Re: [FH] No BM - Second enema or suppository?
- I want to thank all of you for your input in this matter - I am happy
to say we only had to do the last enema 10 days ago. Since then I
have been massaging her colon 2ce a day and since 12/9 she has had a
Bm - they started small and firm then Sun the second piece was moist,
Monday the whole thing was moist, small but moist and tues morn she
had one bright and early in the am the first thing when I put her in
the potty box.
She stopped wanting the science diet a couple days after she was on
it - now all she will eat is tuna in water. Water consumption is up,
but instad of tap water now she only wants filtered (interesting -
used to be she would only frink tap) and we have been doing subq's
ever other day for the past week - not sure if that is a forever
thing or not - will ask the vet when I finish with this "batch"
had our 3rd acupunture session - and still not walking, she can crawl
where she wants but when she takes that step her feet go under her.
I will look into the Bowen technique. The challenge with Mommy is
that her "thigh" (upper leg) is working, but below her "knee" is not -
The vet can't figure that out because she has the femoral pulse
back, she will strech her leags, pull them away from you but won't
walk on her feet. I have been doing range of motion excercises since
this happened (the day before turkey day). We also started the
excercise on a ball that Meredith mentioned. When she does that one,
her rear legs come off the ground and when they hit the ground again
her right leg/foot moves backward to the original position - left leg
is still weak. Any input on PT would be great. The holistic vet is
calling an animal PT person to see if he works with cats.
Thing is she is not giving up, she eats, drinks, pees, poos, crawls
to where she wants to be etc, so I cannot give up - I just want her
to be mobile so she can get around easier.
Thanks for listening.
Gail & Mommy
--- In email@example.com, savionna@... wrote:
> Hi Gail,
> In a message dated 12/9/08 3:45:31 PM, galenarizona@... writes:
> > Somehow I missed all the info below the natto
> No problem. Things happen.
> > I am fairly certain the issue with the constipation is lack of
> This is a real important point....b/c constipation is about both
> water in volume terms (which gets exacerbated when the cat isn't
eating, b/c cats
> get most of the moisture from food) and imbalance of water/solids
> waste. So we need to address both (which is tricky with heart
disease b/c can't
> give subQs readily). But slippery elm can be helpful in changing
> gently. And you can give it multiple times per day, as needed...tho
> it's usually wise to start slow, with 1x/day, of about 50-100mg.
> > along with the fact that she is not moving so her colon is not
> > stimulated.
> Right, true. There is another remedy to stimulate the colon (as
> affecting water balance or lubricating). It's pure aloe vera inner-
leaf juice or
> whole-leaf gel (no sodium benzoate, no aloin, no emodin). We use
Lily of the
> Desert brand...and did for a few yrs b/c our cat had nerve damage.
> 5-10 drops 1-2x/day helped stimulate motion. Aloe vera is like $3-4
> oz...and available at many health food stores (or on the net). It's
> tasteless, so we could put the drops right in food. (I would not
> which has the polysaccharides distilled out, or any product with
> benzoate, herbs, flavorings, etc.)
> > I do realize the A/D is temporary, but I read a post from Monkey's
> > mom who said Monkey hadn't had an unassisted BM for a month until
> > gave science A/D, and also read it was good for recovering cats,
> > hence the decision to put her on it
> And I think Meredith's Monkey was on it for a while. You do what
> do. Hill's a/d is promoted for sick/inappetant cats b/c it's a very
> formula...basically chicken with a little starch (one of the least
> Hill's makes), so it's potentially less upsetting to the system
than a more
> complex formula. It's not that much diff. from pure meat baby food,
> caregivers use (and I actually like better...something like
> or turkey and broth...which has nothing else in it but meat and
> a/d is 32 cal/oz...baby food meat is around the same.
> > Re: water orally, I choose to do that Sat afternoon - 20ml (minus
> > what got all over us) - she doesn't like it, go figure, but I
> > am going to do it tonight again.
> Hehe. By and large cats aren't real interested in having the big
> something in their mouths. But we can communicate (with
> what we're doing and why, asking for cooperation and patience, etc)
> and be super-relaxed in body language and maybe use some flower
> help with acceptance and calm. We can also do gentle
> the cat's mouth on and off thru the day with our fingers, letting
> cheek mark on *her* syringe, etc to make it less of an intrusion.
> > Her thyroid was just checked 2 months ago and is in normal range
> > at that point she was back up to her weight prior to the
> Ok, great.
> > We have made small progrees this week though - regular vet and I
> > seen her take 2 small steps on her right leg before it flips
under and she
> > stood on all four legs for a few seconds friday night.
> Excellent!!!! Not that this has any bearing on your situation other
> hopeful word about the value of acupuncture...but 2 dogs stand out
in my mind
> from our vet's practice. One was a Boston terrier paralyzed from a
> other was a dachsund whose spine had been damaged in an accident.
> regained full use of their legs...and acupuncture had a lot to do
with it (our vet
> used many modalities on these dogs...but acupuncture played a big
> Another interesting technique for situations like this is Bowen
> which basically "resets" the nerves and thereby helps restore
> damaged/painful/stiff muscles, joints, etc. There are practitioners
using it with animals (not
> many...but maybe one near you).
> Continued recovery for Mommy. // Rosemary
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