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Friday, 10 March 2017

Euphrasia, Coconut Oil DIY Natural Treatment - Dog Cat Eye Infections




This natural DIY eye infection treatment for dogs and cats requires two simple ingredients – the herb euphrasia, also known as ‘eye bright’; and coconut oil. Euphrasia and coconut oil offer anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and minerals that help fight infection, sooth, nourish and protect the eye, and surrounding fur. Time to say ‘NO’ to conventional antibiotics, corticosteroids, and asociated adverse side effects!


DIY Dog and Cat Eye Infection Treatment

Step 1 - Euphrasia Tea Eye Drops, and Cleanse

You Will Need –
  • Euphrasia (eye bright) tea, organic or wild-crafted.
  • Spring water, or filtered tap water – no unfiltered tap water!
  • Tea pot or cup.
  • Kettle, or pot.
  • Eye dropper.
  • Coconut oil – organic, cold pressed, unrefined.
  • Cotton or bamboo make-up remover pads. 
Preparation -
  • Place euphrasia tea bag, or euphrasia-filled tea infuser in the tea pot or cup – use 1 tea bag for every 8 ounces of water.
  • Using a kettle or pot, heat the water – when you see bubbles rising from the bottom of your kettle or pot the water is sufficiently heated. Don’t allow the water to boil.
  • Pour the heated water into the kettle or cup.
  • Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tea bag or infuser.
  • Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  • Fill the eye dropper bottle with tea.
  • Pour the remaining euphrasia tea into a glass bottle, and cap the bottle.
Storage -
  • Store the euphrasia tea in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Application -
  • Use an eye dropper to drop 1 up to 3 drops of the euphrasia tea into the eye, 1 times up to 4 time per day as needed.
  • Never allow the glass dropper to touch the eye.
    • If the dropper does come into contact with the eye, cleanse the dropper in hot water, with non-toxic soap, and rinse well prior to reusing the dropper.
  • After you have administered the drops use a clean cotton or bamboo pad to gently wipe any tea that has dripped from the eye onto the fur around the eye.
    • If treating both eyes - use a clean pad for each eye, don’t use the same pad on both eyes.
  • You can also soak a pad in the tea, squeeze out excess tea and use the pad to wipe around the eye – starting in the inside corner and wiping outwards.
Step 2 - Coconut Oil Salve
Once or twice a day, after you have treated, cleansed the eye with the euphrasia…
  • With clean hands, apply a little coconut oil, on the fur under the infected eye.
  • The coconut oil helps to fight the bacteria, makes it easier to clean-up any build-up of discharge under the eye, and helps to stop staining from the bacteria laden eye discharge.
Step 3 - Treating an Eye Infection is a Three Part Process

Use an effective, suitable to-your individual dog, and cat:
  1. Topical treatment.
  2. Ingested natural antibiotics – I recommend using appropriate foods, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines (not conventional antibiotics and other drugs).
  3. Address root cause.
If your dog or cat is suffering from re-occurring, chronic eye infections it is very important to identify and treat the root cause – naturally!

Note - When introducing a new to-your-animal topical treatment for the first time, always do a small test spot, wait 24 hours – if no adverse reaction occurs you can proceed to standard application. Do not use the treatment if your dog or cat has a sensitivity (intolerance or allergy) to any of the substances in the treatment. If you are using conventional drugs and are thinking of adding a natural treatment make sure you thoroughly research relevant interactions, contradictions, cautions and side effects.

Additional Assistance 

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Article and graphics by – Karen Rosenfeld, Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, Holistic Dog Behaviorist, Holistic Dog and Cat Wellness Specialist




Monday, 27 February 2017

Golden Paste Recipe for Dogs and Cats



My golden paste recipe is simple to make, and offers many health benefits without the dangerous side effects of conventional drugs, such as Prednisone, and Metacam (meloxicam). Golden paste is an effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-carcinogenic – it is also rich in antioxidants. For more information about golden paste’s health benefits, you can read about the main ingredient – turmeric, here.

Golden Paste Recipe for Dogs and Cats

You Will Need the Following Organic Ingredients
  • Turmeric powder – organic
    • You can choose to substitute fresh turmeric root for powder.
      • Use 1” of fresh finely chopped (pureed) turmeric root for every 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Black pepper – organic, fresh ground.
  • Filtered tap or spring water.
  • Saucepan – i.e. glass or stainless steel, NOT aluminum, NOT Teflon coated.
  • Coconut oil – organic, cold pressed, unrefined.
    • Can be incorporated into the recipe or given at correct daily dosage, along with the Golden Paste at meal time or treat time (see further below).
  • Optional ingredients
    • Dog-1safe, cat-1safe herbs and spices can be added to suit your dogs and cats 1specific situation.
Preparation
Add the following ingredients to your saucepan –
  • ¼ cup turmeric powder (or fresh root as per above).
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper.
  • Optional ingredients –
    • 1 tbs other 1safe, appropriate herb or spice.
  • Mix these ingredients thoroughly but gently – powders become airborne if not gently stirred! And please note turmeric contains a strong natural dye (curcumin) that can stain clothes, carpet, counter tops etc.
Add –
  • 1 ¼ cup filtered or spring water.
  • Note – if you want to incorporate coconut oil directly into the golden paste, reduce the amount of water by ¼ cup, and add ¼ cup coconut oil.
    • Personally I prefer to make the recipe with water, and add the coconut oil in the correct dosage per each dog or cat at his/her meals. 
    • By doing so I can ensure the daily intake of coconut oil matches the individual animal’s weight requirements. 
    • Daily dosage for coconut oil, cautions, and instructions on introducing coconut oil to your dogs and cats diet is provided here
    • For dogs and cats that cannot have coconut oil (due to a contradiction or ‘dislike’) another appropriate-to-your-animal, high quality fat can be used.
  • Mix the powdered herbs/spices and liquid gently, making sure to completely blend the herbs/spices with the water to yield a smooth thick paste.
  • You can add a little more water if you need to do so.
Simmer -
  • Place the sauce pan on the stove top, on low heat setting for 7 minutes, stir occasionally.
  • Remove from heat after 7 minutes.
  • Don’t worry if you have left the golden paste on for slightly longer.
  • Allow the Golden Paste to cool.
Store Your Golden Paste -
  • Transfer the cooled Golden Paste to a glass container/jar.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • You can double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as required to suit your situation.
How to Use The Golden Paste
When introducing any new item to your dog or cats diet do so gradually. Start at a very low dose and increase slowly.
Golden paste can be used short-term or long-term to suit your animals’ situation.

Daily Dosage – General Guidelines
  • Minimum dose – 1/16 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight, 1x per day.
  • Standard dose – 1/8 tsp, per 10 lbs of body weight, 1x to 2x per day.
  • Maximum dose – varies per animal and condition being treated.
How to Add to Your Dog’s, Cat’s Diet
Starting Out 
You can first introduce Golden Paste by incorporating a small amount into a treat – for example:
Daily Use
  • Turmeric paste can be given with food at meal time.
  • Or given with treats as noted above.
  • Can be ‘pilled’ using a 1safe-for-your animal pilling substance. Use a natural food item that suits your animal – i.e. pure raw unpasteurized honey, an appropriate yogurt, cheese, coconut oil, ghee, or fresh food such as meat, fruit or veg. 
  • Do NOT use a highly processed food pilling product.
If you are using for preventative maintenance of a healthy animal - use a low daily dosage.
If you are treating an active, or chronic ailment, the dosage can be adjusted up from the standard daily dosage to the individual animal’s tolerance level.

Cautions, Contradictions, Drug Interactions
Golden Paste is not for every dog and cat!

For a list of (but not limited to) cautions, contradictions and drug interactions, see –
1‘Safe’ is used as a relative term, meaning safe for most dogs and cats. As with all ingested substances (foods, herbs, etc.) before you introduce a new item to your animal’s diet, make sure you thoroughly research relevant drug, food, health condition interactions, contradictions, cautions and side effects.

Additional Assistance 
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  • If you require additional support and guidance, contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation, and I will provide you with a quotation for cost of services. 
  •  I offer holistic services to clients located around the world.
Holistic Dog Training Services
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased advice regarding Diet, Nutrition, Wellness, Food, Supplementation, etc. - for more information go here >>. 
  • Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - for more information go here >>.  
Please note - I do NOT sell food or supplements. I am not aligned with any companies. I do this so that I can remain 100% objective in selecting, recommending and prescribing the best solutions for my individual clients' situation.