"I contacted NHV at the end of April 2019 when my 7 yr old chocolate lab/95 lbs, Maggie, had to be taken off a prescription corticosteroid, which was for her IBD. She is on numerous medications for her IBD but the corticosteroid is what seemed to help the most. However, it comes with side effects, which started to develop after one year. Maggie was diagnosed with calcinosis cutis, a skin condition. She developed a build up of calcium deposits on her skin, raw spots from scratching and chewing, and lost hair in those areas. Since my concern on stopping the corticosteroid was all-around, with the anti-inflammatory drug helping her gastro issue, as well as her allergy issues, yet continuing it had new conditions that developed which warranted immediate attention.
Dr. Amanda suggested Yucca for its steroidal properties, Plantaeris for the GI tract, Stimmune for the immune system, AlgeEx for food/environmental allergies, Milk Thistle for healthy liver support due to Maggie’s numerous medications, and Ouch Away for her raw spots. Upon my second order, I picked up the All Clear Ointment for specific skin spots that had hair loss and calcium deposits, and for areas that Maggie was chewing on due to skin allergies.
Maggie has only been on herbal treatments for only 6 weeks, but I must say her skin condition has improved. I see hair regrowth and the calcinosis cutis deposits have greatly diminished. To be fair, she has discontinued the corticosteroid which would cease the calcinosis condition from continued development and assist with the condition eventually diminishing. She also has bi-weekly medicated baths to assist with skin healing.Our vet did say it could take 4-6 months for her skin and coat to return to normal after ceasing the corticosteroid, but at 6 weeks it is 90% better! Maggie has had a few episodes of IBD vomiting since ceasing the corticosteroid and starting the herbs but nothing that is above the level of IBD episodes Maggie has had while on the corticosteroid. It appears her scratching and chewing have also reduced." - Sharon