From a list e-mail: Recently Abby's ears were driving her mad which I attributed to possible yeast from antibiotic therapy. I used colloidal silver in her ears twice a day from utopiasilver.com, but you can buy colloidal silver at any good health food store, just make sure if you do its a reputable company.
Itching, scabby ears (Pemphigus foliaceus)
From a list e-mail: My 9 year old lab-Doggie has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and pemphigus - an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue as I'm understanding it. I will be researching like a mad woman to see what my options are, especially since the vet is talking high dose of steroids and/or antibiotics for the pemphigus.
Pemphigus is an auto-immune disease. Altthough there are other disease with
similar presenting symptoms it's diagnosed by punch biopsy and a
vet/pathologist is unlikely to mistake it for anything else.
Honey is an old remedy for these problems. Not the runny, clear honey you buy in most grocery stores, but the sugary, crystallized fresh honey that has not been heat treated.
Add a 1/2 tablespoon to 1/2 cup of oatmeal with milk twice a day, and see your dog's spirits lift.
Another excellent pick-me-up is apple-cider vinegar and honey in water, if your dog will drink it. Take a table spoon of honey dissolved
in 1/4 cup of vinegar (or a bit less for taste) and fill up with water to make 1 cup. Can be diluted more to make it weaker and more palitable for your dog. Experiment.