Recent Pet Posts

 Re: Castor Oil for Cat With Tumor

Wed, 25 Feb 15 15:13:10 -0500
Posted by Ben (Austin, Tx) on 02/25/2015

My wife's cat, Piglet (Apple of her eye), had his left hind leg removed b/c of the tumor there, couldn't get margins on it etc., and then it started back again on the spot where his leg used to be. He wouldn't stop licking it wide open, so we've just had him wearing the old Cone of Shame. They get used to it after awhile, and we take it off him every day or so for awhile so he can bathe himself (under our strict supervision so we can keep him from licking the tumor). You'll want to brush your cat a lot though, since they can't do it for themselves anytime they like with the cone on, and of course lots of scritches and petting around the neck/head where he can't reach anymore.

 Re: Remedies for Pet Rats

Wed, 25 Feb 15 14:44:28 -0500
Posted by Gloria (London, UK) on 02/25/2015

Hi I'm from the uk..I've got boy rats that seem to have encountered some wounds, tail and toe... I've read your blog on hydrogen much should I mix with distilled water? is there anything else that I could use.. thank you, Gloria

What Remedies for Yeast Would be Safe for Pregnant Terrier?

Wed, 25 Feb 15 14:42:01 -0500
Posted by Jane (Gordons Bay, SA) on 02/25/2015

Hello I have a pregnant Biewer Terrier. This is her second litter. Shortly after becoming pregnant last time she developed a yeast overgrowth in her ears. The commercial treatments are linked with birth defects in puppies so I could not use them. This time she has again developed a yeast overgrowth in her ears! I wonder if a hormonal change could trigger this. I am keen to relieve her irritation! I need advice on whether these home remedies, other than raw food which I embrace, are safe for pregnant bithches or if there could be side effects for her pups? If she has pups again I will prepare her with these treatments in the run up to her season and mating just in case it's a hormonal trigger. Prevention is better than cure I think!

 Re: Herbal Tea Recipe for Calves' Cough

Wed, 25 Feb 15 14:29:49 -0500
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 02/25/2015

Dear Theresa,

Thank you for being so encouraging!

It is always a pleasure to see your positive, caring, and helpful posts for people needing help with their animals. I know that so many have been blessed in many ways by your posts! Thanks for all you do!

~Mama to Many~

 Re: Herbal Tea Recipe for Calves' Cough

Wed, 25 Feb 15 09:48:13 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/25/2015

Hey MTM!

The remedy makes so much sense, and the video is AWESOME!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Low Dose Naltrexone for Cat's Cancer

Wed, 25 Feb 15 01:47:19 -0500
Posted by Windingdown (So Ca, US) on 02/25/2015

[YEA]  Low Dose Naltrexone low low dose of 0.03 per pound call Skips Compounding in FL for exact dosing and ways to find a vet who will prescribe it.. Google it for humans and it does have info about cats and dose on LDN too. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OUR BABIES

 Re: Dog Recovering From Bufo Toad

Wed, 25 Feb 15 01:23:38 -0500
Posted by Cnf (Wilton Manors, Florida) on 02/24/2015

Bufo toads are also out in the mornings so please make sure your animal is closely watched. My 15 pound dog is alive thanks to the quick action of the emergency vet hospital.

 Re: Un-Petroleum Jelly for Hairballs

Wed, 25 Feb 15 01:12:50 -0500
Posted by Meg (Huntington Beach , Ca.) on 02/24/2015

Hi Jan, I've heard Virgin Coconut oil has the hint of smell and taste and the plain coconut oil doesn't.

 Re: What is Best Treatment for Older Cat with Incontinence?

Wed, 25 Feb 15 00:10:29 -0500
Posted by Cate (United Kingdom) on 02/24/2015

Thank you. There are none of the above symptoms, she actually presents as a young cat, quite sprightly during the day. I'll contact them again and ask for a second opinion and suggest Spay incontinence, I will message back soon.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Dosage for Dog With Dribbling Incontinence

Tue, 24 Feb 15 13:12:50 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/24/2015

Hey Hwc!

Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

 Re: Apple Cider Vinegar Dosage for Dog With Dribbling Incontinence

Tue, 24 Feb 15 13:06:42 -0500
Posted by Hwc (Cape Cod) on 02/24/2015

Hello, I have an 18 month old White German Shepherd male that dribbles urine only when sleeping. Generally its not all that much. I was wondering how much ACV should be given to a 75 pound dog and how it is administered. Thank you.

Herbal Tea Recipe for Calves' Cough

Tue, 24 Feb 15 11:48:58 -0500
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 02/24/2015

[YEA]  Hello!

We had two calves that came to the farm rather sickly. They developed a cough and runny nose. They sounded awful! I made them a bucket of herbal tea each day.

Here is the recipe:

Bring 5 quarts of water to boil. Remove from heat.

Add 1/4 cup each of dried leaves of the following:

  • hyssop
  • comfrey
  • mullein

Cover. Let steep (with no extra heat) for 2 hours. Strain out the leaves. Stir in 1/2-3/4 cups of blackstrap molasses. When the tea is warm (a comfortable drinking temperature) but not hot, feed to calves. My calves loved it, in fact, they fought over it.

Here is a video of it:

Calves Fighting over Herbal Tea

The calves "shared" one bucket of tea each day. I did this for about 2 weeks. The best part is that the cough and runny nose did clear up! And the calves and I became friends. :)

~Mama to Many~


 Re: Will ACV Help Miniature Schnauzer with Incontinence?

Tue, 24 Feb 15 11:23:29 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/24/2015

Hey Mich!

ACV certainly might help your girl. Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

I will add that if this were my girl I would also monitor her urine for blood/bring to the vet to be sure the stones have not returned.

Good luck!

Dietary Changes Really Helped My Dog's Allergies

Tue, 24 Feb 15 09:57:51 -0500
Posted by Rhoda (Newfoundland, Canada) on 02/24/2015

Hi, I have a Retriever/Shepherd mix that I adopted at approx. age 1. After a few months, he developed allergies. His scratching would keep us up at night and was very intense. His face would be ripped open, bleeding and raw. His vet practised both both traditional and holistic medicine.

It has taken about 6 months to get under control, but he has gone from 3 reactine tablets (which only eased, didn't eliminate the scratching) to being drug free and scratch free. What changed? I took him of his dog food, and changed to a high grade food called canisource, the Herring Flavor. Most food allergies in dogs result from chicken, beef, grains and dairy. This is why I choose a fish source protein. This food is expensive, but so are trips to the vet. I also mix in boiled vegtables that I mash together. I use sweet potato, carrots, turnip and green beens. I make big boilers and freeze containers.

The vet doctor also suggested that I give him Omega 3 (seal oil) capsules for the inflammation that his allergies cause. His ears and anal glands become inflammed. He gets 3 in his breakfast and 3 in his supper. MOST fruits and vegtables are okay. Stay away from tomatoes, grapes, onions and a couple more..These are simple foods with only one ingredient and allergy friendly. My dog has pineapple for a snack at lunch time and an apple before bed. He is strong, healthly and his coat gleams. I am so glad to have found a way to cure him of his allergies. It didn't happen overnight, it won't and his cells have to regenerate. It took 3-4 months. Now that his allergies are under control, I can introduce one food at a time in small, consistent amounts for a couple of weeks to see if the allergies reappear. I have done so with both chicken which caused pretty much immediate scratching and with beef, that started his scratching after building up in his system after about a week. These were removed from his diet again and he is allergy free again. Next I will try cheese or peanut butter. Hope this helps someone else out there that is struggling to help their furry friend.

 Re: Ted's Mange Remedy For Mites

Tue, 24 Feb 15 09:44:48 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/24/2015

Hey Tina!

Mange is rare in cats; if your cat is an adult who is frequently out doors it is possible your cat has contracted sarcoptic mange, which is transmissible to humans. I urge you to take your cat to a vet for a proper diagnosis as if your cat does indeed have sarcoptic mange you will need to take steps to avoid contracting it yourself.

That said, for the amount of borax, you add enough borax to that it stops dissolving. So for example you would take 1 cup of peroxide, along with 2 cups of water, and then start with 1 cup of borax and gradually stir in the borax into the solution to the point that it stops melting and you find grains swirling around. This is called a 'saturated' solution, where the liquid contains so much borax it can no longer dissolve. When you have a saturated solution you have the proper amount.

 Re: What is Best Treatment for Older Cat with Incontinence?

Tue, 24 Feb 15 09:36:55 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/24/2015

Hey Cate!

It seems peculiar to me that your vet's first 'go to' for a leaky senior lady would be thyroid. That said, unless your vet is very green and still wet behind the ears, *something* has prompted this approach.

Ideally you *would* get a full blood panel, and check thyroid accordingly along with other values: this is just 'good housekeeping' when dealing with a senior. The blood test will reveal if there is an issue with the thyroid - or diabetes. You typically would see overt physical signs for hypothyroid - less common in cats- but your cat would tend to be on the chubby side, act depressed and lethargic, along with the leaking.

Vets are only human, and as such we have to have clear communication in order to be able to trust them and have faith in their diagnosis. If you are not seeing the above signs, I would go back to your vet/ring them up and have them explain their preference for exploring for a rare thyroid issue vs the far more common spay incontinence.

Please report back!

Will ACV Help Miniature Schnauzer with Incontinence?

Tue, 24 Feb 15 09:36:12 -0500
Posted by Mich (Singapore) on 02/24/2015

Hi all, I need help here. My female miniature Schnauzer who has a history of bladder stones before has been leaking urine in her sleep recently. She's neutered by the way.

There was even a drip or two today while she was awake and standing right in front of me. She's 13 years old now and I really wish to find out is there any good and easy natural remedy for her before I decide to send her to a vet (which I don't really prefer).

Is apple cider vinegar able to help? If yes, how much should I give her and how often? And do I mix into any food or drink?

Thank you all in advance. Michelle

 Turmeric Cured My Goat's Eye Infection

Tue, 24 Feb 15 09:19:25 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/24/2015

Thanks, MTM for this awesome report!! I am sure this approach will be helpful to many!

 Re: What is Best Treatment for Older Cat with Incontinence?

Mon, 23 Feb 15 23:21:26 -0500
Posted by Cate (United Kingdom) on 02/23/2015


No my vet wants to go down the root of blood testing for a thyroid problem, but i'd tried to research and it seems that she seems to be showing no other signs of thyroid. She was spay when she was young (as soon as she was able) and now she is 16. I don't want to put her through un-necessary testing.

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