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According to veterinarian Dr. Mark Papich from Pet Place, pepto should not be administered without first consulting with your veterinarian. The dose for dogs is 0.5 to 1.5 ml per pound per day (1 to 3 ml/kg/day). The total daily dose is typically divided into two to four doses, making it about 2 teaspoons (10 ml) per 10-pounds per day, split between two to four doses. Pepto should not be used in dogs with allergies to aspirin. Because that's a lot of liquid many dog owners prefer to give the pepto tablets. According to Vet Info, the tablet dose is ¼ tablet per 20 pounds of weight every 6-8 hours. An alternative to digestive discomfort can be as simple as appling an essential oil to the tummy. Peppermint, Fennel, Ginger diluted with 1 tsp of essential oils diluted with a carrier oil (aloe vera juice, fractionated cocnut oil, etc)

Editor's Note: We received many emails and comments asking what can be done to help treat a dog's cold without a visit to the vet. If you can't afford to visit a vet, but you still need to take care of your dog, you can try treating your dogs symptoms yourself.  Here's an excellent article on diagnosing your dog's cold and how to treat it. Here's an article on some natural antibiotic options. As mentioned above, honey and coconut oil can be of great help to your dog in fighting his infection. 

This paragraph left me curious as to what you were referring:According to veterinarian Jon Rappaport in an article for Pet Place.com you can start by giving a small amount such as a tablespoon and if it is successfully kept down you can then offer more two hours later. If still doing well on it, the quantity can be gradually increased and so the frequency, therefore, you would go from 2 Tbsp every 2 hours, to ½ cup to a cup every 3 or 4 hours.

Conclusion: This article reviewed the papers related to the impact of bentonite on body health. It seems that bentonite, as an abundant natural element, holds the properties to be regarded as a therapy in a broad spectrum of disorders. By searching between more than 2500 articles in Pubmed about bentonite clay, it was determined that about 100 articles were related to the effect of bentonite on body function. The results, which were reviewed in this article, suggest that bentonite has enough encouraging characteristics to merit further investigation. Considering that Mother Nature has a cure for everything, the assessment of natural elements such as this clay should be considered in modern medicine.

DIY homemade flea repellant for dogs reply Submitted by Almanac Staff on October 25, 2016 - 11:51am Wash your dog with Castile soap each week followed by a final rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. For this rinse, use one part vinegar to ten parts water. In general, for flea prevention, we would advise feeing your dog ½ teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per day per 25 lbs. of dog.  Also, spray your dog every week with a spray bottle of solution that is a mix of 4 ounces warm water, 6 ounces Apple Cider Vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon sea salt.

I have a 4lb Yorkie that has a problem with gas. He groans and is under stress. I didn't know they could not have milk because he likes to finish up my cereal . So tonight I looked on line to find out what is causing him to have so much gas. He doesn't drink milk very often but every night he's in pain . Please help, He eat Parina puppy chow. He must be at least 5 or 6 yrs old, he's a rescue . Thank you

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Answer: If the smell you get is fishy, most likely it's the anal glands. If your dog's stools are not nice and firm, then this can be a cause for the smell you sense. Some dog owners have obtained good results with pumpkin or supplements for anal gland health that help firm up the stools.

Reintroduce their dog food. If your dog has responded well to the bland food and hasn’t vomited again and seems to be feeling better, you can start to reintroduce their dog food into their diet. On the first day, start with a 50/50 mix of bland food and their dog food. When they are able to keep their dog food down in a 50/50 mix, you can begin to feed your dog their food without any of the bland food. Depending on their condition, the vet might recommend a special diet. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions and monitor your dog closely.

Unfortunately, we can not diagnose your cat, as we are not veterinarians (and we can not see her in person). However, are these black stones very tiny? Flea dirt and fleas themselves can look like little black specks. Some cats are allergic to flea bites, and can develop bald areas and sores. Observe your kitty – does she scratch a lot? Groom excessively? Then it might be due to fleas (cats can wash the itchy area too much and cause more irritation). Even indoor cats can get fleas if a mouse gets into the house. See the article above for suggestions as to how to help pets combat flea infestations (a flea comb is a great start!). There are other pests and diseases that can cause these symptoms, but you might try this first. If the condition gets worse, however, we’d recommend talking to a vet or a 24/7 emergency vet clinic – a technician may be able to advise you at least generally over the phone, without a fee. (Check with the facility first.)

Although dogs will eat most anything you put in front of them, their stomachs don’t always agree with this free-for-all type of consumption. One of the most likely causes for an upset stomach is a change in diet. You can’t assume that they have eaten something unhealthy either. Sometimes they get an upset stomach from something as simple as a change in brand or flavor of dog food. If these causes seem unlikely, you might start searching for another reason, such as illness.

Chamomile soothes the stomach by decreasing muscle spasms and cramps, Morgan says. “It also decreases inflammation of mucous membranes, so it decreases inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining.” Chamomile tea can be added to dog food or your dog's water bowl, or given by mouth with a syringe, she says.

Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals that are produced by certain molds which primarily affects liver. Firstly in 1989 Dvorak et al reported that bentonite is able to reduce water aflatoxin to 66% of its primary concentration which showed the adsorbing capacity of bentonite for aflatoxin . Schell et al showed that in pigs, when clay is added to aflatoxin-contaminated corn, it partially restored liver function without greatly affecting mineral metabolism . In rabbits fed with aflatoxin-contaminated diet, there is a deficiency in reproductive function and adding bentonite to the aflatoxin-contaminated diet improved the physical semen characteristics of buck and reproductive performance traits of doe rabbits . There are numerous animal feeding studies, which demonstrated that bentonites, can bind aflatoxins in ingested feed and reduce or eliminate the toxicity (12–15). Bentonite reduces the bioavailability of aflatoxin and decreases the amount of Aflatoxin M1, which is a hydroxylated metabolite of aflatoxin B1 in Ghanaian population . Currently the safety of dietary bentonite is shown in different studies including animals and humans (2, 4–6). Besides, it does not affect the serum concentrations of important vitamins and nutrient minerals in humans . Then bentonite is being used in humans as a dietary intervention to prevent and cure aflatoxin toxicity.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight aging, says Dr. Judy Morgan, a holistic veterinarian based in New Jersey. (Antioxidants prevent free radical damage, which scientists believe contributes to aging.) While your dog couldn’t care less about maintaining her youthful glow, she can still benefit from Vitamin E oil. Morgan says it adds protection against UV radiation, which is especially beneficial if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors.

Expensive clinic visits and high vet bills – not to mention all those costly allergy medications your vet can prescribe – may be the reason why you put off taking your itchy, allergic pooch to the doctor. The constant itching and scratching can lead to hair loss, trauma, and skin infections…and, as loving pet parents, we don’t want to see our fur babies suffer.

While bentonite can absorb many organic and inorganic materials in GI tract, it is reported not to affect mineral metabolism and absorption . Gut flora is the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans and other animals. These microorganisms benefit the host by fermenting dietary fiber into short-chain fatty acids and synthesize vitamin B and vitamin K as well as metabolizing bile acids, sterols, and xenobiotics . Intragastric administration of bentonite to rats for 28 days leads to hyperproduction of colonic yeast micro-flora . Then bentonite might help nutrients absorption through increasing gut flora activity.

The liver is designed to process toxins, and if it can’t do its job effectively, poisons can build up in your dog’s bloodstream and cross the blood-brain barrier. Your pet can develop a condition called hepatic encephalopathy which can lead to toxin-based seizure activity.

Dogs (and especially young pups) are very susceptible to occurrences of dehydration, much the way humans are. If you notice that your dog has diarrhea or doesn’t seem to have an appetite or be interested in drinking his or her water, then your dog is taking the first step towards dehydration.

This is a very serious condition that can cause even death. It's most likely the same reason dentists prescribe antibiotics after a dental procedure. You do not have an infection yet, but the antibiotics may help the healing process and are given just in case, to prevent further spread of the infection..

Dogs eat grass when they're stomachs are upset, or sometimes it is just a behavioral thing. If she ate a lot of grass, she could possibly have a blockage from the grass or could possibly have some underlying gastrointestinal issue that needs diagnosed.

Make sure you consult with a vet before you apply any remedies on your pup! Each year, families spend billions of dollars on pet medicines, vet visits and treatments.  However, many of your pup’s simple needs could be treated naturally, while also saving money. Below are a few natural remedies for your four-legged child. 1. Ticks – Essential oils are becoming very popular for their many different benefits. You can use geranium, cedarwood, essential oil to repel ticks by applying it to your dog’s collar. – When letting your pooch outside to play in tall weeds or trees, make him the envy of ticks by dressing him up in old clothes and socks, or his own doggie clothes. Make sure to cover as much of his fur as possible. 2. Paws – The natural cold elements can wreak havoc on puppy paws. Invest in a pair of doggie boots (at your local pet store) and keep their paws warm and away from the elements. – If your dog’s paws seem sore from rough terrain or other mother nature related issues, rub gently to see if anything might be stuck. Wash paws gently and apply a moisturizer such as coconut oil. 3. Skin Irritations – Chamomile tea is a great natural remedy for skin irritations. Make some chamomile tea and put in a spray bottle. You can store the spray bottle in the fridge for quick spritz when your pup is feeling itchy. The chamomile can also soothe your pup and reduce stresses incurred from traveling, grooming, loud storms, and loud noises. – If constant scratching is keeping your dog up all day and night, finely grind oats with a little warm water to form a paste. Apply the past to the affected areas and leave on for 10 minutes. The oats should help alleviate any skin irritations.  4. Tummy - Boiled chicken and rice are the go-to meal for any puppy with tummy issues. – Make sure to try to get fluids into your pup as well so they don’t become dehydrated! 5. Itchy Ears – A cotton swab dipped in vegetable oil can help remove wax and dirt buildup. Be careful not to jam anything into your pup’s ear canal, as they make a right-angle turn at the base of the ear. Thank you to the Old Farmer’s Almanac and TreeHugger.com for these great tips and ideas! As always, consult a vet when you see anything wrong with your pup!