We couldn't have done it without you!
We were at the point where we had to decide whether to buy groceries or see a vet.
Of course that didn't mean that Jasmine's health challenges ended, but it helped us to get through.
She was still having problems with the leg muscles.
Fortunately, in the meantime her legs got better and we were eventually able to stop the medication and stick with topical treatments only.
The infection had resolved and we are now noticing little fuzz on the bald areas!
So it seems that the fur will grow back after all.
Jasmine did have one more infection after that, fortunately only a minor one. I noticed a bump on her chest which also seemed sensitive to touch.
(Don't you just love finding bumps on your dog?)
Luckily it was just a nipple infection.
Her vet cleaned it up and topical treatment was all that was needed. The question still remains, however, whether she might have scratched it going through the woods or whether it might be a hormonal thing.
Other nipples looked ok and we are keeping an eye on things.
We also ran the thyroid panel, but the results are not conclusive.
In the meantime Jasmine received two IV stem cell treatments to help out her immune system and we are hoping that it might get her skin back on track.
So far it is looking good. Vet-Stem was really wonderful to us, and also provided some financial support for the ongoing treatment of one of their favorite patients and one of their most fervent advocates!
We also started a trial with Oximunol supplement from Avivagen, soon to be a Canadian home of stem cell therapy, licensed by Vet-Stem.
One obvious result of our efforts is that Jasmine is really charged up and full of life.
So much so that it gets scary at times ... I think we won't ever be able to stop worrying about her.
For a good reason too. At the end of January her episodes came back with a vengeance. It does seem that weather is a contributing factor somehow.
When I looked back through my records I also found that the worst time she had the year before that was beginning of February.
This lasted about a week and quieted down again.
That, together with the infections brings us back to investigating potential hormone issues.
Sex hormones are on the list, but some side effects of such treatment might be more that we might want to face.
Cushing's was on and off the table few times but it is not a diagnosis we want and it really doesn't seem to be the issue.
Of course to mix things up, couple weeks back Jasmine scared me with signs of substantial pain.
In fact, I've never seen her in so much pain, except maybe after the hyperthermia horror. She had a terrible time even switching from lying on her side to lying upright. She was panting as if whimpering silently, with her back legs kicking. I almost had a heart attack.
Of course if was Friday afternoon (these things always seem to pick a weekend).
Suspecting a spine issue I kept trying to call her chiropractor but had no luck getting anybody on the phone.
When hubby came home I insisted that we have to try to go anyway, that somebody ought to be there.
Well, we had no such luck, she left for Ottawa and wasn't going to be back until Tuesday. We wanted to avoid the emergency vet if we could, because our last experience with the was not positive at all.
I managed to get hold of her TCVM vet who was still there and they took her in. It was her neck that was so sore. She got a cold laser therapy and cervical herbal formula.
On Saturday morning we called her main vet and got some more Tramadol also.
Fortunately, as horrible as this was, it was also short-lived and by Sunday her neck was feeling quite good and by Monday it was as if it never happened.
On Tuesday we did go to see the chiropractor anyway, but she couldn't find any problem any more. That was a big relief.
In efforts to get to the bottom of Jasmine's episodes I also ended up consulting an animal communicator. Yeah, I know, wacky, isn't it?
The thing is though, that I would never forgive myself if I didn't try EVERYTHING.
It was an idea that was on my mind for some time, but felt a bit too far-fetched. However, when Dr. Kay brought up the idea to me also, it was the last push to go through with it.
The consultation was definitely interesting and lot of what she said made sense in the light of what I have observed.
It provided some pointers to pursue with her chiropractor and TCVM.
I also have to point out that I did send my notes from the consulation to Jasmine's main vet, asking him to take the information at a face value. Yet again he amazed me as that was exactly what he did.
I can't ever express how wonderful he is and how thankful we are that we have found him.
So still a lot of things to do. Hopefully we can be spared of any new surprises for a while now, so we can focus on the chronic issues.
The main thing, as always, is, that Jasmine is loving her life and she is not giving up. And neither can we.
Rant About Quality Of Life Versus Quantity, And Differential Diagnoses
Jasmine Is Headed For Her Next Stem Cell Treatment
Jasmine's Stem Cells Are In
I'm Still Standing! (Happy Birthday, Jasmine)
Jasmine is Vet-Stem's poster child!
Our Journey to TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine)