Alternative Medicine for Pets/Dog Unable to Walk or Jump


Hoping you can advise.

About 2 months ago I brought my dog, 12 yo English Mastiff female, to a big name teaching hospital for possible surgery.  They did x-rays first.  When I got ger back she was not walking right, she was unstable, one leg would shake and she could not jump up on the bed as she always did.  I told the vet about this and he said sometimes when they have the dog on the table and they stretch them out to get good pictures they may overdo it and the dogs end up with some sort of strain, but that will heal with rest.  Anyway, they agreed the surgery was needed and they did it the next day.  It was almost 2 days before I saw my dog after the surgery.  When they brought her out she could not walk at all!!  The had a harness on her with handles so they could support her since she was not able to do so.  My poor baby was lame!  The vet even had the audacity to say this can sometimes happen to older dogs and sometimes owners have to put them down!  I will not go into other problems they created during her stay since they have no bearing on my question.  Anyway, my dog was finally released in this condition.   Try and single handedly help a 175 lb dog get around in this condition!

I am currently having acupuncture done to her by a vet neurologist, but so far am not impresses after 4 visits.  I have had her on Chinese herbs which another vet uses on dogs with back problems, but really not seeing much of an improvement.  I have come across articles showing Ester C can help with hip Dysplasia,but just started this yesterday at 2 grams daily and will have to wait and see what it does.

Can you advise me on what could have possibly happened to her during the procedure and what can be done for her holistically to help this heal so she can get back to where she was.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and respond.


Dear John,

I am so very sorry to hear about your poor friend's condition. Unfortunately, there is nothing additional that I can recommend besides what you are already doing other than a homeopathic detox regimen and a totally raw food diet. The detox will help her clear remaining toxins and anesthesia out of her system, and the raw diet helps to build muscle and other tissue much better than any dry food. There are several outstanding frozen, balanced raw diets available.

I know an outstanding holistic vet whom you may want to do a phone consultation with. His name is Dr Gerald Wessner, and his number is 352-245-2025.

I hope that this information helps. I am sorry I could not do more.

Yours truly,
Sue Griffin  

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I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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