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Santa Barbara News-Press
My animals have never had a problem going to the vet. Sure, it’s not their favorite thing to do, but they stay calm and attentive. They don’t exhibit a high-level stress by panting, barking or meowing. They don’t shake or stiffen their body. They don’t refuse to go into the vet clinic or snap or bite while we are in there.
Let’s face it, veterinary hospitals are scary places. They have a strong sterile smell. Other animals are fearful. People do things to the animals that are unnatural and against animal instincts. Without realizing it, people are exhibiting dominant, somewhat aggressive, behavior by leaning over the animals, evaluating them, staring into their eyes and palpating their abdomen. They put cold things up against their heart and make strange faces while doing it. They stick instruments in places no one wants to hear about and swab their sensitive ears. They poke animals with needles that can make the animals feel pretty yucky for some time.
So how do we make these visits better for our pets? If you have an animal that travels well, bring him or her to the vet just for a visit. Let the staff give your pet treats and a warm welcome.
You can also talk with your animal. Explain to your pet what the vet is all about. Take a breath. Clear your thoughts and explain to your pet that a visit to the vet’s office is to keep your pet healthy. Something cold held to the body is to hear the heart beat to make sure it has a healthy rhythm. A light in the eyes is to gauge the pet’s vision. A needle is to pull blood to test how all the organs are working or to administer a shot to keep the pet healthy. A needle in the bladder is to see if the pet has an infection. And so on.
If your pet is at the vet’s office because of illness, tell your pet the doctor is trying to find out why he or she is throwing up or having seizures or whatever the ailment is. Tell your animal you know that the people act strange, but it’s to help your pet live longer. Tell your animal that if there’s pain anywhere to inform the vet over and over in his or her mind and to physically exaggerate the pain to let the vet know. If you are in the examining room with your animal, you can explain what is happening and why in real time. You can do this out loud or you can do it in your head, sending it to your pet’s heart center.
Remind your animals how to calm themselves. Tell them to lick, yawn, stretch, blink their eyes. Remind them they are OK. Tell them you like your vet and you trust him or her. Remind your animal he or she will be going home with you. Whatever diagnoses or news you hear, be sure to tell your animal either at the vet’s office or when you get home. Talk to your vet about something personal. What animals do they have? What do they like to do in their free time? Make them a real person instead of someone who is just poking and prodding your animal.
Even if the visit becomes chaotic, stay positive. If you are nervous, your animal will be nervous. Sometimes your animal’s relationship to the vet office is all about your attitude. Choose a safe and confident vet and your animal will learn to deal with a visit to the office maybe even enjoy it!
Want to hear what your animals have to say?
This is Ginger. She is 15 years old.
She said during a session, “Yes, I had a good life. A perfect life in fact. I am sort the boss of the house. I mean what I ever I want I get and that is really cool for a little dog in a big household. I feel like no one should be afraid for me because I am not afraid.”
Her person wrote: My daughter and I reached out to Laura in a state of hopelessness when we discovered our Ginger was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Ginger is our baby girl and we have had her since she was 8 weeks old. Hearing she had cancer practically tore us but after contacting Laura we were able to get a better perspective on how Ginger was feeling. Laura is truly an inspiration and is so gifted. She simply cannot makeup or fake what she said to us throughout our reading. Thank you for communicating with our Ginger and for being so pleasant and kind.
#BossOfTheHouse #Brave #GoodLife #PetPsychic #ImNotAfraid #LittleDog
Update on Bean: She didn’t feel much better this morning so I had to bring her back to the vets. She has an infection in her body and gas in her stomach so she is on a medicine cocktail of antibiotics, pain relief, acid reducer… Her fever has come down. Dr. Nicci is confident that her stomach issues will resolve. Though Bean is still complaining about pain in her right shoulder and head so there is concern about neurological issues. We have a few ideas. Time will tell. On a side note: Oddly Hudson my GSD puppy is also limping on his right front.
Bean looks pretty bad in these photos. But had a few moments of looking better. As Katie the vet tech syringed fed Bean critical care, Bean looked a bit more bright eyed. Bean asked Katie about her bunny at home. They are the same age-8!
She asked if Katie’s bunny has a tunnel and a cardboard house. He does, just like Bean!
Bean asked Katie if her bunny has done any remodeling to his cardboard house. Bean has added two doors to hers. Katie told Bean her bunny has just started to remodel :)! Bean then wondered if his remodel just looked like a new a window.
When I was checking out, Bean told the receptionist, “You should be on critical care”.
When I asked Bean why she responded to the woman, “You look tired. You need better nutrition and more energy.”
The receptionist laughed and said Bean is right. She is always tired and was just talking this morning about needing to eat better. We all decided that she could substitute Critical Care for green juice and smoothies.
I’m happy Bean feels better on critical care and well enough to strike up conversations but she’s worn out and is presently sleeping.
Thank you all for your well wishes, healing energy and concern. We are very thankful!
My 20 year old cat Makia doesn’t feel so well. She’s been breathing heavy, rapid weight loss, throwing up and having soft stools. Chest X-rays look good!
Her symptoms are similar to Serafina’s six week ago. Serafina got better on the antibiotic Zenequin. Makia can not take that because she has a low threshold to seizures so she’s on Clavamox.
We are treating for listeria because of the Stella and Chewys food recall. I know they ate the recalled lot. Serafina is 100% better. Hoping for the same recovery for Makia.
Makia says, “I have been sick a lot of times, but have never been this nauseous. If my food made me sick, I’m a little angry. I usually don’t get angry. I know one day I’ll be in Heaven, but I want to live some more.
I hope all the butterflies in the world think of me as they are flying. I’m sure that energy will get me well. If you’re reading this, be a butterfly and send me love.”
#StellaAndChewysRecall #ListeriaandPets #listeria #ListeriaInAnimals #beAButterfly #love #iwanttolive
This is my cat Serafina. I am not sure how old she is. We estimate around 15 years old.
My cats have been on a raw food diet for 10 plus years. A month ago, I decided to “treat” them with some high quality grain free organic cat food. That night Serafina started to projectile vomit and have diarrhea. A week later she lost half her body weight (down to 4.5lbs), refused to move or eat, and was diagnosed with Pancreatitis. I was positive it was from a bacteria in the canned food so we put her on antibiotics. She had two different antibiotics over 14 days, sub-q fluids every other day, colostrum, canna pet, antacids, cerenia, chiropractic and of course all raw food.
It has now been one month since her diagnoses and she is feeling great! She is back to her energetic happy self. I will never feed canned food again.
Thank you Ohana Pet Hospital, Carpinteria Vet, chiro Steve Matzkin and vet tech Caroline Thompson, healer Bill Turner, and friend Swan Keller for making my kitty better! You are all awesome! Serafina is now up to 6lbs
Serafina says, “I want to tell everyone that when you don’t feel well don’t give up hope. You have to keep believing in yourself even if you feel like you want to die. My mom kept telling me I was going to feel better and I had to trust her even though I was not sure of it. I am enjoying life again. I was so happy to have our bunny Bean to keep me company. She really helped me feel better. She’s my good friend. Sometimes when you are sick you find out who your good friends are. I want everyone to believe in their health and their ability to live well. Be happy. It helps you to heal if you force yourself to do things you love, even if it is just sitting outside.”
Some mornings are harder than others. This morning Makia awoke with a terrible headache. This evening she will receive fluids again. I am hoping that will help her.
“Thank you all for your prayers.
When you don’t feel well it’s comforting to have friends and family that check on you.
I believe it creates sunbeams in the world when you reach out to others.”
This is Kochi. He is 6 years old.
He said, “I was feeling the kind of sick where you start to see the angel dogs. They are dogs that have a golden light all around them and they come and lie with you and tell you that when you die you can run in a park full of Heaven’s creatures. It is beautiful.
The one thing that happened when I was really sick is I kept feeling like I was falling down a hole. It was really scary. Sometimes when I would close my eyes, I would feel like I was sinking and I felt damp all the time. It was like the feeling of being rained on all the time.
But I got better. Mommy’s machine did make me better. It pulled out the dampness and it made light come into my body. When I was healing those angel dogs kept moving through me rather than staying outside of me. It felt really good.”
Kochi’s person (mommy) writes, “Kochi nearly died – he was so sick (but healed with a Photon Sound Beam machine) – and with Laura’s help, we discovered that Kochi became sick to show me that I can heal and that sickness can be healed using universal prayer, inter-dimensional thoughts and technology. Laura also enlightened me about what my dog experienced in his sickness – beautiful angel dogs that lay with him and even went through him. We are all truly blessed to have angels and Laura in our lives.” I can not express this enough, when our animals are sick it is so important to truly believe we can help them heal. We must believe in the methods of treatment that we are using. It helps are animals to feel safe and to feel as if they are in healing hands. Call in the healing angels! I am always surprised who shows up 🙂
This is Maxie. He is 8 years old. He has been dealing with some health issues.
He says, “I feel very sick a lot of the time. I dont know if my headache will ever go away. I have a bad headache and also I get a shaky feeling. There are times when I have thought that I want to go to Heaven. But I decided I want to fight. I want to fight for my life! I am not old and I want to feel better!”