Thursday, April 10, 2008

6 Months Is Up

Six months has passed since Katie had her spinal stroke. One of her doctors, Dr. Filer, said that I could expect to see improvements for 6 months. So here we are at the same point we have been for the last few months. The "twist" that occurs with each step of the left hind leg has not changed at all. I hope that no injuries will be caused by the wobble it causes. I would hate for her to develop painful arthritis and to have to be left behind because she can't keep up any more.

I am going to start her on some high quality glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. I am sort of embarrassed to admit that she isn't already on it. Its one of those things that I believe is important to do correctly if you are going to do it..... the right dose and good quality. I always felt that if I gave it to So And So that I should also give it to Such And Such. With greyhounds aged 10, 10, 9, 9, and 8 by this summer, you could argue that they should all be supplemented. But then it becomes cost prohibited. However, Katie has earned it and she is the one most likely to be damaging joints since she still insists on maintaining her active lifestyle.
Today I started training her to put a rope toy in a box. It was interesting. She was successful numerous times (with my help), but I don't think she figured out exactly what I want yet. Once she does, she will repeat it over and over. It was fun to work on something new with her.