Monday, July 7, 2008

Fighting Hard

I took Katie to the vet for an x-ray of her toe. We confirmed that one of the toe joints is indeed dislocated. Broken toes tend to heal, but dislocated toes generally do not if you deal with it conservatively with rest and bandaging. It is being removed tomorrow so she can return to her activities as soon as possible.

Our scale lied yesterday. Travis looks especially thin today. His pelvis is starting to show and dents are appearing where strong muscles used to lay. He weighed in at a dismal 57.5 lbs on the vet's scale (60.5 lbs a week ago on the same scale). I found that rather disheartening. But Dr. Castle said not to give up. His heart feels and sounds strong. His color is good. His eyes are bright. He is eagerly eating 4 meals a day. Dr. Castle double checked the x-rays and didn't see anything alarming. She didn't think his lymph nodes were swollen. So I left with some renewed faith and Liver Happy Chinese herbs.

I think the picture below was taken when Travis was around 5 years old. He looks like a shiny, new penny..... such a baby then. Do us a favor, takes some pictures of your hounds. Don't wait until it is too late. Our casual (non-action) pictures and the digital video clips were all taken from our Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1. I think I spent $200. It was money well spent.