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Seeking Remedies for Dog with Fibroadnexal Hamartoma

Sat, 20 Dec 14 19:58:22 -0500
Posted by Sandra (Sc) on 12/20/2014

I have a two year old pitbull mix that developed a small growth on the pad of one of his back legs. The vet recommended a punch biopsy to make sure it was not cancerous. We did the biopsy and were told it was a fibroadnexal Hamartoma - benign non-neoplastic lesion comprised of disorganized collagen, hair follicles and glands. Complete excision is usually curative. At the time, it was small and didn't bother him. Several months later it tripled in size. He limps, licks his foot constantly, and the growth sometimes bleeds. We do cover his foot with a sock so he can't lick it. The vet said now with it being so large he might have to go to a plastic surgeon and might need a skin graft. I love my dog dearly but can't spend thousands of dollars on surgery. This dog was thrown out of a car and bitten by a brown recluse spider as a puppy. As a result, he couldn't walk for several months, had blood transfusions and would drag himself around with one paw. A local rescue group found him and nursed him back to health. I really don't want to put him through anymore than I have to. Just wondering if anyone has tried castor oil on this type of growth or can you recommend something else that might shrink it? Thanks for your help.

 Going to Try Witch Hazel for Dog's Greasy, Smelly Skin Problem

Sat, 20 Dec 14 14:17:45 -0500

Posted by Esli (North Massapequa, NY) on 12/20/2014

Hi, I have an 8 year old shih tzu, who has always had skin problems. But the past few months he has developed this horrible smelling, black, greasy condition, that all of you are describing. I can't afford to get all these creams and medicines from the vet. I'm going to try the witch hazel first and if that doesn't help I will try the peroxide/borax bath. My poor little guy is so itchy I feel so bad for him and the kids don't want to pet him because he smells so bad. So I'm hoping one of these things work. Thanks for the suggestions, good to hear I'm not the only one with this problem.

Seeking Advice For 10 Month Boxer With Recurring UTIs

Sat, 20 Dec 14 10:02:07 -0500
Posted by Koda Mommy (Denver, Colorado ) on 12/20/2014

10 mth female boxer on 4 th bladder infection. Leaks/dribbles anytime she's sleeping. Any advice on homeopathic methods and does ACV help with this?

 Re: What is Apple Cider Vinegar Dose for 64 Pound Dog?

Sat, 20 Dec 14 09:59:43 -0500

Posted by Debbie (Colorado) on 12/20/2014

How old is Lola and what are her symptoms?

 Re: Black Walnut/Wormwood Heartworm Treatment Details Needed

Sat, 20 Dec 14 07:27:26 -0500

Posted by Jessica (South Texas, US) on 12/20/2014

Hi there, I'm looking for a remedy for my dog. He is a chocolate lab 5 years old. He got diagnosed with heart worms 5 months ago. He had the heart worm treatment done on him but now his dry cough is back. I wouldn't want to put him through the treatment again. Aside from it being very expensive, it is painful for him. I would like to try the black walnut woodworm and garlic on him but would like more information about it. He weighs 85 lbs. Thank you in advance!

German Shepherd with Heartworm

Fri, 19 Dec 14 23:15:11 -0500
Posted by Vince (Houston, Texas) on 12/19/2014

I took my dog to the vet about two weeks ago and he tested lightly positive for heartworms and no baby heartworms. He prescribed Minocycline to him and he was doing fine at first , but now he doesn't even want to eat and all he will eat is fruits and vegetables. If he eats anything else he usually ends up throwing it up. I will be taking him to the vet tomorrow, but I wanted to know if there's something other than this that you guys would recommend. I really hate seeing my dog like this. I've read a lot about garlic, wormwood, and black walnut extract doing a great job at getting rid of them.

He's a 7yr old german shepherd that weighs 69lbs.

Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

Would ACV Rinse Help Itching Dog?

Fri, 19 Dec 14 23:05:27 -0500
Posted by Julie (Australia) on 12/19/2014

I have a 3yo ridgeback and every summer she itches non stop until the skin is broken and she loses patches of hair. Previous years she has been given steroids from the vet Iam trying to avoid that this year I give her coconut oil in her food and ACV but noticed this week she is starting to itch I think it is mosquito bites and will be keeping her indoors from now on. Do you think ACV in a rinse after she is bathed would help and if so how much should I use 1 cup to a bucket?

 Re: Arnica for Bone Fracture

Fri, 19 Dec 14 17:39:07 -0500

Posted by Billie (California U. S.) on 12/19/2014

[YEA]  My kitten similar. I realize this is an old post. HOW IS YOUR CAT?

 Re: Ticks

Fri, 19 Dec 14 14:15:39 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/19/2014

Hey Susan!

I was not able to find the thread to which you refer re: leaving ticks on dogs to fall off naturally.

I agree - ticks should come off. That said, I think it is important to be sanitary about the process; using a drop of nearly any essential oil can both sanitize/sterilize and also kill the tick. The key is to wait for about 3-5 minutes for the tick to die and to work it out once dead as the oils can be drying and leaving it go much longer and the head breaks off and then takes a while to come out, sometimes resulting in a tiny lesion.

While I know you have had no problems not bothering to wash up after handling ticks, you might consider changing that protocol as ticks are carrying more diseases today than ever. Not so long ago in certain rural areas it was common for people to remove a tick and then bite it to kill it: this olde time practice resulted in humans contracting tick borne diseases at an alarming rate when the disease began to infect ticks. Times have changed and will continue to change - safe and sanitary handling of ticks is one of those needed changes.

 Re: Ticks

Thu, 18 Dec 14 21:43:01 -0500

Posted by Susan (Ms) on 12/18/2014

I love this site. Use it soo much. Was looking up tick problems for a friend, and come across this monologue of not pulling off the ticks. I have NEVER left the ticks on my dogs. When I find one or more they are removed as soon as I can. With my bare fingers. Yes, just my fingers. Have never any problems, at all. I also I find a tick om me, sometimes in summer. Same thing off comes the tick, no antiseptic on me or the dogs. Ever. My vet sometimes has to do ear tick removal, he uses no antiseptic either. Stop leaving the ticks on. Get them off. My family has never let ticks stay on. Sorry to sound mad, but come on get the tick off, use tweezers if you are scared. But get them off. The heads will die faster, with no problems.

 Re: Peeing Outside the Litterbox

Thu, 18 Dec 14 21:15:51 -0500

Posted by Sierra (Monroe Ct) on 12/18/2014

I have used cat attract in the past. It seems to help but its so pricy. I have successfully id that it contains a fair amount of valarian root, a calming herb. I now buy that in bulk and use instead of the cat attract. Seems to work about the same. Good luck!

 Re: Multiple Remedies for Bladder Infection in Dog

Thu, 18 Dec 14 16:20:04 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Noelle!

I suggest you take your boy in again and spend the money at the vet. Find out why he is having chronic UTI's; are there stones or crystals present? Do a full blood panel; are the levels normal, or is there something deeper going on that is stressing the immune system? You might also check into thyroid medication rather than the hit/miss approach with iodine; out of the many expensive meds out there, the thyroid is a cheapie and it gets results.

I advise this only because, as you know, you have a senior blue boy with IVD - a genetic train wreck and I am sure who is a total sweetheart. A correct diagnosis as to why the chronic UTI is needed when so many helpful remedies have failed will help prevent unnecessary suffering.

Overall, since you are dealing with a jacked immune system and jacked nerve communication to the bladder, expressing his urine 6 times or more per day may help reduce the episodes. Consider alkalizing his water with baking soda - 1/2 to 1/4 in 1 liter of water and this as the only drinking water - the dosage is a maintenance dose, but for a crisis you could bump it up to 1 teaspoon per liter for 7 days.

You do not say what diet you are feeding; if not on RAW check the bag of kibble to ensure you are not feeding a grain based diet and that it is free of sugars and food dyes as these ingredients are directly linked to UTI's in dogs. Consider supplementing with vitamin C - 500 to 1000 mg am and pm.

Lastly, you might consider a doggie chiro or doggie acupuncturist. Yes, it is spending yet more money. My feeling is your boy is older, is immune compromised, and these techniques may help improve quality of life and extend his life.

Good luck and please report back!

Multiple Remedies for Bladder Infection in Dog

Thu, 18 Dec 14 14:48:59 -0500

Posted by Noelle (Elkhorn, Ne) on 12/18/2014

[NAY]  I have a paralyzed little dachshund that suffers from chronic UTI's. The last 5 months have been one after the other. We try 2+ weeks of antibiotics, he'll get 'better', and then a week off the antibiotics and the infection starts to flare up again.

ACV did not work. He was on it for five days.

Sea salt did not work. He was on it for four days. Excessive drinking and peeing were the only result.

He has pure cranberry powder mixed into his food. Not helping.

He has yogurt every night (and has for years). The acidophilus has not prevented or help the current problem.

Going to try Vitamin C and then iodine (per suggestions read) before I take him in for his umpteenth vi$it to the vet for this problem. Any other suggestions??

FYI - he is 14.5 yrs old and I express his urine three times a day. He also suffers from alopecia. (he's a 'blue' dachshund. Lots of thyroid problems. Hmmm, maybe the iodine is the route to try first?)

 Cocker is Lethargic after Week on Yeast Diet

Thu, 18 Dec 14 11:00:04 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Sandra!

It sounds as if your cocker is experiencing the Herxheimer reaction. As the yeast die, they release a toxic by-product that may cause nausea or fatigue. In addition switching to a more pure diet will also cause the body to flush toxins out. Allow your boy access to plenty of fresh water and fresh air to help him flush the toxins out of his system.

One other thing - you might consider dosing the ACV and probiotics separately, about an hour apart rather than feeding the works in 1 meal; this to avoid any contra-interactions between the two.

 Re: What is Apple Cider Vinegar Dose for 64 Pound Dog?

Thu, 18 Dec 14 09:56:47 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Lola's Mom!

Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

 What Could be Causing Incontinence in 12 Yr. Old Boxer Girl?

Thu, 18 Dec 14 09:14:07 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Vicki!

The incontinence could be due to several factors, the main ones being diabetes and if she is spayed lack of estrogen. Do have your vet check for diabetes at your upcoming visit to rule it out; if it is not diabetes hormone replacement is available and works very well for most dogs.

Cocker is Lethargic after Week on Anti-Yeast Remedies

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:23:18 -0500

Posted by Sandra (Bc, Canada) on 12/18/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have my 11 year old cocker on the on yeast diet. I add ACV, PROBIOTIC acidophilus and nupro and fish oil. His breath has become very bad and he is very lethargic after about a week on this diet - is this normal?

Miniature Poodle has Bone Cancer in Leg

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:03:25 -0500
Posted by Kandi (Santa Monica, California) on 12/17/2014

My miniature Poodle was recently diagnosed with bone cancer in her right front leg. Has anyone here had any experience with that? Would appreciate any and all input... Thank you!

 Re: Preventing Bloat in Large Breed Dogs

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:01:39 -0500

Posted by Darlene (Los Angeles, CA) on 12/17/2014

My 10 yr. old GS bloated in August. He was showing symptoms about two weeks before his stomach completed bloated. I just didn't realize it at the time. He has been on a raw food diet since he was 1 yr. old. I decided to alternate between kibble and raw food to save money. I had been doing this for about 2 mos. I noticed that he was panting heavily and licking the air excessively. He couldn't get comfortable during the night. He would want to go out in the middle of the night and was drinking water excessively. He was still eating well and sometimes still active. Except one day he did not want his food and I thought it strange. But later on he ate it.

One night I came home and fed him raw food and started watching T.V. I called out to him but he did not come. I went outside and called him, but he still would not come. Then we noticed that he was hiding in the back of the yard and would not come. He looked like he was trying to throw up. I went to get him and brought him in the house and that's when I noticed that his lower stomach looked like a basket ball. I went into panic mode. I got dressed so fast, my son picked him up and put him in the back seat of the truck. My daughter-in-law tried to keep him calm because he looked like he was in shock. Thankfully, I remembered there was an emergency hosp. 15 miles away. We looked it up on our cell phones, called them and let them know we were coming.

When we got there, they took him to the back immediately and started working on him. They said his stomach twisted and they also found a large tumor on his spleen, so the spleen also had to be removed. They said it was benign, I'm hoping they were correct. I keep a close eye on him now. He developed stomach motility problems. That's where the food sits in the stomach for a long period of time before it enters the small intestine. But we think he may have already been having problems with that for over a year before this happened. The vet had x-rays that were taken last year of his stomach and intestines which showed trapped gas and food in his stomach. We had completely forgot about that incident and I don't know why she didn't see that in his chart. At that time, they just injected him with a fluid and sent him home.

Dogs with motility problems are probably at higher risk of bloating because it causes a lot of gas. I think that issue really needs to be addressed and by a vet who has experience with these types of problems or, preferably, a holistic vet. The vet and the holistic vet both agreed that he needs to be on herbs for the motility problems and for his immune system for the rest of his life. The holistic vet says he has seen too many dogs who have had their spleens removed and eventually develop cancer due a compromised immune system. Anyway, that was my horrible experience.

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