Regarding the sores; my dog has had a worsening case of demodex for about 2 years. I hold off the symptoms with baths and topicals, but to avoid getting the red, open sores, I have to actually pull out whatever fur happens to be very loose, at any given time. Mostly, he looks normal, although when I've recently pulled the loose fur out of an area, it can look paler than adjacent areas, until the darker hairs grow back. It is rare that all of the hair in an area comes out, even when it seems to come out in clumps. Enough hair remains to cover his skin, except when I have neglected to pull the fur soon enough, and it has developed a sore underneath. I noticed very late in the game that his paws, between the pads, were very infected - meaning the hair practically leapt off when I pulled it, and there was a lot of the waxy substance on it. In a few spots, when the fur came up, it exposed a raw spot which had to be treated. But, as I said, this is rare, since I keep on top of it. I also found that the fur under his chin had become loose; and when I pulled it, there was a raw spot there. Now, that area has been cleaned up. I had to spend quite a lot of time giving him a "pedicure" on all paws; but, as I don't want to use dangerous pesticides, the time spent on avoiding the sores is worth it, to allow us to find the right protocol to get rid of it. I did try the peroxide/borax, to no avail. Next, I'm trying the mustard/msm; I just made a batch and tried it on myself, first, to be sure it's not too irritating. So far, we've had the best luck with a mix of micronized peroxide/sulfur shampoo and various topicals (apple cider vinegar, lavender oil, neem oil, etc. Today, I'm going to add aloe gel to the mix, after the mustard rinse has been on and then washed off). When we do get a sore, I spray it with a 20% ethanol solution (Everclear is ethanol; it's not toxic the way rubbing alcohol is, so it's safer), and put neem oil on it. It clears up.
Small molecules of benzyl peroxide in shampoo (5 microns or so) help to remove the waxy substance the mites use to block off the hair follicles, which prevents any treatments from getting down to them; it also causes the skin to develop sores. I found a shampoo that combines that and sulfur together, which seems to work. I think it's also good to use some kind of conditioning treatment, to prevent over-drying. I use one with enzymes, which should also help to prevent the waxy buildup. In fact, although his condition is generalized and the hair continues to loosen, we haven't had much waxy buildup since I got those shampoos.
A friend in breed here :-) A UTI is often the result from feeding a kibble that is corn based or contains grains. Please read your dog food ingredient label and if it contains corn or grains then look at switching to a grain free brand as keeping her on this diet will only lead to more UTI's and very likely skin complications.
Posted by Soazburrolady (Southern, Az) on 09/01/2016
Hi Lisa. About 6 years ago, I trapped 2 kittens who were playing in a major retail store garden department. One of them, Rosebud, had the worst ear mites I have ever seen. Her ears had scabs in them. I used the diatomaceous earth to eliminate the mites by dipping my little finger in it and rubbing directly into her ear (no wetting) - at least twice a day. I think it probably took a few weeks to eradicate the little buggers. The good news is that she has never had them again - and to this day she is the only one of my kitties who willingly allows me to touch her ears. All the best.
We have had several encounters between our dogs and bufos unfortunately. After several episodes, the vet told us to wash their mouth out with a hose by running the water through one side and out the other- not down their throat- for several minutes. Last time our small dog bit a toad and was frothing, we did this and she was fine. It has to be done immediately and it's the best thing to do before even heading to emergency.
We've tried to eliminate hiding spots for the toads around our dog yard but it's almost impossible to keep them out (and I don't want to try chemicals that could kill other animals). I accompany our dogs outside day and night watching for toads but this morning there was a massive bufo sitting in the middle of the dog yard that I couldn't see until I was on top of it. Luckily the dogs didn't find it first.
I have a 13 yr old Cocker Spaniel...when the groomer emptied his anal glands, he said he noticed a growth back there...I took him to vet and he said it's a mass and prognosis isn't good. How can I help him?!!! He's 30lbs
My blue nosed pitbull has been crying all afternoon and she started having blood show up in her urine. She started crying a lot more along with waiting by the backdoor to be taken outside to urinate frequently and she is straining to pee. Unfortunately my vet is closed for the day, so I decided to see what I could find online to make my puppy more comfortable in the meantime. I came across this website and after reading all the positive posts about apple cider vinegar, I decided to give it a shot. I mixed her a tablespoon of unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of plain vanilla greek yogurt. She is whining much less now and not waiting to be taken out every 10 seconds. So I am pretty happy that this seems to have worked for her. I was expecting to be up all night with her trying to make her comfortable.
Work with your vet. I'm NOT a vet or an animal expert and my Manuka honey suggestion is in no way advice to anyone, but it worked for us 2 1/2 years ago and the infection has not returned. I'm praying for Polly right now!
What would you say the ratio is for DE & water. How much did you put in the ears? I brought my mom's cat home to live with me after her recent passing. I'm in dire need of help. My vet wants me to use Ivamec he mixed with mineral oil & I've read to my bad things about it. Urgent need of some help for him. Than you!
Excessive urination and leaking are known side effects of cortisone and steroid shots. You might also see your girl panting when it is not hot, and drinking lots and lots of water - all side effects of the shot and the pills. Do keep in mind the shot and pills are only a band-aid, and the cause of your dog's itching still need to be addressed. The first place to look is the ingredient panel on your bag of kibble; if you see corn or grains it is time for a grocery upgrade and grain and corn have been directly linked to skin problems in dogs.
my 4 yo, Max, suffers from hot spots as well. Vet gave an expensive script spray of Relifor ...4 oz bottle cost $25+ and didn't seem to work. A border collie mix at about 55 lbs...grain free food doesn't agree with him. A sensitive stomach & skin. The previous owner and foster mom had him on Purina dog chow healthy morsels..first ingredient is corn (ugh) I've only had him about 2 months.
I can't afford the expensive prescription food..not at $75 a 20 lb bag..so I've switched him over to Purina's Pro plan for sensitive skin and stomach. First ingredient is salmon. He's eating better but his skin still has the hotspots..at 55 lbs I'm going to try the Apple Cider Vinegar In food and as a spray. Hope it works.
Can you give the detail for the aloe vera and castor oil for tumors. How much of each? how long did it take? Is it applied externally?
I have not been able to apply enough of anything on her tumor and have not been able to cover with a bandage it due to where it is. I think the aloe and castor oil may have the consistency of a salve and be able to cover it up.
I have a 6 year old Chihuahua who came down with the mange. I was trying everything, I was desperate. After doing research and reading on the web I found the mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar works best. I added a twist to it that makes it even better.
First put mayonnaise all over the dog - it has to be real mayo. Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse very well with warm water.
Then, instead of using shampoo, I took a bar of Caress Beauty soap. Lather up and scrub her all over down to her feet and in between the pads left on for 10 minutes. Then rinse through very well to remove all soap. Then I mixed up apple cider vinegar and water (50/50) and poured over her and allowed her to dry as much as possible without towel drying.
Then I took betadine applied on cotton balls, and apply to affected areas and let dry.
What an amazing difference. In 5 days I have done this twice. Hair is growing back, bumps are gone scabs are gone. I would recommend this to anyone.
My 5 yr old dog had bad skin itching and redness. Took her to vet who gave her a cortisone shot and cortisone pills 2 x daily for 5 days. Have now noticed that she is urinating at times when in my lap or I am holding her. Can this be from the cortisone?
4 dogs with itchy skin and now you too? My first thought is fleas - although sarcoptic mange/scabies is a possibility, but for you it would give you a nasty rash and not just a red bump here or there. I would first treat for fleas and then see if things improve.
One of the easiest, safest, fastest and cheapest ways to treat for fleas is the lamp flea trap. Get a small desk lamp - nothing fancy, cheap from the thrift store works just fine. Place it on the floor in the area where your pet sleeps and then place a white plate or shallow dish under the lamp. Add water and a some dish soap. Mix the soap into the water, don't get it sudsy just blend it in. Turn the lamp on overnight and then check to see what you have caught in the morning. I have a lamp trap in each room of my house - it works to catch mosquitoes and other bugs, not just the fleas.
For the dogs' itchy skin, make sure you are feeding a grain free diet - read the ingredients on the dog food bag and if you see corn or grain it is time for a grocery upgrade and grains in the diet have been directly linked to skin issues in dogs. Alkalizing the water may help, as well as adding probiotics to the diet. Treating each dog with Ted's Mange Remedy may provide temporary relief from the itching as it cleanses the skin.