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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Zoe Spring Update

This was my surprised when I came home a few weeks ago. I saw this & Zoe was nowhere to be found.

She'd managed to hop up on the counter and steal a whole bunch of bananas!

We'd been going to the vet dermatologist since last summer with mixed results. She's been on a veggie only diet and taking a low-dose steroid for her skin allergies. I wasn't really happy with the results- she acts hungry ALL the time, drinks a ton of water, her fur is getting noticeably thinner and she still has bumps (just not as bad as before). It's impossible with our running in the park, staying at my mom's house and her thievery to keep her on a totally "clean" diet.

So last week, I took her to a holistic vet to get a second opinion and some more nutritional advice. I don't like her being on a strictly veggie diet and I don't like the long term steroid use. The vet gave us lots of herbs & natural supplements to try, on top of the steroids. I think we're going to give it a few weeks & hopefully transition to a single-protein food. I'd eventually like to take her off the steroids and possibly do some blood work to determine her nutritional deficiencies.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Green beans are in the ground. Squash is growing well so far.


Amanda said...

Charlie went through a weird week or two recently where he was constantly getting into the trash. Not something he normally does at all! He ate a bunch of chicken wings...scared me to death. And ate some coffee grounds. Weird.

I hope Zoe gets better. Poor puppy.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

"Hey Mr. Tally-Man tally me banana ..."

My wife's been giving our guys a raw-food diet for a few months and it seems to really be helping with Dennis's coat. But it's a lot of work, and now our freezer in the garage is full of chickens and Cornish hens that are all for the dogs!