Skin Issues, Allergies and Conditions

| Modified on Jan 18, 2023
Skin Cancer on Goat
Posted by Lisa (Mulino, Or.) on 01/16/2023

I'm wondering if bitter almonds are okay to give to a goat. I know Apple seeds can kill dogs. She has a large carcinoma on her anus. I'm assuming it's from the sun as she is mostly white and carries her tail up most of the time. I don't know if they are toxic to goats and if will cure the cancer. She is currently pregnant with about two more months to go although I don't want to harm the babies. I really don't want to wait any longer to start treating her. I also thought about dabbing Apple cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on the spot and putting Apple cider vinegar in the water. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dano (Idaho) on 12/03/2022

Egg yolks are fine for dogs. The yolk contains most of the nutrition of the egg in terms of vitamins, healthy fats, and minerals. The egg white is simply protein with very little of anything else.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dano (Idaho) on 12/03/2022

Nearly all of the sugar in ACV is digested during the fermentation process. ACV contains less than half a gram of sugar per 100 grams of ACV.

Posted by Sandra (Michigan ) on 08/03/2021

Hi my name is Sandra. My dog Louis was groomed at 9 months old and was razor burned. Antibiotics didn't heal him. Got worse. Finally took to different Vet who put him on a compounded Cancer drug. Was systemic. Today Louis is 10 years old. I have been putting MMS in his water bowl for months now. My white little dog with the inflamed skin is now normal. Using small amounts of MMS daily, 2 drops, he has returned to normal. The MMS is a water purifier. It purifies our bodies like it does anyone taking it. It can and does cause die off of parasites, mold, fungus, we injest. Louie did have diarrhea for a short time. Probiotics, yogurt and canned pumpkin helped with that., 360-748-4426, talk to Talor. She is the best and will answer questions. Understand I am not saying Taylor is a doctor or is giving medical advice. Taylor can give suggestions, do as you please with her suggestions. A set of MMS and activator is around $48 and will last a long time. I put it in my water. Been using it going slow now for months. Finally got rid of the bloat around my middle.

Oh, they sell some great books also. Ones the big pharma don't want you to know about! Ask Taylor or look it up on the website.

Sunscreen for Dogs
Posted by Cecile (Oxnard, Ca) on 05/10/2021

Sunscreen for dogs belly and skin cancer:

Hi. I am trying to find a safe sunscreen with a 30 or higher SPF for my 11 year old pitbull's tummy. Epi-pet does not sound safe to me.

No Grain Diet
Posted by Lourai (Phoenix, Az) on 10/11/2020

We have our dogs on limited ingredient diet, no grains. It's not at a grocery store, you have to go to the pet store to get it. Starts with a C. The dry food we use is pricier than some, but my little Maltese/Shihtzu mix's fur is shiny and she has energy like a puppy. I also add a meat topping with no sodium because she is so picky. She's 10 1/2. She still has allergy flare ups, but seasonal, not food related.

No Grain Diet
Posted by Tonya (Arizona) on 09/06/2020

Please share the name of ghe dog food. I have a 4 month old Boxer that is living on benadryl and bagbalm to have peace.

Please ..


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lisa (Texas) on 08/12/2020

I've heard and have a friend whose dachshund (actually 2 of them at 2 diff times and after applying meds) died from the flea applications. They seem to b especially susceptible to the effects of prescription meds. Thats why I only use things I read about here. And I have had great succes hope u can too

Oral Peroxide or MMS Chlorite
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/01/2018

Hey Randall,

If you read through the various pages on EC, you will find that Ted did not back the MMS remedy, so I doubt you will find any recommendations from him on its usage. I suspect your pathology is correct - that early vaccination set up your dog for systemic yeast and sensitivity. You might consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda, and also Ted's Borax remedy for dogs to knock down the yeast. That said, you might first start with your diet - what are you feeding? Many, many cases of skin issues are directly linked to grains in the diet such as corn. Start with your dog food label, and if you see grains your first step would be to switch to a grain free diet, single source protien if possible. Feeding trials do take time, so if you have a vet or chiropractor that utilizes AK [applied kinesiology] you might test various foods to see which is best for your pet.

Oral Peroxide or MMS Chlorite
Posted by Randall (Live Oak, Florida) on 04/25/2018

Oral Peroxide or MMS chlorite for allergic condition in GSD?

Ted...Have a 1yr old GSD w allergic type dermatitis on belly/paws/muzzle...Antibiotics take down staph/yeast which I think are secondary to hypersensitivity from multiple vaccinations in early mos....Read fr William Campbell Douglas how H2O2 Orally would oxidize circulating antibodies to reset system w new ones....I'd like your opinion, am thinking of trying oral H202 or oral MMS chlorite since no topical treatments seem to get to the root of the problem.

EC: Hi Randall, unfortunately Ted had a stroke in 2015 and cannot reply. Hopefully one of our other wonderful contributors can advise.

Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Marilyn K. (Oh) on 09/06/2017

My cairn terrier was boarded when I was in hospital and rehab for six weeks. She was scratching a little when I took her home. Now her back has no hair and it is bleeding. She has also the same problem on her launches. She gets under chairs and rubs her back constantly. I am housebound for at least several weeks and can't get to my vet. Please help. She is miserable

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Garry (Mtn Home, Ar) on 08/15/2017

This is for my 10 mo. old Pit Bull. She was covered in little bumps and almost looked like a rash and scratched herself furless. None of the vet trips did anything for her and I was told she was allergic to flea bites. I was advised (by a friend) to use ACV, 50/50 also, but to also substitute boiled lemon water for the mix. I sliced up a lemon and brought it to a boil and then let it sit and steep overnight. I then used it to cut the ACV 50/50. I've since seen the same recipe online, along with the suggestion to add a drop or two of either cedar or lavender oil as repellent. I have used the mix and can say that it indeed kills fleas and ticks here in the woods. It has definitely also gotten rid of the scratching fits, as well as the fleas and ticks I find are dead or dying. She looks a lot better with fur.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kittyhelp (Tallahassee, Fl) on 06/13/2017

My 9 month old tux kitty had a dry patch on his ear that was getting bigger. I have a spray bottle of 1/2 water and half mother vinegar. I sprayed a cotton swab and dabbed on his ear daily for a few days and it started getting smaller and very soon was gone. Another time he had a spot just below his ear he had scratched until it was bleeding. I suspect it was a tick. I again dabbed this solution on that spot daily, it dried up and in a very short time was gone. This works great. However, he does not like it at all.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sallie (Md - Maryland) on 12/20/2016

I have a Jack Russell that had broken out in sores on face and feet. After spending about $600 and he wasn't getting well. The Vet was talking about putting him down. Of course that was not an option for me. I went home and prayed about Romero's condition. I heard the spirit of the Lord say vinegar. I am thinking Lord that can't be right but I heard the spirit vinegar again. So I got up and went to the computer and looked Apple cider vinegar and how it help dogs with skin conditions. I used it on my dog and within 24 hours my dog was getting better. It really does work. God loves the Animals too. EarthCLINIC thank you for helping the animals.

EC: Sallie, 

Thanks for sharing! We are assuming that you used diluted apple cider vinegar, which is what we recommend for topical use. 50% vinegar plus 50% water.

Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Alanc (Perth, Australia) on 09/28/2016

Hi All,

Just to add my 2 cents. My dog is a six year old Shih tzu cross, had him three years. Always had a patch on his lower back ("blackheads" in the pores and on the hair). Not obvious unless clipped short.

I would paint the area with chlorhexidine and forget about it until the next clipping. A few months back I noticed dried blood. The area has started to ulcerate and spread up his back. The area is itchy and he does not like you touching it.

Now I had to look more carefully, many possible reasons (and there can be primary and secondary causes):

1 Allergies

2 Fungal

3 Bacterial

4 Mites

5 Fleas and tics

As the affected area was on his back where soap is applied when bathed, I changed to a low allergenic shampoo and reduced the frequency of baths from 2 weekly to 6 weekly (he is not a smelly dog! ).

-> No change after three months, getting worse so we discounted an allergic reaction (although we did not try an antihistamine).

We then hit him with a round of antibiotics and chlorhexidine wash.

That cleaned up the skin infection but no improvement beyond that.

So when on holidays for a week and upon return and his next bath the condition had worsened. He starting to loss hair and the skin quite ulcerated and bleeding.

Okay, off to the vet (the vet is useless, her diagnosis was flea bite dermatosis but at least we got another round of antibiotics).

So we clipped the area so we an see it better and started the another round of antibiotics and chlorhexidine wash.

After two days the skin was looking better so we painted the area with borax and peroxide solution with a cotton swab.

After the treatment I examined the cotton swab and the remaining discoloured solution under a mag-light (my eyesight is not very good anymore) in a white plastic container. Although the mag-light is only x2 I could see a couple of the mites wiggling in the solution (tiny black carrots a fraction of a millimeter in length).

That night the skin looked better and some "blackheads" where now "whiteheads".

The next day he skin was a bit scaly. After the second treatment I could only see only dead mites in the contaminated solution. An hour or so later, some of his "blackhead" pores had opened up.

So it is working very well so far. Not all the blackheads are gone but they are disappearing.

We intent to do a full dip of all our dogs in the next few days.

I chose to use borax and peroxide over other remedies because they are both safe to use on "your own" skin.

Regards AlanC

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Amanda (Tennessee) on 09/12/2016

Would you let me know what kind of raw diet did you try? Any suggestions where to find recipes?

Posted by Jd (Montreal) on 09/03/2016

Hi, I just saw this while browsing around on here and wanted to reply even though you posted 4 years ago. My dog-who is now 8-was diagnosed with pseudopelade when she was about 2. It took a very long time to figure out what it was, she had bald spots all over her body, some large areas on her neck with no hair, eventually a biopsy was done and sent to a dermatologist and then we had the diagnosis. The vet told me that it's not painful, itchy or contagious and the treatment (steroids) would only be for aesthetics (hair growing back), so we decided against that. Strangely, a couple months later her hair started growing back, and she hasn't had any bald spots since! I'm not sure if this is related-but it also coincided with a particularly stressful and emotional time in my life-when that period started for me is when she began getting the bald spots, when that stress ended for me is when she suddenly got maybe my stress was affecting her immune system-who knows. But thought I would share my experience with you, I hope your lab's hair will grow back too!


Black Walnut
Posted by Rroo (Greer, S.c) on 08/29/2016

I have found that black walnut works for my dog that has skin allergies. Black Walnut is anti parasite, antifungal etc. Make sure you give the correct dosage for your dog's weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pennie (Northern Wisconsin) on 11/16/2015

My Am-Bull was suffering with skin allergies until I put him on a raw diet. All allergies have disappeared.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Yogurt
Posted by M (Burbank Ca) on 11/08/2015

Also check the food you give your Jack. If it has rosemary (oil, extract, anything). Jack's are allergic and it causes itching between the toes & ear infections.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Sue (St. Jospeh, Mi) on 04/27/2015

Your dog may be detoxing thru the skin. I would feed a raw meat diet.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/24/2015

Hey Rose!

Your dog may be avoiding drinking the ACV water because it is new/strange -and the amount you are adding might be too much for his palate at this time.

If this were my dog I would offer him plain water to make sure he does not get dehydrated. If he is drinking the plain water just fine, try adding 1/4 teaspoon of ACV to 1 liter of water and see how he tolerates that; if he accepts the spiked water let him get used to it for a week and then increase to 1/2 teaspoon per liter. Once he accepts a tiny bit of ACV in his water you can gradually increase week by week to the dose to you wish.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Rose (Saint Paul) on 04/23/2015

Both my homeopathic vet and raw food diet consultant have recommended garlic for my dog. It is not poisonous or toxic in the correct dosages. Our 16 lb dog gets 1/4 tsp once per day of dry organic garlic to ward off fleas and ticks and to protect against heart worm. Also, what is the likelihood that a dog is not drinking water because it has ACV in it vs. that he is too tired to get up and drink it?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/06/2015

Hey Birdee14!

The motor oil treatment may have worked years ago but the new formulations of synthetic motor oil nowadays will either kill your dog or burn its skin. I can't get that message out there enough.

You might look to Ted's Borax protocol for dogs as well as bathing in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy.

One huge step is to make sure you are feeding a top quality diet; look at the ingredient label of your food - if there is corn or grain in the first 5 ingredients it is time to upgrade to a grain free diet. Sometimes simply switching to a grain free diet makes a huge difference.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Birdee14 (Peekskill, New York) on 04/06/2015

I want to thank you all for your comments and pet stories and will try all but the motor oil treatment (although I too have heard it works). I adopted an 8 year old (so they say) shih tzu male.

He has been shedding and scratching and butting himself and has a terrible smell. Cannot afford to take him to vet. Vets are very expensive and not always helpful and the meds they prescribe are very costly also.

Thanks again. I am so glad for the Internet!

Skin Lesions
Posted by Xanadu (N. Mississippi, US) on 04/06/2015

My GSD, an older dog, not sure of age as she is a rescue, has been sick for about a month now, slowly recovering from a respiratory condition. I realized a few days after visiting the vet that I hadn't recieved a diagnosis and after calling still didn't get one. All I was told was that I had been given "two of the best antibiotics known" and a fever/pain med., rimadyl, of which the vet shoved two down her throat before I knew what it was and could object. The antibiotics are doxycycline and ****. I read up on the antibiotics & decided not to give the **** as the side effects were very bad. With the doxy I got confused from having read the dosage instructions for the other and gave her one every 12 hours when it was supposed to be 3,3x day or 9. I gave her none of the Rimadyl as it was side effect heavy also.

He had done a blood panel on her and said she showed signs of infection but no heartworms. She had what the vet called a fairly high fever, clear runny nose, gagging and occasionally a small amount of vomit, difficulty breathing, especially when lying down, fatigue, occasional staring into space or at the ceiling and a sudden development of fear of things she was never afraid of before. With the use of the antibiotic 2x and several supplements 5x day all of that is considerably better if not gone.

What is not better are the skin lesions. At first they were on the last foot or so of her back right up to the top of her tail. Now with the application of Neem oil and less regular addtion to the oil of dmso her back has cleared up. Also her nose had a crust across the top of it which is/was about 1/2 to 3/4 cleared up. I say was because the sores started appearing on the inside of one of her hind legs, a few on her belly and one on one front elbow. They may be the same or something different and it seemed like the more she licked the area the more it looked like the skin of her muzzle was getting pink and slightly swollen.

Well last night I was exhausted, the leg seemed worse than ever, swelling in spots, pinker and feverish, more sores, she would want me to throw her ball & after one time she'd go lay down looking worried which I figured meant she wanted to play but was in too much pain.

In desperation I read here on earthclinic enough treatments to get my head spinning and threw together what little I could find, 1/4 cup ACV, 1 tbsp epsom salts melted into a 1/4 cup very warm water, stirred it all together and sprayed and rubbed it into the leg and collapsed into bed.

Well today she is bouncing around happy, wanting to play, appetite improved (she stole the cat's last night chicken) and the inflammation and swelling in her leg seems 50% better. Here's hoping it continues to improve. I have been giving her the supplements wrapped in balls of Friskies cat food as every other thing I used failed to appeal to her after a couple of days and since I didn't raise her she gives me heck when I try to put them down her throat manually. I am feeding her raw organic chicken which pre-illness she'd wolf down a half chicken but now has been doing good to eat a quarter of one which sometimes takes hand feeding to persuade her to do. Hoping at mealtime this evening she'll also improve there. Just realized I've written a book here. Sorry but hoping it helps someone. Any advice welcome and appreciated.

Prescription Medications
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/15/2014

Hey Patty!

Thanks for sharing your experience!

I prefer to treat my pets with a combination of both western and alternative vets - I admit that I wouldn't touch Atopica in any form with a 10 foot pole! But given your use of alternative treatments and then resorting to using a pharmaceutical with good result - it may be helpful to others to know that this did work for you when all else failed.

Prescription Medications
Posted by Patty (Ocean City, Md) on 09/14/2014

12 yr old tea cup poodle: After 3 yrs of trying Acupuncture and herbal treatments for my little Sapphire we have success. She had lost hair on stomach, all her neck hair, elephant skin on back legs and generally was so miserable, smelled, and just slept in curled up ball. Our vet 60 days ago wanted us to try new dosage of Atopica for CATs due to Sapphire being only 4 lbs, apparently the dog version doesn't have small enough dose. New dosage of the Cat version of this medicine was approved to give small dogs. Within first 3 weeks smell was gone and hair was growing back on her neck and stomach. After 45 days even the elephant skin on back legs is completely gone. She now sleeps with legs stretched out, runs and plays almost like a puppy again.

60 days - We now give her the dose every other day. To keep upset stomach side effect eliminated we keep medicine refrigerated and give her bite of treat 1st before giving her the medicine. A little food and chilled medicine have all but completely eliminated the only side effect we had of vomiting.

Dog Licking Feet Remedies
Posted by Deb (Arkansas US) on 08/31/2014

What does MMS stand for?

EC: MMS = Miracle Mineral Supplement

Dietary Changes
Posted by Colleen (Colorado, US) on 07/12/2014

Hi Judy from denver, I would not try the garlic at all, (since it is poisonous to pets) I would not worry about the feral cats (since sometimes they are way healthier than domestic) since they are not vaccinated or fed junk grain food. I would however continue with the meat diet and lots of coconut oil - put on paws and they will lick it off - and get a dropper from a dropper bottle and a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar to your pets water and food on a fairly consistent basis - this will really help with their immune system and constitution - any older dogs, be sure to bring the water to Them, since some times they will be too tired to get hydrated (have noticed that with my husky malamute - 13 yrs old. She gets a meat diet (likes it lightly steamed and eats the bones and all) and lots of sweet potatoes and veggies -green beans etc. (some times she'll eat quality can food if we are on the road or busy.) They make a really good topical at health stores with comfrey, I would also recommend for skin issues (or make your own with comfrey root). good luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/24/2014

Hey Ba!

You asked: "Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated to improve this regime if possible. For now we have hope. Have copied Teds MOM recipe which will be the next step if needed..."

I would cut to the chase and just do Ted's MANGE remedy every other day for 3 dips, and then do the MOM formula. Follow directions to the letter - and treat the entire dog, not just spritz the obviously affected areas.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jan (London, Ontario) on 03/22/2014

My boxer had MRSA on his head and antibiotics and steriods were not helping it. I made a paste of 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric, mixed it with a dash of pepper and a little olive oil and applied it directly to the infection two to three times daily. Also, I mixed the same with some probiotic yoghurt and fed it to him daily. Within a day I could see improvements. You need the pepper and olive oil with the turmeric to get the full turmeric benefit.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ba (Ohio) on 03/22/2014

Have a big Labrador Male that IMHO received too many vaccines and antibiotics in his younger years. We have been dealing with staph and yeast skin infections for a long time now.Vets have put him on anti biotics and steroids several times only to have it come back with a vengance when the course was done. We have used everything that was recommended usually shampoos had Chlorhexidine in various strengths. One shampoo from the vet that I can remember was Malaseb. Read an article by a vet saying that Chlorhexidine killed some bacteria but he found that some new ones were growing a day or two after use.

ACV was used in various recipes, coconut and neem soap, Zymox, and on and on.Lots of sprays too. Nothing seemed to last more than a day or two.He gets regular probiotics (several diff ones), fish oil, supplements, and low glycemic Preference along with meats like Raw Green tripe. Just recently started giving all dogs Sprouts also.

Veterycin sprays did give him more relief for a day( I think it might have killed some of the bacteria or fungus). Then a friend gave us a free bottle of Burts Bees Calming shampoo with Lavender and green tee. It appeared to help more than anything else up to then and when we rinsed the wash cloth could see black specks from the infection where coming off. Probably because Lavender seems to act as an astingent. This had to be repeated almost daily and then we started using a Lavender rinse afterward which also helped. He does well at night with Lavender and/or a calming spray recipe that includes Lavender and Valerian with a couple of other oils.

In my search for help I came to this site when I was looking for information on sulphur(the skin kind) and baking soda. Noticing that Borax and baking soda where mentioned in so many recipes, a light bulb went off and I read the ingredients of Johnsons Foot Soap. It has Borax, Baking Soda, and Iodide in it so I figured if it was good enough for us it should be okay. Only started it three days ago but so far seeing a vast improvement and he is acting more like his old self with a lot more good twitching sleep and energy and a whole lot less scratching and no more whining (saying help me). His hair is growing back and the black spots are becoming less with each treatment. Feet look much better and he is not licking them anymore. His skin is nice and soft and some areas have returned to a nice healthy pink without any black spots. The worst areas are his chin, around his privates and inside back legs. Knock on wood this is the answer for him.

We are soaking his feet after each treatment which is a twice a day sponge bath for now with the Johnsons and we have plans to do a bath with the BB shampoo or the coconut/neem bar soap at least twice a week as needed. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated to improve this regime if possible. For now we have hope. Have copied Teds MOM recipe which will be the next step if needed. Thanks for this site and the great information it gives us.

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Los Angeles, California) on 02/20/2014

You are welcome,Theresa! I watched several videos on Utube and one lady that raised pure bred dogs, I can't remember which breed stated that her dog was healthy therefore the liquid that came out of her dogs gland was white.

Other than that information I really don't know much about this subject. Another little dog I own a little Terrier (Pixie), another female I own didn't have any liquid at all come out of her glands. This little dog is super healthy. very alert and never seems to get ill ever.

What was funny is Pixie seemed very confused when I did this to her like "What the heck is she doing to me! ". I did this while I was bathing her as well! It seems easier to handle the dogs as they are concentrating on being bathed.

I'm glad I could help someone with my experience. Maggie is still doing well and is very happy now. That fish smell much have been awful for her as well!

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/19/2014

Hey Margie!

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

I've groomed many a dog and expressed anal glands and never thought the scent was *fishy* - so this was good information to know.

In my experience the oils expressed have been dark brown; I poked around on google to see about the white, cream like substance that came out of Maggie vs what I have encountered and the dark brown I have expressed out of client dogs. Normal, healthy anal gland oil is typically clear or pale yellow-brown and is a very thin oil; the appearance of thick, pasty brown fluid indicates the anal glands have been impacted; you usually see dogs scooting on the floor in these cases. Abscessed anal sacs will have a red-brown exudate and the dog will often chew at or lick the hind end as these are painful and may potentially rupture.

Anal gland oil, be it normal or infected typically smells foul - and some find it *fishy* smelling ;-)

Everything you ever wanted to know about anal glands and more! :

Thanks again for sharing and allowing this opportunity to learn!

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Los Angeles, California) on 02/17/2014

I recently wrote for help for my fishy smelling dog Maggie. Many people responded with various well meaning advice and I thank all of you for trying to help me and my dog. What helped was this: EMPTYING HER ANAL GLANDS! I tried the advice of emptying her anal glands! I watched several people (including one vet) teach how to drain a dog anal glands and I learned from watching the videos on Utube. So I tried it on Maggie while I was bathing her! The glands are located next to the dog anus, one gland at 9:00 and the other gland at 3:00. (The anus in the middle).

You gently push in behind the glands and gently push out, this drains the gland if there is any fluid in them. Maggie had some white cream like substance that came out of her glands. Then I finished bathing her. One video said if the liquid was white the dog was healthy.


Maggie no longer smells!!!! And she seems happier! I sure am! Thanks Earth Clinic!

Swollen Lymph Node Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/26/2014

Hey Auntychel!

Are you sure you are dealing with a swollen gland and not an abscess?

You might consider 'silicea' - 30C for chronic problems or 200C for stubborn problems.

Read more here:

EC has a page for draining swollen lymph nodes:

Herbal 'cleavers' appears to be an excellent remedy for swollen lymph nodes.

Swollen lymph nodes indicate an underlying problem; its entirely possible your daughter's cat caught an infection from the feral cat. Consider EC's immune boosting remedies :

Swollen Lymph Node Remedies
Posted by Auntychel (Queensland Australia) on 01/25/2014

I am looking for a remedy for my 10 year old female cat. 7 months ago my daughter and her cat were attacked by a feral cat. My daughter was shredded so badly she is permanently scarred, three days later while having her wounds redressed at the Doctors, she had become so ill an ambulance was called, she was treated for cat scratch fever.

Her cat seemed ok, and I gave her 'Echinacea Goldenseal' to fight infection. About 3 weeks later one of her glands in her neck was about the size of a tennis ball, I gave her the remedy again for 2 weeks, 2 weeks off, 2 weeks on again. The lump halved in size, but still goes up and down, I am giving her colloidal silver and massaging the lump, but it still hasn't gone away. What can I give her to make the gland drain out? There is nothing at the skin level that is ulcerated or seeping, just the lump inside. Thanks.

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/21/2014

Hey Joann!

You asked: "I have never heard of the hydrogen peroxide in the water... any thoughts on why one should think this will work?"

Read up on Oxygen Water on EC:

In a nutshell:

  • All hostile micro-organisms prefer lower oxygen levels than the body's cells require to remain healthy.
  • Under conditions of optimum health, hydrogen peroxide is produced by the body's immune system in whatever amounts are needed to quickly destroy any invading hostile organisms. It is made by combining water in the body with the free oxygen that is supposed to be constantly available.

When the body is oxygen starved, it cannot produce enough hydrogen peroxide to wipe out invading pathogens, which can then get the upper hand and produce visible disease effects.

Hydrogen peroxide - the food grade that humans ingest - is safe for you and your dog.


The diet you are feeding your dog is fish based; its not unheard of or uncommon for dogs fed fish to reflect this aroma. That said, a fishy smell at the rear of the dog could mean impacted anal glands, and a fishy smell at the front of the dog could indicate a dental is needed.

Given that you have tracked this and have associated the fishy smell to the winter months, its quite possible that your dog has inhalent allergies manifesting as seborrheic dermatitis; I know around this time of year certain pine or cedar trees are blooming in some parts of the nation, while in others mold from snow melt on lawns are in full bloom as well: these pollens and molds can adversely affect your dog.

Read up on EC's seborrheic dermatitis page:

Often times dogs with seborrhea have a staph or fungal infection going on - and special shampoos are prescribed, ie Sulfadene [triclosan], Ketochlor [ketoconazole]; I have found these products to be ineffective on my own dogs with this condition. What works well for my dogs are some of Ted's remedies:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups


  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.


Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.


Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. If that doesn't seem to be working and things do not look better [many dogs feel immediate relief right out of the tub on the first dip] you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution


Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. I have many dogs and when allergy season hits I mix this up in gallon jugs and follow the mange procedure, letting the solution 'work' on the dog for 10 minutes or so in the tub, and then no toweling off, just crating and allowing to air dry.

Additionally you can add pet vitamins, ie Pet Tabs - for a week, along with flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil; you can also try flaxseed oil and coconut oil - 1 -2 tsp am and pm in the food; you should see improvement in a couple of days. Probiotics and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Joann Riverside, Ca (Riversiden Ca) on 01/20/2014

We have had the same issue fishy oily smelly is only seasonal from October to February and it seems to get worse when we have the heater on we buy good quality dog food from Kens Feed store but that does not seem to help. I think it may be something in the area that blooms or in the air during this time of the year. I have never heard of the hydrogen peroxide in the water... any thoughts on why one shpuld think this will work? Is it safe for our dog? we have paid for allergy testing, did the allergy shots but it doesnt seem to help we were even buying some special dog frood from the vet at 75.00 a bag for about 3 years the food chang didnt help. We currently feed our dogs Premium Edge Skin and Coat.

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Riverside Ca.) on 01/14/2014

I may have discovered how to stop the fishy odor on my dog Maggie. I recently bathed her and used Olive oil on her body by rubbing it on her entire body once she was dry from the bath. For some reason this treatment stopped the fishy odor? I used Olive oil because she seemed a little itchy. And I know Olive oil is usually soothing on skin including human skin. Why Olive oil (extra virgin) stopped the odor I don't know? But it did. I rubbed it on her entire body including her butt and tail. I am still feeding her homemade nutritious foods instead of commercial dog food and I thank you all for your suggestions on helping my dog.

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 01/14/2014

You may want to give him a good dose of chlorophyll for some time. This also creates new blood and can be given with pure aloe vera juice. Om

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Riverside Ca.) on 01/10/2014

Thanks for your advice Theresa. I also have 5 other dogs that eat the same food Maggie does and not one of them stinks at all. I don't buy brown label dog food but I do buy commercial food. I switch around as I don't want the dogs bored with the same type food. I also give the dogs homemade food such as spit turned fresh Chicken and rice etc as well as other left overs the family eats. Maggie is about 9 years old and very frisky, no paw chewing or no problem around the butt. In fact she is a little Alpha female dog and very bossy with the other dogs. Due to age she is slowing down a bit but even as a young dog she had this fishy odor? I will take your advice and change her diet to special homemade food that is better than commercial dog food. See what happens?

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/10/2014

Hey Margie!

I had a friend who also had a fishy dog; for her dog the culprit was the diet - a brand on the inexpensive side from the grocery store.

Take a read at your dog food label; diets that have grains, especially corn and corn by products, in the first 5 ingredients could well be the culprit. Usually along with the rancid aroma the dog also has some other issue - gunky ears all the time, butt scotching/blocked anal glands, chew their feet constantly, scratching all the time. If this sounds like your girl, a diet change is in order.

However if you are feeding a top notch brand, RAW or BARF, and your dog has had a first class meal ticket her entire life - well then, it could just be *her*: some breeds bred for work [even if they no longer perform that work as modern dogs] were designed to have oily coats that most owners report as fishy smelling, or like a bag of fritos!

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Riverside, Ca.) on 01/10/2014

I have a small female dog that is very cute but she has a natural fishy odor. I usually have to keep her outdoors due to this. Only it is cold now so I bring her in at night and keep her in a box full of warm blankets. She is not super furry. She would probably look like a hairless Chihuahua if she had no hair. When I bathe her she will smell nice and fresh with no hint of an odor at all, but this lasts for only one day, then the following day she stinks again? I should have named her Mackerel! Her name is Maggie! I have never had this problem with a dog ever before? I have shampooed her and used vinegar like a friend suggested but that doesn't help either. Has anyone had this problem before? HELP!

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/08/2013

Hey Erika!

Only one way to find out if borax will help your BT. Start first with Ted's mange remedy to rule out topical parasites; if you see minimal progress after treating every other day for a week then you may wish to try Ted's Antifungal/Staph remedy.

Posted by Erika (South Africa) on 12/07/2013

I have a black bull terrier bitch who has a bad skin disorder. Will the borax help her?

Dog Licking Feet Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 11/28/2013

With regard to dog licking paws. Way back I read somewhere that this has to do with a disease developing. Some dogs lick because they have mites in legs and feet. Some are allergic to something they walk on and how many causes there are alone.

I had one rescue dog that licked incessantly. Shortly after he died of stomach cancer. So I think he was in pain and that was his way of reacting, poor thing. I was devastated as I knew that he had a horrific past and before he came to me the SPCA vaccinated him. After such horrendous experiences he must have been in very fragile health and then vaccination added!

Also my thirty pound oriental spaniel is also licking. I found out that some flees lodge in the paws and live there. He also has mites without any visual evidence and I intend to use Ted's remedy but using vinegar instead of hydrogen perox.

I would have the dog examined carefully without, however, going the endless route of tests. The best and simplest way to deal with it in my opinion is to put the animal on Essiac. After some weeks and up to six months there might be some good results. The tea is also very good for detoxing.

For all emergencies I now use MMS as it has prolonged the life of two of my old cats, dealt with upper respiratory problem and I will also use it for deworming.

I found out that MMS is very good for improving eyesight. Now don't worry, get the Essiac going, do good research and all will be well. Om

Dog Licking Feet Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/28/2013

Hey Barbara!

Foot chewing and licking are commonly associated with contact allergies. Does your dog experience any allergies? Gunky, yeasty ears? Itchy skin?

Since you have ruled out bacteria and yeast, its possible this is a conditioned behavior in your dog. Super smart dogs may exhibit a behavior they know will draw their owners attention - something to consider.

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