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    1. Sleeping at night can be a problem for dogs, cats, people and more. When a dog is healthy, even though older, they will have no trouble sleeping. Any of the holistic modalities we have been talking about on the website or in the newsletters can help.
      I would suggest starting with taking a class of Reiki. A class taught for treating yourself and other people applies equally to animals. Once you get attuned to Reiki, you would offer it every night and see if the sleep is improved.
      Equally safe is the use of flower essences. Check out the ones on my site, or purchase Bach Flowers locally, or go on the internet to find a large variety of different essences. There is an article on flower essences in the Learn more tab – free articles, or you can learn even more by purchasing the exclusive report #4 on Holistic options and flower essences.

      Vetriscience (see link on home page) has a nice nutritional supplement, Composure, that may help.

      Most importantly, build up the overall health (it is best not to think the problem is from age, but rather from an energy imbalance that you can fix) by following the 7 Keys to Health. Sometimes simply changing the exercise schedule, or giving a treat before bed, or taking up the water after dinner drinking is done, gentle massage before bed or other minor changes can affect the sleep patterns.

      If the above do not help, seek professional care. Email me at HealthyAnimals@aol.com to schedule a telephone appointment if you wish.

  1. I have a cat who recently has developed an unusually strong ammonia smell in her urine. I have her on CD diet from the vet for wet food but have given her some dry food in very small amounts lately. Do you have a product you would suggest to bring her back to balance (given that I have withdrawn the dry food and I have not had her checked yet for a urinary/bladder infection)?

    1. Becky, I am so glad you have stopped the dry food. No cat, in my opinion (and others do differ on this) should be fed dry food. An example of a veterinarian who changed her mind is Dr. Hodgkins, a veterinary nutritionist who was working for Hills Food company. She was feeding dry food to her cats, when Punkin, her middle aged cat, developed diabetes. She was devastated, then began to think as a veterinarian and a nutritionist. Hmmm…in people diabetes is linked to excess carbohydrate consumption…cats are obligate carnivores….I have been feeding carbohydrates (dry food)….ding ding ding – she switched to canned food and Punkin’s blood returned to normal. Two years later a boarding kennel refused to follow the directions to feed the meat canned food and fed dry. Punkin’s blood glucose shot up to 400 and she needed insulin for several weeks. Now Dr. Hodgkins has written – You and Your Cat and has several web sites.

      Many conventional veterinarians do feel that dry food, even Science diet, causes bladder problems. The best diet for all cats is a raw meaty bone diet. Read more on this here.

      Each cat may need different products to get them back into balance. First, how do you know she is out of balance at this point? Buying the Healthy Animal’s Journal here can help you do this evaluation.
      1. Look at the early warning signs to see any she has.
      2. Now that you have stopped the dry food, monitor her thirst and urine output. A healthy cat rarely drinks unless forced to by dry food.
      3. Possibly contact an animal intuitive (I have list if you email me to see if there is an energy field out of balance.

      If she has any symptoms, following the 7 keys to healthy animals is a great first step. Then you can no look at all the different holistic approaches available and pick one with which to begin. Maybe you will choose to work with a practitioner in your area, maybe you will consult by phone. Maybe one modality will have local classes you can take. Reiki, HTA, TTouch, Flower Essences, essential oils, herbs, nutriceuticals, homeopathy, chiropractic or chinese medicine are some of the approaches that can bring her back to balance.

      I would start with Mitomax to maximize nutrient absorption from the gut.

      Then I would select one of the totally safe flower essences – maybe UR fine from Spirit Essences . The site says it “balances the energy system and encourages proper flow of fluids.” Or UT Strength for Cats from Vetriscience – This maintains proper urinary tract function and supports the immune system.”

      Then it depends on your cat and how she responds.

  2. Another situation I would like feedback on is my sister’s dog, a Beagle, who has been repeatedly eating stool – is there a supplement or product you would suggest to end that cycle?

  3. My Parsons Russell Terrier’s legs shake from time to time. It seems to happen more frequently. A friend who has a Jack Russell told me, it is a heart condition and she uses a holistic product for her dog. It seems to be a common ailment in this breed. Have you had any experience in treating this condition before? Thank you.

    1. I am not sure about your friend’s JRT. There are many holistic products to help the heart, but a shaking leg is not usually a symptom of heart problems. There are many possible causes for leg shaking. Many JRTs do it their whole lives and owners say it is from the excess energy their have or the anxiety some have. When I had only my conventional training I could have done nothing until we had a diagnosis. You can do lots of things now without a specific diagnosis.l
      1. I would start by keeping a journal (mine makes it very easy) and record when he does it. Also any other problems he has. Also use the Early Warning Signs (in the book and on the bookmark, or on this site) and record any of them.
      2. Then try Reiki, or Rescue Remedy, or DMG from VetriScience.
      3. If no help, or to be on the safe side, find a holistic veterinarian near you for a great exam or call me for a phone consult.

  4. I have an older male cat (13/14; black domestic long hair)
    who has developed many benign cysts all over his skin in the past year or so. Up to then he had a healthy, shiny coat. Now his coat is dull and quite oily. He also has develope stud tail. I have been feeding him EVO dry food since 2009– he honestly hates any canned, soft or home made food except canned tuna. He isn’t cleaning himself very much and I think that may account for some of the dull/oily coat, but I do wipe him down with hypoallergenic wipes. The cysts continue to appear; my vet says not to worry about them. He is not a very active cat– this is not so much with age; he’s been this way most of his life.

    I would like to change his food; I know this must be having a bad effect, and would like to try Bach Remedies and anything else that would help stop these cysts from developing and be better for him overall. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Good for you to try feeding better foods – dry food, as you can now see, is just not very healthy. My first question is what happened last year? Did he get a rabies vaccine or other vaccines? Vaccines trigger the immune system inappropriately, often causing tumors or cysts.

      You are right to worry about the cysts/lumps, and the dull, oily coat and the stud tail, the lack of grooming and the low energy.

      There is no one correct answer, so do read some of the articles on this site.Changing the diet may be enough to heal him, but he may need more professional care than Bach Remedies to get him eating again. Explore the other flower essence companies as well. http://www.petessences.com/formulas.html has one for picky eaters – digestion/assimilation. To select the Bach ones, you need to look at overall behavior and possible cause of all this. Crab Apple is good for the dirty coat, Heather and Beech and Vine may help the “i want my food, my way”. Learn Reiki, then you can Reiki the good food before you give it to him. You can offer him Reiki on a regular basis. You can marinate any good meat in the tuna juice.

      At his age, with this sudden deterioration, I would really suggest doing a consult with a holistic veterinarian before he becomes more ill.

  5. Good for you to try feeding better foods – dry food, as you can now see, is just not very healthy. My first question is what happened last year? Did he get a rabies vaccine or other vaccines? Vaccines trigger the immune system inappropriately, often causing tumors or cysts.

    You are right to worry about the cysts/lumps, and the dull, oily coat and the stud tail, the lack of grooming and the low energy.

    There is no one correct answer, so do read some of the articles on this site.Changing the diet may be enough to heal him, but he may need more professional care than Bach Remedies to get him eating again. Explore the other flower essence companies as well. http://www.petessences.com/formulas.html has one for picky eaters – digestion/assimilation. To select the Bach ones, you need to look at overall behavior and possible cause of all this. Crab Apple is good for the dirty coat, Heather and Beech and Vine may help the “i want my food, my way”. Learn Reiki, then you can Reiki the good food before you give it to him. You can offer him Reiki on a regular basis. You can marinate any good meat in the tuna juice.

    At his age, with this sudden deterioration, I would really suggest doing a consult with a holistic veterinarian before he becomes more ill.

  6. I have a much loved 12 year old Pomeranian called Millie who has recently been diagnosed with cancer- thought to be lymphoma. Two tumours are visible on X ray;one pressing on her trachea and causing coughing and one pressing against her heart. The vet has indicated that the prognosis is grave and no surgery is possible. Millie has responded well to Dexamethasone injection and now tablets in the 3 weeks since she was diagnosed. The coughing has stopped and her quality of life is still good. She enjoys going for outings in the car and walks in the park and having cuddles as always.
    I have adjusted her diet – now cooked free range chicken breast -steamed; steamed fish; scrambled free range eggs;
    liver cookies; fish oil supplements. No carbs except the cookies. I am concerned that the medication dexamethasone lowers immunity. How else might I build her immunity and and other treatments, supplements, that might help.
    Vet says the dexamethasone has a 30% chance of reducing tumor growth.
    I take Millie to the park at least once a day and twice as the weather here in winter allows, I like her to be in the sun as much as possible and she joins me in guided healing meditations. Your suggestions would be much appreciated.
    Thank you , Val

    1. First, you are doing a great job to help her quality of like and that is the most important. I would suggest feeding the meat raw or lightly cooked, adding in Mitomax probiotic (or another if you live in a different country), learn Reiki and offer it daily, look for a practice that offers Ozone therapy. Also, I think you could find or make liver cookies (organic, pastured reared liver only) that have no grains in them. Puree some vegetables as well.

      You can also explore practitioners doing homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), HTA, TTouch and other modalities. Be sure that any veterinarian you go to does not give a vaccine as this severely compromises the immune system.

      You may want to work with an animal intuitive, as well.

      Continue enjoying every moment with Millie and know that death (if it comes soon) is part of our journey and she will not want you to grieve as she will be onto her next great adventure.

  7. Hi, I’ve recently adopted a Greyhound from the Caliente Mexico racing track through Fast Friends. She’s had a lot of raised hives on her nose and top of head, and other itchy scabs on her front chest (possibly b/c backyard is all grass???). I tried generic Benadryl for 2mths, always worked for my 14 & 15 yo dogs, no luck, then been using Zertek, helping w/most of it. I would hate to have to give up my hubby’s grass, and this is probably a year round thing. I’d hate for her to also be on this expensive allergy med long term. BTW, I made sure to find out about other things first, like she must be on grain-free food, 1tbsp pumpkin, was using wheat germ oil & cod-liver oil, but took it out until I confirmed they were not to blame. Any suggestions?

    1. I am glad you are visiting my site, Tammy. When I had merely my conventional training, I, too, would be giving dogs drugs for life. I also found that many problems, especially allergies, got worse as dogs and cats aged, sometimes costing a lot of money to barely keep things in control. Now that I have my holistic training, I can say to never give up. Please read about my practice and read the articles in the library. You may also want to buy my journal and don Hamilton’s Homeopathic Care of Cats and Dogs (Chapters 2 & 3) as they will help you understand that our goal is to permanently heal the underlying energy imbalance, not just stop the itching.

      While feeding grain free with some supplements helps some dogs, you can see it does not work with her. the same is true for the Benadryl that worked for two of your dogs, but not this one. Each of us has our unique weaknesses and sensitivities.

      There is no ONE answer to her itching. Start with one modality, then move to another. The best is to work with an integrative veterinarian, either one near you or by phone consults.

      The holistic perspective is happy to have merely skin problems, as that indicates a more balanced energy field.

      I would suggest starting with Mitomax, a great probiotic that helps a lot of itchy dogs.
      Reiki can be great for itching, so take a class or ask for healing (it can be done long distance) until you learn it.
      TTouch has books, tapes and classes where you can learn ways to help the itching resolve. One is called the “anxiety wrap”, which is an ace bandage wrapped in a figure eight.
      VetriScience’s DermaStrength helps to build the immune system and heal the skin.
      Spirit Essences and many other flower essence companies have totally safe and effective essences to heal the skin and keep it healthy.

      Remember your goal is to build up the overall health and immune system, to balance the energy field, so there is no more itchy bumps and overall improved health with none of the Early Warning Signs of Ill Health.
      A big key may be to feed a raw meaty bone and pureed vegetable diet.

      Good Health!

  8. Thank you for your quick response. I am a Reiki Master and have given Reiki to her head and chest each night along w/my 14 yo Husky,for more than a month.
    I had used Bach remedies when we first fostered our Greyhound w/White Chestnut/Rescue Remedy in the water. The Thunder shirt worked for anxiety in the first month.
    Since she was fed a diet of raw foods, I may have to start investigating that as you say in the above. It will be a work-in-progress. Tammy

    1. Excellent to do Reiki. I try to get every person on the planet attuned as it can help so much. With animals I suggest offering rather than giving Reiki. It will be a work in progress – just stay away from drugs and get holistic coaching if needed. Sounds like you just needed a reminder!

  9. My 2 year old female cat has recently started having blood in her urine. She is also urinating in places other then her litterbox. She is acting normal like nothing is wrong. Do you know what may be wrong with her?

    1. She has some of the typical symptoms of cystitis – a bladder infection. Have you ever had one? they can be different in every cat, ranging from very painful & having blood (which could indicate severe crystals, stones, or irritated blood vessels in the bladder) to merely frequent urination.

      As long as she is eating, active and not vomiting, you could try some self healing methods or for the very best, you could contact an integrative veterinarian, looking for them on the lists of the different organizations. If none are local, some will consult with you by phone (often the homeopathically trained ones).

      Self healing techniques include Reiki, 250 mg Vitamin C twice a day, flower essences (Spirit Essences has one), UT Strength from VetriScience may help. Please also review the Early Warning Signs and record all specific symptoms she is shown.

      Again, the very best would be to begin now to work with an integrative veterinarian.

  10. I have an 11-year-old cat who was diagnosed as FIV+ some 6 years ago. With supplementation, he’s done fine. The FIV would come up as an occasional URI (mostly during the winter) or a rust-colored eye discharge (he’s orange and white), but I would add Animal Apawthecary OI-Immune to his regimen, along with a homeopathic remedy or two.
    A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with asthma after he started having several coughing or wheezing incidents in a day. We switched to an integrative vet and at first tried antihistamines. Didn’t work. He kept getting worse. Then I started putting 500 mg. of evening primrose oil on his ears, and that prevented the worst wheezing. The OI-Immune helped, as did giving him 6c of carbo veg when he had his attacks, but slowly it’s getting worse, again. I found a highly-recommended homeopath, but he wants to take Oscar off of all his supplements. I feel very uncomfortable with this because he’s done so well. What do you think of this? Any other asthma suggestions? Thank you.

    1. Dear Wendy, you are doing a fabulous job at keeping your cat going. I am assuming you are not vaccinating at all and are feeding a raw meat diet. These will certainly help. At this point it sounds like the supplements are Ol-immune and evening primrose oil. I think you could safely stop those as they are not deeply curing the asthma. Your experience can maybe help other people. Homeopathic remedies and supplements can be used to help in specific situations, or they can be used to deeply cure. A cure is when the troubling symptoms (wheezing) resolve permanently and the minor symptoms (eye discharge) also resolve. Checking the early warning signs on a regular basis and keeping track of treatments, symptoms and responses in a journal are ways to improve the success rate and more more towards a cure. If this is done early in life, there is a better chance of success. Even now, a cure is possible. Brighthaven has adopted ill cats at age 16 or older and had some live to 30 or even one to 34.

      I suggest you read chapter two and three of Don Hamilton’s book or the Organon by Hahnemann to understand the deeper process of homeopathy. You have several choices in regards to stopping supplements. One is to interview several different homeopaths certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy to see if some are ok with those supplements. As long as you are not giving the homeopathic remedies, those supplements should be ok to continue. The second is to work with this homeopath (if certified), and stop the supplements. Keep careful notes of any changes happening after treatment and ask questions if you are not clear on the results.

      1. Here in AZ, all “people” homeopaths have to be licensed, and I’ve been treated by the best over the past 16 years. One of my physicians was on the State Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners. I’ve been on everything from a 6c to an LM4. My current M.D. homeopath is at the American College of Homeopathy. I asked for her opinion, since none of my homeopath doctors ever suggested I drop my supplements (and there’s a viral component to my immune problem), and she said that there are supplements that can continue to be taken with homeopathy. Me, I’d fall flat on my face (if not worse) if I had stopped taking them. It really would have been life-threatening. Homeopathy has been extremely useful, but it’s only a single component of a whole program that truly has saved my life.

        Somebody on another board told me to trust my gut…and now I am. I’ve decided to go a different way with Oscar. I’m not about to kick the proverbial chair out from under him. I’m in contact with a clinic whose vet will treat the whole cat: homeopathy, supplements, diet. In other words, he’ll be treated the way my doctors treat me. Makes sense. Stopping his supplements could open the door for him to go down, and we may never get him back up. Speaking from personal experience, homeopathy tends to work slowly, but effectively.

        In the meantime, I’ve added organic poultry and vegetables to his diet (no-grain Natural Balance L.I.D. dry and canned Wellness). It was the missing link. He’s doing much better. I rarely hear a peep out of him, and his running all over the place. I know some people swear by a raw food diet, but this is just not for me or my cats. Even my integrative vet says a raw diet would be inappropriate for him because of the FIV. (And no, no vaccinations.)

        As far as the OI-Immune and evening primrose oil (a source of gamma linolenic acid) go, it’s when I started using these that he turned around. No more severe wheezing attacks. He did have minor problems (and I should have specified that), but still nothing like before. GLA is commonly used for inflammation, and it was what the early Native Americans used for asthma. His chest used to be visibly swollen. Because the asthma is obviously linked to his weakened immune system, the OI-Immune has worked, as well, but since it has echinacea, it’s going to be an on-and-off situation, at least until the new vet decides how to better boost his immune system.

        No, not all asthma is linked to a weakened immune system, and EPO and echinacea may not help every pet, but it’s worked for him.

  11. I just adopted a dog from an animal shelter who has been diagnosed with heartworm. They said microfilariae were in her blood. What course of treatment would you recommend. I have started her on 200 mgs Doxycycline 2x per day. 3 injections of melarsomine will follow if I stay on this course of treatment.

    1. I would suggest working with a homeopathic or TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) veterinarian who can assess the health with many more tools than a merely conventionally trained veterinarian. Most dogs can be treated with holistic approaches to keep them healthy while the worms naturally age and die. Some recommend using the heartguard to kill the microfilaria to prevent mosquitoes from becoming infected, thus infecting other dogs. With holistic and integrative approaches, there is no need for the melarsomine. Go to my links page to find the organizations with their referral pages to find a veterinarian near you, or a homeopathic one who will consult by phone.

  12. Hi,

    I have a 1 year old German Shepherd with diarrhea issues. Since we got him, we notice his stools were soft. Sometimes it turns into diarrhea and sometimes it’s more “normal”. I have tried different foods but it’s a moving target. It’s easy to see he has a delicate stomach and at this point, we’re feeding him “Taste of the Wild” no-grain dry food mixed with pieces of meat I quickly boil for 3 minutes (I mix the “meet broth” with the dry food and he loves it). Sometimes I cook the meat with frozen mixed vegetables too, but I’m not sure which vegetables are good or even if they are necessary at all.
    Some people praise raw food, while others are not so sure. I see you do suggest a raw diet.
    Would you please point me to the right direction? I just want to cook what’s best for “Fred” while keeping in mind his delicate situation (stomach).
    Thank you VERY MUCH!

    Luiz

    1. As you can see by reading my site, every dog is an individual and different treatments or foods are needed. Tracking the symptoms in a journal (buy the Healthy Animal’s Journal or create one yourself with the Early Warning Signs) will help you see which things you are trying make the stool better or worse. More importantly, you will be looking at more than just the diarrhea. You will see if the energy level, emotional state, other minor signs and even old symptoms improve while the digestive tract is healing.

      You are starting in the right direction with using fresh foods. If you can purchase local free range/pasture reared with no/few grains it is even better. I would suggest using one meat source (you decide to do raw, seared, or cooked after reading my articles) for at least 2 weeks, then try another. Or pick one commercial food like Taste of the Wild for two weeks at a time. Be sure the vegetables are pureed very fine as dogs eat pre-digested vegetables in the wild.

      A probiotic can be very useful – I like Mitomax best at this time.

      Vetriscience’s Acetylator is good for soft stools. If you use Acetylator you may be able to discontinue the Mitomax if both seem to be working, though sometimes a larger number of probiotics is helpful and the Acetylator has glucosamine which is soothing to the intestines.

      Phytomucil from Animal Essentials is excellent herbal support, or you can purchase marshmallow root from the health food store.

      Most importantly, see this diarrhea in a young dog as a clue to an underlying vibrational imbalance and seek out the care of an integrative veterinarian. If no one is near, you can begin with phone call homeopathic veterinarians.

  13. Hi,
    First I’d like to express my appreciation that you offer this question-answer service. It is fantastic, especially for me because here where I live in south Spain the nearest holistic veterinary doctor is around 300km away.
    About 6 weeks ago I adopted a 6 month old cat from a rescue shelter. She had already been sterilised and vaccinated for RCP and FeLV when she came to live with me. In the shelter she had been eating kibble. When I got her I started introducing fresh raw meat (chicken thigh meat, heart, a little liver & kidney, and chicken wing tips for calcium) She loves the raw and after 3 days she was eating only raw. I introduced pork, turkey, rabbit, lamb and she eats it all. BUT (!) she has chronic constipation. I don’t know if she had it when she came to live with me, the shelter people couldn’t tell me. After 3 days of no bowel movement I started adding ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds to her food. Still constipation! She has got into the rhythm of bowel movements like little rabbit poops more or less each day, but sometimes, about once every 10 days, she doesn’t have a bowel movement for 3 days and then it’s obviosly really distressing for her. She runs to the litter box about 10 times a day and strains and strains and nothing comes except fecal liquid. I do TT and try and calm her down, but she only manages to pass anything after I give her vaseline to lubricate things up. Then lots comes after lots of straining. Rabbit pellets first followed by softer motions.
    Last week I introduced beef heart to her and she loved it and ate around 100gramms of it but then that evening she had diarreah, loads of it! I was surprised how much! and then no poop for 3 days followed by rabbit pellets again. I have ordered nux vomica online (no homeopathic suppliers near where I live) I reckoned on nux vom because of the straining. Is there anything you can suggest? I am loath to visit the vet here as they are very kibble/vaccine/allopathic medicine oriented.
    I must say apart from the constipation she is very active and playful, she is very affectionate, and very vocal. She is a short haired common european very slim and lithe. She is an indoor only cat now. She was born a feral and was taken in to the shelter when she was around 2 weeks old she and her sister were almost blind with conjunctivitis and that was treated and she was bottle fed.
    Oh! I nearly forgot! She kneads and sucks clothes a lot. I guess probably because of her patchwork life up till now.

    1. Most importantly, you are paying attention to her attitude and energy level. As long as that is good, she certainly does not need to see a conventional veterinarian. Adding flax seed is good, but you could also try some pumpkin and about 20% pureed vegetables of all sorts (use the parts you would normally put into the compost) and maybe some dairy (especially raw). Continue with the beef heart, just in smaller quantities. The fact that she is having both constipation and the diarrhea from the heart shows she has an imbalance in her energy field that expresses in the digestive tract. Once she is well, this will not be a problem.

      Add in some good probiotics, human are fine, though I love Mitomax from pet’s max city – if they ship to you give my name to the order.

      sucking clothing will also stop once her vital force is healthy.

      Nux is fine for a first remedy after you have tried to add the vegetables and a small amount of heart.

      Put 2 pellets in 1/4 C water in a jar. shake it 20 times before each dose. Give her one dose and wait a week. Then use it as needed if it seems to help. If she is not completely normal within a month, contact me at HealthyAnimals@aol.com to schedule a regular email or skype appointment.

      1. Just to give you an update. The Nux Vomica is working. I followed your instructions and within 24 hours of the first dose she had an enormous bowel movement. Now, 6 weeks later, she has no propblems at all. No straining, no distress, and a small ‘present’ in her litter box almost every day! If, however, she doesn’t have a BM for 36 hours I give her a dose of Nux Vom, like you said, and it works great! The sucking has also reduced and in general she seems a well balanced, normal, very loving cat. Both Isis and I would like to express our greatest appreciation. A really big THANK YOU!

  14. My 10yrs old terrier mix male (fixed) dog has been told that he has heart murmur for the past 2 yrs or so. The doctor visit last week for a small bump under his tail led to the heart concern once again. Though it looks like it’s the best to remove the bump under his tail, the doctor suggested me to consider putting him on heart medication to stabilize his heart before the surgery.

    In fact, I’ve noticed that he has trouble sleeping lately, but in general his energy level hasn’t changed much. He does occasionally cough especially after scratching himself in the middle of the night. His X-ray shows that the fluid built in his lung as well as enlarged heart.

    I’ve been feeding him all raw food for the past 4 years with fish oil and Kelp base supplement. Lately I started adding a steamed and cut up veggies. If there are any other suggestions, it would be a big help! BTW, I started giving him REIKI and hydrotherapy everyday to see if it helps. (I’m a level II practitioner) Thank you!

    1. Kudos for using Reiki. I strongly suggest everyone become attuned to Reiki (or one of the other energy modalities like quantum touch or reconnective therapy) and begin offering it immediately rather than waiting for an illness to occur.

      As soon as a heart problem is mentioned by a veterinarian, Co-Q-10 is great to start as it can do no harm and can improve both cardiac and gum/mouth health. Order from Vetri-science or purchase at the store. the dosage is 10mg per 10#.

      When you say you were feeding all raw food and recently added steamed vegetables, I assume you meant you were feeding raw meat and no vegetables before. You do not mention if you fed bones or a Calcium supplement. Feeding a proper calcium/phosphorus balance is critical. As I said in the March newsletter, there are many different opinions on what fresh food to feed. To tell if you are feeding the best for each animal, refer to the early warning signs and keep a journal .

      I am assuming that the doctor you went to who diagnosed the heart disease 2 years ago and looked at the tumor recently was merely conventionally trained. Please go NOW to a holistically trained one, or work with one by phone (homeopathic ones can help by phone). An integrative veterinarian will look at the cough at night, the itching at night, the enlarged heart, the fluids in the lungs, the bump under the tail, the trouble sleeping to select the treatment to re-balance the ill vibrational field, thus curing all the symptoms without the need for surgery or drugs. They will give a single homeopathic remedy at a time, or will also use pulse and tongue diagnosis to select the chinese herbs and acupuncture points, or correct the vertebral instabilities that are causing these problems. If needed, they will use surgery on the lump once your dog is healthier. While not always successful, your dog will have a much better chance of health with an integrative veterinarian on board. What you are doing is great – just need the trained professional holistic help.

  15. Hi, thanks for the quick advice! I’ve been feeding him mainly raw chicken and with smaller bones as he once broke his tooth with big bones. Also I added beef or lamb occasionally.

    I didn’t feed him vegetables as he had trouble digesting in the past, but now cooked vegetables chopped into small pieces seem working. I’m feeding small amount of celery as diuretics, and now researching some other vegetables serving for the same purpose.

    Thanks for the advice on Co-Q10. I’ll get it for him to start ASAP. I found few doctors who can do phone consultation but they are located far from where I live. So it will be phone consultation only for now but it would be a great as all I’ve been doing is my self-study.

    What’s the difference between homeopathy and herbal remedy? I just ordered an herbal products online that are formulated specifically for heart problems.

    Thanks for your great advice in advance!

  16. You are right that a lot of the bigger bones cause problems, although many dogs do great on them. You can still be sure that the chunks of meat, or the smaller bones are keeping his teeth clean.

    It is best to puree the vegetables rather than chop – for better digestion since the time spent in the intestines (where the vegetables are processed) is very short.

    Dandelions are probably the best diuretic since they are high in potassium and lots of other minerals – really a complete food.

    Phone consultations are just as good as in person.

    Homeopathy and herbal are totally different, and often used together. Homeopathy is pure energetic treatment, herbal is molecular and physical. Homeopathy is based on the principle “Like cures like”. When a substance (herbal, mineral, animal discharge, or venom, or animal) is sequentially diluted and succussed (shaken hard) it creates an energetic template of the original substance. These are then tested on healthy humans. The symptoms produced in the ill animal are compared to symptoms caused in the testing and a remedy is chosen (out of 4,000 choices). When the energetic pattern of the remedy matches the energetic pattern of the ill person or animal, a cure results and all symptoms resolve in a predictable pattern. For a free book on homeopathy- go to http://www.beyondflatearth.com/.

    Herbal medicine is giving herbal substances (in powder, teas, tinctures, orally or on the ears, or topically for external conditions). Herbs can be deeply healing, or more often, they are used to gently stop specific symptoms while generally improving overall health. Greg Tilford’s book – all you Ever Wanted to Know about herbs for Pets is my favorite and all of Juliette de Baircle Levy’s books are classic, though hard to use therapeutically.

  17. Thanks for your comment once again.

    What’s the best way to cook vegetables? Steamed or boiled? I will try to puree them next time.
    My dog has been itching so bad lately, and I suspect the vegetable I’ve been feeding may cause the food allergy. So I stopped feeding him vegetable for the past 2 days or so. I’ll look for Dandelion seeds to grow my own.

  18. I have an 11 year old female Cairn Terrier. She hurt her back about 18 months ago. The traditional vet gave her laser treatments and NSAIDs. I watched her deteriorate to the point she could no longer walk all the while the vet was telling me lasers would heal her. During this time period she developed arthritis in both elbows and knees.

    I switched to another traditional vet and upon his first examination found two infected teeth and two infected ears. Got the infections cleared up but again no hope for improvement was offered. We were at the point where we thought we would have to put her down because she was in so much pain and couldn’t walk. Last hope was a holistic vet. We saw steady improvement with Acupuncture and holistic medicine along with prescription pain medication. She has had Metacam, Rimadyl and Deramaxx and all the related bad side effects (liver and kidney damage and she lost 5 lbs on Metacam). She is currently taking Tramadol and is suffering from tongue lesions. I broke down and allowed her to get a steroid shot to help heal the infected tongue lesions as recommended by the traditional vet. The holistic vet just said it was the pain medication and would come back if they got cleared up. She still has the tongue lesions but after 4 rounds of antibiotics in 5 months I do not want her on antibiotics anymore.

    The effect of the steroid shot on her arthritis was a miracle. I know all the dangers but to see her happy and walking freely and not struggling to stand up was truly uplifting after 18 months of struggling.

    We tried cutting back on the Tramadol but she started struggling again so we have her back on 1/2 table twice a day.

    I want to control her pain and heal her tongue lesions, doing both as naturally as possible.

    Here is the list of supplements/medicine she is on:

    Seven Forests Liquidamber15 for inflammation 1 tablet am and pm.

    Seven Forests Mrryh for pain 1 tablet am and pm.

    Glycanaid HA Factor just started this so I am “loading” her system for 2 to 3 weeks with 1 tablet then I will cut back to 1/2 tablet a day

    FortiFlora CANINE Nutritional Supplement by Purina a probiotic I started because of all the antibiotics she was taking. Still giving one packet a day.

    Tramadol pain medication 1/2 tablet am and pm.

    Homeopathic Trameel (liquid) for pain 4 x a day.

    Homeopathic Organ medicine for her spine. When I stopped this for a few days noticed her gait became stiffer and unable to move well. I am not sure what is all in it. I get the homeopathic medicine from the holistic vet.

    Milk Thistle for the liver and kidney damage 20 drops a day.

    One sardine in olive oil a day for the omega fatty acids.

    Because of her tongue lesions which are most likely infected again and her ear infections I am constantly battling I would like to start her on olive leaf powder (1/4 tsp a day) to help enhance her immune system.

    I am studying to become a Certified Canine Acupressure Practitioner and plan on learning Reiki. I am doing rotating point work for immune strengthening and back and arthritis issues.

    My main concerns are pain and inflammation control and healing her tongue lesions.

    She is currently on Wellness Dry dog food. I was making her food at one point but she started getting worse (not walking far and struggling to stand) on me. When I went back to Wellness she started to improve.

    I can only make one change to her diet/medication at a time. She is extremely sensitive to change. I also have not given her any vaccines this year.

    What else can I do to help my dog who won’t give up live a comfortable, happy life? At this point, the only thing that has made a significant improvement is the steroid shot.

    1. This is a great example of how we can help our animals by carefully observing what works and what does not work; trying one approach at a time; and being willing to try anything. I answered this wonderful guardian’s specific questions with an email, so this is for general information.

      Olive leaf extract is one of many substances that can heal infections. This dog is on a lot of treatments and supplements. They may all be needed, maybe not. She has tried to change to better food and to decrease some of the supplements with poor results, but overall the dog is worsening, so a major change may be needed.

      Our main goal is to balance the quantum field (chi, vital force) while gently soothing the symptoms.

      Because fresh food is so much better support for ill animals, I would try a fresh meat cooked diet, then maybe try with the meat lightly cooked, then move towards raw. Go back to wellness if there is worsening, then try again – maybe fish or diary, or different vegetables.

      Do the Reiki ASAP and get reiki healing from others till you are attuned (do this before acupressure as it is quicker – one class and you are attuned and can relieve pain). Great information on Reiki – http://www.reikicourse.org. Kathleen Prasad is a wonderful teacher and works with my favorite sanctuary and holistic education center, BrightHaven http://www.brighthaven.org. Kathleen leads a free monthly telechat for anyone trained in Reiki and using it with animals. http://www.animalreikisource.com/. http://www.AnimalReikiAlliance.com is in the Maryland area and has great info and classes. If you cannot find a Reiki Class near you (same class for people and animals as it connects you through an “attunement” to the healing energy of the universe, making you a channel of healing), three groups offer long distance, free, attunements.
      1. http://theholisticcare.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=13,
      2. http://freereikiattunement.com/
      3. http://www.ReikiBlessings.com offers free Reiki attunements, classes and training on-line and animal classes, too
      Long distance healing and training is at http://www.animalhealers.homestead.com/
      A client of mine is using Christine, Her name is Christine at cbearse@earthlink.net, http://www.awakeningrainbows.com. To receive free distance Reiki send her your first name only, city and state, and whether or not you have had any Reiki training. She invites you to include your pets as well. She uses a teddy bear and does a full body Reiki distance treatment for one hour each Sunday evening from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. EST.

      Another wonderful healer, Deena Spears works long distance with Sound Tuning. http://www.Singingwoods.com. I have seen many animals and the people in a home be healed by her work.
      Reiki can stimulate the healing at the deep level and can never hurt.

      Definitely do the acupressure class since you were planning to.

      She may need a different holistic vet. This dog may even need to do an occasional steroid shot for relief. Questions to determine if there was harm: How long did it last, and was she much worse than before when its effects wore off? Did the tongue ulcers come after the steroid? If there was a worsening in overall or other symptoms even with a big improvement in the arthritis, then the steroids should not be repeated. Evaluating all symptoms at one time is so critical along with an understanding of cure, palliation and suppression (covered excellently in chapters 2 and 3 of Hamilton’s book – Homeopathic care of cats and dogs. Often, when so much is going on, you need a very well trained holistic veterinarian.

      When animals have so many treatment, guardians may also may find my Healthy Animal’s Journal useful to track these different treatments.

  19. Dear Dr. Chambreau,

    Thank you so much for having a place to post a pet health question.

    I have a grooming question about my cat (wasn’t sure where I might find help but figured you’d be a great place to start). My cat is long-haired and her fur definitely tends to mat. I seem to be able to keep mats on her top side controlled (by combing and brushing her), but I’m having trouble with mats on her underbelly and near her rear end. These areas are of course very sensitive areas for her, and she will not let me go near them to groom. Would you have a suggestion on how to prevent/eliminate hair mats on long-haired cats? Also, how often would you say it’s necessary to groom a cat? I would greatly appreciate your feedback!

    Yvette H.

    1. Matting fur is one of the Early Warning Signs, so most matting will be prevented by building up general health and finding the right diet and supplements. Only some cats are sensitive on the underbelly and rear end, so that will also resolve with deep healing. Until then, learn TTouch and slowly desensitize her.

      If you need to trim off a mat, work a small comb between the mat and the skin, then trim.

      Cats need grooming only when they need grooming. My long hair cat has had to have a mat snipped off less that 3 times in 10 years. Some short haired cats has a lot of shedding (again that resolves with improved health) and need daily brushing.

      Any ill animal needs brushing or finger grooming to help release toxins.

  20. I have a cat, male, 10 years of age (classic orange tabby) who started to develop issues in his left ear (scratching, strong odor, black sediment) right before Hurricane Sandy last October. I brought him to the vet soon after and they indicated the issue could be ear mites, for which they gave me Animax, some mild steroid tablets, and also indicated that Revolution should be administered for a YEAR to avoid the possibility that pests of some sort may have caused the issue (even though no ear mites were found in his ears and no ticks or other bugs were found in his fur). I had him on Animax for a short time, which seemed to heal his left ear and I only kept him on Revolution for 3 months.

    Some time after the 3 months, he began to obsessively lick his fur, including directly under his neck, the back of his heels, front paws, to the point where all the fur was licked off and these areas began to bleed. Fearing that this new behavior might be related to the conventional drug treatment he was given, I decided to bring him to a holistic vet who gave him a chiropractic adjustment, some samples of raw food (he’d been eating Wellness brand wet food and EVO and Fromm’s dry food), and a few other recommendations.

    Over time, his right ear (previously it was his left) became worse than the left ever was and while the lesions on his paws healed, the areas on his neck got quite bad. I sought the advice of a homeopathic vet near me and we tried several different options (Ignatiia, Silicea, Milk Thistle, Hypericum Perforatum, Sulphur, Pulsatilla, Hepar Sulph). Nothing really worked and my cat got to the point where he spent most of the day shaking his head, itching his ear, licking his neck, and eventually missing the litter box entirely: he would pee on my bed, the couch, the rug. This would keep me up at night…it was altogether awful.

    Most recently, out of desperation for his suffering, I brought him to a local (traditional) vet, who took a blood sample, culture, and recommended a shot of depo medrol for his excessive itchiness, Tresaderm for his ear, and Orbax as a general antibiotic. Word back from the vet on his blood was that everything was fine. Word on the culture was that he had a strep infection ( I was told Orbax would take care of that). Nothing further on the ear except to keep the drops going.

    It’s now been just under two weeks since I brought him to the vet. During this time, he’s been in incredibly good shape. No itching, excessive licking, etc. He’s returned to the litter box and is more or less behaving like he used to. However, this period of utopia seems to be ending quickly. The Orbax is done, the Tresaderm ear drops are almost done, and I get the sense that the depo medrol shot is wearing off since over the past 2-3 days, my cat is beginning to lick himself more and scratch his ear in familiar places.

    To say that I am lost here is an understatement. I’m now torn between bringing him back to a traditional vet (where I fear further drug treatment would follow) or to continue with a homeopathic approach (which unfortunately had little impact previously). I’ve been told to move away from the Wellness food (now owned by a large corporation) and try again with raw (I’m told Bravo is the best — I’ve also tried Stella & Chewey’s, which wasn’t well liked when I tried once before). Recently I’ve moved to Weruva wet food since I heard it was better. All in all, I am open to just about ANYTHING at this stage since I am so worried about my cat heading right back to where he was (or worse!).

    I would very much welcome any help you could provide!!!

    1. We are all on a healing journey. For some, the first treatment they try is curative, for others, it may take years of trying different approaches. One of my early patients, Baby, was a 9 year old cat, had been receiving Depo Medrol injections for 8 years at an ever-increasing frequency, up to every 6 weeks, to keep the Feline Endocrine Alopecia (licking the belly raw like your cat) under control. I treated her homeopathically for 9 months before the skin on her abdomen was free of lesions. She had no skin lesions from then until her death at 17 years. She had two episodes of acute problems when other cats in the house became ill, yet never needed homeopathic treatment again.

      However, many of my other cases are an on-going challenge, needing many homeopathic remedies or chinese medicine, or chiropractic and some never seem to become completely healed. Most I, and other holistic healers, can be happier and healthier in spite of skin and ear problems.

      My suggestion is to continue to work with the homeopath or other holistic vet and ask them to consult with the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy website, or with Dr. Pitcairn, or with the different Chinese medicine teachers. Accept that your cat is an enigma.

      Also, learn different healing approaches yourself, especially Reiki. There are so many different ways to stimulate healing that you never need to give up trying. Flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy, massage, Reiki and herbs are a few. Classes are found through your health food store, by phone or on-line. I teach many classes around the country and my web site lists classes taught by others as well. AnimalWellnessmagazine.com will soon have their calendar up.

  21. Hello,
    My 3 year old rescue lab has MAJOR food allergies. He is fed dry dog food and I have recently found one that I thought was working.
    He is not able to have chicken, turkey, rabbit, bison, venison, no grains, corn and I have noticed he can’t have any potato. I have narrowed it down that far and is doing so much better but still have a few small issues that I need to clear up.
    He will occasionally chew his paw and it is always his left one, hasn’t had an ear infection in over a year. He is a little on the bigger side probably around 80lbs. I walk him 3-4 miles everyday and I mean everyday. He only eats about 1 1/4cup in the morning/night. I do add a digestive enzyeme to his food.
    He also gets what I would call acid reflux? Usually in the mornings he kind of gags and then starts swallowing down whatever came up. I have recently elevated his bowl and that does seem to be helping. He doesn’t inhale is food. I would love to be able to feed him 3-4 times a day or even give him a treat before bed but almost all treats have something that he can not have!!!
    I know I have helped him get a lot better than where he was but still think I am missing something. The vet did say that he has a slight heart murmor too.
    His coat is a beautiful black and the shedding is minimal.

    Thank you,
    Former Calgarian turned Texan

    1. Maybe you can quickly plan a visit back to Calgary and take the wonderful week long homeopathy for animals course the end of October. http://deeamanda.wix.com/healthyanimals sept 30 is the end of the discount time, so register soon.

      doing an allergy elimination merely temporarily helps the symptoms, it does not heal the underlying energetic imbalance. It has helped some minor symptoms like shedding and coat quality, so now you need homeopathy, great chinese medicine, Reiki, or other deep treatments rather than merely avoiding foods.

      A healthy dog can eat almost anything.

  22. My 10 yr Old Golden Mix BlueDog has his spleen removed. Still waiting on pathology but just looking for the best way to keep his immune system strong. He gets Nu-Vet vitamins, full of herbs and vitamins, 1000mg of Ester C with D. He is not eating that much since his surgery, surgery was on October 11th. But overall he seems OK. He had a small lesion on the spleen that did not seem to have bleed or spread to other organs thus far. He is drinking what seems much more water since the surgery. But my main mission is to keep his immune system as strong as possible. Thanks!! xo, Jan and BlueDog

    1. There are so many ways to rebalance the vital force after surgery, regardless of the diagnosis.
      Reiki, quantum touch, reconnective therapy for starters.
      Nu-vet vitamins, C and D are good. Thumping the thymus can help.
      Drinking more water after the surgery is a good thing – help detoxify the body.
      make a list of all the symptoms with their modalities and quantifications. This could help find a homeopathic remedy.
      1. “not eating that much” – eats small amounts and is full; or smells food and turns away; or shows no interest even when offered; or time (of day, or after exercise, etc) he is most likely to eat; or specifics of what he will and will not eat – offer everything that is real food.
      2. Increased thirst – small sips frequently; large amounts frequently or rarely; cold; hot; ice;
      3. Any of the other EArly Warning Signs of internal Imbalance.
      4. I would probably not have done surgery as several dogs with hemangiosarcomas have lived 10 years without surgery and died of old age.

      do acupressure (Schwartz’s four paws five directions; Acu Dog – Zidonas) or go to a practitioner for great chinese medicine – will build immune system.

      Use flower essences from any of the great companies.
      colustrum; DMG; and more.

      Need to use muscle testing to decide different approaches.

  23. Hi,
    My 18 month old common european short haired cat has developed a remarkable habit. she sits down and then drags her behind on the floor or on the bed or on the sofa, sort of as if she wants to polish her backside!
    She doesn’t leave any marks or anything, so she’s not cleaning her behind, I get the impression more that maybe it’s itching.
    Before she came to live with me she was an orphan from the animal shelter, she was vaccinated (RCP and FeLV) and sterilised, and she has done this strange movement, on and off, since she first came to us. I thought it might be something that would go away when she was eating all raw, but she’s been eating raw 100% for 12 months and she still does this strange polishing movement. She has her ears back when she does it, so I don’t believe she does it for pleasure!
    What could it be? Is there a homeopathic remedy I can use to alleviate it? Otherwise she is an active, playful, happy cat, who also loves her cuddles. She is an indoor only cat. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  24. While I cannot be sure, it sounds like problems with her anal glands. Your comments also demonstrate that every animal (and person) is unique. Some derive great benefits from a fresh diet, especially raw, and others still have problems that must be resolved by other healing methods.

    Anal glands are located in two sacs on each side of the anus. If you are looking at the rear end of your dog or cat, the anal sac openings would be at 5 and 7 o’clock. These are normal, like a skunk’s scent glands. They secrete a substance that has an odor unique to each animal so it is used for marking. As the stool passes through the rectum and anus, the sacs are squeezed between the stool and the muscles to release some of the stinky material onto the stool. This is normal and you would not notice it nor smell it.

    When the duct leading from the sac to the opening becomes blocked, the sac fills, causing some discomfort to the cat (or dog). To relieve the discomfort, the animals try to empty the sacs by licking the area, or by scooting on the ground, just like your cat is doing. Often we do see a brown streak on the floor, but not always (and you are not seeing anything). One way to test is to sniff her butt after she scoots and see if there is a pungent odor.

    What you can do is to hot compress the rectal area, keeping it hot for 5 mins or so. Or soak her rear in hot water (101 deg) for 5 mins, whichever is easier. If you add 10 drops of rescue remedy and/or calendula tincture from the health food store it will help even more. Then you can gently squeeze at the 5 to 7 area and maybe it will discharge.

    Repeatedly scooting is one of the early warning signs that there is an internal imbalance. Since homeopathy is based on individual prescribing and not “one size fits all”, there is not ONE remedy that would help your cat. You would need to consult with a homeopathic veterinarian (sounds like you live in England and there are some great ones there) who would help you keep this cat discomfort free for many years. At BrightHaven.org, a cat sanctuary in CA, one cat lived to 34!

    1. Thank you for the advice. I’ll sniff her behind next time she does it, and see what I can smell.If there is an odor I’ll see if I can get her to sit still long enough for me to place a hot compress on her behind for 5 mins, or get her to sit in warm water (which I can’t imagine her doing – she won’t go near water except to drink it from a running tap; but who knows, maybe she’ll cooperate)
      Actually I am English, yes, but I live in Spain where homeopathic doctors are few and far between and homeopathic/holistic veterinarians are almost unheard of, more’s the pity…

    2. Elaine writes back and I answer:
      Thank you for the advice. I’ll sniff her behind next time she does it, and see what I can smell.If there is an odor I’ll see if I can get her to sit still long enough for me to place a hot compress on her behind for 5 mins, or get her to sit in warm water (which I can’t imagine her doing – she won’t go near water except to drink it from a running tap; but who knows, maybe she’ll cooperate)
      Actually I am English, yes, but I live in Spain where homeopathic doctors are few and far between and homeopathic/holistic veterinarians are almost unheard of, more’s the pity…

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      tina-adminOctober 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm (Edit)
      do the hot packing when you see her scoot, even if there is no odor. Be sure to add Rescue Remedy (a Bach essence combo started in Wales) to the water.
      1. http://www.rosenthal-vet.it
      Vet practice in Milano: 18, via del Caravaggio – phone: 0289415732
      Next opening: Holistic Vet Clinic in Modena
      Dr. Rosenthal (mob: 334 6889390) and Dr. Ravid (335 6805949) are available in Milano and Modena for int. medicine, surgery, XRay, analysis, orthopedics.
      And dr. Rosenthal also for: Homeopathy, acupuncture, gold beads implantation, ozonetherpy.
      House calls – 24hours available – credit card accepted. – Open all August
      2. http://www.greenpeople.org/listing/Veter-Home-55210.cfm
      3. Animal Wellness Clinic
      Vet specialising in all animal chiropractise, acupuncture, grooming, medicines and feeding. C.C. Los Cipreses local 5, Calahonda. Tel: 687 870 328
      4. Listing of 30 acupuncture vets in spain – http://www.ivas.org/vet-search?searchcity=&searchstate=&searchcountry=spain&searchkw=&paged=1 If that does not work – go to http://www.ivas.org, then enter Spain in the country box to get to same place.
      4. http://www.theAVH.org – some will consult by phone or email with you from the states.

  25. do the hot packing when you see her scoot, even if there is no odor. Be sure to add Rescue Remedy (a Bach essence combo started in Wales) to the water.
    1. http://www.rosenthal-vet.it
    Vet practice in Milano: 18, via del Caravaggio – phone: 0289415732
    Next opening: Holistic Vet Clinic in Modena
    Dr. Rosenthal (mob: 334 6889390) and Dr. Ravid (335 6805949) are available in Milano and Modena for int. medicine, surgery, XRay, analysis, orthopedics.
    And dr. Rosenthal also for: Homeopathy, acupuncture, gold beads implantation, ozonetherpy.
    House calls – 24hours available – credit card accepted. – Open all August
    2. http://www.greenpeople.org/listing/Veter-Home-55210.cfm
    3. Animal Wellness Clinic
    Vet specialising in all animal chiropractise, acupuncture, grooming, medicines and feeding. C.C. Los Cipreses local 5, Calahonda. Tel: 687 870 328
    4. Listing of 30 acupuncture vets in spain – http://www.ivas.org/vet-search?searchcity=&searchstate=&searchcountry=spain&searchkw=&paged=1 If that does not work – go to http://www.ivas.org, then enter Spain in the country box to get to same place.
    4. http://www.theAVH.org – some will consult by phone or email with you from the states.

    1. thanks for all your help Tina. I’ll do the hotpack, to be sure. And thank you for the links. The first one is for Italy, over 1000 miles from where I am, and Calahonda, and Barcelona although they are in Spain are 4 hours and 6 hours drive respectively. Spain is bigger than it looks on the map! But I noticed that the one in Barcelona will do remote consultations, so that’s great! A really big thank you.

  26. Hi,

    I have a 8 year old female Shih Tzu who is not responding well. I took her to the vet and they concluded it was related to GI problems. She was given fluids and sent home. Since the vet visit she still will not eat and barely drinks water. She has trouble balancing and now only lays arounds. She sounds congested and often does heavy breathing. I have been hand feeding her chicken/rice but is not too responsive and hasn’t eaten in a couple of days. I stool is very loose and watery. She looks very ill in the eyes, each day she has green-like crust in her eyes. I don’t know what to do.

    1. I hope I sent you an email about your dog sooner. Read the article on selecting and working with a vet so you can see that when you are no happy with the result from any professional you need to find another. Luckily for you, homeopathic veterinarians can work by phone, so check out their site.

      Also, you can learn Reiki, flower essences, healing touch for animals, acupressure and even beginning homeopathy to help any problem your dog has.

      hand feeding is great and feeding fresh food is even better. She was very ill, so I hope you were able to find some holistic help for her.

      1. Thank you for responding. With sadden news, my shiz tzu became extremely ill and passed away. I miss her dearly but glad she is not suffering anymore. Hopefully one day I will have the strength to get another companion. I loved her so much and I’m heartbroken not having her here with me. I take it day by day and I’m doing better. It’s just hard not seeing her greeting me at the door.

  27. I have a Jack Russel terrier, about 2-3 years old. She was found as a stray in Alabama and was sent to Maryland, where I adopted her. Shortly after, she developed severe itching, with some rashes with little bumps in some places on her belly. She had hot spots with open sores from biting and scratching on her side and belly.
    After trying Benadryl with little success, the regular vet put her on prednisone, which stopped the itching and allowed the sores to heal. But the itching would start as soon as the med was stopped. I also took her to an animal acupuncturist. This seemed to help a little bit. A homeopathic remedy for dogs and a Chinese herbal remedy were also tried. I think the homeopathic remedy helped some.
    In the late fall, the itching stopped, so I assume Addie has allergies.
    I feed Addie a prepared raw diet I get at the local small pet store for one meal and the other meal is a higher quality kibble with salmon and venison as the protein sources. It has brown rice, oats, and barley in it.
    It is now the latter part of a very cold March, and Addie has started to get some rash on her belly. I would like to get ahead of the itching before she gets as miserable as she was last summer.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Good for you to try different approaches. When I only had my conventional veterinary training, I would often be very frustrated by problems that recurred like this. The holistic philosophy has taught me that there is an underlying vibrational imbalance that causes most problems and the healing goal is to resolve that imbalance with treatments selected for that individual animal. To better understand this perspective, read the first few chapters of Don Hamilton’s Homeopathic Care of Cats and Dogs or the few pages in my book, the Healthy Animal’s Journal. Now that the multitude of holistic modalities is available, I can tell you to never give up.

      What Addie experienced from most of the treatments you tried was PALLIATION which is temporary help. Luckily, she did not stop itching and become more ill, which often happens (SUPPRESSION. Knowing the way animals can respond to treatments and how they heal is critical so you do not leave one treatment too soon. First there is an energetic imbalance (they are just not right), then functional (the dog is itchy), then inflamed (skin is red, infected, swollen and hot) and finally tissue changes (thick, black skin). Results of any treatment can be no change, amelioration (current symptoms disappear with no other improvements, then return), suppression (current symptoms disappear and they become more ill) or a cure (everything about the animal to begins to improve, especially the overall energy level.)
      Keeping a journal is critical to determine what treatments are helping problems to become less frequent and less severe. You can stand firm with what you feel is working even if your professional disagrees and change approaches when needed.

      From what you said, I would say the acupuncturist may have been helping, but your would need the total list of symptoms including any early warning signs, and activity levels from before and after the acupuncture treatments. For instance, if the itching was slightly better after several treatments and Addie had more energy, or was more affectionate, then she would probably have benefited from continued treatments. Again, the homeopathic remedy needs to be very carefully evaluated, not just on the change in itching, but other symptoms as well.

      “Allergies” are merely symptoms created when the quantum field’s weakness is triggered by something. the goal is to heal the quantum field (vital force/Qi). If you merely find relief for the symptoms, the field gets weaker and weaker over time and the “allergy” symptoms begin to appear at other seasons, ifnally being there all year around.

      Suggestions:
      1. Make a timeline of all the symptoms, including any early warning signs, and how each responded to treatments (this is a key part of the Healthy Animal’s Journal which makes this process easier).
      2. From that list:
      a. make a master symptom list, listing each symptom once.
      b. see if you can see any triggers (in addition to season) for worsening of symptoms.
      c. in retrospect, see if the acupuncture, homeopathy or chinese herbs helped more than you realized.
      3. Make sure you are following the 7 keys to health (you are already doing a good diet, though often brown rice can trigger weakness, so I would change to a fresh diet, especially if you could prepare it yourself so you know that the ingredients are organic and the meat has not been fed GMO grains).
      4. If you feel that one of the treatments helped, go back to that practitioner and be more patient, more carefully evaluating the changes. Ask the practitioner to explain what they think is happening.
      5. If you feel that nothing really helped, pick the modality that attracts you the most as choose a different practitioner to work with.
      6. Consult with an animal intuitive to help you choose your next approach.
      7. While trying to support Addie to deeply heal, use the many soothing ways to help the skin.
      SOOTHING TOPICALS:
      Rescue Remedy is an easily available (at any health food store and many regular stores) combination flower essence to “rescue” when needed. A drop or two can be added to any of the following topical treatments or 4 drops in a pint of water can be sprayed or sponged on itchy areas. Crab Apple is good for skin as well. (Good internally and never harmful)

      Other flower essence companies have combination skin and/or ear products. Check out http://www.GreenHopeEssences.com, http://www.LittleBigCat.com, http://www.Anaflora.com, http://www.perelandra-ltd.com.
      Animal’s Apawthecary’s has herbal combination Fido Derm Spray
      Ayush Herbs: Neem oil (www.ayush.com)
      Ark Natural’s Royal Coat supplement
      From the Grocery or Health Food Store:
      Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe vera (from the plant or purchased), Calendula gel, Hypericum gel, Mullin or Mullin and Garlic, SSSTing SSSStop, Oatmeal baths. Put raw oatmeal in a stocking, get it wet, and then drip the liquid on the skin.

  28. Hi Dr. Christina, I have a 15 year old long hair domestic cat who has been pretty healthy most of his life as an indoor cat. Sometime late last fall he began having diarrhea. We have since been to four different vets… blood work was all good with a some indication of kidney issues beginning. Thyroid issues and diabetes ruled out. He was wormed and prescribed KDfood. I didn’t take it and next called a more holistic vet who did acupuncture and iv fluids. He didn’t respond. I tried over the counter pectin/kaolin product. Probiotic paste. Miralax. Changing foods. Herbs. Probiotics capsules. Seacure. Intestive. Some things would seem to bring about a change for a day or or maybe one improved bm then back to nothing. Then we went to conventional vet who took xrays & gave him a shot of depo/penicillin/b12. The xrays were inconclusive but showed his intestines to be large and full of gas. The shot helped a lot for about a week and she wanted to put him on something with a longer acting steroid. I wanted to try more holistic so we saw another vet who does Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Treatment again seemed mildly effective for about a week after 1st treatment, after 2nd treatment not so much. I have been faithful to give him the chinese herbs she prescribed. Finally yesterday she told me to go on the steroids and maybe we could have a nice summer together (as in that’s all the longer he’s likely to live). He has had this condition now for 6 months? and has lost about half his weight. The other day I received a supply of food grade diotamaceous earth (was going to try for a house centipede problem). In the packaging read that it was used for calf scours and read up a little on that. I tried giving him some. I have been giving it to him for a couple days now and his appetite has gone through the roof. He still has had diarrhea but it seems to maybe be getting less frequent and less liguid. He also gained .2# in last two days while on it. I was about resigned to the steroids having pretty much exhausted my financial resources and nearly my emotional ones (his frequent smelly messes have rarely been in the box last 5 months). After stumbling on your site and reading about cats living to be 30, I am feeling not really ready to give up on my little guy yet. What other advice do you have? In the calf scours info I read they said treatment should be focused on correction of dehydration, acidosis, and electrolyte loss. It seems to me this would somewhat pertain to any creature with persistent diarrhea, but how do I correct these things with a cat and how should I proceed with such serious weigh loss. He still seems to have energy though at times lies more hunched up like his belly hurts (how could it not?) but he comes to me every night to snuggle and doesn’t seem to be done with life. Am I crazy to keep trying natural things at this point? Should I order yet another brand of probiotic? Or is his weight loss too severe to continue trying these alternative things? Also, I tried long ago to feed him raw and he would have nothing to do with it so he’s mostly been kibble fed – high end/grain free and now is getting Purevita canned everyday in addition and suddenly he is mooching off my dinner plate! Today he followed me around demanding to be fed and so far has cleaned his plate three times! We have an appointment scheduled for the morning to likely get the steroid shot but now I’m on the fence again but I’m also afraid he is going to starve to death before my very eyes!? I would be grateful for your opinion!
    Kind regards,
    Sandra

    1. Everyone, please call me if you have an immediate concern (“Appointment in the morning.”).
      Sandra, you would be best to have an appointment with me as I can only be general here and there would be more questions to ask you before recommending specific treatment approaches for your cat.

      For general learning for everyone:

      Hi Dr. Christina, I have a 15 year old long hair domestic cat who has been pretty healthy most of his life as an indoor cat.
      “Pretty healthy” often misses underlying problems that are simmering. To make it to 15 is a very good thing, but be cautious about saying an animal is healthy. Be sure to go through the early warning signs of internal imbalance list (in the healthy Animal’s Journal it even walks you through doing a physical exam to look for these signs.) So if he vomited hairballs or had crud in the corner of his eyes or needed his teeth cleaned, etc it would mean he was not that healthy.
      Sometime late last fall he began having diarrhea. We have since been to four different vets… blood work was all good with a some indication of kidney issues beginning. Thyroid issues and diabetes ruled out. He was wormed
      Why was he wormed if the stool samples were negative? Again, this is a general coaching response to your questions and actions. You did what you thought best. Older cats rarely have internal parasites, so do not let a conventional veterinarian de-worm a cat (of any age, really) unless there are eggs in the stool or you see tapeworm segments.

      and prescribed KDfood. I didn’t take it

      Lucky cat that you did not take the K/D food. Since the blood work showed early kidney the conventional vet had nothing more to offer, but you knew there was more to be done.
      and next called a more holistic vet who did acupuncture and iv fluids. He didn’t respond.
      There are vets who do acupuncture (maybe a weekend course) and there are vets who deeply understand the TCVM approach (Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine). Read Working with a Holistic Veterinarian to help decide if you have a real holistic vet. Even very good ones sometimes miss the boat (I know I have), so you are the one to say – “what else can you try? Do you think this can work?” I do not know how long you did the acupuncture. It rarely helps the first treatment. Were just points for diarrhea used, or was the “cat” treated? Chinese herbs?

      I tried over the counter pectin/kaolin product. Probiotic paste. Miralax. Changing foods. Herbs. Probiotics capsules. Seacure. Intestive. Some things would seem to bring about a change for a day or or maybe one improved bm then back to nothing.

      Keeping a journal and understanding how we each respond to treatments is very important. Sometimes, when looking back at what you tried and how long it worked, or if the cat felt happier and more active even with the watery stool, will clue you to something you need to stick with. Evaluating the response to treatments is really key to health. I teach a full day of this as part of the 6 day Beginning Homeopathy Class.

      Then we went to conventional vet who took xrays & gave him a shot of depo/penicillin/b12. The xrays were inconclusive but showed his intestines to be large and full of gas. The shot helped a lot for about a week and she wanted to put him on something with a longer acting steroid.

      Steroids almost always work for a time. They rarely cure, so it was great that you tried a different approach.

      I wanted to try more holistic so we saw another vet who does Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

      Often, if one feels that the first Chinese medicine person was good, it is better to change modalities rather than practitioners. Homeopathy may have been the best next approach.

      Treatment again seemed mildly effective for about a week after 1st treatment, after 2nd treatment not so much. I have been faithful to give him the chinese herbs she prescribed. Finally yesterday she told me to go on the steroids and maybe we could have a nice summer together (as in that’s all the longer he’s likely to live).

      Holistic veterinarians – do not say that!! For shame. There are so many more approaches. Do not let people just give up do drugs (sometimes that is necessary, but not yet for this cat).

      He has had this condition now for 6 months? and has lost about half his weight. The other day I received a supply of food grade diotamaceous earth (was going to try for a house centipede problem). In the packaging read that it was used for calf scours and read up a little on that. I tried giving him some. I have been giving it to him for a couple days now and his appetite has gone through the roof. He still has had diarrhea but it seems to maybe be getting less frequent and less liguid. He also gained .2# in last two days while on it.

      See, we never know what can improve health. I would not have thought about trying DE for diarrhea in an older cat. The key symptom that is important is that his appetite improved. It is totally safe to give.

      I was about resigned to the steroids having pretty much exhausted my financial resources and nearly my emotional ones (his frequent smelly messes have rarely been in the box last 5 months). After stumbling on your site and reading about cats living to be 30, I am feeling not really ready to give up on my little guy yet.

      So glad you stumbled on my site. I hope that we can find ways to get the word out so people will not give up hope and will not spend so much money. By not vaccinating except for Rabies you will save a lot every year. By judiciously using heartworm prevention (dogs), or not at all, you will save. Health can be damaged by flea products and they are expensive. Fleas Be Gone kindle book gives the natural ways that are a lot cheaper – including using DE in the house or on the animal.

      What other advice do you have? In the calf scours info I read they said treatment should be focused on correction of dehydration, acidosis, and electrolyte loss. It seems to me this would somewhat pertain to any creature with persistent diarrhea, but how do I correct these things with a cat and how should I proceed with such serious weigh loss. He still seems to have energy though at times lies more hunched up like his belly hurts (how could it not?) but he comes to me every night to snuggle and doesn’t seem to be done with life. Am I crazy to keep trying natural things at this point?

      Your cat needs lots more chances to heal. There are so many more things you can be trying. Do not focus on the dehydration, acidosis, etc for now.

      Should I order yet another brand of probiotic?

      I love Mitomax (get on my homepage and say I sent you) so I would try that.

      Or is his weight loss too severe to continue trying these alternative things?

      Alternative care is the only thing that will save his life. Do continue trying, but at this point you do need a different veterinarian. Many homeopathic ones can help you by phone.

      Also, I tried long ago to feed him raw and he would have nothing to do with it
      For everyone – never give up trying to feed raw – even if it takes years to switch over.
      so he’s mostly been kibble fed – high end/grain free

      If possible never feed kibble, even grain free high end. Ok for dogs, but cats’ kidneys are stressed by any kibble food.

      and now is getting Purevita canned everyday in addition and suddenly he is mooching off my dinner plate!

      I am so glad he is now mooching off your plate. Keep offering him any real foods – roasted chicken, tuna (raw, cooked or canned), any canned fish, deli meat, dairy, eggs…everything, especially anything related to what he wants to mooch off your plate.

      Today he followed me around demanding to be fed and so far has cleaned his plate three times!

      YEA YEA

      We have an appointment scheduled for the morning to likely get the steroid shot but now I’m on the fence again but I’m also afraid he is going to starve to death before my very eyes!? I would be grateful for your opinion!

      I am so sorry I did not get to you before your appointment. If you did not get the steroid – do not. I have had cats who were not responding well to treatments be able to hang in there for 3-6 years of diarrhea – up and down, better and worse before dying or being completely cured. Do not give up. I would suggest scheduling a consult with me to help you decide next steps. 410-771-4968 – I am willing to take payments.
      Get yourself trained in reiki as that can help dramatically, especially pain. Till you are trained, pay for it to be done – and it can be done from afar. Use flower essences as they are totally safe and sometimes amazingly curative. Do a consult with Gail Pope at Brighthaven as she has dealt with cats like this for years and will give you hope.

      Kind regards,
      Sandra

  29. Where would i be able to obtain the necessary pre mixed solution/holistic medicines prescribed for equine ringbone? i understand it is Calc Fluor, Hekia lava, and Symphytum but there were no dosage recommendations or measurements given. Would you please let me know where these can be obtained or if premixed packages already exist for sale? Thank you.

    -Mike Benedetto

    1. Please read my article on homeopathy and my blog on understanding homeopathy.

      The best results for curing animals or people (as opposed to merely temporarily helping) is to find the single homeopathic medicine that matches how this specific horse is exhibiting ringbone. when you give a pre mixed medicine (I could not find the combo when I goggled, and I do not use combos, so do not know if it is available) it is not much better than giving drugs.

      I would suggest you consult with a homeopath skilled in horses as hoof care, saddle fit, osteopathy, chiropractic and more are often needed. I have the web sites you can search for ones near you or who will work by phone. Joyce Harman is often very available.

      Chris Day’s practice’s web site says: ” We have seen many cases of lame horses, showing often quite severe ringbone, respond to a full holistic regime, including saddling, shoeing, diet, homeopathy, herbs and perhaps acupuncture. The cause for realistic hope is the fact that bone is the object of constant remodeling and repair. If the diet is appropriate, providing the correct raw materials, if movement is correct and if medical methods are used to stimulate healthier bone recycling and remodeling, then there is a very reasonable outlook.”, which agrees with what I just said.

      Try for one of my courses, as well. August – DC area, Possibly also Maine in Aug or late September, possibly Calgary in October.

      If you do decide to merely give the combo – please first make a list of all the symptoms your horse is showing (and quantify them), even totally unrelated to the ringbone. Note the energy level, attitude, hair coat, stool, appetite, etc. Weekly, recheck the entire list as you give the combo so you will know if it is causing damage.

  30. I have a 9 year old cat, CoCo… who has been howling more than usual. She eats mostly canned food but seems to always be hungry. She uses litter box about 6-7 times a day and seems to have lost weight over the last 2-3 months. I know it’s summer months and I was thinking maybe the heat has an affect on her. She is an indoor cat and at times seems to be heavily breathing and panting at times. I did some research online and have concerns she may be experiencing hyperthyroidism. About 6 months ago she had ruptured anal gland that had to be repaired and since then I try to keep her on canned food. I don’t want to go the traditional vet route and am searching for holistic remedies. I have read about various natural thyroid support products like Thyroid support gold which I will try to see if this helps, but I could only order it online. Is there any other products I can give her to help? I read that l-carnitine and CoQ10 could relax the thyroid gland. Any thoughts?

    1. There are dozens of holistic “treatments” for hyperthyroidism. Some work miracles in some cats but not all. Others help slightly but do not really cure. Your cat could become more ill as you try one after the other. Also, many cats do not like to take a lot of medications. You can learn, how to evaluate your cat’s responses to different treatments.

      However, until you learn and for an illness as severe as hyperthyroidism, I would strongly recommend working with a specific healer, probably a veterinarian, who is very well trained in multiple holistic modalities. Homeopathy, TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine – acupuncture and more), chiropractic and Ayurvedic would be the most likely to rebalance the underlying quantum imbalance that is causing the problem with the thyroid gland.

      Look for ones near you or homeopathic ones who work by phone. Go to the site for each organization. Also very useful is reading the article on how to select and work with holistic veterinarians.

      The best healing you can offer your cat is to be attuned with Reiki (read more about this totally safe modality). Look for local classes. They do not need to be animal based as Reiki helps people, animals plants and more.

      Also helpful for your cat will be to follow the 7 keys to health, especially no vaccines and a fresh food diet.

      While I do agree that your cat’s symptoms seem to indicate hyperthyroidism, I still recommend getting a blood panel to confirm that and to see if other organs (often kidneys) are less than healthy.

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