Allergies come from inhalants, food or contact. Traditional medicine has few alternatives, such as steroids against the itch, antibiotica to treat the infections commonly associated with the animal scratching itself bloody. But none of these treatments get to the root of the problem - the irritant.

Although somewhat expensive ($200-400 depending on depth of query), an allergy test might be appropriate, since it WILL show you what your dog is allergic to within 2 weeks. I had it done for my Siberian Husky and found out at least, that he is basically allergic to life itself... all foods but beef and pork (even though you often hear to give chicken and poultry and lamb, venison, egg, cottage cheese and rice. I learned that those are exactly what he is highly allergic to, while beef and pork registered completely negative)

There is no sure-fire way to heal the allergy. It all depends on what your dog is allergic to. I am still trying to "fix" my own dog who has turned into a scratchy, itchy, bloody, smelly, mangy looking creature who does not know which way to lay or stand or turn without scratching himself half silly.

All I can do at this point, is give you some links to sites where I have found some good information that I will try out:

  • Holistic Animal excellent list of herbs and their healing powers. For information on holistic treatment of all animals go to their home page
  • Dermatoloy - Allergies

Update, August 2003: I now give him a linolic oil based vitamin mix for "coat and nails", along with

  • a multi vitamin for dogs, along with:
  • Bee pollen 2x a day (human dose 550 mg)
  • Echinacea 2x a day (human dose)
  • Essential Omega 3 and 6 oils 1x a day (human dose)
  • Ester C
  • The human B complex (canine only has B12 in general)
  • Quercitin 2x a day 200mg
  • Nettle, Licorice and Calendula (health food store).

Bee pollen, Echinacea, Nettle, Licorice and Vitamin C are immune system boosters.

Quercitin is for/against the inflammation

I have seen small results within 2 days! He is suffering a bit less already. I also wash the open sores with a bacteria controlling shampoo, let it soak in about 3 minutes and wipe it clean with a wet paper towel. Then I wipe again with an aloe-soaked paper towel, followed by a layer of Lanacane. It keeps the sores from infecting, at least, and Roscoe loves the twice-a-day treatments.

Bag Balm has also been recommended to use on the inflammations (available at pet stores, health food stores and feed stores)

Update Dec. 27, 2003: I decided to have my dog euthanized. Every effort failed within a week - he would develop new allergies. He was allergic to every kind of ground to lay on, he was allergic to the air in our state, he was allergic to the salt in his own tears - his immune system failed slowly. The once bumbly, happy, funny, energetic and smart dog just stood there, dazed, sometimes laying down, but then scratching new and old areas, whining.
Farewell, Roscoe, my Bumble Butt.

Anal-Gland Disorder
Scooting on rump, biting at tail base

The anal glands are scent glands located on either side of the anus. Blockage of these glands can lead to irritation, infection. An insufficient intake of fiber may be one of the causes, and blocked glands must be emptied by a vet (who might show you how to do it).

  • Adding roughage to meals is a good preventative.
  • 1/3 to 1 raw clove of garlic a day is often helpful as preventative (2 mg of garlic oil in capsule form can be used for dogs who don't like the taste of garlic.)
  • Hepar sulph. in acute dosage may be used of the glands are infected.
    Acute dosage in Homeopathy: 1 tablet every 15 minutes for 3 hours. Then 1 tablet hourly for the rest of the day. The following three days give 1 tablet three times daily, or until symptoms disappear.

Anemic nursing mothers and when dogs won't eat


large 4 cup size vanilla pudding,
1/2 cup sugar,
4 cups of milk, and 
4 egg yolks.
Cook on low heat to pudding consistency and offer to new mother at body temperature. She can eat as much as she wants. Has never caused diarrhea and brings in abundance of milk!!!

OR from scratch...

mix the following in a saucepan and cook to pudding consistency.

2/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teas salt
4 cups milk (or one can evap milk plus equal parts water to make quart)
4 egg yolks
3 teasp vanilla.

feed with syringe, on spoon, or let eat from bowl.

full of protein and nourishment....have never had it cause diarrhea.

(Submitted by Terri Shumsky: How to Buy and Raise a Good Healthy Dog by Terri Shumsky)

Anemia Help
(Low Red Blood Cell Count)

  • Lightly fry liver in bacon and the cooked blood of same. Drained most of the bacon fat off leaving just enough for flavoring.
  • Omega 3 caps(2 caps 4 times a day
  • brewers yeast 4 tablets each meal always with acidophilus 2 caps each meal/snack,
  • 2 desiccated liver caps,
  • blackstrap molasses on lightly cooked to soft: broccoli, string beans, white turnip, carrot , yams, beet greens with stems and beets,
  • Grocery store rotisserie chicken thoroughly deboned
  • spaghetti sauce
  • Sandwich roast beef
  • raw lean hamburg
  • 1000 units caps of vit c.
  • 100 units vit a and again Acidophilus to control diarrhea,
  • pedialite to replace fluids/dehydration.
  • Saved all the cooking liquors from the LIGHTLY BOILED TILL SOFT VEGGIES AND THE BACON FATS(moderate) AND LIVER JUICES (blood-iron) AND very light touch of bacon fat stirred into the veggies to make them irrestable. JUICES FROM THE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN along with some skin and chicken fat. For Pasta, I prefer the home made tomato sauce which i make without salt but loaded with zucchini, yellow squash,basil, some garlic and other from the garden. The liquors and juices if not overcooked can contain many nutrients that are now in extremely digestible form.
  • Mixed/stirred all together

Bad Breath

From a list e-mail: "I have been using papaya-based digestive enzymes with their meals, and I wondered if that just was not working with him; I know that digestive problems can cause very bad breath. So, I switched enzymes yesterday to a combination enzyme (with lots of differently-derived enzymes in it), and bought some liquid chlorophyll as well. I don't know if it's one or the other, but since just yesterday his breath is a LOT better!"

Bones and other foreign objects lodged in intestines

From a list e-mail: "I had a vet once who diagnosed a bone in the stomach and told me to get the stuff you give to cats for fur balls to help it pass. It worked to!"
NOTE: sharp objects lodged in an animal's intestines are life threatening. Please consult your veterinarian!

Bruising, Stiffness, Soreness

From a list e-mail in response to a question about dogs "arguing" and persuant bruises: Arnica Montana will help with stiffness and soreness and the bruising. 1st dose should be 200c then follow with 30c in 6 hours if you don't have 200 then just start with the 30 give 2 doses 30 min apart then go to the 6 hours (from experience this is about how long the 30c Arnica lasts) for the injuries I would bath them with a mixture of Calendula and Comfrey (Comfrey as a tincture from 80% alcohol made with Vodka it doesn't burn the way Isophryl does) I don't know about the squabbling the only ones who seem to go out of control are my Vaccinated dogs .... the unvaccinated are much steadier. Arnica aids as a remedy for Sepsis also, aids cleansing

Cold, Sniffles, Runny Nose, Sneezes with light spray from nostrils

Administer increased vitamin a/beta carotine, green veggies, vitamin c ester and omega/safflower oil. An increased amount of vitamin D would also be advisable. Colds often last 7 to 10 days, so continue the supplements through this time period.

Don't forget Pedialyte for dehydration - available in the baby food section to replace electrolytes lost due to diarrhea and/or flu.

Cough, sore throat, fever

From a list e-mail: "Elderberry is a wonderful remedy! The flowers are very helpful in every kind of colds, expectorant, all kind of cough, hoarseness. We use the dried flowers and make tea/infusions with them. Just add 2 cups of boiling water to 2 teaspoon of flowers, cover and let rest some 10 min., then strain and serve hot, medium or cold. Elderberry has a wonderful perfume, also when dried.

As we always have great quantity of elderberry flowers, I make many bottles of sirup, which in summer is great for thirsty guests, but also an aromatic seasoning for ice-cream, mousse and cremes.Coltsfoot (tussilago) is very helpful against cough too. I also use Tussilago & Elderberry together as described above, for human and animals."

Cough, Bronchitis and more

From a list e-mail: "I have found only one thing that helps dogs with this coughing thing and it also helps me with chronic broncitis and that is bee propolis tincture. Propolis is a product made by the bees to repair their hives and is said to be a powerful natural antibiotic. I have used this on rescue dogs that come in here with the coughies and it really works.

You can order the Propolis Tincture from or by calling them at 800-732-5729 (800realraw)"

Flea and Mosquito bite prevention

From a list e-mail: "I read about garlic and brewers yeast being a natural alternative to flea control. In the book natural healing for dogs and cats by pitcairn. My dog is on 1 clove of garlic a day and his biting/scratching has been down 99%."

From another e-mail, regarding dogs who are allergic to garlic or can't take it for one or the other reason: "Halo makes an herbal dip called " Cloud Nine"; you can get it at health food stores. If you can make some phone calls, it would be worth it. It's great, and smells good. It costs about $10 for a tiny little bottle of concentrate, but it lasts forever; mine is a year and half old, and still going strong."