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Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Mon, 06 Oct 14 15:22:59 -0500

Posted by Bettierage (Baltimore, Maryland) on 10/06/2014

[YEA]  Thank you for all the testimonials!

I have a 16-year-old, Butch Catsidy, who has been with me since he was 3 months old. To say this cat has my heart is a huge understatement. He has always been prone to seemingly random sneezing fits. I think he has feline herpes virus, but three different vets have seen him over the years and weren't concerned about it. None of our other cats are afflicted, so I've been told it's just a fact of Butch's life.

Last Sunday, his regular sneezing turned into a full-blown URI. He got some antibiotics, as well as some Tramadol because he had basically developed nose plugs from all the discharge. Removing those so he could breathe and constantly trying to clean out his nose was apparently very painful. By Wednesday, I'd managed to remove all the blockage and keep it clear, but he wasn't eating at all. The antibiotics had nauseated him, and at one point, he threw up what looked like nothing more than nasal drainage. He had at least managed to hydrate with no problems since the illness started, but at three days with no food, I was beginning to fear the worst. Plus, he still had a rattle in his throat from phlegm. Then I saw the bottle of ACV and remembered my grandmother swore by it for all her minor ailments. I found this site when trying to determine if it was safe for cats.

Wednesday night, I put some ACV in his water. I also got some cereal because he is fascinated with bowls and spoons, and when I eat from a bowl he becomes very interested. I didn't want to give him milk, but at that point, any calories were good calories. I set up three bowls by his water dish - the milk, some gravy, and some soft canned food. By Thursday morning, he'd moved on to the gravy. So I diluted some ACV in water and rubbed some on his front paws, as well as on his neck. He continued with the gravy off and on throughout the day. I had a meeting I had to go that night, and I put more ACV on his paws and neck before I left. I was gone for about five hours, and I came home to a completely different cat than the one I left. The only rattling he was doing was purring, and he was bouncy and playful again and - most importantly - ravenous. He followed me into the kitchen and yelled at me, as he usually does, so I opened a can of his favorite sardine flavor food. He went crazy over it. We continued feeding him small meals all day and night Friday. Saturday, I was texting my husband when the sunlight caught my phone and cast a light on the back of the sofa. Butch went nuts chasing it! And his nose was totally cleared and back to pink.

Yes, he did have antibiotics, so I can't be sure how much the ACV had to do with clearing up the URI. We had given him his last one Wednesday because the nausea was so bad, and we wanted to get a different antibiotic in hopes it wouldn't upset his stomach so much. As far as I know, the ACV took over for the Clavamox and cleared the rest of the infection. At the very least, it cured the nausea and brought back his appetite.

I told my husband that a few people had said giving ACV to a cat would mess up the cat's pH balance. He's a biologist, and he said a cat would have to drink an entire bottle undiluted for that to happen, and antibiotics are more likely to throw him off balance. We barely made a dent in the bottle to get Butch back to 100%, so I'm a believer!

 Re: Multiple Remedies Helped Dog's Allergies

Mon, 06 Oct 14 13:30:27 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/06/2014

Hey Patty!

Thank you so much for pointing out that you really do need to feed a healthy diet and seek out the correct answers to any health issue! As a pet owner, it really is up to you to do this 'home work' to keep your pet well. Kudos!

I would also like to add, that while your vet could have advised you to change diet etc., that not all vets are well versed in understanding, much less treating, a systemic yeast infection. The **right** vet will pair with the owner to form a healing team. I hope you can find such a team player and thus create a trusting relationship and healing team for Sadie!

 Chlorpheniramine Maleate for Itchy Skin

Mon, 06 Oct 14 13:21:17 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/06/2014

Thanks, Mimsy56 for this tip!

 Re: Advanced Heartworm Treatment

Sun, 05 Oct 14 20:46:32 -0500

Posted by Mina (Houston, Tx) on 10/05/2014

My doggy is going thru the same thing right now, I am devastated. Seeing my baby in this condition is causing me so much anguish. Could you tell me if the process worked for your dog? If so can you tell me the exact amounts. My dog has stopped eating although I know he is hungry since he licks his lips when I put his food out. Please help!

 Re: Feral Cat's Bad Eye

Sun, 05 Oct 14 20:10:24 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 10/05/2014

Jessica --- the only thing I can think of is colloidal silver in liberal quantity mixed into the food. Since silver kills bacteria and virus, it would reduce the load. There needs to be also once a week probiotics.

Namaste, Om

Chlorpheniramine Maleate for Itchy Skin

Sun, 05 Oct 14 12:57:59 -0500

Posted by Mimsy56 (Seattle, Wa) on 10/05/2014

This may not be a natural treatment but I just want to help - it worked for me when nothing else available & safe was effective: simple over-the-counter at your local drugstore CHLORPHENIRAMINE MALEATE - 4 MG tablets - put 1 tablet in dog's food/treat 2 to 3 times a day. I'd already used Benadryl when my vet (FINALLY!! ) recommended Chlor. Maleate - it worked instantly, & supposedly, very safely. My dog (mini schnauzer) weighs 22 lbs. - dosage may vary by dog's size.

I only want to help others in similar miserable situations, having truly agonized for over 4 yrs as my 4-8 yr old allergic mini schnauzer scratched himself daily into a bleeding, balding, hotspot- covered, unhappy, uncomfortable mess. I tried everything, from flea treatment (he had zero fleas), to apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, fish oil, Benadryl, yogurt, grain-free food, prednisone (briefly! ), 24 hr clothing to stop him from scratching himself raw everywhere, Atopica (for about 8 months - useless), to finally, in 2014, Apoquel - it worked perfectly but was very costly & after only a few months, international supplies were depleted & it won't be available again until 2015.

Meanwhile, with the Chlor. Maleate, my dog is finally able to relax au natural (NO CLOTHES!! ) with VERY LITTLE scratching & zero raw areas/hotspots/fur loss, for a measly $12 per 100 tablet bottle of Chlor. Maleate. When/if Apoquel (costs about $70/mo. from my vet) becomes available again, I'm not sure I'll need it. This Chlor. Maleate is a true godsend for my allergic dog - talk to your vet/try it if you're in a similar situation.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil for Dog With Chronic Systemic Yeast

Sun, 05 Oct 14 12:42:50 -0500

Posted by Sydney (San Diego, CA) on 10/05/2014

[YEA]  So sorry to hear...My dog used to go through the same thing every summer when the weather got hotter. Scratching constantly and practically biting all the fur off her hind end until sometimes it even bled. The Vet cost me almost 300 dollars and it cleared up almost overnight only to return in a couple of weeks.

A friend told me about applying a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to the affected areas. Also, make sure to saturate the paws because the infection gets spread to the paws when they scratch. Do this everyday for 6 days. Leave on as long as possible but at least an hour before rinsing off with warm water. On the 7th day you will shampoo the dog with tea tree shampoo. DO NOT use the vinegar and shampoo on the same day as they will cancel each other out.

When the dog is thoroughly dry, you can apply pure coconut oil to soothe the skin. NEVER USE an OATMEAL product, soap, shampoo etc. for a yeast infection as the oatmeal feeds the yeast and makes it worse. Grain free diet helps, I use Blue Buffalo Grain-Free, but it's somewhat expensive. I'm sure there are other brands but believe it or not, my canine is a finicky eater. This next info is VERY IMPORTANT to note! Don't get discouraged, but rather expect the dog to scratch like crazy and even roll around after the vinegar solution is applied for about 1 or 2 minutes. It WILL subside! The 1st couple of minutes, the vinegar is killing the yeast, the yeast spores react by exploding. When they explode there will be a surplus of the bacteria on the surface of the skin making the itching worse but PLEASE be patient as this will go away as the bacteria dies in a few minutes. This reaction will be less and less in following treatments.

The once a week tea tree shampoo part of the treatment kills the bacteria that is in the skin under the surface that the vinegar can't reach. The tea tree oil gets absorbed into the skin and kills bacteria beneath the surface. Leave shampoo lather on the dog for about 10 minutes before rinsing well with warm water. The coconut oil soothes irritation as well as smothers the bacteria from getting more oxygen to grow. Also, spray down bedding with the vinegar mixture, leave on for 10 minutes then launder.This treatment takes time and patience but it's effective for yeast infections, the dog won't be taking antibiotics which are only temporary and bad for their system, and it's a whole lot cheaper than a vet visit! Here's the summary below and good luck!

Equal parts ACV (or white vinegar) and plain water, enough to saturate affected areas. I wear gloves and apply with cotton balls but a spray bottle will also work. Every day for 6 days.

Tea tree oil shampoo on the 7th day (once a week)

Pure coconut oil with no additives. Can apply as needed to soothe the skin. This isn't a mandatory part of the treatment but will aid in your dog's skin healing and comfort

 Re: Multiple Remedies Helped Dog's Allergies

Sat, 04 Oct 14 22:09:17 -0500

Posted by Patty (Independence, Mo) on 10/04/2014

[YEA]  I stumbled across your website and am in shock. I don't know why I didn't google yeast infection in dogs after I finally found a vet who told me what my dogs problems REALLY were. But treatment was incomplete in that the vet never said change diet etc.

I am devastated now though in that I feel like I killed my bassett hound slowly. I fed him sweet treats and junk food (or he would get into a whole bag of candy or cookies), his dog food was cheap and his ears extra thick. The symptons he had are so EVERY BIT A YEAST INFECTION by what has been described here. Wow! (shaking head sadly from side to side and vowing never to fully trust a veterinarian's diagnoses or cures ever again). Instead of the yeast taking over his body and eventually initially killing my Gus I could have had him back as good as new... :-(

The good news is that I still have a female basset and she has been suffering too. Change in diet immediately and yogurt and vingegar and water are now the order of business. I can't wait to see my Sadie healthy and happy again.

I am so very glad I discovered this website. I know where to go for great information in the future. My animals are everything to me. It's past time I treated them better with a healthier diet and correct answers to any health issues. Thank You so much!

Remedies Needed for Feral Cat's Bad Eye

Fri, 03 Oct 14 19:28:09 -0500

Posted by Jessica (Pa, US) on 10/03/2014

I have a feral cat and is skittish too, he came for dinner tonight and his one eye is cloudy with greenish pus. Any suggestions how to help him since the vet is out of the question????

 Re: Coconut Oil and Salt for Arthritis

Fri, 03 Oct 14 19:26:26 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/03/2014

Hello, Cindy --- please type in WATERCURE 2

There s an extensive section on dogs/cats that have regained their flexibility and health with Dr. Bhatmanghelidg's regimen. It is very effective and popular.

It is important that all animals/pets get a daily amount of salt. The best is Celtic salt. It provides valuable minerals as arthritis is a disease of lack of minerals in Eastern medicine. Any farmer can tell you he will never be without salt for his animals. Even little rabbits need it.

VCO is very valuable and essential for pets who also need oil. Hemp oil for dogs is very good. Raw dessicated vegs daily.

All the best. Namaste Om

 Re: Coconut Oil for Arthritis

Fri, 03 Oct 14 15:58:06 -0500

Posted by Cindy (Pennsylvania) on 10/03/2014

[YEA]  My Lhasa pooh is 13 yrs old and yesterday starting limping really bad. She was very playful in the am so the running around must of hurt her since the limp came on suddenly. I tried the coconut oil today and I am seeing an improvement already . She is not completely better but the improvement is noticable. Her foot is not broken as she is walking on it. She had been diagnosed with arthritus a few years ago and I give her a natural supplement for inflamation every morning but I fear she is getting worse. Her skin is very dry so the coconut oil will help that also.. Thanks for the info...

 Hydrogen Peroxide and COPD in Horses

Fri, 03 Oct 14 13:35:25 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/03/2014

Hey Astrid!

The 3% hydrogen peroxide you have should only be used externally, and is NOT the sort you need for inhalation or ingestion. Please read up on food grade H2O2 on EC's page:

Read up on EC's page for H2O2 inhalation methods:

I tried to find out the effects of long term use of Ventipulmin and to be honest I could not find anything. Mild symptoms of sweating and trembling and anxiety - these reduced with careful dosing. About the ONLY long term issue reported was a developed tolerance to the drug, so more would be needed if your horse did develop a tolerance.

I wonder if you could use some ideas from Jack from Toledo - he makes a tea of sorts out of these ingredients and many have found super effective for emphysema and COPD [with the same feeling or effects of the heaves] :

Please keep us updated on how your horse progresses!

 Re: Turmeric for Dogs

Fri, 03 Oct 14 13:09:31 -0500

Posted by Clare (London, UK) on 10/03/2014

I have an 8 yr old border collie Labrador. He has one lump on his chest for about 1yr and now two smaller ones next to it. And have just found one on his side. Will Turmeric work to get rid of them? I have been giving a quarter teaspoon a day and also glucosamine cause he gets aches and pains. I only just started the Turmeric. He had the diahrea today.

 Re: Plaque on Old Cats

Fri, 03 Oct 14 13:07:05 -0500

Posted by Petrina (Castleton, Virginia) on 10/03/2014

Thank you Theresa. I will def give this a try.


Hydrogen Peroxide and COPD in Horses

Fri, 03 Oct 14 09:22:54 -0500

Posted by Astrid (Spalding, Uk) on 10/03/2014

I have been reading a lot about HP and am now considering treating my 22 year old mare, who suffers from COPD, with HP.

She has had laboured breathing for the last year and a half, first seasonal, in the summer and now, since I lost my grazing and she has to be more confined to a wood chip walkout area and a only a few hours grazing, her breathing is getting worse and she suffers from spasmodic coughing fits.

I do keep her surroundings as dust and mould free as possible and her hay soaked, but she does do a lot better when out on grass.

My question is: how much do I dilute 3% HP (that's all I can get) for a horse and what is the best way to give it to her I.e. nebulizer, oral spray, in drinking water or does it not matter? What would the dosage be? She is a 14hh Dales pony so would probably way around 450 kg.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated as I can't leave her to get worse and the vet can only give her Ventipulmin which is not ideal long term.

 Ted's Mange Treatment

Fri, 03 Oct 14 08:29:45 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/03/2014

Hey Tim!

You use as much of the diluted hydrogen peroxide as you need. The key is to make a *saturated* solution with the borax. So if you need a gallon of the 1% h2o2 to bathe your dog, keep adding the borax crystals to the point where they stop dissolving. The correct prepared solution should have undissolved grains swirling around.

Ted's Mange Treatment

Thu, 02 Oct 14 21:34:54 -0500

Posted by Tim (Fairfield, Ca) on 10/02/2014

Hello, I understand the dilution factor for the H2O2, but it does not indicate how much of the diluted H2O2 to use. Tim

 Re: Detoxing with Essiac

Thu, 02 Oct 14 16:13:38 -0500

Posted by Kip (Lewisville, Tx ) on 10/02/2014

OM, please e-mail me at risky1957(at) and I will call you or you call me and I will give you my number

 Re: Aloe Vera Juice for Cat's Stomach Issues

Thu, 02 Oct 14 16:12:29 -0500

Posted by Beth (Michigan, US) on 10/02/2014

[YEA]  I too give it to my senior cat, George. I buy the reverse osmosis aloe vera juice with the same manufacturer name as my senior cat. I found it in the health food store, but the big online retailer (named after a river in South America) has it cheaper.




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