This is Shadow after 6 months ;
How darned cut is this little guy anyway?
Here is another picture; he looks like royalty!
Shadow's dog mom (She is also the dog mom of Shaman) contacted the PawHealer team to get some help with respect to Shadow's cough; Here is her correspondence to Dr. Pink Pinkerton Herbalist Extraordinaries and myself.
Date: 2/26/2008 3:47:45 AM
After conversation with you regarding possible lung disease and trachea collapse, I began to think that Shadow's increasing honking and choking over the past three days (and sneezing and head shaking) might be more than allergies. I took Shadow to the vet and we reviewed his records. He did have several x-rays and cat scan with the resultant diagnosis of collapsed trachea (radiologist indicated narrowing or trachea). So, I forgot about that. (I shouldn't have forgotten. The vet bill that time was over $1,000.) Anyway, the vet confirmed that Shadow had a respiratory infection and started him on antibiotics and I can continue the herbs. I make chicken soup and stewed chicken for meals for Shadow and Shaman, and I just let the herbs dilute in the chicken soup. Is that ok? I couldn't imagine how else I could get the herbs down him. He's only eating once a day (rather than twice) so he's getting herbs 1xdaily rather than 2xdaily. That's the best I can do now. By the way, I thought I would share this info: I asked the Dr if she could hear any rails/etc in Shadow's lungs. She told me she read a study that indicated the Doc can only hear stuff in lungs after 60% of progression of disease. She wasn't too happy about that latest info...so she said that even though she didn't hear crackles, etc., that didn't mean he didn't have a respiratory infection. Anyway, we now know that we have to keep a close eye on Shadow and when he starts to exhibit symptoms, he goes directly to the vet for diagnosis. Apparently, there is a correlation between collapsed trachea and lung (bronchitis or pneumonia or worse). So, I thank you for alerting me to the University of Florida study. (My vet was well aware of this connection.) The game plan is to see if the antibiotics help within the next week if so good. If not, we take the next diagnostic step.
Thank you for your help. I'll keep you posted.
Rhonda and Shadow (and Shadow's brother Shaman)
Dr. Pink and I sent Shadow two formulas. We have found that many of the dogs that have this lung problem usually have some skin issues. So Shadow got a PawHealer formula for relieving itch, which in the terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine is called "Wind". And of course Shadow also received our super doper Collapsed Trachea herbal cough formula.
There was a problem that she could not get Shadow to take the formulas, but I believe that the wonder dog mom, because she really works hard for her boys, is working through the issue. The PawHealer team believes that we actually have better results with the herbal formula which includes many herbs that fight infection, after all that's what causing the cough.
What's next for this super mom? She is working on feeding the best food she can to heal these dogs through the concept of Chinese food therapy.
The PawHealing team has promised her a blog about super foods that heal....so watch for it!
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