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 Re: Mange or Mites on Dogs

Sat, 30 Aug 14 17:43:20 -0500

Posted by Paulaj (Yorkshire, England) on 08/30/2014

Hi Theresa, thanks for replying. I do worry that vets sometimes treat animals for the wrong reasons, I wish I had a vet like yours :-). Both of my dogs are insured anyway so the bills don't bother me. My main concern is to avoid the toxic chemicals for all the dogs - the vets would have it otherwise.

I can't quite pin the symptoms on sarcoptic mange as it generally starts on the ears and face apparently and I can't see any hair loss at all on Kody - I can see, with my overly paranoid gaze, thinning of her fur on her thighs I think. It can't be demodectic because apparently that isn't contagious outside a litter situation. Kody only started nibbling at her legs and thighs yesterday.

I can't hurt her with this treatment can I, that's what I'm bothered about. Neither dog can live like this so something has to be done. Hopefully this borax and H2O2 treatment will sort it. If not then it's back in the hands of the vet but I'll be worried sick about the toxic treatment.

With the Borax and H2O2 treatment I gather that the situation will initially appear worse as the die off starts? I'm figuring that if it does get a little worse then it confirms that it is actually mites. Do you think that's so? And if it's been a flea bite allergy would it go on this long once any fleas that may have been on her have gone?

I've put the sodium bicarbonate in their water with a little borax as someone else suggested (I've taken this myself so I know its ok). I'll let you know how we get on.

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 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections

Sat, 30 Aug 14 17:21:32 -0500

Posted by Donna D (Nanaimo, BC) on 08/30/2014

Concern about the ACV solution!! First time user of this solution and wondering if it is normal for a dogs ear to ooze puss after using the solution.. Our dog seems to have relief but we were or are concerned about this being a problem??

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 Remedies Needed for Cockapoo's Heart Murmur

Sat, 30 Aug 14 13:00:23 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/30/2014

Hey John!

There are some folks who have a lot of experience with heart murmurs on this forum; I hope they are able to reply in a timely way for you.

I can only offer what I have seen after reviewing the posts here. What folks tend to do for *rapid relief* is to put their dogs on the vet prescribed drugs and then work to find a combination of natural remedies to replace the pharmaceuticals.

I DITTO your vet to see the specialist; this will give you the scope of the problem you are dealing with - a more thorough diagnosis, ie grade 4 heart murmur/ congestive heart failure, etc. The diagnosis will give insight to the prognosis. The specialist will prescribe drugs that have worked for them to address the symptoms. Based on a prognosis of long life expectancy you may wish to skip the drugs and go entirely natural remedy, or if you are looking at weeks to months you might wish to simply go all in with the vet prescribed drugs as these may ultimately bring the most relief in the timeliest manner. Again, speaking with the specialist may provide great insight as to how to move forward with the current diagnosis.

Fingers crossed those who have great experience with this disease condition will add their contributions.

Remedies Needed for Cockapoo's Heart Murmur

Sat, 30 Aug 14 12:19:42 -0500

Posted by John (North Vancouver, BC) on 08/30/2014

Our 10 pound, 15.5 year old Cockapoo has recently been diagnosed with a heart murmur. We thought we were going to lose her and the vet put her on anti-biotics and suggested she go to a heart specialist to determine what drugs to put her on. She has always been tremendously healthy and although 15.5 yo, most people still think she is a puppy. She now can no walk like she could, she has moments where she collapses with legs splayed, breathing is labored, coughs to clear her airway....

I love the advice you give with all the combinations of natural health products, but my question is this: Do you know a good commercial brand we can get her on today?... drops, powder.... that I can get from a health food store that may help at least in the short term while we get ourselves up to speed?

We want to get something for her fast... She has always been the picture of health and has always had a clean healthy diet. We have her on a tremendous Collagen Protein Chew (that we take ourselves) and that will help strengthen her little body and heart muscle, but want a natural health combination to give her more nutritional support asap.

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 Re: Why Does Dog Smell Like Swamp Water?

Sat, 30 Aug 14 09:31:48 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/30/2014

Hey Susan!

The things that come to mind with a stinky dog are seborrhea and yeast. Seborrhea usually presents as a waxy, oily coat; yeast is chronic and super itchy. Stress may feed both of these conditions so you are spot on to note it.

At this point you are doing all the right things to treat both conditions. So give it some time - a week? - and report back!

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 Re: Activated Charcoal/Pedialyte Dosage for Dog with Parvo?

Sat, 30 Aug 14 09:13:00 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/30/2014

Hey Jennie!

If your dog has good appetite, try 1/c cup into a large can of dog food - this for one meal, and I would feed at least 3x day spaced out and be sure to offer a bowl of electrolyte for her to drink as she wishes.

If your dog is not eating well, try 2 tablespoons into 1-2 cups of electrolyte solution and use a syringe to get him to drink - do this 6x day spaced out. Monitor to make sure your dog is staying hydrated.

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 Mange or Mites on Dogs

Sat, 30 Aug 14 09:09:04 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/30/2014

Hey Paula!

I have to say, that I for one have an excellent relationship with my vet, he doesn't scam me, isn't in it "just for the money", has talked me out of expensive tests that I insisted I needed [he was right, I didn't need them] and has always been fair with his pricing and when I thought things were expensive has always explained the bill in detail so I could see all fees charged were reasonable. Even if I don't like paying expensive vet bills, they are part of owning a pet and not all vets are crooks. So if you had a good relationship with your vet please do not let other's poor experiences change the way you relate to your vet.

Now, it is entirely possible your dogs have scabies mites; this is a contagious form of mange and as you already know, skin scrapings by their very nature can be hit or miss. If these were my dogs I would treat all three with the mange remedy. Do it twice the first week, and thoroughly clean and launder all bedding. Keep this up once a week after the initial 2 dips for another 6 weeks.

Also, alkalizing may help if what you are seeing is NOT contagious and just a huge coincidence that the Dodgy Dog did not give your dogs a bug; it is entirely possible all three are dealing with allergies. So try this; 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of drinking water, this as the only drinking water for 5 days, then drop down to 1/4 to 1 liter as a maintenance dose. When my dogs go through an episode of itchies I do this with their water and take it myself! If the dogs are reluctant to take the water I will do 1/4 into 1 liter for the first 2 days and then bump it up to 1/2 for 5 days and then drop down to the maintenance dose for 2 weeks. I don't keep them on the baking soda all the time, but during allergy season I will dose it 2-3 times a season.

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 Re: Activated Charcoal/Pedialyte Dosage for Dog with Parvo?

Sat, 30 Aug 14 07:18:56 -0500

Posted by Jennie (Ontario, CA) on 08/30/2014

We have a 55-60 yellow lab mix we are needing to treat for parvo. What is the dosage for the activated charcoal/pedialyte a dog her size?

Mange or Mites on Dogs

Sat, 30 Aug 14 07:15:13 -0500

Posted by Paula (Yorkshire, England) on 08/30/2014

Hi, I have two dogs; both around 90 lb in weight. Kez is a 10 year old GSD and Kody is almost 3 years old and is an Alaskan Shepherd. Both are long coats, really thick coated. All was fine until my daughter bought a "German Shepherd" pup from a dodgy looking woman in the street. This was about 5 months ago. Mika, my daughter's dog, who is really of non-specific breed, seemed ok and played with my Kody a lot in the first few months and everything seemed fine. About six weeks ago my daughter tells me that Mika is itching - so we changed her food and she got a bath and was treated with frontline for fleas. I check both my dogs and they seemed fine. Then five weeks ago Kody started scratting round her ears and neck. I bathed her in a neem oil soap that I make myself but she continued to scratch. I sprayed her with ACV and essential oils of lavender and orange and brushed her, hoovered her, washed all the bedding, boraxed the carpets etc - all several times - and still Kody itched.

We haven't seen Mika for the last four weeks - then my daughter tells me that Mika is pulling her fur out. I went to see her and Mika's coat is looking thin and her belly is red and sore looking. I suggested that my daughter take Mika to the vet. I took Kody to the vet. The vet took a nit comb down Kody's back and announced that it wasn't fleas. The vet looked at Kody's stomach, which is mainly a beautiful healthy pink but had about half a dozen red spots and a couple of black head-looking spots on it. The vet announced that Kody had a bacterial infection and prescribed anti-biotics. I

was concerned about Kez getting this and the vet said it wasn't contagious (I thought anything bacterial was contagious?). Kez has nothing - no itching, no red spots. Kody has been on the anti-biotics for a week now and has a week to go but she's getting worse. Now she's nibbling at herself and has broken the skin in a couple of places. She's mainly nibbling her legs, sides and thigh but she's still scratting at her neck and ears. Given all this info could anyone tell me what they think this is? Kez has no symptoms whatsoever - but then she avoided Mika and, although Kez and Kody get on really well, they don't contact so much with each other physically. Mika and Kody had very close contact - laying on each other and play biting each other a lot.

Today I'm going to start this borax and H2O2 treatment on Kody because she's getting miserable with this. I was going to take her back to the vet but my trust in vets, particularly after the last visit and after reading this forum, isn't so high. Kody is a healthy and strong dog, I can't think that her immune system is low because she's generally very healthy but I'm going to get her the supplements suggested on here anyway because she's had the anti-biotics.

Any ideas from anybody would be appreciated - I'm not sure what I'm dealing with and given that skin scrapings are so unreliable, by all accounts, I don't want to go down that road. I certainly don't want to use toxic chemicals on an otherwise very healthy dog. And I'm dreading the thought that Kez starts to itch because she's a rescue (four years ago) and isn't as easy to deal with as Kody who I've had from a pup. Kez is old and has arthritis and hates to be messed with - should I treat Kez "Just in case" or wait and see what happens? My gut says treat them both but I don't want to put Kez through unnecessary stress :-(

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 Re: Why Does Dog Smell Like Swamp Water?

Sat, 30 Aug 14 06:41:52 -0500

Posted by Susan (Las Vegas, NV) on 08/30/2014

Hey Theresa! Thank you for the remedy recipe. I am glad to know the remedy can be used daily. I will pick up the ingredients as soon as possible and try it out.

Earlier this evening while doing some chores I put her behind a puppy gate in the bedroom. She has some separation anxiety issues (we are working on eliminating them) and she went through her high-pitched squealing for quite awhile (stress).

Later when went into the room and picked her up that swampy smell was back again and it was strong enough to fill the bedroom.

She didn't have the smell before I put her behind the gate.

Her skin is still itchy but not like before when she was scratching herself 20 hours/day so I know that the food is starting to help her system.

When she was at her owner's house she was running and playing with another dog for days and before I started caring for her I'd noticed that smell. In fact it was so pungent I gave her a bath the same night she arrived.

Could that smell be caused by stress/anxiety and/or physical activity (playing with her dog buddy)?

Thank you!

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 Remedies Needed for Cat's Rash

Fri, 29 Aug 14 17:42:25 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/29/2014

Hey Martha!

A rash at the base of the tail is a text book symptom for fleas. Consider setting out a flea trap to see if your cat's environment is infested with fleas.

You will need a small lamp with an incandescent bulb, and a very shallow *white* tray or plate. You put the lamp on the floor, put the plate under it and then fill the plate with soapy water - use a dish soap like Dawn. Turn the light on at night, and then check the trap in the morning. If you find fleas, keep trapping those fleas, and move the trap from room to room. You can rid an environment of fleas using the trap alone with zero insecticides. If you do find fleas to be the issue you can bathe your cat and rinse with an apple cider vinegar solution - 1 part ACV to 10 parts water. You can also alkalize her drinking water by adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to help balance her PH and make her less appetizing to pests. Some people find that putting the ACV solution in a misting bottle and misting the affected areas works well also - just make sure the solution saturates the coat down to the skin.

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 Re: Vinegar for Dog's Ear Infection

Fri, 29 Aug 14 17:35:43 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/29/2014

Hey Donna!

Yes - regular vinegar will work.

I personally have no problems with solutions from my vet; in some cases I find the medicated solutions superior to the basic ACV/Isopropyl/H2O solution. I also find ZYMOX Otic Enzymatic ear drops with hydrocortisone super effective for painful, yeasty ears.

That said, I also LOVE Ted's Anti-Fungal/Anti-Staph remedy: It is super inexpensive, and I find this to have less "sting" than using white vinegar/Apple Cider Vinegar, and with one-step application as raw ears first must be healed with Olive Oil and garlic infusion before you can use the ACV remedies - you can just use Ted's staph remedy without causing a huge sting.

You will need epsom salts, borax, Milk of Magnesia and hydrogen peroxide. You can get all these over the counter at the drug store. The hydrogen peroxide is very probably a 3% solution, so you will need to dilute it. So take 1/3 cup of the hydrogen peroxide and add 2/3 cup of plain water to it; you now have a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Now add 1 table spoon each of the Milk of Magnesia, epsom salts and borax. Mix it really well in a small bottle and place the sealed bottle in a sink full of warm tap water to warm up the solution before you use it to liberally flush the ears. You can use this daily or twice daily until the ears are under control and healthy again. To keep them healthy you might wish to use the garlic oil infusion every 3rd day or flush with the vinegar solution every day.

On top of physically addressing the ears, I would consider alkalizing her water with baking soda; a crisis dose is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have this as her only drinking water. After 5 days you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water.

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 Why Does Dog Smell Like Swamp Water?

Fri, 29 Aug 14 17:28:21 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/29/2014

Hey Susan!

It is entirely possible the swamp smell is the result of your westie detoxing from the kibble now that he is on upgraded groceries.

If this were my dog I would bath daily if needed in Ted's Anti-Fungal/Anti-Staph remedy.

You will need epsom salts, borax, Milk of Magnesia and hydrogen peroxide. You can get all these over the counter at the drug store. The hydrogen peroxide is very probably a 3% solution, so you will need to dilute it. So take 1 bottle of the hydrogen peroxide and add 2 bottles of plain water to it; you now have 48 ounces of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Now add 6 table spoons each of the Milk of Magnesia, epsom salts and borax. I mix it up in an empty white vinegar jug and then I fill the bath tub with warm water, and then sit the jug in the tub while I bathe my dog - this let's the solution get nice and warm. Bathe your dog and use your hands to squeeze out any water in his coat. I rinse any suds out of the tub and then put in the plug. I then pour the solution over the dog and use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub and pour it over the dog again and again. Do this for 10 minutes, and then put the dog in an empty crate - do not towel dry, and no bedding. Let him sit and air dry for the next half an hour. The wet solution will continue to work until it is dry. This is effective for 24 hours and you can use it daily.

Additionally, I would consider alkalizing her water with baking soda; a crisis dose is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have this as her only drinking water. After 5 days you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water.

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 Help Needed for Dog's Skin Problems

Fri, 29 Aug 14 17:23:02 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/29/2014

Hey JillMarie!

I would start with Ted's Anti-Fungal/Anti-Staph remedy.

You will need epsom salts, borax, Milk of Magnesia and hydrogen peroxide. You can get all these over the counter at the drug store. The hydrogen peroxide is very probably a 3% solution, so you will need to dilute it. So take 1 bottle of the hydrogen peroxide and add 2 bottles of plain water to it; you now have 48 ounces of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Now add 6 table spoons each of the Milk of Magnesia, epsom salts and borax. I mix it up in an empty white vinegar jug and then I fill the bath tub with warm water, and then sit the jug in the tub while I bathe my dog - this let's the solution get nice and warm. Bathe your dog and use your hands to squeeze out any water in his coat. I rinse any suds out of the tub and then put in the plug. I then pour the solution over the dog and use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub and pour it over the dog again and again. Do this for 10 minutes, and then put the dog in an empty crate - do not towel dry, and no bedding. Let him sit and air dry for the next half an hour. The wet solution will continue to work until it is dry. This is effective for 24 hours and you can use it daily.

Additionally, I would consider alkalizing her water with baking soda; a crisis dose is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have this as her only drinking water. After 5 days you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water.

Lastly, consider changing brands of dog food - study the ingredients and see how much grain the diet contains. Some dogs are highly sensitive to grains in their diet and yeast issues are associated with grain diets.

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 Remedies Needed for Dog's Ear Infection

Fri, 29 Aug 14 17:11:28 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/29/2014

Hey MissLiss!

I would start with Ted's Anti-Fungal/Anti-Staph remedy: I find this to have less "sting" than using Apple Cider Vinegar.

You will need epsom salts, borax, Milk of Magnesia and hydrogen peroxide. You can get all these over the counter at the drug store. The hydrogen peroxide is very probably a 3% solution, so you will need to dilute it. So take 1/3 cup of the hydrogen peroxide and add 2/3 cup of plain water to it; you now have a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Now add 1 table spoon each of the Milk of Magnesia, epsom salts and borax. Mix it really well in a small bottle and place the sealed bottle in a sink full of warm tap water to warm up the solution before you use it to liberally flush the ears.

Additionally, I would consider alkalizing her water with baking soda; a crisis dose is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have this as her only drinking water. After 5 days you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water.

Lastly, if you cannot afford these ingredients you can take a large clove of garlic and press it into 1 cup of oil - olive oil is ideal, but corn oil will do in a pinch. Let it steep over night, and then filter out the garlic with a coffee filter. Warm the oil before liberally flushing the ears. This is a good remedy to use if the ears are red, raw and painful to touch. Use this until the ears heal up, and then consider using the above to continue flushing out the gunk/cleaning the ears.

Remedies Needed for Dog's Ear Infection

Fri, 29 Aug 14 15:17:31 -0500

Posted by Missliss826 (Dayton, NV) on 08/29/2014

My dog has an ear infection and I can't afford a vet visit. Could you recommend anything to help me out? I appreciate you taking the time to read this.

Help Needed for Dog's Skin Problems

Fri, 29 Aug 14 14:29:59 -0500

Posted by Jillmarie (Belle Plaine, MN) on 08/29/2014

Hello all, I am hoping you can help me out?

My 10 yr. old Beagle Cocker mix (although I have never seen any Cocker in her) has dealt with the horrors of skin problems, mainly yeast infections and secondary infections. She will begin with licking her toes and then they become dark red in between her toes and then before you know it she has her pink tummy turn black and just goes to town on herself. Before I can do anything, her black skin becomes red and irritated and almost always becomes a yeast and secondary yeast infection. After spending thousands of dollars, all the vets came up with the same solution = Prednisone and to my regret has been on them since she was 4 yrs old but now they do not even seem to work.

I have read online about the ACV and Peroxide and tried that last night but her skin became so irritated. Is that what this is supposed to do? I really need to get her to stop scratching and some relief. How long does it take usually to see some results from these remedies?? Is there something else that has worked for any of you?? Please help her, she has dealt with this so many years! I hate to see her suffer so... Thank you all for your suggestions

GOD BLESS

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 Re: Vinegar for Dog's Ear Infection

Fri, 29 Aug 14 14:22:08 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/29/2014

Donna, use pure olive oil or sesame oil. Mascerate garlic cloves overnight and then apply warmed. ACV is too harsh for ear infection. My dog had his ear infection treated like this and all is well. It took less than three days but that is individual. This is med for humans, too. Namaste, Om

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 Re: Vinegar for Dog's Ear Infection

Fri, 29 Aug 14 13:00:30 -0500

Posted by Donna (Nanaimo, BC) on 08/29/2014

I'm wondering if regular vinegar will work as I don't have ACV on hand? I have a 10 yr old pit-bull who is prone to ear infections and would rather use home remedies then the solutions from the vets unless I have to..

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