Article by W. HOOD B.V.Sc. Veterinary Surgeon & Physician. 16th January, 1985.
"I first decided to try out this treatment after reading of research at Baylor College in the USA about how they were using large doses of Vitamin C to avoid surgery in quite a number of human patients. I tried it out in conjunction with long acting corticosteroids and cage rest and was amazed at how quickly MOST of these dogs recovered from dragging their back legs to up and walking in 4-7 days. After these dogs are discharged from hospital I recommend that they be given Vitamin C tablets, 500mg. night and morning for life. If this is maintained we very rarely have a relapse.
The use of Vitamin C intravenously (I recommend 1000mg. daily) works best when given as soon as possible after the injury has taken place. In older cases which have been going on for a few weeks, the response is not so dramatic. In these cases I usually use acupuncture in conjunction with the Vitamin C therapy. Acupuncture is another excellent way of treating this problem, but I only usually need to resort to it on these chronic, long standing cases.
For Vets, the dose of Vitamin C I use in 1000 mg. intravenously, daily. In Australia it comes as 500 mg/ml for intramuscular or subcutaneous injections. Even though it is not recommended for intravenous use, I have been doing so now for about 9 years without any adverse side effects. In conjunction with this I use a long acting corticosteroid (any brand OK) and cage rest.
I only use this treatment in dogs which have become partially paralyzed and cannot walk, or are swaying badly. In dogs just with back pain, corticosteroids, rest and oral Vitamin C works fine.
I do not have much success with dogs which are so bad they don't even have a deep pain response when pinching their toes, but it is still worth trying.
It is not a bad idea to put all your dachshunds on a preventative dose of Vitamin C i.e. 500 mg. daily in tablet or powder form."
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