Wednesday, January 1, 2014


"Spanky is our 13 year old cat who in October 2012 was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and given months to live by our “traditional” vet.

At this point Spanky had lost about 25% of his weight and was eating about ¼ can of cat food a day.  His diagnosis was stage four Kidney failure (i.e. less than 15% function) and through blood tests it was established that his creatinine level was 477 and urea was 19.5.  Our “traditional” vet put Spanky on kidney diet food, prescribed medication, and showed me how to inject subcutaneous fluids under Spanky’s skin.

My husband and I were devastated by the news that Spanky had only months to live.  I searched the internet to find out if there was anything we could do to save his life.  We investigated a kidney transplant, but for a number of reasons it did not seem to be a good option.  We asked our “traditional” vet if there was anything we could do to help Spanky and she suggested that we might want to try going to a holistic veterinarian and gave us the contact information for Dr. Sasan Haghighat at the North East Newmarket Veterinary Services.

contacted Dr. Haghighat to see if there was anything he could do for Spanky’s kidney condition.  I am so glad that I did as within six weeks, Spanky’s creatinine levels were down from 477 to 280 (normal is 71-212) and his urea was in the normal range.  Through acupuncture, vitamin B shots, change of cat food, naturopath remedies, supplements and subcutaneous fluids, Spanky was on his way to a normal life expectancy.  It was not easy to get him to eat, but with the naturopath treatments and remedies, and a lot of persistence his appetite improved and he has been eating about a can a day and his weight has been stable for over a year.

I think it is a miracle that Spanky is with us today and attribute this to the wonderful treatment given to him by Dr. Haghighat at the North East Newmarket Veterinary Services.  I am so thankful that our traditional vet suggested that we consider a holistic veterinarian."  

Spanky’s mom


  1. Thank you for posting this. I recently learned that my 3 year-old ragdoll or birman, not sure, might be having chronic kidney failure as well. Urea levels at 24, and creatinine at 328. I am devastated, he is too young for this. Going to the vet this Monday to find out more. This gives me hope!

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