Treatment for Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia in Dogs
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter
Writing about my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s senior dog care is a dream come true! You see, Dexter, my almost 11-year-old dog suffers from Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, a very common neurological condition among Cavaliers. You can read more about this disease in this article.
When Dexter was first diagnosed with SM/CM in 2012, I didn’t think I would have much more time with him. I’m beyond thrilled to report that Dexter is going strong and his disease is managed with loads of treatments such as food therapy, herbal remedies, canine acupuncture, laser treatments, physical therapy, some pharmaceuticals, and focusing on reducing his inflammation.
In 2016, Dexter started to drag his back feet while he walked. It was not huge, but enough that I could see some wear on his toenails. Dexter’s physical therapy treatment included improving Dexter’s conscious proprioception through various exercises as well as using Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips for dogs. You can read more his treatment success in this article.
Best Supplements for Senior Dogs
Dexter and I keep plugging along in our natural treatments for his Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia along with trying to keep his aging body in tip-top shape. I’ve always been as proactive as I can with Dexter’s care, which includes feeding him a fresh diet that consists of foods to fight inflammation and improve his overall health. Along with healthy foods, I incorporate a variety of dog supplements into his diet.
My philosophy with Dexter’s care has always been one of rotation. I rotate his variety of foods, brands, supplements, and herbs. I feel this is the best way to provide him with optimal health.
New Zealand Deer Antler Velvet for Dogs
Over the last few years there has been a growing buzz about the health benefits of deer velvet for dogs. Deer velvet covers the growing bone on a deer’s antlers. You may be amazed to hear that deer antlers grow almost a pound a day! Because of this rapid growth, traditional Chinese medicine actually considers deer velvet a plant.
It is believed because of deer velvet’s rapid growth, it provides valuable tissue regeneration and healing. Deer velvet naturally contains amino acids, hyaluronic acid, minerals, glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin sulfate, collagen, and essential fatty acids. It’s no wonder deer velvet is becoming a widely used natural dog supplement to help with a dog’s mobility and musculoskeletal and neurological issues.
In a 2004 research study, it was concluded that deer velvet was quite beneficial for dogs with osteoarthritis. According to the owners’ assessment, of the dogs treated with elk velvet, the dogs demonstrated a beneficial response. At home, arthritic dogs improved their physical performances, accompanied by increasing vitality. You can read more about the study here.
With all these promising health benefits, I thought it would be a great time to add New Zealand deer velvet to Dexter’s supplemental rotation. Since I have such great experiences with Dr. Buzby’s products I reached out to Dr. Buzby about her new joint supplement, Dr. Buzby’s Encore Mobility™ Joint Supplement With NZ Deer Velvet For Dogs.
New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel for Dogs
Dr. Buzby’s Encore Mobility™ Joint Supplement With NZ Deer Velvet For Dogs offers a one-two punch. Not only do these natural dog supplements provide 427 mg. of New Zealand Deer Velvet per pill, but they also contain 320 mg of New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels.
This mussel is found in New Zealand. New Zealand mussels eat phytoplankton, which are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and chlorophyll. Green-lipped mussels themselves are high in protein, iron, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and vitamins C and B12.
Green-lipped mussels promote healthy heart and brain function. These little shellfish are packed full of natural glucosamine and chondroitin, giving them joint-protecting and healing properties. I have been rotating green-lipped mussels into Dexter’s supplement rotation for about three years.
Ingredient Panel-New Zealand Deer Velvet 427 mg, New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel 320 mg, binder (maltodextrin, corn starch, guar gum)
I’ve been following the directions and giving Dexter one tablet about thirty minutes before breakfast and dinner. He loves the taste of the joint supplement and thinks of it as a treat. Because I’ve been so proactive with Dexter’s health and joint care, rotating natural joint supplements into his daily routine, I can’t say I’ve seen a difference in his mobility. I believe by providing your dog with daily natural joint supplements, you are helping him stay as mobile and vibrant as possible. Dr. Buzby says with her clients, “In addition to the mobility benefits, I typically see a ‘lift’ in vigor and vitality.”
I am glad I found Dr. Buzby’s Encore Mobility™ Joint Supplement With NZ Deer Velvet For Dogs. If you believe in protecting your dog’s joints, I highly recommend giving Dr. Buzby’s Encore Mobility™ Joint Supplement With NZ Deer Velvet For Dogs a try. Use promo code: DEX10 for 10% off your first order.
Note: Deer antler (which the deer loses as part of its natural cycle) is humanely harvested with local anesthetic, and the deer continues on with life. Not suitable for dogs who suffer from shellfish allergies.
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