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Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas on Shih Tzu

Wed, 22 Oct 14 09:27:56 -0500

Posted by Marianne (Toronto, Canada) on 10/22/2014

[YEA]  Hello!

I was given your website by an employee of Global Pets here in Toronto Canada. I have a Shih Tzu who has had a terrible summer of scratching due to fleas and allergies. She specifically mentioned using Apple Cider Vinegar to help rid the fleas. I have used it on Max for the first time today, but wanted to contact you to say how happy I am to have found your site! I'm sure I'll be visiting it often as I really don't like to give Max anything that has toxins/chemicals and am always looking for a natural way of curing his ailments.

Thank you so much for the info and don't ever stop what you're doing! Cheers.

Marianne and Max

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 Re: Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas

Wed, 22 Oct 14 09:03:47 -0500

Posted by Marianne (Toronto, Canada) on 10/22/2014

I have been reading some of the posts about using ACV to help rid fleas. my dog is having a really bad time with fleas. I've just sprayed with with a mixture of water and ACV and treated the house but, you say it's not the regular ACV that helps. Can you please tell me what exactly I should get and possibly where I can get it? thanks!

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 Re: ACV & Herbal Remedy For Urinary Troubles

Wed, 22 Oct 14 08:47:47 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/22/2014

Hey Sokka!

Contributor Angela (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) recommended on 05/09/2010 1cc 2 to 3 times a week.

Read about her experience on EC:

http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/cystitis4.html#use

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 Re: How to Combat Feline Immuno-Deficiency Virus

Wed, 22 Oct 14 08:43:23 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/22/2014

A vet visit is in order for a proper diagnosis.

How is infection diagnosed?
Antibody tests detect the presence of antibody in the blood of infected cats.

Positive results

  • Because few, if any, cats ever eliminate infection, the presence of antibody indicates that a cat is infected with FIV. This test can be performed by most veterinary diagnostic laboratories and also is available in kit form for use in veterinary clinics. Since false-positive results may occur, veterinarians recommend that positive results be confirmed using a test with a different format.
  • Infected mother cats transfer FIV antibodies to nursing kittens, so kittens born to infected mothers may receive positive test results for several months after birth. However, few of these kittens actually are or will become infected. To clarify their infection status, kittens younger than six months of age receiving positive results should be retested at 60-day intervals until they are at least six months old.


Negative results

  • A negative test result indicates that antibodies directed against FIV have not been detected, and, in most cases, this implies that the cat is not infected. Nevertheless, it takes eight to 12 weeks after infection (and sometimes even longer) before detectable levels of antibody appear, so if the test is performed during this interval, inaccurate results might be obtained. Therefore, antibody-negative cats with either an unknown or a known exposure to FIV-infected cats-such as through the bite of an unknown cat-should be retested a minimum of 60 days after their most recent exposure in order to allow adequate time for development of antibodies.
  • On very rare occasions, cats in the later stages of FIV infection may test negative because their immune systems are so compromised that they no longer produce detectable levels of antibody.


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are designed to detect short segments of a virus's genetic material. While antibody-based tests are ideal screening tests for infection, in certain situations (such as confirming infection in antibody-positive kittens or determining infection of cats vaccinated with antibody-producing FIV vaccines), PCR-based tests, in theory, would be superior. Although PCR testing methods offer promise and are being actively explored, at this time unacceptable numbers of false-positive and false-negative results prevent them from routinely being recommended.

Source: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/brochure_fiv.cfm

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 Re: Remedies for Cancer in Pets

Wed, 22 Oct 14 07:27:50 -0500

Posted by Regina (Co Clare) on 10/22/2014

I take it this is for cancer cells on the outside only? Is there a way of using it for growths eg under the skin under the eye?

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 Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Wed, 22 Oct 14 07:15:35 -0500

Posted by Michelle (Washington, US) on 10/21/2014

Katie, it is so wonderful and really a miracle to have stumbled on to your blog. My precious cav, Coco has been diagnoised with syringomyelia and we are just heartbroken. Can you please tell me who the vet is you are seeing for the cold laser and chiro treatment? Thank you so much!!!!

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 Re: How to Combat Feline Immuno-Deficiency Virus

Tue, 21 Oct 14 22:47:24 -0500

Posted by Cheri Lundstrom (Usa) on 10/21/2014

How do you know that your cat had FIV?

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 Re: ACV & Herbal Remedy For Urinary Troubles

Tue, 21 Oct 14 18:19:01 -0500

Posted by Sokka (US) on 10/21/2014

We have completed two rounds of meds : Baytril, antispasmodics and pain meds. Diagnosis is cystitis. I would like to use the ACV for preventative and flareups. How much do you administer?

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 Re: Aging Cat Needs to Gain Weight

Tue, 21 Oct 14 14:09:04 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/21/2014

Maybe a good check up by a good vet would be the best done at the earliest. I don't want to worry you, but this could be serious.

Wish you well, Namaste, Om

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 Re: Dog Mange Cure

Tue, 21 Oct 14 14:06:49 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/21/2014

Hi Theresa --- am very happy as it seems them buggars have disappeared. I am so grateful Kleen Green arrived for my pets when I had dire need for it the very next day! May be because I treated the infestation right there and then, with the right thing, who knows. I am cautious, however.

The postage to Canada was more than twice the actual product. Meanwhile I am studying enzyme cleaning products online available in Canada. For cleaning, Kleen Green it is wonderful. I cleaned my keyboard and it is Kleen.

Now I can help my little Maltese to get rid of his mites. For three of my cats I use DE. They are miserable when wet. This year it was not fleas but mites. Even though when I did see a flea, they were huge. Strange happenings.

I will still order Ted's remedy for morgellons online. One never knows. And EC have been so helpful. Wish you and your little crowd all the best.

Namaste, Om

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 Re: Dog Mange Cure

Tue, 21 Oct 14 10:31:55 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/21/2014

Namaste Om!

LOVE the Kleen Green tip!

Thank you!!!

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 Aging Cat Needs to Gain Weight

Tue, 21 Oct 14 10:29:20 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/21/2014

Hey Gabbysue!

Whenever a senior kitty starts to lose weight, a vet visit is in order to determine *why*. Common reasons are; sore mouth/needs a dental cleaning, diabetes, and renal failure.

Can you open Alex's mouth and look inside? Are the teeth covered in tartar and plaque? Are the gums angry red and swollen or bleeding? Are there any sores?

Take a peek in the litterbox - does he urinate more frequently? Is there greater volume with the urine? With clumping litter you will find softball sized clumps of urine indicating he is voiding more than normal.

Cat's with diabetes often have a huge appetite and drink lots of water while still dropping weight; as the disease advances the cat loses his appetite, may vomit frequently and will become very weak. Cat's with renal failure have similar symptoms, the main difference being renal cats typically lose their appetite.

Supporting your cat might mean a dental if a sore mouth is preventing him from eating and thus causing the weight loss. Renal failure and diabetes typically require a blood panel test for diagnosis. If it is diabetes it is treatable with good success. If it is renal failure special diets will help extend Alex's life.

The big picture here is not that Alex needs to gain weight, rather we have to ask *why* is Alex *losing* weight - and for that my only advice is to see the vet for a proper diagnosis.

Aging Cat Needs to Gain Weight

Tue, 21 Oct 14 09:31:58 -0500

Posted by Gabbysue (Haltom City, Texas) on 10/21/2014

I could not find anything on ec for loosing weight, just needing to loose. Anyway, my daughters cat, Alex, was loosing weight slowly. Now it is coming off faster. He is 13 or 14 yrs. He is on Indoor formula dry food with canned tuna for a snack. Any ideas how to get him gaining again ?

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 Re: Canine Mouth Tumor

Mon, 20 Oct 14 21:39:23 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 10/20/2014

Bambu (Berkeley) US---

Please try ESSIAC tea from Essiac West online. It will help greatly and often cure. I and my animals are taking it now. And, your dog will not have the pain. Wishing you all the best.

Namaste, Om

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 Re: Dog Mange Cure

Mon, 20 Oct 14 21:35:58 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/20/2014

Theresa (Michigan) US--- I believe in Ted's remedies but for example, even in summer here in western Canada, one of my dogs caught a cold after such a bath. I gave him Aconite 30C homeopathic as soon as I was aware of it and he did recover immediately. If I lived in a tropical environment., I would use Ted's remedy right away.

In a warm bathroom, small as it may be, I am afraid of fungal spores in that humid environment.

In the US there is an enzymatic cleaning agent which I have recently obtained and used with great results. The effect on the skin is absolutely beautiful, I can attest to it. This product is KLEEN GREEN . It has actually arrested a biting mite infestation on myself. I am using it on my dog right now; it is early to comment further. But with your dog, it could be the answer.

Dawn dishwashing detergent is totally unacceptable for me. You should see my lawn - dead and yellow after shampooing my big dog tied to a tree in the summer. It is the dishwashing liquid that did it, and people are supposed to do their dishes with that poison. I wonder if the grass will ever recover.

Try a good kastile liquid shampoo like the one from Dr. Bronner which I have used for years with good results. I even brush my teeth with it. It is available from health food stores.

Hope this will help. Namaste, Om

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 Re: Dog Mange Cure

Mon, 20 Oct 14 19:30:44 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/20/2014

Hey Teresa!

I know you have tried everything - but have you tried taking your dog to the vet for a diagnosis? You mention you see fleas on your dog when you inspect for them - fleas could certainly be the cause of all of your dog's skin ailments. In addition, the little bumps all over could be a topical bacterial infection such as staph. The last thing I think of when reading your post is mange.

Why don't you start with a simple flea bath? You can use any mild shampoo - baby shampoo from the grocery store is fine, that or even Murphy's Oil soap - the original formula for wood floors. You can use the mange remedy as a flea dip and just keep pouring it over your dog again and again, and this will help eliminate the fleas. Keep your dog in the tub and keep him saturated by pouring the solution over him for at least 20 minutes. I would then towel your dog dry and then give him a good flea brushing to remove any fleas from his coat.

For the mange remedy use hydrogen peroxide [the brown bottle from the grocery store is a 3% solution] dump this into an empty gallon jug and fill the hydrogen peroxide bottle up twice with tap water into the gallon jug; now you have a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Next, add about a cup of borax. You don't need to be exact, but what you DO need to do is make sure that you add SO MUCH borax that it stops dissolving. When you add it and mix it up and you still have undissolved grains of borax swirling around at the bottom it is mixed right.

Another thing I recommend you do is alkalize your dog's drinking water; this will help balance his PH and sooth his skin, as well as make him less appetizing to fleas. Start off with 1 teaspoon of regular baking soda into 1 liter of water - and do that for ONLY 5 days. Then reduce to 1/2 teaspoon for 5 days, and then 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose.

Lastly, you might try setting out a flea trap. Use a white plate or a light colored plastic lid. Mix up a solution of dish soap - 5-6 drops into 1/4 cup of water - and put that on the plate. You will need a small table lamp next. Place the lamp on the floor in your dog's sleeping area, and place the plate with soapy water under the bulb and turn it on and leave it on all night. Check in the morning for black specks. Repeat the next night and the next, and when you clear the dog's sleeping area try using the trap anywhere your dog spends time, and then all throughout the house to make sure you get them all.

Now, after trying the baking soda water and the flea bath and the flea traps, if your dog still is chewing and itching come back, because I have some other ideas, but you need to try the above ideas first, OK?

Canine Mouth Tumor

Mon, 20 Oct 14 17:19:55 -0500

Posted by Bambu (Berkeley, Ca) on 10/20/2014

My mom's beloved manchester terrier mix, Little Buddy, had a growth removed from inside the back of the mouth a month or so ago. It came out cleanly so the vet said but it has returned with a vengeance at twice or more the size. Bud is getting on in years at 15 and went through a grieving process after the passing of my dad almost two years ago. He had been getting much better until this came along. We are looking for anything that will help him and us. Any thoughts about this Tumexal I have been reading about?

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 Re: Dog Mange Cure

Mon, 20 Oct 14 17:09:54 -0500

Posted by Teresa (Michigan) on 10/20/2014

I am going to try this solution on my dog because I have tried everything and nothing has worked.. I switched his dog foods thinking it was allergies, he licks, scratches and bites his skin.. He has lil bumps all over and a few open sores where he scratches so much, and now I have noticed his hair on his back is thinning out really bad.. I have noticed very few fleas when I check him out, but not more then that each time I check, he is mostly a indoor dog.. Going to try to dawn dishliquid soap like recommended for the fleas and havent had much luck with the oatmeal and tea tree oil shampoos, they dont help at all.. Is the dawn ultra escapes ok to use?? After I give him his bath and put this solution on him, it says to let it air dry, but not sure as to where I should put the dog to dry, I dont have a crate.. I could put him in the basement but will it hurt if he tried to lick it out? Plus I dont want him cold from being wet, yeah I baby him to much, lol Oh, do I have to buy the distilled water in the jugs at the store or will regular tap water work?? Hope I asked everything I need to know.. Any help is appreciated.. Thanks

EC: Hi Teresa,

Instructions for Ted's Mange Cure are at the top of this page if you haven't seen them already: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/dog_mange_cure.html

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 Re: Canine Megaesophagus

Mon, 20 Oct 14 12:20:12 -0500

Posted by Jb (Atlanta) on 10/20/2014

Thanks Sandra, I will try the mag gly. I have been using Slippery Elm tea & that has been working well. Occasionally when she starts the panting business, a dose Nux Vomica seems to settle her.

I am feeding 2xs a day & have her sit as I dole out small meatballs rolled in the SE tea. She has been keeping her food down fairly well & is gaining weight. YAY!

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