Thank you to everyone for your concerns for Cricket, Luke, and I after my recent post: “Whining Like a Dog”. I wanted to be sure to update you, especially since it’s been mostly good news around here, and I am definitely feeling relieved and more optimistic. Simply writing that post helped me to put things in perspective, and to change my attitude (mostly about work), a little bit. A good conversation with family and friends about it all was a huge help as well.
Along with everyone improving health-wise, and a much-needed fun night at a concert with “the girls”, I feel in a much better place now. The best thing is that Cricket is feeling better already. Her echo-cardiogram at the vet didn’t reveal anything alarming, and we’ve added another medication, a diuretic to help get fluid out of her lungs and reduce the pressure on her chest.
It seems to be helping already. We haven’t heard her cough as much, but more importantly, her appetite is getting better and she’s enjoying some ball playing as well as walks. I’ve also noticed her just hanging out in the yard a bit more, sniffing around and enjoying the fresh air. We weren’t too excited about the fact that this med might make her pee more and possibly lead to accidents, but they’ve started her on a low dose and we haven’t had an issue with that yet!
In addition to that Luke has not been scratching nearly as much either. We’ll be telling you more in a future post about a supplement he’s been taking that we think is helping with that (CBD oil).
We had some fun last week doing a photo shoot for some new raincoats the crew got. I’ll be sharing more about the coats along with lots more fun photos too. Both Luke and Cricket really seemed to enjoy the modeling thing, and hammed it up a bit! I didn’t expect them to be so cooperative, especially Cricket, and we all had fun with it!
Our cat Samantha had her blood pressure check, and that was good. Meds are keeping both her blood pressure and hyperthyroidism under control. They did check her kidneys through blood tests too, because kidney problems often go along with the other issues she has. Her creatinine level was up, and they are recommending a prescription diet, but nothing overly concerning at this point. We’ll give the diet a try, but our picky girl might have other ideas!
Paws crossed we are all done with veterinarian visits for a while!
Both my hubby and I are looking forward to some time off in-between jobs soon, there’s lots to do on “the farm” to get ready for winter! All the hens are laying their eggs now, and we’ve even been able to sell some. I started a Facebook page for the farm, so check it out if you get a chance, Barking Dog Organic Farm, and maybe give us a like! I’ll be posting more about the farm on that page, and the journey we’re on with it. I also plan to add a page here on the blog for it, as soon as things settle down a bit more. We have a long way to go but it’s going to be a fun trip!