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Holistic Treatment Options for IMHA

    • 344 posts
    August 23, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

    Question submitted during the Underlying Disease Screening in Dogs with IMHA webinar: 

    Are there any holistic therapies to consider for owners that are averse to western medication / treatment? Conversely, are there OTC or holistic therapies that you know do not work?



    • 14 posts
    August 29, 2018 10:36 AM EDT

    Additional treatments for IMHA are reviewed in the upcoming ACVIM consensus statement on the treatment of IMHA. There is no data on any holistic treatment for IMHA in dogs that I am aware of. Melatonin has been anecdotally discussed. It has not been shown to have beneficial effects in people with IMHA Posadzki PP, Bajpai R, Kyaw BM, et al. Melatonin and health: an umbrella review of health outcomes and biological mechanisms of action. BMC Med 2018;16:18

    Controlled studies need to be performed to make any recommendations with regard to the safety or efficacy of alternative therapies.