New: 16 March 2012
Rev. 4 August 2015

We are just beginning this segment and I will try to add to it whenever something comes up. I strongly believe in doing some "self medicating" for me and over the years, I have been relatively successful in doing the same for my hounds. I will try to categorize all the "natural remedies" and give some No-No advice on prescription medications. Anyone who would like to assist in correlating the data, please just step right up! Another category will be concerning other possible illnesses or injury-related medical items of interest. Some of these will be "suspicious" in that we may be seeing clusters of the same problem, e.g., high volumes of Torsion in Oklahoma, but not across the U.S. or World. I will provide whatever links I find and you can decide for yourself if your vet is following a trend or if your puppy really is ailing. Sometimes a disease or injury is so new, it can be misdiagnosed. Be informed but DO NOT LEAP to a diagnosis on your own. Question everything and be sure you UNDERSTAND what your vet is telling your about your puppy.

BURSAS. Primarily a "puppyhood" issue since puppies tend to PLOP rather than lie down gently. Rumor has it, a bursa is considered the result of a lowered immune system. If that is true, the following could be helpful: 1000 units of ESTER-C, 2x daily for 3 days; 500 units of ESTER-C, 2x daily for 7 days; then 500 units 1x daily for 7 more days. OR, a gentle 3x daily massage of the swollen area with Ben-Gay or IODEX. OR, prepare a paste of equal parts FRESH GRATED GINGER, BAKING SODA, and CAYENNE PEPPER. Apply to the entire swollen are then wrap with a dressing or hand towel held in place, and leave on for 15 minutes...3x a day is very efficacious. OR, use hot/cold compresses--not so hot you can't hold it on for 3-5 minutes, then alternate with cold for 3-5 minutes. Repeat till you have to do something else<G> Only under the most severe cases should you allow a vet to drain them. They simply fill up again. Surgery is the very LAST Resort.

DIARRHEA. Pumpkin...canned and NOT the Pumpkin Pie Filler, just the standard pumpkin in a can. Using 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds (better buy several cans for our guys). If we are dealing with just an upset tummy from eating out of the kitty litter box, this should work for you. Diarrhea is also a sign of more serious health issues, so if the diarrhea persists more than 24 hours, call your vet!! My personal choice for control is Calf Scours Powder, a teramyacin used to treat scours/diarrhea in cattle. You will only use 1/4 TEASPOON over a 6-hour period. This means you use it at Noon and the hound has not shown signs of firming up, you may use it once more at 6:PM. If you've no success in firming up the stool by then, CALL YOUR VET! Calf Scours Powder (a probiotic) can be obtained through an Equine Supply outlet ( or your local Farm Store. It comes also in liquid form, but I prefer the powder as it is easier to calculate and use.

RAW FOOD DIETS. GOOD OR BAD.  A recent article came in my eMail which I feel is important to share so I will link to it for your perusal. (Copy and paste.)

SKIN, COAT, ALLERGIES AND THEN SOME. The computer is soooo educational. I don't recall where I found this but it makes sense. COCONUT OIL FOR DOGS! Here's the gist of the article about what it can do for your dog.
Use 1/4 Tablespoon per 10# body weight 2x daily of Coconut Oil
(Trader Joe's has the Organic/Virgin product and possibly any Health Food Store):
- Clear up skin problems, from allergies to dry skin.
- Improve general skin health
- Make the dog's coat shiny, deodorizing doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
- Disinfects cuts
- Improves digestion
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath ("doggy breath" as opposed to "puppy breath")
- Helps to control diabetes
- Increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems...
hummmmm, perhaps I should try this stuff myself. My grandmother believed in a tablespoon each of vinegar and honey in warm water daily to do pretty much the same things. I wonder if coconut oil tastes as good?? So to continue this "homeopathic" vein... Here's a bit of data about HONEY.
     Honey  has been used for 2,000 years for its medicinal properties. It is an excellent source of all-natural quick energy boost. (Check with your doctor if you have blood sugar issues!). It a natural antibiotic both internally for a sore throat and general malaise; and externally as a disinfectant for wounds, sores and burns.
SKUNK ODOR. No more Tomato Juice! Here is a little recipe which is much more effective. This comes from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources website...  1 Quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide; ΒΌ Cup Baking Soda; 1 teaspoon liquid soap (I prefer DAWN). I think this may also be less expensive than a gallon or two of tomato juice...messy! messy! messy!

WAS YOUR VETERINARIAN WRONG?  The Animal Legal Defense Fund ( offers some tips on what to consider if you feel your veterinarian may have injured or caused the death of your dog--even accidentally.
- Seek a second opinion from an unrelated veterinarian. Contact the vet who treated your dog and get a copy of all of the records.
- If the dog died, immediately (ASAP) take the body to a college of Veterinary Medicine (e.g., UC San Diego) for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. If you receive a 2nd opinion supporting your concerns, you should  seek expert legal advice. (In Orange County CA, call me; I have a friend who specializes nn "animal" concerns.) - Send a letter of complaint to your state veterinary licensing board and request an investigation. State licensing boards can suspend or remove a vet's license. CALL THE BOARD to make sure your complaint was received and is being acted upon.
- Send a complaint complaint to the veterinary medical association in the county where the veterinarian practices and request an investigation.
- Hire a lawyer or go to Small Claims Court. Any animal is viewed legally as an item of personal property and most courts limit recovery to the cost of replacing the animal with another animal. Recovery may well be limited to out-of-pocket expenses.
(B) FCE~Fibrocartilagenous Emboli. Currently there is a study supported by The University of Nottingham (UK). What is FCE?  ...explains it quite well. The HOME page for has answers to most incidents which can affect your puppy.
(A) Batril...for respiratory, digestive and urinary tract infections. Use only when all else fails when taken orally! It can be used effectively for ear infections as a drop. 
A good link for general meds data:


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