Homeopathic Treatment for Advanced Kidney Disease in Dog
by Adele F.
My mixed breed 40 lb dog became severely ill nearly 4 weeks ago and was hospitalized. Her diagnosis is kidney failure - whether chronic or acute seems disputed since only 6 weeks prior she had a full check-up with no incident.
An ultrasound showed no abnormality. After treatment with fluids and antibiotics (for urinary tract infection) in the hospital, she was released with a poor prognosis.
Indeed, she was extremely weak but yet still alive. Euthanasia was on the near-term horizon.
3 weeks ago, we started to give her Ringer's lactate at home daily. Seeking other solutions, we visited an holistic vet in our area hoping for a homeopathic solution, but this particular vet said that she is terminally ill and homeopathy cannot be utilized in such a severe case.
However, the vet has put her on an aggressive "hospice" program, which can extend her life for a while, as the vet has done before with other cases. This involves numerous conventional medications in addition to fluids.
There is no doubt that without these medications, our dog will die. Even by missing one day of medications, she went into relapse.
The medications include anti-emetics, appetite stimulation, Cerenia (which we dose through the fluids) and anti-ulcer medications (I can provide the names of these drugs,if helpful, but I suspect you would know this course.) The program involves reducing the nausea to increase appetite, suppress vomiting and keep flushing as much as possible with fluids.
With a steady routine, she does respond to this treatment. But I know realize we are orchestrating her symptoms and doing nothing to heal her. Her lack of appetite is also contributing greatly to her illness as she has lost significant weight (now 28 lbs), is frail and weak.
I may be a boundless optimist but I feel something can be done to help heal this dog who wants to be well. I just ordered the Five Leaf Pharmacy program which should arrive Monday.
As a person who has seen amazing human results with homeopathy, I am not convinced that there is no homeopathic route to be pursued. Perhaps when she is slightly stronger, we can help "push" her in the direction of wellness with the right remedy.
I know such things have happened and wonder how we might find some help. I know that homeopathy can do some amazing things but this particular vet feels that it will not help in this case due to the severity of the disease. If we pursue yet another vet (would now be the 3rd), we will go into a waiting period. The homeopathic vets in this area are nearly impossible to get appointments with short of a 2-3 week waiting period and that would once again change the course of her treatment, which in such a fragile state, worries me.
Is a remote consultation possible? What is your thought and opinion?
Thank you. Your guidance is much appreciated.
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