Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Odds and ends

Went to the local hospital this morning to have blood drawn for a fasting lipid panel.

Key word: fasting.

My cardiologist said a 8 hour fast would be fine. Then the lab orders he gave me said not to eat anything for 12-14 hours.


I take my food very seriously. I'm not sure I've ever gone 12 hours without eating in my life.

But I did it! Had supper last night at 7 p.m., blood drawn at 7:30 a.m. this morning.

Don't expect that to happen again any time soon.

Jamie is doing great. Thanks to the prednisone, he's hungry enough to eat the table legs. He'd never make it 12 1/2 hours without a meal.

We go back to the vet on Thursday for a progress check and re-evaluation. She should reduce the pred levels then.

Hope so, poor boy is drinking and peeing like a horse. I get up in the night to let him out and the Farmer lets him out several times during the day. Phoenix thinks getting to go out at 2 a.m. with his brother is the most totally awesome thing ever. If it were June, yeah, maybe. January? Not so much.


I'm learning more about inflammatory bowel disease. The biggest thing I've learned so far is that it is different in every dog. There is no such thing as a "standard" case of IBD.

I'm hoping once Jamie gets stabilized and down to very low doses of pred (or possibly even none?), I'll be able to relax his diet restrictions to a certain degree. At the moment, he can't even have his Cosequin DS because it contains "natural beef flavor." Ditto for his HeartGuard heartworm preventive.

The heartworm preventive isn't such a big deal in January. I've dropped him off everything and will do a heartworm test in the spring, then he'll go on Revolution.

I'm looking for a joint support formula that doesn't contain any "flavorings." GlycoFlex III is currently the top contender.

My club's awards banquet was held over the weekend. It was a great time, as usual. Lots of food and drink and fellowship.

Nix got awards for his GO, CDX and MX in 2010. It was a learning year for us and I'm thankful for every minute of it, even though a lot of things didn't go quite as I'd planned.

A friend of mine asked a question that I want to write about in more depth: When do I know if my dog is ready to show (in obedience)?

This kicked off a whole new train of thought about defining "ready" and does "ready" have to equal "perfect"?

Stay tuned. More to come.


  1. Oh boy I don't think I could fast that long. I take my food very seriously as well. :)

    Glad to hear that Jamie is doing well!! Wonderful news. Hoping things continue along that the pred can be successfully reduced/removed.

    Nighttime potty breaks in January = not fun!

    I am really looking forward to reading your thoughts about being ready to show in obedience!

  2. Be careful with the Revolution - I had a dog seize after using it!