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Article by Marie Cargill:
FIVE PET STORIES

 

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Bertha - the Malamute

Success in a case involves many factors not the least being careful scrutiny of any tests done on a pet: the results will tell us if the cat or dog is able to go forward with a treatment plan. Four years ago I saw a beautiful Malamute named Bertha who, despite several attempts at insemination, remained infertile. When I looked over her blood test results I noted that Bertha had a very suppressed immune system. Her white blood cell activity was almost non-existent. Bertha had previously been taken to a well- known holistic veterinarian who had put the dog on several herbal formulas for infertility. That avenue was not the answer. I pointed out that with almost no immunity, a pregnancy was next to impossible. Even if Bertha did somehow conceive, one would have to ask if the pregnancy would be viable, could she carry to term, and what of the health of the offspring? My advice was to get her blood count back to normal and then move forward. After herbal, supplemental, and acupuncture treatment aimed at immune enhancement, Bertha presented her owner with three beautiful, healthy puppies.

The Vermont Dog with Seizures

Some animals don’t react well to drugs and could have problems if needing to undergo surgery with anesthesia. For these cases, there are homeopathic remedies. Phosphorus is the first one to try. I was called about a dog in Vermont who could not come out of anesthesia without having a seizure. Homeopathically prepared Phosphorus is what I recommended the owners to buy to treat any such sequelae. Phosphorus can be rubbed on the gums, on the foot pads, and inside the ear flaps if the animal is unconscious. This should be repeated several times until the animal awakens easily. This remedy should also be used if a pet appears listless or disoriented, is nauseous or vomits, or show any signs of ill effect from anesthesia. The beneficial results are quick to see.

Sheba - The German Shepherd with the Injured Paw

Herbal treatments can play a big role if not the most important part of a medical plan. One herb I continue to use is Astragalus both by itself and in combination with other herbs and supplements. One case this herb played a huge role in was that of a German Shepherd who had almost severed her front paw by running through a wire strung across a field. Sheba had had surgery, multiple antibiotic therapies for an infection at the site, and a never-ending series of wraps to keep her from chewing the paw. The wound was a gaping hole, bloody and raw, and the area prone to re-injury and infection. From the view of conventional veterinary medicine, amputation was the solution. However, her owner decided to try another approach and I provided some answers. I made up an herbal mix for soaks given twice a day, an ointment made with herbs to be applied several times a day - all made with Astragalus. This same herb was given internally. Within weeks, the wound began to granulate. A strong layer of skin formed in the area and, before long, Sheba was able to put weight on her foot. Then she was back to running across fields again, one hopes without an accident.

Casey – the Golden Retriever

Very often a pet is brought to me with digestive issues. In many cases the first thing to be done is a detoxing. A typical case was Casey a Golden retriever. Some dogs have been known to announce their presence with a very definite body odor. Casey filled the room with hers. This dog suffered from allergies for years and placed on rounds of sterlids, antibiotics, and antifungal agents. Though she’d been given more grooming and anti-flea dips than the ordinary dog, she still itched, rubbed her face on every surface, had hot spots, and licked her paws as often as she could get to them. She and her human companions come to me as a last resort. I smelled her ears, mouth, and paws and examined her feet and hot spots. Then I made my recommendations. Casey should be withdrawn from the pet food she’d been eating and changed to a diet that was nutritionally superior. She needed probiotics for several week on a daily basis to change the gut’s environment. I also suggested she should be put on an anti-fungal herbal formula to kill off the excess yeast. It took some time for Casey to adjust to the new program; early on I received some worried phone calls from her anxious humans but the changes worked. First to respond was the GI system: no more gurgling, gas, or loose stool. Then the itchiness diminished and the hot spots disappeared leaving only a red, bumpy rash across her abdomen. This responded to a change in remedies. Casey was definitely moving in the right direction and only needed more time to solidify her gains.

Bookshelf – The Cat

Bookshelf the cat was described by her family as a quiet, aloof individual who sought out his human companions only occasionally. Even then, he could scarcely be considered demonstrative; he avoided body contact and the closes he came to displaying affection would be to sit next to his humans. Bookshelf had always been an only cat and had enjoyed good health. Both of these situations changed when a new cat was added to the household. Bookshelf went off his food, took to living in a closet or crouching in corners or on window sills, and finally began using the closet in place of his litter box. At this point, his humans brought him to me.

After hearing the cat’s story, I was convinced the problem was not physical. The change in behavior was probably a reaction to the dramatic change in his home environment. In homeopathic terms, Bookshelf was displaying a mixture of anger, indignation, jealousy, and grief. He was angry at the intrusion of a new pet into his world, indignant toward the human who allowed this to happen, jealous over the attention paid to the interloper, and grieved over the loss of his little kingdom. Bookshelf was a strong candidate for the homeopathic remedy Natrum muriaticum, or sea salt prepared specially for homeopathic use. The remedy is extraordinarily effective in cases of wounded pride and in relationships that cause quiet suffering and alienation. After a few days of the remedy, Bookshelf started to turn around. He came out of hiding, started enjoying food again, appeared ready to tolerate the new cat in his home and returned to using his litter box.

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