Hi all! I'm taking a little break for a couple of days to take care of one of my dogs, so hopefully I'll have a little more time to blog after tomorrow. Poor Gus, he's one of our rescue German Shepherds that came to live with us almost two years ago, and he's not doing too well. He came from a shelter in Georgia, and he's been cursed with a number of health problems. We knew he was heart worm positive when we got him, but in getting him prepped for that treatment, it was discovered that he also had Canine Ehrlichiosis and end-stage kidney disease. The state of his kidneys made it such that he couldn't receive heart worm treatment, and his kidneys also have caused him to have stomach ulcers.
He's been eating less and less over the past three weeks, and he was really sick early this morning. Kidney disease can cause a loss of appetite, and when he refuses to eat his prescription dog food, I try to concoct all kinds of delicious dishes for him that are low in protein, but this time, nothing is working. He's supposed to maintain a low protein diet to help his kidneys, but at this point, I'd be happy if he would eat anything. He isn't even interested in fresh roast beef. We've got an appointment tomorrow for some blood work to see if we can figure out what's going on, so in the meantime, I'm following him all around today and keeping a close eye on him.
Hopefully, it's something simple like low anemia. Whatever it is, I just don't want him to be in any kind of pain, so we'll keep our fingers crossed that's it's manageable. It saddens me to think that he's only three years old and his entire life has been filled with so many health problems. As I write this, we're out on the patio and he's stretched out on the love seat sunning himself. He knows he's not supposed to be up there, but I think I'll let it go this time :)