Health Chats
Alternative and holistic medicines - what’s new, what works, what doesn't
Tuesday Jul 27, 2010, 12:00PM - 01:00PM (EST)
Dr. Carol Osborne, DVMBlank
Veterinarian
American Pet Institute
, Chagrin Falls, OH
Join us on Tuesday, July 27th from noon to 1pm (EDT), as veterinary expert Carol Osborne, DVM, from the Veterinary News Network answers your personal pet health questions during a live Pet Health Chat. Dr. Osborne will be online to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date pet health information. Topics might range from alternative and holistic medicines, what’s new, what works, what does not work, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments or, guests are welcome to ask specific questions about their pet’s serious medical conditions such as cancer, aging related illness, or other pet related issues.
MedHelp:
Hello Everyone! The health chat is going to start at 12:00 noon EDT.  Please feel free to start submitting your questions.
MedHelp:
Welcome to the Pet Health Chat: Alternative and Holistic Medicines.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Thank you I am delighted to be with all of you today and am looking forward to answering your pet health questions!
MedHelp:
A  special Thank You to Dr. Carol Osborne and all members for joining us here today!
eaglefan:
Have 2 cats with fleas...used bombs, vacuuming etc. I am 3 months pregnant and wanted to know a safe shampoo , or what other suggestions you can give me t get rid of the fleas.  This is a bad year for them and this is my first pregnancy. When using the bomb it said be out of the house 24 hours and I did. But please help. Thanks.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Hi Eaglefan - my best advice would be to call a professional exterminator who guarantees his services IN WRITING.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
to rid your home of fleas.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
The same day that the exterminator comes, have your cats bathed and groomed.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Effective products for your cats would include Mycodex Flea Shampoo and a product such as Advantage are effective for fleas.  Advantage is a monthly topical which is available over-the-counter (OTC)
CarolOsborne,DVM:
If you want to rid your home of fleas without chemicals, go to the grocery store and buy a box of Borax - in the laundry detergent section of most stores.  It is also very inexpensive
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Spinkle the Borax all over your carpets and POUND IT IN.so that it gets way down into the carpet fibers, then vacuum it up.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
This provides effective flea prevention for your home for one year.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Before applying the BORAX be sure to mop and vacuum your home well and then throw out your vacuum bag - fleas hatch out in the vacuum bag.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Do not put a flea collar in your vacuum bag because that emits toxic fumes.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Because you are pregnant you might consider getting a toxoplasmosis test from your OB/GYN and be sure not to handle your cat's litter box.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Alpha-keri skin so soft diluted 50/50 with water in a spray bottle may be applied to your cats and yourself.  It smells good, it's not toxic and it helps to repel fleas and other insects.
Sallysmart:
My cat from the SPCA has a problem with drinking enough water, turns out he doesnt like his whiskers wet so I found out by trial and talking to a vet that he needs water drizzled from a tap, WIERD, but it works. He will not drink from a wide ceramic dish like the vet thought, He has a nearly continual UTI just waiting to happen, and if he misses a day or even one drink he gets upset and irritated, only bleeding once tho. Vet said there is no point in antibiotics cos he's be on them all his life. Problem is I make sure I put him on the sink to drink and most times it is good but sometimes he wont. What would a person do to combat the chance of a uti in case he gets fussy and wont drink? I have pumped yogurt into him through a syringe past his throat, helped, but is there something better? Faster? Something that could be put on his food? ANy trick is appreciated, Thank you.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Most pet stores (Petsmart or PetCo) carry  kitty drinking fountains which are inexpensive and provide a fresh source of running water that many cats enjoy.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Other ways to increase your cats water intake would include adding a tablet of butter or a tablespoon of tomato juice to your cats drinking water.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
To help prevent your cats current UTI's natural remedies which are very effective in my experience  include various combinations of MSM Glucosamine and vitamins.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
You can consider a product such as Caturine-eaze along with a good natural, homemade diet.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Yogurt is fine for cats - the organic variety provides live, friendly bacteria that may also be found in concentrated forms of probiotics, which are available online, at retail stores and through your veterinarian.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
I DO NOT recommend forcing probiotics down your cats mouth with a syringe.  This is very risky and can lead to aspiration pneumonia
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Probiotics and yogurt will not help to prevent his recurrent UTI's.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
I would be glad to discuss this with you further and you are welcome to contact my office or repost your question in MedHelp's Ask a Veterinarian Forum.
Sallysmart:
what if you had no carpets. we are lino through out, have no fleas at this time but a what if question, thanks
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Sallysmart - Borax is not effective on linoleum.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Mopping and vacuuming are effective on linoleum.  Here is a little tip to be sure you don't have fleas...
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Put on a pair of white cotton socks and shuffle your feet all over your floors.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
After shuffling, pick up your foot and if you see black specs that look like pepper, those are flea feces and if you get them wet, they will turn red because flea feces are composed of blood.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
Tip number 2:  take your cat, put him or her on a white towel and gently brush or comb your cat's fur focusing on the head and neck area - the flea predilection site for cats - then look at the white towel.  If you see black specs that look like pepper on the towel your cat has fleas.
CarolOsborne,DVM:
If you don't see black specs on the towel your home is flea-free at this time!