What to Expect When Giving Your Pet TCVM and Eastern Herbal Formulas

What to Expect When Giving Your Pet TCVM and Eastern Herbal FormulasWhat are TCVM and Eastern Herbal Formulas?

Our clinic uses TCVM formulas from Dr Xie’s Jing Tang Herbal, located in Reddick, FL.

Dr. Huisheng Xie, a third generation practitioner of TCM, born and educated in China, developed the line of Jing Tang herbal formulas.

Dr. Xie created the Jing Tang formulas through knowledge gleaned from 30 years of clinical experience combined with traditional Chinese herbal recipes dating back 3,000 years.

Eastern herbal blends consist of herbs specifically chosen to work synergistically to relieve the patient’s symptoms.

At the same time, the herbs address the underlying causes of the symptoms utilizing the principles of TCVM.

Tips for Using TCVM Eastern Herbal Formulas

Look at the prescription label for the dosage specifically calculated for your pet’s weight.

Bulk powders work well mixed in wet food, tuna, peanut butter, or any food with a good, strong scent of its own that your dog may like.

Herbal formulas take approximately 2-3 weeks to start working.

Maximum benefits are usually obtained within 6 weeks.

Your pet may need a 1-2 week period for his/her body to adjust to the herbs.

During this adjustment period, your pet may experience mild gastrointestinal distress and loose stools.

We recommend continuing the use of the herbs during this period.

If the distress is too intense, you may cut back to ½ the recommended dose for the first week, then resume the total recommended dose.

Some pets need to be an herbal formula only for a few months or until the health issue is resolved.

Other pets, suffering from chronic conditions, need to continue taking the herbal formula for the rest of his/her life.

We hope you have found this information interesting and informative.

TCVM herbal formulas are a wonderful tool to help pets heal and maintain balance in their bodies.

Good luck with your pet’s continued health!

If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please contact our clinic!

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How to Use Zyrtec for Dog Allergies & Itchy Skin

How to Use Zyrtec for Dog AllergiesIf your dog suffers from any of the symptoms listed below, you might benefit from using Zyrtec for dog allergies.

  • Seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Skin allergy symptoms
  • Itchy insect bites
  • Reactions to poison oak or poison ivy
  • Other itchy, allergy-like situations

Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an over-the-counter antihistamine pharmaceutical use to treat dermatitis in dogs.

Cetirizine is the generic name for the name brand product Zyrtec.

WARNING: Do not give your dog ZYRTEC-D. ZYRTEC-D contains ingredients that can be toxic to your dog.

Before giving Zyrtec to your dog, always double check the package label and make sure the only active ingredient in the product is cetirizine.

Zyrtec relieves dog allergy symptoms such as itchy skin, runny noses, and watery eyes.

Drowsiness is a common side effect of Zyrtec.

The standard recommended Zyrtec dosage for dogs is: 

  • Dogs over 10 lbs: Give one 10mg tablet once daily
  • Dogs under 10 lbs: Give one-half of a 10mg tablet once daily

Zyrtec (cetirizine) usually takes approximately 30 minutes to start working.

Always make sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your pet Zyrtec (cetirizine), especially if your pet is on any other supplements or medications.

Use Zyrtec with caution in pets that are pregnant have seizures or other health conditions.

You can use generic versions of Zyrtec, but make sure that the medication you are using contains only cetirizine and other ingredients, as these other ingredients could be harmful to your dog.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Allergies

3 Holistic Options for Dog Mast Cell Tumors

3 Holistic Options for Dog Mast Cell TumorsWhat are Mast Cell Tumors?

Mast cell tumors are the most common skin tumors in dogs.

Mast cell tumor is dog cancer of a particular type blood cell normally involved in the body’s allergic or inflammatory responses.

Mast cell tumors most commonly affect the skin, but can also affect other organs such as the spleen, liver, digestive system, and bone marrow.

Boston terriers, boxers, bulldogs, and pugs are more likely to develop mast cell tumors than other breeds.

The exact cause of mast cell tumors is unknown.

3 Holistic Options for Mast Cell Tumors

Dr. Marc Smith recommends either one, or a combination of the following options, to treat mast cell tumors in dogs.

Treatment varies depending on the dog’s individual needs.

Oral Neoplasene – Oral Neoplasene is a liquid herbal veterinary medicine extracted from the bloodroot plant that is used to treat cancer in dogs. Neoplasene dosing is based on body weight and usually given prior to feeding twice daily.

Max’s Formula – Max’s Formula is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) herbal blend that treats tumors and lumps in dogs, cats, and horses. Max’s Formula is a blend of eight different herbs specifically chosen to address the root causes of lumps and tumors. The blend is available in bulk powder, capsules, and teapills. Max’s Formula is dosed according to weight and given with food twice daily.

Stasis Breaker – Stasis Breaker is a TCVM herbal blend that treats neoplasia, nodules, and tumors in dogs, cats, and horses. Stasis Breaker is a blend of six different herbs specifically chosen to address the root causes of neoplasia and nodules. This herbal blend is available in bulk powder, capsules, and teapills. Stasis Breaker is dosed according to weight and given with food twice daily.

Continued indefinitely, treatment with these products successfully slows and/or halts the progression of mast cell tumors for many of our patients.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Cancer

Does Your Dog Have Cushing’s Disease? This Holistic Option Can Help!

Does Your Dog Have Cushing's Disease? This Can Help!

If your dog has Cushing’s disease, there

Cushing’s disease, also called hyperadrenocorticism, is a disorder in which the adrenal gland produces too much cortisol.

Anatomically, the adrenal glands are two triangular shaped glands located adjacent to the kidneys.

The outer layer, called the cortex, primarily produces three hormones:

  • Cortisol – regulates metabolic activity and the immune system
  • Aldosterone – blood pressure and water metabolism
  • Sex hormones – estrogen and progesterone

The inner layer, called the medulla, primarily produces two hormones:

  • Epinephrine
  • Norepinephrine

Two forms of Cushing’s disease exist in dogs.

Typical Cushing’s Disease

The first form is called typical Cushing’s. In typical Cushing’s disease,  the adrenal cortex produces too much cortisol resulting in irregular metabolic and immune system activity.

Typical Cushing’s is most often caused by hypersecretion of ACTH from the pituitary gland, a gland located at the base of the brain.

For this reason, Cushing’s disease originating from the pituitary gland is termed pituitary-dependent Cushing’s.  As many as 80% of dogs diagnosed with Cushing’s are labeled as pituitary-dependent.

The other 20% of the time, tumors in the adrenal glands are the cause of Cushing’s disease.

This situation is called adrenal-dependent Cushing’s.

Atypical Cushing’s Disease

The second form of Cushing’s disease is called atypical Cushing’s Disease. Atypical Cushing’s disease was recently discovered, and occurs when the adrenal cortex produces an excess of steroid hormones. The excess steroid hormones produce symptoms similar to the symptoms of typical Cushing’s.

Both typical and atypical Cushing’s disease affects mostly middle age to older dogs of all breeds.

Males and females are affected equally.

Melatonin and Lignans Treatment for Cushing’s Disease and Atypical Cushing’s Disease

A general guideline for dosing melatonin is:

  • 1.5 mg for dogs under 25 pounds of body weight once or twice daily
  • 3 mg for an average medium to large sized dog once or twice daily
  • 6 mg if the dog’s weight exceeds 100 lbs once or twice daily
  • Research recommends not exceeding a melatonin dosage of 3-6mg every 8-12 hours.

According to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, the suggested dosing for lignans is:

  • SDG flax hull lignans – 1 mg per pound of body weight
  • HMR lignans – total doses of 10 mg – 4 mg daily should be adequate for small to large dogs

A high quality, cost-effective supplier of these supplements is Swanson Vitamins.

Learn more about Cushing’s disease and Atypical Cushing’s Disease:

Melatonin and Lignan Supplements Treat Atypical Cushing’s Disease in Dogs
Melatonin and Lignan Treatment for Atypical Cushing’s Disease in Dogs
Melatonin and Lignan Cushing’s Treatment

How to Give Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) to Your Dog

How to Give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to Your Dog

You may want to know how to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to your dog if he or she suffers from:

  • Seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Skin allergy symptoms
  • Anxiety while traveling
  • Itchy insect bites
  • Reactions to poison oak or poison ivy
  • Other itchy, allergy like situations

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an over-the-counter pharmaceutical often used to treat dog allergies.

Diphenhydramine is the generic name for the name brand product Benadryl.

Before giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to your dog, always double check the package label and make sure the only active ingredient in the product is diphenhydramine.

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) relieves dog allergy symptoms such as runny noses and watery eyes.

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also be used to reduce anxiety and motion sickness when traveling.

Drowsiness is a common side effect of Benadryl (diphenhydramine).

The standard recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dosage for dogs is 1 mg/lb every 8 to 12 hours, given two to three times daily.

We recommend starting at 1/2 the standard dose, to see if the lower dose works to alleviate the symptoms. If symptoms are no alleviated in 30-40 minutes, add the difference to obtain the full dose.

A single dose can be doubled to 2mg/lb if needed.

Double-dosing is usually done in emergency situations, such as your dog suffering a snake bite or digging up a wasp nest.

The standard dose in a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet is 25 mg.

If you have a small dog, you may need to purchase children’s or infant Benadryl to obtain the correct dose. Remember, always look a the label!

Benadryl (diphenhydramine)usually takes approximately 30 minutes to start working.

If you’re using it to treat anxiety in dogs or to prevent motion sickness administer the medicine 30 minutes before the stressful event or journey is expected.

Note: You shouldn’t give any medication to your dog without first checking with your vet! Dosages can differ depending on our dog’s breed, medical history, and other factors.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Allergies