrolyte solution and try to get your pup to drink it. Try dosing with the AC solution every 3 hours, and keep up with the plain electrolyte solution every half an hour.

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 Re: Dosage Needed for Activated Charcoal for Parvo

Mon, 13 Oct 14 15:34:48 -0500

Posted by Becca (Reidsville, NC) on 10/13/2014

How much activated charcoal do I give my 8 pound Chihuahua??

Aloe Vera Gel Relieves Itching of Dog's Mange

Mon, 13 Oct 14 13:43:26 -0500

Posted by Nick (Wales) on 10/13/2014

Hi there. My elderly Akita (Ted) has been battling with mange a while now; he may also have sebaceous adenitis. While he received treatment for the mange he didn't have anything for the itching and general skin irritation in the form of something that could be applied to sooth the skin.

A neighbour suggested I try aloe vera gel. I'm glad I did. It really seems to help with the itching and stops his ears from being dry. Most of the condition is gone, but he still has some remnants of this horrible stuff on his face. Aloe vera gel is good here too.

I hope this helps dogs and owners. It's a terrible condition for your furry friend to have, but it's also an opportunity to show them how much you love them and how far you'll go to helping them through it.

Good luck!

PS. I'm using Aloe Pura Aloe Vera produced from 99.9% organic Aloe Vera gel

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 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar on the Paws for Feline Respiratory Disease

Mon, 13 Oct 14 07:19:30 -0500

Posted by Kim (Ca, US) on 10/12/2014

Thank you for your testimony. It is 9:00 pm Sunday eve. I just rubbed ACV on my 4 mo. old kitten. I will check back in a couple hours. I hope this works.

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 Re: Garlic and Cats

Sun, 12 Oct 14 21:26:32 -0500

Posted by Rainy (Sc) on 10/12/2014

Garlic is at the top of the list of well-known toxins for cats. It can cause severe life-threatening anemia (Heinz body anemia). Some cats seem to do okay with very small doses, but many have died from regular use of garlic in their diets.

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 Re: Congestive Heart Failure

Sun, 12 Oct 14 18:48:27 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/12/2014

Hey Caireboo!

This is a comprehensive site for all things Cavalier: http://www.cavalierhealth.org/

Read up and educate yourself on your dog's heart condition - the site covers the medications and explains the symptoms in great detail.

If you read the EC pages on heart murmurs and CHF you will be able to get an idea of what others have done holistically for their pets.

In your shoes - in the shoes of anyone with an acute diagnosis and acute symptoms - I am all for the drugs the vet prescribes because they tend to act *quickly* whereas most of the nutritional or holistic remedies take time to work - and in acute cases you may not have very much time for the natural remedies to work.

I will let the others with hands on experience take over with replies.

Sending healing prayers for you and Boo.

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 Re: Congestive Heart Failure

Sun, 12 Oct 14 13:36:57 -0500

Posted by Caireboo (Oxfordshire) on 10/12/2014

UK BASED CAVALIER KING CHARLES AGE 7 PLS HELP!

My 7 yr. 4 m.o CKC Spaniel was diagnosed with a heart murmur at a very young age but I was told it was common for the breed and not to worry as it often doesn't progress.

January this year I noticed that when my dog was on my lap I could feel his heart pounding through his chest. I took him back to my vets and they immediately put him on Cardisure (Vetmedin) 2.5 mg every 12 hrs. I now realise that as he was showing no clinical signs, this was wrong. My dog has always been huge for a CKC and although not hugely fat weighed nearly 17kg. May this year my Mum (who lived with me with her CKC spaniel) suddenly passed away. Both dogs lost weight through stress but Boo, the heart murmur sufferer, lost 7 kg and is struggling to maintain weight (he is 24 pounds now and as he is a big dog his ribs show).

Does anyone know of incidents of cardiac cachexia in dogs prescribed vetmedin too early or is this a natural progression of his murmur? Then on Tuseday Boo started coughing and wrenching, I was told it was an infection and to keep an eye on him he was injected with antibiotic and anti inflammatory. Thursday he was struggling to breathe so I rushed him in and it was discovered he had fluid on his right lung so they have prescribed furosemide 200 mg every 12 hrs for five days. I have no idea what stage the heart murmur is at except for a few guesses which change massively each time. My vets are so kind and helpful but I feel I need to educate myself to get the best treatment if that makes sense.

I feel terrified, lost, and desperate. The more I read the more confused I become and my head is like cotton wool unable to retain information as it means so very much. I adore all dogs, heck all animals, but Boo is special. He knows my moods before I even know, he is with me every second of every day (if I shut the toilet door he cries) and is helping me through the crippling grief I'm suffering since losing my mum / best friend. The thought of losing him at the moment is just too much.

In the UK, or certainly where I am, one is not sent to a cardiologist, the vet just deals with you and there are only a few holistic vets in the country and none near me. The standard process nutrients look incredible but to get them shipped here is prohibitevly expensive. I will bankrupt myself quite happily for Boo but need to ensure I'm doing the right thing.

Is there anyone in the UK esp. near North Oxfordshire who can help?

Also any advice on supplements specific to my dog would be greatly appreciated. Basically if anyone who can suggest anything to help I would be beyond grateful. I will be speaking to the vet over the next few days and am trying to compile a list of questions to ask about medication, tests and treatment so anything anyone could add would be wonderful. Sorry for the diatribe but I'm desperate.

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 Re: Arsenicum Album, Diatomaceous Earth, Phosphorous for Parvo

Sun, 12 Oct 14 12:20:35 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/12/2014

Hey Jedogmom!

If this were my puppy and I could not see the vet, I would mess with the DE - I would go to an aquarium store TODAY and get activated charcoal; your drugstore may have this also. If it is not ground fine, grind it fine in food processor or use a rolling pin. I honestly would not wait until tomorrow and would begin treating immediately with the AC and continue giving pedialyte and pepto every half hour to an hour - just very small amounts, a few drops or whatever she will tolerate.

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 Re: Trying Apple Cider Vinegar for Cat's Urinary Blockage

Sun, 12 Oct 14 12:15:05 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/12/2014

Hey Verinia!

If this were my cat I would try to get her to ingest as much ACV & water as I could for the first hour, and then try a small amount each hour until you see results. If your cat is totally blocked then you have a life threatening emergency and need to see the vet.

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