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#198512 - 12/11/11 08:21 AM Re: Max Update [Re: Qyn]
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add to that happy dance!!
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#198526 - 12/11/11 09:42 AM Re: Max Update [Re: JakodaCD OA]
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He feels so much better, and there's not really anything I can do differently at this point.


I think you have both earned some time to just breathe and enjoy life.

I can just see Max doing his happy dance for you when got home. wub And possibly giving you 'that look' for not taking him along in the first place. smile

It does my heart good to hear Max is doing better today. One paw at a time!


Edited by PositiveDog (12/11/11 09:42 AM)
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#198551 - 12/11/11 12:48 PM Re: Max Update [Re: PositiveDog]
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Good to hear that Max is feeling better. As Bonnie said - one paw at a time.
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#200758 - 12/21/11 01:40 PM Re: Max Update [Re: Woodreb]
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Lisa, just checking, hope you and Max are still doing well!!!
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#200904 - 12/22/11 01:38 AM Re: Max Update [Re: arycrest]
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Thank you for asking Gayle!

Something weird is going on with his digestive system, haven't figure it out yet.

We did take a long walk yesterday, and it was special, because we were able to make it down to the river. I didn't think we'd ever get down there again, so it was great, and I was very happy, and he was beyond happy. I took some pictures:
http://germanshepherdhome.net/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/200902#Post200902

Something very bizarre is going on.

When I talked with the communicator, she mentioned a problem that he had with his left SI joint in his low back, a chronic thing, that twisted that side, that flairs up once in awhile. Also mentioned an issue with his right paw.

I knew about both of those things, but they certainly haven't been on my radar with all his serious issues. Even his back, it's usually his right SI joint. But when we went to the chiro just after that phone call, his left SI was out, his paw actually adjusted too. Okay. cool.

Well, after that, he started chewing at that left SI joint off and on. Figured the next chiro appt would resolve that, as it usually does when he starts gnawing at his back. The chiro last week said that he was more balanced than he usually is, did the adjustment, and that was that.

Since then, he is chewing a little bit at that left SI joint, but now he's creating a hotspot at that humpy part in the spine, about halfway between the sacrum and the bottom of the ribcage. Right on the spine. Very weird. Somehow, that whole process, has triggered some sort of movement. I guess we'll see where that leads us!

Talked with the homeopathic vet, she is redoing his workup to see if his remedy still fits. If it does, I'm guessing we'll go up in potency.

Upon movement, still has trouble breathing, I can hear the hollow breaths, but he doesn't sit and pant for an hour or more anymore, which is great. I'm trying to get to a minimum dose on his antibiotics. I think we've come to the conclusion, that he has severe hypersensitivity syndrome (LOL, I just made that name up shocked ) - he seems to be allergic to the bacteria, it's toxins, probably some of the antibiotics to some degree, in addition to all his environmental and food allergies.

But I will have some time with him now during semester break - looking forward to it!
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#200930 - 12/22/11 06:51 AM Re: Max Update [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Lisa did you ever try(find) the infra-red/uv light?

Poor Max, a hotspot is the last thing he needs frown Hoping the homeopathic vet can work something out to help in that area hugging
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#200956 - 12/22/11 08:53 AM Re: Max Update [Re: bianca]
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Lisa and Max have a really long road to (moderate) health.

We can see what he looks like on his uphill climb, working with some effort, firmly held by Lisa.

Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa





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Lisa, I hope the extra time together during your break is healing for you both.

MJ

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#200962 - 12/22/11 09:12 AM Re: Max Update [Re: MaxaLisa]
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hugging to you and ear scritches to Max
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#201029 - 12/22/11 01:05 PM Re: Max Update [Re: Barb E]
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Thanks bianca smile I haven't found that laser thingee, waiting for a few bucks open up. Looking at taking an extra tax hit of a couple hundred dollars a month too if things don't go right on this side of the pond - not good.

He slipped when he suddenly lunged toward a cat on a walk last night. So, now he is working on three spots, those two above, and one on his right side. I'll get him to the chiro Tues, but it's frustrating!

Mary Jane, yes, great imagery on this long battle. The perfect pic to illustrate!

Does anyone know if 2.5mg of pred every other day is enough to cause some weight gain? He's getting heavier, which really isn't good, but I'm having a hard time thinking it's the food? I should maybe ask the nutritionist that help with the diet if there's any way he's getting too much food. It can't feel good to carry that extra weight, but I don't want to cut back.

Barb, hugs ALWAYS make things better smile


Edited by MaxaLisa (12/22/11 01:08 PM)
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#201037 - 12/22/11 01:21 PM Re: Max Update [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
...Does anyone know if 2.5mg of pred every other day is enough to cause some weight gain? He's getting heavier, which really isn't good, but I'm having a hard time thinking it's the food? I should maybe ask the nutritionist that help with the diet if there's any way he's getting too much food. It can't feel good to carry that extra weight, but I don't want to cut back.

...


Lisa, I used to have Rica on 5 mg of pred every 3 days to help her with her HD (I'm pretty sure I'm remembering the dose correctly). It made her hungry - she was my chow hound - to the point where I had to get innovative on how to keep her out of the container I used to store their food. But as long as I kept her out of mischief (so to speak) I didn't have problems with weight gain. And as her hips got worse, I was able to get her to lose a couple of pounds without too much trouble.

Do you have any idea what Max's calorie intake is on his diet? That info coupled with how active/inactive he is is where I would start.
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