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Max, my 13+ year old Brittany, has developed what the Vet thinks is an autoimmune condition. He has developed "sores" on his snout/face that have not healed -- tested for a fungal infection, bacterial infection, yeast infection with negative results. I think it is kind of strange that is limited to the snout/face, but it is. The Vet does not want to go the steroid route given his age. Does anyone have recommendations for natural remedies to help boost/balance the immune system?
That's very odd. Our old dog got some weird thing from rooting around in the dirt and lost all the fur around her nose. It went from a small spot one day to a much larger spot 24 hours later. If I hadn't taken her to the vet it would have spread all over her snout. Was it anything like that??
It's really hard to describe. Max had what we thought was a wart on his snout. One day he came from the yard and it looked like he had ripped it off a bit (sometimes he chases chipmunks into the gutter spouts). I cleaned it up and put neosporin on it. Then, all of a sudden, he had additional spots all around his snout and eyes. It's kind of weird -- there is a dark, brown, hard, and crusty substance on the spots (somewhat like a scab, but thicker) -- if I remove the crust, the spots look like open sores and there is a bit of blood. I really thought it was a reaction to something in the yard or fungal. I have to admit that I am scheduling an appointment with another Vet for a second opinion -- I kind of feel like my Vet gave up trying to figure it out. I just don't know why it would only be on the snout/face if it truly was an autoimmune disorder of some sort.
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Some herbs that might help: astralagus (immune system modulator), red clover (blood purifier), and milk thistle (helps to clean out the liver very gently). I've used those on Orion. Topically, try dabbing on lavender oil--great antiseptic. Smells good, too. Don't forget to put some on yourself, too, to help you relax.
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