Re: Coconut Oil for Dogs
Fri, 04 Jan 13 20:47:18 -0600
01/04/2013: Rene from Concord, Nc: "Wendy thank you so much for responding back about the coconut oil. Hope you have a blessed day."
Re: Turmeric for Cancer
Fri, 04 Jan 13 20:46:22 -0600
01/04/2013: Om from Hope, Bc Canada: "My own Shep. has a small external tumour and I just have put her on Essiac and turmeric. Get the best grade turmeric (haldi) from an Indian grocery. I teasp. with coconut oil dissolved into the food each time you feed. Lots of good veggies in the processor and ideally, no dairy. I take turmeric for diabetes. Read up on turmeric on the net. Turmeric is the royal treatment for numerous diseases while an important spice for cooking. Essiac is suppressed by you know who. But relax, you'll be relieved. Even if a cancer is too far progressed, the body will live longer and have no pain. Add a good vit. C and ACV. Also read up on Essiac. Om"
Re: Nothing Helping Cat's Bladder Issue
Fri, 04 Jan 13 18:39:28 -0600
01/04/2013: Om from Hope, Bc Canada: "Please research on the 'net homeopathic remedies stating the main symptoms. OR contact a homeopathic practitioner (registered) and talk to them if life and death. By now you will know the vets don't know what to do but attend to business. Wish you luck Om"
Cat With Nail Infection
Fri, 04 Jan 13 18:27:47 -0600
01/04/2013: Heebie from Toronto, On, Canada: "Hello. My calico cat is 12 years old. About a year ago I found she had a black crusty substance at the bottom of one of her nail close to the skin. I took her to the vet who said it was an infection and prescribed antibiotics. She was on Clavamox for a few weeks. The antibiotics seems to help, but even after two rounds it never went away completely.
Recently I noticed that it had returned and had now spread to three nails, and two of them are also infected. Behind the black sludge is a thick greenish white pus. I have been washing out the nails with diluted hydrogene peroxide, and using some antibotic cream that is safe for pets. One nail did clear up, but the other two are still infected.
She does not seemed to be bothered by this or in any pain, she is more bothered when I clean it. Any suggestions? I can take her back for more antibiotics, but they didn't seem to work all that well and was hoping for another solution.
I do have another cat as well as a dog, and I have checked all of their nails and nothing has spread to them, so I am assuming this is not a fungal infection.
Any help would be greatly appreciated."
Coconut Oil for Dogs
Fri, 04 Jan 13 17:28:56 -0600
01/04/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh USA: "Get the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined). Usually comes in a 14-ounce jar. You can find it in your local Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or health food section of your supermarket."
Re: Kitten With Skin Issue
Fri, 04 Jan 13 10:00:39 -0600
01/04/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "My opinion is the ACV is NOT too acidic for your cat. Just get the organic ACV, the one with "the mother". Continue swabbing the scabs with the undiluted ACV. Note, if she has any open sores, the ACV will sting!
Since I don't have cats, I don't have any recommendations as to food, except maybe try a grain-free food. Hopefully a "cat-person" can suggest a good-quality food for your cat.
I would also suggest going to a different vet for a second opinion. Please don't be intimidated by vets! If you feel they aren't giving you the right information, or you need MORE info from them, ASK!!"
Re: Cat With Obsessive Behavior
Fri, 04 Jan 13 09:59:53 -0600
01/04/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "Search for "ACV" here on EC and all its many uses for pets.
Make sure you get the organic Apple Cider Vinegar, the one with "the mother" which is the nutrient-rich sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Just shake the bottle before using. Then add a teaspoon to her food and mix it all up.
You can also dilute it 1/2 and 1/2 with spring water, wet a paper towel with the solution, and gently wipe her fur and skin with it. It's fine if she licks it off. The ACV is good for her.
The ACV should ease, and eventually eliminate, her allergies."
Coconut Oil for Dogs
Fri, 04 Jan 13 09:59:13 -0600
01/04/2013: Rene from Concord, Nc: "I seen people were using coconut oil for their dogs for odor and I was wondering what kind. The kind from the cooking section or one from a specialty shop. Thank you so much."
Cat With Obsessive Behavior
Thu, 03 Jan 13 17:49:30 -0600
01/03/2013: Wendy from Lethbridge, Alberta: "I'm hoping you can help me. I am looking for a natural remedy for my cat. She is 10 and has had a long-time problem with allergies. She has been obsessively licking for many years, but now she is pulling her hair out. She also can be grumpy and agressive with people and other animals. I tried a pill from the vet but it didn't really do anything and has bad side effects. Thank you very much, Wendy"
Kitten With Skin Issue
Thu, 03 Jan 13 15:39:54 -0600
01/03/2013: Melissamd from Denton, Md, United States: "Please, please help my kitten!! Dexter is only 13 weeks old and was a fostered rescue. We adopted him at 8 weeks old and adopted a mess of fleas and worms right along with him!
We treated the fleas and the worms and within a week of treatment, Dexter developed little tiny scabs around the cracks of his nose. Then it spread to his whiskers and then to the top of his nose. The scabs come off with the hair in it and then re-scab!! it has spread to under his eye and is horrible looking when the scabs fall off. They fall off in large chunks or in little flea sized dots.
He does not have fleas currently. He is an indoor cat. I was using a plastic dish for his water for 4 weeks when we first got him but changed it as soon as I read posts and now he is served with glass bowls.
I feed him coconut oil and dry food as he was weaned off the wet food within a week of getting him. Now I am reading that cats should have wet food instead of dry. I took Dex to the vet just to hear him tell me that he was amazed at how soft he is, and then look at me like I was crazy when I told him about the coconut oil. He said that Dexter just wasnt getting the food completely off of his face when he ate and thats why his face is slowly falling off. Needless to say, I didnt return.
I found this absolutely amazing site last night and started giving him acv, though, I will run to the health food store tonight to get the organic kind. I have diluted it and put it on his scabby area and put some on the back of his neck, in his drinking water.... But the funny thing is, if its straight, he will lick it, but he has no interest in it if it is diluted. Im afraid the straigh with be too acidic?
Please tell me what his poor skin issue is!! I changed his kitten food to one that is more..... "natural", but I dont truly trust the bag. Is this an allergy?
He plays all the time, sleeps like a baby, is as loving as you can imagine.... He does scratch himself, but not constantly. The scabbs are only on his face (whiskers/ nose/ under his eye) but not on his chin. Could this be due to litter allergies?
THank you for this website and thank you for taking the time out of your day to help little Dexter. We appreciate it more than you know!"
Hot Compress, Honey for Dog's Abscess on Head
Wed, 02 Jan 13 21:46:41 -0600
01/02/2013: Marguerite from Los Gatos, California: "My dog Nadine developed a large abscess on her head. I applies some pressure with a wash cloth soaked in hot water. When the abscess finally ruptured (stinky), I packed it with raw honey. She was fine the next day."
Fish Oil for Joint Issues
Mon, 31 Dec 12 14:58:37 -0600
12/31/2012: Nina from Fernandina Beach , Florida: "Fish oil capsules at one per 10lbs of body weight per day for skin, and joint issues. ACV/WATER 50/50 to flush ears.
I do death row fostering/hospice animals I hold my vets to the home remedy solutions. This works. My dogs get several cans of Mackerel daily."
Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs With Ear Issues
Mon, 31 Dec 12 14:57:47 -0600
12/31/2012: Nina from Fernandina Beach, Florida: "My vet in Fernandina Beach florida told me ACV/water 50/50 to flush the ears weekly to restore the PH balance. If I don't... the lab smells. I just took a Mastiff to foster for adoption for Mastiff Rescue of Florida--will start the ACV and go for yogurt today."
Let It Heal on Its Own
Sun, 30 Dec 12 09:00:20 -0600
12/30/2012: Cam from Crewe, UK: "Your dog is in discomfort and you are waiting for enough leeches each removing a teaspoon? I'm not sure you have considered your dog's well being."
Neem Oil for Cat\'s Ear Mites
Sun, 30 Dec 12 07:13:38 -0600
[YEA] 12/30/2012: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada: "thank you, thank you. Of all the remedies listed, neem oil will not poison or kill a cat. A few years ago the gov't here issued a warning about Borax. It is not as harmless as thought of generally. Most vets' medicines are prohibitively expensive, harmful or outright poisons. If health is a business, let the buyer beware. However, I would see a vet just to determine if the cat has also an ear infection. Antibiotics have long term damaging effect on the body and some cats do not recover well at all. Warm the neem oil and clean the outside daily, applying every three days for a month. I have many rescue cats and some dogs, believe me, simple, harmless natural remedies are , in the end best and not draining on limited resources plus no pain and stress on the animal. Thanks again. Om"
Thanks for Guardians and Caregivers and Ec
Sat, 29 Dec 12 21:21:40 -0600
12/29/2012: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada: "First of all, gratitude to EC for this wonderful site. My friends say I should write a book with my experience since I have rescued many cats and dogs for over thirty years. All on a shoe string, but the Lord helps. I think EC is a good way of passing on ones good results, as rescue people have little time to read books. Also, heartfelt thanks to all committed pet owners and rescuers. As in rescuing, one gets to know so called humans from the worst side. It can be very trying. I have also rescued a pig that fell from a truck. She was very grateful and intelligent. As I left the shelter where she found a home, she galloped and stopped by to thank us. She was by then a big girl.
I believe greatly in ACV, turmeric, especially for skin and upper resp., coconut oil, colloidal silver, vit C, nutritional yeast and no chemical meds. We have seen complete personality change and slide in health. Rescuers and groomers mostly blame chem. meds and vaccinations for ongoing problems.
When health is a business, let the buyer beware. Ordinary people cannot support the financial demands of the professional community. But a change will come in the near future. God bless EC and all of you wonderful guardians and care givers of God's creation. Love, Om"
Turmeric for Pets
Fri, 28 Dec 12 20:11:54 -0600
12/28/2012: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada: "For all skin diseases, aside from changing diet and stopping regular vaccinations, TURMERIC is THE remedy, internally and externally. It is cheap and works. It is anti fungal, antibiotic, blood cleansing and creates new blood. It is excellent for bumps and open wounds. Wounds will heal over night. If used externlly, keep the cat/dog in an area which can be washed easily as it stains. The stains come out eventually on some fabrics. Keep the pet just for about 2 days away from delicate fabrics. Om"
Nothing Helping Cat's Bladder Issue
Fri, 28 Dec 12 17:35:31 -0600
12/28/2012: Kathy from Minneapolis, Mn: "I am so frustrated tonight, our sweetie boy "Sebastian" started straining 2 weeks ago, I called the vet after the second day, they put him on an antibiotic and charged "only" $200 at Xmas and we barely had it. Then, about 9 days later, he is straining again and ill (vomiting) so back to vet she said maybe had to "cath" him and of course, antibiotics, a day or two at vet and maybe another "$600" like it is nothing! We were confused and upset but had to come up with it as they made it sound like life and death.... Now today, he came home after another $200 (Now over a thousand and we are broke) and he is laying on a chair looking dead to the world!! On Diazapam, buzaperine? antibiotic etc, and I am force feeding vet food for UTI and guess what? When I called today, to see if he should be eating and not drooling she said "bring him in again, more tests" really? What jerks~! Are there any decent honest vets today? We are now looking after this money and the love for our kitty who is only 2; at putting him to sleep.... We simply can't afford more. I may try and ACV tomorrow although he is weak, and am so angry at vets!! To make us feel guilty and put a price on our pets and our love, shame! Maya, not all are mean or cheap, we simply have in my case lost total faith in the vet world and will search natural remedies. Thank you. Please pray for Sebby."
Dog Given Combo Vaccines and Steroids
Thu, 27 Dec 12 22:44:29 -0600
[DEATH REPORTED] 12/27/2012: Cheryl from Vancouver, Wa: "My 11 yr old shih tzu received the following vaccines on a tuesday - rabies, dhpp, and bordatella, along with a dex/depo shot for his itchiness due to allergies. this same vet diagnosed my baby with a heart murmur, and had him on lasix and elanapril, and was giving my dog a dex/depo shot app every 6 weeks.
2 days after getting all those shots at the same visit, my beloved dog died of congestive heart failure. since then, i have learned that the dex/depo shots were steroids, and that steroids should not be given to a dog with heart problems. i would like to know if the dex/depo shots caused him to die so suddenly or from receiving too many combo vaccines at the same visit. (i got my baby when he was 8 yrs old; the previous owner could not find his vaccination records, thats why my vet kept after me to get these shots. and also because i was planning on boarding him at this vets office over xmas, thats the reason the vet gave for giving him the bordatella along with the others. )
i am almost ready to get another dog; i have never been so heartbroken or so sad as i have been since losing my baby. we were inseperable, and i need another companion soon. i need to know if holistic practice is what i should seek for my new pup and if things would of turned out differently if i'd of done this with my pet that died. thank you for reading this; any advice would be greatly appreciated."
Cushings in Dogs - Herbal Treatment
Sun, 23 Dec 12 07:29:28 -0600
[YEA] 12/23/2012: Kally Goschke from Captain Cook, Hawaii: "My incredible vet has treated my 14 year old dog for Cushings with Rhemannia and Liver Happy chinese herbs. She has lived for 2 years with cushings and a large liver and is still going strong with ZERO side effects. I am so happy with these herbs and my dog has a very good quality of life. She can still jump in and out of car, go on hikes where it is cool, amazing. I am so glad I didn't have to give her toxic meds I want to spread the word they are not needed in the least!!"
Re: Dog Recovering From Stroke
Sat, 22 Dec 12 09:28:06 -0600
12/22/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "I'm sorry to have to say this, but this really sounds as if it's the beginning of the end for your dear pup, especially since he's 16 and seems to have had a stroke. If money is tight for you, please find a low-cost vet in or near your area. He definitely needs to see a vet."
Dog Recovering From Stroke
Fri, 21 Dec 12 21:40:17 -0600
12/21/2012: Leenott from Edmonton, Ab, Canada: "Hi, I have a small dog of 16 years and I think he had a stroke a couple of days ago. I don't go to vets as all they will give him are drugs or steroids which I won't use.
He is stumbling around with his head on one side, and it seems he's almost lost what little sight he had, as he peers at me as if trying to find me.
He is NOT eating or drinking. This is the 2nd day he hasn't eaten. He always had a very good appetite, and nothing seems to appeal, it's as if his sense of smell is distorted.
I syringed a few mls of water this morning and it's now almost 1 pm and that's ALL the water he's had today. I also put a few pieces of REALLY good beef in his mouth, he swallowed about 3 tsps, and that's all he's eaten in 2 days.
I would really appreciate any suggestions! Beverley N in Australia"
Essiac Tea for Tumors
Fri, 21 Dec 12 21:31:10 -0600
12/21/2012: Jen from Little Silver, Nj: "AHCC and ESSIAC!!!!!!!!! AMAZING, and now I will also try Turmeric, but my cats tumor is not on a recent chest xray. So since aug she has been on it since they found a mass in a chest xray before surgery which they didn;t do because it showed up.
I recently took her to the vet for constipation and they did an xray (digital) which I asked them to please scan her chest area, and no mass!
The cancer doctor wanted to take her lung lobe out in Aug plus human chemo, I DON"T THINK SO.
So after a cry in the waiting room another patient told me she tried Essiac for her dog and tumors went away. I went right away and bought it as well as did as much cancer research as I could in cats and dogs. Good luck!"
Healed Dog Naturally
Thu, 20 Dec 12 15:47:01 -0600
12/20/2012: Riley\'s Mom from Hemet, California: "Riley, my Springer Spaniel was diagnosed with bone cancer 4 years ago. I opt to treat him naturally and have had him 4 years longer then he should have lived, he is now 13 years old and still going strong. I highly recommmend natural treatment. I first did a parasite kill, detoxed, build his immune system and kept him on a natural diet. Anyone agonizing over their pets health should check out natural cures for dog cancer and educate yourself on cancer and its treatment. There is hope. Good Luck!"
Re: Dog With Stomach Issues
Thu, 20 Dec 12 09:35:11 -0600
12/20/2012: Jd from Columbus, Ohio, United States: "Hi Chard, my 10-year old pug suffered from some stomach issues for a while, some time ago. In addition to completely changing her diet (all home-made now), 2x per day, I give her a couple tablespoons of fat-free cottage cheese. II believe I found this informaton either on this site or another one. If you want to do more research on it, google cottage cheese for dogs. But, for my girl, it has worked great. I've also been told by my vet that I could give her a Pepcid AC tablet, but I haven't had to do that yet. I did try givin her some plain yogurt, a while back, but she hated it. Good luck!"
Essential Oils for Dog's Fleas
Thu, 20 Dec 12 09:17:52 -0600
[YEA] 12/20/2012: Ayga from Lodi, Ca: "This is a highly effective recipe for essential oil healing. Equal parts Frankincense, Lavendar (Antiseptic), Tea Tree (Germacide & heals skin disorders), Mandarin (Repellant), Patchouli, Rosewood (Healing). To this add 10X Grapeseed as the carrier oil. Due to the minute molecular structure grapeseed oil pulls the EOs into the skin to promote healing, stop itching immediately, restore healthy skin and coat. I Dilute with water and shake vigorously as I spray it into the coat. Massage it into the skin and the dog will get instant relief. I do not recommend for cats only because I have no experience with cats."
Ketaconazole Caused Extreme Side Effects
Wed, 19 Dec 12 22:21:29 -0600
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/19/2012: Roxane from Rocklin, California: "My six-year old Silky-Yorkie mix was put on Ketoconazole for a fungal infection in his ears. A few days later I woke up to vomit all over the house! Took him back to vet, where he spent the day having tests, including an ultra sound for his organs.
Here is what they found: Inflamed, swollen liver, pancreatitis, extremely high blood glucose levels. And other, more minor things. Now he must have insulin injections twice a day for diabetes caused by the pancreatitis. He was overweight but in good health otherwise. He is tolerating the insulin well, but I was beside myself the day he stayed in the pet hospital, as they told me I had a very, very sick dog. His name is Harry.
I thank God he made it through, but am so sorry I ever gave him that Ketoconazole. Antifungals are rather dangerous for humans, so what was I thinking when I gave it to my dog? I have good vets and don't blame them, although I wish they had told me about the liver side effects. I think that if a drug can harm the liver, it can surely harm the pancreas. Could not be a rare coincidence, come on! And now he is a diabetic for the rest of his life. It's quite a chore making sure he gets his shots twice a day, but my Harry is worth it! You all know what I mean! -- Roxane"
Dog With Tumor
Tue, 18 Dec 12 19:22:36 -0600
12/18/2012: Darren from Long Beach, Ca: "Can you recommend and product or black salve pehaps that dissolves growing tumors (or could be sarcoids?) in dogs thx"
Mixture Helps Dog's Skin Issues
Tue, 18 Dec 12 19:20:27 -0600
[YEA] 12/18/2012: Akf from Beaverton, Or: "First thanks to Earth Clinic and contributors. This if for dogs with skin issues and their people who it's driving crazy! I discovered these items because I have dealt with yeast issues.
Our dog is aprox. 8 years old and a rescue that is probably a Flat Coat Retriever or a Black Lab mix - he has long wavy hair. He developed skin issues a few years ago - especially in winter. He was going nuts chewing and causing hotspots. He also had flaky oily skin year round and this is much better now too. The vet prescribed steroid pills, creams, etc. That helped only slightly and we didn't want him on the rest of his life. We tried cutting out all the likely allergens from his diet w/o luck. He is still on a quality food with no likely allergens.
Finally he is having a better winter if I consistently give him this "treat" he loves every day.
I mix 3 large soup spoons of quality yogurt with a couple tablespoons of ACV and a couple tbsp of Fish Oil and 8 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract.
I also add 3 drops of the Grapefruit Seed Extract to his water once or twice a day.
There was the start of a spot this year when I wasn't consistent which I applied Coconut oil to a couple of times and it went away.
I told the vet about this mixture and she said it was safe and that she knew some of it would be helpful/healthful.
I hope this helps lots of pets and their people! It is such a relief for us!"
Dog With Stomach Issues
Tue, 18 Dec 12 15:24:24 -0600
12/18/2012: Chard from London, Uk: "Urgent help needed. We have a four year old jack Russell, he has suffered with stomach problems for around the last 2/3 years to which the vet has said is colitis. He only eats plain boiled chicken breast with special canned food that is very light and made for dogs with intestinal problems. The list of food he cannot have is never ending so we have to be very strict and be sure that he has no treats whatsoever. As he can't have any fat in his diet he is very slim which is a concern but of course it's better than him being I'll. Recently he has fallen I'll and is being kept in at the vet which he finds very stressful. He has had blood in his stool, not eating or drinking, weak, being sick. The bet had him on a drip and gave anti biotics and he was allowed home, but since that he's been sick more and we couldn't even get the antibiotics or anything in. He is back at the vets on a drip and having scans and all blood and stool tests, my mum is very upset as we all are and just want him to be ok, she has said that if all tests come back with no answers then she's bringing him home and trying a natural approach instead. My main question is whether he can have yogurt or not as he can't have fat or dairy because of the colitis. Also what's the best thing to settle his stomach and stop the nausea and vomiting? Any help would be greatly appreciated, he is part of the family and we will do anything to get him better."
Tumor in Cat's Stomach
Tue, 18 Dec 12 12:35:46 -0600
12/18/2012: Momof3 from Valdosta, Ga: "This question is for Ted or anyone else that can provide assistance. I have an 8 yo domestic short hair that has been troubled with vomiting for many months. It has been determined that she has a tumor in her stomach but we don't have the biopsy results yet. I see a lot of input for treatment of tumors in dogs but know if it's readily transferable to cats. I don't want to cause any more damage than she's already enduring. I don't know if the plan is to remove the tumor or try to shrink it through meds. I'll meet with her doctor today. I'm looking for any wisdom for what I can/should be doing other than sitting and waiting. I watched the destruction chemo unloaded on my mother whom we lost in Jan. I want to take a more natural/holistic approach to healing in place of, or in conjunction with, traditional treatment. I'm all ears. Thanks in advance."
Re: Turmeric for Cancer
Mon, 17 Dec 12 10:39:23 -0600
12/17/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "Do not give milk products (any kind of cheese) to your dog. It just gets them constipated, and will not help the cancer.
I'm no expert, but the dry dog food of duck and potato sounds fine. Go ahead and add broccoli and carrots to your dog's food. Make sure it's chopped up really well OR lightly steamed and cooled and cut up.
And, put 1 teaspoon of turmeric into his food and mix it all up, each and every time you feed him."
Re: Cat Incessantly Scratching
Mon, 17 Dec 12 10:38:31 -0600
12/17/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "Have you tried organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) yet? Put a teaspoon undiluted into her food each time you feed her. Also, dilute it 1/2 and 1/2 with spring water, put the solution on a cotton ball, and carefully & gently wipe the sore on her cheek. If the sore is open and oozing, DO NOT use the ACV. It needs to heal first, using prescription meds from your vet. Only after it has healed, can you start swabbing the area with the diluted ACV.
There are tons of links about using ACV here on EC. Just search."
Remedies for Dog\'s Hypothyroid
Sun, 16 Dec 12 12:46:59 -0600
12/16/2012: Paul from Springfield, Mo: "Hi, my old dog began to have white spots and discoloration on his nose. When researching this I realized he has all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Balding tail, gaining weight etc... The dog has arthritis and I thought most of these symptoms were just old age.
looked into synthetic hormones, and researching found this page and ted from bangkok's comments about iodine and vitamin a.
After a trip to the health food store and a helpful clerk I found a capsule called thyroid support. Labled for my local sotre, mama jeans, but maybe u can find somethig similar at yours.
- vitamin a 2500iu
- vitamin C, D, B-6
- Iodine from kelp 300mcg
- magnesium, selenium, copper, l tyrosine, etc...
in short, many of the things ted mentioned in one pill. the pill has done my dog tremendous good. The spots on his nose are clearing, he's dropping a few pounds and the hair on his tail is growing back.
He still has arthritis and such, but this all natural pill has given him a real boost and improved his health and outlook.
Charcoal Tablets for Parvo
Sat, 15 Dec 12 19:05:42 -0600
12/15/2012: Tina from Paragould, Ar: "My dog has parvo so I got the charcaol tabs at gnc I hope these r the right ones cause at walgreens they have the charco tabs so which are the right ones. The ones I got r black like charcoal and the other ones r pink at walgreens. Which ones r right?"
House Training Puppies
Sat, 15 Dec 12 10:08:03 -0600
12/15/2012: Keith from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa: "The best way to house train your puppies is to take them outside after they have had a meal. Use specific words when they do whatever they do. Our words are "make piss" and "make landmines". They will soon associate the words with the deeds, especially if you tell them how clever they are and fuss over them when they have done their "duty".
If you catch them in the act of soiling the house, pick them up and run outside with them. It helps if you have a big plastic bowl to hold under them when transporting them in this way.
For overall health, we put 1. 5ml of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide in 5 litres of water and give two buckets, one with the mix and the other with plain water. The peroxide mix is usually finished before the plain water goes down by 1/8th.
We also feed our dogs animal fat at the rate of 1/2 cup per day each, melted in boiled water, poured over their formula and left to cool. Every morning they are given 10ml of coconut oil each.
We have two Bullmastiff X St. Bernard crosses, littermates and brothers, who will be 8 years old in February 2013. They have NEVER been to a vet, have never been ill and still act as though they are 8 MONTHS old! Namaste."
Re: Turmeric for Cysts
Fri, 14 Dec 12 10:04:14 -0600
12/14/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "Put a teaspoon of turmeric in the dog's food each time you feed him."
Cysts in Liver
Thu, 13 Dec 12 15:58:10 -0600
12/13/2012: Drizzle from Palisades Park, Nj, Usa: "I don't know If I am posting in the right place but I needed some help and opinions on a recent diagnoses for my Persian cat Caesar (13 y/o). Yesterday we took him for a routine check up to our Vet and we found a large mass on the xray. Today we did an ultrasound and it was not initally what my vet had thought, he thought it was cancer. But based from the sonogram they are cyst growths which are common for his breed. Some were in the liver making it 3x larger than normal. We have no treatment options other than holistic/herbal supplements to try to maintain good liver function. It seems that the cysts have reached it maximum growth but we can never be too sure. My cats a fighter and he shows no symptoms of any pain or abnormalities whatsoever. He his practically as healthy as he can be. I was hoping for some suggestions as to what he can take that wouldn't stress the liver since anti inflammatories are not an option at the moment. So it has to be herbal or holistic to refrain stress on the liver. Any feed back would be much appreciated."
Cat Incessantly Scratching
Thu, 13 Dec 12 10:20:18 -0600
12/13/2012: Sarah from Crown Point, Indiana: "We have 3 indoor only cats. Lucy is our youngest cat being about 3 years old and we have had her since she was young. About a year ago we noticed that she had a small scab on her head (in between her eye and ear) that started to get bigger and bigger due to her scratching. We thought that perhaps it didn't heal because she kept scratching the scab off and so we got her an e-collar. We waited until it healed up completely and then took the e-collar off. She scratched the same spot raw again. We thought perhaps we took the e-collar off too soon and put it back on to heal again. We removed the e-collar the second time and she scratched her face raw again.
I did some research online and thought perhaps she developed a food allergy. So I put her on diet for Sensitive Skin... No change. After more research, I put her on Duck Dry Food. Again, she is still scratching her face raw and living life in the e-collar. I took her to the vet and they gave her a shot of pregnisone. I the shot was supposed to work for a couple weeks, but only stopped her scratching for about one week. They checked her for ear mites and fleas - and she was clean. Our other two cats have no problems. I then tried a liquid skin irritant formula and it seemed to work. She was scratch free for a few months even after we stopped giving her the Natural Pet's liquid.
After about three months of being scratch/scab free she started scratching again. I started her back up on the Natural Pet Liquid and this time it did not work. :( I also switched all my household cleaners to non-toxic all natural or organic cleaners. I have never switched her off of the Nature's Balance Duck Formula this whole time. I took her to the vet again and had a blood allergy test done. She tested positive for a couple types of weed allergies but that doesn't explain why she is scratching her face raw because she is an indoor pet and it's winter. The vet also gave her a strong shot of antibiotics which didn't help either.
Then we tried giving Lucy Atopica - the "claritin" for cats. No change whatsoever... She is still scratching. They tested her urine for diabetes and she tested negative. I also tried a itch spray (which she hated) and putting caps on her back claws... all to no avail.
The only other symptom, which comes and goes, is that she sounds semi-congested and will sound like she is clearing her throat. Her behavior is good and hasn't changed a bit. She still purrs regardless of living in the e-collar. We are at our wits end and have tried almost everything!!!! Can anybody help???"
Dog With Hematoma
Wed, 12 Dec 12 22:07:36 -0600
12/12/2012: Bpaisley from Chicago, Il, Usa: "I recently noticed a hematoma developing on my chocolate lab pup (10yrs old) and monitored it. I have been giving her Belladonna (30c) to no avail. Today I started with an oil blend of cypress and lemon which seems to help. I also switched her remedy to phosphorus 30c - waiting on the outcome. The ideal oil is Helichrysum, however I do not have this yet. I ordered four medical leeches and will try this approach when they arrive. It is uncomfortable to the touch so I am quite careful when applying the oils. I also started her on vitamin C in her breakfast. If the leeches are unsuccessful, I will put her on a Chinese herbal formula. I will let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed! I have ruled out surgery as I do not see this as a necessary means to the end."
Turmeric for Cysts
Tue, 11 Dec 12 19:34:49 -0600
12/11/2012: Corene from Muskegon, Michigan: "Hi, One of my foster dogs has a cyst on his eyelid. Did you apply paste on your cat's or give tumeric internally? thanks"
Dog's Strep Infection Won't Heal
Sun, 09 Dec 12 10:20:05 -0600
12/09/2012: Rosie from Cambridge, Ma, USA: "My dog has had an infection on her lip for over three months. The vet cultured it, sent it to a good lab and it came back as strep. I treated it with heavy-duty herbal antibiotics (usnea, cat's claw, goldenseal and echinacea----two of these at a time for 2 - 3 weeks) with no results. So the vet gave her erithromycin tablets and topical gel, a 2-week supply, and we're almost at the end of that with no results. ) Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks in advance!"
Aftermath of Vet Visit
Fri, 07 Dec 12 17:50:54 -0600
12/07/2012: Dee Dee from Orange, Ca: "A week ago my Maltese got stung by a bee. Took him to emergency vet who removed the stinger and administered 2 injections. One was epinephrin. Later he started to cry in pain. He had to stay with them overnight and be sedated. He said something may be wrong with his back. Took him home the next day with perscription of Temaril p. He said pup will be okay.
BUT 2 days later Puppy has developed a bald spot above his tail and it is warm to the touch and causes him pain if touched.
Took him to our Vet - Blood Tests are elevated due to inflammation - X-Rays don't show anything bad. He cannot determine the cause, no evidence of bug bite, however, I think it could be the result of the emergency vets care.
My Vet prescribed Clavamox for inflammation and Tramadol for pain and hot compresses also no playing with others, he has to remain on leash and semi-confinement for 2 weeks. We are on day 3. He called yesterday said we could add another perscription if there is no improvement.
He is not itching the area but the hair is falling out and it's very sensitive. I am worried and love my little 6 month old puppy.
Any suggestions... Please Could Apple Cider Work?"
Turmeric for Cancer
Fri, 07 Dec 12 17:48:58 -0600
12/07/2012: Michele from Mill Creek, Wa: "I'm wanting to buy a home and tight for money right now. My dog weighs 68lbs and is approaching 8 years old. How much tumeric powder should I give my dog and what are the best foods to sneak it in with. My dog eats a dry dog food of duck and potato. Should I be giving my dog more meat? Some where I came across sardines? Can the meat source be chicken/ turkey or beef/ goat? Can my dog have veggies? My dog happens to also like broccoli and carrots. Can my dog also have cheese from cows milk or is goat cheese better? Thanks, michele"
Dogs With Cancer
Thu, 06 Dec 12 22:23:31 -0600
12/06/2012: Louise from Cairns, Queensland, Australia: "Can anyone help with some good natural remedies for treating cancer I have two Siberian huskies age 11 and 12 both have cancer one has a tumour in the lung and the liver the other has a mass in the upper torso under the arm have been told by the vet that these are both inoperable. I was wondering if anyone has some good remedies for helping my babies I was going to start trying some juice remedies and maybe I need to change their diet they are feed at the moment Advance diet control dry food and cooked chicken also get one schamko a day ( dried liver or fish strap) and of an evening at bed time they get one baked biki. Sometimes I do mix cooked veges in their food also. I also have a Norfolk terrier chihuahua cross who has had two lots of cancer tumours removed this type of cancer she has is reoccurring and the vet tells me this time it is spreading towards the chest and next time will also be inoperable."
Hind Gut Acidosis in Horse
Thu, 06 Dec 12 22:13:15 -0600
12/06/2012: Vixyvix from Levin, New Zealand: "Does anyone have a remedy for hind gut acidosis in Horses? Im wondering if ACV and baking soda would help but at what quantities. I take alkaline drops in my water for myself but this would be extremely costly to use for a 500kg horse."
Fibrosarcoma on Rabbit's Lip
Thu, 06 Dec 12 16:32:29 -0600
12/06/2012: Smeagol from Murrieta, Ca: "I am looking for anyone who may be able to suggest a natural remedy to slow or stop the growth of a fibrosarcoma that is on my rabbit's lip. I have no idea about such things, but am hoping there is an effective plant that is not toxic to my bunny's internal health in case of ingestion by "licking", but can kill off aggressive fibrosarcoma cancer cells.
My sweet bunny, smeagol, just turned 3yrs old on Dec. 1, 2012. He's a mini-lop, blonde and about 7. 5 lbs. He lives indoors in my room, but not caged. In May 2012, I noticed a red bump on the outside middle tip of his upper left lip. Since rabbits upper lip is split, this is located in the "middle" of his upper lip. I took him to two different vets that told me since it didn't seem to be bothering him, it wasn't changing shape, size or color, then I didn't need to worry about it. There was no sign of abrasion, cut, bite or reason for the lump. We were living in Japan at the time, I didn't speak the language, and couldn't find a vet in our area that was very "rabbit knowledgable". Over the summer, we re-located to the U. S. , southern california. Around the end of Sept. 2012 he went to the vet for neutering surgery. We asked the vet to take a look at the red bump on his lip while he was under anesthesia. The vet inserted a needle in order to get a fluid sample. He also put him on a general antibiotic. The test came back inconclusive, but the lump seemed to get infected. After approximately two weeks we did a biopsy. It came back positive for fibrosarcoma cancer. His lip looked worse also. We took him to a different vet more specialized in rabbit care. He attempted to remove the tumor stating that there was not room to get "clean" margins because of the location of the tumor being basically against the opening of his nasal cavity. We had hoped to remove the tumor, then start radiation to kill off any remaining cancer cells understanding fibrosarcomas are extremely aggressive. But, we couldn't consider radiation until the wound healed. Well, it just isn't healing. It's been about a month and the cancer is back. It's grown quite a bit blocking much of his left nasal opening. The vet, although educated in chinese herbology, stated there is nothing more he can do for him. He expects the tumor to grow much larger within two weeks. I asked if there was an alternative medication I could give smeagol to slow the growth, or fight the cancer and he stated he didn't know of anything that would be safe if accidentally ingested from being on his lip. He said there was something, but it would have to be injected directly into the tumor, would be extremely painful and he feared the medication would not help fast enough to combat the speed at which the tumor is growing. He is currently on Baytril (antibiotic), Metacam, and buprenorphine. For the last month, the tumor will grow in size, changing appearance sometimes multiple times a day. Then, it will start bleeding, quite a bit, suddenly and the outer scab will seperate and come off. It's quite stressful for him (and us) as the blood will get in his nasal passage and cause difficulty breathing I think
. The only options I see right now are doing nothing and watching it grow, or taking him to the oncologist and asking about radiation possibilities. I am hoping that instead, there is an alternative treatment that can slow/stop the growth of the rapidly enlarging tumor and keep him comfortable. I would greatly appreciate any help. - Christina"
Supplements for Dog's Cherry Eye
Wed, 05 Dec 12 16:08:26 -0600
[YEA] 12/05/2012: Piper from Toronto, Ontario: "Our puppy developed a small cherry. I tried a few things so I am not sure which worked after a couple of days of giving supplements her cherry eye is gone.
I first checked online and tried massage. I did not have any success with this. I tried applying cold. Not much success with this either.
I checked what the cause of the affliction and it seems to be a deficiency in the connective tissue so I looked to see what would support and encourage the development of connective tissue. I bought a dog food that had glucasamine and chronditin in it. It is an all ages food.
I added salmon oil, glucasamine sulfate and shark cartilage to her food. Salmon oil capsule - snip end and squeeze. Glucasamine sulfate tablets ground with a knife. Shark cartilage caplets powder - just open capsule.
The supplements were all from the human drug store. The salmon oil was really for my cat, but I thought it would help the powder stick to the food and encourage her to eat.
Shark cartilage - I didn't buy but a friend was going to throw away so I thought I would take it. I thought it might help develop her connective tissues."
Tue, 04 Dec 12 18:40:17 -0600
12/04/2012: Lady Erilyn from Calgary, Ab, Canada: "My girlfriend has a new kitten that's 3 1/2 months old. She is looking for any ideas for teething remedies - besides him chewing on her fingers and toes. I have 3 cats of my own, but teething was never an issue. Any suggestions? Thanks."
Re: Bypassing Vaccinations
Mon, 03 Dec 12 16:58:11 -0600
12/03/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/USA: "A rabies shot is the law in most, if not all, states. New puppies need the following:
* The first set of shots at 9 weeks
* intervet puppy distemper parvo only
* Second set at 15 weeks same vaccine
* Rabies no earlier than 6 mos of age
* One year boosters same vaccine
* Rabies as mandated by law -- You can request your vet to run a Titers every 3 years.
What is a titer test?A titer test is a simple blood test that measures a dog or cat's antibodies to vaccine viruses (or other infectious agents). For instance, your dog may be more resistant to a virus whereas your neighbor's dog may be more prone to it. Titers accurately assess protection to the so-called "core" diseases (distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats), enabling veterinarians to judge whether a booster vaccination is necessary. All animals can have serum antibody titers measured instead of receiving vaccine boosters. The only exception is rabies re-vaccination. There is currently no state that routinely accepts a titer in lieu of the rabies vaccine, which is required by law.
There are commercially available vaccine titer tests for dogs that can be performed in a laboratory or also in the veterinarian's office for faster results. Several commercial and university veterinary diagnostic labs and Hemopet offer reliable titer testing for dogs, cats and horses."
Re: 12 Wk Old Puppy Not Well
Mon, 03 Dec 12 09:51:33 -0600
12/03/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "Bring your puppy to the vet IMMEDIATELY!! There are so many illnesses a puppy could have, especially if it hasn't yet had its shots. Has the puppy had her shots?? Please bring her to a low-cost vet in your area (call your main vet or people you know, and ask them if they know of a low-cost vet)."
Mon, 03 Dec 12 09:42:10 -0600
12/03/2012: Marilyn from Oswego, Il: "I have a 2 lb., 3 mo. old yorkie. She is very small. I was thinking about not getting her any shots but she has had her first set of puppy shots. I also wanted to refuse her to get a rabies shot. Am I doing her more harm by avoding these shots which I know can kill? My worry is that she is very tiny. Also she only goes out on our deck to do her duties and then its back inside. No walks or any public contact. Am I doing the right thing?"
Cat With Cancer
Mon, 03 Dec 12 09:33:41 -0600
12/03/2012: Amy from Goole, East Yorkshire ,uk: "Hi My name is Amy and my little elderly cat cleo has been to hell and back through vets lack of interest, the first vet said she had a root that needed to come out of her mouth so we let the vet take it out but she still had trouble with her mouth and the wound didn't' seem to be healing, then they said it was stomatosis I hope I spelled that right, we asked if it could be cancer because we lost her brother to cancer some two years ago, they did blood tests and said no cancer in her bloods. Then they seemed to lose interest and made us feel like we were just a couple of nags keep comming back, all they gave her was pain relief and antibiotics, because of that we changed vets again and they started to treat stomatitus because thats what the other vet said it was.
Then we had a biopsy done and they found squamus cell cancer in her mouth, because of her age they wouldn't treat her so we have been using natural remedies our selves and have built up to several different treatments through out the day, Her eve is very gunged up and painfull I did get sone ointment from the vet but it did no good, then we tried black tea to bathe it and that made it worse now we put hypermelrose drops in her eyes twice maybe three times a day. It did clear up a little but has started weeping again.
Can anyone give advice as to what I can use to soothe her little eye, I think her sight is damaged in that eye but because it is so gunged up it is hard to tell, the gunge looks like bits of flesh with blood and a clear thick watery substance, can anyone help her Please, apart from that we have to syringe feed her most of the time, she will have the odd meal of a sardine or a little chicken, but she still comes for her combing and fluffs and shakes her little tail at me as thought she is happy, can any one help us please?"
12 Wk Old Puppy Not Well
Mon, 03 Dec 12 09:30:11 -0600
12/02/2012: Quita from Hearne, Texas, Us: "Okay! My 12 week old Pitbull puppy is not herself right about now. She isnt running around, eating or drinking anything and everytime my Mom tries to syringe her some fluids she makes an gasping noise.. I need answers!!!"
Can't Diagnose Dog's Symptoms
Mon, 03 Dec 12 09:28:17 -0600
12/02/2012: Lucky12 from Longwood, Fl, Usa: "Hi - Just before Thanksgiving my 8 year old mix breed (80lbs) stopped eating and seems to be very sensitive to his backside. He lost his appetite and stopped eating for about 5 days. I took him in to the vet for multiple testing (blood, urine and xrays) The xrays were all normal and didn't find anything. His globulin levels were way high and protein in his urine. They can't figure out what's wrong with him. We tested for tick borne disease as he is showing signs/symptoms. If it comes back negative they are sending me to a specialist for some bone marrow testing. Vet has suggested possible bone cancer. Since been on pain meds - he's eating, drinking still and his bowels are all normal. He sleeps majority of the day and his bag legs are giving out. I'm so upset and confused why we can't figure out what's wrong with him. Any thoughts/suggestions would so be greatly appreciated."
Dogs and Yeast Infections
Fri, 30 Nov 12 17:41:40 -0600
11/30/2012: Kim from New York, Ny, Usa: "I've read many of the posts regarding yeast problems with dogs (I have one a bacterial infection and yeast all over his body) but I want to know if anyone knows whether yeast can live on fabrics and then infect the dog again when he lays on his blanket. Should I throw the blankets away and start fresh? Or, is it really an internal problem where the yeast on his coat and skin doesn't actually survive beyond that.
I plan to post in the Yeast section for Pets with a more detailed description of the status and process, but I wanted to ask this question specifically. thanks. Kim"
Magnesium Citrate for Extreme Constipation
Fri, 30 Nov 12 10:34:43 -0600
[YEA] 11/30/2012: Emma from Rockville, Maryland: "This is not a permanent remedy, but it works for a blockage or compaction. My cat is 19 years old, and has trouble with constipation. Her stools are often dry and come out in small pieces, and she strains when she needs to eliminate.
Once I had someone else look after her while I went on a trip for a month, and during that time she got compacted to the point that she lost her appetite and stopped eating. When I got back she was very weak and had lost a lot of weight, and she was no longer cleaning herself. Her caretaker thought she was failing because of her age -- in fact, he was scared that she was about to die -- and he had started to forcefeed her with a liquid diet. She wasn't pooping, but she did dribble a little liquid poop. It occurred to me that the small amount of liquidy poop might not be the result of her liquid diet, but instead be coming from a compaction in her colon.
I mixed powdered magnesium citrate in some water and force fed her that with a syringe. Lo and behold, she pooped a lot the very next day, and started to show some interest in eating again. Little by little she started to eat more and poop again, and she became stronger and stronger until she was back to her old self. Occasionally it happens now that she goes a few days without pooping. She usually loses her appetite when that happens. I immediately give her the magnesium citrate, and she is back to normal again. Sometimes I don't give her enough and I have to do it a second time. I wish I could find something to put in her food every day instead -- that would be a lot better, I'm sure, but she is so finicky. Canned pumkin won't do, but I think I will try aloe if it is tasteless. Still, magnesium citrate works when the constipation is so bad that there is a blockage."
Apple Cider Vinegar for Cat's Fleas
Thu, 29 Nov 12 22:48:02 -0600
11/29/2012: Brittany from Meford, Oregon: "So I have 5 cats and they have been infested with fleas. I am wanting to start doing the ACV baths for them but I am curious as to how many times a week I should be doing this. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks"
Re: Dog With Multiple Issues
Wed, 28 Nov 12 15:46:45 -0600
11/28/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "To Anodita from New Delhi: Please read the other posts at this link. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Turmeric can all be used in varying combinations to ease your Golden's symptoms.
Here are some other EC links:
Salmon Oil for Dog's Skin Health
Wed, 28 Nov 12 09:12:57 -0600
[YEA] 11/28/2012: Kathryn4 from Lanham, Maryland, Usa: "I have come acrross a remedy that may help others concerning redness and scratchiness on my beagle mix. Every day I give salmon oil squirts over his food - no more itching and redness. A miracle!"
Dog With Multiple Issues
Wed, 28 Nov 12 08:59:11 -0600
11/28/2012: Anodita from New Delhi, India: "My 11 year old golden retriever has hip dysplaysia and arthritis, and now has urinary and bowel incontinence :( Been giving her sepia and causticum homeopathic meds alternate days.. what else can i do?"
Apple Cider Vinegar Helping Dog Mange
Tue, 27 Nov 12 22:17:04 -0600
[YEA] 11/27/2012: Jing from Bulacan, Philippines: "i read some comments here and tried applying Apple Cider Vinegar to my shih tzu last night. He's been suffering from mange for a long time now. His skin is reddish but this morning it turned pale and it's not greasy and smelly anymore. I will try to use it on him and will post developments here next week. This website is a life-saver! Thanks"
Activated Charcoal for Parvo
Mon, 26 Nov 12 09:51:20 -0600
11/26/2012: Edgar from Tampa, Fl: "My 10 month old got parvo I took him to the vet and he stayed there for 3 days and he made it I paid $2000 but now my 1.3year old female pit has gotten it too she pukes anything. I force feed her she is dinking water and im also giving her pedialyte I tried the cabon yesterday afternoon but she still is the same. Shoud I give her some more and how much of it? She weighs 60 pounds in her nomal weight."
Need Pyoderma Remedies
Sun, 25 Nov 12 15:20:38 -0600
11/25/2012: Audra from Spokane, Wa, Usa: "Our beloved Basset Hound has pyoderma. He has been treated for the past 1.5 years with 2 different types of antibiotics (Amoxicillin and Clavamox) along with high dosages of Prednisone. He is 3 years young. During the past 1.5 years, I don't think he has been more than 30 days without antibiotics if you were to add them up and more than 15 days without Prednisone. We have also given him Benedryl to help with the itching. Nothing seems to help though. They are now sending us to a dermatologist.
We have been bathing him with several different shampoos, all of which have been vet recommended. The latest being CortiSoothe, however we have gone though numerous bottles of KetoChlor which has the Chlorhexidine that the vet says "helps cure" this problem.
It started out under his arm pits (as little bumps with no scabs, looked like heat rash) and then went to his groin area. Now it is all over his body. We do comb him and get the scabies, as we call them, off of him and then wash him every 2 days. He is losing hair in patches. We also put hydrocortisone ointment under his arm pits every night. He wears a t-shirt so he doesn't lick his arm pits and the bend of his arm. We also put hydrocortisone ointment in between his toe-webbing when it gets really inflamed and then put socks on him.
I should say that he has been allergy tested. I have spent over $5000 on this pup and he is a rescue dog. We treat him like he is one of the family and want to help him live a very long and happy life.
We cook for him. He gets venison, rice and green beans, twice daily. He also gets a fish oil supplement and olive oil.
He is on 20mg of Prednisone currently but no antibiotics. What can we do that we are not doing to help him? Please help!!!!
As of this typing, we are changing his bowls to metal since they were plastic.
We are up for trying anything, as you can tell from above. Thank you."
Re: Multiple Supplements for Heart Murmur
Sun, 25 Nov 12 10:14:01 -0600
11/25/2012: Katie from Northport, NY: "Kendra, I don't know if your dog is holding onto fluids in his lungs or abdomen, but I wanted to mention that Standard Process makes a supplement called AC Carbamide which is a natural diuretic. Thought you might want to look into this if that is the case with your dog. I have not used this product but it is mentioned on the cavalierhealth.org website as a natural alternative diuretic. I also know that Dr. West uses AC Carbamide if there is edema in CHF."
Dog Not Acting Right
Sat, 24 Nov 12 20:46:21 -0600
11/24/2012: Christy from Nc, In: "My husband and I have just adopted a toy min pin. He's been fine, happy and healthy until today. We put in him in his crate for a lil down time, about and hour later let him out and he had vomited a lil in crate, then acted very strange, lethargic couldnt hold his lil weight up, like an unstable stance. He ate all his dinner, but not acting right, will not drink- have been on computer searching for info hoping someone can help us."
Lavender Oil for Fleas
Sat, 24 Nov 12 20:42:10 -0600
[YEA] 11/24/2012: Dee from Fresno, California: "My dog started to get really bad fleas and she was constantly scratching. I needed something to hold us over until a few days after her bath so I could give her frontline so I tried mixing about 10 drops of lavender essential oil with water in a spray bottle and spraying it directly on her and brushing it through. She stopped scratching almost completely the second day I used it. I don't think I'll be using the frontline anymore."
Essential Oils for Ringworm
Sat, 24 Nov 12 16:20:00 -0600
[YEA] 11/24/2012: Ky Mama from Clinton, Ky: "When my outdoor cats had ringworm, the stuff the vet gave me did not work. I mixed 1 part lavender essential oil, 1 part tea tree essential oil and 2 parts olive oil into a jar. Twice a day I applied this to the cats' ringworm spots. I did this for 2 weeks. (Cotinue to treat for a few days even after it looks healed. ) Apparently essential oils can be too strong for cats, so I diluted it, and my cats had no problem. I was sure it was safer than the vet prescription anyway. I used this same thing on my children when they got ringworm from the cats."
Protocol Used for Dog's Yeast Infection
Thu, 22 Nov 12 15:43:50 -0600
[YEA] 11/22/2012: Keishas Mom from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "My yorkie is 4 years old and has been suffering from what I thought were allergies her entire life. I have tried every kind of food, switched to 100% natural chemical free housecleaners, detergents, etc. , I spent enormous amounts of money at the vet and everything they prescribed only made it worse. She had ear infections, rashes and sores (specifically in her armpits, chest, and between her toes), impacted anal sacs, and sneezing and coughing. I finally gave up on the allergy idea and started researching for causes and found out about yeast infections.
Since I've been treating for yeast I have found her to be unbelievable better! I feel her Raw Lamb food, and on it I put colloidal silver, yogurt, and omega-3 oil (one for each meal). I also bathe her with all natual soap (it comes in a bar) and then put a rinse of Vinegar and tea tree oil diluted in water, which I don't rinse off. Once she's dry I put colloidal silver on her itchy spots. I find that these steps help her so much! I can't believe that no vet told me about yeast infections, they just prescribed antibiotics, allergy pills, and topical treatments that made her feel worse. I think all natural is the way to go, and colloidal silver is a miracle worker!"
Dog With Tumor Near Prostate
Tue, 20 Nov 12 20:12:26 -0600
11/20/2012: Pradeep from Singapore: "Hi Ted, my dog has a tumor near its prostate gland, it has a big prostate gland due to it age. It's 10 this year. The Vet says that it has to be removed by surgical means only. Is there any other way? He also urinates blood due to the tumor. The surgery costs about $3500/-. But the disadvantage about it is that it might relapse again. In distress currently, able to help out? pradeep_thevar(at)hotmail.com, email me if it's possible. Thank u so much:)"
Growth on Cat's Paw
Tue, 20 Nov 12 16:52:05 -0600
11/20/2012: Prm from Garden Grove, Ca, Usa: "I have an active almost 13 year old Ragdoll cat who is in good health except for a growth between the pads on his back foot. He had a smaller one on his front paw last year that the vet removed. Because of his age (and my lack of funds, being a retired lady living on a fixed income) I declined to have it biopsed. The new growth is growing from between his pads, is pink and reminds me of a small grape. It has a thin black vein-like line running from the pad and up along the growth, ending in a tiny black dot closer to the center of it. I'm hoping that someone knows what this is, and if there is a natural remedy of some kind that might eliminate it without him having to have surgery again. Any suggestions?"
Re: Rabies Vaccinations for 2 Dogs
Tue, 20 Nov 12 16:14:35 -0600
11/20/2012: Lisa from Bullhead City, Arizona: "Try contacting P. E. T. A. Though its not an abuse case they would be able to guide you the right way because they would want the truth. Sorry for your losses. God bless"
Rabies Vaccinations for 2 Dogs
Mon, 19 Nov 12 22:21:07 -0600
[DEATH REPORTED] 11/19/2012: Patricia from Powhatan, Va: "My one year old male PBGV received his rabies vaccine on 10/22/2012. 6 days later, he began having epileptic seizures. My three year old, male PBGV had the same reaction 3 days after his rabies shot in 2011 and finally had to put to sleep to ease his misery. I want to report this but don't know where to send it. It was Fort Dodge, SN 1215357A. Three different vets have said the vaccination Did NOT cause it but in my heart, I feel it did."
Dog With Persistent Cough
Mon, 19 Nov 12 16:32:04 -0600
11/19/2012: Noreen from Charleston, Sc: "I recently adoped a 12 yr old, German Shepherd Dog/Lab mix because I knew he was going to be euthanized. He has class 3 or 4 kennel cough. Vet put him on Cipro and Doxy for 3 wks. Worked for about 5 days. Now it's back, as a wet hacking cough and sneezing. Cipro and doxy should not be used together and they are for bacterial infections, not virus infect. My vet did not tell me that it IS transmitable to humans and manifests as upper resp infections. I am at my wits end with this poor dog. Already spent quite a bit at my vet. I need an alternative solution. Weight 85lbs."
Remedy Use for Anal Glands
Mon, 19 Nov 12 16:26:11 -0600
11/19/2012: Julie from Bridgwater, Somerset, England: "Could someone please tell me how much coconut oil you give to your dog along wilth pumpkin and how often??? Also for how long (days/weeks/months) do they need to take this for their anal gland problems? Also do we give our dog this pumpkin/coconut instead of her food or mixed in with her food? All answers gratefully received."
Vets and Diagnosis
Mon, 19 Nov 12 08:52:26 -0600
11/19/2012: Tmay from Santa Cuz, Ca, Usa: "FIP. It sounds like your vet knows what they are talking about. I suggest a second opinion.
I had a sick cat who I took to a new vet because I was new in town, LA. He did a blood test and the cat tested positive for FIP. The vet said to think about putting him down. I phoned the store where I had bought a new kitten who had gotten a little sick with sneezing and that had triggered my older bigger cat to get sick. The store gave me the number of the breeder of the kitten. I talked to her and she said that when cats are sick they test positive for a lot of things which they don't necessarily have. She said to go to another vet and gave me some names. A cat magazine said to always check with a breeder when you get to town to find out whom they recommend. They have had enough cats and experiences that they can gage a vet. Very good advice. Don't go by the most popular vet in a newspaper or by a certificate of thanks from a city. I felt very badly for the beautiful beloved pets that were being treated by the first vet who was faking being competent. My cat recovered.
I suggest not buying animals from a store. It is better to buy from a breeder who knows what they are doing, or rescue an animal from a shelter or from a rescue organization. Wonderful beautiful animals, cats kittens, dogs puppies, rabbits, chickens and even more exotic pets are being euthanized constantly for the lack of a home.
When you get a new animal, whether you have purchased one or found a stray, keep it separated to find out if it is sick to protect your other animals. Doing that will give you the time to look for the owner if it is a stray, post the neighborhood, take it to a vet who will scan it for free to see if it has a chip that has up to date info. Regarding 50% of chipped animals the owners did not realize that they had to inform the chip people of their name and address. They thought someone else did it. When left to others, invariably there are mistakes, so follow through. Inform the shelter that you found it in case someone is looking for it, and tell them you will keep it at your house. This appears to apply to cats and not dogs. After a certain amount of time, it is yours. Then you can spend the money to have its blood tested by a vet so that you know it is negative on diseases. Don't offer to give it away for free on Craigslist. People can pretend to be good owners when they plan to sell it to a lab for experimentation, and they are good actors and you don't know it. Introduction to other cats in the house is best done slowly, with the animals separated in different rooms by a door, and exchanging socks with the smell of the other on it, so that the scent gets to be familiar."
Re: Ted's Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax Cure
Sun, 18 Nov 12 18:32:59 -0600
11/18/2012: Barney\'s Mom from Palmyra, Pa: "Thrilled to see some of the posts regarding other's dachshunds. I have a standard that has had the allergy patch test and is allergic to most everything growing outside including dust mites inside, but not flea bites, cat dander, mold or regular house dust. He has been eating a high quality kibble and also grain free wet food and now raw food made by myself with supplements from Dinovite and I also add an extra probiotic 2 x's a day because I think he is yeasty. His belly is covered with the black spots and red pimples and is anus area is also black and has some hair loss and crusting on his tail too. Also on his hind legs and sides and neck area. It is actually almost all over his body. His eyes also have a small amount of mucus at times too. I always wondered if this could be some kind of hair follicle issue as well as inhalent allergies and ingested food allergies. Barney is the product of a "backyard breeder" and I have his AKC pedigree where I learned his mother is also his sister, hence, the inbreeding factor which probably contributed to all his allergies and also his malformed bottom jaw. It has been an ongoing and ever growing problem fighting to keep him comfortable for the last several years. He is on a small amount of Temaril-P everyday to help control his itchiness. Everytime I try to wean him off of it, the rubbing and skin irritatations increase dramatically. I will try the witch hazel and other remedies mentioned in all these posts."
Feline Herpes and Eye Care
Sun, 18 Nov 12 18:27:31 -0600
11/18/2012: Tmay from Santa Cruz, Ca: "I adopted a Siamese cat with the after effect of Herpes in the eyes. I took it to a vet'y ophthalmologist. She said that Siamese cats and their relations are susceptible to having dry eyes and that giving vet'y eye drops, a drop 2 x a day, might have helped. The Siamese cat has black eyes instead of blue eyes as a result of the Herpes that took advanatage of the irritated eye as a result of dry eye. I don't know whether he got that as a stray or when he was owned but had he been treated when he had it, it would have been better for him. It clouds his vision and makes it difficult for him to see at night. It almost led to his being put down at the shelter for having an eye condition. The scarring from Herpes in the eyes blinds some cats.
I have another cat who is old (16 years) who was on prednisone for a year which lowers immunity. That meant that the cat developed an eye ulcer. The symptom was brown tears and squinting. She solved that and since the cat is still on predisolone for another condition, she has me giving him eye drops 2 x a day. She told me to buy i-drop vet plus, the package with a photo of a shitzu dog on it on Amazon which is non-prescription. Counter intuitively, the package with the picture of the cat is not the one to use because it is individual packets with too much water for the eye of a cat. Additionally, I buy, as instructed, L-Lysine capsules 500 mg from an organic store. I open the capsule and divide a capsule in two and give 250 mg in water in the am and in the pm orally with a plastic eye dropper. The drops and the Lysine was enough to keep the eyes of my cat safe while he was on a low dose of prednisolone. When the dosage was raised, that was insufficient. So he went back on the prescription eye drops, Vigamox which is expensive, that the vet'y ophthalmologist prescribed.
I have another cat with eye problems after a cat fight, so it is a good thing that we have a vet'y ophthalmologist in our city.
Get eye conditions looked at."
Re: Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
Sun, 18 Nov 12 18:04:26 -0600
11/18/2012: Sophie from Kamloops, Bc, Canada: "I don't think the vet is telling you not to put peroxide in your dogs ears so you'll buy medication, remember, the vet did suggest vinegar! I believe the effects of peroxide are long term and are not visible at first, but the peroxide could be doing long term damage to your dog's eardrum and causing hearing loss which may not manifest itself until it's too late!
"It is a common misconception that hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant or antiseptic for treating wounds. While it is an effective cleaning agent, hydrogen peroxide is not an effective agent for reducing bacterial infection of wounds. Further, hydrogen peroxide applied to wounds can impede healing and lead to scarring because it destroys newly formed skin cells"
This information can be found in a journal dedicated to wound repair and regeneration: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com"
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Dogs
Sun, 18 Nov 12 14:43:03 -0600
11/18/2012: Jholl from Louisville, Ky - Kentucky: "I think this is a case of mistaken identity. The supplement is grapefruit seed extract. No worry about the grapes. Of course, grapes are toxic to all dogs. Grapefruit seed extract is anti-bacteria, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It is used in some hospitals as an antiseptic. It is very bitter and MUST be diluted. Many people use it on their toothbrush to eliminate bacteria
There are pet sites that sell it, so I believe it is safe for pets. I have used it for myself and for my dogs with good results.
Also, oil of oregano is great for dogs and healthy teeth. Just a drop or two and like the GSE, it must ALWAYS be diluted."
Turmeric Dosage for Pets
Sun, 18 Nov 12 11:17:58 -0600
11/18/2012: Cindy from Illinois, USA: "I wonder about using such high doses of turmeric for pets. "Amount" is a profoundly critical element of herbs. The amount of herbal elements introduced can dictate to which part of the body its elements are sent AND what action is taken when it gets there. Just like the form in which an herb is administered. A single herb can be used in various combinations of dosages and forms to treat hundreds of different ailments but HIGH dosages can ONLY be treated, by the body, as "toxin". The body doesn't care if it is turmeric or simple oxygen - if there's too much of it, it is simply "toxin" and the body has no choice but to go into "emergency mode". High dosage = chemotherapy. Some "bad" stuff may be eliminated along with the "toxin", but the fight, itself, will further weaken a system that is already weak from trying to remedy the situation. If the body gets to it before it gets to the area you are treating, you could create more and worse problems - often invisible, initially - without the "medicine" ever reaching the intended area. There are too many unknown variables to even guess, let alone calculate, what might happen. Kidney and liver failure are common as these are the primary organs used to eliminate toxins and what could have assisted or even cured a kidney or liver disorder - in the right dosage which would have elicited the right response from the body - could end up "silently" damaging the organs beyond repair. Always start "tiny", once a day. If the body responds, STAY tiny and once a day, before sleeptime. Don't rush it. Let it do what it has to do. If it stops responding, add a "tiny" bit more but don't increase the number of times per day. Let the body use what you're giving it at the time of day when it makes repairs without interference from you - during sleep. Medicine is just a part of life, it's not "magic". The body has a repair cycle. Seek remedy, apply (whether by eating, drinking, breathing or rolling in it) and then have a little snooze. Wake, take stock and either go about your business or take a bit more remedy and go back to sleep or, often, simply roll over and go back to sleep."
Dog With Yeast Infection and Pancreatitis
Sat, 17 Nov 12 18:30:27 -0600
11/17/2012: Harleywrecked from Leeds, Me, Usa: "I have a 12 year old dachshund who has had a history of disk problems and has been on steroids and NSAIDs, antibiotics and Benadryl repeatedly. I am pretty certain now that what we are dealing with is a yeast issue. It started last march. My vet had put her on hills ID and prednisone and she started breaking out. I thought it was a food allergy to the hills. They said seasonal allergy or contact allergy. I knew it wasn't.
Then I thought it might be neuropathy causing her to chew on herself. But gabapentin did not offer any relief. She has the smell, the black crusty looking skin, loss of hair, constant licking chewing digging ect. Problem is last May she had a severe attack of pancreatitis and had to be hospitalized. So I have to be so careful about her pancreas as that could be fatal. Every food that I have read about for yeast issues seems too high fat content for a dog with pancreatic concerns. I have been feeding her hamburg and rice or pasta. I stopped both rice and pasta and am giving her farm fresh organic beef and string beans, but I think it is too high fat and not enough nutrition. She is constantly trying to eat dirt. What can I feed her???? please help. In the meantime I am treating the skin and have ordered the shampoo."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Dmso for Hot Spots
Sat, 17 Nov 12 18:27:59 -0600
[YEA] 11/17/2012: Xanadu1jw from Memphis, Tn: "For hot spots I recently read something about DMSO curing them so I mixed up a solution of 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother), and a scant 1/2 cup 99.9% pure DMSO I got from the county coop (I've also seen it in horse supply shops). I used a small spray bottle to apply it to the hot spots that had my little beagle acting like he was 90 years old, using the bottom of the bottle to brush the hair forward and expose the spot better and then using the same bottom to rub the solution into the skin. He doesnt like the process and immediately tries to lick it off but this old dog is now acting like an energetic happy puppy again. I try to distract him with a few treats or walking after treating him so the solution has a chance to soak in. I apply it three times a day and in four days after starting he already has hair growing back into the area again.
I believe this solution would work for a cat also in that all of the ingredients have been used on cats with benefit whereas many natural products can harm a cat since their liver can't process some things like a human or dog can. DMSO doesn't smell good but is preferable to watching your dog/cat suffer and/or spending lots of money on ineffective things from the vet and the scent doesn't last all that long."
Re: Bach Flower Remedies
Sat, 17 Nov 12 12:53:00 -0600
11/17/2012: Bea from Austin, Texas: "@Greater from Saratosa FL regarding the her use of "Bach's Flower Remedy for Pets"
Do you mix different flowers if so, which ones? Or do you get an already mixed bottled, if so, what name?
My 8 yro Dobe has been rather lethargy at home - almost depressed-like, whines all the time, aloof and disobedient, want to go outside but on guard for my attention and defient at times but in a passive-aggressive like manner. Overly hyper and uncontrable when being pet. Defient as in wont answer to commands (come, inside... ) yet trembles at the same time when called, yet cant have enough petting. Goes from hyperly receptive to petting to comatose-like & aloof attitude when petting ends. Appears to have bad dreams when sleeping as he shakes, twists and turns and sometime whines in deep sleep. I feed him Precise Holistic Complete with home supplemental of 1sp of canned salmon, 1/2 cup formula, or alternate sweet potatoes with a cook egg and when I feel like maybe some cooked beef liver. Looks healthy just behaviorwise he is a mess! Thanks/Bea"
Vaccinations Caused Serious Side Effects
Fri, 16 Nov 12 22:48:57 -0600
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/16/2012: Betterinthesouth from Longs, Sc: "19 month old mini Schnauzer almost died from 3 yr rabies and 3 yr distemper/hep/parvo vaccines approx. 36 hrs after administered. Airway was being restricted, constant vomiting and diarreha. Dog had to be rushed to an ER clinic and then again 6 days later is still barely eating."
Probiotics for Plasmacytic Pododermatitis
Fri, 16 Nov 12 18:03:18 -0600
11/16/2012: Kate59 from Kingston, Ny, United States: "Love your site. 3 years ago I adopted a one-yr-old cat, named Jon Jon. After 6 months he developed swollen front pads, bloody and sore. My cats are all indoors. I contacted the vet and the lady I adopted him from. Surgery to remove the pads were recommended.
After researching on the web, I found some vets using doxycycline to treat the plasmacytic pododermatitis. My vet wrote me a prescription and within days his pads were normalizing. I followed the protocol. 2 weeks later they became swollen again, so again I used the doxycycline.
I decided (instead of constant antibiotic treatment) to put him on probiotics. He's been fine ever since! Everyday I sprinkle a small amount of refrigerated probiotic on his wet food (a small amount of wet food). Once a day. One capsule lasts 5 - 6 days for him.
Just wanted to share this with any readers having this problem with a cat or a dog. Thanks! Kate"
Cat With Ear Issues
Fri, 16 Nov 12 09:21:17 -0600
11/15/2012: Trese from San Diego Area, Ca: "My boy kitty has lots of dark brown or blackish goop in his ears, and as much as I clean them, it's not decreasing. He's not scratching them, and I don't see any signs of rawness or inflammation. He has a weird smell and i'm not sure where that's coming from (though I can wiff it, my nose is not sensitive enough to specify).
I've used a tincture dropper to put peroxide in his ears in the evening. Sometimes following with olive oil. I have also used a diluted mix of baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil (though I read somebody's post that tea tree oil is poison for cats. Is it?). A few times I used vinegar which has had garlic steeping in it. And I use q-tips carefully to wipe out gunk. Though he will only tolerate so much at a time, so I can never get it all at once. Though of course I won't go down the ear canal, which seems to be completely clotted up with gunk! But by the next evening, there's always just as much gunk in his ears again, as if I hadn't done anything!
I just picked up the boy a few weeks ago, to be a companion for my 7mo-old gal kitty, from an individual who got him as a rescue - neutered, shots and dewormed (though he's had gas, a few rounds of diarrea, and what seems to me to be a bit of a belly, though otherwise appears healthy with lots of feisty energy, a healthy appetite, and I have not yet seen any worms. ). They guessed he was 6mo-old.
Oh, and about his ears, the rescue paper says: "ivermectin(?) in ears repeat in 2 wks". Or that's what the sloppy handwriting looks like anyways. What does that treat? Maybe it's a clue to what it is.
My girl's ears are fine so far, so hopefully it's not something she can easily get from him. They are outdoors during the day, and in the bathroom at night. I haven't detected any fleas at all, in the 4-5 months that i've had my gal.
Any suggestions to what this could be, and how else to treat it?
The food that came with him is good quality, no wheat/corn/soy, artificial stuff, or by-products. But it is kitten food and contains colostrum, and 10% more protein than what I give my girl. Could that be causing his gas and bit-of-belly? I also supplement them with a few spoons of sardines or makerel, sometimes plain kefir, a bit of raw ground turkey a few times a week, and she loves a bit of avocado or raw egg occasionally. Any comments on those?
Thanks! I cannot afford a vet right at this moment, and my immediate area doesn't have much for options anyways, unless I drive out of town. I wouldn't have had the first kitty for this reason, except that a friend pleaded with me that she needed a home right away."
Dog May Have Parvo
Thu, 15 Nov 12 22:09:27 -0600
11/15/2012: Izzy from San Bernardino, Ca : "My 4month old chiuahua pomeranian mix has symptoms of parvo but idk if she has it. She was vomiting and salivating when I took her to the vet- idk if it was the car ride or what. They told us she needed to get tested but we had no money for it so they sent us home and told us to just wait it out and if she got worse then to take her back to put her to sleep. I am trying the charcoal remedy but she threw up some of what I gave her is it normal or no? what else can I do? would appreciate the help asap!!"
Dog With Tumor
Wed, 14 Nov 12 16:29:24 -0600
11/14/2012: Lisa from Port St Lucie, Florida: "Sasha is a 15 yr old Beagle. He had a huge (size of a baseball) tumor on the right side lower part of her throat that did shrink (1/2 the size) with changing her to a raw diet. Sasha has had a cyst on her back that will not go away for years. Now it is open and a awful smelling white puss leaks out and bleeds. We bathe her regularly with organic oatmeal shampoo to keep the area clean. I tried Candula on it with no results.
A homeopath said Sasha has cancer? Sasha has always fatty cell tumors her whole life. I do not know if she has cancer but what I do know is I have to do something to help her. We just got hit for huge $$ by a vet trying to save our beloved cat to find out again the vet killed our cat so no more vets!
Can I put caster oil on Sashas cyst on her back? How much and how often? What type of caster oil should it have aloe vera? Also can I apply it on the tumor on her neck? How much and how often? Can I also give her tumeric?
Also her ears have gotten worse and I do not want to use chemicals to clean her ears. I notice she is rubbing them and their is a little blood in her canal when I clean them I was using organic green tea should I keep using this? It really has not stopped the black gook from caking in and around her ears and it is really bothering her. I hope someone can help my Sasha."
Blackstrap Molasses Restored Dog's Energy
Tue, 13 Nov 12 22:08:58 -0600
11/13/2012: Norak from Tampa, Fl, United States: "My 10-year-old boxer/pit suddenly became lethargic and wouldn't go for walks. I thought it was arthritis and gave him a tablespoon of unsulfured blackstrap molasses. Within 10 minutes, he was his old self. He gets a tablespoon every morning on his kibble and loves the taste and he continues to be spry and fun-loving. I think he must have needed the iron."
Re: Advice for Flea Infestations
Tue, 13 Nov 12 16:45:05 -0600
11/13/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa: "All the more reason to remove ALL lint from the lint trap after using the dryer each and every time! And, one could also clean the lint trap in white vinegar. I also have been adding Eucalyptus liquid soap to my wash which kills fleas. And, it smells good! (The smell does not stay on the clothes)."
Advice for Flea Infestations
Tue, 13 Nov 12 10:12:16 -0600
11/13/2012: Pamela from Huron, South Dakota: "We discovered, after fighting fleas from June until November, that our DRYER WAS HALF THE PROBLEM! We were dragging back in loads of folded, clean laundry full of clean, fresh, healthy fleas every time we washed bedding, towels, clothing, robes, blankets, pillows, you name it. CHECK YOUR LINT TRAP TO SEE IF THEY'RE ALIVE. Ours were."
Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Worked for Cat's Cystitis
Tue, 13 Nov 12 09:33:18 -0600
11/13/2012: Ellie from Stga Spgs, Ny: "So impressive if ACV really worked for cat with serious bladder problem. I adopted a new cat from someone that wouldn't keep him. He had just been treated with a flee product. He had a soft stool and he had a serious bladder infection. He was scratching infected my other cat with flees and was so on the move or irratable that I was almost on my wits end and considering giving him away; exept not to the former owner. After ten days of an anti-biotic and a shampoo he is so calm and so other than he was when he had his problems. (Including avoiding the litterbox for no. 1and no. 2). Please, be careful with any products, cats have a very sensitive bladder and the first thing they will do is avoid the (pain) litterbox. Ellie"
Rosemary for Skunked Dog
Thu, 08 Nov 12 22:59:01 -0600
11/08/2012: Terry from Eugene, Or: "Did you rub the rosemary on the dog when she was wet from her bath? I've done tomato juice and then 2 days later the natures miracle. No good. I rubbed the rosemary on her dry coat. Nice at first but still smell the skunk. Thinking of rinsing her in apple cider vinegar tomorrow. Maybe rub her with rosemary after that. Did you ever try making a rosemary tea and pouring it on? Ideas?? Thanks."
Working to Rid Dog's Tumor
Thu, 08 Nov 12 22:27:28 -0600
11/08/2012: Thomas G from La Quinta, Ca: "I have a similiar situation as Usa with my 14 year old doxie; Punky. When I found the tumor near her anal sac, I tool her to Animal Samaritans in our area. The vet described it as a likely cancerous tumor. He said it was cost approx 1000.00 to have the tumor removed.
I couldn't afford it so I began looking into the Apple Cider Vinegar and Organic Maple Syrup and Baking Soda as a treatment. I then found Dr. Budwig's information about cold pressed flaxseed oil and organic LF cottage cheese. I bean using it with an occasional sprinkle of ACV into her water dish. She began receiving the FSO/CC twice a day. I took her for walks in the AM. It seems that the tumor shrank somewhat, but then seemed to be moving downward. It has been about 2 weeks since I started this.
She now gets vegetables and fruit juiced up and every other day an apricot kernal in her FSO/CC mixture. She has shown more energy, but not every day. I noticed a small amount of blood on a BM she had a couple of days ago and she seems to be leaking a clear to diulted bloody liquid slightly from her rear end. I don't know if this is from straining or something else. She has also been getting stool softner per the vets instructions. He told me she had about 2-3 months without any treatment. Her SuperChem CBC test shows essentially normal and a low normal calcium level from the test. I've keep track of her pH for the last day or some using litmus strips I bought at Clark's Nutrition Market. At this point I'm not sure if things are improving or not. Her apetite is very good, she does a bit of water, but I attribute that to her pH being around 8.0 and the kidneys flushing out the alkalinity from her system. I'm stumped as to whether this takes a while to show real improvement or am I just chasing a wish. Anyone with more knowledge who replies would be appreciated."
Vitamin C for Dog's Stiff Joints
Wed, 07 Nov 12 23:40:28 -0600
[YEA] 11/07/2012: Es from Newton, NJ: "My dog, a loving and happy 10 year old golden retriever, was stiff and had trouble getting up. It was sad to see and I was worried. Vet recommended extremely expensive pills - an anti-inflammatory painkilling drug which is bad for their kidneys anyway. I tried it for a while but then was told about vitamin C by my neighbor who has 5 healthy black labs and his daughter is a veterinary technician. I worked him up to 2000mg of [vitamin] C daily, (1000mg twice a day) starting at 500 (250mg twice a day with food) and building up, adding more each week. Yes, he is SO much better now, we've been doing this faithfully for 5 months now. My boyfriend noticed how much better he was walking and getting up. It is a godsend. I never did need to get a refill of those pills from the vet in the end. The [vitamin] C worked much better, and instead of costing me hundreds of dollars per month, it costs us only $10. Per month. Thank you [vitamin] C!!!"
Maple Syrup, Baking Soda for Dog's Tumor
Wed, 07 Nov 12 10:28:43 -0600
11/07/2012: Js from Orlando, Florida: "I would like to try the maple syrup baking soda on my 15lb bicheon who has a mass cell tumor. I want to make sure that baking soda is not toxic for dogs to take. Also, what dosage would I give him and how long?"
Trifexis Caused Severe Reaction in Dog
Tue, 06 Nov 12 10:17:20 -0600
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/06/2012: April from Oak Grove, Mo: "My 10 month old chow chow had reaction to Trifexis. He had it for 3 doses and I finally called Elanco and reported it. They sent a refund to the vet I bought it from. My dog was lathargic and had no appetite for 1-2 days after each dose and after the 3rd month he had strange body movements. They said they would report to ???? doggy FDA or something like that but I don't know if they did."
Apple Cider Vinegar Worked for Cat\'s Cystitis
Mon, 05 Nov 12 16:29:28 -0600
[YEA] 11/05/2012: Tracie from Williamsport, Pa: "About a month ago, the vet me my male cat (Grecco, 3 yr) had cystitis. He was peeing blood (little spots) in the bathtub and sink and not at all in the litter box. The first time I took him to the vet he was blocked... Hello $500 vet bill. The next time (about a week later) he was peeing blood again so back to the vets he went and they just flushed him out... $230. Each time they gave me antibiotics and pain meds, clearly that wasn't helping. I asked if anything would help and the Dr said no, and then I asked about switching to wet food and he said it was better for them but wouldn't necessarily help Then this past weekend it happened again, this is all within less than a month! I can't afford another vet bill and I feel like taking to the vet isn't even helping anyway
So off to the internet I went and found this site. Last night I started the ACV giving it to him in his dinner, he wasn't having that so then I had to do it with a syringe (2ml Apple Cider Vinegar 5ml water), nothing changed between last night and this morning. I gave it to him again this morning before I fed him (wet food with a little water to make it like a gravy, I no longer use dry food because it seems to make the cystitis act up). I went home on my lunch break and saw a nice spot in the litter box ( by the size and way it looked I am pretty sure it was his and not my female kitten) and then when I went to pick him up and take him into the kitchen to do another dose an awesome thing happened, he peed all over me and the kitchen floor! Sounds weird but I was so happy! There wasn't any blood at all! I am going to keep giving the ACV and probably continue even after it has cleared, just use a smaller dosage like 1/2 tsp instead of a little over 1 tsp. Not sure if that will hurt the stomach with all that acid. Hopefully it continues to work. Thank you everyone for posting, I believe that this may save his life."
Cortisone Shot for Cat
Mon, 05 Nov 12 16:19:37 -0600
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/05/2012: Cindy from Huntington Beach, Ca: "Our 7 lb. , 1 yr old kitten was playful and doing great, except her skin allergy. She couldn't stop licking her fur, so I brought her to the vet and he administered a cortisone shot (that was a Friday). By Monday morning I had her back in the office, as she had not eaten much all weekend, and seemed too lethargic to walk, and had vomited the little she had eaten. I thought she was going to die. The vet had her "walk" acrosss the room and she barely could, as her balance was so off, and the hind-leg where she received the injection limped as well. Her front two legs were crooked, almost like they were broken, and her back to legs stayed higher up. It was unbearable to watch.
The vet ran a full blood panel on her as he suspected luekemia (the "sluggish muscle movement"), but everything came back okay. Nothing wrong with kidneys, she doesn't have leukemia, cancer, etc. Etc. The only thing it showed was that she had an infection. (Her white blood cell count was up). Big shocker.
From that moment on, she has not been the same. He has since then given me antibiotics, oral ones, that I give her 2x a day for the next two weeks.
She has regained her appetite, is no longer vomiting, and her lethargy is abating. She does however still limp, and her front legs go into that "weak, broken legs" position off and on throughout the day, but thankfully it's not all the time like it used to be.
Sadly, she went from bring a perfectly happy, healthy lively cat, to a timid, shy one.
I would never suggest that anyone give their pet a cortisone shot. I would go for a topical solution of any kind first, and then perhaps an oral route.
I have paid over $600 and seriously harmed my cat. We are only 1 week into this, so I have no idea if this is permanent or not, but not one single moment nor penny has been worth it.
Be informed. Let others know."
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