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An amazing vet visit

sugarcatmom
August 25th, 2009, 10:33 PM
I've been trying to hook Aztec up with some acupuncture for his arthritis for almost a year now. I had found a vet that would do house calls, but we just couldn't coordinate our schedules, plus I was house-hunting and moving and my life was majorly chaotic. Now I'm in a funky neighborhood where I discovered a vet clinic that has not 1, but 3 vets with acupuncture certification! Last night was Aztec's first appointment. The vet we saw is also a practitioner of homeopathy, western/chinese herbs, Reiki, clinical nutrition, NAET, osteopathy, etc. We hit the jackpot! Aztec didn't actually have any acupuncture done this time, it was more of an information session to establish what his issues are and to discuss the various treatment modalities. What he did receive was some osteopathic manipulation. Here is some info on that, if anyone is interested:
http://www.osteopathyandnaturalhealth.com/index.php?page=animal-osteopathy
http://naturallycomplementary.com/Animal-Osteopathy-For-Pets.html

He was such a good boy through the whole process, and he already seems to have reaped some benefits. His gait is a bit looser and he ran up the stairs with more bounce this morning (usually his toes drag and whack the stairs :sad:). We go back in a few weeks for a re-assessment, at which point we can decide if we want to pursue acupuncture, Pulsed Signal Therapy (http://www.mtavet.com/PSTPulsedSignalTherapy.htm), acupoint injection therapy, or more osteopathy treatments.

What probably thrilled me most was this vet's focus on nutrition and her emphasis feeding species appropriate food to cats. She LOVED the fact that Aztec eats raw. This isn't something I can openly discuss with my regular vet (who strongly supports canned food for cats; raw, not so much). Anyway, it was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to go back (never thought I'd say that about a vet visit). For the sake of continuity, I still intend to use my old vet for Aztec's biannual lab work and senior wellness exams (Aztec has a very thick "file"), but I have to say, it's really nice to have some alternative treatment options that look beyond the pharmaceutical industry.

pbpatti
August 25th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Sugarcatmom, right on! It's so good to hear that you have found a Vet with so many disiplines to treat Aztec. Not so easy to find and trust as you are well aware. I only hope that if I am in need of this type of specialized treatment for Sasha that I will be able to find a vet here. here's to Aztec having an extended lifetime with little to no arthritic pains. AND a Vet who believes in alternative feeding and not trying to sell their IM products...yeh for them.

luckypenny
August 25th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Now I'm in a funky neighborhood where I discovered a vet clinic that has not 1, but 3 vets with acupuncture certification! Last night was Aztec's first appointment. The vet we saw is also a practitioner of homeopathy, western/chinese herbs, Reiki, clinical nutrition, NAET, osteopathy, etc.

Bonus :thumbs up !! What a pleasant surprise that must have been for you! And how exciting that you've seen improvement in Aztec already :goodvibes:.

Off to read up on Osteopathy. Thanks for the links!

growler~GateKeeper
August 26th, 2009, 12:49 AM
For the sake of continuity, I still intend to use my old vet for Aztec's biannual lab work and senior wellness exams (Aztec has a very thick "file"), but I have to say, it's really nice to have some alternative treatment options that look beyond the pharmaceutical industry.

You know, when I made my first consult with a homeopath vet I thought the same thing, that I'd do lab work & routine exams at the regular vet - didn't take very long before I called them up & had the file marked as completely transfered over to the homeopath :D Glad you have found a great place to take Aztec.

Duffy also gets massage & IMS (http://www.intramuscularstimulation.com/2.htm) treatments (not for arthritis but for her kidneys/back muscles/energy flow) from a certified animal & human physiotherapist, in some ways IMS is similar to acupuncture and the difference before treatment to after is noticible :thumbs up :D

TeriM
August 26th, 2009, 01:18 AM
Glad you found someone you like :thumbs up. I also do chiropractic and IMS (same guy as growler) with my Lucy and homopathic stuff. It has made a big difference in her comfort and movement :).

sugarcatmom
August 26th, 2009, 04:44 PM
You know, when I made my first consult with a homeopath vet I thought the same thing, that I'd do lab work & routine exams at the regular vet - didn't take very long before I called them up & had the file marked as completely transfered over to the homeopath :D

Except I really really like my old vet too! She has incredible compassion and cried right long with me when Aztec's brother Egypt was dying. Plus her clinic has better hours and the fact that they're cat-only (with Feliway diffusers in every exam room) is a huge factor in all of this. They stay very up-to-date on feline-specific health issues, not to mention the lack of barking dogs in the waiting room. While I don't personally have anything against the puppers, Aztec sure does! http://freesmileyface.net/smiley/Cats-and-Dogs/dog11.gifhttp://freesmileyface.net/smiley/Cats-and-Dogs/small-cat-1.gif (http://freesmileyface.net/Free-Cats-and-Dogs-Smileys.html)
Anyway, I'm just glad to have choices. In my dream-world, there would be a holistic feline-only clinic right down the street from me that stayed open 24/7. :cloud9: And was cheap! :laughing:

Stacer
August 26th, 2009, 04:54 PM
That sounds absolutely amazing. My pets are all pretty young, but I hoep when the time comes I can find something like that. Homeopathic vets are non existent in my town, maybe a few regular vets have some limited homeo training, but it's not their main focus.

I hope this new treatment makes Aztec like a kitten again!

Love4himies
August 26th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Wow, that is a great find, SCM :thumbs up. I would like to find a vet like that, but living out in the country, well, they are non existant :laughing:.

margot
September 2nd, 2009, 01:07 PM
What a wonderful experience, congratulations, sugarcatmom. We would give our eyeteeth to find a similarly enlightened vet practice in downtown Toronto - where you would think there are many, but this has not been our experience - perhaps they could give us a recommendation. In fact, are there lists around that might indicate simple facts like "specialized in cats" or come highly recommended by users? Lucky Aztec, loved little kittie that he is.

RUSTYcat
September 2nd, 2009, 03:26 PM
...are there lists around that might indicate simple facts like "specialized in cats" or come highly recommended by users

For "specialized in cats", you can search here http://www.catvets.com/findadoctor/findadoctor.aspx and for coming "highly recommended", there are two in Toronto here http://members.verizon.net/~vze2r6qt/vets/#Canada (any Vet who can and is willing to engage with a chronically ill cat - especially a kidney-failure-kitty - AND gets kudos for it is one whom I would treasure!)

sugarcatmom
September 2nd, 2009, 04:06 PM
For holistic options, you could check out the AHVMA website. They have a searchable database of vets that also lists the different modalities each of them practice: http://www.holisticvetlist.com/