|Barked: Wed Aug 14, '13 8:07am PST |
|There are definitely avenues you could take with holistic care, but you have to be careful due to how sick she is right now. Ideally, find a holistic vet to work with.
Strictly in terms of heart disease, supplementing with taurine can help stall the progression of many heart conditions.
What tests did the vet do? Do you know how her organ function is overall? What meds is she on now? The vomiting and lethargy could be a side-effect. Either way, I'd touch base with the vet about it.
In this situation, I would not go straight to raw. Get her on a bland, homecooked diet and get her stabilized. As she feels better, you can expand to a more inclusive, balanced diet. If that goes well, you would be in a position to look at trying raw. The problem with going there straight off is that you have a 13-year-old body that is used to getting the same thing every day. The sudden change of protein ratios and the form of the food could shock her system, especially if there is also an underlying liver/kidney/spleen/etc issue (also not uncommon for a 13-year-old). At this point she just needs basic, easy to digest calories going in.
Belle used to collapse from her heart disease too. It's scary, but it's actually saving their heart from overworking. The "seizing," at least in our case, was not a seizure at all but panic over why she was unable to control her body. We were able to teach her to lay down and be still as possible when it started to happen, which made it easier to get through and stopped her from hurting herself falling. Some dogs will be too nervous for that to work, but it's worth a try.
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