We adopted Foxy as a two-year-old puppy more than 10 years ago. And since we lost her best friend Sugar at age 18, she has taken her role as the single dog in our household very seriously. She snuggles proficiently, barks her alerts with aplomb, and curls up at just the right place behind your knees. So when Foxy got sick a few months ago, our entire home went into mourning. Luckily, we finally got help!
Beginning in November, Foxy developed large cysts all over her body that would fill up with blood and fluid. Our longtime vet would lance them, then put her on multiple antibiotics, but the cysts always came back. After a few months of this, Foxy was partially bald, had lost half her body weight, obsessively chewed on hot spots, was covered in scabs and sores, and yelped when we picked her up.
She also hated the damn cone.
I got her a t-shirt to cover the sores, but that didn’t help much, either.
Finally, we were referred to a brilliant animal dermatologist—yes, there is such a thing—who took one look at Foxy and diagnosed her with Panniculitis, an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own fat cells. After a few weeks of medication, Foxy started to get better; she’ll be on a low dose for the rest of her life.
It was about this time that I discovered Dr. Willard’s natural pet care products, which have been featured in The Whole Dog Journal, The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet care, Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog and Dog Training for Dummies, among others.
A family-based company that manufactures products for people, plants and pets, all of Dr. Willard’s products are cruelty-free and contain no artificial colors, flavors, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. And they all include Dr. Willard’s Water, a formula patented more than 40 years ago that’s said to increase the ability to absorb essential vitamins and nutrients.
A few weeks ago, I started using Dr. Willard’s trio of pet care products on Foxy. I sprayed the Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray generally; it can also be used to neutralize hot spots, as can the Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets. I also used the Vibrant Pet Water Drops in her water.
Today, Foxy is a happy, healthy dog again. See?
Her hair is growing back, her weight is up, and she no longer needs a shirt or cone. I’ll keep giving her Dr. Willard’s in her water, and will keep the spray and gel on hand in case those hot spots come back.