iPet’s Ally Weekly Q&A Round-up 7-7-20: What treatments do I recommend for vaccine reaction?

iPets Ally Q&A Round-up 07/07/20

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Hello, I’m Dr. Ruth Roberts, your pet’s ally. I hope that you are all well. If you did not get to take advantage of our Holistic Total Body support deal, we’re launching it on Amazon. Because of your help over the years, what I’d like to do is offer you a chance to get a jar and then get a 50% rebate which will come back to you in the form of a Visa gift card. You do have to be enrolled in messenger for this to work because that is how you can get the information about getting the deal as well as getting the rebate sent to you. Please take advantage of it.

Is Phyto – Flex the best product to enhance bone and joint health?What are the other products for joint support?

For those that are not familiar with Phyto – Flex, it is a product developed to help bone integrity and it has been around for a long time. I know quite a number of people that thinks this is the best thing in the universe but I also know quite a number more that weren’t really that impressed with it. Personally, I’ve not seen it work that great hence I am not super fond of this product. Phyto – Flex’s dosage is a quarter teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight. Assuming that you’ve got a forty – pound dog then we’re going to have a 160 milligrams of glucosamine times four so that’s 640 milligrams of glucosamine which I think is kind of barely adequate. I’d like to see something like 1500 per dose. Comparing it with ArthriEase – GOLD, which again, is something I’ve used for quite some time it’s 1500 milligrams of glucosamine, and chondroitin MSM this, I think, is a much better option because it is a product that works. The downside of it is that it is chicken flavored but I think this is a better option for you.

What is Degenerative Myelopathy? How can you tell if your pet is feeling any discomfort? And what are the things you can do to care for pets with this disease?

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord and ultimately the brain stem and cranial nerves which, at its end stages, results in complete paralysis and death. It is painless but it tends to advance rather quickly. The frustrating thing about Degenerative Myelopathy, is that it does happen in a specific number of dogs but it doesn’t happen very often. What I find more often in especially in a 14 year – old dog that’s dragging their back hip and back end is that they become weaker in the muscles. It is painful for them to walk, getting the pain controlled will help them tremendously.
An acupuncturist and chiropractic should be able to help you determine if your pet is in pain or not. One of the ways I often do is observe the spine and if the skin twitches, it means that there is a discomfort in the spine. There also is a test that you can do to look at whether that’s a problem or not a problem.
For pet owners whose dogs has Degenerative Myelopathy, what I suggest doing is to get something like a Help Em Up Harness, that has been terrifically successful for many pet owners. It’s also essential to save their energy and their strength for the things that are really important. Instead of letting them consume their energy on climbing the stairs, it would be much better to save their energy for playing outside.

Is Colostrum the best supplement for stimulating the immune system as well as acting as an antimicrobial?

Colostrum is often touted as like the miracle cure for everything. Again, this is one of the supplements that people talk about as being the most amazing thing in the universe but frankly, I see really mediocre at best results. I believe that you are probably better served by buying something like collagen. Great Lakes Collagen is the good stuff. This is something I’ve used for quite some time. This stuff is like the bomb. It truly is grass – fed it helps tremendously in maintaining connective tissues aiding in stronger tendons, ligaments, all of those good things and it is often used for achieving and maintaining ideal physical well – being.

What treatments do I recommend for vaccine reaction?

Assuming that your fur babies are vaccinated for rabies you might possibly ask what are the treatments for vaccine reaction? There are two schools on this; One school uses Lyssin as a post – rabies preventive and the other school uses Thuja, like I do. I don’t have any personal experiences with Lyssin so I would get that information more from a homeopathic veterinarian. However, for vaccine reaction, what I would suggest is to use the Wise Woman Herbals Thuja. I use this at one drop per ten pounds of body weight twice a day for five days immediately after a rabies vaccine. If you believe that your pet has had some rabies vaccine reaction, you can use it for a total of twenty – one days. Sometimes, these behavioral issues do not show up for several months after the vaccine but I’ve used that successfully for many pets.

Can CBD Oil be taken with food? What is Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency? And what are the ways to control the effects of the symptoms of yin deficiency?

One of the most frequent questions asked is whether CBD Oil can be taken with food the answer is yes, it can be taken with food.
Now for liver and kidney yin deficiency; When yin is in deficiency you get hot or there’s hot flashes and so essentially, that is what menopause is so that’s something I Would check out there. What you can do would be, frankly, to use a Chinese herbal formula that’s going to create a lot more cooling because essentially, what you’re dealing with now is global yin deficiency. And assuming that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, you may well find that terribly helpful. The other thing you can try too are Adaptil Collars and strangely enough with Benadryl and Tricyclic Antidepressants since it can often help with both the anxiety as well as the itchiness and vice versa with Benadryl. Getting somebody to help reassess her pulses and things may be a good idea.

What is acid reflux and what is the best medication for acid reflux in dogs?

Acid reflux in dogs, happens when the acid and enzymes from the stomach and the intestines that aid in the digestions moves into the esophagus. Veterinarians sort of default to using Metoclopramide which is used to control nausea and vomiting and a mip result to really reduce the acid production.
To help keep things from being a problem, feeding in an elevation is a good idea so if you’re still seeing regurgitation on these drugs, my guess is that you’re dealing with something more like mega esophagus where the esophagus is really big and the muscular tone is not working properly and so you end up with this funnel that just doesn’t empty into the stomach very well.

What is stock and what are the recommendable stocks for pets?

Stocks or bone broth is a pot full of delicious and nutritious minerals and nutrients that dogs love. Commercial chicken stocks and clam juice are fairly high in sodium but if you’re trying to encourage drinking, that’s not such a bad thing. Though commercial stocks always have onions in the stock frankly, it’s at a low enough amount that it should be safe to use. There are some that you can find but it is hard.
Generally, stock has a fairly low – fat content. For the gall bladder, if your dog has debris there that’s more than the function of the biliary system being irritated and so that’s where using things like Milk Thistle and Liposomal Glutathione can help. There’s very low to no protein content on the stock and broth as her kidney values are elevated so I think you’re safe there.

What are the things you can do best to aid for your fur babies upset tummy?

Assuming that your dog has upset tummy, what you can do is to let them fast and not eat anything and let the gut settle down. They’ll look at us like it’s just awful but that really is the easiest thing to do. Scrambled eggs, chicken, and rice. If the diarrhea has been really yucky the other option is you can boil some turnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes so that fiber helps to suck up the looseness in the stool, those are good things and then just bland stuff.

How can we lessen the concentration of alcohol in alcohol – based extracts and tinctures? And what Milk Thistle do I use?

For extracts, tinctures, things like that with alcohol, I think people have got you guys all freaked out. There’s not enough alcohol in there for it to be that big of an issue but if you’re super concerned about it, what you can do is take something like a tablespoon of hot water and drop whatever the tincture is into the hot water, that will help evaporate the alcohol and should prevent issues from happening as far as for alcohol toxicity. But to be honest with you, I use alcohol – based tinctures and Chines herbs frequently and I never had an issue.
Now for milk thistle, Jarrow Milk Thistle is what I use. If you head over to the Ipet’s Ally website in the supplement dosing, for a forty pound, I’d use about 150 milligrams twice a day. So, there’s that. I think we’ve got it all covered.

We will see you next week same bat – time. If you haven’t taken advantage of the crockpet diet Holistic Total Body Support deal go ahead and do so and I think I am set up on Amazon. In Canada at this point, for those of you that are Canadian and have had getting trouble getting it, I believe you can now order it on Amazon and get it shipped to you. Unfortunately, even though Amazon fulfills our stuff from Shopify, they warehouse it for me and then pick it and pack it I cannot ship to Canada through them so that’s what I’ve got for you. I’ll just double check that. All right. Wonderful. So, we’ll see you all next week and until then have a great week.