One of the cornerstones of treatment at Smith Ridge for seriously ill animals is a 3 to 4 day course of IV nutrient therapy. This treatment uses high dose IV vitamin C, combined with other IV vitamins. While some other veterinary practices around the country have begun using IV vitamin C therapy, professionals in the veterinary industry acknowledge that Smith Ridge has more experience with this treatment than anyone else and that we understand nuances of
this treatment that no one else can.
Smith Ridge uses IV Nutrient Therapy for a variety of illnesses. We may recommend it for certain cancers, but we will also use it for almost any condition that involves significant inflammation. In some cases we are attempting to literally kill cells (such as cancer). In other cases we are trying to “de-tox” the animal by flushing out accumulated toxins in the animals’s cells (such as severe allergies). Many animals, no matter how sick, exhibit renewed vigor, increased appetite and symptom relief after being on “three day IV” therapy.
The conventional medical world has spent decades arguing about the merits of Vitamin C therapy. While they were doing that, Dr. Marty pioneered treatment protocols that have very successfully helped thousands of animals during the last 25 years. Some of the controversy about its use has been resolved in the last few years as conventional research has shown that oral Vitamin C therapy appears to have limitations but that Vitamin C given in IV form is very different and very efficacious.
Smith Ridge uses infusion pumps during IV fluid treatments because this is the best way to insure a steady, well-monitored flow rate. But more importantly, we also use state of the art fluid warmers so that your pet’s temperature does not drop due to the introduction of cold fluids.
See the following news story and research citations if you want to learn more about IV Vitamin C therapy: