Buddy and Sweetie are a Pekingese dog and a Siberian cat, respectively. They both have been receiving Bicom therapy for years as a part of a holistic approach to their overall wellness and health. It all started after Buddy was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), at which point Sweetie was along for the ride. We interview their owner below to find out how Bicom therapy has helped her furry companions.
"She loves her Bicom. She just loves it!"
Buddy the Pekingese (representation)
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about Buddy and Sweetie? How did they come into your life?
A: Buddy was a rescue from Arkansas. I got him from a rescue that goes to kill shelters to rescue dogs and brings them up here. He was actually owned previously by a woman who had him and another Pekingese, a little girl, and she kept the girl and gave Buddy away. Sweetie is a purebred Siberian who I got from a breeder. She's been in ill health almost since I got her... Her mother was sick when I got her, which should have told me something, but I wanted to help her.
Q: How did you hear about Bicom therapy?
A: Well, I had heard a recommendation from someone about our vet, and the vet came with the Bicom. Her office was actually a pretty far drive, but I was happy to drive over to her because it made such a difference for them. Her treatment room is like no other—it's just a peaceful place, with lots of windows to the woods.
Q: So the vet is the one who introduced you to Bicom therapy?
A: We started Bicom therapy after Buddy had a nose surgery—he's a Pekingese, so they have nose trouble. So he had the nose surgery to open up his nostrils, but he was in a cage for 7 hours waiting for his (previous) vet to come operate. The office said Buddy wasn't jumping or anything, but it seems like he was, because it really ended up hurting his back. So we originally started going to the vet and she started him on Bicom therapy to help his back pain. It became apparent pretty quickly that his pain was actually from intervertebral disc disease, so we were using the Bicom to help him manage that. He ended up needing surgery, but he received Bicom treatment throughout his recovery, and it has really helped him.
Q: How's he doing now?
A: He is actually doing excellent now. We changed his diet, so he only eats organic, natural, no-fat chicken and fish now. About four years ago, we moved too far away from the vet to keep going, so I have been taking him to acupuncture every few weeks, and he gets long-distance Bicom treatment once a month. But I wish there was someone closer to us that we could go visit in person—my pets were so much healthier when they were there getting the Bicom treatment.
Q: But he's still doing alright, and running around?
A: Oh, yes! He runs around everywhere, he has a lot of energy. But I just wish I could take him for Bicom therapy instead of acupuncture. It's so much gentler than acupuncture.
Q: Does Sweetie also get Bicom treatment?
A: Oh, she loves her Bicom. She just loves it! I started taking her when I started taking Buddy. But she also has cystitis and kidney disease, so as soon as that occurred we started her on the Bicom. The vet has a little basket she had Sweetie lie down in to receive treatment, and she loves that basket! I actually bought one so she can be in it at home. She loves that basket. She gets so relaxed.
Q: Before we wrap up, is there anything you want other pet owners to know about Bicom therapy?
A: It's a beautiful modality. I wish you could get more people to buy it so I could take Sweetie and Buddy for treatment more often!