New Meds helping for Spinal Injury

March 29th, 2018 at 6:00 am EDT
Hello Friend,

A cheery Hi to you, your pets, your human family members, and to any other significant others in your life.

Here is something that may be of interest of you.

If you have a dog or cat with a chronic back, spine, or muscle related injury, one of the newer alternative remedies that I found helpful in practice is Energy Healing.

You can learn What it is and How to do it at home here:
Study: Dogs with Spinal Cord Injuries May Require Customized Treatments

Source: Veterinary Practice News

A one-size-fits-all approach is not ideal for treating dogs with spinal cord injuries, according to a clinical trial conducted at the North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The findings may lead the way to personalized treatments for spinal cord injuries, and hopefully better outcomes for canine and potentially human patients, the college noted.

The study included 19 paraplegic dogs, all of which had suffered similar spinal cord injuries. All dogs had been injured long enough to rule out any hope of unaided recovery.

Two New Drugs

Two drugs were used in the study: 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) and a derivative of the drug called t-butyl, which was developed by Daniel Smith and the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University. 4-AP has been tested on humans for spinal cord injury, and is currently in use as a treatment for multiple sclerosis. T-butyl has not been tested clinically on humans. Both drugs work by helping damaged nerves transmit signals, according to the college.

The trial was a blinded, placebo-controlled, cross over study. All dogs were treated with a placebo and both drugs, each for a two-week block of time assigned randomly, to first determine whether the drugs were effective, and then see whether or not there was a difference in efficacy between the two medications.

The study showed that there was little difference in efficacy between the drugs themselves. Both drugs produced a significant improvement in stepping when compared to placebo. However, the difference in levels of response from the dogs in the trial ranged from no improvement to being able to take unassisted steps on a treadmill.

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. Energy Healing video covers:

Background, description of Energy Healing
Purpose of Energy Healing
Techniques covered include:
Flower Remedies
Demonstration of Reiki and Acupressure

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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