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Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Pets with Constipation

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:26:26 -0500

Posted by Angeleyes (Birmingham, Alabama) on 12/17/2014

[YEA]  1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to the pets water or food daily can help your pets with constipation.

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 Re: My German Shepherd Has Sores From Chewing Herself

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:19:55 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/17/2014

Hey Katlyn!

You may find it helpful to alkalize your dog's drinking water; do this by adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter or drinking water and have this be her only source of drinking water. Use 1 teaspoon/liter for 7 days; drop down to 1/2 teaspoon/1 liter for an additional 7 days, and then reduce to 1/4 teaspoon/liter as a maintenance dose. To deal with the lesions on the skin/itchy skin, try dipping her in Ted's mange remedy, or Ted's anti-fungal/anti-staph remedy; even a baking soda rinse will help if you cannot do the dips. Supplementing with Yucca may also help reduce inflammation. Also consider everything that your dog dog takes my mouth; grocery store treats are often very bad, filled with red food dyes, extra sugar and salt. Avoid giving your dog any treats except for natural treats or those made with quality ingredients.

Try those tips and please report back!

My German Shepherd Has Sores From Chewing Herself

Wed, 17 Dec 14 12:18:44 -0500
Posted by Katlyn (Saint John, New Brunswick) on 12/17/2014

Hello, I have a three year old German Shepard. We have had her for 2 years now. About 3 months ago, she started to lick her paws, now she is chewing her sides and neck. We took her to the vet about 2 months ago and they said to change her food. She was on Chicken and Oatmeal lifetime brand for the first 2 years we had her. The vet said to change her food, and we did; she is now on a fish and herd diet. She has an E collar but she still licks sometimes, and her sores are not getting better. Vet bills are getting very costly as now they are saying she needs steroids and more pills.

Are there any home remedies that will help? There has to be more that will help then just pills and steroids.

My Cat was Killed by Clavamox

Wed, 17 Dec 14 11:40:33 -0500

Posted by Rita (Miami, FL) on 12/17/2014

[DEATH REPORTED]  My cat was killed by Clavamox. My cat seemed to have a hairball he could not expel. On Friday he doesn't eat most of his food but does drink water and can walk and sit up fine. Saturday morning he doesn't want to eat and he feels very warm as if he had a fever. From symptoms I thought he might have a stomach infection from hairball; he could still walk and sit up fine.

His vet gives me Clavamox. I force feed him some food and 1 hour later I give him 1 ml of Clavamox. Soon after he ingests the antibiotic, he vomits the food I had given him and the hairball came out, his temperature goes down, but he seems to become weak, lethargic, and not able to walk well or sit up well. I just thought he had not eaten well and this is why he was like this. He still doesn't want to eat so I force feed him again water, food and Nutrical to keep him from dehydrating every 4 hrs. 12 hours later I give him another 1 ml of antibiotic.

Sunday morning he feels extremely cold to the touch, he doesn't want to eat or drink water, he is severely weak, almost unable to walk and unable to sit up. I don't give him the antibiotic and I start force feeding him food, water, Pedialite, and Nutrical every 2 hrs, and heating up towels and putting them on him to bring up his temperature, but he just gets worse as time passes. He has severely shrunk in size by now, seems to be very dehydrated no matter how much I gave him. I rush him to the emergency vet clinic where he dies.

I later find out in the internet that an allergic reaction to Clavamox makes them vomit and drowsy which were symptoms my cat presented, and Clavamox can also make their muscles weak which my cat also developed. My cat seemed to have had a severe allergic reaction to Clavamox.Be very careful in feeding this antibiotic and if you see any of these symptoms don't wait and rush him to the hospital immediately, it can mean the difference between life and death.

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 Re: Treatments for Anal Gland Issues in Dog

Wed, 17 Dec 14 11:35:55 -0500

Posted by Anya (Milton, Canada) on 12/17/2014

If your pet has a ruptured anal gland, see vet ASAP; if your vet is , "out of town" see another vet! Anywhere! OR go to ER ... For animals! Your vet should have provided you with another, even if it's their competition!

First stage swollen , constant licking, scooting, less pooping! If it's at the second stage "saculitis" its infected... with bacteria. Third stage is an abscess (vet will drain); next is ruptured... ( avoid this ) Which means a gaping slash that is guaranteed to get infected in a really serious way... also is extremly painfull!!!

If you got to the third stage, you really need to know your pet better! P.S. if you're too broke to even own a pet try hapar for 1 week if infected, then followed by silica the next week.... If no infection... Just use the silica for up to 10 days, call holistic vet/ doc or health food store .. find out dosage depending on weight... Or look it up, these natural remedies are not dangerous given in excess; better to give more then less. Don't forget a warm compress daily! Apply pressure if you're going to express yourself.... Keep away the crusties - don't wanna block the glands. P.S. ONLY buy Canned pumpkin at PET store... Try the lite, better for overweight, it also has oatmeal = more fibre.. Look up ways to add more fibre for a better stool, the more pushin expresses the cushions for the tushin... Lol

My Morkie Has a Major Anal Gland Problem

Wed, 17 Dec 14 11:23:31 -0500

Posted by Visionsscott (Florida, US) on 12/16/2014

Hello,

I have read all of your suggestions on anal glands. I have been giving my dog, who is two years old and just started having problems these past three months, pumpkin and it hasn't seem to work. Is there any thing else I can try that might help.There are a lot of good suggestions. I just don't know which options are the best. They told me that they can operate but would rather not do that and people have complained they wish they hadn't had the surgery. Thank you very much for your time.

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 Dog Flea Help Needed

Tue, 16 Dec 14 20:05:25 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/16/2014

Hey Ellie!

The downside to foggers and topical flea sprays when you want to nip a flea infestation in the bud is that the products often fail to eliminate the flea eggs or cocooned adults that are waiting to hatch. Try this simple flea trap to eliminate fleas quickly and cheaply :-)

You will need a small desk lamp; the more lamps you have the more rooms you can treat at the same time. Set the lamp on the floor in the area where your pet sleeps, or anywhere your pet spends time. Under the lamp put a white plate or shallow tray. Into the tray put sudsy dish soap water; the soap is necessary to break the oil barrier on the flea which will enable it to drown. Turn the lamp on at night and then check the tray in the morning for black specks. One lamp trap can quickly eliminate all the adult fleas in the area; keep the lamp trap out each night to catch the adults that are waiting to hatch in the weeks that follow. You may have to use the traps on a constant basis for a few weeks, but no expensive and toxic foggers that fleas can become resistant to.

One other thing that also helps is to wash all the bedding, rugs and doggie coats all at the same time in hot water; while the laundry is in the wash vacuum the floor thoroughly - detail the edges of the carpet where it meets the wall, get under the sofa, under the cushions of the sofa - vacuum any areas or furniture where your pet is allowed.

The vacuuming will address *some* of the eggs and flea larvae in the house, and the trap will address the adults seeking to feed. Keep on top of the vacuuming and washing - the two most essential things you can do - daily if you can, and keep the traps set for each night. This should make short work of your infestation!

One last thing; the addition of baking soda into your girl's drinking water will help alkalize her PH and make her less appetizing to fleas. To start try 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have that be her only water. Do this dosage for 7 days, and then drop down to 1/2 teaspoon for 5 days and then 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose - or discontinue if you wish.

Good luck!

Dog Flea Help Needed

Tue, 16 Dec 14 19:43:15 -0500
Posted by Ellie (England) on 12/16/2014

I am a new convert to Apple Cider Vinegar and am desperately trying to get on top of a flea problem my golden retriever Trixie is plagued by, have spent a fortune on chemical sprays etc but am inclined to believe the vets are making a fortune flogging products that no longer work. I have sprayed the dog with 50/50 of ACV but what about the house? If I fill a bottle up and mix with water (?) and spray around the house, is this advisable or is there something else that you can recommend? Thank you.

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 Re: Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

Tue, 16 Dec 14 19:38:00 -0500

Posted by Myway (Wilmington, De) on 12/16/2014

Food Grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is very effective for fleas on animals - just don't inhale it. I have a bowl of the powder in the kitchen with a "poofy" brush I used for rouge on my face. When one of my cats come by, I just dab it into their fur with the brush. They don't even know it's happening. This treatment is drying so I just do it once a week - dabbing their fur. Please don't use pool grade DE. You can cause great harm to your pet. BTW, I take a tablespoon a day in my water...:)

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 Re: ACV for Mange in Pets

Tue, 16 Dec 14 19:23:38 -0500

Posted by Jenny (South Sioux City Ne) on 12/16/2014

What is de?

EC: DE = Diatomaceous Earth

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 Re: Rubbing Alcohol for Ear Infection in Pets

Tue, 16 Dec 14 12:51:12 -0500

Posted by Sarafina (San Francisco) on 12/16/2014

[YEA]  Therubbing alcohol works for swimmers ear because it breaks the surface tension of the water trapped in the ear, which facilitates draining. The trapped water is not sterile and creates a nice warm humid environment for bugs to grow in.

Get the water out and no infection develops. I use the cocker spaniel ear cleaner which is alcohol based after my setter has been swimming to avoid problems from this. And I learned it when I was a kid, from dad, who was a competitive swimmer ; -)

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 Syringomyelia in Dogs - Update from Michelle

Tue, 16 Dec 14 11:53:03 -0500

Posted by Michelle (Wa) on 12/15/2014

Well, we got Coco's 2nd lab results back today, this is 4 weeks since her first results. I am pleased to say WOW!!!!! ALP: 655, GGT: 21, ALT: 74!!!! Amazing! I was so worried it was still going to be high and have to deal with cancer! This is the best Christmas present ever!! Take care Katie! Have a wonderful holiday season! No changes in therapy and supplesments for now. I will keep you posted with any changes and updates. :)

Question on Using Turmeric/Olive Oil for Tumore on Dog's Leg

Mon, 15 Dec 14 21:13:14 -0500
Posted by Rloera (Hidden Valley Lake, California) on 12/15/2014

I have a shep/collie mix she is 15 yr old and has large tumor looking ball in her hind leg, just this last 2wks she started limping more = ( as a mommy of four dogs and a cat this breaks my heart) because I don't have a great deal of extra cash, I'm goin to try this turmeric /olive oil but my question is how long after do you continue to give the turmeric / olive oil for?

Report on Treating My Dog's Glaucoma

Mon, 15 Dec 14 21:00:24 -0500

Posted by Annalouise (Covington, Va) on 12/15/2014

My 60 pound 10 yr old mixed chow chow was diagnosed with primary Glaucoma right eye in September 2014. Three different eye drops were prescribed. It was suggested to use a harness instead of using choker chain, which I did. I was told that eventually the left eye would get glaucoma & that the eye drops would not work to bring down the pressure at some point in the future. The prognosis was NOT optimistic, it was the same as the other posts I've read. So I began a search for alternative methods for treating glaucoma.

Each time after I administer the eye drops, I hold his eye closed for as long as dog allows, (no more than a minute or less) and then massage gently around his eye socket, his ears, his temple, his neck, his jaw joint, his entire head and neck area. Since September I give him one 00 capsule of powdered sweet carrot juice, one 60 mg capsule of bilberry, and one 60 mg capsule of Ginkgo Biloba. I tried the dog glaucoma Chinese herbs from acupuncture vet for about 3 weeks in October, and observed more cloudy blue color in his right eye, no improvements, so went back to carrot, bilberry and ginkgo and could see the brown iris again in about 3 days.

Also began acupuncture in September with a DVM certified in animal acupuncture. After first session my dog became active again, regained his appetite and the weight he had lost. At first acupuncture is more often, now days it is once a month, and working towards less often. The eye drops are still working so far. I can still see some of the brown iris in his right eye. The left eye is unaffected as of this date. He continues to have a good appetite, normal BM, is active, and the eye condition is holding, meaning not getting any worse. Per the other posts on this site I keep glycerine on hand in case of emergency spikes. Herbs take longer than meds so I am watching the eyes closely for any improvement. Will post again if any changes. Not cured but not getting worse and the dog is happy, active, his coat is shinny and his appetite remains good.

How I Treated My Beagle Ridley's Heart Murmur

Mon, 15 Dec 14 20:53:42 -0500

Posted by Dee (Syracuse, Ny) on 12/15/2014

[YEA]  My dog rescue dog (11 year old, 30lbs, beagle) begin coughing like crazy back in Decemeber after having surgery to remove some bloody warts on his head. At first I thought it might be due the surgey or an respitory infection so I waited a couple of weeks but it never disippated, instead it got worse. At the end of the month I took him back to the vet who then did an x-ray that showed Ridley's heart had enlarged a little and his murmur had progressed from a 3-4 level to a 5-6 and was diagnosed with CHF, Mitral Valve.

The Vet recommended Furosemide 40 mg 2x a day and Enalapril 10 mg 2x a day and also recommmended I take him to a cardiologist who I could not afford at the cost of $300, but I did put him on the medications as suggested. Also Ridley's respiratory rate was vey high his resting rate was 36-39. I was told by the vet that a resting respiratory rate over 35-40 breaths per minute is considered abnormal.

So I was instructed to do the following:

  1. Wait until your pet is sleeping soundly (i.e. not dreaming), and not panting or purring.
  2. Count the number of times the chest rises and falls (1 full rise and fall equals 1 breath) over 60 seconds.
  3. Do this at least once a day for 7 days, and record your pet's resting respiratory rate on your calendar I did it twice a day for two weeks then only checked it periodically over a week.

Ridley seemed to stabilize, but the Lasix was really a mess to deal with and upon reading up on it I found out about the side effects it causes to the kidneys. This really concerned me but the vet promised me the Lasix WOULD NOT become a regular part of his prescriptions but that we would only use it up until any excess fluid had been released within a reasonable time as not to cause any damage.

Sometime in March Ridley's cough had gotten better but it had not stopped completely so the vet recommended we add in Vetmedin which I agreed to but at the cost $86 every 30 days it was killing me but I remained faithful to ensuring Ridley had what he needed. Within two weeks the coughing stopped and his respiratory rate went down to 26-28. I was relieved. At the begining of the next month I spoke with the vet about about possible reducing the amount of Lasix Ridley was on and was basically told if I reduced it he would die. I questioned the vet about the long term usage of the Lasix on Ridley's kidneys and he dismissed my concerns. Also the two first medications (Furosemide and Enalapril) the vet charged me almost $60 to refill them every month through him and my not knowing any better at the time found out at a later date that both medications were used by humans and could be refilled at Walmart for almost 4 times less the cost.

After the back and forth with the vet I decided to get a second opinion and found out that the 1st vet had Ridley at almost the highest levels you could use for both medications that were needed at extremely detrimental cases. I was then very alarmed and decided to switch to the new vet who after receiving Ridley's medical records requested a blood and urine panel for him adjusted his medications accordingly. We even cut back his daily dosage of Furosemide to half.

I also through research found a supplement called Formula CV for Dogs & Cats" made by Rx Vitamins that came highly recommended and decided to add it in as well. Formula CV for Dogs & Cats" Ingredients per capsule: Hawthorn Berry (standardized 3.2% vitexin) 100 MG L-Carnitine (pharmaceutical grade amino acid) 100 MG L- Taurine (pharmaceutical grade amino acid) 50 MG Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol succinate) 75 IU Dimethylglycine (DMG) 10 MG Magnesium (citrate) 10 MG Potassium (citrate) 10 MG Coleus Forskolii 10 MG. Selenium (selenomethionine) 5 MCG Suggested use: One capsule twice daily for each 25-50 lbs. Body weight, or as recommended by a veterinarian. For cats, 1/2 capsule daily.

The reason why I am giving all this detailed information upfornt is something became appearent to me:

  1. Not all vets are the same if your still unclear to the what, when and why seek another opinion.
  2. When your pet gets placed on long term medications research the side effects and weigh the benefits and cost then proceed with a plan deal to with the results. Be ready to make adjustments as needed.
  3. Ask questions it's your right as the owner and if you're still not satisfied ...see #1.
  4. Remember sometimes we have to face reality but if there is even the possibly of additional options that will help the quality of life for you beloved family pet seek them out.

Which brought me to this informative site. Between June and August Ridley did very well with little to no cough but sometime in Septemeber the cough returned and the cost of the Vetmedin was breaking me financially so I after meeting with the vet we placed Ridley back on the Furosemide 40 mg 2x a day and increased Enalapril 15 mg 2x a day. I told the vet that was no longer able to afford the Vetmedin the vet understood but had no other options for me so I decided to do some research through this and other sites to see what supplements I might try to use.

After reading all the information I felt all hope was not lost and came up with the following supplements and amounts I added to Ridley's daily regimen. NOTE: I am in no way promoting or suggesting that the below combination will work for you but if any of this information helps like it did for me do your research and I wish you and your beloved pet the very best. I now feel like I am contributing better to the quaility of life for my boy. Ridley's daily regimen....

Initial Usage -

  1. Furosemide 40 mg 2x a day
  2. Enalapril 15 mg 2x a day
  3. Fish Oil w/Omega 3 1200 mg 2x a day
  4. Vitamin E 100 UI 1x a day (morning)
  5. L-Cartnitine 200 mg 1x a day (morning)
  6. Co Q-10 plus 200 mg 1x a day (morning)
  7. Vitamin C 500 MG 1/2 tab 2x a day
  8. D-Ribose 750 mg 1x a day (morning)
  9. Super Vit B Complex* 1x a day (morning) Garlic 580 mg 2x a day *Super Vit B Complex contains b-1, b-2, b-6, b-12, calcium, niacin and folic acid.

I also bought a brand of dog food within MY budget Purina One SmartBlend dry and canned because it list real lamb as the first ingredient blended with other high-quality protein sources that helps support strong muscles and a healthy heart. It also has Omega-6 and has an antioxidant blend of Vitamins E & A along with minerals zinc and selenium.

What I Found Out:

  • First week the cough slowed down in frequency and engery level getting better.
  • Second week coughed only in the morning for a very short time upon awakening and energy level even better. Respiratory rate steady 23-24.
  • Third week no cough at all and energy level ...omg. Respiratory rate steady 21-23
  • Fourth week same as third week. Respiratory rate STILL steady 21-23.
  • Following month I decided to decrease the Furosemide to 30 mg with the hopes of being able to decrease to 15 mg within a month or so there after. Respiratory rate STILL steady 21-23.

What Today Looks Like for Us: NO coughing and I reduced the Furosemide to 20 mg currently..Enalapril amount still in place. Ridley is very happy and ventures out in the yard like never before but he still a old sweet boy...lol

What Else Do I Do:

  1. Keep PLENTY of fresh water on hand.
  2. 1/2 banana for a treat twice a day.
  3. Check Ridley's respiratory rate every night before I go to bed.
  4. Get a blood and urine panel every 4 to 6 months and another x-ray here shortly.
  5. Allow for additional bathroom breaks at least every 2 hours when possible on the weekends and every hour and a half in the evenings when I get off work in the evenings.

To all my fellow pet parents you're not alone. I know how you feel and I understand the decisions that you have to make that are hard like this one. I wish you the very best. My results may not be yours but I wanted to contribute to a site that assisted me with good insights and resources. We all know that there will never be that "one work approach". We all have to come to some type of decision and then do the best we can without regret. I now feel like I am personally giving back the unconditional love Ridley gives me. My prayers are with you.

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 Re: ACV for Bladder Issues

Mon, 15 Dec 14 20:35:31 -0500

Posted by Ec (Mexico) on 12/15/2014

My Cat Sunny looks like he is having a problem peeing. I live far away from any stores and I need to know what I can use in place of Apple cider Vinegar. I have reg. Vinegar - can I mix this with anything?

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 Treatment for My Dog's Yeast Infection

Mon, 15 Dec 14 15:30:39 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/15/2014

Hey Cobrien!

You might be over doing it with both the salmon oil and the coconut oil - cutting back to just 1 of those oils may help with the farting; also consider adding enyzmes for digestion: I use chewable papaya from Whole Foods for my pack.

I would also consider something that may have a bit more *kick* than the your vinegar/peroxide/water solution; Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip.

You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug 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. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible, then I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere and particularly on the affected areas. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put her in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting; you may need to bump up the heat in the house or crate him in a small room with a space heater. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.

Yeast infections take time to manifest, and can take a while to resolve. You may additionally consider borax to combat the yeast internally. Ted recently updated his borax protocol -here it is again FYI:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 2/12/2014 "The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

Timing:
Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.

or

Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.

This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

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 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Mon, 15 Dec 14 12:31:45 -0500

Posted by Katie (Northport, Ny) on 12/15/2014

Michelle, my vet said the liver is one of the most regenerative of all organs - and she told me that I should not worry. She said the liver has the capacity to heal itself even if liver function has fallen to like 20%. It is so good that Cocoa is being helped with these therapies and that this will enable her to eventually come off these meds which have caused the problem. For every med removed, I am sure you are going to see tremendous improvements in her liver chem profiles. It sounds like you have a very good vet and are in very capable hands. Please keep us posted.

Treatment for My Dog's Yeast Infection

Mon, 15 Dec 14 11:51:58 -0500

Posted by Cobrien (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/15/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My sweet boy Mason (sheltie/terrier mix) is a rescue dog. I've had him for over a year, he's approximately 3 years old. We've been dealing with the nasty yeast since we got him. Antibiotic/steroid therapy has been prescribed to him on and off from his vet. Over the summer, I started him on atopica because his itching was so severe. I was at my wits end and the look on his face was so desperate for help. The first month on atopica was daily, 2nd month, every other day, 3rd month, 2x a week. He did really well the first 2 months but come the 3rd month, he was back to incessant scratching.

We then started him again on the daily dose. Went back to the vet (for shots) and again prescribed antibiotic/steroid therapy and to discontinue the atopica to clear up his skin before giving him his yearly shots. I knew this was a bad idea but as desperate as we are, we'd do whatever it took to make him well. For three weeks, everything was great. But I knew that once he was off of the therapy, his scratching would resume. It did. My next plan before stumbling upon this website was to take him to a dermatologist, but after reading so many stories, I decided to give some of the recommendation that has been put on here as one last ditch effort to combat this yeast on my own.

This is what I do for Mason:

Wysong Epigen 90 (starch/grain free) about 1/2 cup a feeding with Wysong wet food (about 1/4 can). 1 acidophilus pill, 2 benadryls, and a few squirts of anchovy oil, an about a tablespoon of virgin, unsweeteneded coconut oil. Two times a day.

I also bathe him with anti-fungal/anti-bacterial shampoo with tea tree oil until my order of Malaseb comes in as well as a vinegar/peroxide/water combo rinse and let him soak in it for at least 10 minutes. He hates being in the bathtub so it can be a little difficult keeping him still. I pat him dry, especially his paws. I'll be doing this 2 times a week.

We're on day 4 and his scratching isn't as incessant as it was. He still has a yeasty odor but he'll get another bath/rinse tonight. His stool/farts has the most awful smell ever. I'm going to assume it is from the change to his food and/or the added supplements.

I am hopeful that this will work for him. It breaks my heart to see him like this - he came from an abuse/abandoned situation before ending up at the shelter and then in my home. I promise him everyday that no matter what, if my husband and I end up in the poor house, he will be healthy and happy and itchy free.

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