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#201041 - 12/22/11 01:52 PM Re: Max Update [Re: Woodreb]
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Johanna, that's good to know.

His diet was formulated for lamb and beef, but he's doing better on all beef, so I'm thinking that has something to do with it. I know that some fail to put on weight with lamb, and then there's the extra stuff in beef to fatten 'em up.

Guess it's not the pred then. He's also low cortisol, so some of that should just be natural replacement.
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#201042 - 12/22/11 01:56 PM Re: Max Update [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I should add, I didn't rebalance when I switched the lamb for the beef, which would account maybe for the change.

He was always at 78 pounds, best weight, but he's just over 86 now, and I don't like the trend. Between the protein changes, the extra stuff for the gut, and grinding his food, he's getting chunking. Never since his bloat in '04 has this been an issue!
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#201121 - 12/22/11 07:46 PM Re: Max Update [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I understand your concern Lisa. But I must say that Max looks good in the photos! I guess beef and lamb are cooking foods, yes? Thinking good thoughts for Max!
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#201156 - 12/22/11 10:00 PM Re: Max Update [Re: Braverhund]
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Thanks for the update Lisa. I know you're doing everything possible for him and it's showing. I'm glad he felt well enough to go for that beautiful walk and was able to dig in the sand and wade in the water.
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#201165 - 12/22/11 10:14 PM Re: Max Update [Re: arycrest]
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Thanks Patti, this is the first time I've seen him with any weight on him - kinda weird! The beef and lamb is for cooking. However, now that I'm feeding beef, I would wonder about raw. Then, on the flip side, raw marrow or knuckle bones would always flair his SIBO, so with his infection issues, probably best not to mess with things.

Thank you Gayle! So happy he was up to the long walk, and so happy when I saw him stary digging smile
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#201185 - 12/22/11 11:18 PM Re: Max Update [Re: arycrest]
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Originally Posted By: arycrest
Thanks for the update Lisa. I know you're doing everything possible for him and it's showing. I'm glad he felt well enough to go for that beautiful walk and was able to dig in the sand and wade in the water.


Ditto!! Hugs to Max!
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#202623 - 12/29/11 02:35 PM Re: Max Update/homeopathy [Re: kelso]
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Thank you kelso, hugs delivered!

On the allopathic side, not much changed, still stable ( :crossedfingsers: ), we have been able to get him on his lowest dose of doxy, crrently 100 mg bid. He continues to have issues with his spine and biting hotspots, but maybe, hopefully, that's because things are changing a bit. The chiro says he's a bit more stable back there, so things could be worse.

I thought I'd outline some of the homeopathic stuff, since that's been an important part of his treatment. I will be over-simplifying, but this is the overview I've been thinking about in my head. Dosing with this style of homeopathy is more spread out, once a week at most.

Last summer, we started with phosphorus 30C, she was trying to support the small heart having trouble pumping blood through the body. However, by the second dose, it was clear that this wasn't the right remedy, it made him breathe harder.

She added the leaky veins into the mix, and knowing his response to some previous remedies that I had tried previously on him, and she came up with pulsatilla. We dosed at 30C a couple times, and 200C one or two times. He responded great to this remedy, his nose started healing after each administration. We would have kept going with it, but at the end, it kinda fizzled, he didn't respond as he should of on last administration, so it was time to switch. It seems the pulsatilla is not wholly considered a chronic/constitutional remedy, but it sure helped Max at a time when he really needed some extra help. His breathing and everything got better.

We then switched to Lycopodium 30C, and there was some reponse, but not the right response upon second administration. I have fond memories of Lyco, Indy was on that a lot wub

So, last I talked to her, he was chewing his spine and sacrum up and creating these hotspots. Chiro usually resolves this, but it wasn't this time. I was told to administer some Sulphur 200C. That night, not a single bite at his back. His three hotspot areas have dwindled to one, and thankfully he's not that obsessive about that one that is slowly resolving.

After administration of the sulphur, he played a lot with toys that night too, and has been playing more with toys. Not a lot, but more. I remember, the very first homeopathic remedy that was prescribed to Indyin her youth was Sulphur 10M. It somehow removes blockages, and relieves a lot of tension in the body.

With the sulphur, his breathing is also easier, I'm thinking it's helping the tightness in the lungs.

So,all of that has been an important part of his treatment, I don't think we would be as far as we are without it.

We are at vit C infusion today, just now starting to try to transition from every two weeks to every three weeks. To me,m that's signifcant, and it makes me happy that I think (hope) that he can do this!

No good pics today, in the corner in a bad spot...

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#202638 - 12/29/11 03:48 PM Re: Max Update/homeopathy [Re: MaxaLisa]
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ANY pic of Max is a GOOD pic! smile I am glad he responded well to the sulphur. I'm also glad that you monitor so closely how Max feels with each change you make to his care. Sending you and Max good thoughts!
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#202640 - 12/29/11 03:59 PM Re: Max Update/homeopathy [Re: Braverhund]
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Originally Posted By: Braverhund
ANY pic of Max is a GOOD pic! smile


yes
thanks

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#202650 - 12/29/11 05:01 PM Re: Max Update/homeopathy [Re: Mary Jane]
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blush

That's Max blushing...once in awhile, he can be very humble wub
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