I promised some happy health updates today, and most of them are that. I also want to share a few other odds and ends after the updates.
Samantha‘s update is not all bad, but not as good as we’d hoped. The good news is that when she had her blood test this week to check her thyroid, it came back normal! However, she still isn’t eating as well as we’d like, has lost a little more weight, and is not as social as usual either. We think we’re looking at one of three things: the lack of appetite could be a side effect of the thyroid meds, she could have some kind of inflammatory bowel disease, and worst case scenario she does have cancer. The vet doesn’t feel it’s the meds, and since they’re working I don’t want to rush to take her off them. She also thinks we should try some probiotics in case it’s IBD, and possibly prednisone in case it’s lymphoma in her digestive tract. For now, we’re just doing our best to keep her eating and monitoring her weight, while we decide what the best next step might be. She is mostly acting normally….still loving and affectionate, but just hiding out more than we’d like.
The old guy, Conrad, is still hanging in there! There is nothing wrong with his appetite, and as long as he’s eating and drinking well like he is, getting around OK, and sleeping peacefully we think he wants to stick around. He is a fighter, that’s for sure!
Luke‘s knees have been doing great. Since the snow and ice are gone, one knee has only popped out once when he slipped on the wood floor. He’s been running around the yard like a maniac, jumping over obstacles and on and off things, without having any issues.
Sheba has recovered completely from her surgery, and so far there is no sign of the cancer returning (knock wood). She is active, happy, and feeling great. She had one flare up of her arthritis, but two doses of Rimadyl took care of that and she’s been great since.
We were concerned because Cricket had developed a limp in her back left leg. It was off and on, and usually only after playing hard and then resting and stiffening up. We didn’t want to rush her to the vet. We suspect she might have knee issues like Luke’s (she’s always had an odd gait to her walk, as well as sitting funny sometimes), or that she’s getting arthritis. We shortened play sessions for a while, and put her on the joint supplement we give Luke and we’ve barely seen the limp for over a week now, even after some longer play sessions.
I’ve been having some good luck in other ways….we have won some fun stuff lately on some other blogs! We won twice from our friend Oz the Terrier, and we will share those items when we receive them.
We won this book from Pixel Blue Eyes and her Mom Jenny, autographed by the author. I enjoyed the first book in this series immensely (you can read my review here), and plan for this to be my summer reading. I will write a review of this one too, so you can hear how it is! Thanks, Pixel and Jenny!
A huge thanks to Cathy, Harley, and Jax at Groovy Goldendoodles, I am way overdue sharing this fun Power Decal that I won from them (I kept waiting to install it until my car was washed from all the winter dirt and salt). This lights up at night when you’re driving! It is powered by a motion and light detector….pretty cool. The photo doesn’t really do it justice.
We made the NetWoof news again!! I will share more about what we won when we receive our package which is on its way (hint: I’ll have lots more fun reading to do this summer!). Thanks so much to Melissa, Bentley, and especially the birthday boy, Pierre, for this great giveaway! Visit them at MKClinton.com, for lots of news and fun.
We had our own giveaway a few weeks back and one of our winners sent us a photo of her dog Layla with her winnings. We’re glad to see they are enjoying the books. Layla’s mother has her own website Auction4PetSupplies.com. Here you can buy and sell all kinds of pet supplies, and a portion of the sales benefit rescues. Check it out, they have a lot of great stuff on there, and you can even sell some of your own unused supplies, which I think we all have some of!
I’ve been a little distracted with everything going on with Sam, but I do plan to get back to and complete my series on vaccinations, if you’ve been following that. I hope to get back on track next week.