This is a great site. I just discovered you by accident. I have every bug on earth here, snakes, poison oak/poison ivy. My poor animals have been getting mange for the first time. My pigs got it and one dog it because she kept laying in the mite fabric the pigs laid in. I had it in plastic bags off the floor to take to laundromat. I have been bathing her in a tea-tree/oatmeal shampoo.
Fosters & Grant has ear wipes that are moisturized exactly for cleaning out ears. My pot belly pig got mange. The wipes are actually for dogs/cats but work well on all animals. So I clean out my pig's ears with the wipes, then put ear mite medicine in her ears. Then I wash her with a tea tree based shampoo which has oatmeal in it. She gets coconut oil treats I make in a mold. Its in the refrigerator so they keep their shape. She gobbles them down. I also now have a dog that got mange because she was laying on the bags of cloth that the pigs laid on. Or she got it outside. I don't know. I wash her every week and also spray a dip on her. I only use Ivermectin with the pot belly pig. I do not use with dogs or cats. I live in an area filled with mites, fleas, and ticks. It's a nightmare.
My now 14 and half year old dog was diagnosed with Cushings from her yearly Wellness exam a year ago. She did not show any symptoms at first, but when she did the Vet prescribed Trilastane. We monkeyed around with changing dosages and time of day administering and she seemed to just keep getting sicker. The potential side effects of the meds are the same as some the the symptoms of the disease so I had no idea what I was dealing with. After about 3 months of this my gut finally told me to take her off the meds and in the meantime I had been researching alternatives.
Follow your vet's advice on how to take her of these meds. It has to be done gradually.I started her on Pet Wellness Adrenal Gold Harmony and she is doing great! It contains turmeric and milk thistle as well as other plant based elements. She now has a bit of a spring to her step and a renewed sparkle in her eyes and although she still cannot make it through the night without pottying (heck, I can't either). We just use potty pads for her. I am so happy with how she is doing I would recommend Gold Harmony is anyone that has a dog with Cushing's.
Sounds like a mass on elbow could be a hygroma. Can get as large as softball & from trauma- dog on hard surface hitting elbow bone (or sometime pelvis on hip w hard surface) Fills w fluid from trauma. See a lot in large breed dogs that plop down on concrete or hardwood floors Most vets will suggest NOT draining the fluid Possibility infection Make dog lie on dog bed or soft surface Warm compresses to reduce fluid buildup Massage Could take weeks for body to reabsorb fluids once trauma to elbow stops It is not a cyst or tumor Think they sell elbow pads online?? But just need to stop lying & plopping on a hard surface.
Check out hygroma online. See it a lot in Irish Wolfhounds.
I am so grateful for your web page. Thanks to your posts my 14 year Old Japanese Akita has escaped been put to sleep by two vets and is now fit and healthy again. Thanks to vitamin c, turmeric and manuka honey. Thank you so very much we suffered for 8 weeks with an open pyometra and within a week of taking the above she started to eat, walk and put her weight back on. She is now back on walks with her brother who is also a Japanese Akita aged 12. Thank you again xx
Kitten formula is the same as what baby formula is, but for cats and not people. It's a white powder you buy at the store. I do not recommend it as cats are lactose intolerant and it has milk in it. It also has a lot of other ingredients that aren't necessary. Canned cat food would be better for a kitten, just mix in some water so it's not as thick.
You want the area you are treating to be exposed to the wet, active solution for [ideally] 30 minutes. How you accomplish that is up to you. You could have a wash cloth sopping wet with the solution on her face, and re-wet it frequently while holding it on her face for the 30 minutes - that would be one way. I have a plastic tub and I just made up a huge batch of the solution and put my puppy in the tub so she was immersed up to her neck, and then used a sponge to drizzle the solution on her head. The solution does not irritate the eyes, so if it gets in the eyes it will not hurt. If you have treated every other day, you likely can space it out a bit as it sounds, from the reaction, that you have interrupted the mite life cycle. The decaying mites ITCH - the scratching allows infection to set in - so you might try treating the infected areas with the topical antibiotic or colloidal silver. Lavender essential oil, a few drops mixed into coconut oil or calendula cream may be soothing in addition to the antibiotic cream. If her energy level is normal that is good news; a lethargic puppy means infection is going deeper which might mean a vet visit. Feeding good groceries is essential, and boosting her immune system with vitamin C is a good idea as well. It may be difficult to distract her from the itchy face, but try with things like a good chew or natural bone. I get beef neck bones at the supermarket and bake them at 350 for half an hour or so, so the meat is roasted on the outside but the bone is not cooked on the inside - and that will keep a puppy busy for a few hours.
I bathed her in a homemade gentle shampoo then towel dried her, then soaked her whole body in the borax solution... including her face. I then let her run around outside and dry naturally. Just over the course of the last week (with 4 treatments every other day) her face has gotten whelps all over it. She has lost most of the hair on her face. And now she's scratching like crazy. I ordered some iodine shampoo and some dinovite. Her energy is great. Her sister from the same litter is fine and both of them are the same in activity level.
So when you say to leave it on for 30 mins.... do I resoak her several times? Is it normal for it to get worse? I read that it could be due to the dead mites decaying under the skins surface causing an infection. Should I just stay the course?
Thank you for your reply Wendy. I have tried the pumpkin and the coconut oil and cannot get her to eat them in her food. As I said, she is a picky eater. I have been able to get her to eat her food with olive oil in it but the olive oil is not giving her any relief. I'll go back to the coconut oil and try it again. She 'sneeks up' on her food now like she's saying "OK, what is Mom putting in my food today! " Thanks again Wendy.
As someone else posted, add melted coconut oil to about 2 - 3 teaspoons of pumpkin and also add some ground-up flax seeds (about 1/4 tsp). The flax seed is to add fiber, which will help to clean out the intestines.
Warm up a Tablespoon of water to the mix in as well; the pumpkin is more appealing when it has been warmed. You can also add about 1/4 teaspoon of ground Slippery Elm instead of, or along with, the flax seed. It supplies mucilage which is soothing to the intestines and will help push things along. If she still won't eat the mix, try pouring 1 tsp or so of tuna fish liquid over the top of it.
Give the oil/pumpkin/flax/Slipper Elm mix to your cat 3 - 4 times a day until she poops. If she is an indoor/outdoor cat, keep her inside so you can see when she has pooped.
My cat was having constipation and would only eat only tiny amounts for 4 days. It took that long of me giving her this same mixture to her before she finally let out a long, dry turd.
If you are painting the solution on and letting it dry, it may not be penetrating properly. You might use a soft rag or sponge to sop up the solution and keep wetting it and reapplying it again and again to the areas you are treating for a full 30 minutes. If this were my dog I would consider dipping the entire dog and not just the face.
It sounds as if there are secondary skin infections. You can use an over the counter triple antibiotic ointment for people, or you might also consider colloidal silver as well [can be taken orally as well as applied topically].
Healing will take time. Expect to see results in 2 weeks, not 2 days.
You might also consider adding a Pet tab vitamin or human vitamin C [500mg 2xday with food].
Is your puppy otherwise health and happy and bouncy? If NOT then consider a vet visit, and check for internal parasites. If this were my puppy and the vet wanted to use Ivermectin or any other miticide to combat the mites I would decline that service and hold off to let Ted's remedy work, however I might consider taking/paying for any antibiotics the vet had to offer as they might be more effective for dogs than the human triple antibiotic. JMHO!
You might consider dosing your cat with CBD oil. Please google it and read all about it. You may find this helps reduce your cats allergies/reduce his reactivity to whatever allergen is affecting him/relax him so he does not over groom. There can be tummy upset if the dose is wrong, so you have to dose carefully, but it can do wonders for some pets.