Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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I got very sad news today. Since writing this I have worked with Yogi to address his resource guarding, he still will growl on occasion at Boo Boo when he comes near the couch in the evening, however he does not attack or keep growling, rather he goes to the corner of the couch or jumps off and after Boo Boo is comfortable he will jump back up and lay by Boo Boo.
We have thought something was wrong with Boo Boo for a time and have been doing senior panels every 6 weeks for many months. His levels have been fine. Today I took Boo Boo to the vet for his scratching all weekend, he was bitten by something and has many allergys. I have been dealing with his allergys for so many years we have a routine, I but a shirt on him (so he cannot scratch his torso bloody) and start giving Benadryl twice a day. If I catch it soon enough, he does not need to do a Prednisone taper. This weekend it was soooo bad. Since Boo Boo is also blind he becomes very ocd with scratching.
So this is the first time, in a long time, I have not had a heavy feeling taking Boo Boo to the Vet. After all it was just an allergy. The vet heard a slight murmer. After a chest x ray, ekg, and a ultra sound, Boo Boo has Dilate Cardiomyopathy very rare in small breed dogs and it is often hereditary. He has started on ace inhibitor. The only thing that can be done is to make him comfortable. The x ray showed the tell tell leftside enlargement of his heart. I ask the Vet what time of day would be best time to give it to him, as heart drugs like antibiotics work best given at the same intervals, I said because I alway board for a couple of weeks in June and I wanted him to be on a schedule that would be compatible, She just looked at me. I knew then. As I was leaving she said in a low voice "You know these dog originally came from such a small gene pool and they became so popular, because of demand, everyone was breeding them and they just were not careful." This made me even sadder. Here are some pictures of my Lhasa boy.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.