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Natural Cures for Dogs and Cats with Allergies

Last Modified on Feb 03, 2016

Itchy nose? Watery eyes? Rashy skin? And, no, we don’t mean symptoms that you are having. While it may seem surprising, your pet can also experience allergy issues that may seem quite common to some that you have experienced. The good news is that your pet’s allergies are typically just as easy to treat as your allergies. From the most common to some of the more unusual, your pet’s allergies can typically be treated using natural cures, such as acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil.

What Types of Allergies Are Common in Pets?

The two most common forms of allergies that your pet may experience are food allergies and environmental allergies. As a general rule of thumb, seasonal allergies are situated within the “environmental” category of allergies.

Allergies of any type are an overreaction of the immune system, in which the immune system identifies the allergen as a foreign substance that it must eliminate. As the animal’s body tries to fight this substance, the reactions in the form of allergy symptoms occur.

Several different types of pet allergies are relatively common including dust mite sensitivity and sensitivity to chemicals such as latex or aerosol. Nonetheless, the absolutely most common allergies that may be affecting your pet are environmental allergies that include ragweed, grass, pollen, mold, and trees.

What Kind of Symptoms Will My Pet Exhibit If It Has Allergies?

Much like you experience allergy symptoms, animals do too. The symptoms your pet exhibits may vary depending on the specific allergy it has, but generally animal allergy symptoms are relatively common. Some of the symptoms that your pet may exhibit include inflammation in the sinuses or airways, coughing, excess mucus, nasal discharge, runny eyes, swollen eyes, redness in the paws or belly, and itching and scratching. Bowel issues are also common in relation to environmental allergies and may include issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

What Are the Best Natural Cures for My Pet’s Allergies?

Catching your pet’s allergic response early on is one of the most important steps to fighting allergies. In some cases, you may notice symptoms of allergies in your pet before it develops to a systemic response, which allows you to begin treating immediately and avoid additional vet visits. However, if you pet is red, itchy, and swollen, you should probably head to the vet with the animal to get a more thorough diagnosis. In any event, though, natural cures are helpful supports for safely and effectively alleviating allergy issues in pets. Consider trying acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil to treat your pet’s allergy symptoms.

1. Acidophilus

Acidophilus is a form of good bacteria that helps balance the body’s immune system. When the natural bacteria is “in check” in the gastrointestinal tract, your pet’s immune system functions more optimally. You can find acidophilus in the form of a dietary supplement and even in yogurt or food forms for your pet.

2. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil has active anti-inflammatory and anti-itch compounds. You can apply primrose oil to you animal’s skin to treat dry or itchy skin issues. Likewise, giving your pet evening primrose oil by mouth helps calm allergies and boost the immune system.

3. Omega-3 Fats

Omega-3 fatty acids are more balanced, complex fats than other forms. These supplements help decrease inflammation and relieve allergic responses throughout the body. Omega-3s are especially helpful for treating seasonal allergies. Consider using krill, salmon, or tuna oil as a dietary supplement or topical application for your pet.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another complex fat. This blend contains lauric acid, which actually helps fight the production of yeast, a common inflammatory component. Coconut oil also helps decrease inflammation and can be used internally and externally for treating your pet’s allergy issues.

Try one of these treatment options, or keep reading to learn more about treating your pet’s allergies naturally.

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Below you will find user submitted natural remedies for pets with allergies. Our most popular treatment for allergies in humans, apple cider vinegar, is also very effective in our pets. Many users have also suggested dietary changes for your cat or dog; food allergies to certain brands are quite common. We are interested in what you use to combat your pets' allergies, so let us know if you try any home remedies you find here; if you know of a natural cure we don't have listed, please let us know about it!

When writing Earth Clinic about a dog skin allergy or cat skin allergy, please include the brand name of the food you are feeding him/her! We'd like to start pegging the brands that may be causing these issues.

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Remedies for Skin Allergies

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Allergy Remedies12013-09-02
Apple Cider Vinegar282015-10-27
Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt22011-04-16
Apple Cider Vinegar, Flax Seed Oil12009-11-23
Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Garlic12008-08-22
Borax, Better Diet, Colloidal Silver12008-05-10
Brewer's Yeast in Dog Food Can Cause Problems12008-03-31
Cortisone Shots12013-06-17
Dietary Changes102015-10-09
Dietary Changes, ACV12014-11-12
Digestive Enzymes12009-07-26
Fish Oil12009-08-16
Fish Oils and Vegetables12009-06-07
Flax Seed Oil12007-03-10
General Feedback22014-10-12
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned12008-11-03
Goji Berries12009-06-10
Grain-Free Dog Food, Apple Cider Vinegar, Listerine12009-02-04
Hydrogen Peroxide12007-06-11
Lemon Balm Ointment12009-06-07
Meat Tenderizer12007-01-08
Multiple Remedies62013-08-18
Nasal Discharge12009-04-10
Neem Oil, Olive or Coconut Oil, Goldenseal, ACV12008-04-05
Neem Seed Oil - Promising Remedy!12008-02-24
New Diet, Fish Oil12009-10-06
Omega 3 Alternatives12014-04-28
Omega 3 and Apple Cider Vinegar52007-11-19
Omega 3 Salmon Oil12008-08-14
Pet Dandruff Remedies Needed12009-03-22
Raw Egg in Food, Coconut Oil on Belly12008-03-10
Raw Food Diet42011-10-28
Side Effects22014-09-23
Tea Tree Oil12009-04-06
Ted's Mange Remedies22013-03-30
Vegetable Oil22011-12-19
Vitamin D Sun Baths12007-08-18
Yogurt, Acidophilus, Vitamin A12009-11-27

13 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Lynne (Belleview, Fl) on 07/02/2009

Can someone tell me what the correct doseage would be of asodopholus for a 4lb 9oz Yorkie?

Replied by Lisa
Vancouver, Wa

Not sure but I have 25 lb. Shih Tzu's & I give them 1/4 to 1/3 of a tablet of "1 Billion Organisms per caplet at time of manufacture" Acidophilus Dietary Supplement.

I guesstimated the dosage based on other internet stuff I read on what people gave their dogs. It's good to help the healthy bacteria in the gut flourish & fight yeast infections... like my dog gets in his ear.

I was putting it in cheese, but I think I will switch to those "pill pockets" or peanut butter cuz of my dog's constant ear infection... I think from the dairy he gets now--I've been putting his meds in string cheese.

Hopefully it will help someone...

Replied by Heidi
Washburn, Wi

Hello everyone,

There are a few general food companies I would recommend. First, cats and dogs should be eating wet food, not dry. The food should be holistic, human-grade and meat based too. I recommend Evo, Innova and Wellness. All lines have grain free, meat based and age related formulas.

If your cat has severe crystals or UTI problems, I recommend Wysong Uretic, which is specifically for urinary tract and crystal formation support.

Replied by Kim
Atlanta, Ga

My dog is a 4yr old husky and pit mix has a very bad scratching problem. He does not have fleas nor ticks. We pay good money to prevent that. But the thing with his scratching is that as soon as I let him outside to take care of business before he takes care of business he will drag his stomach all across the grass. Sometimes he does this from the front of the yard to the back of the yard. It can be a bit much for me to watch him go through this. He has scratched so much he does have a few abrasions and hot spots. So I hoping the ACV remedy will help. At one pet the vet gave me some meds to an extent they were helping but not enough in my eyes. I dont want him to be on meds the rest of his life either. Well I really do appreciate earth clinic for there chat boards. I hope this will help my dog.
Replied by Misschris
Nolanville, Tx

I don't know what you feed your beloved pet, but I venture to say that his diet is most likely the cause of his issues. The following links can provide some insight. At the first link, download the Rex Healthy foods happy dogs (or all of them as I have). Veeeery interesting [EC: Link/website no longer exists]. Gets down to the nitty gritty-valuable information.

Replied by Lily
Melbourne, Australia, Vic

I have a dog that's been scratching almost obsessively since he was a puppy and after 2 years of wearing a cone, we narrowed down the possibilities from diet, exercise, anything the vet could think of.

We have gone through maybe 4 vets and so much medication and it's not right for anyone to be taking so much medication because of liver or kidney damage in the long term.

We did an allergens test to detect ALL the possible allergens our dog was prone to and found out he was allergic to pollen, the poor thing.

So it's worth talking to a good vet and really monitoring your pet. We now give our dog evening primrose oil about 3 times a week and it has helped tremendously. There were other treatments such as injecting him with vaccination everyday for a year but we didn't find that too humane.

Good luck and I hope you find a solution :)

Replied by Darcy
Hemet, California

Look up Grape Seed extract and you will find that it is a good for allergies, also diet plays a big part in illness.
Replied by Kellie
Macon, Georgia

Can you tell me more about the primrose oil? How do you give it to your dog, I have a shitz about 6yrs and has terrible skin problems and stinks, spent thousands at vets and meds.....

I feel so bad for her all my vets think it's allergy. They have had the allergy test, mine is pollen, grass, certain grass and trees. I think its more.

Any info is worth thanks.

Replied by Gloria
Ormond Beach, Fl

How much Evening Primrose oil for an 8 pound Yorkie? Can I put it on the itchy spot as well as in her food?
Replied by Aurelia
Ormond Beach, Fl

[YEA]   Why didn't I get an answer about how much evening primrose oil? For pet allergies?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Aurelia!

I don't see where you posed this question. I see that a Gloria posed the question 6 months ago and then apparently did not pursue the topic further. Now if you are Gloria and changed your name to Aurelia, the reason why the question was not answered 6 months ago is likely because the person to whom you posed the question posted their reply nearly two years ago and apparently has not checked back for replies since.

Now, if you, Aurelia, are actually Gloria and have an 8 pound Yorkie with skin allergies and are looking to see how much evening primrose oil to give to your pet, you can try 1 capsule 2-3 times a day with food.

My computer is glitching up right now and my internet is about to konk out, else I would do this search for you - but you can search the site for Ted's replies in the allergy and mange sections as he does mention use of evening primrose for dry skin.

Good luck!

Replied by Don
Ormond Beach

We have a 60 pound golden puppy...scratching like much primrose oil for his size??
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Don!

For a dog that size I would start off with the human dosage as indicated on the bottle.

Allergy Remedies  

Posted by Alison (Toronto, Canada) on 09/02/2013

Hi. I take in rescues, rehabilitate them and rehome them to a loving home. Raven came to us last year, but was a mess (giardia, bladder infection, severe hair loss, sores all over his body, ear infection, 15 pounds underweight, diarrhea, etc, continued kenneling, allergies) & had been through a lot, so he stayed with us. We've had him for one year and cushing's has been a question. He is 9 years and 4mths. I am feeding him a no grain dog food, (potato & turkey), dasuquin (for athritis??), salmon oil, slippery elm powder. I give him Bach Flower remedies. Also, chamomile tea when need be. Last year in July, when I got him, I had his rabies vaccinations and started him on Revolution. In August, his allergies really started up. He couldn't go outside, the pollen, hayfever and goldenrod through him for a loop. Also, I wondered if the rabies vaccines & revolution were bothering him. It all made so much sense. But, living where we do, there are a lot of mosquitos and if I don't give him revolution, there is a chance of heartworm. Now, it's a year later and he's suffering again. He does itch a lot, (I bathe him with a nice african oatmeal item), I wash his laundry in non fragnant no chemical biodegradable soap or just baking soda or vinegar. Can anyone suggest an alternative to the Revolution and the Rabies? I really think that these are causing him problems and a lot of vets don't believe in holistic. Thank you so much. I really appreciate anyone and everyone's help. Raven is really a great guy, wonderful gentle soul and even through his horrific suffering, he wags his tail, gives kisses and is the most wonderful loving guy. I want to do what is best for him. The vet that we have is very good, but there is some controversy regarding the holistic treatment for rabies/revolution treatment.

With gratitude and in kindness,


Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

You may be able to get a waiver from your vet for the rabies vaccination - that or make sure you get the 3 year instead of the annual. For heartworm try the daily oral tablet you may wish to consider Nemacide/Decacide [diethylcarbamazine aka DEC] - this only after a negative heatworm test. It's sure been a rough year for allergies :(
Replied by Lynn
Reno Nv

I have read that yew would help after vaccination but I found that out too late to use it on my dog. I adopted her when she was 8 so she probably had been given shots many times since our Animal Control requires them for licensing. But instead of rabies shots, I had titers done and her numbers were so high that Animal Control waived her rabies shots for the rest of her life. Titers were expensive but worth it to me, because she has terrible itching.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

Posted by Lola (Australia ) on 10/27/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Ok, so my poor pooch has terrible allergies, which we have been trying to solve for the last 3 years. With constant visits to the vet for allergy shots, steroids and anti bacterial tablets, nothing has worked. The steroids have made her lethargic and constantly hungry and thirsty, and I really don't want to continue with them as I see no improvement. I have recently found this site, so as a last resort, and from much research on the subject, I have decided to try an holistic approach, to help my poor girl.

I have changed her diet, to totally grain free, making my own dog food, with fresh meat and vegetables, small amounts of turmeric and garlic. I have read it can be quite common for dogs to have an allergy to chicken, so my plan is to try only beef for one week, then only lamb for one week and so on, to see if she improves on a certain diet and then stick to that one. I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on that?

I give her some yogart every day which she loves. Also a bath in ACV, and non scented baby bath, which seems to stop her itching her feet, which is a terrible problem, she bites them constantly, and they are very red and sore, most of the time. I have tried the ear wash of ACV, she hates it, but after a few minutes, she seems to calm down, and I have found it helps.

I really feel she is improving, but we still have a long way to go, to getting her 100 percent.

I will let you know how she goes.

Replied by Michael
Timmins, Ontario, Canada

Hi Lola. I have a shih tzu/schnauzer mix and went through the biting of feet and scratching and everything else. I tried using Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo that is a selenium sulfide solution that is found in the pharmacy. I would lather him up and leave on for a couple minutes before rinsing and after a few times it really made a difference. I would also lather up his feet more often and then rinse them off. I also changed his dog food to a single ingredient blend of duck and Bartlet pear and alternating after a month to lamb and apple. The blend available to us in Canada is made by Orijen and it is under their Acana label. I find when looking for dog food it is wise to look for one with the least ingredients and keep chicken or chicken by products and wheat and soy out of it as they can be allergy producers. Hope this helps. Mike

Posted by Tina (N. Olmsted, Ohio) on 11/05/2013

Our 3 1/2 yr. old lab has allergies. She is on a shot once a week, cyclosporine 25mg. 3x a day and 100 mg. of ketconazole a day. After reading... we want to get her off of the ketoconazole, don't like what I read.

My dad is 91 and has been a faithful user of apple cider vinegar all his life, along with tons of garlic. I will check with my vet first, but do you think if we stop the "Keto" and started the vinegar, it would take it's place? We worry about liver damage and reading about the "Keto" it is not even fda approved for dogs.

The cyclosporine seems to be a litlkle more safer.

Thank you, Tina

P.S. She was tested and allergic to dust mite, weeds, and grass. and to top it off is an outside dog

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Tina!

What, exactly, is your lab suffering from? Skin breakouts? Gunky ears? Feet chewing?

So she is on three meds currently?

What are the weekly shots? Cortizone/steroid shots or ??

What is her current diet? When did her allergies start? What is her vaccination history?

Please give this info to start.


Replied by Kathy

I see you mentioned cyclosporine.Well that didn't help much and was expensive. Apaquil is new and helps however isnt a cure. It is the best so far tho and cheaper. It is fairly new and vets all love it. It leaves the body thru their kidneys.

Altho one of my dogs is on Apaquil I am going to try some of these ideas you all posted!

Replied by Maria

Have you tried Calcium Montmorillonite? I was about to put my 19 year old cat to sleep because his IBD was so bad. He had bloody diarrhea, allergies and used to walk like he was in pain from old age. First the vet tried B12 injections and at the same time I begun giving him 1/2 teaspoon of the clay twice a day and he better then before he got sick. he is full of energy, acts like a kitten. I forgot to mention that he was on steroids too for three days so if he can make a comeback so can yours.

I am using clay from this website.

good luck.

Posted by Kathy (Covington, Virginia) on 08/30/2010

I am having a terrible time with my cocker mixed. She is eleven yrs. old and has developed a skin problem in the last year. Her Vet. says it is allergies and skin infection from that. She has been given antibiotics and prednesone. This helped but it comes back. Heat makes it worse so she does not go outside for any length of time. She has lumps, black skin, sores, itching, scaling and panting. She also lost her hearing suddenly. She is my best friend and I need to help her. I have tried the ACV and now am shampooing with anti-fungal. Also changed her diet to grain free. I put cream on her skin to help with itching. I think she has yeast.

Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms

MY yorkie had the same thing I changed his diet which helped, but the thing that helped the most was one teaspoon of organic coconut oil once a day in his food. It got rid of yeast and bumps on his belly(pyroderma) the black skin is going away. You can also rub it on the skin. I also use dermagic lotion and shampoo.
Replied by Mari
Los Gatos, Ca

Gina my yorkie has the same problem shes very itchy and her skin is turning black from how bad it is I feel so bad for her what kind of food did you change your dog to and where can I get coconut oil?
Replied by Kerryann
Bogangar, Nsw

Try some Conifer Green Needle Complex. Mix one capsule in 1 desert spoon of omega oil and apply to lesions, plus let you dog have about a teaspoon of the mixture to lick off your fingers. The Conifer Complex kills yeasts, bacteria of all kinds, including Staphlococcus Aureus, which causes the infection. It also builds the immune system and helps with allergies. I have used one capsule twice daily and found hot spots and infection clears in 2-3 days. Make sure you bathe the area in warm water and hibiclens or phisohex or detol, before each application. Also, pat dry the areas before applying the oil mix.
Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms

Mari, sorry it took me so long I dont read the site everyday. After the recall I started making my own food. I have two yorkies so you might not make as much. Boil four chicken thighs, take the meat and skin off the bone and chop it up. Boil white rice in broth from chicken. Mix this all together with two tablespoons of pumpkin(not pie mix). Put in fridg. Before I feed them I put 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in each bowl with about two tablespoons of food. Microwave this for about 20 secs. I feed them twice a day the same way. The only other food they get is raw baby carrots and organic apples for treats. I give them a pettab once a day. I use Tree of Life Kosher organic expeller pressed coconut oil. I get it at the health food store but I looked it up and you can get it at I also use Mal-a-Kit shampoo at You can rub the cocounut oil on the yeast and this will help till its gone you can also give your baby benedryl. Thats all I can think of right now if you have any more questions let me know I will try and check the site more often. Good luck
Replied by Leann
Lake Bluff, I, Usa

Kerryann, Where did you get the Conifer Green Needle Complex from? I am interested in knowing a reputable source since my dog is suffering from repeated issues with allergies, skin issues and staph infections. We have tried multiple remedies and changing to grain-free diet and testing multiple protein sources to see if it is food related. We (the vet) now think it is a airborne or contact source (dust, etc. ) Thanks for your help!
Replied by Annette
New York, Ny

I have awaken at 5 am, three hours before the time I need to get up, due to my Yorkie, Paris, scratching and crying. She itches her ears, nibbles her paws and has dryness around her nose. I was looking online at possible solutions when I came across a site that said its most likely her food, an allergic reaction to her food. It said most commercial foods have wheat, corn, soy by-products which cause a lot of problems in pets-namely the itching and scratching I've been witnessing. I went to look at the ingredients in her food and sure enough there was corn gluten meal and wheat gluten meal named within the first two lines. At the end of the post was a few sites on alternate pet food and allergy sites. I went to it I intend to purchase food for her and also some of the seagreens powder which is good for:

Hot Spots
Ear Infections
Lack of Energy
Paw Licking
Excessive Shedding

I think changing your pet's diet should produce some great results. Let me know if this proved correct. Happy holidays everyone!

Replied by Dj's Mama
Crystal Lake, Il

I had this same problem with my dog. I had been to the vet again and again. Then, the vet clinic was sold. I saw the new guy, Dr. Jim Carlson, who specializes in Chinese medicine. He said DJ's diet was too "hot". He had me make his food... All "cool" foods. It worked great. I made a follow up appointment and accidentally got booked in with the old vet... I scrambled up out of the chair when he came in with steroids!!!
Replied by Blinkinbug
Mundelein, Il

I go to Dr. Carlson as well. What diet did he recommend for your dog?
Replied by Lorik24
New Castle, Virginia Usa

We have an 11 yr old Silky Terrier. In the last 6 months he has developed 'something' that makes him itch and scratch. Kathy from Covington, VA said her dog 'suddenly' lost its hearing. Our terrier has had the same thing happen.. That was about 4 months ago. At first I thought the summer air conditioner dried out is hair/skin and made him itchy. (no idea about the sudden total loss of hearing... HELP??) So I came to EC and found the ACV bath. I tried to add some ACV to the drinking water, but he won't drink it.. I use store bought, as I can't afford _____s. I've also been giving him benadryl 2x's day. It's helped some, but not enough. I've also changed to non grain food. No relief.

I want to be able to help/cure him with out Rx's...

How do I know if it's a food allergy, or yeast issue? Anyone know what is up with the sudden loss of hearing?

I cannot afford holistic foods, but am willing to make foods for him if I have to.

Anyone that can provide any answers, I greatly appreciate it!! Also, should you provide your home cures, please, please make sure you give names of items used, portion or amounts used and how often and where to find the items... Thanks all!

Lorik24 for New Castle Va

Replied by Nova
New Delhi, India

Using red, green (not brocoli as gas producing) and yellow vegetables only (ie not white veggies) and diced mutton, make a 'stew' in a saucepan and feed your dog twice a day. Feed this only for a couple of months You can also feed uncooked rib mutton bones once a day. Try this diet for two months then one by one, introduce treats. This way you will also know if any treats you give are the culprit ie scratching returns. If so, don't feed the treat. Hope this helps. It helped my Westie.
Replied by Jill
Brinnon, Wa

For the two postings on here who said their dog had lost its hearing, had you by some chance used the drug mometamax for ear infections or yeast in the ear?
Replied by Melissamd
Denton, Md, United States

Please, please help my kitten!! Dexter is only 13 weeks old and was a fostered rescue. We adopted him at 8 weeks old and adopted a mess of fleas and worms right along with him!

We treated the fleas and the worms and within a week of treatment, Dexter developed little tiny scabs around the cracks of his nose. Then it spread to his whiskers and then to the top of his nose. The scabs come off with the hair in it and then re-scab!! it has spread to under his eye and is horrible looking when the scabs fall off. They fall off in large chunks or in little flea sized dots.

He does not have fleas currently. He is an indoor cat. I was using a plastic dish for his water for 4 weeks when we first got him but changed it as soon as I read posts and now he is served with glass bowls.

I feed him coconut oil and dry food as he was weaned off the wet food within a week of getting him. Now I am reading that cats should have wet food instead of dry. I took Dex to the vet just to hear him tell me that he was amazed at how soft he is, and then look at me like I was crazy when I told him about the coconut oil. He said that Dexter just wasnt getting the food completely off of his face when he ate and thats why his face is slowly falling off. Needless to say, I didnt return.

I found this absolutely amazing site last night and started giving him acv, though, I will run to the health food store tonight to get the organic kind. I have diluted it and put it on his scabby area and put some on the back of his neck, in his drinking water.... But the funny thing is, if its straight, he will lick it, but he has no interest in it if it is diluted. Im afraid the straigh with be too acidic?

Please tell me what his poor skin issue is!! I changed his kitten food to one that is more..... "natural", but I dont truly trust the bag. Is this an allergy?

He plays all the time, sleeps like a baby, is as loving as you can imagine.... He does scratch himself, but not constantly. The scabbs are only on his face (whiskers/ nose/ under his eye) but not on his chin. Could this be due to litter allergies?

THank you for this website and thank you for taking the time out of your day to help little Dexter. We appreciate it more than you know!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa

My opinion is the ACV is NOT too acidic for your cat. Just get the organic ACV, the one with "the mother". Continue swabbing the scabs with the undiluted ACV. Note, if she has any open sores, the ACV will sting!

Since I don't have cats, I don't have any recommendations as to food, except maybe try a grain-free food. Hopefully a "cat-person" can suggest a good-quality food for your cat.

I would also suggest going to a different vet for a second opinion. Please don't be intimidated by vets! If you feel they aren't giving you the right information, or you need MORE info from them, ASK!!

Replied by Melissamd
Denton, Md, United States

[YEA]   I wanted to give an update on Dexter. I started using ACV with the "mother" on his little face using a cotton ball. I just doused it and held it on his nose for a few seconds, and then wiped his face where all of the fur was missing and the skin was raw. It only bothered him from the fumes in his eyes. He didn't wince at all so I don't believe it had any burning sensation (oddly enough). I did this every 2 hours or so during day one and once before bed that night. By the following morning there was noticable improvement. Throughout day two, I applied it about 4 times.

By day three, his face was incredible. Apple Cider Vinegar healed his face. I wish we could post photos on this site because you wouldnt believe the horror of his skin condition. Dexter's face is beautiful. Thank you Earth Clinic and thank you Wendy for responding.

What a wonderful blessing website this is!

Replied by Glsmith14
Mobile, Al

I have a lab/Newfoundland mix that is allergic to several trees as well as grass. I have been battling this for 2 years, the vet has me giving Hera shot once aaa week but it is not helping. I have her on gluten free grain free food, which I add cooked por to. Her supplements include sea cure for pets and nuvet vitamins. I have been bathing her in Castile lavender soap, rinsing with vinegar and then changed to betadyne solution mix. She had fleas but I got rid of them, with capstar and then frontline. I hate using it but was desperate and needed a quick solution. I am considering the Conifer Green Needle Complex and ACV to see if it will help. Any other suggestions from y'all would be appreciated. Thanks.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Gl Smith! What symptoms is your dog experiencing? You state tree and grass allergies but *how* are they manifesting on the dog? Thanks!

Posted by Janet (Manchester, Lancashire, England) on 08/28/2009

I am the proud owner of four adorable cats. I have found this site a life saver as one of my cats; Bobby had continuous UTI's and since adding ACV to his food as well as Cantharis tablets he has improved incredibly. One of my cats; Ginger also has a problem with his skin. He is constantly biting and pulling his fur out, his back has bald, red and itchy patches and approx every six months I need to take him to the vets to have a steroid injection to stop it. This can be very costly and as I have four cats and I am not very well off I wondered if there is anything anyone can suggest? I decided to mix a little ACV with warm water and rubbed this solution on his itchy areas in the hope it might stop. He is practically eating himself alive at times and it is very distressing for both him and me. Since rubbing him with this stuff he is sleeping right now and I will carry on doing this. Has anyone else experienced problems with this kind of condition?

Replied by Paula
Sedro Woolley, Wa, Usa

To Janet in Manchester, my cat Baby had the same problem with going bald on his back, it was so bad that he stayed out in the rain to relieve the inflammation. He had multiple allergies to foods and the environment. $3000 dollars and two years later he is better because I changed his diet. Spend the money on organic cat food, it is people grade food without the fungicides and pesticides that they spray on regular pet food (scraping the slaughter house floor and selling it to pet owners in the guise of food.) It is more economical to buy the good pet food, my other cats also benefited from the changed diet. Their coats got glossy. I had raised Baby on canned cat food, a popular brand, it seems that that is what caused him the allergies. My other cats had been mousers and support from dry cat food. Many animals are allergic to corn and fleas.
Replied by Annie
Fort Walton Beach, Fl, Usa

I would first like to express my gratitude for this website. I don't have much faith in the medical profession, these days, and being old-fashion anyways, I prefer home remedies over prescription drugs or cures any day. With that said, I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem I seem to be having with my 8 yr old Border Collie/Husky mix. QT weighs approx. 100lb and is a very lovable companion. I will do anything possible to make her better, she deserves that. When she was young, the vet diagnosed her as being allergic to fleas, which I have found to be their answer for anything that they can't really pinpoint. So we did the Prednisone and the allergy meds, which worked at first, but not a cure. Also, I use Advantage once a month for flea control. So she has no fleas, but she constantly scratches and bites herself. I came across you website and I have been trying Ted's Mange cure for Sarcoptic mites, but still not seeing a change in her. Since she has really thick fur and I wasn't sure that I was getting her soaked to the skin, since she repels water like a duck, I shaved her and what I found under all that hair appalled me. I believe I will be switching to the ACV and BSM treatments next, because her skin is in a terrible state. The other issue I found I have not seen any post about on this website. She has some lumps. One major one where her tail joins her body and another smaller one on her right hip. I know the one at her tail joint bothers her, because she walks with her tail swooped to the opposite side. It, also, itches. She wants me to rub it all the time, but I don't, because I don't know if this will just aggravate it. I will keep you all posted if the ACV and BSM help, but I could use some feedback on the lumps. Don't know if something has embedded itself inside her skin, or if its just part of her skin condition. Thanks for letting me vent. Have a blessed day.
Replied by Racer
Hampton, Tn

I had the same problem with our german shepherd, and it was yeast on the skin. Does your pet have dark spots on her legs, and inside of her ear flaps? This is a yeast problem. I have had my darling Dutchess to the vet. He gave her a bunch of anti yeast meds, and then also an anti yeast shampoo to do every week. I was told it couldnt really be attributed to the diet. I dont believe it at all. I am assuming she has a grain allergy, and also going to change her food. Yogurt is supposed to help with yeast and I am going to do a google search on how to get rid of yeast on the skin and in the body naturally. The vet visit cost me about three hundred dollars. . . But I am sure that now that I know what it is it would be less to just ask for the shampoo and pills. Blessings,


Replied by Annie
Fort Walton Beach, Fl, Usa

Thank you, Racer, for your feedback. I, too, will start researching yeast infection. I have been trying some of the things here on the website. I tried the 1:1 ratio of the ACV and tried spraying her for the itching, but you would have thought I set her tail on fire, the way she went running through the house. Thank goodness it's a small house. I believe I will need to dilute this solution down a bit for her. I have, also, mixed up a concoction of 4T of ACV, 1/2 tsp of borax, 1 tsp of baking soda and 3T of honey in a gallon of water for her to drink. Only on day 2 of this regimen, will keep all updated. The newest thing I am trying is feeding her a raw diet. This, too, has only been going on for 2 days, so will keep all informed on the progress. Q is a finicky eater, so I have to hand feed her to get her to eat the concoction, but I'll do whatever it takes. At least, this way, I know what she is eating. EC, again, thanks for this wonderful website. Keep up the good work. It's nice to find and share info with people who truly love their animals.
Replied by Annie
Fort Walton Beach, Fl, Usa

One thing I forgot to mention. Not just any yogurt will work. The best yogurt to get is the Greek plain yogurt. When you read the ingredients and if the package doesn't list all of the ingredients and the way it was processed, do not buy it. They are hiding things you don't want to feed your pet. Thanks.
Replied by Sue
Tyler, Tx Usa

Our RWIS had a large cyst at the junction of the tail and body. Our vet removed it and she was fine. No re-occurances. Using ACV on broken skin requires a large dilution, 2 tablespoons per quart of water. The main objective is to get the skin healed, so straight ACV can be used.
Replied by R
Yonkers, Ny

I was reading your posts and I thought I wanted to share what my dog and I went through. I also had a lot of vet visits that didn't really help. She smelled badly, lots of skin stuff going on, itching, black spots, biting, licking and did I mention the horrible smell even when I bathed her twice a week. Well, I had read enough about how to bring back the balance in a humans body with yeast infections or candida. So, I took all the remedies and did them all. I shaved her down to get to the skin, sprayed her down with the apple cider vinegar mix and then let it sit. I then poured Kefir on her skin and let that sit (its pretty cold) after ten minutes I bathed her. This helped with the smell and the raw skin. I noticed she kept licking the black spots so I after each bath I did Ted's Borax solution. This helped immensely. She no longer smells, no longer scratches all that is left are her paws. I am continuing to do Ted's Borax solution on her paws and letting her stand in the mix. I hope that helps!
Replied by Marlin
Red Oak, Iowa

I have questions: What is Kefir where to buy?

Recipe for both :

Ted's Borax Solution

Apple Cider Vinegar Mix

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

First of all, gratitude to EC for this wonderful site. My friends say I should write a book with my experience since I have rescued many cats and dogs for over thirty years. All on a shoe string, but the Lord helps. I think EC is a good way of passing on ones good results, as rescue people have little time to read books. Also, heartfelt thanks to all committed pet owners and rescuers. As in rescuing, one gets to know so called humans from the worst side. It can be very trying. I have also rescued a pig that fell from a truck. She was very grateful and intelligent. As I left the shelter where she found a home, she galloped and stopped by to thank us. She was by then a big girl.

I believe greatly in ACV, turmeric, especially for skin and upper resp., coconut oil, colloidal silver, vit C, nutritional yeast and no chemical meds. We have seen complete personality change and slide in health. Rescuers and groomers mostly blame chem. meds and vaccinations for ongoing problems.

When health is a business, let the buyer beware. Ordinary people cannot support the financial demands of the professional community. But a change will come in the near future. God bless EC and all of you wonderful guardians and care givers of God's creation. Love, Om

Replied by Toni-Dog Groomer

I just wanted to add something that I have learned about Black Walnut Hull and Wormwood Tincture. It is a natural dewormer and also kills candida (yeast). If you read the reviews on this 7.00 product you can find on a major online shopping site, you will want to take it yourself!! I added a few drops to some wheat bread which was the only way all 3 of my dogs, big and small would gladly eat it. Clove bud kills eggs, and diatomaceous earth (FOOD GRADE ONLY!!! ) also works well at killing parasites and yeast. Along with ACV and VCO, these products are ones I swear by and highly recommend! Look up health benefits of Diatomacous Earth and SERIOUSLY check out the tincture! It kills heartworm and any parasite that is on your body. Other dewormers can actually send the parasites to the brain, eye, liver or lungs! I deworm myself twice a year. (1 out of 3 people have parasites! ) D.E. will get the crud out of your guts and help get residue from food or meds outta there! It is a must!! (D.E. is also good for hair, nails, and skin! ) I add it to my juice (tbsp) stir and drink. I add to dog water or food. It is a powder. BE SURE THAT IT IS FOOD GRADE! ) Research it! Lots of uses and benefits.

Posted by Rob (Myrtle Beach, Sc) on 08/25/2009

[YEA]  i think this site is greattt. our 8 yr old schnauser has been scratching so much the people downstairs could hear the thumps he made under the bed. his (un)favorite passtime is scratching and chewing himself raw,anywhere and everywhere on his body. if you were to talk to him, he would tell you that he is notttt a dog. he thinks hes a human. he hasnt touched anything hangin around on the floor since he was a puppy---the house could have no floor space with junk all over it(which it doesnt) but if it did, he wouldnt touch it. he only plays with or chews his stuff. but when our son talked nasty to him., he ferreted out our sons favorite toy, chewed it up, walked over to our son, got his attention, dropped the chewed toy, gave our son a look that said take that!, and walked slowly away while our son screamed and cryed because his favorite toy was soo chewed up beyond recognition. i told my son how sorry i was but that titan was telling him too: respect me! do not yell at me. people say dogs dont have a revenge streak--i say bull! yes they do. needless to say our son hasnt yelled at titan in 4yrs. this is a dog who will find a pill on the floor and come get me to pick it up(he wont touch it). this lil schnauser never sniffs people except for their feet, but when he sniffs you, then you better get to the doctors right away. he kept sniffing my chest(and like i said he never sniffs people) and less than a week later, i had pertussis. he started sniffing my sons groin area, the next night my son complained of pain in that area---he had a bladder infection. titan started sniffing my husband, and my husband had a kidney stone attack a couple days later. he is a veryyyy intellegent dog. if the cat gets out of the house, he comes and tells us. when my daughter was a teenager and tryed to sneak out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night way down the hall he told us. anyway, you can see hes a special lil part of family. anywayyy i tryed everything for his itching. you name it , i tryed it. nothing worked., but this afternoon after reading your site. i gave him a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother--the good stuff. and lo and behold--- after about 15 minutes----hes quiet and relaxed sitting there like he owns the place--as usual lol buttt with noooo scratching. i have to say, i cant believe it, acv actually worked when all the vitamins,minerals, drugs ,cremes etc didnt. nowww if someone can pleaseee tell me how to get him from running out the door when we open it, i wont have any problems with him. he got a lil certificate from a training school yrs ago, but when he got home, it was like---im home now so i can do what i want. hes veryyy well trained, but racing out of the house when the door is open has become a real problem--any suggestions for a frustrated owner and a schnauser who thinks hes a human???? againnnn thank you!!!! for this site

EC: What an amazing dog! Thank for these great stories!

Replied by Catrina
Norwich, Ct

About getting your dog not to dart out the door. I know this isn't natural but it does work. I adopted a dog about 8 months ago and she is almost three years old. One of the biggest problems I had with her was darting out the door when it was opened. She could have been hit buy a car or attacked by another dog. There are a lot of bad things that could have happened so I decided enough was enough. I found a barrier collar on clearance. Yes it will shock your dog once but your dog will immediately associate the beep that comes before the shock and immediately back away from the door. My children and I tested the collar on our hands to be sure it wouldn't harm our dog and Its not nearly strong enough to harm a normal healthy dog. I'm sure the also have the same collar that only gives the dog a vibration and I think that would work because thats pretty much how the shock felt. It felt more like a vibrate. I must after first initial shock my dog has not darted out the door. She has not darted out the door for over six months. She doesn't even try anymore its such a relief.
Replied by Maryland
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   It worked! My 2 year old Mini Schnauzer started to scratch and there were no fleas or ticks in sight, and he soon was losing hair on his tummy, eating off his paws, flaky skin falling off when he scratched and redness on his tummy.

I read here about spraying Apple Cider Vinegar on him but it didn't seen to work. Then I bathed him with a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar on I-don't-know-how-much-water and he seemed to be less itchy.

A week later I bathed him again on Apple Cider Vinegar and water and he was itching 90% less. THEN I started to spray him with a solution of 50% water 50% Apple Cider Vinegar everyday and he is cured!

Thank you so much people!!!

Replied by Maryland
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   Earth Clinic, please change my positive feedback on this matter!

The apple cider vinegar didn't actually work. A week or so after I posted the feedback above, my dog kept iching himself. I had to put the Elizabethan collar on him at night so he would not scratch his head, but he was still able to scratch his body. His tummy was getting red and he was chewing his paws. He didn't have ticks but I did see some fleas he got from my other dog.

I still had a shampoo that I bought at the vet last year, so I bathed him with it and his itching decreased. I am still bathing him but I see a big difference.

I wanted to treat him in a greener way, but didn't have luck this time.

Replied by Maegan
Mocksville, Nc

In regards to your "baby" darting out the door.... Read Tamar Gellers book "The Loved Dog Method" or watch her dvd it really works and quickly too!!!
Replied by Bob
Beijing, China

Suggest "dog whisperer" Cesar Milan national geographic for the bolting out the door and other behavior issues.

Suggest "give your dog a bone" "BARF" raw diet for overall wholesome health and to detox the skin.

Our two schnauzers have done great!

Replied by Candace
Wheeling, Wv

I am using probiotics and enzymes, don't want to start her on steroids! I feed natures variety raw patties but switched to beef instead of lamb as beef is cooling I read. I will let you all know if this works

Posted by Deb (Harrisburg, Pa) on 08/19/2009

[YEA]  ACV is wonderful! My Shih Tzu was suffering with his allgeries this year. He lost all the hair off his ears. It must be the new area I am living in. A new hot spot was breaking out everyday. Well, I gave him a bath, then used 1 cup of ACV to a gallon of water.

He slept peacefully that night. Since then I have applied a half and half mixture of water and ACV using a spray bottle on his hot spots and around his ears. The areas of his skin are almost healed. I could not beleive how fast it took after the bath.

I tried using the spray mixture a day or two befor the bath, that did not have the same affect. Be sure to bath the dog first using the ACV mix last then rinse it off.

I am still spraying him every day. He doesn't really like it especially. But all the redness has left.

I am recommending this site to all my friends!

I also tried another remedy that worked for dog coughs, 1 tbl honey, 3 drops of peroxide and 1 cup of water. the cough vanished.

Replied by China
Hong Kong, China

Does it have to be unpasturized ACV, the kind with the "mother"? Or can I use the cheap pasturized kind for food, to give my dog the bath rinse? My lab has a bad bacterial infestation that is taking a long time to heal because he keeps scratching/ biting off the scabs. I'm looking for something that can stop the itch while it heals, and I thought maybe I can give him an ACV rinse everyday, but it could get pricey if I need to use the pasturized kind. He wears a cone during the day, but I wish there's a skirt version of the cone to prevent the back legs from scratching!
Replied by Christy
Fair Oaks, Ca

[YEA]   I just wanted to say that I have a shit-zu that I got when she was 1&1/2.she was surrenderd due to allergies. Thoughout the years I tried EVERYTHING... Every quality food and even things made with a novel protien source like kangaroo and bush baby. she would either have a reaction within a few hours or be ok for a couple days then really react bad. I have even made her food myself from things like goat. Like most others here docs always just said its allergies. So we do the whole protocal of meds. Allergies would always come back.

I think she has been doing the yougert/probiotic and Apple Cider Vinegar spray on her coat for a week now and shes a different dog. Shes ALWAYS had hot spots and flaky skin with sores on it. And her skin was always red like a tomato and hot, now it alsmost as pale as mine!!! No flakes, no sores. I have her on nonstarchy veggies & olive oil right now with calcium added and in another week I will try a high quality single source food and see how she does. Its such a relief to see her enjoy her life and not just itch/scratch and chew herself raw. I AM SO ANGRY THAT NO VET EVER KNEW ABOUT YEAST!!!

I am going to print out the info here and take her to see her vet to get groomed in a few weeks and show them how great she looks. She has almost died twice from alleregy meds like atopica and ketochenazole(spelled phoneticly) and to think it was all needless. I aslo soak her feet in epsom salts and baking soda mix every other day for 10 min. I thought id do this since her feet were always the worst. Then I spray the acv/h2o mixture on her and just rub it in. Aslo im bathing her in tea tree shampoo since its anti fungal(once a week bath).

Oh and that site the great dane lady has a homemade remedy for ear that sounds great and I will be using that soon. Just google great dane lady and you will find her. She has a whole protocal for the yeast thing and tells you what veggies and meats are ok to use and which ones arent. She also says the thyroid need to be tested since they cant get over the yeast if their thyriod messed up. I am sooo greatful for this site. My molly has suffered all her life-shes 14 now, and now she can have some itch free years. She seems perkier and more spunky too after staring this protocal. Darn those vets who just take our money over and over, .... I mean if I was a vet and I had dogs who just were on this merrygoround, I would certinly spend time doing research to see what else I could offer my clients, wouldnt you?but I guess its like ppl docs, they only know what theyve been taught and who sponsers med schools? big pharma. So they only learn wha the drug pushers only want them to know. Thank goddess for the internet.... thank you earth clinic....

Replied by Mocha Joy

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

Posted by Sandy (Belmont, North Carolina) on 07/31/2009

[YEA]  I've tried everything for my Yorkies, they scratch & bite all over all day, I've tried Tea tree oil with some help, but Now I Have Found the REMEDIE!!!!
Give you dog a bath with a good shampoo, put it on washcloth, thats makes it great for washing, face, belly, butts, they will love it. Then rinse, condition if needed, rinse again with clean warm water, make sure to rinse, belly, feet, and botton well, don't leave standing dirty water in bath on feet.let water run out of tub.

Then take a CUP & 1/2 of apple cider vinegar in a gallon of clean warm water, it might take more than a gallon, mix correct, rinse all areas,don't forget feet, try not to get in eyes, this will stop RED SPOTS, SCRATCHING & BITING FEET. Plus will make coat soft & shiney. Plus mix a spray bottle,1/2 ACV & 1/2 Water, to spray if itching between baths!!!!

Replied by Helen
Fort Macleod, Ab

To Nancy from Rowlett,TX: I think you need to give your terrier anthistamine, just give him Benadryl or better yet the generic form of it,which is actually stronger and cheaper.Only use about half a teaspoon to a full teaspoon.
Replied by Amy D
Matthews, Nc

Sandy- so after you use the ACV on the dog do you just rinse it off or leave it to soak in? thanks!

Posted by Nancy (Rowlett, TX) on 06/25/2009

I need help! My little terrier mix is miserable when allergy season comes to Texas. He scratches, his ears get all thick & lumpy inside...with all that dark gook in them. His eyes are also kind of glazed looking. He chews his paws constantly. When I have taken him to the doc...he gives me 2 types of pills, gives him an antihistamine shot...then charges me 80.00. My husband was laid off last month, so I do not have the money to take him to the vet, but I know he is miserable. I read some of your comments that ACV should not be used if it is a yeast infection...which I think is what is in his ears....can I bathe him in the ACV solution & put a generic type of yeast infection cream in his ears? I am really trying to find some more natural & less expensive ideas. Thanks to all!

Replied by afghanhound911
San Francisco, CA

We have had a horrible case of the itchy witchies this allergy season. Everyone of our guys has been itching, scratching and all have flakey skin and 2 have had chronic ear infections.

First I tried switching their diet to a high quality non grain food, no luck. I then found a site that recommended rinsing in a 50% water & 50% Raw Apple Cider Vinegar solution. I first bathed them with an Aloe and Tea Tree shampoo followed with the rinse (leaving on for approx 5 min) rinse well and apply an oatmeal conditioner (again, rinse well).

After the first bath we had some residual flaking but less itching. We repeated the proceedure 2 weeks later and I am happy to say that the flakiness is all gone and itching is minimal. In addition we are now feeding a white fish & sweet potatoe kibble supplemented with extra virgin olive oil.

For the first time in MONTHS, we are one big happy itch free family!

Replied by Susan
Kaneohe, HI

the yeast infection in the ear is candida...the best natural way to completely eliminate it is with garlic. My son who is now 17, when he was a baby he had food allergies & constantly sick with ear infections. I went through the normal course of the pediatrician & ended up having him on different antibiotics for over a year. He developed a severe case of candida. I took him to an homeopathic doctor who tested him for the food allergies. I had read about candida & learned about the garlic which I gave to him everday in a pill form crushed up. Because of the severity it took nearly 6 months before it was completely gone. He has never had it again. This also works for your pets. I buy the already peeled whole garlic from Costco's & using a chopper add it to the dry Costco brand dog food along with olive oil for their coats & joints. It helps eliminate the fleas, they have no worms or intestinal parasites.
Replied by Helen
Fort Macleod, Ab

Be careful about giving your dogs garlic. I hear a lot of people doing this, but garlic is actually toxic to dogs. If you do this, please do so very sparingly. You can go on the internet and check out things toxic to dogs. Thank you

EC: We actually have a page about garlic for dogs with mostly positive feedback!

Replied by Debbie
Houston, Texas

[YEA]   Dog allergy help. I put my white terrier mix, Percy, on an Blend of Chinese herbs for allergies. It has really done the trick! I get the pills and smash them up and put them in chicken or wet dog food (natural and grain free). It got her off of all the meds from the vet! And she is a happy, drug free, little girl!
Replied by Kay
Jacksonville, Fl/usa

I have been treating my dog for skin infections using Chinese Herbs, but I purchased them through a Holistic Vet and they are very expensive. Are you getting your Herbs through a vet? I know, as my vet told me, there are Herbs out there but one has to be careful what we get. I am glad you pet is doing well.

Posted by Liz (Melbourne, Florida USA) on 04/30/2009

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vineger and dog allerigies: I have a 6 year old beagle mix that has been dealing with allergies for as long as I've had him. I have taken him to the vet several times, spent tons of money on shampoos, sprays, creams, special food and NOTHING has helped. I came across this website and it suggested using Apple Cider Vinegar for hot spots and allergies. I thought, "why not?" and tried it on Baxter. I used an old water bottle (12 oz) and filled it half with water and half with ACV. I took a few paper towels, soaked it and started wiping Baxter down. Within minutes, he stopped itching and he has been able to rest and not scratch all the time. Thank you SO much for this amazing advice! Baxter is no longer miserable and when he's happy, I'm happy, and so is my wallet!

Posted by Sledovane (Van Nuys, CA/USA) on 04/28/2009

Hello everyone. Nice to find this type of community online. My concern is of my 8Lb toy poodle mix.

I was living in Northern California for a year, before that, we came from the Santa Clarita Valley(southern cali)-both drastic levels of heat and moisture. When we moved to san francisco, she was doing great. She loved the clean air, and i took her on hikes alot. i had to move back to the LA area for the last year and a half, and since ive been back, she not only hyperventalates alot more then usual (when she gets excited, like alot of small dogs, she'll do this when i get home), but her eyes are constantly watery. If i dont clean under her eyes every single day, by the 3rd day, there is quite a lot of hard dark goop. i feel its abnormal. shes 8 years old, and I really want to help her. Im going to try the ACV treatement, but I need exact measurements. can anyone help me?

EC: Some remedies on the conjunctivitis page may help:

See the post on Air Duct Cleaning -- my dogs all had this issue until I got our air ducts cleaned last November...

Replied by Sledovane
Van Nuys, CA/USA

i also found this information online

A NOTE OF CAUTION: Do not use apple cider vinegar if your dog is sensitive or allergic to yeast or if he has a chronic yeast infection. Also, do not give to dogs with irritated intestines.

im pretty poor myself.and i dont want to harm my dogs intestines. is it cheap to take my dog to the vet to have her checked out? how do i know if she has irritated intestines?

thanks so much for your feedback.

Posted by Erin (Uniontown, OH, USA) on 03/24/2009

Hello! My 2 1/2 year old female cat has been over licking and chewing her skin. This has been going on for some time and she has now finally licked all of the hair off on one side of her body. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that she also had white, crusty "cradle cap" dandruff on her backside right above her tail. This morning the dandruff looking stuff had been licked or chewed off and now it is all irritated and red with pus and no hair. It is almost bleeding! Since money is tight, I decided to try some home remedies first before taking her to the vet. This site has been very helpfull!!! I had no idea what to do until I found it. So far I have put a little Apple Cider Vinegar in her water, wiped her side down with it and bought some grain free cat food. I also stupidly put some ACV on her fresh wounds on her backside... she yowled at me and ran away to hide. I felt bad cause it must have hurt, so I gently put some oil on the wounds, (just regular old cooking oil). I also fed her a small amount of tuna with the oil in it. Does anyone have any other suggestions??? How long will the new food and ACV take before I see any difference?? Thanks!

Replied by Shea
Mobile, AL

My dog has multiple allergies, and developed a horrible inflamed bald spot late last summer. I believe it was from either an insect bite or contact with a plant, as after much research it didn't seem to fit the descriptions of mange. I gently scrubbed the area with plain warm water (to remove the scales), then applied undiluted tea tree oil twice a day. Within a few days the redness and scaling were gone and the skin was smooth and healthy, and within about 10 days the hair started growing back. He seemed to love the gentle scrubbing :)

Best of luck

Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl

Please do not put tea tree oil on your kitty, they are very sensitive to it, and it can make it worse, ot make your kitty sick.
Replied by Jason
New Port Richey, Florida

DO NOT give your kitty Tea Tree Oil, it can kill him/her. It is mistaken as a remedy and should only be used if you have discussed with a Vet on how much and how to use it, but I totaly recomend not using it. I have a cat for 13 years and were dealing with a horrible skin and ear infection since moving to Florida.. but Tea Tree Oil is a no no.
Replied by Geminidreamweapon
Chicago, Il

Licking and chewing to that degree is sign of internal food allergies. Cats cannot handle high amounts of iodine and thus should not be fed fish on a long term basis as it can not only cause skin allergies but also hyperthyroidism.

A complete raw meat diet free from grain/gluten is the way to go. Companies provide convenient medallions to feed cats their natural high protein no grain diet. It's important to use complete raw as they need the fine animal bones and organs to simulate the eating in the wild. They need bone for calcium and need a low allergenic meats (i. E. animals that aren't raised on grain/gluten as this will only contribute to further allergies).

Be careful to transition to raw as their stomachs need to adjust to the high quality diet after having been fed processed, non-ancestral pet food.

Digestive enzymes and probiotics are equally important for animals as well as humans as the western diet of non-heirloom, allergenic gmo grains are unnatural to us all and tax our livers and pancreas. Digestive enzymes can significantly decrease vomiting. But the dietary change can solve the skin allergies.

Posted by Flavia (Santa Rosa, California) on 01/13/2009

I have an 18 lb pug that scratches and chews her paws. I have a medicated spray from the vet that seems to help, but I would like to try this natural remedy. How much is effective for an 18 lb Pug, and should I use it diluted as a pray or in her mouth. At what ratio? Thank you for your help! Flavia

Posted by Angela (Kopperl, Texas) on 10/18/2008

Vinegar Treatment for pregnant dogs

Hi. I have a pregnant Jack Russell Terrier who has skin allergies to fleas. I really want to try the Dawn, ACV treatments as well as the ACV in the water. Is the safe for an expectant dog? I am so excited about finding this site. I hope that I can use it and see results.