As has become the norm lately I’m too mentally and emotionally exhausted to produce a decent blog post.
The culprit this time around is primarily:
my youngest dog, Patience, who has been battling chronic ear gunk since last February. After having a 12mm ear wax formation removed from her left ear canal in August during a routine dental, my vet and I hoped that Patience’s ears would self regulate after having been thoroughly cleared out. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Her ears were nasty again on the two month recheck, and then this past Tuesday Patience apparently had an allergic reaction to the topical steroid drops we tried to bring down the slight swelling in her ear canals (now we’re on Easotic and Prednisone). We also started an elimination diet food trial on October 27, which is an absolute terror with four other dogs and three cats in the household. I’m sure there’s non-allergen free food debris to be hoovered throughout the house. If the allergen diet doesn’t help the next step is a CT scan to make sure there’s nothing wrong in Patience’s inner ear. Since the cost of a CT scan is way more than I can come up with easily I’m trying to mentally will Patience into having the food trial work (yeah, I’m sure that’ll be perfect). On the plus side the Proheart injection was cheaper than I anticipated, and there is a prescription formula treat available. Hopefully, the vet gets them soon.
Akane is still trucking, but her back legs are getting weaker and weaker. I’m having to carry her part of the way on some walks now although she’ll start struggling when she’s ready to get down. She seems infinitesimally more fragile than she did in August, too, so I increased her food portions. Aka’s not complaining about more crunchings and munchings, so I think she’ll probably keep going for a bit longer. I just spend a lot of time trying to mentally prepare myself.
Perdy seems to have felt left out of all the sick dog loving, and she came up limping badly on her front left leg/paw last night. Given Patience’s health concerns plus Gabe needing his annual physical this month (actually, both Gabe and Rhys need annuals, but I’m waiting to see how much more I have to spend on Patience before committing to Rhys’ check up this month) rushing the vet was not in the cards (and I’m not that type of dog mom anyway), so I gave her an aspirin and just made her rest overnight. Fortunately, Perdy was walking normally this morning, so I guess she just wrenched something a little while wrestling/playing with Patience last night. It does mean I need to keep an eye on her more than I have been though.
Suzu and Miki are the only dogs with normal health right now, and while at least one of the cats likes to have hairballs regularly they seem to be pretty peppy. I think rather than using spoons to describe physical well-being related to chronic health issues I’m struggling to having enough emotional spoons these days. Things are complicated by lack of communication from people in charge of a volunteer opportunity I’d like to participate in, financial complications, and worry about the holidays. Everything will somehow work out, but it’s tiring while things are getting into place.