Flea and tick powder DIY

How To Make An Effective Flea And Tick Powder For Your Pets

How  To Make An Effective Flea And Tick Powder For Your Pets

Nobody likes to see their pets bothered by fleas and ticks. Here is a recipe using four ingredients that can be used on your four legged friends as well as in the garden for repelling and killing fleas, ticks, mosquitos, ants, spiders and other bugs and is recommended by holistic vets.

Contrary to popular belief fleas cannot fly, but are passed from pet to pet contact, or from furnishings or even plants onto pets. Their bites start a nasty cycle of itching and scratching. In severe cases it can result in hair loss, skin inflammation or infection to your beloved furry friends. Some chemical solutions will cause allergic reactions and also resistance can be built up over time hence rendering them less effective.

This homemade remedy uses four ingredients that are recognized as insect repellents. Here is a brief description of each:

EUCALYPTUS OIL
Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus citriodoro) is a known natural bug and insect repellent. Eucalytpus oil is an effective way to get rid of fleas in your home. It comes from the seeds of the eucalyptus tree and produces a strong scent that fleas and other insects find unbearable. Studies have shown that it can be more effective than DEET. An additional benefit of this essential oil is that it is an antiseptic so can sooth the skin following insect bites.

(Please note this ingredient should be omitted if applying to cats as they are sensitive to many essential oils. Eucalyptus oil should not be ingested by pets. Do not allow your pet to chew on toys, collars or bedding that is treated directly with the oil).

YARROW POWDER
Yarrow is a healing herb which can be used to treat wounds due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties and used to be a vital herb used in wartime. It has also been shown to have pain relieving properties and is anti-microbial. Pets that suffer from a flea infestation will often go on to get infected bites. Powdered yarrow can help heal and sooth the irritated skin helping to stop the itching/scratching vicious circle.

NEEM POWDER
Neem is another herb which has been used for centuries due to it’s antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and blood-purifying properties. It can be used on pets in oil or powder form as a herbal insect repellent, repelling fleas, ticks, lice, mites, ants and mosquitoes (i) . It actually inhibits the metamorphosis of the larvae thus preventing the rapid breeding of these bugs. It is also moisturising so it helps heal any dry skin or scaling which would otherwise occur from the skin irritation.

FOOD GRADE DIATOM FLOUR
This is also known as Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock consisting of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae, that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. DE particles are so small so it just feels like a fine baby powder to humans and pets. It is a simply a mineral silica.
Food grade fresh water DE is harmless to humans and pets because it is not a poison – the bugs do not ingest it. DE is chrystaline in structure. It works by scratching the bodies of the insects and causing them to dehydrate. Because Diatomaceous Earth can by very drying, Neem counteracts the dryness and helps protect your pet from excess dry skin.
This food grade DE can be purchased at some plant nurseries BUT be sure and specify that you want food grade (not crystallized or filter grade). DE products are registered for use against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and many other pests.

RECIPE
20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil (remember to omit this for cats)
Half a cup of Yarrow Powder
Half a cup of Neem Powder
1 cup of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

INSTRUCTIONS
Simply mix all of the above together in a jar with a shaker lid. Sprinkle on to your pet along the spine whilst brushing the fur in the opposite direction to ensure the powder makes contact with the skin. Also rub it onto their belly, legs and tail always ensuring that it gets to the skin. It can help to rub in with a powder puff or cotton wool pad. Take care to avoid any contact with their eyes and nose.

When this is being applied as a preventative measure once a month should keep your pet bug free throughout the spring and summer months when fleas are most prevalent. However following a bath or they go out in the wet then you should reapply.
If it is being applied to treat an active infestation then apply every other day until you can no longer see any trace of the fleas. Then just apply as above for maintenance.
It is important to also treat your home to prevent re-infestation. You can apply this same powder to pet bedding, soft furnishings, windowsills and floors. Just apply a light dusting to these areas and leave it overnight. Vacuum the following day. Repeat once a week for a month.

For other natural ways to effectively get rid of fleas from your home, garden and pets please see :
http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2014/06/naturally-get-rid-fleas-home-garden-pets.html

REFERENCES:
(i) http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil-for-dogs.html
http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2014/06/naturally-get-rid-fleas-home-garden-pets.html

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Flea bag in your home?

6 Ways to Naturally Prevent and Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

I share my life with many four-legged friends, owning 2 dogs and fostering at least 2 others at any given time. My canine companions make up a huge part of my life so, naturally, I want to care for them…naturally. Like human medications popular dog medications, such as flea and tick preventatives, are full of strange chemicals that could have potentially harmful side effects. If you have little ones running around the house, you don’t want them getting into the medication or touching the dog after it’s applied. Since I foster and have rescues coming in from all kinds of places, I have to be up on the flea care year round. Instead of constantly applying synthetic repellents, there are natural substitutes I can turn to that can help keep the little beasties at bay.

6 Home Remedies for Fleas- keep your dogs bite free without using harsh chemicals.

Why the ingredients: The essential oils/ingredients used here are all natural insecticide/pesticides, shown to either kill or deter the pests due to their various compounds/naturally occurring chemicals. Indeed, many of them are found in commercial flea/tick preventative.

1. Flea collar

A flea collar is a great way to ward off fleas without always having to reapply something topically, and it keeps the flea control constant and steady.

You will need…

-3-5 drops of cedar oil or lavender oil
– 1-3 tablespoons of water
-Bandana OR your dog’s collar
-an eyedropper (optional)

Directions

Dilute 2-3 drops of your chosen oil in 1-3 tablespoons of water. Some people use the oil undiluted, but I personally feel it should always be diluted, even if it’s only by a little. Next, pick out a bandana to be the flea collar-I think a bandana is preferable because you can take it on and off and your dog’s collar won’t smell. It’s always fun to get creative with patterns and colors here. If you go up to ½ teaspoon you can use up to 5 drops of the liquid. Using an eyedropper or other similar means, apply 5-10 drops of the mixture to the bandana and rub the sides of the fabric together, and then tie it about your dog’s neck in a snazzy way. Reapply oil mixture to the collar once a week. In conjunction with this, 1 or 2 drops of oil diluted with at least 1 tablespoon of olive oil can be placed at the base of your dog’s tail.

flea collar

koda

2. Flea deterring drink- can be used alongside any of these remedies.

You will need…

-1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Directions

For every 40 pound dog add 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of their drinking water. We highly recommend using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only does it deter fleas, it improves a pups skin and coat condition from the inside-out.

drink to get rid of fleas

3. Flea comb

This contains lemon and lemon contains something called limonene, which is a chemical that kills and repels fleas but is harmless to us or our pets.

You will need…

-1 freshly sliced up lemon
-1 pot of fresh water
-a comb, sponge, or brush

Directions

Boil a pot of water and add the slices of a freshly cut lemon to it. Turn off the heat after the lemons has been added and cover the pot, letting the mixture steep overnight. The next day dip a comb or your pets brush in the liquid (make sure it’s sufficiently cool) and run it through their hair. A sponge works as well, especially if you have a very short haired breed. A quick version is to bring water to a vigorous boil and then pour over a freshly sliced lemon. Then just dip the comb, let it cool, and use as above.

comb

4. Flea spray

As a bonus, your pup will get a nice gleaming finish to their coat after using this flea spray.

You will need…

-1 cup white distilled vinegar OR 1 cup apple cider vinegar OR a 50/50 blend of both
-1 quart fresh water
-2-3 drops of lavender or cedar oil
-a decent sized spray bottle

Directions

The essential oil isn’t vital, but it certainly gives the spray an extra edge (and a nice smell.) If you’re using it, add 2-3 drops as you add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar/apple cider vinegar/both to 1 quart of fresh water. Fill your spray bottle, and mist your dog, being careful not to get it in their eyes, nose, or ears-aka avoid spraying near the face. To get up around the neck and behind the ears/their chin area, dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe it on. Spray your pets bedding and around it with this mixture lightly as well.

flea spray

5. Flea (be-gone) bag

This little sachet contains things that smell pleasant to us, but that drive pests away from your pet.

You will need…

-Two 6 inch squares of breathable fabric (such as muslin)
-a rough handful of cedar chips
-1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds
-the peel of 1 lemon

Directions

Follow the instructions on how to make a sachet here if you need more detail. Cut 2 6 inch squares of fabric and place them together inside out. Sew all but 1 side and turn inside out. Fill with a rough handful of fragrant cedar chips, 1-2 teaspoons of lavender, and 1 lemon peel. Leave enough room at the top so you can tie it off with a ribbon or sew it shut (tying allows you to reuse it when the contents lose their potency.) Place under your pets bed/bedding or near it to ward off fleas. Change the mixture every month or so.

flea bag

6. Flea bath- wash your pup with this weekly to deter fleas.

You will need…

-A half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice*
-1 ½ – 2 cups of fresh water
-1/4 –1/2 cup of mild pet-friendly soap or shampoo

Directions

Stir together a half a cup of lemon juice, 1 ½ cups of water, and ¼ cup of mild pet-friendly shampoo or soap. Bottle and label and bathe weekly to keep fleas away.

*amounts will vary depending on the size of your dog. As a general rule of thumb, use 2 parts water to every ½ cup of soap and lemon juice.

NOTE: You must always dilute essential oil before using them. Pay attention to and read andrespect your dog’s body language. It may sound odd, but let them sniff the different scents and see how they react. Whichever one you think they “like” the most, or will tolerate should be the one you use. It is estimated that dogs can identify scents 1,000-10,000 times better than humans. Imagine something you hate the smell of, and then imagine it being rubbed all over your body and smelling it 1,000 times stronger!

I cannot begin to say how engrained into my life dogs are. Their wellbeing is of the utmost importance to me, and if I can avoid strange chemicals, I will do so in the same way I avoid them myself. Dogs are natural beings, just as we are, and should rightly be treated as such.

beau

Cat owner? Take a look at our flea remedies for cats.

 

Source: http://everydayroots.com/flea-remedies-for-cats

 


Pets and animals – help from CDS and DMSO

Jim Humble’s CDS

(Chlorine Dioxide Solution)

and DMSO saves the day with distemper

These products are now available from BIO-SIL at : www.biosil.co.za 

CDS for pets

Here’s some lovely first-hand advice from a rescue centre:
I have used DMSO topically on humans ,horses, most of my animals and now been adding the DMSO into the CDS for the distemper.Apart from their smelly breath, they all alot better.I have been adding CDS to all their water indoors so that the chickens,ducks,dogs,birds,geese and cats get it and to the horses food in the morning and evening.I have “played”with the doses for the dogs to see how far I can push the CDS before they get queasy.

This is all amazing and I am so glad I found the CDS as using the MMS was rather difficult in dosing so many dogs ,with the CDS it is not as bad. I have completed a course of 4 weeks of with 8 hours a day of CDS for 17 dogs. I am carrying on but have reduced it to 6 hours every hour.

The Distemper specifics :
I started using CDS when we realised that we were dealing with a more vicious virus than just common everyday virus in a dog.   I started with the protocol 1000 to get their bodies used to the CDS building up to the protocol 2000 and then to the 3000 – using -+ 15 -18 drops per dog in the beggining,and  I was using DMSO with every CDS dose. At that stage I was prepared to over dose the dogs and treat dehydration than treat distemper and watch my dogs have seizures and literally fade away under my nose.(we lost 3 dogs as we started with the MMS / CDS treatment with the neurological side effects of distemper)
I maintained a course of dosing for 9 hours every day for 4 weeks , the same protocol one would use for HIV (dosing dogs of different sizes became a challenge as we have dogs from dachshund sizes to Weimeraner and Labrador size) and dosing 17 dogs daily, for 9 hours a day for 4 solid weeks was exhausting . I had to watch for nausea , vomiting and runny tummies daily.  Once the 4 weeks came to a final close and I was satisfied that the dogs could only go forward and not backwards, I reduced the dosing to 6 hourly with DMSO, watching them like a hawk for ANY side effects of twitching,snotty nose etc.
We are currently on day 4 on the first week on the 6 hourly doses. We have completed a whole 4 weeks of dosing with no relapses and not another heart breaking death …… so we can only be on the right road now!!!  I will maintain a steady dosing pattern for another few weeks to just MAKE SURE we are all healed and that we cannot encounter any form of relapse.
I will reduce it every week until we are on a maintenance level (as long as there are no relapses).  I gave up my job to be with my dogs through this devastating time.
I have now put CDS into my horses’ food, dogs’ water, cats’, ducks’, geese, pig, birds’ and chickens’ water on a daily basis and i will never be without CDS again!!!!!

Thank you to Yvonne,Shannon and Gordon for helping me out with questions and answers and  numerous frantic deliveries when I couldnt …and still can’t leave the farm due to the hourly dosing!! If it weren’t for you three and countless prayers……. I wouldn’t have a single dog left by my side!

All my love

Cherisse

0763008267


Pets – preventing and treating diseases naturally

Colloidal Silver Uses:

Preventing and Treating Diseases in Cats and Dogs

Author:  Claudio Matsuoka from Curitiba, Brazil  Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Author: Claudio Matsuoka from Curitiba, Brazil Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Source: Caspain blue

Colloidal silver works to destroy bacterial, fungal and viral infections in cats and dogs just as well as it does in human beings. Furthermore, because colloidal silver is odorless, almost tasteless and non-toxic, experts say you can use it for both dogs and cats internally and externally.

If you are looking for a healthy, alternative way to take care of your pets and avoid expensive veterinary bills, colloidal silver can go a long way in helping you achieve that goal. Whether you are looking for a disease preventative, a way to clean your pet and his bedding or deal with illness and injuries, it can help you.

It is a very inexpensive, easy to make and use alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics, and it is much more effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.ore effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.

Laborador Pup - Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Laborador Pup – Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Source: John Schauentaub

Colloidal Silver Knocks Out Deadly Canine Parvo Virus

For example, one of the deadliest and most feared viruses among dog and kennel owners is canine parvo.  But, colloidal silver is a well-known alternative treatment for dogs suffering from parvo, and according to pet owners it has saved a lot of lives.  On the other hand, conventional veterinary treatments fail because they only have antibiotics, which do nothing to stop viral infections.  Yet, they prescribe them in cases of canine parvo and about 80% of the time, the dog dies.

Grey Twins
Grey Twins

Source: Own Work

It is Safe for Cats

Colloidal silver is also good for treating cats because it does not have a strong odor and will not be harmful to them if you put it on their fur.  In cases where a cat suffers from a bacterial, viral or fungal skin condition, colloidal silver can be used.

While many essential oils are effective in combating such conditions and are often safe to use on dogs, they should never be used on cats.  But, experts say you can use colloidal silver without fear.

Cat and Dog at Fisherman's Wharf -  BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.
Cat and Dog at Fisherman’s Wharf – BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.

Source: BrokenSphere

Topical and Oral Treatments

Colloidal silver is an excellent alternative to both pharmaceutical antibiotics and prescription or over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments for cats and dogs.  It can be given to your pet in his food or water or applied to his skin or fur a few times a day.

A few drops of colloidal silver on a cotton ball makes an excellent eyewash for pets with eye infections.  Persian cats are especially prone to such infections and must have their eyes washed daily.  Using colloidal silver provides extra antibiotic protection.

One or two drops of colloidal silver in the ears of a cat or dog with an ear infection is a safe, fast and effective way to safely treat them.  There’s no need for a trip to the veterinarian or expensive pharmaceuticals.  A few drops of colloidal silver can do the job in a day or two.

More Ways to Keep Pets Healthy with Colloidal Silver

Many people like to brush their dogs’ teeth. Colloidal silver can be applied directly into a pet’s mouth to help reduce bacteria, heal oral tissues and keep the gums and teeth clean. For dogs, it can also be added to homemade tooth powders and rinses.

Whether your pets live indoors or outdoors, they will be healthier and cleaner and so will you when you use colloidal silver.

Keep your pet’s bedding clean and free of bacteria and parasites when you regularly spray it with undiluted colloidal silver and allow it to air dry.

One or two tablespoons of colloidal silver in your pet’s food or water dish will keep his immune system strong and help prevent disease.

Preserve opened cans and containers of pet food in the refrigerator and make it last a few days longer by adding a few drops of colloidal silver to it.

If your pet is injured, spray or dab colloidal silver on the wound. If possible, bandage it until it heals.

Your dogs and cats are part of your family. Care for them like family members with colloidal silver and protect them from unnecessary visits to the veterinarian. Your cats and dogs will be healthier and live longer.

How to Learn More About Colloidal Silver Uses

It is important to use colloidal silver responsibly. There is a lot of controversy about safe doses because there are no official established guidelines as there are for most other nutritional supplements. Fortunately, an excellent, free 16-page report helps to answer this question, “What’s the ‘Safest’ Daily Dosage for Colloidal Silver.” It is available exclusively from The Silver Edge.

The author of this report, natural health journalist Steve Barwick, has done extensive research on colloidal silver. He, also, wrote the 547-page, “Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual,” a veritable compendium of information on this subject, which also gives you appropriate dosages and uses for colloidal silver.

Learn more about colloidal silver as a natural antimicrobial in the article, “Colloidal Silver Uses: Colloidal Silver as a Natural Antibiotic.”


Lab’s lacerated eye healed in an hour!

12 hours ago

DOGGIE DISTILLED WATERS TESTIMONIAL:

GASHED AND DEFLATED EYEBALL

LADY“Lady the Black Lab” Gets Her Eyeball Filleted Open By Razor Sharp Cat’s Claw, A ‘Miracle’ Ensues…

Lady let out a loud yelp and I figured a cat must have swatted at her. No big deal, I thought. Minutes later I looked at her and noticed her eye was half closed and weeping. I held open her eyelids and to my horror her cornea had a deep slice running thru the middle, from top to bottom. I quickly called Suzy and showed her. Over the next few minutes while we were looking her over, the entire eyeball lost ALL of its fluid out through the gash and completely deflated.

She looked mutilated and lopsided. One eye full and round, the other concave and sagging inwards.

There was a terrible sinking feeling in our stomachs.

We gathered ourselves and immediately created some fresh urine and let drops of it fall from a cotton ball into the cave of what used to be her round eyeball. We did this four more times in the next half hour and tried to think of what else we could do.

I had read many testimonials of terrible wounds which when covered in urine soaked bandages would a few days to a week later reveal miraculously and amazingly fully healed injuries, including those of the eyes.

We told Lady to get on her bed and hoped she would sleep for a bit while we thought of a plan of action.

I thought about motorcycle goggles for dogs and if I could get one I would pack the injured side with urine soaked cotton balls. I went online and start looking at Harley Davidson websites for doggie accessories. About an hour later, as I was just getting ready to fill out the order form for some groovy dog goggles cutely named, “Doggles,” Suzy brought Lady out to me and said, “Look at her eye!”

My fellow humans, I do hereby attest to you that the eye was TOTALLY healed.

At first I thought I was looking at the wrong eye, but no, I wasn’t. I looked at it from the side so a glare of light would fall across the eye in an attempt to see the deep ‘slice’ across her cornea.

I could see nothing.

Her two eyes looked TOTALLY IDENTICAL AGAIN.

Suzy said the same thing, at first she thought she MUST be looking at the wrong eye. But no, this was not the case.

We had to ‘pinch’ ourselves and asked each other to confirm what we had witnessed and that, YES, not but an hour ago, the eye WAS sliced wide open through the middle, WAS totally deflated, WAS looking like a complete lost cause and we were considering having to live with the idea of Lady losing one of her beautiful brown eyes.

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What happened?

Wet and mucous membrane parts of the body tend to heal very quickly due to the life and light channelling properties of pure water. The cornea is obviously a VERY watery part of the body.

I think the combination of the immediate application of the growth hormone-filled urine drops and then having Lady lay down and sleep for an hour, healed the eye.

I think that while she held the eye closed during her nap, the growth hormone from the urine got a chance to stitch up and repair the slice in her cornea. I then think that with cornea no longer open and leaking, Lady’s internal distilled waters supply filled the eyeball back up with pure water and… PRESTO!!!

EYEBALL FUNCTIONAL AGAIN, VISION RESTORED.


Colloidal Silver defeats Parvo Virus

Colloidal Silver Defeats Parvo Virus

Steve Barwick’s Colloidal Silver Secrets Community added avideo from 15 June 2013 to their Timeline.
While there’s no clinical evidence that colloidal silver can be used to cure Parvovirus in dogs, there’s TONS of anecdotal evidence.

Indeed, people have been using colloidal silver on their “Parvo puppies” (and grown dogs with Parvo, as well) for many years, and usually to great success, as this video attests.

The key seems to be to keep the puppies well hydrated, because they don’t like to eat or drink when they have Parvovirus.

So Pedialyte for animals (available from the vet or pet store) or some other hydrating fluid is given orally throughout the day, using either an eyedropper (for puppies), or for larger dogs a large syringe, without the needle, of course.

Some people recommend pouring a capsule full of Lactobacillus acidophilus (beneficial digestive microorganism available at any health food store) into the Pedialyte before administering it to the dog, as the beneficial microbes will compete for space in the puppies tummy with the Parvovirus (i.e., called “competitive inhibition”) and also help prevent some of the diarrhea, as well as the damage to the stomach lining done by the virus.

Some people also recommend trying to feed the dogs with baby food (well strained chicken, for example) in order to get some nourishment into them. Others recommend a commercial product called Nutristat (available online), which is a gel-like paste containing nutrients, electrolytes, fats and protein to nourish the dog while eating is problematic due to the virus.

Finally, colloidal silver is also administered orally, multiple times throughout the day until the dog’s appetite returns and Parvo symptoms are gone.

See my video here on how to administer colloidal silver or other liquids, orally to dogs: http://thesilveredge.com/video-pets-and-colloidal-silver.shtml

 


Pets – natural healing with Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver Uses:

Preventing and Treating Diseases in

Cats and Dogs

Author:  Claudio Matsuoka from Curitiba, Brazil  Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Author: Claudio Matsuoka from Curitiba, Brazil Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Source: Caspain blue

Colloidal silver works to destroy bacterial, fungal and viral infections in cats and dogs just as well as it does in human beings. Furthermore, because colloidal silver is odorless, almost tasteless and non-toxic, experts say you can use it for both dogs and cats internally and externally.

If you are looking for a healthy, alternative way to take care of your pets and avoid expensive veterinary bills, colloidal silver can go a long way in helping you achieve that goal. Whether you are looking for a disease preventative, a way to clean your pet and his bedding or deal with illness and injuries, it can help you.

It is a very inexpensive, easy to make and use alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics, and it is much more effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.ore effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.

Laborador Pup - Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Laborador Pup – Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Source: John Schauentaub

Colloidal Silver Knocks Out Deadly Canine Parvo Virus

For example, one of the deadliest and most feared viruses among dog and kennel owners is canine parvo.  But, colloidal silver is a well-known alternative treatment for dogs suffering from parvo, and according to pet owners it has saved a lot of lives.  On the other hand, conventional veterinary treatments fail because they only have antibiotics, which do nothing to stop viral infections.  Yet, they prescribe them in cases of canine parvo and about 80% of the time, the dog dies.

Grey Twins
Grey Twins

Source: Own Work

It is Safe for Cats

Colloidal silver is also good for treating cats because it does not have a strong odor and will not be harmful to them if you put it on their fur.  In cases where a cat suffers from a bacterial, viral or fungal skin condition, colloidal silver can be used.

While many essential oils are effective in combating such conditions and are often safe to use on dogs, they should never be used on cats.  But, experts say you can use colloidal silver without fear.

Cat and Dog at Fisherman's Wharf -  BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.
Cat and Dog at Fisherman’s Wharf – BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.

Source: BrokenSphere

Topical and Oral Treatments

Colloidal silver is an excellent alternative to both pharmaceutical antibiotics and prescription or over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments for cats and dogs.  It can be given to your pet in his food or water or applied to his skin or fur a few times a day.

A few drops of colloidal silver on a cotton ball makes an excellent eyewash for pets with eye infections.  Persian cats are especially prone to such infections and must have their eyes washed daily.  Using colloidal silver provides extra antibiotic protection.

One or two drops of colloidal silver in the ears of a cat or dog with an ear infection is a safe, fast and effective way to safely treat them.  There’s no need for a trip to the veterinarian or expensive pharmaceuticals.  A few drops of colloidal silver can do the job in a day or two.

More Ways to Keep Pets Healthy with Colloidal Silver

Many people like to brush their dogs’ teeth. Colloidal silver can be applied directly into a pet’s mouth to help reduce bacteria, heal oral tissues and keep the gums and teeth clean. For dogs, it can also be added to homemade tooth powders and rinses.

Whether your pets live indoors or outdoors, they will be healthier and cleaner and so will you when you use colloidal silver.

Keep your pet’s bedding clean and free of bacteria and parasites when you regularly spray it with undiluted colloidal silver and allow it to air dry.

One or two tablespoons of colloidal silver in your pet’s food or water dish will keep his immune system strong and help prevent disease.

Preserve opened cans and containers of pet food in the refrigerator and make it last a few days longer by adding a few drops of colloidal silver to it.

If your pet is injured, spray or dab colloidal silver on the wound. If possible, bandage it until it heals.

Your dogs and cats are part of your family. Care for them like family members with colloidal silver and protect them from unnecessary visits to the veterinarian. Your cats and dogs will be healthier and live longer.

How to Learn More About Colloidal Silver Uses

It is important to use colloidal silver responsibly. There is a lot of controversy about safe doses because there are no official established guidelines as there are for most other nutritional supplements. Fortunately, an excellent, free 16-page report helps to answer this question, “What’s the ‘Safest’ Daily Dosage for Colloidal Silver.” It is available exclusively from The Silver Edge.

The author of this report, natural health journalist Steve Barwick, has done extensive research on colloidal silver. He, also, wrote the 547-page, “Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual,” a veritable compendium of information on this subject, which also gives you appropriate dosages and uses for colloidal silver.

Learn more about colloidal silver as a natural antimicrobial in the article, “Colloidal Silver Uses: Colloidal Silver as a Natural Antibiotic.”


Ticks! How to remove them simply and safely

Safely Remove Ticks

Tick Removal</p><p>A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where<br /> they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her<br /> simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from<br /> some major problems. </p><p>Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.<br /> Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,<br />or your pets. Give it a try. </p><p>A School Nurse has written the info below--good enough<br />to share--and it really works! </p><p>"I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best<br /> way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in<br />those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with<br /> tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of<br />dark hair, etc." </p><p>"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick<br /> with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few<br /> seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be<br /> stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. </p><p>This technique has worked every time I've used it<br />(and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic<br />for the patient and easier for me.."  Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off<br /> and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware</p><p>also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer<br />Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and<br />your family good if you see any of these!</p><p>"Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this<br /> would be damaging in any way.<br />Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.
What a lovely picture!!!!
Tick Removal
A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where
they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her
simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from
some major problems.Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.
Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.A School Nurse has written the info below–good enough
to share–and it really works!”I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best
way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in
those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with
tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of
dark hair, etc.”

“Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick
with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few
seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be
stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I’ve used it
(and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic
for the patient and easier for me..”

Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off
and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware

also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer
Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and
your family good if you see any of these!

“Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this
would be damaging in any way.
Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.

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Diatomaceous Earth Benefits

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Detox with diatomaceous earth to remove allergies, mercury, chemicals, GMOs, parasites

by JB Bardot

(NaturalNews) Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic.

Diatomaceous earth has many uses including detoxification of the body — inside and out; protecting pets and livestock from parasites and insect infestation; and keep your yard and garden pest-free.

Detoxing

Add diatomaceous earth to your diet to detox parasites that can contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching, asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon’s disease, and a host of other allergic-type reactions.

DE detoxes mercury, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals; removes poisons from chemtrails, radiation and may alleviate the effects of GMOs. DE possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties.

In addition to detoxing and destroying pathogens, diatomaceous earth helps to lower blood pressure and contributes to the production of collagen to improve skin tone, strengthening the tendons and joints.

To consume DE orally, start with half a teaspoon and work up to two heaping tablespoons. Mix thoroughly in four ounces of water. Drink immediately and follow with another eight ounces of water. Take on an empty stomach. Continue drinking water throughout the day, because DE can cause constipation.

Initially, you may experience a Herxhemier reaction, which can cause abdominal discomfort and flu-like symptoms. This is a normal response to detoxing, as parasites and pathogens die, releasing their toxins into your system for elimination. The symptoms disappear after a few days.

Protect grains and dry goods

Add diatomaceous earth to bulk grains and legumes to keep opportunistic pests out of your pantry. Use in bags of dried dog, cat and foods for livestock.

Yard and garden

· Sprinkle DE along outside edges on window sills and doors to prevent spiders and ants from entering the house

· Pour into a lawn spreader and apply diatomaceous earth to yard to kill fleas, tics, chiggers and other biting insects that attach themselves to pets. Sprinkle on bushes with a strainer.

· Apply diatomaceous earth on garden soil and plants to protect them from vegetable-loving insects. Make a ring around the stem on the soil to prevent crawly insects from munching stems.

· Pour over fire ant hills to destroy the colony

· Apply to compost and manure piles to reduce odor and control flies

· Apply around garbage pails to keep flies away

· Avoid applying to flowers where beneficial insects like bees, ladybugs and butterflies visit

Pets and Livestock

· Carefully apply to your pet’s coat to kill fleas. DE also prevents new fleas from taking hold and destroys ticks. Avoid making lots of dust when treating your animals. Wear a mask and drape a lightweight towel over the animal’s face during the application.

Diatomaceous earth is safe for use on pets as long as precautions are taken to protect them from inhaling the dust. Add small amounts of DE to pet’s food to kill internal worms and other parasites.

· Sprinkle DE on the soil around your dog’s kennel

· Add to kitty litter to reduce odor and kill fleas

· Sprinkle the chicken coop, barn, stall, and nesting boxes with DE to keep your livestock pest free

Indoors

· Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on furniture, rugs and in cracks around the edge of baseboards to kill insects. Leave for several hours or longer, then vacuum.
· Use a plastic squeeze bottle with a pointed tip to blow DE into hard-to-reach places like electrical outlets — after removing the cover

Warning

· Always use food grade DE
· Avoid inhaling
· DE is drying to the eyes and skin; use precautions when applying
· Diatomaceous earth kills beneficial insects; use caution in the garden

Sources for this article include:

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com
http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/030688_Diatomaceous_earth_health.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

About the author:
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Real Health Talk: http://www.realhealthtalk.com/JB_Bardot_Published_Articles.html

JB Bardot is an herbalist and a classical homeopath, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine. You can find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001364941208&ref=tn_tnmn or on Twitter at jbbardot23 or https://twitter.com/jbbardot23

Source : http://www.naturalnews.com/039326_diatomaceous_earth_detox_mercury.html


Turmeric – wonderful info and application for DOGS

Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae, Turmeric, Indian...

Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae, Turmeric, Indian Saffron, inflorescence; Botanical Garden KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany. The scalded and dried rootstocks are used in homeopathy as remedy: Curcuma longa (Curc-l.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Turmeric and Curcumin –

Good for Your Dog’s Health

Source : http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/11/turmeric-and-curcumin-good-for-your.html

Adding Turmeric (Curcuma longa) to your dog’s daily diet can provide your dog with a vast array of health benefits.
Turmeric, a spice is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa (also known as Indian Saffron), a perennial plant of the ginger family. The exact genesis of the plant is not known as the plant’s original origins are lost in the history of ancient trade; however it is likely that the plant originated in South East Asia or South Asia.
 
The Curcuma longa’s root system includes oblong tubers – similar to those of the ginger plant. The tubers are boiled or steamed, dried, and then ground. The resulting powder has a pungent slightly bitter flavour.
Although dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans – a dog’s noise has a minimum of 300 million olfactory sensors to our paltry 3 million, the dog’s sense of taste is less than ours (a dog averages 1700 taste buds whereas a human has 9000 taste buds). This means that the slightly bitter taste of turmeric is not off-putting for the majority of dogs.
The scent of turmeric is reminiscent of oranges and ginger. Once it is dried and ground into a powder the scent is slightly bitter and medicinal.
Turmeric is a deep, warm yellow-orange color. The rich colour of turmeric comes from a naturally occurring pigment in the Curcuma longa tuber – the pigment is called Curcumin. Curry gets its colour from curcumin and some of its flavour from turmeric. Turmeric is a mainstay of India dishes and is also used as a substitute for saffron.
This revered spice has been used as a dye, flavouring and medicine since 600 BC. Turmeric is a very important spice in India – its use dates back 4000 years to the Vedic culture. India is the main source of the world’s supply of Turmeric, China and Indonesia also grow and produce the spice.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Curcumin is thought to be the principal pharmacological agent in turmeric. As an ancient medication turmeric was used in traditional Asian medicine as a blood purifier, liver ailment mediator, for the healing of skin diseases and sores and wounds and as a stomach tonic. In Thailand turmeric was used as an astringent, anti-diarrheal agent, appetite stimulant, as a carminative, to treat dizziness, gonorrhoea, peptic ulcers and as a topical treatment to stop bleeding, treat insect bites, treat teeth and gums, eradicate ringworms and heal wounds.
 
Today, turmeric is one of the most extensively researched herb-spices for pharmacological use. It is favored for its potentially beneficial use in treating and/or reducing symptoms linked to an extensive range of health conditions due to its excellent qualities as an:
  • Analgesic (pain fighting);
  • Antibacterial;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-oxidant;
  • Antiseptic;
  •  Anti-tumour agent (anti-carcinogen);
 

Turmeric has been shown to be effective in preventing and/or treating:

  • Aids in fat metabolism and weight management;
  • Allergic respiratory disorders – Ashthma;
  • Arthritis;
  • Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties relieves aches and pains associated with arthritis (see additional information under curcumin below);
  • Beneficial for trauma from accidents as it helps lower serum levels which would otherwise cause massive inflammation leading to the shutdown of the heart and other organs;
  • Artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries – heart disease) by lowering bad LDL cholesterol;
  • Bacterial infections – the volatile oil is an external broad spectrum antibiotic which acts to prevent bacterial infection in wounds;
  • Blood purifier – beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders;
  • Cancer inhibitor;
  • Cardiovascular conditions;
  • Chemotherapy – reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy;
  • Detoxifier – turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier;
  • Disinfectant for wounds and burns (antiseptic and antibacterial);
  • Digestive disorders;
  • Turmeric induces the flow of bile which acts to breakdown fat;
  • Protects against injuries caused by some medications;
  • Helps prevent gas/bloating;
  • Inflammation (turmeric’s anti-inflammatory quality has been compared to topical hydrocortisone);
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD;
  • Memory disorders;
  • Neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
  • Peptic ulcers;
  • Skin disorders;
  • Strengthens ligaments.
Other Health Benefits of Turmeric
  • High in fiber;
  • Rich in vitamins (high in vitamin B6 and potassium) and minerals (high in iron and manganese);
  • Excellent for metabolism health and a natural weight-loss aid.
  • Turmeric is even more powerful as a cancer inhibitor when teamed up with cauliflower…of particular importance to prevent prostate cancer.
  • This dog-food recipe includes both turmeric and cauliflower.
Health Benefits of Curcumin
  • Anti-oxidant (anti-aging);
  • Anti-Angiogenic (tumour preventing);
  • Anti-Carcinogenic;
  • Anti-Diabetic;
  • Anti-Inflammatory;
  • Anti-Apoptotic (preventing cell death i.e. from radiation);
  • Anti-Metastatic (inhibits the over-growth of cells);
  • Cardiovascular Protection;
  • Lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol;
  • Detoxer;
  • Imuno-modulatory (immune system enhancing);
  • Neuro-Protective (protects the Central Nervous System – CNS).
Anti-Inflammatory – curcumin has been shown in numerous studies, to be comparable to the potent conventional medicines hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone as well as over-the counter anti-inflammatory agents. But unlike these conventional mendicants curcumin does not have toxic side-effects.
Cancer Inhibitor – due to its powerful antioxidant properties. Curcumin is effective in protecting colon cells from free radicals that can cause damage to healthy cell DNA – of particular importance as cell growth in the colon is particularly rapid. Curcumin also helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells thereby stopping the spread of cancer throughout the body. Curcumin enhances liver function – the liver is a primary toxin filter for the body, so enhancing its function supports health in many ways. Curcumin is also considered to inhibit the growth of the protein that is thought to be instrumental in triggering tumour formation. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit transcription factors (the ‘master switch’ that regulates genes required for tumor formulation).
Lower Bad Cholesterol and support Heart Health – Curcumin is a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in live cells. This active agent of turmeric directs cells to increase the production of messenger proteins that in turn direct the creation of receptors for LDL (Bad) cholesterol. An increase of LDL-receptors enables the liver to clear more LDL from the body.
Preventing Toxic Loading and Liver Damage – The liver plays a huge role in detoxifying the body. As dogs are exposed to ever increasing amounts of toxins in their diet (i.e. as found in many commercially produced dog foods and treats, dental care products – dental chews and toothpaste) and their environment (i.e. household cleaners, road salt, grassshampoo etc.) the incidence of liver damage and liver failure is exponentially increasing. Turmeric boosts the ability of the liver to de-toxify.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - clinical studies have proven that curcumin provides highly powerful antioxidant effects as its ability to neutralize free radicals is substantial. Free radicals cause the painful inflammation and eventual damage to joints.
Defence Against Neurological Diseases of Old-Age – as curcumin is able to turn on gene codes for the production of antioxidant proteins it provides enhanced protection against some neurological diseases brought on by old age.
Weight and Metabolism Management –If your dog is overweight you might want to try adding either turmeric or curcumin to his/her daily diet…new research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that curcumin helps to speed up metabolism.
The Dog Food Industry and Turmeric
Many commercial dog food manufacturers are now putting turmeric in their dog kibble. But please don’t be fooled by advertising – the inclusion of turmeric in commercially prepared dog kibble is not an indication that the kibble is a nutritionally balanced quality product.
The quantity and quality of the turmeric included in the food may be insufficient to have any positive effect on your dog’s health and worse – the turmeric may be of poor quality (i.e. grown with pesticides).
Turmeric is becoming a ‘hot word’ in the pet food manufacturing sector, just as ‘omega’ and ‘probiotic’. As the pet food industry – at least in North America) is unregulated pertaining to their use of terms vs. factual substantiation of actual quality/ratio of ingredient.
Manufactures rely on the ignorance of the consumer – profit before ethics. I have yet to see a commercially prepared dog kibble that includes the appropriate ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Adding ‘probiotics’ to commercially prepared dog kibble is a ridiculous conceit as the heat required during processing of the kibble kills the probiotic microorganisms, thus rendering them useless.
So just as with omega fatty acids and probiotics – your best bet is to add turmeric directly to your dog’s diet – do not expect the trace amounts included in some dog foods to benefit your dog’s health.
Adding Turmeric (or Curcumin) to Your Dog’s Daily Diet is Simple…

  • Sprinkle it on top of your dog’s dry or wet food, and/or;
  • If you home-cook your dog’s food you can add turmeric to your dog-food recipe;
  • You can also try this dog food recipe that I use which contains turmeric.
  • My dogs get turmeric on a daily basis in their homemade dog food and also sprinkled on top of their daily ration of fresh food along with other herbs and spices.
  • You can also add turmeric to homemade dog treats.
What Type of Turmeric (or Curcumin) is Best…
You can use powder (most commonly available), crushed or fresh root. I use the powder form (ground turmeric). The quality of turmeric varies vastly. Turmeric sold is in the typical grocery store and bulk food store is mass produced, grown with pesticides and herbicides and is, as a result low in beneficial potency. For maximum benefit it is best to purchase turmeric from a reputable supplier of high-quality organic turmeric.
How To Store Turmeric (or Curcumin)
Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator;
Turmeric and/or curcumin powder should be stored in a tightly sealed, container and kept in a cool, dark, dry location.
Turmeric and Curcumin is a Natural Dye

When feeding your dog turmeric powder on top of food, just make sure you don’t place your dog’s food bowl on a surface such as a cherished carpet as the deep yellow-gold colour of the spice can stain the surface it falls on.
Additional Information on Herbs and Spices for Dogs
You can read this article for:
  • A list of Herbs and Spices that Are Good for Dogs;
  • Benefits and Uses of many Herbs and Spices for Dogs;
  • List of Herbs and Spices that Are Not Good for Dogs;
  • When Should Herbs & Spices Not be Introduced to Your Dog’s Diet;
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s Weight
The table below provides a general guideline for herbs/spices based on your dog’s weight. The information provided in the table is an extract from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dogs Care.
Dog’s Weight
Sprinkles
(on dog’s food once/day)
Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
1-10 lbs
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose
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