The difference a single pill makes….

So back in mid-January my husband hauled the cats into the vets for me, as I was unable to get off work, for their yearly checkup and rabies shots.  Had to have the vets check both cats’ ears (both have had ear infections in the last year), as well as various odds and ends.

Trouble has allergies to something, vet says they’re not severe enough (at least at this point in the year) to be worth medicating her for (I won’t argue, I just wanted to be sure it wasn’t a respitory infection or something).

Janie on the other hand has been having some odd issues for a while.  None severe, none regular, just odd, they finally got regular enough to make me ask the vet about them, and after some discussion the vet ordered bloodwork.  A week later I got a phone call, Janie has a hyperactive thyroid.  Not hugely bad, but enough to be throwing her off.  Normal is 3 (3 what I didn’t catch), she’s at 5.7 (ditto…), but the vet said thats not as high as its sounds, she’s seen as high as 13 previously with no more symptoms than Janie is showing.  End result is a little pill shoved down her throat once a day and a return for more bloodwork in 3 weeks.

Its been a week and a half since we started medicating Janie for her thyroid, and the difference is amazing.  She’s got to have been having thyroid issues for a whole lot longer than I ever thought possible.  Her coat is fluffier, and shinier, she LOOKS better, and is acting just overall like a whole new cat.  I gotta say, if your cat has a “sensitive stomach” with no obvious cause or regularity, is loosing weight, or just can’t seem to put ON weight no matter how much you try to feed her, occasionally seems to have trouble jumping, and you realize that she isn’t the perkiest you’ve ever seen her you may want to have your vet check her blood levels.  I now feel horrid for not bringing the various symptoms to the vet’s attention sooner, but I really never did put them all together.

Sigh.  At least we figured it out eventually, hopefully before any real damage was done!

Because I’ve gotten tired of answering this question.

“Why didnt you just go down to the shelter or local rescue to get a dog?? Theres lots there that need homes!!”

Well, the answer is kinda complicated.  It starts out with: I have two cats who’ve never seen a dog before in their lives.  For their sake we wanted a smaller dog to introduce them to things.  BUT, we want a big dog.  That means getting a puppy.  Are there puppies at the shelters?  Yes, but they’re almost always the first ones to find homes so we’re not really leaving them in the lurch.  Add in being picky about the type of dog we wanted, and wanting to know as much as possible about the dog’s background and genetics and we decided we were better off finding a reputable breeder.

In the end, do I feel guilty for not taking home a dog from the shelter?  Yes, but I’m also confident that we made the right decision for us under these circumstances.

Oh yes, the new puppy…..

So when we bought the house this past summer, the husband and I realized we finally had the space to get a dog, not just any dog, but a BIG dog!  So we did some research to narrow down the breeds we were interested in, and then started looking around at breeders.  We settled on the Tibetan Mastiff, and the breeder we chose is Himalaya Tibetan Mastiffs out of Virginia.  A bit further out than ideal (its going to be a 10+ hr drive each way to pick up the puppy) but after having done tons of research we feel comfortable with both the breeder and our choice of dog.  We’re due to pick up the puppy at the end of Febuary and I can’t wait!!  If you go to the site, click on the Puppies link, its the 2nd pairing from the top.