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  Re: Lubricating Eye Drops, Massage for Cherry Eye

Sat, 22 Aug 15 11:17:13 -0500
Posted by Natalie (Oak Forest) on 08/21/2015

I have a dog who has had cherry eye for about 6-7 yrs. At first the vet showed me how to gently push it back in with a lubricated Q-tip. This would work temporarily but would always eventually come back Then stopped working all together. Since I didn't have the money for surgery (which isn't a guarantee anyway) I decided to live with it as it never bothered him. I am just wondering if the massage method will work now being that he has had it so long. I always put eye drops in but it seems to be getting bigger. He is 10 now and I don't want to put him through surgery. Anyone else have a suggestion or similar situation?

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 Re: Dog is Licking Apple Cider Vinegar Off His Skin

Fri, 21 Aug 15 15:49:54 -0500
Posted by Gina (Ct, USA) on 08/21/2015

Please do not ever use undiluted apple cider vinegar on a dog and especially never on an open and raw, wounded skin. This would be very painful to a dog. Apple cider vinegar must always be diluted at least 50/50 with water.

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 Re: Dog is Licking Apple Cider Vinegar Off His Skin

Fri, 21 Aug 15 15:16:42 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2015

Hey Aimzon!

*WHY* are your dog's arms raw and gnawed on? If you are pouring undilutedACV on raw, open sores then your dog is shivering in pain and licking the ACV off because he is trying to stop the ACV from stinging the open sores.

You need to figure out why your dog is chewing himself raw. Does he live outside in the grass? He might be allergic to the grass or pollens or it could be flea bites. What kind of food are you feeding him? Food that contains grains and corn can cause all kinds of skin problems. You need to start with the food first - make sure you are feeding a quality food and not the cheapest stuff on the shelf.

Next, you might try alkalizing the water by adding baking soda. Try 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1/2 liter of water; if he won't drink it because it tastes strange, start with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into 1 liter of water and increase the dose every 4 days until you are at 2 teaspoons per liter - or as close to that as he will tolerate. Have him drink that for 3 weeks and then drop it down to 1/2 teaspoon per liter of water as a maintenance dose.

Also try a bath. Bathe the entire dog and not just the sore parts. Use Ted's Mange Remedy and follow the directions, especially where you keep him saturated with the solution by wetting him with it again and again for 10 full minutes.

Your dog very well may have a staph infection on his skin; you can try Ted's remedy for staph, along with adding borax to the water. But first try the above - changing the diet, alkalizing the water for several weeks and bathing regularly in Ted's remedy - and then report back.

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 Re: Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe for 3 Week Old Puppies?

Fri, 21 Aug 15 15:02:40 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2015

Hey Carol!

DE is safe to use to worm your pups. Be sure you use only the food grade DE. 1 heaping tablesppon per pup, mixed with water into a slurry and dosed with a syringe 3x day for 3 weeks, and then check stools to see if you are clear.

I will say that I have tried this with my own litters and have not had luck; it just did not work - and I am not sure why.

Pups at 3 weeks are due to be wormed, and if this were my litter I would not hesitate to use the standard wormer from the vet following a standard worming protocol for pups.

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 Re: Seeking Holistic Treatment for Knee Subluxation in Dog

Fri, 21 Aug 15 14:58:13 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2015

Hey Ginny!

I have not had to deal with luxating patallae however I have friends who did. The treatment depended on why the patella luxated in the first place. In the case of genetics - the knee cap slides out of position due to shallow grooves in the bone that are supposed to keep the patella in position - nutritional support [glucosamine/chrondroitin] and keeping the dog in trim weight helps, along with avoiding activities that would stress the knees such as jumping off the bed or up onto the couch. I have also known about cases where a puppy was crated excessively and the knees popped; when the puppy was returned to the breeder due to defective knees and the breeder fed the pup a top diet and allowed it normal exercise, the tendons tightened up and the patellae stopped luxating.

Can you tell us what supplements you used to keep your girl healthy and sound for the last 10 years?

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  Re: Turmeric and Coconut Oil For Pit Bull With Low Appetite

Fri, 21 Aug 15 14:52:09 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2015

Hey Annell!

Turmeric can be used to rid the body of intestinal parasites - usually the raw form on an empty stomach is most effective. From the results you have seen, it looks like your old gal has at minimum a roundworm infestation. The gelatinous goo indicates her bowel is irritated - likely from the worms; the turmeric does help with that. The blood in the stool could be from the worms, or could be from straining to pass them. It would be a good idea to bring the old gal in for a vet visit, or at the very least a stool check to determine the exact worms you are dealing with so you can worm accordingly.

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  Re: Activated Charcoal Saved Puppy With Parvo

Fri, 21 Aug 15 13:21:05 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2015

Hey Cody!

Look for Activated Charcoal at your pharmacy, drugstore, or in an aquarium store.

Seeking Holistic Treatment for Knee Subluxation in Dog

Fri, 21 Aug 15 11:02:42 -0500
Posted by Ginny (Southaven, Ms) on 08/20/2015

Hi, has anyone dealt holistically with knee subluxation in their dog? My dog was diagnosed with it in both knees and the vet wanted me to send her to an ortho vet for surgery. But when I took her and found out that yes, they can fix the subluxation but she would get arthritis from the trauma I opted out and am going the natural route with her. She's 10 now and has been doing great with the supplements and raw food diet. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their pet and how they treated it.

Turmeric and Coconut Oil For Pit Bull With Low Appetite

Fri, 21 Aug 15 10:57:22 -0500
Posted by Annell (Casper, Wy) on 08/20/2015

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I began using turmeric and coconut oil at our pit bull rescue when a mastif pit x came to us with a horrible yeast infection and wouldnt let us near his ears to administer his medication. I was so impresed that ive been using it for our older pits. I have noticed one of our females that was not eating regular now has a daily food intake as long as she has these ingredients added to her food.

However, it now appears she is getting rid of what looks to be long thin white worms in a gelatin looking waste with some blood. Anyone else notice this happening?

Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe for 3 Week Old Puppies?

Fri, 21 Aug 15 10:50:12 -0500
Posted by Carol (Delanco, Nj) on 08/21/2015

Is it safe to use DE to worm our puppies? If so, can you tell me at what age and how much? Thanx so much!

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  Re: VRM2 for Heartworm

Fri, 21 Aug 15 10:49:14 -0500
Posted by Ginny (Southaven, Ms) on 08/20/2015

All, I used 2 rounds of the VRM2 with my dog. How long do I wait before giving her another test and if it still shows positive, do I do another round? Is there anyone on here who has had recent success with the VRM2?

I'm considering the method of giving her the antibiotic for 30 days, then 2 Heartguard pills a month for 6 months, with one more 30 day round of the antibiotic the 3rd month.

She has a slight cough but no other symptoms and she's been on Heart worm preventative her whole life. They offered to pay for the treatment but of course that's the arsenic and I don't want to do that. So my questions are:

1) Anyone used the VRM2 but had to do more than one treatment?

2) Opinion of the other above method?

3) When to test again?

Thank you!

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  Re: Seizures in Dog

Fri, 21 Aug 15 10:47:05 -0500
Posted by Lee (Ma) on 08/20/2015

Hi, I just read your post, b/c I am concerned about my Jack russell/corgi cross boy, @ 11 yrs old. He has just started showing signs of degenerative myeopathy in past few mos, and now starting w/seizures (opposite, perhaps, of your pup?)

I just brought my boy to the vets, for bloodwork but am looking into getting cannibis oil to prevent seizures. Any thoughts out there?!

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  Re: Activated Charcoal Saved Puppy With Parvo

Fri, 21 Aug 15 08:38:28 -0500
Posted by Cody (Philippines) on 08/20/2015

Hey. Please help me where can I buy an activated charcoal?

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  Re: Ear Issues in Cats

Fri, 21 Aug 15 08:24:44 -0500
Posted by Regina (Bloomington, In) on 08/20/2015

I took my cats to the vet several times to the extent that of allergy injections that took the life of one.! I keep insisting they did not have fleas they never touch the ground. But I always cleaned their ears before their apppointment the stuff on the Q tip was dark and always came back! The vet told me that cats eat 90% of the fleas on them and the dark stuff is flea feces .I wish I had known that info before all the meds and injection I might still have my Baby Blue. Now I wet the white sink and shake something that they lay on if anything turns red it is flea poop!

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  Re: Supplement for Cushings Disease

Fri, 21 Aug 15 08:19:18 -0500
Posted by Spirits Mom (Kc, Mo) on 08/19/2015

My 13 1/2 year old chihuahua has cushings AND kidney disease and the vet wants me to decide if I will use trilostane or mitotane. I'm uncomfortable with both and like you have become overwhelmed with all the information. I looked into the Supraglan you ordered thinking maybe I would try it too, and wanted to share with you what I found - this article clearly states to stay away from Supraglan.

http://www.askavetquestion.com/answer_np.php?id=2767-supraglan-for-cushings

Aloe and Coconut Oil for Itchy Skin

Thu, 20 Aug 15 20:33:38 -0500
Posted by Coldaw (North Vancouver British Columbia Canada) on 08/20/2015

[YEA]  Hi all, my poor pup has been suffering terribly with itchy back syndrome. So bad she's been falling down trying to reach it, twisting into a pretzel. She also had a hot spot about 2 months ago. I came up with a wonderful solution. First I apply pure aloe vera juice with a cotton ball, 2-3 tbsps depending on size. Really saturate the area and beyond. Then I take a few tbsps of raw organic coconut oil and massage it into the same area, then brush it thru. Not only does she smell great but if she licks it, it's good for her. Itching stops right away. I keep doing it for 3-4 days just to make sure.

Older Cat Sick After Vaccination

Thu, 20 Aug 15 07:20:57 -0500
Posted by Rockrose (Rockland, Maine) on 08/20/2015

My 19 year old Maine Coon cat recently received his annual combo vaccination (distemper and rabies). Over a period of days he gradually became weak, could barely stand up and lost interest in food. He vomited several times which wasn't that alarming because he was always prone to barfing. The weakness and anorexia were very unusual for him. I gave him fluids a little at a time with an eyedropper, an appetite stimulant and a tiny amount of antacid every day. He didn't eat much but would take tiny amounts of food from my hand. At first the only things that he would eat were treats. I offered him all kinds of food and finally he did show a strong interest in eating raw fish. So he got to eat raw salmon until he would eat other things. It took a few weeks for his appetite to return to normal. He'd lost weight and is now gaining it back very slowly. I believe that he had a toxic reaction to the vaccination causing his kidneys to be overwhelmed or shut down for awhile. I talked with a friend who lives in the same region about it. She told me that the exact same thing happened to her 8 year old cat a few months ago, with extreme weakness and lack of appetite starting the week after getting the combo vaccine with the illness continuing for a month. I wonder how common this sort of adverse reaction is in cats or perhaps if the 2015 vaccine is bad.

Homeopathy for Papilloma Wart

Thu, 20 Aug 15 07:12:45 -0500
Posted by Fiona (Glasgow, Scotland) on 08/20/2015

[YEA]  My 13 month old Collie/labrador cross developed a papilloma wart on side of face and it had cauliflower appearance. Got him checked at vet just to be sure.I was told to leave it and it would go naturally in 3-6 months. As he was scratching it and making it bleed I decided to try Thuja 30. Gave 1 tablet per day for 2 weeks and squeezed a few drops from vitamin c capsule twice a day directly on to wart. The wart is totally gone apart from bald patch where it was. He was due for his annual booster at vet and she was shocked to see wart gone after saying homeopathic remedies are just sugar and waste of money which I reminded her she had said.

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 Re: Dog is Licking Apple Cider Vinegar Off His Skin

Wed, 19 Aug 15 20:40:28 -0500
Posted by Gina (Maryland) on 08/19/2015

It should not harm your dog to lick it off, but he is probably doing that because it is irritating him. Apple Cider Vinegar should be diluted with at least equal parts of water before applying to the skin.

If he licks it off when diluted, you could dilute a little more.

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