Vets have a greater knowledge of B12 deficiency than the average GP.
Jasper wouldn’t be misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, CFS, MS, or bipolar (etc), in place of B12 deficiency.
He would not be given antidepressants for B12 deficiency induced depression.
He wouldn’t be considered to be a lazy hypochondriac.
He would have all of his symptoms taken into account and his improvement would be monitored.
He would not have to cry and plead for his B12 injections, or involve his MP. Shouldn’t humans be treated with the same level of respect and care?
I continue to work hard on the petition and I need some help please;-If you have written to your MP about your deficiency or the OTC petition https://www.change.org/p/ian-hudson-please-make-our-life-saving-injectable-vitamin-b12-hydroxocobalamin-available-over-the-counter?
please could you let me know their name in order that we can get all our MP’s to work together.
My MP has promised to help all she can, but there is strength in numbers so please get in touch either at;
or email@example.com.For more info/research see below;-http://vetmed.tamu.edu/gilab/research/cobalamin-informationhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23535754/
J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2013 May-Jun;49(3):197-203. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5867. Epub 2013 Mar 27. Clinical and laboratory findings in border collies with presumed hereditary juvenile cobalamin deficiency.
Lutz S1, Sewell AC, Reusch CE, Kook PH.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1848001
Pediatr Res. 1991 Jan;29(1):24-31.
Inherited selective intestinal cobalamin malabsorption and cobalamin deficiency in dogs.
Fyfe JC1, Giger U, Hall CA, Jezyk PF, Klumpp SA, Levine JS, Patterson DF.
Reply to my email request for information;-
Thank you for your email question. As you know our understanding of the role of vitamin B12 in dogs is far from complete, but there are several clinical diseases in which we know deficiency may occur. During our undergraduate Course, students will be taught about vitamin B12 in several modules eg nutrition and gastroenterology, as well as on clinical rotations when they see cases in practice.
If deficiency is present recommendations for dose rates vary but usually weekly injections are given for several weeks.
I hope this is helpful
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