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 Re: Preventing Bloat in Large Breed Dogs

Thu, 18 Dec 14 08:01:39 -0500

Posted by Darlene (Los Angeles, CA) on 12/17/2014

My 10 yr. old GS bloated in August. He was showing symptoms about two weeks before his stomach completed bloated. I just didn't realize it at the time. He has been on a raw food diet since he was 1 yr. old. I decided to alternate between kibble and raw food to save money. I had been doing this for about 2 mos. I noticed that he was panting heavily and licking the air excessively. He couldn't get comfortable during the night. He would want to go out in the middle of the night and was drinking water excessively. He was still eating well and sometimes still active. Except one day he did not want his food and I thought it strange. But later on he ate it.

One night I came home and fed him raw food and started watching T.V. I called out to him but he did not come. I went outside and called him, but he still would not come. Then we noticed that he was hiding in the back of the yard and would not come. He looked like he was trying to throw up. I went to get him and brought him in the house and that's when I noticed that his lower stomach looked like a basket ball. I went into panic mode. I got dressed so fast, my son picked him up and put him in the back seat of the truck. My daughter-in-law tried to keep him calm because he looked like he was in shock. Thankfully, I remembered there was an emergency hosp. 15 miles away. We looked it up on our cell phones, called them and let them know we were coming.

When we got there, they took him to the back immediately and started working on him. They said his stomach twisted and they also found a large tumor on his spleen, so the spleen also had to be removed. They said it was benign, I'm hoping they were correct. I keep a close eye on him now. He developed stomach motility problems. That's where the food sits in the stomach for a long period of time before it enters the small intestine. But we think he may have already been having problems with that for over a year before this happened. The vet had x-rays that were taken last year of his stomach and intestines which showed trapped gas and food in his stomach. We had completely forgot about that incident and I don't know why she didn't see that in his chart. At that time, they just injected him with a fluid and sent him home.

Dogs with motility problems are probably at higher risk of bloating because it causes a lot of gas. I think that issue really needs to be addressed and by a vet who has experience with these types of problems or, preferably, a holistic vet. The vet and the holistic vet both agreed that he needs to be on herbs for the motility problems and for his immune system for the rest of his life. The holistic vet says he has seen too many dogs who have had their spleens removed and eventually develop cancer due a compromised immune system. Anyway, that was my horrible experience.

 Re: Essiac Tea Helping Osteosarcoma

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:58:25 -0500

Posted by Sue (St. Jospeh, Mi) on 12/17/2014

How do you give the Essiac tea?

 What is Apple Cider Vinegar Dose for 64 Pound Dog?

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:57:18 -0500

Posted by Lolas Mom (Port Angeles, Wa) on 12/17/2014

What is the measurement of ACV to give a 64 pound boxer dog for urinary leakage.

What Could be Causing Incontinence in 12 Yr. Old Boxer Girl?

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:41:44 -0500
Posted by Vicki (Port Angeles, Wa) on 12/17/2014

Our wonderful little 12+ Boxer girl who has Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago) is happy, she plays, loves her walks, loves food. In the last few days she started drinking excessively and because of that, has had a couple leakage issues on our bed (we are a threesome even at bed time). She is going to the vet to check for kidney issues (blood panel, etc.), but could a combination of certain vitamins be making her extra thirsty? Turmeric, Taurine, Vit-c, CoQ10, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine for example. She also gets K-9 Immunity & Transfer Factor since she had cancer in the past. Her food is Honest Kitchen with added meat of which some is fresh ocean salmon (cooked of course) thats always readily available. Thank you!

 Re: Treatments for Mange or Mites on Dogs

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:34:29 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/17/2014

Hey Kelsey!

It occurred to me that you might have Chihuahuas and might not need 48 oz of solution :-)

The formula is this: 1% hydrogen peroxide + borax - you keep adding the borax until it stops melting/dissolving in the solution. This is called a 'saturated' solution where the liquid can take no more of the borax so it stops dissolving. As long as you add borax to the point that it no longer dissolves you don't need to worry so much about measuring it.

You make a 1% solution from the brown bottle from the grocery store - usually a 16 oz bottle of a 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide - by adding 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts of water. So 1 cup of your 3% brown bottle solution to 2 cups water and you now have 3 cups of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide - and to this you add the borax.

Hope that helps!

 Re: Treatments for Mange or Mites on Dogs

Wed, 17 Dec 14 19:12:16 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/17/2014

Hey Kelsey!

The amount needed for 1 bath is the amount needed to fully saturate both your dogs to the skin!

I have a quantity of dog/s and this remedy is my 'go to' when any sort of skin issue arises; I have also used it to successfully resolve demodectic mange in a puppy.

What I do is get an empty plastic 1 gallon jug so I can mix up a big batch. I get 1 brown bottle [16 oz] of 3% peroxide from the grocery store - and I pour that into the jug. I then use the empty brown bottle and fill that up twice with water and dump that into the jug with the peroxide. This gives me 48 oz of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. I then add 1 full cup of borax [from the laundry aisle at the grocery store - plain, not scented] and shake it up. What you want is there to be so MUCH borax in the jug that it stops dissolving, leaving grains swirling around in the bottom of the jug. If you have a big dog you can use two jugs and mix up a super big batch - just make as much as you have dog.

What I then do is fill the bath tub with warm water and sit the jugs in it and let them get warmed up. When the water is just right I bathe my dog with regular shampoo and rinse well, making sure I use my hands to squeegee excess water off. I then plug up the tub when it is empty, and them pour the solution from the jug over the dog. I then use a plastic cup to scoop up solution from the bottom of the tub and pour it over the dog again and again for 20-30 minutes. I have done 2-3 dogs at a time to make the most of the solution. I then crate the dog in an empty crate - no bedding to absorb the solution - and let the dog sit in the crate with a chewy for another half hour so the solution can continue to work. After half an hour I let them out, towel them dry and brush the grains of borax off of the fur. You may want to bump up the temp in the house or put the dogs in a room with a space heater so they do not take a chill.

I use the dip for mange every other day for a total of 3 dips for the first week, and then once per week for a total of 12 weeks.

Good luck!

this is the formula I used:

1 16 oz brown bottle of 3% solution hydrogen peroxide from grocery store.

I dumped that into a jug and then added 2 bottles of filtered tap water using the now empty brown bottle from the hydrogen peroxide, giving me 48 oz of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution.

1 16 oz brown bottle of 3% solution hydrogen peroxide from grocery store.

I dumped that into a jug and then added 2 bottles of filtered tap water using the now empty brown bottle from the hydrogen peroxide, giving me 48 oz of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution.

Now, into the jug full of 1% solution I add 1 full cup of borax [from the laundry aisle at the grocery store]. Shake it up - there should be so MUCH borax in the solution that some grains remain and do not dissolve.

I then fill my bath tub with very warm water and set the jug in the tub; by the time the tub cools down enough to comfortably bathe the dog, the contents of the jug are nicely warmed also. Now bathe the dog with the shampoo of your choice and then rinse all the shampoo out. I drain the tub and when all the shampoo and water have drained, I plug it up again so it will again hold water. Then I shake up the solution in the jug and pour it all over the dog. I then use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution in the bottom of the tub and then pour that over the dog. Do this again and again, re-wetting the dog with the grainy solution, for at least 10 minutes. Next part: do NOT rinse the solution off the dog. Take your sopping wet dog and put him in a crate with no bedding; you want as much solution to remain wet on the dog while he sits in the crate - give it another half an hour in the crate to allow the solution to 'work'. After half an hour I let my dog out and towel dry, and then let him shake the grains of borax out of his coat. It helps to turn the heat up in the house so the dog isn't freezing while sitting wet in the crate. I have doubled the batch of solution simply because its so inexpensive and it makes it easier to saturate a big dog.

You should dip your dog in this solution every other day - 2 to 3 times the first week; after the first week do once per week for 8 weeks.

 Re: Treatments for Mange or Mites on Dogs

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:51:55 -0500

Posted by Kelsey (Lapel, Indiana) on 12/17/2014

I was wondering the exact measurements of one bath? I have two pups, one 10 week old and one 8 month old that I want to treat together to make sure its out of the house! I know the protocol called for a liter of peroxide and a half liter of water with 3 tablespoons of borax. Is this correct for one bath? Thanks!

 Re: My German Shepherd Has Sores From Chewing Herself

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:51:07 -0500
Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 12/17/2014


I am having similar issues with one of our dogs. I love Theresa's suggestions about alkalizing and yucca for inflammation. I have similarly spent lots of money at the vet for a dog who is constantly getting sores along his spine and sides and scratching his elbows and chest and chewing his paws. My dog is now on a limited ingredient diet (meaning 1 protein, not mixed with other proteins). It hasn't really made a difference, so I have ruled out that it's a food allergy. Chicken and fowl by the way, are highly inflammatory, so best to avoid them.

Other things that have been helping my dog:

  • Fish oil 2x a day
  • Probiotics - human grade
  • Vitamin c once a day
  • Turmeric once or twice a day (I bought capsules and put one in a Pill Pocket before I feed him his breakfast to hide the taste). Don't give turmeric on an empty stomach - they will spit it up! Turmeric will help prevent skin infections from the licking.

I also shampoo once or twice a week with oatmeal shampoo, rinse it out, then follow with another shampoo with selsun blue medicated shampoo. Leave the selsun blue medicated on the skin for a few minutes if possible. Our holistic vet suggested doing an apple cider vinegar rinse (50 Apple Cider Vinegar to 50 water) after the selsun blue and having our dog stand in the Apple Cider Vinegar/water for a few minutes while I keep pouring the ACV mixture over his back. I make sure to keep my dog in a warm area or in a room with a heater for several hours after bathing in cold weather.

To prevent my dog from chewing at his paws: I found a large piece of fresh aloe at Whole Foods and apply that once or twice a day. It's so bitter he won't chew them! Helps with itchiness along the spine too. Very cooling to the skin. I store my piece in the fridge. A huge leaf costs about $3 and lasts a week or two.

Yesterday I started my dog on Ted's borax in water protocol, thanks to a suggestion from Theresa months ago that I never got around to trying because he was on a serious round antibiotics for MRSA, which had gone undiagnosed for months and months. That's 1/8th teaspoon of borax in a liter of drinking water. All our pets are drinking this from their water bowls. I also started on the same borax protocol yesterday to see if there are side effects. So far, just a slight headache.

I have also ordered food grade diatomaceous earth and will dust all the pets when it arrives.

After two days on turmeric and borax (the 2 newest remedies I am trying after a year of skin issues), he is scratching less and smelling less yeasty.

Hope this helps a little. Please update us with how your furry baby is doing!

Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Pets with Constipation

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:26:26 -0500

Posted by Angeleyes (Birmingham, Alabama) on 12/17/2014

[YEA]  1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to the pets water or food daily can help your pets with constipation.

 Re: My German Shepherd Has Sores From Chewing Herself

Wed, 17 Dec 14 16:19:55 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/17/2014

Hey Katlyn!

You may find it helpful to alkalize your dog's drinking water; do this by adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter or drinking water and have this be her only source of drinking water. Use 1 teaspoon/liter for 7 days; drop down to 1/2 teaspoon/1 liter for an additional 7 days, and then reduce to 1/4 teaspoon/liter as a maintenance dose. To deal with the lesions on the skin/itchy skin, try dipping her in Ted's mange remedy, or Ted's anti-fungal/anti-staph remedy; even a baking soda rinse will help if you cannot do the dips. Supplementing with Yucca may also help reduce inflammation. Also consider everything that your dog dog takes my mouth; grocery store treats are often very bad, filled with red food dyes, extra sugar and salt. Avoid giving your dog any treats except for natural treats or those made with quality ingredients.

Try those tips and please report back!

My German Shepherd Has Sores From Chewing Herself

Wed, 17 Dec 14 12:18:44 -0500
Posted by Katlyn (Saint John, New Brunswick) on 12/17/2014

Hello, I have a three year old German Shepard. We have had her for 2 years now. About 3 months ago, she started to lick her paws, now she is chewing her sides and neck. We took her to the vet about 2 months ago and they said to change her food. She was on Chicken and Oatmeal lifetime brand for the first 2 years we had her. The vet said to change her food, and we did; she is now on a fish and herd diet. She has an E collar but she still licks sometimes, and her sores are not getting better. Vet bills are getting very costly as now they are saying she needs steroids and more pills.

Are there any home remedies that will help? There has to be more that will help then just pills and steroids.

My Cat was Killed by Clavamox

Wed, 17 Dec 14 11:40:33 -0500

Posted by Rita (Miami, FL) on 12/17/2014

[DEATH REPORTED]  My cat was killed by Clavamox. My cat seemed to have a hairball he could not expel. On Friday he doesn't eat most of his food but does drink water and can walk and sit up fine. Saturday morning he doesn't want to eat and he feels very warm as if he had a fever. From symptoms I thought he might have a stomach infection from hairball; he could still walk and sit up fine.

His vet gives me Clavamox. I force feed him some food and 1 hour later I give him 1 ml of Clavamox. Soon after he ingests the antibiotic, he vomits the food I had given him and the hairball came out, his temperature goes down, but he seems to become weak, lethargic, and not able to walk well or sit up well. I just thought he had not eaten well and this is why he was like this. He still doesn't want to eat so I force feed him again water, food and Nutrical to keep him from dehydrating every 4 hrs. 12 hours later I give him another 1 ml of antibiotic.

Sunday morning he feels extremely cold to the touch, he doesn't want to eat or drink water, he is severely weak, almost unable to walk and unable to sit up. I don't give him the antibiotic and I start force feeding him food, water, Pedialite, and Nutrical every 2 hrs, and heating up towels and putting them on him to bring up his temperature, but he just gets worse as time passes. He has severely shrunk in size by now, seems to be very dehydrated no matter how much I gave him. I rush him to the emergency vet clinic where he dies.

I later find out in the internet that an allergic reaction to Clavamox makes them vomit and drowsy which were symptoms my cat presented, and Clavamox can also make their muscles weak which my cat also developed. My cat seemed to have had a severe allergic reaction to Clavamox.Be very careful in feeding this antibiotic and if you see any of these symptoms don't wait and rush him to the hospital immediately, it can mean the difference between life and death.

 Re: Treatments for Anal Gland Issues in Dog

Wed, 17 Dec 14 11:35:55 -0500

Posted by Anya (Milton, Canada) on 12/17/2014

If your pet has a ruptured anal gland, see vet ASAP; if your vet is , "out of town" see another vet! Anywhere! OR go to ER ... For animals! Your vet should have provided you with another, even if it's their competition!

First stage swollen , constant licking, scooting, less pooping! If it's at the second stage "saculitis" its infected... with bacteria. Third stage is an abscess (vet will drain); next is ruptured... ( avoid this ) Which means a gaping slash that is guaranteed to get infected in a really serious way... also is extremly painfull!!!

If you got to the third stage, you really need to know your pet better! P.S. if you're too broke to even own a pet try hapar for 1 week if infected, then followed by silica the next week.... If no infection... Just use the silica for up to 10 days, call holistic vet/ doc or health food store .. find out dosage depending on weight... Or look it up, these natural remedies are not dangerous given in excess; better to give more then less. Don't forget a warm compress daily! Apply pressure if you're going to express yourself.... Keep away the crusties - don't wanna block the glands. P.S. ONLY buy Canned pumpkin at PET store... Try the lite, better for overweight, it also has oatmeal = more fibre.. Look up ways to add more fibre for a better stool, the more pushin expresses the cushions for the tushin... Lol

My Morkie Has a Major Anal Gland Problem

Wed, 17 Dec 14 11:23:31 -0500

Posted by Visionsscott (Florida, US) on 12/16/2014


I have read all of your suggestions on anal glands. I have been giving my dog, who is two years old and just started having problems these past three months, pumpkin and it hasn't seem to work. Is there any thing else I can try that might help.There are a lot of good suggestions. I just don't know which options are the best. They told me that they can operate but would rather not do that and people have complained they wish they hadn't had the surgery. Thank you very much for your time.

 Dog Flea Help Needed

Tue, 16 Dec 14 20:05:25 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/16/2014

Hey Ellie!

The downside to foggers and topical flea sprays when you want to nip a flea infestation in the bud is that the products often fail to eliminate the flea eggs or cocooned adults that are waiting to hatch. Try this simple flea trap to eliminate fleas quickly and cheaply :-)

You will need a small desk lamp; the more lamps you have the more rooms you can treat at the same time. Set the lamp on the floor in the area where your pet sleeps, or anywhere your pet spends time. Under the lamp put a white plate or shallow tray. Into the tray put sudsy dish soap water; the soap is necessary to break the oil barrier on the flea which will enable it to drown. Turn the lamp on at night and then check the tray in the morning for black specks. One lamp trap can quickly eliminate all the adult fleas in the area; keep the lamp trap out each night to catch the adults that are waiting to hatch in the weeks that follow. You may have to use the traps on a constant basis for a few weeks, but no expensive and toxic foggers that fleas can become resistant to.

One other thing that also helps is to wash all the bedding, rugs and doggie coats all at the same time in hot water; while the laundry is in the wash vacuum the floor thoroughly - detail the edges of the carpet where it meets the wall, get under the sofa, under the cushions of the sofa - vacuum any areas or furniture where your pet is allowed.

The vacuuming will address *some* of the eggs and flea larvae in the house, and the trap will address the adults seeking to feed. Keep on top of the vacuuming and washing - the two most essential things you can do - daily if you can, and keep the traps set for each night. This should make short work of your infestation!

One last thing; the addition of baking soda into your girl's drinking water will help alkalize her PH and make her less appetizing to fleas. To start try 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have that be her only water. Do this dosage for 7 days, and then drop down to 1/2 teaspoon for 5 days and then 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose - or discontinue if you wish.

Good luck!

Dog Flea Help Needed

Tue, 16 Dec 14 19:43:15 -0500
Posted by Ellie (England) on 12/16/2014

I am a new convert to Apple Cider Vinegar and am desperately trying to get on top of a flea problem my golden retriever Trixie is plagued by, have spent a fortune on chemical sprays etc but am inclined to believe the vets are making a fortune flogging products that no longer work. I have sprayed the dog with 50/50 of ACV but what about the house? If I fill a bottle up and mix with water (?) and spray around the house, is this advisable or is there something else that you can recommend? Thank you.

 Re: Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

Tue, 16 Dec 14 19:38:00 -0500

Posted by Myway (Wilmington, De) on 12/16/2014

Food Grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is very effective for fleas on animals - just don't inhale it. I have a bowl of the powder in the kitchen with a "poofy" brush I used for rouge on my face. When one of my cats come by, I just dab it into their fur with the brush. They don't even know it's happening. This treatment is drying so I just do it once a week - dabbing their fur. Please don't use pool grade DE. You can cause great harm to your pet. BTW, I take a tablespoon a day in my water...:)

 Re: ACV for Mange in Pets

Tue, 16 Dec 14 19:23:38 -0500

Posted by Jenny (South Sioux City Ne) on 12/16/2014

What is de?

EC: DE = Diatomaceous Earth

 Re: Rubbing Alcohol for Ear Infection in Pets

Tue, 16 Dec 14 12:51:12 -0500

Posted by Sarafina (San Francisco) on 12/16/2014

[YEA]  Therubbing alcohol works for swimmers ear because it breaks the surface tension of the water trapped in the ear, which facilitates draining. The trapped water is not sterile and creates a nice warm humid environment for bugs to grow in.

Get the water out and no infection develops. I use the cocker spaniel ear cleaner which is alcohol based after my setter has been swimming to avoid problems from this. And I learned it when I was a kid, from dad, who was a competitive swimmer ; -)

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