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Old 06-03-2017, 01:47 PM
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Hi. I have been hanging around trying to help with some general health questions and now I have a question for you. Since we are all great pet caretakers, love our pets and want to do what is in their best interest. I am curious to know what your greatest fear is regarding your pet's health. I have people every day in my office tell me that they wish they had had information regarding holistic health care before their pet got seriously ill. It all starts with addressing those fears and maybe I can help you address them. Thanks and thanks for being concerned pet caretaker.
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Our pup has Pulmonary Hypertension(At first they thought it was Congestive Heart Failure but its not it originated in the lung) so he's on Viagra..it works well but when he gets very excited he has to sit down and take a breather..I am into hollistic medicine but have no idea if there is anything available to help pups with PH if there is I would really appreciate that info. He is an otherwise very happy pup he wants to do everything a young pup would do but when he over exerts himself he can't do it
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Old 06-03-2017, 09:28 PM
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Hi. Thanks for responding. Pulmonary hypertension can be caused by heart disease or can cause heart disease. Unfortunately, our conventional approach has had limited success. The use of Viagra has improved the mortality rate but is pretty expensive. As a holistic vet, I like to use Chinese medicine and acupuncture because it can move blood as well as energy. Most of the time, I use a Chinese herbal remedy called Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang (Stasis in the mansion of the blood). It works to dilate the vessels and decrease the blood pressure going to the lungs. If your dog is very weak then using a Qi tonic helps. Another supplement that holistic vets are using with these dogs is garlic. In spite of some people believing that garlic is toxic in the dog, it is not. It has great health benefits and one of them is to reduce blood pressure by dilating the artery. If you have a holistic vet in your area, you might want to give her a call and see what she can do for your dog. Good luck and thanks again for responding. Let us know how your dog does.
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Thank you so much for responding to my post. Nemo has been taking Viagra for about a month now..luckily the medication is not that expensive at all, for us its not about the money if there was something that could keep Nemo alive for a longer period of time we'd pay any price. It just came out of no where. He has a trachea collapse which he was diagnosed with in 2012, he would cough off and on but I noticed the cough changed in Nov 2016, the sound of it changed, more of a dry bronchitis sounding cough, the Vet said his heart and lungs were fine..but on April 1st they thought he had heart failure(He had fluid build up) was put on Vetmadine, which got rid of the fluid, knock on wood he never got fluid again..but a week and a half later he started with the collapsing when he got super excited..Cardiologist did the pulmonary pressure test which came back positive(He didnt even think he had it at first totally dismissed the idea) again, came out of no where, seems to have hit all at once
These holistic medications that you mention, do they have any side effects? Nemo has a very and I mean VERY sensitive stomach/colon..he suffers from acid reflux/chronic colitis. Will definitely look into this, not sure if any holistic Vets in the Los Angeles area will start looking around
I looked up Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang on google, but it talks about how it treats cancer in dogs..doesn't mention anything about the lungs
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Lots of good holistic vets in the LA area. The Chinese herbal formula you researched has many benefits including cancer, especially those that are vascular in origin such as hemangiosarcomas. I also use it with all my heart patients. Sounds like you are doing a great job with your dog.
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Thank you SO much Dr. T really appreciate it..its just hard, Nemo wants to do so much, if you were to look at him you would have NO idea he has this horrible disease..out of no where..no one saw this coming..do those meds that you mention cause any issues with the stomach/colon..Nemo has a very very sensitive stomach. The Cardiologist originally gave him 6-9 months to live, I guess Im the eternal optimist and Im hoping he can live longer what do you think?
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What's your definition of Holistic? I've encountered vets who advertise themselves as being holistic, and are actually homeopaths, acupuncturists or chiropractors.

There's a big difference between a health care professional that will recommend an effective supplement or herbal treatment - or physical therapy, and one that will prescribe homeopathic snake oil.
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