Recent Pet Posts

  Re: Baby Oil for Fur Matting

Sun, 12 Mar 17 09:27:38 -0700
Posted by Mary (Central Ny) on 03/11/2017

Had to chime in here when I again saw a cone mentioned. Maybe that IS the way to go, I really don`t know, but, cats with long fur and matted fur problems could possibly benefit from licking the oil. They may have fur clumps in their intestines that could be helped moved thru their body. In this area it is recommended by a groomer to occasionally give your cat Vaseline to lick off Ur finger to clear fur balls in their system. My cat is 19 and I am so very grateful for this column and all your comments. Started w/the Baby Oil already. I had no idea just what a terrible mess she is as extremely skiddish. BTW I not only think this was caused by her aging and less eager to groom, but, that new canned cat food WITH GRAVY! Unfortunately, she loves it. Grooms herself right after eating and think the gravy dries on her. She hates being brushed (just her face and head - bath is def out! ).

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Feline Upper Respiratory Disease

Sat, 11 Mar 17 14:18:59 -0800
Posted by Debra Haskell (A) on 03/11/2017

I'm definitely going to try ACV. Would it help to add some to the water in a warm mist humidifier?

 Re: Older Cat Not Responding to Natural Cancer Treatments

Sat, 11 Mar 17 10:08:28 -0800
Posted by John (Barrington, Nh) on 03/11/2017

Try CBD hemp oil from your herb store.

(603) 740-8400

herbal path store Dover, N.H.

Mimi is the clerk that knows.

A holistic vet said he uses

4:1 ratio hemp for fighting cancer THC : CBD (not easy to get)

Look up national holistic vet asso. to find a local holistic vet.

  Giving Yogurt, Coconut Oil and Pumpkin But Dogs Still Have Anal Gland Issues

Fri, 10 Mar 17 21:03:42 -0800
Posted by Cathy (Bensenville, Il) on 03/10/2017
3 out of 5 stars

My 6 month old dauschounds are boys and have the anal gland problem every 3 days. I use puppy focus food with yougurt in the morning and pumpkin and organic coconut on their food at night. I have been doing this for 4 months now. their poop looks great. but the anal gland smell still happens yuck. So any other suggestions for diet? please help...

  Re: Severe Muscle Wasting in Dog

Fri, 10 Mar 17 20:45:25 -0800
Posted by Walter (Vancouver ) on 03/10/2017

Question for Ted: my dog probably has degenerative myelopathy and severe muscle wasting- what can we do to help her? She's 17.

EC: Hi Walter, so sorry but Ted had a stroke June 2015 and is unable to correspond at this time. Perhaps someone else can offer suggestions or check out the posts on this page.

  Re: Dog With Allergies and Hip Issues

Fri, 10 Mar 17 10:10:55 -0800
Posted by Sam (Sa Australia) on 03/10/2017

So sorry for your loss.

It truly does hurt as they take a piece of you with them. I am in tears reading your last post.

Love to you and your furbaby angel x

  Re: Garlic and Cats

Fri, 10 Mar 17 10:00:56 -0800
Posted by Jeff (Willits Ca) on 03/09/2017

Garlic is NOT an onion like food!!

 Re: How Can I Treat Stray Cats With Mange?

Fri, 10 Mar 17 09:49:16 -0800
Posted by Holly (Toronto, Canada) on 03/09/2017

The most effective and NATURAL NON TOXIC way to help a cat with mange that I know of is "Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth" . It's safe and inexpensive as well. It can be purchased at most any health food store or animal feed store easily. Sadly, I have had my fair share of abandoned cats with mange coming around as well and the simplest way I've found is to put the DE into the bottom of a sock then tie a knot at the other end of it and rub it all over under the fur ( rub it in the opposite direction that the hair lays to make sure you get it all under the hair ). I use my left hand to push the hair back and right hand with sock to rub it in really good while making sure to avoid the eyes and mouth and doing it slowly as to not create dust. It's harmless to cat's if it licks some off as it is also used in food and water for parasites, worms, fleas/ticks as well as other things. Just be careful not to inhale it or make dust around the cat's face so it doesn't inhale it either, I always wear a mask to be on the safe side and go slowly. In case of any possible parasites, worms, fleas/ticks, then it can be added to the food you give them which should to be wet food and if feeding dry then just mix the DE in an equal amount of water first and let it sit until it's moist ( about 1 hour for complete absorption). Dosage is: Small Cats and Kittens (2-6 ½ lbs) ½ tsp of food grade DE Full Grown Cats (7-13 lbs) 1 tsp of food grade DE So say you are feeding an adult cat 1/2 cup of dry then add 1/2 cup water with 1tsp. DE already mixed in and let it sit till the DE water is all absorbed before giving it to the cat. Good luck

  Re: Lavender Oil Healed Hot Spots Fast!

Thu, 09 Mar 17 16:08:17 -0800
Posted by Tara (Baton Rouge, La) on 03/09/2017

Just wanted to give an update on my last post. This remedy still works like a dream. I mixed up a small bottle to use whenever our buddy gets a raw spot, and the spot always dries and scabs up the very next day. I gave a bottle to a friend to use on his Boxer, and it produced the same result. Smells pretty good as well. :)

  Re: Diatomaceous Earth for Mange in Cats

Thu, 09 Mar 17 10:56:50 -0800
Posted by Cynthia (Montrose, Pa) on 03/09/2017

Is is safe for the cat to ingest this stuff if you rub into fur?

  Re: Manuka Honey for Pyometra

Thu, 09 Mar 17 10:54:03 -0800
Posted by Heather (Or) on 03/09/2017

Hello, I have a 12 pound female pom. I was just told last Saturday she has pyomtera. Read a mixture of manuka honey, vitamin C & turmeric would help her. I bought 100% manuka, 302mg vitamin C & 395mg of tumeric. Do you know how much I should mix together by chance?

  Re: Olive Leaf Extract for Cystitis in Cat

Thu, 09 Mar 17 10:51:14 -0800
Posted by Traci (Wi) on 03/08/2017

Thank you so much!! This is very encouraging. My boy is critical right now so I can't tell you whole story. He had stones. I dissolved them within week (higher dose what others saying - tea better) with other herbs. It was a race against time as he was blocked and risks bladder rupture and kidney faiilure. I didn't have $2000 for vet. Emergency. Showed no stones and powder the whole lenght of his uretha. Vet operated twice with sedative -- incision stomach so both ends of penis. She couldn't get it out first or with special tool. She did needle to bladder to drain (critical). So he was safe to come home. Hoping it was loosened to pass. I prayed all night to go back to vet. 10 minutes there he passed it. Miracle and herbs. I think it was mostly prayer.

Males are very narrrow. I didn't know powder could get stuck. I think I disolved too many stones too fast. I was treating for infection two weeks before the block and realizing it was stones. then stones week. All that urine not draining caused infection.

So second visit he passed stone. She flushed him for sediment and said there may still be sand. She hydrated him. Hours after I got home he tried litter box - SCREAMING. That was 5 days ago. He's been blocked the whole time. Had no more money back to vet. A dear friend loaned me th money. It isn't enough for all tests. They are guessing IC (Cystitis). My research shows it could be stricture (scarring to urethat so can't pass). I could have caused damage by not knowing to treat for stones soon enough.

Listen all: I don't have time to prove now. All pet owners should have activated charcoal on hand. Powerful for so much. I research scientific studies. Activated Charcoal treats the major pathways of sepsis. It also is comparable to dialysis. One of the risks of stones and bladder infection is kidney failure. Many of us are caught not having $1200 -$4000 for operation. Chinca Piedra is the herb breaking stones. It varries how long it takes. We all should have this especially if male cat. If they are peeing outside litter or straining. Start right away. Buy loose bulk - not pills. more for money. Tea is more effective. Happy to help anyone if this happens.

So now. I'll find out tomorrow. Must use funds wisely as no more coming for a while from work. His bladder is likely very inflamed. He probably did get an infection from standing urine too long. He went three weeks mostly blocked and almost a week blocked. They say 24-28 hours. It is a miracle he is still alive. Don't think just because I did you can take the chance. I didn't know till too late and didn't have the choice. I knew the tests required an chose herbs instead.. There wasn't enough money for tests. There wasn't enough for operation. I did spare operation inton his bladder. small incision belly to access uretha. That saved at least $1200. That is not even the tests.

If you see these symptoms start on Chanca Piedra. Use Activated Charcoal. Read up on it. Tasteless.

I may still loose my boy. The olive leaf is life saver and have it here. Thanks for your testimony. It will help me make decisions with money I have to spend - which tests etc and depending on herbs to fix. The tests to diagnose. Antibiotic (usually don't) necessary. Myboy is inflamed. This must be addressed. Can't take chances now as won't be able to go back to drain bladder. I must find out if uretha stricture (damage) for which I have him on heavy dose 120000 one or two times per day to take aways scarring if this is there (guessing wihtout tests) the serrepeptase also is anti--pain and potently anti-inflamatory. It compares with steroids with no side effects. Another to have in your medicine cabinet for emergency. I implore you all to get those items and olive leaf extract too - which I have.

It comforts me to read of the olive leaf. I know it is powerful. But there is nothig like hearing the results. Now I'll be able to relax knowing what I will use to keep infection away as these can be recurrent.

I'll have researched all of this in weeks and put together full treatment plan. If anyone needs help just write me. go traci at gmail take out the spaces. Free. Just want to help. If I save him I'll have a regimin to cover the dif possibilities. I hope this helps someone. pardon the grammar. I've been up all night. I know how it is to be so worried and helpless.

All cat owners should have activated charcoal for too many reasons to go into. It filters kidneys. My cat would have been poisoned to death without it. Vet says he "couldn't have been blocked that long". Yes he was. Impossible? no. Herbs. Serrepeptase. I never could have imagined the powder would clog. She had never seen anything like it. She doesn't no what to think about no stones and struvite powder. Yes. Chanca Piedra works. There are others. I'll be putting together all my research to give to people. Please get the herbs I've mentioned to have on hand. You wont be sorry. Add olive leaf to that list. Hindsight has me wishing I had started with olive leaf and the Chanca. No harm and good even if there aren't stones and infection. Don't take a chance. Have these available.

I've worked with herbs thirty years. I never dealt with urinary stones in my cat. Cranberry for acidity for struvite. You have to guess without tests. Struvite most common.

I also read in Vet Med book that Tribulus is anti-spasmodic and actually ejects stones! Unfortunately I didn't have it on hand. Another top to have. Yes. It is safe for cats.

Anyone can write anytime if they have question need help with herbs for cats. Dogs are easier as cat's have more that are not safe. I dont have much experience with dogs but the science is transferable.

Blackstrap Molasses for Arthritis in Golden

Wed, 08 Mar 17 19:44:18 -0800
Posted by Maggie's Dad (Cedar Rapids, Ia) on 03/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

After reading the blackstrap molasses reviews I figured I would give it a try on my 12 yo Golden Retriever. She has arthritis in her hips and is on an anti-inflammatory. Over the past few weeks she has been declining to the point where she needed help to get up off the floor and could not do a short set of steps to get in and out. Was thinking we were getting near the end with her so I tried the molasses. She has been on it for 6 days and she is doing amazing! Still a little slow to get up, but gets up on her own with no problems. I am amazed. I started out giving her 1 Tbls twice a day on a piece of bread but after a couple of days I backed off to 1 tsp twice a day and she is still doing very well. Thank you to all who posted on here before me, if it had not been for the posts I would have been making a very hard decision now instead. Hope my review helps others!

  Re: Mange Remedies

Wed, 08 Mar 17 18:48:11 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/08/2017

Hey Cynthia,

Are you *sure* your dog has mange? From what you have shared, it sounds more like an allergic skin reaction to shampoo or a grooming product or a food treat. Mange in puppies is common; mange in a 14 year old animal is rare and when it does appear in an adult is often associated with a hidden, undiagnosed deeper illness that compromises the immune system. I have used the mange remedy with rapid results that led to a cure. I have connected with EC users who had mange puppies whose cases did not end like mine and who did end up using ivermectin, but those cases followed a different time line than yours - again, yours does not sound like mange, the timing sounds like an allergic reaction. I urge you to see the vet, not for ivermectin but for a second, experienced opinion as to what you are seeing on your dog's skin.

  Re: Diet Changes for Yeast Infections and Allergies

Wed, 08 Mar 17 10:02:41 -0800
Posted by Dona (Stuart, Florida ) on 03/08/2017

Did the wellness core dog food cause the yeast infection?

  Re: Sea Salt Remedy for Canine Bladder Infection

Wed, 08 Mar 17 10:00:02 -0800
Posted by Dagmar Leininger (Jacksonville Fl) on 03/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for these recipes, I have tried the Sea Salt with a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar in my dog's water and after 24 hrs, I AM SEEING GOOD RESULTS, thank you!!!

  Re: Mange Remedies

Wed, 08 Mar 17 09:52:16 -0800
Posted by Cynthia (San Jose, Ca) on 03/07/2017

Last month I called a mobile groomer as I had the flu. Ten days or so later my dog developed mange. He is 14 and has never had skin problems or issues with my regular groomer. The past four weeks have been hell really, washing him every other day, shaving him down. The initial site on his back is significantly improved, was horrible. He now has smaller spots everywhere, but look like they are in a healing phase. I have alternated Teds treatment within borax/hydrogen peroxide with shampoo, mange shampoo from Amazon and head and shoulders. For severe spots have covered them in honey, alternating on non bath days with apple cider vinager. The honey was amazing, suffocating them. He is getting better but not cured. I am told it can take twelve weeks or longer. Has been hard on me and the dog. But we are making progress. I may go then Vet for Ivermectin to help speed up the process. I also put small volumes of apple cider vinager and borax in his drinking water as instructed by people with experience. Keep it up. Takes a while.

 Re: What Natural Remedy Can Help Small Dog With Cyst or Boil on Chest?

Tue, 07 Mar 17 18:31:37 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/07/2017

Hello Danielle Jeanae,

My first thought is get your dog out of her outfits and remove all of her clothing - let her skin breathe and make sure there is nothing to irritate her skin by rubbing. My second thought is that you should see the vet to get a better idea of what you are dealing with, be it a benign fatty tumor, or a malignant mast cell tumor, or a painful infected abscess that might need draining. It is hard to tell from what you have shared exactly what you are seeing and describing - something that looks like a bruise might be a bruise, or might be a fungal yeast infection or might be normal pigment that has taken its time to fill in. So again, please see your vet and then report back.

 Re: What Natural Remedy Can Help Small Dog With Cyst or Boil on Chest?

Tue, 07 Mar 17 17:57:36 -0800
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 03/07/2017

Start mixing powdered turmeric into her food each time you feed her. Here's an EC link about the benefits of turmeric for dogs, along with dosage by weight:

 Re: Natural Remedies for Canine Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy?

Tue, 07 Mar 17 17:57:10 -0800
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/07/2017

Hey Bec,

There is no cure for this condition - this is a life long immune issue that may be helped by an immune boosting diet and supplements such as colostrum and quercetin. This is an excellent article on the matter so I will copy and paste.


SLO is thought to be an autoimmune disease that targets the toe nails. The hallmark of autoimmune diseases is that the body mistakenly forms antibodies against part of itself. If it's antibodies against our our red blood cells then we destroy our own blood and become anemic. If it's antibodies against our joints then we become arthritic. In the case of symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy, Greyhounds form antibodies against their toe nails, and reject them.


  • multiple nail loss
  • licking the nails
  • visible oozing around the base of the nail
  • separation of the nail from the quick
  • limping
  • infection
  • odor


  • this must be treated as an immune disorder, not a simple infection
  • loose and painful nails should be removed - usually under anesthesia
  • there is often a 6-10 week lag time to see a good response to treatment
  • treatment must extend over a period of at least many months, and in many cases, years
  • relapses are common
  • medications may need to be adjusted based on response to treatment -there is no single successful protocol
  • SEE YOUR VETERINARIANbut go in with information about the disease and treatment. This is not a common diagnosis and many vets might not be familiar with it.

MEDICATIONS (any doses mentioned here are for greyhounds - other breeds need their own levels)

  • in all cases, essential fatty acids should be started immediatelybut because of the nature of the disease, it may be 6 weeks or longer to see improvement. The recommended dose is 180 mg eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) per 10 pounds. Sources of EPA are:
  • The 1000 mgfish oil capsules contain 180 mg EPA, so a 60 pound Greyhound should get 6 fish oil capsules a day, a 70 pound Greyhound should get 7. These are readily available over-the-counter.
  • 3V HPcaps
  • Derm Caps ES
  • Vitamin E400 IU every 12 hrs
  • if the problem is severe or advanced at diagnosis, the following medications are also used:
  • tetracycline and niacinamide (500 mg each every 8 hours for an average sized Greyhound)
  • pentoxiphylline (Trental) - some vets prefer this over the tetracycline/niacinamide combination
  • prednisoneand azathioprine should be avoided if possible, but in resistant or very aggressive onset cases, prednisone can be dosed in greyhounds at 15 mg total dose per day, and then weaned down as soon as possible.
  • Pain medication - this is a very painful condition and there can be some relief with NSAID's likeRimadyl, Deramaxx, etc.


Most dermatologists agree that one of the possible triggers for this disease is food related. Thus, treating your SLO dog as a severe food allergy patient might be of some benefit. This involves very strict dietary restrictions, and the details should be discussed with your vet. Foods that have proven useful include Eukanuba Veterinary Diet (Response FP - a fish based food), IVD foods, Hill's ZD, and other truly hypoallergenic foods.


This disease tends to remain a life-long problem with afflicted dogs, but it is also one that can almost always be controlled with medication. With luck, over 6-8 months, new nails will regrow and your hound will be pain-free.

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