Brewers Yeast For Dogs Dosage

Vitamins

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin).

Stress is one of the common causes of hair loss. Vitamin B12 is an anti-stress vitamin, which improves the condition of the immune system and it is also a potent hair growth stimulator. It is available in food sources like fish, dairy products, organ meats (the meat found in liver and kidney), eggs, beef, and pork.

PANTOTHENIC ACID (Vitamin B5) Prevents greying and hair loss. Present in whole grain cereals, brewer's yeast, organ meat, egg yolk.

Daily dose 4 to7 mg.

Vitamin B6---Prevents hair loss, and helps in melanin formation. Daily dose 1.6 mg.

Niacin (Vit. B3) ---Promotes scalp circulation. Present in wheat germs, fish, chicken, Daily dose 15 mg.

Biotin-helps in keratin production. It prevents hair loss and greying of hair. Found in whole grains, egg yolk, liver, rice, milk. Daily dose 150 -300 mcg.

Inositol-Keeps hair follicle healthy at cellular level. Present in whole grains, brewer's yeast and liver, citrus fruits. Daily dose up to 600mg.

Vitamin E. the deficiency of this causes serious health hazards apart for major hair loss. Vitamin E is necessary to provide good blood circulation to the scalp by increasing the uptake of oxygen

Vitamin C- required for the healthy growth of hair and skin. It is commonly found in food sources like citrus fruits.

Proteins and Amino acid

Main constituent of hair is protein, so protein is an essential nutrient for hair production. Following are the important amino acids which play an important role in hair growth.

L- CYSTINE--For hair growth, the most important amino acid is cysteine. It contains sulfur molecules which cross link with each other to produce disulfide bonds. These chemical bonds give strength to hair. This facilitates longer hair growth beyond what is genetically programmed.

L- LYSINE-This amino acid inhibits 5-alpha-reductase.This amino acid plays an important role in androgenic alopecia. (Hair fall)

L- ARGININE-Hair follicles use nitric oxide to maintain and promote new hair growth. L-arginie is required to produce nitric oxide.

MSM---METHY-SULFA METHONATE-

Sulfur has been called nature's "beauty mineral" because it is needed to keep the hair glossy and smooth and keeps the complexion clear and youthful. It is needed for synthesis of collagen and is prevalent in keratin, a tough protein substance necessary for health and maintenance of the skin, nails and hair.

Minerals:

Minerals are one of the important diet supplements required for healthy hair growth. Without adequate quantity of minerals, our body is not able to absorb the benefits of other nutrients like vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Silicon It builds the connective tissues, like ligaments and tendons. It leads to the growth of hair, skin and fingernails. Silicon is largely available in foods like whole grain, breads, cereals, alfalfa, beet, black pepper, bean and pea.

Zinc is required for the normal growth of the hair, teeth, bones, nails and skin. It builds the connective tissue like ligaments and tendons. Zinc is largely available in food sources like whole wheat bread, seafood and other animal meats.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you repel fleas and ticks from people and dogs naturally?
    I have 6 acres, I live in the country, and have a lush pasture I let grow for my dogs to enjoy. We mow paths through the pasture for the dogs to explore and play, and of course, tick are a consequence. I do not like to over medicate my dogs, I don't believe in giving them every med that comes on the market. I know brewers yeast will repel mosquito's, but what about those darn ticks? I have 10 of my own dogs, I foster for a dog rescue(over 300 adoptions at this point!!!) and I also do doggy daycare-anybody, anywhere use something??? I know tea tree oil for lice, garlic for intestinal parasites, but help me with the ticks....THANKS.

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT do this if you have dogs that cannot have heartguard. But if you use cattle ivermectin and glycol mixed together monthly to guard against heart worms this will also help repel fleas and ticks. It is also much cheaper than the heartguard and will last you much longer. Try finding a reputable breeder who would know more about it to help u with dosages. Or even ask your vet. Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    What can be done for a dog that has stepped on a bee?
    It's almost midnight Friday,(no vets available) and our dog came in limping and licking his paw. When I tried to check it, a bee flew up from it. We can't find the stinger,but it still seems to be hurting.

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the stinger with tweezers. Or scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface, to reduce the chance of pumping more venom into the dog�s skin.

      * Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water.

      * Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel). Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.

      * One way to treat bee stings is to give the dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Typical dosages: for cats and dogs under 30 pounds, give 10 mg...dogs 30 to 50 pounds, give 25 mg...dogs over 50 pounds, give 50 mg. Use only the plain Benadryl formula.

      * A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.

      * Stings and bites can cause severe reactions. If there is major swelling, or the animal seems disoriented, sick or has trouble moving or breathing, go to the vet immediately. Even if your pet seems fine, watch him carefully for 24 hours.

      * Dogs with short and thin fur are more prone to spider bites and scorpion stings. The venom can be very dangerous.

      Remedies for Various Skin Ailments:

      * Some ways to soothe insect bites, hot spots, and other skin conditions:

      ** Dab with milk of magnesia to calm irritated skin.

      ** Aloe vera from plants and creams. Apply gel directly on the spot. Or dilute with water, put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the spot.

      ** Dab with organic apple cider vinegar.

      ** Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply on hot spots for several days.

      ** Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected areas. This also helps soothe itchy human skin in case you, too, have a sting, rash or poison ivy.

      ** Epsom salt: mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin.

      ** Combine 3 capsules of sage, 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salts and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then strain out the sage. Store in a spray bottle or jar in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Apply to the affected area several times a day.

      ** Emu oil is a natural, soothing substance that helps treat canine skin ailments such as ringworm, flea bites, bee stings, rashes, hot spots and lacerations. Apply on the affected area.

      ** Aveeno. Mix a package of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder with 2 cups of water, wet the dog down with cool water, then apply the Aveeno mix. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and towel dry.

      ** Petkin Reliefstick, which comes packaged like a stick deodorant. It contains natural ingredients to cool the skin as well as reduce redness and swelling and promote healing -- plus a safe licking deterrent.

      ** Petroleum jelly or Bag Balm � use either to seal in moisture. Also excellent for chaffed paw pads.

      ** Brewers yeast: one pill for every 10 pounds of the dog�s weight; just add the pills into the dog�s food.

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  3. QUESTION:
    How to get dog to stop eating his poop?
    Any ideas to get my dog to stop eating his own poo? Aside from scooping it sooner, we do already try to do that. We live in Michigan, and we'd like to be able to just send him outside in the winter!

    • ANSWER:
      Teaching a leave command isn't always practical and despite a conservatory to look through I never relished the 'constant vigilance' approach to this problem! If your dog makes the decision not to eat their own poo without your interaction they're more likely to continue not eating it without your supervision. Sometimes you have to make your own mistakes and dogs are no different.

      I attempted sound aversion - using saucepans and 'ah ah' but found my unreliability in witnessing the behaviour was the major downfall of using this method and the reason it wasn't very successful.

      I personally used a tablet called 'Stool Repel-Um' available in the UK but I think manufactured by an international company. There is more than one company who offer these tablets which contain (among other things) brewer's yeast. The harmless ingredients react in the dog's small intestine to produce an enzyme dogs find unpleasant and this is excreted with their usual stools. It makes the stool smell and taste unpleasant. My dog back pedaled after sniffing her first 'loaded' poo. The dosage may need adjusting if it doesn't work right away as it is dependent on body mass. I had to up the dosage for my dog as she was borderline between two differing doses and it wasn't quite unpalatable enough. Once the dosage is correct the results are usually instant but it's worth continuing the tablets for a few weeks to prevent relapses and continuing monitoring him using sound aversion if slip ups occur. My dog has been off the tablets for months and only one relapse but that's because we put her on chicken and rice for colitis and I guess it just smelled too good!

      A home made method is a solution of mustard (English is the best if you can get hold of it, if not any hot mustard powder or sauce will do). Dilute the mustard with water and get drenching those piles of poo. The theory is the same as the tablet one although you'll still have to be outside on top of the spraying, leaving no pile uncovered. I haven't used this method but have heard people swear by it. Although my Mum once told me she covered an Airedale's legs in mustard when she was a toddler and he licked it all off so each to their own!

      Good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of feeding baker's yeast to dogs for flea control?
    If so, does it work? What's the dosage? Are there any adverse side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah I've heard of it all right (It's Brewer's yeast). It doesn't work - don't waste your time! Just get some proper, safe flea treatment from a vet, like Frontline.

      Oh - and NEVER accept dosage advice from people on the internet!!

      Chalice

  5. QUESTION:
    Brewers yeast with omega 3 fatty acids &garlic for my dog?
    I bought these pills at my local walmart.Thought I would give them a try.Has any one tried these that can tell me if they work or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic is only dangerous in huge quantites. The amount of garlic it would take to harm a dog is like 75 cloves of fresh garlic and I don't know many dogs that are even willing to eat that much. A little bit is actually very beneficial. Many top brands of dogfood have garlic in them.
      My dogs get doses of Omega 3 & 6 as well as garlic on a daily basis and they are in top health. I don't know what you bought, but you need to make sure it is made for dogs or else research the dosage you need to give your dog.

  6. QUESTION:
    Bumps and flaky patches of skin and fur on my Dobermans face?
    My Doberman developed some bumps on his body after I bathed him with a new shampoo, so I gave him some benalyn and they seemed to get better. Now I've noticed that he has developed the bumps again and on top of that he now has flakey skin on his cheek and his fur seems kind of patchy there... I haven't changed his food, or anything recently...I am kind of concerned and my vet is on vacation, I'm not sure what I should be doing, I have heard that Doberman are very sensitive to some foods and we are just feeding him alpo because that is all our other dog ever ate, should I maybe be getting him some better food? Or is there anything else that could be causing it? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      If he was my dog I would be first using natural remedies to relieve his pain, and especially figure out the cause of his atopic dermatitis (itchy skin). Environmental allergies? Dietary allergies? Flea allergies or parasites? Dogs can have allergies to:
      -food, especially beef, corn, colours, Brewer's yeast, gluten, wheat, soy, milk/cheese/dairy, eggs, nuts, fruits, tomatoes, carrots, yeast, spices & additives
      -chlorine/water contaminants and substances present in their drinking water from the tap
      -household cleaning chemicals
      -chemicals emitted from furniture or buildings
      -synthetic carpets/upholstory
      -plastic food bowls
      -plants, grasses, and/or pollen (environmental allergies)
      -flea chemicals, flea/tick preventatives, and heartworm medicine; any other regularly administered treatments
      -vaccinations and medication administered by a veterinarian
      -flea/insect bites
      -even humans and cats! (relatively rare, but I find it amusing that a dog can be allergic to cats or vice versa--same with his/her owner)

      As you can see, there are many options. You can try allergy tests (ask your vet) to diagnose the allergen, and go on an "elimination diet" (Google it!) for dogs to determine if it's dietary allergies.

      Alpo--read this: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=63&cat=7

      Dogfoodanalysis is a very reliable, expert site and has hundreds of reviews. I would recommend switching his diet ASAP. Unfortunately Alpo is a very poor quality food.

      Your vet may put your pet on cortisone shots, Prednisone, steroids, antibiotics, and other treatments. These may help, but they often have negative side effects. Worst, they only SUPPRESS the symptoms, not solve the underlying problem. It's a Band-Aid approach (see http://dogs-for-kids.blogspot.ca/2011/12/beware-of-band-aid-approach.html). They keep the problem inside the dog until the treatment wears off. Then it erupts again, often much worse because the dog's immune system has been forced to keep the toxins inside the body. Breaking out in cysts, hot spots, etc. are the dog's way of trying to expel the toxin or allergen and bring it outside of the body.
      A dog with allergic symptoms should not be given vaccinations until the symptoms have been completely eradicated for several months. Vaccinations and conventional medications often just lead to more problems and terrible side effects for thousands of dogs with atopic dermatitis. With no other option, many owners end up having to euthanize their miserably itchy dogs--definitely a sad situation. However, natural remedies are often much more effective because instead of compromising the immune system and forcing it inside the body, they actually strengthen the dog's immune system and address the REAL problem.

      Here are a few suggestions from my research for relieving allergies and itchy skin:

      -add some sort of omega-3, fatty acid rich oil to the diet. Try adding about 1 tbsp (this dosage for a 12 lb dog, try 2 1/2 tbsp max. for a larger dog) of salmon oil/other food grade fish oil, vegetable oil, flaxseed oil, or coconut oil to every feeding until you notice a difference--then only add the oil once daily
      -externally, try gently massaging coconut oil (organic, 100% pure), a bit of vegetable oil, Neem Seed oil (100% pure), aloe vera gel, or Lemon Balm ointment onto the itchy skin, hot spots, & welts
      -bathe the dog as much as possible, using gentle holistic oatmeal-based dog shampoos
      -rinse with a diluted hydrogen peroxide and water solution, do not get near eyes
      -increase natural Vitamin D intake with "sunbaths"
      -for environmental/seasonal allergies, you can feed LOCAL honey & bee pollen
      -additional good dietary supplements include a few dried goji berries, vitamin C (natural antihistamine), vitamin E, Biotin capsules (make sure you use the correct dosage), and apple cider vinegar (look for organic containing the "mother") in food
      -a spray bottle or rinse of half vinegar/half water solution for itchy skin and bouts of scratching, avoid getting near the face and dilute further if it appears too strong for the dog
      -fish oil capsules as an alternative to uncontained oil
      -Ted's Mange Remedy (good for itchy skin/fleas apparently, too)--look for it on http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets.html/

      Atopic dermatitis usually surfaces between 6 months and 3 years, but can occur at all ages. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is an option, too, though I haven't researched it that much.
      I recommend the following sources:
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/allergies.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/vaccination_side_effects.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/medication_side_effects.html

  7. QUESTION:
    Will too much garlic powder in my dog's food hurt him?
    I put garlic powder in my dog's food to try to stop more fleas from coming on him, but I'm kinda afraid of putting a whole bunch in there. Can garlic powder actually hurt a dog? Too much? Or even some?
    Please Help!?
    I've got a Labrador too!
    Can it potentially kill them?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes too much garlic powder can harm your dog. I am not against using at home remedies for dogs as some other people are. It is better to use an at home remedy than put a chemical onto your dog. Sometime the fleas are too bad that you need to use a product such as frontline, but it is never my first choice. Look into how many deaths from topical flea products there have been (even just recently) there have been news reports even. In my opinion your best bet (to be natural) is to stop and get Brewer's yeast from the pet store. It contains small amounts of garlic and does a good job of repelling the fleas and it will also give you specifications on what dosage to give your dog. For example the Brewer's yeast I give my dogs is 1 tablet for every 10lbs of weight and they are chewable. My dogs love them, they think they're getting a treat.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a 7 year old half pit/half dalmation who is showing signs of arthritis? Any idea?
    I would greatly appreciate any info! Thank you in advance. God bless

    • ANSWER:
      First and foremost, make sure the food is GRAIN FREE, ie. no corn, wheat or soy, no byproducts or artificial preservatives or colors as all these things will exacerbate arthritis.

      If you're feeding anything that contains corn, wheat, soy, byproducts, or artificial preservatives or colors, BHA, BHT, get rid of it! In short, if you buy your dog food at the grocery store or WalMart, it's ABSOLUTE CRAP and WILL eventually make your dogs sick with allergies, kidney or liver failure, or cancer. It's not a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN! Grain free dog foods are more readily available at livestock feed stores. You may pay more up front than the cheap crap, but your dogs coats will improve, their stools will be smaller and cleaner, they will be healthier and they will eat less because grain free foods are more digestable, thereby providing your dogs with substantially more nutrients and higher quality proteins. Dogs CAN NOT digest CORN! Wheat and soy cause all kinds of allergies ie. paw licking, poor coat, itching a lot, dry scaly nose, lethargy, labored breathing, etc.

      There's a reason that there's been 11 pet food recalls in the last 12 years. Commercial brands like Iams, Pedigree, Science Diet (ahhh), Eukanuba, everything Purina makes, Beneful, Ol' Roy, Nutro, Maxx, and the list goes on, are killing our pets and/or making them very sick. Think about it, there has NEVER been a wolf shot for raiding a farmers CORN, WHEAT OR SOY CROP!! NEVER EVER!!!!

      Some of the better brands are:

      Wellness CORE
      EVO
      Orijen (expensive, but superior, has 70% total real meat)
      Earthborn Holistic Grain Free (more affordable)
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul (more affordable)
      Merrick Before Grain
      Blue Wilderness (don't like how much rice they use)
      Petcurean GO! (80% total real meat)
      Fromms Surf & Turf (a tad high in ash)
      Natures Variety Instinct "Duck & Turkey Meal" (not crazy w/Brewers yeast)
      Taste of the Wild High Plains (they don't guarantee their "fish meal" supplier doesn't use Ethoxyquin, a carcinogen)

      Here's a site where you can compare the ingredients in your dogs food and how it rates and why. Then compare the 4, 5, & 6 star rated foods and the difference will shock you!
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      You can go to a livestock feed store and get some MSM (99.9% pure) for about 15.00 per lb. Add a scoop to her dog food every day and you should notice a difference within 3 to 5 days. Most dogs like it but if she doesn't, you can get empty capsules at a health food store and fill them with the MSM and stick them into cheese or meat or gently poke them down her throat. She's a fairly good sized dog so you want to make sure that she gets about 1/2 tablespoon daily or 2 teaspoons daily. If you don't see improvement in her mobility by day 3, increase the dosage about 1/4 tsp. until you see the positive changes.

      The way to tell if the dog or a person is getting enough MSM is that it's pretty powerful in cleaning out the colon. That's a very good thing but you just don't want to do it too fast. Too much too soon can cause diarrhea. But that's just a marker. All you would do in that case is decrease the dosage by 1/4 tsp. per day until the bowel movements have a good consistency. So be watchful when your dog goes potty and when you get the dosage right, your dog will have the best poops and the cleanest colon you've ever seen. ;-)

      See, the beautiful thing about these NATURALLY occuring sulfates is that they actually preserve and restore healthy cartilage. That can NOT be said for the prescription NSAIDS and COX 2 inhibitors like Celebrex and other super expensive DRUGS that actually deteriorate and eventually, completely destroy cartilage, leaving the arthritic patient with excrutiating bone on bone. Therein lies the prescription trap, you CAN'T quit taking those drugs because you could not survive the pain of bone on bone.

      I'll include some links to articles that should help you learn more about MSM. Please understand that I'm not endorsing any particular brand other than whatever MSM you buy, make sure that it's 99.9% pure MSM. The articles below are for informational purposes. The link to horse.com is if you don't know where else to buy it and their prices are great, even better than MY local feed stores. You just give this stuff a try because in just a few days, your pup is going to THANK YOU from the bottom of her heart! Good luck and God bless.

      http://www.nutriteam.com/msm.htm

      Don't worry that this product says horse care on it. MSM is widely used in the horse industry and that's why you get the best prices at livestock feed stores. Every person I've recommended MSM to goes to the 'feed store' to get it. You can go to a health food store to buy it and pay a grundle more, but all they've done is change the label. Trust me, your dog will not care what's on the label. You can get this 2.5 lb. bucket for just .95.
      http://www.horse.com/99.9-MSM-Pure-Powder-BWA56.html

  9. QUESTION:
    How often to you give the tablets of brewers yeast to your dog once a day, once a week?

    • ANSWER:
      Just follow the recommended dosage according to the weight/size of the dog. I give mine powdered form everyday about less than half a teaspoon each meal.

  10. QUESTION:
    what does brewers yeast (with garlic) do for dogs?
    he weighs 50lbs and it says double the dosage during summer - that equals 20 pills a day! will it help him stop itching? He has no fleas - no hot spots - no allergies that we know of

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic can cause bleeding problems in dogs - I wouldn't give him that. The brewer's yeast contains a lot of vitamin B, which is good for skin and stress. It is debatable as to whether it does anything for bugs.

      You would probably be better off getting some fish oil capsules for his skin (it's also an excellent ant-inflammatory), and using Frontline for the bugs. That's what good dermatologists use.

  11. QUESTION:
    What dosage of Brewers Yeast (powder form) to give to dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewer's yeast is one of the more common nutritional supplements for dogs. Many breeders swear by it, but some veterinarians urge caution because of its potential as an allergen. Here's what you need to know to decide whether or not brewer's yeast is right for your dog.
      Dosing
      The correct dosage of brewer's yeast depends on the size of the dog and the type of yeast you are using. For powders, 1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight is usually recommended. The correct dosage for tablets depends on the size of the tablet. Read and follow the dosing instructions on the package

      Definition
      Brewer's yeast is a type of nutritional yeast that is often given to dogs as a supplement. Yeasts are one-celled fungal organisms that eat sugars and produce carbon dioxide and alcohol as by-products. They are used to bake bread and brew beer and wine. The specific strain used in most brewer's yeast supplements for dogs is called Saccharomyces cervisiae. Sometimes, brewer's yeast supplements are made from by-products left over from brewing beer, but the highest-quality supplements are made specifically for dogs from fresh ingredients.

      Benefits
      Dog owners give their pets brewer's yeast for a variety of different reasons.
      First, brewer's yeast is a great source of B vitamins such as biotin, trace minerals such as zinc, proteins, and amino acids. The amino acids and vitamins can help make your dog's skin healthier and its coat shinier.
      Second, brewer's yeast is often recommended by holistic vets to help strengthen dogs' immune systems. According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, in one study, brewer's yeast was shown to protect chickens from salmonella-tainted feed.
      Brewer's yeast is also a common natural remedy for dogs with fleas. Holistic veterinarian Richard Pitcairn recommends it for that purpose. It is thought to work against fleas because it contains sulfur compounds that make your dog less palatable to fleas. However, at least one study showed that brewer's yeast provided dogs no protection whatsoever against fleas compared to a control group.

      Risks
      Some dogs are allergic to yeast, and dogs that are allergic to other foods are likely to be allergic to yeast as well. Low quality yeast is especially likely to cause allergic reactions. If your dog has food allergies, introduce high-quality brewer's yeast into its diet cautiously. If you see any signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue the brewer's yeast immediately.

      Types
      Brewer's yeast is sold as pills, tablets and as a powdered supplement that can be sprinkled over food. The nutritional content of the yeast is not standardized, and will vary depending on what the yeast was grown on. Compare labels to ensure that your pet is getting the most benefit from the product. There is also a difference between premium brewer's yeast supplements and supplements made from the by-products of the brewing process. Yeast that has been grown specifically for use in supplements has more nutrients and is less likely to cause allergic reactions.

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  12. QUESTION:
    Brewers yeast to control fleas?
    I have heard of people using Brewers Yeast to prevent and take care of fleas. Does this work? Can both cats and dogs eat it? Does it also control ticks? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it does, I have used it for over 17 yrs on all my dogs, I use the Brewers Yeast Tablets with Garlic, and you give according to the dogs weight size, they do have it for cats as well.

      It does work, none of my dogs ever have fleas or ticks year round.

      I give it year round and have recommended it on her tons of times, and people have switched to it with good success.

      I do not like the chemicals for flea and tick control..it can eventually cause an intestinal disruption per vets, not just my vet either.

      You back off the dosage in winter months, give one less in am and one less in pm to split up the doses, do not give the total daily all in one dose, split it up and like I said cut back in the winter..My dogs love them, no problem taking them at all.

      And, the garlic does not hurt them either....

      Some will argue it will hurt dogs, some garlic will, this dose put out does not....

      But, consult your vet always before starting anything new for your babies, dogs or cats....

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the proper dosage of Brewer's Yeast for Dogs?
    In milligram form?

    • ANSWER:
      None - home remedies can be very dangerous.
      If your dog has a medical problem, get him to the vet, don't experiment with folk remedies that can make him very sick.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the proper dosage of Brewer's Yeast for Dogs?
    In milligram form? xx mg for xx lbs of weight ?

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you ask the vet that you got the medication from. Its free to call.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have 3 dogs and can't find a flea remedy that works for my German Shepard. what should i do now?
    My white Shepard is chewing all the fur of her backside and causing severe hot spots. we have used everything from flea collars to dips and flea bombs for the house. Even Frontline and Advantix is not helping. I am all out of ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Angela
      My first thought was also allergy, have you tried her on polararmine, she can have up to 2 of the red ones both morning and night. Although this is human medication dogs are allowed to have it, but they take more than us (dosage given to me by vet for my previous white GSD). As antihistamines are the safest drug to give, why not give it a go and just see if it makes a difference after a week. If it is at all allergy based you will see a difference after a day. Dogs can be allergic to fleas bites and their saliva.
      If you wash your dogs, think about changing to a vet product called malaseb, it is a medicated foam shampoo that assists with keeping skin infections down (this is important if your dog is scratching and has hot spots)
      You can give your dog Brewers Yeast and Garlic tablets, fleas don't like the smell/taste and tend to leave the dog alone.
      Spray the bed with cedar oil, again this is a natural flea repellent
      Fleas are attracted to dry skin, try using Linatone Oil mixed in his food. Not only will it help keep the fleas off, it is also works well for dry skin.
      Try the natural cures, I must admit I have not tried them, but if the commercial ones are not working try something different.
      I also wonder if your dog has sensitive skin and the products you are using are making her worse. If none of this works, try another vet, maybe yours isn't picking something up, vets can be infallible too.

  16. QUESTION:
    My dogs scratches himself to the point he hurts himself.?
    I have a 2yr old yorkie (male) he scratches himself to the point he hurts himself, it looks like he has dry skin. He also licks himself, some parts of his body is red, should I change his food? I'm currently giving him purina wet food, cause I don't think he likes dry food, I just bought pedigre for him. Am I going the wrong way? What should I do? Is there any medicine out there that I can buy? Or special food, shampoo?

    • ANSWER:
      For dry skin, try using Linatone Oil mixed in the food, it works well for dry skin.
      Change your shampoo to a vet product, they have a medicated foam shampoo that assists with keeping skin infections down and helps with itching skin. You wash your dog every 2 weeks with it. You dog may have an allergy to your current shampoo or even flea treatment.
      If your dog may have an allergy to flea treatment, give your dog Brewers Yeast and Garlic tablets, fleas don't like the smell/taste and tend to leave the dog alone. Spray the bed with cedar oil, again this is a natural flea repellent
      Otherwise, think about your dogs diet, lots of dogs have allergies to chicken or beef, and most kibbles have corn additives so check out the fine print and consider trying something completely different. You need to try a new food for 8 weeks too see if there is a change. You can try fish/potato or many people try raw food (but no beef/chicken), try something the dog has not had before, crocodile?
      Dogs lick if they are itchy, if he licks his feet this normally means they are allergic to grass/pollen which makes the feet itchy, so they lick them to sooth/wash them.
      To calm the allergy now, try antihistamine tablets. You can purchase them from the vet or also use human tablets. As he is so small you would be better seeing the vet to get dosage. This will help with the immediate itchiness
      If none of this works, try another vet, maybe yours isn't picking something up, vets can be infallible too.

  17. QUESTION:
    Cortizone shot and balance issues?
    My dog had some ittchy skin so the vet gave him a cortizone shot. 4 days later and his balance is so bad he keeps falling over. Took him back to the vet and they checked him over and no issues. They said they never saw a balance issue with a cortizone shot. Has anyone seen this?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs have been known to have all sorts of negative reactions to conventional drugs, including cortisone type medications. Natural treatment is a lot safer, and often more effective, but most conventional vets don't suggest it. Figure out the cause of his atopic dermatitis (itchy skin). Dogs can have allergies to:
      -food, especially beef, corn, colours, Brewer's yeast, gluten, wheat, soy, milk/cheese/dairy, eggs, nuts, fruits, tomatoes, carrots, yeast, spices & additives
      -chlorine/water contaminants and substances present in their drinking water from the tap
      -household cleaning chemicals
      -chemicals emitted from furniture or buildings
      -synthetic carpets/upholstory
      -plastic food bowls
      -plants, grasses, and/or pollen (environmental allergies)
      -flea chemicals, flea/tick preventatives, and heartworm medicine; any other regularly administered treatments
      -vaccinations and medication administered by a veterinarian
      -flea/insect bites
      -even humans and cats! (relatively rare, but I find it amusing that a dog can be allergic to cats or vice versa--same with his/her owner)

      As you can see, there are many options. You can try allergy tests (ask your vet) to diagnose the allergen, and go on an "elimination diet" (Google it!) for dogs to determine if it's dietary allergies.

      Your vet may put your pet on cortisone shots, Prednisone, steroids, antibiotics, and other treatments. These may help, but they often have negative side effects. Worst, they only SUPPRESS the symptoms, not solve the underlying problem. It's a Band-Aid approach (see http://dogs-for-kids.blogspot.ca/2011/12/beware-of-band-aid-approach.html). They keep the problem inside the dog until the treatment wears off. Then it erupts again, often much worse because the dog's immune system has been forced to keep the toxins inside the body. Breaking out in cysts, hot spots, etc. are the dog's way of trying to expel the toxin or allergen and bring it outside of the body.
      A dog with allergic symptoms should not be given vaccinations until the symptoms have been completely eradicated for several months. Vaccinations and conventional medications often just lead to more problems and terrible side effects for thousands of dogs with atopic dermatitis. With no other option, many owners end up having to euthanize their miserably itchy dogs--definitely a sad situation. However, natural remedies are often much more effective because instead of compromising the immune system and forcing it inside the body, they actually strengthen the dog's immune system and address the REAL problem.

      Here are a few suggestions from my research for relieving allergies and itchy skin:

      -add some sort of omega-3, fatty acid rich oil to the diet. Try adding about 1 tbsp (this dosage for a 12 lb dog, try 2 1/2 tbsp max. for a larger dog) of salmon oil/other food grade fish oil, vegetable oil, flaxseed oil, or coconut oil to every feeding until you notice a difference--then only add the oil once daily
      -externally, try gently massaging coconut oil (organic, 100% pure), a bit of vegetable oil, Neem Seed oil (100% pure), aloe vera gel, or Lemon Balm ointment onto the itchy skin, hot spots, & welts
      -bathe the dog as much as possible, using gentle holistic oatmeal-based dog shampoos
      -rinse with a diluted hydrogen peroxide and water solution, do not get near eyes
      -increase natural Vitamin D intake with "sunbaths"
      -for environmental/seasonal allergies, you can feed LOCAL honey & bee pollen
      -additional good dietary supplements include a few dried goji berries, vitamin C (natural antihistamine), vitamin E, Biotin capsules (make sure you use the correct dosage), and apple cider vinegar (look for organic containing the "mother") in food
      -a spray bottle or rinse of half vinegar/half water solution for itchy skin and bouts of scratching, avoid getting near the face and dilute further if it appears too strong for the dog
      -fish oil capsules as an alternative to uncontained oil
      -Ted's Mange Remedy (good for itchy skin/fleas apparently, too)--look for it on http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets.html/

      Dr. Robert Kennis says that itching "...feet indicate pollens/mold/dust [allergies][. . .] back half of body/tail/rump [probably] fleas." Not a diagnosis but a bit more insight. Keep in mind this is in general cases, not all. Atopic dermatitis usually surfaces between 6 months and 3 years, but can occur at all ages. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is an option, too, though I haven't researched it that much.
      I recommend the following sources:
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/allergies.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/vaccination_side_effects.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/medication_side_effects.html

      Good luck; I hope he's not so itchy soon and his balance improves!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I give my dog Benadryl?
    In the winter my dog gets very dry skin and very itchy...he just keeps scratching and biting and I can tell it is driving him crazy. I have a cream that numbs the areas but he still licks it and irratates it more. I get payed next week so I can take him to the vet...but in the mean time will Benadryl stop this? And is it okay to give him it? I'm assuming just one pill but is that the correct dosage? I feel so bad but I'm running out of ideas and heard this. I need to know if it's true. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I give my dogs Benadryl when they have a reaction to the few fleas that are not killed by their flea prevention, if they get bug bites, if itchy- but it's approved by my Vet and it's not all that I need to do to curtail itching.
      I sometimes have to switch out flea products. Also, they are on a diet that agrees with them better (no corn or wheat or artificial dyes, has venison in it.)
      I add a Vet approved fish/flax/Vit. E oil capsule to their food and sprinkle Brewer's Yeast over their food. All these things together prevent them from getting bad skin because two were rescues that had bad skin conditions when I got them.
      Since you are unsure about how much to give your dog, you would do best to check with your Vet.
      I have two large dogs and they get 50 mg. (two pills) when they need it, which isn't often. I wouldn't advise you to do the same without checking with your Vet.

  19. QUESTION:
    A good home-made mice food mix?
    I love my mice and want to make sure there getting the best. Whats a nice home-made food mix that has at least 16.0% Crude Protein

    • ANSWER:
      You can vary the following to suit the waistlines and preferences of your mice:

      *1 part by volume cooked wholegrain rice (you can cook large batches & freeze
      it for convenience)
      *2 parts crushed barley or oats, or a mixture (or porridge oats)
      *1/2 part millet or cockatiel seed
      *1/2 part molasses - packed full of vitamins, and sweet too, so it binds
      the food together AND the mice like it.

      Additional nutritional supplements can be added if desired:

      *1/4 part Brewers' Yeast flakes - B vitamins to keep them healthy & happy
      *1/2 part wheatgerm
      *Cod liver oil according to manufacturer's recommended dosage.

      This mixture is adapted from the rat diet designed by Debbie Ducommun. Sunflower seeds can be given as treats, except to fat mice.

      ^^Above info from the bellow website^^

      http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mouse-faq.txt

      If your mice need some extra protein, you can give them small amounts of dog biscuits (with a maximum fat content of 8%).

      This website also has some great info:

      http://www.fancymice.info/feeding1.htm

  20. QUESTION:
    Brewers Yeast safe for dogs?
    I have been giving my dogs Excel 8-in-1 Brewers Yeast with Garlic tabs. I have been following the recommended dosage of 1 tab for every 10 pounds. Is it safe to give to my dogs on a long-term basis? Like throughout their entire lifetime? Or will that eventually lead to kidney/liver failure?

    Also, I have recently acquired some shark liver oil and garlic oil soft gels which I also plan to give to them..would that be overkill? I am planning to either alternate the shark liver oil soft gels with the brewers yeast and give the garlic oil on a daily basis. My concern though, is that the brewers yeast already contains garlic and the garlic oil might be too much..

    Should I stick to just one supplement? Or alternate the three on a daily basis? Or stop with the supplements altogether?
    Brewers Yeast is supposed to help with my dogs' coat & skin. I used it first on just one dog and saw great results. His coat immediately become thicker, softer and shinier which is why I decided to put my other dogs on it too.

    Shark liver oil is supposed to do the same for my dogs although it is richer I think in Vitamin A & D. I've also read though that too much Vit A is not good since it is not water soluble. So now I am confused if I should just completely take it out of my dogs' diets...although I still have more than 400 soft gels left!!

    • ANSWER:
      Brewer's yeast is normally given for its B vitamin content. Many dogs do not do well with yeast products over the long term and personally if I were going to supplement with B vitamins I would choose a good quality human grade B complex instead of Brewer's yeast.

      There's a good argument for supplementing with vitamin A in the diet and many raw feeders use fish liver oil for this purpose. Vitamin A is essential and it's a wonderful antioxidant. However, I personally do not think this is a supplement that should be added on a daily basis so whether or not it's appropriate for you is highly dependent upon the diet you are currently feeding. Even when you are evaluating the vitamin A content of a commercial food (or any other vitamin or mineral in a processed food for that matter), it's important to realize that Not all of the vitamin is going to be 100% bioavailable which is a common misnomer.

      As with all things, common sense and moderation are key. If you do want to add the shark liver oil, it's fairly safe to say that doing so a few times a week will be just fine regardless of what you're currently feeding.

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    About dogs brewers yeast?
    I'm looking for the how much brewers yeast to give and garlic bought some from the store to put on food but don't know how much
    He is a lab weight is 80 pounds got fleas they say it backs up frontline plus

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't give your dog garlic. It gives them horrible breath and can cause kidney problems. Brewer's yeast should be given according to human dosages. It's not really something they can over dose on. If it's a large dog (lab sized or bigger) they can have a full human dose, smaller dogs, adjust accordingly.
      I would throw away the garlic as it does nothing beneficial and can actually cause problems.

  22. QUESTION:
    White worm-like things in dog's feces?
    I've been observing white 1/4 white worm-like things in my dog's feces. They don't appear to be moving, and they're not consistent. They also seem to come out of his anus at night, his bed sometimes has shriveled up little versions of them. They look like small grains of rice. I brought a sample into the vet for a fecal test, and they said he doesn't have worms. Any ideas on what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      It is definitely tape worm. A fecal test at the vet will not detect tape worm, so if you want verification, you will have to actually bring in the "worm". The reason some people believe that they go away is because they are not actually individual worms, but segments that drop off when a tape worm reaches a certain length. They are somewhat sporadic. Regular wormer will not kill them, but you can get on Ebay and search "D-Worm Tape worm". It is pretty cheap if you get it on there and follow the dosage requirements and contains the EXACT same ingredient as the stuff the vet will give you, but will save you around . They will NOT go away on their own, and are caused by fleas. When your dog bites a flea it contracts (can anyway) tapeworm. So the best prevention is to make sure your dog doesn't have fleas after you treat it for tapeworm - one of the best flea preventions is to give it a brewer's yeast tablet in it's food everyday. Another sign of tapeworm is weight loss and/or itchy skin flaky skin (although these characteristics are not always present). The only other possibility is that it is pin worm (they both have a rice like appearance, but tapeworm is usually a little flatter and actually points at the end like rice, where as pin worm is more round), but if you use heartworm treatment regularly, heartworm pills are designed to kill all types of worms other than tapeworm. Your best bet is to make sure that if you do a fecal test, you bring in a sample that actually contains one of the "worms". Good luck, get your dog treated when you can, although they are not deadly, it is incredibly uncomfortable for your dog.

  23. QUESTION:
    Garlic helps to get rid of fleas in dogs? ?
    Have you tried this method? And if so, how much garlic should I add to her meals? She is nursing, so will this remedy have a flow on effect to her pups? And I also read about using the herb Rosemary (soaking some in boiling water, draining then spraying the water solution onto the dog without rinsing her) - does this work? Thought it might be something I could use on the pups as they are too young to be treated by any chemical means

    • ANSWER:
      I give my Staffy a half-a-clove chopped up in his food, once a week.

      The exact reason and extent of garlic's effect on tick and flea prevention may be due to the odor released through the dog's skin as the compounds in garlic are metabolized. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of anecdotal reports on the effectiveness of garlic (especially in combination with brewer's yeast) as a tick/flea repellent.

      What about the hysterical & unfounded reports that it is poisonous?
      As with most things, it all depends on the amount the dog eats. You'd need to give your dog a large quantity (ie, several whole bulbs) for it to be poisonous, but anything is toxic if you eat enough of it. If you drink enough water it will be bad for you.

      Pet owners who want to give their dog garlic should discuss dosage amounts with their veterinarian.
      Be aware of the risks and symptoms of hemolytic anemia.

  24. QUESTION:
    Help Dog took double dosage of Brewer's yeast. What can happen? Need help please.?
    I have a dog who is about 70 lbs. Today I gave him his usual dosage of Excel Brewer's yeast with garlic and omega acids. He takes 7 of the little supplements. While I was getting my other dogs to give them their brewer's yeast, he got into the dosages of two of the other dogs. So instead of 7 he took a total of 17. We called the vet at the emergency hospital and he said to give him Maalax because he could get bloat? What else can go wrong? I looked online and does mention this medication can be toxic if overdose happens. What would entail an overdose. I just want to know if anyone has had experience with a dog taking too much Brewer's yeast with omega acids and garlic. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The dog could get bloat and also could have some diarrhea so you may want to have some Pepto on hand just in case. I give my dogs Brewer's yeast and garlic and have given them too much by accident once and they ended up being fine-just a bit on the gassy side which subsided the next day.

  25. QUESTION:
    brewers yeast for dogs?
    how long before u see results
    My puggle has skin dryness and scaps from itching. I had a dashund that had similar problems and i gave him brewer yeast and his skin cleared up and his coat looked awesome. I am hoping for the same results with my puggle. He has allergies and so did my dashund.

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of results are you hoping for? Why are you using it?

      EDIT: Keep in mind that brewers' yeast is a common allergen for dogs, too. Your dog could have or develop an allergy to it. Brewers' yeast can be beneficial for skin and coat, though.

      I wouldn't expect instant results in his coat. However, you may see improvement in skin condition as quickly as 4 weeks.

      If you are interested in other options for allergy related skin conditions, you could consider a skin and coat supplement like Virbac's EFA-Z Plus...it's quite effective, and available online or from veterinary offices without prescription.

      Has the vet prescribed anything for your dog? Many dogs have shown great improvement in allergy-related conditions from Zyrtec, which is now available inexpensively as a generic-your vet should be able to provide a dosage for your dog. For my own allergic dog, I give him a very small dose of prednisone on an as needed basis. This lets him get the benefit or predisone without worries about the side effects common to the drug.

      Has your vet done a skin scraping to check for yeast? If yeast is an issue, probiotics are a good supplement (they're good for dogs and people, anyway). I like Solaray Multidophilus 12. There are also many prescription shampoos that could help your dog-I use an antifungal shampoo from Virbac that helps keep itching away for my dog.

      Has the dog been tested for allergy (do you know exactly what the dog is allergic to)?

  26. QUESTION:
    Too Much Brewer's Yeast?
    I'm a 20lb Minature Schnauzer. I've been suffering from dry skin and my dad gave me Brewer's Yeast...1 tablet per 10lbs as the label said. It helped, but I'm still itchy, so he gave me 3 tablets the other day and three yesterday. This seemed to help a lot. Is it safe if I keep taking 3 pills a day even though I'm only 20 lbs?

    What happens if I get too much Brewer's Yeast?

    Thanks! (Woof!)

    • ANSWER:
      No, it is not, I give Brewers Yeast tablet with Garlic to all my dogs, but never over the weight limit per the bottle.....this will not stop the dry skin, and itching,you are giving your poor dog too much, change his diet to Nutro Max, small bites, this food is great for Schnauzers, it makes for less stools, great coats, and very healthy skin.......

      Breeder/show/handler Min. Schnauzers 14 yrs.

      I give these tablets to help balance the dogs system, and the garlic keeps fleas off of dogs, fleas do not like garlic.....

      do not keep increasing the dosage this is not the answer

  27. QUESTION:
    Using GNC Glucosamine and Chondroitin for dogs (and dosage?)?
    Background: My 4yr old 95lb GSD started waking up with stiffness on the side he slept on. Our vet gave us these horrible smelling Dasuquin tablets. Stiffness went away, but he started to get allergies and diarrhea, so I checked the bottle, and it has brewer's yeast, gum, tea, a load of artificial flavorings, and several questionable substances. The fine print says that the amount of chondroitin is based on the aqueous solution so the amount may not be accurate. It's 900mg glucosamine, 800mg msm, and "350"mg chondroitin. Our vet isn't much help because he wants to keep him on the dasuquin brand, but even the dog will avoid the pill when I put it in his food (he'll eat around the crushed pieces if he can, or will spit them out).

    *My first question is can it be done? I know the GNC Glucosamine is safe, but the Chondoritin is a little more iffy (has soy and shrimp). Neither has yeast, or anything artificial.

    *What dosages should I be using? The Glucosamine I can get in the same concentration, but I can only find a minimum of 400mg Chondroitin. Will that be okay (that's if that's safe to begin with)?

    *Should I keep him on MSM? (Ingredients are safe)

    *Should I add in Salmon Oil? I know some use it for dogs, my mom personally uses it and it works wonders for her. Would it help his joints stay in better condition? We walk pretty far and are hoping to start hiking in early November (yay Texas heat!)

    I know it's a ton of questions, but I'm hoping someone will be able to help. He's happier without the stiffness, but the ingredients of the dasuquin worry me. The combo from GNC would be more natural and I think it'd be better for him not to itch and have loose stool.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a recommended daily amount for dogs who have suffered ligament injuries, but I'd assume that the same amount can be safely given to dogs to help with arthritis:

      ______________

      Glucosamine --
      500mg per 25 lbs of body weight ( 20mg/lb)

      Chondroitin
      400mg per 25 lbs of body weight.

      Combination Glucosamine/Chondroitin tablets can usually be found in tablets containing the 500/400 ratio. A 50 pound dog (20 kilo) would get two tablets a day. A 100 pound dog (40 kilo) would get four tablets a day. You can safely give more so you don't have to split pills. Just give however many pills it takes to be at or over those dosages. These are very safe supplements.

      I feed two meals a day and divide the supplements so as to give part of the daily amounts with each of the two meals. I like to give the tablets with meals. However, some sources believe that Glucosamine & Chondroitin are absorbed better when given on an empty stomach.

      http://www.tiggerpoz.com/id12.html
      ______________

      I am 99% sure that the recommended daily amount for MSM is the same as for Chondroitin.

      I would definitely recommend the fish oil or other source of Omega 3 oils. Omega 3 is a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory.

      As for the soy and shrimp, it should be just fine as long as he isn't allergic to either of those ingredients. The only way to find out is to try it. :)

  28. QUESTION:
    Need help w/ dog!?
    ok i'm pretty sure that my dog is constapated. Is there a home remedie way to cure her or some easy way without having to take her to the vet?
    ..maybe she's going scenile? she's 10

    • ANSWER:
      Older dogs are more prone to it, as are young ones that are fed improperly or have eaten something they shouldn't have.

      If your dog shows any signs of illness, he must be brought to the veterinarian immediately, since there could be a blockage of the intestinal tract.

      The following will help your dog:

      Add canned pumpkin to every meal. The dosage can range from 1/8 tsp for a small dog to 1/2 tsp for a large dog, depending upon results. Start with 1/4 tsp for a medium and large dog, increasing the amount depending on stool results.

      Or you can do the following:

      Add wheat bran to every meal. Follow the same dosages as for the pumpkin. For increased taste, combine it with brewer's yeast.

      Put your dog on a high fiber diet recommended by your veterinarian, changing foods slowly.

      Add water to the food.

      Keep the water dish clean and full of fresh water, to encourage your dog to drink more.

      Supplement with brewer's yeast.

      Supplement with acidophilus daily.

      Supplement with folic acid.

      Increase the dog's exercise.

      Add vegetable enzyme to the food.

  29. QUESTION:
    my lttle dog has dry skin patches...what can i do?
    the groomer suggested giving her some canola oil....i did and it gave her the runs

    • ANSWER:
      If you are using brewer's yeast for fleas, cut back the dosage...too much causes skin problems/skin allergies. I only use one quarter of a teaspoon every 3 months! it's that effective..but at first i gave them too much and their skin was affected.

  30. QUESTION:
    My Dog Reverses Sneezes..?
    Okay so my dog does a werid reverse sneeze thing..at least thats what the vet said,he said its okay and nothings wrong about it,but can you prevent it or help it? Its Like A Coughing thing But with his nose.Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the cause. I researched it a lot when I got my beagle, because she reverse sneezed constantly. It is harmless and the dog isn't being hurt at all even though it looks like they are dying.

      From what I understand, some dogs do it occasionally and there is nothing you can do about it. However, if its happening more than several times a week, there are things you can do for it. Most times its caused by some type of allergy, and its treated as if it was an allergy. If your dog just does it every once in awhile then its nothing to be concerned about, but if it happens multiple times a day then I would start trying to figure out what is causing it.

      The hard thing is that a dog can't tell you what it's allergic too. I tried to find the trigger for weeks. In the mean-time, giving my dog claritin (the vet told me the correct dosage) helped with giving the dog some immediate relief. Eventually, the dog can be treated using steroids and other measures if you can't figure out what's causing it.

      Common Allergies for dogs include the following:
      1) Grass, ragweed, & pollen (as in humans)
      2) Dust mites (even if your house isn't that dusty)
      3) Food allergies (Many dogs are allergic to brewers yeast & corn products which are found in many lower quality dog foods)
      4) Cleaning products (especially citrus scented ones like lemon)
      5) Fabric Softener or Laundry Detergents
      6) Febreze (horrible for your pet, even if its the pet-safe one)
      7) Perfumes, colognes, air freshners, plug-ins, etc...

      That should get you started. Basically, just eliminate each one for a couple days and if you notice the dog getting better than you probably found the cause. My beagle was allergic to corn products in her dog food which made it really hard to find because I kept looking for an environmental trigger and she was also allergic to the fabric softener that I used to wash my clothes and her dog bed.

      I would suggest switching to all natural cleaning products (I use Seventh Generation), use a non hypo-allergenic detergent (All free and clear), and check the ingredients on the food label and/or change immediately to an all natural food like "Innova" or "Blue Buffalo." Good luck, and I hope you figure it out! It might take weeks, but now my dog hasn't reverse sneezed in months!

  31. QUESTION:
    Help my 8 month old kitten just ate my 30 lb dog's Arthramine.?
    It is an over the counter chewable tablet for Healthy Bones and joints. It is after hours and the vet hospital are money grubs and you cant get past the secretary if you call them they just tell you to come in and it is 0 office visit. Since it is an over the counter suppliment should I take him to the vet tonight?
    There are no warnings on label but is it better to be safe than sorry?

    Ingredients are: Glucosamine Hydrocloride, Dextrans, Stearic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Silicon Dioxide, Dried beef liver, Brewers Dried Yeast, Manganese Sulfate, Bromelain, Fish Oil, Dried Whey, and Rice Brain.

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldn't hurt him,other than to maybe give him an upset stomach.

      Edit: Really,glucosamine is safe for cats,and so are the other ingredients.The cat might get diarrhea as the dosage is for a larger dog,but that's all.
      http://www.vaxa.com/glucosamine-for-cats.cfm

  32. QUESTION:
    Question about insect repellant?
    I've been reading about using DEET on little kids, and many MD's say that there can be risks. Anyone know of other kids of ingredients to look for that work in a similar manner? I've heard of Eucalyptus, but what else?

    Thanks! ;)

    • ANSWER:
      we use the following
      we live in the country side where there are lots of lakes and ponds. the bugs out number people 10,000,000 to 1
      (not kidding) so if they work here they will work any where.
      Basil oil
      Cinnamon oil
      Clove oil
      Lavender oil
      citronella
      you want to make sure that you are using 100% essential oils
      there are many on the market that are 25% or less
      PLEASE NOTE
      you can not use them directly on the skin full strength.
      they can cause irratation.
      mix them with lotion
      or you can mix them with water
      mix 4 drops of each to 1/2 to 2/3 cups of water and spray their cloths.

      you can also put them in a difuser in the yard or by the door to keep it bug free.

      there is also another good "repellant"
      Brewers yeast.
      it is basicly a B vitamin.
      you will have to take to your family Doc about the dosage
      or talk to a pharmasit

      how it works
      it changes the way we smell while the bugs will still fly around they will not bite

      it works great for dogs as well
      it keeps fleas away

  33. QUESTION:
    Need Help?
    I have a 2 year old large mix breed dog that is constipated, Can I give my dog Milk of Magnesia or Karo Syrup to help relieve his constipation fast? Are there any other ways I can help him now?

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog shows any signs of illness, he must be brought to the veterinarian immediately, since there could be a blockage of the intestinal tract.

      The following will help your dog:

      Add canned pumpkin to every meal. The dosage can range from 1/8 tsp for a small dog to 1/2 tsp for a large dog, depending upon results. Start with 1/4 tsp for a medium and large dog, increasing the amount depending on stool results.

      Or you can do the following:

      Add wheat bran to every meal. Follow the same dosages as for the pumpkin. For increased taste, combine it with brewer's yeast.

      Put your dog on a high fiber diet recommended by your veterinarian, changing foods slowly.

      Add water to the food.

      Keep the water dish clean and full of fresh water, to encourage your dog to drink more.

      Supplement with brewer's yeast.

      Supplement with acidophilus daily.

      Supplement with folic acid.

      Increase the dog's exercise.

      Add vegetable enzyme to the food

  34. QUESTION:
    Help me, my dog has fleas?
    My Golden Retriever dog, almost 6 years old, has fleas. He kept biting on his back and near his tail. He also scratching his stomach. Now my dad just got bites on his feet this morning. My dad told me that fleas are now everywhere in this house. We have carpets, rugs and wood floors. Is there anyway I can do to get rid of fleas in the house and my dog especially? My dad thinks my younger brother who is almost 5 years old kept playing with 2 wild kittens next door and they have fleas cause they're scratching. We live in a condo as well. I tried to brush my dog and give him a bath. I also tried to give him a drop medicine to kill fleas and ticks, but it doesn't seem to be working. :( Please help me!! My mom told me she going to try using a spray on my dog's bed and on him. Hopefully that works but still please give me ideas!!

    • ANSWER:
      I just went through this with my dog. The best thing to do is to attack the fleas from all angles. You probably shouldn't use a spray on the dogs bed - sprays are pesticide and aren't good for the dog to be sleeping in.

      Here's what I did and it worked

      Here's what you need:
      Flea medication - Advantage
      Essential Oil - Lavender
      Garlic - bulbs, not powder or salt
      brewers yeast

      1. Brush your dog - do this outside - this removes all loose hair and makes the flea bath more effective

      2. GIve the dog a good bath in some natural flea repellant shampoo. Make sure you leave it on for at least five minutes

      3. Put some flea medication on the dog - I would recommend Advantage. I am not a vet, but I've been doing lots of research on what flea medications are the least harmful. Remember, when you use a remedy like Advantage you are putting pesticides into your dogs bloodstream. It's really important to get the right dosage of this, so buy it from your vet. It's the only over the counter medication that they will sell you without an appointment (at least in Canada)

      At this point you have insured that all of the fleas that bite the dog will die. Now you're going to clean your house of fleas.

      4. Wash all of the dogs bedding. Use an unscented detergant. Put a few drops of lavander oil on a dryer sheet and chuck it in the dryer with the bedding. Lavender is a natural insect repellant.
      Also wash everything that the dog likes to sleep on. I was really grossed out by the fleas so I washed every single soft thing in the house. I used the lavender on everything, and I also put a few drops on the floor next to my dogs bed and also some on my mattress. I like the smell but if you don't you might want to just put it in the dogs bed.

      5. Vacuum the entire house.

      Now you should be flea free in the house, but you want to make sure they don't come back. You can do this by making sure that your dog is healthy and doesn't taste delicious to fleas.

      It might sound weird, but fleas are attracted to unhealthy or destressed animals more than healthy, happy ones. I'm not saying your dog is unhealthy or unhappy - mine is certainly healthy and happy and he had fleas. I just know that everything I've read says that a good diet with vegetables and meat in it wil help the dog stay flea free. There are also two things that will help:

      6. Put a tsp of brewers yeast and a clove of chopped garlic in his food. I do this for almost every meal. By brewers yeast I mean the fine powder that you can buy in bulk stores - not the kind you use to make bread. The garlic must be fresh, not powder or salt. This will make sure that fleas never want to hop on your dog again.

      7. If your dog will let you, rub some lavender on your hands and then rub it into his coat. THis makes your dog smell delicious to you, but disgusting to fleas. Essential oils are ok for dogs but they should NEVER be used on cats. Lavender will also help the itching.

      Hope this helps! I know it's all a huge pain, but it's totally worth it.

  35. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with my dog? - Calling the vet in a few hours?
    My dog has been on cephalxin for a skin infection which was caused by having a severe allergic reaction to food. Her last dosage was taken yesterday morning , and that finished up a 10 course. She is also on amoxicillian (still has 5-6 days left) as well as 3 tablets of bendrayl (this is given as needed). Things were fine all day yesterday, she semeed a little more tired then normal. When we came home from visiting with family for the holiday, I noticed that it almost looked like she had somewhat of a lazy eye. Fearing she had some sort of seizure when we weren't home, I spent the whole night with her on the couch. I did not give her the amoxicillian or bendrayl as I didn't know what was going on. When I woke up this morning, she had thrown up a few times and had very soft stools, not quite dirahea but almost. And the lazy looking eye switched to the other eye. She is also nibbling at her skin as well as her paws which is a new thing. She didnt sleep much through the night and seems very tired. Her stomach is making gurgling noises. She is a 6 year old lab.
    Any advice you can offer would be greatly appericated. The vet doesn't open for another 3 hour.

    • ANSWER:
      it is hard to pinpoint what causes skin allergies in dogs and with my husky they also thought it was food but it turned out to be wet grass,weeds and airborne pollens that he inhales or anything that is wet that touches his skin while outside.after many yrs of drugs and vet visits i have been treating him with natural home remedies and he is much better. as long as he stays out of grass or weeds and i dry him when he comes in with a clean dry towel on the legs and belly..he also can take benadryal if the flare ups are bad and his skin gets red and itchy.get garlic and chop it up fine and add 1/4 tsp in her food along with a omega fish capsule,vit e and ground up brewers yeast again about 1/4 tsp and mix it in her food daily. my 110 lb big guy is like a pup even though he is 10 since i have been treating him with this. u can also mix water and apple cider vinegar equally and spray all the itchy areas and it soothes the skin.after a few days u will notice the difference. give it a try. good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    Flea infestation, HELP?
    I have two large dogs (both labs) and I live in the deep south. Napoleon (my larger lab) has flea dermatitis and it is killing me watching him suffer. The fleas are out of control right now. I have done everything imaginable. We have been doing this weekly baths, daily vacuuming, weekly washing of the dogs linens and our linens, monthly front line application, monthly carpet shampooing and monthly treatment of the yard. I also comb them out about once a day (outside). I keep finding them though. Our mattresses are sealed in plastic and we regularly shampoo our couches. We do have a problem with feral cats in our neighborhood though, I'm pretty sure they have fleas because they are always scratching. They always come in our yard trying to catch squirrels and birds.We have called animal control about them several times but they have done nothing. Is anyone else having a flea problem, I am at my wits end. I do have a 1 year old son and want to keep him safe from chemicals (hence all the cleaning, vacuuming and washing). I have heard about the new flew pill Comfortis, has anyone tried it?

    • ANSWER:
      First make sure the dosage is correct for your dogs size. Make sure you are leaving a week prior to giving the forntline for the bath. they need their natural oils to absorb the meds. then wait 3 days to bath. Bathing too often could be making the issue worse. Drying out the skin, causing more scratching and the blood smell attracting more fleas. Get capstar from your vet and give to both dogs then give the topical in 48 hours. No more baths (monthly at most). Get a yard deterrent for the strays ( a sound or water spray one for when the dogs are not in the yard to scare them off). Get cedar chips and spread around the edge of your yard it is a natural flea deterant. For the next 3 months give your dogs brewers yeast with garlic daily. It will change the PH and make them less desirable to the fleas.

  37. QUESTION:
    Anything you recommend for the fleas?
    This summer's been bad with the fleas.
    We've tried collars, shampoos, repellents, lawn stuff, etc.

    Is there anything you can recommend personally for the fleas?
    We could use advice on everything you can think of to kill/repel them.
    Lawn sprays, Lawn "powders", Shampoos, Collars, Drops, Powders, Dips, Herbs, *anything*.

    Tips? Tricks? Ideas?
    Thanks for the answers [so far]!
    We don't have much carpet in our house. Downstairs is only my room, and upstairs is only in the hallway.
    That doesn't change anything, does it?

    We prefer not to use pills unless completely necessary - and our vet shares that thought; but I will bring that up at our next appointment.

    We don't use bag vacuums -- we use a vacuum that's designed for excessive pet hair [works, too!]; bag-less.

    A question about the lawn sprays -- are most of them safe for pets? Our dogs go in both our front and back yards; and our cats are all around [wherever they so wish]; more-so in our front yard.
    Or will the bag say if it's safe/not safe for pets?

    We used foggers 2 summers ago; they did work for about two weeks and then the fleas came back [we were using a dip on our dogs as well]. How often can we use foggers until dips and preventatives *really* kick in [my vet's told me that it takes up to 3 months for them to kick in fully]?

    Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey kiddo, once in your home, you can only call a carpet company to come and rid the home with balming it and cleaning your rugs, but Termnix would be the best bet for flea control, they do the hme, yards, under the foundation of the home to keep them out.

      and put the dogs on Brewwers Yeast Tablets with Garlic, not powder it dies not work,instead the tablets only.

      You give accordinf the weight of the dogs, daily, year round, I have had all my dogs I have had for the past 10 years on them, and they work and no the garlic does not hurt them.

      Flea nor ticks like garlic,once in the dogs system after 5-6 days of taking them, fleas nor ticks get on the dogs ever....try them, tons of prople in my dog clubs use them, and swear by them.

      You do not have to give the monthly chemical meds once you get them on these tabets.

      They work and the dogs love the flavor.......You can get them at any pet store, get mine at Pets Mart, I buy the huge bottle and keep refrigerated, keeps them fresh forever...

      You just read the label and give for the dogs weight, then in winter, cut back 1 pill per the weight, you dont give full force in winter, but give year round, when it begins to even think of getting warm, then go back to the regular dosage.

      You also just to be safe, I always tell everyone to check with their vet before giving anything new.

      Good luck, and Terminex is the best, we use them for the yard, never any need for the home, they just dont get on dogs that take the

      Brewers Yeast Tablets with Garlic...........all in one bottle, tablets only.......


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