Yesterday afternoon we picked up Hoshi from Gina’s. Hoshi was all over Gabby the moment they met. The car ride was bumpy and Yoshi cried most of the way–peed himself too. Cathy just fell in love with Hoshi the moment she saw him. My mom really likes him too. She’s been spending a lot of time cuddling him. I think it’s good for her Alzheimer’s. Gabby’s feeling a little left out. I think he notices all the attention Cathy is giving the puppy. We made it up to Gabby by taking turns and scratching his rump which he loves. We’re crating Hoshi which we are not used to. I figured he would cry all night his first night away from home. He cried some last night but eventually stopped.
Today I woke up this morning and Gabby was sleeping next to his crate. I took Hoshi for his first walk today with Gabby. We walked past a house with big dogs barking their heads off. Hoshi was scared. Gabby didn’t even flinch. Gabby peed on them. Hoshi is learning to walk on a leash. Gabby wanted to go on a marathon but Hoshi wasn’t feeling good about it–all the new surroundings, dogs barking and dealing with a leash. I turned around and brought them home. Hoshi follows Gabby around like he’s a leader. I brought home an electric bouncing ball which Hoshi loved. He barked at it and jumped up and down but was afraid to attack it. Gabby viciously attacked it as soon as he saw it. I think Hoshi was impressed.
Hoshi prefers Gabby’s prescription hypoallergic kibble to his own puppy chow. Gabby prefers Hoshi’s puppy chow. 😛 It sounds like a heard of antelopes in the house. Hoshi is practicing his speed trials in the hallway.
The vet’s office called back and let us know his heart worm test was negative. Last year, Gabby came up positive. Maybe cause I started him so late or maybe I forgot a month. Last year was a complete fiasco. His cardiologist wanted him to have the heart worm shot. His regular vet said he was an old dog and would probably die of something else before heart worms. Well, Gabby had the heart worm shot and almost died. I had to rush him to OVRS because Gabby was about to stop breathing on me and his regular vet didn’t have a clue. Gabby spent the weekend in their ICU on oxygen and IV fluids. OVRS even called at one point and told me it didn’t look good asking me what to do if Gabby stopped breathing. Gabby pulled through and NO MORE HEARTWORM SHOTS.
The office also said the BUN was 50. That’s high but they said it was just about the same as last time and they weren’t concerned as long as he was doing well.
Gabby saw his cardiologist this morning. He’s being treated for mitral valve disease and an enlarged heart. Good news! Gabby did well today. He had an EKG, ultrasound of his heart, blood work, and a chest x-ray. The blood work hasn’t come back but the cardiologist was pleased with his chest x-ray, ultrasound, and EKG. She says little has changed since last year. She was pleased with his EKG because last year he began having an irregular fast heartbeat. She wants to see us in August or September and keep an eye on his cough in the meantime. These are Gabby’s heart medications.
Lasix 40mg twice daily: (water pill) treats fluid in his lungs
Aldactone 12.5mg twice daily: (water pill) inhibits hormones that contribute to his heart failure
Vasotec 5mg twice daily (blood pressure pill) reduces his blood pressure and inhibits hormones that contribute to his heart failure
Digoxin 125mcg twice daily (antiarrythmic) treats his irregular fast heartbeat
Gabby went with us on errands yesterday and we stopped at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI for a potty break. It was cold and windy. Gabby was excited and wanted to explore. He hasn’t been there for a while. His bad legs started to bother him so we cut our stop short. Here he is drinking water from Huron River.
Gabby came along with us to Toledo on an errand. We stopped along I-75 so Gabby could stretch his legs. He had a few morsels of omelet from IHOP although I really shouldn’t have. Gabby’s pills make him thirsty so he helped himself to some pond water. My mom was with us and walked him.