Suki – Two Weeks Into the Transition

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Suki2I have to begin this post with a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who has been praying, and sending positive energy, and encouragement to Suki and I.  I’m deeply touched that Suki and I are surrounded by such wonderful people!

It’s been two weeks since I began transitioning him over to homeopathic and natural remedies.

I’m excited to report that I’ve noticed some definite improvements.  Within the first few days, I noticed that Suki has more energy, and that has continued. His cute pink tongue is a more healthy shade of pink these days too, rather than the lighter, paler color that it had been over these past months.

He still sleeps many hours, which I suppose is to be expected for a dog that is around 98 years old in human years.  Most people are very surprised to hear that he is 14 when we stop along our walks to socialize with neighbors and their dogs.

Things I’ve been watching (for) very closely are his breathing, the syncope (weakness and fainting), and a dry, unproductive cough, which, for Suki, sounds more like he has something stuck in his throat.  The syncope has lessened dramatically, although still shows itself a little bit now and again.

Suki’s breathing has been very good overall, even with increased walking distance.  The holistic vet recommended that Suki get out and walk regularly, which is quite the contrast to what the allopathic vets have recommended.  I’m to watch carefully for symptoms, so while Suki and I have been walking a bit further, I cautiously observe him to see that he’s doing well.

The dry, unproductive cough has arisen 2 or 3 times, though I’m unsure if it was a “symptom” or just that he was cleaning himself and actually had a hair in his throat.  Each time it was very brief, and then abated.  For the time being, I’m going with him having had a hair in his throat, while yet keeping a very close eye on him.

Now that we’ve built up Suki’s system somewhat, it’s time to very slowly, and very cautiously, begin reducing the meds, bit by bit.  I will continue keeping an ever-watchful eye on my sweet li’l one.  (Some days I wish he was able to speak english)  

Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement.  They mean the world to us both.  I will post another update shortly.

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