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  Re: Dog With Ear Infection

Tue, 06 Oct 15 23:12:46 -0500
Posted by Erika (Arizona) on 10/06/2015

Hi, I read your post online about the apple cider vinegar and I would love to try it on my dog. I'm a little confused of how much vinegar and water I should use, could you help me? I have a 77lbs Rottweiler.

German Shepherd Puppy With Severe Subaortic Stenosis

Tue, 06 Oct 15 17:25:10 -0500
Posted by Helpinghope15 (Glenville, New York) on 10/06/2015

Hello guys and this website is a blessing....

I'm looking for some help and natural guidance for a pup we rescued at 8 weeks and who is now 10 months old. Her name is Hope. Hope was 8 weeks when we picked her up from a backyard breeder. We took her to the vet for a quick checkup and he was shocked at her heart murmur, immediately we set up for further testing ekg etc. she was found to have a severe case of subaortic stenosis.

Devastated, I did research and wanted a second opinion. We were referred to the cardiologist at upstate veterinary specialties in latham ny dr wey, I've used their clinic specialty drs before. Upon his investigation, Hope did have severe subaortic stenosis and a leaky valve. We were given medication atenol and benzapril, we went over her suppliments.... she gets fish oil, coq10, organic powder of chlorella, spirulina, kelp, and gets a homecooked diet on top of a high quality grain free dry food and organ meat top dress grass fed beef heart, tongue, ground turkey, chicken veggies, rice and potatoes. as well as my farm fresh eggs. shes been healthy and showing no symptoms of heart issues no fainting etc but since her defect was severe she was at a higher rate for sudden death syndrome, I've been racking my brain researching healing herbs and foods to feed her to help the situation I didn't want to believe I had to sit back and wait symptoms to pop up.

We decided after her appointment in august 24, I believe , after altho she is still showing no symptoms her heart had gotten significantly worse and her life expectancy was less than a year. So right there we decided that altho it was a risk she had a bad case of subaortic stenosis and she wasn't affected by it, to order the cutting ballons and go forth with the surgery balloon valvioplasty in which they go into her heart via main vein fish this deflated super sharp balloon into the area in which is restricting the bloodflow dialate it and open it up.

She underwent this surgery on sept 30, 2015. All went well, they increased her bloodflow and decreased her stenosis 60%. On the flip side, overnight at the clinic she developed fluid retention and her aortic valve was allowing backflow due to the stenosis region now being open and the valve not large enough to close completely.

Again I reiterate she's 10 months old, a german shepherd pup and 85 pounds. She's still young and has a zest for life! We got her home and the next day after dr wey ran some emergency diagnostics xrays Lasix and she responded great. But he did break my heart and tell me she had congestion and it may or may not be heart failure now we had to see. Well, had to see isn't good enough for me, she's a baby and I'm looking into other natural healing herbs vitamins suppliments foods you name it. I'm starting her on the l carnitine today. She's on currently cephalexin 250,500 , furosemide, atenol, benzapril, pimoden, mexilitine.

She's home under my watchful care and eating well and much more herself lately, she gets vit e b complex, vit c, coq10, kelp, fish oil borage oil, and I have, but not started hawthorn berr billberry, l argitine, ginko, tumeric, grape seed oil, has anyone heard of these? for use of recovery strengthing etc???. She's not weak or showing symptoms we actually have to keep reminding her to relax and she cannot go out and run with our other dogs but we do take some leisuerly strolls multiple times daily. Sorry for the mass question, and ramble but trying to give this pup the best chances for recovery and ths site has the most informative blog testimonials I've seen. Thank you.

Katie and Hope

  Re: White Vinegar Vs ACV for Dog's Skin Issues

Tue, 06 Oct 15 12:08:56 -0500
Posted by Christine (Nc) on 10/06/2015

Thank you!

 Re: Help Requested for Two Dogs With Bad Skin and Paw Problems

Tue, 06 Oct 15 08:00:19 -0500
Posted by Annette (New York) on 10/05/2015

My dog had the same problem. it could be a food allergy. Grain free dog food or make your own is the way to go. Also research shows that dry kibble is the cause of stones in pets.

  Re: Cleaning Kitty's Ears with Witch Hazel

Mon, 05 Oct 15 20:37:14 -0500
Posted by Lyndsy (Mi) on 10/05/2015

I use witch hazel to clean kitty's ears. Its very gentle and it was an ingredient for kitty q tips at the store.

  Re: Sprinkled Borax Treatment for Fleas

Mon, 05 Oct 15 19:11:09 -0500
Posted by Rosanne (Milton) on 10/05/2015

I learned many years ago that if you sprinkle Borax powder (you can find it in Walmart) on the carpet. Leave for approximately 24 hours then vacuum. This will kill any fleas as well as the eggs. I do this once a month. Very effective.

Butter for Fur Matting!

Mon, 05 Oct 15 19:10:33 -0500
Posted by Patty Wilfert (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 10/05/2015

[YEA]  I was so happy to find this site with the perfect remedy to my 2 year old Maine Coon's ever growing Matt problem.... Between back legs and 'arm pits'. Had him shaved about a year ago, did not have to be anesthetized then, but this time had reluctantly scheduled to have him shaved, but anesthesized. I then looked for alternatives and found YOU....did the preliminary clipping with new blunt nosed grooming scissors purchased from Amazon. I then used a dropped filled with olive oil and rubbed into Matt with fingers. Some matts took a couple applications..lout soon, all were gone! Now, it is fall again, and hair is growing longer and new matts started forming....but I tweeted the matts with a tooth brush, with Benji lying on my lap, belly up.

Then I got the bright idea after trimming Matt as much as possible, to just moisten mt fingers with a little soft butter....voila...the matts disappeared within one day! ( and I think less messy than any oils, plus the kitty must've enjoyed his buttery job, licking his fur! ). Good luck to everyone who tries BUTTER, I think it's the perfect solution to Matt removal.....that no groomer would ever tell yu about!

  Re: Diatomaceous Earth Worked for Cat With Long Term Mange

Mon, 05 Oct 15 04:47:09 -0500
Posted by Rhonda (Grants Pass, Oregon ) on 10/05/2015

Came across your subject of mange treatment when I was searching on how to help a kitten that is vomiting several times in one day. I care & feed about 35+ feral cats & my three indoor cats was scratching excessively, even after their monthly flea & tick treatment? With a fixed income I have not been able to take any of them to the vet, so I started researching the symptoms. The results match Notoedric the closes. I put DE in their food but if this works I will be so thankful. Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Over my head with this many.

 Re: Help Requested for Two Dogs With Bad Skin and Paw Problems

Sun, 04 Oct 15 21:06:02 -0500
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 10/04/2015

Carlos (Connecticut) ---

For your dogs' condition I would use Neem Seed Oil. If you can put up with oily coats for a couple of weeks, their skin and coat will be nourished and healthy again. You could try and contact Ayurvedic links online or East Indian groceries.

I am using this on my dog right now but have made a tincture from Neem Seed Oil in case it is necessary. Best is to saturate the skin first for nourishment. Patogens will not have a chance as their breeding cycle will be interrupted. The oil washes out easily. Smooth it on every other day.

Namaste, Om

  Re: Using ACV For Fleas, But Need Wound Treatment

Sun, 04 Oct 15 21:04:37 -0500
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 10/04/2015

Carolyn (Rockford Il.) for open wounds use turmeric powder. It is a natural antibiotic and you can google this, mentioning Ayurveda. I use it always.

When the wounds are healing, apply coconut oil. That's all that is needed.

Namaste Om

Using ACV For Fleas, But Need Wound Treatment

Sun, 04 Oct 15 14:30:47 -0500
Posted by Carolyn (Rockford, Il) on 10/04/2015

I'm attempting to use ACV for my animals for fleas as the topical treatment did not work and with having a crawling baby I didn't want to use more. It seems to be working fine on my two dogs, but one has been itching so bad that he has a bald bleeding spot on his legs. I have avoided putting the treament on there for now for fear that it will burn and hurt the wound.

Is there any ideas on how I can help that heal quickly so I can apply treatment to that leg and ensure fleas do not return?

 Re: Help Requested for Two Dogs With Bad Skin and Paw Problems

Sun, 04 Oct 15 04:20:21 -0500
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 10/04/2015

I'm afraid its trial and error, every dog is different, I would start with a raw diet no grain and boost the immune system with vitamin a, c, e echinacea 3 weeks on and one week off the supplements, only small amounts of supplements for the little one though. Good luck.

  Re: Dog with Heartworm

Sat, 03 Oct 15 18:22:07 -0500
Posted by Kimberly (Bowling Green, Ohio) on 10/03/2015

How is your pit bull doing?

  Re: Chiropractic and Syringomyelia

Sat, 03 Oct 15 18:20:15 -0500
Posted by Katie (Northport, Ny) on 10/03/2015

A number of people have asked whether cold laser therapy may help their animals with spinal issues and thought I would share some additional info from the perspective of one vet who uses cold laser therapy ALONE on syringomyelia dogs. He said that with spinal issues if one is going to see improvement you will typically see it within the first 3 or 4 treatments. He said whether light therapy causes a reduction in the fluid build-up in the spinal cord or just reduces inflammation is really unknown. (I’m guessing it’s because most people are not going to pay an additional $2,500 for a second MRI to confirm this).

So, for those dogs that don’t improve with just cold laser alone, my thoughts are that chiropractic should also be utilized to see if it helps your dog. This was the therapy that was specifically recommended to us by one of our neurologists early on and this is the treatment we are currently giving to our dog. The recommendation was chiropractic plus cold laser therapy. Although I’m not a vet, you have to wonder if these animals with the spinal issues, who don’t respond to cold laser alone, have some sort of underlying misalignment in the spine (which may be blocking the flow of spinal fluid) and therefore may not respond to cold laser therapy until it is corrected? As mentioned in a previous post, the chiropractic treatment our dog receives is very gentle but it should only be done by a AVCA certified chiropractic vet. (See link in an earlier post).

We have also recently been in touch with another AVCA chiropractor who mentioned that she herself owns a cavalier who is showing early signs of syringomyelia. She said that so far she has been controlling it with homeopathy but did not know about the possibility of using cold laser for this condition too. The reason I mention this is because homeopathy may be another treatment people want to look into IN ADDITION to the cold laser and chiropractic treatment. They may all be helpful together.

Given the seriousness of this affliction, and the fact that all syringomyelia dogs are not the same and may not respond the same, I would look into all available possibilities to see what works for your dog before considering surgery.

  Re: Ted's Mange Cure

Sat, 03 Oct 15 11:15:49 -0500
Posted by Rashel (Texas) on 10/03/2015

I have a ten week old Chihuahua. I have had him since he was 7 weeks. I have never seen our deadly with mange in any of my animals. I saw the puppy from the start itching non stop. So I sprayed him with flea medicine. This itching went on for weeks till I noticed fur missing. I was worried then and felt so bad for him. He was miserable. We went to the vet they said it was possibly name and he needed medication. Told me the medication abd I went home researched it and learned it's not good for pups. So I looked into natural cures and found this with lid of good reviews. He has had two treatments in the past three days. The yellow flakes are gone the fur on his legs under the tail and in the tiny are gone now it's white dried skin. His smell is improved he smelt like death before. Fur is still coming off cause he still was scratching after first treatment but we just started. I have high hopes . Will make new review when it's had time to really work.

Help Requested for Two Dogs With Bad Skin and Paw Problems

Sat, 03 Oct 15 06:13:07 -0500
Posted by Carlos (Connecticut) on 09/29/2015


I have two dogs a 8yr old cocker spaniel/shitzu mix and a 5yr old short haired chihuahua, both females. I have had them since puppies. The cocker spaniel always chews her feet, I have taken her to the vet more times than I could afford and they say shes allergic to poultry. I changed her food to buffalo blue adult lamb and she seemed to be doing well on that for awhile then she was biting her foot again. Meanwhile with the chi that food wasn't good bc now she has stones in her bladder and has had terrible infections on her skin and her paws, the vet gave me some prescription food for UTIs and some anti biotics for the chi which is not working after months and tons of money on treatment. I am beyond my its hard to afford all these visits and not get have any progress. I feel like vets just want my money and pump my dog full of drugs. They are my world and I just want my babies to be well and be able to sleep at night without itching and chewing. Someone help!

Apple Cider Vinegar Helping Lab's Itchy Skin

Sat, 03 Oct 15 05:48:21 -0500
Posted by Katie (Chicago, Il) on 10/02/2015

[YEA]  My black lab has been itching and scratching constantly. Tonight when I was brushing him is when I noticed the scabs on his skin (they were hidden well). I finally went and bought some ACV that my co-worker recommended and diluted half with water. I sprayed all over his coat and immediately it took effect. Right now he is snoring next to me. This is the first time in a while that this dog has not been scratching constantly. Wish I would have done this as soon as I found out about it but I was thinking allergy pills would solve the issue.

I am a firm believer that ACV is the answer for all skin issues!

 Re: Blood in Dog's Urine

Fri, 02 Oct 15 22:42:41 -0500
Posted by Rose (Australia) on 10/02/2015


I just came across your post.

My dog has bladder cancer and is at the vet right now getting his bladder drained. They may not be able to do it but fingers crossed they can just to make him more comfortable. I would love to read your book. I have been treating him with natural remedies also but I think they have stopped working. If he makes it through today I was hoping for information that could help very quickly. I hope to hear from you soon.


Ted's Mange Cure for Dogs

Fri, 02 Oct 15 22:37:33 -0500
Posted by Julia (Olive Hill, Kentucky) on 10/02/2015

Today is day one of trying Ted's Mange treatment. I rescued Jackie Pooh 2 years ago. He had the worst case of demodectic mange ever! His 3 siblings and his Mom had it as well. His mom is was a larger beagle and his dad was a smaller pyr. His mom and siblings cleared up quickly andnicely with a grain free diet, and medicated baths. They were not as affected as Jackie Pooh. Jack has been a challenge! One of my talents has been growing hair on dogs! LOL!

I'm attaching 2 pics. One is of his back the first day I saw Jackie Pooh. The other is him a few weeks ago.

Those first few weeks were horrible. The lady that owned him since birth was unable to care for them so she asked for help. He was so shut down, he had lived his 1 1/2 year long life in the back of a dog house because the sun hurt his skin. He was terrified of everything and in so much pain and discomfort. His skin would pop open and bleed in places if you touched him. He smelled horrible. I rolled up my sleeves and said I can fix this! Yikes!

He has had numerous skin scrapes, the last 2 came back negative. He has been on a grain free diet from the start and gets probiotics and fish oil. He has been tested for thyroid issues twice. He had a complete Cushings test. His blood work has always come back great. He is neutered and HW neg.

I tried my usual routine, and used Frontline Spray on him along with medicated baths and good diet. He cleared up some. I never use Ivermectin. I hate the stuff. My vet doesn't even offer it to me for mange dogs, he knows I will say no. I was not getting anywhere with him except a few tufts of hair at a time grew in. I tried Advantage Multi. Nope. Changed foods again. Nope. Broke down and tried amitraz dip. Never again. Finally had big breakdown and tried Ivermectin even though I hate the stuff. Minimal results. So we have just continued medicated baths twice a month, good diet, fipronil spray. And this is where we have been for quite a while now. I kinda gave in and said, OK, it is what it is and I love him and he won't get adopted so I have this Kentucky Crested, as we fondly call him.

So I will give Ted's a try. Let's see if this helps. Because Pooh gets baths so often, he is great about getting wet. We didn't have any problem making or applying the treatment. If there ever was a test for Ted's treatment, it will be Jackie Pooh!!! It is certainly cheap and easy to make!

EC: HI Julia, please submit another post for the 2nd photo. Unfortunately, the software we are using for uploading photos only allows 1 pic per post. Sorry about that!

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