I am sooooo completely happy to hear that your dog Shannon is eating well again! That is fantastic news! I will hope for continued success for both of you!
Thank you for your kind words about Athena. I am sorry about your kitty. It was so incredibly difficult for me. I tired everything to heal her or just make her feel better. In fact, ironically, that is how I originally found this forum! I was so desperate for answers after several vets couldn't really figure it out, that I went online to begin studying her symptoms and see if I could find any info to help us.
As for the holistic vet disaster....
First off, I am not at all knocking any vets at all, holistic or otherwise. Everyone is different.
And this holistic vet came highly recommended to me. Maybe we just had a horrible experience. Who knows?
Would I try another holistic vet in the future? Probably so.
Anyway, it was a very cold winter day. I had to close my shop(all day-so no income) to drive way across town to this holistic vet. I made an appt bc I wanted to be sure Athena would be seen. I told them on phone that Athena was diagnosed with severe pancreatitis and possibly something like stomach cancer, and that she was throwing up (bile only) every few hours. She HAD to eat at certain intervals or she would throw up again which was dangerous for her. I was carefully home cooking all her food at this point and hand feeding her. And I was journaling every bite she ate, every time she threw up, every med the vets threw at her, everything about this medical "journey" or whatever you call it.
The holistic vet was super, super "busy" that day and kept us waiting for ever. They left my poor Athena to lay on the freezing
cold tile floor with no blanket offered. For hours while they ran around trying to help other clients. Grrrr. I had emphatically told them I needed to be seen at my appt time (or close to it) so I could time her food intake, and thus prevent the vomiting. Well because they went over by hours, she indeed threw up again in their office...and they then seem annoyed! Whaaaaat??
The main reason I went there was to ask a zillion questions from an "expert" so I could stop guessing about what to feed her/what to medicate her with.
I wanted some holistic meds to soothe her stomach, stop the vomiting.
I carefully wrote all my questions down in order of importance. Well basically the vet answered the first few-- and then in the middle of me asking my questions, she left the room. Again. She would come in for a moment, then leave. We were left alone for a crazy amount of time waiting, so I finally left the room and asked the front desk people what happened. Ohhh, blablabla.
The tech finally came in, left agin, came back later, and read the bloodwork test results instead of the vet. "Sorry, Vet was busy" was his answer. But I wanted to see the actual vet----that is who I was paying the big bucks for and had lost my whole days income for--- while my poor sweet dog lay on a cold
hard miserable floor for hours. Sigh. I think I cried for a long time after that appointment. It was dark out when we left for our trek home. And I hate driving in the dark, especially across town in areas that are unfamiliar to me. And my significant other was out of town, to boot. Sigh.
Our experience that terrible day? No real answers, more heartbreaking throw up, poor customer service, lots of money gone, inhumane treatment on that cold floor, but mostly----NO HOPE.
Sorry to be a total bummer with this post. You asked. I wasn't going to mention the reasons, but what the hell? It happened. It didn't have to bet that way at all. They should have seen us, run the bloodwork, answered my questions, and then sent my very sick, sweet beyond belief, Athena dog home to our cozy warm home. Not kept her for hours on a bare cold tile floor. Who does that, especially to a sick dog?
Brings tears to my eyes as I think about how Athena suffered in her illness, but was so incredibly graceful every moment. And loving. Gosh I loved that dog, may she rest in peace.
Sending only healing thoughts and continued healthy happy eating to your beloved Shannon. You both deserve it. I can tell you love your dog like I love my Athena and all my dogs.