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Home Remedies: Pets

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Here are some valuable home remedies that can keep your pet healthy, and save you a trip to the vet.

He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Flea Relief

  • Shampoo your pet with flea shampoo and spray the animal between shampoos with flea spray.
  • Place a flea collar in the bag of your vacuum cleaner. Any fleas you sweep up will stay put in there.
  • If you don't want to use a flea collar with insecticides, active ingredients such as eucalyptus, cedar, lemongrass, rosemary and marigold won't exterminate, but will deter fleas.
  • Placing an open jar or two of eucalyptus stems and leaves around the house can deter fleas. Place them in rooms where your pet spends the most time (especially those with carpets- fleas love to hide in them.)
  • Give your dog a flea bath with limonene shampoo, and flea-comb him down thoroughly while he's in the water so the fleas drown.
  • Try adding a teaspoon of vinegar to each quart of the animal's drinking water. It helps keep pets free of fleas and ticks.
  • Sprinkle borate powder into crevices of couches and chairs.
  • Stock your yard with off-leaf larvae-eating nematodes (available at pet and garden stores).
  • Getting proper nutrition for your pest is the best flea prevention. Add brewer's yeast to your pet's food, as well as essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6.
  • Spray screens with distilled water containing several drops of bitter orange essential oil. (Fleas hate citrus scent and will avoid crawling in through the screens."

Itchiness

  • Oatmeal Bath- Put uncooked oatmeal or rolled oats into a sock or nylon stocking and run a tubful of warm water over it. Soak your dog (cats will rarely let you do this) in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Oatmeal based shampoos are also available at pet stores.
  • Aloe Vera- Break off a piece of the plant and apply the thick juice directly to the raw area.
  • Aggravated skin sores, also known as hot spots, can make your pet miserable. If you see a hot spot developing, clip about one-half to one inch around the sore to prevent hair and other dirt from further aggravating it. Clean the sore with hydrogen peroxide on gauze or a cotton ball, and after it dries spray the area with cortisone cream. Do this twice a day until the sore starts to dry out or a scab begins to form.

Cuts, Scrapes, Abrasions

  • Mix together 1-pint water, 1/2-teaspoon salt, and 1/2-teaspoon calendula tincture.
  • Soak an injured paw in the solution. If the wound is on the body put the solution in a quirt bottle or large syringe and gently apply it to the injured area.
  • Repeat the soaking or application every 4 to 6 hours for the first 24 hours.

Bites and Scratches

  • Rinse out the fresh wounds and punctures with large amounts of this solution: 1-pint water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon Echinacea/goldenseal tincture.
  • Hydrogen peroxide may also be used to clean wounds, but it can damage delicate tissues.
  • Cat wounds are notorious for forming abscesses. If the abscess is draining, clean it with with Echinacea/goldenseal solution. Always wear latex gloves while handling an abscess.

Tissue Trauma

  • If your pet falls, gets stepped on, is in a fight, or is otherwise bruised, the homeopathic remedy arnica can speed recovery. Give two pellets of arnica 30c once per hour for three hours following the injury.

Choking

You can perform the Heimlich maneuver on animals.

  • Lift a small pet, or reach over the back of a large one and raise the back legs, so that the rear end is elevated over the head.
  • Place your hands around the lowest part of the chest and give a quick, gentle thrust inward and upward. 
  • Remember to scale the force of your thrust to the size of your pet. For small pets, imagine you are performing this on an infant or toddler.

Cowpie Stool

  • When your dog scavenges something from the compost pile, it irritates the bowel, creating nerve impulses that signal the gut to speed up. When food moves too quickly through the gut, the result is loose stools. In dogs and cats with chronic inflammatory bowel disease, the gut responds as if irritated at the slightest stress or change of diet.
  • The herb slippery elm, available as powder or capsules, coats the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, counteracting the irritation and allowing stools to firm up. Put 1 tablespoon of the powder (break open capsules) into 1 pint of water and bring to a boil to thicken. Let it cool, and administer by mouth, a teaspoon or less for small pets, several tablespoons for large dogs, every 2 to 4 hours, until the gut settles down (usually 8 to 24 hours).

Burrs in Fur

  • For dogs, comb the burrs in their fur with a metal comb immediately. If burrs are badly tangled rub vegetable oil on your fingers and work the lubrication slowly through the fur until you can pull the burrs out.
  • Cats typically will want to take care of their own grooming, but you can help by gently working through the mess with a wire brush. Most cats won't let you cut the fur or lubricate it the way a dog will.

Itchy Ears

  • Aloe Vera or the contents of a vitamin E capsule can soothe red or inflamed areas of the ear.
  • A gentle cleaning with a cotton swab or gauze dipped into vegetable oil can help to remove a buildup of wax and dirt.
  • Remember that dog and cat ear canals take a right-angle turn at the base of the ear, and be careful not to jam anything deep into the ear canal.

Sore or Runny Eyes

  • A simple rinse of saline solution can help a mild eye irritation. Continue as drops every four hours, until clear.
  • If symptoms increase, consult with your vet.

Arthritis

  • Massage helps to relieve muscle tensions that contribute to pain. Be gentle. Start from the center of the body and work your way outward. If feet are too sensitive, leave them alone.
  • Nutritional research suggests that supplements containing chondroitin sulfate and glucosaminoglycans can help inflamed or damaged joints. Check with your vet or health-food store.
  • Egg-crate foam and other creature comforts can bring relief to older and arthritic pets. Buy enough foam for two or three beds, cover the foam with washable covers (easy to make from old towels), and put them into the places your pet likes to sleep.

If a skunk sprays...

  • Bathe your dog in a mixture of 1-quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4-cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Work the solution into the fur (avoiding eyes) then rinse.
  • To rid the stench from your pet douse him with tomato juice, leaving it on for several minutes before rinsing it off. For a large dog, a single washing can require several cans of tomato juice. You may have to repeat the procedure, but the odor will eventually work itself out of your pet's coat.

Note: The Old Farmer's Almanac does not have professional vets on staff so please do not post questions about serious issues on this page. Contact a vet immediately if your pet develops more serious symptoms, such as trouble breathing, urinating, or moving, or if s/he shows signs of shaking or weakness, seizures, confusion, fever, vomiting (unless it's a hairball), swelling, deep wounds, bleeding in urine or poop, or other ailments that may indicate that the pet requires prompt attention. If your vet office is not open during an emergency, there are 24-hour veterinary hospitals that you can call for advice; check with your vet beforehand to get the number of one, or search online. If your financial resources are limited, your vet may be able to work with you to develop a payment plan. There are also other options for financial assistance, including pet insurance (for future ailments); for advice, consult a local animal shelter or local branch of an animal welfare association, such as The Humane Society.

What are some of your favorite home remedies for your pets?
 

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I need help with my maltese

By TONMIR on December 11

I need help with my maltese who has sizures according to the vet but what happens is he starts to shake and and his head is drawn sideways and stays there...his legs cramp up and tremble- what I have to do is massge his back up and down over abd over until the episode subsides- the problem is it's happening over 5-6 and more times per day...I'm really woried and vets only give me medicine then another medicine and I really can't afford this and more importantly the harmful side effects it causes...

hi, i have several cats. i

By yrreHs95 on November 21

hi, i have several cats. i think i have a carrier in the bunch. they keep getting upper resperatories. i get antibiotics for them and it seems to help temporarily but comes back in a few months. i live on fixed income so i was hoping there was something i could do at home all natural. also ssomeone told me to put selenium on there food and it would help. please help meand my babies.

Upper respiratory infections

By Almanac Staff on November 24

Upper respiratory infections can be common in multi-cat households, and it is often difficult to control the spread. We are not veterinarians, so unfortunately we can not suggest any medication. You might talk to your vet (even over the phone) as to any natural treatments, supplements, etc., that might help. In general, if one of your cats gets sick, it will help to isolate him or her from the others. If symptoms start to get worse, other than a mild sniffle, it is best to take that cat to the vet so that you can get medicine and advice to fight the infection. If not treated, depending on the cause, certain respiratory infections may cause serious problems, such as pneumonia. If the infection is viral (as several are), it is likely it will pop up from time to time (and antibiotics, which only attack bacteria, will not help). Some medications or supplements can help to suppress certain viral outbreaks; it will depend on what actual disease is affecting your cats. Some cats can be carriers, depending on the cause. To help with general health, keep the cats in a stress-free environment as much as you can. Wash your hands before touching each cat, especially after handling one that is sick. We hope that you find a remedy that will keep your kitties healthy and happy soon!

Our dog is a wet mouth cocker

By DDESKW

Our dog is a wet mouth cocker with a chronic mouth yeast infection. I have vet prescribed wipes to use daily to help it, but I can't afford to keep buying them and wondered if there is a home remedy I could wipe his mouth with to keep this infection in check.

Did the vet have you treat

By georgewilson

Did the vet have you treat the cause not just the symptoms? Get rid of ANY sugar in your pet's diet. The yeast feeds on sugar. Switch to all-protein food. And NO table scraps.

Add Epson salt if you notice a yeast infection starting to break out. Treat with 1/16 teaspoon Epson salt in 1 liter of non-chlorinated drinking eater for 2 to 3 days.

You could also try to add yogurt to his food to add "good bacteria."

Thanks for the ideas

By DDESKW

Thanks for the ideas

Hi, we bought a puppy not

By Jermyxy

Hi, we bought a puppy not more than two weeks, his only 1 and half month. Our problem is when we bought him I already notice the small wound in his tummy really small like a period, and he has no fleas or thick and now since he has a long nails and we're afraid to cut them on our own because we might hurt him, and them he started scratching those little wounds and were surpirse on what had happens next. Those little wounds get bigger in his tummy and now it is more worst than before it has an awful smell already and right now i don't have a budget to take him to the vet. And his tummy get bigger than before like a ballon. But he is eating ( always hungry) and now drinking water.. But those wound, I don't know how to treat them, I put betadine for human wound but that seems do nothing to help heal those wounds.. Can you help us please?? We don't want to loose him.

yesturday was when i began to

By leanna

yesturday was when i began to notice my 2 1/2 yr.old male chiahuahua would not eat.till tonight i got him different brand of dog food.boy as soon as i served him a plate,he woofed it down and cleaned his plate. But just as he was all day today,he continued to not be normally his active self.throughout the day,he stay he just slept.periodically,he would reach out to me to pick him up so that i could just hold him in my arms and pamper him with love.i also noticed that his eyes look different.the eyes seem to appear to move slowly and at times his eyelids would tend to appear as if he were drowsy.im concerned and want to know if it sounds like maybe either one of these two possibilities?#1- could it or does this sound like possible symptoms of parvo? Or #2-possible symptoms of coming in contact with poison? The reason for this is cuz we unfortunately,have recently learned that our home has invaded by bedbugs.so we have been using insectisidal chemicales on the furniture,carpets on EVERYTHING!im wondering if he might have laid on the area that had been sprayed the day before? Or walked on a floor area that had the spray on it and later got some in his mouth whenlicking his paws or something? Please help! Hes my baby and i cant even imagine loseing him! Hes like my child and i love him so much! Thank you!its just me and him,we live alone.im really struggling financialy so i dont have funds to take him to a vet,thank you so much!...leanna

Hi my cat has a rather large

By jodie-jayne

Hi my cat has a rather large scab on his neck. I think it might be an allergic reaction from the metal bell on his collar as it's only developed since I put one on, he has no other scabs anywhere else and is defleaed monthly so I don't think it's flea allergies although he does get them but his flea treatment takes care of that. What can I use for the scab and is there an alternative to metal bells? He needs them so he can't kill birds, he's lethal, had to put 2 on him! Thanks!!

Some cats can be allergic to

By Almanac Staff

Some cats can be allergic to plastic, too. We'd suggest having your vet check your cat to make sure it is an allergy and not an infection, scratch, bite, etc. Bug bites may also cause sores, and can also cause allergic reactions. (Is your cat scratching?) Be sure that the collar isn't too tight and abrading your cat's skin, which can also cause a scab and fur loss.

As for deterring cats from catching birds, there are a few methods, including motion detector sprinklers (placed a distance away from the feeder), ultrasonic repellents, citrus peels, etc. There is also something called a CatBib, which, according to the literature, seems to be effective, but not all cat owners would feel comfortable putting this on their pet; it does say that it doesn't hamper any other activity of the cat. We have no experience with it, however. We would think that, if you suspect a metal allergy, there might be a plastic bell, or at least a plastic bell housing, option for cat collars, the same as you can find little plastic bells in cat toys. You might try searching the Web for that. Always use a safety collar on your cat, so that if the collar gets caught on a branch or something, it will break so that your cat won't choke.

Hope this helps!

My dog is scared of

By Patsy Ferguson

My dog is scared of thunder.Do U have a natural remedy that can help him with this? Thank U Patsy Ferguson. pferg53@gmail.com

For a dog afraid of thunder:

By Almanac Staff

For a dog afraid of thunder: There are different approaches that you could try. For example, your vet or pet stores sell plug-in diffusers which release a pheromone that is similar to the one that mother dogs release when their puppies are nursing.
Also, you could also try to desensitize your pet with music CDs. Play it quietly and then slowly start to turn up the music so that it plays very loudly.  Ask your dog to relax and reward your dog for relaxing. However, do not reward or pet your dog when it is scared or you reward that behavior.
You can also work on training your dog to relax and lay down on command when it's not thundering.
Finally, there are medications; speak to your vet. All the best!

We have been fostering a dog

By Stacey Mason

We have been fostering a dog for over a year now. She is not that old maybe 3 to 4. She was found starved living in filth... I agreed to bring her home to get out of shelter to gain weight. Early vet check said she had no peripheral vision. Se has been here right at a year. Thriving.... the last several months she started running more and more into things. Finally she is not 100% blind. I had her scheduled to see Dr. Miller an eye specialist for animals. My husband got laid off the same week. Ive had a dog years ago same situation. After awhile another vet I worked for then she and I decided the only way to alleviate her pain was to remove both eyes... best decision ever. She was a new dog afterward. I need to get Roxy who is now my dog due to foster failure... I need to find out first can anything at all be done to save her eyes. If not and pain cannot be controlled I will have the same vet before remove her eyes. A last resort. It immediately takes the pain away. Roxy is not very old at all. Starvation is most likely the cause. As she is a mixed breed at 80 lbs. I no longer work for a vet. Roxy is spayed... extremely loved. The vet that preformed the eye surgery before on our other dog is willing to do it again for Roxy. I do not qualify for care credit. My husband and I can pay very little now but once his job starts back can pay more. He is a welder in a union. We have 2 children one in college one planning to go. We pay all his bills and some of hers. We own several other pets. All spayed and neutered. Even our rabbit. All rescues or I agreed to take my elderly friends 3 to be exact their beloved pets... they passed within one year all three. I kept my promise. They see a vet when needed but Roxy's situation is more urgent... any kind of guidance would be sush an answered prayer. I cannot nor will not let her be in pain. The other dog that went thru the exact same procedure... was a completely new dog after.

Hi! My dog has a lump under

By Sonja Floyd

Hi! My dog has a lump under his right eyelid. Watching it very carefully, it does not seem to grow any. In fact it looks a little smaller at times but then it is right back again the size it was. It looks soft. The vet said it would cost $200 to remove it by laser. I am on a fixed income and don't have the money. Any suggestions on what it might be and what I could try first? Thank you for any any suggestions.

I have a dog who has got a

By Sonja Floyd

I have a dog who has got a lump under his top right eyelid. I have been watching it carefully and it does not seem to grow in size. The vet wants $200 for a surgery to take it off. I am on a fixed income and don't have that money. What do you think it might be and suggest? Thank you.

Natural remedies for a hernia

By Hilda Tree

Natural remedies for a hernia in cats?

my friend's cat has developed a hernia due to a botched spay job (she was pregnant so it was complicated situation and the cheap clinic she used didn't handle it correctly somehow) and now she has developed a hernia. She's not passing poop and is regurgitating her food. the good vet she took the cat too subsequently has put her on antibiotics for a chest infection and bandaged the hernia area to give it support and recommended that she wait and see. Anybody have any recommendations for a natural remedy that would support this little critter? We are in India so homeopathy and ayurvedic medicines are accessible but many herbs available in the west are not. Any advice would be welcome. Does she need rehydration salts or anything like that? Thanks! Hilda

Hi well wishers My pet goat

By Md Jamil Asghar

Hi well wishers
My pet goat two yrs.approx. old. Since three months earlier we found decreasing her health by 50%.She had been cried one or two times in a week or ten days but now she cries more seriuosly daily.She keep her head downward and steady position.I think the digestion system is normal as well as the normal urine.Please
kindly refer the best advise to recover her health. She has two kids five months old.

Dear God help this little

By Cheryl C.

Dear God help this little animal...
Did you check her legs for sprains. Also her back disc's. That can cause an animal to lower their head...and make them cry. Ooo poor darlin hope you find relief soon!!
Thank you God for Your help! Peace be with you!

Our female Shih Tzu is 6

By Cindy Shearer

Our female Shih Tzu is 6 years old and we recently noticed a small bald spot on her right shoulder. There is no wound or sore spot, but it seems to be getting more noticeable. It does not look like any mange that I have seen before, but not sure what could be causing the problem. She is not scratching or biting at the area, but we would like any suggestions as to what the problem could be, and any suggestions on a simple solution. Thanks.

Hair loss can be caused by

By Almanac Staff

Hair loss can be caused by several things, including allergies (such as to flea saliva, shampoo, carpet deodorizer, food), stress, hormones, bug bites, ringworm, follicle infection, mange, etc. Check if the area is scaly or dry, or has a red ring around it (which might suggest ringworm, which is a fungal infection). If the bald patch continues to increase in size or develop redness, or there are signs of discomfort, we'd suggest talking to a vet. In the meantime, consider whether your dog had been exposed to something new in her environment that might be causing an allergic reaction. Hope this helps!

my dog has an abcessed nail

By sarah d23

my dog has an abcessed nail and i do not have the money to take him to the vet for them to treat him do you know any home remadys to help him

there are two street

By Tanmay

there are two street puppies(5-6 months) near my house and they have juandice(says the drug store guy). not eating food and urine is yellow also loose motion. the guy recomemded a tonic for liver also a tablet named "silybon - 70"(tablet). they are street dogs so not a lot of people help me saving them , it's just me and my aunt and hopefully you. we force feed them the tablet by desolving them in water , the water contains "oral hydrastion salt" but they don't eat anything just drink water my guess is that they have sores in their mouth due to the juandice is there any home remedy or a common medicine that can get rid of the sores and make them eat properly?

p.s. there are no vet in the area so that is not an option.

Hi Tanmay, I agree with the

By Hilda Tree

Hi Tanmay,

I agree with the other person who suggested that they may need to be de-wormed. Puppies of this age, especially on the street, can pick up parasites which lead to these kinds of symptoms. If they don't have worms, the treatment won;t hurt them. If you can get them at a pet food store or a pharmacy, use de-worming tablets for cats (not for dogs!) and give them the recommended dosage. If you can't get that, get a general de-wormer at the pharmacy although I am forgetting what the name is. Of this general de-wormer (comes in a small box that's white with red lettering) , give them 1/5 mg for three days in a row. Ask for a small plastic syringe in the pharmacy, put the pink liquid in the syringe and stick this gently into the side of their mouths and squirt. Don't push it in so hard that you hurt them or choke them. Just the tip of the syringe has to be in the mouth. if you can't get ay of this, send me your address and I will courier it to you from Delhi. Best luck, Hilda

Hey Tanmay! When you force

By Theresa_in_the_Minneapple

Hey Tanmay!

When you force the puppies to take the tablets, do you *see* yellow skin in their mouths and the whites of their eyes?

I wonder if these puppies need to be wormed; do they have pot bellies but ribs are showing? If so you can go online at Amazon and order Pyrantel Pamoate 50 mg suspension in a 16 oz bottle - should run you $20.00 or so. Give the puppies 1cc per every 10 pounds of body weight. The stuff is made for human consumption so it tastes like vanilla ice cream. Worm them once a week for the first 2 weeks and then wait 2 weeks and worm, then wait another 2 weeks and worm; this regimen will knock out the adult worms and then clean out any worms that may hatch from eggs later on.

My cat(5years) has a lot of

By Animal lover:)

My cat(5years) has a lot of fleas and has been scratching to the point were she had been cutting herself while she scratches and little patches of hair is falling off in the parts she scratches. She also sleeps all day and only comes out from under the bed once or twice then goes back to sleep.

My cat's wound does not heal.

By AndreaNY

My cat's wound does not heal. She has a wound in her tummy. I took her to the vet and the vet gave her the cat cone. It worked for the first two weeks but now she can reach the scab and once again she began licking it.
Are there any home remedies that will prevent her from licking her wound? I don't know what else to do. I've tried bandages, plasters with bitter taste etc....
Thanky you

Hey Andrea! In my experience

By Theresa_in_the_Minneapple

Hey Andrea!

In my experience cat's don't fiddle with a wound unless there is a problem; its entirely possible the wound is abcessing and your cat is attempting to reopen the wound to release the pus and trapped toxins. This might be worth a return trip to the vet to rule out an abcess.

My dog has IBD. Can I give

By Angela rusavage

My dog has IBD. Can I give her baking soda? I have heard that baking soda is used to cure cancer and I am afraid my dog can end up having cancer.

Hey Angela! You can safely

By Theresa_in_the_Minneapple

Hey Angela!

You can safely give your dog baking soda - one half teaspoon into one litre of water is a maintenance dose to help balance PH; a crisis dose would be one teaspoon into one litre for up to 5 days.

The bigger issue for a cancer concern is a correct diagnosis; if your concerns are valid, then quick surgical intervention may be needed to spare your dog further pain and discomfort and save his life.

Do not live in fear; fear

By Vickie N.

Do not live in fear; fear does not protect-faith does. Our wonderful God who created us and our pets, loves our pets as we do. Pray over you pet. Receive Jesus into your heart. As for IBD, I would personally try using Colloidal Silver orally for your pet. I have a cat who had/has systemic fungal infection and a red growth in his mouth. I have been treating him for awhile but the fungal infection was really showing on his coat. I just about 2wks ago decided to try colloidal silver as it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti a lot of other things. I have been giving him about 1cc a day in a syringe without a needle 2xday & his skin is clearing up magnificently. I have lost at least 2 or 3cats to IBD in the past, now knowing about the colloidal silver then. I really feel this could help a lot. After much research and looking at a comparison chart done by a company not associated with any particular brand, the brand which shows the best ratings is Mesosilver 20 ppm. I usually get it from Colloids for Life-lowest shipping and great service.

We'd recommend that you talk

By Almanac Staff

We'd recommend that you talk to your vet about this; they may know how/if baking soda can react with dogs internally; if it might help/hinder IBD; and if it is safe, what the recommended dosage and frequency would be for your dog's health condition, size, age, and breed.

As for humans, the American Cancer Society says this about baking soda and cancer:

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryan...

Hello my dog got bit by a dog

By Kimberly Inchaurregui

Hello my dog got bit by a dog & his wound is closed and healed but i noticed this ball were his wound is , its inflammation or something im not sure/: please help !

I have used Pet Alive Detox

By Vickie N.

I have used Pet Alive Detox Plus formula for my one cat, who is neutered, but in summer often gets in spats and ends up either with an abcess or one time, I felt some large tumor like growths on him; I was scared at 1st thinking the C word-I gave him the Detox formula as directed and they went away. I am thinking now it could have been internal abcesses & my budget would have been too small for major vet intervention, anyway. The thing for me was to keep giving the remedy for several days after I could no longer feel the lumps. This has happened twice with this cat & the 1st time, the lumps came back quickly. I believe I did not give him the remedy long enough. Also Pet Alive makes C-caps for any pets who may have been diagnosed with cancer. Just for knowledge-my one cat years ago was savagely bit/mauled by a dog. He had 2 major surgeries from this and several years later developed cancer in the injury area. So I would use the Detox for sure to make sure toxins & such are out of a pet's system. Hope this helps!

Hey Kimberly! It sounds like

By Theresa_in_the_Minneapple

Hey Kimberly!

It sounds like your dog's healing wound is abcessing and infection is trapped inside the healed over wound. You *might* try to lance it, but unless you know what you are doing you might just ended up getting bitten. If it does not go down in a day or two I would take my dog to the vet as worst case scenario the abcess goes septic/blood poisoning and you could lose your dog.

Have old cat now deaf, has a

By camilla

Have old cat now deaf, has a limp, sleeps most of the time. Appetite alright as long as food pointed out to him. However the last 24/48 hours has seen a new and unpleasant problem arise. Yesterday the crows were up in the tree over him.Today he has been covered in flies which I discovered are horribly laying eggs on him. I've put diluted penny royal on him but this did not work altogether. Tomorrow I shall try apple cider vinegar (as noted in a post elsewhere for dogs). Some would say the solution would be to keep him in doors but he would absolutely hate this and be more distressing to him than the flies (which he doesn't seem to notice, yet anyway). Him being covered in flies however distresses me therefore if anyone knows a good fly deterrent that I can use on him, I would gratefully appreciate the input. I can't seem to find anything on line about flies on cats (lots for dogs). He may be sleeping the rain sometimes,(sometimes he takes shelter in the carport) I'd rather he didn't sleep in the rain but can accept it, I cannot accept the flies covering him however as if he were already dead. Bartholemew has been a great cat, he was a rescue cat and has had 11 years with us on acreage after an earlier life as a farm cat. So please no 'keep him indoors' as advice, that is not who he is. Also there are no flies anywhere else, just finding him. I've had a few cats (older rescue ones who have passed) but never come across such a problem before and asking around I haven't found anyone else whose experienced it either. Thanks.

I found this site on line,

By Vickie N.

I found this site on line, tho their product does not seem to say the product for cats keeps flies away. You could try sending them an email tho: http://atlastflyspray.com/
If your cat has a tumor, you could try the Colloidal Silver I mentioned in another recent comment to another person. It is amazing for a lot of different ailments-from very serious to not so serious. The product I have researched as being top notch is Mesosilver 20 ppm. Hope this helps

Depending on what type of

By Almanac Staff

Depending on what type of flies these are, they may be biting flies or flies that are attracted to sores, feces/urine/saliva, matted fur, etc. Check to make sure that he does not have any wounds that might be attracting them; these would require immediate treatment.

If no sores/wounds are found: Older cats may not groom themselves as often. Therefore, there might be something on the coat that is attracting the flies. You might try bathing the cat (be sure to dry him thoroughly, for his health) to clean him of any possible material that might be attracting the flies. Ask a vet as to the best way to go about it (use lukewarm water), or have a pet groomer bathe him. He might also be visiting an area that flies like, and that plant residue or other material might be getting on his coat.

In case you haven't seen it, this Web site discusses various fly problems of animals:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/pethealth/cat_disorders_and_diseases/skin_di...

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

The Old Farmer's Almanac team

I don't see a home remedy for

By Theresa_in_the_Minneapple

I don't see a home remedy for mange mites, be they sarcoptic or demodectic, so I thought I would offer one that has worked for me.

This is Ted's Mange remedy, found on the Earth Clinic website.

Ingredients:
Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:
Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:
Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Dip the dog 2-3 times the first week, and then once per week for up to 2 months; 8 dips should resolve the issue and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with mites OR the environment is reinfecting the pet and needs to be addressed as well to resolve the issue.

Hi, I have had cats and dogs

By Yvonne Ray

Hi,
I have had cats and dogs all my life, and I am absolutely puzzled. Inside my home currently I have four cats, and one Sheltie, this dog has been with us for over a year and is a rescue animal. She is about nine years old and is very attached to me. We have worked together to decrease her anxiety. The last three weeks she has been peeing in the house, and will even walk as she goes. There is no warning, and often it is right after she drinks. She does not act as though she is in pain. Right now our funds are so tight that I don't have enough to go to a vet, even our own vet will not allow payments. So, I am open to ideas and suggestions. Thank you.

Although we are not

By Almanac Staff

Although we are not veterinarians, could it be that your dog might have a urinary tract infection? You can search online for "urinary tract infection" and "dog" for some more information about this. Or, it could be something else that is upsetting her (physical or emotional).

Would your vet (or vet technician) be able to at least offer some advice over the phone? Would there be another vet in the area that would allow payments over time?

The ASPCA has some advice on financial aid for vet bills. See the following, then under "Pet Care" see "Financial Help With My Vet Bills"

http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-vet-bills.aspx

The Humane Society has a page as well:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_ve...

Local animal shelters may also be able to advise you about care or aid.

Hope this helps!

My 7 years old daughters two

By Richard Little

My 7 years old daughters two 8 month old kittens have worms, safest home remedy needed asap

Please contact a vet. Worms

By Almanac Staff

Please contact a vet. Worms can be dangerous in kittens and young pets. It is important to treat intestinal parasites in your pet because they can be transmitted to humans. The vet will identify which type of worm (as there are several) and the worms can easily be removed by the administration of a dewormer prescribed by your veterinarian.

My dog has been takin what I

By mallory cann

My dog has been takin what I think it is called a (turn) where he looses his train a thought, can hardly walk and has the shakes that lasts for about 5 mins . I was wondering if anybody knew any home remidies to help cure it . Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

My cat is an indoor/outdoor

By Catherine Jackson

My cat is an indoor/outdoor cat. He came home stumbling, shaking, throwing up stomach bial, constipated, can't urinate, won't eat or drink, he's leaving drops of blood and is laying in the litter box. If anyone has any advice I'm all ears :(

If your cat can't urinate

By Almanac Staff

If your cat can't urinate (whether from urinary tract problems, something toxic that he ate, or other problem), that can be very serious. His other symptoms also suggest that he needs prompt attention. We recommend that you take your cat in to the vet immediately.

Best wishes,

The Old Farmer's Almanac staff

my cat has been real sick

By amanda duell

my cat has been real sick lost over 15lbs wont eat drinks very little weak and has flem running out the side of his mouth and is gagging flem up its all over his chest it hardened and smells bad he has been sick for over 2 weeks now can someone please help idk what to do our try dont know if its stomach or what he did have a runny nose and sneezed alot then got to this

You better hope your pet is

By Jaq

You better hope your pet is not rabid, take it to the vet sounds like it may be suffering, worse, could be contagious too. Good luck I hope and pray for you and your pet.

My dog has ear mite what can

By D Chrisitan

My dog has ear mite what can I do to get rid of them?

I clean the ears with QOne

By Pat Conrad Schapiro

I clean the ears with QOne good cleaning lasts a long timetipps dipped in peroxide

According to

By Almanac Staff

According to http://ipm.ncsu.edu: 
Examination of material from the ears by a veterinarian will confirm the presence or absence of ear mites. One type of treatment consists of washing the auditory canal with an alcohol based solution of "ear cleaner." After the pet has removed the solution by violent shaking of the head, an emulsion of a miticide, antibiotics and mineral oil is dropped into the auditory canal to kill the mites, stop any secondary bacterial infection and to soothe the ears. Such a treatment should be applied several times as prescribed by the veterinarian. If a pet has mild symptoms, the application of mineral oil alone to the auditory canal is sufficient to control ear mites.

I remember when my dog angel

By Julie Ann

I remember when my dog angel was so irritable for a couple of days. I know something was really wrong but since I'm still a new pet owner at that time and no idea what's going on, I brought her to the vet and found out that she's feeling itchy all over. If I only know before that I just need an oatmeal to alleviate her itchiness, then I'm sure I was able to save a couple of bucks.

Thanks for the great tips!

Julie
http://talktothevet.co.uk

my little chihuahua is 7

By shemmy

my little chihuahua is 7 years old and is heart worm pos i have her on trifexis vet told me the heart worms wood not get any worse but she has a bad cough more like a hack i take her to the vet and they give her a shot not sure what it is but it stops the hacking right then it use to last 3 months now its once a month if that long this shot is just not working anymore this has been going on for years and every time she gets the shot its 45 bucks witch if it wood last longer than a month i wood not mind it.can anyone help me and my little bonnie with any advice

Infection in the floppy part

By JurneeMoon

Infection in the floppy part of the ear.
I have recently taken over the care of a dog that belongs to a friend of mine. She has a weird birth defect. She has no ear canal or ear drum in one ear. The problem she has now is the ear flap itself is full of infection it's hot to the touch, she whines all the time. I don't have the money to take her to the vet. My friend said he has had the vet lance the ear before but the infection just keeps coming back. I don't know how to help her and it's driving me crazy. Any & All ideas would be appreciated.
Thank you
Sonya

You have to keep the dog from

By Roberta Wolfram

You have to keep the dog from flapping his ears. This creates a slap at the end of the ear that creates blood to flow to the end and it hurts them. We used a nylon stocking and cut it so the one leg hole goes through the one ear and the other one through the other ear and used a head band to hold it on. If you can keep them from doing the flapping until it heals it will be good. Also treat the ears with home remedies for ear mites or fungus.
Thanks, hope this helps.

Looking for

By Randle Garner

Looking for natural(household)remedy for respiratory infections in cats.thank you

There are various ready-made

By Almanac Staff

There are various ready-made homeopathic medicines available in tablet or liquid form to help with feline respiratory ailments. You can find them by searching online.

Before introducing any new medication, please consult your veterinarian for what is best for your pet, including proper dosage for your cat's size, age, and health condition. Also, keep in mind that some cats may develop allergic reactions to certain natural or other medications.

Feline respiratory infections are often caused by a virus, rather than a bacteria. To help your cat fight the infection, keep his/her sinus passages moist by turning on a humidifier, or helping the cat to breathe in steam from a bathroom after someone has taken a shower.

Provide plenty of water to drink, since your cat may tend to get dehydrated during an infection.

Keep the sleeping area clean and warm. Clean all food and water bowls, and the litter box, regularly.

i have been given the advise

By CELENA MOORE

i have been given the advise form an animal care person who takes care of 30 plus animals,my bull dog has had nine litters of puppies one of the nipples is hanging to the ground filling with fluid and he said instead of having surgury,i should put a small rubber band around the nipple to cut off the circulation and with in five to six days it would dry up and fall off ,is there a vet that would agree with this?

Hey Celena! I don't know of

By Theresa_in_the_Minneapple

Hey Celena!

I don't know of any vet who would advise you to cut corners and save $$ with what you have described- and in fact the opposite might occur; the cut off and dying nipple might turn gangrenous and result in a very expensive surgery and medical treatment to save your dog's life. Bite the bullet and take her to the vet please!

My 13 yr old cat pulled out

By kim Viscuso

My 13 yr old cat pulled out one of her front claws. Following was an awful stench. After antibacterial soaks, along with peroxide & ointment it seemed ok, until another front paw had same symptoms. She then had two weeks of amoxicillin. During this time, a third rear paw became swollen & infected. Vet says it may be a bronchial cancer that spread to the feet. And an x-ray of her chest & a biopsy of her feet could be done. She is now on stronger antibiotics. Although prognosis doesn't seem good. Any advice would be helpful

Hi Ms Viscuso, I hope this

By A Miller 111

Hi Ms Viscuso, I hope this comes in time to help you & your cat. If it is cancer, you can check curenaturalicancro.com with a video to watch and several links to the right, one of which is "Treatment Protocols". Doctor T. Simoncini has been treating his cancer patients for the last 20 years with Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) & having enormous succes. If you think this would be a fit for you & your cat, discuss it with your vet to see if he would be willing to do the treatments. Dr. Simoncini also has cancerisafungus.com. Both very informative sites. Frankincense oil is very good for any type of necrosis & tumors/fungal-based cancers. Helichrysm is a great healing oil & oregano oil is great for fungus, bacteria, virus. I hope that helps.

We're terribly sorry about

By Almanac Staff

We're terribly sorry about your cat, and hope that she will be able to feel better soon. Cats normally pull on their claw sheaths to take off the top layer, which sheds. It sounds as if, however, there was an infection in the surrounding tissue. Older cats do tend to have claws that are overgrown and brittle. They may not use the scratching post as often, which means that their claws may get too long and there might be more chance of infection.

Nail bed infections can occur for various reasons, including fungal or bacterial infections, cancer, feline leukemia, immune system diseases, hyperthyroidism, ringworm, injury to the area, or cutting the nail too close to the nail bed (if you trim your cat's nails, make sure that your cut doesn't travel into the pink area of the claw, called the quick). If the infection occurs on different feet, from what we are reading, it appears likely that it might be another illness/problem that is causing the nail bed infection, which appears to be along the same lines of what your veterinarian is thinking. You might talk to your vet about which (if any) of the above illnesses, as well as any others, could be possibilities in your cat's situation.

You are certainly free to get a second opinion from another veterinarian, if you feel you should. Or, you can ask your vet if s/he could recommend a feline dermatologist, a specialist who might be more familiar with diseases of the nail bed and underlying causes.

As an alternative, you might try calling an emergency veterinary clinic in your area. They often can talk to you over the phone about what certain possibilities might be, although to make the best diagnosis, they'd have to see the cat.

Also, if there is a veterinary school in your area, you might try calling them for advice. For example, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York, is a well-respected school for veterinary medicine. It appears to be linked to the following service (we have no knowledge about it, but it looks like something to consider): The Dr. Louis J. Camuti Memorial Feline Consultation Service offers a phone consultation for a fee. After talking with you about your cat's health, they would make some recommendations of which you would then talk over with your local veterinarian. (Consultants cannot diagnose or treat your pet over the telephone.) To learn more about this service, see:

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/camuti.cfm

A veterinary university near you might offer a similar service to the public.

Hope this helps! Our thoughts are with you and your cat.

Diamataceous Earth (food

By LillyPie

Diamataceous Earth (food grade) is a natural supplement that kills fleas and worms on contact. It works by essentially creating cracks in the pests exoskeleton, thus drying them out. Give approx 1 tbsp mixed in with food (depending on dogs size) to treat for parasites. It is natural and safe to use as both a preventative and treatment. Topically you can apply directly to fur to treat for fleas; you can sprinkle some on your dogs waste if they have worms to prevent accidental transmissions to other pets. (Although its best to just pick it up right away anyway) if you are treating for an active case of worms continue the treatment for at least 1-2 month. Since DE kills on contact with the organism only you need to be sure to continue the treatment for several larvae cycles to ensure they don't come back. Can also be used around perimeter of your house. Be sure you only use FOOD GRADE diamataceous earth, and take precautions not to inhale or let your pets inhale it. Like any small particulate it can cause lung damage if inhaled frequently.

thomas recently went blind, i

By christinaeou812

thomas recently went blind, i made a braclet of jingle bells, when he gets off track or turn around, a shake of the arm and gen. name and direction calling brings him on track

my pet levi had crutiet

By lboos278

my pet levi had crutiet surgery and there was or looked liked after the staples were out that the skin was coming apart. this is what i did i put some tea tree oil mixed with olive oil and put on his wound, and it worked as well it is a antibacterial agent... many uses for tea tree oil

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