Skin is a direct indicator of gut health too. But you are surely in the right path with the foods, since the gut symptoms have improved. Keep going!! It might take looong time before skin starts healing. Or at least it has took in my case. there is a product named Restore. It's humic acid and distilled water. it tightens the cell walls in the gut & intestine so particles that don't belong to the bloodstream don't leak there and cause allergy symptoms/intolerances. The Bottle is a bit expensive, but you only take it a little. I take 1tsp before meals, for dogs, cats and babies it's smaller dosage. It has helped me getting better and my friend and her baby it has helped a lot.
Ps. It's the same stuff that's they have for pets / humans. The only difference is price and dosage.
I just rescued a cat. the elderly owner passed in July and this cat has been alone except for someone stopping in to feed and scoop every other day since then. She has been pulling hair out, but that's not the issue because it should get better now she's with me. She was perfect from noon until 9 last night, then started scratching.
As I brushed her, I saw black specks but didn't see any actual fleas (so I need to treat all her soft toys and scratching post, can you tell me the best way?). She also is very dandruffy. I had put out the food that she came with, but she did get some treats that my cat was getting. Allergies? She's on Iams food, as is my cat. Also, I had put out that fresh step crystal litter, so could that do it? She came with a nasty cat box and a new box of arm and hammer litter, so I've cleaned the box and put that litter out for her. I"m going to see if I can get her in to my vet asap, since they had no clue about shots or any other health checkups and she's very overweight (30 lbs?).
Please advise. I don't have tons of money for special food or treatments and really don't want to give her back (terrible life! ), but will do what I can for her. I've had cats all my adult life and never had one that scratched like this. I do keep my cats on flea/tick monthly treatments because I get eaten up by fleas, and I know this isn't the best for the cat but either they get treatment or I don't have cats. And my cat goes outside and brings in ticks all spring and summer.
Posted by Sgt. B (Folsom, Louisiana ) on 09/23/2020
I also use products from springtime for my animals, bug off garlic is great for them, either the tablets or the powdered garlic, plus I buy joint tablets and also use them for our horses, springtime products will send you a catalog or you can purchase online as well.
I wanted to add a few other well known medical treatments for myiasis:
1. Apply an Ivermectin or Thiabendazole cream to the area 4 times a day. Rub it in very well. These drugs are anti-larval and will force the larvae to surface and kill them. Typically 1% Ivermectin or 15% Thiabendazole creams are used. Sometimes, the percentage of Ivermectin is increased to 1.5,2 or 3%. Often they will add DMSO to the cream to increase penetration or rub it on after the cream is applied to the skin; in which case, apply the cream twice. If the animal has sensitive skin they will use a VERSA base cream preparation.
Some animal treatments use Moxidectin both topically and/or orally.
Depending upon the depth of the infection and the species, it can take days to weeks or longer to entirely clear out all of the larvae. Some species lay more larvae than others and some parasitic fly species are very small and lay very small larvae. Bot fly larvae are generally larger and easier to remove manually.
A parasitic fly bite can look very benign but cause life threatening infections. Many fly bites look like small pimples which grow and worsen over time.
Myiasis wounds can vary radically in their presentations from a benign-looking bump or swelling on the skin which can enlarge & spread over time to something that is obvious in presentation such as a very large and painful lump with a puncture hole in the middle and exuding clear fluid or diluted bloody fluid (hallmark of many parasitic fly bites).
Many fly bites can develop a crust over the infected area.
Most myiasis infections will be painful to very painful if firmly pressed on.
The animals will feel like something is moving under their skin.
All insect bites should be promptly and adequately treated.
2. Large bot fly bites: clay or another strong & occlusive drawing salve is applied for a full day, 24 hours, to draw the organism to the surface and then pressure is applied to the sides to force the organism out. The problem with this method is remnants of the organism can remain to cause an infection or, there can be more than one organism in the wound. So, one must be thorough and monitor the area.
Many have had success using a thick paste of 70% sulfur, pine oil and vaseline (petroleum). There are several Veterinary or farm salves that have these ingredients (e.g., NuStock). This paste has been used successfully on farms and by Vets for over a hundred years in treating myiasis/fly larval wounds and many other types of wounds and skin issues.
Leave the paste on for 3 days and keep it moist by covering it with plastic wrap & tape or use a moisture proof bandage to keep it moist and tape the edges to prevent the removal of the bandage. You may need to apply more paste during the 3 day period to keep it moist.
You can wrap the covered area with stretchy tape or gauze to keep it in place.
Make sure the paste extends past the infected area by 2-3 inches so ensure than you are treating all of the infection and to prevent the infection from "running away" from the killing agents.
After 3 days, wipe off the paste and whatever has been drawn out of the skin. Then, rinse and pat dry.
Repeat the 3 day paste procedure until nothing more is drawn out of the skin.
Pine creosote, pine tar, 100% gum pine turpentine, etc.... have all been used in various forms to treat these types of conditions because pine creates an anaerobic environment which forces the larvae to surface to the skin where you must remove them. Sometimes you need to use tweezers or serrated forceps because some of them hold onto the skin for dear life. They can have suckers, barbs, etc....
There are many other solutions that can force the bugs to surface to be removed.
For example, some people apply a cloth soaked in turpentine over the area and cover that with something warm/hot for a couple hours which can cause them to surface. Or, a cloth filled with hot salt and then turpentine applied to the salt cloth and left on for as long as needed. Repeat as needed.
Another way to remove fly larvae is to rub in "real" Diatomaceous Earth into the area a couple times a day. Eventually, all of the bugs under the skin will surface to be removed. Continue until nothing else is drawn from the skin.
Some people have noted that if you apply the DE quite generously after rubbing it into the skin then, apply plastic over this and then a hot moist towel on top, leave it on for a day, 1/2 a day, will cause the buggers to surface. This method works best after the infection has already been "opened up".
I know some have successfully applied several essential oils neat or lightly diluted to the area every 2-4 hours for as long as it takes until all the larvae surface. Can be days or longer.
Doctors are known to lance the area and physically remove the larvae. And, they will often give an anti-larval drug after the procedure (e.g., moxidectin, ivermectin, etc...).
NOTE: be careful when purchasing pine products (turpentine, oil, tar, etc...) because pine oil is one of the most adulterated oils on the market and can be synthetic and toxic. Much of it comes from China.
NOTE: some people will add additional essential oils to the sulfur paste: e.g., lavender, gum turpentine, eucalyptus, peppermint, orange, etc... These essential oils are all anti larval. There are others.
Or, they will apply one or several of the oils to the area first (can dilute) and then cover it with the paste. Add more of the paste and these oils as needed.
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?
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.
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.
Posted by Kim (Colorado Springs, Co) on 09/14/2020
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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