Ear Mites – Homeopathy for Cats

Homeopathy for Cats – Ear Mites
Article Courtesy of PetAlive
Pet ears infections pose a perennial problem, equally for owners and the specialists who are called upon to treat them. The fact that your pets have been domesticated and made to change their natural habitat is one of the major causes behind their vulnerability to attacks from infectious bacteria and parasites like ear mites.

The limitations of conventional medications, including side effects that lead to more problems than they are supposed to cure, has been instrumental in giving a boost to alternative therapies. These holistic therapies take a holistic view of disease. The relatively less popularity of alternative therapies like homeopathy stems from the fact that they are slow in treating an ailment. At the same time, the established fact that homeopathy attempts to remove the root cause of a disease and not just the symptoms, is not properly advertised.

Homeopathy is a treatment that treats the disease on the basis of how a disease manifests itself in an individual. It treats symptoms as the body’s own attempt to cure. Rather than trying to provide a temporary relief, it focuses on the condition causing an ailment. Having proved its mettle in treating human conditions, it is now being extensively used for treat pet ailments also.

Cat and dog ear mites remain one of the most common underlying conditions behind ear infections in pets. As in dogs, cat ear mites live in the ears of a cat and cause irritation and incite the cat to scratch its ears. If not handled in its early stages, mite infestation can further lead to:

* Increased production of wax in the ears.
* A black and dry discharge from the ears.
* A foul smell.
* Secondary infections.
* Aural hematomas – a localized swelling of a blood vessel.

Homeopathy offers natural remedies for treating ear mite infestation and does not have any side effects. The remedy aims at improving the autoimmune system of the cat. A strong immune system helps in combating any future infections.

Homeopathy suggests different remedies for ear infections depending upon the type of symptoms and behavior of the pet. For example Sulphur is advised for cats that prefer cool places. Psorium is indicated where cats love warmth. For intense itchy ears and sore ears, Rhus Tox is the most recommended remedy. For cats that show signs of a thick, sticky and foul smelling discharge, Graphites is the preferred remedy.

Being holistic in nature, homoeopathy lays more stress on prevention. Bi-monthly cleaning of ears is highly recommended and homeopathy has remedies for this aspect of managing ear infections also. A combination of Calendula Officinalis, Verbascum Thapsus, Pulsatilla Causticum, Conium Maculatum, and Kali Muriaticum is highly effective in eliminating ear mites and cleaning the ears. Unlike allopathic therapies, homeopathy does not restrict the use of home remedies for dog ear mites as both homeopathy and home remedies are based on natural products.

Article Courtesy of PetAlive


Tips on Finding a Missing Pet

lost-dog-flyerTo help in the location of your pet he/she should be wearing a collar with an ID tag that has your address and phone#.

  1. Search your house and yard.
  2. Canvas the neighborhood and ask neighbors if they have seen your pet. Show them a photo of him/her. Leave them a phone number where they can reach you.
  3. Go back and search your house and yard again!
  4. Call your veterinarian, groomer, humane society, local animal control and other pet related businesses in your area and tell them your pet is missing. They can post a “lost” ad on their bulletin board. Also, if someone finds your pet with no identification they may call those same places seeking the owner.
  5. Post ads in newspapers and online forums. There are websites especially for finding missing pets. Try your local Craigslist. Do a Google search to find other local listings. Check these venues for “found” ads also. Someone may be looking for you!
  6. Post “lost” fliers in the neighborhood and at local businesses.
  7. Keep a watchful eye and ear on the neighborhood. If you hear dogs barking, go check it out. They’re barking at something. Maybe your dog?
  8. Expand your search area.
  9. Check out leads as soon as you can. Four legs can move quickly!

Hopefully, these steps will help you find your furry friend. When you do find him don’t forget to thank your pets’ rescuer. Offer to reimburse them for any expense they may have in caring for him. If they refuse, make a donation in their name to a local humane society or rescue group.

OK, now we know how to recover a lost pet. What if you are the “finder”?

Tips on Locating a Found Pets’ Owner

  1. Check the animal for an ID Tag and call the owner. That was simple!
  2. But what if there is no ID Tag, just a Rabies Tag? Did you know that the number on that tag will tell you which vet gave the Rabies shot? All you have to do is call the county animal shelter listed on the tag and give them the number on the tag. They should be able to tell you what vet office issued that tag. Then all you need to do is call that vet office, describe the animal and hopefully they will be able to help you identify the owner. They may already have been alerted that the pet is missing.
  3. If these methods haven’t reunited your new friend with it’s owner then you’ll have to take other steps. Now, these tips may look familiar.
  4. Canvas the neighborhood and ask neighbors if they know who the pet belongs to. Show them a photo of him/her. Leave them a phone number where they can reach you.
  5. Call your veterinarian, groomer, humane society,local animal control and other pet related businesses in your area and describe the pet. They can post a “found” ad on their bulletin board. Again, they may already have been alerted that the pet is missing.
  6. Post ads in newspapers and online forums. There are websites especially for finding missing pets. Try your local Craigslist. Do a Google search to find other local listings. Check these venues for “lost” ads also.
  7. Post “found” fliers in the neighborhood and at local businesses.
  8. Expand your search area.

For your efforts you will be rewarded with the great feeling of reuniting someone with their lost friend. Good Deed!

Non-toxic Flea Remedies

Oh no! Fido has a flea! Quick, pour some poison on him and kill it!

Most of us are guilty of this, including myself. But I have come to realize that when I use an insecticide on my pet I’m not just killing the flea. I’m doing harm to my pet, myself, my family, my neighbor and my mother earth.

What can you do then to keep your pet flea free? Well, if you’re willing to put a little effort into it there are many natural non-toxic flea remedies. Here they are, in no particular order of effectiveness.

The Vacuum Cleaner – use it often making sure you empty it after each use. Wash Pet Bedding and throw rugs on a weekly basis.

DE – Diatomaceous Earth – is the fossilized remains of diatoms (tiny fossilized water plants). It absorbs lipids from the outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, making them to dehydrate. When buying diatomaceous earth make sure it is food grade DE.

How to use:

  • It is recommended that you wear a mask when applying DE as it can irritate the mucus membranes in your nose & mouth.~
  • Sprinkle it on your pet, pet beds, along baseboards and outside areas where your pet frequents. DE can also be used in the litter box.
  • DE can also be used for livestock. We use it in our chicken house and the areas where they like to take their dust baths.
  • It can be used in the garden but I urge you not use it there because it also kills beneficial insects.

Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic – The Brewer’s Yeast is good for your pets skin, enabling him to have less allergic reactions to flea bites. The Garlic makes your pet less appealing to fleas. Comes in powder or tablet form.

Cedar Oil – Place 3 drops of American Cedar Oil on a small piece of brown paper grocery bag. Place one in each corner of the room. Will repel most insects. Smells pretty good too.

Olive Oil
– Soak you pet in olive oil (any cooking oil should work) and leave it on. Be careful to keep it out of their eyes and inside of the ears. It will smother fleas, mites and lice. It will not harm your pet to lick it off. In fact it will be good for their coat and skin.

Neem Oil – Mix a few drops of neem oil in your pet’s shampoo.

You can also make an after bath rinse.

  • Mix in a gallon jug:
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • add a few drops of Neem Oil
  • fill jug the rest of the way with water

Rinse your pet with this mixture. Leave in, do not rinse out. You can use this after shampooing or just by itself.

There are products made with neem like shampoos, sprays, Neem for Cats, Neem for Dogs

Herbs and *Essential Oils These herbs, botanicals and essential oils are known for their insect repellent qualities:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Pennyroyal
  • Lavender
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Cedar

*Essential oils should not be used on Cats

Boost your pets resistance to fleas. Have you ever noticed how some pets have itchy reactions to flea bites and some have none at all? Giving your pet’s immune system an extra boost with supplements may help.boost-you-pets-resistance-to-fleas

  • Brewers Yeast and Garlic
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Bone Meal
  • Kelp Powder
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Lecithin

Adding Raw Meaty Bones, raw eggs and yogurt to you pet’s diet will greatly improve his overall health.

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Home Remedies for Ear Mites and Ear Infections in Dogs

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companion_dog-opieIf your dog shakes his head too often, don’t just shirk it off as a funny habit. Dogs do not shake their heads without reason. If your dog shakes his head too often, you have every reason to suspect an infection in the ears.

Ear infection is common in pets. One of the most prevalent causes of ear infections is allergies. These allergies are caused by wet ears that become damp, hot and humid due to the fact that most dogs have ear flaps that cover the ear canal. Dog ears should be kept dry and should be cleaned regularly to avoid wax build up and excessive hair growth. Ear mites are another major reason for ear infections.

The natural appearance of the cartilaginous structure of the external ear is pink and feels flat when touched. Any thickening indicates presence of an infection. You should be able to see the ear canal clearly. While a small amount of discharge and wax is natural, any abnormal accumulation of debris or a foul odor indicates an infection. A yellow discharge points towards yeast infection and a black debris indicates dog ear mites.

Vinegar diluted in an equal amount of water is a safe home remedy that can be used to remove excess debris from the ear. Put in a few drops and allow your dog to shake his head (which he will do). This will loosen the wax to a large extent. Then remove the debris with a cotton swab wrapped around your finger, pushing it as deep in the ear as you can. Repeat the process till the inside of the ear is clear.

Don’t use vinegar if there are any open sores in the ear. A garlic pod soaked overnight in olive oil works well in such cases. Remove the garlic and put five to six drops in the ear, twice daily for 7 to 10 days. This will also help in refurbishing the animal’s immune system.

Ear mites are contagious and can pass on from one pet to another. Dog and cat ear mites live their entire life on the host and can cause severe inflammation. Any natural oil block the breathing pores of mites and kill them. A half ounce almond oil and vitamin E mixture is one the most useful home remedies for ear mites. It works in a manner similar to the vinegar- water solution. Just pour a few drops in both the ears. The dog will shake his head. You can then clean the ear with a cotton swab.

Some breeds have long ears. This prevents a free flow of air and prevents the inside of the ear to remain dry. Moist wax is a sure invitation for mites and infections. Too much hair in the ears can trap dust and dirt causing infections. It is important to remove hair in the ears periodically so that a hygienic environment is created. Apply dog ear powder ensuring that the base of the hairs is properly covered. Once the powder dries you can start pulling out hair with your fingers or tweezers. Since this can be irritating to the dog, pluck only a few hairs at a time and stop for a while before starting again.

Ear cleaning should be integral to regular grooming of pets. This will go a long way in detecting early signs of infections that may be developing. Your keen observation and timely action can make life comfortable for your loving pet.

Article courtesy of PetAlive

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Home Cooked Food is the Best Dog Food

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eddy&balsamIt is a mad jungle out there when it comes to selling dog food. Seeing the number of brands, the different types of sales pitches adopted by marketers and the fancy names with tongue twisting ingredients printed on labels, it appears the focus is on attracting buyers and grabbing a share of the whopping $ 11 billion pie..In addition, each manufacturer launches numerous types of pet food under one brand. There are moist, semi moist and dry dog foods. Their use of terminology, like ‘premium’, ‘super-premium’, and ‘gourmet’ are mere nomenclatures since they hardly mean any thing. Even though the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates what must be printed on the labels. The warnings are all mentioned in small print and therefore do not serve to warn the consumers adequately.

Apart from checking the nutritional adequacy and information about the manufacturer, you should focus on the ingredient list. Ethoxyquin is one of the most common preservatives used in dog food. This is used to prevent fats from turning rancid. There is verifiable evidence that there is a connection between Ethoxyquin and the accumulation of protoporphyrin IX and the elevation in liver related enzymes that can ultimately cause liver disease in dogs.

Some times dog owners indulge in over-feeding their dogs under the mistaken belief that the dog is hungry. Even a so called ‘light diet’ can lead to obesity in dogs if the calorie intake is more than recommended. Obesity can directly cause liver and heart conditions, diabetes, arthritis, skin disorders and cancer exposing the dog to a higher risk.
For Liver Health and Longevity
Diet plays an important role in liver health. It is one of the major reasons behind many diseases in cats too, including the feline liver disease. Instead of waiting for symptoms of liver disease in dogs or cats to surface, it is highly recommended that you be proactive and feed your dog with a healthy and nutritional diet to maintain health.

A huge majority of commercial foods contain toxins that destroy the immune system and gradually kill your dog as you feed him. Dogs are basically meat eaters. Meat based dog food may appear to be the best to provide the required proportions of proteins and other substances needed by the animal. Manufacturers, however, use synthetic additives and preservatives to increase shelf life, which can be detrimental to the health of your dog.

It is not only the type of food but also the quantity that makes a difference. The age, weight and breed of your pet are key aspects that determine the amount of proteins, carbohydrates and fats that the dog requires every day. The level of activity is another factor for arriving at the calorie intake. Your veterinarian is the best person to suggest where and how to source this information.

As much as possible feed your dog home cooked food, raw meat and a natural diet that is free from toxins. The purpose of a natural diet is to boost the immune system and help the liver to regenerate its cells so that it can function to its fullest capacity. A toxin free diet is the key to longevity and liver health.

Article courtesy of PetAlive