Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week!
Q. Do you have any information regarding Cushings Disease?
A. The very best approach is for everyone to pay attention to the Early Warning Signs of Internal Imbalance, follow the 7 Keys to Health and be working with integrative practitioners, so that if Cushings develops you will be able to begin treatment very quickly. Once symptoms are present, even before a diagnosis, homeopathy (www.theAVH.org) and good TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) – can be very effective in most dogs. Many can be completely cured, and others relieved for many years of most symptoms.
You can also add treatments you can learn yourself (or find local practitioners of them) such as Reiki, Healing Touch for Animals, Acupressure, Herbs, Essential Oils and Flower Essences that can relive specific symptoms during conventional or holistic treatments.
When I had merely my conventional training I had little to offer for dogs with Cushing’s disease except one medicine that had some side effects. Now Trilostane is available in the United States and Canada. It is much better tolerated and more effective. There is a wonderful list service that can help you understand the drugs as well as some of the holistic approaches to helping your dog with Cushings: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineCushings-AutoimmuneCare/
Q. Best dry food for a lab that gets diarrhea 3-4 times a month. Right now she is on Blue Buffalo Wilderness. Fecal exam has been taken and no parasites or bacterial infections.
A. As with people, there is no best food for every individual. Some people and dogs get diarrhea from wheat, others from chicken, and some become ill on almost any food. Since your lab only gets diarrhea 3-4 times a month, I do not think it comes from the food. I suspect you have tried other brands of dry food with the same results. You could try a food with a meat different that all the others you have tried. You could add probiotics (I like Mitomax) for a month to see if that helps. You could switch to a raw meat diet since that is the most nutritious and least likely to cause digestive upsets. Feeding a raw diet usually produces small stools that fall apart on their own in the yard.
Be sure to record when your dog has diarrhea and what is happening at that time – excitement, snacks, parties, less exercise, morning, night, etc. You may discover the cause of the diarrhea. You can try many holistic self care for the diarrhea that you can purchase online or from your local healthy people or pet stores – marshmallow root, drinkable aloe vera, pectin, combination herbal supplements. You can also fast your dog for one day which may help the stools go back to normal.
If the suggestions above do not help, please contact an integrative veterinarian who can use homeopathy, acupuncture and Chinese herbs, chiropractic or other modalities to help your dog permanently resolve the diarrhea, rather than merely temporarily helping.