How to Detect and Manage Cat Lice

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Cats & Lice

Cat Lice are tiny, six-legged parasites that feed on blood and can cause anemia. Weak, run-down kittens are the most susceptible to feline lice.

Tiny white spots, called nits are visible to your eye and are located in your cats fur. These are the cat lice egg casings, visible in the photo below.   Lice egg casings in cat fur

Feline lice spend their entire life on your cat and are not transferable to other pets or people.

They do not infest your home and are a problem primarily in the cooler winter months. Feline lice can cause blood loss which in young kittens can result in anemia.

In the United States, lice on kittens and puppies are rare although head lice on school children are quite common.


White nits in hair
Anemia (pale-whitish gum color in a weak kitten)

Cat Bath helps to remove  Lice


  • Once cat lice have been confirmed, the treatment for feline lice is relatively straightforward and is similar to that for fleas. Most products that kill fleas also kill lice.

Bathe your cat with d-limolene or a pyrethrin-based shampoo. This kills adult lice but not eggs, so repeat the baths weekly until all the eggs are gone. Leave the suds on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse well.

Pyrethrin dips are also effective for lice.

Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrins which are effective for lice and fleas. These are available commercially as dips which are sponged on after bathing and allowed to air dry.

Improve the general health of your kitten. Enhance the diet by adding a natural pet comprehensive vitamin-mineral supplement rich in B-Vitamins which will help to combat anemia by promoting red blood cell production.

Cat Louse Magnified


Itching from mites and cat lice which are magnified and may be seen in photo on the left can be controlled with

Vitamin C supplementation – 250 milligrams of powder 3 times daily added to meals.

Vitamin E – 400 IU (international units) per week added to meals.


Citrus fruits like lemons contain d-limolene which act as a repellent for lice and fleas and mites.

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients.

Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions and makes homemade pet diets by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

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How to Detect & Manage Cat Stud Tail Naturally

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Cat Stud Tail

Cat Stud tail is actually Seborrhea of the tail. Cats have two types of skin glands. Sweat glands, most of which are non functional and sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are associated with hair follicles and produce an oily substance called sebum.

Sebum repels water which makes the hair coat somewhat water proof and helps maintain normal skin texture. The largest sebaceous glands in cats are located on the chin, lips and upper top part of the tail. Diagnosis is usually based on signs.


Greasy area of fur on the top of your cat’s tail. Your cat’s tail fur may turn a yellowish color, as seen in the photo to the left. Pus from secondary bacterial infections may or may not be present.


Matted feline tail hair should be removed with clippers. Your cat’s tail should be cleaned daily with a Benzyl Peroxide or an oatmeal based shampoo.

TIP: Avoid tar based shampoo in cats as it may be toxic.

Rinse the tail area well with water and air dry. This stud tail condition tends to recur and your cat’s tail area may need daily cleansing. A biopsy is recommended to confirm the diagnosis for cases that do not respond.

Stud Tail in Cats


Bran bath removes dirt and grease from cat coats.

CAT BRAN BATH RECIPE: Mix ¼ cup oat bran into 1 cup of distilled water, cover loosely, store at room temperature 24-hours then refrigerate. Can use this to spot clean greasy skin areas, such as chins with acne, and areas with stud tail.


6 ounces bran warmed in the oven, rub warm bran into the cat’s coat going against the grain of the fur. Leave on 2-3 minutes and brush out gently with a natural bristle brush. Use for cats with greasy hair coats. Use bran from the feed mill for horses in this recipe.

This is very effective for Siamese, Burmese and Oriental cats that tend to have greasy hair coats and the results are excellent. Many breeders give a bran bath a couple days prior to exhibitions.

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a

practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients.

Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions and makes homemade pet diets by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

Bookmark for the latest pet health news, anti-aging tips and updates for your dogs and cats


Getting Rid of Fleas

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Fleas are common during the spring and summer months, and they can make life miserable for pets and humans alike. For every one flea you do see on your pet, you can estimate that there are approximately ten that you haven’t. Fleas don’t just stay on your pet, after all. These nasty little creatures like to hop, skip, and jump (so it seems) to any and every nearby surface and proceed to lay their eggs everywhere in an attempt to overtake your world! Well, maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but once you’re dealing with a nasty flea infestation it can sure seem that way.

Many pet owners will head straight to the nearest discount store and buy multiple flea killing products: flea shampoo, flea soap, flea collar, flea powder, and anything else for extra flea-killing power. The problem here is, they just don’t work! At least they don’t work for the long haul. Flea shampoos and soaps may work while you have Fluffy and Fido in the bath, but once their fur is dry, you’ve lost most of your flea killing ability. So, this is where the flea collar comes in, right? Wrong. The flea collar may keep the fleas at bay in close proximity to the collar, but fleas tend to run to the rear of the animal where there is no flea killing mechanism. Flea powder designed to be applied to your pet only works if you don’t mind the fine particles getting all over everything that he or she touches. Those with children in the house (or who can’t spend the time following your pet night and day with a broom and mop) can’t afford to risk their children ingesting some of the toxic powder. So, what DOES work?

Many veterinarians recommend Frontline as a medication to kill fleas on animals. Frontline is absorbed into the skin and kills fleas as they bite your pet. The problem with using Frontline, though, is that new fleas continue to hatch after the original dosing has dissipated resulting in additional flea wars. Frontline Plus works a bit better as it also includes an insect growth regulator that prevents flea eggs from hatching in the event that one of those nasty boogers lives long enough to lay eggs.

Flea premise sprays (like Knockout from Virbac) are effective at killing fleas in your environment. Look for a spray that not only kills adult fleas but also contains and insect growth regulator to prevent eggs from hatching. Many “flea foggers” on the market are designed to work by generating a fine mist that covers every surface, but these often can’t reach areas where fleas live such as under beds, couches, and chairs.

Dr Carol’s recommendations:

If you hesitate to use products such as Frontline Plus on your pet, consider a non-toxic alternative like Avon’s Skin So Soft! Dilute the product with water at a 1:1 ratio (use equal amounts of Skin So Soft and water), and store your concoction in a small spray bottle. Spritz your pets with the mixture often to repel fleas and mosquitos. It even has a nice scent! If your pet is afraid of the spray (some animals are scared of the sound of the spray bottle), spritz a cloth and then wipe your pet down with it. As a bonus, this same mixture can also be used on adults with the same results!

To get rid of fleas in your home environment, Dr Carol says you need look no farther than your nearest grocery store! Look for Borax in the laundry aisle – it comes as a powder. Sprinkle the Borax into your carpets, and then take out your flea frustrations by really stomping around and pounding the powder into the carpet! Vacuum each room really well and dispose of the contents. The Borax can provide a natural flea protection to your home for up to one year!



Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher,  Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health questions and pet health consultations for dogs and/ or cats. Contact Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dog and/or cat today.



Canine Erythema Multiforme

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Canine Erythema Multiforme causes itching in dogs. Does your adult dog suffer from itchy skin that is characterized by red sores or patches? The cause may be canine Erythema Multiforme or (EM). Canine Erythema Multiform has been associated with a variety of factors and may affect dogs, cats, and even humans!

Unfortunately, the definitive cause of canine EM is not clearly understood. It is believed that EM represents a specific “cytotoxic” immunologic attack by the host (dog, cat or human) on skin cells called keratinocytes that express “non-self antigens” or substances recognized as foreign to the host’s body. The antigens involved are usually bacteria or drugs. Underlying causes of EM may stem from adverse reactions to medications or nutriceuticals such as Glycoflex, tick-borne diseases, skin infections, or even cancer.

Signs of canine EM include: red spots on the animals legs, armpits, mouth, and legs. These red spots may resemble pimples or blisters on the dog’s skin in the affected area. With repeated scratching and / or biting of the area, secondary skin infections are common. When a secondary infection occurs, you may notice crusting or oozing of the open sores.

If you believe your pet suffers from canine Erythema Multiforme see your vet. He or she will thoroughly examine your pet, ask you questions about your pet’s health history, and possibly conduct a biopsy to confirm EM. Treating the condition successfully depends on the ability to treat the root cause of the condition. In some cases, steroids may be given in an effort to treat the skin inflammation; however, some for pets, steroids may exacerbate their condition as these medications sometimes block the body’s natural defense system from working properly.


About the Author:

CAROL OSBORNE, D.V.M., is recognized as an authority on alternative and holistic veterinary medicine and the new clinical science of aging-related pet diseases. A Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, she has pioneered the exploration of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of age-related degenerative disease, as well as promotion of optimum health and performance for pets. Dr. Osborne created and patented PAAWS, Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System and authored Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats. She has been featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.

An Emmy-nominated television journalist, Dr. Osborne has gained national prominence through her frequent appearances on popular shows including Today in New York, Good Day L.A., and Discovery’s Animal Planet. Currently, she devotes much of her time to the research and development of advanced biosciences for the benefit of animal health and welfare.

Bookmark for the latest pet health news, information and anti-aging updates for your dogs and cats.

Holistic veterinarian and pet researcher, Dr. Carol welcomes pet questions and offers pet consultations for dogs and cats. Call Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your pet today.


Senior Cats Shine with Pet Product

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Dr Carol

Hi Dr. Carol,

My cats are doing very well, thanks! The PAAWS vitamins do a great job on their coats, alertness, energy levels, everything! I can only imagine the internal benefits they are getting from them. Whats great is there have been no more issues with vomiting or diarrhea so I have to guess that your PAAWS has also helped Margies IBD clear up.

Naturally Healthy Cats

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Cats are Perky-n-Purrin on PAAWS

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jumping cat

Hi Dr. Carol,

Our 15 year old cat seems to be acting more and more like he did when he was younger. His muscle strength has improved tremendously, for example, he is able to jump onto high stools with no problem. Before, we started him on the paaws vitamins he had to make many attempts before he was successful. I think his joints must be feeling better too. So far, he hasn’t had any more accidents outside the litter box, which is a really a blessing. As for the taste, he seems to really enjoy the paaws.

We are also giving the paaws pills to our other cat who is only 1 1/2 years old. He thinks he has wings or something, now he jumps from cabinet to cabinet, and they over 10 feet high and 6 feet apart.

The one thing he has never done before and is currently doing is that he jumps from the top of the cabinets to the ground. In the past when he was on top of the cabinets, he would jump to the counter top and then the ground (2 step process).

We are definitely seeing progress in energy, strength and hair coats in all 3 cats. I told my husband the more consistent he is on giving the cats their vitamins, the more progress and improvement he should see.

I will continue to keep you posted.

Thank you so much!
Margaret S.
Denver, Colorado

Viagra for Senior Cats???

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Hi Dr. Carol,

I’ve only been giving your PAAWS Cat Vitamins for a few days, and old, neutered Sherlock (age 15) who is frisky anyway, is eating even more like a horse and “bothering” poor little Margie for romantic favors more than ever!cats

Is this stuff like Viagra for old cats????

I am starting Margie out with 1/3 capsule…so far so good!

Thank you,

Paula H.
Erie, PA

Tackling Ticks & Lyme Disease

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Tick carries Lyme Disease As summer time and warmer weather approaches, Ticks often become an issue for many pets and their people. Ticks can infect your dog with Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne diseases. Learning to identify ticks is also wise; the brightly colored tick on the left carries Lyme Disease.

If your pet loves the great outdoors — particularly for those that enjoy roaming the woods and trails — be sure to check your pet’s skin and hair coat thoroughly especially the area around their ears and neck. If you spot the pesky, little blood suckers, try to remove them as soon as possible!

Ticks that has burrow into your dog’s skin can be tricky to remove. Dr. Carol offers a few tips to safely remove ticks, such as the harmful tick, pictured to the right that transmits Lyme Disease. Tick carries Lyme Disease

1. First put on a pair of rubber gloves to avoid direct contact with the tick.

2. Use tweezers to grasp the tick by its head at the point where it’s attached to your pet’s body.

3. Gently pull the tick away from the skin, but do not twist. Make sure you remove the entire tick, because leaving tick body parts behind, under your pets skin can cause an infection.

4. Clean the bite area with an antiseptic, such as alcohol and wipe your tweezers well with rubbing alcohol. Place the tick in a glass jar with a couple inches of rubbing alcohol and close the lid.

Be sure to ask your vet identify the tick so you know whether or not you and/or your pet are at risk or if it’s harmless, like the wood tick in this photo. Wood Tick

Contact your vet if the skin around the tick bite remains irritated. To protect your pet during tick season (usually April through September), use a tick-preventive product and consider vaccinating your pets for Lyme disease. There is also a Lyme Disease Vaccine available for people, which is a valid consideration for those living in and/or traveling through endemic areas of the country.

Bookmark for the latest pet health news and longevity updates for your dog and cat. Veterinarian and author, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM is available for personal pet health consultations for dogs and cats toll free at 1-866-372-2765.

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