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Sophie update

It's been a roller coaster but we're back on the up side again. Sophie has been feeling great for a few days now which has been wonderful. Had a rough patch before that. (and ensuing pity party) At this point still pretty much home bound other than errands, walks, trip to the vet etc. I am so grateful for our holistic vet Dr Donna who is amazing....we saw her Friday and have new herbs and supplements added in as well as goat milk kifer. Almost totally switched to home cooked again will be good to be done with that awful ZD. We decided Sophie's problem is two fold, diet etc and also anxiety. I have never thought of her as an anxious dog and definitely not fearful. She does have separation anxiety (which have been working on all along and it is better) but it's her exuberance (that I love so much) that is her worst enemy. We used to do so many fun things she loved but can't do them now (which is why we are homebound) because anything fun especially doggie play dates, company, etc sets her tummy off. I used to love seeing her play like a fool and get so happy about stuff now it scares me to death!

The good news is Dr Donna really feels she can help her a lot. She has very successfully treated over 100 IBD dogs over the years. It's been a lot of work and expense but I know it will pay off for us. Western vets have nothing else to offer other than steroids, etc and what they have given her has not managed her symptoms all that well. So it is nice to be able to work with a holistic vet.

We are working on her "anxiety" with calming herbs, cannabis, poppy, etc and she has her very own therapy dog named Athena now. An older rescue dog (came from horrific conditions) and is still recovering herself but she is so sweet and calm and ignores Sophie's invitations to play which is what we want so she learns she can be calm around other dogs rather than play at break neck speed all the time. Also having a pet sitter come in a few times a week so she gets used to being with someone other than me. Tomorrow a friend of mine from the rescue who is an awesome dog behaviorist (she rehabilitates the rescue dogs and teaches them how to trust and be good citizens so they can get great homes) is coming to work with us on the anxiety thing too (I have never had an anxious dog before so haven't dealt with it, I know basically what to do but will pick up a few more tips I'm sure).

So that is where we are now, as bad as she was a couple weeks ago it's amazing to see her now, playing and talking walks. We will not be going anywhere or do anything real exciting for a while yet though, as it always triggers bad stuff. Dr Donna says once we can get and keep her symptom free for two months straight, I should be able to start doing things with her again. She estimates about 6 months or so. It is so good to hear someone say we should be able to do stuff again!!!!! Poor Sophie I feel she is being robbed of her puppyhood. But am hopeful we can put this behind us eventually and even though will always have to really work at it, hope to have it not be a big issue for her. She's also been getting acupuncture and B12 shots.

Since she's been feeling so great and it's rainy and she needs something to do we have been doing a photo shoot every night. I'll post a few pics. And some of Athena, who is coming again tomorrow.

Thanks for the prayers for Sophie appreciate them!
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So good to hear from you, and I'm just amazed at the lengths you are going for your Sophie. She couldn't have found a better mom. No matter the bumps in the road, I know she knows she's loved.
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So great to hear from you and Sophie! I'm so happy to hear that you are moving in the right direction will Sophie and have a great holistic vet to work with! The photos are amazing! Sophie is a very lucky dog!
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So good to hear from you, and so totally wonderful to hear how well sweet Sophie is doing. I have hope that, after all of this that you have done for her, she will end up being able to live some semblance of her normal life. You are such a good dog momma!

It's funny, the product I had mentioned in your other post was a goat milk formula with anti-inflammatory herbs and cannabis. Looks like you're already on something similar
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Wow! What a great idea to use another dog to help Sophie settle!!! Your vet is brilliant!
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so good to hear of your progress. Yeah nothing can beat a good professional to help with difficult situations. Koodos for persuing all possible avenues to tackle this. Your a true guardian for sure. If you have any questions on herbal remedies give Kat an email at The Possible Canine. One thing that might help if doing some simple scent games with her. at home. This is really mentally stimulating for many dogs. Hoping for a brighter future. Hugs.
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So glad to hear from you Dee Dee! I've been worried for you and Sophie. You are such a great caregiver. Don't worry about Sophie missing puppyhood. I think this breed stays a puppy forever! Is Dr. Donna the same holistic vet you have always seen or someone new? I absolutely love the picture with the trike and wagon! I'm so, so glad that Sophie is feeling better. Maybe all our prayers are helping. More on the way.
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So glad you are on an upswing Dee Dee. I hope all these things bring Sophie the help she needs. Good on ya for being so persistent to get your little one on track. You are a terrific momma.
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Thank you and for the tips (and Kat's info, Dave!) Yes this is Dr Donna the one we've been working with all along. She is wonderful. We have a new issue today extreme itching thinking must be from one of the new things I started her on. Dr Donna has been emailing me back immediately. She keeps me sane lol. Thankfully I do have anti itch herbs on hand and will make a tonic for her feet. Poor kid up all night I just held her little head and rubbed it trying to distract her. Athena is coming today hopefully that will help distract her too until it quiets down.
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So happy to hear the update and good news! Hoping it's all good from here on out! Absolutely impressed with the pictures and your training ability!!!
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