Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Down the Yellow Brick Road

Home...where the heart and most of the work is.  The feline trio of disharmony...Lacey - rising ruler of the House of Vic, Zoe - rising revolutionist of the House of Vic, Andee - rising fence straddler of the House of Vic, and Dustin - just a dog of the House of Vic.  ALL my pets were abandoned before they crossed my path.  I've never been loved by an abandoned animal that didn't have lifelong health issues that drain the dollars right out of my lifestyle.  I adapt.  I feel a responsibility to be the best I can be when it comes to the lives of those entrusted in my care.

Andee was on one experiment after another in his earlier years to come up with a healthy preventive solution to an ongoing crystal in the urine issue from being too alkaline.  After that was accomplished he seemed to have a re-occurrence, but it was determined the symptoms only mimicked the urine issues.  He was put on joint care maintenance and problem solved.  Then problems again, an endocrine imbalance, and he was put on a preventive shot routine, one shot every three weeks for the rest of his life.  Our household converted to healthier cleaning products to prevent the problem with any newer pets.  Now in the beginning stages of kidney disease, we're on a search to see if we can slow down the disease's progress.  He's my million dollar cat.  Emergency clinic vet charges are surrealistic, and I cannot ever remember a pet having a life threatening situation when my regular vet clinic was open.

Zoe had heart-worms when she was added to our family and in order to not kill her, we had to let the worms run their course and hope she survived.  She did...but with issues involving her heart and lungs.  She's on a series of holistic and supplemental additives to hopefully correct a heart murmur and strengthen her lungs.  We don't know how short her life will be, but I'm hoping to lengthen it a bit, if possible.

Dustin came to me already sick with a tick disease that I cannot even spell, let alone pronounce.  It's one of those diseases that never leaves one's life.  He's on preventive maintenance to hopefully prevent another re-occurrence with the disease.

Lacey's latest was a lung infection, and now we're trying to minimize the gurgles, growling, moaning, and groaning coming from her stomach that can be heard loudly from one end of the living room to the other.  The sound is hard to ignore.  Treatment for two types of worms has cut the loudness in half.  She's currently on a pro-biotic, enzyme, and a few other additives, but her musical addition to our evenings is still a regular occurrence.

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