Badger Update from Thursday 4-11-13 8 pm pst
Well it was a bit of a frantic day for me. Badger is doing just OK, no worse which is an excellent thing. The ER vet I had briefly gotten to know and liked was off today and tomorrow. Another ER vet called and went right into a whole new plan of action. I had to stop him and confirm I was talking to a different doctor (in my defense I was in my diesel truck and had pulled off the road but still couldn’t hear well enough to ascertain it was a different doc).
They scoped him again around noon and the mass of pelleted psyllium and hay was now gone. So they were going to feed him a senior sweet feed with the powder psyllium in it. WHOA NELLIE -feed him what? What happened to tubing to get the psyllium in his stomach. They want him to eat 1-2 cups of psyllium mixed in sweet feed every 4 hours?!
I reluctantly mentioned the IR/LAM/EMS formula he is one that worked wonders on all 3 little boys. I have lived my life surrounded by homeopathic, naturopathic practitioners and know all too well how the allopathic medical community feels about them. I also know firsthand how medical schools, nursing schools, veterinary schools start immediately at the new students brainwashing them that there is only one way to treat: with their medicine. Oh don’t get me started.
We came to a compromise that I would bring the formula over for him to inspect. I Gave him Dr. Thomas’ information so he could research on his own. I would agree to try the sweet feed treatment if he would agree to allow Badger to take his formula to try and counteract the heavy load of sugar to his system.
I hung up and called For Love Of The Horse. Explained the situation and asked what dosage they would recommend. Well again I can’t say enough about everyone there. Not only were they discussing the treatment amongst themselves, Leah and Melissa suggested another alternative: why not use a low starch feed like Purina Well Solve Low Starch which does not load as a sugar. Well duh why didn’t I think of that? Many thanks to them again. I called vet back made suggestion but they don’t have any low starch feed there.
Well there was only one thing to do. Take my granddaughter home, find someone who carried it and go visit my Badg a day early. Does anyone know the 91 in southern California? If you do you know the dread of taking it at rush hour in any direction. But at least I wasn’t hauling the trailer this time.
When I arrived there he was with IV hanging from the ceiling finishing a bowl of sweet feed with psyllium. Well of course he loved it, he was hungry and it was sweet. I wish I could take my meds in chocolate syrup. Any way we made another bowl with the LS feed another 2 cups of psyllium. I see one advantage to the sweet feed, it’s moist and sticky and psyllium really sticks to it. Not so much with the dry feed. So we will have to see how it goes. I met the new vet, showed him the formula which he shrugged at but agreed it wouldn’t hurt anything.
I stayed for a while and sat on floor, will remember to bring a chair next time. He walked around me, laid his head on my shoulder and snorted in my ear. Initially I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t bray to greet me and run to me. I figured he was mad at me for leaving him there!
The vet did mention that when they scoped him he did have long hairs in his belly. He said that psyllium doesn’t remove an actual hair ball, that requires surgery. So I am hoping that its only a little hair. Tail bag for Carb!