Well, it's come to this ... Gumbo's (the free puppy) Vet bills got to the point where we said, enough is enough ...
So, we ate him.
Oh calm down, of course we didn't eat him.
In fact, he just got home from getting his booster shots at the Vet and they were absolutely thrilled with his progress.
Here's the pupdate:
White blood cell count is back to normal.
The tests for all tick born diseases came back negative.
No fevers, no malaise for weeks now.
He does still have some joint pain in his rear legs, but it seems to be lessening each day. It's mostly when he gets up after resting for a while.
The Vets are looking at two disorders that are in the "growing pains" category. One, panosteoitis causes painful bones in dogsThe other disorder (forgot the name) is similar but affects joints rather than long bones.
Both are self limiting as they usually grow out of it in the first year. Treatment involves pain management medicines like Rimadyl.
The fantastic news besides just his general glowing appearance is that he gained 7 pounds and now weighs 26 pounds. This was truly sweet as he had lost weight at his last visit.
Bear also gained 7 more pounds and is now a strapping 35 pounds.
Each of them has begun to lose their baby teeth also.
Since you were all emotionally involved in Gumbo, I thought I should share this with you and I couldn't wait until tomorrow, hence the second post in one day.
Oh yeah, and the receptionist said, "The Vet said not to charge you for an office visit today, since you've spent $1000 on this pup already."
I really did cook gumbo though.