Teddy is short for Teddy Bear, a name he earned by putting his front paws around my neck, whenever I picked him up. Teddy is extremely loveable and has a great personality and disposition. A gentle giant, Teddy weighs almost 20 pounds, is very friendly to everyone and loves to flirt. I acquired Teddy — a Russian blue cat — from my cousin, who passed away very unexpectedly about 7 years ago. I am not 100% sure of Teddy’s age, but I believe he was around 5 years old when he came to live with me. That would make him around 12 years old.
Almost 8 months ago, I observed Teddy having a problem eating. It looked like he was trying to put all his food on one side of his mouth. I took him to a local vet, who couldn’t find anything in his mouth or on his teeth. After a few tests, it was concluded that Teddy was dehydrated, having major kidney problems (which is common in cats) and had an elevated white blood cell count.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t too much this vet could do to help Teddy. Unwilling to give up, I decided to try Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) combined with western medicine and made an appointment to see Dr. Selmer, one of only 32 Certified TCVM Practitioners in the country. On our first visit, Dr. Selmer ordered a few blood tests to determine exactly what was going on with Teddy and also performed accupuncture.
Teddy loved the acupuncture, and fell asleep soon after the first treatment. Dr Selmer was very patient and took the time to educate me about Teddy’s condition. He explained that Teddy might feel like he has indigestion and not want to eat. Dr Selmer gave me some herbs to help Teddy’s condition, prescribed medication to increase Teddy’s appetite, and gave me goat’s milk to soothe Teddy’s stomach.
I had to put fluids under Teddy’s skin, to keep him from getting dehydrated, but I took Teddy home. He seemed very happy for the next 2 days. For some reason, on Saturday morning, I found Teddy lying in the bath tub. He looked terrible, so I called Dr Selmer’s office and found the staff to be extremely helpful and very understanding. Even though Dr Selmer was leaving on vacation that afternoon, he agreed to see Teddy before he left.
I brought Teddy over to Dr Selmer. After Teddy had acupuncture, which always made him feel better, we decided to put Teddy into the hospital, to give him 24-hour care and fluids for the dehydration.
I truly believe that mixing the herbs and acupuncture with western medication helped Teddy tremendously. I feel that the total patient has to be treated, not just the symptoms, and I wish all pet parents knew that there was more than one way to cure a pet. Sometimes, when regular western medicine doesn’t work, alternative modalities may help alleviate the condition.
Treating the entire patient helps heal the pet faster.”
The entire staff in Dr Selmer’s office are very friendly and helpful in the treatment of Teddy. Teddy loved going to see Dr Selmer. He had a lot to tell him, every time we went for a visit.
— Written by Janice, Teddy Bear’s mom