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Our 7-year old Teddy (Bichon-Shih Tzu cross), Zoe has what the vet is calling a granuloma on the back of her front paw. The vet is unsure what the original cause was, but prescribed a month of antibiotics. The granuloma is still there, though she 's done w/the antibiotics. All her life, she's struggled w/allergies and been placed on antibiotics, steroids, etc....and yet she bites the top of her front paws until bleeding. We love her, but don't know how to help her. We use a natural flea and tick product by a Mercola, but are unsure if it's the best...don't like the commercial brands. We've moved from WI to VA and dogs get more exercise (we have two, male and female, same breed--but the other, a male, has more Bichon and seems not to be bothered by what bothers our Zoe). Would your product help with the already-existing granuloma? Could there be something inside it, I'm wondering if the vet should cut it out? Thank you for any help you can provide. Robin

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October 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

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Dear Robin,

Derma-IonX, which is an oral homeopathic product, stimulates the enzyme systems in the body, which reduces itching and inflammation, promotes healing of the skin, and helps with assimilation of nutritional components in diet and supplements. The supplements I use along with it include digestive enzymes, probiotics, MSM, vitamin C, and fish oil. Together with Derma-IonX, it produces a synergistic effect for a faster response. It can also be used topically if there are troublesome spots on the skin. I would also suggest that you give your dog only filtered water for drinking and bathing if your water contains chlorine or fluoride. For the dietary modifications, you might want to try a grain free diet for a while.

I don't think surgery will give you the results that you hope for. I would recommend trying acupuncture first. Sometimes chiropractic is also helpful if there is tingling down the leg because of pressure above. Hopefully you can find a veterinarian that does both modalities. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,
Dr. Char
www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
October 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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