Today’s patient story comes from one of our own: referral coordinator Jennifer Craft. She shares with us how her handsome kitty Bart benefits from the best of both traditional and integrative veterinary medicine.
We adopted Bart in 2006 from the SF SPCA. He was a rough and tumble adult, somewhere between 8-12 years old, with scars and apprehension about people from many years living on the street. His puffy male cat cheeks shrunk down soon after his neuter surgery, his sunbleached fur grew out, and his fear of people disappeared, revealing the most social, human-oriented cat you’ll ever meet.
Bart also loves other cats, and can always convince them to be his friend, even when they are rabid cat haters! One of Bart’s many nicknames is Elvis, because of his “bedroom” eyes and his lip curl, which is caused by his lip getting stuck on his protruding underbite.
Bart was diagnosed more than 2 years ago with kidney disease, and we utilize all that VCA SFVS has to offer. Dr. Craig Maretzki (internal medicine) provides western diagnostics and medications to identify and address the imbalances and discomfort that failing kidneys cause. Dr. Ella Woods (holistic medicine) uses Chinese herbs and acupuncture to support these efforts, which have been particularly helpful in stimulating Bart’s appetite.
We’re particularly grateful that they can work as a team, and that they are all under one roof – so Bart only has to make one trip away from his beloved Floyd.