Ghost has made it 7 months simply on a raw diet and some holistic remedies. That's 5 months longer than he was suppose to survive.
Although he is not yet better by any means and may even be getting slightly worse as time passes, we count this as a victory still. We didn't have to pay an uneasy amount of money so that he could be put on meds with who knows what kind of side affects and we learnt about natural nutrition for our pets and now get to promote a proper species appropriate diet.
Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t giving up on Ghost just yet, although he hasn’t been back to the vet recently and is overdue for a check up. He was finished all of his holistic remedies about a month or longer back, and although the raw diet gives him all the vitamins he needs to prosper health-wise, in his condition he needs a little extra support. It’s just a long drive to bring him there and he absolutely hates getting out of his comfort zone - he just gets himself completely wound up and then I think of how bad that must be for his heart - it’s just a hassle. It would be nice if there were more holistic vets around so we didn’t have to drive so far, although Sharon Kopinak (the vet) is really fantastic with him.
We’ve been bringing Ghost to Tom’s Dads place a lot recently. We just figure if he is not going to make it then he might as well live happy for the time he is living. He thoroughly loves going over there and being with his buds, you can just see how lit up he gets when he’s there. They play a little too rough sometimes for my heart to handle but mostly they just laze around together and what’s the harm in that, right? So even though it was advised that we keep him home and only take him for 10 minute walks, we just couldn’t let him live like that any longer - especially with the nice weather.
As of now Ghost is still lively and happy, but he still has that big pot belly and he still isn’t gaining any weight (even though he eats 2lbs of raw a day + extra treats). We have noticed he has been panting more lately as well... We suspect he might have some fluid retention in his lungs... And I wonder if it’s because he’s been allowed to go play with his friends... And I wonder if we are making the right choices. What if keeping him home and only going for 10 minute walks will save his life?.. But what if it doesn’t and then he never gets to be where he wants to be and see who he wants to see? We hope we are making the right decisions.
The holistic vet when she first saw him was surprised he was even still alive, so we are extremely happy with how long he has already lasted and all we can do is pray that we make the right decisions for his happiness and health and maybe his life will be saved, but if not we are cherishing the time we have with him and thanking God that He brought us to know that His design for our natural world is perfect and in His creation there is healing.
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