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Holistic Medicine. Did anyone try?

Since there are more people in General Discussion thread, I thought I would cross post.

5 months ago one of our puppy (1,5 years old) got diagnosed with IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease). He had extreme salivation. After multiple trips to the Vet, and loads of medication (including prednisone) for 3 months we made the symptoms go away and he was happy doggie, aside from a lot of weight gain due to meds. However, once we weaned him off of all med (Vet recommended) in a week the symptoms came back in a more aggressive way. His excessive salivation won't stop. He is constantly vomiting, because saliva accumulates somewhere in his throat/stomach. We had been to 7 different Vets and have done tones of different tests and everything is normal, expect for the fact that they did biopsy and gave him diagnosis of IBD. He doesn't want to eat and none of the medication absorbs in his body dues to vomiting. Vet's are clueless (or incompetent) how we can treat this - and it is ridiculous that no one seem to be able to find a solution to get our pup back to normal.

Anyone dealt with this issue? I'm looking into holistic medication. Has anyone used holistic medicine for anything to treat their pups?


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do you mind if I share your story with Sabine , a nutritionist.?

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do you mind if I share your story with Sabine , a nutritionist.?
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I'll get back to you tomorrow, probably, I've been emailing her back and forth tonight already. She might have some ideas, she solves lots of problems that vets can't help.

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In 1998 my then 4 month old Cardigan Welsh Corgi was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. It took tests at two separate veterinary teaching hospital to determine what was wrong with him. The veterinarians said the only way they could treat him was with very high doses of steroids that he would have to take for the rest of his life. I figured there had to be another way. The steroids would cause too much harm for this young puppy and would likely result in a much shortened life. I began researching alternative medicine options. I found a licensed veterinarian who was also licensed to practice homeopathy. She determined that my puppy's condition was caused by the bordetella vaccine. He was a very sick puppy. This vet gave the puppy a homeopathic remedy and over the next couple of weeks he healed. There were no more issues until a family emergency required me to be out of town and DH had to board the dogs. He forgot and allowed them to give this dog the bordetella vaccine. The dog had the same thing happen as had happened when he was a puppy. I contacted the same vet that had successfully treated him with the homeopathic remedy. She treated him the same way again and he recovered. We lost this dog this March at 15 years and 3 months to Degenerative Myleopathy but he had a much longer and healthier life than traditional Western veterinarian practice predicted. The homeopathic veterinarian now is in practice with the veterinarian that cares for Leo.
We used her with another puppy that had a recurring rash. It would clear up with steroids and recur as soon as the puppy was off the medication. After the 4th round of steroids over about 3 months we went to the homeopathic vet again who gave the puppy a homeopathic remedy. The rash cleared up and never returned.
I am a believer in homeopathic medicine for conditions that are chronic and that don't tend to respond to Western medicine which just treats the symptoms but not the underlying cause. It might be worth a try.


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I had a Maltese with IBD and protein-losing enteropathy. Our amazing vet attended every seminar she could find on IBD. Meds included pred, flagyl & an antacid tablet. The ONLY food she was allowed to have was an Iams Veterinary dry formula for intestinal problems (low fat). No treats or people food. I got creative & ice cubes became her treats. Plus they helped with her dehydration. Your dog's not eating because his gut is inflamed & raw. Initially mine was put on a the same formula canned food & the meds to settle the inflammation. Once we had her eating well again, we switched to the dry formula only because of my preference. She could have been left on canned indefinitely. She was allowed a green bean to take her meds in (I stuffed them inside). After 4 years, it was the protein-losing enteropathy that took her from us.

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I would definitely have a consultation with a holistic vet. Find one at www.ahvma.org. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Good luck.

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I've had good luck with a holistic vet, and she was able to provide a solution when my conventional vet could not. I think particularly with an auto immune disease, they could give you a good perspective.

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