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What Should I Expect with Cat on Essiac Tea?

Wed, 02 Sep 15 21:24:28 -0500
Posted by Jeff (Morgan Hill, Ca) on 09/02/2015

Hi...We've been giving our 7 yr old cat Essiac (West) tea since July 7. At this point, the tumor has gotten very noticeably larger and more prominent. The good news is that, as per what most testimonials and Essiac West has advised what to expect, it should look like that at this stage. Question: Since the tumor is soon going to erupt, can anyone who have experienced this with thei cat/dog advise how to clean it up, whether to apply a Poultice is needed, and/or if it will take care of itself? Thanks...Jeff

  Re: Cat Peeing Blood

Wed, 02 Sep 15 21:17:43 -0500
Posted by Cindycp77 (Texas) on 09/02/2015

[YEA]  I have had male cats with this issue. I changed their food and it solved the problem. 9 Lives urinary tract is what they eat. Hope you caught this in time. Sounds like she has an urinary tract infection.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas

Wed, 02 Sep 15 21:07:33 -0500
Posted by Cheryl (Indianapolis) on 09/02/2015

I'm so clueless but what's one part ACV and Water? I want to get it exactly right two dogs and one is suffering so bad and he has issues with wax and shakes his head and scratches all day everyday. The vet ear cleaner is $20!! Help!

EC: One Part of each, means equal parts of each.  For example, 1 cup water plus 1 cup ACV.

Flour for Bleeding Dog Nail

Wed, 02 Sep 15 21:01:57 -0500
Posted by Tara C. (Warwick, Ri) on 09/02/2015

[YEA]  Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just trimmed my Rottweiler's black nails and cut one too short my mistake. It started bleeding and I felt terrible. I immediately looked online for a remedy and found your site. I used self rising flour and it stopped the bleeding in just a few minutes! I just put it in a bag and placed her foot inside. Then kept her calm. I can't thank you enough for this site and helping me make everything ok! She is happily chewing on a new bone and being still and calm (thanks to my guilty conscience) and making sure to give her booboo time to heal.

  Re: Cat Peeing Blood

Wed, 02 Sep 15 17:28:32 -0500
Posted by Jeff (Cleveland) on 09/02/2015

My 3 year old rescue will not urinate in her litterbox and is now just laying around peeing blood. Will ACV help her in anyway? Can't afford a vet bill and am afraid of the alternative

Thank You in Advance.

  Re: Hydrogen Peroxide, DMSO for Tumors

Wed, 02 Sep 15 17:27:52 -0500
Posted by Cynthia (New Jersey) on 09/02/2015

Hoping you can help!

I have a 12yo Xlarge male tabby that developed Cancerous Cell Mass Tumors on his head and now in his neck. The Vet won't operate they say it is dangerous and may not get it all - it would also leave the wound open because there is not enough skin to cover the incision. They tried Palladia Chemotherapy - it did nothing but made him sick and the CMT got bigger! Now the vet has my poor boy on prednisone to help shrink it and increase his appetite. I hate giving him all these drugs.

Can you please recommend a way to get rid of these tumors and bring my boy back to health?

  Re: Heart Murmur Supplements

Wed, 02 Sep 15 17:08:31 -0500
Posted by Mary (Fremantle, W.a Australia) on 09/02/2015

Hi there!

How is your cavalier doing? I had the exact same experience with my 1st CKC who died from heart disease. I have 3 beautiful Cavaliers, one of them was diagnosed with grade 2 couple of weeks ago. So I really would like to start giving her the same treatment.

Could you give me a bit more information about it? Where do you get it? And also about the dosage. (For ex the ribose 850mg, twice daily , do you actually give him 850mg -2 /day? )

Also, I would be interested to know who advised you because I can not believe there are still so many dogs dying of heart disease just because the owners have no idea and aren't told there's actually something they can do to really help! Thanks so much for your help!

Mary, Australia

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Feline UTI

Wed, 02 Sep 15 11:26:23 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 09/02/2015

Hey Circadio!

I tried to see just exactly *whose* post you were commenting on, but was unable to do so - it appears you are commenting on the title page, or from the many comments in this topic, ie 'you guys'.

Not trying to be difficult, but I wanted to address some mistakes in your post.

1) While raw apple cider vinegar is acidic - containing acetic and malic acides, it turns into an effective alkalizer once inside our body. This is because apples in their natural state are alkaline. Any food, including vinegar, undergoes oxidation when digested by your body. This oxidation process turns apple cider vinegar alkaline because that is it's natural state [ie apple] even though it contains malic acid and acetic acid.

Read all about how raw ACV works:

2) A feline UTI - urinary tract *infection* - IS caused by bacteria. The key here for cats is that cats usually do not have bacterial UTIs - they have Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)/cystitis, often involving the struvite crystals that you mention.

3) This is not how it works. ACV does not lower the PH/make urine more acid - it makes it more akaline, or helps bring an acid PH more in the balanced range. And - not all urinary crystals are bicarbonate in composition - some are calcium oxalate, which do not dissolve in acetic acid/with an acid PH.

Bottom line: raw, unpasturized ACV has proven to help many pet owners keep their pets healthy. It may not be the answer to every problem, but it can provide great relief to some pets.

Source: over 45 years PE [practical experience keeping all manner of pets healthy]

Apple Cider Vinegar for Feline UTI

Tue, 01 Sep 15 23:35:51 -0500
Posted by Circadio (Boston, Ma) on 08/23/2015

Hi there, I was just reading over your post about using apple cider vinegar for a UTI, and I noticed a mistake.

In the description of how it works, you have stated that "when the vinegar enters the body, it creates an alkaline environment that kills. However there are three issues with that statement.

1) Vinegar is comprised of Acetic Acid, and is of course, a very acidic compound. Thus when you put it into the body, it creates an "acidic" environment by lowering the Ph.

2) This does not affect "bacteria" as stated, as a feline UTI is not caused by a bacterial infection. It is instead caused by bicarbonate cystic crystals, which physically obstruct urine flow.

3) Lastly, this means that in truth, the vinegar is working to lower the urine Ph, which in turn causes the the bicarbonate obstruction to dissolve. Its essentially the same as if you were to throw a "Tums" into a cup of vinegar water, it would dissolve at a much higher rate than it would in just plain. This is because the blockage in the urinary tract is comprised of highly "basic" components.

Source: I am a 3rd year medical student, this is very simple to me.

Not trying to be difficult, and I appreciate what you guys are doing, I'm 100% organic myself, as well as my family and pets. Thanks again :)

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Helping Cystitis in Cat

Tue, 01 Sep 15 23:30:54 -0500
Posted by Terry Schneider (Alberta, Canada) on 09/01/2015

[YEA]  I have read ALL the comments on ACV which I agree 100%. Organic and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is the best for breaking down crystals and dissolving them (this can be purchased at the health food store). Its always better to add a few drops of "concentrated cranberry juice 100% pure" (can get this at a health food store also) to the moist cat food. Another good ingredient to Always add to your cats moist food daily is "Pure Pumpkin" (about a teaspoon, can be purchased at Walmart, but make sure its "PURE"), this gives extra moisture to the moist cat food, this was recommended to be by my cats vet. Your cat will urinate more and keep the unitary tract healthy.

My tabby Meko is experiencing UTI right now, so tonight I have started him on...Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (5 drops) 100% Pure Concentrated Cranberry Juice (5 drops) and a teaspoon of PURE Pumpkin in his moist food, along with about 3 tablespoons of water (mix well, should be a little runny in texture). I will continue to do this 3 times a day for 7-10 days depending on how he is doing.

A good idea is to add about 7-10 drops of ACV to the water they drink daily. Mix the ACV in the water so they cant tell you have added it. Its not at all harmful on cats that drink ACV on a daily basis, it keeps their urinary tract from getting crystals.

I hope the above information is helpful to everyone...and remember "Pure Pumpkin" is always a good thing to add to your cats moist food on a daily basis...Your cat should have 1 moist serving a day (recommended by vet).

  Re: Chiropractic and Syringomyelia

Tue, 01 Sep 15 21:32:35 -0500
Posted by Katie (Northport, Ny) on 09/01/2015


There was another thing I wanted to mention about Darcy's treatment. Darcy had a hot spot in his neck which we noticed even before the severe signs of syringomyelia appeared. We did not know why this area in his neck was so much warmer (or hotter) to the touch than the surrounding skin. But when we brought him to the vet, he treated this area too, in addition to the spinal area with the laser. This gave immediate relief to Darcy. This is when we noticed his muscles moving and contracting as the laser was held over it. So, the vet continues to treat this area, along with the spinal area. Just wanted to mention this in case you notice something similar with your dog.

Also, although his initial visit was 45 minutes, it was a combination laser/chiro treatment. His laser treatments have never been 45 minutes long. I think his regular treatments are typically around 15/20 minutes or so.

  Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure

Tue, 01 Sep 15 14:45:37 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 09/01/2015

Hey Stacy!

What you are dealing with does not sound at all like demodex - yet your recent skin scrapings confirm this is so; something *has* to be going on here.

If this were my dog I would cease the ivermectin and mitaban dips and use Ted's Mange Remedy. Even if it fails to work completely, it is better than dipping him in mitaban. But first things first...

What are you feeding your boy? A RAW home diet is ideal, but barring that a grain free top of the line kibble is your best bet. Grain free A-one kibble is critical; no grains, no red food dyes, no un-named ingredients of any kind on the ingredient label.

Soothing baths help: oatmeal shampoos followed up with vinegar and water rinses and on alternate days baths with Ted's remedies for mange or the anti-staph remedy.

**For sure I would supplement his water with epsom salts, borax or baking soda in some way. Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection - and sometimes despite the best nutrition out there we will experience an individual that for some reason is deficient in a mineral such as boron. If the dog is low in magnesium quite often allergies will arise. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.

You might also consider a topical cream for the open sores; an OTC tripple antibiotic may help, this applied after the mange remedy or anti-staph remedy bath; you might also consider calendula creams or lavender oil creams to help calm the skin - just be sure you are using quality essential oil products.

One last thought; resistant demodex cases usually have an underlying issue compromising the immune system. It will be helpful to have your vet do a full blood panel and check the organ function and the thyroid function. If the bloodwork shows no issues I would still keep a flag waiving in the back of my mind to look for a hidden disease condition - so monitor your boy carefully, and keep a log of what he eats, his food treats, any changes in laundry soaps or cleaning chemicals in the house, new carpets - all these may contribute to a skin condition. For now though, feed the most excellent food you can and start the water supplements, and be sure the supplemented water is the only source of water available for drinking.

  Re: Activated Charcoal Saved Puppy With Parvo

Tue, 01 Sep 15 14:24:43 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 09/01/2015

Hey Pearl!

I buy mine online/Amazon - but you can also find it in health food stores or if desperate at an aquarium store in larger pellet form that you must grind in to a fine powder before using.

What is Best Natural Food For Dog With Seizures?

Tue, 01 Sep 15 13:14:14 -0500
Posted by Daisy125 (Orlando, Fl) on 09/01/2015

My 13y old pinkengese gets siezures every 3 to 4 days and looking to put him on a natural food diet..any ideas which natural food is best? Thank you

  Re: Parvo

Tue, 01 Sep 15 11:57:20 -0500
Posted by Leslie (Florence, Al) on 09/01/2015

For all of you who've experienced the Parvo nightmare...please know that your dog does not have to come in contact with an infected animal to contract Parvo. The virus can live in the ground for YEARS and tends to be more problematic when the ground becomes saturated from rain. Vaccinating your animals is their only real protection from Parvo. Once you've had an animal with Parvo, it's likely that your yard is infected and it should be treated to prevent the spread of the disease. I've heard that bleach will work, but I don't know in what concentration. I would research that first...there might even be something that's more effective. Luck and love to you all.

  Re: Dog Poisoned by Chinaberry

Tue, 01 Sep 15 11:56:51 -0500
Posted by Soazburrolady (Southern Az) on 09/01/2015

So very sorry you are dealing with a sick pup. Theresa is right. Take your dog to the vet. However, just a quick note from my personal experience with China berry trees (which we call ball bearing trees for obvious reasons). We have multiple such trees on our property, and have for 26 years. Every one of our many dogs over those years has munched on them with no ill effects whatsoever. One dog, who I have now, loves them: eats them at the green stage, and really loves them when they dry. My burros also eat them without consequence. it at all possible there is a different cause for your pup's distress? All the best.

 Re: Help Needed for Very Sick Dog with Chronic Diarrhea

Tue, 01 Sep 15 11:24:38 -0500
Posted by Pria (Toronto) on 09/01/2015

Change his food. Feed him home cooked meat and vegetables (pureed). Don't worry about supplements at this point. You want to keep it simple.

Down the road you can get honest kitchen dehydrated veggie base to mix with fresh meat or complete foods to make sure he is not missing anything or their complete meals.

Home cooking takes abit more work. You need bone meal , multi vitamin and unadulterated cold press omega 6 oil (sunflower , canola). Important not to cook the oil.

Simple recipes from Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets book by Dr Donald Strombeck is now available online for free.

Hope that helps.

 Re: Dog Miserable with Itchy Skin

Tue, 01 Sep 15 11:23:53 -0500
Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 09/01/2015

You may also need to change his food to a higher-quality food. Different protein source, perhaps, and no grain or corn in it.

Make sure you ONLY use organic Apple Cider Vinegar (also known as OACV - the brand that begins with "Br"). You can do the vinegar rinse after shampooing as Theresa recommended. Mix up 1 cup OACV and 10 cups distilled water and get him soaked with this. Do not rinse it off. Let him air-dry.

Also, mix in 2 tablespoons of OACV to his food each time you feed him. Do this every day for 3 months, making sure you're also feeding him better food, and he should feel better.

Also do more reading of other's experiences with OACV here on this site.

  Re: Bloodroot Cured Equine Sarcoid

Tue, 01 Sep 15 11:15:48 -0500
Posted by Lawanda (Bloomingdale, Ga) on 09/01/2015

Where can you buy bloodroot? How much would I give my small 15 pound 13 year old dog? Thanks.

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