Severe bite wound healed in two weeks at home Without Drugs or Surgery!
By Shirley, author of this website
My 4 year old German Shepherd, Kuuma, (90 pounds) was attacked by a
35 pound Pitbull mix on August 8, 2005. Kuuma is very aggressive
and I instinctively held him back from fighting that dog. This was a big
mistake which cost Kuuma to lose a portion of his leg. The wound was 3"
long and 2" wide. The leg bone was exposed. I could clearly see a piece
of the bone detached by the dog's bite.
I didn't take Kuuma to the vet because I didn't want my dog to be injected
with steroids, antibiotics or operated on. When a dog of mine is
sick or injured, it needs to be at home, with his love ones, not in a cage,
(veterinary "hospital" ) separated from his family, feeling abandonned,
just when he needs his family the most. With natural remedies I had
at home, fasting and lots of TLC (tender loving care) Kuuma healed that
horrible wound in 2 weeks without ever experiencing an infection or fever.
I immediately gave Kuuma natural remedies every few hours around the
clock for the next 10 days. I also fasted him on water for 5 days.
A sick or injured animal will not eat. Fasting
comes natural to them and promotes healing.
The wound was so bad that the first day Kuuma didn't lick his wound at all.
I made a poultice of healing Clay which I bandaged
loosely. I changed the poultice twice that day, and removed at night.
The next day, he started to lick the wound and did not tolerate the
clay poultice. He continued to lick his wound constantly for the next 3
or 4 days. I will never use an 'Elizabethan collar'
on my animals to prevent them from licking skin eruptions, hot spots, or
infected area. Animal's skin have an amazing ability to heal very quickly.
Minor (and in Kuuma's case, major) cuts, tears or abrasion heal
with great ease thanks in part to a healing aid found in the dog's saliva.
This built in germicide found in the saliva of a dog amazingly heals wounds
in record time. 10 days after the bite, the wound is nearly completely healed.
it super clean at all time with his saliva!
- I fasted Kuuma on water for 5 days. He didn't
care about food and didn't ask to eat. I resumed feeding him when he was
ready and asked for food.
- Homeopathy: arnica 50M, hypericum 1M, ledum 30C, symphitum 200C,
- a couple of pellets each, every 2 hours the first day, then 4 times a day.
- One ounce of Marine Phytoplankton with 2 capsules of
transfer factors and a 1/4 teaspoon
of powder tienchi ginseng. Transfer factors boosts the immune system in order to
help the immune system fight infection. Saccharides/glyconutrients
in marine phytoplankton promote cell to cell communication to promote healing
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Collapsed Trachea (strange coughing and struggling to breathe)
The first couple of weeks after I rescued Kuuma, whenever I took him
with me for a car ride, I would attach him by his collar on a short leach
to the back seat to prevent any possible escape. This was a big, big, mistake
that almost cost him his life! One day, I had to abruptly push on the breaks
to avoid a traffic accident. Kuuma was brutally propelled forward which
caused trauma to his trachea. He immediately began gagging for air, caughing
incessantly. I thought he was going to die. I gave him the homeopathic
remedies Arnica and Aconite which I carried in my emergency kit. But these
remedies didn't help much. Back at home, I searched for the appropriate
homeopathic remedy in Robin Murphy's homeopathic repertory. They are probably
3 or 4 dozens remedies listed. The remedy Drosera
seemed to fit the picture. I gave him just a few pellets of the 30C potency
and all his symptoms went away. Once again, homeopathy saved the day!
Gastric Torsion in Dogs - Bloat (inverted stomach)
Kuuma, gets hit by "bloat", or stomach
spams once a month or so. It usually hits him soon after he eats kibbles
(never when he eats raw food). He becomes extremely
restless, and tries to nibble on just about anything. It is obvious that
he's in great pain. The ONLY thing that I have found that helps
him, is to let him eat plenty of grass. He'll be
grazing for 20 min or longer non-stop. If no grass is available, I let
him eat wheatgrass which I grow in trays by the windowsill (I drink wheatgrass
juice everyday). I have step
by step instructions how to grow wheatgrass in apartments or homes.
I believe that Kuuma would actually die if no grass was available for him to eat.
I grow my own wheatgrass all year long at home by the window for my
own juicing. My dog always has access to wheatgrass whenever
he needs it. If you cannot grow your own, you can purchase a tray
at most health food stores.
Flatulence Preventer Natural Remedy Helps To:
- Naturally relieve unpleasant symptoms of flatulence and gas in pets
- Reduce bloating, abdominal cramps and colic
- Maintain digestive health and help with the symptoms
of digestive disorders, including diarrhea and constipation
Saving Nadja from Accidental Poisoning
by Shirley, author of this website
In 1983, my GSD, Nadja, ate some rat poison. She began vomitting large
amount of green fluid and became quickly very weak. She was dying.
I gave her the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album 10M, one pellet every
5 minutes, repeatedly for 20 minutes. Then I gave her one pellet every
4 hours for the rest of the day. She fully recovered.
Had I known about the fulvic minerals, the
glyconutrients and the Transfer
Factor at the time, and given these to her, it would have helped right
along homeopathy for a faster and better recovery.
Biting and Licking Tail - Open Sore
German Shepherd dog Shasta, had a similar looking
tail. It was a direct result of adverse reaction
to vaccines. 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 and to protect the animal from vaccination adverse reaction.
Some people have found that marine phytoplankton
is also effective in improving their animals' overall health.
- Dog's tail - (photographs
courtesy of Sherri Regalbuto)
My other German Shepherd dog Kuuma
had a different reaction to vaccines. Soon after I rescued Kuuma, I noticed
an inflammed spot 2 or 3 inches in diameter on his left thigh which he
constantly licked. That was precisely the spot where he had been vaccinated.
I treated him with homeoapthic remedies
and rubbed neem oil on the wound.
Whithin a few weeks the area was healed.
few years later, Kuuma experienced a bizarre symptom of sudden and unexplained
strange behavior. One afternoon, he became restless and started crying
in pain anytime I would just walk by him, as though the movement of the
air was hurting him ?!?!? That same morning, we had an hour long
walk in the hills and he was perfectly fine. At home, he laid by my side
all day, sleeping peacefully. The symptoms occured suddenly by mid-afternoon
when he woke up. When I tried to pet him, he would yelp as if he had been
hit. He was in constant pain, yet he had no injury and no fever.
I suspected vaccine reaction and tried numerous homeopathic remedies such
as Silica, Thuja, as well as Rhus Tox and Arsenicum for his restless behavior,
but none helped. That night, poor Kuuma could barely sleep and cried almost
all the time. The next day, I gave him a single dose of the homeopathic
(nosode) remedy Lyssin (hydrophobinum) 200
C and within hours, I saw major improvement. For the first time in
18 hours he was able to sleep again and wouldn't yelp in pain everytime
I walked by him. If I had left this dog with a dog sitter or in a boarding
place, I would have been convinced that someone had mistreated him severely.
Kuuma is a very healthy, fearless high spirited dog. I had never seen him
looking so pittyful and miserable before. Lyssin is available from Dr.
Charles Loops DVM -- (A few hours after giving him Lyssin,
I also gave him a single dose of Lachesis 30 C when I observed that
sleep agravated his symptoms)
Healing Shasta of a Mean Abscess
By Shirley, author of this website
Following is a recount of acute illness and traumas that my dog Shasta
experienced over the years. Even though Shasta is on a healthy diet of raw food, she still gets sick occasionally and requires treatments. However,
I believe that her raw food diet is enabling her to recover quickly from
these illnesses. Whenever she is seriously sick, I always fast
her on water for a few days to help promote healing.
Note: unfortunately, I can't give her freshly killed, wholesome wild game which would be
free from synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics and pesticide residue which contaminates our supermarket meat.
When Shasta was about 10 years old, she developed a hard swelling the size of
a pea under her right eye. I didn't know if it was a tumor, an insect bite,
or an abscess and decided to give her homeopathic remedies for insect bite.
The next morning, the swelling had grown to the size of a pigeon's egg.
I suspected that it may be an abscess because of the speed of the growth
and gave her one dose of a homeopathic remedy, Silica, in high potency.
She did not seem to be in pain and was acting her normal self.
I called a couple of veterinarians to inquire about their course of
treatment for an abscess. Both vets recommended surgery to remove the possible
cause of the abscess: a bad tooth. But they also warned me that general
anesthesia is very hard on an older dog, weakening its internal organs.>The next day, Friday, the swelling was still hard to the touch and had
grown so large that Shasta could no longer keep her right eye open..
I continued to treat her with homeopathy and herbal extract. She appeared
to be in no pain.
Saturday morning, the swelling had become soft to the touch and began
to ooze a clear fluid. Now Shasta appeared to be in discomfort. I called
Dr. Loops, a holistic vet in N. Carolina, to get some feedback about the
swelling and I described to him the course of homeopathic treatment, which
I had given Shasta.
He advised me which additional homeopathic remedy to give to her (hepar
sulph 6c) and suggested that I take her to a vet for surgery if there was
no change by Monday. I also gave Shasta the homeopathic remedy Myristica
3c and the herbal extract of Echinacea and Golden seal every few hours.
In the evening Shasta developed a fever and appeared to be in more discomfort.
I gave her the homeopathic remedy Belladona in high potency (200 and 1M)
and the fever quickly subsided.
The next morning, (Sunday) when we woke up, I was amazed to see no swelling
whatsoever on Shasta's face and she appeared to be fine, back to her usual
self. During the night the abscess had burst opened, draining out the fluid
completely. During the next few days the little opening continued to slightly
ooze a pinkish fluid until a scar formed over the opening.
During the next 10 months, Shasta would occasionally scratch the little
scar open again allowing more fluid to drain and discharge. After her body
had done the cleansing (discharge), the little wound would seal up naturally
until Shasta decided it was time to scratch it open once again to allow
for more drainage. I never applied any kind of cream or disinfectant on
the wound and never gave her any antibiotics or other types of allopathic
I also cured Shasta of her "incurable" myositis of the jaw bone
disease with homeopathy and I improved her overall health with raw
food. Myositis is an autoimmune condition and Transfer
Factor is a natural product that modulates the immune system in auto-immune
disease. A consultation with a homeopathic veterinarian is recommended
to treat myositis and other serious conditions. Most offer phone consultation.
Myositis is an autoimmune disease that causes a great deal of pain. The animal is not able to open
its mouth or eat. The conventional vet had told me that myositis was "incurable"
and advised me to put her down. Nine years later, Shasta was still alive
and well. I highly advise to consult with a professional homeopath for
treatment of any condition as each case is different. Some
of the homeopathic remedies I used to treat Shasta of her myositis were:
aconite, arnica, bryonia, rhus tox, ruta.
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VKH Syndrome - Vision Impaired - Cataract
Canine Uveodermatologic Syndrome (VKH) -By Shirley, author of this website, June 7, 2001
Shasta had lost her vision in her right eye since June of 2001 when
she suddenly experienced what may have been VKS syndrome.
Since then, her left eye began to experience slow progressive cataract.
can not only be prevented, but can even be reversed through nutrition,
supplementation and lifestyle changes.
One early afternoon when were at home Shasta suddenly became very restless.
I noticed that the lower lid of her right eye was sagging, revealing a
very red and inflamed area, and her pupil was covered by what appeared
to be an opaque film. I didn't know if an insect had bitten her in the
eye or if she had accidentally hit her eye on something. She seemed to
be in a lot of pain. I treated her with various homeopathic remedies and
herbal extracts for insect bites, and trauma and pain.
That evening Shasta developed a high fever. I continued to treat her
with homeopathy and with herbal extracts and at 2 AM the fever went down,
the pain diminished, and she was able to fall asleep. The next day her
eye was agglutinated with a sticky dried fluid. I applied a clay poultice
(bentonite and pascalite clay) mixed with the herbal extracts of calendula,
raw tienchi ginseng powder or tienchi
ginseng extract, and old urine. I also put her on a 72 hour water fast.
On Saturday, a green matter began discharging from the eye. The white
area of her eye was bright red. I took her to see vet for a diagnosis.
He was surprised at her calmness and lack of fever despite the seriousness
of the condition. He said that she has suffered a dislocation of her lens
(lens luxation or subluxation) and recommended surgery. I did not follow
his advice and I took Shasta home. I continued to treat her with my home
remedies, homeopathy, herbal extracts, and clay. In time her right eye
slowly healed but remained slightly larger than the left eye and I believe
that her vision had greatly diminished.
Later, I learned that her symptoms may not have been due to a lens luxation.
She may have experienced the VKH Syndrome where uveitis is also present. UVEITIS is the inflammation
of the iris in the eye and sometimes the ciliary part of the eye; in short,
the pigmented part of the eye. One authority on the subject of eyes divides
the iris problem into two classes: acute recent sudden onset is call iritis
or iridocyclitis. The chronic or longtime problem is called uveitis. Iritis
can be the result of systemic disorders such as an infected prostate, inflamed
sinus, pyometra, distemper, hepatitis, infected tonsils, or skin disorders
like phemphigus. Although it is believed that systemic problems can trigger
a uveitis situation, the feeling is that something else more serious has
to be involved to create such a massive reaction. This is where the idea
of autoimmunity comes in.
Example: The dog may have an autoimmune problem that has never become
apparent because the body and immune system have remained in some sort
of balance. When a systemic invasion triggers a reaction, the balance may
be lost forever. In the newborn and elderly, the immune system is weakest.
There are animals that have very little immune systems all their lives
and are consequently wide open to any virus or bacteria that happens along.
This is immune deficient. The opposite, when the body has such an over-reactive
immune system that the system attacks the body's own cells, is called autoimmune.
Lupus, phemphigus and VKH syndrome are all immune related diseases. A
growing number of veterinarians now use transfer factors in immune related
disease with excellent results. I have also expienced excellent
results with Immunocal in raising the
glutathione level and therefore boosting the immune system.
The eye is affected because, like any other part of the body, it depends
on a supply of blood, particularly the retina, to keep it fed and healthy.
If the body is fighting a battle with a viral or bacterial infection, it
will be reflected in the eye. If the blood supply is contaminated, the
eye will be affected just like any other part of the body with this one
big difference -- the eye is like a window, and changes within the eye
can be observed when the dog is examined. This is often important, too,
in making a diagnosis of an illness. In my research I also thought
that Shasta may have had “toxoplasmosis: which can have the symptoms of
a fever, blurred vision, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches and an enlarged
Glutathione GSH is important for the normal functioning of the eye. Some of the
earliest studies with GSH focused on its role in preventing cataracts,
and GSH is relatively well known among ophthal-mologists. Specialists in
ear, nose and throat (ENT) and in dentistry have only recently become aware
of the role of glutathione in the diseases they
treat. Given the critical roles of GSH as the body's most important naturally
occurring antioxidant, its ability to detoxify substances encountered in
the environment and its immune-sustaining abilities, glutathione research
is now finally picking up in these fields as well.
Miraculous recovery from a stroke and paralysis
By Shirley, author of this website, February 10, 2002
On a warm Sunday afternoon, while I was doing yoga on the roof, Shasta
appeared to have suffered a stroke while asleep in the shade a few feet
away from me. She woke up and held her head tilted to the side, her
eyes bulging. She could not move. She was paralyzed. I immediately grabbed
my little homeopathic emergency kit and popped into her mouth arnica and
aconite (high potency: cm) every few minutes. These are powerful remedies
for traumatic conditions, which help to stop the bleeding and to promote
My husband and I carried her back to our apartment. For the next couple
of hours I continued to give her various homeopathic remedies (arnica and
aconite, lachesis, strophantus, phosphorous) and herbal extracts (hawthorn
and tienchi ginseng) to help promote healing and to stop the bleeding. I talked
to her and caressed her a lot to keep her calm and did the Reiki
Energy Healing on her. Within an hour, she was able to hold her head
Eventually she fell asleep for about an hour. When she woke up she tried
to get up but her rear end was still paralyzed. My husband was already
preparing himself to say goodbye to her as he thought that this may be
the last day that she may be among us.
I continued to give her the homeopathic and herbal remedies. A couple
of hours later, to my total disbelief, Shasta suddenly got up and
walked to my husband in the living room. His jaw dropped open in total
amazement. I fasted Shasta for 72 hours and continued to give her arnica
cm and a combination of hawthorn - tienchi - comfrey
herbal extract, three times a day, to help heal the injured tissue. She
has completely recovered from her stroke and continues to take long walks
in the hills with me.
Testimonial from Smita Nirula - Her dog recovered from paralysis with homeopathic remedies.
"My 12 year old mongrel bitch, Misty suddenly developed paralysis in her hind legs. After
a fortnight of B-Complex and other injections (I don't really know what)
I started her on Rhus Tox 6x and Causticum 6x twice a day. It is
now 2 1/2 months since the paralysis and Misty is walking down the steps
and going out for a walk. The allopathic medicine was given for a
total of 1 month. I increased the Rhus Tox and Causticum to 30 strength
2ice a day about 3 weeks ago. I thought I would share this with you since
no one ever though that Misty would walk again."
Another Paralyzed dog recoverd use of hind legs
"I must say before I received the transfer factors
I was really anxious and I would afraid that my Ridgeback dog, Linkin,
would give up. As soon as the package arrived from England I started
giving Linkin 2 tablets a day for the first 3 weeks. He has improved in
leaps and bounds and it is hard to believe that some 4 weeks ago he could
not walk by himself and could hardly move around at all. I had to
carry his hind legs with a towel around his waist otherwise he just could
not get around. After two weeks on Transfer
Factor Plus (human formula) , he started trying to get up onto his
hind legs. It was difficult and heart breaking to see him struggle
but he was trying. After four weeks on TF+, he managed to walk around
even though he lost his balance and he hind legs would give way. He is
now walking and running around, although still a little wobbly, and he
also tries to jump but does not always succeed. It is absolutely
fantastic to see the improvement from week to week." - Antoinette Kean, South Africa
Boosting Shasta's Low Vitality
April 8, 2002
These illnesses (mentioned above) have left Shasta with a lower
vitality. She suddenly appeared to ge aging very rapidly. She looked fragile
and tired all the time. I wasn't sure if I could continue to take
her for long walks with me in the Hollywood Hills. A couple of weeks
after I started giving her transfer factors, her energy and vitality improved remarkably.
She is more frisky and playful and she acts more the way she used to be
a couple of years ago. Best of all, she continues to enjoy long walks with
me everyday without efforts.
Transfer Factors saves Romeo from Canine Distemper
Dr. Baruch Rosen, M.D.
wrote a testimonial of the experience he had with his own dog who came
down with distemper: "...Blood studies confirmed distemper and showed a
white cell count (lymphocytes) of only 264 slightly more than ten percent
of normal. Our vet plus a second out-of-state consulting vet, an expert
in distemper were very sympathetic and advised me to prepare myself to
euthanize Romeo. Knowing little to nothing about canine distemper, I turned
to the internet and luckily stumbled on to transfer factors,
a preparation which enhances and stimulates the body's own immune system
to fight against all pathogens, viral or otherwise. My thirty years
in medicine told me this was the only solution. I started Chico and Romeo
on one cap daily encased in one teaspoonful of raw hamburger. Over
the next two weeks all cough and mucus drainage ceased. Romeo's follow-up
blood count had risen to normal range at 2217 and he surprised to whole
family by jumping a five foot wall. He romps and plays all day long
with Chico, now responds normally to his name and appears to be his old
joyful self again"
Dr. Sam Jones, DVM
writes: "Two cats, both about 8 years old, had severe diabetes. It was
impossible to get the insulin requirements adjusted. They had lost weight
to a point that they were skin and bones. Both cats had no quality of life
left. After one week of being on transfer factors
we were able to get their insulin requirements adjusted. It is now 6 months
and they have regained their weight and have a great quality of life and
Dr. Steven Slagle, DVM
"Transfer factors have turned out to be the most effective and versatile
products I have ever used in my 32-year veterinary practice. Here are a
- A cat with leukemia, an oral
tumor, and posterior paralysis due to a spinal tumor, was very ill and
emaciated. One month after enhanced transfer factors (1 cap daily), 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.
- Victor, a 10-year-old gelding,
with EPM was treated with conventional drug therapy for 5 weeks and yet
continued to deteriorate. At week 6, I started him on enhanced transfer
factors (6 caps/day). Within one week, he showed noticeable improvement,
and within 30 days, he was able to show. Since his full recovery 4 months
ago, Victor has continued to show at his original performance level.
- A four month old kitten had a severe skin condition that was diagnosed as ringworm.
After four months of conventional therapy, the resistant ringworm infection
was not resolved. We put the kitten on transfer factors and within
5 days there were no apparent ringworm lesions remaining. Within
a few weeks all the hair had grown back - and the now 9 month old cat has
a beautiful, glossy coat. The ringworm lesions have not returned."
Dr. Slagle says that he has used transfer factors
as stand-alone and in conjunction with allopathic therapies in the following
cases with excellent results: CANCER: Canine lipomas, Canine/feline hepatic
tumors, Equine squamous cell carcinoma, Equine melanomas; Feline leukemia,
oral tumors. VIRAL/BACTERIAL: Upper and lower respiratory infections,
Canine/feline dermatoses, Equine/bovine scours, Equine septic arthritis,
Feline abscesses. PARASITIC/FUNGAL/AUTOIMMUNE: E.P.M., Feline and equine
fungal dermatitis, and Feline autoimmune gingivitis.
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A Case of Severe Indigestion
By Shirley, author of this website, September 14, 2002
While I was busy preparing her batch of homemade raw meals, Shasta sneaked
to the 12 pound bag of grounded turkey meat which was laying on the floor
in the corner of the kitchen. Before I realized what she was up to, 4 pounds
of the turkey meat had disapeared in her stomach! I was concerned because
4 pounds is twice the amount she usually eats in one sitting and she never
eats pure meat. I always mix a lot of greens and other veggies, flaxoil
and olive oil, chia seeds or oil, fulvic
acid, and kelp in her food. Adding
therapeutic edible clay to her food and water also helps improve digestion
and can assist the body in eliminating waste, toxins and compacted fecal matter from the colon in a simple, yet effective, easy-to-use but low cost method.
My concerns proved to be correct. The next morning Shasta appeared uncomfortable
and was restless. Her breath had a powerful putrid odor. She had a fever
and she was drinking large amount of water. The putrid odor from her stomach
worried me. I immediately gave her fulvic acids
(fulvic neutralizes toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes
according to Szalay. I also gave her the homeopathic remedies arsenicum
and kali phos in 6 potency. It didn't help.
I watched her carefully. She was clearly uncomfortable. Every time she
tried to lay down to rest she appeared to suffocate and would jump on her
feet gasping for air. The gasping for air and the indigestion symptoms
were a clear indication for the homeopathic remedy carbo vegetalis. I gave
one pellet of the 200 potency, one doze only. Within minutes she fell asleep
comfortably, her breathing became normal, her fever went away and a few
hours later the putrid odor had vanished.
Shast'as Urinary Tract Infection (Cystitis)
On April 19, when my 12 year old Shasta urinated on the carpet twice,
I knew that she had come down with a urinary track infection. She
would never do this unless there was a serious problem. I also noticed
that she was urinating blood. I immediately gave her the homeopathic
remedy Cantharis 3x, one pellet on the tongue as well as one dropper full
of tienchi ginseng extract and 10 drops each of echinecea
and goldenseal extract 3 times a day. I also fasted her
on water until she was better (a couple of days) and I added colloidal
silver to her drinking water (I make my own at home with a small colloidal silver generator).; I never took her to see a vet and she never
got the usual antibiotic treatment which make
our pets so sick. Two days later Shasta was well again.
If I can help it I always do my best to treat my injured or sick
animals at home and avoid leaving them at the vet clinic.I think that animals
left at vet clinics may feel "abandoned" or "rejected" just at the time
when they need to feel secure at home among their love ones. The stress
of feeling "abandoned" or "rejected" may even be an impediment to healing in some cases.
Water fast for optimum health
When Shasta reached 7 or 8 years of age, I began to routinely fast her
on water for 48 hours once or twice a week. A few years ago I started by
fasting her only once every two weeks but found out that as she gets older,
she does best fasting every other day. She seems to appreciate fasting
and never ask or look for food during fasting days. If I had a sick animal,
the first thing I do is stop feeding it for a few days. That is the first
step toward helping the healing process. William Pollak D.V.M. says that
occasional fasting by cats and dogs is a normal, natural phenomenon, especially
when natural raw, fresh foods are fed. Learn more: Fasting
for health in veterinary medicine and Fasting
your Cat for Health Fasting is especially good for older animals. It
helps detoxify, maintain optimum weight and excellent energy and vitality
I adopted Shasta when she was 2 years old, in 1992. She was in
extremely poor health: severely emaciated and weak with chronic diarrhea,
massive wax discharge from her ears which were continually irritated and
inflamed and she also had an a ongoing eye and nasal discharge. The veterinarian
thought she had been a neglected or abused dog but his was not so --- the
breeder was doing her best to take "good care" of her champion dogs; she
fed them the 'best commercial dog food' for working dogs, dewormed them
with drugs on a regular basis and routinely vaccinated them since puppyhood
against a number of common dog diseases.
A few weeks after I got Shasta she developed myositis of the jaw bones
(inflammation of the muscle of the jaw bone) an auto immune disease. Shasta
could not eat because the slightest movement of her mouth caused severe
pain. The vet told me that the her failing immune system was the cause
of her myositis and that her painful symptoms were going to worsen in time.
He said there was nothing he could do to help her and suggested that euthanize
her (put her to sleep.)
I immediately began researching holistic treatment for Shasta's condition.
I gave her homeopathic remedies and gradually changed
her diet to raw foods. The homeopathic remedies worked very fast. Within
a couple of days her pain had decreased considerably. Gradually she continued
to improve and within a week she was able to eat comfortably again, all
the pain in her jaw completely gone! With her new RAW food diet her diarrhea
stopped and she began to gain weight progressively. Her ear, eye, and nasal
discharges continued for some months (such discharges are toxins built-ups
that the body is attempting to house-clean. These discharges are an important
healing process and must not be suppressed by drugs.) As her immune
system and health improved over the months, the discharges gradually decreased
and eventually stopped altogether.
Also, I immediately STOPPED all deworming and vaccination program which
are well known to cause toxin to build up and suppress the immune system in the long run
Shasta had no need to be dewormed as she had no worms to begin with. She
was emaciated, not because of worms, but because she was unable to digest
the commercial pet food. learn why commercial pet food
adversly affect your animal's health)
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Plagued with Flea bites
first year that I had Shasta, she was plagued with flea bites and hot spots.
But after a couple of years, as her health improved with her raw food diet,
her immune system gradually began to protect better her against flea bites.
She seems to be much less affected by fleas. I don't know if fleas are
now repelled from her or if she simply has a less severe 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. If fleas begin to bother
her occasionally in the hot summer time, I give her homeopathic remedies
for a few days which effectively reduce the itching.
May 12, 2003 Farewell to Shasta
In early May 2003 Shasta, began to urinate blood blood again. She
appeared in no pain but she became feeble. She did not respond to treatments
anymore. I knew that she had reached the end of her journey. On the 10,
she suddenly became paralyzed in her hind legs. I held her and said farewell
while the vet euthanized her. I was filled with gratitude for the 10 marvelous
years she shared with us in love and respect. Please don't feel sorry for
me or Shasta. She had a wonderful life and it is a miracle that she lived
that long. When I adopted her at age two, this poor girl was so overloaded
with toxins from routine chemical deworming, vaccines and toxic kibble
food that the vet wanted to euthanize her then. I believe she would have
lived a much longer life if she had been bred from healthy parents and
had not been poisoned by all these chemicals.
Shirley adopts Kuuma, a German shepard dog
That same day I adopted a splendid 18 month old GSD from the German
Shepherd rescue of Los Angeles. (the lady with Kuuma in the last
picture in not me). I named him Kuuma, an African male name that
means "love". This magnificent healthy boy is very cudly and affectionate,
fearless, sensitive and smart as can be. He actually looks like he could
be Shasta's brother or pup. The only health problem Kuuma has is a hotspot
on his left thigh, right were he was vaccinated. Clearly this is a reaction
to the toxins injected under his skin in that area. As soon as he came
home I gave him a dose of Lyssin 200c to antidote the bad effects of vaccines
(available from Dr. Loops' office; and I immediately began to transition him to
raw food diet. Later I may also have to give him Thuja, Silica
and/or Sulphur homeopathic
remedies to counteract the bad
effects of the other vaccines.
The very first day I introduced him to a little bit of raw meat (a little
chicken leg and a small beef soup bone) which he ate in a heartbeat. A
few hours later I gave him a regular portion of kibble food. I do not mix
kibble with raw because it only take 6 hours to digest raw meat and it
takes 18 hours to digest kibbles. The two don't mix and will cause fermentation.
Each day I increased his portion of raw meat gradually to make sure
that it didn't give him diarrhea. Dr. William Pollack, DVM, says diarrhea
can be a normal part of transitioning to a healthier diet. Upon switching
to a more nutritious diet, physical and behavioral improvements can be
dramatic or gradual depending on the state of the animal's health. With
slow transitioning on to the new diet, the pet's digestive system can acclimate
to the higher flow of nourishment. The body will sometimes expel these
accumulated poisons during periods of diarrhea, hair loss, scaling of skin.
These periods are known as Healing
Episodes/Healing Crisis. Though these situations are not necessary
, they are not uncommon. The body will cleanse itself of these toxic agents
before it can assimilate more healthful nutrients to regain a higher state
of balanced health.
Within a week, Kuuma was eating 100 % raw. He only cares for his raw
chicken, raw pig feet, raw soup bones, etc. Unfortunately raw food seems
to give him diarrhea. Shasta, my previous German
Shepherd's diet was 100% raw for over 11 years
and she did very well on that diet. I give Kuuma a healthy
kibble food and everyday I mix two raw eggs including the shell with
a cup of soaked chia seeds, a tablespoon of fulvic
minerals, kelp seaweed
and a little bit of organ meats/ground beef or turkey. These
ingredients are a very important nutritious part of his diet and help to
detoxify him and keep his stools firm.
All Natural Healthy Pet Food
"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." - Mary L. Wulff-Tilford author of
'All You Ever Wanted To Know About Herbs For Pets'
Weakness and Stiffness of Hind Leg in an Older Dog
December 2011 - Kuuma is almost 10 years old and
has been perfectly healthy till now. Suddenly he began to show symptoms
of weakness and stiffness in his right hind leg. I ruled out hip displaysia.
I thought perhaps it was a pinched nerve or a sprain. Since I'm a homeopath
and a holistic healer, I do not believe in allopathic
medication which nearly killed me years ago,
especially the sleazy steroids and the antibiotics,
and I do not take my animals to the veterinarian. I treat them on my own
at home with natural remedies that have no side effects and I use good
healthy nutrition as prevention.
To treat his hind leg, I gave Kuuma transfer
factors and Immunocal
which is important to help support his immune system. I also treated
him with homeopathic remedies. Within 10 days he had fully recovered. I
started him on 3 homeopathic remedies for 5 days in the 30C potency,
just one pellet of each twice a day: Bryonia, Rhus tox and Ruta.
Then for the next 4 days I only gave him rhus tox and ruta. On the 10th
day I gave him a single pellet of Causticum in the 1M potency.
Not only did he recover from his hind leg symptoms, his overall vitality
and energy level seems much highter too. He acts like a 6 y old again.
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My name is Toby and I'm writing this column dedicated to all those people who have dogs. I'd write directly to the dogs,
but not very many of them read. For that matter, I'm probably the only dog who writes and that's only because Marge
gives me a lot of help. As people go, Marge would make a pretty good dog because she's always looking for ways to improve my life.
She learned that healthy dogs don't have fleas and that vaccines attack our immune system making it easier for us to get all
kinds of terrible diseases, even fleas. Now, she won't let anyone vaccinate me. I only had fleas once and got them in
Doggie jail. It was before Marge knew about herbs and I had worms and she put me in jail to get rid of them.
She called it an animal hospital, but let me tell you, it's really a jail
First, they poisoned me with something that burned my mouth and made me as sick as a people. Then, they kept me in a little
cage all night long. I was so sick my stomach hurt and I even had to urinate right there where I was trying to sleep! The air was
so thick with poison sprays that it burned my nose just to breathe. Well, they got the worms, but they nearly got me too. I've
never seen a vet since, not even when my hips were so stiff and sore that I could hardly move. Shoot, I couldn't even jump up
on the bed. Everything I did hurt, but good dogs don't cry, so I just lay around the house without moving unless I had to.
Then, Marge gave me some carrot juice once a day, just like a people and in 3 weeks I was romping around like I was a puppy
again. I get carrot juice off and on and once in a while she'll put something in it that tingles. She calls it Echinacea. She's even
got some of it growing in the yard and I nibble on it when I feel the need. Then, when the Santa Anna Winds blow I get so
nervous that I just stand in one place shivering all over. She soaks a little piece of bread in an herbal formula with Valerian that
calms my nerves. It tastes terrible, but in no time I'm a mellow fellow. Every morning I get a special herbal formula with walnut
in it that kills my parasites. She also gives me some real hot stuff called cayenne. She puts all this in my food and that really
gets me started.
There's just too much concrete in our lives and we really need some grass or dirt to romp in. We need more exercise than
most of us get and if you can plant some good herbs for us to nibble on when we want to, we'll really love you for it. Shucks,
I could bark on forever, but Marge is tired of typing so I better quit. Just remember. Dogs benefit as well as people from herbal
remedies. It gets us back up to sniffin' real fast.
Ralph Hartwig lives with his wife Marge in Arizona.