Integrative veterinary medicine has provided wonderful care for our Flatcoated Retriever first during a bout of pancreatitis, and lately through an even more troubling auto-immune problem which has her body attacking its own red blood cells.
About 6 or 7 years ago Heidi, our schnoodle, lost all her toenails. The condition was diagnosed as Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy and there was no traditional treatment for this auto-immune disease. I am convinced the root cause was an apparent poisoning Heidi barely survived a couple of years previous (contaminated chicken jerky made in Chine suspected). At any rate, my acupuncturist (mine, not Heidi’s) told me about a veterinarian in Pittsboro NC who is a homeopathic veterinarian.
The following is a testament of the successful treatment of chronic skin problems in a feline using integrative veterinary medicine.
Dhyan is an 8 year old all white feline, devoted lap cat and amazing acrobat who was originally thought to be feral, hence the tipped ear. She has been plagued over the last few years with a recurring skin condition that erupted as reddish, scabby, acne like lesions on her face, ears and chin. These outbreaks seemed to be random, but also were exacerbated by seasonal changes. They were a common occurrence, to the point where she was never devoid of an outbreak and her beautiful face was always marred by these unflattering lesions.
Faith was adopted in February 2002 from Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control, approximate age one (1) year, six (6) months, a Black and Tan Shepherd/Mix, birthday 09/08/2000. Her condition at that time was a normal healthy dog.
In August 2005, I noticed Faith's right rear leg was bothering her and causing her to limp. I took Faith to her primary veterinarian and she was treated for "right knee joint inflammation resulting from a partially torn cranial cruciate ligament.
Hannah was born in March 2004. Her life has been mostly holistic and fairly uneventful. Holistic medicine helped her ACL issues when she was younger. In typical newf fashion, it didn't slow her down anyway. She made a full recovery. She is stubborn and does what she wants. And when a 125 lb dog pushes thru or pulls a particular direction, she typically gets her way.