On November 6th I attended the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue dinner. At the dinner we had a great speaker–Katie K-9. Katie has been training dogs over 25 years and has her own radio talk show on MyTalk 107.1 in the Twin Cities. Katie talked about how important it is to feed our dogs healthy food and suggested we cook for our pets ourselves. She also talked about how we are over-vaccinating our pets. Many pets were showing signs of vaccinosis which is malaise after a pet has been vaccinated. Symptoms and signs can range from achy muscles, fever, bone pain to tumors and autoimmune systems that are in turmoil. The signs can show up months after the animal has been vaccinated.
I remember in one of my previous posts that I guessed that the vaccinations Collin received when he was first brought into the shelter may have caused his autoimmune system to start attacking itself. There are several vets who have written books on this subject and the end result is a medical illness called vaccinosis. I started doing research online for herbal and homeopathic remedies for vaccinosis. Only Natural Pet carries a homeopathic remedy called Thuja which is made from arborvitae and white cedar trees. Homeopathy believes in like curing like along with tiny, tiny dilutions of the “cure”. I was all set to try this out for Collin when Katie K-9 indicated on her November 14th radio talk show that Dr. Jessica Levy was going to be on the program.
Dr. Levy is a holistic veterinarian. She believes in treating the whole animal and is very conservative when it comes to giving vaccinations. She evaluates each animal before giving them a vaccination and she believes that redosing animals every year is futile and can throw the animal’s immune system into disarray. Hearing this, I decided to listen in on the talk show.
Dr. Levy talked about pulling titers on our animals instead of just blindly vaccinating them each year. Titers can tell if an animal has sufficient antibodies to withstand whatever disease the animal is to be vaccinated for.
The second half of Katie K-9’s show was opened up to callers. I decided to call in about Collin’s autoimmune problem. I explained that he had been homeless and found in Wisconsin and brought to a local shelter where he was given two combination vaccinations in one day. He was actually vaccinated for 6 different diseases. The following week he received a rabies vaccination. I explained about Collin’s nodular granulomatous episclerakeratits and how it’s an autoimmune disorder.
The following are Dr. Levy’s recommendations for Collin:
- Get him on a healthy diet (which I already do have him on)
- Make sure he gets lots of omega 3s either in salmon oil, other fish oils or coconut oil
- Give him a “green food” that a store called “Animal Essentials” sells. The supplement is Plant Enzymes and Probiotics. The yogurt that I had been giving him daily was not providing him with enough probiotics. This supplement should really give him what his body needs for good digestion.
- And eye and nose drop made with Euphrasia, an herb that is commonly called Eyebright. I am to give him a drop in the affected eye twice a day.
- A supplement called Eyeplex or Occuplex. This supplement contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Tocotrienols Complex and Bilberry extract. I am to give him two capsules a day.
Dr. Levy would like for me to call back in 6 months to let her know how Collin’s eye is doing and if the autoimmune disorder seems to be getting better. I’m so excited for Collin to try these natural and healthy remedies. I’ll let you know how he does as time goes on!
Collin and the dogs playing in the snow!