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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Collection of home remedies

So I was thinking that together as a community we have several centuries of experience with GSD's. This would be a great resource to tap and document a list of home remedies, things to do and don't vis a vis GSD's.

Please post your own experience, critique and correct mistakes, but please lets not get off topic. This thread can then be used as a reference for members, new and old, to quickly reference information.

My 2 cents worth:

1) Dont feed GSD's : Raw hide, raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate.

2) Rice + Pumpkin is great for upset tummies / diarrhea.

3) Never feed GSD's cooked chicken bones, raw chicken bones are fine.

4) Too much calcium is harmful. 1.2% calcium is the recommended percentage of daily calcium intake in conjunction with phosphorus.

5) If it rains, the soil gets wet and there are various germs which surface and thrive in this wetness. If your dog ingests these germs, diarrhea and puking is common place. Symptoms must not last more than a day. Symptoms should be monitored closely, lest there be Parvo. Advisable to take the dog to a vet.

6) Adding Turmeric to your dog's diet is beneficial in preventing cancer.

7) Plantains and elms are beneficial in cubing dog diarrhea. (What about Bananas?)

8) pepto bismol is evidently good for treating diarrhea about dogs (confirmation requested).

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Symptoms of Parvo to watch out for:

1) Liquid diarrhea
2) Vomiting
3) Stools and vomit may contain blood.
4) Dog lethargic + morose.
5) Later stage parvo may show grey gums.
6) Stools and vomit will have distinctive rancid smell.

Immediate medical attention required, life threatening condition!
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I dislike "home remedies" as a rule since a well-known and quite popular (even still) "home remedy" is to soak your dog in motor oil for mange.
Oh, and that tobacco is great for worms. I saw this advice on craigslist

With the rescue, this is my source if I need more info on an already-diagnosed-by-the-vet illness.

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Use google or search feature for the basics.

If unsure, consult a vet.
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Three things to keep around:

Gas X for bloat

Benedryl for reactions

Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting - make sure it's an UNOPENED bottle and not expired. If you use it, get another bottle. It doesn't work after it's been open for a while (I know from experience).
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Three things to keep around:

Gas X for bloat

Benedryl for reactions

Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting - make sure it's an UNOPENED bottle and not expired. If you use it, get another bottle. It doesn't work after it's been open for a while (I know from experience).
I know with people, they use to recommend inducing vomiting if poisoned. Now, all doctors/poison professionals say that inducing vomiting actually makes it worse.

Are you sure that inducing vomiting in a dog won't make it worse?

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5) If it rains, the soil gets wet and there are various germs which surface and thrive in this wetness. If your dog ingests these germs, diarrhea and puking is common place.
I've never heard anything even close to this.

I've had dogs for over 40 years and have NEVER had one get sick because it rained. And I lived in the Portland, OR, area where it rains a LOT, for close to 30 of those years.

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Hmm I've used old/opened peroxide and it worked fine. However, I assume if it is REALLY old it wouldn't work. In response to Shaner, it depends what is ingested. Ex: If your dog eats chocolate, it would be acceptable to induce vomiting. However, if they ate chemicals, it would not be. This is because the chemicals will burn while coming back up.

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