|01-02-2014 08:27 AM|
"Homeopathy is based on the idea that "like cures like." That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body's normal healing and self-regulatory processes.
Homeopathic remedies have been regulated in the United States since 1938 and are considered to be safe." WebMD
I was personally cured by Homeopathy twice for an illness that put me in bed for 2 years.
My constitution was Lachesis, which is made from venom of a Bushmaster snake!
Hope this helps to clear this up.
|01-02-2014 03:27 AM|
Just coming back to this thread. Make sure you understand the difference between herbs and homeopathy.
Traumeel and Zeel are homeopathic remedies.
|12-22-2013 11:53 PM|
If you have a Holistic vet you know and trust, then I say go to him/her for advice on herbals - especially in place of NSAIDS.
There is nothing wrong with having two vets. You can use your staff discount for diagnostics/conventional vet, emergencies and the Holistic vet for advice on RAW, skin and hip issues. Ask him/her about Wobenzyme, serratiopeptidase, curcumin, boswellia, devils claw, yucca, bromelain, astragalas root, bovine colostrum. and bone stock...oh and NEM (natural eggshell membrane)
|12-22-2013 10:48 PM|
If you want to know if herbals are safe, well then you'll have to do a lot of reading and research. See if you can find peer reviewed journals / articles. As for the quality, that's another story.
I've tried herbals for pain for my dog and myself. Nothing has been effective but Advil for me, and even that does not always help. Strong anti-inflammatorys like prednisone have helped but the side effects are so bad, can only take for 2-3 days.
My dog and I both take fish oils, and many health professionals have said the brand we take is the gold standard of fish oils, Nordic Naturals.
If you do use carprofen on a regular basis, you should get a baseline liver and kidney blood panel and have your dog rechecked for these values. I don't think there will be an easy fix for your dog and I'm so sorry.
|12-22-2013 05:12 PM|
Adequan is an injection. There are many threads about it on this board -- please do a search to learn more about it.
The usual protocol is 4 weeks of 2 shots a week, then 1 shot a week for a couple of weeks, then every other week, then (maybe) once a month (some dogs maintain at every other week better, some are fine at once a month). The vet can sell you the adequan vials to give the intramuscular injections at home, if you are comfortable doing it (I'm not). Cost varies widely -- for 75# dog, in my city, depending on the vet it costs $25-$55 per injection for them to do it (with ~$40 being most common), and it's much cheaper if you buy by the vial to inject at home.
It apparently does not work if you don't do the "loading dose" (2 shots a weeks for 4 weeks)--that's the key, so if you're going to do it, be prepared to get the dog through that month of frequent deep-IM shots.
I know a 1-year old and a 3-year old who have terrible hips on x-rays who have very high quality of life on this stuff -- they are able to run and play for over an hour at the dog park, with no sign of pain afterward.
There's another similar, less expensive generic product I've heard some dogs doing well on recently called "Polyglycan." I don't have any experience with it--just have heard it's working for one young dog.
|12-22-2013 02:10 PM|
According to the Traumeel website - Traumeel Tablets 100 CT - Traumeel - Traumeel contains belladonna. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health - Belladonna: MedlinePlus Supplements, belladonna is toxic :
"Belladonna is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It contains chemicals that can be toxic.
Side effects can include dry mouth, enlarged pupils, blurred vision, red dry skin, fever, fast heartbeat, inability to urinate or sweat, hallucinations, spasms, mental problems, convulsions, and coma."
|12-22-2013 01:49 PM|
I agree with the advice given before of treating the symptoms not the xray. But her symptoms are not so great. Such as laying down on long walks or after running for short periods, stiffness from laying down, limping after certain exercise (she doesn't lip right now at all). I have alternated her exercise program greatly since i got her obviously and am still altering it with symptoms and new ideas.
One time she was laying down on her side playing with another dog, and the dog was on top tackling her and she struggles to get up with her legs, not like she couldn't because of her hips, but she couldn't cause of the other dog. Once i got her up she was barely able to walk on her hips.. As if they were jolted out of place. So i carried her down stairs on my bed and let her lay there for quiet and she was able to walk with slight limp after a while. I think that is one of the saddest moments i've seen with her HD.. It broke my heart and made me cry, because i felt so bad for her. It's really hard living with a HD dog.. If i even made 25-30k a year i would defiantly get her THR.. But i am just not in the financial situation with my debt and low paying job. so i have to find alternatives.
Before i got Zelda, HD never even crossed my mind. Now it feels like such a plague and i tell people how blessed their dog and they are for not having HD. Zelda could be worse though, so i guess that is a positive way at looking at it. She still has quality of life.
Adequon therapy, how often does one use? what is the average cost? What is the procedure like?
Going to the vet in general is very stressful on Zelda as she is fearful Aggressive to strangers and the vet is just way over her threshold, and despite this she does amazing but is very stressed the whole time. She has released her anal glands before there when they took her out back without me because they thought she would do better without me there. so the least amount of times taking her there the better!
My vet did not mention it as an option, i am wondering if its because they do not do it there? I certainly will ask when i call him to update him on Zelda doing on carprophen.
Sorry about this being long!
|12-22-2013 01:05 PM|
|Magwart||If she definitely has HD, have you discussed Adequan therapy with the vet for long-term improvement of the pain? It was fabulous for my senior, and I know several young dogs with HD in our play group that are benefiting too. Instead of masking symptoms, it helps keep the joint lubricated and maintain adequate cartilage. It's not inexpensive, and it's a long-term commitment, but it's helped many dogs get off NSAIDs.|
|12-22-2013 12:02 PM|
That is what I am concerned about, i read an article how its not as regulated, how do we know what is truly in it and where its coming from?
Honestly, i am willing to do whatever is safe and works. If its a little pricey, i can probably manage. But i just want it to be safe on her body and that we see a change, and it doesn't have to happen fast like with most medications.
I've never been the "natural" type but am starting to lean that way a lot more.
It's just the question if its safe was not something i could answer myself, which meant i needed answers and to do research.. And i am still not sure if anyone truly knows?
There is a great holistic Vet i know, he actually use to work at where i work at, but started his own place called Qi vet. He is really great. I do however have an employees discount where i work and mostly want to stick with the animal hospital where i work because of that.. But if i do ever stop working at the Vet, than i will go to the holistic Vet.
It's defiantly really difficult when people are telling me complete opposite things when all i want to do is what is safest and best for my dog. But its also great because i dont want to be blind to the situation and just do what one person says.
But i am really learning towards going holistic with almost everything.
But then there was the financial problem..
heres a picture of her, she is a snow girl!
|12-22-2013 09:34 AM|
if my dog was having pain after exercising i would stop the exercise.
does your Vet know what's causing the pain or is he masking the pain
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