BVT for a basset hound

My 12-year-old basset hound, Hunter, had trouble getting around. She was slowing down, and her back was stiff and inflexible. She’d been getting regular acupuncture treatments, but one day, she couldn’t get up at all. I carried her everywhere she needed to go for a week. I helped her stand when she went outside and wondered how to help my old friend.

I was considering the conventional prednisone treatment when I suddenly had a hunch and phoned apitherapist Kate McWiggins. I had heard that bee venom therapy worked for people, and I asked if it might work for dogs. “I don’t think she’d like getting stung,” I said, “but do you have it in a form she can eat?” Kate said she had bee venom pellets, so I ordered some immediately.

Within one day of taking the pellets, Hunter got up and walked on her own. It was a shaky start, but by the end of the week she was able to walk up and down the ramp outside on her own. Each day she continues to improve. I am amazed at how well she stands and walks now. I just ordered more pellets, since I now consider them to be an essential part of her health routine.

My old dog also eats about 1/4 teaspoon of pollen a day, which has made a world of difference in how clear her eyes look, especially in the spring. She takes propolis to help boost her immune system, and now and then she sneaks a lick of apitherapy honey.

I can’t tell you how happy I am that this therapy has worked for her. I wish I’d known of it with my last basset hound, who died last year. I hope that more holistic veterinarians will become aware of this as an option for our four-legged friends.

- Debra Daniels-Zeller
January 07, 2009