Thanks so much, everyone, for all the loving and encouraging responses to yesterday’s post – “36 and counting: the adventure continues”. Putting everything together – blog, Facebook, Twitter, and email – the number of people sending some version of “Happy Anniversary” our way is already well into three figures.
SCOUTIE!!! Today – on a much lighter note – I’m responding to a number of requests for an update on Scout Labradoodle, our nine-and-a-half year old galumphing delight of a dog. She had not been well for several months, and had not been enjoying life with her usual verve.
Long story short, Scout has suffered from allergies most of her life. The clinic in Florida never could get a handle on it, and we dealt with constant “hot spots,” hair loss, raging infections, and even respiratory distress.
Consequently, she’s been on a mixture of steroids, Benadryl, and other anti-inflammatory drugs for years.
BAD TO WORSE: Fast forward to North Carolina. For a while things were worse. Then she had comprehensive testing, went on allergy shots, and continued the various pills. We achieved a kind of stasis, but our vet was very concerned about the long-term effect of the steroid.
Eventually, in the spring, along comes a new drug on the market – Apoquel. It accomplishes much of what we liked about the steroid, but without the negative side-effects. However, just a couple of weeks later, Scout had lost her appetite, wasn’t wagging her tail, wouldn’t get up when we called her, stayed downstairs all night instead of being with her people, and could hardly walk.
Back to the vet. Examination reveals advanced arthritis in her shoulder. It could well have been there for years, but has been masked by the prednisone.
NEW MEDS: Plan next? Add another new medicine, this time for the arthritis – Deramaxx. Three days later I come out of the shower and catch Scout fast asleep on our bed – somewhere she’s not allowed and hadn’t even attempted in over a year!
Now she’s playing again; she’s wagging her tail; she’s hunting and “killing” her stuffed animals; she’s stealing food from the counters; she’s running up and down the stairs; she’s asking for her supper; she’s happy with her walks. In short, Scout has her bounce back!
But… we love her so much. And… look at that face! You know she’s worth it.