Monday, January 26, 2009

6-month "check up" on Friday

He goes in on Friday to have his 6-month blood draw. It would be a day 28 draw, since he'll also be getting his monthly injection. I'm expecting things to go just fine, though I hope the lab gets the results back on Saturday rather than Monday. When he first got sick we went in on Friday and they had the electrolytes back the next day, so let's all hope they're just as efficient for routine work as potential emergencies.

I'm also hoping he's lost some weight. Looking at him I think he has, but that just may be wishful thinking. We've been very good about his nightly walks, though - of the 26 days in January, so far he's been walked 24 of them (2 days were lost to dangerously low temps). So there's hope I'm not just deluding myself.

I also need to get his fuzzy butt in to the groomer. It's been a couple months now and he's so due. He's got 3" long fur along the back of his legs (it's about 2-ish" elsewhere). When I leave it be it looks like he's wearing western fringe and when I comb it out he looks like he's wearing big 80s leg warmers. It's hysterical.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Recent Photos

From left to right: Jake, Bella, Sam, Lucky

Even with some extra pudge, he's still a fit dog.

He really is just the most handsome dog ever.

New Year, New Dog

It's been 6 months since Lucky's diagnosis. In hind sight, he's been a very lucky dog. We caught it early, before a crash. He has a fantastic, compassionate vet who doesn't mind my nitpicky questions, he's been perfectly healthy and stable since going on his medication without a change in his lifestyle.

He has, however, gained 10 lbs. Most likely due to the prednisolone. However, since we have reduced the dose to about 1mg/1.25mg (depending how I cut the pill. :P), his weight has stabilized and his appetite is back to normal.

So, as of today, Mr. Piggy is on a "diet" and increased exercise routine. So, no more Charlee Bears for treats - just kibble. For dinners he gets half his meal in a Buster Cube, which involves actively working for his dinner rather than just scarfing it out of a bowl. I would do breakfast too but he tends to knock it to inaccesible places that I would rather not have him pawing about under (like the entertainment cabinet with all the electrical wires). And walks are now at least 4 miles - tonight was 8 miles!

It's hoped that he'll start to drop off the pounds if we keep up with it.