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Pet Allergies and Skin Problems: The Holistic Natural Prevention and Solution

"Does your dog have allergies? Does he itch all of the time? Has your veterinarian diagnosed "allergies" and sentenced your beloved canine companion to years of steroid therapy? Each day I help pets with allergies get off of steroids and help them live longer, itch-free lives. Get ready to learn how to improve your dog's life the holistic way!" Dr Shawn Messonnier DVM

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Dr. Steven Slagle, DVM Transfer factors have turned out to be the most effective and versatile large animal family products I have ever used in my 32-year veterinary practice. A cat with leukemia, an oral tumor, and posterior paralysis due to a spinal tumor, was very ill and emaciated. One month after transfer factors there was some regression of the oral tumor, restored appetite with some weight gain, and increased sociability. Five months later, she continues to improve, regaining normal weight, 80% regression of her oral tumor, and regaining use of hind legs and tail."

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Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus

Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them. Learn what Dr. Falconer D.V.M. recommends to protect your pet from the Canine Flu disease

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Pet Allergies and Ear / Skin Problems

Pet allergies - holistic treatment for animal allergies and hotspotsIn his best selling book, " Pet Allergies: Remedies for an Epidemic", Dr. Alfred Plechner, DVM, paints a dismal picture for the future of our pets. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease." Allergies can be, and often are, unrecognized deficiency diseases. Recognizing nutritional deficiencies will save you a great deal of frustration and allow you to make the necessary adjustments in your dog’s diet."

Dr. Alfred Plechner, DVM - "The most common and most visible symptoms of nutritionally caused deficiencies are allergies of one kind or another. Because many commercial pet foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long term effect of feeding such foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment. . . It's a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease." All Natural Healthy Pet Food

Dr. Jeffrey Levy, DVM - "Have you ever wondered why some dogs and cats have severe flea problems, while others are hardly bothered by the little pests? Fleas can be viewed as an indicator of an animal's general health. Parasites in general, and fleas in particular, are most attracted to the weak, unhealthy, or very young animal whose immune system is not functioning well. The long-term solution to a flea problem is to reduce your pet's susceptibility to fleas by improving his/her health."

Allergies can be, and often are, unrecognized deficiency diseases. Recognizing nutritional deficiencies will save you a great deal of frustration and allow you to make the necessary adjustments in your dog’s diet. Do You Really Know What's In Your Pet's Food? by Dr. Jane Bicks DVM

Doctors tell you that steroids (cortisone, prednisone) only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and devastating. Studies show that steroids cause permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. "Steroids are probably the most sleazy of modern day medications" says John Mills, former professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital more on the danger of steroids

Identify and, if possible, avoid allergens to give rapid relief. Look at the animal's environment when considering allergens (pollens, plastics, nylon, wool, etc.), toxins (pesticides, chemicals, etc.), irritants and more. Use the curative power of nature. By eliminating causes and supporting organ and immune function with good diet, detoxification and supplements, the body will heal itself. Prevent the condition. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Dr. Cynthia Harcourt, DVM - "Allergies represent more than a local inflammation of the skin. They reflect a constitutional state. From a holistic standpoint, the approach to treatment recognizes the deeper constitutional state and restores order and balance to the whole animal."

People that have pets with skin problems, allergies, stomach problems and behavioral problems spend hundreds of dollars at the vet on antibiotics, steroids, tranquilizers, and other medication. Antibiotics, steroids, and many other medications take a serious toll on the internal organs and immune systems of our pets. It becomes a never-ending circle of medication and sickness. Skin problems and allergies are often symptoms of nutritional deficiency and toxic overload.

Dr. Blanco, D.V.M - "You take healthy animals and often very quickly after you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions. We see a lot of epilepsy, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently, you'll see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination." more about vaccinosis

This is what a severe HOTSPOT looks like on a dog's tail

My German Shepherd dog Shasta, suffered from allergies and severe hotspots on her tail. It was a direct result of adverse reaction to vaccines as well as poor diet. The inflammed area of the tail would swell up with fluid and became extremely sensitive, painful and very itchy. Poor Shasta would constantly bite and lick the area to try to obtain some relief. Homeopathy is noted for its success to antidote or remove the toxic effects of vaccines and to re-establish balance in the organism and restore health. Certain homeopathic remedies taken before and after vaccination can minimize vaccine damage. A professional homeopathic vet should be consulted. Dr. Falconer DVM also uses Transfer Factor before and after vaccination to modulate/boost animal's immune system. Some people have found that marine phytoplankton is also effective in improving their animals' overall health.

Dr. Autumn Drouin, DVM, ND "Do no harm. The animal's condition must not be made worse in the long run to alleviate symptoms. Vaccines and flea and heart worm prevention can add to the body's toxic load, which can lead to further immune system compromise. Identify and eliminate the cause/s and obstacles to cure. First, rule out skin parasites such as mites, fleas, ringworm (a fungal infection), Leishmaniasis (for dogs from warmer

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The Allergy Cover-Up
Why natural approaches are the only cure to hotspots and allergies
By Autumn Drouin, DVM, ND Naturopathic principles for animals suffering from allergies
  • Do no harm. The animal's condition must not be made worse in the long run to alleviate symptoms. Vaccines and flea and heart worm prevention can add to the body's toxic load, which can lead to further immune system compromise.
  • Identify and eliminate the cause/s and obstacles to cure. First, rule out skin parasites such as mites, fleas, ringworm (a fungal infection), Leishmaniasis (for dogs from warmer climates) and systemic diseases such hypothyroidism, Lupus, Vasculitis, Phemphigus, etc. Identify and, if possible, avoid allergens to give rapid relief. Look at the animal's environment when considering allergens (pollens, plastics, nylon, wool, etc.), toxins (pesticides, chemicals, etc.), irritants and more.
  • Use the curative power of nature. By eliminating causes and supporting organ and immune function with good diet, detoxification and supplements, the body will heal itself.
  • Prevent the condition. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Dolly, a six-year-old cocker spaniel, walked into the clinic and settled herself down for a good scratch. Her people, both responsible and attentive animal lovers, had frustration written all over their faces. Even though Dolly ate a home prepared diet, she scratched incessantly. It was fairly obvious Dolly suffered from an allergy, but to what? In my years of practice as a veterinarian, I've seen allergies to almost everything, from fleas to grass. Read how Dr. Drouin was able to help Dolly over her allergies.

Is Your Pet Deficient In A Key Nutrient?
Richard J. Holliday, DVM - "Good nutrition can prevent disease. Good nutrition can cure disease." A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil, chia seeds or oil, and other nutrients for optimum health and vitality. The food your animal eats should provide all of the nutritional components which are necessary for all organs and systems of a healthy body to perform in harmonious unison. A properly functioning body does an amazing job at preventing disease and healing itself, and to do this it requires the energies and nutrients of a well-balanced diet. In terms of finding the proper diet for our companions, this means learning to look beyond our own needs, opinions, and agendas to address the natural needs of the animals that we caretake. learn more


Does Your Pet Have Allergies? What You Need to Know and Do
By Dr. Karen Becker, DVM

Because the symptoms of inflammation are produced from the inside out, ointments, shampoos, sprays and dips can only provide temporary relief and although are beneficial to use for improving your pet’s quality of life during a flare up, long-term treatment must focus on balancing your pet’s immune system.

Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Steroids actually turn the immune system off, which improves the symptoms remarkably fast but doesn’t address the root issue of why your pet’s immune system is over-reacting in the first place.

Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed. (more on the danger of steroids)

Antibiotics increase the likelihood of yeast overgrowth, which causes your pet to:

1. Smell like a corn chip
2. Become insanely itchy, which sends you back to the vet for more steroids

Do you see the crazy cycle? The image does a great job of explaining it further.

As an aside, keep in mind that healthy pets do not smell bad. Yeast exudes a musty smell, and if your pet smells this way he may have a problem with yeast overgrowth. Many people assume their pets should smell this way, but in reality healthy pets should only be bathed with they’re dirty -- not because they’re smelly. Bathing smelly pets in oatmeal (a grain) shampoo often adds fuel to the fire, requiring the pet to be re-bathed multiple times a week in order for the owners to tolerate the pet’s odor. Nutrition is the Optimal Solution - The foods you feed your pet will eventually heal or harm.Feeding pets healing, non-allergenic foods allows their immune systems to rest. Rebalancing your pet’s immune system by offering natural, biologically appropriate wholesome foods is necessary to begin the road to recovery. Also remember that the more variety you include in your pet’s diet, the less likely your pet will be to react to the same monotonous foods. Nutritional variety is not only the spice of life, it’s critical for a balanced and healthy immune response -- and for keeping your pet allergy-free. more...


Allergy Solution for Dogs : Natural and Conventionale Therapies to EaseDiscomfort and Enhance Your Dog's Quality of LifeThe Allergy Solution for Dogs : Natural and Conventionale Therapies to Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Dog's Quality of Life
by Dr. Shawn Messonnier DVM

With this book, you'll learn many ways to help your dog be more comfortable and how to work with holistic veterinarians to cure skin problems.

A number of studies have documented the benefits of fatty acid supplements for allergic pets. In the literature, fatty acid supplements made from fish oil were effective in reducing symptoms of itching and inflammation in 11 to 27 percent of allergic dogs and over 50 percent of allergic cats. How well fatty acids work in an allergic pet depends upon a number of factors, including the product used, dosage, and the presence of other diseases that can contribute to itching.

"Due to their anti-inflammatory effects, I routinely use large doses of fatty acids when treating atopic dermatitis in pets. Like most doctors, I recommend 2 to 4 times the label dose, as research in allergy treatment indicates that the label dose on most products is too low to exert an anti-inflammatory influence."

Maybe Rover's paws are constantly damp from being licked and chewed. Or his scratching keeps you both up at night, even though he doesn't have fleas. The culprit could be allergies.Allergic skin disease, or atopic dermatitis, is an extremely common skin disorder in dogs. It's probably the number one skin problem we treat in my practice. Many of the affected dogs have not only primary atopic dermatitis, but secondary problems like bacterial or yeast infections as well. Dr. Blanco and other veterinarians believe that excessive itching, biting and licking of the paws are triggered by vaccination. more about vaccinosis

The conventional treatments have relied on corticosteroids and antihistamines. While effective, corticosteroids have numerous side effects, including increased thirst and urination, increased appetite, weight gain, Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, osteoporosis, increased susceptibility to infection, fatty liver disease, diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal ulceration, cartilage degradation, and blood chemistry abnormalities. Side effects of antihistamines are less common but include sedation and failure to control the itching.

Complementary therapies are used to reduce or preferably eliminate the need for chronic drug therapy, allowing relief from the itching without the troubling side effects so often seen with conventional treatments.

Arthur Young DVM, always advises his clients to add glyconutrients to their pets diet. Decades of consuming nutritionally questionable commercial pet food products, the proven harmful effects of over vaccination, combined with the unfortunate dependency on steroids and antibiotics have, according to many reliable sources greatly contributed to a national decline in animal health. The innate ability of the body to heal itself has been seriously compromised in many animals, particularly dogs, cats, and horses. Glyconutrients are compatible with any type of treatment prescribed by both conventional and alternative practitioners. These essential carbohydrates strengthen the body’s inner environment which, in turn, enhances the energy that stimulates the immune system, as well as a process called “cell communication”. This communication network results in all of the organs working with one another in an orderly sequence of body reactions. Without these activities, good health is impossible to attain. Although the formulation is produced for human consumption, holistic veterinarians have also recognized the importance of glyconutrients in supporting the handling of health challenges in animals. Credit goes to Gunter Blobel, M.D., Ph.D. (Rockefeller University), winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Medicine "for the discovery that (glyco) proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell." Learn more: Healing power of Glyconutrients in veterinary medicine

pet skin allergies natural relief from the itching withoutthe troubling side effectsSkin eruptions are often blamed on fleas, when in fact these may be the result of a bad reaction to vaccines, to drugs, to toxic commercial pet food or to deficiency of vital nutrients. In my personal experience with dog and fleas, I found that healhy dogs will be much less sensitive to flea bites. Digestive disturbance can easily cause skin eruptions that mimic the looks and feel of flea bites. I once had a dog, Shasta, who had severe hotspots resulting in bold areas near her tail and hind legs. I thought that these were the result of flea bites. However, when I detoxified her from vaccines with homeopathy and boosted her immune system with raw food, kelp, omega 3 fatty acids (found in chia seeds or oil, fish oil and/or flaxseed oil), and stopped all drugging, she was able to heal beautifully and to withstand flea bites without a bad reaction, even during the height of the flea season. click here for external flea treatment recipes

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With today's increasingly toxic environment, our pets are coming down with serious and inexplicable health problems. A Pesticide collar is nothing but a poison necklace around your pet’s head. It emits a constant toxic cloud that your pet inhales, and so do you, every time you hug your pet. What about those insecticidal flea and tick shampoos and powders, sprays and dips? Could your pet be also suffering from from adverse reaction to certain medications and vaccines? The best-selling drug known as Rimadyl, which has enjoyed remarkable success as an anti-inflammatory medicine for pets, has been found to be deadly for some dogs, as witnessed by theFDA receiving more than 6,000 bad reaction reports about the drug manufactured by Pfizer. Learn about safe, organic, non toxic flea treatments

Dr. Brandon Brooks, DVM - "Many (if not most) Over The Counter (OTC) or non-prescription flea control products are very toxic to cats and kittens- especially the ones only approved for use in dogs. Many people mistakenly buy these for their pet (it's not always their fault, the companies that make them want you to buy it, they don't really care about the dangers involved) so it pays to be extra careful when buying flea control products." more

Dr. Michael W. Fox DVM - "The holistic approach to flea and tick control detailed below helps reduce the need to give cats and dogs potentially harmful new anti-flea and tick medicines (as pills, spot/drops on the skin, sprays, dips and collars). These new medicines do not eliminate ticks and fleas, and when there are many, the additional control measures detailed below must be adopted anyway. Any and all control measures are jeopardized when cats and dogs are allowed out to roam free in the neighborhood. Collars are especially risky since the chemicals are inhaled as wellas absorbed by the animals and anyone sitting close to and petting the animal, especially children. These systemic insecticides that variously kill and disrupt the development of these and other parasites have to be ingested by ticks and fleas for them to work. This means that they must have at least one meal of the animal’s blood before getting the poisons in the medicated pet’s blood into their systems. Hence these new treatments do not stop infected ticks from transmitting Lyme disease, and also Ehrlichiosis, Q-fever, Babesiosis, Tick paralysis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, or fleas from spreading the plague and Murine typhus or from causing allergic hot-spots in animals allergic to the insects’ saliva. The convenience of using these new anti-flea and tick meds should be weighed against the risks to the animals. Any animal showing any adverse reaction---lethargy, nervousness/irritability, nausea, poor coordination, and more severe neurological symptoms, should be taken off the drug at once. Very young, aged, sick and nursing animals may be especially at risk, and those who have been recently vaccinated, since these drugs could compound any adverse effects of vaccinations on the immune and neuro-endocrine systems of companion animals.

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Each year, millions of people purchase flea and tick products believing that these products have been thoroughly tested and are safe for both pets and their caregivers. The main active ingredient in Bio Spot is a pesticide known as Permethrin (it is used in more than 18 similar products, including Bayer K9 Advantix, Defend EXspot, and Hartz Control OneSpot). It kills insects by paralyzing their nervous system (that is also how nerve gas works). However, it cannot distinguish between an insect's nervous system, a dog's nervous system, or a human's nervous system. Children especially are at rish of acute poisoning and long-term health effects. Learn about Safe and Effective alternative of pest control.

Spot-On Pesticides such as Frontline, Zodiac, Defend, Bio Spot, Adams and Advantage trigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats, shorten life spans, cause terminal illness, and premature death.

"Fleas, like all parasites, prey on the weak, sick, and malnourished. An animal infested with fleas is an unhealthy animal, and while the fleas certainly worsen this ill health, they do not cause it. Poor-quality, inappropriate diets cause parasite infestations, as do unsanitary conditions and all forms of stress. By knocking out the flea, whether with insecticides, nematodes, or hormones, you have done nothing to solve the root problem of ill health. The first and most essential step is to improve your animals' health and vitality. The single best way to do this is to feed them a diet based on nature, rather than a highly processed commercial food. This single step is 99 percent of the battle, and yet is the one most people don't want to consider when looking for an alternative to pesticides."

In 1932, Dr. Francis Pottenger conducted an experiment involving 900 cats over four generations, to determine the effect of cooked foods in cats. For 10 years, Pottenger fed half of the cats a diet of raw foods, the other half a diet of cooked foods. At the conclusion of his study, he reported that the cats who were fed raw foods appeared to be in better health. In addition, the exclusively cooked diet led to congenital problems including birth defects and deformities, after several generations. Dr. Francis M. Pottenger's nutritional studies have shown that the group fed raw meat were fit and healthy throughout the ten year trial period. These cats were resistant to fleas and other parasites and also to infections. The group fed a regular diet of cooked or canned meat had a lot of problems in health, breeding, behaviour and premature mortality. learn more

Before I learned about the fabulous all natural Cedar Oil flea and tick control, (Nov '08) I rubbed pure neem oil or cream on my dogs' skin during flea season with excellent result but it left his coat oily. Neem oil seems to also help heal skin irritation, eruptions and hotspots. I also found that rubbing plain flaxseed oil on areas where the skin is scaly or unhealthy does wonders to promote healing of the skin.. Now I just spray the all natural totally safe Cedar Oil product all over my dog which leaves his coat fluffy (not sticky), shiny and with a lovely clean fresh smell.

Here's another recipe I used a few years ago to protect my dogs from fleas and help heal hot spots: in a 16 ounce bottle, I mix 1 to 2 ounces of Neem oil,emu oil and/or jojoba oil, some extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and just a few drops or half a dram of tea tree oil, To this, I add a tablespoon of golden seal extract. I fill the rest of the bottle 1/2 with organic white vinegar and water. I mix all ingredients well and massage the mixture into the entire surface of the skin or just the affected areas. I do NOT rinse. I usually do this once or twice a week, depending on the severity of the skin condition or flea outbreak. For severe hot spots, I may apply the mixutre 2 to 4 times a day on these spots. ( The only drawback is the tea tree oil's strong odor.).

I don't use shampoo on my dogs. Instead I use bentonite or Red Desertâ„¢ clay which I mix with water into a thin paste. I wet my dog thoroughly, then I brush the clay into the fur and massage it in the skin for a few minutes. Then I rinse off lightly. In her marvelous book, Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them,, Cindy Engles, Ph.D. describes how animals in the wild roll into clay mud to heal themselves when sick or to repel insects.

In 1992, my 2 year old dog, Shasta, was plagued with flea bites and hot spots (an area that is inflamed, bleeding, oozing, and hairless.) She was not alone to suffer miserably from itching and burning. Her doggie friends in the neighborhood were suffering just as much.

I began doing research to try to help her and I learned that our dog's and cat's skin problems are often vaccine induced. Many veterinarians believe that vaccines are causing harms to our beloved pets, from skin allergies to cancer and other chronic disease referred to as "vaccinosis". Homeopathic veterinarians recommend a treatment with homeopathic remedies to remove toxins and side effects of vaccines. I also learned that our soil, plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients. Scientists theorize that mineral deficiency subjects us, and our animals, to more diseases, aging, sickness and destruction of our physical well-being than any other factor in personal health.

I decided to feed my dogs RAW food. (sample diet) and to supplement their diet with flaxseed oil (linseed oil), chia seeds, kelp and fulvic minerals and/or marine phytoplankton (consist of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occuring powerful phytochemicals, biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals), and bee pollen rich in naturally occuring vitamins. I also treated them with homeopathic remedies. I saw nice improvement in a matter of weeks.

If fleas begin to bother my dogs occasionally during the hot summer time and they begin to bite or scrach herself, I give them homeopathic remedies and a product named Transfer Factor which help boost their immune system and offers her a better resistance to flea attacks. The homeopathic remedies I use are Pullex Irritans 6c and sulphur 30c. Occasionally I also used Calcarea carbonica 30C or 200C. Homeopathic remedies for pets

I place a single pellet of the sulphur 30c in the water bowl ONE TIME ONLY and I wait a few weeks to see the result. Sulphur is very powerful and if used too much or too often can cause a healing crisis. Depending on the animal and the situation sometimes sulphur may not resolve the problem. If they continue to have flea bites allergies, I add in the water bowl one pellet of pullex once everyday for a week or two. Usually those two remedies solve the problem. (pullex is the latin name for flea. It is a homeopathic remedy made from the flea itself) Part 1: how I saved Shasta's life

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Neem Oil - The seeds, bark and leaves of the neem plant contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal uses. Neem is one of the most powerfulblood-purifiers and detoxifiers in Ayurvedic usage. For thousands of years, the Indian people have appreciated the medicinal and insect-repellent properties of neem leaves and seeds. Neem extracts have been studied extensively by the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, and have been developed into natural commercial pesticides which are safe for use on food crops. Warning: be careful using neem oil or other essential oils on cats. They are very sensitive and may not tolerate these oils. Use of neem as a Biological Pest Control agent

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Natural and Herbal Skin and Ear Treatments

Fortunately you can purchase external treatment salves and shampoos that contain trea tree oil and other soothing natural ingredients. Read how I used homeopathic remedies on my new dog Kuuma.

  • Herbal Ear Formula for Dogs and Cats - Effective blend of therapeutic herbs and mild cleansers. Cleans ears, removes wax and debris. Eliminates odor. Non-toxic.
  • Herbal Skin and Coat Shampoo for Dogs and Cats Unique self-adjusting contains just enough cleaning ingredients to balance oily skin and ample nutrients to condition dry skin
  • Soothing Mist for Dogs and Cats, Puppies and Kittens Formulated for hot spots, irritated skin, sore skin, itchy skin, excessive scratching, biting and more. Contains aloe vera gel, zinc, vitamin C and other skin enhancing herbs.
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Books:
The Complete Book of Flea Control for You, Your Pet, and Your Home by Ted Kuepper
This 78 page book presents information on controlling fleas using techniques that do not require insecticides, as well as descriptions of insecticidal products and their proper use to maximize effectiveness and minimize contact. The book makes it clear when to use a particular type of product and why.

Common-Sense Pest Control by William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, Helga Olkowski
From ridding your apartment of cockroaches to dealing with the regional deforestation threats of Gypsy Moths, this is the authoritative book on how to control pests by using the natural mechanisms of control that have kept our planet from being savaged, prior to our human disruptions.

Home Safe Home : Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products in the Home This bok offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!

Better Basics for the Home : Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie Berthold-Bond
Natural living has reached the mainstream: we are now far more concerned about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the chemicals that surround us, and recognize that government regulations all too often fall short of safeguarding our health. Enter Annie Berthold-Bond, whose BetterBasics for the Home is a compendium of practical information -- recipes, tips, and guidelines -- for creating a simpler, cheaper and environmentally safer lifestyle.

Home cleaning products safe for the family, pets and environment!. Hundreds of toxic chemicals are used common household products.You may have safety latches on your kitchen cabinets to protect young children from swallowing the cleansers. Your pets may run on your freshly mopped floor and then lick their paws. Learn about safe cleaning products


Vinegar for Flea Bites and other skin condition

"Vinegar is a naturally occurring germ killer and is one of the very first medicines known to man. It was used as a healing dressing on wounds and infectious sores in Biblical times, and it is credited with saving the lives of thousands of soldiers during the Civil War. It was used routinely as a disinfectant on wounds. It kills germs on contact and it contains bacteria which is unfriendly to infectious micro-organisms. It is a natural remedy and most of all, it is safe. Vinegar is particularly useful for neutralizing alkali burns. And it relieves itchy skin too. We coat the 'hot spots' with vinegar, full strength, using a cotton ball or poured directly from the bottle. For a full body treatment, add four cups of vinegar to the bath water. Be careful not to get the vinegar/water mixture in the ears and eyes. The vinegar/water rinses are a quick remedy to relieve minor skin irritations such as hives, chigger bites, other insect bites and rashes." Carolyn Waller - learn more

Note from Shirley: I have received a few testimonials from people who use organic white or red vinegar internally and externally for their animals, including horses, for flea bites and other minor skin irritation such as hives, etc. I have never used vinegar on or for my animals and cannot verify the validity of these statements. If you decide to use vinegar, it is important to only use only organic white or red vinegar because some commercial vinegars are made from wood pulp. Here is one testimonial:

"Animals need not suffer from flea bites at all. For years our dogs suffered from flea bites.We washed them with flea shampoos, powdered them with flea powders,bombed the house with aerosols, flea collars, etc. A friend told us about a method his grandmother used that was very effective. Take a gallon of water, add four to six teasoons of white vinegar to it, and give it to your pets as their only drinking water. If they have a water dish outside, use this water for that as well. During the winter ( ohio) , I give them four tsps.. during the summer ( flea season ) I give them six tsps. We havn't seen a flea in over ten years. It works on any animal. We have a dog ( seven years old ) that has never seen a flea. All of these commercial flea preparations are bad for the health of our pets. We had a dog living with us temporarily that had lived in North Carolina for awhile, that was almost eaten alive by fleas down there. We gave her vinegar water and all of her problems disappeared. I live in the Cleveland Ohio area." Frank Zfrank10@aol.com

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Ear Inflammation - Infection - Odor - Wax build up
 

Warning! Dennis W. Thomas, DVM - "As a pet owner, it is important to know that persistent or recurring ear infections in a dog commonly are manifestations of other concurring disease processes. Allergies and hypothyroidism are good examples. Systemic allergies often cause dermatitis and itching in the ear canal, which predispose self-trauma and subsequent ear infection. Hypothyroidism may manifest itself as increased thickness of the skin and continual release of exudate in the ear canal, which favors an environment for otitis externa. It is not wise to use cotton tip applicators in the ear canal. This can be quite painful to the dog. Also, I don't recommend using alcohol in a dog's ear. Alcohol will dry the ear, but if there is inflammation or small scratches in the canal, the alcohol will burn and cause tremendous pain and further inflammation. If you must use a product from the shelf at home, use white vinegar diluted 50:50 with water.

Learn about natural treatment and prevention of ear infection/inflammation in pets.

Do you have a question about pet allergies or holistic animal health or need assistance? contact Shirley



Why I won't use the Elizabethan collar on my animals.
 

The Elizabethan collar is a type of plastic collar that is effective in preventing pets from licking or biting themselves. The only time I will use such collar is to prevent my animal from tearing up surgical sutures, until healing is complete. I will never use such collar to prevent my dog or cat from licking skin eruptions, hot spots, or inflammed and infected area on their bodies. The built in germicide found in the saliva of a dog or a cat amazingly heals wounds in record time. Any injuries are carefully licked and coated with antiseptic saliva from the tongue. This aids in preventing infection entering into a wound. Learn more

Mange NATURAL TREATMENT

Many normal dogs carry the mange parasite. Holistic veterinarians believe that it becomes a problem and spreads through the skin when there are immune problems, inherited skin defects or illness for other reasons. Holistic treatments aim to improve the general health, particularly the immune system, and to homeopathically treat the inherited factors.

Dr. Will Falconer DVM - "Demodectic mange mites are common flora in man and animals. Reread that if you think this is a typo, because it’s a fact: we all have demodectic mites as residents on our skin. Why aren’t we all itchy and broken out with eruptions? Only one reason: the immune system keeps these parasites in check. So, when a dog is diagnosed with demodectic mange, and he’s got crusty patches around his face or toes or all over, what that means, first and foremost, is that his immune system needs help! Unfortunately, the common treatment is to dip the affected dogs in very toxic chemicals to kill the mites. So toxic, in fact, that the personnel dipping the dog wear rubber gloves and aprons! This has never made sense to me, as we know poisons have a clearly detrimental effect on the immune system. Wouldn’t it make more sense to strengthen the immune system and thereby get the normal flora of mites back in control? It can be done, and Transfer Factor Plus Advanced Formula would be the best course, along with Canine Complete. For the average 40 - 60 lb dog, I’d start with Animal Stress Pack at recommended doses for two weeks. Then, follow this with Canine Complete at label doses and add the Transfer Factor Plus Advanced Formula at two capsules twice a day. To discourage mites topically, paint on lavender essential oil, diluted 1:10 with almond oil. This can be applied twice a day. Be sure to avoid the eyes, however. You’ll need to give this regimen time, from at least a few weeks to a few months. And, again, don’t short change nutrition, avoid vaccines, and work with your homeopathic veterinarian to improve health and cure the underlying illness that allowed the immune system to get so sluggish."

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A Healthy Immune System Helps Prevent Allergies and Fight Bugs
 

Immune Support in Pets (for Healthier Skin)
Dr. Shawn Messonnier DVM, author, The Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats, Prima, 2001

One of the most common questions I get is this: "What do you recommend to boost my pet's immune system?" Using nutritional supplements to boost the immune system in times of illness is very important for any sick pet.

While supplements can be used to support the immune system during any illness, I am most often asked to prescribe something for pets with the following problems: any infectious disease (especially feline respiratory disease, kennel cough, distemper;) cancer; mange; and any condition in older pets that just "aren't acting quite right." In this article, I'll discuss some of the more commonly used immune-boosting supplements, along with recommendations on how to keep your pet's immune system acting as healthy as possible all year long.

Antioxidants are among the most commonly used supplements to help pets with a variety of medical disorders. Antioxidants are specific vitamins (such as vitamin C and vitamin E) and plant and animal compounds (bioflavonoids such as grape seed extract, quercetin, coenzyme Q-10, ginkgo biloba) that are responsible for maintaining health.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, E. pallida) is the most commonly known immune stimulant which also functions as an antimicrobial (antiviral and antibacterial) herb. In people, echinacea is the number-one cold and flu herbal remedy. Currently, to prevent long term immune system problems, most doctors recommend using echinacea for a short period of time (3-4 weeks) followed by a resting period (3-4 weeks) before the herb is resumed.

Maintaining a Healthy Immune System While supplements can be used in times of illness, maintaining a healthy immune system important in decreasing the incidence and severity of disease. Follow the following tips to keep your pet as healthy as possible.

  • Feed the most natural diet possible. Learn to read a pet food label and avoid foods with chemical preservatives (BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin) and animal and plant by-products that can damage a pet's immune system and do not help maintain health as much as foods with natural preservatives and no by-products. When possible, prepare and feed a homemade diet (using on of the recipes in The Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats) to ensure thatyour pet is eating the healthiest food possible.
  • Minimize vaccines. Most pets do not need annual "shots." A simple blood test called a titer test can determine which vaccines you pet needs.
  • Minimize chemicals. I prefer not to use chemical flea prevention products unless absolutely needed. Monthly heartworm medication is preferred over the 6 month injectable heartworm preventive.
  • Administer whole food vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids to maintain a healthy body.
  • Administer choline supplementation to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease (cognitive disorder) in dogs and cats 10 years of age and older.
A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they also supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil and other important nutrients.When the diets of animals were fortified with flax oil or chia seeds, within three weeks their coats developed a beautiful sheen, and dandruff was greatly diminished. more

Animals are not the only creatures on earth who can benefit from raw foods Learn about the Incredible healing power of raw foods for humans (Including personal accounts of cancer cures)

Most human illnesses and diseases are due to a deficiency of vital nutrients. When you supply your body with the proper nutrients, in a form that your body can use, it knows how to repair itself!"more The American Living Foods Institute

Dr. Nancy Scanlan, DVM - "When pet foods are heat processed, as most are, enzyme concentration is significantly reduced. For this reason, adding digestive enzymes to your pet's food will enhance absorption of nutrients. A high quality, broad spectrum supplement provides the required enzyme activity to help your pet achieve superior digestive health. With daily use, you should see marked improvement in the skin, coat and energy of your pet, and less gas formation (or flatulence) and improved consistency in the stool." Learn more about the healing power of green grasses

Dr. Alicia McWatters, Ph.D - "Fresh, raw foods contain the highest level of enzymes and these enzymes assist in digestion. Cooked foods and dry convenient diets have been denatured and are devoid of enzymes: life-promoting elements. While they may maintain life they do not promote optimum health or longevity!" more

William Pollak D.V.M. - "Malnutrition and the toxic condition of the animal fed commercial diets can result in the inability to digest and assimilate basic food components of the fresher, more wholesome type such as raw food." more on raw food


Veterinary Success Using Immune Boosting Transfer Factor
 

Dr. Charles W. Brown, DVM - "My colleagues and I have found this product (transfer factor) to be very effective in modulating the immune system. Transfer factor is a "soup" of immune-modulating factors, which contains a leukocyte-type molecule that can passively transfer immunity from one mammal to another by stimulating cell-mediated immunity and is antigen specific. Richard Bennett, Ph.D., an Infectious Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, believes this could be the most significant development in animal health care in decades. We have a great number of veterinarians and clients who are experiencing very positive results in a broad area of disorders, including periodontal. "
"I started giving Transfer Factor Plus to my 11 year old dog, Shasta, after she suffered series of illness since April 2001 - a mean abscess on her jaw, VKS syndrome or toxoplasmosis, and just recently a stroke/paralysis. She recovered with the help of homeopathic and herbal treatments, but these illenesses had taken a toll on her energy and vitality. After a short time on the Transfer Factor Plus, her energy level and vitaliy improved remarkably and she is more frisky and playful. I also noticed that she has completely stopped scratching or biting her skin and she is much more relaxed." Shirleyauthor of shirleys-wellness-cafe.com (more on Shasta's recovery with homeopathy)

Natural Animal Health linksYou can learn more about Transfer Factor and where to purchase it. www.TF4Health.com

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RAW FOOD DIET AND FLEA BITES: as Shasta's health improved with her raw food diet, her stronger immune system gradually began to protect her against flea bites. I don't know if fleas are repelled from her or if she simply no longer has the allergic reaction to flea bites which causes most dogs to itch, scratch and bite themselves. She has friends in the neighborhood who are miserably plagued with flea bites. These dogs are on commercial pet food. When I watched her and the other dogs together, the difference is striking. ((learn why commercial pet food is adversly affecting your animal's health)
 
Hotspots - Mange: homeopathic treatment

Jeffrey Levy, DVM - "Simply killing the fleas will not be effective in the long run in eliminating your pet's flea problem. There will always be more fleas to replace those you kill. If, however, you are preparing a high quality homemade diet, and you still need to apply the flea-killing measures frequently, there is probably a more serious underlying problem with your pet that requires homeopathic treatment." Natural Flea Control

Because hotspots (red, inflammed, itchy and oozing spot) and skin allergies are often the result of vaccines' toxicity, I give my dogs the appropriate homeopathic remedies to antidote the bad effects of vaccines. These homeopathic medicine can be obtained from any homeopathic veterinarians.

When I adopted Kuuma, he had one hotspot on his left thigh, where he had been injected with vaccines. I immediately gave him a single dose of the homeopathic remedy Lyssin 200 (hydrophobinum) to antidote the rabie vaccine. Within a couple of weeks that hotspot had completely healed. However, two weeks later, a new hotspot developped on his right thigh. This time I gave him a single dose of thuja 200 to antidote the other vaccines. I did not attempt to suppress the eczema that had developped in that area with drugs or creams because I did not want to interfere with his healing crisis.

A couple of months later, Kuuma appeared to have developped flea bites reaction all over his body and was scratching and biting himself a lot. However, I only found only a couple of fleas on him and I suspected that his skin eruptions were the result of hypersensitiviy to flea bites or that it was toxins discharging through the skin. I gave him one pellet of the homeopathic remedy Sulphur 30c once a day for two days and two weeks later I gave him Calcarea Carbonica 200c one single pellet, one time only. I also rubbed on his skin my concoction of tea tree oil twice a week. Within a month, his skin cleared up and he stopped scratching, even though this is August, the middle of the flea season. Sulphur and Calc.carb. are known to be deep acting constitutional remedies. His skin remains clear and he has stopped biting and scratching himself.

With my other dog, Shasta, it was an entirely different case. The remedies I used with her would not be appropriate for Kuuma and the remedies I used for Kuuma would not have bee appropriate for Shasta. Homeopathic medicine only works on individual cases, depending on the symptoms and constitution. That is why it is important to seek the advice and gudance of a professional homeopath or holistic veterinarian.

With Shasta, I obtained good result with Radium bromite, graphites and hepar sulph remedies. First, I gave her a single dose (one pellet) of Radium Bromatum 30 c potency. The remedy acted well and she remained free of hot spot for the next 3 months. At that point, she had a little flair up and I repeated radium brom a single dose.

I had to repeat radium (one pellet only) about every 6 to 9 months whenever there was a flair up of her hot spot. Each time there was a nice improvement. But when she had another severe flair up I decided to give another remedy: 'graphite' 200c potency, a single pellet. Again, she had a nice improvement but the hotspot did not completely disapear. Several weeks later I choose to give her 'hepar sulph' 1M potency and the results were immediate and astonishing. Within days, her hot spot completely disappeared. I also noticed that she became calmer and happier.

In the homeopathic materia medica (Desktop Guide by Roger Morrison) graphites is listed for: unhealthy skin, (eczema, psoriasis, scales, urticaria), eruption ooze a thick, yellow or "honey-like" fluid which dries into golden crystal on the skin and Chronic (thick) discharges from the ears. This matched Shasta's symptoms very well and that's why she responded so well to it. Hepar sulph is also an excellent constitutional remedy which has powerful action on skin problems.

About radium brom: In Boericke's materia medica, radium is listed under "skin" Erythema and dermatitis with itching, burning, swelling, and redness. Burning of skin as if afire. In another book I read that radium had been successfully used for a sore, oozing patch of skin. (similar to graphites). There are many other homeopathic remedies for dermatitis or skin irritation and inflammation. I happened to choose the above ones according to her specific constitution and symptoms. Please read the following message.

Important message about Homeopathic treatment - It is not a good idea to purchase radium brom and graphites and treat your animal on your own. The reason? A dozen dogs with similar hot spots would probably require each a DIFFERENT HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY. A specific homeopathic remedy that works well for one animal may not get the same results for another animal. That's because unlike allopathic medicine, a homeopathic remedy must be specifically selected according to the individuality and totality of symptoms of your animal as well as its overall constitution.

While it is true that homeopathy is safe and non toxic, you have to be VERY careful with radium brom or with other homeopathic remedies because if you are not familiar with homeopathy and how to use it you could make matters temporarily worse for your animal. It takes only a TINY AMOUNT of homeopathy to get results. "More" does not mean "better" with homeopathy.

If you want to use homeopathy for your animal I strongly recommend that you seek a consultation with a holistic or homeopathic veterinarian in your hometown. If there are no such vet where you live you can always seek a telephone consultation with a holistic vet or a consultant. A phone consultation can be just as effective as an office consultation, especially if you already have a diagnosis of your animal's condition. Homeopathy can achieve incredible results with all types of chronic or acute disease. You can place a search on the internet for a holistic vet or a homeopathic vet or you can choose one in the list I have compiled or you may also want to check out the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Directory online

View the full list of herbal remedies for pet's ailments (eyes, ears, teeth/gums, diarrhea, etc.) and natural non-toxic treatment for hot spots, flea bite, allergies and ear canal inflammation - The best flea, tick and other bug (100% all natural, safe and organic product) that I use for Kuuma is a special formula made with cedar oil. Learn more...

THE HEALTHY PATH - FOR EVERY ANIMAL excerpts from Dr. Chambreau's lecture"INTEGRATING HOMEOPATHY AND HOLISTIC MEDICINE INTO YOUR VETERINARY PRACTICE"

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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT SKIN PROBLEMS IN CATS AND DOGS?
by Dr. Anna Maria Gardner

"...Skin problems are the tip of the iceberg, and represent a body that is overstressed by the accumulation of years of toxins, vaccinations and poor diet. The problem is really an immune system that just cannot cope with the environment we are living in. I believe that vaccinations, especially the rabies vaccines, are contributing to a lot of the "allergic" skin problems seen today, leading to a problem known as vaccinosis, which is characterized by itchy, dark, thickened skin; especially over the abdomen and under the legs. It is seen in both dogs and cats, but is more obvious in the dog. While we have to continue to vaccinate our dogs and cats against rabies for public health reasons, there are things we can do to at least minimize the effects of the vaccine on the body.

One thing is to give a dose of the homeopathy remedy Lyssin 30 C, which is made from the saliva of a rabid dog, using the premise that like treats like, which is the basis of homeopathy. This should be given as soon as possible after the rabies shot to try and prevent the development of any reactions to the shot. Once the skin problems are evident, it is worth trying a dose of Thuja 6 C every day to also remove the effects of the vaccine from the body, as this is very often needed before other homeopathic treatment can be started. Other homeopathic remedies may be needed, as prescribed by a licensed veterinarian, and are very often helpful in cases of chronic allergies, and can replace the use of steroids in many cases.

A good general approach to skin problems is therefore to consider them the results of a body loaded with toxins, and anything that can be done to reduce this load will help the animal. So a good natural diet is often the single most useful thing that can be done, as discussed in an earlier edition of this magazine. This will often make a big difference and is well worth trying before resorting to steroids, or other drugs. The use of a good filtered water source or high quality spring water can also help, as can purifying the air in the home your pet lives in. Replace the use of dips, sprays and all strong chemicals to control fleas and ticks with natural flea control. It is a fact that when your pet becomes healthier, and on a better diet and preventative health regime, they will be better able to repel the fleas and not become totally infested. If we can strengthen the immune system, then we can help the body to heal itself, not suppress it further with steroids and strong drugs.

The addition of supplements to the diet is also necessary to also enhance immune function." more


Veterinary Homeopathy and Natural Health Care for Animals

Beware of drugs that you vet may give your animal. They are often innefective and may have serious side effects

Frustrated with the Failures of Conventional Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Charles E Loops DVM is devoting himself to veterinary homeopathy exclusively:

"After 10 years of traditional veterinary practice I became tired of having notreatment for chronic disease, incurable conditions, and a plethora of allergic maladies which seem to plague all veterinary practices. I was frustrated with giving animals cortisone because I had no other solutions, or using antibiotics for infections which I knew were of viral origin. There is so much that can be done for an animal, bird, or reptile that is ailing by utilizing homeopathic medicine." Charles E Loops DVM learn more


Alternative Therapy for Our Animals

Our pets are prone to suffer from minerals and trace mineral deficiency. For optimum health, I supplement my animal's diet (and my diet too) with the following: fulvic minerals and/or marine phytoplankton (consist of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occuring powerful phytochemicals, biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals); bee pollen (rich in naturally occuring vitamins); kelp (marine plants to enhance health and detoxify), the right kind of salt (not common table salt); clay (to promote healing and to detoxify) and with flaxoilor chia seeds ( rich source of omega 3 fatty acids). My animals do not drink tap water. I give them only carbon filtered water which is free from toxic chlorine and fluoride and I add therapeutic clay to the water. I never cook or warm up food in a "#990000">microwave oven. Please read about the Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking

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Holistic Animal Health and Optimum Pet Nutrition
A growing number of veterinarians state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food supresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. Dr. Kollath, of the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, headed a study done on animals. When young animals were fed cooked and processed foods they initially appeared to be healthy. However, as the animals reached adulthood, they began to age more quickly than normal and also developed chronic degenerative disease symptoms. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly and were free of degenerative disease. For a return to health, pets require a diet which strengthens the immune system and most closely resembles that which they would get in the wild. It's really easy to do.

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