The use of an herbal tincture and nutraceuticals have improved Bunty's quality of life, controlled the level of pain from arthritis and reduced the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.
A Staffordshire spayed female bull terrier who is 12 years old, presented due to an ongoing weight bearing lameness of the right hindleg. Non-steroidal pain treatment provided relief, but the pain returned if the medications were discontinued. The owners request was to try and reduce the use of non-steroid pain relief and maintain joint comfort.
On physical examination Bunty exhibited pain on manipulation of her neck, right hip and stifle (knee joint). There was also sensitivity over the spine. Radiographs and bloods were undertaken. Gastrointestinal sensitivity was evident with intermittent diarrhoea and an intolerance to raw food and bones. Her coat was dull and dry.
Radiographs diagnosed bilateral hip dysplasia, with the right hip showing more advanced signs of deterioration and osteoarthritis.
Bunty has now been on the formula for 18 months. Her general demeanour, coat quality and vitality have improved significantly. She only requires non-steroidal pain relief on very few occasions with the herbs and nutraceuticals controlling most of the pain. She will be maintained on this formula at this stage indefinitely as the owners feel it has significantly improved her quality of life.
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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