About PAAH

Our mission is to provide the highest quality care for our patients and clients. We strive to offer current and comprehensive medical diagnostics, procedures, and care with an emphasis on preventive medicine. Compassionate treatment of pets and clients helps to reinforce our commitment to the human-animal bond. We share in your love for your companion animals and it’s our privilege to earn your trust as we provide superior veterinary care for your family.

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5 responses to “About PAAH

  1. Great site so far! You took great care of my dog; I subscribed!

  2. Thanks for stopping in to read the blog! I’m happy we were able to give you and your dog a good experience during your visit. 🙂

  3. This is an excellent blog on canine DCM, thank you! I am amazed at your patience and attention with each inquiry. I have a 10 year old very large male Dobie (not a breeder -out of a Dobie-czech mom and US dad), diagnosed with DCM (ultrasound) about two months ago. I have a question and also wanted to tell you/your readers what I’m giving my Dobie to hopefully prolong his “good time” left with us. My question is: why is there consistent weight loss with this disease? He does not have arrhythmia.
    Also, although you may feel that my regimen is “overkill” or perhaps some of the supplements are contraindicated, I did my research on human DCM and read several vet blogs and I am giving my boy the following supplements (he was over 100 lbs, probably is about 80 or 90 now).:
    taurine
    CoQ10
    acetyl-L-carnitine
    creatine
    selenium
    potassium (because of the diuretic)
    Hawthorne Berry
    Rutin
    Turmeric
    Ginger
    Ginkgo
    vitamin E
    Omega 3s (Fish oil)
    L-Ribose
    Choline
    coleus (Forskolhii)
    [cayenne-recommended but I just can’t give my dog hot pepper!]
    Garlic (blood thinner as we suspected a blood clot or spinal embolism occurred which has caused him partial single rear leg paralysis)
    nattokinase (similar to streptokinase to prevent blood clots)
    bladderwort (Blood thinner)
    kelp (blood thinner)
    I’m asked how I get him to “eat” all that! I empty all the capsules and grind any tablets and put it in dog food or meat and sometimes “coat it” in salmon. (honey smoked salmon from Costco).
    I have gone down to every other day and omitted blood thinners.
    My vet is surprised as he thought Oden had only a few weeks to live.
    I’m going to have another ultrasound if Oden continues to do well.
    I’d appreciate your comments (and concerns) about my “mix” of supplements. I’d also appreciate your comments on the promise of stem cell therapy for DCM.
    Thank you. Sara in California

  4. Sara,

    Wow, talk about dedication!! I’m always impressed when owners take this much time to study and learn on behalf of their companions. Huge kudos to you!

    The question about weight loss is a good one. The consensus seems to be that it’s a combination of reduced intake of calories and nutrients, reduced absorption of nutrients, increased calorie burning, and consequences of the medications we put pets on to treat cardiac disease. Complications with kidney, liver, and intestinal status as a result of the disease or medications also have an impact.

    I’ll have to be really honest about the herbals that you’ve got Odin on. I just don’t have enough training to feel comfortable making recommendations or commenting on the list in a comprehensive way. That being said, there’s only one thing on there that It hunk you should avoid, which is the garlic. I assume that you omitted that with the other blood thinners. Garlic can damage and destroy red blood cells. While a big dog like Oden would have to have a LOT of garlic to have any visible symptoms of garlic toxicity, we know that *any* amount of garlic does some damage to red cells. For a dog that already has circulation problems due to his heart disease, every red cell counts. They need to be delivering oxygen to the body, and if we’re impeding that at all with damage, it’s the wrong way to go. I don’t mean to imply that you’ve done any harm, or irreparable harm, to the cells — usually there’s enough in reserve to make up for what a small amount of garlic will damage. It’s just one of those things that I personally feel there’s not enough hard evidence to support regular use.

    CoQ10, taurine, and carnitine are recommended for sure in DCM dogs. I support potassium supplementation if the dose of lasix/furosemide is causing trouble. Omega 3s are great. I’ve heard good things about turmeric, too, but again, I don’t think we have a lot (any?) good data on that.

    The way I generally try to approach big lists of supplements is to make sure that nothing on there is harmful. If they’re safe, we can give it a try. The interactions of herbals and traditional meds is difficult to predict or know about in some cases, so ultimately we really have to ask: is the patient better? If it’s working for you and Odin, stick with it!

    Hopefully I’ve been of some help to you. I wish you and Odin the very best, and I’m grateful for you sharing your experience with other owners. This post has been incredibly popular, far beyond what I thought it could be. The more owners and dogs we can all help by sharing info, the better!

  5. Almost forgot the stem cell question! The stem cell therapies that are out there are still in that tough spot where those using them swear by them but academics are gathering data and trying to rigorously evaluate scientifically whether the therapies actually work. I’d say that it’s another area where there’s promise and it may help. We’re not using stem cells in our practice at this point, so I’m a little sketchy on details here. As with the supplements, if there are minimal to no risks and you don’t mind spending the money, no harm and possible help is likely to be worth it for you. You just need to be prepared for the results to be less than perfect. :\

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