Thursday, June 06, 2013
One of the things I love about Spark People is the friendships that you form with people who are fighting the same battle, have the same goals, and yet there is still a sense of anonymity that gives you the freedom to really pour out your heart.
Buddy dog is sick. I took him in for his yearly yesterday and planned to talk to the vet about how rough he looked and how lethargic he has been in the past few months. The vet told me that Buddy looked like he had aged several years. Preliminary diagnosis is Cushing’s disease. Not much you can do there, but it could also be hypothyroidism or male femization syndrome. For my small town, one man office, vet, the tests to determine what we are dealing with are on the very expensive side. Needless to say, when I got home yesterday afternoon, I was little on the stressed side.
Picture of Buddy from last summer
Picture of Buddy yesterday – note his bald tummy
So, big decision, what, if anything to do? Cushing’s disease is expensive to diagnose and difficult to treat. Male feminzation syndrome, you treat by castrating the animal and since we had that done as a puppy? At work, one of my staff knew of a clinic in downtown Fort Worth that is somehow affiliated with the humane society. He used them to have his last dog, a stray he took in, to be fixed and said they are very inexpensive. He’s going to bring me the contact information tomorrow. So my plan is to schedule an appointment for Buddy Dog to basically a second opinion and have his thyroid levels checked. Hopefully that is what is the problem is and we can solve it pretty simply with a daily medicine.
Part of me is just relieved to have come to a compromise in my mind. Pets become such a part of your family that it hurts almost as much when they are sick.
On a side note, Jason and I talked after the vet appointment and he is understandably worried about his dog. The vet said that if we didn’t treat him, that he would probably just continue to lose his hair and would probably slow down even more. Jason’s answer is that “We love Buddy for who he is, not how he looks, right?” Absolutely!