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post #21 of 24 Old 02-14-2019, 11:54 PM
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@AtokaGhosthorse Any updates on your dog?
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post #22 of 24 Old 02-19-2019, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Yes... she seems back to normal. Even plays with the grandbaby now, and she's not a 'kid' dog. She generally distrusts wee ones, but the baby picked a fight with her over the weekend and much snorting and play-growling, invitations to play (Bowing and butt wiggling) went on.

Her water intake is back to normal, her bladder is almost back to normal. Just the occasional middle of the night (Usually 5 am) potty break and that's it in terms of 'extra' bathroom breaks.

I have switched her food to a no-grain brand: she's getting a daily can of no-grain soft food topped with the CBD oil. I'm making sure she always has something out to snack on during the day (no-grain kibble) as the vet said the only other alternative, without extensive testing, was that she may be suffering from hypoglycemic seizures - but I've always kept kibble out for her, all our animals are 'free grazers' - we don't have set times for feeding the cats and dogs, they have access to food 24/7. Thing is, with her teeth getting worn down, she may have been having trouble with the larger sized kibble, so now she gets a small breed sized.

Whatever this was - It was an awful reminder: She's 13 at the youngest, 14 at the oldest. No matter how much vet care she gets in the future, my time with her is getting short.
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post #23 of 24 Old 02-19-2019, 05:48 PM
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I'm glad she's doing better. I feel your pain on watching an old dog's days dwindle. My heart dog is 16.5 and her rear end is going out. She's bright and happy and alert and eats like a horse, but is losing weight and losing strength. If she gets unbalanced, her rear end goes and she sits down to one side and then can't get up. It's hard to watch her topple over sniffing in the yard. She doesn't seem to mind and waits patiently for help but her end is near. Probably within the next few days. I do not want her to get to the point where she's down and can't get up and lays there all day struggling while I'm at work, or ends up in a crisis and in pain. It's so hard when she's still active and engaged and enjoying life but I just can't watch her struggle anymore. Her favorite thing to do is follow me from room to room. She has done that every day of her life. I have never got up to go to the kitchen without her next to me, even if it was just to refill a glass. It would kill her to lie there and not do that, and it's killing me to watch her struggle to her feet just to follow me to the bathroom and back. My heart hurts.
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post #24 of 24 Old 02-20-2019, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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I feel you, @SilverMaple . Harley really is slowing down. She used could bounce right up into any of our trucks, up on the Ranger seat, hop up on the couch, run just hard as she could go in play... Now she just can't. We have to pick her up. She rarely gets so excited she starts charging around playing. She sleeps a lot, and snores. She's grouchy and a cranky old woman - reminds me of Weeza from Steel Magnolias.

Time's growing short with her. :(
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