Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a low platelet count in dogs that is an auto-immune response. The body is attacking its own platelets. Natural remedies for ITP in dogs include a healthy diet, coconut oil and vitamin C.
What are the Symptoms of ITP?
A dog with ITP may experience bleeding problems. He may have bleeding gums, nosebleeds, or even internal bleeding. (Black stools would be a symptoms of internal bleeding.) He may have petechiae, which are tiny red spots on the skin, caused by broken capillaries. He may also bruise easily.
Traditional treatment of ITP in dogs is steroid drugs. While these are often effective in normalizing the platelet count, side effects are quite common.
What are Natural Remedies for ITP in Dogs?
Because ITP in dogs may be cause by a virus or infection, anti-viral remedies may be helpful. Extra virgin coconut oil is a great anti-viral and easy to add to a dog’s diet. For a large dog (125 pounds) 1 Tablespoon can be give once or twice a day. Start with less and increase slowly and watch for side effects. Loose stools can be a side effect of too much coconut oil. For a small dog (10 pounds) 1/4 teaspoon can be given 2-3 times a day.
Although dogs produce their own vitamin C, Earth Clinic readers have sometimes found that a vitamin C supplement has helped their dog with some health problems. A vitamin C supplement may be helpful for a dog with ITP.
Dietary Changes for Dogs with ITP
The better a dog’s diet, the easier it will be for him to deal with diseases. Many Earth Clinic readers have found help for their dog’s health problems by switching their dogs to grain free kibble, a raw diet, or completely homemade food.
Daily exercise is also important for dogs.
Does your dog have ITP? What have you found helpful for it?