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  Re: Is Distilled Water Essential for Mange Dip?
Fri, 27 Jun 14 21:31:48 -0500

06/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Joe!

What kind of dog do you have, and how old? I have 25 lb frenchies and I can't seem to get out of making at least a gallon of the dip at a time.

In chronic cases of demodex there is often another disease component at play - does your dog have any other issues?

And Orijen may or may not be your magic ticket - I know when I fed it my dogs lost condition, got poor coats. We currently feed Fromm and switch around the various grain free diets they offer.

Do consider adding the baking soda to the water. Also consider a topical application of essential oil of lavender; dilute with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil - just a few drops will go a long way; you might also try a few drops in a rinse after a bath. Lavender is calming for the skin and some folks with demodex dogs have good success with it."

  Re: Dog Mange Update
Fri, 27 Jun 14 21:26:05 -0500

06/27/2014: Jumbieman from Canada: "Here’s a follow-up to my post.

Took the dog to the vet today. Dog temperature was high normal. On examination was was found to have infected eyes and ears. Lymph nodes were swollen and vet assured that it was not cancer related. Did not want to commit himself to a diagnosis until he cultured some samples.

He took various samples including skin scrapings and some other samples which are being sent to the laboratory. He also took some samples for demodex which he was able to process in his office.

The sample for demodex came back positive.

He prescribed medication for demodex - Ivermectin different dosages every day.

For the other infections Zeniquin, Maxitrol, and Otomax.

He indicated to me that the dog’s immune system is completely out of quack and wants to wait for results of the samples he took. Since this is a long holiday weekend, he would not get back the results for another 10 days in which I have a follow-up visit.

In the meantime, I will try to help the dog’s immune system by using turmeric, garlic and wild fish liver oil.

I will keep you all apprised.

Thanks for all of your concerns. J"

  Re: Dog Mange Treatment
Fri, 27 Jun 14 21:21:46 -0500

06/27/2014: Joe from Wirral: "Hi and thanks again for the detailed reply! I definitely have the ratios correct: 2:1 water to 3% H202.

I have only been formulating 1.5 litres in total so the 5-10 tablespoons was actually quite a lot and there was definitely plenty of undissolved borax crystals left at the bottom, even of the dog after bathing!

I guess I'll just keep trying, I'll up the borax level and try and keep him in the bath a little longer, although I'm pretty thorough as it is as I'm a professional cleaner!

Secondary infection thankfully hasn't set in yet, it did last time so I know what to look for!

And yes, I've got him on a powdered vit & mineral supplement as well as an omega 3 salmon oil supplement to try and boost immunity, next is trying 'Origin' grain free feed. It's all rather frustrating!"

  Re: Is There a Substitute for Borax?
Fri, 27 Jun 14 21:16:06 -0500

06/27/2014: Lexi from Philippines: "Hi. We don't have borax in our country. what else could I use? thanks"

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Cured Cat's Urinary Blockage
Fri, 27 Jun 14 16:13:40 -0500

[YEA]  06/27/2014: Nina from Davenport, Iowa: "I was expecting to end up writing a hateful post on here cursing everybody and their brother because my cat died from not being able to pee due to a complete urinary blockage. Let me tell you the blockage was complete. He is a 4 yo Siamese and has had this problem before. I could not afford to take into the vet AGAIN. So I decided to try this Apple cider vinegar remedy and it honestly worked within hours. By two days later he is perfectly well without any issues. Way to go website! You're awesome

I used 1ml diluted with 2ml of water in a medicine syringe and made him drink it every hour for about 6 hours. Then I just added it to his food ever after.

ps: organic apple cider vinegar with mother is absolutely the best. Not only did it fix the crystals and blockage, but it added good bacteria to his system too!"

  Re: Is Distilled Water Essential for Mange Dip?
Fri, 27 Jun 14 13:39:56 -0500

06/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Joe!

The borax is a miticide, and hydrogen peroxide acts as a penetrant; using water with minerals shouldn't negate this process, however I would use filtered tap water as the chlorine may have an undesired influence to the mix - JMHO!"

  Re: Is Distilled Water Essential for Mange Dip?
Fri, 27 Jun 14 13:37:12 -0500

06/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Joe!

I think your problem might be the ratio - it sounds off to me.

This is what I do. I buy the hydrogen peroxide from the grocery store- it comes in a brown bottle, it is 16 oz, and it is a 3% strength. I get the borax from the laundry aisle - it should be plain with NO scent [not sure if they make a scented but just in case, you want the plain]. I usually have a gallon jug to mix in. I pour the hydrogen peroxide into the jug and I refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle with water twice [so add 32 ounces of water] and empty into the jug. You now have 48 ounces of a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. To this I then add 1 heaping cup of borax. You should see unmelted crystals of borax in the mix. If you do NOT see undissolved borax crystals in the jug then you are not using enough borax. So add the heaping cup of borax and MORE so the crystals stop dissolving; this is what is called a 'saturated' solution - and is the strength required for best results.

I usually fill tub with warm water and set the jug in the warm water, and then I bathe my dog normally with no special shampoo; I rinse well, and then pull the plug and let the tub drain. I use my hands to 'squeegee' my dog's coat to get as much water as I can out of the coat. Once the dog is hand dry and the tub empty, I plug the stopper in and then pour the now nice and warm jug of borax solution over the dog. I keep a plastic cup handy and use that to scoop up solution from the bottom of the tub to pour back onto the dog. I have a wash cloth that I use to sop up the solution so I can get the head and ears saturated with solution as well. Keep the dog in the tub for at least 10 minutes - the longer the better, 30 minutes is ideal IMHO. Keep pouring the solution over and over. After 10-30 minutes I put the soaking wet dog into a crate with no bedding and let the dog air dry for half an hour. During this time the wet solution is still working. Turn up the heat, cover the crate with a blanket - do what you can to make your dog comfy while you wait out the next half an hour. After that I allow the dog out to fully air dry and may rub down with a towel to work off the undissolved borax crystals.

If your dog is as bad as you say, I would use this stronger solution every other day for three dips and see if you see any improvement. When I did this my own dog felt better immediately - she got the puppy zoomies all over the house! Her spots of demodex appeared to get worse - that happens because the mites are having a massive die off - but then got better with each dip. I did three dips the first week, and then once a week after that for a total of 12 weeks. I continued dipping even after she looked 100%, this just to be sure I got all the mites as this is what the directions for the Mitaban say.

I agree - Mitaban can really jack your dog's immune system. You might also consider Pet Tabs or vitamin C to boost the immune system during this time. Echinacea boosted with C is also something to consider. I find these products not at a pet store but in the human health food stores or vitamin shops.

Finally, it would not hurt to alkalize your dog's system by adding baking soda to her filtered tap water. I start off with 1 teaspoon per 3 liters of water and then increase over 3 days to 1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water and give that for 5 days - and then cut down to one half teaspoon of baking soda per liter of water as a maintenance dose during the run of the mange treatment.

Try the correct ration/stronger solution and report back. I would not be surprise if secondary staph infection were present, and Ted has a remedy for that too."

  Re: Is Distilled Water Essential for Mange Dip?
Fri, 27 Jun 14 09:59:10 -0500

06/27/2014: Joe from Wirral: "Thanks for the prompt reply, I'm pretty certain it's demodectic mange. He was diagnosed with it 6 months ago after skin scrapings and was treated using a mitaban dip which did seem to work very well, although I suspect we didn't do enough of them to clear the mites completely and over recent months they've started to proliferate again.

His paws are balding red and flakey, his chest is balding red and warm to the touch and he has some boils around his muzzle but there is no itching or discomfort whatsoever - exactly the same symptoms as last time. I've also dealt with sarcoptic mange before so know it's definitely not that.

I just wanted to avoid sedating him for more skin scrapings at the vet and using the toxic dip again which will only suppress his immunity further. This seemed to be the perfect solution (which I still believe it is reading through the comments) when executed correctly.

I think I did read among the comments here that if you don't use distilled water the minerals in normal water will 'override' either the H202 or the borax, so to speak.

It's not that bad at the moment so I have time on my side before heading back to the vets, perhaps I should start again using only distilled, or filtered water?

Lastly, I was adding between 5-10 tablespoons of borax to the solution which seemed a fair amount, should that be enough? Thanks in advance..."

  Re: Is Distilled Water Essential for Mange Dip?
Fri, 27 Jun 14 08:21:12 -0500

06/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Joe!

My experience with using Ted's Mange Remedy is that if after 6 dips - and I use filtered tap water to mix mine up - if you aren't seeing any progress you are not dealing with mange.

What symptoms, exactly, are you seeing in your dog?"

  Re: Vitamin E and Cats
Thu, 26 Jun 14 19:12:40 -0500

06/26/2014: Jeanette from Texas, US: "Vitamin E is one of the safest supplements you can take. It will not hurt your cat."

Re: Is Distilled Water Essential for Mange Dip?
Thu, 26 Jun 14 19:11:18 -0500

[NAY]  06/26/2014: Joe from Wirral: "Is using distilled water alongside the hydrogen peroxide & borax essential to the effectiveness of the demodectic mange treatment?

I have been using de-ionised water instead but am yet to see any improvement in my dogs skin after 6 dips, thanks."

  Re: Coconut Oil for Hip Dysplasia
Thu, 26 Jun 14 15:19:57 -0500

[WARNING!]  06/26/2014: Amy from Fort Collins, Co: "Hi, I am so glad to hear that your that dog has improved with coconut oil, but I would caution people NOT start out with 5 tablespoons of coconut oil for their pets!!! That can make a dog very sick! Even people can have a bad reaction to more than 1 teaspoon of coconut oil starting out."

  Re: Coconut Oil for Hip Dysplasia
Thu, 26 Jun 14 14:06:10 -0500

[YEA]  06/26/2014: Jea from Austin, Texas: "I have a 15yr old American Staffordshire who has just recently been showing signs of hip discomfort and she is at a perfect weight. I went to my only site for ailments EarthClinic and read about Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I had given this to her in the past but it was never a ritual. I gave her about 5tbsp and the next day she was acting like a pup she has been getting it everyday since then but only 2tbsp a day, She is still up and running now signs of discomfort, But I will soon add Vitamin C to her diet to make sure.

Thanks EC.


Re: Cat Cured of Conjunctivitis with ACV
Wed, 25 Jun 14 21:38:24 -0500

[YEA]  06/25/2014: Tracy from Jacksonville, Fl: "My poor cat Irma developed a weepy eye, and once it affected her other eye too, I knew it was conjunctivitis. Looking for a home made remedy I found Earth Clinic. It took a few days, but rubbing a solution of half ACV and half H2O with a cotton ball between her shoulder blades 3 to 4 times a day had her clear eyed and back to her old self within a week! I kept up the process for an extra day, just to be on the safe side, but she didn't need it. Hurray for Irma! And thank you to all the contributors that convinced me to give it a try."

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Pregnant Dogs
Wed, 25 Jun 14 12:37:31 -0500

06/25/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Kristina!

If the dog has fleas, the puppies have fleas too. My approach would be to clean out the nest area well and install new bedding, in conjunction with giving the dam and pups flea baths. I would use a dish soap like Dawn - this will break down the oil barrier on the flea's body which will cause it to drown. While Dawn is strong and repeated baths will cause dry skin, one time bathing will not hurt them. You can add 1 teaspoon of ACV to 1 liter of your dog's drinking water to help change her PH to deter the fleas."

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Pregnant Dogs
Wed, 25 Jun 14 10:35:03 -0500

06/25/2014: Kristina from Carrollton, Ga: "What is best to use on a dog that just had puppies? We want to get rid of her fleas"

  Re: 2 Week Old Puppy with Bloody Stools
Wed, 25 Jun 14 09:23:00 -0500

06/25/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Linz!

You have a two week old puppy? 14 days old, is that correct - or is that a typo?

Bright red blood in the stool indicates bleeding at the end of the digestive tract. In a 14 day old puppy being jump started on solid food it might indicate an irritated bowel. If this is the case then he may also have parasites of some type. Worms are common in young puppies - has this puppy been wormed? Ideally you would see your vet ASAP for a proper diagnosis and treatment with the appropriate wormer.

**A note of caution: having such a young pup that is force weaned from the dam puts the pup at high risk for enteritis type viruses such as parvo. Please read up on parvo on EC's parvo page:

It would be a good idea to have activated charcoal on hand *just in case* - JMHO!"

Re: 2 Week Old Puppy with Bloody Stools
Wed, 25 Jun 14 08:30:35 -0500

06/25/2014: Lindz315 from Land O Lakes Fl: "I recently became the mother of a 2wk old puppy Koda. I notice this am that he had bright red bloody stool which completely freaked me out!!! His stool has been normal up to this point. We did change his formula last hoping it could just be that. He still has a healthy appetite and is happy and alert. I have given him a lil water his gums are pink. I don't know what to do any advice would be appreciated I don't wanna lose this lil guy"

  Re: Need Help With Heartworm Positive Dog
Mon, 23 Jun 14 08:34:50 -0500

06/23/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn: "Hey Beth!

You are double dosing your dog with wormer - first with the ivermectin and second with the black walnut; this will cause a more rapid die off of the heartworms and is sure to aggravate the symptoms you are seeing, ie coughing up blood and bits of worms.

If this were my dog I would cease the garlic and black walnut and instead consider supporting the organs that must filter the broken down worms out of the blood - milk thistle for the liver, for instance.

Keep us posted please on what your vet has to say and on your boy's recovery."




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