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oh my goodness, my tongue was hurting and i was looking all over for my vitamin B12 and could not find it last night… so I took it virtually and IT WORKED! so then I started dreaming, of being / using this virtual reality space for swimming with dolphins, healing Cici’s toe and other cool stuff… imagine some dolphins healing Cici’s toe, ta da…
 

to give her the pills or not to give her the pills, that be the question…

ok, cici has had this rather hard red looking growth on her right rear toe (why is it always something on that same foot?) for awhile now. I had asked the vet about it and she gave me some goop to put on it which I did haphazardly since Cici does not like me applying stuff to any part of her anatomy.

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By the way, the thing looks smaller now.

I also sprayed and gelled the thing and it got bigger and bigger, so I got concerned that it was growing larger and called the vet to ask what she thought this thing was. She asked that i take a photo of it and send it to her so I did and i was told to come in for an appointment which i did yesterday. (How come I ask a question and do not get an answer?)

Now, before when i went to this same vet, I did not get a definitive answer / diagnosis about whether she had a tape worm or not either. And she prescribed antibiotics and steroids for her skin issues (itchiness and rashes). I gave them to her for a few days until i decided that the drugs were counterproductive and i went totally with giving Cici all natural treatments. Her skin cleared up, she gained back the weight, and her energy is zooming, puppylike feisty again.

Again, the vet did a few tests and still did not give me a definitive answer / diagnosis about her toe. It could be benign or malignant. It is some kind of sarcoma growth. Could have to have her toe amputated. But the vet was concerned about that the cells seemed to be growing in size. I may have mixed two treatments together that i should not have done in my overzealousness to spray and gel the toe whenever i could do so. But does this mean ANYTHING?

The vet advised me to stop treating the toe topically and again she prescribed antibiotics and steroids.

My dilemma is these drugs have harsh side effects and seem to be the “solution” to a myriad of problems without a definitive diagnosis. If I do not give the pills to Cici, will i be sorry later on? I am not a vet. If I do give Cici these pills will they solve anything?

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/prednisone-side-effects-in-dogs.html

Decisions, decisions.

We pet parents have to make sometimes life or death decisions about our beloved pets all of the time and we do not always get the best advice from experts. So what do we do?

Intuitively, I think or am I in denial? Cici’s toe growth is benign. So why then did i bring her to the vet? Shouldn’t i have expected the same result as last time from this vet? What do you do when you and your vet do not agree upon treatment? I have been to several vets in this area and one was supposed to be holistic but charges $350 for everything and also prescribed antibiotics and steroids, gave her a shot not a pill.

What do you do if/when you cannot find a vet who you agree with? Do you take it upon yourself to do the research necessary and hope for the best or do you rely upon the experts opinion or a combination of both????

I am feeling quite frustrated and not really wanting to go ahead with this pill regimen. But I also do not want my girl to suffer the consequences if I am wrong.

My precious baby deserves the best care I can get for her AND on a limited budget I can afford limited care.  What would you do in my situation, dear readers?

Please send us healing light, prayers and clarity.  Thank you.

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Pupdate 22

Had to take Cici to the vet AGAIN because her rear end was all red and swollen near her tail. Turned out that she needed to have her anal glands expressed (which I suspected)… and it turned out that she also lost 2 pounds (last time she gained 6 pounds, so this time she lost 2, she only gained 4 pounds then of the 14 she has lost in total)… have to pig this girl out, any suggestions???  vet said I just feed her even more food, am already giving her three meals a day plus treats. It is making me somewhat nutty that she is still so skin and boney.

The vet admitted that Cici’s skin is better even though she is still somewhat itchy. However, I did NOT enlighten her that I stopped the antibiotics. She wanted me to give her steroids but I have opted out of that too.

I called our local health food for dogs store (yes there is one in Carmel) and asked what they would suggest (sometimes the MOST obvious things you do not think to do until you do think of it)… this was after I ordered some special doggie shampoo from Amazon that turned out to be NOT so natural and made me ill… smelled like a combo of hair spray and those plug-in fragrances, two odors that are not not not all natural and get me sick.  I washed Cici with the shampoo and now she smells like that, ugh. But the company said they give 100% refund so I called Amazon and asked what their policy is and thankfully they said they would take it back, too. Refunded my card and sent me a link to print out a shipping label, too so I do not even have to pay the shipping charges. Gotta love Amazon for that !!!

Moving on in this saga, so I called the raw food doggie store, The Raw Connection, in Carmel and asked for their suggestion of an all natural doggie shampoo that would stop the itchies. And they told me about Miracle II Soap and Neutralizer (Liquid and Gel). She said it worked really well for her white poodle. I decided to give it a try. They had it on Amazon but I did not want to wait so we toodled on down to Carmel after the vet and got the moisturizing shampoo and gel.

 

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This stuff is lauded to be good for just about EVERYTHING (I googled it)… so far have not given Cici another bath because TWO baths in ONE week would surely make her leave me. But I have used the gel on her icky areas (where she chews on herself until red, raw and bleeding) and voila, works!!!  also have rubbed the gel onto my osteoarthritis knees and seems to eliminate the pain, so am a happy camper.

Not cheap and there is the gel (which I bought) and the neutralizer liquid which I still plan to buy. The liquid can be taken internally for various reasons.

Fleas and Ticks:
Shampoo dog and cat with Miracle Soap – rinse. Then spray Neutralizer and let dry.  It will not hurt their eyes. Heals rashes, and cuts on dogs, cats and horses. Animal lovers, you will love it!

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Putting on the Pooch

Update about my Cici girl….

SHE HAS GAINED SIX POUNDS… she had lost 14 pounds. Now to recap, she had fleas and possibly a tapeworm so I tried EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN and nothing natural really worked for her, the aromatherapies just made her rashy and itchy. Finally, I took her to the vet.  She is still somewhat itchy but I have ordered some doggie shampoo for her and an anti-itchy spray (herbal) that hopefully will take care of the issues. I talked to the company and found that I could get the products at a slightly better price and no shipping charge on Amazon.

I have been giving her an extra meal a day to put the weight back on and it is working.

No more fleas.  Now the vet gave me drugs to give to her including antibiotics. I gave her them for a couple of weeks but then it seemed to me that the drugs were making her rashier and itchier so I stopped.

And the medicated shampoo she gave us got Cici all greasy and did not stop the itchies.

So now am giving Cici the Herbal Internal Powder and No More Flea Drops from earthanimal.com that Kate suggested and it appears to be working since she is due for her flea medication and has NONE.  We shall see.

The powder and drops adjust the blood chemistry so that the fleas do NOT like the taste of it anymore. The powder is filled with good stuff like alfalfa, kelp, blue green algae, and the drops have wormwood (good to taking care of tapeworms), and other ingredients. I still have the confortis from the vet if necessary but am hoping that the powder and drops will work.

And we are not due back to the vet for a month and Cici should be back to her normal weight by next week. Am back to feeding her Canine Health by Dr. Harvey’s and a can of dog food (a huge can from Trader Joe’s). The rabbit and turkey burgers are great AND kind of expensive.

Voila.

and the big lump you see hiding under the cover is Cici LOL… If/when I put a cover over her, she will just stay like that until I take it off again… what can I say, she’s weird that way…

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Conehead

well, now we are working with raw apple cider vinegar diluted with water and sprayed onto her as well as giving her some every day with her food and the coconut oil… both of these work really well and do not get her splotchy blotchy and rashy like any of the essential oils have…

Cici has good days and bad… when I slather her up with Dr. Harvey’s healing cream and/or coconut oil, she does better and then she starts chewing and scratching again. I have a cone on her but she can get it off.

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This has been a real challenge.  The apple cider vinegar helps with the itchies and the bugs (repelling them) so I think the combination of stuff works…  when she sees me coming with the spray bottle she has been running into the closet to hide, poor sweetie.   She barks at me with the cone because she thinks that she cannot do anything when it is on her head.  Any tricks that you have used that work on your dog when you have to spray stuff on them and/or make them wear a cone?  How do you overcome the itchies???

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw) 

Start with a one-teaspoon dose mixed into your dog’s food twice a day for a 50 lb dog (adjust accordingly by weight) and if necessary increase up to about 1 tablespoon twice a day for the same size dog. For skin application, you can spray on or rub apple cider in directly, or for sore or open wounds mix the ACV with equal parts water before application to the dog’s skin. In the case of pests or parasites, bathe your dog and then apply a 50:50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Allow this to air dry on your pet to kill off fleas, ticks, ringworm, etc. and to prevent future infestations and/or infection. You can also spray your dog with apple cider vinegar before going out for a walk, in order to repel fleas and ticks naturally.

Apple cider vinegar has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties that give the immune system a good boost, arming your dog with the strength to ward off pests like fleas and ticks and also diseases like parvo virus in dogs and parvo in puppies.

ACV will calm the redness and swelling while providing your dog with some much needed relief.  ACV can be poured directly on your dog’s fur after a bath and then rinsed, which will cure dandruff, rejuvenate hair and help balance the PH levels in the body.

Apple cider vinegar has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of the following: allergies, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, constipation, muscle cramps, diarrhea, depression, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, bladder problems, metabolism and stiff joints.

We may also do this…

A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and borax is one of the best remedies used for mange. However, be sure to not confuse borax with boric acid. Use one to two tablespoons of borax for every 500 cc of 1% hydrogen peroxide, making sure that it thoroughly dissolves. Bathe the dog in it once a week. Do not rinse off and do not wipe the dog dry. Let the solution dry naturally so that it can be absorbed by the skin. Please note that this treatment should not be used longer than a two month period.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/029853_canine_mange.html#ixzz2b91cL3Ba

You can get 20 Mule Team Borax (pure borax)  at Target

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Put the dog in the coconut

Ok, well, I always wanted to be a sleuth… Reading Nancy Drew books when I was a pre-teenager, I imagined what it would be like to solve mysteries. Fast forward to yesterday. I had a chance to figure out (once again) what is going on with Cici’s sensitive skin (why it keeps getting rashy and blotchy and itchy).  First, I realized after slathering her up with cream that she did indeed have fleas. Saw several critters fleeing as I slathered. Been trying different natural remedies for the fleas and the rashes and it seemed last week that the coconut oil plus spraying the bedding with a mixture of water and Oregano oil was working. Cici LOVES the coconut oil, laps it up as well as licks it off her fur but the rashes and itchiness was going away.  It is organic virgin Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s. Am going to get a few more jars.  They’re about $7 for a jar (16 fl. oz).

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Coconut oil has other benefits … skin smells good. weight loss, if that is an issue, keeping your dog slim and trim. Keeps the yeast away. Helps with arthritis / joints.

“the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.”

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

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http://www.petside.com/article/coconut-oil-miracle-jar-dogs

Until yesterday it seemed to be working. And it was strange because she had slept with me (as she did last night too) and I took her for a walk and fed her, gave her a few treats and she seemed just fine and dandy. Then I had brought her back to the bedroom for her after breakfast nap and noticed that she was all blotchy and rashy again. What possibly could have happened? I kept going over the events and decided to look up the ingredients of the treats. Voila.  I also found out that I gave her too many of them. (Am not a big follower of instructions but sometimes it is important to do so). It was suggested to give only 1 or 2 a day and I had given her five or six or seven. Oops.  Not only that but one of the ingredients was rosemary.

A few weeks ago when this all had started up again I had sprayed her with an all natural flea spray that ALSO had rosemary as one of the ingredients.  I think I also oversprayed her too. She did NOT have a problem, I don’t think, with the Salmon oil that had rosemary in it but maybe that is not true. All I know is that there is a common denominator here and it seems to be the MISSING LINK.

So there you have it folks.  No more Rosemary for Cici. It is good to be cautious when it comes to herbs, essential oils, and other natural remedies as well as regular treatments. Some may be too strong for you and/or your poochie pals. Tea tree oil, clove, oregano, cinnamon bark, are some oils that can burn when put on the skin (and more). They have beneficial properties but proceed with caution, dilute, dilute, dilute and for some, do not use at all.  Ask your vet (holistic vet). Tis better to be safe than sorry… don’t let the flea bugs bite !!!!

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Lickiest tongue in the west

 

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Put the dog in the Coconut…

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Beware: side effects of rabies shots

Damn, the police sent me a notice that cici’s dog license had expired and needed to be renewed. Along with that, she needed another rabies shot. I did NOT want to get her vaccinated again but did not know what to do. If I ignored the police, would they come to the door and take my dog away? Especially her breed, the whole thing made me nervous and upset and I wanted to run away. Instead, I went ahead, against my better judgement and had the damn thing done.

Found out that the Monterey SPCA has a low cost vet clinic. We went, Cici loves going to the vet, she got a three year shot, 1-2-3 we got her dog license renewed for three years (last year we did not know about the 3 year shot) and voila, it was done…

well, not quite. Now this week, the itchiness that she was already having has gotten much much much worse. She is beyond itchy… scratching, chewing on herself until she bled (in one spot on her rear)…

Amped up giving her the doggy goo, gave her a bath, slathered dr Harvey’s healing cream onto her rear, and poured aloe vera and hot spot oil onto her. Even got her a soft cone to keep her from chewing and scratching.  She is still chewing and scratching MUCH more than before the shot and she is blotchy, with lots of spots all over her fur.  Below, here she is calling Dr Harvey for help…

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Also, the soft cone is too small to keep her from doing it… now started thinking about getting her some dog panties… these are cute… what a royal pain though to put them on and off…

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and meanwhile, it occurred to me that perhaps her enhanced/increased itchiness had to do with the stupid rabies shot… sure enough, it DOES..

talked to Dr. Harvey about it and he asked why did I do that?  I did not know what else to do.

Dr. Harvey said that Cici getting rabies is about as likely as a big bear coming to dinner… (in other words, no need for a rabies shot because the shots do not prevent rabies anyway)… sheeeeesh…

well, I have three years now… but meanwhile, here are some tips for YOU dear readers… beware vaccination side effects for your dogs. Some are LIFE THREATENING others are a royal pain in the butt…

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/itchy-skin-wins-big-a-mystery-to-vets/

Animal Control sends a notice stating that your dog’s rabies vaccination is due. Some of us will vaccinate readily. Because it’s legally mandated, it must be safe, right? Besides, what choice do we have?

Others of us panic, desperate to avoid the shot at any cost. We remember what happened the last time our dog had a rabies vaccination. We wonder, will our dog survive another?

World-renowned pet vaccination scientist, Dr. Jean Dodds, wrote recently: “Rabies vaccines are the most common group of biological products identified in adverse event reports received by the USDA’s Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).”

An adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine may exact a high price – to your dog’s health and your wallet. Here’s what you need to know to make vaccinating your dog safer:

1. Learn to recognize adverse reactions. Short-term reactions include vomiting, facial swelling, fever, lethargy, circulatory shock, loss of consciousness and even death. (If your pet appears distressed, contact your vet immediately.) Reactions occurring days or months after vaccination can be difficult to recognize. They include:

• Fibrocarcinomas (cancer) at the injection site
• Seizures and epilepsy
• Autoimmune disease
• Chronic digestive problems
• Allergies
• Skin diseases
• Muscle weakness or atrophy
• Pica (eating inappropriate materials, including feces)
• Behavioral changes (aggression, separation anxiety, compulsive behaviors and more)

If you suspect a health or behavior problem may be connected to a vaccine, you may have to convince your vet. It’s common to hear “it couldn’t be the shot” or “a reaction like that is impossible.” Even the drug’s manufacturer (to whom you should immediately report the reaction — giving them the brand and lot# — may deny the connection. Insist on seeing the product’s package insert,  viewable on-line or from your vet. Also know that long-term reactions aren’t usually documented or even studied. Note: a vaccine reaction, especially one supported by your vet, may entitle you to compensation for medical expenses from the drug manufacturer.

2. Vaccinate healthy dogs only. Vaccinating an unhealthy animal can exacerbate illness and do irreparable harm. Also, immunity may not develop after vaccination because of the dog’s compromised immune system. This is especially dangerous as you may presume immunity that does not exist. Pets with autoimmune disease or cancer are obviously “not healthy,” but neither are pets suffering from stress from a move or surgery, a virus or infection, or allergies or skin problems or any other condition compromising health. (Never allow your pet to be vaccinated during surgery.)

3. Ask for a rabies vaccination exemption.  If your dog has documented health problems, ask your vet to apply for a rabies vaccination extension or exemption. Many localities permit them even if state law doesn’t specifically allow them. If your vet won’t apply for an exemption, go elsewhere. You may want to contact a holistic vet who may better understand the dangers of vaccinating an unhealthy animal. If local law forbids exemptions, change the law. Numerous states are in the process of adding exemptions to their laws. Click this link to check your state’s rabies law and pending exemptions.

4. Don’t vaccinate against rabies within three weeks of other vaccinations or medication for parasites. Multiple vaccines given at once greatly increase the chance of reactions.  Multiple vaccines are especially risky for small dogs.

5. Make sure your dog gets the correct vaccine. If you’re vaccinating a puppy, make sure your vet administers a one-year vaccine initially (as late as legally possible) and a three-year vaccine (or whatever is required in your area) thereafter. The one-year and three-year vaccines are virtually identical medically – but not under the law.  A one-year shot must be followed by re-vaccination a year later. Note: the one-year shot is not safer than the three-year (except that it may contain fewer adjuvants).

6. Vaccinate at the safest time. Vaccinate in the morning, early in the week, and don’t leave the area for at least an hour if possible. Watch for reactions for at least the next 48 hours. Reactions occurring when the closest vet’s office is closed can prove disastrous, even fatal.

7. Tell your vet you want a Thimerosol-free vaccine. Thimerosol (mercury) in vaccines has been linked to adverse reactions. Merial, for one, makes one- and three-year thimersol-free rabies vaccines: IMRAB® 1 TF and IMRAB® 3 TF. Make sure you see “TF” on the label. (If your vet doesn’t carry the vaccine, you may have to vet shop to find the vaccine you want.  You might also ask why the vet why he/she doesn’t carry it.)

8. Find a vet trained in homeopathy to vaccinate your dog.  Certain homeopathic remedies given before, during and after vaccinating can lessen the chance of ill effects from vaccination. Click the link to find vet referral lists.

9. Report all vaccine reactions to your vet and make sure they’re recorded in your pet’s file. Have the vet sign relevant pages, get copies and put them in a safe place. (Vets lose records, retire and move away.) Also report the reaction to the drug’s manufacturer. (You’ll need the vaccine lot number.) Vets are notoriously bad at reporting reactions, but exemptions to rabies vaccination and drug safety require documentation.

10. Don’t vaccinate within a week of travel. Pets experiencing reactions on route can die for lack of immediate medical assistance.  (Find a list of emergency clinics by area athttp://www.vetsnearyou.com/ml2/?v=352875029&u=0880F1AAC5EF9BA40210818080F807184B&gclid=CKOmmcXvm6QCFQY-bAodawLaEg  (I cannot guarantee the clinics’ expertise, but at least this is a place to start.)

11. Keep copies of vaccination records and titer tests in your car(s) and license tags on your dog’s collar or harness. Otherwise, you may be forced to re-vaccinate if your pet bites someone, runs away and is taken to a shelter or if you have to board your pet unexpectedly.

12. Do not administer a rabies vaccine yourself. It will not satisfy legal requirements and you’ll have to have a vet vaccinate again. You will also be unprepared to deal with a potentially life-threatening reaction.  Similarly, a vet’s office may likely be a safer place to get the vaccine than a mobile clinic.

13. Support the Rabies Challenge Fund.  World-renowned scientists, W. Jean Dodds, DVM, and Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, are working as volunteers to increase the interval between rabies boosters by proving that the vaccine gives immunity, first, for five years, and then for seven years. (The study is in year four now.) They’re also working to establish a blood “titer standard” to provide a scientific basis to avoid unnecessary boosters with a simple blood test. This nonprofit group is supported solely by dog lovers and dog groups.

Before the next notice from Animal Control arrives, do your homework. A little time spent learning about the rabies vaccine can mean the difference between your dog’s wellness and serious illness.

Note: a veterinarian/author who specializes in over-vaccination issues read this article and wanted to add a few points.  Click here to learn what this veterinarian says about preventing vaccine reactions.

http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2010/09/23/rabies-vaccination-12-ways-to-vaccinate-more-safely/

http://www.dogs4dogs.com/truth4dogs.html

Suggests doing a detox before and after the vaccination… to prevent and/or reduce symptoms

http://www.parvobuster.org/vaccine-information/rabies-vaccine-side-effects-prevention#!/exjun_

am giving Cici Asea, which helps people and canines and others on a cellular level… these stabilized redox signaling molecules help the cells communicate with one another. As we age, our cells become toxic and we develop diseases. Asea helps to restore the body’s ability to heal itself and each body is different. It is known as a time machine in a bottle… truly revolutionary, I have been taking it for more than three months now… I have more energy, less pain in my knees/legs, and I’ve seen that cuts, burns and wounds heal much faster and itchies go away quicker, too… I spray it on my face and take it internally once or twice a day. Some athletes claim it gives them more endurance; friends of mine in their late 60′s say that it makes them feel younger and takes away the wrinkles and age spots.  I have been spraying it on Cici and it helped with the bloody spot (did not want it to get infected)… and will keep on spraying her and me as well as give it internally.  She does not like it if I pour it into her mouth but she likes it when I spray it into her mouth. Am also getting her some Dr. Harvey’s Shine (salmon oil for Omega 3′s) and chlorophyll and alfalfa and Ester C, all to help her immune system.

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Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

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Doggie due diligence

I just did not want to take her to the vet again, spend $300 and give her toxic poisons like I did last year but sometimes it takes time to figure out and take the correct action. Dr Harvey said it’s called doing your due diligence.

I spoke to Dr.Harvey about Cici’s itch and rash again last week. while we were talking, he said I could slather oils and cream on her every hour. I did not get it in my head/gut until Saturday… delayed reaction?

and I had not been putting the healing cream on her butt rash at all, why I do not know. well, I did all day Sat. and voila, the bumpy crunchy rash is improving,  much much better…she has a red rash below her mouth that is harder to put cream on but I keep trying. And her rashes are now MUCH improved.

Organic Healing Cream

Organic Shea Butter, Organic Aloe Vera Extract, Polysorbate (From Vegetable Source), Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Goldenseal Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Comfrey Extract, Propolis Extract, Stillingia Extract, Organic Thyme Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract

http://www.drharveys.com/products/show/24-organic-healing-cream

Helpful info about itchies from a vet

Labrador Retrievers, for example, are overly represented when it comes to food allergy. Wheaton Terriers, Bull Terriers (all pits), Jack Russell Terriers are a few breeds that are documented to suffer from inhalant allergy.  Brachycephalic breeds (dogs with pushed in faces like Bulldogs ) often suffer from infections and itches in areas that other dogs don’t have, e.g. skin folds. Cocker Spaniels and others suffer from primary seborrhea (scaling and itching for no other reason other than they’re Cocker Spaniels)

http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.com/2012/11/itching-for-diagnosis.html

while looking for an all natural herbal flea collar, I saw some on Amazon with oils I already have and one blend, Purification essential oil blend which is excellent for getting rid of fleas and soothing for bug bites, cuts and scratches.

Purification contains:
Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) which is antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and soothing to tissues.  Citronella is registered with the EPA as an effective insect repellent.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) has strong antifungal properties when applied topically.  Lemongrass  is registered with the EPA as an effective insect repellent.  Lemongrass is also anti-parasitic and can aid in a natural de-worming of your pets.
Lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida) a strong antiseptic also registered with the EPA as an effective insect repellent.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT) is a top anti-infectious, anti-microbial and antiseptic. Rosemary  is registered with the EPA as a Biopesticide- Repellent.
Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) is antiseptic, anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, immune-stimulating and a neurotonic.  Entire books have been written on this popular tea-tree oil.
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is antibacterial and may support immune function in fighting infectious diseases, especially air-borne and respiratory.

Dilute several drops of Purification essential oil blend in a spray bottle and spray to repel insects. Shake well, and mist over entire animal (be very careful and avoid your beloved pets eyes).

Some great essential oils for repelling insects are:

Basil, Citronella, Cedarwood, Clove, Lavender,  Lemongrass, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Patchouli, Peppermint, Purification, Rosemary,  Eucalyptus, and Thyme

Flea rubs

Rub on your pets.

To 1/2 cup of olive oil add 1/2 teaspoon of one of a combination of the lavender , rosemary, or eucalyptus essential oil.

Apply aloe vera, vitamin E, black or green tea. A drop of lavender and/or chamomile essential oil will soothe the bites.

Basic flea control shampoo for pets with fleas.
12 ounces water
1 tablespoons of castile soap
2 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of rosemary essential oil

Combine ingredients in a jar. Shake well. Dampen your pet. add enough shampoo to make a lather and work. Rinse off well.

Herbal Flea control powder

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon each of ground dried eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender

Flea powder

2-4 cups of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon orange oil

Don’t use this on cats. other options is to add lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or rosemary essential oil.

All Natural Bug Spray Recipe

10 drops citronella essential oil oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops lemongrass essential oil

5 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil

1 oz. of witch hazel extract

Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add your favorite carrier oil. Shake well and spray on as needed.

Shake well, and mist over entire animal (be very careful and avoid your beloved pets eyes).

Apply Purification oil and Peppermint oil diluted with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil to a cotton swab and rub just inside the ear to eliminate ear mites in cats and dogs.

Purification smells good, clean, fresh not like those cover-up synthetic fragrances that mask odors. This oil purifies, deodorizes and sanitizes the air and gets rid of pet odors, cigarette smoke, mildew and mold and it also feels uplifting. I put some on my pillow, am spraying her bedding and mine and keeping bugs at bay.

Many brands you see in the health food store are NOT pure oils. Many have additives like alcohol and other preservatives. Young Living oils are the pure essential oil and contain no additives of any kind.

If you’d like to give your dog a gift of Purification, Peppermint, Lavendar or other oils, email or call me.

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My itchy dog

Cici’s got the itchies again. am trying the raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Wild Salmon oil cures…  she did not like being sprayed with the ACV but I will find a way maybe sponge it on her. Started giving her the Doggy Goo again, bathed her with Dr. Harvey’s herbal shampoo and took away any kibble. The itchies started with her tearing apart this chair she has been sleeping on. The fabric mess seemed to bother her so I put a sleeping bag over the torn chair. Still itching away and getting worse every day. Drastic measures. Here we go again.

“…Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is alkaline inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo — one that you would use on your own hair — rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of bacteria and you have a dog that smells like a salad, a small price to pay!”

http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/acvfordogs.html

raw Apple Cider Vinegar has worked wonders for me internally, when I have had indigestion and other tummy upsets.

  • Use apple cider vinegar as a pet bath to treat fleas and skin irritation. Wash your pet first with a mild shampoo and then wash again with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Rinse off when finished with cool water and repeat this bath as needed to fleas and skin allergies.

  • Mix equal parts apple cider and vinegar with fresh water and put in a plastic spray bottle. Spray your furry friend daily to treat fleas, heal hot spots, stop itching, and increase the health and luster of your pet’s coat.

Read more: How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Pets | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2066146_use-apple-cider-vinegar-pets.html#ixzz2Bxb8GW83

Apple cider vinegar can be sponged onto a dog’s coat after bathing to remove soap residues and improve hair condition. Vinegar’s acidity and live enzymes are said to kill bacteria that cause flaking skin conditions. Soak the coat to the skin and let it air-dry. This same treatment is said to repel fleas and ticks.

Apple cider vinegar cools the skin when applied to burns, wounds, or hot spots. It can be massaged into sore or sprained muscles and is the foundation of many herbal liniments that relieve pain and inflammation.

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/2_6/features/5220-1.html

Benefits

  1. Apple cider vinegar has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties that give the immune system a good boost, arming your dog with the strength to ward off pests like fleas and ticks and also diseases like parvo virus in dogs and parvo in puppies.
  2. Apple cider vinegar is also the king of skin and hair remedies.  It is effective at fighting itching and scratching from allergies or bites.  When applied directly to a hot spot on your dog’s skin, ACV will calm the redness and swelling all while providing your dog with some much needed relief.  ACV can be poured directly on your dog’s fur after a bath and then rinsed, which will cure dandruff, rejuvenate hair and help balance the PH levels in the body.

http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar.html

I also am giving her the apple cider vinegar internally, one tablespoon in her food every day and I am taking it too.

I am also giving her Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for the itchy problem. It is a premium source of OMEGA-3 Fatty Acids and also goes in her food. These nutrients are linked to healthy heart and brain function, supple and shiny skin and coat, normal functioning immune system, and healthy joints.  This is the brand, Alaskan Bear Treats Wild-Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs. There is also Grizzly Oil.  You can get the cider vinegar and both oils at Amazon.

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Conservative management for ACL

Back in January/February Cici tore a cruciate ligament in her knee and we were told by the vet specialist that she needed surgery. We were also blessed with finding out about an alternative: Conservative Management Protocol. Despite doing it all wrong, not being able to keep her as restricted as I was supposed to, it still worked. Cici did not need surgery and her leg/knee is fine now.

It occurred to me that I never actually wrote out what we did do vs what we were supposed to do.

Did not find this guide until after we were done but it is a very worthwhile free guide, tells what to do step by step.  Dr. James St.Clair, Free Recovery Guide, sign up and you will receive emails with what to do. He also wrote to me personally and I asked him a few questions and he answered back.

 

Suggested that giving Cici a joint supplement was important. I did. Ortho-Ease by Dr. Harvey which Cici LOVES. Dr. Harvey also suggested that I give her alfalfa, manganese and Vitamin C every day which I did. I occasionally did meditations with her, kept her calm with music and treats and gave her some massages. I was not too concerned about her weight since she has been about 53 pounds consistently for six years. The biggest concern for me was that it was the same leg where she had had three surgeries before for a fractured femur bone when she was hit by an SUV in Carson City. That fracture is completely healed now the vet said.  The only other thing I would have liked to do but was not able to do was to have her do some hydrotherapy/swimming after the three months of restriction.

http://dogkneeinjury.com/tag/range-of-motion/

Joints in dogs

A. The SHOULDER is a ball and socket joint. This is a common site for “wear and tear” problems.

B. In the ELBOW joint, 3 bones come together on a tight “hinge” formation. Malformation of this joint may occur.

C. The STIFLE joint is similar in shape and function to the human knee. Because the bones are not shaped to fit very closely together, this joint depends a great deal on ligaments to hold the bones in place. It is a commonly injured joint.

D. The HOCK is similar in shape and function to the human ankle joint. It is normally held tightly together by ligaments. These small bones are under great stress when the animal runs and jumps.

E. The HIP joint is normally a tight fitting ball and socket joint. In some dogs, the bones develop abnormally so that the fit is too loose. Many factors can adversely affect its development, which can lead to wear and tear.

 

Tons of info about cruciate ligament injuries

 

 

wish I had a photo of her running and playing but this is my silly girl …

 

 

 

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Got Dog Allergies?

Does your dog have allergies?  There is nothing worse for a pet parent, owner, guardian, to see their pet suffer, itch, scratch and be downright miserable. When they are miserable, so are we. And too often, it takes a lot of time, energy and money to figure out what is going on, what is wrong and what we can do about it.  I spent time at two different vets, changed Cici’s food and diet numerous times, and still, she itched and licked her paws. It was driving me just plain nutty until I found out about the GOOey Peanut Butter solution (see below)…

Signs your dog has allergies:

  • Biting hind quarters
  • Scratching or pawing at her ears
  • Shaking her head from side to side
  • Yeasty smell from ears
  • Uncontrollable itching and licking
  • Brown, rough spots on her knees
  • Hot Spots
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose or dry, crusty nose
  • Hair loss (shearing of hair on any part of the body)
  • Scabby or scaly patches on skin
  • Behavioral changes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive shedding

Causes of dog allergies:

  • Inhalant / seasonal… pollen during any season of the year (similar to hay fever in humans)
  • Food sensitivites… beef, chicken, dairy, corn/grain etc
  • Environmental… dust mites, mold, grass, wool, feathers, ticks, mosquitoes, the list is endless and Zoe has most of them
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Yeast or bacterial infections
For canine allergy sufferers, about 85 percent of the time the culprit is mold, dust mites, pollen and other environmental factors – not food as so many people suspect.

Solution:  Doggy Goo

Dr. Kristin Holm DVM Veterinary Dermatologist has created Doggy GOO, an amazing product that dogs and their owners LOVE. Dogs LOVE to lick it off the spoon (it’s peanut butter, YUM). Cici thinks it’s a tasty treat. We heartily recommend this product because of the ease of delivery to the dog and fun watching said dog LICK IT lickity split… LOL…

Meanwhile, Doggy GOO builds Immune System Tolerance to Environmental Allergens, as well as supports balances the functionality and immune response health in Cici.

Whether you wish to Pre-emptively build Immune Tolerance to Enviro Allergens in your Puppy or young Dog, Or if you have a Dog that is Allergy Stressed, Doggy GOO offers You and your Pet a Sublingual GOO-Licious, 100% Natural, Allergy CARE Option that has been Clinically shown to bring immune system balance and health back to your Dog.

A recent Veterinary Dermatologist Clinical Study / Abstract indicates that Sublingual Delivery i.e. Doggy GOO is Equal to Allergy “Ouch” Shots for immunotherapy neutralization of Dust Mite Allergy.

Doggy GOO sublingually builds Immune System Tolerance to 3 Grass, 3 Tree, 4 Weed Pollens, 2 Mites and 3 Molds.

The “GOO” in Doggy GOO™ is the best Organic Peanut Butter on today’s “Human” market.

A word about Peanut Butter…

When you Think American, you think Mom, Apple Pie, Hot Dogs, Baseball, Football, NASCAR and of course PB & J ! Found in 75% of American homes, Peanut Butter is as American as it gets. What child or adult, in the gut wrenching ravages of hunger has not grabbed a jar of their favorite peanut butter, their sweet tooth craving jelly, jam or preserve, maybe a little butter and a loaf of bread and hunkered down to make the most favorite tasty snack on the planet… PB & J ! To call Peanut Butter a Food is a vast injustice to this humble appetite quenching, protein filled powerhouse. For many, Peanut Butter transcends the definition of a Food. It moves beyond a Snack, almost approaching a cult or state of nirvana. Satisfying a craving that can only be filled by the combination of peanut butter with preserves, onions, mustard, mayonnaise, hard boiled eggs, banana, chocolate, oatmeal, ricotta, on an hamburger, in a smoothie.. you name it ! From its humble roots since first being developed in 1890, when a St. Louis physician suggested processing and packaging ground peanut paste into a nutritious protein substitute.  To now, when Top Chefs all over the world have embraced this GOOey substance for it’s taste, versatility and creative possibilities in some of today’s most innovative dishes!

And

DOGs LOVE Peanut Butter!

Dr. Kristin says, “We chose 100% Natural Peanut Butter for a number of critical reasons. To begin, DOGs just Luv Peanut Butter, which ensures high “Patient / Dog Compliance” for Doggy GOO’s allergy focus. And because Doggy GOO is regarded as a Tasty Treat by your Dog, Pet Parent compliance is also virtually guaranteed to keep both the Pet and Pet Parent’s GOO Allergy Fight going!”

Dr. Kristin further explains, “But there is more to GOO than meets the Dog’s Taste Buds. You see, Peanut Butter was not only chosen for its Tasty Treat appeal, but for its Lick / Lick / Lick GOOey-ness. You see, Doggy GOO employs what is called a Sublingual Delivery methodology in its fight against Canine Allergies. Whereby the Pet Parent is told to spread a small amount of Doggy GOO onto a clean bowl or plate and the Dog has to repeatedly Lick / Lick / Lick up their GOO. While this is a GOO-Licious Tasty Treat for the Dog, with every GOO Lick, small amounts of Enviro Allergy ingredients are brought into the Dogs mouth, where the mouth is slathered with GOO Juice. It is via this GOO Juice presence to the thin mucosal skin of the Dog’s mouth that the Allergy ingredients are Sublingually absorbed into the bloodstream. Which following absorption, the Allergy Ingredient Bio-Availability to the BloodStream begins to leverage the adaptive power of the immune system to build tolerance to these offending allergy sources and begins to work its Allergy Magic.

in other words, Doggy GOO is Dog GOO-ilicious…

www.HealthyGOO.com

www.DoggyGOO.com

Soon, the good folks at Doggy Goo will be introducing another product to address GI immune issues, GUT issues, pre and pro-biotic…

Got questions?

http://www.doggygoo.com/FAQ.aspx

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