Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Is Milo reading this?

Wednesday, January 30

Every time I post about Milo's progress with his fears he takes a giant leap backwards so I can only conclude that he is logging into this site and reading about it and is feeling self conscious.   We've taken a giant step backwards with the stairs since my last post.  He has to work this out for himself to gather his confidence.

On a completely different vein, we met up with a volunteer from RLRR to turn over some items which will go up to Red Lake and she had the opportunity to visit with Milo.  She expressed her surprise at his age as she told me that most of the animals at Red Lake are only a year or two old since most have to fend for themselves and only make it through one or two winters.  So very sad.

Milo may have been cared for at some point to last as long as he did on his own.  We suspect he was between 5-6 years old when he was saved by the kind people helping RLRR.

Coming in from the outside - especially in the bitterly cold weather - has been an easy choice for him.  No time to think about it with cold feet/paws!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

January warm up

24 January 2013

We are still waiting for our herbs.  They are being custom mixed through an herbsmith and then will be shipped, so it will be interesting to see the results when they do finally arrive.

The good news is that some of Milo's fears have abated a little.  He can come up the stairs freely without coaxing and the garage is not the scary place of several weeks ago.  The below zero temps probably help him decide that the garage is much more palatable than staying outside!

Milo, like the other dogs, loves to go in the car and loads up enthusiastically into his crate for rides to the park or the store or where ever.

We've been to the park in all temps and the only issue is cold feet.  Lots of 3 legged pottying with the cold weather.  Glad he now has a big lush coat!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 15

January 15, 2013

Waiting for herbs to arrive, but Milo seems to be feeling okay.  

The garage fear has lessened so no longer a struggle to come in through that door.  Kitchen still not a desired place, but I think it is because he slipped on  the linoleum so doesn't feel confident on that surface.  I'll have to put some rugs down and see if that makes a difference.

He still likes to wrestle with Leo!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Another step towards a healthy future

5 January 2013

Milo visited Dr. Choi at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medicine Center yesterday.  Dr. Choi specializes in Integrative and Complementary Medicine - a blend of Western medicine with Oriental medicine.

In Milo's case our appointment went like this:  I brought all of his veterinary records and test results which she considered - pointing out the elevated monocytes along with lower neutrophils. During this time, Milo was free to wander around the exam room.  She then observed him as he roamed around, and after a bit she took his pulse from his inner back thigh and checked his tongue.  She noted that he doesn't smell very good - from the mouth area.

These are all things which help Oriental medical doctors diagnose their patients.  If you are interested in learning more, you might wish to read this:  article on dogs and chinese medicine

Dr. Choi concluded that due to Milo's elevated monocytes and lower neutrophils that he has some sort of virus which is somewhat dormant at the moment.  She suspects it is something in his lungs - which would explain his continued labored breathing and periodic coughing.  However, without extensive and invasive testing, we would not know for sure.  She thinks we do not need to do this as she thinks that herbs can help him.  She will order some customized herbs which will be shipped.  These herbs will treat both viral and parasitic infections and he'll take them for a month.  His pulse and tongue indicate that he does have some lung heat, but infection there would explain that. If the herbs clear up the cough and heavy breathing, we'll know that caused the heat.  

An interesting article on Dr. Choi can be found here: Article on Dr. Choi and her specialty (be sure to scroll down)

Thursday, January 3, 2013