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Posted by Tanya.S. Bartlett-S (Istanbul, Turkey) on 10/22/2008

Urgent Enquiry For My Dog.

Dear Sirs/ Madam, I am writing in the hope that you might be able to help me with my much loved german shepherd, 'Kurte'. He is to be 13 years old next month and he is very sick and unwell. I believe he has Degenerative Myelopathy, he was diagnosed by a faculty professor where I live and work in Istanbul, Turkey. They have tried two different types of tablets but after just one tablet he was sick and very unwell for three days.

It's breaking my heart to see him like this and I don't trust conventional meds at any time. He loves playing with his ball and he can hardly walk now and has got a lot worst since treatments not to mention how sad he looks.

Do you sell anything that can help him and slow down this desease in order that he have a better quality of life and a treatment that does not make him so sick.

He seems to have got so sensitive to anything now and it worries me as to what they put in the tablets that would make him so ill. Can you help and if so how long would it take to get the medicine to me?

Sad pet owner,
Tanya. S. Bartlett-S

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Tanya:

In my opinion the major cause of Degenerative Myelopathy is the demyelination of the neural sheaths come from heavy metal, most notably free metal zinc. In most research studies they have found inflammatory markers, but absence of viral, pathogens or viral markers. What research is amissed the presence of common heavy metals found in the nervous system such as free metal zinc and free metal mercury being the most common toxins found. It is of interest that dogs that live in the wilderness do not have it, but those that live in the city do which implies heavy metal contamination common in most drinking water and defective filtering water device.

There are two supplements (carnosine and selenium) which specifically remove this, one primary cause, which is also true for humans in other unrelated conditions, but demyelination just the same is the presence of high heavy metals, namely zinc. The other is mercury.

The only supplement that can remove zinc this is l-carnosine supplements which is usually 250 mg mixed in appropriate food three times a day. Mercury is often remove by displacement, which means selenium supplements is mixed in the food at perhaps 100 mcg of selenium yeast supplements. Traditionally people think aluminum as the cause for demyelination leading to degenerative myelopathy, but recent research has uncovered a more common metals such as zinc found in anodized metals.

The problem is zinc or anodized metals is being introduced into the dog system more than the ability for the dog to remove it out of the system, which consists of zinc that has to be removed. This might include zinc, metal cages which dogs are fond of biting, canned foods, and especially faucet water that is fed to fhe dog. Even a brass pipes may contain copper and zinc can also be a source too.

I have checked that most bottled mineral water are usually free of free metals and this can be temporarily be replaced in drinking water instead of faucet water in a ceramic water bowl not using any metal bowls which may contain metals. Plastic bowl is a possibility if ceramic is unavailable. When this is done, the heavy metal source is withdrawn from the system t allow the dog to heal naturally. I have also found a high heavy metals in many old water filter devices that uses metal and sometimes they have zinc and copper in these system. Newer filtering devices now used ceramic and plastic, but the pipe connectors still are very high in heavy metals still. A reverse osmosis water with added sea salt to reconstitute the mineral usually can work best. In this case, the sea salt is added between 1/4 teaspoon per one liter of drinking water, plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda. When bottled water or reconstituted reverse osmosis water is used, the chlorine and fluorine is also removed.

To reduce the inflammation in the neural system, I believe glutathione may work the best in detoxification as well, but to promote myelination and reduce inflammation, both fish oil 500 or 1000 mg is mixed into the food, along with granulated lecithin 1/2 tablespoon mixed in the food to promote them.

If metal chelator or carnosine cannot be obtain, a less effective means is chlorella capsule is added into the drinking water or food instead, perhaps once or twice a day. I prefer to mixed them in drinking water and drop down the mouth. N Acetyl Cysteine is somewhat effective, but that's because it is a mercury chelator. The source of mercury might come from contamination, or perhaps vaccines. Interestingly vaccines for animal don't have mercury as often as those for humans. But mercury can also come from other source. A green tea, unsugared no artificial sugars can be other alternatives to remove them. Selenium displaces mercury. However most supplements today are more geared on mercury but zinc chelators the most effective appears to be carnosine. Other possibility exists for using cilantro as a metal chelator too. To remove excess free metals from the skin the dog can be taken bath with betonite clay applied to the skin. Allow it to dry, then rinse, and this is done three times a day for a couple of days to suck off the metals from the skin is one possibility, especially in the back area of the dog.

This is the major remedy for degenerative myelopathy based on heavy metals as the most common cause.


Replied by Ctberner
Hebron, Ct

Hi Ted... Could you tell me the daily, weekly, monthly suggestions...Would I start the Carnosine and Selinium first for 10-14 days then the Fish Oil and Lecithin... or do everything in tandem? Thank you so much for offering something to do - felt very helpless until reading this site.

Replied by Angela

Hi Tanya, can you tell me if the recommendations Ted gave you helped your dog with the degenerative myelopathy at all? My dog has it and I am looking for hope here.