Selah’s Story – Just in the Nick of Time
Sharing our experience in the hopes that others can benefit and/or find alternatives outside the traditional vet medicine / recommendations.
Selah has always been our “tiny tiger” – she’s the most verbal cat I’ve ever met and is quite the trooper, all things considered. We adopted her from our local animal shelter 16 years ago. Minus the adoption vet check up and the trip to the vet when we moved to Colorado, she’s never been to the vet. After being here for a little over a year, she did develop crystals in her urine. We went the traditional route (prescription diet rx) but this moment defined the turning point in all of our marvins’ lives. I’ve been a lifelong learner and with the prospect of needing to forever monitor her diet and well being, I started exploring alternative ways of animal healing and living. Turns out the high priced kibble we were using, despite being low in ash, high in protein, organic and expensive, it was still basically carbs (even though these were whole food carbs, lol.) So, we transitioned everyone to a raw diet. Anyway, fast forward 18 months and I began to notice Selah having difficulty urinating, to the point where she eventually stopped eating, had not passed her urine in almost 48 hours and wasn’t herself. Emergency surgery and two ultrasounds later, we learned she had transitional cell carcinoma. They removed a large mass in her bladder wall and drained her bladder of 120 ml. Following this, we were given the traditional vet recommendations – chemo / radiation and NSAIDs for the remainder of her life – 6 months if we didn’t follow these recommendations. The vet knew that I wasn’t a proponent of chemo / radiation, had done much research on alternative options, but still recommended NSAIDs and lifelong monitoring of her kidney functions. Thank you, but no thank you. We agreed to disagree.
Enter Dr. Judy. Truth? I did my homework while awaiting the biopsy results and researched her online. Learning that she had a successful practice, specialized in cancer treatments, had bought and transitioned a traditional vet practice to a holistic one and later sold it, and now, was working from her home, I immediately scheduled a consultation. From the moment we talked, Dr. Judy was forthright, plain speaking and honest about Selah and her condition. She suggested a protocol I had already read much about as well as several supplements that I wasn’t familiar with. We immediately started Selah on ozone and mistletoe therapies as well as several supplements to support her immune system. It’s been 10 months and Selah hasn’t missed a beat. She’s more herself than ever and as I write this, she just barrelled across the dining room with what Dr. Judy calls the “zoomies.” She recently had a third ultrasound which showed no CA regrowth or spreading in any area of her body. Her appetite and energy levels are great and as always, she remains the most verbal cat we know. So much for the 6 month prognosis the traditional (but well meaning) vet gave her. Oh, and because I’m an optimist, I did email her ultrasound scans and CA treatment protocol to the traditional vet. Sometimes, results speak for themselves and are much better at offering someone in the traditional world an opportunity to pause and question what’s out there.
Dr. Judy? She’s amazing, affordable and a lifelong learner. These are all the components needed in a healer who posits to make a true difference in the life of your / our pet. Much respect and thanks, Dr. Judy.
Wendy M. – Lakewood, CO