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Using Rosemary Tea for Ear Issues in Cats

Sat, 21 Apr 18 21:12:06 -0700
Posted by Jeanie (Ms Gulf Coast) on 04/21/2018

This question is about a Siamese female cat. My cat has an ear infection and/or ear mites. No drainage or debris but she shakes her head and scratches her ears. Several years ago I had a very alpha Siamese male who was king of our neighborhood. He got into cat fights protecting his mate, kittens and chased dogs out of our yard. I was always treating him for injuries naturally. He had a bad eye injury, once and I bathed it with mild rosemary tea 3 times a day. I was sure he would lose his sight, it looked so bad. In 2 or 3 days his eye was healing and looked normal and in another day or two he was complete healed and I could tell his vision was fine. He was completely back to normal. My question is has anyone experienced using Rosemary for ears in cats? I think it would be healing but as ears are different from eyes I am not sure if I should use it. Can anyone give me advice about using rosemary tea for ears? Thanks.

Multiple Remedies Helped Dog With Severe Side Effects After Rabies Vaccine

Sat, 21 Apr 18 20:50:19 -0700
Posted by Carolyn (Hollis, New Hampshire) on 04/21/2018
5 out of 5 stars

James Beats Odds Against Severe Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine

That fateful day, August 27th 2016 would change our lives forever--especially for our senior dog boy. James received a 3 yr. Rabies Vaccine at almost 7.5 years young. No adverse reactions ever before this and he was given as being healthy, smiling like he finally is now. But within 24 hours of that Rabies Vaccine, he suffered a couple of mild seizures with trembling at first seen by me when I went into see him early the next morning. James was not himself. He was lethargic & appeared uncoordinated slightly like he had a mild stroke plus he was wheezing & drooling heavily with whitish foamy stuff.

Wondering at first, he was bitten by a snake, I immediately gave him 4 tablespoons of Activated Charcoal (keep on hand as it has saved 4 other Springers & humans before) mixed in warm water & pulled it up into a horse syringe & got it down him safely. Noticed his throat & neck/jaw appeared swollen and inflamed. Next, I gave him Allergic Pet's VSF Nuroplex to help stop any more seizures which I had on hand from my English Springer Spaniel "Gabby" who suffered from Idiopathic Grand-Mal Seizures when was alive in 2016. Had to rush him to the Emergency Animal Medical Center 10 minutes away & upon examination there was no evidence of any snake bite. However, before rushing him to the ER, noticed James was draining heavy whitish/frothy foam & large grayish/greenish mucus lumps from his mouth into his spring water bowl. James showed paralysis & was unable to move his neck & his lower jaw dropped down frozen as he could not pull it back up. He was clearly paralyzed. I asked if this was a severe reaction to the Rabies Vaccine but the doctors would not say. After finding zero bacteria in his mucus and no areas bitten, they gave me advice to give James Bendryl plus a safe form of Pepcid AC. He had no vomiting or diarrhea & the Benedryl did absolutely nothing except make him loopier & more imbalanced. Home again, for James's severe throat swelling/inflammation & Larynx swollen with severely swollen lymph nodes in his neck, I started him on my Solgar's Curcumin--opening the liquid gel caps mixing them with Coconut Oil & water given via syringe. I held his head up as he could not take it by himself.

By day 2, had a lengthy consult with Paw Healer's Holly Meade who express-mailed me their Lung Qi Support Damp Heat which I had to mix into soft liquefied Organic Pumpkin Puree & Turkey Bone Broth.

By day 3--made a 2nd ER trip to the Emergency Room with James and Vet Doctors did CatScans of his head, throat, & neck. They called it a rare form of Open Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuritis of his neck, throat & jaw but even 3 days later, when he received that Rabies Vaccine, doctors would not say it was directly caused by the 3 yr. Rabies Vaccine--Yet the symptoms I witnessed emulated everything about Rabies except for PICA (which James could not even eat dirt or pebbles) in the Paralytic Dumb Phase which is fully described with its symptoms by the Veterinary Merck Manual for Canines & Web PETMD James required my full assistance in feeding & giving him water via a syringe for 9 weeks straight. He was prescribed Temaril-P (a steroid to control severe inflammation)for 4 weeks and weened off of that as I was already using Pawhealer's Lung Qi to reopen his lungs by eliminating excessive fluids/mucus & 1/3rd teaspoon of Curcumin Complex Powder mixed with 2 teaspoonfuls liquid Coconut Oil three times daily for pain & inflammation reduction. I contacted Dr. Will Falconer DVM, a certified Homeopathic Vet in Texas & described everything to him that happened to James. He stated that he had personally witnessed "exactly the same thing that James went through" numerous times as a Traditional & Homeopathic Veterinarian--and in fact, James did have a severe life-threatening reaction to the Rabies Vaccine attacking his Central Nervous System as the Rabies Vaccine directly impacts the Nerves. It took James 8 long weeks to regain 80% of his strength plus another 10 weeks more to fully recover. He never use to have allergic reactions before until after being given that Rabies Vaccine.

Since, then I have had to do full Liver Detox using Dr. Jean Hovre's formula Liver Support for past 12 months & take him completely off dry kibble. Learned from Dr. Karen Becker that dry kibble is 50 - 60% carbohydrate starch & sugar. James will never again be able to have the Rabies Vaccine as it could kill him the next time. And, Dr. Falconer further re-iterated that James should be exempt & never again have the Rabies Vaccine because he already has more than enough antibodies against it for the rest of his life. He is undergoing special allergy testing this week and awaiting the results.

And, Liver Detoxing 3 weeks before any vaccine given & 3 weeks afterwards too. Since then Anti-Vaccinosis Protocol is a must for all our three English Springers. Per Dr. Peter Dobias DVM in Vancouver, Canada--3 days before James gets 4 pellets of 30c Thuja Occidentalis (without human hand touching to devoid the potency) twice daily & on day of, he and the others get 200c Thuja (thru or and then 4 days afterwards, they all get 4 pellets of 200c Thuja.

Now, James must see a Veterinary Internist who will run a special drugs panel on his blood serum to determine what anesthesias are safe for James because he has had numerous inflammatory ear infections which have literally caused his ear canals to swell shut off and on from September 2017 forward (again after the Rabies Vaccine fiasco). He is currently on a special Rotation Diet of freeze-dried Rabbit, Turkey, Bison, & Cod (all Organic, non-GMO, wild-caught or grass-fed) with NWC Naturals Digestive Enzymes & Pre/Pro-biotics. Since it is 6 months changing his diet, he also gets Organic Spinach or Kale, Chard, or Celery, fresh blueberries, blackberries but no STARCH and avoiding all Brewer's Yeast. Was informed by Dr. Karen Becker, Holistic VMD that while detoxing James, his ears would get more debris & brown gunk coming out of them--this part is definitely true. And, now James has Dr. Mercola's Curcumin & Medicinal Mushroom Complex combo twice daily. He gets a special Vet Classics Anti-oxidant with Co-Enzyme Q-10 & Dr. Mercola's Krill Oils & Astaxanthin for his nerve, brain, eyes and skin. Additionally, he is on Allergic Pet's VSF Skin-Eze for past 18 months & his inflamed skin & ears have returned to normal. Believe both their Nuroplex which James must be on for rest of his life and Allergic Pet's Holistic Skin-Eze are helping with his dietary changes for the better. He has more energy & is smiling again which has been a long-time reappearing. Recently started him on Springtime's Raw Bee Pollen Granules (over 70 + vitamins, minerals, enzymes, nucleic acids) which is helping prevent allergic environmental reactions & food intolerances. The Rotational Diet is very similiar to Nutritional Ketogenic Diet using same Moderate Fresh Lean Meats (lightly baked in Spring water for 1/2 normal bake time) plus very low Carbs & high unsaturated healthy fats like Krill, Cod, & Coconut oils with Organic Raw Fruits n Veggies with low sugars. (No Chicken or eggs, though as they are suspected allergens). Clearly it is working as his energy level has soared since there are no grains & no starches & no dry kibble.

Will know better what he can safely have as food sources once Spectrum notifies my Veterinarian and we do a consult again. James is doing weekly ear cleanings by an Ear Specialist/Veterinary team to see if we can avoid having to do an expensive deep ear suctioning procedure. The Veterinarian doing this has tried for past 6 months twice to get a minature camera down James's ear canals to get a better look down beyond them to the ear drum area. That was unsuccessful still as of last week.

At first Zoetis's Apoquel was recommended but I refused that based upon clinical reviews that prove Apoquel causes agressive Lymphomas, Sarcomas, life-threatening pneumonia, severe nose bleeds, seizures, & death in dogs over 1 year of age. Emminent death is a result of it being tested on dogs under 1 year old. And, now the newest drug offering by Zoetis is Cytopoint, a monoclonal antibody that targets the Interleukin 31 in both canines and humans. Just as Apoquel permanently cripples the immune system by suppressing it so that Cancers rise up & attack as well as infections it appears Cytopoint is not much better. Interleukin 31 is a cytokine/protein encoded by the IL-31 gene and is made by type 2 helper T-Cells. If this monoclonal antibody targets & shuts down T (Thymus) and B (Bone-marrow) cells which are needed to successfully thwart Cancer Cells from multiplying once again, the dog's or pup's Immune System becomes suppressed giving rise to more mitochondria (energy cells) being destroyed because T & B Cells can't do their jobs of adaptive immunity defensive responses against invaders.

So bottom line: 36 Laboratory Beagles with already healthy immune defenses being tested by Zoetis's Cytopoint (Mono-Clonal Antibody) injections in-house for 7 months and rushed to market without any Unbiased Independent Clinical or University studies & longer period research/tests backing it up, clearly does not make a success story for Cytopoint. Prefer to use caution here as do all holistic veterinarians with common sense like Dr. Falconer. He is waiting for "the other shoe to drop and this newest drug will probably come back to bite you." (Vital Animal). His advice: Pet Parent Beware as do Dr. Andrew Jones, Dr. Edward Jones and other DVM's! Will update the results of James's Allergen Tests when they become available later by next week.

  Re: Cat With Long Term Mange

Sat, 21 Apr 18 20:41:21 -0700
Posted by Susan E. (Pennsylvania) on 04/21/2018

Why would all of you go to such lengths, when Frontline Plus pour-on (or a more generic "Fipronil" product will do), is simply a pour-on, right on the neck of the animal like most flea treatment (and kills fleas also) & poof, problem solved, PLUS you are mange free for a month, sooooo no possible reinfection from surfaces, wild animals. My Mom & I went through this GIANT ridiculous month-long treatment duo with 7 cats & I found out later how easy it could've been from my VET-TECH. Now the only thing everyone needs to be sure of is NEVER NEVER EVER use Permethrin on CATS!!!! Its killing so many Cats that they have asked Veterinarians all across the United States to put up their laminated poster in every office. It will kill them in a pour-on, or make them very very sick; if accidental, quickly wash them with only mild soap (especially on the neck), preferably Baby Shampoo (tried & true), force-feed w/a syringe (no needle) water & a little bit of activated charcoal (don't give them any where near a full capsule) & then run them just as fast as your GPS & car can get you to an animal emergency clinic or open veterinarian, even if you didn't call ahead. You can get activated charcoal at Wal-Mart near the Beano capsules in the gas relief medicine section & the capsules are bright pink. Or you can get some at, I think its called Kaolin Suspension. I'm not sure that this works for a pesticide though and Permey=thrin "IS" a pesticide. All of those pour-ons are, however I understand Brewers Yeast can help alot with fleas and ticks, probably on, who also carry some kick-butt tinctures that are herbs, etc. to calm cats down so you can treat them, for thunderstorms, constipation, the works (God I love this site). They can at least tell you the closest hospital. However, always know what the best Animal Hospital is near you & have directions right there. Been there, done that, and you poor people (like me) will quickly realize how much cost doesn't matter when your love is looking bad, but try not to go to a big fancy pants shiny new machines free food place. They'll treat you real good, but not even rich people should pay those prices (as did I recently), but I was a butt-head, but I got back on the Facebook with the owner, I explained & she wants me to call her. The only time it is ever ok to say cats & Permethrin in the same sentence is if it is ear mite drops. Don't get them on their skin, but if you do, have a warm soapy rag ready to wipe it off - - twice.

  Re: Garlic for Dogs

Sat, 21 Apr 18 20:40:06 -0700
Posted by Elle (Nc) on 04/21/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had a small terrier for 17 years and sprinkled garlic on his food resulting in no fleas or tics. Same with the lab I had for 15 years.

Homeopathy for Anal Gland Issues

Sat, 21 Apr 18 20:27:57 -0700
Posted by Miss Ellie (Minneapolis, Mn) on 04/20/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have an 11 y/o, 12 lb, shih-Tzu-maltese, Ellie. I must say I LOVE EARTHCLINIC and thank you ALL for taking time to contribute natural alternative remedies. My dog has refused VET treatments for at least 1/2 of her life because of all the great info on this website!!! So, I'm going to chime in for all that has worked so well for her so others can benefit as well. This one has to do with unusual scooting issues all fall through winter.

I finally ordered the Silicea 6x on Amazon since no one carried it at a brick and mortar here. Started giving her 1 pellet/day and slowly increased to 3 pellets/day until her scooting eventually stopped and her poop was more solid. It took about 2 weeks (give or take). Oh what a relief, she says!! If I saw her start to scoot I'd just give her another one time dose and she was fine.

  Re: Matted Fur

Sat, 21 Apr 18 20:26:36 -0700
Posted by Lynn (Spruce Pine, Nc) on 04/20/2018

I tried the baby oil first and now she won't let me get near her to try and get it out. What do you suggest I do?

 Re: St. Bernard With Chronic Diarrhea

Sat, 21 Apr 18 20:09:48 -0700
Posted by Mich (Jersey) on 04/21/2018

Rescued a St Bernard with chronic diarrhea. Went to many vets for years who prescribed metronidazole and all other drugs and had him on all different diets for food allergies. Spent THOUSANDS on anything and every test available. When he was 9 yo I ran out of his special order food and had to settle for the grocery store food which is in the refrigerated section (not an ad so you u figure it out). For the 1st time in his life he had normal poops! I cannot believe this food was right in front of my face the whole time. He stayed on that food for another 2 years with no problems and NO DIARRHEA! He passed, but his last 2 years were the best!

I hope this helps someone the way it helped me & Chester!

  Re: Black Salve for Stubborn Wart on Dog

Fri, 20 Apr 18 09:46:39 -0700
Posted by 4paws (Ontario, Canada) on 04/19/2018

Good for you, Patty! I hope your cocker clears the wart as perfectly as my little girl did! You're a great mama! Let us know what happens!

Love & Light

 Re: Could an Anal Glands Issue in Dog be Neurological?

Thu, 19 Apr 18 09:01:01 -0700
Posted by Daisy (Argentina) on 04/18/2018

Hi there! My dogs has a neurological issue. It started in August last year. I've visited many vets and nobody know exactly what is it and what caused it. His back legs got paralized suddenly, no symptoms before. Now he has recovered quite a lot, he can walk again, but he can't pee by himself (I have to express his bladder 3 times a day) and he can't poo. He just leak all the time, but he can't expel it voluntarily. He had many tests and they were all ok. We try lots of medications but no solution for now... Yesterday my vet recommended to start physiotherapy and to give him Vitamin B, and he said I have to wait because the neurological problems recovers with time. So it's preety had to live with him like this.. I'm trying to do all my best. If anybody can say something I'll aprecciate a lot. Sorry for my english. And I hope your dog gets better soon, Judes

 Re: Could an Anal Glands Issue in Dog be Neurological?

Wed, 18 Apr 18 17:59:34 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/18/2018

Hey Judes,

It does not sound like a spinal or neurological issue. Since you did not provide more info as to what else is going on, it is hard to say if it is related or not. But generally speaking, it does not sound like leaky anal glands are related to a spine issue. I have experienced spine issues in dogs and saw them drag just the tips of their toes when walking, or not being aware if their foot was up or down/not knowing to orient their paw pad to the surface they are walking on. Leaking anal glands *sound* like a dietary issue. But again, without knowing the full picture it may not be a complete answer.

Could an Anal Glands Issue in Dog be Neurological?

Wed, 18 Apr 18 12:24:53 -0700
Posted by Judes (Portland, Me) on 04/18/2018

My dog is going through a health crisis...months of vets and no answers (the next step is an MRI). Of her many symptoms, one is her anal glands leaking. The vet said this was nothing to worry about, but with all of her other symptoms, I think it is. He expelled them but said they weren't impacted or infected, but they continue to leak. She poops normally; feces are the right density to give her anal glands pressure. She doesn't strain when going. All of her tests have come back clear, so I'm beginning to think she has something neurological or a spinal issue. Have any of you experienced this problem with your pup and found out it was related to the spine?

  Re: Clavamox Side Effects in Cats

Wed, 18 Apr 18 12:23:17 -0700
Posted by Kelli (Pa) on 04/17/2018

I am truly sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to anyone losing a pet having been there myself, I am deeply saddened to know this happened to you.
I am grateful for the information as my cat recently was rushed to the vet with a high fever which resulted in 4 days in the hospital. He was given Clavamox and Baytril. He would not take the Baytril and I continued him on Clavamox for 12 days as directed. I discontinued at day 12 because he vomited but made a full recovery. It's so hard to know what the symptoms will be if there is a reaction, sites like this are incredibly helpfulin that regard. I am grateful for this knowledge as I have another cat and I know what to look for.

Thank you for sharing. Again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar on Lab's Ear Infection Worked!

Wed, 18 Apr 18 12:19:34 -0700
Posted by Gord (Nl) on 04/18/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Used apple cider vinegar on my 10 year old yellow lab. He had a nasty ear infection in his left ear for a while that wouldn't go away. Smelled really bad and had a gross fluid coming out. I tried just wiping his ears out but didn't work. Seen this page and said I would try the ACV treatment as a last resort before the vet. I'm glad I did! After 1 day, his ear stopped stinking and now it's been three days, just applying once every evening, he is almost back to normal. No gross stink fluid and hardly any head shakes at all! Worked like a charm. Going to keep it going daily for at least another week to make sure it's totally cleared up!

  Re: Baytril Side Effects

Wed, 18 Apr 18 12:07:51 -0700
Posted by Kelli (Pa) on 04/17/2018

I am extremely thankful to come across this post, my cat was just prescribed this medicine along with others after having a suspected respiratory infection. He wouldn't take this drug regardless of my many efforts and the vet told me to stop administering. I can't tell you how GRATEFUL I am to know this, I had never heard of the drug before and in my research came across so much information it's hard to know what to listen to esp when your cat is seriously ill. Thank you so much for letting others know. I am however deeply saddened that it was learned by the loss of your cats, my heart goes out to you and I am truly sorry for your loss.

 Re: FIV and Gingivitis in Cat

Wed, 18 Apr 18 12:05:18 -0700
Posted by Rita (Seattle, Wa) on 04/18/2018

My cat Riley is going to be one the first week of May, this year, 2018. He has had stomatitis now for most likely since he was a little kitten. I didn't notice at first. I have given him many kinds of supplements, but the l-lysine and the vitamin B complex seem to help the most. He also get some mom, diatomaceious earth, and now some tumeric. His mouth doesn't hardly stink anymore and his gums look 80% better. I have tried many things and of course his is on a strict raw diet as well. I think he was vaccine injured by his first shots before I adopted him at the shelter, maybe because he was also fixed at 4 weeks! Way too early according to holistic vets. Anyway he is growing, doing well, with plenty of energy and stamina. I will not remove his teeth and think the conventional medical model is prehistoric. They have no answers. Everything I have done for Riley is self medicated, with research from holistic vets online advise and blogs like this. I am now going to add coconut oil to his regime because I have read many things about it with immune system compromise. I pray that most of use that are dealing with these issues can find the answers. One of them being avoiding vaccines. Especially for strictly indoor cats.

Rabies Vaccine Side Effects

Tue, 17 Apr 18 08:49:58 -0700
Posted by Stellabru2 (New York, Ny) on 04/16/2018
0 out of 5 stars

Lump by Injection Site

I'm reporting that my 4 pound, 5 month old female yorkie who was in perfect health received her rabies vaccine & now has a dime sized lump by injection site. It's been 2 weeks, just noticed it calling vet tomorrow. The male has no lump but has been much more aggressive since receiving the shot. They received aluminum free, I asked for this based on other recommendations but unsure how to handle this now.

ACV for Feline Respiratory Disease

Mon, 16 Apr 18 12:52:01 -0700
Posted by Mrs. M. Inman (Ash, North Carolina) on 04/16/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I want to thank this site for helping me save my baby Sookie. She was about 4 month December 2017 when she got a bad upper respiratory infection. Poor thing was so bad I didn't expect her to make it. I did research and try so many different methods to help and I used different home remedies and got no results and she was getting worst. I just wish I could have ran across this site before I did because her eyes both of them was swelled shut by the time I ran across this site and got the apple cider vinager (with the mother/organic) and mixed it all like this site recommended.

At 1st I only had the regular apple cider vinager and I saw very small improvement, which was more than I have seen in a week. So I made the trip to get the good kind you guys call for. I swear by it to everyone now and I tell everyone with cats and kittens about this site and the apple cider vinager. Don't get me wrong that you will think that the organic kind is more expensive than the regular usual kind we all usually keep in our pantries. But it is what they say "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!! " LOL. Cause as soon as I got home and mixed the organic kind together with water and put it on the back of her and her brother's neck and I seen her improve by 50% overnight. Along with using a vaporizer 24/7 to help her breath and to break up all the congestion in her lungs and all I crushed up lysine and put it in her food when I could get her to eat or desolved it in warm water and put it in a dropper and drop it down her throat so she would get the medicine. And also giving her a round of penicillin shots every other day. And I put Vaseline on her eyes to help ease her and help them from scabbing over.

After 2 weeks of doctoring her she finally came thru the week after christmas. I had told my husband that the only thing I wanted for christmas was for her to get better and could care less if I got anything else. I got my christmas wish, it was just a few days late but the improvement everyday gave me hope. It broke my heart to watch her lose all her weight and she wouldn't eat and you couldn't force feed her either. And we kept dropping pedi lite down her throat also while she didn't have an appetite. And we gave her strong smelling cat pate from the can or pouch to get her to eat when she would. I knew it was because she couldnt smell anything and a kitten is bad for not eating anything if they can not smell it.

All I know this site is a blessing and my sookie is here today for all your help. I believe in yall's remedies and will always pass the site along to anyone that needs it. She is doing so good now and hardly has any signs of ever being sick but for a little glaze or fog on her eyes which they look better everyday which I'm sure they will never be completely 100% but she sure is a lucky kitty. She is smart and so loving. I don't know what I would have done if I had lost her. I know that I would be experiencing her at all and she is a delight. And she thanks you guys too from the bottom of her heart also.

Natural Cures Urgently Needed for Puppy With Parvo

Mon, 16 Apr 18 09:17:05 -0700
Posted by Sharon (Durban) on 04/16/2018

My pupply is battling the parvo virus and is very sick after taking him for treatment to vet? Please send me more natural home remedies that work fast.

EC: Hi Sharon, please see our article here and read all the posts from our readers on that page. Activated charcoal and pedialyte (electrolytes) are two highly recommended remedies.

  Re: Aloe Vera for Cats

Mon, 16 Apr 18 09:12:29 -0700
Posted by Anne (Tucson) on 04/16/2018

We do every day....the food we eat is poisoned now due to the approval of the FDA...monsonto is the king of culprits and even the Organic in grocery stores has been labeled safe, yet all they did was lower the regulations to put the label "Organic " on foods....lets not EVEN get into the chemical sprays Roundup....on food

 Re: What Can Help My Dog With Cloudy Eyes?

Mon, 16 Apr 18 08:56:11 -0700
Posted by Cathy (Picayune, Ms) on 04/15/2018

How much astaxanthin for a 22 lb dog?