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Mimi is a two year old yellow Labrador retriever. And like many Labrador retrievers, Mimi has suffered from chronic skin infections secondary to an underlying allergy problem for most of her short life. Her conventional veterinarian has treated her allergies and secondary skin infections with a number of medications, including prednisone (a corticosteroid) and numerous antibiotics including cephalexin, enrofloxacin, clindamycin, and trimethoprim-sulfa. While the antibiotics and corticosteroids temporarily helped resolve Mimi's infection and itching, she usually relapsed within one to two weeks of stopping the medications. Referral to a dermatologist resulted in Mimi being treated with allergy shots plus more antibiotics and corticosteroids for the last 12 months, also without any resolution of her underlying problems. It bothered her owners to see her continuously on medications that did not seem to offer any long-term resolution of her itching and skin infections. After several years of consultations with various veterinarians who failed to fix the problem, her owners decided that “enough was enough,” and came to see me in an attempt to get Mimi off of all of these medications and ultimately fix her problem.
Even though drugs such as antibiotics and corticosteroids are sometimes necessary to help pets with skin disease, it is not uncommon to see pets suffering from the cycle of repeated drug use with little to no long-term resolution of their original problems. This was obviously the case with Mimi. While even holistic doctors sometimes need to use these medications on a short-term basis to allow the disease to quickly be brought under control, long-term resolution can only be accomplished when we focus on healing rather than the actual disease. Additionally, various nutritional supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies that have antibiotic like activities and corticosteroid like activities can often be used in place of these medications to help pets with these chronic problems. Various supplements such as olive leaf extract, echinacea, astragalus, medicinal mushrooms, homeopathic sulfur, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants work amazingly well in the treatment of skin disease in our pets. Additionally, aggressive and frequent bathing with an organic shampoo designed to remove environmental allergens, relieve itching and inflammation, and kill microorganisms is an important cornerstone that is often overlooked or neglected in the treatment of pets with skin diseases.
While I knew I could help Mimi by using various natural remedies in the treatment of her allergies and skin infections, it was obvious that her body was one toxic soup due to all of the medications she had been taking for most of her life. I suspected that the drugs had temporarily damaged her intestinal system (which could ultimately lead to a condition called leaky gut syndrome) and no doubt were affecting her liver as it worked overtime to detoxify and excrete these medications. True healing would be best served if I could help cleanse Mimi's body. Therefore I placed Mimi on a one-month mild detoxification program designed to remove any toxins accumulating in her body and help heal her organs, along with several natural remedies to assist in the treatment of her skin disease.
I placed Mimi on a supplement called Nutrigest from RX Vitamins for Pets. This supplement is prescribed to help heal me needs damaged intestinal cells and restore a normal healthy population of bacteria and was likely damaged due to her chronic medical therapy.
I also placed her on Hepatosupport, also from RX Vitamins for Pets. This is one of my favorite supplements for liver support and would aid in strengthening the liver as I detoxify at her body.
Finally I placed Mimi on a mild homeopathic detoxification protocol utilizing several supplements from Heel, including lymphomyosot, berberis, and nux vomica. These supplements are designed to allow a gentle detoxification of the urogenital system, gastrointestinal system, and blood and lymphatic systems. By addressing these areas of her body, I was able to assist her in healing so that she could make a full recovery.
While the subject of detoxification is foreign to many conventional doctors, high in my holistic colleagues feel bad cleansing the body in healing damaged organs is important for pets with chronic diseases and for those who have been placed on long-term conventional medications. By detoxifying the body, we open the door for further healing to occur. Mimi responded well to her detoxification and natural approach to healing her skin, and is currently on a few supplements to maintain her health.
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