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 Re: Does Dog Have Mange?

Thu, 31 Jul 14 15:52:02 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/31/2014

Hey Danielle!

The cone is not needed - it is OK for your dog to lick the solution, however it is most effective when left to air dry.

In addition to the baths, you could also try alkalizing his drinking water by adding one half a teaspoon of baking soda to 1 liter of water and have that be his only drinking water.

 Re: Does Dog Have Mange?

Thu, 31 Jul 14 15:36:25 -0500

Posted by Danielle (Nj, Usa) on 07/31/2014

Hey. I was actually in the same exact position as you are with your pup. I picked up a 3 year old stray shar-pei back in November who had a terrible odor and a grey patch of skin on his chest. When we took him to the vet, they did a skin scrape and determined that the grey skin was probably an allergy problem and was not mange. She gave us a medicated antifungal shampoo and it mostly cleared up in a few weeks. Because sharpei's have a lot of skin folds, they tend to have a lot of skin problems. His Grey itchy skin started to come back around March. It started on his chest and then soon started spreading all over his body. He looked like an elephant with crusty growths all over his chest, face, neck, belly, thighs, armpits, butt, and front and back paws. He lost all his hair in those areas and would scratch at, bite, and lick uncontrollably. In addition, he became significantly less playful and would often refuse to eat his food. I felt really bad because as a college student I can't afford $200-$300 vet visits all the time. I was desperately searching for something that would help, and had tried everything from reusing the antifungal shampoo, to changing to premium (read expensive) grain free, high protein food, feeding him benadryl twice a day to keep the itching at bay, to feeding him coconut oil and rubbing Aloe pulp on the skin. I started to worry when I read many stories online about others who were in similar situations and never found a solution and had to have their pups put down, and was starting to fear I would eventually have to do the same. Finally I found this mange bath and decided to give it a try since it is antifungal and I suspected that Cooper's skin problems were essentially a giant yeast infection that spiraled out of control. Low and behold... It worked! A day after the first bath his skin already began turning pink again on his belly, neck, chest, and butt. His odor is gone. After a week, he is eating regularly again and his skin has improved dramatically. I just gave him a second bath yesterday and he isn't itching at all. I used a bath mitt that was soft on one side and exfoliating on the other to really rub the solution in... No extra oils or anything else needed. I can't even begin to describe the feeling of seeing your dog suffer so much and finally finding a solution that will help him return to life as normal. I wanted to cry when I saw his pink skin and hair returning. I can finally give him a nice rub on his belly or scratch on the back without him flying into a itching frenzy. This solution may have saved my dog's life. In a few weeks he might even be able to return to the dog park who knows. I'm not sure if my dog had mange or just a skin infection, but I know I'm glad I took the chance. Good luck!

P. S. I would strongly advise buying a cone, you don't want them licking that stuff off.

 Re: Dog With Heart Murmur

Wed, 30 Jul 14 20:41:27 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 07/30/2014

From my own experience, Hawthorn tincture is the best and it can be combined with coqu10 ubiquinol.

Namaste, Om

Re: Dog With Heart Murmur

Wed, 30 Jul 14 20:23:02 -0500

Posted by Wh (Canada) on 07/30/2014

My 14 year old mixed breed dog (30lbs) is starting to show his age. He seems happy and relatively healthy but is quite slow on our walk now and occasionally gets winded. The vet today said he has a mild heart murmur. I already feed my dog a raw food diet. I add salmon oil to it each day. I also give him one Zyflamend pill and one Recovery tablet (to help with his arthritis) each day. I'd like to see if I can help with his heart murmur naturally. I've read all the posts here today and I am feeling slightly overwhelmed. I also don't want to overwhelm my dog with too many supplements. I think I will start giving him Q10 twice a day. What would be the next best supplement to give him?


 Re: VRM2 for Heartworm

Wed, 30 Jul 14 16:19:39 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/30/2014

Hey Deb!

If you are using the capsules and need to split a capsule, you can buy empty gel caps at the drugstore; pour the powder into a gel cap and then wrap in cheese or some other soft tasty food - see if that will work. If you are using the liquid you can put the liquid in a gel cap as well and dose hidden in cheese or other soft food.

 Re: VRM2 for Heartworm

Wed, 30 Jul 14 15:45:48 -0500

Posted by Deb (Greensboro, Nc) on 07/30/2014

Hi, I can't get my dog to eat food with VRM2 on it. Any suggestions?

 Re: Activated Charcoal for Puppy with Parvo

Wed, 30 Jul 14 08:59:21 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/30/2014

Hey Rebecca!

You can find AC at your local drug store; aquariums stores have some in a pinch, but its granulated and you would need to use a coffee grinder or food processor to pulverize it into fine powder.

Activated Charcoal works especially well when used with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. You can make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte
4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water) 1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use regular table salt if you have to. 2 Tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or sodium free broth to add some flavor

Start with 1 cup of electrolyte solution in a small jar with a lid; add 2 heaping tablespoons of AC and then put the lid on and shake to blend. This goes into a syringe well and then can be placed into your dog's mouth; tip the head back and gently depress the plunger to allow him to drink it slowly.

Dose him 10cc every 2-4 hours for the first 48 hours.

If your dog has an appetite, you can mix the AC into canned dog food and make that a bit wetter and sloppier by adding the electrolyte solution to the wet food.

It is key to understand that the virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

If he is taking food and appears to be bouncing back after the first regime of 48 hours, give your dog the wet AC and electrolyte loaded food am and pm for 5 days and up to 7 days. If he is hungry between meals, give him extra AC and electrolyte feedings.

Good luck and please keep us posted!

Please keep us posted! "

 Re: Blood in Cat Feces

Wed, 30 Jul 14 08:54:30 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/30/2014

Hey Heather!

Bright red blood in stools *can* be normal. I need more info to a better opinion.

You have two 8 week old kittens - are they new to your house, or did you raise them from birth?

Have you changed their diet recently?

Are the stools normal on consistency or loose and runny or mucousy?

Have they ever been wormed?


Re: Blood in Cat Feces

Tue, 29 Jul 14 22:37:50 -0500

Posted by Heatherb (Helena, Ohio) on 07/29/2014

One of our 2 month old kittens has bright red blood spots in his/her feces. Neither kitten has been spayed/neutered yet or seen by a vet yet and they are indoor kittens. Any ideas? Thanks!

 Re: Activated Charcoal for Puppy with Parvo

Tue, 29 Jul 14 15:10:25 -0500

Posted by Rebekah (Oklahoma City) on 07/29/2014

I have a 7 week old pitbull puppy he about 8 pounds, he's showing every sign of parvo and its hitting him quick. I need to know how much activated carbon I should give him with water and gatorade?

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cat with UTI

Tue, 29 Jul 14 12:26:19 -0500

Posted by Sarah (Rhode Island) on 07/29/2014

[YEA]  I read earth clinic all the the time and I truly believe in holistic remedies for most illnesses. Last night, my 1yr old neutered male cat was straining, crying in the litter box with no production of urine. He made mutiple attempts, even found him squatting in the living room and yelping, obsessively licking his genitals. As an owner of many cats over the years, I knew exactly what we were dealing with. I just do not have the money to pay those vet bills and I KNOW there is a natural remedy that I could at least attempt before taking him to the vet. I ran to the store and bought a bottle of Apple cider vinegar, couldn't find organic with mother at the local grocery store so I settled for filtered. Immediately mixed it up with water 1 part acv, 3 parts water, put some in his water, and in his food. Pushed some through a syringe into his mouth and soaked his neck and random parts of his body so he would lick it up. Did this a few times between 6pm and 9pm and by 10pm he had peed in his box without straining. We woke up this morning and he had gone in his box even more. He is back to his playful self, eating, (reluctantly) drinking his Apple Cider Vinegar water (haha). Definately helped...I am going to continue with an organic brand for a while and see how it turns out. Definately worked as of right now. In the past, my cats would've been in emergency status at this point in a uti. I am very happy.

Make sure you dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar as much as you can, from all that I read, Holistic Vets only reccommend 1/4tsp twice a day, so they dont NEED that much but it cant hurt to push fluids. If your kitty isn't urinating at all after 12hrs he needs medical attention. That is too long to be blocked up.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Castile Soap for Fleas

Tue, 29 Jul 14 12:06:14 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/29/2014

Liquid castile soap is made up of lye and olive oil; I wonder if the lye component is what kills the fleas. I always thought the soap broke down the flea's oil barrier which in turn allowed the flea to drown. In any event, I have had great results bathing dogs in Murphy's Oil Soap- the kind for wood floors, as well as any of the Dr. Bronner's products.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Castile Soap for Fleas

Tue, 29 Jul 14 09:59:56 -0500

Posted by Suzie (Dallas, Tx) on 07/29/2014

The absolute best home remedies for killing fleas on dogs and even pregnant dogs and pups is a bath in pure liquid Castile Soap, unscented. This soap alone kills fleas and it's completely safe for your dogs coat and skin! You can also mix it up in a sprayer to spray your yard. I also use Apple Cider Vinegar to spray on my dogs and in the home to kill the Fleas. Use 1/4 cup ACV with 3/4 cup water. You can also squeeze some lemon in the bottle in addition to the ACV. Spray the dogs, furniture, bedding, rugs, etc. these remedies work and do not harm your pet.

 Re: Honey and Lemon for Kennel Cough

Tue, 29 Jul 14 09:16:33 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/29/2014

Hey Dropsofpluto!

Ideally you would dose your pet via a syringe or dropper by tipping his head back and inserting the syringe in the pocket of his cheek at the back of his mouth and then depressing the plunger slowly to allow him to swallow.

 Re: Administering Liquid Remedies

Tue, 29 Jul 14 09:13:56 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/29/2014

Hey Diamond!

How sad that you had such an unproductive visit at the vet.

Please know you DO have options! You can ask for the vet to see your animal and not settle for the vet tech. Granted, some tech are very experienced and do a great job, but if you feel you are not getting the service you are paying for, then state so to the tech and ask to have the vet see your animal. Next, why did the tech wish to take an xray? You should ask why a particular procedure is indicated so you can make an informed judgement as to how to proceed. And while worming your cat may have been something needed, my experience with cat's upchucking foamy substances has nothing to do with worms, but possibly something to do with an obstruction of the GI tract, which an xray could have revealed if it were indeed present. [A savvy vet or vet tech would also be able to palpate and feel if this were an issue as well].

Again, so sorry you did not get satisfaction with the vet you chose to use; remember, you can always shop around to find a vet you can work with as a healing team for your pets. I hope your cat does well on the ACV treatment you have chosen.

 Re: Where to Buy Borax in Cagayan De Oro City

Tue, 29 Jul 14 09:08:31 -0500

Posted by Irene (Cagayan De Oro City) on 07/29/2014

Hi, I just would like to ask on where did you bought the borax here in cagayan de oro city? thanks.

 Re: Baby Oil for Ear Mites

Tue, 29 Jul 14 09:06:32 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/29/2014

Hey Scott!

You can safely use Q-tips inside your cat's ears. The key is to never insert the Q-tip past where you can see. If you cannot see the end of the Q-tip, then you risk rupturing your pet's ear drum. So if you only use in areas that you can see, you can safely use Q-tips in your cat's ear.

 Re: Pets With Pyoderma

Tue, 29 Jul 14 08:52:45 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/29/2014

Hey Diane!

What works for some may not work for all - but it might be just perfect for you!

I say this because I know many raw feeders who feed chicken necks, frames, backs, wings and thighs with no issues whatsoever.

I believe what is key is that your pet who is used to kibble be carefully introduced to raw bones so they learn how to eat them. Puppies started on bones this way have no issues with chicken bones.

Probably the easiest bone to introduce is a chicken neck; this is also perfect for cats and does a great job on cleaning their teeth. A raw chicken neck fed to a cat who needs a dental usually results in a cancelled vet appointment :)

 Re: Killing Fleas on Dogs

Tue, 29 Jul 14 08:39:34 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/29/2014

Hey Helen!

DITTO! A simple flea bath followed by a flea combing and your pet is instantly flea free :)




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