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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
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
Have you discussed other alternatives such as gabapentin (neurontin in people), acupuncture, laser therapy?
I see.........acupuncture yes. The rest, no.
My dog was recently diagnosed with CRF
Is she on supplements such as glucosamine sulfate, high dosage of fish oil with omega fatty acids?
Ah, then steroids and nonsteroidals really should be avoided
she was coughing last mth and I suspected the subq and the vet put her on Pred and Furosemide
She's on MSM and CoQ10
and Salmon Oil
she has fluid in her lungs
but it's all cleared now
so a friend suggested that now that she's off the Pred, I can consider Yucca
I would really discuss the gabapentin
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
It takes a full week to be effective but is very safe for older pets that are on other medications or other organ issues
is gabapentin a drug for inflammation?
Now that I know about the kidneys please let me review the ingredients again
It is a medication that dulls the nerve firing associated with pain
So it is not an antiinflammatory
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
while she was on Pred for her lungs, she wasn't limping!!!
Ah, I see
Sorry, the steroids were not given with the nonsteroidals you listed such as rimadyl, deramaxx, metacam correct?
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.
we are from Malaysia and recently Carafate was out of stock
pharmacist recommended Mucosta Rebamipide
so if Yucca Intensive is as 'good' and as 'safe' as it claims to be, then we can try it on our pups
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
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.
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
I definitely think it is worth trying to see if it gives some comfort
ok thks!! :D
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
Can I assist with any additional questions this evening?
One last one on gabapentin - it's for arthritis? or it's a good 'alternative' to Predisone?
I use it for chronic pain of any kind
It is an alternative to nonsteroidals and steroids as well
I use the steroids/ nonsteroidals as meds to use when a dog is having increased pain on an as needed basis
I see. Ok tks. Will discuss with my vet if it's available here.
Great! Can I assist with any additional questions today?
Not for the time being. Tks!!
You are very welcome
Good luck to you both :-)
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so sorry, I forgot to ask if you think human can take Yucca Intensive?