By Jess Serre, CCHM Distance Education Student
Picture this, a perfect golden Labrador puppy, in perfect physical condition. She has waves in her fur all the way down her spine and a swirl of fur at the tip of her tail. Winkles on her face that makes you want to squish her face and gives her hugs and kisses.
She hears a noise and jumps from the mattress of our bed. Before she hits the floor with her front paws, she jams her right hind leg between the mattress and foot board. Huge Ouch! My husband said she yelped very loudly and was immobile for only a few minutes. Then with her energy bar back at full, as with all Labrador puppies, she was off again. Little did we know the damage to her precious leg.
Two days later she begins to limp. We take her to the vet to find out that she “hurt her cruciate ligament” and she’d have to be on bed rest for 3 months. No jumping, no zig zag walking, no running. Can you imagine telling a dog of 7 months of age that she cannot do anything but walk in a straight line. Complete hogwash. But for the love of Chloe, we moved our bed into the front room, mattress on the floor and gates to block off every stairway so she wouldn’t have the opportunity to injure the joint further.
Three months pass, the vet completes a follow-up x-ray, inflammation remains. New order from our vet, 3 more months of bed rest. Chloe was then 10 months old with no improvement to the joint. Something has got to give. How can you stop a puppy from running to burn off all that energy?
Upon listening to Module 2 recordings, Lisa was reviewing the emergency kit list of homeopathic remedies to use in case of injury. What an amazing group of remedies to help at such a serious time. Homeopathy is awesome! She reviewed Rhus tox and how it is greatly used for tendon and ligament injuries. I ran out that night after working a 12 hour shift, scavenging every drug store and grocery store in our city for this hopeful remedy to help my poor puppy feel a sense of normalcy. Finally, very close to closing time, I found Rhus tox at Sobey’s. Right under our noses, in stores we shop at all the time, are these amazing little pellets of healing.
I began using Rhus tox as prescribed on the tube. It suggests “5 pellets three times a day”. Seeing as I was only on Module 2 or 3 at the time, and we haven’t studied appropriate dosing yet, I wasn’t sure what the proper dose for a 10-11-month-old puppy would be. But I gave it a shot and I could see almost immediate, definitely within 24 hours, see an improvement on mobility and overall wellbeing.
Her symptoms prior to Rhus tox administration: Limping with walking; no weight bear to right hind extremity; tenderness with touch to joint, leg and hip; and the main symptom as taught by Lisa, difficulty with rising from lying to standing position. When her voice uttered those words, I knew this was the remedy we needed to try.
Now on our second tube of Rhus tox pellets, in combination of a Chinese herbal supplements, vet prescribed omega 3 chewables and daily physical therapy, Chloe is able stand and walk like a normal dog. We still have a very long road ahead but thanks to Rhus tox, we don’t have to watch her struggle to rise, walk or be a puppy.
Homeopathy is changing every aspect of my family’s life. I hope it helps yours too.