Monday, February 16, 2009

Not So Hot

Katie (age 10) is not her usual self these last few days. If she were just a house dog, I would be none the wiser, but that is not the case with a hound usually so active.

Her anxiety about traveling in the van has escalated to full blow resistance and panic attacks. Katie is not just uncomfortable, she is now panting and shaking and refuses food. Katie has NEVER refused food before now. She also resists loading and is clearly indicating that she would prefer to be left behind. I hate that she feels this way.


Katie, by nature, is sassy, confident, and fearless, but that greyhound has been gone for awhile now. Over the last year, I have seen fear and anxiety start to wash over her. Her sensitivity to noise has gone from nonexistent to significant. Her confident attitude has diminished to one of caution. I attributed the caution to her Fibrocartilaginous Emboli. I can understand how not having full control over your body's movements can be scary at times, but this is starting to be excessive.

Last week, I had blood work done. I was most interested in Katie's thyroid since that sometimes can produce strange behavior. Her blood work looked great, but her thyroid levels are low.


Today, I had Katie chase a lure on a lunge whip. Normally, she chases, catches, and hands me the lure. Its great exercise because I can make her travel in both directions to ensure she is working her muscles evenly. Unlike the youngsters, she is not a maniac for this game anymore, but she enjoys the fetching aspect of it since I trade her a treat. Her halfhearted attempts today were pathetic.

So I tried throwing the stuffy Frisbee. Normally, Katie will try to take the toy from me, chases the toy with a lot of enthusiasm, and gallops back to me. But not today. She fetched each time, but not with her usual gusto and she trotted back leisurely every time.


I am going to pursue thyroid treatment and a session of acupuncture. If there is any back pain, hopefully the acupuncture will provide some relief. Other than that, the blood work and exam gave me nothing to check further. From a physical standpoint, she is in great shape.

15 comments:

BrittBeah said...

Too much time in the pool?
Sorry she isn't herself, I know that is hard to watch. I hope thyroid meds help.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I don't think it would be related to swimming. She swims only once or twice a month..... but who knows. I did think she swam a little more leisurely than usual last time. Usually she hustles more.

Jen

KF-in-Georgia said...

I'm sorry that she isn't feeling like her usual self--and that she's giving you things to worry about.

Zan said...

I'm going to believe that some thyroid meds will take care of he fears and restore her to vitality.

Come on Katie, Don't worry Mom.

Snobound said...

It's difficult to watch our beloved companions slow down. Hope the acupuncture and thyroid treatments get her back to her old self again.

Marie said...

I hope she feels better soon. It sucks seeing them off and not knowing the exact cause.

IHateToast said...

maybe she has sestipoo. no, that's my captcha word verif.

sorry she's not herself lately. maybe this is her new self at this age. maybe she's not going downhill, but just went down one step. we all do. but glad you're checking it out.

i want one of those neck things for me. the surf here scares me. where you do get doggie floaties?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for the well wishes. Acupuncture on Thursday and not sure what the delay is on thyroid testing is.

Toast, you can get the floatation collar at Petco. Its called ProCollar Premium Inflatable Protective Collar. Funny... b/c its actually an E-collar. I don't think they realize it works well for swimming too.

http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?familyid=100555&Ntt=inflatable%20collar&OneResultRedirect=1

greytblackdog said...

Hugs to katie. I think the thyroid meds will help. For her to change her behavior that way shouldn't be explained any other way. Keep us posted.

Anna said...

Hope Katie is back to her normal self soon! Hope the meds help her. We are sending a BUNCH of well wishes her way. :-)

Katie said...

I hope that she is feeling better soon!

xracermom said...

Please keep us updated. I just hate to read this about her.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear Katie isn't her usual self. Hope the acupuncture and thyroid meds help. Have you ever tried T-Touch?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yes, I've done some TTouch work. Its just not very useful when I'm driving. I'll have to think about that.

Jen

Hiking Hounds said...

Sorry to hear Katie is herself lately. I hope the thyroid treatment will help. Keep us updated.

Caron