Monday, 9 July 2012

A better me but a poorly dog

Many thanks for the helpful comments and suggestions on the last post. My cough has disappeared and I havent had to use the inhaler for some time, very pleased about that, although keeping the inhaler just in case the cough returns. Beginning to think that it may have been hayfever or an allergy perhaps. As I get better, the dog is now poorly, she has had a number of tests with the vet who now thinks it could be cushings syndrome. This affects either the adrenal glands or the pituary glands into the overproduction of steroids. Poor thing, she has been quite unwell. The next step will be starting treatment and seeing how she responds. Greyhounds are different to other breeds of dogs and the vet told me that it is very unusual for a greyhound to have cushings. I think the old girl is a bit of a conumdrum.

So aside from a poorly middle-aged dog, we are all ok at the moment, which is just as well. We dont have pet insurance, we did look into it but the premiums were high. Rhonda has a pre-existing issue with her broken hock - the leg was not set properly - a botch job according to our vet, the owner didnt really care, just another racer. Anyway this really bumped the cost up and so we made the decision not to have insurance, you have to pay up front anyway and then claim it back. Pets are indeed a luxury, but worth it. We are just plodding on, trying to live well and live happy on the little we have.


  1. Glad you're feeling better, but sorry to hear about your poor dog.

    Hope she goes on ok with her treatment.

    Kay :)

  2. A friend suggested this to me for coughing. I thought she had lost her mind but I got desperate after coughing for two months and no sleep. Before you go to bed, rub the soles of your feet with Vicks Vaporub and sleep in socks. That was the first night without disruptive coughing in almost two months. Now, I use this all the time.

  3. poor Rhonda, get well soon lovely girl xx

  4. Poor pooch. Bless you for doing all you can for her. Greyhounds are lovely, my brother had one.

  5. Hope she gets better soon,ever thought of a homeopathic vet visit?Cheaper and very effective-we have three cats who haven't seen a 'regular' vet for years..
    Sending healing thoughts too..
    Callie x

  6. Pleased to hear that you're starting to feel a bit better. Sending loads of love to Rhonda. Jx

  7. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for you both, hoping you'll be on the mend very soon.