It’s been about 2 weeks since Sasha’s stem cell therapy and I feel that she’s making small but consistent improvements every day. Her sense of smell and hearing however have diminished since the onset of SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration) but Dr. Al Plechner, has assured me this can occur with Plechner Syndrome, also known as Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome (ACEIS). She just began treatment on Friday, May 6 with her first injection by Dr. Sarah Noble so we are very early in the protocol. Simply taking each day as it comes.
We eventually hit a bump in the road however with her food. In the beginning she loved The Honest Kitchen’s Brave however she went on a “hunger strike”. Not good but especially since she takes medications. I don’t want her to go long periods of time with an empty stomach. We’ve been rather resourceful in our attempts to get her to eat. I’ve added in mozzarella cheese as that’s one of her approved snacks. Turned nose up. Added some cooked white potato. Turned nose up. Got on the floor and tried hand feeding (THK is great food but in your hand its green goop ~ trust me). Turned nose up. That meant one thing; back to the drawing board to find a different dog food that met the dietary requirements and or restrictions of both medical issues ~ PFD and SARDS. It was very important to me that I not stray or deviate in any way from the dietary restrictions for Perianal Fistula Disease because Dr. Noble had kept Sasha in remission for over 3 years and I was not risking a relapse. Fortunately I save all my research notes and links so was able to easily access the dietary document. After emailing both Dr. Noble and Dr. Plechner with the alternate selection, they both agreed and Sasha began Wild Atlantic which is from Acana. I was able to order it through Chewy and it arrived quickly. I anxiously waited for meal time and was thrilled when she devoured it! I gave it a week before I made it an autoship from Chewy. Sasha has always been somewhat difficult when it came to food. She was a great eater until she had to go on a somewhat limited diet for the PFD. She ate the new food but always wanted to stray in an attempt to sneak the other dog’s food.
On May 18 we returned to Portland so that Sasha could have a follow-up examination by her BFF, Dr. Noble. She received her second injection in the Plechner Protocol from Tiffany, LVT and as you can see by the linked video, took it like the champ she is. I noticed that following this lengthy trip, Sasha didn’t seem as uncomfortable as she had on previous trips which I hope is further indication that the stem cell therapy is working its magic.
Over the next weeks Sasha continued to make slow but noticeable improvements. She’s squatting even lower to go potty which tells me her knees are definitely improving.She occasionally “knuckles“which is when her left rear toes go under which causes both legs to intertwine and down she goes. I’m being patient and giving the therapy time to work although I have thought about some type of boot for the left rear foot which has been the problem child since her FCE in 2011. I’m going to begin researching to see what options are available.
I love nights when everyone has gone to bed and it’s just Sasha and me listening to one of her three playlists… This song isn’t on her playlists but it fits today’s post title…
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💜Next up ~ hunting for boots💜