TIDBIT

Tidbit, now a seven-year-old Papillion, was presented to the local veterinary clinic for “not doing well”; he was off his food, with some vomiting. He was treated symptomatically and improved somewhat, but then relapsed and was referred to the specialty clinic in July 2013. Blood examination showed slight azotemia along with an elevated ALT. Tidbit was discharged back to the family veterinarian on Famotidine and a bland diet. He continued to decline and was re-examined a week later when his blood showed a BUN 238, creatinine 8.3 and ALT of 386 with a positive diagnosis for leptospirosis.

Being nonresponsive to fluid therapy and with total renal shutdown, Tidbit was transferred to the Animal Medical Center in New York City for kidney dialysis and supportive care for the treatment of his leptospirosis. He responded well to therapy, and his kidney and liver values were tracking down in early August 2013 upon discharge, and with home therapy of oral medication for the residual issues with his liver and kidneys.

Based on the diagnosis of leptospirosis, and his secondary kidney and liver issues, Tidbit was placed on an integrative therapy program to support his organ health and function and to enhance the healing process. This integrative support included a combination homeopathic (homotoxicology) remedy that contained anti-inflammatory, liver and kidney support; a nutraceutical (Gluta DMG) for liver and immune function and support; a combination of glandulars for liver and kidney health; and a combination herbal remedy (with uva ursi, marshmallow root, gravel root and other herb extracts) to support kidney function; all along with the recommended medical therapy of antibiotics. Tidbit improved weekly and his blood was essentially back to normal by October 2013. He has remained on a program of herbal, homeopathic and gland support, and two years later is the picture of health.

OSCAR

Oscar is a 14-year-old American shorthair cat who was diagnosed with FIV when he was five years of age. He developed secondary asthma as well as an immune-mediated pruritic skin condition on his face, secondary to infected teeth that required extraction. The condition started initially as recurrent upper respiratory infections, at which time Oscar tested positive for FIV. More recently, he has developed low grade azotemia.

Oscar has been maintained in remission for nine years on natural remedies including L-lysine, an amino acid with anti-viral properties; lactoferrin, which has been shown to help modulate immune function; and symptomoriented remedies such as quercetin (a natural antihistamine) to minimize allergic reactions, and plant sterols to modulate immune function and improve control of viral reactions. In addition, combination homeopathic (homotoxicology) remedies were given to help reduce inflammation, asthmatic and skin allergic episodes. Glandular support for the kidneys, lymph and splenic systems has also been administered to help maintain Oscar’s immune and renal function.