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Hi, A friend suggested that I give my renal dog Yucca Intensive

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Hi,

A friend suggested that I give my renal dog Yucca Intensive for her arthritis/inflammatory symptoms as she was put on Prednisone recently. I searched the web and Yucca Intensive is available on Amazon and 1800petmeds.

http://www.petmedsbuy.com/object.php?id=4 and http://www.1800petmeds.com/Yucca+Intensive-prod10850.html

I just want to know how safe is Yucca Intensive and if it's a good herbal supplements for gastric, joint pain, inflammations and skin rashes?

Can we use it to replace Predisone, Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam, Tramadol, Misoprostol etc?

Tks!!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

Dr. Altman :

Although the yucca is perfectly safe in moderation as discussed in the attached links you have provided, unfortunately it is meant more as a supplement to treatment versus a replacement

Dr. Altman :

Have you discussed other alternatives such as gabapentin (neurontin in people), acupuncture, laser therapy?

Customer:

I see.........acupuncture yes. The rest, no.

Customer:

My dog was recently diagnosed with CRF

Dr. Altman :

Is she on supplements such as glucosamine sulfate, high dosage of fish oil with omega fatty acids?

Dr. Altman :

Ah, then steroids and nonsteroidals really should be avoided

Customer:

she was coughing last mth and I suspected the subq and the vet put her on Pred and Furosemide

Customer:

She's on MSM and CoQ10

Customer:

and Salmon Oil

Customer:

she has fluid in her lungs

Customer:

but it's all cleared now

Customer:

so a friend suggested that now that she's off the Pred, I can consider Yucca

Dr. Altman :

I would really discuss the gabapentin

Customer:

and now that I read it's 'so good', i'm wondering if it's safe as there's a bad review on the additive Potassium Sobate

Dr. Altman :

It takes a full week to be effective but is very safe for older pets that are on other medications or other organ issues

Customer:

is gabapentin a drug for inflammation?

Dr. Altman :

Now that I know about the kidneys please let me review the ingredients again

Dr. Altman :

It is a medication that dulls the nerve firing associated with pain

Dr. Altman :

So it is not an antiinflammatory

Customer:

O.....ok. My CRF dog was limping a bit too.....she was a rescued stray. Her left hind leg seemed to have an old injury

Customer:

while she was on Pred for her lungs, she wasn't limping!!!

Dr. Altman :

Ah, I see

Dr. Altman :

Sorry, the steroids were not given with the nonsteroidals you listed such as rimadyl, deramaxx, metacam correct?

Customer:

no, I copied and pasted the medication. My CRF pup is not on them. I'm asking as another friend of mine having a CRF dog needs Carafate and/or Misoprostol.

Customer:

we are from Malaysia and recently Carafate was out of stock

Customer:

pharmacist recommended Mucosta Rebamipide

Customer:

so if Yucca Intensive is as 'good' and as 'safe' as it claims to be, then we can try it on our pups

Dr. Altman :

Yes, I always advise starting anything new in lower doses then advised then titrating up to ensure there are no side effects. Even with herbs

Customer:

So Dr. Altman, you don't think Yucca can help my CRF pup with her limping and any inflammatory issues inside her? she used to have hiccups and coughs after subq, but not anymore. I thought Yucca will be a good 'preventive' and maintenance supplement.

Dr. Altman :

I absolutely do not see a harm in using the yucca for this purpose but it is more for longterm and not acute lameness/ pain

Dr. Altman :

I definitely think it is worth trying to see if it gives some comfort

Customer:

ok thks!! :D

Dr. Altman :

And discussing with your vet if gabapentin is something available for use because it is easy on the organs, less expensive, and safer then the nonsteroidals

Dr. Altman :

Can I assist with any additional questions this evening?

Customer:

One last one on gabapentin - it's for arthritis? or it's a good 'alternative' to Predisone?

Dr. Altman :

I use it for chronic pain of any kind

Dr. Altman :

It is an alternative to nonsteroidals and steroids as well

Dr. Altman :

I use the steroids/ nonsteroidals as meds to use when a dog is having increased pain on an as needed basis

Customer:

I see. Ok tks. Will discuss with my vet if it's available here.

Dr. Altman :

Great! Can I assist with any additional questions today?

Customer:

Not for the time being. Tks!!

Dr. Altman :

You are very welcome

Dr. Altman :

Good luck to you both :-)

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


so sorry, I forgot to ask if you think human can take Yucca Intensive?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
This is definitely not my area of expertise, I would imagine that there is a human formula that will be much safer than using the formula created for our pets…

I hope this helps! I am signing off for the night but will check in tomorrow morning to see if you have responded with additional questions. Thank you!
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