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 Re: Rat Terrier with Congestive Heart Failure

Thu, 23 Oct 14 19:57:20 -0500

Posted by Linda (Chicago) on 10/23/2014

I have a 13 1/2 year old Rat Terrier who has had a heart murmur that was discovered at about 2 years old. At that time, her murmur was a grade 2 (some vets said 3). She stayed at 3 most of her life, until the past year the murmur has progressed to a 4 or "almost a 5" as one vet said. None of our vets ever prescribed anything for her, but often told us we should bring her to a cardiologist for a full workup....which we could not afford. She has no symptoms - she is not as active as she was years ago...but I always attributed it to her age (nearly 14 is no spring chicken! ), but she still loves to run through grassy fields and play "chase." She gets tired quickly, but rarely does she cough. Over the past 6 months, she has begun to develop a slight cough that affects her whenever she wakes after sleeping for an hour or more. The cough only lasts about 10 seconds or so, only two or three episodes where it seemed she was gagging and couldn't catch her breath. I took her to a new vet last night (very young and very inexperienced) who was extremely concerned with the sound of her heart and wanted to do xrays. The xrays show an extremely enlarged heart (touching the sternum) and some pressure on the trachea, and some fluid in the lungs. He put her on the lowest doses of Lasix, Vetmedin and Enalapril, but that night when I gave her the very first dose of the three, she became extremely lethargic, dizzy, could not walk and seemed to have pain when her chest touched anything. I thought she was dying, but after about 8 hours, the meds began wearing off and she began acting normally. I didn't give her the next dose, and I am seeing another vet tomorrow for a second opinion. Tonight I gave her the Lasix and Vetmedin, but not the Enalapril, as I feel it lowered her blood pressure into a dangerously low level last night.

I am curious to know if I can add supplements for her, or is it simply too late. I know her age is working against her, but she is so incredibly healthy otherwise...if I had never been told of the murmur or enlarged heart, I would never assume their was a problem. No panting, no rapid breathing...just the minor cough upon waking.

After being through the ringer on conventional kibbles (we've battled allergies over the years) we've finally switch her to a raw diet (most often Stella & Chewy's frozen medallions) in the morning, and either scrambled eggs or cottage cheese mixed with just a few spoons of Taste of the Wild kibble in the evenings (I simply can't afford a full diet of Stella & Chewys). Her only treats are carrots sliced into chips, and the occasional slice of apple. She takes Denamarin (silymarin-milk thistle) to supplement her liver and Glucosamine with MSM for her joints.

Any advice would be most appreciated. I know she can't live forever, but if there is anything I can do to keep her healthy as long as possible, I am sure willing to try it....especially if there is a way to strengthen her heart and reduce it's size.

Wishbone is 19 1/2 pounds and will be 14 years old in January, 2015. I am praying that she makes it to her next birthday -- the vets have sounded so dire that I am afraid I could lose her any day. So hard to believe, as she is so active and healthy.

A million thanks in advance!!

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 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Thu, 23 Oct 14 19:36:03 -0500

Posted by Michelle (Seattle, Wa) on 10/23/2014

Thank you Theresa for thinking of us! That is where we found our neurologist! Take care!

Katie, did you get my email?

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 Re: Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 16:46:48 -0500

Posted by Nicole (Greenville Mi) on 10/23/2014

Hmm never tried sauerkraut with them. BUT my daughter says she gave him a pickle once and he ate it. On a funny note, Jasp loves spicy things but Wash does not.
Thank you for all your help and I will keep you updated.

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 Re: Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 16:07:06 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/23/2014

Hey Nicole!

The solution has a working effect of 24 hours. if you see that he acts relieved after the first dip, you might try every few days - when he starts scratching up again, you know its time to bathe him.

I'm with you on home made diets - and not quite there yet either! But it looks like you have him on a good diet -just keep in mind that dogs can develop sensitivities to diets rather quickly, so you might consider staying with the brand you like and doing 1 bag salmon protien, the next bag venison, the next bag duck - and so on. Also, for dogs who have a systemic yeast problem, the carbs in the potatoes may feed the yeast! So it never hurts to switch the diet around in an extreme manner; I do this with my own dogs and now that they are accustomed to it I can hard switch from one diet to the next and no loose stools. If yours tend to loose stools with diet switches try feeding half the normal portion for the first 2-3 meals and then full portion thereafter.

Yeasty dogs may benefit from probiotics - you can buy all sorts of fancy ones, but my dogs LOVE sauerkraut! Loaded with many species of probiotic, as well as kefir. Additionally, enzymes may be helpful for your kidz - chewable papaya enzymes are inexpensive and the kidz think they are treats - not pills!

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 Re: Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 15:56:10 -0500

Posted by Nicole (Greenville, Mi) on 10/23/2014

Thank you. He is not a long haired collie. Washington is a smooth collie and my other is a pit/coon hound mix. Yes Jasp seems to not have issues with anything but rolling in scat. lol As for wash, we have gone through many foods and finally just settled on a salmon based grain free from TSC stores called 4 health. I have real issues with how some of the foods out there are made and what's in them. I have seriously been debating going totally off premade foods and doing wild game with potato/rice/sweet potato, some sort of starch component and both my boys love veggies. I will deff start the water change today and then when I go in to town later I will get the peroxide as I am out, So we can get him bathed. how often should I bathe him?

MSM Powder Working Great for Cat's Arthritis

Thu, 23 Oct 14 15:54:36 -0500

Posted by Mucky (Roseville, Ca) on 10/23/2014

[YEA]  The vet said the x-rays confirmed arthritis in our 10 year old cat. She was limping and acting different; isolating herself. The vet prescribed her some pain medicine and while waiting for it I put a good pinch of MSM powder in her wet food one evening. The next morning, I found her toys strewn throughout the hallway. Something she had not done since the onset of the limp. The limp was only noticeable if you looked for it. We continued the pinch of MSM plus a pinch of Vitamin C powder. After a few days, she was zipping and jumping around like her old self. Absolutely no signs of discomfort from the arthritis. Never even picked up the pain meds. Truly amazing.

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 Re: Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 15:30:24 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/23/2014

Hey Nicole!

Black patches are consistent with yeast and hair loss consistent with scratching and possible staph infection. The remedy I provided to you is effective on both, and can be used in the ears as well.

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 Re: Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 15:10:48 -0500

Posted by Nicole (Greenville Mi) on 10/23/2014

Plus what I forgot.. he does have black patches of skin as well as hair loss.

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 Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 15:07:12 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/23/2014

Hey Nicole!

Some dogs are just "allergy" dogs. The corn chip smell could be yeast, could be the result of feeding the wrong diet, could be just him.

Since you suspect yeast, I agree. You might consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip. Ideally you bathe the dog with shampoo, rinse well and squeeze out any water, and then dip the dog for 20 minutes in the solution and then allow to air dry in an empty crate with no bedding for half an hour. This allows the solution to penetrate and work - it stops working when it is dry.

When I have used this dip, sometimes I can't let the dog air dry in a crate - sometimes I wrap them in a towel to sit damp in the crate and then blow dry. Sometimes I just dry the dog without sitting for half an hour wet. If this were the mange remedy I would follow the directions to a T, but with the yeast remedy I am a bit more flexible.

The dip is as follows - large batch for large hairy dog:

You will need 2 brown bottles of hydrogen peroxide [16oz bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution from the grocery store or drug store] - and 3/4 cup EACH Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts and Borax. Dump the hydrogen peroxide into an empty gallon jug, and then reuse the hydrogen peroxide bottles to measure out 64 ounces of plain water [in other words, refill each brown bottle twice]. Now add your MoM, Epsom salts and Borax. what I usually do is fill the bathtub with warm water and sit the jug of solution in the water so it warms up while I am giving my dog a bath in the tub. Rinse the dog well, squeeze out excess water from the coat, put the stopper in the tub and then shake your gallon jug to make sure the solution is mixed and them pour over your dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub and repour over the dog - do this for 20 minutes. After this you can let the dog shake, and then allow him to air dry for half an hour, and then finish him off by blowing him out and brushing him out.

Now, fleas are attracted to one dog over the other because he is more attractive to the fleas than the other dog. His energy field is out of wack, calling the fleas to him like the Pied Piper. He may need to balance his PH - you can alkalize his water by adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 liter of his drinking water and do this for 5 days. This will not hurt the other dog. If you did nothing else, do the baking soda water. After 5 days you can reduce down to 1/2 teaspoon per liter and then after another week to 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose.

You can also try this regime, paraphrased from Ted circa 2006: . If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit.

Now, lastly what are you feeding? If you have fed the same diet for some time you might consider switching it up - so if you have fed a beef based diet go to another good brand and try the duck diet - it could just be one ingredient in the current diet disagrees with your one dog, and that the other dog would have no problem with any diet you fed! So consider switching diets to see if there is an improvement.

Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Thu, 23 Oct 14 14:13:58 -0500

Posted by Nicole (Greenville Mi ) on 10/23/2014

I have a 5 yr old collie that has had many many episodes of dermatitis. He becomes red, itchy, dandruff, raw ect.. He is miserable and I feel so bad. Every time I have taken him to the vet she said "nondescript dermatitis". What does that even mean? She would give him prednisone and a antibiotic and I would end up paying upwards of $200 each time for only a few weeks of relief. We have been battling fleas bad this year but my other dog does not have any issues. Yes I am still finding fleas. But I am thinking my collies issue is more of a yeast type infection. Ever since we adopted him almost 4 yrs ago from a humane society, he would become corn chip smelling with in two days of a bath. I have tried many many things and nothing seems to work. Which of the dips you have outlined on here would you suggest to try first?

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 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Thu, 23 Oct 14 10:21:38 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/23/2014

Hey Michelle!

Just dipping in here to post this resource of experienced Cavalier neurologists who may be able to help you:

http://www.cavalierhealth.org/neurologists.htm#Washington

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 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Thu, 23 Oct 14 07:27:33 -0500

Posted by Michelle (Seattle, Wa) on 10/23/2014

Hi Katie,

Totally understand, just trying to get a Dr.who has worked on a dog with syringomyelia to consult the chiropractor I found.

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 Re: Comment on Alpha Lipoic Acid ( ALA )

Wed, 22 Oct 14 19:58:48 -0500

Posted by Catherine (West Virginia) on 10/22/2014

Sources of ALA

Red meats, muscle meats and organ meats like liver, kidneys and hearts are the foods richest in alpha lipoic acid. Other foods that contain ALA include yeast, spinach, broccoli and potatoes, according to Drugs.com. Many of these ingredients are included in commercial cat foods to meet your kitty's need for the antioxidant. Don't confuse alpha lipoic acid with the omega-3 essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which our furry buddies also need in their diets. Alpha-linolenic acid, also called ALA, helps keep your cat's skin and coat shiny, according to the "Cat Lover's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Insight and Guidance for Living a Joyful Life with Your Cat."

Sources of alpha-linolenic acid include walnuts, flax seed and canola oil, according to the Kirkland Science Labs website.

Question about Black Salve for Cat's Cancer

Wed, 22 Oct 14 19:06:08 -0500

Posted by Sol (LA, Cal.) on 10/22/2014

Hello

My cat was just diagnosed with intestinal cancer. I have heard of Black Salve, but they now have a new "improved" formula called Amazon Tonic III. Has anyone used this tonic for your cat?

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 Re: Remedies for Cancer in Pets

Wed, 22 Oct 14 15:33:47 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/22/2014

Regina Co Clare ---

If you use ESSIAC tea, yes, it is used internally and externally. Beware of non genuine products and use Essiac West online which I am using.

Namaste, Om

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 Re: Essiac Tea for Cat with Cancer

Wed, 22 Oct 14 15:33:22 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/22/2014

Sol (California) ---

ESSIAC tea is not only safe but extremely beneficial for pets as well as people. The genuine way to use ESSIAC is by herbal solution NOT caps. This is explicitly stated in the booklet from genuine Essiac providers. and the nurse Renee Caisse who healed thousands of very ill people from all over the world. This being concealed by gov't.

I advocate ESSIAC WEST as I have their genuine "four herb, with roots included" and am using it. These are genuine people IMO.

I addition, I would suggest SLIPPERY ELM to heal the gut and do a lot of good if included in food or by syringe, if necessary.

There are some businesses that do not follow Renee Caisses's directions, so it is important to inform yourself well.

All the info is online and slippery elm obtainable from health stores.

Namaste, Om

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 Re: Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas

Wed, 22 Oct 14 15:02:11 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/22/2014

Hey Marianne!

I can't speak of using ACV for the house - but I would bet that the regular kind would work, and also the white kind would work.

That said, ACV for medicinally or to take internally, the only kind to use is the raw, unpasturized, organic, with live cultures [aka "with the Mother"] - this can be found at the grocery store but carries a higher price tag than the regular ACV.

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 Re: Essiac Tea for Cat with Cancer

Wed, 22 Oct 14 14:29:31 -0500

Posted by Sol (California) on 10/22/2014

Hi,

My 12 yr cat has suffered from IBD (irritable bowl disease) almost her whole life. She now has cancer in her intestines. I was wondering if "Essiac Tea Softgels, 726mg, 120 soft gels 8 herb Essia tea" is what was Spectrekitty purchased. I want to make sure that these herbs are safe for my cat to ingest. Thanks, Sol

Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas on Shih Tzu

Wed, 22 Oct 14 09:27:56 -0500

Posted by Marianne (Toronto, Canada) on 10/22/2014

[YEA]  Hello!

I was given your website by an employee of Global Pets here in Toronto Canada. I have a Shih Tzu who has had a terrible summer of scratching due to fleas and allergies. She specifically mentioned using Apple Cider Vinegar to help rid the fleas. I have used it on Max for the first time today, but wanted to contact you to say how happy I am to have found your site! I'm sure I'll be visiting it often as I really don't like to give Max anything that has toxins/chemicals and am always looking for a natural way of curing his ailments.

Thank you so much for the info and don't ever stop what you're doing! Cheers.

Marianne and Max

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