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Desperately Need Help for Sarcoptic Mange and Ted's Mange Cure

Mon, 27 Aug 18 12:14:24 -0700
Posted by Shilpa (UK) on 08/27/2018

Hi Theresa and all you lovely people,

I have read through most of the post on treating mange with borax and food grade 3%h202. I have 2 dogs both 6 years Old. One is a German shepherd and the other Chocolate Labrador. To cut a long story short they both were misdiagnosed with allergies for nearly two years and being treated by different vets(holistic, conventional and integrated) for bacterial infections as a result of these so-called allergies. With seeing my dogs suffer and no resolution in sight I took things in my own hands and started investigating as to how to dogs of two different breeds suddenly developed an itch that progressively got worse and to a stage of self mutilation. I started to get red bumps and rashes on my legs, wrists, armpits and ankles in the third year. I concluded that it was sarcoptic mites as both me and my partner have bites on contact with them. The vet agreed as the symptoms and bites on me all tallied up. Since the vets have failed in diagnosing them and their approach to treatment, it has put me off vets completely. Here on started a journey to treat it naturally with Neem oil, Kleen Green Enzymes etc. All these remedies managed the mange but did not eliminate it. I moved home twice to see if this would make a difference but due to a series of events they picked up fleas as well which I treated with DE and was successfully eliminated. Finally, after a year of natural treatment, Moving home, I succumbed to Revolution known as Stronghold in the UK. It did have some effect and I applied it bi-weekly for 4 months with some difference but no elimination. I was then moved to Privonox which is the same as Advantage. This did not do it either.

In these two years I have left my job and work from home to ensure I am with them all the time as leaving them on their own has led to self-mutilation and subsequently pyoderma and bacterial infections. I feed them raw and sometimes cook meals when the bacterial infections are bad but I am managing all the bacterial infection by making a paste with DE and Cold pressed organic coconut oil. This seems to keep them in check. They are supplemented with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Turmeric and Milk thistle tincture, transfer factor plus, probiotics m kefir, and digestive enzymes. I think this regime has kept their health stable despite this nightmarish ordeal. They have a healthy weight and are energetic. I do rotate between Chia seeds, flax seeds, mushroom supplements, etc.

Now, I moved home again 2 months ago. In the rush of moving, I accidentally applied a vial of stronghold and privonox on the dog. The quantity was right just the vials got swapped as one dog was on Stronghold the other on privonox. This seem to have worked and I got very little bites in the next 10 days. I trialled this for the next 1.5 months every 12 days and they seemed better until I felt my shepherd started to have a reaction. They were doing really well on it and although not my chosen option, I was hoping to see an end as in the past two years, not only has my health detiroated but I have been house bound due to them for 2 years now. This led to me getting really depressed and losing friends but these two boys mean the world to me. My relationship with my partner is at a flux but thankfully we are still together. So please don't think I have taken the easy way out by giving them a mix of medication (which I discovered Accidentally) that is not safe. The vets were describing Bravecto and Ivermectin which I am determined not to use. I have stopped the spot on after my shepherd had a reaction and I have now decided to go down the Borax route. The bites are now back after I stopped the spot on treatments. My only problem in the past and now is that my dogs are large dogs and will not go in a bath. They both way 44kgs each. The UK weather doesn't work for bathing them every three days either or regularly for most of the year. So my question is- Can I spray the borax solution on them till they are soaked and let them sit in it for 30 minutes with no towel drying? They seem to have the most itches around their face, arms pits, ears, neck, paws and abdomen?

I am sorry for the lengthy message but I will be grateful for your advise. I am at my wits end but I cannot give up the fight. I want my boys back. Thank you for your time in advance. A worried and exhausted mum of Simba (gsd) and Skye (Labrador). Shilpa xx

  Re: Diet and Supplements for Dog With CHF

Mon, 27 Aug 18 10:16:12 -0700
Posted by Rachel (Ca) on 08/26/2018

How long did it take before this started making your dog feel better?

Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas

Sun, 26 Aug 18 15:53:22 -0700
Posted by Mitzy G. (Texas) on 08/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I tried many otc remedies for fleas on my dog. None kept them off. Then I remembered my Mom used AC vinegar for bugs! Duh! I mixed Apple Cider Vinegar half and half with water and sprayed my dog. Relief at last no scratching and biting! Vinegar is very cheap and isn't harmful to animals or humans. I continue to spray her every morning with no return of fleas.

  Multiple Remedies Saved Puppy From Parvo - Update

Sun, 26 Aug 18 11:05:23 -0700
Posted by Arlene (Nm) on 08/25/2018

We are 14 days out or so and my puppy continues to improve. He is fat, happy n playful...

I just wanted to add we never forced his head back to administer meds we did it as gently as posdible just lifting his lip and shooting it threw his teath. Some came out but some got in..and since I tried both Pepto and charcoal on 2 separate dogs I have to say the charcoal works better...but in a pinch, the Pepto is a good second...

Also I learned the hard way when they first start eating the have to be limited and fed small portions several times a day or they overeat and distend their stomachs...

I also want to thank everyone who contributed their learned knowledge to help save Kitkat ..and offer condolences to those who lost their dogs my heart goes out to you and the only comfort is knowing they died being loved and cared for and not alone ...and if you're fighting parvo now, keep fighting. All is not hopeless and with the treatments on this site, they got a chance.

Wheat Sprouts Helped Cataracts in Dog

Sun, 26 Aug 18 10:17:36 -0700
Posted by Steve N (Westlake Village, Ca) on 08/25/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I purchased wheat sprout extract and started giving it to my dog that has cataracts. Today my wife excitedly commented that the cloudiness in the dogs eyes was gone - no white/grey milkiness was visible. My wife was surprised since I hadn't told her that I had started giving the dog the wheat sprout extract. I looked at the dog's eyes and two dark eyes looked back at me. I hadn't even bothered to check the dogs eyes since I had only given her the wheat sprout extract for 6 days. I was hoping that maybe at the end of 30 days, that there might be some visible improvement. What an amazing change in so short of time.

Since the wheat sprout extract is 4:1, I gave only 1/4 teaspoon once a day.

Wheat Grass Reverses Cataract-Associated Cloudy Lenses

It also restores the thymus gland. Here is the abstract for the wheat sprout study:​


Neonatal thymus graft and thymus calf extract (TME) in vivo treatment exert similar corrective actions on different mouse age-related alterations. The aim of the present paper is to investigate whether a vegetal extract, wheat sprout extract (WESPRE), could mimic the thymus action on recovering age-related alterations and if this extract can cure an age-associated pathology, the cataract in dogs. Present experiments were carried out by using WESPRE and TME in vivo in old mice to check their ability to recover the altered DNA synthesis in hepatocyte primary cultures. Old mice treated with WESPRE and TME showed a recovery of hepatocyte DNA synthesis levels when compared with the old untreated ones. The increase of DNA and protein contents observed in aged animals is reduced by WESPRE treatments to levels observed in young mice hepatocytes. We measured also WESPRE phosphorylation activity by endogenous kinase: it was from 10 to 40 times higher with respect to wheat seeds. Old dogs were orally treated for a month and the lens opacity analysed before and after the treatment. Results showed a reduction from 25 to 40% of lens opacity. The efficacy of wheat sprouts in the recovery of age-related alterations and in treating age-associated pathologies could be due to the contemporary presence of small regulatory acid peptides, a remarkable level of highly energetic phosphoric radicals and antioxidant molecules, peculiarities that may be, to some extent, related to the aging process regulation.

  Re: Manuka Honey, Vitamin C for Pyometra

Sat, 25 Aug 18 10:02:56 -0700
Posted by Tonya (Richmond Va) on 08/25/2018

What is the vet clinics name for the pyometra surgery?

Natural Remedies for Mammary Gland Cancer in Cat?

Thu, 23 Aug 18 10:01:29 -0700
Posted by Karoline (Oakland, Ca) on 08/23/2018

My 7 years old cat has Mammary Gland Cancer

After surgery and three chemo therapies my little girl is doing fine. Did not eat for four days and I thought that is the end of the road. Must have been a side effect of chemo. The cancer did not show up after surgery in May and she is for the time being cancer free. There are two more chemos to go. Is there any natural treatment to stop the cancer from spreading, or anything else I could do? Thanks so much for any advice.

 Re: Supplements That Can Help Pony With Laminitis?

Thu, 23 Aug 18 09:55:27 -0700
Posted by Soazburrady (Southern Az) on 08/23/2018

Hi Parkypuss,

So sorry to hear of your pony's laminitis. We have dealt with this problem a couple times with an old (27 years) burro whom we love to pieces. It is so distressing to see your pets in discomfort and pain.

Our burros get this condition when they eat too many sugar laden things - mostly mesquite beans or other plants and trees that are high in carbohydrates. So, the first thing we do is get them away, as much as possible from those types of things. Our vet has given us bute (butazolidine), a good pain reliever and anti inflammatory to use when it is really bad. But, the very best thing we have found is Softride boots for horses. They are an actual boot with gel inserts that fit over the hooves of the affected feet. Although it is a little comical to watch the burro become accustomed to his new "shoes", you can tell almost immediately that he is much more comfortable.

There is a website, but when we ordered a pair, we called and talked to very well-informed and pleasant people. They even sent us two different sizes to try with only one charge - we, of course, sent one pair back. Now for the downside - they cost more than any shoes I own! But, I and my sweet burro, highly recommend them. And, you will always have them if it is necessary to employ them again.

Hope this helps and your pony is soon galloping around.

  Re: Supplements for Addison's Disease in Dogs

Wed, 22 Aug 18 08:45:40 -0700
Posted by Lorraine (Rochester Ny) on 08/22/2018

Could you tell me your website? I would like to get more information for my toy poodle that has Addisons....Thanks!

 Re: Supplements That Can Help Pony With Laminitis?

Tue, 21 Aug 18 08:48:36 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2018

Hey Parkypuss,

One of my vets Melissa Shelton, from years ago got into essential oils and cured laminitis in one horse. Her website is oilyvet or animalEO; I typically don't drive traffic off this site but there is too much to copy/paste and I think you would benefit from contacting directly or reading up. I would also google 'essential oils for laminitis in horses' and just read all the hits that come up. Please let us know if you find something that works for your pony and report back!

Supplements That Can Help Pony With Laminitis?

Mon, 20 Aug 18 19:04:50 -0700
Posted by Parkypuss (Burson, Ca) on 08/20/2018

Have a older pony with laminitis that apparently occurred after a bad trim. He will not walk more than a few steps despite a vet visit & some shots last week. Vet also recommended ice water soak for his feet. I know there is no known cure for this condition but has anyone had any experiences with supplements?

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Itching

Mon, 20 Aug 18 09:44:20 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/20/2018

Hey Brenda,

You might consider bathing your dog in an oatmeal type shampoo, rinsing him off and then doing a final rinse with water and 10% vinegar. Do not rinse the vinegar out. You might also look at adding Apple cider vinegar - just a bit - to his drinking water or food so he takes it internally.

  Re: Red Cedar Mulch to Deter Bufo Frogs

Mon, 20 Aug 18 09:29:42 -0700
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/20/2018

Hey Joan,

I did a bit of research to see if cedar oil repelled toads and I could find nothing to support it. Cedar oil is known to repel insects. Let us know if you use it and if it works for toads please!

Multiple Remedies Saved Puppy From Parvo

Mon, 20 Aug 18 09:27:47 -0700
Posted by Arlene (Nm) on 08/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

5 week old puppy classic parvo.

Our method:

  • 1 cup Gatorade
  • 1 teaspoon Diatomaceous Earth
  • 1 teaspoon or urine..i used my own .
  • 1 capful Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 to 4 activated charcoal tablets with magnesium..cvs anti gass brand
  • 1 probiotics capsule.
  • 1 raw egg( the egg separate) only gave after gagging stopped on day 5.
  • Raw coconut oil( would rub his gums and tongue with it and try to get some down him )
  • Marijana smoke ( we would blow a small amount around him before forcing solution )it stopped him from gagging so much.

Every 2 hours first 3 or 4 days gave mixture without fail.

Day 5 he looked like he would die. We just kept up the schedule every 2 hours trying to force as much solution as possible..set an alarm waking hours ever 2 hours sleeping hours every 3 or 4 hours..we all work and or school this was not easy ..we look like zombies the puppy looks better.

Day 6 started forcing raw egg in addition to the solution.

Day 7 he is up playing and drinking and eating on his own...i made him boiled chicken n rice he eats like he is starving and has normal bowl movements I think we won...i am going to continue with the charcoal solution for a few more days.

They may look worse before they look better ..just keep dosing them with electrolyte and fluid n charcoal. Stay on schedule set alarms ... I felt like giving up thought was a lost cause ..but I think he will make it day 5 we started with the egg this seemed to snap him out of his coma. Like state but prior to this the egg came straight up ..i think you got to get them holding the fluids first ..but they do need the egg after a few days ...

If you plan to save them don't plan to sleep...but they can be saved.

Oh also loving on him a lot and telling him we love him and want him and praying to God.

This is the second dog I saved ..the first one I used Pedialyte and Pepto..both survived.

The number one thing is to be their iv pole ..squirt fluids in their mouth as much as humanly possible...don't stop and don't give up ..stay on schedule. That's the key..

Natural Remedies for Gallbladder Disease in Dogs?

Sat, 18 Aug 18 09:57:47 -0700
Posted by Alice E. (Phoenix, Arizona) on 08/18/2018

Not reporting a cure, would like a natural treatment for gallbladder disease in a small dog. Mine is a shih tzu mix 12lbs. 12 1/2 years old.

  Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Itching

Wed, 15 Aug 18 09:47:15 -0700
Posted by Brenda (South Carolina) on 08/15/2018

Please tell me how to relieve itching for my Shaunzer? Is Apple Cider Vinegar good for their skin?

  Re: Red Cedar Mulch to Deter Bufo Frogs

Wed, 15 Aug 18 09:44:00 -0700
Posted by Joan (Florida) on 08/15/2018

Would like to know what ingredient is in red cedar mulch that is supposed to deter Bufo frogs.

Olive Oil for Matted Fur

Tue, 14 Aug 18 16:29:10 -0700
Posted by Griffy (NH) on 08/14/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I first tried coconut oil- just a small amount applied to the base of the mats, along the skin. The next day it had loosened up & I was able to get one mat out with slightly less effort than before. Yesterday I applied a larger amount of olive oil, with an ear syringe to the base of several large mats. 2 big mats were on the floor this morning & later I watched while Grif ( 21 years old) reached around & pulled off a third. Amazed, this worked so well! ( I probably used a Tbsp of oo for 3 mats.)

  Re: Baby Oil for Matted Fur

Tue, 14 Aug 18 08:05:00 -0700
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 08/14/2018

Pour a small amount (the size of a nickel coin) into your hand and massage the oil into the matted area of fur. Concentrate on the worst mats first.

  Re: Garlic for Dog's Bad Breath

Tue, 14 Aug 18 08:04:45 -0700
Posted by Monica (Belgium) on 08/14/2018

There is academic research showing that garlic is not dangerous to dogs. According to these studies, a dog that weighs 30kg would have to eat more than 2 pounds of garlic per week to get ill. So small amounts are definitely not harmful.