Spay and natural painkiller questions??
Hi Gary! Could you please help me please? I have 2 sweet dogs, a Chihuahua, Joe Joe and Boxer, Magnolia. In two weeks we are going to get Magnolia blood tests, etc., to prepare for her to be spayed. This is the first time for us, and I feel more nervous than her lol! But any way, I'm very concerned about which gas, sedatives and painkillers that will be used. I'm a firm believer in homeopathic medicine and like to avoid NSAIDS and any other chemicals involved that weaken the immune system rather than uplift it. I truly value your opinion on this matter. Here is the list of questions/concerns as follows:
1. Which is best sevoflurane or isoflurane?
2. Do you recommend just morphine or valium?
3. After surgery is there any natural painkillers that could work?
My dogs and I appreciate you so much! We look forward to hearing from you! God Bless you!
Hello Christy, Joe Joe and Magnolia:
Thank you very much for your email and photo. Please note, I am not a veterinarian and do not give medical advice or interfere with ongoing veterinary protocol.
Fortunately, through the wisdom of Nature, we are blessed with an abundance of natural pain killers and anti-inflammatory herbs. A few of them are very well tolerated by dogs and cats and posses palliative benefits comparable to many modern drugs, but with minimal or no side effects.
To answer your first question, let me refer you to our humble but growing natural pet health library, Natural Health Articles About Dogs and Cats. Please refer to the article Is My Dog Safe Under Anesthesia? for a brief, general overview of anesthesia on dogs.
I am prohibited from answering your second question as it involves a medical recommendation. Let me just say that if Magnolia were my dog facing routine surgery, I would give her every possibility of escape from pain and trauma. This is because, when it comes to pain and trauma, I'm the world's biggest sissy. And I wouldn't want my dogs to go through anything I wouldn't want to go through.
When it comes to reducing pain and inflammation after Magnolia's surgery, I highly recommend powdered Turmeric root in capsules or sprinkled on her food if she'll eat it.
Dosing should be 35mg per 10 lbs. of body weight twice daily. A 50 lb. dog, for example, would get 175mg in the AM and again in the PM.
Check your local vitamin store for Turmeric root powder. You can buy it online in 550mg capsules from www.starwest-botanicals.com. Open the capsules and cut the powder into thirds for the approximate dose in the 50 lb. dog example. Adjust for actual weight and remember, herbs are very forgiving and "approximations" are usually well clear of any possibility of toxicity.
Another favorite herb for reduction of pain and inflammation is Feverfew powder in capsules, available online or at health food stores. Cut the dose to 25mg per 10 lbs. of body weight twice daily.
Start Magnolia on 175mg once daily of Milk Thistle powder as far prior to the surgery as possible, and keep her on it for 3 to 4 weeks after. This will do wonders to strengthen her liver to fight off post-op infection. Also, take her off Ginkgo biloba and any other blood-thinning agents immediately.
You can simplify the pain and inflammation herbal medication by simply giving her our Primalix Arthridia, and the important immune boost can be found in our Primalix Immune. Both formulas are "Functional Food Drops" and can by added to her wet or dry food.
Again, thank you for your questions and I truly hope this helps ease the pain and lighten your thinking. Remember, you're in good company here. We dog lovers are not happy unless we're suffering right along with our dogs.
Gary Le Mon
Natural Wonder Products Corp