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Dog has Mange, Allergies and Infection

Sun, 26 Oct 14 16:05:18 -0500

Posted by Elizabeth (Santa Ana, Ca) on 10/26/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My dog has demodectic mange diagnosed by our vet. He started her on antibiotic and 1% ivrmectin .05 to start increasing to .01 where she is not and an antibiotic for 1 week on 9-13. We started the Boric Acid -hpx 8 days ago. she did fantastic in the beginning but a 5 days in the baths she developed pustules on the hairless spot. I want to add her immune system has taken several hits in the last 6 mos. She has epilepsy and was recently weaned from phenobarbital and placed on Potassium Bromine. She has allergies and is on ZD by prescription. She's a rescue Chihuahua terrier mix, rather nervous. 8 lbs. Using 4 cups water 2 cup peroxide and 3 tlbs. boric acid. Should I continue the program or run her back to the vet. I don't like the idea of antibiotics, which I believe will further compromise her immune system. She is taking vitamins daily and Claritin for allergies prn. We love her to death and hate to see her suffer.

 Re: Rat Terrier with Congestive Heart Failure

Sun, 26 Oct 14 15:47:53 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/26/2014

Hey Linda!

Great news on your girly!!

A thought on a home diet that I do - I bake a whole chicken and the humans get the first feeding -and any nice chunks of meat get reserved for chicken salad. I save any skin and bones and juices from the human meal and any juices from the baking pan, and all go into the pot the next day, along with the carcass which usually has plenty of meat on it. I toss in carrots and celery [or parsnips, fennel, rutabaga - sky is the limit] and simmer until the carcass falls apart. I then strain, and use the broth for human soup down the line. With the strained chicken bits, bones skin and veggies, I sort out the skin and discard it, along with the bones. I pay particular attention to the spine and joints - the spine and neck contains a lot of meat, and you want to make sure you harvest the cartilage as that is your natural glucosamine and chondroitin. Tiny spine bones are OK to keep in the food IMHO - they don't pose any sort of a choking or swallowing hazard. Once you have stripped all the meat and cartilage off the carcass, mix the shredded chicken into the veggies - this is your protein base. I will incorporate rice to stretch this out, or add more carrots to stretch it out, or feed 'as is'. My dogs have never complained about this diet, and they never have stool issues. If you do see loose stools, it means you are feeding too much protein at one time/too big a portion. If you are concerned about vitamins and minerals, you can give your girl Pet tabs or a vitamin and mineral supplement just for dogs; I will toss in a tablespoon or two of spirulina powder - or toss raw kale in the food processor and puree it and add to the chicken mix if I am concerned about vitamins.

 Re: Rat Terrier with Congestive Heart Failure

Sun, 26 Oct 14 13:48:09 -0500

Posted by Linda (Chicago, US) on 10/26/2014

I did speak with our vet about the CoQ10...he said the dosage is about 1mg per pound of dog, but he said that CoQ10 is a short-lived supplement, so best to break that into twice a day. At 20 lbs, she would need 10 mg. in the morning, 10 in the evening. He didn't think there would be an issue with a higher milligram pill, but I'm going to try my best to find the lowest dosage possible. He said he's seen them in 30mg dosages, so I may just have to hunt around.

The other silver lining is her bloodwork results came back - aside from elevated cholesterol, bilirubin and high tryglycerides, everything else is well within the normal range. No liver issues, no kidney issues, no thyroid issues. He said the elevated cholesterol/bilirubin/tryglycerides could very easily be attributed to the fact that her blood was drawn 2 hours after eating, and since she is on a raw diet, that could account for the higher fats circulating in her blood. He didn't seem concerned, since dogs don't live long enough to develop atheroslerosis....he said to give it 3 months with the heart meds and then she can come back for a new chest xray and bloodwork, and next time we can do the bloodwork after a fast to get a better picture of her blood lipid levels.

So, off I go in search of some low-dose CoQ10. From everything I'm reading about it, apparently my husband and I should be taking it along with our pup!! Lol I know Mercola has a liquid based pump..I will probably wind up trying that for her. One less pill for her!

This morning was the second attempt at a full dose (2.5 mg) of Enalapril....the last time we tried it lowered her blood pressure into a danger zone, and she was too weak and dizzy to stand or walk. Today, a whole different story. She has more energy than my husband and I combined, and I took her to a field to walk some of it off, and she spent 20 minutes running around like a puppy. Right now, she is on 2.5 mg. of Enalapril once a day (slowly working up to twice per day) and 5 mg. of Vetmedin split into two doses (half pill in the morning, half in the evening). We are only giving Lasix (diuretic) as needed, if she should develop a wet cough or bloating.

Her diet is mostly Stella & Chewy's raw patties (they come frozen and I thaw in the fridge overnight), and I rotate the protein source. Right now she is on Rabbit. She only gets these in the morning - I give her a few spoons of Taste of the Wild kibble in the evenings along with either a scrambled egg or cottage cheese...but I am eliminating the cottage cheese simply because of the sodium content. I am thinking about making a stew with boneless chicken (or some inexpensive lamb, if I can find some), sweet potato, peas and carrots (no added seasonings) in the crockpot and freezing that in small portions for her dinner. I'm moving toward the "feeding a dog isn't rocket science" idea - I feel like my dog eats better than most of my friends' toddlers do, and at this age, I just can't see it hurting her - it has to be better than whatever is condensed into those little rocks of kibble.

Thanks again!! I will update as we continue on this journey of keeping this little pup as healthy for as long as possible.

 7 Week Blue Nose Pit Bull Puppy Vomiting

Sun, 26 Oct 14 11:55:58 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/26/2014

Hey James!

If they are taking pedialyte, see if they will take pedialyte with activated charcoal mixed in. The activated charcoal will help draw poisons out. You can find it at your drugstore, or in a pinch at a fish store, but you will have to grind it into a fine powder.

You can make pedialyte 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

You also might consider an anti-diarrheal such as Immodium.

Keeping the pups hydrated is key to fighting off any type of illness that causes vomiting and the runs. One contributor kept her dog hydrated by injecting it with sterile saline solution for contact lenses - gave the injection just under the skin [google subcutaneous injecting to find out how] .

If the babies are taking pedialyte by mouth you have a good chance at saving them, but you have to keep at it - dose them hourly if you can. Keep them warm and dry.

Please report back!

7 Week Blue Nose Pit Bull Puppy Vomiting

Sat, 25 Oct 14 19:32:08 -0500

Posted by James (Taos, New Mexico) on 10/25/2014

7 week old blue nose pit bull puppy vomitting and can't hold down nothing

i been working hard to keep my puppies healthy there up to date with there shots. I'm concern their still vomitting and throwing up and losing weight. Finically wise I can't support the vet bills. I been giving them a lot of pedilyte stop giving them dry foods I also thought of giving him ammoxcilin. I been cleaning their feet every 3 hours and have them in isolation. Any information would be helpful to keep my process goin. Thank you!

 Re: Using Leftover Antibiotics on Pets

Sat, 25 Oct 14 19:29:56 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 10/25/2014

Mike (California, US) ---

That's right. There are pharmacies that have sections for animals and pets. There one can get advice. Many items that would cost $$$$ over at the vets.

Namaste, Om

 Re: Using Leftover Antibiotics on Pets

Sat, 25 Oct 14 15:01:29 -0500

Posted by Mike (California, US) on 10/25/2014

My dog had two very red eyes and green stuff coming out of them. She is 5 and never had anything like that before. I tried the antibiotic lotion under her eyes and that did not seem to fix it.

We had some expired amoxicillin 500 mgs. I broke them in two and gave her one a day for 6 days and the infection is totally gone. Just to say hello to my local vet costs me 80.00 so I try to avoid that unless it is something serious.

I have used left over antibiotics for years on my cats and dogs and never had a problem.
(only a few times in 10 years). But if you research it you find out it is the same stuff you pay through the nose for at the vets.

 Re: Blood in Dog's Urine

Sat, 25 Oct 14 09:42:07 -0500

Posted by Lesley (Dolores, Colorado) on 10/25/2014


Our Golden Retriever/Shepherd Willie had bladder cancer - aka transitional cell carcinoma. It was discovered during a routine senior exam when they found something suspicious on an x-ray. He then was referred for an ultrasound which revealed three tumors in his bladder.

We opted try natural remedies and his tumors totally disappeared. I wrote a book about the program I put him on with complete instructions, supplements used, dosages, and recipes for the special diet used. Others who have used the program have achieved total remission too. It works for other types of cancer as well.

We just recently had one episode of blood in the urine of one of our dogs, took a urine specimen to the vet which came back clear but she said stones can come and go and irritate the wall of the bladder causing blood in the urine. We're using cranberry capsules and D-mannose even though there was no infection.

I suggest collecting a urine specimen and taking that to the vet to determine if there is an infection. It's way cheaper than taking the dog to the vet. It's about $15 at our vet, probably a little more in the Bay Area (I grew up in Hayward). That would be a first step in finding out what may be going on. If it is a UTI get some D-mannose at the health food store and give 500mg. 2-3 times a day, it should clear it up in 24-48 hours. You can also use the ACV (preferably Bragg's organic unfiltered) and cranberry capsules along with the D-mannose.

 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Update

Fri, 24 Oct 14 20:10:41 -0500

Posted by June Bug (Alaska) on 10/24/2014

Hi Theresa,

So I wanted to post an update on June Bug. We had her on antibiotics for about 5 weeks which helped a lot, continued to do Ted's during the first 3 weeks of antibiotics and then I just backed off and stuck with benzoyl peroxide shampoos 2-3 times a week.

I also did a grain free diet, Standard Process Canine Immune Support supplement, Alaska Fish Oils, NUPRO supplement and sardines annnnnd...took her in for scrapings a couple days ago and all of the spots came back negative for mites! They only saw a few from 2 scrapings on her face, but it looks like we are winning the battle doing it all naturally (aside from the antibiotics)!

Her skin was pretty ravaged by the mites (BIG blackheads in some spots and little superficial blackheads all over the previously affected spots and I'd say she lost 30% of her hair all together), but hair has started growing back at a fast pace these last couple of weeks.

I almost gave up multiple times and went with Ivermectin or some other chemical, but so glad I stuck with Ted's and the immune building diet protocol! It can work, and it has been for June Bug.

Thanks again, Lexi

 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Fri, 24 Oct 14 20:09:02 -0500

Posted by Michelle (Seattle, Wa) on 10/24/2014

Hi Katie!

Wow thank you so much for all the info especiallly the your vets name! I found a wonderful chiropractor who uses cold laser therapy, I found him on the AVCA link you posted he is in Bellevue, WA. He has treated cavs with syringo doing acupuncture but not with the cold laser therapy. So that is why I wanted the name of your vet so he could consult with him. We all are very excited to try this therapy.

To be able to get Coco off all those meds, 9 pills a day! That would be a miracle! I have an appointment with my neurologist then I will see the chiropractor. I will keep you posted. Thanks again so much for everything, I am truly grateful!!! It is so good to hear Mr. Darcy is doing well! :)

 Re: Rat Terrier with Congestive Heart Failure

Fri, 24 Oct 14 17:52:00 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/24/2014

Hey Linda!

It sounds like you have a good vet - the new vet you just saw. Ask your vet about the 50mg capsules; I could not find any info on overdosing [unless you are giving 500mg per pound of body weight] so I suspect the bigger dose would be OK - but ask your new guy.

In your shoes I would hold off on the holistic guy and the cardiologist, and see if you can get your girl stabilized on the meds with the new vet. When the meds are properly dosed they work well and fairly quickly. Once she is stabilized, then I would consider seeing the holistic guy - JMO.

And excellent that she is grade 3 and not 5! A silver lining in this cloud!

Please keep us posted!

 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Fri, 24 Oct 14 16:27:05 -0500

Posted by Katie (Northport) on 10/24/2014


I've been given permission to give you our vet's name. It is Dr. Alberto Gil, you can find his contact information in the attached link. He's located here in New York.

 Re: Still Finding Fleas After Treatments

Fri, 24 Oct 14 16:12:00 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/24/2014

Hey Sonia!

In addition to what you are doing, why don't you try a simple flea trap? You will need a small table lamp, some dish soap, and a white plate/tray/plastic lid.

At night set the lamp and plate down in the area where your pet sleeps or spends a lot of time. Mix the dish soap into some water and put it in the tray. Position the tray under the lamp and turn it on -and then come back in the morning and see what you have caught over night. You can do this again and again every night in all areas of your house and quickly eliminate the fleas in the house. Keep setting the trap out to catch newly emerging fleas for the next few weeks and you will be able to stay on top of the fleas, if not eliminate them altogether in the house.

Another thing to try is to make your dogs less appealing to the fleas by adding baking soda to their drinking water. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water - and have this be their only drinking water - will help balance your dogs PH and make them less tasty to the fleas.

Still Finding Fleas After Treatments

Fri, 24 Oct 14 15:44:49 -0500

Posted by Sonia (Toronto, CA) on 10/24/2014

I've been having a terrible flea issue with my puppy that I brought home in August. On her second day with us, I noticed her scratching a lot and found fleas crawling all over the poor thing. Since then it's been a battle to get rid of them. Even with monthly doses of Revolution, every few weeks I notice her scratching again and always find at least one flea. Now I'm finding them on my older dog too. Today I found two on her and one on him. I do the usual: bathe them, wash everything, vacuum, I've even sprayed the flea spray from the pet store. I put down Diametaceous earth all around their sleep area this time and hope that will stop.

Anyway, I just put a rinse of ACV and water on them while they were playing outside and I literally saw a flea scrambling around on the puppy (this is after combing her with a flea comb too). I plucked it off and killed it and I really think it was running away from the ACV.

I hope that the ACV and the DE do the trick because I really don't want to have to call in an exterminator.

 Re: Rat Terrier with Congestive Heart Failure

Fri, 24 Oct 14 15:42:18 -0500

Posted by Linda (Chicago, IL) on 10/24/2014

Hi Theresa!

Thank you for your advice! You are absolutely right about the loyalty of a Rattie...Wishbone is (by far) the most intelligent dog I've ever owned (or that owned me! Lol) and certainly the most loyal and seems to delight in making me laugh. She's a sweetheart!

I was able to take her for a consult with a new vet today, though not a holistic one (right now I'm debating on a consult with a holistic vet or a cardiologist as my next step - both cost nearly the same, and I can't afford both). I spoke with the new vet by phone yesterday and I emailed her xrays to him...upon seeing them he called me and was willing to come in on his day off to see her today...he said her xrays do not look good. He was shocked to see her...he said he expected to be greeted by a very ill dog, and said she does not seem to outwardly match what her xrays are showing. He said that her murmur is only a 3...definitely NOT a 5...and that she appears to be healthier than most dogs her age that don't have heart conditions. He was a very thorough vet, and I liked him very much, but I could see the dismay in his face when I mentioned her Raw diet (why are most conventional vets so against this?? The switch to raw made such a huge difference in our dog! ) He did, however, seem open to supplementation, so my first step is CoQ10..or Ubiquinol, if I can find it. Dr. Becker says 10 mg. per day for each 10 lbs. of dog...which puts my dog at 20 mg. per day....I have found 50mg. softgels but fear that would be too much?? I am lucky to have a holistic vet within 30 minutes of me (it is actually Dr. Becker's original practice) and they carry Mercola's Ubiquinol pump...but are out of it at the moment.

I'm doing my best to determine what is best for Wishbone...and when her health does begin to decline, I agree with you, I will not continue to medicate her only to see her fall into a spiral of suffering. When she can no longer function as a healthy, happy and playful dog, I do not want to her linger in pain as her last loyalty to me.

Until then, any suggestions on supplements and dosages are greatly appreciated. I will run all of them by my vet before administering them. Today he told me he wants to keep her on the Vetmedin, try to get her on the Enalapril (even if we have to go slowly and built up to a therapeutic dose to allow her body to adjust) and to eliminate the daily dose of the Lasix, but keep it on hand as needed (if she develops a "wet" cough or bloating). He heard her cough in the office, and said that it was not a congestion cough, but rather due to her trachea....which is slightly compressed from her heart, but not at all compromised or at a level for concern yet.

I could write for days...but thanks for your response. Any suggestions on supplementation from anyone is appreciated, and again, will be discussed with her doctor before trying it.

Thanks all for some great information!!

 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Fri, 24 Oct 14 11:33:06 -0500

Posted by Katie (Northport, US) on 10/24/2014


There is one other thing I wanted to mention regarding chiropractors. Many years ago I brought my dog to my regular vet and he was given a chiropractic treatment. This vet, it turns out, didn't have any specialized chiropractic skills, he just used a hand held device to adjust my dog (they may be called an activator or an impulse adjusting instrument, I'm not sure). He just ran it along the spine and neck, pulled the trigger and it kept making this popping sound, that's it! What surprised me was that he did not use his hands at all to massage or kneed any other area of the body, which I would have expected. By contrast, the chiropractic vet my friend uses (who is an AVCA certified vet, link attached in an earlier post), only uses his hands to adjust the dog, I believe. I am sure that his hands tell him exactly where the source of the problem is with the patient, and those are the areas he works on. I'm not sure if I've ever seen him use one of these mechanical devices on the dog (although I've only been present for a few treatments). The treatment he gets from this vet is very gentle and the dog seems to love it, he practically falls asleep on the table. In fact it almost doesn't appear to be what you would expect a chiropractic adjustment would be.

Thought I would just mention this so that you would know that all chiropractic care may not be the same and that this is something to consider if your dog doesn't seem to benefit from the chiropractic he's given.

 Chihuahua has Severe Skin Lesions from Scratching and Chewing

Fri, 24 Oct 14 10:33:24 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/24/2014

Hey Michelle!

This does NOT sound like mites to me, but trying the mange remedy will not hurt so I would do the dip to see if it helps. What this sounds more like fleas. Does your dog have fleas?

If not, you have what sounds to me like a senior, and while your dog may have been allergy free in her younger years, something has changed - it happens - and now she is sensitive to *something*. It could be your new laundry detergent- or the old laundry detergent. It could be a treat you fed her, or it could be pollen or molds blowing in from another state when the wind changes.

Honestly, if this were my dog I would take her to the vet for a shot of prednisone or cortizone. While some feel strongly against the use of steroids - and there certainly are concerns for long term use, they work *quickly* to provide relief. The steroid will stop the inflammation and the itching and allow your dog's skin to heal.

I would expect this itchy skin episode to repeat itself. If it is seasonal allergies you may encounter this again in the spring [pollens], or during a wet season [molds]. I would pay close attention to any chemicals you use- carpet sprays, cleaning chemicals, laundry detergents, plug in odor eliminators - and reduce them if possible. Diet is critical; read the ingredient list on the bag of kibble you feed and if you find grains or corn I strongly urge you to find a diet that is meat based. This site may help with that:

Lastly, many 'itchy' dogs benefit from alkalizing; try adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have that be your dog's only drinking water for 5 days. After 5 days you can go to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for another 5 days, and then 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose.

Please report back!

 Re: Rat Terrier with Congestive Heart Failure

Fri, 24 Oct 14 10:12:36 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/24/2014

Hey Linda!

I lost my rattie girl at 13 years to the day two years ago. She had developed a heart murmur, was taking on fluids and was clearly in pain. I did not know about Earth Clinic at the time, and extending her life with drugs didn't seem fair to *her*. My choice was to PTS. In hind sight, I would do the same over again - not because of any expense or that I thought a wholistic approach would work or not work [I use a holistic vet] -but because the loyalty of a rat terrier is so strong she would have willed herself to live despite the agony and pain just to please me. I had to take the reins as a responsible pet guardian and say "Enough is enough - your body is tired out despite your every rallying spirit, and my last kindness to you is to allow you to leave with my blessing". Believe me I have been in your shoes.

So my advice is this: get that second opinion. Find a vet whom you *trust*. Do the vet prescribed meds and work closely with your vet -touch bases daily or several times a day to report what you see in terms of how the medications are affecting your girl. Ask the vet about an expected time that the drugs should be working together - when you will finally see your girl getting relief.

The remedies listed here may work, although generally they take time to work. Don't rob your dog of comfort by halting the vet meds over the remedies here - JMHO. Pick and choose the remedies listed here and go with your gut: what do you feel at a gut level will work in your girl's favor? If your gut agrees, I say go with it. I strongly feel that with the proper dosing of the vet prescribed drugs, along with the ideas you glean from these pages, your girl WILL make her next birthday. That is just *my* gut talking.

Not sure which vet you are using, but this site lists holistic vets:

They redesigned their site to make it absolutely UN-user friendly, so click the link, and then on the RESOURCES tab click "for veterinarians" - then scroll down past the giant image and you will see three circles, click the first one "Find a holistic veterinarian" and then use the state scroll bar to choose IL and then click on that. The screen will alter just a tiny bit, but a scroll bar will appear on the right side. Drag the scroll bar down and the list of vets will appear. You may find a vet local to you that you connect with. Upon viewing the list, the one that stands out to me is Ventura but I have no idea how close you are to that one.

Sending prayers to you and your girl! Please report back!

Chihuahua has Severe Skin Lesions from Scratching and Chewing

Fri, 24 Oct 14 07:14:26 -0500

Posted by Michelle (California, US) on 10/24/2014

Hi, I have an older Chihuahua. She began scratching a few days ago and has since chewed the hair and a most of her skin off of her back. She has a few other small dime to nickle sized patches of balding areas that she is also scratching to the point of bleeding. Everything I have tried to soothe her has had no effect.

I sounds like the mites you discussed on your website but she is not a puppy. What do you suggest?

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