Our old house-dog, Roya, will be 12 this summer. She is a Dutch Shepherd, mother of our "B" and "C" litters, and Queen Ruler of the house. For the record, and though she may deny it, she has also been responsible for eating multiple packages of HeartGuard Plus for 51-100 lb dogs like candy and should be pretty well to those worms for life. Recently she has been experiencing some anxiety. During the summer, it appeared connected to thunderstorms or barometric pressure. My vet prescribed two different medications to try, to see if one or the other made a difference; they didn't. The behavior seemed to subside, however. Until now. We would wake to find her standing over us on the bed, panting. She seemed restless and unwilling to lay down. It usually occurred around 3 a.m. We would take her outside, and she might urinate a little but it was without urgency. Or we might be awakened to the crashing of items from the nightstand as she attempted to squeeze between the wall and the headboard.
She has also had several accidents in the house if we do not wake up, but as distasteful as that is, the stools were firm and she is not incontinent. She has a good appetite, and she still likes to play.
Last year, Roya had two tumors removed. In January, it was a spindle cell tumor from her footpad. Spindle cell cancer is slow growing and from what I read, usually reoccurs in around four years. A few months later, a lump appeared on her muzzle. This one we removed in the office but did not send in for biopsy, because there is nothing I would have done differently for treatment. Roya was such a good girl, too! Dr. Jay injected the numbing agent (technical term!) and used the punch to remove it and she just stood there like a champ.
With this in mind, and recalling my journey with Jinx, cancer is always in the back of my mind. I hate to think of it. Two years later, I can't even mention Jinx without tears. But something just didn't seem right with Roya, so I made an appointment with Dr. Strickfaden at Country Care Animal Complex for a bicom treatment. I asked for an appointment with the Witch Doctor. Seriously. I can't explain how bicom works, or why, but it does. And it involves a wand that is similar to water divining. The treatments work on electromagnetic fields and I believe they not only helped to diagnose Jinx but also to treat her. I thought this would be a good first step, without invasive tecniques. I spoke to Tom by phone as I was on my way and he phrased it perfectly. He said, "Roya will like that because she likes it petting; and it's like internal petting." She did like it. She layed down on the floor and fell into such a sound sleep during the treatment that she twitched in dreams! Dr. Strickfaden said that the bicom showed fear and pain, but didn't know what it was from. I felt good when she said, however, that it did not see cancer. Still, she wanted to run a blood test... and then Xrays. Since we were there, I agreed. The blood tests were actually good for an older dog. The Xrays were something else.
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