Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Skelly's improved behavior: Dog training triumph or anaemic relapse?
I'm happy to announce that Skeletor has stopped having "night terrors!"
As I mentioned, he was freaking out in the night making crazy noises and breaking out of his kennel. I purchased a nice splinter-free piece of particle board and made him a sturdy new floor. After installation, he did make some ruckus for the first 2 nights, but has since slept like a baby all through the night.
My only concern is that he's been acting a little bit lethargic overall, and I'm worried that it may be due to his blood cell count :(
I really hope he has not regressed. Last vet visit was all good news and we are hoping to rid him of his heartworms so he can lead a normal life! He still gets excited about going on walks and seeing his favorite people, but to a lesser degree. I checked his gum color and it looks ok... but I certainly don't have a trained eye.
I'm hoping to take him to the vet for a checkup today or tomorrow. Cross your fingers and let's hope that he has not taken a step back!
Kim took Skelly to see Dr. Fish today. She said that he insisted that she keep giving him treats in exchange for his dog tricks until they were completely gone. (hey, at least he didn't knock down the whole container this time)
Did I mention that Kim is highly susceptible to caving to Skelly's demands?
Anyways, he has lost a little bit of weight. He's around 54.5lbs. Dr. Fish said that minor fluctuations are normal and to be expected. The incredibly GREAT news is that his blood cell counts were the same (not worse!). Dr. Fish has prescribed an even smaller dose of Prednizone (1/4 tablet every other day.) We're going to bring him back again in 2-3 weeks for another checkup.
We have been trying to ween him off of the fancy meals without letting him lose too much weight. It's quite a balancing act.
I'm not a dietitian by any means, but I am a health nerd.. so what I've been doing is jazzin up his breakfast to get his metabolism going in the morning. Adding goodies like eggs, rice, peanut butter, etc... After that, I give him a lunch and dinner that is just kibble with maybe a little bit of chicken broth or something.
It seems to be working ok, but like I said, he has lost a little weight. I only recently had the time to think up this scheme.
So, I guess it's safe to say that the new floor in his kennel is a hit! I'm sure flat wood and blankets is MUCH more comfortable than blankets draped over metal bars.
Hooray for blood cells!