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  Giving Apple Cider Vinegar to Cats
Wed, 12 Mar 14 08:55:15 -0500

03/12/2014: Shelly from Uniontown,pa: "I have a 1 yr old /10 lb Male Neutered cat by the name of Max, He's an indoor/outdoor cat, is up to date on his shots. However we noticed this past week he can't hardly meow real loud, and now he is doing a coughing/gaggin noise. I think he has an upper-respiratory infection/virus. What is hard for me, and I am not working at the moment, and I don't have the money for the vet. So if I can figure out a way to help my furbaby in anyway naturally, that would mean the world to me. Well today I gave him L-Lysine 500mg today that was told to me by the rescue group in my county. However I didn't know anything about about giving them Apple Vinegar Cider, or even using it in a steam or nebulizer, I think that is amazing. However instead of all that-Can you use 1/4 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a medicine seringe and just shot it to the back of their throat, it would be alot quicker than trying to get them to eat a pill, unless of course you think it might burn. If using Echinacea, how much do you use. Do I need to give him the AVC, Lysine and Echinacea all at the same time, same day, etc. Any suggestions is helpful. Thank, Shelly"

Re: Cat's Ear Mites, Diatomaceous Earth Causing Hair Loss?
Tue, 11 Mar 14 22:21:38 -0500

03/11/2014: Susan from Las Vegas, Nv: "I have 3 indoor-only cats. Somehow, my Bengal got a case of ear mites, then the Snowshoe and the Maine Coon got them at about the same time.

The Maine Coon is the one that has been affected by them with the worst symptoms-- ear scratching, ear tilting, head tilting and shaking, and looking plain miserable. Of the 3, his ears showed the least amount of the telltale coffee ground ear wax. In fact, his ears were almost free of anything at all. The other 2 had some of the brown stuff, but I've seen worse. Fortunately, he has been the easiest to treat, holding still for us when we doctor his ears. The Bengal is a whole different story!

I've treated all of them with Food Grade Diatomaceous earth. I've put it directly into their ears, onto their ears, into their fur, onto and rubbed into their bedding, I've spread it all over the house and furniture... in fact, I've followed all the things recommended on this site as well as on various Diatomaceous earth sites.

The Maine Coon seemed to get quick relief from the DE whenever he started the cycle of itching and head shaking. This all began about 6-8 weeks ago, and the battle hasn't let up.

Due to the Maine Coon showing the most irritation and been the easiest to treat, I began applying the DE to him on a daily or every-other day basis for about a week to ten days in a row. I'd put a pinch into each ear, then rub a fair amount into his fur, especially around his neck area and outer ears.

Then one day we noticed his fur suddenly appeared to be thinning on each side of his neck, below his ears. Within a couple days, they became obvious bald spots. He loses his winter coat every year, but not like this!

That started about 7-10 days ago, and now he's rapidly losing hair down to bald skin in a pattern around his neck, as if he had been wearing a 2" wide collar and it had rubbed all his fur off (except he doesn't wear a collar! ) The skin is baby-smooth, no redness, bumps, welts, or discoloration of any kind. It does itch him though! 2 weeks ago I was admiring how beautiful his coat was looking- now he's starting to look like Bill the Cat.

I brush him daily to help with the winter coat shedding, and it might be my imagination, but it seems like his coat is starting to thin in other areas too. He seems to be itchy all over, not just in the ear and neck areas, but also along his sides. His winter coat is naturally thick, shiny, long and fluffy and he still has most of that except he is going bald in that 2" wide "collar" area, and also a little in front of his ears (between his eyes and ears), and on the backs of his ears too.

I applied DE pretty heavily in these areas (except for between the eyes and ears.) Could the DE have rubbed his fur off? I can't find anything about side effects.

I stopped using the DE when I noticed the rapid balding, and increased itching. I treated his ears with an ear wash last night, followed by Vitamin E oil mixed with Olive oil to see if that would help sooth his ears. Now he's back to shaking his head and scratching at his ears and surrounding areas. I don't want to use DE in case that's the problem, so I might try a little ACV and water.

Any ideas? I am at a loss and am trying to find a way to stop this rapidly expanding balding thing before it gets worse. He is a very healthy, energetic, inquisitive, loving and playful cat. His personality, eating habits, energy level etc have remained the same.

I would love to hear any suggestion or maybe thoughts on what this might be and/or why it's happening. Thank you for any suggestions, advice or opinions!"

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  Re: Phenobarbital & Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
Tue, 11 Mar 14 22:18:40 -0500

03/11/2014: Jona from West Virginia: "Our dog Sydney was just diagnosed as being epileptic and was prescribed phenobarbital. After reading about Organic Virgin Coconut Oil on this site, I'm interested in giving this to Sydney, but I was wondering if there are any interactions between the 2? I would feel absolutely horrible if I found out too late that they should not be used together."

Re: Healthy Dog Breeds
Tue, 11 Mar 14 20:45:13 -0500

03/11/2014: Kay from Jax, Fl, Usa: "Because of my recent loss of my German Shepherd dog to Degenerative Myleopathy, I was wondering what breed seems to be the healthiest of dogs. Has anyone had some major issues with any specific breed. I know about German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers."

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  Re: Treating Mange Around the Head
Tue, 11 Mar 14 15:22:35 -0500

03/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Irsuzy!

If you are treating for mange I strongly urge you to treat the entire dog rather than spot treat particular areas as treating the entire dog will bring you the faster and better results.

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

When treating for mange I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to bathing or dipping the dog once per week for a total of 8 weeks."

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  Re: Treating Mange Around the Head
Tue, 11 Mar 14 14:37:45 -0500

03/11/2014: Irsuzy from Pleasant Gap, Pa: "How did you apply the solution? I have a large dog who hates baths, I'm wondering if I put it in a spray bottle and saturate the area if it will work. Or possibly saturate the whole dog?"

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  Re: Canine Bladder Infection and High White Cell Count
Tue, 11 Mar 14 12:03:53 -0500

03/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Linda!

I *hear* you on the high price for the fancy diet. I know some who do feed it and others who have chosen to research the ingredients and then select another more affordable diet based on their research. I cannot recommend a specific diet for you, but I do encourage you to research diets or consider home made; dogfoodadvisor and dogfoodanalysis are both good sites to start your research.

You might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:

Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.

A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.

If your dog won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your dog takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.

Ted also adds: "As to the apple cider vinegar for UTI, I do not think it to be as effective as a sea salt remedy. However if ACV is used then it is likely to be mixed with a pinch of baking soda."

Some folks report good results with powdered cranberry. As for the powdered cranberry dosage, some contributors have used 2 capsules [Cranactin brand] diluted in 1 oz water for a cat, while others have used 1 capsule for a 65 pound dog. This is something you will have to compare brands and potencies and work out for your dog, but it makes sense to me to start out with 1 capsules with food am and pm during a crisis and then scale back to 1/2 capsule am and pm for maintenance.

Many mix yogurt and ACV together and feed with the am and pm meals. 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, "with the mother" ACV into wet food or yogurt. Yogurt provides probiotics; it may be easier to simply buy the probiotics in powder form and add to the diet, as some dogs don't do well with dairy.

The ACV can be used as a maintenance dose with the food; if you dose a probiotic as well its a good idea to switch brands every couple of weeks to rotate the species of probiotic for proper balance in the gut.

If the UTI comes back after using home remedies you really should make another appointment with the vet to rule out/rule in urinary crystals or bladder stones."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Tue, 11 Mar 14 11:53:00 -0500

03/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Kaila!

I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. Cat's do try to tell us as best they can when there is a problem; urinating right in front of your very eyes is one way for cats to tell us they have a UTI.

Your cat does need to go to the vet. You might try reaching out to a rescue group in your area to see if they can provide assistance or refer you to veterinary services at a reduced rate.

Barring all that, you should try to get your cat to ingest some ACV by mixing 1-2 teaspoons into a cup of pure water and then dipping your cats paw in the solution so it is sopping wet; your cat will lick her paw to dry it and thus ingest some ACV.

You might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:

Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.

A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.

If your cat won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, try dipping her paws in the solution or consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your cat takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.

Ted also adds: "As to the apple cider vinegar for UTI, I do not think it to be as effective as a sea salt remedy. However if ACV is used then it is likely to be mixed with a pinch of baking soda.""

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  Re: Congestive Heart Failure
Tue, 11 Mar 14 11:52:48 -0500

03/11/2014: Shrichar from Dallas, TX: "Hi Katie from Northport

I need help with my little Maltese girl Missy she has a stage 5 heart murmur. She has been to the cardiologist and they have done all the test and want to start her on imutrill (not sure of the spelling but it will keep her from coughing and slow done the murmur and even her holistic vet has agreed to this drug for now but will take her off of it slowly and put her on herbs. Her first holistic vet mention to me that she had a murmur but didn't start treating her for it that is why I looked for another holistic vet and that is when she sent me to the cardiologist to see what stage she was in and she want to whin her off the herbs the first vet has her on and then start the imutrill then whin her off that and start other herbs. What do you think? if you like you can email me atsdrrak@aol.com and in the subject link put in Missy's name just in case it goes to my spam box. Regards and many thanks Sherry R."

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  Re: Heart Murmur
Mon, 10 Mar 14 09:16:44 -0500

[YEA]  03/10/2014: Shrichar from Dallas,tx: "Can Katie from Northport, Ny please email me at sdrrak@aol.com concerning my dog heart murmur I would realy appreciate it alot."

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  Re: Itchy Skin
Mon, 10 Mar 14 09:15:22 -0500

03/10/2014: Derek from United Kingdom: "My dog is scratching & biting her paws due to a pink rash on skin, have been feeding her dried iams for dogs. I have a strong suspision its the food as I have bathed her in special shampoo & used fox mite spot on from vets but still itching so try going back to meat products as manufacturers are using fillers in dried food they also have had many recalls due to toxic substances in production"

Re: Pumpkin for Dog's Diarrhea
Mon, 10 Mar 14 09:12:21 -0500

[YEA]  03/09/2014: Sherryk30 from Wilmington: "We have a Pitbull who has a very sensitive digestive system. After a couple of bouts of bloody diarrhea (about 6 mos. apart) and $600 vet bills, I came across this website when the third bout happened. Ran out to the store and purchased canned pumpkin, rice and a couple of chicken breasts. Within 30 min. his stools were visibly more normal - no blood and formed instead of water. A few hours later, he was acting like his normal self again. Kept him on the pumpkin for another day and did the rice and chicken for a few days before incorporating his regular diet into it. I swear by it!! The vet had put him on steroids, given him a prescription diarrhea med. and told us to feed him chicken and rice - all for $600 and I don't believe that steroids are healthy at all.

Can't tell you how many remedies I've gotten from EarthClinic, including organic apple cider vinegar to remove a wart from my grandchild that nothing else worked on, and they've all worked!!! No wonder BigPharma has gone to such lengths to brainwash us to believe that it's quackery!! Worked 100 years ago - why not today? Thanks much!!"

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  Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure
Mon, 10 Mar 14 08:30:36 -0500

03/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Hailey!

Taking borax internally is for internal parasites such as yeasts and fungi. I don't see a reason why you would need to treat your chi with borax internally for external mange mites.

That said, if you wished to dose your chi with borax orally, you would start with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure water and allow her to drink throughout the day."

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  Re: Suggestions Requested for Heart Murmur
Sun, 09 Mar 14 10:33:29 -0500

03/09/2014: Sherry from Dallas, Tx: "To Katie from Northport Ny - I need your help please my 9 yr old Maltese was has a #5 heart murmur her liver and kidneys and lungs are all good but she does have a cough which she does only during the day. She has been examined by a cardiologist and this is how we found it. I do have a holistic vet. I have Missy on Frenchie's kitchen food per her vet and she want to put her on Enalapril 2.5mg once every 12 hours which I don't want. Can you please email me at sdrrak(at)aol(dot)com so we can talk about what u are giving you fur baby...please please email me and in the Subject line put Help for Missy.

Sincerely, Sherry R"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Sun, 09 Mar 14 10:29:00 -0500

03/08/2014: Kaila from Florida: "Hi my name is Kaila and I have a 3 year old female tabby & her name is Gabby . She was spayed as a kitten . We also have a dog that's 1 year . If we were to ever leave the bathroom door open we would find pee on the carpets , we have found pee on the couch's and we always assumed it was the dog . But then we found pee outside the litter box . My mom and I didn't really think too much of it and just cleaned it up . Also , Gabby our cat has thrown up a couple times and we cleaned it up and thought that she ate some of our dogs food . We recently caught her peeing on the couch right in front our eyes , and we found out it was her who peed on the couch previously and everywhere else . We have even found pee under the couches . We didn't know what was going on and then I searched online what could be wrong , and I found out that she could possibly have bladder stones , a uti or basically the same thing a bladder infection . Then all the pieces were coming together. The cat was the one peeing on everything, that's why she threw up , she probably has a bladder infection. My mom quickly said " I don't have the money to bring her to the vet "Vets are always so much money and yea " don't have a pet if you cant afford it " I really don't want any replies like that because it doesn't help at all . I have read alot of these comments and it sounds like we are all going threw or have gone threw the same problem . But I have a question , what cat food should my mother buy , what type of wet food because I have read to mix wet food with Apple Cider Vinegar and water or with chicken broth . This might be a main reason but she never eats wet food . She barely ate it . We always just get dry food. I'm really scared that she will need surgery of any sort or will die we have had her for a very long time ( 3 years ) since she was about 2 months old I think I would be very very very upset if she passed .. PLEASE REPLY WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Thanks ~ Kaila"

Re: Canine Bladder Infection and High White Cell Count
Sun, 09 Mar 14 10:25:01 -0500

03/08/2014: Linda from Spokane Wa: "Canine Bladder Infection and high white cell count: I took our 5 year old Golden Retriever, Abbie, to the vet today after spending a night letting her in and out of the house constantly to try to urinate. I took her to the vet this morning and they confirmed she had a bad bladder infection and gave me an antibiotic ($118.00 and that was with a Wellness Plan discount) and a prescription for special Royal Canin dry dog food for bladder problems. The bag is only 17 lbs and cost a whopping $68.00! I tried to get a straight answer from the vet if this was food she was going to have to stay on forever and couldn't get a definite answer. We have another golden retriever also and are on a fixed income and frankly don't think we can afford to keep her on this food as I doubt that 17 lbs is even going to last her alone, a month. After reading about ACV benefits, I am wondering if the special food is even needed after the infection is cleared up. I am wondering how many people who posted about this problem are feeding their dog the super expensive special food or if ordinary good quality food with the ACV is enough. We had been feeding her Costco's Kirkland Salmon and sweet potato dry food and thought it was an improvement over the normal grocery store brands."

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  Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure
Sun, 09 Mar 14 10:23:21 -0500

03/08/2014: Hailey from California: "Hi,

I have a 4 month old teacup chihuahua and at first we just thought she had really dry skin until we noticed she started getting bald spots. We know it is mange and tried the hydrogen peroxide and borax and It is sitting in her right now. I read that they can drink borax too? I'm really scared to give it to her to drink because she is so little. What do you recommend?"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Ferrets
Sun, 09 Mar 14 09:46:14 -0500

03/09/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Lisa!

I see no reason why you should not give ACV a try with your ferret. Try 1 teaspoon into a tall glass of water to start. If he tolerates that well you can increase to 2 teaspoons into a tall glass of water.

Good luck!"

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  Re: Remedies for Mites in Dogs
Sat, 08 Mar 14 17:50:56 -0600

03/08/2014: Http://www.earthclinic.com/contactus.php?action=fe from Arizona: "I read bad things about colloidal silver. Mixed coconut extract shampoo with diatomaceous earth, put it on my scalp (there favorite location) and just like a woman above blogged, them move down away from the area. A lot of movement suddenly as I'm typing this. Cornoil penetrates the skin easily and is cheap. Tomorrow I'll try corn oil mixed with diatomaceous earth. Oils help the gnats burrow easily. A good suggestion was conditioner on scalp with bag over it. Calamine lotion on the face, in ears and on body. S hydrated lime powder, $10 for 50 lbs on the legs, arms. No issues with burning. Don't bathe with it, burns. It's getting in the 80's now and problem is increasing. Afraid to sleep! Hubby drinks and doesn't feel nothing, yet itches. Thinks it's in my head. Dogs are itchy, but he refuses to acknowledge it. Use lemon grass powder on dogs skin, diatomaceous earth, clean dog bedding with ammonia; make citrus water from lemons and grapefruit in yard, wash laundry with it, plus borax, solar salt (cheap) which breaks down in water fast (it's ocean salt), a dash of ammonia. Soak for hours to get best results. sweep ceilings, walls, and floors (exhausting) daily. Borax on floors works best but ruins linoleum. Give mustard on biscuits to dogs; warms them, cleans out parasites, repels bugs, pain killer. I drink it myself and helped until bugs become immune, like all remedies. Got bit in southern CA motel and problem was non stop. Signs for a few years coworkers had it. Must find a cure to help everyone world wide. Wear angelite (sodium chloride blue stone) amber (absorbs into skin) brass kills bacteria and it's better than not wearing it, other metals feed it for some reason, topaz has electromagnetic properties and helps. Tourmaline too slightly and jet. Remove vegetation from yard to remove their food, except citrus trees, sage, rosemary. Haven't tried citronella plant yet. Candle burning in yard helps a bit. Haven't tried cedar oil. Neem kills eggs, but biting is worse in dogs and myself. My blood pressure is on low side of good. Seen other blogs mentioned this. My hubby is on the higher side, and feels nothing. I'm ticklish, he isn't."

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  Re: Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Fri, 07 Mar 14 18:31:53 -0600

03/07/2014: Bcf from Austin, Tx : "Zdmjshriver:

I just recently adopted Dakota (about 3 weeks ago) who has had a chronic yeast infection. She was in foster care for 7 months, and since I don't know how bad she was when the foster family got her, I don't know how much better she got. What I do know is after 7 months in foster care with a great couple, the yeast infection was still active, and they had been doing everything they were told to do. (new food, baths with special shampoo, antibiotics, and benedryl for the itching and scratching.) She also has little skin growths all over her body (some like skin tags, others like big pimples) She has lost all her hair on parts of her body (chest, legs, arm pits) and her skin has turned black where there is no hair. (which I have recently learned are common side effects of a yeast infection.)

Last week I took her to my regular vet who "packed" her ears b/c along with, yeast there is another bacteria infection going on. Dakota also had Blood test results showed that her liver numbers are really high.results showed that her liver numbers are all very high. The vet suggested I change her diet, and put her back on antibiotics along with another liver medicine to try and get her liver back on track.

The vet that I spoke with about Dakota's blood test results was not my regular vet, but something she said did not make sense to me, so I started doing research. I read all about a raw diet, and was fully prepared to take that path, but I came across a website that suggested several different types of dog food that are good to use when a dog has a yeast infection. The one you are using was one of the choices, but another was a brand called NUTRISCA. It is GRAIN FREE and POTATO FREE. I gave her "homemade food" for about 3 days, and today (Friday, March 7,2014) is day 3 on the Nutrisca, and the difference in Dakota has been remarkable! Her energy level today is night and day from what it was a week ago, and there is a remarkable difference in her eyes. The food must taste really good, but she gets very excited when it is time to eat, and she gobbles it up.

She has a long way to go before she is 100%, but the more I read, the more I am learning that she can be completely yeast free with the right food, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar. :)

This is a very long note to suggest you may want to try the Nutrisca Dog Food. I think a critical component is to eliminate potato from your dogs diet."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Ferrets
Fri, 07 Mar 14 11:12:15 -0600

03/07/2014: Lisa from Pittsburgh, Pa: "I was just wondering after I read this about Apple Cider. Does it help Ferrets or not?"

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  Re: Turmeric for Bearded Dragon Lizard
Thu, 06 Mar 14 10:27:55 -0600

03/06/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Jazmine!

You just need a dab of both coconut oil and turmeric. I would start with 1/4 teaspoon of the CO and equal parts turmeric and mix into a paste - it should be firm and not runny. Paint in on your beardie's wart with a q-tip to control application. Do this 2-3 times a day and give it at least 2 weeks.

Please report back and let us know how it goes!"

Re: Coconut Oil, Colloidal Silver for Pet with Warts
Thu, 06 Mar 14 09:00:44 -0600

[YEA]  03/06/2014: Mardi from Australia: "Just have been treating my dog with coconut oil on 3 warts. Taken one and half weeks . Two of the warts one large one on the leg I saw today was a bit dark. Cleaned it with Colliodial Silver (CS) first and there was this white present on the top. Gentley squeezed and out came a white but firm substance. Gave a deep squeeze from the bottom and a lump of white matter came out. Bleed a little and cleaned with colliodial silver and rub a small amount of Coconut oil (CO). Same thing just happened to wart on head. Will continue to clean with CS and rub CO until it is healed. Both CS and CO are good for viral, bacterial, and fungi so I thought I would try and so far successful. The reason I wanted to try and get rid of them was that the warts seemed to keep growing and them part of it was breaking off as it got taller and I think it was unpleasant for my dog even though my vet said they weren't harmful but after reading about warts on this site I thought Id give it a go. Hoping it wont return. I guess time will tell. I think my boy is more comfortable on his rump as I was sure it was causing him unpleasant pressure. Hope this helps some other loved animal.

Kind regards, Mardi"

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  Re: Suggestions Requested for Great Dane's Heart Murmur
Thu, 06 Mar 14 08:52:33 -0600

03/05/2014: Katie from Northport, Ny: "I am very sorry to hear about your dog’s condition - it sounds like it may be CHF. I came across the website of a woman a while ago who raises Great Danes (The Great Dane Lady) and she mentioned that cardiomyopathy is a heart condition that seems to run in this breed. I’m wondering if this is what your dog may have? Cardiomyopathy is said to be a condition in which the heart muscle deteriorates and thickens. I have read, however, that cardiomyopathy is also considered to be brought about by the same severe nutritional deficiencies as most other heart conditions.

Because your dog is so big, and given the seriousness of his condition right now, I would probably give him the following daily: anywhere from 9-15 tabs of CardioPlus, 6-12 tabs of Cataplex B, and 3-4 tabs of Organically Bound Minerals. I have read that for humans with congestive heart failure (and also with cardiomyopathy) that it is also recommended to take 3-4 tabs of Folic Acid B12, along with or cod liver oil or flax oil. So I think I would also give the Folic Acid B12 (I don’t see how people are much different from dogs) and I would also give the cod liver oil, as I think it helps with the blood pressure. I’m not sure how much cod liver oil or flax oil should be given to your dog though….I’m guessing maybe 1 tsp. twice a day?…or give a couple of 500 mg. capsules perhaps? When my 15 lb. dog was sick his cardiologist recommended that I give him 1-500 mg. capsule a day. The dosages listed above should be divided between 2 or 3 daily doses. I would think that it’s best to give the divided doses with meals – and to take them away from medications, if possible.

Hopefully, once there’s improvement with your dog, then you would be able to lower the amount of supplements, but I would think this would take a couple of months before you would be able to do that.

I’m wishing the best for your dog and I hope that this helps him."

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  Re: Turmeric for Bearded Dragon Lizard
Thu, 06 Mar 14 08:52:02 -0600

03/06/2014: Jazmine Turner from Keighley West Yorkshire: "Hi there I have a bearded dragon lizard, she has what looks like a cyst. I would really like to try this turmeric method:), please can you tell me how much turmeric and coconut oil to mix? Thanks, Jazmine"

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  Re: Lab with Food Allergies
Thu, 06 Mar 14 08:45:50 -0600

03/06/2014: Kelly from Long Beach California: "Labs are indigenous to Norway and are best on a Fish based diet. Definitely get him off the grains. Will make a huge inprovement"

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  Re: Suggestions Requested for Great Dane's Heart Murmur
Wed, 05 Mar 14 19:22:12 -0600

[YEA]  03/05/2014: Ray from Williamsport Md: "Katie and all dog lovers, please advise me on dosages of your routine for a 115lb Great Dane. As we speak Hunter is at the vets getting x-rays and blood work but they have already told me he has stage 5 murmurs. He is approx. 10yrs old and has diarrhea, no appetite and labored breathing, not sure of bpm. The vet is going to put him on a diuretic and some other meds, I haven't gotten the prescriptions yet. I read some of the postings about the diuretics robbing the body of some nutrients and preventing it from absorbing some of the things you suggest. Please let me know asap as I don't want to start him on the vet meds if the holistic meds work better without them. Thanks to all and god bless."

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  Re: Ear Mites Infestation at Rabbit Farm
Wed, 05 Mar 14 14:24:15 -0600

03/05/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Harold!

MY bad - you DID state it was ear mites in your title line, and my eyes just didn't pick it up!

The most basic treatment of ear mites is oil in the ear - of any type. The idea being the oil smothers the mites. So flooding the ears with olive oil, mineral oil, etc. should work towards this effect. The life cycle of the mite is 21 days, so you would need to treat each animal a couple of times a week for up to 4 weeks - in addition to sterilizing the living quarters. An over the counter product campho-phenique often works with only 1 application. Honey mixed with warm water and applied twice daily for the first week, and then every two days for the next 2 weeks [so total of 21 days treatment/full life cycle of the mite] is also effective and non-toxic, although the bunnies will be very sticky around the neck with this treatment and may require bathing or cleaning up every few days if you go this route.

it must be said that any bunny who gets infected with mites of any sort is sending the message that something is not right; you may need to increase the quality of the rations you feed your rabbits to provide more vitamins, or more sunlight, and so on.

Good luck with this noble endeavor! "

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  Re: Ear Mites Infestation at Rabbit Farm
Wed, 05 Mar 14 11:13:11 -0600

03/05/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Harold!

That sure is a lot of rabbits!

My first inclination is to depopulate: cull and harvest as many animals as you can - this to lighten the work load for the treatment required to clean up three barns of bunnies. Pare down to your essential breeding stock and clean those up, along with the facilities and begin anew.

Ideally, if you could reduce or consolidate the population down to 2 barns, you could then put your efforts into sterilizing the empty barn. It needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized so that all parasites are destroyed and reinfection cannot occur. A fresh solution of one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water sprayed on non-porous surfaces and allowed to sit wet for 10 minutes is effective. Another consideration is Oxine combined with Citric Acid - this can be used both as a spray or as a fogger. Once you have the facility sterilized you must clear out the infections in the rabbits before reintroduction or your work will be for naught.

There are several things you can do to clear out the infections in the rabbits; environmentally friendly ones are labor intensive and require repeated bathing of the infected animal - and require the infected animal to be in quarantine so as not to be reinfected during treatment. Injectable Vermectin/Ivermectin requires several injections and you must wait for 49 days before you can harvest that animal for food.

You don't state which kind of mite you have - ear mites may not require such drastic culling as I envision, and a simple carrier oil along with a miticide such as Vectin/ivermectin used in the ear until the mites are resolved might be the way to go.

Once you have your stock cleaned up you can introduce to the cleaned up barn and then start all over again with barn 2, and then again with barn 3. It is essential that staff handling the rabbits do not cross contaminate the barn by going from infected barn to clean barn; ideally staff would change clothing completely before entering the clean barn.

I strongly urge you to work with a local veterinarian - they can best advise with eyes on your actual set up and assist with obtaining the necessary medication in volume if needed.

Ban Nuea Veterinary Clinic Address: Inthara Khiri Rd., Mae Sot, Tak

Veterinary Clinic Address: Highway 12, Mae Sot, Tak

Mae Sot Livestock Address: Mae Sot-Mae Tao Rd., Mae Sot, Tak

Si Phanit Veterinary Clinic Address: Si Phanit Rd., Mae Sot, Tak"

Ear Mites Infestation at Rabbit Farm
Wed, 05 Mar 14 09:49:20 -0600

03/05/2014: Harold from Mae Sot, Thailand: "My name is Harold and I am the Founder and President of a foundation. ( www.therightsofthechild.org ) .

We have build a rabbit farm in Mae Sod whose sole purpose is to feed rabbit meat to the orphans on the Thai/Myanmar border. Most if not all of the orphans suffer from Protein deficiency which affects their growth and learning ability. We now have a major case of mites at the farm where we house over 3000 rabbits.

Any help and suggestions is appreciated. We need to try to take care of this situation in the barns (3) where the rabbits are raised.

Thank you so much. H."

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  Re: Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Tue, 04 Mar 14 15:40:17 -0600

03/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Zdmjshriver!

I had an red/rednose who had black nails from licking her paws; the saliva built up on her nails and discolored them. What you may be seeing is the same thing.

Yeast manifesting on the skin usually makes the skin itchy and dry and black, sort of like elephant's skin; what you are describing with the paw licking sounds more like allergy - contact allergy even.

What might help your dog is a povidone iodine foot soak/rinse. You can obtain the iodine at your local drug store. You want to dilute the povidone iodine with water to the color of iced tea, using just your eyes – no scientific formula is involved. If it comes up too light, just add a bit more of the iodine. If it's a bit dark, add more water. You can use a dish tub and soak 1 foot at a time, and keep the solution for up to 1 day. Soak each foot 2-5 minutes and then pat dry - no need to rinse.

When you ask about length of time it takes to resolve a yeast issue, consider that it took months to get your dog into bad shape and it will take just as many months to return him to good health - inside and out. Also consider if he is genetically prone to allergies that he may be living with this all his life. You don't state what color staffy he is, but is he blue? Quite often blues and dilutes are disproportionately suscepitble to allergies. I had an OFRN who had yeast issues - she was the one that lead me to my current holistic vet. Her systemic yeast infection manifested in her reproductive tract resulting in experiencing her first heat cycle at 4 months, and then as soon as she was out she would start back in again. Holistic thinking indicates that if you spay before resolving the issue that is manifesting it will simply manifest elsewhere in the body, so I was determined to resolve her yeast issue before spaying her. It was 10+ years ago, but I want to say it took a good 3-4 months, first with treating with 1 type of acidophilus for 3 weeks including cleaners such as milk thistle, and then back to see what else was indicated and then dosing those remedies and another type of acidophilus for another 3 weeks and so on and so on. It was not a quick fix, however many symptoms resolved very quickly once we were on the right track.

Allergy symptoms IMHO don't seem to resolve quickly - not while the allergen is present. So while you may still be dealing with yeast, you also very well may be dealing with allergies.

If you are certain you are dealing with systemic yeast -and I would trust your gut feeling over anything I might advise from my keyboard, far, far away from your real time situation, you might consider dosing borax in the water. Borax is the ultimate antifungal, you might consider combating the yeast from the inside out by adding 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of Tetrasodium Borate or Borax in a litre of water and having him use that as his sole source of drinking water. Use this protocol for 5 days on then rest for 2 days. So, 5 days on, 2 days off with the Borax. Borax is anti-fungal - so anti-yeast - and also good for bones and helps to balance the hormones as well as chelates and removes fluoride from the body. Borax affects your male hormones or androgens in a viagra-like manner, which is why you must rest for 2 days -- to avoid gland over-stimulation.

Source from EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax15.html#YEAST

If you are not seeing the results you'd like with the detox drops you are using, again, go with your gut; keep at it if you feel they are helping, otherwise discontinue if you feel there really are not bringing the results you thought you would see by now.

Please keep us posted!

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  Re: Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Tue, 04 Mar 14 13:01:56 -0600

03/04/2014: Zdmjshriver from Dighton, Ma: "Theresa,

Thank you for your response. I have had my stratfordshire for about 6 months now. I adopted him when he was about 5-6 months old. He came to me with what I now know was yeast on his paws, belly and ears. A few weeks after I brought him home he was aggressivley scratching his ears and I took him to my vet, who diagnosed him with 2 severe ear infections, which I was told was possible from allergies. He had been fed Trader Joe's kibble at the shelter, which was mostly corn and fillers. unfortunately I didn't realize at the time I took him to the vet that he had a yeast problem. I changed his diet to Wysong when he was about 8 months old. Because he continued to obsessively lick his paws I started investigating on the internet and I realized he has and has had since I adopted him a severe yeast problem. I have been treating him with the fore mentioned treatmeets for about 3 1/2 weeks now. His paws seem a little less brown, but the black on his nails seems to have gotten worse. I will try the soak and bath treatments you suggested, and just recently bought a new probiotic. I was just curious how long it took pets to see really notice able results on treatments if their dog has had problematic untreated yeast for 6-8 months like my poor pet. I am committed to getting him well, but I don't want to continue to bombard him with treatments if I've passed the timeline for seeing results. Does anyone have feedback on how long it took for their dog/s to heal from problematic yeast? I will post the results of the new treatments soon. Thanks for your advice."

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  Re: Advice Needed on Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide for Mange
Tue, 04 Mar 14 12:36:48 -0600

03/04/2014: Cynthia from Sun Valley: "The h2O2 3% should be@1%... So H2O2 500cc to a 1 to 3 part ratio. 500cc h2o2 to 1500cc h2o and borax add it until it no longer dissolves. More is better than less. Let it dry and leave it.. The dog can shake but do not wipe it off."

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  Re: Dog With Food Allergies Can't Stop Itching and Chewing
Tue, 04 Mar 14 09:20:52 -0600

03/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Kat!

I feel for your poor girl and for you!

if you are sticking with the Apoquel, treating her skin in a topical fashion would apply.

Try bathing her with Ted's antifungal [yeast] formula - safe to use daily if need be. I would start off daily or 2-3 times a day for the first week.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry. I usually quadrupple the batch and treat the entire dog; once they have had a couple full body treatments I then would mix up a small batch and use in a spritzer bottle to spot treat areas. I mix up the solution fresh daily as I am not certain how long it keeps.

Since Borax is the ultimate antifungal, you might consider combating the yeast from the inside out by adding 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of Tetrasodium Borate or Borax in a litre of water and having him use that as his sole source of drinking water. Use this protocol for 5 days on then rest for 2 days. So, 5 days on, 2 days off with the Borax. Borax is anti-fungal - so anti-yeast - and also good for bones and helps to balance the hormones as well as chelates and removes fluoride from the body. Borax affects your male hormones or androgens in a viagra-like manner, which is why you must rest for 2 days -- to avoid gland over-stimulation.

Source from EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax15.html#YEAST"

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  Re: Dog's Yeast Infections
Tue, 04 Mar 14 08:52:28 -0600

03/04/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Hope!

Please let us know the results of your feeding trial!

Thanks! "

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  Re: Need Help W/ Possible Distemper
Mon, 03 Mar 14 17:59:39 -0600

[WARNING!]  03/03/2014: Sebia from Nanaimo,bc: "For the dog owner who wants to use canola oil as a carrier oil to treat distemper: please don't use any oil that has been processed at high temperatures (canola, soybean , sunflower) as the metabolites coming out of this process are highly toxic for people and animals. Also, canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil." - See more at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ConsumerAlert/Canola.aspx#sthash.hVolCBgk.dpuf.

You can use instead coconut oil gently warmed."

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  Re: Dog With Food Allergies Can't Stop Itching and Chewing
Mon, 03 Mar 14 08:36:04 -0600

03/03/2014: Wendy from Columbus, Oh: "Start adding organic Apple Cider Vinegar to your Bichon's food, each and every time you feed her. Make sure you get the organic ACV, the one with "the mother" which is the nutrient-rich sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Just shake the bottle before using.

You can also spray her fur and any areas that she's scratching with diluted ACV. Put 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 ACV into a spray bottle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: do NOT spray any areas that are red or oozing or inflamed because it will sting!!

Also, make sure to ONLY feed her food that she is not allergic to. This means do not feed her any dog snacks because she's probably allergic to those. If you want to give her snacks, give her raw carrots or raw apples."

Re: Dog With Food Allergies Can't Stop Itching and Chewing
Sun, 02 Mar 14 08:44:05 -0600

03/02/2014: Cat from Tewksbury, Ma: "My poor little 3 yo Bichon, Lola, just cannot stop itching and chewing her body. I've changed her food from manufactured to home cooking. Since she is allergic to EVERYTHING except fish and duck, I am limited. Have been feeding her salmon and tuna (wild) with pumpkin and she still itches. Was on Atopica for 7 mos and is now weaned off and still she itches. We have Apoquel on back order but in the meantime, just am beside myself with what to do for her."

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  Re: Dog's Yeast Infections
Fri, 28 Feb 14 21:52:52 -0600

[YEA]  02/28/2014: Hope For Dogs from Covington Ky: "I heard that a animal shelter for unwanted dogs was feeding the dogs canned Cat food and it worked to get rid of yeast infection in the dogs. The dogs fur is shinny and no bad odor.. there was a difference in two weeks. Also I do believe that putting flea meds on the dogs skin changed the dogs chemistry and this is what caused all these dogs yeast infection. I am going to try this on my two dogs as well."

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  Re: Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Fri, 28 Feb 14 15:19:23 -0600

02/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Dmjshriver!

I have dogs with skin issues and I share your pain :(

Couple things -

Have you considered using a holistic vet? Find one here:

http://www.ahvma.org/Widgets/FindVet.html

And, sounds like you are going all out to try to heal your boy. The diet changes are all good. The supplements appear OK. I cannot tell from the info you provided just how long you have had this dog and how long you have been dealing with his itching and how long you have been treating with the various supplements. In any event, if you are not seeing any results then a few things come to mind.

You are giving your boy lot's of stuff to treat the yeast over growth and detox; it's entirely possible that the treatment is working and that you are seeing the results of the detox in action. With natural approaches conditions often appear to worsen in the process of getting better.

And, while your probiotic looks super duper, flooding the system with too much of a good thing creates an imbalance...which is not a good thing. So the key species in your probiotic are various lactobacillae, while the main species for canine specific formulas typically contain Enterococcus faecium. If this were my dog I would change it up - try PB8 for a bottle, then DDS/FOS for a bottle, then maybe 'Fortiflora', and so on. You want to populate the gut with myriad species as the domination of 1 species would actually present as some of the problems you are seeing.

And, while the dry diet looks like its top of the line, if you can go RAW entirely, that would be best. If that just isn't workable, you might consider rotating proteins or changing brands entirely. Not all dogs do well on the top rated diets - through no fault of the diet, its just comes down to a personal chemistry thing.

And, soaking the paws in the ACV/peroxide bath to relieve the itching clearly isn't cutting it. With the info provided I could not ascertain if he is chewing his feet raw or if he is just licking his paws obsessively. If he is experiencing a contact allergy you would *think* rinsing his feet as soon as he came indoors would help noticably - but it appears to have no impact. That makes me think possible pododemidicosis/demodex mite infection around the base of the nails and feet.

If this were my dog I would find a holistic vet to determine a long term plan to eliminate the yeast and get his system back in balance. I might change up the kibble, or go entirely RAW if I could. I would rotate brands of acidophilus frequently. I would also alkalize either by adding raw, unfiltered, unpasturized, 'with the mother' type ACV to the food 1 or 2 teaspoons am and pm in his wet food to start. I would also add baking soda to his clear, non-chlorinated drinking water - 1 teaspoon per liter for the first week, and then drop it down to 1/2 teaspoon per liter after that. I also would implement my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies that I regularly use on my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to the Antifungal/Staph solution, and this can be made in small batches so you can treat only the affected areas and not the whole dog.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry. I usually quadrupple the batch and treat the entire dog; once they have had a couple full body treatments I then would mix up a small batch and use in a spritzer bottle to spot treat areas. I mix up the solution fresh daily as I am not certain how long it keeps.

Now, since you soak your dog's paws 3x day in ACV/hydrogen peroxide and you are not getting results, try povidone iodine for a foot soak. You can obtain the iodine at your local drug store. You want to dilute the povidone iodine with water to the color of iced tea, using just your eyes – no scientific formula is involved. If it comes up too light, just add a bit more of the iodine. If it's a bit dark, add more water. You can use a dish tub and soak 1 foot at a time, and keep the solution for up to 1 day. Soak each foot 2-5 minutes and then pat dry - no need to rinse.

Please report back how it goes with healing your boy!"

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  Diet Changes and Supplements Not Helping Yeast on Paws
Fri, 28 Feb 14 09:00:54 -0600

[NAY]  02/28/2014: Dmjshriver from Dighton, Mass: "I have a stratfordshire bull terrier that I adopted from a kill shelter when he was 6 months old. When I first adopted him, his paws were pinkish brown and naive me thought they were dirty! At about 5 months old he was obsessively licking his paws, his rear end and scratching his ears. When I took him to the vet they found both of his ears severely infected and said it could be the result of allergies gone unchecked. They put him on steroids and antibiotics. The ear infection cleared up, but he continued to have red, itchy paws. I put him on a completely grain free diet. I feed him Wysong epigen dry dog food in the morning and a raw diet at night. I have him on Ultimate Flora probiotic (50 billion), 1 pill/day to help restore his good bacteria, he takes oil of oregano capsules, 1 capsule in the a.m. one capsule p.m. To help kill the yeast, he takes sea cure 4 tablets/day, to help with "leaky gut", he gets 1 teaspoon of salmon oil on his food (a.m and p.m. Feedings), he gets 20 drops of Apawthecary detox drops 2 x day on his food, to help with his yeast detox, he also gets Enzyme Miracle 2 x day with his food at 1 scoop per cup of food as directed to aid in digestion. I have been soaking his paws in a solution of 1/8 cup ACV, 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups water, 3 x day. he has been on this regimens for 2 1/2 weeks and I see little to no improvement on the yeast on his paws. When I do the foot soak, he goes crazy and spends the next 15-20 minutes aggressively licking his feet. I am so frustrated and don't know if this is working or not. Should I continue the treatment, as it is quite expensive and hope in time he will get better, or try something different? I appreciate any advice out there!!! So desperate to get my puppy healthy."

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  Re: Borax for Pets with Arthritis
Thu, 27 Feb 14 16:59:28 -0600

02/27/2014: Bohnney from Kern County, Ca: "I thought Borax was poisonous because of the "Caution" labeling but went ahead and looked it up putting "eat borax" in the Google Search box. I am learning some very informative information....."

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  Re: Geranium Essential Oil Helped Dog's Fungus Infection in Nose
Thu, 27 Feb 14 09:08:51 -0600

02/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Melissa!

You have replied to a post from 2011 - in case the original contributor does not see your comment I will offer some advice.

There are many uses for Geranium essential oil, and use for respiratory problems is just one of them.

You can use 5 drops of Geranium essential oil in a vaporizer; results usually take 2-3 days.

http://thehealthyhavenblog.com/2010/09/21/suggested-uses-for-geranium-essential-oil/

In addition, you may wish to consider homeopathic remedies Nat. Mur and Kali. bich which are a biochemic tissue salts that serve to help maintain the body's water balance and address mucous levels and congestion. Herbal ingredients such as Pulsatilla and Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) can help to reduce inflammation by stimulating the anti-inflammatory hormone, cortisol, while at the same time supporting the immune system.

http://www.nativeremedies.com/petalive/ailment/cats-dogs-sinus-infections-remedies.html

It's important to support your dog's healing by keeping him warm - warming his food will help in this endeavor and may have the added benefit of loosening mucous. If a vaporizer is not available consider a steam bath in your bathroom by filling a tub with steaming hot water and adding your essential oil to that.

More ideas here:

http://www.vetinfo.com/home-remedies-for-sinus-infection-in-dogs.html

There can be many reasons for dogs to have nasal discharge - ranging from simple sinus infections to major issues such as nasal cancer. If you do not see results within a week of using home treatment, please consider returning to your vet for additional work ups to rule in or out funal infection or bacterial infection or other.

Good luck!"

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  Re: Geranium Essential Oil Helped Dog's Fungus Infection in Nose
Wed, 26 Feb 14 17:54:10 -0600

02/26/2014: Melissa from Maine: "I'm wondering if the geranium essential oil cleared up the nasal discharge? My cattle dog has snots coming from her nose and have tried everything. The specialist said it could also be bacterial infection and would cost huge money for surgery. They aren't sure."

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  Re: Dog with Bad Odor
Wed, 26 Feb 14 10:08:05 -0600

02/26/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Carrie!

Impacted anal glands *might* be a factor in a horrible smelling dog - you may wish to express these or have a groomer express these just to rule them out.

Next, when I hear "stinky, scaly skin" I think yeast: feeding yogurt is one approach to combat yeast, but I prefer to cut to the chase and get the encapsulated probitotics from the refriderated section of the health food store. You might also consider supplementing the diet with omega 3's - a few squirts of fish oil or flaxseed oil in his food may help, or evening primrose oil to help with the dryness of his skin.

And, dogs with skin issues are high maintenance dogs -frequent bathing to stay on top of allergy outbreaks is a must.

I have had a little bit of luck with any and all of these for hives/the start of a hot spot:

  • Powdered turmeric [grocery spice aisle]
  • Calamine lotion
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Alum powder [baking section of grocery store]
  • OTC human vaginal cream for yeast
  • Chlorhexadine [bulk from farm and fleet supply]
  • Zymox [purchase online, usually used for ears]
  • Zinc diaper rash ointment

It usually requires thoroughly washing and drying the area and then applying the remedy of choice. Products from the vet, ie Dermalone, contain multiple antibiotics and usually have a steroid so they address the intense itching and discomfort very quickly, but the tiny 1 oz tubes are so expensive it makes long term treatment or treating multiple dogs cost prohibitive. One thing to consider is Ted's Mange remedy - provided below.

The question I first have to ask is - what are you currently feeding your dog? If the answer is a well balanced RAW diet, then I would not suggest you change your kibble. If on the other hand you are feeding the cheapest grocery store brand you can buy [usually these kinds are loaded with grains, dyes and lots of sugar] then certainly an upgrade of kibble brands is called for. And if you are already feeding a top notch brand then it might be time to consider RAW. Certainly the addition of probiotics and digestive enzymes to the diet is a good idea, along with alkalizing by adding 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the Mother' Apple Cider Vinegar mixed into the food, or baking soda to the water [details below].

If this were my dog I would use my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies that I regularly use on my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to the Antifungal/Staph solution, and this can be made in small batches so you can treat only the affected areas and not the whole dog.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry. I usually quadrupple the batch and treat the entire dog; once they have had a couple full body treatments I then would mix up a small batch and use in a spritzer bottle to spot treat areas. I mix up the solution fresh daily as I am not certain how long it keeps.


Probiotics [as mentioned above] and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly - and if I could only do 1 thing this would be it: the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin by alkalizing and balancing your dog's PH - do this for about a week. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water. If your dog isn't keen on drinking the BS water, scale it back and build it up gradually - when done in this fashion my pack has taken readily to the BS water.

Dogs with skin issues are high maintenance dogs. You may need to thoroughly wash your dogs scaly skin or treat with a spritz the Anti staph solution twice a day, 24/7/365 to keep him healthy."

Re: Dog with Bad Odor
Wed, 26 Feb 14 08:00:11 -0600

02/25/2014: Carrie from Batavia, New York: "I am at my wits end trying to figure out what is plaguing my poor dog. He is a 5 (almost 6) year old Boarder Collie/Lab mix. He is losing hair in many places. He has dry scaly skin. And he smells terrible like rotting decay. I thought at first it might be mange and treated him for that. It helped some but the smell persisted. I have been told it could be a yeast problem and to give him a teaspoon of Greek yogurt with his food. I have been doing that for a couple of weeks but still the poor boy smells awful. He also still has missing patches of hair and dry skin spots.

Any idea what may be wrong with him or what can be done to help him get better? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you."

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  Re: Slippery Elm for Cats
Tue, 25 Feb 14 08:37:52 -0600

02/25/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Babs!

Thanks for the awesome feedback on the slippery elm! When the right remedy is applied, it works - and obviously so. Kudos on not giving up until you found the right remedy!

I am very excited to hear about your results with slippery elm and mega colon - wow! Can you please provide doses that you used - how much slippery elm powder into how much water? And how much chia seeds? I know readers following in your footsteps will be asking about dosage.

Thank you for sharing your journey!!!"

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  Re: Slippery Elm for Cats
Tue, 25 Feb 14 08:28:02 -0600

02/25/2014: Babs from Usa: "I know this is an older post but I just stumbled across it. I am taking care of a dozen rescued cats, and one of them I found with stomatitis....and she'd had it for a very long time....years. We had to have a few teeth pulled but after some scary antibiotic issues, we stopped it all. I found that she just didn't want to eat her food, which caused her to not heal as she should (feeding raw, with multiple nutritionals). I did some research into the stomatitis (teeth and mouth infections) and found that in most cases the whole mouth is like an ulcer....inflamed...and very painful. I began to use slippery elm powder, mixed with hot water and then cooled, and then I would add the nutritionals, and whatever meat I was giving her. The VERY FIRST time I gave it to her (I was having to feed her by a dropper), when she finished I set her on the floor, and then a couple of minutes later I offered her food bowl.....she snapped her head down and smacked away and cleaned her plate!! From that day forward I just simply mix in the slippery elm/water mixture with her meat and nutritionals and she licks the plate clean.

I know it was the slippery elm....it was the only thing I changed. She had been on colloidal silver, probiotics, olive leaf, etc. etc. and a handful of nutritionals for a long time. Small improvements tho....the slippery elm put us over the top. I'm about to add bladderwrack for it's fucoidan content as well as healing iodine.

Slippery elm is very healing.....it makes a soothing and protective coating for the mouth (actually the entire digestive tract), soothes inflammation and helps healing to begin.

This is over two months now and after nearly a year working on her health, I NOW see vast improvement! She is so fantastic. Take away the pain, soothe the tissues, and healing can begin. Do some research....it's incredible reading.....

I am also using it for another of the rescued cats with mega colon. I refuse to use the laxatives the vet wants and do not want her on meds. Slippery elm normalizes bowel movements. I mix the same slippery elm into her food, along with soaked chia seeds. Beautiful.....no problems anymore. Am transitioning this one to a raw diet also, and hope to reduce her weight and bring her back to good health!

The slippery elm is fantastic stuff! It has a light maple flavor, and I thought for sure they wouldn't touch it but they seem to love it. I have another that I give it to in his cream.....loves it."

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  Re: Castor Oil for Dog's Tumor
Mon, 24 Feb 14 12:02:06 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey RSC! Please review the ASPCA website again as what you have posted is not correct.

From the ASPCA website:

Most castor oil products, unlike the beans of the plant, aren't considered poisonous. However, ingestion of the oil can have a significant cathartic effect, and cause diarrhea and possibly vomiting. [Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/poison-control-okay-or-no-way ]

While its true that too much of anything can be toxic - drinking too much pure water in one sitting will kill you, ie 6 liters in 3 hours [source http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/ ] - studies show you can feed rats and mice a diet consisting of 10 percent castor oil with no ill effects whatsoever [source: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/st_rpts/tox012.pdf ]

It certainly appears that the health benefits of using castor oil topically to reduce tumours outweighs the risk of the dog licking some up and having a loose stool. JMHO!"

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  Re: Dog with Cyst on Edge of Eyelid
Mon, 24 Feb 14 11:42:02 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Marie!

I had a rat terrier with an eyelid margin tumour and hers did the same as your dogs; it was a bump on her eyelid for many years, and it looked like a pimple. I asked my vet about it - he said he could try to surgically remove it, but that there was a chance of messing up her eye lid so he didn't recommend it. He squeezed the tumour just like a pimple, and it popped and goo came out, it bled a tiny bit, and then it was done - no anesthesia or medicated ointments were needed. Then over time it swelled up again and so I popped it myself at home. It seemed every few months or so I would have to express the fluid from inside the tumor. I only did it when it appeared to irrirate my dog's eye - I would see excessive tearing and discharge from the corner of the affected eye; once I expressed the fluid in the tumour the irritation would cease, and the excessive tearing and discharge would go away.

If this were my dog I were my dog I would not hesitate to burst this pimple like tumour if I saw that it were irritating the dog's eye."

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  Re: ACV for Incontinence in French Bulldog
Mon, 24 Feb 14 11:33:04 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Dattaaj!

Fellow frenchie lover here!

I'd have to agree with your vet; incontience in male dogs is not so common - and with a frenchie I would be looking at spinal complications if this were my dog. Do you know where your frenchie's hemis are? When you knock a dog out with anesthesia, all the muscles and tendons relax and the skeleton is allow to...sag. When the dog wakes up fron being knocked out, all the bones may not make it back to the correct position; if this were my frenchie I would check into a chiropratic adjustment just to be on the safe side.

Drugs of choice to treat night incontinence are typically phenopropanolamine and or hormone replacement therapy, however many have had good results with OTC homeopathic preparations, ie "Leak no more" or "UTI-Free".

All that said, to dose with ACV first make sure you buy the good stuff! The good stuff has all the right stuff: raw, unpasturized, unfiltered, "With the mother" is the right ACV to buy. Start with 2 teaspoons mixed into wet food and if he tolerates it well then you could increase to 3 teaspoons am and pm mixed into wet food.

Please report back your results!"

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  Re: Chronic Yeast Infections in Ears
Mon, 24 Feb 14 11:03:51 -0600

02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Denise!

Iams is a grain based diet; while some dogs will do fine on it, others can be allergic or sensitive to a grain based diet - and judging from the recurring ear issues it would appear your dog is one of them.

So, if this were my dog I would switch his diet to a grain free one. That would be step one.

Next, for super painful ears I like ZYMOX - buy online; it contains some steroid to help with the pain and inflamation, and also has enzymatic digesters.

For the time being, for immediate action, help sooth your dog's painful infected ears with an infusion of garlic and olive oil. I use 1 cup of olive oil and press 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic; let sit over night, and then strain out the garlic. Warm the oil to body temperature before using, and slather the oil deep into his ears. Do this 2-3 times a day, for 3-4 days - or until the ears have healed and are no longer raw and sore. Next follow up with cleaning them. IMHO nothing beats the ear cleaner you buy from the vet - but using a home prepared vineagar rinse will get you results also. Mix 1 cup warm water, 1 cup isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup vinegar. Some use only raw, unfiltered, unpasturized, 'with the mother' Apple cider vinegar - however for this purpose I would not hesitate to use white vinegar, ie the cheap stuff. Make sure the solution is warm and then liberally flush the ears. Hold the ear flap up, add the solution, massage at the base of the ear and then let him shake it out. Do this 2-3 times for each ear, or until you see that its clean. It may take doing this for a few days in a row. Again, use this once you have the infection under control otherwise adding alcohol and vinegar to raw, open wounds in the ear will hurt like crazy.

Now, it may help to alkalize your dog's water to help combat the yeast by normalizing your dog's PH. To start put 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give for 4-7 days, and then do a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon thereafter.

Its important to stay on top of your dog's ears - check them daily to see if they are healthy or if an infection is developing. Often frequent cleanings will nip an infection in the bud. But most critical, change the diet to combat the yeast from the inside out."

Apple Cider Vinegar Worked for Dog with Fleas
Mon, 24 Feb 14 08:33:56 -0600

[YEA]  02/23/2014: Daisy from Los Angeles Ca: "I had just about had it with my dog trixies scratching. I felt so bad for her, she would scratch and bite her vagina. Her hair was shedding like crazy, creating black marks and her belly was red and dry. I thought maybe it was the detergent, smog, house cleaners, or her love of swimming. I've never seen a flea on her so I never suspected it to be fleas.

Yesterday I poured half ACV and half water into a spray bottle and sprayed her down. Half an hour later I bathed her with Dr bronners baby shampoo. It worked!!! Thank god for earth clinic!"

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  Re: Castor Oil for Dog's Tumor
Mon, 24 Feb 14 08:30:50 -0600

02/23/2014: R.s.c from Pennsylvania: "Don't know how your pet survived when he could have been licking the castor oil on his fur. It is considered one of the most dangerous toxin to pets according to the ASPCA pet toxin list. Anywhere on the internet you search it is considered a toxin to pets requiring vet care immediately if ingested. I would like to use it on my pet's small tumor if you can convince me it is safe if my pet licks the castor oil when it is on the fur."

Re: Dog with Cyst on Edge of Eyelid
Mon, 24 Feb 14 08:29:53 -0600

02/23/2014: Marie Lohr from Sun Prairie: "My dog has a cyst on the edge of his eyelid. It has been there for 9 years he is 9. All of a sudden the cyst got bigger and looks almost like it is a full pimple. It does not seem to bother him but just today it is larger. I am disabled and cannot do emergency. He is not running a temp and there is really no discharge from the eye. I almost wonder if he rubbed on something and got something in it. It does not look like it but almost looks like it is going to drain.

What can I put on it? I put a little antibacterial ointment on it and it seemed to swell. Any help for me? thanks He is 85 pounds and a very good boy"

ACV for Incontinence in French Bulldog
Sun, 23 Feb 14 16:36:02 -0600

02/23/2014: Dattaaj from Denver, Co: "I have a 15 month old French Bulldog weighing 26 lbs. He got neutered in when he was 13 month old and I was worried about incontinence and the vet had assured me that it doesn't happen in male dogs. For the past month my dog has been dripping at night on the bed. He is fine during the day and it only happens at night when he is sleeping. I have started using male wraps which is helping a little but I want a remedy to help him with this situation in the long term.

I read about ACV in this website and want to know how much ACV should I give my dog. He doesn't drink water at all. Should I mix it with his food or what are some other ways I can give him ACV to try and see if it helps. Thank you very much for the help."

Chronic Yeast Infections in Ears
Sun, 23 Feb 14 08:19:04 -0600

02/22/2014: Denise from Medford Ma: "Hi, my beagal keeps on getting yeast infections in his ears. He couldn't even get his ears cleaned at the groomers he cried. I feed him Iams"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Pills for Cat with Respiratory Issues
Sat, 22 Feb 14 08:51:23 -0600

02/22/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Zabrina!

Sorry to hear about Rocky's URI.

Couple things for you.

Its hard to know just what Rocky has - virus or bacteria - without a qualified veterinary opinion. And, since that is not an option right now, ADV certainly applies in this case.

And, the ACV capsules, tablets or pills vary widely in efficacy as the labeling appears to be very inconsistent; hands down, the real deal is ideal and the pills do not measure up. I am not aware of any lethal dose of ACV; side effects would be upset stomach from acidity - so if using a liquid a pinch of baking soda would help with that.

That said if this were my cat and the pills were all I had, I would try dosing 1 pill at each feeding, morning and night. I would also alkalize his water by adding baking soda to the water - start with 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure non-chlorinated water and see how he takes that. If he avoids it like the plague, change the water out and try 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Once he accepts the water you can gradually increase the dose to 1/2 teaspoon per liter. Do this for 7 days, and then cut back to the 1/4 teaspoon dose.

If the symptoms you are seeing are snotty nose and discharge, keep his nostrils clear. If he is coughing consider OTC children's homeopathic cough syrup. You might also consider putting him in the bathroom and shutting it up tight and steaming him with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in the steam water - consider more ideas for steaming options here:

http://earthclinic.com/CURES/sinus_infection.html"

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Pills for Cat with Respiratory Issues
Sat, 22 Feb 14 06:37:46 -0600

02/21/2014: Zabrina from Cape Breton, NS: "I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!!! I don't have apple cider vinegar in the bottle yet but I do have the pills and they are 500mg. My 1 and a 1/2 yr.old male Maine Coon cat Rocky, has a respiratory infection. What would be the safe dose to give him? He's about 10 lbs could be a little more but only by a pound or 2. I don't have the money for a vet and what I've been seeing and hearing, antibiotics don't cure this anyway. Does aanyone out there know the dose for the pill form and if that will work till I can get him the bottle AVC?"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Fri, 21 Feb 14 16:57:23 -0600

[YEA]  02/21/2014: Marilyn from Cottonwood, Ca: "This remedy saved and cured our female cat. I want to thank you."

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  Re: Dog with Fishy Skin Odor
Thu, 20 Feb 14 22:53:07 -0600

02/20/2014: Margie from Los Angeles, California: "You are welcome,Theresa! I watched several videos on Utube and one lady that raised pure bred dogs, I can't remember which breed stated that her dog was healthy therefore the liquid that came out of her dogs gland was white.

Other than that information I really don't know much about this subject. Another little dog I own a little Terrier (Pixie), another female I own didn't have any liquid at all come out of her glands. This little dog is super healthy. very alert and never seems to get ill ever.

What was funny is Pixie seemed very confused when I did this to her like "What the heck is she doing to me! ". I did this while I was bathing her as well! It seems easier to handle the dogs as they are concentrating on being bathed.

I'm glad I could help someone with my experience. Maggie is still doing well and is very happy now. That fish smell much have been awful for her as well!"

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  Re: Melatonin and Flaxseed for Cushing's Disease
Thu, 20 Feb 14 14:54:50 -0600

[WARNING!]  02/20/2014: Sue from Arkansas: "I read that melatonin should be taken only at night because that is when we naturally produce it. Melatonin taken during the day can stimulate tumor growth. I read this in Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing."

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  Re: Dog with Fishy Skin Odor
Wed, 19 Feb 14 08:35:33 -0600

02/19/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Margie!

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

I've groomed many a dog and expressed anal glands and never thought the scent was *fishy* - so this was good information to know.

In my experience the oils expressed have been dark brown; I poked around on google to see about the white, cream like substance that came out of Maggie vs what I have encountered and the dark brown I have expressed out of client dogs. Normal, healthy anal gland oil is typically clear or pale yellow-brown and is a very thin oil; the appearance of thick, pasty brown fluid indicates the anal glands have been impacted; you usually see dogs scooting on the floor in these cases. Abscessed anal sacs will have a red-brown exudate and the dog will often chew at or lick the hind end as these are painful and may potentially rupture.

Anal gland oil, be it normal or infected typically smells foul - and some find it *fishy* smelling ;-)

Everything you ever wanted to know about anal glands and more! :

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_anal_sac_disorders

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/veterinaryqa/a/Anal-Sacs-and-Scooting.htm

Thanks again for sharing and allowing this opportunity to learn!"

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  Re: Dog with Yeast Infections
Tue, 18 Feb 14 22:44:29 -0600

02/18/2014: Kim from Maryland: "Do you mind telling me which brand of acidophilus you used? And about how much you gave your dog daily? I have About a 15 pound Shih Tzu Lhasa mix and I just don't want to overdose him. Thanks so much!"

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  Re: Dog with Fishy Skin Odor
Mon, 17 Feb 14 19:16:03 -0600

02/17/2014: Margie from Los Angeles, California: "I recently wrote for help for my fishy smelling dog Maggie. Many people responded with various well meaning advice and I thank all of you for trying to help me and my dog. What helped was this: EMPTYING HER ANAL GLANDS! I tried the advice of emptying her anal glands! I watched several people (including one vet) teach how to drain a dog anal glands and I learned from watching the videos on Utube. So I tried it on Maggie while I was bathing her! The glands are located next to the dog anus, one gland at 9:00 and the other gland at 3:00. (The anus in the middle).

You gently push in behind the glands and gently push out, this drains the gland if there is any fluid in them. Maggie had some white cream like substance that came out of her glands. Then I finished bathing her. One video said if the liquid was white the dog was healthy.

PLEASE WATCH SEVERAL VIDEOS BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS.

Maggie no longer smells!!!! And she seems happier! I sure am! Thanks Earth Clinic!"

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  Re: Help Requested for Dog's Cherry Eye
Mon, 17 Feb 14 14:15:53 -0600

02/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Judy!

I have had to deal with the start of cherry eye twice with one dog; he had done some straining while pooping and when he came back into the house the gland was visible in the corner of his eye. I used my thumb to apply pressure under his lower lid and just rolled upward and inward. I didn't touch the gland as I had the skin of the lower eye lid between my finger and the gland.

It was easy, quick and didn't hurt. Try it on your own eye to see what kind of pressure to use on your dog's eye.

That said, and that was the advice you didn't want ;-)

If you don't manually replace the gland and leave it out then you run the risk of the gland becoming dried out, irritated and infected, hence the 'cherry' in cherry eye. You need to keep the eye and gland cleaned and well lubricated - its work as you know.

I cannot help with locating an inexpensive vet - but you might try calling around; vets out in the boonies typically are less expensive than those in the heart of the city. So google vets in your area, make up a list and start calling and ask: have you done the gland tacking [or gland removal if that is what you are after] surgery before? And if yes, how many cases and what success rate have you had? Write the answers as well as the cost of the procedure down and then compare notes to find your cheap but well qualified vet."

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  Re: Ted's Mange Remedy For Mites
Mon, 17 Feb 14 13:57:42 -0600

02/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Susee!

Not Kat, but I hope this will help.

Borax is sodium tetraborate. That should be the *only* ingredient you should see listed on the box of whatever brand of borax you find.

Sodium tetraborate is a naturally occurring mineral that has the same toxicity as table salt. I've given many a dog and puppy a borax bath and its been splashed in my face and doesn't sting my eyes, nor has it been harsh on the skin - mine included."

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  Re: Lip Fold Pyoderma
Mon, 17 Feb 14 13:53:06 -0600

02/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sharon!

You asked:

  • Does the lip fold surgery usually help?

You don't provide the breed of your dog for the best answer. If you are dealing with a Chinese Shar Pei, then certainly removing the excess skin that creates the folds and pockets for bacteria and yeast to thrive *should* help. Keeping your dog's problem skin folds clean is critical; are you cleaning the folds daily? Lack of daily or twice daily care may be contributing to the problem; if you have not been keeping up on daily cleaning you might try that using some solutions you can mix up [provided below] and see if that works before opting for surgery. I also notice that in my pack skin problems pop up during allergy season; consider if this may be a factor for your dog.

  • Is there a recommended topical preventative?

I have had a little bit of luck with any and all of these:

  • Powdered turmeric [grocery spice aisle]
  • Calamine lotion
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Alum powder [baking section of grocery store]
  • OTC human vaginal cream for yeast
  • Chlorhexadine [bulk from farm and fleet supply]
  • Zymox [purchase online, usually used for ears]
  • Zinc diaper rash ointment

It usually requires thoroughly washing and drying the area and then applying the remedy of choice into the folds. Products from the vet, ie Dermalone, contain multiple antibiotics and usually have a steroid so they address the intense itching and discomfort very quickly, but the tiny 1 oz tubes are so expensive it makes long term treatment or treating multiple dogs cost prohibitive. One thing to consider is Ted's Mange remedy - provided below.

  • Is there a diet regimen that will help?

The question I first have to ask is - what are you currently feeding your dog? If the answer is a well balanced RAW diet, then I would not suggest you change your kibble. If on the other hand you are feeding the cheapest grocery store brand you can buy [usually these kinds are loaded with grains, dyes and lots of sugar] then certainly an upgrade of kibble brands is called for. And if you are already feeding a top notch brand then it might be time to consider RAW. Certainly the addition of probiotics and digestive enzymes to the diet is a good idea, along with alkalizing by adding 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the Mother' Apple Cider Vinegar mixed into the food, or baking soda to the water [details below].

If this were my dog I would use my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies that I regularly use on my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. I would treat the entire dog with the mange remedy and only after treating the entire dog for 2-3 baths in the first week would I then shift to the Antifungal/Staph solution, and this can be made in small batches so you can treat only the affected areas and not the whole dog.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. Just apply generously to the affected area and allow to air dry.


Probiotics [as mentioned above] and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin by alkalizing and balancing your dog's PH - do this for about a week. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water. If your dog isn't keen on drinking the BS water, scale it back and build it up gradually - when done in this fashion my pack has taken readily to the BS water.

Dogs with skin issues are high maintenance dogs. You may need to thoroughly wash between your dogs folds of skin and treat with the Anti staph solution twice a day, 24/7/365 to keep him healthy."

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  Re: Lip Fold Pyoderma
Sun, 16 Feb 14 19:12:21 -0600

02/16/2014: Sharon from Atlanta, Ga: "I have spent thousands treating lower lip infections on my poor dog. They just keep coming back. He is on even stronger antibiotics this time, so I decided to do my own research. Today, I learned through pictures and descriptions that he definitely has lip fold pyoderma.I took photos of his condition and they are a perfect match for the images and descriptions I have found on line. My vet has always said she wasn't sure what causes his infections. She had him on 7 weeks of various antibiotics the first time. I am relieved to have a diagnosis. Now I need to ask: Does the lip fold surgery usually help? Is there a recommended topical preventative, or maybe a diet regimen that will help? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This poor pup has patiently tolerated so much medicine and vet visits. He deserves some relief."

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  Re: Ted's Mange Remedy For Mites
Sun, 16 Feb 14 19:09:09 -0600

02/16/2014: Susee from Sydney Australia: "Kat from Western Australia, could you please tell me what brand of borax you used on your cat because my borax says to immediately wash off skin. Thanks"


 

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