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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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Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus

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Barbara, Meadowsweet and dog Sadie question mark Do you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance? Barbara is an animal lover and wellness coach who donates her time to help visitors of Shirley's Wellness Cafe website. She'll be happy to answer your question and offers guidance. 970-731-0883 (CO). You may also contact Shirley or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372

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Pet Allergies, Ear and Skin Problems

Graphic of dog and cat scratching 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.

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.

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.

Pet allergies - holistic treatment for animal allergies and hotspots In 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."

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."

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

ulcerated area on dog's tail hot spot on dog's tail This is what a severe HOTSPOT looks like on a dog's tail

Note from Shirley Photo of Shasta 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. 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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Naturopathic principles for animals suffering from allergies

By Autumn Drouin, DVM, ND
  • 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.

Processed pet food may be responsible for premature death

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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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 balancingyour 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.

The Allergy Cycle 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.

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. Rebalance 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.

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

Allergy Solution for Dogs 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.

Allergy SolutionsThe 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."

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My dog shasta plagued with flea bites and hotspots

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.

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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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.

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  • 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.
  • Herb Skin Poultice with Comfrey Leaf - : Abscesses, Bed Sores, Blood Poisoning, Breasts - Sore Nipples, Bruises, Burns, Chicken Pox, Cuts, Disinfectant, Gangrene, Infection, Open Sores And Ulcers, Swelling, Ulcers, Wounds.
  • Emu Oil is considered a complete source of essential fatty acids. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) must be obtain through a healthy diet and similar to vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids are critical to the body's health and functions. Emu oil contains the essential omega 3,6,9 fatty acids making it a powerful skin moisturizer with strong anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
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  • Vinegar for Flea Bites, ear inflammation and other skin conditions

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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 homeHome 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 Better Cleaning safe Basics 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

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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 -

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."

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.

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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."

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.
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Veterinary Success Using Immune Boosting Transfer Factor

Dr. Charles W. Brown, DVM - "My colleagues and I have found this product 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. "

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."

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.

Note from ShirleyImportant 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

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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.

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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

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