Typhoon visited the vet to treat a hot spot, check his weight, and some other tests. We share the heavy results from his day.
By heavy, we mean 57.3 pounds worth of heavy. In April 2017, at the bottom of his battle against digestive issues, Typhoon’s weight had plummeted to 38.8 pounds. His consistent refusal to eat had thrown his body into a terrible state and we were so worried worried we even resorted to intravenous fluids for nutrition. We started him on a steroid treatment, along with other substances, to battle Irritable Bowel Syndrome and spark his appetite. Yesterday’s weight marks an all-time high weight without any obesity. In short, he is finally attaining his proper weight.
The weight gain also gives us extra room to continue weaning down his steroid dosage. We may never remove it completely, but any steroid supplement we can reduce will be good for him long-term.
So, in this case, our “heavy” results are all very good news.
Yesterday’s visit was sparked by a hot spot that flared up on his left rear knee (you can barely see it in the photo above) and we added a round of antibiotics to fight an infection. He also willingly (if you count the Hu-Dad and three vet techs holding him as “willingly”) provided some blood to monitor his liver levels (which have been high in the past and the results will be back later). Let’s just say that a dog who isn’t a fan of being touched had a challenging day.
Don’t believe all his tales of woe. He received dozens of ear scratches, spoonfuls of peanut butter, and approximately eleventy-seven bazillion liver treats as offerings to His Haughtiness.