Lexi and Paco!

Today is a big day in our house! 

Lexi is getting her staples out and Paco is having his stitches removed. Paco also has to have another x-ray to see what stage his skin cancer is :(. We are really hoping it is in the early stages, as he is such a joy to be around. He is playful and wags his tail a lot. He has filled out, where he was once skin and bones. 

Mama and Daddy are busy tomorrow with rescued dogs coming up. One is in the morning and the other is in the evening! We are going to a new boarding place called Silver Birch Kennels and we hear that Irene is fantastic! Thank you Irene for making our rescued dogs feel welcome and safe! 

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Community Support for Oliver a.k.a. Buttons

We would like to thank everyone who has shared, “liked” and cared about Oliver and his cause. 

For every dollar donated, helps to get Oliver his surgery and allowing him a chance to live a happy and healthy life. 

Oliver had a rough start living on the streets of California.  He didn’t know where his next meal would come from, nor did he know where he would sleep.  Then to be picked up and put in a noisy high kill shelter, in a small kennel, surrounded by loudness of other dogs all desperate to find their forever homes
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Our goal at Out of the House Dog Rescue, is to give Oliver every opportunity to know what love is and to start, we are raising funds for his surgery for his torn ACL. 

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https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/torn-acl-oliver-needs-help-/60151

Cancer

Yes, the dreaded “C” word. The one word we always hope our beloved pets or humans never ever have to deal with. 

Unfortunately, my furiend Paco who has been at our house for about a month now, mommy has learned his biopsy came back with skin cancer :(. He is a senior and so handsome, yes, even I as a boy dog can say my furiend is handsome :). Mommy says he is in the early stages of kidney failure and he has a heart murmur. I don’t know what a heart murmur is, but I do know if you were to look at him, you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with him. 

He has gained weight on his special food. His coat is shiny, he likes to play wif mommy and daddy too. Mommy says she knows that she shouldn’t think it, but she does hope that everyone is wrong and he will be a-ok. 

He goes to get his stitches out this week as well as have a special x-ray that will tell us what stage his cancer is. 

We as a pack know that Paco will be staying with us. He is happy here and we want him to feel the love he has been. We don’t want him in any boarding place where he can be forgotten and lonely. :(. He deserves far better than that. 

So if you could keep this special guy in your pawyers, we would really appreciate that. 

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The Reward of Fostering Animals

Please help us create a brighter future for those that can’t speak for themselves. We are looking for good, solid foster homes right now! You don’t have to do long term, you just have to be a loving home that our dogs can feel safe, will go for walks and get exercise. Please email https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-the-Dog-House-Rescue/208585425901723?fref=ts -

With the recent events in Oklahoma this week, we are sharing a blog post by BlogPaws. 

It is a call to action 

 

Dear Fellow Blogger,

First, a huge thank you for being a part of The Blogger Disaster Response Network. The recent tragedy in Oklahoma is exactly why this network exists. Together our voices are amplified.
 
Second, BlogPaws, Pet360 and World Vets are teaming up using our Blogger Disaster Response Network (BDRN) to step up for Oklahoma. We’ve all seen the images of devastation and we believe as a team we can make a big difference. The largest need at the moment is cash. BlogPaws is reaching out to the BDRN and all the sponsors of the 2013 conference to pledge a commitment for Oklahoma. This <collective> donation will go to the World Vets who are assessing the needs on site to make the best decision on where the money will go – based on their work in past disasters.
 
Donations will be collected by World Vets here through 11:59 PM Tuesday, May 28th. The collective donation will be announced when the money is ready for delivery. Your help, coming together in a communal way, can make a huge difference overall!

We’ve created this badge for you to display on your blogs —> you can find it on the right hand side of my blog it is called Paws 4 OK. To read more about this cause, you can go here http://www.blogpawsbethechange.com/2013/05/call-to-action-team-up-for-oklahoma.html

Thank you.

Fundraising

Mama has been doing some really important stuff for our furiend Lexi lately. See Lexi has been very sick wif many bladder stones and bad teeth. Then when she went to have her surgery last Friday, the vet saw that she had more things wrong with her. Not only did she have 3 more stones in her bladder, but she also had a major infection inside her bladder from not receiving medical attention. 

Without hesitation, mama set up a fundraising event for Lexi to be able to have her surgery as soon as possible. It was clear without doing something, Lexi could very well die. 

Within a week, mama was over her original goal! Through the kindness of strangers and from the generosity of furiends all wanting to help get Lexi her surgery as soon as possible. Together, we all worked to share, donate and raise awareness of her plight.

Today her account was paid and what a feeling it is to know that all this hard work has paid off for Lexi. Who 4 days post surgery is doing much better than she was 2 days ago. She has moments when she feels like she is on top of the world, only to realize she can’t jump up onto the bed or go down stairs :)

She is starting to show signs of happiness and joy in her life. Sure it will be a few weeks yet, before she will be up for adoption, but we know when she will, she will find her furever home very, very soon. 

Thank you, from the bottom of our furry hearts. 

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Lexi had her surgery!!

Boy oh boy what a crazy day yesterday was! Mama and daddy had to take meh furiend Lexi for her surgery to remove those nasty stones from her bladder as well as the rotten teeth in her mouth.

Stones removed from Lexi's bladder May 17, 2013

These are the stones removed from Lexi’s bladder. They were caused by a bladder infection not treated. Her PH balance became unhealthy and the stones were created. The vet figures she has had these for about 4 months, with the bladder infection starting about 2 months before that.

To give a better idea of how big these are, here is a ruler showing inches of each stone.

Second pic of stones measured against ruler in inches May 18 2013

Lexi pulled teeth May 17 2013These are the teeth pulled from the back of Lexi’s mouth. She had 4 in total removed. The tartar and infection was so bad, her gums were not seen.

Lexi had a mass removed from her bladder as well. The vet says it may have been caused from the stones rubbing inside her bladder. It has been sent off for examination and hopefully it will be benign.

Today, Lexi is still a bit wobbly, but she is definitely on the mend. She had a good appetite and we see she is going to be a challenge to keep her from jumping up on the bed or walking down stairs. Her doctor said no to both. She does have that cone if she starts trying to lick her staples.

Staples after surgery May 17 2013 - Lexi

Mama says she can’t thank the many people who shared Lexi’s fundraising page and also to those who donated. Without them, this couldn’t have happened as quickly as it did. Mama says Lexi’s fundraising page is close to her goal of $2,500 and we are hoping to reach it as Lexi does need follow up vet appointments and antibiotics so her cystitis will go away.

Could you please keep her in your thoughts and prayers that her mass results will not be bad. That the results will be benign.

Fank you so much eberypawdy!

 

Animal Abuse

Recently Mama has been working on a fundraising event for our foster Lexi the pug. Mama says things have been going well and it wasn’t until Mama received Lexi’s x-rays yesterday, that the reality of just how large her stones are in her bladder really became real. 

Here is a copy of the message we put up on our furpage Wags and Wiggles.

“This is our furiend Miss Lexi’s x-rays that mama just received. These are the stones that are in Lexi’s bladder! Look at them, they are huge! 

Please help us attain our goal and get her the much needed surgery she needs!! 

https://www.youcaring.com/lexi

 
I just received my foster, Lexi’s, x-rays of her bladder stones. I am attaching them so people can see what animal abuse looks like, as well as realize that our fundraising is real and we appreciate every one of you who has ever shared or donated to her surgery. For those that weren’t sure and now want to donate and share her fundraising page Image

A Day of Firsts!

Yesterday Lexi went to the doggie park and played with other pug doggies! She ran, barked, chased, rolled around on fresh grass and met new people! So happy for her! Try to imagine your pet, who has the opportunity to go outside for more than just to pee or poo? Would you ever not provide time to play catch or to go for a walk? For 5 1/2 years, Lexi has never known what it is like to be around other dogs. To be able to just play and not be scared and yet, this lil girl is so friendly! We can’t imagine never going to da doggie park! Woof Hoo Lexi!!

Please help us raise funds so Lexi can have her bladder surgery and continue going to the park and meeting other fur friends!

Thank you!

To donate and share her page please go to: https://www.youcaring.com/lexi

 

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Why Foster?

Credit to: http://www.dogster.com/dog-adoption/doggie-foster-parent

Fostering a dog is one of many ways you can help improve the lives of homeless pets. Most Dogster members are well aware of the pet overpopulation problem both nationally and internationally – there are millions of dogs that wait and sadly die in shelters and rescues annually, awaiting the forever homes they truly deserve.

While shelters and rescue facilities would like to house every homeless pet, this is often impractical and impossible due to a lack of resources or space. Dogs that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space can be saved through caring people who are willing to open their home and hearts to a shelter pet in need.

Many homeless pets grew up in homes where they were well-loved family members. For whatever reason, these dogs find themselves homeless and alone. It is scary and stressful to go from a place where you are well loved and surrounded by your family to a place where you are surrounded by strange dogs, people, sights, and sounds. In many of these dogs, the stress is manifested in the form of unwanted or self-destructive behaviors.

Foster homes are a great solution for dogs with kennel stress or other special needs. Whelping mothers, young puppies, and senior dogs are especially vulnerable to the shelter environment and need a quiet place to raise young, grow, and age peacefully until the right forever home can be found. If you choose to become a foster provider, you give these dogs a chance at life, and save them from the fate so many others suffer – euthanization while awaiting a forever home.

How Do I Become A Foster Care Provider?

So you’ve decided you want to become a pet foster parent. Great! Providing foster care for dogs will certainly be a rewarding experience, but will just as likely be emotionally challenging. Sending a successful foster to his forever home is bittersweet – you are saying goodbye to a friend, which hurts, but are also sending him on to the greatest adventure of his life – a place where he will be cherished and loved until he goes to the rainbow bridge – a forever home.

The first step will be visiting Dogster Local to find rescue organizations near you. If you have afavorite breed and are willing to branch out geographically, we will be able to refer you to a number of breed-specific rescues (which may or may not allow mixed breeds). You can also find toy breed rescues, giant breed rescues, and organizations which focus specifically on senior, special needs, or puppy adoption and fostering.

When you’ve found a few that interest you, contact them requesting an application for fostering. Review the application carefully. If you have questions, ask! Who pays for the vet bills? Who is financially responsible for the dog’s foodmicrochip, leashes, crate, etc.? Are there organization-wide meetings? If so, when and how often do they occur? Where will the dog be introduced to prospective adopters and how much liberty do you have in scheduling these meetings? Are you responsible for training the dog and if so, to what level?

Some rescues require foster parents with fenced-in yards. For certain dogs, a foster parent who is home all day may be required, or a home without cats or children.

The rescue organization will likely require personal and veterinary references along with a printed application and one or more telephone or in-person interviews.

If You Already Have A Pet

Communicable diseases from the shelter environment could be carried into your own home where your pets may be infected. Talk to your vet about recommended quarantine periods for new foster pets, to keep your own pets safe!

Know Your Limits

Does your homeowners insurance or city have any breed restrictions? Do you have time to devote to a foster pet while giving your own pets the attention and care they need?

What kind of behavior problems are you comfortable dealing with – counter surfing, pulling on leash, jumping when greeting, inappropriate elimination, separation anxietybarking, reactivity? Don’t accept a foster with behavior problems beyond your experience and knowledge, unless you are willing to consult with a qualified trainer (find one on www.greatdogtrainers.com).

What kind of health problems are you willing to deal with? Medicating the dog frequently? Incontinence? Digestive disorders? Special dietary needs? What about a dog with a wheelchair?

Are you willing to provide the husbandry needed to keep this dog well-groomed and sanitary? Do you require a foster dog that is safe around small children or animals?

Happy Fostering

Again, congratulations on your decision to start fostering. Let’s review the steps:

  1. Check Dogster Local to find rescues near you.
  2. Contact rescues and shelters for fostering applications
  3. Evaluate applications carefully
  4. Complete application process
  5. Set limits
  6. Bring home your foster dog
  7. Smile and cry at the same time when he finds his forever home
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 as often as possible!

 Good luck, and happy fostering!

What Are Bladder Stones?

With Lexi needing to have surgery for large stones in her bladder, which cause her to pee blood. We thought we should provide a description and tips to our blogger verse in prevention.  We like to take things holistically because we want to do as much as nature provides. This does not mean that we are against veterinary care. In fact, if at any time you feel your pet needs to be seen by your veterinarian, please do so! Our pets are so precious to all of us!!

To donate to Lexi’s cause please go to https://www.youcaring.com/lexi

Article credit to http://thewholedog.org/artbladderstones.html

More and more dogs (and cats) are being diagnosed with bladder or kidney stones. What many of us do not yet understand is that diets high in grains and vegetables (YES, vegetables!) produce alkaline urine, which allows certain stones to form. Magnesium reacts with alkaline urine to cause crystals to be formed.

Be Warned!
Most “Prescription/dissolution/preventative” veterinary clinic diets take out the magnesium to “prevent” this reaction, even though magnesium isessential, especially for the nervous system. Reducing magnesium may cause a host of other negative health issues.

It is far more important and beneficial to prevent alkaline urine by feeding a high protein/grain-free/low carbohydrate (very little to NO veggies) diet in order to minimize the risk of crystals.

It has also been found that grain- based foods may also lead to kidney failure, which often cannot be detected until there is over 75% damage done.

Protein from muscle meat creates an optimal acid urine. Magnesium does not react in acid urine, thereby significantly reducing the risk of crystal formation. PLEASE, don’t be fooled into thinking that “prescription/low magnesium” diets are the solution, they are NOT healthy. High protein/low carbohydrate/grain free foods are the optimum diet for dogs and cats with or without crystals, for both prevention of, and recovery from, crystals.

Urinary PH levels are optimized by avoiding grains and most vegetables, (our dogs and cats are carnivores, they were not designed to eat grains and vegetables nor can they properly digest and utilize them) therefore preventing the risk of alkaline/magnesium reactions.

Grain-free/low carb diets will also support healthy kidney function, along with the many other health benefits of feeding a high protein diet to your pet.

Types of Stones

Struvite stones (Magnesium ammonium phosphate( are the most common type. Experimental and clinical studies have provided convincing evidence that the vast majority of Struvite stones occur following infection of the urinary tract with urease producing bacteria (especially staphylococci.) This infection results in the urine becoming more alkaline. Mineral crystals are less soluble in the alkaline environment and tend to clump together, forming stones. Studies at the University of Minnesota revealed that Struvite stones can form within 2 to 8 weeks following an infection. Some have been detected in puppies as young as 5 weeks.

As the stones form, they can lead to irritation of the urinary tract, making bacterial infection more difficult to treat. A vicious cycle begins. Untreated, bladder stones can lead to blockage of the urethra (particularly in male dogs) serious illness and death. This is a medical emergency.

Bladder stones are often a chronic problem in both dogs and cats. It is an accumulation of magnesium amonium phosphate in their uninary tracts. This mineral compound is the cause of bladder disease and urethral obstructions in cats and dogs. Approximately 2% of the American cat population is affected. This same mineral is also often found as bladder stones in dogs. The symptoms can vary from slight to severe. Its presence is characterized by frequent urination of small amounts of urine to complete cessation of urine flow. The lack of urine flow can initiate dehydration, acidosis, and uremic poisoning ultimately leading to death. Sometimes there is blood in the urine.

There is a general consensus among the veterinary profession that the cause of the accumulation of magnesium ammonium phosphate in cats is diet (i.e. consuming the mineral compound). Cat food manufacturers report the amount of this mineral as the “ash content” on their labels. In the late 1980’s, researchers at the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine tested cats’ ability to dispel the “ash” by feeding two magnesium compounds, magnesium chloride (an acid) and magnesium oxide (an alkali), to two groups of cats. Those cats fed the alkaline magnesium developed magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals. Those fed the acid form did not develop the crystals. In fact, some crystals dissolved in the acid form of the compound. The conclusion is that the pH of the urine influences the formation of magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals in cats and stones in dogs.

Some cat food manufactures have increased the acidity of their products to prevent the formation of magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals. As previously noted, only 2% of the American cat population has this urinary problem and feeding an acidic diet to the other 98% can cause the formation of calcium oxalate crystals, which is just as catastrophic. Only those cats affected should be targeted for treatment and prevention. As many pet owners know, the treatment of obstructive urinary tract disease is extensive and expensive to the pet owner. Therapeutically, ammonium chloride and methionine have been administered orally as urinary acidifiers but one must use caution with their long term use do to their potential toxic effects.

In a healthy dog the urinary tract has natural defense mechanisms to resist such infections. While these defenses may be altered as a result of trauma, there is strong evidence that some dogs have inherited abnormal defense mechanisms, allowing bacterial colonization to occur. This is especially suspicious in dogs with a chronic history of urinary tract infections.

Determining the type of crystal or stone is important, as this knowledge is crucial as to which treatment modalities will work best. Always seek a veterinarian’s examination and diagnosis for the correct type of crystal or stone before beginning any treatment.

If your dog has struvite bladder stones, then acidifying the diet, along with treating the infection, can help dissolve the stones. Ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C), and distilled water can help with this. Acidic foods include chicken, beef, eggs, fish, pork, cottage cheese, yogurt (be careful with the dairy products though as dogs and cats have problems digesting casine and lactose) and all seafood, Cranberry Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey (the honey pushes things in a more basic direction, apple cider vinegar to more acid, and a combination will allow the body to find its own balance ).

If your dog has been diagnosed with Oxalate crystals, know that there has been some success with reducing the oxalate rich foods in the diet for a period of time and working to alkalize the urine pH. Alkalizing foods acceptable for healing in our carnivorous pets include ripe apples, bananas, pumpkin, raw honey, alfalfa sprouts and non-distilled vinegar (organic apple cider vinegar).

Note: If you choose to feed the fruits referred to above, make sure they are pulverized in a blender or food processor as dogs (and cats) lack the enzymes to break down these foods for the nutritional benefits and note that they should not be made a part of the pet’s forever diet, only use during treatment.

Tips in Treatment
Keep fresh water available for the dog at all times, and encourage consumption of water. Keeping the kidneys and bladder flushed out is of paramount importance to help prevent crystals and stone formation. Water consumption is very, very important!

Try and feed moist diets, such as fresh, raw meat or broths. If you must feed a processed food, try to stay clear of dry kibble. Especailly for cats, use canned diets with no grains or vegetables added and add extra water to foods served.

Do not keep your dog confined, but allow access for urination at all times or as frequently as possible. Holding the urine can cause concentrations that encourage crystal and stone formation.

Distilled water may be helpful in averting some cases of stone and crystal formation. Be sure to check your own water supply for minerals if possible, especially if you have hard water in your area.

Giving a B vitamin supplement may be helpful and has been indicated in use for humans with these problems.
See our supplement recommendations below

There is also some question that high calcium, rather than causing stones, may in reality help dissolve them. This is also true of vitamin C

The administering of a botanical vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry extract), in tablet, capsule or powder form has been known to attain the necessary acid pH to dissolve and prevent the formation of magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals and bladder stones. Your Animal’s Health Vol 4 Wendell O. Belfield DVM.

Cranberry Extract has proven by many to be what they call the “magic bullet” needed to treat, prevent, and control the formation of struvite crystals in cats and bladder stones in dogs. This Cranberry and its extract or concentrated form in products is toxic free and will dissolve struvite crystals sometimes within a few hours.

Not until 1984 did dr. Anthony Sobota and his staff succeed in showing that cranberry extract works by preventing the rod-shaped bacteria fron sticking to mucosa of the urinary tracts. In this way they were flushed out with the urine.

Cranberry contains – among other things – the sugar substance D-mannose which has the special ability of being able to prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the walls of the mucosal wall without harming the friendly-minded bacteria. They also contain the substance arbutin which is effective against certain bacteria and fungi, among others the Candida fungus.

If your dog is already affected with stones too large to be disolved naturally with time, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove these larger stones. Cranberry Extract can then be administered as a safeguard against the return of the stones. As in the cat, crystals can be detected on routine urinalysis in the dog and a preventive protocol with Cranberry extract will prevent the formation of larger stones.

How does it work?

Cranberries and cranberry juice have been proven effective for treatment of urinary tract infections in humans (e.g. cystitis)and bladder stones in animals in a number of clinical trials. Researchers used to believe the action of cranberry juice is due to acidifying the urine and the antibacterial effects of a cranberry component, hippuric acid however, in recent studies, it has been shown that components in cranberry juice reduce the ability of bacteria to adhere to the lining of the bladder and urethra. In order for bacteria to infect, they must first adhere to the mucosa. Thus, taking cranberry products, the causative bacteria are flushed, preventing their colonization of the urinary tract. The more the patients drinks liquid or takes the extract of concentrated juice, the more effectively the bacteria are flushed out from the urinary bladder.

While cranberry juice/extract is indicated as an effective treatment for urinary tract infections in pets, most cranberry juices on the market contain one-third cranberry juice mixed with water and sugar (or other juices). Since sugar has such a detrimental effect on the immune system, sweetened cranberry juice cannot be recommended. For obvious reasons that most dogs (or cats) do not normally drink juice, patient compliance may be very poor. Giving unsweetened cranberry juice may be even less appealing to the pet. Therefore, Cranberry Extract (Capsules, tablets or powder) give your dog (or cat) the benefits of cranberry juice in easy to swallow forms, without added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Cranberry supplements can provide you with an exact, pharmacologically effective daily dose with natural biologically active substances against urinary tract bacterial infections. Cranberry extract is high in natural vitamin C and other natural antioxidants (proanthocyanidines) and tannins that keep bacteria (E. coli) from clinging to the walls of the urinary bladder and the urinary tract.

Cranberry is used to prevent kidney stones and “bladder gravel” as well as to remove toxins from the blood. Cranberry has long been recommended for pets and persons with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Cranberry prevents E. coli, the most common cause of UTIs and recurrent UTIs, from adhering to the cells lining the wall of the bladder. Cranberry’s antiadherence action renders the bacteria harmless in the urinary tract. Cranberry has been shown to reduce bacteria levels in the urinary bladders of older women, which may help to prevent future infections. Cranberry can help people with urostomies and enterocystoplasties to keep them clear of mucus buildup.

The Whole Dog is proud to carry Cranberry extract products.
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Herbs For Stones and Urinary Tract

The following herbs, either used alone or in combination will work to synergisticly soothe, lubricate, strengthen and protect urinary tract tissues of dogs and cats; as well as aid in disloving the stones and work as natural antibiotics.

Couchgrass, Hydrangea Root, Uva Ursi, Golden Seal, Echinacea purpurea root, Dandelion, Marshmallow, and Horsetail.

Couchgrass: considered a diuretic demulcent. Much used in cystitis and the treatment of catarrhal diseases of the bladder, Couchgrass palliates irritation of the urinary passages and gives relief in cases of gravel. Couchgrass is also called Dog Grass because dogs will eat it as an emetic when they are sick. The plant is a native of Europe, Asia and North America.

Hydrangea Root- Kidney support, urinary diuretic, eliminates swelling and fluid retention, increases the flow of urine. Will dissolve/remove bladder/struvite & kidney stones and relieve the pain they cause Relieves pain caused by formations from the kidneys, alleviates backache due to kidney distress. Hydrangea contains chromium, manganese and silicon, and its solvent properties nutritionally support the urinary system. In herbology, will increase the flow of urine and help remove bladder stones

Goldenseal root has acquired a considerable reputation as a natural antibiotic and as a remedy for various gastric and genitourinary disorders. Goldenseal is used in many combination formulas and is reported to enhance the potency of other herbs. Preparations have been marketed for the treatment of menstrual disorders, urinary infections, rheumatic and muscular pain and as an antispasmodic. The active ingredients in Goldenseal are the alkaloids hydrastine and berberine. Similar in action, they destroy many types of bacterial and viral infections.

Uva ursi – is able to dissolve kidney stones, healing to the genitourinary organs, treats bladder infections

Echinacea: used to increase general immune system function and to treat vaginal candidiasis.

Dandelion: Diuretic, tonic and slightly aperient. It is a general stimulant to the system, but especially to the urinary organs, and is chiefly used in kidney and liver disorders.

Marshmallow: used to soothe and protect inflamed mucous membranes and other tissues. Marshmallow also contains rich stores of various vitamins and minerals, including key immune-system boosters such as vitamins A and C.

Horsetail:the most notable use for horsetail is as a mild diuretic (“water pill”) to increase urination and lessen swelling, and as a remedy for various bladder and kidney problems (including kidney stones and bladder infections).

An herbal tincture composed of a combination of these herbs is frequently used as a remedy in the treatment of various forms of urinary tract inflammations and aiding in the disolving of crystals is Tinkle Tonic To learn more or to order this product, Click Here

Another herbal tincture found to be very benifical in the treatment of crystals and kidney/bladder ailments is:K&B™ 

This tincture formulated by Young Living contains herbs that have been studied for their effects in supporting the kidneys and bladder.* Ingredients: Contains extracts of juniper berries, parsley, uva ursi, dandelion root, German chamomile, royal jelly, and the essential oils of clove (Syzygium aromaticum), juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and J. scopulorum), sage (Salvia officinalis), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

For more information or to order K&B™, Go Here and then click on “Herbal Tinctures”.

Alma Hutchens, in Indian Herbology of North America, says it is “an old and admirable remedy for gravel [the old-fashioned name for stones]

In another old and trusted herbal volume, Back to Eden, Kloss wrote that hydrangea is “an old remedy. . . .will remove . . .stones and will remove the pains caused by the stones, brick and dust in the bladder.”

In one of the first volumes written by a medical doctor for physicians wishing to study herbs, Dr. Edward Shook wrote a great deal about hydrangea. In short, he wrote: “So far as we know, this herb is the most powerful solvent of stone and calculous deposits, not only in the renal [kidney] organs, but in every part of the organism, wherever they may be located.

In more modern times, noted Israeli herbalist, Juliette de Bairacli Levy wrote that hydrangea is used for “all bladder and kidney disorders, including stones, inflammation, backache from kidney trouble.”

Salmon Oil is also helpful for fighting inflammation and regulating the immune system during stressful times of ill health.

For more information on Bladder Stones, visit Bladder 4U
An Online Resource Directory on Animal Bladder conditions.

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