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 Re: ACV for Mange in Pets

Mon, 03 Nov 14 17:07:05 -0500

Posted by Judy (Eagan, Mn.) on 11/03/2014

My cat appears to have mange. I am looking for a home remedy for her.

 Re: Essential Oils for Fleas

Mon, 03 Nov 14 16:58:53 -0500

Posted by Jessica (Ky, US) on 11/03/2014

SOME essential oils can be toxic to CATS, but not all, and most are fine for use with dogs.

 Problem Treating Husky with Mange

Mon, 03 Nov 14 14:22:31 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/03/2014

Hey Lynne!

It sounds like your vets did all the right things presenting symptom-wise. I agree with the first vet - I think you are dealing with an allergy issues, particularly in light of the second vet's diagnosis of sarcoptic mange and the treatment with Revolution. I would have expected to see results were it sarcoptic mange and yet nothing.

Normally when you can saturate the dog in the solution and leave it on for 30 minutes, it allows the treatment to penetrate the skin, into the pores and hair follicles. With full penetration, the treatment has a lasting effect of about 24 hours.

You have noticed the remedy has brought your dog a brief respite after a partial treatment. Since we know it's not mange, then bacteria/staph and yeast are the next culprits.

Ted posted on this in 2006:

"I would bathe the dog or apply a lotion made of magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) with some epsom salt (in one cup of milk of magnesia, I may add 2-4 tablespoons of epsom salt). If that works then I might add a small amount 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in one liter of drinking water for only a couple of days. If the dog has low magnesium, quite often allergy shows up. For a yeast or even most ailments of the dog, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda added to the drinking water for a couple of days will also reduce the yeast infection. The yeast infection issue is due to a fungus, which if borax 1/16 teaspoon is added along with the baking soda in one liter of water can also take care of it. Besides those remedies also addresses dog's nutritional deficiency for bicarbonates and boron, and even if it does not directly address a very specific condition, the dog will generally get better and in some cases get cured, because of a deficiency issue. It's all about trying them out when I know those remedy are designed to address deficiency issue which makes it important that those should at least be addressed first."

Ted has many ideas to consider! When my pack breaks out in the itchies I do 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 liter of drinking water and do this for 5 days as a crisis dose; I then go down to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for another week, and then down to 1/4 teaspoon for maintenance until everything is healed up.

One thing to also consider that has not been discussed is your dog's diet. Allergy dogs need top of the line diets - no grocery store kibble, nothing with red dyes or added sugars, and no grains. Check the label on the brand you feed as a dietary adjustment may be needed.

Please report back!

 Re: Dog with Chronic Dermatitis, Mange or Yeast

Mon, 03 Nov 14 13:05:11 -0500
Posted by Nicole (Greenville, Mi) on 11/03/2014

So update.. My collie is now stink free with just the water change to the baking soda. Have bathed him three times and on off days used a spray bottle to spray the formula on him and rub it in. Not seen improvement yet on the itching. May take a bit longer. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks.

Problem Treating Husky with Mange

Mon, 03 Nov 14 09:47:19 -0500

Posted by Lynne (Scottsbluff, Ne) on 11/03/2014

I have a 2 yr old Husky who started having problem around his eyes last April. No matter to speak of, just kept itching his eyes and the skin looked red around the eyes, then got a couple of spots next to his nose that I wasn't sure what they were. Vet said allergies, gave him steroid shot, Ivermectin and benadryl & prednisone to take home. Vet didn't do skin scraping, thought spots on nose might be staph infection. Eyes cleared up & spots on nose but he has continued to itch/lick/bite "hot spots" which were on chest, down both front legs, inside of back legs and up into groin. Some days he looked like he was on fire!! A month ago I went to a different vet as I was not seeing any improvement and this vet diagnosed mange, which I had already pretty much decided was the problem. They gave him one treatment of Revolution and antibiotics.

Have not noticed any improvement. I found this website a week ago and have now done 3 baths with the mange treatment. One of my questions is beings my dog HATES baths, I am not able to sponge the solution over him for the recommended 15 min., let alone 30!! However I have gotten him completely wet with the solution. Am I accomplishing anything if I can't do the recommended sponging time? I noticed right after each bath his chest & front legs seems to be soothed from the itching. I have tried, olive oil/tea tree oil, Avon Skin so Soft, Benadryl lotion, calamine lotion, Aloe Vera, Bag Balm, Tri-Care skin/wound cream and some I can't remember for the itching. Again, he HATES having anything rubbed on the hot areas and then wants to lick it all off. I also have a collar which I have had on him almost constant for the past week. If he can't get to the areas to lick or itch they clear up some. If he gets the collar off within an hour his skin is fire red again.

I am frustrated, tired of paying vet bills and most of all feel horrible that I can't find some relief for my poor guy. Just wondering if anyone has any other suggestions? I also have an 11 yr old Chocolate lab who has no signs or symptoms like my Husky. Any help is much appreciated!!

Thank you.

 Re: Coconut Oil for Cat's Stomatitis

Mon, 03 Nov 14 09:02:45 -0500

Posted by Mandy (Rockaway, NJ) on 11/02/2014

Hi Jane - any updates on how well your cat is doing after a few months?
I have 2 cats with this and have started mixing coconut oil into their wet food. I haven't seen improvement yet after a week or two. This week, I'll try putting it directly on their front paws to see if that makes a difference. Thanks for any insight you can provide.

Easy Way to Alkalize Dogs

Sun, 02 Nov 14 23:56:35 -0500

Posted by Mikeandmona (California, US) on 11/02/2014

To keep our dogs alkalized we just throw a little lemon juice or bakin' soda in all their water bowls.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt for Yeast Infections

Sun, 02 Nov 14 13:56:39 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/02/2014

Hey Oscar!

Yes and no.

Garlic is toxic to dogs in large amounts. If you sat your dog down and fed it 56 raw cloves of garlic, it would likely kill your dog.

If you fed your dog 1 clove your dog would likely be OK - and gain from the medicinal benefits of garlic.

There is no one blanket answer here- some are strongly opposed to feeding garlic to their dogs and some cannot count the number of benefits they find in feeding garlic to their dogs.

So go with your gut: if you find the idea unfathomable, don't feed garlic to your dog.

 Re: Activated Charcoal for Puppy with Parvo

Sun, 02 Nov 14 13:38:36 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/02/2014

Hey Hilda!

Try 1 tablespoon into 4 cups of pedialyte and see how he tolerates it from there. If he cannot keep liquids down he is at risk of dehydrating - google on how to test for dehydration. If he becomes dehydrated you have an emergency and should see your vet. Some anti-nausea meds - Immodium and other over the counter meds may help. If he is still interested in food you could mix 1/2 tablespoon of AC into 1 cup of dog food and see if he tolerates that. Dose him frequently, and keep him warm and clean.

 Re: Flea/Tick/Heartworm Medications

Sun, 02 Nov 14 13:34:50 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/02/2014

Hey Melanie!

You should contact your veterinarian immediately and report the side effects you are seeing.

I think you have your meds mixed up. Tri-heart is an oral ivermectin/pyrantel combo drug that is given monthly to prevent heartworm as well as other common worms in the GI tract such as roundworms. The only injectable heartworm medication is Proheart 6 - lasts for 6 months, and the working drug for that product is moxidectin. The side effects you are seeing - lethargy - is associated with moxidectin. This drug was pulled from the market because it caused many adverse reactions and deaths among pets that administered this drug. The manufacturer made some changes to make it safe[er], and it was then re-released, however the product website states that if you notice any side effects to contact your veterinarian immediately as if may be a life threatening situation:

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt for Yeast Infections

Sun, 02 Nov 14 12:47:29 -0500

Posted by Oscar (Texas) on 11/02/2014

Isn't garlic bad for dogs??

 Re: Activated Charcoal for Puppy with Parvo

Sun, 02 Nov 14 12:36:30 -0500

Posted by Hilda (San Antonio, Texas) on 11/02/2014

How much Gatorade and pedialyte do mix with the activated charcoal? My blue pit is only 4months old.

 Re: Infection in My Cat's 'Dead' Eye

Sun, 02 Nov 14 11:12:43 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/02/2014

Hey Sue!

I am sorry about your feral kitty, and sorry about your experiences with your vets. From experience I know that when they insist on seeing an animal before prescribing treatment, that from a business point of view it is the only way to ensure you won't get sued and lose your business - and a vet is a business. I have found the best way to obtain ...special services... is to have a long standing working relationship with a vet, one you respect. And the respect *has* to go both ways to create such a working relationship - please think on that.

I can think of one similar situation with a Shar-pei / lab that a friend owned, had a similar tumour that stank to high heaven and would rupture and drain and start all over again. Because of finances it was not treated and then when it got really bad it was simply untreatable and the only option was PTS.

If you must get this kitty to the vet, is there a rescue group who you could work with to obtain the needed sedative?

Otherwise what comes to mind is something you could hide in the food - Essiac tea for the tumour, or turmeric; Echinacea and/or goldenseal for infection. The colloidal silver and food grade hydrogen per oxide also sound right.

Thank you for going the distance with what many might consider a 'throw away'; all souls matter, bless you!

 Re: Flea/Tick/Heartworm Medications

Sun, 02 Nov 14 07:47:57 -0500

Posted by Melanie (Tennessee, US) on 11/01/2014

I have a 9 month old American Bully pitbull puppy. He got his first 6 month tri heart heartworm shot today and he is really lethargic. He is normally very active during the evenings. But all he is doing is sleeping. He stares into space and freaks out over something that isn't there. Is he going to be ok? He was on the tri heart pill and he was fine. But now im worried about the shot. I got it for him bc I am moving and I wouldn't have the money to get he pill for a month or two. Is lethargy a common side effect from this or is it something I should be worried about?

 Re: Aging Cat Needs to Gain Weight

Sun, 02 Nov 14 07:40:49 -0500
Posted by Bw (Bellevue, Wa) on 11/01/2014

Along with the vet checkup, try adding raw meat (chicken, turkey, duck) to your kitty's diet. You didn't say what kind of dry food you are feeding it, but dry food all the time (especially the cheap, grocery-store kind) will create many problems, as you can read about throughout this site. Check your area for pet food stores that stock raw meat especially made for cats.

 Re: Infection in My Cat's 'Dead' Eye

Sun, 02 Nov 14 07:40:30 -0500
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 11/01/2014

Sue, I would try rescue remedy to help calm your cat and I also would bathe her eye in a salt solution. If that doesn't help, you could try colidial silver or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Just a few things to try. Good luck.

 Re: Infection in My Cat's 'Dead' Eye

Sun, 02 Nov 14 07:38:36 -0500
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 11/01/2014

Sue, (Gainesville, FL. USA) I read your post with interest as I have experienced similar situations. I wonder if you would consider colloidal silver as it is excellent for eye problems. I would warm it lightly. It remains with you how it could be done as you know your cat best. Please post us about this and how she is behaving.

Namaste, Om

Infection in My Cat's 'Dead' Eye

Sat, 01 Nov 14 21:26:23 -0500
Posted by Sue (Gainesville, Fl) on 11/01/2014

I hope some of you will take the time to read about my situation and maybe have some ideas of what I should do to help my cat. Those of you who have tried to handle extremely fearful feral cats will have an idea what I am up against, but the others may not understand, may think I'm exaggerating. I'm not. If I could get vet help for this cat I would, no matter the cost. I love her.

She's a fourteen yr old rescue cat who has lived with me, inside only, for 13 years. But she remains extremely wild and is so anxious toward strangers that a visit to the vet, or even a home visit, is impossible. She had a "dead" eye when I rescued her and it was no problem until a few months ago, but now appears badly infected. The problem started in the tissue around the eye. It started getting red and growing; then it would shed, seem to be ok, then it would repeat. As it worsened it began to go through a vascular stage where the tissue would enlarge and engorge with blood, then what looked like a clot would fall off, it would bleed, and the next day it appeared to be healing. But it never really healed, and now there is a bad odor and what appears to be pus running out of the eye. This still seems to be something to do with the tissue around the eye, not the eyeball itself which still appears to be intact. I think her sinuses are involved, and she seems to be bothered by her ear on that side also. Thankfully, she doesn't seem to be in frank pain and is still eating and drinking, but is definitely getting worse slowly but surely.

I suspect she has hyperthyroidism and possibly compromised kidneys too. Because she is so hard to handle, vet visits, surgery to remove the eye and the aftercare are not possible. The vets I've spoken to also said that the surgery might kill her because of her other health issues.

I can pet and brush this cat but if I try to pick her up or do something aggressive like grab her to restrain her she will avoid me from now on. The last time I tried that she avoided me totally and would not let me near her for over 3 years. She understands what a live trap is and will not go near it, so that's not an option for a vet visit.

I want to do what I can do to at least keep her comfortable for however long she has. or better yet, clear up this infection. The stress of strangers seems to be too much for her and her level of panic is so great that it even terrifies me to see her in that state. She literally climbs the walls trying to get away. I have read here about the ACV application to the shoulders and I feel certain I can do that. She probably will let me wipe her face with a damp cotton ball. She seems to like salad dressing, so I can probably get some ACV into her. Right now I'm giving her Colostrum mixed into her food along with a whole food type vit C product. So far she rejects the L-lysine I mixed with food. Force feeding is not an option. I may get to do it once, but after that she probably won't live long enough to ever learn to trust me again.

If any of you have any ideas about handling this cat or about what may be wrong with her eye or about any other treatments I can try, please respond. I plan to purchase the goldenseal tincture and try adding that to the wash for her eye, assuming she will allow me to swab her face with the cotton ball.

To those who have expressed your disgust with the vet industry, I want to say that I agree. I can afford whatever outrageous fees they charge, but I need to sedate this cat to even get her into a carrier for the trip to the vet. Not one vet I've spoken to will prescribe even one dose of a sedative for her until they have seen her. They are all so hysterical about people diverting the dose to a human drug addict that they will NOT help. I actually located a man who could dart her with a blow dart; a man who is known to the local vet community, and he was willing to do it, but we couldn't get the vet to provide the narcotic because he hadn't seen the cat yet. It's hopeless. The reality is that vets just don't care very much about feral cats or about those of us who are trying to care for them in the feral colonies or in our homes. I have completely lost respect for these people who are supposed to love and care for animals

So one thing is certain. There will be no help coming from a vet despite my ability to pay. My cat will survive this or die from it depending on what I can learn online about treating her with home remedies. She and I are at the mercy of you readers who may have suggestions for helping her because I am totally out of ideas.

 Re: Ted's Mange Cure

Sat, 01 Nov 14 11:24:41 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/01/2014

Hey Leya!

When treating mange it will often look worse once you start treating before it looks better.

Reason being, when you treat you are causing a rapid die off of the mites. The mites die deep in the hair follicle and decompose. It is the decomposing mite bodies that some dogs react to so even though the mites are not biting any more, it looks worse as your dog's skin works on a cell level to remove the decomposing mites.

Three dips in one week is enough for now; you could try soothing bathes with a lavender and oatmeal based shampoo [you could make this at home, google for recipe ideas] and you could also try Dr. Bronner's soaps - use the lavender one.

You should also consider supporting your dog's immune system with additional vitamin C, and try a weeks worth of Goldenseal, and also 2 weeks worth of Echinacea. So dose all three each meal, and monitor your results. Immune compromised animals often benefit from probiotics; you can do yogurt, but a better way would be RAW sauerkraut, either bought from the refrigerator section or made at home - 1 tbsp. each feeding.

Try to keep your pup in as stress free an environment as possible. With puppies this might be impossible, but whatever you can do to remove stress helps.

If you don't see a marked improvement in 3-5 days, if crazy itching develops, you may be dealing with a secondary skin infection and likely should see the vet.

Please report back!




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