First, I’m ok. Nothing serious, but you know I’d rather bathe the dog than visit one of those offices. And yet, I remained stalwart and brave during my visit, and I did not flinch. No, I did not let them see me flinch.
Editor’s note: She sure didn’t, because she hid in her carrier and wouldn’t let anyone see her face.
Let me recap my visit for you in a scientific way:
Reason: MomFOD decided to take me to the doctor because I’ve been exhibiting symptoms of frustration lately. I have chewed, nay “barbered,” the fur on my stump and existing hind leg. I have been cranky with the other cats, and I, um, watered my mom’s outwear.
Editor’s Note: She peed on my jacket.
Method: I got into my pod and went to the doctor for a thorough physical exam.
Conclusion: The doctor says I am likely suffering from some pain in my stump and also overuse of my hind leg. She has put me on anti-inflammation pills for the next week to see if this alleviates my symptoms. I don’t know why she didn’t just ask me how I was feeling. I could have told her.
Here’s the scoop on what we’re using:
Name: Traumeel (it was named in Germany)
What is it: A homeopathic mixture of plant and mineral extracts that are used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries. It’s been available in other countries for more than sixty years and includes Atropa belladonna, Echinacea, Arnica montana, Matricaria recutita, Calendula officinalis, Achillea millefolium, Mercurius solubilis, and Hepar sulfuris
Why use it? It’s getting an excellent reputation as an alternative to NSAIDS and cortisone and seems to have useful anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects. It helps alleviate joint pain, muscle pain, and other pain from injuries related to sprains, strains, and injuries.
How to use it: It can be given in pill form (whole or crushed), injection, gels and creams.
Considerations: Make sure you or your pet aren’t allergic to anything in the Traumeel. If using this with your pet, please get your veterinarian’s advice prior to administering it. It is also useful for people, but you’d need to consult your own people doctor for that.
The doctor gave it to me because she thought perhaps I banged my stump and have an acute inflammation. I will be on it for five days.
Have you ever used Traumeel? What do you think?
PS Is the vet gone yet?
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**Disclaimer: Please do not treat your pets with anything without consulting your veterinarian. This is not advice to treat your pet; We are merely sharing our experience with you and introducing you to what we’ve learned.**