Usage


External Use
Internal Use
Prevention
Further Possibilities
 In Personal Hygiene
In Cosmetics
In Baby Care
In Nursing Care
As a Household Aid
In the Food Industry
In the Sauna and S.Pools
In Water Treatment
For Pets
In the Care of Livestock
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Further Possibilities - For Pets

While we were researching for this book, an Irish pharmaceutical manufacturer and importer told us how he came to include grapefruit seed extract in his inventory: "I had ordered several samples of the extract, and when my hunting dog got a bad fungal infection, 1 took advantage of the opportunity to try out the extract. Two days later, there was no trace of the fungus to be seen. The vet asked me in astonishment what I had done with the dog. When I told him about grapefruit seed extract, he pressured me until I gave him my entire supply of samples. Unfortunately, I then no longer had any myself and a new supply was far away. Now I carry grapefruit seed extract in stock and therefore always have my own supply on hand."

After this experience, he began his own investigation of the effects. When we called him four weeks later, he said: "I am positive that we are dealing with the most interesting broad spectrum therapeutic agent of the future. I don't know of any other comparable remedy, and it also appears to be superior to tea tree oil."

The healing of his hunting dog was just one of the many reports that we have received on the extract's suitability for animals, which arrived with increasing frequency. There are no plausible reasons why grapefruit seed extract, which can be used with such success for human beings, shouldn't work on animals as well. The physiology of most mammals is quite similar to our own.

Soon we also had the opportunity to try out the extract on an animal. Our cat Ananda got a stubborn fungal infection on his head. We observed it for a while, and when it continued to spread, we applied grapefruit seed extract twice a day. It took a while for the fungus to disappear completely, but the symptoms began to recede from the first treatment.

Our dog Shanty was the next "guinea pig." Almost all dogs and cats suffer from intestinal parasites and should be wormed on a regular basis. When it was once again time for Shanty to be treated, he showed all symptoms of worm infestation. We have to admit that we were delighted every time there was an opportunity for a further experiment.

However, we did not know the correct dosage for animals. So we put a capsule with 125 mg of grapefruit seed extract into his food every day for a week. He ate it without any difficulties. One day a capsule opened and the powder landed in his feeding bowl. He enjoyed his food all the same and the bowl was empty in no time. Next we tried and mixed 10 drops of the liquid extract into our cat's favorite meal, and his feeding bowl was also quickly emptied. We repeated the treatments after two weeks, and then again after four. All that we can say is that the extract was at least as effective as the chemical vermifuges.

Today we know that half of the administered amount would have been enough for our medium-sized dog, and our cat had received an even bigger overdose. Fortunately, grapefruit seed extract only leads to severe poisoning with a 4000-fold amount of the required dose, so you can hardly go wrong. We know of some pet-owners who give a preventative dose on a regular basis. It should be about half as much as for the treatment of disease.

Although it is difficult to give too large a dose of grapefruit seed extract, the optimal daily dose for animals can be determined. In order to make it easier for our readers, we have compiled a table for this purpose at the end of this chapter.

We had just finished this table when a neighbor, who had also used the extract for her dogs and cats, visited us. We proudly presented her our new work, which she glanced at skeptically. We then heard the friendly old lady's somewhat biting comment: "That's nonsense! Your table is much too complicated. Every one of my animals gets a capsule of grapefruit seed extract every day and that's it! And it works. Since I started doing this, the animals haven't been sick once. I can't start working out amounts every time-where would it end!"

In a sense, she was probably right. Since grapefruit seed extract can only lead to severe poisoning at a 4000-fold dose, her animals showed no harmful side-effects whatsoever. We later checked the figures and discovered that she had given her cats (just as we had our Ananda) about 10 to 15 times the necessary amount-without any problems. But such an approach can be expensive. If you only have one dog or cat, the cost factor may play a minor role. Things look different if you operate a dog kennel with 30 animals or have 600 sheep grazing in the meadow.

Similar to its uses for human beings, grapefruit seed extract can be applied to a broad spectrum of diseases in our four-legged friends. It has proved to be an excellent remedy for skin diseases, external injuries, and fungal infections. Internal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi also react well to the extract. However, since an animal can't tell us what's wrong, it might be impossible to clearly diagnose the cause of an internal disease. It is well worth trying grapefruit seed extract since in most cases symptoms often subside with surprising speed.

Based on the experiences of many pet-owners, we recommend the following treatments for the individual diseases:

For internal health disorders due to parasites, bacteria, or fungi, put the dose specified on the list into the food. If the animal is no longer eating, try putting the less bitter powder into the drinking water.

Skin fungi or bacterial diseases of the skin can be sprayed with a solution. For this purpose, put 30 - 40 drops into 1 liter (35 fl. oz.) of water and pour into a spray bottle. Please make sure that it doesn't get into the animal's eyes. The extract can also be mixed with shampoo (about 10-40 drops, depending on the size of the animal). Shampoo the fur thoroughly with the mixture, and let it take effect for several minutes. Repeat the process after 3 days. For smaller areas and in stubborn cases, a few drops of grapefruit seed extract can be applied in full-strength or mixed with a little glycerine twice daily. However, please make sure that the animal does not lick this highly concentrated mixture and consequently damages its more delicate mouth mucous membranes.

Grapefruit seed extract can be used as a wound disinfectant for external injuries. It is best to use the spray described under "Skin Fungi" for this purpose. For weeping wounds, the grapefruit seed extract powder (commercially available up to now only as "grapefruit seed extract foot powder") has proved to be effective. If the animal suffers from a fungal disease in the mouth, spray diluted grapefruit seed extract (20 - 30 drops in 1 liter of water) directly into the mouth with a spray bottle- but no animal will like this.

For sick birds, we put a very small amount of the liquid grapefruit seed extract into the drinking water (mix well) or add a bit of extract powder to the seeds. Birds also frequently suffer from inner parasites, which can be eliminated in this simple way.

Add liquid grapefruit seed extract to the water for fish in the aquarium. Mix well. Start with 5 drops to 1 liter (35 fl. oz.) of water and slowly increase. The algae infestation, seen on the glass walls, should decrease as a result.

If you use ready-made grapefruit seed extract, always pay attention to the information and recommendations on the packaging. In case of doubt, consult an experienced veterinarian or animal health practitioner.

In addition, grapefruit seed extract is ideal for the disinfection of cages. You can spray or wipe them out with a solution of 20 to 30 drops of grapefruit seed extract in a bowl of water.

Feeding troughs and bowls, as well as the sleeping places of dogs and cats, can be disinfected with this solution. For washing basket pads, dog blankets, etc.. put 20 drops of the extract into the last rinse.

So far we have heard of no negative reactions after using this extract on animals. If you are successful with your own experiments and would like to share your experiences for the benefit of other animals, why not publicize your results in the relevant publications or inform the animal welfare organizations about them. You may also contact the "Grapefruit Seed Forum" for the purpose of stimulating further research, distribution, or publication! (See "Appeal for International Cooperation" for address.)

Here is a list to simplify dosage for internal use in animals. The guiding value is: approx. 0.5 drops of liquid grapefruit seed extract or 8 mg pulverized grapefruit seed extract should be administered per kilogram of body weight.

The therapeutically optimal daily dose of liquid grapefruit seed extract (with 33% grapefruit extractives. 20% active ingredients) and pulverized grapefruit seed extract (with 50% active ingredients) for animals with diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi or for gastrointestinal disorders would be:

For 0.5 kilograms of body weight 0.01 ml = 0.2 drops
For 1 kilogram of body weight 0.02 ml = 0.3 drops
For 2.5 kilograms of body weight 0.05 ml = 0.7 drops
For 5 kilograms of body weight 0.1 ml = 1.5 drops
For 10 kilograms of body weight 0.2 ml = 3 drops
For 20 kilograms of body weight 0.4 ml = 6 drops
For 30 kilograms of body weight 0.6 ml = 9 drops
For 40 kilograms of body weight 0.8 ml = 12 drops
For 50 kilograms of body weight 1.0 ml = 15 drops
For 60 kilograms of body weight 1.2 ml = 18 drops
For 70 kilograms of body weight 1.4 ml = 21 drops
For 80 kilograms of body weight 1.6 ml = 24 drops
For 90 kilograms of body weight 1.8 ml = 27 drops
For 100 kilograms of body weight 2.0 ml = 30 drops
For 150 kilograms of body weight 3.0 ml = 45 drops
For 200 kilograms of body weight 4.0 ml = 60 drops
For 250 kilograms of body weight 5.0 ml = 85 drops
For 300 kilograms of body weight 6.0 ml = 100 drops
For 350 kilograms of body weight 7.0 ml = 115 drops
Etc.

The therapeutically optimal daily dose of pulverized grapefruit seed extract for animals with diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi or for gastrointestinal disorders would be:

For 0.4 kilograms of body weight 1 mg
For 0.8 kilograms of body weight 2 mg
For 1.3 kilograms of body weight 3 mg
For 2.5 kilograms of body weight 6 mg
For 5 kilograms of body weight 12 mg
For 10 kilograms of body weight 25 mg
For 20 kilograms of body weight 50 mg
For 30 kilograms of body weight 75 mg
For 40 kilograms of body weight 100 mg
For 50 kilograms of body weight 125 mg
For 60 kilograms of body weight 150 mg
For 70 kilograms of body weight 175 mg
For 80 kilograms of body weight 200 mg
For 90 kilograms of body weight 225 mg
For 100 kilograms of body weight 250 mg
For 150 kilograms of body weight 375 mg
For 200 kilograms of body weight 500 mg
For 250 kilograms of body weight 625 mg
For 300 kilograms of body weight 750 mg
For 350 kilograms of body weight 875 mg
Etc.

In case of an acute infection the dosage may be exceeded. If using ready-made grapefruit seed extract products, always pay attention to the information on the packaging.

From book: Shalila Sharamon & Bodo J. Baginski "The Healing Power of Grapefruit Seed"

 

 

 

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