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Monday, January 31

Poodle with mites- Demodex mange

Question:  Itchy Poodle with mites

My 10 month Toy Poodle Charlie has been itching, scratching, licking for too long. It is getting worse and the medication isn’t helping him.
 The Following is what has been done:
1- Tritop Ointment 10g/twice a day
2- Ivermectin Oral/.1mls once a day for Mites

1- Skin Scrap

Brand of Food:
Start with:
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Original Ultra For Puppies through

Change for:
Same brand, grain free (two weeks ago)

Can Food:
Sweet Potato & Chicken, grain free

Sweet Potato & Chicken, grain free, small breed

green beans
I notice that his stool is dry; I believe is the grain free diet.
Please help my Charlie; he is a such good puppy.


Hi ,Poor little Charlie the poodle.  Yes, mange mites can take some time to control.  Glad you did see your Vet for a skin scrape test.  Looks like your diet and treats are all excellent choices.

I would only add 2 supplements to your daily program :

Pure salmon oil - just 1/4 teaspoon per day for dry stool and dry skin.
I get mine from here:  Pure Alaska Salmon

Artic Paws Salmon oil

 NuVET Plus wafers - Just 1/2 wafer per day - LET's Boost that Immune system.  Pets that have had mites tend to have a weak immune system.  NuVET will also help to stop the itching.
Here is a Testimonial from one pet owner:  There are 1000s just like this:
Hello NuVET,

From May through October of 2009, my dog, A.J., was being treated for contact dermatitis.
In October it was finally diagnosed as Demodex mange caused by a weak immune system.
The vet started treatment to kill the mites causing mange and said the disease was only 1 percent curable.

I was concerned about building up A.J.’s immune system and found information about Nuvet products on the internet. I took the information to a friend in Durango, Colorado, who used to be a vet but is now doing acupuncture. She had a bottle of nuvet wafers on the shelf, tested it and said it would be a good thing for A.J. He is on a fish and sweet potato diet, to which I add NuVet Plus powder (he didn’t like the wafers), kelp and enzymes.

By January the mites were all dead and A.J.’s fur was growing back. He had another checkup in July 2010, and the vet was thrilled and stated that A.J. was 100 percent cured. This summer we had to make trips to the groomer to cut off the heavy coat of fur. I will continue giving NuVet Plus powder to A.J. for the rest of his life as the product certainly did bolster his immune system.

Patricia Goundry
New Mexico


To order NuVET - Please call 1-800-474-7044
( give discount code 81098 for the 15 % off on auto ships)
Tell them about your poodle Charlie boy.

Make sure they know you are working with Marie Peppers of Ask the Pet Nurse.

Thanks for all the info!  It was very helpful

Keep me posted:  Write down my phone number:

Marie Peppers LPN MA


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I welcome any questions....  All Breeds

Saturday, January 29

cat URI green mucus eyes ; L-Lysine for Feline virus infections ;

Cat's with URI try L-lysine amino acid - all Natural


I have a female kitten and her eye is swollen and has a green mucus discharge in the corner of her eye. What can I do and what is it?
PLease help


Hi Alyssa, Your kitten may have an eye infection and needs to see the Vet.  Your local VET can give her some antibiotics to get her better.
You can also add some good supplements to her food:
A great one is L-lysine: ( treats)
Here are 3 products that can sure help....
 L-lysine treats (or pills)  and eye ointments:


L-lysine is a naturally occurring amino acid. It inhibits the replication of herpes virus.

In cats, herpes virus is not sexually transmitted. It is a highly contagious and extremely common cause of upper respiratory infections, or URIs. URIs are marked by eye discharge, squinting, sneezing, and and sinus congestion.
Feline herpes virus does not spread to people.

Most cats are able to suppress herpes virus with their immune systems. However, some cats suffer chronic or recurrent URIs as a consequence of infection with herpes virus.
 These cats may benefit from dietary supplementation with L-lysine.

To increase the Immune system, many of my clients also use the NuVET Feline formula
see here
use order code 81098 and get the 15% off on Auto ship orders
You can try the 30 count bottle at 19.99 ( 60 day money back guaranteed)

AGAIN, you many want to see the Local Vet for a good exam.
Please get this baby onto the L-lysine and the NuVet supplements.

BEST wishes

Marie Peppers , LPN Ma
ASK the Pet Nurse

Puppy weaning - puppy mush recipe

Puppy Mush Recipe - Easy to do:  Formula and Mush


My Golden Retriever/yellow Lab had 8 puppies almost 3 wks ago. 
 She hasn't been spending much time feeding them lately.  She will go into the area that they are and stand and they have to reach up to her to try to get any milk.  They appear to be healthy and are growing but what concerns me is that maybe they aren't getting enough or she just doesn't have enough to fill all of them.
 I was wondering if I could give them a supplement (mothers milk, or when do you introduce softened food)at least once a day? 
 I just feel bad when I hear them cry and seem like they are starving.


YOU can feed them with a bottle...
You are right, mom is not too interested in feeding them.

Here is the recipe and please do this for 1-2 weeks - after that, you can go to a Mush Food
( see below)

Formula for pups:
Make your own puppy formula by mixing a 13-oz. can of evaporated milk, 13 oz. of water, 4 oz. of plain yogurt, 4 egg yolks and 1 tbsp. of liquid vitamins.
Water is very important, especially with formula that includes yogurt and canned milk.
Add a dash per bottle of the NuVET vitamin powder - see below to order....
A dash is just a pinch per bottle -  per 4-6 ounce bottls

After about 4-5 weeks go with this :


Puppy Mush -
1/2 cup of Dry Kibble and 1/4 cup of the WET canned food - add some formula ( puppy formula )- 1/8 cup or less:
Offer 3 x per day until they are 4-5 months old - then it is possible to feed 2-3 x per day...
**( Your vet will help you decide what and how much to feed as they get older)

We use Life's Abundance dry kibble:

PLEASE add this great pup vitamin powder to one  of the meals...

You can add the NuVET powder into the mush food:
NuVET also makes a wafer for older dogs.
With the NuVET just add
1/4 of a teaspoon per dog per day.Call NuVET - this is holistic and not sold in stores...

Tell them pet Nurse Marie wants you to give only 1/4 a powder dosage for now and LATER on - a few months, you can give 1/2 of the powder dosage per day.
Use referral code 81098
I hope this helps :
Many breeders do place a little of the NuVET supplement into the pup mush or even pup baby bottles.  To give them the BEST start you can....

Good luck

Marie Peppers LPN MA

Question  ( From the Ask the Pet Nurse site)

Wednesday, January 26

Litter box Tip - for cat owners: Try Horse Bedding!

Horse Bedding for cat litter- I use the horse pellets.

SEE link below -

I AM so happy I changed from cat litter to Horse bedding 7 months ago!!
SAVING me money and I don't have the Pee smell..
I did change the cat litter every 3 days and scooped 2 x per day - and it still smelled.  NOW - it doesn't smell

I love this kind of litter... NOT litter at all, it's HORSE Bedding.

Works great - I scoop the solids out every other day.

See my Q and A site: ASK the Pet Nurse

horse bedding for litter box:


here is a link to a photo of the horse pine pellets

Reduce Tear stains in your dog ; No more Wrinkle Stains !

Probiotics and NuVet Plus /  Daily-

 TEAR STAINS / wrinkle stains  

Why tear stains?  What causes them?

Tear staining results when the tear duct becomes clogged and eye fluid, which can no longer drain through the nose, begins to dry and crust around the eyes and face. Clogged tear ducts occur due to two factors- physical irritants and physiological predisposition.  Physical irritants include dirt, dust, and occasionally parasites such as fleas.  A multitude of other particles can physically block the tear duct, while a blockage can also occur due to allergies.  Many breeds, however, are physiologically predisposed to blocked tear ducts.


Symptoms of tear staining include highly visible brown staining of the fur and a crust surrounding the eyes. Other behavioral symptoms include constant pawing or rubbing of the face and can be accompanied by redness and yellow/green discharge if the tear ducts have become infected due to blockage.  Yeast infections may occur and are characterized by redness and swelling around the eyes, itching, and a yellowish discharge that will have an unpleasant odor. Other symptoms are fleas which may block the tear ducts, or teething particularly among puppies.

While tear staining issues are mostly cosmetic, if left untreated tear staining can result in severe and costly infections. Infections of the eye are extremely serious as they can lead to irreversible conditions such as blindness or cataracts.  Scratching of the eyes due to irritation can also pose issues including lacerations of the eye or the spread of infection. It is important to treat tear staining as soon as possible to prevent further complications.


Proper hygiene is important particularly if your dog is predisposed to tear staining.  Other irritants, such as allergies, can be prevented by removing triggers from the environment. Household cleaners and chemicals tend to aggravate allergies and worsen problems such as tear staining.

In addition to regular grooming, proper nutrition is extremely helpful in preventing tear staining. A qualified diet consists of giving a high quality dog food and a vitamin supplement; both paramount to your dog’s immune system.   Feed your dog food that isn’t filled with grains and “meat by-products”- this will have multiple benefits, including stopping allergies which irritate the eyes.  But dog food alone isn’t enough; supplementation is a vital component to keeping your dog healthy.
  Giving a high quality supplement can help boost internal defenses and provide nutrition for blood, bones and skin.


Fundamentally, the first line of any remedy is to ensure your dog has a proper diet and balanced nutrition. Providing good food that is full of quality protein and low on grains, corn, and “meat by-products” will ensure a healthy digestive system and strong immune system. Supplementing your dog’s diet with a vitamin supplement engineered to support vital organs will prevent the damaging effects of free radicals and aid in the treatment of tear staining and its causes.

As with any vitamin and nutritional supplement, the quality of ingredients in combination with the manufacturing process determines how effective it will be for your pet. NuVet Plus® contains quality Calcium and Blue Green Algae, a source of protein and chlorophyll. It also includes a full range of amino acids, such as L Methionine- essential to help detoxify the blood stream. Keeping the bloodstream clean allows red blood cells to carry nutrients vital in defending against infectious tear staining.
As every dog is different, results will vary based on a number of factors including genetics, environment, and severity of the condition being treated.

At NuVet Labs®, we combine the finest human-grade ingredients and manufacturing operations approved for human products by the FDA. 

NuVet Plus® is 100% guaranteed for purity, safety, and effectiveness. As one of the oldest and most respected companies in the pet industry, NuVet Labs® pledges that our NuVet Plus® product will eliminate or dramatically reduce your dog’s tear staining within 60 days, or we’ll refund your purchase.

If you want to try NuVET wafer or Powder - Please go here to order:  not sold in stores: Holistic ....
Remember - guaranteed to help 

SEE here: 

CLICK this link to get 15 % OFF !!! on auto ship

~~~ Write  down this Referral code - they may ask -  81098 and tell them Pet Nurse Marie sent you;
THERE is a 15% OFF Deal on auto-ships -  Most of my clients get auto ship every 45 or 90 Days ~~~

WE also use a Probiotic 1 per day for only 90 Days

 To help get rid of infections ( DUE to YEAST ) and TEAR/ Wrinkle Stains


Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls Probiotics, Capsules

GOOD Price on 90 count of PEARLS 

Order here   at this link

Recent Review from one of our Doggie Clients and Family:

Re- Cozy Country Doggie Ranch and Cozy Pets Marie and John Peppers
 ( This was posted on Craig's List 1/25/11 Columbia S.C.)

Thanks for such a wonderful Review ---We love your boy, too! Thanks little Brady and Family

HERE is our Web site :
For South Carolina residents needing pet care:....Call Us:


Recent Testimonial on Cozy Country Ranch in the Columbia S.C. area:

I know how long and hard we looked for GOOD pet boarding when we first got our dog so I wanted to hopefully help out all you dog owners out there and make it simple:
 Cozy Country is THE best we have found. It's so hard to trust your furkids to someone else but Marie is hands down the nicest, most amicable in-home boarder we have met. When she comes to pick our dog up in the "dog taxi" he goes running toward her and doesn't look back--same if we drop him off out at their house in the country.

He loves the cage-free boarding and we love the peace of mind knowing he's being loved on and well taken care of.

 The last time he stayed, she gave him his medication, brushed his mat-prone ears, bathed him before he came home, and even gave him his special treats at different times of the day each day--other places have charged us individually for EACH of these things, but for Marie it's just part of being a good dog sitter, and her rates are still lower than most places we've found.

Anyway, I just figured that there's always so many negative things being posted on this board telling you who to stay away from that I'd come on and post one telling you who to actually go TO!

On second thought, maybe this wasn't such a good idea--I hope we're still able to get a spot over the holidays and summer vacation ;-)

Sunday, January 23

Vinegar dog shampoo ; Vinegar and our Pets

Marie just wanted to share this great article on Vinegar in Pets.....

Visit Marie's site any time :

Vinegar is one of those kitchen cupboard wonders–it can do as much for a salad dressing as it can for a pet’s coat or neutralizing odors.

Here are a few clever ways to put vinegar to work for your pets.

Shine Enhancer
Mix one cup of whte vinegar to one quart of water and rub or spray it on the coat of your dog.

Skin Soother
Mix 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar to 1 1/2 cups water and use as a rinse after your dog’s bath to help soothe skin affected by chronic skin infections or irritations.

Ear Helper

Vinegar hampers unfriendly bacteria and other microorganisms that are a common cause of ear infections in dogs and cats–keep infections at bay by wiping ears out weekly with a cotton ball saturated with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar.

Skunk Spray
FixerTomato juice is the odor remover of choice for pets sprayed by skunks, but vinegar works as well to neutralize the stink. Soak the coat with a mixture of half water and half vinegar, then rinse with plain water. Repeat if necessary.

Cat Deterrent You’ll need to do a patch test before spraying vinegar on fabric, but the smell of vinegar is a great deterrent for cats. Spray white vinegar anywhere you don’t want your cat to scratch, sleep, or sit.

Make Dog Shampoo- see here:

using Vinegar
 Dog Shampoo:
 Using an all-natural dish soap (Seventh Generation, Ecover, etc.) will work to clean, glycerine is a humectant and emollient, and vinegar will boost shine and remove odor.
1/3 cup glycerin
1 cup all natural dish soap- see above suggestions1 cup apple cider vinegar1 quart water
Mix ingredients into a large bottle, shake, and use as needed.

Reverse your pet's fur/hair loss : Help is here:

NuVet Plus® Testimonials

Poodle's Hair Loss Reversed!

My poodle, Coco, has been my best friend for the last nine years.   There is nothing I would not do for her and she is the most loyal companion anyone could have in their life.   About a year ago, Coco began losing hair in certain areas of her body; particularly in her back region.   Naturally, she and I visited the vet where we were given some kind of liquid ointment to rub on daily, along with some prescription pills.
Unfortunately, it did not work and I actually believe it created another problem on Coco's skin: warts!   That's right, little bumps started popping up all over her body and when I brought her back to the vet clinic, the same doctor said the bumps were a natural occurrence with dogs her age and there was nothing he could recommend.
About a week later I was at the groomers and began discussing Coco's condition with the owner, Beth.   She suggested that as a last resort I try a bottle of NuVet Plus.   Right away I was impressed simply because Coco ate it.   Let's just say, she's a tad finicky.   But the true miracle of NuVet Plus showed its magic within three weeks when I noticed some of her hair coming back.   And within a month and a half, she was my beautiful Coco again.   Even her warts vanished.

Thank you NuVet Labs, I can't say enough great things about your product.  You really are my "Dog's Best Friend".

SEE Pet Nurse Marie's Q and A and Links to Supplements ( and NuVET)

POODLE with Moles and skin problems  ( Colloidal Silver Gel and more)

Poodle with Bald Spots/ Fur- hair loss: SEE here:

Saturday, January 22

Dog Food Comparisons : Innova Vs Life's Abundance

Good link - Innova is a very good food - But ---See how Life's Abundance stand up to Innova?    ( Cost is broken down per day)


Check your dog food to Life's Abundance :  Many Commercial Brands on the comparison list:  It also breaks down COST per day to feed...
Cost is sure a factor in our Poor Ecomomy...

Canine Arthritis; Joint and Bone health..... Tips for pet owners

 My Pet is in Pain.... My pet is limping   ( I hear this all the time)

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting dogs in America today.  In 2008, arthritis was listed among the top ten disease conditions in dogs (source: VPI).
 According to recent data, there are as many as 10 million dogs currently suffering from the chronic pain of joint disease, and one in five dogs will develop arthritis or joint disease during their lifetimes.

Otherwise known as degenerative joint disease, arthritis is caused by the loss of cartilage that covers the tips of bones in movable joints, such as the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, etc. Arthritis is generally a wear-and-tear disease seen more often in older dogs. As a result of continual rubbing, the cartilage wears away leaving bone ends exposed to each other.
Since there are no nerve endings in the cartilage, no pain is felt until the cartilage is worn away; but when that happens, the edges of bones rub together causing pain and inflammation.

Arthritis can also occur in younger dogs as a result of genetic conditions, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Canine arthritis is similar to human arthritis in that it cannot be cured, but the silver lining is that arthritis in dogs is not a hopeless condition. There are many effective treatments available to ease symptoms, slow progression of the disease and to help ensure your dog’s quality of life.

SEE here for Great help :          

ORDER HERE ( 60 Day money back Guarantee)   ( Mention , Pet Nurse Marie sent you:  ** referral code 81098 - ASK for Auto-ship and get a 15% DISCOUNT  

You are looking for NuVET Plus and NuJoint Plus
NuJoint Plus is great for dogs over the age of 1 -

NuJOINT Will Protect them from Injuries...  Give to any Canine over the age of 1

Six Ways to Whittle Your Pet’s Waistline - good article

Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:52 by Dr. Jane -
Dr Jane Bicks According to a 2009 study published by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 34 million dogs and 54 million cats are classified as overweight. Sadly, these staggering numbers continue to rise. Just like in humans, obesity is now the biggest health threat to pets in the U.S. Excess weight lowers metabolism, increases appetite and can worsen other medical conditions, such as arthritis and respiratory problems.
If your pet needs surgery, extra fat can make it more difficult for a surgeon to operate and increase the chances of complications with anesthesia. With nearly half the nation’s pet population afflicted with weight issues, chances are you or someone you know has a pet that is affected. Here are six tips to help your pet shed unwanted pounds and keep the weight off for good.
1. Increased Awareness
There are two main causes of obesity in pets: too many calories and too little exercise. Secondary factors can also come into play, such as genetic factors of a given breed or the sex of the animal. A quick online search will reveal whether or not your breed is prone to weight gain. And be aware that neutered, middle-aged and female pets are more likely to have weight issues.
The discouraging fact is that many pet parents accept their overweight pets as ‘normal’, or deny the problem altogether, making the problem less likely to be addressed.
Weight is not always the best indicator due to individual variation.
For example, one Doberman may be trim at 70 pounds and another trim at 90. In addition, a drooping stomach does not always mean an animal is fat, especially in cats. The best way to determine whether or not your pet is overweight is to have your veterinarian do an assessment.

2. Change Your Lifestyle
Let’s face it … far too many Americans lead sedentary lifestyles, and their pets are following suit. It is no secret that we like to sit and eat at the same time, so if we are going to help ourselves and our pets avoid becoming the next victims of the obesity epidemic, we need to get everybody moving more and eating less.
Realize that everything your pet eats has calories – yes, including treats – so you can begin to reduce calories right away simply by providing low-calorie treats, such as Life’s Abundance’s Wholesome Hearts.

Increasing exercise is good for everybody. Long walks and playing fetch are good ways to bond with your dog, and you can get your cat moving with a feather wand or a laser pointer. Here’s a fun tip: cats love to chase small balls. Throw five or six little balls around and watch the fun … retrieve all the balls at once if you want to minimize your trips across the room.

3. Feed Frequent Small Meals and Measure Amounts
Did you know that every time you eat, you burn calories? The same is true for our companion animals. So measure the food amount for the whole day and divide it into several smaller meals. You can also feed a low-calorie treat or vegetable in between each small meal.
It is vital that you measure the food, even if you free-feed. If your pet needs to lose weight, you can reduce portions by 30% without jeopardizing your pet’s health.
Remember that when pets beg for a treat, often what they really want is attention. Instead of a treat, how about a hug or a nice grooming session?
Consider supplementing a cat or small dog’s diet with canned food. Canned food often has a high moisture content, which helps your companion animal feel full with fewer calories. Remember to keep the overall calorie count consistent, even if you change their diet.
If you begin a weight-loss regimen and don’t see any results within two weeks, be sure to discuss other options with your veterinarian.
4. Keep Records
Food journals are not only very effective weight-management tools for people, they are for pets, too. Start by keeping records for seven days, tracking everything that you feed your companion animals. We often don’t realize how much we are really feeding until we see it mapped out.
5. Weight-Loss Medication
The FDA recently approved Slentrol, a weight-loss medication approved for canine use. The exact mechanism of this drug remains unknown, but researchers believe that it helps suppress the appetite and inhibit the absorption of fat. If you have tried all other options and still aren’t having success, or if your dog’s weight is putting his health in jeopardy, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about this new pharmaceutical offering.
6. Dietary Supplements
Many hormones can be controlled with phytonutrients. Resveratrol, sourced from the skin of grapes, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, increase metabolic rate, boost physical endurance and reduce fat mass. Quercetin, found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains, has been shown to fight inflammation in obese patients. Leptin is a new hormonal supplement that suppresses appetites and is being used to facilitate weight-loss. Researchers have discovered that diabetic dogs have low levels of leptin, which can lead to overeating. Furthermore, researchers found that by adding leptin to the diet, canine appetites are noticeably suppressed. I caution you to only use these supplements under the supervision of your vet, as the proper dosages vary from animal to animal (for example, leptin can at certain dosages have the opposite effect, actually increasing appetites).
With a little bit of effort, a minimal investment in time and big helpings of love and patience, you can help your companion animal lose excess weight and maximize their chances for a longer, healthier and happier lifetime.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for your dear companions.

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

SEE here for SAMPLES of the Weight Loss dog food and Treats:


Canned Pure Pumpkin for Diarrhea / Loose Stools

Q and A from : Ask the Pet Nurse:   ( Puppy diarrhea - tips )

Hi, I've had my puppies since they were 5 weeks old because their mother did not want to nurse them anymore. I got the puppy formula from pet co and they were doing great on that. I started mixing in some soft pedigree food and they were still doing okay. Well when i completely switched to the pedigree soft food they got diarrhea and they've been having it for the past 3 days. Their brother is with my sister in-law and shes feeding him Purina one kibble and hes doing fine. Is the diarrhea caused from the pedigree soft food, or did I just switch them too early. Their brother got switched to hard food right away and hes fine. But my puppies wont eat hard food.


Hi Kimberly, Let's try soaking the dry food.  Place the dry kibble in some hot water.  After about 20 minutes the dry kibble will soak up the water.  You can add just a few teaspoons of the wet dog food into the very Wet kibble.  ( just get the excess water drained, if there is any)

Also, you can give them some Canned pure pumpkin - just mix 2 tablespoons into the dog food 1 x per day.  This will help to firm up the stool.  PURE canned pumpkin with NO added sugar.YOU can do this for 5-7 days at 1 x per day.

Also, the pups should be on a good vitamin/supplement - all our pups and adult dogs take NuVET Plus - you can buy the powder and mix it into the food daily.  GREAT for an immune system booster and for "over-all" good health.   The Pet Foods does not have enough vitamins in them.  Many of the vitamins are killed in the cooking process.
NuVET comes in a wafer or powder form.
You can't buy this at the store - needs to be ordered:  Holistic - all Natural
Tell them Pet Nurse Marie sent you.


Sample this Puppy / Adult dog food:

Try a sample of the Life's Abundance Dog or Cat food - They have treat samples too...
Delivered fresh to your door:
Here is the link for the samples -

Please have your Vet check the Pups for worms and parasites -  Pups need to be wormed a few times before the age of 3 months.
Talk to your Vet about the worming schedule and shots, too.

Thanks for your Quesiton...

Marie Peppers

Friday, January 21

PUPPY Formula Recipes

Recipe for puppy formula - I don't like the kind you can find at Walmart - Want to  make it myself

I have three tiny Silkshire pups that I am trying to bottle feed. I am trying a recipe I had found on the internet to feed them, it worked before for a Chihuahua pup, but seems to be lacking something they need.
 I do not like the commerical milk you get from the Vet, for I have had problems with that before. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Puppy Formula Recipes;

 Here is a recipe for a good formula...  Call the Local Vet office if you need help with them..
See here:

Puppy Formula


1 cup of canned Condensed milk or evaporated milk
4 ounces plain, "full-fat" yogurt ( don't get the low fat kinds)
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon of NuVET Plus powder vitamins
Mix well.

NuVET will give them the supplements they need.
It's Holistic and Natural - you can use in the formula and later on in the Puppy mush food.
Order here:

Call tomorrow and ask for the quick shipping -  They open at 8 am California time zone:
Tell them Pet Nurse Marie sent you:
1-800-474-7044  ( use order code 81098 and ask for the 15% off program)

I am sure they will like the yogurt formula - you can use plain or vanilla yogurt.

good luck to you!
Marie Peppers LPN MA

So sorry the pups lost Momma.

Thursday, January 20

Robitussin for your pet's cough / Ask your VET about this:

Puppy cough  ( Robitussin for pets)  Most Vets Refer to this dosage:
Ask your Vet about this OTC medicaiton:
From ASK The Pet Nurse's Site:

QuestionOur new pup has pneumonia.  The vet has her on Clavomax, and also tried a 7 day course of something the pharmacist likened to a Z pack for humans.  She seems to be doing great, but she has this gurgling that is not getting better.  Do they eventually expel the fluid or is there something we can do?  How long until we know she's better?
Also, she seems to urinate three or four times right in a row, and wets her crate a lot.  I'm wondering if she might have some sort of urinary issue as well, or is this normal for a pup?

Ask your vet if you can give this for the cough... JUST  give a small amount 2 x per day:
see here:
Cough Suppressant:  Robitussin DM

Robitussin Dm, Benylin Expectorant (destromethorphan) or Siltussin DM (Silarx) - Look for products containing Guaifenesin (100mg) and Dextromethorphan. While these products are not approved for veterinary use by the FDA they are common practice in the veterinary community.

Dosage:(10mg) per teaspoonful..5 to 1 mg per pound (or 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds) orally every 6 hours. The dose for Robitussin DM in small dogs is 1/2 teaspoon every 4 hours. The usual dose in large dogs is 1 teaspoonful every 4 hours.

Side effects:Number 1 side effect is sleepiness. If your dog shows other symptoms such as dry heaves and shows changes in behavior such as lethargic behavior, take your dog to the Emergency Room or veterinarian as soon as possible.

Precautions:Do not use these products with an MAO inhibitor such as Anipryl (selegiline) or Preventic Tick Collar.

ALSO - The BEST Daily Vitamin for pets:
YOU don't want to forget the NuVET plus
 ONE of the BEST vitamins for your bullie...
see here:


Good LUCK -

KEEP me Posted at my personal e-mail

Marie Peppers - Ask the Pet Nurse

Probiotics for EAR infections.....

I have a pit bull and her ears have been bothering her for a while now.They itch all the time and she scratches the until they bleed.They have an awful odor and puss discharge.I called the vet and they said it was probably ear mites and to get some over the counter ear mite medication and it has not helped. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions.I also thought it might be some kind of fungus or something.But it kills me to see her shaking her head all the time and scratching them till they bleed.


Hi Tina, This pitbull kid should see a Vet for some antibiotics.
Sound like an infection to me.
You can have the vet do a quick exam and give you an RX for antibiotics.
Your dog may need pills and drops.

For the future, to help prevent Ear infections a quality dog food with No corn is very helpful.
Here is one that I have many clients using:

Probiotics - Try PEARLS - 1 x per day for 90 days -
SEE here - Sure helps to lessen the Yeast build up in the ears...
You can find this box at Walmart, Walgreen's CVS -  must be the blue box only


NuVET Plus Supplement ... ( like a treat )  
will help to REDUCE future ear infection and help to cure this one by lowering the inflammation.  NuVET wafers will help to increase a poor or low immune system:

Order here- YOUR pit kid will need 1 1/2 per day long term - It's a treat and Vitamin/ supplement all in one.
LEARN more about NuVET here- at my bulldog site:

( tell them Pet Nurse Marie sent you )   Referral code 81098 

HOPE this all helps you.  Good food and supplements are the Key to reduced health problems with your bullie breed.

Food - Blue Buffalo or Fromm's Gold Dog food is what I often recommend ..

Best Wishes,

Marie Peppers LPN MA

My Rescued bullie, Duke 

Sunday, January 16

Picky cat food recipes; Pet Nurse Marie,

Picky cat food recipes from Pet Nurse Marie 

EASY Feline Recipe; 

PLEASE note, at the bottom of this page is the Supplement needed for home cooking-
Do not attempt home cooking without proper supplements for your pet

Need help with feeding amounts?  E-mail me at  mpmaltese@gmail.com  
I will need to know the weight of your cat and age 

Don't want to cook?  SEE bottom of this article ------

From The Veterinarians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats: Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians

Choose one of the following protein sources. Rotate proteins frequently so the cats get used to a variety of tastes.

  • 6 oz. ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb. boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground lamb
  • 1/2 lb. beef, chicken or turkey heart, ground

Homemade cat food recipes 

 Picky Feline Recipe; 

From Pet Food Cookbook

  • 1 c. chicken (boiled )
  • 1/4 c. fresh broccoli (steamed)
  • 1/4 c. carrots (shredded, steamed)
  • Chicken broth (homemade preferred, salt-free if canned)
  • PLEASE finely chop or puree the broccoli and carrots 
Mix ingredients with enough chicken broth to hold it together.

Remember cats need meat;  try to get the 1/4 cup of veggies into the mix.  If your cat doesn't like both Veggies then choose just one, always puree

( Daily give cat supplement to balance home cooking - see info below ) 

Finicky Cat Fish Feast

From Pet Food Cookbook 
  • 1 can salmon (3 oz.)
  • 1 can tuna (3 oz.)
  • 1/4 c. fresh broccoli (steamed)
  • 1/4 c. carrots (shredded, steamed)
  • Shred or puree all veggies please 
Mix all ingredients, using enough liquid from the cans to hold everything together.

PLEASE do not feed this Tuna / Salmon Recipe more than 3-4 days per week 


Supplement needed Daily 

MOST of our Clients use: 

NuVET Feline Formula

Give 1/2 teaspoon per day - mix into some meat or tuna.
( Start off slowly with just 1/2 per day and work into the full NuVET dosage down the road)
Most cats take 3/4 to 1 full teaspoon per day.

 order here;

NOT sold in stores;  Holistic

( USE order code 81098 and tell them Pet Nurse Marie sent you)

NuVet Plus, Natural Supplements For Cats

NuVET is a special balanced powder - for all cats - but ESPECIALLY for home cooking.

Do not home cook without the NuVet for Felines.......

Cost is about .60 cents per day per cat

1-800-474-7044  ( Tell them you want the Feline Formula)
A 30 count bottle is 20.00  
A 90 count is around 55.00
Ask them for the 15 % off on auto-ship.

Good luck with the home cooking - It will make a big change!

Store your cat food in Tupperware 

Do not have time to cook for

 your cat?

SEE here-  VERY healthy alternative 

Friday, January 14

My Picky Maltese is having Crab for Dinner ; My pig will eat anything...

Our holistic veterinarian has created not one, but two masterpieces of canine nutrition! Your dog will flip for Turkey & Shrimp Breakfast in Broth, a savory omelet-inspired serving of turkey, shrimp, eggs, red skinned potatoes, red bell peppers and cheddar cheese. And at the end of the day, they’ll relish the delectable Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce, featuring organic chicken, crab, eggs, carrots, red skinned potatoes, peas and apples in an appetizing sauce.


No need to worry about Pet Recalls - this is fresh from the Bakery...
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Canine Bladder stones; Canine urinary tract infection symptoms and home remedies ;

Canine urinary tract infection symptoms and home cooking

 ( this is an Answer to a Client's Question on home cooking ) 

Here are a few recipes that have worked well with Renal pets ( kideny patients) ***
YOU may want to pass this by your Vet.
I also suggest NuVet Plus supplements and Cranberry, too:

PLEASE remember that I am NOT a VET... With that said, here goes:

Calcium Oxalate stones in canine - Recipe for home-cooking:

*** the key is low Phos and low protein:

The following will work along with the NuVET supplement to balance:
Only 1 NuVet Wafer per day
( link for NuVET Below:)

LOW PROTEIN DIETS and low phosphorous,

Low protein diets play a role in the treatment of  kidney disease.
[If your pet has been prescribed a low protein diet], but doesn’t like any of the commercial preparations, you might consider trying one of these home-cooked recipes.


(low-protein, low-phosphorous, high-potassium, normal sodium)* for Dogs

1 egg, large, cooked

3 cups potato, boiled with skin

1 tablespoon chicken fat

1 calcium carbonate tablets (600 milligrams calcium)
( Or use TUMS) ***( YES - TUMs .....)

1 multiple-mineral tablet -  ( GIVE just 1 NuVET Per day:) order below***

Provides 600 kilocalories, 15.1 grams protein, 18.5 grams fat.

This was for an 18 pound dog for a day of food)-********
Supports caloric needs of an  "18-pound dog"
(* If your dog is more than 18 pounds add a little x-tra of the egg and potato)

Provides phosphorus at 53 percent, potassium at 322 percent, sodium at 114 percent of dogs daily needs.

** PLUS you can freeze all the recipes into individual freezer dishes or baggies.
Don't forget the NuVET -
NuVET plus is a woderful Holistic vitamin supplement;
NuVET is very safe and many Kidney-Renal  patients take it daily.
When you call tell them that Pet Nurse Marie is working with you on home-cooking.

Call 1-800-474-7044   ( use referral code 81098 and ask about the 15% OFF program)

LET YOUR VET know you are home-cooking ....

This will cost a bunch LESS than the  HILL'S RX diet from the vet.
Just make sure you do the Calcium CARB ( TUMS) pills and the NuVET each day.


NEXT Recipe *****************


(low protein low phosphorus, high potassium, low sodium) for Dogs

1 cups cooked chicken breast

2 cups potato, boiled with skin

3 tablespoons chicken fat or Turkey gravy

3 calcium carbonate tablets (600 milligrams calcium)  Tums
( crush and mix into the food batch)

1   ( NUVET)  - see above link:

The above recipe should feed a 30 pound dog for 1 day.

YOU will need to break up meals into 2 feedings per day.
PLAY with the feeding amounts / see what makes your dog full.
YOU can also do a few "Grain-free" treats per day ( such as NO-GRAINERS)

Veggies- Here are a few:
½ pkg. Frozen Broccoli and
( All veggies must be grated or chopped very fine to digest)
½ pkg. Frozen Carrots - steamed until crisp/tender (chop up finely)
NEVER any onions please........

Can be frozen in small portions.

With any new recipes- you need to work with your dog ----
Watch for hunger and feed a little bit more if needed.

Your dog will adjust to the feeding in 4-5 days.

It is always better to give a little x-tra and work with the Feeding amounts.

Special -Thanks to :
For help with recipe formulation!
Douglas Island Veterinary

The following treats are acceptable for oxalate stone forming dogs:

plain cooked chicken

plain cooked turkey





white potatoes





Ok, I gave you a bunch of info.  The key is WATER - add a small amount - a few tablespoons to each meal - get the food nice and moist.
They ( kideny patients ) need plenty of water to drink and even place into the meals.

KEEP me posted, I am here:

Marie Peppers LPN MA
Pet Chef and ASK the Pet Nurse
K-9 Cuisine choices;
Ask the Pet Nurse

Wednesday, January 12

Herbs N Pets ; Natural Pet Health options;

Contact Marie for a Free Pet Consultation on Vitamins/ Herbs and Feeding Options;  special dog food recipes, too.
Diabetic dog or cat;  Kidney/Bladder stones in pet?  Alternatives to the Hill's RX diet - homemade dog food recipes...



Tuesday, January 4

Bulldog Health; Do you have a question on pet health? Natural Pet ;

Bulldog Questions?  FREE site at allexperts.com

Marie, The English Bulldog Lady ; All breed questions are Welcome; Cure your itchy dog; Doggie Dandruff; Cure for hot spots; Itchy dog care; Steroids for pets? ; Natural Pet antibiotics; Vet Nurse Marie can answer your questions... Or at least try! I do my best** You may contact me private: mtnmom@gci.net No question is too small... Just ask Pet Nurse Marie Holistic options, Supplements, Vitamins, Natural Healing choices...Dog food recipes/ cat recipes ; NuVET Plus - Natural Supplements, Diet / health choices Visit my private NuVET and Dog food Recipes, pages:


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