By Bobby Lynch 3 February 2014

Bees may be annoying, especially when they sting, but did you know that bees produce some of the most health beneficial products in the world?  It’s true!  The life longevity of royal jelly, allergy and digestion benefits of raw honey, the super strong antibacterial and antiviral properties of bee propolis, paw and skin protection of bees’ wax, bee pollens natural energizer and the arthritis reduction of bee venom are the many health benefits made from bees.  These properties have been proven to help humans and those same results are also shown in pets.

Hang down honey

Remember to always buy organic raw honey instead of just raw honey.  Organic beekeepers do not use any chemicals so the honey their bees produce is safer.  There is a very small chance of contaminated honey from an organic beekeeper.  That is the main reason why most common store bought honey has been cooked.  It assures a safe product, especially when the source of honey is unknown.  A common issue is botulism.

Feeding your pet raw honey is not a new radical trend.  Juliette de Bairacli Levy has practiced such alternatives to conventional treatments with her Natural Rearing philosophy for the past 60 years.  Her love for this product is evident in every one of her published animal care books.

“I believe I could not successfully rear domestic dogs without this remarkable antiseptic food” she says in The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat.  Her important mention in that very same book is that “while honey is not a normal item of diet for carnivores, lions in the wild enjoy honey and it is considered a staple food of the omnivorous bear.”


She continues to write: “Honey is the greatest of the natural energizers, a nerve tonic and a supreme heart tonic.  Pre-digested by its makers, the bees, it is absorbed immediately into the bloodstream of the consumer.  A diet of only milk and honey can sustain life for months in humans and animals.  It has been well and long-time proved that honey is also highly medicinal and will inhibit growth of harmful bacteria in the entire digestive tract and destroy those of a toxic nature.”

Levy has taught many of the Raw To The Bones® team members with her literature.  One of her main thoughts of pet health is the importance of a weekly pet detoxification.  This is especially important for ill pets so their digestive organs rest, allowing a pet’s body to heal quickly.  This is very true, given the consideration that 70% of the immune system is within the digestive tract.  In addition to water, the only food she recommends for fasting animals is honey.

Honeycombs with spoon

Bees derive their honey by harvesting pollen from a wide verity of flowers.  These variances give honey a wide selection of colour and taste.  This can range from light to dark and its taste from delicate to complex.  Raw honey contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K, plus calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, potassium, manganese, copper, and iodine.  Darker varieties such as buckwheat contain higher mineral levels.  Vitamin C levels vary; some honey contains up to 300 milligrams of Vitamin C per 100 grams (about 3½ ounces or 7 tablespoons).


The medicinal properties of honey have been used since the dawn of man.  Ancient Greek, Assyrian, Chinese, and Roman physicians religiously prescribed it for health and life longevity.  Its component benefits did not stop there. It was also used for conditions such as indigestion, diarrhoea, fevers, coughs, colds, flu, asthma, allergies, and ulcers.  It is also a revitalizing food for athletes, soldiers, and those recovering from illness or injury.  It does not stop there!  Honey is said to help increase calcium when consumed at the same time.  It helps treat or prevent anaemia, reduce arthritis pain, and work as a gentle laxative to help prevent constipation.  Its topical remedies are amazing in treating open wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, and skin infections

Raw Honey For Dogs

Dogs contain sweet receptors in their taste buds so honey is favoured by almost all dogs and is easy to feed.  It can be used in homemade treats or in their main meals.  If your pet is a picky eater then a ¼ teaspoon mixed with their food will encourage the most food brazen of dogs.

If your dog has environmental allergies, then feeding them raw honey will help relieve them.  Just like humans, a high pollen count can stimulate severe allergy issues in dogs.  The most common of these are season changes.  The most positive results are from feeding them one tablespoon of raw honey twice a day 2-3 weeks before an allergy season hits.  Continue to feed them that recommended amount until that allergy season is over.  The allergy benefits from the minute amounts of local pollen.  This builds up your pets’ immune system and allows them to be in contact with larger amounts without negative effects.

All honey, especially organic raw honey, has medicinal benefits, but the honey best known for its antimicrobial properties is Manuka honey from New Zealand.  More than 20 years of research have shown it to naturally destroy harmful bacteria such as Staphaureus and Streptococcus (including drug-resistant strains); Helicobacter pylori bacteria associated with stomach ulcers; vancomycin-resistant Enterococci; and Pseudomonas.  The veterinary use of Manuka honey includes its application as a dressing for burns, amputations, and wounds, and its internal use for gastrointestinal and digestive problems.


Raw Honey For Cats

Cats benefit from raw honey too!  Just as mentioned before, raw honey is considered a staple food of many omnivorous.  Cats systems are very finicky though and it should not be used as a tonic.  It does have a great effect on relieving cats of hairballs, so if you see your cat coughing one up, just offer them a way to lick at least a teaspoon.  This should be the only ingestible use for any type of honey.  Its benefits for cats are mainly for a topical ointment.  Asians have known for centuries of the many skin conditions raw honey can treat: acne, eczema, rashes and ring worm are a few.  Scrapes, cuts and/or burns are a great use for raw honey’s anti-bacterial properties.  Since cats lick themselves, it is much safer to use raw honey than it is chemical ointments.

Raw organic honey has been proven to prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria which occurs in wounds.  Its adhering texture also acts as a bandage, which means cuts and sores can be covered with it for a period of time.  Its amazing combinations of enzymes that bees add to the honey generate Hydrogen peroxide.  What is most impressive is the treatment of burns.  While most topical medications dry out the injured area, honey does not.  It also does not stick to a wound when removing a bandage.

To keep cats from licking it off during their love for cleaning themselves, it is advised to use an ‘Elizabeth collar’.

  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Strengthens pets’ immune system
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Support good bacteria
  • Lose weight
  • Indigestion
  • Immune system



By Sally Swope 8 August 2013

Honey is pre-digested by its makers, bees, and is absorbed immediately into the bloodstream.  Honey will inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the entire digestive tract and destroy those bacteria of a toxic nature.  Honey is an invert sugar containing glucose and fructose which are monosaccharides or simple sugars.  They are more easily absorbed into the body.

Raw honey contains vitamins A, B-Complex, C, D, E, and K.  It also contains calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, potassium, manganese, copper, and iodine.  Darker varieties tend to have higher mineral levels than lighter varieties.  Honey increases absorption of calcium consumed at the same time.

Honey can also be used topically to treat open wounds, burns, cuts, skin abrasions, and skin infections.  Honey can be used successfully to treat allergies in dogs.  Rubbing of face, licking of feet and inside of thighs and scratching are all signs of allergies.  When your dog eats the honey, they are ingesting small amounts of pollen.  The body adjusts so it does not react to external pollens.  Make sure to buy LOCAL honey to treat allergies specific to your area!

The high sugar content of honey is one of the factors that make it an excellent infection fighter and wound healer.  Glucose oxidase, an enzyme in honey, produces hydrogen peroxide which kills harmful bacteria.  Using honey as a wound dressing rapidly clears infection, inflammation, swelling and pain while speeding the sloughing of dead skin and the growth of new skin cells.  It remains moist, seals wounds, and protects from exposure to air.  It absorbs pus from infections, reduces scarring, and prevents wounds from sticking to bandages.  Honey can also be used to treat wart-like growths.  Applied daily, they eventually soften and disappear.  When applying topically, try to distract your dog for at least twenty minutes to give the honey time to be absorbed before they lick it off!!

Raw honey eventually crystallizes.  To liquefy crystallized honey, stand it in hot water until it can be stirred or poured.  Microwaving is NOT recommended because it can destroy good enzymes and other nutrients.

Take advantage of honey’s wonderful benefits for your dog by offering a tablespoon daily – and next time your dog has a wound, try honey’s remarkable external healing properties!!

Benefits of Royal Jelly for Dogs and Cats

By Bobby Lynch 3 February 2014

We have found the fountain of youth!  Well, at least the fountain of jelly.  Yes it’s true, if you consider that all bees are born as workers and only live a maximum of 4 weeks, but one bee is favoured at birth and is fed royal jelly and she lives a total of 6 years.  During her life she will lay 2,000 eggs a day while staying in top shape, all because of royal jelly’s miraculous rejuvenation and energizer properties.  These same health factors can be utilized by humans and even our most athletic of pets!

If we look a little deeper into this nurturing jelly, we now know through modern research that has substantiated royal jelly as a metabolic catalyst, a substance that combats fatigue, increases energy, and supports the adrenal glands.  Some of royal jelly’s components are natural antidepressants.  Its ability to protect your pet from free radicals is outstanding.  Free radical particles occur for humans and pets during physical activities.  Free radicals one of the causes for aging and cancer.  That is why worker bees have the shortest lives.  Antioxidants work best when they are present during metabolic reactions so, feed your dog royal jelly one hour before any type of activity.

Royal jelly has been shown in studies to have immune enhancing/modulating properties as well as skin healing properties.  It has even been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which would help your pet as well, as there is sure to be some inflammation on the skin.

Royal jelly also has benefits when it comes to pets with arthritis and obesity. When our pets over eat and become overweight, it causes free radical damage and adds stress on our pets joints. Royal jelly should be considered to avoid or if your pet has issues with obesity, arthritis osteoarthritis, congenital joint disorders or the inevitable fate of old age.

Infertility is a problem that can affect female pets.  Royal Jelly can help boost a female pet’s fertility by increasing the quality of her eggs and improving her overall reproductive health.

Antibiotics are a class of medication that is commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections.  Royal Jelly contains 10-Hydroxy-Dgr2-decenoic acid, which is a natural antibiotic.  Additionally, royal jelly has also been shown to boost inflammation.

Everyone wants their pet to live longer.  Royal Jelly can help slow down a pet’s aging process.  It has been shown to boost collagen production and promote healthier skin.  Royal jelly can also help wounds on the skin heal faster when it is applied topically.

Royal jelly is a milky secretion produced by worker honey bees.  It typically contains about 60%-70% water, 12%-15% proteins, 10%-16% sugar, 3%-6% fats, and 2%-3% vitamins, salts, and amino acids.  Please consult a vet before giving royal jelly if your pet is taking any type of medication.

Jelly Dosage

Because of its slightly sharp, bitter, biting taste, dogs may not care for royal jelly.  Blends of royal jelly and honey, which are also popular, may be more to their liking.  Try mixing your own by blending 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) organic royal jelly with 6 ounces (¾ cup) of local raw honey.  Keep refrigerated.  Give your dog ½ to 1 teaspoon of this blend twice per day, morning and night.




First Aid Kit for Pets


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1. ABORTION – Die injection which can be administered to a bitch to prevent / end an unwanted pregnancy, is only available through a Vet and not all of them keep it in stock.

2. ABSCESSES – Large syringe with thick sterile “white needle” (available from ‘human’ pharmacies like Dischem), which can be used in case of emergency (and too far from your Vet) – insert into the abscess, extract and drain the same – leave a hole/opening so the abscess can drain further by itself. Treat with saline solution (9g/2 level teaspoons table salt mixed with 1 litre lukewarm boiled water) and rub some of Pierre’s aqueous cream and sulphur mix on.

3. ALLERGIES – see under Sedatives.

4. ANTIBIOTICS for cats: Doxysyrup or Synulox.

5.  – see under Shock.

6. APPETITE stimulation – Plain white Gero yogurt and Promix EM products, Protexin to stimulate the stomach microbes so the animal gets hungry. Pro-Kolin is also available and promising research is being done about Colostrum. Nutrostim is a high calorie gel with very promising results. Also give Blue Liquid as indicated on the holder.

7. BEE STING: Rub Allergex ointment or similar on the affected area. Give Allergex/Texa/10mg Phenergan tab according to animal’s weight. Crush the tablet, mix with fish paste or similar product and wipe it on the skin. The cat will lick it by itself.

8. BLADDER INFECTION – can be cleared with knife point Citric Soda on a tablespoon lukewarm boiled water (twice a day for 3 days) or Norotrim tablets. Please download the article about “Bladder leaking” and bladder infections and store in your Animal Health folder.

9. BLOOD in EXCRETION – Give Lennon’s Staaldruppels (or Turlington) 5 drops twice a day (big dogs 10 drops) in a syringe with Marmite water until any signs of ‘internal’ bleeding stops. Staaldruppels is been used to stop bleeding in sport, i.e boxing.

10. CAT FLU or PARVO – The most important lesson to learn is that it is a virus and nothing can kill/destroy a virus, that is why it is so critical for all annual injections to be given at the right time. Your best contribution is to ensure that the animal does not get dehydrated. Download the article about Parvo and save in your Animal Health folder. Oral dosages of electrolytes (like Darrows Solution) and specifically naartjie Energade / Powerade as well as Marmite water and Norotrim tablets or Cosumix Plus will help prevent secondary infections which the animal will suffer as a result of its low immunity. Thus, strengthen your animal’s immune system, especially whilst he/she is in good health.

11. CONSTIPATION – Laxapet / Animalax or 1½ teaspoons Liquid medicinal paraffin (normal dose for dogs under 5kg 1 teaspoon, dogs over 5kg 1 tablespoon) and/or glycerine suppository. Can also grate about a quarter teaspoon of green Sunlight soap (the block), roll into a pellet with some lukewarm boiled water for a suppository – lubricate with Vaseline and/or KY jelly and insert in anus until you can feel the sphincter muscles contract. Plain white Greek / Bulgarian full/double cream yoghurt with a finger portion of ‘raw’ honey will also help.

12. COUGH – Kennel cough can be very successfully treated with Doxydog tablets. Please download the article about Kennel Cough and save in your Animal Health folder.

13. DEHYDRATION – see under Diarrhoea.

14. DIARRHOEA – can be very successfully treated with Norotrim tablets, otherwise Lennon’s Jamaica Ginger or Kem-O-Dene – 3 drops on a knifepoint sugar mixed with tablespoon lukewarm boiled water.
a) With vomiting and diarrhoea the animal is dehydrated and suffers from electrolyte imbalances.
b) Naartjie Energade (5-10ml, depending on animal’s size/weight) can also be given i.e. small dogs 5ml, larger dogs 10ml.
c) Can alternate every 15-20 minutes with Marmite/Oxo/Bovril water (1 teaspoon Marmite/Bovril/Oxo mixed with 1 cup lukewarm boiled water).
d) In an emergency you can also use beef or chicken stock/extract (1 block dissolved in 2 cups lukewarm boiled water).
e) Darrows Solution/Pectrolyte/Dehydrate (or similar medication for babies) can be obtained from your chemist to prevent dehydration.
f) Rooibos tea black / without sugar can be given freely – mix some (½ teaspoon) Protexin  as well.
g) Plain white Greek or Bulgarian full/double cream yoghurt can also be freely given.
h) A home-made electrolyte mix consists of 9 grams (about 2 level teaspoons) table salt mixed with 4 teaspoons sugar and a litre of lukewarm boiled water. Ensure that the animal is given one of these liquids every 15-20 minutes.
i) You can also swipe a finger dabbed in raw honey in the animal’s mouth every 20 minutes – sugar is poisonous for dogs but in this case the stomach’s microbes need energy and you must prevent the waste concentrating in the kidneys/liver/stomach and ensure that it is excreted as quick as possible.

j) TO BIND THE STOMACH – Custard powder or flour/Maizena – quarter teaspoon on knifepoint sugar mixed with a bit of lukewarm boiled water into a slightly liquid mix (only 10% of the animal’s weight over 24 hours). Also boil some pumpkin in water (without salt), mash, mix in a teaspoon of Maizena and feed. Can also mix yoghurt and finely cooked chicken and rice with it.
k) Always ensure that fresh water is available. Also feed half cooked chicken livers in soft format, small quantities very frequently. l) GASTRO and/or RUMMY TUMMIES of cats: Flagyl or Enteritis suspension.

15. DISINFECTION / STERILISATION of property – F10 disinfectant.
Home remedy: 30ml vanilla essence, 1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil, 1 tablespoon Dettol, 1 tablespoon Citronella or clove oil (optional), 3 cups water. Mix well. If it does not mix properly add a few drops of lemon juice or dishwasher. Keep your animals away from the area you are going to treat and do not spray on wood. Also beware of your eyes! Especially keep cats away.

16. EAR MITES / EXCESSIVE WAX by cats: MDB Iver PO can be used with Clean Ear.

17. EXCEMA in cats: F10 ointment. Also try Pierre’s aqueous and flower of sulphur mix.

18. EYE INFECTION of cats: Octin, ISEE or ExOcin. ExOcin is also used in cases where the cornea has been scratched.

19. EYES that are SORE: Vitamin A supplements in the form of liver and/or tablets and injections are extremely important. Draw a Rooibos teabag in a cup of lukewarm boiled water and sponge the eyes regularly with the teabag and the tea water – use a new bag every time and do not rub the eyes. Your local pharmacist should be able to provide you with the correct antibiotic ointment for infections.

20. EYES and SNAKES – when a spitting snake ‘targets’ the eyes, wash/rinse with any safe liquid as much as possible – running water, milk, urine – and then insert Octin eye drops as prescribed. Snake bites will be treated separately – the best option is get to your Vet ASAP!

21. FEVER – Take ice blocks, wrap in towel and put on stomach; also wet a cloth with cold water and wipe stomach and inside of groin. Can also put his/her feet in a bath of cool water and let him/her stand for a few minutes – but always under supervision.

22. FLEAS and TICKS – The best on the market is currently Bravecto for dogs and Fiprotec (Fipronil) for cats and/or Advocate. There are various other brands available as well like Nexguard but make sure that the product you use, ensures effective management and is safe for your animal. Cats can get Omega 3 and 6 as supplement, also Felisine and the Promix range of products to boost the immune system and in the case of ‘Snuffels’. Stay away from stock available at supermarkets as it appears not to be as effective for successful treatment. The safest shampoo is the Pierre@ Dieregesondheid Propyrepet Shampoo

23. FLIES on EARS: Shoofly or Quadrepel for dogs and horses. Advantix, Exspot, Equiline, Buzz off or F10 wound spray with insecticide are also used in some circumstances.

24. GAUZE: Sterile gauze swabs to use during treatment of wounds.

25. IMMUNE BOOSTER: DOGS: Promix EM Probiotic and Multivitamin, a teaspoon olive oil, 2-3 large tablespoons plain white Greek full/double cream yoghurt, black without sugar rooibos tea, kaiings 1-2 daily (Yorkies only 1 x 2-3 times/week). CATS: Promix EM Probiotic and Multivitamin, olive oil, Omega 6 oils and plain white Greek full/double cream yoghurt mixed with some turmeric. Felisine and/or Nutristim.

26. MITES in the EARS – Virgin olive oil, or sweet oil, Oticlean then Otomax is the advice for mites in the ears. Remember hairs in the ear canal can also cause yeast in the ears. Remove the hairs in the ear canal. Also download the article about Ear Mites and Ear Infections and save in your Animal Health folder.

27. MITES/TICKS on SNAKES: Spray (mist) the inside of a pillowcase lightly with BioKill, put the snake in and tie the pillowcase closed. Leave till the following day. Remove everything from the cage and wash it thoroughly with 1 portion Jik and 10 portions water solution. Let dry thoroughly. Apple cider in 20:80 dilution as well

28. NAUSEA: Valoid suppositories – the normal paediatric Valoid (for babies) from your pharmacy but according to weight! Amount – very small doggies quarter tablet, dogs up to and including 20kg half a tablet and dogs over 20kg a whole tablet.

29. PAIN MEDICATIONS: It is scheduled medicine and should only be administered under the supervision of a Vet for a specific condition / situation. It is harmful drugs. Pain is nature’s way of forcing an animal to rest and give the wound a chance to heal naturally. When the pain is suppressed the animal does not give the wound time to heal naturally and it will get more inflamed. Even scheduled Rimadyl has negative side effects and can only be prescribed by a Vet after careful examination of the animal for a specific condition / situation.

30. PAIN and FEVER of cats (anti-inflammatory): Petcalm.

31.1 The most critical is to get the animal to vomit: give 15ml peroxide (Hydrogen peroxide solution B.P. 10 volume 3% m/m) slowly with a syringe in the mouth OR 1 teaspoon washing powder dissolved in a cup of lukewarm boiled water. Prevent it getting into the lungs. ALWAYS KEEP A TEASPOON WASHING POWDER READY FOR EMERGENCIES!
31.2 After the animal has vomited, give 5-6 activated charcoal tablets – can be bought at your local pharmacy – to neutralise/absorb the remaining poison in the stomach. If you do not have any – 4 slices white break burnt to cinders in the oven, roll into a pellet with some lukewarm boiled water and feed as soon as possible, even if you have to force it down the throat with your finger until the animal swallows it.
a. With 2-step or ALDICARB poisoning: Above two steps always first – the antidote for this is Atropine which can only be administered by a registered Vet.
b. With RAT POISON: Above two steps always first, then Kyrovite – also known as Vitamin K – injection and/or Vitamin K tablets as prescribed – available from your Vet.
c. With FROGS: Follow first two steps above – then rub some meat tenderiser on the animal’s tongue/in the gums to break the frog’s excretion and the saliva’s protein chain – can also give pineapple juice and after that plain white Greek full/double cream yoghurt and rooibos tea black / without sugar.

32. GLASS SWALLOWED? Take a slice of bread, cover with a sufficient amount of mayonnaise, spread 4-5 cotton balls out over it evenly, fill up with mayonnaise again and then take a scissors and cut the slice of bread/cotton/mayo into 1″ squares and feed it to the dog … the cotton will snag around any sharp pieces of glass, the mayonnaise will lubricate it going down as well as facilitate bowel movement and get it excreted. Give 2-3 tablespoons of liquid medicinal paraffin thereafter.

33. RINGWORM of cats: Ringworm ointment. Pierre’s Flower of Sulphar mix

34. SEDATIVES and ALLERGIES – Allergex syrup or tablets (small and medium doggies ½ Allergex, large dogs 1 whole Allergex, very large breeds 2 tablets in an emergency). If the animal has an allergic rash Allergex or 10 mg Phenergan and/or Texa can be given orally (not Prednisone) (dosage according to weight) and Caladryl Lotion can be applied topically (both available from the ‘human’ pharmacy). Crunch the tablets and wipe on gums, do not try to camouflage in a piece of meat or a treat as it can affect the efficacy of the same. You can also rub 3-4 Rescue drops on the inside of the ear flaps where you can see the veins to calm the animal. You cannot overdose with Rescue Drops.

35. SHOCK and ANXIETY – Rescue Remedy tablets or Calmeze, Allergex, Texa and/or 10mg Phenergan – especially in the case of firecrackers and also a fear of travelling in a vehicle. Also rub 3-4 Rescue drops on the inside of the ear flap where you can see the veins. You cannot overdose with Rescue drops.

36. SKIN PROBLEMS / DRY SKIN – Lubricate by rubbing with virgin olive oil or coconut oil and after about an hour, treat with Pierre’s aqueous cream and flower of sulphur mix as well.

37. SKIN that smells: It is probably the same bacteria causing ‘happy feet’ with humans. The elimination of the negative bacteria is necessary. Rub the whole body with plain white Greek full/double cream yoghurt, leave for about an hour so that the probiotics can eliminate the negative bacteria on the skin and result in a healthier balance on the skin, where the positive bacteria can fight the negative bacteria on its own. This usually happens when an animal is bathed too often and the healthy bacteria on the skin suffer as a result thereof. Bath with Propyrepet and rinse with apple cider vinegar water.

38. SPIDER BITE causing growth: make a mix of grated Sunlight soap (the old fashioned green cake) and brown sugar with as little as possible lukewarm boiled water, a tablespoon full and place on the wound so the skin can become soft and wrap it closed; by Day 2 it should be such that if you just pull the slightest, it will burst open. Just ensure you wear gloves.

39. STERI-STRIPS: Nowadays stitches are used less often – buy a few Steri-Strips from your chemist for use in emergencies to heal wounds – sides are usually left open for proper drainage.

40. STOMACH PAIN/CRAMPS – Lennon’s Jamaica Ginger or Kem-O-Dene – 3-5 drops on a knifepoint of sugar and tablespoon lukewarm boiled water – give with a syringe to restore the electrolytes in the stomach. PLEASE DO NOT administer Buscopan – it is ‘human meds’ only to be given under supervision of a Vet!

41. STOMACH and DIGESTION of cats: Protexin. Promix Probiotika, Gero yogurt

42. SYRINGES – plastic syringe that can contain about +-30ml to give liquids orally.

43. TEETH: Red gums can indicate infection – give plain white Greek full/double cream yoghurt daily with Protexin; buy baby tooth brush and paste, mix with some bicarbonate of soda and brush daily; wash carrots with skin thoroughly, break in pieces and freeze – give daily as a treat to remove excessive plaque.

44. TEETH INFECTIONS of cats: can cause kidney failure – clean teeth by rubbing with bicarbonate of soda.

45. THERMOMETER for measuring temperature. Fever levels are about the same for dogs and humans.

46. TICK REMOVAL: Take some alcohol on a earbud (spirits), just wet the head of the earbud and press it on the tick against the skin, then rub the flower of sulphur mix on the spot as soos he releases himself. Always keep ticks in a holder with spirits in case you have to go to the doctor. Apple cider on a ear bud will help as well

47. TONSILLITIS: Tonsilla according to prescription – available at ‘human’ pharmacy.

48. TOPICAL WOUNDS on DOGS and CATS – F10 ointment and also ‘raw’ honey, available from Dischem or direct from a bee farmer (not the syrup which you buy in the supermarket) or the aqueous mix can work wonders.
• Engemycin wound spray is a very good antibiotic in spray form. Curatex is only available from a Vet.
• Avert Bitter can be administered to discourage the animal from licking the wound(s).

49. TWEEZER: For use in emergencies to remove e.g. glass pieces / stings / quills.

50. VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS – Obtain the Promix range of multivitamins and probiotics. With cats, rub on their fur so they can lick it off and consume it that way.

51. VOMITING – Valoid paediatric suppositories. Dose depends on animal’s size/weight – small dogs about 1/5th of suppository, medium dogs about 1/3rd of a suppository and larger dogs about 2/3rds of a suppository. Available at all ‘human’ pharmacies. Lubricate with Vaseline or KY jelly and insert into anus until you can feel the sphincter muscles contract. VOMITING of Yorkies – Clopamon syrup. Ask your pharmacist for advice in this regard.

52. WORMS / DEWORMING – Drontal, Milbemax, Triworn or Antezole – preferably avoid supermarket items as it is not as effective to kill all types of worms.

53. WOUNDS: The usual saline solution, 9 gram (about 2 level teaspoons) salt mixed with a litre of lukewarm boiled water is recommended. Cover wound area with ‘raw’ honey thereafter. Please download the management of wounds as a separate file and store in your Animal Health folder on your PC. INFECTED WOUNDS you can treat with Bactroban/Supiroban (peroxide 3%) after the wound has been sprayed properly with the saline solution.

54. WOUNDS of cats: Use Hibitane concentrate. Pierre’s aqueous cream and flower of sulphur also works very well for general wounds on the skin. Raw honey.

55. WORMS / DEWORMING: Drontal, Milbemax, Triworm, Antezole or Panacur – avoid supermarket items as it appears not to be sufficiently effective to kill critical worm groups. Milbemax and Advocate Spot-on is now registered to also prevent Spirocerca Lupi (S. Lupi) with regular monthly treatments. There is currently no Literature with proof that ‘spot-ons’ provide effective treatment against spirocercosis (your Vet may treat with an Ivomec or Dormectin injection after diagnosis of S. Lupi infection to destroy the larvae and adult worms).

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