Saturday, January 31, 2009

Acupuncture, sticks and grass

Hi again. I promise, I will be better about updating this thing. I just forget about it!

Kobie update, he's doing okay considering. I still struggle to get him to eat most days. He's lost about a pound since his last vet visit. He goes in on Friday to get his labwork updated to check his kidney function. I'll let you know how that goes. He started acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for his pain issues last week. We have another session this week. Dr. Ave was super nice and knowledgeable. She was great with Kobie, he seemed to take to her right away. For the most part he really seemed to enjoy the treatments, he just laid there and purred. He only protested a couple of times. Dr Ave says thats when she was stimulating his hot points, or where he was experiencing the most pain. He seemed to be doing well the first day or two after the treatment, but no noticeable progress since then. He has another session on Monday. I don't know if this is going to work, but I am desperate and will try anything. This is costing me an arm and a leg so I hope it works. Dr. Ave thinks he may be a candidate for surgery on that left hip. She gave me a surgeon's name to contact. Then I found out we have a boarded surgeon on staff at our Carrollton location that would do the surgery and I would get a discount. But there has been so much drama at work lately, I'm not even sure I would get the discount. So I'm conflicted and haven't made an appointment with anyone. I think I'll take the xrays to Dr. Cathy on Friday and let her look and get her opinion. One things for sure, the vet that originally did his surgery effed it up royally. He wouldn't be in this pain today had that vet been conscienscious about his treatment of my cat, but since it was just an employees pet, he got assembly lined and a shoddy job done. Typical. I'm so glad I don't work there anymore.

Well, that was a ramble. Moxie is doing well. She had her annual physical a few weeks ago and got a clean bill of health apart from her eyes. She is going blind. Very little if any light is passing through the lenses now to the back of the eye, so Dr. Cathy doesn't know how well she is actually seeing. So far Moxie seems to be coping well to her disability. Like every other animal in this house, you would never know anything was wrong with her. She also has underproductive lacrimal glands (she doesn't produce enough tears) so her eyes are chronically dry. I put drops in them several times a day. She hates this, but its for her own good. Like baths, and nail trims. I've changed her diet again. For the past year or two, her labwork has come back with an elevated BUN, which by itself really means nothing. I've done some reading and a diet high in protein can cause this. So soon after Kobie's diagnosis, I don't want to take any chances with Moxie's kidneys, so I put her on Wellness' Senior formula. She gets canned Merricks mixed in for variety. I don't know if it really matters to her if she eats the same thing every day or not, but it makes me feel better. Some of those foods look good enough for people to eat.

I'll leave you with some pictures of Moxie.

Moxie giving Shawn some loving, this was in October sometime.

Moxie and Shawn posing.

Moxie romping at the dog park.





Ludo van puppy said...

I'm glad Kobie is starting to do lots better. How sad for Moxie to be loosing her sight. But she is a great spirit so I don't think it will get her down. :) She is very beautiful, as always!

Debra Kay said...

I'm sorry about Moxie's eyes, but dogs are so adaptable and she's unstoppable.