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.