This picture was taken 6 days after Murphy’s symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction first surfaced. He stopped eating, forgot how to walk up stairs, was incontinent and confused. He didn’t seem to know me or know where he was. He stood in the corner of our living room staring at the wall until I moved him.
Five months passed since then. Five months of research, confusion and tears. Five months filled with moments of doubt and moments of elation. During those five months I decided to treat Murphy holistically.
I learned about patience and trust. I learned that action (almost any action) is better than no action at all. I learned not to be afraid of trying and that not trying is far worse.
Mostly, I learned about the magic of holistics, as I watched them bring my boy back to me. CCD is a cruel taskmaster. The game changes every day, one day is good, the next day not so much. But for Murphy the end results after these 5 months are amazing.
Here’s Murphy today. It’s exactly 5 months since his symptoms of CCD started on August 13, 2018, and thanks to his unique cocktail of holistic supplements Murphy’s symptoms reversed a little more each day. As of today, January 13, 2019, Murphy is (almost) presymptomatic.
Murphy still has a few little quirks here and there and that’s fine with me. He’s 15-1/2 years old and entitled to a bit of senior behavior. The important thing is he’s happy, he’s eating and he’s enjoying life and that’s all that matters to me. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but whatever it is, we’re ready for it.
The holistic treatment of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, or any illness for that matter, may not be right for every dog, and I encourage all dog owners to do their own research before starting on this path. I also suggest trying to find a holistic veterinarian to help you navigate this journey. Many conventional vets are not familiar with, or don’t support, holistic supplementation and may not be able to guide you. Do some research and you should be able to locate a holistic vet in your area.
We’ll keep you updated on Murphy’s progress. Please feel free to comment below and contact us if we can be of help to you along the way.