Q. What are some natural treatments for diarrhea? I know I need to find the root of the problem, but is there something I can do to treat the symptom in the meantime?
Different healing modalities could help with addressing diarrhea. You could help by using Reiki, T-Touch, HTA, flower essences, supplements, homeopathy and more. I am giving multiple suggestions because only some may be available in your area, and each animal is unique, so what works with one does not work with all. This is the joy of holistic approaches – we have dozens of things to try, while conventional has merely a few.
1. Even before you are trained in Reiki (please get that training as soon as possible as your hands will become healers for the rest of your life), you can ask for this energy healing that cannot hurt and may help. Check with local health food stores or practitioners in your area or do on line searches to find Reiki practitioners who can do this from anywhere in the country.
2. You can try Phytomucil from Animal Essentials or make your own from marshmallow root from the health food store – 1 teaspoon of the ground root in 1 C of boiling water. Stir till cooled. It should feel slippery – if not add more powder. Mix 1/2 teaspoon with something your animal likes to eat and give 3-4 times a day.
3. Using a probiotic would be important since this seems like a longer term problem. Mitomax is a super probiotic. I have had many animals’ diarrhea clear up while using this, thought sometimes they need to stay on it. Unlike other probiotics, it is very stable and is ok at the low stomach pH.
4. Happy Tummy (www.SpiritEssences.com) is great for any digestive upset. Flower essences are totally safe and can be used as long and as frequently as they seem to help. Other flower essence companies that have combinations for animals’ diarrhea include Anaflora.com; GreenHopeEssences.com; petessence.com. Many other companies with single essences can help you select one. They are totally safe.Remember that using a journal will help you figure out what is helping the most.
5. Aloe vera is great for any ailment of mucus membranes. You can purchase drinkable organic or squeeze some drops from the cut edge of your own aloe plant.
6. Most importantly, begin now to change to a raw meaty bone diet as this cures, or at least helps, about 40% of animals with digestive problems who come to my practice. Also, you can use single proteins to find ones that may be more soothing to your pet.
Finding and working with an integrative veterinarian is really important. The links page on my site, www.ChristinaChambreau.com, has the sites for each of the holistic veterinary associations. Homeopathic veterinarians can even help by phone if you have no one near you.
Q. Is it safe to give dogs a small amount of peroxide if there is a need to induce vomiting? My dog ate grapes and I am worried!
A. It is safe to dogs hydrogen peroxide (3%) to induce vomiting. Some dogs can eat grapes and be fine, but we still do not recommend it, just in case. Regardless, grapes and strawberries are some of the most highly sprayed and chemically treated fruits.
One challenge with peroxide is administering it. You need to get it towards the back so it will be swallowed but you do not want to squirt down the trachea and into the lungs. The dose is 1 ml per pound of your dog’s weight. A teaspoon is 5 mls. Regardless of the size of your dog, do not give more than 45 ml. You can repeat if there is no vomiting in 15 minutes.
I strongly recommend finding an integrative veterinarian with whom to work. When dogs are being treated holistically and you are paying attention to the Early Warning Signs of Internal Imbalance, they are usually healthy enough to not become ill.
As a veterinarian for 33 years, I have large numbers of dogs who are eating grapes successfully. Deaths have been reported, so I do not recommend feeding them, but please do not panic with a small consumption.
Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose questions to answer every other week!