In last week’s update we mentioned that Beamer had stop eating and drinking and had lost a lot of weight. We made several trips back and forth to the University of Georgia Veterinary Hospital trying to understand why Beamer was refusing food. We sought medications to stimulate his appetite because we knew that if Beamer didn’t start eating we would lose him as his strength was failing fast.
Last week we made a decision to try appetite stimulant drugs but they did nothing. We were down to the Hail Mary pass and put Beamer on Prednisone. Initially, we gave him 20 mg twice a day. The second day we tapered it to 10 mg twice a day. We were beginning to see results. Beamer’s appetite came back and he was eating roasted chicken, seared bison and cooked salmon. That brings us to this week’s update.
We have been keeping Beamer well fed and are providing some exercise. Beamer cannot get up on his own. He can raise up on his front legs, but is unable to stand on his rear legs. So, for now, that is one of our jobs. We get him up and he will walk, albeit with great difficulty, just a few steps before he tires. He is very weak in the hindquarter.
A very close friend and neighbor, Anne, called last Thursday to discuss a therapy option for Beamer. Her sister, Anita, was visiting from Canada to teach the local chiropractic university on the use of low level lasers to treat partial paralysis.
Our friend had mentioned Beamer’s partial paralysis to her sister. Apparently, in Canada, vaccine reactions and partial paralysis from that reaction is a well known side effect and they use low level laser in their protocols for treatment. This therapy stimulates the body’s cells to help rejuvenate and heal.
Anita spoke to the proper people to receive permission to treat Beamer and we made arrangements for the procedure to be done at our home for four days in a row. The feeling was that if there was going to be benefit from the treatment it would occur quickly.
Dr. Stiles, a graduate of Life University, visited our house and administered the treatment. Beamer seemed to adjust to it quite well. He was relaxed and nodded off during the brief session.
After the first treatment Beamer seemed incredibly tired. For much of the day he was very lethargic. We were worried that this therapy may have been too hard on him, but later in the day he bounced back and was sitting up and alert.
The second treatment went well. Beamer was quite content to take a nap while everyone fussed over him. He was alert and energized after the treatment.
The third day we noticed a slight difference in Beamer’s walking. It was marginally improved. Of course, Beamer is on Prednisone which can also improve his symptoms.
Beamer had his fourth and final laser treatment yesterday. That was also the day that we meet with Dr. Susan Wynn to discuss alternative medicines and therapies from our referral by Dr. Jean Dodds (as mentioned in the last update).
Our visit was different than expected. Dr. Wynn agreed that this was a classic case of Vaccinosis. Rather than giving him homeopathic remedies to detox him, she was very much in favor of keeping Beamer on Prednisone since it seemed to turn his condition around. In fact, she increased his dosage. We were in the process of weaning him back, at the suggestion of the other vets. He is now on 5 mg twice a day for two weeks and then we will begin to taper the dosage back over the following three weeks. Dr. Wynn said that if we were not using Prednisone she would use Thuja and Lyssin for detox, but since Prednisone is working we should stay with it. These two detox remedies do not work when taking Prednisone.
Dr. Wynn added an adult Centrum vitamin to his diet to replenish necessary vitamins and minerals that he has lost through his lack of eating and a finicky palate. In addition, we are starting him on Chinese supplements twice a day. This includes a mixture of Hindquarter Weakness (70%) and Xiao Huo Luo Dan (30%). I will be adding that to his diet this evening.
Beamer seems to be making progress. He is eating well, but still needs to gain back his strength. We can’t say for sure, but we believe that Beamer has a smile on his face again. Tibetan Terriers are known as “The Little People” because of their personalities. Beamer’s name was given to him because of his beautiful smile.
Tomorrow is his first hydrotherapy appointment. We are hoping this will be the start of a strengthening program and exercise to regain his mobility. His legs and hips are very weak, so we know this will take some time.
It was a little less than a week ago that we thought we were going to lose our best buddy. Now, Beamer has turned the corner and we are very encouraged.
Physical therapy and the continued use of Prednisone and supplements are on this week’s agenda. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers and we will have another update later this week or early next week.