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Several readers have been asking, so we decided to provide a Typhoon Phooey Health Update. Though, you might call it a non-update.
As we have mentioned many times, Typhoon is an incredibly picky eater and will sometimes just stop eating. We have worked hard trying to get his weight up to 45 lbs and had made it to around 43, but his last food strike dropped him back to almost 38 lbs. Skinny. Skinny. Skinny.
It’s really difficult to describe the situation since most people just assume you haven’t found the right food. We have tried just about every form of animal protein imaginable and none have consistently worked. And, most frustratingly, something will work great for a few days and then just stop.
With this latest setback, we again pursued the possibility of a medical cause. Poor Typhoon has been subjected to a significant amount of poking and prodding. Extensive blood work has shown mostly normal results, those his folates are lower than expected. Of course, the last time we tested, that was normal, so we don’t know if that is a symptom or a cause, but he is now taking a folic acid supplement daily.
X-rays and an ultrasound were mostly unremarkable. Issues noted were mostly minor and, again, could as much be a result of his eating habits as a cause.
We have treated with both anti-nausea medicine as well as a steroid, and the result of that, for now, is a regular eater. Right now, we are concentrating on getting pounds back on his frame before taking any additional steps, any of which would require engaging specialists and even further testing.
The good news is that we have not identified any significant medical issue despite some extensive testing. There is no immediate health threat, other than not eating. And, thanks to the current regime, he is eating heartily and regaining some weight.
The only bad news is we still don’t really know a cause.
So sorry for leaving everyone hanging without an update, but the reality is that we just haven’t had any real updates.
P.S. – Despite not eating, Typhoon continues racing around the yard, causing havoc, and enjoying the bad boy role that he plays.
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