I like to be good to the things in my life that are important to me. This varies in degrees, but my husband would tell you my pets are at the top of this list! He, of course, rides “shotgun” on the priority bus. No matter where you are sitting, the cost of living takes it’s toll on everything.
I think about this more as “my kids” are no longer young….they are all considered to be middle aged or older. My goal for my pets is a pain free life until the end. With this priority in mind I have tried things that would make other pet owners scoff at the accessiveness. That they are “only animals”. Not that these pet owners are neglectful, but when you see “a soul” and not “an animal” it makes you feel differently about your pets.
Aging can happen quickly for some living creatures. I believe all bodies wants to heal themselves at all ages. When something is out of whack we get diseases that the immune system is not strong enough to fend off. The underlying factors can be found either through diet, inactivity, emotional imbalance or environment. I am a huge believer that chronic negative stress can take the life right out of the living!
My cat, Smokey(shown above), has several auto-immune diseases that seemed to be increasing as she ages. My “ownership” of Smokey came to be because I was visiting an extended family member every month or so who had her in their house as a pet. This family was on social services radar and they truly had a rough time keeping life going in a good direction for themselves. Every time I saw this cat she had less and less hair. The last time we went to visit her tail was completely bare! This was a medium hair length coated feline to start. I was concerned for her, but did not want to insult the family so I closed the door without saying anything. As I was walking to the car I could not leave that poor creature to suffer. I made myself turn back, knock on the door and ask the owners if they would like me to take her to the vet for them to see what was wrong.
Upon her first visit to my vet she said she had a flea allergy from her environment. I let the owners know saying that she would have to stay with us awhile. She improved, but she still was itching. Back to the vet for a follow up. Now she has a food allergy. Special (pricey) food was added to her diet. More improvement. The family acquiesced to let us take over the care of this sweet lady. She was saved from a horrible life!
With age, Smokey has added more immune issues. Dust allergy- check.. Hyperthyroid disease- check. Gastritis- check. The final straw– her enzymes in her mouth were attacking the enamel on her teeth causing them to soften. Not at a horrible stage yet, but this was my wake up call that something was going on with her whole system to be slowly attacking itself all the time.
I have had her on treatments with a vet specializing in an FDA approved for animals bio resonance therapy for the last three months. I believe she is a new cat. No, I mean, she is a new cat. Her personality has changed. She was our “social” cat. Always needing attention and talking all the time. Crying for this and that. Our male cat would frighten her by laying on top of her. I think it was the “pillow technique” we all feel like using when someone wanes poetic about their favorite high school dating experience into their fifties….. She no longer is so needy. She has had only one encounter with her feline “shut her up” brother since starting treatment.
My husband (who is very skeptical) and I are pleased with her response. She no longer has gastritis symptoms ( frequent throwing up). Some may poo-poo such therapy as quackery, but now I am taking my older dog, Digit, for some GI issues that seem to never get resolved. I will give you an update!
These treatment options are expensive. You pay either waiting or not. I decided that quality of life is worth investing in them now while they have a few years to be with me at their optimum health.
Take care, until next time!