Ike and Carmen saw Dr. Anne tonight. I laid all of my concerns at her feet and amazingly she answered them!
Ike's left side of his pelvis was indeed out of alignment. The left side of the body is tied to intestinal health. Given Ike's recent illness and the vomiting that accompanied it, Anne said she wasn't surprised to find his pelvis out. She treated that, and I mentioned how his liver levels were a bit off. She tested his liver (using kinesiology) and it was fine. She tested his kidneys because she said that oftentimes test results will show an elevation in certain liver levels when the problem lies in the kidneys. She recommended a homeopathic renal support supplement.
Next question, I noticed that Ike got super skinny after he was sick, even when he went back to eating. I hypothesized that it might be because he needs grain in his diet (I feed him raw meat supplemented with cooked green vegetables - no grains). The bland diet was rice, cooked squash and boiled meat (turkey, chicken, and beef). Robin (front desk/assistant) and Anne thought it was more likely it might be because he is allergic to one of the meats I feed and suggested testing that. The theory is, if a dog is allergic to a meat they aren't able to process it well, sometimes leading to weight gain.
Well, wouldn't you know it, Ike is allergic to venison and lamb. As a rule I try not to feed Ike lamb because of the fat content but I just discovered that the Nature's Variety Venison has a boatload of lamb in it! Drat! (I was kind of annoyed by that, but it was my bad for not being a better label reader.) Also, one of my favorite stinky treats is the Real Meat Fish and Venison! So, I have some frozen raw that Mister-Monty might be gifted with.
I mentioned that Dr. Kirk had recommended milk thistle for Ike's liver and Anne was VERY impressed (hmmm). She asked me to bring in the milk thistle I bought at SmartPak next week to see if Ike will tolerate it.
So, I feel like Ike got an awful lot out of his visit. Due to the slipped pelvis issue he will be seeing Anne for the next 3 - 4 weeks! Oye!
Carmen on the other hand is doing fabulously. Her alignments have held and she only has two more appointments scheduled. I asked Anne to test her to see if she is allergic to chicken because I noticed her coat wasn't that nice when I was feeding the Nature's Variety Chicken Meal (as a result I switched her to the lamb meal, and it is much better but still....). Carmen is allergic to chicken, and since all of Nature's Variety's product have chicken in them I will be looking into a new kibble. [Editor's Note: This is a FASLE statement! Eeek. This is not true for the kibble. Yay!] I have some thoughts on this and will probably to a whole post on it! I wish I could get the in-laws to switch her to raw, but they refuse. : (
When I called John to tell how the appointments went he commented on what a gift Katrin has. It's true, Katrin saw Ike last night and knew he was off. She has a knack (skill, whatever, maybe not a capital G-gift ;-P) for being able to see how canine structure is supposed to be moving. I am very lucky that I already had an appointment scheduled!
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