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Mona has chiropractic session and leaves with homeopathic remedy
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Mona hasn’t been walking very smoothly lately. Her new vet thought she was very tight in her pelvic area so off Mona went to her Chiropractic Alternative vet. 

Here’s Mona enjoying her treatment:

Treatment is over:

“Hey! Where did the vet go?”

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These treatments seem to really help Mona move more smoothly. I’m to continue to massage her up her spine until her next treatment in a month.

Mona turns 14 years old this spring and it’s been 5.5 years since her amputation due to cancer. She now has stage 2 kidney disease and we’ll try her on a new homeopathic remedy with reneel, traumeel, berberis for inflammation and kidney support. The challenge will be getting it into her. I’m going to try it when she’s sleeping. smiley4

Mona is home now and is more active and engaged than she has been in awhile. I highly recommend chiropractic treatments!!

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She’s such a spry girl! No wonder, you are always aware of any changes in her mobility, and you get her the care she needs to stay limber and healthy. YAY! Thank you for sharing the photos, they are adorable.

I can’t believe it’s been over five years since her amp. She looks so good.

How wonderful that the chiro care is helping her so much. I’ve been meaning to do an article about finding animal chiropractors, since I just became aware of the AVCA credential for vets. I had no idea that there was such a thing to find practitioners.

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Wow! This is the first time I have seen pictures besides her Avatar. She is just Beautiful! 5.5 years since cancer diagnosed? That is awesome! What a fighter!

Brownie is also having issues getting around due to age. He has chropatric treatment on Saturday  and we are going to look at  acupuncture.

Love the photos of Mona!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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MONA!!!   Those pictures of your beautiful  self are delightful.   You clearly are enjoying  your therapy.  Seeing you so relaxed speaks volumes avout the effectiveness. 

Kerran, you and Mona have brought soooo much knowledge to this community  about anything and everyth kitty.  Your knowledge  about vaccine related sarcomas and how to, not only proceed with treatment, but how to proceed in holding the powers that be accountable.   And talk about an inspiration…Kitty Mona is already a Legend of Hope around here!

Yeah Jerry and Kerren, I’d love to hear more about chiropractic therapies.  Mona has been a tripawd for almosr siz uears snd is heading  into her “mature” years, yet her mobility seems as effortless as ever.

I’m sure Mona can fend off that kidney crap for years to come.  Early detection  gives you a headstart.  Plus, Mona is a Warrior RockStar Kitty not to be messed with!

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Hi everyone, I’m happy to share Mona’s successes!

Jerry:  well… Mona’s never been called spry before. smiley4  She tends to have a relaxed lifestyle. Chiropractic care can get amazing results. AVCA looks like a great resource to find trained practitioners.

Brownie:  Mona kind of looks like a cartoon character in her avatar. Thanks for seeing her beauty and recognizing her as a fighter. She’s adorable in many ways. Please take some photos at Brownie’s chiropractic treatment.

Sally:  Mona sure did enjoy her day. She’s considered a senior and I was thrilled when today’s vet said she’ll help her live have another 10 years. She really could be a legend. sp_hearticon2

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Oh yeah she seems spry, flexible, like really loose and exactly the way I want my body’s muscles to be. She’s my role model!

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She’s my role model!

Be More Cat!

Thanks for the AVCA link Rene, I checked it out and there are two doctors here in Tallahassee. Jet seems to be moving ok, but I would hate to think he’s in pain or discomfort, and hiding it. 

Kerren, what were the telltale signs? Also, would you mind sharing what it costs? And how long are the sessions?

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Hi Brad,

I like that – Be More Cat! Be in charge! Be more independent. Suddenly stare blankly at a wall for no apparent reason (meditation perhaps?) Turn your back to the person talking to you and lick your shoulder. Clean yourself in the middle of a group of people trying to have a conversation.icon_lol They are fascinating creatures. sp_hearticon2

This vet charges about $110 (Canadian) for the initial assessment and treatment. I’ve paid anywhere from $45 to $65 for the followup treatments – perhaps that was based on time. The sessions have been from 30 minutes to an hour for the initial assessment.

Mona is a front leg amputee. The first time I took her was a month after her amputation in 2014 when I noticed her rear end was not in line with her front when she was walking straight ahead of me. It was easy to see the difference because she was walking down hardwood “planks” so it was easy to see her front and rear were not on the same planks. I know many people who take their dogs for chiropractic treatments so I took Mona in and after the session I could see her walking much smoother and she seemed much lighter on her feet.

Recently I could hear her walking heavier and I finally saw her left rear leg pushing out to the side. She had to go in for a checkup and her new vet said her pelvis was tight so she referred Mona on to the chiro vet. Here the chiro vets always want the cat’s record if they see a regular vet elsewhere.

The chiro vet determined Mona was off at a couple of vertebrae near her pelvis and at one near her neck and she also worked on a muscle on the left side of her neck where Mona’s leg and scapula are gone.

I can’t say I noticed all of the subtle changes in Mona as they are happening but I finally recognize the more dramatic changes. Already in the last 24 hours I’ve noticed she is more active and sleeping less. I’ll have to listen to her walking to see if it’s different. 

I hope Jet finds someone he likes. Please let us know what your experience is like.

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So glad Mona is feeling better! And thank you Kerren for sharing that info on the chiropractor. I keep a close eye on Huck, but so far so good as far as his mobility is concerned. I am able to massage up and down his spine now, and he has a daily habit of stretching himself on the lower scratcher of the cat tree unlike anything I have seen with my other cats. I do think though that if I needed to bring him in for that kind of chiropractic treatment that we might be ok. His feralness has turned into super sweetness anymore and as long as they didn’t scare him I think he might be ok.

Be More Cat! I love that Brad, totally love that! Mona and Jet are our idols in here. 

I am glad you caught the kidney disease early Kerren. Diet, supplements, and sometimes fluids can go a long way in keeping her as happy and healthy as possible. Love your pictures, haven’t seen your girlie in a while!

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I’m a huge believer in the benefits of chiropractic adjustments – I don’t think Nitro would’ve survived 3+ years without that and acupuncture. My almost 16 year old Westie gets both every 3 weeks for his arthritis and kidney disease.

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Thanks for the info Kerren!



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Jackie: I’m happy to hear Huckleberry is doing so well and is amazingly flexible and has become such a relaxed and indoor cat. I know you are a bit of an expert with kidney disease. I don’t think Mona is doing well with this homeopathic remedy. It tastes like water so I’ve been able to give it to her but I noticed after a day of giving it to her that there is some food regurgitated so will hold off until I talk to the vet about it. What supplements have you used? Hugs to you and your fur family.

Paula!! I’m happy to hear others have found the chiropractic treatments helpful. I have friends find the treatments really helped their dogs. Yeah for a 16 year old Westie. smiley_clap Good going!!

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Kerren,

Do they have you giving her sub q fluids at home yet? I am not familiar with homeopathic remedies,  but I do know that with any kinds of medication,  if it’s on an empty stomach it can cause vomiting and gi distress.  Kidney disease in itself can also cause that. 

Prescription diet and subcutaneous fluids are key in trying to slow down the process.  When i was a tech,  Hills K/D prescription diet was the only game in town and most cats don’t like it.  I believe Royal Canin now has a renal diet and i can tell you she will probably like the flavor better.  I have had to switch my crew to the urinary diet and i use the Royal Canin. That is accepted a LOT more readily than the Hills C/D ever was. 

Lots start out with subcutaneous fluids once a day and end up graduating to twice a day in time.  The fluids are the feline version of dialysis.

If you have not learned how to do this I would be more than happy to show you.  It’s not hard once you get the hang of it,  and it will save you a lot of money and travel to the vet office.  I used to teach people at the animal hospital. 

Sending big hugs,  hopefully you can get this managed soon and she will be feeling better. 

Jackie and Huck❤❤❤

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