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Well, well, wellness  

We embrace Eastern, Western, and Energetic healing methods such as meditation and reiki (aka Woo). The goal is to help pets feel better with whatever means are available to us and them. All medicine is intention-based, so we don't let the Woo critics burst our bubble of hopefulness. Intention has an effect on reality. This is virtually undeniable and is the most likely reason behind the placebo effect. Some people think this is crazy, and that's OK. When you save animals from an "incurable" disease, its all you need to embrace the term "crazy". At the time of this writing, we have three residents wh vets insisted we euthanize over a decade ago. The well-meaning vets claimed they were bound to live miserable lives if they survived at all. Theyo weren't expected to survive, let alone thrive. All it took was some natural supplements and a raw diet to turn them into vibrant, healthy companions who would go on to "mentor" other animals we took in. These and other pets have benefited tremendously from alternative wellness methods while in our sanctuary, so we are encouraged to continue and share our outcomes in hopes to benefit animals worldwide.

We typically do not speak about disease in great depth as we understand the power of thought and keeping our thoughts positive. There are a few conditions we have reversed or helped tremendously with easy and gentle methods. We don't mind recalling these experiences because they were easy to overcome and we feel confident that we know how to prevent their recurrence. The point of our research is to help others and we hope to do that by sharing some of our success stories.

Below, you will find information on flea medications, Chronic Kidney Disease or Chronic Renal Failure, vaccinosis, raw diets, and can learn about some of our favorite healing aids. If your pet needs treatment for an ailment, you might research holistic treatment options which are aimed at supporting the whole pet instead of relying on an agent to cover up symptoms. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be an easy answer and that is why we have a "whatever works" attitude. As long as you aren't harming your pet, or the benefit outweighs the risk then any mode of obtaining relief is helping you and your pet. Even products which we know are harmful can be the best thing to use in desperate times. We are not here to judge those who use drugs to quell symptoms. We know everyone is doing their best. At the very least, certainly anyone who landed on this webpage is going out of their way for the sake of a pet. For that, we commend you.

Good luck on your healing journey!




Are They Killing Your Pet Along With The Fleas?
Copyright 2010       

Is toxic overload from monthly flea control products causing acute and chronic disease in pets? It's quite possible.
You wouldn't take 150 ibuprofen pills today in hopes to prevent headaches for the next month, would you? People often poison their pets accidentally by offering monthly pesticide doses because they are taught that is the "normal" and "right" thing to do. Have Americans gotten so lazy that they can only be bothered to tend to their pet's wellness on a monthly basis? Couldn't we get along with daily food supplements, or a weekly flea medication with less chance of toxic buildup? Are our pets worth the trouble?

Studies show that many pesticides contribute to acute and
chronic illnesses including cancers. Many flea killers, especially those purchased over the counter, mimic estrogen and can cause chaos in the body. (1) I really don't want to go into the many negative associations with potentially toxic pesticides because that just spreads unnecessary negativity. I would instead like to encourage pet owners to minimize the use of these and educate themselves on safe alternatives.

The easiest way I've found to create what appears to be a natural flea repellent is to feed pets a natural, raw diet. Generally speaking, healthy pets do not attract fleas, and the occasional flea bite shouldn't have a significant effect on a healthy pet. Pets that scratch furiously or develop hot spots after a flea bite, are exhibiting an autoimmune response and are not healthy. Allergies are not normal, they are an autoimmune reaction. Pesticides have their place for pets with severe flea reactions, but these animals need nutritional support even more than others, not a masking of their issue. Even those pets who are relatively healthy might pickup occasional fleas which could pose a problem for other pets or people in a household. We don't want you to stop using pesticides. To be absolutely clear, we aren't saying one way is wrong or right, but if you are looking for a different, more natural way, we hope to support you. 

SAFER USE OF FLEA CONTROL

Before using any product, I research it. I avoid pharmaceuticals with known side effects until I've determined their benefit outweighs the risk on a case-by-case basis. There are serious risks, including death, associated with pesticides commonly marketed as "safe" for use on pets. Some may be safer than others, but we don't know how any  pet is going to react to a particular pesticide. Some breeds are known to drop dead from the use of ivermectin, a common pesticide, with just one dose (2). We don't always know what breeds or individuals are senstive, so using unnatural methods of prevention cautiously and minimally could be a good idea.
  Nobody knows what effect these poisons have on our pets when used long term. Our pets can't tell us if they have headaches, muscle aches, or neurologic effects such as numbness, tingling, or burning from topical or oral flea "medicines".

How about using a flea comb and a simple shampoo that repels and/or kills fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes? Tiny Timmy's Dirty Flea Soap is a product that will do just that and it's made from 100% natural ingredients which are known to be gentle on dogs and cats. Also, a light dusting of diatomaceous earth, when used as directed by a professional pet wellness professional, can kill fleas in just a few hours and be safe for your family and pet.

Nitenpyram will kill fleas in as little as 30 minutes and has a comparatively low toxicity in mammals. It only stays in the pet's body for a day or two, If there is an infestation of a pet's environment, it may need to be given every other day. In that case, I would strongly urge one to use diatomaceous earth (indoors and in dry outdoor areas), beneficial nematodes (on lawn and damp earth), and our favorite flea control product (keep reading) which we use occasionally. We have had the same box of Nitenpyram for years. We have only had to use it on rare occasion where a dog is itching and we can't seem to find a flea but see evidence of biting. Having to use this a few times each Summer is the no-brainer choice over coating the dogs in toxic residues. 

Our favorite artificial monthly flea control product is Lufenuron. Lufenuron will keep fleas from reproducing and has no known dangerous side effects for you or your pet (it can have an impact on beneficial insects in the environment, so use only as needed).  Many pet owners in high-flea population areas, could get by with lufenuron used monthly and Nitenpyram offered weekly to kill adult fleas on the pet. Other products that have been reported to help are apple cider vinegar, brewer's yeast, and fish oil.


There are many websites dedicated to educating pet owners on natural or safer flea control options so please keep reading. I just wanted to encourage you to do your own research or ask your vet for assistance. Keep in mind, my goal is to keep pets healthy so they don't need any flea remedies in the first place. 

1) Garey et al., 1998
3) Tanus-Santos et all 2001

 

Why Luckydog Believes In Minimal Vaccination

There is much controversy over the practice of vaccination and I take the stance of being "cautiously opposed" to vaccination for non-fatal diseases and "opposed" to vaccination when the means to ensure health via other methods exists. Studies have demonstrated that vaccines are a major cause of autoimmune disease (1, 2). What most people don't know is that something as simple as an allergic reaction to fleas is a sign of autoimmunityAutoimmunity is the failure of an organism to recognize its own parts as selfPreventing one disease but causing the body to attack it's own proteins, cells, hormones, etc, doesn't always seem sensible. If a pet's life is on at risk, an intelligent decision must be made and that is why we promote minimal vaccination over non-vaccination. By minimal, we do not mean all pets should get the same small number of vaccines. We mean that pets should be evaluated on an individual basis and receive the minimum amount of vaccines to result in a reasonable amount of immunity at a reasonable risk. Pets who have had vaccine reactions should never be revaccinated. Animals have been known to have life threatening reactions within seconds of receiving a vaccine. Any pet with a history of vaccine reaction should be evaluated extremely carefully. These pets should only be re-vaccinated if titers and environment indicate a necessity. 

Autoimmunity is responsible for the majority of chronic illnesses affecting today's pets and people including: Feline Chronic Renal Failure (CRF, CKD), diabetes, feline oral resorptive lesions (FORL), feline stomatitis/gingivostomatits, Cushing's syndrome, asthma, food allergies, atopy,
IBS, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), Evan's syndrome, hypothyroidism, and some forms of arthritis. These are the diseases that are plaguing pets today and coincidentally filling the bank accounts of the drug manufacturers. Could Pharmaceutical companies be ensuring continued business by having us inject our pets with substances likely to cause chronic disease? I'd like to think that's not true, but I have to wonder. 

Though it's not an "autoimmune" disease, cancer also has a clear connection to vaccination. Cancers have  long been linked to vaccination, but in the past, the toxic excipients, preservatives, or adjuvants in vaccines were blamed. A newer study shows that cancers may be caused by vaccination regardless of whether or not the vaccine contains irritants and toxic substances
(4)

Not only is it proven that vaccines almost always cause some harm, but there is much evidence that they often fail. Many vaccines have never been proven effective.
Some vaccines cause the recipient or animals around them more likely to contract the targeted disease (3). Many holistic veterinarians agree that vaccines decrease quality of life and lifespan. Just keep in mind, these same veterinarians would be horrified to see people feed their pets kibble. Some would concede that if kibble or any highly-processed food  is the main source of "nutrition" the pet's immune system will be compromised and vaccines would be preferable to a deadly case of distemper.

Mainstream American, or "Western" medicine wants to claim that the benefits of vaccines always outweigh the risks. A
fter two decades of research, and working with hundreds of animals suffering from vaccinosis, I cannot agree with Western medicine.  I do agree that pets who cannot be offered superior nutrition and ideal living conditionsmay be better off being vaccinated (with effective vaccines). An even better option, in my opinion, would be to protect them with colloidal silver until their immune systems are strong. At one year of age, most puppies and kittens have a fairly strong immune system. Stress and poor nutrition  are risk factors of disease susceptibilty even in a seemingly healthy adult animals. If you have an unvaccinated pet in an area where disease organisms are common, colloidal silver could probably be given 4-7 days per week to prevent/limit infection. This goes for any pet that is not on a raw diet and or has immune challenges (whether or not it is vaccinated). Giving colloidal silver only part of each week allows the immune system to still work, whereas daily treament may prevent it from getting much "pratice" with defending against pathogens.  To be clear, I am not suggesting anyone subject any puppy or kitten to deadly viruses and not protect them somehow. If you can't bring yourself to vaccinate but can't feed a raw diet, then consider daily colloidal silver with a brand we recommend. We have never sold any silver products, but will be willing to provide them to rescues or individuals wishing to buy large orders for multiple pets and family members. We are always researching which brands are the best and with a young, unvaccinated, or sick pet you CANNOT take chances on silver products that don't work. If your pet has parvo or distemper, we strongly recommend you get them to drink colloidal silver immediately.  For kennel cough, it can be given by mouth and a few drops can be instilled intranasally. For feline upper respiratory illness, even in very young kittens, colloidal silver can be given orally and some types can safely be dropped in the eyes. For treating the eyes and nasal passages, it is best to add a sterile saline powder so the drops are isotonic (the same "saltiness" of tears and mucous membranes- this prevent a stinging sensation).

Please be diligent about boosting your pet's immunity if it came from an animal shelter. A shelter is almost guaranteed to have parvo virus and bordatella floating around every day of the year. Distemper and hepatitis can also be spread among animals rapidly in a shelter. Even if the shelter animals don't look sick, the healthier adults are often carriers of viruses! Puppies, kittens as well as adult pets can develop the illnessrd days or weeks later. Don't assume if they look good when you adopt them and a vet says they pass a physical exam, that they are OK. This is often a deadly assumption. Some of these diseases can take weeks to incubate before symptoms are seen, some can brew for months. If you bring home a carrier, you might infect your whole neighborhood and never have any idea your pet is the cause. Why take the chance? $30-100 spent on a high quality colloidal silver will greatly decrease the chances of these scenarios. 

It seems I've been able to reduce a pet's risk of contracting communicable disease by offering a raw, prey-model diet long term. In a litter of foster kittens, two litter mates died from distemper while two other littermates who were willing to eat the raw diet thrived. The one who ate half raw half processed formula got sick but didn't die.  I was not using colloidal silver at the time because I didn't know it was distemper until after the second kitten died. The vet failed to test for distemper even though it was an obvious possibility for these kittens which came from a county shelter. Her reasoning was that, if it was distemper, kittens that age (2 1/2 weeks when I rescued them) would have died within a few days, but I had had them almost 2 weeks and had been treating them for classic distemper symptoms for about one week when I brought the first one in. She thought perhaps they were sick from my trying to feed them raw, pureed meat at an age when they "should have been drinking formula". Also there were still three healthy kittens in the litter (their symptoms had ceased soon after I took the first kitten in for support). This just isn't typical of distemper in young kittens. Though it was a very difficult time in my life and losing two fosters was very hard on me, it was a miracle that three survived without the need for veterinary intervention. Another thing to note is that the most vaccinated adult cats seemed to be the least protected. The resident cats who had been vaccinated several times for distemper were the only two who developed distemper symptoms. I believe the raw diet they were on helped them overcome the disease without need for veterinary intervention. 

If you choose to avoid vaccines, and feed a raw diet, but are still afraid for your pet, I understand. I have a few things besides colloidal silver that might help. First is to keep cats and kittens indoors and in enclosed cat yards that don't have free ranging cats or wildlife in them.
I would advise puppy owners to keep puppies away from areas of heavy dog traffic until they are one year old or protect them with daily colloidal silver when they will be around strange dogs (or if other dogs in your household might be carriers or might be around strange dogs). This does not mean one shouldn't socialize puppies, it simply means one socializes with care by making daily playdates with one or two other other puppies instead of visiting random dogs or locations if one doesn't protect the puppy with collloidal silver. I advise all puppy owners to consider feeding a species-appropriate raw diet to bolster their pup's immunity. For most breeds, in my opinion, this is sufficient to protect them against small viral loads of distemper and Parvo virus, but large exposures (such as what might occur in a training class or dog park)  or stress, would still put the puppy at risk so colloidal silver use would still be advised. You might try adding colloidal silver (with one's vet's approval) to the water bowl every other day and offering probiotics to aid digestion and nutrient availability on the days silver is withheld. Or offer silver by mouth in the morning and probiotics at night. The idea is that pets would still be be able to develop antibodies if they do come across a pathogen, but the virus would be less likely to cause chaos in the body. I recommend having a bottle of at least 20 oz of colloidal silver on hand for small pet emergencies and 40 oz for any pet over 20lbs as you may decide to offer it in place of water in a serious case and it can take a couple days to get it delivered from a reliable online source. Even if you pet is at the vet with a case of parvo or distemper, you can instruct the vet to give colloidal silver in the water bowl, if the animal is drinking, or you can give small amounts by mouth with a syringe or by enema. 

Keep in mind I am not a veterinarian and I am not recommending any of these things. It's just something I share as an idea for people want to avoid vaccinations but are not willing to feed raw or don't feel a raw diet is sufficient to protect their pet (it very well may not be).


Please note that Rabies vaccination is required by law in the US. Rabies vaccine is the only vaccine I give to all dogs who can tolerate vaccines. There is no known remedy for rabies in animals, so it is one vaccine that seems a necessary evil. We do not recommend it for indoor cats unless there is obvious risk. Rabies vaccines are linked to epilepsy, aggression, and extremely aggressive cancers. It is my least favorite vaccine, but I have never cured rabies with silver and haven't heard of anyone else curing rabies with anything (other than induced coma and letting the immune system fight the virus) so I am not taking the chance.

If a viral or bacterial infection does occur in your pet, these infections are often easily quelled with colloidal silver and natural supplements/herbs. The key is to treat the pet when symptoms first arise. I cannot stress this enough. Whether your pet is vaccinated or not and especially if your pet is under one year of age- DO NOT WAIT TO TAKE YOUR PET TO A VET IF IT SEEMS SICK.  If you feel your pet is sick, do not wait to see how the pet is the next day, it may be too late to turn the conditio around.  Puppies and kittens are not supposed to be lethargic so if you see lethargy (excessive napping, reduced activity between naps) in a young pet please know your pet needs to go to the vet immediately.

Luckily for all of us, disease can be prevented by reducing physiological and emotional stress in other ways. By exercising your pet, providing mental stimulation, and taking other steps to ensure your pet's emotional wellness you can effect a very "protected" state of being- This is well being.


How often should one vaccinate a pet? If viral vaccines work, it would be most sensible to only vaccinate against truly life-threatening diseases which your pet is likely to be exposed to and to administer each vaccine only once.  According to my sources, if the recipient had "active immunity" when a vaccine was given, boosters should be unecessary and would only serve to aggravate the immune system. Active immunity occurs in dogs and cats by 16 weeks of age. If viral vaccines were truly effective, vaccinating once, at 16 or more weeks of age, should create lifetime protection.

The existence of vaccinosis is becoming widely known via the internet. Pet owners are catching on and demanding change. US veterinary schools have changed the suggested vaccination protocols so that most booster vaccines would be offered every three years instead of annually. If your vet is suggesting annual vaccination for Distemper, Parvo, Leptospirosis, or Hepatitis, you may want to do some research on the matter and share your findings with your vet. Even though triennial vaccination is still overkill in the opinion of most holistic practitioners, this AVMA-approved shift in thinking is a victory for all pet lovers. I still urge all pet owners with the means, to utilize titer testing instead of booster vaccines to ensure their pets are protected against a certain disease. 


If we do our part to educate other pet owners, we may see a day when vaccines are effective and safe. Now, that's something to look forward to.




(1) Tsumiyama K, Miyazaki Y, Shiozawa S (2009) Self-Organized Criticality Theory of Autoimmunity. PLoS ONE 4(12): e8382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008382
(2) Parenteral administration of FVRCP vaccines induces antibodies against feline renal tissues." MR Lappin, WA Jensen, R Chandrashekar, SD Kinney

(3) Lednicky, John A., et al. "Genetically distant American Canine distemper viruslineages have recently caused epizootics with somewhat different characteristics in raccoons living around a large suburban zoo in the USA." (2004).
(4) Multicenter case-control study of risk factors associated with development of vaccine-associated sarcomas in cats Philip H. Kass, DVM, PhD, DACVPM (2003)
 

 

You can counter some aspects of vaccinosis with a raw diet


As a person who's seen dozens of animals improve drastically when switched to a raw diet, I can't help but want to share my happiness.

Severe reactions are not the only downside to vaccines. There are also a myriad of less-severe reactions, delayed reactions, and chronic illnesses related to vaccination. Don’t expect your vet to be aware of these. Many vets are poorly informed on the matter. Vaccinosis is the term used to describe a broad range of vaccine side effects. Vaccinosis may include symptoms such as
itchiness, allergies, renal failure, epilepsy, diabetes, and cancer. 

Does your pet suffer from any of these symptoms? My intent is not to frighten people but to empower those who find themselves in need of assistance. I
f you are not dealing with these symptoms/diseases reading further about the situation, will only serve to create negativity and fear. If you are dealing with one or more of these symptoms please research vaccinosis and holistic treatments. If you need help choosing a treatment, we would be happy to answer a couple questions at no charge. If you need further assistance, we can offer a wellness consultation. Just remember that autoimmune diseases almost always (what I have found, not a medical fact) involve inflammatory processes and certain diets can reduce inflammation (this is a medical fact).


The pet who opened my eyes to chronic vaccinosis was Sage, a foster puppy from Mexico. Sage seemed healthy while living on the streets, but when she was taken in and vaccinated, her health declined to a pathetic state. It was her struggle that opened my eyes to the most common problem with vaccination- "vaccinosis". Immunosuppression and autoimmune disorders, which are strongly linked to vaccination
, are the leading causes of illness in pets today. This is good news because it's very easy to avoid over-vaccinating if we know this and it's often easy to manage vaccinosis with the right immune-balancing foods, supplements (fish oil...), devices, and practices.


(Sage soon after rescue)


A few weeks after vaccination, Sage displayed many symptoms of a weakened immune system. She had been adopted out but was returned three weeks later with a terrible case of sarcoptic mange. The mange mites were probably on her at the time that she was rescued, but her immune system was likely strong enough to keep the infection under control. Once she was vaccinated, that changed. Sage not only developed a mite infestation but she also developed hundreds of warts on and inside her lips inside her cheeks and allover her tongue. Both of these conditions are linked to a weakened immune system so there was no doubt Sage's immune system had been assaulted and was not recovering from the vaccination she received. The sarcoptic mange was treated aggressively and showed improvement but the relief of that news lasted less than 5 minutes.


The day she received her first negative skin scraping for sarcoptic mange, Sage also received a new diagnosis. The new diagnosis was demodectic mange. At that time the demodectic mange was only a tiny spot on her leg.  Despite aggressive treatment with drugs, Sage developed generalized (covered most areas of her body), demodectic mange with secondary bacterial infections that antibiotics could not control. Sage lived the majority of her puppyhood (age 5 months to 14 months) with fever,  swollen glands, and oozing sores on half of her body. These therapies kept her alive but she was not well. I had to find a way to cure her, so I tried everything I could think of including the unthinkable- raw chicken.



(Sage at 1 year of age makes friends with "Yard" the kitten who had 3 feet.)


Can you imagine feeding raw chicken to someone with a weak immune system? It seemed like a very bad idea at the time, euthanasia was the only other option. To my surprise it worked. In less than two weeks, Sage's wounds dried up, her lymph nodes shrank and her fever was gone. In three weeks, she was cured from demodectic mange and the warts that filled her mouth. The photo above shows sage about three weeks into the raw chicken diet. Her skin was healed and her fur was growing back.  In no time, all of her fur returned and she was a beautiful dog. Each time I tried to wean her back onto a half raw, half-kibble diet, no matter how "nutritious" (aka expensive) the kibble was, it didn't support her wellness.  And after each recurrence of mange, a few weeks of strictly raw remedied the problem. I was excited about the new knowledge but as a vegetarian I was eager to get rid of this dog who required me to stock my fridge with chicken.




 (Sage at 9 years of age and full of life.)


Sage's struggle opened my eyes to one of the most important lessons I've learned so far. Sage's improvement had a significant impact on me and the way I viewed health. I didn't yet know there was a reason to feed raw diets to relatively healthy dogs so I still had a lot to learn (still do.... always will). It took me several years of research, practice, and deep contemplation to see the beauty of a raw diet and how it can benefit most animals.

If you are concerned about a possible vaccine reaction or vaccinosis, visit the links below. If you feel compelled to vaccinate your pet in the way that is believed to be safer by many holistic practitioners, please search these articles and others for suggestions about lowering your pet’s risk :

                        

  http://www.dakotaeranch.com/puppies/vaccinosis.htm

 

http://www.rawfedcats.org/vaccinosis.htm


 
 



Kidney Support for Pets With CKD (CRF)

One of our cat's BUN lowered significantly after just one week on this regimen. We have seen cats with CKS (CRF) live for many years by following guidelines for natural supportive care. If you offer the right "Kidney Cocktail" soon enough, you may slow down damage and be able to look forward to more years with your pet. The supplements listed below are meant to be given with each meal. Adjust the amount of each supplement accordingly to your pet's size or the manufacturer's recommendation.
A combination of probiotics (azodyl and probiavi might be good options but please ask your vet )
Pharmaceutical grade fish oil (carries some risk but if a pet has advanced disease it may be an option)
Curcumin
Enzymes (bromelain and any others needed for the various constituents of your pet's diet)
Ubiquinol
Baking soda (ask your vet before offering any alkalizer or sodium)
Epakitin
Transfer Factor or colostrum (beware of lactose intolerance)
Canned or home cooked organic pumpkin (may not be suitiable for cats with diabetes)
Willard Water (mysteriously seems to help but is NOT for pets on an iodine-restricted diet)
Cordyceps Sinensis (Organic Pet Superfood Immunity contains this, vetri sciende renal chews do as well)
 
In my experience, and according to an amino acid profile I had once found online (can't find it now, so maybe I'm making it up) chicken is the easiest meat for most cats and dogs to digest. If apet has annorexia (reluctance to eat) nausea, or vomiting, I suggest feeding smaller, equally portioned meals, equally-spaced at least 3 times per day, preferably 4-6 times per day until kidney values are near normal or normal. If there is vomiting, space the meals out evenly and feed on a strict schedule to see if that helps. Free feeding a food with Aluminum Hydroxide may reduce acid buildup, so talk to your vet about that if your cat has an appetite and isn't on a raw diet. You might also offer natural acid reducers or protective supplements (carafate, pumkin, sodium bicarbonate, slippery elm) between and with meals). You can gradually switch to twice daily feeding, if BUN and/or creatinine levels normalize, but I see best results when kidney patients have small, frequent meals. I also put a bit of Willard Water in the water bowls of any kidney patients. Other things one can experiment with are pure Aloe leaf juice and Yucca root powder but caution must be used because of potential toxicity.

If your pet also has hyperthyroidism and is taking (or is about to take) methimazole, you could offer broccoli powder or pureed broccoli with each meal instead of methimazole (Tapazole). Only do this with your vet's guidance (I am not a vet). If your pet is already on methimazole, do not discontinue it abuptly. If T4 levels are reduced significantly only then would you gradually reduce methimazole as you increase broccoli. One should watch carefully for improvement or worsening of symptoms and test T4 levels regularly to determine if the amount you are offering is the right amount. My sources state that either cooked or raw broccoli will do, but I only use raw broccoli powder.

Pumpkin and Sodium bicarbonate are alkaline so they will decrease the acidity in the stomach. They can help the stomach recover from excess acid and may help probiotics survive the trip to the small and large intestine where they do their work. When the probiotics reach the intestinal tract, beneficial bacterial colonies can form and are thought to do some of the detoxification work, taking some of the load off of the kidneys. Palatability can be an issue with these supplements so use a small amount and increase as tolerated only as advised by your vet. You can play around with this combo and even add some cream, yogurt, or tuna juice to the mix to make it more palatable. The baking soda may increase thirst because of the sodium content. Some renal patients can't have sodium so be sure to work with your vet on this if you try it. Baking soda is what is used in dialysis machines to detox the blood. In other words, it does the job of the kidneys, which is pretty amazing to me (some people say it cures cancer as well). I'm not sure how to get it to do that job without having to remove the blood from the body, but one day I'll figure it out.

I don't have all the answers for renal disease, in fact I only offer a little bit of help here and it might not actually be enough to reverse your pet's condition. There are many other standard aids that your vet should already know about and I encourage you to try these as well as long as your pet tolerates them and isn't overly stressed (e.g. pilling a mouth-shy cat a few times a day is a great way to reduce it's overall quality of life so your attempts at saving it's life migh be moot).

Always ask your vet about how you intend to use supplements before you offer them to your pet, especially if your pet is compromised or on any medication or special diet.

Evan's Syndrome (immune mediated hemolytic anemia/thrombocytopenia)
Yunnan Paiyao and a raw diet might be given to support the pet while cutting down on steroids or anti-rejection drugs. One might experiment with natural products thought to help calm down an overactive immune system (cordyceps comes to mind).
Help for Humans:
Relieve the pain of cysts or boils by applying a dab of 50% DMSO with colloidal silver. This same combination can work to heal cystic acne, warts, hang nails, blisters, and bacterial or fungal infections of the skin, cracked heels, neuropathy, edema and many other conditions that many people think are incurable or something that will take days or weeks to run their course. These products need to be sourced and used carefully so my advice is to only use them under the guidance of a health professional

Some skin cancers are easily and gently removed (reversed?) with liquid iodine. 2% lugol's iodine solution or other iodine approved for topical use can be swabbed onto the area a few times a day. One should notice a change in the lesion within a week.
Grapefruit Seed Extract diluted to 10-20mg/ml in water (I drop nutribiotic GSE in 1 or 2 tsp water) has a similar effect. These methods, when they work, will cause gradual changes. They seem to cause the skin to shed the cancer cells and revert to a healthy condition. Dr Tullio Simoncini, an Italian oncologist, recommends the topical iodine for skin cancers, as do many other non-Western doctors. Many Wester doctors used to prescribe iodine for skin cancer before the pharmaceutical industry got wise and realized natural therapies could be replaced with profitable synthetics.



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