Recent Pet Posts

Garlic for Dogs

Sat, 25 Mar 17 11:00:02 -0700
Posted by New Mexico Glo (Roswell) on 03/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Just to clear up the many misconceptions out there about garlic, it is safe for dogs in moderation. I have fed it to all 5 of mine since they were pups, all eat a home cooked diet with about the equivalent of 1/2 clove each per day, and typically do not get fleas or worms, unless it's a very bad year for fleas. 4 of them weigh between 50 and 60 pounds, the other is around 35 pounds, just for reference. Even in bad years, such as last year, they don't get many, and the fleas don't stick around very long, as they can't stand the smell of the garlic.

Onions, on the other hand, can do serious harm to your dogs! The allium content in them is much higher than in garlic, although they are from the same plant family.

The key to feeding garlic is caution and being observant. Like with any food, some dogs, or humans, might have an allergy to ANY food, so start small, observe carefully for a few days, then if they do well, continue and enjoy not using toxic flea preparations on your fur babies. :-) Also do some research on herbal preparations that you can make at home, rather than using toxic chemicals that are sold at the store, labeled "safe." I assure you they are not all that safe. The are pesticides, plain and simple.

Here's to good health!

  Re: Injured Dog

Sat, 25 Mar 17 10:25:20 -0700
Posted by Margaret Todd (Tennessee) on 03/24/2017

Sounds like she could use a chiropractor. Some States allow a chiropractor to work on dogs. I have had a fairly young dachshund/poodle mix dog with a back injury 'cause my kids were having a ball jumping the dog up and down park benches. He was in terrible pain and could not walk. The Vet said surgery had a 50/50 chance of helping. Since I had hurt my own back as a CNA, I was going to a chiropractor for myself and mentioned my dog and he told me he could adjust animals. He did and our dachshund/poodle mix never had any more trouble with his back the many years more we had him. He live to be 18 years old with arthritis and was blind but his back was good. Needless to say maybe, the kids weren't allowed to make him jump up and down like that.

  Re: Ted's Mange Remedies After Applying Revolution

Fri, 24 Mar 17 08:25:22 -0700
Posted by Dolores (New Jersey) on 03/24/2017

I have 7 lhasa apso's they came down with scaibes mange

i have put revolution on them but they are scratching my one little guy has lost all her coat. he had more hair when he was born and basically no hair now, my dogs age range fron 15 1/2 to 5 yrs

can you use a hair dryer after you put the solution on them since they are long hair dogs and since I put revolution on them is this ok to do

  Re: Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Fri, 24 Mar 17 08:23:33 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/24/2017

Hey Solis,

Please read up about hypothyroidism in dogs:

Taken from the above source:

"The thyroid gland is a small gland that is situated close to the larynx (voice box) in the neck. It is regulated by the small pituitary gland that is located at the base of the brain. Normally, the pituitary gland produces a hormone called TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). This hormone tells the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. The amount of TSH produced is dependent on the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood. The pituitary gland responds to the blood level of thyroid hormone by producing more TSH if the thyroid hormone level is low, and less TSH if the thyroid hormone level is high.

Hypothyroidism results from the impaired production and secretion of thyroid hormones. More than 95% of all cases occur as a result of destruction of the thyroid gland. Most hypothyroidism is due to thyroid gland destruction that is suspected to be caused by the dog's own immune system killing the cells of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism may also be a result of atrophy of the thyroid tissue and resultant infiltration of the tissue by fat, or by a cancer. Hypothyroidism can also be associated with the presence of other diseases and the use of certain medications. Rare cases of congenital hypothyroidism have been diagnosed, as well."

Have you had an actual diagnosis of hypothyroid from your vet via blood test? This condition in your dog is very likely NOT caused by iodine deficiency, so while boosting iodine may help, in the long run you may simple be spinning your wheels and delaying proper treatment to your dog, which certainly cannot feel good for your dog. This condition responds very well to the synthetic T4 used to treat it, and if you tried this medication and got poor results you might consider seeing your vet once again and have the dose you administered adjusted.

  Re: Borax and Peroxide for Mange

Fri, 24 Mar 17 08:23:11 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/24/2017

Hello Delores,

You can blow dry your dog, but not right away. The reason being, the longer the solution is wet, the longer the solution works - and you want the solution to work as long as possible. What I do is put the wet dog in either a crate with a towel in the bottom [and a chewy to keep him busy] in a warm room, or let them run about to air dry. After half an hour or so, if they are not fully dry I will use a blow dryer to finish the job.

  Re: Borax and Peroxide for Mange

Thu, 23 Mar 17 21:54:14 -0700
Posted by Dolores (Pittstown, Nj) on 03/23/2017

After doing Borax and peroxide for mange, can you dry them with hair dryer since my dogs are long hair?

  Re: Essiac Tea for Cat With Cancer - Urgent Help Requested

Thu, 23 Mar 17 10:20:15 -0700
Posted by Jon (Ridgeley, Wv) on 03/23/2017

Essiac probably good choice, also look into AHCC, this should help strengthen immune system.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infection in Cat

Wed, 22 Mar 17 22:56:00 -0700
Posted by Victoria (Rochester, Ny) on 03/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

We filled a little 5ml syringe up with 50/50 ACV (organic with the mother) and water, getting it down my cat was a challenge, but before we even finished the first syringe he peed all over me. Never thought I'd be so happy to have my cat pee all over me! He had taken a turn for the worse, had vomited once and was pooping on things, because he was trying to pee so hard and couldn't, so we were quite desperate. Almost instant relief! So grateful for this article! Thank you!

  Re: Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Wed, 22 Mar 17 22:39:56 -0700
Posted by Solis (Alberta) on 03/22/2017

I just found out my 3.5 yr old is hypothyroid. I'm torn because I don't to put her on synthetic medication but I hate seeing her like this. I decided to give her kelp for the iodine deficiency but I'm not sure if she has hypothyroidism as a result of iodine deficiency. I do know that it has done wonders for her in the last couple of months of taking it. coat just shines no more flakey skin and dullness. The plaque on her teeth is also clearing up with the help of a raw knuckle bone once a week. I also give her a little colloidal silver for inflammation, bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites etc...for all around good health. I have also researched and found that virgin coconut oil is very beneficial for the thyroid and hormones so I am going to try that as well. There will be a few things I will try before I resort to pharmacuticals that eventually create other health issues. Its just too bad our fur babies can't tell us how they feel .:-(

Essiac Tea for Cat With Cancer - Urgent Help Requested

Wed, 22 Mar 17 10:27:42 -0700
Posted by Petra Rajko (Hr) on 03/22/2017
3 out of 5 stars

My 15 years old cat has an abdominal tumor. Vet thinks it's a fibrosarcoma. I noticed it at the end of 2016., and she did Ultrasound and x-ray and the vet said it's not operable because half of it it's in abdominal cavitiy, half on the outside.

On 21st of January I started giving her ESSIAC TEA, so it is now 2 months. She seems ok, eating, playing etc., but the thing is getting bigger and bgiger. I read here that the tumors get biger before they fade, but I'm wondering in what period? Because for now it's just growing. And she vomits every morning around 5:00 am. Had some kidney failure 6 months ago and we have them under control with Reishi mushroom.


 Re: Megaesophagus in my Rescued Dog, Vet Recommendation Needed

Tue, 21 Mar 17 22:49:43 -0700
Posted by Rhonda (Cocoa, FL) on 03/22/2017

Dr. Michael Thomson at Animal Medical Clinic in Melbourne, FL 321-727-2421

Red Clover Blossom + Coconut Oil Tea For Non Estrogen Based Dog Cancer + Tumors

Tue, 21 Mar 17 16:05:32 -0700
Posted by Odin's Mom (Colorado Springs) on 03/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Red Clover Blossom + Coconut Oil Tea For Non Estrogen Based Dog Cancer + Tumors

Hi, I have a 8 - 9 year old rescue husky who has Arthritis + now anal gland tumors + possibly others, the Vet suggested 1 of 2 option.. Major Surgery or "put him down", (He never had a life till now)

1 month ago after a ton of research, I started him on

Red Clover Blossom Tea +
Coconut oil, 2 - 3 Tsp.

Red Clover Blossoms Steeped for 1/2 Hour in 6 Ounces or less

Boiled Water, Cool then add 1/2 - 1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil.. 1 Time every other Day ..

Husky's have sensitive systems (ya, except they can eat anything outside LOL)

At any rate, The Red Clover Blossoms (Only) also have Curcumin + The RCB's also produce an Estrogen like substance + RCB's also act as a Blood Thinner - So Careful Folks Don't Use RCB's for Estrogen based Cancers (makes it worse)

Well, this is 1 month later ..

Odin is running around, Talking up a storm, back to my bouncing Boy .. Looks like he might be shedding Tumors (liquefied?)

He is a little loose but nothing significant, I have stopped the RCB's for this next week or 2 because his skin was quite red during the RCB Tea Treatment.

His Skin Tone is almost Normal, I am increasing His Coconut Oil to 1 Tsp. per day now, He eats it in a lump, I tried to eat it like that (consistency of coconut flavored Lard).

I'll drink it in my Coffee, thank You..

I looked into Turmeric + many other remedies + found that Turmeric without Black Pepper is not very effective, can cause an Acidic System (You want an Alkaline system to fight Cancer) + can cause Kidney + Liver Problems..

So, I opted for my own creation of RCB's + Coconut to start + will return to the Tea if necessary, right now, I want to give his system a chance to kick in with the help..

I think this is working people, start slowly ..

Prayers for all of Our Pups + Buddies

I hope this helps someone else's "Kids" out there


Ted's Mange Cure for Ear Mites on Cat

Tue, 21 Mar 17 10:37:34 -0700
Posted by Beth (Austin, Texas) on 03/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone!!! I am very very very grateful for all of you, your comments, and this site. @nycandre, thank you for all the details and the follow-up on your beautiful cat, Ted, thank you for being so gracious to share and share again.

I noticed my beloved fur ball Violet had gunk around her one ear. Not really scratching at it, but also recalling last year when this happened it was ear mites, which I took her to the vet for. We did that gel, plus Revolution. Right now a $200+ vet bill is out of the question. So I googled. And y'all came up. And I started reading ... and cleaning her ear .. and reading.

I started with colloidal silver in the ear, and internally. Kept reading. Saw the olive oil/garlic. My husband is a naturopathic GP ... so we have lots of remedies around the house. Grabbed the ear drops that had the olive oil and garlic, plus something else. At this point her ear starts to look worse. She's scratching more, and the exterior in front of the ear is looking really irritated. So I keep reading, and reading, and reading. Ted's formula keeps coming up. I had to get to the store to get Borax, but I had peroxide at home. So I started cleaning her ear with straight 3% peroxide. As a rule, I don't like peroxide on an animal's ears. It's very very drying to tender skin. BUT ... I needed to get something going better. I used cotton pads (Shiseido, expensive but worth it. They don't shed, they're strong, and they are SUPER soft.) soaked but not dripping, then q-tips. It hurt. Her ear was bright red and I thought I did some real damage. I left her alone for the night and checked her the next day. Blood crusts, her ear was loaded with them. Which told me something in the right direction was happening. I bathed her using Dawn, paying attention to butt and feet. She has long hair - we think Norwegian Forest cat- so you have to work thoroughly to make sure it gets to the skin.

I got the borax, and read more. I needed to know if I could use it directly in the ear. Yay Ted!! YES I COULD. I mixed up a 1/2 batch, storing it in a glass jar in a drawer. For the last 3 nights I've soaked cotton pads and worked them inside her ear to loosen everything, then used q-tips. Violet has a "pocket" in her ear that was holding a lot of crust. The first night she wouldn't let me get anywhere near this pocket. The next night I started on the pocket with a q-tip before cleaning the ear with the pads. Success!!! She was in less pain, so I had more time to work with it. I pulled out a lot of crust. After cleaning it as thoroughly as I could, I took a dropper and put in 3 or 4 drops in the ear directly -- 2 into that pocket -- and massaged the ear then let her shake. Last night, very little crust, pocket still pretty clean. We're in the right direction.

My husband is going to fashion me a "cone of shame" so we can make sure she stays wet long enough for the solution to dry into the skin (which is what Revolution does). Then the dog will get done. I plan on keeping this up for at least a month, and treating the carpet.

I just noticed behind the ear she had matted hair "dred locks" and she's scratching behind that ear .. so it's going to be a Ted bath tonight. At least I know this is the right direction. If it happens again .. and it probably will .. I will go straight for Ted's solution. I don't think the oil etc did what was needed. So thank you one and all for all of your comments!!! Your comments gave me the direction I needed to go in!!!

  Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Mon, 20 Mar 17 21:17:52 -0700
Posted by Katie (Northport, Ny) on 03/20/2017

The number I have for Dr. Gil 516-997-3632. He's located in Dix Hills.

  Re: Regular Apple Cider Vinegar Working for Fleas

Mon, 20 Mar 17 16:35:12 -0700
Posted by Littlewing (Boston) on 03/20/2017

Please be careful with rosemary and dogs. Some dogs react badly and have seizures from ingesting rosemary (if you spray your dog with this and he licks it).

  Re: How to Detox Nexgard Flea and Tick from Dog?

Mon, 20 Mar 17 16:34:48 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/20/2017

Hey Toni,

If this were my dog I would give activated charcoal - found in tablet form at the drugstore or health food store, with each meal and perhaps a couple of extra times a day in a treat. You might also consider a homeopathic remedy for poisoning - please google and read what may apply to your situation.

  Re: Syringomyelia in Dogs

Mon, 20 Mar 17 16:26:50 -0700
Posted by Michelle (Huntington, Ny) on 03/20/2017

I am looking for the vet chiropractor who treated the cavalier spoken about in this post. It was a few years ago, but I live in the same area and have a cav with the same problem. Thank you

How to Detox Nexgard Flea and Tick from Dog?

Sun, 19 Mar 17 16:52:33 -0700
Posted by Tony (Redford, Mi) on 03/19/2017
0 out of 5 stars

I gave my 8 year dachshund a nexgard 1/2 pill, now shaking and scratching, please help. How do I detox the Nexgard side effects?

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Sun, 19 Mar 17 16:34:59 -0700
Posted by Anita (St. Augustine, Fl) on 03/19/2017

I have a 90 pound female Akita who gets UTI 's regularly. She has been tested for everything but nothing is wrong. How much apple cider vinegar can I put in her food

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Stones in Dog

Sun, 19 Mar 17 16:34:28 -0700
Posted by Sharon (Oh) on 03/19/2017
5 out of 5 stars

You are so right!! $5.00 miracle! My Jack Russell developed bladder stones and the vet immediately wanted to do surgery. I found info on sites like this and decided to try this first due to the fact that Chloe is getting old. Her last surgery scared me to death cuz I wasn't sure the old girl would make it! ((Vet pulled teeth, without consent while she was being fixed.

After 1 week on the ACV she is back to her old self. Who knew that a 5 dollar remedy would work so well compared to a 700 dollar surgery. Vet has called twice trying to schedule her a surgery. They don't even ask how she's doing, just are you ready to have the procedure done!! All about the $$$.