Prayers needed for Cali again......
Cali is not getting better.
In September of last year, her mite could was 8 to 12 under a high powered microscope. Last October 15 to 20. I had her on conventional medication last September and she got really ill. Probably had an allergy or sensitivity to the drug. Then went totally natural. She improved a lot but had a setback while camping this summer.
She had a skin scraping Friday night and her count was far from good. Four scrapings were taken. Her count was 9, 42, 31 and 8. All alive, none dead.
I did the tea tree oil on the skin. I did supplements, I did everything possible.
So, on Monday she is starting another conventional treatment with the blessing of the conventional/holistic vet I have been dealing with in Seattle. She is the vet associated with the supplements. She said it is time to put Cali on the safer conventional treatment along with three of the five supplements she is on.
Two of the supplements she is on remove toxins from the body. As what she will be going on is basically a 'toxin' she shouldn't take the things that remove it from her body. The other three supplements all nutritionally will support her immune system. Sort of the best of both worlds.
Cali can not go on this way so I have no choice.
I need prayers or positive thoughts that she will not be sensitive or allergic to the product as this is her last chance at something that can help her. The treatment is 6 months long and apparently a daily regimen that has to be followed perfectly and one has to be dedicated to doing it. My new conventional vet says rarely do people take pets with known mange and Cali couldn't have been luckier that it was me. I hope she is right.
Throughout all of this, she will eat a stellar diet with healthy supplements.
If Cali can tolerate this treatment, the scraping will start to show live mites and dead mites too. By the end of it, she should have no live mites.
I held off doing this because she did so poorly on the first conventional treatment which I now know was the wrong one. I only pray I didn't do wrong by her. I was just terrified to try another drug.
She will apparently get worse before she gets better but I can't imagine her getting worse as she is pretty bad now.
Cali will not survive if I don't try this. The joy of rescuing dogs that you know aren't healthy. Isabela wasn't healthy when I adopted her and we each gave each other 3 1/2 years of joy. Cali isn't even two yet. I could have many years with her if this works.
September 23rd will be one year since she made a special place in my heart. She will be two in December. In 10 or 12 years, I hope that I can post that she is enjoying old age.
All positive thoughts, prayers or whatever you believe in would be very much appreciated.
Di, Cali, Harold Catarina Blue, Biko Robert Dela Rose, Tobi, Emma Orange Blossom, Smedley Hoover, Yellow Bird, Chickpea, Blue Bird and Blue Bird
Hee hee hee, I must really name the blue birds.
How exhausted you must be--physically, emotionally, and financially. Of course we all send our positive thoughts, our good vibrations, and healing prayers to you and your ten furred and feathered.
Loving, healing thoughts to you and Cali and your family.
Di, Cali is a lucky girl to have you. I love eagles....especially bald eagles & am sending you lots of positive thoughts & energy....strength of an eagle
Loove and hugs coming to both of you....
You and Cali are in my thoughts. Positive energy headed your way.
Sending positive thoughts.
Sorry to hear what Cali is going through (and what it is doing to you...I know it all to well from dealing with Kara for the past few months..). It might be of interest to you to do a consultation with Dr. Goldstein (knowing that traveling there would probably be out of the question). Mange is treatable. I've done it time and time again with rescues. I know that what she has is curable. I am also wise enough to know that every case is different and a lot of what Cali is going through in trying to beat this has to do with her compromised immune system. Every animal reacts in a slightly different way. Giving her immune boosters as you've been doing works, but takes a long long time. I really would think about it Di...about doing a consult with him. Both he and my old vet Deneen in Florida were the ONLY ones that were able to come up with a treatment that started to work for Kara. There's a very very long way to go for her. Her progress has been very slow....but their treatment for her IS working. I do know that if I did not reach out to them both...she would no longer be in my life today. I'm 100% positive of it. That is literally how close she was to passing on at time. My local vet actually threw in the towel and gave up hope. Both myself, My ex (Diane), and mostly Kara knew she didn't want to let go just yet. It's been baby steps.....but they all add up....very slowly....
Let me know if there's anything I can try to do to help. I'm in Woodstock, NY for a few more days....but I'll be checking back. Good luck to you both...
I am NOT against using conventional treatments when they are needed. I agree that there ARE times that regular medicine can do a world of good. I just think that most conventional vets harm dogs/cats more then they treat them. They actually create more problems then fix them. I did try some conventional meds with Kara... It just turned out that the plan that Dr. Goldstein and Deneen came up with worked best for her. We (my ex and I) had a real battle with one of the conventional vets we took Kara to for tests. The vet (who admitted that she had no clue as to what was wrong with Kara) told us that Kara should be on Science Diet K/D (old socks ground up into food+corn)...at that point should would not eat ANYTHING, she only was drinking broth...so why would she give Kara that garbage of an excuse for dog food....then she prescribed all these medications....when we asked her about them and why? (remember she had NO CLUE as to what was wrong with Kara)....she said that she knew what she was doing and that Kara needed all these antibiotics....steroids....etc! She then got into a debate with Diane about nutrition....she asked Diane where she went to vet. school...I have to say this...I've yet to meet anyone that has as much knowledge about proper pet nutrition as she does....she owns a Natural/Organic pet Food store.....she reads and studies pet nutrition like some watch sports....but Diane (being an ex-lawyer).... let her have it. Funny thing is....all we went there for were some tests that Dr. Marty wanted us to get done on Kara...not for any medications!
I was just recommending a consult with him because he does practice conventional as well as holistic medicine. He admits on his website that there is definitely time for conventional treatments. It's really the best of both worlds. Kara's case was baffling and I feel that if he could help her.....he could probably help your Cali....that's why I mentioned it...
Take care... (and give her a pat on the head from me)....
Best wishes. I'm hoping Cali will be o.k.
Di, you have to do what you have to do. I agree with you, if she were my dog, I would try everything out there that is available to me to help cure her of this mange.
I wish you luck, and I hope to hear that she's soon getting better.
Oh Di! My best to you & your animal friends, but special hugs for Cali & good thoughts & vibes coming your way. Keep us updated.
Di, you can Cali and the rest of your family are in my prayers right now...I think just the love that you feel for Cali must be helping her enormously. Keep trying! She can pull though it! ;)
I'm so glad she's pin-pointed it. That's half the battle, knowing what you're dealing with.
Lots of love for sweet Cali, you, and your lovely gang!
I hope Cali is on her way to better health. I'm so glad your vet found this.
big hugs and hopes that everything goes well.
we are alll pulling for her!
:-* :-* :-* :-* :-*(for cali)
My thoughts are with Cali.
How are YOU doing?