Unleashing the Power of Ozone and Ultraviolet

(O3UV) Case Study Bluebelle Chamberlain

This was my first use of ozone and ultraviolet on a patient. I have utilized ozone on lots of patients as a sole oxidative therapy but this one needed a power home run!! (Thus the decision to add the ultraviolet application in conjunction with ozone.) A 16 month old, intact female Sheltie, Blue Merle patient presented to her traditional veterinarian at 12 months of age with an acute severe auto-immune polyarthritis/myositis (multiple joint pain and muscle pain to the point that she did not move and was constipated and dehydrated). She had a heat cycle the month before (11 months of age).

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This was my first use of ozone and ultraviolet on a patient. I have utilized ozone on lots of patients as a sole oxidative therapy but this one needed a power home run!! (Thus the decision to add the ultraviolet application in conjunction with ozone.) A 16 month old, intact female Sheltie, Blue Merle patient presented to her traditional veterinarian at 12 months of age with an acute severe auto-immune polyarthritis/myositis (multiple joint pain and muscle pain to the point that she did not move and was constipated and dehydrated). She had a heat cycle the month before (11 months of age).

Vaccine history: modified live at 8.5, 12.5, 16.5 weeks of age and no known problems. Diet: grain free commercial kibble her whole life and this episode happened in northern UT in December so ice and snow, no history of ticks etc. She was given both oral and injectable Rimadyl with little response and then had conjunctivitis and a cloudy cornea lesion in one eye at one week out from original presentation. By two weeks after her original presentation, she would not stand, had extreme pain and dehydration, OD 1/2 cornea now had a proliferative fleshy growth. Radiographs and blood work up did not reveal etiology. The suspected and working diagnosis was autoimmune polyarthritis and superficial keratitis. She had dexamethasone IV, Baytril IM, oral prednisone and Orbax and dexamethasone eye drops and Pepcid. She had a reduction in symptoms by 2 days after those treatments, however when the oral prednisone was reduced in dosage to once daily, the polymyositis/arthritis returned with both eyes now having proliferative lesions and she had gained 5 lbs! An increase in steroids, subconjunctival injections of steroids and addition of Imuran had the same alleviation of symptoms until the dosing was reduced. At this point the RDVM recommended euthanasia to the owner as he had no other options for her!! The dog was also due for her 16 month second rabies vaccination and she was getting pressured to get this done by animal control for licensure!! Her owner sought holistic help specifically IV ozone/UV therapy as she is a savvy consumer and knew about Dr. Shallenberger MD. We did O3UV treatments weekly for 4 treatments and also had reduced her oral prednisone to once every 4 days and stopped the Imuran immediately and she did great from the start. We continued the 5th treatment at 2 weeks, 6th at 3 weeks, 7th at 4.5 week intervals and by the 8th treatment, she was able to receive her rabies vaccination as a vaccine exemption had been temporarily issued by animal control for licensure. We also looked for the trigger of her autoimmune issues ruling out thyroid through hemopet, verified her distemper and parvo titers, and she had an ultrasound and ovariohysterectomy performed via an abdominal scope. The reproductive tract appeared normal so we never did find the trigger but suspect an occult infection with concurrent trigger of her first heat cycle. (We wanted to do the ovariohysterectomy before the next heat cycle.) Clinically, she had responded so well from the very first treatment, that surgery and rabies vaccination was possible and now we continue O3/UV treatments every 4-6 months. She has lost her 7 pound weight gain, her eyes have stabilized with small, superficial corneal opacification lesions that have been diagnosed as genetic corneal dystrophy. AND most importantly, she is off all medication and appears happy and healthy, very active with no symptoms of pain. She is now 26 months old and enjoys life with her owner who refused to accept euthanasia in her baby!!

I am happy to share more details about this case.
Kathy Backus DVM