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Holistic Remedies Alongside Conventional Anti-Fungal Medication for Dogs

by Natalie

My question is very specific to medication and using additional holistic support to accompany the traditional medication...


We just started our dog on anti-fungal medication (Itraconazole) for a respiratory fungal infection. On one of your pages, you mentioned there are not holistic cures/remedies for fungal infections like valley fever, but that it is a good idea to supplement the medication with immune support.

We have a product called Del-Immune V which is a probiotic immune system support. We also have OL-Immune drops that contain olive leaf and echinacea.

In general, do you have any guidelines for how to combine these remedies with the meds? For example, do you give them a certain number of hours apart so that the medication doesn't interfere with the probiotics? Would there be any reason not to give a probiotic immune support in the case of a fungal infection?

We are also looking into the other products that are linked on your site.

Thanks for any guidelines or additional suggestions.
Natalie

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Jul 04, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Holistic Remedies Alongside Conventional Anti-fungal Medication for Dogs
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Natalie,

In some cases, due to the individual not producing characteristic symptoms, it is very difficult to find the 'similimum' (the exact homeopathic remedy) that will cure the case. That does not mean there are no cures for fungal infections like Valley Fever using homeopathic remedies. It just depends on the individual patient.

You may be confusing treatment with homeopathic remedies versus supplements. Supplements for the immune system can be vitamins, minerals, beneficial bacteria, herbs, glandulars, etc. And, in my opinion, it is always advised to give these supplements with conventional medication. It is also 'ok' to combine conventional medicine with acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and chiropractic adjustments.

In your case, if you have already started conventional anti-fungal treatments, this would interfere with *homeopathic* prescribing. Homeopathic remedies are very specific in their effect on the patient. Giving conventional medicine at the same time as a homeopathic remedy, would be contra-indicated.

You wrote,
"In general, do you have any guidelines for how to combine these remedies with the meds? For example, do you give them a certain number of hours apart so that the medication doesn't interfere with the probiotics? Would there be any reason not to give a probiotic immune support in the case of a fungal infection?"

If the Itraconazole is given with food, I would not give the Del Immune V in the same food. It does not have to be spaced far apart in time. Just do not put it in the same food.

It would be easiest to feed a small morsel of food containing the anti-fungal medicine, followed by the main meal that has the Del Immune V. Olive leaf extract has a very bad taste, and it best given in a glycerin liquid extract to make it more palatable. Some other immune supplements are listed below:

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

There would not be any reason NOT to give a probiotic immune support in the case of a fungal infection. Other precautions, you should NOT give a vaccination to a patient with a fungal infection. And you should provide a healthy diet to a patient treated for a fungal infection. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options, and consider a RAW diet for your dog (NO RAW pork or raw fish).

Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian for more details regarding ongoing treatment and monitoring of the case.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Related Pages:
- Alternative Medicine for Dogs

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