This is Benji in his permanent, forever home.
If you missed the other blogs on our wellness program, begin here. http://www.beauxshaven.com/staying-well-part-one/
This is the final blog I am going to write in this wellness series, but it is not about a supplement. However, we are never without grapefruit seed extract in both liquid and powder form, both for us and our dogs. Time to learn about GSE.
GSE for Dogs (Grapefruit Seed Extract)
GSE has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, and detoxifying properties. It is good for fighting bacterial and fungal infections of the ear and skin in dogs. But there are more amazing uses and benefits of grapefruit seed extract than just fighting infections! Read on and find out more about the power of GSE!
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a substance that is derived from the seeds, membranes, and the pulp of grapefruit. On its own, it is extremely acidic and bitter in taste. GSE products usually come in the form of a liquid with glycerin added to make it less acidic and bitter, or in the form of capsules or tablets.
(Do not confuse GSE with grape seed extract, which is derived from whole grape seeds and is toxic to dogs.)
Most of our dogs are just above or under ten pounds, so when we suspect that they may have a problem, we put 3 drops of liquid GSE in the food, or in a piece of ham, if they won’t eat food. We do this twice a day.
GSE is rich in vitamins C and E, and is a broad-spectrum (multi-purpose), non-toxic, antimicrobial substance. It has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antifungal, and antioxidant properties.
Grapefruit seed extract also detoxifies the body and supports the immune system.
GSE can be used safely on dogs both topically and orally. Furthermore, it can be used as a natural cleaning agent and preservative because of its antiseptic power.
This product has so many uses and we have never seen a reaction both on ourselves or dogs.
But how does GSE work?
Simply put, GSE works by destroying the cell membrane of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi, inactivating them and making them unable to replicate and survive in the body.
In addition, although highly acidic in taste, GSE is in fact helpful in alkalizing the blood. Since microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi cannot live in an alkaline environment, GSE renders the body an undesirable place for such microorganisms to proliferate.
One amazing thing about GSE is that, although it acts like an antibiotic, it is different from antibiotics in that, while antibiotics kill off bacteria indiscriminately in the body (i.e. antibiotics kill off the bad as well as the good bacteria, thus leaving the body vulnerable to yeast overgrowth), GSE does not kill off the good bacteria; therefore the body can still have a healthy gut micro flora despite GSE use since GSE only destroys the bad bacteria.
Moreover, unlike antibiotics, which can lose their efficacy on certain pathogenic microorganisms due to a resistance built up by the microorganisms, to date we cannot find any report on microorganisms that have been able to build up a resistance against GSE.
Additionally, GSE does not contain chemicals and is non-toxic. Over-dosing is unheard of. In fact, according to a laboratory test, it would take at least 4,000 times the normal dose of GSE to produce a 50% chance of poisoning.
Both Kim and I are true believers in this product and would never be without it. Learn more.
GSE can be diluted and used to treat bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and the ears that so often happen in our dogs. It can also be used on other dog skin problems such as skin rashes, mange, and to repel fleas. Here are some examples of how you can use GSE to treat common infections in dogs:
- Ear Infections: Mix 4-10 drops of GSE with ½ oz of 100% pure aloe vera juice or witch hazel. Use it to clean the ears 2-3 times a day.
Skin Bacterial/Fungal Infections: Mix 10 drops of GSE per tablespoon of shampoo. Use it to wash the dog, let the shampoo stay on the dog for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off. Make sure that the shampoo does not get near or into the eyes!
You can also make a spray. Mix 30-40 drops of GSE with one liter of water in a spray bottle, and spray affected areas 2-3 times a day. Again, avoid the eyes!
- Itchy, Yeasty Paws: If your dog has “yeasty” paws, make a foot soak using GSE – In a bucket or similar container, mix 30-40 drops of GSE with one liter of water. Soak your dog’s feet a few times a day.
- Minor Cuts & Wounds: Use 1-5 drops of GSE in 2.5 ml of water. Apply the solution to the wound frequently (3-4 times/day) to promote healing.
We have been amazed at how much GSE plays a huge part of our health and healing both of ourselves and our rescue dogs. I am forever grateful I learned about this product, use it and know it’s benefits can be lifesaving.
Here is the full article about GSE and dogs. http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/gse-for-dogs.html
You can read about our formula for kennel cough here, which includes GSE. http://www.beauxshaven.com/wellness-kennel-cough/
I have written extensively about grapefruit seed extract, because without it, I am not sure what my state of health would be at this point in my life. On this blog, I give exactly what I take for infections and it includes the warnings of a certain family of antibiotics given to both people and dogs and can cause serious problems. http://www.meshangels.com/constant-bladder-infections/
Kim always refuses these types of antibiotics, when offered by a Vet. Learn all the names of these antibiotics that are given to dogs. http://www.drbarchas.com/fluoroquinolones
This is what happened to my daughter in 2008 after being given Cipro, another drug in this same family. This will explain why she will never give these drugs to our dogs. http://www.meshangels.com/tendons-and-fluoroquinolones/
Read Benji’s story here. http://www.beauxshaven.com/a-chair-for-benji/
And about after Benji and Dude when they found a forever home together. http://www.beauxshaven.com/brothers-a-story-of-thanks-giving/
I hope this series helps both our adopters of our own rescue dogs and for anyone who adopts a dog from a shelter.