Owner experiences with HOD on the berner-l yahoo list are thankfully limited.
Cathy Burlile posted a discussion of HOD from Dr. Fred S. Jacobs DVM (CA, USA) in which he recommended an aggressive treatment with diminishing doses of cortisone-type drugs in order to avoid the limb deformities caused by the severe cases. He also uses a drug called Dyprone to help reduce any fever.
Sue Brightman posted a summary of the October 1995 Alpenhorn article by Elena Smith in which a similar course of bed rest and diminishing doses of prednisone are recommended for treatment.
I have tried a generic version of Adequan, and now I have Ichon. I did weeks of research, and the best info I got was from vets themselves and horse/dog owners online. It IS ok for humans, period. There was a human version okayed in Europe I believe, but I am not sure of that. Many vets and animal owners have used it on themselves with great results, and like I said I have used before and can tell a difference. I have really only used it short term, though, and I am thinking about using it longer to see if I get increased benefits.
As for the SH, I am embarrassed to say that I ordered it thinking it was also IM injection. Doing a joint injection myself is probably NOT going to happen ha ha.
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