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Apple Cider Vinegar in Bowls for Fleas

Tue, 30 Jun 15 10:26:47 -0500
Posted by Paul (Bulverde, Texas) on 06/30/2015

[YEA]  To get rid of fleas in the house, I just put small bowls of vinegar in each room and bingo watch them jump in. After 5 days I change the vinegar.

 Re: Dogs With Heartworm

Tue, 30 Jun 15 09:42:16 -0500
Posted by Rachael (New Mexico) on 06/30/2015

I am about to order VRM2-sm made by Bio Challenge, but in the meantime am giving my dog black walnut hull tincture. Like the garlic, it kills worms, plus other parasites. It cured my cats of an ailment none of the vets could figure out (sadly two kitties died before the cure was found) and it will help you until can get the VRM2-sm.
Good luck to you :-)

I am not a vet, just a very educated pet parent :-)

 Re: Sulphur Powder for Mange

Tue, 30 Jun 15 09:39:59 -0500
Posted by Teasa51 (Kingsport Tn) on 06/29/2015

How in the world did u find sulfur in drug store? I finally found some at pharmacy when I told situation and it was behind counter, but I've had dog to vets until the zapped my bank. I got her on revolution and give bath 3 times aweek

 Re: Ted's Borax Protocol for Dogs

Tue, 30 Jun 15 08:49:00 -0500
Posted by Rosana (Oregon) on 06/30/2015

I used one half of the one eighth teaspoon amount for my cat just now. Would this be alright or no?

Bulldog Puppy With Heart Murmur

Mon, 29 Jun 15 18:54:48 -0500
Posted by Leah (London England) on 06/29/2015

Hi, my 7month old English bulldog has just been diagnosed with a 2.5 heart murmur, please could anyone recommend any supplements to help with this, he's only young and it worries me as bulldogs have breathing troubles as well any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

EC: Hi Leah,

Please read Katie's extensive thread on supplements for Heart Murmurs here.

Dietary Changes and Remedies for Dog's Yeast Infection

Mon, 29 Jun 15 18:46:51 -0500
Posted by Diana (Iowa) on 06/29/2015

My dog Brady is a 5 year old teddy bear and has spent about 4 years on every kind of allergy medication, including shots, ammune surpressants, anti fungals and antibiotics over and over again until we got him. I took him off all his meds after awhile because #1 they were not working and I could not tell what problem he had over another. So I decided to start from scratch.

We had his thyroid tested and he was at .02 so we put him on thyroid meds. I also started cooking for him and them switched him over to a raw diet. He also does fermented vegtables, yogurt, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

I have to bath him everyday with malaseb other wise he is a greasy itchy, smelly mess. Right now he had a bubble between his toes that is very sore.

I feel his over all health has improved so much from his diet switch and his digestion is good and he loves his food now. Before we had him on taste of the wild until I figured out it was a yeast problem and the sweet potatoes had to go. He did not care for any of the other food we gave him and seemed to only eat out of hunger.

I gave him the borax, MOM, peroxide, and epson salt rinse last night and he is greasy again today. I was wondering if ther was a schedule to do this rinse like everyday, once a week. I just want him to get past this and I will do what ever it takes with out hurting the progress we made.

He has also lost a lot of hair and is bald in some spots. I am not sure but I think this is just a skin problem. What do you think?

 Re: Can Mange and Staph Remedies Be Used Together?

Mon, 29 Jun 15 18:04:55 -0500
Posted by Philippa (Uk) on 06/29/2015

Yes, he had a scraping which showed bad mite infestation.

Yes, this is my concern. Gophers did go on anti biotics but the scabs are still there and he keeps itching. Have started to apply the anti staph remedy as a lotion so we'll see. Maybe he should have anti biotics too. Have also realised I may have compromised the mange remedy by not using distiller water, will do that from now on.

 Re: Arnica Oil for Aural Hematomas

Mon, 29 Jun 15 18:03:45 -0500
Posted by Jeanne (Oconto, Wi) on 06/29/2015

Does arnica salve work too?

 Re: Grapefruit Seed Extract for Ringworm on Cat

Mon, 29 Jun 15 18:00:10 -0500
Posted by Safiya (Brooklyn) on 06/29/2015

Hi, what were the symptoms you noticed on your cat's fur coat?

 Re: Borax for Killing Ringworm on Carpets and Furniture

Mon, 29 Jun 15 14:14:27 -0500
Posted by Janet T. (Sanantonio, Tx) on 06/29/2015

[NAY]  Hi, The borax mixture is not great for carpeting or furniture. I too prefer to use natural products for family, home, and pets but in the case of ringworm which is contagious to people and animals I strongly recommend Lysol spray for use in the home. It will kill the fungus quickly. The fungus can be spread on your clothes, carpet and furniture. It looks like a gold dust under blue light so I presume it to be physically moved by contact and probably moved in the air. Your best bet is to buy several large cans to spray carpets, furniture, door knobs, light switches, phones, hair brushes, counter tops, kitchen cabinets, anything touched by your family or pet. Be sure to do the pet bedding and stuffed toys, brushes etc.. used on your pets cats or dogs. Do Not Spray directly on your animals. As for your laundry add your Borax, half cup to one cup, depending on the size of your load and use Hot Water to kill the fungus on your clothes.

I have done this at my own home and it works. I unknowingly fostered 5 bottle feed kittens a few months ago with ringworm. My daughter and I handled the kittens without protection and developed ringworm ourselves. It spread so fast we had to seek medical help. I was given oral medication and a topical cream. My daughter was to young for the oral med but was given the cream. We are still fighting the ringworm on the kittens and ourselves. It is under control using the treatments I described above. As for the prescriptions the oral med helped me a lot. The cream not so much. I prefer Tinactin OTC, cream and or spray. It is cheap and works quickly. It can be used on the kittens as well. When they were so tiny I used miconazole cream also a cheap OTC. It takes a while to work so I have used Teds Mange treatment with some success if treated daily with no missed treatments. I was looking to see if anyone else has had success with this treatment.

The 5 kittens are teenagers now. We have separated them into 2 condos. One with the mildest ringworm and one with more severe. They keep infecting each other but I don't have a way to kennel them individually which would be the best solution. The condos are cleaned weekly using Clorox and water solution and dried in the sun. I clean the liter boxes this way too, weekly. When the boxes and condos are housing the kittens I spray Lysol spray on the fresh or scooped liter and allow it to dry before putting it back in the condos. I wash their toys in Clorox water weekly and spray them with Lysol, allow to dry and put them back into the condos. So far so good. I also supplement their food with bene bac. to keep up their immune systems. I have been feeding store food but will be changing to homemade. Their coats feel dry and seem to be dull.

Good luck to anyone reading this post. Also remember to wear gloves when applying treatments to animals and or yourselves. We use cotton swabs/ cotton balls to apply to our selves and the kittens. Ringworm is very contagious and when you go out in public you may want to cover the sores with Band-Aids. Be aware of contact with others, hugging, hand shaking etc... Some people are more sensitive to the fungus than others. I had an allergic reaction to it and my sores looked like I had been burned with a cigar. The blisters popped and drained and would start another sore when I bathed or put on clothes. I had to take time off from my job because of the sores on my hands. Be careful not to spread this to yourself or others.

It is a nuisance and shouldn't be taken for granted. Even though the sores look bad mine were never painful and the itching was minimal.

Seeking Alternative Methods to Cure Lymphoma in Dog

Mon, 29 Jun 15 11:21:25 -0500
Posted by Jessica (Louisville, Ky) on 06/29/2015

My dog, Molly-lab mix, just got her test results positive for multicellular lymphoma. The traditional vet suggests chemotherapy and pills. I feel I must try alternative methods, cancer happens for a reason, I'd like to believe is goes back to diet. Has anyone been able to reverse or overcome canine lymphoma besides chemotherapy?

 Re: Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide For Kennel Cough

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:59:53 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/29/2015

Hey Blanca!

Just an FYI - the gagging cough that the tussigon treats is very different than the cough caused by the kennel cough [viral/bacterial infection].

'Kennel cough' is a complex of infections—both viral and bacterial—that causes inflammation of the dog’s voice box and windpipe. It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans.

The Tussigon that you are using to treat the side effect coughing from the vetmedin, is an anticholinergic and narcotic cough suppressant combination. The anticholinergic works by drying up secretions and the narcotic depresses the cough reflex in the brain.

These are two very different treatments for two very different kinds of coughing; using the honey/hp to treat your dog's cough may at best have no effect - and at worst cause him suffering and worsen his condition and quality of life for lack of an effective remedy.

 Re: Can Mange and Staph Remedies Be Used Together?

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:50:26 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/29/2015

Hey Phillipa!

Did your terrier get a vet scraping to confirm mange mites? I ask because what you describe doesn't strike me as mange, more like flea allergy or an allergy of some sort.

You can do the staph remedy in a spray bottle and just spray the bad spots with it.

One thing you might consider is the diet; avoid any kibble with grains, food dyes and un-named protein sources. Diet changes take a few weeks to show improvement, but they can make a huge difference.

 Re: Cancer in Dogs

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:30:37 -0500
Posted by Britneyjean (Riverside) on 06/28/2015

I know, it is confusing. The more I read, the more I hear that grains, wheat, and certain veggies turn into sugar, therefore, a high protein diet is crucial. Brown rice is the lowest of the "sugar"/carb scale. So, use that as a filler if needed. But chicken, beef, turkey, liver, etc. is best with omega 3 oil, cottage cheese, and veggies. I do a happy medium of the 3 ways I've read the most about. Hope that helps a bit.

 Re: Can Mange and Staph Remedies Be Used Together?

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:20:11 -0500
Posted by Lizzie (Asheville, Nc) on 06/29/2015

Hi Philippa,

I have a dog who had a very serious issue with staph infections down his spine the past year. Please be careful those scabs don't turn into a worse infection. You'll be able to tell by the smell. My dog ended up with MRSA, which was a real nightmare to treat. If the staph formula does not improve your dog, I suggest you find a topical spray to help heal some of the scabs. I have two sprays that I use when my dog has scabs, one is called Vetericyn Wound Spray and the other is Vet's Best Hot Spot spray. The Vet's Best has been great along his spine, but under his armpits, I use the Vetericyn. I also use an anti-staph and MRSA shampoo I found on Amazon called DermabenSs that has done wonders at keeping my dog's skin from being too itchy and inflamed. I must shampoo him at least once or twice a week (depending on how hot it is outside) to keep his skin calm. You also might want to consider his diet to boost him immune system. I have been experimenting with different holistic brands the past 2 years and my dog seems to do best on a grain-free fish formula.

Hope your doggie improves very soon!

 Re: Congestive Heart Failure in Dog

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:19:14 -0500
Posted by Heather (Charlotte, Nc) on 06/29/2015

So glad to find this info. My 12 to 14 yr old rescued poodle mix of 15 lbs that's been with us for 10 years and is my baby was dx with a grade 2 heart murmur about 2 yrs ago.

Six weeks ago after a horrible coughing/hacking episode in the night my vet took an x ray and decided to start him on Enelapril only. I believe he said his heart was enlarged a bit. Since starting the meds I have noticed that he is not breathing as hard at night.

I've asked for a referral to an integrative vet to try to find out what will help his heart and also he started limping (after rest when he is stiff) on his right front leg several months ago and I want to see how they can help that and avoid any more vaccines, etc.

Andy has been on a raw complete diet (Nature's Variety Instinct Raw varying proteins) for the past 6 months or so and I recently started him on ubiquinol by mercola healthy pets. I also give him Prime raw goats milk, grizzly salmon oil, curcumin from mercola healthy pets and Acti Flex K9 glucosamine chondroitin.

I will try to go through this thread and figure out what to add to his diet to help him. I want many more years with him here with us. Its very scary to see him off of the enelapril now and I had no idea the heart problems would progress this fast.


 Re: Is Coconut Oil Safe For Cats?

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:11:33 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/29/2015

Hey Lizbear!

I would change the clay daily and I would NOT mix it with the coconut oil as it might inhibit the working action of the clay. JMHO!

 Re: Is Coconut Oil Safe For Cats?

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:08:28 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/29/2015

Hey Lizbear!

Regarding the salve, it is really hard to say as so much depends on the quality and concentration of the myhrr and goldenseal. My gut reaction is NO.

 Re: Dietary Changes, ACV and Yogurt for Dog's Yeast Infection and Itchy Skin

Mon, 29 Jun 15 09:04:11 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/29/2015

Hey Cmleung!

I have used OTC yeast creams in the ears or in skin folds with good result. I much prefer Ted's Antifugal/Antistaph remedy because it is more affordable.

In your shoes I might give the derma the boot and go back to the daily oral pred as that seemed to give you the best result. JMHO!

You might try adding borax to the water to help combat the yeast from the inside out. It sounds like you have the diet nailed down - no grains, avoid starches that feed the yeast - etc.

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution **process below

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. The working action of this rinse is about 24 hours, so you may need to dip him every other day - or based on the results that you see.

Process for converting the 1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store to a 1% solution: Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Ted's Borax protocol for pets:

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.


Additional food supplements might be quercetin for inflamation, or yucca or turmeric. I would rather see the probiotics added via encapsulated form or powder rather than yogurt as the dairy can cause stomach upset/gas to obtain a theraputic concentration of the beneficial gut bacteria. Colostrum can be obtained at health food stores and may help to build up his immune system as well.

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