Monthly Topic & Patient
August’s patient of the month is near and dear to us. Her story is below:
Marley was adopted back in the fall of 1999. I was on a trip to Lahaska SPCA, with the intention of getting a dog. Instead, I came home with the runt of a litter: a blue-eyed, fuzzy, little brown tabby cat. She slept in bed with me right away, curled around the top of my head and purred in my ear so loud that sometimes I couldn’t sleep.
Marley never had any major health concerns until 2012 when she was diagnosed with diabetes. VCA Animal Healing Center began an insulin regimen, in addition to other treatments and adjustments to her diet. Unfortunately Marley’s health issues did not end there. Last November, Marley started doing things that she has never done before. She lost her appetite, and was urinating and defecating outside the litter box frequently. When I took her to VCA, her vet, Dr. Amber examined her and felt a hard mass in her abdomen. Fearing it was a tumor or cancer, she had an ultra sound and x-rays. Upon Dr. Amber’s exam, she determined that the mass was in fact feces that was built up in her colon. They immediately made Marley a priority at the VCA Animal Healing center. Marley had to have an enema.
When we had first arrived at the vet, I feared Marley was on the edge of death. But the tenacity and fast action of Dr Amber and the techs had my cat on the path to recovery within hours of our appointment. Marley now suffers from Mega-colon. Dr Amber has her on a regimen of a stool softener, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture. The holistic approach is something that I appreciate, in addition to the traditional veterinary methods. In Marley’s case, she definitely benefitted from both. The entire staff at VCA Animal Healing Center are friendly, well-educated, and truly care about their patients and their owners. The staff there has seen me cry hysterically, have comforted and hugged me when I needed it. I know that Marley is comfortable there and she trusts them, which is the reason we go there. I am grateful to everyone there for everything that they have done and continue to do for me and Marley. There is a special place for people like you in heaven!