How to heal dog infections without prescription antibiotics. I love home remedies for dogs. My example is a canine toe infection that began with a sore, swelling spot I saw her licking.
The whole experience surprised me and kind of frightened me at the same time. After all, as a dog health coach, this stuff shouldn't happen to MY dog right?
I should have seen it coming because I swear I do the regular dog physical exam like I talk about in my book. I'm constantly on the look out for any extra licking, sore spots, swelling, bleeding or anything that may be fungal.
So much for being anywhere close to perfect because my daughter was the one who noticed.
How embarrassing. What's worse is I had noticed her licking the foot a few days before it turned ugly and she even stood for a minute holding it up.
Naturally I did a complete inspection with a flashlight. I assumed she's stepped on something on our walk that morning but I could find no pebbles or slivers.
After looking, rubbing and pressing on the spot and getting no response from her I figured whatever it was, was no longer there so I promptly forgot about it. As you can see by the picture I was wrong.
I thought about all the home remedies for dogs (and us) that I had on hand and decided to use two things. Obviously I was looking at a canine toe infection and the inflammation must have hurt.
I immediately got up, took this picture and gave Lulu a dose of Liquid Silver Shield which I gave twice a day on an empty stomach. I also sprayed enzymes directly on the toe.
My daughter laughs at my use of enzymes and thinks I spray them on everything. The fact is among other things, NSP enzyme spray is a purely natural anti inflammatory. It helps reduce both swelling and pain and itching (I put it on my own mosquito bites and it works like a charm).
I used the enzymes 4 times a day and after 2 days there appeared to be no change at all. On the third day it seemed a bit smaller and began to ooze a clear liquid but it still wasn't the quick results I expected for a dog infection.
Since there was still swelling and redness I was in worry mode. I kept at it. I even put some of the silver shield in a spray bottle and alternated spraying that with the enzymes.
On day five I breathed a sigh of relief and by day seven I was thrilled.
To be perfectly honest, I don't know. I've had results from Silver Shield in a few hours for some things but this toe infection was a reminder it varies from dog to dog and the situation as well. Here is a picture of Lulu's foot after seven days. I thought it was healed but to be sure I kept her on the Silver Shield for a total of two weeks.
I could be turning into a commercial for NSP products because here's something I love about Silver Shield. The benefits of colloidal silver are it can cure bacterial, viral and fungal infections so even if you don't know for sure what the problem started with, you've pretty much got your bases covered.
And of course there are no antibiotic side effects. (If you don't know what they are, take a peek at that page.)
What can be really scary is if the infection starts out in a toe nail. Let this be a reminder to both of us to trim dogs nails regularly so they don't get split or broken. Here's a how to page on nail trimming.
What I didn't know until recently is that a dog's toenail is actually part of the bone structure. Someone contacted me asking if there was a way to keep from having her dog's toe amputated.
She hadn't noticed the broken toe nail or the infection until it was pretty well rooted. That infection didn't respond to antibiotics given by her veterinarian. Not wanting the infection in the bone to move up the leg, the vet said the toe needed to go.
Part of what makes me bring this up is after I'd talked to this woman (and I could only side with her vet) I sat and wondered how she could have missed seeing that dog infection.
It was just a few days later that I took that picture of Lulu's toes so now I have the answer. I'm still glad I was able to treat it at home successfully.
If you want a copy of my book which explains how to do your own physical exams; treat vomiting and diarrhea; the right NSP herbs to use for parasite prevention (including heartworm) and other helpful stuff, (like things to keep on hand so you don't get into a pickle) you can find it at Amazon in both print and Kindle. It's called Dog Health Care Tips for a Healthier, Longer Life.