I 'ditto' the advice from MtM - can't hurt to give her the ACV. That said, Ruskies have a 10-12 year life span, with some living to 15 years of age - NOW is the time to look for health problems associated with old age. Penny is due for a senior blood panel to check how well her organs are functioning, and to rule out things like diabetes or renal failure - both conditions that can result in frequent urination. The blood panel will also check the white blood cell count - it if is elevated it might indicate an infection, which low energy is one symptom.
Posted by Ashlie And Penny (Palm Harbor, Fl) on 10/26/2016
Hi EC members! My 10 year old Russian Toy Terrier had been acting a little off lately. My vet can't really give me answers without racking up a hefty bill of tests... Was wondering if any of her "symptoms" seem like something obvious to any of you or if I'm just being a worrier...
She's normally extremely hyper in the morning, mid-day, and evening for 15 or so minute bursts and pretty chill the rest of the day... She's been for the last week or so still had energy but not quite as much pep in her step as usual. She also LOVES to go in the back yard and play and lay in the sun, lately she's been running out to do her business and then wants to come right back in.
She's also been begging to go out much more frequently... Like from 3-5 times to like 10 times and will usually pee a little each time and poo after a meal.
She still has her appetite. She has no signs of irregularities in her stool and no signs of cloudy or bloody urine. She's also started in the last few days having accidents in the house which is so unlike her... She's not been under any stress, no changes to her life or diet.
She eats fresh organic chicken and vegetables made weekly in my crockpot and gets plenty of fresh water as well as a senior dog multivitamin. She doesn't have pale gums, isn't panting or drooling, no issues with balance, and is very alert.
She's flea free, UTD on shots, and last vet visit she had a full work up and given a clean bill of health...
I'm at a loss as to if she's just aging and that's why her energy is slightly lower than normal and just has been having accidents for no reason lately...
I've also read about UTI's and Bladder Stones and thought that could possibly be it... but does that cause a loss in energy?
I read about the Apple Cidar Vinegar for that to mix 1 teaspoon with water or in food... If I did this and it wasn't a UTI/Bladder Stones, would this hurt her? Would I give this to her forever or just until she seems normal again? Thank you for any and all information!!!!
Posted by Jane (Penticton, British Columbia) on 10/26/2016
Just to update .... I waited til she was finished with the antibiotics and saw signs that she still had an infection, so I mixed up about a tablespoon of vanilla yogurt with about a scant 1/2 tsp. ACV and literally coaxed her to try it and she ate it once she got a taste of it. Did this morning and evening for 3 days and she seems to be fine now. if I see any signs of infection starting up again, I will start using the yogurt and ACV again.
There are cautions with the product your vet prescribed - there have been cases reported of dogs getting various ear medications and ending up with hearing loss - this in part due to damaged ear drum. You may wish to discuss with your vet before using the product on order. Also, you might consider Zymox Otic hcl - it is not an antibiotic but does have enzymes which digest bacteria and yeast/fungus.
You might try dipping both of your dogs in Ted's Mange Remedy or Ted's Antifungal/Antistaph solution - this to knock down the yeast population on the surface of your dogs skin. You might also follow up with Ted's Borax protocol for dogs and also alkalizing the drinking water so you can fight the yeast from the inside out. Also consider adding probiotics to your dogs diet - you can vary the brand and type by buying a different product when the first bottle runs out, ie rotate the various strains and products so you give your dogs a variety and not just one type of probiotic.
Ted's Mange remedy works on many other skin issues - not just mange. However if not nipped in the bud early on, some skin issues can get out of control. It sounds like your dog may have secondary skin infections going on. To get a handle on this you need to look at the big picture. Are you feeding a quality diet? Diets with grains - corn, wheat, soy - have been linked to skin problems in dogs and doggie 'leaky gut' which causes sensitivities to food and other things. Consider alkalizing and also Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs to help treat a systemic yeast infection from the inside out. Consider topical application of coconut oil, or topical creams boosted with healing essential oils such as lavender. Your dog may benefit from wearing a t-shirt to protect the raw skin, as well as a good nail trim/file to limit the damage the nails do when your dog scratches. Oral supplements of turmeric. quercetin and yucca can help with inflammation and oral colostrum along with vitamin C, found at health food stores, may help boost your dog's immune system.
This is for the lady with the balding Maine Coon...... Diatomaceous earth is generally safe for use on pets, so long as it is food grade. BUT, some cat breeds are more sensitive to certain treatments, especially when they are used long term. Maine Coons, Persians and Himalayan breeds are especially sensitive. I would suggest cutting out the DE for now. Second, loss of hair to that extent and at such a rapid pace points to secondary health problems. These can include, but are not limited to ringworm infection, vitamin deficiency, diabetes, mange, or allergic reaction to something in his environment or on his skin. Take him to a vet and get him looked at to determine what exactly is going on.
Hi, did you bath your dog in the water with some added acv? Also put it in their food daily? Both my dogs are covered in a yeast infection. They are on a raw food diet and grain free kibble. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Our foster dog was so neglected that her vet thought he would have to remove one of her ear drums >After 2 surgeries he saved her hearing & put her on daily drops of Batril optic for life .Her Local vet had to order the drops but there was a delay .I called vet surgeon & they said in the mean time to use White vinegar & water in equal parts, so your web site information is very valuable, as well as informative.
I see that your post is a few months old. I hope that your pet has recovered completely. I just wanted to tell you that my 16 yr. cat had a UTI as well. There was even some blood visible in her urine. I used the Apple Cider Vinegar and in less than an hr. there was a visible improvement. The next day there was no blood at all visible in her urine. I wouldn't let this keep me from taking her to the vet but since it was a weekend and my vet wasn't available, it was a great relief for me to do something that gave her (and me) some relief.
I am confused about giving DE with pet food when it states for human consumption not to take with food because it would remove the nutrients from the food. Every thing I have read says to put DE on the pets food. Shouldn't it be given to pets in the same manner, before a meal? I don't want it to robe the nutrients from our pets food along with supplements we give them. Many thanks!
Posted by Sarah (Cape Coral, Florida) on 10/24/2016
I have another dog that I rescued as a very small pup. Shes extremely healthy, however I recently rescued another dog. An extremely cute puppy WHO was being abused. I used to b a vet tech and immediately recognized he has mange. I was looking up home remedies for this and found teds home remedy. It has great reviews so I have faith it will work on my little rebel. My question is should I prophylactically treat my Bella to make sure she doesn't get it too?