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  Re: Dosage of ACV for Fleas
Wed, 23 Apr 14 16:04:29 -0500

04/23/2014: Suseeq from Sydney Australia: "Caren, you can use white vinegar... dilute it by half."

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  Re: Congestive Heart Failure
Wed, 23 Apr 14 08:35:08 -0500

04/23/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Brenda!

Thank you so much for sharing your CHF protocol! I know others experiencing this condition with their pets will benefit.

:) :) :)"

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  Re: Molasses For Cancerous Tumors
Tue, 22 Apr 14 20:34:56 -0500

04/22/2014: Jen from Temescal Valley, Ca: "I have a 16 yr old dog with golf ball size tumor on her leg and would like to try the molasses treatment with rice, along with her food. she is having a hard time walking at times and we don't know if tumor is causing the problem or her intermittent hurt leg she has had over the years.

How much molasses would you recommend to try with her food, if I mixed it with rice? My dog is 35 lbs. She has large tumor on her leg and I wondered if your treatment might help her tumor shrink as well as help with blood circulation to the tumor? thx, jen"

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  Re: Dosage for ACV for Fleas
Tue, 22 Apr 14 20:28:37 -0500

04/22/2014: Caren from Munroe Falls, Ohio: "hi Linda

I read online that Apple Cider Vinegar is used for flea control and I was just wondering what is the correct dosage for our shihtzu?"

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  Re: Congestive Heart Failure
Tue, 22 Apr 14 15:35:18 -0500

04/22/2014: Brenda from Freehold, Nj: "Hi, I so appreciate reading all of the messages on this site. It is nice to know that I am not alone in researching and using alternative treatments for my dogs. I have a 13 year old Chihuahua who was diagnosed with a heart murmur, enlarged heart, and cardio valve disease. About a year ago, my Zoey fainted along with that horrific screeching sound. It was so frightening. I took her to the cardiologist who diagnosed her with the cardio valve disease and enlarged heart. He suggested that she be placed on meds. After researching the meds and their side effects (why would one med be given for the heart if it causes the failure of the kidneys??) , I decided to find alternative means. I found a website: 5 Leaf Pharmacy and began following the protocol for the heart murmur.

I now make her dog food with ground turkey or chopped chicken, ginger powder, organic mixed vegetables, powdered greens, brown rice, oatmeal or Quinoa. No salt is added to any of her food. Sometimes I add spinach, but then heard that dogs had a difficult time processing it, so I do not put it in anymore. I also add wild salmon oil. She also takes a daily vitamin.

Three-four times a day I add the following to the food/snack:

1) powdered ginger

2) powdered greens

3) powdered Taurine (1/4 scoop for 8 lb.dog)

4) powdered L-Carnitine (1/2 scoop for 8 lb. dog)

5) Five Leaf Pharmacy Hawthorne liquid supplement ( 1 drop per pound of dog weight)

6) Five Leaf Pharmacy Canine Heart Tonic (1 drop per pound of dog weight)

Cayenne powder was also recommended, but my dog does not like it.

* If your dog is suffering from kidney failure, they also carry Rena-Clean and Immuno-Aid.

At my last vet visit, my vet told me to continue doing what I was doing. That was 8 months ago. She is due to be seen again this week.

She has had very few episodes of syncope (fainting) and her breathing is not as labored.

She eats well and is having a much better quality of life. We'll see what the vet says when I take her in this week.

I know there is no cure for this disease, but I am very happy that she continues to have a quality life for over a year now, especially when a year ago, the prognosis was not a good one. Hope this helps anyone else who is looking for answers to improve their dog's heart condition."

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  Re: Bufo Toad Bite...
Tue, 22 Apr 14 14:59:50 -0500

04/22/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Darlene!

So glad your dog is safe!!

There are many new toad repellent granules on the market today that are green friendly. Just google 'toad repellent granule' and you will find many environmentally safe options."

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  Re: Best Remedies for Heartworm?
Tue, 22 Apr 14 14:55:50 -0500

04/22/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Jean!

Please do keep us updated on your dog's heartworm condition.

And you may wish to google VRM2 - folks have reported great results with this herbal formulation."

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  Re: Bufo Toad Bite...
Tue, 22 Apr 14 13:12:03 -0500

04/22/2014: Darlene from South Florida, US: "If I could save the world of animals I would. I now know how to try and save dogs. My lab got sprayed but lucky for me he was to far back. I ran in the utility room. The stupid toad came back and jumped on my foot. Bufo ran behind the washing machine. I screamed to my neighbor and ask him to help me move the washer. He told me go in the house and get salt. I shut the utility door ran back to the kitchen got the salt. I poured the whole little container on him behind the washer. Morning I was scared looked everywhere for him. Guess what he was right beside my foot at the door. He was like a stick of wood so stiff. It works. Now I want to know if Rock Salt would work around my fence to kill them. Honestly I think it goes through their glands behind their head. Please remember this it works. Darlene PS good luck all"

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  Re: Best Remedies for Heartworm?
Tue, 22 Apr 14 13:08:12 -0500

04/22/2014: Jean from Kentucky, US: "The DE is great stuff, but will not work for heartworms because they are in the circulatory system and not the intestines.

I agree with all hear who have posted about going the alternative route. I am using HWF for my dog who is a cocker spaniel mix.

She was diagnosed with heartworms when I took her in to find out why she was coughing. She was also somewhat reluctant to eat. I did not have her on a preventative*. Then the vet urged me to go the usual route, three shots a month apart, strict rest, carry her out to urinate/defecate, etc. I told her I would rather go the alternative route as I generally prefer holistic treatment. We compromised on a steroid shot for relief from her coughing and a round of antibiotic, plus the holistic treatment with a six month check for heartworms.

I learned from research that there is a bacteria host with the heartworms. So, working with our vet, I have given my dog a round of 30 days on Doxycycline. The antibiotic (which is a tetracycline) basically destroys the eggs and larvae. The adult worms are sterilized from the treatment. So now I am left with a dog with adult worms in her.

The HWF is a mixture of black seed, hawthorne, sorrel, licorice, garlic, hops, apricot pits, grapefruit seed extract, and flavoring. Its a liquid that I drop onto bread. She eats it without problem. (She loves bread! ) It is made by Ambertech. It was developed as an alternative to the harsh vet treatment. It does not contain the wormwood or black walnut because some dog breeds are sensitive/allergic to those ingredients.

Like all of you posting here, I am hoping she is being successfully treated and the heartworms are dying off. The danger is stroke or heart attack when the worms die off. Remember, the worms are in the arteries/veins, not the intestines. So, the decomposing worms are eliminated through the kidneys. So, do not let your dog go for long walks or chasing after critters. Keep him/her somewhat quiet.

Herbs and supplements helping the kidneys, heart and respiratory system are all good here. You just need to use common sense and consistent thoughtful treatment.

This is what I am doing. So far, so good. We are about a month into it and she seems better. I'll be happy to post more as we go along if anyone is interested in her progress.

*As it turns out, there is really no preventative because if they are bitten by an infected mosquito, they are bitten, the mosquito does not discriminate between a dog on preventative or not. I believe garlic and/or brewers yeast would be a better choice for prevention. A mosquito does not like the smell that a person or any other animal puts off when they have ingested either one of those. No guarantees for anyone here, but I know from personal experience that brewers yeast kept me from being bitten by black flies on a canoe trip I took many years ago. My fellow canoeist was being eaten alive, I was never touched. She was furious that they were attacking her. I had been on a health kick with the brewers yeast. After some research, I found it was a natural deterrent."

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  Re: Dog With Tick Paralysis
Mon, 21 Apr 14 17:30:23 -0500

04/21/2014: Suseeq from Sydney, Australia: "Vicki, I have cured many a dog and cat with tick poisoning with high dosage vit c"

Help Requested for Dog with Allergies and Fur Loss Around Eyes
Mon, 21 Apr 14 15:24:30 -0500

04/21/2014: Deborah Zarb Marmara' from Malta: "I have a Brittany Spaniel dog who is two and a half years old. For a year he has been getting the same allergy i.e. loses his fur around the corner of his eyes and itches. The vet has prescribed steroids several time. The allergy goes but comes back 3 weeks after the treatment is stopped. I hate giving all these pills to my dog. Currently I am giving my dog Science Plan food.

I'm desperate to find a remedy which is natural and healthy without involving any medicine and pills and whatsoever.

Thanks, Debbie"

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  Re: Metronidozole
Mon, 21 Apr 14 14:15:14 -0500

04/21/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sharon!

It would appear the 2 week regimen of metronidazole knocked out all the good bacteria in your dog's GI tract. If this were my dog I would do three things:

1 - keep up the daily oatmeal baths

2 - Alkalize the water first by offering 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 liter of water for 5-7 days [this is a crisis dose], and then after this time frame reduce to one half teaspoon per one liter of water as a maintenance dose.

3 - repopulate the good bacteria in the GI tract by offering probiotics. You can buy human brands of acidophilus such as DDS w/ FOS, or PB8 or Shiff's Digestive Advantage; you can also buy special doggy 'Forti Flora' - however I recommend getting 1 bottle/brand and then feeding it until gone and then switching to something completely different so many, many strains of bacteria are reintroduced to your pet's system."

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  Dog With Tick Paralysis
Mon, 21 Apr 14 14:00:07 -0500

04/21/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Vicki!

Sorry to hear about your dog's issue with ticks.

First things first: have you scoured over every inch of your dog's skin for other ticks? Continued/worsening symptoms *may* indicate an undiscovered tick still feeding on your dog, so be sure to check every skin fold, between the toes, **everywhere** to make sure there are no ticks still feeding on your dog.

Next, the Neurontin aka gabapentin can be ordered online -it requires a prescription, but if you feel that it helped then its something to consider pursuing, ie get a prescription from your vet and fill it elsewhere.

If the holistic product you purchased helped then you may wish to consider continued use of the product as this condition requires a lengthy recovery time. There are numerous online sources for the Tick-Immune Solution, but Rescue Remedy is commonly available at most health food or health supplement stores - no need to wait for the mail to arrive, you should be able to find that locally.

MMS is something I have no experience with using, and although you can google up sources it would still take time to arrive.

More reading on the condition:

http://www.greencrossvet.com.au/Pet_Care_Information/Article-194/TICK-PARALYSIS.aspx

http://www.ava.com.au/sites/default/files/Envenomation_Tick Paralysis_MCannon.pdf"

Dog With Tick Paralysis
Sun, 20 Apr 14 23:17:15 -0500

04/20/2014: Vicki F from Oklahoma: "I have a Chi X that was bitten by a paralysis tick & it was a long time before I found it (this is not even the right time of year for them to be out here! ). Wasted $172 at my clinic- all the near-intern did was test him for everything but that- all negative (said they had to have the tick to test for that.& it would be days before the results would be back. I didn't have it). I told him I KNEW that's what it was. All he said was there's nothing they can do for it!!! Even I know Neurontin helps! I got a kit (even express took a week) from a holistic practitioner in Australia & it has saved his life, but I'm out of her rescue remedy & he is suffering. The "official" brand is glycerin based & doesn't help very much, very quick. I assume hers must be alcohol based. He is not improving- mornings I fear I'm going to lose him. I came here to look for something that might detox, as traditional medicine has nothing. I got MMS when I did a search for "tick paralysis". I've never heard of it & don't know where to get it & I am desperate. Please help!"

Re: Metronidozole
Sun, 20 Apr 14 20:29:30 -0500

04/20/2014: Sharon from Phx.,az: "All these horrific reports about medication side effects have me really spooked. My Heinz 57/GSD/staffordshire terrior female dog had to go on a two-week course of Mitronidozole for a bad gastritis attack. Before that, she was in great health, the original happy, lovable 'chow-hound' who could eat anything (even the neighbor's damn cat's poop because said neighbor will not keep it inside) Anyways, I digress....

So the Metronidozole cured the gastritis - and it it also cleared up some ghastly Dog Breath- Unfortunately, now my poor dog is itching and scratching herself to pieces. She is so miserable....We immediately put her on a homemade diet of: Ground turkey, rice, green beans & pumpkin. She's been two weeks on that. No change. We've done the Oatmeal shampoo bath; that helped about 24 hours. I tried a half of 50mg. generic Benedryl tablet; didn't make a dent in the itching.....

I really don't want to take her to the $$ Vet $$ for more $$ medication$ $$ with more side effects, but I am at my wits end. When you all send in your stories, please be sure and add any treatment that may have helped too or if anyone has dealt with itching after Metronidozole (flagyl) treatment please write in."

Re: Cat Died from Cancer, Fibrosarcoma Caused by Vaccines
Sat, 19 Apr 14 19:48:55 -0500

[DEATH REPORTED]  04/19/2014: Carolyn Guzzi from Tampa, Florida: "My cat has a death sentence today because of a cancer caused by vaccinations called fibroscarcoma...i have had this cat when he was a kitten 1 month and had him for 9 years this month...he was limping and had a lump on his shoulder..it went a way but then it came back with a force. It was small and not it is as big as the palm of my hand...he cant walk he eats very little...and I am devastated by this mess...and somebody needs to be responsible for doing this to this cat...getting all these shots for nothing rabies/FIV/FLiv/ and kitten shots fine but not every single month even my new vet doctor said u dont need every year shots especially if he is a indooor cat...every 3 years most if any does he need any shots especially if he is an indoor cat...! The pet food is crap with all the dead animals in the food when these shelters kill animals...with all the additives that will kill these pets and addition heartworm medicine such as revelution medication for fleas/ticks/heartworm med...hum if you get heartworm they are done. There is no cure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As well having the shots for your cat and heartworm medication revelutions together is a deadly for any animals dog/puppy or cat/kitten....do your homework, it is vital DO NOT GIVE SHOTS ALL AT ONCE TO YOUR PET DOG OR CAT...ONE AT A TIME IF THEY NEED IT...DOG & CATS ARE VERY DIFFERENT! Do your homework...do not rely on what they tell you; they are all in it for the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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  Re: Advice Needed for Dog with Heart Murmur
Sat, 19 Apr 14 16:52:30 -0500

04/19/2014: Diane Cartwright from Modesto, Ca: "My 14 year old Llasa/Cocka/Poo mix has a significant heart murmur, a 4 I think the vet said, and was sleeping most of the day, lethargic, coughing and lacking energy. I take him to an alternative/integrative practice in Oakland, about 2 hours from here where the vet does acupuncture and prescribed Standard Process Canine Cardiac Support. It helps a bit. With her approval I also added non-alcohol liquid hawthorn berry, milk thistle extract, fish oil (not too much) and 30 mg. CO-Q 10 twice per day.

I also found Hampl Homeopathics in Australia with homeopathic remedies for the heart and a natural diuretic which are mixed in filtered hot water, cooled and gently syringed into Fritzi's mouth. He's a little resistant but it's worth the effort. Not long after getting this combination he's running both in the house and on his walks and acts like a puppy again. The CO-Q 10 is mostly present in the heart and other muscles so supplementing is very important as it decreases as we grow older.

Last vet check shows an improvement in his murmur and no fluid in his lungs. He's sleeping less and looks happy again. I only use conventional drugs as a last resort. Find a good holistic vet and you'll both be healthier and happier for a long, long time."

Re: Puppy with Symptoms of Parvo
Sat, 19 Apr 14 16:49:41 -0500

04/19/2014: Sharla from Kansas, US: "My puppy is really sick no diarhea but lots of vomitting and she has lost a lot of weight. she is not eating but still drinking and she has had no vaccination. I read about activated charcoal and I want to know if it works. I was told to use powerade and pepto bismal to treat please help"

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  Re: Cat Vomiting Blood From Hydrogen Peroxide Hairball Remedy
Sat, 19 Apr 14 13:38:50 -0500

04/19/2014: Storm from Wisconsin: "Hey guys! If you use H202 make sure it is food grade, as the H202 you buy at the pharmacy has toxic chemicals in it to enhance shelf life. Food grade is safe for ingestion @ a 3% mixture.( it's sold @ 35% you have to dilute with water) I use food grade for myself and my animals, I have used it for years and never had any problems. NEVER use the stuff from your pharmacy."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Mange
Sat, 19 Apr 14 08:36:33 -0500

04/19/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Phyllis!

The thread you posted to has been inactive since last June; in case the original contributor does not see your request, I will post Ted's Mange remedy for you:

This is what I do to make up the mange remedy.

Ingredients:

Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz 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 undissolved 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!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the mange and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with mange."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Mange
Fri, 18 Apr 14 21:09:37 -0500

04/18/2014: Phyllis from Manhattan Beach, Ca: "Can you be more clear about the exact proportions of acv, baby oil and listerine"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Mange
Fri, 18 Apr 14 21:09:18 -0500

04/18/2014: Phyllis from Manhattan Beach, Ca: "Can you be more clear about the exact proportions of acv, baby oil and listerine"

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  Urgent Help Requested for Puppy
Fri, 18 Apr 14 14:04:44 -0500

04/18/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Linda!

I was in a similar situation with one of my dogs and what worked to save her tail was Real Willard Water. The vet saw her and prescribed antibiotics but felt because the tip of her tail was cold and the skin was starting to turn black that we would have to dock it if the antibiotics did not work. I called the number on the Real Willard Water website, got a live human who advised a dose for me [I cannot recall] and then sent the WW next day shipping. When it arrived the next day I put it in a mister and sprayed the tip of the tail, and also added WW to the food and water. As soon as the tail was sprayed with WW it began to heat up and feel warm to the touch! The tail was saved, however where the skin was black the hair did not grow back - so bald healthy skin where the black skin had been.

You might also consider sprinkling turmeric on the wound - the kind you find in the grocery aisle will work.

And - docking an inch or two off the tip of his tail might be the best way to go; if this is a show dog the long feathering on the tail will help disguise the lack of a full tail."

Urgent Help Requested for Puppy
Fri, 18 Apr 14 13:33:16 -0500

04/18/2014: Linda from Ontario: "Please, help. I have 4 weeks old puppy of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. A week ago his mother probably stepped on his tail and broke it probably 1 inch from the tip. On the advise of our vet I was just taping the break, many times not successfully. Two days ago, when the bandage was lost again, I noticed that there was an open wound, where I could see the tail bone under the raw skin. Immediately there was a trip to the vet. On his advice, we are using just a Derma Gel Spray - every 4 hours and leaving the wound open. If this will not heal in a few days, they would need to dock the end of his tail. He now lost the rest of the skin by the end of his tail and I am devastated. I am trying to keep this puppy away from his litter-mates, as they are starting to bite each other. Is there anything else we could do to safe his tail? Will the skin and hair grow there back? Can anybody help? Thank you in advance."

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  Re: Aloe Vera for Cats
Thu, 17 Apr 14 13:16:28 -0500

04/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Stopit!

Do you see the YEAS next to posts where the remedies have proven helpful and successful?

In an ideal world, we all would be able to use a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment, but the real world is not so ideal. In those cases where folks cannot afford a vet, or are unable to travel to a vet, Earth Clinic does a good job of offering first hand accounts of proven remedies."

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  Re: Ted's Remedy for Mange
Thu, 17 Apr 14 13:13:24 -0500

04/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Phyllis!

This is what I do to make up the mange remedy.

Ingredients:

Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz 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 undissolved 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!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the mange and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with mange."

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  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:54:22 -0500

04/17/2014: Rhutka from Toledo, Ohio: "Hi. Thank you for the information. My Yorkie is between 6 and 8 lbs. She has no other health issues than the big swollen belly. Otherwise you probably wouldn't even know that there was anything wrong with her. I have seen on several posts where milk thistle was advised, but no one ever said a thing about the dosage. We have a health food store here in Toledo that carries Milk Thistle Extract. Thank you for all of your help and I will be checking out the website that was sent to us hopefully Daisymae will have some luck. Thank you, rhutka"

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  Re: Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:49:33 -0500

04/17/2014: Kaylyn from Co: "Colloidal silver can cure FIP or ANY virus, bacteria, fungus without worry of the germs adapting or mutating. Google FIP and Colloidal Silver for quite a few videos and articles successfully treating infected kitties."

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  Re: Ted's Remedy for Mange
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:48:50 -0500

04/17/2014: Phyllis from Manhattan Beach Ca: "I do not understand the directions. Do you add water to the borax, peroxide solution or not? Can someone give me an exact (not metric ) formula?"

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  Re: Aloe Vera for Cats
Thu, 17 Apr 14 09:36:38 -0500

04/17/2014: Stopit from Florida: "Please for the love of God, don't play Doctor on these helpless animals and FORCE things down their throats without the PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN! What is wrong with people!! Would you eat something that could potentially hurt you on the 'advice of a friend" without speaking to a DOCTOR??!!"

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  Re: Gold Bond Powder for Hot Spots
Wed, 16 Apr 14 20:23:57 -0500

04/16/2014: Jj from Canada: "Sue, were you worried about your dog licking the gold bond? Thanks"

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  Re: What Is ACV dose For Cats?
Wed, 16 Apr 14 20:22:27 -0500

04/16/2014: Robin Astby from Australia: "I would not be giving any small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar to Cats as it is Alkaline forming. Other Vinegars are Acid forming. Any small excess into Alkaline PH you are messing with trouble & cats will not be able to 'Pee'. It is a Vet. emergency to be able to get cat to pee again usually with antibiotics & other meds. Any Vet will tell you this. Needing an Acid diet of meat."

Sardines Helped Cat With Chronic Mouth Sores
Wed, 16 Apr 14 12:20:36 -0500

04/16/2014: Kathryn9 from Owings. Md.: "Cat has had mouth sores off and on since I can remember. For awhile, enisypril lysine cat chews seemed to work. Then they stopped. I now use 1/2 tsp of real sardine packed in olive oil every other day. Problem solved once again!"

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  Re: Tea Tree Oil Poisonous to Cats
Wed, 16 Apr 14 10:42:23 -0500

04/16/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Hannidan! I have heard about issues with tea tree oil and cats before - yet I found myself confused because I have worked with a vet who specializes in using both arisolized and topical applications of essential oils on pets. The main thing is the quality of the oil; if it is not veterinary grade or human grade, then you should not use it on your pet. "What I recommend when considering essential oil use for cats is to choose oils that are used often, have been used in many cats, and to use them with techniques that cats enjoy. Tea Tree Oil, or Melaleuca alternifolia, is another feline controversy which fascinates me. I have directly communicated with people who have sadly exposed their cat to a poor grade Melaleuca oil, resulting in subsequent seizures and death. Conversely, I have met many cats and have witnessed firsthand a cat receiving 4 drops of Melaleuca oil orally twice a day, followed with blood work, and showing no ill events. I do not necessarily endorse the use of Melaleuca with cats, as there are many other essential oils that can be used in place of this particular oil." Source: http://www.animaleo.info/cats.html"

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  Re: Borax for Pets with Arthritis
Tue, 15 Apr 14 08:33:12 -0500

04/15/2014: Zark from Oz: "Rosannie - Borax is a kind of salt that is mined and safe when used in modest amounts, as with most nutrients it is all about -how much-. And yes I said nutrient here, it is the boron content of borax which our bodies need, and unfortunately our soils are very severely depleted. Borax is the salt form of boron and nothing more. If you can take the time to look up the toxicity information regarding borax (sodium borate) and table salt (sodium chloride), whilst scary, you will find that borax is in fact safer than table salt. Think about it this way: what would happen if you ate 5 tablespoons of table salt? You would be very sick, and yet in modest amounts it is actually useful for your body as an electrolyte.. well the same principal holds true for borax."

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  Re: Cushing's Disease
Mon, 14 Apr 14 14:33:30 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Linda! Sorry to hear about your dog's Cushing's diagnosis. Raw high protein diets are best. If raw is not possible feed them a grain free, potato free, high protein, high quality canned food such as Instinct canned or Vital chub rolls. Check out this site and look at the top end/5 star brands for high protien, grain free, potato free options: Http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/"

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  Re: Cushing's Disease
Mon, 14 Apr 14 11:53:31 -0500

04/14/2014: Linda from W.minot, Me.: "I just stumbled across this site and have learned so much, thank you all, my Little Lasa-poo is currently having the Testing for Cushings, she has all the Symptoms..I felt so guilty thinking it was my Fault I didn't pay close enough attn. to her weight or so I thought it was..it wasn't until she had a ravenous Appetite and uncontrollable thirst for water, not to mention a couple of accidents in the House, that I knew something was wrong..I love her so much, she is my little girl, she will be 8 in June..I am guilty of the bag food, canned food, all the pet chemicals for fleas etc...Which after this, I am so going to make Life changes for her, Thanks to all of you! ..so I need any and all address you can post for Holistic food, supplements, etc..I do not want my little to go through anymore hell than she has...so please help..Thank You So Much! ...Linda & Lucy!"

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  Re: Lyme and Lepto Vaccine
Mon, 14 Apr 14 10:53:14 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Beachdogglory! I am sorry to hear about your senior GR's ailing condition :( Have you spoken to your vet of 30+ years about this? While I do agree that your dog should not have been vaccinated while ill, it's an old school vet practice to vaccinate at all costs, and *you* did allow it - despite your better judgement. If you expressed reservation at the time, I would mention this to your long time vet and explain you would like some restitution for the current bills you are facing. You certainly could take to social media, or various online feedback sites and post about your bad experience with your longtime vet; you could file with the BBB as well. You can mention these choices you have in front of you to your vet; complain about them vs compensation for a poor joint decision. To help your girl heal, you might consider giving her turmeric; this works inside and out on cancers and tumors. One half a teaspoon per meal is a good start. Read up on turmeric for pet tumors on EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/tumors6.html#TURMERIC"

Re: Lyme and Lepto Vaccine
Mon, 14 Apr 14 09:53:30 -0500

[WARNING!]  04/13/2014: Beachdogglory from New York, US: "On Thursday, April 2,2014 I brought my 11 year old Golden retriever to the vet for her wellness exam and was told she needed 2 vaccines. I told my vet that she still had her cough, and that she was not herself. She had an x ray in December and was diagnosed with a bronchial infection. She gave my dog the vaccines and prescribed a cough medicine.

On Monday, I returned to the vet as my dog was still acting unusual. She was not playing with any of her toys, not sleeping on my bed and when I woke up she was sleeping in a strange place. I went downstairs and she didn't follow me. She didn't eat her breakfast and then she wouldn't lay down for 1/2 hour. I took her back to the vet that morning.

They admitted her and put her on fluids, took blood work and told me that her anal glands were infected. They discharged her at 5:30 and said it was all caused from her anal glands. They prescribed Batril and Rimadyl.

Wednesday she still wasn't doing any better. She was pacing and panting a lot. Not eating. I kept calling the vet because we were still waiting for some of the results from the blood work. The vet kept leaving messages on my home phone. I called again left one last message never heard back. When I finally called back around 8pm, I was told she was gone for the day. I spoke to the on call Dr. She told me my dogs liver levels were elevated. I asked why she wasn't being treated for that? She said she would note the chart to have the Dr. call me first thing. I told her I wanted to come in first thing.

At this point my dog jumped on bed and was laying with me. I was petting her gently, trying to get her to sleep, when I looked down at my hand it was covered in blood. I at first thought it was a hot spot. I patted it gently with a tissue. It bled all night.

When I finally got her to the vet and they shaved the area it was swollen, purple and the size of a grapefruit. They did more blood work. Then said they didn't know what it could be. Possibly cancer, tumors etc... They said they recommended an ultrasound and referred me to another hospital.

I took her to the hospital. They admitted her. She had surgery and was in for 3 days. I believe it was the vaccines. I have not heard a word from my vet of 30 + years. My dog has a drain in the area that they operated on. Part of the skin may not be viable and we are waiting for the culture to come back. This is $4,000 later and I am not done with the expenses. Is there anything that I can do? At least get them to help with the cost?

My dog was sick. My vet never should have given her those vaccines given her age and the risks."

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  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Mon, 14 Apr 14 09:45:17 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Mark! Check it out: Https://www.sojos.com/learn/articles/pet-mythbusters-5-pet-food-myths Http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1677&aid=2414 I have used powdered garlic in home made food for my dogs with no ill effects. While garlic may be toxic to dogs in large quantities, the health benefits of garlic in small quantities is widely proven. Http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/06/garlic-for-dogs-health-benefits.html"

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  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Mon, 14 Apr 14 09:41:39 -0500

04/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Facts: The primary toxic ingredient in garlic and onions is n-propyl disulfide, an oxidant. [Other toxins are S-methylcysteine sulfoxide, methyl disulfide, and allyl disulfide]. Compared to humans, dogs and cats are more sensitive to “oxidative damage” on their red blood cells. Dogs have more “areas” on their red blood cells that oxidizing agents such as n-propyl disulfide can attach to. This attachment is recognized by the body as a foreign invader, and in the attempt to remove this invader, the body also destroys the red blood cell. This is called “hemolysis” – the breaking down of the red blood cells. Garlic is more toxic than onions – with raw garlic, toxic ingestion is around 1 gram per pound, and with onions it is 1 gram per 5 pounds. To put this into perspective, if you feed 50 cloves of garlic to your pet in one sitting you will induce hemolytic anemia in your pet."

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  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Sun, 13 Apr 14 17:29:33 -0500

04/13/2014: Mark from Exeter, Uk: "Please provide evidence for your claims, garlic is widely used by dog owners with no negative outcomes, the warning against garlic only seems to benefit profit hungry vets."

Re: Tea Tree Oil Poisonous to Cats
Sun, 13 Apr 14 17:15:44 -0500

[WARNING!]  04/13/2014: Hannidan from Charlotte, Nc: "On the topic of tea tree oil. It is a deadly poison for cats, which are drawn to the taste/smell. They will even lick residue off pillows. Everyone please be careful. If your cat comes into contact with it you will want to get to a vet pronto."

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  Re: Garlic for Fleas
Sun, 13 Apr 14 17:03:18 -0500

[WARNING!]  04/13/2014: Cazmere from North Hollywood, US: "Dogs should never be given garlic in any form. It destroys their red blood cells and causes severe anemia. Onion causes this as well."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Sun, 13 Apr 14 16:55:47 -0500

04/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Jaw_a! Why are you afraid of giving your cat the Jedcorene? Read up on it: Http://www.medicinep.com/renal-s-effervescent-granules-urinary-antiseptic-and-antispasmodic-7.html It sounds like your cat has a chronic issue. This means you need to treat him properly to get rid of the infection, and then put him on a maintenance regimen to keep the symptoms at bay. If this were my cat I would use the Jedcorene; if you are concerned about long term antibiotic use, if symptoms get better quickly you could stop at day 5 and then get him right away onto the ACV regimen that worked well for you before. The thing is you need to keep him on it - a life long thing, else the problems will persist."

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Sun, 13 Apr 14 16:45:46 -0500

04/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Jeng! I'm sorry you are not seeing the results you hoped for. In some cases remedies DO provide instant results, however in others it may indicate another remedy is needed, or more time is needed for ideal results."

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  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Sun, 13 Apr 14 16:43:11 -0500

04/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Rhutka! Milk thistle dosage is 50 to 250 mg twice a day. Source: http://www.dcavm.org/09sep.html The swiss cheese appearance of the liver on ultrasound appears to have a diabetic component; does your dog have a skin issue going on also? This thread may be useful to you: Http://canineliverdiseasefoundation.org/?p=206 I've been trying to think of an internet wonder treatment for you, and what comes to mind is homeopathy. Homeopathic Ruta graveolens 200c is proven to be helpful - check this out: Http://www.thehomeopathiccollege.org/cancer-treatment/homeopathy-effective-cancer-treatment/"

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  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Sun, 13 Apr 14 10:58:11 -0500

04/13/2014: Richard from Ohio, US: "My Yorkie is 6 to 9 lbs. Daisymae has liver disease according to the vet and she has had an ultrasound that showed her liver looked like "swiss cheese". They told us that there wasn't much that they could do for Daisy and they prescribed her a diuretic to help with the fluid that is accumulating in her belly. I have read on the internet that milk thistle might be able to help with the liver. I have found the the milk thistle, but I need to know the dosage to give her. Thanks to any and all that want to help, rhutka."

Re: Anal Gland Maintenance for Dogs
Sun, 13 Apr 14 10:47:37 -0500

[YEA]  04/13/2014: Kathryn9 from Owings, Md.: "I have an update to another post about this issue. To date, I have been giving my poor old dog 1/4 large carrot chopped up over his dry dog food, a half tsp. of this glucosamine powder with Omega 3 6 9 also.

No anal gland stop ups ever so far on this routine every day!!!"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Sun, 13 Apr 14 10:40:12 -0500

[NAY]  04/13/2014: Jeng from North Carolina, US: "My male cat has gone through 2 weeks of Clavamox and didn't get well. I've taken him back to the vet twice. She said he wasn't blocked and just to wait and see. I go nervous and took him one more time. She doesn't seem to think there is much more we can do that what we have. I told her that I had read all this and she said it's worth trying. I've had him on either 1/4 Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 tsp water or 1/2 to 2 tsp mixed in with a little food 3 times a day for a week. I'm always for natural healing and not a skeptic, but I have seen zero improvement. He is now peeing a small stripe instead of small dots, but I think that would happen with time anyway. His frequency to the litter box is the same.
Just don't get your hopes up from all these "He peed a river after the first dose! " reports."

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  Re: Balance Problem
Sat, 12 Apr 14 21:41:19 -0500

04/12/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Gayle!

Two things come to mind for your staggering senior: ear infection or parasitic infection [think giardia].

The inner ear controls balance and its possible your cat could have one, but you would see the behavior ongoing.

And, when I last had a senior kitty she did the staggering thing; in her case it was giardia or some other type of parasite. I use a holistic vet and he prescribed a combination of nutritionals that tasted nasty but did the trick. It seemed each spring she would get whatever it was, get all staggery, and then after a visit to the vet for a vial of bitter herbs et al, would recover.

I suppose its also possible that your kitty had a blood sugar imbalance; keep an eye on the litter box and monitor weight and water intake. Diabetes mellitus is very common - and very treatable - in older cats and could cause temporary staggering. If the litter box and water bowl each need frequent attention a vet visit is in order."

Re: Balance Problem
Sat, 12 Apr 14 13:36:06 -0500

04/12/2014: Gayle from Ny, US: "Yesterday I heard my 11 year old cat moving in another room like he was playing with something. When I checked, he looked like he was staggering, front end one way, back end another. The times I did feed him he didn't quite finish his food which is not like him. He usually sucks his food down without chewing every piece. He seemed fine afterward. I picked him up, held him. His breathing was fine. Eyes reacting to light. He is normal today. No shots since we adopted him 11 years ago. Never outside. He eats Trader Joe's no dye food that I thought was better for him. Any thoughts?"

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  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cystitis in Cat
Sat, 12 Apr 14 10:40:45 -0500

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  04/12/2014: Jaw_a from Ca, US: "Please help me ASAP.. My cat is male, 3 years old, he was blocked before 2 months and I went to the vet, and he used catheter for this problem. The vat gave him antibiotic he was better but not totally, so I read this page and I started giving him ACV, he was very good, I gave him maybe 3 ml with his food. He never eat dry food. So then I stop the ACV for 3 weeks. Now, the problem start again from 10 days. I give him ACV again but he is still sick. He pees but little. Now I need to know How millimeter should I give him from ACV daily?? 5 ml once a day? or should I increase it?

the vet give me jedcorene (effervescent granules) but I'm afraid, I gave him this medicine for 2 days and I just have stopped it today.. So please tell me..

I'm waiting for your informative and useful replies."

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  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Fri, 11 Apr 14 19:19:35 -0500

04/11/2014: Rhutka from Toledo, Ohio: "Unfortunately, surgery doesn't seem to be the answer to my Yorkie's problem. Her blood work wasn't unnormal by very much at all, but the ultrasound showed holes in the liver. The description was that the liver looked like swiss cheese. Her belly is becoming swollen with fluid, so I was hoping to find way to help get rid of the fluid and since the doctors don't seem to offer much in the way of a future for her, I turned to the internet to give me some possible help for my baby. You always hear about surprise cures that come about because of the internet so I thought that I would give it a try since there is nothing to lose except for the life of a dog. Thanks to everyone that can offer some help and thank you so much to the person who replied to my original post. So sorry to hear about your friend, Rhutka"

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  Re: Vaseline and Cayenne Pepper for Fly Bites
Fri, 11 Apr 14 14:16:27 -0500

04/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Cheryl!

I can see no reason why this would not work for your mule - please give it a try and report back!

1/2 cup of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of Vaseline - you can double this if its not enough.

Good luck!"

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  Re: Alkalizing Remedies for Pets
Fri, 11 Apr 14 14:10:46 -0500

04/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sunnyg!

You stated " I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes."

This is a very simplified answer: "...the potassium and other mineral components in ACV can substantially reinforce the buffering and homeostatic systems that counteract the build-up of acids in the human body. This is what makes ACV an acid that can remedy the hyper acidity of modern diets and help the body return to acid-base homeostasis and generally more alkaline levels."

Source: http://earthclinic.com/apple-cider-vinegar-a-modern-folk-remedy-earth-clinic.html

You also posted this: "Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile)."

Not sure where you heard this, but in my experience this is not the case; my dogs did not and do not vomit bile after drinking baking soda water.

An easy way to alkalize with baking soda is to add 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure water; if your dog hesitates at this amount, try 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water and build it up incrementally over the course of a week or so. However given the current skin crisis your dog is experiencing, you might wish to dose 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give this for 5-7 days - and then drop down to the maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon per liter."

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  Re: Vaseline and Cayenne Pepper for Fly Bites
Fri, 11 Apr 14 13:46:30 -0500

04/11/2014: Cheryl from Ocala, Fl: "Will the vaseline and pepper work on my mules ears?"

Re: Demodectic Mange
Fri, 11 Apr 14 10:11:19 -0500

[YEA]  04/11/2014: Animal Gaurdian from Vt: "My Sammy/Chow/Border Collie/Malamute/Wolf mix had a TERRIBLE case of Demodectic mange which I completely healed by frequent bathing with organic tea tree oil soap followed by diluted organic lemon juice rinses.(allow time for the tea tree to sit on the skin for several minutes) I also used BHI Hair & Skin (homeopathy) supplemented with Vitamin C and Vitamin E., and an organic mushroom complex for immune support.

It took about a month but he was completely cleared. His fur started growing back nicely. Hope this helps. AG"

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  Re: Arthritis Mostly Cured in Collie
Fri, 11 Apr 14 09:00:17 -0500

[YEA]  04/11/2014: Peace from Uk: "ACV + Turmeric for Arthritis in Dogs.

About 2-3 years ago, I took my border collie cross to a vet with a joint specialism. He was pretty negative. He told us that our dog had an arthritic knee, possibly due to an old injury, and an arthritic hip. He said that our only option was daily pain killers (which, I found out later, can cause death and are extremely expensive.)

At that point, we were already about 6-12 months into trying natural remedies. We'd been using daily c*rtaflex, cod liver oil and green lipped mussel supplements, with a good diet and regular exercise. We'd also cut out tomatoes and potatoes (ie. no more plate clearing.) These had helped to keep him off daily pain killers but we were still seeing a progression in the disease and he was limping more and more, with a lot of stiffness in the evenings.

I left the vet determined to find a solution and went on to do quite a bit of research. Finally, I got our dog into a simple routine which he is still on today (note: he's about 25kg):

Breakfast: 1 tablespoon ACV (organic, raw, with the mother) mixed with quite a lot of water, in his meal (Burns) so the biscuits go soft. (I'm NOT recommending feeding a kibble diet but it's what he likes and it agrees with him.) Adding the water helps to prevent dehydration and dilutes the ACV so, hopefully, it won't damage his teeth.

Dinner: 1 teaspoon Turmeric (organic, ground - like you would cook with) stirred into water and mixed into his meat. (The turmeric makes him smell but he doesn't mind! )

I have discussed all this with my normal (non-joint specialist) vet and she is very positive about it as she can see how well he is.

My dog is now 11 and lives a full, active, happy life. He has not limped or needed any pain killers since he's been on this dietary routine.

He's not fully healed though - his back legs are clearly not full strength and he is sometimes stiff in the evenings after he's been lying down for a while.

Also, we are careful with his joints. Collies are notoriously 'busy' dogs and he would happily run and jump like a nutter if we encouraged him, but we don't anymore. (That was the one bit of useful advice from the 'joint' vet.) Still, he runs about by himself and is clearly very happy. Also, we are lucky enough to live by the sea so in the summer we get him swimming almost every day.

One point: I looked into using ACV with Sodium bicarbonate (which I take myself) but was advised against this by my vet who said that bicarb can cause kidney problems in dogs and cats. (I have read all sorts about this and decided not to take the risk.)"

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  Re: Alkalizing Remedies for Pets
Thu, 10 Apr 14 23:51:32 -0500

04/10/2014: Sunnyg from Brooklyn: "I am also curious about alkalizing a dog's pH. My vet said my dog's urine was 5.5 and was concerned, though I have consistently gotten 6.2 on her first morning urine (vet's test wasn't first morning urine). Eating primarily raw meat/organ/bone (acidic foods) with some pureed veg and fruit. I have heard apple cider vinegar might help, but have also read that it could be the complete opposite for an acidic dog and could make it worse. Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile). I have read so many people anecdotally recommending apple cider vinegar but I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes. She is presently having a bad allergic skin reaction to something, not sure what yet, I am afraid of aggravating it or creating more acid in an already borderline situation. Thank you for any help you can give."

Re: Milk Thistle for High Liver Enzymes
Thu, 10 Apr 14 23:46:55 -0500

[YEA]  04/10/2014: Linda from Massillon,ohio: "My friend had two cats with high liver enzymes. They fought the medicine the vet prescribed. I gave them "full spectrum" milk thistle. They sprinkled one capsule on their food which they ate. (Big surprise) The levels went down and the vet said, "keep doing what you are doing. It is working". Liver problems respond to milk thistle. This brand was from an online vitamin catalog store and only cost 3.49 for 100 caps. I believe in full spectrum herbs."

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  Re: Dog With Suspected Heartworm
Thu, 10 Apr 14 15:22:23 -0500

04/10/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga: "John, I am treating my golden retriever now as well on VRM2. For a dog that size, give him 3 pills and sprinkle on cooked vegetables or a little chicken. my dog loves green beans, so I give him some with a little of the juice in the can, and sprinkle it on it and he eats it up. Just make sure you don't use red meat. Hope he's doing fine. :)"

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  Re: D-Mannose for Pets with Bladder Infections
Thu, 10 Apr 14 15:06:47 -0500

04/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Monroe444!

It appears the post you replied to is from last year; not sure if the poster will answer about the natural antibiotics - I hope they do!

I did research into using human UTI test strips for dogs, and it appears the ones used for dogs are the exact same ones used in humans - so yes, you can save money and buy the human test strips for your dog."

Re: D-Mannose for Pets with Bladder Infections
Thu, 10 Apr 14 14:25:42 -0500

04/10/2014: Monroe444 from British Columbia, CA: "I was wondering what you mean by natural antibiotics - do you mean colloidal or ionic silver water? I was thinking about giving my dog colloidal silver for her UTI but decided against it because it's still an antibiotic, and I figure that if I disturb her gut flora it will just lead to more UTIs in the future, so I'm going to stick with D-mannose powder and cranberry capsules for now. I don't think her UTI is severe though, so maybe if it were I would do the silver. But if there is something else out there, I would love to hear about it.

I am also giving her herbs for Cushing's (the ones from Adrenal Harmony Gold) and have just added some more for her kidneys that are listed in some UTI formulas like stone root and oregon grape root.

Does anyone know anything about using human UTI test strips for dogs so I don't have to keep going back to the vets? Human test strips are so much less expensive than dog test strips - $13 for 10 as opposed to $40 for 2."

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  Re: Poison Ivy and Dogs
Thu, 10 Apr 14 12:26:46 -0500

04/10/2014: Ramg from Bay Area, Ca: "I found your story helpful as well as the replies from others experiencing K-9 poison oak. Two days ago, I was enjoying some spring time hiking through the woods with my dog and there was plenty of low growing freshly leafed out p/o. My 7yo Staffy Bullterrier now has many little red bumps all over his stomach and a couple where his skin is exposed in his arm (or should I say, leg) pits.

As a person who can get it, I have found the most effective and satisfying way to speed along the healing process, is a good p/o soap such as Burt's Bees, or Fels Naptha which has been around since I was a kid, at first.. but after a couple days, or when the rash turns into small pimple looking bumps I treat it with a most satisfying method:

Take a small face cloth type towel and saturate a portion of it with hydrogen peroxide and proceed to do the unthinkable - Yes, scratch it with the soaked towel until the little bumps turn white. This can be done more than once, if some of the rash did not turn white with the tiny disinfecting bubbles. It is incredibly effective at drying up the rash and preventing the spread of the oils. IMPORTANT -- As a footnote, do not use the peroxide method immediately after getting p/o, before it has turned into distinct little bumps.. you WILL end up spreading it.

I will be trying this on my little friend and will report back with the results. Hope this is helpful as there is much discomfort when having P/O!"

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  Re: Dog Food For Congestive Heart Failure
Thu, 10 Apr 14 10:41:01 -0500

04/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Sasho!

I have no advise on diets as I am very unfamilar with them. I do know that many prescribed low sodium diets seem to taste awful and dogs do not want to eat them. You may wish to consider a home made diet as it very well may be the best you can get.

This may be a site you have seen before, but it looks to have helpful information suggests a few low sodium brands:

http://www.vermontveterinarycardiology.com/index.php/for-clients/feeding-the-cardiac-patient"

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  Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Thu, 10 Apr 14 09:27:02 -0500

04/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Rhutka!

I'm sorry to hear about your Yorkie's liver cancer :(

Surgical treatment is typically the ideal approach in this situation, however you need to consider a few things before you choose that route.

The ultrasound showed you that there was a problem, but unless you did biopsies and additional bloodwork, you still need to know if this is a malignant tumour - and if so, the extent of the disease.

The liver organ has the ability to regenerate itself - a good thing if large portions of the organ must be removed to excise the tumor. But if the tumor has spread, or is of a nodular form [as opposed to one big mass] or if the tumor is in an inoperable location -then the prognisis is very poor. This is something that cannot be determined by ultrasound, and can only be evaluated via surgical exploration.

So, if this were my dog [and it was], the first consideration is your pocketbook; do you have the 4K or so to get this surgery done? And this is major abdominal surgery; your dog will be cut stem to stern and will be on morphine for a 2 week recovery. And depending on what they find, the cancer could come back - and when they do its usually with a vengeance. And then lastly, do you have the time and mental capacity to nurse your dog through healing from the surgery to a possible hospice situation?

In my case we 'debulked' a pancratic tumor - we could not get the entire thing - so the cancer eventually won, but we did manage to buy 6 more months of time with our girl; 6 more months of deferring saying goodbye, 6 months filled with fried egg and bacon sandwiches on toast each morning and anything else our girl wanted to eat.

I don't think I would go this route again - never say never - but with this particular dog it was inconceivable to take any other action, and hey, that's what credit cards are for. This was years ago, the bills long paid, but the memories of those last 6 months are with us forever.

I do not envy your situation. While those last 6 months of stolen time with our girl were filled with whatever we could do to make our girl comfortable and happy, always in the backs of our minds was the looming specter of the end; 6 months of waiting for the other shoe to fall.

I wish you peace in whichever decision you make.

{{{{{Rhutka}}}}}}}

Please check this out for more info:

http://www.vet.upenn.edu/docs/default-source/oncology-handouts/liver-tumors-in-veterinary-patients.pdf?sfvrsn=4"

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  Re: Dog Food For Congestive Heart Failure
Thu, 10 Apr 14 07:30:16 -0500

04/10/2014: Sasho from Bulgaria: "What would be your recommendation on a specific brand for a proper food for dog with CHF?

I like tthe quality of Orijen and Acana grains free dry foods but they are not low sodium foods although salt are 0.3 - 0.6 %. Anyone used Orijen Senior or 6 Fish?"

Re: Liver Cancer in Yorky
Thu, 10 Apr 14 07:17:53 -0500

04/09/2014: Rhutka from Toledo, Ohio: "I have an eight year old female Yorkshire Terrier named Daisymae who just recently began to show swelling in her belly. We took her to the vet to find out what could be the cause and we were told to go get an ultrasound but that it was probably liver cancer. We did the ultrasound and it was determined that cancer was indeed the cause. We love our dog and and since I am out on the internet quite a bit, I thought I might as well try to find out if there was any chance at all for our dog. Her belly has become swollen within the last month or more and she has problems getting up and down our steps now when she goes outside. She drinks water just fine, but her appetite is not as good. She usually gets rewarded with a dog treat when she goes outside. Now, she usually will only eat her treat after she is in for a little bit and the water she drinks has time to settle. She will eat people food like she has had it all her life (she hasn't). Please, does my dog have any kind of a chance to any possible recovery? I and my wife are heart-broken and since we already have had the worst news from the vet, any hope at all would be a blessing. Thanks in advance, Rhutka."

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  Re: Cat's Ear Mites, Diatomaceous Earth Causing Hair Loss?
Wed, 09 Apr 14 13:34:30 -0500

04/09/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Susan!

I am just not picking up on mites. you could maybe use your jewelry lope to examine the gunk to see if there are mites, but the treatment didn't work - all the treatments didn't work, so again I rule out mites when I think on it.

The only thing that I can think of that could *appear* to be contagious to all cats/get's passed around would be inhalant /allergic reactions - be it from allergens in the breeze blowing pollens from CA over to you, or from the junk food treats you abundantly fed. I know around this time of year I see allergies in my pack; it shows up as gunky ears: best I can figure it's the molds and mildews from the spring melt that come into play and while it seems to affect all of the dogs, the way the allergic reaction is expressed in each dog varies greatly. This could be the same deal with your pride. Feeding the wrong foods will cause one of my dogs to get swollen lumps that act like abcesses and ooze and weep, while another dog might get gunky ears and another might break out in itchy hives. Feeding the wrong stuff can set up a chain reaction on the inside allowing yeast to over grow in the GI tract which often expresses as skin allergy, but might also express as gunky ears.

I would go ahead and get the Zymox; I would also try alkalizing the water by adding 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of pure water; if you can build it up to 1 teaspoon do so, and dose 1 teaspoon per liter for one week. In addition I would consider adding probiotics of some sort - ie DDS with FOS. As with yeast over growth, if you have too much of one flora in the GI tract the whole system fails [you see skin problem or ear problems] so rotate the probiotic flora species around - when you finish 1 bottle, replace it with a new formula, and so on.

Also consider the chemicals in your house. From what you have shared I get the idea that you likely would use green chemicals for kitty safety, but things like scented plug ins can cause all sorts of problems for cats, along with the type of laundry soap you use to wash their bedding. So have you purchased new cleaning products in the last few months?"


 

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