Kitty with Heart Murmur and a Bladder Infection
is a special needs kitty who was dumped in the parking lot at work, and I'm
guessing it was because he is a special needs kitty - he does rack up the vet
bills. In any case, he's a four year old neutered cat, all white with gold eyes.
He has a skin condition that is some kind of allergy and when it flares up,
he literally chews at himself until there are areas without fur and the allergic
point has ulcerated. This all happens in a matter of days.
We took him to the
vet the first time and they gave him a steroid shot which almost immediately
caused the ulcerations to heal. But in about 3 months, he was back for another
shot. The vet was not concerned - he said there are many cats with this and
the shot is fine in cats. This continued for 2 years and Bear then developed
both a heart murmur and a very bad bladder infection. He spent a week in "kitty
hospital" and finally came home to repeat the same thing within a few months.
We had gone through the "special foods" (which I hated as they all contain meat
by-products and all our animals have been on the good stuff), grainless diets,
etc. Finally, I discovered Shirley's Wellness Cafe and he has been on Transfer
Factor since May of 2010. The vet was impressed mainly because his heart murmur
has gone away and although he still has outbreaks, they are far less intense
and are of diminishing frequency. I'm convinced that with constant use, the
outbreaks will disappear.
Poodle diagnosed with Evan's Syndrome
Name: Carol Bernie
Location: Mt Compass, SA, Australia
I am writing to tell you that your site has been a Godsend to me and my dog,
Toffee (female 8 yo poodle cross), in these past few weeks since she was diagnosed
with Evan's Syndrome. However, I have my doubts as to whether this is truly
her condition as having read all the symptoms, it does not seem to fit.
It started with a mouth bleed, and I assumed she'd cut her mouth on something
while we were out walking (I thought maybe her jaw got caught in some wire while
she was after some rabbits). But after 4 days of bleeding, I took her to the
vet and he spent a considerable time telling me all the possible things that
could be causing the bleeding - from poisoning (ruled out) to cancer or leukemia.
I came out of the vet's clinic in disbelief that I had a dog who was terminally
ill, and possibly dying when I thought she'd just cut her mouth. I decided to
leave her for another week before blood tests as I was worried that if she had
a bleeding disorder (he mentioned something about platelets, but I was in a
daze), she might bleed out from having blood taken (a small chance this might
happen according to the vet) - but I didn't want to risk it and needed time
to process all the information, so he and his nurse probably thought I was a
neurotic mother. I took her home and a week later went back for blood tests.
I also wanted to use some alternative treatments prior to having her blood
taken and was hopeful that the bleeding would stop, as the vet didn't want to
give me anything as it would affect the blood test results (which ended up costing
$607 and he wouldn't even give me a copy!!) Her treatment could not go ahead
until the results of the blood tests came back.
Your site was the only thing that gave me a glimmer of hope that I might
be able to treat Toff without poisoning her with the medications that the vet
wanted me to give her. I figured that if she had an immune problem or cancer/leukemia,
then I would start her on an aloe vera and honey mix, together with the cottage
cheese and flaxseed oil, Bioptron light therapy, accupressure, biochemics (tissue
salts), and EFT. I also consulted an holistic vet and he sent a homeopathic
liquid for her. She was on very soft food so as not to further aggravate her
After a week of my treatments, her bleeding stopped on the Sunday (Day 11)
so I felt a bit better about her having blood taken the following day. Now,
I'm not sure if the bleeding would have stopped on its own accord, or whether
what I was doing had started to work. However, I am quite certain that what
I had been doing was definitely helping her. At least I know that I haven't
been poisoning her with drugs. I had asked the vet at our first appointment,
"what will happen if I decide on no treatment, take her home and do nothing,
and give her no medications?" He said that she would more than likely continue
to have episodes of bleeding, possibly internally, and that the condition would
worsen. But if she goes on a course of cortisone, she can have regular blood
tests and her platelets should improve.
The vet rang me with the results of her blood tests the same day, and wanted
me to bring her in first thing the next morning to start her on cortico-steroids
to suppress her immune system. He was intending to give her an injection first
and when I questioned what it would be for, he informed me that it was the same
as the tablets he was giving her, but would be a bit stronger and would "kick
start" her treatment. I decided there and then that I did not want her injected
with anything and I said that I wasn't sure that I even wanted her to take the
medication as I wanted to try "alternative therapies" first. Besides the cortisone
tablets, he also gave me Zantac syrup for her, as the meds could aggravate the
lining of her stomach. When he mentioned all the possible/probable side effects
such as enlarged spleen, liver, kidneys, increased thirst and hunger, incontinence
etc. my mind was made up that I was not going to put her (or me) through any
I am surprised by all the testimonials on your site, that it seems that not
many people are brave enough to use alternative/natural treatments FIRST over
traditional veterinary treatment. I would be interested to know if anyone else
has treated their animals with ONLY natural therapies. It seems that the majority
of people take their vet's advice and ADMINISTER drugs FIRST, and then when
they find it's not working or causes such bad side effects, THAT is when they
turn to alternative/natural treatments, and I believe that drug damage has already
put their pet at a disadvantage, so it makes it much harder for natural therapies
to work as efficient, and often the damage from the drugs is permanent and irreversible.
I am still researching daily and have inspired several of my friends to start
looking at alternative therapies for their pets (and themselves), as they have
seen Toffee's progress and are amazed that I have achieved this without the
use of the vet's drugs (which I returned to him a week later and surprisingly
received a refund!) However, I was disappointed that he would not give me a
copy of the blood tests - especially as they had cost $607! I did tell him that
I was consulting an holistic vet, and the holistic vet did get in contact with
him about Toffee's case - but I wasn't informed about what transpired.
I will continue with my regime, and have ordered some
natural immune enhancing substances for Toffee, which I hope will support her immune system, I would
be grateful for any additional suggestions you may have to further support her
immune system. Toffee is looking alert and healthy and shows no signs of not
being her "normal self".
Thank you again for your WONDERFUL SITE. You are a very special person to
be making this information freely available to people who are often feeling
very vulnerable and upset and who don't know who to turn to in such distressing
circumstances. It was the only thing that gave me some HOPE.
I am happy for my testimonial to be posted on your site and will add updates
Carol Bernie, Mt Compass, South Australia. AUSTRALIA
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Sick and Dying Rescued Dog Healed with Home Remedies
Sage seemed to have pneumonia.
He was coughing up blood and mucus was filling up his nose and eyes.
He couldn't eat. He lost a lot of weight. He was skin and bones.
Learn how Susan saved her beloved dog at home with natural remedies.
Shih Tzu with 3rd Degree Burn
Tawana Jurek from Texas sent me this amazing story of her recued
dog, Pepper. He had been set on fire, had become paralized and was unable to
eat or drink. The vet wanted to euthanize him but Tawana would hear none of
it. With knowledge of holistic healing, with determination, patience and lots
of love, Tawana brought Pepper to a full recovery of optimum health.
Pepper is a 4-year-old Shih Tzu that was rescued on June 22nd,
2001 from the City of Dallas Animal Shelter. He was matted with clumps of hairballs
and covered with ticks and fleas. He was filthy- dirty and worse of all he had
dead skin with oozing pus all down his back. The dead skin was hard and black
apparent third degree burns. From the looks of the dead skin and location it
appeared the dog had been intentionally set on fire.
We got Pepper cleaned up and started him on medications for the burns and
infection. He started to feel better, but on July 4th Peppers health
turned for the worse. He collapsed and was taken to the Vet. We learned Pepper
had granulomatous meningoencephalitiis, a fatal disease. He was given Prednisone,
a steroid but the dog was getting worse. When I picked Pepper up from the Vet.
Pepper could not stand, walk, bark, control his bodily movements, and was suffering
from shaking non-stop. I had just listen to a CD about Ron Diamond who had undergone
a water fast and then went on
Need Support Or Guidance?
If you have animal behavior or health concerns, feel free to contact Barb at 970-731-0883.
Barb volunteers her time to help visitors of Shirley's Wellness Cafe.
She has a passion for helping animals & their companions! You are also welcome to
He had cancer and was able to cure his self by fasting and a vegan raw diet.
Since Pepper was not eating or drinking my husband and I decided to try clean
the dogs system by giving him water for 11 days. We gave him the water through
a syringe daily; he began to get more energy. He gradually got to where he could
drink on his on. After 11 days he began to have an appetite. I put him on a
100% raw food diet, all organic. We gave him a lot of vegetables, raw hamburger
meat, and a vegetarian supplement called
Pepper was also treated with homeopathic medicine. On July 16th Pepper began
to drag his self with his front legs. the back legs were completely immobile.
My vet. even discussed with me the possibility of wheels for Pepper to help
him move around. Because when Pepper dragged himself he would rub sores between
his legs and also he could not stand up to use the bathroom. This only made
the sores worse.
I did not give up. I was in Wholefoods market getting Peppers food and decided
I would get a quick seat massage. I asked Scott Harness the massage therapist
if he knew anyone that gave dog massages. Tuned out Scott was certified and
had been studying dog massage and accupressure for years. He even had a business
card with a picture of his dog on it, and a name for the business, "chi dog."
I started to take Pepper for massage therapy. He began walking on all 4 legs
within a month. He now is running and is barking and full of life.
The treatments we chose for Pepper I believe worked. Fasting, Organic Raw
Food, Homeopathy, and
Massage, Accupressure, natural supplements, all
worked to help Pepper recover from a fatal diagnoses. I believe Pepper is cured.
For now Pepper is doing great. Pepper is now officially a new member of our
canine family. He officially got a Harley Davison collar with a bone ID tag.
His life is now made a turn for the best. His hair has grown back from the burns.
He is truly a miracle dog.
NOTE: In conjunction with flaxoil, holistic veterinarians
are also using natural immune enhancing substances to support
the immune system of animals with leukemia, cancer, diabetes, allergies and
other conditions with excellent results.
Pepper's amazing story If you want to send Tawana an email, please send only
a very short paragraph (she does not read long emails) You may receive a reply
from her in 2 to 4 weeks.
Poodle with Degenerative Disk Disease
My poodle, Sydney, was experiencing excruciating and continuous neck and
back pain which the Veterinarian diagnosed as Degenerative Disk Disease. Consequently,
the Vet prescribed an anti-inflammatory (steroids) and pain medication. Knowing
that steroids have very bad side effects and were nota cure, I searched for
an alternative to "modern" medicine.
Subject: Animal tumors
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 23:23:25 -0500
From: "Phillip Jelinek" firstname.lastname@example.org
I love your web site and I always find something to read about every time I
visit. I was also following Woodro's site , very sorry he did not make it. I
have found that for some reason Essiac tea does not work as well on animals
as it does on humans for tumors, check the results for yourself as woodro is
one example. I have tried it on several animals without any results. It seems
to work wonders on people though.
What I found that works for animals with tumors and cancer is
Blessed thistle herb extract (Cnicus benedictus)
works very fast on tumors. There have been many studies done on blessed
thistle and they found it rids animals of tumors. They have just over the past
year started studies of noni on animals and found it to rid most animals of
cancer. I just thought you might be interested. I wish they had tried blessed
thistle on woodro as it got rid of tumors in two of my dogs. keep up the good
work on your site. I have learned alot here and hope to continue learning. "
email: Anne Saylor
Fighting fibroid breast tumors and paralysis in a cat
"I am pleased to say we are successfully fighting fibroid breast tumors and
paralysis of the hindquarters brought on by colon cancer, and while I did have
to use a few homeopathic medicines at first to reverse the kidney damage, the
bulk of the credit goes to the juices."
"One month ago, this cat's hindquarters became paralyzed, and she was forced to ambulate by dragging herself by her forelegs only; bowel movements became virtually nonexistent. After one week of steady green juicing, elimination functions have resumed and her rear legs are moving again!
Feline Health and Nutrition
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001
From: Eileen Poole
We rescue only FeLV+/FIV+,
disabled and chronically ill cats and kittens. I believe nutrition is of primary
importance to these cats and feed them real food (as opposed to commercial cat
food) as much as possible, including fresh fish I catch in the summer. I've
been online since late Dec. '99 and found your site while looking for natural
diets for the cats. I'd feed them 100% natural foods if I could, but I can't
afford to and would have to mix it by the bucket every day. Too bad I'm not
rich. (Too bad we're ALL not rich!) When they eat commercial cat food, they
get diarrhea and throw up, and they're hungry all the time. Natural foods; no
diarrhea, no vomiting, it sticks to their ribs and they look and act healthier.
If a cat is ill, I use as much natural
foods as I can. It regains its strength and health much faster. Dogs and
cats survived for thousands of years without commercial pet foods. I'm certain
commercial pet foods are responsible for illness and premature death in pets.
I rescued Tyrone, a10 days old abandoned kitten in June '01. He deteriorated,
lost weight, got terribly skinny and reached the point where he was so weak,
he hardly ate anything at all. At 9 months, he weighed about 2 pounds (should
have been 5 pounds.) I started feeding him fresh, raw red meat (sirloin and
round) several times a day. Within a couple of days, he started feeling more
energetic. He ate more at once. He's been gobbling down four plates of it a
day, a good amount at a sitting, plus a can of kitten food. Tonight, he came
up on the couch and we noticed that he was finally starting to get meat on his
bones where there had just been ribs sticking out before. I know he has a ways
to go, he's too small and I feel there's something congenital wrong with him,
but since he's been getting the raw meat, he's gotten much better. He has also
been helping himself to dinner off my plate, potatoes, veggies and all.
Severe diaphramatic hernia
From Paul email: vividiboo @ hotmail.com
Location: greater Orlando
Crosley, an eight year old grey tabby, was very depressed over the death
of his companion feline friend Z. She had a severe diaphramatic hernia and no
detectable diaphram and still lived 7 years! Crosley lost his appetite and stopped
drinking. We took him to the vet and found he had a severe infection with a
white cell count over 50,000. After leaving him for 3 days on IV fluids and
antibiotics he had a white cell count over 72,000! The vet said it could be
cancer but the x rays looked ok. Plus he had fluid in his chest around his lungs.
She sent him home pretty much to die.
After doing some web research we came across your site. We decided there
was nothing to lose and tried a mixture of Essiac tea and
wheat grass juice force fed with a
dropper. He seemed sicker the next day but we kept on giving it to him. On the
third day he started to eat a little and slept at the end of our bed instead
of hiding in the closet. By the fifth day he was more alert and hungry and was
drinking on his own. Two weeks later he is acting like he did at age 2! He is
friendly, active playful, energetic, doesn't have dandruff and his coat is
soft and glossy! We call this his miracle juice. I never would have expected
such dramatic results when two weeks ago I thought we were going to bury another
pet! Hope this might help someone else.
We Saved Our Dying Cat
Jan. 8 to Aug 2003 - The testimony about Sambo our cat
- (born July 1985) -
We can hardly believe the recovery Sambo is making.
As of last July he had lost 10 pounds (he had been 16 #) could hardly get up
and down the stairs, slept a lot and dumped around. Walked like he was 100 yrs.
old and we were sure we were going to lose him. He wasn't eating very much either.
He slowly was getting worse and worse. He was so skinny and his fur got matted
and terrible and then he started pulling his fur out - completely on both sides
of his body. It was an area 2" long and full length of his body and on both
sides. We never took him to the vet because we thought he was just getting old
and we would just have to accept the fact that we won't have him very much longer.
We had just heard about natural immune enhancing substances
a natural product to help support and boost the immune system. We thought if
it helps improve human's immune system, maybe it will help our kitty. We started
giving him 1-capsule of natural immune enhancing substances on Jan. 8, 2003. Right away we could
tell that Sambo's immune system was functioning better and so on Jan. 15, 2003
we increased the dose to 2 capsules a day. His speedy recovery was hard to believe.
He had regained 1/2 lb. by Jan. 18th and his fur was growing back on both sides
and the rest of his fur was looking much better too. It had become very matted
and ugly. Energy? He is bouncing up and down the stairs, up and down from the
bathroom sink ( he loves to drink the running water but hadn't been able to
make the jump for months) and hardly lays down for naps. Previously, he had
been sleeping a lot. Once again he is following Neil everywhere as he had done
for so many years, he was like our 'young' Sambo again and we knew he was going
to be fine!! It is now Oct 2003 and he is still doing very, very good. Has a
good appetite, has energy, doesn't sleep very much in the daytime as we would
expect an old cat to do and has a lovely new fur coat.
Natural Pet Products...
BARF diet and natural remedies
I have a dog that my vet had on numerous antibiotics for months with no "complete"
accomplishments. The dog was tested for many things and all came back as negative.
Next my vet told me they needed to refer me to another vet for more testing,
they had no clue to her problem. This is when I discovered your site!!! I am
feeding her BARF now and treating my dog with herbs and vitamins I am taking
pictures of her progress as she heals. This is on my bulldog, on her rear area,
hind right leg, upper portion about 6 months ago a cyst looking thing appeared
on her. To the vet we went. You have heard the story~ It got better never well
and then flares on her, vicious cycle.
Now, I have stopped ALL chemical use on her. A
homeopathy doctor advised me to
give her one dose of hepar sulphruis 200c, which I am expecting to receive any
day I had to special order this. I was told to wait 30 days and check for improvement.
If still a problem to give one dose of Silicea 200c and wait. I'm telling ya
if pictures of seeing her doesn't make a believer of one to stop these chemicals,
then shame on 'em! She will turn 3yrs old this May, she's a sweetheart and it
breaks my heart when she gives me the moon shot (so to speak) and I see her
bo-bo. I just can't really give Thanks enough to you for every thing you offer
on your website, you're an Angel !
Ebonique and nutrition
We got Ebonique about a year ago. She's about 4 years old, I think. We had
to keep her in the upstairs bathroom because she was so afraid of the other
cats. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that her food wasn't touched. She was drooling
all over everything. She also had very small, hard bowel movements. Brought
her downstairs and put her in a cage in the livingroom and observed her. She
drooled constantly and made no attempt to eat or drink. Examining her, I found
some very bad teeth and raw, bleeding ulcers in her mouth on the gum line. I
started her on Amoxi drops and raw chicken. Not much response at first, but
in a couple of days, she was eating the chicken and the drooling lessened.
been feeding her only raw chicken and beef and now, she's esting very well,
the drooling has stopped and her bowel is much more normal. Soon, she will be
healthy enough for dentistry. As we're able to afford it, I'm feeding the positive
cats more raw meats and less canned cat food. They're hungry less often and
appear to be in better shape than they were when they ate canned cat food.Sourpuss,
my old lady (22 or 23) eats raw meat several times a day. She has a habit of
falling asleep with her face in the dish of food. (Have to get a photo of that
- it's hysterical!) Eventually, I hope to be able to feed only natural food.
I am convinced that there are things in commercial cat foods that are affecting
their health. They do so much better on a natural diet. Eileen
On May 15, 2001 Michael Sweitzer wrote: "My dog has just recently been diagnosed
with a lipo sarcoma (malignant cancerous tumor) of the front left foot. It has
grown considerably and of course I dare not go to an oncologist for radiation
or chemo treatments, and I refuse to have his leg removed. " Two weeks later,
Michael wrote me his wonderful testimonial of amazing cure:
From: Michael Sweitzer: TheForeruners@aol.com
"Just thought to update you on my dog Chance, almost 10 year old Australian
Kelpie, who was diagnosed with a Lipo Sarcoma. This is quite different than
a Lymphoma.A Lipo Sarcoma is rare particularly in dogs and or cats. It is more
common in people. Anyway, the moral of the story is that Chance is doing fantastic.
His change in diet, the supplements, flaxseed
oil and all the support from people like yourself and your site has helped
The vets said that his chances of survival were slim. From just a little
over 3 weeks ago when he was first diagnosed, the swelling on his front left
leg where the Sarcoma was pronounced has gone down considerably. He is walking
on it with no problem, and is back to his nutty crazy personality.
Although the diet change was an initial shock on his system, it is well worth
it. Maybe I should have changed his diet to raw food more gradually but I believe
that a shcok to the body is sometimes beneficial. Chance didnt want to eat for
about 2 and a half days because of the changes and the supplements. But I wasn't
concerned about him not eating because I knew that fasting is beneficial to
a sick animal. Fasting allows the system to focus its energy toward healing
the cancer. Now he eats like a champ again.
Here's his diet change and
Raw meats (Beef, chicken, fish (whole)
Puree vegetables (Mostly any kind)
Flaxseed oil (in water and mixed in his
puree vegetables and raw meats
As far as treats he gets beef jerky strips only (The real beef strips) and
not alot. Also, for a dog with Cancer I found that it is best to not over feed
Herbs and herbal extracts:
Holistic health for a sick kitty
: Some dog's may have a tough time metabolizing Blessed thistle, so keep
it limited. It does have great tumor healing abilities.
Antioxidant and multiviatmin for dogs
Astragulus (promotes a healthy body, great immune booster) (Liquid only)
Burdock (promotes healthy blood levels) Liquid only
Hawthorne Berrie (Promotes Cardiovascular health) Liquid only.
*Slowly introduce the Hawthorne. So Chance is doing fantastic, and is putting
weight back on to."
From krissy in Portland, OR
October 10, 2001
I just wanted to thank you for your site and send you my story so you can post
it if you like. My cat, Madison, was sick. At first it started with one eye
and one nostril kind of running and him sneezing. Then I began to see something
inside his one nostril. Within a week it grew so that it was even with his nostril.
Obviously he couldn't breathe well and he sneezed a lot.
I took him to the vet
and they snipped a bit of it off and did a biopsy. That was on Aug 25th. On
Sept. 7th they called to tell me that it was most likely cancer. It wasn't for
absolute sure, but it seemed to be lymphoma and yes the thing in Maddie's nose
was a tumor. Since the doc had clipped it from sight, in a little over a week
it had grown back and was wider and bigger! I had resigned myself to the fact
that my cat of almost 14 years had cancer, but the idea that I had to look at
it and the fact that he wa
s having so much trouble breathing was not acceptable
to me. I asked the doc how we could shrink the tumor and he said steroids would
do it, but only for a month or so. Then it wouldn't work anymore. Besides chemo
and all that there was little he said we could do. I told him to get me some
steroids and I would pick them up in a couple of days.
Poor Maddie, I could tell he was feeling basically ok. He wasn't a lump or
anything, he just wanted to be able to breathe and I wanted to help him with
that.The next day I went on line to look for homeopathic recipes and found your
site. I found the articles on how bad steroids were and decided not to go that
route. From a few mentions on your site I got a game plan. I went to the natural
food store and got the following : Flaxseed
Oil , Cat Vitamins and Licorice Root drops.
I began giving him these with
as much high quality food he wanted, which was a lot. After a week he seemed
happier and the tumor didn't seem to be getting bigger and seemed like it was
less swollen. Then I went and got him the
Blessed Thistle. And Holy Cow!
Soon with alternating all of these things, his tumor began receding. In a week
and a half it was completely gone, he could breathe! His sneezing continued
for a while and for one day he sneezed blood, but that went away. It was like
his whole sickness was running in reverse. As of today, Oct 12, he is absolutely
great. He is more energetic and loving then he has been i years and his coat
is shiny and he hardley ever even sneezes anymore. His nose that use to have
one side distorted and swollen with a tumor in it is absolutely perect. it is
a miracle and I thank the people who posted on your site about the Blessed Thistle
(available here) and steroid problems and all of it and I thank you so much.
I still give him the herbs and vitamins and oil, but I don't do it as often.
About every other meal I just give him food. I totally had guessed on how much
to give him, but it seemed to work. If anyone is having this problem with their
animal feel free to contact me. Obviously I am not a professional, but, anything
I can do tohelp anyone else in this situation would
be a pleasure. Thanks again! Madison thanks you, too!
Flaxseed oil cured a cat's tumor
Bob and Maggie from Tucson, Arizona
The cat next door to my friends house had a large tumor on it's neck and
it would carry it's head to one side. The cat's owners went on vacation and
left instructions with the cat sitter that if the animal got worse to have it put down.
Having read of the Flaxseed Oil and Cottage Cheese treatment on Shirley's website, I suggested it's
use to the cat sitter. She fed the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese to the cat
for about two weeks. After that time the owners returned and were surprised
the cat was still around.
Soon we noticed that the tumor had shrunk and the cat's head was better aligned.
It has now been two years and the tumor has entirely disappeared and the cat's
head is almost perfect. The cat is still doing cat things, like chasing birds
and appears to be in perfect health.
Quadriplegic German Shepherd
Debbie Kazsimer from Pennsylvania USA
Sun, 21 Oct 2001
I have a quadriplegic German Shepherd named Sheba. Sheba lost the use of
all four legs as result of the incurable spinal cord disease degenerative myelopathy.
Sheba does not have much time left but I'm keeping her around as long as she
is happy and has the desire to live. I do various alternative medical treatments
on her to keep the quality of her life happy and comfortable. To see Sheba and
read about what I do, go to http://ShebaTheQuadDog.homestead.com
Jo-Ann Satin (NY)
Thu, 11 Apr 2002
In 1994, when he was 6 years old, I took Sasha to the NY Animal Medical Center
after I noticed him favoring his back right leg. I had an appointment with an
Orthopedist, expecting a diagnosis of HD or arthritis. After looking at Sasha,
she called in a neurologist who pointed out Sasha's scraped nails on his rear
feet. He then explained Degenerative Myelopathy to me. It is a degenerative,
autoimmune disease that results in the victims' own immune system attacking
and destroying the myelin lining of the nerves in the spinal column. It is VERY
similar to the human diseases Multiple Sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's Disease(ALS)
The vet was very pessimistic, as there was no known treatment, and the prognosis
was bad. Most dogs's legs were totally paralyzed within months. But I knew that
Sasha was a fighter, and so was I!.
During the vet visit I had mentioned that I was giving Sasha herbs and vitamins,
including Yucca, since I thought his condition was Arthritis. The neurologist
said that since I was interested in the 'natural' route, I should continue with
the vitamin E, as it was an antioxident, and as such, it might be somewhat effective
in this autoimmune disease. I did hours and hours of research on the internet.
At that time, I only got 2 hits when I did a search on "Degenerative Myelopathy".
Today, there are many, many sites from which one could get help and support(Including
the DM support group to which I belong). I found out that indeed, this was an
automimmune disease, and free radicals were part of the problem. The next thing
I did was call a friend of mine who is into natural nutrition He told me to
take Sasha off meat immediately, as that is one of the greatest sources of free
radicals. (I had been giving him LAMB dog food..thinking that was the best for
his skin, and the least allergenic). As it turned out, lamb is one of the fattiest
meats, and therefore creates the most free radicals. I changed Sasha's diet
to pure vegetarian. I got vegetarian dog food, and started do a lot of cooking
for him myself. At the time I had not heard of the raw food (BARF) diet, or
I might have tried it.
Sasha was never on any medication from a Vet. I gave him every antioxident
you can think of (Vit E, Vit C, Pycnogenol, Evening Primrose Oil,
Hi Lignan Flax Seed Oil and Cottage Cheese
, Lecithin, Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar, Milk Thistle for liver activity,
Saw Palmetto for Prostate Hawthorne for heart protection, Vitamins A,B-complex,
D, Raw garlic, brewers yeast,Green tea capsules, Coenzyme-10, Ginger, Prozyme).
The only meat he ever ate was chicken, but mostly he was a vegetarian. I usually
cooked eggs, carrots, squash, many kinds of beans, broccoli, tomatoes, tofu,
lots of garlic, brown rice and whatever other veggies I had around, into a stew
for him. I would sometimes add chicken.
I took for chiropractic, and a swim
therapy class. I noticed an incredible improvement on this regimen. The swim
therapy was terrrific for his deteriorating stamina and muscle tone, as regular
exercise took a lot out of him. This was particularly true in the hot weat!
her! After a pretty short time, he was able to climb the stairs up to my room,
and jump on the bed again. Sasha lived for years on this regimen. He was active
and happy until end. Sadly, Sasha died five years after the DM diagnosis, from
BLOAT...but he was still able walk and climb stairs(altho slowly by the end)
when he crossed the bridge.
Many thanks to Jo-Ann Satin for the testimonial which she shared with us.
Transition to raw food
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2001
Dear Shirley, It’s been a long time since I last wrote to you and I thought
I should write and tell you about Coll’s progress. The transition to raw food
went smoothly enough and there was noticeable improvement in his general condition
but there was clearly a more serious problem with his skin. By Easter, with
the first of the warm weather his skin had deteriorated so badly that he had
to go back onto antibiotics and steroids.
However this time I found a new vet
who, though sadly not homeopathic had healthy SUSPICIONS about modern pet food
(the first vet that I have met to have this attitude). That said, he knew nothing
about raw feeding. He gave me an anti-fungal wash as he said fungal infections
were often a complication of mange. The wash worked a treat and within a couple
of months I was able to return with a beautifully healthy dog.
I have to say
his reaction was that he was surprised that the dog had healed so well and that
there were no scars. The ear infections have continued for some time but the
problem is only with one ear now and over the summer with repeated use of ear
cleansers and drops a lot of hard wax has come out. His condition is really
good. I am amazed at how good his coat is, shiny and sweet smelling. No fleas
or tics this year. He doesn’t moult as much as he used to and everyone comments
on how healthy he looks. He is much more obedient and responsive to command
(and they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!) His feeding program is
Big Labrador (approx 34 kilos or 74lbs)
- 1 lbs of either raw beef (flank – usually used for beef burgers and
is quite fatty) or organic chicken. I give him half a whole chicken and
cut it up in pieces, bones and all. I usually give 4/5 days beef and 4 days
chicken. It seems like a lot of meat but he is the correct weight now. I
have noticed that his stools are harder when I fed him chicken bones than
beef (same amount of veg.)
- 1 lb of selected raw organic veg including cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage,
carrot and celery. I have had a few problems with him being sick and it
seems that if I feed him MORE veg than this he is sick. I mix it with some
of the meat in the food processor and some water.
- Organic flax oil.
Do you have a question about holistic health or need assistance?
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