I wanted to update on new Havi girl, Annie. I read her former owner's obituary online and saw that yesterday she was laid to rest. It was bittersweet. There is no going back for Annie, only moving forward and I hope we can make her life long and happy.
She's doing very well I think. Appetite has picked up and she is now 100% switched over to Callie's food which I think will be much better for her. She does the happy dance when I am preparing food in the morning and evening and it's good to see her so interested!
I did take her back to the vet I received her from this past Friday. As I suspected, she had "a doozy of a bladder infection" he said. He did an ultrasound on her tummy to make sure she didn't have any stones or crystals causing this problem - all was clear, just infection. He placed her on antibiotics and also gave me an allergy pill that he said is new and works very well. Changing to better quality food may help some with the allergies but I think she's going to need to stay on allergy meds. What a relief it was for her! About 30-40 min after she got that pill, ALL gnawing of the feet and legs stopped and all scratching stopped! She was completely comfortable for the first time in who knows when! It's a once per every 24 hour pill and you can tell when that 24 hours is up as she begins to itch and gnaw again.
She is just so calm and gentle! I've never seen such a gentle soul! She still does not interact with my little Callie. She just observes. We are not pushing her and neither is Callie. She is patient. She did take a toy and go stand in front of the sofa where Annie was resting. She wagged her tail as if to invite Annie to play, but Annie just looked at her. Then she brought me the toy! Hehe!
I am curious to hear from you all about the aging of Havanese. All my life I've owned large breed dogs and they age rather early in life, compared to small breeds. My little Callie is 3 this month and very lively and puppy acting. I've always heard that small breeds stay "young" much longer than larger breeds. They told me Annie is 7 but she acts so "old." She moves slow, gets up slow, sleeps a lot, just has the demeanor of an old dog. Is this normal at age 7? I don't know if she is like this because she was owned by an elderly person in her 90's and together they lived a sedentary lifestyle, or what. Do any of you own older (7 or older) Havenese and have they slowed down or are they still active and lively? She seems well, just acts aged.
She does wiggle with joy when I come back from running an errand! She whines softly and just wiggles from head to tail. - so sweet! I think she likes us!
so far, all is going well!