Friday, February 17, 2006

The older cat

Georgia's blood work came back the other day. She is slightly into kidney failure, but it's early stage. Also her thyroid levels were questionable and she could be showing early signs of hyper thyroidism. In both cases, my very fat cat could get thinner. Ironically she is sort of on a diet as she put on lots of weight when I got Gemini and she got to snack on kitten food!

At any rate, we will be using a formula from Standard Process called feline renal care to help her kidneys along. It's supposed to be more palatable than my other option of Chinese Herbal medicine. We'll see if Georgia likes the tablets. It would be nice as she'll be on them for the rest of her life. Fortunately we do use Standard Process for humans in my office so our naturopath can get them for me and I don't have to go all the way over to Georgia's vet.

Pet alternative medicine is coming a long way. It used to be that you had to sort of find a human practitioner who was willing to work on your pet and now veterinarians specialize as well. For the old age pets in kidney failure and arthritis these complementary proceedures can be invaluable to the quality of their life.

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