Listerine formula, applied topically, can help dogs with itchy spots

People's Pharmacy

Health & Fitness

July 11, 2004|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

You have written about a formula using Listerine for hot spots on dogs. I tried it, and it works great, but we've nearly used it up, and I lost the instructions. Could you give them again?

A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: " 1/3 Listerine (original), 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water. Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on." This is similar to the formula recommended for dogs' itchy hot spots.

We also came across another novel use for Listerine. A plant enthusiast reports that if you add 2 ounces of original Listerine to a gallon of water for cut flowers, they will last longer. The acidic, antifungal and antibacterial properties of the mouthwash are probably responsible for this action.

A few years ago my daughter encouraged me to take ginkgo to improve mental acuity. But after a year, I began to bleed internally. Apparently ginkgo interacts with the anti-inflammatory drugs I was taking for arthritis.

I stopped the ginkgo, but I want to take it again because I need all the help I can get, and I noticed a difference when I stopped. I also take garlic, ginseng, Coumadin and atenolol.

You cannot take ginkgo and Coumadin (warfarin) without risking severe hemorrhaging. The other herbs you are taking may also pose a risk with Coumadin. And regular use of pain relievers like aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen might also be dangerous with Coumadin.

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