Recent Pet Posts

  Re: Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey Saved Dog From Pyometra

Sat, 07 Jan 17 11:30:59 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/06/2017

Hey Caroline, My only advise along with monitoring the temp is to feed foods with infection fighting properties. Oil of Oregano, kelp, turmeric come to mind, along with the high doses of vitamin C, and also colloidal silver. IMHO the time to really watch for problems is 3-4 weeks after the cycle ends. Good luck and please keep us posted!

  Re: Need Help for Dog W/ Yeast Infection

Fri, 06 Jan 17 09:39:07 -0800
Posted by Dolores (Trenton, Michigan) on 01/06/2017

Equal parts of Apple cider vinegar (with mother), 90% alcohol (so it doesn't burn), hydrogen peroxide.

Put about 3 drops in ear. I do this at least 3 times a day. What a difference!

  Re: Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey Seems to Be Helping Dog With Pyometra

Fri, 06 Jan 17 09:37:42 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/06/2017

Hey Cheryl, If there is drainage then it is an open pyo - it may not be a misdiagnosis, it might be that the remedy worked to open the cervix to allow for drainage. I have experienced two pyos - one open where the only symptom was a picky appetite and then the funky drainage, and a closed where my girl was not feeling well with a rising temp and abdominal pain. In both cases the vet advised to spay, and in the first case I was so confused I took their advise; in hind sight I believe this was unnecessary and that other approaches could have saved the uterus. In the second case it was a no brainer - dog in serious pain with rising temp, and I did the spay - no regrets. In my area the emergency spay was $1,200.00 - so your 3-5K quote sounds ridiculously excessive. Because pyos are linked to heat cycles/waxing and waning hormone levels, if Pepper makes a full recovery she will still be prone to a pyo down the road; you may wish to have her spayed once she is clearly out of the woods as a non-emergency spay should be considerably less expensive. Please keep us posted on Pepper's recovery!

  Re: Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey Saved Dog From Pyometra

Fri, 06 Jan 17 09:32:33 -0800
Posted by Caroline (Ireland) on 01/06/2017

Hi I just realised nobody replied to your post there, I hope that you were able to go down another route other than having your dog put down?

My girl is a Presa Canario and weighs in at 140LBS (65kg)and has just turned 4 when she got Pyometra 4 weeks after her cycle last year it was extremely scary as she is normally such a strong and healthy dog. I feed her a raw diet of beef, chicken, lamb, heart, kidneys and bones and she is really well exercised. I first noticed the odd bit of discharge from her that was a milky/bloody consistency I thought at first it was just her expelling the rest of her heat, but then I noticed over a couple of days that she was expelling more and more and that she was suddenly drinking a LOT of water like every 30mins, she was restless and off her food. I took her to the vet he took her Temp and it was high he suspected Pyometra as her abdomen was firm although in a large muscular dog it is hard to tell that. He prescribed strong oral antibiotics but she point bank refused to take them I had to dissolve and syringe them in to her but still she wasn't taking them all, I went back to vet after 2 days as the discharge was immense literally draining out of her, he gave her injections of antibiotics and vitamins for 5 days and then more oral antibiotics for a week. I took her temp everyday and it was normal after the first 2 days of injections, all we could do after that was wait for the infection to drain out of her I believe she had 10lbs of it in her and in total it took 2 weeks for it to all come away. She did not eat ANYTHING for 9 days which in a big dog she could cope with as long as she was drinking but in a small dog it would be a real worry.

My vet told me after that I needed to get her spayed as it could come back each year but I haven't as she is such a big dog it would be a HUGE operation, so now she is back in heat and I am looking for all the help I can get to prevent it from happening again, I put Cider vinegar in her food and I am going to start giving her a couple of spoonfuls of Manuka, I always have it in anyway as it is great for cuts and bites etc, I have never given her Vit C so advice on dosage and how to administer would be great!

Any help is appreciated especially from Large Breed dog owners, If it happens again I want to be super prepared, as soon as her heat finishes I will check her temp as that is a sure fire way to see if there is an infection developing.

  Re: Avoid Steroids for Dogs

Thu, 05 Jan 17 13:48:30 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/05/2017

Thank you Melissa! I have not experienced 'bad' vets but I have heard my share of horror stories. Thanks for being one of the good ones!

  Re: Mange Remedy Works Again!

Thu, 05 Jan 17 13:48:14 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/05/2017

Hello CAr9l,

Yes, you can use the solution around the eyes and mouth, etc. I have had it splashed in my own eyes and it did not sting, however I would avoid bathing the eyes with it. It is not harmful if it is swallowed, and is safe for use in ears too.

Vitamin C, Turmeric, Manuka Honey Seems to Be Helping Dog With Pyometra

Thu, 05 Jan 17 13:39:50 -0800
Posted by Cheryl (Princeton, Mn) on 01/05/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Our sweet girl Pepper is a 10-11 year old Australian Shepherd (age is approximate since she was a rescue) who was diagnosed with Closed Pyometra on a Tuesday and I'm writing this on a Thursday. After hearing that surgery could run anywhere between 3-5K, I made an appointment for the next day to have her euthanized. This was a very sad day and I was desperate to see if there were other options; what else did I have to lose, right? I went searching, found your website and thought I would give a remedy I had read about on the site a go. Prior to giving Pepper the concoction, she had not been eating very much at all for about a week. She is 66lbs. I started out with 4500 mg of vitamin C, 90-120 mg of Curcumin and a large teaspoon of Maruka Honey every 8 hours.

To our delight, she seemed much happier after the first two times we fed this to her. She has had two bowl movements and I've never been so happy to see that in my yard! This morning is day 3 and we are cautiously optimistic. Her temp is back in the normal range, her ears are perky and she's moving a lot more and with more energy. I take this as a good sign that she is feeling much better.

More time is needed to tell if this method is successful for Pepper. I will give and update in a couple days.

I do have a question about Closed vs Open Pyometra. Since Pepper was diagnosed with the closed type, I was under the impression there would not be any drainage, but there definitely is, so I'm wondering if this could be a misdiagnosis or if there is usually a little drainage with the closed type?

Thanks for reading and any advice would be welcomed:-)

  Apple Cider Vinegar and Pumpkin for Cats?

Thu, 05 Jan 17 11:59:24 -0800
Posted by Ltan (Singapore) on 01/05/2017

Can I mix pumpkin and Apple Cider Vinegar into my cat food?

  Re: Bed Protection for Pets with Incontinence

Thu, 05 Jan 17 11:57:11 -0800
Posted by Jen H (San Rafael, Ca) on 01/05/2017

I get baby mattresses free or cheap off Craigslist and get them home, wrap them in 1 or 2 thick plastic garbage bags, tape them together-so the bed is 90% pee proof. Instead of bought washable peepads, I took a king size cotton quilt, cut it up into 6-8 mattress sized pieces. They absorb a ton, wash easy, and are cheap. I already had the quilt, so it was free, but you could probably purchase a new one or find one at a Goodwill type place for less than the cost of buying individual pads. My Ol 14yr old lab/dane Sara pees herself all day. So I may do alot of laundry but its cheap---AND the pee pads seem to get more absorbent the more they get washed. :)

Rabies Vaccine in Cat

Thu, 05 Jan 17 11:48:07 -0800
Posted by Mom2twinz2 (Hot Springs, Ar) on 01/04/2017
0 out of 5 stars

Rabies Vaccine killed my cat

Went in for unusual bleeding/bruising in belly dec 5. Blood count ok. Told to come back dec 10 for re-check and to update rabies. Day after Christmas, dec 26, she's falling over, peeing in the floor, can't focus. Took her to vet. They did blood count, her hematocrit had dropped from normal 40's to 12.9!!! WTF! A week in ICU, a blood transfusion, up to 19 hct then back to 11.1 hct. Time to bring my baby home. She died in my arms tonight after fighting for her life for two nights at home. And she struggled for a couple of hours, fighting deaths door. She was my daughter's baby for 11 years, and my best friend and constant companion for the last 2 plus years.

  Re: Avoid Steroids for Dogs

Thu, 05 Jan 17 11:46:56 -0800
Posted by Melissa (Ct) on 01/04/2017

I am a veterinarian. I do not gouge pet owners and I definitely do not play on their emotions.

  Re: Dog With Heart Murmur

Thu, 05 Jan 17 11:42:58 -0800
Posted by Ms. Jerry D. (Pensacola, Fl) on 01/04/2017

Hawthorne Berry Tincture without Alcohol at Swanson.

  Re: Aloe Vera for Cats

Thu, 05 Jan 17 11:42:14 -0800
Posted by Selina Bishop (Canada) on 01/04/2017

You are correct. The ASPCA lists aloe as toxic to cats.[]=02&=Apply

  Re: Mange Remedy Works Again!

Thu, 05 Jan 17 10:52:21 -0800
Posted by Car9l (Alabama) on 01/05/2017

Can you use this solution around their eyes, jaws, nose, mouth and chin?

  Re: Coconut Oil for Cystitis

Thu, 05 Jan 17 10:33:21 -0800
Posted by Naomi (Cameron Nc) on 01/04/2017

Thank you so much for this! I'm trying this immediately, I have a female that's been acting like that for about two hours now and no vet will see her until Monday (it's currently Wednesday). Fingers crossed that it helps her out!

  Re: Seeking Help for Dog With Allergies

Wed, 04 Jan 17 11:59:58 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/04/2017

Hey Konamisan, My thought after reading your update is that Xena may benefit from turmeric added to her diet - this to combat inflammation in her joints. There is another product - Yucca Intensive - from the health food store that also helps with inflammation and must be fed with food. The colloidal silver can be taken both internally and applied externally on the skin fold. Also when you do soak her for her itchy skin consider adding borax to the soak water. Sending healing prayers to you both!

  Re: Dog's Yeast Infection

Wed, 04 Jan 17 11:59:35 -0800
Posted by Debbie (East Sussex Uk) on 01/04/2017

Hi, feeding raw is not time consuming and really is your best option. And will work out cheaper than the food you are feeding. Antibiotics feed the yeast. I would stop them, straight away. They will be adding to the problem. They, most likely are not needed. IF, they are, Then use colloidal silver instead. They will take time to get out of her system. Make sure the vinegar you use is white vinegar and not ACV. (Apples = sugar). Until you do the above, you will be going round in circles.

  Re: Boric Acid for Itching and Ticks

Wed, 04 Jan 17 10:19:04 -0800
Posted by April (In) on 01/04/2017

Boric acid, it's not dangerous I used it for eye wash whenever you get a fungal infection in your eye the reason it works for cockroaches is it dehydrates it's outside skeleton then anything else it will kill it. Just because it has acid in its name it is not dangerous. For instance it could also be used on baby blankets, babies pajamas as it makes it fire retardant. In a new Foster I'm using boric acid and peroxide carefully with an eyedropper to get rid of the infection and then I'm going to be using it oil to break down the wax sand to smother the mites.

It's the peroxide that can blind a cat if too much gets into this it's just like the peroxide washes for contacts if you don't give it to 12 hours to break down it burns your eyes like crazy.

  Re: Raw Fish and Chicken for FIV

Wed, 04 Jan 17 10:18:01 -0800
Posted by Kayla (Ontario) on 01/04/2017

I would agree that raw fish and chicken should NOT be given to FIV+ cats. I've had 2 cats with FIV, both lived 10+ years after being diagnosed and passed away in their 20s. We tried feeding raw meat inniaitally to boost protein levels but found our one guy got a bacterial infection and the vet blamed the raw food. We then switched to higher quality cat food and ensured they had a balanced diet, supplements were added as needed. The most important thing is to monitor your pcat and take them to the vet the minute you suspect they feel off. The biggest risk for FIV+ cats is not the FIV itself but rather complications from other dieases and infections that the FIV makes cats prone to.

  Re: Rabies Vaccine Paralysis in Small Dog - Urgent Help Needed

Wed, 04 Jan 17 10:16:59 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/04/2017

Hey Tammy,

You might consider homeopathic remedies Thuja and also Silcea - google up on dosing, you should have no problem finding info about these two remedies. Also consider activated charcoal or bentonite clay - a tsp added to the food am and pm to help pull out toxins. Did he get neutered? One other thought is that during anesthesia all muscles are totally relaxed and can result in the animal waking up with all their bones out of adjustment/vertebra subluxation. You might consider a doggy chiro and should also seek out a holistic vet for vaccine repair.