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 Re: Honey and Lemon Helped Hayfever and Cough in Dog

Wed, 22 Apr 15 13:36:26 -0500
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 04/22/2015

The coughing and sneezing may be the canine flu! Or kennel cough. Either way, you need to take him to the vet immediately, and keep him away from other animals since the flu is contagious.

 Re: Vegan Diet for Dogs

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:47:34 -0500
Posted by Michelle J (Monterey) on 04/22/2015

Although I concur that giving a dog a Vegan/Veggie diet is wrong, I must say it is a bit hypocritical to bash the woman! Most commercial dog foods have very little protein and are chuck full of fillers... That said, return to nature and eat whole foods

 Re: Remedies for Cat With Severe Pancreatitis

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:41:43 -0500
Posted by Anonymous (Anywhere, Usa) on 04/22/2015

Can you please contact me? I was told coconut oil was the source of my dog's pancreatitis.

 Honey and Lemon Helped Hayfever and Coughs in Dog

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:29:44 -0500
Posted by Carole H. (Surrey, UK) on 04/22/2015

[YEA]  My dog who is 14 years old started to cough and sneeze and had a runny nose. It started after I had taken him to the local park. I looked on an internet site and the symptoms he had sounded like hayfever. He did have the same problem the same time last year. I have been giving him some honey and lemon cough mixture without any additives and this week he is much improved glad to say the cough has gotten less and the other symptoms have nearly gone. I never knew dogs could get hayfever but it seems they can.

 Re: Seeking Help For Pug With Skin Issues and Possible Mites

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:12:00 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/22/2015

Hey Monamur!

There are two main types of mites in dogs - demodextic and sarcoptic. Demodex mites are typically associated with puppies under a year of age, and of older dogs that have a serious health issue. Demodex is not contagious, but sarcoptic mange IS - both to dogs and to humans. Sarcoptic mange mites can be picked up from wildlife - by the animals themselves, or from their nesting areas and even poop. So for example if your pug frequents bunny nests, catches and eats bunnies or rolls in bunny poop, then he may have been exposed to sarcoptic mites.

What can be more often confused as mites and is more common are fleas; I would think if your dog had fleas you would find them in your frequent baths, however.

The bumps on the back of the head to me sound like allergy hives. You might try adding a good sprinkle of turmeric to your boy's food am and pm to help with the inflammation associated with allergies. The addition of baking soda to his drinking water may also prove helpful by alkalizing his system and balancing his PH.

If you are online you can access Polish language translators to help with the vocabulary to see if you can get the borax et all you are looking for:

I would discontinue mixing the cider into the vinegar and just use the vinegar as it is. If rinsing your spritzing your boy with the vinegar is providing relief, continue to do so to help keep the itching at bay.

Part of stopping the itching is identifying the trigger - is he reacting to pollens in the air, or dust or dirt or eating a certain food? If you can identify the trigger and avoid it, this will help. Some folks use OTC allergy meds with good effect - something to consider.

Also, it never hurts to give your dog a thorough brushing. Brushing will remove the dandruff, stimulate the skin and distribute the natural oils in the coat. Brush regularly to monitor the dandruff for improvement. Consider adding oils to Hugo's diet to improve dry skin.

Please report back what the vet finds out about mites!

 Re: My Dog has Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:06:35 -0500
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 04/22/2015

Theresa, that's so interesting about the blood transfusion! Wish I had known that was an option back when my Lacey was sick in 2012, but perhaps not enough was known about AIHA/IMHA at that time.

 Re: Cat is Suffering from Anal Gland Issues, It's Breaking My Heart

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:01:55 -0500
Posted by Cat Mom (Usa) on 04/21/2015

Take your cat to the vet so they can clean out kitty's anal glands properly. All of my cats have to have this done at least 2 times a year, one every 3 months.

Aloe Vera Drink for Itchy Skin

Wed, 22 Apr 15 10:00:02 -0500
Posted by Edwina (Nyc) on 04/21/2015

[YEA]  My cat was itchy and everything for this problem had warnings regarding ingesting and usually with skull and crossbones warnings. I went to the heath food store and looked around and decided to buy an Aloe Vera Drink. This product has no taste and is clear. I figured if I could drink it I could put it on the cat. I put it in a spray bottle and spray it under the hair and it has helped so much. I also have used it on myself - very easy and takes away the itch.

Re: Turmeric for Tumor

Wed, 22 Apr 15 09:57:58 -0500
Posted by Doglover92 (Ontario, Canada ) on 04/21/2015

I have a 10 pound Shih Tzu, she is 15 years old and our vet said he is very happy with how good her liver, heart, and blood pressure is.

She has a 3 inch wide tumor on her head above her ear, we started mixing a little bit of turmeric in with her food, and today is started bleeding. I don't know if it's because she has been trying to get the cone off from around her head or not. Has anyone else experienced this?

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cat With Bladder Infection

Wed, 22 Apr 15 09:56:50 -0500
Posted by Karen (Ecuador) on 04/21/2015

I loved the comment about the olive oil. One of my two cats will lick coconut oil off the floor! The other one has to be captured and enough put on his paws to make the process worth while. Maybe I will try olive oil on that guy. he really needs something internally to help with his weight problem, thus needs the coconut oil more than the skinny one - who, do to early life complications, needs no internal incentive to get rid of food. Just the opposite problem!

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats with Fleas

Wed, 22 Apr 15 09:39:03 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/22/2015

Hey Katelyn!

The dose of ACV for your cat is very individual - start with 1 teaspoon in a quart of water and see how he tolerates that; ideally you would increase the ACV gradually until you found the dose that repels fleas.

You might consider a simple flea trap to quicklly reduce fleas indoors. You need a small desk lamp, dish-soapy solution and a white tray or plate. Place the lamp on the floor in the area your pet frequents or sleeps, place the tray of soapy water underneath the bulb, turn it on and shut out all the other lights in the room and leave it over night, and then check for black specks in the tray in the morning. If you have several lamps I would set out as many traps as you have lamps in as many rooms as possible, and rotate the traps so each room gets treated. This is an easy, cheap and safe solution for a flea infestation.

Good luck and please report back!

 Re: My Dog Loses Her Balance and Falls (2)

Wed, 22 Apr 15 09:21:58 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/22/2015

Hey Donner!

Borax can be found in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket. It should be the plain kind, not scented and costs around 6 bucks.

 Re: My Dog Loses Her Balance and Falls (2)

Wed, 22 Apr 15 09:17:36 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/22/2015

Hey Donna!

Your strain of pit bull - short legged and full bodied - has been officially recognized by the United Kennel Club as a separate breed from the American Pit Bull Terrier called the American Bully. Bully or not, APBT or American Staffordshire Terrier/AST or not, these dogs are all variations on a theme that all go back to the same ancestors. Because they share the same family/DNA they also share the same genetic diseases :-( One particular affliction seen in the AST is Cerebellar Ataxia. But because these breeds share the same roots this genetic condtion will also be found in APBT and American Bullys. This genetic disease is characterized by wobbly gait and loss of balance that appears between age 3 and 5. There is a genetic test your vet can do to rule this condition in or out- for info on the test have your vet look here:

This is a very serious genetic condition and if your dog has this disease you should contact your breeder and let them know so they can avoid producing more afflicted puppies.

Now, if your dog does not have this disease then it certainly could be yeast on the brain/candida - I have seen weird symptoms in critters due to systemic yeast and saw wobbly gait and loss of balance. Read up on EC's candida page:

Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs is as follows:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/12/2014

"The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.


Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.

This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

If you have ruled out an inner ear infection, consider having your girl screened for Cerebellar Ataxia, and in the mean time consider Ted's Borax protocol.

Good luck and please report back!

 Re: My Dog Loses Her Balance and Falls (2)

Tue, 21 Apr 15 20:53:00 -0500
Posted by Donner (Vancouver, Wa) on 04/21/2015

P.S. Would I find Ted's Borax at the pet store or ?

And I have been reading about Turmeric ( I use it myself) for dogs, would that be of any benefit?

 Re: My Dog Loses Her Balance and Falls

Tue, 21 Apr 15 20:52:43 -0500
Posted by Donner (Vancouver, Wa) on 04/21/2015

Hi, my dog is a Pit Bull, the short legged and full bodied. She is a real sweet heart and seems like she enjoys walking, but I just wish I knew what the issue is. She also pants a lot (don't know if that has anything to do with anything). She is not overweight according to our vet.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats with Fleas

Tue, 21 Apr 15 16:55:54 -0500
Posted by Katelyn (Gb, Wi) on 04/21/2015

We have 4 pets in my household. It's an apartment complex and I was informed that fleas and mites are capable or traveling through the walls and such and can continue to reinfect our pets as long as the whole building is not treated. This in itself has been going no where, trying to get everyone to do so. I have a mainecoon mix and a short hair that have been struggling with fleas since January. I've tried frontline, I've tried flea baths, I've had them shaved, I've tried collars, flea bombs and sprays and nothing is getting rid of them.

I just started trying to use the ACV, but I'm afraid of it making my mainecoon ill. He has an extremely sensitive stomach and any slight change in food often makes him quite sick. Is there anything I can do for him with ACV without making him sick, yet still get it to work?

We're also in the process of getting ready to move into a house this summer.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas

Tue, 21 Apr 15 16:52:41 -0500
Posted by Karen (Ecuador) on 04/21/2015

Hola. One of my cats had a bald spot on his throat. After some research I decided to use ACV, full strength directly on the spot several times a day. In less than a week I could see hair growing back in and the cat licking the spot proved that Apple Cider Vinegar did him no harm. I am a believer. In the move to Ecuador, I discovered that both cats are allergic to fleas here and developed scabs around their heads and bums. I gave each a bath then a rinse in Apple Cider Vinegar water -very traumatic for all us BTW ;) - dried them and then massaged their fur and skin with coconut oil. the scabs have begun to disappear on one cat but the other one just has so much trouble with skin problems I think it will be awhile. They both freak if I spray them, so once a week, more often with one cat, I apply a diluted mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and water and rub in everywhere. I do spray all bedding and any other cloth material with the same mixture.

Fleas and ticks are a huge problem here. I just read elsewhere that adding brewer's yeast to their food everyday repels fleas so I will try that as well. Just no instruction on how much! Plus more frequent combing and brushing.

 Re: Seeking Help For Pug With Skin Issues and Possible Mites

Tue, 21 Apr 15 16:47:35 -0500
Posted by Monamur (Krakow) on 04/21/2015

Hi everyone,

I a new here and need some help please.

I have a black pug Hugo who is 3 years old and started having dandruff and loads of it about a month ago. I changed the shampoo after a vet visit to a higher sensitive skin approach and still the dandruff remained and actually got a lot worse. He does not have any hair missing yet and also no actual bloody areas (thank God!! ), but he has small bumps on his head and neck which he scratches constantly. I went back to the vet and they took a scraping as based on my research and the causes of dandruff are several including some mites. They said he is not presenting these so just keep bathing him which, sadly, I did only to actually make things worse for Hugo ( I used to bathe him once a month and we got to even twice a week! ). I came across this treatment and since, I live in Poland with no Polish language skills, I was not able to find ACV, borax or the peroxide, only ACV separately: apple cider and apple vinegar. After some research I mixed the two and I use a cloth to wash him down and have done so for the last three days. He is happier a bit and the scratching diminished but still there. Same with the dandruff. Once I wash him down they both go away, however back by morning... I went to another vet to ask for a more thorough mite investigation and will have the results next week, however if anyone can help, both Hugo and I will remain forever grateful.

 Re: Pyoderma in Dog

Tue, 21 Apr 15 14:59:02 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/21/2015

Hey Jerelea!

You don't state the age of your puppy, but it may be relevant as some puppies are troubled with 'puppy pyoderma'.

I would certainly consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy - both as a bathing/dipping solution and as a more concentrated lotion. The big pimple is a concern so do watch for infection; it may ease your mind to know that if the pimple can pop and drain outwards [as opposed to a deep tissue abscess that may rupture inwards to the blood] that you are dealing with a very slim chance of blood poisoning at this time.

You can go to your local drug store and get most any tripple antibiotic cream - they contain mostly the same active ingredients: Neomycin, Bacytracin, and Polymixin - so just read the label and look at the active ingredients.

Usually skin conditions take some time to manifest - so it will usually take some time to effect a cure. To that end you might consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda, or using Ted's Borax protocol for dogs.

I have heard also that chicken bones are fine when fed raw and I have breeder friends who have fed raw chicken wings, necks -you name it - with no ill effect. I have also had my dogs get into the kitchen trash and help themselves to a big ol' bucket of fried chicken bones and eaten every one of them up! I called my vet, who pointed out the main issue with splintery type chicken bones is when the dog swallows them - the chance for injury is greater in the act of swallowing them than in the act of digesting them. The stomach has strong acids to dissolve the thin, hollow chicken bones. All I know is that my dogs were fine after eating a bunch of cooked chicken bones and nothing that resembled a cooked chicken bone was seen when it was time to scoop poop!

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