HOLISTIC HOME PET CARE TIPS
Natural Healing Remedies, First Aid and More
By Rhonda Jewel
Naturopathic Health Coach For Dogs and Cats
Holistic Pet Care Practitioner
These simple "Holistic Home Pet Care Tips" could possibly save you hundreds of dollars in vet bills! Animals respond very well to natural treatments, much better than to veterinary drugs in many cases.
If you follow these simple methods, your pet with stay healthy and give you years of fun and love. For a modest investment in treatment remedies to have on hand, you can avoid a trip to the vet every time something comes up that needs health care attention. Many of these items you can purchase at your local health food store or buy on amazon.com. It couldn’t be simpler. Nature always has a cure. Our pets are easy to treat for many ailments at home, where they heal best and can be treated without drugs and chemicals.
I have had many cats, dogs, horses and farm animals including chickens, goats and sheep over the past 40 years. I’ve always treated them all naturally as much as possible. Today I am graced with a family pack of pooches. I live with a wonderful pack of naturally-reared Toy Australian Shepherds and a Pomeranian/American Eskimo cross.
Rarely have I relied solely on a veterinarian for health issues during all the years of having animals in my life. Of course, having a good vet on standby for those emergency times is very important. Preferably there is a good holistic vet in your town as there is here in Eugene, Oregon.
I have used these natural methods over the years and you can too, on any type of animal, as well as the humans in your family. The belief that I carry into my life, and put into practice with my dogs, is to live as “nature intends” in everything we do. Following healthful practices makes life simple. It also helps me attune to my pets and our own needs. This way we are able to keep a higher vibration, resulting in good health.
We eat mostly organic food when we can (pasture-raised raw meat for the dogs). I grow my own vegetables and greens in the summer. I never use any household chemicals for cleaning, or for any other reason. We use only organic products and ingredients in both the house and yard. We get minimal (or no) vaccinations due to the toxins and adjuvants in vaccines. I personally have never had vaccinations as an adult, nor have I ever used pharmaceutical medications. Of course I don’t use chemical pesticides on the dogs for fleas or ticks either.
HOLISTIC PET CARE REMEDIES
Below are 15 favorite remedies for your home care kit. Of course there are more but these are the foundation: the core home cures you will have on hand to use from time to time as needed. You can add many of these to your pet’s health regime to raise a “Super Natural” Healthy Pet:
10-20 PPM colloidal silver (CS)
Organic apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE)
Raw unrefined organic coconut oil
Montmorillonite/Bentonite clay powder or liquid
Activated charcoal (always have on hand)
Raw honey ( preferably Manuka honey)
At least 5 homeopathic remedies from the list below (aconite, calendula, arsenicum, apis and arnica)
Slippery elm powder for tummy issues
Calendula oil (dried calendula flowers steeped in organic olive oil for 6 weeks)
Herbal remedies, tinctures and an herbal salve, even herbal powders. Pick 3 or 4 from the list below that you feel would be user-friendly for you and your pet.
Rescue Remedy and Australian Bush Flower Emergency Essence (see other Bach flower remedies on list below).
Essential oils (see list below). The core basics to always have on hand are lavender, peppermint and tea tree oils.
Turmeric or Golden Paste (recipe appears on page 19)
Colloidal Silver for Dogs, Cats, Horses, Farm Animals, Other Pets and Peeps :
I give my pets colloidal silver on a daily basis to keep their immune system at its peak. You can give it to any animal that is looking run down or has just about any kind of illness at all. Colloidal silver is a great cure-all, and safe to use daily. I like it for keeping the immune system boosted, both for health-compromised adults dogs and cats; and for puppies and kittens who are not vaccinated or minimally vaccinated, once nursing ends and mama’s immunity has worn off.
CS can be used on dogs and cats for hot spots, wounds, rashes, yeasty areas under eyes, and mange; it can be put directly into eyes, ears, and directly into the mouth to remove tooth plaque.
Not only do I use colloidal silver on myself and recommend it for friends and family for everything from the common cold and flu to other conditions such as toe nail fungus, burns, sore throats and so forth, but all my dogs get colloidal silver in their water bowls on a daily basis as prevention, since I don't vaccinate, and we go out to public parks on a regular basis. (We used to)
Colloidal silver has so many uses as a natural antibiotic, antibacterial and antifungal that it is very much like a miracle cure in many cases.
I first became excited about using colloidal silver for pets over 10 years ago when I started giving it to my Pomeranian for her teeth that had already started to get plaque, although she was only a year and a half old or so. Poms are known for having dental problems. I gave her colloidal silver everyday for a few months. One day when I took her to the vet for something minor that needed looking at, the vet commented how beautiful her teeth were. It was then that I fully realized how remarkably the colloidal silver had cleaned up her mouth.
Later, I had the same experience with my own teeth going to the dentist. I honestly hadn’t had a deep cleaning in several years. I finally made an appointment knowing it was long overdue. The dental hygienist remarked how clean my teeth looked. She said to me, “You must be a very regular flosser”. I had to admit I was not! However, I had been a very regular brusher and after each brushing I swished my mouth with about an ounce of colloidal silver twice a day. This was the secret that kept my teeth from plaque buildup. I also cured a fungal toenail I had had since my late 30s. Nothing else had be able to touch it. Now I have a normal toenail again due to daily diligence using colloidal silver on it.
After these experiences, I knew the colloidal silver was my favorite natural cure for my pets and myself.
If you’re a pet owner,colloidal silver is a “must-have” product in the home first aid kit.
Stay away from commercial pet care shampoos that contain chemical preservatives and additives. Pets are super-sensitive to many types of chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic. They effect and can compromise the immune system.
If you don't use a good organic shampoo for your pet then it is easy to make your own. "
This easy-to-make recipe is excellent for washing and cleansing any type of pet:
Use a small amount of hemp oil, melted coconut oil or olive oil. Add any of these: baking soda, apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, lemon juice, food grade peroxide (very diluted only a small amount about ½ t.), and, if you are also needing a flea shampoo, a few drops of cedar essential oil. Then, for a bit of soapiness and suds, add about 1 teaspoon or more of Dr. Bronner's soap or liquid castile soap. Then add in about 1 cup of warm water (or 1 cup of colloidal silver), and shake vigorously or use a blender before adding the soap. Pour on the amount needed and work into the fur, getting deep down to reach and massage into the skin.
Here is a list of some of my favorite herbs used in herbal animal medicine:
Plantain: First aid herb for stings and cuts
Comfrey Root: Heals wounds, anti-inflammatory, soothes, lubricates
St. John’s Wort: Nerve pain,wounds, bites, rashes and stings (combine with comfrey root)
Slippery Elm: Digestive tract and diarrhea: soothes, heals and protects intestinesand intestinal lining
Alfalfa: a nutritive herb containing high amounts of protein. It is a rich source of vitamins and trace minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K.
Kelp: for balancing glandular function. Contains iodine for stimulating the thyroid gland; promotes shiny, healthy skin and coat; aids in dry skin conditions, skin allergies and alopecia (hair loss)
Milk Thistle: Liver detoxification, vaccine detox
Calendula: skin problems, irritations and wound healing. Anti-viral
Mallow: IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), colitis, skin conditions
Stinging Nettle: allergy prevention and kidney disease. Highly nutritive tonic herb rich in vitamins and minerals. Has a broad range of actions and benefits
Dandelion: Liver and gall bladder aid. Improves digestion, removes toxins. Diuretic.
Burdock: Blood cleansing, liver tonic, nutritive, skin
Juniper Berry: Diabetes, cardiovascular disease
Uva Ursi: Kidney and bladder conditions
Echinacea: Immune stimulant
Yarrow: Skin healer, styptic (stops bleeding), digestive aid and flea powder, anti-viral
Elecampane: Lung problems
Mullein: Lungs,skin and ears, feline rhinitis, canine kennel cough,
Coltsfoot: Lungs, asthma, rhinitis, kennel cough
Valerian: Calmative, nerves, digestion
Skullcap: Gentle sedative, nervine, anticonvulsant
Wild Chamomile: Mild sedative and digestive. It helps to expel gas and calm nerves
Licorice: Natural steroid and adrenal aid. Soothing. Good for use as an overall anti-inflammatory, anti-viral
Eyebright: anti-inflammatory for use in eyes
Raspberry Leaf: Uterine tonic
Blackberry root: Bacterial diarrhea
Here are some of my favorite essential oils to have on hand for pet care:
Lavender: Anti-bacterial. Good for cuts, burns, bites, itching, anxiety and more
Frankincense: Superb ancient healing oil. Immune support, wounds, cuts, cancer
Tea Tree: Anti-fungal, anti-microbial,great for treating ringworm
Chamomile, Roman: Itching skin, reducing inflammation, allergies
Peppermint: Antimicrobial. Hated by all small pests. Good for removing ticks and for itch from poison oak. Digestive aid
Cedarwood: Insect repellent in sprays; also good for lungs
Eucalyptus: Lungs,coughs and colds. Clears the air. Repels mosquitos
Juniper: Detoxifier. Cramps, carminative (relieves gas), helps restore hair loss, all purpose for good health
Clove: Germicide, most often used for ringworm, wound care, fungal infection
Myrrh: Immune enhancing , natural fungicide. Kills germs in mouth
Melissa: Powerful medicinal properties. Immune enhancer, deactivates viruses
Rosewood: Skin issues. Rosewood can be helpful for emotional issues as well. For this, use in the diffuser.
Thyme: Parasites, eczema, staph infections
Ylang Ylang: Anxiety, heart, tension, calming
Oregano Oil: Giardia, urinary tract infections, yeast infections and more
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
Some of the most popular flower essences are:
Rescue Remedy: A popular combination remedy for any stress or traumatic situation. Many pet owners can get help from this remedy when they are dealing with almost any behavior problem.
Mimulus: General fears. Fear of the unknown and other stressful situations. Also for fear of loud noises and thunderstorms
Star of Bethlehem; is a support remedy to assist in the healing of dogs and cats with past trauma, physical abuse or psychological issues. For pets that have spent time in shelters or on the streets
Cherry Plum: Extreme behaviors that create unpredictable, hysterical or aggressive activity; loss of control; extremely fearful or emotional situations.
Holly: Angry, suspicious, aggressive, mean or jealous dogs who may have been mistreated (can work well in combination with Star of Bethlehem). Works well for jealousy between two dogs in the same household.
Larch: lack of confidence; uncertainty; shy or insecure animals. Has been used to help show animals who get the jitters; for nervousness before or during a show.
Australian Bush Flower Emergency Essence: Not a Bach flower remedy but a good one to have in the first aid kit. Extremely helpful in managing anxiety or panic attacks. Good to use in the parvo treatment protocol below.
I recommend having a holistic first aid kit with at least five to ten of the following first aid remedies. Give the appropriate remedy of 30c in the mouth. Continue to use other healing methods as well.
These are some common homeopathic remedies for pets:
Calendula: Minor wounds in general
Apis: Bee stings or insect bites
Arnica: Muscle pain
Hypericum: Deep puncture wounds. Cuts with jagged edges
Rhus Tox: Bumpy, itchy rash. General musculoskeletal injuries, red swollen eyes, skin infections and skin itching. Arthritic pain
Euphrasia: Eye issues, such as red, itchy weepy eyes
Ledum: The first choice for any type of puncture wound
Hep sulph: Abscesses anywhere on the body; painful, infected anal glands
"Our goal is for all animals to be given the super-healthy lifestyle that nature intended for them."
FOLLOW THE LAWS OF NATURE
First and foremost, this requires that you give the optimal species-appropriate diet. Carnivore pets thrive on a raw meat diet, just as nature intended.
Eliminate all toxins in the environment. This also includes what is being given internally as well as externally: drugs, chemicals, vaccines, and pesticides, as well as everything in the home that is unnatural, including dryer sheets, floor cleaners, herbicides and more. If you must use these products in emergency situations, buy fragrance-free, use them and dispose of them safely. Synthetic fragrances are a much bigger burden on the nervous and immune systems of pets than people realize.
Give your pets plenty of sunshine outdoors, enough exercise daily for your breed, and always, only filtered water. Most tap water is not safe for drinking.
Give your pet a sleeping place to sleep that is restful, quiet and away from all EMF (electromagnetic fields) and electronics.
If your pet gets sick, treat the cause with natural remedies whenever possible. If you need to go to your vet for a diagnosis, do so. However, resist any suggestions to go straight to antibiotics and steroids, which only mask the symptoms, causing the disease to crop up later in a deeper, more difficult form to heal.
Keep a happy, healthy household. Our pets pick up on the “vibes” around them. Anger, sadness, yelling and fighting can make a pet ill from stress.
Remember that nature is the best cure. Only resort to surgery and drugs when in a true emergency situation.
SPECIES-APPROPRIATE DIET FOR CARNIVORES
We recommend a raw-prey model diet for dogs and cats. This is a
species-appropriate diet and helps to keep them at the ultimate health.
See more here about how to start feeding raw:
Most people don't realize this but dry kibble contains many toxins. Even high quality dry kibble is known to be contaminated with many different bacteria, mycotoxins, and fungi, as well as small insects and their wastes. These dry animal foods are often grain-based and GMO-laden. They are too high in carbohydrates and inferior plant-based proteins that are not at all healthy for your carnivore pets.
Raw or Home-Cooked?
The is much debate among animal owners and experts about what is best for our pets in the realm of optimal diets.
The anti-raw food camp are concerned about bacteria, germs and parasites from not cooking.
The pro-raw people are concerned about loss of healthy nutrients and enzymes from cooking and processed animal foods.
We highly recommend the prey-model approach of raw feeding over homemade cooked food or kibble.
However, we feel it is important that it be a good quality, grass-fed meat source rather that feed lot raised meats, as they too are filled with toxins.
I buy free-range, organic and antibiotic-free meat. The best options are lamb, bison and venison (if you can get it), and chicken necks and frames. I found great pet-grade bison and venison at a meat market when I was in Canada. In the States I find many sources for free-range meat for my pack.
It’s best to use grass-fed beef, bison and free-range chicken thighs for small dogs or cats, or chicken necks and backs for larger animals. Weight-bearing bones of larger animals (like beef legs) should be avoided as they can be too hard on the teeth.
Feed: Most dogs will be fine to make a diet change in just a day or two. The first night, feed your usual kibble for dinner, then the next morning feed a raw breakfast. Then, stop feeding the kibble altogether. Start with one protein for about a week or two and then add variety. There are many great raw feeding groups on facebook for learning more about prey model feeding.
Most dogs will relish the raw meal, but some dogs and cats need to have the food mixed with a high-quality treat they love to get used to the new texture and flavors.
Some dogs need to be fasted to get hungry enough to get excited about the new food. Of course never do this with puppies.
Do not mix raw food and kibble together because it digests differently.
Cats can be more finicky as they are very conditioned by the food they were fed as kittens. It can take a lot longer to switch cats over to raw. Just be patient and keep giving it to them with bits of tuna, sardines or something else you know they love and relish.
Canned organic 100% pumpkin is great to have on hand to regulate any digestive upsets. Also have slippery elm powder on hand for tummy issues.PET
FOOD ADDITIVES AND SUPPLEMENTS
My dogs are very healthy, happy, strong, and energetic, at their ideal weight with shiny coats. I always get asked about my healthy animals and why they look and act so well, and are calm and happy. It’s about balance. Everything is vibration. Keeping the vibration high in your pet, and in your household, keeps the animal's immune system in peak health. We typically do not need to supplement the diet if the food being given is from pastured animals, along with enough organs and raw meaty bones, and is fed in balance.
However, some pet owners that raw feed will once in awhile, when necessary, add supplementation when the pet needs an extra immune boost.
To the raw meat rotation, for the healthiest daily mix, I do add at certain times, these supplements, in rotation, to my pets’ daily diet:
Nutritive herbs such as alfalfa, nettle or kelp; DE for de-wormer, or as a mineral supplement; and coconut oil, golden paste, salmon oil or pastured butter for more healthy fats (EFAs). Spirulina, clay and ACV may be given for health support. Garlic and nutritional yeast help during flea season. The amounts are dependent on the weight of the animal and on the animal’s taste or pickiness.
I have created a whole-food supplement containing all of these natural superfood nutrients that may be needed occasionally for dogs, whether raw fed or not: Super-Natural Dog High-Vibe Nutrient Supplement is geared towards dogs that are raw-fed, adding some nutrients that they may get from nature when foraging for grasses and roots. See it here: HIGH VIBE NUTRIENTS
I also add a few teaspoons or more of colloidal silver to my pets’ daily water to prevent parasites, help with dental decay, and just as an overall preventive.
For instance, when needing a health boost, see below:
For dogs needing a boost for overall health and flea control (animals attract fleas when their immunity is low), I add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil and 1 tbsp. DE. Or, add 1 tbsp. clay powder, 1 tbsp. ACV, 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast and ¼ tsp. powdered or fresh garlic. Stir and feed to your pet once a day.
For boosting feline health: add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil and 1 tsp. of DE. Or, add 1 tsp. of clay powder and 1 tbsp. of ACV and feed it to them once a day.
Chickens: I add the DE sprinkled over their food. DE is also in the dirt where they dust themselves. ACV and colloidal silver is in their water.
When your pet's health is compromised:
Add daily to their diet: DE, coconut oil, clay, kelp, alfalfa, nettles and ACV. The amounts are dependent on the weight of the animal and on the animal’s taste or pickiness. Do this for a few weeks and then re-evaluate. You may need to continue on with this regime for several months to get your pet back on track. Or, simply use the High-Vibe Nutrients from Holistic Pet Care.
I also add a few teaspoons or more of colloidal silver to my pets’ daily water to prevent underlying pathogens and parasites, and to keep their immune systems boosted.
Additionally, it helps with dental decay, and mainly, it’s an overall preventative. You may need to give the CS orally if their health is in poor shape, to make sure they are getting enough.
For Dogs: (Give half these amounts to dogs under 25 lbs.) Give with morning or evening meal. I add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil and 1 tbsp. DE. Or, you can add 1 tbsp. clay powder, 1 tbsp. ACV, ½ tsp. herb mix, along with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Stir 1/4 to ½ tsp. garlic and 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast once a day into the evening meal.
For Cats: Add 1 tsp. of coconut oil and 1 tsp. of DE. Or, add 1 tsp. of clay powder, 1 tsp. of ACV, and digestive enzymes. Feed them raw once a day. Colloidal silver can be given in their water or orally.
Chickens or other pet birds: I add the DE sprinkled over their food. DE is also in the dirt where they dust themselves. ACV and colloidal silver is in their water.
Again, it can’t be emphasized enough: a raw prey-model diet is the cornerstone for optimal health for carnivores.
If you plan to buy a commercially created raw food, or for some reason you cannot feed the prey-model diet, another option is feeding a pre-made raw food. There are several great raw food companies cropping up all the time. I couple good standards are Answers or Small Batch are both good conscious raw dog food companies. This is another choice to prey-model feeding. Although carnivore animals do not need vegetables in their foods, many companies still add them. Small Batch does offer a meat-only chub option. Keep in mind that a carnivore's digestive tract is not designed for grains and vegetables. They do not produce the enzymes needed to digest them so they just turn into sugars in the system, which are not needed by carnivores at all. This works the same way when you feed grains and kibble. They can create inflammation which leads to painful arthritis, diabetes, cancer and more!
As mentioned, most dogs can make an overnight switch. One night it’s kibble for dinner, the next day they have a raw breakfast. Your dog can do this too.
Sometimes a dog will need a fasting period of 1-2 days. Never do this longer than ONE meal with puppies. Do not mix kibble and raw, as the time it takes to digest kibble is far longer than it takes to digest raw, sometimes resulting in stomach upset and regurgitation.
Some vets recommend having canned organic 100% pumpkin on hand to regulate any digestive upsets. Cats need a different transition method. Please see the following site for more info on switching cats to raw: www.rawfedcats.org
HOLISTIC, NATURAL PET HEALTH CARE AND EMERGENCY CARE
For both canine and feline indigestion, and for the general discomfort and dyspepsia of having eaten something nasty! (Always have some digestive enzymes and probiotics on hand.)
Activated charcoal is great for anytime your pet ingests something it should not have eaten. It is a detoxifier and healer, great for drawing out toxins given internally, or used as a poultice externally. It’s always important to have on hand just in case. Vets use this as well in many situations when poisons are ingested.
Use activated charcoal water and colloidal silver as a first aid “go-to”. Mix them together and put into your oral syringe. Get this into them right away. You can also give homeopathic Arsenicum right after the AC and CS mix.
Also, make a mixture with activated charcoal, bentonite clay, coconut oil and colloidal silver. Cover your pet’s entire stomach area with it. You can give a little of some of this mixture into their mouths as well until they are better.
If your pet is suffering from diarrhea or constipation, give about 1 tsp. slippery elm powder mixed with colloidal silver to make a runny paste. Use an oral syringe to get it down their throat.
Ingesting Something Poisonous:
When it comes to our pets and poisons, we don’t want to chance endangering their lives with home remedies. This is when going to the vet is a really good idea! However, while you are on your way to the vet, or if you can catch it right away, you can treat your dog or cat with the following methods:
Immediately, when you suspect your pet has eaten something that’s poisonous to them, give 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (10 ml. per 15 pounds of the dog’s body weight) with an oral syringe, or turkey baster, by squirting or just dribbling the liquid onto the back of throat until swallowed.
Bring any resulting vomit and take it, along with the poison container or other substance that you think you dog may have ingested, to the veterinarian.
If your pet got into something non-edible or very toxic (like dark chocolate), induce vomiting by giving the 3% hydrogen peroxide. This will result in a foamy vomit, so do it outdoors, or have some newspaper handy for cleanup. After the vomiting stops, wait 2 hours and administer the following mixture with a syringe:
1 capsule of probiotics (acidophilus)
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal
1/2 cup of warm colloidal silver
Mix together and give by oral syringe.
Note: If chocolate, poison or anything else was ingested longer than 1 hour ago, and symptoms such as drooling, shaking, or trembling occur, see your emergency veterinarian ASAP.
PARVO VIRUS IN PUPPIES: (as well as other diseases)
I am adding this section for those who are serious about home treatment as an example of what can be done with natural medicine to treat viruses. Parvo is an example of a condition that responds well to these home care methods, when often veterinary care is not as successful. Please don’t try this unless you are experienced in home care and able to be consistent, which is the key to being effective when working with puppies in this way.
If you are a breeder of naturally-reared dogs, or have a non-vaccinated puppy, it is good to know how to treat certain dog illnesses yourself. I recommend knowing this because at certain times you might need to jump in and DIY. Of course there are times when using the conventional veterinary system and their skills is necessary. Parvo might be one of those times. However, sometimes the vet isn’t able to be there, or their drugs just aren’t working, or they have given up. This doesn’t mean you should give up. By all means, don’t! And, if you are stuck without a vet nearby, this is important information to help those puppies.
Treating Parvo can be tricky, when your vet does not offer anything that works, I recommend going after parvo aggressively with holistic methods. First of all you will need a couple of quarts of colloidal silver. This is a very time consuming method but you can and will most likely save the life of your puppy.
Colloidal silver has even been known to help cure the deadly Parvo virus in puppies when given to them very aggressively, even as much as seven or more ounces a day, depending on the size of the puppy, along with other subcutaneous hydration methods. The subcutaneous ringer hydrates the puppy, using a sterile bag of saline solution that is connected to a tube with a needle, and which is inserted under the skin. Please google this method for more information. These are inexpensive and a good addition to your first aid kit.
Here is a holistic parvo treatment method that has been used by natural rearing breeders with great success: Colloidal silver and plain Pedialyte (a pediatric formula for children which can be purchased at any drugstore). Add in a few drops of Oregon grape root, astragalus, echinacea and ginseng tinctures, given a few times a day orally, along with 1 tsp. of coconut oil and 1 drop of oil of oregano, added to the coconut oil.
Another similar method is to give homeopathic aconite in a 200c dose, followed by the Australian Bush Flower Emergency Essence (this emergency flower essence can be purchased on amazon.com) plus the bentonite clay and a 50/50 colloidal silver/pedialyte mixture, to which you can add a few drops of astragalus, ginseng and Oregon grape tinctures. (These can be purchased online or at your local health food store, preferably glycerin extracts.)
You will need to administer it every couple of hours throughout the night and day until you see your pet is fully recovered.
On average, you’ll need to give them a quart or two per day of 20 ppm colloidal silver, depending on the size of the pups. Give about 5 to 10 ml at a time depending on size of dog. (Or, if you are using the Pedialyte mixture, it would be a quart or two of the mixture.)
All the while, in between these doses of colloidal silver, you will give them the activated charcoal water (2 tbsp. of activated charcoal to 1 cup water) two times a day. You will need to have an oral syringe to get this down the throat as they are not going to be drinking.
You need to be extremely diligent with this protocol. Don't give up. With all colloidal silver, keep giving HUGE amounts, even up to 3 or 4 quarts. Whatever you do, DO NOT give up! You can save a very sick puppy with this method.
Again, you should also have a subcutaneous bag for administering saline solution as well. This is called a “lactated ringer” bag and can be purchased through a vet or online. This is done by inserting a needle under the skin of the pup. It is fairly easy to hydrate them in this manner. However, you will need a helper to assist you.
Colloidal silver is widely known to eliminate the deadly parvo. Many natural rearing breeders use it successfully, however, you must consistent.
If you have other dogs on the property that have been exposed, give it to them as well in large doses. This is a good time to buy a colloidal silver generator of your own!
Fleas/mites/ticks etc: All animals: Add colloidal silver to daily water, and spray directly on fleas if you have them. Helps boost their immunity and fleas do not like silver coating their bodies. Use a natural cedar essential oil-based flea and tick spray. Add about ½ cup ACV and about 1 quart of water or colloidal silver. If you make your own CS, you can use the entire quart. Then add about 1/2 teaspoon of cedar essential oil, and either rosemary, peppermint or lemongrass as well. Shake and put in a spray bottle. Use everyday during flea season before going to the dog park, or anywhere fleas may be present.
A good herbal parasite dust can be made from the following herbs:
- Powdered rosemary
- Powdered rue
- Powdered wormwood
- Diatomaceous earth
Mix together in equal parts and apply before going to any area where ticks and fleas may be present. I use geranium oil on their collars when going into tick-infested woods.
There are many different kinds of rose geranium oil on the market. However, the best one for repelling ticks goes by the botanical name pelargonium capitatum x radens. The more popular rose geranium oil under the name pelargonium graveolens is from the same family, but not the same species. It is not as effective against ticks. You can get pelargonium capitatum x radens on amazon.com.
Please!!! Whatever you do, avoid at all costs the expensive monthly pills and one drop applications that are filled with deadly chemicals. Pharmaceuticals cause many unpleasant side effects and hasten the demise of your beloved animal.
A few more tips for fleas: Sprinkle DE (or the herbal formula above), using like flea powder on your pet’s coat every day or two and rub into skin. Although is is a bit drying to the skin, you can use this if the fleas are very problematic, or just stick to the spray recipe. Also, DE sprinkled on bedding works quite well; you can even sprinkle DE or borax on carpets and furniture overnight. (I prefer borax in the house). Vacuum up or leave it as you prefer. You can also sprinkle on baseboards, in cupboards, and so forth, to kill fleas and other bugs safely.
In addition, you can give dogs nutritional yeast and raw garlic to repel fleas, along with a healthy diet. This really helps keep the dog undesirable to pests.
Parasites/Worms: Add colloidal silver to water bowl daily as an adjunct to the parasite prevention program. Add extra DE, kelp, garlic and ground pumpkin seeds to food and in treats. Continue to give daily for prevention, or purchase our holistic de-wormer here: DE-WORMER.
I also recommend an excellent natural parasite product here if you prefer giving something else beyond the above protocols: HERBAL PARASITE FORMULA
Hot spots and/or dry skin: There are two treatment possibilities. All animals:
#1) Rub area with coconut oil and bathe with baking soda water (no soap and no rinsing). Or, use our Colloidal Silver Shampoo. Then spray hair and skin with colloidal silver several times a day.
#2) Or, just wash with baking soda paste and warm water. Consider adding raw Manuka honey (or any raw honey you have) to the baking soda. Leave on for a few minutes, then wash it off thoroughly. Next, use apple cider vinegar in warm water, possibly also with the raw honey or manuka honey if you have it on hand, work it in and only lightly rinse off. Then spray the area with colloidal silver several times daily. By the next day it will be drying up and beginning to heal.
For aging, health-compromised pets: All animals: Coconut oil or golden paste, apple cider vinegar in food and always colloidal silver in their water bowl to keep away any secondary pathogens and boost immunity. Diatomaceous earth added to their diet helps give them energy, ease any pain, and make health conditions better. It’s great for general health.
Kidney issues: All animals: Apple cider vinegar works very effectively when added to water. Give extra colloidal silver. Kombucha tea also works well. In addition, add diatomaceous earth to their food. Powdered nettles in their food is helpful as well.
For illness such as viruses, cancer, bacteria, or almost any animal illness: All animals: Give extra amounts of colloidal silver via oral syringe directly into the mouth up to 7x per day. Large amounts are not going to hurt them so give it generously when your pet is ill. Also, give Golden Paste, DE and apple cider vinegar. Add extra colloidal silver to their pure water. Give Kombucha tea if you make it, or digestive enzymes and probiotics. Look into getting high CDB cannabis extract in tincture form for cancer patients.
Also you can give baking soda water (be careful giving to cats).
For Wound Care
If the wound is bleeding heavily, add turmeric powder to stop the bleeding, or you can have an herbal powder on hand made with equal parts cayenne powder and dried yarrow leaf, a superb wound healer and styptic in use since ancient times. Make sure the yarrow is ground down to a powder and mix herbs equally. Keep in a shaker bottle to have on hand to stop bleeding in wounds and cuts. (Don’t worry, the cayenne won’t burn in this external application.)
Then, colloidal silver sprayed directly onto wounds is a good next step after the bleeding has stopped. Give homeopathic calendula internally. Then spray calendula oil on the wound.
As an alternative to the calendula oil, you can make healing salve with colloidal silver, clay and coconut oil. If you can find the weed plantain growing in your yard crush it up and add to above. Note that there are two varieties of plantain. Both are safe and effective.
Wash the area with colloidal silver, very dilute hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda water daily. Then re-apply the salve or calendula oil.
If you make kombucha, use a kombucha scoby like a bandage directly on the wound and tape it down if possible. You can also use a plantain or comfrey leaf as a bandage.
Infected wound, abscess or inflamed hot spot: SPRAY WITH COLLOIDAL SILVER several times a day- in addition: Mix raw coconut oil or animal healing salve made with plantain and comfrey root, if you have it, and 1 tsp. powdered activated charcoal, 1 tsp. of colloidal silver, some organic turmeric powder (or fresh grated root if you can get it); mix this all together into a type of salve. Apply directly to the wound. (Or purchase our Herbal Salve or Colloidal Silver gel.)
This salve is healing, soothing and antifungal, antibacterial and detoxifying, and will help to stop the drainage and bleeding.
Mange, rashes, other skin issues: Bathe thoroughly in baking soda water and apple cider vinegar, (or our colloidal silver shampoo for pets), and spray with colloidal silver after the bath. When completely dry, sprinkle on the diatomaceous earth and work it into the fur. I recommend wearing gloves. Give both the DE and the colloidal silver internally . You can use the animal salve or coconut oil on any skin issue as well.
Ear cleaning solution: For dogs only, unless you research using it for cats and other animals:
1/2 cup witch hazel
½ cup colloidal silver
1 Tbsp. or so apple cider vinegar
Can be added:
A few drops of oregano oil
Or, lavender essential oil
Use cotton swab, gauze or washcloth to clean ears
For ear infections, I prefer to put the colloidal silver straight into the ears 3-7 times a day for a day or two.
For pink eye and eye infections:
Homeopathic euphrasia 30c pellets directly in the mouth. Also succussed (vigorously shaken) with distilled water (the small white pellets are diluted and shaken in water), directly into the eye. Colloidal silver in the eye up to 7x a day until infection is gone. This takes a day or two.
Remedies you can use and reasons for using them
ACV: apple cider vinegar. You can add to the water and food daily for general health, for pain, and to ward off fleas; also to fight fleas a combination of nutritional yeast and fresh or powdered garlic in the food.
DE: diatomaceous earth. Food grade only. Can be added daily in food for general health and removing internal parasites. Use for 30 days and then stop. It can also be added to water, bedding, and directly onto pets to rid them of fleas and treat skin conditions. It is taken to eliminate parasites, and is also great for pain. It adds minerals to the diet.
Coconut oil: Virgin/raw/organic: Used for general health daily gives a shiny coat and is great in wound and mouth care and for general pain.
Colloidal silver or CS: Great given during sickness or times of distress or as a preventative, as needed. Can be taken for everything!! Good inside and out. The perfect animal cure-all and immune builder. Keeps plaque off the teeth (along with raw meaty bones). I give it daily in their water bowl. Or give orally by syringe.
Clay or azomite: Excellent source of the minerals animals need. Can be taken daily or as a detox.
Manuka honey: Used in wound care and for mouth sores
Calendula oil: Also great for sores and wounds, especially on cats
Probiotics and digestive enzymes: For minor digestive issues, this simple remedy can help many digestive problems. Give on food at mealtimes.
Slippery Elm Powder: Use for any case of tummy upset that includes constipation or diarrhea.
Activated charcoal: For stomach upsets when your pet has eaten something they were not supposed to eat. (If it is a poison or a toxic chemical, give activated charcoal while on the way to your vet!)
Organic virgin olive oil: Great as animal hair conditioner and for wound care.
Nutritive herbs: Alfalfa, kelp, and nettles are my favorite nutritive herbs to add to the diet for the occasional boost. Or to use daily when needed to build the immune system and add more minerals and vitamins. Also milk thistle for occasional detoxing when needed.
Baking soda: Bath animals in baking soda water and not rinsing it off is a great solution for odor control.
Hydrogen peroxide: Food grade only (and very diluted only): Can be added to water for very debilitating sickness or cancer. 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide is a part of The One-Minute Cure. Research this online for more info.
Basically the concept is this: HP is used in extreme illness, as pathogens cannot exist in the presence of oxygen. Food grade hydrogen peroxide increases oxygen levels. There are many medicinal uses for pets using a 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Please do some research on this. Do not use it without knowledge and only use food grade, highly diluted.
Pure water: This is a must. Pets should only drink the water we’d drink. Most unfiltered water is filled with toxins and chlorine, one of the most toxic chemicals on earth. if you water is city water, filter it for pets! We give pure, distilled water to our pack and have for years.
Kombucha tea, scoby plus kombucha culture: Can be used just like apple cider vinegar. Has tons of good probiotics. Great health benefits. Makes a great rawhide-like chew treat.
Essential oils: Especially lavender, oregano, and tea tree oils should be on hand; chamomile and peppermint as well. Essential oils and cats do not get along for the most part, but for dogs they are very helpful for many stressful situations
Flower essences: Especially Rescue Remedy, but there are many great options in the Bach Flower Remedy Kit for emotional issues in pets. Also, Australian Bush Flower Emergency Essence is another wonderful remedy to have on hand.
Homeopathy for pets: For emergency first aid, always have some essential homeopathic medicine on hand. See our first aid kit here: Homeopathic First Aid Kit
Golden Paste: Turmeric is known for many wonderful anti-inflammatory uses. It can be used to relieve joint pain and many other types of chronic pain in pets and humans. It is a wonderful addition to any aging creature’s diet.
Golden Paste Recipe:
1/2 cup (125 mls/60 gms) turmeric powder
1 cup water (250 mls) PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
1/3 cup (70 mls) of one of the following oils: raw (unrefined) cold-pressed coconut oil, or virgin/extra virgin olive oil
2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Omit pepper if your pet just cannot tolerate it. The absorption of turmeric will still be improved by cooking the paste AND by the inclusion of oil. Just remember that it will be less effective without the pepper.
Bring the turmeric and water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes and you may need to add additional water along the way.
Add the freshly ground pepper and oil at the end of cooking, when the turmeric and water mixture has cooled down to just warm. Stir well to incorporate the oil and allow to cool.
The Golden Paste will keep for two weeks, refrigerated.
Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks.
if you want info for using essential oils for dogs go here: Essential Oils and Homeopathy for pets
Thank you for your support, and your interest in caring for your pet the natural, holistic way!
May Your Pets Stay Well!
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