Paralysis in a pet can be just as terrifying for you the pet owner as it is for your pet. You can use some home remedies to help comfort your dog, cat, or other pet and hopefully find a natural cure for what has caused the paralysis.
A stroke is one common cause of paralysis, but a number of infections and other conditions can cause sudden or encroaching paralysis in pets, including tick paralysis. Getting an evaluation from your vet should be the first step in addressing your pet's paralysis.
Home Remedies: Increased blood flow can be good in addressing paralysis, so a natural remedy such as cayenne or gingko biloba can -- with care -- be used to improve circulation. Many breeds also suffer paralysis due to ruptured vertebral discs, in which case bone and cartilage supporting remedies such as comfrey or chicken cartilage may offer some restoration.
This is a terrific link on how to care for your paralyzed dog, with lessons to be learned for other pets as well.
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[YEA] 11/02/2008: Katie from Edison, NJ: "Comfrey Compress for a Dachshund
My doxie's back legs became paralyzed. The vet "guessed" that he had intervertebral disk disease and suggested a $5,000.00 surgery. After my research - I put him on strict crate rest, gave him supplements, chinese herbs and pumpkin (for fiber). I also gave him comfrey compresses - 3x's a day- which he would settle into. It took 3 1/2 months for him to walk again. The interesting thing was that when he got better, he would not sit for the compresses. I took it as "I'm ok now and don't need it anymore.") A big thanks to this website for it's valuable information."Replies
02/17/2009: Terry from Glendale, AZ replies: "Katie, I have Shih Tzus and my Laverne had a slipped disk which she was given an injection of cordizone and medication and it healed to get swelling down. I then got her Daily Sure Vitamins which help, but when I stopped she can run but when she shakes her back legs fall and she can walk.
I research as always and know this breed can get Interverterbal disease. Two herb supplement natural is what I found. on web page www.usanimals.com called DISC AID, another one is ARTHRO-INOX Is fortified to target nutrition and joint health over 74 minerals and trace element on web page www.vetronx.com
Can you or someone help on what to give her as the multi vitamin seem great and was helping and out of my 7 Shih Tzus, she is the only one with problem.
Also she has no pain and I wanted to know which chinese herbs and what kind of pumpkin did you use?? I researched Hip Displasia and Degenerative Myelopathy which are in bigger dogs. I'm more than sure she has the first aligment I mentioned. Thank you for your help and what I should do. I do give my dogs Organic Appple Cider Vinegar in their food. read about it and I also take it for 3 years Excellent product. Waiting to hear. Terry"
10/29/2011: Datzinahat from Pickerington, Oh, Usa: "Please give any suggestions you may have for my beloved labrador Willow. About 13 years. Has had a stroke and has lost muscle. Vet thinks spine may be fusing together.
What can I do to help with Stroke & Spine/Muscle issues? She is having trouble standing."Replies
11/08/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The fusing of the spine can be definitely helped with hyaluronic acid. It is preferably mixed in standard drinking water, say 500 mg of hyaluronic acid mixed in water and dissolved with 10 grams of sea salt. For the fusing, you apply DMSO with castor oil (50/50) for simplicity to the area of the back topically 3 times a day should do. It is often caused by long term magnesium deficiency combined with a fungus which grows allowing autoimmunity. The antidote for autoimmunity (some) includes 1/8 teaspoon of borax dissolved in the original drinking water, and add 10 drops of magnesium chloride saturated solution. Muscle loss has something to do with vitamin B complex deficiency, so B50 given to the dog for a whole week will give some healing. Lysine is needed, at 1/2 teaspoon a day for calcium utilization and bone generation somewhat with some vitamin C, 500 mg a day will help. Some vitamin e may also help with lameness or trouble standing, Start with that.