Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sleet's annual trip to the vet...

Almost a year to the day since her last vet appointment, Sleet went back for her 'roid shot. Her allergies have gone nuts again. Sure wish I knew what she is allergic to. Depro-merdol is working it's magic again though and she's already slowed down on the scratching and seems happier.

Even got some good news today. Her left canine cruciate ligament, which I thought was blown out, is intact. She's got the usual athritis that comes with being a 13 year old dog. (86 in human years according the vet's chart). Overall, she's doing alright though. Heart, lungs, all the important organs still appear to be working properly. She's still boss of the younger dogs, eats well, plays a bit and still wants to come on walks, much shorter than the 50km a day she used to run, but she still looks forward to her outings! I still hear about it if she gets left behind too often.

Vet prescribed Cosequin for her athritis. I almost choked at the price, but if it keeps my sweetie comfortable and happy longer, it's worth every dime.


Meandering Michael said...

My mutt, Nanuq, has allergies. We tried forever trying to figure out what was causing them. Eventually, we paid for an allergy test ($300). The report showed us the major dog allergens and the severity of the reaction. Turns out that Nanuq was allergic to several things.

If you want to know more about the test, Dogsled Stacie knows how to get in touch with me.

Anonymous said...

Awww, Sleet's a cutie. Incidentally, both of my cats have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and started treatment with Tapazole today.

Anonymous said...

"Vet prescribed Cosequin for her athritis.
I almost choked at the price ..."

Cosequin is a patented combination of glucosamine, purified chondroitin sulfate and manganese ascorbate for optimal functioning of the skeletal joints.

We've discussed this on Pet Talk ...

I'd suggest trying the generic Human Supplement "Glucosamine" - available (cheaply) at major discount drug stores without a perscription.

It's made a world of difference to The Old Man (Bowser) and Smokey with his Trick Knee. And The Really Old Guy (me) takes a Glucosamine every morning with the Mutts - just like Doc Mike (our Vet) does!