Dear Lee & Vibrant Pets,

 I am the lucky owner of a 9 ½ year old Weimaraner named Indy.  In March 2007, Indy experienced a sudden onset of severe pain, would not lift his neck, only wanted to be in a crouched position, and had great difficulty walking. Indy was hospitalized for a day at his vet and sent home with several medications. Indy worsened over night, and we were sent to a neurologist. An MRI of Indy's neck revealed that he had a moderate disk problem  (C5-C6) in his low cervical spine but his signs & pain were at least moderate to borderline severe. Indy was diagnosed with a variant of Caudal Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (CCSM) which is commonly referred to as Wobblers Syndrome and Cervical Vertebral Instability. CCSM/Wobblers Syndrome is manageable with medication and/or surgery(ies - in the worst cases), but there was no cure. His neurologist believed that it was chronic.

 Indy underwent surgery to correct the disk problem which would try to prevent his Wobblers Syndrome from worsening. Most unfortunately Indy’s recovery from his surgery was very rough, and he turned out to be in the 3-5% worst case scenario in which he was worsening. Shocked and scared that we would lose our dog because he couldn’t walk, we began a rigorous course of steroids, medications, and physical therapy. Slowly Indy walked again, but not well at all. Another MRI showed Indy continuing to get worse and indicated that he might need a second surgery. We got four Neurologists’ second opinions, and all of them recommended different surgeries! Faced with impossible surgical choices, knowing that Indy would not survive a second surgery, and knowing that he wasn’t ready go (nor were we ready to let him go – not without a fight!), I desperately searched for cure or an alternative treatment to try to save Indy.

 After too many trials and tribulations of medications, steroids, etc. to count we’d almost lost all hope. Indy began to develop Cushing’s Disease from the Prednisone that he had to take in order to just be able to walk (and he didn’t walk well at all so I had to help him walk). Nothing, not even physical therapy seemed to help much. As a last attempt to help Indy I took him to a vet for acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal medicines.

 Indy loved this new vet, and seemed very comfortable with her.  She recommended that we add a supplement to all of Indy’s meals called Vibrant Pets Canine Athlete Formula, in addition to the Chinese herbs that she prescribed for him. I immediately purchased Vibrant Pets but didn’t believe that it could do what you said it could do, and I expected that I would return it after two weeks. Like I said before, we were practically hopeless.

 But, I didn’t return it. Within the first month of treatment, Indy was walking a little bit better. The second month Indy started to feel better, and his severe allergies greatly improved. The third month Indy began to walk more on his own without my help, and we dared to start weaning him off all of the medication his neurologist prescribed. Within 9 months Indy was completely weaned off all of the medication – steroids and all ! He was walking without my help. Indy’s Cushing’s Disease reversed and he has completely recovered from it since it was medically induced.  I’m convinced that taking Vibrant Pets Canine Athlete Formula, the Chinese herbs,  and having weekly acupuncture treatments is what caused Indy to undergo a remarkable recovery, and has literally saved his life!

 We are now a year a half into Indy’s recovery, and he is doing a 1000X better now than he ever was on steroids and medications after developing Wobblers Syndrome! I cannot find the words to tell you how amazing his recovery is! Indy can walk, run, play with us and his toys, swim, climb stairs, and jump and catch a ball. You must understand that we were told he would be on exercise restriction for the rest of his life – for him to not only want to do these things but to also be able to do them well is miraculous!!! Indy’s most recent joy is playing with our 2 year old daughter who throws his ball for him to chase! When people meet him they think that he’s a 2 year old dog because of his energy level – he does act like a puppy a lot. They are always shocked when I tell them that he is 9 ½ years old, and they don’t believe me if I tell them that he has Wobblers Syndrome!

 I feel truly lucky and blessed to have found Indy’s vet, the acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and especially Vibrant Pets Canine Athlete formula for Indy. The acupuncture and Chinese herbs are playing a very large critical role in Indy’s recovery. But, I also am convinced that Vibrant Pets is also responsible for Indy’s recovery.

Good nutrition is vital to any life period. Even top quality dog foods still lack many of the vital nutrients found in Vibrant Pets’ formulas that are critical to a dog’s overall wellbeing.  Indy clearly likes the taste because he always gobbles it all up at each feeding! I feel that Vibrant Pets is an essential component of Indy’s recovery, and without it I don’t want to imagine what Indy’s life would have been like. I cannot find the words to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to thank you enough for this product that helped give my Indy his life back and that has greatly improved the quality of his life because of how good it helps him to feel! We don’t know what the future holds, but we know that Indy’s life will be a full and happy one. I’ve enclosed a recent picture of Indy, it’s many thanks to Vibrant Pets that he looks and feels so good! We’re your clients for life!



Jen Nigriny