This dog is a 3.5 year old Collie. Historically, he had intermittent colitis, nausea, vomiting and inappetence as a puppy and into his first year or so. He has late summer allergies as well. I treated him for a short while w/ Xiao Yao San (no change), then he saw a homeopath. Over time w/ the remedies and raw diet, these symptoms have become moderately better- he still is prone to reflux type symptoms on occasion. He groans some and runs hot.
Last July he was seen by his rDVM and then the U for lethargy and was dx w/ Polycythemia vera (PCV 79%, required phlebotomy). I saw him next 10/3/17 and found:
- BAR, sweet
- mm pink, sl. tacky
- Pulse: middle- deeper, thinnish
- underweight (which improved w/ ^ calories later)
- PCV 67% TP 7.8 g/dl
He was, and remains on commercial raw diet + slurried veggies. No meds.
I started Bentley on Mod. XFZYT and he started acupuncture w/ a local; practitioner (sorry- do not have the points). Enzymes seemed to help his reflux.
By 12/27 at 2nd recheck he had not needed a phlebotomy since the initial one (the U said he would beed them ~ monthly). His reflux was the same or somewhat worse, so I switched him to Yi guan jian (wish now I had kept the XFZYT SID) on 1/3. He tolerated the herb fine but then became more lethargic (PCV 74%) and required another phlebotomy 1/18. He had missed acupuncture X 2 weeks (PCV 68... 71), but then after acupuncture still ran 74%. At his 12/27 exam, his gums were sl. dusky pink, tongue sl. lavender, so I guess one might have predicted the ^ PCV.
On 1/17 his cholesterol was ^ at 419, albumin ^ at 4.1.
The owner felt that his reflux may be better on the YGJ, so we kept that BID at lowest effective dose, and restarted the Mod. XFZYT at 1.5 tsp. BID.
I've not seen a PCV since the 17th (probably should check on that and get back to you!). But wanted to start up some discussion on his case - I've never treated this dz herbally.
I'll check on the most recent PCV and let you know.