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  Re: Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection in Dog

Wed, 04 Nov 15 20:04:51 -0500
Posted by Teresa Abell (Ca) on 11/04/2015

We too have a Lasa Opso and we adopted her when she was about 2. She right away began having terrible ear infections. Nothing has seemed to work. She now seems to have a serious yeast infection. She has scratched her whole body, making sores everywhere and has lost most of her hair. She smells awful and is miserable. We managed to get her ears clear via antibiotics and drops...but I know that the infections will be back. What is EVCO? I am working on her yeast but would love to be able to keep her ears clean permanently.

EC: EVCO = Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Need Help For Bulldog With Cushing's Disease, Foul Smelling Wounds

Wed, 04 Nov 15 16:15:46 -0500
Posted by Nichole (Wolcott, Ct) on 11/04/2015

My English bulldog is 8 & a few months ago he was diagnosed with cushing's disease. He has huge bald patches that are raw!! The vet is referring to them as hot spots bc of the cushing's disease his healing process is slow. He has been on 2 rounds of antibiotics & it's doing nothing!! I clean it 2 times daily with iodine scrub that the vet also gave to me, also allow it to sit on the wounds for 5 minutes. It smells really bad and extremely foul!! I don't know what else to do for him??? He also is on the medication for the cushing's disease to help reduce & slow down some of the side effects.

If there is anything I might be able to do at least to get rid of the terrible smell and also to speed up the healing process for him? Any kind of information would be so helpful! Thank u!!

  Re: Ticks

Wed, 04 Nov 15 10:24:20 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 11/04/2015

I agree ticks should be removed. I like to use a drop or two of tea tree oil on the tick - and then wait 5 or so minutes and the tick will die. I then use an ordinary human hair comb to comb the dead tick out and then toss/flush away. The tea tree oil not only kills the tick it works well as a disinfectant too.

 Re: Seeking Advice for Pekingese With What Smells Like a Yeast Infection

Wed, 04 Nov 15 10:08:23 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 11/04/2015

Hello Ginnypigl,

I have some thoughts for you.

It sounds like your vet hit hard and heavy with the antibiotics; did he feel there was an upper respiratory/sinus infection going on? And then the antibiotics knocked out the beneficial bacteria in your dog's system which has allowed the yeast to take hold. If this were my dog I would order from online Zymox Otic; I prefer this product over others and some home remedies because it has enzymes which will help digest the yeast. I would use this in the ears and also the skin folds. And, while you wait for the mail order to come, I would bathe in Ted's Mange remedy or the Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip. Bathe your dog and rinse well, use your hands to squeeze out any water and then saturate the coat down to the skin with the solution and let sit for 10 minutes. [I will post the remedy at the end of this reply.] I would also rotate between baking soda water and borax water. The baking soda water helps to alkalize your dog's system and balance the PH. The borax is an antimicrobial and necessary mineral and will help combat the yeast from the inside out. I usually rotate the borax or baking soda in my own pack; in your shoes I might start with the borax first, and then move onto baking soda water along a schedule something like this as recommended by Ted who first gave this advice:

For a female dog use 1/8 teaspoon Borax per liter of fresh water; weight is irrelevant.

Timing: dose Borax for 1 week; then drop to half the dose in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.


Dose Borax for 4 days, then plain water for 3 to 4 days, then Borax water for another 4 days; continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

When not on the Borax protocol, I would alternate with baking soda water. A crisis or 'break out' dose is 1 teaspoon of baking soda into one half liter of fresh water; this might taste too strange for your dog right off the bat, so if you dose the water and she turns up her nose dial it back to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into 1 liter of water and build it up every 2 days or so until you reach the therapeutic dose. You could also alkalize by adding raw, unpasturized apple cider vinegar to your girl's food - 1-2 teaspoons per meal or what she will tolerate.

And - to deal with the elephant in the living room - the mass/dark spot seen on the xray absolutely should be checked out further. To my thinking, if she snorted up a foreign body you would see sneezing and discharge; you are not reporting any discharge other than the sneezing, and so I would be concerned about a tumor/cancer of some sort. If you can get a referral from your vet to a specialist for a second opinion that would be ideal. If that is out of the question financially, you might consider asking your vet about a payment plan; if you are a long time client/patient they may accommodate you. I would advise the rhinoscopy sooner rather than later; if you are indeed dealing with a tumor then you can take appropriate action immediately - and if it is just a polyp you can then rest easier. Please let us know what you decide and report back.

The following are Ted's remedies to use as a dipping solution after a bath.

Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

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.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

You can make up a solution for a spray bottle and touch up areas on a daily basis if you choose – just keep the hydrogen peroxide ration 1:2 – so 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle to 2 cups filtered water OR 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide to 2 tbsp water – and then add powdered borax until it stops melting into the solution and remains as grains on the bottom of the mixing bowl. The key is to make a “saturated" solution, the point of saturation is where the grains of borax stop dissolving; again the solution should be grainy whatever the ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water that you use.

Now, the above remedy is for mange - but its a good start for troubled skin. If that doesn't seem to be working and things do not look better you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots.

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:
Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide], also called MOM
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin.

  Re: Leaking After Rabies Shot

Tue, 03 Nov 15 18:33:59 -0500
Posted by Ray (Henderson, Nv) on 11/03/2015

[DEATH REPORTED]  Do not get a rabies shot or vaccine unless your dog is completely healthy of any illnesses. My dog at 10 years old received a rabies shot and died 8 days later. 3 days after the shot he couldn't walk, eat and starting losing his eye sight. He was a vibrant dog before and this all changed after the shot. We found out he had a mass in his liver and the Dr said since he was sick which he showed no sign prior to the rabies shot he is now anemic since his body is fighting the vaccine in his blood. He could not produce enough red blood cells so we gave him 2 blood transfusion and it didn't help. We brought him back home as they said he had 3 days to live. We wanted to spend the last few days at home and not at the hospital.Please be aware as I have read lots of stories of what a rabies shot can do to your dog if he doesn't need it.

  Re: Ticks

Tue, 03 Nov 15 14:12:11 -0500
Posted by Tara (Trabuco Canyon, Ca) on 11/02/2015

It is best to remove ticks and flush them down the toilet as they are hard to kill. I personally use tweezers (that I keep with my dogs stuff) specifically for ticks. Remember, ticks can spread lime disease so you don't want to leave them on the poor dogs.

Seeking Advice for Pekingese With What Smells Like a Yeast Infection

Tue, 03 Nov 15 14:05:04 -0500
Posted by Ginnypigl (Maryland) on 11/03/2015

I'm new to this site and a lot overwhelmed on all the holistic treatments for my 8 year old Pekingese with what now smells like a yeast infection. A few months ago I took her to my vet for chronic sneezing, sometimes up to 30 times in a row. Sneezing would happen at different times. At the same time, after waking up she would be rubbing the sides of her face or both ears on the floor and "growling" like she was uncomfortable. She also does this rubbing of her ears and face hen outside on the brick patio area.

When seen for the sneezing, the vet gave her a shot of convenia, and a shot of steroids. He also gave clavamox to me to give her if she was no better after receiving the two shots. Also she was to take benadryl, which she is still currently on. He checked her ears, nothing was wrong.

He tried to check her teeth but it was difficult for him to do so as she is not too cooperative at the vets. He had the techs do an x-ray. They had to do three as my dog kept moving when they tried to do the x-ray. One x-ray that was clearer than the others showed a dark spot at the top of her nose. He consulted with the other vet who does all the surgeries at my vets and they agreed my dog needs a rhinoscopy to see if there is something in her nose. The charge would be $800.

I decided to wait and see if the shots she had received helped before considering the rhinoscopy. Initially she was better after the vet visit. The benedryl has kept the sneezing under control, she gets 1/2 benedryl 2 times a day. A few weeks passed and then she seemed to get worse so I gave her the clavamox. In the past few weeks she has a smell that smells like a yeast infection to me. The space right above her nose when she will let me clean it has an odor. I think the odor may also be coming from her ears.

I have her x-rays and have considered going to another vet for a second opinion, just don't know a vet nearby to go to, and one that I trust.

She has had stomach problems when on store bought dog food so I have been making her dog food for years with cooked ground beef, or ground turkey, green beans, and carrots. Her stomach problems have gone away.

Currently she sleeps mostly but that could be the benedryl, and still has the yeast smell. Not a happy puppy, and I am unsure of all the holistic treatments what to use if any or should I get the rhinoscopy done and see if she has a polyp, or something worse in her nose.

I would appreciate some advice with a few ideas of something that will help her, and not overwhelm me too much.

Worried about my girl. :(

Thank you.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

Tue, 03 Nov 15 13:21:02 -0500
Posted by Gatitos And Kittens (Barcelona, Spain) on 11/03/2015

[DEATH REPORTED]  Hello everyone. As reported in my original post I treated the kittens who were sick with URI's or FVI with ACV. Sadly one of the kittens did die. In the end I tried steam with him and I even went to the pharmacy and begged them to sell me amoxicillin (of course they wouldnt sell it to me with out a prescription). The other kittens and cats did recover but this disease has killed many more of my kittens as of today. It seems that once the cat starts coughing everything I try is in vain. If they recover before they start to cough then they come out fine but once they cough its all down hill. At first I tried getting more aggressive with the ACV treatment but it seemed to affect the kittens negatively and they died much quicker then the kittens who stopped having the ACV once they started coughing. I would recommend that if you are dealing with this do not put all your trust into ACV. It does alleviate the symptoms for my cats but the kittens are to weak and need something to fight the virus off for them. To date I have lost 5 or 6 kittens to this. I do have a FB page dedicated to my cats and kittens which I use to try and find them homes so that they will not have to live feral lives. If you would like to see videos of the kittens coughing there are some posted there. Good luck to anyone out there trying to help animals!

  Re: Arnica Gel for Aural Hematoma

Tue, 03 Nov 15 13:17:41 -0500
Posted by Danielle (Belfast) on 11/03/2015

Hello. My lab is getting these more frequent and I would love to try the arnica oil as the vets bills are getting extreme and not working plus not wanting surgery just yet. How do you go about this? What's the process? Thank you xx

  Re: Pododermatitis Mange

Tue, 03 Nov 15 13:13:59 -0500
Posted by Tina (Saginaw, Tx ) on 11/03/2015

I'm trying regular cooking oil, I just apply with cotton balls. I read about it on another site. It says it will kill the mites and stop the itching. So far she's not itching so we'll see.

Vinegar for UTI in Cats

Mon, 02 Nov 15 18:39:16 -0500
Posted by Kathi (Louisville, Ky) on 11/02/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  After giving my cat the recommended dosage of vinegar for his UTI I noticed he was salivating more than normal. Is this normal?

ACV for Fleas Caused White Fur on Dog's Neck to Turn Black

Mon, 02 Nov 15 08:58:26 -0500
Posted by Jamie (Hemet, Ca) on 11/01/2015

I started spraying apple vinegar on my white dog for about a week now and his fur is turning black, only on his neck though. Is that normal? Should I still be using it? I did ratio 50:50 apple vingear and water into. Spray bottle.

  Re: Ted's Mange Cure and Incessant Itching

Mon, 02 Nov 15 08:53:07 -0500
Posted by Bellah's Guardian (Sacramento) on 11/02/2015

Hi and Thank GOD for this site and Ted! I just wanted to mention that less is more when attempting to identify food allergies. The elimination diet is best. Only one meat source (beef is a cool meat for dogs with heat). Try ground beef and green beans. My dog is allergic to chicken and ALL dog foods have chicken (they say they don't but animal byproducts is chicken). Eliminate all ingredients for 3 weeks except one protein and veggie. Then ask vet for Wind Toxin - Traditional Chinese Medicine. Blessings.

  Re: VRM2 for Heartworm

Mon, 02 Nov 15 08:49:32 -0500
Posted by Shannon (Fl.) on 11/02/2015

Honey can u plz tell me what vrm2 is and where I can get it? I have a senior dog I rescued and he has the heart worms he started the coughing so I took him into the vet they want alot of money to pretty much almost kill the old man and I know he has several years left he is such a good boy and I would hate to loose him so early and have his life cut short if there is something I can do to help him

  Re: Ear Infection Causing Violent Shaking

Mon, 02 Nov 15 08:32:38 -0500
Posted by Susan (South Carolina) on 11/01/2015

Pit bull rescue had fab ears, now 5 years old and shook head so hard got blood bump & have to have surgery. I had thought he fort stung by something did not realize something wrong and his head shaking caused that. Vet gave antibiotic, cone head and don't ask the price. Now his slice is finally healing but ears still red (both now) & he shakes them. Just going nuts that he does not feel well. Read and will try garlic/oil rub since do not think ACV with red ears would be good to try. Some one said there are other home remedies or solutions to make please advise. food is tractor supply 4-health so grains are not high, changed winter rye grass in back yard, could that be allergy? Scared so now cover whole yard in heavy fabric. At wits end and on pension. Help

  Re: Multiple Remedies Not Curing Dog With Systemic Yeast, Staph and Bacteria - Help!

Mon, 02 Nov 15 08:30:11 -0500
Posted by Dana (Midland, Tx ) on 11/01/2015

Feeding organic chicken with a little kale and organic egg and Greek yogurt. I will order the stuff and overnight. I am so upset that nothing is working. It is actually spreading down her neck and on her back. It started in her feet.

  Re: Multiple Remedies Not Curing Dog With Systemic Yeast, Staph and Bacteria - Help!

Sun, 01 Nov 15 16:07:30 -0500
Posted by Susee (Sydney, Australia) on 11/01/2015

Dana, try a pinch of flowers of sulphur once a day in her meal, don't overdose though. It does help with skin problems.

EC: Thank you, Susee! We were interested to learn more about Flowers of Sulphur and found this interesting article online:

  Re: Hand Sanitizer for Ear Mites

Sun, 01 Nov 15 11:10:15 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 11/01/2015

Vickie - your instincts are spot on; alcohol on raw broken skin will sting! A less painful treatment would be garlic infused olive oil or neem oil until the skin is healed and then alcohol remedies could be used.

  Re: Raw Food Diet for Dog's Anal Glands

Sun, 01 Nov 15 11:08:01 -0500
Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 11/01/2015

Hey Stevie!

You might consider feeding your boy a raw meaty beef rib or neck bone to bulk up his stool to help express his anal glands. You also would benefit to learn how to express the glands yourself to aid your boy when it appears he needs his glands expressed.