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Turmeric Cured My Goat's Eye Infection

Mon, 23 Feb 15 22:39:50 -0500
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 02/23/2015

[YEA]  Hello! One of our goats had an eye infection last week. The eye was swollen, glassy looking, and had a discharge. We have no idea how he got this. Perhaps an injury that got infected?

Anyway, he is a young buck and not very tame. Usually, I would treat an eye infection topically, with chamomile, charcoal, colloidal silver or coconut oil. That didn't seem feasible with this guy.

When in doubt, turmeric is my go-to. Blood purifier, anti-biotic, has always come through for me.

He is one of four goats and they eat together...turmeric is great for all of them, so we just gave 2 Tablespoons mixed into their feed each day. So this 40 pound buck was getting 1.5 teaspoons of turmeric in a day. Two days later his eye was 90% better. This is amazing to me! My son said his eye had looked like they eye of a dead animal! Now, five days after beginning treatment, the eye looks completely normal!

Yay for turmeric!! ~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar for Flea Control and Itchy Skin

Mon, 23 Feb 15 22:24:57 -0500
Posted by Elise (Sydney, Australia) on 02/23/2015

[YEA]  Thank you earth clinic for this site. I was going out of my mind with my poor dog's itchy skin and odour For the past 2 years. I tried everything. Yesterday I sprayed a solution of equal parts of Apple cider vinegar- water and baking soda all over her, instantly she seemed better for it. I also have amother dog, sister to the other, who shakes her ear, so will give the apple cider diluted a go and coconut oil. What a relief not to use those horrid flea control sprays anymore, thanks again. Elise.

 Re: Coconut Oil for Hip Dysplasia

Mon, 23 Feb 15 12:06:08 -0500
Posted by Jackie (Nipomo, California) on 02/23/2015

You may be experiencing what is called the "Herxheimer Reaction" when you first begin to use coconut oil and it has to do with the dying-off of the harmful pathogens that have been living within you and your dogs body. From the studies I've read, it only kills the bad bacteria and not harmful to the good bacteria that is needed by the body to maintain health. Flu like symptoms are quite the norm during the first usage of it and quit frankly, you can feel as if a Mac Truck has hit you if you have a larger than normal gut load of pathogens. I am not an expert, however it is easy to look up online. Just Google Herxheimer Reaction, or here is a link to one of the websites that pertain to the use of coconut oil.

 Re: Analgesics for Dogs

Mon, 23 Feb 15 12:03:48 -0500
Posted by Lmwilliam (Houston, TX) on 02/23/2015

We use Meloxicam with our vet's recommendation for arthritis. Our dog is like her old self again.

 Re: 19 Yr. Old Cat With Bladder Cancer

Mon, 23 Feb 15 11:05:47 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/23/2015

Hey Ann62!

You might consider giving your boy Essiac tea- read up on it on EC:

You could brew it and put it in his wet food, or dip one of his paws and have him lick it dry.

You might also consider Rescue Remedy for you both; not sure about cancer inhibiting qualities, but it does help in times of stress.

 Re: Are White Spots on my Dog Mange?

Mon, 23 Feb 15 11:03:32 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/23/2015

Hey Sky!

It is possible that the 'white spots' are demodectic mange; sarcoptic mange is very itchy, which is why I am thinking demodex.

In my experience, with young puppies that are breaking with demodex, the areas that show mite overgrowth appear greasy and the hair thins and then you get the 'mottled' or 'flea bit' appearance/white spots. Most often this starts at the head and you often see bare rings around the eyes - 'goggles' due to the hair loss. The bare spots then start to get a reddish rash appearance, hence the nickname ' red mange'. As it advances the red areas often develop black heads or black dots in the hair follicle.

I would not hesitate to begin treating this little girl with Ted's Mange remedy - three times [every other day] the first week, and then once a week for a total of 12 weeks - do this for the entire run of 12 weeks even if she appears to be fully recovered.

The Madre De Cacao is a great anti-fungal, but if you are dealing with demodex mites it will not touch them. If borax is not available, you might consider powdered sulpher flowers mixed into an oil carrier such as coconut oil or possibly even castor oil. The key is to treat the entire body of the dog and not just what appear to be the affected areas; in this way the borax solution is ideal as the sulpher flower and oil mixture creates one smelly, greasy pup!

Are White Spots on my Dog Mange?

Mon, 23 Feb 15 10:12:25 -0500
Posted by Sky (Philippines) on 02/21/2015

On the 1st picture: it was taken 5 days ago. Almost no visible signs yet. On the 2nd picture: taken 3 days ago. White spots appearing; visible. On the 3rd and 4th picture: taken 1 day ago. Hair loss and more visible white spots.

Name: Pepper (female)
Breed: lab/pitbull
Age: 3months wt: 12kgs

Is she having skin allergy, mange, or both? Her vet is not sure (no scraping done yet). Prescribed (and applied) Madre De Cacao leave-on spray (organic). Rare scratching. Still very active, as usual. No change in appetite (huge appetite).

Mange Photo

Mange Photo

Mange Photo

Mange Photo

Pls help!

 Re: Essiac Tea for Feline Mammary Cancer

Sun, 22 Feb 15 21:03:28 -0500
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 02/22/2015

If it is of help, in the texts on ESSIAC treatment it clearly states that there is an occurrence for the worst, before it gets better. Tumors become bigger and then collapse. Did you make poultices with the solution?

Wishing you all well. Namaste, Om

19 Yr. Old Cat With Bladder Cancer

Sun, 22 Feb 15 20:31:57 -0500
Posted by Ann62 (Niagara Falls, New York) on 02/22/2015

My 19 year old boy was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The untreatable kind. However, no biopsy was done, so it is actually inconclusive. I don't want to put him through this type of surgery. He is doing quite well. While I am 90% sure this is cancer, that 10% is giving me hope that it is not. IF they are cysts and continue growing, it could cause him from blocking. This is a huge concern. Any suggestions to stunt the growth? Thank you!

 Need to Treat Dad's Poodle for Yeast Infection

Sun, 22 Feb 15 10:11:35 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/22/2015

Hey Wendy!

The main ingredients for the U/D diet are: "Brewers Rice, Corn Starch, Pork Fat, Dried Egg Product, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, ..."

The grain components may contribute to yeast infections. Given that the stones are the results of either an acid ph or an alkaline ph in conjunction with a bacterial infection, I am hesitant to recommend the standard 'go to' remedy of ACV or baking soda.

That said, to deal specifically with the yeast, you might consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs - borax in the drinking water to kill off the internal yeast.

There are several ear washes to consider; Ted's Anti-fungal/Ant-staph remedy works for yeasty ears.

An OTC product you can order online for yeasty ears is Zymox - I use this product when I am in a time crunch and do not have any of Ted's remedies premixed and on hand to use.

 Re: Essiac Tea for Feline Mammary Cancer

Sun, 22 Feb 15 10:05:41 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/22/2015

Hey Alex!

I am sorry to hear about your kitty. Sending prayers.

 Re: Boulardi Acidophilus for Fungal Infection

Sun, 22 Feb 15 09:58:55 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/22/2015


There are many strains of acidophillus and using just one strain may lead you to a brick wall. Variety is the spice of life :-)

 Re: What is Best Treatment for Older Cat with Incontinence?

Sun, 22 Feb 15 09:57:50 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/22/2015

Hey Cate!

Did your vet mention the possibility of spay incontinence? This can be treated naturally, or with vet prescribed hormones. This would be my first thought for a spayed animal that is leaking during sleep.

 Re: Essiac Tea for Feline Mammary Cancer

Sun, 22 Feb 15 09:38:56 -0500
Posted by Alex (Brooklyn, Ny) on 02/21/2015

Update: I've been giving my 13 y.o. cat Essiac tea for the past few days. She has had a turn for the worse, shes pretty much in a vegetative state. :'( Drooling, staring into space, not eating or drinking. We are giving her water via syringe along w/ tea. We are saying our goodbyes :(.

I am sure that the essiac tea works, but I think she's far too gone. The vet told us she has 3 mammary tumors and most likely it has spread everywhere. So sad.

Need to Treat Dad's Poodle for Yeast Infection

Sat, 21 Feb 15 22:15:00 -0500
Posted by Wendy (Warner Robins, Ga) on 02/21/2015

I inherited my Dad's 9 yr old poodle, Baxter. In October, while my Dad was in the hospital and Baxter was staying with us, we discovered he had some blood in his pee, unfortunately, we had a feeling we knew what it was. Our fear was confirmed, bladder stones!! (we have a 9 yr old Papillon, Zoey, who has had 3 surgeries for bladder stones). So they are now both on Hills Science Diet U/D dry food. Baxter also had a ear infection, which we treated with ear drops and antibiotics. Today, I took both to be groomed and mentioned to their groomer if they could check his ears, as I noticed a smell. Sure enough, YEAST! He has been licking his paws as well, but I thought that was his 'nervous tic' as he has done that since Dad got him as a puppy. I'd like to try to treat this yeast on my own. I am considering trying the yogurt, ACV in their water and giving Baxter Acidophilus tablets. I have been giving him Benedryl since October - as the Vet told me he was licking due to allergies. Can anyone else suggest anything else I should try?

 Re: Dog's Aural Hematoma

Sat, 21 Feb 15 21:53:31 -0500
Posted by Erica (Amarillo, Tx) on 02/21/2015

Hello I just saw your reply about your dog and swollen ear.. I know it's been a while since you wrote this, but my cat has same thing and I'm just struggling to know if I should take him to vet. He seems fine, it's just realy swollen and hangs front.. So my question is you didn't do anything? Didn't drain it either just left it alone?

 Re: Protocol Used for Anal Gland Abscess

Sat, 21 Feb 15 16:08:09 -0500
Posted by Betty (Lead Hill) on 02/21/2015

Also, as an alternative to expressing glands yourself, and going the vet--groomers can do this. Mine charges $10.

 Re: Boulardi Acidophilus for Fungal Infection

Sat, 21 Feb 15 16:07:07 -0500
Posted by Betty (Lead Hill, Ar) on 02/21/2015

Dharma mentioned acidophilus that did not work on the fungal infection. Saw mention of S. Boulardi acidophilus of this as being good for candida said to flush it out. Worth a try. May have to order on line.

 Re: Pumpkin Puree for Anal Gland Issues

Sat, 21 Feb 15 16:05:01 -0500
Posted by Betty (Lead Hill, Ar) on 02/21/2015

PS: pumpkin is said to help with dogs who eat their stool. Said to be really gross when it comes out.

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