The use of a herbal remedy avoided a longer course of antibiotics and provided potential immune and chest support once the conventional medication had finished.
Barbara is a 3 month old lamb who presented with possible pneumonia 7 days after the following procedures were undertaken: scabies vaccination, drenching and tail docking.
She was very depressed on presentation, reluctant to walk or move. Her breathing was severely laboured and harsh. Her mandibular glands were enlarged, her gums were pale pink/cyanotic Temperature was 39.7. All the joints and muscles were painful to palpate.
She clearly had an infection, and potential pneumonia. The prognosis was guarded.
A herbal tincture, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories were prescribed, along with supportive care. (Indoor housing and intensive nursing).
The herbal treatment aimed to provide immune support with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory actions. This in conjunction with reducing the fever, lung congestion, airway resistance, joint pain and swelling.
Barbara responded well to the antibiotics, non-steroidal medication and herbal remedy. As a precaution, to prevent relapses she was maintained on the herbs for 8 weeks. Barbara’s health and vitality is excellent and she hasn’t looked back.
Flash's treatment protocol integrates complementary and conventional medicines (to a minimum). At the age of 14 years he goes for 10km walks with ease, is no longer incontinent and has a significant improvement in the quality of his life; you wouldn't know he was 14!
Flash is a 14 year old entire male heading dog who's presenting concerns were chronic arthritis and prostate enlargement.
History and symptoms:
Flash was purchased as a farm dog at the age of six years. He was emaciated on arrival, his joints were inflamed, he was aggressive and anxious. He flinched if you lifted your hands, and had obviously been beaten. Radiographs of his spine and elbows confirmed osteoarthritis of the elbow joints and spondylosis of the spine. His digits were swollen and thickened and there was discomfort on palpation of the elbows and hips. The coat was dry and brittle. He required ongoing non steroidal anti-inflammatories and neutraceuticals to keep his symptoms under control. He started exhibiting mild urinary incontinence, dribbling after rising and urinating. His prostate was enlarged, due to his age the owners were reluctant to surgically castrate him and looked at alternate options for management.
The request from the clients were to prevent surgical castration and keep conventional treatment protocols to a minimum. The aim was to create a state of active and robust health by reducing joint inflammation, prostate enlargement and anxiety.
A herbal tincture was prescribed to address the above treatment goals.
From a qualitative perspective Flash’s general demeanour improved significantly on the above treatment regime. He exhibited less sensitivity over the back and is much more comfortable. The swelling of the digits has decreased significantly. The conjunctivitis and inflammation in the eyes has responded to treatment and is less reactive. His skin is less inflamed and pink, and the coat is now shiny and glossy. He is a happier dog with an improved zest for life and vitality.
This case demonstrates how conventional and complementary medicine can be integrated to create a superior outcome. The use of conventional prostate treatment was maintained in conjunction with herbal and dietary support have provided an exceptional outcome, with Flash now 15 years old and happily going on 10km walks daily.
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