This week was very busy trying to schedule appointments. Bug saw Cheryl on Wednesday. His head was out. Hello, noise sensitivity! She also felt that his iliopsoas was as tight as it has been for some time. John and I were thinking about this and we think it might be from bunny-hopping through the snow. Either way I will start to pay more attention to it.
We were able to schedule an acupuncture appointment with Anne Murphy who works with Sterling for this coming Wednesday. When I spoke to her I only mentioned the bicipital tendon and the Lyme+ status, but I know the acupuncture will also be very useful to Bug's iliopsoas. Given it is unlikely we will be herding again until late winter/early spring I am hopeful between the time off and the acupuncture Bug will be in awesome shape.
Thursday we saw the new vet and the visit was a huge success. I am so happy (at least right now) with my decision to change.
My biggest concern was Ike and his rabies vaccine. I explained that I was very concerned about vaccinating him given his reactivity. New Vet's solution: We will do the rabies titer on him and if his titer is high enough, given his reactivity, she will write a letter to the town for me. Happy dance!!
We also did a 4DX on Ike because since he tested Lyme+ 5 years ago (and was treated) none of the vets in the interim have done a 4DX or suggested a C6. We did the 4DX and it tested strong positive - so we sent out blood work for the C6. I am really curious what his antibody level will be and if it has anything to do with how odd he has been acting. We also took blood from Bug for his 6 month C6 follow-up.
I also asked specifically about tartar. Neither dog has much given the diet I feed and the fact that I do some brushing, etc. However I was curious if she knew of anything that worked. New Vet suggested Vetzlife Oral Care Spray. It has Grapefruit seed extract, Grape seed extract, Thyme oil, Neem oil, Rosemary oil, and Peppermint oil in it. I decided to try it. I am going to ask Dr. F but I do not think that Ike can use this because it contains peppermint oil and mint is a very strong homeopathic antidote. So, Bug will be the guinea pig. Has anyone out there used it?
With all the diagnostics it was an expensive visit, but I feel it was worth it. I am so relieved to be working with a vet who doesn't roll their eyes at me (literally!) and is willing to explore other options (like the rabies titer).
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