I was trying to come up with a title for this post that would catch your attention. Even if just a little bit. Did I succeed?
Callie had her second round of chemo on Tuesday morning. As I mentioned in my Facebook post late Tuesday night, she had lost more weight but her white blood cell count was good so the vet decided to go ahead.
Yesterday she was doing great; but for some reason this morning she was more restless than usual. And she didn’t eat as much of her breakfast as I would have liked. While she slept at hubby’s feet, I took her sisters out to play.
After I gave Callie her prednisone, though, she perked up some and decided she wanted to play some fetch with Shadow and me. Now they’re both resting in the shade of our oak tree. So I’m feeling better.
Some of you may know that we tried Prozac for Shadow’s hypersensitivity to our moods. Well, all it did was adversely effect her appetite (within the first few days), so we stopped using it. That was four weeks ago now. After three weeks, she was still not wanting to eat. So, on Monday morning I took her back to the vet for an exam. Her poop was a little soft, but the lab’s fecal test result came back negative.
She eats her complete night-time meal with a little coaxing – and only after Callie has almost finished her own – but breakfast? Uh-uh, no. She’ll eat the kibble with some coaxing, but not the canned stuff. So, today I’m going to try yet another approach. I’ll let you know if it works out.
At least she’s NOT vomiting. And she is still wanting to play like she always has. And she’s definitely still my Velcro Dog. I think she is just very concerned about her older sister/bestest friend in the whole world. She knows something is different – she sniffs Callie all over when we get home from the vet on Tuesday afternoons – but she just doesn’t understand what’s going on. Hopefully, as Callie’s cancer goes into remission and she acts more like herself, Shadow will regain her old eating habits.
As you may know from my Facebook posts, Ducky has been doing great on the treadmill. She’s now up to ten full minutes at 1.5 mph.
I’m going to keep her at that level for a few weeks now though. The last few days she has been trying to avoid the slip lead and the treadmill. Her confidence has slipped a little.
Lately she has been barking at hubby almost every time he moves. Almost like she’s leery of him. And when he’s in one of his grumpier moods, she’s taken to hiding under the table again. She had not done that for several weeks.
At least she’s not as reactive with strangers down at daycare. She still barks and snarks a little, but she settles down faster once out the door where she can’t see the other pet parent.
So, we’ll step back a bit in her confidence-building and maybe try something else. The fact that I’ve been so focused on Callie’s situation these last two weeks probably hasn’t helped either Ducky or Shadow.
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