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kathy says ...
Does anyone have any remedies for arthritis? My 15-year-old lab is just now starting to show signs of pain from arthritis. I started giving him glucosamine and fish oils a few years ago, but i can tell he's having pain because his tail is tucked between his legs some days. He has normal energy and still enjoys walking even on those days when I know he's having pain. I'm trying to avoid the pain meds and steroids. Any other ideas?
05/21/2012 2:59:24 PM CDT
Bonnie Wright says ...
Hi Kathy...our Golden Ret. was 13 and had really bad arthritis...a good friend told me to heat vinegar to warm in the microwave and soak a dish towel and lay or wrap the tender areas and to repeat as needed...it worked for short periods of time. The smell goes away very soon...
05/21/2012 4:10:37 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
I usually add a little bit olive oil to my dog's shampoo. It really helps keep the dandruff at bay and keeps the coat nice and shiny.
05/21/2012 5:10:50 PM CDT
Cheryl says ...
Let me preface this by saying I have no idea if this is safe for pets. But, my mother has used tumeric, the seasoning, in her morning oats and it has completely gotten rid of her arthritis pain. She takes a tablespoon every morning. When she stops using it, the pain starts to return. I have no idea if dogs can or even would eat tumeric, or if it would work for them, but felt I should share this. I hope your dog feels better soon. I have two cats that cause me pain when they're in pain. :)
05/21/2012 7:00:48 PM CDT
Tara says ...
A friend just told me that flax seed is great for pets' joints. Mine is still a pup, but I am going to start putting some flax in her food now, and hopefully try to put off the arthritis. Good luck with your baby. :)
05/22/2012 8:10:52 AM CDT
Najma says ...
I have a 16 year old beagle who suffers from arthritis and has spinal cord issues. He is still able to run, jump, and climb with some limitations. He takes cosequin ds and he is fed a (human grade) homemade natural diet (incl. treats) supplemented daily with flax seed oil, and a probiotic. I utilize ingredients that are anti inflammatory and heart healthy such as tumeric, yucca, and lentils to name a few. Good luck!
05/22/2012 6:59:50 PM CDT
Jasmine says ...
I used to have joint issues, but not arthritis,and my dog does not have any issued yet, but I use a product by NOW called joint support and I add it to my dogs raw food meals. In studying nutrition for myself I have learned that arthritis is acidic toxin settling into the weakest parts of the joints and causing inflamation. The blood is too acidic for proper elimination of such toxin by the body and an acid nuetralizer such as natural (aluminum free) baking soda or sodium bicarbinate can be used (mix a little in wet food)to assist with this problem. Hope this info helps.
05/25/2012 1:02:28 PM CDT
Karen says ...
Lori try Zymox Otic for ear infection. Look it up on amazon and read the reviews. I have used this for my dogs, worked well.
05/30/2012 4:27:43 PM CDT
Karen says ...
#51 Kathy, make sure he has a grain free diet. Ask your vet about hemp oil it has a 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 supposed to be the best for the body, best to google and research it first. I used Acupuncture for my dogs arthritis pain, after 2nd treatment I didn't have to lift him down from the car, he jumped! (Good thing to, he was 70 lbs)The other thing you can do is massage and manipulate his joints gently to encourage fluid movement and lymph node drainage. One last thing, he has inflammation so the vet can recommend an anti-inflammatory supplement, maybe like turmeric and bromelain. Also probiotic's and enzymes may help.
05/30/2012 4:39:49 PM CDT
kathy says ...
Cheryl,Thanks for the suggestion on Turmeric! I looked it up and it does the same for dogs, reduces the inflammation. I also read that it reduces and in some cases eliminates fatty tumors. My dog has a few of those! (he's a lab). I'll give it a try and post back if it works. It's also a blood thinner and he has a cracked nose. So I'm waiting until the nose is healed to give him the turmeric. Thanks everyone else for the tips as well! I'll try all of them.
05/31/2012 11:14:36 AM CDT
Jill Silverman says ...
Mu dog has a yeast infection between his paw pads, which smells awful!!! He has been on antibiotics. I just switched him to grainfree food (duck/potato). What else can I do homeopathically? Teatree oil? Eucalyptus oil? Anything to alleviate this and get rid of this horrible odor? Thank you.
06/11/2012 5:59:35 AM CDT
fleasbegone says ...
Borax is a good non-toxic flea killer too. Try it on carpets before vacuuming. It's cheap too. That and plain salt will scratch the fleas exoskeleton and dry them out. Worth a try.
06/20/2012 6:58:47 PM CDT
Gayle says ...
Does anyone have a solution for Feline Urinary Tract Infection?? I've seen several remedies online, but I need something i can go get NOW! I've been giving my cat 2 tsp. noni juice, and water through out the day with a syringe to at least make sure she's getting enough water, although she hasn't stopped drinking. If I could afford a Vet, I'd take her, but i won't have that much money for several more weeks.
09/05/2012 2:54:50 PM CDT
Helen says ...
I've used food grade DE around my fence line and in the garage to deter fleas, it works. Also Orange Oil, mixed in a spray bottle with water (about 1-2 inches, rest is water), I spray this around the inside of the house....plus it makes the house smell nice. I have wall to wall and it doesn't stain the carpet. I've recently read about apple cider vinegar for the dogs' drinking water, just a tablespoon swished around, for overall health, so I plan to try that also.
11/02/2012 3:17:58 PM CDT
Sherry Richardson says ...
Do you have any information on whether mineral oil is healthy for a dog's itchy skin?
11/18/2012 10:42:43 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHERRY - I have researched varying responses to the use of mineral oil so I would encourage you to check with your vet before using this for his itchy skin.
11/27/2012 4:08:15 PM CST
Meredith says ...
My boyfriend and I have discovered that our Great Pyrenees have a tic and flea issue. We have upped their visits to the groomers but we are also open to a new flea/tick shampoo when we bathe them at home. They love being indoor/outdoor dogs and we certainly love giving them that life. I want to find options besides the heavy chemicals our vets recommend to protect our dogs as well as our home. Any suggestions? Thanks.
01/12/2013 2:49:46 PM CST
Marlene says ...
Do you sell Wheat grass juice for cats ?
08/09/2013 3:07:50 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARLENE - Our products vary between stores. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock. We should carry liquid wheat grass but I would check with your vet before giving it to your cat!
08/09/2013 4:51:35 PM CDT
Barbara says ...
My cat is losing hair, He is eating and seems to be alright otherwise We did have a big redorating project done at home and it did upset him however that was 3 weeks ago. Still he has bald spots on the back and neck and one ear. I cannot afford a vet bill at this time. How else can I treat this condition.
08/29/2013 10:50:38 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BARBARA - I would suggest reaching out to a health care professional that is an experienced vet. Unfortunately we cannot give advice on specific medical issues.
08/29/2013 12:04:26 PM CDT
Beverly Murphy says ...
My Italian Greyhound has kidney disease. It is very difficult to find very low protein treats. Also, he has never been a bone chewer. He only likes soft treats. I will try the parsley in his food for bad breath. He cannot have his teeth cleaned as going under anesthesia is dangerous to his kidneys. He is currently on a medicine to help the kidneys process the protein. Thanks.
09/05/2013 12:50:36 PM CDT

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