Friday, April 12, 2013
Fleurp's Great Adventure
So earlier this week I took Fleurp to the vet. Sadly we have signs that she is anemic yet again..
This time I decided to skip the standard steroid antibiotic treatment and went to a holistic vet. I have been to this vet in the past for Ollie (which didn't help - but I wasn't shocked on this as Ollie wasn't big on accepting help) and for Eli (which did help a great deal) and with Em for her diabetes (this one the results weren't very clear and I can't say for sure one way or the other)
I am keeping a very close eye on my Fleurp.. if I get too concerned I know that steroids will help.. but I would really rather that we fix this instead of having to deal with it each spring.
The vet has a very tight schedule to begin with and there are some other issues that made scheduling interesting, so when she offered me an appointment at 11 am on very short notice I jumped at it. This of course meant that Fleurp would come to work with me for an hour before I headed to the appointment.
Fleurp wasn't all that interested in being social at work. She's never been to this office as we moved in the past year, but she visited several times as a kitten at a different location, and I keep her picture on my desk, so the girls all know her well. Despite being fawned over her preference was to sit in the carrier and just bide her time, so I let her.
She rides pretty well, in fact she didn't make a peep. When I got there the previous appointment was just leaving so we had no waiting which was nice. I brought her into the room and Dr. G and I sat around talking for a while.. I went over Fleup's history, her personality, where she likes to sleep, what is unique about her, what she likes to eat, as well as a bunch of other things you wouldn't think has anything to do with anemia..
While we were talking, Fleurp decided she wanted to get out of the carrier and investigate - which made me smile. It is in her personality to explore and make her space her own, but it is something she hasn't done a lot of lately outside of the house.. probably because every other time she's left the house for the past three years she has had blood drawn. I brought treats and she ate and explored and attempted to get into trouble :)
We were sent home with a few homeopathic remedies.. yup, those kinds of remedies.. the ones you mix a small amount in with water, then you mix a few drops of that water with more water.. I do not understand these in the least.. the science orientated part of my brain says this is insane.. but I know people who fully believe in these and have seen results, and I trust Dr. G because I've seen her do a lot of good for other pets.
So we will give this a go. As I said I will be keeping a very close eye on her. I tell her that it will work and she will feel better, and I choose to believe this will work and she will be better.
And if I am wrong, there is always another round of steroids..