Just thought I should check in again as it has been a long time since I posted as tbh I haven't had any good news re Fizzy and her skin since my last posting. It has continued in a sort of flare up and die down cycle all this time. Unfortunately as we were moving countries, I had to resort to medication to try and suppress the symptoms as I was told she might not be accepted into USA if she was looking unhealthy. Thankfully she made it here but as soon as she came off the medication her symptoms flared up again as bad as ever despite the ongoing raw diet, supplements etc.
However there is now light at the end of this 2+ year dark tunnel..... I have put her on a Yeast Starvation Diet that consists of just raw beef, boiled eggs and a good "greens" supplement. I also did the Baking Soda in her water, a pre+probiotic and Vit E/omega supplement and have been washing her in Malaseb shampoo. Within a couple of weeks she has stopped scratching completely and now after about 5 weeks, just about all her rough, thickened, dry, grey skin areas have hair growing over them - including those little patches on her elbows!! Her ears are no longer swollen and black and she is full of energy. Yoohooo I am so happy and so is she!!
I think the point worth making is that it was perhaps the fruit/vegetables in her raw food diet that were aggravating her yeast? Or maybe it is the wonderful "greens" product that has helped her (Spark). Who knows??? As I slowly start re-introducing some veggies into her diet maybe I will find out the answer.
Wishing all of you who are going through this nightmare with your dog to persevere - hopefully the solution is just around the corner!
The drug of choice to treat this condition is prednisilone; when hit hard and heavy this treatment alone often effects a cure of the condition by eliminating the inflammation of the brain and nervous system that results in the shaking/tremors. You are dealing with a chronic condition that is likely congential/genetic. The treatment is still the pred, but long term and typically low dose. Long term steroids do have side effects as you are well aware. So some ideas for you to consider - you will have to be the scientist and evaluate what is helping.
To combat the inflammation - all food supplements:
To help the muscles 'talk' better to each other:
To boost immune system:
This is just a very short list and there are many other food supplements that may apply as well.
You can use a cotton ball dipped in the ACV to carefully apply to the face. And your vet is correct, you do need to quarantine to avoid contaminating your entire house. I rescued a kitten that had ringworm - I didn't know this until after I had sent the kitten to rescue, and then found all of my DOGS now started to have funny bald spots! The vet confirmed the ringworm with a black light - it glowed bright apple green under the light. So I came up with a battle plan: I bathed the dogs daily in Selsun blue/anti-fungal shampoo. Since I sleep with my pets it meant washing my bedding daily also. I got a black light and used it on the dogs daily - when I found faint green spots under the light, I painted them over with fingernail polish [to seal out the air and smother the fungus]. I used the black light to go over every inch of the house where the dogs could roam and used duct tape to sticky-up anything that glowed green. I had the outbreak quashed and eliminated in 2 weeks.
If this were my dog I would take her to the vet and get the meds again. I say this because you gave both the meds and the ACV, and then the issue resolved in short order: it is hard to know which remedy worked. Antibiotics tend to act very quickly while the ACV can take time, and your dog is hurting right now. So please, if you do not see immediate improvement with the ACV, take your girl in to the vet. One other thought; UTI's in pets have been directly linked to grain based diets. Please take a look at your dog food ingredient label and if you see corn and grains in the first few ingredients consider changing the diet to a meat based /grain free diet. You may pay more upfront for the food, but you save in the end with fewer vet bills.
I forgot to say that my dog only shakes her head on first waking up on a morning and tries to itch only for a little while. I have put sudocrem on the inside of her ear (not the canal) which has cured the redness and stopped the skin itching there but there is obviously still something bothering her inside on a morning. May I ask how often you can use Apple Cider Vinegar as a flush after you use it daily initially and the ear problem is almost gone? And secondly how often you can use it as a maintenance?
Posted by Jessica (British Columbia) on 01/23/2017
Does anybody have experience using the Chinese herb Si Wu Tang to treat a cat's anemia due to kidney disease? I saw it recommended on online but can't find an amount to give him. I don't have the money to take him to a holistic vet. Any help you can give would be really appreciated.
Cottage cheese looking stuff blowing out? Not a tumor at all, in all likelihood. It's probably a sebaceous cyst. Dense coated and double coated dogs especially are very prone to them, but they form when a sebaceous gland impacts and the sebum (the oil that lubricates the hair shaft) builds up. My dog gets them all the time.
I am in Australia and my Mum just bought the herbs in the pack and I brew it up as per instructions.
I have been giving Maloo 5ml with 5ml of water twice a day by syringe.
It really has seemed to do wonders for him. Been eating, back to meowing and waking me up for food. Still sneezing however less blood. It got worse for a few days when first started the tea however read that is to be expected.
Wishing you and your kitty all the best. Prayers to you also.
Posted by Mama26kids (Farmington, Maine) on 01/23/2017
I really wanted these natural remedies to work for us, but unfortunately they didn't and my cat died last night. We noticed on Saturday morning that our barn cat was having trouble peeing, so we brought him in and tried each remedy here...the emergency ACV and the cranberry, also cod liver oil. Sadly none seemed to help at all. He vomited after every dose even just water made him puke. By Sunday evening he was not as active and then suddenly moments after vomiting he let our a couple of cries and died. =( We sadly couldn't afford to go to the vet on the weekend which is 2 hours away. Not to be off topic, but the real problem here for our cats is VETS over charging for services and not accepting payments. Its unethical and immoral and all VETS who do this should be ashamed. Caring for animals is about caring....not cash.
Our poodle mix Lola is experiencing a UTI that started last night. I just gave her some organic ACV mixed it in with about 4 oz of raw goats milk. Hollywood Feed and other holistic based stores will carry it. I'll see if it works for her. I can tell she's in pain and she's shaking. Her tail is between her legs as if she's quite uncomfortable. I fed it to her the last time she had a UTI along with the meds the vet gave me. She sprung back to herself within a few days. I'm hoping this works. The vet's bill was outrageous for the diagnosis.
More than 2 years ago, my husband and I spent more $1000.00 vet bill to have our ragdoll cat Manuel unblocked and treated. Manuel was in agony, can't pee and was crying. He was hopsitalized for 3 days, after discharged he still was suffering. I researched and found vitamin, vet's + best supplements and gave it to manuel twice a day as well as hydrate him water by syringe. It helped and what a relief. Then I work full time and I wasn't able to give Manuel his supplement daily. Last week he started having bladder problem. I cant handle to see Manuel having urinary trouble.
I found this ACV, plus put back Manuel vitamin C, Vet's + Best Urinary Tract support, and natural pet Urinary Tract Irritations cat supplement, thank goodness it help. Manuel is peeing regularly as well as has BM regularly. Well, he didn't like like the taste of the water with ACV but force hydrate him. Bringing him back to vet it's sighing $$$$$$$$ bills...
Can you explain more about the dosage please. Do you use the herbs and make your own tea? Sorry, I'm still trying to get my head around all of this. My 6kg cat has just been diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma on his nose. Thank you
Thanks so much for info on acvinegar. At wit's end for 4 mo old kitten with upper respiratory and snotty nose. Constantly on antibiotics after got him about mo old and antibiotic shots and cipro nasal drops. Assume old enough to try this.
My lab Max, who we lost last year at 14, started experiencing a terrible limp when he was about 9 years old. After doing some research, I started making him ground turkey in a cup of turmeric broth. He had no interest in the broth until I added the turkey. I would bicycle his leg gently, forward and backward 15 times twice a day, and fwd him a tbsp of turmeric in chicken broth with some ground turkey. He also got a Glucosamine Chondroitin capsule once a day.
We did this every day for a month, and he was walking great, up until the end, when old age got the better of him.
I miss him every day, and hope this helps someone else out there.
My cat has just been diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma on his nose. It looks really bad. They are busy doing some swabs etc.
In the meantime I want to get him on some Essiac. Which is the best form? The tea, capsules for pets or the liquid? And can someone break down exactly how I must administrate it, I'm lost. Thank you so much. My thoughts are with you all and your pets
Cut out the potatoes in the dog food; sweet or regular! Potatoes are carbs = sugar. Sugar feeds yeast. I have a golden retriever that has been immune compromised since we got her at 10 weeks old. I finally stopped the steroids injections and put her on a grain free dog food that has salmon and green peas. No "dog cookies" anymore but she loves bell pepper, and green beans plus plain yogurt. The outbreaks are under control for the most part.
I use an antifungal shampoo on her (Malaseb) and also soak her feet in a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed in a gallon of water. it helps it get into the nail bed where the fungus likes to live. I also use this as a final rinse after her bath...do not rinse off. I think if you cut out the potatoes in the diet you will start to see some results