Indiana was running out of options. He had been suffering from severe bone destruction in his head as a result of an advanced and uncommon fungal infection, nasal aspergillosis. He was in extreme pain- even picking up a toy with his mouth was too painful. He had received the finest and most advanced care at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, including intranasal infusions of clotrimazole, CT scans, and endoscopy, but was not responding. After months of trying, his doctor had discussed euthanasia with his guardians.
The owners decided to come to me for a holistic opinion. At the time of the first consult, they were paying $800 a month for itraconazole, an antifungal drug, although their most recent purchase was reduced to $300 a month thanks to the discovery of a Canadian pharmacy! Indiana was not responding to this medication or to the numerous other antibiotics that were prescribed for the secondary bacterial infections.
At the first visit, I discussed how homeopathy could help. I asked them to stop all of the medications and begin probiotics for a couple weeks until the homeopathy consult could be scheduled.
Two weeks later, at the homeopathy consult, Indiana was starting to feel a little better. The side effects of the drugs had probably been causing some of his depression and malaise. I then prescribed the homeopathic remedy Aurum metallicum 30c based on his symptoms of bone necrosis including facial bone necrosis, head pain, ulcerated nostrils, yellow and malodorous nasal discharge, exostosis of the facial bones, and aggravation from cold weather. (In Murphy’s Repertory, in the Bones Chapter, Bones: decay, face, in—Aurum is the only remedy!) In addition, Aurum metallicum has been known to successfully treat certain ailments arising after experiencing the effects of grief, and this dog had had a series of “griefs” preceding his nasal infection.
Indiana never looked back! Over the course of the next few months, with occasional redosing of the remedy and an increase to 200c potency, all of his symptoms resolved: his depression, facial pain, nasal discharge, erosion of his planum nasale (the black “nose” on the dog), and destruction of the bones in his head. After the first homeopathic prescription, Indiana began to play with other dogs, readily using his mouth for the first time in months! Over one year later, Indiana remains a normal dog, with some scarring in his left nostril as the only sign that something had been wrong with him.
Shelley Epstein , VMD
Wilmington Animal Hospital
828 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington , DE 19809