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 Re: Ticks

Fri, 19 Dec 14 14:15:39 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/19/2014

Hey Susan!

I was not able to find the thread to which you refer re: leaving ticks on dogs to fall off naturally.

I agree - ticks should come off. That said, I think it is important to be sanitary about the process; using a drop of nearly any essential oil can both sanitize/sterilize and also kill the tick. The key is to wait for about 3-5 minutes for the tick to die and to work it out once dead as the oils can be drying and leaving it go much longer and the head breaks off and then takes a while to come out, sometimes resulting in a tiny lesion.

While I know you have had no problems not bothering to wash up after handling ticks, you might consider changing that protocol as ticks are carrying more diseases today than ever. Not so long ago in certain rural areas it was common for people to remove a tick and then bite it to kill it: this olde time practice resulted in humans contracting tick borne diseases at an alarming rate when the disease began to infect ticks. Times have changed and will continue to change - safe and sanitary handling of ticks is one of those needed changes.

 Re: Ticks

Thu, 18 Dec 14 21:43:01 -0500

Posted by Susan (Ms) on 12/18/2014

I love this site. Use it soo much. Was looking up tick problems for a friend, and come across this monologue of not pulling off the ticks. I have NEVER left the ticks on my dogs. When I find one or more they are removed as soon as I can. With my bare fingers. Yes, just my fingers. Have never any problems, at all. I also I find a tick om me, sometimes in summer. Same thing off comes the tick, no antiseptic on me or the dogs. Ever. My vet sometimes has to do ear tick removal, he uses no antiseptic either. Stop leaving the ticks on. Get them off. My family has never let ticks stay on. Sorry to sound mad, but come on get the tick off, use tweezers if you are scared. But get them off. The heads will die faster, with no problems.

 Re: Peeing Outside the Litterbox

Thu, 18 Dec 14 21:15:51 -0500

Posted by Sierra (Monroe Ct) on 12/18/2014

I have used cat attract in the past. It seems to help but its so pricy. I have successfully id that it contains a fair amount of valarian root, a calming herb. I now buy that in bulk and use instead of the cat attract. Seems to work about the same. Good luck!

 Re: Multiple Remedies for Bladder Infection in Dog

Thu, 18 Dec 14 16:20:04 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Noelle!

I suggest you take your boy in again and spend the money at the vet. Find out why he is having chronic UTI's; are there stones or crystals present? Do a full blood panel; are the levels normal, or is there something deeper going on that is stressing the immune system? You might also check into thyroid medication rather than the hit/miss approach with iodine; out of the many expensive meds out there, the thyroid is a cheapie and it gets results.

I advise this only because, as you know, you have a senior blue boy with IVD - a genetic train wreck and I am sure who is a total sweetheart. A correct diagnosis as to why the chronic UTI is needed when so many helpful remedies have failed will help prevent unnecessary suffering.

Overall, since you are dealing with a jacked immune system and jacked nerve communication to the bladder, expressing his urine 6 times or more per day may help reduce the episodes. Consider alkalizing his water with baking soda - 1/2 to 1/4 in 1 liter of water and this as the only drinking water - the dosage is a maintenance dose, but for a crisis you could bump it up to 1 teaspoon per liter for 7 days.

You do not say what diet you are feeding; if not on RAW check the bag of kibble to ensure you are not feeding a grain based diet and that it is free of sugars and food dyes as these ingredients are directly linked to UTI's in dogs. Consider supplementing with vitamin C - 500 to 1000 mg am and pm.

Lastly, you might consider a doggie chiro or doggie acupuncturist. Yes, it is spending yet more money. My feeling is your boy is older, is immune compromised, and these techniques may help improve quality of life and extend his life.

Good luck and please report back!

Multiple Remedies for Bladder Infection in Dog

Thu, 18 Dec 14 14:48:59 -0500

Posted by Noelle (Elkhorn, Ne) on 12/18/2014

[NAY]  I have a paralyzed little dachshund that suffers from chronic UTI's. The last 5 months have been one after the other. We try 2+ weeks of antibiotics, he'll get 'better', and then a week off the antibiotics and the infection starts to flare up again.

ACV did not work. He was on it for five days.

Sea salt did not work. He was on it for four days. Excessive drinking and peeing were the only result.

He has pure cranberry powder mixed into his food. Not helping.

He has yogurt every night (and has for years). The acidophilus has not prevented or help the current problem.

Going to try Vitamin C and then iodine (per suggestions read) before I take him in for his umpteenth vi$it to the vet for this problem. Any other suggestions??

FYI - he is 14.5 yrs old and I express his urine three times a day. He also suffers from alopecia. (he's a 'blue' dachshund. Lots of thyroid problems. Hmmm, maybe the iodine is the route to try first?)

 Cocker is Lethargic after Week on Yeast Diet

Thu, 18 Dec 14 11:00:04 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Sandra!

It sounds as if your cocker is experiencing the Herxheimer reaction. As the yeast die, they release a toxic by-product that may cause nausea or fatigue. In addition switching to a more pure diet will also cause the body to flush toxins out. Allow your boy access to plenty of fresh water and fresh air to help him flush the toxins out of his system.

One other thing - you might consider dosing the ACV and probiotics separately, about an hour apart rather than feeding the works in 1 meal; this to avoid any contra-interactions between the two.

 Re: What is Apple Cider Vinegar Dose for 64 Pound Dog?

Thu, 18 Dec 14 09:56:47 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Lola's Mom!

Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

 What Could be Causing Incontinence in 12 Yr. Old Boxer Girl?

Thu, 18 Dec 14 09:14:07 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Vicki!

The incontinence could be due to several factors, the main ones being diabetes and if she is spayed lack of estrogen. Do have your vet check for diabetes at your upcoming visit to rule it out; if it is not diabetes hormone replacement is available and works very well for most dogs.

Cocker is Lethargic after Week on Anti-Yeast Remedies

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:23:18 -0500

Posted by Sandra (Bc, Canada) on 12/18/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have my 11 year old cocker on the on yeast diet. I add ACV, PROBIOTIC acidophilus and nupro and fish oil. His breath has become very bad and he is very lethargic after about a week on this diet - is this normal?

Miniature Poodle has Bone Cancer in Leg

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:03:25 -0500
Posted by Kandi (Santa Monica, California) on 12/17/2014

My miniature Poodle was recently diagnosed with bone cancer in her right front leg. Has anyone here had any experience with that? Would appreciate any and all input... Thank you!

 Re: Preventing Bloat in Large Breed Dogs

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:01:39 -0500

Posted by Darlene (Los Angeles, CA) on 12/17/2014

My 10 yr. old GS bloated in August. He was showing symptoms about two weeks before his stomach completed bloated. I just didn't realize it at the time. He has been on a raw food diet since he was 1 yr. old. I decided to alternate between kibble and raw food to save money. I had been doing this for about 2 mos. I noticed that he was panting heavily and licking the air excessively. He couldn't get comfortable during the night. He would want to go out in the middle of the night and was drinking water excessively. He was still eating well and sometimes still active. Except one day he did not want his food and I thought it strange. But later on he ate it.

One night I came home and fed him raw food and started watching T.V. I called out to him but he did not come. I went outside and called him, but he still would not come. Then we noticed that he was hiding in the back of the yard and would not come. He looked like he was trying to throw up. I went to get him and brought him in the house and that's when I noticed that his lower stomach looked like a basket ball. I went into panic mode. I got dressed so fast, my son picked him up and put him in the back seat of the truck. My daughter-in-law tried to keep him calm because he looked like he was in shock. Thankfully, I remembered there was an emergency hosp. 15 miles away. We looked it up on our cell phones, called them and let them know we were coming.

When we got there, they took him to the back immediately and started working on him. They said his stomach twisted and they also found a large tumor on his spleen, so the spleen also had to be removed. They said it was benign, I'm hoping they were correct. I keep a close eye on him now. He developed stomach motility problems. That's where the food sits in the stomach for a long period of time before it enters the small intestine. But we think he may have already been having problems with that for over a year before this happened. The vet had x-rays that were taken last year of his stomach and intestines which showed trapped gas and food in his stomach. We had completely forgot about that incident and I don't know why she didn't see that in his chart. At that time, they just injected him with a fluid and sent him home.

Dogs with motility problems are probably at higher risk of bloating because it causes a lot of gas. I think that issue really needs to be addressed and by a vet who has experience with these types of problems or, preferably, a holistic vet. The vet and the holistic vet both agreed that he needs to be on herbs for the motility problems and for his immune system for the rest of his life. The holistic vet says he has seen too many dogs who have had their spleens removed and eventually develop cancer due a compromised immune system. Anyway, that was my horrible experience.

 Re: Essiac Tea Helping Osteosarcoma

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:58:25 -0500

Posted by Sue (St. Jospeh, Mi) on 12/17/2014

How do you give the Essiac tea?

 What is Apple Cider Vinegar Dose for 64 Pound Dog?

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:57:18 -0500

Posted by Lolas Mom (Port Angeles, Wa) on 12/17/2014

What is the measurement of ACV to give a 64 pound boxer dog for urinary leakage.

What Could be Causing Incontinence in 12 Yr. Old Boxer Girl?

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:41:44 -0500
Posted by Vicki (Port Angeles, Wa) on 12/17/2014

Our wonderful little 12+ Boxer girl who has Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago) is happy, she plays, loves her walks, loves food. In the last few days she started drinking excessively and because of that, has had a couple leakage issues on our bed (we are a threesome even at bed time). She is going to the vet to check for kidney issues (blood panel, etc.), but could a combination of certain vitamins be making her extra thirsty? Turmeric, Taurine, Vit-c, CoQ10, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine for example. She also gets K-9 Immunity & Transfer Factor since she had cancer in the past. Her food is Honest Kitchen with added meat of which some is fresh ocean salmon (cooked of course) thats always readily available. Thank you!

 Re: Treatments for Mange or Mites on Dogs

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:34:29 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/17/2014

Hey Kelsey!

It occurred to me that you might have Chihuahuas and might not need 48 oz of solution :-)

The formula is this: 1% hydrogen peroxide + borax - you keep adding the borax until it stops melting/dissolving in the solution. This is called a 'saturated' solution where the liquid can take no more of the borax so it stops dissolving. As long as you add borax to the point that it no longer dissolves you don't need to worry so much about measuring it.

You make a 1% solution from the brown bottle from the grocery store - usually a 16 oz bottle of a 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide - by adding 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts of water. So 1 cup of your 3% brown bottle solution to 2 cups water and you now have 3 cups of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide - and to this you add the borax.

Hope that helps!

 Re: Treatments for Mange or Mites on Dogs

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:12:16 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/17/2014

Hey Kelsey!

The amount needed for 1 bath is the amount needed to fully saturate both your dogs to the skin!

I have a quantity of dog/s and this remedy is my 'go to' when any sort of skin issue arises; I have also used it to successfully resolve demodectic mange in a puppy.

What I do is get an empty plastic 1 gallon jug so I can mix up a big batch. I get 1 brown bottle [16 oz] of 3% peroxide from the grocery store - and I pour that into the jug. I then use the empty brown bottle and fill that up twice with water and dump that into the jug with the peroxide. This gives me 48 oz of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. I then add 1 full cup of borax [from the laundry aisle at the grocery store - plain, not scented] and shake it up. What you want is there to be so MUCH borax in the jug that it stops dissolving, leaving grains swirling around in the bottom of the jug. If you have a big dog you can use two jugs and mix up a super big batch - just make as much as you have dog.

What I then do is fill the bath tub with warm water and sit the jugs in it and let them get warmed up. When the water is just right I bathe my dog with regular shampoo and rinse well, making sure I use my hands to squeegee excess water off. I then plug up the tub when it is empty, and them pour the solution from the jug over the dog. I then use a plastic cup to scoop up solution from the bottom of the tub and pour it over the dog again and again for 20-30 minutes. I have done 2-3 dogs at a time to make the most of the solution. I then crate the dog in an empty crate - no bedding to absorb the solution - and let the dog sit in the crate with a chewy for another half hour so the solution can continue to work. After half an hour I let them out, towel them dry and brush the grains of borax off of the fur. You may want to bump up the temp in the house or put the dogs in a room with a space heater so they do not take a chill.

I use the dip for mange every other day for a total of 3 dips for the first week, and then once per week for a total of 12 weeks.

Good luck!

this is the formula I used:

1 16 oz brown bottle of 3% solution hydrogen peroxide from grocery store.

I dumped that into a jug and then added 2 bottles of filtered tap water using the now empty brown bottle from the hydrogen peroxide, giving me 48 oz of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution.

1 16 oz brown bottle of 3% solution hydrogen peroxide from grocery store.

I dumped that into a jug and then added 2 bottles of filtered tap water using the now empty brown bottle from the hydrogen peroxide, giving me 48 oz of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution.

Now, into the jug full of 1% solution I add 1 full cup of borax [from the laundry aisle at the grocery store]. Shake it up - there should be so MUCH borax in the solution that some grains remain and do not dissolve.

I then fill my bath tub with very warm water and set the jug in the tub; by the time the tub cools down enough to comfortably bathe the dog, the contents of the jug are nicely warmed also. Now bathe the dog with the shampoo of your choice and then rinse all the shampoo out. I drain the tub and when all the shampoo and water have drained, I plug it up again so it will again hold water. Then I shake up the solution in the jug and pour it all over the dog. I then use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution in the bottom of the tub and then pour that over the dog. Do this again and again, re-wetting the dog with the grainy solution, for at least 10 minutes. Next part: do NOT rinse the solution off the dog. Take your sopping wet dog and put him in a crate with no bedding; you want as much solution to remain wet on the dog while he sits in the crate - give it another half an hour in the crate to allow the solution to 'work'. After half an hour I let my dog out and towel dry, and then let him shake the grains of borax out of his coat. It helps to turn the heat up in the house so the dog isn't freezing while sitting wet in the crate. I have doubled the batch of solution simply because its so inexpensive and it makes it easier to saturate a big dog.

You should dip your dog in this solution every other day - 2 to 3 times the first week; after the first week do once per week for 8 weeks.

 Re: Treatments for Mange or Mites on Dogs

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:51:55 -0500

Posted by Kelsey (Lapel, Indiana) on 12/17/2014

I was wondering the exact measurements of one bath? I have two pups, one 10 week old and one 8 month old that I want to treat together to make sure its out of the house! I know the protocol called for a liter of peroxide and a half liter of water with 3 tablespoons of borax. Is this correct for one bath? Thanks!

 Re: My German Shepherd Has Sores From Chewing Herself

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:51:07 -0500
Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 12/17/2014


I am having similar issues with one of our dogs. I love Theresa's suggestions about alkalizing and yucca for inflammation. I have similarly spent lots of money at the vet for a dog who is constantly getting sores along his spine and sides and scratching his elbows and chest and chewing his paws. My dog is now on a limited ingredient diet (meaning 1 protein, not mixed with other proteins). It hasn't really made a difference, so I have ruled out that it's a food allergy. Chicken and fowl by the way, are highly inflammatory, so best to avoid them.

Other things that have been helping my dog:

  • Fish oil 2x a day
  • Probiotics - human grade
  • Vitamin c once a day
  • Turmeric once or twice a day (I bought capsules and put one in a Pill Pocket before I feed him his breakfast to hide the taste). Don't give turmeric on an empty stomach - they will spit it up! Turmeric will help prevent skin infections from the licking.

I also shampoo once or twice a week with oatmeal shampoo, rinse it out, then follow with another shampoo with selsun blue medicated shampoo. Leave the selsun blue medicated on the skin for a few minutes if possible. Our holistic vet suggested doing an apple cider vinegar rinse (50 Apple Cider Vinegar to 50 water) after the selsun blue and having our dog stand in the Apple Cider Vinegar/water for a few minutes while I keep pouring the ACV mixture over his back. I make sure to keep my dog in a warm area or in a room with a heater for several hours after bathing in cold weather.

To prevent my dog from chewing at his paws: I found a large piece of fresh aloe at Whole Foods and apply that once or twice a day. It's so bitter he won't chew them! Helps with itchiness along the spine too. Very cooling to the skin. I store my piece in the fridge. A huge leaf costs about $3 and lasts a week or two.

Yesterday I started my dog on Ted's borax in water protocol, thanks to a suggestion from Theresa months ago that I never got around to trying because he was on a serious round antibiotics for MRSA, which had gone undiagnosed for months and months. That's 1/8th teaspoon of borax in a liter of drinking water. All our pets are drinking this from their water bowls. I also started on the same borax protocol yesterday to see if there are side effects. So far, just a slight headache.

I have also ordered food grade diatomaceous earth and will dust all the pets when it arrives.

After two days on turmeric and borax (the 2 newest remedies I am trying after a year of skin issues), he is scratching less and smelling less yeasty.

Hope this helps a little. Please update us with how your furry baby is doing!

Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Pets with Constipation

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:26:26 -0500

Posted by Angeleyes (Birmingham, Alabama) on 12/17/2014

[YEA]  1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to the pets water or food daily can help your pets with constipation.

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