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 Dog Miserable with Itchy Skin

Mon, 31 Aug 15 20:00:13 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/31/2015

Hey Liz!

You can help your dog feel more comfortable by giving him an oatmeal bath/shampoo followed up with a vinegar rinse. You can also alkalize his water with baking soda which may really help.

 Would Apple Cider Vinegar Help My Dog's Itchy Skin?

Mon, 31 Aug 15 19:58:13 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/31/2015

Hey Brenda!

An oatmeal based shampoo bath followed up with a diluted vinegar rinse will help with the itching - use 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water for the rinse. Orally you can give the raw apple cider vinegar in his food - 1-2 teaspoons in his food per meal. You might also try alkalizing - add baking soda to his water and this may help also.

  Dog Poisoned by Chinaberry

Mon, 31 Aug 15 19:53:55 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/31/2015

Hey Candice!

You should take your dog to the vet as this is life threatening.

If you cannot get to the vet, you can try feeding your dog activated charcoal - you can get it at the aquarium store and grind it to a fine powder. See if you can get your dog to take this either mixed in with some broth or home made doggie pedialyte. Bentonite clay would also apply if you cannot find the activated charcoal [or vice versa].

Again, my first choice for chinaberry poisoning is the vet.

  Re: Try Salmon Oil for Cat's Skin

Mon, 31 Aug 15 18:13:56 -0500
Posted by Virginia (San Diego. California) on 08/31/2015

Try salmon oil for cats skin 1/2 tsp. dogs have skin allergies and scratch alot - they are defiecient in omega 3 ...ask your vet too.

Dog Poisoned by Chinaberry

Mon, 31 Aug 15 18:12:35 -0500
Posted by Candice (Baytown) on 08/31/2015

My dog ate chinaberries and is lethargic throwing up. Is there any home remedies?

Help Needed for Very Sick Dog with Chronic Diarrhea

Mon, 31 Aug 15 17:35:16 -0500
Posted by Lacy (Parsons, Tn) on 08/31/2015

If anyone has had a similar experience with this I would greatly appreciate your advice! It started about 6 months ago when my 11 year old pug started having diarrhea and not wanting to eat. My normal vet prescribed metronidozole but symptoms did not improve. She did an X-ray and said she saw his intestines were inflamed and it could be a type of intestinal cancer and we should just keep him as "comfortable as possible." I was in shock because up until this point he had been perfectly healthy. She prescribed prednisone to help with inflammation and appetite. After starting the prednisone his poop returned to normal and his appetite was up.

We thought he was cured until about 2 weeks after stopping pred, all symptoms returned. The vet refused to prescribe anymore pred, citing the harmful long term effects it has. I wish I had taken him to a specialist after that and it will probably always haunt me that I didnt. We took him to another vet who prescribed prednisone and Another round of antibiotics. He was great until stopping the pred again, but this time his symptoms became different. He was shaking, panting, and could not walk at all! Couldn't even stand up. Rushed to emergency vet. They basically said he was an old dog and we didn't have a lot of options. They suspected he had a seizure. Literally As soon as we walked out of the place, our dog started walking again and drank water! Took him back to the vet who gave us the pred last the next day and she did a lipase test. He had a terrible case of pancreatitis. She didn't keep him on an IV because we all agreed it would be too stressful for him. He was given subcutaneous fluid injections and sent home and we were told to withhold food for 2 days. She gave us pred and antibiotics, and after his 2 day fast he was wonderful again! Started feeding royal canin prescription. a week later when he started shaking and panting. Called the vet she said to give him Karo syrup and bring him in. After the hour drive there and multiple feelings of Karo syrup, his glucose was only 67. She gave us some paste to feed him and suggested pedialyte because he was dehydrated. He got better again, then his stool started getting loser and his inappetance returned. The vet said it could be a type of pancreatic cancer and suggested we go see a specialist and get a biopsy.

Took him to another vet who was highly recommended for older dogs, he did an ultrasound and said it was clear. Prescribed more pred and antibiotics because his WBC were very elevated. His pancreatic and liver enzymes were normal! This time the pred did not help his diarrhea. We took him back two weeks later and he wasn't there so his partner saw us. She did another ultrasound and suggested a barium test. She showed us the test and said there is a large well encapsulated mass in his left cranial abdomen in the place of the liver and stomach. She said the food could not get around and he would throw up if he ate a lot. He has been eating a ton (increased pred to 1 1/4) and has never thrown up. This time his Blood work improved a lot his WBC went down a lot other than basophils which were extremely high. Everything I've read about those says it indicates an infectious disease or heart worms (he's been checked for heartworms already).This week he is eating well but has pure liquid diarrhea literally minutes after eating. I feel so hopeless. She said exploratory surgery was needed but more than likely they couldn't do anything and would just tell us that it wasn't worth waking him up. She said make him comfortable until it's time to put him down. He's down to 14 lbs from his weight of 22 lbs. I should of had him biopsied from a specialist right away, that is completely my fault but I was just so shocked. All of the cancer symptoms I have read say blood in stool or vomit or pain or dark colored tarry stools. He has had none of the above!

I also find it strange that the first vet thought the mass was in his intensines, the second vet thought there was no mass just pancreaitis, 3rd vet saw no mass one week earlier, and the third vet says the mass in the top of his stomach. I asked the latest vet about pancreatitis and she said the mass may of been pressing on his pancreas. That makes sense but why isn't it now? Especially since she said the mass was encapsulated. If anyone has had a similar experience or advice I would really appreciate it.

Dog Miserable with Itchy Skin

Mon, 31 Aug 15 17:27:59 -0500
Posted by Liz (Nj) on 08/30/2015

My golden keeps scratching & biting himself. He has bald spots where he's biting & he's making himself bleed. I do not see mites/fleas or any type of bugs. I'm taking him to the veterinarian this week, but I want to make him feel comfortable for now. Is there a home remedy I can use until I can get him to the vet? Please help!!

Would Apple Cider Vinegar Help My Dog's Itchy Skin?

Mon, 31 Aug 15 17:26:11 -0500
Posted by Brenda (Carmi, Il.) on 08/30/2015

My beagle has got red blotches under her belly and chest arm pits back end where she bites herself, chews her hair in places and scratches all the time , like and chews I've given her allergy med to no avail would the Apple Cider Vinegar help? I know she's miserable I bathe her but my heart goes out to her, thanks for any suggestions.

  Re: Bladder Infection in Dog

Mon, 31 Aug 15 10:09:32 -0500
Posted by Janette (Clinton) on 08/31/2015

Hi Dr. Benton, I am interested in your point of view here. I recently adopted a dog that was misrepresented to me. I was told he was 6-7 years old and had kennel cough. When the dog was transported to me, I had to take him to the vet less than 24 hours later because he was on the verge of death. The vet I saw told me that he is more like 10 years old (lifespan of the dogo argentino breed being 10-12 years). He was very skinny, had vomiting, blood in his stool, cataracts, kennel cough, and arthritis. We decided to hospitalize him to try to see if we could get him better. When he came home, he had some discolored urine toward the end of the pee, which had gone away after two subsequent urinations. During this time, we also had xrays, blood chemistry, and a fecal test done. All tests came back with normal results. He was on clavamox, metronidazole (if m remembering correctly) for 7 days, cerenia for 4 days, sucralfate for 5 days, and pepcid ac permanently. The kennel cough seems to have cleared up and the blood on the stool went away. It's very hard to find something that he will eat, so we're not getting weight back on him and struggling to not lose weight. He drinks water just fine. Now I'm concerned because he had one pee that smelled very bad. I brought him to the vet Friday because his vomiting started back up and they put him back on cerenia and pepcid. Then he had cloudy pee toward the end. Saturday he was fine in the morning and all of a sudden just looked dumpy. He then had blood in his pee. This ended after about 6 hours when he looked happy again and even had a great appetite comparatively. The cloudiness at the end of urination hasn't gone away. When I told my vet these things they suggested getting an ultrasound at another clinic. Is there any way this could be a uti? I'm really struggling here with what is the right thing to do. He seems to get better but then has these setbacks. I don't want him to suffer. If it is as simple as a uti I can keep trying but if not I think it would be best to euthanize him at his age. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar For Hot Spot

Mon, 31 Aug 15 09:14:51 -0500
Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 08/31/2015

Make sure you're spraying him with organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV - Organic, Raw, Unfiltered, with the 'Mother' ). It will not hurt him to lick it. In fact, adding 2 tablespoons to his food, in addition to spraying him with a mixture of 1/2 distilled water & 1/2 ACV will be very beneficial for him, especially if he has any skin/allergy issues.

NOTE: do not spray any areas on his skin that are open sores or oozing because it will really sting!

Baytril Side Effects

Mon, 31 Aug 15 09:10:55 -0500
Posted by Jessica (Port Hueneme, Ca) on 08/31/2015

[DEATH REPORTED]  Baytril killed my cats!

I had two different cats of different ages given Baytril for different reasons. Both of them died 2 weeks after being given the drug. They took the pills for one week. I watched and kept taking them back to the vet. I complained that I knew it was Baytril and was brushed off. With both of their lives ending in a final seizure. Take this drug off the market. I see way to many complaints all over the internet.

  Re: Syringomyelia - Questions for Katie

Sun, 30 Aug 15 20:42:55 -0500
Posted by Katie (Northport) on 08/30/2015


Our vet doesn't use an acupuncture type laser or probe, like your vet. Our vet uses an older hand-held Centurian laser, which looks just like the model appearing in the attached link, at the bottom right. It has a handle on it and the laser part is about 3" or 4" wide and long, I think. (The other laser appearing in the lower left of the attached link, is an acupuncture type laser, which may be similar to what your vet was using, but this is not what we used). This is the link to the Centurian laser that our vet uses (although he has an older model and I don't know if any of the specifications have changed on this newer model).

The other vet I refer to in one of my earlier posts, uses a hand-held Thor laser in treating syringomyelia. This vet primarily uses the LED CLUSTER probes for the inflammation, I think, which appears in the attached link. (But he may also use it with the 810 nm 1 watt LASER cluster, I think, depending on the case.) Here is a link:

I would guess that the reason that your vet's "acupuncture type" laser is not helping your dog is because (i) it does not cover a wide enough area on the body which is necessary to reduce the inflammation. (These acupuncture type lasers may only be useful for stimulating acupuncture points in the body); (ii) your vet did not give your dog enough time for the treatment, or (iii) the laser may not be the right wavelength of light to treat an inflammatory condition such as this. (Note: cold laser manufacturers use different specs for their lasers and some may be more beneficial than others). However, I am not an expert on lasers, and this is just my general understanding.

When our Vet treated Darcy for the first time, he spent about 45 minutes with him. He used the hand-held cold laser (Centurian) and very slowly moved it up and down the base of Darcy's skull, right down to his tail bone and along the side of the spine. He told us that Darcy needed the extra time because of his condition and because of his pain. After a few treatments though, Darcy became a new dog. It was really amazing to see a dog who had become an invalid, return to being his usual feisty self after a few treatments.

So my thoughts would be, that if this vet cannot offer you anything except for the "acupuncture" type cold laser, which doesn't seem to be helping him, I would look elsewhere for another vet who uses different laser technology. Look for someone using the handheld devices, maybe, or anything other than acupuncture type lasers. (Look for vets using medical grade cold laser equipment from good companies such as Centurian, Thor, or Erchonia). There may be others good ones too, but I don't know who they are. I believe you will have the same success as we did.

BTY, Darcy the Cavalier is still doing great and it's been about 3 years now?and he's still on no meds! His owner brings him back for follow-up treatments once every 3 months now for a preventative treatment.

Good luck with your puppy, let me know if you have any other questions.

  Re: Chronic Yeast Issues

Sun, 30 Aug 15 20:38:55 -0500
Posted by Mike (Florida) on 08/30/2015

I found this site very informative but would let folks know that chicken and pork bones splinter and can actually puncture a dog's intestinal track. As a owner of a dog that had pushed his bowel duct outside of his body and needed emergency treatment I would advise against giving any dog drumsticks, ribs or other bones that may splinter.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Conjunctivitis on Kitten

Sun, 30 Aug 15 13:42:49 -0500
Posted by Anita (South) on 08/30/2015

[YEA]  I had a kitten with an eye infection and I knew that vinegar was the solution, based on my experience with other animals (chickens, cows, etc), but I also knew that cats won't drink vinegar. I tried putting some vinegar mixed in with canned cat food, and they refused it. So I read on this website to put it on their back. I did that, and her eye got much better. Then I figured out that to make it easier to apply, just dip her foot in it. I put 1 to 1 vinegar and water in a little jar and dipped her feet in it. It's well known that feet are super absorbent. Thankfully, the kittens eye is much better today. I tried several remedies that didn't work and it had gotten bad, so it took a few days to get better.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Mastitis

Sun, 30 Aug 15 13:36:05 -0500
Posted by Anita (South) on 08/30/2015

[YEA]  I have one dairy cow. I read in dr Jarvis book, Folk Medicine, about how a daily dose of apple cider vinegar for a dairy cow will prevent mastitis. So as soon as I got my cow, I started her on vinegar. She was pregnant when I got her, and so when she had her calf, she had no problem, easily delivered, which is a side benefit of vinegar. She is now 9 months into milking. She went through the wet spring, when all my friends' cows got mastitis. She hasn't had a hint of mastitis. She hadn't been sick in any way. I cut up high protein hay and mix it with sweet feed for her to eat while she's milking, and I pour some pasturized apple cider vinegar over her feed. I don't measure the vinegar, I just give her a "pour." She loves vinegar, apple and pears. When I am leading her in or out of a gate, if pears are in season, I have one in my hand to give her. Pears and apples have the same nutrients as vinegar, but making them into vinegar makes them shelf stable for use in the wintertime.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas

Sun, 30 Aug 15 13:34:48 -0500
Posted by Ernie (San Jose Ca) on 08/30/2015

[YEA]  Thanks Earth clinic and posts, this has helped my Boxer Rocky sleep last night! And wow! I checked him out this morning and no signs of fleas! I sprayed him with 25% ACV and 75% water in a spray bottle last night followed by a bath using dish soap. I did two soap washes to remove all fleas. There was tons! Anyway I then let him dry off a bit and resprayed him with ACV and off to bed we went. This morning I couldn't wait to see if this would work but even after letting him out in the backyard where all these bastard fleas are, NOTHING ON HIM! So I sprayed him again only because I know I didn't do 50/50. He is still scratching here and there but probably from scabs and irritated skin. So far so good! Hope this is my solution!

Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis in Horses

Sun, 30 Aug 15 13:31:58 -0500
Posted by Lesley (Sunnyside, Tasmania ) on 08/30/2015

[YEA]  I've used ACV very successfully for arthritis with horses. Start with a small slop in a cup of water, add to feed. Gradually build up to about 1/2 cup a feed. The natural stuff, unpasteurised, is the one that works.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Mastitis

Sun, 30 Aug 15 13:30:29 -0500
Posted by Anita (South) on 08/30/2015

[YEA]  About the question of whether the vinegar sours the milk the calf is drinking. It would sour it if it were mixed with the milk. I do not mix it with the milk. There are lots of ways to give vinegar to animals. I give it to calves or cows by pouring it over sweet feed or hay. To do this, you really need to be feeding in a hard plastic container. Vinegar will rust metal or soak into wood. It won't hurt the wood, but it will waste the vinegar. You can also put the vinegar in their drinking water, provided the water container isn't metal. It is very easy to get cows, donkeys, etc., to drink vinegar. They love it, and it's good for them.

  Re: Dietary Changes, Olive Leaf Extract for Black Spots on Dogs

Sun, 30 Aug 15 13:28:49 -0500
Posted by D (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 08/30/2015

Please be specific with the dog weight/dosage for the olive leaf extract treatment. Thank you

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