♥ Physical Issues

As this point, you know your veterinarian has done all they can do.  Your pet is so much better and recovery has even surpassed what was predicted by your vet.  However, you still believe your pet could return to their normal activities or at the very least, have a better quality of life.

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Bottle Babies

As Spring rolls around, those of us who do volunteer and animal rescue work have another word for this time of year.  We call it Kitten Season; this means, litters and litters of baby kitties.  Just look at these statistics and you’ll understand the issue:

  • An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year
  • During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens
  • A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years

Some of the kittens left at local shelters are lost and found, others are unwanted and some are just victims of circumstance.  If you were astounded by those statistics, look at these sobering facts:

  • Even under normal circumstances with proper care from their mother, 60% of kittens with low birth-weights fail to thrive
  • Of the 60%, 55% fail to thrive due to infectious diseases due to the quality or lack of colostrum from the mother
  • The remaining 45% of the kittens that failed to thrive died from either poor nutrition, lack of shelter and other stress related illnesses

Now imagine those same kittens without a mother to care for them.

Many shelters are overwhelmed by the number of kittens they receive each Spring.  They typically aren’t staffed to handle the constant influx of kittens that need round-the-clock attention and that is unfortunate news for many of these orphaned baby kitties.  Due to that, many shelters have two options; 1. Have foster volunteers help with the kitten’s care or 2. Humanely euthanize the kittens.  This story is about two lucky kitties that got fostered with a loving cat lady and their path to adoption.

Their initial weights were 200 and 206 grams.  In Americanese, that’s less than 1/2 pound each.  Many shelters won’t keep kittens to adopt unless they are 2 full pounds.  This means without foster, these small, helpless babies’ lives would have come to a sad end.  Instead, they began being fed by syringe every two hours.  They were bathed and kept warm and given plenty of attention.  A day went by and the foster momma was struggling to get the female to eat and what she did eat left her tiny body almost in the same form it went in.  The male was eating with a vengeance, but he wan’t eliminating at all.

Upon a checkup with the veterinarian, the female was given a prescription drug called Albon to treat a possible parasitic infection and the foster momma was instructed to give the male a drop of olive oil in his syringe during feeding time.  The female began to respond quickly to the medication but the after three days, the male had still failed to begin eliminating despite the oil added to his formula.

 

With concern, the foster mommy reached out to me to see if anything could be done holistically in addition to the olive oil.  Based on my experience and training with digestion issues I suggested we use some very gentle massage and an application of color to some points on his tiny belly.  With adult humans you would typically use color on the points for approximately 3 minutes.  With an infant you might use up the 15-30 seconds.  With the delicate nature of the male kitten I chose to use 1 second of light on each point on his extended belly.  Within less than six hours he began eliminating and has not had an issue since then.

After an Accident

Below is the tale of Sue, a lovely, spirited Black Labrador.  As a very young dog Sue had escaped her family’s back yard.  She was later found nearby and had been hit by a car.  Her next few months were filled with pain as she underwent a long surgery to correct her broken pelvis, hip joint and leg.  She also went though weeks of physical therapy.  Afterwards, she struggled if she  overdid strenuous activities, but she regained much of her strength and most of her mobility.

Sue’s family had been told after the surgery and physical therapy that as she aged she might acquire arthritis and experience difficulty moving.  Of course her family hoped that day would never come.  When she turned ten, her family began to notice she was slow to get up and it took a few minutes for the injured hip and leg to become strong enough to support her weight. As the months went by, getting up seemed to cause Sue some discomfort and pain.  Her vet prescribed a slight dose of daily pain reliever and for a while things seemed to improve.  As winter began to set in Sue’s movements became slower and slower.  On really cold days she seemed to be worse, similar to how humans with arthritis react.

 

With the pain medication, Sue’s quality of life had improved but as her family watched her struggle with the simple actions of getting out of her bed and walking around the yard they began to look for something that might help Sue.  What they discovered was Reiki.  Together, they learned Reiki 1 and began giving Sue regular Reiki sessions.  The results were amazed her family.  On the morning following a Reiki session Sue was easily able to get to her feet and walk outside.  The family continued to give her Reiki several times each week and she was able to stay fairly active until she passed away a few years later.

Let Us Help!

Even though is seems like everything that can be done has been doesn’t mean your pet can’t enjoy a better quality of life.  In those types of situations we recommend energy work such as Reiki or Acupressure.  Although there may be no “miracle” for your pet’s issue, at least your pet can enjoy relaxation and stress reduction through these modalities.

You are invited to contact us for additional information and a free 15-minute consultation to see if our services might provide you with a path from complete chaos to perfect harmony in you and your animal companion’s lives.