Canine Parvo Viral Infection

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By: Cyril H. Boynes, D.V.M.

Canine Parvo Viral Infection is a severe disease here in Trinidad and Tobago. Its signs are vom­iting and diarrhea with blood, followed by rapid dehydration, sometimes shock, and death. There is usually an inflammation of the myocardium (myocarditis) with a dilated heart. High­est morbidity and mortality occur in pups less than twenty weeks of age. However, all dogs are susceptible to this disease.

In late 1993 I obtained the article "Foot and Mouth Disease - Its Nature and Treatment" from Rudolf Steiner Col­lege Bookstore in Fair Oaks, California. Reading this article was all I needed to realize that parvo viral infection is of the same nature as Foot and Mouth Disease and Canine Viral Distemper.

The Virus
The virus only triggers a response inherent in the pet; that is to say, it aggravates an already existing imbalance. It points out the pet's weaknesses. This is an important point to be investigated by the interested reader -- that an imbalance is there before the virus. Over the years many researchers have shown that there are disorders in the organism which be­come factors in the genesis of infectious diseases. In the case of the parvo virus, it evokes precisely the reactions that the pet needs to overcome the original disorder. In other words, the pet acquires precisely what it needs to show me, the healer, how to cure it, helping overcome its imbal­ances and inherited weaknesses, and di­recting it toward the future in order to avoid more serious degenerative dis­eases. Disease is thus a means to an end.

While in Clayton, N.J. I had cured a number of parvo infected pups using Coffea tosta at 12X potency. Coffea tosta has the ability to correct imbalance. It gives the necessary shock to the rhythmic system to enhance proper balancing.

Before returning to Trinidad and Tobago, I was aware of the severity of parvo viral infection there, and gave much thought to its cure. Since the standard of canine nutrition is not as high in that country as in the United States, I was wary of using Coffea Costa due to its fast and strong action on pets. I had re­searched three remedies as possibly ef­fective: Cichorium intybus (chicory), Equisetum arvense (horsetail), and Fragaria vesca (wild strawberry). I chose Cichorium intybus.

The Remedy
The late Dr. Rudolf Steiner, in his teachings on Cichorium intybus, shows that it operates through the bloodstream and beyond, into the peripheral organs until it reaches the bony structure via the nervous and muscle systems. As he ex­pressed it, Cichorum intybus says to us, "Here am I, and I let myself be divided into three, so that I have an effect on the three main systems of the organism."

The Threefold Organism
At this point I would like to define the idea of the three physiological organ systems more fully. This idea of threefoldness was developed by Dr. Steiner. He perfected its use for the true evaluation of illness and health in man and animals over a thirty-year period. The proper assessment of the threefold nature of the dog is of greatest impor­tance in the pathology and therapy for parvo viral infection.

The threefold approach is a func­tional division of the dog's organism. In anthroposophical medicine, one system is called the nerve-sense pole and is lo­cated mainly in the head, but is also found throughout the organism. The second is the rhythmic system, predominating in the chest, including breath and blood cir­culation. The third system, opposite to the nerve-sense pole is the metabolic-limb system which predominates in the digestive organs and limbs. It, too, can be. found throughout the organism.

In the rhythmic system there is a ratio of 4:1 between the blood (pulse) and lungs (breathing.) This means that there are about four pulse beats to every one breath. In the polarity of metabolism/ nerve-sense there is also a 4:1 ratio. The processes connected with the dog's meta­bolic-limb pole take their course four times faster than the work done by the nerve-sense pole during the entire growth of the organism. This ratio of 4:1 is of great significance in understanding ill­nesses such as parvo, which generally attacks pups in the first phase of life, i.e. from birth to the change of the deciduous teeth, (anywhere from 4 1/2 months up to 6 months of age.)

In the metabolic system it is the kid­neys which radiate the metabolites and the formative elements to meet the feel­ing, or sentient forces located in the nerve-sense system which, in turn, shapes the organs of the entire organism. To illustrate this, let us imagine a wall being built of concrete. The kidneys provide the substance (the metabolites), and the framework. Then the nerve-sense pole provides the artisan who sculpts the wall to the desired shape. When the poles are balanced, the result is a well formed wall (organism.) With parvo illness, dehydra­tion, diarrhea with blood, depression and the loss of the feeling of life provides clues to tell us that there is a weakness of the sculpting or shaping forces, in the nerve-sense pole, due most likely to im­proper nutrition or to an inherited weak­ness of the nerve-sense pole from birth.

If we receive a parvo viral infection case in an early stage of infection, espe­cially with a temperature, we will find that the 4:1 ratio will change to 6:1 or even 8:1, meaning that the pulse rate has increased to 6-8 times that of a breath. As the condition worsens, the ration drops, tending to approach equality with the breath, i.e. from 4:1 to 3:1 to 2:1, and then 0:0 as death occurs.

The second point about the 4:1 ratio is that during the first phase of life, from birth to the change of teeth, the nerve-sense pole has the potential for greater intensity than the metabolic limb pole, especially right before the change from deciduous to permanent teeth. The nerve-sense pole must be more active than, or have the upper hand over, the metabolic-limb pole for the deciduous teeth to fall out, and to allow the permanent teeth to come into existence. This over-activity must not change the 4:1 ratio, it only makes the nerve-sense pole much stron­ger than the metabolic limb pole. If, however, the reverse takes place through inherited weakness, or improper nutrition, the pup becomes susceptible.

Another point to be stressed here is that when puppies with improper nutri­tion are vaccinated with modified live virus, they are likely to develop the parvo viral infection also. In improper nutrition the animal may be deprived of certain trace minerals and the natural antioxi­dants needed to strengthen the immune System.

In my short time of practicing in this country of Trinidad and Tobago, I am convinced that improper nutrition and vaccination are two of the reasons for the high severity and fear of parvo viral infec­tion.

Between June and August I hospital­ized nineteen dogs with parvo viral infec­tion. Seven of the dogs were between 6-­8 months of age, a time when all the canine deciduous teeth should have fallen out. The canine deciduous teeth of these seven dogs were all intact. Of the nine­teen so far, I have been able to treat five parvo infected dogs with Cichorium intybus 12X or 30X potency as the only homeopathic remedy. I elected to use two tablets four times daily, in addition to I.V.'s. In order to stop the bloody diar­rhea faster, I elected to use the remedy BHI Echinacea, which has both types of Echinacea, (Echinacea augustifolia and Echinacea purpuraea) in different poten­cies, following treatment with Cichorium. Remedies with phosphoric forces help control the overactive metabolism, and also help to control the etheric (vital) body. I knew that Echinacea met these requirements with its phosphoric-silica shaping forces.

One dog in particular passed many roundworms on the morning of the sec­ond day. She was alert and began lapping water. I was satisfied that I had balanced all three poles. I stopped the Cichorium intybus and began at noon that day with BHI Echinacea at one tablet three times daily. On the morning of the third day her stool had very little blood, and the diar­rhoea was not as pronounced. I was pleased with the progress but continued that third day with BHI Echinacea. On this same morning the pup ate specially prepared chicken and rice, and was re­leased on the morning of the fourth day with BHI Echinacea tablets, liquid canine multiple vitamins and antioxidants.

The question here is "Has any other veterinarian ever observed the canine de­ciduous teeth intact, in any parvo infected treated dog, at a time when these teeth should have fallen out?"

Those of you confused over what holistic therapy does, should note that I didn't have to treat the above mentioned pup's roundworms. The repair of the imbalances, the true cause of her illness, was the root of her holistic therapy.

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