Treatment for Animals

The summer Calf

My daughter, a holistic horse veterinarian keeps a herd of grass-fed Scottish Highland cattle. One spring she purchased some cows to increase the herd. Unfortunately one of the cows was due to calve in the middle of summer. Now this is not a good time for Highlands to calve. The weather is entirely too hot and humid in Virginia, even in the mountains. “Just slather it on,” I said. “The cow will just lick it off,” she said. “No she won’t” “The flies will get all over it.” “No they won’t.” So I simply smeared honey on both sides of the calf. The next morning my daughter was surprised to see that the cow had not cleaned it off and no flies were apparent. The calf was smeared with honey twice a day. The maggots, of course, were gone. The skin was healing beautifully. Today you cannot see any traces of the “maggot attack.” – Ann Harman, Flint Hill, VA AhworkerB@aol.com July 03, 2010

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Cushing’s Disease

Last February my sister in Minneapolis asked me to treat their beloved dog, Snickers, for Cushing’s disease, since the standard veterinary treatment was prohibitively expensive and had unpleasant side affects. Cushing’s disease, which strikes animals as well as people, is caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland or the adrenal gland. It stimulates an overproduction of corticosteroids in the body; the first outward symptoms are increased thirst and increased urination. For a dog of working owners cooped up in the house all day, this was a big problem. I obtained aqueous propolis solution from Glenn Perry and followed his protocol. Because Snickers weighed about 70 pounds, she received one teaspoon of propolis three times a day, as close to eight hours apart as possible for three months. Within a week, she was symptom-free. Her energy level improved, and her water consumption and urination returned to normal. A bonus result was that hundreds of what the vet called “doggie warts” literally fell off her body. Because she was an elderly dog and quite sedentary, she developed a mild bladder infection some months later. However, when the vet checked her urine and blood, there was no sign of Cushing’s disease. As a footnote, Snickers recently died peacefully of old age after enjoying the summer. – Kate McWiggins kate@healingbees.com January 07, 2009

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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 DDanZel@aol.com January 07, 2009

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