Re: [FH] Petuly's new blood work does n't look too good!
- Hi Thelma,
In a message dated 4/8/08 11:14:21 AM, s_thelma@... writes:
> Petuly is definitely better than she was on Saturday.Really good news.
> She seems to have this "I don't' feel good look" mostly at the end of theDunno, possibly.
> day. I wonder if it is because we've introduced new food.
> I introduced it slowly but now she's 100% on it. I had no choice sheI understand. That's where things like slippery elm bark may be useful. Not
> would not go near her other food.
the whole answer...and may not even be an answer for her...but an option.
> Both my girls may potentially have IBD. Calistica's intestines areVery sorry to hear that. Feeding a high-quality, well-balanced, simple,
> definitely inflamed.
species-appropriate diet...with no potential "triggers," eg grains (or grain
fractions), soy, yeast, cow dairy...is the first step to reducing inflammation,
since there is less to provoke the digestive and immune systems. A novel protein
(as you're using) is also a good idea, in the event that the cats have become
sensitized to the proteins commonly used in cat food (chicken, fish, beef,
etc). While proper diet and limiting "allergens" is the foundation, it may not be
enough...and there are ways to help heal the inflammation, incl with
injectable Vit B12, L-glutamine, slippery elm bark, probiotics, Transfer Factor (human
Classic), and Standard Process Feline Enteric Support.
> I have the feeling like you said that something is leaking out and it'sDr Mark Newkirk used to have a nice, concise article on what's called leaky
> causing their liver enzymes to go crazy.
gut syndrome on his site ( http://www.alternative-vet-newjersey.com )...but
it's now gone, unfortunately. But there are no doubt articles about the concept
elsewhere on the net (even if it's about humans, you'll get the idea). Bowel
inflammation and liver inflammation are 2 legs in what is now called "triad
syndrome," which also involves pancreatic inflammation (which may also be involved
with diabetes). But very basically stated...the inflamed gut becomes "leaky,"
which allows "toxins" to escape into the body (keeping in mind that the dig.
tract is a closed system from mouth to exit), which then provokes the liver.
This is important for all cats...incl heart cats...b/c the conventional
treatment is steroids, which have potential risks. (Altho there are certainly other
options than steroids.)
> The girls have taken holistic supplements during the last 6 years. WhoWithout knowing what they were, I can't comment. But "holistic" doesn't
> knows if something there went wrong.
necessarily mean appropriate for cats, unfortunately. Species-appropriate diet is
still the foundation...and lack of one is usually the point where things start
going wrong in the dig. system.
> About the acupuncture treatments. I don't know if they're doing anythingI hope they are useful in healing. Our cats have had a good deal of
> for Petuly. We only started them about 6 weeks ago.
acupuncture...and we've found it a positive part of an overall treatment plan. //
Planning your summer road trip? Check out AOL Travel Guides.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]