I am waiting for the timer on my watch to go off, indicating that 15 minutes have gone by in-between dosings. I am administering an herbal, holistic remedy to my dog.
Buster's health has not been completely back to normal since his rear leg started giving him trouble this winter. We were alerted to his injury -- or condition, we don't know -- when he started yelping when we scratched his back leg. Later the same night it first happened, he started yelping in his sleep, startled awake by the pain in his leg when he'd enact a particularly vivid dream.
I flew out of bed three times that night, panicked and hysterical with heartbreak.
The vet we took him to moved his leg around for a bit, prescribed a week's worth of Rimadyl, and said that it was just a pulled muscle. That just never sat right with me, and I kind of thought the vet was weird. Plus, I'd read that Rimadyl can sometimes melt the liver of the poor puppies it is supposed to be helping. This is my baby we are talking about, so I doubt I'll ever completely trust anyone to treat him properly. (I'm an asshole, I know.)
Seemingly without cause, every couple of months or so, Buster will let out a yelp again. Not good.
Lately, for the past three weeks or so, he's been having bladder control problems. Buster is neurotic as shit and we've had to work to get him to quit urinating out of submission. He hasn't done that in over a year. Oh, the freedom.
The last couple of accidents have been different, though. Suddenly, he'll be up from a leisurely lay-about pacing nervously, and before I can get the thought "Oh, shit. Buster has to go outside." through my thick head, he's started to pee on his way to the back door. Then he is all heartbroken that he has done something wrong. Dear heavens, that breaks my heart. And it annoys me that I've cleaned the carpets three times in the last month. (Carpet grosses me out SO MUCH.)
So, for the past week I've been worried the poor little guy has a bladder infection. Poor Buster!
Anyway, a number of people, including Black Sheeped, have recommended a holistic, homeopathic vet, Dr. MotherEarth. I finally called her this week as I am convinced that something is just wrong with Buster. He's only seven years old; he shouldn't be having control problems, or trouble jumping up on the bed in the morning to cuddle.
After chatting with Dr. MotherEarth, she thinks that Buster's trouble may be stemming from a pinched nerve in his back, and not a bladder infection as I had feared. So, until she can see him on September 14, she thinks this herbal brew will help ease his inflammation and pain. Then, during his appointment she is going to give him a chiropractic exam and see if acupuncture is necessary.
People - I am considering giving my dog acupuncture treatments.
My dog. Acupuncture. Mutt. Crazy Eastern Shit with Needles.
In regards to my own health, I heavily consider holistic care whenever possible. But I don't know if I really buy into acupuncture. For me or my dog.
Thoughts? Other than that I am attached to my dogs to the point of the absurd, of course.