gcv-border Posted December 29, 2013 Report Share Posted December 29, 2013 I am not sure if I am using the correct terminology (Chinese medicine). [After reading this, feel free to provide a correction.] (This topic seems to be somewhat related to the recent posting by D'Elle since it also involves quality of life for a senior dog. I was interested to read the other postings.) My 17+ year old anxious, fearful, sound-sensitive rescued Sheltie mix (maybe she has lived with PTSD?? based on my recent readings, but that is another topic) has shown increasing anxiety for the past couple of months. She would pant and pace for 15-20 minutes at a time - usually once a day and sometimes several times a day. The time and frequency seemed to be increasing as time went by. I have a couple of friends who consulted with a local vet (Western-trained) who now specializes in Chinese medicine for pets exclusively. They had successful outcomes so I thought why not? I felt I wanted to first try some holistic or homeopathic or Chinese or other natural method to give my old girl some peace since her issues seemed mostly related to anxiety, and not physical. At her age, I am just looking to give her a good quality of life, and she was very stressed with her increasing anxiety level. I must admit, I have seen a definite improvement in her attitude and appetite and also a significant decrease in her pacing (almost nonexistent now). I started noticing a change within a couple of days, but wasn't sure that I was observing a 'real' effect. Three weeks later, I guess I have to admit that the changes are real. Anyone else use Chinese medicine to help their dog? What has been your experience? In my case, I started with waving a smoking moxa stick (think an incense stick) over my dog (yeah, it sounds very weird), and now the vet has added in an herbal called 'Supple Spine' and has cancelled the moxa stick since my dog started to move away from it after using it for 7-10 days whereas she would calmly stand or lie down for it at first. She told me that my dog was 'coo'l, and she would attempt to balance her. One of my friends admits that she has 'drunk the koolaid'. She truly believes in this approach since this vet 'cured'? her Flat Coat of a nasty tumor (I don't know what kind) with Chinese herbals and a raw diet. The tumor disappeared over a period of 8-9 months. My dog's (Ritz) condition and diagnosis and treatment is a bit more complicated than presented here, but I just wanted to put forward a bit of what is going on and ask if anyone else has tried the Chinese medicine approach - for any issue with their dog or cat or themselves. Happy New Year! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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