Alternative Medicine for Pets/Sick Beagle


My dog is a 17 year old female beagle.  Her stomach suddenly became bloated and very hard. This same thing happened last week (she also had a seizure) the day prior to the bloating.  I watched her closely, gave her some GasX and she got better.  

I took her to the vet the next day... bloat of course was ruled out.  They took a complete blood panel and urine test and everything came back normal.  The vet put her on an antibiotic, as he is thinking that there might be an infection, or possibly a tumor / cancer.  She is halfway through her antibiotics... It has been one week since her last bloating episode.  

Tonight I let the dogs outside one last time before going to bed... all of 10 minutes, watching her most of the time.  I put her to bet, she seemed a bit out of it, as she also has dementia... but when I checked on her after 10 minutes of going to bed, she was fine.  I then hear a noise... I run into her room and her stomach is 3 times it's normal size... she is foaming at the mouth and has dry heaves.  I gave her some GasX... since then, she has released some gas and had a bowel movement.  

The first thing that most will say is "take her to the vet".  The sad part is, that I did and nothing was abnormal with her blood work... so to take her to the emergency would result in a minimum of a $1,500.00 dollar bill for a few hours of testing and making her feel comfortable... As I have been through similar with two of my other dogs in the past 1 1/2 years and both died (one at the vet and the other the day he got home).  Las Vegas is perhaps one of the worst places to live with animals, due to the fact that vets are outlandishly expensive and they do nothing, but test after test, racking up the medical bill with no definitive answers to the problem, therefor not much if anything for treatment.  

I feel so helpless... any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Glo,

Yours' is not the only town with rip off vet practices, believe me, it is standard everywhere.

I would actually prefer to speak with you directly, as there is much to cover. could you possibly contact me at my business: 727-327-2356. We are open from 7:30 am - 6 pm eastern time. Just tell Linda (my gate keeper) that I told you to call, and we can go through it together.

Please call. I would like to help in any way that I can.


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I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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