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Glycerin and Water Enema Cure Constipation in Dog

Tue, 04 Aug 15 08:23:25 -0500
Posted by Mike (Kentucky) on 08/04/2015

[YEA]  Glycerine works for constipation in my dog.

My 105lb (intact) kuvasz bitch has problems once or twice a month during the summer. I get a 2qt enema bag, add 6-8oz of liquid glycerin and fill with warm water. Insert the hose a bit, and let it flow for a minute then slowly push the hose deeper. The further in you can get it with gentle pressure, the better. Works ever time, usually before she can finish the bag.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Mites, Mange and Ringworm

Tue, 04 Aug 15 08:17:01 -0500
Posted by Sam (San Jose, Ca) on 08/04/2015

Thank you very much for posting. I just tried the ACV mixture and was skeptical my dog would tolerate it. He did and seemed much calmer after. I think I've also determined from his soothed reaction, the right ear is worse or perhaps the only ear impacted. I have started itching too. I tried it and can attest to it soothing me. Thanks again! How long / frequent, did you use ACV mixture?

  Re: Hand Sanitizer for Ear Mites

Tue, 04 Aug 15 08:16:21 -0500
Posted by Sam (San Jose, Ca) on 08/04/2015

Thank you for posting. My dog apparently has mites (from motel room) and I do too. Noticed itching 5 days ago from my dog.. Then a couple days ago my ears and eyelashes are really itchy. Haven't tried yet.

  Re: Bar of Soap for Nail Injuries

Tue, 04 Aug 15 08:15:23 -0500
Posted by Lane (Evans, Ga ) on 08/04/2015

[YEA]  The bar of soap worked great it was about stopped bleeding by the time I read this article but applied to ensure it would stop and my dog hasn't licked the nail nor has it bled anymore! We happened to be in the bathroom so that's why I opted for the soap over flour or other items! Thanks so much for the advice!

  Re: Garlic for Fleas

Mon, 03 Aug 15 22:48:26 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/03/2015

Hey Dennisdish!

Garlic is dosed by weight:

Here’s a guide on the garlic levels safe for dogs per day, based on a dog’s weight (1/2 clove per ten pounds of body weight):

Fresh Garlic (from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn)

10 to 15 pounds: .5 clove

20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove

45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves

75 to 90 pounds: 2.5 cloves

100 pounds +: 3 cloves


What I don't like about the above is that a clove of garlic can vary in size, so .5 of a clove of garlic is kind of a random amount, whereas if it were dosed in grams it would be so much more helpful.

Using garlic to worm an otherwise healthy adult animal or to keep it parasite free is done best using small amounts over time; using garlic to rapidly worm a severely infested puppy with a swollen belly full of roundworms or hookworms [a life threatening situation] would require a large amount over a brief or extended span of time and may cause more harm than good, as garlic in large amounts has a toxic effect. Please be careful if you are using garlic to worm a puppy who has a critical/life threatening wormload - certainly if this is the case traditional wormer from the vet does do an effective job.

  Re: Borax and Peroxide, Dietary Changes for Dog With Yeast Infection

Mon, 03 Aug 15 18:22:29 -0500
Posted by Andrea (Kansas City) on 08/03/2015

How did you use the Borax and peroxide to heal your dog's skin?

EC: Hi Andrea,

Please see Ted's borax and peroxide treatment for mange here for the recipe.

  Re: Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Mon, 03 Aug 15 12:04:41 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/03/2015

Hey Sophie's Mom!

I agree with you - the non-grain meat diet with all the protein is the way to go - JMHO.

Low protien diets in conjunction with antibiots help stones to dissolve but a low protien diet has not shown to prevent their formation.


What can help is distilled water and wet food - or soaked kibble, and incentives to increase water intake such as bowls of flavored broths next to the water bowl.

Your girl's PH is in the good zone, but having ph test strips on hand can help alert you to problems as the ph changes when there is an infection which then allows the stones to grow larger.

The stones may well recur - some dogs are simply prone to this condition. Staying on top of things by checking the PH will help you keep your girl comfortable and as symptom free as possible.

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

Mon, 03 Aug 15 10:49:58 -0500
Posted by Vicky (Ga Us) on 08/03/2015

You are mistaken in concluding that white vinegar is superior to ACV because of sugar. Firstly, white vinegar is made from corn which is extremely high in sugar. Secondly, 90% of corn grown in the US is GMO. I don't want that on my dog. And Thirdly, sugar converted to vinegar is no longer a sugar; it is an acid.

  Re: Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Mon, 03 Aug 15 10:49:04 -0500
Posted by Sophiesmom (Economy, Pa) on 08/03/2015

I gave Sophie a tiny bit of food before she went to bed and she kept it down. I just think that low protein prescription food is not filling her up. She is starving!

  Re: Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Mon, 03 Aug 15 10:47:12 -0500
Posted by Dharmony (Ny) on 08/03/2015

Here is a link to a really good paper from Whole Dog Journal on stones. Diet change is not always necessary. You are right not to want to give crappy food. Once you find out which kind of stones she had you could look it up here. Good luck. Canine Kidney Stone and Bladder Stone Prevention

  Re: Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Mon, 03 Aug 15 10:09:30 -0500
Posted by Timh Donate
(Ky) on 08/03/2015

S: The severity and chronic nature of this UTI infection suggest more than kidneys affected. I know from experience that if the Liver or Colon are not in good shape, the kidneys will take the brunt and never get better despite treatments.

To clean your Canine's Colon, give only a pinch (maybe 1/4 spoon for Lab weighing 50lb+) in food once or twice a wk for a couple wks. This will proly stop the vomit problem.

What about water source? Tap water needs filtering. Add a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to the drinking bowl to kill internal infections.

One more effective remedy I use on my pets, as for nutrition, which you seem to be struggling with. Add a few granules of Bee Pollen to the food daily. Bee Pollen contains all the nutrition not found in commercial foods and more, much more.

  Re: Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Mon, 03 Aug 15 10:06:42 -0500
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/02/2015

to Sophie'smom --- I forgot to mention to get organic parsley and make a soup with it to throw over the vegetables. Also, if you have access to unsprayed dandilyon, the entire plant - and dogs and cats love the tea in their kibbles. This is true super nutrition. Namaste, Om

  Re: Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Mon, 03 Aug 15 08:56:07 -0500
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/02/2015

Hello, Sophie'smom (Economy, Pennsylvania) ---

I can well understand your frustration about your poor dog's condition.

For one thing, all Vets seem to sell Hill's garbage in expensive plastic bags. In years of caring for many pets, I have learned my lesson. You must do your own. Vets have no education in nutrition.

I feed a grain free fish or chicken top quality kibble which I soak in left over steaming liquid from veggies so that the food is not hard to digest. I process a mixture of veggies and add a scant tsp. turmeric and some slices of fresh ginger, all to be pureed. I mix the kibbles with this and top the dish with hemp seed oil or coconut oil. Plus a tbsp. ACV which disappears in the mix. Some veggies have to be steamed though. I also provide b-vitamins in Nutritional Yeast from the health food store.

I have long stopped to see vets as I do not want a mortgage on my house and a sick animal. For instance, my Newfie mix rescue has a bad long time skin condition mostly painfully on his beautiful tail. A by passing vet said the tail should be amputated. Do I need to say more? An open admission that they know very little.

Be your own vet and, yes, kefir or unsweetened yoghourt are very good. If you look up EC's remedy and ailment sections, you may find many good hints to try out. Even the ones for people as well as the pet section. Wish you both well.

Namaste, Om

  Re: Garlic for Fleas

Mon, 03 Aug 15 08:11:29 -0500
Posted by Dennisdish (Kansas City, Missouri) on 08/02/2015

What is the right amount of garlic to be mixed in an 8-month old puppy's food to treat parasites and worms?

 Re: Seeking Help For Dog With Very Low Platelets

Sun, 02 Aug 15 22:46:02 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/02/2015

Hey Loretta!

Low platelet count in dogs is attributed to a condition called Thrombocytopenia. An immune mediated /autoimmune disease in dogs is Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia; while it sounds like your dog may have the latter, you should call your vet and confirm the diagnosis.

The treatment for these conditions is different:

If this were my dog and I were dealing with immune mediated hemolytic anemia I would not hesitate to hit it hard and heavy with steroids and antibiotics - the reason being, the conventional meds have a faster working time than the natural remedies which can take a great deal of time to work. While the steroids and antibiotics DO have a cumulative negative effect on the system, they really work well at nipping a major system crash in the bud - and you can then work to repair the damage via nutrition. You certainly could also use nutrition while doing the steroids, particularly to avoid using antibiotics.

If I had to choose a [non-Western] modality to deal with this condition I would try Homeopathy and possibly Bach Flower Remedies - in conjunction with intelligent feeding. Do a google search "homeopathic remedy auto immune disease dogs", "homeopathic remedy hemolytic anemia", "immune mediated hemolytic anemia", and then search again using 'Bach Flower Remedy' in place of the word 'homeopathic'; included in your search should be how to use the homeopathic encyclopedia the 'Materia Medica'. Be prepared to read up and please share your results and what you find.

Problems With Vet's Dietary Changes for Dog With Bladder Stones

Sun, 02 Aug 15 19:11:49 -0500
Posted by Sophiesmom (Economy, Pennsylvania) on 08/02/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My 2-1-2 year old female lab had bladder stone surgery on July 16. She had been on Earthborn Holistic grain free bison food for 2 years with no problems. I would give her a little plain yogurt and a drizzle of molasses too. Now the vet put her on Royal Canin which she promptly threw up in chunks every night at 3am. I read the ingredients, chicken byproducts and corn. Yuck! So my vet told me to put her back on the Earthborn and gradually introduce her to Hills prescription for struvite and oxalate stones. She has had it three days now and threw up last night at 3am but primarily just phlegm. She is starving on this low protein crappy food! The vet hasn't gotten the stone results back yet. Her PH urine is 6.5. The grass is killed everywhere she urinates too. I wish I could just give her a good quality, grain free, holistic food like chicken food and try adding some potassium citrate or ACV in it. I was told the stones could come back.

Seeking Help For Dog With Very Low Platelets

Sun, 02 Aug 15 18:58:48 -0500
Posted by Loretta (New York) on 08/02/2015

Hey guys....Can anyone tell me what I can do to get my dog platelets up....he fell ill suddenly a few days ago and the doctors ran a lot of tests on him to rule out cancer etc and finally told me that it looks like an autoimmune disease. They put him on steroids and antibiotics but I am worried about the side effects. Please guys I really need your help...He is eight and is a Yorkie.

If there is anything natural that can help please let me know asap....Thank you so much for all your help...

  Re: Dog With Ear Infection

Sun, 02 Aug 15 12:08:52 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/02/2015

Hey Susan!

It sounds like the ears are sore and painful. At this stage I would NOT do the vinegar rinse as it could cause your dog pain.

If this were my dog I would either do Wendy's healthy ear recipe [will post below] that costs about $20.00 to assemble, or Ted's Antifungal/Anti-staph remedy.

Make a small batch, warm and use directly in the ears:

  • 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tbsp MOM
  • 1 tbsp Epsom salts
  • 1 tbsp Borax

Also consider Wendy from Columbus OH ear remedy:

1 tube Monistat (generic is fine)
1 tube Polysporin (use the real deal - it's inexpensive)
1 tube Cortaid (generic works here as well)

Use tubes of similar size. Mix all three together in a container that can be closed well. It takes a bit to incorporate because the Polysporin is a bit like Vaseline. Once incorporated, it stays mixed.

If ears are gunky, inflamed or smell bad, start with using a pea sized dollop twice a day. Use your finger to gently push it into the ear. Rub. Dogs will only shake their heads once or twice! It's a creamy, very soothing mixture. Once you have the ears under control, lessen how often you use it till you're only using it once a week. Once a week, it keeps ears from getting bad again.

If your pockets are to let and you do not have the funds to the above remedies, you can crush 1 clove of garlic into half a cup of cooking oil and let steep over night, and then warm and use in the ear. Use this to clean out the ears twice a day for 3-5 days and when the ears are healed up from the scratching then proceed with the vinegar rinse.

  Re: Dog With Ear Infection

Sun, 02 Aug 15 10:35:57 -0500
Posted by Susan (Port Alberni B.C Canada) on 08/02/2015

Hi, I used a dropper full of mineral oil in my dogs ear, suggested by a friend. He's still shaking his head and scratching his poor ears. My question is can I still try the apple cider remedy and not cause damage. Please help.

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