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 Re: How Can I Treat for Fleas in a Large Yard?

Thu, 22 Jan 15 09:12:18 -0500
Posted by Susan B. (Ct, Usa) on 01/22/2015

Hi Carol, Diatomaceous Earth, which you can buy at garden supply shops and online, is a great remedy to use outside for flea control. You'd need to look up directions on how to apply in the yard for fleas, but I lightly dust for food grade DE on all our pets around their tails and along the spine every few days. It's fabulous flea control remedy.

 Re: How Can I Treat for Fleas in a Large Yard?

Thu, 22 Jan 15 09:10:37 -0500
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 01/22/2015

Spray a solution of white vinegar and water on dogs you will soon get rid of the fleas as they won't be able to feed of the dogs . It works and very cheap but don't spray near dogs eyes.

 Re: Help For Congestive Heart Failure

Thu, 22 Jan 15 00:08:58 -0500
Posted by Katie (Northport, NY) on 01/21/2015

Just an FYI, never stop blood pressure medications cold turkey (e.g., enalapril). I was told that if you do, it can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure. When coming off blood pressure meds, you need to taper off them slowly. It is always best to work with a vet when trying to wean an animal off of meds. (Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of the dangers of stopping the enalapril cold turkey, and as a result my very sick dog wound up in the hospital with flooded lungs.)

Re the magnesium. It seems like your dog is doing well, I don't think I would give it to him. Maybe you should speak to your vet though about giving your dog some fish/krill oil which may help with the blood pressure (and is also anti-inflammatory).

I wish you the very best with Cash. I hope that you and your vet are able to get him off his meds as his heart hopefully improves.

Good luck.

Re: Fermented Cod Liver Oil and High Vitamin Butter Oil for Yeast in Dog

Wed, 21 Jan 15 21:26:37 -0500
Posted by Amy (New York City, Ny) on 01/21/2015

I am currently having some success with a blend of High Vitamin Butter Oil (HVBO) with Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO).

I have a pit bull/rott mix that is 70 lbs and somewhere around 3 years old (she was a rescue so not certain).

From the moment she came to live with me she had an ear infection;which she spread to her eyes, a recurrent vaginal irritation, anal gland issues, and hair loss. With antibiotics we saw temporary relief and then the ear infections would return. I learned that some people saw the above symptoms as evidence of allergies. So I took her off as many starches as I could (she is eating Castor & Pollux dried food made with duck). We cook liver for her, which we prepare with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I also give her 2 tablespoons of yogurt a day. It does make her go with a bit more frequently but it is not a watery go (sorry about that detail).

I am somewhat on the paleo diet (still do carbs occassionally). The diet makes some sense for dogs so no more breads, potatoes, pastas, fruits, corn or sweets for her (we use to give her fruits from time to time--bad I know now). I learned about the HVBO (High Vitamin Butter Oil) and FCLO (Fermented Cod Liver Oil). It is kind of expensive but my dog loves it. I bought it from Radiant Life in gel form plain without cinnamon and stevia (other "flavors" are lemon and carob and have stevia added). It is gross to me but I take it too (much larger dosage for me) and the dog really likes it. I only give her .5 teaspoon and she is getting better slowly--I think. She does not scratch her ears anymore. I will wait for a few more weeks to see if that works for her other symptoms before I bump her up to one full teaspoon. I am keeping close watch on a near bald spot on her head. Amazon also sells the HVBO & FCLO blend Radiant Life sells it the cheapest. Amazon can be as much a $20 more.

I was giving her regular cod liver oil but learned that those synthetic versions that are absorbed into the body as easily as the FCLO--which is more a of a food than a supplement.

Hope this helps others. Will be sure to post an improvement with before and after pics if possible.

Best of luck!

How Can I Treat for Fleas in a Large Yard?

Wed, 21 Jan 15 21:18:57 -0500
Posted by Carol (Morriston, Fl) on 01/21/2015

My two dogs are loaded with fleas; had them on trifecta's and still have fleas. Can I put sulfur granules in my yard? I have 1 acre and a quarter size yard; need something inexpensive and that will work

 Re: What Holistic Remedies Will Help Black Spots on Borgi's Groin?

Wed, 21 Jan 15 18:51:17 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/21/2015

Hey Becky!

My first thought at reading your post was fleas; pulling at the hair at the tail and chewing at the tail are common signs. You might consider a flea bath, or dipping in Ted's Mange remedy to see if you find fleas.

Next to consider is diet; read the label: if you see corn or corn products in the first 5 ingredients you should consider changing to a grain free diet as grain based diets have been linked to skin issues in dogs.

Lastly, I would consider alkalizing his water by adding baking soda, or even cleansing for yeast by adding borax to the water.

Good luck and report back!

 Re: Chihuahua Chokes On and Snorts Food

Wed, 21 Jan 15 18:48:12 -0500
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/21/2015

Hey Asdzaan!

I agree that your dog may be eating too fast - wolfing his food down and getting some into his sinuses. There are ways to slow him down - food cubes where he has to work one piece of kibble out at a time to eat, the muffin pan idea is excellent as well. You might also consider hand feeding him; make him work for each piece of kibble by doing a sit/stay - down/stay - come - heel, etc. Hand feeding each piece of kibble goes a long way at creating a very obedient dog to boot!

What Holistic Remedies Will Help Black Spots on Borgi's Groin?

Wed, 21 Jan 15 17:40:38 -0500
Posted by Becky (Minnesota, US) on 01/21/2015

Our 1 yr old Borgi has tiny to 1/8 inch black spots, some are raised, in his groin area. Frequently bites and chews on his tail, pulling fur out, also bites at his legs and feet. I am now thinking these might all be related. I am wondering if there some holistic remedies to try before going to the vet.

 Chihuahua Chokes On and Snorts Food

Wed, 21 Jan 15 17:35:55 -0500
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 01/21/2015

Azdzaan, it sounds like your dog eats his food too quickly. May I suggest to you to put a little bit of food into each hole of a patty cake pan which will slow him down good luck.

 Re: Protocol to Rid Yeast

Wed, 21 Jan 15 17:35:05 -0500
Posted by Mocha Joy (Nc, USA) on 01/21/2015

Note: Just to clarify. Peroxide should only be given in FOOD GRADE, not the stuff used for boo boos.

 Re: Turmeric for Blood Thinning

Wed, 21 Jan 15 17:33:45 -0500
Posted by Myway (Delaware) on 01/21/2015

Do some research on flaxseed oil for kitty. Flaxseed oil thins my blood after having consumed the budwig protocol (to control skin problems). Use a dropper but, I personally would just add a couple drops a day on her paw and let her lick it to see if she can consume it. Cats and dogs can be given flaxseed oil daily with no problems. Just research the amount based on your cats weight. This should help tremendously.



 Re: Seeking Remedies for Cluster Seizures in Dog

Wed, 21 Jan 15 17:32:14 -0500
Posted by Phyllis (Tuscumbia, Alabama) on 01/21/2015

Hello Navya

I have two Boston Terriers who have seizures and I refuse to give my dogs phenobarbital, so here's what I giving them;

Doc Ackerman's Epilepsy Seizure Formula, 100 mg magnesium (as citrate and malate) 1/8 teaspoon taurine powder, 1/8 teaspoon chlorella powder and 1/4 teaspoon liquid B vitamin complex. At night I give my girl a few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy, my boy doesn't seem to need the BRR. I haven't had them on this for long but we've just made it through the first new moon seizure free in quite some time. Nor have they had any of the occasional between moon phase seizures they sometimes have.

 Re: What Supplements Can Help My Dog With Enlarged Liver?

Wed, 21 Jan 15 17:31:57 -0500
Posted by Phyllis (Tuscumbia, Alabama) on 01/21/2015

Hello Cara,

Velvet needs milk thistle which protects the liver and has been shown to repair and rejuvenate the liver. I don't know what you feed her but make sure it's grain, corn, wheat and soy free. It wouldn't hurt and most likely would help to give her ACV too. Aloe juice heals inside as well as outside, make sure you don't give her a very large amount as it can cause diarrhea.

 Re: Dog with Suspected Pyometra

Wed, 21 Jan 15 11:41:34 -0500
Posted by Maria (Sturgis, MI) on 01/21/2015

[WARNING!]  My dog is in surgery at the moment for this. She got sick and our vet was on vacation. I took her to another vet 4 times over 3 weeks and they never caught it. I was using colloidal silver, coconut oil, and giving her some raw garlic mixed in with her food. We had to hand feed her. The day my vet arrived back he saw her and knew right off what she had. She did need antibotics and this is quite serious. My vet actually yelled at me about being negligent until I pulled out vet receipts for the other vet. The is quite serious and absolutely requires surgery. Antibotics can heal the infection until she is able to have surgery. I had to keep my dog on antibotics for 18 days with the vet seeing her 2 more times during that time until she was able to go in for her surgery.

 Re: Help For Congestive Heart Failure

Wed, 21 Jan 15 11:22:57 -0500
Posted by Elle (Manila, Philippines) on 01/21/2015

Hi again Katie,

I ordered the Vetri-Science it arrives here on Friday. Cardio-plus and canine whole body support sellers don't ship here to Manila so I have asked a friend if she can ship them to me asap.

Thank you for the info on krill oil and magnesium. I went to the health food store but they had so many different options and I wasn't sure what to get. With the dosage info I'll return tomorrow.

So far Cash (he's a super cute white pekingese) hasn't suffered any bad side effects from the lasix or enaparil. The lasix he is meant to take for 8 days and the enaparil 15 days. It's day 2 of the meds and he's eating normally and has been his happy self. When I get the magnesium tomorrow should I stop or cut down on the enaparil? I was scared he might get worse if I don't give it to him and he hasn't shown any side effects symptoms. He is due for another X-ray in 2 weeks and the vet said to bring him in anytime if he has any problems. So far so good though. Looking forward to getting him off the meds.

 Re: Diatomaceous Earth for Fleas

Wed, 21 Jan 15 11:18:58 -0500
Posted by Wendy (Alabama, US) on 01/21/2015

The Diatomaceous Earth. cuts them and dries them as well as the salt dries them.

Chihuahua Chokes On and Snorts Food

Wed, 21 Jan 15 11:14:51 -0500
Posted by Asdzaan (Tempe, AZ) on 01/21/2015

I adopted my 7+ years old chihuahua (chiweenie?) Brutus after finding him abandoned in an open field. His nails were trimmed and fairly clean overall so he was not in the field for very long. He was not neutered so he may have been used for reproductive purposes.

The problem is his tendency to eat/attack his meals with so much gusto that he makes snorting noises and often chokes on his food. The food goes up his nose and he blows or spits it out once or twice. Afterwards he often makes long and loud snorts in and out as if food is stuck up his nostrils, then he flicks/lick his nose area and his bedding until there is a huge wet spot. He acts panicky and I try to massage his nose outwardly hoping to help dislodge the food. Is there anything I can do to help him? Could I use a baby's bulb syringe?

Turmeric for Blood Thinning

Wed, 21 Jan 15 00:49:42 -0500
Posted by Laurie Mcg (San Diego) on 01/20/2015

Turmeric for blood thinning: I'm considering giving my cat turmeric because of his heart murmur. I know aspirin can be toxic to their liver as they cannot process it properly. I cannot afford a heart specialist and heart medicine. What do you think? I had a cat several years ago with a murmur and she died too young - I assume hyoertrophic cardiomyopathy. I want to do all I can for this kitty!

 Re: Seizures in Dogs

Wed, 21 Jan 15 00:44:27 -0500
Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 01/21/2015

Hello, please see the posts on the Earth Clinic pet epilepsy page about how people changed their dogs' water source from tap water to filtered water and the dogs had no more seizures.

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