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 Re: Heart Murmur Supplements

Sat, 16 May 15 19:37:39 -0500
Posted by Katie (Northport, Ny) on 05/16/2015

Dear Gth(?),

Thank you for posting the link to the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. For some reason the link was not active in your post, so I am posting it again for you.

Also, good luck with your dog's progress. I am so glad to hear that things may be improving for him. Please keep us updated on the progress you make with him. Your experience is helpful to all of us.

I've recently started working with my homeopath too. Although my dog is asymptomatic for heart disease, he has other health issues, and after doing a full work-up on him, she's chosen a remedy which we think is his constitutional remedy. My hope is that this will strengthen my dog's overall health even further, including his heart/valves.


I was giving my dog 4 tabs of Cardio-Plus a day (2 with each meal), not 4 tabs twice a day. Now he's only getting 2 tabs a day (1 with each meal), along with 1 tab of Cataplex E-2 a day. We will monitor him to see if this is enough heart support for him. If we feel he needs more, we will just add back some of his supplements, but my vet feels that might not be necessary.

If it were me, I would give Cutie at least 1/2 tab twice a day, maybe even 1 tab twice a day of Cardio-Plus. It can't hurt and it can only help. It is food for the heart and it does contain natural CoQ10 too. If you increase the Cardio-Plus, you should probably let your vet know so she can make adjustments to the other herbs, if that's necessary. There may be a synergy in the dosages she recommended.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind for anyone who has a dog with a murmur.

1. Once a murmur is detected, an echo should be done once a year thereafter to monitor it. Low cost echos can be done by a board certified cardiologist at a Cavalier health clinic. Most breeds are accepted at these clinics. To locate one go to: Note: These clinics are good only if your dog is not seriously ill and only if you're doing this just to monitor them. If your dog is sick and needs medical attention you will need to find your own cardiologist, because they cannot treat your animal or prescribe meds.

2. Learn as much as you can about your dog's condition and what your options are for treating him. Monitor him closely for any changes. Don't let doctor's scare you with comments like "nothing can be done" or "it's inherited and there's no treatment." I don't believe that that is true. Doctors are limited in their knowledge too. As long as our dogs are alive and breathing, they have a chance to get better.

3. If a protocol is not working for your dog, consider trying something else?or even a different vet. Don't be afraid to combine therapies, such as nutritional or herbal with maybe homeopathy, or even acupuncture. If using homeopathy, don't attempt it yourself and seek out a trained professional through the link provided above. Consider acupuncture. Although I don't know much about it for congestive heart failure or heart problems in general, there is info written about it on the internet. I think it is worth looking into as possible option.

4. Learn what the normal resting heart rate should be for your dog and how to monitor it. It is different for small and large dogs. Note: I have read that a 10 bpm increase in heart rate increased the hazard of progression of heart failure by 22%. Additional Note: Four years ago my dog's resting heart rate was 128 bpm and he had high blood pressure. Then I started his supplements and at his next echo one year later, his resting heart rate dropped to 108 bpm, despite the fact that his weight was still pretty much the same. Since that time, each subsequent echo has measured his heart rate at or about 100 bpm, which the cardio said is nice and relaxed. The cardiologist also mentioned that he has a good sinus rhythm, which means, I think, that he has a good steady heart rate with no arrhythmias. Although we haven't checked for the high blood pressure with the cuff, I think it disappeared when his heart rate normalized.

Apple Cider Vinegar on Neck Cured Conjunctivitis in Cat

Sat, 16 May 15 14:22:27 -0500
Posted by Thrinny (Caldwell, Nj) on 05/16/2015

[YEA]  So I stumbled upon this site searching for a cure for conjunctivitis for my 5 yr old cat, Milo. After reading all the posts about Apple Cider Vinegar and how it worked for so many others, I had to give it a try. I mixed 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of water and soaked a cotton ball with it. Put it on the back of her neck, in between her shoulder blades, and when we got up this morning she was 99% better. I was blown away with how quickly it worked. I will do another dose today just to be on the safe side. This certainly saved me $$ for not having to go to the vet. Plus Milo is not a fan of going in the carrying crate, so less frustration on both our parts.

I saved this site to my favorites for future ailments.

 Re: Cat with Fast Spreading Tumor in Jaw

Sat, 16 May 15 14:10:30 -0500
Posted by Petrina (Castleton, Virginia) on 05/16/2015

Hi Theresa. Is there a chance of the tumor bursting or oozing from the bone? My vet is concerned about it. Thank you. Petrina

 Re: Cat with Fast Spreading Tumor in Jaw

Sat, 16 May 15 14:07:26 -0500
Posted by Petrina (Castleton, Virginia) on 05/16/2015

Theresa, thank you for your suggestions. Since the tumor is in the bone, I'm not certain how I would apply the compress. the tumor is on the left lower jaw and has spread across past the midline to the right side. It is also spreading down his neck. How long would I apply it?

Do you have any ideas about his sore throat and aching molars?

Thank you very much. Petrina

 Re: Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Fri, 15 May 15 22:34:04 -0500
Posted by Debra (Florida) on 05/15/2015

Brandi - I have done everything you have done. My dog is living with a comfy cone on his head 24/7, just to keep him from making himself bleed. The steroids only worked for 3 weeks, and I know they are not good for him. So here I read page after page looking for a miracle cure, so my dog can be happy and normal. This is the one thing the vet has not tested for. I intend to make the appointment on my next day off. I would be nice to have my dog sleep all night as well as live without a cone around his head.

 Re: Ted's Mange Cure and Incessant Itching

Fri, 15 May 15 22:32:43 -0500
Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, NC) on 05/15/2015

Hi Lacat,

I was about to write a very long update to the itchy skin/yeast infection/skin infection/MRSA/hematoma issues I have dealt with in my dog for the past 18 months, but saw your post and wanted to respond since it sounds like you are going through what I did. Here is a quick list of the things that have really helped my dog heal after 1.5 years of constant itching and skin infections. These are not home remedies, but products you can find on a site like

1. Dermabenss Shampoo - I found this product after typing in "shampoo for MRSA" and reading reviews on and bought it. It has been WONDERFUL at healing my dog's itchy skin and preventing more staph infections. I believe it really turned things around for my dog. I only use it once a week even though the instructions suggest every few days. This shampoo is better than any of the shampoos the vet gave me to try. Apple cider vinegar rinse and Ted's borax/peroxide rinse did not help at all.

2. Vet's Best Hot Spot Spray - Inexpensive yet very effective. This spray will help quickly heal any skin lesions. It proved to be better than all the home remedies and sprays I tried for almost a year.

3. Epi-Optic Advanced for ears. Use this once a week. It is VERY important to stay on top of the ear situation. I figured out that my dog's staph infections were most likely caused by him scratching his ears, which had yeast and bacteria overgrowth, and then scratching other parts like his stomach. Staph in the making...

4. Zymox Otic HC 1.0 Enzymatic Solution for ears. If you dog has an ear infection, please use this. The amazing Theresa on Earth Clinic wrote about this product in one of her posts and it has been fantastic.

5. The food I now use: The Honest Kitchen - Base Mix. I add raw ground beef to it. I don't think my dog's problems are related to food allergies, rather pollen, but this food has been great.

Hope this helps. Please let us know how it goes!

 Re: Sevin Dust for Fleas

Fri, 15 May 15 17:55:24 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/15/2015

Hey Tracy!

You are not alone in your experience with Sevin dust. That said, Sevin dust is a neonicotinoid which bee keepers firmly believe is responsible for the mass and rapid decline of bee colonies in the USA. These types of insecticides are facing bans in many states due to the negative impact on bees, and given the grave consequences to bees, the use of *any* neonicotinoid IMHO should be an absolutely last resort and only after natural and green approaches have proven futile. JMHO!

 Acai Berries Are Toxic For Dogs

Fri, 15 May 15 17:47:15 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/15/2015

Thank you Beowulf for this info!

 Re: Cat with Fast Spreading Tumor in Jaw

Fri, 15 May 15 17:46:43 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/15/2015

Hey Petrina!

Some report very good results in shrinking tumors with castor oil packs, or a paste of castor oil and turmeric, and even a paste of tumeric alone. Please also consider Rescue Remedy for added comfort for Brahma and also for yourself for the stress you are under.

 Re: Ted's Mange Cure and Incessant Itching

Fri, 15 May 15 17:44:36 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/15/2015

Hey Lacat!

You might consider keeping a food diary for your dog to see if there is a pattern; in conjunction with the diary also temporarily cease the rotating protien diet and just feed 1 protien at a time for a period of time, ie chicken protien for 2 weeks and log results, then switch to mutton protien and log results: you may be able to identify if a particular protien is problematic for your dog.

I still question the parasitic mite issue; what you describe does not sound like mites - but it does sound like systemic yeast to me. I have known instances in confirmed demodectic mange where the mange 'rash' got worse before it got better - this in particularly bad cases and affecting areas where the rash existed prior, so not erruptions in new areas. The particular irritation around the anus just strikes me as systemic yeast. If this were my dog I would do borax in the water to combat the yeast internally - this along with the probiotic regime you are doing. A Herx reaction in this case might result in lethargy, dog just not feeling good while the toxins work their way out of the system. Support might be milk thistle, and other herbs or supplements for liver, kidneys and gallbladder support.

You might consider YL lavender oil diluted with coconut oil as a salve for the anus area; calendula would also be good. You can make a paste of borax and milk of magnesia to apply on the sores but do not work it into the skin as if the skin is in a reactive state rubbing might raise more hives. Anti-inflammatories such as quercetin, turmeric and yucca may be of help, so you might consider adding at minimum turmeric to the cocktail of nutritional supplements you are currently dosing.

It might also be helpful to make up Ted's antifungal/antistaph solution and keep it in a spray bottle to allow you to frequently spritz trouble spots on your dog without having to dip the entire dog on the alternate days after the mange dips.

I will keep the thinking cap on for you this weekend. Good luck and report back!

Cat with Fast Spreading Tumor in Jaw

Fri, 15 May 15 16:55:16 -0500
Posted by Petrina (Castleton, Va) on 05/15/2015

My 17 year old cat, Brahma, has mandibular mass on his lower jaw. He is taking a homeopathic remedy from my vet, a marijuana compound and a mushroom compound which we mix with raw goats milk and syringe down his throat. It has progressed rapidly. he is able to eat some, goes outside a little and seems pretty content. If I could find a way to shrink this mass, that would be great, however, right now, I am concerned about his comfort. It seems that his throat is sore from the mass stretching his skin. Also it seems that it might be making his molars ache. Does anyone have any suggestions for his throat and his molars? even for shrinking the mass? Thank you

Acai Berries Are Toxic For Dogs

Fri, 15 May 15 16:48:00 -0500
Posted by Beowulf (Palm Beach, Florida) on 05/15/2015

[WARNING!]  Acai berries and the juice should be added to this list of "toxins" as it has more than twice the amount of Theobromine as chocolate! I found out the hard way when it caused acute renal failure in my dog very shortly after I added some to his food. He survived, but the symptoms were so intense and sudden, I was terrified! I am not seeing it on any lists as of yet, so I am letting all dog-related sites know. Please add to list.

Thank you.

Questions About Treatment for Cat with Overactive Thyroid

Fri, 15 May 15 08:28:25 -0500
Posted by Marge (Port Charlotte, Florida) on 05/15/2015

My 12 year old kitty has been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. Treatment options are 1) giving him pills for the rest of his life or 2) getting radioactive iodine treatment. Has anyone done radioactive iodine treatment for their cat. If so, what are the results. The vet says pills will manage the problem but radioactive iodine treatment will cure the problem. Any experience you have had with your cat would be greatly appreciated.

7 Week Old Female Kitten Has Swollen Bottom

Fri, 15 May 15 08:25:58 -0500
Posted by Libby (Pensacola, Florida) on 05/14/2015

My 7 week old kitten has a swollen bottom is there any home remedies ?? HELP

 Re: Ted's Mange Cure and Incessant Itching

Fri, 15 May 15 08:13:16 -0500
Posted by Thuy Tran (San Diego) on 05/14/2015

Dear Lacat,

My dog, BuBu ( just passed away) started scratching when he was 5 year olds and after his back surgery, his skin problem got worse, especially in the summer, his fur fell off and the open sore all over, he looked like he got burn. We took him to the Dermatologist, the Vet put him on antibiotic for one month and when he was off antibiotic, his skin broke out again. After 2 months on antibiotic, I started to search on line , tried everything for him ( I do the process of the elimination in parallel ) some worked for few month and he suffered again. Finally, I found the website-, I ordered and followed the healthy skin program. They say that the condition will get worst at the 3 rd month before getting better, but on my dog, he got better right away after one month and his skin was completely clear up in six months, he was like a new dog. I ordered the large kit ( $117 or sth..) that lasted over a year. After one and a half year his itchy started coming back but not terrible like before and he wasn't crazy biting his paws like before.

I don't know if this can help your dog or not but I would like to share my experience with you. I understand how despairing you are because I did go through it before. My heart was broken everytime my dogs got sick.

You can read about the healthy program @

ps: Please, don't put your dog on antibiotic again, it isn't good for our four leg friends. I wish the best for your dog.

 Re: Ted's Mange Cure and Incessant Itching

Fri, 15 May 15 08:11:30 -0500
Posted by Lacat (Malaysia) on 05/14/2015

Hi Theresa many thanks for your reply and I am wondering about it being a food allergy or a thyroid issue.

I have been making her meals myself and I rotate different proteins every few days - beef, mutton, chicken, eggs and fish mixed with liquidised or finely chopped vegetables (e.g. cucumber, celery, greens) I add a probiotic (Lacto 5), enzymes (Young Living Essentialzyme 4 or Allerzyme), cod liver oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, ACV, Zinc, Vit E, garlic etc etc.

I must say she doesn't seem to drink much so I add filtered water to her food.

She has had NO grains/carbos/sweets for about 2 months now.

Her ears were particularly bad for the last 2 days (having seemed to be getting better - I clean them every day) so I bought and treated her ears with a herbal remedy last night and again this morning and I used YL Animal Scents on her sores last night and this morning and I have to say she seems a lot calmer this morning :)

I am wondering if she has been experiencing Hex????? - the die-off syndrome after the mites have been attacked?

I am very interested to hear detailed experiences of what people's experiences have been when they started using Ted's cure. Did their dog get sudden eruptions of red, spotty areas and increased itchiness in new spots and how long did this last? She seems to be very irritated around the anus - is it possible the die off is also causing a problem in her anal sacs or is this more likely an issue if her problem is allergy related?

Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis

Fri, 15 May 15 08:09:30 -0500
Posted by Sindy (Montreal ) on 05/14/2015

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Ok so I've been a huge fan of ACV and always have been. It's worked in the past to cure UTI for my cat and possible crystals (struvites). A few days ago my cat who is prone to blocking due to struvites crystals was going to the little too often and just a few drops. I started mixing ACV with his food and cranberry pill I get at vet with water and can food only. I stopped all dry Food. I kept an eye on him all day and the drops of urine stopped. I knew he was completely blocked. I gently palpated his bladder and it was clearly hard. IF NO urine passes at all, within 24-48h your cat can die. I waited a bit longer and kept giving him ACV with his food mixed with water ( half a cap full, he ate it ) he would try to pee in other places but nothing. It was a Sunday and only the vet hospital was open. At 11:30 pm I said that's it, I'm taking him. His urethra was bruised and pulsating, non stop liking. They inserted a catheter and were able to push stone back in bladder ( that's good ) she emptied a good amount of his bladder. We did X-rays saw 1 stone. Did urine test to see which stone (struvites dissolve with acid and special urinary food those form from having not enough acid in food ) ( oxalates stones require surgery, those form from high acid level in food) thankfully it was again struvites. Got can food to stay on for 1 or 2 months ( royal canin urinary s/o. Meds and took my cat back home ALIVE!!! He could have died it was a matter of time. Here's my advice, if he doesn't pass urine and clearly in pain don't wait. It would have been cheaper at my vet but all in all worth every penny and cheaper than expected. Most vets let you pay gradually. STOP FEEDING YOUR CAT dry food!!! Get canned food ( if you can good quality no fillers grain free ) look for coupons online, call the company ask for coupons to try food! Always mix food with water, cats don't drink enough which is one of the main causes of bladder stones. Never leave food out, free feeding is a no no. Invest in cranberry pills. My vet charges me 8$ for 30 day supply. You don't know if your cat has oxalate stones, if it does than giving him more acid will make it WORSE. Please, know your cat's condition before finding a cure. ACV is amazing for UTI make sure you maintain ACV once a week when cat is cured as it is usually chronic But if it doesn't improve his UTI go to the vet. If cat cannot pee an X-ray around where I live can be 50$ a urine test 25-60$ Know his condition before treating it, many symptoms are the same. Prevention is key, no dry food only wet or raw food even better mixed with a lot of water. I'm so grateful I took my baby to the emergency.

 Re: Heart Murmur Supplements

Fri, 15 May 15 08:08:31 -0500
Posted by Gth (La, Ca) on 05/14/2015

I have been following this thread for a little while and appreciate all of the information. We have been dealing with a heart problem with our Whippet. Like so many here, she was diagnosed about 2 1/2 years ago with a murmur (3 -4 grade) but the vet didn't take it as much of a big deal. Just "maybe someday have an echograph done." Even when her appetite started decreasing, no focus was put on her heart. Needless to say things got worse.

We switched from this "holistic" vet who had been treating her to a homeopathic vet, realizing that if we had any hope for healing it would be with homeopathy. At this point she had very labored breathing, a lot of coughing and an enlarged heart. She was obviously very uncomfortable and frightened. We have now been working with Dr. Diana Bochenski at the Buellton Veterinary Clinic near Solvang, CA. She is about 2 hours from us but does phone consults. That is mostly what we do (even emergency in the middle of the night) but have taken her to her twice now. We are fortunate, that even though she is not close, the drive is still doable.

What I have learned is that for a serious condition like this, it's very important to work with an experienced homeopath. While a remedy like Arsenicum Album is a common one used for the heart, it must be used judiciously. The first dose of it given to our Whippet produced very good results for a few days but the second dose resulted in a negative reaction. There are many remedies that can be used in a heart condition, but it must also match the individual. Sometimes this takes several tries to find a good match. So far we have probably tried 6 or 8 different remedies. It looks like this last one given a little over a week ago is a good match and has produced good results. We will probably use this same one for one or two more doses but then the potency or the remedy may need to be changed as the vital force in the patient changes. This is why it is so important to work with someone who is experienced. I have been using homeopathy for several years with our family for things like poison ivy, colds, bug bites, etc, but I feel totally over my head with this chronic heart issue. I am so grateful for Dr. Diana's help.

In addition to the homeopathy, Dr. Diana has her on the Standard process Canine Cardiac Support, Cataplex E, Ubiquinol and hawthorn tincture. She is on a raw diet with a good amount of organ meat. As we have struggled with appetite, there are times I've had to syringe homemade broth mixed with egg yolk into her. Fortunately we have been able to keep her weight at a fairly good level. We have also found out she is pretty sensitive to salt, even natural Celtic and Himalayan, so she is on a pretty much salt free diet. Things got pretty rough for a while and we started her on furosemide, then added in Vetmedin and Benazepril. I wanted to avoid drugs at all cost but it was either this or euthanize. She has been on them for about a month now and between them and the good match with the remedy I am hoping we will be able to start weaning her off of the drugs next week.

Thuy Tran, there is a homeopathic vet in your area named Dr. Stephen Blake, but if I remember correctly he is no longer taking new patients, but you could try. Since Dr. Diana does phone consults, you could try her. It's kind of far for you to drive (just north of Santa Barbara) but you could make it an overnight trip and enjoy Solvang while there. It's very dog friendly. She also see's patients on some Saturdays. There is a website that can be searched as well for a homeopathic vet near you. This is where I found Dr. Diana. At the time I found her she had listed that 75 to 100% of her patients were treated with homeopathy. That has now been changed to 25 to 50%, but my point is if you are going to pursue the homeopathic route, find someone who is a classically trained homeopath and their primary treatment is homeopathy, not a "holistic" vet that says they do homeopathy. Here is the site to search:

Another site I really like is:

Dr. Falconer also does phone consults. I had actually contacted him first for help, but he was traveling for speaking engagements at the time and not taking new clients with chronic conditions. This ended up being a blessing because I found Dr. Diana. I know we still have a long way to go but I am feeling hopeful that things are going in the right direction. I wish all the best to each of you that are facing these same problems. These heart conditions don't only effect our dog's hearts but our own.

 Re: Lubricating Eye Drops, Massage for Cherry Eye

Thu, 14 May 15 18:28:52 -0500
Posted by Shivpal ( India) on 05/14/2015

[YEA]  Thank you so much. I tried it for my beagle and it works. Can you suggest me what should I do to prevent it coming back??? We did surgery before 2 months and again it was back but I tried your suggestion so her eye is normal now. My beagle female puppy is 6 months old.

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