My Dog Recovered From A Paralyzing Injury
Author: Jan E.
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Testimonial ID: 9852-OR
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In July 2004 I arrived home one day to find my 8-year-old Border Collie mix, Shep, in the horse paddock unable to move. He had apparently been kicked or run over by one of the horses.
I applied Valor essential oil blend and took him to the emergency vet clinic, where they did x-rays and checked him for ticks (tick bites can cause paralysis). But they found no fractures, disc herniations, or ticks.
The next morning he was referred to a clinic that could do a myelogram. This revealed that his spinal cord had received an insult right between the shoulder blades. He was totally paralyzed and had lost even his deep pain. The vet said that there was nothing they could do and that I should consider euthanasia or getting him a cart because the prognosis was extremely poor that he would ever walk again.
Well, I was not willing to give up on my beloved dog. I told the vet that I wanted to take him home and try some alternative treatments on him. They wanted to keep him until his fever and inflammation went down and the seizures from the myleogram had stopped. I did not want to waste any time, so I asked them if I could come to the clinic and start my treatments there; and they agreed.
I went twice a day with my essential oils in hand, and I also did photonic light therapy. I used the Raindrop Technique oils, as well as Helichrysum and Lavender. I dropped them down Shep's spine and went all the way down his back legs to his toes. The techs complained that he smelled like pizza, but I told them all the dogs in the clinic were getting the benefit from it!
After a week I took Shep home. I put the mats from my horse trailer down on the end of my front porch and built him a pen. This made it easy to bathe him (had to do that twice a day) and hose everything down because he had no control over bowel or bladder. He was an 80-pound dog, so I moved him around by picking up his back legs and pushing him wheelbarrow style.
Shep was a trooper. After a week at home, I saw a toe move ever so slightly. I was so excited that I called the vet, but he said it was either my imagination or maybe an involuntary reflex. Well, I knew what I saw because there had been absolutely NO movement for two weeks.
Then another week went by. I picked up Shep's hind legs one day to move him, and he was able to stand for just a second before he fell! I called the vet again. This time he was clearly surprised but still refused to acknowledge we were making progress.
By the third week, Shep was scooting around in his pen and was wanting out. And by the fourth week he was literally running in the yard!
Shep recovered about 80%. He reached a plateau and still had some right hind leg weakness. He could not scratch with that leg, could not jump up on things, and could not trot (he had to "canter" to run). But he was far from needing a cart!
I took him back to visit the vet but was disappointed (but not surprised) that he did not even ask me what I did. What a shame, when they could have helped so many other dogs.
Shep succumbed to a very aggressive form of lymphoma in 2006, but I still thank Young Living essential oils to this day for giving me my dog for two more years.
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