Description of treatment of the German shepherd dog, Era
Four years ago my dog started raising her hind leg and limping, so I took her to the vet for an X-ray examination. It turned out that she has degeneration of the knees (at first, the doctors were not sure whether it was degeneration in the right knee or bone cancer, after the biopsy it turned out that it was degeneration), and a torn ligament in the right knee. I gave her Carprodyl F 100mg at first, but there was no improvement, and she began to grind her nails in her hind legs.
Stem cell treatment was recommended, and on 27 June 2014 stem cells were administered into the blood. We waited and noticed a possible slight improvement, but after three months the condition worsened. So on 19 September 2014 stem cells were administered once again. Another X-ray was needed because she now developed a limp on her front legs, and it turned out that she also has degeneration in both elbows. She received laser treatment and vitamin injections under the skin.
There was still no improvement, and in 2015, at my request, she had her spine X-rayed, and degenerations were found there, too. At that point I was told that neurological changes are taking place. She then underwent magno-therapy, laser therapy, and currents, and I began to take her swimming. On 14 August 2015, Era was given stem cells once again, and there was still no improvement.
I took Era to an orthopaedic surgeon who told me that stem cells will not help here and suggested I read about the IRAP method (doctor’s diagnosis: (1) degeneration of L and R elbow due to the Ununited Anconeal Process – UAP – of L and R elbow; (2) degeneration in the right knee due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament of the knee; (3) neurological symptoms in the pelvic limbs).
Before we did anything, however, I was offered consultations with the best neurologist in Poland. After examining Era, he ruled out surgery and proposed treatment for a week: 1 tablet of Encorton 2x daily, 5mg of Nivalin injected once daily, vitamin B1 once daily, and FALVIT mama 2x daily.
After a week, the neurologist noticed significant improvement, and for the next 3 weeks he proposed 0.5 tablet of Encorton 2x daily, 5mg of Nivalin by injection every 3 days, vitamins B1 and B12 once daily, FALVIT mama and 1 tablet of HMB 2x daily. During that time we continued laser therapy, lamp irradiation and swimming.
At that time I also started to worry about the side effects of Encorton, and after reading many articles I found a site about treatment with herbs. I preferred to treat my Era with natural preparations. In addition, I cooked chicken paws with vegetables for Era and gave her Inflamex.
I used to give her Cetyl m but nowadays you cannot buy it in Poland. I don’t know if it is just a coincidence, but after taking Cetyl m for some time Era suffered from diarrhoea and skin changes, she began to bite herself and smell bad (from the skin scrapings it turned out this was staphylococcus and she was treated with antibiotics).
For some time she was fine, but ever since we started going swimming again she started to scratch and smell bad. I used Hexoderm to bathe her (as the vet recommended) because they did not want to give her antibiotics. But it wasn’t until the visit to the neurologist and after she was given Encorton that the skin problems disappeared for some time.
The worst symptoms occurred in December 2016 when skin changes appeared around the nail of the left hind leg. Looking on the Internet for photos with a similar case, I came across the website of Piękno Kopyta where a case identical to what my Era was going through was described. I contacted Adam who recommended dressing the leg twice a day with ethyl propolis sediment, and oral administration of 20% propolis solution diluted in distilled water.
The treatment was on for several months but today there is no trace of changes around the nail and no recurrence of staphylococcus.