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 Re: Fleas in Cats

Wed, 27 Aug 14 08:49:10 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/27/2014

Hey Wandergirl!

Om gave you some very excellent advice, and your flea combing protocol is just what I would have ordered, so I will only add that you may wish to use a flea trap in the environment as well. You will need a desk type lamp, a very shallow tray or dinner plate that is white colored, and some dish soap. Set the lamp on the floor in any room you suspect is infested with the fleas. Set the dish down and fill with soapy water. Leave the light on all night long, and then in the morning take a peek at what you have caught. This is an easy, inexpensive and green way to rapidly remove fleas from your home. It may take 2-3 days, or rotating the trap through various rooms until you trap them all, but it works.

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Healing Crisis?

Wed, 27 Aug 14 08:44:55 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/27/2014

Hey Lexi!

What you are describing sounds like normal pigmentation for a pied -and sounds like you have a very pretty black masked fawn pied. In dogs where the skin turns dark from allergy, they are typically much older and have a history of allergy. I find with frenchies that the first year - demodex aside - tends to be fairly problem free, but the second season hits with a vengeance, and any allergies that did not appear in the first year manifest during the second.

One other thing you can do that may help/help a lot/certainly won't hurt - is alkalizing by adding baking soda to her water. There are two doses - 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of water, this as her only drinking water, for 5 days; the maintenance dose is 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 liter of water. When I notice that my pack of frenchies are starting to get the seasonal itchies, I do the crisis dose for a week, then drop down to the maintenance dose for another few weeks. I also take this myself while I treat the dogs ;-) So, this may help with the current demodex situation by balancing your dog's PH and thus making her less attractive to the demodex mites.

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 Re: Killing Fleas on Dogs

Wed, 27 Aug 14 08:15:51 -0500

Posted by Linda (Indiana, US) on 08/27/2014

what the heck is ACV. PLEASE USE WORDS.

EC: ACV is Apple Cider Vinegar

http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/acvinegar.html

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 Re: Cat's Ear Mites

Wed, 27 Aug 14 07:49:01 -0500

Posted by Kim (NC, US) on 08/27/2014

Susan, Sometimes when cats have flea allergies called flea dermatitis, they can lose their fur that leaves a bald spot. My cat experiences this every summer, so I always get flea medication such as Frontline or Revolution to stop the allergy. The hair grows back normally once you kill all the fleas....

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 Re: Treating Animal's Heart Problems

Tue, 26 Aug 14 23:29:20 -0500

Posted by Aurora5 (Los Angeles) on 08/26/2014

To: Andrea C in Wales - What in the world are you feeding your dog that has allowed him to be 27 years old and still acting like a puppy? I'm desperate to learn!!!

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 Re: Fleas in Cats

Tue, 26 Aug 14 19:57:13 -0500

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/26/2014

Dear Wanda, nice to know you have such a caring attitude towards your cats.

Having had lots of rescues over the years, I have not resorted to chemical means, knowing they are poisoning the blood and host. I always combed them. A big plus is having no rugs.

I use borax a lot to clean floors. Also, in the summer time, they get a sleeping mat only at night if it is cooler. I have combed them daily and when there was an invasion that year, more often. If given ACV over their food, they did not mind and their coats are good. The presence of ACV in the blood makes it unpalatable for fleas. The little one will, over time, raise the immune system with your good care. I find it also very good to add water kefir to their food once a day to counter parasites even though that has to be addressed twice a year IMO . You seem to be holistic inclined enough to do a good job without harming their immune system.

This year is the first year without fleas where I live. What a joy. Love, Om

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Healing Crisis?

Tue, 26 Aug 14 17:48:20 -0500

Posted by June Bug (Alaska) on 08/26/2014

Thanks again for getting back! I just applied the mixture you supplied and we'll see if that helps!

She is mostly red, but has a black mask, but striped with white on her face, white chest, white belly and a few white spots on the top of her neck Everything else is red, except the slight black mask on her muzzle and ears.

She does have varying skin colors where she's hairless on her belly and it ranges from white to dark purplish. The infected spots that are turning color were first much more white and now are turning the purple color like what's on her belly. And they're turning darker on both the red and white parts of her body....hmmmmm, so after reading about black mange or hyperpigmentation being a bad sign, it got me worried that maybe this natural remedy isn't working! But her skin is flaking away where old bumps used to be, which to me is good!

I know beating this is a patient game and I'm just not that patient. :)

Thanks again,

Lexi (& June Bug)

Re: Fleas in Cats

Tue, 26 Aug 14 16:33:08 -0500

Posted by Wandergirl (West Hartford, Ct) on 08/26/2014

We have 2 cats, older one for 2 years and goes outside on lease daily & never had fleas. Got a cute, little 2nd kitten and have had for almost a month and has fleas, think he had them when he came but I wasn't thinking clearly. I saw little speaks on him and just thought dirt but now think it came from fleas. Needless to say they both have some now but little one has the most.

I try to treat my family and my cats in a holistic way, mainly relying on homeopathy and home remedies. Right now trying apple cider vinegar on their coat, using flea comb. Using coconut oil on their coat, added nutritional yeast to their food.

My question is does anyone know that if cats lick off all the apple cider vinegar off them will that affect their PH. I read somewhere it does so a little concerned.

Any knowledge/help on this matter is much appreciated. Wanda

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 Re: Hot Spot Treatment for Dogs

Tue, 26 Aug 14 11:13:15 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/26/2014

Hey Tate!

The original poster swabbed the spots 4 times a day. Try starting with that, and keep it up until you see the skin heal over.

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 Re: Hot Spot Treatment for Dogs

Tue, 26 Aug 14 10:09:44 -0500

Posted by Tate (Flint, MI) on 08/26/2014

How many days is the hot spot treatment and how often for maintenance? He does not have deep oozing wounds though.

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Healing Crisis?

Tue, 26 Aug 14 08:26:41 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/26/2014

Hey Lexi!

The darkening of the skin could be part of the normal pigmentation process that occurs as your pup matures and not related to the demodex at all - or it might be allergy related. What color is your pup?

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 Re: Question on How to Use Turmeric for Dogs

Tue, 26 Aug 14 00:06:46 -0500

Posted by Emmy (GA, US) on 08/25/2014

Glad to hear it works so well! I was wondering the amount you are using. Thanks

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 Re: Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Healing Crisis?

Mon, 25 Aug 14 19:27:58 -0500

Posted by June Bug (Alaska) on 08/25/2014

Thanks, Theresa! I will try that other mixture as well...

So do you think the darkening of her skin is also a normal reaction during the die-off, healing crisis?

Thanks again,

Lexi

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 Re: Cat's Ear Mites

Mon, 25 Aug 14 18:32:23 -0500

Posted by Shala (Ontario) on 08/25/2014

My main coon was losing fur in spots and he had a bladder infection and a cheap diet. Some anti biotics and good food and he was all Better! Good luck

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 Re: Coconut Oil for Hip Dysplasia

Mon, 25 Aug 14 14:21:29 -0500

Posted by Jennifer (Texas, US) on 08/25/2014

I only gave her 5 Tbsp the day she was lying on floor unable to stand, I had to bring her water bowl to her and she was barely eating. I stayed by her side all day carrying her in and out to potty and to catch some rays and she is not a little dog. We were doing 2-3 Tbsp a day but now it's every other day. And now she doesn't see it as a treat anymore. I have to find clever ways to incorporate into her meals, But I'm happy to report that things are almost back to normal. I just started including 1 tsp of Tumeric to her dry food to help with arthritis.

Thanks for your concern, Jennifer

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 Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Healing Crisis?

Mon, 25 Aug 14 09:29:25 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/25/2014

Hey Lexi!

IMHO what you are seeing is normal. When the mites experience a massive die-off, their decomposing bodies that are deep in the follicle release highly irritating toxins, resulting in the pustules that you are seeing.

You might consider using Ted's Anti-staph/Anti-fungal remedy to stack the deck against a secondary infection to the traumatized areas.

Take 1/3 cup of hydrogen peroxide [the bottle contains a 3% solution] and add 2/3 cup pure water; this gives you 1 cup of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. To this add 1 teaspoon EACH of: Epsom salts, Borax, and Milk of Magnesia. Blend well until all crystals have dissolved and apply to the affected areas. This has a 'working' effect for 24 hours; you can apply daily or as needed.

Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Healing Crisis?

Sun, 24 Aug 14 18:01:34 -0500

Posted by June Bug (Alaska) on 08/24/2014

Hi there,

So our 5 month old French Bulldog puppy got diagnosed after a scraping with demodex, and it is generalized. We have about 6 1-2 inch spots on her trunk, in front of both ears, middle of face, a big patch on back leg, large patches on front chest with consistent red bumps and pustules.

After all of my research and wanting to give her immune system the best chance at battling it off before using chemicals, I have put her on an great diet (no starches, grain free NutriSource), Nupro supplement, alaska fish oils, and more probiotics with a teaspoon of melted coconut oil on top.

I started doing the Ted's remedy baths exactly a week ago and have have done it three times this first week. I am hoping what I describe is a part of the healing crisis and would appreciate any insight:

So her spots started bald and after doing Ted's remedy once or twice, big red bumps and pus bumps/pustules started popping up in the bald spots only. In between Ted's treatments, I clean with povidone iodine twice a day and have mixed my own neem, lavender, tea tree oil in almond and vita E oil that I put on her at night.

So after a week, the red bumps are on all the previously smooth bald spots and open up, or turn pussy, but they are drying out even though they keep popping up.

I am assuming this is the onion/layer/healing crisis since demodex is so deep in the follicles and takes time to kill at the deepest source. And her skin is turning a darker color (almost purple). Is this normal to expect during the healing crisis? I know treatment of mange takes a while, but it's killing me to see her with so many red bumps/pustules.

Her energy levels are great, she plays/wrestles with our other dogs, eats well and is happy - no change in energy.

Any insight or experience with something similar would be great to hear - or if it sounds like I should take her in and give in to the chemicals (I DON'T want to do this since she's so young).

Thank you!

Lexi

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 Re: Flea Meds No Longer Working... Please Help!

Sun, 24 Aug 14 12:49:05 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/24/2014

Hey Teri!

I am curious as to what your $600+ vet bill bought you - could you share? And is your dog an indoor or outdoor dog? If she is an outdoor dog please consider bringing her indoors as this will greatly reduce the opportunity for her to be bit by so many insects. If she is an indoor dog and still flea infested, please consider using a flea trap to reduce your indoor population of fleas.

While the fleas may have bitten your dog on the legs, it is not a typical place for fleas to feed; think root of the tail, or around the neck. I wonder if your dog doesn't have a staph infection on her legs; you might try Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph rinse for her to see if that brings her relief. You might also consider alkalizing for her; this helps balance her PH making her less appetizing to fleas and other biting insects. You can start off with a crisis dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have this be her only drinking water for 5 days; after that drop the dose down to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into a liter of water as a maintenance dose.

Good luck and please report back!

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 Re: Castor Oil for Tumors

Sun, 24 Aug 14 09:08:57 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/24/2014

Hey Bigwoods!

Others with more experience should chime in, as I have only started working with Castor Oil.

I found castor oil at Walgreens, for about $6.00 for maybe 8 ounces.

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