Success Stories for Pets -- D-G

DERMATITIS - see "ear infections"

"I'm a licensed nurse and have been interested in herbs for about 4 years. We have 70-80 goats and I've found that the chemical products are too harsh and don't really solve any problems. I've been using herbal deworming products (wormwood, tarragon, thyme, and BLACK WALNUT) and have done parasite counts before and after treatment with both drugs and the herbs, and I'm much more satisfied with the herbal results." Julie

"I added a 3 month old kitten, Yogi, to our family and he had diarrhea from the day I brought him home. We tried switching foods and all the waiting that goes with every change, fecal exams at the Vet, and we still came up with nothing, other than there were no digestive enzymes. We started enzyme therapy, no change after two weeks and another fecal exam found nothing. We treated for Giardia because Boo Boo, my other cat, seemed to have developed diarrhea too. No change. I was so worried about this little kitten, I checked out no less than 13 books from the library and read everything I could find online.

I decided to try a natural diet (home-cooked and natural dry cat food). One and a half days after I began serving Yogi Flint River Ranch Dry Cat Food (the only dry food he would eat) and serving him cooked chicken or beef, broth, veggies and brown rice or barley meals he had his first normal stool. It's now six (6) weeks later and we're still going strong. I don't know that if I left out any one item things would change, but I feel the combination is a well rounded, balanced and wholesome meal.

Both cats now eat only Flint River Ranch for their dry food. Their coats are soft and shiny, Boo Boo is shedding only a fraction of what he had been. Yogi is finally filling out and actually seems to be satisfied when he has finished his plate of goodies (he had an insatiable appetite before). They both run and play with endless energy. Boo Boo even seems to have a calmer, more sociable and affectionate attitude.

I have learned that many cats can have chronic diarrhea from commercial foods due to an intolerance to the additives, preservatives or fillers used. After all the frustration and anxiety of two months of trying to get our little Yogi on track I hope you might be able to share some of this story with others who are in similar situations." Debra C.

“I got Sage, a second dog, through the shelter. She’s a boxer/Akita mix.  She is such a great dog, but for the 6 months I have owned her, she has episodes of throwing up, diarrhea, and she behaved as if she didn't feel well.  She was also eating gravel and started chewing all the pillows in my house.  After describing her symptoms, somebody recommended minerals to support the nervous system.  I ordered Liquid Chelated Calcium.  Within a few days she was a new dog.  All her symptoms went away and no more chewing. She is happy and energetic!  What a difference.”  Janice in Las Vegas


"Our cat, Juliet, had problems with digestion and bleeding from the anus. I began using INTESTINAL SOOTHE & BUILD (previously called UC3J) to deal with it herbally. I sprinkle one capsule over her dry food every morning. She has had no bleeding and her little rear end looks very healthy (she used to have some slight redness there, but that has gone away). She seemed rather suspicious of the herbs at first but I think she has gotten to like them. As a matter of fact I think she is becoming a real herb lover. I brought home a fresh cutting of peppermint and Miss Juliet went wild for it. It was very cute." S.F.H.

One Year Update "I've been giving my kitty Juliet Intestinal Sooth & Build for about one year now to help with her lower colon problems. Well, now I'm taking the herbs myself! Last Sunday I came down with a terrible gastroenteritis and was very sick for several days. My intestines have not been right since even though I've been very careful about what I eat. I decided to try some of Juliet's herbs and I believe they have helped to sooth my insides. Though I don't think I will stay on the herbs long-term I am going to take them until my intestines are completely healed. Thanks for your newsletter and quality herbal products!" Scarlett C. Fisher-Herreman

"I like a clean and good smelling dog, so I decided to make some "doggie cologne." I used one cup of water, 3 drops each of Nature's Sunshine LAVENDER Essential Oil and TEA TREE OIL along with one drop of Nature's Sunshine's SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE. I keep the solution in the fridge and spritz my dog when he comes in from outside and towel him dry. Not only does it keep him bug-free, the smell is very pleasant and keeps him odor-free as well. Another option would be to spray a cloth and wipe down the coat of your pet to remove the dirt s/he has picked up outside." BD's Human Mom   
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I've never had a cat that liked riding in the car. I've seen them in cars laying on the back window like they were sunning on the porch. My cats whether in a carrier or out must think like men do when they hit the shower. Their voice gets several decimals louder and they vocalize sounds which we call "singing." There's not much that sets me on edge more than to have a cat wailing on the way to the vet or during a move or flight home. I simply can't concentrate to drive. Many years ago I learned to handle this with an herbal formula, Stress-J, which has calming herbs and in a liquid form it's easy to administer before the trip or during.

Recently I had a stray cat that I wanted to neuter and he didn't come around every day, so I had to make the vet appointment and hope that I would have him to go. In the scurry of it all, I forgot I was out of Stress-J , so I decided to use LAVENDER Essential Oil. It sure works to calm me down. I rubbed some in my hands and headed for the car. My husband was driving and I was in the back seat with the cat who was already "singing." I opened the cat carrier just enough to let the cat put his head in my hands. In less than a minute he was calm. He just nuzzled into my hands and laid still. I couldn't believe it! He was calm even through the process of checking him in at the vet.

When I went to pick him up the next day they brought him out singing loudly and rather agitated to be in the carrier. I paid the bill quickly and took him out to the car realizing I'd forgotten the Lavender EO. I get so emotional about stray cats. I always carry PEPPERMINT Essential Oil in my purse since it has so many uses. I'd read about a vet putting it on the paws of animals feet to calm them for examination or for thunder phobia. I got the Peppermint EO from my purse and rubbed some between my palms to do the same thing on the way home. The Peppermint EO did it! It was so nice to have such a simple easily accessible solution." Donna        Read about cautions for cats.

"Most people have heard of Acidophilus and know that it is good for the digestive tract. It's especially useful while taking antibiotics as it helps to replace the "good" bacteria that antibiotics kill off. But here is a lesser known, but equally beneficial use for acidophilus. Simply open two (2) capsules of GARLIC and put into 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Let it cool to room temperature and add two (2) capsules of ACIDOPHILUS and you have a potent healing rinse! This is a good combination to use on those red, inflamed ear flaps that accompany ear infections. It also makes a great rinse for dogs who suffer from vaginitis and certain types of dermatitis." Tracy R.

"Cats and dogs get ear mites. They are not transmittable to humans, but infestations are very contagious with pets in contact with other animals. We have used TEA TREE OIL diluted. I use 10 drops in a tablespoon of water . Then I take a small eyedropper and squirt, a eyedropperful, in one ear at a time, instantly covering the opening with the ear flap and a towel to avoid it being shaken on or around the animal. You can also use olive oil instead of water which will "stick" better to the ear. I spend at least a full minute massaging the ear to keep the animal from shaking it all out before it gets into the ear canal and begins doing its work. Massage as long as you can because it could be a one administration event if you can keep it all in there for 3 - 5 minutes. Be sure to wipe any residue off with either method so you don't have the dog or cat ingesting it since smaller weight animals can get too much of it quickly.
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"One of my rabbits got an ear mite of sorts that makes a sore on the ear. I put Golden Salve on every day with a cotton swab, and it immediately started healing. After about one week, the sore was completely gone and his ear is good as new! Because of the consistency of Golden Salve , it stuck well to the ear without me having to bandage it." Ginger

E.C. breeds and shows cats. Three of her cats came down with a virus called F.I.V. This is a fatal virus, comparable to AIDS in cats. The vet told her the cats would be dead in three days. She called me and asked if I had anything she could give the cats. I gave her the VS-C formula and suggested she give the kittens 1 capsule a day and the cat 2 capsules a day. The cats are still alive and it has been almost two months since she gave the cats the formula. The vet is absolutely astounded. She just can't believe what has happened. The vet says there is no cure for F.I.V., but can't explain what the herbs did.

"We used PAU D'ARCO, BP-X, and DEFENSE MAINTENANCE along with pure water and a natural cat food, adding raw grated foods such as sprouts and carrots. He showed improvement quickly and when retested he showed no trace of leukemia." The Adair's

Jeanne Burgess has been working with pets using herbal remedies since the 70's. Her successful program for Feline Leukemia is this: THIM-J (2 capsules twice a day) - An herbal immune formula, BP-X (2 capsules twice a day) - An herbal blood purifying formula, and LIV-J (1 capsule a day) - An herbal liver formula.

FLEAS "I live in the woods with 2 cats and a dog and my share of the flea population. I have great success with minimal flea problems by having my pets on good food and a flea control plan. I bathe my dog in a solution of TEA TREE OIL (1 T. per gallon) and LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL and use a few drops in the shampoo as well and I give all of my pets GARLIC OIL. I also keep a solution of TEA TREE OIL and water to spritz on the dog when he comes in from an extended stay outside as an extra precaution. Since my cats don't enjoy taking a bath, I spritz a comb and brush them. I also use TEA TREE OIL in the mop water when mopping the floors to deter the little critters from coming inside. I have yet to have a flea infestation and it is chemical-free and safe for all involved." R.S.
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A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandana: Eucalyptus Essential Oil , Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil or Geranium Essential Oil. Don't forget to refresh weekly. This collar and the Herbal Heartworm Prevention Program will give you a safer option for your dog to avoid heartworms.

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