Dr. Andrew Isaacs, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

His primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors
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Magnesium for SCI
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013

I'm a paramedic in NJ, the hospital where I work is on the "cutting edge" of neurology and stroke treatment. Having said that, there is talk about administering magnesium to stroke patients and spinal cord injury patients. We are even talking about the admin. of magnesium pre-hospital. Studies are showing magnesium protects white matter and allows for faster healing.

I was wondering if you were using magnesium in the treatment of spinal injuries in dogs?

Thank you for your time,
Daisy's Rescue

Hello Charlie,
You have a good question.  Magnesium definitely has some promising potential when looking at it in rabbit and rodent models at some pretty high doses.  How well this translates into clinical significance in humans (and in regards to your question, dogs) is still being looked into via clinical studies.  At this point, magnesium is not part of the standard of care in veterinary medicine.  If the human studies demonstrate clinical significance it may be something that is looked into.  However, for now it is not used. 

Take care,

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