May at Greyhound Gardens is birthday month. I have no idea why there are so many, but for whatever reason, we party a lot.
Adam leads the month. Celebrating his birthday is always a big deal. Four years ago he was one sick puppy. He was diagnosed with immune mediated hemolytic anemia. Adam is one of the many reasons that I have placed our veterinarians on a pedestal. IMHA is a deadly disease for dogs. Adam had multiple system involvement, his heart valves were leaking, he had pancreatitis, he wouldn’t eat. Overall he lost 15 lbs. and looked like a skeleton. It took every ounce of energy he had just to lift his head.
We took it one day at a time and it took us over four months from the day of diagnosis to the day we could say we beat it.
And look at him now. He is starting to show some signs of being an old man. He’s getting weak in the hind end, but he’s happy and he’s healthy.
And now, he’s our inspiration for Timber. If we could partner with the vets to get Adam through that, we’ll get Timber through what ever he has going on.
Timber had a good day today. He’s still sore from the surgery as he should be, but he ate his liver with gusto tonight. His incision is a little red so we’re applying topical ointment and we’ve added panacea to his cocktail.
Tonight I came home to the dreaded UL. Unidentified limp. These nearly always send me into a tail spin.
I don’t know why I always think the worst first. How many times have I stiffened up from sitting too long or sitting on my foot or just stepping on something wrong. I get stiff legs on occasion, it only makes sense that the greyhounds would do the same.
Unless it is obviously serious, we try to abide by the 24 hour rule. That is watch him for 24 hours and see how he’s doing then. 95% of the limps go away. A limp brings out the special treatment, extra walks out in the backyard, just to see how they are doing, extra treats, appetite is good…
And double attention from the nurse maids. Clearly they were checking everything to make sure it was in good working order.
May is party central in the gardens. Everybody it seems is celebrating a birthday and Adam is leading the pack.
Buddy and Adam discuss where they are going for their first bone. Of course, since Buddy is totally toothless, he’s thinking there had better be a selection of softer items. He does have a few years on Adam.
While we were out this evening taking Adam’s birthday picture, we noticed a thickening under Adam’s jaw. It’s a hard lump.
I’m not going to lie, we have been way too many hard lumps in our history with greyhounds.
I made a mad dash back to the pictures I took on Tuesday night and there isn’t a lump there so I’m hoping beyond hope that when I take him to the vet clinic in the morning it’s nothing.
So for now sweet Adam, kick your heels up sweet boy. Happy 11th birthday!