Recent Pet Posts

Help Needed for Dog Licking and Chewing Paws

Thu, 17 Sep 20 07:20:34 -0700
Posted by Jeff (Atco, Nj) on 09/17/2020

Our dog has red skin underneath on his paws and he is biting and licking them a lot. I think it could be Pododermatitis from what I read. But I want to find a natural remedy if possible. We have him on Merrick chicken with brown rice. He is a male 16 month old bullmastiff. He also has been shedding a lot. He does get steak and chicken mixed in with his food because he is very picky. He does not want to eat his kibble without something in it. But he also gets cheese from time to time. Anything that might help him?

Borax and Peroxide for Mange

Thu, 17 Sep 20 07:12:09 -0700
Posted by Melissa Cruz (Parker Az ) on 09/16/2020
4 out of 5 stars

Shih tzu caught sarcoptic mange from another family member's dog. Been using this for 1 week so far and keeping dog isolated. He doesn't have sores, not itching much at all. How long would you say to give until he's not contagious anymore? I feel bad keeping him apart but I don't want to go thru this again as we're all healing from scabies from it.

  Re: Borax Dosage for Pet Rat?

Wed, 16 Sep 20 13:42:59 -0700
Posted by A Rat Owner (Louisiana) on 09/16/2020

Studies on rats have shown the cordyceps mushroom to be effective against mycoplasma.

Flowers of Sulphur for Skin Issues from Fleas and Ear Mites

Mon, 14 Sep 20 13:45:57 -0700
Posted by Fi (London) on 09/14/2020

Hi, it's great to hear the success stories here but I was shocked to read that Borax is potentially deadly to cats.

I had a flea issue to deal with and one of my cats had horrible itchy scabs from his reaction to the fleas. Solution? Flowers Of Sulphur! 😃

I mixed 1 part Flowers Of Sulohur to 2 parts corn flour and worked it onto their skin, being careful not to make a dust cloud near their faces. I also treated their ears as I suspected mites too.

Result? Fleas slowing down or dying so it was easy to comb them out of my cats' fur with a flea comb.

Also, within a week the itchy scabs were gone.. the Flowers Of Sulphur is a great skin soother. It also deals with fungal issues.

Now my cats seem much happier and if they're happy I'm happy.

EC: Thank you for your great feedback!

Regarding borax and cats: we have a borax and peroxide feedback section for cats with mange that has posts from readers who had favorable results, so what you read about borax in another post might not be correct.

Here is the page on Earth Clinic with borax feedback:

Aloe Vera Juice for Chronic Kidney Disease

Mon, 14 Sep 20 13:36:57 -0700
Posted by Kim (Colorado Springs, Co) on 09/14/2020
5 out of 5 stars

My 15-year-old cat was attacked by a mountain lion. And although his head wounds healed quickly and beautifully, his body, which had already had moderate arthritis in his legs and back, did not recover and continued to go dramatically downhill to the point where he was barely eating and drinking, losing massive amounts of weight, vomiting, constipated, all signs of renal failure, thyroid issues, etc. The vet thought the shock and physical trauma of the attack kicked other underlying issues in his body into high gear because he was exhibiting none of these symptoms before, was climbing trees still, jumping up on counters, very active and happy... A little uncomfortable due to his arthritis, but we were managing with cosequin and Fish oil.

I already had him on taste of the wild wet and dry, no grain, organic food beforehand, with a few pills of Cosequin in his food every day, along with fish oil and also some colloidal silver, so he already had a good foundation.

In desperation, after an all night visit to a vet where Smokey was constipated, Dehydrated, in massive pain, muscle spasms in his back, legs, rectum, and barely able to walk due to the constipation and pain, I went to Earth Clinic to look up what I could do for him and found this thread on George's aloe vera juice. First I ordered it from Amazon, and then I called my local natural grocers and asked if they had it. They did, I went and picked it up, and immediately gave my cat 2mL of aloe vera juice via syringe and also put some in his wet food, along with what I normally put in there, and fed it to him. I repeated the process four hours later, and then eight hours later. Then we went to bed.

When I woke up, I Smokey was in a nearby chair, perked up, and immediately came over to be pet!!!

The transformation was dramatic. Smokey is no longer dehydrated, His bones are no longer sticking out, he's walking around much more normally/more normal gait, Appetite back, Seems content/not in acute pain, and in general is behaving much more like the Smokey I knew before the attack. This is after only a half day of treatment. I have already given him his morning dose and he's now sleeping peacefully nearby.

I'm going to the vet later today for a follow-up from this weekend and will discuss with them what I've done. I plan on continuing 3 mL twice a day until he is fully recovered, and then I will continue 2 milliliters twice a day in his wet food for the rest of his life. I also just got him tested on Friday (before the weekend at the vet followed by aloe Vera miracle), for bloodwork/urine/fecal testing, And will have that done again in a month to compare the testing after the aloe vera treatment.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Jesus for answered prayer, and to Earth Clinic providing that answer!!!

  Ayurveda Parasite and Heartworm Remedies (2)

Sat, 12 Sep 20 05:44:11 -0700
Posted by Molov127 (Usa) on 09/11/2020

Mild foods the day of and after the castor oil purge. Rest, too. Do not run the pets or walk or hike with them. Do not repeat the castor/ ginger purge. ginger is not necessary if pet wont take it.

The regimen should be taken max 60 days. Give a month break before beginning again if heartworm season is much of a concern. 90 days with frequent breaks after first month.

Turmeric may cause anemia with prolonged use. If sufficient protein is in diet, should not be an issue.

Take this with salt: Some independent research shows Heartworm appears in <2.9% of untreated canines. Potentially; synthetic wormer is upsold to give veterinarians incentive for more cashflow, and to treat patients side effects of synthetic wormer and cash another visit.

Ayurveda Parasite and Heartworm Remedies

Thu, 10 Sep 20 11:08:32 -0700
Posted by Molov127 (Usa) on 09/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Ayurvedic herbs are safe for dogs or cats and work slowly and gently. They can be given without needing to take a break at all until 60-90 days of dosing.

For Parasitic cleansing (including heartworm)

for 50-65lb dog..

Twice a day, give - 1/4t Vidanga, 1/8 t neem, 1/8t turmeric, and (optional for summertime; or if not summer then always for dogs with very oily skin or who are thirsty all the time)-> 1/4 t guduchi satva'

If premixing all herbs and storing in glass jar, then mix all herbs to ratio 2:2:1:1 vidanga/guduchi/turmeric/neem... simply take 3/4t or heaping 1/2 t and dump in food twice a day with food. give up to 3 times a day no more.

Cats give 1/4 tsp level of the mix once a day in food mixed well, no more

Continue 7 days

Then on 7th night give 1/4 cup ginger water boiled with 1/2inch ginger root sliced and boiled 10 min with 1 tbsp castor oil (organic).. with this give a little bread or food to soak it up if they think it's too spicy but most likely the castor oil will make them ignore spicyness (cats give 1 tbsp ginger water with 1/2-1 tsp castor oil in a bit of their food)

Provide a ready route in environment for animal to use the bathroom to expel the initial die off of parasites. leave dog door open, put cat box near where cat sleeps, etc. newspaper near animals beds

From here continue regimen cut in half for 60-90 days

1/8 tsp for cats once a day with food

heaping 1/4 tsp for dogs up to 3x a day with food

I like to make and add a splash parsley water (2 bunches boiled to a quart for 3-4 m)

or a splash of burdock and dandelion root boiled into tea I get from backyard chopped down (doesnt have to be diced small) and boiled for 10 m and left to steep 10 m.. use 2 roots from each plant for a quart of water

use these teas to keep the kidneys flowing so their body can keep up with detox . I give tea a week and stop a week. if water is clean enough, or the animals have an excellent diet (not kibble) or they have access to browse outside daily on grasses and herbs... then tea isnt totally necessary

sometimes I make a tea from all three parsley burdock dandelion. just a few tbsp for dogs and just a few tsp for cats

These herbs will cause less irritability than cloves and wormwood to the animals skin and liver. not that those herbs are not good. they can just be a little extreme over time. I personally used the wormwood walnut and clove remedy with sucess and several years of clean heartworm tests. if anything, rotate between the walnut/wormwood/clove cure and this cure when they get irritable from the clove base remedy(with kidney teas mention above)

These Ayurvedic herbs can be purchased relatively cheap online. please only buy organic or wild harvested powders... some companies grow these herbs in the non traditional way and use pesticides or GMO... could harm pet worse than doing nothing.

Once regimen concludes, take a break. I would research heartworm season in your area and dose steadily all season with one week breaks here and there.

Turmeric is optional in this remedy and is only included to balance out bad bacteria, and/or potentiate (amplify) the effects of the other herbs

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Activated Charcoal for Parvo

Tue, 08 Sep 20 07:58:32 -0700
Posted by Elizabeth (Louisiana) on 09/08/2020

I love your post Tammie and thank you for that info. At the same time I can't help but wonder if the vet visit had anything to do with the pup getting sick. As I child I just can't remember Parvo being a household name as it is now.....

It was just a thought that occurred to me when I read your post.

  Borax for Dogs

Mon, 07 Sep 20 12:55:58 -0700
Posted by Lydia (Florida) on 09/07/2020

I've noticed everyone on the internet who says Borax is dangerous is trying to sell something. Also, what could be more dangerous than the poisons in flea and tick control products.

  Re: No Grain Diet For Dogs With Skin Issues

Sun, 06 Sep 20 17:27:03 -0700
Posted by Tonya (Arizona) on 09/06/2020

Please share the name of ghe dog food. I have a 4 month old Boxer that is living on benadryl and bagbalm to have peace.

Please ..


Apple Cider Vinegar + for Flea Infestation

Fri, 04 Sep 20 07:25:15 -0700
Posted by Dee (Camano Island, Wa) on 09/03/2020
5 out of 5 stars

We bought a house and the former owners clearly had pets that were not treated and did not treat the house. No one told us anything. Never had flea problems before and then this house was so badly infested that our GSD literally chewed himself naked and raw. He even got a serious skin infection due to the chewing because of the fleas. Ugh!

We first put all the animals out on the deck and literally treated EVERY surface (windowsills, carpets, baseboards, mattresses and box springs, furniture including under the cushions) with a mix of diatomaceous earth, borax, baking soda, with a few drops of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil.

Before bringing the pets in, bathed all of them with a mix of Dawn dish soap, baby shampoo, and a few drops of tea tree oil; rinsed; applied a 50/50 of the ACV and water as another rinse; let the ACV rinse dry on the coat! ; then applied a mix of 1/2 to 3/4c coconut oil gently melted and mixed with 1/4 c olive oil along with about 8 drops of lemon oil, rosemary oil, 10-20 drops collodial silver, 2 drops clove oil, and 8 drops lavender oil rubbed well into fur and on skin. Dogs liked the conditioner and tried to lick it all off. :) Fleas hated the ACV mix rinse and the coconut oil mix conditioner.

The fleas with the conditioner were jumping ship and twitching and dying all over the deck where we were treating our pets. Left the carpet mix on for 5 days, vaccuumed, repeat mix, vaccuum in 3 days, repeat mix, vaccuum daily for about a month. No more flea problems and all without chemicals! Also we have treated our yard here, where there is no flea down time, with nematodes to kill fleas, their eggs, and their larvae for two years straight. Does wonders.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Issues in Cats

Thu, 03 Sep 20 11:56:11 -0700
Posted by Ems56rn (New York) on 09/03/2020

Homeopathic remedies should NEVER be mixed w food or drink (except water). ALSO- IT MUST BE GIVEN IN BETWEEN MEALS (at least a half hour before or after food). The remedies are so diluted, it is their energy (for better lack of explanation) that stimulates the body to respond. I use these remedies on myself, my family & my cats.

Shake the remedies if they are in their bottle or tube. DO NOT TOUCH THEM WITH YOUR FINGERS. Carefully shake out 2 or 3 (depends on the size) into a clean class with a small amount of water (a tablespoon or two works well). Let it dissolve, then use a clean eyedropper to transfer the droplets of water to the cats mouth. As long as the water touches the inside of the mouth(musosal membrane of the cheeks or top & bottem), it will work. They will swallow it which is fine.

It can work quickly...can be used 2- 3 times a day if the symptoms are acute. If the remedy is one that works for the cat- you should see results after 24 hours.

Research Homeopathy Remedieson a search engine like Duck duck go- to get better results to get a better understanding of the whys & hows. Good luck!

Activated Charcoal For Gangrene

Mon, 31 Aug 20 06:31:21 -0700
Posted by A Beaudry (Spring Hill, Fl) on 08/30/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely LOVE this site. So much appreciate all of the postings from which I've saved many thousands of dollars in veterinary fees. In addition to farm animals, I have 8 dogs and 7 cats so I'm always turning to this site for help with natural remedies.

Some time ago, one of my Guinea Hens was seriously injured and developed Gangrene in the wound on her leg. I like to try to save my animals rather than put them down, so I found the recipe on Earth Clinic for the Activated Charcoal Poultice and used it. She recovered from the Gangrene and although she had a limp, she lived a good life. I've since used it for other wounds on my animals to successfully prevent Gangrene. Activated Charcoal is a staple I would never be without. Hope this helps someone else to save the life of their pet or farm animal.

  Re: Herpes Remedy Needed for Cat

Sat, 29 Aug 20 16:07:31 -0700
Posted by Donna Stehr (Preeceville, Saskatchewan ) on 08/29/2020

One of the cats I used to have always had a runny eye.The vet said it was a blocked tear duct.One weekend when the town vet wasn't available, she ended up with her eye swollen shut and very swollen.We were going to take her to the vet the following Monday.

I googled it and found out it was a reoccurring herpes virus probably passed on to her from her mother.The EarthClinic sight suggested ACV diluted with water in a 1:3 solution.Dip a cotton ball and squeeze the mixture onto the scruff of the neck between the shoulder blades until the area is wet but not dripping.Then I also gently wiped her closed eye with it.

Not only was she completely cured in a few days, the virus never bothered her again.

  Re: Rabies Shot Side Effects

Sat, 29 Aug 20 06:46:18 -0700
Posted by Mrpickles (Sfca) on 08/29/2020

Thank you! My vet gave my dog a so called rabies shot and his heart blew up three sizes in one day. Of course I had to pay for the x-rays and everything else that followed. he even offered to sell me a dog coffin-it was a nightmare and totally unnecessary. if only I had turned off the tv and read my holistic dog encyclopedia my baby would be here today...

  Re: Borax

Fri, 28 Aug 20 07:56:57 -0700
Posted by Amanda (Missouri (mo)) on 08/27/2020

Does this really work and what do I do I how do it.

EC: The most popular remedy for mange is the borax and peroxide treatment from Ted. Thousands of people have used this remedy worldwide since 2004. Instructions here:

Cayenne for Arthritis and Poop Eating

Tue, 25 Aug 20 14:12:20 -0700
Posted by JuneBug (Pasadena) on 08/25/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I started putting a couple shakes of cayenne in my elderly dogs' meals to stop one from eating poop and help her better absorb nutrients. They are fed a freeze-dried raw food and are doing well on it but slow from arthritis and hip dysplasia. They are definitely more "zippy" on walks since I added the cayenne. It seems to have stopped the eating poop issue.

Remedies Needed for Bot Fly on Pets

Fri, 21 Aug 20 13:14:32 -0700
Posted by Nancie (Vernal, Ut) on 08/21/2020

I need help with what think are bot flies in my tiny dog. She's a mouser and chases chipmonks. What can I use on the tiny bumps to suffocate the larvae?

 Re: Sudden Deafness Dog After Ear Infection

Wed, 19 Aug 20 20:15:41 -0700
Posted by Chantal (Texas) on 08/19/2020


i know this was a while back, but did you try the vinegar wash or anything else? Did it help??

 Re: Sudden Deafness Dog After Ear Infection

Wed, 19 Aug 20 20:15:32 -0700
Posted by Chantal (Texas) on 08/19/2020

Hello, I find several posts like the ones above, but no one ever shares an update on their dog's hearing months later. Any insight would be much appreciated!!