My Lexi girl has a lot of issues. Her health issues include allergies to many different foods, malassezia yeast, grass, trees, many vegetables, and human dander. Yes, she is allergic to me. She also had perianal fistulas which led to her being on an antibiotic called Cyclosporine. This particular antibiotic is most often used in humans who have had an organ transplant. It is very potent and we were told she could be on a high dose all her life. The antibiotic that helps with the fistulas causes harm to her gut, so she is on a probiotic to help counter the negative effects of the medicine.
When we adopted Lexi she had both a regular vet and her very own dermatologist. Lexi was being given an injection every week to build up her resistance to her allergens. She was on 3-5 different medicines to help combat the allergies and the initial appearance of the fistulas. After she had been in our home for a month, the doctor recommended Cyclosporine therapy to keep the fistulas at bay. The Cyclosporine was close to $300.00 a month (I was working at the vet so was able to get a discount on them of about ½ price), but we went with the vets recommendations and started her on it.
About six months after adopting Lexi we had a sudden move to Germany. This meant we could not refill her allergy injection and we had to stock up on as much Cyclosporine as possible to get the better price. Her moving expenses were outstanding! Not in a good way.
In Germany, we found a good vet who agreed with our American vet. Lexi would be on these meds all her life. She will continue to battle ongoing health issues with all her allergies. So we resigned ourselves to that fact. One day, when she was showing signs of a yeast issue, I tried a little Lavender on her jowl. I added a little Animal Scents ointment. The vet had seen the yeast issue at our last visit and said he could prescribe something if it got worse. Two weeks later. when we were back at the vet for another issue I showed him Lexi’s jowl area. It was all gone. He asked what I did and I happily told him. He wanted to see these things I used and I just happened to have them with me. He was dumbfounded but he said he could not argue with the result.
Little by little we have implemented oils for her issues. I have a yeast spray, a first aid spray, an immune booster spray, and a roll-on for her jowls when she gets a yeast flare-up there.
The recipe I am going to share today is her immune booster spray. I have been using a roll-on for immune boosting on myself and my husband a few nights a weeks. It has helped us tremendously. I thought I might do the same for Lexi. Sure, she doesn’t get the common cold or flu, but she does have immune issues. I start with a few sprays along her spine at bedtime. I lift the hair in chunks and spray moving from neck to tail. Then I do a feathering motion from neck to tail to get the hair to lay flat. I did not expect to see any evidence of this working but I have. She was getting some serious itchies on both sides of her body, and we joked that she looked like she was trying to kick start her engine. After two treatments that stopped. It had been ongoing for months and nothing else had helped.
An update on the Cyclosporine here: We found a second vet that is a naturopathic vet. She is helping me to use the oils on Lexi and also wean her off her antibiotic. We were at 100mg per day before our move in June 2013. Today we are at 25mg every other day! Major progress! Slow and steady is vital and I look at her butt more than anything else to ensure there is no sign of the fistulas coming back. We will start some Young Living supplements next month to continue boosting her health. And hopefully this time next year she will be antibiotic free!