Monday, October 11, 2010

Another Spyder Update

I don't know if it's the result of getting his medication regimen stabilized, the prayer wheel our dear friend Robin has been spinning, the amazing outpouring of support and love from friends across the globe or what, but by this past Saturday, Spyder was feeling better than he has in days. This was a very dramatic improvement from Friday, when Steve and I seriously feared he would not survive the weekend. By Saturday morning, his mood was perky and happy, he seemed much more comfortable, able to walk better, and he had begun acting more like his old self, other than not having much of an appetite. But then again, he's never been much of a big eater, especially at breakfast. Concerned that he wasn't going to have enough on his stomach to support his strong pain medications, we perhaps went a bit overboard Saturday night and Sunday morning trying to persuade him to eat, offering him a variety of tempting items including beef, chicken, canned dog food and cat food. By Sunday evening, he was experiencing some severe diarrhea, and we're not sure if it's medication-related or a result of too many changes in his diet too suddenly. Fortunately, that seems to be improving this evening, so hopefully it was just food-related, since his current medications seem to be controlling his pain at this time. We have him back on a more bland diet now, but have included yogurt and kefir which he seems to be tolerating well, and will continue to make sure he gets to go outside frequently to relieve himself, and is drinking sufficient water. Overall, though, his current level of alertness, activity and comfort really seem much better than his prognosis would indicate, and for this, I am eternally grateful. It warms my heart to see him lying in the sun, belly to the sky, spine working that slow twist that gets the back scratched just right and for a brief moment, I can see the puppy in him once again...

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