Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Healing my elderly dog naturally- update

Since my last post 3 months ago, my old dog has been doing incredibly well on all three herbal supplements; Chanca Piedra pills, Milk Thistle alcohol free extract, and Pet Alive Kidney support . In fact he hasn't had any urinary accidents in the house at all. I hardly ever notice any blood in the urine compared to what he was experiencing before I started  him on the treatments. I'm still not exactly sure what was wrong with the dog. The veterinarian indicated she thought it had more to do with the liver than the kidneys. I thought perhaps he had kidney stones as the incontinence and blood in the urine would come and go, regardless of the cause, he seems to be doing much better now. The Chanca Piedra is recommended for bladder, liver, gallbladder and kidney issues http://piedrachanca.com/  which may be part of the improvement. At one point he started throwing up and I was afraid that it had something to do with the herbal supplements, so I stopped all three for a few days. The blood in the urine came back and I figured out that the vomiting was a result of the dog eating out of my compost pile, and not the herbal supplements so I put him back on the 3 supplements and his urine cleared up again and he was fine.I have re- ordered the herbal supplements numerous times, and continue to give them to him in the same amounts( approximately .50ml-about 1/3 of the dropper applicator of the Pet Alive Kidney Support and the same amount for the Milk Thistle Extract one time a day , one Chanca Piedra pill covered in peanut butter ). Once in a while if I still notice a reddish color in the urine, I will give one extra Chanca Piedra pill, totaling, 2 pills for that day, for my  now, 45 lb, elderly dog

My dog just turned 15 years old .He seems to be doing quite well, he sleeps peacefully on his comfortable, memory foam, dog bed. He wanders around outside on my acreage, but doesn't go too far. He's taken to preemptive barking when I let him out. It's probably because he's old, and doesn't see to well, and wants to scare off any trouble that might be out there. Unfortunately the younger dog doesn't realize this, so they are often times like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, off barking and chasing imaginary windmills together. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Healing my elderly dog naturally

This is my 14 year old rescued Australian Cattle dog Pascual. I got him when he was two years old and he has been in good health most of his life. Recently he was having some trouble with incontinence. One day, he was laying in his dog bed. He couldn't get up,or hardly move, his eyes looked glassy and seemed to be strangely staring out into space. I thought he was going to pass away within the hour. I kept thinking if he's going to die wouldn't it be better for him to go here at home on his dog bed, than at the veterinarian's office. I was very distraught. I have used all kinds of alternative medicine over the years and thought to myself "well I might as well try a homeopathic" I gave him a dose of homeopathic arsenicum 30c, and within 20 minutes he started to revive. I reconsidered my options.  Since he seemed to rally, I took him into the veterinarian's office. She ran some tests and thought the problem had more to do with his liver than with his kidneys. She gave me a course of antibiotics for him and seemed to indicate "he's 14, we can try the antibiotics, or spend a lot more money on expensive testing and treatments, but let's see what happens".
The antibiotics helped somewhat but he still seemed to be having problems with incontinence, huge puddles of urine, sometimes with various shades of blood in the urine. I then searched around on the internet for alternative treatments. He was drinking a lot of water, much more than normal, so I thought he might have some kind of kidney stones. I settled on a daily treatment, for my 50lb dog, of  one daily dose of the following three products :Royal Break-stone(chanca piedra)http://www.vitacost.com/whole-world-botanicals-royal-break-stone-liver-gall-bladder-support-400-mg-120-vegetarian-capsules-3?csrc=GPF-PA-Herbs-691195003091&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=691195003091&gclid=CJ-qnpSHub0CFRSPfgodYUgA8w,I give him one capsule of the chanca piedra/royal break stone, covered in peanut butter, milk thistle alcohol free extract, about 5 drops in his mouth http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-milk-thistle-liquid-extract-alcohol-free-2000-mg-1-fl-oz-1,http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-milk-thistle-liquid-extract-alcohol-free-2000-mg-1-fl-oz-1, and  Pet Alive Kidney Support http://www.nativeremedies.com/petalive/products/pa-kidney-support-dog-cat-urinary-tract.html.The chanca piedra, Royal Break stone was the only product I wasn't sure about  how it would work for the dog,  because it wasn't specifically recommended for dogs, but I figured I'd watch him and if there was a problem I would stop. He's doing incredibly well on all three products, He started eating again, and regaining the weight he had lost. He barely has any incontinence
problems anymore and when he had  one, after months without a problem, it was tiny, about 1/4 cup worth not 1 quart worth of urine. I'm quite pleased with all these products, and glad that the dog is doing so much better.