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- Apr 30, 2022
Dear Dr. Sara,Dear Merissa,
Thank you for your thorough discussion of Charlie's situation.
You can certainly learn to give enemas at home, and you can also learn to help Charlie express his bladder, if he is a cooperative chap. It is important to empty the colon regularly (at least every second or third day) and help him empty his bladder twice daily.
This is a good conventional discussion of megacolon:
Difficulty in passing stool can mean extra effort (constipation) or complete impossibility (obstipation). Management can be surgical or with medication, depending on severity. Find out the difference, and find out what Megacolon is, too, on this informative page.www.vin.com
As good hydration is important in minimising obstipation (constipation that cats can't pass on their own) subcutaneous fluids at home may be helpful, if Charlie is cooperative.
The supplements you mention can help with passing stools more easily. Work with your holistic practitioner to try different supplements in a stepwise manner. Changing treatments too soon can make it impossible to tell what is actually helping your boy.
Charlie almost undoubtedly has damage to the nerves to the colon and bladder. Appropriate homeopathic prescribing and acupuncture can both improve nerve function. The only way Charlie will be able to eliminate on his own if if his nerve function improves. The beginnings of intentional tail motion are a good sign, and massage helps stimulate nerve regeneration. You are also doing well to ensure that he has plenty of mental stimulation by taking him for walks at his own pace.
I hope this is helpful,
Hello Dr. Jean,Homeopathy, homeopathy, and homeopathy!!! (Acupuncture is a good idea too, but... homeopathy!!)
Hello Dr. Jean,Hi Merissa! Well, technically, combination remedies like those--that contain many remedies, many potencies--are not truly homeopathy. I think the body can get very confused about what to do with that.
Personally I have used high-potency Hypericum to excellent effect for injuries like this. A friend in California accidentally ran over his own dog, who was paralyzed for 6 weeks with no improvement. After remedy, he was up and about in a couple of days. Of course, the vet insisted that it just took that long to heal with the steroids etc. and remedy had nothing to do with it. That's called "hubris." We know better!!
With homeopathy, an individualized prescription is always best. I give by mouth only. I haven't really ever seen results from topical use, other than something like arnica or calendula gel for superficial bruising, skin issues, and muscle aches.
Dr. Jean,No, I'm not the homeopathy expert here, Dr. Jeff & Dr. Christina are the homeopaths, and would be better able to advise you how to proceed. I pretty much know enough to be dangerous! It's not always easy to get the highest potencies; I'd really recommend consulting with an expert!
Dr. Jean do you have a recorded segment here on Holistic Actions speaking on homeopathy? I'd really like to watch or hear it.
Perhaps start with the acute remedies of Arnica and Hypericum. However, Charlie may need further individualization of a single remedy (like Dr. Jean said) prescribed after a full evaluation by an experienced, and well trained vet homeopath like:I wonder if Dr. Jeff & Dr. Christina would recommend a dose for Charlie..maybe I need some too? I also have a mortar & pestle to crush the pellet if need be.
Thank you for the link Aruna. I appreciate it!
Thank you so much for the recommendations Dr. Jeff. I will look into the Arnica and Hypericum and will visit both doctors websites, as well as the link Aruna posted.Hey Merissa-
You may want to start with some of the resources in your member area. , including full weekend seminars about introductory Vitality, Balance and homeopathy. @aruna I'd appreciate if you point Merissa to the homeopathy resource area and seminars.
Perhaps start with the acute remedies of Arnica and Hypericum. However, Charlie may need further individualization of a single remedy (like Dr. Jean said) prescribed after a full evaluation by an experienced, and well trained vet homeopath like:
At Animal Wellness Center, our primary modality of treatment is homeopathy. We also use nutritional supplements, western and eastern herbs, Bach flower essences, and conventional medicines where deemed appropriate.www.judithhermandvm.com
Dr. Sagrera is committed to alternative medicine as a way to improve the health of her patients by the most natural and non-invasive means possible.drsagrera.com
What do you think about reducing his fiber intake?
How much fiber is safe for him?
I went into my notes and looks like I made a mistake on the days. Here is the correction according to my notes:Am I correct that he had soft stool the day prior to the cisapride? I ask in order to answer your question specifically.
Thank you Dr. Jeff, I'll add a pinch of dried moringa powder which I dried and ground myself or let him nibble on his favorite cat grass. I was becoming afraid of fiber after hearing it from the traditional vets.Fiber is super safe so don't worry about the exact amount. Maybe start with a pinch added to food and increase the amount based on the effect.