Second and third day of Buddy’s healing process:
Music therapy and physiotherapy
We had a night with a lot of interruptions. Buddy was anxious although he had got an opiate injection in the car from our vet to relax him.
He had a very fast heartbeat and wanted to go out at night a couple of times. I felt that he needed us really close to him. When he didn't saw us he started to whine.
We learned from our vet and the neurologist to put a towel under the belly of our dog and then hold it at both ends in one hand and with the other hand lift gently his tail. This gives the dog the optimal support he needs to get up and walk with weak hind legs.
I realized that he had problems with letting go of his pee and poo. I started to do belly massage and was so happy and relieved for him when finally a huge pee came ... not exactly where we wanted but I told him that this is totally ok.
We went next morning early to the neurologist Neil. He was happy with Buddy’s improvements. He could now strain his right leg and gained balance into his body. This spared him from X-ray with contrast fluids and getting anesthesia. We got physiotherapy exercises to do three times a day.
Important for me is now to be as much in contact with Buddy as possible so I cancelled all my clients and appointments with friends for this week. He needs me now. As animal communicator I know how essential it is to listen to him and as psychotherapist I know how important it is to be aware of his emotions and what is going on within him and to give him what he needs.
A friend from India gave Buddy a mantra (song) to listen. I put my Laptop in front of him and interestingly Joya my Labrador joined him. Both were very relaxed and listening. This experience gave me the idea to search for music therapy for dogs. Have a look (and ear ;-)
By the way there are also music therapy videos for cats.
A wonderful friend of me brought us homeopathic remedy and I started right away to give Buddy Arnica C 200 and Hypericum C 200. Arnica reduces swelling and bruising and Hypericum is for spinal injuries, nerve rich areas and temporary paralysis. I had already used homeopathy for myself and am sure that this is a supporting way if it is given and used by a knowledgeable person.
Buddy now on his third day can walk on his own. His left leg and tail are still paralysed but he has gained a bit of power in his left hip so he can give himself the needed balance to stand. We often put his left leg in the right position so he can stand correctly. We don’t need the towel anymore but we lift sometimes his tail up to give him the 100% balance when he walks quicker as he should.
I realize how good it is that we have another dog. Buddy has now no big appetite but when Joya our other dog starts munching, it stimulates him to eat and drink as well. They are used to do it at the same time.
More about what I discovered to help Buddy will come tomorrow in the next blog.
I am full of gratitude for so many friends supporting Buddy from far and from nearby with healing,prayers and good thoughts and for my team-colleague and friend Ken Graydon from Mandurah, Perth. He is a healer and works together with me as the communicator helping injured or very sick animals. I am sure that his work has contributed to the amazing fast healing process of Buddy.