Kathy's oldest dog Max is 16 years old and has not been doing very well. He sometimes puts his head against the wall and just stands there as if he can't quite figure out what to do. He has problems with is joints and is not very mobile. Up until recently, he has not been interested at all in going out with the other dogs, and has spent most of the day just sleeping.
While it is sad to see him in "less than prime" condition, he is healthy. He is just old.
Kathy mentioned that she often has a bit of "slime" that forms in the water dishes, and I told her that we could take care of that. I instructed her to add 1 ml of 5% sodium chlorite to her 2 gallon water bucket. This results in a little less than the 5 PPM available chlorine dioxide guideline set by the EPA for water storage, but I figured it was a great place to start from.
With all the excitement over Rico and his ears, she didn't get around to doing this until a little over a month ago.
The last few times Kathy has stopped by, I have noticed that she has had Max along in the van. I finally asked her about this, and she said that Max has perked up and is doing much better than he was before. He notices that people are going out, and wants to go along. He is still old, but some of his mobility has returned.
When I asked Kathy what was going on, she really didn't know. The only thing that has changed is the addition of unactivated sodium chlorite to the dogs drinking water...
This prompted me to do some research on unactivated sodium chlorite.
Low concentration sodium chlorite products have been used for years under the name of stabilized oxygen. Unfortunately, oxygen is only released when chlorine dioxide at higher concentrations is exposed to UV light. In solution sodium chlorite and chlorine dioxide do not break down into oxygen. In spite of this technicality, many people have used stabilized oxygen products for years and have reported excellent results.
I am fully aware of the placebo effect and the hype surrounding various health products, but the last time I checked, dogs don't know about the placebo effect.
I think it is still too early to make any assumptions, but the improvement is obvious. We will be watching Max's progress and taking notes.