Recent Pet Posts

  Re: Mange Remedies

Wed, 08 Mar 17 09:52:16 -0800
Posted by Cynthia (San Jose, Ca) on 03/07/2017

Last month I called a mobile groomer as I had the flu. Ten days or so later my dog developed mange. He is 14 and has never had skin problems or issues with my regular groomer. The past four weeks have been hell really, washing him every other day, shaving him down. The initial site on his back is significantly improved, was horrible. He now has smaller spots everywhere, but look like they are in a healing phase. I have alternated Teds treatment within borax/hydrogen peroxide with shampoo, mange shampoo from Amazon and head and shoulders. For severe spots have covered them in honey, alternating on non bath days with apple cider vinager. The honey was amazing, suffocating them. He is getting better but not cured. I am told it can take twelve weeks or longer. Has been hard on me and the dog. But we are making progress. I may go then Vet for Ivermectin to help speed up the process. I also put small volumes of apple cider vinager and borax in his drinking water as instructed by people with experience. Keep it up. Takes a while.

 Re: What Natural Remedy Can Help Small Dog With Cyst or Boil on Chest?

Tue, 07 Mar 17 18:31:37 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/07/2017

Hello Danielle Jeanae,

My first thought is get your dog out of her outfits and remove all of her clothing - let her skin breathe and make sure there is nothing to irritate her skin by rubbing. My second thought is that you should see the vet to get a better idea of what you are dealing with, be it a benign fatty tumor, or a malignant mast cell tumor, or a painful infected abscess that might need draining. It is hard to tell from what you have shared exactly what you are seeing and describing - something that looks like a bruise might be a bruise, or might be a fungal yeast infection or might be normal pigment that has taken its time to fill in. So again, please see your vet and then report back.

 Re: What Natural Remedy Can Help Small Dog With Cyst or Boil on Chest?

Tue, 07 Mar 17 17:57:36 -0800
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 03/07/2017

Start mixing powdered turmeric into her food each time you feed her. Here's an EC link about the benefits of turmeric for dogs, along with dosage by weight:

 Re: Natural Remedies for Canine Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy?

Tue, 07 Mar 17 17:57:10 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/07/2017

Hey Bec,

There is no cure for this condition - this is a life long immune issue that may be helped by an immune boosting diet and supplements such as colostrum and quercetin. This is an excellent article on the matter so I will copy and paste.


SLO is thought to be an autoimmune disease that targets the toe nails. The hallmark of autoimmune diseases is that the body mistakenly forms antibodies against part of itself. If it's antibodies against our our red blood cells then we destroy our own blood and become anemic. If it's antibodies against our joints then we become arthritic. In the case of symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy, Greyhounds form antibodies against their toe nails, and reject them.


  • multiple nail loss
  • licking the nails
  • visible oozing around the base of the nail
  • separation of the nail from the quick
  • limping
  • infection
  • odor


  • this must be treated as an immune disorder, not a simple infection
  • loose and painful nails should be removed - usually under anesthesia
  • there is often a 6-10 week lag time to see a good response to treatment
  • treatment must extend over a period of at least many months, and in many cases, years
  • relapses are common
  • medications may need to be adjusted based on response to treatment -there is no single successful protocol
  • SEE YOUR VETERINARIANbut go in with information about the disease and treatment. This is not a common diagnosis and many vets might not be familiar with it.

MEDICATIONS (any doses mentioned here are for greyhounds - other breeds need their own levels)

  • in all cases, essential fatty acids should be started immediatelybut because of the nature of the disease, it may be 6 weeks or longer to see improvement. The recommended dose is 180 mg eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) per 10 pounds. Sources of EPA are:
  • The 1000 mgfish oil capsules contain 180 mg EPA, so a 60 pound Greyhound should get 6 fish oil capsules a day, a 70 pound Greyhound should get 7. These are readily available over-the-counter.
  • 3V HPcaps
  • Derm Caps ES
  • Vitamin E400 IU every 12 hrs
  • if the problem is severe or advanced at diagnosis, the following medications are also used:
  • tetracycline and niacinamide (500 mg each every 8 hours for an average sized Greyhound)
  • pentoxiphylline (Trental) - some vets prefer this over the tetracycline/niacinamide combination
  • prednisoneand azathioprine should be avoided if possible, but in resistant or very aggressive onset cases, prednisone can be dosed in greyhounds at 15 mg total dose per day, and then weaned down as soon as possible.
  • Pain medication - this is a very painful condition and there can be some relief with NSAID's likeRimadyl, Deramaxx, etc.


Most dermatologists agree that one of the possible triggers for this disease is food related. Thus, treating your SLO dog as a severe food allergy patient might be of some benefit. This involves very strict dietary restrictions, and the details should be discussed with your vet. Foods that have proven useful include Eukanuba Veterinary Diet (Response FP - a fish based food), IVD foods, Hill's ZD, and other truly hypoallergenic foods.


This disease tends to remain a life-long problem with afflicted dogs, but it is also one that can almost always be controlled with medication. With luck, over 6-8 months, new nails will regrow and your hound will be pain-free.

Source to view article in its entirety:

What Natural Remedy Can Help Small Dog With Cyst or Boil on Chest?

Mon, 06 Mar 17 22:25:40 -0800
Posted by Djeanae73 (The Colony Tx 75056) on 03/06/2017

Hi, I've been noticing a what looks like a cyst or boil which might be an abscess as big as a dime on her under chest area but I always keep her in her dresses or sweaters. I have essential oils I know they work for skin issues I made my own concoction to stop my step daughter psoriasis and it's going away it looks like a bruise but yes I see how fast my oils helped her skin issues. I know my oils can be used on dogs with skin issues. I've got Tea tree, patchouli, lavender frankincense lavender bergamot plus more. Frankincense Tea Tree and either bergamont help all skin issues majors like MRSA. If I used my oil to help my doggie she couldn't lick it it's under one of her outfits.

Any advice or help me in the right direction with helping Niña she's a toy chihuahua I hate seeing anything that can harm or give pain to my doggie or other doggies. I'm a professional dog sitter so she's around other doggie. Please help me help my doggie Niña! Thank you so much! Danielle Jeanae

Natural Remedies for Canine Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy?

Mon, 06 Mar 17 11:02:00 -0800
Posted by Bec (Boolarra) on 03/06/2017

I am a foster carer for greyhounds. I have been asked to take a dog with Canine symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy. Do you know if there is cure for this?

  Re: Dog With Allergies and Hip Issues

Mon, 06 Mar 17 10:52:01 -0800
Posted by Albert (South Africa) on 03/06/2017

rub 70% DMSO on your dog's hip.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal Saved Puppy With Parvo

Sun, 05 Mar 17 20:34:02 -0800
Posted by Chris (Georgia) on 03/05/2017
5 out of 5 stars

This truly worked miracles! 1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar with mother. One 20 oz soda bottle, two ground/smashed up tablespoons activated charcoal. (Bought fish tank baggie from Pet Smart.) A half teaspoon table salt, drizzle of honey, sugar or maple syrup. Boiled ham juice, or hamburger grease to entice dog to drink!! And in 24 hours my dog was 98% better!! At first I put hole in the bottle cap and slowly squeezed in her mouth. Then added it to dry food so it could adsorb the liquid mix. She is so so much better. I was about to dig a hole....

Thank all of you!!

  Re: Pumpkin for Anal Gland Issues

Sun, 05 Mar 17 20:09:41 -0800
Posted by Lisa (Brookfield, Missouri ) on 03/05/2017

How much does your dog weigh?

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Issues in Cats

Sun, 05 Mar 17 20:04:45 -0800
Posted by Maureen (Elkhart, Iowa) on 03/04/2017

For infections on broken skin, ringworm or pinkeye, use 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of distilled or spring water. Apply this solution to the infection twice a day.

For ear infections, mix 1/2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon rubbing alcohol. Drop a few drops into each ear twice a day. If ears are "gunky" use the solution on a cotton ball to wipe out the visible part of the ear.

  Ted's Mange Cure

Sun, 05 Mar 17 20:03:49 -0800
Posted by Pamela (New York) on 03/04/2017

I have a few questions. I have tried the treatment and the skin looks less red and crusty however both dogs are still scratching as am I. I have vacuumed the whole house and sprayed the mix all over. Is there something I am missing. The dog was misdiagnosed for months by the vet so I am sure we have a bad infestation in our house. Please help??

  Re: Turmeric and Sodium Bicarb Helping Dog's Tumor

Sat, 04 Mar 17 10:37:25 -0800
Posted by Rio Moon Fox (England) on 03/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

hi interested in the cottage cheese gunk coming out . My beautiful Rio moon fox. (She fox size). Has what I believe to be a tumour, had lump removed for lots of money. Couldn't afford it to be analysed. She is a fit dog of Aprox 13yrs.old. She recovered well the lumps were on her left rib cage, then started to grow back, I was told that I should have it removed again, but one cell left it would grow so chose holistic remedies. I have been through lots of herbs her lumps grew size of tennis balls! She has been having turmeric in her diet until she refused and since last oct2016 the lump burst she has been having honey raw organic. And a few months of comfrey root compresses. The wound was very angry.

Then a friend who had cancer healed with bicarbonate and bentonite clay. So I have been giving her bicarbonate and turmeric honey in syringe internally and on the now 3 open wounds! Cottage cheese like lumps coming out and discharge. Lots of. Lump at back going down two open lumps crater like ongoing battle compresses and. Daily bicarbonate/ lavener/ROSMary baths as the wound is sore, and DIEING. infused herbs not essentials. Getting greens blended with good dog food. Also nettle porridge with chicken, now using chamomile tea bags soaked aloe and caster oil. She is now on antibiotics when I can get them in her. She's foxy clever!!! As I was concerned about the discharge / infection.

The bicarbonate seems to of had the most affect at dissolving the lumps she's had 3 weeks of it, turning them to snotty cottage cheese like bits!! They grow in bubble like formation the lumps cluster together and as I can see them they die slowly and the stopping them growing is a headbanger!? Any other suggestions?!!

Also giving her vit c. So much more could write weeks of nursing till early hours. I am tired!! But she is an angel dog and she is fighting not ready to go, the one vet would of put her to sleep last October!! Lazy vet!! Not into holistic luckily I have found a herbalist vet X she is great. But expensive, big love to all of you nursing your poorly babies I know what an emotional roller coaster it is. We are special and so are our beloved friends 🐾🐾👣🐾👣

Manuka Honey, Vitamin C for Pyometra

Fri, 03 Mar 17 22:53:48 -0800
Posted by Coco's Mom (Philadelphia, Pa) on 03/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

So glad I found this page! Our dog came down with closed pyometra last week during her heat. She went down quick. Not our normal Coco. We have never heard her cry or yelp but when she tried getting up 3 different times last week she cried. I stopped at a natural food store after reading this article and purchased some Manuka Doctor +24 and we ordered Vitamin C for dogs. The first 3 days we didn't have anything. The vet hospital was going to charge $3800. We didn't have it and thought we may have to put her down. Coco is 10 years old and a boxer/mastiff mix. It hurt us to see her look at us like, "help me daddy & mommy." We started giving her the mix and she is slowly coming back. Much improvement has been made. She will see the vet next week and hopefully he'll give her antibiotics to help clear this up. As soon as this happens, she will be spayed. If anyone lives near Richmond, VA there is a place that does the surgery for $455.00. They don't believe in charging families all of that money and don't want us to have to choose between bills and an animal. Thank you all for your encouraging stories. Praying for all dogs that are going through this!

  Re: Colloidal Silver for Conjunctivitis

Fri, 03 Mar 17 22:40:21 -0800
Posted by Mary (Princeton, Il) on 03/03/2017

I'm in the same boat as you. 4 cats and 1 dog. All rescues. My 2 newest additions are Asho and Riley. Rescued them from an abandoned wagon at a farm. They still had umbilical cords, so bottle fed them till old enough for kibble. Argo, tonight I noticed his eyes didn't look right. Rinsed them, and right away looked up homeopathic treatments. My newest, Asho and Riley, still haven't been introduced to my vet yet. Money is scarce, so been praying for healthy kittens till I canb afford their shots and spay and neutering. Now this, his eyes :(. I hope it works!!!

  Re: Mange Remedies

Fri, 03 Mar 17 15:46:55 -0800
Posted by Maria (TX) on 03/03/2017


I don't think shivering and lethargy are symptoms of mange. I think you should take the dog back to the vet.

Did you dog get any vaccines while at the vet recently? Lethargy is a side effect of some vaccines.

  Re: Mange Remedies

Fri, 03 Mar 17 15:41:14 -0800
Posted by Pamela (New York) on 03/03/2017

help dog has really bad mange. I think its scabies. Went to two Vets who failed to diagnose early on. Tried Teds treatment yesterday. The skin is less red and raw but my dog is lethargic and shivering. Should I stick with treatment or take to Vet again??

  Re: How Should I Help My Dog With a Parvo Relapse?

Fri, 03 Mar 17 10:55:18 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/03/2017

Hello Nicole,

Please start here:

You should be able to get the Arsenicum Album at any health or natural store that carries homeopathic remedies - so call and ask before you head out.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Dog With Skin Allergies

Fri, 03 Mar 17 10:53:43 -0800
Posted by Colleen (Sunshine Coast Australia) on 03/03/2017

Dogs with skin conditions should never let the dog get wet and just cleanse their skin and fur with apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe fur with a shammy that has Apple Cider Vinegar sprayed on it. If you do bathe the dog use completely natural dog shampoo and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar and then thoroughly dry the dogs fur, not letting it try naturally in the sun or wind.

The skin conditions love dampness!! Marianne put too much Apple Cider Vinegar in the drinking water! Half a cup to I glsd water is way too much and while it did not do anything negative the first time it would definitely take its toll.

A couple of tablespoons to a large bowl of water is right but build up to this dose slowly. Internally/externally is the best treatment and will deter fleas from other dogs jumping on.

How Should I Help My Dog With a Parvo Relapse?

Fri, 03 Mar 17 09:37:37 -0800
Posted by Nicole (Lake City, Fla ) on 03/03/2017

I have been treating my 4 month old pup who has contracted the parvo virus for the last four days ( with water and Pedialyte plus a vitamin cocktail, flitstone with extra vitamin C ) he was responding well till this morning. During the first day of water and vitamin cocktail the next morning he woke up full of spunk, which we then went ahead and gave him the parvo ( 5/1 ) vaccine. we assumed after 8 hours and no systoms he was on his way to recovery. So I stopped all water/ vitamin. We were wrong the next morning he was not well we knew we're taking a risk, while researching I found DE which I have given two dosages in the last two hours bout 10 ml each time. My question is am I giving the right dosage I cannot seem to find the actual doses online for Parvi my question is am I giving the right dosage I cannot seem to find the actual doses online for Parvo. I also need to know where to get aresicum Album.

Honey for Ear Mites in Cats

Fri, 03 Mar 17 09:27:45 -0800
Posted by Sam (Texas) on 03/02/2017

Home remedies like organic honey work the best in treating ear mites in cats.