Posted by Pat B. on 10/25/2023, 6:50 am, in reply to "Hello"
Sara is hanging in there. She still goes to her chiro appointments, and they still seem to help, although after this last one I don't see it as much. I was thinking - watching her move the other day - it's sort of like watching a little old lady who is still getting around okay, but is moving a little slower, and is a little bit hunched over, moving in a self-protective kind of way.
I started doubling up her Cosequin for Cats (just started that last week) to see if that has any effect. My vet has mentioned pain meds a couple of times, but I really don't want to start down that road until and unless I really have to.
The chiro and I talked about it at our last visit, and as long as Sara is still active (she is), eating (she is) and showing interest in daily activities (she is), then she's probably not at a level of pain that calls for ongoing medication. I think before I'd go that route, I'd shorten up on the length of time between chiro visits.
But that has a cost, too, and I'm not a bottomless well of money. So I guess that if at some point more frequent chiro visits were getting too expensive and didn't seem to be doing much, that might be when I'd look into meds.
My vet has talked about a new class of meds that came out of the same kind of research that led to some of the treatments for Covid - monoclonal antibodies. That didn't seem to make sense to me, so I Googled it. And I guess they can interrupt a neural pathway that transmits pain signals. Interesting. But again, not cheap. I do have pet insurance, but there's a pretty big deductible that has to be met first, and then ongoing copays. I got it mostly to be prepared so that I'd never again be faced with the kinds of costs I had when Glory got her breast cancer. It would have been REALLY helpful for that. But for ongoing pain meds, just a dent. (Her chiro visits are covered, but all her visits this year haven't even met the deductible yet, for one example.)
Kira, in the meantime, is as sweet and lovable as ever. She and Sara still play, but it's short bouts, and without much - if any - running.
I really don't know what I'd do without them!