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Swedish Bitters helped my dachshund breathe

Alicia has been a Columnist and Reviewer on HubPages for 11 years; became an Author in 2010. Perseverance has been a key to her success.


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July 2010 my dachshund suddenly was having trouble breathing. He sounded like he had a cold. My veterinarian was on vacation and as with most pet owners of pedigrees, I was uncomfortable taking him to one that did not know his health history since birth.

In Maria Treben's book Swedish Bitters "The Long Life Elixir" it mentioned all the different ways Swedish Bitters had assisted with her health and that of others. Among these was the assistance of helping someone breathe by applying it externally directly underneath the nose and right above the facial cheeks where one has cheek bones. With dogs being mammals, often times human measures work on dogs. Knowing this from being around dogs most of my life, I risked using Swedish Bitters on my dachshund's exterior.

I applied a small amount of Swedish Bitters to a large cotton ball. My second step was applying it in a single stroke on both sides of my dachshund's nose right above the lips, directly underneath his nostrils where his nose is black, along the entire top of his long nose, and then on his forehead. It was difficult to do this. My dog was uncooperative and did try to snatch the cotton ball out of my fingers. It was worth the effort.

My ingenious dachshund managed to lick off the Swedish Bitters I had swiped on both sides of his nose and underneath his nose. At first I was upset, but my dog actually loved the robust taste of the Swedish Bitters; licked off what he could. Under fifteen minutes later, he sneezed three times and an ugly thick lawn green colored mucous came out of his nostrils. Of course, I properly took care of this with a facial tissue and disposed of the tissue via the trash can. My dachshund's breathing resumed normal. The trouble he had breathing was gone.

I continued to keep a close eye on my dog fearing side effects. None appeared and this first application lasted a month. My dachshund thirty days later came down with the breathing problem again, right after my husband mowed the lawn. I had caught my dog sniffing the lawn like one does flowers and contribute his difficulty breathing to his persistence in enjoying the just been mowed lawn's fragrance. Some of the cut lawn undoubtedly gets inside up into my dog's nostrils with each dogie sniff. I realized his first bout was right after a lawn mowing too so cause was found. Like before, I applied the Swedish Bitters to my dog's nose and forehead. Again, the same thing happened and within fifteen minutes the symptoms had disappeared.

Yes, I did tell our Veterinarian when he returned from his vacation. Had him thoroughly exam my beloved dog. Showed him the bottle of Swedish Bitters. He smiled. The herbal contents are actually very good for dogs; nothing for concern. This was indeed a relief.

Today, years later, I continue keeping a large bottle of Swedish Bitters in my refrigerator so it will last longer and always be handy. Its health promotional qualities have served me well long-term for my overall health maintenance by taking a teaspoon daily. My dachshund has not had another bout of his breathing problem. We have mowed the grass since these two episodes. Noticed he has not sniffed the lawn as much after mowed. I am, however, prepared just in case and am grateful for what the Swedish Bitters did for my very dear pet.

To your pet's good health!

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To every one's good health!


Alicia Rose Harrell (author) from Central Oklahoma on November 15, 2011:

According to my vet who has a holistic training and a DVM, she recommends using it topically on the outside of your cat on the throat and back of the head behind the ears. Using a cotton ball is best for application. She does not believe it will conflict with your cat's prednisone and should help his allergies/asthma. All your and precious cat's best! :)

Anaya M. Baker from North Carolina on November 15, 2011:

Do you know if it works for cats? I have a cat with allergies/asthma. He has bouts of coughing, and we've found that patting his back, about as hard as burping a baby seems to help him cough it up, but he also has to do periodic rounds of prednisone (a steroid medication).

Alicia Rose Harrell (author) from Central Oklahoma on May 19, 2011:

Congratulations to you and Newt for now sleeping through the nights thanks to the usage of Swedish Bitters. Appreciated your thoughtful and inspiring update, Diana. Thank you for letting me know how you and Newt are doing. :)

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Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA on May 15, 2011:

Hi Alicia,

I have found that I have to use Swedish Bitters on "Newt" every night before bed, but I don't mind it one bit cuz it still works and she sleeps all through the night now. Yay!

Thanks again, sweetie pie. (:


Alicia Rose Harrell (author) from Central Oklahoma on May 13, 2011:

Thank you Diana for your two fabulous comments. They were truly heartwarming and am delighted Swedish Bitters worked for your precious Yorkie as well as it has for my dachshund. Loved this feedback and glad to be of help :)

Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA on May 06, 2011:

Oh my goodness!! THIS STUFF WORKS!!!! And really fast, too! I bought it this afternoon and paid almost $26 for an 8.45 fluid ounce bottle of it (in Kansas). As soon as I got home, I trimmed the hair around Newt's mouth and her throat and soaked a cotton ball and slathered her with it...especially on her throat. The effect was immediate. Do you know she hasn't "hacked" (coughed) even ONCE since I did that? She seems to have more energy now too! After three years of constant, daily, annoying, aggravating (for her AND me) hacking...the house is actually silent!! Peace and quiet at last! WOO HOO!! I may actually get to sleep all through the night now! (: (: (: (:

Hey, even if it turns out that I hafta slather her with it every's TOTALLY worth it!

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! ...for taking that leap to try it on your Dachshund and then telling us the results. YOU are a Godsend.

I owe you a BIG one, darlin'. This stuff is truly amazing.

May peace be in your heart...always,


Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA on May 06, 2011:

FANTASTIC INFO! My little 16 year old Yorkie has been hacking (coughing) for 3 years now and after taking her to the vet several times, they keep telling me there's nothing wrong with her and she's fine and "Dogs just do that sometimes." That's not good enough for me, so I've been trying homeopathic remedies on her and some kind of worked, most didn't. I've all but given up on the poor little thing. But NOW...I'm headin' to the Health Food Mart to get Swedish Bitters. Hey, it's worth a try!

Thank you for sharing this info with the rest of us! (:



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