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!


  1. Hoping all is good on the visit to the vet!

  2. sending all our pibble good luck vibes to the handshumm skelly wags

    pibble wiggles
    the pittie pack

  3. Maybe the floor of the crate made him a little nutty, and now that he's getting some rest... ?? Give him hugs and kisses for me!

  4. Kim took him to the vet today. I'll update this post with the details...

  5. Good luck with the vet's visit - hope he continues to stay as healthy as possible! It is a worry though - but I hope it's all ok.

    Go Skelly!

    Take care

  6. Still rooting hard for this special boy.

  7. i'm glad the blood work came back alright!!

    the booker man's mama

  8. have you tried feeding him puppy food? i have a hard time keeping weight on my 5 year old pibble and once i switched to puppy food she actually got tubby! i've switched back to adult dog food now but the puppy food is just what we needed to get that extra weight on should give it a try!

  9. What a relief that Skelly's blood cell counts are normal!

    I never thought about it much but I guess I can see how dogs are like people and their weight varies too.

  10. We have been feeding him puppy food since we found him. Dr. Fish recommended that we sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on his food. He's a big fan! :)

  11. Ah, Mediterranean foods... my fav, too! Glad to hear the good news!! Fingers crossed better rest will have him gaining in no time!

  12. Hi Skelly! I'm glad to read that you are fine. You look sooooooooo happy :)
    My mum just posted something about my fooood maybe your hoomans want to have a look. She has done so much research into what's good for me and decided for example to stay away from any commercial dog food...

    Slobbers Master Teal'c

  13. Hi Skelly,

    Nice to meet you. I just want to tell you that I can't believe how different you look today than the day you were taken in. Your dad has done an excellent job with caring for you, and I hope you gain those few pounds back!!

    ps. I think you're very handsome! Don't know why anyone would be afraid of you.

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade


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