Hi there, if you're really looking for a homeopathic expert, then I will probably need to opt out, although I have access to some alternative medicine experts' advice which I will share here. This information comes from Dr. XXXXX XXXXXmehouse, who is a veterinary expert in alternative therapies that practices in California. If you like my answer, then please click the 'accept' button. If you do not, I will be happy to opt out so that another expert can step in and take the reigns. I do have some familiarity with homeopathy, but my experience with it is that it really does not help with anything I've seen it tried with. That said, I do believe that herbals can be very effective and have a place in treating these illnesses. I will say on the front of Western medicine that I believe an anticonvulsant is in order as it might help give her some relief from her seizures. I am surprised your veterinarian has not already done this, but it is possible such drugs are not available in Honduras; I'm not sure. According to Dr. Limehouse, Dolisos is a good company for homeopathics to treat distemper. However, he also says you can make your own homeopathic treatment at home. His instructions are to take some of the dog's nasal discharge
, put it in some Everclear alcohol...about 3 to 5 ml. This is called the Mother Tincture. Now you want to either dilute it furthur in 10's or 100's. He says to use either a 7C dilution or a 12 X dilution. For a 7C use > 1 drop of the mother tincture in a test tube (red top is ok) and add 99 drops of water. Succus (hit against your palm to shake it) for 25 times. This will be a 1C dilution. Take 1 drop of this and add 99 drops of water. Succus again. Take 1 drop of this 2C dilution...etc until you have a 7C dilution. Then use this as a stock solution using 10 drops to 1/2 ounce of water. Give a dropperfull of this final amount three times daily. If you choose to use a 12X dilution, do the same but take 1 ml of Mother Tincture and dilute with 9 ml of water...etc In addition, he also advocates vitamin C. The dose for Vit C would be what the animal will tolerate before it gets bowel intolerance. In some dogs, this may only be a couple of hundred mgs. It is possible to get an animal to use to Vit C by working up slowly on the dose. Start with a pinch (literally a pinch) of Sodium Ascorbate or Ester C and work up from there. Sometimes doctors will use very large doses given intravenously...10,000 mg, to treat distemper. (Dr. Wendell Belfield suggest this in his book "How to Have a Healthier Dog.) Vit A 10,000 units daily; Co Q10 30 mg (or higher) three times a day; and then a multiple vitamin are the other suggestions he gives. I should add that I don't believe any of these nutraceuticals will interfere with the Western drugs you are giving. Moducare, which is a plant sterol, is another option that has anecdotally been shown to help in distemper cases. Finally, it is very important that Lucy gets lots of fluids. Hopefully your vet is administering these, but oral fluids at home should consist of an electrolyte solution. Pedialyte is an electrolyte solution that we frequently use in the U.S, but I am not sure what is available in Honduras. One other thing I should mention is a Chinese herb called Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang. I do not know its mechanism of action or whether it will interfere with the other treatments being given, and I also do not know if you can access it where you are. However, this herb was shown in a scientific in vitro study to have an effect against the human measles virus, which is a virus in the same class as distemper. It has been used in Chinese medicine for some time as a treatment for the measles virus. The concentration they used in the paper was 100 ug/mL. We currently have no studies in veterinary medicine showing whether it is effective against distemper or not, so if you decide you want to try it I advise its use with some caution, but I wanted to mention it as one possible consideration you could talk over with your veterinarian. My main concern with that one is that I do not know its mechanism of action and do not know how it will interact with the other drugs currently being used.
Edited by S. Waters, DVM on 10/4/2009 at 9:31 PM EST