Heart Related Kennel Cough

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I have been struggling with dog’s kennel cough for the last few months and though she seems to be better, she does have a few occasional bouts of very distressing hacking. The vet suggested that it could be due to her heart: she is after all 10 and a bit on the heavy side, and that’s if I’m being charitable and kind. Dog could out eat anyone on this planet. Anyone.

Anyway, the vet suggested some very complicated procedures which not only are expensive but as he put it “may not work”. Well. I checked online and discovered a homeopathy medicine called Spongia Tosta. It is, as the name suggests, toasted marine sponge and is the ace remedy for kennel cough when the old ticker is not ticking too good.

I got her the medicine in the 30th potency, liquid form. I took a 500 mil plastic bottle, filled it with fresh water so that it was 70% full and added about 10 drops of Spongia. Then I shook it, succused it by banging it on the side of my palm or a cushion so that it fizzed gently and gave dog in a new little bowl. She adores the new bowl and will happily sip her medicated water out of it. She has resumed her walks and the coughing spells are rare.

Hope this helps 🙂

Blog Reader Blues?

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Okay. I know there’s nothing quite so annoying or frustrating as when the medicines/products talked about in a blog are not available in your country. It happens to me all the time 😦 Mouthwatering anti-aging creams, body lotions, hair-care products, lingerie and Dermapen. The list is endless. I could always order it on online but the shipping costs are prohibitive and ergo, off-putting. It’s so dang disappointing. Most crushing is my inability to get hold of a Dermapen because I see endless experiments on myself never seeing the light of day. Oh, well.

I am a firm believer in Ayurveda. I am a firm believer in Homeopathy. I come from a country where both are revered, as are common home remedies passed down through generations. We have long been aware of the curative powers of turmeric and Neem before they became sexy. We couldn’t quite understand what the fuss was all about when the world woke up to the goodness of Ashwagandha and the Arjun bark. I remember my mother putting a pinch of turmeric on minor, fresh wounds; there was no question of Dettol. Headaches were dealt with either balm or steam inhalation.

I live in India. All cures and medicines I talk about are available here. Dechane is an Indian company. I cannot help that 😀 I don’t know how expensive shipping would be, but if you could get hold of the medicines I have been lauding incessantly, they really do work. And have no side-effects. Please, please, please try them for urticaria, menstrual issues, migraine and other health matters.

Next post is on dogs who shed maniacally and how to fix that 🙂

 

 

Pets and their Ears

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Ears are so very painful when they hurt. Incredibly so. Earache is as bad as a tooth ache, especially when in attempting to get to the source of the pain, you manage to make it worse, using Q Tips or some pointy metallic objects. Bad idea. Don’t shove stuff into your ear. Let a professional handle it.

So is the case with dogs. Mine scratches her ears and paws me to check what’s bothering her. Usually it’s ear wax which I gently remove but recently I saw that the ear was hot, red and a little moist. And smelly. The dog was in obvious discomfort, so I used my homeopathic Calendula dressing powder from Wheezal. I have used this powder on myself for minor cuts with excellent results and always keep a bottle in the house.

I dusted the powder into Muffu’s ears and the ear was clean and dry the next day. Amazing stuff. Just love it. I keep inspecting her ears and at the slightest smell or scratching, I dust it in as a preventive. You can use the powder for dressing any wounds without a hitch. It is truly a wonder powder.

Try it and let me know 🙂

Probiotic – The ultimate healer of pet wounds?

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Back after an inordinately long break. Shame really, as I have so much to share. Right, this is about how I discovered a simple solution to a recurring problem in my dog’s paw.

Ever since she was a pup, Muffin would get repeated inflammation in her paw (usually the same paw, same web) which would rapidly become a red, ugly, festering wound. Not pretty at all. Like a carbuncle or a boil. The first couple of times we took her to the vet which was traumatic for the animal, as the pus was scraped out and the wound dressed. The dog refused to go the vet’s after that even for her jabs.

I was told that this was a common occurrence with dogs, especially Labs and I would have to just deal with it. I tried giving her coconut oil to help with the healing but it wasn’t much help. I also tried flax seed oil and Vit D3 capsules when ever the paw got inflamed. It did help, but the wound took about 3-4 days to heal.

Finally, a couple of years ago, in need of something fast-acting, I popped 2 Sporlac tablets  into her mouth, which she chewed up rather willingly, looking for more 😀 I knew that Sporlac is a probiotic and would not have any side effects. Rather, it would give her digestion a boost.

It fixed her paw. The wound healed in a day and there was no pus, no distress, nothing. So I tried it again, the next time the paw got inflamed. It was dry by the evening. The boil looks purple, she licks it and bites it and then it bursts open, oozing blood. But the Sporlac just fixes it in a day.

I have now been using that every time she starts licking the web which is an indicator of trouble brewing. Sporlac nips it in the bud. It is the simplest solution to that problem 🙂 It could maybe help with other wounds as well?

I keep a strip of Sporlac around even if the dog has an upset tummy. Fixes it in a jiffy. 2 tablets in the morning and 2 at night after food. I am so chuffed I discovered this unique use for a probiotic. If you don’t get Sporlac, you could use any other brand and see 🙂

Next up, help for canine ears.